With spring training just around the corner many questions and concerns are starting to arise around the New York area and Port St. Lucie, Florida, as well as many anxious Mets fans looking forward to the start of the new season at Citi Field. The Mets concerns this off season seem to be most prevalent at second base, catcher, and left field.
Second base, though is by far the position of most concern because as of now the position is held by both the aging Luis Castillo and a recent free agent pick up, Alex Cora. Many also speculate that the left field platoon man, Daniel Murphy could have a slight shot at occupying second base.
Regardless, Orlando Hudson is still up for the grabs in the free agent pool, a .300 hitting defensively sound second baseman. Speaking of free agency, Manny Ramirez is still out there, but a very unlikely fit in a New York Mets uniform, because left field is right now occupied by the platoon of Fernando Tatis and Daniel Murphy.
Looking up and down the Mets projected lineup, the two spot and the bottom of the order seem to be of the most concern. Jose Reyes should still stay solid atop the Mets order, but the two spot is up for grabs right now between Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy, and Alex Cora.
Also look for Carlos Beltran and David Wright to have solid consistent seasons, but Carlos Delgado on the other hand will most likely cool down from last years super natural performance towards the end of the year, although he will still remain a feared hitter in the lineup.
Questions also surround the health and stability of Right Fielder, Ryan Church, who started off 2008 with a bang and hopes to again. Catchers, Brian Schneider and Ramon Castro also serve as a scare at the bottom of the order, and look for both to not really contribute much more than they did in 2008.
Going into 2009 some players need to prove or reprove themselves in the lineup. Of those players is Carlos Delgado, who has to prove that last year was not a hoax and that he can still play up to that level. Also Jose Reyes has to prove that he can remain a consistent lead off hitter and spark for this team. All in all the Mets do look beter off than in 2008 and they do not have to play the Marlins for the last series of the season, in 2009 they finish with the Houston Astros, and hope to erase the memories of the past two seasons.