Mets Make Changes to Staff

Former St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach Jeff Albert has been named the Mets new hitting director. The team has also signed on Eric Jagers as a coach, interestingly enough, Jagers has never played professionally.

John Mozeliak, the president of Baseball Operations has praised the work of Albert, in the past. “Jeff accomplished exactly what we were hoping he would do.

Mozeliak continued to state, “He modernized our hitting program, our strategy. He made a huge contribution to our minor-league side. From that standpoint, it was a success.

Jagers, 41, formerly a coach in the Cincinnati Reds system, will join the Mets system as the team’s new Pitching Director.

The team has also added Eddie Rodriguez to be their Minor League Field Coordinator. Rodriguez spent the last three seasons with the Miami Marlins as the team’s catching coach on the Fish’ Major League staff.

Also… Will the Mets and Rays work something out before the deadline for the 40-man roster is set?

Also Read: Mets Make Some Bullpen Moves

Sunday’s Pitching Preview (8/1)

The 55-48 New York Mets will play the last game of a three-game set against the 55-50 Cincinnati Reds. The Mets have split the series till now and look to take the rubber match on Sunday afternoon.

The Mets plan to send veteran right-hander Marcus Stroman to the mound, making his 22nd appearance of the year. The Medford, New York native is 7-9 and owns a 2.63 ERA while having struck out 97 batters in 116.1 innings pitched.

In his last outing, Stroman pitched five innings and gave up two runs while allowing eight hits and a walk in a losing effort against the Braves.

The Cincinnati Reds will have 25-year old rookie right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez on the mound. In his last start, Gutierrez earned a victory against the Cubs as he tossed 6.1 innings and gave up two runs on five hits as well as walking three.

Gutierrez, so far is having a mediocre season, pitching to a 4.75 ERA while owning a 5-3 record. The Havana, Cuba native has also struck out 42 batters in 60.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

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.

Mets strike a deal with Reds

The New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds agreed to a trade that will send outfielder Mark Payton to the Mets. In return, the Reds will receive cash considerations.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets have transferred David Peterson to the 60-day injured list.

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.

Wednesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 7/21

The 49-43 New York Mets will play the last of a three-game set against the 49-46 Cincinnati Reds. After splitting the first two games, the Mets look to take the rubber match against this scrappy Cincinnati club.

This afternoon’s contest will feature Long Island native Marcus Stroman on the hill. Stroman owns a 6-8 record and has pitched to a 2.79 ERA in 103.1 innings. In his last seven however, he’s struggled a bit as he’s been pitching to a 3.62 ERA with a 1-2 record during that stretch.

Stroman picked up the loss in his last out but did pitch well. The right-hander tossed five innings while giving up two runs on on eight hits against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

The Cincinnati Reds will have 23-year old, Latham, New York local Jeff Hoffman on the mound, a former first round pick (9th Overall) of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2014 draft. In his last start, Anderson pitched 1.1 innings while giving up two runs on five walks and two hits in a loss against the Washington Nationals.

Hoffman, so far is having an mediocre season, pitching to a 4.61 ERA while owning a 3-4 record. The right-hander has also struck out 39 batters in 41.0 innings pitched, so far this season. In his career, Hoffman owns a 13-20 record to go alongside a 6.13 ERA in 78 games.

First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY, as well as nationally on MLB Network.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Fall Short; Continue to Struggle

The New York Mets haven’t been exactly up to snuff while coming out of the All-Star break. While the Mets have been healthy with a couple of exceptions, they’ve still been struggling a bit in this early stages of the second half.

The Cincinnati Reds hosted Tuesday’s contest at The Great American Ballpark and the Mets were able to get on the boards quickly via a Pete Alonso solo shot. His second home run since the All-Star break, as well as in the last two games.

The home run would go down as the sluggers 19th of the year. Alonso finished the contest going 2-5 and has now pushed his average up to .259 with an .830 OPS.

The Reds struck right back to tie it up when lead-off batter Jonathan India hit a home run off of Mets starter Robert Stock. While I’m not too familiar with the infielder, the rookie is hitting .276/.406/.525/.831 over the span of 275 at-bats… quite impressive.

