When the Mets put up 9 hits and 7 runs on Josh Johnson and the Marlins on opening day, I wasn’t really surprised. This is a team that can hit. Even the injury depleted 2009 team led the league with a .270 average. And the addition of Jason Bay makes this a much better offensive team.
Many of us were surprised that the Mets didn’t do anything to improve the pitching staff during the offseason. That includes me. I didn’t think the Mets would go crazy and sign John Lackey, but I did think they would bring in someone consistent like Jon Garland. When Randy Wolf got his ridiculous 3-year/$29.75 million deal, I knew the Mets wouldn’t be in the market for a pitcher with any kind of track record of success.
I had an email exchange with my friend, and frequent commenter, TD about this during the game on Monday. From TD:
I have no worries about them beating the ball to a pulp. That’s a nice offense, even with Reyes and Beltran out.
Shoot, I don’t think they’ll even miss Beltran. If you set up the lineup properly, Even Matthews JR can be an above average good hitter. He’ll see a lot of fastballs!
I should mention that TD is usually pessimistic about the Mets and he did write earlier in the email that this could be the last time the Mets are above .500 this season.
These days, how many teams have great pitching rotations anyway? Maybe two. The pitching in baseball is so watered down now and pitchers are injured so frequently, you can’t count on anyone. It’s almost making me think that Omar Minaya could be right. Maybe teams should apply most of their financial resources to everyday player instead of wasting it on pitching.