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Daily Stache's First Half Mets Report Card

Giving each player a score in terms of performance at the All-Star break.

The grades are in and The Daily Stache’s first half report card is in. All grades are final and there is no extra credit. That goes for you too Mr. Schwinden. If you ask again, you’ll get DFA’d.

These grades are the average grade given by members of the Stache. The comments will remain anonymous to protect the bloggers from possible physical harm from members of the Mets.

Catcher
Josh Thole C+  - "178 AB’s and only 10 RBI’s. Not the type of production you are looking for from your starting catcher. At least he can catch the knuckleball."

Mike Nickeas D+ - ”He’s only on the team because he hits right-handed and doesn’t cost anything.”

First Base
Ike Davis C- – “He’s hitting .200 now, which is a huge accomplishment. Actually has more RBI’s than Curtis Granderson or A-Rod.”

Second Base
Daniel Murphy B- – “Murphy finally started heating up recently, but compared to last season, he’s been just mediocre.”

Justin Turner D+ - ” Hasn’t provided much off the bench besides for being the AJ Burnett of the Mets (A.K.A. Mr. Pie in the face).”

Jordany Valdespin B- ”Besides a few big errors while playing out of position, JV has been a big help for the team in limited opportunities and has a bright future.”

Shortstop
Ruben Tejada B+ - “Jose Who? Consistently getting deep into counts and playing outstanding defense. Has done everything he has been asked to do.”

Ronny Cedeno C – “Has done a lot of filling in at SS and 2B and his OBP has been surprisingly adequate.”

Omar Quintanilla C+ -” Did some solid work while Tejada and Cedeno were out. Perfect stopgap.”

Third Base
David Wright A+ -” MVP caliber season”

Outfield
Jason Bay D+ - ”Best thing he’s done this year is sit on the DL so we can make sure his option doesn’t vest”

Kirk Nieuwenhuis B- - ”Nieuwenhuis has cooled down considerably since the tear he started out on. He’s still an asset on defense, though”

Lucas Duda B – “Still on pace for 25 homers and around 90 RBI’s. Still needs a GPS in right field. Reminds me of a poorman’s Adam Dunn.”

Scott Hariston B+ – “Scotty’s success might be the most pleasant surprise of the season.The lefty killer has been invaluable to a lefty heavy lineup.”

Andres Torres C/C+ – “His right-handed side gets a B, his left-handed swings get a D, average them together and sprinkle in his above-par defense and you get a C+”

Mike Baxter A- – “Risked life and limb for Johan’s no-hitter and was incredible off the bench before getting hurt.”

Starting Rotation
Johan Santana A – “I was unsure if Johan would even make it to the All Star Break this year, but he hasn’t missed a single start and threw the first no-hitter in Mets history. Easy grade.”

R.A. Dickey A+ - ”Talk of the league, fastest knuckleball in MLB history, 9.23 K’s/9 inn., potential candidate for CY Young Award. Radickeylous.”

John Niese B/B+ – “I was a little worried about how he would pitch after getting that contract extension, but has been rock solid all season long.”

Dillon Gee B – “Perhaps the biggest surprise on a staff full of them, Gee’s command of the strike zone in 2012 has transformed him from a fringe No. 5 starter to a solid mid-rotation arm.” Just learned tonight he might miss the rest of the season with the blood clot issue in his right shoulder.

Chris Young B – “Who would have thought how important this guy would be. Same surgery as Johan, comes back sooner and is essentially the same Chris Young. Just amazing. Where would we be without this guy?”

Bullpen
John Rauch C/C+ – “Jon has been victim of some bad luck, but he hasn’t necessarily been good either and his bad spots have come at the most inopportune moments.”

Ramon Ramirez C- – “In my view, the biggest disappointment of the season, Ramirez was supposed to stabilize the pen and instead has been one of it’s most inconsistent parts.”

Miguel Batista F - ”Robinson Cano should have used Batista in the Hr Derby.”

