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It would be interesting to try this exercise again with major league players included
Was <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=57850">Wilmer Flores</a></span> a late cut or do I have to cry?
The Mets also should have Zach Wheeler coming back in July, who will probably push Colon to sixth man if he's healthy.
This was great!
I always thought "Woke Up This Morning" (the Sopranos theme) would make an excellent closer entrance song.
Yep. Wanted to post this as well - shocked I didn't see it here.
Nice article, and kudos on the headline - Oscar Wao was such a terrific book.
While the outfield hasn't been as productive as it could be (especially with Kirk and Duda scuffling this past month), the bullpen is a much bigger problem. If the Mets do make any moves at the deadline, it will be to address that.
I hope they stay pat - seems all the names they've been associated with so far are decidedly mediocre. K-Rod 2.0? No thank you.
I was thinking this exact same thing. Mets don't need starting pitching right now, they need bullpen help. And I really can't see any of the current starters (or Harvey) helping in that regard.
Any chance Mejia could help by September or does he look too discombobulated right now in the bullpen?
"The top five teams are in the AL. Seven of the bottom eight teams are in the NL"
Isn't that partially the result of sorting by AHLF?
Agreed. Dickey too. The knuckleball is the very embodiment of chaotic.
Also, Dickey's weapon of choice would be the lightsaber or the D&D equivalent thereof.
Agreed. This is going to be a fun article to revisit in three years - should make this an annual feature. :)
Though I will say that tonight made me just a wee bit happier! =)
Can this really be classified as a breakout season for Wilmer considering he now has over 1000PA at HiA? I know he's still young, but how much of his offensive improvement is simply due to him getting used to the level? Do scouts see him doing anything different this year that suggests a different approach at the plate?
I don't think I can put into words the enjoyment this article brought me this evening (and I'm a Mets fan), so I'm simply going to say thank you for an excellent read. :)
Fabulous piece, guys. I really thought the Alderson would usher in a new era of competency for the Mets, completely forgetting who still owned the team. :(
Oh! Just buy Spoon's "Gimme Fiction" and you'll understand. Amazing album. You won't regret it! :)
Nice work! Was the title of this article inspired by a Spoon song?
Came for Keith Hernandez, leaving satisfied.
With Gary Carter likely only having a year or less to live, there's been a lot of buzz among Met fans about whether or not to retire the Kid's number fairly soon. Personally I think it would be a shame if they did so before Keith's was retired.
Please give us something valuable for K-Rod. Sincerely,
Wanted to ask this as well. What's his ceiling?
Mets not doing anything stupid is the equivalent of Jeff Francoeur having an OBP over .330 - it may happen once in a while by accident, but it's by no means a great achievement.
The fact the Mets are fifth speaks volumes about the rest of the NL.
What? No love for Ike Davis?
Texas should trade Smoak to the Yankees, just to make John Sterling's head explode at all the home run call possibilities.
"This stinks, and it doesn't stink because the Yankees just added an expensive player."
Really? Don't you think it stinks just a little that the Yankees have (and are allowed to have) virtually unlimited resources to do so?
Give to us your poor, talented, albeit expensive players and we will give you in return... a fourth outfielder. Merry Christmas, Braves fans!
I wouldn't trade any of the youngsters for an aging player who's a stopgap measure for this year only - chances are Omar's going to overpay for anyone he targets given that teams will know he's desperate.
I'd rather see the Mets simply try and ride out this wave of injuries and hope they're still in striking distance when they get some of their parts back rather than sacrifice what meager parts they do have on the farm.
It's not the sentiment here that bugs me so much as the insistence that the stadium isn't open until the Yankees win, and win in a certain way, there.
You go to the ballpark and hope to see your team win. If it doesn't, you've still had a day at the ballpark. It's the difference between rooting and an obnoxious sense of entitlement.
While I readily endorse the preceding accolades, I\'m wondering if I\'m the only one who finds the column\'s parting shot an oversimplification. The difference in WARP between Ramirez and Teixiera is admittedly small. However, we have a much more concrete idea of what replacement level in these particular cases is. What we\'re really looking at is the difference between Ramirez\'s Wins Above Juan Pierre (WAJP) and Teixiera\'s Wins Above Casey Kotchman (WACK), no?
Additionally, by the time the Angels acquired Teixiera, they\'d already effectively slammed the door on the NL West. The Dodgers were tooth and nail with the D\'Backs when they picked up Ramirez. Aren\'t the marginal wins that Ramirez contributed more valuable in their specific context?
I\'m not disputing the larger point; Ramirez\'s contribution was greatly overvalued in the MVP voting. While I would cheerfully concede that 138 to 1 radically exaggerates the difference in contribution between Ramirez and Teixiera, I nevertheless suspect that 5.3 to 4.4 understates it by more than a hair.