MetsJunkies Recap: Megill Shines in Opening Day Start

The Mets beat the Nationals on opening day yesterday behind 5 scoreless frames from Tylor Megill. The 26 year old allowed just 3 hits and didn’t walk a batter, while striking out 6.

On of those strikeouts came against Juan Soto in the third, with a scoreless Game. Soto came to bat with first and third and one out and Megill struck him out on an up and in fastball.

The Mets had 12 hits in the win with multi hit games from Alonso, Cano, Canha and McNeil. Both Canha and McNeil drove in a run with a 2 out RBI hit. McCann (HBP) and Marte (force out) drove in runs in the 5th.

The Mets added an insurance run in the seventh when Lindor drove in Davis (double). The Mets got a scare an inning later when Pete Alonso got hit in the shoulder, close to his face.

Besides a Juan Soto bomb of May in the sixth, the bullpen kept the Nats off the board. Ottavino, Lugo and Diaz all threw scoreless frames.

Today the Mets will play game 2 against the Nats in DC. Max Scherzer will make his Mets debut against his old team! Game starts at 7.05pm and can be watched on Apple TV plus for free.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Davis Struggles at Third as Mets fall to Astros

The Mets dropped to 3-3 on the Spring after the Mets lost to the Astros 2-1. The Mets pitching held up very well against a lineup that featured Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez and others. Unfortunately the defense wasn’t up to par and JD Davis struggled with 2 errors at third.

The errors cost Megill two unearned runs in his solid outing. The righty went 3.2 innings, allowing 2 (unearned) runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 4 Astros hitters in his outing.

The relief corps behind Megill shined as they combined to pitch 5.1 scoreless frames with 0 walks and 7 strikeouts. Lefties Rob Zastryzny and Alex Claudio both pitched perfect innings. Claudio collected 2 strikeouts, while Zastryzny got one. Both are battling to make the bullpen.

Trevor May made his spring debut with a scoreless inning. The righty did allow 2 hits but also struck out 2. Adam Ottavino impressed with a perfect frame, striking out Altuve.

The Mets offense didn’t do a lot. Daniel Palka drove in the only run with a single and Jankowski kept his strong spring going with a 2 hit game. Jankowski also made a terrific diving catch in center as he tries to make the Mets bench.

Tomorrow the Mets will face the Nationals at 1.10PM as David Peterson looks to rebound.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Alvarez Goes Beast Mode

The Mets beat the Marlins 9-3 yesterday behind some powerfully offense. The power started in the first when Mark Canha and Francisco Lindor went back-to-back. It ended with a bomb by top prospect Francisco Alvarez in the eight.

Lindor had a solid game going 2 for 3 with that homerun and double. The star shortstop drove in two in the win.

Arguably the biggest hit came of the bat from J.D. Davis. Davis cleared the bases with a three run double, an at bat after he got hit in the knee by a pitch. Eduardo Escobar also had a solid game going 3 for 3 with a RBI.

Arguably the most exciting moment was Francisco Alvarez crushing a homerun off the scoreboard in left field. It showed the amazing pop Francisco Alvarez has. He is going to be exciting.

With the Mets expecting a rainy evening, they went with relief pitchers and had Bassitt and Carrasco work in the minor league Instrasquad game earlier on the day. The bullpen game went well as Diaz, Castro, Orze, Shreve, Holderman, Lugo and Mitchell all had a scoreless frame. Sean Reid-Foley walked 3, allowing just one run and Josh Walker allowed 2 (1 earned) in his inning.

Castro did got some help by some sparkling defense behind him. Jeff McNeil made a terrific play for and out and Brandon Nimmo followed with a nice catch in CF.

Bassitt and Carrasco got their work in on the minor league site. Bassitt went 5 innings allowing just one hit with 5 strikeouts. Carlos Carrasco however, struggled in his outing allowing 5 runs on 6 hits over 3.1 innings. He allowed homeruns to Jose Peroza and Thomas Nido. Drew Smith also pitched, he went a perfect inning.

