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MLB Season Preview: #22 New York Mets

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Overview: The New York Mets are a franchise in turmoil. After many of their players were ravished by injuries last season, the Mets are looking to rebound. However, the team finds itself decimated of prospects, still struggling with injuries, and filled with veterans that are creeping past their prime.

Offseason Moves: As expected, the Mets made a splash on offense, bringing in OF Jason Bay. However, after spending most of their money on Bay, New York only made the minor moves of bringing in C Rod Barajas, OF Gary Matthews Jr., and Ps Kelvim Escobar and Ryota Igarashi.

Projected Lineups and Pitching Staff:

1. CF Angel Pagan (.306, 6 HR, 32 RBI) —— starting for injured CF Carlos Beltran (.325, 10 HR, 48 RBI)

2. SS Jose Reyes (.279, 2 HR, 15 RBI)

3. 3B David Wright (.307, 10 HR, 72 RBI)

4. LF Jason Bay (.267, 36 HR, 119 RBI)

5. RF Jeff Francouer (.280, 15 HR, 78 RBI)

6. 1B Daniel Murphy (.266, 12 HR, 63 RBI)

7. C Rod Barajas (.226, 19 HR, 71 RBI)

8. 2B Luis Castillo (.302, 1 HR, 40 RBI)

Backup C: Omir Santos (.260, 7 HR, 40 RBI)

Backup IF: Alex Cora (.251, 1 HR, 18 RBI)

Backup OF: Angel Pagan when Carlos Beltran returns from injury —-(stats above)

Backup OF: Gary Matthews Jr. (.250, 4 HR, 50 RBI)

1. Johan Santana (13-9, 3.13 ERA)

2. Mike Pelfrey (10-12, 5.03 ERA)

3. John Maine (7-6, 4.43 ERA)

4. Oliver Perez (3-4, 6.82 ERA)

5. Fernando Nieve (3-3, 2.95 ERA)

CP: Francisco Rodriguez (3-6, 3.71 ERA, 35 SV)

SU: Kelvim Escobar (0-1, 3.60 ERA)

SU: Pedro Feliciano (6-4, 3.03 ERA)

MR: Sean Green (1-4, 4.52 ERA)

MR: Ryota Igarashi (No stats in ’09)

MR: Tobi Stoner (0-0, 4.00 ERA)

LR: Nelson Figueroa (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

LR: Pat Misch (3-4, 4.48 ERA)

Player to watch: 3B David Wright has to have a rebound year offensively if the Mets have any shot this season. Putting up another 10 HR campaign cannot be done, as New York is already a lineup devoid of power due to both injury and talent.

Prediction: 65-97, 5th place in NL East

The Mets are a team that is already decimated in injury. They simply have zero power, and zero pitching. Even the Nationals will be a better club than the Mets this season. New York is one of two teams that will be experiencing a blow up after the season, meaning that the GM will be fired, and many of the players will be let go as the Mets will have to go back to the drawing board.

MLB Season Preview: #30 Washington Nationals

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Overview: The Nationals were the worst team in Major League Baseball last season. Winning a terrible 52 games, the Nats can only go up. They showed some signs of life later in the season, with some young prospects getting some playing time. It is just a matter of developing the talent, and how long it takes.

Offseason Moves: Washington probably made their biggest personnel move during the season, reaching a deal with P Stephen Strasburg, who has been proclaimed a one-in-a-lifetime talent. While Strasburg is getting seasoning in the minor leagues, Washington needed some veterans to bridge the gap to their young talented. The Nats signed P Jason Marquis, who had an incredible first half of the ’09 season. To fix a bullpen that was in desperate need of overhaul, the Nationals signed veteran pitchers Brian Bruney, Eddie Guardado, Matt Capps, Doug Slaten and Tyler Walker. Finally, to tutor young catcher Jesus Flores and second basemen Ian Desmond, Washington brought in C Ivan Rodriguez and 2B Adam Kennedy.

Projected Lineups and Pitching Staff:

1. CF Nyjer Morgan (.307, 3 HR, 39 RBI)

2. SS Cristian Guzman (.284, 6 HR, 52 RBI)

3. 3B Ryan Zimmerman (.292, 33 HR, 106 RBI)

4. 1B Adam Dunn (.267, 38 HR, 105 RBI)

5. LF Josh Willingham (.260, 24 HR, 61 RBI)

6. 2B Adam Kennedy (.289, 11 HR, 63 RBI)

7. RF Elijah Dukes (.250, 8 HR, 58 RBI)

8. C Jesus Flores (.301, 4 HR, 15 RBI)

Backup C: Ivan Rodriguez (.249, 10 HR, 47 RBI)

Backup IF: Alberto Gonzalez (.265, 1 HR, 33 RBI)

Backup IF: Mike Morse (.250, 3 HR, 10 RBI)

Backup OF: Willy Taveras (.240, 1 HR, 15 RBI)

1. Jason Marquis (15-13, 4.04 ERA)

2. John Lannan (9-13, 3.88 ERA)

3. Ross Detwiler (1-6, 5.00 ERA)  

4. Garrett Mock (3-10, 5.62 ERA)

5. Matt Chico (7-15, 4.98 ERA)

CP: Matt Capps (4-8, 5.80 ERA, 29 SV) 

SU: Brian Bruney ( 5-0, 3.92 ERA)

SU: Eddie Guardado (1-2, 4.66 ERA)

MR: Sean Burnett (2-3, 3.12 ERA)

MR: Tyler Walker (2-1, 3.06 ERA)                         

MR: Jason Bergmann (2-4, 4.50 ERA) 

MR: Tyler Clippard (4-2, 2.69 ERA)

LR: Miguel Batista (7-4, 4.04 ERA)

Player to watch: Of course, the player to watch is Steven Strasburg. Yes, it is that sad when your “player to watch” isn’t even on your active roster yet, but the whole baseball world will be waiting for the right hander’s arrival to D.C. I wouldn’t think that you would be seeing him until mid to late season, so don’t expect giant numbers right away.

Prediction: 70-92, 4th in NL East

Oh yes, I went there. The Nationals will not finish in the cellar this year, for that honor will go to the Mets. The Nats have added a decent amount of talent, and look for their young prospects to continue to grow and develop, as well as the veterans to mentor them. Washington has power up and down its lineup, but improving the defense and entire pitching staff are areas that need to be addressed. If Strasburg turns out the way everyone says he will, that will go a long way in D.C.