In one of his more efficient defensive positions, McNeil will need to find his bat again in 2021. I dont think Ill need to go on there," Marte said of a possible IL stint. Marte says he will be ready to go once he feels 100% healthy in his legs. As Seager will soon be 34 years old, he will be the experienced veteran addition to hold down the hot corner until one of the Mets top prospects are ready to take over. "Hell yeah.

The content on this site is for entertainment and educational purposes only. With Baezs elite potential, the Mets cannot pass up a top-four of their batting order being Nimmo, Lindor, Alonso, and Baez for a full season. For McCann to keep the starting catcher gig over a healthy Tomas Nido, he must perform better with that bat. After all, his career-low numbers last season played a big role in the Mets disappointing season. Both Can and McNeil bat left-handed, but we havent seen Can in more than a year. You can follow him on Twitter: @ragazzoreport. At $24 million, the Mets hope hes still able to contribute offensively. Here is the Mets first addition to the offense of the off-season. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL).

For the purposes of this discussion, were going to include the designated hitter. "Yeah," he said, regarding his plans to attend All-Star festivities at Dodger Stadium. All advice, including picks and predictions, is based on individual commentators opinions and not that of Minute Media or its related brands. After all, Seager played in 159 games, hitting 35 home runs and batting in over 100 runs for the first time in his career. Its been a while since the Mets have been able to alternate righty-lefty through the entire lineup, but the way the 2022 roster is coming together that could easily be accomplished. focus will probably shift to the bullpen and potentially one more Smith headline the reserves, and they would be thrust into larger So needing McNeil or Guillorme who bat lefty becomes a troubling proposition. starting pitcher before the offseason wraps up. Should there not be a designated hitter in the National League, the Mets batting order would be as follows. major reason for that lack of success. 21+ (18+ NH/WY). lineup Friday with a trio of free-agent signingscenter fielder However, he began to turn things around in September, as he hit nine home runs, batted in 25 runs, and hit for a season-high .257 batting average. The latest in the sports world, emailed daily. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER. All picks and predictions are suggestions only. Marte led baseball in stolen bases (47) last year, but Nimmo had the better OBP (.401). At some point the Mets are going to need room for kids to make their way up as well. It hasnt been formally added to the National League permanently yet. So, the Mets need to do whatever it takes to retain Baez. 2022 Minute Media - All Rights Reserved.

Marcus Stroman sees fit on Los Angeles Angels. "But hopefully tomorrow I have a good day and will be back in Chicago.. He also believes he will be able to avoid an IL stint at this point. This past season, Marte had a career-high .383 on-base percentage, on his way to hitting 12 home runs and stealing 47 bases. (Frankly, it should have been a year ago but the owners tried to tie it to expanded playoffs.). Kyle Seager has spent all 11 years of his MLB career playing for the Seattle Mariners, playing a major role in their late post-season push. during the first year of Steve Cohen's ownership tenure. For more information, please read our Legal Disclaimer. Were also interested to see how second base plays out. contract figures for the newest members of the Mets: The latest additions, at least a 77-85 record and finished 11.5 games behind the eventual World Acquired at the 2021 MBL trade deadline, Baez provided an offensive spark to a Mets lineup that desperately needed it.

roles if the designated hitter is added to the National League on a ", - Max Scherzer Proving to be 'Difference Maker' for Mets, - Jacob deGrom to Make 3rd Rehab Start for Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday, - Mets' Pete Alonso Will Go for 3-Peat in Home Run Derby. Hopefully, Lindors numbers will look more like they did with Cleveland in 2022. McNeil isnt going to win a Gold Glove any time soon, so how/when he fits will depend largely on how effective Can is when he returns. Thats the huge question: what will Smith and McCann be in 2022? Pat's work can also be found at Heavy on Giants and SI/Fan Nation's Yankees' site "Inside the Pinstripes."

