Rumors: Mets interested in Villar Reunion?

According to Tenchy Rodriguez, the Mets are reportedly interested in a short term deal with Jonathan Villar. Villar was a pleasant surprise for the Mets in 2021, hitting .249/.322/.416 in 142 games with the Mets.

Over that span Villar hit 18 homeruns with 42 runs batted in. He mostly played third but also saw some playing time at short and second.

Although Villar made some sparkling plays in the field, his OAA was a negative 5 at third base. Surprisingly enough his OAA at short was plus 2 in limited time.

Villar should be considered as a bench player at this point. I wouldn’t want to see him start. His overall offensive numbers aren’t great and his sabremetics aren’t very strong.

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I personally don’t love to resign Villar. His defense at the prime position he will play is iffy and he isn’t worth a starting spot. With Guillorme already in the depth chart, I wouldn’t give Villar a contract, after a solid year. For an one year deal, it’s solid but I wouldn’t give him anything more than that.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Mets shut Reds outs

The Mets needed one thing in particular from Marcus Stroman, and it was to eat innings on Wednesday afternoon at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. The right-hander did exactly that, and gave the bullpen a well-deserved rest after pitching eight innings.

The Long Island, New York native gave up just one in his outing while yielding just one walk as well. Stroman did also strike out seven and has now lowered his ERA to 2.59 after picking up his seventh victory.

Jonathan Villar popped his 10th home run of the year, a solo shot that came in the second inning. Villar finished the afternoon going 1-4 and currently owns a .230 batting average.

In the top of the third, Dom Smith lofted an opposite field grand slam to put the Mets up 5-0. The home run came off of starter Jeff Hoffman, who’s no stranger to giving up the long ball whether it be with his time with the Rockies or the Reds.

Besides hitting his 11th home run of the year, Smith also singled giving him a multi-hit game, bringing his slash line up to .257/.327.410/.737 after 300 at-bats.

Luis Guillorme pushed the game up to 7-0 when he hit a home run in the fifth inning off of reliever Tony Santillan. The home run counts as Guillorme’s 1st home run of the season, and just the 2nd of his career.

Jeurys Familia relieved Stroman in the ninth with a perfect inning that included striking out the side. Familia now has a 3.56 ERA after making his 31th appearance of the campaign.

The Mets are now at 50 wins on the year and will host the 48-44 Toronto Blue Jays on Friday evening. The Mets will have Tyler Megill on the hill as he takes on Long Island, New York product and former Met Steven Matz.

MetsJunkies Recap: Pirates left stranded out at sea

The Mets opened up a can of whoop-ass on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field on Friday. Taijuan Walker took the mound and unfortunately, was not the winning pitcher.

While the Mets would end up beating the Pirates, 13-4, the offense didn’t cement the lead until the bottom of the sixth. That would be a full inning after Walker’s departure.

The Shreveport, Louisiana Native ended up throwing five innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits and three walks.

Jonathan Villar put the Mets on the board first as he laced a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the third. The home run would tie the game 1-1 and counts as Villar’s seventh home run of 2021.

Brandon Nimmo soon after put the Mets up by lining a double in the right-center field gap, plating across catcher James McCann.

Later in the fifth, after Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor set the table for Dom Smith, Smith would take advantage by pushing across Nimmo with an RBI single.

Star slugger Pete Alonso immediately followed with a low line drive that was tall enough to clear the centerfield wall. The Mets first baseman now has 16 home runs on the campaign after Friday’s three run shot, putting the team up over the Pirates, 6-2.

After Pirates pitching forced in two runs on a hit by pitch and walk, Francisco Lindor hit a grand slam, giving the Mets the 12-2 lead.

Jonathan Villar would continue to be a solid acquisition as he would hit his second home run of the evening, this one, his 8th, coming in the seventh.

Aaron Loup would be the Mets pitcher of record, logging in his third victory of the campaign.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets split Doubleheader with Nats

Francisco Lindor got it started early for the Mets in the first inning, blasting a two-run shot to left-centerfield. The home run plated across Jonathan Villar and was his seventh of the campaign.

In the third, Lindor would come through with a sharply hit RBI single. The line drive single would count as his third RBI of the day, giving the Mets the 3-0 advantage.

After David Peterson picked up his first Major League hit in the fifth, Francisco Lindor would soon follow with another two-run home run, his eighth of the year.

David Peterson wouldn’t last long, however it wasn’t a bad outing. The Denver, Colorado native ended up tossing 4.2 innings before being replaced by left-hander Aaron Loup. While Peterson only gave up two hits, he did however walk three batters, hastening his exit.

Although he didn’t pick up the win, Peterson did lower his ERA to 5.31 after his outing against the Nationals.

The would drop the second game, 6-2, as Robert Gsellman opened the game for the Mets. The right-hander pitched two innings while giving up a run. The run came in a Kyle Schwarber solo home run in the first inning.

While Sean Reid-Foley has been spot on, so far, he did have a blunder on Saturday. Reid-Foley threw 1.2 innings and gave up five runs on the afternoon, including a second home run to Kyle Schwarber.

While the Mets were able to split the doubleheader, they’ll work hard to split the four-game series on Sunday afternoon. Taijuan Walker will be in search of his seventh victory of the year as Nationals starter Patrick Corbin tries to get back on track.

Wednesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 6/9

The 29-24 New York Mets will play the final of a two-game set against the 22-38 Baltimore Orioles. After splitting the series in San Diego and a day off, the Mets took a bad blowout loss in yesterday’s opener.

Tonight’s contest will feature a couple of right-handed pitchers on the mound. The Mets plan to send the recently acquired Taijuan Walker to the hill, making his 11th appearance of the season. The Shreveport, Louisiana native is 4-2 with a 2.17 ERA and 51 K’s in 54.0 innings pitched.

