At Baseball Daily Digest, I explain why and how the New York Mets can contend with the Phillies for a division title in 2010.
2009 was not kind to the New York Mets. They lost 92 games, their highest total since ‘03. Fred Wilpon found himself involved in the Bernie Madoff ordeal. Eighteen Mets players spent time on the disabled list — so many that they became fodder for a Sporcle quiz. Daniel Murphy led the team with 12 home runs*; David Wright only had 10 a year after hitting 33.
* Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit more home runs than the Mets’ top four HR-hitters… combined (45 to 42).
Seven Mets will hit free agency, including Carlos Delgado and Gary Sheffield. If ever there was a time to be pessimistic about the Mets, it seems like it would be now, but this Phillies fan sees light at the end of the tunnel for the orange-and-blue from Queens.