Future Is Now!

Raise your hand if on Friday morning you were figuring out that a sweep of the Marlins would bring the Mets to 5 games under .500 and somewhat back into the mix in the NL East (at least near the Phillies and Nationals).  You can’t see me but my hand is raised.  Now raise your hand if today, Monday morning you are looking for answers and saying “Is the season over, lets bring up the youth?”. Again my hand is raised.  Ok so lets look at the Mets current positions and see what we can do to inject youth into this club and see what exactly we have for the future.  If Mets are serious about building a winner they need to let the kids play and go from there at the end of the season when the payroll is loser than a Kardashian.

1B: Ike has had a hot spell lately but lets look at the numbers.  Over his last 7 games Ike has a line of .238/1/5.  Ok not great, but for Ike’s standards a vast improvement.  No need to inject youth here, just keep Ike in rest of year then after season go from there.

2B: Daniel Murphy is the present and right now the future of the Mets at 2B.  The problem here is they actually have a legitimate prospect in the minors in Wilmer Flores.  Wilmer could be the future at 2B and has a line of .288/4/38 at Las Vegas.  Yes LV is a VERY hitters friendly park/league but he is still driving in runs and hitting the ball solid.  He still needs to bring up the OBP but he can work on that.  Murphy is an ideal 2nd in the line-up guy, and a doubles machine.  My take, leave Murphy alone and see SS…

SS: Right now the Mets do not have anyone close on being ready to take over short for the Mets.  Tejada has put together an awful year both with the bat and glove.  Q has come up and hit .500/1/1 in 14 at bats, but lets face it, he is not the future.  Now is Ruben? He is a light hitting shortstop and this is an age of shortstops putting up bigger numbers.  Rey Ordonez didn’t last so why do they think Ruben can?  Here is an idea, bring up Flores, stick him at short and see how he does.  If he makes a few errors, so be it.  The main thing is see how he hits.  If he plays a sub-par shortstop but shows he can hit at the major league level, you have a viable option at 2B for 2014 and maybe some trade bait in Murphy.

3B: David Wright, enough said….

C: Buck has been serviceable but he is still John Buck.  We are all waiting on Travis to be healthy and ready to go.  Travis hit in Spring and when healthy should be behind the plate for the Mets.  There are many teams out there that would love a .220 hitting catcher with pop.  See Yankees… Get a b-level prospect back in return and watch Travis hit his way into Met fans hearts.

OF: This is a mess… It is time to throw Ankiel back on the waiver wire where he came from.  Over his last 20 at bats he is hitting a cool .100 and striking out like, well like Rick Ankiel.  It is time the Mets play the young kids and see what happens.  Let Duda continue to play everyday and at the end of the year make the decision on him.  He has not been great, but not awful either.  If you had two other strong outfielders Duda would be fine as a power hitting left fielder.  He does have 10 HRs…. Mets have two kids at AA that they can plug in and play vs. lefties, righties, etc… Cesar Puello is hitting .302/8/33 right now and Cory Vaughn .288/6/31.  The Mets are 22-32 and it is time to sit the washed up and play the kids…

P: Zack Wheeler is on the way and hopefully Montero is not far behind.  If the Mets rotation looked like this on 9/30/13 we all have hope for the future – Harvey/Neise/Wheeler/Montero/Gee or Hefner.  Marcum needs to pitch well the next month or so and be trade bait for a contending team looking for that 5th starter to get them over the hump.  Hefner can move into long role as the bullpen is junk outside of Parnell.  Gee has the rest of the year to build back his arm strength to prove he can go into 2014 as the 4th or 5th starter…

Overall the future is not dull for the Mets and not bright either… It is flickering a bit.  It is time to take the 22-32 Mets and bring up the kids to see what we do actually have in the system.



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