MetsMerized Player Of The Week! (Week 1)
Guess who’s back? That’s right, it’s the MetsMerized Player Of The Week! I have to admit, I was itching to get back to doing this. It became a part of my weekly lifestyle, and it’s great to know Mets baseball has began once more. Sure, I’ll admit that we haven’t started off in the ideal fashion, but as Jerry Manuel said, judge the Mets after about 20 games. I’ll begin to really critique them after 20 games, because then everybody gets about 4 starts and we get to see what everyone has got to offer. On topic, if you kept track of Mets baseball since the season began, you’ve come to realize that the one man tearing it up is…No, not Wright. Not Bay. And no, not even Alex Cora!
The MetsMerized Player Of The Week is…Jeff Francoeur!
Credit should be given where credit is due, and Jeff Francoeur is due a lot of love from the Mets fan base. The saber metric heads have been exploding due to syntax errors, which explains why we haven’t heard much from them at all. People are still trying to bring Jeff Francoeur down, and the guy has done nothing but hit, and throw lasers from the outfield. Let’s take a closer look at what he did this week.
Playing all 6 games, Francoeur compiled 21 ABs. He posted a .476 AVG (10-21) with 3 2B, 1 3B, and 2 HRs. He also posted a 4/2 BB/K ratio. Just let that sink in for a moment. For good measure, let’s throw in his 6 RBI, 21 TB, 4 R and 1.538 OPS. That, my friends, is the definition of all-star. I wonder how Jeff would do hitting fourth…
In any case, the message here is pretty simple. Since acquiring him for Ryan Church late last year, Jeff Francoeur has hands down been the best hitter on the Mets. He continued his hot streak into this season and can hopefully end up having an all-star caliber season to silence all the doubters. On a light note, Francoeur led all Met players in the MMOPOTW awards last year with three, and starts off the year with the first. Great Job Frenchy!
Rod Barajas: .238(5-21; 2 HRs, 1 2B), 4 RBI, 12 TB, 3 R.
Mike Pelfrey: 1 GS, W, QS. 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 4 BB.
Of Note 4/4-4/11
Congratulations to Ryota Igarashi, Hisanori Takahashi, Raul Valdes, Jenrry Meija, and Ruben Tejada, who all made their major league debut this week. By any chance, is that a record?
Frequent Fernando joined Perpetual Pedro on the list of relievers Jerry Manuel will overuse. I’ll give him credit, the entire bullpen looks sharp early.
Look for Jon Niese to shape up and provide solid starts throughout the season, and expect the same from Mike Pelfrey. Perez looked a tad wild in his first shot at it, and Santana did put a little worry in my mind during his second outing. Break out the velocity gun, folks.
Frank Catalanotto is 0-5 with 2 K. Chris Carter, where art thou?
The flurry of new Met additions looked alright this week. Barajas led the pack with his 2 HR game, but Mike Jacobs and Matthews Jr. had their moments. Jason Bay batted .261 on the week, and posted 0 HR/RBI, but managed a 2B and 3B.
The Mets take on the Rockies and the Cardinals this week. Get ready for some fireworks…
I didn’t say who they’d be from though, now did I? Lets Go Mets!
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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