6/25/17

UPDATE - Mets Slot Money

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Pick  Player            Slot          Actual        Savings

020   Peterson      $2,994,500     
059   Vientos       $1,094,700     $1,500,000     ($405,300)
097   Brodey          $553,200       $500,000       $53,200
127   Dibrell         $413,100       $380,000       $33,100
157   Winaker         $307,800       $280,000       $27,800
187   Renteria        $237,600       $125,000      $112,600
217   O'Neil          $186,200        $10,000      $176,200
247   Cobb            $153,400        $20,000      $133,400
277   Chadwick        $139,700        $10,000      $129,700
307   Villines        $132,300        $10,000      $122,300


Total:              $6,212,500     $2,835,000      $383,000


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Gary McDonald - So What Next?

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As a  Mets  fan we are used to suffering.  This season is no different. What we thought would be our year has turned into a catastrophe for this ball club.

Injuries, leaky bullpen, inability of starters to go deep into starts, all have led to this disaster called the 2017 season.  With all that being said I try to remain a little optimistic and hope they can put it together to make a run for a wild card berth, but at the same time realizing the organization should  consider looking to the future.

So what now? What do the Mets do to be back in the hunt  next  year.

Bring up Amed Rosario – He’s going to be here  next  year  anyway , so bring him up and let him get a taste of big league action and pressure. And while you are at it, bring up Dominick Smith.

Look to trade Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, Lucas Duda, or Yoenis Cespedes – Yes ,I know not Cespedes , but, if you could move in you could then sign Bruce for a lesser amount of money and not lose to much.  If Walker comes back healthy you try to move him and let Cecchini or TJ Rivera earn the 2b job.  Duda has some value ,as he is having a decent season and perhaps some team in the hunt could use a power bat. Nobody should be untouchable at this time.

Release Jose Reyes – I love Jose as much as the next  fan  but his time has come and gone and it is apparent he is not the same ballplayer he was.  Lets him go and bring in Rosario.

Fix The Bullpen – It was good last year because guys were in the right spot but this year it is horrific. I know Familia was suspended and then got the blood clot, and I know the starters are not going deep, but, this bullpen setup leaves a lot to be desired.  Reed has struggled, so has Salas, Edgin, Smoker, Robles, Seward all have had awful moments.   We need to acquire one or two more guys to be consistent and help anchor the bullpen.

Revamp the training both in season and off season – They need to take a good hard look at their training methods .  Are they right for baseball.  Yes, the players are physical speciments, but are they in “baseball shape” does  Cespedes  really need to leg press 1300 pounds or whatever amount he does.  Wouldn’t flexibility be more important at this point?  I don’t know all I can tell is that there are a lot of injuries occurring in Major League Baseball and to the Mets, and no one has any answers.

Convince David Wright  to retire – One of my favorite Mets players of all time but, even the best lose the battle and David has lost.  It is now June and he cannot even pick up a ball to start a throwing program.  David, you made a valiant effort to play but, it sure looks like it is over.  The Mets should be taking the insurance and offering him a high level job.  Coach, bench coach, roving coach, whatever he wants to do, they should give him the opportunity to pursue the next stage of his career.


So there.  Will these measures work?  Who knows.  This is my opinion of what to be done.  I don’t know if I am right or not but I do know something has to be done, and done soon.
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Peter Hyatt - Cespedes and Puig: The Pot and the Kettle

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Yoenis Cespedes, decked in neon and 7 lbs of jewelry, lectured Yasil Puig on humility.  

The Pot called the Kettle black. 

The Pot, self decorated and punctuating his own game with his casual underhanded ball flip to the infield, is the same one who's own home run trots make the "Tator Trot" record books, as he poses, halts, and slowly absorbs the camera lens.  This is the same guy who poses at home plate only to find the ball did not leave the park and suddenly has to turn on the gas to make it to second, further increasing the risk of injury.  

That's one for the books. 

There is a bigger issue, however, than the battle of the egos going on in Metsie land; one of which few fans know about, and even fewer might believe.  

Who was with the Pot as he lectured the Kettle?

None other than the face painted Jose Reyes, the .189 shortstop of whom Colorado is paying him millions to not play for them.  

Why does this matter?

Months ago, it reached my ears that among the unspoken demands of Cespedes' return includes Cespedes being kept "happy" about the line up. 