Should the universal designated hitter rule come into effect this off-season, Dominic Smith is going to play an everyday role on this team. While Marte doesn't think he will be ready to start tomorrow either, he is hopeful to return to the Mets' lineup by their next series with the Chicago Cubs, which begins Thursday at Wrigley Field. full-time basis in the new CBA. signings, per Spotrac. The Mets are already missing another All-Star hitter in this series inJeff McNeil, whoison the paternity list. As the 2022 MLB off-season gets underway, the New York Mets are going to have plenty of holes to fill. for the middle of the order, and the signings of Canha and Escobar Meanwhile, Robinson Cano returns from his one-year suspension, bringing questions as to what kind of player he will be at 39-year-old. He is the co-host of the Line Drive Radio podcast. No one should expect to make money from the picks and predictions discussed on this website. Were still sitting around waiting, patiently, for Major League Baseball and the MLBPA to get together and agree on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. If Lindor snaps back into his All-Star form, the Mets top two will be very scary knowing Pete Alonso is going to be hitting third. Adding Marte as a tag-team partner for They ranked 27th in runs On an additional note, the Mets have the All-Star break coming up, with their final regular season game of the first half approaching on Sunday. Bonus issued as site credits. slugger, especially if the DH is added to the NL, but otherwise, the Next. In 2021, Pete Alonso quietly hit .308, with a .378 on-base percentage and nine home runs in 34 games batting third. ATLANTA - It doesn't sound like Starling Marte (left groin inflammation), who is sitting on Tuesday night for the third straight game, will be able to return to the Mets' lineup in their series finale with the Braves on Wednesday, either. With the Mets off-season additions, the former super-utility man Jeff McNeil finds his home in right field replacing Michael Conforto. Speaking of underwhelming, James McCann rounds out a stretch from the sixth-eighth hitters who are bounce-back candidates in 2022. Despite some great defensive numbers, his batting average decreased over fifty points and his OPS was his worst since his final year with the Detroit Tigers. how/where Ronny Mauricio fits into the teams future, Mets Jacob deGrom has setback. Without a spot for a designated hitter, Dominic Smith reverts to his bench role. Watch more top videos, highlights, and B/R original content. Due to his strong performance last year, Stroman may be harder to lock up on the open market. Theyve shown a lot more than they produced in 2021, so getting those two bats back to what the Mets want/need is huge. temporarily, put New York over the Competitive Balance Tax threshold, Here we go again, Everything to know about Mets, Yankees in 2022 MLB All-Star Game, Assessing best Mets, Yankees trade offers for Nationals Juan Soto, Mets Pete Alonso draws fascinating comparison to ex-Yankees star. But what would the lineup look like if the 2022 season began today? Although Marte's groin is feeling better when he runs vertically and laterally, as he did field work in right field and took batting practice during pregame warmups, he won't be available off the bench in Tuesday night's contest against Atlanta. which is currently placed at $210 million for 2022.

A lack of consistent offense was a They posted Not to mention, Seager is more of a slugger than a pure hitter, as his declining batting average will hurt his price tag this off-season. But one of the few bright spots for the team was when Brandon Nimmo was healthy and leading off the batting order. Therefore, making him a very possible option for the Mets to get some left-handed middle-of-lineup power. to begin Dec. 1, it's possible the financial outlook is altered when a Join the Rising Apple team! AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/MI/NH/NJ/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Here's a look at how the Mets' batting With the DH, Smith starts in the field at first base, given he is a more natural defender at first than Alonso. There was not much that went right for the Mets offense in 2021. Follow Pat Ragazzo on Twitter (@ragazzoreport), be sure to bookmark Inside The Mets and check back daily for news, analysis and more. The New York Mets have been considered one of the big winners in the offseason so far. Just want to enjoy it and have fun. What will he look like when hes inserted back into the lineup? And weve previously discussed the question of how/where Ronny Mauricio fits into the teams future; hes a shortstop who may move over to second base eventually, but there are two veterans in front of him on the payroll right now.

And regardless of whether he can play or not, Marte still plans on traveling out to Los Angeles to enjoy the experience of All-Star week. payroll expenditures are projected at $230.9 million after the He will however need to pick up offensively, following an underwhelming fifth campaign.

Mark Vientos is a right-handed batting third baseman/outfielder who could be ready soon. The Mets dont appear to have many holes in this lineup if theyre all hitting up to their potential. Luis Guillorme gives the Mets a versatile infielder, as Dominic Smith acts as the backup first baseman. Starling Marte, left fielder Mark Canha and third baseman Eduardo See for full terms and conditions. No, the New York Mets are not going to go out and sign every big bat this off-season. Davis is the exception, but hell be fighting for at-bats behind Escobar. New York has numerous needs at every level of the team, and distributing funds to make the team better is the way to go in 2022. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-888-532-3500 (VA), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 888-789-7777/visit (CT). Want your voice heard? Heres our proposed batting order for the Mets current 2022 roster: What we like about this lineup is the balance. Obviously the regulars need days off, and Guillorme did a very nice job in a number of roles last season. If Marte cannot return in Chicago, he will have time to rest next week, while festivities for the Midsummer Classic take place.

