Mets' midseason report card
How do the Amazin's stack up as the second half gets set to begin?
With the second half set to start, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin grades every New York Mets player's first-half performance.
Mike Baxter, outfield
Forget the .444 average, .542 on-base percentage and 6 RBIs in 24 plate appearances as a pinch-hitter. He'll forever be in Mets lore for the catch that saved Johan Santana's no-hitter and displaced his collarbone.
Jason Bay, left field
Sorry to pile on a player recovering from a concussion, but assorted injuries limited Bay to 22 first-half games. When he has been in the lineup, he's hit .187 and has 6 RBIs. And it's only the third season of a four-year, $66 million deal.
Ronny Cedeno, infield
He's steady fielding-wise and a minimal investment at $1.15 million, but he's also enough of a dropoff from Ruben Tejada to make the starting shortstop's absence noticeable.
Ike Davis, first base
Perhaps there were mitigating factors, such as Davis being sidelined after May 10 last season and rusty. But the fact is Davis had a sub-.200 average into July. The positive: 12 homers and 49 RBIs.
Lucas Duda, right field
Defense in right field? Uggh. At the plate, the talent is there, despite long stretches in which Duda (.249, 12 HR, 44 RBIs) appears to disappear.
Scott Hairston, outfield
He'd be the most sought-after player on the Mets if they were sellers at the trade deadline, which they're not. How about a .295 average and an NL-leading nine homers against left-handed pitching?
Daniel Murphy, second base
He's steadily improving at second base and now beyond a funk at the plate that even Terry Collins could not foresee given Murphy's generally smooth swing. Murph brought his average back up to .295 before the All-Star break.
Mike Nickeas, catcher
He's a great guy, but the production speaks for itself. Nickeas is hitting .172, albeit with 13 RBIs, in 93 at-bats. The Mets are in the market for a righty-hitting catcher -- including a focus on Colorado's Ramon Hernandez.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, outfield
The rookie Nieuwenhuis provided a jolt upon his promotion, but his production has slowed. He's hitting .133 with 1 RBI in 15 games (11 starts) since June 16. For the season, he's hitting .167 against left-handed pitching.
Omar Quintanilla, infield
Quintanilla has stepped in nicely despite playing with a broken finger suffered in Washington. The Mets kept him at the major league level for fear of losing him off waivers, although his playing time is now minimal.
Ruben Tejada, shortstop
Jose who? Despite missing time on the DL, Tejada mostly has made his predecessor's departure to South Beach an afterthought. He's hitting .325 and playing steady defense.
Josh Thole, catcher
Thole has made dramatic strides behind the plate, and actually had a significantly better percentage of would-be base stealers retired than Mike Nickeas or Rob Johnson. Erratic at plate, he nonetheless hit .264 in the first half.
Andres Torres, center field
Not exactly what the Mets advertised when he arrived from the Giants, Torres lost playing time to Nieuwenhuis. He's hitting .201 and may be nothing more than a backup outfielder.
Justin Turner, infield
It's not exactly ideal to be known more for using "Call Me Maybe" as batting music than on-field production. Turner had a knack for clutch hits last year. This year has been quieter.
Jordany Valdespin, infield/outfield
There are faults, including a long swing that will leave him vulnerable once teams get a book on him. But so far it's been magic, including that decisive homer off Jonathan Papelbon in Philly.
David Wright, third base
Potentially the NL MVP, Wright is now the Mets' all-time leader in RBIs and runs scored. His power is back. His .351 average ranks third in the league. And he played early with a broken pinkie.
R.A. Dickey, RHP
An All-Star, Dickey's scoreless streak reached 32 2/3 innings, a franchise record. His streak without allowing an earned run reached 44 2/3 innings.
Dillon Gee, RHP
His season is now in jeopardy because of a blood clot in his pitching shoulder that needed to be surgically removed. During the first half, though, Gee was among the most capable fifth starters in the majors.
Jon Niese, LHP
The Mets invested $25.5 million over five years in Niese on the eve of the season. There have been speed bumps such as the first-half finale against the Cubs, but Niese overall has been a solid 7-4 with a 3.73 ERA.
Johan Santana, LHP
It took only 8,020 games, but the Mets now have a no-hitter to their credit. And, oh by the way, Santana has not missed a start as he returns after missing 2011 recovering from shoulder surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule.
Chris Young, RHP
Taking the rotation turn originally occupied by Mike Pelfrey (Tommy John surgery) and later held by Chris Schwinden, Jeremy Hefner and Miguel Batista, Young has pitched capably. He, too, is returning from surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder.
Miguel Batista, RHP
Batista actually is stepping into the rotation for Gee at least for the short term. That's little comfort for the Mets faithful.
Tim Byrdak, LHP
A workhorse with an NL-leading 43 appearances, and a bargain at $1 million, the Mets have not been able to find a second lefty to complement Byrdak in the bullpen. Next up: Josh Edgin.
Frank Francisco, RHP
Slumping early, Francisco actually righted the ship. He's not an elite closer, but appeared competent before landing on the DL with an oblique strain.
Bobby Parnell, RHP
He has been solid since taking over for Francisco, who's on the DL. He will not be the closer when Frankie returns, but he will be the top setup man.
Ramon Ramirez, RHP
Like with Torres, he's been a disappointment, even though his 3.98 ERA does not look unsightly.
Jon Rauch, RHP
Signed for $3.5 million to be the primary setup man to Francisco, Rauch fully admits he had a miserable first half. His seven losses are one shy of the lead among NL relievers.
Terry Collins, manager
No surprise with that grade. The Mets lack a solid bullpen, don't particularly field well and don't hit lefty pitching. Yet Collins navigated the Mets to six games over .500 at the break. His team plays hard and never gives up, especially in the ninth inning. And that's Collins' stamp on the team.
Sandy Alderson, GM
He didn't have much money last offseason, and funneled the available dollars into the bullpen, which obviously has not performed as desired. Still, there have been positives: Signing, and re-signing, Hairston. Giving the shortstop job to Tejada. And reemphasizing the farm system, even if it's the previous administration's farmhands who are now having an impact at the major league level.