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: Mets lose to Nationals

The Mets hosted the Nationals in today’s contest and unfortunately they took a 7-3 loss. Peterson threw the ball well today as McCann drove in a run, as well.

Pitching Lines:

David Peterson: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. 3.75 ERA

Breakdown: With Peterson having the fourth spot in the rotation claimed already, this was only his third appearance of the spring. The next time we see Peterson on the hill, it’ll be in the regular season.

Robert Gsellman: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. 5.63 ERA

Stephen Tarpley: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. 5.68 ERA

Breakdown: This was important inning for Stephen Tarpley, especially going down the final stretch of spring. Tarpley gave up two earned runs but maybe more importantly, two hits to left handed batters. It looks like he’ll be heading to Syracuse.

Tylor Megill: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. 0.00 ERA

Offensive Stars of the game:

Dom Smith: 1-3, 3B, RBI.

Breakdown: While some might be worried about Dom’s offensive numbers so far this Spring, it should put those at ease after a 1-3 contest. His sole hit happened to be a triple, one that probably should’ve been prevented however, that’s how it crumbles in the cookie club.

Francisco Lindor: 2-4.

Jeff McNeil: 1-4, 2B, Run Scored.

Breakdown: McNeil lined a double to center off of Kyle McGowin in the bottom half of the second inning, he would later score on a James McCann single. Unfortunately, he also had an error at second, his fourth of the spring.

The Mets will host the Astros tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 PM EST, as they experiment opening with Jacob Barnes before going to Joey Lucchesi.

Photo from NY Daily News

Who Fills Carlos Carrasco’s Spot in the Rotation?

With the injury today of Carlos Carrasco, there becomes two major questions: will he be ready to go for the first turn in the rotation, and if not, who takes his place?

Earlier this morning, March 18, the Mets announced that Carlos Carrasco has a strained hamstring. This injury could take varying amounts of time. Until we have more clarity about how long this will sideline the starting pitcher, we have to wonder who will take his rotation if he is not ready for opening day. Carrasco is currently awaiting the results of an MRI, which should provide more answers.

(THIS IS ALL ASSUMING HE IS HURT ON OPENING DAY)

The Rotation Right Now

  1. Jacob DeGrom
  2. Marcus Stroman
  3. Carlos Carrasco (INJURED)
  4. Taijuan Walker
  5. David Peterson

There was a lot of discussion as to whether David Peterson would be the five starter for the Mets on opening day, but now there is no question that he will be in the rotation.

The primary question now, is who will be the new number five? This is where the depth the Mets acquired in the off-season finally pays off.

The Candidates

The candidates are players that I believe have earned the right to be in this spot, not just any starting pitcher eligible.

Jordan Yamamoto

Jordan Yamamoto has been overly impressive this Spring. Yamamoto, 25, has pitched in 3 games this spring. He has pitched to a 1.08 ERA with a 0.960 WHIP over 8.1 IP. Granted, it is Spring Training, but Spring Training right now is the best evaluator of how he will pitch this season. I believe he has earned the right to be in the starting rotation, but there are still more pitchers to overview.

Robert Gsellman?

The main reason I have a question mark next to Gsellman’s name is because I’m not sure if he is ready to be a starter, or if the Mets want him to be. However, Gsellman has been having a good Spring. He hasn’t started yet, but was a starter at the beginning of his career with the Mets. He has pitched to a 2.25 ERA over 4 IP so far in Spring Training. The main issue is his WHIP- 1.750. He has given up six hits in those four innings, which leads to concerns about his ability to be a solid pitcher, let alone a starter. Either way, there should be a discussion had because of his past as a starter on the team.

Joey Lucchesi

The Mets three-team trade pickup has been dominant this Spring. He has pitched in 5 innings through two games, and has not given up a run. He also has been keeping people off base, with a 0.600 WHIP. The only baserunners he has allowed have come on three walks. Lucchesi has also struck out seven batters this spring. I think Lucchesi has a very good chance at cracking the rotation. He has a similar past in the Majors to Yamamoto, and has looked better in the Spring. The other thing that is in Lucchesi’s favor is his arm. He is a left-handed pitcher, something the Mets are always yearning to have more of. Having David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi in the rotation back-to-back would be tough for opponents. This is because teams normally need to change up their batting order to tackle a lefty.

