Mets Futures Tumble Following Syndergaard Injury
From the outside looking in, the New York Mets 2019 season was an upgrade from recent years. New York was able to get back over .500 for the first time since 2016 and had solid success in every aspect of the game. Despite putting together a stellar second half season that saw them go 46-26, New York fell three games shy of a playoff of spot. The highlights of the ballclub came from National League Rookie of the Year, Pete Alonso, and NL Cy Young winner Jacob DeGrom. Alonso only hit .260 but smashed a NL rookie-record 53 homeruns and led the team with 120 RBIs, while DeGrom posted a stellar 2.43 ERA despite only going 11-8 in 32 starts.
The Mets had high hopes entering the 2020 season but a bizarre injury to Noah Syndergaard, who will now require Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season, has put a damper on their optimism. Their futures have now dropped quite a bit as a result. They were at +800 to win the National League and +2500 to win the World Series before the injury news.
NEW YORK METS
TO WIN WORLD SERIES: +3300
TO WIN NL PENNANT: +1000
The Mets had a star-studded rotation with DeGrom, Noah Snydergaard, Zach Wheeler, Marcus Stroman, and Steven Matz last season but now that unit has taken a hit. They were able to add a couple solid veteran arms in Michael Wacha (6-7, 4.76 ERA) and Rick Porcello (14-12, 5.52 ERA) to give them one of the deepest staffs in the MLB, but now they’ll have to use that depth as Wheeler signed with the Philadelphia Phillies and Syndergaard is out for the season. Can Porcello and Matz really hold up? The Mets also added four-time All-Star Dellin Betances to bolster their bullpen. Offensively, New York didn’t make any majors moves to change up an offense that was or just above Top 10 in most of the major offensive categories.
IF THINGS GO RIGHT…
The Mets will make the playoffs. New York already had a solid offense and the pitching should still be good because they have depth. Syndergaard was an All-Star in 2016 and can be a difference-maker when he’s at his best. If the team can get good production out of Wacha and Porcello – two big ifs – they’ll be just fine. Luckily New York has a Cy Young winner in DeGrom and several other proven pitchers on staff to pick up the slack. If the likes of Alonso, utility man Jeff McNeil (.318 BA and 75 RBIs), outfielder J.D. Davis (.307 BA and 57 RBIs), Amed Rosario (.287 BA and team-high 19 stolen bases), and others continue to produce on offense, it could be a winning combination that produces into chance for a strong playoff push.
IF THINGS GO WRONG…
A mix of a couple down season from some veteran pitchers and young hitters could lead to another underwhelmingly season. In 2019, the Mets had great pitching and hitting, but never at the same time.
Pitching again becomes a critical story for this team as Porcello and Matz will be counted upon quite a bit. Both were pretty bad last season, though, so if they’re no better, the Mets could be in trouble in that department.
And don’t forget about the team’s change at manager. They hired Carlos Beltran but then had to fire him. Luis Rojas takes over but nobody is fully sure what he’ll get out of this team.
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