1 - Jose Reyes
2 - Luis Castillo
3 - Carlos Beltran
4 - David Wright
5 - Jason Bay
6 - Jeff Francouer
7 - David Murphy
8 - Josh Tholes
Last Year Runs Scored: 671
Key Additions: Jason Bay, Henry Blanco, Chris Coste, Mike Jacobs, and Gary Matthews Jr.
Key Losses: Angel Berroa, Jeremy Reed, Brian Schneider, Carlos Delgado and Corey Sullivan
The NY Mets entered 2009 with one of the top-five lineups in the majors. Unfortunately, almost every starter hit the DL for extended periods which hurt the team offensively. The Mets finished towards the bottom in runs scored and next to last in homers.
Now we are entering 2010 and I'm predicting the Mets to have a top -10 offense in the majors, even with Beltran out for an extended period heading into the season.
Reason for the optimism is the Bay signing, who is a dead pull hitter, and the health of these stars.
Reyes is one of the best lead-off hitters in the game and Castillo is a nice situational hitter at the two hole.
With Bay, Wright will have protection and will enjoy a rebound in the power categories.
Francoeur seemed to fine his stroke after arriving from Atlanta and fits nicely in the sixth hole.
If Murphy was the second baseman, the stats he produced would be nice. Expect another step forward offensively, especially, if his defense improves under Keith Hernandez tutelage.
I expect the Mets to fill center with Angel Pagan and Gary Matthews Jr for the short term, but will need a healthy Beltran for this ranking to stick.