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The Morning Edition (April 6, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

From Last Night:

  • Josh Hamilton goes 0-4 with 2K as his Angels fall to the Rangers in his return to Arlignton
  • Gordon and Hosmer lead the way as the Royals pummel the Phillies 13-4
  • Zito outduels Westbrook in a 1-0 win over the Cards
  • The Reds throw down the gauntlet in the NL with a 15-0 thumping of the Nats

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Shelby Miller makes his second big league start as his Cards take on the Giants (4p Eastern)
  • Julio Tehran tries to build on his hot spring against the Cubs (7p Eastern)
  • Trevor Bauer makes his Tribe debut against Rays youngster Alex Cobb (7p Eastern)
  • Clayton Kershaw goes for an encore in LA against AJ Burnett and the Bucs (9p Eastern)

The Big Question

  • How long can Chris Davis keep this up?

In 18 PA this season Davis has 4 HR and a .600/.611/1.600 line. Obviously, that pace is a bit unsustainable, but at some point it just becomes ridiculous even in the short run. He’ll get to face Vance Worley tomorrow, against whom he has not recorded a hit in three trips to the plate. Davis, as it appears, will win the New English D “Race to 1.0 WAR” very shortly. He has 0.9 as of this writing. Today, MLB on Fox begins their final season in which they will terrorize our Saturdays by blacking games out. Starting in 2014, MLB.TV won’t go dark on Saturday afternoons. Luckily, the Tigers play the Yankees, so Fox will let me watch. Additionally of note, New English D will publish our usually Saturday edition of The Nine later today with a focus, likely, on ballpark food.

For your reading pleasure, below is a strike zone plot of Prince Fielder’s at bat against Boone Logan from Friday. Observe the location of the pitch that Fielder hit into the seats. A pitcher should reasonably be able to assume that if he misses the strike zone by that much that he should be safe from such outcomes.

location

So Shawn Kelley tried this when he faced Fielder in the 7th. I would not recommend this.

location 2

2012 Season in Review: New York Mets

74-88, 4th in the NL East

The 2012 version of the Metropolitans was very compelling and super exciting into the early summer, but bottomed out as the dog days arrived. They were led by an MVP contender and the NL Cy Young, but the supporting cast wasn’t enough to make the Mets a player in one of the tougher divisions in the sport.

The afore-alluded to Wright (7.8) was worth more WAR than the next four position players combined. Only Ruben Tejada (2.1) and Scott Hairston (2.0) hit the 2.0 starter threshold. Ike Davis gets honorable mention for doing everything right except getting hits. Great power, good patience, but the .227 batting average dragged the whole thing down. He should be better in 2013.

R.A. Dickey had an RA-diculous season and was my (and the BBWAA) pick for Cy Young. Jonathan Niese also had a fine season, but no other pitcher made more than 21 starts. Johan Santana was good, but got hurt. Dillon Gee too. Chris Young was meh, but not bad for a 5th starter. Matt Harvey was eye-popping good, but only made 10 starts after his callup.

The bullpen was, let’s be generous, a weakness.

The Mets had some bright moments this year, especially the first no-hitter in franchise history, courtesy of Mr. Santana, and a wonderful string of dominance by Dickey. Wright signed an extension and Matt Harvey stepped into the spotlight.

The 2012 season shot some life into Mets fans for the first few months and faded down the stretch. I think they’re on their way up. The starting pitching is there.

A Dickey, Niese, Santana, Harvey, and Gee rotation is very good. If Zach Wheeler is ready to be the 1/2 a lot of us think he can be, they Mets could easily have a top five rotation.

They need offense. Wright is a good centerpiece and they have a handful of guys who can really fill out the bottom of a lineup. They need one or two more formidable bats to surround Wright near the top and they could be good to go.

It wasn’t a great year for the Mets, but the future looks bright.

2012 Grade: D

Early 2013 Projection: 80-82

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