bigh0rt wrote:.282 AVG, 24 HR, 84 RBI, 92 Runs, 31 SB
That's about exactly what I expect, but I try to look on the more positive side for his average; I think he could reach .290, but probably not higher. A lot also depends on where he hits in the order.
I think that if he bats second, his AVG and SB's will be higher, but his R's and RBI's will take a hit. I think the 2 spot is the perfect place for Beltran, behind Reyes and in front of Write, Delgado and Floyd. I don't think Randolph wants to have Delgado and Floyd, two lefties, his back-to-back because they'd be so susceptable to late inning lefty specialist relievers. If that's the case, here's my preferred lineup:
2. Lo Duca
8. Hopefully anyone other than Matsui
I think Beltran would hit well in that 5 slot and Wright deserves to hit 3rd. A switch hitter between Delgado and Floyd will also completely negate any specialist relievers, and Beltran is still enough of a power threat to give the Mets a deep order. Unfortunately his speed will be under-utilized in that position.
The Mets look good, but when you really consider all the factors that make baseball great, Willy seems to have his work cut out for him.