New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is already making headlines this season as he claims the team is “way better” than the 2015 team.
The New York Mets are looking to regain the form that helped them reach the World Series in 2015. But if you ask Yoenis Cespedes, he thinks they are an even better team than the 2015 squad. According to Tim Healey of Newsday, Cespedes thinks this year’s team is “way better” than the 2015 team.
Yoenis Cespedes says, in English, that this Mets team is "way better" than the 2015 team.
— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) March 28, 2018
If the Mets are going to be a better team than the 2015 roster, the Cuban slugger should be a huge reason for that success. Cespedes only played in 81 games last season, but if he can manage to stay healthy, the sky is the limit for the team in Flushing.
But it’s not just Cespedes who needs to remain healthy. The pitching staff’s health always seems to be a concern. Noah Syndergaard is coming off of a lost year due to a partially torn lat muscle. Matt Harvey had the worst season of his career. Do we ever expect to see Steven Matz live up to the hype he came to the MLB with? Not to mention, the newest addition to the staff, Jason Vargas, is already sidelined for the start of the season. The only pitcher you can feel comfortable about is Jacob deGrom.
The front office bolstered the lineup with the addition of Todd Frazier and the re-acquiring of Jay Bruce after trading him to Cleveland at the deadline in 2017. Both of these guys can add an element of power and the ability to get on base to the lineup.
The Mets are capable of getting red hot and going on a run at any time. But they are just as likely to go up in flames. Injuries have plagued the Mets in recent years, but if they can manage to stay healthy, Cespedes might just have a point.