Re: Wheeler, I don't think he's going to be as advertised. That doesn't mean he won't be a good major-league starter, and he can still be a #2 here. But I don't see a guy who's going to be unhittable and dominating game in and game out, the way Harvey has been. I think he'll improve with the walks, but I don't know how much...maybe he gets down to about 3 BB per 9 IP. I think across the board, he'll put up solidly good numbers, but again, not like the across the board GREAT numbers that Harvey does. If the Mets get some bats in the lineup and can score 4+ runs for Wheeler consistently (and be able to provide 3 solid innings of relief for him), solidly good might be good enough for Wheeler anyway.
I think Murph is an acceptable regular on a very good team, where his doesn't need major contributions from him...basically, he'd be good on a stacked AL team, batting towards the bottom of the lineup.
I was bringing up Murph more as a comparison/segueway into Davis...as bad as Davis was for SO long, it's amazing that he's now ahead of Murph in OB%. I agree in that Murph is what he is...about as average as it gets in everything, and not really good (or terrible) at anything. If the guy could just hit in the .320s, it would offset so much of his "meh" factor...suddenly the OB% would be around .350, and for a second-place hitter I could live with that, especially since Murph has a great attitude...it would make his intangibles more important. But the Mets need to find guys who can get on the damned basepaths in front of Wright and whoever's hitting after him...Murphy flat-out doesn't do that, and it doesn't look like he ever will, except for those two or three-week hot streaks he goes on a few times a year.
The reason I think the Mets need to upgrade is that I don't ever think they'll drop him to 7th (where he probably should be)...I think as long as he's here, when everyone else is healthy, he's the #2 hitter in the lineup, seemingly by default. If he was a defensive whiz at second, maybe I could live with it...but like everything else, he's average.
I'll always commend him in that I think he worked hard to get every last bit out of his talent. He just doesn't have that much of it.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 11 August 2013 - 10:27 AM.