By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on May 6, 2014
Even though the New York Mets have gotten off to a much better start than many expected, there are still are quite a few concerns with the Mets roster. Several of the positions that need to be upgraded were known problems going into the season, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that they continue to be problem areas. Although New York hasn't shown any inclination to do any of the following, these upgrades would help sustain their success.
Not many teams in baseball have the luxury of having a very good backup middle infielder, but not many teams employ a player like Omar Quintanilla for that role, either. Quintanilla was basically useless last season, failing to crack a .600 OPS. Despite that number, he was brought back again this season, during which he has posted a sub-.500 OPS. The Mets need a real backup, especially if they're going to keep running Ruben Tejada out there.
The Mets' starting staff has been the club's strong suit, but the bullpen is in dire need of some new arms. While both Montero and de Grom have been starters at the minor-league level, beggars can't be choosers; New York needs as many talented arms as they can get in their beleaguered bullpen. Both players are ready for a shot and couldn't be much worse than Jose Valverde or Jeurys Familia, the latter of which clearly needs more work in triple-A.
The Mets understand that they need a platoon partner for Duda, who's only hitting .188 against left-handed pitching this season and .222 for his career, but the man they've tasked with that job has been a disappointment. Josh Satin, whose sole purpose on the roster is to hit lefties, is hitting an identical .188 against them. Given that Satin doesn't bring much else to the table, the Mets should look elsewhere to find someone they can platoon.
The Mets' bullpen has been a veritable nightmare in the early going. Even with a few relievers establishing themselves as being somewhat reliable, there are still many issues. Both Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kyle Farnsworth have struggled at times, and Carlos Torres, perhaps the Mets' best reliever, has pitched so much his arm may fall off by July. Be it from out of the system or from the minors, New York badly needs to find a go-to guy late in games.
What was the No. 1 concern for the Mets coming into the season is, not surprisingly, still the No. 1 concern on May 6. After being disparaged by the front office during the offseason, Ruben Tejada was inexplicably handed the starting SS job for another season, despite an awful 2013. Through the first 30 games, Tejada hasn't shown any indication he could be the answer, so the Mets need to do something to find a solution to their SS woes.
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