Mike Montgomery

Montgomery is an interesting one. Another lefty, Montgomery has past starting experience. However, the Mets initial plan with him was to be a bullpen depth piece. That being said, the opportunity for him to start has to be discussed. He has only pitched in two games this Spring, but Luis Rojas said that they intend to stretch him out. Doing so allows the Mets to see how he will handle starting, and pitching long into games.

Corey Oswalt

This is a name that will probably confuse people. Oswalt is also the most high-risk high-reward player here. He was unbelievably dominant in his first and only outing of the Spring. He threw two innings, didn’t give up a baserunner, and struck out five. Those are numbers that someone would expect from Jacob DeGrom. Oswalt obviously needs more opportunities in the Spring, but those numbers normally would make him a clear favorite. However, it is his past at the MLB level. Oswalt has pitched to a career 6.19 ERA in 23 games, splitting time as a starter and reliever over the course of three seasons.

Who Gets the Spot?

I think there are really only three players that are finalists here- Jordan Yamamoto, Joey Lucchesi, and Corey Oswalt.

My personal choice would be Joey Lucchesi. I believe he has a very high upside, and having another lefty arm in the rotation can be very important for a few starts. Granted, this may only be for one or two starts at the beginning of the season, but this may actually matter more than most may think. The person that gets this spot, is also considered the top backup for when anyone else is injured.

As of right now, Lucchesi has impressed me the most. However, I think it will come down to who puts out the best final Spring Training starts.

Photo credit New York Post

Mets sign Sam McWilliams

The Mets have made their first MLB free agent signing, as they signed Rays prospect Sam McWilliams to a major league deal worth $750k. McWilliams hasn’t pitched in the majors yet, making this the highest paid MLB deal for a player who hasn’t made their MLB debut to date (not coming from Asia).

The 25 year old pitched between AA/AAA in 2019, combining a 4.10 ERA over 131.2 innings. The 6’7” righty is mostly a starter and will provide some depth to the organization. In over 6 minor league seasons, he has pitched to a 3.85 ERA in 535 innings. He isn’t a strikeout guy as he has just a 7 strikeout per nine rate.

Also read: Shaping up the Mets bullpen

The tall righty features a mid to high 90s FB that reportedly reaches as high as 99 MPH. He also features a slider and change-up. He could be a long man/spot starter for the Mets, a part they desperatly need improvement from in 2021. Little surprised it’s a MLB deal but they probably see something in this young hard throwing righty. He will be part of the 40 man roster but still has 3 options years left. This makes it a depth move with the Mets still being able to put him in AAA. He will most likely go back and forth and provide much needed starting pitching depth.

It’s definitely worth mentioning that he was part of the Rays taxisquad in 2020, so he’s been fairly close to seeing MLB time. The Mets 40-man roster now stands at 37, but this move makes a Gsellman getting non tendered even more likely.

Update:

Two notable tidbits in this article by Tim Healey:

  • Mets plan to use McWilliams as a reliever
  • 15 teams were pursuing him, including multiple with major league offers

Also read: More arms the Mets have shown early interest in

Photo from SB Nation

Four non tender candidates

The non tender deadline is about a month away and the Mets have some players that could get non tendered. Some interresting decisions looming in that department for the Mets to make. So which four could be non tendered in my opinion?

Robert Gsellman: This one is pretty obvious. Gsellman hasn’t been good for years now and is as replaceable as can be. For example, look how a minor league signing like Erasmo Ramires performed in 2020. With the Mets signing Nick Tropeano, he can easily take Gsellman his role. Gsellman has a career 4.67 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP and an even 0 WAR. Again, he is replaceable as can be.

Also read: Three Mets that could be dealt away

Guillermo Heredia: Heredia was claimed off waivers from the Pirates during the 2020 season. He played 7 games for the Mets and hit well. He had a .866 OPS, mostly because of 2 homeruns in those limited games. Still, Heredia is a replaceable depth player and will get a MiLB deal somewhere, maybe even with the Mets. But there is no need to keep Heredia for more than league minimum.

