Is Freddie Freeman a Good Fit for the Mets?

Major League Baseball is back, bay-bay! After the MLBPA and the owners have come to an agreement, teams are now again allowed to negotiate deals with free agents. One of those free agents that are set to garnish a lot of attention is first baseman Freddie Freeman.

The feeling and perception around the league is that Freeman has played his last games with the Braves and plans to be moving on, as reported by Joel Sherman.

There aren’t too many MLB teams that would refuse Freddie Freeman and what he has to bring to the table, offensively as well as defensively. While Freeman is already at the age of 32, he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down just yet.

It’s been rumored that the Tampa Bay Rays have shown interest before the lockout took place, as well as the Los Angeles Dodgers even offering Freeman a multi-year deal.

The first baseman hit .300/.393/.503/.893 in 600 AB’s for the Braves in during the 2021 campaign, along side 31 home runs and 25 doubles. Freeman took home the Silver Slugger Award while also leading the league in runs scored in what could be his final season in Atlanta.

The Braves did put an offer of $135M on the table throughout five years, however it’s said that the former MVP has his eyes set on at least a six year pact.

The deal is going to take some serious commitments in the form of cash and the amount of years involved. But with Steve Cohen seemingly willing to go the extra mile, it isn’t completely out of the question.

What if the Mets made a deal? How would it effect them?

It would give the Mets a number three hitter for at least two to three years in the form of a solid defensive glove at first. Former Mets catcher and current analyst on SNY, Anthony Recker has stated in a segment that Freeman is the type of player that still wants to be on the field.

It’s a valid statement considering we’ve heard the same from Pete Alonso, also a first baseman. With the DH set to take over, it does give the Mets the option to have both players in the lineup.

However, this would likely force Dom Smith off of the Mets roster. While he’d be an obviously great bat off the bench, a trade would give the team the chance to acquire a middle of the rotation arm or even replenish the MiLB system.

But the answer is “Duh!”, Freeman is a great fit for the Mets.

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Tuesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup (7/27)

The 53-45 New York Mets will play the third game of a five -game set against the 49-51 Atlanta Braves. After splitting Monday’s doubleheader, the Mets look to put some more distance between the two teams.

The Mets plan to send right-hander Jerad Eickhoff to the hill, making his fifth appearance of the season. The Evansville, Indians native is 0-1 with a 4.96 ERA and has 9 K’s in 16.1 innings pitched.

The Atlanta Braves will have 37-year old righty Charlie Morton on the mound, a former third round pick with the Braves back in 2002. In his last start, Morton picked up his 9th win by pitching six innings while giving up two runs and striking out eight against the Philadelphia Phillies

Morton, so far is having a good season, pitching to a 3.65 ERA but owning an impressive 9-3 record. The Flemington, New Jersey native has also struck out 130 batters in 111.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets drop second straight

After being blown out the night prior, the Mets came back and played good baseball, however it would go down in a loss. Jacob deGrom gave up three runs out of the gate in the bottom of the first, two of them coming off of an Austin Riley home run.

The Mets did get on the board first in the top half via a hard hit single by Michael Conforto. Lindor would score on the play after stealing a bag off of the Ian Anderson/Kevan Smith combination.

Dom Smith would hit a pair of home runs, his 7th and 8th of the year. While the surge in power was great to see in the latter innings, it still wasn’t enough as they fell short 4-3 to the Braves.

Trevor May pitched a scoreless inning and has lowered his ERA to 3.34 after making his 34th appearance of the campaign.

The Mets look to turn things around in the Subway Series against the Yankees starting on Friday, weather permitting.

Thursday’s Pitching Preview 7/1

The 41-35 New York Mets will play the last of a three-game set against the 38-41 Atlanta Braves. After losing Wednesday’s contest in a blowout (20-2) at Citi, the Mets look to take the series on the finale.

Tonight’s contest will feature a two-time Cy Young and a Hall of Fame’r in the making. Jacob deGrom will hit the hill for the Mets, looking to improve his 7-2 record as well as his immaculate 0.69 ERA.

deGrom’s last outing came against the Phillies back at Citi Field, and was solid. He went on to throw 6.0 innings as he only gave up two runs on three hits and one walk. He also struck out five, increasing his season totals to 122 in 78.0 innings pitched.

The Atlanta Braves will have 23-year old local Ian Anderson on the mound, a former first round pick (3rd Overall) of the Braves in the 2016 draft. In his last start, Anderson pitched six innings while giving up three runs in a loss against the Cincinnati Reds.

Anderson, so far is having an above average season, pitching to a 3.42 ERA while owning a 5-4 record. The Rexford, New York native has also struck out 88 batters in 81.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:20 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

MetsJunkies Recap: Let’s Pretend it Never Happened

The Mets got clobbered 20-2 against the Braves in the second game of the series. Pete Alonso provided the only runs with a first inning 2 run bomb.

Peterson gave it right back and ended up leaving due to right side soreness in the 4th. Peterson overall line wasn’t pretty as he allowed 6 runs (5 earned) over 3 plus innings.

The Mets defense and Sean Reid-Foley didn’t stop the bleeding as he allowed 5 runs (4 earned) while getting just one out.

Szapucki tried to eat innings, but was clearly gassed in the eight. He allowed 6 runs over 3.2 innings in his debut. Albert Almora got the position player pitching assignment, allowing 3 in the innings.

In the end it is just one loss and the Mets have a shot to win the series with deGrom facing Anderson. With a Nats win the Mets lead has shrunk to 2 games.

Photo by: New York Post Sports

MetsJunkies Recap: McCannon Strikes in Comeback Win

The Mets beat the Braves 4-3 in the opening game of a three game series in Atlanta. After the offense was stymied over 6 innings, the bats woke up in the seventh.

