Today I bring you the first in the installment of my own overrated and underrated selections. As I have mentioned in the past, this subject always is left up to the eye of the beholder. Obviously someone whom I have on the overrated list might be on someone else underrated list. While I will try to make my case for these selections, you may be able to convince me otherwise. Feel free to make that attempt.
Underrated: Jon Stearns
Line: .260 BA, .341 OBP, .375 SLG, .717 OPS. 102 OPS+ 37% CS rate for career.
Best season as a Met: .264 BA, .364 OBP, .413 SLG, .777 OPS 121 OPS+ 15 HR and 25 SB. 5.5 WAR
Awards: 12 time AS
Yeah I know in Mets circles Stearns may not be underrated but I think outside of old Met lore he certainly is. Many Mets fans, including myself, have not done adequate research on the old-time Mets. Stearns “Bad Dude” was the best player on a really bad Mets team for a significant period of time. His steady catching ability was only hampered by his knack for injuries.
Overrated: Gary Carter
Line: .249 BA, .319 OBP, .412 SLG, .731 OPS, 104 OPS+
Best Season as a Met: .281 BA, .365 OBP, .488 SLG, .853 OPS, 138 OPS+ WAR 6.7
Awards: 11 time AS
Uh oh, I have done it now. I have called an 86er overrated. Guys I loved Gary Carter but the Carter we got honestly was already past his prime. He did provide us with 2 very good years in 85 and 86 but obviously his legend as a Met is increased because of the WS win. Looking at his OPS+ his offense was not even significantly better than his defensive counter part Stearns. Lets not forget defense. By the time Carter got to the Mets it was quite easy to steal against him as his CS% was only in the 20%’s. While I am not discounting his grit, heart or leadership ability, fact is that by the time we got Carter aside from 2 good years those were about the only things he had left.