New York Mets 2009 Season Preview

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IMarch 24, 2009

PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Francisco Rodriguez #75 of the New York Mets poses during photo day at Tradition Field on February 23, 2009 in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The New York Mets will win the NL East this time, after blowing the lead two straight years in a row.

They will have a great bullpen to guarantee Johan about 30 wins this year.

Na, I'm just joking. However, Johan could get 30 wins this year if he does as well as he did last year, and stays healthy.

The Mets did some shopping and brought in Francisco Rodriguez to close and J.J. Putz to set him up. Putz is a good closer, but will be in a safer role as a setup man for K-Rod. The Mets also have the same dangerous lineup as always, top-to-bottom. They will start rookie Daniel Murphy in left, and could possibly put Nick Evans at first if Carlos Delgado starts to slip.

Keep An Eye On: Ryan Church, of

An injury-plagued year cost Church some playing time in 2008, but he is back in 2009 to kick some butt. He played in only 90 games last year. He batted .276 with 12 homers and 49 RBI.

Projected Lineup
1. Jose Reyes, ss
2. Luis Castillo, 2b
3. Carlos Beltran, cf
4. David Wright, 3b
5. Carlos Delgado, 1b
6. Ryan Church, rf
7. Daniel Murphy, lf
8. Brian Schneider, c

Projected Pitching Staff
1. Johan Santana, lhp
2. John Maine, rhp
3. Oliver Perez, rhp
4. Livan Hernandez, rhp
5. Mike Pelfrey, rhp

Projected Bullpen
Francisco Rodriguez
J.J. Putz
Tim Redding
Pedro Feliciano
Sean Green

Freddy Garcia
Top Prospects
1. Fernando Martinez, of
2. Wilmer Flores, ss
3. Jonathon Niese, lhp
4. Brad Holt, rhp
5. Jefry Marte, 3b