8/22/17

DAVID WRIGHT TO DH TONIGHT FOR ST LUCIE

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Mac's Morning Report Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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No surprise to readers of Mack's Mets, Steven Matz' elbow injury may be as serious as described but may even warrant more than rest:  surgery. 

As main stream media's click bait suggested Matz' career was in the balance due to poor pitching, Mack's Mets reported his injury, instead.  

Steven Matz  will undergo surgery to reposition the ulnar nerve in his pitching arm, the same surgery Jacob deGrom had last year. 

Mack's Mets had reported not only his reluctance to throw his slider causing him to groove his other pitches, but did so due to injury.  What was not known was whether or not he could use conditioning this off season to avoid surgery. 

The final decision for the surgery has been made.  

It is hoped that Matz will be ready to go with only a slight delay to his 2018 bounce back season. 

Matz, a respected and mature young man, did not suddenly forget his craft, as the NY Post suggested, no longer knowing how to pitch.  His golden left arm has always been in doubt; but his head has always been steady.  

It is also reported here that Matz injury was not the result of off season workouts, as were the injuries to both Yoenis Cespdes and Noah Syndergaard.  The latter two both went into ego driven hypertrophy (body building) mass work outs at the expense of athleticism.  Matz. ever the good employee, remained in contact with the Mets all winter, unlike the renegade Cespedes. 

Interestingly enough, Sandy Alderson did not comment on Matz' surgery.  

With Cespedes, his weigh gain (predominantly muscle in his legs) betrayed him, which also impacted management, so much so that in  frustration, Sandy Alderson sent him for the MRI which showed no injury "not even swelling", according to the frustrated Alderson.  Cespedes was refusing to return to the field, specifically, refusing the Mets' orders of x amount of minor league at bats and innings.  Cespedes said, "I know my own body.

With Syndergaard desirous of the "Thor" image (including a TV filming), he sought muscle build up specific to body building rather than baseball, hoping to throw "even harder" rather than smarter, something pitchers desire.  When the Mets sent him for the MRI, he declined saying, "I know my own body.

Commenting on this, Collins took the weakened "blame everyone so no one specific has hurt feelings" approach common in grade school saying that "next year" the emphasis will not be in flame throwing but pitching. 

Indeed. 

No, wait, "next year"??

The 2018 Mets are in desperate need for new leadership.  

Although Cespedes first said he would not change his off season work out, (nor be guided by the Mets) after going 100 at bats without a home run, changed his tune. 

Matt Harvey continues to sing Sinatra's tune of "no regrets, I wouldn't change a thing" fantasy, so the best prediction for Harvey is unpredictability.  Should he pitch better, expect anarchist ego; should he not pitch better, expect juvenile social media sulking.  He will always demand his "private" life before the cameras, whenever his employer frowns over his party life.  

Either way, Harvey is no longer the immature 23 year old kid who dreams, not of World Series rings but of super models and juvenile Hamptons alcohol black outs, and should be considered trait bait if healthy.  

There is a snowball chance in hell he'd re up with the Mets after 2018.  

Harvey's ultimate fantasy should land him in Colorado giving up gopher balls, turning 42, with embarrassing skinny jeans and endless plastic surgery so he can have "one more drink" and deluding himself into thinking the 21 year old girls want him because he's the "Darkest Knight"  or "Daytime Knight was it?"; though the ladies are all too young to remember. 
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Turning the Page: How to Improve the Defense in 2018

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     As the Mets wind down the 2017 season, it’s time to reflect on the failures of the season and what changes can be made in 2018 to turn the team’s fortunes back around.

     Over the past few seasons, the club has essentially completely ignored the old baseball adage of “having strong defenders up the middle.” Instead focusing on mashing more Home Runs than anyone else and building a pitching staff that mitigates defense by having High K rates.

     During the 2015 World Series run, the team produced a +3 Defensive Runs Saved metric. At first glance this reads as though the club had a league average defense, however, from a positional standpoint, there were clear weak spots that reared their ugly heads during the World Series vs the defensively superior Kansas City Royals. At 2B, Daniel Murphy led a group that produced -10 DRS. At SS, Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada combined to produce -26 DRS… which was the worst mark in baseball by an EXTREMELY wide margin. Lastly, the revolving door that was 3B, 5 players combined to produce -14 DRS there.

