The National League predictions have been posted, so now it’s time for New York Mets – specific prophecies. You may like some of them, you’ll likely hate a few of them, and nearly all of them are unlikely to occur. But what the heck, let’s go …
The key to the Mets’ success this year will be tied to health and the production of Carlos Delgado.
Jose Reyes will hit 25 triples, 17 of which will come at home in Citi Field.
Johan Santana will win 21 games, and take the Cy Young.
John Maine will struggle so mightily in the first half that he will be sent to the minors to work out issues with his mechanics and command.
Livan Hernandez will be the tortoise and Oliver Perez the hare, and Livan will quietly emerge as the Mets #3 starter by year’s end, posting 13 victories.
Maine and Perez will combine for less than 20 wins.
Darren O’Day and Sean Green will combine for 20 decisions in middle relief.
Mike Pelfrey will take a no-hitter into the 9th inning, but settle for a one-hit shutout.
Tim Redding will throw less than 50 innings all season.
Luis Castillo will receive consideration for the All-Star Game, and finish the year with a .295 AVG., .375 OBP, and 28 SB.
Danny Murphy will have trouble keeping his average above .250 in the first six weeks of the season, and Gary Sheffield will take over as the starting leftfielder.
Sheffield will be a key run producer for the Mets, and finish fourth on the team in RBI.
Very few “Putz” jerseys will be sold by the Mets, for obvious reasons.
Not one “Shawn Green” jersey will be sold to a patron thinking it’s a “Sean Green” jersey.
Jeremy Reed will substitute for a disabled starter at some point in the season and go on a tear, making fans almost forget Endy Chavez.
Reese Havens will rocket through the Mets’ minor league system, and be considered for a September call-up.
Ryan Church will be traded to the Rockies.
Aaron Heilman will struggle against the Mets, but will otherwise succeed in Chicago. He’ll get a few starts when Rich Harden goes down and prompt the Cubs to move Sean Marshall back to the bullpen.
The Mets’ lack of a second LOOGY will be a major point of concern, and trade rumors will swirl around the names Eddie Guardado, Matt Thornton, and Alan Embree. The Mets will wind up with Bobby Seay, against whom lefties hit .303 lifetime.
The Mets will have a strong record aoutside the division, but will be only a few games above .500 against NL East teams.
Jose Valentin will make it back to the 25-man roster before the end of the season.
Bobby Ojeda will start doing commercials for the Hair Club for Men.