#02 - New York
Offense: Go ahead and throw a lefty vs NYN this year. It'll be fun! WsL Rank: 4th
Starting Pitching: Haren plus potentially 4 SP from the 2009 draft. Kinda rad.WsL Rank: 4th
Relief Pitching: Tell 'em the title. "Nasty."WsL Rank: 3rd
After spending 2009 in the tank, New York came out trying to reestablish themselves as the dominant NL force. Unfortunately, they were unaware Kansas City had taken that mantle in the ACs' absence and did not intend to give it up easily. Jeff Bagwell and co. did manage to squeak into the playoffs due to the annually weak NL East, but the Monarchs were waiting with their devastating lefty SP bums. On the bright side, Dan Haren earned his 2nd straight Cy Young, officially earning the title of WSL's resident Cock Diesel.
Final Record: 87-75, 1st in NL East
Team AVG: .262, 11th in the WsL
Team OBP: .329, 10th in the WsL
Team SLG: .412, 12th in the WsL
Team ERA: 4.07, 12th in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .255, 13th in the WsL
HR Allowed: 193, 20th in the WsL
Best Offseason Move|
New York's reluctance to add a big ticket item in the face of the new 100% contract rule should pay dividends very soon. After adding pieces like Chris Denorfia, Chris Ianetta, JD Martinez, Grant Balfour and others for minimal commitments, the ACs have 60M+ to spend in 2013; you know, when Evan Longoria needs re-signing.
Worst Offseason Move
Sometimes, the ACs' lust for pitching clouds their judgement. Acquiring Jacob Turner for Matt Wieters may look great in 2013-14, New York eventually has to decide whether they are a championship team or simply collecting assets. While Wieters underachieved in his short NYN career, not everyone can sport a gold glove catcher with 20 HR power.
PG's '11 Prediction
We've documented how the rest of the NL East will be playing 2011 with their hands around their throat. It looks like another sleepwalk for the ACs. 102-60 record.