A couple weeks ago I posted the NL East outfield depth charts and gave my brief poignant opinion on each. Along with that post was a poll and the Phils outfield was voted best in the NL East by a landslide (I'm sure there was no bias involved). I now want to take a look up and down the East Coast at the infield situation for each club. Enjoy...
*Career OPS in parentheses.
C- Brian McCann (.842), 1B- Mark Teixeira (.910), 2B- Kelly Johnson (.795), SS- Yunel Escobar (.836), and 3B- Chipper Jones (.949). Reserves- Clint Sammons with 3 career at bats is the backup catcher while Omar Infante (.684), Willy Aybar (.803), and Martin Prado (.696) backup second, short, and third with Scott Thorman (.667) in the wing at 1st. To be honest, that is one scary looking infield offensively, but let's remember Johnson and Escobar are still somewhat unproven and Larry Jones is an injury waiting to happen. Should McCann suffer an injury, let's say a concussion, then I'm afraid the incentive to Native American tomahawk chopping Braves would be up a tepee without a buffalo skin.
C- Matt Treanor (.652), 1B- Mike Jacobs (.817), 2B- Dan Uggla (.811), SS- Hanley Ramirez (.889), and 3B- Alfredo Amezaga (.653). Reserves- Mike Rabelo (.653) will also share in the catching duties while Jose Castillo (.677) and Robert Andino (.519) backup the other positions. Aside from Hanley this club is a bunch of misfits. Uggla was a tremendous Rule 5 pickup, but he's nothing spectacular. Their catchers are weak, Jacobs is bad against lefties and k's a ton, and their reserves are on the inedible side of table scraps.
New York Mets:
C- Brian Schneider (.700), 1B- Carlos Delgado (.935), 2B- Luis Castillo (.726), SS- Jose Reyes (.756), and 3B- David Wright (.921). Reserves- Ramon Castro (.723) will see time behind the plate while Ruben Gotay (.688), Marlon Anderson (.713), Jeff Conine (.790), and Damion Easley (.735) see time around the rest of the infield. It pains me to admit it, but the combination of Reyes and Wright is awesome. Reyes is exciting and makes things happen while Wright is a future MVP. Those two are still on the upswing of their careers while Delgado and Castillo are in obvious decline. They have some decent depth, but Conine and Easley are each getting up to AARP range.
C- Carlos Ruiz (.738), 1B- Ryan Howard (1.007), 2B- Chase Utley (.897), SS- Jimmy Rollins (.772), and 3B- Greg Dobbs (.724)/Wes Helms (.761). Reserves- also donning the tools of ignorance is everyone's hero Chris Coste (.822), while Eric Bruntlett (.687) will serve backup to the other positions. 1 former MVP (Howard), 1 reigning MVP (Rollins), and the 2008 MVP in waiting (Utley)...need I say more? The platoon of Dobbs/Helms does worry me both from an offensive and defensive standpoint, meaning it's not good. The catching tandem of Ruiz/Coste is solid though.
C- Paul Lo Duca (.752), 1B- Dmitri Young (.826), 2B- Ronnie Belliard (.750), SS- Christian Guzman (.680), and 3B- Ryan Zimmerman (.812). Reserves- Jesus Flores (.671) will backup catcher and Nick Johnson (.853) will attempt a comeback at 1st, while Aaron Boone (.758), Felipe Lopez (.724), and Rob Machowiak (.743) will cover the rest. Even if healthy things look bleak for the Gnats opening their new stadium. Lo-Douschebag is sucking on the field and not just in the backseat of taxi's anymore, Guzman is always injured and isn't good when he plays, Belliard and Young are fat for their positions, and Zimmerman is overrated.