     Alderson took steps to improve this shortcoming for the 2016, bringing in more consistent, albeit still mediocre, defenders for 2B and SS in Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera which led to an improvement of 19 runs. However, the revolving door at 3B got even worse combined with with ill-fated idea of using Yeonis Cespedes as a CF costed them more runs then they gained. Overall the team netted a -13 DRS total for the season... still rather average for the league.

     This brings us to 2017…. where injuries and aging based regressions ravaged the team at all levels causing everyone to play out of position at essentially every spot on the diamond. Cabrera at 2B (-6 DRS), Flores and Reyes at 3B (-11 DRS), Cabrera and Reyes at SS (-20 DRS), and the Granderson/Conforto in CF (-11 DRS). Combined the team is the 3rd worst defensive team in baseball… ahead of only the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s.

  So how do we fix this for 2018? Well, part of the problem has already been solved with the promotions of SS Amed Rosario and 1B Dominic Smith. Both are well regarded and viewed as above average to superior defenders at their respective positons. There are 2 other things that, in my opinion, need to be done to fully fix the problem.



A) Play Juan Lagares Regardless of His Offensive Output.

  •      The average stat line for Center Fielders in 2017 is a .266 AVG with an .772 OPS with a +5 DRS metric. Lagares is never going to be able to match the power production of other CFs in the league but he can at least hold his own in the AVG department as his current .261 AVG in 2017, and career mark of .260 AVG, both match up close to the MLB for the position. What Lagares brings to the table is the ability to FAR outproduce the league average for DRS. Presently, Lagares is averaging +26 DRS! each season during his 5-year career.

         That mark outperforms every single player during those 5 years except for 2 guys, Kevin Kiermaier in 2015 (+42 DRS) and Carlos Gomez in 2013 (+38). While Gomez was All-World in his season…. Kiermaier’s offensive stat line wasn’t THAT impressive with a .263 AVG and a .718 OPS, BOTH of which were below the MLB average for the position. Yet, even with just that “OK” offensive line, Kiermaier was worth +7.3 Wins Above Replacement level won a Gold Glove AND received MVP votes.


B) Stop the Revolving Door at 3B


  •      Please, forget about David Wright! For the sake of the team, move on as if he is never going to play a single inning ever again. I say this because, even when David was around during 2015 and 2016, his defensive play had taken a severe downturn as he produced back to back seasons of -8 DRS at 3B. Even if he looks like he could return in 2018, the team needs to act as if he is nothing more than an expensive lefty mashing bench piece. Now…as for his replacement… there are 3 reasonable routes I can see the club going.

  1. Sign Free Agent 3B Mike Moustakas

         First, let’s preface this with the following, Moustakas is not a “good” defender. Just like when the club brought in Walker to replace Murphy, you’re essentially bringing in a consistent average defender to fill a spot that has been horrendous thus netting you a solid gain. Second, this is the most expensive option on the table. Moustakas is the midst of his best offensive season in his career and is going to be paid accordingly in free agency. The most recent large 3B signings are Pablo Sandoval’s 5 year/$95M and Hanley Ramirez’s 4 year/$88M contracts, both signed 3 years ago. With that in mind…. I would take a strong guess that it would require at least a 5 year/$120M contract ($24M AAV) to sign him.

  2. Trade for 3B Adrian Beltre

         This is a more unique approach, that I think the team should consider. For 2018, Beltre will be in the final year of his contract for $18M and is currently displeased with the potential of a rebuild occurring in Texas. Back on August 2nd in an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Beltre said, “At this stage of my career, I’m not here for a rebuild.” Even at 38 years old, Beltre still posts double digit positive DRS numbers and still churns out .300 AVG, .850+ OPS seasons. In addition, with the team getting younger, it would be wise to bring in a big-name veteran who can be an asset in the clubhouse and a mentor for the young position players coming up. In addition, should the move work out well, the team could offer Beltre a Qualifying Offer for 2019 and potentially pick up a draft pick.

