For the decade of the 2000’s, the Mets were 815-803, good for a .504 winning percentage. That’s strange, because for much of the decade the team was either really good (2000, 2006-2008) or really bad (2002-2004, 2009). But even when they were good, the teams left Mets fans wanting more, they still felt like they were underachieving, thanks to some sort of fatal flaw that showed itself at the wrong time, thanks to faulty roster construction.
Archive for the ‘Jeff Francouer’ Category
Since grading the Mets’ hitters first half was such a rousing success, I thought I would grade their whole season now that it has mercilessly ended. This is still a very, very hacky thing to do, but with the World Series possibly shaping up as an Alien vs. Predator-esque Phillies/Yankees finale, I need to distract myself from that impending doom somehow. I will grade the pitchers tomorrow.
The Mets’ outfield situation for next season begins and ends in left field. Carlos Beltran and Jeff Francouer will likely be back to start in center field and right field, respectively. Angel Pagan has played well enough to replace Jeremy Reed as the team’s primary backup outfielder. I’d like to think that they aren’t bringing back Cory Sullivan, but I’ve been wrong before. And Gary Sheffield is unlikely to return as the team’s starting left fielder, as it’s doubtful he can handle playing a full season in the field. Let’s take a look at what’s out there and what the Mets can do to try to add a few wins next year.
“Jeff Francoeur is a run producer.”
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…
And of course, the dumbest guy on MetsBlog (and that’s saying something) loves the trade. This is an awful, awful trade for the Mets. A disaster on every level. Ryan Church has been outperforming Jeff Francouer on every possible level this year. His slash stats (.280/.332/.375/.707) destroy Frenchy’s (.250/.282/.352/.634), meaning the Mets have added another corner outfielder who isn’t OPSing north of .700. Church had been the only 2009 Met with a positive UZR ranking (a defensive stat that includes range, arm and other factors) at 1.8; Francouer checks in at 0.6. Francouer’s wOBA checks in at .282, his WAR at -0.6; Church’s wOBA was .310 and WAR was 0.4, making him a full win better than Francouer (for a more detailed explanation on the stats I’m mentioning that you may not understand, go here for an explanation, this is something all Mets fans should read). Church was the best defensive option in CF until Beltran returns, if he returns; now, the team will have to start Angel Pagan in CF and hope he stays healthy.
The only thing you can say for this trade is that the Mets got younger, but Francouer was a better player four years ago than he is now; he has been trending downwardly severely since 2006. He doesn’t draw walks, he doesn’t hit for power, he doesn’t add anything defensively…this is exactly the type of player the Mets should not be looking to add, especially at the expense of a player who is a real asset to this team. I can’t understand why the Mets would think picking Francouer up would be a good move. I am now firmly on the “Minaya needs to go” bandwagon after this one, this is an inexusably horrendous trade. This trade is, simply put, to quote Mr. Mike Francesa, an uttah disastah.