8 reasons the Mets are the best team in the majors

NL EastThe Mets have not finished above .500 since 2008, and have struggled to get out of fourth place for a few years.  So how can a team like this be the best team in the majors?  Well for starters, their organization has players and prospects with potentials higher than the sky.  Of course, just because they have potential does not mean that they will produce as they are expected, but there is a good possibility that they will.  Therefore, listed below are some of the players that will help the Mets rise to the top.

1.     Zack Wheeler: The young number two starter for the Mets may assume the role of the Mets Ace this season, as Matt Harvey will likely not be pitching at all in 2014.  According to Fangraphs, Wheeler is expected to go 11-8 this season with a 3.57 ERA.  Personally, I find this to be a bit out of reach, but then again, Matt Harvey had huge success his sophomore season, so why can’t Wheeler.

2.     Noah Syndergaard: Projected by Fangraphs to go 7-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 2014, Noah Syndegaard seems to be this year’s Mets breakout prospect.  Syndergaard is not the hardest hurler in the world, but he is 6’2”, which comes in handy when trying to dominate batters.  After a rookie season, Syndergaard has potential to be a great number three pitcher, which is not something to look down upon, because Harvey and Wheeler will be silencing the bats in the two games before Syndergaard takes the mound in 2015.

3.     Bartolo Colon: Despite his age, Colon has been a rock these past couple of seasons for the A’s.  He finished sixth overall in Cy Young Voting in 2013, and is projected to go 12-7 with a 3.37 ERA according to Fangraphs, so between Wheeler, Syndergaard, and himself, the Mets have already potentially put up a record of 30-19, which is a .612 winning percentage.

4.     David Wright: When MLB Network counted down the top 10 third basemen right now, Wright finished second.  When they counted down the top 100 players in all of the Major Leagues right now, he finished twenty-fifth.  However, Mets fans know that he is much better than that.  Over the past few years, Wright leads all third basemen in OBP, and is projected to have an OBP of .390 in 2014.

5.     Curtis Granderson: Granderson already has 217 homers in his career, and Fangraphs is predicting that he will hit 25 in 2014.  Of course, it will be somewhat of a challenge for Granderson to come back from a season in which he was injured twice (both times by getting hit by a pitch), but if anyone can do it, he is the man.  Plus, he seems to extremely enjoy wearing a Mets uniform, as he has made comments, such as “all real New Yorkers are Mets fans.”  He even thanked the fans energy for the two back-to-back home runs that he hit earlier this spring.

6.     Juan Lagares: As we all know, there is no better defensive outfielder in the game of baseball than Juan Lagares.  In fact, I am now establishing his nickname as “The Laser”, as there does not seem to be a single base runner that can beat his throw to a base.  So, as long as he is able to improve his swing and hit for a higher average, Lagares can easily become one of the best all around outfielders in the MLB.

7.     Travis d’Arnaud: The Mets have done a pretty good job with finding backstops in their history.  Gary Carter, Mike Piazza, Paul Lo Duca, John Buck (for the first half of 2013), etc., have all been great during their time with the Mets.  So now it is d’Arnaud’s turn.  Not only does Fangraphs predict 14 home runs and a .268 batting average in 2014, but they also predict a 3.9 WAR, which is pretty good for a catcher.  d’Arnaud is only 25 years old, so he does not have too much wear and tear on his knees, and will certainly be a threat behind the plate in 2014.

8.     Matt Harvey: Harvey will probably not pitch in 2014, but there is still a slight possibility.  If he were to pitch in a Mets uniform this season, it would probably be in late August or early September… which is right about when the Mets can make a major playoff run.  Not only will Harvey be in the clubhouse for moral support, he can help the new pitchers.

When you think about it, 90 wins may not be that far off for the Mets.  As long as the remain healthy, and the team plays to each player’s potential, the Mets can certainly become a major National League contender.  For now, it is only spring training, so we can only guess what is to come in another season for the Mets.  But let’s hope that by season’s end, we will not all be saying “just wait until next year.”

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18 comments for “8 reasons the Mets are the best team in the majors

  1. Chris F
    March 12, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Every article seems to get more and more out of touch with objective reality. I love the Mets, but best team in the MLB? They will be lucky to be the 3rd best in the NL East.

