Brandon Nimmo to the Jays?

Someone please let Brandon Nimmo know that Canadian bacon is just a flavored smoked ham and that weed is practically legal everywhere now. I believe this is important for Brandon to know, especially with teams like the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies emerging as just a couple of teams showing interest in the on-base machine.

All jokes aside, with the Blue Jays making a shocking trade today, of Teoscar Hernandez to the Seattle Mariners for late inning reliever Erik Swanson as well as pitching prospect Adam Macko. The Jays could be shifting their interest to Nimmo now, according to Jon Morosi.

During his earlier years in New York, fans debated on whether or not if Nimmo was no more than a fourth outfielder. Now headed into free agency for the first time in his career, Nimmo is clearly the best center fielder available on the open market. It’s impressive.

While the Mets are still interested in the Wyoming born player, the rest of the league will not make it easy for Eppler and Anderson. And of course, while owner Steve Cohen has more than enough money to make it happen 10x’s over, there’s still a financial limit the Mets do not want to cross.

This now makes this the second time in three years in which both the Mets and Blue Jays are showing interest in the same outfielder. The first being when the Toronto Blue Jays ended up winning the George Springer contest of 2021.

This will make for another interesting off season, so stay updated with all Mets content on Mets Junkies. Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Shutout Powerfull Phills

The Mets shutout the Phillies with a 2-0 win on Tuesday. Tylor Megill was great jet again pitching 5.1 scoreless frames. Megill now has 10.1 innings of scoreless ball this season!

Megill allowed just 3 hits without allowing a walk, while striking out 5. Over his season, Megill allowed just 6 hits without walking a batter.

The bullpen didn’t falther on Tuesday as Chasen Shreve (IP, 0H, 0BB,K) and Drew Smith (1.2IP, H, 0BB, 3K) got the ball to closer Edwin Diaz, who returned from paternity leave.

Diaz got into a little trouble, allowing two infield hits. But the closer dominated Schwarber, Harper and Hoskins with three strikeouts. His slider looked great and got a lot of swings and misses.

The Mets offense got just enough against Wheeler and the Phillies bullpen, collecting just 3 hits. Brandon Nimmo opened the score with a solo shot against Wheeler in the fifth. Lindor added a clutch RBI hit in the eight, scoring Marte who collected a clutch stolen base.

Today Max Scherzer and the Mets (4-2) will play the Rubber Game against Nola and the Phillies (3-2). Game starts at 1.05 at Citizen’s Bank Park.

Photo Credit: New York Post

MetsJunkies Recap: McNeil had Himself a Birthday

The Mets beat the Nationals to improve to 2-0 in the early season. Max Scherzer made his Mets debut and he was solid going 6 innings of 3 run ball. Max allowed just 3 hits and a walk, while striking out 6 to get his first win as a Met.

The Mets got more then enough offense in their 7-3 victory. The Mets collected 13 hits with Jeff McNeil being the big man. On his 30th birthday, McNeil went 3 for 4 with a homerun, 2RBI’s, 2 runs and a walk.

Other solid performances came from Starling Marte (2 for 5, 2B, 3RBI), Robbie Cano (1 for 4, 2RBI), Mark Canha (2 for 3, R, 2BB) and Bradon Nimmo (2 for 5, 3B, R).

Another day, another Mets hit in the face as Lindor got hit by Steve Chishek. The beaches cleared with Buck Showalter going at it first. Lindor X-Rays were negative and he passed his concussion protocol.

After Scherzer, the Mets bullpen shut down the Nats with scoreless frames from Drew Smith, Seth Lugo and Sean Reid-Foley. Edwin Diaz is unavailable for a couple of days after his grandpa passed away.

Today Chris Bassitt will make his Mets debut against Joan Adon and the Nationals. The Game starts at 7.05 in D.C. and can be watched on SNY.

Photo Credit: New York Post

MetsJunkies Recap: Bassitt Shines

The Mets played the Marlins yesterday with Chris Bassitt making his unofficial Mets debut. The newly acquired righty pitched well, going 4.2 scoreless frames. Bassitt allowed just 4 hits while walking none and striking out 3.

