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Bobby Abreu fits right in to the team’s approach to hitting

Bobby Abreu got his first at bat with Mets on Tuesday, flying out to left field as a pinch hitter.

Terry Collins said this week that he expects Abreu to see some time in the outfield, so he can stay sharp for pinch-hitting duty. Abreu added that he expects to mostly be a pinch hitter and maybe serve as DH during Interleague games.

This is Abreu’s 18th season in the big leagues, which he enters having a career .396 OBP, while striking out in just 18 percent of his nearly 10,000 plate appearances.

“He fits right into our approach,” Hitting Coach Dave Hudgens said, who managed Abreu during the winter-ball season in Venezuela (Newsday, Apr. 22). “He doesn’t go out of the strike zone very often. He tries to have a quality at-bat. I thought he’d be good off the bench. He’s so experienced.”

 




108 comments
Donald Sims
Donald Sims

Lol-- does it say 'while striking out "JUST" 18% of the time' ?

Joe Burns
Joe Burns

Mets break record for most k s i mlb

Joe Clark
Joe Clark

Is the teams approach to hitting, not to hit. They look at to many fastballs right down the middle. They are too selective in my opinion.

72tilltc
72tilltc

the mets have the worst approach. We need guys with a good approach.

Billy Cikos
Billy Cikos

Good because we need more guys to strike out and fly out so we can tire out the opposing team's starting pitcher and outfielders, that way we can let the bullpens battle it out to the death, then we bunt for the victory. 

Doubleday
Doubleday

"I thought he’d be good off the bench. He’s so experienced.”

Really?  Who elected Dave Hudgens our manager?

Doubleday
Doubleday

I want to remind everyone that 41 year-old Raul Ibaniez made the Mets look like chumps, last week.  It's not about age, it's about ability.  If Abreu can contribute on offense, I'm glad to have him.

kefhrny17
kefhrny17

Is the teams approach to hitting not hitting?

Kevin Hurd
Kevin Hurd

When I read the title of this post I thought the story would be about Abreu striking out a lot.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Actually, I'm hoping he doesn't fit right in with this team's approach to hitting.

Nick Catino
Nick Catino

Yes he fits right in, he flies out and then he hits again in 2 weeks. He would fit even better if he gets up and strikes out

tbone1
tbone1

Your right fits in well, he's 40 years old That's what they want Old an CHEAP.

chasesimms
chasesimms

Maybe Abreu should be the new hitting coach?

ctsteve
ctsteve

How can you talk about an "approach to hitting" on a team that is not really hitting.  Granderson at  .116?  Hello!

JoMama
JoMama

Grandy has a great approach too. 

rodd
rodd

very good hitter, boy if only he was younger... lol

Doubleday
Doubleday

Abreu will DH in AL city games.  Glad to have him, actually.  Can you imagine parading Josh Satin around as our DH?  Don't worry about Abreu's age - the guy who replaced him in Anaheim, Raul Ibaniez, is a year older and made us look bad last week.

Russ Sullivan
Russ Sullivan

U mean hitting 200 and striking out a million times a game. Yep fits right in

Peter Loibl
Peter Loibl

Wasn't it Einstein who said that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?


Enough with this Mets "approach to hitting" ... blow it up. Pull a George Costanza and do exactly the opposite of the current approach.


Chicken salad ... on rye, untoasted ... with a cup of tea!

Dan McGrath
Dan McGrath

If he can fit into the team's approach to hitting, he must strike out a lot!

Greg Lambert
Greg Lambert

This is a joke right?.....bad enough that he's on the team.

Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

Too bad he's the only one in the lineup who does....

nwmets
nwmets

Then that's bad, right? Since the team's approach to hitting isn't successful, wouldn't it be better if he brought a different approach?

heynow20
heynow20

As a situational pinch hitter, I'm sure he will have a major impact on this ball club...

Joseph Grillo
Joseph Grillo

What's the approach? Looking at call third strikes?????

tullers
tullers

"He fits right into our approach,” Hitting Coach Dave Hudgens?????  Talk about chutzpah!  The Mets approach to hitting under Hudgens is to lead the league in strikeouts...Abreu's stats don't fit in with that approach at all!

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Man you people bitch n moan alot.


He's an 18 year vet who has a lifetime OBP of .396, .350 for the last season he played on the ML level and .489 in AAA before he was called up.  And the Mets have the WORST offense in the NL.  You mean there's NOTHING Abreu can offer?


...who's approach would you rather be taught to the kids.  Abreu's or Hudgeons'?

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

"Meaningful games in September"

"90 wins"

"the approach" or "hunting strikes"

...Matt posted the mets 11/15 in the league in "hitting" which was just runs scored.  Yes, the name of the game is to score runs...but they have done it on sac flys and errors in this small sample size.  They are the worst in almost every other hitting stat and that will catch up to them.  This team is winning 74 games.  There will be no improvement in the win total at the end of the year and the three above quotes will make me want to throw up again...but don't worry, because next year we'll be "all in"

Phil Mancini
Phil Mancini

Bobby Abreu fits right in an old age home. Since baseball has expanded pitching staffs from 10 to 12 pitchers over the last few decades National League rosters cannot carry pinch hitters. With only 5 position players on the bench a pinch hitter is a luxury of the past and who wants to see Abreu on the field?



grillruben
grillruben

So he doesn't get hits and strikes out a lot?

heynow20
heynow20

The Mets approach is to hunt for excuses

hankypanky
hankypanky

omg. Somebody finally said something about Abreu.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

I'm not sure if people are questioning if he'd be a better option right now - though that's debatable - but the fact that this front office has not provided any real options...there is no creativity in terms of deals or signings to make this team better and a significant threat.  I think of Mets and "threat" in the same sentence and want to laugh...and I'm assuming teams do as well...quite the imposing lineup.

zoddie
zoddie

@John Paul Cullinane You're right, Sandy should have said --


"We will be way out of it this September"


"Our goal is to not lose 100 games"


"We tell our guys to swing at anything.  We have no coherent approach as an organization."



Yes, this team will still probably win between 74-80 games and they have been lucky scoring the few runs they have.  Doesn't take away their 10-10 record.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@Phil Mancini  ... and you said this when 41 year old Raoul Ibaniez single handedly embarrassed us, last week?

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

Yeah, they are 10-10 right now...but with that hitting, you would be HOPING for 81-81.  The stats are horrific and it will kill them over 162 games.  If the front office came out and seaid any of your three quotes, it'd be the first honest thing they've said in 8 years...

Phil Mancini
Phil Mancini

@doubleday @Phil Mancini  Since Ibanez is primarily a DH with the Angels my point is still valid, you can't clog a NL roster with someone who can't play the field.  

zoddie
zoddie

@John Paul Cullinane And it would be the dumbest thing they've said in 8 years.


The stats are horrific, but do you honestly expect Wright to slug .357 this year?  D'Arnaud to bat .182 (while his line drive percentage is actually pretty good)? Or Grandy to hit .116?  We knew it would be a nice year if they finished .500 and that their pitching would have to carry them.  Not much has changed.