Can Matt Harvey become the ace of the Mets 2013 staff?
Yes, he absolutely can. Surrounded by aging and oft injured arms, Harveyâ€™s only competition is Jon Niese and Dillon Gee. Though he put up very solid numbers last year, Niese doesnâ€™t have the dominant stuff that Harvey has. Harvey is a 200 strikeout candidate down the line and his 95 mph fastball is a big part of that. If the 23 year old can learn to harness his power and mix in his curveball at the right time, anything is possible.
Will the Mets be able to survive with their outfield?
In a word, no. The Mets have one of the worst outfields in the major leagues this year. Though no one expects them to compete for anything in 2013, the fact that their best player out there is Lucas Duda is a cry for help. The Mets took a huge hit in the Madoff scandal and have way too much money invested elsewhere (Jason Bay and Bobby Bonilla (Ed. Note-yikes) are the Mets two highest paid outfielders in 2013) so it is very unlikely they will go after any big names in the future. It looks like NY will struggle to win 75 games this year and their poor outfield is one of the main reasons why.
Will top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler be called up sooner rather than later?
This all depends on the health of the other Mets starters. If you look at their rotation and how nearly everyone last year suffered an injury (Marcum, Santana, Gee) there is a very good chance Wheeler could be called up to fill a rotation spot. Last year, Matt Harvey got the call and impressed Terry Collins so much that he has a guaranteed spot in the rotation this year. If there are no injuries this year to NYâ€™s staff expect Wheeler to start a few games for the big club down the stretch but donâ€™t be surprised to see him up earlier.
Can Ike Davis repeat his post All-Star break numbers?
Last year, many were worried about Davis going into the season. He was recovering from Valley Fever, an ailment notorious for increasing fatigue. To begin 2012, Davis started off so poorly that many wrote him off. Most thought it was the effects of Valley Fever but some, like his coaching staff, saw that he just needed a change in his approach at the plate. After a change in his stance in June he went on to hit 20 home runs and increased his batting average by over 50 points. As the year went on he became stronger and performed at a much higher level than expected which is why the answer to this question is yes. It may sound farfetched, but donâ€™t be surprised to see Ike put up a 40 home run season in the very near future.
Will Travis dâ€™Arnaud make an impact in 2013?
If the Mets are smart then the answer is no. dâ€™Arnaud is coming off a knee injury that put an early end to his season last year and has yet to see major league pitching. He put up great numbers before his injury and the fact that NY traded RA Dickey away to get this kid shows how highly they think of him. John Buck is going to enter the season as their starting catcher while dâ€™Arnaud will wait for a mid-season call-up. Expect him to end the season with big club as they ease him into the starting role slowly but surely.
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