How bout those Cowboys?
Mack - The Morning Report – 1-12 – Mets Pen, Marlins Pen, Rey Ordonez, Ben Zobrist, Johan Santana, David Wright
Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
How bout those Cowboys?
How bout those Cowboys?
We’re going to continue to compare our relief pen to the other teams in the division. Yesterday, we had the Atlanta Braves. Today, it’s the Marlins.
Here’s how the Mets pen stacks up right now:
Bobby Parnell – 9.00, 3.00, 1.0-IP, 1-K
Jenrry Mejia – 2.72 (as relief pitcher) 56.1-IP
Jeurys Familia – 2.21, 1.18, 77.1-IP, 73-K
Josh Edgin – 1.32, 0.91, 27.1-IP, 28-K
Buddy Carlyle - 1.45, 0.90, 31-IP, 28-K
Vic Black – 2.60, 1.30, 34.2-IP, 32-K
Carlos Torres – 3.06, 1.31, 97-IP, 96-K
Somebody else will have to step up until Parnell is activated and there always is a chance that they Mets will send seven relievers to the pen.
Steve Cisheck – 3.17, 1.21, 65.1-IP, 84-K
Mike Dunn – 3.16, 1.21, 57-IP, 67-K
A.J. Ramos – 2.11, 1.23, 64-IP, 73-K
Bryan Morris – 2.61, 1.27, 134.1-IP, 93-K
Aaron Crow – 4.12, 1.29, 59-IP, 34-K
Sam Dyson – 2.14, 1.33, 42-IP, 33-K, 15-BB
Carter Capps – 3.98, 1.18, 20.1-IP, 25-K
Andre Rienzo – 6.82, 1.78, 64.2-IP, 51-K, 33-BB
Preston Claiborne – 3.00, 1.62, 21-IP, 16-K, 10-BB
Rey Ordonez[i], 1999 - It’s hard to say that fans and sportswriters didn’t appreciate three-time Gold Glove Award-winner Rey Ordonez’s defense. Still, it’s worth revisiting his 1999 season. In spite of his pedestrian .258/.319/.317 batting line and 62 wRC+, Ordonez was a three-fWAR player due to his 33 total zone runs saved, 220 putouts, 416 assists, 91 double plays turned, and just four errors committed in 1,316.2 innings on the field. According to Baseball Reference, Ordonez’s glovework translated into an incredible four WAR on defense alone (!), a feat that only seven players have accomplished in the ensuing fifteen years. Ordonez’s unique skill set made him a fascinating and difficult player to evaluate. Case in point was the year he had in 1997, when the shortstop hit a paltry .216/.255/.256 with a 33 wRC+, but added a tremendous 20 total zone runs saved, which evened out to a slightly-above-replacement-level 0.6 WAR.
Mack – I always liked Ordonez, not for his offense, but flash in the field. We can go back now, with all these new statistic variations, and revisit what some of these guys did. It’s amazing that he actually almost turned a .216 batting average (1997) into something to be proud of.
One rival executive calls Ben Zobrist[ii] “the Andrew Miller of position players,” explaining that the Rays’ super-utility man makes sense for all 29 other clubs. The fit for the Nationals, in particular, is almost perfect - and the team’s need for Zobrist only increased with the news that right fielder Jayson Werth will undergo surgery on his right shoulder Friday and miss at least 2 to 3 months. Yet, the Nats are not actively pursuing Zobrist, according to major-league sources – not pursuing him even though he would provide a significant upgrade at second base and protection in an outfield that also includes the oft-injured Bryce Harper. If I were Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, I would reconsider. The Nats are one of those teams. They’re deep in young pitching. They’ve got a second-base prospect, Wilmer Defo, who might be only two years away from the majors. They’re in decent shape long-term – but built to win now. If I were Rizzo, I would go get Zobrist and worry about the consequences later.
Mack – I’ve done a 360 on Zobrist (or is it a 180?) and I can’t see making him a fit for the Mets in 2015. He has only one year left on his contract, is on the wrong side of 30, and I’d have to get rid o starting outfielder to play him.
No, it may not be perfect, but I’ll go with Granderson, Lagares, and Cuddyer in 2015.
It was interesting to see that P Johan Santana was throwing 87-89 yesterday and pitched in a home-country exhibition. The boy can still throw it.
Comment From CoolWinnebago - Hi Dave, any insight on David Wright? His peripherals seem to point to some kind of bounce back, but hearing about his shoulder seems to kill any hope of that.
Dave Brown: His shoulder is the thing. He didn’t even admit to being hurt, which is a mistake many athletes have made. I think he will bounce back if he’s healthy, and he reportedly is getting healthy. It’s still a tough stadium to expect big numbers, even if they’re moving the fences. I’d buy low.
Mack – And the underlined portion of Brown’s statement is the problem here. Wright is the Captain of the team and is supposed to lead it with some kind of honesty and integrity. Keeping injuries quiet from both the manager and the trainer are for rookies trying to keep their spot on the 25-man squad.
Kudos to Brian Joura[i] for being the first Mets bloggers to prospect rank someone first other than Noah Syndergaard -
1. Rafael Montero, RHP, - Once again, Montero pitched better than Syndergaard in the same league and also experienced time at a more advanced level. Syndergaard’s troubles at Las Vegas are correctly written off due to the pitching environment. Montero’s struggles in the majors – in a much smaller sample – are viewed as some definitive proof of inferiority, even though he finished the year with the Mets on an up note.
Due to a combination of nerves, opponent and questionable pitch calling, Montero allowed 8 HR in his first 25 IP in the majors. He did not allow a homer in his final 19.1 frames. In his last three starts of the year, Montero allowed 2 ER in 18 IP and struck out 19 batters. While the opposition in those three games were all teams with records under .500, it’s still better to dominate bad teams in the majors than to get knocked around in Las Vegas.