New year, same old New York Mets? We'd like to think not. The Mets haven't exactly grabbed the offseason by the horns. Missing on their number one target of the winter, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, has fried expectations for the coming regular season.
Still, the 2024 season has some reason for optimism. This isn’t a team coming off of a complete teardown and rebuild. We couldn’t ask for a better owner. Despite some early doubts, is there anyone else we’d rather have navigating the ship than David Stearns?
Long before the roster is even set and the first pitch has been thrown, let’s get some of our predictions in digital print and check in a few months later to see how we did. They’re good. They’re bad. Some of the predictions are downright ugly.
1) Francisco Lindor, Brandon Nimmo, and Edwin Diaz are All-Stars
The Mets will send three players to the All-Star Game in 2024. Francisco Lindor goes for the first time as a member of the Mets. He's joined by Brandon Nimmo and Edwin Diaz. For Nimmo, it'll be his first ever selection. Finally, he gets the recognition he deserves. None will actually start the game because MLB All-Star voting is more than a popularity contest, it’s a population one. Although none start the game, we’ll see Diaz finish it.
2) Kodai Senga is excellent but only makes 22 starts
Kodai Senga was great for the Mets in 2023. There's little doubt he can repeat the success in 2024. One obstacle is staying healthy. Senga will make his first MLB trip to the IL in 2024 and the result is a year where he makes only 22 starts. Injuries plagued him in the past. If ever there was a year to be more cautious with him, it’s the coming season.