Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I know I said my next post would be a run down of the Mets pitching staff, but I needed to address the multiple (sarcastic) posts about Jeff Francoeur, also referred to as Frenchy. You always have to be afraid of guys that the media/coaching staff says that they "play hard every day, and has a great attitude." Usually that means he isn't very good (exceptions of course are Utley, Jeter, Pedroia, Youk). If Frenchy wasn't so liked in the clubhouse, no one would care about him, because as you will see below, he really isn't a good baseball player at all. He would've been non-tendered by the Braves this off-season if they hadn't found a dummy to take them; golf clap for the New York Mets front office. Although I do give Omar credit for how he handled this. He gave John Ricci all the credit (or blame) for saying it was his idea to come up with this trade. Maybe Omar isn't so dumb after all. Jeff Francoeur stats the past 3 years: 2007 .293 BA, 338 OBP, 444 Slug 2008 .239 BA, 294 OBP, 359 Slug 2009 .280 BA, 329 OBP, 423 Slug In case you are wondering the league average for NL Rightfielders was: .266 BA, 339 OBP, 442 SLug. That Slug % is good for 7th best in the NL out of the 8 rightfielders that had enough at bats to qualify. The only RF that was worse was Randy Winn. That OBP % is good for worst in the MLB among Rightfielders, 19 that qualified. THE WORST. OPS (combine OBP + Slug), Jeff Francoeur is 2nd worst in MLB (again ahead of only Randy Winn). Well, maybe he just had an off year, at least there will be stats that show he still is a power hitter. So let's look at Isolated Power. Jeff Francoeur ranks 7th of 8 in the NL. Anyone that watches the Mets knows he swings at everything and never works the count. Guess who sees the least amount of pitches per at bat among all major league right fielders. If you guessed our best friend Frenchy, you are correct! Step right up and give this guy a multi-year contract.
Posted by Anthony at 1:38 PM