Things look rather bleak for the Mets these days but rather than being dragged down by the pitching or the defense or the base running or the lack of power, I decided to find something nice to say about each person on the current roster.

It’s only April but with the way the Mets are losing ball games it feels like September.  But I want to be an optimist, so here I am going to list all of the players on the 25-man roster and say something positive about them.  Maybe the good vibes (along with Johan Santana on the mound tonight) can help end the team’s four-game losing streak.

Ramon Castro – Has one of the team’s 11 home runs.

Carlos Delgado – OPS is 162 points higher than it was a year ago at this time.

Luis Castillo – Is second on the team with a .384 batting average.

Jose Reyes – Has a .394 OBP and looks much better in the field than a year ago.

David Wright – Leads the team with 10 walks.

Daniel Murphy – Has scored 12 runs in 14 games and is on pace for 138 for the year.

Carlos Beltran – Has a hit in 14 of 15 games, with multi-hit games his last four.

Ryan Church – Has a .949 OPS, second on the team behind Beltran.

Omir Santos – Two of his three hits have gone for extra bases, including a triple.

Alex Cora – Has walked twice as many times as he has struck out.

Jeremy Reed – Has swung at just 18.8% of pitches outside the strike zone.

Gary Sheffield –  Became first player in team history to hit 500th HR as a Met.

Fernando Tatis – Did not commit an error while playing second base.

Okay here are the pitchers.  These might be a bit trickier…

Johan Santana – The Mets have scored four runs in three games for Santana and he’s 2-1.

Mike Pelfrey – Only pitcher besides Santana with a winning record.

John Maine – Threw 111 pitches in his last start.

Oliver Perez – Became the first Met pitcher to get a base hit with his single on 4/21.

Livan Hernandez – Is second on the team with 16 IP.

Francisco Rodriguez – Leads the team with a 0.716 WHIP.

J.J. Putz – Is the only reliever with a win.

Sean Green – Has 11 strikeouts in 9.1 IP.

Bobby Parnell – Has become effective bullpen option with a 2.25 ERA in 8 games.

Brian Stokes – Has yet to allow an earned run in 7 appearances.

Pedro Feliciano – Has allowed just two hits in 15 at-bats versus lefty batters.

Casey Fossum – Opposing batters are hitting just .200 off him.

See, it is not all doom and gloom.  And at some point this season the Mets will have a starter besides Santana with an ERA under 7.  The offense is doing fine, even with ranking next to last in the NL in home runs.  Try and stay positive!

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