July 2015

It might be a blessing in disguise that the trade fell through

Yesterday, it was reported by Andy Martino that the Mets have traded Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler for Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers. I was initially floored that the Mets traded Wheeler, who by all accounts is an ace on 20 out of 30 MLB Teams, and Wilmer Flores, who we have under control for three years after Gomez was scheduled to leave. Then we have Carlos Gomez, who is hated by 30 percent of Baseball players? Why? Watch this video:

And this one….

Let’s watch one more…..

This guy is not a good clubhouse presence, I don’t care how fast he is, a guy that is hard to not call a “punk” is not a guy that  the Mets should be going after. This trade not going through will pay dividends for the Mets in the end, but then again, only time will tell.

BREAKING: Multiple reports say the Mets have traded for Carlos Gomez

Pieces of a puzzle

This article written yesterday on “JPWNsports” talks about the Mets offense, and how it could be improved. He explains why the front office is doing it’s “due diligence”. Interesting opinions…. Read the whole article below.


The Mets are a winning team. After late June swoon where they managed to dip one game under .500, the Mets have managed to float above the water since, and currently sport a 51-48 record. The front office has recently made moves that could pay dividends, such as calling up Michael Conforto (coincidentally called up the same day I posted about making a case not to) and adding Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe through trades. The front office is doing its due diligence.

Here’s the thing – the world knows about the pieces we need. What about the pieces we already have? What about the in-house future, rather than the future as a whole? The young stud arms in the rotation aren’t going anywhere, and they’re tied until 2018 at the very least. Bullpen arms used to be a problem, but now they’re locked and loaded.

The bats however, are…

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Old News in Baseball, No. 13

John Thorn from his “Our Game” blog talks about the Hall of Fame and gives us a brief history lesson. I enjoyed this post, and thought I should share it with you:

Our Game

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As we near Induction Weekend at the Baseball Hall of Fame, this week’s Old News column, while referencing many whose plaques adorn the gallery in Cooperstown, focuses on the game’s lesser lights. It is men like Joe Borden and Victory Faust and Hank Borowy and John Blanchard who provide a special pleasure of recollection, for their brief entries into baseball lore are what oldtimers like myself love to share with a newer generation of fans. Who would believe the circumstances of even a relatively recent event like the Pine Tar Game if it had not provided such a flash of theatrics and lingering controversy? These, by the way, are lovingly recounted in Filip Bondy’s new book titled, unsurprisingly, The Pine Tar Game, published this week by Scribner.

July 24

1911: An American League all-star team plays a benefit game against the Naps in Cleveland‚ raising $12‚914 for the late Addie…

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VIDEO: Juan Uribe comes a foot shy of a walk off three run home run; settles with Walk off Single

Why the “hot hand” approach won’t work

Terry Collins announced today that he will use whoever is “warm” in the lineup. Today, he has Murphy at third, Tejada at short, Johnson at second, and Duda at first. Juan Uribe will have the day off in his first game as a Met.

Niko Goutakolis: I’m extremely worried that this will make Collins’ infielders nervous about losing their everyday jobs. Consistently shifting people around might be OK for a veteran like Kelly Johnson, but for Wilmer Flores and maybe even Daniel Murphy, this will not help. I don’t want to see Murphy at third one day, second the next, and then first. The only way a player can gain momentum is by putting him in a fixed role every single day for a extended period of time. I’m not sure who should start and where they should start, but find a lineup, stick to it for a few weeks, and if you find a better idea, go with that. 

The “hot hand” approach, is a major mistake to me, you can only learn from experience and practice, and if your are being thrown around like a dice cube, then you will be more susceptible to slumps. How do I know I’m right? Collins has used the hot hand approach with the lineup order all year, and look at our batting averages. Now, the hitters aren’t the best in the league, but I’m sure they would be better off if there was some stability in the lineup.

Logan Verrett re-called from Triple-A

Logan Verrett has been re-called from Triple-A Las Vegas while Jon Niese goes on paternity leave. Verrett was pitching pretty good in his short stint with the big club earlier this year. He pitched to a 2.95 ERA, and had a 1.08 WHIP. Logan can start, pitch in long relief and can pitch in back to back days in short relief. Overall, Verrett is a quality addition to a strong Mets bullpen. Yesterday, he was scratched from the AAA game as he was the scheduled starter, which means he had full rest. Logan will be in uniform and ready for today’s game.

Why was Niese pitching last night?

It’s no secret that these are crucial games for the New York Mets, despite being only one game above 500, they are only three games out of both the wild card and the division.

Yesterday, it was announced by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that Jon Niese’s wife had gone into labor, it was also  announced that Jon will not be pitching, and that Carlos Torres might be called in for the emergency start.

Strangely enough, Niese pitched last night. There was no official announcement why, but my guess is that Niese told the manager that he could pitch, and that Carlos Torres didn’t have time to get prepared. As a lot of fans pointed out during the game, Niese’s mind was in other places (understandably) during the game, and it prevented him from pitching well, he never got above 89 mph on his fastball, and he wasn’t aggressive with batters like he was in previous starts, he drew a lot of full counts and the 3-2 pitch was often a sub-90 mph fastball, or a pitch with little movement. Once Niese was pulled from the start, he went home, and watched the birth of his offspring on “FaceTime”.

                                  Jon Niese wasn’t at fault for yesterday’s fiasco

So, Niese came out of the game, Carlos Torres came in, and the Mets lost 7-2. A bad game overall, but there is something else: Earlier this week, it was reported that the Mets are looking to trade Jon Niese, and that he was subject to major trade rumors. So, basically, Jon is being told he might be traded within the week, his wife is in labor, and he has to pitch? Can you imagine what was going through his head? My thoughts would be having to move to a new city with a baby that is less than two weeks old, and constantly wondering what is happening at the hospital. Sure, it all ended up OK in the end, but the result of the game, and the pitching of Niese confirms that something wasn’t right. The Mets shouldn’t have let Niese pitch yesterday, it would have been better for the Mets, and most importantly, for Niese.

So Conforto is here, now what?

Mets 2014 First-round draft pick Michael Conforto has been promoted to the major leagues straight out of AA Binghamton, GM Sandy Alderson says this is to appease the fans, and that it will improve the offense.

While both of the above statements are true, this is not why Conforto was promoted. To me, Conforto was promoted because the Mets offense includes a cleanup hitter hitting under 150, and because Michael Cuddyer can’t play a full game without feeling stiff in his knee, and Eric Campbell and his 175 average cannot play everyday in left field. But here is where things get interesting, the Mets make a statement by promoting Conforto, but what else? Michael Conforto will not be able to save the Mets alone, but what should the Mets do?

Michael Baron of JustMets.net suggested here that the Mets may shift the focus of upgrading away from the outfield, which makes sense, because we have a surplus of outfielders under contract. The problem is, I don’t want to upgrade the infield because if David Wright returns, then we will have five quality infielders, but until then, and with Duda slumping, the infield looks like it is in disarray. This makes David Wright’s status a real Catch 21, one that the Mets staff have been contemplating non-stop.

Mets Podcast this August!

Cue the flashing “Let’s Go Mets” graphic:


I’m not Todd Schnitt, but I enjoy doing podcasts. So, as I mentioned on Twitter a few weeks ago, I will be launching an independent podcast show on Blog Talk Radio. It’s called MetsPlus Live, and it will debut this Saturday at 12:30pm, and will be available on replay here at Mets Plus. The working title is Mets Plus Live! but it is nothing more than that, a working title. I would like to see this become a fun discussion for Mets fans, and I hope a few of you tune in. More details will be released later this week.