Where Mets & # 39; roller coaster postseason could go

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<pre><pre>Where Mets & # 39; roller coaster postseason could go

It's time to turn off the Christmas lights and stop the hot stove jokes in the hallway, for example that the Yankees get an extremely expensive lump of cole in their stockings (Credit Scott Boras) or the Mets Myrrhe-Isnick (Credit) get your hands on nobody).

On the occasion of this first full working week of the new year, reset the subway series. An updated assessment of what New York's rivals did in the off-season makes them optimistic and pessimistic about what they may be doing, and gives a look at their rivals in the division to ultimately determine whether they have improved since or have finished completing their 2019 runs.

Here's a look at the Mets:

Reasons for hope: Dellin Betances, Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha are at the top of their one-year contracts, and the eternally injured Yoenis Cespedes is also playing for a new deal. Jake Marisnick offers sportiness in midfield. The starting rotation can be one of the best in the industry. And the club's 40-21 run by the end of 2019 could carry over to the new year.

Reasons for concern: The revolution took a major blow when Zack Wheeler left for the Phillies. Can rookie manager Carlos Beltran go into a win-now operation and guide the players while dealing with an extremely involved front office and owner group? Can closer Edwin Diaz recover from a disastrous first Mets season?

Possible remaining moves: Starling Marte the Pirates is the most obvious trade destination, while Jed Lowrie is the most obvious trade destination. Dom Smith may be available as a sweetener for Lowrie.

The competition: As long as Josh Donaldson returns to the Braves, which seems most likely, Atlanta will have a goddamn winter with people like Travis d & # 39; Arnaud, Cole Hamels, and Will Smith. Nationals, the defending champion, lost stud third division Anthony Rendon to the Angels and tried to counteract this with depth (help from Asdrubal Cabrera, Starlin Castro and Bullpen). The Phillies rose significantly at the manager with Joe Girardi and have both Gregorius and Wheeler. Even the Marlins look a little better after taking in veterans like Jesus Aguilar, Corey Dickerson and Jonathan Villar.

Better or worse? The least problem if you take into account the remaining movements of the division and the loss of a high-end arm in Wheeler. But better in the long run – and the right, reasonably measured approach this winter – if Steve Cohen completes his purchase of the team by the next holiday season.