Friday, October 20, 2006

There's Always Next Year

It didn't work out for the Mets this year. The 20th anniversary of the 1986 team didn't prove to be as magical as the original. Maybe it'll happen on the 21st, or 22nd. It will happen, someday soon.

The Mets still have David Wright and Jose Reyes who will man the left side of the infield until 2020. Add Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado and you've got four players as good as any team in the majors.

The Mets will still have a good bullpen next year with Duaner Sanchez and Billy Wagner and Aaron Heilman if he is not traded.

The starting rotation may be overloaded next spring. Pedro will still be on the shelf but the Mets will almost definitely sign a top of the rotation guy to go with him and Tom Glavine. All signs point to Barry Zito. Glavine is 10 wins shy of 300 and in the last year of his contract. But he has definitely been good enough to be a #3 starter. The last two spots could be filled by John Maine who earned it throughout this season but especially in Game 6 and Oliver Perez. Perez is an enigma who has talent, but not the ability to harness it. He showed enough in Game 7 to earn a spot next year, but it remains to be seen if he can regain whatever made him special in 2004. Steve Trachsel's last act as a Met was the worst start in postseason history. One inning, five runs, 12 batters faced, 2 outs. El Duque also isn't under contract for 2007 and at his advanced age I doubt he'll be retained. Even so, that currently leaves no rotation spot for Mike Pelfrey or Philip Humber.

Reyes, Wright, Lo Duca, Beltran, Delgado and Green will all be back next year. That will be the curse of the Shawn Green trade, another year of a right fielder who can't hit, throw, run or field. Lastings Milledge should be in left field full time now that Cliff Floyd limped through the end of his Mets career. But Willie and the team's veterans clearly hate Milledge and it might never work out for the kid here. The Mets need a new second baseman but I don't think Alfonso Soriano fits into the character or makeup of this team.

The future's so bright it's shining through today's dark cloud.

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