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Season Outlook – New York Mets March 10, 2010

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With a disappointing 2009 season the New York Mets hope to get back to the basics in 2010.  2009 the Mets saw half of their stars end up on the disabled list exploiting their lack of depth.  Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, Johan Santana, and John Maine all saw significant time on the disabled list, leaving glaring holes throughout the team.  With everyone back healthy and some new additions this year the Mets are ready to put 2009 behind them.  With a handful of talent in the farm system and a healthy young core the Mets could be back into contention for years to come.  But a strong start is vital for the confidence, since it has plummeted three years prior.

With 3 or 4 prospects on the horizon of seeing time in “the show” the Mets motto this offseason was patience. Though they were still able to make some noise this winter, Omar Minaya went to work by signing Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay, for 4 years $60 million who last year hit 36 Homeruns and over 100 RBIs last year and solidified the catching position by bringing 6 catchers into spring training all of whom had significant playing time in the Majors.  These addition whether coming from other teams, their farm system, or even back from injury should all contribute in putting the Mets back into playoff contenders.

Starting Lineup

  1. Reyes-SS
  2. Castillo – 2B
  3. Beltran -CF
  4. Wright – 3B
  5. Bay       – LF
  6. Murphy -1B
  7. Francoeur – RF
  8. Barajas – C
  9. Santana -P

The Lineup is similar to last years but Jason Bay should offer more pop, and Francoeur makes the back end of the lineup a lot stronger.  David Wright has worked this entire offseason on getting stronger to come back from his dismal 10 HR year.  Pagan or Matthews Jr. will get the nod in CF for the first month of the season with Beltran coming off of knee surgery.

Rotation

  1. Santana
  2. Pelfrey
  3. Maine
  4. Perez
  5. Niese

The rotation beyond the ace is a bit shaky.  But if Maine and Perez can revert back to their 2006 form the Mets should be a force to be reckoned with.  Before a freak hamstring accident Niese showed great promise.  But this rotations main focus should be to stay healthy.

Up and Comers

Jenry Mejia- Impressive camp so far hes already in the conversation for the set-up role,but my guess is hell get some time to work on his control in AA, and called up in June if needed tofill a rotation spot.

Ike Davis-  So far in spring training Davis has had 11 total bases 2 HRs and is batting over .500.  Daniel Murphy better watch out because if he struggles at 1B the Mets will be able to give Davis the nod at 1st.

Fernando Martinez-  Once the Jewel of the Mets organization, he’s since fallen out of favor.  But is he by no means a bust.  A strong start in AAA and an injury in the outfield could lead him to the bigs.

2010 Outlook

Look the Mets still have a star studded cast and with all that talent look for them to produce some good results in 2010.  The Mets will lose out to the Phillies as NL East Champions but look for them to compete to the end for the Wild Card spot in the NL.

Prediction

88-74

NL Wildcard

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