  3. Exercise Asdrubal Cabrera’s 2018 Option

         If the club thinks that being a full-time 3B would help Cabrera improve his defensive numbers, then this would be the most conservative and the most cost efficient move. A healthy Asdrubal Cabrera is still a solid contributor in any team’s line-up as he is still capable of posting .270 AVG, .775 OPS numbers which is right around where the average MLB 3B is right now. At only $8.5M, choosing this option would allow Alderson to invest more money into the bullpen or more depth in the starting rotation.

  Improving this team’s defense to a unit that can produce league average to above average results will easily be enough to at least get this team back to being an over .500 winning percentage group. From there, it’s up to the pitching rotation to remain healthy and effective to get them from a 81-81 team to a 90-72 or better playoff caliber team.

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Tom Brennan - OUR DEARLY DEPARTED

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Tom Brennan - OUR DEARLY DEPARTED


Sandy Alderson's garage sale has been brisk.  

He has turned the Mets into LIQUIDATION NATION.  

Cash $$$$$$$ on the balance sheet is where it is at.

In that liquidation, the Dearly Departed include Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, Curtis Granderson, and Addison Reed...5 key performers from our 2017 roster built to win.

Overall, they performed quite admirably as New York Mets in 2017, with only Duda's (hyperextended elbow) and Walker's (hammy whammy) missed time with injuries, and Grandy's miserable April, dampening their overall very solid results.

Those 4 sluggers hit .249 in 1,260 NY Mets at bats in 2017, with 76 doubles, 5 triples, 75 homers, and 200 RBIs, and an on base % of around .340.  

Split that in half, to give the equivalent of 2 playing-every-day seasons, and you'd have 630 at bats, 38 doubles, 37 HRs and 100 RBIs.  Sweet.  Clearly:


They were not the 2017 problem.

Reed, pushed into the Mets' closer's role for nearly all of 2017, was a fine 1-2, 2.57, with 19 of 21 saves in 48 games.


He was not the 2017 problem.

The 2017 problem story has been often written about; these guys on the whole weren't the problem.  

Let's be brief but fair - the season long issues of Yoenis (oops, I dropped it again) Cespedes and ghastly pitching, much of it the result of extremely prolonged disappearances of Thor and Jeurys, but also some brutally below expected performances from Matz and Gsellman, and other pitching injuries/crap (Harvey, Lugo, and Wheeler) did this team in.

Had those other, very real problems not occurred, the very solid performances of the (sniff, sniff) Dearly Departed 5 would have had the Mets vying for the Division title.  Possibly even World Series bound. 


So c'mon...give the 5 their due.

How are the Dearly Departed 5 doing since they...well... dearly departed?  

Collectively TREMENDOUS.

Let's check in (results through Sunday):

Lucas Duda - Tampa has gotten classic 2017 Duda: 22 games, 5 homers, 9 RBIs, .356 OB %.  Not a world beater, but getting their money's worth, IMO.

Neil Walker - the Brewers love Neil?  How could they not?   9 for 20, homer, 5 RBI, 3 walks.

Jay Bruce - back in Ohio, this time with the Injuns, Jay is smoking: 11 games, .375, 15 for 40, 5 doubles, 3 HRs, 12 RBI, 5 walks.  Superhero production: Jay Bruce, Superhero. 

Curtis Granderson - joining the juggernaut in Tinseltown, he is 1 for 8 in 2 games with a homer.  He knows homers.

Addison Reed - now the set up man in Boston for the extremely unworldly Craig Kimbrel, he's had 8 very good outings and one awful one.  My guess? Bosoxers are happy.

A 6th Met, catcher Rene Rivera,  was snatched by the Cubs via waivers on Saturday night, which accomplishes 2 things:

First, it saves the Mets several hundred thousand buckeroos.

Second, it gives Kevin Plawecki a REAL chance to play - having failed in previous Mets trials, but killed it in Vegas this season, may he totally excel with the Mets this time.  

Encouragingly, his Saturday homer was really cranked.

Rene helped the Mets early this year with defense and a surprisingly strong bat, but then pulled an Anthony Recker and slipped to 12 for 76 hitting after May. Not a future answer for this team, we fans thanks for your service, Rene. 

Of course, he went 1 for 3 in his Cubs debut.  Hitting .333!

So what about what we got back? 

Drew Smith, acquired in one of the trades, threw 2.2 perfect, sweet innings Sunday and fanned his last 7 batters! 

