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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Mets coach Chili Davis getting it done, sticking it to Cubs

There were many happy Mets, but the happiest may have been hitting coach Chili Davis, who was fired by the Cubs after last season and subsequently hired by the Mets.

The Cubs are still paying him so this is a win-win for the Mets.

“It is nice, I won’t lie about it,’’ Davis told The Post of bludgeoning the Cubs. “It’s nice to come in here and win a couple games and we got one more to go. Try to come in here with the same focus and intensity on Sunday.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2019 at 06:59 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: chili davis, mets

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: June 23, 2019 at 08:26 PM (#5855221)
Not that the Mets are exactly tearing the cover off the ball but they do have a higher team OPS+ than the Cubs. The main Cubs' (fan?) gripe about Chili was the utter demise of Contreras and the lackluster Bryant season (which may have been injury-related). Both of those guys have bounced back nicely this year. The departure of Chili has had no noticeable effect on Schwarber, Russell or Almora.

On the Mets, if he's had any substantial role in Alonso, Smith, McNeil then he's done a good job.
   2. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 24, 2019 at 12:52 AM (#5855272)
Am I wrong to think that the Mets have a reasonably good core of position players? Alonso, McNeil, and Conforto are all having solid or better seasons. Nimmo has had an injury plagued year but he was very good. Rosario is decent and young enough where some improvement is expected. Smith and Davis are hitting well but the defense remains an issue for those guys.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: June 24, 2019 at 03:07 AM (#5855274)
#2 ... hard to say. Alonso has been excellent ... for less than half a season. McNeil has been very good ... in just over 500 PA. Nimmo was excellent last year ... with a crazy high walk rate and much more power than he'd ever shown before. (The crazy high walk rate has been consistent for his entire time in the majors; we'll have to see about the power.) Smith excellent in just over 100 PAs this year (I assume nearly all vs RHP). As to Rosario, he's had a slight uptick in power from last year (who hasn't?) but otherwise hadn't progressed -- and Rfield hates his defense and raw RF9 numbers don't paint a happy picture either. From that group, the only one with a strong claim to being a consistently good hitter is Conforto.

So ... if everybody is healthy and everybody plays to their potential and that potential is actually in line with their small sample numbers ...
   4. Walt Davis Posted: June 24, 2019 at 03:17 AM (#5855275)
This is the first time McNeil's slash line has really sunk in for me. He's hitting like Tony Gwynn, big BA, limited (but not embarrassing) power, moderate walks. He's put up a 366 BABIP so far which is mighty high but not necessarily unsustainable. Looking at the 2018-19 BABIP leaderboard (min 300 PA), gives a pretty odd list:

1. Jorge Alfaro 389 (seriously, this would win you a bejillion internet bucks down at your neighborhood sabermetrics bar)
2. Austin Jackson 387
3. Domingo Santana 371
4. McNeil 366
5. Judge 365 (strong like bull)
6. Dahl 363
7. Yelich 362
8. Ian Happ 362 (not this year!)
9. Miguel Cabrera (funny one that)
10. Moncada

So there you have it, McNeil is the next Miggy. Unfortunately Miggy at 35-36 but you can't have everything. :-)
   5. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: June 24, 2019 at 09:12 AM (#5855286)
I think McNeil is for real. Maybe not quite this good, but still a very solid hitter for average. Alonso is also for real, you don't hit 27 HR as a rookie before the ASB without being at least pretty good. Conforto is an above average, solid player too. Ramos hits well for a catcher. JD Davis is going to hit 30 bombs this season if he gets playing time. Dunno about Dom Smith, though I want to believe in the power of the CPAP.

Now if their starting pitching would just be consistent and their bullpen stopped being a full Fukishima they'd be a good team.
   6. formerly dp Posted: June 24, 2019 at 09:59 AM (#5855294)
The problem is they have nowhere to play these guys. Frazier is hitting well enough to warrant a lineup spot, throwing Davis and Smith into LF...where they have McNeil, because the Mets decided to grab Cano and address a problem they didn't have.

It would suck to take the hit on defense, but Conforto in center, McNeil in right, and Davis/Smith in left is their best chance at evaluating talent and maximizing offense.

Maybe some day, Lowrie comes back... apparently Rosario took some reps in center...hmmm...
   7. bobm Posted: June 24, 2019 at 10:33 AM (#5855302)
For 2019, Two Strikes (within Count/Balls-Strikes), (requiring PA >= 50), sorted by greatest OBP for this split

                                                                         
Rk   I            Player       Split From   To  G  OBP  PA   BA  SLG  OPS
1       Michael Brantley Two Strikes 2019 2019 66 .377 138 .289 .471 .848
2            Jeff McNeil Two Strikes 2019 2019 56 .376 109 .284 .358 .734
3         Howie Kendrick Two Strikes 2019 2019 54 .373 102 .308 .516 .889
4         Garrett Cooper Two Strikes 2019 2019 37 .372  94 .280 .451 .824
5           Kevin Newman Two Strikes 2019 2019 42 .358  95 .302 .372 .730
6         Anthony Rendon Two Strikes 2019 2019 62 .357 143 .235 .420 .777
7             Mike Trout Two Strikes 2019 2019 68 .355 155 .194 .452 .806
8         Cody Bellinger Two Strikes 2019 2019 74 .354 161 .278 .486 .840
9           Tim Locastro Two Strikes 2019 2019 30 .350  60 .235 .333 .683
10       Freddie Freeman Two Strikes 2019 2019 73 .350 163 .284 .459 .809
11           Kyle Seager Two Strikes 2019 2019 29 .347  72 .230 .361 .708
12         Melky Cabrera Two Strikes 2019 2019 48 .345  84 .313 .425 .770
13         Justin Turner Two Strikes 2019 2019 65 .342 155 .257 .353 .695
14         Nick Markakis Two Strikes 2019 2019 69 .338 151 .254 .346 .684
15      Christian Yelich Two Strikes 2019 2019 67 .338 148 .242 .453 .791
16          Carson Kelly Two Strikes 2019 2019 48 .337  98 .273 .511 .848
17           Gio Urshela Two Strikes 2019 2019 57 .336 119 .280 .430 .766
18          Mookie Betts Two Strikes 2019 2019 70 .335 179 .248 .389 .724
19          Cavan Biggio Two Strikes 2019 2019 24 .333  51 .150 .450 .783
20          Todd Frazier Two Strikes 2019 2019 47 .333 108 .258 .381 .715
21          David Freese Two Strikes 2019 2019 41 .333  75 .242 .424 .758
22          Omar Narvaez Two Strikes 2019 2019 59 .331 136 .237 .373 .704
23          Justin Smoak Two Strikes 2019 2019 58 .331 127 .158 .327 .657
24       George Springer Two Strikes 2019 2019 46 .330 115 .230 .460 .790
25     Andrelton Simmons Two Strikes 2019 2019 34 .328  58 .316 .386 .714


Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/24/2019.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: June 24, 2019 at 10:36 AM (#5855304)
seriously, this would win you a bejillion internet bucks down at your neighborhood sabermetrics bar


Obviously, that's the one mgl frequents.

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