Mets that won’t be back in 2023 (Part 2)

Last week I put together a short list of three players that won’t return to the Mets in 2023, as well as the reason why. Since the Mets have a gigantic boatload of players finishing up their contracts, here’s part two.

  • Tijuan Walker – With Walker having a player option for the 2023 season to go alongside a strong 2022, I expect the big right hander to decline the option and test his value on the market. Last season, Walker threw 157.1 innings while owning a solid 12-5 record and an above average 3.49 ERA. Will he hold up the market with his incredible talents? No, not exactly, but expect him to have a few extra years of security past this upcoming 2023 season.
  • Jacob deGrom – Now listen to all the hearts of Mets fans break simultaneously. It’s no secret that the man, oops, I mean the GOAT was underpaid during his last contract. And while I’m hoping it can all be looked over and resolved by Steve Cohen, and what seems to be his endless finances, I still believe that the combination of bad business and the team’s mixed results on-field will push deGrom into relocation. Especially if there’s any truth to the unconfirmed rumors of deGrom wanting to be closer to his home in Florida.
  • Dom Smith – It just feels like Smith’s time has run it’s course for about eight months now. With the Mets seemingly comfortable with Alonso at first base and the potential platoon of Vogelbach and Alvarez at DH, Smith will almost 100% be on another roster come Spring Training. And even though the Mets are selling low, they should still be able net a decent return.

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Three Relievers the Mets Should Target

The Mets have a plethora of players coming off of the roster in the next set of days. We’re not talking solely about the back-end of the rotation, or a late-inning defensive upgrade that you can plug and play.

One of the positions that need to be addressed with some urgency is the team’s set up man/closer.

Edwin Diaz- Man, did Diaz’ relationship with the Mets start out extremely rocky. Being that he was packaged in a trade that included Robinson Cano for highly touted prospect, center fielder Jarred Kelnic, the beef started before Diaz ever even suited up.

His first year of play in Queens didn’t exactly help any fans forget, as the right-hander ended up sporting a 5.59 ERA, a 2-7 record while the closer only had 26 saves during the 2019 campaign.

However, since then, Diaz has been as about as dominant as any pitcher in the league, including his teammate Jacob deGrom. Diaz has become such a fan favorite in Flushing, that his entrance to his games played have become such an incredible spectacle and it creates an electric energy in that stadium.

Alexis Diaz- Mets owner Steve Cohen has shown that he doesn’t mind spending the coin to put on a damn good show. He did exactly that in 2022 when the team hosted “Old Timers Day“.

Another amazing show would be watching the Mets roll out the Diaz brothers pitch back-to-back innings to close the game out. While the Mets did in fact contact the Cincinnati Reds to check in on acquiring Alexis, a deal never came to fruition.

In 2022, Diaz debuted with the Reds and appeared in 59 games while putting up a dominant 1.84 ERA with a 7-3 record and 10 saves… so don’t expect this to come cheap.

Andrew Chafin- Chafin will likely decline his $6.5M player option with the Detroit Tigers for the 2023 season. So this will be the second straight year, maybe even third, that the Mets will have interest in the lefty hander.

Chafin pitched to a 2.83 ERA in 57.1 innings during the 2022 season, which is actually a little bit of a drop off from his year prior (1.83 ERA).

So while his numbers against left handed batters were not as good as in 2021, he still pitched well enough (.233/.320/.344) for his agents to advise him to opt-out. In fact, it’s probably his numbers against right handed batters (.214/.268/.317), that’ll make him one of the more attractive options for this bullpen.

Also Read: Should Givens Stay?

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Mets that won’t be back in 2023 (Part 1)

The New York Mets put together an amazing 2022, however, there was much disappointment in the final month of the regular season. While this mini-collapse may not warrant a fire-sale, team owner Steve Cohen will likely shake things up for a second straight year.

  • Mychal Givens – The right handed reliever was a sweet little pick-up as the deadline was winding down. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned for Givens while in Orange & Blue. The 32 year-old veteran sported a 4.79 ERA in 19 appearances, a vast difference from his 2.66 ERA with Cubs. I expect the Mets to utilize the $1.5M buyout in place for 2023 as Givens likely has worn out his short welcome.
  • Tomas Nido – The 28 year-old backstop has spend parts of 7 seasons with the Mets. And while Nido, aka Needz, had a big month of September, he was never slated to be the next Mike Piazza, and a career .323 slugging percentage will have the Mets ready to upgrade. Fans should expect prospect Francisco Alvarez to catch roughly 75%-80% of the games, pushing James McCann out of the starting lineup.
  • Seth Lugo – The Mets reliever made it clear while speaking with the media that Sunday night was a very emotional night for him. After the game, Lugo brought his family on-field as his future with the organization is uncertain.

