MLB Watch Out: Mets Look Scary
The New York Mets have had a busy offseason with the additions of Robinson Cano, and Edwin Diaz via trade with the Seattle Mariners and reuniting with former closer Jeurys Familia after signing him to a 3-year, $30 million deal. With rumors swirling that the Mets are interested in Marlins’ catcher J.T. Realmuto, have been interested in relievers Andrew Miller, and Adam Ottavino, as well as being linked to RF Bryce Harper and have had discussions of adding CF A.J. Pollock, may not be done yet. But even if the Mets were done making moves, and were to stay pat for the remainder of the offseason. They look to be in good shape and these Mets look scary and could be a team to watch out for in the National League in 2019 as long as they can stay healthy.
The Mets strength is their starting rotation consisting of reigning NL Cy-Young winner Jacob deGrom, who had a shiny 1.70 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 269 strikeouts over 217 IP. 2016 All Star Noah Syndergaard who went 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA, and 155 SO. Zack Wheeler went 12-7, had a 3.31 ERA, along with 179 SO, and Steven Matz who had a 3.97 ERA, and 152 SO. With the addition of Familia who had a 3.13 ERA along with 17 saves, and Diaz who had a 1.97 ERA (1.61 FIP), and a league-leading 57 saves as arguably the best reliever (even placed 8th in the Cy-Young race, and 18th kn MVP voting), to the Mets bullpen featuring the likes of Seth Lugo who had a 2.66 ERA in 101.1 IP, the Mets bullpen will soon be considered a strength as well.
Offensively, with the return of Yoenis Cespedes, a second year from Todd Frazier who endured a down year by his measures with 18 home runs. Michael Conforto, 22, who smashed 24 home runs, Brandon Nimmo, 25, knocking 17 home runs and a 4.4 WAR, along with Amed Rosario, 23, who had a .256 BA and stole 24 bases. The addition of Cano, who played in just 80 games due to his PED suspension hit .303, mashing 10 home runs and driving in 50 runs with a .874 OBP will bring a power and insurance for Conforto and Cespedes in a lineup that lacked another feared hitter. With the Winter meetings over, the Mets have come away as early offseason winners and could look to capitalize in the 2019 season.
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