Jason Bay, Mets' Other New Players, Must Step Up in 2010

Keith BennettCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2010

Jason Bay, Rod Barajas, Gary Matthews Jr., Mike Jacobs, and Japanese import Ryota Igarashi must have good years for the Mets to make playoffs.  Jason will have good year because he is a great power hitter.  I see 30 to 35 home runs and 110 to 120 RBI.

Rod Barajas has some pop in his bat.  He looks like he could hit 20 home runs and gives more power to the lineup.  He also provides great defense, throwing out 23 percent of runners last season.  Henry Blanco is a very good backup catcher.

Mike Jacobs could win the first base job from Daniel Murphy. If he could have the year he had in 2008 it would be a big boost.  He hit 32 homers in '08, but just 19 last year. 

Gary Matthews Jr. is good for defense in all three outfield positions.  Matthews Jr. hit 18 home runs and drove in 72 RBIs in 2007 while playing everyday with the Angels.

Ryota Igarashi could be a sleeper.  No body in the NL has seen before.  He throws fastball and a split-fingered pitch.  He still throws hard for a 30-year-old right-hander, clocking at 93 mph, coming off Tommy John surgery in '07.  The list goes on, with Fogg, Escobar, Catalanotto, And Takahashi.