It feels good to be doing this again – it means the season is in full swing and Mets baseball is starting to matter again. I refuse to be too pessimistic against anyone but Blaine Boyer this early in the season. The Mets have the potential to be a good team…probably not great, but we can look forward to seeing meaningful baseball on the field. So far, Terry Collins seems to have instilled a little energy in the team and I can only hope he stresses fundamentals to the letter – I can’t deal with a player not running out a ground ball or Roger Dorn treatment while fielding. I may not be the biggest fan of Reyes not being run in the 10th yesterday, but that’s a whole different story…
Anyway, for all of you who read my posts regularly, you know that I am an advocate for pitching – so this year’s inaugral choice was extremely easy.
My choice for MetsMerized Player Of The Week is…Chris Young!
So far, Chris Young has made Alderson look like a pretty smart guy. It’s too early to go out and call him a gem or an amazing signing but I’ve loved watching him pitch so far. Something special about Chris Young that I was discussing in the ShoutBox was that his build and pitching rotation make him a better pitcher. That is, the fact that he’s nearly 7 feet tall on the mound and he holds the ball a little longer than most pitchers, which makes his 85-86 MPH fastball seem like an explosive 92 or so.
Young was excellent in his two starts last week. In 12.1 IP, he allowed 6 H and 6 BB but only 2 ER – leading to a sharp 1.46 ERA. He also managed to strike out 12 in 12 innings which is uncharacteristic of his pitching style, but it sure didn’t hurt his efforts on the mound. His previous start was especially impressive where he allowed only 1 H and pitched to Citi Field perfectly. He also went 3-6 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI (and serious damage to Cole Hamels’ ego.)
Young’s pitching style is a way of pitching that I’ve come to appreciate – a.l.a. Greg Maddux in his later years. No, I did not just call Chris Young, Greg Maddux…but that pin point control, great location, and smart pitching style is something I think a traditional baseball fan will appreciate with ease. Congratulations to Young!
Who’s Hot And Who’s Not
Jose Reyes: .407/.429/.481 (11-27 ; 2 2B), 2 RBI, 4 R, 13 TB, 3 SB/0 CS
Ike Davis: .364/.423/.500 (8-22 ; 2B, 3B), 7 RBI (team-leading), 2 R, 2 BB, 11 TB.
Mike Pelfrey: GS, ND: 2.0 IP, 7 R (6 ER), 8 H, BB, K. ERA of 27.00
Blaine Boyer: 3 G, 12.60 ERA, 5.0 IP, 10 H (2 HR), 7 ER, HBP, BB, K.
Of Note 4/3 – 4/10
The Mets struck out at an insane rate last week. There are too many strikeouts for me to count. Harris led the way with 9, Wright second with 8, and Davis third with 6.
3 HRs combined last week and two of them came from Beltran in one game. In contrast, Mets pitching gave up 6.
Dickey is statistically the Mets’ best hitter right now – batting 1.000.
Rockies and the Braves this week. Two series that can actually be won. I look forward to watching this week.