What is the “Wright” move

With the MRI results just hours away the Mets have already brought Eric Campbell back into the fold.  This is the first move to help solve a problem there is no real answer for. DW is the team captain, not to mention the linchpin of the lineup.  If DW is out for an extended period of time, what is the “Wright” move to make to help fill the gap?  Can you fill the gap?  Here are four scenarios to “ease his pain”.

  1. Eric Campbell is called up, platoons a bit with Murphy/Tejada at third base.  Campbell also gives them an extra outfield bat if Cuddyer is hurting for a few days.
  2. Matt Reynolds finally gets the call to the big leagues, is plugged in as your second baseman and Murphy moves to third.  Other option is Reynolds plays third base.
  3. Dilson is called up, plugged in as your second baseman and we get a glimpse of 2016 right before our eyes.  Also gives the Mets the option of moving Curtis down in the order while Dilson hits leadoff.  Murphy moves to third and continues to show his value to both the Mets and other teams scouting him for 2016.
  4. The team will NOT want to move Flores off of SS at all unless he fails with both the bat and glove.  However at third base he provides the “pop” a bit more then the other options.  In this one either Tejada/Reynolds comes in to play SS and Campbell is the super utility player the Mets need.

Bullpen Panic? Trade Gee?

After a successful start to the season where everything played out the way we expect the Mets to play, we got the scare… Could it be that for the 2nd straight year the Mets could lose their closer on opening day?

What went right:

  • Colon did what we all hoped and expected.  He gave the team 6 very solid innings and the chance to win.  I don’t expect him to pitch this well all year, but if he can provide solid starts and give the offense a chance to win it, it is a win.
  • Duda came through when needed. Lets be honest, we can’t hit the alarm when the team gets no hit for 5 innings against one of the best pitchers in the game. Duda was put in a run producing spot and came through.  Grandy batting leadoff worked (I was one of the many screaming “why” when saw the line-up) and Mets walked away with two walks and a run.
  • Bullpen was solid.  The plan was in place,Tores, Familia then Mejia… Well 2 out of 3 worked.  A combo of Blevins and Carlye finished out the game and the bullpen was perfect for 3 innings.
  • Overall the Mets blueprint for opening day wokred.

Next Steps:

  • It is now time to trade Gee for a bullpen arm.  Yes it is way easier to say that then it is to do it.  As we saw last week, Sandy saw a need and overproduced with two left handed relievers.  If you say “Parnell and Black are coming”, just remember spring, neither is totally healthy right now.  Parnell is not all the way back, he is not throwing as hard and that is his game.  Black also needs to be 100% healthy in order to be effective.
  • Now is the time to strike.  SD didn’t sit back, Pirates, Marlins, Giants, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, etc. all will be pushing for wildcard spots.  In a 162 game season game 2 may actually matter in such a tight race this could be.
  • Lets say Sandy trades Gee. Before we slot Montero into the 5th spot as we all want to do (Me included), lets pull up Noah and go from there.  Do you really think Mets would skip a beat with Colon, Degrom, Harvey, Neise and Noah vs. Colon, Degrom, Harvey, Neise and Gee?  I don’t think so either.  Remove Mejia, add a solid BP arm via Gee trade and bring up Noah.  Montero can be solid in the pen and when Parnell/Black are fully ready it will be a good problem to have.

Once again this is just a fans point of view.  No sources, no insider hints, just my thoughts.

2015 Final Predictions

Spring training has come and gone and we are just 2 exhibition games left before the regular season begins.  The Mets spring training was a lot of ups and downs.  The injuries to Wheeler and Edgin changed the game a bit, but now the stockpiling of young arms is paying off.  Even with Wheeler gone for 2015, the Mets have 6 pitchers for 5 spots with 2 more waiting in AAA (Matz/Noah).  After watching the spring, seeing the current talent and knowing the talent that could help in 2015 (Matt Reynolds, Noah, Matz, etc..) I am ready to make my season prediction.  Right now I am putting the Mets to finish 88-74 on the year and be very much alive for one of the 2 wild-card spots.

