Of course there’s no such thing as a low pressure season in the glare of the Gotham spotlight but I believe the fanbase views 2011 as a year of rebuilding which should give the Mets a VERY rare season in which the pressure is off.
BMF is nominating the 3 Mets most likely to benefit from the reduced glare:
• Jason Bay. Concussion or not year one in NY was a total bust. The only thing tougher than adjusting to playing in NY after signing a big contract is the exponentially increased pressure of season 2 following a bust. J Bay is catching a break here let’s hope he can take advantage.
• Jose Reyes. Our SS has enough pressure to perform considering he’s coming due for a new deal at season’s end. I expect Jose to regain his old form and for Met fans to fall in love with him again.
• Carlos Beltran. I don’t even know what to make of this guy anymore. He’s always hurt, generally underperforms, and obviously doesn’t like the attention that comes with his high profile role. The good news is LosB is primed for a big season with a little pressure coming off his head.
Oliver Perez does NOT make this list because pressure or not he’s a total mutt.