Poll: Who will be in the Mets rotation?

With Jacob deGrom gone, the Mets have a big pair of cleats to fill. So, who should the Mets acquire for their 2023 rotation? Vote below or on Twitter.

deGrom to the Braves… Unlikey?

Ok, so who’s ready to party? No, no, we didn’t win shit but as of right now, MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal is reporting that it’s highly unlikely that deGrom would leave the Mets for the Atlanta Braves.

Let’s not forget to wish Francisco Lindor a Happy Birthday!

Yes, I’m absolutely celebrating this bit of news if it turns up to be true.

Being that deGrom is from the south in DeLand, Florida, many executives around the league believed that the Braves would be a landing spot that would be highly desired for the 34 year old veteran.

So now, if Atlanta is out of the deGrom race (which I highly doubt), look for the Texas Rangers to make a huge push for the 2-time Cy Young Award Winner.

Courtesy of GENY Mets Report

Mets Make Changes to Staff

Former St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach Jeff Albert has been named the Mets new hitting director. The team has also signed on Eric Jagers as a coach, interestingly enough, Jagers has never played professionally.

John Mozeliak, the president of Baseball Operations has praised the work of Albert, in the past. “Jeff accomplished exactly what we were hoping he would do.

Mozeliak continued to state, “He modernized our hitting program, our strategy. He made a huge contribution to our minor-league side. From that standpoint, it was a success.

Jagers, 41, formerly a coach in the Cincinnati Reds system, will join the Mets system as the team’s new Pitching Director.

The team has also added Eddie Rodriguez to be their Minor League Field Coordinator. Rodriguez spent the last three seasons with the Miami Marlins as the team’s catching coach on the Fish’ Major League staff.

Also… Will the Mets and Rays work something out before the deadline for the 40-man roster is set?

Also Read: Mets Make Some Bullpen Moves

Mets Junkies Game Recap: Cookie Crumb’s

New York Mets starter Carlos Carrasco had another tough outing in Orange & Blue. The former Cleveland Indians pitcher made his first appearance of the spring, while giving up three runs in four innings pitched.

So far this spring, Carrasco sports an ERA of 6.75 after his first go-around against the Houston Astros.

Slugger Pete Alonso displayed his mammoth like power as the first baseman hit a three-run shot in the 6th, counting for his first long-ball of the spring.

Also Read: Mets Junkies Projections: Polar Bear Pete

So far during the spring, the Mets pitching staff has looked pretty. Relievers Adam Ottavino, Miguel Castro, Alex Claudio, Drew Smith, and Colin Holderman have all been on point as they haven’t allowed any runs during Spring Training.

The 6-4 Mets will square off against the 1-10 Washington Nationals on Thursday evening as Erick Fedde will take on Taijuan Walker.

Photo Credit: Anthony DiComo

Mets to Sign Veteran Outfielder

The Mets and outfielder Josh Reddick are closing in on a minor-league deal. The veteran outfielder was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier in the week after slashing .258/.285/.371 in 158 plate appearances.

If Reddick sticks with the club for the remainder of the season, the 34-year old would indeed be eligible for the playoffs, should the Mets make it.

Reddick will join outfielders Albert Almora jr, Mason Williams, and Khalil Lee in the organization. While the Mets do have some depth, Reddick is probably the team’s best offensive option of the bunch.

Throughout 4408 career at-bats, Reddick owns a .262/.321/.426/.747 slash line.

MetsJunkies Game Recap: Mets beat Stros behind Strong Lucchesi

The Mets beat the Astros behind a very strong Joey Lucchesi. The lefty made his final bid to make the ball club in a 8-3 Mets Victory.

Pitching Lines:

Jacob Barnes: IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K

Joey Lucchesi: 4.2IP, 3H, ER, BB, 4K

Aaron Loup: 0.1IP, 0H, 0R

Trevor May: IP, H, ER, 0BB, 2K

Oscar de la Cruz: IP, H, ER, BB, K

Jerry Blevins: IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K

Jacob Barnes got the start as an opener and it worked out great. Barnes started with a perfect frame striking out 2.

Lucchesi did fair well after the opener on going 4.2 very strong innings. His only blemish, a solo shot from Bregman. Lucchesi has a 2.77 ERA this spring.

Offensive numbers:

Francisco Lindor: 3-3, 3RBIs, BB, SB

Dom Smith: 2-4, HR, 2RBIs, 2R

Pete Alonso: 1-4, HR, 2RBIs, R, K

Lindor keeps raking and hopefully he is close to an extenstion. Alonso and Smith showed power in the 8-3 win.

The Mets also showed some good defense in the victory. Both McNeil and Lindor showed their glove in the win. A big improvement for the Mets.

Photo by: Mets Twitter

#ThrowbackThursday Mets Edition: Jeff Kent

On August 27th, 1992, the New York Mets traded away the beloved David Cone, who won 20 games in 1988 to Toronto for 2nd Basemen Jeff Kent. Toronto also included OF’er Ryan Thompson in the deal with the Mets.

