Showing posts with label Starting 2B Job. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Starting 2B Job. Show all posts

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Brad Emaus has emerged as the frontrunner for 2B

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Brad Emaus ...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
According to Andy McCullough/The Star-Ledger, Brad Emaus is a front runner for the 2B competition.

Now that Castillo is gone. To clear the second-base field, general manager Sandy Alderson leveled a $6 million roadblock. Emaus still stands, granted a chance to show his minor-league prowess can translate to the next level.

Emaus must hit to fit here.

“Everybody has expectations,” said Emaus, who walked twice in five plate appearances Saturday. “But it’s not like I set certain ones where this guy’s got to be out of the race, or I’ve still got to be in it by this time. It’s just I came in to work hard.”

Three challengers remain. Daniel Murphy struggles in the field. Luis Hernandez struggles at the plate. And Justin Turner — like Emaus, an undersized former college star who clobbered Triple-A pitching last season — has minor-league options.

Emaus, who played under assistant general manager J.P. Ricciardi in the Blue Jays organization. Because of his Rule 5 status, the Mets must offer him back to Toronto if he does not make the 25-man roster.

He fits the “Moneyball” caricature: a better hitter than fielder, a player who draws walks and sees a lot of pitches, a player with deceptive power.

One league executive called Emaus a “statistical-analysis kind of player” who fits what “those guys would be looking for.”

I like Emaus, but he is has to prove that he can handle it everday. I still have my thoughts that it will be Murphy and Emaus together on Opening Day

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Friday, March 04, 2011

WFAN Audio: Joe B. Talks to Ed Coleman about the Mets

Ed Coleman talks to Joe Benigno about the Oliver Perez situation, K-Rod's attitude and 2nd Base.

Video: Platoon might be solution at 2B

Daniel Murphy
Ted Berg of did a great piece on who has the upper hand in the second base competition. He interviewed Wally Backman and Tim Teufel, two former second basemen who ironically platooned together in '86.

Both Backman and Teufel think that it is going to be a platoon situation with Daniel Murphy getting most of the AB's because of more righties in the league. Backman thinks that Murphy can play everyday because of the work he has put in. Backman also said that Brad Emaus has natural mechanics at second base, especially when it comes to turning double plays.

Can you smell the Murphy/Emaus platoon?

Both openly admitted that Luis Castillo has to fight for the job, that it won't be just handed to him.

Watch the full video for yourself:

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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Audio: Mike Francesa Talks to Terry Collins

Monday, February 28, 2011

Recap: Spring Training Game 4 - Wash vs. Mets

Final Score: Washington 9, NY Mets 3 

Michael Morse hit a pair of two-run homers to lift the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets, 9-3.

Roger Bernadina, Jeff Frazier, Matt Stairs, Kevin Barker and Jerry Hairston Jr. each drove in a run for the Nationals.

Chad Gaudin went three innings in the start, allowing two runs on five hits. Craig Stammen got the win after giving up one run on three hits over two frames.

Angel Pagan hit a solo homer for the Mets. Ruben Tejada had two RBI.

Mike Pelfrey allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits over a three- inning start. D.J. Carrasco got the loss after giving up two runs on four hits over two frames. 

Whats not in the boxscore:

Daniel Murphy played 3B and played it nicely. Murphy is competing for the 2B Job and his value is increasing to the Mets. Murphy shows how versatile he can be on this team as a utility if he does not start at 2B .

On the other hand, Luis Castillo muffed a high chopper, wonder how Murphy or Emaus would have played it.
Hopefully we will see.

Go Mets!

Box score : Click Here
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