Below are my position prediction for 2015:

Catcher – I think we can remove the question mark from him with the confidence that 2nd half Travis will be the one in 2015.  Track records show he will hit.  Projected 2015 Stats – .273/16/57

First Base –  If Lucas has to sit 15-20 games a year against left handed pitching, so be it. 140 games will still yield nice numbers from your first baseman.  Projected 2015 Stats – .280/28/88

Second Base – Daniel is a consistent player and will be again in 2015. In 2015 he is playing to prove not only to the Mets but to all other teams he is a viable long term contract player.  The Mets will watch Murphy had another solid season then let him walk at the end.  Enjoy Murphy’s last year in NY, he will be solid and missed.  Projected 2015 Stats – .302/12/65

Short Stop – Wilmer will hit, will hit in the 7th/8th spot in the order and if his defense doesn’t effect his hitting, should be an above average hitter for his position.  Wilmer has worked the last two off seasons as hard as any Met to prove he can play on this level and at SS. Projected 2015 Stats – .271/15/52

Third Base – David is the leader of this team and the face of NYM baseball.  He is the 3rd place hitter, their corner rock and the way the press will look at the Mets.  If David can stay healthy for the year, give the Mets 150 solid games this team has a shot at the playoffs. Projected 2015 Stats – .284/17/82

Left Field – I think realistically at age 37 Michael is a 135 game a year player, will hit solid for the Mets and be a doubles machine. Michael will be able to spell Duda at first base when needed.  A solid pick-up for both the team and clubhouse. Projected 2015 Stats: .278/20/80

Center Field – I believe Juan will hit enough to warrant his everyday position on the Mets. His defense is second to none, he hit enough last year to be considered a good hitter.  If he can cut down on his k’s, walk a few more times he will take off.  He proved at the end of last year he has very good base stealing ability if he can get on.  I believe Juan is ready to be a superstar in the this league and City. Projected 2015 Stats: .281/10/50

Right Field – Curtis is Curtis and I think last year was an adjustment for him.  Will he return to the past Curtis numbers, NO, but he will have a better year in 2015 then 2014.  He will continue to strike out but also walk.  Curtis needs to work on his consistency for 2015.  Projected 2015 Stats: .259/19/74

Bench Players:

  • John Mayberry Jr. – .260/8/25
  • Ruben Tejada – .275/1/15
  • Eric Campbell – .265/2/18
  • Anthony Recker – .225/8/25
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis – .258/5/22

Opening Day Pitchers:

  • Bartolo Colon – 26 starts – 8-8 4.15 ERA
  • Jacob DeGrom – 32 starts – 15-7 3.12 ERA
  • Matt Harvey – 28 starts – 13-6 2.75 ERA
  • Dillon Gee – 12 starts – 3-5 4.25 ERA
  • Jonathan Neise – 32 starts – 14-11 3.48 ERA

Other Starters:

  • Rafael Montero – 15 starts – 6-4 3.95 ERA
  • Noah Syndergaard – 10 starts – 4-2 3.45 ERA

Mets Big or Small Market?

Over the past few weeks I have wondered if the Mets are a big or small market team.  This question is not a new question, heck it dates back to when the whole Madoff scandal started and the Mets were brought into it all.  Has it wiped out the Mets of being a big market team?  Are the days of signing free agents like Santana (after trade new contract), Bay (Ouch!), Beltran, Cameron, etc.. all gone.  Will we be a team that makes smaller moves or one “big ticket” move per offseason (Cuddyer).  Below is a case for saying the Mets are Big market and case for Small market.  You decide as I have already.

Big Market: Do these notes prove the Mets are a big market team?

  • Signed their franchise face and home grown star David Wright to a mega contract
  • Gave up draft choice to sign Michael Cuddyer in off season
  • Signed Curtis Granderson in 2013 to 4 year deal
  • New baseball Commissioner has no issue with how franchise is run and spending based upon market size

Small Market: Found it easier to place notes in this section.

