Rob Neyer doesn’t hate, he just strongly dislikes Frenchy. Platoon ’em! says Mr. Neyer. That’s if Beltran ever returns, of course.
Filed under: Jersey Matt, Links, Jeff Francouer, Mets, platoon, Rob Neyer
Fangraphs asks where the devil Jason Bay’s power is residing. Jack Moore provides a rather depressing conclusion for Mets fans:
What we’re seeing with Bay seems to be one of the nastiest combinations of park effects, regression to the mean, aging, and simple poor luck that I can recall a power hitter encountering. It’s certainly possible that Bay has simply lost some of his pop, but right now the most likely scenario is that Bay is working through an extended slump. ZiPS projects him to add 19 more home runs before season’s end, as opposed to the 9 that his pace suggests. It’s too early to dismiss Jason Bay as a power hitter, even if he can’t replicate his awesome 2009.
It’s June; thus, it must be Cape Cod baseball time.
And That Happened is still a must read, each and every single day.
Rob Neyer dishes on the players’ opinions on umpires and replay.
Filed under: Jersey Matt, Links, and that happened, Cape Cod League, craig calcaterra, fangraphs, jason bay, Mets, Rob Neyer
Mets Today may just be a better, more insightful read than Mets Blog.
Janish brings out the snark on a Monday morning when reviewing past Mets’ roster strategies.
Filed under: Jersey Matt, Links, Joe Janish, Mets, Mets Today
More rookie madness from FanGraphs.
Jimmy Solomon: worst week ever? Or not?
Rob Neyer goes to his mailbox. Thankfully, he talks sense on the bogus perfect game/pine tar game analogies:
From the “Dear Rob” files …
Re: Galarraga — Has anyone brought up the Pine Tar game? It seems that set the precedent for the Commissioner’s Office to be able to change a mistake by the umpires. They nullified the final inning and replayed the end of the game months later. Selig could have done the same thing here … only nullify the 28th out and reinstate the perfecto.
It’s not really the same thing. In the Case of the Sticky Tar, the Royals lodged a protest regarding the umpire’s interpretation of a rule. The American League office ruled in their favor, and you know the rest. But I don’t believe that league officials have ever, in the history of the major leagues, overruled an umpire’s judgment call, for the simple reason that no protest was, or can be, lodged.
They’re just different things. Or they always have been, anyway.
An explanation of how the Wally Backman-explosion video circulating on the internet came to be from Mets Today.
Jack Moore of FanGraphs sees trouble ahead for the good ship Johan.
Filed under: Links, fangraphs, Johan Santanna, Mets, Mets Today, Rob Neyer, rookies, Wally Backman
In case you’re not taking in the front end of a day/night double header this afternoon:
THT’s Visual Standings for the NL East and NL West. Mighty neat.
In the NY Daily News, John Harper notes a different sort of vibe at Citi Field this year.
Jose Valverde: Old dog, new tricks, same results.
Rob Neyer: sensible blogger.
Filed under: Links, Citi Field, Jose Valverde, Mets, new york daily news, Rob Neyer, THT