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#221 nmigliore

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 08:19 AM

I meant Harvey's injury was a huge setback to the team's chances of contending in 2014 - that's a fact.

 

Regarding Sandy, I meant he should've done better, period. This offseason is one where they had lots of money coming off the books -- seriously, search posts dating back to 2011 and you'll find posts of mine stating how 2014 is when they could truly reshape the franchise with the amount flexibility they'd have -- and they opted for a half-ass job. They brought in old players with big downside -- or in Young's case, a player who will likely be gone with a good season -- and ignored the rest of the holes on the roster. They made claims to increase payroll and spend, yet all they really did was make up the payroll that came off the books last season. On top of that, they seem content on entering the season with Dice-K, who is old and hasn't been good in years, as the 5th starter and Eric Young Jr., who has never been good, set to get as much if not more playing time than Lagares.

 

The fact Tejada, Quintanilla, Davis, AND Duda are probably going to make the Opening Day roster this season is incredible. Last October, if you were to tell me more than 2 of these 4 would make the team, I would have laughed hysterically because of how unlikely that seemed. Welp, here we are.


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 09:43 AM

Jose Mijares opted out of his minor league deal with the Red Sox. Hardly exciting, but he's a good lefty matchup guy and could save Scott Rice's arm from falling off. Absolutely better than John Lannan, who is a square peg/round hole as a lefty specialist.

Mijares career vs LHB: 25.3 K%, 6.8 BB%, 2.72 FIP, .623 OPS against
Lannan career vs LHB: 19.1 K%, 7.1 BB%, 4.17 FIP, .755 OPS against

Farnsworth opted out of his minor league deal today after being informed he won't make the team; not a surprise given how down his velocity was.

Edit: Rubin now says maybe not and he might head to AAA.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 02:33 PM

Mejia was impressive as hell today. I know I'm beating a dead horse but goodness I don't know how stupid our front office could be if they carry Dice-K over him for the 5th starter spot.

 

This nonsense should finally come to a head Tuesday, which is the deadline for XX(B) minor league free agents to either be added to the roster, sent to the minors for $100k with a June opt-out, or released. Dice-K qualifies as such. It's pretty clear if he's added to the roster it will be as the #5 starter, so this will be very telling.


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 02:47 PM

This is largely true.  Harvey was not projected to be an ace, though his 2012 call-up raised expectations a little bit. 
 
In an alternate universe where Harvey never gets hurt, I don't think Sandy would've done much more than he did this offseason...the Mets were never going to be in on the big FAs.  nmig said it perfectly...Sandy seems to pick the oddest targets to suddenly show a pulse with (Frank Francisco, Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon).
 
I am about as down as Sandy as I can get, but come 2015, he's all out of excuses.  We'll see if he's capable of doing what needs to be done and showing actual creativity and aggression.

 yeah and add Chris young to that list of odd fa targets. I think the pressure on sandy would have been much greater this season if Harvey continued to dominate last year and was healthy but in really his injury gave sandy a built in excuse to delay another year, but I fully agree that 2015 is his drop dead date. No more excuses. 

I meant Harvey's injury was a huge setback to the team's chances of contending in 2014 - that's a fact.
 
Regarding Sandy, I meant he should've done better, period. This offseason is one where they had lots of money coming off the books -- seriously, search posts dating back to 2011 and you'll find posts of mine stating how 2014 is when they could truly reshape the franchise with the amount flexibility they'd have -- and they opted for a half-ass job. They brought in old players with big downside -- or in Young's case, a player who will likely be gone with a good season -- and ignored the rest of the holes on the roster. They made claims to increase payroll and spend, yet all they really did was make up the payroll that came off the books last season. On top of that, they seem content on entering the season with Dice-K, who is old and hasn't been good in years, as the 5th starter and Eric Young Jr., who has never been good, set to get as much if not more playing time than Lagares.
 
