Here are the results of our First Half Report Cards for the 2010 season. We graded the Mets in the following ten categories:
- Starting Pitching
- Corner Infielders
- Middle Infielders
- General Manager
This year, we also decided to include an average overall grade in each category, to kind of balance things out.
The Way We Saw It…
Starting Pitching (B) – Santana is the key along with Pelfrey. Niese is coming into his own. The rest are the BIG question marks. Joe Spector
Bullpen (B-) – They have exceeded expectations in some respects. The ‘pen will only be as good as Manuel treats them. Of course, Takahashi in the ‘pen makes it infinitely better. The Coop
Catchers (B-) – We rode hot hands from Barajas and Blanco in the early going, and just as they started to fall back to earth, Thole shows up to keep things going. They’ve made a solid impact on the rotation. Joe D.
Corner Infielders (A-) – Wright could very well be headed towards an MVP season. Ike is a blossoming star. Joe Spector
Middle Infielders (B-) – Jose Reyes is the team’s premier table-setter and catalyst, we can’t afford to have him miss anymore time. Second base has been a sore spot with Castillo on the shelf and ineffective when healthy. Tejada is not ready for prime time at the plate, though he has dazzled in the field. Cora has provided some key plays at the plate and on the field when he’s filled in. Joe D.
Outfielders (B-) – Pagan has been great, Bay a disappointment, but shows up and plays hard everyday, and Francoeur has been too streaky, but has had his moments. Beltran will change everything for the better. Doug Branch
Bench (C) – Thank goodness Fernando Tatis is on the DL, or I would give them a D. The Coop
Jerry Manuel (C) – Manuel is a good guy sure. He’s made a few questionable moves that do make one scratch their heads. His handling of Mejia is my major beef. Total waste of the kids time. He should’ve started the year in the minors and perhaps given a cup of coffee in September. Period. Joe Spector
Overall Team Grade (B) – Who can complain about being 8 games over .500, minus their MVP Carlos Beltran and only one win from Maine and Perez combined? Doug Branch
Lets us know what you think and tell us which of us you strongly agree or disagree with.
My sincerest gratitude to all the great MMO Bloggers who participated in putting all of this together. Thanks for making the MMO community a very unique and wonderful place where all Mets fans can come to share their opinions, debate your thoughful and well presented posts, and expand on our Mets fandom.