Bobby Parnell B+ – “He just might be starting to “get it”. 100 mph and straight isn’t as good as 95 with good movement. Hopefully he’ll wrestle the closer’s job away from Francisco.”

Frank Francisco B – “Despite taking years off of Mets fans lives with his shaky situations, he has converted on 18 of 21 save chances.”

Tim Byrdak B+ – “Comic relief in the clubhouse and eats up lefties on the hill, hard not to love the Byrdman.”

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Cosmo July 13, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Considering the Mets are playing pretty well and are overachieving, you sure gave some low grades.
Mac July 13, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Big Yankee fan and baseball fan but more importantly a new Yorker and the mets are playing great baseball. It's nice to see life there at citifield. Much improved play and exciting. They are not the Yankees but who is. I enjoy watching good baseball and the mets are entertaining this year. I hope they keep it up it only makes bb here better for us. Keep bay out he is the worst in baseball!
Brendan July 13, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Just one interesting point that I think has gone overlooked (and full disclosure, I am a Yankee fan)...people like to shoot down the Yankees for spending large amounts of money on payroll for the team. They are accused, year in, year out, of "buying" championships, etc, and teams with low(er) payrolls, like the one currently being fielded by the Mets, are given oodles of extra credit for doing well because they are not paid as well as the Yankees are. The Yankees get called "greedy" and other such names. But the Mets were the ones putting their money into a Ponzi scheme -- instead of putting the money on the FIELD, where it might have done some good, the owners of the team were more interested in a big, fat, fast pay-day from "Wall Street" and instead, got burnt. Which one of these things sounds more like "greed" to you?
George July 13, 2012 at 02:16 PM
This is not me, now I have to change my name. However I do agree, I could have written the same.
John K. Massaro July 13, 2012 at 02:19 PM
oh please. Ponzi scheme... Try again...
John Gruber July 13, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Steinbrenner bought the yankees for $10 million and turned them into a milti-billion dollar business and in turn put that money back into the team while most owners pocket the cash. Don't be mad we actually had an owner who's smart and cares about our team and doesn't get us involved in pyramid schemes
John K. Massaro July 13, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I'm not mad over that, I'm mad that you Juicekee fans can't let us Met fans have our moment in the sun without you putting in your two cents. Which is just about what Yankee fan's opinions are worth...
Brendan July 13, 2012 at 02:45 PM
John, that was a well-reasoned and intensely thought-out response. I look forward to more engaging discussions with you as the Mets continue their journey to the postseason.
John K. Massaro July 13, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Your post warrants no well-reasoned response. Come up with a well-reasoned post & we'll talk...
Junior July 13, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Wright is have an incredible season, but if I had a vote for NL MVP thus far I would vote for Andrew McCutchen in Pittsburgh.
Brendan July 13, 2012 at 02:56 PM
It seems you would rather not address the content of my original post, which you would rather not seem to acknowledge as the truth, even though the truth is plain as day. How do you rationalize and/or justify the money that was invested with Mr. Madoff, money that obviously could have been used to improve your baseball club of choice, The Metropolitans, but was not? Do you support that choice? If so, why? If not, why not? Please, inquiring minds want to know.
John K. Massaro July 13, 2012 at 03:05 PM
The money the Wilpons invested in Madoff was from STERLING EQUITIES, not the NEW YORK METS organization. Two entirely different things. At the same time, when Omar was GM, they gave him an open checkbook to run the team & where did that get them? If you think 'ol man George didn't have some seedy business ventures in his past, then you, sir are one gullible man. Keep in mind, MLB never banned the Wilpons from baseball. Can the same be said for George Stienbrenner?
Brendan July 13, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Good ol' George sure did have his troubles from time to time. And you know, you do raise an excellent point - the Mets did have a little run there where they spent pretty freely, even at points rivaling the Yankees payroll. As you noted, it didn't quite have the effect you would have hoped for. Why do you think it worked for the Yankees but never seemed to work for the Mets?