For those of you coming to the party late:

Internal debate over signing Cespedes was intense.  His jackass show of Spring 2016 and his arrogant independence had already impacted younger players, including Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey; both of whom believed the hype of Thor and the Dark Knight.  

Cespedes' lack of hustle, his flamboyance and even his refusal to speak to Mets management all irked Sandy and company.  Cespedes speaks fluent English but only communicated through his "people" and keeps a translator at the ready.  

In spite of his talent, Oakland, Detroit and Boston all bailed on him,  in a hurry, as his head case baggage wore heavier than his powerful bat, for good reason.  Team morale and the younger players were considered.  Golf?  This was not even on the radar.  It is not an issue of golfing, it is an issue of defiance.  This was not a lesson missed by Syndergaard and his MRI.  As Puig is hated by his fellow players for his narcissism, the reactions from Boston coaches said the same of the egotistic Cespedes.  They could not get rid of him fast enough.  

Cepedes reportedly made behavioral concessions before the big contract so Mets management was shocked and angered when he did his "own thing" this past off season and bulked up his body in ego driven heavy leg work outs which left him imbalanced athletically.  The secrecy and the size he gained and the numbers he leg pressed worried fans.  

He refused to follow directives on rehab and upon his return, announced that he would, for all intent and purposes, make out the line up.  He would tell them when he is off.  

Consider this:

Why would the Mets pay minimum wage to a .189 shortstop while a 21 year old in AAA is more than ready to contribute offensively and defensively?

Why would we keep around two bottom of the league defensive players utterly costing us games, on the left side of the infield in Cabrerra and Reyes?

Answer:  Cespedes. 

It is rumored that Cespedes says he wants his "buddies" there and he "won't be happy" without them.  

This is why, even more than the ridiculous "base on balls" saber metric, that Alderson has resisted the media and fans screaming for Amed Rosario's promotion.  

Cespedes will play when he says he will play, and he will slide when he wants to slide and workout when, where and how he wants to.  

Alderson is consistently backing down. 

It took a lot for Alderson to publicly state that no tangible injury was found on Cespedes.  It had reached a point of frustration within the Mets organization:  Why won't he play?

The very public statement did not move Cespedes, the most difficult employee on a team of difficult employees.  

At 110 millón dollars, Céspedes is the anti-Wright of the Mets. 

It may be now why we see the 2 of 3 worst defenders in the league, at SS and 3B.  

They must keep the brooding 31 (or 32?) year old Cespedes content, otherwise he won't be "El Hombre."  

Sandy Alderson has eaten much crow since this signing and all agree that the money should have gone to Jay Bruce, but Alderson can only take so much before he has had enough. 

What keeps Alderson from taking action, including allowing Terry Collins to bench Cespedes the next time he refuses to play team baseball?

As soon as Cespedes slumps, if he does not claim injury, we may see some changes, not only in the club house, but on the diamond itself.  
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6/24/17

Tom Brennan - SILVER LININGS: JACOB ZANON And PETE ALONSO

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SILVER LININGS: JACOB ZANON and PETE ALONSO


At this time, much is going wrong in Metsville.

How bad?  How Bad??

I tell ya, Rodney is giving up wife jokes to make Met jokes. 

It's BAD I tell ya - it's BAD! 

The team in Queens after 72 game (which is 44.44% of a full season) sat at # 28 in ERA, with a 5.07 ERA. 

Two MLB teams are worse, but only slightly: 5.08 and 5.10.

Even worse, the all time baseball worst 40-120 Mets of 1962 had a superior 5.04 ERA! Aggh!

And...there is no help over the horizon in AAA: Vegas has a 5.31 ERA and 5.8 total runs per game.  Uggh!

We search for a Silver Lining deep in the minors, & we find:


Jacob Zanon. 

The Mets' JZ.


Zanon was a 15th rounder in 2016. 

He turns 22 this weekend and is a 6'1", 180 righty hitter.

He struggled in his pro cameo in Brooklyn in 2016, hitting just .197 in 44 games - BUT fanned just 25 times, walked 21 times, and stole a stellar 20 of 22.

This year, it has been hard to evaluate JZ, as he got hit by a pitch on April 10, breaking a bone, and his next game was June 20.  So he's missed a whole bunch.

In fact, only 23 plate appearances to date (thru Thursday) in 2017, but how does getting on base 14 times sound?  8 hits, 5 walks, and that nasty HBP - and just 2 strikeouts.

5 for 5 in steals, making him 25 for 27 as a pro, a ratio a mother could love - and everyone else, too.

