Evans Dives into Mix

Looks like we’ve got another contender for a cheap OF’er in 2012 after Nick Evans big 3-4, a HR and 4 RBI.

These days a big game from a young player (not playing 3rd, or short) can instantly earn them a ticket to 2012 dance.

It’s hard to get excited about Nick Evans since he’s been kicking back and forth for years but I’d love to see him push his way into the conversation.

Good for Pelf for earning the win, but it was another just Ok outing for him. 

This week I’d say Pagan’s arbitration value is spiking  while Pelfrey’s is slipping… 

30 Responses to “Evans Dives into Mix”

  1. Lord Charles Says:

    Interesting inning by Parnell yesterday. Two walks were ugly, but striking out Howard and Pence showed something. Interesting numbers to consider:

    Heath Bell as a Met (Age: 26-28, 81 games)

    ERA+: 87, H/9: 10.8, HR/9: 1.2 K/9 8.8, K/BB: 3.50

    Parnell as a Relief Pitcher (Age: 25-26, 82 games)

    ERA+: 113, H/9: 10.1, HR/9: 0.5 K/9 9.6, K/BB: 3.32

    Whether or not the Mets gave Bell a fair shot is certainly debatable, but I don’t think anyone could have foreseen him becoming as good as he has become in SD. Too soon to write off Parnell as a legit closer?

    Sometimes all it takes is getting an opportunity.

  2. Big D Says:

    LC, what is the ERA+ number?

  3. foxster Says:

    WHOOPEE, we won one in Philly.

  4. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    OK we got a win! Better yet we are starting to hear names of “The New Breed”, Evans, Duda, etc.

    Spring Training 2012 has started! I hope the Mets give you a price break on tickets for the rest of the year!

    Wright put on waivers and claimed by the Rockies! I guess as the meaningless games wind down, we are doing a good job of staying out of the basement so far.

    I hope we continue to play the young guys and hope we bring a bunch up in Sept and play them!

    Kind of feel sorry for season ticket holders who bought plans, now that they are giving tix away like freebies, groupon, kids free etc.


  5. BlondiesJake Says:

    FMFR, why would you feel sorry for ST holders? They obviously have plenty of discretionary income and were oblivious to what was clearly going to happen this year. Save your sympathy for those who can barely afford to take their families to a game because of the obscene prices and now probably won’t want to even at a discounted rate.

  6. Lord Charles Says:

    Big D,

    ERA+ is just a pitcher’s ERA adjusted for both the league average and park factors. It is then set to 100 (league average), with larger numbers being better. It is the pitching equivalent of OPS+.

  7. BlondiesJake Says:

    LC, so Parnell’s 113 is good and Bell’s 87 was bad, correct?

  8. ProfessorReyes Says:

    FRich it’s practically BOGO at this point. Haven’t gone to one game this year.

    Son went, and his dad actually called the FO to complain about the loudness of the speakers, they couldn’t hear each other talk. His ideal is Fenway, where they don’t play any music at all during batting practice, you just hear the crack of the bat and the players, and I have to agree with that.

  9. BlondiesJake Says:

    I love ballparks that allow the sounds of baseball and the fans to exist, instead of crushing it all with ear-splitting music I didn’t go to the game to hear!

  10. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    I don’t believe in the idea of boycotting a bad team, unless you feel they are not playing hard or giving their best efforts. The idea that I’m not going to pay to see them until they get better makes no sense to me, as all it does is take money away from the team’s coffers, thus making it less likely that the team can improve any time soon. I do believe in boycotting overpriced seating, and so I feel quite comfortable going when the team is discounting tickets, because that at least sends a message that, hey, as a fan I’m willing to pay 20-30 bucks or so for a nice ticket, but I’m not willing to pay 75-100 for it. In this economy these Mets could have the Phillies record, and I doubt they would be filling all those pricey seats, so my argument is not about the quality of the team determining the ticket price point, but just about a realistic acknowledgment of who your fan base is and what is reasonable to expect to pay for MLB entertainment in NY.

    Back on the field: Really hope TC sticks with Parnell for a while here. Those numbers LC puts up show what everybody knows, which is that this is a guy with the stuff to be a good closer. Whether he has the makeup for it can’t be known until he gets the opportunities, and the fact that he has not performed well in the setup role lately, doesn’t mean that he won’t do well as a closer.

  11. BrooklynBill Says:

    Guys - we won the game because Philly must’ve been beat day game after a night game and scoring all those runs.

    Did anyone claim Jason Bay by any chance?

  12. BlondiesJake Says:

    BrooklynBill, does the sun ever shine where you live?

    tdfkabl, I hear what you are saying re: boycott, but I think it’s acceptable if you feel the organization is not doing its best to put an entertaining and competitive product on the field, irregardless of the cost of tickets.

    I’m not worried about them having enough $ based on ticket sales…the owners have plenty of money and make way more through corporate sponsorship, tv and radio deals as well as concessions deals and team clothing and tchochkes than they ever do on tickets. It’s not like a minor-league team where you live and die with the attendance.

  13. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    BJake: you are right, of course, about the ticket sales as a percentage of the general revenue pile. With all the stuff going on with the Madoff lawsuit and the effects of a bad economy, as well as their own decisions on overpriced seats, of course, still throw it all together and it’s a bit difficult for me to definitively state that this ownership has the resources at present to do more than they are doing to mount a competitive team. Besides, if you go to a game this weekend, in addition to the discounted tix, you may get to see some interesting wind-aided HR’s. Maybe even see DW hit one over the “Black Monstrosity” in left.
    Oh, and I totally agree about lowering/eliminating the ballpark music. Jane Jarvis, where are you?

