"Mike Adams track record would indicate that he is better than our BP acquisitions" Turns out Adams is NOT better than Brandon Lyon (who's a yr younger than soon to be 35 yr old Adams). Brandon Lyon 31 gms / 27.2 IP / 3.58 ERA http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lyonbr01.shtml Mike Adams 27 gms / 24 IP / 4.13 ERA http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/adamsmi03.shtml
So it looks as though your congratulating the Phillies for signing Adams for 2 yrs/ $12M was a bit premature. Mets signing Lyon for $750K for 1 yr was a MUCH better idea. So maybe Alderson really DOES know what he's doing.
So with two-thirds of a season to go you're declaring Lyon a better pitcher than Adams over 0.55 difference in ERA? Adams has a lower WHIP and a better strikeout rate.
Mike Adams career ERA over nine seasons is 2.39, Brandon Lyon's in 12 seasons is 4.10.
Another ridiculous post.
Maybe we should bump all those posts from the offseason that said:
Santana would be great and would be valuable in a trade
Cowgill was great
The bullpen was much better
Ike and Duda would rake
Tejada was great
etc. Makes you laugh.
Are you hoping for a team where everyone makes under 1 million?
Lucky for you -- you can cherry pick your roster.
'Spend where & when they really NEED to spend.'
Which is just about everywhere, and as soon as possible?
Unless you want to waste this talent the team is bringing up?
All they have is starting pitching. That may very well be the most important component to a winning team, but it isn't enough alone.
Yesterday was a great day and I enjoyed it immensely, but the most important thing we need to see this off season is the ability to maintain at least the current payroll after the dead contracts drop off.
At this time next season we will be looking at one more year of Harvey before he is arb eligible. If he continues to dominate he is going to cost in excess of $10 million as of 2015. If we have a $100 million payroll it's doable, $70 million and it's going to impossible to improve the line up and keep the pitching long term.
With ABOVE AVERAGE pitching all they need to compete is AVERAGE hitting. "'Spend where & when they really NEED to spend.'
Unless you want to waste this talent the team is bringing up?" I agree. The time to START spending is just about here. Because the Mets have FINALLY gotten enough talent to start forming a core (especially pitching). I've said several times already that I fully expect the Mets to spend at least $30M-$35M this coming offseason. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "All they have is starting pitching. That may very well be the most important component to a winning team, but it isn't enough alone" Of course not alone. They are starting to have some good BP arms in the system now too. And a couple bats that could move up within the next 2 yrs. With ABOVE AVERAGE pitching all they need to compete is AVERAGE hitting. And there will be some good FAs on the market this coming offseaon that can help them. And I think some trades will also be made. So assuming the pitching continues to be good then there's a good chance the Mets could possibly compete for the WC next yr.
Frank Francisco lost his closer role on several occasions before he was signed by Alderson. His track record was of failure to hold the position.
Mike Adams has been a superior set-up man throughout his career, but if you want to throw it in my face check the numbers when the season is over.
I know I will.
"Frank Francisco lost his closer role on several occasions before he was signed by Alderson. His track record was of failure to hold the position" 1) Never said Alderson didn't make a mistake w/ FF!!! Once AGAIN -- ALL GMs make mistakes. No one bats 1.000 in life. 2) Once AGAIN you COMPLETELY MISSED the reason I bumped your post about Adams vs Lyon!!! Like I said in post #237: My point here had very little to do w/ the Phils GM Amaro making a mistake. It was that YOU were very quick to congratulate the Phillies for signing Adams for $12M/ 2 yrs & very quick to criticize Alderson for signing Lyon. When they turned out to be the same pitcher so far.
So maybe you shouldn't be so quick to congratulate another team's GM for making a move before you see if it really WAS a good move.