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.
- 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.