Are the Mets the NL’s Best?

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The New York Mets have been one of the NL’s more consistent teams these past few years, and trust me, that’s a rare thing to say. Despite injuries and off field problems galore, they’ve been competitive since they claimed the East in summer of 2015. And now, healthy and motivated, they are ready to dominate. That’s why I believe the Metropolitan’s are heading back to the classic this October.

Pitching

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Credit: Kathy Willens/AP Photo

The Mets starting rotation is arguably the MLB’s best when healthy. Noah Syndergaard and Jacob Degrom lead the Mets rotation as a formidable one two punch, but adding back a healthy Matt Harvey and Zach Wheeler (Both hit the mid 90s in their debuts this season), who each missed nearly two full seasons with elbow injuries, now gives the Mets four aces. If they can reach their level of dominance they had when they made the World Series a few years back, watch out. And let’s not forget Steve Matz who’s due back from injury in a month. While their bullpen could use some of that dominance and depth, look for the Mets to move one of their outfielders to bulk up the pen before the end of July.

Hitting

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Credit: Kathy Willens/AP Photo

For the first time in a long time, the Mets lineup isn’t something to laugh at. As someone who saw Yoenis Cespedes’ three home run showcase Tuesday night, I feel confidant the rest of the lineup will follow. In that game the team hit eight HRs total. Jay Bruce has led the team in all categories to start the year. He’s finally looking like the slugger the team intended to add when they traded for him pre deadline last season. Michael Conforto is turning more into the star the Mets dreamt of when the called him up. He’s recently showed off his power with an opposite field blast Wednesday night which secured the Mets’ sweep of the Phillies. Add all that, plus veteran leaders David Wright and Jose Reyes and the Mets have all the pieces a hitting coach could ask for.

Management

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Credit: The Star-Ledger/USA TODAY Sports

All my raving about Flushing’s favorites wouldn’t be possible without Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins. Alderson has constantly made smart and well-thought out decisions that have put the Mets in a countless winning situations. He locked down their star bat Cespedes for three more years this offseason. What I like most about Alderson is that he never jeopardizes the future. He only makes trades that limit the talent they give up from their farm system. Even Tebow is swinging the bat well. While all is well upstairs, it’s Terry Collins who gets these players to give their best each night. Collin’s leadership and confidence in his ball club has given the Mets the reputation of fighters in the league and made them a team to never count out.

If the Mets can continue to grow and develop their talent, as well as stay healthy, then look for them to make one strong run leading to the postseason once again. While the Nats are the NL East’s favorites, they as well as the league will soon remember how Amazin’ these Mets can be.

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