The New York Mets 2020 season felt like something fans would want to forget almost immediately. It was supposed to be reunion of Mets legend Carlos Beltran when he was hired before the season to become manager in the first year of his retirement. That was until he was named the ringleader of the 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal in an MLB investigation. Former Dominican League coach Luis Rojas took the helm in his place but the Mets finished last in the NL East for the first time since the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Fortunately for the Queens' faithful, the 2021 outlook is looking much brighter.
How to Watch the New York Mets on fuboTV
A majority of games will be available on the local Regional Sports Network SNY. Others will be broadcast on national channels. Check here for the full-season schedule.
TV: SNY, ESPN, FOX, FS1, MLB Network (out of market only)
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch MLB free with fuboTV)
The first turn of events came with the sale of the team going to billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen. He inherited a mess and by all indications, he seems to be making steps to turn things around. The organization was rocked by sexual harassment and assault of former GM Jared Porter when he was an employee of the Chicago Cubs. Further allegations were reported against former manager Mickey Callaway. Cohen hired Porter but fired him only a month in his tenure. In response, Cohen recently has hired a law firm to review workplace culture.
Shifting gears to on the field yields much better news. The Mets were able to land the best shortstop in baseball from Cleveland. Not only did Francisco Lindor come over in a blockbuster trade to New York, he was seen dining with Cohen and reports suggest that a long-term extension is a legitimate possibility. This trade makes the Mets an instant contender in the NL East. Not only that, it makes the division arguably the best in the National League if not all of baseball. The Nationals just won it in 2019, the Braves have won the division three years in a row, the Phillies can sign any free agent and have a great manager in Joe Girardi and heck even the rebuilding Marlins won a postseason series last year.
The biggest change that needs to happen for the Mets this year to really turn things around is their pitching. Jacob deGrom was his normal brilliant self following up his back-to-back Cy Young campaigns going 4–2 with a 2.38 ERA and led the league in strikeouts with 104. He's on a hall-of-fame trajectory. The buck really stopped there though for the Mets last season as every other one of their starting staff combined for a 6.33 ERA.
On the bright side they will be getting back Marcus Stroman after he sat out last season because of the pandemic. In his first year with the Mets, splitting time with Toronto, he put up a 3.22 in an impressive 32 starts. When he plays, he's very reliable. More veteran help will be coming to the rotation (pending a speedy recovery) in 2017 AL wins leader and 2019 comeback player of the year Carlos Carrasco who came over in the Lindor deal. Add in a healthy Noah Syndergaard after he recovers from Tommy John and these Mets will be back to Amazin' in no time.