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These are my thoughts.  We should have found a way to dump Todd Frazier. His presence clogs up the roster.  Wheeler is a stud pitcher, they should have locked him up last year.  Robinson Cano is still a great hitter.  Noah Syndergaard is going to mature this year and make a big move.  I am still worried about Steven Matz as  a consistent contributor, top of the rotation pitcher.  The 2-3 miles/hour he lost on his fastball since coming up hurts a lot and his curveball "rolls" more than it used to.  Too many gopher balls

Dominic Smith has been a nice surprise, and should no longer be considered a bust.  The bullpen will be vastly improved, I still can't believe that we got this kid Edwin Diaz.  Jason Vargas was one of the biggest mistakes in years.  Seth Lugo would be much better utilized as a starter.  Thank G-d they didn't trade Edwin Rosario.  He will be a big time player this year and going forward.  Love him.  Jeff McNeil is a really nice player, every good team needs one of him.

Travis d'Arnaud is going to be lost for almost nothing.  That bothers me.  Maybe not a catcher, but he will hit somewhere. Glad that Brandon Nimmo is still here, great kid and a gamer.  Hope he gets enough at bats, great pinch hitter too for someone so young.  Peter Alonso is going to be a big time stick in this league for a long time. Will hit for average too,  Not too concerned about his abilities to learn 1st base. 

Still way down on Cespedes.  He won't be back as a major contributor this year, cameos in August or later.  Big deal. As for Juan Lagares, I'm still on the fence about him.  Has a lot to prove both with his ability to hit consistently, as well as staying healthy.  Am losing patience with him.  Mets have other speed/defense options on the roster this year, maybe trade bait?  Conforto should finally get it right this year.  No more excuses.  Cut down on the strikeouts and go opposite field more.  Stop being a dumbass, and learn to be a cerebral hitter.  He is one of the keys to a successful season.

Nothing to say about DeGrom.  He is simply a top three pitcher in baseball, if not the best.  Pretty sure they extend him soon.  Not too concerned  about acrimonius  negotiations,  The nice salary bump they gave him in the arbitration, was a nice gift.  They didn't have to do that. Should buy some good faith. Looking forward to seeing Jed Lowrie.  Familiar with him.  Nice player. Jeff McNeil is in the same mold.   Robert Gsellman  is an underrated pitcher. An important part of our Bullpen, just needs to be a little more consistent, bulldog.  I am very glad that Jeurys Familia is back with the team.  Still has great stuff.  Bit of a headcase at times, but well worth the price, especially since he's not the primary closer this year.  

The only disappointment for me in the roster construction is that I wanted to sign Adam Jones.  His failure to catch on with anyone is mystifying to me.  Can still hit, run and the reports about his abilities as an outfielder are exaggerated.  I have high hopes for this upcoming season, what else is new.  At least this year the offense will not be inept.  Sandy Alderson's steadfast refusal to upgrade the offense and his boneheaded moves in bullpen construction damaged this team badly in the past.  Glad that's over.  That's all I've got.  Regards.

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In conjunction with releasing their top 100 prospects, Baseball America is now releasing prospect rankings for each position. For the catching position, Baseball America would rank two Mets prospects among the top 35 at the position.

Seventeen year old Francisco Alvarez was named the 28th best catching prospect even with him not having played a professional game. Alvarez was given a franchise record $2.7 million signing bonus when he was signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela this past July.

Alvarez is seen as a power hitting catcher who is more advanced at the plate than he is behind the plate. Defensively, he has the skill set to improve at the position with a strong arm and ability to move behind the plate.

In addition to ranking Alvarez, Baseball Reference would rank Tomas Nido as the 32nd best catching prospect in baseball.

Nido, 24, began the 2018 season as the starting catcher for Double-A Binghamton. He would also play six games for Triple-A Las Vegas hitting .272/.300/.431 with 20 doubles, a triple, five homers, and 31 RBI.

Due to injuries to Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki last year, Nido was pressed into Major League duty last year. In 34 MLB games, Nido hit .167/.200/.238 with three doubles, a homer, and nine RBI.

While the offensive results weren’t there, Nido showed himself to be a strong defensive catcher. In fact, according to Stat Corner, Nido was the seventh best pitch framer in the National League last year. Combine that with a strong arm and his receiving skills, and you have a catcher who is ready defensively to contribute in the majors in 2019.

Surveying the list, there were only four catching prospects ranked from NL East teams. With the Mets having half the catchers from that group and having other promising catching prospects like Ali Sanchez, the Mets catching future is looking bright

  @14 in Green  @32EBoozer @Scott Dierking

BTW, I love the acquisition of Ramos.  If he stays healthy he is going to be a big addition to this team, both at the plate and behind it.  A consummate professional catcher.  Considering the way that the Marlins tried to hold us up for Realmuto, and knowing his "control" window was small,  Ramos was a much better option for us.