That was the start of a Mets shutout, as the Mets beat the Marlins 10-0. Eric Orze got the final out of the 5th. Felix Pena followed with 2 scoreless frames and Chasen Shreve kept his strong bid for the opening day roster going with a perfect frame and 2 strikeouts. Sean Reid-Foley finished it off with a scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit with 2 K’s of his own.

The Mets offense got the better of Major League arms Pablo Lopez and Zack Pop. The Mets got 4 runs against the Marlins starter and added 4 against the Marlins righty reliever. Francisco Lindor homered yet again as he hit a 2 run homerun against Lopez in a 2 for 2 day with 4 RBI’s

Lindor didn’t just hit, he also made a sparkling defensive gem to get an out. He ranged far to his left to help Bassitt get the out. Impressive play by the star shortstop, who has been terrific.

Lindor wasn’t the only Mets player who had a terrific day. Nimmo went yard in a 2 for 5 day. McNeil and Dom both collected 2 hits. Marte and McCann drove in a run and the Mets overall collected 15 hits with 7 extra base hits (Lindor 2, McNeil, Dom, Nimmo, Marte and McCann).

Tomorrow the Mets will face the Astros at Glover Park with Carlos Carrasco getting the start for the Mets. It will be televised on SNY, starting at 6.10pm.

Photo Credit: New York Post Sports

Nimmo puts a stronghold on CF; Updated Lineup.

A couple of days ago, Corné and myself were talking about exactly this on The Mets Junkies Podcast and it looks like someone is listening. Well, probably not, but Corné confidently called it.

Like many others, I had Starling Marte slated to be the Mets opening day center fielder, at least for the 2022 campaign. However, it turns out not to be the case. Marte confirmed with reporters on Tuesday that he plans to be playing right field.

The newly acquired outfielder has been taking it light since arriving to camp, as he’s nursing a minor oblique injury. However, he has been slightly turning it up, as we get closer and closer to Opening Day.

This should come as a vote of confidence for Brandon Nimmo, as he’s made huge strides defensively. Not only will he captain the outfield, but the Wyoming native could be poised to lead off for the Mets, as well.

It’s been no secret that Brandon Nimmo is open to working on an extension that would keep him in Orange & Blue for a long while.

  1. Brandon Nimmo – L – CF
  2. Starling Marte – R – RF
  3. Francisco Lindor – S – SS
  4. Pete Alonso – R – 1B
  5. Robinson Cano – L – DH
  6. Eduardo Escobar – S – 3B
  7. Jeff McNeil – L – 2B
  8. Mark Canha – R – LF
  9. James McCann – R – C

Corné’s Cut:

As mentioned on the Podcast, playing Nimmo as our main center fielder is a no brainer to me. Here is the thing. Marte has been a solid center fielder and is definitely the more flashy outfielder to watch, I totally get that. But if you look at the metrics from last year, the younger Nimmo outplayed Marte by 1 OAA.

While that isn’t a large gap by any means, it’s worth noting that OAA is a range factored stat and with Nimmo having less Spring Speed, he still had better range. So what happens when Marte loses a step?

Another important part of this decision is that I like to want to keep Nimmo as a Met. A lot of fans want. I do believe Nimmo wants to be a center fielder and he wil leave the Mets and play center somewhere else.

Nimmo is a true center fielder and we should acknowledge that.

Photo Credit: New York Mets

Will Marte’s Opening Day be in Jeopardy?

This is not the question we want to entertain just 18 days prior to the 2022 season, yet here we are. Newly acquired center fielder, Starling Marte is dealing with an oblique injury and Mets manager Buck Showalter has told reporters that Marte has yet to swing a bat since being in camp.

While Buck says that he expects Marte to start the year in the Opening Day lineup, oblique injuries have proven to be tricky and can linger for a period of time.

Defensively, they won’t lose too much if anything at all, as the Mets are prepared to slide Brandon Nimmo over to center from the corner. The Wyoming native was already slotted in at the top of the lineup with an incredible .393 career on base percentage.

However focusing on the offensive side, the Mets lose the spark plug speed that Marte possesses. The kind of talent and speed that allows you to reach base at a .383 percentage and swipes 47 bags.

