During last nightâ€™s Mets/Marlins game, Gary Cohen alluded to Billy Wagnerâ€™s name coming up in the Cy Young discussion. That was the first time I had heard it and I have to admit that I was somewhat surprised.
Wags is now the NL saves leader with 38, overtaking Trevor Hoffman last night. But when it comes to statistics, thatâ€™s about the only category he leads. Heâ€™s got a solid 2.14 ERA, but not only is it not tops among closers (Hoffman, 1.87) and not even tops on his own team (Pedro Feliciano, 1.82). And while his 1.07 WHIP is good, Hoffman beats him there, too (0.98). As a matter of fact, total strikeouts (86) and Kâ€™s/9 innings (11.8) are the only significant categories in which Wagner is ahead.
Now I realize that the NL isnâ€™t exactly brimming with other Cy Young candidates. Brad Penny leads the NL in wins with 16 but his ERA isnâ€™t exactly stellar (4.04). Brandon Webb has been the only real bright spot for Arizona this season and heâ€™s got 15 wins and a great 3.00 ERA, but he hasnâ€™t ever really showed any true Cy Young dominance. So is there really anyone worthy of the award this year? I donâ€™t know, but the looking at the numbers, Trevor Hoffman seems more logical to me than Billy Wagner.
Random Former Met News
- Jason Tyner. Okay, he was only a Met for a short time in 2000, but he was definitely memorable. For some reason, Gary Cohen mentioned him last night and said that he still doesnâ€™t have a home run in his career. I found that quite astounding, given that heâ€™s had over 1000 career at-bats. But then, looking into it, I learned that he never hit a home run in the minors either! To take it one step further, he also never had a home run in his four years at Texas A & M! How ridiculous is that?! I mean, I can understand a guy not being a power hitter and all that, but to know that heâ€™s never gotten lucky, never had the wind carry a fly ball, never gotten the benefit of a close call on a foul ball down the lineâ€¦ wow.
- Braden Looper. Heâ€™s not a guy too many Mets fans recall fondly, but have you noticed the season heâ€™s having in the Cardinals bullpen? Heâ€™s 9-1 for godâ€™s sake! NINE and ONE! The same Braden Looper who the Mets couldnâ€™t give away last year. Heâ€™s got a decent ERA (3.48) and has only given up three home runs all season, something he routinely did in a single week while with the Mets. Now I know that weâ€™ve said time and again how wins donâ€™t really matter as far as pitcherâ€™s stats are concerned (see Steve Trachselâ€™s 14), but thereâ€™s not way around the fact that Looper is having a pretty damned good year.