2024 Division Outlook: NL East

One league and five divisions down, leaving us with one last division to preview. The 2024 season has begun and with that, we'll wrap up the division preview series. Now, we come home to the familiar National League East, a top-heavy division in 2024 with some intriguing competition.
Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies
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New York Mets

Tyrone Taylor, Pete Alonso, Zack Short
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Key Additions
- DH J.D. Martinez
- RHP Luis Severino
- OF Harrison Bader
- LHP Sean Manaea
- INF Joey Wendle
- RHP Adrian Houser
- OF Tyrone Taylor
- LHP Jake Diekman
- RHP Jorge Lopez

Key Loses
- None?
- Lost Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, David Robertson, and Tommy Pham at trade deadline last season

Step right up and meet the 2024 Mets! Under first year manager Carlos Mendoza, the Mets look to be in a transition year in 2024. Steven Cohen brought in Carlos Mendoza from the Yankees to take over the manager position and David Stearns from Milwaukee for their general manager role. While this year may not be their year, the Mets have enough building blocks to use this year to build for next season and beyond.

The Mets lineup is headlined by no other than their own big three - Brandon Nimmo, Francisco Lindor, and Pete Alonso. Carlos Mendoza knows what he is getting out of these three guys, as they come together and do a great job getting on base, driving in runs, and mashing home runs. The biggest question surrounding this group is the future of Pete Alonso. With this year being a transition-type year for the Mets, David Stearns has a choice to make. While they could still sign Alonso to a big time extension, they could opt to trading him at the deadline for a haul and then trying to bring him back through free agency. That may be the biggest storyline to watch for the Mets in 2024. Francisco Alvarez and Brett Baty are the young guys to watch in the major league lineup this year, as they each try to establish themselves as pieces of the future in Queens. The rest of the Mets lineup comprises of different veterans, including Starling Marte, Jeff McNeil, Tyrone Taylor, and Harrison Bader. Comprised of a mix of different guys, expect the Mets lineup to finish towards the middle half of the pack this year.

The Mets pitching staff have already taking hits, as they opened the season without their ace Kodai Senga. While the Mets hope to get him back in the next month or so, Senga will look to come back and build off a very impressive rookie campaign from a year ago. With Senga out, the Mets will look at Jose Quintana, Adrian Houser, Luis Severino, and Sean Manaea to hoist the rotation for now. The latter two, Severino and Manaea, are two veteran free agent signings that look to bounce back in a big way to be potential assets at the trade deadline. Tylor Megill and David Peterson join Senga on the IL for now, but look to come back and prove themselves worthy for the future, something both of them have been trying to do for a couple years now. The Mets bullpen finally has Edwin Diaz back, as the elite closer looks to get back to his dominant form this year. Just like the bulk of the roster, the Mets pitching looks to be pretty bland in 2024, leaving them out of the postseason this year.

Team MVP: Pete Alonso

Team Cy Young: Kodai Senga

Team X-Factor: Brett Baty

The Nationals will play host to the Mets for series from June 3-5 and July 1-4, and make the trip up to Queens for series from July 9-11 and September 16-18.