The Mets Will Make The Playoffs If...

Matt PaoneContributor IMarch 5, 2010

NEW YORK - AUGUST 01:  David Wright #5 of the New York Mets bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 1, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets have been nothing but a disappointment since 2006. Not only have they missed the playoffs for three consecutive years, but they have managed to do it in heart breaking ways each year. In 2007 and 2008 we saw the Mets collapse in the final month of the season, and in 2009 we saw them get taken over by the injury plagued.  All of that disappointment and bad luck will come to an end this year, as the Mets will make the playoffs if… Leave comments on what you feel about the article and what your predictions are.

            The most important player the Mets need to stay healthy, and have a big year is Jose Reyes. Reyes, whether he’s batting leadoff or batting third gets the offense going. While he’s batting third the Metropolitans need him to do a few things; 1) Hit for average, 2) drive in runs. He has been very productive at driving in runs when he was the leadoff hitter but now he will have more opportunities with runners on base, and thirdly get on base and steal bases.  He has recorded 56 or more steals in each season that he played a full year. Getting on base and stealing bases is going to be extremely important this year especially if David Wright does not go back to his pre 2009 form. Reyes needs to have a big year this year; I believe he will be a candidate for the NL MVP. Projected stats: 18 homeruns, 90 RBI, 57 SB, 17 3B, 38 2B, 295 BA.

            Johan Santana is the ace of the Mets pitching staff thus he is the most important pitcher on the team. He is the only proven starting pitcher on the team and that’s why having him healthy the whole year is so vital. Mike Pelfrey, John Maine, Oliver Perez, and probably Jonathan Niese, fill out the rest of the starting rotation; all these men have huge upsides, but in the cases of Mike Pelfrey and, especially Perez they are very inconsistent. Last year Niese showed moments of brilliance, but like so many of his teammates fell victim to injury when he tore his hamstring. It is rather simple to describe John Maine, when he pitches while healthy he is very productive. Santana must have a monster season for the Mets to contend this year. He will challenge for the CY Young award. Projected states:  20 wins, 7 losses, 2.65 ERA, 220 IP, 200 Strikeouts, 33 GS.

            The informal Captain of the New York Mets, their third basemen David Wright must have a bounce back year after a disappointing 2009 campaign. The season that David had would be considered a good year for more than fifty percent of baseball players. The only problem was that Mr. Wright was supposed to be one of the top players in baseball. He needs to show that he still has the power that the Mets were accustomed to for his first five years in the big leagues.  Wright could also afford to cut down on the strikeouts as in 2009 he saw a career high in that stat category. There is no question that David has the potential and the work ethic to go back to his pre 2009 form. The Mets organization should feel confident that he will have a bounce back year.  Projected Stats: 25 Homeruns, 105 RBI, 15 SB, 45 2B, 120 SO, 315 BA.

            Relief pitchers must perform well this season. The middle relief and the setup men are going to be key, if they can provide valuable innings and get the ball to Fransico Rodriguez in the 9th inning with the lead the Mets will win a lot of games. The newly acquired Japanese pitcher Ryota Igarsashi seems to be the favorite to be the 8th inning guy. Bobby Parnell looks to be the man for 7th and possible some 8th inning duties, and Pedro Feliciano will be the left handed specialist. The goal for all these men is just to keep the lead for K-Rod in the 9th. Rodriguez is one of the best closers in baseball so when the Mets have a lead in the 9th they will be very confident that they will get the win.

            Some role players that need to perform this year are Daniel Murphy, Jeff Francoeur, and Angel Pagan. Pagan is especially important to keep an eye on because he is filling in for Carlos Beltran until Beltran comes back from injury. During his time in the starting lineup Pagan will be patrolling center field and also batting leadoff for the Mets. He needs to deliver on a consistent basis until Beltran is healthy again, which might not be until the end of May or even worse the middle of June.

            The Mets have some question marks; they need to hope some players have bounce back years, and that everyone stays healthy for most of the year. There is a very good chance that the Mets might make the playoffs, as they won the division in 2006 with a similar team.  Prediction: 2nd place NL East, 89-73, Wild Card winner.