At 6 and 4 the Mets are a mixed bag of good and bad signs …. Wright and Murphy along with Niece and Harvey are all good … Buck is a huge plus thus far but we’ve all seen players bust out in spurts and then fall back to earth over time.
I am okay with Gee as the third starter but the last two Mets starters in the rotation simply suck ….. this represents a big hole in the teams prospects.
Barring any injuries Murphy is showing signs of a career year …. particularly in extra base hits .. while his fielding has noticeably improved
It’s too soon to judge Duda and Davis … early signs are that they will each hit over 20 home runs and drive in 70 to 80 runs … if either or both can hit for average that will boost the Mets run production significantly.
Potentially helpful wild cards are down in the minors and on the bench … the bullpen is to be determined.
Wright is the new team captain and the anchor and if he goes down the post season possibilities will tank along with him …
Hopefully Wrights team mates will allow him to concentrate on his above average fielding, hitting and running .. and just let the home runs happen without any pressure on Wright to fill power voids.
The Nets have cemented fourth seed in the playoffs with an outside chance of third seed ..
in all likelihood the Nets will make it thru the first round … from there forward it will be a matter of will more than raw talent.
The Nets have developed a poise which has become more evident in the second half of the season …. of late they are recovering from in game set backs very well and showing resilience and determination … two ingredients necessary to go deep in the playoffs.
While Wallace is under performing the bench isn’t … Blatche is a standout, Watson is steady and Humphries is rock solid. Marshon Brooks adds an instant offensive X factor to the mix and Stackhouse and Bogan are golden.
Lopez is the best center in the NBA and shows visible signs of improvement, almost from game to game.
Joe Johnson’s dependable post up game nicely complements Derek Williams outside and inside game.
When the Nets fail it is due to lack of energy and concentration … Evans has been a huge factor on the boards and on defense … while surprising everyone with his aggressive and effective offensive play.