Note: Some players were left off due to too small a sample size, or that they weren’t able to even make it on my charts. All these grades are mainly based on my personal opinion. Statistics come into play, but it is mainly opinion.
Well, at the All-Star Break, the Mets trail the Braves by four games in the NL East, with a record of 48-40. They also trail the Rockies and Dodgers by one game in the Wild Card. Every year I do a personal evaluation/report card of the Mets at the All-Star Break, and here it is:
Name Grade David Wright A Angel Pagan A R.A. Dickey A-
Wright absolutely deserves an A. He has had a bounce-back year for the Mets, hitting .314 with 14 home runs and 65 runs batted in.
Pagan has had an excellent year so far filling in for injured Carlos Beltran. His great play has earned him the starting role over Jeff Francoeur for right field on Thursday, when Beltran returns.
Dickey has been such a wonderful surprise for Mets fans. He went 6-0 before losing a game. His knuckleball has been a big part of his success.
Ike Davis B+ Mike Pelfrey B+ Elmer Dessens B Jon Niese B Pedro Feliciano B Jesus Feliciano B Jose Reyes B
Sorry, Johan Santana hasn’t even been worthy of an A or B grade this year.
Ike “I like Ike” Davis has torn up the majors this year, hitting 11 home runs since coming up in late April. He has quickly become a fan favorite.
Pelfrey, has had such a turnaround year that I am happy about. He has confidence on the mound, even with men on, and knows what he is doing. His confidence was evident in the game against the Cardinals that lasted 20 innings, he asked for the ball to get a save.
With the addition of his splitter, he has become a strong pitcher.
Dessens has been a pleasant surprise for Mets fans. He has been strong and has really helped that bullpen.
Niese has had a great set of starts since his return from the disabled list. He has really shown to be a good No. 3 pitcher in the rotation.
P. Feliciano has always been a great lefty specialist, but this year he has learned to get right-handed hitters out so that he can pitch full innings. J. Feliciano has also done a great job this year, showing why he deserves to be in the majors.
Reyes hasn’t done great, but he is getting back to his regular self.
Johan Santana C+ Jason Bay C+ Hisanori Takahashi C+ Francisco Rodriguez C+ Jenrry Mejia C Fernando Nieve C Ryota Igarashi C Rod Barajas C Henry Blanco C Ruben Tejada C Chris Carter C
There are many Cs here. Santana has not had a good year, let’s face it. Coming into this year, he had only given up three grand slams throughout his whole career. This year alone he has given up four grand slams. As he has struggled this year, Pelfrey has become the ace.
Bay has also been a disappointment. He has only hit six home runs, which is not where I expect him to be.
Takahashi has been a surprise when he is in the bullpen. He struggled when he started games.
K-Rod, has not had the year I have expected him to have. He has started giving us heart attacks in the ninth inning. It isn’t right. Mejia should not have been in the bullpen this year to start off with. He should have been in the minors to work on being a starter.
Nieve was completely burned out early on, and really hasn’t gotten into many games lately. He made one start but that was a failed experiment.
Ryota Igarashi has had an interesting year—a year which was above my expectations for him.
Barajas and Blanco have done a great job with the pitching staff, but they haven’t produced much of anything else lately. Tejada and Carter have done a great job filling in, but have room for improvement.
Jeff Francoeur F Luis Castillo F Oliver Perez F John Maine F Alex Cora F Fernando Tatis F Frank Catalanotto F Raul Valdes F
I don’t do Ds. It’s either an A, B, C, or it’s an F.
Francoeur has done a terrible job at the plate. He has done great in the field, but he needs to bring his bat to the plate and get contact. Castillo, Perez, Maine, Catalanotto, and Tatis all speak for themselves. All of them did terrible the first half, even though three got injured, and one got designated for assignment.
Valdes has not lived up to expectations, and the expectations were for him to be a C. Same for Cora.
Team Grade: B
Manager Grade: C+
What do you think of the grades I gave these players? Think I was too harsh or too easy? Give some feedback, let me know what you think.
Flushing Baseball Daily reporter, Tyler Moore. Follow Tyler on Twitter, where he'll discuss Mets, and also his posts. If you wish to email him, send an email to Tyler with the subject of Flushing Baseball Daily Mail. Thanks for reading!