MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Mauricio and Vientos Homer, Conforto Starts Rehab

Syracuse Mets (11-27)

The Syracuse Mets Bullpen had another lead blown late as they lost 10-7 after a 10 inning affair against the Railriders.

Positive news was that Michael Conforto returned to the playing field. The Mets right fielder went 1 for 3 in his first rehab game.

Jeff McNeil went 2 for 4 (one pop up double) in his rehab game.

Albert Almora doubled in his rehab game. Travis Blankenhorn homered for the second straight game, hitting a 2 run homerun and Orlando Calixte homered and drove in three.

Thomas Szapucki got the start and went 4 innings of 4 run ball. Control was an issue for the lefty as he walked 5 batters. Roney and Trey Cobb worked scoreless outings before Yennsy Diaz blew the save and got the loss allowing 4 runs (3 earned).

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (11-26)

The Rumble Ponies lost to the Sea Dogs 5-4, after allowing one in the ninth and tenth inning.

Mark Vientos homered for the sixth time this year, going 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Luis Carpio stayed hot with a 3 for 4 day.

Adam Oller allowed 3 runs in 2.2 innings of work. He got relieved by Dan Goggin who pitched 4.1 scoreless innings. Yeizo Campos got the BS/Loss combo allowing runs in the ninth and tenth.

Brooklyn Cyclones (11-24)

The Cyclones lost 5-2 to the Blue Rocks. Ronny Mauricio accounted for the only runs as he homered in the sixth. It’s Mauricio his 7th of the season.

Brett Baty had another multi hit game, going 2 for 4. Baty is still hitting. 327 with a .964 OPS

Jaison Vilera was great for the first 5 innings, but got in trouble in the sixth. He and Orze combined to allow 5 runs in that sixth inning.

St. Lucie Mets (20-18)

The St. Lucie Mets lost a rain shortened, eight inning game to the Hammerheads 8-4. Nic Gaddis and Ranfy Adon homered in the loss.

Luis Moreno had trouble with his control, allowing 5 walks in 4.1 innings. He limited the damage over that span allowing 3 runs (2 earned). Dellin Betances got the loss with an ugly outing, allowing 5 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks, recording just one out.

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: McNeil and Betances Can’t Help Mets Minor Leagues to Wins.

Syracuse Mets (11-25)

The Syracuse Mets lost 13-7 against the Worcester Red Sox on Sunday. Calixte, Mazeika and David Rodriguez all homered in the loss. Mazeika collected three hits.

Jesus Reyes struggled mightly allowing 8 runs in 2 innings.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (11-23)

The Rumble Ponies were shutout by the BaySox in a 10-0 loss. Walter Lagrange and Luis Carpio collected two hits, as the Ponies collected just 6 hits overall.

Luc Rennie allowed 7 runs (6 earned) over 5 innings of work. Riley Gilliam did perform well with 2 hitless innings.

Brooklyn Cyclones (10-23)

The Cyclones got two hit in a 5-0 loss to the Renegades. Ashford and Uriarte collected the only hits. Jeff McNeil returned to action going 0 for 2 and playing second base in his first rehab game.

Jose Butto was outstanding over 5 scoreless innings, as he struck out 7.

St. Lucie Mets (20-15)

The St. Lucie Mets lost to the Palm Beach Cardinals 10-3. Alex Ramirez went 2 for 5.

Austin Faith allowed 6 runs in 1 inning of work, allowing 6 walks in that frame.

Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless frame with a walk and 2 strikeouts in his first Rehab Outings.

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Betances to IL, Hildenberger up

The Mets put Dellin Betances on the IL with right shoulder impingement. The tall rightly pitch one inning yesterday, were he allowed one run. Betances hasn’t looked good all spring with limited velo on his pitches.

The Mets brought up Trevor Hildenberger, who had a terrific spring. The sidearming righty allowed one run in 3.1 innings of work. Of his 10 outs, 9 were strike outs.

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MetsJunkies Game Recap: Mets pitch well but get shutout

The Mets lost to the Cardinals this afternoon, unfortunately this loss came in the form of a shutout. The starters continue to look great, but it’s pretty obvious that the position players are a tick behind, and that’s to be expected.

Pitching Lines:

Corey Oswalt: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. 6.23 ERA

Breakdown: Oswalt was effective on the hill today after having a not so good outing in his last appearance. After being DFA’d earlier in the off-season and being cut from the MLB camp just days ago, Oswalt had a bounce back day.

Jeurys Familia: IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. 1.50 ERA

Dellin Betances : IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. 9.00 ERA

Breakdown: Betances was much better today as the former 8th round pick pitched a scoreless sixth. He was able to strike out Carlson to lead off the inning with a back-foot knuckle-curve.

