It's the most wonderful time of the year!
-Written By Alec Baicher
Yes, its what we have all been waiting for since the end of October......BASEBALL IS BACK!!!!
Now baseball isn't back in full action, but pitchers and catchers just reported to spring training this weekend. For my beloved New York Mets, the best rotation in baseball, reported for duty in Port St. Lucie yesterday. (@Shake_N_Baich on twitter if you don't agree)
This is a massive year for the New York Mets. Coming off a World Series loss in 2015, expectations were World Series or bust. Injuries, injuries, and oh yeah, more injuries plagued the Mets in 2016 where their season was cut short by the Giants in the NL Wildcard game. (side note: I DESPISE the Wild Card game after experiencing it last year. And yeah, fuck Connor Gillepsie too).
Now, injuries weren't everything. The Mets endured another 2 month stretch where they couldn't hit, they couldn't bring runners in from third base with less than two outs if their life depended on it, and Terry Collins made some head scratching decisions.
Now, that brings us to this season. With position players a week from reporting, I'll stick to the pitching staff for this article. I expect the rotation to be full healthy for the first time. That. first and foremost, will be the most important piece of the puzzle for the Mets. We have waited far too long to see a rotation with Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz, and Wheeler come to fruition. It's extremely nice to have guys like Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo as replacement pieces to the rotation, but we want to see this Fab Five in action.
Sandy did a great job in piecing together a formidable bullpen with re-signing guys like Fernando Salas and Jerry Blevins. Jeurys Familia will most likely be suspended 30 games to open the season after his arrest on domestic violence, so Addison Reed will take over the closing duties for the first month. But as we know, the Mets will live and die with their starting rotation.
P.S. Thoughts and Prayers to the entire National League
Noah Syndergaard reported to camp Sunday and told reporters he -- seriously -- gained 15-17 pounds of muscle, wants to throw HARDER in 2017.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) February 12, 2017