“We feel like our lineup can be as deep as anybody’s in baseball,” Van Wagenen mentioned. “We think we have punch. We think we have guys that can impact the game with the bat, so we’re looking forward to utilizing the D.H. spot both to protect our guys’ health and to put up some offensive force.”
Van Wagenen mentioned he was optimistic — there’s that phrase once more — about Yoenis Cespedes, who had surgical procedures on each heels in 2018 and missed final season after fracturing his right ankle in an incident involving a boar at his ranch in Florida. By the time of the 2020 opener, on July 23 or 24, it should have been more than two years since Cespedes’ last major league appearance.
Even so, Van Wagenen mentioned, “His bat can be a real impact and be a little bit of a separator for us as we compare ourselves to the rest of the teams in the league.”
Cespedes, a two-time All-Star, has lifted the Mets in late summer time earlier than, sparking their run to the World Series in 2015 and serving to them to a wild-card look the subsequent October. How a lot he has left, at 34 years outdated after a lot inactivity, will likely be a fascinating subplot.
Starter Noah Syndergaard will miss the season after having Tommy John surgical procedure, however the Mets have 5 skilled starters: the two-time reigning N.L. Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha, plus Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo as multi-inning choices out of the bullpen who ought to play pivotal roles.
“We may see shorter starts from certain pitchers early on in the year,” Van Wagenen mentioned. “We may see bullpen arms pitching in situations earlier than they otherwise have been accustomed to. But we’re going to use it with the mind-set that every out counts, not just every inning.”
To be exact, each sport counts 2.7 instances greater than ordinary in a 60-game season. It will likely be completely different and thrilling, Van Wagenen mentioned — however it should work provided that the gamers and the workers take the perils of the pandemic severely.