The offseason consisted of a great deal of bashing the front office for its failure to upgrade the outfield from last year. In fact, it is actually weaker on paper with the absence of Scott Hairston, who had an epiphany of a 2012 season with 20 home runs.
The Mets should have traded for Justin Upton or signed a player such as Cody Ross. They did neither, and the results will most likely reflect that.
To this point, however, some of the players have actually overperformed. Granted, it is a small sample size, but Marlon Byrd (seven hits in 26 at-bats) has looked like he has rediscovered his form from 2010 when he was an All-Star with the Chicago Cubs.
Lucas Duda has one home run and four RBI, but his offense needs to negate his poor defense, so he has been a disappointment so far.
Collin Cowgill got off to a red-hot Opening Day start with a double and the huge grand slam, but has tailed off considerably since then. He was on fire during spring training (five home runs), which enabled him to win the starting job in center field, but that is obviously in jeopardy if he doesn't keep it up.
Jordany Valdespin has been starting of late, and he has provided a much-needed spark at the top of the lineup. His average sits at .400 after his three-hit performance. He is best suited for a utility role but he is the most dynamic player on the team right now.
I was definitely a proponent of upgrading the offense, and clearly Justin Upton is showing why he was a sought-after player this winter. For now, Terry Collins is forced to mix-and-match with this group of castoffs.
*UPDATE*- 11:00 PM- Lucas Duda hit two home runs in Wednesday's loss to Philadelphia, which boosts his numbers significantly to .308 with three home runs.