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Friday, September 27, 2019

What if the Mets had not traded for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz?

NEW YORK – A certain sense of accomplishment and bravado filled the press conference room at Citi Field on Dec. 4 as Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano were introduced as the newest members of the New York Mets.

The offseason is a time for hope and optimism, and on that December day, Mets officials believed they had just made a move that would lead them to 90 wins. One only had to look at the Cheshire cat grins in the room to know that they felt they had just become contenders.

In their eyes, after two down years, the Mets were back.

“Robinson Cano is one of the best second basemen in the history of the game. He immediately will impact the middle of our lineup and increase the run production in a meaningful and significant way,” newly hired Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said during that introductory press conference. “Edwin is the best closer in the game today. He will the anchor of our bullpen and electrify our fan base. Most important, everyone should know that these two players are here to help us accomplish our goals of winning now and in the future.”


Be careful with establishing alternative timelines- the last time I tried such an exercise, Tom Dewey ended up on the $50, I couldn’t stop tasting copper, and the city of Birmingham vanished without a trace….

QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin diaz, mets being mets, robinson cano, what-ifs

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Mets vs. Noah Syndergaard: The disagreement that could cost them a playoff spot

NEW YORK – Noah Syndergaard and Mickey Callaway aren’t on the same page regarding the value of pairing Syndergaard with his preferred catcher, Tomas Nido.

And it was made clear again Friday.

Syndergaard would rather throw to Nido than the Mets’ starting catcher, Wilson Ramos. There’s a certain comfort level with Nido. Syndergaard also benefits from Nido’s ability to better frame the low ball.

The Mets’ dilemma is that to appease Syndergaard and start Nido, it would leave Ramos, the NL’s hottest second-half hitter entering Friday, on the bench.

So, is this Peak Metsness, or can this be topped?

 

QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 12:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, mickey callaway, noah syndergaard, tomas nido, wilson ramos

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Noah Syndergaard doesn’t like throwing to Wilson Ramos

Today, on As The World Turns....

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard was “livid” when he had to throw to catcher Wilson Ramos and confronted the Mets’ front office about it, Joel Sherman and Kevin Kernan of the New York Post report.

It’s apparently been an ongoing thing and the numbers shake out: Syndergaard has a 5.09 ERA in 92 innings with Ramos behind the dish compared to a 2.45 ERA in 66 innings with Tomás Nido catching him. Syndergaard also made his first start with Rene Rivera catching him this year, tossing seven shutout innings against the Nationals last Monday.

Per Sherman and Kernan, the Mets’ front office thinks the pitcher-catcher dynamic is, in their words, “overstated,” and generally want to avoid pitchers having personal catchers. Syndergaard, however, feels that Nido calls a better game, controls the running game better, and is better at framing low pitches.

 

QLE Posted: September 10, 2019 at 01:22 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, noah syndergaard, wilson ramos

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

LEADING OFF: Mets-Nats back after wild game, Springer hurt

SHAKE IT OFF

The Mets and Nationals are set for a matinee in Washington after playing a wild one Tuesday night. The Mets scored five runs in the top of the ninth to lead 10-4 before the Nats rallied all the way back in the bottom of the inning, capping the rally with a three-run, game-ending homer from Kurt Suzuki. The Nationals/Expos franchise had never won a game after trailing by at least six runs in the ninth or later.

“That’s hard to do even in a Little League game,” said dejected Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo.

Right-hander Zack Wheeler (9-7, 4.41 ERA), who is 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in four starts against Washington this season, is set to start for New York. He’ll face righty Anibal Sanchez (8-6, 3.80).

So, the bullpens gave up a combined twelve runs in the ninth inning- and the solution is relying more on relievers?

 

QLE Posted: September 04, 2019 at 12:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: eric sogard, george springer, mets being mets, nationals, scott heineman

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Adeiny Hechavarria gives Mets a million reasons to remember game-changing double

NEW YORK – The day before Adeiny Hechavarria would collect a million bucks, the Mets sent him to the unemployment line, designating him for assignment.

While the team played the move off as one it made due to roster construction with Joe Panik being added, the timing certainly caught Hechavarria’s attention.

“It can’t be a coincidence the day before I was due a bonus it obviously went down. I think the same thing happened with (Carlos) Gomez as well,” Hechavarria said via Braves interpreter Franco Garcia. “It’s hard to believe and hard-pressed to say it’s a coincidence. That’s baseball and the business of the game.”

Hechavarria later landed with the Braves, who are without Dansby Swanson, and he got his first crack at revenge against his team Friday night at Citi Field.

Oh, the fun of beating up upon the Wilpons!


