Mets Recap: Scherzer Gets Spring Training deGrom Treatment

The Mets got shutout by the Marlins 3-0, dropping their Spring record to 1-2. Main plus was the strong outing from Max Scherzer, who went 5 innings of one run ball in his first outing.

Max velo started out lower but he dialed it up later in his outing. Scherzer threw just 72 pitches (55 strikes) over his 5 innings. Max struck out 5, allowed 3 hits and walked none. Impressive to see in his first outing of spring.

Jose Butto came into the sixth in relief of Scherzer. Butto could be an important depth piece for the Mets as the young righty is placed on the 40 man roster. Butto started with a strong 6th but allowed 2 unearned runs in the seventh (hit and a walk in that inning). Butto went 1.1 innings allowing those 2 unearned runs before Eric Orze came in.

Eric Orze allowed the third run to score, but limited the damage going 0.2 innings. Orze is also an arm to keep an eye on and likely to make his major league debut soon.

The last Mets pitcher to pitch was Colin Holderman, who was absolutely filthy in his outing. Holderman struck out 3, allowing one hit in his inning of work. He demonstrated filthy sliders with 99mph sinkers. Also an arm to keep an eye on in the Mets system.

On the offensive side, the Mets collected just 2 hits. Luis Guillorme doubled and Jake Mangum singled. Let’s hope that won’t be a theme. Early spring with lots of inregulars in the lineup, I am not worried jet.

Today the Mets will play the Astros at Clover Park. The game will start at 6.10pm with Jacob deGrom facing Jake Odorizzi.

Photo Credit: SNY

Mets Beat Nats in Spring Training Opener

The Mets beat the Nationals 6-2 after a 4 run, 3 homer first gave the Mets a 4-0 lead against Josiah Gray. Luis Guillorme, Dom Smith and Nick Plummer all went the opposite way for a homer.

Smith and Guillorme drove in a run later in the game to get the Mets total to 6 runs on the day. Guillorme went 3 for 4 with his homerun and 2 singles with 2 runs batted in.

Dom Smith kept his strong start going with a 2 for 3 day with a homerun and triple. Early on Dom has been the 2020 Dom we got to love, so hopefully that continues.

On the pitching side, the Mets got a great outing from 27 year old Josh Walker. Walker was impressive in the minors last year and he didn’t disappoint today. Walker went 3 scoreless innings allowing just one hit and 2 walks, with 2 strikeouts. On the only hit he allowed, the Mets made a terrific relay play to get the out at third. Mangum>Guillorme>JD.

Alex Claudio, Rob Zastryzny, Eric Orze and Stephen Nogosek all threw scoreless frames in their outings. Holderman allowed an unearned run and Trey Cobb allowed the only Mets earned run.

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Friday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup (7/30)

The 54-47 New York Mets will play the first game of a three-game set against the 54-49 Cincinnati Reds. The Mets lost the last series to the Braves, and as we approach August, the Mets must stay on track and maintain first place in the standings.

The Mets plan to send right-hander Carlos Carrasco to the hill, making his much anticipated debut for the Orange and Blue. The Barquisimeto, Venezuela native was 3-4 last season and sported a 2.91 ERA throughout 68 innings pitched.

The Cincinnati Reds will have 31-year old right-hander Sonny Gray on the mound, a former first round pick of the Oakland Athletics back in 2011. In his last start, Gray didn’t fare too well as he only pitched 3.1 innings while giving up eight runs on eight hits.

Gray, so far is having a mediocre season, pitching to a 4.50 ERA and owning an ugly 2-6 record. The Smyrna, Tennessee native has also struck out 89 batters in 70.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

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

Friday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup (7/23)

The 50-43 New York Mets will play the first game of a three-game set against the 48-44 Toronto Blue Jays. After taking the series (2-1) against the Reds at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, the Mets look to take two of three here at home as well.

Friday’s contest will feature a couple pitchers that have been decent, so far. The Mets plan to send right-hander Tyler Megill to the hill, making his sixth appearance of the season. The Long Beach, California native is 0-0 with a 2.63 ERA and has 28 K’s in 24.0 innings pitched.

Megill’s last outing came against the Pirates back at PNC Ballpark in Pittsburgh, and was a gem. He went on to throw 6.0 scoreless innings as he gave up six hits and and struck out two. A great bounce back from the righty, as his last start (Also against the Pirates) was shortened to just 3.2 innings.

