Is the Mets offense potent enough or did we get lucky facing Patrick Corbin?
The Mets are going to take advantage of the pitcher they’re facing to begin the year. Patrick Corbin has been bad for two straight seasons. In 2020, he led the league in hits allowed and went just 2-7 with a 4.66 ERA. Last year, he was 9-16 with a 5.82 ERA. Once again, he led the league in some statistics no pitcher ever hopes to. His 16 losses, 111 earned runs, and 37 home runs allowed made for an underwhelming third year in Washington.
The Mets will take advantage of this. Fresh bats and a lineup containing some good right-handed hitters should have a chance to feast on him. Even any of the lefties who make it into the Opening Day lineup should be able to handle him well enough.
Last year’s offensive struggles for the Mets could continue into this year as they are coming back with a lot of the same names. Newcomers brought in during the offseason also have some red flags of their own. The biggest worry might be sustainability. The Mets only got older with their moves. Fortunately, this is only the first game of the year. There’s no excuse to be tired yet.
My prediction for the Mets offense: they tag Corbin often and early and he exits in the middle of the fourth. Things will slow down against the bullpen but they still manage to come away with a win. Let’s say it’s 7-3.