It's been an interesting few weeks for Mets fans.
The Mets ink not one, but two potential 5th starters: Tim Redding and Freddy Garcia.
Then the Mets shore up their starting staff by re-signing Ollie Perez.
Both of those moves came on the heels of the signing of two dominant relief pitchers: JJ Putz and KRod.
But as I read the papers and Mets blogs each morning, the same theme is sounded over and over: "it's not enough...doomed!"
The primary reasons are:
- The Mets didn't sign Manny, nor will they
- The leftfield platoon won't be good enough
- Luis Castillo cannot get the job done at second base
- Brian Schneider can't call a game and can't hit
- Ryan Church won't play a full season
- Delgado might revert to his first half troubles
The Mets scored the second most runs in the NL last year, and that was with:
- A bad first half from Delgado
- Crippling injuries to Ryan Church
- Daniel Murphy only playing in a handful of games
- Luis Castillo injured and out of the lineup
- Brian Schneider banged up
Remember last year all the talk was about how old the Mets were? Aren't we younger and more athletic now?
Are you telling me a full year of Daniel Murphy doesn't excite you?
And the starting pitching?
Mike Pelfrey struggled mightily early on and then figured it out. We're going to get a full season of the good Big Pelf.
We have a legitimate #1 Ace in Johan Santana.
Oliver Perez can be electric, and he works well with Dan Warthen...I expect a superb year from Ollie.
John Maine is back after minor surgery, and he is as tough a righthanded middle of the order guy as their is in our division.
We'll have a year of Jerry Manuel at the helm...he is our secret weapon.
So go right ahead and compain--it's your right--but for this writer it's full steam ahead to pitchers and catchers with what we have. Oh sure, the Mets might move Castro and add a lefty to the bullpen, but those are just pieces.
Bottom line is the team is built to win and we are in for one heck of a 2009.