Sunday, December 15, 2019
Uncustomed Heroes of 2019: Mets
The Mets in the 2010s can be described overall as 'unlucky'.
They make a World Series in 2015 and nearly win on the strength of a powerful roster, but their flagship stars (Yoenis Cespedes and David Wright) miss time to injury, their star at the top of the decade leaves for St. Louis and cements his HOF-status, and they come up with solid end-of-the-decade teams without a good division to dominate.
2019 was another good year for the Mets, but the presence of the Braves and Nationals in the NL East with them forced them to end the year in third without a playoff chance. The strong seasons of Pete Alonso and Jacob deGrom would have to wait to be redeemed.
Why Him in 2019?: His inefficiency led to Jeff McNeil seeing more OF time.
2020 Prediction: Becomes a fourth-OF bench guy, and does fairly well with less pressure.
Why Him in 2019?: Became the more consistent outfield performer at the plate.
2020 Prediction: His role will diminish a bit, but the Mets will know when to use him, and his hits numbers will improve.
Why Him in 2019?: Performed better than expected upon giving the 1B spot to Alonso.
2020 Prediction: If someone doesn't trade for him this offseason, he'll be somewhere else in July.
Why Him in 2019?: This was Matz' most consistent season to date
2020 Prediction: Will be the odd man out in a Mets rotation of deGrom-Thor-Stroman-Porcello-Wacha. But, once one of the latter two craps out, will have some impressive starts down the stretch.
Why Him in 2019?: The Mets' biggest mid-season move.
2020 Prediction: Chases 15 wins over a full, dominant season in NY.
Why Him in 2019?: In a year of Jeurys Familia, Edwin Diaz and Justin Wilson occupying the pen, Lugo had the best numbers of 'em all.
2020 Prediction: Will be down a few pegs from 2019 but will definitely have some strong games.
Why Him in 2019?: Signed to succeed, and fell hard, causing the questions of the second half to arise.
2020 Prediction: An improvement, in some form.
Why Him in 2019? While Gomez' numbers were nothing to cry at [.198 with 3 homers in 34 games], it was kinda cool to see him back as a Met.
Why Him in 2019?: Landed on his feet after being unceremoniously dumped in favor of a 2nd baseman that'd be similarly released a month later.
2020 Prediction: Someone will sign him to be a Neil Walker-type backup infielder.
Coming Tomorrow- I only have a few Nationals left, but seeing as they won the World Series, they're all kinda important.