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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

A’s VP Billy Beane tips his hand about joining Mets front office

The Oakland A’s vice president is on the Mets’ short list of candidates for a new front office executive. And according to SNY’s John Harper, Beane could be interested in the job.

No idea what Steve Cohen is going to do, but in the last few days I’ve now spoken to two long-time friends of Billy Beane who say he’s very much open to the idea of becoming pres. of bb ops for Mets. Would hire a GM to handle day-to-day duties of the job. We’ll see.

Earlier this month, Beane tried to play dumb about a potential job with the Mets. Per WFAN:

“I don’t even respond to newspaper articles,” Beane said. “It’s all speculation… Normally the process [is] they would call the owner, which is how it goes. And it’s happened in the past. .... I wouldn’t even know, honestly. ... It’s all speculation … For me to worry about this and lend credibility to it, it’s all just press reports.”

Beane and Milwaukee Brewers president David Stearns are said to be atop the short list. Former Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs general manager Theo Epstein already declined to pursue a job with the Mets.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 13, 2021 at 09:28 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane, mets

Ron Washington? Buck Showalter? Breaking down possible Mets managerial candidates

Buck Showalter
The veteran skipper has not managed since 2018 with the Orioles, and he’s made broadcast TV appearances ever since. In a recent interview with The Athletic, Showalter said he doesn’t consider himself retired and he’s certainly open to managing again. Moreover, Showalter said he would listen if the Mets called about their managerial vacancy.

“I don’t talk about jobs that aren’t currently open, so the ones that are, it’s always an honor just to be mentioned,” he said. “They got a lot of good, qualified people to pick from. I don’t know (if I will be asked to interview). That’s not my decision, but I’d listen if they (the Padres or Mets) called. Like I said, it’s an honor just to be mentioned.”

Showalter, 65, has managed the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rangers and Orioles in a 20-year span from 1992-2018 with a few hiatuses in between. His name frequently pops up in discussions for manager openings, with his pitfall potentially being that he’s too old-school in a modern, analytics-based process. He was named Manager of the Year in 1994, 2004, and 2014 and has a 1551-1517 career record.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 13, 2021 at 02:18 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, carlos beltran, joe mcewing, mets, ron washington

Monday, October 04, 2021

New York Mets move on from manager Luis Rojas after third-place finish in NL East

Luis Rojas was let go as manager of the New York Mets on Monday after two losing seasons.

The team declined its option on Rojas’ contract for 2022, making the announcement a day after finishing third in the NL East at 77-85 in Steve Cohen’s first year of ownership. The move was no surprise, the first of several significant changes coming again this offseason for a club in constant turmoil.

“I want to share such heartfelt gratitude to so many in the Mets organization for not only the last two seasons as manager, but for the last 16 years in a variety of roles,” Rojas said in a statement released by the team.

“We live in a results-oriented business, and am deeply disappointed for our staff and fans that we didn’t reach our goals this season,” he said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2021 at 04:32 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: luis rojas, mets

Sunday, October 03, 2021

Mets to contact Theo Epstein for open president of baseball operations job, report says

The New York Mets want to bring in a proven name during the offseason to lead the team’s baseball operations. They will start their search soon with one of the biggest names available.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Mets will soon reach out to former Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs general manager Theo Epstein to gauge his interest in the job.

Heyman also reported the Mets will seek permission to Oakland A’s president Billy Beane and Milwaukee Brewers president David Stearns once their respective seasons are over.

“Mets will soon contact Theo Epstein regarding their Baseball President job,” Heyman tweeted, “and plan to request permission to interview Billy Beane and David Stearns after their clubs are out (A’s are done Sunday, Brewers may be awhile). So Theo could be up 1st as Mets try for a proven star.”

Several reports in recent weeks have already tied the Mets to all three potential candidates, and each would certainly fill owner Steve Cohen’s desire for a big-name executive to revitalize the Mets’ front office.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2021 at 11:54 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, theo epstein

Thursday, September 30, 2021

If these Mets ever had a ‘core,’ it’s about to be blown up

What we’re saying is, prepare for massive changes to the team’s roster and culture, with little regard for what seemed promising during an ill-fated playoff run late in the 2019 season. No one around here is attached to that distant time.

