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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Senior Perfeción

As Dayn Perry pointed out the other day, Carlos Beltran is going to come close to breaking the all time record for extra base hits by a centerfielder in one season. Hack Wilson set the all-time mark of 97 set back in 1930 when he hit 35 doubles, 6 triples, and 56 homers. Wilson never hit more than 39 homers in any other season and only topped 30 four times, but put together one hell of season in 1930.

This season, Carlos Beltran missed ten games due to leg problems. Overall, he has played in 117 of the Mets 129 games and started 114 of those games. With 33 games left, even if he plays all of those games he is on pace for 94. If Beltran does not go on a tear, it will be tough for him to make that number, though four more extra base hits than he is on pace for in 33 games hardly seems insurmountable.

The fact that Carlos Beltran is even on pace to top a record that has stood for over seventy years that is as hard to attain as this one speaks volumes about the season he is having. He has the chance to do something that no one else has done in the history of the game. Before anyone points out to me that Reyes has that chance too, the thing that separates them is consistency.

Out of four categories (AVG, OBP, SLG, and OPS) for each month of the season (total of twenty categories), Carlos Beltran has been the model of consistency. Typically when a player hits .300, there are ups and downs. Hot months and cold months that even out to the players current average. Not so with Beltran. Out of twenty possible categories, Carlos Beltran has deviated 5% or less from his season averages fourteen of twenty times or 70%. He has deviated less than 10% nineteen of twenty times or 95%. That is absolutely staggering. Let's see how he stacks up against the other Met sluggers and one of the best in the game today:
                 5% or less     less than 10%
Jose Reyes 3 of 20 / 15% 5 of 20 / 25%
David Wright 9 of 20 / 45% 10 of 20 / 50%
Carlos Delgado 5 of 20 / 25% 11 of 20 / 55%
Albert Pujols 6 of 20 / 30% 8 of 20 / 40%
The fact that Carlos Beltran deviated 5% or less of the time more times than everyone above deviated less than 10% of time tells us just how solid he has been. He has played in six more games than Pujols and is tied in homers and has one more RBI. Then you throw in Beltran's steals and the tremendous value he adds in center and you have your MVP. Anyone that says Pujols should get it hands down is just being ignorant. A case can be made for both, but there is something to be said for being the most consistent and best player on the best team.

While other people slumped, Beltran just kept going. Carlos Beltran has remained the one constant thing from day through today for this Mets team that has gone through so many personnel changes and while other MVP candidates slumped, Beltran did not. Although he is getting MVP recognition, I do not think he is getting enough. When the discussion for MVP starts, it should end with Carlos Beltran as his accomplishments this season out shine anyone else's in the National League and maybe all of baseball.

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  • Lastings Milledge went 2 for 4 in Norfolk's 3-1 loss to Louisville.

    Portland beat Binghamton 10-0 and thanks to Carlos Gomez's 1 for 3 night, they did not get no hit.

    Palm Beach beat St. Lucie 6-2 in the first game of their doubleheader. Fernando Martinez went 1 for 4 with a stolen base and Mike Carp went 2 for 3 with an RBI.

    In game two, Jon Niese had a nice outing in his first start in high-A, but Palm Beach beat St. Lucie 4-1 and got three runs off of Niese. However, only one was earned as Jon went five innings with three hits allowed, one earned run, and three walks to go along with five strikeouts. Fernando Martinez went 0 for 4 in the game and Mike Carp went 0 for 3.

  • John Maine seems to have issues staying focused.

    "I couldn't get going, it took me a while," Maine said. "I felt better in the fourth and fifth inning."

    Maine allowed two runs on five hits, including a Pat Burrell home run, in 6 1/3 innings, his second-longest outing in 11 starts this season. He was taken out in the seventh after allowing a Chris Coste double and then walking Abraham Nunez.

    Manager Willie Randolph isn't concerned so much about the length of Maine's outings as about his approach to each at-bat. At times he needs reminders to stay focused.

    "Sometimes it seems like he takes his foot off the accelerator a little bit, and he needs to just keep firing at them, keep going," Randolph said. "Because when he does that, things work out better for him."

