We’ve reached the All-Star Break for the 2010 season, and let’s be fair: the All-Star Break can be the most boring 3 days during the MLB season. Sure, the HR Derby is fun for a few minutes, and the Celebrity/Legend Softball game is funny, but for 3 days we get taken out of our rhythm. So, in an attempt to keep the focus on our surprisingly entertaining Mets, I figured I’d recap the first half in a few different posts over the next couple of days.
In part 1, you’ll find grades for each of the players that have had an impact on this Mets season (and perhaps even some that haven’t):
Rod Barajas: C
His Batting Average and On Base Percentage have been pretty miserable, and outside of his handful of multi-HR games, he hasn’t been as outstanding as his early season numbers would show. He’s also struggled offensively since May ended. Rumors say Rod is banged up, and maybe the break will help him. Overall though, his job with the pitching staff has been pretty good, and his overall impact has been far better than anyone would have predicted.
Henry Blanco: C+
Blanco’s been a perfectly good backup Catcher. He’s succeeded offensively in limited at bats, he too has been great with the pitchers, and he’s thrown out an impressive 47% of base stealers (in limited chances). Is he capable of playing more often, probably not, but he’s certainly impressed me.
Ike Davis: B-
Ike has been about as good as we could have asked from a rookie 1B. He had a spectacular start, and has certainly cooled off greatly since, but his poise has been impressive, and his numbers as a whole are decent. With 11 Home Runs (and seemingly all of them BOMBS), and at least above average glovework, Davis has really injected energy into the Mets team. Plus, his presence signaled the end of the Mike Jacobs era, and that’s a HUGE positive.
Luis Castillo: C-
Castillo has been pretty much what most people seemed to expect coming into the season, a $6 Million dollar anchor that the Mets just can’t seem to untie from their own feet. Last year, he put up somewhat respectable numbers, but it seems that was a fluke. Poor hitting, no power, poor range, and injury prone, Castillo shouldn’t even be an option to start at 2B for the Mets down the stretch (let alone next year).
Ruben Tejada: D
Don’t get me wrong, I love the kid (and I use the term kid because he looks like he’s 13), but Tejada is not an MLB ready hitter. His defensive work has been excellent, but he just can’t seem to put the bat on the ball frequently enough. The Mets don’t really have a better option, but I’d rather seem them send him down to AAA when Castillo comes back, hoping Tejada can grow into the starting role next season.
Alex Cora: D-
What can I say about Alex Cora? He’s a great clubhouse guy and would totally make a great manager! But seriously, Cora’s been pretty poor this season (and last season). He along with Castillo and Tejada have to have among the worst stats of any Second Basemen in the Majors.
Jose Reyes: B
Jose was miserable statistically for the first 30 or so games he played in this year, and really seemed to need a lot of time after the Thyroid condition in Spring Training. He had an absolutely blistering hot June, bringing his numbers up and helping the Mets tighten up the race in the NL East. Now, he’s struggling with an oblique injury, but if he can get and stay healthy, I fully expect Jose to be a major key for the Mets in the second half, and hopefully lead us back to the playoffs.
David Wright: A
He’s been an MVP Candidate. He’s really shown the critics after last year’s struggles by hitting for average, hitting for power, driving in runs, and being a team leader. His strikeouts are up, and he’s been caught stealing too often, but I don’t think any Met fan can complain about the first half Wright has had.
Jason Bay: C+
Bay has just not been that good this year. Period. His power is pretty much non-existent outside of 2 multi-HR games. He’s on pace for about his career average in doubles, and he’s hit a bunch of triples, so hopefully his HR power will return during the second half.
Angel Pagan: A-
Pagan has been the Mets’ biggest surprise and a true godsend for this team. Considering Carlos Beltran was initially “supposed” to be back by May, no one knew we’d need Pagan to put up the numbers he has, but he’s in the top 5 in the NL in batting average, and has been very good for the Mets in terms of scoring runs, stealing bases, getting on base, driving in runs, and defensively too. Pagan should never have been sitting in place of Gary Matthews Jr, but that’s a story for another time.
Jeff Francoeur: D+
Francoeur is just a mediocre ballplayer. His defense is solid, and his arm is spectacular, but his plate discipline is just abysmal. I’ve long been a Frenchy apologist, but at this point, he’s never going to recreate his 2 good seasons in Atlanta. He’s going to end up the Mets 4th OF in the second half, and that’s how it should be as long as Beltran can be effective.
Remaining Hitters: Mike Jacobs, Chris Carter, Fernando Tatis, Gary Matthews Jr, Jesus Feliciano, Frank Catalanotto, Josh Thole: D+/C-
The guys that started the year with the team, Jacobs, Carter, Tatis, Matthews, and Catalanotto were horrendous. Awful. Terrible. Miserable. Vomit Inducing. Glad we got that out of the way. On the other hand, in limited at bats, Thole has been great, Feliciano was pretty good before getting sent back down, and Carter has been fun to watch. As a whole, this group would have been an F had Jacobs, The Cat, and GMJ not been DFA’d/Demoted months ago.