DEF EFF = Defensive Efficiency
Defesive efficiency is the rate at which balls put into play are converted into outs by a team's defense.
BP showed the Mets some sabermetric love yesterday with their stat of the day. (thanks to Jake for pointing that out)
Team DEF_EFFThis was an excerpt from a letter sent to fans from Jim Duquette back in November of 2003.
Chicago Cubs 0.760
New York Mets 0.735
Milwaukee Brewers 0.734
St. Louis Cardinals 0.732
San Diego Padres 0.716
First, we are already hard at work to continue the process we started in the middle of last season, > recasting our team by focusing on pitching and defense, with a healthy mix of athletic, young players and effective veteran stars.
Defense: metts expectations
A Healthy Mix of Athletic, Young Players: far exceeds expectations
Effective Veteran Stars: exceeds expectations
Of course Jim Duquette had a vision for this team and really did not have much of chance to implement it because it did not seem like he had a long enough leash to get it done, but he did plants some seeds. Omar Minaya picked up where Duquette left off and defense has not been a strong point of the Mets who lacked strong defense ever since 2000. Good stuff and the Mets pitching should be able to feel the tremendous improvement in their defense and even Carlos Delgado has been a pleasant surprise. He will never win a Gold Glove, but he can hold is own and dig a few balls when he needs too.
Speed, athleticism, and veteran stars are a big part of this team and this team is very close to being as well rounded as any team out there.
In the first inning, he allowed one run and left two stranded.
In the second inning, he allowed another run and left one stranded.
In the third inning, he allowed another run and left one stranded.
The fourth inning was his only 1-2-3 inning.
In the fifth inning, he walked two and left two stranded.
All in all, 86 pitches were thrown and 53 were strikes and 33 were balls. That was an improvement, but Bannister has been fortunate enough to play weak offensive lineups. He needs to pick it up and soon.
Bannister may not miss much time at all if any. Willie reschuffled the rotation so that Bannister will go on Tuesday at the earliest. If he cannot start, Darren Oliver, John Maine, Jeremi Gonzalez, or Lima Time!™.
"They think it's a really tight cramp," Bannister said. "They don't know if it's a strain or a cramp. It's grabbing on me now. It's not torn, not anything severe."
"They pitched to Barry with a guy throwing 98, 97 mph," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "...If that guy doesn't pitch to him, who will?"
With where we are in the season, intentionally walking in non-intentional spots is a no-no for me. Wagner is one of the best and he brought it at reportedly 99 mph so if you are not going after Barry with him, who are you going to go after him with? Also, Barry owns a career .231/.286/.538 line against Wags. Right call, bad outcome. Mets win, everyone is happy.
Young argued with the umpire after taking a third strike on a 1-and-2 pitch. The umpire ejected Young, who then threw his bat and hit the umpire in the chest.
Replacement umpires have been working all minor league games this season because the regular umpires are on strike.
Bad call or not, you simply cannot do that. He may have a slight edge in talent over Lastings, but Milledge has a big edge in perspective and professionalism.
"What gnaws at me in this instance is the phone call was never made," Beinfest said. "I've talked to Omar three times since New Year's. Once because of a rainout in spring training, the second to check on the availability of a minor league player and after the rainout at Shea Stadium."
The New York media making up stories? Noooooooo. Not that I think spin control would not come into play to make Dontrelle feel better because it could be damage control at this point.
“Hopefully it would come in a win, but what are you going to do?” Piazza said. “Personally it is a nice milestone, but it would have been a little sweeter if we were playing a little better baseball.”
Piazza is batting .228/.262/.439 with three doubles, three homers, and six RBIs. Stick a fork in him....Sad to see Mike struggle like this and he could turn this around, but his previous seasons suggest otherwise. He should be DH'ing in the American League, but there were no takers.
We've talked to Dr. [Tim] Kremchek, who said both his shoulder and elbow are sound. It's just that he has muscle spasms in the back," Nationals general manager Jim Bowden said. "We've had some history with him. He's only 26 years old, so it certainly makes sense for us to take a chance on him and see if we can't get him back to the effective pitcher he was in the past."
