Fantasy Baseball 2013: New York Mets Hitting and Pitching Projections

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New York Mets — Predicted Finish: Fourth Place, NL East

Meet the Mets!  Meet the Mets!  Step right up and greet the Mets.

The New York Mets aren’t much to look at this year,. Their roster is full of mediocre players with one legit star trapped in the middle of this lackluster lineup (some alliteration for Clave). I like David Wright. I like him a lot, actually. He is a still a top 3B, even though the position is substantially deeper than years past. Other than Wright, there just aren’t that many fantasy options here other than a couple of interesting sleepers.


Mets Offense:

Player Name Pos. Age Hand AB R HR RBI SB AVG.
Ruben Tejada SS 23 R 524 57 1 36 6 .278
Daniel Murphy 2B 28 L 563 73 11 73 8 .298
David Wright 3B 30 R 565 87 22 90 14 .287
Ike Davis 1B 26 L 501 80 31 96 1 .269
Lucas Duda RF 27 L 518 59 19 78 2 .252
Mike Baxter LF 28 L 377 52 7 47 9 .276
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF 25 L 397 61 11 43 8 .259
John Buck C 32 R 393 37 15 51 0 .224

Crackerjack Fantasy Options: Wright, Davis

David Wright is an obvious pick, Ike Davis is a solid pick to hopefully fill a UTL or CI position, just not your primary 1B.  Also, I’m not saying that Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda are not fantasy options, only that they are best as contingency plans  Otherwise there really is not much to be excited about in this line-up until we get to some guys that need to prove themselves ready early on.  Baxter needs to play well to hold off Collin Cowgill from usurping his at bats. Same goes for Buck holding off Travis d’Arnaud, the stud prospect hitting catcher obtained in the R.A. Dickey trade.


Mets Pitching

Role Player Age Hand IP BB W K SV ERA WHIP
1 Starter Johan Santana 34 L 185 61 11 162 0 3.98 1.24
2 Starter Jonathon Niese 26 L 190 55 10 153 0 3.46 1.35
3 Starter Dillon Gee 27 R 150 44 7 117 0 4.08 1.30
Reliever Bobby Parnell 28 R 70 19 3 59 0 2.70 1.34

Crackerjack Fantasy Options: See below

None of these guys are slam dunk options, Bobby Parnell is your closest safe bet at productivity, however he is nowhere near a secure closer position guy, as you can see by my predicted saves. Johan had some moments last season including one Mets fans have been waiting on for a long time, but really cannot be relied upon on an every start basis. Neise and Gee are fine spot start/stream options and they may turn the corner this year but only time will tell.


Fantasy Star: Wright

As stated above, David Wright is a no brainer for a fantasy stud on this team. He is the cornerstone of the Mets franchise and can be the cornerstone of your fantasy squad for at least one more season. The projections above are conservative in my opinion, so you can certainly draft Wright with the hopes of a 90-30-100-15-.300 line if he can stay healthy and comfortable at the plate. And of course, there is always the chance that they trade away Wright for more prospects and then his value could take a nice spike!


Fantasy Bust: See below

It is hard to peg a bust on this team as there aren’t many guys that you should have great expectations for. The only real thing to be concerned with is the aforementioned Wright and his health and happiness with the team this year. Otherwise be warned to have tempered expectations for any other Met on your fantasy squad.


Fantasy Sleepers: Cowgill, d’Arnaud

Collin Cowgill could be a mainstay in this New York outfield and lineup by season’s end. He should start the season as the fourth outfielder and take at bats in a platoon with Mike Baxter, handling the left handed pitching. If Cowgill can prove himself and take over the everyday duties he will be a very nice pick up after the drafts.

Since I kind of ducked the bust section I guess I could be kind enough to double up on the sleeper section. Travis d’Arnaud should be able to hit his way into the lineup at some point, he has the makeup of a professional hitter that would be the best hitting catcher the Mets have seen since Mike Piazza, but don’t expect Piazza batting average.


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