Thanks to our reader Hank Johnson who sent us the link this post by Joe Lucia of The Outside Corner, who calls himself a dreamer and articulates the Mets’ path to the World Series in 2012. You wanted optimism, right? It’s all part of a series he’s doing for all 30 teams – you see, Joe’s actually a Braves fan which makes this story all the more interesting….
Going into 2012, the New York Mets were projected as one of the worst teams in baseball, following the loss of free agent shortstop and last season’s mid-year trades of closer Francisco Rodriguez and right fielder Carlos Beltran. Hell has frozen over, because today, the New York Mets are your World Champions of baseball.
The Mets won the wild card in the National League, finishing second in the NL East behind the Phillies. The Mets got to where they were after every other team in the NL East collapsed, leading to New York sneaking in the back door and winning the wild card with 86 wins.
The major sparkplug for New York was center fielder Andres Torres, acquired in the offseason for New York’s incumbent center fielder, Angel Pagan. In 2010, Torres racked up 6.8 fWAR after providing amazing defense in center field along with a .822 OPS and 26 stolen bases. He fell off a bit in 2011, but came back to a good level this year, racking up 6.3 fWAR, stealing 31 bases and OPSing .817. His defense was once again spectacular, racking up a +15 in the cavernous Citi Field outfield.
Face of the franchise David Wright rebounded from an awful 2011 season to post an excellent 2012, OPSing .935 and regaining his lost power, homering 31 times on the year, his highest total since 2008. Another big contributor for the Mets was first baseman Ike Davis, returning from a 2011 season lost to injury. Davis blossomed into the player that many expected he could be after a good start to 2011, homering 33 times with an .891 OPS. Outfielder Jason Bay was another story, but his .807 OPS was a huge improvement over his .703 OPS from 2011.
You can read the rest of this fantastical tale here, but hey there’s nothing wrong with dreaming and with Spring Training just around the corner, posts like these are the perfect fix for your Mets addiction.