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Friday, May 14, 2010

Couple Thoughts for the Day

1) I know every one is up in arms about Reyes failure to get the bunt down last night, and rightfully so. It's inexcusable for a major league all-star not to be able to put a bunt down on four attempts in the past few days. So don't view this as me defending Jose Reyes. BUT, why on Earth is our "#3 hitter" being asked to bunt with a runner on 2nd base and 0 outs? In that situation you have to play to score multiple runs, not try to settle for one run, especially when your 4 and 5 hitters strike out like it's their job and there is no guarantee they can hit a sacrifice fly. There's no other team in baseball that asks their #3 hitter (which is where the best hitter hits in an ideal line-up) to lay down a bunt in that situation. And if Reyes isn't our best hitter, then it still is on Jerry Manuel for not constructing the line-up correctly.

2) Jeff Francoeur's OBP is .295, which is disgusting, but what's even worse is that two Mets regulars have an even worse OBP. Reyes .275, and Barajas .274. It's very tough to construct an effective line-up when you have 4 guys (including the pitcher) that doesn't get on base even 30% of the time. As a comparison, the only Phillies regular under .300 OBP is Victoriano (his career is OBP is .343).

3) F Nieve not only is throwing every day, but now is expected to go multiple innings Jerry? I've never seen anyone outside of Joe Torre mismanage/ruin bullpens like this.

That's all I have for today, I could go on forever, but I don't want to beat the dead horse any more.

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