  14. KMac Says:

    She’s dead. (Sorry couldn’t resist)

    Teams are catering to the casual fan to put fannies in seats. That means music, giveaways, food, etc. Most of the people that sit in the high priced seats don’t even watch the games. To them it’s a night out. Us “real” baseball fans don’t need all that crap, but we aren’t going to pay the bills alone, unless you’re it’s a Red Sox type team.

  15. BlondiesJake Says:

    KMac, I understand families wanting games/promotions between innings. And I get special nights where all the elements are themed including music. But I don’t buy the casual fan won’t come to the ballpark if earsplitting music isn’t playing and the audio system isn’t imploring the fans to yell for no reason, nor have I ever heard somebody say that’s the reason they went to a game.

  16. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    Consensus AGAIN on BMF! I totally agree about the music at CitiField, it’s far too loud and there is far too much of it. I hate to have to say anything positive about LA, but I loved the organ between innings and not much else.

    I don’t think the casual fan cares about music, but I think there is a misplaced idea that you can manipulate the fans to clap etc via music and therefore care (or act like they care) more about the game. But the effect of having sooooo many distractions at all these new ballparks, from food to water slides, is in direct opposition to keeping fans engaged in the game. Maybe if there weren’t so many stupid alternate activities besides watching the game, they wouldn’t have to scream at us when it was time to clap or stand etc.

  17. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    Oh, also, I am really glad they are giving Parnell a real shot, and I think there is a good possibility that he could thrive in this role. Let the kids play!

  18. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    Boys yournot gonna let a little hurricane stop you from going to a game?

    We have on here every week ;-)

  19. KMac Says:

    Music isn’t the reason people go or not go to a game, but teams think that playing music provides more entertainment so people feel like they are getting more for their money.

    I think the problem at Citi is that the Wilpons must be deaf so they tell them to turn the music up. If they weren’t deaf they’d be listening to the fans for the last few years!

  20. IrishMike Says:

    The problem is there is someone with the title “Vice President of in-game Entertainment” or some such nonsense. In all walks of life employes act in their own interests by making their job seem as complicated, busy and important as possible. If the VPOIGE let fans soak in the sounds of the ballpark he/she wouldn’t be needed. However if he spends the game playing 167 different songs, putting 12 interactive games on the scoreboard, pressing the “everybody clap you hands” button 2x/inning etc. then his job is difficult and he (and his staff of eight!) are irreplaceable. It’s self fulfilling.

    I only go to a Yankee game every few years and I hate to say it but my recollection is that the Yankees are much less intrusive then the Mets in this regard.

  21. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    I’ve never worked in corporate America, but I have a feeling IM is exactly right.

  22. BlondiesJake Says:

    Well spoken, IM. With insight like that, I hereby bestow upon you the title of BMF Vice-President of In-Blog Entertainment or BMFVPOIBE!

  23. JoMama Says:

    A stupid Tankee fan of mine wrote the other day on Facebook that he was, “So mad they won’t let me take my iPad into the game!” - to which dozens of his friends wrote stuff like, “No way” - but more of them gave him an earful (this guy’s a total nerd, btw). That’s the problem these days, all types of people go to ballgames, 50% of which could care less that there’s a ballgame going on. My biggest gripe is that the best seats are the most expensive and so you have the least interested group of people sitting in the best seats…most of the time, for free (corp giveaways, boxes, etc). I know first hand since I used a connection I had to get right behind home for the Nats/Mets series over the 4th of July last year - the seats are incredible but when I looked around, I’d say 90% of the idiots sitting there were either getting free food, on their phones, anything but watching the game. My friends and I were appalled.

  24. Cyrus Coe Says:

    Speaking of music, why does every player including pitchers have to have a song playing before every at bat? is it part of the collective agreement?

  25. BrooklynBill Says:

    Nobody here like the Pepsi Party Patrol? I personally look forward to being shot with a t-shirt.

    No BJ - it’s always partly cloudy, chance of a hurricane.

    btw - Murphy still leads the team in RBIs even tho he hasn’t played in like a million years.

  26. Common Sense Says:

    “50% of which could care less ”

    JoMama -

    The expression is “could NOT care less.”

    You f**king retard.

  27. Common Sense Says:

    “I looked around, I’d say 90% of the idiots sitting there were either getting free food, on their phones, anything but watching the game. My friends and I were appalled. ”

    And those idiots looked at you and said “that idiot paid full price for this mess by ordering in March” and “idiots like him will ensure that fred and jeff own the team for years more”

  28. Common Sense Says:

    “A stupid Tankee fan of mine …”

    “..this guy’s a total nerd, btw”

    Wow - with “friends” like you, who need enemies!!!

  29. Common Sense Says:

    “I don’t believe in the idea of boycotting a bad team,”

    I agree. But what do you think about boycotting bad owners?

  30. JoMama Says:

    Lacking Common Sense: how does it feel knowing you’re the biggest idiot on this board, having to revert to childish retorts that no one reads? Why don’t you go back to how you knew everything that was going to happen and how smart you are? Worked a few days ago from what I read….ha ha.

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