Saturday, April 21, 2007

Thoughts on NY 3rd Basemen

A-Rod conquered another demon last night by annihilating Boston pitching (Schilling has been a particular bugaboo for Rodriguez). Not much more to say about these numbers: 12 HRs and 30 RBI in 15 games!

Questions for the Mets fans: Now that the world's softest hitting streak is over, when do you start to be concerned that A-Rod has as many HRs since last Saturday as David Wright has since last year's All-Star Break? Are you beginning to dial down expectations (short-term or long-term) for the face of the franchise? With only 6 HRs over his last 300+ ABs, these questions are officially legitimate. He has been a pretty run-of-the-mill 3rd baseman for a significant stretch now.


Mookie said...

I'm not going to lie. I am slightly concerned about Wright's enronian power outage. I'd say I am at the blue level of concern- guarded concern. Come late May that concern level may get jumped up to yellow (elevated) or even orange (high), but at this point I'm still willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Wright's power tends to come in surges so starting tomorrow he could easily go on a tear and this whole train of thought would be dismissed. Also going against Wright is that he has played in predominately pitcher's parks so far this year. With the exception of one game in the Phillies band box, the Mets have played all games at Shea, Turner, StL, or Dolphin Stadium, plus must of these games were played extremely poor weather conditions which hinder power output. Additionally Shea is a notoriously poor power park early in the season, especially to the gaps- where Wright has lost a few potential homeruns. So to sum things up, I'm slightly worried, but far from declaring that the sky is falling. Wow...maybe this should have been a post in and of itself.

Tremont said...

Not that it changes much, but the new Busch stadium is actually a pretty good hitter's park.