Mets Trade Miguel Castro For Joely Rodriguez

The Mets have announced they have traded right handed reliever Miguel Castro to the Yankees for Left handed reliever Joely Rodriguez. The 30 year old Dominican pitched to a 4.66 ERA between the Yankees and the Rangers.

However, the lefty does have team controll until 2026, while Castro would have been a free agent next offseason. There is also lot to like about Rodriguez, as he has a low FIP 3.43, which could indicate him improving on his ERA. My main concern is his high WHIP as it stood at 1.53 last year.

In the shortened 2020, Rodriguez pitched well with a 2.13 ERA with a 1.69 FIP. Over the last two years he owns a 4.12 ERA with a 3.06 FIP in 59 major league innings. After he went to the Yankees last year, he did well with a 2.84 ERA over 19 innings in the Bronx.

Rodriguez throws a sinker that averaged 94mph most of the time (41%), with his change-up as his best secondary pitch (-6 Run Value). He also a 4 seamer and an occasional slider.

Looking at his Baseball Savant page, you get why the Mets made this move. He limits hard hit contact and his XERA was solid. He also had one of the highest chase rates in the game. The main reason to me is still him being a lefty and having control years.

Rodriguez will join righties Diaz, May, Ottavino, Smith and Lugo in the Mets bullpen.

Update: according to Joel Sherman Joely Rodriguez can become a Free agent after this year.

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Mets Junkies Game Recap: Cookie Crumb’s

New York Mets starter Carlos Carrasco had another tough outing in Orange & Blue. The former Cleveland Indians pitcher made his first appearance of the spring, while giving up three runs in four innings pitched.

So far this spring, Carrasco sports an ERA of 6.75 after his first go-around against the Houston Astros.

Slugger Pete Alonso displayed his mammoth like power as the first baseman hit a three-run shot in the 6th, counting for his first long-ball of the spring.

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So far during the spring, the Mets pitching staff has looked pretty. Relievers Adam Ottavino, Miguel Castro, Alex Claudio, Drew Smith, and Colin Holderman have all been on point as they haven’t allowed any runs during Spring Training.

The 6-4 Mets will square off against the 1-10 Washington Nationals on Thursday evening as Erick Fedde will take on Taijuan Walker.

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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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Mets Junkies Game Recap: Megill & Castro sharp; Peterson loses to Cards

The game started off with Pete Alonso making a challenging play in foul territory, battling the sun and the turf to make the out. Alonso stated earlier in the spring that he plans to eventually walk away with a gold glove, as the slugger is known to have a hard worker’s ethic.

After the Cardinals put runners on first and third, Dylan Carlson hit a monster of shot over the left field wall. The outfielder, currently in his sophomore season, would give his Cardinals the 3-0 lead.

The bottom half of the second started off with an amazing interview with Mets manager Buck Showalter. It’s evident that the organization now has a leader to call the shots and make that tough call when need be, coming from what seems to be an extremely entertaining personality.

After a lead off walk from Alonso, then a single by Cahna, putting runners on first and third. James McCann would push an RBI single in the hole between second and first, an approach that McCann plans to make his way back to.

Paul Goldschmidt then lead the third inning off, drilling a shot over the left-center field gate. The home run, Goldschmidt’s first of the spring, gave the Card’s a 4-1 lead over the Mets.

Travis Jankowski, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania native and Stony Brook alumni, made a case to be the team’s fifth outfielder, as he made a stellar diving catch in the top of the fourth.

Francisco Lindor started off a phenomenal 6-4-5 double play with a backhanded stop in the hole, McNeil had the wherewithal to go to third for the second out of the play.

Megill also did an in-dugout interview after pitching three scoreless frames. The right-hander told Steve Gelbs that he is working on the command of his slider, his new cutter, as well as his curveball.

Megill spoke about adding a new pitch to his arsenal, “I definitely wanted to add another weapon… I wanted something hard and something that goes into lefties, so they can respect the four-seam.”

Miguel Castro threw a scoreless 7th as the right-hander’s stuff was looking electric. His fastball was getting up to around 98MPH, and a ton of movement on all of his pitches.

Daniel Palka, a 30 year old outfielder/ first baseman acquired from the White Sox, hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh, cutting the lead down to 4-3. Palka has approximately two seasons under his belt, and will likely be in Syracuse for most of the year.

Sean Reid-Foley gave up a couple of runs in the 8th, while I really like this right-hander, it looks like he’ll he starting 2022 in Syracuse.

Mets former second round pick and third base prospect Mark Vientos singled in a run in his only at-bat in the 8th inning, shaving the Cardinals lead down to 5-4.

The Mets gave up another run in the top part of the 9th, and would eventually drop the exhibition contest to the Cardinals, their second loss of the Spring.

The 2-0 Miami Marlins will host tomorrow’s exhibition game against the Mets as Max Scherzer is set to take the hill. Unfortunately, the game will not be televised.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Mets shutout against Nats

This was a pitching showcase with both Joey Lucchesi and Erick Fedde pitching well above expectations in this contest. While this game could’ve easily been a high scoring affair, both pitchers were pretty damn sharp.

In the bottom half of the third, pitcher Erick Fedde dribbled one right in front of the plate, however Nido would throw the ball in to centerfield allowing Victor Robles to advance to third. After Lucchesi would load the bases, Trea Turner would hit a sharp ground ball to Villar, turning the 5-5-3 double play to end the Nationals rally.

