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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Mickey Callaway has seen the light — and can’t be the only one

It’s a balance. You don’t want good pitchers, bad fielders, and bad hitters. The keys, of course, are player evaluation and properly weighting how the parts fit together. The Mets, for one example, seem to do a pretty poor job at both aspects.

“If you are going to build a team around pitching, you better value defense,’’ one scout said Tuesday night. “The Mets better start valuing it.’’

When Callaway was asked about the importance of defense throughout the organization, the manager spelled out what must be done moving forward.

“I think with who we have on the mound in our organization, I think defense needs to be paramount,’’ Callaway said on a night the Mets played solid defense and beat the Giants 6-3 at Citi Field.

“We’ve seen when we play good defense, we win games. [Monday] night we didn’t play great defense in one inning and we end up losing the game because of it.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 10:31 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. finner Posted: August 22, 2018 at 10:46 AM (#5731574)
Maybe they could start by ensuring they have enough MLB outfielders on the roster?
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 22, 2018 at 10:50 AM (#5731579)
Maybe they could start by ensuring they have enough MLB outfielders on the roster?

Both NY teams seem to be struggling with that one.
   3. formerly dp Posted: August 22, 2018 at 01:12 PM (#5731695)
Jackson seemed to have fixed the OF problem, until Nimmo went down. Hopefully he won't take long to bounce back from the finger injury. Bruce should be healthy soon too.

But they also, quite justifiably IMO, just committed to McNeil at 2B for the rest of the season--and he's no one's idea of a glove-first guy. Haven't looked at the numbers on Joey Bats, but my guess is he's been downright terrible. As bad as he's been with the bat, the bigger concern about Rosario at this point could be his glove--he was advertised as being excellent there (and he looked that way last season) but the performance just hasn't been there so far.
   4. KJOK Posted: August 22, 2018 at 01:49 PM (#5731714)
“If you are going to build a team around pitching, you better value defense,’’

I agree with needing balance, but if anything, if you have good pitchers, they are good because they allow less and weaker contact, so if anything defense is a little less important.

   5. formerly dp Posted: August 22, 2018 at 01:59 PM (#5731724)
but if anything, if you have good pitchers, they are good because they allow less and weaker contact, so if anything defense is a little less important.
But part of having good pitching is having pitchers that can go deep in games, leading to lower strain on the bullpen and less churn from the minors--and that doesn't happen if your fielders are turning outs into hits.

The Mets will end 2018 no closer to having a true CF than they were at the start of the season--they could bring Jackson back, but with Lagares on the roster, he seems kind of redundant. Both Nimmo & Conforto are stretched there, especially if Bruce plays RF.
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: August 22, 2018 at 02:23 PM (#5731740)
Jackson seemed to have fixed the OF problem, until Nimmo went down. Hopefully he won't take long to bounce back from the finger injury. Bruce should be healthy soon too.

One of them better come back. They had a guy named "Reinheimer" starting at LF on Monday. And batting 9th.

Then in extra innings they put Dominic Smith at LF and he lost the game by barging into Rosario on a popup.
   7. bobm Posted: August 22, 2018 at 02:26 PM (#5731741)
if your fielders are turning outs into hits

Tm      RA/G DefEff
OAK     4.12   .714
TBR     3.99   .709
MIL     4.21   .706
ARI     3.88   .705
ATL     4.10   .703
HOU     3.31   .703
CHC     4.04   .702
WSN     4.10   .700
BOS     3.72   .698
LAD     3.87   .698
DET     4.68   .696
NYY     4.00   .695
MIA     5.10   .694
STL     4.08   .694
LAA     4.31   .693
CLE     3.98   .692
LgAvg   4.45   .692
CHW     5.34   .691
SEA     4.45   .690
COL     4.78   .689
CIN     5.06   .688
SFG     4.35   .687

NYM     4.56   .686

PIT     4.41   .682
PHI     4.29   .680
TEX     5.32   .680
MIN     4.68   .678
SDP     4.77   .678
KCR     5.40   .677
TOR     5.13   .676
BAL     5.45   .670 


Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/22/2018.
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 22, 2018 at 02:28 PM (#5731744)
The Mets will end 2018 no closer to having a true CF than they were at the start of the season--they could bring Jackson back, but with Lagares on the roster, he seems kind of redundant. Both Nimmo & Conforto are stretched there, especially if Bruce plays RF.

Seems like Bruce has to go to 1B. Conforto and Nimmo in the corners. Sign a good defensive CF.
   9. formerly dp Posted: August 22, 2018 at 02:41 PM (#5731757)
Seems like Bruce has to go to 1B. Conforto and Nimmo in the corners. Sign a good defensive CF.
If they're not going to sign a 1B, and bringing Flores back, I'm not sure how you push Wilmer to the bench in favor of Bruce, without citing Bruce's salary as cause. In just under half a season, Bruce has hit .212/.292/.321. He's notoriously streaky, and got hurt before he could get hot, but he's also had long stretches where's he essentially worthless with the bat (2014 & 2015). Maybe they could platoon them--though Wilmer curiously has a reverse split in 2018 (.295/.344/.493 against RHP; .243/.303/.355 vs LHP; career .262/.301/.410; .267/.314/.485). Could also see Wilmer as a non-tender or traded in the offseason, he'll be expensive for a part-timer, doesn't have a good enough glove to justify a utility role, and doesn't hit enough to justify a starting gig at 1B, at least on a decent team.
   10. Walt Davis Posted: August 22, 2018 at 05:37 PM (#5731862)
Maybe Sandy missed SABR Memo 2011-122736 headed "Oops! Defense matters after all." Murphy all over the place and finally 2B, Cabrera at SS, Duda in LF, nobody in CF ... he's been at this for a while.

Wow! Todd Hundley in LF was 20 years ago. I am old.
   11. formerly dp Posted: August 22, 2018 at 05:44 PM (#5731865)
Tbf, I think Murphy at 2b worked out better than anyone thought it would. And they did give Lagares a 4-year deal, so it's clear they valued his defense in CF, because they def didn't sign him for his bat.
   12. stevegamer Posted: August 22, 2018 at 06:26 PM (#5731884)

I agree with needing balance, but if anything, if you have good pitchers, they are good because they allow less and weaker contact, so if anything defense is a little less important.


The Phillies are testing this theory heavily this season. So far it's working, good pitching paired with bad defense. Sadly Shortstop has been such a black hole on both offense & defense, the ex-Met Cabrere is an improvement in both areas.
   13. Sunday silence Posted: August 22, 2018 at 09:43 PM (#5731997)
interesting list in no. 7. Has any study been made to determine if park effects play a part in this? for instance OAK has very large foul territory, I wonder if that helps them.
   14. formerly dp Posted: August 23, 2018 at 09:20 AM (#5732154)
Sadly Shortstop has been such a black hole on both offense & defense, the ex-Met Cabrere is an improvement in both areas.
Wait Cabrera's improved your defense at SS? How bad is Crawford?
   15. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 23, 2018 at 09:29 AM (#5732159)
Wait Cabrera's improved your defense at SS? How bad is Crawford?

Horrendous per the stats. Both DRS and UZR have him at -4 in only 195 innings, which is like -30 over a full season.

Kingery actually has played more SS, 698 inn. UZR thinks he's average, DRS fair. But, with a 59 wRC+, hard to see that that matters at all.

   16. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: August 23, 2018 at 09:32 AM (#5732163)
Freddy Galvis put up 1.2 and 1.3 WAR the last two years despite being unable to hit, and he's been a positive contributor on the Padres as well. Notable downgrade from him to the two superstar prospects.

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