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Chris Young: Mets could have one of the best outfields in baseball

Chris Young said he believes the Mets could have one of the best outfield in baseball.

He pointed to the fact that the team has four guys who can all play center field in himself, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares and Eric Young Jr. Chris Young told the team that he is most comfortable playing in center, but said he can also play other outfield positions if the team favors Eric Young or Lagares over him.

He also said that he is willing to bat leadoff if that’s where the team puts him in the lineup, but that he’s batted everywhere in the lineup and his place in the order doesn’t affect his approach at the plate.

Chris Young told the media that he’s waited his whole life to play in New York, citing the increased pressure that comes from a big market team. He said he knows that his failures will be magnified, but so will his accomplishments.

109 comments
eric88
eric88

Get Drew you cheap SOB's. With the payroll the same as last year, why aren't you spending a Dime of the 27 million extra your now getting from the new Nat'l TV contract. Whats up with that Sandy/Wilpon? You think we don't know about that??

eric88
eric88

Yeah, but your infield sucks!

lafem
lafem

Mets could have one of the best shortstops in baseball. But unfortunately he sucks

I like EY, but after watching some of the really odd routes he took to balls in left last year I question whether he can play center at all on a regular basis.  His speed helped with a lot of bad jumps in left.

SuperDuper
SuperDuper

This is what I hate, someone who can't back up his talk. After a horrible season, lets get a look at your improvements before we declare we have the top outfield in the leagues.

Dave Rodriguez
Dave Rodriguez

Lest we forget what this team was and still is...I can wait for summer...

bigdirty
bigdirty

i hope that Young can be this years Marlon Byrd. They guy was very talented and just had some bad years. I remeber a few years back some fans were clamoring ot trade for him as he was a young, talented all around player. 


if Young regains his form i think this team has a shot at .500 and maybe some interesting games into early september. 

sayhey24
sayhey24

We may very we'll have the best defensive OF. On the negative side, they will strike out a ton. And I believe that strikeouts matter, especially when runners are in scoring position and there are less than two out. Strikeouts KILL lesser offensive teams like ours in those situations...and this year may be worst than last from that perspective with Grandy and Young.

Dieter Greenfeld
Dieter Greenfeld

Nelson Cruz is still out there sign him! Not a great defender but can hit! Young, Grandy & Cruz would be a very good outfield!

Bob Giacalone
Bob Giacalone

Everyone has a right to an opinion. This one is a stupid, ill-informed opinion based on some delusion. This team is going to argue they are good...Terry will be at the forefront of that arguing. But the proof will be where they are in late September...my guess is fourth place and out of it by June.

Dave Rodriguez
Dave Rodriguez

One of the most dangerous defensive-minded light hitting outfileds in the game, no doubt about it.

jlga
jlga

Great outfield defense. That means they'll lose game 2-1 rather than 3-1. Because no one in said outfield can hit.

eric88
eric88

Yeah. and the worst infield !!!

rf04
rf04

@SuperDuper  He didn't call the newspaper and write the story. They asked him the questions. YOU read the article.

And you will have plenty of opportunities to judge him throughout the season.

eric88
eric88

@sayhey24  Don't forget, they hit.200,.223,.245,.245. last year. Yuke!

rf04
rf04

@sayhey24  I agree about strikeouts, but the good news is this: Grandy and Young have so much more offensive ability than who was out there last year (although Byrd was great last year). Look at the K numbers for Byrd (124 in 425 ABs), then combine the other guys who played out there: Cowgill, Ankiel, Brown, Nieuwenhuis, den Dekker, even Duda - and they all had high K %s (139Ks in 470 ABs not including Duda). So even if Grandy and Young strikeout equally as much - they WILL produce more runs than that group - which SHOULD make us better than last year, fingers crossed.

That said - I hate strikeouts, probably as much as you. And I like that with steroids "out" of the game (ha, ha - right) some focus is returning to bunching hits together to score runs.

danielg
danielg

@Dieter Greenfeld what do you do with ey jr the stolen base champ and a golden glove caliber lagares, u cant just bench them.   rather sign/trade for a guy that plays a position were bad at like ss or 1B

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@jlga  C Young was an allstar in Arizona, Granderson is a fairly good hitter and comes with power. Lagares can't hit, but EY is fairly consistent and can at least do the little things that help out. Sometimes you don't need hits to win a game. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of small ball to score a run or two. With our pitching, I doubt most teams will get more than 3 runs. Our offense sucked last season and yet we scored more than 1 run.. so why would we not score more with a more improved and threatening line up?

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@eric88  The worst infield? Wright is a gold glover, murphy is pretty solid at 2nd, and Davis is very good defensively. He only started to suck when he was so worried about his swing and approach at the plate. We also have one of the best catching prospects behind the plate. So tell me again how ONE position in SS makes the worst infield? Let alone, tejada isn't all that bad defensively...

john connolly
john connolly

@rf04 @SuperDuper come ooooooooon man is this cerrone rf go buy ur season tickets put ur money where ur mouth is  go get on that long line at citi fiels for tix

sayhey24
sayhey24

Being on the west coast for a while, I am not a fan of Young's offense. Even at his best he would hit for a low average and his home runs are largely of the "soft" variety, meaning that he rarely hits them when they are needed. If righties bear down on him he really looks lost. So while I think he may hit 15 or 20 with enough playing time, he won't excite us offensively unfortunately as he won't be a run producer.

sayhey24
sayhey24

I agree that the OF might be a bit better than last year, but i am doubtful that CY will return to his Arizona form.

