Sunday, April 16, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Mets Have To Be Really Concerned About Jose Reyes


Deadspin.com:
Mets converted third baseman Jose Reyes is absolutely lost at the plate so far this
season, and Terry Collins seems like he’s ready to pull out his hair over the slumping veteran. The Mets are only nine games into the season, and small sample sizes can render early season trends meaningless by September, but Reyes is really stinking up the place.

In 38 plate appearances, Reyes has had two hits, one walk, and 11 strikeouts. Collins initially had Reyes batting leadoff, but he was dropped to the seven-spot Tuesday and Wednesday, and looks headed to the bench for at least the next two games against their division rivals in Miami. 

One of those hits was off Clay Buchholz during a game in which the Phillies’ pitcher gave up eight hits to the 16 batters he faced in two-and-a-third innings before leaving the game with a forearm injury. A hit is a hit, but that one doesn’t inspire much confidence.

Reyes is putting a ball into play in only 7.7 percent of opportunities, the lowest in the league among qualified players who’ve had a hit (Russell Martin and Austin Hedges, we see you). He’s not even making productive outs, if you believe in that type of thing. He’s bad. You get the point.
I know that it's only been 9 games and there have been a few times where he's been a little unlucky, but I've never seen Jose Reyes look more awful than he has at the start of this season. Of course, the easy answer is to give Wilmer Flores more at-bats and play him at 3rd, but Reyes is better defensively and obviously gives you more speed on the bases too. Then too, I hate seeing Reyes bat 7th in the lineup--the guy's a certified leadoff hitter.

RELATED: Why Jose Reyes might not be long for Mets

Saturday, April 8, 2017

For Now, We're Stuck with Zack Wheeler


NYPost.com:
Zack Wheeler had a forgettable return to the mound Friday, surrendering five earned runs over four innings on a brutally cold and windy night at Citi Field that had no semblance to the tropical paradise in which he had won his job this spring.
Wheeler’s fastball had early juice, but commanding his offspeed pitches was a challenge, and pretty soon the Marlins were jumping on his heat.

It’s a performance Wheeler should discard, right after he appreciates the fact he was back pitching for the Mets following two frustrating years of rehab from Tommy John surgery.

Not every comeback will be a success story from the start. Matt Harvey, returning from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, was terrific in his 2017 debut a night earlier, but Wheeler is clearly at a different place.

“I wanted to come out here and dominate today,” Wheeler said after the Mets’ 7-2 loss. “Just put my foot that I’m back and I belong here. But something as small as controlling your offspeed [pitches], that is easy to fix. I’m not that down. It stinks that I lost, but it’s a long season and I will be better. ”
The worst thing a starting pitcher can do is not give his team a chance to win and give Zack Wheeler credit for owning up to that last night. And granted it's only one start that you hope he can learn from, but with Matz and Lugo down, it's extra emphasis on hoping for the best from Wheeler.

RELATED: Mets’ expectations of Zack Wheeler should fall back down to earth following lackluster debut

Monday, April 3, 2017

Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry Are Friends Again


Newsweek.com:
Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry have ended their public feud from last summer and attended Monday’s Mets opener together at Citi Field.

Gooden posted a picture of himself with Strawberry and former Mets closer John Franco on Twitter, and Strawberry retweeted it.

This came a day after both Gooden and Strawberry turned to social media to say they’re no longer at odds. “Life is too short for madness,” Gooden wrote on Twitter.

Gooden, reached by phone, declined to comment. Strawberry hasn’t returned messages seeking comment.

The two former Mets stars from the 1980s feuded last August when Strawberry publicly accused Gooden of a drug relapse. Gooden denied it at the time, then said during a surprise appearance at Mets spring training that he no longer was angry with Strawberry.

“Maybe one day we get together and talk, but right now’s not the time,” he said.
This is good news as these two will always be attached via their long history together in New York sports lore. Still, if and when there's another time Strawberry thinks Doc using drugs, hopefully he'll go to Gooden privately instead of through the press.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Jay Bruce Doesn't Care If He Stays A Met


Newsday.com:
For Bruce, those boos for a childhood hero served as an eye-opener. They would be behind the first steps in an ongoing journey toward emotional detachment.

It is a strategy born not from bitterness but from pragmatism. The method may be cold. But the years have taught Bruce that to endure the wild swings of this game, it is necessary.

