MIke Pelfrey is gone for about 12 months as it was announced today that he will undergo Tommy John surgery. To his defense, Pelfrey was pitching so well this season as he had great velocity and movement on his sinker. However, this could end up as a good thing. Chris Schwinden is up to replace Pelfrey in the rotation and he is not the best of pitchers. This could open up a door for Matt Harvey in the big leagues as soon as he is ready. Also, Pelf needed a new start, and this could get him that on a different team. He never seemed to thrive in the big city. I think he could be a great fit for a team like the A’s or Padres.
Ok here is the final part of the season review. Our Pitchers. Let’s just cut to the chase and get started.
Here is who impressed me.
Jon Niese is the first guy. He really showed the ability to pitch this year. His velocity on his fastball rose and he really located his curveball all year long. The one issue I had with him is that he tired towards the end of the year. Until he can prove to me that he can pitch well for a 162 game season. He is not good enough in my book.
Dillon Gee also impressed. This is a kid who can throw all of his pitches for strikes and pitch to contact. I see him developing into a workhorse innings eater. Sort of like a Carl Pavano in the future.
Capuano also showed that he can strikeout many more batters than I originally thought. I expected so much less out of him.
Dickey was great as we expected this year. That is pretty much it.
Mike Pelfrey sucked this year. He has A big league pitch with his fastball/sinker thing. Besides that he has a crap slider, crap split, and a curveball which I personally like but he throws about 3 times a game. I hope we non-tender him this year.
Our bullpen was iffy this year. The only guys I really like out of our bullpen are Manny Acosta, Tim Byrdak and Danny Herrera. Parnell throws hard, but can’t pitch. Beato struggled towards the end of the year. This bullpen is going to look 100% different in 2012.
Grade for the Year: B-
We had a better year than I thought we would. We had surprising pitchers and hitters along with our defense. The catalyst for this team all year was Reyes. Now it is just time to see if he will resign with us. Can’t wait ’till 2012!
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
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With the win tonight, the Mets finished their year on the road on a high note. I know, who would have thought. We have been a terrible road team this year winning only 5 road series all year-long. That needs to change in 2011. I believe Chase Utley sliding hard into Ruben Tejada may have been one of the best things to happen to the Mets all year. The Mets final road record was 32-49.
Today an MRI revealed that 20-year-old Jenrry Mejia has a shoulder strain and his season has come to an end. He left Wednesday’s game in the 3rd inning without allowing a hit. It has not yet been announced who will take his spot in the rotation. Lets just hope Jenrry is ok for 2011.
John Maine has undergone surgery to remove scar tissue from his right shoulder. He is going to miss the rest of the season. He was a non-tender candidate after the season and now I am almost positive that he will never throw another pitch as a Met. His attitude and unimpressive pitching closed the books on his Met career. This surgery makes me happy because he is not the same pitcher he once was and we already have one player who is simply reducing our roster to 24 players instead of 25. Thanks, Ollie.