Mets Won’t Play Defense in 2015
With it clearly being a weakness for the New York Mets, an Executive Decision has been made: the 2015 club simply won’t play defense.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson made it official:
Defense is important, but so is offense. We’re going to have to score more runs than the other team, so that’s a combination of pitching and offense. So we’re mindful of the importance of defense, and the importance of defense to pitching generally. But given the fact that we think we’re going to have better pitching than most, it doesn’t necessarily follow that we need to have more defense than most. So it’s a balance.
In case you missed it, I’m going to point out the main sentence from above:
We’re going to have to score more runs than the other team, so that’s a combination of pitching and offense.
See there? Pitching and offense is what wins games. Not defense. Not fundamentals. And I wonder if “offense” refers only to hitting, or if baserunning is included, as well?
Ironic, isn’t it, that the Mets made such a stink about Juan Lagares winning a Gold Glove? Everyone knows that Lagares’ defense can sometimes thrill the crowd, but, obviously, has no affect on a pitcher’s ERA — nor, how many runs the opposing team scores.
Sandy’s a smart guy. He knows defensive metrics are in their infancy, and unreliable. Therefore, pretend that defense doesn’t exist; ignore it! And really, is it pretending, if you can’t properly measure it? Duh-uh!
Yes, the Mets will still send men out to the field when it’s not their turn at bat — that’s part of the rules, of course. So, technically, the Mets will be showing up for the defensive half of each inning — but that doesn’t mean they’ll be forced to participate. In fact, sased on information from an inside source with knowledge close to the situation, the Mets plan to use a strategy temporarily code-named “Royal,” that employs only a pitcher, catcher, first baseman, and shortstop. In addition to avoiding defense, this four-man lineup will save the team tens of millions of dollars, enabling Alderson to easily stay below the $100M salary cap imposed on all MLB teams based in Flushing, NY.
Here is a peek at what that strategy will look like:
What do you think? It’s certainly out-of-the-box, and progressive. Post your opinion on whether this might work, and why, or why not, in the comments.