  • New commissioner asked to questions on the state of the franchise.  I don’t recall the commissioner commenting on any other big market teams and their lack of spending
  • While the Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers and even Braves/Diamondbacks all sign highly touted Cuban players, Mets say these players are out of their reach
  • I didn’t see the Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers or that fact any other team have to answer why their best pitcher is being held back to pitch 2nd game of first home series to help with ticket sales. (Yes TJ surgery played a part, but we have all read the quotes and blogs on how it did factor in)
  • Mets search for left hander continues with 1 week left of Spring Training after Edgin is out for the season.  Mets wavering on paying Matusz 3.2 million this year.  Seems like a big market team with a HUGE need who is expected to compete would easily absorb 3.2 million
  • The Mets were the team to nix the 3 team trade that would have brought Ian Desmond to the Mets. Yes the Mets would have given up top talent, but in return adding Desmond would have instantly put them in the playoff hunt in terms of offense upgrade.  Was the small market concern of resigning him to blame?

I could go on and on about this, now it is for you to decide.  Are the Mets Big or Small Market?

Matz in the Pen, Not so Fast!

Even before the news of Josh Edgin having total arm discomfort, the 2015 Mets never addressed their left bullpen need during the offseason.  Now that Edgin is in trouble both via his velocity and now arm pain, the collective Mets forum is calling for Steve Matz to be the lefty out of the pen.  Right now Scott Rice is the best option we have based on past experience and spring training results.  How does this make you sleep at night?  Ok moving on, I too woke up this morning and said “Why not Matz”.  Then I thought about it some more and decided to see what other top lefties have done before they became FT starters in the MLB.  Full disclosure, Matz is my favorite prospect the Mets have had since a young SS names Jose Reyes.  Matz is a New York kid who is on the verge of being a star in the league.  Only time will tell if he could be as good as the pitchers I researched below, but even if he comes up and has a “good” MLB career I am still getting my Matz jersey when it is all said and done.

Now I agree with Michael Baron (Justmets.net) when he tweeted “Like to see him complete AAA 1st” about Matz.  Over the last three minor league seasons (remember Matz was hurt after drafted) Matz put up 29 (2012), 106.1 (2013) and 140.2 (2014) innings in the minors.  2014 was the last year Matz was above A ball.  So with that I am 100% on board with Matz starting the year in AAA and starting not in the BP.  If Matz can get in a good 160 + innings this year in AAA and possible the majors as a starter 2016 should be a banner year for the prospect.

If you are still not convinced and say “Start in AAA then come up to the pen come July/August if team need LH reliever”.  I am ok with this, and I looked back to see what the top LH starters have done in relief to start their career:

  • David Price (2008) – 109.2 innings as starter in minors, then made 4 relief appearances in 2008 with the Rays.  Became FT starter in 2009.
  • Clayton Kershaw (2008) – 61.1 innings as a starter in minors, then made 1 relief appearance in 2008 with Dodgers.  Became FT starter in 2009.
  • Madison Bumgarner (2009) – 131.1 innings as starter in minors, then made 3 relief appearances in 2009 with Giants.  Became FT Starter in 2010.
  • Chris Sale in 2010 with White Sox – 10.1 innings in minors, then made 21 relief appearances in 2010 with White Sox.  Pitched 2011 exclusively as a reliever and didn’t start FT until 2012.

Finally John Lester, Cole Hamels and Jon Niese never made a relief appearance in the majors before becoming a starter.  Based on the above we will all have different opinions of what the Mets should do with Matz and the LH reliever position going forward, but now at least we have a little more information to discuss over the old water cooler at work.

Questions going into the 2015 Season

With Mets pitchers and catchers reporting in just 20 + days it is time to look at what appears to be both the starting position players for 2015 and peg which positions have the biggest question marks.  Barring any last minute moves the below is the expected line-up for the Mets.  I have put a question mark next to the players/positions which will end up being the biggest question marks going into 2015.  I have also added my predicted stats for 2015.