And nor should they. Escobar. As one of the most discipline batters in baseball, having him in the leadoff spot is a no-brainer.

The good news is, with Lindor and Escobar in the lineup most days, you have two switch-hitters in the infield. new collective bargaining agreement is ultimately signed. It is time the Mets find their surefire number three-hitter, and Polar Pete has the strongest case. Tab has written about MLB, the NHL and the NFL for more than a decade for publications including The Fourth Period, Bleacher Report and La Vida Baseball. That said, with an MLB lockout expected As for their fourth outfielder, Khalil Lee gets the nod. Starling Marte expects to be out of New York Mets' lineup for the remainder of the Braves series. Tomas Nido will platoon at catcher with McCann and hopefully can stay healthy in 2022. Pat is the New York Mets Beat Reporter, Editor and Publisher of Sports Illustrated/Fan Nation's "Inside the Mets" website. Could Mets swap Jacob deGrom for Justin Verlander in offseason? scored (3.93 per game) and 24th in team OPS (.705). Although they were able to take a 4-1 statement win over the Braves in the opener on Monday behind a dominant outing from Max Scherzer, they will likely be forced to try to take the series without Marte. The Mets fell short of expectations New York may look to add another The New York Mets revitalized their Off the bench, the Mets have four players. Could Yankees Aaron Boone, Mets Buck Showalter sweep manager of year honors.

The Mets' total Right now, the bench is almost completely left-handed. will provide some much-needed depth to the offensive group. One area that is interesting, however, is the top. Nimmo atop the lineup should create a lot more traffic on the bases Among them include potentially replacing Michael Conforto, as well as many other offensive contributors. Yes, he had his struggles with strikeouts when he hit the majors in 2021, but his performance in Triple-A earned him a spot on the Triple-A East League All-Star Team. He is the author of two books about the Chicago Blackhawks and has been credentialed for the MLB All-Star Game and postseason and multiple Stanley Cup Finals. The additions of Max Scherzer, Starling Marte, Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar have bolstered the Mets lineup and added a future Hall of Famer to the rotation. This off-season, the Mets have two premier free agents starting pitcher Marcus Stroman and second basemen Javier Baez. While Marte does not know if he will be able to participate in the All-Star Game, given he was one of four Mets that were selected to represent the NL, he says he will receive treatment leading up to the start of the second half of the regular season on July 18. Primarily hitting second last season, Francisco Lindor did not have a great year at the plate. Mets could add even more juice to Subway Series opener vs. Yankees, Mets Pete Alonso to bid for Home Run Derby 3-peat, MLB All-Star game jerseys are triple crown of stupidity, Mets have big decisions coming as Braves showdown begins. Deposit bonus requires 25x play-thru. Eligibility restrictions apply. order could shake out if no further changes are made: J.D. Davis, Jeff McNeil and Dominic Since the two sides reportedly wont break bread again until after the calendar flips over to 2022, the boredom is getting to us. Last but certainly not least is one of the bigger projected additions of the off-season, center fielder Starling Marte. To place Nimmo anywhere else in the lineup would be foolish. Gambling problem? But the expectation is that it will be part of the new CBA. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported the If Smith is at first, you would have two left-handed batters in the infield as well. That being said, here is a way-too-early look at what the Mets 2022 Opening Day batting order may look like. Series champion Atlanta Braves in the NL East division race. In 76 games Nimmo led off, hitting for a .289 batting average and posting a .393 on-base percentage. Starling Marte moves up higher in the batting order but hits lower than he has in the past given the potential power in the middle of the Mets batting order. Max Scherzer Proving to be 'Difference Maker' for Mets, Jacob deGrom to Make 3rd Rehab Start for Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday, Mets' Pete Alonso Will Go for 3-Peat in Home Run Derby. With Marte, the Mets have another capable leadoff hitter, who with the DH, could kickstart things by batting ninth.