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By Adam Rubin | May 17, 2014 10:44:50 AM PDT
WASHINGTON -- There is no disputing Juan Lagares' success at the plate has slowed down. After a three-hit game on May 4 at Coors Field, Lagares was hitting .338. Since then, he is 5-for-27 in 11 games (six starts).
Terry Collins cited Lagares' propensity to chase pitches out of the strike zone as a concern because opposing pitchers are exploiting it.
[Graphic: A look at the pitch location of Juan Lagares' eight outs on pitches that were outside the strike zone since May 5.]
Still, according to ESPN Stats & Information's Mark Simon, Lagares actually is chasing pitches outside the strike zone (and missing on those swings) at a lower rate of late:
Through May 4 -- 34 percent chase rate, and missed on 39 percent of chases.
Since May 5 -- 31 percent chase rate, and missed on 24 percent of chases.
However, there's more to that analysis ...
Through May 4, Lagares had seven base hits on 46 swings at pitches out of the zone.
Since May 5, he has zero base hits on 21 swings at pitches out of the zone.
The Mets encourage as a philosophy selectivity at the plate -- swinging at pitches in your wheelhouse in the zone to maximize the ability to drive the ball.
I guess there was money involved? Was it really so much his decent results weren't worth keeping him around as a ROOGY or whatever?
On March 26, Farnsworth agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mets after they had released him three days earlier. He was called up April 2 and his contract became a major-league deal for $1 million. But unlike most MLB player contracts, it was not guaranteed for the whole season.
That's because of the advance consent clause, MLB's little-known version of the NBA's 10-day contract.
The clause allowed the Mets to send Farnsworth down at any time within 45 days of his first day on the team with his contract reverting back to a minor-league deal at minor-league pay. That deadline was Saturday.
It is something the Mets pushed for in negotiations; Farnsworth didn't have to agree to it, but then the Mets could have simply not signed him. (Farnsworth signed with the Astros Saturday and earned a hold despite being roughed up by the White Sox.)
Alderson said the Mets simply preferred Matsuzaka and Jose Valverde to Farnsworth when they needed a roster space to add one of their prized young pitchers.
But when asked if the decision to option Farnsworth was guided by finances, Alderson said: "I guess what I would say is that there's a financial element to every decision that we make."
I guess I would disagree. On a scale of 1-10, if Farnsworth's a 4, Valverde's still a 2.
Flores was supposedly sick for a little more than you're saying
I don't see the point to putting Flores at a position that he can't play.
"I guess what I would say is that there's a financial element to every decision that we make."
If he had almost 500 games at SS, why was it presented as such a WELLLLLLLLLLLL I guess we'll put him at SS, but..... I mean, that was the mood of the news.
I'll be happy to put him there, but I do wonder if it's going to work.
With Flores (to me, maybe, and nobody else) the way he was proposed at SS was so lukewarm after he'd already played there a ton it's simply kind of difficult for me to be excited or intrigued by the prospect.
This season has really gone south in a hurry. Nothing that we needed to happen to make us feel better about the next 3-4 years has actually happened.
We're 3 games under .500. That's just not that far south. I mean, it's crappy, but it's not THAT awful.
Lagares seems to have made some progress, but the team doesn't seem to want to play him all that much.
''He has been an everyday player,'' Collins said. ''He got into a little bit of a funk. It's not like I sat him for seven days. I sat him for two days, for cripes sake. We're getting a little carried away here. Somebody gets a day off and it's like the sky's falling in. It's not. He's the center fielder.''
''In my opinion, this is what the market is here. If I give Grandy a day off, he's 'benched.' If I give C.Y. a day off, he's 'benched.' If I give Juan a day off, he's 'benched.' That's not really the case. I know you've got to sell newspapers, so do what you've got to say,'' Collins told reporters.
Dilson Herrera is hitting .317/.358/.403 as a 20 year old 2B in the FSL.
The Youngs should be platooning. That is all.
I sat him for two days, for cripes sake.
So, ehh, this team sucks huh?
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