By: Dawson Wright
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Following an underachieving 70 win season, the Mets are looking to bounce back in 2018. According to Fangraphs, the Mets are projected to finish 81-81 next season. This projected record, combined with their underachieving season last year, may be why they are being overlooked.
Injuries has plagued the Mets from reaching their full potential. Last season Cespedes went down for a while, and don’t even get started on the rotation. So this offseason, the Mets decided to make it a priority to try and stay healthy, which is why along with their signings they hired new team doctors.
Todd Frazier was one of the main acquisitions this offseason. For two years and $17 million, the Frazier contract looks really good, even considering the fact he is project to have a WAR around 2, and the fact that last year, he had a strikeout percentage of 21.7%.
Jay Bruce is by far the best edition to the Mets this entire offseason. For $39 Million for three years, this deal was a steal for the Mets. He hit 36 home runs last season with the Mets and the Indians. It is clear at this point with the Mets outfield, that they aren’t going to win any gold gloves. But going into next season with the new additions, I see the Mets lineup looking something like this:
The Mets aren’t going to win the NL East by any means, that is a lock for the Nationals. However, the Mets getting one of the two Wild Card spots is very plausible, but the rotation has to stay healthy as well.
The Mets rotation last season had only one starter that stayed healthy the entire season, and if that happens next season, forget about any chance at the Wild Card. But if Syndergaard, Harvey and Mets rotation can stay healthy and lead the ship, a postseason appearance seems imminent in Queens.