Over the past two seasons there was one team and one fan base that was tired of losing. One team that was surrounded by their counter parts in the division that seemed to get all the attention. From the years of 2007 to 2015 the talk of the National League East always seemed to be focused on different teams. Whether it was the power of the Atlanta Braves, the strong pitching of the Philadelphia Phillies, and the emergence of the new big stars of the Washington Nationals such as Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. Also big news out of that division was the excitement around Miami Marlins new stadium, also the drama with their manager that led to his firing. One question that most baseball writers finally asking themselves. What about the New York Mets?
The last time the Mets were in the big national spotlight was the year 2000, that season they lost the subway series with New York to the Yankees. The Mets also won the NL East in 2006 but were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. From the year 2009 to 2014 the Mets had a losing record. In 2015 the talk of that division on how talented the Washington Nationals were, and then the Mets had a surprising season and won the division. Not only did they win the NL East they also went to the World Series. Last season the Mets made it back to the playoffs as a wildcard, but was defeated by the San Francisco Giants. So what is in store for the 2017 Mets? New York did not do too much this off season but they feel pretty good about their lineup and starting pitching.
Returning New York Mets
Yoenis Cespedes : A 2016 All-star, led the Mets in home runs with 31 and 86 RBI’s. The Mets picked up Cespedes in 2015 in a trade and has proven to be very valuable to this offense.
Asdrubal Cabrera: Entering his 11th season in the big leagues, belted 23 homers for the Mets last season, 2 shy of his career high(25 in 2011). Cabrera finished in 2nd on the team in runs batted in with 62.
Curtis Granderson: One of the veterans on this Mets team, made the All-Star team 3 times, this outfielder does not hit for average, only a .255 career hitter but he can still hit the ball out of the park, Granderson hit 30 homers last season which was 2nd best on the team.
Jay Bruce: A 2016 All-Star, not because of his work with the Mets. Bruce was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds last season. The power hitting right fielder struggled after the trade only batting .219 in 50 games with the Mets. Bruce did have 33 home runs in 2016 but 25 of them were with Cincinnati.
One thing most of these Mets players all have in common is the ability to hit the long ball. The Mets had 219 home runs last season which was 2nd in the NL, just behind the St. Louis Cardinals. The pitching for the Mets looks to be solid especially with the top 2. Noah Syndergaard is expected to be the team’s ace, last season the young pitcher made the All-Star team for the first time and carried a solid 14-9 record. Jacob deGrom will be in the number two spot. New York did lose veteran Bartolo Colon due to the free agent market to the Atlanta Braves. The back end up the bullpen will also be strong as Jeurys Familia will return as the teams closer. Last season Familia saved 51 games of his 56 opportunities, which was the best in the MLB.
The 2017 New York Mets will have a great chance to compete in the NL East. Like always most of the attention is around the Washington Nationals. The New York Mets are the only team in Major League Baseball not to make any roster moves to add a player this off season. Even with manager Terry Collins team standing pat the New York Mets still like their chances.