One of the greatest things about baseball is how unpredictable the game is. In 2021, the New York Mets are in store for a handful of surprises.
Months before the 2020 MLB season, the New York Mets offseason moves had some believing the team could push for a playoff spot. An all-star worthy campaign was expected from Amed Rosario after his hot finish in 2019. And it seemed like Edwin Diaz was a lost cause.
Then in 2021, a pandemic hit, and everything changed. Marcus Stroman and Yoenis Cespedes opted out. The team did not come close to a playoff berth.
Yet breakout seasons from Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith brought hope for 2021. They were amazing surprises. And of course, the Wilpons selling the team to Steve Cohen was the biggest surprise of them all.
The bottom line is nobody knows exactly what is going to happen. When things do not go as planned, whether good or bad, they are considered a surprise. And no team is going to have more surprises in 2021 than the New York Mets.
The team has a young manager who now has one season under his belt and a bright future. New York has a high upside offense, led by Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil. And it is to be seen if Cohen and Sandy Alderson are even done improving on the roster this offseason.
There is a lot of hope surrounding this team once again as they hope to be a challenger in the NL East this season, and the National League as a whole. Keeping that in mind, it would not be a normal Mets season if it were not for a few surprises to come with it.
Here are three surprises for the Mets that could come in 2021.