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

How closer Edwin Diaz went from MLB saves leader to bullpen liability

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With each hit, walk, and homer, the aura of invincibility that once surrounded Edwin Diaz has eroded, turning a former relief ace into a giant question mark.

When the New York Mets acquired Diaz last December, team officials boasted about the acquisition. Nine months later, it looks like they made the mistake of buying high off one elite season, failing to recognize the volatility that defines relief pitching.

Diaz, who saved 57 games in 2018, is no longer superhuman. He’s quite vulnerable. The Mets know it. Opponents know it. And, fans at Citi Field and in road stadiums know it, too.

Sources tell Yahoo Sports that Diaz has been affected by the boos that come with failing in New York, but that doesn’t tell the whole story of how a reliever with his stuff goes from elite closer to owning a 5.32 ERA in the middle of August.

And the Never-Ending Story repeats itself one more time….

 

QLE Posted: August 20, 2019 at 04:29 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin diaz, mets being mets, relievers are inherently fungible

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Tim Tebow’s baseball season is over due to July hand injury

Tim Tebow will not make his MLB debut this season, and it’s not because the suddenly hot New York Mets don’t have room for him on the major league roster.

Newsday’s Tim Healey first reported that the former college football standout will miss the remainder of the season as he continues healing from a hand injury suffered in July.

Yahoo Sports’ Matt Ehalt has since confirmed the news.

Tebow suffered a cut that required eight stitches in his left hand. He was injured while fielding a ball in the outfield, Syracuse Mets manager Tony DeFrancesco told reporters on July 23.

Does this mean our great national nightmare is over?

 

 


Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Joe Panik to Mets? New York Daily News make case for ex-Giants infielder

After six years with the Giants, second baseman Joe Panik was designated for assignment Tuesday in an expected, yet difficult move. Panik has struggled at the plate throughout the 2019 season, and Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi was able to pull the trigger on a deal with the Reds to acquire Scooter Gennett—also a second baseman—before the July 31 MLB trade deadline.

With Panik expected to decline the option of being outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento, he is set to become a free agent. There does appear to be one team—or at least one local media outlet—that sees Panik as an ideal fit.

Panik is a Yonkers, N.Y. native and played his college baseball at St. Johns University in Queens, less than 10 miles from Citi Field where the Mets play their home games.

It seems guaranteed that this would be a disaster for the Mets- the question is, what sort of disaster would it be?

 

QLE Posted: August 07, 2019 at 04:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: joe panik, mets being mets, trade rumors

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Choose Your Own Mets Trade Deadline Adventure

The Mets launched themselves into the center of baseball’s trade discourse by unexpectedly picking up Marcus Stroman on Sunday. They extended their stay there by shipping out Jason Vargas on Monday. And it’s still hard to say just what they’re trying to do.

It’s not that these deals are inherently perplexing on their own. They aren’t! In a vacuum, each of these made sense, or something like it. With Stroman, the team got a quality pitcher under contract for another full season without having to give up any premium prospects. Sure, it seems like a transaction more befitting a true contender rather than a club six-and-a-half games back in a crowded wild-card race, but for this relatively low price, it works, and it positions the club well for next year. And with Vargas, the team saved a little cash ($2 million buyout to decline his option for 2020) and picked up a minor leaguer in exchange for a pitcher whom they likely would have watched walk, anyway, who never had much chance of netting a solid return. So, yes, evaluated individually, in a vacuum—each of these is just fine. But… evaluated in tandem, take-a-pitcher-leave-a-pitcher, in the real-world context of rumors about trading Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler, for a team whose chances of contention next year do not currently seem much better than this year, with a freshman general manager who is already in a rather perilous spot, in a franchise so frequently mired in multi-layered dysfunction that it’s become synonymous with its very name? Uh, yeah, less fine. It doesn’t make so much sense for the Mets—for where they are (right now) or for who they are (always).

It’s hard to say just where the team is going. (Buying? Selling? Neither?) It’s hard to say where it’s trying to go. But it has a few rumored options on the table. So here they are: A New York Mets’ Choose Your Own Adventure, just for the 2019 trade deadline.

A fair warning: Turning to the back pages of the book will not give you all the answers.

 

QLE Posted: July 30, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, trade deadline

Monday, July 29, 2019

What’s next after the Mets shook up the trade deadline?

Imagine being Marcus Stroman right now. He had to be 100 percent certain that he was headed to the Yankees or Astros as the missing piece for a World Series favorite.

Surprise, Marcus! Welcome to the New York Mets, a team that is decidedly not a World Series favorite, with a 50-55 record and odds of making the playoffs at 9.6%, according to FanGraphs. The Mets’ chances of winning the World Series? A microscopic 0.3%.

