1/24/11

Cutnpaste: - Zach Lutz, Post Season Odds, Frank Viola, Dylan Owen, and Cleon Jones

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Zach Lutz

1-24-11 from: - http://www.amazinavenue.com/2011/1/24/1951399/mets-farm-system-top-5-power-hitters   - Like Ratliff, Lutz is underrated but for him it's because of injuries. Lutz has a hard time staying on the field in his three seasons as a pro but when he does he hits (0:22). He knocked an amazing 17 big flies in under 230 ab's with Double-A Binghamton which cemented his astounding .289 ISO, the only such figure in the Mets system to challenge Duda's monstrous total. Lutz also shows some strong plate discipline, walking in over 12% of his ab's in each of the last three seasons. Despite the high strikeout totals, if Lutz can stay on the field I see no reason why he can't be a very solid, impact third baseman at the major league level.



Post Season Odds:

The Mets have some very decent pitching, which starts with ace Johann Santana. Mike Pelfrey and R.A. Dickey round out the top three. Trying to bolster the bullpen, the Mets added right-hander D.J. Carrasco, who posted a 3.68 ERA in 63 games last season. Lead by All-Star third baseman David Wright, the offense does not look too shabby either. The big problem with the Mets for 2011 is that they are stuck in a very tough division with the Phillies and Braves. So while they should make strides from the last several years, the Mets will still come up short. - bleacherreport.



Frank Viola:

Pitching for the Pirates in 1990, Doug Drabek went 22-6 with a 2.76 ERA; he won the NL Cy Young award by an overwhelming margin, taking 23 of the 24 first place votes. The Dodgers’ Ramon Martinez (20-6, 2.92 ERA) took the other first place vote and finished second, while the Mets’ Frank Viola (20-12, 2.67 ERA) took third. -

patrickfloodblog.  



Dylan Owen:

Kyler Newbie was a bit wild, walking five and giving up five hits in six innings of work, but he allowed only one run to cross the plate. Juan Padilla pitched the last three innings to pick up the save to lead Ponce to a 4-1 win, equaling the series at two games apiece versus Caguas. For Padilla he lowered his ERA to 0.33 in picking up his first save. Newbie took his ERA down to 1.21 with his second win. Dylan Owen, who threw a no hitter in his first Puerto Rican playoff start, only gave up three hits in five innings of work, but his four walks were his undoing. - myworldofbaseball.



Cleon Jones:
Was the Mets offense, along with Tommie Agee, in 1969 (12 HR, 75 RBI, .904 OPS). Would have been interesting to see how he fared as a complementary player on a good offensive team. Career .281 batting average with a .744 OPS isn’t shabby when you consider what surrounded him in the lineup. - nybaseballdigest.  

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