8:06 AM EDT, Fri October 19, 2018
13 hours ago
Open Thread: ALCS Game 5, 10/18/18

Open Thread: ALCS Game 5, 10/18/18

David Price looks to help his team advance to the World Series against Justin Verlander tonight in Game 5 of the ALCS in Houston. 8:09 PM EDT: Astros vs. Red Sox Starting pitchers: Justin Verlander, Astros vs. David Price, Red Sox Astros lineup Alex Bregman - 3BGeorge Springer - RFJose Altuve - DHCarlos Correa - SSYuli Gurriel - 1BMarwin Gonzalez - 2BTony Kemp - LFMartin Maldonado - CJake Marisnick - CF Red Sox lineup Mookie Betts - RFAndrew Benintendi - LFJ.D. Martinez - DHXander Bogaerts - SSMitch Moreland - 1BIan Kinsler - 2BRafael Devers - 3BChristian Vazquez - CJackie Bradley Jr. -...
19 hours ago
Jeff McNeil had a breakout rookie campaign for the Mets

Jeff McNeil had a breakout rookie campaign for the Mets

After injury woes throughout his minor league career stunted his development, McNeil is finally healthy and contributing in a big way at the major league level. Jeff McNeil was drafted by the Mets in the 12th round of the 2013 draft and was never atop anyone’s prospect list. He was projected by most to be a useful utility player at best and did play many positions during his minor league tenure. A contact-oriented hitter, McNeil hit for average at every level in the minor leagues and found himself in Double-A by 2015. But then a double sports hernia and a hip labrum tear caused him to...
21 hours ago
The 10 best Mets minor league pitchers I saw this year: 4

The 10 best Mets minor league pitchers I saw this year: 4

Counting down the best minor league pitchers I saw in 2018. Disclaimer: This is a ranking of the best players that I saw during the 2018 season. I saw a wide cross-section of teams in 2018, seeing the Kingsport Mets, Brooklyn Cyclones, Columbia Fireflies, and Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but I did not see the GCL Mets, St. Lucie Mets, or Las Vegas 51s, nor did I attend every single game of the teams that I did see. As such, this is not a comprehensive Mets prospect list. If a player is not on the list, I either did not see him, or considered the listed ten players better. Name: Nabil...
23 hours ago
Mets Morning News for October 18, 2018

Mets Morning News for October 18, 2018

Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets reportedly interviewed former Pirates’ GM Dave Littlefield for the vacant general manager position. Littlefield did not enjoy much success in his tenure with Pittsburgh. Met killer Chipper Jones kept up with his defense of Jacob deGrom and explained why he thinks deGrom should win the Cy Young. It still seems pretty shocking and tone deaf that Jose Reyes was nominated for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award. Around the National League East The Marlins could have a new logo next season....
Oct 17, 2018
Open Thread: ALCS and NLCS, 10/17/18

Open Thread: ALCS and NLCS, 10/17/18

Chat about today’s ALCS and NLCS games here! 5:05 PM EDT: Dodgers vs. Brewers Starting pitchers: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers vs. Wade Miley, Brewers Dodgers lineup Cody Bellinger - CFJustin Turner - 3BDavid Freese - 1BManny Machado - SSMax Muncy - 2BChris Taylor - LFKike Hernandez - RFAustin Barnes - CClayton Kershaw - LHP Brewers lineup Lorenzo Cain - CFChristian Yelich - RFRyan Braun - LFJesus Aguilar - 1BHernan Perez - 2BMike Moustakas - 3BErik Kratz - COrlando Arcia - SSWade Miley - LHP Broadcast Info TV: FS1Radio: ESPN Radio, Dodgers - AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020, Brewers - WTMJ...
Oct 17, 2018
Amed Rosario still has a ways to go

Amed Rosario still has a ways to go

The young shortstop didn’t make major strides in 2018. In 2017, Amed Rosario was the #1 prospect in baseball. He bludgeoned Double-A, was solid in Triple-A, but then underwhelmed in the majors for 170 PA. Nevertheless, there was significant excitement around Rosario entering 2018, as he represented the first potential long-term SS for the Mets since Jose Reyes left in 2011. Instead, many of the same struggles that plagued Rosario persisted into 2018. He continued to be a free swinger, with a 41.2% O-Swing% that was the ninth highest in baseball. The batted ball profile remained...
Oct 17, 2018
The 10 best Mets minor league pitchers I saw this year: 5

The 10 best Mets minor league pitchers I saw this year: 5

Counting down the best minor league pitchers I saw in 2018. Disclaimer: This is a ranking of the best players that I saw during the 2018 season. I saw a wide cross-section of teams in 2018, seeing the Kingsport Mets, Brooklyn Cyclones, Columbia Fireflies, and Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but I did not see the GCL Mets, St. Lucie Mets, or Las Vegas 51s, nor did I attend every single game of the teams that I did see. As such, this is not a comprehensive Mets prospect list. If a player is not on the list, I either did not see him, or considered the listed ten players better. Name: Daniel...
Oct 17, 2018
Mets Morning News for October 17, 2018

