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2017 New York Mets, World Series or Bust?

I’ve been following the Mets this spring and I feel that if their top four pitchers live up to their potential and the goals of winning games, then the Mets could legitimately have an interesting season.

Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz have all recovered from their injuries and appear ready to contribute. Syndergaard (2 G, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 K), deGrom (2 G, 6 IP, 2 H, 7 K, 0 R) and Matz (1 G, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K, 0 R) have pitched well so far in spring training, while Harvey (1 G, 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K) had a rough first start, but I feel he should be fine.

It is expected that Jeurys Familia will be suspended for at least the month of April, due to his Domestic issue that occurred in the off-season, so Addison Reed needs to hold down the fort until Familia can return. The Mets also added several bullpen arms that should help and if either Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman don’t make the starting rotation, one of them should be in the bullpen. Both righty’s earned a spot on this team, when they pitched very well down the stretch last year, helping the Mets into the playoffs. The Mets also have some other options pitching now in spring that may help bridge the gap in Familia’s absence.

As for Zack Wheeler, who is another stud returning from Tommy John surgery, he will probably start in the bullpen and work his way back to the starting rotation by September. Which would be great help for a rotation that is hoping to remain healthy all season. So having Wheeler ready for a stretch run, will give the other starters some rest in between starts.

The infield does appear set with Lucas Duda at 1B, re-signed Neil Walker at 2B, Asdrubal Cabrera at SS, and with David Wright nursing an injury and probably won’t be available until the all star break, Jose Reyes should be manning 3B. I do expect both Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera, who started to smoke the ball again prior to leaving camp to join Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, should be the Mets infield reserves.

The outfield, oh what a mess. Starting in left field will be Yoenis Cespedes, along with Curtis Granderson in center, even though he would rather play right field, but he will do what ever is best for the team. Then Juan Lagares will split time with Granderson and Jay Bruce got the nod before spring training began to man right field.

Two youngsters, sweet swinging left handed batters, Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo, who would probably be starting on many other teams, and should be strong considerations to break camp with the team, will either be spending time in the minors or on the Mets bench. In the very near future both, if not traded, will be starters in the New York outfield. Hopefully the defense will not suffer with the outfield alignment the Mets will be putting out there now.

I believe if the Mets four top guns, who are the best in baseball, pitch as well as they are capable of, then the Mets have an excellent chance of finishing in first place and possibly celebrating a World Series Championship in November. It all has to come together for the season to end that way, but it’s not impossible if all the chips fall in the right place.

Best part about the Mets, they are young, they are healthy and they are hungry. Great ingredients for a championship season.

Elias is a native of the Bronx, NY and a lifelong baseball fan. In High School, he once pitched a gem on the same field as Ed Kranepool and grew up rooting for both the Mets and the Yankees. Elias is a retired NYPD and Ocala, FL Detective and spends his quality time with family and writing about the game he loves.

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