And he has a double, triple and HR in those 8 hits. BOOM!

His stat line?  .471/.609/.824.  

Which leads me to say one thing to our JZ:

"Can you do that all year?  Not greedy, just asking!"


Keep up the good work, JZ.  You've got our respect, I tell ya.




PETE ALONSO:

A broken hand bone last year...and this year.  Tough breaks.  Hitting just .143 recently, 1B slugger Pete over his last 8 games showed why he was a high Mets draft pick.

13 for 29, a bunch of doubles, 3 homers, 12 RBIs, and the strikeouts disappeared.  Truly a SILVER LINING.









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Reese Kaplan -- Who Gets The 2018 Lineup Pencil?

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While most of us are speculating on the pieces to move in the upcoming July mid-season hot stove period approaching the deadline on the 31st, another area where the Mets should be planning for the future is who will hold the lineup pencil and be responsible for making rational on-the-field decisions to help guide the team towards winning ballgames.  This time instead of embracing a career loser, the Mets have the opportunity to select someone to replace the Skipper with the potential to motivate players, actually ride the hot hands, not burn out his bullpen on a nightly basis and embrace fundamentals such as hit and run, hitting behind the runners, stealing bases and employing defensive shifts. 


Whether or not it is Sandy Alderson making this selection is still a great unknown.  Alderson has wanted someone who is a yes man, who won’t question his judgment and who will blindly adhere to “the plan” even when things are spiraling out of control.  If he’s here, you can bet that experienced major league managers who have recently been employed in that capacity elsewhere will want to have nothing to do with the control freak in the front office nor with the circus that the boys in blue have become. 

Consequently, perhaps the right way for the Mets to go in the future is not for the big name manager but to find a rookie who has had limited or no major league experience but an outstanding record in the minors.  This type of candidate will be grateful for the opportunity and hence theoretically loyal to the man who hires him, but also will make the Wilpons happy in that he won’t cost very much money.  More importantly, for a club that going forward may be comprised of mostly players without gray hair it might make sense to have someone adept at handling the younger personalities.  Towards that end, let’s take a look at a few prospective managerial candidates:

Former Mets infielder Tim Bogar was a very highly regarded minor league coach and manager who has also had some front office experience at the major league level.  He was named minor league manager of the year for three consecutive years at three different levels with two different organizations.  In 2008 he made his major league coaching debut with the highly regarded Joe Maddon in Tampa where he helped guide the team to its first ever AL championship.  He then moved to Boston where he didn’t see eye to eye with Bobby Valentine during his disastrous reign there and then moved onto the Rangers where he joined former teammate Dave Magadan as a bench coach under Ron Washington.  After the manager resigned Bogar was handed the reins for the remainder of the season and he finished as he usually did – with a winning 14-8 record.  He then moved to a front office position as assistant to GM Jerry Dipoto in Anaheim.  When Dipoto moved onto Seattle, he brought Bogar along to be a bench coach to manager Scott Servais. 

Another name to consider is 2016 Baseball America Manager of the Year Dave Wallace (NOT the former Mets pitching coach).  As a mentee of Tim Bogar, he has excelled at motivating players to understand the value of winning.  One of his former players, Greg Allen, said, ““He was fun to play for. You can tell he wanted the most for his players,” Allen said. “Whether it was defensively, pitching, hitting, he wanted his players to succeed and the energy that he brought was always fun to play under.”  Wallace himself said of his leadership style, ““Those guys really showed me that it was more about the person than the player. I know both of those guys cared about me as a person more than they did as a player. That speaks volumes because I know how much they cared about me as a player and how much they cared about helping me and my teammates. That’s always stuck with me, and it’s something that I’ve tried to make sure that my players know, that I care about them as a man, as a person first and foremost, and as a player secondarily.”

A guy with roots in the former Sandy Alderson Oakland Athletics organization is a multiple Manager of the Year winner, Tony DeFrancesco.  Having spent 14 years throughout the minor league system there, he honed his skills as a manager and at one point won three AAA titles in five years.  In 2012 he was named interim manager of the Houston Astros for the final 6 weeks of the season.  He then became the AAA manager where he won the team’s first championship in 18 years and was named Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year. 

