I know I've spoken about it and people have written about this ad nauseum, but it is getting to the point where it is literally driving me crazy. I have a friend who would stick up for Willie and say it is not a big deal, or it is temporary, but we have achieved the highest level of lunacy. With runners on base, David Wright is hitting .345/.451/.580 with five homers and eleven doubles in 119 at bats. Marlon Anderson is hitting .324/.375/.351 in the same situation with only one extra base hit in 37 at bats. With runners in scoring position, David Wright is batting .296/.419/.465 with six doubles and two homers in 71 at bats. Marlon Anderson is batting .174/.240/.174 in the same situation with in 23 at bats with no extra base hits. With bases loaded, Wright is batting .429/.556/1.000 with a double and a homer in seven at bats. Marlon Anderson is hitting .200/.200/.200 in the same situation in five at bats.
The only split that Marlon beats David, in regards to men on base, is runners in scoring position and two outs. While this may or may not have been a factor in yesterday's game, David Wright was sitting on deck while Marlon Anderson was up with the bases loaded. Marlon Anderson got out and David Wright was left to come up the next inning with no one on base. David Wright was 2 for 4 in yesterday's game and only batted once with a player on base. In Marlon's sixteen starts since June 5, when he began starting with regularity, he has posted a .224/.262/.259 line with two doubles and two RBIs. Ladies and gentlemen, that is your #6 hitter who is getting more RBI opportunities than David Wright. In an effort to keep a balanced lineup, Willie continues to not put his best foot forward and not put the Mets in the optimum position to win the ball game every night. In fact, it also spills over to Mike Piazza as well. Who would pitch to Mike Piazza in a tight situation and two outs with Marlon Anderson on deck? Would it not benefit Mike Piazza and the team to have David Wright looming on deck, who has the ability to punish a team if they give Piazza a base? Instead, Marlon Anderson, who has been great off the bench, is virtually an easy out, or at worst a single when he has started. He has played admirable defense, but he should be doing so in the #8 hole. Willie, wake up. You look more stupid every single day you write out the lineup card.
- The Tides lost to Syracuse 7-0. Anderson Hernandez keeps on rolling with a 2 for 3 night and drawing a walk to bring his average up to .405.
- Akron beat Binghamton 5-4. Aarom Baldiris seems to have found his homerun stroke because he hit another one. He went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs.
- Vero Beach beat St. Lucie 4-3. Lastings Milledge went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a double while Dante Brinkley went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Andy Wilson went deep and drove in two in a 1 for 3 game.
- Lakewood beat Hagerstown 11-9. Ryan Coultas went 2 for 3 with a run scored, two doubles, and three RBIs. Grant Psomas went 1 for 2 with a run scored and three walks and Mike Carp went 2 for 5 with a run scored and one RBI.
- Brooklyn lost to Aberdeen 2-1.
- Elizabethton beat Kingsport 2-0.
- To complete every Met team taking a loss on Saturday, the GCL Dodgers beat the GCL Mets 12-1.