John K. Massaro July 13, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Because Omar was more interested in signing ticket-sellers instead of bringing in ballplayers. Omar had a knack for signing superstars 5 years too late. Gotta give credit where credit is due - Cashman knows the game & does his homework...
John Gruber July 13, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I sense some bitterness. I'm more indifferent to the mets, I do dislike people who use the "fat checkbook" excuse. It's a simpleton's insult
Scott Moore (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I'll ask then lol. I'd love to see some insight on the Yankees as well. The Mets are having a heck of a season all things considered. As a New York fan, I'm hoping they can carry on and get to the playoffs. It'd be great for the city and for the franchise.
brookhavenconfusing July 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Not to speak ill of the departed, but just how much money did Steinbrenner "invest" in Howie Spira to dig up dirt for George so he could smear Dave Winfield?? For that matter, how much was invested in illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon, or to defend him against the associated felony obstruction of justice charges? People in glass stadiums... ya' know?
Jason Molinet July 13, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Real tough grading here. But that's better than idol worship.
t1956d July 13, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Justin Turner, .281 aveage and .318 average pinch hitting. I'd say he's doing just fine as a starter and off the bench
Jaguar-Guy July 13, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Thanks Mac !!! Go NY !!!
Jaguar-Guy July 13, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Let's just agree to BOTH play hard and meet in October and have a SUBWAY SERIES and screw the rest of the U.S. NY Baseball is rockin !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jaguar-Guy July 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM
1969 - You Gotta Believe !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jaguar-Guy July 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM
1969 - You Gotta Believe !!!!!! Sheesh - thank goodness Chipper is retiring !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
localguy July 14, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I heard that the Steinbrenner family is considering selling the team. If I was paying the likes of A-Rod and a few others the stupid money they are signed for I would consider getting out soon too. 3-4 years from now the Yanks will be paying him and a few others $75 million a year to be has beens. On top of that they will need to draw other free agents and pay them big bucks too. It will catch up to them and then we will see what happens. The well will rrun dry when all the fans jump off the bandwagon at the first sight of defeat. So typical of Yankee fans the last 40 years.
yankees#1Always July 14, 2012 at 07:14 PM
dream on! I guess "a local guy" knows it all. I guess if (very doubbtful) that ever happened we would all become met fans. LOL! oh wait I rather STICK PINS IN MY EYES! true fans dont run! LETS GO YANKEES!
charlie sheen loves the yanks July 14, 2012 at 08:11 PM
BOY LIFE IS GOOD WHEN U KEEP ON "WINNING"
Mac July 14, 2012 at 09:05 PM
John Massaro you are kidding right? Juicekee?DId you forget these guys...Guillermo Mota, Felix Heredia, and Scott Schoeneweis tested positive. In addition, the Mitchell Report lists Paul LoDuca, Lenny Dykstra, David Segui, Josias Manzanillo, Todd Hundley, Matt Franco, Mo Vaughn, Chris Donnels, Todd Pratt, Mike Stanton, Mark Carreon, Paul Byrd, Gary Matthews, and Fernando Vina. Then the rumors of Piazza have been around forever. Didnt Radomski have NY Met connections also? Please save it or did you forget those guys. To think that Madoff investments didnt hurt your team is fooling yourself. Go enjoy them play because you cant win in most arguments with Yankee fans you just dont have the history. Lets see them come back for a win today and watch RA Dickey win a cy young which would be the greatest story of the baseball season.
quinnloves the yanks July 14, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Thanks Mac well said!
Michael Ganci (Editor) July 15, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Please keep the comments clean. Thank you. MG
John Gruber July 16, 2012 at 06:57 PM
the yankees are a multi-billion dollar business. they can afford to pay their players $150million to be has-beens if they wanted to. And they'd still win because they for the most part make good signings. The mets tried splurging and did it when them a championship? nope

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