Hallelujah folks, we’ve made it!
The offseason and spring training usually gives us some preconceived notions regarding both of the baseball teams in town.
Usually, there’s a certain preseason narrative that in some cases is very accurate, in other cases not so much.
Last year was a reminder to anyone that if you think you can accurately predict what’s going to happen over the six-month grind, think again.
Last year at this time, Aaron Judge just beat out Aaron Hicks to be the everyday right fielder in the Yankee lineup, and Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery earned their way into the rotation.
Fast forward to the 2018 season, where the Yankees are fresh off a feel-good ride to the American League Championship Series and Judge, Severino and Montgomery are key contributors for a team that has World Series-or-bust expectations.
On the flip side, a year ago the New York Mets were fresh off back-to-back trips to the postseason. Many around Citi Field believed that 2017 was going to be the year of the Mets.
Instead it was the year of the injury bug, gross underperformance, and a nightmare of a season.
The narrative has been flipped heading into the 2018 season.
The Yankees are the team in town that has the hype and the buzz around their club, and it makes perfect sense.
The Yankees have one of the most powerful lineups in baseball. They have a solid starting rotation and baseball’s best bullpen.
It would be a massive disappointment if this group is not playing October baseball as champions of the American League East.
The team has too much depth, too much power, and has the resources to correct any position of need that may arise during the year.
How will they get there and who will deliver? I think we have an idea, but the uncertainties of 162 games will discover new heroes, new problems and, I’m sure, new solutions.
The Yankees have the look of a team that is good enough to win the whole thing.
For the Mets, it’s a group that is flying under the radar compared to the last couple of seasons. The Mets go into the 2018 season with a team full of questions.
Will they put together, for the most part, an injury-free season? Will they get decent bounce-back campaigns out of Matt Harvey and Steven Matz?
The Mets have a team that is capable of making the postseason as a wildcard, but a lot has to break right.
For starters, the one-two punch of Noah Syndergard and Jacob deGrom has to stay healthy and be one of the best in baseball.
Offensively, it’s pretty simple: Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce need to anchor a lineup that hits a ton of home runs.
The Mets will live by the bomb and they’ll die by the bomb, but power hitting and power pitching is their path to the postseason.
I expect a much better year, but the questions surrounding the health of the pitching staff prevents me from putting the Mets in the postseason.
They’ll be in the mix, they’ll tease, but fall short.
Prediction time is over, let the 2018 baseball story begin!
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