“First of all, and this is with all due respect to everyone reading this, how the fans think I feel — or how they create to themselves how I feel or how I look — could not have less of an impact on my day-to-day life. Someone the other day was like, ‘Oh, I could see it.’ No, they couldn’t. They assumed. They assumed that because I had a bad stretch, it’s ‘Oh, the market, New York City is too big.’ Oh, like I’m not able to perform under this pressure. Well, they’re lying to themselves.”
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“I believe that teams care about their players to the extent that they are required to, essentially. I believe that every team, every smart team, should always be looking to improve upon what they have. And if trading me helps you improve your roster, then I say go for it. I don’t care, I really don’t.”
What a dumb thing to say. I get that he's frustrated with all the trade talk and critics saying that he can't handle the spotlight of playing in New York. But why not let your bat do the talking and prove them wrong, instead of letting the fans think that you don't care if you play well or don't. Jay Bruce gets paid millions of dollars to play baseball, pretending like you don't give a shit just sends the wrong message.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Mets Add Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman to Rotation


NYTimes.com:
The Mets answered most of their lingering roster questions on Thursday, and in doing so gave a big morale boost to Zack Wheeler, who missed the past two seasons after Tommy John and forearm surgery and, at least for now, is in the starting rotation.

Sandy Alderson, the Mets’ general manager, told reporters in Port St. Lucie, Fla., that Wheeler and Robert Gsellman would form the back end of the rotation — behind Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey.

The Mets had been waiting for clarity on Steven Matz’s status to complete their pitching staff. After irritation and soreness in Matz’s throwing elbow persisted early this week, the Mets sent him for a magnetic resonance imaging examination. The results did not show structural damage, Alderson told reporters.
Personally, as a big Seth Lugo fan, I would've preferred hi min the rotation. But the WBC messed things up for Lugo's chances, Wheeler made it known he'd prefer to start and Gsellman's been sterling during spring rotation, so it is what it is. Either way I'm sure that Lugo will get his opportunity to be a regular starter soon enough.

RELATED: Seth Lugo Is In The Mix For Innings In 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sandy Alderson on Steven Matz’s Latest Injury: ‘It’s Worrisome’


Newsday.com:
It was accidental Sunday morning that Steven Matz wound up pinned against the brick wall outside the Mets’ clubhouse, where he fielded questions about the elbow discomfort that scratched him from Monday’s start.

But the uncomfortable locale was a fitting metaphor for his increasingly tenuous standing in this rotation, a situation caused by frequent injuries that are testing the team’s patience with the former Ward Melville ace.

Bottom line, the distance between what the Mets dream for Matz, and the reality of what he actually is capable of giving them, stretched even further Sunday with this latest episode of elbow tenderness, which is very likely to land him on the disabled list to start the season.

Yet another sudden malady, seemingly out of nowhere, also raised the same familiar question: What good is Matz’s elite-level talent if he can’t be trusted to pitch on a consistent basis? Unfortunately, the Mets know the answer.

“It’s worrisome that he continues to be injured, off and on,” Sandy Alderson said. “That’s the difficulty. We don’t think it’s serious. On the other hand, we have to be able to, with starting pitchers, to rely on them every five days. We’re not sure exactly where this is going to take us.”
Damn season hasn't even started yet and we get this news. Still, with Matz s history of injuries, the Mets can't afford to take any risks which in turn means that Gsellman and Lugo need to be our No/ 4 and 5 starters till Matz is fully healed. The ides that they're still thinking about Wheeler for a rotation spot needs to be nixed.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wilmer Flores Could Probably Be The Starting 2nd Baseman For a Lot of Teams


NYDailyNews.com:
This isn’t exactly what Wilmer Flores wanted. The Mets’ infielder, who broke into tears at the thought of being traded out of the organization two years ago, is not comfortable with his role, or more precisely, his lack of a consistent role. 

“It’s gonna be hard if you don’t play for three days and you got to go out there and do your thing,” Flores said. “The only thing I can do is get ready to play.”

Flores is most comfortable playing at second base, but he went all in when the Mets asked him to become their everyday shortstop before the 2015 season. When the team then went out and signed veteran shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera before the 2016 season, Flores was pushed into a utility role, benched and used as a platoon player against lefthanded pitchers.

It’s not a comfortable role for him, but he has to deal with it.

“The one thing about his situation is you don’t have to like it,” Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday. “You just have to accept it and be ready to play.”
A starting 2nd baseman who could give you 20 dingers and 70 to 80 RBI's over a full season while playing steady defense is not something that should be taken for grated in the major leagues. And while Wilmer Flores could probably bring that palette to a handful of MLB teams, barring a major injury to one of the infield starters, it's just not going to happen with the Mets. Should Flores think about that more the next time he's a free agent? Sure. Till then, like Terry Collins, he just needs to chill out and accept his backup/utility role with the team.

RELATED: Wilmer Flores should get a lot of playing time in 2017