Miguel Castro: IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K. 3.00 ERA

Breakdown: We keep going on about Miguel Castro being a huge under the radar type of acquisition. His arm is obviously a lively one and he’s pretty good good at keeping the opposition swinging and missing, as we’ve seen today.

Jerry Blevins: IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K. 3.86 ERA

Offensive Stars of the game:

Francisco Lindor: 1-3, BB.

Jeff McNeil: 1-4, 2B.

Breakdown: McNeil lined a double to right-center off of Carlos Martinez in the top half of the first, however he did also strike out with runners on the corners in the sixth. While McNeil is having a brutal spring, we can expect the second baseman to turn it up once the season starts.

Dom Smith: 1-2, BB.

The Mets have the day off on Thursday however will be back at it on Friday as they will host the Nationals.

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Shaping up the Mets bullpen

With the off-season under way, the Mets need to see how they can improve their pen. One big issue is, there aren’t many spot left to fill with Brach and Betances picking up their options. So how can the Mets improve their pen without many additions?

Add a dominant closer?

Liam Hendriks is the biggest name out their. The former closer from the Athletics is coming off great seasons on the west side. Over the last 2 seasons, Hendriks has been one of the most dominant relievers. In 2019, Hendriks pitched to a 1.80 ERA, with a WHIP just under 1 and 13.1 strikeouts per nine. He followed it up with an even better (short) season. In 25 innings he pitched to a 1.78 ERA and a 1.14 FIP with a 0.67 WHIP! It’s no secret the Australian native is the hot ticket item in the relievers market. Getting Hendriks would cost but makes a pen with Diaz, Hendricks and probably Lugo a deadly final three. However, I won’t expect the Mets to go that way.

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In between adding a lefty and closer?

The rest of the article is about lefties, but there is one name that fits thw lefty need AND is a dominant closer: Indians closer Brad Hand. The Indians didn’t pick up his 1/10m option and no other team surprisingly claimed him off waivers. Hand was terrific in 2020 pitching to a 2.05 ERA in 22 innings. His 0.77 WHIP was his lowest of his career. Another big plus is that Hand has been very consistent since his move to a full time reliever in 2016. Over his career Hand has a 2.96 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP as a reliever. Hand is the guy I want. He has been as solid and dependable as it gets. Plus, him being a lefty is a major need for the Mets.

Adding a lefty?

Non closers, that are lefties is the last option to take a look at IMO. If the Mets go for a middle reliever, take a lefty to get some balance in the pen. Two names come to mind are resigning Justin Wilson or Jose Alvarez. First off Wilson, we all know Wilson and how solid he is. Last season his ERA was slightly higher than we hoped (3.66 ERA in 19.2), but his exit velo against were very strong. His exit velo against was in the 96th best percentile (hard hit% 92 percentile). His expected ERA was in the 75th best percentile, also very strong. It’s expected to see the 2019 Wilson back, who was very good for us.

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Another name is Jose Alvarez, the former Phillies and Angels reliever is coming off a season, were he pitched just 6.1 innings. So let’s forget about that and look at his 2019 stats. In 59 innings he pitched to a 3.36 ERA. However his WHIP was fairly high at 1.42, which you don’t want from your lefty. 2019 was his worst season in a while as he was better as an Angel in 2018 (2.71 ERA/3.08FIP in 63 innings). Overall Alvarez should be fairly cheap option to add our much needed lefty in the pen.

Current Mets pen:

The current Mets bullpen has a lot of arms set for a spot already. Diaz is our closer, Lugo, Familia, Betances, Brach and Castro are close to locks in the pen. The Mets also have Drew Smith, who has been fairly solid and Tropeano or Gsellman as long man options (my guess is Gsellman is gone). Jacob Barnes is another name they claimed, who is out of options. In all likehood they can add one on a mlb deal and add more on milb deals. IMO it should be Brad Hand or Justin Wilson.

Also read: Mets Trade Target: Jo Adell & Miguel Castro is a hidden gem

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Free Agent Target: Alex Colome

Alex Colome is a name that has circulated throughout the Mets community in the past and rightfully so. The right handed reliever has had a spectacular eight year career until this point, so I’m surprised that MLBTR has Colome returning to the White Sox for $6M on a one year pact.

MetNews put out a figure that makes a little more sense with a predicted deal at $36M for three years, but I’d probably meet in between the two. I think $20-22M would be sufficient enough to lock him down through the 2022 season.

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In eight seasons, Colome appeared in 326 games and owns a 28-23 record while posting a 2.95 ERA. In the 424 innings that he’s pitched, Colome has struck out a solid 385 batters while keeping runners off base with a 1.17 WHIP. Not to mention the 138 saves he has under his belt, 47 of which came in 2017 with the Tampa Bay Rays.

