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NY Mets: 3 preseason predictions everyone seemed to get wrong

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 07: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrates with teammate Michael Conforto #30 after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park on September 7, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Bryan Cereijo/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 07: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrates with teammate Michael Conforto #30 after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park on September 7, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Bryan Cereijo/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 03: Francisco Lindor #12 of the New York Mets bats against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 03, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

Francisco Lindor will compete for the National League MVP

Along with the impressive offense we thought for sure the Mets would deliver, there was a chance the team could finally get an MVP winner. It wouldn’t be a homegrown talent either. Newcomer Francisco Lindor was going to be the guy to do it.

When the Mets made the swap with the Cleveland Indians to land Lindor, there was a ton of excitement. The focus then went to what he could do for the club this year and whether or not he’d stick around beyond 2021. Months later, Lindor is far from an MVP candidate.

The drought looks like it will continue. No other players on this team are going to sniff a major award. Before he landed on the IL, deGrom was an outside candidate to do it from the pitcher’s mound. Because he’ll miss essentially half of the year, we can file that into the “what if” category in team history.

Lindor will have plenty more chances to compete for an MVP and possibly even win it one day. It’s not happening in 2021, a year in which we all predicted much bigger and better things out of the franchise shortstop.

Not all of the predictions we got wrong were necessarily negative. The final one we all swung and missed on has to do with a guy we swore wouldn’t give the team much at all.

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