Tuesday, June 24, 2008

TIME FOR A CHANGE

Jerry Manuel is a week into the new job, and under his guidance the Mets are . . . playing .500 ball. Sound familiar? Anyway, maybe they'll play at a .550 clip from here out, maybe they won't. I still say they aren't a very good team, but with the Phils in a spiral of suck, who knows how it'll all turn out?

But one thing is clear. As Alex might say, clear as an unsullied lake. Clear as an azure sky. Or as I might say, clear as Willie Randolph's daily planner. And what is that clarified fact?

Carlos Delgado CANNOT be the starting first baseman for a major league team trying to play in October. He's 36 years-old (or at least he will be tomorrow). He's slow. He's an awful fielder. And . . . most importantly, since he plays first base, He Can't Hit!

His numbers through 75 games played are 234/307/405. Last season he hit 258/333/448. That's 1 1/2 seasons of sub-800 OPSing by a first baseman. A first baseman who can't run, nor can he field.

This has to stop. Play Easley against lefties, play Nixon at first against righties, play Nick Evans. But stop trundling this fucking corpse out there day-after-day. Enough.

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Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

Yeah, it's all around sad watching Delgado swinging at pitches he has no business swinging at... the guy's done. The good news is that Manuel is a guy known for switching things up a lot--here's hoping for a few smart moves from him.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Delgado's been done half an hour before he ever got done, to loosely paraphrase a great Monty Python routine, lol. It is very frustrating watching him, day in and day out, weakly popping up first pitch offerings with men on base, and the like. Unfortunately, though, I think we're stuck with him until the end of the season, although I do think Manuel will platoon him on some sort of basis.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Applesaucer said...

Here's my suggestion to the Mets, who are so uncreative they'd never do it:

(1) bring up Mike Carp and put him at 1B. He's a 22 year old down in AA and has proved that he can hit at that level with power and for average, as well as putting up good OB numbers. He's probably slow as molasses, meaning he has only a major edge over Delgado.

http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Mike%20Carp&pos=OF&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=455077

(2) bring up Nick evans and put him in left field. Another 22 year old tearing the cover off the ball in AA, but with more speed (on paper at least) than Carp, if not the same on base numbers.

http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Nick%20Evans&pos=1B&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=452783

If Church ever returns to RF, the Mets would sport a pretty decent lineup and a considerably younger one, to boot. Then the only true hole in the lineup would be at catcher and Castillo would be acceptable at 2b.

Davey Johnson would do this!

Applesaucer

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Danny said...

I'm still mad at you for predicting Delgado's decline before 2007 even started.

In some way, I blame you for all of this.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

Hey hey, we still suck! But at least we're losing with gusto, right?

8:07 AM  

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