Lucchesi pitched 5.1 scoreless innings while giving up four hits and two walks. The left-hander also struck out five batters while lowering his ERA to 4.46 on the year.

Miguel Castro came in and did a masterful job out of the bullpen as he recorded five outs on just 15 pitches. While the right-hander only struck out one, did induce a inning ending double play as well as lowering his ERA to 2.89 on the campaign.

The Mets offense just hasn’t shown up in the past two games, while the pitching has stepped up.

The loss came as Edwin Diaz entered the game in the ninth inning and was unable to record an out. Diaz would get the loss and raise his ERA to 3.00 after the disastrous outing.

The Mets will play a doubleheader tomorrow with David Peterson on the hill of the first game, and potentially Jared Eickhoff in the second.

MetsJunkies Recap: deGrom makes MVP push; Beats Padres

What’s there left to say about Jacob deGrom? The guy is otherworldly and always seems extremely humbled. On Friday night, deGrom took the hill and continued to do what he’s been doing all season long… dominate.

Tonight the Mets’ ace put forth six innings while striking ten Padres batters. The DeLand, Florida native only have up a single hit while lowering his ERA 0.56… Yes, really.

In the fifth inning, new fan favorite Billy McKinney would get the Mets on the board first as he would lace a double just over the first base bag. The extra-base hit would drive in Kevin Pillar, giving the Mets the 1-0 advantage.

While McKinney is hitting just .237, in his last seven games he’s slashing .375/.444/.833 with two home runs and eight RBI’s. Since joining the Mets, he’s hit .275/.700/1.041 with 11 RBI, 4 home runs, 3 doubles, and even a triple.

As usual, deGoat was out there doing it with the stick, too. deGrom would soon follow McKinney as he hit a single to plate two runs, giving him a .400 batting average paired alongside a .840 OPS.

Unfortunately, the he would be pulled a bit early on his own doing because of tendinitis in his pitching elbow. After the game, the future Hall of Fame’r told the media that he plans to make his next scheduled start.

After Miguel Castro would give up two runs in just 0.1 innings, Seth Lugo would come in to close out the 7th inning with the Mets up 3-2.

Edwin Diaz would come on in the bottom of the eighth to record a four-out save, his 11th of the campaign, to secure the Mets’ 31st victory.

MetsJunkies Recap: McCann comes up Huge in Win

The Mets had a huge first inning as Jonathan Villar and Francisco Lindor set the table for catcher James McCann. McCann, who’s set to earn $40M on his current four year contract, blasted a three-run shot off of potential HoF’er Madison Bumgarner.

The Mets were able to tack on another run in the first when Brandon Drury grounded into a double play.

David Patterson gave the Diamondbacks all back and then some as he gave up a two-run shot to Ketel Marte. The Diamondbacks centerfielder is having a great season as he’s .352 on the campaign.

With the bases loaded just minutes later, Ildemaro Vargas would single up the middle to tie the game at four a piece. Not only would that chase Peterson out of the game, but Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner would follow up and drive in a run with a single of his own.

James McCann began to get greedy with the RBI’s as he drove in Jonathan Villar for his fourth RBI on the afternoon.

Mets infielder Brandon Drury would get a second chance to obtain the RBI and came through with a hard hit single to give the Mets the 6-5 lead.

The Mets would end up winning the game as well as the series. Today’s win had huge contributions from James McCann, going 3-5 with a home run and four RBI’s. Francisco Lindor upped his batting average to .209 as the newly acquired shortstop went also went 3-5.

Miguel Castro pitched two scoreless innings to get the win, his second of the season. Edwin Diaz bounced back and picked up his 10th save after a rough game on Tuesday.

The Mets are now currently 27-21 and will be taking on the Padres in San Diego for a four-game set starting Thursday.

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: Mets stung by Rays

Rays starter Tyler Glasnow came firing out of the gate as he pretty much breezed through the first three innings. However, the Mets would tag Glasnow in the fourth as Kevin Pillar would single to reach base after retiring the first 14 batters.

Jonathan Villar would follow Pillar with a two-run shot to give the Mets the 2-0 lead.

David Peterson would put on a clinic of his own. The left-hander retired 17 straight at one point, then came along catcher Mike Zunino with a solo shot in the Eighth. While Peterson was pitching an excellent game, Luis Rojas mysteriously had no one ready in the bullpen.

Kevin Padlo would follow Zunino with his first Major League hit, a double. Rojas would eventually bring in Trevor May to relieve Peterson and May labor in 0.2 innings.

After getting Randy Arozarena to line out to Villar at third, Manuel Margot would go down the same line but with a double to tie the contest at two. Margot is now currently hitting an astronomical .388 against the Mets.

Shockingly, Rojas would still not have any arms ready in the pen. Fortunately, May would finally put down Austin Meadows via strike out to end the bottom half of the eighth.

After a two-out hit by Pillar as well Villar reaching base via error, James McCann would ground out to first base to end the inning and rally.

While we’ve given Miguel Castro a ton of praise on, this evening Castro would load up the bases. With left-handed hitting Joey Wendle coming up to bat, that would get Luis Rojas to bring in lefty Aaron Loup.

However, Brett Phillips would turn out to be the hero for the Rays as he hit a single into right field to win the game. Castro would get the loss as the Mets fall to 18-14, however still hold a lead over the Phillies in the NL East.

David Peterson-7.1, 4 H’s, 2 ER’s, 2 BB’s, 9 K’s.

Kevin Pillar-2-4, 1 run.

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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