Oh, where to begin?
On the day after Chad Billingsley underwent Tommy John surgery, it was revealed that a third Dodgers’ pitcher, is today undergoing THE KNIFE in barely two weeks time. Shawn Tolleson has a herniated lumbar disc and likely will not pitch again this season. Five pitchers on the disabled list – it sure is a good thing the Dodgers didn’t go out a make a stupid deal and trade away a dependable pitcher, especially a starting pitcher.
Not only is the need to have a guy like Aaron Harang around growing by the hour, but the guy they got in the trade FOR him continues to do worse in each succeeding game. The other day I mentioned Ramon Harnandez’ stats, and they’ve gone downhill from there, especially after today. In a game the Dodgers won 3-2 on two ninth inning runs, Hernandez was 0-4, hit into two double plays, and left five runners stranded. He is now “hitting” .067, managing one base hit in six games as a Dodger.
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|Hernandez would fit in well on the over-achieving Mets, who somehow have managed to win half of their 2013 games, despite fielding what is basically a minor league team. Just look at their outfield, that includes one actual major league player, Lucas Duda. They have five additional outfielders on their MAJOR LEAGUE roster, and other than journeyman Marlon Byrd, who was in the majors last season only long enough to appear in 47 games, I defy you to recognize ANY of their outfielders. Ready? Here are the rest: Mike Baxter, Collin Cowgill, Juan Lagares, and Jordany Valdespin.|
Granted, Valdespin hit a game-winning, 10th inning grand slam yesterday to give the Mets their one win the the three games against the Dodgers, but he’s got barely 100 games under his belt, with an average in the .240s. Lagares is 1-4 for his career, Cowgill has less than 100 games to his credit, also with an average in the .240s Mike Baxter is the veteran of the group, having made it into almost 250 games, hitting a robust .255. The entire roster of six Mets’ outfielders are earning about $2.7 M this season. The Dodgers have three outfielders on their roster (though the team lists infielder-outfielders Skip Schumaker and Jerry Hairston, Jr. as infielders), and the three AVERAGE $18 Million (their salaries total $54 M for 2013). And the Mets have a better record.
How have the Mets won half their games with this group, you ask? Well, there are basically three reasons. One has been the early season play of catcher John Buck, who has had an incredible month, closing in on his total 2012 stats in only 20 2013 games. Another has been the solid play of the Mets’ one star, David Wright. Third has been pretty good pitching from a couple of starters and most of their bullpen. Some of their pitchers are overachieving, Buck will never continue this pace, and the Mets’ minor league outfield will soon sink them in the NL East. But, “the best team money can buy”, despite its pitching woes, did manage to eke out two wins in the three game series. The team comes home now to face Milwaukee, who lost yesterday, which ended a ten-game winning streak. The Brewers’ outfield is a bit better than the Mets’.