New York Mets 2020 Spring Training Preview

The New York Mets will head into the 2020 season with high expectations, but they are also heading into the 2020 season with a bunch of dramatic headlines.

One of the dramatic headlines was that they fired Mickey Callaway during the offseason. Then they hired Carlos Beltran to become the new manager. Beltran was once a player with the New York Mets before.

Carlos Beltran and the New York Mets decided to part ways because Beltran’s name was mentioned in talks when it came to the Houston Astros cheating scandal.

Because of it, New York then decided to hire Luis Rojas as the next manager of this baseball team and hope there aren’t any more managerial carousels for a while and that is what this team is hoping for anyway.

One of the reasons why this is the case is because the Mets want to be in the playoffs this season for the first time since losing 3-0 at home to the San Francisco Giants in the National League Wild Card Game.

Another thing that has been dramatic this offseason is the sale of the franchise. It appeared as Steve Cohen was going to buy the team, but a lot of things fell through. The Wilpons still intend to sell the franchise.

A lot of New York Mets fans want the team to be sold at this point because they are sick and tired of the mediocrity that the Wilpon’s keep on bringing to this franchise.

This team does have some talent to make it to the playoffs.

The projected lineup this year for New York will be: 1. (OF) Brandon Nimmo 2. (3B) Jeff McNeil 3. (1B) Pete Alonso 4. (2B) Robinson Cano 5. (OF) J.D. Davis 6. (OF) Michael Conforto 7. (C) Wilson Ramos 8. (SS) Amed Rosario 9. Pitcher’s Spot

Key backups on this team: (C) Tomas Nido, (IF) Jed Lowrie, (IF) Dominic Smith, (OF) Yoenis Cespedes, and (OF) Jake Marisnick.

Lowrie and Cespedes missed all of last season due to injury. We will see if they both can make an impact this season or not.

The projected starting rotation will be 1. Jacob deGrom 2. Noah Syndergaard 3. Marcus Stroman 4. Steven Matz 5. Rick Porcello.

Edwin Diaz is expected to be the closer, but he struggled at times last season. This bullpen could be hit or miss. They also have Seth Lugo, Jeurys Familia, and Dellin Betances in the bullpen as well. Diaz didn’t pitch as well as he did the season before with the Seattle Mariners. We will see if he can bounce back this season or not for the New York Mets ball club.

Zack Wheeler left the New York Mets in free agency and he decided to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies. This rotation should be again this season but we will see if it is or not.

Jacob deGrom won the Cy Young Award once again for the National League last season. He also won it in 2018.

Pete Alonso also won Rookie of the Year for the National League last season at well. It will be interesting to see what kind of year he will have again.

The Atlanta Braves will most likely be the favorites to win the National League East. Second place could be wide open between the New York Mets, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Washington Nationals.

Pitchers and catchers have to report for New York by Wednesday, February 12. Everyone has to report by Monday, February 17.

The Mets will play their spring training games at First Data Field in Port St. Luice, Florida.

New York will begin spring training games on Saturday, February 22 against the St. Louis Cardinals

at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. They will also face the Miami Marlins at First Data Field also at 1:10 and the squads will be split up.

The New York Mets will begin the regular season on Thursday, March 26 against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field in Flushing, New York.

How do you see the 2020 season for the New York Mets? Leave a comment below.

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