NEW YORK (AP) — General manager Sandy Alderson wants to make it clear: Yes, he is challenging his New York Mets to win 90 games this season.
Alderson spoke in no uncertain terms Monday before the season opener against Washington, clarifying an offseason report that he told staffers in an internal meeting he thinks the team can win 90 this year.
The statement was met with much skepticism and many fans found it overly optimistic, especially with All-Star ace Matt Harvey expected to miss the entire season following Tommy John surgery. New York is coming off five straight losing seasons and consecutive 74-88 finishes.
Alderson, however, says it’s time for the Mets to “change the conversation” and turn the corner. He says the team is now about being successful and it needs to set concrete goals.