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After losing to the Giants in 7 games in the 2014 World Series, the Kansas City Royals made the 2015 World Series a must win. They lived up to that statement when they beat a young and inexperienced Mets team in 5 games in this past World Series. This was a series in which the Mets had a lead in 4 of the 5 games, showing the resilience of this Kansas City team. The Mets are going into the 2016 season with the same mindset as the 2015 Royals: the World Series is a must win.
The Mets are facing a very similar situation as the Royals. They went into the postseason as the underdogs and took down every opponent in their way. However, both came up short in the World Series. But now it’s the Mets’ turn to do what Kansas City did, and show the league that making it to the World Series was no joke.
The biggest obstacle for New York heading into the season is the division rival Washington Nationals. The Nationals have made some moves this offseason, the biggest being the signing of Mets postseason hero Daniel Murphy. However, the Mets signed one of the biggest names on the market in Yoenis Cespedes, who completely changed the culture and dynamic of this Mets team last year when they acquired him. They also filled Murphy’s hole at second base with Niel Walker, added switch hitting infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to their lineup, and added left handed help in the bullpen. The Mets also have arguably the best starting rotation in the league that’s loaded with the some of best young arms in the game.
It’s going to be a season long battle between the Mets and Nats, but because of their success last season, the Mets look to be heading into 2016 as the favorites in the National League East. According to nypost.com, Mets manager Terry Collins said that with Yoenis Cespedes back in the mix, the Mets can win it all. According to Collins, it’s going to be World Series or bust for the New York Mets in 2016. So hopefully, for us Mets fans, we don’t see another season marked up as a bust.
– T. Ilardi