Mets, Cubs working on Blockbuster

Javy Baez is on his way to the Mets, pending a physical. Baez will be set to join the Orange and Blue and will be slated to play shortstop until the return of his friend Francisco Lindor.

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The Cubs will receive highly touted centerfield prospect PCA (Pete Crow-Armstrong) in the deal while the Mets will also acquire RHP Trevor Williams. For the Mets to just part with one prospect from the their top 10 is pretty amazing, considering the talent heading back to New York.

Baez, currently owns a slash line of .292/.303/.484/.775 on the 2021 campaign with 22 Home runs and 65 RBI’s to go alongside 13 stolen bases.

Rojas will now have another big bat for the top/middle of this lineup with a well-enough glove to cover either second or third, after covering for Francisco Lindor at shortstop.

Friday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 6/18

The 35-26 New York Mets will play the first of a three-game set against the 30-35 Washington Nationals. After winning the series (3-1) against the Cubs at Citi, the Mets look to open the home stand against their division rivals with a bang.

Tonight’s contest will feature a couple of 28-year old pitchers on the mound. The Mets plan to send the Joey Lucchesi to the hill, making his 11th appearance of the season. The Newark, California native is 1-4 with a 5.18 ERA and 36 K’s in 33.0 innings pitched.

Lucchesi’s last outing came against his former club, the Padres in San Diego and pitcher tossed five innings of one-run ball, but having to settle for the no decision. In the outing, Lucchesi was able to fan down six.

Besides a little injury, Jonathan Villar has been super solid for the Mets. Earlier when the Mets signed him, I thought it was a mistake and even wrote about it. However, I can easily say I was wrong. In his last seven games, Villar has hit .308/.400/.577 with a home run, a run batted in, as well as a stolen base.

The Washington Nationals will have 28-year old righty Erik Fedde on the mound, a former first round pick with the Washington. In his last start, Fedde pitched five scoreless innings against the San Francisco Giants while also picking up his fourth win of the year.

Fedde, so far is having a good season, pitching to a 3.86 ERA while owning a 4-4 record. The Las Vegas, Nevada native has also struck out 43 batters in 44.1 innings pitched, so far this season.

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

MetsJunkies Recap: deGrom exits after three in Mets win

I imagine that we’re going to hear that this is something that we shouldn’t be concerned with and wow, do I hope they’re right. After three innings against the Cubs, deGrom fanned eight of nine while lowering his ERA to 0.54 to lead all of Major League Baseball.

Watching him, you’d probably think that the Mets might actually be on route for their second no-hitter in franchise history, but then just like that the right-hander went down towards the tunnel and clubhouse with the head trainer.

During the game, word went out the deGrom removed himself due to shoulder soreness. Is it a reason to be concerned? I’d have to say so, especially with the way injuries have been circulating throughout the league, not just the Mets.

After a lead-off walk by McKinney in the second inning, Kevin Pillar followed by splitting the gap in right field with an RBI double. Pillar now has six doubles on the year and is batting .292/.320/.792 in his last seven games.

deGrom himself of course would follow with another a hit, his 11th of the year, for an RBI single. The probable MVP candidate has plated more runs than he’s given up on the mound, simply an amazing feat.

In the bottom half of the third, Dom Smith cranked his sixth home run of the season, giving the Mets the 3-0 lead.

Sean Reid-Foley has been excellent all season long and while he had a bit of a hiccup on Wednesday night, it’s best to do it when you’re up buy three runs. On Wednesday however, the righty gave up a solo-shot to Cubs’ slugger Anthony Rizzo.

He would pitch two innings while giving up the one run as well as walking two. Foley would also pick up the decision in this contest with his second win of the season.

Kevin Pillar would later crush a home run in the fifth inning, his fifth of the year, giving the Mets the 6-1 lead. Pillar raised his average to .250 after finishing the game going 2-4 with two RBI’s.

Aaron Loup continues to look like an amazing acquisition, making his 23rd appearance of the season and posting a 1.93 ERA in 18.2 innings pitched.

Miguel Castro got himself back on track with a scoreless inning, now possessing an ERA of 3.08 while Trevor May was able to do the same. May has had a pretty lousy month of June, however after tonight, the former Twins reliever owns a 4.37 ERA.

Edwin Diaz closed out the game, picking up his 14th save of the year. This comes after Drew Smith gave up two runs on a line drive home run in the ninth before making the exit after 0.2 innings.

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The Mets now look to make it a four-game sweep tomorrow on the series finale with a matchup making up of Marcus Stroman against Kyle Hendricks.

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview 6/15

The 33-25 New York Mets will play the second of a four-game set against the 38-28 Chicago Cubs. After taking the the first game against the Cubs, the Mets look to at least split the series with a win tonight.

