The Mets have the best pitching staff in baseball, according to former GM and current ESPN analyst Jim Bowden, "and it'll get even better when Zack Wheeler returns from Tommy John surgery around midseason."
Unfortunately, they have the 10th-worst group of position players, he said the next day.
"The offense should be solid again," he writes. However, "Will outfielder Michael Conforto, catcher Travis d'Arnaud and infielder Wilmer Flores continue to develop? How many games will David Wright play, and will he be a solid contributor? Can Lucas Duda be more consistent?"
Last year's offense was much better than people gave them credit for, and it projects to be even more productive this season. They're more balanced, versatile and powerful. I don't anticipate a point when they're the worst scoring team in baseball, as they were at times last season. Instead, I expect a group of hitters that keep themselves consistently in the top 10 in scoring >> To read more reasons why the Mets will win, and why they might not, click here...