The Mets Meet Anibal Sanchez

Days like today prove that the best results are sometimes the most unexpected ones.

The Mets have about a gazillion regulars on the disabled list and are playing for 2010. The Marlins have a slimmer of playoff hopes and sit pretty at second place in the National League East. Anibal Sanchez isn’t great (4.72 FIP and 5.38 tRA in 41 innings this year) but against the Mets lineup, it looked like an easy victory. I mean, really, look at this morbid crew:

Angel Pagan CF .343 wOBA
Wilson Valdez SS .248
Daniel Murphy 1B .307
Jeff Francoeur RF .299
Cory Sullivan LF .330
Fernando Tatis 3B .314
Omir Santos C .300
Anderson Hernandez 2B .278
Tim Redding P .056

Of the eight batters, two can be called league average hitters or better. That’s it. Three-fourths of the Mets lineup consisted of below average hitters, and yet, they went out and scored 10 runs on the Marlins.

Hernandez contributed three hits on the day and scored twice, Valdez knocked in a run and had two hits, Murphy had a pair of hits and three RBI, Sullivan had two hits, Tatis popped a solo home run, and so on. Every Mets starter A) had a hit, B) had two.

For Anibal, his final line after 3.2 innings pitched: eight hits, two earned runs, three walks, two strikeouts, and one bewildered glance at the scorecard to see whether such a pathetic looking group actually knocked him around. Cristhian Martinez relieved Sanchez and didn’t fare much better as he allowed six hits and four earned runs in three and a third innings.

Fans of the Mets don’t have much to look forward to when batting nowadays, but for once they weren’t the ones vomiting at the results.

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  1. Codylee says:

    Someone should really comment on the fact that since he’s come to the Mets, Francoeur has put up some reasonable number. Since coming over from the Braves his slash line has been a respectable .302/.329/.503, good for a 116 OPS+. The trade to the Mets may have really rejuvenated him.

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    • TJ says:

      .329 isnt good

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      • Mitchell says:

        No its not. But, he’s put up a solid .503 slg. Considering the amount of criticism the Mets got for the trade, Frenchy has done well for himself.

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      • Melkman says:

        302/503 is, its called knocking in runs instead of taking a walk. You don’t pick up RBI with walks. It’s called being accountable as a cleanup hitter. Sheep. Get outside the box a little.

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      • Nick says:

        You also don’t score runs or keep the inning alive by making outs, which is also the job of the cleanup hitter.

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      • Pete says:


        OBP is THE most important single measure in offensive baseball. It measures whether you got out or not. If you’re out, you hurt the team in the majority of circumstances. If you’re NOT out, well done! Guys with low ISO-patience (OBP-BA) are probably going to be more vulnerable to offensive peaks and valleys because they swing at bad pitches more often then not and get themselves out. This is the exact profile for Francouer’s career and will continue to be so until he changes his approach. Yes, he’s played relatively well, but he’s essentially the same player as before.

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    • Not David says:

      Accompanied by abysmal defense, continuing the replacement level production he provided Atlanta prior to the trade.

      He’s not a good baseball player.

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      • Nick says:

        Francouer has always been a solid defender. I would say that -5 UZR doesn’t accurately reflect his contributions this year.

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  2. Not David says:

    Only if they’re masochists.

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  3. I am David Foy says:

    As a fan that has had to deal with the sad situation that is the Mets all summer long, I can appreciate the unexpected production of our scrubs. Thats the wonder of baseball, randomness creates an “On any given day” situation.

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  4. Michael says:

    Two articles on how the Mets beat up on the Marlins yesterday (other one is sort of the same thing, but without the game recap, over at The Book blog)? It’s sad that the Marlins are still in the playoff race and the only talk we’re getting is how a terrible Mets lineup scored 10 runs in one game against us. We won the other two, by the way.

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  5. RKO36 says:

    The Mets are playing in some bizzaro universe this season. Their season has been completely and bewildering strange and ridiculous.

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  6. acerimusdux says:

    “Of the eight batters, two can be called league average hitters or better.”

    You are being far too generous here. Pagan is playing over his head, he’s not a .340+ wOBA talent, but he’s probably at least close to being average, though still below. But he’s really the only one there that’s close. But, really, he’s still more a bench player than a starter.

    I hope you aren’t suggesting Cory Sullivan is average or better, based on a wOBA in under 80 PA. For his career, he’s a 0 WAR player over 1135 PA.

    The rest are pretty much replacement level bats at best. Francoeur and Santos both have a bit of defensive value not accounted by in fangraphs WAR, as catcher defense is not yet included, and Francoeur’s arm is maybe a bit under valued just because no one even tries to run on it anymore. But even giving credit for that, and assuming most of Francoeur’s offensive resugence is for real, both guys are maybe 1 WAR players, still not very near average.

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    • RKO36 says:

      Pagan is basically playing to his career averages, but I think he is getting a big boost from the enormous Citi Field.

      Not to mention Shane Victorino gave him a HR because he just watched the ball sit on the ground and left it there . . .

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      • acerimusdux says:

        Yes, he’s maybe not a .352 wOBA guy, which is what he’s up to now, in 230 PA this year, but he should at least be a .325-.330 wOBA guy. Given that he’s only about -5 in CF, which gets a +2.5 adjustment, he maybe is a near average regular right now. Even a .325 wOBA with that defense would make him a +1.5 WAR player.

        Keep in mind, this is his age 28 season, he’s really a better player now than he would have been 3 years ago. Even coming up in the minors I always saw him as a guy who might be a second division starter for a couple of years at his peak. So he’s right about there.

        As for Francouer, I mistated it in my last sentence above. With the Mets so far he has a .343 wOBA. That would make him an above average player. I don’t think he will continue that, but I do actually think he could be a .325 wOBA guy as well, especially given he is only entering his prime. That’s still below average in RF, but I still believe he’s at least average defensively there. So that would be another +1.5 WAR player.

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  7. snoops says:

    i love the articles on this site…. but… doesn’t this article seem a bit, pointless?

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  8. joey 8-slice says:

    What is a “slimmer” of playoff hopes? I expect my sports bloggers to make proper use of nouns and adjectives.

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