The Mets are a tremendously well-balanced team. Their biggest rival, though, is the injured list.
Already, Jacob deGrom is going to miss more than a month with a stress reaction in his shoulder, while prized free agent get Max Scherzer is dealing with a balky hamstring.
When healthy — if healthy — the Mets have the best 1-2 rotation punch in baseball. That’s not really up for debate. Their lineup, which now features Starling Marte, is going to be very good, though they’ll need a big-time bounce-back season from Francisco Lindor.
Maybe we’re higher on the Phillies than some, but a lineup that features Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins, Nicholas Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber means bombs away.
That offense should more than support their rotation, and a remade bullpen that features Corey Knebel at the back end could be serviceable enough to lock down games when needed.
Still, the Phillies are hoping to bludgeon teams in order to win games. Not a bad strategy, after all.
The Rays should still be able to pitch, but with Wander Franco and Randy Arozarena at the top, they can hit, too.
Tampa Bay will have to work through the season with the very, very slim hope that Tyler Glasnow pitches in 2022 after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in August of last year.
Still, they’ll look to Shane McClanahan to build on a stellar rookie season, something that will likely be a given considering Tampa Bay’s history with pitchers.
Say what you want about the Yankees’ offseason moves (or lack thereof), but they’re still a good team on paper. The “on-paper” thing is the important part here.
While the Yankees still boast one of the AL’s better lineups, they’re going to need to stave off the injury bug in order to reach their full potential. Josh Donaldson, the Bombers’ marquee acquisition this offseason, is no stranger to the IL. Neither are Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.metasports
The White Sox have a really good lineup, their rotation is solid and the bullpen should still be really good even with the departure of Craig Kimbrel.
Still, they need some things to go right to reach their ceiling:
- Dallas Keuchel needs to bounce back and have a much better year than his 5.28 ERA in 2021;
- Eloy Jimenez has to stay healthy to give them enough thump in the lineup;
In the meantime, they’ll have to navigate the Lance Lynn injury, but the White Sox are every bit as good as they were in 2021, and they may even be better this year.