Today the Mets face the Astros at 6.10pm with Tylor Megill making the start. The Game is not televised.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Instrasquad Game

The Mets played the Mets on Friday in an intersquad game. SNY and the Mets were nice enough to broadcast the game on their social media outlets for us to watch the action from behind the plate.

Josh Rodriguez and Thomas Szapucki both made the start for the Mets and were both unscored upon. Szapucki did struggle with control but got 2 double plays in two innings of work.

The Mets offense was silent for the first 3 innings, with Robinson Cano collecting all 2 hits. On Cano second hit Nimmo tried to score and was gunned down by Carlos Cortes. In the later part of the 5 inning game, we saw the Mets with some power.

The power started with a Francisco Lindor 2 run homerun. The Mets shortstop crushed one to right field for a no doubt homerun.

It wasn’t the only Met, who is expected to be on the opening day roster with a homerun. JD Davis hit an impressive homerun, were he looked a little bit to early. Important for JD to show the power he had in 2019, to be a very good bat for the Mets.

It was the minor leaguers time after the regulars got theirs. Khalil Lee crushed one the opposite field and Baty went yard to deep center. Both showed impressive power. Francisco Alvarez also collected a hit and Cole Gordon pitched 2 scoreless frames in relief.

Tomorrow the Mets will face the Nationals at 6.05. The Game will be avaliable on the radio but won’t be televised. Josh Walker will start for the Mets against righty Josiah Gray.

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JD Davis: Should he Stay or Should he Go?

The Mets season is over, which means the off-season is around the corner. After the postseason is done and baseball can crown a winner, one of the most interesting offseason will start for Mets fans. One thing that is likely is happen? JD Davis gets traded. But is that the right call?

During the season it was no surprise that JD Davis isn’t part of the Mets future plans. Even during a solid offensive season, the Mets decided to use Davis as a bench player. Mostly because Davis didn’t play a good third base defensively.

That being said, there is most likely a DH next year and to me Davis is a perfect DH candidate. Davis hit .285/.384/.436 in just 179 at bats. In a difficult role, without getting consistent playing time, he was still able to have an .820 OPS. With more consistent playing time and not playing hurt, I believe Davis could up his numbers.

Main reason, Davis barrels balls up. In 2021 he has a barrel percentage of 12.4%, second on the Mets behind Pete Alonso. His sweet spot percentage also went up 7.6% and is the highest of his career. That including his ability to get on base makes him an above average hitter IMO.

It’s also good to note that JD Davis is actually a good fastball hitter, besides what is told in the media. Davis owns a plus 2 run value on the 4 seamer and sinking fastball. He has at least a 0 run value on every pitch which makes him difficult to pitch too. Only main flaw is his troubles against the high pitch.

One big plus in his adjustments for this season is that he was able to increase his launch angle. In 2021 he increased his launch angle with 9.9 degrees on average (13.2), higher than his great 2019 (10.2).

JD is a good hitter in his prime of his career for a low cost. Yes, he has his issues defensively, but with a DH he can get more at bats without his below average defense costing the Mets.

The Mets can also afford to have a defense first third baseman in their every day lineup, something they haven’t really had in a long time. To me third base is a more important position to improve defensively than (for example) left field. This way they can use Guillorme or sign a cheap defense first third baseman, without adding a big contract at third with blocking Vientos/Baty.

In conclusion, I wouldn’t trade a cheap under controlled solid hitter in JD Davis. With the DH, as the DH and without a good hitter of the bench, and playing third with a strikeout/fly ball pitcher.

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: J.D. Davis Goes Yard Again

Syracuse Mets (21-41)

The Syracuse Mets split a Doubleheader against the Red Wings on Wednesday.

Game one:

Syracuse lost the opener 9-4 besides homeruns from Chance Sisco and J.D. Davis. Overall Syracuse collected just 5 hits without any multi hit games.

