What Will Put the New York Mets Over the Top?

Sean TobinContributor IFebruary 4, 2009

With the Mets making a few big moves this season by signing K-Rod, trading for Putz, & bringing back Ollie Perez, what remains to be missing?? The bullpen for the most part has been revamped & the pitching staff is pretty much set. So why is there still a cause for concern?

They still have Castillo, who fans don't seem to have faith in anymore & I can't say I blame them. Orlando Hudson said he is willing to wait, but not forever & the Mets can't seem to find a buyer for their current second baseman.

Another issue is that they don't have a legit left fielder just yet either. Sure, they signed Pagan, but who's to say that he will be the same after missing most of the season after getting hurt in LA??

He, like Ryan Church, both got off to incredibly hot starts when the season kicked off & didn't show any signs of slowing down, that is, until injury struck both of them. Once Church came back, he had cooled off a great deal & to me, didn't look much like the guy I remember from the beginning of the season.

Not saying I was expecting him to stay hot all year, but I wasn't expecting that big a drop off in production either.

Omar Minaya seems a bit too confident, for my taste, in believing that a platoon of Dan Murphy & Fernando Tatis will work the entire year. Don't get me wrong, I've grown to like both of them a lot, but Tatis doesn't look comfortable playing the outfield & Murph in my opinion should be playing the infield in the next year or so.

That being said, I'm pretty convinced (along with most Met fans) that this team needs another big bat to put them over the top. With the offseason coming to an end soon, pitchers & catchers set to report in less than 18 days, there's not much time left & in Omar Minaya's eyes, there's nothing left for him to do.

Though he announced that there will be no more major moves left, it's hard for some to accept the fact that guys like (at least one of the three) Manny Ramirez, Adam Dunn & Bobby Abreu have yet to sign & that the Mets could surely use on of them.

So what is Omar thinking?? Does he know something that we don't?? Is there a bat in the minors that he thinks will put the team over the top & help them back into the playoffs?? I doubt it, but I do know that one of the three mentioned above would look pretty good wearing a Mets uniform.

Offensively, rank among the NL's best in some categories. Have a look. (Thanks to Christian of MetsmerizedOnline for the stats).

First in runs scored

Third in SLG

Fourth in team batting

Fourth in OBP


Looks pretty good, right?? These stats show that when they're good, they're good, but what I'm about to show you may show  you the polar opposite. Here's how they stack up in the NL from the seventh inning on.


12th in team batting

12th in OBP

14th in runs scored

15th in SLG (Only the Nats were worse)


NL rankings with RISP.

11th in team batting

13th in SLG

You know just as well as I do that when it's crunch time, that's when the team needs to be at their best. So what's the problem?? Manny is one of the best hitters in the game. Yes, he's getting older, but with the success he had coming to the NL last year, why not take a shot??

Yes, Dunn strikes out a ton, but he is also good for 40+ homers a year & has an OPS close to .900. And as much as I would like to stay away from signing former Yankees, I'm trying to keep an open mind here, Abreu was one of their most patient hitters (though not known for his power) & could pay off for the Mets when runners are on.

I'm not asking for the world, just a big bat. Beltran, Delgado & Wright can only do so much & I believe that one more player could put this team over the top.