MLB MLB Team News — 01 March 2011

Injuries, bad contracts, and poor management have all combined to the Mets’ undesirable current state of affairs.  Fortunately, the Mets finally cut ties with GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel over the offseason, both prime reasons for the lackluster performance of the team. However, this does not necessarily mean things are going to get better immediately for the Mets.

Johan Santanna won’t be back from his surgery until the All-Star break, dealing a huge blow to their rotation. Mike Pelfrey will become the “Ace” of the staff by default and will be joined in the rotation by serviceable arms Jon Niese and R.A. Dickey. Outside of these three however, the rest of the staff will be less than reliable. The Mets took fliers on veterans Chris Young and Chris Capuano in attempt to provide some veteran experience in the back end of the rotation, but it remains to be seen how much these two have left in the tank.

The lineup on the other hand is an interesting situation. They do have several big name players, but almost all of them have struggled or been injured at some point during the past few years, which has led to inconsistent play from the team. If healthy, Jason Bay, Jose Reyes, David Wright, Carlos Beltran combine to make a formidable lineup capable of scoring plenty of runs.  Ike Davis had a great rookie year and will only benefit from having the players mentioned above back in the lineup.

The Mets are not going to be anyone’s pick to win the division this year, but with that being said, they do have several bats in the offense that, if productive, could have the Mets winning a lot more games than people are expecting them to.

Key Additions: Chris Capuano, Taylor Bucholz, Chris Young

Key Losses: Pedro Feliciano, Rod Barajas, Hisanori Takahashi

Lineup:

C: Josh Thole

1B: Ike Davis

2B: Luis Castillo

3B: David Wright

SS: Jose Reyes

LF: Jason Bay

CF: Carlos Beltran

RF: Angel Pagan

Rotation:

1: Mike Pelfrey

2: Jon Niese

3: R.A. Dickey

4: Chris Young

5. Chris Capuano

CL: Francisco Rodriguez

Critical Players to Success:

Chris Young/ Chris Capuano: These two veteran hurlers will be called on to provide some much needed depth to the pitching staff until Johan Santana returns. If either of them falters, the Mets will have to find another option in what could end up being a shaky rotation.

Jason Bay: The Mets signed Bay to a huge contract after impressive play in Boston and Pittsburgh. However, he was largely ineffective in his first year in Queens and suffered a concussion that cut his year short. The Mets are hoping Bay can rebound and be a much needed offensive force in the middle of their lineup.

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