Former big league catcher Mark Johnson moved straight from playing into managing and it’s fit him like a glove.  Cubs GM Theo Epstein once said of Johnson, “He’s created an unbelievable atmosphere where the players learned to care about the team ahead of themselves. They really supported each other. They got better. They had a knack for coming back in games, not giving up, learning how to win. He kept them all focused, really kept a winning atmosphere around that team even though it wasn’t the same group of guys.”  He went to the post-season in 4 of his 5 seasons at various levels of the Cubs organization.  He sounds like the anti-Collins.  Like a rookie prospect blocked by a star at the major league level, Joe Maddon is in his way.  Consequently it might be worth plucking him from minor league obscurity.  He too has won a Baseball America Manager of the Year award.

Another winning minor league manager is current Cleveland Indians coach Mike Sarbaugh.  He won awards multiple times at various levels for his managerial acumen and won championships several times including back-to-back in AAA in 2010 and 2011.  He’s also served as a hitting coach and perhaps can instill some of that wisdom to the younger players who will comprise the 2018 Mets team. Sarbaugh is also affiliated with the Baseballtown Dream Leagues Project which was created to build a field to help developmentally and physically disabled children to embrace and learn about playing the game of baseball.  

Of course, the popular choice among many Mets fans is David Wright.  He’s highly respected, knows the players on the club and is still regarded as the face of the franchise. He's performed at an All Star level on the field, using his bat, glove and legs.  He knows what it’s like to play through injuries. He's articulate and has served as the team's Captain for quite some time. He lives in New York and may be ready to move into the next phase of his life.  The problem is he’s given no indication that he’s ready to hang it up as a player plus he would cost a whole lot more than any of these other candidates. 

Who’s your leading contender when they finally give the silver haired Skipper his gold watch?
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6/23/17

SIGNED - 3rd Round - OF Quinn Brody

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3rd-rder Quinn Brodey signs w/ for $500K (pick 97 value=$553.2K). OF had strong Cape season, corner OF pot.
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FLASH - Mets Are Selling

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Sources: Mets open for business now, willing to listen to offers for Granderson, Addison Reed, Bruce, Cabrera, etc. Far behind in races.
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DAVID RUBIN: EXCITED/NOT EXCITED TO SEE THE METS OUT HERE IN SOCAL

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I have been a Mets fan since my first game in 1968; I have lived in Southern California since 1994.  As you might imagine, MLB.TV has been my FAVORITE invention of the past 25 years!!! 

Before it began in 2002 (and before I started getting it in 2003) I had to be inventive in order to watch my beloved Mets. Of course I attended nearly every game in Los Angeles (before inter-league play) and often drove to San Diego and sometimes San Francisco to see games in person. 

I watched every Mets vs Cubs game on WGN and every Mets vs Braves game on Superstation TBS. 

Games of the week? Yup! 

Nationally televised games? Of course!!! 

I even found various bars in the San Fernando Valley with satellite dishes (and subscriptions, legal or otherwise) that would put the game on a TV IF I stayed and ate and drank (although my not being a big alcohol drinker meant much bigger tips and a LOT more bar food then otherwise recommended!!!) 

Once I had MLB.TV on my computer? Heaven!!!!!

On my Smart TV and Telephones? Nirvana!!!!!!!




Never missing a game or having to plan trips to my in-laws (who for some reason, living 25 minutes away had a different cable system that somehow had the NY Sports Channels)- Priceless!!!!!

I never take it for granted, being able to watch every Mets game, and I never got mad when we had to listen to the Dodgers announcers when they played out here, because VIN SCULLY!!!!!

Now, we have NO Scully...and NO CHANCE at playing meaningful games due to the horrible injury bug that has effected us and also due to the horrible manager that is leading us. And still, today, Thursday, I will be taking a seat once more, amidst a sea of blue Dodger fans, in full Mets regalia, in a ballpark where some might say I am taking my life in my hands. And for what? 

Well, for starters, I get to see Steven Matz once more; I saw his first MLB game out here a few years ago, and the fact that he's healthy and using that drop and drive motion will hopefully give us a result more like his first game back then his second one.

As a huge baseball fan, I am a firm believer in streaks. I have gone every year of my life since 1968 seeing at least one Mets game in person (and while living in NY, as often as 40+ games in a season), and I have NO intention of breaking that streak as long as I am able to walk/drive/run to the ballpark. (BTW- if you haven't seen a game in Dodgers Stadium and you ever get to SoCal, it MUST be on your "to do" list as it remains a dinosaur but a beautifully maintained dinosaur!!!!)




