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New York Mets 2021: Scouting, Projected Lineup, Season Prediction

New York Mets 2021: Scouting, Projected Lineup, Season Prediction

New York Mets 2021: Scouting, Projected Lineup, Season Prediction

When Mets superfan Steve Cohen paid a record $2.475 billion to buy the franchise in November, it signaled a clear direction — win today, win tomorrow, and spare no expense. Cohen said he would be disappointed not to win a World Series within five years, and his fellow Mets fans would surely agree.

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"With the addition of Francisco Lindor, the Mets will be World Series contenders if they do this right. Pete Alonso's numbers were down, but he's still a great player, and his struggles last year were overblown. Jeff McNeil gets to play his natural position at second with Robinson Cano gone. Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Dominic Smith are all well above-average players. I think the James McCann contract was surprising; they paid too much for a guy with a pretty short track record who only played half the time last year. Marcus Stroman's someone who can start a playoff game for you but you'd hope he wouldn't have to start twice. They'll have three starters better than him — obviously Jacob deGrom, plus Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard by the time you get to October. I think they're gonna have a very good bullpen; Edwin Diaz was very good last year, and he'll be one of the best relievers in baseball again. I think Trevor May was a good signing; he was probably the second-best reliever on the market after Liam Hendriks."

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Beyond the Box Score

In Safe Hands In a November interview with SNY, Steve Cohen casually revealed that he was the owner of the "little roller up along first" that skipped through Bill Buckner's legs for an error to win Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Cohen said he bought the ball at auction for $410,000, about four times what he expected to pay — but worth it, he added. The ball is autographed by Mookie Wilson, who hit it to break the hearts of the Boston Red Sox and set up the Mets' last championship in Game 7, and Cohen said he would place it in the Mets' Hall of Fame at Citi Field.

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A Real Gamer When the Mets signed Trevor May to a two-year, $15.5 million free agent contract, they got more than a pitcher. May used to produce progressive house and dubstep music under the name "DJ Hey Beef." Then he discovered Twitch, becoming a regular streamer for Luminosity, specializing in Fortnite, with a popular channel,

iamtrevormay

, on which he takes questions from fans. 


Tebow Returns The pandemic wiped out the minor league season, which could have signaled the end for a 33-year-old who hit just .163 at Triple-A in 2019. But when the player is Tim Tebow, the equation is different. Tebow will return for his fifth minor league season in 2021, despite a career slash line of .223/.299/.338. "It's not something that I want to do forever … because there's a lot of other things that are in my heart that I want to pursue," Tebow told MLB.com. "But it is something that is still in my heart today."


Black may be back The Mets wore black alternate jerseys from 1998 through 2011. A decade without black has some fans — and players like Pete Alonso and Marcus Stroman — pining for its return. Cohen is open to the idea. "There's lots of discussion on these black jerseys," he told SNY. "I think it's probably more that people want it than don't want it. I haven't talked to the players about it. I want to make sure they would be into that. And maybe we do it on a night every once in a while or something, just to shake it up."


Three’s not a charm Jacob deGrom had another stellar season in 2020, with a 2.38 ERA and an NL-best 104 strikeouts (to just 18 walks). It was good enough to finish third in the NL Cy Young balloting, but not to add to his collection of trophies. DeGrom won the Cy in 2018 and 2019. Randy Johnson and Greg Maddux are the only pitchers to win three Cy Young awards in a row. (Both, in fact, won four straight.)

Projected Lineup

LINEUP

SS     Francisco Lindor (S)

CF     Brandon Nimmo (L)

2B     Jeff McNeil (L)

1B     Pete Alonso (R)

LF     Dominic Smith (L)

RF     Michael Conforto (L)

C      James McCann (R)

3B     J.D. Davis (R)

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BENCH

C      Tomas Nido (R)

SS     Luis Guillorme (L)

OF    Albert Almora Jr. (R)

OF    Kevin Pillar (R)

UT    Jonathan Villar (S)

ROTATION

RHP     Jacob deGrom

RHP     Carlos Carrasco

RHP     Noah Syndergaard*

RHP     Marcus Stroman

LHP     Joey Lucchesi
RHP     Taijuan Walker

BULLPEN

RHP     Edwin Diaz (C)

RHP     Trevor May

RHP     Dellin Betances

RHP     Jeurys Familia

RHP     Seth Lugo

RHP     Robert Gsellman

LHP     Aaron Loup

LHP     David Peterson

*Note: Noah Syndergaard is expected to miss the start of the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

2021 Prediction: 2nd in NL East

(Jacob deGrom photo courtesy of @Mets)