With the NFL season behind us, now is the time to start getting ready and prepared for Major League Baseball. With pitchers and catchers reporting and position players soon to follow, now is a great time to be a baseball fan as seemingly anyone can get excited about it. One team that people are excited about this year is the New York Mets.
During the 2017 MLB season, the New York Mets were considered to be a bit of a disappointment. While the team was not expected by many to compete for the division title, they ended up winning just 70 games and finished 27 games behind the first place Washington Nationals. Now that the offseason is nearing completion and rosters appear to be set, there are plenty of reasons why someone could thing that the Mets could be much better in the upcoming year.
One of the main reasons why the Mets are looking like an exciting team is that they have a lot of talent coming back. The Mets are considered to have a lot of talent on their team. Offensively, the Mets are led by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. Last season, Cabrera led the team by hitting .280 with 14 homeruns and 59 RBIs. The team also has power hitters in Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes, and Michael Conforto.
While the team has the ability to put up a lot of runs, they also have a pitching staff that can help to make winning even easier. While the team has had some injuries in the last couple of year, their starting rotation is still considered one of the best in MLB. The team’s staff is led by starting pitcher Jacbo deGrom who led the team with 15 wins and 239 strikeouts last year. If starters Matt Harvey and Noah Syndegaard can be healthy, they should have a very dominating rotation that could also well into the playoffs.
While there is a lot of reason for optimism with the team, there are also many questions that need to be answered (http://www.nj.com/mets/index.ssf/2018/02/10_questions_the_mets_must_answer_in_spring_traini.html). The team will have to understand what the current injury situations are in order to fill out the full roster. There are also a number of very promising prospects that could make the team and even start on opening day.
Prior to the 2017 NFL season, there were many different experts that expected that the New York Giants could once again return to their Super Bowl form and compete for a division and league title. While the team had a lot of Promise due to the amount of weapons that had on offense, a lot of different injuries and overall other struggles quickly turn the season upside down. While the Giants were widely expected by some to at least compete for a playoff spot, those expectations were thrown out the window very early on. The team ended up finishing with a very disappointing record or just 3 wins and 13 losses.
A lot of the struggles with the team were due to injuries that occurred early in the year. While the team was considered to have the best wide receiver core in the league, all three of the team’s top receivers suffered major injuries during the year. This made it impossible for quarterback Eli Manning to throw the ball down the field and the team ended up getting blown out of a lot of games.
Now that the 2017 season is over, the Giants are focused on improving for the future (http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-giants/post/_/id/55909/giants-coaching-search-steve-wilks-gets-to-show-why-players-gravitates-toward-him). This offseason the team and franchise will have a lot of different important decisions to make.
One of the biggest decisions that the team will have to make is what to do about their quarterback position. During the 2017 season, quarterback Eli Manning was benched for the first time in his entire career and had one week in which he did not even start the game. While the quarterback has won two Super Bowls and is likely going to be in the Hall of Fame someday, it does not seem clear whether or not the Giants are willing to move forward with him in the future. The Giants will end up having a very high draft pick and some believe that they could end up drafting a quarterback with that pick in an attempt to build for the future.
While a new quarterback could be a big help for the future, they also need to focus on other areas. The team showed that they have an overall lack of depth and need a lot of pieces to fill in the gaps.
For many NFL teams, strategy for the upcoming postseason is the most important objective at this point during the regular season. For other, less successful teams, however, early draft tactics are being employed to ensure success in the upcoming years.
The New York Giants (2-9; 4th in the NFC East) is one of those teams hoping to erase this year’s performance from memory and are instead choosing to focus their energy on next year’s draft where they will have the fortune of snapping up a top three selection.
Since this is an opportunity the Giants rarely get, they are predicted to take advantage of the situation by going with UCLA junior Josh Rosen, the most technically sound passing quarterback of the 2018 draft class.
Rosen is a top tier pocket passing quarterback who, in the last 6 quarters of his collegiate career, has racked up 623 yards with five touchdowns and only one pick. He has also shown remarkable resilience throughout his tenure with the Bruins and has proved his ability to score while taking huge hits under defensive pressure. If he signs with the Giants, he’s predicted to develop into a franchise quarterback under Eli Manning thanks to his natural passing ability and arm talent that is being hailed as starter material.
However, there are two sides to every story as the Bruins are hoping the elite level quarterback will stay for one more year where he will have the opportunity to partner up with new head coach Chip Kelly and potentially bring in a national championship thanks to the latter’s incredible track record in Philadelphia, Oregon, and San Francisco as well as his fresh approach to offensive schemes.
Regardless of his choice, Rosen is looking at a bright future and one more year under the tutelage of one of the top coaches in the nation cannot hurt the quarterback’s draft stock in the upcoming years. For the Giants, however, it may be the future of the franchise that slips away should Rosen choose to stay one more year with Chip Kelly and aim for a national championship.
The New York Giants are one of the most difficult teams in the NFL to figure out. The team always seems to be in contention to make the playoffs, but often falls just short. In other situations when they seem like they won’t make the playoffs, they barely squeak in and then make a big run in the playoffs. This includes two Super Bowl championships in the past ten years. While many publications are concerned about the Giants, one sports analysis (http://www.ibtimes.com/new-york-giants-2016-season-prediction-betting-odds-preview-top-players-ahead-week-1-2409379) thinks that the Giants will have some success this year.
The analysis believes that the Giants will benefit greatly from many of the offseason moves that they made. The Giants are starting under a new fresh coaching staff and spent over $100 million on guaranteed contracts this past offseason. The players that they signed will greatly improve their defense, offensive line, and running game. The Giants will continue to be led offensively by Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, both of which are expected to have big years.
While the Giants are not considered one of the best teams in the conference, they should have a very good chance at winning the division. The NFC East is widely considered the worst division in the NFC, if not the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys were previously considered the favorites to win the division title, but the recent injury to Tony Romo has a lot of experts concerned about the team’s ability to succeed. Both of the other divisional rivals, the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are currently in transition with new leadership and will likely have some rough patches this year.
Overall, the publication believes that the Giants will win 9 games and lose 7, which should be good enough to win the division by a game or two. The Giants will then likely have a home game in the NFC playoffs Divisional Round, in which they would play a top Wild Card team. While they may not be favorites to go far, the Giants will have the experience and depth to make a run in the playoffs if they can get in.