Finally, as someone who attended dozens and dozens of games when we were at our very worst (and there were times when there were less than 2,000 of us at the ballpark regardless of what numbers were reported), it's impossible for me to miss a chance to see my Metsies in person! 

I'll have some thoughts about the game on the day after, Friday, as well as a number of new posts across the next week or so (including, finally, parts 2 and 3 of my baseball book review) but the once nice thing about this game is this- I ALWAYS want them to win, but this game, if they don't, I won't be AS pissed off on the way home; I won't be AS hard to live with for the 24 hours afterwards; and I won't avoid my phone and email for the next day as I often do after an in-person loss. I am simply going to hope for a win, accepting of a loss and counting the days until pitchers/catchers report in February, when I KNOW we will be returning to Contender status once more. Maybe, just maybe, without the pressure, I'll actually enjoy myself tonight. I'll let ya know!!
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Jack Flynn - Rosario Status

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Even the most optimistic of Mets fans have to see the writing on the wall by now.

The 2017 season is a disaster. The Mets are not a good bet to finish with a winning record this season, let alone to miraculously claw their way into a playoff spot. All the promise from Spring Training has blown up in spectacular fashion, leaving only a dust cloud of pulled hamstrings, torn lats and broken careers.

As is often the case in situations like these, the call has gone up from all corners to promote intriguing prospects and give those young bucks a chance to succeed where older veterans have failed. The fan base has been clamoring for Amed Rosario in particular, especially with both regular middle infielders on the disabled list and the Mets resorting to an up-the-middle combination of Jose Reyes, TJ Rivera and Gavin Cecchini in recent days.

Rosario’s continued residency in Las Vegas has been a source of anguish for many, and the theories about the Mets’ reluctance to promote him reflect the general distrust that fans still have of ownership and the front office. But the Super-2 deadline has long since passed, so there’s no longer an economic incentive to keep Rosario down.

Why, then, is Rosario still in Las Vegas? Perhaps Sandy Alderson’s reluctance to promote him lies primarily with concerns about the atmosphere in the Mets’ clubhouse.
One has to assume that these are dark days in Flushing. Even if the roster was stocked with professionals who continued going about their business as one would hope, it would be impossible for those players not to harbor a sense of disappointment about how 2017 is turning out. A certain malaise is to be expected.
Add that to the fact that there are six position players who are pending free agents – and a seventh (Asdrubal Cabrera) at the mercy of a team option that is no guarantee to be picked up – and there is a real danger of the locker room turning into a very selfish place over the next three months.

Over half of the Mets’ position players are playing for their next contract right now – is that really the most appropriate atmosphere for the Mets to bring a potential franchise cornerstone into? What position player is going to want to mentor the Next Big Thing and contribute to his development process with no guarantee that they will even be teammates next season?

Take all of this with the proverbial grain of salt, of course; writers love to speculate about the mood of clubhouses, and even daily beat writers have far less of a handle on that mood than they would like to believe. But in the absence of a more concrete and logical explanation for the delay, it is only natural than fans begin to speculate on what the Mets’ motives with Rosario really are. Protecting him from any negativity that may have naturally infected the clubhouse certainly seems like a logical consideration.

Amed Rosario is going to be very good one day, but the gulf between the Mets and the playoff spot this season is already far too wide for any one player to bridge. Rosario is not going to carry the Mets to the playoffs. Rosario and Dominic Smith are not going to carry the Mets to the playoffs. Rosario, Smith and any passel of players the Mets could promote from their farm system will not be enough to carry the Mets into the playoffs.

The bet here is that Rosario will be up with the Mets on or around August 1, after Alderson shuffles some deck chairs off of the Titanic in exchange for prospects that will also be auditioning for a job in 2018. That will clear the way for Rosario and others to experience two months of low pressure baseball, while mitigating the uncomfortable possibility of playing alongside disappointed veterans whose jobs they are being groomed to take.
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Tom Brennan - SILVER LININGS, PART 2

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Tom Brennan - SILVER LININGS, PART 2

I did a "Silver Linings" article several days ago.  
After getting annihilated in two straight series by superior Nats and Dodgers teams, how is it finding silver linings? Gotten a bit harder, admittedly, but let's have at it. 
Because silver linings do exist.

Jake deGrom won Player of the Week with two straight great outings and a home run to boot.  He looks regal wearing post-game crowns, I'm sure you'd agree.  My favorite Met.