Of the three players listed, Nido obviously will be remembered as the backstop came up through the Mets system while spending about a decade with the organization.

Seth Lugo will probably receive a bag of mixed results from fans from places like #MetsTwitter as well as in groups on Facebook, however, Lugo was a trooper while in Queens and did whatever was asked from him. Unfortunately, it feels like that curveball of his has one foot out the door and I wouldn’t rely on his fastball as being his out pitch.

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Mets have a huge hurdle in the Padres series

No one has it easy when it comes to scheduling in the playoffs. Every team there has the makings to whoop ass and that’s what they’re going to try to do. Regardless if it’s the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Cleveland Guardians, that team is trying to send their opponents home packing in search of that illustrious World Series ring.

With all that said, the San Diego Padres have made huge strides in the past few years till as recent as this past August, when they acquired the MVP caliber outfielder Juan Soto. While Soto’s services did not come cheap, it’s all in effort to walk home as champions.

Soto has struggled a bit initially since joining the Padres, as the outfielder possesses a .236/.388/.390/.778 slash line in 52 games. However, he has turned it around in the past two weeks as he’s been hitting .309/.424/.545 in last 55 at-bats.

Another big name that found his way on the Padres is closer Josh Hader. Hader, much like Soto, struggled quite a bit when first joining the friars however has been better as of recently.

The left-hander hasn’t given up a run in his last 6.1 innings pitched. While this isn’t a long stretch, you’re definitely going to want your closer finding rhythm before your playoff run… perfect timing for Hader and the Padres.

This is a star-studded squad. Even with the self-inflicted loss of Fernando Tatis Jr., the Padres are just as dangerous as the Yankees in the late 90’s.

And while Max Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in the league, Friday night’s contest won’t be an easy task for the veteran ace.

Pete Alonso is Rewriting his Book

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official, the book is out on Pete Alonso. No, you can’t get it on kindle or Amazon, and no you won’t be able to listen to the audio version while driving to work on Friday morning.

The book we’re talking about here is how the opposing pitchers approach an AB with the Polar Bear, which is common with every player.

“The book’s out. I’ve been around now and for me teams don’t want to give up the home run ball so I want to be able to to adjust and have a good disciplined approach… If I’m staying disciplined, going the other way, taking walks or just putting a good quality swing on the ball in the zone then I’m doing well.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

During the shortened 2020 campaign, Alonso hit just .232/.326/.490/.817 in just 208 at-bats. Some may say that that 2020 year was a wash, but some may also argue that a productivity dip was to be expected as apart of a sophomore slump.

Throughout Alonso’s career, the first baseman is batting .258/.346/.539/.835 in 1482 AB’s.

This season, Alonso is hitting a slash line of .276/.333/.500/.833 in his 116 AB’s. A batting average 18 points higher than his career average, and while his OBP is slightly lower, it’s bound to make a jump up as the slugger continues to adapt.

“I feel like I have pretty decent bat-to-ball… I put a lot of stuff in play hard consistently and I’ve committed to the zone really well and I just want to continue to be able to do that.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

And this is what separates the elite from the rest of the pack, the ability to change and adapt, not just throughout a season, but also the entirety of your career.

“I haven’t seen as many driveable pitches where you want to get big on and hit a double in the gap or go up top but I just want to stay within myself and just put good quality swings on good pitches. Going to right field is a product of having a plan and not getting too big.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

In the slugger’s last 15 games, Alonso’s slashing at a .321/.415/.696 clip to go alongside six home runs and 16 RBI’s. The latest bomb would come in the form of a walk of 2-run home run in the bottom of the 10th against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday afternoon.

Pete Alonso is Rewriting his Book

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official, the book is out on Pete Alonso. No, you can’t get it on kindle or Amazon, and no you won’t be able to listen to the audio version while driving to work on Monday morning.

The book we’re talking about here is how the opposing pitchers approach an AB with the Polar Bear, which is common with every player.

