Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 12/24/12
With arguably the worst starting outfield (at the moment) in the majors, it’s hard to envision a scenario where the Mets can compete unless a variety of absurdly unlikely developments take hold. Not only is our current crop of outfielders ill-disposed to covering a larger field with unusual dimensions, they are exceptionally vulnerable to lefties. When confronted with a calamity as repulsive as this outfield, it will not only take courage but a very strong stomach if I am to keep my animal crackers down. I also realize that like Dante descending through the gates and escalators and mezzanines of Hell, I will need a spirit guide to navigate the raw sewage of defensive metrics. I considered Lao Tse, Obi Won, even Gandalf, but in the end I went with, you guessed it, Ozzy Osbourne. Let’s start this series on the Met outfield’s defensive composition with Lucas Duda. Since 2010, Duda has been the worst defensive outfielder (with 1000+ innings) in baseball, and by a healthy margin. In 2012...
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