What to expect from the New York Mets in 2014

The big question facing the New York Mets this season is, is the rebuilding finally over? If this year’s free agent acquisitions are any indicator, the answer is yes. A team that hasn’t had a winning season since 2008 is finally pointed in the right direction.

General Manager Sandy Alderson has said that 90 wins is a realistic expectation. While I think he might have set the bar a bit too high, Mets fans might be in for a more pleasant season than they’ve seen in recent history.

So without further ado, my predictions for 2014:

  • Look for this team to put up around 80 wins. They have a real chance to get to .500 if everyone stays healthy.
  • David Wright and Curtis Granderson will both hit 20+ home runs. However, they’ll both have less 90 RBIs.
  • Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee will both reach double digit wins with ERA’s less than 3.65.

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    Zack Wheeler

  • Ike Davis will start the season at first base and will remain in the majors all season. He’ll hit .225 with 13 home runs. Which means…
  • Lucas Duda will be traded midseason for a young reliever or two.
  • Bobby Parnell will convert 30 saves with an ERA under 2.50.
  • Vic Black breaks camp as the set-up man over Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth only to lose the job to Farnsworth and then win it back by the end of the year.
  • Travis d’Arnaud will hit .245 and hit 11 home runs with 50 RBI.
  • Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard will both be called up to the majors by August.
  • Matt Harvey will make less than 7 starts coming back from Tommy John surgery.
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka breaks camp as the fifth starter before losing his job to Montero.
  • Eric Young hits .250 and steals 30+ bases. Chris Young hits .230 and 8 home runs.
  • Juan Lagares finishes top 5 in in Gold Glove voting.
  • David Wright will win another Gold Glove and play in more than 130 games.

What does all this add up to? Third place. But a relevant third place unlike last year. And a chance to compete in 2015.

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