It’s time for another segment of POS. Today we’re going to talk about those two guys that play up the middle behind the pitcher, 2nd base and shortstop. As of right now, the whole team is starting to sound like the “Whose on first” routine by Abbot and Costello and as we all know What plays second and I-don’t-give-a-darn plays short. But let’s look at the actual players.
We have Daniel Murphy, Justin Turner, Omar Quintanilla, Wilmer Flores, and Ruben Tejada. Now I have to say this, Murphy and Turner should be the starters and 2nd and Short respectively, the other guys, ummm, I’m sorry but they just suck. This area of the in field is obviously just plain S#!T.
Murphy, I will say has had a break out year putting up the numbers he has this season. No one was expecting him to be this kind of player. I think it might have been the beard. Hell, he was a great first round pick for me in my fantasy league.
Turner is a great bat off the bench and has proven he’s a good fill-in starter, however, he should be an everyday starter. I think the Mets have underutilized Justin since. I have a funny feeling if given the chance to play a full season, he will produce numbers that will help win games and provide the defense that is needed in the SS position.
As for Omar, Wilmer and Ruben, combine all three and you barely have one all-around good player. Ruben we know was never going to be the answer to filling the void of Jose Reyes after the Mets never resigned him, but we were expecting just a little more production out him then what he gave. Omar on the other hand, has given that little boost in offence we needed in SS position. Still, just not enough produce in the bottom of the line-up where both of them have been put since the year started. Lastly, Wilmer. Yes I know we just brought him up from the minors to fill in for David Wright, but I just don’t see anything special in him that will keep him around in the big leagues long enough. Every time I watch an at-bat from him, I just don’t see any kind of drive in his eyes saying “Yes. I’m here. My time to shine.” Also, his number from just the few games he has played were quite bad.
Aside from Murphy (which I think will be at second for a little while longer) and making Turner the permanent SS, we have a huge hole behind the mound. Because if a starter goes down, we don’t have a comparable back up.