The Mets hit the 40 game mark following last nights loss against the Yankees with a 19-21 won-loss record. Essentially 25% of the season is now complete. My hopes were up when the Mets finished April four games over .500. That nice start quickly vanished at the start of May and now they’re looking to be right in line with the past 6 years. Only once since 2008 have the Mets not finished the first 40 games 1 game game above or below .500. Last year seems to be the anomaly.
- 2013 – 16-24
- 2012 – 21-19
- 2011 – 19-21
- 2010 – 19-21
- 2009 – 21-19
- 2008 – 21-19
Offense vs. Defense
There were a couple of situations during the first month that indicates the Mets are conflicted regarding the preference for players that are better on offense or defense. Ike Davis was traded to the Pirates a couple weeks into the season, the presumed better defensive player, essentially giving the starting first base job to Lucas Duda, the presumed better offensive player. However, over the last 30 days, Davis (.284 Avg. / 1 HR / 7 RBI) is hitting better than Duda (.236 Avg / 1 HR / 9 RBI), which is about the time the trade was made. Duda’s defense has been better than expected of late turning some nifty double plays at first base, but that still doesn’t put him on par with Davis defensively. Only time will tell which option was best, but my preference would have been to keep Davis over Duda.
On a similar topic, the Mets chose to start Juan Lagares in centerfield over Eric Young a few weeks into the season. I wrote about this last month and still believe Lagares is the better option in centerfield for both offense and defense. However, Young started all 4 games in the Yankees series. It’s hard to ignore the affect Young has on a game with his speed. He causes havoc every time he gets on base… if only that happened more often! As I said, Lagares as the presumed better defensive player, yet he’s also hitting better at this point in the season with a .296 Ave. Young is hitting .236. Seriously, the Mets are playing the lesser player from both offensive and defensive perspectives. This doesn’t make any sense.
Replay has been used a lot to start the season… and I’m a big fan. The Mets have requested a replay 5 times during the first 40 games, resulting in 2 plays overturned. Both overturned plays extending an inning and runs scored following the replay. I’m all for the right calls being made as often as possible. Even better, this just shows how the right call can result in an extended inning. Or, worse, could have stalled an inning if the bad call was not overturned.
Joker got a hold of me earlier this week to voice his displeasure with the antics that occur around the league after a team wins as a result of a walk-off hit. A player gets a walk-off hit, he gets to first base, the rest of the team mobs the player, and he gets pie in the face during the on-field post-game interview. I, for one, have grown to accept these antics following a game winning hit… outside of the pie-in-face. I’m not sure if anyone has noticed, but baseball is not the most exciting game. I don’t even join fantasy baseball leagues because the season is just so long. I can only imagine how hard it is for
millionaire players to go out there every day. They do call it the dog days of summer for a reason. With that, I’m open to players getting a little overly excited following a game winning hit. There’s not hurting anyone.
Regular Season Baseball vs. Playoff Basketball / Hockey
Baseball is alive and well on TV in the NY area. The Mets and Yankees played a 4 game series that also corresponded to NBA and NHL playoff games featuring NY area teams. The combined ratings for the Mets vs. Yankees games were higher than either of the NBA and NHL games. Granted, having the Mets and Yankees play against each other is doubling up on NY teams, but we’re also comparing them to playoff games in other sports. I have a suspicion that a Knicks vs. Heat game would have resulted in better ratings, but that’s just me thinking out loud (or in writing). Here’s the info from Tuesday night for the Rangers vs. Penguins win or go home game 7:
… and here’s the info from the Nets vs. Heat game 5 clincher.
On a side note…
There are just a few TV shows on my watch list. It’s so small, I can write them here; NCIS, NCIS LA, Criminal Minds, and Hawaii 5-0. How I Met Your Mother is now over and off the list. It seems like every season Criminal Minds ends on a high note… and this year was no exception. I was at the edge of my seat the whole episode Wednesday night. It probably helped that I was led to believe one of the main characters was going to die, but it turned out one was just leaving the show. I’m glad they have yet to kill off any of the main characters. They just figure out a way for the character to make an exit. Anyway, it was a spectacular season finale.
And, finally, a little unknown fact about skim milk. Did you know skim milk naturally has a light blue tint, which is changed to white by added powdered milk? Really, skim milk is actually blue! I was stunned to find this out. And with that I’m now done for the day.