3 way too early Mets assumptions to make after one weekend

Was the first weekend a true look at who the 2024 Mets will be?

Mar 30, 2024; New York City, New York, USA;  New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty (22) hits a
Mar 30, 2024; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty (22) hits a / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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One weekend down. More than the number of fingers any of us have left to go. It’s too soon to know exactly who the New York Mets are. For all we know the Milwaukee Brewers are the best or worst team in baseball. Equally so, the same extreme statements could apply to the Mets.

Three games. One opponent. All we can do is make assumptions. And we exit the first series of the year with these three assumptions already.

1) The Mets will be one of the best power hitting teams in baseball this year

The first Mets hit of the season was a home run. They added a bunch more on Saturday. Both they and the Brewers rested from round-trippers on Easter Sunday.

Power was a critique of the Mets lineup heading into last season. Outside of Pete Alonso and less so with Francisco Lindor who proved he does have his home run swing, there wasn’t much to speak of.

Francisco Alvarez would get his promotion early enough in the year to power his way into our hearts and the home run leaders. Notably absent from the power surge was Brett Baty whose time as the starting third baseman included a postponement when he was demoted in August. He does have power and is someone we shouldn’t eliminate from the discussion of hammering over 20 this year.

The arrival of J.D. Martinez will give the Mets a second true slugger. They haven’t had one to pair with Alonso since…maybe Michael Conforto if you want to call him that? Even then, in 2021 when he last played for the Mets, Conforto put together an ineffective and mostly injured campaign.

Home runs have rarely been the key to success for Mets teams in the past. It shouldn’t be what they rely on most this year either. However, a team finishing in the top ten or so in home runs would be a nice treat and change of pace from the station-to-station baseball they’ve relied on a little too much. Players like Jeff McNeil are needed, but hitting cleanup on Opening Day is ridiculous.

Another powerful year out of Brandon Nimmo plus some pop off the bench from Tyrone Taylor should give them some well-rounded power all over.