Catcher – No question mark here, although maybe a small one is needed.  Travis has hit on every level he has played and that continued in the 2nd half of  the 2014 season.  The question if any is will Travis hit like first half Travis or 2nd half Travis.  I think we can remove the question mark from him with the confidence that 2nd half Travis will be the one in 2015.  Track records show he will hit.  Projected 2015 Stats – .273/16/57

First Base – Another spot I don’t think a question mark is needed.  Lucas has his breakout season in 2014 and was pretty consistent all year with normal ups and downs of any player.  Is Lucas going to be a superstar, NO, is Lucas going to be a solid middle of the order hitter, YES.  Lucas will have better protection in the line-up this season and when the opposing team tries to pitch around him he is disciplined enough to take a walk.  If Lucas has to sit 15-20 games a year against left handed pitching, so be it.  140 games will still yield nice numbers from your first baseman.  Projected 2015 Stats – .280/28/88

Second Base – Third straight position that I wouldn’t question.  Daniel is a consistent player and will be again in 2015. In 2015 he is playing to prove not only to the Mets but to all other teams he is a viable long term contract player.  The Mets will watch Murphy had another solid season then let him walk at the end.  Enjoy Murphy’s last year in NY, he will be solid and missed.  Projected 2015 Stats – .302/12/65

Short Stop (?) – Here is where the first question mark comes into play.  I am not going to go on about the lack of moves to fill position, I am going to evaluate Wilmer.  Wilmer will hit, will hit in the 8th spot in the order and if his defense doesn’t effect his hitting, should be an above average hitter for his position.  Wilmer has worked the last two off seasons as hard as any Met to prove he can play on this level and at SS.  It will not be pretty at times but at this point Wilmer is the best we got.  He however, gets a question mark.  Projected 2015 Stats – .271/15/52

Third Base (?) – Second question mark in a row.  David is the leader of this team and the face of NYM baseball.  His face is not what  I worry about.  Is David one hard swing, one hard slide or one dive for a ground ball away from that shoulder effecting 2015?  This is a big question mark.  His on field play/hitting really will set the tone for the Mets.  He is the 3rd place hitter, their corner rock and the way the press will look at the Mets.  If David can stay healthy for the year, give the Mets 150 solid games this team has a shot at the playoffs.  If David continues to decline this team will continue on the .500 baseball trend of the past 4 years.  Projected 2015 Stats – .284/17/82

Right Field – I did not put a check mark next to Michael as I feel we know what to expect.  I think realistically at age 37 Michael is a 13 game a year player, will hit solid for the Mets and be a doubles machine.  With that being said he will be injured at some point this year and don’t expect Coors Field numbers.  Michael will be a solid 5 hole hitter behind Duda and benefit from Duda’s walk total and OBP.  Michael will be able to spell Duda at first base when needed.  A solid pick-up for both  the team and clubhouse. Projected 2015 Stats: .278/20/80

Center Field (?) – Yes a question mark is added here for Juan.  I have three questions that will be answered in 2015.  Can Juan stay healthy? Can Juan leadoff? Is Juan on the verge of being a superstar.  I did not include “Will Juan hit”.  I believe Juan will hit enough to warrant his everyday position on the Mets or pretty much  other teams.  His defense is second to none, he hit enough last year to be considered a good hitter.  If he can cut down on his k’s, walk a few more times he will take off.  He proved at the end of last year he has very good base stealing ability if he can get on.  I believe Juan is ready to be a superstar in the this league and City. Projected 2015 Stats: .281/10/50

Left Field – No question mark here.  Curtis is Curtis and I think last year was an adjustment for him.  Will he return to the past Curtis numbers, NO, but he will have a better year in 2015 then 2015.  Curtis is slotted in the 6th hole that will fit him well. It will allow him to hit with men on base and not worry so much about hitting that game changing home run.  He will continue to strike out but also walk.  Curtis needs to work on his consistency for 2015.  Projected 2015 Stats: .259/19/74

