On offense, McNeil reigns supreme in most categories. He’s a proven .300 hitter with pop. Meanwhile, Rosario has yet to fully reach his potential.
Don’t get me wrong; Rosario is a long way away from winning an MVP. However, I can see an opportunity for him to have some of dazzling campaign where he puts it all together with a .300+ average, 30 stolen bases, and 25 home runs.
The kind of year I’m thinking Rosario has in his future would resemble what Jimmy Rollins did in 2007. The Philadelphia Phillies shortstop hit only .296 with a .344 OBP but led the league with 139 runs scored on a team that made the playoffs. Rollins did manage to put together a 30-30 season with 30 home runs and 41 stolen bases.
I know baseball is different now. But why can’t Rosario go a little nuts with his legs and run away with an MVP?
There are areas of his game Rosario still needs to improve upon. Let’s not forget. He’s only 24 and has been a big leaguer for two and a half seasons.
Although Rosario may be further away from many Mets at winning an MVP, I’ll remain optimistic. Somewhere in his game, there may be a year where he puts it all together.
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As is the case with deGrom, Rosario will need a little help from his team in the standings. If there ever is a year where he stars with the Mets and the club pushes its way into the postseason, there’s a really good chance we see him become the first player in franchise history to win this prestigious piece of hardware.