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12 minutes ago, 14 in Green said:

Good posting, @joenamathwouldn'tcry and thanks for starting this thread @32EBoozer

Timing can be a bitch sometimes. If D. Smith had hit the way he is now late last season, he could've been a nice piece in a Realmuto trade, but we just never were able to find a way to get it done with him or Jonathan LeCroix the past few years.

I agree Ramos is a really good pickup, for all the reasons you mentioned, but he's not a Realmuto.

Hopefully the hot bats stay hot into April, and the arms stay sound. With our pitching, we'll always have a puncher's chance. We just need to put a few runs up on the board.

Who knows, with the David Wright albatross contract finally off the payroll, we might even have the ability to make a nice pickup before the trade deadline. (BTW is it just me? I can't remember any NY athlete getting the pass Wright did the last few years in the press.) 

Funny thing, I know it's blasphemy, but I was against extending him when they did.  Already had shown signs of breaking down, and they did it anyway.  The trials and tribulations of this icon derailed, and to an extent, destroyed more than a few promising seasons.  Starting to feel the same way about Cespedes.  He'll get healthy just in time to leave. 

Was also against the Jose Reyes extension.  The way this team does business, that contract would have handicapped the rest of the roster for it's entire duration.  That's what makes the Bryce Harper contract so delicious for us.  They will long live to regret that one.  He's a douche, and over rated.  Won't take long for the relationship and contract  to fester, certainly not 13 long years, with no outs.  Beautiful.

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57 minutes ago, Klecko75 said:

I tend to always be excited on the eve of a new season for one of my teams. And then the season starts, it's the same ol' same ol' and I turn into a neurotic nut case. Which Mets team will we see? The one who started out last season 11-1 or the one who couldn't hit sand if they fell off a beach chair? 

We should finally see one that consistently hits up and down the lineup and scores runs more than two times a week.  We will finally see a team that has a bullpen that has more bad asses than gopher ball specialists.  I hope that we can finally see a season where the starting pitching staff can get through a season with reasonable health.  I am hopeful that Stephen Matz can finally learn how to be a competent starter on a consistent basis.  I am hopeful that the manager will hand out playing time on an earned basis, rather than years of service in the major leagues. If most of these things happen we will have a season of hope and fulfillment, one that isn't over by the 4th of July.  This is the team I think we have.

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1 hour ago, Klecko75 said:

It was a very polarizing trade but Cano's presence will do wonders for this line up as well!

At the time I thought they were nuts.  I was all in for Diaz but thought the return was steep and didn't realize that Cano had so much left in the tank, also thought he struck out too much, and wasn't much of a leader. 

I liked Kelenic and the arms that they gave up. That and the Mets propensity for "protecting their money, left me feeling they wouldn't spend anywhere else.  In hindsight it's a steal. Diaz may be the best closer in baseball, and we got back Familia, who is nasty when he is right, and I think will benefit from not having to close.  Cano has plenty left, and I was wrong about his leadership impact.  This should be fun.

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On ‎3‎/‎19‎/‎2019 at 8:48 AM, faba said:

Mets are improved but so should be everyone else in the division except sad Marlins.

Can not expect another truly dominant Degrom so other guys have to be  alittle better. This team will still be pitching will take us to the promised land

No one can expect DeGrom to duplicate last season.  That was one for the ages.  He will still be dominant, and will have another great season.  Wheeler I also expect to be excellent.  Syndergaard will be  the most improved  this year.  He will win more than 15 games easily, and I expect him to have a full season and health, finally. 

 I am still concerned with Matz, not convinced he will ever develop the makeup to be what we had expected. His stuff is not as good as it was initially either.  Fastball lost 2-3 MPH and curve is not as sharp. Needs another pitch.  Vargas is a mess.  Would rather put Lugo in the rotation and make him the long reliever.  Not going to happen. Anything we get out of Vargas is a bonus.

This team has a chance.  At the very least, they will be competitive. Much better than last year.  What a nightmare.  Mickey Callaway has a lot to prove.  We'll see.  The competition is good, Braves and Phillies are getting better.  Nationals not so much.  Are they elite?  Not so sure. Don't really thing so. It will be fun.

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5 minutes ago, 14 in Green said:

BTW Not a bad deal for Trout today, huh? 12 years $430 mil will keep him warm and cozy at night.

This sh*t with sports salaries is way out of control. 40 million to play basketball, 35 million to play baseball or be a quarterback, and rising. Soccer is just as bad.  Every time I tell myself that it has to level out at some point, I'm proven wrong.  You can't make this up.  Unreal.

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16 minutes ago, 14 in Green said:

This is a big year for Noah. If we are going to contend he has to step up to the level we hope he can be, which is the deGrom level. If not, he could be trade bait. Matz? I’m like most Mets fans. The bloom is off the rose with him, it’s time to be more then a prospect. I’m not asking him to be an ace, but take the step forward that Wheeler did last year.

