Playing Eric Young Everyday Hasn’t Improved His Performance

Eric Young Jr. is not an ideal leadoff hitter. He is the best candidate on the New York Mets, but that is not saying much. Once Juan Lagares returns, Young Jr. should not even be in the conversation as an everyday player. Since Young Jr. made his MLB debut in 2009, he only exceeded 100 games once (in 2013). Last year he posted an underwhelming .249/.310/.336 slash line. Young Jr...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

How About Some Offense, Please?

  According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, manager Terry Collins suggested he might give our current lineup a month — with Curtis Granderson No. 2, Daniel Murphy No. 4 and Lucas Duda No. 6 — before eventually placing Duda in the cleanup spot. “We’ve put a lot on Lucas’ plate in the past week,” Collins said about the reluctance to use Duda as a cleanup hitter...
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Enjoy Eric Young Jr’s great start for however long it lasts

My strong preference was for the Mets to sign Shin-Soo Choo this past offseason. However, Sandy Alderson did not want to put all of his eggs into one basket and instead spent $32.25 million on Bartolo Colon, Curtis Granderson and Chris Young. While it will be interesting to see the value the Mets get for their free agent dollars versus what Choo puts up, it will also be interesting...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Are 5-0 When Eric Young Jr. Steals A Base

There have been a lot of complaints about Eric Young. He doesn’t get on base enough. His batting average is too low. He shouldn’t be an everyday player. He should be the 4th outfielder. Guess what? Speed Kills. Stolen bases don’t produce runs? Last year, I went through the Mets top stolen base seasons and wrote a post about how often runs were scored when both a stolen base...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Time is running out for Eric Young, Jr.

Eric Young, Jr. has been auditioning for a starting outfielder position since the 2014 season began. He was given this opportunity for two reasons; Terry Collins likes to have speed at the top of the order, and Chris Young was hurt. Young just started a rehab assignment in Las Vegas, where he promptly hit two home runs and drove in five on his way to a 5-5 night on Sunday, then added...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Enjoy The Final Days Of The Terry Collins Leadoff Experiment

One of the things you have to love about baseball, and it’s something I’ve grown to appreciate as I’ve gotten older, is how often the game will reverse what was essentially a bad decision to begin with. While an imperfect game at its heart, baseball has this beautiful course-correcting nature about it, and given enough time even the worst decisions eventually eradicate themselves...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Players of the Week: An Encore Performance and a Hook from Hell?

This week in Mets baseball was just like any other: stagnant offense, average defense and bi-polar pitching. At the close of week two, it became apparent that more than one player was going to have to hit consistently for this team to experience constant success and reach that seemingly astronomical 90-win goal. However, despite the up and down pattern we have been seeing from this...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodging Monkey Feces

Never easy, is it? This game had kick in the nuts written all over it. Just by the way it started, which seems so long ago now … Collin Cowgill throwing out Eric Young Jr. on a sac fly, and looking a little too excited after doing it. Then after scoring on an Albert Pujols single, the extended … almost Shane Victorino-like … hand clap after crossing the plate. Oh, and then...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Jr., Murphy a powerful 1-2 punch in Mets’ 6-4 win

If the Mets can get this kind of production from the top, they might not be destined for the bottom. Eric Young Jr. and Daniel Murphy were a lethal 1-2 combo at the top of the order Thursday night, reaching base seven times between them to inject life into a previously dormant Mets lineup. Young — with three stolen bases — brought the speed element and Murphy cleaned up with...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Young has 3 hits, 3 SBs, 4 runs, Mets beat Braves

ATLANTA (AP) Eric Young Jr. got three hits, stole three bases and scored four times as the New York Mets overcame Justin Upton's two home runs to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-4 on Thursday night.
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets vs Braves: Eric Young Bats Leadoff, Colon Looks For First Win

The Mets begin their first road trip of the season with a three game series against the Atlanta Braves beginning Tuesday night in Turner Field at 7:10 PM. Bartolo Colon will make his second start of the season for the Mets and will oppose Aaron Harang for the Braves. A pregame ceremony will honor 80-year-old Hank Aaron on the 40th anniversary of homer No. 715, which moved him past...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Players of the Week: The Unlikely Heroes

Opening week for the New York Mets certainly did not go as planned: bullpen woes, absent offense, game-changing injuries, silly defensive blunders and questionable managerial decisions all contributed to a rather frustrating 2-4 start. As most of the team becomes acclimated to their new teammates, however, some players are taking it upon themselves to rise above expectations early...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Eric Young Jr. Robs Brandon Phillips Of A Home Run

Eric Young Jr. of the New York Mets might be known more for his speed than his glove.  Too bad for Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds, the latter was on display early on tonight.  Check out the GIF by @MetsKevin11 The post WATCH: Eric Young Jr. Robs Brandon Phillips Of A Home Run appeared first on The Daily Stache.
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Game Preview: Murphy and Duda In Starting Lineup As Mets Look To Avoid Sweep

