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The Ruben Tejada Experiment is Over, It’s Time to #FreeWilmer: Part II

In Sports on July 24, 2014 at 7:02 pm

By: Brian Mangan

In Part I we argued that the Ruben Tejada Experiment was over (although it might make for a cool band name) by explaining that Tejada’s performance this season, and in his career, was lackluster.  We did this through pointing out three primary facts:

  • Tejada is 161 out of 162 major leaguers in slugging percentage this season
  • Tejada is 22nd out of 28 among all shortstops in WAR
  • Tejada’s poor overall batting line of .233/.353/.292 is similar to his career major league batting line of .255/.329/.314

That was, I thought, the easy part.  Although we concluded by saying that Tejada was indeed a major league caliber player, who would rush to defend Tejada?  Apparently more than a few people, including Dan Haefeli of Rising Apple, who wrote a thoughtful counterpoint.  Unfortunately I need to address that in another article, as now I must address the hard part — the justification behind #FreeWilmer.

The Ruben Tejada Experiment is Over, It is Time to #FreeWilmer: Part I

In Sports on July 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm

By: Brian Mangan

Perhaps you are an optimist.  If you are a Mets fan, the odds are that you are optimistic by nature (the odds are that you are also a fan of the Jets, for that same reason).

If you were an optimist, it would have been totally defensible for you, in the Spring of 2014 to think that it would be within the realm of possibility for the Mets’ former-incumbent and oft-maligned shortstop Ruben Tejada to return to Flushing and turn in a decent season after two lost years.  I wasn’t optimistic about the chances of that happening, but I was willing to hope.

As you recall, Tejada first appeared in the major leagues as a precocious 21 year old, filling in for the injured and soon-to-be departed Jose Reyes.  The next season, however, was Tejada’s miniature star-turn: in 96 games, he batted .284 with an on-base percentage of .360.  He only slugged .335, but so what?  He posted positive defensive numbers and a total of 1.6 WAR in only 96 games.  And remember, he was only 22 years old.

The Mets Offense Has Been Better Than It’s Pitching in 2014

In Sports on July 16, 2014 at 11:42 am

By: Brian Mangan

I’ve alluded to this in several prior articles, and I talk about it on twitter a couple times a week.  I tell my friends in person, and I write it into comments on Metsblog, Amazin Avenue, and the like.  Yet no matter how many times I say it, the point hasn’t yet come through.  So here’s my best attempt to grab a megaphone and stand on a soap box and let everybody know once and for all:

The Mets offense has been better than the Mets pitching in 2014!!!!

How can that be, you say?  Well, it’s easy.

The very first thing that you need to know when you are looking at the statistics this year, is that we are playing a brand new type of baseball here in 2014.  Run scoring is down — way down.  Home runs are down.  Strikeouts are up.

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