We’re almost to the start of spring training and I’m excited.
Welcome back everyone. I’ve been off working two jobs and then moving to a new job that will pay me the same as when I worked two jobs. Also there was a month of holidays.
But I’m gonna try my darndest to keep this website current as a new year’s resolution. I’ll be working on getting more posts and some video commentary out as well. Joe hopefully will be able to chime in once a week or so. We’ll see.
I wanted to talk about the moves made by the Mets this offseason each time a new one went down, but, alas and alack, I never found time to sit down and pound out some content.
So without further ado, a long overdue view of the New York Mets second season signings. Continue reading
Hey guys, I know this post is a day late and a dollar short but I had a little technical issue so here comes what you have been waiting for, The New York Mets Positions of Strength or Piece of S#!* list. This week, as you can tell from the heading, I have the human back-stops of the game, the catchers. Let’s dive in shall we.
We have three guys to speak of; Travis d’Arnaud, Anthony Recker, and John Buck. Now compared to the 2012 catchers these guys are a strength. However, where do they fit now and where they will be next year. Let’s start with the opening day guy Mr. Buck
1) John Buck – John Buck was never going to be “the long-term answer” to the Mets but he is defiantly a great addition. The reason Buck started was because d’Arnaud was injured. John showed up big time by knocking more home-runs then all of the Mets catchers in 2012 combined. Although that wasn’t much of a task, Bucks overall performance this season has surpassed expectations. Only to be a place holder and a back up to Travis once he was finally healthy has become to prove he can still be a starter. Which brings us to Travis and to finish up on John in a bit.
2) Travis d’Arnaud – The future of Mets catching has shown when healthy, and when given the ability to play, will be a great asset to the core of the line-up. Even though he has only six games under his belt in the majors and his stats are not what they could be, doesn’t mean he won’t be later on. Travis and Matt Harvey played many games together in the minors that the two communicate very well on the field. So once Travis settles down into his role, expect great things to come.
Which now leads us to the last man of the bunch,
3) Anthony Recker – Anthony has proven to be a great back up. For the amount of games he has played, he has just as good numbers as Buck. Anthony has not proven that has can be a starter yet but his playing ability shows that is growing as player. Unfortunately, this is where things get complicated. Anthony gives great depth into the catcher position because of his numbers. So that brings us to next year.
Travis is supposed to be starter with Anthony as the back up. But with Buck putting the numbers up as he did this season, do we keep Buck as a back up and big bat off the bench for Travis, or make Buck the starter and have Travis as the back up. And will Recker develop better back down in the minors if we keep Buck or will he be the back up to Travis.
All in all, the catchers are a strength position because of the depth the Mets have without having a “big name”. The main question is who is going where.
Welcome to another edition of the Best of the Best.
Best News This Week- Travis d’Arnaud will stay in the majors. d’Awesome was called up to keep depth at catcher when John Buck went on paternity leave, but instead of ship him back down for a few weeks, the Mets decided to leave the catcher of the future on the roster. d’Arnaud would have been one of the Mets farmhands brought up for the September 1 roster expansion, so what’s a few additional weeks. He’s past this year’s super two so he won’t cost the Mets extra.
Best Intentions, Bad Idea- David Wright wants to come back in September. I get it, and I’d love to see the captain back in uniform, but he’s got a hamstring issue. The Mets’ training staff has had a long and storied history of botching recovery from this particular issue. Wright would probably be best just to sit out the rest of the year and not chance it.
Best Eastern League Team- The B-Mets clinch the division title. The Double A Binghamton Mets won their division last night, showing that the future is bright for the Mets. In fact, just about all the Mets’ farm teams are in the playoff hunt this year. That’s a good thing in most cases, especially in the lower levels. At Triple A, a winning team would signify good organizational strength, but not necessarily future strength, as the roster could be full of former major leaguers and players who don’t fit on a major league roster.
Hello folks. J. Lalli here to talk about the Mets starting rotation. Now first and foremost is the rotation Position of Strength or a Piece of S**t? Well the way it looks, it is defiantly a strength. Here’s why. The rotation is deep right now. Now granted we don’t have the “big names” like we all want but lets go over this.