Mets Morning News for October 17, 2018

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets On Tuesday, the Mets announced they have agreed to a lease through 2043 with Syracuse to keep Triple-A baseball in town. You can look at some of the proposed renovations to the Syracuse stadium here. Around the National League East The Braves payroll is expected to increase in 2019. The Marlins home run sculpture will no longer be located in the stadium. The Art in Public Places board in Miami-Dade county voted unanimously to move it to a location outside the stadium. Some of the Nationals’ top...
Oct 16, 2018
Open Thread: ALCS and NLCS, 10/16/18

Open Thread: ALCS and NLCS, 10/16/18

Chat about today’s ALCS and NLCS games here! 5:09 PM EDT: Astros vs. Red Sox Starting pitchers: Dallas Keuchel, Astros vs. Nathan Eovaldi, Red Sox Astros lineup George Springer - CFJose Altuve - DHAlex Bregman - 3BYuli Gurriel - 1BMarwin Gonzalez - 2BJosh Reddick - RFCarlos Correa - SSBrian McCann - CTony Kemp - LF Red Sox lineup Mookie Betts - RFAndrew Benintendi - LFJ.D. Martinez - DHXander Bogaerts - SSSteve Pearce - 1BEduardo Nunez - 3BIan Kinsler - 2BChristian Vazquez - CJackie Bradley Jr. - CF Broadcast Info TV: TBSRadio: ESPN Radio, Astros - KBME 790, La Ranchera 850 AM, Red Sox...
Oct 16, 2018
Bright spots from the 2018 season

Bright spots from the 2018 season

The Mets may have had a forgettable season collectively, but several players had individual performances to remember. Perhaps it’s because I’m far enough removed now from the June 2018 Mets, but reflecting back on this past season of Mets baseball, I feel different than I did one year ago. The 2017 season was a mess. There was pretty much only one good thing about it—Michael Conforto—and his season ended on a swing that destroyed his shoulder. As far as overall results, the 2018 season was not materially different from the 2017 season. The Mets finished in fourth place in the NL...
Oct 16, 2018
Chris Beck pitched for the Mets in 2018

Chris Beck pitched for the Mets in 2018

Beck was claimed off waivers, made a handful of unsuccessful relief appearances, and was designated for assignment If you’re looking to test your memory, try recalling every reliever whom the New York Mets employed in 2018. It’s a lot harder than it sounds. Of the endless parade of pitchers who occupied the bullpen this year, Chris Beck was one of them. He lasted a little under one month, performed poorly, and was gone as quickly as he had arrived. The Mets claimed Beck off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on June 13. The former second round pick arrived with a lifetime 5.94 ERA, 6.23...
Oct 16, 2018
The 10 best Mets minor league pitchers I saw this year: 6

The 10 best Mets minor league pitchers I saw this year: 6

Counting down the best minor league pitchers I saw in 2018. Disclaimer: This is a ranking of the best players that I saw during the 2018 season. I saw a wide cross-section of teams in 2018, seeing the Kingsport Mets, Brooklyn Cyclones, Columbia Fireflies, and Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but I did not see the GCL Mets, St. Lucie Mets, or Las Vegas 51s, nor did I attend every single game of the teams that I did see. As such, this is not a comprehensive Mets prospect list. If a player is not on the list, I either did not see him, or considered the listed ten players better. Name: Jose...
Oct 16, 2018
Mets Morning News for October 16, 2018

Mets Morning News for October 16, 2018

Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets have a bad reputation with executives around the league, and it’s hurting their ability to attract qualified GM candidates according to Matt Ehalt. Joel Sherman has an even less charitable view of the team’s ownership, which he sees as disloyal, dysfunctional, and even delusional. Andy Martino broke down some facts about the GM search, including that John Ricco will not be involved in second round interviews. Fellow executives looked back at Sandy Alderson’s career in a profile on The...
Oct 15, 2018
Open thread: NLCS Game 3, 10/15/18

Open thread: NLCS Game 3, 10/15/18

Jhoulys Chacín takes on Walker Buehler at Dodger Stadium in Game 3 of the NLCS. 7:39 PM EDT: Brewers vs. Dodgers Starting pitchers: Jhoulys Chacin, Brewers vs. Walker Buehler, Dodgers Dodgers lineup Joc Pederson - LFMax Muncy - 1BJustin Turner - 3BManny Machado - SSCody Bellinger - CFYasiel Puig - RFYasmani Grandal - CKike Hernandez - 2BWalker Buehler - RHP Brewers lineup Lorenzo Cain - CFChristian Yelich - RFRyan Braun - LFTravis Shaw - 2BJesus Aguilar - 1BMike Moustakas - 3BErik Kratz - COrlando Arcia - SSJhoulys Chacin - RHP Broadcast Info TV: FS1Radio: ESPN Radio, Dodgers - AM 570...
Oct 15, 2018
Jason Vargas was Jason Vargas in 2018 - except when he was Vargy

Jason Vargas was Jason Vargas in 2018 - except when he was Vargy

Long live Vargy. When the Mets signed Jason Vargas to a 2-year, $16 million contract before the start of the 2018 season, it was seen by some as a solid back-end of the rotation/innings eater deal, and others as a colossal waste of money. It turns out that both were sort of correct. Vargas’s second stint as a Met got off to a shaky start, when he landed on the disabled list with a fracture in his non-throwing hand in Spring Training. Due to the subsequent surgery and recovery time, Vargas didn’t make a start until April 28th. His first three starts fed into the doubts about his...