Offseason Quick Notes:

  • Was the Ian Desmond trade more about finances or giving up young talent? Did the Mets know they could not afford to resign Desmond and worry about that backlash from fans and even MLB come 2016?
  • Is the lack of a 2nd LH reliever going to bite the Mets this season? Yes, not investing in a strong BP will hurt.  RH is solid, LH will come back to haunt the Mets.
  • Is not trading Dillon Gee yet going to be a distraction going into the season? Yes, with Noah,Montero and Gee as 6/7/8 starters what is the end result?

Offseason Headlines?

With the world series just days if not hours from being over the 2015 offseason really begins for the Mets.  Harvey and Parnell need to be added to the 40 man roster that currently sits at 40 (minus Abreu and Dice-K).

After those moves are made it is time to start looking at what to expect during the offseason in terms of trades, signings, etc..  I have broken down the headlines you will see into two categories, the first being “The Mets are back to being a big market team and are going for it”, the second being “We feel we have what it takes to win”.  The second is based on reading between the lines and Mets do not have the money to make the splash they need.

“The Mets are back to being a big market team and are going for it” – These are headline we could see for the 2015 season.  These are not meant to all fit on same team, just different example of what has Mets fans dreaming.

  • NY Mets acquire Starling Castro from the Chicago Cubs
  • Jose, Jose, Jose… Met bring back Jose Reyes
  • RF Power returns, Mets acquire Red Sox’s Cespedes
  • Reyes/Herrera – Are they the most exciting double play combo in baseball
  • Stanton follows Piazza as Marlins trade to Mets in blockbuster for the ages
  • Scherzer/Harvey/Wheeler/DeGrom/Neise – Mets have best rotation in Baseball
  • Bautista/Reyes coming to Mets for Gee/Plawecki/Montero/Matz/Murphy
  • Collins resigns, Mets and Maddon agree on record managerial contract
  • Yankees take two steps back while Mets take 2 steps forward – Mets picked to win NL Pennant

“We feel we have what it takes to win” – These are the headlines that leave Met fans in the reality world and wondering what if…

  • Collins declares Flores/Reynolds will battle this spring for starting SS position
  • Mets sign Michael Cuddyer to 2 year contract with 3rd year option
  • Montero/Syndagaard/Matz to start season as AAA rotation
  • Mets bring back Scott Hairston to be 4th/5th outfielder
  • Mets sign Nate Schierholtz to minor league contract with invite to spring training
  • Mets bring in Tom Gorzelanny on minor league contract to compete for LH bullpen spot

Offseason, What to Expect?

79-83… That is how the 2014 NY Mets ended their year.  With the roster the way it began the year and how the season progressed do you consider 79-83 a success or disappointment?  I see it as a success.  This team is not ready to compete with the likes of the Nationals, Dodgers, Giants, and Cardinals.  However this team is not very far off either.  The Mets played above .500 ball the second half of the season without a healthy David Wright, without Curtis hitting and pretty much without a LF.

2014 brought us a glimpse of the future, a glimpse of the present and really not to many negatives.  The Mets need to strike while the iron is hot and take NY over, well as much as the Mets can from Yankees.  The Yankees are in decline, and don’t let their spending fool you, money won’t fix their issues in the day where young talent is being locked up quickly.  The Mets have young talent, young pitching and are a few pieces away from being the headline baseball team in NY.

