Bobby Abreu at the dish

Bobby Abreu will DH the next two days

Bobby Abreu will be the designated hitter on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Mariners when the Mets face back-to-back left-handed starting pitchers in an American League ballpark.

Abreu, 40, started in right field Sunday against the Padres.

He is 2-for-27 as a pinch-hitter this season and hitless in his last 18 at bats as a starter.

Terry Collins told reporters that going from full- to part-time player is difficult for someone like Abreu, who is a former all-star used to playing everyday (Rubin, July 20th). 

Abreu is hitting .259 with a .349 OBP and has one home run this season. He is a career .295 hitter with a .392 OBP and 2,465 hits.




52 comments
Brent Moody
Brent Moody

I am lost  Bobby A was a good pick up for a Pinch hit role guy .. but the simple fact that somehow he has become almost a everyday player shows the issues that this club has at its Core..... I truely don't have a clue as to what they are thinking and I don't think Terry does either..  So Terry is clueless but some of this blame has to go to Sandy as well. he put this team in place and expects terry to manage it.. After D.W. comments about adding pieces you would think it would light a fire under them..You can see the writing on the wall..MAKE A MOVE SANDY.. how is it you have had no meaningful trade talks. at this point in the season that is all you should be doing!!!!!!

eric88
eric88

Tejada makes allot of mental mistakes that have cost games and he can't have a player hit .233, no power, no speed. This season was lost when Tejada got the job and Flores went down. We went from just under .500 to I think 12 or 13 under during that horrible stretch in Mid to late June

Hussein Charara
Hussein Charara

I feel so bad for Eric Campbell. I mean I never knew hitting .340 earns you a spot on the bench and rarely get called up to pinch hit. This is absolutely ridiculous, I don't get why the idiot of manager in Terry Collins prefers 40 year olds who are in their final days over a young, hot bat in Campbell. So baffling on all levels

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

He is not the future of this team. There are so many other options for decent lineups using the younger players that ARE the future. SMH.  Collins needs to go!  FREE WALLY!

legs3
legs3

Terry Collins has totally lost any reasoning of managerial strategy for this team.  a 40 year old over the hill player in place of a young 21 game hitting streak young player slowing wasting his time with this organization.  This team as no concept of developing young players at the major league level. Their roster is living proof of that.  They are going to put Abreau in against 2 lefthanders and have a hot 27 year old Campbell to rot on the bench.  He leaves Tejada in to hit with the bases loaded in the late innings 2 nights in a row with much better hitters on the bench.  The most you can hope for with him is a walk or blooper somewhere by accident.  Collins is so over matched in critical situations.

owlnut
owlnut

I'd Rather see him DH or pinch hit than play the field. The double yesterday should have been caught but he was nearing the low wall and stopped in his tracks. Time to dfa him and CY.

Matt Drucker
Matt Drucker

This organization is beyond clueless. They have a million outfielders and one back up infielder who can barely play all the positions. I can even deal with that, but this means you can't hit for Tejada in a big spot. He hasn't been that horrible lately, however I still don't trust him in a big spot.

donw
donw

If, as TC says, it's difficult for 40-year old Abreu to be a part-time player, then he has no role on the Mets.  Why is he here?

George T Cholakis
George T Cholakis

Why Abreu is not DFAed and Flores is not brought up is beyond my comprehension!

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

Campbell should be in the lineup.  Abreu is doing nothing for the Mets.  If he could PH then he has value with the occasional spot start.  But he can't do the one job he was brought in to do.  So instead he is taking ABs away from a guy who has had a very good season so far.

A Pocono View_
A Pocono View_

it's fine to have Abreuas dh,more often then not he is good for a couple of hits..But somehow getting cambell in  would benefit thema well,whether at 1b,possible lf, as he's been able to play

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

To me this is Sandy's wing and a prayer that Abreu can hit for a few days to show he has at least some value in order for him to try to get something for him instead of just releasing him and getting nothing as well as eating that money.

At some point he's going to have to realize it's a lost cause and let both Abreu and CY go. 

Leif Granlind
Leif Granlind

Why is it necessary to go public with this information? Isn't it better to keep the opponent guessing as long as possible?

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

You guys just don't understand how much of a professional hitter Abreu is. Yes like, got that great eye at the plate and is like, a great leader n' such. Yes, probably the best ever.

Cheryl Ann
Cheryl Ann

Probably means Campbell will be at first not Duda. Mistake IMO. If Duda is a keeper at first, he needs to face lefties. Campbell should be DH and maybe EY in LF to generate some runs. Need some speed in line-up.

J Merritt
J Merritt

Why are we giving starts to this guy

Doubleday
Doubleday

Terry, "If Wilmer Flores comes I think he’s going to have to play some place because I don’t think he gets anything out of sitting on the bench and playing once a week."  <--- this is Terry softening on Tejada.  Let the Wilmer Flores era begin.

semperfi
semperfi

Campbell is hitting .325 against righty's and .340 overall tops on the team against both, Abreu is hitting .269 against righty's and .259 overall, he is also 0/18 in his last 18 PH opportunities, why do we need this 40+ yr old taking ABs away from younger guys who are clearly outperforming him? They have scored 1 run over last 2 games and have lost many games this year because they scored 3 or less runs, why does TC continue to justify giving non performers opportunities over Cambell.

nthmetsfan
nthmetsfan

And what has happened to the guy who leads the team in average - Campbell?  He sits the whole series and Abreu plays?