Zach Wheeler has biceps tendonitis, which should help him with his innings limit after being the 55th Met put on the DL this year (or at least it seems that many).  Every kid needs a summer vacation; Zach's had the whole summer off the past two summers, so a little summer break in 2017?  OK.

David Wright - no pennant race, so no urgency to rush rehab to get back and join the fray.  Did anyone ever tell you that Buy Out rhymes with Fly Out?

Jose Reyes - despite an occasional breakout game, being sub-.200 as July approaches for an everyday player resounds that action must be taken with him sooner than later.  Heck, they once released sub-.200 Eric Campbell so there is precedent.

Rafael Montero - with Wheeler, Harvey, and Thor out, and Tyler Pill not fooling the big boys standing in the batter's box, it seems clear that Montero (great in his last two relief outings) lives on.   With no starter solutions available from the minors right now, he will no doubt get his 45th chance at redemption for the Mets.  I have a funny feeling that this time, he will hold his own.

Curtis Granderson - has proven me both right and wrong.
  • Right in that (as I had previously suggested) he should have been given April off instead of (as it turned out) hitting .128.  
  • Wrong in that I thought he was washed up, when he just needed April off: in 132 May and June at bats, 12 doubles, a triple, 7 homers, .281 and 23 walks (OBP of .390).  If he did that in April, too, he'd be getting All Star consideration.  Best hitting on the team over that span. Hitting like a young Curtis.
  • He has 301 HRs - hopefully, the Mets ain't entertaining hopes of keeping him until he (ahem) reaches 400, and decide instead to get real value for him at the trade deadline. A contender can use a focused gamer like him.

Seth Lugo and Rob Gsellman - in headier times, both would be in the pen.  They now get a chance to show if they can be legit major league starters.  Rob gets to see if he can get his ERA back below 6.00.  He should remember that while Roger Craig went 5-22 with the 1963 Mets, he did it with a solid 3.78 ERA, so he wasn't so bad after all.

The 2018 Draft - we just selected 20th in the first round.  Our 2017 record right now would have us drafting 6th next year.  We have a shot at a top 3 pick if we keep losing.  If the Mets do get a top 3 pick, the good news is Nimmo and Cecchini have already been drafted, so they cannot make the same mistakes of picking them again with high first round picks.

Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini - with numerous injuries and the Mets likely being sellers before the trade deadline, these two aforementioned first rounders should get opportunities to play during the rest of 2017 and truly show if they have enough talent to help this team going forward.  
Hobie is hoping Victor Cruzado gets a chance too.
Catchers: d'Arnaud, Rivera, Plawecki - without the pressure of a playoff race, the Mets have ample time to see if there is any gold in these here 3 hombres.  Meanwhile, Tomas Nido and Pat Mazeika continue their catching journey towards the big leagues and it will be much clearer by the end of 2017 exactly how close they might be to Queens.
Michael Conforto - with Lagares out, and Jay Bruce and/or Grandy potentially moved by the trade deadline, Conforto should play a whole lot the rest of the way - we will see what he can do over a full season after two partial ones.
Paul Sewald: in a season where it was unclear if he'd get called up to Queens, he has had 21 outings due to the bullpen turbulence: guess what?  18 of the 21 have been very good (OK, OK, after last night's "whoops" made it 18 of 22).  We will hopefully get to see enough of Paul Sewald in 2017 to see if (and to what extent) he can help a hopefully contending team out of the pen in 2018.
Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith - game by game, they get closer to starting their major league careers.  A case could be made that both are ready now.  Undoubtedly, both will be ready soon.  We'll be ready for them.
Pitching Reinforcements - the system is not bursting with pitching phenoms like Thor, ready to take the majors by storm at a moment's notice. 
That said, PJ Conlon, Chris Flexen, Marcos Molina, and Justin Dunn could be close to ready by opening day 2018, and Nabil Crismatt closing on them fast.
Crismatt, in his last 8 St Lucie outings, has been off the charts: 55 IP, 40 hits, just 6 earned runs, 10 walks, 59 Ks.  Simply outstanding, and perhaps ready to help the big club by mid-2018. 
Tyler Bashlor has a coveted laser beam relief arm for St Lucie, as his 28 Ks in his last 13 IP show.  Why can't the flamethrower be a 2018 relief arm in Queens?
Hopefully, all of that makes you feel better about the Mets.  Just try not to gaze on the road kill that is their 2017 dashed playoff hopes too closely.

TGIF, people.


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