Here’s a fun exercise…
We’re going to examine Player A and Player B (both lefty hitting major league outfielders).
We’ll first take a look at the 2012 results for both of those players. Then, we’ll compare those players’ 162 game averages (Player A has played three full seasons, while Player B has played two full seasons). Both players are 27 years old. Player A will turn 28 on April 15th, while Player B won’t turn 28 until next February. Both players are poor defensively.
Here we go!
22 doubles, 12 homers, 52 RBI’s, 104 K’s.
Player B (69 fewer at bats than Player A) -
15 doubles, 15 homers, 57 RBI’s, 120 K’s
162 Game Averages:
Player A (three full seasons) -
31 doubles, 18 homers, 75 RBI’s, 122 K’s
Player B (two full seasons) -
27 doubles, 19 homers, 78 RBI’s, 129 K’s
…Anyone care to guess who these mystery players are? Player A is recently released Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch, who most Mets writers and bloggers are saying the Mets “have to consider.” Player B is Lucas Duda, who most Mets writers and bloggers want to replace with someone like Boesch.
It’s always prudent to do some analysis before clamoring for the Mets to add newly available players. It seems that people crave options who are worse than what the Mets currently have, simply because their name is different.