“The book’s out. I’ve been around now and for me teams don’t want to give up the home run ball so I want to be able to to adjust and have a good disciplined approach… If I’m staying disciplined, going the other way, taking walks or just putting a good quality swing on the ball in the zone then I’m doing well.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

During the shortened 2020 campaign, Alonso hit just .232/.326/.490/.817 in just 208 at-bats. Some may say that that 2020 year was a wash, but some may also argue that a productivity dip was to be expected as apart of a sophomore slump.

Throughout Alonso’s career, the first baseman is batting .258/.346/.539/.835 in 1482 AB’s.

This season, Alonso is hitting a slash line of .276/.333/.500/.833 in his 116 AB’s. A batting average 18 points higher than his career average, and while his OBP is slightly lower, it’s bound to make a jump up as the slugger continues to adapt.

“I feel like I have pretty decent bat-to-ball… I put a lot of stuff in play hard consistently and I’ve committed to the zone really well and I just want to continue to be able to do that.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

And this is what separates the elite from the rest of the pack, the ability to change and adapt, not just throughout a season, but also the entirety of your career.

“I haven’t seen as many driveable pitches where you want to get big on and hit a double in the gap or go up top but I just want to stay within myself and just put good quality swings on good pitches. Going to right field is a product of having a plan and not getting too big.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

Alonso clubbed two home runs with five RBI’s on Mother’s Day in his 3-5 effort of game two of the doubleheader. Alonso now has 7 bombs on the season, and 113 in his short four-year career.

Mets Junkies Game Recap: The Mets Take Two

The culture has shifted. This is something that Mets fans have been hoping for since the late 80’s, and it couldn’t have come to Queens soon enough.

The New York Mets hosted a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday afternoon, with pitchers Tylor Megill and Max Scherzer on the rubber.

While Megill wasn’t as sharp as he’s been throughout his first couple of starts, the Mets were still able to walk away with the win, as they would comeback, and eventually walk-off in the tenth.

Megill tossed six innings, surrendering four i runs on seven hits and two walks. The righty was able to K just four batters as his ERA has now raised to 2.20 in 16.1 innings pitched.

The Mets scored three in the middle innings, two of which would come off of the bat of Jeff McNeil with a fifth inning double. The two runs would cut the deficit down to 4-3.

It’s important to note that Mets first baseman Pete Alonso made a big defensive play during the contest. Alonso has garnered a lot of criticism, in pertains to first base and defensive abilities.

After tying the game, Francisco Lindor would eventually end the game in the bottom of the tenth with a walk-off, RBI single.

The second game featured Max Scherzer on the hill, and it went just about as you would expect for the Giants.

Scherzer threw seven innings of one run ball, while striking out ten batters. He did surrender a run on a lone hit, as well as walking three on the night.

Drew Smith continues to look fantastic out of the bullpen, and should continue to be a vital part of the pen, especially now without Miguel Castro.

Eduardo Escobar also continues to be clutch while donning the Orange & Blue. The utility man went 2-4 with two RBI’s as his batting average is now sitting at .289 on the campaign.

Scherzer is now 3-0 as a Met, with an ERA of 2.50 in 18 innings pitched.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Clobber D’Backs in Home Opener

On the festive loaded day the Mets beat the Diamondbacks in their first game at Citi Field in 2022. The day the Mets unveiled the Seaver statue and MLB celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, the Mets didn’t disappoint in a 10-3 victory.

The Mets opened with score with two Pete Alonso sac flies, before the power was shown. Robinson Cano hit his first homerun of the year on Jackie Robinson Day. He took a Davies off speed pitch the other way in the fourth to extend the Mets lead to 3-0.

In the fifth Francisco Lindor added a 2 run bomb to make it 5-0 Mets. It was the first of two homeruns for the Mets star shortstop, who is off to a hot start.

After a run in the seventh, the Mets added 4 to bust the Game open in the eight. Starling Marte hit his first as a Met and Lindor followed with his second of the Game to make it 10-1. Marte and Jankowski collected three hit games in the win.

It was more then enough for Bassitt and the bullpen. Bassitt went 6 innings of one run ball, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts. Shreve struck out the side in the 7th and Smith followed with a scoreless frame in the eight, before Sean Reid-Foley allowed 2 in the ninth.

Tomorrow, the Mets will face Zac Gallen and the Diamondbacks and try to improve to 7-2 on the season. Carlos Carrasco will try to follow up his great first outing with another good one tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled at 1.10pm.

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