Opinion: Youngs were not good in July, let’s see Campbell

Eric Young Jr. is batting .147 with a .216 OBP and one extra base hit in his last 16 games (dating back to July 4), which includes seven starts. In the same time frame, Chris Young is hitting .244, during which he’s started 11 times, and has five extra base hits.

Eric Campbell, on the other hand, is batting .360 with a .448 OBP, in just five starts.


miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: I don’t understand why the Mets refuse to just play Campbell in left field every day. Sure, he may make Daniel Murphy look like a Gold Glove left fielder, but they need his bat right now – and, who knows, maybe he’ll hit, feel comfortable and field better because of the boost in confidence. There is only one way to find out.

Campbell has hit all year. He’s 27. It would be one thing if the Youngs were combing for even average offensive player, but they’re not. Look, I’m not saying he’s the second coming of Barry Bonds, but – if Campbell was ever going to blossom – this would be the time, at an age where it will soon become more and more difficult for him to get going. Before committing him to be a sporadic, utility guy, the Mets should at least give him a regular look in a spot where they currently have a massive hole to fill.




47 comments
Michael Leiman
Michael Leiman

Thanks, Matthew. I've felt this way for quite a while. Campbell MAY fail, but he's the only possibility that hasn't failed ALREADY!

Steven Molello
Steven Molello

Anyone going to Citi Field at this point is a dope. Why would you support this regime of ineptitude? Why would you give the Wilpon's a reason to stay the course. This team is spitting in your face by putting mediocrity or less than mediocrity on the field every day. As soon as Harvey went down, they flushed this year down the toilet, and you as a fan are going to pay hundreds to support this?


Someone, with a brain, please explain how this team can laugh at its fans, have a GM who refuses to be accountable, an owner who hides under the table and yet you are going to go there and help keep them in place? 

cyjabeli
cyjabeli

drop both of them.....lets get ready for next year....

herblehman
herblehman

Campbell is another guy who is almost certainly not the answer, but he's GOT to be better than Chris Young.

Personally, if I were running the team, given the roster we currently have, for the rest of the year it would be: Den Dekker and Campbell platooning in LF. Lagares in CF, Granderson in RF. Kirk pinch hitting and starting in one of the OF positions once a week (any more and he is exposed). Eric Young in a Herb Washington-like pinch running and occasional pinch-hitting role. Chris Young collecting unemployment; Bobby Abreu collecting a pension. Flores starting every day, Tejada as backup infielder. And I never thought I'd say this: Lucas Duda starting no matter who the pitcher is, righty or lefty. What do the Mets have to lose?

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Has it really taken two-thirds of the season for management to see their mistake with Chris Young. Apparently not. TC says his bat is coming-around. Where have we heard that before? He is clearly being forced to play the guy. So he finishes the year batting .205 with 12 meaningless HRs. Regarding EYJr., as many a baseball pundit has observed throughout time, YOU CANNOT STEAL FIRST BASE. Keep him if you need but can we please say goodbye to CY and Abreu. Those are two potentially valuable roster spots that could conceivably go to talent from Vegas. Give 'em a shot. They cannot do any worse.

rf04
rf04

Agree. Campbell is just a better hitter than either Young, no questions about it. And EY fields just as good as CY - so there is NO baseball reason left to keep Chris around. Sorry, time's up.

As for other OFs, Abreu isn't pinch hitting worth a thing, and his bat is quite cold. Kirk has been a better pinch hitter, a far better fielder, and when he gets regular starts and ABs, he at least gives you some production.

It's time to cut CY and Abreu loose. They don't even factor in to THIS year any more, much less the future.

Mike Herrington
Mike Herrington

Please stop playing guys named Young and play young players.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

I'm not sure anyone could make Murph look like a gold glove LF. Murph may have been the worse fielder the Mets ever put at that position. The only one who may have been worse was Hundley.

Coupon Hater
Coupon Hater

Can't even say that soup is a defensive liability over CY because his D is terrible. If he stays out of the CF way, like they teach in little league, Mets still have lead!

legs3
legs3

They have a losing mentality and they are stuck on it.  They don't realize what it takes to keep fans in seats and I don't mean world championships every year.  Young players hungry and a chance to prove themselves they belong.  I would never want to be drafted by this organization knowing you wont be brought up until your 25 or later.  Winning organizations do it.

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

The owners don't want to win. They want the team to lose money so they can have something to write off against their taxes.

Mark Rakentine
Mark Rakentine

Matt, If you're so concerned about the lack of offense, the perhaps you should be calling out TC/Sandy for STILL playing Tejada everyday....while a 22 year old prospect who tore up AAA for 5 weeks has gotten only 9 AB's in the last 7 games. #freeflores.

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

it's like a broken record with this team...u can say that about Campbell over the Youngs, you can say that about Wilmer over Tejada...u can say that about guys toiling in AAA now that should be brought up and playing every day (den Dekker if you're not going to give Soup the chance, possibly even Reynolds if you're not going to give Wilmer the chance)....it's just baffling how the team REFUSES to look at any other ways to energize and invigorate the lineup, and even the fan base. It's like Terry and his coaches only look at the traditional stat line of BA, RBI, HR for the YEAR, instead of looking at who's slumping, who's hot, who's deserving of a chance, etc...it's just really odd, and frustrating, and disheartening. Because I really believe we're not out of this WC race yet...and if you can do the proverbial "catch lightning in a bottle" by capitalizing on den Dekker's hot streak now, or see if playing WIlmer Flores for 3 weeks straight can get him into a groove so he can do what he does best, and what he's done in his whole minor league career, HIT, it can re-energize the fan base, bring people to the park, spark the offense, stretch the lineup, and give us a chance at some excitement as the year winds down. Just really sucks to see them trot out guys who can't hit better than .220, day in and day out, while young, hungry players sit and just watch a chance that THEY SHOULD HAVE be wasted, day in and day out...

jersymick
jersymick

I ABSOLUTELY AGREE 1000%

BUT HOW DOES A FAN VOICE OUR OPINIONS?

