The New York Mets are only 10 days away before they begin the 2011 season in Miami when they play the Florida Marlins. They will have a new manager at the helm as the fiery Terry Collins takes over for the often criticized, Jerry Manuel. In addition to the new manager, Mets ownership decided that they had seen enough bad contracts blow up in their face as Omay Minaya was let go after six seasons in favor of Sandy Alderson.
The new regime has made it obvious that they will not be operating like the previous one. One of the big questions entering spring training for the Mets was if Angel Pagan or Carlos Beltran would be starting at centerfield on opening day. It took only a week for the regime to have that problem settled as it was Beltran himself who told Collins he would make the move from center to right. It was a welcoming sight for Met fans to witness as they see that it is the GM and not the ownership that is making the roster moves.
Alderson continued to move swiftly as he just completed two transactions over the last few days that have Met fans celebrating. Alderson has decided to eat up a total of $18 million in contracts for 2011 as they have released Second Baseman Luis Castillo and Pitcher Oliver Perez from the team. Those two became the symbol of the Mets troubles and failures over the last four seasons. With those two out of the way, the Mets are going to have to think of new excuses if this season turns out to be anything like the last two losing years.
Three Storylines for the 2011 season
1. Will the Mets move Reyes or Beltran before the trade deadline?
2. Will Santana come back at all this year?
3. Will the bankruptcy issues with ownership affect the team in making moves?
New additions: C Ronny Paulino (Marlins), RHP D.J. Carrasco (Pirates), Willie Harris (Nationals), Scott Hairston (Padres), Chris Young (Padres) RHP Blaine Boyer (Diamondbacks), RHP Taylor Buchholz (Blue Jays), LHP Tim Byrdak (Astros), ), LHP Chris Capuano (Brewers), OF Scott Hairston (Padres), OF Willie Harris (Nationals), IF Chin-Lung Hu (Dodgers), C LHP Taylor Tankersley (free agent, Marlins),
Key departures: C Henry Blanco (to Diamondbacks), RHP Sean Green (to Brewers), LHP Pedro Feliciano (to Yankees), RHP John Maine (to Rockies), LHP Hisanori Takahashi (to Angels)
Last Year: 79-83, fourth in NL EastProjected Lineup
- SS Jose Reyes
- CF Angel Pagan
- 3B David Wright
- RF Carlos Beltran
- LF Jason Bay
- 1B Ike Davis
- C Josh Thole
- 2B Brad Emaus
IF Daniel Murphy, IF Chin-Lung Hu, OF Scott Hairston, INF Willie Harris
- RHP Mike Pelfrey
- LHP Jon Niese
- RHP R.A. Dickey
- LHP Chris Capuano
- RHP Chris Young
2011 Projection: 3rd place Place NL East, 80-82
The Mets still have too many question marks heading into the season. With no Santana for most of the year, they don’t have a true ace to rely on when needed. Carlos Beltran is still not 100 percent healthy from his knee injuries and there no telling if he will ever be the same. In addition, Beltran amd Jose Reyes will be free agents after the end of this season which could make things a little bit difficult in the clubhouse if the Mets get off to a bad start. If the Mets are not contending by the deadline, look for Alderson to move one of them. If EVERYTHING broke right for the Mets, they could win 88-89 games and contend for the wildcard. Everything usually doesn’t break right in baseball and the Mets are just not good enough to hide their weaknesses.
hornface.com’s 2011 MLB Season Preview