2010 Rewind: 79-83, fourth place NL East. Nothing went right for the Mets, who finished near .500 merely on talent and the weakness of the NL East. Truth is, for a team with such a high payroll, the Mets are one of the biggest disasters in baseball.
The Good: The corner infielders. David Wright and Ike Davis are two homegrown prospects for the Mets, which says more to what the Mets should do for future success (rely on their farm system and steer clear of high-priced free agents). Davis, took over the first base job and proceeded to hit 19 HRs and 71 RBIs. Not huge numbers for a first baseman, but Davis shows a lot of promise. Centerfielder Angel Pagan, led the team with a .291 batting average and in SBs with 37.
The Bad: Where to begin? Injuries ultimately did in the Mets with superstars Carlos Beltran, Jason Bay and eventually Johan Santana going down. Then there’s the tumultuous clubhouse with Francisco Rodriquez having legal problems and in-clubhouse fights. And there’s also the underperformance of those not named Wright, Davis or Pagan.
Biggest Loss: Johan Santana. Going down late last year with labrum problems and surgery, puts the Mets bonafide ace on the shelf until the All-Star break (at least). This will be an insurmountable loss for the Mets.
Best Addition: Sandy Alderson is the new general manager and the fact that he’s the best addition, and not some big offseason free agent, shows the enormous task he has ahead of him. The Mets did nothing in the offseason and Alderson has to find a way to rid himself of bad contracts while turning to the youth for the future.
Fantasy Slant: Wright is the first-round stud on this team. Jose Reyes is still only 27 years old but has struggled with injuries. Reyes’ value is down, so you might be able to grab him later as a bargain. If healthy, he could pay big dividends. From a youth perspective, Pagan has a lot of value. He won’t hit for a ton of power, but will provide average, runs and stolen bases.
Final Take: With no Santana, a shaky bullpen and bad ownership, the arrow is pointing down for the Mets. They still have talent to be competitive, but with a lack of pitching and the previously-mentioned problems, this team is staring at another losing season and another 4th place finish...2011 Record: 75-88, 4th Place, NL East
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