Posted 19 April 2013 - 05:19 AM
We all know this team is about a 70-win club...maybe a few more with some breaks. They're really aren't too many "should win" games on their schedule. If I'm a Met opponent, the only starting pitcher I'm afraid of is Harvey. Niese is clearly a solid major-leaguer who can be a good #3, but not one to strike fear into opponents. Beyond them, as we know, it gets ugly fast, at least for the foreseeable future, and if Gee is in for a bad year (it's one thing if Hefner and Laffey blow, but Gee is supposed to be part of the program). So for what will soon be five turns in the rotation, we have one guy we feel confident in, another we feel pretty good about, and very little confidence in the other three. When Harvey inevitably begins to lose some starts, either due to decrease in performance or lack of run support, it will get ugly in a hurry.
And the John Buck show is clearly coming to an end, but it was fun while it lasted. That mega-start pretty much ensures that he should have good enough numbers by the trading deadline, that a contender looking for a catcher (to possibly replace an injured one) might come calling. If he's around .250 with 10+ HR and 40+ RBI in mid-July, he could fetch a mid-tier prospect...at any rate, with D'Arnaud getting hurt, Buck will be getting lots of ABs.
14 RBI for Wright through 14 GP, only 10 K on the season (with 11 BB). Other numbers are good too. It's only 14 games, but at least he avoided an Ike Davis-type start...important when one signs a big contract, like he did.
1.020 OB+SLG for Murphy so far. One thing I have to give him credit for...he seems determined to get the absolute most out of what seems like slightly above-average talent. If he learns to take just a few more walks in time, he has a chance to be a pretty good everyday player, even on a good team if he's surrounded by the right talent. This year could go a long way towards establishing whether he's a good-team or bad-team player.
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