Gerson Bautista has been clocked at 101 since the trade (no, not driving...pitching, you dummy), and his pre-Mets severe walk issues seemed to have vanished with a change in address to St Lucie Land: 8.1 IP, just 1 walk, 9 Ks.

Steve Nogosek, also with the Saints in Lucie, has so far been (choosing my words carefully) pretty danged awful:

Last 4 outings, spanning 7 IP: 12 H, 5 BB, 9 earned runs.

Jamie Callahan in deeply dreaded, pitching-horrific Vegas?  Holding his own, nose above water: he thanks you for asking:

7 IP, 10 hits, 4 walks, 2 earned runs, 9 Ks.

Ryder Ryan: after his first (bad) outing, he has had two very good 2 inning efforts for Columbia - his last one was 2 perfect innings with 3 Ks.



Jacob Rhames: a 2013 6th round righty with LAD, gotten for Grandy, he is 24, with 96 relief outings for OKC in the PCL in 2016 and 2017, where his ERA is about 3.90, WHIP of 1.29, but just 1 wins and 9 losses, 9 saves in 14 tries.  1 perfect inning for Vegas this weekend.  Upper 90s guy, 307 career Ks in 256 IP.

Another possible 2018 pen piece to add to the Queens equation.



So, our reliever booty has been pitching mostly well and shows reasonable future promise...now can we get Bruce and Walker back on the Mets for 2018 too?

Final note: Fernando Salas pitched a perfect 9th last night - against Las Vegas.  He belongs in AAA, don't you agree?
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8/21/17

ROSTER MOVES - INURY UPDATES

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P Anthony Kay throwing off of flat surface for first time since TJS.

P Tyler Pill - bone chips and spurs in elbow

P Josh Edgin - meniscus tear in knee


  • RHP Matt Harvey assigned to Binghamton (AA) on Major League rehab

  • LHP Kelly Secrest transferred from Binghamton (AA) to Las Vegas (AAA)

  • RHP Adonis Uceta transferred from St. Lucie (High-A) to Binghamton (AA)

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Mack's Morning Report Monday, August 21, 2017

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Curtis Granderson , class act and leader who spent 8 years between Flushing and the Bronx, took his aging but still potent home run swing to LA where he will be participating in yet another post season. 

Mets fans, universally, wish him well. 

But was this just another salary dump?

Not so fast. 

The Mets picked up, hold your breathe, and actual top 30 prospect for Granderson.  It seems that both Sandy Alderson and the Dodgers recognized the value of 36 year old Granderson, not only for his long ball, but for his leadership, particularly with youth. 

Who did we get?

RHP Jacob Rhame. 

He's 24 hits upper 90s and gets lots of K's.  

307 strike outs in 258 minor league innings.  

Not too shabby.  

With some surprises of recent years with some Met pitchers prior to injuries, such as Gselleman and Lugo, this may just work out. 

************************************************** Thus far, no serious interest in A. Cabrera who, by some accounts, is considered toxic in the clubhouse in spite of a steady .260 bat and a not-so-bad adjustment to 2B.  No team has even offered a 2 dozen box of baseballs.  

Major grain of salt media alert:

Media reporting alarmist click baits:

a.  Steven Matz "career" issues?  No, it is that his elbow is still giving him concerns; enough to limit his slider and groove his pitches.  With health, rest and the proper off-season strengthening,  he will figure it out. He's way too smart and way too talented not to.  Plus, his competitiveness gives him no personal rest.  He rivals David Wright in pre game stretching and preparation.  He eats, sleeps and drinks baseball.  Imagine if Harvey had done that a few years ago?

b.  Collins "warns 23 year old Conforto that he is not a leader." 

  This is another nonsense statement from the ever embarrassed Collins who showed zero confidence in Conforto, even after his .300 Spring.  To date, Terry Collins remains the only living Major League Baseball employee to be "surprised" that Conforto was chosen by his peers for the All Star Game.  

Collins, resistant to youth, is trying to placate a still divided clubhouse with Bruce and Granderson gone, Conforto carries the mantle of "team first", while a few others continue with "me first" or as said elsewhere, "ESPN first", holding Collins hostage. 

Time for new leadership in Metsie world. 