Jesus Reyes dropped to 0-8 after allowing 5 runs over 6 innings of work.

Game two:

Game two went to Syracuse on a 7-5 win. Cheslor Cuthbert was the big man going 2 for 2 with 2 homeruns and 3 RBI’s.

Cameron Maybin had a 3 hits game, driving in one run and Orlando Calixte drove in two with a 2 run double.

Nick Tropeano got the start allowing just one run in 3.1 innings. Hartlieb struggled allowing 3 runs and Roney got the blown save allowing another run in a 4 run 5th. After the offense got the lead back, Nogosek saved it in the seventh.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (22-37)

The Rumble Ponies lost to the Altoona Curve 10-3. Jake Mangum doubled twice and drove in a run. Baty collected a double in his AA debut.

Carlos Cortes homered in the loss. It was Cortes his 10th of the season. In some bad news, Vientos left the game after he got hit on the left hand.

Dustin Beggs allowed 6 runs in 5.2 innings, allowing 10 hits. Hackimer didn’t fair better as he allowed 4 runs in 2.1 innings.

Brooklyn Cyclones (20-40)

The Cyclones lost to the BlueClaws 3-2. Ronny Mauricio drove in both runs with a double, going 2 for 3 on the day. The Cyclones collected just 4 total hits.

Jose Butto was strong going 5.2 innings, allowing just 2 runs on 3 hits. He allowed just 1 walk, while striking out 4.

St. Lucie Mets (33-29)

The St. Lucie Mets swept a Doubleheader against Palm Beach Cardinals.

Game one:

St. Lucie Mets got game one with a 6-3 win. Warren Saunders and Branden Fryman both collected two hits and a RBI.

The St. Lucie Mets went with a bullpen day in game one. Strong outings from Austin Faith, Colin Holderman and Reyson Santos were important after Luis Moreno struggled.

Game two:

St. Lucie won game two 4-2 after a big 3 run homerun from Matt O’Neil in the sixth to give St. Lucie the lead.

Alex Ramirez went 2 for 3 and Omar de los Santos went 2 for 3 with a RBI in his debut for St. Lucie.

Junior Santos pitched well over 6 innings of two run ball. He allowed 7 hits and 4 walks, but was able to limit the damage.

Luis Montas got the save with a scoreless seventh.

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: J.D. Davis Has Big Day as Syracuse Scores 18

Syracuse Mets (20-40)

The Syracuse Mets rocked the Red Wings 18-2. J.D. Davis seems ready to return, going 4 for 6 with 2 doubles, a homer and 3 RBI’s. Khalil Lee also homered, going 2 for 4 with 3 RBIS.

With 21 hits, a lot of good days for the offensive players. Drury and Mazeika both had 2 hits and two runs batted in, Drew Jackson drove in three.

It was more than enough for Robert Stock who went 6 innings of one run ball. Stock allowed 6 hits and a walk, while striking out 8.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (22-36)

The Rumble Ponies couldn’t overcome a 6 run first in a 6-3 loss to the Altoona Curve.

The Ponies collected just 5 hits, one went out of the yard for a Luis Carpio homer. Johneswhy Fargas went 1 for 4 as he reached Binghamton in rehab.

Luc Rennie allowed 6 first inning runs, but settled down a bit after, going 4.2 innings with 8 strikeouts. Robinson and Mitchell combined for 3.1 scoreless.

Brooklyn Cyclones (20-39)

The Cyclones won an old fashioned pitching duel 1-0. Mauricio went 2 for 4 and Vazquez drove in the only run with an eight inning sac fly.

Jaison Vilera had a much needed strong outing, pitching 5 scoreless innings. Colby Morris and Michel Otanez both went 2 scoreless is close out the close win.

St. Lucie Mets Postponed

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: J.T. Ginn Shines in St. Lucie Win.