SuperDuper
SuperDuper

@Ken Thall @jlga 

Grandy can 't hit. his .230 average proves that. What he can do is close his eyes and swing real hard for a HR or strikeout.

rf04
rf04

@Ken Thall @jlga  Many folks on here will tell you that since the Wilpons signed him - no he can't. They just gave him $60 million to shut you and me up and keep us rooting for the team.

SuperDuper
SuperDuper

@Steven Matregrano @eric88 

we lost a lot of double plays because of Murphy's limited skills at 2nd. Sorry, I stopped reading when you said Murphy is pretty solid at 2nd. lol. He is serviceable at 2nd as a spot starter. He is hardly pretty solid.

eric88
eric88

@john connolly   The average Yankee ticket is cheaper and their payroll is 217,000,000.00. I ain't no ones chump. Im staying home!!!!

rf04
rf04

@sayhey24  And what about that contract, right? Even if he does play well - then we either have to trade him or pay up even more next year.

We are right on the same page - this signing didn't make a ton of sense to me... but again - you gotta field 9 guys and this one is better than what we had. I think it's VERY comparable to the Stephen Drew situation. Adequate player, certainly an upgrade, not sure how big an improvement it would be or if it's really worth the money.

sayhey24
sayhey24

I agree with you. I just wish we had spent the money on a more disciplined, professional hitter.

rf04
rf04

@sayhey24  I live in Phoenix, and I was never a huge fan of Young. He was a hacker with some pop. I think they used to bat him leadoff, which I never understood. So I agree on that - but that with some solid defense is better than den CowkielBrownenhuis, in my opinion.

Just saying - I also don't love the guy, but I still think it's an upgrade.

Shaun Kennedy
Shaun Kennedy

The numbers say he is a better then average defender. His numbers were above average compared to the other 29 2nd baseman in the league. Hes put up better fielding numbers then kaz matsui and luis castillo while with mets. And mets did not lose alot of dps past year because of murphy. He had 3 drops. By comparison cano had 5 drops and philips 7. And those are the best defensive 2nd baseman in league. Noone is saying murphy is gold glover. But you both have unreasonable definisions of what average is. No way he is a beoow avg 2nd baseman.

airfeet
airfeet

@Shaun Kennedy @airfeet  I'm not disputing his offense, he's well above average for his position.  He is not an average defender though, there's no disputing that.  I understand he's gotten better but that still doesn't mean he's average or better defensively. 

Shaun Kennedy
Shaun Kennedy

@airfeet Noone will agree with you because you are wrong. Daniel Murphy has gotten better and better every year defensivley at 2nd base. he had limited outfield range, but this is 2nd base we are talking about here. the position where range isnt everything. and he has a really good DP turn. quick transfer and hangs in on slides. your forgetting hes on the field for his offense. anything he brings defensivley is considered a plus and hes been more then adequate last two years.

airfeet
airfeet

@Steven Matregrano

The stats don't mean anything to me because they don't show range.  Murphy is not an average 2b.  I'm telling you...he's below average.  I would hope someone on this blog would back me up here. 

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@jongonz718 I agree, I dont know what "range" he's talking about.. there isn't much ground to cover for second base considering the first basemen usually plays way off the bag. The only thing I could see is getting to the base in time, which he never seems to have an issue with. Also, for SS you're right, if Tejada can go back to hitting .280 and a singles machine batting 8th, then that'd be fine with me. We don't need our #8 hitter being an allstar or a power hitter. His defense is pretty solid, I remember he had a good arm and good range

jongonz718
jongonz718

@Steven Matregrano  i'm not sure what range you need at second, those kids aren't really baseball savvy huh, anyways only hole we have is at ss and thats just offense wise cause he is good with the glove.

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@airfeet Anyone who has played baseball their whole life LIKE MYSELF knows that a second basemen doesn't need to have shortstop range... he does good enough to be SOLID. I never said he was above average. I said he was SOLID which most people take as AVERAGE. Just because you sit there and watch a baseball game does not make you an expert on who has range and who doesn't. I gave you the stats. Now go do something 

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@airfeet @eric88 Actually, Ill do it for you. Here are the stats 


Defensive Chances(Put outs+Errors+Assists) Putouts and Fielding %


Ike Davis - 1235 chances          1156 putouts          .994%

Daniel Murphy - 618 chances       274 putouts         .976%

Ruben Tejada - 456 chances        164 putouts        .974%

David Wright - 386 chances            107 putouts       .974%


Calculating Fielding percentage is (Putouts+Assists) / (Putouts+Assists+Errors). 


These stats were from 2012 FYI. Which means Murphy's stats are probably higher than that because as he plays more second base, he is going to get better...

airfeet
airfeet

@Steven Matregrano  Murphy has NO range.  Any person that knows anything about baseball and watches this game knows this.  Just because he hasn't made a ton of errors doesn't make him a good second basemen.  He's 100% below average, don't need proof to make that assessment.  He's not a good defensive second basement, that is a joke

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@airfeet @Steven Matregrano @eric88  Show me proof.. I want proof that he has committed errors that makes him below average. Don't you think if the Mets didn't think he was good there, they would have moved him to first by now...