Posted by Richard Jones at 10:00 AM
In most years I seem to be pessimistic about the Mets. I've been a die hard Mets fan for almost 50 years. I think it comes with age. In 2015 I hated the Cespedes trade. I wanted the Mets to go into sell mode. I was wrong. That happens to me more often than not.
This year I'm very optimistic about the Mets up coming season. In late Janurary I posted my projections for the Mets pitching staff. I think the consensus was my projections were very generious to the Mets staff. My first projection here is that the Mets out pitch my projections as a group. This will be the season the Mets staff stays healthy and lives up the our expectations of them. One of the will win the Cy Young Award. Six starters will have 20+ starts and none of the will have an earned run average over 3.20.
First base will be a sore spot for the Mets again with very little offense relative to that position.
Michael Conforto will find his way into the Mets lineup and have a breakout year.
Travis d'Arnaud will be the Travis d'Arnaud we have come to know. He will play about 50 games with little defense. I see his bat improving just a bit.
Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith will be Mets regulars before the season ends.
Curtis Granderson will not hit a home run with runners on base until after the all-star break.
The Mets win the east with 94 wins.
During the football season the NLF Network with Kurt Warner and Michael Irvin have there weekly "bold predictions". Irvin would normally predict something very safe. Not bold. Others would predict the impossible. I think a bold prediction has to hit the right spot.
My bold prediction for the 2017 Mets is that we don't just get our second no-hitter we also get our 3rd. Two no-hitters in 2017.
Comment your "bold prediction" for the 2017 Mets.