Last year the Mets outfield combined for a .238 batting average and a .309 OBP, so here are the career major league averages and OBP of the 5 most likely Met outfielders.
Duda .256/.338Kirk .252/.315Cowgill .255/.319Baxter .253/.354Byrd .278/.336
So even this outfield that everyone loves beating up, can very well be a large improvement over last years bunch. Not one of those 5 outfielders have a worse career avg or OBP than what the Mets outfield had as a whole in 2012.
hopefully we can get something like Kirk hitting .280 80r 15hr 50rbi 20sb while hitting leadoffDuda hitting .270 70r 22hr 80rbi as 5 or 6& Cowgill/Byrd combined hitting .265 70r 20hr 75rbi 20sbBaxter w/ .270 30r 10hr 40rbi 10sb 300ab's
that would definately be above avg, even if 1 fails, DenDekker could come up & hit .250 w/ Baxter's line & we'd be ok
Byrd and Baxter should platoon RF if we are going to put Duda in LF full time.
I think that will make RF an "avg" offensive position while not hurting us on defense.
Cowgill and Kirk should platoon CF, if they can have decent springs that is. And by decent I just mean hit around their career numbers. They don't have to light it up. That should keep us around avg. production for CF, perhaps a little below avg but it won't be a total black hole.
Duda in LF to me is just a huge mistake but it is what it is. He's our guy so hopefully Duda can at least do somehting.
It think you need to re-evaluate your goals for the Mets.
"There's a lot of wish casting in this thread. It's an awful lit of work for them to even rise to mediocre"
I just posted there career averages, is it that much to ask that they put up what they have for their careers? Maybe for Byrd but the rest or still young and are just entering their prime years.