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Mets Three-Conomics 2009 First Edition

Dave MillsMonday, June 22, 2009
By Dave Mills


With the Mets just barely treading water, Jerry Manual at the helm for a full year and the trade deadline a mere 40 days away, it's time for some fluff & games and special lists.

THREE MOST IMPORTANT METS THIS SEASON

  1. Johan Santana
  2. Frankie Rodriquez
  3. Tie: David Wright/Carlos Beltran

THREE MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYERS

  1. J.J. Putz
  2. Oliver Perez
  3. Daniel Murphy

THREE MOST SURPRISING PLAYERS

  1. Livan Hernandez
  2. Omir Santos
  3. Gary Sheffield

THREE BEST STARTING PITCHERS

  1. Johan Santana
  2. Livan Hernandez
  3. Mike Pelfrey (with Fernando Nieve gaining)

THREE BEST RELIEF PITCHERS

  1. Frankie Rodriguez
  2. Pedro Feliciano
  3. Sean Green

THREE BEST HITTERS

  1. David Wright
  2. Carlos Beltran
  3. Luis Castillo

THREE WORST HITTERS

  1. Ramon Martinez
  2. Fernando Tatis
  3. Daniel Murphy

THREE BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

  1. Carlos Beltran
  2. Luis Castillo
  3. Tie: Ryan Church/David Wright

THREE WORST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

  1. Daniel Murphy in LF
  2. Ramon Martinez at SS
  3. Ramon Castro

THREE BEST BASERUNNERS

  1. David Wright
  2. Luis Castillo
  3. Carlos Beltran

THREE BEST CLUTCH PLAYERS

  1. Omir Santos
  2. Frankie Rodriguez
  3. Johan Santana

THREE WORST MINAYA DEALS

  1. Heath Bell/Royce Ring for Ben Johnson/Jon Adkins
  2. Matt Lindstrom/Henry Owens for Jason Vargas/Adam Bostick
  3. Brian Bannister for Ambiorix Burgos

THREE BEST MINAYA DEALS

  1. Anna Benson for John Maine
  2. Gomez, Humber and others for Johan Santana
  3. Lastings Milledge for Ryan Church and Brian Schneider

THREE WORST MINAYA MOVES

  1. Moises Alou for two years
  2. Luis Castillo for four years
  3. Tie: Orlando Hernandez for two years/Marlon Anderson for two years

THREE BEST FREE AGENT SIGNINGS

  1. Frankie Rodriguez
  2. Livan Hernandez
  3. Alex Cora

THREE BEST ACQUISITIONS

  1. Gary Sheffield for MLB minimum
  2. Omir Santos
  3. Fernando Nieve (may move to #1 spot soon!)

THREE BEST GAMES THIS SEASON

  1. May 23 at Red Sox
  2. May 6 at Phillies
  3. Tie: June 9 vs Phillies/June 13 at Yankees

THREE WORST GAMES THIS SEASON

  1. June 14 at Yankees
  2. June 12 at Yankees
  3. June 10 vs Phillies

THREE METS WHO NEED MORE PLAYING TIME

  1. Jeremy Reed
  2. Fernando Nieve
  3. Angel Pagan (whenever he is not on the DL)

THREE WORST INJURIES

  1. Jose Reyes
  2. Carlos Delgado
  3. JJ Putz

THREE INJURED METS MOST LIKELY TO HELP THE SECOND HALF

  1. Jose Reyes
  2. Billy Wagner
  3. John Maine

THREE MOST LIKELY TO NOT BE WITH METS IN 2010

  1. Ken Takahashi
  2. JJ Putz
  3. Carlos Delgado

THREE BEST METS PITCHING PROSPECTS

  1. Brad Holt
  2. Jon Niese
  3. Dillon Gee

THREE BEST METS HITTING PROSPECTS

  1. Josh Thole
  2. Fernando Martinez
  3. Wilmer Flores

THREE MOST SURPRISING ITEMS

  1. Mets catchers lead MLB in RBIs from that position
  2. Mets catchers lead the Mets in RBI and HR from one position
  3. The lack of overall power from the Mets lineup

