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The Chris Wilcox’s BlueAndOrange.net plan for 2010 – The Infield

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Second part in a series.  For my plan for the catcher’s spot, go here.

There aren’t as many decisions to make in the infield as there are at catcher.  The team is set at shortstop and third base, and likely second base as well.  First base is a different story, as they will not have a starting first baseman under contract for 2010.  I do think they have good options for the bench already under team control, but it remains to be seen if they view those options the same way I do.  Let’s take a look at what they have.

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The 2009 New York Mets – Job’s Favorite Team

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

And sadly, I don’t mean GOB Bluth, although somehow that would be appropriate too.  But with all of the pratfalls that have befallen the Mets this year, from the Tony Bernazard situation and the Adam Rubin situation that grew from it, to the injuries on the field, to the ridiculous poor play, to the downright agonizing ways that this team has lost games, only an absolute masochist could truly enjoy this year’s Mets.

Here is a look at exactly what has gone wrong for this team:

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Grading the hitters’ first half

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Yes, I am doing the hackiest of hack ideas, the first half “grades” for each and every player.  It will give me a chance to sort through the damage, and figure out exactly how we got to this point and if there is anything we can do about it (the answer: probably not, no).  I will start with the hitters today and tackle the pitchers tomorrow.  In order from A to F…

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The Top Ten Offensive Seasons in Mets History – Shortstops 1-5

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

For the catchers, first basemen, second basemen, third basemen, and shortstops 6-10, click on the links.

The list of shortstops doesn’t start to pick up until #3.  Seriously…until a certain exuberant Dominican came of age in the majors, the Mets’ shortstops unequiviocably could not hit.  But we have two more shortstops to get out of the way before we get to him, so without further ado…

#5: Bud Harrelson, 1976

R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG OPS SB
34 84 12 4 1 26 63 .234 .351 .298 .649 9

This season stood as the gold standard for Mets shortstops for almost thirty years.  Take a look at that beauty.  The only thing Buddy did this year was walk; those 63 walks were good to pump that OBP up to .351.  Of course, 17 extra base hits are nothing to write home about, which is the only reason this season won’t be ranked higher.  He also played a good defensive shortstop, so I don’t mean to hate…but when from 1962 to 2004, this season ranks as the #1 best season ever by a shortstop in franchise history…well, that doesn’t speak to well for the franchise’s shortstops.

#4: Kaz Matsui, 2004

R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG OPS SB
65 125 32 2 7 44 40 .272 .331 .396 .727 14

Here is your #1 proof that the New York Mets have failed to employ even passable hitting shortstops for the franchise’s entire history between 1962 and 2004; Kaz Matsui had the best offensive season in Mets history in 2004.  Matsui was positively HATED his entire time in New York, yet compared to other Mets he was positively terrific, thanks mostly to those 32 doubles and going 14 of 17 on stolen base attempts.  Of course, Matsui also wasn’t nearly as good as these other guys defensively, making his bad hitting stick out…but you can’t win ‘em all.

I always thought Matsui got kind of a bad rap in New York.  Was he a great player?  No, he was not.  Was he overpaid?  Of course he was.  But when he managed to stay healthy in Colorado, he played a decent defensive second base, he had the ability to hit a lot of doubles, and he could steal bases at a high percentage.  He’s far from a perfect player, but I think after a season and a half of Luis Castillo, Mets fans may be ready to welcome KazMat back to New York with open arms.

#3: Jose Reyes, 2007

R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG OPS SB
119 191 36 12 12 57 77 .280 .354 .421 .775 78

Jose Reyes is, by far, the best hitting shortstop in Mets history.  In 2007, when it was all said and done anybody could talk about was what was wrong with Reyes.  The guy just had the second-best season by a Mets shortstop in team history, and the story was what was wrong with him?  If there was something wrong with Reyes in 2007, then there must have been something seriously wrong with Mets shortstops for the first 35 years of the team’s existence, because none of those seasons could hold a candle to Reyes in 2007, other than Reyes in 2006.

Take a look…60 extra base hits, 78 stolen bases in 100 attempts, continued improvement in drawing walks (making him more valuable as a leadoff hitter)…just an excellent season all along.  The problem was, Reyes went frigid in September, or else this season would look even better.  The first five months of 2007 showed the kind of potential Reyes has if he can ever do that over a full season.  It’s scary to think, but we haven’t even seen the best of Jose Reyes yet.

#2: Jose Reyes, 2008

R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG OPS SB
113 204 37 19 16 68 66 .297 .358 .475 .833 56

This past season was a nice bounceback for Reyes, and another glimpse of what he is capable of accomplishing.  His first 200 hit season, another high percentage steals season (though Manuel attempted stolen bases less than Willie), and nice power numbers (72 extra base hits).  Another subpar September kept these numbers from being even better, which seems to point to me not so much that Reyes folds down the stretch, but perhaps that he would benefit from a few more days off; he is rarely out of the Mets’ lineup.  It would behoove the Mets to find a decent utility man who can perhaps nudge Castillo out at second and spell Reyes at short once a month before going to spring training.

#1: Jose Reyes, 2006

R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG OPS SB
122 194 30 17 19 81 53 .300 .354 .487 .841 64

Now, one might see Reyes’ 2006 season ranking ahead of his 2007 and 2008 seasons, and think he has somehow regressed.  It’s not exactly true; these seasons are very close in value.  In fact, Reyes had more extra base hits in 2008, albeit in more games, though he had  more stolen bases in 2006.  Realistically, you could probably switch these two seasons around and not have a quarrel.  I just think his 2006 was a little bit better.

There should be three things you take away from this list.  One, the Mets have employed some really lousy hitting shortstops for most of their existence.  Two, Jose Reyes has already established himself as the best hitting shortstop in franchise history.  And three, he has done so before turning even 26 years old.  This season might currently rank as the best season by a Mets shortstop in team history, but it won’t be first for long.  Jose Reyes will surpass this season sometime in the next 3 years.  He may surpass it three times in that time span.  Please cherish what we have from Jose Reyes, because for all his faults and all of his immaturity, he is a supremely talented ballplayer, and the best is yet to come.
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Reasons to be Thankful You’re a Mets Fan

Friday, November 28th, 2008
  1. The bright future of Jose Reyes and David Wright
  2. Johan Santana’s changeup.
  3. Memories of Mike Piazza’s dramatic home runs
  4. The Immortal Shinjo
  5. Robin Ventura’s grand slam single
  6. Endy Chavez’ catch
  7. Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowel were traded for Juan Samuel; that’s just funny.
  8. Mookie Wilson’s “hit” in the ’86 Series
  9. Keith Hernandez’ appearance on Seinfeld
  10. Al Leiter’s ’99 one-game playoff complete-game shutout
  11. The 7 train
  12. The ginormousness of Mr. Mets’ head; it’s so great that the Reds cloned him!
  13. The drama of the non-stop string of Almost No-Hitters
  14. Shawn Estes MISSED Roger Clemens; what other team would have a moment like that?
  15. The half-second during the bottom of the first inning on the last day of the 2007 season when we all thought that Ramon Castro’s line-out was a grand slam.
  16. Vince Coleman threw fire crackers at kids after a game; he thought he was an NFL running back or something.
  17. Vince Coleman’s firecracker fun was on the SAME DAY that Anthony Young lost his 27th straight game.  Awesome.
  18. Tom Seaver was in the dugout during the Mets 1986 Series win. The RED SOX’s dugout. Ouch.
  19. The constant smell of urine and tar at Shea Stadium.
  20. Suzyan Waldman is not an SNY broadcaster, but Gary Cohen is.