    Despite his lapses in staying focused, he has went 4-0 in his last seven starts and the Mets are 7-0 in his last seven starts. If you cannot ignore how Steve Trachsel just manages to win, how can you ignore that?

  • Fucking swell...

    They capped off the third-best homestand in team history by knocking off the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 at Shea Stadium yesterday, finishing their nine-game homestand with an 8-1 record. Only the 1969 Amazin' Mets and the 1988 squad fared better, each posting 9-1 marks.

    I don't want to sound to Yankee-fanish, but anything less than a World Series trip will be very disappointing.

  • Any hopes and dreams for Roy Oswalt in a Mets uniform could be flushed down the toilet.

    The sides also met on Aug. 9, when parameters of a contract were exchanged.

    Since then, the parties have agreed to settle on a deal before the end of August or table the negotiations until after the season.

    Oswalt will celebrate his 29th birthday Tuesday, and it would not be a surprise if his good friend McLane marked the occasion by locking him up to a long-term contract.

    Oswalt wants to stay in Texas at the expense of him actually having a shot at winning a World Series, but at least he'll be rich for lifetimes to come.

  • The Red Sox are D-O-N-E, done.

    Slightly more than a week after being admitted to Mass. General Hospital with an irregular heartbeat, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz suffered a recurrence of the problem last night and will return to Boston today for additional testing.

    Ortiz was scratched from the starting lineup just prior to the Sox’ 9-0 loss to the Oakland A’s because, according to a club spokesman, he was not feeling well. Until manager Terry Francona revealed the nature of Ortiz’ problem after the game, the assumption was that the player was suffering from a bug that has affected a handful of players on the team.

    It was already on life support, but any games Ortiz misses is a nail in their coffin.

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    The Red Sox are finished. The Yankees got beat up on their West Coast trip, and somehow the Sox managed to LOSE ground. Sickening.

    11:40 AM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    The Sox are sickening man. I'm so dissapointed I can only shake my head in disgust. I'm at a loss for words...

    Just as I write that....my yankee fan 'friend' IMs me:

    "red sox are bums"


    12:05 PM

    Anonymous Danny said...

    Beltran won't win the MVP. You see, the logic will always shift away from the Mets.

    Keith Hernandez, Intangibles MVP, will lose in a close vote to Stat-whore Mike Schmidt.

    Darryl Strawberry, Stat-Whore, will lose in a close vote to Intangibles MVP, Kirk Gibson (I don't want to hear about a split vote because of McReynolds, that's just a stupid excuse for an idiotic MVP result.)

    You see, this year, the fancy anti-Met reasoning will be that Beltran won't win MVP because his teammates are too good, so his valuability (new word) is tempered. That's right, he will be penalized for being the best player on the absolute best team in the National League!! That makes complete sense.

    12:15 PM

    Blogger ajsmith said...

    Anyone else think that David Wright is slumping on purpose so as not to split off NY MVP votes for Beltran?

    Kidding. Kidding.

    Beltran deserves it. Howard will get lots of support if the Phils get the WC. Especially since homeruns are given outsized consideration by all of those "sophisticated" baseball writers. Reyes actually has a case to make, and might even split off some votes from Carlos.

    In any case, I will not be surprised to see Reyes annually in the top 5-10 in the voting, and that does my heart good. There is every reason to believe that barring injury, Jose-Jose's '08 stat line could look something like this:

    .320, 25 HR, 90 RBI, 150 Runs, 50 2B, 20+ 3B, 85 SB and a gold glove at SS. None of that is all that far from what he's doing now at 23 yrs old. Just incredible. The kid is one of the most exciting and complete players I've ever watched in 35 years as a fan. Plus, from everything I can see, a nice kid. A smart kid. Extremely hard-working. Humble. Grounded. Oh, and locked up for 5 more years.

    Trachs will get the ball over Maine in game four. I will write Maine's number on my sneakers with a Sharpie and watch the game through hands held over my eyes, cursing Willie every time Trachs gets behind a hitter.