Syracuse Mets (18-40)

The Syracuse Mets split a Doubleheader against the RailRiders

Game one:

The Syracuse Mets won game one 6-5 after 8 innings. Cervenka double play scored the winning run in the eight.

J.D. Davis homered in the first, his second of his rehab assignment. Tovar and Drury went 2 for 4 with a RBI.

Vance Worley went 5.2 innings, allowing 5 runs. Trey Cobb followed with 2 scoreless and Windle got the last out with a strikeout.

Game Two:

Syracuse got shutout in game two losing 1-0. Both team collected just 3 hits. Tovar, Puello and Jackson collected the only hits.

Adam Bostick was solid over 5 innings of one run ball, but got the loss. He did allow 7 baserunners over the 5 innings.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (22-35)

The Rumble Ponies won 6-3 against the Fisher Cats. Mark Vientos went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s, hitting his 14th homerun of the year (off Simeon Woods-Richardson).

Walter Lagrange went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Yoel Romero drove in 2.

Oscar de la Cruz pitched 5 innings of 3 run ball for the win. Eric Orze kept his strong showing in AA going with 3 hitless frames, collecting 5 strikeouts.

Brooklyn Cyclones (18-39)

The Cyclones got swept in the Doubleheader, getting dominated by Renegades pitching.

Game One:

The Cyclones lost game one 7-1. Luis Gonzalez hit his first homerun of the year for the only run. Vasquez and Mauricio had the other hits. Mauricio his OPS is down to .676.

Connor Grey allowed 5 runs (3 earned) over 5 innings of work for the loss.

Game Two:

The Cyclones offense was even worse in game two as they got no hit in a 5-0 loss.

Justin Lasko pitched 5.1 innings, allowing 5 runs. Three homeruns cost the righty, who struck out 6.

St. Lucie Mets (31-28)

The St. Lucie Mets beat the Mighty Mussels 2-1 with help from Johneswhy Fargas his third homerun. Fargas hit a 2 run shot in the first, which was enough for Ginn and the bullpen.

JT Ginn has his best start in pro ball, throwing 6 scoreless innings. The righty allowed just 4 hits and a walk, while striking out 10. He lowered his season ERA to 2.48. The St. Lucie bullpen allowed just a run in 3 innings, keeping the slim lead.

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: J.D Homers in Syracuse Walk off Win

Syracuse Mets (4-13)

The Syracuse Mets collected just their 4th win of the year in wild fashion, as the Syracuse Mets walked it off on a passed ball. They beat the IronPigs 9-8.

Power was the main attraction for the Syracuse offense, hitting 4 homeruns. Drew Jackson homered twice and drove in 3. David Thompson collected three hits, one for a homer and J.D. Davis joined the party with a homer in his rehab assignment.

Thomas Szapucki was tremendous in his start allowing just one unearned run over 4 innings. Main plus was that he walked just one, while striking out 5. Szapucki lowered his ERA to 2.77.

Roney and McWilliams struggled allowing multiple runs and Oswalt allowed the game tying homerun in the top of the ninth.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (2-14)

The Rumble Ponies won their second game of the season thanks to a 4 run sixth inning, as they beat the SeaWolves 6-4.

Tyler Megill was solid again as he struck out 11 over 5.2 innings of three run ball. Megill currently owns a 2.08 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 21.2 innings pitched.

The Rumble Ponies got a 2 run double from prospect Mark Vientos, who is heating up. David and Manny Rodriguez homered and Jake Mangum collected 2 hits in his AA debut.

Brooklyn Cyclones (6-10)

The Cyclones lost to the Renegades 5-3. In a game were Mauricio his hitting streak was broken up, the Cyclones collected just 5 hits. Antoine Duplantis and Anthony Walters collected two hits. Walters drove in two of the three.

Cam Opp struggled in his Cyclones debut, going just 3.2 innings, allowing 5 runs. The bullpen kept the Cyclones in the game, highlighted by another impressive outing from Bryce Montes de Oca, who struck out two in an inning.