The fact Tejada, Quintanilla, Davis, AND Duda are probably going to make the Opening Day roster this season is incredible. Last October, if you were to tell me more than 2 of these 4 would make the team, I would have laughed hysterically because of how unlikely that seemed. Welp, here we are.

oh no doubt, no disagreement on any of this, I just think that Harvey's injury is what has given him a bit of a pass this offseason (rightfully or wrongfully). If we had the same exact offseason with a healthy Harvey I think there's a lot more criticism directed at sandy for lackluster moves. In fairness though, I also think that Harvey's injury made him hesitant to move some of the pitching prospects.

Hypothetically speaking, what if Harvey doesn't come back the same? Or wheeler blows out his arm this year? I mean, we can't keep going through a cycle looking forward to next year, using every setback as an excuse to delay putting a competitive team together. So all in all I agree with you, it's time to cut bait with dead weight and bring in major league players.
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Posted 23 March 2014 - 07:52 PM

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 09:12 PM

Matt Meyers wrote an article about starting Flores at SS when a flyball starter is on the mound, somewhat like how Davey Johnson used to play Kevin Mitchell at the position in 1986.

 

It's an interesting idea. The Steamer/ZiPS mixed projection over at Fangraphs pegs Flores for a .299 wOBA, Tejada a .285 wOBA. I don't want to get too mathematical here, but using last season's league average wOBA and wOBA scale, that translates to -7 runs below average at the plate for Flores and roughly -14 runs below average for Tejada, or a difference of about +7 runs in Flores' favor over a season's worth of plate appearances (600). This obviously doesn't account for defense, however, so the real question is does Flores' offensive advantage (7 runs) overcome the defensive gap between the two?

 

This is where it gets tricky. Tejada, in his career at SS, grades out as an average to slightly below average defender at SS, depending on which defensive metric you look at, with his most recent season being his worst by DRS. Flores, on the other hand, hasn't played an official pro game there since 2011, as the long charade of him sticking at SS was finally put to bed. I think most people are familiar Flores' reputation as a SS defensively, but just in case you forgot, here are a couple scouting reports from a few years ago from Baseball America:

 

Flores' bat will have to carry him because his speed and athleticism are below-average and not conducive to playing shortstop at higher levels. He throws well enough to play third base, but some scouts think he lacks infield actions and eventually will have to move to an outfield corner or first base.

 

 

...But scouts give Flores no chance to stay up the middle. He's a well below-average runner with heavy feet and substandard range. He reads balls well off the bat and has an average arm, which could keep him on an infield corner. Flores played third base last winter in the Venezuelan League, which is a more natural fit for his skills. 

 

 

"But scouts give Flores no chance to stay up the middle." I think it's pretty safe to assume he would grade out as one of the worst defensive SS in the game. Maybe (probably?) the worst defensive SS in the game. In the UZR era (2002 and beyond), some the worst defensive SS have been worth around -10 runs per season. I wouldn't put it past Flores beating those numbers (in a bad way), but we'll be generous and just assume he'll be a -10 defender at the position.

 

Using these figures in conjunction with the offensive values I mentioned earlier, that means if Tejada is an average defensive SS, he's the better player, but just by few runs, which is where differences can be pretty negligible. If he's below average again, Flores would be the better player under our hypothetical offense/defense run values, but then again, that assumes Flores won't be UZR-era historically bad, which he might truly be. But as Meyers point out in his article, although the projection systems don't love Flores' bat, he's a 22 year old accomplished minor league hitter who has the upside to hit better than the forecasted .256/.293/.392 slash line. 

 

So that's basically a bunch of words to say Flores at SS is kind of interesting, but hell, I don't know if it'll work or not. Isn't statistical analysis fun?

 

What convinces me is Meyer's final point:

 

If nothing else, the Mets should give Flores a chance at short because they have nothing to lose. It’s clear that Tejada is not the long-term answer, and it will be years before top shortstop prospect Gavin Cecchini and Amed Rosario are ready.  As we’ve learned from ESPN’s Giant Killers series in college hoops, teams that are inferior on paper pull upsets by using high-risk, high-reward strategies. 

