Friday, February 26, 2016

DrB's2016 NL Power Rankings: #3 Mets

#3.  New York Mets

Starting Position Players:  C  Travis D'Arnaud, 1B  Lucas Duda, 2B  Neil Walker,  3B  David Wright, SS  Asdrubal Cabrera, LF  Michael Conforto, CF  Yoenis Cespedes, RF  Curtis Granderson.

Starting Rotation:  Matt Harvey, Jake DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Bartolo Colon.

Bullpen:  Jeurys Familia, Addison Reed, Antonio Bastardo, Hansel Robles, Jeremy Blevins, Erick Goeddel, Sean Gilmartin.

Bench:  C Kevin Plawecki, IF  Wilmer Flores, IF/OF Eric Campbell, OF  Juan Lagares, Alejandro De Aza.

One of the best rotations in baseball, if not THE best.  Zack Wheeler is expected back mid-season.  Bastardo is a huge, very underrated addition to the bullpen which lacked a go-to lefty option last year.  Hansel Robles is a hard throwing riser who could supplant Reed as setup man by the end of the season.  On the offensive side of the ball, Conforto and D'Arnaud could break out, but does David Wright have anything left?  And was Cabrera the right upgrade for SS?  I'm ranking the Mets over the Dodgers and Cardinals mainly on the strength of the rotation which has 3 co-aces and pretty darn good 4 and 5's too.

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