2014 Positives:  Lets look at what went right this year:

  • Lucas Duda – After being slow to make a choice, the Mets choose Duda and re responded with 30HR, 92RBI and over .350 OBP.  His defense was average if not better.  Put some power behind him in line-up and I believe he can repeat.
  • Juan Lagares – Gold Glove center fielder, batted .280.  If he can stay healthy and bat .280 he is nothing but a major asset to this team and the pitching staff.
  • Jacob DeGrom –  Do I really need to say anything.  Outside of Kershaw he was possibly the best NL pitcher in second half.  This is your #3 starter….
  • Bullpen – What was a major issue to start the year was a strength come game 162.  Familia, Mejia, Black, Edgin and Torres are all young, under control and look strong for 2015.
  • Travis – His 2nd half showed us why he was the top catching prospect in baseball.  If this kid cleans up his defense, hits .275 with power Mets fans will be happy for a long time

2014 Negatives: Yes there was some:

  • Short Stop and left field continues to be a sore spot.  Tejada and Young were not the answers and by August the Mets made the change.  Flores may not be a SS but the kid will hit as he continues to mature.
  • Terry Collins – Despite 4 straight losing seasons Terry looks to be back in 2015.  He needs to clean up his decision making and bullpen handling.  I believe Met could have been a .500 team with some better decisions from Collins.  Should he be back in 2015?  I say no, but not totally against it.  The team played hard for him this year even in bad stretches.  He never lost that team.

2015 Offseason Outlook: What should we really expect:

All indications are the Mets will not increase payroll and bring in a high price player.  With that you are looking at a 40-man roster that will have some new faces, just not the Tulo, CarGo you are all hoping and waiting for.

Starting Pitching:

The Mets go into the offseason with almost 9 deep in the starting rotation for 2015.  They have Harvey, Colon, Wheeler, DeGrom, Neise, Gee, Montero, Syndagaard and Matz (yes I threw him in).  Trades is the way to improve this team, but teams are going to ask for Syndagaard and DeGrom right off the bat.  I would say no to DeGrom for sure. The trade bait in this group is going to be Montero, Gee, Colon and possibly Neise. That is not going to bring back a great starter in LF or SS.  Syndagaard and Matz should start year in AAA, Montero is major league ready and should start.  This leaves Gee, Neise and Colon as trade chips.  I don’t think teams are breaking down doors for those 3.

Positions:

The Mets have 6 of 8 positions locked in for 2015, or do they.  Right off the cusp you have Duda, Travis, Wright, Granderson, Lagares and Murphy… Wait Murphy… Does he fall into the “trade bait” group from above.  If the Mets can trade Murphy Flores would fit nicely at 2b with Dilson waiting at AAA.  Dilson is a half a year away, Flores is ready.  That leaves SS and LF.  The Mets once again will not spend heavy on SS or LF, so this is where is gets interesting….

2015 Line-up and Starting Pitching:  If I had my way and based on the Mets lack of spending this is how I would see 2015 playing out.  I believe with the below the Mets would not be very far off from competing for a playoff berth.

2015 Line-up:

  1. Lagares – CF
  2. Bruce – LF (Trade)
  3. Wright – 3B
  4. Duda – 1B
  5. D’Arnaud – C
  6. Granderson – RF
  7. Flores – 2B
  8. Hardy – SS (FA Signing)
  9.  Pitcher

Bench:

  1. Tejada – SS/2B
  2. Campbell – 3B/1B
  3. Recker – C
  4. Nieuwenhuis – OF
  5. Right Handed Hitter – OF

2015 Starting Rotation:

  1. Harvey
  2. Wheeler
  3. DeGrom
  4. Colon
  5. Montero

Let the offseason officially begin!

Is Future Bright? – Post All-Star Stats

The Mets now have a total of 23 games left in the 2014 season.  To refresh your memory they went 45-50 in the first half and are currently 20-24 in the second half, good for 9 games under .500 for the year.  They are on pace for about 76 wins which in falling very short of the .500 season we all hoped for based on the roster.  Lets be honest, no one thought 90 wins was plausible with this roster and management.  So with 23 games left to look at Flores, Herrera and some of the other kids lets see what we have going into 2015:

Positions Locked In for 2015:  The Mets are not going to go out and become the Mets of the early 2000’s.  They will again have a payroll under 100 million and possibly once again under 90 million.  So based on that below is what we can lock in for positions for 2015.  I am only looking at the second half stats to base my 2015 insights. 