Cespedes giveth, and Cespedes taketh away.  A home run blast and a too much casual lack of effort error on a routine fly ball in one game.  The madness that is Yoenis.  Did you see a certain pitcher's not-so-poker face when Cespedes began casual and could not catch up, and then decided not to slide to catch it, leading to a run?

It wasn't a warm fuzzy face.  

Wasn't it encouraging to see a line up with some youngsters?

Brandon Nimmo,
Amed Rosario,
Dom Smith and 
Kevin Plawecki 

all in the line up together?

Plawecki is a man on a mission.  Body language suggests he is in earnest to make a serious run at Travis D' lack of offense production and inability to throw out baserunners.  .320 at Vegas, if he gets the chance to play, and it translates into .280 in MLB would mean more good things for the 2018 Mets.   Collins already signaled that, at best, Plawecki only gets 50% of the playing time in spite of Travis' lack of production this year.  

It is reasonable to say that we know what Travis is capable of and what his ceiling looks like. 

This is a great time to see if Plawecki has it figured out and if Brandon Nimmo can be a 40 double man with a good glove.  We already know what Nimmo is in the club house.  

Watching Amed Rosario at short is a blast. It is no longer the boring wait to see him at bat; he's fun to watch defensively.  

Watching Dom Smith look almost disinterested in the Reyes home run dance?

priceless

The kid's bored half hearted celebration says one thing:

"I got a lot more for you. Stay tuned."

Not to mention his steady hands at first.  For a large body mass, he moves well and he hustles.  

The SS to 1B combo is going to be something special.    


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Tom Brennan - THE RESURRECTION OF JAYCE BOYD

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Tom Brennan - THE RESURRECTION OF JAYCE BOYD

Jayce Boyd was drafted in the 6th round in 2012, not so low but also not so high...but the Mets once drafted a similar style hitter named Daniel Murphy in the 13th round of 2006, and Lucas Duda in the 7th round of 2007, so it's clear that good things can sometimes come from lower draft selections.

After a .239 debut in Brooklyn in the 2012 short season, Boyd caught fire in 2013 in Full A ball, hitting .361 in 65 games where he looked like his was a career in meteoric ascent.  He hit .330 overall between there and St Lucie in 2013, with TJ Rivera-like power.  Add some power, and it seemed the excitement for Jayce Boyd would be for real.

But he was experiencing real health issues over the final months of 2013 and ended up needing post-season surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, which seriously slowed his career progress.  (Inane Question: if Tommy John surgery is named after Tommy John, is thoracic outlet syndrome named after Thor?)

Despite this challenging injury, he still managed to continue to hit fairly well...in 2014, hitting .293 with a .382 on base % in AA, then .281 between AA and AAA in 2015.

But just 77 games and .259 in 2016.  Another career ruined by injury, it seemed.  Early 2017 seemed to confirm that dire possible prognosis.

In 2017, assigned to AAA, he played sparingly, with just 105 at bats through June, hitting around .250, with little power.  


Heading for a career swan song?  Nope.


HEADING FOR A RESURRECTION IS MORE LIKE IT.

Boyd finally began to get more playing time in July.  After all, the powers-that-be must have thought "the team just keeps losing...what do we have to lose? OK, OK, Boyd, right, your name is Boyd? Grab a bat."  And grab the bat he did.

In 20 July games, .302/.367/.566.  Just getting warmed up.  

In his first 15 August games, Boyd has gone beyond Ruthian:

.422/.490/.822    

From August 13-21, he has gone 16 for 27, with 3 doubles, a triple, 3 homers, and 13 RBIs.  SONIC BOOM!

Over the last 7 weeks, the 6'1" 220 Boyd, whom we could for the first time refer to as Slugger, also fanned only 13 times in about 114 plate plate appearances, not surprising for a guy who'd always made good contact. 

In those 102 official July/August at bats, he smoked a resounding 9 doubles, a triple, and 7 homers  

With this surge, he's at a sweet .300/.377/.537 for 2017.

So coming out the other side of long injury adjustment struggles and limited playing time, the righty Booming Boyd Bat has dramatically emerged...with legitimate power.  The spike in weight (likely muscle) over his early career days, which I recall as being around 185, has seemingly added the needed pop to garner attention.

A few more weeks of hitting like Daniel Murphy and he will have thrust himself back into the picture for 2018 major league consideration...or even a 2017 call up.

