Here at Mets360 we write about the team every day and we do it without access to the players. This has its advantages and disadvantages and it is silly to pretend otherwise. Having first-hand quotes gives stories a legitimacy that they would not have otherwise and frequently there is value to the insight given by players.
But we do not have to play favorites nor hope that player X is in a good mood and actually says something worthwhile. Also, not having the “crutch” of the go-to quote forces us to look other places for stories, where we frequently wind up with, in my opinion, much better articles.
Plus, having spent some time in clubhouses ranging from the high school level to the pros in baseball, basketball and football – I can tell you it’s not fun. My last clubhouse experience was getting big-timed by the Nets’ Deron Williams, who made me and about 20 other people wait forever, just because he could. You are a prince among men, Deron – don’t ever change.
Still, I would like to hear the answers to these questions:
Ike Davis – Why the big home/road split? The new dimensions were supposed to help Davis but so far not so much. H: .064/.120/.064 for a .184 OPS. R: .283/.327/.500 for an .827 OPS.
Lucas Duda – What are LHP doing differently to you this year? In 2012, Duda has a .441 OPS versus southpaws compared to a .715 mark last year.
Daniel Murphy – Where has the power gone? Murphy’s .065 ISO is essentially half of last year’s .128 mark, which was significantly lower than the .161 mark he had in 2009.
Jonathon Niese – There were some trade rumors involving you in the offseason and then you signed an extension without a no-trade clause. What did the Mets tell you about those trade rumors and why not get the NTC?
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – Why did people question your defense in minors?
Bobby Parnell – How does it feel to be the team’s best reliever after the focus of the offseason was to improve the bullpen?
Jon Rauch – Whose idea was it for you to throw more sliders this year?
Johan Santana – Did you ever imagine you would miss a year, have the slowest fastball of your life and have the best K/9 (9.87) of your time with the Mets?
Ruben Tejada – How are you destroying LHP this year? Forget for a moment the .548 BABIP versus lefties – Tejada has a .150 ISO versus southpaws, thanks to six doubles in 40 AB.
Josh Thole – What’s the secret to getting good results from Dillon Gee? In 26 starts with Thole behind the plate, Gee has 3.23 ERA and a .669 OPS allowed. In nine starts with Ronny Paulino, those numbers are 7.16 and .837, and in four starts with Mike Nickeas, they are 4.88 and .915, respectively.
David Wright – What are you doing differently on defense? In the early going, Wright has a .983 fielding percentage, the best mark of his career. The advanced metrics also see a marked improvement. Wright checks in exactly average in Defensive Runs Saved, a nice upgrade from his double-digit negative numbers in his last two full seasons. UZR/150 has him at 1.8, after he notched a -16.4 rate last year.
I’m sure some of these questions have been asked, with the Dickey one being the most likely. If you have seen the answers to these, or similar questions, please post a link in the comments section.