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Mets: Five way too early bold predictions for the 2021 season

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 02: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrates with Dominic Smith #2 after a victory against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 2, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 02: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrates with Dominic Smith #2 after a victory against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 2, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /
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CLEVELAND, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 30: Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning of Game Two of the American League Wild Card Series against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field on September 30, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Carlos Carrasco receives Cy Young consideration with 15+ wins

Carlos Carrasco will not win the 2021 Cy Young. I think that’s a safe prediction. However, we will see him receive a little consideration for the honor.

I’m very high on Cookie—and I don’t mean the kind they sell in Denver.

Carrasco has been a guy I wanted to see the Mets go out and acquire all offseason long. It made too much sense to not take on his salary. He is consistent, stable, and brings a leadership quality the Mets could use more of.

When the 2021 season is over, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Carrasco leading the team in wins. Jacob deGrom should have a better year. In the wins column, Carrasco may reign supreme.

I am setting some high numbers for Carrasco this year. He’s going to win 15+ games in year one with the Mets. When the Cy Young voters cast their ballots, they’re going to make sure he gets the respect he deserves.

Years like the one I’m predicting for Carrasco are not rare. I always think of the dominant Detroit Tigers teams and the Washington Nationals from last decade whenever I envision what an ideal rotation looks like. They had an abundance of arms making their way onto the Cy Young ballot. The Mets could conceivably be a team to do so in 2021. Even if they only end up with deGrom and Carrasco receiving votes, we can rest assured that the year was a strong one in the standings.

Carrasco has received Cy Young consideration twice in his career. In 2017, he finished fourth.

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