I feel for any pitcher sent to the Rockies. Andrew Miller, the consensus best pitcher in this upcoming draft, might be heading to the Rockies when they pick this upcoming draft. If I were him, I would hold out. It's not worth wasting six years of your career in that place.
Alex Rodriguez - 0-for-4 with two strikeouts - heard several rounds of boos and he wasn't the only one. Wasted chances doomed the Bombers, who left 16 runners on base, went 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position and couldn't take advantage of the 14 walks issued by the Rays.
Fourteen walks? That's serious. Good to see A-Rod get booed though.
The Minnesota House gave the Twins stadium hopes a big lift Wednesday, voting 76-55 in favor of an open-air ballpark that would be paid for mostly by taxpayers.
The focus now shifts to the state Senate, where the proposed increase in the county's sales tax could run into some early trouble. The Senate Taxes Committee, headed by a lawmaker opposed to the plan, will begin its deliberations on Thursday.
The downtown Minneapolis stadium project would cost $522 million — three-fourths from a higher Hennepin County sales tax — and would allow the Twins to leave the Metrodome, their home since 1982 and the place where they've clinched two World Series crowns.
Mike(Pequannock, NJ): With Pelfrey getting promoted to AA as quickly as he did, does this mean that the Mets might be thinking of moving him into the rotation later this year if he continues to succeed?
Jim Callis: (2:06 PM ET) Pelfrey was the top pitcher available in the 2005 draft, and those guys have a tendency to rush through the minors. The simple reason he got promoted was that high Class A wasn't much of a challenge. I could see him in Shea Stadium by the end of the year, especially because I see the rotation as the Mets' Achilles heel.
Sounds good to me. No pressure Mike, the entire fan base will be looking to you to save the back end of the rotation.
Mike A. (Chico, CA): If health was a non-issue: Pelfrey or Hughes?
Jim Callis: (2:13 PM ET) Hughes, because he has a better breaking ball. But right now, factoring everything in, I'd give Pelfrey a slight edge.
They are both good. Besides, I already said Pelfrey was better the other day and thought I ended the dispute.
John (London): Jim - Can you give me 3-5 top prospects not named Delmon Young or BJ Upton who might have the opportunity and ability to come up in 2006 and produce for their major league clubs. An example of what I'm looking for is Jeff Francoeur of 2005.
Jim Callis: (2:24 PM ET) Howie Kendrick just came up, so he's out. Alex Gordon would be the Royals' best hitter right now. Lastings Milledge (Mets), Stephen Drew (Diamondbacks), Brandon Wood (Angels, but may not get the opportunity), Carlos Quentin (Diamondbacks), Andy Marte (Indians).
Lastings is serious.
Kyle (Chico, CA): Could you envision a Pelfrey for Zito trade? Milledge for Zito?
Jim Callis: (2:38 PM ET) I can't see the Mets giving up a potential star with no service time for someone they can sign as a free agent if they're patient.
Yes, good point Jim, but if the Mets feel they are one pitcher away this year...look out.
Andy (St. Louis): Milledge or Quentin?
Jim Callis: (2:51 PM ET) Lastings Milledge.
Quentin is serious. This is a good compliment.
Trevor (Orange County, CA): Jessica - Alba, Simpson or Beil?
Jim Callis: (2:54 PM ET) You can add more options, but you're not going to get me to pick against Jessica Alba.
Evangeline Lilly...she wasn't an option? Too bad, the answer is always Lilly.
Mike (NJ): In August: Pelfrey or Zambrano?
Jim Callis: (2:58 PM ET) Pelfrey. I'd take him right now, too.
I think we all would....
Jenny (Durham): More exciting future: LA teams or NY teams?
Jim Callis: (3:03 PM ET) LA teams.
As much as the Mets have a bright future, the prospects in those two organizations is silly.