New York Mets 2020 Season Preview, MLB Picks, Odds and MLB Predictions
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New York Mets 2020 Season Preview
A Look at the New York Mets for the 2020 MLB Season
Odds to Win the World Series: 20-to-1 Over/Under: 86.5 Total Wins
The New York Mets come into the 2020 MLB season after an 86-76 record last year. That mark saw New York finish in third place in the National League East; better than most expected but still not good enough for the playoffs as the team finished three games out of a Wild Card spot and missed the postseason for the third straight year. Get Free MLB Picks and MLB Predictions for the New York Mets all season long for every game at Sports Chat Place
Additions: Things get interesting right away here. New York hired Carlos Beltran as the team’s new manager in November, but he was gone by mid-January due to the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Taking over as skipper will be Luis Rojas, who comes in after working his way through the Dominican Professional Baseball League and the Mets’ minor-league coaching system.
New York bolsters their pitching staff in 2020 with the arrivals of Rick Porcello (4.36 career ERA), Michael Wacha (3.91 ERA) and Dellin Betances (career 2.36 ERA). Specifically, Betances is an intriguing add and was incredible at times with the Yankees. If Betances can avoid injury and retain his command, the Mets will have a shutdown late-innings guy who can really help out in those tight low-scoring games.
Subtractions: 2018-19 manager Mickey Callaway is the obvious choice here. Despite leading New York to a pretty decent (and better-than-expected) 86 wins in 2019, Callaway was fired in early October and has since moved on to the Angels.
Outside of Callaway, SP Zack Wheeler got a fat $118 million contract from Philadelphia, and Todd Frazier has moved on to the Rangers. Wheeler’s talented arm and Frazier’s veteran presence will be missed from the clubhouse in 2020.
Season Outlook: Really the Mets’ roster hasn’t changed all that much from last season, and they’ve got a pretty good home-grown batch of talent on the team. First baseman Pete Alonso is coming off an NL Rookie of the Year featuring 155 hits, and it’ll be interesting to see how he develops. Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom (2.62 career ERA) and All-Star Jeff McNeil (.316 BA in 2019) will of course be key cogs for New York this season as well. On a start-by-start basis, deGrom should keep the team in games, but he still needs bullpen and run support to get that win/loss record looking better.
All things considered, 2020 should look a lot like 2019 for the Mets, and they’ve got a lot of young talent on the team that will continue to blossom. The loss of Wheeler is going to sting but hopefully the team can plug that hole and steal some headlines from the Yankees this year. I think the Mets can flirt with 90 wins and eclipse their projected total this season if things break well for them.