The New York Mets are entering Spring Training with a plethora of star players that are expected to help define and shape the success of the upcoming regular season. One player who is going to be a key factor for the Mets that I don't believe is getting enough shine is outfielder Mark Canha.
The 34-year-old Canha had a solid first season with the Mets in 2022 with a line of .266/.367/.403 with 13 home runs and 61 RBIs in 140 games. While it was an eerily similar line to his previous season in Oakland. Canha believes there is still plenty left in the tank to give, especially in the power department.
The Mets will be relying on Mark Canha to replicate or improve his offensive numbers from last season
Canha disclosed to the media several days ago that he battled stomach issues during the 2022 season which led to him struggling to maintain his playing weight. Due to the Gastritis issue he was facing Canha vows to hit for more power after being able to put on more muscle this offseason. Canha's career high in home runs is 26 back in 2019 and he certainly is targeting a number close to that for 2023.
It's also important to note that Canha was one of the most clutch hitters on the Mets roster last season with a .310 batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs. Canha could be overlooked with the amount of talent that the Mets have in 2023 but his production will be heavily relied upon especially for a team that failed to add another impact bat this past offseason.
Canha is going to play a huge role again this season in solidifying left field for the Mets both offensively and defensively. His clubhouse presence is undeniable and after having a productive first year in Flushing, a repeat or increase in those offensive numbers from last season will go a long way toward the Mets being legitimate contenders in the National League.