2011 Mets: End of the Season Grades

An article by posted on October 7, 2011

Who Got Passing Grades?

Catchers

Josh Thole  .268/.345/.344, 3 HR, 40 RBI  B-

Thole did not develop as much as was expected offensively this year. He only scored 22 runs this season.

Ronny Paulino .268/.312/.351, 2 HR, 19 RBI  B-

When he was healthy, it seemed as if Paulino was a good pick up for the Mets.

Mike Nickeas  .189/.246/.264, 1 HR, 6 RBI  D

Nickeas was not able to produce much offensively in the limited action that he saw this year

First Basemen

Ike Davis .302/.383/.543, 7 HR, 25 RBI  Inc.

Only having Ike Davis for 36 games this season was a big loss for the Mets and was one of the reasons why they struggled.

Daniel Murphy .320/.362/.448, 6 HR, 49 RBI  A-

Daniel Murphy was able to show what we have known for years. His bat is enough to keep him in the lineup. The problem is finding a position for him.

Lucas Duda .292/.370/.482, 10 HR, 50 RBI  B+

After a slow start to his season, Lucas Duda managed to pick things up and put together a solid season.

Nick Evans .256/.314/.403, 4 HR, 25 RBI  C+

Nick Evans has not been the same since he was injured last season. At this point, he looks like a bench player and not a starter.

Middle Infielders

Jose Reyes .337/384/.493, 16 3B, 7 HR, 44 RBI, 39 SB  A  

When he was healthy, Jose Reyes did everything that the Mets could have asked of him. He also became the first Met to win a batting title.

Justin Turner .260/.334/.356, 4 HR, 51 RBI   B

Justin Turner showed flashes of brilliance this season. He also showed why he was in the minors for so long.

Ruben Tejada .284/.360/.335, 0 HR, 36 RBI  B+

Ruben Tejada’s bat looked a lot more advanced than it did last season. He was once again outstanding defensively.

Third Base

David Wright .254/.345/.427, 14 H, 61 RBI, 11 SB  B- 

There is still something that seems off with David Wright. His performance has fallen from the levels that it was at a few years ago and he could be traded in the off-season.

Outfielders

Jason Bay .245/.329/.374, 12 HR, 57 RBI, 11 SB  D

Just like last season, Bay looks like a lost cause at Citi Field. The Mets must be regretting the $66 million investment they made in him.

Angel Pagan .262/.322/.372, 7 HR, 56 RBI, 32 SB  B-

There was talk that Angel Pagan may get non-tendered this off-season. That likely will not happen as Pagan has done enough to prove that he is deserving of a starting spot.

Carlos Beltran .289/.391/.513, 15 HR, 66 RBI  A

Part of the reason for Beltran’s grade comes from the fact that he was traded for Zack Wheeler. Beltran put up great numbers when he was with the Mets.

Willie Harris .246/.351/.317, 2 HR, 23 RBI  C

The New York Mets knew that they would not be getting much offensively when they signed Willie Harris. He did a decent job in the outfield this season.

Jason Pridie .231/.309/.370, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 7 SB  C-

Jason Pridie was a decent bat off of the bench for the Mets this season. He saw action in 101 games this season.

Scott Hariston .235/.303/.470, 7 HR, 24 RBI  B-

There were a few occasions this season where Scott Hariston came up big. He filled the Mets need of a power bat off of the bench.

Starting Pitchers

R.A. Dickey 8-13, 3.28 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 134 K  A-

While his record may not indicate the level of success that Dickey had this year, he was the best pitcher on the New York Mets’ staff.

Mike Pelfrey 7-13, 4.74 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 105 K  F

Mike Pelfrey has failed to show improvement year after year. He was the worst starter the Mets had in a year that they were counting on him to be a big part of their rotation.

Chris Capuano 11-12, 4.55 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 168 K  B-

Chris Capuano struggled to be consistent during this season which explains why he had a 4.55 ERA even when he had a number of solid outings.

Dillon Gee 13-6, 4.43 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 114 K  B

The young starter led the Mets with 13 wins this season. He did struggle with his control at times this season.

Jonathon Niese 11-11, 4.40 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 138 K  B

The future of the Mets rotation looks bright with Gee and Niese. He was arguable the Mets second best pitcher this season.

Chris Young 1-0, 1.88 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 22 K  Inc.

Chris Young was putting together a very strong season this year before he was injured. The Mets certainly could have used him for more than four starts.

Relievers

Francisco Rodriguez 2-2, 32 SV 3.16 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 46 K  A-

K-Rod was the Mets best reliever before he was traded away to the Milwaukee Brewers. The move was a necessary one but it created a hole in the Mets’ bullpen.

D.J. Carrasco 1-3, 6.02 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, 27 K  F

The Mets big off-season signing was a major bust. He struggled all season and has made his deal look like a mistake.

Pedro Beato 2-1, 4.30 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 39 K  C+

As a Rule V Draft Pick, Beato needed to be on the Mets’ 25-man roster for the whole season. He looked good at times while at others he struggled.

Bobby Parnell 4-6, 6 SV, 3.64 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 64 K  B+

Parnell could be the Mets’ closer next season. He did a good job with the role after Francisco Rodriguez was traded.

Jason Isringhausen 3-3, 7 SV, 4.05 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 44 K  B-

Years after he was a part of Generation K, Jason Isringhausen returned to the New York Mets. He was a veteran presence in the Mets’ bullpen.

Tim Byrdak 2-1, 1 SV, 3.82 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 47 K  B

Tim Byrdak was one of the best pitchers in the Mets’ bullpen this season.

Manny Acosta 4-1, 4 SV, 3.45 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 46 K  A-

Manny Acosta was a beacon of consistency for the New York Mets this season. He was the best pitcher in the Mets’ bullpen this year.

Ryota Igarashi 4-1, 4.66 ERA, 1.84 WHIP, 42 K  D+

Igarashi still has not adjusted fully to pitching in the United States. He struggled a decent amount this year.

Manager

Terry Collins  B-

Collins did a fairly good job of managing the Mets this season. However, the fact remains that the team was eight games under .500 for the year.

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