Mets Game Notes let’s talk about Pete’s NET NEGATIVE WAR Gary

Dominic Smith is on an eight-game hitting streak, batting .429 (15-35) with four runs, five doubles, one homer, 12 RBI and a 1.102 OPS in that span…The streak is the second-longest of his career…Smith recorded an 10-game streak from August 12-25, 2020…Smith has 25 extra-base hits (17 doubles, eight homers) in 39 games this year…He is leading the majors with 17 doubles…Overall he is batting .333/.396/.637 with 20 runs, 17 doubles, eight homers, 38 RBI, 13 walks and a 1.033 OPS…He is fifth in the NL and tied for seventh in MLB in RBI, tied for fifth in the NL and tied for sixth in the majors in extra-base hits.

Pete Alonso | INF | .222, 11 HR, 26 RBI, 0 SB

Pete has a WAR of negative 0.3 meaning if we just imagined a random minor leaguer he would be better than Pete.  Maybe you guys should listen to me and trade him before the other GMs log onto baseball reference.   One might say he’s a…..wait for it….

NET NEGATIVE.

He’s worse than an imaginary guy Gary.

Pete has struck out 51 times in 194 Plate Appearances.

His OPS, which is a thing millennials like, is .768 but sometimes he homers just enough to distract everyone. Wins Above Replacement or Wins Above Replacement Player, commonly abbreviated to WAR is a non-standardized sabermetric baseball statistic developed to sum up “a player’s total contributions to his team”

He contributes at a NEGATIVE RATE Gary.   Two words for you.

NET NEGATIVE

Pete also ranks second in the majors with 68 plate appearances with runners in scoring position…Leads MLB with 96 men left on base.  Ninety Six.  That’s a lot.  Imagine what the Mets record might be had some of those men scored.

Anyway, my favorite Met is not Dom Smith, it is tonight’s starter Rick Porcello who went to Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, NJ, 21 miles away from Citi Field…Grew up rooting for the Mets…Was born in Morristown, NJ and resides there in the offseason.  Rick gave $1M to the school which provided them with some snazzy fields.  Gotta love someone who remembers where he came from.  Go get them Rick.

Trade High(ish)….do it….while we still can.

ike david #fixtheike

Baseball Hall of Immortals – Inductee #97: Omar Vizquel

The man who played more games at shortstop than anyone in history is the 97th inductee into the Baseball Hall of Immortals.

Omar Vizquel began his major league career as the starting shortstop with the 1989 Mariners,  For the next 24 years Vizquel would cement his reputation as the best defensive shortstop in the game.

Over the course of his career, Vizquel won 11 Gold Gloves (9 of them consecutive).  Only Ozzie Smith won more at the position.  His career fielding percentage of .9847 is the best for all major league shortstops (minimum 1,000 games). Plus he turned more double-plays as a shortstop (1,744) than anyone in history.

At the plate, Vizquel was not a slouch.  A .272 career hitter, he had 2,877 career hits, the fifth most among shortstops (behind Jeter, Wagner, Ripken, and Yount). On the basepaths he swiped 404 bases, including four consecutive years of 30 or more.

The anchor up the middle for the Indians, Omar Vizquel is an Immortal.

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For some background on what this is, check out the introduction post here.

What did the Daily News know and when did they know it?

The Daily News is all excited about their Long National Nightmare headline.

My questions to the News would be….

1. Did you just find out about the Wilpons? What was your organization doing for most of the 21st Century. Why didn’t you cover this this strongly in the past?  If you just found out, that’s a bad look.  If you pulled your punches, that’s a bad look.

2. Were the Wilpons bad when you had Daily News shows on SNY? You seemed to like their money, or at least their promotion, or perhaps I misunderstand the nature of the agreement. Regardless, there were clearly Daily News contributions to SNY.

Baseball Hall of Immortals – Inductee #96: Rafael Palmeiro

The fourth player in MLB history to hit 500 or more homeruns and get 3,000 or more hits is the 96th inductee into the Baseball Hall of Immortals.

 

The first round draft pick of the Cubs in the 1985 draft, Rafael Palmeiro made his MLB debut just a year later.  Bouncing back and forth from the minors during his first 2 seasons, Palmeiro established himself as an everyday player in his third year, finishing 2nd in the batting race and earning his first All-Star appearance.

Over the next 17 years, Plameiro would split time between the Rangers and Orioles.  Along the way he would total 4 All-Star appearances, 3 Gold Gloves, 2 Silver Sluggers, and in 1999 was named the Major League Player of the Year by the Sporting News when he batted .347 with 47 homeruns and 148 RBIs.

Always a homerun threat, Palmeiro hit 20 or more in fourteen consecutive seasons, driving in 100+ runs in ten of those years.  Palmeiro wasn’t just a slugger though, as he hit .300 or better six times.

Palmeiro retired following the 2005 season with 569 homeruns, 3,020 hits, 585 doubles, 1,835 RBIs, 1,663 runs scored, and a .288 batting average.  Only five other players in the history of baseball have hit 500/3000 – 3 are in the Hall of Fame (Aaron, Mays, and Murray) and the other 2 are not yet eligible (ARod and Pujols).

One of the great offensive players in the last 40 years. Rafael Palmeiro is an Immortal.

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For some background on what this is, check out the introduction post here.

Sterling or Scully: Vin Scully calls a Strawberry Grand Slam

SPOILERS! Hey you had 35 years to watch this at bat.

In today’s episode of Sterling or Scully, Vin Scully calls a Strawberry Home Run.  Look how skinny ballplayers were before the better nutrition and workout regimes that started in the mid 1990s.

What a great call. How can you not smile? And then Vin lets the moment breathe. The best.

VERDICT: Scully