Over the next few weeks WSBGM's will be breaking down each of the NL East teams' rosters. Last week we previewed the infield, with the Phils winning the poll by a large margin. Today we take a step backwards, to the outfield. Future installments include rotation and bullpen.
LF/Garrett Anderson- .293/.325/.433, 15 hr, 84 rbi. Garrett is on the downside of his career, but the man still collects his hits. Atlanta originally tried to sign Ken Griffey Jr., but he stiff-armed them and headed back to Seattle to be a kid again. Anderson has been relatively healthy over the past 14 seasons and could actually end up having a better season than Griffey anyway.
CF/Gregor Blanco- .251/.366/.309, 13 sb. Blanco was a rookie last season and showed the ability to get on base, plus he has a nice set of wheels, so the possibility of him being a future leadoff batter is high.
RF/Jeff Francoeur- .239/.294/.359, 11 hr, 14 assists. Jeff and Vlad Guerrero have something in common, they swing at everything and have rifles for arms. Problem is Vlad bats .300 with 20+ homeruns and 100+ rbi every season, and Jeff wasn't even close to that in '08.
Reserves- Blanco isn't guaranteed a starting gig, as Josh Anderson or Brandon Jones could easily take over for him. Matt Diaz will serve as the righthanded portion of the LF platoon with the recently added Garrett Anderson. Super sub Omar Infante can also play some outfield.
LF/Cody Ross- .260/.316/.488, 22 hr. As a fantasy baseball player I know the value of Ross. However, most everyone else probably just thinks of him as a marginal player. He has decent oomph in his bat, and that keeps him in the lineup and a secret weapon in fantasy leagues.
CF/Cameron Maybin- .500/.543/.563 in 32 at bats. Maybin will be 22 when the season begins, and he has tremendous potential. He can hit for average, has speed, and has developing power. My pick for 2009 NL Rookie of the Year.
RF/Jeremy Hermida- .249/.323/.406, 17 hr. Hermy has been hyped for the past few seasons, but the luster has worn off now that he continually falls short of expectations. He's not bad, he's not good, he's just average. He's also a trade candidate for the "Honey I Shrunk the Payroll" Marlins.
Reserves- Brett Carroll and Alfredo Amezaga are the 4th and 5th outfielders, and neither have much value offensively.
New York Mets:
LF/Daniel Murphy- .313/.397/.473 in 49 games. This rookie came out of nowhere (at least to those not in the NY area codes) to produce quite nicely in limited exposure. He'll get the majority of playing time, but will sit in favor of Tatis against lefties.
CF/Carlos Beltran- .284/.376/.500, 116 r, 112 rbi, 27 hr, 25 sb. Beltran does it all- switch hitter, power, speed, Gold Glove toting fielder, and a terrible talker of trash. Like other Mets Wright and Reyes, I hate him, but damn he's good.
RF/Ryan Church- .276/.346/.439, 12 hr. A concussion derailed his season last year, but he hopes to show his early season success wasn't a fluke and stay in the lineup and produce in '09. I still think he's suffering from post-concussion like symptoms as he moronically mouthed madness about the Phils a few weeks ago.
Reserves- Jeremy Reed, Nick Evans, Fernando Tatis, Angel Pagan, Marlon Anderson, and Cory Sullivan are all in the mix for PT in the Mets outfield this season.
LF/Raul Ibanez- .293/.358/.479, 23 hr, 85 r, 110 rbi. I wasn't too thrilled about the Ibanez signing, and I'm still not because of the years, money, and loss of a draft pick. However, look at his stats and there's no denying he's at least an equal to the dearly departed Pat Burrell, and might even be a slight upgrade (don't worry I just punched myself for saying that).
CF/Shane Victorino- .293/.352/.447, 14 hr, 36 sb, 102 r, and a Gold Glove. This switch hitting spark plug is just fun to watch. He plays with tons of energy and his love of the game comes blaring through with every runner gunned down, triple smacked in the gap, or grand slam hit in the playoffs. Corey knew he had all-star value back in 2005, and I'm sorry I ever doubted him.
RF/Jayson Werth- .273/.363/.498, 24 hr, 20 sb. Werth is a solid player, possessing speed, power, and strong defense. He needs to prove himself against righties to remain in the lineup regularly, if not Geoff Jenkins is waiting to steal some starts. If he plays 145+ games and collects 450+ at bats, I predict a 30-30 season from J-Dub.
Reserves- the vastly overpaid Geoff Jenkins looks to rebound from a horrid '08. Mr. Chubby Canada Matt Stairs will be there for pinch hit homeruns and man ass hammering. Eric Bruntlett and Greg Dobbs each play a little outfield as well.
LF/Josh Willingham- .254/.364/.470, 15 hr. Willingham does well at getting on base and socking about 20 homeruns. He's in a crowded Nationals outfield, so he better keep doing those two things or he could easily lose playing time.
CF/Lastings Milledge- .268/.330/.402, 14 hr, 24 sb. If he can keep his attitude in-check and remain focused this kid is capable of putting big numbers (20+ hr/30+ sb). He's young yet (soon to be 24) and has a lot to prove to everyone, so I'm guessing he'll figure it out and display his God given gift instead of piss it away like he does at times.
RF/Elijah Dukes- .264/.386/.478 13 hr, 13 sb. Like his brother in crime Lastings, Elijah has the ability to take off like a rocket and become an all-star caliber player. The question is- will he? He has all the tools to do big things, but his gangster habits blur his vision sometimes.
Reserves- Wily Mo Pena, Willie Harris, Austin Kearns, Roger Bernadina, and Justin Maxwell are all vying for spots on the 25 man roster and for PT in the Gnats outfield.