But in order to acquire Colome, the Mets would more than likely need to deal one of the right-handed relievers they already have in stock. Dellin Betances just exercised his option for the 2021 season as did veteran reliever Brad Brach. With both pitchers having underwhelming seasons, they might not be easy to unload.

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Back to Colome, there is a bit of downside in his numbers that need to be acknowledged. MLBTR has pointed out that the righty was in the bottom 2% in pertains to average exit velocity during the 2019 campaign.

These numbers provided by StatCast however didn’t translate into his performance during the 2020 season as he owned a 0.81 ERA in 21 games while also earning 12 saves. There isn’t a bullpen in the Majors that wouldn’t take those numbers, but the cost has to be right. Especially with a Mets squad that has been burned by bad relievers in the past.

Also read: Free agent target: Brandon Kintzler

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Betances picks up his option

In another unsurprising turn of events, Dellin Betances has excersided his 6 million dollar player option.

Betances wasn’t good when on the field in his first season on the other side of NY. He pitched to a 7.71 ERA/4.91FIP just 11.2 innings. The tall righty had a shockingly high WHIP of 2.06 as he walked more than one per inning. His strikeout numbers were also down and his velo, wasn’t up their like we used to see from Betances.

Clearly, Betances wasn’t back to his old form after an injury riddled 2019. Before his 2019 season, he was one of the most dominant relievers in the game.

When the Mets signed Betances, I saw it as a great risk to take. Let’s hope it pays off in 2021 and have him be his dominant self again.

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Mets need to rebuild their bullpen

By Angelina Heather Rizzo

The Mets have had a bullpen problem for years, so it makes sense it is on the list of things to fix. Here’s why the Mets should consider adding a few big names. We’ve selected one in particular.

The pitching staff can only do so much to secure a game, and then it is completely and entirely in the bullpen’s hands to keep the game safe.

The Mets have had bullpen woes for years. Currently, Edwin Diaz has done better for the Mets than in his first season in New York, with a 5.59 ERA in 2019 and a solid 1.75 ERA during the 2020 season. Still, he remains shaky at times and the Mets need a few other options to look to in order to achieve good results.

Droppin’ Gems:

It’s no secret that the Mets have had bullpen problems for quite a bit. However, they’ve also pretty much have been right on the cusp of having really good bullpens.

Seth Lugo has obviously been a vital part to the pen however now there’s been consideration for him to move to the starting rotation. However, with a career ERA of 3.45, Lugo has also struck out an impressive 384 batters over the span of 383.1 innings pitched.

While Lugo probably has a lot to offer as a third or fourth starter in the rotation, I believe he’s an elite type reliever and prefer him to come out of the bullpen. Especially with Steve Cohen taking over ownership, the Mets might be better poised to trade for or sign starters.

The Mets also need Jeurys Familia to return to his pre-2020 form and he did takes steps towards that. But with reliever Blake Treinen on the market, management might take the route of unloading Familia while signing Treinen to anchor the later innings.

During the shortened 2020 season, Treinen posted a 3.86 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP in 25.2 innings pitched. While these numbers are not magical by any means, his 3.02 career ERA indicates that the right-hander indeed knows how to handle himself coming out of the bullpen.

Hello, is it me (Harrison Bader) you’re looking for?

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Betances activated

Reliever Dellin Betances has been activated from off of the IL and have optioned Cory Oswalt back down to the Brooklyn training facility.

Betances has only appeared in 13 games while posting a 6.10 ERA and has struck out eight in just 10.1 innings.

Cory Oswalt has been having his best season, so far. The 27-year old right hander has a 4.85 ERA in 4 games and 13 innings pitched.

This whole 60-game season has just been unbearable to watch however there’s just five games left, so get your baseball in!!

Also read: Mets need Noah Syndergaard to contribute big upon return

Comment on who you liked watching this 2020 season and what you’re looking forward to this off-season.

Edwin Diaz is hurting Mets’ playoff chances

By Angelina Heather Rizzo

For the second straight season, Edwin Diaz brings his struggles to light. It is time to trade Diaz, or risk sinking further back into the standings and being further away from the ultimate goal; playoff contention.

While the Mets’ bullpen has not been great for years, let’s take a closer look at the struggles of Edwin Diaz.

Last season, Diaz posted up a 5.59 ERA and blew seven saves. That’s quite hurrendous, and Mets fans tried to shrug it off, suggesting Diaz will have a bounce back 2020.

This season, Diaz is slightly better, but still you can see why it’s best to trade him or part ways with him for multiple reasons.

The Mets bullpen is bad. It has been for a while. While Diaz and Dellin Betances take the majority of the blame, something has to be done. The problem with this team is part lack of offense, mostly bullpen.