Why Rick Peterson Wears a Jacket

Some questions answered, some more proposed, and various trivia …

– Why does Rick Peterson wear a jacket all the time, even in hot weather? Easy — his spot in the dugout is right in front of the Mets’ bat rack (it’s VERY cold over there).

– Interesting, isn’t it, that 49-year-old Julio Franco is nearly fifteen years older than Carlos Delgado, yet dances around the field like a teenager while Delgado looks ready for a wheelchair.

– Would you trade Mike Pelfrey and Lastings Milledge for Mark Buehrle?

– How about Pelfrey, Milledge, AND Philip Humber for Mark Teixeira? (even that might not be enough)

– New Orleans first baseman Andy Tracy has 16 homeruns, 52 RBI and is batting .296 in 64 games. He’s hitting a homerun every 14 at-bats. Does anyone care?

– On the same team, 2B Jake Gautreau is hitting .346 — but his OBP is identical as he’s walked only once in 21 games (81 ABs).

– The Mets have won three times this month.

– Also this month, Carlos Beltran has eight hits — one for extra bases — and 2 RBI. One of those RBI, though, is driving in himself with his one extra-base hit (a two-run homer).

– For the first time in eleven years, Carlos Delgado is on pace to collect more strikeouts (61) than hits (58).

– When playing second base, Damion Easley has 6 homeruns in 109 at-bats, while Ruben Gotay has 3 in 34 ABs.

– After running the count to 3-1, Gotay is batting .600; Jose Reyes hits .158 after the same count.

– Carlos Gomez is 4-for-7 (.571) when hitting on a 1-1 count.

– So glad I’m not the only one who hates watching the Mets on ESPN. Check out Fear and Faith in Flushing for some of the Morganisms and other malaprops I missed.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. JimmyJ June 18, 2007 at 11:10 pm
    I would give up Milledge and Pelfrey or Heilman in a heartbeat, if we could get Mark Buehrle.
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