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October 28, 2011

Reyes dominates the Mets offseason

by @ 10:24 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

After the 1st season under the leadership of field manager  Terry Collins and front office executive Sandy Alderson  the franchise seems to be heading in the right direction, the New York Mets  enter the 2011-2012 offseason with some major question marks. The biggest,obviously, is the status of star SS Jose Reyes, who won the National League batting title and  will be a free agent within the next week or so. The Mets continue to be a team in transition with 3 players making almost half of their $110 million dollar payroll- LHSP Johan Santana, 3B David Wright and LF Jason Bay- so the team will more than likely not be a huge player in free agency. However, the team will be try hard to resign their all star shortstop,leadoff hitter and that negotiation will go along way to determining the rest of the 2012 roster.  Additionally, the Mets might look at  trade,free agent options at 2nd base, catcher, and pitching-both of the starting and relief variety. Depending on what the club does with CF Angel Pagan, who had  a tough 2011 campaign and is in the final year of salary arbitration, the team might need a starting outfielder. Lets look at some of these areas.

INFIELD: With Ike Davis reportedly doing well in recovery from his awful 2011 ankle injury, count 1B as a check mark. Additionally, the team built some depth at this spot with players like INF Daniel Murphy, OF-INF Lucas Duda and INF-OF Nick Evans all putting in solid minutes at 1B in 2011. 2nd base is an area where I believe the Mets will fill with an internal candidate, Murphy is not Doug Flynn(Mets gold glove 2B in the late 70s,early 80s) with the glove but can hit. Meanwhile, INF Justin Turner also played well at this spot. If the team resigns Reyes, INF Ruben Tejada is also a 2B option. The team obviously wants to keep Reyes but several big market clubs have $$$ to spend and a need at a shallow position.  Jose has his flaws- the health issues, an occasional bonehead play,etc- but he brings energy and talent to a team. Someone will pay him, I am not sure it will be the Mets. You have seen and heard some trade rumors regarding 3B David Wright but I do not think that will happen. The Mets franchise player has had two down years and the team plans to move the fences in at Citi Field, so lets hope #5 returns to form. 

OUTFIELD: LF Jason Bay is signed for 2 more seasons and seemed to play his best ball as a Met in the last 6 weeks of 2011. If he can hit around .280 with 20 homers and 80 rbi in 2012, that would go along way. This is a good person and player who has endured 2 tough seasons in Queens, lets hope he picks it up. Pagan is an interesting guy to look at. He was very good in 2010 but battled injury and inconsistency in 2011. The team does not have an ideal candidate to replace him 2012 with the Mets top OF prospects 2-3 years away while the 2012 OF free agency class does not resemble Aaron,Mays and Mantle. Pagan is a good bet to be in CF on opening day in 2012. With his strong 2nd half, Lucas Duda appears to have locked up the starting RF job. Evans should  make the team with his versatility and bat after closing 2011 strong.  A speedster who can play all 3 OF spots would be a welcome addition on the roster. 

PITCHING: Count on R.A. Dickey and LHP Jon Niese as givens in this rotation with Dillon Gee also definitely in the mix. RHP Mike Pelfrey was good in 2010 but very inconsistent in 2011. He is in his 2nd year of arbitration eligibility(would make around 8-10 million) and might be a non tender candidate for the financially troubled Mets. Santana’s(Missed all of 2011 after late 2010 shoulder surgery) health is a big issue with two more guaranteed years on his deal. The team needs their lefty ace back on the mound. A veteran type cheap free agent signing like Chris Capuano would be advised. Chicago White Sox LHSP Mark Buehrle is a name you hear linked to the Mets often. Bullpen wise, obviously the team needs to sign a closer. Bobby Parnell struggled in the role after the late season trade of Francisco ” K Rod” Rodriquez, so this is a definite need. However, this is a good year to need a closer with the several big names on the free agent market- led by San Diego Padres(ex- Met) Heath Bell, Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Madson and Boston Red Sox Jonathan Papelbon.  These guys will  get big bucks, I am not sure they fit the financial plan of Alderson, however! A cheaper, reclamation project type like Los Angeles Dodgers Jonathan Broxton, the Phillies Brad Lidge or Mike Gonzalez from the Texas Rangers might be options for the Mets.  Even a return by K Rod to Flushing cannot be ruled out. I like the rest of the NY pen with Parnell in a late inning role joining Pedro Beato, Manny Acosta and lefty specialist Tim Byrdak. Another southpaw is needed to give Collins’ multiple lefties out of the pen. 

 

 

October 9, 2011

Changes in coaching staff, Mets prospect list, Batting title for Reyes, Team statistical leaders

by @ 6:26 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Mets manager Terry Collins will be in the dugout thru 2013 after the team picked his contract option in Early October. However, the popular player friendly skipper made major changes to his 2011 staff with only hitting coach Dave Hudgens and pitching head Dan Warthen returning . Bench coach Ken Oberkfell, 3rd base coach Chip Hale, 1B coach and Mets legend Mookie Wilson as well as bullpen coach Jon Debus were let go.   The team promoted Tim Teufel(member of the 1986 World Champion Mets) and Ricky Bones to the positions of 3b coach and bullpen coach. The Mets offered Wilson and Debus other positions within the organization and hope to retain both. The team had also hoped to resign Hale but he was hired by the Oakland A’s October 5th to serve as Bob Melvin’s coach. Collins and Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson have expressed a desire to add an experienced bench coach. MLB Network analyst Larry Bowa, an ex Met and ML manager with both Philadelphia and San Diego, is being rumored for that position. The fiery ex Allstar shortstop also served on coaching staffs with the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers from 2006-2010.

METS 2011 PROSPECT LIST: 

1. RHP Zack Wheeler

2.RHP Matt Harvey

3. RHP Jeurys Familia

4. SS Wilmer Flores

5. OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

6.  OF Cory Vaughn

7.  OF Cesar Puello

8.  SS Jordany Valdespin

9.   2B Reese Havens

10. 3b Jefry Marte 

BATTING TITLE FOR JOSE:  Mets SS and soon to be free agent Jose Reyes won the 2011 National League batting title with a .337 after holding off Milwaukee Brewers LF Ryan Braun. The batting title was the first in club history but carries some controversy with it. After leading off the game with a bunt single in the Mets last game September 28th, Reyes took himself out the game to protect the lead. Braun still could have caught him with a 3 for 4 day but many fans booed the move  and SNY announcer Keith Hernandez was not happy. Reyes was not phased by the bad publicity saying,” I don’t care what other people say,The Mets had never won a bating title before, so I did it for the team and the fans.” 

 

2011 REGULAR SEASON TEAM LEADERS

BATTING AVERAGE
HR C. Beltran 15
RBI C. Beltran 66
R J. Reyes 101
OPS J. Reyes .877
ERA R. Dickey 3.28
W D. Gee 13
SO C. Capuano 168
SV F. Rodriguez 23
WHIP R. Dickey 1.23

October 3, 2011

How the Mets measure up

by @ 10:00 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

2011 regular season rankings in 4 major categories in both pitching and batting for the New York Mets, based on the 30 teams in MLB. Season wrap up blog later this week. 

BATTING: 

Runs(12)

Batting average(6)

On Base percentage(6)

Slugging percentage(18)

 

PITCHING: 

ERA(21)

Quality starts(18)

WHIP(24)

Batting average against(24)

 

 

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