1B – Lucas Duda: Lucas has a line of .240/.324 with 12HR and 28RBI in the second half.  He has had a tough go of it over the last 2 weeks that have hurt these numbers.  If Lucas can put together another season in 2015 as he has in 2014 the Mets are in good shape at 1B.  Put a few better hitters around Lucas, plus consistency of his position in the order and as everyday first basemen he could thrive.

3B – David Wright: David has had a horrible second half of the season.  He has a line of .228/.281 with 0HR and 14RBI.  He had a great game last night that actually helped those numbers.  Overall David is playing hurt and that has robbed him of his power and hitting.  If David can get healthy in the offseason he can return to his 20HR 80RBI player he should be at this stage in his career.  David is the face of the Mets, and is not going anywhere.

C – Travis d’Arnaud: Travis has a second  half line of .264/.307 with 6HR and 14RBI.  If you avg those out over a full season you are looking at close to 20HR and 70RBI.  If you can get that production out of your catcher the Mets will be ahead of the game.  If Travis can start 2015 as he is ending 2014 he will have more confidence, be more patient and continue to be the top catching prospect in baseball. 

RF – Curtis Granderson: Curtis has a second half line of .155/.240 with 2HR and 6RBI. First off lets be honest, the Mets are not releasing him, trading him of benching him.  Curtis will be the Mets everyday outfielder in 2015.  With that we can hope Curtis bounces back in 2015.  Mets signed him hoping he would bounce back in 2014 from injury, but as we see that did not happen.  Curtis needs to be back in the middle lower half of the line-up with some more protection around him.  He is no longer an option in the top 4-5 slots. 

CF – Juan Lagares: Juan has a second half line of .267/.315 with 2HR and 21RBI.  If you look closely that RBI total is 2nd on the Mets in terms of RBI since the break.  Juan is 25 years old an many will argue the best center fielder in baseball.  If Juan can hit close to .280 and play stellar defense any team would kill to have him play 162 games.  The key to Juan is the Mets putting better players on the field with him.  This way his offense, which is not awful would not be a topic anymore.  Juan could be a very capable 6 or 7 hitter in this line-up and leadoff if needed.  He is showing some speed on the base pads this last few weeks and has hit .286 in the leadoff spot in 122 at bats.  Juan should have a star next to his name as a keeper for years to come for the Mets.

That leaves us with multiple positions of question:

2B: Where do the Mets go?  Do they act like a small market team and trade Murphy to free up money?  Is Dilson really ready to play 150 games for the big club at age 20/21?  Can Flores hit as he is doing now and carry the fulltime load in the offense left by no Murphy?  All questions that need to be answered.

SS: Lets just say this, the Mets cannot come into 2015 with Tejada as even a back-up option to be the starter.  If they fail to acquire a SS then give the job to Flores and live with it.  The options on the open market will cost the Mets money, Matt Reynolds is having a great year, but is viewed as a utility player.  How the Mets fill this spot will shape 2015 and the hopes of competing in the fans mind.

LF:  Basically see SS write-up and repeat for RF.  The Mets have no internal options ready at this time to even think of slotting in.  The current group they are throwing out there would be good 4th or 5th outfielders.  I will repeat my SS line; “How the Mets fill this spot will shape 2015 and the hopes of competing in the fans mind.”

Finally Manger:  Terry Collins has kept this group playing hard for him and has not lost the dugout, which says a lot for him.  However with the 4th straight losing season and failure to get this group to .500 a change is needed.  Terry has made some very questionable decisions in 2014.  My biggest one is how he uses the bullpen and the current line-up.  With the exception for the last week, he continued to truck out Curtis in the leadoff spot.  Now he continues to put him in the 2 hole.  It is time to shake things up and he manages as if every move could lose the dugout and front office support.  In 2015 he would be under insane pressure and that could hamper his already shaky decisions.  I don’t have the answer on the new manager, but believe it is time Terry is shown the door.  Good job Terry, just not good enough.

