Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Okay, it's official - Ryan Church and Brian Schneider for Lastings Milledge was a good move. No, let me rephrase that... it was a GREAT move.
It's no secret how I felt about the trade when it first went down. My initial question was "Why trade away a young guy with a high ceiling and room to grow for an older guy with essentially the same stats AND who would cost you more money?" I couldn't rationalize it at first.
And while I still think L-Millz has the goods to be an exceptional ballplayer, this year, Omar Minaya is making this deal look like a steal.
Mets fans ask yourself - who has been the most consistent offensive performer on the team this year? Beltran? No. Reyes? No. Wright? No. Delgado? Well, yes if what you mean by "consistent" is consistently bad lol.
Okay, seriously, who has been their most consistent offensive player all year? Without a doubt, Ryan Church.
Last night's line for Church: 2-4, 4 rbi, 1 run scored in the Mets 6-3 victory over the Nationals.
His stats for the season? .324 batting average, 8 HR, 30 rbi, 29 runs scored and a .561 slugging pct.
That's more runs scored than Jose Reyes, more home runs than David Wright, more rbi than Carlos Beltran, a better slugging pct. than Carlos Delgado... the list goes on and on.
And the best move Slick Willie has made all year is batting Church in the two hole.
Why is that? Well it's very simple. Church is a dead red fastball hitter. And hitting before the always dangerous David Wright almost assures that Church will see a ton more fastballs. Pitchers fear Wright so they'll rather take their chances with Church. And Chuuuuuurch has been taking full advantage.
Is it a fluke? Will he come back to reality? Who knows. But for now, Mets fans, let's just enjoy the ride.
As Jay-Z would say... "Take 'em to Church"