By Rhonda Schmidt
CF- Michael Conforto
2B- Wilmer Flores
LF- Yoenis Cespedes
RF- Jay Bruce
3B- Todd Frazier
1B- Dominic Smith
C- Travis d’Arnaud
SS- Amed Rosario
Key new additions to look out for
Welcome aboard new skipper, former pitching coach in Cleveland, Mickey Callaway. A fresh face who can solidify our bullpen, this new manager is a good fit, and he is excited for his shot at making this team look dangerous.
The Toddfather is here! What a steal from the Yankees, as the 31 year old third baseman will fill in nicely for the much beloved, yet comeback delayed David Wright. Last year, despite sporting a rather low batting average, (.213) wowed with 27 homers.
Most likely to have a breakout season: Wilmer Flores, Michael Conforto
Enter both power hitters, whom are both young, now expect 25 homers from each, and 67 batted in.
Flores has to prove his defense is improving, and with that passion he has for being a Met, expect him to turn his defense around and win a starting spot this year at second base over aging infielders Asdrubal Cabrera and INF Jose Reyes.
Most likely to struggle: Zach Wheeler, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey
Wheeler and Steven Matz both look to pitch well and prove they belong here. Hopefully, Callaway can restore order and re create the once feared, indestructible rotation, the one we had in 2015.
With new trainers, a new manager, and plenty of time to heal, who’s to say this team wont go far? The talent is there. With a lot of hope, things look great so far. The Mets were off to a rather slow start this offseason, however, the moves we have made were incredibly sneaky yet impressive. Grade: B plus
The Bad: We cannot afford to have another 2017. Health is a priority. Keep 2017 in mind, but strive to stop the bleeding and maintain stability.
Overall: This team has the pieces it needs to create an amazing finish. Everyone needs to contribute, and things will look up from here. Expect a third place finish. 2017 was bad, so we can’t jump too far ahead.
Projected finish: Third place NL East, (72-90)