Let’s get ahead of ourselves. Can the New York Mets win the 2023 World Series? Abso-lutely! Will they win it? There’s a good chance.
Expectations for the 2023 Mets are on the rise. Additions of Justin Verlander, Carlos Correa (maybe?), and others have made them an early favorite to win themselves a parade. Can they do it?
For these three reasons, you should clear your October and early November 2023 schedule. There could be a lot of Mets playoff games to watch and attend. When it’s all over, you’ll be at a parade.
1) NY Mets tasted defeat in 2022, added champions this offseason
A problem with the 2022 Mets is that the core of the team hadn’t experienced being in the postseason before, at least not together. It’s pretty important to at least get into the playoffs before you have a serious shot at winning it. Rarely will a ball club have a long layoff from the playoffs and go all the way.
The taste of defeat will, hopefully, only help the Mets in 2023. Helplessly sitting on the bench and watching the San Diego Padres mow down their batters should be plenty of motivation for every hitter to do better.
Bringing in Verlander and Correa (still, maybe?), a pair who have been to the playoffs plenty, is a great benefit to this Mets team. They’re the kind of leaders you want. They’ve been tested under the brightest lights. There’s a certain atmosphere when your colleague has a World Series ring and you don’t.
The Mets are now a nice mix of champions and guys with empty ring fingers. Finding that kind of balance is a nice strategy. More importantly, they’ve left a lot of room to get better.