Faster than you can pull the plug on that new David Spade show, the Mets have slid from disappointing to pathetic. And while the dedo de you suck (which is Spanish for "finger of blame") should be pointed at Braden Looper, he's not alone. Take a look at how the Mets starters rank among their peers at various field positions (keeping in mind this is the with the second or third highest payroll in baseball).
Following each player's name, is his rank, compared to other NL players at the same position, in the following categories: batting average; on-base percentage; slugging percentage
Jose Reyes (SS) Tie-5 / T-9 / 5
David Wright (3B) 1 / 1 / 4
Cliff Floyd (LF) 5 / 7 / 7
Carlos Beltran (CF) 5 / 6 / 5
Why not investigate the various Mets who have played at C, 1B, 2B, and RF? None of them have had enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title. So the Mets offense is comprised of two kids with great promise (Reyes, Wright), two average outfielders (Floyd, Beltran), with a odds and ends assortment of fading stars, role players, and "dear god, let this one stay healthy" types. It is Looper's fault, but he's got plenty of company to shoulder the blame.
Or, another way to look at this mess, during the upcoming off-season, which can't come soon enough, which Mets do you consider untouchable when considering trades? I can think of three: Pedro, Reyes, and Wright.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
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