Over the past several weeks, as we’ve talked to sources up and down the organization, three main themes emerge:

1) Quiet optimism that the baseball operations department is heading in the right direction, despite the public perception otherwise.

2) Uncertainty about who will lead the department in a few months.

3) A strong sense that the roster will look extremely different next season. Everyone is expecting significant turnover.

The third point is admittedly general. Without a president of baseball operations, it’s impossible to say exactly who will be gone.

But as a general rule, the Mets do not expect to operate with the idea that whatever happened for a few months in a lost ‘19 season was compelling enough to preserve, or even really think about.

Team president Sandy Alderson seemed to say as much at his end-of-season news conference Wednesday, when he said that if the team had a core, it was already “eroding.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2021 at 06:02 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

New York Mets Embark on Branding Effort to Build Cred and Win Young Fans

Mr. Cohen, chairman and chief executive officer of hedge fund Point72 Asset Management LP and lifelong Mets fan, bought the team last year in a deal valued at some $2.4 billion. He has set out to log more wins, not only on the scoreboard, but in the hearts and minds of casual and prospective fans.

He and his wife Alexandra Cohen have prescribed a marketing overhaul that will include an update to the team’s brand design, including customized fonts in marketing materials like photography, signage and ads, as well as new experiences and features at its stadium meant to give the Mets more cultural credibility.

But the new owners face difficulties beyond player strikeouts, as baseball and other sports struggle to attract young people, a group increasingly apathetic to live games.

“All sports are being challenged with how you attract young fans,” said Jeff Deline, the team’s new chief revenue officer. “How do we get them engaged again? Their consumer habits are completely different.”

Marketing and talent management firm Range Media Partners LLC is leading the effort. The initiative remains in development, but ideas include offering live comedy throughout games, updating existing spaces in the stadium where people can gather, adding more screens throughout the baseball park and making other technology upgrades, said Natalie Bruss, managing partner at Range, which is minority-owned by Mr. Cohen’s venture capital fund, Point72 Ventures.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 28, 2021 at 11:23 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Mets targeting A’s Billy Beane as candidate to run baseball operations

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Friday that Beane, the vice president of baseball operations for the Oakland Athletics, could be a logical candidate to run the same department with the Mets. Jon Heyman of MLB Network followed that by saying Beane is indeed on the Mets’ radar.

Additionally from Rosenthal’s report, he said that veteran manager Bob Melvin could also be a target for the Mets in a combo move, addressing positions in both the front office and dugout.

The Mets already agreed to bring back current president Sandy Alderson for the 2022 season, but he was never meant to be a long-term solution to run the Mets’ baseball operations. Cohen brought him in as a person familiar with the organization to help the new owner transition during his first season in 2021.

But the Mets have been tied to big-name executives since Cohen took over the team. Former Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs GM Theo Epstein has already been linked as a possible name to lead the Mets’ front-office makeover. But Epstein, who currently works for MLB as an on-field consultant, might be tougher to lure back into a front-office role without a hefty price tag and possibly an ownership share in the team.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 19, 2021 at 05:05 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: blily beane, mets

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

There are only about 3-to-5 candidates to run Mets—here’s who we think they are

According to people with direct knowledge of the team’s plans, there are only three-to-five people who could potentially fit the bill. And that list could be further whittled down, as it was last offseason, by difficulties obtaining permission to interview potential candidates.

Alderson will continue to run baseball operations into October, and then the process of asking permission to talk to top executives and interviewing them will begin.

The team is tight-lipped about identifying those individuals, at least to a nosy reporter. But conversations with other league sources leave us feeling confident about publishing educated speculation regarding the following names:

Chris Antonetti
The Cleveland president of baseball operations has a reputation as smart, tough and diligent. It’s unclear if the Mets would be able to obtain permission to interview him for a lateral move, but this is a name that has swirled around in Mets circles for several months.

Billy Beane
Alderson has long enjoyed a friendship with his former mentee, and worked with Beane in Oakland as recently as last year. If Beane decides he could be reinvigorated by the challenge of running a team in New York, this speculation could grow legs and become a story.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 15, 2021 at 12:20 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, September 13, 2021

Benches clear in Yankees-Mets game over alleged whistling drama

The Yankees whistled while they worked, and the Subway Series turned testy as a result.

