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New York Mets 2022: Scouting, Projected Lineup, Season Prediction

Max Scherzer, New York Mets

The Mets hope their offseason spending spree, highlighted by signing Max Scherzer, will really pay off come October

The Mets are built to win now. After a series of stumbles in his first season, owner Steve Cohen has a new GM, a new manager, a new ace, and a new leadoff man — all trying to reach the same expectations of winning big, and quickly. This is an older roster, but the Mets hope to follow the San Francisco Giants' 2021 example of getting the most out of talented veterans by having enough depth to spread around the workload. Anything less than a deep run into October would be a massive letdown in Flushing.

Opposing Scouts Size Up the Mets

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"With Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom, they'll obviously have the best 1-2 punch in all of baseball. The big question, of course, is deGrom's health, and he throws so hard that I'm not sure his body is built to stand up to the stress. Taijuan Walker fell apart in the second half, but he'll be fine if he trusts the natural movement on his stuff and pitches to contact a little more. Their closer, Edwin Díaz, is one of the best around — it's just a matter of time until he has one of those epic seasons where he goes 40-for-40 in saves. The addition of Starling Marte is a game-changer for that offense. He's really strong, really fast, and if he can play a full season, they'll be very dangerous. Francisco Lindor has gotten through that transition period; he's due to have a huge season, and they know they'll get big-time power from Pete Alonso. I loved the signings of Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar — fundamentally sound guys who can play multiple spots. I wonder if Jeff McNeil can get it back together, though. He's probably better in a utility role."

Beyond the Box Score

Bargain slugger As a rookie in 2019, Pete Alonso made the minimum $555,000. Not yet eligible for arbitration in 2021, he made a salary of $676,775. In both seasons, though, he took home a cool $1 million for one night's work in July. Alonso earned the prize by winning the Home Run Derby in Cleveland in 2019 and again in Colorado last year. "I'm the best power hitter on the planet," he proclaimed. If he proves it again this summer at Dodger Stadium, Alonso would join Ken Griffey Jr. as the only three-time winners of the Derby.

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Getting paid Jacob deGrom faces an interesting decision after the 2022 season, when he can exercise an opt-out clause in his contract. deGrom is scheduled to earn $30.5 million in 2023 and then has a club option for $32.5 million in 2024. Since deGrom signed the deal in March 2019, the Mets have been bought by the richest owner in sports, Steve Cohen, and have signed Max Scherzer to a contract with a record annual value of $43.3 million. If deGrom stays healthy and elite, expect him to be rewarded with a raise and an extension.

Raiding the Bronx In choosing Billy Eppler as their general manager and Buck Showalter as manager, the Mets followed a franchise tradition of hiring former Yankees to leadership positions. Their first manager, of course, was the legendary Casey Stengel, and their first club president was another Hall of Fame Yankee, George Weiss. The GM of the 1969 champions was Johnny Murphy, a former Yankees pitcher. Other managers who had worked for the Yankees include Yogi Berra, Dallas Green and Willie Randolph. Some managers have gone the other way, too — most notably Joe Torre, but also Luis Rojas, who managed the Mets in 2020-21 and remains in town as the new third base coach for the Yankees.

Name game Pitcher Tylor Megill, who had a solid rookie season for the Mets, is about two years younger than his brother Trevor, a pitcher for the Cubs. He can thank his brother for the unusual spelling of his first name. "Well, we had Trevor with an '-or' and we wanted 'Tyler' to have the same thing," their father, Kevin Megill, told SNY. He added that the name was intended to be pronounced like "Tyler," but his son preferred the "ty-LORE" pronunciation, just like it's spelled.

Multi-use stadium The Citi Field vaccination site had administered more than 200,000 free COVID-19 shots by the end of October, the most of any site operated by New York City. The 24/7 site opened in early February and was soon available for all New Yorkers.

Projected Lineup


CF   Starling Marte (R)
LF    Brandon Nimmo (L)
SS    Francisco Lindor (S)
1B    Pete Alonso (R)
2B    Robinson Canó (L)
3B    Eduardo Escobar (S)
DH   Dominic Smith (L)
RF    Mark Canha (R)
C     James McCann (R)


C     Tomás Nido (R)
INF   Jeff McNeil (L)
3B    J.D. Davis (R)
INF   Luis Guillorme (L)


RHP    Max Scherzer
RHP    Jacob deGrom
RHP    Taijuan Walker
RHP    Carlos Carrasco
RHP    Chris Bassitt


RHP    Edwin Díaz (C)
RHP    Trevor May
LHP    Joely Rodríguez
RHP    Seth Lugo
RHP    Adam Ottavino
RHP    Yennsy Diaz
RHP    Drew Smith
LHP    David Peterson

2022 Prediction: 2nd in NL East