Robert Stock only threw one inning after being removed after dealing with a hamstring injury. David Jauss had this to say about Stock and his injury.

“I definitely don’t know how serious. My wife’s a nurse…my medical background is I stay away from doctors”David Jauss via SNY

Stephen Nogosek had gotten five straight outs and was looking extremely sharp until Joey Votto and Aristides Aquino hit back to back home runs in the bottom of the third. The pair of home runs from the Reds gave them a 3-1 to lead.

Jonathan Villar scored on a play you don’t normally see, especially from a player like Joey Votto. While Pete Alonso grounded one to pitcher Brad Brach, Votto dropped the throw allowing Villar to put the second run up for the Mets.

Geoff Hartlieb made his Mets debut as the right-hander displayed a pretty good slider but would give up a run in 1.1 innings pitched.

Luis Guillorme hit an RBI double in the eighth, however it wasn’t enough for the Mets to comeback. The Reds would take the second game of the series with a 4-3 victory.

Mets catcher James McCann went 2-4, bringing his average up to .251 on the season. In his last 15 games, McCann is slashing .302/.400/.372 but only has four RBI’s during that period.

Both teams will face off again on Wednesday at 12:35 PM with Marcus Stroman facing off against right-hander Jeff Hoffman in the rubber match.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Comeback in Ninth

Taijuan Walker would only throw 35 pitches as he would give up six runs, three coming on a huge blunder by the pitcher. While it did look like the ball might have hit the batter’s shin while coming out of the box, Walker shouldn’t have given up on the play.

Drew Smith pitched 2.2 innings in relief, giving up just one hit while striking out a pair. Miguel Castro had a bounce back appearance as the right hander pitched a scoreless inning, now bring his ERA to 3.65 on the year.

Travis Blankenhorn aka Blanken-bomb came off of the pine and went “bench-mob” on pitcher Brubaker with a three-run home run. The home run, his first of his career, would cut the lead to 4-6. Although it’s just six at-bats, Blankenhorn is hitting .333 in his last seven games and is proving to be a solid bench piece.

Left-hander Aaron Loup threw two scoreless innings while lowering his ERA to 1.48 after making his 33rd appearance. Jeurys Familia picked up the win as the righty lowered his ERA to 3.68 after pitching a pair of scoreless innings of his own.

While some fans have been piling on Michael Conforto and his sub .200 batting average, he’s still been getting on base at a .347 clip. However, today it was the long ball as Conforto hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning off of Pirates closer Richard Rodriguez.

Trevor May picked up his second save of the year as he pitched a scoreless bottom half of the ninth. May did walk a batter but also struck one out as he lowered his ERA to 3.38 after making his 37th appearance.

The Mets will travel to Ohio to take on the Cincinnati Reds for a three-game set. Jerad Eickhoff will be on the mound as the Reds plan to send right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez to the hill for the 7:10 PM start.

Trevor Bauer: A Bullet Dodged

Since the beginning of the off-season, I have been 100% against the Mets signing Trevor Bauer, but since he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, I feel like the Mets dodged a wicked bullet. Why you may ask? I’ll be glad to tell you.

The simple reason, he’s a head case, but that’s not to say he’s a bad person.

Here’s the in depth reason why the Mets dodged a wicked Bullet.

He’s a head case in the sense that he is very defensive on social media to anyone who isn’t a fan of his and is in love with his character on twitter based off of a 60 game, 11 start season. Keep in mind, during the 2020 season, he faced off against teams that were mostly “lightweights” from the National League Central Division and the American League Central Division. In his 11 starts last year Bauer only had to face the Brewers, Detroit, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Cubs and the White Sox. In my opinion, the only two teams who were really good were the two Chicago teams in the Cubs and White Sox. There’s no denying that Bauer had a brilliant season, but it begs the question, would Bauer be able to keep it up for 20 more start equaling up to 31+ Starts?

I personally don’t think he would be able to keep up a great pace when facing stronger teams in the National League like the National League East and West where Bauer would have to face the Mets, Braves, Dodgers, Nationals, Rockies, Arizona, Padres, etc. I don’t think Bauer would be able to keep up the pace against teams that were much better than those in the Central with the exception being The Cubs.

