Yoenis Cespedes Newsbeat
Friday, October 07, 2016
Cespedes has stepped up with his production, and the Mets must step up with their years and dollars. See if a four-year, $100 million agreement — sure, go ahead and frontload it and offer him an opt-out after 2017, replicating the details that increased the lure of their prior agreement — will get it done. If Cespedes has too many superior offers? Jack it up to five years and $125 million.
Posted: October 07, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 50 comment(s)
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
The Mets need a big few weeks from Cespedes.
Potentially getting injured starters Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz back before the end of the season would provide another boost to their playoff hopes. The Mets have leaned on a number of young arms recently to fill the holes in the rotation. It was Seth Lugo’s turn Sunday and he turned in seven innings, giving up two runs to lower his ERA to 2.40.
But until deGrom and Matz return, if they do, it’s up to Cespedes to carry the load and he’s shown with his play over the last week he’s willing and able to do so.
Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 25 comment(s)
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, and Alex Gordon were all supposed to be All-Star caliber outfielders; instead, they’ve all lost their power and are hitting like backup catchers. Between them, they’ve been worth less than +1 WAR this year, but they’ll be paid a combined $55 million this season anyway, and that’s even with the Royals backloading Gordon’s deal. Heyward and Upton are young enough that it’s still reasonable to think they can bounce back from this, but given the disastrous 2016 seasons now on their resume, it’s pretty clear that neither player would get anything close to the contracts they signed last winter if they were forced back onto the free agent market at this point.
And while I was a big fan of the Gordon contract for the Royals, I can’t imagine they’re all that happy to have a 32 year old who looks like a league average hitter under contract for $60 million over the next three years; even with high-level outfield defense, the bat needed to hold up better than this to make it a good deal for the Royals, and one year in, it looks like he might not be an impact hitter anymore.
And those outfielders might actually be doing better than the other expensive starting pitchers.
Zack Greinke’s success was largely built on a .229 BABIP last year, and to the surprise of no one outside of Arizona, that hasn’t carried over. And with his strikeout rate dropping back down to league average, a lack of weak contact is a problem for a guy being paid at ace-levels. Greinke is still a good pitcher, and he might still give the Diamondbacks some good years, but like most of what happened in Arizona this year, the expectations and the realities were simply not the same.
Thursday, August 04, 2016
On MLB Radio they were talking about him playing five hours of golf on a game day while he’s troubled by his calf problem. If true, I can see why the Mets organization and his teammates would be bothered.
If Cespedes wouldn’t pull the plug on his golf hobby, should the Mets have done so? That’s a question the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro asked:
You can blame Cespedes for bad judgment without blaming his hobby on complicating his recovery. These are not mutually exclusive things. And now the Mets’ leadership — starting with Collins, starting with Sandy Alderson — must ask themselves if maybe it wouldn’t have been worth a serious chat in the past few days, asking their offensive centerpiece to maybe put the clubs away while his leg was still howling.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Who goes to the bench?
“I would rather play left field because I’m comfortable and also because it’s less work on my leg,” Cespedes said after going 0-for-3 with a walk in the Mets’ 5-0 victory over the Phillies. “If they give me the option I will stay in left field.”
Posted: July 18, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 20 comment(s)
Saturday, July 09, 2016
There are bad days, and then there are the stomach-turning, waking-nightmare, crawl-under-the-bed-type days that the Mets experienced yesterday.
How terrible was it? Put it this way: Losing Matt Harvey to season-ending surgery was the least of their problems.
Stunning, but true. By the time Friday night’s game against the Nationals began, the Mets already were past the grieving process with Harvey. Little did they realize that saying goodbye to Harvey until 2017 was merely the start. Things would get much worse.
In the fourth inning, team MVP Yoenis Cespedes, apparently injured while chasing a fly ball, had to leave with a strained right quadriceps. And while everyone was trying to process the magnitude of that loss, they were blindsided by what felt like the season’s knockout blow.
That was Noah Syndergaard walking off the mound, flanked by Terry Collins and a trainer, his night abruptly cut short in the fifth inning. After an hour, the team announced that Syndergaard exited with what was described as “arm fatigue,” adding for emphasis that it is not “elbow-related” — a phrase they flashed on the centerfield video screen to hopefully quell panic in the stands.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Gourriel hasn’t played at a high level of competition in a while. Thinking he can step in and help the Mets this year is probably far-fetched.
“At the time that I left that was the best ballplayer in Cuba,” Cespedes said through interpreter Melissa Rodriguez. “He is a five-tool player. When I was in Cuba we were best friends.”
The Mets need to make a serious run at the free agent. With David Wright likely heading to neck surgery, the Mets desperately need to find a solution to their third-base problem and think about putting together an offense that takes full advantage of the super pitching staff.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
n his first four starts following a late-April promotion, Fulmer never got beyond five innings, had a 6.52 ERA and a .944 OPS against. In the four subsequent starts, he has worked at least six innings each time, posted a 0.32 ERA and .378 OPS against. In his last three outings, he has given up three or fewer hits and yielded no runs. No pitcher in major league history has ever had three such results in their first eight starts. The previous fewest starts was 10 by Anibal Sanchez in 2016.
Fulmer pitched six shutout innings Monday against Toronto, and one of the relievers who followed him was Sanchez, relegated to the bullpen after going 3-6 with a 6.67 ERA as a starter. Sanchez’s poor work and that by Mike Pelfrey (1-5, 4.76), who starts Friday against the Yankees, only elevates the importance of Fulmer, who averages 94.7 mph with his fastball and has groundball tendencies. Fulmer’s next scheduled start is Sunday against the Yankees.
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