New York Mets

Gary Matthews Jr. Better All Round Centerfielder

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 07:  Catcher Ivan Rodriguez #7 of the Washington Nationals takes the throw as Gary Matthews Jr. #19 of the New York Mets scores the deciding run in the 5th inning at Tradition Field on March 7, 2010 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Keith BennettCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2010

 Every one thought Angel Pagan was the centerfielder when Carlos Beltran went down. At the begining of spring training Pagan was playing good baseball. Seem like his stats drop like a bad habit. In 11 games Pagan hitting 212 AVG. with 1 home run and four RBIs. Matthews Jr. is playing a steady outfield the whole spring. He hitting 344 AVG. with 2 home runs 4 RBI. 688 SLG AVG. and OBP 417. He could lead off or hit in the middle of the lineup. Mets lineup look better with Matthews Jr. in the middle of it. Much more power. From both sides of the plate. Remember who was his father was.

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