2010 New York Mets (REALISTIC!!!) Opening Day Starting Lineup
As a die-hard Mets fan, I follow their offseason moves (the little that there are) everyday. I am also a very optimistic fan, so I say we have a shot in 2010. I don't know if you guys remember or not, but three out of the last four years we have been in contention and made a run (one of those years we were one game away from the world series). We have an amazing core of talented athletes (Reyes, Wright, Santana, Beltran, etc...) and we only need to make a few moves, to contend with the big boys. So, this is what I think the Mets starting lineup will be for April 5th, 2010 against the Marlins. This is just a prediction and hopefully they will make more signings than this, but these are the ones that they need/are going to sign this offseason realistically.
#1- Jose Reyes
Jose, jose jose jose. He is going to come back to full form in 2010 playing at full potential, which means leading the league in triples and stolen bases. There is no doubt he will be leading off for the mets for many years to come.
#2- Luis Castillo
Yes, I know al you Mets fan out there will dread to see this, but i don't realistically see them getting rid of Luis, no matter how badly I want to see Orlando Hudson in a Mets uniform. Looking past his age, and his injury-ridden past, AND his horrific dropped routine fly ball against the Yankees, he was probably the most productive position player on the Mets last year (which is not saying much). He is still a decent player and, if healthy, will be an okay-at-best second basemen for us in 2010.
#3- Carlos Beltran
What else can you say about Beltran rather than he is a straight-up beast. While healthy, he lead the mets in almost all the offensive and defensive categories last year and we are really looking forward to having him back in the lineup to do some damage. He will also do a great job protecting the guy who is coming up next...
#4- Jason Bay
Jason Bay... So far we are the only team interested in signing him and have offered him a 4 year $64 million deal. He rejected the Red Sox offer of 4 years and $60 million and I don't think any other team will offer him anything so eventually he will sign with us. He will be a very good cleanup hitter for us and slay the dreaded giant fences of Citi Field. The only concern is his fielding ability , which i hope he will make up for with his offense. I see great things from this kid and hopefully will have as good of a season as last year with the Sox.
#5- David Wright
El Capitano. David Wright, our stud of a third-basemen is back for another very productive 2010 season. fortunately, with the amazing 1-4 we have so far they will treat david wright with less fear and he will put up big numbers (hopefully power-wise). With another All-star season from our new captain, we will have a huge shot for the playoffs.
#6- Bengie Molina
Similar to Jason Bay, The MEts are Bengie's top and only suitor so far this off-season. They offered Bengie 2 years and around $12 million, but also like Bay, they both want an extra year on their offers. I think that no one else wants him "only because he's the most appealing of an unremarkable bunch of available catchers." -Marty Noble. I agree with this but he is a very powerful hitter that would compliment this lineup very nicely. His OBP is low, I know, but he will help us out offensively. Him signing with the Mets is very realistic so they should stick to the 2 year deal.
#7- Jeff Francoeur
When we aquired Jeff from the Braves in Mid-2009 in exchange for Ryan Church, I wasn't quite sure how he will do. Jeff was an instant help for our hopeless season, hitting the second most homeruns on the team (which isn't that much). He was very good for us offensively and he will have a lot to contribute in a full year with the Mets. Hitting behind such an amazing 1-6 will also help his numbers. HE also has a cannon arm from right field. This , along will Beltran's incredible defense, will cancel out and help any doubts for Jason Bay's defense.
#8- Daniel Murphy
As much as I would like to see Carlos Delgado come back for one more year to help us with his power, I just don't see it happening. I think they will settle with Daniel Murphy at first base. Even though he lead the team in home runs in 2009 with 12 he still has a lot of work to do to produce at a high quality-major league level. We will have to deal with him until Ike Davis, our star prospect, is ready for the big leagues. Hopefully Daniel will improve defensively as well and he can become quite the first basemen.
2010 starting rotation:
1) Johan Santana
2) Joel Pinero
3) Mike Pelfrey
4) John Maine
5) Fernando Nieve
Of course our Ace is Johan Santana. In my opinion, we NEED to sign joel pinero to have a chance this year. Our rotation just wouldn't be strong enough for the Phillies, Braves, and other big teams. I'm not saying this is the only player we should sign but i think this is the only starter we are going to sign this offseason (hopefully we sign more). Some of you might be questioning Fernando Nieve. But, I saw a lot of potential with him last year before he got injured. He has a 2.95 ERA and he (i'm not 100% sure) shut out the yankees last year. He is very young and has massive amounts of potential. As for Oliver Perez, I suggest Jerry Manual put him in the bullpen for long relief.
In my opinion, a very improved bullpen with the new signings and hopefully they won't cost us any games.
I am very excited for the up-coming season. Last year made me question repurchasing my ticket package but I bought them anyway. Hopefullly we make history and a new tradition in our new home with our new and improved team.
Please leave comments and thoughts.