Along with the soul-searching that came from seeing Chipper Jones retiring-should I cheer? Should I boo?-came, at least for me, with some relief.
After all, Jones is indisputably one of the most prolific Met-killers of all time. Seeing him leave the major leagues for the last time is a potential boon to the Mets winning games. What’s not to like?
But something that concerns me is that there appears to be another Jones already in the league, and his name is Bryce Harper.
Harper collected four hits against the Mets last night, but his dominance of New York pitching is nothing new. As befits a player in the National League East, Harper has more than 50 plate appearances against four teams, the Nationals’ division rivals. Against the Phillies, his OPS is .731. Against the Marlins, it is .735. Against the Braves, it is .786.
Against the Mets, it is .960, with seven extra-base hits in 63 plate appearances. Harper has 49 RBI, and 11 have come against the Mets. He has no more than five against any other team.
He’s actually even outpacing Chipper Jones’ rookie year of Met-killing, when Jones put up an .895 OPS against the Mets, with four home runs in 54 plate appearances. Naturally, Harper is only 19 years old, and plays for a team that looks to be ascendant in the National League East.
All I’m saying is, if we’re having that cheer/boo discussion about Harper at Citi Field in 2030 or so, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Hopefully, we can argue about it in flying cars.