How We Saw The First Half

An article by posted on July 16, 2009

Mets First Half MVP

Griffin – Gary Sheffield, most homers and has been a huge part of team

Russell Z – Johan Santana

Satish – David Wright – I was reluctant to choose Wright because it seemed as if he didn’t do much this year, but he does deserve some credit for his new-found ability as a leadoff hitter. (His OBP is .410 and he has 20 steals!)

Greg P – Gary Sheffield - Who would have thought?  He kept the Mets in contention in June.

Kelly - Carlos Beltran 

Mikey J – Frankie Rodriguez

Ed – Francisco Rodriguez

Gregga – Johan Santana

Joe D – Frankie Rodriguez – He had a hand in 25 of our 42 wins. He’s as good as advertised. 

 

Best Moment

Griffin - A tie between  Sheffield’s 500th homer (one of the best moments I have experienced at a game) and my first game at CitiField.

Russell – Omir Santos game winning home off Jon Papelbon.

Satish – Omir Santos game winning home off Jon Papelbon.

Greg P – Omir Santos game winning home off Jon Papelbon.

Kelly – Omir-Acles!

Mikey J – A tie between Sheffield’s 500th homerun and Omir’s homer off Jon Papelbon.

Ed – It hasn’t happened yet.

Gregga – The fans cheering for the Apple to come up during the 7th inning of Sunday’s game.

Joe D – Opening Day – Santana was brilliant, Putz was perfect, K-Rod blew them away, and our new left fielder Daniel Murphy got the game winning RBI. Everything went according to plan, but it was all downhill after that.

Worst Moment

Griffin - Luis Castillo’s dropped popup off the bat of A-Rod. - Being there made it 10X worse.  One of the worst moments in my entire life.

Russell – Luis Castillo’s dropped popup off the bat of A-Rod.

Satish – Luis Castillo’s dropped popup off the bat of A-Rod.

Greg P – A tie between Castillo’s dropped popup and Ryan Church missing third base.

Kelly – Luis Castillo’s dropped popup off the bat of A-Rod.

Mikey J – Luis Castillo’s dropped popup off the bat of A-Rod.

Ed – Two words: TWO HANDS! Castillo’s game ending dropped popup.

Gregga – Reyes pulling up lame into third base.

Joe D – Oliver Perez – Seeing our $36 million dollar man get yanked from the rotation and banished to the bullpen was pretty deflating.

Biggest Surprise

Griffin – TIE Cora and Santos

Russell – Gary Sheffield

Satish – Gary Sheffield

Greg P – Gary Sheffield

Kelly – Trading for Francoeur, I didn’t see that coming.

Mikey J – Omir Santos

Ed – That people are still coming out to the ballpark in droves.

Gregga – Daniel Murphy’s defense as a first baseman.

Joe D – Our Bench – I never expected Alex Cora, Gary Sheffield, Omir Santos, Jeremy Reed and Angel Pagan to step in and perform as admirably as they have under such extreme circumstances.

How We Graded Them

What best and worst moments will you take away from the first half?

Tomorrow, we unveil our second half predictions!

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