I speculate that his chief concern may be his throwing.  

Formerly exclusively a first baseman, he has not played there (except for a few innings) since 2014, in part of course because Dominic Smith has manned first, but likely also due to the thoracic outlet surgery-related injury lessening his throwing ability.  With Smith promoted, he still is not being used at 1B, which reinforces that perspective.  

He has been used only in the outfield and as DH.  

To be further fair and balanced, his lack of speed is also not a feather in his cap.  Just 11 career steals.

Time will tell, but Jayce's recently resurgent and power-packed bat may still make a way for him to get to the big leagues.  If he can adequately throw, that is.  

I am watching to see if this RESURRECTION continues.
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Peter Hyatt - Arm Chair Quarterbacking the 2017 Mets

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Imagine if...

We all do it and it is said by some to be a waste of time. 

It isn't. 

It is analysis.  It is to learn to not repeat mistakes moving forward.  It is to, in the face of injuries, make certain there is a contingency planning.  

By the time the first two months of the season were complete, the 2017 Mets dug themselves a hole they were never able to climb out of.  

Looking back, there was no way to avoid injuries...or was there?

With more control over their employees' off season work outs, we might have avoided injuries to Cespedes and Syndergaard, obviously, but with strong team leadership comes discipline and accountability.  

Perhaps even Harvey may have avoided this disaster of a season had he been under strong leadership.  

But even if we skip over the injuries, were there things that could have been done differently that might have kept us from falling into a hole the first two months of the season?

I can think of a few things in the line up that really hurt us. 

Amed Rosario had a good Spring.  Although jumping AAA is not the norm, might this have provided improved defense that did cost us games in April and May?

1.  Cabrera 

Cabrera was a disaster at short stop.  .244 in April, his bat was little better.  Poor defense, something that is not saber metric popular, is close to inconsequential as can be for Sandy Alderson, who admitted this recently.  The impact upon struggling pitchers is strong.  

Could Rosario provided better defense?  Yes
Could Rosario at least equaled Cabrera offensively?  I think so. 

2.  Reyes  

Next, there was Jose Reyes. 

In April, Reyes was a disaster.  

He batted  .174 with poor defense and even worse base running. 

In May he "heated up" according to the Mets promos, and batted  .216   

In June he hit .213 and after a hot July, is batting .161 for August.  

By the end of May, after 2 months of poor baseball, the Mets had dug their hole.  

3.  Granderson.  

Curtis Granderson's leadership not withstanding,

In April, he batted .128 while our best natural hitter and all star Michael Conforto barely played and was relegated to pinch hitter.   This horrific start helped dig us the early season hole that we never climbed out of. 

 In June, Granderon recovered and hit .316, but damage was already done.  
When Cabrera demanded a trade, he scorched up too. 
By the time Reyes heated up, it, too, was too late.  

4.  Cespedes 

Besides no oversight into Yoenis Cespedes' off season hypertrophy leg workouts, the lack of leadership may have also contributed to his leg injuries.  

On pop ups, Cespedes refuses to hustle.  There were even times where he carried his bat to the dug out while the ball was still in the air.  

Yet, twice on balls he chose to not run out, he had to turn on the gas, and came up lame.  

Had there been leadership from the beginning that said, "You don't hustle, you don't play" and kept to it, it is possible that Cespdes may have avoided either the injury or at least, further injury (including mitigating the original strain.)

5.  Steven Matz

What happened over the off season with this talented left arm? 

 Do we even know?

This point may seem a touch unfair, but this must be asked:  Did we give the proper medical oversight that would allow Matz to fully heal knowing his chronic elbow and left arm issues?

Answer:  I don't know.  

I don't accuse Matz of concealing his workout or regiment from the Mets; he is not that kind of young man.  He is very competitive, a bit hot tempered (with himself) but is known for "team first" and maturity.  

Here, my question is about Mets' leadership and oversight; not about independence from the Mets, as  in Cespedes or Syndergaard, or even disappearances like Harvey.  
   

Objection:  The players have a right to a private life. 

Answer:   The Employer owns their labor.  Ethically, for the millions they are paid, it is their reasonable service to care for the bodies the employers so generously pay for, made possible by the fans in the manner prescribed by said employer. 