 

 

It's hard to argue with any of this. The 2014 Mets project a lot like the 2013 Mets. So, at the cost of maybe a win, is it worth trying the crazy-but-somehow-maybe-not-that-insane Flores at SS idea? I think it is. Maybe I'm just really sick of Ruben Tejada, and I did previously the idea of Flores at SS to be ridiculous, but I'm in for trying the Flores at SS experiment. I mean, why the hell not?

 

Whether this actually happens, though, is another story. He did start and play a full 9 innings there yesterday again the Marlins, but didn't today as Quintanilla and Tejada each manned the position during split squad games. He really hasn't seen much action at the position until recently, either. Right now, I'm still betting on Tejada as the Opening Day SS, but until we acquire someone else, you can count me in the Flores for SS campaign.


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 06:08 AM

nmig, I think just about every Met fan was targeting 2014 as the year of taking serious steps forward.  Like I've said previously, it "helped" a lot that Harvey got hurt, as far as Sandy and the franchise not getting hammered for what was not a good offseason at all goes.  If Harvey had remained healthy, I think Sandy might've tried a little harder to bring in some bullpen help, but that's it.  I don't think he was bringing in any top-tier free agents or making any big trades.  Probably looking at a payroll of roughly $90 million tops if Harvey's pitching.  That's what's aggravating...I don't think there was some grand Plan A in place that went away when Harvey got hurt.  I don't really think they're was much of a plan at all.   

 

Re:  Mejia, you're not beating a dead horse at all.  There's simply no reason why he shouldn't get the FULL season to prove that he can get through a major-league season healthy and pitch to a #4/5 level of effectiveness.  

 

Re:  Flores...if the Mets are entertaining the question of finding out whether or not he can be a SS, then what they the hell do they have to lose by playing him for a couple of months here?  But it all goes back to the same thing...teams that talk about winning 90 games don't play a guy like Flores at short, and they don't let stiffs like Ike, Doofus, Quintanilla and Tejada stick around either...heaven forbid it might be about something other than fvcking penny-pinching with the Mets, and they get guys off the team that have shown the ability to do nothing with the multiple chances they're given.  No accountability on this team at all.

 

That 90-win crap is going to come back to bite this team in the ass again and again and again.     


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 07:27 AM

Flores sent to minor league camp. Amazing timing by me.  :lol: Supposedly he'll play SS and 2B in Vegas, although I'm still doubtful the idea of him as a SS is a real thing. Also sent to minor league camp was Kirk, den Dekker, and Lutz, none of who were really threats to make the bench.

 

This would be my Opening Day roster guess right now:

 

Lineup

Eric Young Jr., LF

Daniel Murphy, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Curtis Granderson, RF

Chris Young, CF

Ike Davis, 1B

Travis d'Arnaud, C

Ruben Tejada, SS

 

Bench

Anthony Recker

Omar Quintanilla

Josh Satin

Juan Lagares

Lucas Duda

Andrew Brown

 

Rotation

Dillon Gee

Bartolo Colon

Zack Wheeler

Dice-K

 

Bullpen

Bobby Parnell

Jose Valverde

Scott Rice

Vic Black

Carlos Torres

Jeurys Familia

John Lannan

 

Everyone seems to think Niese will start on the DL but miss no time and come back to pitch the finale of the 2nd series vs the Reds. That allows the team to carry an extra player, which I think will be Andrew Brown.

 

I have no idea if Lagares will start, but like I've been saying, I'm starting to think both players will play quite a bit, at least in the beginning of the season. Lagares could start Opening Day (hopefully he does), but to make life a little easier on myself, I'm projecting Eric Young Jr. since the lineup order seems pretty clear with him in it.

 

I'd like to think we're smart enough to not carry Quintanilla again, but I have a hard time seeing us not carry a backup SS with Tejada as the incumbent. Only Quintanilla and Seratelli, who hasn't done anything to win a bench role, are left in camp as possible backup SS. If it were up to me, I'd carry neither of them. 

