The New York Mets had a rough season in 2011. They finished up with a 77-85 record and in fourth place in the A.L. East, 25 games behind the Phillies. Here is what really stood out to me about the Mets in 2011:
TEAM MVP: 28-year old switch-hitting shortstop Jose Reyes won a batting title in 2011 in his free agent walk year. Reyes played in 126 games for the Mets in 2011 and he was 181 for 537 (.337 avg, .877 OPS) with 101 runs scored, 7 homers, 44 RBIs and 39 stolen bases. It will be interesting to see if the Mets pony up for Reyes or let him walk away over the winter.
BEST PITCHER: 36-year old righty starting pitcher R.A. Dickey pitched really well for the Mets in 2011. He pitched in 33 games (32 starts) for the Mets in 2011 and he was 8-13 with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Dickey has mastered his knuckleball and the results might continue to improve for him in 2012.
PLEASANT SURPRISE: 25-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Lucas Duda finally got a chance to prove himself in 2011 and he ran with it. Duda played in 100 games for the Mets last year and he was 88 for 301 (.292 avg, .852 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 10 homers, 50 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Duda might find himself in the starting lineup right at the start of the 2012 season, if he has a good spring training.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: 33-year old righty swinging LF Jason Bay continues to disappoint for the Mets. He played in 123 games for the Mets in 2011 and he was 109 of 444 (.245 avg, .703 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 12 homers, 57 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Signing him a couple of winters ago has proven to be a gigantic waste of money for the Mets.