MetsMerized Player Of The Month For August!
So another month ends in what seems to be the never ending saga of the 2009 Mets. In a month where the Mets put together only 10 wins, it’s hard to find hope in a lost season. No Met pitcher had more than 2 wins in August. It’s a bittersweet twist because it’s much easier for me to find a standout player, but i’d much rather have the problem of not knowing who to choose because they all were succeeding. Cheer up, fans. Only about a month left.
My choice for MetsMerized Player Of The Month In August is… Angel Pagan!
Angel Pagan was a spark plug offensively for the Mets in August, as he batted .301 (31-103; 5 2B, 2 3B) and drilled 6 HRs which lead the team. He drove in 19 runs overall and scored 19 times, both team leading. He did not ground into a double play and he had 5 stolen bases as well. All together, he rapped out 58 TB.
In a year where Carlos Beltran had been down for a long time, Angel Pagan has done a great job filling in his shoes defensively. Angel Pagan has only committed one error all season long, posting a solid .992 FLD percentage, and his hard-nosed play has been a bright spot in a season filled with dark ones. So Kudos to Angel Pagan!
Jeff Francoeur: .318 (35-110; 10 2B, 2 3B) 3 HR, 12 RBI, 16 R, 4 BB, 58 TB.
Daniel Murphy: .292 (33-113; 11 2B, 1 3B) 1 HR, 11 RBI, 9 R, 49 TB.
Past Award Winners:
One-Hit Wonders : Luis Castillo(July 2009), Angel Pagan (August 2009).
Of Note In August 2009
Angel Pagan led the Mets in HRs with 6; the Mets hit 14 overall. (9 were from Pagan and Frenchy.)
Those who dislike Daniel Murphy should give the kid some credit. He logged more innings and ABs than anyone else, led the Mets in doubles and was second in hits overall.
Jeff Francoeur led the Mets in hits and in August. He even drew 4 BBs.
However, he was second in AVG to Luis Castillo, who batted .352 and had an OBP of .412, the only met to post an OBP over .400.
Nelson Figueroa and Pedro Feliciano led the Mets in wins in August, with 2 each. Bobby Parnell led the Mets with 4 losses.
Without counting Jon Niese’s 1.2 scoreless innings, every Met had an ERA of 3.00 or higher but Pat Misch (2.84 ERA in 12.2 IP) and Elmer Dessens (1.64 in 11.0 IP).
Oliver Perez led the Mets in Ks and BBs.
Best Wishes to Johan Santana and Oliver Perez, who both went through surgery on the last day of August.
About the Author: Satish Ram
I am a Senior Writer and Editor here at MetsMerized - where I specialize in Minor League coverage. I have been on the staff since 2007 and I am currently in my third semester of college in New York City. You can find me at www.facebook.com/SatishRam or @SilverHeatMMO. Feel free to message me - I love talking about the Mets or baseball overall with anybody.
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