Jimmy
Jimmy

Every day that Chris Young remains a Met, Tejada remains the starting Shortstop, and Terry Collins remains Manager, discredits anything Sandy Alderson has done to improve the organization.

The Mets are a mess- 7 Outfielders and No Backup middle infielder (they won't use Soup)?

Years from now, IF the Mets are ever relevant, people will credit Sandy for rebuilding the farm. His horrible Management of the Major League club will have to be mentioned as well though.

So many wasted opportunities this year, what a shame.

herblehman
herblehman

Abreu really has no place on this team. It's too bad, because giving us the DH for a few days means this is the one time it actually makes sense to play Eric Young and bat him ninth. You can have Kirk, Lagares and Granderson in the outfield while still getting Young's speed (if he can manage to get on base) in there. 

1harris1
1harris1

At least with CY we know why they won't release him.  With Abreu, it's ridiculous: there's no future with this guy, and it's not like the team is going to vie for anything that warrants keeping him around. 


Kirk should at least be playing every day against right handers.  See what he can do with that role. 

eric88
eric88

I just figure it out. Terry gets paid next year at 67 yrs. old whether he stays or goes, the exact same amount. He wants to get fired to retire and get paid anyway. 

That explains all the wacky lineup decisions.

Sad that Sandy doesn't notice.

Todd Yardis
Todd Yardis

Showcasing him - maybe if he gets a few hits they can get something for him.

Either way, after this trip they have to release him or send down Kirk (not what I want).  Tejada had to hit today in a key spot because there was no one to take his spot.

grillruben
grillruben

Here's some quick analysis. He's 40, hitting under .260 with no pop left. Release him.

kingman76
kingman76

2 for 27, 0 for his last 18 as a pinch hitter - just release him already.

mi
mi

just fire him already

kingman76
kingman76

Should have started Kirk today - especially with the DH available in Seattle.  But Collins had to get Abrue in there today.  I hope the front office sees all the decisions this guy makes.


http://www.nj.com/mets/index.ssf/2014/07/mets_dont_want_to_bring_up_wilmer_flores_to_sit_on_bench.html

"I don’t want to bring young guys up here and sit the bench," Terry Collins said. "I don’t think it’s good for their development. If Wilmer Flores comes I think he’s going to have to play some place because I don’t think he gets anything out of sitting on the bench and playing once a week. 

The way Collins talks he acts like he's not the manager.  Earth to Terry the only one preventing him from not playing everyday is YOU.  If he's not getting anything out of sitting on the bench - oh I don't know - maybe not sit him on the bench.

Then there's this nugget from Collins:   there’s nothing wrong with going down and having a big year in Triple-A.

Spoken like a true career minor leaguer.

mesmo
mesmo

The legacy of Dave Hudgens goes on... The former hitting coach managed Abreu in one the winter leagues and convinced Alderson to take a flyer on him. When Hudgens left, Abreu should have gone with him. Once more Collins rewards a faded veteran over a promising younger player.

donw
donw

@Tarheel11  Abreu cost them nothing to sign; no big deal to release.  Let's move on.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Tarheel11  I don't buy it. Personally, I don't think Abreu has any value regardless of what he does in Seattle.

donw
donw

@Steve Schaeffler  Red Sox cut AJ too.  Tells you all you need to know about which teams are worried about winning and which are worried about balancing their check book.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@Joseph Baffi Give credit to Tyson Ross, Despaigne and the Padres bullpen. Their pitching is easily just as good as ours, if not better.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

BECAUSE IT IS BOBBY ABREU OMG A PROFESSIONAL HITTER YESSS!

eric88
eric88

@Todd Yardis Showcasing! Who the heck wants ABREU. Are you kidding. Only the Mets would DH him over Flores.

David Gawkowski
David Gawkowski

@kingman76 It's too bad Abreu can't handle the bench, nor can he handle everyday play...where does that leave us? The answer is obvious...Abreu should be cut and an infielder should be brought up. Now ideally, CY should be the guy to go, but since SA refuses to bite that bullet because maybe the Wilpons don't get the idea of sunk cost then it should be Abreu. If he can't get pinch hits, he has little to no value. Plus, they need to be able to pinch hit for Tejada in big spots. Two days in a row they had to let him hit vs. rhp and he is terrible vs. rhp. Tejada has a .610 career OPS vs. rhp. Abysmal. 

James
James

@mesmo Maybe they are trying to convice Abreu to take over as hitting coach.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Pete Brilvitch @Tarheel11 I agree. I think had he shown some success as a PH I think he would have been able to be dealt to a contending team. Not that you would get much but something as well as clearing the money. But if he can't PH then he has no value for the Met's so why wouldn't you just release him? 

I still say Sandy views Colon, Abreu and CY as assets first and primarily signed them hoping they would succeed so that he could turn them. 

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

@Joseph Baffi @sandybgone not to mention, campbell is even worse than satin defensively. that said, campbell should be getting more ab than he currently is. 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Chad Michael @Tarheel11 @Pete Brilvitch At this point I completely agree. I think it's a lost cause which is why it makes no sense for him to still be here. CY at least is making huge money but Abreu is only at 800k. Reality is if he has no value then release him now.