    12:45 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    I agree with you Danny. The consensus is Pujols until he retires, but really, Beltran has been far and away better. Yes, the Mets are stacked, but no one on the team has produced like he has with so many big hits. The Mets are good, but their lineup is not even as good as the Yankees last year, and A-Rod won. That agument is bullshit. What he has done this year is just silly. Let's hope everyone gains some semblence of reason and votes in Beltran. There is anti-Met vibe always going on as Fox Sports said the Mets might not even be the best team in the NL! What are they smoking?

    I agree about Reyes' case, but what was remarkable about what I say in the breakdowns is how streaky he is. He goes in spurts....like Soriano. I just think a steady attacker is more valuable because he shows up everyday to help the team win.

    Reyes is the most exciting player though hands down. I love the fact he has a surgically implanted smile. You think A-Rod would be so distraught and out of it if he looked to his left and saw teeth and only teeth 24/7? The kid is electric and pumps everyone up. He has showed that he is one of the top ten players in the league already. I love it.

    I will write Maine's number on my sneakers with a Sharpie and watch the game through hands held over my eyes, cursing Willie every time Trachs gets behind a hitter.

    Ha, me too. Free John Maine!

    1:06 PM

    Anonymous weaz said...

    Yankees fan here. I never really despised the Red Sox completely until all of that "magical season" crap. Now I'm enjoying every minute of their skid. That said, I want to see Ortiz back and 100% healthy ASAP. Heart conditions are no fun.

    It looks like things could be shaping up for another possible Subway Series. Hopefully both NY teams can keep up their end. Despite the Yanks' disappointing trip out west, both teams are HOT right now. And the Bombers are only going to get healthier (hopefully)! It would make for an awesome October for baseball fans.

    1:27 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Weaz...Yankee fans had no reason to despise Red Sox fans. You were beating up on them. Rob Neyer did a great piece a few years bad and went to Yankee stadium wearing Boston stuff and to Fenway wearing Yankee stuff (despite being a Red Sox fan) and he feared for his life at Fenway whereas the Yankee fans were much more civil.

    It runs deep with them.

    Big Pappi will be alright. My friend has an irregular heart beat and while I'm no doctor, they are just playing it safe in case it is something. He'll be alright, but the Red Sox won't. I'm embarassed for their fans. The Red Sox looked like the team to beat and just folded. On top of that, they gave Beckett a four year deal for $40 million. Unreal.

    I do think this wasn't their year though. They are trying to get younger and will be back at full strength in in 2008.

    1:39 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    I don't think this WAS their year....not wasn't....

    1:40 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Cashman totally out-GM'ed Epstein this year. Picking up Abreu turned out to be big. The RedSox meltdown also helped and watching the "wonder GM" Epstein fall flat has been a bonus. The Beckett deal was a bust and not signing Damon was huge. The next six games should clear up the AL WildCard picture.

    Beltran should be MVP this year. Like you said Mike, he's been extremely consistant, plus he's an above average defender in CF (which is a negative when talking about Ryan Howard) DW was hot pretty much for June. From mid-July until now, he's been bad. He should finish no higher than 4th in the MVP voting.

    When Pujols was out, the Cardinals were 8-7 and they are still struggling to hold the lead in the Central.

    My vote would be:
    Howard (might overtake Beltran if the Phillies comeback and take the WC)

    - Bada

    2:04 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    I actually have Reyes over Wright at this point. Howard definitely has seen his stock rise as he is just a monster right now. This guy scares me.

    2:07 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Jose Reyes' defense has been scrumtrelescent. Primer has him as the second best defensive SS in the NL. MVP Votes? HELLO!


    2:50 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Over at Metsblog their is Schpiel that El duque , WILL go to the pen in October. If so Traxx and Maine could both start. Technically so could Ollie since there should be roster space for him.

    5-Ofers; Beltran, Green, Endy lastings, Tucker or Floyd.
    Floyd/Tucker) comes down to health & matchups. In the WS Floyd would DH.

