nmig hasn't been around in a few weeks...the Mets probably broke him too He still posts on the Mets board I sometimes frequent (NYFS) but he hasn't posted in the main forum there in a while too (still posted a few times during the draft in the prospects forum though, so he hasn't been abducted or anything)
I may finally make myself go to a game this week but that's mostly cause I have the week off. That'll probably be it for me this year sadly as far as going to games.
Yeah, I kind of assumed nmig had moved on...the sabes guys tend to stick together (it tends to be their way or no way when it comes to give-and-take discussion...if the sabes say a guy has been terrific, then he's been terrific, end of story, even if our eyes tell us otherwise), and he's hinted at going over to a dedicated Met board before. Like I've always said, I've never been an anti-sabes guy, and they give us more info than traditional stats alone ever could. I hope nmig comes back...it's always better in here with more participants. Sometimes I feel like I'm alone in here.
I just haven't decided which one to go to yet, though I have plans Tuesday and Sunday so it could be anytime from Wednesday-Saturday. Probably wait till the last minute to get something cause of weather and other plans that might happen.
Wednesday - kind of intrigued by seeing DeGrom
Thursday - the best pitching matchup (Niese/Lohse) and thus the least chance of having one of our four-hour instant anti-classic games.
Friday - probably the best chance for an actual Met win with Colon against Stults
Saturday - love the time, hate the fact it's Wheeler pitching
Yeah, I was supposed to go to a game a couple of weeks ago, but I was fighting a cold, then my wife got it and was feeling pretty crappy, and the weather wasn't supposed to be all that good (it wound up being better than expected), so we bailed. I have no idea if we'll go to one this season.
Zack unfortunately looks like one of those guys who's going to need 2-3 years (maybe even more than that) to become consistent. As we've seen, he pitches just well enough that you get a glimpse of what could be, but then has those labor-intensive, 100-pitches by the 5th-inning slow-as-molasses-fests where it seems like he's 3-2 on every batter.
Even with yesterday's largely crappy start, there are numbers that continue to give us reasons for hope as of late:
Last 5 starts: 29.1 IP, 25 H, 12 ER, 2 HR, 7 BB, 34 K, 3.68 ERA
With strikeouts being so damned high throughout the league, I don't know how much of a big deal I should make out of his Ks, but at least the walks have been down lately, the K-to-BB ratio is as good as it's ever been for Zack, and he's only given up a couple of HR in those five starts (he's been good at keeping the ball in the park this season...5 HR allowed in 73.0 IP, which is pretty good).
'7', re: Doofus, CY, etc...unfortunately, these are "bad team ballplayers". I can't really get mad at CY because he's doing about what should've realistically been expected. If you sign a guy with slash lines of .231/.311/.434 and .200/.280/.379 in his previous two seasons, should anyone really hope for a hell of a lot? Billy Beane (who is light-years ahead of the useless moron masquerading as a GM here) gave CY a shot last season, but was smart enough to steer clear this season (last year represented the 4th straight season of OB+SLG decline for CY). For some reason, Sandy couldn't see it...I swear, sometimes it seems like Sandy purposely signed sh!t players just to spite his employers. I keep wondering what kind of research he did before making some of his moves.
Doofus is the prototypical "bad team ballplayer". He's good enough to play in the majors. Stick him at first base everyday and if he stays healthy, he'll hit you 20-25 HR and drive in 75-80 runs (maybe even a little more than that in a really good year), which at least makes him look "not that bad, really" at a quick glance. But he's one of those guys you don't ever expect to do much against a top closer or a upper-echelon starting pitcher. He's not really a tough guy to overmatch, and you're almost stunned when he comes through in a tough spot. If you're a team in transition and you have a 1st-base prospect that's a year or two away and you don't see your team winning 80 games without a lot of things breaking right, sure, you can get by with Duda at first. But once you become serious about contending, Duda is not your first baseman. As long as there's bad teams in baseball or teams on their way to improving but aren't quite there yet, there will be room for guys like Duda. He can actually have a decent 10-12 year career...guys like him sometimes do.
Speaking of "bad team ballplayers", I've always felt that Daniel Murphy fit that mold, but could also possibly be a nice ninth-place hitter on an AL contender. It's still too early in this season to make any declarations, and 2011 teased similar promise, but if Murph can put up 2011 numbers (.320/.362/.448, .810 OB+SLG) fairly consistently going forward (he's not that far off that pace now), I think you could actually stick him on a contender and get by with him. The one thing he doesn't do and probably won't ever do is hit home runs or be any better at fielding his position than he is right now, but his 2011 and 2014 seasons to date make for a second baseman we can live with. Of course, the flip side to that is, if he turns in a 2011-type season this year, do you sell high?
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 09 June 2014 - 06:28 AM.