ESPN.com recently released their list of the biggest question marks for each team. What was the New York Mets biggest question mark heading into the season?
The New York Mets are in a position to be one of the best teams in the National League. After reaching the World Series in 2015, the expectations have risen for the Mets.
Last season, injuries really affected the Mets throughout the season. Possibly due to their starters throwing a lot of innings in 2015, almost all of them were injured in 2016. This season, the Mets are relatively healthy heading into the season.
With a pretty good lineup and one of the best starting rotations in baseball, the Mets could be poised for great things this season. However, no team doesn’t have a question mark. Furthermore, health for those pitchers is the biggest question mark for the Mets according to Buster Olney in ESPN’s article. Here’s what Olney had to say.
"How many starts will the Mets’ talented rotation actually make? “We’ve been talking about how good they could be,” said one scout, “but until you actually do it — and take the ball 30-32 times a year, it’s just potential. It’s just theory.” The Mets don’t have a deep lineup around Yoenis Cespedes, and they are a subpar defensive team, but if Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz make 110-120 starts, they’ll be formidable — and a team nobody wants to face in October. — Buster Olney"
Heading into the season, the Mets will already be without Steven Matz for a few weeks. Luckily, the emergence of Robert Gsellman last season should mean that the Mets should be fine without Matz for the time being.
While Matz’s injury history is concerning, the Mets are probably unsure of what to expect from Matt Harvey. After having surgery last season, Harvey will be attempting to regain his form from 2015.
If the Mets’ rotation is healthy, the National League might be theirs. However, keeping their star-studded rotation of disabled list has been an issue.