It came to a head during the seventh inning of Sunday’s 7-6 Mets win, when Giancarlo Stanton hit a game-tying, two-run home run and slowed down after he passed second base to exchange words with Francisco Lindor, leading to the benches clearing before Stanton even touched home.

Lindor had jabbered at the Yankees as he rounded the bases during his second home run of the night in the bottom of the sixth, delivering a whistling gesture towards their dugout and then appearing to do the same toward pitcher Wandy Peralta.

“Over the past couple days — I can’t accuse them of whistling for the signs because I’m not 100 percent [sure],” Lindor said. “But I know what I heard. I felt like there was something out of the ordinary going on. I heard what I heard. I’m not accusing them. I’m not saying I heard them doing it 100 percent, because I don’t know 100 percent. But it definitely felt that way and I took that personally.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2021 at 10:24 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

20 years later, the enduring legacy of the Mike Piazza home run

ON THE WAY to Shea Stadium, Mike Piazza spent the whole ride thinking it was too soon. The Mets had swept three games in Pittsburgh from Sept. 17-19, and Piazza struggled badly. Not on the field—he had two home runs and four RBIs against the Pirates. But inside, he felt empty. He’d grown to love New York, being a New Yorker, being a Met. He wasn’t sure how he or his teammates would possibly be able to play with the destruction just a few miles away. It didn’t feel right.

Throw in that the Mets had closed to within 4½ games of the Braves and there were real pennant stakes to the game, and Piazza was afraid he wouldn’t even be able to function that night.

“We just didn’t know if we should be there,” he says. “To be a professional athlete, you do have to muster up a certain sense of emotion to play with intensity. And at that point, all of our emotion was drained.”

The Braves felt the same way. Before the game, Greg Maddux went out and sat in the visiting team bullpen. He occasionally did that on days when he didn’t pitch, but on Sept. 21 he wanted to talk to Mets security, cops, firefighters and other first responders around the bullpen.

As he sat there in his uniform, two hours before a baseball game, he wavered on the importance of the game that night, too. He listened to them talk about the agony of losing loved ones and coworkers, but he was struck by the different level of pain in their voice about the uncertainty. There was so little finality, for so many. “They just wanted to know,” Maddux says. “Even if the news was terrible, they wanted to know for sure what happened to the people they loved.”

But Maddux ultimately was swayed by something else he heard in the bullpen: The players may have been wrestling with whether to play or not, but those New Yorkers, the ones with a void in their guts, needed the game. “It was such a tragedy that happened. All the lives that were lost,” Maddux says. “It was nice to pay your respects and start moving on again. Something good finally happened—there was a baseball game people could go to, and things were going to start to get better.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2021 at 05:59 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mike piazza, september 11th

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Sandy: deGrom’s UCL sprain has ‘resolved’

The Mets provided some clarity on the condition of injured ace Jacob deGrom on Tuesday.

Team president Sandy Alderson said deGrom has been sidelined with a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, but that injury has healed and the ligament is “perfectly intact, based on the MRIs and our clinical evaluations through our doctors.”

Tuesday marked the first time deGrom’s injury had been termed a “sprain.” The team had previously described him as battling “right elbow inflammation.” But Alderson cautioned that the word sprain was a “technical term ... another term for a very mild ligament condition,” and he called deGrom’s injury “a very low-grade thing that has resolved itself.”...


The Mets remain puzzled about the origin of deGrom’s elbow problems.

“I don’t think we know exactly what has caused the problem, but if you were to look at it generally throughout baseball, I think velocity has something to do with a lot of these injuries,” Alderson said before New York faced the Marlins on Tuesday night at loanDepot park. “Whether it’s true in his case or not, I don’t know. I’m not a doctor, I haven’t done all the research. But I suspect there’s a correlation between the velocity that pitchers exhibit today and the rate of injury, which is a concern.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 07, 2021 at 10:14 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Friday, September 03, 2021

‘Once Upon a Time in Queens’ director Nick Davis surprised by candidness of the 1986 Mets

Unlike Oldman, Davis’ stars never have won an Academy Award for Best Actor, but they include no shortage of colorful characters, from a hilariously profane Lenny Dykstra to Keith Hernandez and his cat, Hadji.

It is a wild ride that recreates a wild era in New York, one Davis experienced as a Mets fan who was 21 at the time.

In “Once Upon a Time in Queens,” he gets to sit down with most of the key players of that era, a now-56-year-old speaking to peers who themselves are in late middle age.

