Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 7/25/12
I need a smile. Seemingly all of the goodwill built up by the Mets’ strong play at the beginning of the year has melted away after the All-Star break. I watch games now expecting bad things to happen and that’s not how I wish to be a fan. Need something, anything, to break this cycle to get back to being an optimist in order to enjoy the rest of the baseball season. And I think I may have found it. Mind you, I’m not proud of finding joy in this but desperate times call for desperate measures. .245/.283/.371 That’s old pal Jeff Francoeur’s line in 385 PA this year. Among 61 qualified outfielders in MLB, Francoeur’s .647 OPS ranks dead last. Lucas Duda has a .726 OPS and the Mets just sent him to the minors. Francoeur’s (-1.4) fWAR ranks him tied for the least productive player in the majors among full-timers. Last August, Francoeur signed a two-year extension with the Royals with $13.5 million, split evenly between 2012 and 2013. He did have a good year last year, with an .805 OPS.
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