It’s a group with great résumés, but can the Mets count on past performance to translate into future results?
Not long ago, a rotation that slotted in Rick Porcello, Marcus Stroman and Michael Wacha behind the team’s big guns would have sounded downright terrorizing, and a lineup that included Yoenis Cespedes and Robinson Cano wouldn’t have been far behind. Rewind two years and a bullpen featuring Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia and Dellin Betances on the back end would have tantalized.
In all, if the Mets were about to head into a season with the 2017 or ’18 version of this crew, they would likely be the NL East favorite.
Of the eight players just mentioned, the Mets will need at least three or four to approach their old form if they are to take the next step and snap a three-season playoff drought.
A closer look at general manager Brodie Van Wagenen’s ploy to yield significant returns in 2020 from low-risk or underperforming investments.
Porcello: The former AL Cy Young Award winner arrived on a one-year contract worth $10 million, after a down season with the Red Sox. Now the Mets are betting on the idea he can shave at least one run from last season’s 5.52…