New York Mets (74-88) – 4th Place NL East
The Mets struggled to find their footing in 2012. Struggles in the bullpen and injuries to the starting rotation definitely contributed to the Mets below par year. Expectations were down slightly down after losing All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes to the division rival Marlins, but winning is always the expectation in New York, no matter what the situation may be.
Pitchers- Injuries to starters Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey, and Dillon Gee definitely limited what the Mets could accomplish this past year. Despite the injuries, the rotation was still quite strong with good performances from Jon Niese, Chris Young, and rookie Matt Harvey. The cream of the crop however was 37 year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Dickey led the team in innings with over 230 and struck out 230 batters while walking only 54. Dickey had a sparkling 2.73 ERA and an insanely low 1.05 WHIP. Dickey is one of the good guys in baseball, and this blogger hopes that he will take home the CY Young Award, as it is well deserved. The bullpen was the exact opposite of the starting rotation, struggling throughout the year and managing to blow many of the wins for its starters. Frank Francisco started the season as the closer, and managed to convert 23 of his 26 save opportunities before getting injured, despite an ERA in the mid 5’s. Jon Rauch and Bobby Parnell, who were both quite successful in middle relief and setup roles, could not translate that success into the 9th inning. The two combined to convert only 11 of their 20 save opportunities.
R.A. Dickey led the Mets' starters in 2012, and is among the
finalists for the CY Young Award
(image courtesy of metsmerizedonline.com)
Infield- David Wright, the absolute star in the infield, had a great 2012 season, bouncing back from his rough 2011. Wright led the team with a .306 batting average, while hitting 21 home runs and driving in 93. Perhaps the most impressive stat for Wright was his .391 on base percentage. It was a rough first half for first baseman Ike Davis, but he turned it around in the 2nd half. Davis finished the season with 32 home runs, which was best on the team, and his 90 RBIs were 2nd to only Wright. Up the middle, the Mets mainly went with Ruben Tejada and David Murphy. Both hit for a high average, .289 and .291 respectively, but neither was able to do much else.
Outfield- The Mets outfield was a revolving door of sorts this past year. Seven players collected at least 150 at bats. The highest paid of the group, Jason Bay, was also by far the worst of the bunch. In just under 200 at bats, Bay batted only .165, which is a huge part of the reason that he was released this past week with the Mets agreeing to pay all of his contract. Scott Hairston, Andres Torres, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Lucas Duda collected most of the at bats in the outfield, and none of them were particularly good. Hairston led that group not only in games played, but also in home runs with 20, RBIs with 57, and batting average, at .263. The numbers for the Mets outfield will have to get much better in 2013, especially for Lucas Duda, who was predicted to have a big 2012 season, but fell way short of expectations.
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