The All-Star Game is the unofficial half-way point of the year(it's actually 7 games into the 2nd half), so it's time to assess how the Mets are doing. I'll be breaking down the offense, then pitching and finally coaching. I'll post the grades then a brief summary. Please feel free to comment afterwards. Here we go...
C- Barajas B- Rod has done a solid job behind the dish and has good numbers despite his recent slump.
1B- Davis B Ike has brought power, defense and energy to the position and team. IMHO, Minaya's best developed prospect.
2B- Castillo D Luis is hitting .241 with 3 extra-basehits and can't make a play to his left. Overpaid,aging & expendable.
SS- Reyes B Needs to walk more, but when healthy, he makes this offense go. His defense has been solid as well.
3B- Wright A The Mets MVP and possible NL MVP as well. He has put up the numbers and played great defense. The Mets lone AS.
LF- Bay C So far his power numbers are down and his defense is spotty. He's not looked like a 66 million dollar player, but it's early.
CF- Pagan A The Mets biggest surprise. He's hit well, run well and played solid defense. He's earned a starting spot.
RF- Francoeur C+ Too streaky, but his numbers aren't bad for a guy who they've dumped in the 7th and 8th hole. Plays great defense.
Bench: C- Until Thole, they haven't had a pinch-hitter. Tatis(.185) is horrible, Carter is hitting under .250, Cora is mediocrity personified and Catalanotto hit .160 before being cut. Blanco has been a nice back-up and Feliciano filled in nicely as well. Carter has some pop, but now is the 5th OF and Ike plays every game. Chris may not be around too long, if Evans shows he can hit.
SP- Santana B- The ace has looked great in his last 3 starts, but has been too up-and-down so far. The 2nd half looks good though.
SP- Pelfrey B Mike has slumped his last 5 starts, but is 10-4. He carried the Mets early on. Hopefully, he gets back to throwing strikes.
SP- Niese B- After a poor start, he's been the Mets 2nd best pitcher. Good K-BB ratio. Currently, the #3 pitcher in the rotation.
SP- Dickey B+ A God-send after Maine and Perez nearly destroyed the rotation. He's slipped lately, but has been stellar.
SP- Maine D- A flop and a head case. Odds are he's done as a Met and few if any will miss him. Wasted talent.
SP- Perez F The worst pitcher in MLB and the most overpaid. He threw 100 pitches in 5 innings @ Triple A. He's pathetic.
SP/RP- Takahashi B+ IMHO he's been the best off-season acquisition and most valuable pitcher. Great in relief, decent as a starter.
RP- Nieve D+ The manager has virtually buried him and this pen is far from deep. He's a AAA pitcher, nothing more.
RP- Igarashi F A total waste of 1.25 million. The Mets spent 2.5 million on 2 set-up guys and got an injured player and a stiff.
RP-Valdes C- At best a long reliever, but really a guy who belongs back in the Independent Leagues. Hello NJ!
RP- Mejia C A wasted 3 months being misused and not developed. His numbers were mediocre, but more importantly, he was wasted.
RP- Dessens B- A journeyman pitcher who is 39 and has never really has a good year. So far in limited use, he's done very well.
RP- Feliciano B- The energizer bunny is overused and of late has faltered. However, he's been a stalwart in a sea of mediocrity.
RP- Rodriguez B Far from perfect, he still has 21 saves in 25 opportunities. That's a 84% conversion rate. That's a B in my book.
MGR-Manuel C The guy lies, spouts nonsense, misuses the pen and bench. He also botches his order. However, they're 8 over.
PC- Warthen C Perez and Maine flopped, Santana has struggled, Pelfrey is fading and Niese started slowly. He gets credit for Dickey.
HC-Johnson C- Frenchy still lunges, Tejada hasn't improved and this team overall is far from a juggernaut. Honestly, why is he here?
1B- Shines D- I know he's at first, but he is horrible. Worst 3B coach ever. Why is he still in MLB?
3B- Hale B+ I love his approach and he's aggressive. Today he shouldn't have sent Frenchy, but overall, a huge upgrade over Shines.
BC- Jauss B This guy is very cerebral and could easily replace the dullard. My guess is he's helped Jerry be less dim.
BPC- Niemann C+ I like his fiery approach and he'll stand-up for the group. However, the pen is mediocre and that reflects on him.
Overall grade: C+ I almost went B-, but the Mets ended the first half poorly losing 4 of 6 at home to 2 division leaders. They've also played poorly on the road failing to win a series against a NL team. They've played great at home. They've been too streaky and no area of the team has been first rate. They've overachieved in some areas and underachieved in others. They're in both races, but have slipped back in both of late. Their poor play on the road can doom them after the break if they're not careful.