The New York Mets struggled to a 74-88 record this season under the guidance of manager Terry Collins.
That was the same record New York had in 2012, but viable progress was made this season. The Mets have the semblance of a fine pitching staff, and fans are hoping that the team spends some money this offseason to bolster an anemic offensive attack.
They have to. Anyway, let's take a look at the report card grades for New York Mets players now that the 2013 campaign has come to a close.
May I have the envelopes please...
Matt Harvey: A+
Before he got hurt in August, Harvey was the best pitcher in baseball, with all due respect to Clayton Kershaw. He had a spectacular season. Hopefully he will not need Tommy John surgery. Everyone is holding their breath.
Marlon Byrd: A
Easily Sandy Alderson's best move of the season. Sometimes you get a little lucky, too. A spring training invitee, Byrd was leading the Mets in HR and RBI and was fifth in the NL in slugging percentage when he was traded to the Pirates in late August. A magical year for the veteran outfielder.
Daniel Murphy: B+
An excellent season for "Murph", who played in 161 games this season and finished second in the National League in hits (188) and eighth in runs scored (92).
David Wright: B+
The Mets captain would have received an A grade if he did not miss seven weeks with a hamstring injury. The Norfolk, Va. native led the Mets in batting average (.307) and added solid OBP (.390) and SLG (.514) percentages as well. Excellent defensive season, too.
Bobby Parnell: B
Before he got hurt, Parnell looked like a legitimate closer with 22 saves in 26 opportunities. Love the nifty 2.16 ERA too.
Dillon Gee: B
New York's best starter the second half of the season, Gee fashioned a 12-11 mark but was excellent after the All-Star break. After the All-Star Game at Citi Field, the 27-year-old owned a stellar 2.74 ERA.
LaTroy Hawkins: B
He did a fine job stepping in as the closer once Parnell got hurt, saving 13-for-16 opportunities. Finished with a 2.93 ERA. Not bad for a 40-year-old hurler.
Zack Wheeler: B-
Despite some control issues that carried over from Triple-A, the highly-touted, lanky right-hander had a fine rookie campaign (7-5, 3.42 ERA). He looks to be the ace of the staff if Harvey is sidelined next year.
Eric Young, Jr.: B
Despite a .251 average, Young gave the Mets what they desperately needed—a leadoff hitter with speed. Led the National League in steals (46).
Vic Black: B
Acquired in the Marlon Byrd-John Buck deal, Black went 3-0 with a 1.15 WHIP in 15 outings. A keeper in the pen.
Juan Lagares: C+
He needs to get more consistent at the plate, but Lagares provided Gold Glove caliber defense in the outfield this season. Needs to supply more power (just five HR).
Jon Niese: C
The southpaw began the season as New York's ace, got injured, then came back and pitched well down the stretch. He is still a better pitcher than his 8-8 record would indicate. A disappointing year overall.
John Buck: C
He did a fine job behind the plate handling the pitching staff and also added 15 HR and 60 RBI before being traded to Pittsburgh along with Byrd. True leader as well.
Carlos Torres: C
Torres did a fine job stepping in as a starter when needed—better as a reliever than a starting pitcher, though.
Scott Rice: C
The southpaw led the NL in appearances at one point this season before wearing down. Appeared in 73 games, most in the club.
Josh Edgin: C
Hefty lefty has talent but has not gained hold of lefty specialist role yet.
Scott Atchison: C
Looked like a coach pitching out there, right?
Josh Satin: C
He had some good moments and owned a fine OBP of .376.
Justin Turner: C
Mr. Versatility can play anywhere and hit .280 to boot. Injuries limited him to just 86 games, though.
Dave Aardsma: C-
Aardsma went 2-2, but blew both of his save chances.
Omar Quintanilla: C-
He did a solid overall job filling in for the demoted/injured Ruben Tejada.
Lucas Duda: C-
Hit 15 HR but always gets hurt and batted just .223. Time for New York to move on.
Anthony Recker: C-
He did a good job as a backup catcher, belting six home runs in just 135 AB.
Andrew Brown: C-
A Supplier of fine right-hander power off the bench (7 HR in 150 at-bats).
Daisuke Matsuzaka: D+
It was brutal early, but he righted the ship to finish with a 3-3 ledger with 4.42 ERA in seven starts. Walked 3.7 batters per nine IP—most likely not in New York's future plans.
Travis d'Arnaud: D+
Should be fine, but he struggled once he was finally called up from Las Vegas (1-5-.202). Looks like a solid defensive catcher who needs to shorten stroke a little.
Jeremy Hefner: D
Went 4-8 with 4.34 ERA before getting hurt. Started off well but was brutal after the All-Star break.
Wilmer Flores/Matt den dekker: D
Hit a combined .209. Both youngsters appear to need more seasoning.
Mike Baxter: D-
Hit only .189 as a left-handed hitter off the bench. Yikes.
Ruben Tejada: F
What a brutal year for New York's shortstop. Reported to spring training out of shape, tried to hit home runs, got injured, was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, recalled and then broke his leg. Ouch.
Ike Davis: F
One of the biggest busts in MLB. He never got on track this season as his home run total plummeted from 32 to nine. He still looks completely lost at the plate. His future with the Mets is in serious doubt.
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