Opening Day Lineup: 2010 vs. 2011
MetsToday reader “NormE” had this to say in the comments section:
Joe, if your looking for perspective, how about comparing 2010?s opening day roster with this year’s roster? There’s been quite a bit of housecleaning and, in the field, position- by-position the Mets look better off (except left field). The bullpen, on paper looks sounder. Starting pitching is a big
I won’t do the entire roster, but let’s look at the Opening Day lineup of one year ago vs. today:
Wow. I mean, I know the team was much different a year ago, but, wow — David Wright is the only repeat in the lineup.
When the 2010 lineup was announced, I immediately assumed it was a belated April Fools Day joke. Additionally, there was no place in the universe that would have accepted Mike Jacobs as a cleanup hitter except for on Planet Manuel; still, I had further evidence proving it was a bad idea. Let’s not even get into the inanity of placing Alex Cora in the leadoff spot, or Gary Matthews Jr. in place of Angel Pagan.
This year, on paper, the lineup looks much improved in many ways, thankfully. Yes, it would be great to have Santana in the 9-hole, but Big Pelf is up to the task. And the lineup would look a lot deeper (as well as Harrisless) if not for the last-minute injury to Jason Bay, but what can you do?
What do you think? Does this year’s Opening Day lineup look better than last year’s? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Rod Barjas C Josh Thole C
Johan Santana P
And we don’t have Perez and Maine in the rotation. Young and Capuano will be worlds better. Even with health concerns about them, they are a big improvement over P & M. Dickey will do at least as well, not revert to the mean. Niese should progress. Gee, Bonser, Misch, and Meija are OK backups, for now, at Buffalo.
I do not love Wright’s defense – his sidearm throws sail toward home plate and his backhand spears rather than moving to his right often leave me shaking my head about how things have changed. I hope Reyes can stay awake this year. I do not know what second base will look like, but the superb play of Davis at first makes the whole infield better.
How about Thole? Let’s keep the batters off the bases.
The entire Mets starting pitching is a major question. There seems a lot of tempermental players – both physically and mentally. My hunch is that on balance the starting pitching will be better than we think, and that with better management, the bullpen will be too.
I have heard a number of Mets talk about being more patient at the plate this year. Good idea!
I think we may see more creative playcalling this year then we have in the past several years – hope so.
I’d love 87 wins – wouldnit you?
Back to reality ….
Why I hate it: 2nd?? Really? This is one of my pet peeves but the number two spot is the most important spot in the order. No other position sees more runners on base. Not as many RBI chances as 4th, but do we really want Harris hitting with runners on? Not as many times as Angel Pagan, that’s for sure. Collins doesn’t understand how to fill out a lineup card any better than he did a decade ago. Great start, Terry.
Plus, Harris hits Johnson well. So there’s that. Playing match-ups from game one. Wonderful.
(They said that it was the first time since 1926-1927)