For most Mets fans this does seem far-fetched, since it has been eight years since the team has played in the postseason. For many, Carlos Beltran looking at a called third strike in the NLCS is etched in the back of our memories. But this year there may be some hope for fans. The team has made some key additions in Bartolo Colon, Curtis Granderson, Jose Valverde and Chris Young.
Since the Mets cleared a hefty sum of money off the books, Sandy Alderson felt obliged to prove that the team wouldn’t just roll over a die for another year. These key additions should help put the Mets in the thick of things above the declining Phillies and less-than-stellar Marlins.
The team will sorely miss Matt Harvey, but it still has some pitching depth nonetheless. Dillon Gee has been named the Opening Day starter, as he performed brilliantly in spring training. And Jon Niese has all the right tools to be a solid major league pitcher, but just hasn’t put it all together for a full season. Could this be the year for him?
If the Mets are able to win 90 games, then that should set them up for the playoffs. The team seems more optimistic than in the past, which is bright sign for the fans. Additionally, the new playoff format should help aid the Mets in their push for a playoff spot. The key will be to keep it all together until September—if they could make it that far.
In 2007 and 2008, the team was in contention all the way up until the last game, where it experienced two epic collapses. If the playoff format were the same as it is today, they would have made the one-game playoff, and history may have been different for those teams.
Albeit, that postseason spot will likely have to come through the wild card, since the Nationals and Braves both have strong hitting and pitching. However, a healthy David Wright, combined with the young talent and roster additions, should help bolster the team’s chances at a playoff push.