    6-IF; Delgado,Wright, Reyes valentin, Woody, Ahern. (I add Ahern for defense)

    2-Catchers- Loduca & Difelice/Stinnett (I doubt Ramon makes it back...period)

    12-pitchers; Ollie, Pedro, Maine, Glavine & Traxx (SP): Feliciano, Wags, Mota, Heilman, Bert, Oliver, Williams.

    3:09 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Yes I just relized who I missed...Generalisimo Franco)

    3:10 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    "Over at Metsblog their is Schpiel" ???

    "Yes I just relized who I missed...Generalisimo Franco)" and you also missed your dictionary and 5th grade grammar text

    3:42 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Did anyone catch Billie Jean King yesterday suggest that the Mets name the new stadium after Jackie Robinson?

    She needs to shut it.

    Jackie Robinson has a place in not only baseball history, but also in equal rights history. But, to name the Mets stadium after him? I don't think so. Yes, the Mets were born from the Giants and Dodgers leaving NY, but I do not connect JRobinson with the Mets in anyway.

    I would rather see the new stadium named after the maker of the Sybian than Jackie Robinson. Name a section of the stadium after him or a parking lot or "the jackie robinson seventh inning stretch", but not the stadium.


    3:50 PM

    Blogger Jonas said...

    I would have no problem with the Stadium being named after the Wilpons....Wilpon Field...I'm heading to the "Fred" tonite dosent sound that bad to me..

    I mean he is the one footing the majority of the cost...

    4:27 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    El Duque to the pen? Maybe. But I think they'll start him and that's why they got him.

    You have twelve pitchers though and I doubt they carry more than 11 and you left out Bradford! He's not getting left off. No way...No how.

    Yeah, Geico Park or whatever is fine by me as long as they get players back with that money. I'm not against corporate whoring though I'd rather see it now exist, but at least there are not adds on the unis like in Mexico.

    I would rather see the new stadium named after the maker of the Sybian

    Classic. Not much you can add to that.

    Heading the Fred? I like it. However, since he is footing the bill, he's allowed to get money for naming rights. If the public paid for it, then people can cry about it.

    5:14 PM

    Blogger ajsmith said...

    I love that we got O Perez, I love his upside, and his stuff, and I think he can be dominant in the league again if he gets his head together.

    But I seriously doubt you'll see him on the post season roster this year, mostly because I do think it's his head that's the problem, and one postseason meltdown could ruin the kid's Mets future.

    Franco is obviously on the roster. Ahern is not.

    8:10 PM

    Anonymous seattle steve said...

    I like the way Omar has been taking the guys in the minors who are having success and putting them at a upper level to speed up there progress

    8:48 PM

    Anonymous John said...

    I LOVE the fact that the Sox are tanking it again. No team I hate more. I've been saying it all year, they have no pitching. In typical Boston fashion, they overinflated their talent, and now it's burning them. Lester is average, DelCarmen and Hansen both suck, Pedroia won't amount to much. The only guy they hit on was Papelbon. Let's not forget also that they traded Hanley Ramirez (felt he wouldn't make it). Look at what he's done. Typical. Put's a smile on my face. And the great Theo did shit at the deadline.

    Sybian line is classic. Stern rules.

    Beltran shoud be the MVP hands down as well as comeback player of the year, gold glove, and World Series MVP. I would also vote him 4th in the Cy Young just because. It's starting to feel like 1986 all over agian....

    9:58 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Seattle Steve, I agree with you. There is a new sheriff in town and he is not about to coddle players. Let their skill dictate where they are and not their age.

    I like Pedoria and Lest and Hansen will be fine. I am suprised that Hansen is getting hit so hard though. And for my money, I'd rather see the Yankees tank. But if they won't tank, at least I get to enjoy A-Rod tanking.

    Beltran shoud be the MVP hands down as well as comeback player of the year, gold glove, and World Series MVP. I would also vote him 4th in the Cy Young just because.

    Quote of the year. He'll get a gold glove and the MVP....take it to the bank.

    12:00 AM

    Anonymous brian b said...

    i hate steve trash, somebody spike the mans wine.

    1:16 AM


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