Cowgill Now Batting .130, Valdespin Leads Mets Outfielders With .917 OPS Off Bench

An article by posted on April 10, 2013

collin cowgillAside from Marlon Byrd, who is batting .269 on the young season, the rest of the Mets outfielders are all in a big rut at the plate. Worst among them is Oakland A’s import Collin Cowgill who is batting .130 after another 0-for-4 showing last night against left-hander Cliff Lee.

Cowgill, who was initially proclaimed the everyday center fielder before the season began, has now been relegated to a platoon role against southpaws only and a bat off the bench. He is mired in a 1-for-18 slump and is just 3-for-23 on the season. The most alarming stat is that he’s 0-for-12 against LHP and has yet to draw a walk this season.

It’s still early and it’s a small sample size, but there could be a reason why the Mets are his third organization in three years and why he was never seen as an everyday player until the Mets declared him one before Opening Day. That didn’t last very long.

Mike Baxter and Kirk Nieuwenhuis are making the most of their limited playing time and Lucas Duda may be batting just .227, but he’s drawn seven walks and has a .452 OBP and an impressive .861 OPS.

Then of course you have the non-outfielder in the group, who the Mets and SNY like to continually throw under the bus. That would be Jordany Valdespin who I continue to call the best catalyst the team has. He’s leads all Mets outfielders with a .300/.417/.500 slash in just ten at-bats with two stolen bases. This of course after leading the Mets with a torrid spring training that earned him just a spot on the bench while lesser producers came away with so-called everyday jobs.

jordany-valdespinSpin came into the game during a double-switch last night and replaced Duda in left. Then he did what he so often does and single-handedly manufactured one of the Mets runs last night after he tripled and then scored on a passed ball. As usual, Spin was electric and also as usual he showed lots of emotion as he rushed to the plate with his fist raised in the air – this after an emphatic high five after gunning it to third of Cliff Lee. How dare he… That showboating son of a b***h…

Sooner or later the Mets will have to figure out that they probably have just one legitimate everyday outfielder on their active roster – and it’s infielder Jordany Valdespin.

Everyone was so eager to give Cowgill an everyday job because he “never got a full shot”, and yet that same rule was never applied to Valdespin who I say is the closest thing we’ve had to Jose Reyes since… well since Jose Reyes was let go.

When are the Mets going to wake up and see what this kid could do with some regular playing time, and stop casting aspersions on a player who is guilty of being overly enthusiastic and having a real passion for winning?

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