The NL East has experienced much player movement this offseason, and every team has gone through a transformation in the outfield. Gone from the East Coast to the West Coast is Andruw Jones and Fence-Face Rowand. A position of strength for some of the NL East clubs has now become a question mark for all five teams as there's a mixture of unproven youngsters, aging veterans, and platoons to be sorted out come spring training. Let's take a look at how each clubs' outfield is shaping up for 2008.
*Career OPS in parentheses
LF- Matt Diaz (.830), CF- Josh Anderson (.816), RF- Jeff Francoeur (.782). Reserve-Brandon Jones (.401). The Braves are looking as skimpy as a mini-skirt on a 300 pound momma, as they've lost Willie Harris and Andruw and Anderson/Jones are still wet behind the ears.
LF- Josh Willingham (.832), CF- Cameron Maybin (.473), RF- Jeremey Hermida (.811). Reserves- Cody Ross (.829), Alejandro De Aza (.574), and Brett Carroll (.435). Willingham and Hermida are injury prone, Maybin is a superstar waiting to bust out, and Ross is a terrific 4th outfielder. Enjoy this picture of the Marlins Mermaids...nice!
LF- Wily Mo Pena (.788), CF- Lastings Milledge (.740), RF- Austin Kearns (.809). Reserves- Elijah Dukes (.709), Willie Harris (.639), Ryan Langerhans (.704), and Justin Maxwell (.796). Pena is a baseball player in a linebackers body full of power potential, Milledge is a cocky young prospect yet to live up to expectations, Kearns a.k.a. Sloth from the Goonies is consistent but not anything spectacular. Dukes has promise, but that promise could be future jailbird or all-star.
New York Mets:
LF- Moises Alou (.886), CF- Carlos Beltran (.850), RF- Ryan Church (.810). Reserves- Endy Chavez (.686) and Carlos Gomez (.592). Alou is old and cannot be counted on everyday, Beltran seems to get injured every season, and Church sucks against lefties. Both backups, the "ez" brothers, are speedy but nothing more.
LF- Pat Burrell (.849), CF- Shane Victorino (.741), RF- Geoff Jenkins (.843)/Jayson Werth (.782). Reserves- So Taguchi (.727), Chris Snelling (.737), and Chris Roberson (.515). Burrell returned to being "The Bat" for the 2nd half of the season, Vic is a high octane player, and a Jenkins/Werth platoon should do well. Gooch2 is a versatile thrifty pickup and Snelling and Roberson will likely find themselves in the minors.