At the beginning of the season I shared a few things to look for during the 2012 season. Let’s see how accurate I was.
….I have absolutely no irrational beliefs that the Mets will finish better than fourth place in their division this season.
My expectation for 2012 is to leisurely enjoy each game with the hopes that I begin to pick up on signs that the Mets will contend next year, or more realistically in 2014.
Couldn’t be more spot on in terms of my beliefs on how the team would fare overall. Fourth place it was. I am glad I went back and re-read this though. It reminded me that 2014 is a more realistic year for the Mets to compete. Not sure I’ll have the patience to wait another year however.
Ruben Tejada will play a solid, consistent shortstop defensively, and hit .270.
Congrats to Ruben. No one can argue he was a solid, consistent shortstop in 2012. He exceeded my expectations with a .289 average.
Daniel Murphy will boast a plus .300 batting average but will struggle at second base. However, it will still be a better showing than Luis Castillo’s efforts as a Met.
I’m man enough to admit that I was wrong on two out of three accounts here. I handed myself a gimme with the Castillo measurement, but Murph did not quite make it to .300 as he finished with a .291 average. I am cool with the fact that Murphy did not struggle at second base and even seemed to get more comfortable as the season went on.
Lucas Duda and Ike Davis will both blast 20 plus homers, maybe even 30 plus.
Thanks Ike. Lucas, I will never forgive you for making me look like a fool. You are dead to me.
David Wright will hit .280 and his strike outs will decrease, but will still rely on the submarine heaves across the diamond that will lead to a number of throwing errors.
Looks like I am once again batting .333 on this one. Great if I was a hitter, not so great in terms of “predictions”. I’m glad #5 had the bounce back season he did.
Johan Santana will remain relatively healthy and pick up 12 wins.
Not very close on this one. Maybe in 2013?
Mr. Met will serve some jail time after beating Billy The Marlin’s ass after Billy insinuates that he has always been Jose Reyes’ favorite mascot. Who names a fish Billy anyway?
Fortunately for Mr. Met, the Marlins imploded this year causing Billy the Marlin to drink heavily. An unidentified source tells me he has checked in to a very expensive rehab center to help him stop binging on Mojitos and Pina Coladas.
Mike Pelfrey will have his last season as a starter as a New York Met.
This wasn’t a stretch going into the season. I’m not thrilled that this came to fruition due to injury.
Tim Byrdak will be effective for a second consecutive season, largely due to the fact that he graced the first ever cover of the Midwestropolitan.com Facebook page.
Well, he was effective before he got hurt. You’re not going to hold the cover choice against me Tim, are you?
The Mets will still be looking for a true closer, even though Bobby Parnell will have a better showing this season.
Yup and yup. The problem here is the Mets won’t spend a lot of cash for a proven closer so they will still be searching in 2013. As much as I like typing his name, Franc Franc is clearly not the answer.
Andres Torres will be hurt much of the season. After all, dude is 34 years old, that’s ancient for a lead off man playing CF.
He wasn’t hurt, but he was awful. I was particularly disappointed in his base running.
I don’t even want to discuss Jason Bay. I am just going to hope like heck he has a good season. He sure seems like a swell guy and I’d hate to see him have another tough go of it.
Still don’t want to discuss J. Bay. Still seems like a swell guy.
On to 2013 boys.
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