If the season started today, the New York Mets starting lineup might look a little something like this:
SNY Mets Twitter account sharing this and specifically asking for feedback reminds me of those people who will share a photo of themselves online and ask to get roasted. It’s kind of an unnecessary tweet to make shortly after it has become known that the team may be taking itself out of the race to sign a DH.
The problems with this lineup are obvious. There are parts we can accept, like some vast improvement from Francisco Alvarez or even a bounce back season from Jeff McNeil. And then there are parts that will have fans getting banned from social media if they said how they really feel. The bottom three in this order will do the trick.
How fans feel about the projected Mets lineup
Predictably, most fans on social media were in agreement on the weaknesses of this lineup. This club needs a DH.
Others weren’t as eager to toss out the obvious suggested improvements to make, but added in their own two cents.
Meanwhile, there were a handful of fans who didn’t feel the same level of doom and gloom as others. How many of these are actually sarcastic, though?
One doesn’t even need to look beyond the National League East to see the difference between the Mets and some of the other contenders in the league. The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies are stacked. Add in their rotations and the most optimistic of Mets fans right now are only expecting a Wild Card berth.
The big trouble with this lineup is there are few answers behind some of these guys. As far as depth goes, they really only have DJ Stewart as an offensive weapon. He and his one great month isn’t enough to assure anyone of anything.
Adding a DH changes everything about how fans will feel about this lineup. And not just any DH either. A legitimate bat with power is what we’re seeking. Sadly, it doesn’t feel like we’ll get it.