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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Rehashing the first month of the Mets Season

David Wright is the Mets MVP so far this season

Well Mets Fans , The New York Mets are 13-10 and 1.5 Games out of first place after the first month of the season. Of course, there is along way to go, but the Mets have surprised the baseball world early.

The Mets Manager Terry Collins has impressed me filling in the early voids of players that have been hurt. He has changed lineups around , but what's more impressive is that he gets every ounce of effort out of his young players and that's what makes the Mets fun to watch. I Never thought he get the job done in New York but has shown he can handle everything openly and candidly.

The Catching abilities of Josh Thole look like they have improved and his bat has been hot of late (.317). The problem with Thole is going to be if he can hit left handed pitching all season as he is batting right now .417 vs lefties. It looks like Mike Nickeas is not going to be much of a factor in the offensive department.

At First base, Ike Davis has been slumping.. and his average reflects that (.185). Ike needs to breakout in May and there have been signs that he will do so. He has batted .317 in the last 7 days....

Daniel Murphy is starting to look like a second basemen on the field defensively. He has never looked bad at the plate, just never really had a permanent position . Call me crazy, but I think Daniel Murphy is the type of player that can win a batting tittle...if he stays healthy!

Ruben Tejada, not Jose Reyes has been the focal point so far this season. Tejada's .299 batting average with 8 2B's has been impressive and looks like nothing has fazed him since Reyes' departure. By the way, Jose Reyes is batting .220 and in his last seven days he is batting just .190. Look like the Mets have made the right move so far not to sign him, but it is early to tell.

What more is there to say about third basemen David Wright. David Wright has been the MVP of the NY Mets so far this April batting .389 with 4 HR's and 14 RBI's. He looks to be a lock for the All-Star Game and maybe MVP if he keeps his numbers up. He is also playing with a broken pinkie which is also pretty impressive. The Mets must sign him long term and not let him get away like Jose Reyes did...

In Left Field we have seen the same Jason Bay batting just .240 with 3 HR's before his injury..The injury now opens up opportunity for Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Scott Hairton to get some AB's. Nieuwenhuis has accelerated his progression batting .325 with two Dingers and 8 RBI's. He is definitely a favorite of mine and could be the future leadoff man for the Mets. Scott Hairston who has hit for cycle, has been doing a fine job replacing some need right handed pop that Bay left void..

We have not seen much of Andres Torres in Center Field so far. Kirk Nieuwenhuis pretty much filled in for him while he was on the disabled list. Torres is needed for the speed that lacks the New York Mets...It's Torres' job to lose especially if Nieuwenhuis keeps hitting the way he has..

Since the Mets rid themselves of Carlos Beltran, much was talked about whether Lucas Duda can fill the void in Right Field.  Duda has not hit for Average, but he has had some key hits along the way. He is batting .256 with 4 HR's and 13 RBI's.. Carlos Beltran is currently batting .255 with 5 HR's and 11 RBI's, not much is lost in Mets land..

The Mets bench compiled of Mike Baxter, Ronny Cedeno, Mike Nickeas, Justin Turner has been adequate. Mike Baxter has been great off the bench batting .333 with 4 2B's..Cedeno has been injured and now has been replaced by Jordany Valdespin, who could provide some speed and can be used at 2B and SS... Turner has seen some limited action at 1B and 2B when tough lefties are pitching, but has been clutch in some spots off the bench.

Some have written off the Mets Starting Pitching Staff, but the staff has held it's own in the first month going (7-6). The one, two punch of Jonathan Niese and Johan Santana have held the Mets at bay..Johan Santana who has not been so lucky in the win department (0-2), but has a ERA of 2.25. Jon Niese who has not been beaten in four starts so far (2-0) has a ERA of 2.81. Also in 25.2 innings he has struck-out 23...Mike Pelfrey looked like he was getting his act together (ERA 2.29) before getting injured, but that's just the Mets luck. Mets will look to Chris Young to fill that void , who should be ready by the end of May.. R.A, Dickey may not have lowest ERA on the team, but leads the Mets starters with 3 Wins..Dillon Gee who had a rough start looks like he is on his way back to the form he had last year...All in all very promising... Mets Starting Pitching Staff has a ERA of 3.98

The Bullpen that Sandy Alderson has reconstructed has done it's job in the last month.. Jon Rauch has impressed some with his 3-0 record and 2.53 ERA, While newcomer Frank Francisco started good with four saves in a row, but has hit a wall of late as the Mets have seen his ERA inflate to 7.71. Ramon Ramirez has had a slow start out of the gate and Bobby Parnell continues to have his ups and downs.  Tim Byrdak has done his job facing some lefties and Manny Acosta looks as though he will be a mop up guy at best.. Mets Bullpen is 6-4 with a 5.02 ERA.

The Mets will have to continue to play winning baseball in May and find ways to win just like in the first month. The Nationals look like they can be the real thing (14-8), The Phillies (11-12) right now have no offense production without Utley and Howard and The Braves (14-9) will always be a thorn on the Mets side as long as they have Chipper.  The Marlins (8-14) will look to creep up as the Bats of Stanton, Ramirez and Reyes arise..

Play Hard, Play Well, Let's Go Mets! 

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