We don’t yet know what the exact New York Mets starting lineup will look like to begin the 2023 season nor do we know exactly what they will deliver. It’s prediction season for the Mets and the rest of baseball where we help hype up what’s in store for everyone’s favorite blue and orange baseball squad.
Going bold rather than staying home, here is one prediction for each player likely to open the season in the Mets lineup.
1) NY Mets prediction for Brandon Nimmo: An All-Star selection
Brandon Nimmo is going to have a big year in 2023. His new contract should give him comfort. He’s not the kind of guy to take time off. He runs to first base after a walk for crying out loud.
My bold prediction for Nimmo is he finally gets an All-Star selection. It’ll be just one big accomplishment for the Mets center fielder who will challenge for a Gold Glove and the league lead in OBP. He won’t capture either. It’ll be fun watching him try.
2) NY Mets prediction for Starling Marte: Less than 100 games played
It’s not too outrageous to expect Starling Marte to miss a lot of time. After playing 118 games for the Mets last year, another 19 missed isn’t too outrageous.
I do think Marte will be a good player for the Mets when healthy. Age may be catching up with him quickly. Someone from the Mets Opening Day lineup is bound to go down with an injury. Marte seems to be one of the likelier candidates.
3) NY Mets prediction for Francisco Lindor: 30 home runs
The Mets will have two players with 30+ home runs in 2023. The other, aside from Pete Alonso, is Francisco Lindor. The star shortstop finds his home run stroke and launches over 30 dingers.
Lindor had 20 home runs in 2021 and another 26 in 2022. This year, he’ll swing for the fences a little harder and end up with, let’s say, 32.