New York Mets: Three thoughts on the Mets ahead of 2019

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The New York Mets are about to get their 2019 season underway. It will be the team’s 58th season overall, and the third since they last made the playoffs. With that, here are three thoughts I have ahead of Opening Day.

The New York Mets have a lot of buzz as they enter the 2019 regular season and rightfully so. The Mets made many power moves this offseason that includes but is not limited to spending a lot of money, bringing back a familia face (see what I did there,) and trading away coveted prospects. Method aside, they were all for the same purpose, to win.

That is the message that first year General Manager Brodie Van Waganen has been sending since he took over the job just a few months ago. Replacing long-time GM Sandy Alderson, Van Waganen provides a fresh breath of air.

But with a new GM comes new expectations. Everyone must prove to the new boss he should be part of their plan. Luckily the Mets that were here before he arrived are young enough to only get better and prove themselves otherwise.

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Like all things with this franchise, I am sorting of taking this buzz with a very cautious, but optimistic approach. On paper all new moves and lady time have seemed to improve this roster but the second they run out on the field all “what if’s” become “needs to be’s.”

The players will have to back up their general manager’s words and they will have to do their jobs to live up to the hypes themselves.

I for one am actually excited for this season, but it is for many other reasons rather than the new faces brought in. The 50th anniversary of the 1969 Miracle Mets should be a great weekend, Michael Conforto who I think is going to be a star, finally had a full, normal offseason after still dealing with that shoulder last year, and who could forget Jeff McNeil and how well he hit to end 2018.

The Mets will be a different team in terms of what they have, but also in experience. Manager Mickey Callaway is no longer a rookie manager and the five man rotations stayed exactly the same, building more chemistry.

So, enough banter, here are three of thoughts that crossed my mind as the Mets prepare to write the next chapter of their history.