Spring Training is not particularly close, but the New Year is. We are feeling bold, aren’t you? Let’s discuss five predictions for the New York Mets’ 2020 season.
The rules state that the predictions need to be bold, which means that they normally wouldn’t come to fruition. However, they also should be possible, or attainable to some degree. There will be no “the Mets will acquire Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole and forget about luxury tax or payroll money.”
Without further ado, here are five bold predictions for the New York Mets in 2020:
Bold predictions for the Mets
Michael Conforto will hit 40 home runs
Conforto is entering his prime and already surpassed 30 home runs this year, with 33. He will be healthy and productive, and thanks to his sweet swing and elevated FB% (he had 40% in 2019) he will take his game to a whole new level in 2020.
Noah Syndergaard will throw 200 innings of sub-3.00 ERA… with the Mets
The subject of never-ending trade rumors, Thor will bring his A-game next season. He will be a sub-3.00 ERA hurler for the third time in his career (second if we count full seasons.) Syndergaard will also clear the 200-inning threshold and be an anchor of a formidable rotation.
J.D. Davis will hit .310 with 30 home runs
Yoenis Cespedes is traded and paves the way for Davis to play regularly. The Mets find him at-bats in the outfield and some in third base. The ex-Astro finishes with a .312 average and 31 home runs, evolving into a true middle-of-the-order threat.
Brandon Nimmo will lead the league in BB%
We know that Nimmo can walk with the best of them. If he had enough at-bats to qualify, his 18.3 BB% would have finished second in MLB after Mike Trout’s 18.3. Next year, he will lead the charge with a 17.4 BB% mark. A keen eye at the plate to set up one of the best offenses in the National League.
The Mets will advance to the World Series
Finally, and against all odds, the New York Mets will advance to the Fall Classic thanks to dominant postseasons from deGrom, Pete Alonso, and Jeff McNeil.