Monday, March 05, 2007

Endy in the Outfield's New York Mets Preview

New York Mets
By Endy in the Outfield

Offseason Additions - LF Moises Aloud; RP Ambiorix Burgos; SP Chan Ho Park; RP Scott Schoeneweiss; SP Aaron Sele; RHP Jorge Sosa
Offseason Losses - SP Brian Bannister; RP Chad Bradford; OF Cliff Floyd; SP Steve Trachsel; SS Chris Woodward
2007 Preview - The biggest story line heading into the Mets off season was, Who will they add as a front line starter? They answered that question by passing on Barry Zito (signed with the Giants for 7 Years $126 Million) and adding a stable of what Rick Peterson and Omar Minaya call "live arms". They upgraded their LF position by acquiring Moises Alou and not re-signing Cliff Floyd. Now they just have to hope Alou stays somewhat healthy and Pedro is able to return to some former shell of himself after the all star break.
Prediction - 95 Wins 67 Losses. The Mets aren't going to win as many games as they did in 2006, but look for them to remain division champs.Carlos Beltran has said his goal this year is to steal 40 bases and hit.300 as he told the New York Daily News, then look for him to be the NL MVP. If Pedro comes back healthy then the Mets should easily win the division. However if Pedro is not able to return to form and the Mets aren't able to add another front line starter at the trade deadline, the Mets very possibly could be looking up at the Phillies come late September.

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