Thursday, May 8, 2008

Carlos Gomez > Jose Reyes (so far this year)

I always liked Carlos Go-go-gomez. Last night, Gomez hit for the cycle and showed the Twins fans exactly what us Mets fans had been wondering about the guy since he was called up from the minors. Did he have legit power? How fast is he? Can he dominate at the plate and on the basebaths? Last night he answered with a resounding YES.

What amazes me most about Gomez is how fast he gets out of the box and down to first from the right side of the plate. He doesn't look particularly fast but the kid has jets.

Now Reyes - he LOOKS fast. Like the roadrunner... cloud of dust, spinning feet, escaping Wile E. Coyote fast.

At this point in the season, however, it LOOKS like Carlos Gomez > Jose Reyes.

For those of you who skipped math class in elementary school, Gomez is greater than Reyes this season. It's close, but Gomez edges Hovito in a few categories. Let's check the stats:

Carlos Gomez: .282 BA, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs, .306 OBP, .427 SLG 13 SBs, 1 CS

Jose Reyes: .254 BA, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs, .324 OBP, .429 SLG, 10 SBs, 3 CS

These are the stats. Almost equal but Gomez has a better batting average and has been a more efficient base stealer.

Now don't get me wrong - I think Reyes is the better player. When hitting on all cylinders, Jose Jose Jose can look like the best player in all of baseball. But he hasn't been hitting on all cylinders since June of '07. Right now, Carlos Gomez is playing better.

You have to give up something to get something. So don't get me wrong, the Santana trade was the best deal the Mets have made in ages. But i must admit, Gomez looks like the real deal. Image Go Go as the leadoff man and Reyes hitting #2 in the Mets lineup this year. Damn that's some sick speed at the top of the lineup. Ahhh what if...

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Glavine's Legacy

After the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, they let some key free agents sign elsewhere. They let Pedro come over to our Mets. They allowed Derek Lowe to sign with the Dodgers and Orlando Cabrera sign with the Angels. In returned they gained payroll flexibility and more importantly draft picks. This helped the Red Sox restock their farm system and help win the 2007 World Series. 

While the Mets are not in the same position, they will benefit from the same free agent rules. In return for not retaining Tom Glavine, the Mets will receive the Braves' first round draft pick (18th overall) and a sandwich pick in between the 1st and 2nd round (33rd overall). There is an added bonus for getting draft picks from a division rival. This along with their own pick, which is the 20th overall, give the Mets an opportunity to restock a farm system that many believe was decimated by the Santana trade. While Glavine did some good things for the Mets during his tenure, his most significant contribution could be turning a 40-plus pitcher into two young players with high potential. Lets hope Omar makes some good choices with those picks.