The New York Mets finished in last place in the NL East last season with a 26-34 record. But with new ownership and management, the Mets are starting to turn a new leaf.
While we don’t see them making the playoffs in our current MLB predictions, we do feel that the New York Mets will be significantly more competitive in 2021 than they have been in the past.
How the Mets Will Compete in 2021
The New York Mets are already spending big bucks to build a team that can contend. The team has more than $150 million on the books for 2021, making them the third-most expensive team.
The Mets acquired James McCann from the Chicago White Sox this offseason to be their new catcher. Dominic Smith is aiming for a breakout season after going .316 in last year’s abbreviated campaign. Michael Conforto also went .322 last season with nine home runs.
Pete Alonso has shown contact issues, as he appears to aim for the fences more than anything. He had sixteen home runs last year, but his .231 average leaves room for improvement.
The greatest worry on offense entails second baseman Robinson Cano being suspended for the season for failing another drug test. Cano’s absence has forced Andres Gimenez into the spotlight. Gimenez saw limited action last season, but he had a .263 average.
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Cano will be pushing forty when he eventually returns in 2022, and whether he will come back remains unclear. The good news for the Mets is that they won’t have to pay him about $20 million this season. But Bobby Bonilla will still get $1.19 million from the Mets on July 1.
Noah Syndergaard might return to the Mets at some point this year. He underwent Tommy John surgery in early 2020. The Mets have some quality pitchers to watch for, including Jacob deGrom and David Peterson.
Marcus Stroman also returns this year after sitting out last season. The Mets also made two significant free agent acquisitions, acquiring Trevor May from Minnesota and Jacob Barnes from the Los Angeles Angels. May will be the likely setup man for star closer Edwin Diaz.
Steven Matz still needs to show he can be an everyday starter. Matz had a 9.68 ERA in about thirty innings last season. He was placed on the bench for a few of his starts. Matz’s goal for 2021 will be to prove that he can regain control. Having a full spring training in 2021 will be to his benefit.
The same can also be said about Seth Lugo. He had a 5.15 ERA in his seven starts last season. He can be a proficient strikeout hurler, but he will need extra help in spring training to get his control back and stay in the rotation.
Where Will the Mets Finish?
Brighter days are ahead for the New York Mets, but Cano’s suspension will hurt their chances. We see the Mets reaching third place in the NL East this season.
Will the Mets Reach the Playoffs?
The New York Mets are closer to getting back to the playoffs, but we don’t see them getting there in 2021. But our future MLB predictions will likely be rosier, as the Mets are moving in the right direction.
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