The New York Mets are off to a horrific start to their 2017 campaign. The Mets are 24-31, lost their last series to the Pittsburgh Pirates. There is no reason why anyone should count out the slumping Mets.
Although this season has been rough so far, there has been bright spots for Met fans. It is safe to say Michael Conforto is back to his once ways. The third year player is hitting .308 with 14 homeruns, 36 runs batted in and 38 runs scored. Due to injuries, Michael got his chance to prove himself again. He also has been great defensively making spectacular plays in Left Field. He has fit well in the Mets lead off role.
There are many reasons why you should not give up on the Mets 2017 season. This team has been plagued with injuries since spring training. David Wright, the captain of the Mets is likely to be done for the season. Yoenis Cespedes, known to be the Mets best hitter went down with a Quad injury early in the season and is expected to be back later this month. When he returns, expect the lineup to gel better and produce more runs.
The Mets are known for their “High Class Pitching.” The ace Noah Syndergaard tore his right lat muscle and is out until at least August. Closer Jeurys Familia’s season is likely over due to blood clots. His impact over the past few seasons was terrific. He holds the New York Mets consecutive save record. Steven Matz has not even stepped on the field this season, being out since spring training with a left elbow injury. Seth Lugo who battled for the final spot in the rotation, has been out since his magical WBC run in march with a torn UCL. The good news is that these two are expected to return within a week or two. Expect the Mets pitching staff to have its usual success when they arrive back in Flushing.
The Mets bullpen is another story. All you can do with the bullpen is hope. Don’t be shocked if the Mets trade former gold glove outfielder Juan Lagares for a reliever. Although he is a great glove out in center field, the Mets outfield is crowded and they need to make some sort of move to jump start this season. Also, expect the Mets to pursue a guy like Evan Longoria at the deadline. Longoria is a veteran leader who’s presence can change a locker room and also jump start a team’s success.
With the expectations of the Mets being healthy once again, expect them to go on a tear. After a tough month of June, we will have a better read of how good this team can be. Veterans like Neil Walker and Lucas Duda have caught fire as of late. Asdrubal Cabrera has not had the same success he has in 2016. If he does not pick it up expect the Mets to bring up 21 year old 5-tool shortstop Amed Rosario. He is labeled as “the next Derek Jeter,” and is absolutely electric. He has been dominant in triple a ball this season, hitting .345 so far. Rosario has the ability to light a fire into the Mets season, starting a hot streak.
When Yoenis Cespedes returns, expect the outfield to be the Mets “Big 3.” Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto are the Mets best power hitters and arguably their best overall hitters. The 3 of them have the power to have thirty-home run seasons. If the pitching staff does its job, the Mets will be able to emulate the success of the past two seasons.