When the Mets traded for Collin Cowgill it seemed to be a nice stroke by Sandy Alderson, as it gave Terry Collins a player to platoon in center field with Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Cowgill had a .784 OPS against LHP while Nieuwenhuis had a .740 OPS versus RHP. While it wasn’t going to make fans forget Carlos Beltran, it would be an improvement over the .711 OPS the Mets got out of CF in 2012.
But, have we been selling Cowgill short, deeming him worthwhile as only the short side of a platoon?
It certainly seems that way, as Cowgill has put up a .333/.397/.614 line in 63 PA this Spring, presumably against a mixture of righty and lefty pitchers. Of course, here’s where most people will point out that you cannot trust numbers posted in Florida against inferior pitching and in tiny sample sizes. That’s certainly a very valid point but one that we should not limit to applying to Spring Training games.
Cowgill has displayed a huge split in the majors, posting a .784 OPS against LHP and a ....