In an article by Jayson Stark of ESPN he asked Dan Szymborski of ESPN Insider using his ZiPS projection system, Vegas odds makers and a half-dozen big league executives which 5 teams have most improved and which 5 teams have least improved.
Among the least improved was the Mets.
- Dan Szymborski had the Mets winning 66 games.
- Vegas had the Mets 75/1 odds on winning it all.
- The baseball execs had the following to say about the Mets.
“If you’re asking are they going to be improved down the road, I’d say yes,” said one AL executive. “But if you’re asking are they improved next year, the answer is obviously no. I mean, you’ve lost your No. 1 starter, a guy who won the Cy Young Award. The bullpen looks kind of shaky right now. They haven’t re-signed [Scott] Hairston, so what’s their outfield? And I’ll go back to this: You’re taking away your No. 1 [starter], a guy who really impacts your club. That’s a big hit.”
You can read the article in it’s entirety here.