There has been a lot of bickering and complaining between the owners, MLB, and MLBPA when it comes to playing games for the 2020 MLB season. However, the players and the league figured out the final details involving health and safety protocols, which means baseball is back. The New York Mets can focus on business.
This will obviously be an odd season as players will report to camp by July 1. There will also be 60 games this year, which will begin on July 23 or 24 with no fans in attendance. What’s the potential outlook for the New York Mets this season?
Having to play 60 games instead of 162 for the Mets may favor them for a couple of reasons. The first reason is because of their starting pitching. Number two is because of their offense. Lastly, number three is that they are also good within the division.
With that being said, teams will only play divisional and interleague games against teams in their geographical area.
For example, the Mets will play the NL East and this season it will be for a total of 40 games. The division includes the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins, and Atlanta Braves, obviously.
New York will also face clubs in the AL East for a grand total of 20 games. That division has some major competitors like the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox. Then, there’s the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles who are trying to take the next step in their development.
In more 2020 MLB new, National League teams will now have a designated hitter, but the playoffs will not expand to 16 teams. Instead, it will remain at 10.
Extra innings will begin with a runner at second base if a contest goes that far. And teams will carry 30 players on the active roster for the first two weeks of the season. Then, 28 during the second two weeks and 26 afterward.
The trade deadline is set for August 31
The CBA expires after the 2021 season.
So what’s going to be the lineup for the New York Mets this season?
Noah Syndergaard would have been in the rotation, but he is out for the season due to the UCL tear that required Tommy John surgery back in March. He is the heart and soul of this pitching rotation. The New York Mets will miss his presence no doubt.
This team is going to be hit or miss this season. They have the potential to go to the postseason, but it will be on the bullpen. If the bullpen hits, they’ll be in. If not, then they’ll be out. It’s as simple as that.
Also, will Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie be healthy? If so, great. If not, oh well. This team has missed the playoffs the last two seasons. New York has also not won the World Series since 1986 against the Boston Red Sox in seven games, despite making it to the World Series in 2015 against the Kansas City Royals and losing in five games to them.
If they go 40-20, they will be in the playoffs most likely but it will be close. This team has the talent to make the playoffs and will see if the New York Mets live up to expectations and win it all or not.
If they don’t, will general manager Brodie Van Wagenen make trades again?
No matter how you look at it, there will be high expectations for the New York Mets this upcoming season.
What kind of season do you think the New York Mets will have? Leave a comment below.
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