If said employer abdicates responsibility; the failure is upon the employer, not the employee.  


6.  The BullPen 

This is a topic for a different article, but suffice for now, Terry Collins' bizarre use of the bullpen combined with Sandy Alderson's bizarre love affair with the waiver wire, and the free agent money, conspired against us to bring despair to Metsie land before we ever reached Summer.   




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8/20/17

Tom Brennan - RESULTS VS. EXPECTATIONS

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Tom Brennan - RESULTS VS. EXPECTATIONS

The above does NOT represent the Mets' picture for 2017.

Sometimes you go into something with certain expectations, and the results are sometimes spot on and sometimes very different.  Let's look at 11 such prognostications.

1. I expect really good things from these starters.

Well, those starters are Zach Wheeler, Matt Harvey, Rafael Montero, Rob Gsellman, and Steve Matz.  Before the season, I expected some strong, but not great, pitching from them.  WRONG.

The 5 made 68 starts (and 17 relief appearances), and are 15-30, with a 6.30 ERA in 376 innings.  I would doubt that in Mets' history you could find 5 guys picthing the equivalent of 42 complete 9 inning games with that kind of staggeringly bad ERA.

2. I did not expect to see certain guys before Sept., if at all.

Well, those 5 pitchers are Chris Flexen, Chasen Bradford, Eric Goeddel, Paul Sewald, and Tyler Pill.  While the 5 are only 3-9, they got in 89 games - and it is still 2 weeks from September.  They have thrown 127 innings, 4.54 ERA and a K per inning.  Compare to the vaunted first group above.  The Afterthought Five crushed 'em.

3. Noah Syndergaard would be a neck-and-neck racehorse in the Cy Young Derby.

Hard to do when you've thrown about as many innings (27) as the front runners have made starts.

4. Jeurys Familia would return from suspension and still have time to rack up 35 saves or more.  He and Addison Reed would handle all save opportunities.

Due to the Familia Clot, he's thrown 9 innings and saved 3 games.  He and Addison Reed still managed to save 22 of 25, but the other guys?  TWELVE blown saves in 16 save opportunities.  That really blows, don't you agree? 

5. We'd end up with 5 starters with 10 or more wins, possibly 6 starters.

Jake has 13, but Gsellman and Harvey would share second place with 5 wins apieceHansel Robles, despite a deserved month or so in the minors, is 2nd on the teams with 7 wins.

6. Mets would have one of the best team ERAs in baseball.

Not exactly.  After 119 games, it sits at 4.89, 27th worst in baseball.  The 169 homers allowed in 119 games projects to 230 homers, clearly the worst total for any Mets staff ever.  No, I'm not looking it up.

7.  Yoenis Cespedes would win the MVP and have 45 homers and 120 RBIs.

On August 18, he has 15 homers 38 RBIs, so 74% of the way through the season, he is just 1/3 of the way to my pre-season targets.

8. David Wright would not play.

Right.  Spot on.  David Wright has not played. 

9. Amed Rosario would be called up in early May and be in the running for Rookie of the Year.

He got called up in early August, a little too early to have few enough at bats in 2017 to qualify for 2018 Rookie of the Year.

10.  Jake would be Jake.

Jake has in fact been Jake.  Not Super Jake, but Jake, and that is pretty darned good.

11. The Mets would be neck and neck with the Dodgers at season's end for the NL's best record.

Nope.  On August 18, the Mets trailed the Dodgers by a mere 32 games.  neck and neck for a giraffe, maybe.

I hope your expectations are for a GREAT DAY, everybody.



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8/19/17

YOUR 2017 METS MODIFIED LINE-UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tonight's Line-Up has just been announced:

Theodore CF
Bordick SS
Vail RF
Vaughn 1B
Sasser C
Baerga 2B
Gilkey LF
Fregosi 3B
Montero P



***Breaking News- Gilkey has just been traded so now playing the role of Bernard Gilkey will be Super-Sub Joe McEwing!!!!


***More Breaking News- Carlos Baerga just broke his leg walking through the clubhouse so the part of Baerga will be played by Al Weis!

More news to come as it breaks- or as the bones of a team member do- whichever happens first, WE'LL BE THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS- if you don't recognize any of those names, don't worry- they can easily be replaced at a moment's notice with hundreds of others...
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