- David Wright to 40 doubles. He is currently at 30, and as I wrote here, with a 5th consecutive 40 double season, DW joins some rare company and inches his way toward the major league record of seven consecutive 40+ double seasons in a row.
- 20 wins for Santana. He is currently at 13 wins and will make 10, and possibly 11, more starts in 2009. Go back through his game log, and it's clear he should have at least 16 wins right now. That said, 20 is within his reach, and his career splits show he is truly the best second half pitcher this side of Roy Oswalt.
- A .300 season for Luis Castillo. He is currently at .297. Yes it's trivial in the grand scheme of things, but don't you feel a little compassion for Luis? He's had a wild ride during his tenure as a Met, and after the drop at Yankee stadium he could have crawled in a hole and went away mentally. Instead he came back with aplomb and has worked his tail off.
- The Carlos Delgado farewell tour. I recently wrote that when Delgado gets back, Murphy should still play. I've had some time to re-think that statement and believe Delgado should play every day if able. Murphy has the following OBP numbers by month in 2009: .373, .278, .298, .323, .308. Those are brutal--actually, they downright suck. Moreover he has a .378 Slg % on the year--pathetic for a first baseman. Bottom line is it will be a heck of a lot more fun to watch Delgado for 6 weeks, and the fans deserve it.
- The continuing improvement of Oliver Perez. About two weeks ago I wrote that Ollie was about to break out, and after his last outing it sure looks like he has done just that. In his last 6 outings he has given up 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1 earned runs. Yes, there were some walk issues in a few of those starts, but the stuff is back. He will be a blast to watch in his remaining 10 starts. For an interesting look at Ollie's release point, please visit my friends over at Mets Today.
There are more areas of interest--the September call-ups, Beltran possibly coming back (I think we are all advising against this), the chance to play spoiler against the Phillies, etc.
The whole point is that though the potential for the playoffs is basically gone, we all still watch the games....it's what us Met fans do....I say let's have some fun with the remaining games.