Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Corner Outfielders: Feast or Famine?

While many a Mets fan has made the argument for the Mets to get a corner outfielder (say Manny Ramirez?) the Mets may actually have some depth in the corners. Ok, pick yourself off the floor and try to control your laughter. I did say the Mets MAY have depth there, then again they might not.

Last year in April and May we saw some significant offensive output from both Ryan Church and Angel Pagan. The two were probably off to their best starts in their entire careers until injuries derailed their seasons. The question is whether or not what we saw out of these two was the real deal or just a flash in the pan. Chances are it was just a flash in the pan, but you never know when someone's season gets cut short.

Then you have the super subs, Daniel Murphy and Fernando Tatis. Both of these guys became fan favorites and showed the ability to produce in the clutch. I was one of the people who couldn't believe Fernando Tatis was our every day left fielder, but I quickly found him to be one of the few guys in the lineup that could hit in the clutch.

Now chances are we'll never see a year like that from Tatis ever again, but you never know. Everyone is high on Daniel Murphy these days, but will his sophmore season show us some improvement or will he struggle like many second year players do.

These are all major question marks, but if things go our way (which they rarely do) we ccould have better outfielders than we originally thought.

Would I still like to see the Mets sign Manny to a one or two year deal? Aboslutely.

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