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Jason Bay, David Wright, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda. Not exactly a scary Murderer's Row in actuality, but in terms of potential—plus the addition of shortened fences at Citi Field—this could potentially be a scary cleanup quad.
Jason Bay has had psychological problems since moving from Fenway (Mini)Park to the cavernous Citi Field. He's tried to overexert himself, but it's led to injury and disappointment for the past two years. Hopefully, the shortened fences will be the few feet he needs in order to turn some long flies into home runs.
Similarly, David Wright has been psychologically affected by Citi Field. Add to that the fact that he missed more than a month with a back injury, and you can count 2011 as a forgettable year for the star. Hopefully the fences will at least restore his confidence.
Ike Davis was on pace to lead the team in home runs, but one night in Denver proved to be his undoing, as David Wright fell on him, decommissioning him for the rest of the year. Hopefully he'll be fine and hitting Jim Thome-type bombs this year.
Lucas Duda proved that he has the ability to hit; it's just a matter of giving him playing time. In the four-month evaluation that he had this past year, Duda served as the team's power hitter, while Wright and Bay were ice cold. Hopefully, spring training will only serve to better him, and we'll be seeing him hitting fifth in the lineup.
They say that spring training is a good way to determine if your hitters are ready. Hopefully, this is true, and the team will be playing well enough to stay out of the cellar come April.