2014 MLB Preview and Rankings: #23 New York Mets

Published: Mar 12, 2014 19:07pm EDT
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Mar 12, 2014 @ 07:07pm EDT

 

Spring training games have already begun and Opening Day is still a few weeks away, but the rite of passage that comes every Spring and finally getting to see actual ballgames going on in Florida and Arizona is enough to get any fan going.

There is still a lot of work to be done for some teams, position battles, last minute signings and so on. While one of the best things about Spring Training is that when it starts, anything can happen and every team has a chance.  Unfortunately for many teams those hopes can be shattered and lost by May.

As we begin playing ball, we have a pretty good idea of where each team stands and while each season is unpredictable, things can change at the drop of an Ace lefties torn rotator cuff.  

Over the next few weeks we'll give you a preseason ranking and analysis of each team daily.  feel free to disagree and voice your opinion

So with with all that being said, here we go:

23. New York Mets

After finishishing 2013 with their 5th straight losing season at 74-88 much of what was said about the Colorado Rockies can be said about the New York Mets. While there is an outside chance they can contend in 2014, it really seems as though they're preparing more for 2015.

True to the sense, the Mets are a "tweener".  They spent the offseason adding veteran, 30+ year olds to smatter in with their youth. It's a gamble that could pay off, but when that gamble goes in the wrong direction, it's a recipe for disaster.

The biggest signings this off season was bringing in 41 year old starting pitcher Bartolo Colon on a 2 year, $20 million deal, to anchor their rotation until true ace Matt Harvey returns from Tommy John surgery and another gray beard in Curtis Granderson.

Last year's Met offense was one of the worst in the NL, finishing last in the league in average and OPS while finishing 11th in runs scored.  Based on that alone, there's no place to go but up, ergo, there should be some improvement. That said, a full, healthy season from David Wright, the addition of Granderson hitting behind him along guys like Ike Davis and Travis d'Arnaud stepping up and reaching their potential should contribute to that cause. Make no mistake though, there are still many holes to fill.

On the pitching front (speaking of holes to fill), the rotation definitely has some potential. While it certainly would look better with Harvey at the top of it, Colon should be a decent stop gap innings eater while waiting on Harvey's return.  Dillon Gee and Jonathan Niese should fill the 2nd and 3rd slots in the rotation. While both have put up very pedestrian numbers in their limited time in the big leagues, both have room (and potential) to improve.

The biggest potential for improvement in the rotation is from 4th starter Zack Wheeler. Wheeler performed quite admirably after his June call up and while he showed streaks of wildness at times, it wasn't unexpected from the former first rounder in his first taste in the Show.  So far this spring training he's been very, very sharp and has impressed many in camp. Look for a breakout season from him.  

The 5th spot in the rotation is still up for grabs, and likely will be the entire season unless somebody (ie: John Lannan/Daisuke Matsuzaka/Carlos Torres/Jenrry Mejia) really steps forward and takes control of the spot.

As for the bullpen, this could very well be the Mets weak spot.  Outside of closer Bobby Parnell, retread Jose Valverde and journeyman Kyle Farnsworth there isn't a lot of experience out there. That said, counting on Parnell to be your closer is also a bit of a stretch.  The bullpen itself lacks a power, strikeout pitcher outside of Vic Black, but he, like the rest of the bullpen, gives up too many walks and too many base runners.

In reality, there really isn't much of a chance to contend for the Mets in 2014.  The lack of improvement overall, not to mention the fact that the NL East already has 2 dominant teams at the top will keep them from even sniffing a chance at contention.

Prediction 75-87

 

                                                 ***PREVIOUS RANKINGS***

 

24 Colorado Rockies 74-88

25. Toronto Blue Jays 71-91

26. Chicago Cubs  70-92

27. Minnesota Twins 67-95

28. Chicago White Sox 66-96

 

 

 

29. Miami Marlins 64-98

 

 

 

30. Houston Astros  62-100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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