We wish we had a handle on what to expect from the Amazin’s this year. Lucas Duda looks like a legit slugger, and Michael Cuddyer, who had the NL’s best batting average (.332) with Colorado last year (though not enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title), is now in right field. And, of course, there’s David Wright. But the Mets‘ season, whose home opener is today, is almost surely going to depend on how well starter Matt Harvey and closer Bobby Parnell do on the comeback trail, especially with Zack Wheeler out for the year. In 2013, Matt and Bobby combined for an ERA of 2.20, but last year they pitched just one inning between them. What else to root for? On the pitching side, Jon Niese is back, Jacob deGrom may be on the verge of stardom, and Bartolo Colón, who won fifteen games last year, is only 42. As for the offense, Juan Lagares, who hit .281 last season, may be the best defensive centerfielder in baseball, and Wilmer Flores, at 23, has the potential to be even better than last year.
Mon., April 13, 1 p.m., 2015
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 8, 2015