New York Mets: Following Good Series, Face Marlins Next

Mike KentSenior Writer IApril 9, 2009

PORT ST LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Second baseman Andy Green #10 of the New York Mets can't complete the double-play as Cameron Maybin #24 of the Florida Marlins slides in hard during a spring training game at Tradition Field on February 26, 2009 in Port St Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Marlins 9-0.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The Mets did a great job against the Reds, winning two out of three is a good start to the season. There are two things I learned from this series:

1. This Reds team is better then I thought it was.

Jay Bruce are Joey Votto did a great job this series, and Fransisco Cordero had a great save killing the Mets. He struck out Gary Sheffield, Jose Reyes, and Daniel Murphy. The Reds will be better then expected this season.

2. Early answers to our pre-season questions

Most Mets fans had lots of questions coming in to the season. Was Carlos Delgado going to be a good player? Is the starting rotation and bullpen good enough?

Well, Carlos Delgado started the season hot. He already hit a home run and has four RBI. If he keeps this up, the Mets will have a great season out of Carlos.

The starting rotation is OK, and Santana was good. He did not have his best start, but he was still good. Big Plaf did not start the season well, but I think that this start was just a fluke, and he will have better days.

Perez was really bad—I do not know if we can trust him. If he pitches like that again, then I think the Mets should give Jonathon Niese another shot at the big leagues.

The bullpen looked great—I loved the way Sean Green, J.J. Putz, and K-Rod pitched the first two days. Together, they accumulated 6.2 innings, four holds, and two saves. Parnell, O'Day, and Stokes also started the season well. 

Great job by the Mets on the first three games, and now it is time to look ahead to the Marlins. The Marlins are 3-0, and the first team in the NL East. That means that for the Mets, these games are big.

I think the Mets will win two out of three games out there in Florida. Ramirez will give the Mets a run for their money, but the Mets will come out on top. The Mets have a better offense, defense, and better pitching.

Get ready for great games in Florida on the next stop, before the Mets' new home in Queens, New York.