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Monday, July 18, 2005

Food for Thought

David Wright is a stud, we all know that. He has a chance to be the Mets best position player ever if he stays with the Mets for a while and stays healthy, and I think he will. He should be tops in homers (current leader is Darryl with 252), runs scored (current leader is Darryl with 662), RBIs (current leader is Darryl with 733), games (current leader is Eddie Kranepool with 1853), walks (current leader is Darryl with 580), hits (current leader is Eddie Kranepool with 1418), and doubles (current leader is Eddie Kranepool with 225) by the time he is done playing for the Mets and lucky us, we get to watch the entire thing.

If you take his projected numbers for this year, which are 158 games, 94 runs, 160 hits, 39 doubles, 25 homers, 84 RBIs, and 70 walks and multiply that by ten, he will be far and away the best Mets position player ever. Granted a lot of things can happen, but being that he should get better, using this year's numbers as a ten year average is probably pretty safe. He would stand to smash the previous high in runs by 278 with 940 (though Jose Reyes should own this record if he is around for while), beat the previous high in hits by 182 with 1600 (Reyes should make a run at this one too), beat the previous high in doubles by 165 with 390, be only two homers off Darryl's homer lead, beat the RBI record by 107 with 840, beat the walk record by 120 with 700, and would need thirteen or fourteen seasons as a Met to beat the games played record. I think some of those numbers are conservative and some should be right on after some years above and below what his projected numbers are this year, but David Wright should be the best position player the Mets have had by the time he is done with the Mets.

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  • Minor update:
    • Norfolk beat Syracuse 10-8. Anderson Hernandez went 3 for 4 to bring his average up to .381 in 21 games and 84 at-bats. Eric Valent went 3 for 4 with three runs scored, his seventh homer, two RBIs, and one walk.
    • Reading beat Binghamton 7-4. Lastings continues to swing a hot bat since being promoted and went 3 for 4 with two runs scored. In seventeen at-bats, he has picked up ten hits and struck out in five of this seven outs. Brett Harper went 3 for 4 with his fourth homer since being moved up to AA and is batting .308 since being promoted.
    • St. Lucie beat Clearwater 10-1. Evan MacLane went five innings giving up no hits, no runs, no walks, and struck out five. Kevin Rios went 3 for 5 with two runs scored, one double, one homer, and two RBIs. Jamar Hill went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, a double, and one walk and Andy Wilson went 1 for 2 with a run scored and three walks.
    • West Virginia beat Hagerstown 8-5 in fourteen innings. Carlos Gomez went 2 for 6 with two runs scored and a double, Mike Carp went 2 for 6 with a homer and two RBIs, and Grant Psomas went 2 for 4 with one double, two walks, and one RBI.
    • Brooklyn vs. Auburn was suspended due to fog.
    • Kingsport lost to Bluefield 5-4. Joan Martinez went 1 for 4 with one homer and four RBIs.
  • Rumors, rumors, rumors. Larry Bigbie, Hayden Penn, and Jorge Julio could be headed to the Marlins for AJ Burnett, Mike Lowell, and Eric Reed. The deal could be announced as soon as today. The Red Sox are still trying to jump in with a three way deal between with Padres and Marlins, but the Orioles are in the driver's seat. In fact, it has gotten so bad for the Marlins, Jack McKeon is possibly on the firing line with Yankee bench coach Joe Girardi, a favorite of owner Jeffrey Loria, a possible candidate to replace him. Carlos, what was that question your joke of an agent asked Mr. Loria about being a buyer or seller at the deadline if they were close? You are 5.5 games out and looking to sell.

  • Al Leiter certainly pitched well on Sunday, but Yankee fans need to get a hold of themselves. That would qualify as one of his top three starts since 2003 and that is not going to be the norm. You will be calling for his head in two weeks.
  • "It's not acceptable to be where we are, in my book," Floyd said after the Mets blew away the Braves 8-1 yesterday at Shea to split the four-game series. "It's OK for teams that aren't supposed to be good. But for a team of our caliber, I think we should definitely be a lot better. It's unfortunate that it hasn't happened."

    "We really are in desperate need of a winning streak, seven, eight, nine, something like that," Floyd said. "It's really hard to do, but we're in desperate need.

    "I was looking at our schedule today. Whoever made our schedule for the second half, I should go holler at him. It doesn't get easy. We've got these (Atlanta) guys coming in, and then you go to Colorado with a tough ballpark to win in and Houston. If we're going to do anything, it has to start to come around soon."

  • "If I'm going down, I'm going down my way," Mientkiewicz said, "and that's relaxed; let the cards fall where they may.

    "I wanted the teams that I played for before (in Minnesota and Boston) to feel like they made a mistake. I was trying to prove everybody wrong (in the first half), instead of just going out and trying to do what I can do."

  • Jose Offerman is the new Marlon Anderson.

    With his RBI single in the seventh inning, Jose Offerman improved to 7-for-11 with six RBIs as a pinch hitter for the Mets.

  • Willie is pissed at Jose.

    "I absolutely don't want him to hit the ball in the air from the left side," Randolph said after the game. "That's for sure. But he got mad that he missed that ball to right field. I didn't even give him (a high) five for that. He shouldn't have hit the ball there anyway. I don't care if it was at the warning track. What are you doing?"

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