2) The Mets still have a really strong core worth watching
The surrounding pieces can and should be questioned. Three-fifths of the rotation is made up of arms of which we have no idea what to expect. Most of the bullpen looks pretty underwhelming. The young players, while we hope show improvement, are very unproven. The core, however, is one worth paying attention to.
Pete Alonso is a threat to hit a majestic home run every time he enters the batter's box. His future might be in question, but at least to begin the season, he'll be a Met. Francisco Lindor is arguably the best shortstop in the league and as complete of a player as there is in the sport. Brandon Nimmo is a tremendous leadoff hitter and even showed some increased power in 2023. Kodai Senga broke out as a legitimate ace and could once again be in the NL Cy Young race. Oh yeah, Edwin Diaz is back too.
It's unfortunate that many of the team's star players were either injured or underperformed in June of last season, but the Mets are still led by a core capable of being quite good. We're less than two years removed from this team led by a group of players who are still here, winning 101 games.
The Mets have a slew of all-star caliber players on the team who are worth watching even if the team doesn't have the same expectations as they have in recent years. There's nothing more electric than watching Pete Alonso go on a power surge or Edwin Diaz paint a 100+ mph fastball on the outside corner to close out a nail-biting Mets victory.