Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 8/8/13
At the 2013 Baseball Writers Association of America dinner, when New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson was asked about the state of his outfield, he quipped, “What outfield?” On April 23, the Mets promoted Juan Lagares from AAA Las Vegas. On June 18, the Mets acquired Eric Young, Jr. from the Colorado Rockies. Until June 18, Alderson’s joke seemed prescient. A starting outfield mainly comprised of Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Marlon Byrd — supplemented on occasion by Lagares, Collin Cowgill, Jordany Valdespin, Andrew Brown and Mike Baxter — was bumping along with a combined slash line of .218/.300/.389/.689 with 220 strikeouts to boot. There was little speed, not enough power and Polo Grounds-bad defense. The Citi Field expanse may as well have been Yellowstone, considering the lack of offense and the daunting defense. There was speculation that this would be historically bad in terms of production, not even the most rabid of orange and blue fanboys could convincingly ar...
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