The Toronto Blue Jays will have 30-year old lefty and familiar face Steven Matz on the mound, a former second round pick with the Mets. In his last start, Matz picked up his 8th win by pitching five scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers while striking out two.

Matz, so far is having a average season, pitching to a 4.43 ERA but owning an impressive 8-4 record. The Stony Brook, New York native has also struck out 84 batters in 81.1 innings pitched, so far this season.

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

MetsJunkies Recap: Bucs upset Mets late

Tylor Megill keeps on impressing as he took the mound on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Listen, the Pirates aren’t going to compete for their division this season however, they’ve definitely proven to be quite the scrappy little club.

Megill on the other hand, tossed six shut-out innings while allowing six hits and no walks in the contest. The rookie right-hander has now lowered his ERA 2.63 after making 5th appearance of the season.

The Pirates did make Megill work quite hard right out of the gate as it took 22 pitches to finally end the first inning, stranding Adam Frazier on second. While Megill definitely pitched well enough to earn the win, that wasn’t the case as the rookie didn’t get a decision.

Luis Guillorme is proving that not only is he the best option with the glove when it comes to temporarily replacing Lindor at shortstop, but he’s doing it with the stick, too.

The slick fielding infielder would go 1-3 with a run scored as well as a double in the fourth inning.

The Mets used J.D. Davis as their clean-up batter and it was a great move. Davis ended up hitting two two-run bombs in his 3-4 effort, alongside four RBI’s which at one point (Fourth Inning) were the Mets’ only runs on the board.

Travis Blankenhorn came into the game in the top of the seventh to pinch-hit for Megill and absolutely laced a double off of the right-center field wall. The extra-base hit would plate across Luis Guillorme, giving the Mets the 5-0 lead.

Coming into the game, Blankenhorn was just 1-11 with a .348 OPS while with the Mets.

Brandon Nimmo continues to get on base at an elite level. The Mets centerfielder drew three walks against Pirates pitching and crossed the plate once on his 1-2 game.

It all started to go down hill for the Mets in the 8th inning when Seth Lugo surrendered five runs on three hits and two walks in just 0.2 innings. Lugo now has an inflated ERA of 5.09 after Saturday’s disaster of an outing.

Edwin Diaz failed just as bad as the closer gave up four runs in the ninth, blowing the save as well as picking up the loss. Diaz would give up a grand slam to Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings for the walk off as the Mets suffer from a 9-7 loss.

Taijuan Walker will take the hill for the Mets on Sunday afternoon as the Mets look to at least take one game from these Pirates.

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?

#MetsCrushMonday: Luis Guillorme

Guillorme has earned this spot with me before. While I don’t like to be redundant when it comes to these particular segments, it’s hard to ignore how awesome Luis Guillorme is. But let’s backtrack a bit and take a look at a small piece of what I wrote back in 2017.

Hilariously enough, a bunch of years later we’re here after Guillorme worked out a walk in an incredible 22-pitch at-bat against Cardinals right-hander Jordan Hicks.

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Guillorme continues to be “The King of Spring”, however it isn’t just this year. Back in 2017, the sure-handed infielder showed off his reflexes when a bat went flying into the dugout and Guillorme swiftly snagged the bat without any facial expression… let’s take a look back.

The Venezuelan born Luis Guillorme has proven that he can carry it on over to the regular season, as well. Not just with the slick glove but he’s turning a corner offensively.

While his career slash line is at a respectable.259/.343/.341/.683, in 2020 Guillorme hit .333/.426/.439/.865 with 9 RBI’s and two stolen bases.

In 2017, I did compare the likes of Luis Guillorme to a Rougned Ordor. Guillorme will never hit 15+ HR’s a season, but is more of a well rounded hitter as he gets on-base at a much better rate.

Guillorme is in an interesting position as he’s set to back-up at shortstop, second, and third base. However, with J.D. Davis getting what seems like no love from management, Guillorme may takeover if Davis’ defense ends up being costly.

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Mets call up two relievers

The Mets will call up relievers Tyler Bashlor and Stephen Nogosek. In return, the Mets will sent down infielder Luis Guillorme as well as pitcher Chris Mazza.

Bashlor has an 0-3 record with a 5.40 ERA in 13 games and 11.2 innings pitched.

Stephen Nogosek has pitched in five games and has an ERA of 7.71 in just 4.2 innings pitched.

Mazza has appeared in four games and owns a 5.19 ERA in 8.2 innings while striking out six.

Guillorme only had 22 at-bats this season and is batting .182 over that small sample.