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September 14, 2004
BASEBALL: The Guilty Parties

How to explain the Mets' second-half collapse in three easy lessons?

1. Here are the combined post-All-Star Break stats for Mike Piazza, Cliff Floyd, and Richard Hidalgo:


Bear in mind that this is the middle of the Mets' batting order (Jason Phillips and Todd Zeile have been worse). Full second-half batting stats are here.

2. Here are the combined post-All-Star Break stats for Tom Glavine, Al Leiter and Steve Traschsel:


Bear in mind that these are the aces of the Mets' staff; Jae Seo and Kris Benson are worse. Full second-half pitching stats are here.

3. Games played by Todd Zeile after the break: 46. Games played by Jose Reyes and Kaz Matsui combined: 43. No, you don't want to see Zeile's numbers, or the Mets' defense without Reyes. You just want to see Zeile retired, and the season over.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:43 AM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Post All-Star Game - David Ortiz has 14 HR and 47 just by himself.

Ortiz - $25 million over 4 years. Floyd - $19.5 million over 3 years. I think the blame can also be placed on the front office too.

Posted by: chris at September 14, 2004 8:41 AM

Oh and that last year of Ortiz's contract is a $7.5 million option so he's really $17.5 over 3 years vs. Floyd's $19.5 over 3 years.

Posted by: chris at September 14, 2004 8:43 AM
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