MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Lose as Injuries Pile Up

The Rockies would hit the board first in the second with a pair of home runs, solo shots by Ryan McMahon and Elias Diaz.

While Peterson didn’t pitch that bad at all, he continues to be on the short end of the stick. The left-hander threw six innings while giving up three runs on five hits.

While playing his first professional game at first base today, James McCann would also hit a solo home run in seventh. The home run would bring the score to 3-1, Rockies.

Centerfielder Johneshwy Fargas would end up exiting the game after colliding into the wall while trying to make a grab. Unfortunately, not only did the out not get recorded, but Fargas would leave the game due to injuring his shoulder/neck.

Reliever Jacob Barnes pitched two scoreless innings out of the pen while Yennsy Diaz pitched one of his own. Barnes has brought his ERA down to 6.59 while Diaz has yet to give up any runs in his two innings of work.

Brandon Drury would spark some life in the Mets lineup as he would lead off the ninth inning with a home run. The home run would be his first as a Met and cut the lead down to 3-2.

Unfortunately the late rally would not be enough as James McCann would record the final out of the evening. This is just the Colorado Rockies third victory on the road this year.

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.

MetsJunkies Recap: deGrom exits game; Picks up W

The Mets have swept the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks with ace Jacob deGrom taking the mound on Sunday afternoon. deGrom would only pitch five innings due to an early exit, this comes right after a skipped start.

The reason for deGrom’s exit after five innings is due to “right-side tightness”. While it was initially viewed as a minor issue, there very well may be more to this injury. However before leaving the game, deGrom pitched five innings of one-hit, one-run ball and now has a 0.68 ERA.

The Mets would score first after a pair of singles by James McCann and Jacob deGrom. A Jeff McNeil soft ground out would move the runners overs for Francisco Lindor, who hit it well into the left-centerfield gap for a sacrifice fly.

Michael Conforto would follow with a two-out single to the opposite field driving in deGrom, putting the Mets up by two. Conforto is only hitting .174 in his last seven games, so this should serve as a confidence boost going into the next series with the Orioles.

Miguel Castro would come in after deGrom and pitch a scoreless inning, lowering his ERA to 2.77 on the year.

Jacob Barnes pitched 1.1 innings and gave up a bomb to former Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, his third. The home run would cut the Mets lead in half, 4-2.

Edwin Diaz picked up his fifth save of the year, pitching a scoreless ninth inning and lowering his ERA to 3.14 on the campaign.

The Mets have Monday off, however will be hosting Matt Harvey and the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday for a two-game set. But not before trying to sweep the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon.

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Breaking Down Jacob Barnes Outing

Jacob Barnes had a huge outing in yesterday’s win. Barnes came in with 2 on and nobody out in the sixth after Stroman departed. Barnes, struck out Isan Diaz and Chad Wallach before getting J.J. Bleday to pop out to J.D. Davis. So let’s break down every at bat of Barnes his outing:

The strikeout to Diaz started with 2 cutters, one way below the zone and one just under the zone for a swinging strike. The swinging strike got 30 inches of vertical movement, the best in his outing. It was also the slowest pitch of his outing at 87 MPH on his cutter. Barnes threw it down and in to the lefty hitter as one of the nastiest pitch in his outing. Although his vertical movement is below average, it’s good to pair with his 4 seamer that doesn’t get many vertical movement. The cutters look like fastballs, but the movement get hitters to swing above it.

After the swinging strike, he got a called strike with the 4 seam fastball. He got 2695RPM on that pitch, his highest spin rate of his outing. It shows Barnes started sharp in a spot he needed to start sharp.

After two balls down and in and a foul, Barnes got the swinging strike on another nasty cutter down and in. That cutter had 28 inches of vertical break, getting under the bat. Worth noting is that Barnes really owned the inside corner in the Diaz at bat, as showed on the graphic below.

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Barnes went on to face the right handed hitting Wallach. After getting ahead with a 4 seam fastball, he tried to get Wallach to chase down and away. After Wallach laid off both the cutters with higher velo and less vertical break, Barnes came back with a 95 mph fastball down and in. Little bit more plate, but Wallach took it. He got Wallach swinging with a cutter little more up and away. Probably not the spot that Barnes wanted, but the sequence made Wallach swing at it.

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2 down and one to go in a big spot. Barnes faced the lefty Bleday, so back to down and in with the first cutter. The young Bleday laid off, when Barnes tried to go up with the fastball. It missed but Barnes came back with three pitches inside on the hands of Bleday. After three foul balls, Barnes got him to pop out on a 95.4 mph fastball in on the hands. More in than the other three pitches. Only thing Bleday could do was a weak pop up to the third base side. Job done by Barnes.

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Worth noting is that Barnes spin rate on his 4 seamer is up this spring. He is averaging 2539 RPM on his fastball this spring. A 162 RPM increase since last year (2377RPM). After a tough first outing, Barnes has been unscored upon over his last 4 innings, allowing just 2 hits, while striking out 6. (Mathew Brownstein)

With this outing, Barnes took a huge step in making the pen. Barnes is out of options, which makes his case even stronger. These type of outings does help! I personally really like Barnes and his strikeout stuff. As shown in his recent outing.

