London Series 2024: 5 Mets Players I’m Excited to Watch

With Spring Training only a matter of days away and MLB’s Opening Day rapidly approaching, my excitement level for another London Series is ratcheting up.

The weekend of 8-9 June will see London transformed into baseball central again when the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets meet in the former Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London.

I have no substantive data to back up my assessment, but this already feels bigger and better than either of the other two London Series. And I cannot wait.

Last year, I opined that walking RBI-generator and 10-time Glove Glove winner Nolan Arenado was possibly the best player we will ever see in London. And then he endured the worst season of his career to destroy my narrative while Mookie Betts once again looked like one of this generation’s true elites.

So, my mind drifted to the players that will cross the Atlantic in the summer. Here are the Top 5 New York Mets players I’m excited to see.

5: Harrison Bader

Effortless defence in centre field, Bader will glide across the East London field with speed and perception not usually seen in West Ham.

He remains an enigma. How did a significantly below-average hitter (85 OPS+ in 2022) suddenly turn into a postseason superstar with five homers and 1.262 OPS in nine games for the Yankees?

4: Tyrone Taylor

He’s pencilled in as a fourth outfielder but if Taylor becomes one of the Mets most productive players in 2024, remember you heard it here first.

Players develop at different rates, and the long-term Brewer seemed to put it all together at the end of last season. His September production rivalled that of London-bound Bryce Harper and Pete Alonso.

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3: Kodai Senga

Who doesn’t want to see a Ghost Forkball in London?

Last year, only three players posted a sub-3:00 ERA with 200+ strikeouts. Senga was one; the other two won Cy Young awards.

If it takes a while for Japanese players to adjust to the game, the culture, the balls, then just imagine how good Senga could be in his second year in MLB.

2: Pete Alonso

Over the last five years, no one has hit more dingers than Alonso, yet he doesn’t get the respect he deserves.

With David Stearns suggesting that Alonso leaving at the end of the season is “probably the most likely outcome“, we could be in for home run fireworks while the 29-year-old boosts his free agency value.

Nothing in sport is certain, except perhaps a Polar Bear homer in the London Series. Oh, and maybe Tom Pringle banging on about Wade Miley.

1: Francisco Lindor

It is difficult to overstate what a complete player the Puerto Rican superstar is.

Although the Mets struggled in 2023, Lindor was one of only three players in MLB with 30 home runs, 30 stolen bases, and 100 runs. And he offers way better defence than Ronald Acuna Jr. or Julio Rodriguez.

Lindor led all shortstops in runs and RBI… and all with a smile on his face.

Despite playing in New York, the 30-year-old seems underappreciated by the typical baseball fan. I’m very excited about seeing him play in June 2024.

London Series tickets (starting at £39.00) are now available. Let us know if you’re going, what you’re looking forward to, and any tips you might have for fellow fans.

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