THREE BEST METS ANALYSTS

  1. Ron Darling
  2. Keith Hernandez
  3. Bobby Ojeda

About Dave: Dave Mills, born in Kew Gardens, Queens, the day after Willie Mays' circus catch in the 1954 World Series, is a devout Met fan since 1962. The first game he attended was Mets v. Reds at the Polo Grounds on September 14, 1962. With the game tied 9-9 in the 9th, Choo Choo ("Bub") Coleman hit a game-winning walkoff HR down the rightfield line on to the tin roof. The sound is indelibly etched in his memory! Dave lives on Oahu, where he markets and writes about golf. His company, HawaiiGolfDeals.com is the leading deliverer of golfers to the Aloha State. His take on Golf in Australia is in the Oct/Nov issue of Fairways & Greens Magazine.

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Comments (12)

Wow, you really dont like Daniel Murphy, do you?

How can you put Wright as one of the best baserunners? Despite his team leading # of steals, he has been caught several times as well as making other mistakes on the base paths.

Murphy has been a huge disappointment but there is still time for him to turn it around. Nieve hasn't pitched enough just yet for me to judge him.

I'm going to ask you to avoid talking about the minor leagues in the future. That list was just painful. Dillon Gee should not be on the list, and Mejia could be either 1st or 2nd, depending on who you ask. I'd also take Thole off of the hitting list because his bat doesn't play in a competitive position like 1b or OF...

Good lists! A few suggestions: I´d put Jennry Mejia ahead of Dillon Gee, and maybe ahead of Niese. I´d also put the loss of Jesus Flores in the Rule 5 among the worst moves, though I understand that there was a lot of competition at the ML level in this category.

How do you not have Gary Cohen as a top-3 analyst. He is the most intelligent announcer in all of baseball, hands down.

3 worst things, I would add: 1 Worst medical dept. 2 Worst re-hab program 3 Worst injury reports.

Trade Murphy and Neise! They are booth garbage!

Ramon Castro is a strong defensive catcher, having thrown out more runners than Santos on attempted steals.

How can the May 18th game against the Dodgers not make the worst games list? Church missed 3rd base scoring the go ahead run and then the bottom of the same inning Beltran and Pagan let a ball drop as they almost collide and then Reed throws a potential double play ball to the backstop with the bases loaded to let the winning run score. I wouldn't even have that June 14th game on the list let alone #1. Those games are gonna happen especially against a lineup like the Yanks have. I'd bump the other 2 up a spot and slide the Dodger game in at #3.

andrew, castro backhanded pitches in the dirt, instead of using his body, was always injured and never hustled on the bases..GOOD RIDDANCE!!now if we could just get someone to take castillo, perez, ryan church, jj putz (when he gets healthy), and murphy off our hands, i would consider 2009 a success and look forward to 2010.oh, i forgot to add when this downer of a season ends, send minaya and manuel packing, amd have the new gm look to trade reyes and beltran (he's hitting .335 AND he's 32 and his knees will keep getting worse and worse the next 2 years),now is the time to trade him.reyes quit on the team amd willie randolph.he has great skills, but he will never be a great player.if he could be moved for a quality starter, i'll drive him to the airport.i'd look for a second base prospect for beltran and some good young arms.i like beltran and reyes, but he core of this team has to go with the possible exception of wright.one other thing, all the mets who are injured played in the wbc.anybody think that is just a coincidence??

You missed "Mets Worst Manager" 1. Jerry Manuel.

This dude has got to go. He is only marginally better than Willie. It is time to look at who is avaialble, someone who does not overlook the number of errors we are making, someone who extols basics and someone who has a proven track record of setting up teams to win. Buck Showalter?

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