While the deal left most (including our Keith Law) scratching their heads, this trade, more than anything else, throws another kink into a completely unpredictable trade deadline that just got even more confusing—and keep in mind that the one and only deadline this year is July 31. There is no backdoor route to deals in August like the Justin Verlander-to-Houston blockbuster of 2017.

Well, we could always take mambo lessons….

 

QLE Posted: July 29, 2019 at 09:56 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: marcus stroman, mets being mets, trade deadline

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Dodgers wear out Jacob deGrom, feast on Mets’ bullpen

LOS ANGELES –Like the prizefighter he is, Jacob deGrom absorbed some body blows Monday against the Dodgers, but never let the game get away from him.

He retired Cody Bellinger in big spots. He stranded six men. He left with a lead in a much-anticipated pitching matchup against Clayton Kershaw.

Yet, in doing all that, deGrom needed to use 105 pitches in five innings. He left it all on the field, but, baseball is a nine-inning game. There were still 12 outs to go.

And this Mets bullpen didn’t offer any relief.

The sort of bullpen that would convince Billy Martin that he had the right idea….

 

QLE Posted: May 28, 2019 at 05:31 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, jacob degrom, mets being mets

Saturday, May 25, 2019

This chaotic play serves as a microcosm for the Mets’ week

NEW YORK — The internally embattled New York Mets swept the hapless (and Harper-less) Washington Nationals this week and there are so many statistics to emphasize just how disappointing the first 50 games have been for two of the teams that were actually trying in a division that was supposed to be one of the most hotly contested. But maybe you’re more of a visual learner.

The four-game series — which started with everyone assuming Mets manager Mickey Callaway was going to get axed and ended with it looking increasingly likely that Dave Martinez’s days as the Nats’ manager are numbered — can be unfortunately illustrated by the following play from the sixth inning of Thursday’s 6-4 Mets victory. It’s not exactly emblematic — nowhere is the Nats’ bullpen imploding and there’s no direct manifestation of the Wilpons’ tiresome meddling — but it is certainly A Mood.

MLB.com Gameday described the play as follows:

Brian Dozier singles on a soft bunt ground ball to second baseman Adeiny Hechavarria. Juan Soto scores. Throwing error by second baseman Adeiny Hechavarria. Brian Dozier out at 3rd, pitcher Steven Matz to third baseman Todd Frazier.

Not sure I’d grant the play that much significance- however, I will say that it doesn’t well for the play of either team.

QLE Posted: May 25, 2019 at 06:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, errors, fielding, mets being mets, nationals

Matt Kemp, New York Mets agree to minor-league contract

The New York Mets announced Friday that they’ve signed outfielder Matt Kemp to a minor-league contract about 20 days after the Cincinnati Reds released him.

Kemp had joined the Reds in a blockbuster deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers during the offseason, but he hit just .200 with one home run and five RBIs in 60 at-bats before missing the 11 games with a broken rib before Cincinnati released him.

In 14 big-league seasons, the 34-year-old Kemp has hit .285 with 281 home runs, 1,010 RBIs and 183 stolen bases. He was an All-Star in 2018 with the Dodgers.

Given how big a need the Mets seem to have for outfielders, wondering who else they’ll be placing bids on.

 

QLE Posted: May 25, 2019 at 06:04 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt kemp, mets being mets

Friday, May 24, 2019

Rajai Davis took a $243 Uber ride to Citi Field and then launched a pinch-hit homer

Just the latest piece of evidence supporting the theory that they’re extremely cursed, the Mets have been hit pretty hard by the injury bug lately. First, Michael Conforto went down with a concussion, then Yoenis Cespedes broke an ankle on his ranch in Florida, and then, on Wednesday, Brandon Nimmo landed on the 10-day Injured List with a neck injury. All of a sudden, just hours before their game against the Nationals, New York found itself short on outfielders.

Without a ton of options on such short notice, the team turned to Triple-A Syracuse, where they found 14-year Major League vet and postseason folk hero Rajai Davis. There was just one problem: Syracuse is currently in the middle of a road series against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs ... meaning that, with first pitch fast approaching in Queens, Davis was stuck in the middle of Pennsylvania.

But New York needed reinforcements, and Davis was the man for the job. So he did the only thing he could do: He fired up the Uber app. A couple hours, $243 and one lifelong friendship with a driver named Jason later, he arrived at Citi Field.

I’d suggest the train, but there aren’t any servicing the Lehigh Valley, much less a direct one to NYC.

