2010 Season: My New York Mets Outlook
However, recently, I have felt the strange need to defend them.
The reason for my recent change of heart, lies in the fact that the Mets have been recently been portrayed as the fourth best team in the NL East.
This is a claim I feel to be baseless, the Mets are not only not a fourth place team, they should be considered playoff contenders.
It’s almost as if people are forgetting just how many key injuries the Mets had last year.
The fact of the matter is we didn’t see the real Mets team last year.
By the end of May, we were looking at their Triple-A team. The Mets had lost Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado, two vital pieces of their offense, and yet they were still in contention until June, when Carlos Beltran got hurt.
Beltran’s injury left the team with very few power hitters. By the end of the year the Mets had five former all-stars on the disabled list (not including Billy Wagner, because the Mets knew about his injury from the start).
Interestingly enough, despite all the starters who were injured, the Mets still managed to get more hits than the Philadelphia Phillies.
However, the Phillies scored more runs than the Mets because they hit 130 more home runs.
This proves just how valuable power hitters are and how much the Mets missed their own.
In other words, the Mets had the base runners, but simply no one to knock them in.
Furthermore, it’s important to note that the Mets led the NL East, up until they began getting injured, and that they also accomplished their success without their number two starter, Oliver Perez.
So in case you were wondering how they could compete with that rotation, remember, they already have.
Also, according to Fangraphs projections, Mike Pelfrey's ERA is going to go down, probably due to his teams much improved defense.
While it might be in the best interest of the Mets to sign another starter and perhaps another bat, right now they’re basically fielding the same team that had them in first place until June last year.
The addition of Jason Bay gives the team an extra 30 homeruns this year; since Bay tends to hit his home runs to left field, Citi Field shouldn’t drain his power.
If healthy, the Mets offense will be right under Philadelphia’s and possibly Top-Ten in the league, just like it was in 2008.
Additionally, there’s still time for the Mets to acquire another bat or an arm.
Russell Branyan, and/or Eric Bedard would likely make them favorites for the wildcard and might give them the respect they deserve.
Not to mention there’s seemingly always one superstar on the trading block mid-season. Since the Mets farm system is now ranked 15th, they might be able to pull a blockbuster.
Needless to say, it’s apparent how underrated this Mets team is. Sure, they aren’t well rounded, but then again very few teams are, especially in the National League.
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