MLB Team News NL East — 04 April 2010

2009 regular season record: 70-92, Fourth place, NL East

Major Offseason Acquisitions: Jason Bay (BOS), Kelvim Escobar (LAA), Kiko Calero (FLA), Gary Matthews, Jr. (LAA), Mike Jacobs (KC)

Major Offseason Losses: Gary Sheffield (FA), Brian Schneider (PHI), Carlos Delgado (FA)

Projected Lineup (2009 stats):

1. SS-Jose Reyes (.279 BA, .355 OBP, 2 HR, 15 RBI)

2. 2B-Luis Castillo (.302 BA, .387 OBP, 1 HR, 40 RBI, 20 SB)

3. 3B-David Wright (.307 BA, .390 OBP, 10 HR, 72 RBI)

4. LF-Jason Bay (.267 BA, .384 OBP, 36 HR, 119 RBI)

5. 1B-Daniel Murphy (.266 BA, .313 OBP, 12 HR, 63 RBI)

6. RF-Jeff Francoeur (.280 BA, .309 OBP, 15 HR, 76 RBI)

7. CF-Angel Pagan (.306 BA, .350 OBP, 6 HR, 32 RBI)

8. C-Rod Barajas (.226 BA, .258 OBP, 19 HR, 71 RBI)

Projected Starting Rotation/Closer (2009 stats):

1. LHP Johan Santana (13-9, 3.13 ERA, 166.2 IP)

2. RHP John Maine (7-6, 4.43 ERA, 81.1 IP)

3. LHP Jon Niese (1-1, 4.21 ERA, 25.2 IP)

4. RHP Mike Pelfrey (10-12, 5.03 ERA, 184.1 IP)

5. LHP Oliver Perez (3-4, 6.82 ERA, 66 IP)

Closer: RHP Francisco Rodriguez (3.71 ERA, 35 saves)

2010 outlook: 2009 was a complete nightmare all season long for the Mets, and it’ll be interesting to see how they respond in 2010.

Despite the awful season, New York still managed to make a splash over the winter, landing former Red Sox and Pirates slugger Jason Bay to the mix.

Bay led Boston in home runs last season, and the Mets are hoping that he’ll add some serious power to a team that struggled in that department last season.

The Mets had serious issues adapting to the new cavernous dimensions of Citi Field, and ranked dead-last in the league in team home runs with just 95 in ’09.

New York, who had stars battling injuries throughout last season, and will start the season missing two of their best players in Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes.

Reyes, who played just 36 games last season, has missed much of Spring Training with a thyroid issue, and the Mets will sorely miss the energy he typically brings to the top of the order.

He’s eligible to return from the DL April 11.

Beltran, who played in just 81 games last season, had surgery on his right knee back in January, and could be out until June.

Outside of Johan Santana (arguably baseball’s best pitcher over the past decade), the Mets’ rotation isn’t exactly oozing with consistency.

The 31-year-old has started at least 25 games in each of the last six seasons, and owns a stellar lifetime ERA of 3.12.

If the Mets are healthy, they certainly aren’t a team that should be doing any cellar dwelling.

Unfortunately, with the way the rest of the division is stacked, it’s going to be very tough for New York to stick around for very long.

2010 Prediction: 73-89, Fourth place, NL East

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