The magic is back in Flushing. The 2015 New York Mets defied all expectations by winning the National League Pennant and making it to the World Series for the first time since 2000. But how can they make it back to the Fall Classic in 2016? Here are 3 simple keys for the Amazins.
The offense needs to be as efficient as it was in the second half of 2015. The Mets’ offense in the first half was very sub par. Statistically speaking the Mets were at the bottom of the National League in every major offensive category. After the acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes at the Trade Deadline, the Mets skyrocketed to the top of the National League. A bounce back year from the captain David Wright, a breakout year from top prospect Michael Conforto, and a solid year from Lucas Duda & Curtis Granderson, and the Mets won’t have to rely on their all-world pitching staff every game.
The bullpen needs to produce. There are a number of question marks in the bullpen in 2016. Besides Jeurys Familia and new signing Antonio Bastardo, the bullpen seems up in the air. Hansel Robles, Addison Reed, Erik Goeddel, and Logan Verrett all had decent enough years in 2015 to earn a place in the bullpen. Familia has turned into one of the best closers in baseball. Bastardo is a very solid setup man. Hansel Robles seems to be a great flame throwing youngster if he tones down the walks. Jerry Blevins was brought in early last year to face lefties but got hurt within days of being acquired and was out the remainder of the year. He seems like a great lefty specialist so it will be interesting to see how well he performs when healthy.
The rotation needs to live up to the hype. This may very well be the greatest starting rotation that has been assembled in MLB history. It’s pretty impressive when your staff can go out there 4 days in a row and completely dominate the opposition. That’s what the Mets have in the form of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz. Not to mention the ageless wonder Bartolo Colon, who may very well be the best fifth starter in the league. And Zack Wheeler seems to be on track to return around June. With Harvey and deGrom leading this Mets rotation into battle, it seems like nothing can stop this pitching staff.
If the Mets can hit on these 3 keys, we can surely expect another pennant and maybe even a World Series ring in 2016, 30 years since their last one.