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Saturday, May 31, 2014

MLB: Alderson says that ‘now’s the time to turn the corner’

Awareness of the Probabilities…pretty sure Bouzouki Joe Records had them on a Turkish Freakout comp. When you say awareness, how much of the newer metrics do you involve Terry in? Talking to Yankees GM Brian Cashman about it this spring, he said he doesn’t think you can be a manager in the big leagues these days unless you use them to a certain degree.

Alderson: I think that’s fair. There’s so much information out there that it needs to be distilled into something that is usable. There can be information overload whether it’s a manager or a staff or an individual player. People have to go out and perform. That entails more of an subconscious understanding of these things than a conscious, voluntary application. Again, having an awareness of these things is important. Training and preparation are important, but ultimately people have to have the freedom to do as they see fit. As long as there is an awareness of the probabilities, that’s all I care about. In the final analysis, these guys who play the game are human beings. They are not baseball cards. This is a lot for an older manager, who may be set in his ways, to digest and change.

Alderson: Yeah, well, some people say that the most important thing you can learn in college is how to keep learning. It’s true in baseball. It’s true almost anywhere. If you can’t keep up with new technology, new ways of thinking, if you’re not constantly involving, you’re falling behind. I think the fact that Terry is older suggests that he’s been able to evolve and still has a good relationship with an entirely different generation of players. Did you have a five-year plan with the Mets? What was your goal and how close are you to reaching it?

Alderson: My goal was not to win 74 games as we did last year. I don’t recall specifically what I wrote down or had in mind. But we’re not there since we haven’t even hit .500. On the other hand, we have had other issues to deal with. This is what I told the fans over the last three years when they asked about the plan, what we are trying to do: acquire and develop talent, create payroll flexibility and win as many games as possible without compromising one and two. So have we been successful in that regard? If you phrase it that way, we’ve definitely made progress. But now’s the time. We’ve acquired more talent. We have more payroll flexibility. Now’s the time to turn the corner and what allows us to turn the corner is eventually our young talent. We’re just about at that juncture.

Repoz Posted: May 31, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Benji Posted: May 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM (#4716520)
I am so sick of his double talk. Please retire. And take your two bozos with you.
   2. Adam Starblind Posted: May 31, 2014 at 08:10 PM (#4716681)
What's the difference. 5th lowest payroll in baseball, about the 5th worst team. Not rocket science.
   3. shoewizard Posted: May 31, 2014 at 08:19 PM (#4716686)
This may or may not be the right way to look at it, but I'm not exactly seeing a youth movement at the major league level. They currently have the 4th oldest avg age of both Hitters and Pitchers in the National League.

Ages per BB-REF. First age is Mets, second age is NL avg

Hitters Age

2010: 28.4/28.8
2011: 28.1/28.8
2012: 27.9/28.4
2013: 28.3/28.3
2014: 28.9/28.5

Pitchers age

2010: 29.5/28.7
2011: 30.0/28.5
2012: 30.3/28.5
2013: 29.1/28.1
2014: 29.5/28.8

   4. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: May 31, 2014 at 09:53 PM (#4716702)
Ruben Tejada had himself a day and raised his OPS by 60 points today. Inching towards respectability.

   5. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 31, 2014 at 11:10 PM (#4716726)
If Houston can do it, so can the Mets!
   6. bobm Posted: May 31, 2014 at 11:36 PM (#4716736)
Batting is where the Mets are noticeably old. Adding Granderson and Chris Young while Wright ages.

Rk                     Pos Age  G  PA
1     C     Travis dArnaud  25 33 124
2    1B        Lucas Duda*  28 49 172
3    2B     Daniel Murphy*  29 52 243
4    SS       Ruben Tejada  24 44 148
5    3B       David Wright  31 54 247
6    LF        Eric Young#  29 42 165
7    CF       Juan Lagares  25 40 166
8    RF Curtis Granderson*  33 52 214
Rk                     Pos Age  G  PA
9    OF        Chris Young  30 38 135
10    C     Anthony Recker  30 25  76
11   UT       Bobby Abreu*  40 28  54
12   MI      Wilmer Flores  22 13  47
13   CI         Josh Satin  29 15  34
14   UT      Eric Campbell  27 13  33
15   MI  Omar Quintanilla*  32 15  31
16   UT       Andrew Brown  29 10  30
17   1B         Ike Davis*  27 12  30
18    C      Juan Centeno*  24  6  23
19   CF  Kirk Nieuwenhuis*  26  9  21
20   RF   Matt den Dekker*  26  2   2

Pitching - Harvey would have been Age 25 in the 2014 rotation with no need for Colon. Hopefully deGrom sticks, with (fingers crossed) Syndergaard and Montero on the way back some day and Daisuke gets phased out.

A healthy Parnell would have forestalled Valverde and Farnsworth, now gone, replaced by the likes of Mejia and Black
Rk                    Pos Age  G GS   IP
1    SP     Bartolo Colon  41 10 10 64.2
2    SP      Zack Wheeler  24 11 11 62.2
3    SP        Jon Niese*  27 10 10 62.1
4    SP        Dillon Gee  28  8  8 52.2
5    SP    Rafael Montero  23  4  4 20.0
Rk                    Pos Age  G GS   IP
6    CL      Jenrry Mejia  24 17  7 47.2
7    RP     Carlos Torres  31 28  0 32.0
8    RP    Jeurys Familia  24 25  0 26.1
9    RP     Jose Valverde  36 21  0 20.2
10   RP       Scott Rice*  32 27  0 12.0
Rk                    Pos Age  G GS   IP
11      Daisuke Matsuzaka  33 16  1 28.1
12           Jacob deGrom  26  3  3 19.2
13        Gonzalez Germen  26 13  0 17.2
14        Kyle Farnsworth  38 19  0 17.0
15              Vic Black  26  3  0  4.2
16            Josh Edgin*  27  7  0  4.1
17           John Lannan*  29  5  0  4.0
18          Bobby Parnell  29  1  0  1.0

   7. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: May 31, 2014 at 11:43 PM (#4716740)
Who makes it back to the playoffs first: the Mets or the Astros?
   8. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 31, 2014 at 11:47 PM (#4716741)
Who makes it back to the playoffs first: the Mets or the Astros?

where were you in '62?
   9. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 01, 2014 at 12:02 AM (#4716743)
This being the Mets, safe to assume there will be some sort of bus or train bearing down on them when they come around that corner.
   10. Adam Starblind Posted: June 01, 2014 at 10:20 AM (#4716787)
while Wright ages

He's certainly played like it.

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