It is that distance from the events of the 1980s that he believes makes this the ideal time to catch up with these guys, when they still are vibrant but far enough removed to have perspective.

“I think 10 years [after] is too early, because they’re still protecting their own images and protecting their reputations,” Davis said after a recent screening in Central Park of the first two episodes.

“These guys are all in their 50s or 60s. They’re letting it all hang out. Nobody was holding back. They were willing to tell me absolutely everything that went on – that they could remember.”

That remembering could be a challenge not only because of the passage of time, but because of the mental fog induced by some players’ regular use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

It all is documented in the film, including a reflective and remorseful Dwight Gooden, who recalls that when Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose in 1986, Gooden told his drug dealer that he wanted some of what Bias had used.

Davis believes Gooden had not told that story publicly before, but the director acknowledged his primary mission was not breaking new journalistic ground about a season that has been chronicled thoroughly.

“[Viewers] may know about the facts, but it’s never been told cinematically,” he said, later adding, “It is a chance to tell this sweeping, epic story, and hit people on an emotional level.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2021 at 12:59 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: 30 for 30, mets

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Mets acting GM Zack Scott busted on drunk driving charge in White Plains

Acting General Manager Zack Scott is facing driving while intoxicated charges after he was busted dozing in his car in White Plains, The Post has learned.

Scott, 44, was nabbed at 4:17 a.m. Tuesday when cops caught him snoozing in a 2018 Toyota on South Lexington Avenue near the federal courthouse, White Plains Police Capt. James Spencer said Wednesday.

The embattled GM refused to give blood or submit to a breathalyzer but underwent a field sobriety test and failed, Spencer said.

He was charged and released and is due back in White Plains City Court on Thursday.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 01, 2021 at 03:32 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: drunk driving, mets, zack scott

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Javier Báez and Other Mets Players Give Fans Thumbs Down in Response to Boos

Javier Báez had some strong words for Mets fans after the team’s 9–4 win over the Nationals. Báez homered in the bottom of the fourth inning and celebrated with a thumbs down after the 444-foot bomb. When he was asked about the celebration, he said it was directed at the fans for their booing when the team struggles.

“We’re not machines,” Báez said. “We’re going to struggle seven times out of 10. It just feels bad when…I strike out and get booed, you know, it doesn’t really get to me but I want to let them [fans] know that when we’re successful, we’re going to do the same thing to let them know how it feels.

“If we win together then we got to lose together, and the fans are a really big part of it. In my case, they got to be better. I play for the fans and I love the fans but if they’re going to do that [boo] they’re just putting more pressure on the team, and that’s not what we want.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 29, 2021 at 06:44 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: javier baez, mets

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Steve Cohen fumes at ‘unproductive’ Mets as season spirals

Steve Cohen has spent months preaching patience to frustrated Mets fans on Twitter.

Now, the billionaire owner is the one who needs consoling.

Cohen slammed the Mets’ “unproductive” lineup Wednesday after the team’s losing streak hit five with a 3-2 loss to the Giants the night before.

“It’s hard to understand how professional hitters can be this unproductive.The best teams have a more disciplined approach,” Cohen fumed on Twitter. “The slugging and OPS numbers don’t lie.”


The tweet marked the first time the first-year owner has scolded the team publicly on social media, as he has remained active on Twitter since taking over the team.

The Mets’ .380 slugging percentage ranks 26th in the league and their .693 OPS is 24th.

 

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2021 at 11:34 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steve cohen

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Mets’ acting GM Zack Scott says team has played ‘very mediocre’ baseball most of season

“We’ve played very mediocre baseball for most of the year,” Scott said. “This recent stretch has been much worse than mediocre. We would’ve taken mediocre at this point. For this stretch it’s been unacceptably bad and we need to be better.”

The team’s 56-55 record at the time of those comments clearly demonstrates the mediocrity, but the bigger question on everyone’s mind is how a team so talented can struggle this badly, particularly on offense.

“That’s the tricky thing, is figuring out why,” Scott said. “Most of our hitters are underperforming (from) their career norms. There’s never one simple reason. Sometimes it’s the guys’ mechanics and getting those on track, sometimes it’s their approach at the plate, what their plan is. It can be a lot of different things so it’s hard to pinpoint.”

