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February 21, 2016

Commentary: Beat the Mets, Deep Depth

by @ 9:57 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Spring Training is opening around MLB and pitchers and catchers are reporting. Preseason magazines are out and Managers and team executives are doing interviews. Something funny has happened: The other 31 teams know who the New York Mets are and it scares them. The leadership team in Washington is actually addressing them by name and citing history over the past 5 years. Hey guys, The Mets beat you like eggs in August and September when it mattered last yr. You guys slapped around Gee,Pelfrey and Niese for years.  Guess what? Slap around Harvey, de Grom and Thor.  Days of hope and faith are gone and replaced by reality and this is it: The New York Mets are damn good and should be favored to win this division. Heck, I think they can win it EASILY. This team has dominant pitching from top to bottom, great chemistry and returns almost every key player 1-8. As great as 2105 was for the Mets and their fans, the club battled injuries and anemic offense for 2/3rds of the season. The team has added depth and confidence ,expecting greatness. THEY SHOULD. #LGM

DEEP DEPTH: The Mets pitching depth is well documented and  Zack Wheeler(Tommy John Surgery rehab) will join the rotation at some point in the 2016 campaign. The bullpen has a great balance of veterans and left/right as well as potential reinforcements in Triple and Double A. However, the group of everyday players this team has as it enters Spring Training is the number one reason why this team can and will improve.  The resigning of Yoenis Cespedes makes Juan Lagares and Alejandro De Aza 4th and 5th Outfielders. That is good- they are platoon types. Playing mix and match with these two, Yoenis, Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson should not be hard.  As example: Juan hits LHs, De Aza does not. Note this: Conforto played some RF in College and the team told him he could play some RF this spring. Key is keeping everyone healthy, productive and happy.   The infield also has improved and with the additions of Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera to start at 2B and SS, this allows Wilmer Flores to fill a Ben Zobrist role of super utility guy who can fill in at any spot. This is key to keeping Captain David Wright(Back) healthy and productive thru the postseason. Ruben Tejada can draw the odd start at SS and be a trade chip. Cs Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki have also expressed their desires to help out at either infield corner on days off to maximize depth. KP has played some 1B and this would help justify keeping him in NY as opposed to Triple A, where he could play everyday.

 

 

February 15, 2016

Mejia banned for life, Mets Notes

by @ 9:24 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The National League Champion New York Mets suffered a setback over the weekend when reliever Jenrry Mejia failed a drug test and was banned for life. This is the ex closer’s 3rd PED suspension in less than a year and he joins all time hits leader Pete Rose in permanent banishment. Mejia was serving a 162 game ban for a positive test for Boldenone and Stanozolol and his recent exam produced a 3rd strike for Boldenone. This is a sad day for both the team and player but MLB needs to look at the high amount of suspensions for foreign players being caused by language and cultural barriers. You have to  either have a serious problem-addiction or not be very bright to fail 3 drug tests in this time frame. Feel bad for Jenrry, who is a good guy.  His return would have been like a midseason trade acquisition.

Mets Notes: With camp approaching, the Mets have a stated goal of 130 games for Captain David Wright to play. I would take 120 and be happy. His health only enhances and magnifies the new super utility role for INF Wilmer Flores, who can play ANY INF spot…. RF Curtis Granderson(Thumb surgery) will be good to go when Spring Training opens… SP Matt Harvey has expressed a desire to sign a contract extension with the team. #33 contract is up after the 2017, he is arbitration eligible for the final 2 seasons(2016-17)

 

 

February 7, 2016

This Blogger’s Lineup

by @ 10:17 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Simple, direct- Similiar to TC’s with a switch off 2 people:

 

RF Curtis Granderson-L

2B Neil Walker-S

3B David Wright-R

CF Yoenis Cespedes-R

1B Lucas Duda-L

C Travis d’Arnaud -R

LF Michael Conforto-L

SS Asdrubal Cabrera-S

Pitcher

This is versus RH pitchers and I would think by midseason, Conforto will move up and assume a larger role. This team is deep and has guys who can hit all over. Deep and with depth. You can draw up 8-10 orders with this group and the key is spreading out the 3 LH sticks within the top 7, ideally 6. To me, Neil Walker a huge key and addition. Always liked this player.

 

 

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