James McCann hit a huge game tying three run homerun. It was McCann his 7th of the year. Most likely the biggest of his Mets tenure so far.

After Peraza doubled, Lindor got him home with a 2 out RBI Single to give the Mets the lead.

Trevor May, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz closed out the game to get the one run victory. Drew Smith got the win after a scoreless sixth.

Tylor Megill was solid over 5 innings of three run ball, striking out 8. Only blemish was an Ozzie Albies 3 run homerun.

The Mets will try to make it two in a row with David Peterson facing Max Fried.

Photo by: SNY

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets split Doubleheader with Braves

The Braves and Mets set up shop for two games on Monday and the teams split the doubleheader. The first game of the day featured Jacob deGrom and of course, he did Jacob deGrom like things.

The Mets’ ace hit the mound and threw five innings of shutout baseball while striking out six batters. In the process, deGrom was able to lower his already minuscule ERA to 0.50 while also improving his record to 7-2.

Dom Smith plated across three runs in the 5th with a sharply hit double off of left-hander Sean Newcomb. The extra base hit put deGrom in a good situation with the Mets up 4-0.

Seth Lugo entered in the 6th and gave up two runs on a Ozzie Albies home run. Lugo’s ERA now sits at a still very respectable 2.89 after the appearance.

Edwin Diaz did however come into the game in the 7th and shut down the Braves, earning his 15th save of the season.

The Mets would end up dropping the second game to the Braves as they were shut out in a 1-0 loss.

Jerad Eickhoff made his Mets debut as the right-hander pitched four scoreless innings while striking out three. The former Philadelphia Philly may have pitched well enough to get another nod at some point down the line.

Miguel Castro would be the Mets pitcher of record as he gave up a bullet of a line drive home run to Ronald Acuna, over a leaping Kevin Pillar in center. Even though Castro picked up the loss, he owns a 3.03 ERA and has been a reliable arm.

Both Sean Reid-Foley and Trevor May pitched a scoreless inning, combining for three strikeouts.

Tomorrow’s contest will feature a matchup of Charlie Morton versus Marcus Stroman.

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview 5/29

The 25-20 New York Mets will play the final out of a three-game set against the 24-26 Atlanta Braves. After winning their fourth straight, the Mets look to keep the momentum going.

The Mets plan to send their ace Jacob deGrom to the hill, making his eighth appearance of the season. The DeLand, Florida native is 3-2 with a 0.80 ERA with 74 K’s in 45.0 innings pitched.

deGrom is coming fresh off of a start in which he tossed five innings, giving up just one earned run on three hits. Luckily, he should be pushed to go a little bit further in today’s contest against the Braves.

The Atlanta Braves will have 27-year old Max Fried on the mound, a veteran left-hander making his eighth appearance of the campaign. Fried pitched seven innings while giving up just one run on four hits.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:08 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY, as well as nationally on ESPN.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Beat Up the Braves

In a feel good game for the Mets, they beat up the division rival Braves 13-2. The Mets hit a season high 5 homeruns in the victory.

James McCann had a huge day going 4 for 5 with a homerun, double, scoring 3 runs and driving in two. He opened the score with a solo homerun in the first.

The Mets added one in the third after a Dom Smith RBI hit. Villar homered in the 5th and Nido RBI force out added one more.

The Mets showed their muscles in the sixth, scoring 7 runs. Drury homered after Maybin collected his first Mets hit, McCann and Nido collected RBI hits and McKinney hit his first Mets homerun to make it 7 runs in the inning. Lindor added 2 more runs in the seventh with his fourth homer of the year.

Taijuan Walker got the win in his return to action going 5 dominant innings. He allowed 0 runs on 2 hits, while striking out 8. Castro, Reid-Foley and Barnes closed out the game.

Jacob deGrom and the Mets will try to make it 5 in a row today, looking to sweep the Braves. The Mets now have a 3.5 game lead in the East.

Photo by: Mets Twitter

MetsJunkies Game Recap: ReplaceMets fall to Braves; Win the Series

Jonathan Villar has been pretty clutch since joining the Mets, especially while in the starting lineup. Today, Villar lead the fourth inning off with a home run off of Braves starter Charlie Morton.

Former New York Mets outfielder Guillermo Heredia would put Atlanta on the board with a well hit single. Pitcher Charlie Morton would immediately follow Heredia with an unorthodox RBI single of his own, putting the Braves up by two.

Unfortunately, it wouldn’t end just yet. David Peterson would throw a 58-footer causing a wild pitch and that would allow Heredia to cross the plate.

So after 4.2 innings pitched, Peterson would be removed after pitching an excellent four innings out of the gate. He would be charged with three earned runs on five hits while walking one and striking out five.

Drew Smith would come in to relieve Peterson and was spot on as he went 1.1 scoreless innings, keeping his ERA at 0.00 so far.

In the top half of the seventh, Jose Peraza would lace a double down the line that would push across Dom Smith to score. Tomas Nido would crash through again with his own single to put the Mets up 4-3, the catcher is 5-9 in the series and has driven in three runs.

Miguel Castro, who opened in last night’s contest, came on to pitch in the seventh as he put down the middle of the Braves order in yet another impressive outing. Not only did the righty get the job done, but his pitches had a tremendous amount of movement on them as he was clearly effective. Castro’s ERA is now 2.97 on the year.

However, Aaron Loup would come into the game in the eighth and give up three consecutive hits to start the inning, giving up the lead. He would be removed for Jacob Barnes.

Barnes and the Mets did a great job of getting out of the eighth inning with only giving up one run, however Ronald Acuna Jr would hit a walk-off home run off of Barnes to lead off the ninth.

The Mets would drop the game, 5-4, however they did take the series against the Braves. After a day off tomorrow, the Mets will be back on Friday to take on Miami Marlins.