Mets Key Learnings: First Half
So, what have we learned after a little more than half a season of watching Mets baseball?
Here are few things …
The Phillies are no longer the Phillies.
The Nationals are legitimate contenders.
The Mets may play meaningful games in September.
R.A. Dickey is usually unhittable; when he’s not, he’s simply the best pitcher in baseball.
Disney is way behind on the R.A. Dickey movie.
Ruben Tejada is a legit MLB shortstop.
Daniel Murphy is not Dan Uggla.
Lucas Duda is either the next Adam Dunn or the next Gary Rajsich.
David Wright is awesome again.
Dillon Gee was a competent, reliable innings-eater.
Johan Santana can get by just fine with a 87-MPH fastball.
Jon Rauch is taller than Chris Young.
Frank Francisco is an average MLB closer.
Scott Hairston is the righthanded Babe Ruth.
Miguel Batista is old.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis plays hard, fields well, has some pop, and strikes out a ton.
Angel Pagan > Andres Torres + Ramon Ramirez
What have I missed? Post what you’ve learned in the comments.
A competent/reliable back-end starter, an average closer, a credible second baseman who can hit, an old guy who gives you something (e.g., pitch two innings v. one of the top teams in the ML and give up a run) that is not a bad 12th pitcher … all reasons the Mets are doing better than many thought. And, Tejada. Be nice to have him AND pay Reyes over 100M while waiting him to get hurt, but since that was not likely to happen …
A dubious OF costs a few games. The Pagan trade came off badly but wonder how many thought he would do so good in SF. Anyway, Hairston is kinda this year’s Pagan — playing beyond expectations.
Oh, Marlins are not doing as good as some thought.
Three guys were chosen, some not liking any. The closer worked okay so far & there weren’t too many great alternatives. Ramirez was a reasonable option — didn’t work out so far, but it was reasonable to think he would give you something more. Rauch turned out to have a pretty good month.
OTOH, Parnell appears to be doing okay again. Beato, Edgin and maybe someone else will be up in the Second Half.
Collins > Manuel
Alderson > Minaya
Grote (today) > Thole
Dickey > Wakefield
Harvey > Batista
Nickeas = AAAA catcher
Mets team speed = 30th in MLB
Mets team D = 30th in MLB
Mets resilience = 1st in MLB
Omar’s farm system > perceived
Valdespin = mini-Jose, maybe mini-mini-Jose