    • Robby
      March 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Agree with you. No third baseman, first baseman and the outfield yet improved not the best either.

  2. Jerry Grote
    March 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Without a shortstop – and as of this writing, right now – without a 1B, I wouldn’t put this team among the top 8 teams in the NL, much less baseball.

    We have the *potential* for excellent starting pitching, but before we get too excited about it … consider that the manager just said he’s considering Dillon Gee as his Opening Day starter if Niese can’t go.

    • March 12, 2014 at 10:58 am

      I have no problem with Gee starting the Opener…

      • Jerry Grote
        March 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm

        Dillon Gee is probably a full win worse than any other option *on this team* – maybe two wins worse. On another team, if you are talking about putting a 1-1.5 WAR out there for Opening Day … then the enlightened in your fan base are not talking about how your team is among the top 8 in baseball.

        If you start Dillon Gee against Stephen Strasberg, well, tell you what. I’ll take the Nationals and give you 2 runs.

        Too funny Charley. Too funny.

        • Name
          March 12, 2014 at 2:10 pm

          Why are you putting so much significance on one game? In the long run, game 1 is equally as important as game 50. And why does order matter? If we are going to get x innings from gee at x era, y innings from Niese at y era, and z innings from Colon at z era, who cares what order they get those innings?

    • Name
      March 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Gee is the only one in the group who has pitched 199+ innings in a season over the last 5 years so terry may be considering durability as a factor. Niese and colon are probably better, but both are more brittle.

  3. Metsense
    March 12, 2014 at 11:59 am

    The Mets have some obvious flaws that should have been addressed in the offseason and weren’t. Maybe if they addressed their deficiencies then maybe the article title could be appropriate.
    The Mets needed an upgrade at shortstop.
    A top 8 team would only have one offensively challenged player in the lineup. You chose Lagares and I agree. Nice nickname.
    The bullpen does not have an established setup man and the closer is coming back from injury.
    In 2015 the pitching might allow the article title to hold true, Syndergaard, Harvey, Wheeler, Mejia and Niese could be very dominant especially with Gee and Montero as depth.
    d’Arnaud is the difference maker in 2014. The sooner he elevates his offense so that he can bat 5th, the sooner the Mets will improve. Meanwhile, only because I am a rose colored glasses fan I’ll take the Bovada’s over and sweat to get 74 wins.

  4. Name
    March 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Very very bad title for the article. Listing players are not reasons. Should be titled from the using the last line on the first paragraph “8 players who can help the Mets rise to the top”

  5. NormE
    March 12, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Unless Syndergaard has been taking too many hot showers I don’t think that he shrunk from 6-6 to 6-2.

    • Metfan62
      March 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      BTW I caught that error as well but loved the way you put it NormE.

  6. Paul
    March 12, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Is this fantasy baseball?

  7. Metfan62
    March 12, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    The real answer is if Ike returns to form, or has Valley Fever derailed another career as it did Conner Jackson of the D’backs. We can’t be team that loses at home, hitting only.215 as a team at Citifield. They have a winning record on the road, and that is what a winning ballclub does, wins 50% or better of their games on the road. I do see Montero as better than many people think he my become. He has a polished approach as a pitcher, throws strikes, doesn’t hurt himself with walks. My only regret is not having a true veteran catcher to tutor DA, and our young staff. I personally have be impressed by Centero, love that arm he has behind the plate.

  8. Joe Vasile
    March 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I’m a little more optimistic than most, but I don’t know about the Mets being the top team in the NL East, let alone the majors. Maybe next year 😛

  9. Jim OMalley
    March 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I agree; nice nickname. …. But don’t great teams have great managers….Give me Wally Backman and three months and we can look at this again.

  10. March 12, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I’m sorry Dan but when the Mets picked up Carter and Piazza they were great already. d’Arnaud hasn’t showed us anything yet. Potential is such a wonderful term. I agree with Jim OMalley. great teams always have great managers who put their players in the best possible situation to succeed. Wright and Granderson need to stay healthy and avoid any lengthy time on the DL. That being said, this current roster will have a hard time finishing third in the division. So much for the best team in the majors.

  11. Patrick Albanesius
    March 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I hope you are a smarter man than the rest of us, Dan.

  12. Clendenon
    March 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I’ve seen some pie in the sky Met fan predictions and statements but Dan you take the proverbial cake !

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