Let’s make no mistake, the organization has been missing this caliber of a spark plug since Jose Reyes was in his prime and departed for the Miami Marlins. So signing Marte was as significant as it gets, especially for a club that’s heavily pushing for World Series victory within the next few years.

If the injury turns out to be bigger than initially thought, this could force the hand on a Conforto-Mets reunion.

While Conforto rejected a $100M+ deal last year, he could possibly be tempted to accept a shorter term offer in order to build his value on the open market.

This would be very unlikely, in my opinion. It would make a lot more sense for the Mets to find a plug and play type player, or two… or three.

Free Agent Target: Starling Marte

Many fans have had their eyes on Marte since the Pittsburgh Pirates had the star centerfielder on the trading block. Eventually, the Pirates would end up sending the right-handed slugger to Arizona. Now a couple of seasons later, Marte is a Free Agent and could find himself in Flushing, Queens before the start of the 2022 season.

There isn’t a ton of top tier talent on the free agent market and it’s no secret that the Mets will be looking to improve defensively in center. With Conforto likely on his way out, this gives the team the opportunity to move Nimmo over to the corner while trying to find a competent enough bat to captain the outfield.

“But Gem, he’s 33 years old, he can’t play center.”

Listen, I get what you’re saying but no. Looking at Marte’s Baseball Savant page, you’ll see that he still ranks around the top of the league when it comes to OAA (Outs Above Average). The same goes for his sprint speed, maximum exit velocity, as well as his xBA.

If all of this is making you want to vomit, I understand, so let’s look at the basics.

In 2021, Marte hit .310 while getting on base at a .383 clip and slugging a respectable .458 with the Miami Marlins and Oakland Athletics. Not to mention his 27 doubles, 12 home runs, and an amazing 47 stolen bases to go along side those numbers.

Throughout the span of his 10-year career, the Dominican born outfielder slashes .289/.346/.451/.797 with 126 home runs and 296 swipes. While the Mets aren’t necessarily a slow footed team, they’re not exactly burners on the paths, either. His addition would bring a huge threat to the top of lineup.

Also read: Could a Smith for Bellinger Trade Work?

MLBTR has Marte getting approximately $80M for 4 years and Tim Dierkes has him signing with the Mets.

However, Jim Bowden of The Athletic thinks that the outfielder is a “great fit” for the Yankees so I believe Marte’s agent will be busy fielding offers this winter. Anything can happen, but if he does see his way on to the Mets, this lineup would have changed drastically.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Comeback in Ninth

Taijuan Walker would only throw 35 pitches as he would give up six runs, three coming on a huge blunder by the pitcher. While it did look like the ball might have hit the batter’s shin while coming out of the box, Walker shouldn’t have given up on the play.

Drew Smith pitched 2.2 innings in relief, giving up just one hit while striking out a pair. Miguel Castro had a bounce back appearance as the right hander pitched a scoreless inning, now bring his ERA to 3.65 on the year.

Travis Blankenhorn aka Blanken-bomb came off of the pine and went “bench-mob” on pitcher Brubaker with a three-run home run. The home run, his first of his career, would cut the lead to 4-6. Although it’s just six at-bats, Blankenhorn is hitting .333 in his last seven games and is proving to be a solid bench piece.

Left-hander Aaron Loup threw two scoreless innings while lowering his ERA to 1.48 after making his 33rd appearance. Jeurys Familia picked up the win as the righty lowered his ERA to 3.68 after pitching a pair of scoreless innings of his own.

While some fans have been piling on Michael Conforto and his sub .200 batting average, he’s still been getting on base at a .347 clip. However, today it was the long ball as Conforto hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning off of Pirates closer Richard Rodriguez.

Trevor May picked up his second save of the year as he pitched a scoreless bottom half of the ninth. May did walk a batter but also struck one out as he lowered his ERA to 3.38 after making his 37th appearance.

The Mets will travel to Ohio to take on the Cincinnati Reds for a three-game set. Jerad Eickhoff will be on the mound as the Reds plan to send right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez to the hill for the 7:10 PM start.