As for Cano, I’m hoping he doesn’t turn into our latest George Foster. It’s become a Mets tradition to acquire other teams stars when they’re ready to no longer be stars. I realize his contract was the price we had to pay to get Diaz, and would gladly take one, maybe two solid years from Cano and say it was worth it.

He's no George Foster or Mo Vaughn.  Plenty left in the tank.  Will hit for at least three more years.  Count on it.

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That's pretty good @14 in Green kinda feel like the douchebags on the price is right who cheat off your numbers and embellish just a bit to edge you out , but you asked for it, so here goes:

540 at bats

25  Home Runs

.303 Batting average

91 Runs Batted in

35  Doubles

80  Strikeouts

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14 minutes ago, 14 in Green said:

Seems like we’re on the same page, I’ve just got him sitting out a few more games then you. After I posted this, I thought Conforto might be more interesting to do this with then Cano. Robbie is more of a known quantity by this point, so health is the major variable with him I think.

 Let’s see if this Cano thing has legs, if it does we can try it with some others. Beats the hell out of talking about 32 yo backup OL coming in for interviews...

Thought exactly the same thing.  More challenging, more variables, more of a thought process.  Maybe tackle that one tomorrow.  Ahmed Rosario would also be one that would be interesting and a challenge, especially with power numbers, steals, Home Runs and RBI's. 

Think this is a great idea 14, it should take as soon as some Mets guys get a wind of it.  Cano was kind of easy, given his extensive body of work and consistency.  Watch him get hurt this year, typical Met luck.  Would they call it a "Cespedes" or a "Wright"?? I wonder..... 

The board is getting kind of stale.  Tired of fighting with all of the Quinnen Williams haters and just the " Debbie Downers" in general.  It gets tedious.. Would like to post an opinion on a Jet move, and not have to defend it, for once.  Haha, like that's ever going to happen.  Oh well....

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2 hours ago, 14 in Green said:

How about some Over/Unders? For example:

deGrom 16 win's

Thor 15

Wheeler 13

Conforto 32 HRs

Rosario .255 avg

The possibilities are endless... LOL

BTW in order listed, I go Over, Under, Over, Over, Under

1] deGrom  Over 16 wins

2]  Syndergaard  Over 15 wins  [barely]

3]  Wheeler   Over 13 wins  [easily]

4]  Conforto     32 Home runs  [right on]  for the purposes of the over under I'll say 31 homers

5]   Rosario  .255 average   Over, by about .015  at least.  He'll be at least a .270 hitter.  My gut tells me more.

*  I noticed nothing about Steven Matz.  What's the matter, no guts, no glory?

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Rosario has a very good eye at the plate, which goes unnoticed. As he matures, it is coming fast, he will be a hard out. He also has 15 Home Run power potential,and can be a 30 plus double player very easily this year. 

I've been aggravated with Noah for more than a year now.  He throws a very heavy ball, like Harvey had at one time, and has no need to throw the ball 100 miles an hour.  He will progress, this year.  I'm convinced of that. Watching deGrom these past few years, has to have had at least an impression on him about what it looks like to be a "pitcher".  He improved holding base runners last year, so that shows me he isn't a complete hard head.  Wheeler gets it.  If healthy, which I believe he will be, he is dominant.  What great stuff he has.  And Moxie.

Conforto is the wild card.  It's TIIIIIMMMEEE!!!!  See ball. Hit ball. See ball. Hit ball.  It's pretty simple.  Go the other way when it's pitched there, trust your power, and learn to work the pitcher.  His problems occur when the pitchers work him.  Too often. He's been so steaky, he can drive you crazy. I was shocked to see he played in 153 games last year.  It seemed to be a lot less.  If he ever gets it right for a whole season he'll hit 40.  I'd rather he hit .285.  Should be easy for him, but of course, it isn't. 

I'll post something at some point.  I want to let these play out and see what the others think.  I already know what's in your head. My ex girlfriend loved the Price is Right.  Watched it every fkin day.  Drove me nuts.  There's one in every family, I guess.  Drew Carey is one very lucky boy.

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10 hours ago, chirorob said:

Good deal, both sides.   5 year extension, which isn't crazy long for a 30 year old.    He should be pitching great for most of that contract.  

Whaddaya know......  Starting to look like someone over there in Flushing looks like they have a clue about what they're doing.  Finally.  A well constructed roster,  some youth and depth in the lineup, a bullpen that looks like it can finally close out a game.  Pass the Kool Aid, please.

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What a beautiful game.  Robinson Cano is the leader we wanted Cespedes to be.  If only he played once in a while.  McNeil makes a big play at third base.  deGrom is well, deGrom.  Started out looking for" it", and when he did find "it" game over.

