I’d like to host a Mets’ Chat Room tonight at 6 p.m., to kick off the new Citi Field and the new season. I am trying to keep the blog up with limited resources and your input is greatly appreciated and needed. Please join me. Thanks.
Let’s take a look at what could be some of the key numbers for the Mets this year and you tell me if they’ll hit the over or under.
1. Wins 93
2. Wins over Philadelphia 9
3. Wins over Yankees 3
4. Blown saves by bullpen 16
5. Wins by Oliver Perez 15
6. Wins for Johan Santana 20
7. Wins by John Maine 15
8. Wins by Mike Pelfrey 15
9. Blown saves by K-Rod 6
10. Innings pitched by Mike Pelfrey 200
11. Home runs by Carlos Delgado in first half of season 20
12. Home runs by Carlos Delgado for season 40
13. RBI by David Wright 125
14. Stolen bases for Jose Reyes 60
15. Average by Ryan Church vs. LHP .270
16. Games played in left field by Daniel Murphy 120
17. Games played at second base by Luis Castillo 125
18. Luis Castillo average .285
19. Carlos Beltran homers 35
20. Mets to score at least 100 runs 3
This week’s Sports Illustrated’s Baseball preview has the Angels over the Yankees in the ALCS and the METS over the Cubs in the NLCS, with the METS going on to win the World Series.
Thought you’d all like to smile today.
This has arguably been the longest spring of my life. I can’t wait much longer for the season to begin. With a handful of days remaining before Opening Day in Cincinnati, the Mets remain a team with a handful of issues.
The first being pitching.
Mike Pelfrey, John Maine and Oliver Perez haven’t had the kind of seamless spring that inspires unbridled confidence. You can find something physical or mental about each that makes you wonder. Can you say there aren’t any concerns about any of them?
I like the make up of the bullpen, although a second lefty would be nice. I think they’ll keep O’Day.
I’m not worried about the catching. Brian Schneider is what he is. He’s never going to put up great numbers, but as long as he handles the staff that’s the main thing.
My belief is the most important position player as far as the offensive make-up is concerned is Carlos Delgado. He’s had a good spring so far, but we still don’t know who’ll we’ll get: Last year’s first-half or the second-half. If it’s the second half, there aren’t many worries about the offense.
Second base? Luis Castillo played well this spring. Answered a lot of questions. Here’s one more: How long can he keep it up, and where will he hit in the line-up. I’m still of the belief Castillo is at his best hitting second.
Left fielder Daniel Murphy remains impressive, but let’s remember his total body of work is small. Will he consistently hit left-handers. By the way, that’s the same question in right field with Ryan Church.
This is a good team, but these are all important and legit questions. Delgado and the pitching being the most pressing.
Tom Seaver and Mike Piazza, the two greatest players in franchise history, walked out of Shea Stadium to close the historic ballpark last fall. They’ll team to throw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day.
Opening Day won’t be the time to do so, but sometime this summer, the Mets should take a day to honor Mike Piazza by retiring his No. 31.