Sunday, March 13, 2005

 

Things Done Changed

As I’m sure some of you may have noticed, I have been writing with a lot less frequency of late. Part of it is a new job that has kept me busy, but for the most part I feel as though I have been lacking inspiration. In hopes of beefing up to content and creating more of a debate atmosphere, I have invited loyal reader Bernard Gilkey to join me as a writer on the site. Our hope is to create a PTI-type feel on Metsmerized where we can have a good back and forth discussing Mets’ issues. I hope you welcome him with Journey-esque open arms.

On that note, I will bring up a note that Bernard pointed out to me this morning. In the notes towards the bottom of this article, Willie Randolph says that he is not sure where David Wright will bat this year, but he sees him possibly fitting into the eighth slot. While he hasn’t done it yet, I hope Willie reconsiders and realizes this is an awful idea. There are numerous theories about the importance of lineup construction and some say it doesn’t matter all that much. I tend to think its importance is overstated; however, I do believe that it is in your best interest to get your best OBP guys towards the top, insuring that you will maximize the number of time through the lineup. The standard construction most teams use is pretty effective, and within the standard construction David Wright should be hitting third or fourth considering he is the second best hitter on the behind Carlos Beltran. Piazza might still be better, but I don’t think so.

The only justification I can think of is that Willie doesn’t want to put a lot of pressure on the kid by hitting him in the middle of the lineup. If that theory were true, it would lead me to believe that Willie was unaware of what Wright did in the second half of last season. The guy proved he can do it in the majors and he should be slotted into the lineup accordingly. Furthermore, if anyone needs pressure off of them, it is Jose Reyes who has not proven he can consistently perform at this level, yet he is unquestionably considered the leadoff man.

Others thoughts…
As for today’s game, Chris Woodward went 3 for 3, strengthening his case for the utility job as he is now hitting .350 for the spring. I thought he was the best man for the job from the start, so I am glad to see he is making it clear he is the man…My boy Luis Garcia hit his second bomb of the spring and hopefully he is making an impression…Ambiorix Concepcion continues to get a shocking amount of playing time with the big league club. While I can’t imagine he would make the team, it leads me to believe the Mets have high hopes of him advancing quickly this season. I’m very curious as to where he will start out and how they treat him. Hopefully he picks up some plate discipline along the way, because he has tools and after seeing him in Brooklyn last year, he is fun to watch.
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