QLE Posted: May 24, 2019 at 07:29 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, rajai davis, uber

Monday, May 20, 2019

Cespedes Suffers Ankle Fractures in Ranch Accident

Given the headline I was hoping to he’d slipped on some spilled salad dressing. But per Tweet from Anthony DiComo:

Cespedes suffered a “violent fall” and twisted his right ankle in a hole, per GM Brodie Van Wagenen. He was not riding a horse, the GM said, but it was a non-baseball related activity. Van Wagenen did not elaborate further, and did not offer a timeline for Cespedes’ recovery.

That’s a lot less funny than I’d hoped.


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Jacob deGrom, Mets fall to Marlins as Mickey Callaway’s seat gets hotter

MIAMI — Already, the speculative whispers outside the organization — from fans, from national and local media, from those with other teams — have grown to a steady murmur: Is Mickey Callaway in danger of getting fired?

If this keeps up, those conversations will be happening inside the organization, too.

The Mets lost to the Marlins, 8-6, on Friday night. They are 20-23 and only treading water during what is supposed to be an easy chunk of their schedule. Jacob deGrom was bad, giving up seven runs (six earned) in five innings to by far the worst-hitting team in baseball. Pete Alonso homered twice and J.D. Davis once, but multiple late rallies weren’t enough.

In the seventh, Robinson Cano jogged, barely, toward first base on a rally-ending double play. Cano, who declined to speak to reporters, said through a team spokesman that he didn’t know there was only one out in the inning because the Marlins Park video board indicated that there were two outs. Callaway said Cano proactively approached him to apologize.

Should I send out a job application, or would that be rash?

QLE Posted: May 18, 2019 at 08:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, mickey callaway

Friday, May 17, 2019

Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Hernandez to Reunite at Mets’ ‘Seinfeld Night’

Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Hernandez are taking a new step in their friendship.

The two will reunite at Citi Field on July 5 for the Mets’ “Seinfeld Night,” according to Newsday’s Tim Healey. The Mets promotion will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the comedy show’s July 5, 1989, premiere. The first 25,000 fans in attendance will get a Seinfeld bobblehead, and everyone is encouraged to watch every episode of the show before attending the special game.

Hernandez played for the Mets for seven years during his 17-year career and won the 1986 World Series with New York over the Red Sox.

Somehow, the Mets and Seinfeld seem perfect together- but I’m not sure which fanbase will get more offended if I explain my reasoning….

 

QLE Posted: May 17, 2019 at 03:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, promotions, seinfeld

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mickey Callaway’s unique message to Mets seems to have worked

Heading into last night’s contest against the Marlins, the Mets desperately needed a spark. They had lost five games on their six-game road trip, and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon saw a glimpse of the 2018 freefall and called a meeting with Mickey Callaway and Brodie Van Wagenen to figure out what the team could do better.

Callaway, then, gave a message to his team that he reiterated to reporters at Citi Field. And the inspiration behind his message comes from a little book called “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F—k.”

“There comes a point where you just got to forget it,” Callaway said. “Whatever has happened, if you are not injured, you are the same player you were two weeks ago when you were raking.

“The only thing different is your mindset because you’ve been struggling. There is a good book out there, I can’t tell you the title of that book, I’m sure you guys know what it is and it’s very true.”

Mind you, when playing the Marlins, the lyrics to “Winchester Cathedral” ought to be enough to motivate victory…..

QLE Posted: May 12, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets being mets, mickey callaway

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Mickey Callaway on Mets’ pitching issues: ‘It’s not concerning’

The Mets’ 5.57 team ERA is the third-worst in the majors, better than only the Orioles and Red Sox. But manager Mickey Callaway isn’t ready to sound the alarm.

“It’s not concerning,” Callaway said at Citi Field before Monday night’s game against the Phillies, noting that the sample size is far too small for the team to be worried.

Is Callaway right to not be alarmed? Maybe…

Famous last words….

 

QLE Posted: April 23, 2019 at 04:45 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, mickey callaway, pitching

Friday, April 19, 2019

With elbow ‘barking,’ Mets’ Jacob deGrom sent back to New York for MRI

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom is having his Saturday start pushed back because his elbow has been “barking” and will undergo an MRI, manager Mickey Callaway said before Friday’s game.

“DeGrom is going to be pushed back tomorrow, he’s not gonna pitch,” Callaway said. “He’s been under the weather, his elbow is a little barky. We’re gonna get him back to New York. Get him checked out, have an MRI, and go from there at this point.”

DeGrom had initially been pushed back from Friday to Saturday due to strep throat. As far as the elbow issue, Callaway said he first started feeling it Friday.

If enough of the Mets and Yankees get injured, while the teams have to merge for the rest of the season, and, if so, what name do they call themselves?

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 08:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: elbow, jacob degrom, mets being mets, mri

 

 

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