Kerb Hohl wrote:Hill has been good but how much stock will teams like the Mets put into the fact that his entire season of production has come off of the AA-caliber Reds pitching staff and one Marlins game?
His splits are obviously extreme and I'm sure teams will take note, but lots of other players have had the opportunity to play the Reds and haven't hit 5 hr's against them. I'm sure many players would see their stats plummet dramatically if you took away a couple great series against a terrible pitching staff or some games in Colorado. Few players would lose as much as Hill, but those games still count. It's a factor but I think most teams will mostly chalk Hill's prior mediocrity up to an early season slump. More importantly, he's so much better than any 3b that might be on the market that you could take away all 5 of those hr's and he'd still be the best option (his OPS in May would still be over .900 if all 5 hr's were turned into doubles instead). I think he's a perfect fit for the Mets and I'm cautiously optimistic the Brewers have some leverage. They just have to convince the Mets they're not eager to trade Hill because they're close to .500 and getting healthy and they think they can make a run at the wild card.
I admit that I don't know what other options the Mets might have among guys who aren't currently playing 3b but could if needed.
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