  Excellent defense, good moves by Mickey Callahan.  G-d bless National League Baseball.  Lugo was efficiently brilliant.  Familia was his old "tightrope" walking self, but still has great stuff.  Diaz sure throws hard.  They beat the second best pitcher in baseball, with the best pitcher in baseball.

All the "experts" are under rating this baseball team.  Maybe we make them sorry.  In any event this is going to be a fun season to watch.  Not last years Mets, that is already clear.

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9 minutes ago, nycdan said:

You may be right.  That's why I'm giving Ramos a pass although 3-3 was a little painful.  Still, it's not like Mets fans remember what a catcher who can hold runners looks like anyway...

He got tremendous jumps on the pitcher.  One swipe tag was dropped.  One throw was high.  He is one dangerous man on the base paths.  I think he is the best base stealer in baseball.  Ramos will be fine.  Great blocking the ball today.  May have saved a run. Rosario on the other hand got a poor jump and his slide was atrocious.  "Learning to fly."

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13 minutes ago, Lith said:

When we opened in KC the season after losing the series.  I can understand why you would block it out of your mind. 

My son lives a coule hours north of KC.  We were thinking of going to the opener that year, but there is no way we could have sat through their ring celebration.  We did the NCAA Tourney instead.

I couldn't even watch it on Television.  Made me sick.  I totally get where you're coming from.  The New York Mets have the best winning percentage in all of Baseball on Opening Day .  Wish every day was opening day.  

Best Opening Day winning percentage
  1. Mets: .655 (38-20) ...
  2. Mariners: .605 (26-17)
  3. Orioles: .593 (70-48-1)
  4. Yankees: .560 (65-51-1)
  5. Rockies: .556 (15-12)
  6. Giants: .551 (75-61-1) ...
  7. Cubs: .549 (78-64-2)
  8. D-backs: .545 (12-10)

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It has become apparent to me that when the Wilpon's  hired Brodie Van Wagenen, they made a deal with him to allow him to run the ballclub his way.

This brings us to Pete Alonso.  This is a kid who was perturbed last season when he wasn't brought up to the majors, although he felt he deserved at least a September call up.  He was right.  When Van Wagenen was hired, he took this young man out to dinner and assured him, he'd have a chance to make the team out of Spring Training.  This would have never happened under the previous regime. Alonso proceeded to do everything in his power to improve, and tore in up in Florida.  He worked hard on improving his defense too.

Still, there was a concern that he would be left behind when the Mets took the team up north, because of the "years of service" clause in major league baseball.  Despite the fact that the Wilpons have a well earned reputation for being "careful" with money, he deservedly made the opening day roster. Again, this would never have happened, under the stewardship of Sandy Alderson.

Alonso had the reputation of being a poor fielder and there was talk that he was better suited to be a DH in the American League. I feared he was going to be traded.  Those fears were unfounded.  Brodie Van Wagenen had confidence in this kid, obviously. In the past he may have been traded.  Not any more.   Now he is here, and we are lucky. Looks like he will be our first baseman for a long time.

Jeff McNeil, another case in point.  Despite hitting .342 in the minors last year, including .368 in Las Vegas, the Mets with their notoriously weak major league lineup, reluctantly brought him up at midseason.  The reason for their reluctance to promote him?  His fielding wasn't Major League caliber.  Are you ******* kidding me?  Over the second half of the season he played a more than respectable second, and third base, and was their best hitter.  His future was less than secure in the offseason.  His name was brought up in a few trade scenarios.  Fortunately the Mets were smart enough to hole on to him, and this "non fielding" secondary prospect is the most versatile player on the roster and showing himself to be a spark plug and  one hell of a hitter.

Things seem to be different around the Mets since Brodie Van Wagenen came to town.   Even the Jacob deGrom negotiation was pretty painless. If the Wilpons can learn, and the Johnsons can learn, maybe all is not lost, after all??? 

One last thing.  Noah Syndergaard is a very talented pitcher.  He has the nastiest slider in baseball. And a plus, plus fastball.  He may very well turn out to be elite.  He is also not Jacob deGrom.  A very different heart beats in deGrom's chest.  We should all enjoy this talent for as long as we can.  It may be a while before we see another one like him.

 

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2 hours ago, 32EBoozer said:

@joenamathwouldn'tcry

hell of a write-up. Appreciate everything you discussed. Thanks.

Tough loss today. I like the way they fought back today. Enjoying the young kids so far and looking for Nimmo and Conforto to start stroking.

It's funny, after 50+ years you kind of get a feel for games like these.  I really didn't expect them to win today.  They didn't let me down.  Seemed a little bit flat.  Wheeler wasn't particularly sharp, although he nearly pitched well enough.  That Home Run ball was a pretty good pitch.  Sometimes they even get you with the good ones.  Oh well.  The fight in them was impressive, though.  Felt like he should have pulled the lefty out.  Familia was ready. 