Along with the dreary offense, a never-ending stream of injuries has defined the Mets’ season. Scott was asked about his performance staff, who have seen a bunch of soft tissue injuries derail some of the team’s best players.

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“I don’t think there’s a systemic issue,” Scott asserted. “I’ve been impressed with the performance staff overall. They are very well-educated on good preventative methods and good rehab treatments post-injury. In some cases you can have the best plan, and if the plan’s not followed, that’s not going to necessarily yield a good result. On the soft tissue, we’ve talked through each one. There’s nothing that’s stood out to me as some egregious mistake in our process, treatment or training.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2021 at 10:34 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, August 01, 2021

New York Mets don’t sign first-round draft pick Kumar Rocker before deadline

The New York Mets did not sign right-hander Kumar Rocker, the 10th overall pick in the amateur draft, before Sunday’s 5 p.m. ET signing deadline.

“This is clearly not the outcome we had hoped for and wish Kumar nothing but success moving forward,” acting Mets general manager Zack Scott said in a statement. “We’re excited about the players we have signed and look forward to watching them develop and contribute to the organization in the years to come.”

Rocker, 21, whose dominance at Vanderbilt made him the most well-known college player in perhaps a decade, had an agreement in place to sign for $6 million after he slipped down draft boards earlier this month. But the deal fell apart following his physical examination as the Mets expressed concern over the health of Rocker’s arm, sources said.

Rocker’s agent, Scott Boras, said in a statement that his client is healthy.

“Kumar Rocker is healthy according to independent medical review by multiple prominent baseball orthopedic surgeons. Immediately upon conclusion of his collegiate season, he had an MRI on both his shoulder and his elbow. When compared with his 2018 MRIs, the medical experts found no significant change. Kumar requires no medical attention and will continue to pitch in the regular course as he prepares to begin his professional career,” he said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2021 at 08:08 PM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: kumar rocker, mets

Saturday, July 31, 2021

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom out until September with right forearm inflammation

he New York Mets said Friday that Jacob deGrom will be out until September due to additional inflammation in his right forearm.

According to acting New York general manager Zack Scott, deGrom threw a bullpen session Thursday and then was diagnosed with the inflammation.

DeGrom reached the high 90s near the end of his session, per Mets manager Luis Rojas, but then didn’t throw Friday, a deviation from his routine. He will be shut down from throwing for two weeks, pushing back the timetable of his return to September.

The ace right-hander is 7-2 in 15 starts with a 1.08 ERA, but last pitched July 7 when he struck out 10 in seven innings against the Milwaukee Brewers.

DeGrom has suffered five injuries this season—shoulder soreness, right lat tightness, right side tightness and right flexor tendinitis were the other ailments—had two starts pushed back and had an earlier stint on the injured list in May. When he landed on the IL with forearm tightness, he said the previous four injuries had each been caused while batting.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 12:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

New York Mets acquire star SS Javier Baez from Chicago Cubs for OF prospect

Javier Baez got his wish: He’s headed to New York to play with longtime pal Francisco Lindor.

But first, the Mets are counting on their big-name newcomer to hold down the fort at shortstop for a while.

With the trade deadline fast approaching Friday, the Mets acquired Baez and pitcher Trevor Williams from the Chicago Cubs for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong.

Baez, a two-time All-Star and 2020 Gold Glove winner, gives New York an immediate fill-in for Lindor. The star shortstop, obtained from Cleveland in a blockbuster deal last winter, is sidelined with a strained oblique and not expected back until at least mid-to-late August.

“I’m super excited. I couldn’t be happier,” Lindor said. “I can’t wait for him to come out here and put on a show for everybody.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 12:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez, mets

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Mets’ agreement with Kumar Rocker suddenly in jeopardy

The Mets’ agreement with their first-round draft pick Kumar Rocker is in limbo after the team expressed concerns with the right-hander’s pitching elbow during his physical examination, multiple industry sources told The Post.

Rocker’s camp disagrees with those concerns, citing the pitcher’s durability at Vanderbilt, leading to a stalemate as Sunday’s 5 p.m. signing deadline approaches.

Rocker, whom the Mets drafted 10th overall, had agreed to a $6 million signing bonus on draft day pending the physical. The two sides could either sign off on a smaller figure, part ways altogether, or move forward with the original deal if the Mets determine that he’s worth the risk.