IT WAS GREAT HOW THE MEDIA GOT LAGARES BACK IN CENTER BACK IN APRIL.

Mexpert
Mexpert

Terry - I dont know what you've been watching Tejada is playing well I gotta get Cy going and not only doe Ey steal bases he steals hits!!!

Robert Hess
Robert Hess

I'm not saying he was great but Justin Turner is batting .310 with the Dodgers and would have been a nice backup player.  Instead we have 6 outfielders and continue to keep the Youngs.  One of the most exasperating things Terry does is continually play the non-performing veterans over the younger guys.  And CY's stats are misleading because he had 2 or 3 games where he got 2 hits per game but did zilch in the rest.  The Mets need to dump Abreau and at least Chris Young and likely Eric Young as well and bring up den Dekker and Kurt and play them regularly.  Also I'm disappointed with Grandy.  He strikes out way too much - and when was the last time he had an opposite field hit?

1metfan
1metfan

May as well give him a shot I can't see how they bring either Young Back.

matt greco
matt greco

2.8 runs per game since the all star break...yep, this is a playoff team.

getalife
getalife

Have any reporters asked Terry WHY he's been playing Chris Young so much?

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Mets just don't care about winning.

Kevin John
Kevin John

We really needed to win 3 of 4 here against the Giants. Way to step up, Mets!

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Campbell in LF? Really? Just to prove how insanely lucky his sample size is he has a babip of .440. It's the same with righties and lefties. Makes sense considering he strikes out in 28% of his abs!

I don't care if you believe in his numbers or not but most of what he's done is a mirage.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

I was a big fan of giving EYJ more time based on his minor league track record and the patience first approach the Mets have preached. He had some impressive OBP numbers in the minors. If he can get on base he can make trouble for the other team. Much like the other Young, it was an experiment worth trying. It does seem like the windows have closed. Let's move on and keep EYJ as a solid pinch runner/backup outfielder/infielder. And a goodbye to Chris Young is long overdue. Soup's on!  

metsfan8x
metsfan8x

Ditto for Flores replacing Tejada

mi
mi

thank god , something intelligent on this site

Shea Alexander
Shea Alexander

Yeah. If the youngs were combing, we'd be set. But instead they appear be using hair brushes. 

Sean Andrew Ingram
Sean Andrew Ingram

Fire Terry.

I mean fire him ASAP!

If we are trying to build a winner for the next few years, we need to see what guys like Soup and Wilmer can do for us and develop them.

Terry is only worried about Terry, trying to get one more win on his resume.

Fire Terry right now!

matt greco
matt greco

cerrone posting something that makes sense?  what kind of bizarro world are we in now?


cue theglider talking about how awesome tejada and young are, and that we're on our way to winning the world series this year...

Ron W. Davis
Ron W. Davis

They were trying to show case him last week why ? nobody is stupid enough to take him off our hands. so bench him or release him.  I know neither Soup or CY is the future in LF but still rather see Soup in LF just to know he can get at bats . Say good bye to CY .

Luis Torres Quiñones
Luis Torres Quiñones

Same can be said about Tejada/Flores. It's just crazy at this point how The Youngs and Tejada keep getting starts.

Sayer Devlin
Sayer Devlin

Why would Terry want to change the lineup to help the team?

Mark Rakentine
Mark Rakentine

@Mr. SERCH ...Thank you! You know in the old days Matt used to report this kind of mismanagement.

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

@jersymick i know..i wish like 4 of us would get stuck in an elevator for 2 hours with Sandy, TC, and Geren, so we can just berate them with questions and ideas, and they have no choice but to discuss, instead of blowing everyone off lol!

hankypanky
hankypanky

Ah yes, Justin Turner. Could never understand the hate for him on this blog by the brain-dead. I wish him well.

Evan Eagleson
Evan Eagleson

@getalife WFAN reported back when we signed him that he was guaranteed 400 at bats by Sandy unless he was on the DL for a certain amount of days. I don't remember the number of DL days, but that has to be why he continues to play.

Steve Iannella
Steve Iannella

@Kevin John as much as I would love to have 3 of 4, I just don't think the Giants are as bad as they had played coming into this series, and quite honestly, our offense isn't good enough to expect we can take 3 of 4 from ANY team..

getalife
getalife

@mi More specifically, something intelligent from Matt (aside from the requisite misspelling.)  Then again, he's just repeating what so many people on here have been complaining about already.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

It doesn't make sense. It's putting a square peg into a triangle hole.

ebarb
ebarb

@Sayer Devlin Terry can you teach the METS to watch the ball, play the ball no olay (Wright),  throw the ball correctly?


At bat:  (Wright) Swing at strikes , watch the pitch.


Terry and GM check the ground on the field shaking,  the BASEBALL GODS are turning over.  

Terry if you stay awake and keep the team awake you may win a game.

Give the kids from the minors a chance, do 1000% with what you got.

The WORLD knows the ownership is cheap and knows nothing about baseball and should 

sell the team  

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Again, this is people doing an analysis on players without using facts. Our LF situation is terrible but the answer is not Campbell.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

No it's not.  But if you can't understand that the numbers he's put up so far have 0.000000% chance of being sustained playing every day then there is no use in me getting in to an argument.