New York Mets Season Preview: The Outfield
The New York Mets outfield has some of the lowest expectations in the league going into the regular season. Many have questioned if there is any MLB level talent in the team’s current outfield. The expectations are so low for the outfield that production from them would be seen as a huge bonus.
The Mets missed out on signing free agent Michael Bourn, which would have given them a legitimate All-Star outfielder. Without Bourn, who signed with the Cleveland Indians, the Opening Day outfield will consist of Marlon Byrd, Collin Cowgill and Lucas Duda. While that outfield will not scare too many opposing teams, it might not be as bad as many would think.
Marlon Byrd has been a productive player throughout his career and has had a great spring. Collin Cowgill was supposed to be a platoon player but has played his way into the starting lineup with his production at the plate in the Grapefruit League. Lucas Duda followed up a tough season last year with a horrible start to spring training, but has been on fire as the team heads into the regular season.
The outfield will also feature bench players like Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Jordany Valdespin at times. Nieuwenhuis was not having a good spring training before injuring his knee, which only made things worst. Valdespin has been a bright spot at the plate, but will have to wait for his chance to start.
The outfield is definitely the weakest part of the rebuilding Mets’ squad, but if any combination of Byrd, Cowgill, Duda and Valdespin can carry even some of their spring training production over into the regular season, they have a chance to be better than anyone is expecting.