Monday catch-all thread (9/24/18)

Throughout club history, second base has rarely been a team strength. Only nine times has a player at the position finish with a 3.0 or better fWAR. Usually it’s a disappointing guy like Charlie Neal or Doug Flynn or Carlos Baerga. But in 2018, the Mets have received a strong year from their two primary second basemen. Here’s how they stack up with one another as Mets through Saturday’s games:

Jeff McNeil 56 215 5.60% 9.80% 0.357 0.328 0.382 0.487 0.373 141 3.1 13.7 1.5 2.3
Asdrubal Cabrera 98 407 7.10% 19.90% 0.309 0.277 0.329 0.488 0.348 124 1.2 13.1 -4 2.3

7 comments for “Monday catch-all thread (9/24/18)

  1. TexasGusCC
    September 24, 2018 at 1:54 am

    Can someone please take the time needed to educate me on why the player tied for the #2 OBP in the National League bats in front of such stiffs as Frazier, Jackson and Plawecki, rather than in the top three and thus dropping the Almighty Bruce to #5 where he belongs?

    • Metsense
      September 24, 2018 at 7:03 am

      Gus, do you have ” The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball” by Tom Tango? If not then I want to gift it to you. I owe you one friend. This spring I may be in Houston and I would like to make a reservation for Maggie’s restaurant also. The book might answer your question. Peace and LGM.

      • TexasGusCC
        September 24, 2018 at 8:21 am

        Thank you Metsense, and I don’t understand why there’s a debt. I would love to drive up to Houston to meet with you, but of course you are welcome anytime.

        I read an article on lineup construction, and understand its points. However, I believe in common sense too, and not reinventing the wheel. The rabbits go in front, the big boys in the middle, the rest bring up the rear. Having a .397 OBP in front of your worst hitters would probably waste alot of that OBP, don’t you think so?

        McNeil’s nickname is “Squirrel”, and we learned that in an interview Noah Syndergaard gave. As mean as this may sound, I can understand why when you see him talk. Maybe The Real Deal may be his bat, LOL. DeGrom loves using his bats.

  2. Metsense
    September 24, 2018 at 6:45 am

    In the clubhouse, Jeff McNeil has a nickname, “The Real Deal”. His teamates believe in him, they are amazed by him and they even borrow his bat. I wonder if his bat is named Wonderboy?
    I think Cabrera was not appreciated enough for his output in his career as a Met. If by late January he may be still unsigned and maybe at that point in his career he would take a role as a substitute.Maybe the Mets should sign him.

  3. September 24, 2018 at 10:21 am

    The podcast version of my Sunday piece –

  4. Madman
    September 24, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Heck,Cabrera and Bruce platoon at 1B until June when Alonso comes up.

    • Metsense
      September 24, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      Callaway rest his starters at least once a week. Cabrera could get at least two days a week. He’s also injury insurance.

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