Pitchers and catchers reported today for the New York Mets in Port St. Luice, Florida. Baseball season is right around the corner and opening day for New York will be on Thursday, March 28 on the road against the Washington Nationals. The Mets will also play the Nationals in the home opener on Thursday, April 4.
The first spring training game will be on Saturday, February 23 against the Atlanta Braves.
One of the biggest headlines heading into the 2019 season will be can the New York Mets head back to the postseason after missing it in 2017 and 2018? This team was just in the World Series in 2015 against the Kansas City Royals and they lost that game in five games.
Mickey Callway will be in his second season as the manager of this ball club. New General Manager Brodie Van Waganen got him some more pieces to play with this season. A lot of Mets fans want Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado signed, but it will most likely not happen.
Wilson Ramos will most likely be the starting catcher and Travis d’Arnaud will most likely be the back up.
Robinson Cano will be the starting second baseman and Amed Rosario will be the starting shortstop. Todd Frazier will most likely start the season at first base until Peter Alonso is ready to be the everyday first baseman. Jed Lowrie will most likely be the starting third baseman.
T.J. Rivera, Dominic Smith, and J.D. Davis will be some key backup infielders.
Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Jeff McNeil will be the starting outfielders. Keon Broxton and Juan Lagares will be the backups. Yoenis Cespedes may not even play at all in 2019 due to injury.
Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, and Jason Vargas will be the starting pitchers. Jacob deGrom won the CY Young Award last season. He hopes to sign a contract extension before the season. There will be no talks once the season begins. His contract is up after next season.
The bullpen should be much better this season. Edwin Diaz will most likely be the closer. He was acquired in a trade this offseason and Diaz played with the Seattle Mariners last season.
Jeurys Familia will probably be the setup man. He could even close some games as well. Familia was traded to the Oakland Athletics last season before the trade deadline.
Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman will also be some key pitchers in the bullpen and they will even make a start here and there. Justin Wilson, Daniel Zamora, Luis Avilan, and Tyler Bashlor could be some other players that make an impact in the bullpen.
The projected batting order will be: 1. (CF) Brandon Nimmo 2. (3B) Jed Lowrie 3. (2B) Robinson Cano 4. (LF) Michael Conforto 5. (1B) Todd Frazier 6. (C) Wilson Ramos 7. (SS) Amed Rosario 8. (RF) Jeff McNeil 9. Pitcher’s spot.
The New York Mets will win somewhere between 80-85 games. They could compete for a NL Wild Card Spot and New York could also win a wide open NL East this season.