The Beginning of the New Mets
I want to begin this article with a quick, but full disclosure. I am a New York Yankees fan. I will be one until the day I die.
The Mets acquired Francisco Lindor today, who is arguably the best shortstop in the MLB (the only other argument that can be made is for Fernando Tatis Jr.), becoming the first big move of the Steve Cohen ownership era. This excites me because I keep track of and watch the New York Mets with great interest, and I wish for their success because they also represent my hometown. I just don’t want that success to come at the expense of my Yankees.
However, I do know that this move injects new life into the beloved Subway Series, which is consistently the best part of the Yankees regular season (except for Red Sox games). Francisco Lindor will automatically make the Mets better in every aspect of his game. He can hit, whether for power or contact, and he can field, as he routinely makes highlight reel defensive plays in between second and third base.
However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Mets also acquired top-flight pitcher Carlos Carrasco in the deal. Given that the man survived leukemia, that should be enough. But Carrasco will make a fearsome starting rotation absolutely terrifying. He could be a #1 or #2 starter anywhere else, but he will be the #3 starters in Flushing since Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard head up that scary rotation.
Simply put, this move makes the New York Mets big players this season and in the years ahead, not just in the NL East, but in the entire National League playoff hunt, and even the World Series, potentially. It’s nice to have two good baseball teams in my hometown. Now, I can’t wait to see them face off!