John Smoltz thinks the New York Mets can reach the World Series in 2018 while Big Sexy himself, Bartolo Colon, could return to Queens.
John Smoltz sees Mets winning NL Pennant
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) January 21, 2018
This is the best news Smoltz has given the Mets since the day he retired, as he tortured the team throughout his career. He pitched to a 3.44 ERA against them while picking up 24 saves and 18 wins. He spent most of his career with NL East rival the Atlanta Braves.
Smoltz obviously feels very strongly that the Mets rotation is good enough to take this team far. Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom are both clear aces, and the rotation behind them is loaded with talented arms.
The problem for the team will be keeping their arms healthy. Steven Matz has never made more than 22 starts in a season in the MLB, Matt Harvey has made less than 20 appearances each of the last two seasons, and Zack Wheeler made only 17 appearances last season after not pitching in either 2015 or 2016 due to Tommy John surgery.
Big Sexy may return to the Big Apple
The Mets have had talks with the agent of fan favorite Bartolo Colon, according to Mike Berardino of the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Colon spent 2014-2016 with the Mets, making his fourth All-Star game in 2016. He went 44-34 with a 3.90 ERA in his three years with the team. He also hit one of the most memorable home runs in recent years as a Met.
For his career, Colon has gone 240-176 with a 4.04 ERA, winning the AL Cy Young in 2005. He spent 2011 with the Yankees, going 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA.