<!--StartFragment-->Carlos Gomez, former Mets CF prospect, caught the last out of the first game of the Twins-Tigers DH yesterday afternoon on MLB Network.The AL Central race is of little consequences to Mets fans, but it got me to thinking. Could a team of ex-Mets perform better than the actual Mets?I've put together a 25-man roster of former Mets now playing elsewhere (when you're sitting in the stands watching another loss you have a lot of tinker time on your hands). What do you think?
Starting Pitchers:Pedro MartinezBraden LooperScott KazmirBrian BannisterLivian HernandezRelief Pitchers:Paul Byrd (long man/spot starter)Chad BradfordOctovio DotelGuillermo MotaScott Schoeneweis (lefty specialist)
Darren Oliver (lefty specialist)Scott Lindstrom (set-up)Heath Bell (closer)Starting Lineup:2B Kaz MatsuiCF Carlos GomezSS Marco Scutaro1B Mike Jacobs3B Melvin MoraRF Ryan Church
LF Ty WiggintonC Ramon CastroBench:OF Lastings MilledgeINF Chris WoodwardINF Jeff KeppingerC Paul LoDuca (not playing, but not inactive, either)Manager:Joe TorreI know: too many pitchers, short bench. Am I forgetting/missing any position players? I didn't include Endy Chavez, who'd make a better starting LF than Wigginton, but he's been hurt all year.Admittedly the starting lineup is a little short on power â€“ but Mike Jacobs with 18 and Marco Scutaro with 12 each have more HRs than current Mets' HR leader Daniel Murphy, and Ty Wigginton has 10 HRs in more than 120 fewer ABs than David Wright â€“ but it's pretty long on gritty, grinding gamers (the kind of players used to develop), with a solid group of inning-eating starting pitchers, a dynamite bullpen, and a pretty smart guy in the dugout.IMHO, this group would finish with a better record than the real Mets â€“ maybe even .500-plus and, in this year's NL East, a wild card contender.Discuss.<!--EndFragment-->