The second half of the season is in full swing and the Mets just took 2 out of 3 from the Phillies. The Phillies went into the break playing as well as the Mets but came out and where outplayed by the Mets. Is this a sign of the Mets playing better or the Phillies being a sub .500 team. The notes below will let you decide:
- Over the last 30 days the Mets are 18-11
The following players are leading the charge over the last 30 days:
- Marlon Byrd – .313 6hr 23RBI
- David Wright – .326 4hr 9RBI
- Juan Lagares – .316 1hr 11RBI
- Eric Young – .292 0hr 8RBI 10SB
To Trade or not to trade:
- Marlon Byrd: Byrd’s above numbers stack up against some of the best in the game over the last 30 days. If you were a team like the Yankees, Rangers, Braves, etc.. wouldn’t you be looking at Marlon? Marlon’s contract is super cheap for a 3 month rental. If a team gets desperate could they offer the Mets a major league ready B+ or A prospect? Is a world series or deep playoff run possible for one of these teams and worth a prospect? Is it worth it for the Mets to hold onto Byrd in hopes to resign him and get same production in 2014?
- John Buck: Buck has picked it up a bit in the last 30 days. He is still hitting low .200, but the power and run production seems to have picked up. This seems to come in relation to Recker getting more time behind the plate and Buck getting some rest. Was Buck overworked?
Overall the Mets are playing much better and have a lot of young pitching coming… The offense has been hitting much better with EY setting the table for Murphy, Wright and Byrd. Ike is a mystery and Satin is a question. Lagares maybe has a future on this team and needs to continue to get AB’s. .500 should be a goal for the remainder of 2013.
Ike Davis is set to return to the Mets today after posting the following #’s in AAA. Note the PCL is known as a very hitter friendly league so take these #’s with the below
- 293 avg. in 75 AB’s – Overall we expect Ike to be no better than a .260 hitter in the big leagues, so this is not to far off
- 7 HR – Shows his swing is at least driving the ball unlike he did in NY before the demotion
- 13 RBI – Eh, 7 HR will lead to at least this amount. Nothing mind blowing
- .424 OBP – This includes 17 BB and 18 SO. It is showing that Ike is seeing the ball much better and taking pitches. Will it translate to the big leagues, that remains to be seen
Overall Ike put up decent #’s in a hitters friendly league. And yes Josh Satin has been very good over the past few weeks. His line of .353/.468/1HR/7RBI has been impressive, but lets ask ourselves, is Josh really the future at 1B for the Mets?
The Mets currently site 12 games under .500 with exactly half the season left to play. The Mets need to take the next 25 games to see what they have with Ike. If Ike can show over these 25 games (playing everyday) that he is the Ike of 2nd half last year, then the season plays out and we move to 2014 with Ike as at 1B and hope he doesn’t repeat 2012 and 2013. If after the next 25 games Ike is still struggling then we have 50 + games to plug in Satin and see what he can do with 150 + at bats.
So Mets fans, over the next 81 games we must remember that what we see is a try out for 2014. The Mets have shown over the 1st 81 games that if they can strengthen their bullpen the pitching staff is pretty darn good and more young arms are coming. Hitting is the biggest issue and some pieces are there. Time to try out a few more guys to see what we actually have and go fill the holes.
The Mets have been playing much better baseball over the last 30 days and we decided to take a look at who’s hot and who is not over the last 30 days. With 80 games down and 82 to go the Mets are 10 games under .500 for the year. Would the continue strong play lead by the pitching staff allow the Mets to finish .500 on the year?
Who’s Hot Hitting:
- Josh Satin – .390/.510/0/6 – Josh has hit, walked and played good defense since the call up. He has slowed the return of Ike a bit but this is a good thing.
- David Wright – .359/.426/5/12 – David Wright is well, David Wright. Leader of this team, setting the example. True All-Star
- Eric Young – .321/.371/0/10 – Eric has been a spark plug since the Mets traded for him about 14 games ago. He has played everyday and the results of having speed on the bases has shown up in the record. Will he be a .300 hitter, probably not, but this has shown what a real leadoff man can bring to this club. He has also been clutch with 10 RBI’s in 14 games
- Juan Lagares – .282/.291/0/6 – Juan has hit consistently but still not drawing much walks. If he can hit .282 and continue to play great defense in CF he needs to continue to play everyday for rest of year to see what we have for 2014
- Marlon Byrd – .280/.327/6/15 – If he wasn’t almost 36 years old we would have our power outfielder. However he is playing both great defense in OF and hitting. He is going to make a good trade piece and addition to a contender come 7/31
Who’s Hot Pitching:
- Matt Harvey – 34ip/1.59/2-1 – Has been lights out, should be 10-1 on year. All-Star Starting pitcher in NY
- Jeremy Hefner – 37ip/1.70/2-1 – Could be trade bait as he is pitching extremely well
- Dillon Gee – 33ip/2.73/3-1 – Also could draw trade interest come 7/31. Between him and Hef the Mets have a solid 4/5 combo for 2014 if no trades are made
Who’s Not Hitting:
- Daniel Murphy – .236/.282/1/7 – We are still waiting for Murph to get hot again. Still may be trade bait with Wilmer Flores hitting lights out in AAA
- Omar Quintanilla – .229/.290/1/11 – His numbers over the last 30 days look poor, but he has hit in the clutch, played great defense and solidified a big whole in the Mets infield since Tejada went down
- John Buck – .162/.253/2/4 – Well we knew April couldn’t last but we also didn’t think it would get this bag. Buck is in Ike territory in terms of production, however he has done a great job with pitching staff and is trade bait. Look for Recker to get a few more starts
Who’s Not Pitching:
- Zack Wheeler – 16ip/5.06/1-1 – Kid is young
- Bobby Parnell – 12.2ip/4.26/1-3 – Done a great job in save situations, not so good in non-save
- Brandon Lyon – 11ip/7.36/0-0 – Went from trade bait to mop up duty
- The Mets pitching has been very strong of late. Here are some quick #’s
- Overall Mets have a 3.97 ERA which is 15th in MLB and 9th in NL
- Starters have a 3.84 ERA which is 10th in MLB and 8th in NL
- Relievers have a 4.32 ERS which is 12th in MLB and 12th in NL