Since grading the Mets’ hitters first half was such a rousing success, I thought I would grade their whole season now that it has mercilessly ended. This is still a very, very hacky thing to do, but with the World Series possibly shaping up as an Alien vs. Predator-esque Phillies/Yankees finale, I need to distract myself from that impending doom somehow. I will grade the pitchers tomorrow.
Archive for the ‘Carlos Beltran’ Category
The Mets’ outfield situation for next season begins and ends in left field. Carlos Beltran and Jeff Francouer will likely be back to start in center field and right field, respectively. Angel Pagan has played well enough to replace Jeremy Reed as the team’s primary backup outfielder. I’d like to think that they aren’t bringing back Cory Sullivan, but I’ve been wrong before. And Gary Sheffield is unlikely to return as the team’s starting left fielder, as it’s doubtful he can handle playing a full season in the field. Let’s take a look at what’s out there and what the Mets can do to try to add a few wins next year.
And sadly, I don’t mean GOB Bluth, although somehow that would be appropriate too. But with all of the pratfalls that have befallen the Mets this year, from the Tony Bernazard situation and the Adam Rubin situation that grew from it, to the injuries on the field, to the ridiculous poor play, to the downright agonizing ways that this team has lost games, only an absolute masochist could truly enjoy this year’s Mets.
Here is a look at exactly what has gone wrong for this team:
Yes, I am doing the hackiest of hack ideas, the first half “grades” for each and every player. It will give me a chance to sort through the damage, and figure out exactly how we got to this point and if there is anything we can do about it (the answer: probably not, no). I will start with the hitters today and tackle the pitchers tomorrow. In order from A to F…
OK, this is a short post, but I can’t take it anymore. I thought bad announcing reached a new low with Eric Karros on the FOX Game of the Week yesterday, but Steve Phillips’ continued character assassination on Carlos Beltran has become too much to bear. Are you upset, Steve, that Beltran has worked out better than every single free agent signing you’ve ever made? Are you upset that Omar Minaya picked up a great player, who hits for power, gets on base, and plays a great defensive center field? Would you prefer that the Mets start Timo Perez out there? Tsuyoshi Shinjo?
I don’t need to defend Beltran’s record, because it speaks for itself, but I can’t take listening to Steve Phillips complaining about a few small issues with Beltran’s game, when he’s been so great in 2009, a legitimate NL MVP candidate. Congratulations, Steve, you have been so utterly stupid, you made Joe Morgan into the voice of reason in the ESPN booth, a man so bad at his job, a website called FireJoeMorgan.com was once prominent on the internet. You have made Eric Karros sound like Vin Scully by comparison. Can we please get Gary, Keith, and Ron back as soon as possible? Please?