Last weekend the Mets won their first series of the year at Florida, 2 games to 1. This does not seem like a huge accomplishment because it is only one series out of about 50. However, for this team, it was huge.
Last year, not only did the Mets go 1-8 in Sunlife stadium, they also did not win an NL road series until August 22nd against the Pirates. They simply could not win on the road. This year appears to be different: After looking so bad opening day, they come out and win 2 in a row to take the series.
On another note, I believe last year’s Mets would have lost the 10-inning game on Saturday. First of all, I don’t think they would’ve hit off the Marlin’s closer to score in the 9th. That was smart and clutch baseball. Also, I don’t think that the team would have come back after K-Rod blew the save. They would have just fallen apart and the Marlins would have taken the game. Last year’s team would have said that one run was enough in that 10th inning and we would not know the outcome of that game. This year’s team, however, scored as many as possible in order to win the ballgame.
Jose Reyes missed the first 4 games of the 2010 season with a thyroid issue and when he came back, struggled mightily. This corresponded with Jerry moving the speedy shortstop from 1st to 3rd in the order. He was hitting popup after popup after popup. After he was moved back to leadoff, he kicked it in gear becoming Reyes again.
He hit over 10 homers this year and stole about 30 bases.
He stayed healthy.
He did not have as many mental lapses this year.
Grade for the Year: B+ hopefully he is a Met next year.
Ike Davis came up with a boom going 2 for 4 with a hit in his first at bat and an RBI single in his first game. He brought youth, power, and a spark to this Met lineup. The Mets won 9 straight games after he came up. Also, it seems every time he hits a ball, they have extra carry to them and go a long way. His first career home run almost hit the shea bridge. The only players that have hit it that far are Delgado and Adam Dunn. This kid’s got a bright future and a ton of power.
He hit about .260 this year which is respectable for a rookie.
He got 2nd in the Mets rookie home run list by hitting 19 big flys.
He drove in over 70 RBIs.
He hit lefties very well.
He grew into a leader of this team with his strong defense and home runs.
For some reason I have been so excited to so Ollie’s player review that I made it earlier than I originally planned it. Oh well, here it is Oliver Perez’s season.
Love an 88MPH fastball? How about the command of an 8-year-old? If any of those match the type of pitcher you want then go and acquire Perez from the Mets. He’s a bargain!! But, in all seriousness, Oliver is a MLB baseball player so he deserves a professional(ish) review.
Almost set an MLB record for not appearing in games for more than a month…twice.
Won 0 games this season.
Blew a ton of extra inning games including the one on the final day of 2010.
David had a tremendous rebound year this year posting a line of .283 with 29 homers and 103 RBI. His power, as predicted, came back this year as he hit 19 more homers than 2009 where he was obviously intimidated by Citi Field. Did you hear that Jason Bay? It is possible to hit 30 homers at Citi. The only thing that suffered this year was the batting average and strikeouts. David set a new career high in strikeouts with 160 and a career low batting average of .283. When your worst ever batting average is .283, your one hell of a player.
Reached 100 RBI on the year. He is the first Met to get to 100 RBIs in the “Citi Field Era”
He was elected to the all-star game and started the game at third. He helped the NL win for the first time in what seems like forever.
He was the player of the month of June.
A successful bounce back after being hit in the head by Matt Cain. It seems as he is finally over it.
Well, it’s over, the 2010 season is done. It seems like it went by so quickly going from David Wright’s first inning homer opening day, to the call up of Ike Davis, to R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese’s one hitter, to Beltrans return, and finally to Oliver Perez pitching the last inning of 2010. ALOT happened this year and it seems like it just went by so quickly. It’s sad. Anyway, part 1 of the season review is all about the offense as a whole. Baseball is a team sport, individual evaluations will be saved for the player by player evaluations.
The pinch-hitting was great this year whether it was Chris Carter, Josh Thole, Mike Hessman, or Jesus Feliciano someone always seemed to get the job done.
The Mets led the league in stolen bases this year which means they are the running team that they had to be in order to be successful.
Many players turned it on late in the year including Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Josh Thole, and Ike Davis.
The Mets had 4 walk off homers this year Rod Barajas, Henry Blanco, Ike Davis, and Josh Thole all hit them. The Mets were the first team ever to have 3 catchers hit walk off homers in a season.
The Mets used the triples alley in their park to rack up a ton of triples from Pagan and Reyes.
The Mets had more players hit more homers and more players have higher RBI totals.
The Mets were the worst team with the bases loaded this year hitting 0 grand slams and hitting around .200 all together.
The Mets had too many players who struck out, don’t get me wrong they aren’t the Diamondbacks, but they were wild swingers who struck out too much and didn’t walk enough.
The lineup was never the same, it seems that they could never find out who would be a good cleanup hitter. Carlos Beltran, Chris Carter, David Wright, Ike Davis, Jason Bay plus others all hit cleanup this year.
No Met hit over .300 this year.
No Met had over 30 homers this year.
Offensive Grade for the Year: C….Needs ALOT of improvement