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What the Pillar signing may mean

The Mets just recently signed CF’er Kevin Pillar to a Major League deal. The Mets also recently signed CF’er Albert Almora jr and that’s after signing CF’er Mallex Smith with Heredia still on the Mets 40-man roster.

The Mets will need to clear a spot from the 40 to make room for the newly acquired Kevin Pillar. The first option would have to be Jacob Barnes, with no options remaining left, he’s always been one of these players with his back to the wall.

Guillermo Heredia might be one of those odd men out. While he has options remaining, Heredia might be a victim of circumstance and catch a pink slip. It’s unfortunate because he’s a great defender that’s fun to watch at the dish, as well.

Of course with the news with Lugo not being able to toss a ball for six weeks, the Mets could very well place the reliever on the 60-day IL to clear a spot.

But what does this all mean with the 26-man roster? Well, players like Albert Almora jr and Jose Martinez each have options remaining, so we’ll likely see the pair in Syracuse. However, once the Mets need a RH stick to fill in, the Mets have viable options with the two.

That’s not all! That’s right! There’s more!

I think we can all finally put the nail in the coffin with JBJ potentially landing in Queens. Bradley is not only asking for quite a bit of money, but he seems to be shooting for a four-year contract at 31 years old.

While I haven’t seen any rumblings from any reporters, it seems that fans are thinking this may be a precursor to something bigger. Could the Mets be looking to trading Nimmo, Davis, or Smith?

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With Brad Brach Gone, Incomes Jacob Barnes?

The Mets DFA’d Brad Brach to make room for Jonathan Villar on the roster. It was the third straight DFA in a short time, to make room for a player the Mets acquired (Almora, Lee and Villar). While the Mets aren’t done and more roster spots will need to be created, one pitcher that kept his spot on the 40 man is Jacob Barnes. As he is out of options so he needs to make the team to stay a Mets. So does him staying, shows they like him?

Barnes is coming off a so-so year with the Angels in 2020. Over 18 innings, he pitched to a 5.50 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. He struck out 24 over those innings, showing solid K% and Whiff Rate, with a low walk percentage. Swing and miss stuff and control aren’t the issue, but Barnes does tend to allow hard hit contact.


The Mets clearly like his potential. He is a two pitch pitcher that relies on his FB and Cutter combo. With relying that much on two pitches, it’s good to see that Barnes had good success with his fastball. He had a minus 3 run value on a 4 seamer with an expected slash line of .187/.299/.302 against the fastball in 2020.

His main issue with the fastball is the launch angle against (21 degrees). His cutter also got hit hard, but it did provide solid whiff rate (41.5%)

His 2019 was bad as he pitched to a 7.44 ERA combined between the Royals and Brewers. In that year his strikeouts were down and walks were up, while his fastball run value wasn’t good (plus 7).

Before the 2019 season, Barnes was a steady reliever in the Brewers pen. Between 2016 and 2018 he pitched to a 3.54 ERA over 147.1 innings. Over that span he struck out 9.3 per nine with a 1.31 combined WHIP. A solid ERA+ of 121 over that span.

The Mets clearly see potential in Barnes to use his two pitch mix the best way possible. His fastball did show a lot of potential in a short season and his walk/strikeout rates were very solid. The Mets did see more in Barnes than Brach as a bullpen arm, so likely depends on other additions, if Barnes loses his spot or not.

Mets agree to deal with Jacob Barnes

The Mets have signed Jacob Barnes to an one year deal worth $750k. Barnes was claimed thru waivers earlier this off-season and was eligible for arbitration. Barnes could also get 100.000 extra in incentives. In the arbitration process you can’t include incentives, so this is not technically avoiding arbitration.

Barnes is coming off a dissapointing couple of seasons after being a very good reliever from ’16-’18. Over just 18 innings, he pitched to a 5.50 ERA during the 2020 season. However, it’s worth mentioning that a relievers ERA could be very deceiving, especially in a short sample.

Barnes did pitch to a 2.25FIP and 1.27WHIP, both very strong. He walked just 4 batters in 18 innings and struck out 24, so the ability is there. Barnes could be a nice under the radar pick-up that added depth for the Mets at a low cost.

Barnes doesn’t have options so he’ll likely get every shot to make the opening day squad.

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Mets acquire reliever

Anthony DiComo of is reporting that the Mets have claimed Jacob Barnes off of waivers from the Angels.

The right-hander put up a 5.50 ERA during the 2020 season and owns a career ERA of 4.36 throughout the span of five seasons.

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According to mlbtraderumors, the Mets have claimed right handed reliever Jacob Barnes from the Angels. Barnes had success with the Brewers from 2016-2018, but has struggled after leaving Milwaukee.

Overall in his career Barnes has pitched to a 4.36 ERA, but his FIP is a lot lower at 3.85.

In 18 innings this year, he struck out 24 and pitched to a 2.25 FIP, but his overall ERA wasn’t good at 5.50.

Barnes relies on his cut fastball as he used his cutter more than half of the time. He has a big arm as his 4 seamer reaches mid-high 90’s.

Lets hope Barnes can return to his Brewers days, were he collected an ERA+ over 100.

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