AOL Fanhouse have made their inaugural MLB Power Rankings for the 2010 baseball season.
I won’t hold the suspense for long…the Mets are ranked 22nd out of 30 teams.
“The good news is that David Wright is bound to have his power return, Jose Reyes appears to be on track to return soon and Jason Bay provides a good cleanup hitter. The bad news is Carlos Beltran still isn’t healthy, the rotation behind Johan Santana is suspect and the bridge to K-Rod is awful.” -mlb fanhouse
Yikes. I can’t say for sure if I’m overly optimistic (is predicting your $140MM team to be near .500 truly being optimistic?) or if this is just a brutally terrible prediction. I mean, heck, they ranked the Reds ahead of the Mets. The Reds. I completely disagree that “the bridge to K-Rod is awful” – in fact, I think the Mets’ bullpen will be one of the team’s strengths.
Quick everyone! Take a wild guess at how our bullpen finished last season, in terms of ERA. And then predict whether the squad will be better or worse this season. They ranked 12th in ERA (top half!) in the majors and 8th in the NL (right in the middle). How much worse could the relievers be this season to be named “awful” before the season even starts?
The Phillies are 3rd, Braves 12th, and Marlins 19th. And for the record, I probably would have ranked the Mets 15th or so – right in the middle of the league.