There has been a great deal of virtual ink and airtime committed over the last few weeks to former All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes’s impending return to the New York Mets. There have been a number of takes […]
As is often the case, the baseball world has finally come around to seeing what one person on the internet has been saying all along. Sometimes, that one person is a brilliant one who was just waiting to be discovered (think: Nate Silver). Other times, that person is like a broken clock that you just so happened to look toward at just the right moment (think: Peter Schiff, who called the financial crisis but who otherwise has no apparent ability to predict the economy).
In this case, it doesn’t matter, because that visionary and/or broken clock is me, and I have a blog, so I get to talk about it.
It is hard to evaluate Mets position player prospects in the hitter’s heaven known as the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Offense in the PCL is off the charts: the Mets affiliate, the Las Vegas 51’s, is hitting .288/.363/.448 as a team right now. Mets pitchers have an aggregate ERA of 5.25, but that’s been good enough to lead to a winning record on the year so far (31-27).
So how do we know which Mets hitters are good enough to be promoted to the major leagues and which ones are duds? We all already know we can’t look at the PCL statistics and expect anything close to that in the major leagues, but we also know that some players make the transition better than others. So, how can you tell the 2014 Wilmer Flores (.323/.367/.568) from 2014 Eric Campbell (.355/.442/.525)? Power.
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A quick explainer today as there is an incredible amount of nonsense and misinformation flying around the internet with the false news that Clinton has “clinched” the Democratic nomination for President.
In short: superdelegates have not voted yet, and should not be included in any media outlet’s delegate tracker. Nonetheless, they still exist and it is valid for either candidate to make the argument that they are the better nominee for the party and to court them.
He’s just seeing fewer strikes. And for good reason, since he’s crushing everything.
We are almost two months into the season and, as always, people have begun taking a look at the statistics and leaderboards. As such, several writers have taken a crack at announcing who they think is the “Best 1-2 Combo” or “Best 1-2 Punch” at the top of rotations around the major leagues.
I have seen many worthy candidates suggested for that title:
- Nationals: Max Scherzer – Steven Strasburg
- Giants: Johnny Cueto – Madison Bumgarner
- White Sox: Chris Sale – Jose Quintana
- Dodgers: Clayon Kershaw – Anybody (in this case, Kenta Maeda)
- Cubs: Jake Arrieta – Anybody (in this case, Jason Hammel)
But despite all of the articles and debate, there is one notable combo that I’ve noticed has been left out of the discussion:
- Mets: Noah Syndergaard – Steven Matz
Today is May 25th, it is no longer early in the year. Matt Harvey has a 6.08 ERA and leads the major leagues in hits allowed. Like everything else with Harvey, his struggles this year have been high-profile, dramatic, and polarizing.