St. Lucie Mets (12-5)

The Palm Beach Cardinals were able to best the St. Lucie Mets on a walk off RBI single from Buchberger in the ninth. Reyson Santos allowed 2 runs to score for his first blown save of the year for St. Lucie as they lost 6-5.

After Luis Moreno allowed 4 runs in the first two innings, the St. Lucie Mets came back with 3 in the seventh and 2 in the eight. Francisco Alvarez went 1 for 2 with a double and 2 RBIs, as he got St. Lucie the lead in the eight. Franklyn Parra and Matt Cleveland combined for 6.1 scoreless innings, to keep St. Lucie in the game.

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Mets Third Base Situation a Concern?

Coming into this season, the Mets third base situation was the most concerning of all. With an off-season full of rumors about the Mets interest in adding a third baseman, they ended up with adding Villar in the mix.

During Spring the Mets also tried Jeff McNeil at third, with the possibility of having Guillorme play second. Unfortunately McNeil couldn’t correct flaws from his 2020 campaign, as the Mets gave McNeil the second base spot, were he looks more comfortable.

So, the Mets kept a combination of J.D. Davis, Luis Guillorme and Jonathan Villar, to be the Mets third base solution. So far they all have hit very well, but their defense has been a major concern. Even slick fielding Luis Guillorme has shown issues at third.

Let’s start with the talk of the moment: J.D. Davis. Davis committed three errors in the 2 games so far at Wrigley Field. In Tuesdays 3-1 loss, Davis committed two throwing errors and yesterday he booted a ground ball (which could have been a double play), for an extremely costly error as a 7 run inning followed.

This season Davis has had limited time and he already collected a minus 2 OAA. His succes rate on plays were at 69% while his estimated success rate is 84%. Showing he just doesn’t make the plays he should make.

Davis has the issue for his whole career. Over his career he has a combined minus 10 OAA at third base, which shows his lack of skills in the field.

So what is the solution? Is it Luis Guillorme the slick fielding player of the three. Unfortunately Guillorme hasn’t been what we expect from him at third as well.

Guillorme has collected a minus 2 OAA as well in limited time. This shows he is off to a horrendous start as well with the glove.

Yes Guillorme get the more difficult plays, so it seems like Davis his struggles are more major but Guillorme has a succes rate of just 43% with a 63% estimated success rate. That’s 20% lower, which is even worse than Davis at this point.

For the record, this isn’t me saying Davis is a better defender than Guillorme, because that’s obviously isn’t true. However, how great Guillorme is at the middle infield spots, he hasn’t been great at third. Over his career in the majors he has collected a minus 4 OAA at the position.

Guillorme is a great second baseman and in a perfect world, McNeil would be the third baseman and Guillorme the second baseman. I can’t fault Guillorme because it’s a position he isn’t accustomed too. However at this point 3B is the position he is asked to play.

We have one more on the 26 man roster who can play third and that’s Jonathan Villar. Villar has been the best of the three on defense so far, but he is clearly more of a bench player for this team.

Villar has collected a 82% succes rate at third with a 79% estimated success rate. The only of the three who collected more success rate than was estimated. Villar has an even 0 OAA, but again obviously a small samplesize. Before this season, the last time Villar played third was 2016, when he was atrocious at the position (-10 OAA).

Al of the three are hitting well so far. That makes the decision who to play even more tricky. In my opinion Villar is and should be a bench player. So it’s should be between Davis and Guillorme.

I have way more faith in Guillorme being able to handle the position but Davis does have the stronger and more powerful bat. In a perfect world we have the DH, but that is not the case right now.

Although Guillorme third base defense hasn’t been good in his MLB Career, he does have the skills to right his wrongs. He should be able to play the position at least average and if he is hitting like he is, he should get more playing time. JD should get playing time with the strikeout/flyball pitchers and Luis should het playing time with our Ground ball pitchers. And mix Villar in their occasionally is what I should do.

What would your solution to the third base issues be?