September 12, 2007

Are The Mets That Good?

Mike Bauman at writes about the entire Mets team and tries to figure out if they are as good as most believe:

Pitching is paramount in the postseason. On paper, the Mets have a surplus of starters for October. Tom Glavine (13-6) is going to the Hall of Fame. Oliver Perez (14-9) has been nothing short of brilliant at times. John Maine (14-9) survived a slump and delivered a big performance when the Mets needed it most, immediately after the four-game sweep by the Phillies.

With Hernandez and Martinez, both presumably healthy, that's a highly reputable crew, one which would be the envy of the vast majority of Major League teams. But is there anyone among that quintet that reminds you, as we speak, of, for instance Jake Peavy of the San Diego Padres? Is there anyone as likely as Peavy, a distinctly possible postseason opponent, to absolutely shut down a team on a given night?

Offensively, the Mets have a wonderfully diverse offense, even with a disappointing campaign from Carlos Delgado. David Wright is a reasonable MVP candidate in a crowded NL debate over that award. The Mets still have substantial pop, and they still have Jose Reyes, who can put the other team on the defensive in a way no other contemporary player can. If he has not had a terrific second half, Reyes still is a unique talent and a real concern for any Mets' opponent.

On talent alone, the Mets should be the class of this league. When it comes to October, we'll find out if they have enough postseason pitching prowess to live up to the expectations, the aspirations and the time of the year when all of this matters most.


Anonymous said...

i guess well just have to wait and see

Anonymous said...

you bet we're that darn good

Anonymous said...

the mets are getting hot at the right time and no matter who they face, they will mow them over

Anonymous said...

we dont really have to worry about the NLDS because the Mets are undefeated..its the NLCS that they have to worry about

Anonymous said...

this is going to be an interesting october

Anonymous said...

we're going to be on the edge of our seats with this one