SUPER BOWL IS OVER - NOW WHAT? - Tom Brennan
"The Super Bowl is over. NOW what?"
A simple answer - we shortly begin an 8 month journey to the World Series and the coronation of the World Champion New York Mets. Time to climb on board the Success Train for an exhilarating ride, ending with a trip up the Canyon of Heroes.
Am I optimistic? Nah, just realistic.
For starters, we have unreal starting pitching, which will get unrealer (my new word) when Zach Wheeler returns as an ace quality starter in July. It could be one of the best rotations in baseball history. Harvey, Syndergaard, deGrom, Matz, and Wheeler? Whoosh! Colon, winner of 29 games the past 2 years, to hold the fort until Zach returns. Montero ready to deal if need be. Sean Gilmartin to imitate Jon Niese if need be.
Bullpen? Addison Reed, J- rees Familia, and Senor Bastardo? Great trio. And after that, plenty of good arms. Pen will rock, and that's no bull.
After opposing teams contemplate the nightmare of facing that starting pitching and pen day after day, at least they can take solace in the fact that the Mets offense will stink like it did the first 15 weeks of 2015, right? Wrong. I take offense to that line of thinking.
After all, we have "Senor Cigar", Yoenis Cespedes, ready to make the New York Mets great again.
Who else will hit with authority? How about David Wright, Lucas Duds, Curtis Granderson, Travis d'Arnaud, Neil Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Alejando de Aza, and Kevin Plawecki. By my count, 12 solid-to-dangerous offensive players. And the pitchers can hit too, right, Bartolo? Whoo hoo!
Yeah, defensively we can be better, but with that rotation, pen, and offense, the party time will be continual at Citifield in 2016. Hope to see you there. Tons of fans, which means tons of revenue, which means we sign all our pitchers to extensions. So 2016 is just the start.