Conforto has been somewhat surprising with his opposite field hitting.  Maybe he's learning.  Hope so, it will go a long way towards making him a more finished product.  He also needs to learn to lay off the off speed pitches down and out of the strike zone.  That's his biggest flaw and challenge.  If an when he learns to work the pitcher, he will be a dangerous hitter.  I think Cano can help him with that.  Another added bonus with having him on this team.  Nimmo needs to relax a little bit.  Seems to be a little anxious early in the season.  His eye is still good, so I'm not that worried.  Alonso really is something so far.  Wow.

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The kid's not ready, send him down...….  Hahahahahahhahahhahahahhaaahhahaha         444 feet, to dead center, on a pitch at the bottom of the strike zone.  Wow.

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31 minutes ago, Scott Dierking said:

Yankees may well be looking for a 3rd baseman soon, and there is familiarity there. Then put Lowery there, as I just don't trust Davis' defense at this time.

While I would gladly give Todd Frazier to any team for the proverbial "bag of balls" at this point just to clear the position for better players currently on the Mets roster, McNeil, Lowery, and the occasional J.D. Davis. 

The Yankees will not be interested in Todd Frazier.  They have D.J. LeMahieu to fill the spot.  He is already a Yankmee, and is, at this point, most likely a better player than Todd Frazier.  Our best hope for moving Frazier is to wait until some team gets really desperate, or at the trade deadline.  My feeling is that we will be stuck with him for the rest of the season.  In hindsight, this is the reason I didn't like the signing in the first place.

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This franchise never ceases to "Amaze" me.  Years change, players change, managers change, the competition changes, and yet the "agita quotient" always seems to remain the same.  Just like our Jets.  It's NEVER  easy.  Guess that's just the way it goes.

Beautiful win today.  Made me want to slit my wrists, but a beautiful win nonetheless.  Matz was his usual maddening self.  Some good signs, some red flags.  Same with Familia.  "The aggravation twins". This bullpen doesn't seem like a finished product, just yet.   Diaz is a real closer.  Nasty stuff. We are blessed.  Conforto is really starting to "get it".  Hope this time it's for good.  Going to have to bench Nimmo for a few games, for perspective's sake.  He's way out of synch.

Mickey Callaway may never be a "Savant" as far as managing the game, but he is a good guy and the players really like him.  Hope we don't have to fire him.  I really like this team.  Hope my nerves can take it...…..

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4 minutes ago, RutgersJetFan said:

That was painful to watch, but at least Nimmo looks like he's breaking out of his funk. The thing that's encouraging about a guy like him slumping like that is you know somewhere on the back end it's going to even out. Hopefully he wakes up for this upcoming stretch of 6/9 against Philly.

Didn't watch.  When it was 6-1 I'd had my fill.  Chalked it up to a bad day.  Went golfing instead.  A different kind of suffering.  Thought they'd mount some kind of a comeback.  Good to see.  If the game had gone a little differently, they may have had a chance to pull it out.

  The ball to Left Field that got over McNeil's head was a killer.  Set the tone for the rest of the game.  Still not sure he had any chance on that ball.  Misjudged it for sure.

The one thing that's been established in this early part of the season is that this is going to be one tough division. The best in baseball. I don't think that's an exaggeration.  Funny how over the course of a few seasons, the landscape in baseball has changed.

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3 hours ago, RutgersJetFan said:

If they're serious about making a run this year they should add Keuchel or Kimbrel. It's clear the pitching isn't where it needs to be and who knows what happens throughout the year with Thor's health and Wheeler's inevitable ups and downs. Vargas isn't enough and the bullpen is too thin to rely on Lugo or Gsellman as starters again.

But it's nice to see that finally the offense doesn't seem to be the problem. Pitching is far more easy to solve than hitting. Especially in-season.

I like Keuchel but not at the 18 million price tag that he had before the season.  I don't see him moving that far off that number, which makes him a bad fit for the Mets.  I would like the Mets to move Lugo back to the #5 starting role, and put Vargas in the bullpen.  I'd love to dump him personally, he's a really bad contract, but that's never going to happen.  Another gift from Sandy.  Thanks a lot.

  Kimbrel is another bad fit for the Mets.  We have a closer, his preference, and I'm comfortable with Familia in the set-up role, despite his inconsistencies.  Kimbrel was really bad in the World Series, shockingly so, don't know if it was a blip on the radar, or  a sign of things to come.  We've got a couple of hard throwing "prospects" in AAA who may develop over the course of the season, and be valuable additions later in the season.  Kimbrel also wants a fortune, a reason why he's still out there. If he signs a short term deal with any team, he will demand to be a closer.

