Byrd and 3rd zero out....can't even get the fvcking run in
I know this is hardly breaking news, but I can't STAND Ike Davis. Great, he fouled off a lot of pitches when Byrd was on third. If he was a first or second-year player that was still developing, fine, but I'm not giving him kudos for "silver linings" at this point. He's in his fourth major-league season, and is currently having his worst year, and an embarrassing one at that...it's like he's an overmatched rookie. The only thing he's done better since coming back is drawing more walks. The OB% has been good (.370 since his recall), but he needs to be a threat to deliver in a big spot...all the fvcking guy had to do last night was get a sac fly, hit a well-placed grounder...nope.
He was hitting .161 when he got sent down. He went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .173 on July 5. He's raised his BA a whopping .003 since then, to .176. Awesome. God I hope the Mets rid themselves of this zilch come the offseason.
Trade deadline is 4 ET tomorrow. I'm going to be so livid if Byrd is still a Met. I totally understand if teams are gun shy considering his out-of-nowhere-season at his age, but I'd still GLADLY take a team's 7th or 10th best prospect, and I'm sure there's at least one outfield-needy contender out there that would give up a #6-10 prospect in their system to take a shot that Byrd can maintain this great year for the stretch run.
Sadly, I think Sandy is going to fvck up royally today. If Byrd was in his early 30s and had a good recent track record, I could understand Sandy being a little hesitant to move him unless the return was significant, but Byrd should be seen as a nice bonus chip...sometimes you get lucky with these "warm body, what the hell, bridge the gap"-types, and clearly the Mets got phenomenally lucky with Byrd. Strike while the iron's hot...Byrd has value to someone...even if Byrd were to fall flat on his face, he's not going to cost a potential team its top chip, and as far as paying him goes, he's practically FREE. 55-60 games or so and his new team has no commitment beyond that. You can't ask for a better rental than this...one decent prospect is all it should cost. And for the love of GOD, if Passive likes Byrd that much and really believes that this year isn't a one-year thing, RE-SIGN HIM IN THE OFFSEASON! The Mets should have as good a shot as any other team, if he's that important to them.
Unfortunately, I think Passive and the Wilpons somehow think it's important to have "momentum" going into next season. Wrong, dummies. You've got young pitching that pretty much ensures the team should be competitive next season, regardless of whether the 2013 team wins 70 games or 80 games. It's great that this team is 23-16 in their last 39 GP, but is having the chance to finish second in the division with a sub-.500 record really all that important? Even if the Mets win out the rest of the season at the .590 clip they've shown in their last 39, they'll finish the season with an 82-80 record, and let's face it, that's probably a longshot...not impossible, but definitely a longshot. Is sacrificing potential helpful pieces of 2014 and beyond worth it for that? I say no way, but I think Passive and Co. feel differently. I hope they surprise me, I really do.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 31 July 2013 - 06:22 AM.