So why was I so against Trevor Bauer coming to the Mets? You may remember recently that the Mets terminated Jared Porter from the GM position and ousted from the Mets because of his inappropriate texting to a reporter. Now, I’m not saying Trevor Bauer has done anything of that magnitude, but he has harassed a woman online who wasn’t a fan of his for over 12 hours. Bauer is very defensive about himself on social media and is usually quick to strike if you criticize him. This woman he harassed was a college student who clearly wasn’t a fan of his and made a tweet because she was an Astros fan. Bauer took that and ran with it so far that the woman had to block him on social media for a few reasons. The first was that Bauer was tweeting at her nonstop. After she blocked him, Bauer continued to tweet about her and even sent his followers to continue to harass her.

While he may have apologized several days later, this kind of behavior is unacceptable. It’s one thing to have a small back and forth and it being completely harmless, but it’s another to go off on her for over 12 hours and also sending your followers to continue the job for you. If the Mets signed Trevor Bauer, owner Steve Cohen would have to keep a very sharp eye on Bauer’s twitter activity.

Another reason why the Mets dodged the Bauer Bullet, is because his demands for payment were absolutely ludicrous. He was demanding 40 million dollars not only based on what he did in a 60 game season, but because his former college teammate Gerrit Cole makes 36 Million dollars with the Yankees. The issue is, I don’t think Bauer will be able to repeat his 2020 success for the simple reason being that 2021 will be a full 162 games season where he’ll face the entire National League as well as play interleague games against the American League West which contains the Astros, Rangers, Angels, Athletics and Mariners. While the AL West is no glorious division, it provides more competition in the Angels, Athletics and Astros than AL central had to offer.

The dodgers signed Trevor Bauer to a 3 year $102 million deal which gives him $40 million his first year and an opt out, $45 million the second year and an opt out. After that year, he’ll make $17 Million which will be surprising if he stays for a third unless injuries or a bad year happens. The Mets offer was similar in 3 years where he would’ve made $40 million the first year, $35 million the second year and $30 million the third year. After a great 11 starts against mostly weak teams, he’s just not worth of that kind of money. If Bauer puts up that kind of performance in a 162 game season, 30+ starts and maintained that, then I can agree with him getting a big deal, but even still, he’s not worth what he got.

Leading up to his signing with the Dodgers, Bauer gave the okay to his marketing team to push Mets and Dodgers apparel to troll both Mets and Dodger fans which included Bauer shirts, signed hats etc. Some time after he signed with the Dodgers, Bauer issued an apology to the Mets fans saying that he blamed reporting on the backlash. He also blamed his social media and marketing team, and claimed he didn’t know what he was getting himself into. I call BS. He knew exactly what he was getting into when he gave the okay for the marketing team to sell the Mets and Dodgers merchandise. His apology was a PR stunt to try and keep his social media character going and after words, he donated $10 grand to some New York non-profit charities. The only good gesture in his apology was the donations in my opinion. Aside from that, he made his reveal to the Dodgers “LeBron esque” with a YouTube reveal because he wanted all the attention. He got it alright.

The Mets are better off and honestly, I think after the trolling on social media, he would not be able to survive against the New York Media, especially if he didn’t put up respectable numbers for a “40 Million Dollar pitcher.” The media would eat him alive and he wouldn’t be able to handle it.

I wish Bauer nothing but the Best in LA. Do I think he’ll replicate his 2020 numbers? Absolutely not. Do I think he has a chance to be great? Absolutely. Do I think he’ll be better than Jacob deGrom, Gerrit Cole, Clayton Kershaw or even Max Scherzer? I doubt it, but he has a chance to be….A very small one, but a chance nonetheless. I doubt he’ll ever be as great or even have the career those 4 pitchers have, but this is his chance to prove me wrong. If he doesn’t put up respectable numbers with the Dodgers and reverts back to his 4 ERA self, it’ll prove that 2020 was only a fluke due to it being a shortened season against a weak division and a weak interleague counterpart.