In a meaningless Spring Training matchup against the Marlins, the Mets would end up losing to Miami at Clover Park, 6-1. However, let’s look at some positives from today’s contest.
Jeff McNeil went and did Jeff McNeil things as he had a multi-hit game, one of those hits being a home run to start off the Mets lineup in the bottom half of the first inning.
Noah Syndergaard struck out five batters in two innings while allowing just two hits.
Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect inning while striking a batter out.
Brad Brach and Paul Sewald each pitched a scoreless inning, as well. Brach gave up a hit and struck out one in his inning.
Infielder Max Moroff continues to hit during these exhibition games as the 26 year old went 1-1 after replacing Robinson Cano.
Right handed relievers Tim Peterson and Paul Sewald have cleared waivers after the Mets designated them for assignment last week. Both relievers will now be added to the Syracuse Mets Triple-A roster.
The Mets have placed outfielder Brandon Nimmo on the 10-Day I.L. retroactive to May 21st. The team has purchased the contract of Rajai Davis and have designated Paul Sewald for assignment.
This move was made in order to make room for Steven Matz on the 25-man roster. Matz is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 32 strikeouts. Matz hasn’t pitched against any live action since May 4th, however was one of the Mets more solid pitchers coming out of the rotation.
The Mets will also call up RHP Paul Sewald as well as purchase the contract of Carlos Gomez. Michael Conforto will go to the 7-day IL due to his concussion.
Broxton was batting just .143 in his 49 at-bats.
Sewald has appeared in 3 games for the Mets, pitching 5 innings with a 3.60 ERA. The reliever appeared in 12 games for Syracuse, accumulating 18.0 innings pitched with a 2.50 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts.
In 35 games with Syracuse, Gomez batted .270/ .329/ .500/ .829 with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 16 runs scored, 21 RBI’s and even 5 stolen bases over 126 at-bats.
And in a corresponding move, the Mets have called up Paul Sewald.
Last season, Sewald pitched in 46 games, striking out 58 over 56.1 innings but also owns 0-7 record with a 6.07 ERA. His career ERA is a tick better, sitting at 5.25 over 121.2 innings.
By Rhonda Schmidt
The 2018 New York Mets will have a lot to prove to fans. With a disaster of a season in 2017, Mickey Callaway has some good intentions after reaching out to the players. Things will change, and hopefully for the better.
To name a few players who just made the season slightly less frustrating to watch, here are some who deserve some credit.
- Outfielder Michael Conforto. Conforto came through and even appeared in his first All-Star game. With the offensive power he has displayed and solid numbers put up, Conforto should impress when he comes back from the Disabled List. Conforto injured himself swinging the bat and was shut down immediately.
- Shortstop Amed Rosario. Rookies are always delightful to watch, and the young prized rookie Rosario displayed some speed on the basepaths. Rosario has displayed some defensive mishaps, however they seem to be rookie mistakes and if he maintains his health he should look to put up quality at bats and make solid defensive progress.
- Infielder Wilmer Flores. Flores is a 26 year old infielder who came through off the bench. If his defense is the only issue here, why not look to start him in the infield? He has been able to shut down people who said he cant hit righties. The offense he shows us is solid, its just a matter of him working on defense and winning over fans who already say move on from him.
- First baseman Dominic Smith. Smith is probably one of the people on here that would come as a suprise to some. Given his youth, He looks to make a good name for himself and prove he is major league material. He has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
- Pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Enter a healthy Thor, and say no more. The competitiveness and scorching fastball speaks for itself.
Mets’ Callaway will improve pitching and bullpen in 2018
By: Rhonda Schmidt
The 2018 Mets will see big changes, for the better, since they recently welcomed skipper Mickey Callaway.
For one, the pitching staff will be solidified and restored. Mickey Callaway is a former Pitching coach with the Cleveland Indians. He knows more than a thing or two about working with pitchers. In 2017 the main issue with former manager Terry Collins was simply that he overworked the bullpen and his pitchers. I am sure and confident that Callaway will be a huge upgrade in that department.
Our aces may indeed have worn out due to a disasterous previous season. Its only a matter of time until they regain the stamina and confidence that a fresh face fresh start will give them to get back on track.
With new coaching staff aboard, it may be a slightly better chance to have a decent season. The issue is not that a lack of talented players or contribution. A good manager and coaching staff is essential for team success. Sometimes, changes need to be made.
Hopefully this change will lead the 2018 Mets in the right direction.
The next Mets manager will inherit a total mess
By: Rhonda Schmidt
It is not a pretty situation for the Mets’ next skipper to be upon entering a disaster scene. The 2017 Mets were absolutely terrible. The injuries may suggest a result of an ineffective and poor training staff, and with the Mets players ripping former skipper Terry Collins, a lot can be said. Yes, it was inexcusable to badmouth Collins unprofessionally, however, that is the past. A new change is upon us, a new chapter of Mets baseball must begin.
Who will take over? At this point, names are just being thrown around. With Bob Geren being mentioned, along with the likes of Ron Gardenhire and Robin Ventura, it is certain one thing.
The next manager will not have much comfort room to work with. It may take some time to see the effective managing show. There is a lot to fix. Rome was not built in a day, and it is also a fact that Mets fans will never be completely satisfied. It takes a lot to play or manage in the Big Apple. New York Sports fans can be extremely amazing, yet very critical at the same time. Why? We are in the city that never sleeps.
The Mets 2018 may be a season of just recovering. Wright will have to face a career decision. Mets pitchers Matt Harvey and Steven Matz will have to prove themselves. Wilmer Flores, a popular infielder, has to win over the organization and prove his defensive mishaps are behind him and that he is more than a bench player. The rookies Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario look to prove they have big league things still to come on their respective journeys.
So after acquiring 67 minor league relievers during the second half of this 2017 season, Marc Carig of Newsday is reporting that the Mets are looking to add a veteran reliever to the mix to bolster the Mets bullpen.
Former Met Addison Reed could possibly be on top of the list alongside the likes of Wade Davis, Jake McGee, Pat Neshek, Juan Nicasio, Anthony Swarzak, & Brandon Kintzler.
While a portion of the relievers the Mets received back from the trades that took place, are in the lower minors with a couple closer to being called up over some of the rest. However, by next years time, a few of those relievers should be in AA to start the year out, meaning if they perform & get a call up to AAA, they’ll be on the brink of make some major league debuts.
So I’m not sure it makes sense to go after a Reed or Davis with multi-year deals when it’s more cost efficient to find a veteran arm for the pen like a Salas (But Dear Lord, Not Salas himself) to plug a hole for 3-4 months while pitching in low leverage situations. Then bring up a top reliever in the system while have 6 years of control over his professional career.
It’s not ideal but the Mets do have A.J. Ramos for the time being & need to spend money else where right now. Third base very well may also be a priority & it’ll be very interesting to see how the Mets handle their CF situation or if they address a Conforto replacement.
But that’s another story.