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With the Roster Almost Set, Will the New York Mets Live up to Their Potential?

Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals is out at second base as Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets makes a throw to first base during the first inning of a spring training game at Tradition Field. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images)

Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals is out at second base as Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets makes a throw to first base during the first inning of a spring training game at Tradition Field. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images)

The start of the regular season is only ten days away for the New York Metropolitans. With the young team and expectations the Mets have, there is no doubt they can’t wait to get started. The Mets have been one of the hardest teams to predict because a lot of their players are so young and inexperienced; it’s hard to anticipate their production.

The Mets will open their season in Washington against the Nationals on Monday April 6th. Their home opener won’t be until the following Monday April 13th, where they will face off against the Philadelphia Phillies. Manager Terry Collins announced that Bartolo Colon will be the opening day starter and Jacob deGrom will get the start for the Mets’ home opener.

With so many question marks in the lineup, the starting pitching looks like it will have to carry the Mets to victory. The projected starting rotation is Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Jonathan Niese, Bartolo Colon, and Dillion Gee. The top four guys have solidified their spot in the rotation and Dillon Gee was recently added after Zack Wheeler went down with a torn UCL. With lots of young pitching in the pipeline, it is speculated that Gee will be on a short leash.

The Mets bullpen looks solid going into the 2015 season. For now, it looks like the closing role will go to Jenrry Mejia who did a good job closing out games for the Mets last season. The 7th and 8th inning guys should be a mix of Vic Black and Jeurys Familia. These two hard throwing young pitchers really came on late in the season last year. Additionally, the injured Bobby Parnell will get into the mix once he returns from injury (scheduled to start the season on the DL).

The only question mark for the Mets pen is who will be their left-handed specialist. After Josh Edgin went down with Tommy John surgery, the Mets have yet to find a clear replacement. Unless the Mets pull off a trade for a lefty, it is assumed that Sean Gillmarin will win the job.

The starting line for opening day is projected to look like this: 1. Juan Lagares (CF), 2. Daniel Murphy (2B), 3. David Wright (3B), 4. Lucas Duda (1B), 5. Curtis Granderson (RF), 6. Michael Cuddyer (LF), 7. Travis d’Arnaud (C), 8. Wilmer Flores (SS), 9. Pitcher. This group is a good mix of veterans and young talent.

Newly acquired outfielder Michael Cuddyer has been making the transition from right to left field and he spoke about his transition on Wednesday, “I am starting to get a few more balls hit to me, which has been good, but the biggest thing has been just getting out there and seeing the game from the left side of the field. Even if I don’t get plays, that is still helpful.” Cuddyer was the Mets biggest off-season acquisition and they hope he can infuse some power into their lineup as well as be a serviceable outfielder.

Seems as if the Mets are all but ready to start the regular season. Many baseball analysts have the New York Mets as dark horses to win an NL wildcard spot. It’s been eight years since they have made the playoffs, so they hope to get off to a good start and keep their playoff chances alive.

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