First lets just start with who we have right now. There’s Dillon Gee, Matt Harvey, Jenrry Mejia, Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler, Jeremy Hefner and I’ll even throw this one out there Johan Santana. I’ll explain him later. So, working with what we actually have on the roster, I think we all know who should be the ace of the club.
1) Matt Harvey – He’s going to be around for along time, and to be honest I see him as the next David Wright as in he is a gamer who will not quit on you. He gives you quality starts and can go deep into the game which saves the bullpen. Plus he’s young so he will give you a lot of years.
2) Zack Wheeler – The second of the one two punch. The one thing I will say about Zack is I think he was brought up just a touch early. Granted they are using his wisely and mainly because at the time they brought him up it was kind of necessary. I would have like to see him come up around this time of year because you never stop learning in the minors. Either way as a number two for next year, he’s a perfect fit.
3) Jon Niese – Now I know what you’re thinking here, he was the opening day starter in 2013 and you have him at number three! Well, that’s the thing, as good as Jon is the three hole is still a good fit. look at it this way, first you have Matt who is the future of pitching for the team, Wheeler because he is also the next face of the franchise. Jon who is still an ace can go deep into games, however, Jon has a slight problem which I hope he can and will fix. That’s when if he gives up a hit or home run he loses focus and starts throwing grapefruits.
4) Dillon Gee – Dillon has always been a short range pitcher, meaning you can always get at least six innings out him about 77% of the time. Gee has also been a .500 pitcher too so he’s going to be hit or miss. He needs some work to get over that hump of just being another pitcher on the mound.
5) Jenrry Mejia – After coming back from the DL Jenrry has put up some good numbers. Give him a little more time and he will be back in his groove 100%. Now I put him at five because Jenrry is a strong pitcher and knows how to last in his outing. He will also be a perfect set-up for Matt’s next start.
6) Jeremy Hefner – Here’s where I throw convention out the window. Jeremy has delivered very well during his time in the big leagues. He will and has been a great starter. This is where I say the Mets should stick with a six man rotation. Just because everyone else uses an five guy set doesn’t we should follow suit. We have six starters, that means our pitchers are fresher during end of the season. And if anyone does happen to go down, rotation is still in tacked.
Now for that wild pitch I mentioned before, Mr. Met No-Hitter him self Johan Santana. Here’s what I am thinking, yes I know that it’s a long shot for him to get re-signed but if we do, do it for a one or two year deal and please oh please do not over pay him. So we have him back in the rotation and now we have three “Opening Day” starters that can and will go deep into the game. If Johan doesn’t work out at least we can trade him for something and won’t have to give up a lot of money because we are still paying him off. Bobby Bonilla anyone. We’re still paying him until the year 2035! Argh! Different story for a different day.
By Jesse Disbrow
This is a new feature we’re starting here, the first of a few new features for this website. Over the next week, we’ll roll out a few different weekly features as well as the standard general reaction and special feature content.
Best Use of Murphy’s Law: And no this doesn’t mean “any ball that can be hit to second base will be,” it means “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” In this case I refer to the Wilmer Flores injury. Just when I think we’re getting an exciting new player into our everyday line-up, he gets broke. I’d like to see a lot more of Josh Satin while Flores is resting, even if that’s only a few days.
Best Pitcher: Jenrry Mejia. Listen Matt Harvey is great, but that’s no surprise. Mejia’s sudden set of great outings is a little more surprising. We’ve already forgotten about Jeremy Hefner. Who’s that? We’ve got new shininess.
Best Hitter: It might have been Flores and it might still be despite the injury. The other options are John Buck and Ike Davis. The fact that they’re options for best hitters should make Mets fans happy. Now if either could add a few more home runs to their totals…
Best Western: If the Mets can leave this road trip having gone 5-4, it would be solid. It didn’t think we’d take more than one against the Dodgers, but we played well against them. It took some heroics for the Diamondbacks not to get swept, and we’re at least even money against San Diego. Here’s to the start of a four-game road win streak.