Mets Season Preview: Most likely Met to disappoint
Mar 23, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer (23) connects for an RBI base hit against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Cassandra Negley, Staff Writer:
There is zero part of me that wants to name a player who’s most likely to disappoint this season. None. It will probably put on a jinx, and part of me just wants to say “whoever plays shortstop,” but those aren’t the rules. So sorry Michael Cuddyer, you’re it. I know, it’s not a warm welcome.
Yes, Cuddyer is a strong offensive weapon with numbers that have consistently risen through his 14 years in the league. He hit .331 with an OBP of .389 in 2013 with the Rockies, his second career All-Star season, and put up near identical numbers last year in 1/3 of the games due to injury.
He’s also killing it this spring with stats at the top of the Mets roster. He’s at .327/.340/.796 and his six home runs leads the squad.
But that’s all exactly why he’s the most likely to disappoint. To disappoint, you must have high expectations and boy do Mets fans have them.
The Mets have a history of bad-lucking it with players who don’t play up to the potential fans expect. Upon Cuddyer’s signing, Sandy Alderson said he was a “tremendous addition to the middle of our lineup,” which he’s lived up to in Spring Training. It allows him even more room to fall, which he’ll likely do while adding to the list of Mets who don’t pan out the way they should have.
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