  Also, Keuchel  would cost us a draft pick. Not a great idea.  Wheeler will be fine. Soon.  Guaranteed.

Offensively it a refreshing change, eight years in the making, and at the cost of at least one World Series Championship, in my opinion.  Water under the bridge.

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5 hours ago, Peace Frog said:

Is it possible Alonso is the real deal?

Haven't you been paying attention?   OOOOHHHHH  YEAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!   Hell yeah!

13 hours ago, Lith said:

Freddie Freeman is the tying run at the plate.  Diaz got him, but its never easy

That 99 mph laser beam  heater on the outside corner to end the game, made it all OK.  Diaz is a monster.

13 hours ago, JiF said:

It's a bizarro world where our bats are carrying the team.  Not sure what to make of it,

This is a different Mets team.  They're going to hit.  ALL YEAR.  Get used to it.  I am absolutely thrilled with the development of Conforto,  and Rosario.....

On ‎4‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 8:13 PM, joenamathwouldn'tcry said:

Wheeler will be fine. Soon.  Guaranteed.

Mission accomplished.  Hate the way "the doubters" rear their ugly heads, any time this kid struggles...  It's not fair and unwarranted.  He is for real, extend him,  NOW!

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14 minutes ago, Peace Frog said:

Oh yeah I’ve been paying attention but I just don’t want to jinx it. 

Too bad because I like Dom Smith now that he can sleep and has lost weight. Gotta find spots for him to play but Alonso  holy cow. 

The guy I’m cautiously getting very excited about is Rosario. And geez what a swing Cano has and what they are saying right now about how he’s helping the youngsters out on watching pitchers is really great to hear. 

And maybe Conforto wins an MVP one of these years. 

 

There's no way to Jinx this kid.  He's the real deal.  Great future ahead.  Dom Smith has been a completely different player than what we witnessed last year and before.  Thought he was lazy.  Thought his bat was slow.  I was wrong on both counts.  Two hits tonight, the double in the 9th was impressive.  Don't worry, he has a place on this team.  He's been great pinch hitting too.  And his defense finally is as advertised. I wasn't mad that they sat Alonso tonight.  Dom Smith made that decision look smart.  I felt like he would.

Rosario is a star in the making.  I was so pissed at the prospect of his name being mentioned in trade discussions this offseason.  Thankfully Brodie was too smart for that.  Sandy Alderson wouldn't have been.  Cano hasn't hit yet, but I'm not concerned.  His impact on this team has been noticeable.

Conforto, so far, has been everything that we always hoped for, and most expected.  The future looks bright.  Good win tonight.  Wheeler was strong. Lugo was sharp.  This is fun. Bullpen has been for sh*t, but I am not worried like in seasons past.  Gsellman  will get it straight, and Familia is always going to make you nuts.  It was good to see him feature his splitter more last night.  Seemed like he forgot about that pitch lately.  Has to throw the sinker down and hard like he did when he was at his best.

Love the catcher.  He's a pro.  That's who I wanted from the get go. Didn't want to give up the farm for Realmuto.  Another Genius move by Brodie.  Nimmo is out of his funk.  That didn't take too long.  Great kid.

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On ‎4‎/‎16‎/‎2019 at 8:29 AM, Scott Dierking said:

The problem is going to be starting piyching. Vargas is a black hole that will burn a bullpen, and an inevitable injury among the core 4 will expose a lack of depth of young talent at the position.

Maybe Dom Smith needs to be showcased for a possible trade.

The first part of your post is absolutely right.  Vargas was a disastrous signing from the outset.  Typical Sandy Alderson signing.  Todd Frazier is a similar albatross.  Getting rid of him at the trade deadline is our only hope.  As for Vargas, bury him as the long man in the bullpen.  He is just as "bad" as Oswalt or  that waste of  space Sewald, how he is still on any roster is beyond me.

As for Dom Smith, trading him, especially now, would be a mistake.  He finally gets it, is our best pinch hitter, is an effective defensive replacement at first, and his trade value will only increase. Going forward he can also play a little left field.  Or you can trade him when his value is properly elevated, although I like to hold on to home grown talent.  Damn that Pete Alonso.

As for in house solutions for starters, the cupboard is pretty bare.  Hector Santiago is a Veteran Lefty at AAA who has had decent stats and could be a short term solution.  Beyond that they would have to take a chance on a youngster or look outside the organization.  This was a sore spot that should have been addressed in the offseason, and wasn't.  Now it's a problem.  I'm sure that Vargas salary had something to do with the approach.  Unfortunate.

Anyway, it's still early in the season.  The rotation and bullpen as a unit has been horrible.  Hopefully, it'll work it's way out.  Fortunately we're not the only ones with this problem.  Seems league wide.  I'm concerned with Familia.  Where's his fire?  Needs to get it straight.  Soon.  As it now stands, I'd flip him with Gsellman, taking over the eighth inning role.  Gsellman hasn't been great, but seems to be improving.  At least he shows competitive fire.  Familia looks lost.  Thank G-d for Diaz.  He's a man.  Lucky to have him.

