Mets 2010 Preview: Best Case / Worst Case
How the 2010 season turns out is anyone’s guess; the optimists believe health brings happiness and the pessismists insist poor pitching will doom their chances. Let’s take a look at the best/worst case scenarios.
Both Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran return early and in 100% health to propel the offense, which also welcomes Jason Bay and a return to power by David Wright. Additionally, Jeff Francoeur proves Atlanta wrong and Luis Castillo squeaks out one more .300 avg/.400 OBP year to help the Mets score 800+ runs. Johan Santana competes for the Cy Young, Oliver Perez and John Maine return to their 2007 form, Mike Pelfrey fulfills his potential, and someone steps up to set up as the Mets cruise to a 93-win year and the NL East flag.
Chronic thyroid issues keep Reyes out of the lineup and Beltran never returns to full strength. Pelfrey, Perez, and Maine continue to take steps backward and an overworked bullpen conks out by mid-July. First base and catcher provide below-average production that can’t be compensated for because Citi Field turns Bay and Wright into singles hitters and Francoeur’s OBP is less than his weight. Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya are fired by July, the team goes into rebuilding mode, the Nationals have a surprisingly strong year, and the Mets finish in last place with a 70-92 record.