2021 Spring Training: Peeking Inside the New York Mets

The New York Mets have new ownership entering the 2021 regular season. The Wilpon’s sold the team this offseason to Steve Cohen. Cohen will be doing this for the fans and not for himself. He will be able to spend money and the Wilpon’s were known for being cheap.

New York has a brand new day in itself and its fanbase. They hope to win a World Series within the next five years. The Mets were last in the playoffs in 2016 against the San Francisco Giants in the National League Wild Card. New York lost to the Kansas City Royals in the 2015 World Series in five games.

The Mets also brought back Sandy Alderson into the front office. They have had to deal with some drama inside the front office this offseason, but they will be alright moving forward. New York hopes to win the National League East this season, but it won’t be easy.

The Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves are both going to be good. The Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies are alright as well, but New York should be better than both of them.

Washington, Atlanta, and the Mets could be in a three-team race for the National League East title and potentially the National League wild card. Luis Rojas will be the manager once again this season for the New York Mets.

There were a lot of people who thought he was going to get fired after one season, but the front office blamed all of the failures on former general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.

Starting Rotation

Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Carlos Carrasco, David Peterson, and Joey Lucchesi. Lucchesi will be in the starting rotation until Noah Syndergaard returns from injury sometime in June or July. Jacob deGrom is one of the best starting pitchers in baseball and is looking for his third NL Cy Young Award in the past four seasons.

The New York Mets could potentially have one of the best starting rotations in the entire MLB this regular season. New York could shut down a lot of teams with its rotation. The New York Mets fanbase should be excited about this heading into 2021.

Bullpen

Edwin Diaz (Closer), Seth Lugo, Trevor May, Jeurys Familia, and Miguel Castro. Diaz will be the closer for now. If he struggles at any point this season, his short leash will be gone and Lugo or May will become the team’s permanent closer.

This could be the Achilles heel of the New York Mets once again this regular season.

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Projected Lineup

(C) James McCann, (1B) Pete Alonso, (2B) Jeff McNeil, (3B) J.D. Davis, (SS) Francisco Lindor, (LF) Dominic Smith Jr., (CF) Brandon Nimmo, and (RF) Michael Conforto.

This is going to be one of the best offensive lineups in baseball this season. Shortstop Francisco Lindor and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco were acquired this offseason from the Cleveland Indians for shortstop Amed Rosario, second baseman/shortstop Andres Giminez, and two other prospects.

Alonso is the heartbeat of the New York Mets. He is one of the best leaders inside the clubhouse. Pete Alonso will look to regain his form this season.

Michael Conforto is one of the best young outfielders in the MLB. He needs to be signed to a contract extension sooner rather than later.

Dominic Smith Jr. had a breakout season last season and he will look to improve and continue to get better every single day. The New York Mets have one of the most talented rosters in the entire MLB.

Key Dates

Monday, March 1st: First spring training game against the Miami Marlins.

Thursday,​​​​​​​ April 1st: First game of the regular season against the Washington Nationals on the road.

Thursday, April 8th: First New York Mets home game of the 2021 regular season against the Miami Marlins.

The New York Mets will look to get back to the MLB postseason this year. New York will have high expectations with new ownership in town. The Mets haven’t won the World Series since 1986 against the Boston Red Sox. They are long overdue for one and will have to dethrone the defending World Series Champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers, in order to reach that goal and ultimate destination.

What do you think of the New York Mets’ outlook for the 2021 regular season heading into spring training? Leave a comment below.

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