Is the New York Mets starting lineup good enough to win a World Series? Eh, that’s a tough question. A starting lineup doesn’t win a World Series. Neither does a pitching staff. It’s a collective.
But this lineup is certainly capable of winning it all. This might not be the most powerful lineup out there. It might not even be better than some crews the Mets have assembled that failed to even make it to the postseason.
Despite the shortcomings, there are at least three reasons why the Mets starting lineup can win a World Series.
1) NY Mets starting lineup will benefit from timely power
Power is an issue for the Mets but it also isn’t. Pete Alonso can smash ‘em with the best of ‘em. Aside from him, there isn’t any true slugger.
However, the Mets still have average home run power. The key will be timing the home runs.
Because the Mets do excel at hitting for average and getting on base, they can reap the rewards of the power they do have by taking advantage of those jammed-packed bases. The Mets have been scoring with this philosophy throughout 2022. Even if there is a drought from the Polar Bear, they can knock enough base hits together on a routine basis to beat anyone.
Additions of Daniel Vogelbach and Darin Ruf will hopefully translate into a bit more home run pop, too. Along with Francisco Lindor, a candidate to sneakily hit a lot of home runs in the final few weeks like he did in 2021, power is far from a problem. Far from a strength, it’s not a weakness. Only then should they start worrying about a lack of home runs.