 

I don't have to say anymore about Mejia/Dice-K. It would be ludicrous if they picked Dice-K but that is what seems likely for now. Surprise me Sandy!

 

Bullpen seems like a lock, basically. 


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:10 AM

Who wouldn't look at that roster and think 90 wins?  Oh wait...EVERYONE except Sandy and the Wilpons.

 

Niese will inevitably miss 7-10 starts this season.  Not good in that will lessen his trade value, but it will open up a spot.  If he goes down in May or so, does deGrom get the first shot?  I can't see the Mets being as concerned about his Super Two status as they would for Syndergaard and Niese. 


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 11:43 AM

That's not really an awful lineup if d'Arnaud becomes a nice 15 hr 80rbi .280 hitting catcher. And if Ike can put together a half decent season.

 

This team will hit its share of home runs...and strike out a sh!t ton as well


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 11:53 AM

That's not really an awful lineup if d'Arnaud becomes a nice 15 hr 80rbi .280 hitting catcher. And if Ike can put together a half decent season.

 

This team will hit its share of home runs...and strike out a sh!t ton as well

 

Those are two huge ifs.  A ton of teams would kill for a catcher who puts up offensive numbers like that.  I just want him to get through a full sesaon healthy.  If he was around .260 avg/.330 OB%, 12 HR, 55 RBI and played in 140 games, I'd happily take that, especially if he does a great job behind the plate.  That'd be a terrific first full season.

 

With Ike...I don't even know what half-decent is.  Sadly, if he's hitting in the .230s, getting on base 32% of the time, clubbing some random dingers and on pace for about 70 RBI by mid June, that probably qualifies as half-decent. 


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It's easy to support a great player when he's playing at his very best. It takes a true fan to support that same player during those rare moments and stretches when he's not. Babe Ruth went 0-4 some games, and sometimes Wayne Gretzky was held pointless. There may be such a thing as greatness, but no such thing as absolute perfection every single night.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 12:10 PM

Since it's relevant here, this is what the projection systems think of d'Arnaud:

 

Steamer: .242/.306/.400

ZiPS: .245/.307/.392

 

I think some would be disappointed with that, but I wouldn't be. Each of those lines is a shade under league average offense once you adjust for Citi Field. Catchers who can produce average offensive numbers with sound defensive skills -- we already talked about d'Arnaud's potential as a pitch framing, for one -- are pretty valuable.

 

Obviously you'd like to see him improve upon those numbers and live up the hype of a possible .280+ hitter with 15-20 HR pop, but for a first full MLB season, yeah, I'd be quite satisfied with something like .240/.305/.400 and solid defense. 


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 12:17 PM

Take it for what it's worth, but both Steamer and ZiPS like Ike's chance of bouncing back to some form of decency: they each expect him to replicate his career slash line, essentially. Duda is actually projected to be quite a bit worse than Ike by Steamer (.233/.334/.430 for Ike versus .231/.327/.391 for Duda), but nearly identical by ZiPS. So with two non-awful options -- at least by what two objective projection systems think -- there could be a fair chance the Mets get league average production out of 1B, which would be acceptable, if very unspectacular. 


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 12:58 PM

Since it's relevant here, this is what the projection systems think of d'Arnaud:

 

Steamer: .242/.306/.400

ZiPS: .245/.307/.392

 

I think some would be disappointed with that, but I wouldn't be. Each of those lines is a shade under league average offense once you adjust for Citi Field. Catchers who can produce average offensive numbers with sound defensive skills -- we already talked about d'Arnaud's potential as a pitch framing, for one -- are pretty valuable.

 

Obviously you'd like to see him improve upon those numbers and live up the hype of a possible .280+ hitter with 15-20 HR pop, but for a first full MLB season, yeah, I'd be quite satisfied with something like .240/.305/.400 and solid defense. 

 

So I'm a little high (though I might be, especially on the BA).  But yeah, I won't be pissed if his numbers are close to Steamer.  I think getting through the season without missing significant time is more important anyway.  I think the offense will come.