The Mets look to avoid an opening series sweep to start the season when they take on the Washington Nationals this afternoon at 1:10 PM. Zack Wheeler makes his season debut and will oppose Jordan Zimmermann for the Nationals. Starting Lineup Eric Young, Jr. – LF Daniel Murphy – 2B David Wright – 3B Curtis Granderson – RF Lucas Duda – 1B Juan Lagares – CF Travis d’Arnaud...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Late Addition to Mets Lineup Starts with a Bang

The New York Mets opening day lineup started with multiple late scratches before today’s matchup against the Washington Nationals Monday afternoon. Mets starting second baseman Daniel Murphy could not play in today’s game due to a paternity leave in preparation for the birth of his newborn child and starting left fielder Chris Young sat out with a right quad strain. With these...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper takes knee to head, stays in game

A bit of a scary moment took place in the second inning of Monday’s Nationals-Mets game at Citi Field. Bryce Harper slid into second base to break up a double play, and ended up taking Eric Young Jr.’s knee to his head. Harper stayed down on the infield for a minute or two before walking off under his own power. Harper would stay in the game, but my first thought was about Justin...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Game Notes: Daniel Murphy, Chris Young Not In Lineup

Welcome to Opening Day 2014! It’s time to start another New York Mets marathon as they begin their road to 90 wins. (Whatever, today’s an optimistic day). Starting Lineup Eric Young Jr (2B) Juan Lagares (CF) David Wright (3B) Curtis Granderson (RF) Andrew Brown (LF) Ike Davis (1B) Travis d’Arnaud (C) Ruben Tejada (SS) Dillon Gee (P) Mets Notes Daniel Murphy is in Florida...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Juan Lagares should be the starting center fielder

I’ll be making my case on why I believe Juan Lagares should be starting on Opening Day over Eric Young Jr., who is a fine outfielder in his own right, but should serve solely as a fourth outfielder and utility player this season and going forward. Now, while I’ve stated that I think the New York Mets might have a much better than expected year, their focus is clearly on the future...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Mets Opening Day Roster and Thoughts

Here is the official Opening Day Roster for the New York Mets. My thoughts and some explanations from the front office follows. Starting Rotation Dillon Gee, RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Zack Wheeler, RHP Jon Niese LHP (Disabled List) Jenrry Mejia, RHP Projected Starting Lineup Eric Young Jr., LF Daniel Murphy, 2B David Wright, 3B Curtis Granderson, RF Chris Young, CF Ike Davis, 1B...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets spring training: Position by position assignment

Opening day is 10 days away. The anticipation for that first pitch is rising and we’re all ready to settle in for seven more months of baseball. With that in mind, it’s time to see where this team stands in general as we countdown to opening day. So, here’s what I see as being the roster when that first pitch crosses the plate and lands in the catcher’s mitt. Catcher Travis...
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Have Three Players Out Of Options

In an afternoon post to MLB Trade Rumors yesterday, it was determined that the Mets have three players who have less than five years of service time, and who are out of minor league options.  As a result, these players would need to pass through waivers if the Mets wished to demote them to AAA Las Vegas.  In that instance, the Mets would run the risk of losing them if they are...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets360 Podcast Episode 6: We’re not snakebitten, baby!

Joe talks about Mets pitching prospects, and why starting Eric Young Jr. over Juan Lagares is lunacy. Related Posts:Mets360 prospect podcast with Mack AdeMets 360 Podcast Episode 2: Jon Presser(Re-)Introducing the Mets 360 PodcastMets360 podcast with the RotoprofessorMets360 podcast with NY Baseball Digest’s Mike Silva
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets360 2014 projections: Eric Young Jr.

In 2011, Jose Reyes led the league in batting for the Mets and was with another team the next year. In 2012, R.A. Dickey led the league in strikeouts and the next year he was on another team. In 2013, Eric Young Jr. led the league in stolen bases. While he will likely open the year with the Mets, it’s anyone’s guess what his role will be on the club. Following the 2013 season...
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Pitchers To Bat 8th?

Terry Collins is on a roll with the media this Spring.  First there was the Eric Young Jr. over Juan Lagares nonsense.  Then there is the whole Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen debacle.  And now this... According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Terry Collins is considering batting the pitchers 8th in the lineup this year.Wait...what?  Collins justified his line of thought here...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets360 2014 projections: Ike Davis and Lucas Duda

Ike Davis has become the most polarizing player on the Mets. Oh, sure, some people get worked up about Juan Lagares and Eric Young Jr. but those two simply don’t bring the … baggage that Davis carries with him. Davis seemed destined to be a fan favorite. A first-round draft pick who advanced quickly through the system, Davis had a strong rookie season at the plate and he excelled...
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

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