Bold Mets prediction: NLCS bound, baby!
Let’s end on an upper. The Mets are going to the NLCS!
They won’t win it all or even get to the World Series this year. The 2022 campaign is about getting back into the mix. They’ve built a nice culture. Now it’s time to sip some playoff baseball and want it even more next season.
The Mets have the ability to be one of the most dangerous teams in the playoffs. That’s what happens when starting rotations shorten and you have two of the best pitchers in the game pitching back-to-back. It may take a few months before we get to see the Jacob deGrom/Max Scherzer duo. However, I'm going to take the optimistic approach.
Getting to the postseason should be easier this year with the playoffs expanding. The Mets just need to get there and do so with a healthy roster. Ha! Otherwise, they could exit quicker than we’d like.
Through orange and blue colored glasses, I envision the Mets getting to the NLCS before their bats slump and a team like the Los Angeles Dodgers or even Atlanta Braves does them in. Those might be the only two clubs with a better roster in the National League. Other contending hopefuls have too much working against them.
Second-place in the National League East and a trip to the NLCS is nothing to sneeze about. It’s what I’m predicting for this 2022 squad. Let’s see if they can match it or do better.