MLB.com suggests that we may start to see some regression from Walker, as the right-hander’s FIP (3.06) is almost a full run higher than his ERA.

The Baltimore Orioles will have 32-year old Matt Harvey on the mound, a former friend and right-hander that’s making his 13th appearance of the campaign. In the last five starts, Harvey owns a ERA of 12.96 and only lasted three innings in his last outing against the Minnesota Twins.

Harvey, formerly known as “The Dark Knight”, so far is having a terrible season, pitching to a 6.62 ERA while owning a 3-6 record. The New London, Connecticut native has also struck out 45 batters in 51.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

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

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 6/8

The 29-23 New York Mets will play the first of a two-game set against the 21-38 Baltimore Orioles. After splitting the series in San Diego and a day off, the Mets look to keep the momentum going.

Tonight’s contest will feature a couple of left-handed pitchers on the mound. The Mets plan to send David Peterson to the hill, making his 11th appearance of the season. The Denver, Colorado native is 1-4 with a 5.89 ERA with 49 K’s in 44.1 innings pitched.

Peterson, currently in his second Major League season, is coming off of a start in which he allowed five earned runs to the Diamondbacks in just 0.1 of an inning.

I’m not sure what the over/under will be for tonight’s game, however assuming it’ll be 8.5 or 9.5, I’ll definitely be taking the over.

The Baltimore Orioles will have 26-year old Bruce Zimmermann on the mound, a left-hander that’s also making his 11th appearance of the campaign. Zimmermann’s last outing was against the Minnesota Twins and went 5.1 innings while allowing two earned runs, a performance well enough to pick up a win.

Zimmermann so far is having a pretty mediocre season, pitching to a 4.96 ERA while owning a 3-3 record. The North Carolina native has also struck out 43 batters in 49.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

MetsJunkies Recap: deGrom gets Holy against the Friars

After losing the first two games to the Padres at PetCo Park in San Diego, deGrom was able to lead the Mets to victory for the first time since being in Arizona.

Jacob deGrom as usual, was masterful on the mound. The DeLand, Florida native went seven innings while giving up just three hits while striking out 11 batters. The right-hander was also able to pick up his fifth win of the year while lowering his ERA to 0.62 after his tenth appearance.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Jose Peraza got a pitch he was able to handle, taking Joe Musgrove deep. The home run put the Mets 1-0, against the former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher.

Francisco Lindor would go ahead and hit the second home run in the inning, a line drive bullet, just a couple of at-bats after Peraza. Lindor’s fifth home run would come off of a hanging breaking ball up in the zone.

After a pair of hits to start the sixth, Jonathan Villar would come off the bench in a pinch-hit situation and line an RBI single up the middle. This was a great sign from Villar, who was recently dealing with some hamstring issues that was keeping him out of the starting lineup.

With two runners on in the ninth with just one out, Kevin Pillar dropped a single in right field that would push across Francisco Lindor. The single would give the Mets the 4-0 lead.

Relievers Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz both pitched a scoreless inning a piece, solidifying the back end of the team’s bullpen while securing the Mets’ 28th victory of the 2021 campaign.

Tomorrow’s contest will be scheduled for 4:10 PM as Marcus Stroman goes head to head with Mets’ rival Chris Paddack.

Update on Jeff McNeil

A couple of weeks back, New York Mets manager Luis Rojas told reporters that Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil should be ready for action by the end of June.

While much hasn’t changed with Conforto, it looks like McNeil is ahead of schedule. Luis Rojas informed the media that the second baseman could be ready in one to two weeks.

During the injury, infielders such as Jonathan Villar and Jose Peraza have stepped in and stepped up to the occasion. However, it’s time to get the “Bench Mob” back on the bench and serving as depth again.

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 6/1

The 26-20 New York Mets will play the second out of a three-game set against the 19-36 Arizona Diamondbacks. After winning their fifth straight on Memorial Day Monday, the Mets look to keep the momentum going on Tuesday.

The Mets plan to send their hometown kid Marcus Stroman to the hill, making his eleventh appearance of the season. The Medford, New York native is 4-4 with a 2.47 ERA with 46 K’s in 58.1 innings pitched.

Stroman is coming off of a start in which he tossed six innings, while giving up three hits and not allowing any runs.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will have 29-year old Caleb Smith on the mound, a veteran left-hander making his 20th appearance of the campaign. Smith’s last outing was against the St. Louis Cardinals ,however the lefty appeared out of the bullpen. This will only be Smith’s second start of the year.

First pitch is scheduled for 9:40 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Beat Up the Braves

In a feel good game for the Mets, they beat up the division rival Braves 13-2. The Mets hit a season high 5 homeruns in the victory.

James McCann had a huge day going 4 for 5 with a homerun, double, scoring 3 runs and driving in two. He opened the score with a solo homerun in the first.

The Mets added one in the third after a Dom Smith RBI hit. Villar homered in the 5th and Nido RBI force out added one more.

The Mets showed their muscles in the sixth, scoring 7 runs. Drury homered after Maybin collected his first Mets hit, McCann and Nido collected RBI hits and McKinney hit his first Mets homerun to make it 7 runs in the inning. Lindor added 2 more runs in the seventh with his fourth homer of the year.

Taijuan Walker got the win in his return to action going 5 dominant innings. He allowed 0 runs on 2 hits, while striking out 8. Castro, Reid-Foley and Barnes closed out the game.

Jacob deGrom and the Mets will try to make it 5 in a row today, looking to sweep the Braves. The Mets now have a 3.5 game lead in the East.

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