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Cabrera Fell Back to Earth

After his epic run at the end of the 2015 season, it is understandable how many view Yoenis Cespedes as the driving force of this Mets team.  However, if you look at the past few seasons, the person who has really been at the forefront of the Mets peaks and valleys has been Asdrubal Cabrera.

Looking over the past few seasons, Cabrera never really did get the credit Cespedes received for his propelling the Mets to the postseason in 2016.  Consider from August 19th until the end of the 2016 season, he hit .345/.406/.635 with 11 doubles, a triple, 10 homers, and 29 RBI.  Really, looking at that decimated team who was looking for an everyday second baseman at they entered September, it was Cabrera who carried that team to the postseason.

As the 2018 season began, it was once again Cabrera who was the driving force of this Mets team.

In April, Cabrera hit .340/.393/.580 with nine doubles, five homers, and 17 RBI.  For a Mets team who was in first place, Cabrera was in the all too early conversation for National League MVP.

That’s not a stretch either as Cabrera’s hot bat masked much of what was wrong with the Mets.  The Mets were winning despite Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard being the only Mets starters who would give the team credible starts.  Amed Rosario was struggling along with Cespedes, Jay Bruce, and countless other Mets.  The teams two catchers, Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki went down with injuries, and they were replaced by an underwhelming duo of Jose Lobaton and Tomas Nido.

Through all of it, Cabrera got big hit after big hit after big hit, and the Mets were 17-9, and they led the Braves by 1.5 games in the National League East, and they lead the Nationals by 4.5 games.

Since that time, we have seen Cabrera get nicked up on more than one occasion, have seen his play fall off of a cliff, and we have seen the Mets go 10-21 while plummeting to fourth in the standings.

Since May 1st, Cabrera is hitting .252/.282/.445 with six doubles, a triple, five homers, and 17 RBI.  These are more befitting a hitter towards the end of the lineup than the second place hitter Cabrera has been for this team.

Cabrera isn’t just struggling at the plate.  He’s struggling mightily in the field as well.  In fact, with a -11 DRS, Cabrera is the worst defensive second baseman in all of baseball.  Expanding the worldview a bit more, Cabrera’s -11 DRS ranks worst among all Major League infielders.

Simply put, Cabrera is not hitting or fielding right now.  In a season where the was the driving force who bailed the Mets out of a number of situations, he has become one of the many liabilities on this team.

No, the current state of the Mets cannot be pinned on Cabrera. There are far more issues than his recent play.  However, when he struggles like this, with Cespedes on the disabled list, and Michael Conforto still trying to get back to form, you no longer have a bat in the lineup who can carry this Mets team and help mask some of those other issues.

13 thoughts on “Cabrera Fell Back to Earth”

  1. Blu2MileHigh says:

    I would now not only bench Conforto as a CF easily over Cabrera as a second baseman but when the team is playing for importance against bigger competition Cabrera has not only shown that he turns it up a notch, but day after day, game after game — yet others paid big bucks practically run from the pressure and for good measure he stands at the bat rack where other power bats pull a Matt Harvey and blend in towards the runway to the locker room.

    You bench Cabrera and you might as well start the rebuild from scratch the next game. This year it was always about the BATS – Msybe Starling Castro never had an average month especially with these guys not available or doubg squat

    – Flores
    – Frazier
    – Conforto
    – Bruce
    – Travis
    – Cespedes

    and a bench with what OPS or Slugging Percentage?

    Irish – PJ Conlon a Dodger, Scott Copeland a National?

    What about Italians not getting respect?

    Did LJ Mazilli ever get the needed instruction? (just kidding)

    What about the other Italians on the recent Met roster?

    1. Five Tool Ownership says:

      Just wait, Adrian Gonzalez has a rough fortnight and we will get full coverage why he should sit also?

      Two bad the Cubs left town, that is a MLB team that will compete with the Rockies, Cards, Brewers and Nats for a competitive series.

      We have to start looking at minor leaugue rosters for the upconing de Grom trade.

      I say that in that deal we should look at the major league players in that package — not second baseman but young emerging starters who had their Tommy John already, but lefties and at least a upcoming legitimate star at any position. Whst team can fo that?

      and players who will draw attendance….

      There are not mamy bats coming up from the Met farm and Alonzo does K alot.

      The arrival of Dave Peterson will not stop the rebuilding even if the Mets give de Grom $150 m over five years

      1. metsdaddy says:

        If Gonzalez struggles with Cespedes coming back, and the Mets not wanting to admit a mistake with Bruce, Gonzalez should be designated for assignment.

    2. metsdaddy says:

      I’m not saying the Mets should bench Cabrera. Far from it.

      Rather, they need to get him healthy somehow.

      1. Gothamist says:

        He needs lineup ptotection and a reason for hope…. He invests his body and soul into everything…. Few players channel all their adrenaline as he does. — He exhausts himself and during playoff runs where he comes up with more everyday just amazes me.

        I do like Gonzales’s production in RISP situations especially against lefties.
        I am extremely confused about your take…. He obviously no longer has range but picks up throws in the dirt and is steady with his arm…. He is valuable for a July trade at worst.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          What is he getting back at the trade deadline?

          1. Gothamist says:

            AGon has the highest lefty on lefty BA on the Mets.
            AGon feasts on relief pitchers in innings 7-9.
            AGon is a high quality PH.
            He will have to go beyond hitting well against Atlanta, Cincinnati, SD and Miami to have higher value….

          2. metsdaddy says:

            If Bruce, who was on a 40 homer pace last year, netted a Single-A right-handed reliever, I can’t imagine A-Gone fetches anything of value.

  2. Gothamist says:

    Even if you greatly disheartened just contemplating a de Grom trade you can qualify that in a post where you discuss a hypothetical deal.

    A trade brings far more return this July than after season end?

    If you did have that post carefully drawn up for weeks before you post you will get great nationwide coverage?

    Tom Friedman of the NYT does discuss his potential columns with others before submitting for publishing, I suggest you might try that before you post something that brings you great pain or where your emotions might affect your prose.

    It makes me sick to trade de Grom, best Met pitcher since Tom Terrific?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I never brought up trading deGrom, so I have no idea where this or a suggestion I crowd source my articles come later from

      1. Gothamist says:

        I do not recall ever saying you duggested trading de Grom.

        Others on the media say it is relevant for some form of discussion in the media from “he is being wasted” to that Mets will “never pay him close to $30 m a year”.

        You should continue to make the choice to cover what you see as relevant.
        Whatever crowdsource means …..

        Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to pardon himself of federal crimes but denies any wrongdoing – The Washington Post

  3. Gothamist says:

    Sorry wrong cut and paste…

    clipboard did not copy this:

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/05/21/mets-trade-jacob-degrom-noah-syndergaard/

    as I intended…

    Apologies….

    1. metsdaddy says:

      It’s all good.

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