 

 

Trades, Call-Ups, What Happens Now!

After a stretch that saw the Amazing’s win 9 out of 11 they have gone back to their old ways and lost the last 3 in a row.  As promising as the winning streak was and how much it got us die-hard fans back into the frenzy of the playoffs and watching the standings, reality set back in.  Now with July 31st coming up lets look at what the Mets can do to shake things up.  I believe how the deadline goes down is going to determine the fate of Alderson and TC.  If Alderson can make some strong moves to help the team for 2015 it would serve the Mets well to keep him and see how it plays out.  The fate of TC lies with Alderson.  The team continues to play hard for TC, but the way he handles the bullpen continues to make people scratch heads.  So what’s next:

Trades:  In reality what are the Mets looking to do.  Dump salary, get prospects or major league ready talent.  Who is a viable trade option:

Bartolo Colon (8-8 4.12) – Bartolo has been a steady pitcher to say the least.  He has been up and down but take away the Angles game where he took one for the team he has been pretty solid.  A team such as the Orioles, Pirates, Blue Jays and even Yankees could use his services.  He is a pitcher who has been there before and can add value.  Is this a game changer in terms of prospects or major league ready talent, no!.  However with possible 7-8 starters for next year the Mets can clear salary and maybe get a top 5 prospect in return. 

Daniel Murphy (.288/.335 7, 37) – For the past year I have been saying “Why would you trade your most consistent hitter”.  Well my tune has changed and maybe at this point it might be wise to see what we can get in return for Murphy.  He has been a great teammate, player and Met.  Stability at 2B has been something teams need, so maybe some teams need him more then us.  It is clear the Mets will be run as a mid-market team and not the NY Team as they should be.  With that why not make the trade.  Wilmer Flores is very Murphy like as he does not have a position.  Flores is 22 years old and given a chance to play the last 40 games everyday at 2B would be interesting to see.

Who do the Mets Target: The Mets obviously have the minor league talent to pull off a trade for a big time hitter.  But who do they trade, Plawecki, Montero, Syndergaard, DeGrom, Matz… If you are like me trading any of the above makes you cringe.  Who doesn’t want to see these home grown kids (yes Syndergaard is a trade, but we have watered) blossom in Mets uniforms.  But the reality of it is the Mets are not going to go buy players as the resources are not there.  Do we look to the Rockies (Tulo, CarGo), do we look to the Cubs (Castro, Baez), where do we look.  One name that has not been mentioned as it would be a crazy concept, but how about look to Cleveland and Brantley.  He is an emerging star who is young and by trading him Cleveland could revamp their pitching with young arms.  Tulo and CarGo can never stay healthy and have the “Coors Field” factor, the Cubs prospects would be huge upgrades over Tejada, but still not proven and have baggage. 

Last Minute Thoughts:

It is time to find a spot for Flores and see what he can do over 40 + games of consistent play.  At 22 he has really proven it all at AAA.  Whether it is at short or 2nd it is time to give him a legit shot and see if he has A)Spot on this roster in 2015 or B)Trade value.

Lets face it, Chris Young is Chris Young and it is time to say goodbye.  By hanging onto him it is not going to change the mistake Alderson made in signing him.  We all know it was a mistake, time to let him go and let someone take the roster spot.

Tejada has been very good since Flores was sent back to AAA.  However even if he gets on at a .350 clip, hits .240 he is still a light hitting option.  This team needs more, needs someone with some speed, pop and potential.  Walking in front of the pitcher a OBP champ it does not make. 

The 9 of 11 streak showed the Mets have some pieces both hitting and pitching and maybe really not to far away.  Duda, Wright, Granderson, D’Arnaud, and Lagares are all here to stay for 2015.  Add a everyday left fielder and short stop and you have something.  The last 50 + games should be watched with hope and optimism.  The Mets are going in right direction, time for management/ownership to help put that turbo on the future.  2014 was the goal, but 2015 could be legit!