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Relax boys.  It's April.  All of the other teams in the division have warts.  DeGrom is fine.  Wheeler too.  Syndergaard is, what he is.  His stuff is still dominant.  Matz is the one to be concerned about.  He is a .500 pitcher.  Not much better. Vargas sucks.  We all knew that. 

The offense has been fine, for the most part. Look at the bright side.  Cano still has not hit.  He will, and when he does, bang...  A couple of tough losses.  If they had won yesterday, none of this would have been much of an issue. 

In the bullpen,  Lugo has gotten back on track, Gsellman is improving, and Wilson is showing signs.  Familia is the one to worry about.  Diaz is a stud.

THIS IS NOT LAST YEAR......

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56 minutes ago, Lith said:

 

Knew it would.  Due diligence.  When I heard that he threw afterward and felt better, I wasn't alarmed.  That plus the fact that it was done at the time of the extension, and my "lying eyes".  Good news though.  Now they should MRI Syndergaard's head and see if he has any problem with his "nerve".... Or Moxie.

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10 minutes ago, 14 in Green said:

Amen to that.

Aren't you that new poster that has more positive reps in your brief time here than that Azzwipe from Michigan has in eight plus years?  Please don't give me any advice or call me a bitch, or I'll have to get tough with you, OK, newbie?

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I guess the "Hysteria" over Zack Wheeler can now be put to rest...  The fact of the matter is that, age notwithstanding, he is a better pitcher than Noah Syndergaard, and probably will be going forward.  Not signing him to an extension would be a mistake, and if they lose him to free agency after the year, they will long regret it. 

Todd Frazier just hit a grand slam.  Life is good.  Michael Conforto has officially made the transition.  He is now a Bona Fide Star in this league going forward.  Strikeouts down, going the other way,  "sitting on his pitch",  All good stuff.  Also, to any of us who have any remaining doubts about McNeil, forget about them.  He is the real deal.

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Really irritated right now so I don't want to say too much, so I'll make it short.....

1]  Noah Syndergaard needs to stop being so impressed with himself, grow some balls, and grow up. Fast. His act is getting old.

2]   I had had my fill of Travis d'Arnaud.  Can't hit, can't throw, can't catch.  Get him out of here.  Bring up Nito, ready or not.                  Cut him, trade him, demote him, I don't care.

3]   Jeurys Familia too.  He looks dazed and confused.  He is a veteran pitcher.  Act like one.

4]   This pitching coach needs to start doing his job.  If he can't maybe he needs to go find another one.  The staff as a whole is             underperforming.  Starters  and bullpen.  That is too much of a coincidence.  Take hold of the situation and fix it.                         That's what you're here for.

5]   I am also sick of the casual sloppiness in the field.  The erstwhile camp counselor/manager, needs to stop being everybody's             pal and start acting like a manager.

6]   Ahmed Rosario needs to realize that the most important part of being a major league shortstop is to be a good fielder.                       Concentrate and play.

       That being said, I am happy with the effort and resilience of the young positional players. Some consolation in a dark                            period.

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53 minutes ago, JiF said:

Pete Alonso is a Gator.  Just want to remind everyone real quick. 

And Jeff McNeil was a 27 year old "marginal prospect" who couldn't field and whose "skill sets" did not translate  well to the major league level, according to the previous Met "braintrust".  How did they miss that one?  Especially with all of the minor league talent "evaluators", and Directors of Minor League Operations, that Sandy Alderson brought into the fold.

Don't know what Jeff McNeil is, or where he came from, but I have a question.  "Can we please get some more of those?"

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2 hours ago, Scott Dierking said:

Hey, you can pitch to contact and actually make it work. Needs to be noted though, the Reds have been a dismal offensive team

The biggest difference today was the curve ball and the mixing up of his arsenal.  The curve ball was devastating and set everything else up.  Made his fastball unhittable. 

Noah had of late fallen in love with, and overutilized his slider.  The brilliant usage of the curve was the key.

  Seemed more aggressive in the strike zone too.  More inside riders and pitched up in the strike zone.  He had "no hitter" stuff today.  At least two of the three hits against him were on weak defensive swings.  I hope a bell went off in his head.  This was the Noah Syndergaard, we all fell in love with.

If he pitches like this for an extended length of time, teams will be in a world of hurt.  Let's hope it continues.

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10 minutes ago, 14 in Green said:

You're right, its not the best thing to have him sitting on the bench. It doesn't help him, and one of our most valuable young assets is gathering dust. They had him taking fly balls in the OF this spring, guess it didn't work out. I'd be willing to give it another shot though. This team is never going to be good defensively anyway.

