It gets tougher and tougher to write about my favorite baseball team. After a solid start to the season, finishing April with a 15-10 record, The Mets have gone 22-34 since. Not exactly awe inspiring baseball.
The team gets a solid pitching performance nearly every game and the bullpen that was a liability has been solid even as it’s been over worked but the inability to score runs and worse putting together a big inning has hurt this team immensely.
The Mets are playing below what their Pythagorean Record of 41-41 indicates. The Mets have given up 3.9 runs a game and have scored 3.9 runs per game but their record is 37-44 and a season high 7 games out of first place in the NL East.
The Mets have a losing record against every division in the NL, with their best showing against the NL East at 15-16. They have a losing record at home and of course on the road. When they play teams at .500 or better they are 19-28 against teams with less than a .500 record they are barely ahead of them going 18-17. One of the barometers on how good or bad a team is; is how they fare in close games. The Mets are 10-19 in one run games. Awful. The club loses more than the win when the game goes to extra innings (5-7) and when a right handed pitcher starts against them (29-37)
We watch the games; we know driving in runs for this team is a chore. We know that the way this roster is put together is laughable with 7 outfielders for just 3 spots and no real infield backup/utility player to spell
Luis Aparicio Ruben Tejada.
Speaking of Tejada, seems the broadcast booths both TV and radio are falling in love with Ruben. This is the same Ruben Tejada that Sandy Alderson told WFAN’s Mike Francesa that he was not considered a core player and it was “like pulling teeth” to get him to do extra work. For all the love Tejada is getting the past couple of weeks, the truth is he still isn’t a league average offensive player. To his credit, he has played better than I ever thought with a very good walk rate (13.6 %) which has inflated his OBP of .354. His defense has been good as well at least getting to balls hit to him and occasionally making a voice raising play but this team would still be better off with the bat of Wilmer Flores everyday than Tejada’s since Flores has more pop in his bat and would be an asset batting with runners on base .
Can someone explain to me how it makes sense to bat Travis d’Arnaud 8th and Tejada 2nd ? Shouldn’t it be the other way around?
So that this isn’t a total gloom and doom post, credit Sandy Alderson with making the right choice at first base by going all in with Lucas Duda.
Here would be the lineup I would use on and every game or close to every game level
You could give EYJ a couple of starts in LF and move Grandy to RF or move Campbell to 1st base v. LHP and stick C Young in RF but on most nights I feel this would be a better and more productive lineup than the revolving batting order Terry Collins love to employ.