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This Year's Ace?

Opening Day is now less than a week away and rosters across the league are rounding into shape. Vying for supremacy in the National League East will be a tough task for the Mets this upcoming year, what with the Phillies assembling a fantasy-type rotation, the Braves looking to build off of last year’s playoff appearance, and even the Marlins and Nationals boasting some premier talent. Because the division is loaded, the Mets will need a number of factors to break right if they are to contend deep into the season, as well as improved production from several crucial players. The following Mets must each take their games to a higher level this year if the team is to make some noise in 2011… continue reading…

Hi, my name is Joe Cohen and I’m going to be contributing baseball pieces, primarily about the Mets, to NYSOS. Luckily, my time here begins on a high note, following yesterday’s main bit of news from Mets camp:

Taking a step forward yesterday, the Mets cut Luis Castillo from their roster and ate the remaining $6 million left on his contract. While it’s not necessarily going to win them a division title or maybe even third place this upcoming year, it keeps the ball rolling in the right direction.

What gave Mets fans hope when new GM Sandy Alderson arrived was that he would right the ship in a no-nonsense manner. He certainly has the credentials, previously working as the CEO of the Padres (winning 2 division titles during his tenure) as well as for the commissioner’s office. If anyone would be implementing the no-BS culture in the clubhouse that was sorely lacking with Minaya and Manuel, wouldn’t it be a former Marine?

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The Mets’ season is riding on how they play in the rest of April and into early May. The Mets have 14 games left in April and currently sit at a paltry 3-6.

New York Times

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Written By: Kenny Mauss

The New York Mets finished the 2009 season with a record of 70-92. Good enough for 4th place in the extremely competitive National League East. While a season of that magnitude may be tolerated in baseball cities such as Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Washington, it doesn’t fly in The Big Apple. Injuries without a doubt played a large role in the ineptitude of the Mets that began in May and lasted throughout the season, but injuries are a part of the game and a Major League team is expected to withstand them and have some resolve. The much bigger problem for the team from Queens was their lack of starting pitching….

Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey, and John Maine combined for a paltry 20 wins last year. While it may not be fair to compare the Mets to the Yankees, it is what is and cross-town rival, the Yankees top 3 pitchers (C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Andy Petitte) combined for 46 wins. This stat alone had Mets fans across New York clamoring for pitching this offseason. I’m sure the thought of Pat Mitsch, Nelson Figueroa, Oliver Perez (who is entering the 2nd season of a 3 year-$36 million deal), and Tim Redding bringing up the rear of the rotation had something to do with that as well. When push came to shove though and the best free agent pitcher John Lackey was available, had the Mets thrown enough money his way, the Mets balked. While I happen to agree with this decision (he’s not worth 5 years and $82.5 million) many fans did not agree. They didn’t just pass on Lackey though. Jason Marquis signed with Washington, Joel Pineiro signed with the Angels, Aroldis Chapman, the Cuban who defected signed with Cincinnati, and left-handed Randy Wolf signed with Milwaukee. While none of these 3 have the appeal John Lackey has, it’s definitely an upgrade over the Mitsch, Figueroa, Niese, Perez bottom of the rotation.

The 2010 starting rotation is going to look much like the 2009 one did. A healthy Johan Santana will be the Ace of the staff and will no doubt have the Mets in position to win every game he starts (assuming the Mets can score 3 or 4 runs per game this season). Behind Johan is Mike Pelfrey, John Maine, Oliver Perez, and most likely Jon Niese. At first glance, this may seem as though it is a nightmare, but do not forget, with the exception of Niese, they have all put together at least one solid season. Both John Maine and Oliver Perez had 15 win seasons in 2007, and in 2008 Mike Pelfrey had a 13 win season with a 3.72 ERA. Assuming Johan returns to his status of a premiere pitcher in baseball the breakdown on wins could realistically look as follows:

Johan Santana: 18 Wins

Mike Pelfrey: 13 Wins

John Maine: 14 wins

Oliver Perez: 12 Wins

Jon Niese: 8 Wins

That would mean 65 wins from the starting rotation alone. If the bullpen is able to win approximately 20 games, that would be 85 wins. I know 85 wins probably won’t win the division, but it would absolutely mean they are in contention come September and with pitcher and catchers reporting soon, the idea of meaningful baseball in September for the team in Queens, lets just say that would be a major upgrade over the performance of last year.