As Mets fans, we sure like to complain, and rightly so. In terms of 2019’s outlook and the offseason so far, though, fans shouldn’t have much to complain about. Sure, the Mets have not gotten Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, or even A.J. Pollock. Yet, the Mets have turned weak points into strengths over the course of the offseason, something that good teams do!

The 2018 offense was a laughingstock, the 2018 bullpen was Seth Lugo and everyone else, but this has all changed. The bottom line is that the Mets are a very good team, with a very high ceiling in the 2019 season. Let’s take a look at the Mets 2019 projected roster to see how competitive they can really be this season:

2019 Projected Lineup:

Some of these projections are confirmed by Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and Manager Mickey Callaway, and some are based off of intel from around the industry.

1. Brandon Nimmo (RF) Left

2. Amed Rosario (SS) Right

3. Robinson Cano (2B) Left

4. Michael Conforto (CF) Left

5. Wilson Ramos (C) Right

6. Jeff McNiel (LF) Left

7. Jed Lowrie (3B) Switch

8. Todd Frazier (1B) Right

The Mets have come a long way from the lineup woes they had at the start of the offseason. Todd Frazier (1B) looks like the only hole in the offense, and he will be most likely be replaced by stud first baseman Peter Alonso during April. In 789 games in the 3-hole, Robinson Cano slashed .297/.357/.477 with 117 home runs in his career, something that the Mets could use. Newly-acquired Jed Lowrie provides depth and a significant upgrade at third base.

In addition, strong second halves by Nimmo, Rosario, Conforto, and McNeil could be the turning point in an explosive lineup for the Mets in 2019. Since the Mets have a surplus of infielders, many inside the Mets organization believe that McNeil (who played left field in college) has the ability to be a corner outfielder.

2019 Starting Rotation:

1. Jacob deGrom (R)

2. Noah Syndergaard (R)

3. Zack Wheeler (R)

4. Steven Matz (L)

5. Jason Vargas (L)

A bona-fide strength in the past few years, the Mets rotation may be poised for their best season yet. Jacob deGrom is coming off a breakout Cy Young season, and Wheeler was actually better than deGrom in the second half (9-1, 1.68 ERA). Steven Matz is maturing and looks to have a breakout season, while Noah Syndergaard battled through injuries and ineffectiveness yet still posted a quality season. Even Jason Vargas put up a 3.81 ERA in the second half of 2018, not bad for a fifth starter. This group looks like it will power the Mets to a postseason berth in 2019.

2019 Bullpen:

1. Edwin Diaz CP (R)

2. Jeurys Familia (R)

3. Seth Lugo (R)

4. Robert Gsellman (R)

5. Drew Smith (R)

6. Daniel Zamora (L)

7. Luis Avilan (L)

The much-improved unit has transformed from a debilitating piece of the Mets’ puzzle to a perceived strength. The Mets have 2 closers in their bullpen in Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia. Diaz will close and Familia will become a set-up man, and a closer in a set-up role speaks volumes about a bullpen’s depth. Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman provide multiple, quality innings and can easily bridge the gap between the Mets’ powerful starters and closers. Drew Smith has shown potential, and Zamora and Avilan can be solid left-handed relievers. The combination of this bullpen and rotation will be a lethal part of the Mets’ run in 2019.

Total Roster:

The Mets have offensive threats, devastating pitchers, and for once we will not see Jose Reyes or Eric Campbell coming off the bench in late games. We, as Mets fans, have not seen this type of team for a while now. This new-look squad has stars in the lineup, rotation, and bullpen. Hate to be optimistic, but that’s what championship teams are made of.

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