This from SI’s Tom Verducci,
Â “Mets in right field:New York’s offense is so shaky right now that it can’t afford 40-year-old Gary Sheffield to go down. Mets right fielders have hit one home run (fewer than Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo) and scored only 17 runs while putting up a pathetic hitting line of .246/.329/.324. The Mets are kidding themselves if they believe all they need to do is ride out this injury storm for Carlos Delgado to come back from hip surgery as an offensive stud, for Ryan Church play well again — which he hasn’t done for more than a year since his concussion problems began — for Fernando Martinez to be big-league ready at 20, for Jose Reyes to get his legs strong soon and for Sheffield to hold up playing the outfield every day.
Solution:Stop hoping and trade for Brad Hawpe, Mark DeRosa or Matt Holliday. The Mets play 28 of their next 32 games against the Phillies, Yankees, Rays, Cardinals, Brewers, Dodgers and Reds.”
Â IMO, the Mets won’t last if we hold off on aquiring a dangerousÂ bat.Â We just won’t be able to hold on for long.Â The baseball season is 162 games long, 2 months longer than the NFL season.Â In other words, it’s a marathon and we’re only 1/3 of the way throughÂ while we’re missing that key component.
Â Let’s take a closer look at the players mentioned above courtesy of mlbtraderumors –
“Matt Hollidayhas been on a tear since May 5th, walking more than he’s striking out with an OPS of .989. The A’s have heated up, too. Their seven game win streak ended last night, but they’re only 6.5 games out, so they’ll have to fall off if Holliday’s going to hit the market.”
Â Yes, I know all the talk about Holliday’s numbers from past years being jacked up due to playing in Colorado, hell, Im pretty sure if my grandmother exercised more she could pop a few out to the stands there, but he is still a potent bat.Â He made the transition to McAfee Coliseum in Oakland and though his homerun numbers dont make you rub your eyes, there’s still no one on the Mets who has more than him.Â Holliday is hitting .279 with 8hrs(T-Beltran) and 37rbi’s(More than ANY Met)
“Mark DeRosa‘s Indians are seven games out of first place, and they aren’t selling now, but the versatile 34-year-old could be appealing to teams like the Cardinals and Mets if the Indians struggle.”
Â DeRosa is extremely versatile.Â In the past 2 years, he’s played every position except center field, and catcher.Â He would be most valuable for this team.Â His offensive numbers arent too bad either.Â He’s hitting .267 with 10 homeruns and 42 ribbies.
Â ”Holliday’s former teammate,Â Brad Hawpe, is hitting .335 with power. His OPS is just shy of 1.000 and he’s striking out less than ever. The Rockies aren’t going anywhere, but they’re on a six game win streak of their own, and Dan O’Dowd is not in a hurry to deal.”
Â Hawpe’s numbers speak for themselves.Â He’s playing in Colorado where the frail feel like Superman but his homerun numbers arent even what stands out for him.Â He drives runs in (43) and can hit the gaps (17 doubles).Â Not to mention he’s on my fantasy squad, so that should count for somethin right?
Anyway, guys, your thoughts…