However before he was a Met, Kent was drafted by the Blue Jays as a shortstop in the 20th round as the 521st overall pick in the 1989 amateur draft. But the Blue Jay’s didn’t plan to use Kent at shortstop (rightfully so), & already had Roberto Alomar at 2nd Base. So they opted to trade him for the previous 20 game winner, David Cone, who was in a contract year & was the bigger name of the 3 (at the time) involved in the trade.

Also read: #ThrowbackThursday Mets Edition: Jeff Kent

The Mets acquired Kent as an upgrade at second base over the 37 year old Willie Randolph, who was at the tail end of his career. But the Mets didn’t see any success that year as they would go on to lose 90 games but with Kent, the Mets had high hopes for the future.

Kent spent four years with the Mets putting up good numbers but not good enough for New York to stick with the right handed infielder. He also built himself a reputation within the clubhouse that distanced him from his teammates when he refused to participate in a annual Rookie Hazing, feeling that he left his rookie days in Toronto.

In 1996, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians along side with Jose Vizcaino for Alvaro Espinosa & Carlos Baerga. Kent would later on win the MVP award while with San Fransisco in 2000 & is the all time leader in home runs amongst his peers at second base. From 1997 to 2005, Kent has driven in 90 or more runs & is 21st on the all time doubles list at 560 as well as being a 5 time all-star.

In 498 games with the Mets, Kent has 510 hits, 98 doubles, 10 triples, 67 HR’s, 267 RBI’s, & 110 BB’s & his slash line at .279/ .327/ .453/ .453/ .780, an OPS+ of 107 and a 55.4 career WAR. Jeff Kent is currently not in the Hall of Fame however that’s just one of the travesties concerning Cooperstown & the BBWAA when it comes to letting in players of this caliber. 😬

MetsJunkies Game Recap: Mets beat the Astros, Lindor hits first Mets HR

The Mets beat the Astros 8-3 yesterday.

Pitching Lines:

Jacob deGrom: 4IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K. 1.00 ERA

deGrom allowed his first run on a wind aided homerun in the third. He did got some help from his outfield defense in the fourth with Nimmo robbing Bregman of a homerun.

Jeurys Familia: IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 0K. 0.00 ERA

Familia got himself in and out of trouble in the fifth. Walks are an issue with Familia this spring

Dellin Betances: IP, H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K. 13.50 ERA

Betances struggles continue in another subpar outing. The velo was down since his last outing and he just doesn’t get any swing and misses. Major concern going into the season.

Trevor May: IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K. 4.50 ERA

May has struck out 5 batter over 4 innings pitched so far this spring.

Miguel Castro: IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K. 0.00 ERA.

Miguel Castro is showing his true potential this spring. He has allowed just one walk over 4 innings, without allowing a hit.

Sam McWilliams: IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K. 0.00 ERA

McWilliams was send down to AAA after the game. He didn’t allow a run but his control was off. I do see the potential in him striking out 4 over 3 innings. If he gets his control, we have something.

Offense:

Francisco Lindor: 2-3, HR, 2RBI, 2R, BB (.227avg/684OPS)

Lindor is starting to hit, as he collected his first homerun as a Met.

Dom Smith: 1-3, 3 run HR (.182avg/.636OPS)

Dom Smith connected on his second homerun of the spring.

Pete Alonso: 3-3, HR, 2B, RBI, BB, R. (.417avg/.1492OPS)

Pete keeps crushing the baseball. Nothing more to add

The Mets will face the Marlins at 1.05 EST. Lucchesi will get the start.

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview 3/16

The Mets won a close one yesterday against the St. Louis Cardinals and continue to prepare for the upcoming season with a ton of roster moves to be made. This afternoon they’ll be taking on the Astros as deGrom takes the hill.

This will be deGrom’s third time out this spring and interestingly enough, all appearances come against the Houston Astros. This should make it difficult for teams within the N.L. East once they actually do see the two-time Cy Young award winner.

In his 5.0 innings pitched so far, deGrom owns a 0.00 ERA while walking just one, giving up one hit and striking out 10. There’s no doubt, barring any injury of course, that not only will deGrom be ready for Opening Day, however he’ll be hunting down his third Cy trophy.

It looks like that the Astros have yet to name a starter for tomorrow’s contest but in a Spring Training game against deGrom, they might as well throw out a prospect and call it a afternoon.

Photo from New York Mets

Almora crushes HR

Almora took a belt-high fastball and absolutely crushed it, driving it over the left field wall. This is Almora’s first HR of the Spring and is currently fighting for a fifth OF spot on the Mets 26-man roster.

While it’s likely that Almora will start the season in Syracuse, this HR is nothing but great signs of formidable depth.

Photo from The Athletic