It’s ten degrees outside and there’s a foot of snow outside and the Mets, of course, are doing nothing for me to take my mind off of what has been the most dismal of winters. They’ve done nothing to encourage hope for this summer. Seriously, they’ve done zero to make me feel optimistic about the season, but that doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to Opening Day and the six months following.
It will be baseball season, and for that alone, I’m anxious to see what happens. While the future is a mystery, what I want to see unfold is another thing. Here’s what I’m rooting for:
* For Mickey Callaway to get it early and miss the bumps that derail most first-year managers.
* That Dave Eiland‘s off-season throwing program produces some immediate and tangible results.
* That David Wright‘s recovery program takes. To see him charge and barehand a slow roller and fire a seed to first, then come to the plate a line a gapper to right-center and leg out a double.
* I can’t wait to see Jacob deGrom go nine. Hell, I hope he goes nine lots of times and this year he wins 20 and starts the All-Star Game. Basically, I’d like to find out if he can still pitch with the new haircut.
* That Noah Syndergaard‘s lat gives him zero problems and he pitches the way comic book heroes are supposed to pitch.
* That all that I’ve heard this winter are true. That Matt Harvey is in great shape. I’ve never cared to hear about what supermodels he is dating, but that he’s happy. Seriously, I do.
* That Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler come back sound, and the Fabulous Five make it through the cycle at least once. Maybe two or three times.
* That GM Sandy Alderson’s trades last year for bullpen help pay off and some of these arms pan out.
* That maybe Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki form a productive platoon.
* That Dominic Smith shows up in shape and hits line drives.
* For Asdrubal Cabrera plays a solid second, or third. Hopefully at second and the Mets find their third baseman in Wright. I can’t help it, I like the guy and hope he makes it back.
* For Amed Rosario to hit .300 and steal 30 bases.
* For Yoenis Cespedes to prove me wrong … stay healthy and hit 35 dingers.
* For the bulked-up Juan Lagares hits up to his glove.
* Michael Conforto‘s shoulder to hold up and he comes back soon and he posts MVP-type numbers. Big ones.
Of course, I would love to see the Mets win the World Series, obviously against the Yankees. But, I would settle for them to be competitive and play the way we all hope.