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:

Name G PA BB% K% BABIP AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ BsR Off Def WAR
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?

        https://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2009/3/17/795946/optimizing-your-lineup-by

        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 – http://cast.rocks/hosting/13288/September-Week-4.mp3

  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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