Verducci: 2009 Mets Have Several Key Questions

MLB: FEB 26 Spring Training - Marlins at Mets

SI’s Tom Verducci addressed the Mets in his “Spring Training Post Cards” series today. I really like Verducci and he nailed the Mets first couple of weeks of spring training perfectly. Here’s a quick summary of the issues he addressed:

  1. Jerry Manuel has brought a looser feel to the team this season than Willie Randolph had in the past.
  2. Jose Reyes batting third is an interesting experiment and meant to push Luis Castillo, not Reyes. He suggests that Castillo may be best served batting ninth in the order.
  3. The Mets outfielders don’t have a lot of high-ceiling guys. And they don’t know what to expect out of Ryan Church after he couldn’t get it together after his second concussion.
  4. Livan Hernandez could really help the Mets if he can get about 15 starts in this season.
  5. The daily roller coaster of Johan Santana’s health is hanging over the team like a cloud right now.

I’m surprised that he didn’t mention Carlos Beltran in his discussion of the Mets outfielders. Beltran gives the Mets a lot of flexibility to play guys that don’t have outfield experience. He covers a ton of ground in the outfield and leads the other players positioning.

I’m also surprised that he didn’t mention what a bust that Freddy Garcia is turning out to be. Livan Hernandez is fine, but the Mets need to find someone that solidify the number five spot in the rotation.

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One thought on “Verducci: 2009 Mets Have Several Key Questions

  1. MetStatHead

    I would have to agree with some of what he said… I like Reyes in the 3 or 5 hole, but I would rather see Wright in the 3 hole after Reyes and Beltran…

    In my preview I addressed the need for a corner outfielder and a fifth starter, so he is really just mentioning the obvious…

    They really need to figure out what they are doing with Santana… Get tests done and get him ready… if they are doing this as a ploy to give other teams a false hope then that is one thing, but its another if he is really hurt…

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