5 Reasons The New York Mets Won’t Win The World Series In 2023
Money can't buy happiness, nor can New York Mets owner Steve Cohen buy a World Series for his team's fanbase. Cohen will certainly try but it's not going to happen in 2023. Here are 5 reasons why:
#5 Designated Hitter
The Mets designated hitters were ranked 19th amongst MLB teams in 2022. The World Champion Houston Astros ranked first. The Phillies were 7th. Instead of acquiring a proven power bat, like the Padres did with Josh Bell at the trade deadline, general manager Billy Eppler banked on the tandem of Daniel Vogelbach and Darin Ruf. The duo miserably failed down the stretch. Guess what Mets fans? Eppler's solution for the DH in 2023 is the same duo. Yes, the Carlos Correa deal fell through but they haven't done anything since to rectify the problem. This spot in the line-up alone is enough to lose a World Series.
#4 An Old Pitching Staff
As the Mets pinned their hopes on the 1-2 combination of Scherzer/deGrom in 2022, they soon realized that they would spend much of the season without one or both of their aging star pitchers. As deGrom departed for greener pastures in Texas, instead of pursuing 30 year old left-hander Carlos Rodón, like the crosstown Yankees did, Eppler replaced Jake with an older pitcher, soon-to-be 40 year old Justin Verlander. Yes, Verlander was a win now move. Can the New York Mets possibly expect a rotation of Verlander (40), Scherzer (38), Carrasco (36) and Jose Quintana (34) to hold up for the entire season? Kodai Senga (30) Tylor Megill (28) and David Peterson (28) are the Mets pitching youth. Will the top part of the rotation be at their best come October, when the Mets need them. Only one Braves starting pitcher is over the age of 30 years-old.
#3 Aging Corners in the Outfield
Mets fans have to be excited by the regular season production of free agent signings, right-fielder Starling Marte and left-fielder Mark Canha. Both were players were solid additions by Billy Eppler last year. However, in the playoffs, Canha didn't have a hit in any of the playoff games and Marte had two. Marte came directly off the Injured List, so he has a bit of an excuse. It's an old story with the Mets but their corner outfielders are old. What statistic is showing that Mark Canha (34) or Starling Marte (35) will be any better down the stretch in 2023?
#2 General Manager Billy Eppler
It's easy to spend money in free agency but it's hard to pick the right players for your ball club. Billy Eppler has seemingly done a good job bringing in high value and high character players to the Mets clubhouse. However, was Justin Verlander a smarter choice over Carlos Rodón? We'll see. What about Kodai Senga over bringing back Chris Bassitt, who basically fronted the rotation for half of the season in 2022? Eppler failed to bring a power hitter in at the trade deadline and the Mets got passed by the Braves. Even though the Mets spent a ton of money this offseason, they basically stayed the same. The Jeff McNeil signing was awesome for the price but the rest was just OK. Billy Eppler has yet to prove that he can assemble a championship team.
#1 Manager Buck Showalter
Mets fans love Buck Showalter. Yes, Buck led the team to 101 regular season wins in his first season at the helm. However, is Buck the right manager to lead the Mets to the World Series promise land? Think about this. After last season, when Astros manager Dusty Baker finally captured a World Series ring, Showalter became the winningest active manager in MLB that has not won a World Series. In 21 managerial seasons, Buck's teams have reached the postseason six times and the League Championship Series only once. Buck may not be the manager to get the Amazin's over the top. Showalter did nothing to stop the collapse at the end of last season. I am a big Mets fan but done believe Steve Cohen bought the right pieces to grab the ring in 2023.