NEWS & NOTES: RBIs, Scott’s Left Arm, Ruben Who?, Vegas Numbers & Other Cow Pies, Wheeler Spin, Niese Worries, and Why Matt Harvey Has Returned to Earth

Jimmy:

Ah, a day off. It feels like everybody needed it.

Mike:

I know I did.

Jimmy:

A quick glance at the team stats and one thing jumps out at me: Ike Davis has 16 RBI, and Lucas Duda — with 10 HR — has 20.

Mike:

If you look at Duda’s OBP, SLG, Batting Average with RISP, and batting average with RISP in high leverage situations you begin to get part of the answer.

Isn’t that easier than looking at RBI’s?

Jimmy:

Oh, that’s right. RBI is a contingent statistic that’s now considered meaningless. I forgot. But don’t you think some of those old stats might come back in favor, as a correction to a collective overreaction? Don’t even get me started on RUNS SCORED — I still love that stat. Did you see that Cabrera has knocked in 65 so far for the Tigers? I wonder if he helps the team score runs at all?

Mike:

Doubtful.

Jimmy

It’s not our disposition to second-guess managerial moves, but wow, Scott Rice. He’s at 32 appearances already and in the Harvey game on Sunday, he had nothing and walked the bases loaded. With Rice utterly ineffective, TC allowed him to stay in the game to pitch to hot-hitting Marcell Ozuna. To the surprise of no one, the non-move didn’t work out. As for the larger point, this is what happens when relievers get overused: diminished effectiveness. Scott Rice cannot possibly keep up this pace. Sure, managers have to live in the Here & Now, like everybody else, but if you are driving to Buffalo it’s a good idea to fill up the gas tank. Sometimes you have to manage for tomorrow as well.

Found on road, dead: Scott Rice's left arm.

Found on road, dead: Scott Rice’s left arm.

Mike:

But he hadn’t pitched in two days. Maybe he just didn’t have it that day, or maybe he was not sharp from lack of work.

Not taking him out is a valid question.

Jimmy:

Carson on the roster is part of the problem. The good news is that Alderson & His Baseball Men must think Jack Leathersich is for real — they won’t bring him up! Some numbers: 26 IP, 49 Ks, 15 H.

Mike:

I have never seen him with my own eyes but those are some crazy numbers. I guess 2017 will be here before I know it.

Jimmy:

Ruben who?

Mike:

That’s why losing Tejada is no big deal. Tejada is no big deal, never has been. He was just sold as such for a short time so they could justify not paying Reyes.

Jimmy:

I’ve liked Quintanilla since I first saw him last season. He’s not steady with the glove — there will be flubs and blunders — but the bat has some juice in it. Again, the big picture: the 2013 New York Mets can lose their everyday SS, bring up a career minor leaguer, and it’s a push.

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The offensive numbers for the Las Vegas 51s are pretty humorous, with almost no connection to reality. Have you seen that Andrew Brown is hitting .371 with 32 RBI in only 117 ABs? Even Kirkkkkk is starting to hit!

Mike:

Every day there is a breathless new post in the blogosphere to announce that some scrub like Cowgill, Brown, or Satin is hitting in Vegas. Help is on the way!

Whatever fantasy gets people through the year, I suppose. If anyone buys it good for them.

And I hate to go negative, especially on such a beautiful Monday in NYC, but I can’t keep my head in the sand either. Knowing what we now know about Vegas, what does that say about d’Arnaud? That is where he was last year.

Jimmy:

A worthwhile point. But he did pass the eye test in Spring Training, in that he looked like a professional hitter. Not many catchers are. The key is if he can stay at that position and offer competent defense.

The Wheeler narrative — he’s “getting close” — has been bullshit from the get-go, an insult to our intelligence, so now we’re getting a series of pretend stories about the best possible situation to bring him up as if he were a fragile egg that needs a temperature-controlled incubator. Remember, this has NOTHING to do with Super 2, people! Move along, folks, there’s nothing to see here! He’ll be up when he’s ready! Oh, and let me also say: Is that AAA team the worst group of clods-with-gloves ever put on a field? How does anybody pitch there?

Mike:

Bixler, Hicks, and Lutz, I know! We saw their spring tryout but they were not fit for Broadway. It must be entertaining watching them juggle baseballs by the strip. Is there a two-drink minimum?

Jimmy:

I knew it would be trouble when I saw Matt Harvey was dating supermodel Anne V. This kind of thing dissipates the vital hormonal secretions!

Just saying: This can not be good for Matt Harvey's pre-game preparation. "Go away, honey, not now. I need to watch film on Marcell Ozuna."

This can not be good for Matt Harvey’s pre-game preparation. “Go away, honey, not now. I need to watch film on Marcell Ozuna.”

Mike:

Sorry, you are on your own with this one.

Jimmy:

Joe Janish at Mets Today says we should be worried about Jon Niese’s shoulder. Very worried. When we see or read about a pitcher lowering his arm angle, it is almost always an attempt to manage pain. Um, wait a minute. Is that part of the plan?

Mike:

It should be. Now, of course, not that specifically. And Ike being brutal, not that either. But things go wrong, and by now if there is a “Plan” it should be designed for that very fact. Since Alderson took over Parnell has blossomed and against all odds R.A. Dickey turned into an incredible asset. Now, kudos for the continued development of Parnell and getting a great return on Dickey, but the facts are things went right in those cases.

Some things are going to go wrong too, that’s life.

Power through, and build a watchable team by April 2014.

No excuses.

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3 comments

  1. It feels quiet in here without Eric disagreeing with something I said.

  2. Eric says:

    Anne V. is ALL I can think of Right Now….. I will be back to being disagreeable later.

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