Tonight’s contest will feature Taijuan Walker on the hill for the Mets, making his 12th appearance of the season. The Shreveport, Louisiana native is 5-2 with a 2.07 ERA and 60 K’s in 61.0 innings pitched.

Walker’s last outing came against the Orioles in Baltimore and the pitcher tossed seven innings of one run ball, striking out nine and picking up the victory.

The Chicago Cubs will have 29-year old righty Alec Mills on the mound, a former 22nd round pick with the Royals. This start will count as his second of the season, while the rest of his appearances have come out of the bullpen.

Mills, so far is having a rough go, pitching to a 6.08 ERA while owning a 2-0 record. The Clarksville, Tennessee native has only struck out 15 batters in 23.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY, as well as nationally on ESPN.

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview 4/20

The Mets took two of three while making a visit to Denver, Colorado and after a day off, the boys in Orange & Blue are set to take on the Cubs for a three game series in Chicago.

The Mets plan to send right-hander Taijuan Walker to the hill to make his third start of the campaign. His last outing wasn’t exactly a typical one as he pitched just 4.1 innings. He would only end up surrendering one earned run and just three hits, while it was also super encouraging to see him fan eight batters.

On the season, Walker owns a 2.61 ERA in 10.1 innings pitched and has struck out 12 batters. While he’s yet to earn a decision on the year, he’s definitely pitching well enough to earn his pay.

The Chicago Cubs will have old friend Jake Arrieta on the mound, a righty with a 3.18 ERA. This will be the Mets’ first time seeing Arrieta this year, however the Mets have seen him with the Phillies as well as the Cubs in the past.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:40 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY, as well as nationally on ESPN.

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Will They Make the Club? Part I

The Mets have added so much depth this offseason with loads of positions already filled. Still, there are some decisions to make and players showing what they can do, in hopes to make the squad. So will they show enough to make it this spring? First off, let’s take a look at newly acquired Albert Almora jr.

The center fielder had a strong start to his spring. He homered in his Spring Training Debut on Tuesday, showing he is capable of hitting the ball out of the park. If Almora’s bat can be solid, it’s a major plus. Because that’s his main issue over the last couple of years.

Almora is still capable off being a strong defender. His OAA has diminished, but so has his playing time. Either way, with he’s just 26 years old and still provides good speed, I do expect him to be the a solid bench player the Mets need.

Conclusion:

The Mets need Almora on the bench. They need their good CF’er in case of a need defensively. Nimmo should be the every day guy and with a good defensively inclined player as back up, that calls for a good formula. And hey, if Almora is capable of hitting a bit while showing some pop, that’s just the icing on the cake with a cherry on top!

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.

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What Bryant’s Deal Means for the Mets

It’s no secret that the Mets are looking for a defensive upgrade at third base, an upgrade that still has a heavy hitting stick in the batters box. Arenado’s name has come up, however the way I see it, the Dodgers are the best fit for him.

That leaves Kris Bryant for the New York Mets. It’s important to include and understand that Bryant and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration worth $19.5M. So if the the Mets want to strike up a deal, this is something that obviously needs to be taken into consideration.

The Cubs are in salary dump mode, so they very well may ask any team involved in trade talks to pick up a huge majority of that $19.5M. This will allow the team discussing a Bryant acquisition to give up less from the farm, prospect wise.

Baseball Trade Values

With the Chicago Cubs unloading assets, the best prospects and players you can possibly acquire in return are probably pitchers and shortstops.

While Junior Santos is not a household name, the righty now currently ranks ninth in the Mets list of Top 30 Prospects after Josh Wolf and Isaiah Greene were shipped to Cleveland as part of the Lindor package.

The Mets could package catcher Ali Sanchez in the deal, which shouldn’t be a deal maker but with the Cubs potentially shopping Willson Contreras around, as well, Sanchez and a few dollars could help sweeten the offer.

Sanchez isn’t projected to be much more than a back-up backstop, however the Cubs aren’t shooting for a World Series ring in 2021. But, Santos will add a solid name to their list of prospects as well as a top of the line, up and coming pitcher.

However, the patience of Steve Cohen, Sandy Alderson, Jared Porter, and Zack Scott have proven to be a commodity so far. So while the roster would be stacked and loaded, they could still potential hold onto J.D. Davis in all of this.

However, if that were to be the case, I’d imagine the Mets would be looking into flipping the young and controllable slugger for a couple of prospects to replenish the farm system.

While many would love to include Familia in the trade for the Mets to free up some salary as well as a roster spot in the bullpen, the Cubs would not be inclined to do so. The Mets would need to include the likes of JT Ginn or even PCA, Pete Crow-Armstrong.

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