I know its only May 3, but this rosters picture has come into focus very quickly. Its clear where help is needed. a bullpen arm or two, catcher and another decent defensive minded CF wouldn't hurt either. 

The Mets are really not far from being a solid ball club, just a few tweaks here or there. Smith, Frazier and Familia should be pieces we look to use to get us some help.

 

What's up bro??  A couple of things....  

1]  Bullpen.  Familia is not going anywhere, although they should take him out of the eighth inning role, and put Lugo/Gsellman  there.   He seems to be getting a little better, although strikes/walks  continue to be a problem.  Blockhead.  You're right about Diaz, ride or die, he will be fine.  Just a blip.  As for the rest, it's a work in progress.  Gagnon/Rhame have not been horrible, help from outside the organization seems doubtful.

2]  As for the at bats, it's on Chili Davis to reiterate to the batters what the "approach" should be and get them back on track. Seems like a few have lost their way with the "move the line" mantra.  Surprisingly, the youngsters aren't the ones who have changed their approach, although Alonso's swing has gotten a bit long.  Ramos has hurt them of late.  Nimmo has killed them at times.  And Frazier, ughhh.  Sorry, never liked him much.  The lack of Davis spark has hurt them.  You're wrong about Lowrie.  He will be a useful contributor for us this season, especially late in the season, and if we get to the postseason, G-d willing.  Conforto's average has slipped, but I still like the way he's playing.

3]  Dominic Smith is being underutilized, that's unfortunate.  At this point it can't be helped.  The outfield experiment didn't really fail, it's just that those starts/ at bats have been given to McNeil.  Can't blame them.  He has to play every day, they didn't count on that.  Pinch hitting. late inning defense, and an occasional start is all he'll have for now.  The Frazier logjam at third has also contributed to this.  Lowrie's eventual return won't help that situation.  Four capable third basemen, who's have thunk it?  Overkill.

4]  As for the holes that need fixing,  catcher is not a concern to me.  Thomas Nido is a capable backup an will hit some.  Defensively he is fine.  I don't want Mesoraco back.  Nido is better, and Mesoraco and his "demands" turned me off.  Plus he can't hit.  Strikeout machine.  As for the center fielder, I don't think it's necessary either.  We have defensive help in the minor leagues, Gregor Blanco and Rajai Davis can both play the position well defensively.  Broxton has been fine defensively, although he can't a lick.  Lagares has been fine, overall.

I think the club is pretty solid overall, better than it has been in years. Patience.  

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25 minutes ago, RVAJet815 said:

OK, two things...and I'm gonna try to keep it clean.

 

1. I Have to give credit where it's due...this team is blessed with the ability to lose games in the stupidest, most agonizing ways possible.

2. Freaking Angel Hernandez! Flexen is an awful pitcher and he has no reason to be on the big roster...but gamecast had at least 2 of those pitches on the walk as strikes. All 4 were called balls.

 

I'm not going to keep it clean.  Angel Hernandez is a piece of sh*t umpire who should be nowhere near a baseball field unless he buys tickets.

I knew that Flexen was going to blow this game, he tried twice.  Clueless Mickey should have seen it too.  I would've rather taken a chance with a starter, any starter finishing that inning, than trotting him back out there.  Gsellman was a stud tonight.  He had another inning in him.  Lugo did too.  I am sick an tired of these "pitch count mavens" throwing away games, all for the sake of 15 less pitches on a professional pitchers arm.  I am also sick an tired of "Clueless Mickey" squandering Diaz with meaningless appearances.  He is our closer, let him close.  Don't burn him for nothing.  I understand it was on the road, but still.

Candidates for a seat on the bench.  Todd Frazier.  He has killed any momentum this team with his return.  One home run, then pffffttttt.  Typical.  No range in the field either.  Let JD Davis play a little, at least he sparked the team in a few games.  Nimmo needs to sit down too.  He has lost his eye at the plate, doesn't work pitchers, they're working him.  When he does get a pitch to drive, he is tentative.  Time to sit and refocus.  Rosario needs to sit for a few games also.  His fielding has been pitiful.  What happened?  Head games....  Let him sit and refocus.  Stopped going to the opposite field at the plate.  His wheels are falling off, triple notwithstanding.  Conforto is starting to get pull happy again, although he is not striking out and he's still getting his share of hits.  Average is falling a bit because of his reticence over going opposite field.

There's no reason to be losing these games.  Ramos has failed in big spots lately.  His bat looks slow, and tired.  Give him a  couple of games off.  Cano needs to step up.  Hechaverria  was very impressive today. Both in the field and at bat.  He's a Major Leaguer. Should have a spot on this team.  Won't have room when Lowrie comes back.  Shame.

Glad I got this off my chest.  Until tomorrow.  

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