2018 New York Mets Season outlook and Preview, with predictions

By Rhonda Schmidt

Projected Lineup

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

P-Noah Syndergaard

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.

The Good:

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)

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