Heh. Time for me to take my medicine. >_<
The Mets' prospects are looking up. Glavine should be fine, Pedro should be back for the playoffs, and the offense... well, the offense is pretty good.
And I was very wrong this year. I though Reitsma could be solid, I thought Devine could come back. I thought Thomson would be solid (and healthy!), I thought Hudson would be good. I was right about the Braves' offense, mind you. They're actually doing better
than the Mets in season OPS, and that's with Chipper missing 30 odd games. I was right about McCann; he's the BEST catcher in the NL already and he's only 22. Smoltz has been strong and, with decent bullpen support (6 blown wins), would be in the lead for the Cy Young. And the Braves were able to make a few moves at the deadline that solidified them in the long run.
I was also correct that their lack of depth would hurt the Mets. They've needed to trade away prospects and take on ugly salaries when injuries hit them. And when it looked like some of their starters might be out for the post-season, people began questioning how they'd do in the playoffs (since they already had a 2000 game lead in the division.
But it was Jose Reyes who made the strides I was counting on Jeff Francoeur to make. And Jorge Sosa's complete collapse, while not unforseable, combined with injuries to Thomson, Davies, and Horacio to force the Braves to go with their TENTH option at SP (I had Lerew penciled in as the 9th, but his suckyness made him unusable). And on the other side, the Mets have enjoyed another solid season from Traschel (pretty much the one I had envisioned for Thomson, alas!), John Maine has come out of NOWHERE (he was the #6 prospect in Baltimore in 2004 and had a crappy premier year with the Os in 2005, posting a 6+ ERA in 40 IP) to be brilliant, while El Duque has actually been decent since coming over from Arizona. The Mets have made the right moves and they've worked out quite well for them.
And the bottom of their order has actually been productive. Endy Chavez improved his carrer OPS over 100 points to near .800 with a BA better than .300. Jose Valentin is posting a career high in OPS in his 15th ML season, and this coming off the worst year in his career. And while Chris Woodward has been predictably bad, they've been able to limit his playing time. And finally they're Paul LoDuca, who is posting his second-best year. While the power certainly isn't there (Yay! Got that one right.), his .317 BA is second only to his .320 career year of 2001. So bully for him.
All this is to say that this certainly has been the Mets' year. While I question if they can continue to perform at this level next year, their 15+ game lead in the NL East is a testament to their awsome performance this season. What is most impressive is how, in a year where the NL is plaugued with parity, the Mets have distanced themsleves so thoroughly from the rest of the field. I still don't think they have the pitching to win (let alone get to) the WS, but if their bats get hot (I'm looking at you, David Wright and Carlos Delgado), you could see some high-scoring games and the WS victory for the Mets. And besides, they've got Pedro so they can give the big bats a couple of days off for sure.