This season the New York Mets will look to recapture the magic that helped lead them to the World Series just three seasons ago. A healthy starting rotation and a consistent offense will be the key to playing winning baseball at Citi Field in 2018. With Mickey Callaway replacing Terry Collins as manager, the Mets will have a whole new identity in the dugout and on the field.
Offensively, the Mets will rely on youngsters Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario to play up to their potential. Conforto enjoyed an All-Star season last year before undergoing shoulder surgery. As for Rosario, he showed flashes of his potential as an offensive spark plug and future Gold Glove shortstop after making his MLB debut late last season. Conforto and Rosario will of course join slugger Yoenis Cespedes in the lineup. Cespedes will once again provide that dangerous bat in the middle of the lineup for the Mets. At first base, Dominic Smith is highly regarded as one of the Mets top prospects, and he will look to make a statement in his first full year in the big leagues. Outfielder Jay Bruce was signed to a 3-year, $39 million contract in January, adding some lefty power to the middle of the Mets lineup. His return to the New York Mets should be a welcomed addition to the team. Infielders Asdrubal Cabrera and fan favorite Wilmer Flores will also play key roles this upcoming season.
As it always has been the past few years for the Mets, the starting rotation has the potential to be elite. Noah Syndergaard will return from injury and should have no trouble regaining his dominant self. At his best, Syndergaard has the talent to win the Cy Young award any given year. Jacob deGrom, with his newly shaved hair, will look to continue his success as arguably the Mets’ most consistent pitcher. Rounding out the rotation, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey, and Zack Wheeler expect to bounce back from injuries to once again make this Mets pitching staff one of the most feared in the league.
In the bullpen, Mickey Callaway does not plan to use anyone in the traditional closer role. Modern analytics and recent bullpen usage trends have influenced the rookie manager to use any of his top relievers, namely A.J. Ramos, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, and the newly acquired Anthony Swarzak, in different roles each night. Look for the Mets bullpen to be one of the most intriguing in the MLB.
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