Would you rather have the Jays/Met’s young pitching or Cubs/Twins young position players?
One of the areas where Mack's Mets is evolving is on the weekends.
I have turned over the weekday posts to Chris Soto and the rest of the staff. They have asked me to write the Friday Morning Report, which I am doing, and I am filling in the weekend with some additional thoughts.
I always like to use the writers at Fangraphs to build a post around and my favorite there is Jeff Sullivan. I especially thank 'Guest' for asking a great question that I have never considered before. Here I've been obsessed by the young Mets pitchers coming up the ranks and I've never considered 'position players' being more dominate.
I don't agree with 'Sully' on this one, but the only thing I will give him is the fact that a team with very talented position players have up to eight players on the field at the same time, while you only can 'field' one pitcher at a time.
I've watched a lot of baseball over my lifetime (especially the playoffs) and the one thing I remember first are the teams that shut down their opponents with a combination of dominant starters plus 2/3 sizzling relief pitchers.
The sport of baseball isn't dominated by the batters anymore. The most talented players entering high school ball are being turned into pitchers first and hitters last. We all see the lower numbers for batters over the past ten years and it isn't a coincidence.
Like I said... the exception here would be a team with eight great hitters, but, man for man, I believe young pitching will always dominate over young hitting.