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 02:05 PM

6 scoreless for Dice-K today. Welp, that probably locks it up for him.

 

I'd like to think our front office is smart enough to not make decisions based on spring performance, but....


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 02:23 PM

6 scoreless for Dice-K today. Welp, that probably locks it up for him.

 

I'd like to think our front office is smart enough to not make decisions based on spring performance, but....

 

Nope. 

 

Spring #s for Dice:  18.2 IP, 23 H, 4 BB, 18 K, 7 ER. 


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 02:54 PM

Ha, I thought his numbers were better than that, but that just shows how much I care about following those numbers.

 

In any event, he was great today, apparently, and he was the favorite to win out before it. He's your #5 folks.


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 03:11 PM

I didn't know what they were either...I had to look them up. 

 

Oh well, here's what I hope happens...he pitches pretty well and is traded sometime before the deadline.  Even if they get some low minor league marginal prospect, the fact is he was signed as a "what the hell, he's got a pulse" guy, who never figured to have any relevance beyond 2013.  If the Mets get ANYTHING back for him, it's a bonus. 


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THE NHL MUST LOVE THE DEVILS - from who else? A RANGER fan!
[Mark Messier]: A big, bald attention whore with a stupid Easter Island-lookin face. - from who else? DaneykoIsGod!

Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
Can the coach do that ? Switch the goalies 5 seconds to go in overtime?
- Most priceless quote ever posted on a message board.

Martin Brodeur: THE MOST ALL-TIME WINS!, 12 straight seasons of 30+ wins, 3 Stanley Cups, 4 Vezina Trophies, and zero respect from too many so-called Devils "fans" who are either too young or too bandwagon to remember the much darker days of Sean Burke, Craig Billington, Bob Sauve, Alain Chevrier, and the talented but overwhelmed Chico Resch, among many others.

It's easy to support a great player when he's playing at his very best. It takes a true fan to support that same player during those rare moments and stretches when he's not. Babe Ruth went 0-4 some games, and sometimes Wayne Gretzky was held pointless. There may be such a thing as greatness, but no such thing as absolute perfection every single night.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 03:22 PM

Rubin said yesterday that Mejia would remain a starter with Las Vegas, which is at least a silver lining. That rotation is going to be loaded with he, Montero, Syndergaard, and deGrom.

 

I'm going to pull hard for Dice-K every time he's out there now that games will count, but I won't lie in saying I think it would probably be better off if he ends up DFA'd by mid-May with Mejia replacing him than it would be him pitching decently and getting traded for a marginal prospect.


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 03:55 PM

Going to be a tough pill for Dice to swallow if he IS pitching pretty well and then gets DFA'd.  At that point, if a contender has lost a SP or two to injury, and Dice is, say 6-3 or thereabouts, maybe someone would be willing to deal for him, especially since it doesn't get much cheaper $$$-wise than him.   

 

Of course, if he's not pitching well, it's pretty simple...he'll have to go to Vegas and like it. 


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[Mark Messier]: A big, bald attention whore with a stupid Easter Island-lookin face. - from who else? DaneykoIsGod!

Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
Can the coach do that ? Switch the goalies 5 seconds to go in overtime?
- Most priceless quote ever posted on a message board.

Martin Brodeur: THE MOST ALL-TIME WINS!, 12 straight seasons of 30+ wins, 3 Stanley Cups, 4 Vezina Trophies, and zero respect from too many so-called Devils "fans" who are either too young or too bandwagon to remember the much darker days of Sean Burke, Craig Billington, Bob Sauve, Alain Chevrier, and the talented but overwhelmed Chico Resch, among many others.

It's easy to support a great player when he's playing at his very best. It takes a true fan to support that same player during those rare moments and stretches when he's not. Babe Ruth went 0-4 some games, and sometimes Wayne Gretzky was held pointless. There may be such a thing as greatness, but no such thing as absolute perfection every single night.

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