MetsJunkies Recap: Bucs upset Mets late

Tylor Megill keeps on impressing as he took the mound on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Listen, the Pirates aren’t going to compete for their division this season however, they’ve definitely proven to be quite the scrappy little club.

Megill on the other hand, tossed six shut-out innings while allowing six hits and no walks in the contest. The rookie right-hander has now lowered his ERA 2.63 after making 5th appearance of the season.

The Pirates did make Megill work quite hard right out of the gate as it took 22 pitches to finally end the first inning, stranding Adam Frazier on second. While Megill definitely pitched well enough to earn the win, that wasn’t the case as the rookie didn’t get a decision.

Luis Guillorme is proving that not only is he the best option with the glove when it comes to temporarily replacing Lindor at shortstop, but he’s doing it with the stick, too.

The slick fielding infielder would go 1-3 with a run scored as well as a double in the fourth inning.

The Mets used J.D. Davis as their clean-up batter and it was a great move. Davis ended up hitting two two-run bombs in his 3-4 effort, alongside four RBI’s which at one point (Fourth Inning) were the Mets’ only runs on the board.

Travis Blankenhorn came into the game in the top of the seventh to pinch-hit for Megill and absolutely laced a double off of the right-center field wall. The extra-base hit would plate across Luis Guillorme, giving the Mets the 5-0 lead.

Coming into the game, Blankenhorn was just 1-11 with a .348 OPS while with the Mets.

Brandon Nimmo continues to get on base at an elite level. The Mets centerfielder drew three walks against Pirates pitching and crossed the plate once on his 1-2 game.

It all started to go down hill for the Mets in the 8th inning when Seth Lugo surrendered five runs on three hits and two walks in just 0.2 innings. Lugo now has an inflated ERA of 5.09 after Saturday’s disaster of an outing.

Edwin Diaz failed just as bad as the closer gave up four runs in the ninth, blowing the save as well as picking up the loss. Diaz would give up a grand slam to Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings for the walk off as the Mets suffer from a 9-7 loss.

Taijuan Walker will take the hill for the Mets on Sunday afternoon as the Mets look to at least take one game from these Pirates.

MetsJunkies Recap: Another split Doubleheader

The Mets have played a ton of doubleheaders so far this season and it seems as if they’re splitting a bunch of them. After winning in a blowout yesterday, the Mets were able to split the twin bill with the Pirates on Friday.

While it’s never a bad thing to split, going up against a team like the now 33-56 Pirates probably warrants a sweep.

Marcus Stroman took the mound in the opener and pitched well, just not well enough for the Mets. The Long Island, New York native threw five innings while allowing three runs on five hits. Stroman did give up a home run to Pirates’ John Nogowski but also struck out five in his two times through the lineup.

Pillar put the first runs of the day on the board when he lined a single into left field, platting across Brandon Nimmo.

Jonathan Villar hit another home run on Friday, his 9th, however it wasn’t enough for the Mets to top the Pirates as they would lose 6-3 in the matinee.

The Mets were able to take the latter game as Tylor Megill would be on the hill during the Friday evening outing. Megill would only throw 3.2 innings while allowing an earned run on four hits. The righty also surrendered three walks while striking out seven batters in the 4-2 victory.

Jeff McNeil got it cracking for the Mets offense as the second baseman hit a double in the right-center gap to plate across both Francisco Lindor and Dom Smith. McNeil is now batting .255 after going 2-3 with a throwback McNeil multi-hit game.

In the third, Pete Alonso laced a line drive off of the left field foul pole to widen the lead a bit. Alonso now has 17 home runs on the campaign as well as 49 RBI’s.

Familia picked up his fourth win of the season as he would come in to relieve Megill during Friday’s outing.

Billy McKinney would hit a ground ball single up the middle in the sixth to bring across James McCann to score, giving the Mets the 4-2 lead and win.

Seth Lugo came in to pitch a very pivotal two inning in relief while slightly raising his ERA to 2.65 on the year.

Edwin Diaz picked up his 19th save as the Puerto Rican born right-hander pitched a perfect 1-2-3 ninth by striking out the side.

The Mets will take on the Pirates on Sunday in efforts to take three of four with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 PM.