If an agreement can’t be reached, Rocker could return to Vanderbilt for his senior year, aim to get selected even higher in 2022 and earn outside money through the NCAA’s name, image and likeness allowance in the meantime.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 27, 2021 at 01:51 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: kumar rocker, mets

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

How effectively are MLB teams utilizing depth against high volume of injuries?

5. New York Mets (22 players; 846 days)
The Mets lead the National League East despite Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Carrasco not throwing a pitch yet, as well as both Jacob deGrom (who was both IL’d at one point and left consecutive starts early) and Taijuan Walker missing time. Joey Lucchesi is now set to undergo Tommy John Surgery. They’ve also got a handful of relievers either still out or missing stretches to date. And that’s just in the pitching staff. It doesn’t take into account Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, and Brandon Nimmo all missing more than a month, with Pete Alonso spending his own stretch on the IL. At present date, the Mets trail only the Padres in their current IL presence, with 13 players residing there.

The Mets have used 13 different starting pitchers this season. Yet their starting staff ranks second in fWAR (8.8), leads the league in ERA (2.64), FIP (3.11), and is fifth in BB/9 (2.58). Obviously, some of that is aided by deGrom’s historic year, and the rest is likely a product of strong years from Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker. But with so many injuries to the starting staff, they’ve had to roll out relievers in a starting role. Tommy Hunter has a start. Miguel Castro has two. Robert Gsellman made one before his own injury. So while they’ve held it down in the face of such significant injury, legitimate rotation depth will have to be a priority moving forward.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2021 at 12:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Why The Mets Might Actually Be Good

If we rank off base runs’ expectations instead of the actual numbers, New York still ranks 28th in scoring but easily has the best run-prevention corps in MLB — a full half-run better than the No. 2 Dodgers. Those numbers give the Mets MLB’s fifth-best expected winning percentage according to base runs — placing them in contending territory alongside the Tampa Bay Rays and resurgent Houston Astros, rather than merely being just another decent ballclub. (They also rank fifth in OPS differential — another metric designed to convert a team’s underlying stats into a stable measure of team performance.)

Base runs can be useful in the middle of a season because it uses more information than simple wins and losses or even run differential, giving us a better picture of how a team has been playing after stripping away the luck of sequencing and performances in close games. Though the Mets may not fully fit their runs scored and allowed to base runs’ expectations over the rest of the season, it’s a good bet they’ll move some in that direction — and win more as a result.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2021 at 12:08 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, May 28, 2021

New York Mets shut down Noah Syndergaard for six weeks with elbow inflammation

His velocity, normally in the mid-to-high 90s, was clocked in the mid-80s by the end of his stint Tuesday.

Syndergaard had pitched four scoreless innings in his first outing for St. Lucie, allowing one hit with five strikeouts while throwing 44 pitches.

Mets acting general manager Zack Scott had said Monday that Syndergaard was on track for a mid-June return to the major league rotation.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: May 28, 2021 at 09:56 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, syndergaard, thor

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Mets trade targets: Five realistic players the banged-up NL East contenders could acquire

We covered why the surging Rays might become active traders last Friday, just hours before they shipped shortstop Willy Adames to the Brewers. It’s possible that Tampa Bay isn’t done yet, either, as a deal involving either Mike Brosseau or Kevin Padlo would make sense as a method for clearing a roster spot and playing time. For our purposes, we’re highlighting Brosseau. He’s off to a rough start (a 65 OPS+ in his first 108 plate appearances), but his exit velocity is in line with last season and despite a bloated strikeout rate he’s actually making contact more frequently this season (about eight fewer whiffs per 100 swings). Brosseau’s defensive versatility and cost certainty would make him an appealing long-term fit for the Mets.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2021 at 11:08 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

With Bob Cousy, Pedro Martinez And More In Attendance, Worcester Red Sox Open Polar Park

Bob Cousy was told to remember two lines, but the 75-year Worcester resident had a lot more to say.

“I’m Bob Cousy, as you’ve just been told,” he informed the crowd at Polar Park in Worcester’s Canal District on Tuesday, gathered for the inaugural Worcester Red Sox home game as they took on the Syracuse Mets.

The crowd roared.

“You’re being nice,” Cousy quipped. “If my name is even fairly familiar to any of you, that probably means you’re receiving your social security check.”


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