Bartolo has handled the Phils well through 5. Fat man just keeps chugging along. I love it.
And speaking of pot bellied 40 year olds. It's really tough to pull Abreu out of the lineup. Guy just gives you terrific AB after terrific AB. One of our few hitters that really know what he's doing with 2 strikes. I sort of laughed about him coming up...but the guy is still a professional hitter and very tough out.
Wright with a ringing double to center. Missed a HR by a fingernail. He's really having a HR/XBH deprived season. Not much in the clutch department either except for the other night. But man is he singling the rest of the MLB to death. On pace for a career high 202 hits. And about 11 hr and 90+ rbi. Weird weird season for David. Walks are down too.
Shame about Lagares and the intercostal strain. He's really fun to watch. Doesn't seem to be a serious injury though. I think this is the 2nd (or maybe even 3rd) time this issue has crept up with him.
I'm really souring on d'Arnaud. I know we don't expect catchers to hit .280. But can this kid hit at least...I dunno .220 for us? He just adores watching room service fastballs. And when he swings at that 90 mph meatball down the middle...he misses it.
Granderson back under .200
The fat man has been pretty good or better in 8 out of his 11 starts. I posted a breakdown after his last start, but he's basically allowed 22 of his 36 ER in three horrific starts. That's only 14 ER allowed in the other 8 starts (2.24 ERA in those games). That's very Arroyo-like...Arroyo tends to have his overall ERA blown up by a handful of awful starts. I just hope Colon pitches well so the Mets can move him. Maybe I should start to believe in Colon, but his age and body type are always going to scare me.
Yeah, it continues to be a puzzling year for Wright. The lack of clutch doesn't surprise me that much (he hasn't been a consistently clutch guy in years, or a guy you feel good about in a tough spot), but the lack of power and walks do. His K-to-BB is nothing like what it's been throughout his career (1.66-to-1 for his career...this season it's 3.35-to-1). His BA and RBI total continue to make his season look pretty good at a glance (and he's on pace for a Wright-like number of doubles), but some of his numbers are pretty far off from his career averages:
BA: .296 career: .301
OB%: .345 career: .380
SLG: .403 career: .502
Hopefully he's due for some positive regression, and it's especially odd that he hasn't hit a home run on the road yet. It's so weird...even in other ballparks, so many balls that the Mets hit that you would swear were going yard seem to have a way of dying just before the wall and becoming either doubles or long fly-ball outs.
One myth that can finally be put to rest, hopefully for good: that EY somehow brings something intangible to the Mets when he plays. Mets lost 5 out of the last 6 games where EY had 4 or more ABs. The Mets are now 8-3 in EY's last 11 DNPs.
NJ4978, I think this team is what it is...a team that will probably be good enough to hover withing striking distance of .500, and occasionally even get a few games over, but like most .500 teams, they'll be a tease. The recent winning is covering up for Grandy continuing to be awful (it's one thing to be hitting between .230-.240, but it seems like a major challenge for him to stay above .200...his .660 OB+SLG is well below his career .821 mark), and I get the feeling he's going to finish with the numbers he's currently on pace for. Figure a .220ish BA (I think he'll improve slightly), .320ish OB%, about 20 HR and 70 RBI. Mets are coughing up an awful lot of money for that. They probably would've been better off just re-signing Byrd for a couple of years.
'7', too early to kill d'Arnaud just yet, but yeah, right now it's a little hard to see what the all the hub-bub is about. All he's done is show a nice ability to frame pitches. If you're not hitting at all, you at least have to show tremendous behind-the-plate skills, and I'm not seeing them. What's interesting is that, although he was involved in trades for 2 Cy Young Award winners, catching prospects who are supposed to hit are hard to come by...teams usually like to hang onto those guys. The fact that he was dealt twice maybe says something. Hopefully by 2015 he'll have made some progress, because right now it feels like he's at Ground Zero.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 03 June 2014 - 05:44 AM.