Steven Matz: This one is more difficult to me. Matz was terrible but how much should we judge his 2020 performance? Plus the Mets don’t have to much starting pitching depth to just non tender guys with track record as a solid back end starter. Matz will likely get around 5-6 mil in abritration, which isn’t expensive for a starter who made at least 30 starts with an ERA between 3.97-4.23 in 18/19. Is that more expected out of Matz in 2021, or has the big drop off begun in 2020? I could still see Matz being penciled in as the Mets fifth starter. With him not performing in the rotation, I can see his stuff work out of the pen. We can also see the Mets just cutting him and move on from the Long Island lefty? Difficult decision.

Also read: What to do with Matz?

Chasen Shreve: One of the Mets positive surprises in the 2020 season, was Chasen Shreve. The lefty was a strikeout machine with his devastating splitter. Shreve came to the Mets on a minor league deal and was a gem pick-up. Over 25 innings, he pitched to a solid 3.96 ERA and his Whiff percentile was in the 96th best. Still his fastball got hit fairly hard as his exit velo against, was highest in his career. With the Mets having a lot of their bullpen already in house, I think they want to aim higher than Shreve for the limited room they have. I do think Shreve can get a MLB deal somewhere, which makes his return on a MiLB deal unlikely.

Also read: Top 10 Mets Prospects Entering the 2020 season (Part 2 of 2)

Photo: CBS Sports

MLB Trade Rumors arbitration projections revealed

MLB Trade Rumors projections of Arbitration and Free agent signings is something to keep an eye on every off-season. They are clearly the best site projection wise. Today they revealed the Arbitration salary projections. Here are the Mets:

  • Michael Conforto: $13.6M
  • Noah Syndergaard: $9.7M
  • Edwin Diaz: $6.5M
  • Steven Matz: $5.3M
  • Brandon Nimmo: $5.2M
  • Dominic Smith: $3.6M
  • Seth Lugo: $3.1M
  • JD Davis: $2.9M
  • Amed Rosario: $2.6M
  • Miguel Castro: $1.8M
  • Guillermo Heredia: $1.5M
  • Robert Gsellman: $1.4M

Looking at these projections, there are some names that become non tender candidates. Matz is the most obviously after his very bad 2020. Another name is Robert Gsellman who hasn’t been good for years now. Although Gsellman doesn’t get a lot of money, it’s still worth considering.

Obviously Herredia is another guy that could be non tendered, besides him doing a solid job in limited time.

Droppin’ Gems:

I see a lot of fans on Twitter and Facebook saying that the Mets can bring Matz back after a non-tender and I just don’t know if that’s the case. Yes, Matz is a hometown kid from Long Island but the pitching market is thin at the moment.

You can never really tell who’s on the trading block, however as far as free agents, if Matz were non-tendered, he wouldn’t exactly be the worst name on that list.

The lefty can also take a look at what some of his former teammates have done since leaving the organization, especially players like Zack Wheeler and Travis d’Arnaud. Two players that seem to be flourishing once getting away from Flushing, Queens.

On Castro, while he didn’t exactly shine when he came to the Mets from the Baltimore Orioles, there’s a lot of juice behind that fastball and I’d like to see if the coaching staff can get the right-hander to turn a corner.

Also read: Hello, is it me (Salvador Perez) you’re looking for?

Source & Photo Credit: MLBTradeRumors

Mets need to rebuild their bullpen

By Angelina Heather Rizzo

The Mets have had a bullpen problem for years, so it makes sense it is on the list of things to fix. Here’s why the Mets should consider adding a few big names. We’ve selected one in particular.

The pitching staff can only do so much to secure a game, and then it is completely and entirely in the bullpen’s hands to keep the game safe.

The Mets have had bullpen woes for years. Currently, Edwin Diaz has done better for the Mets than in his first season in New York, with a 5.59 ERA in 2019 and a solid 1.75 ERA during the 2020 season. Still, he remains shaky at times and the Mets need a few other options to look to in order to achieve good results.

Droppin’ Gems:

It’s no secret that the Mets have had bullpen problems for quite a bit. However, they’ve also pretty much have been right on the cusp of having really good bullpens.

Seth Lugo has obviously been a vital part to the pen however now there’s been consideration for him to move to the starting rotation. However, with a career ERA of 3.45, Lugo has also struck out an impressive 384 batters over the span of 383.1 innings pitched.

While Lugo probably has a lot to offer as a third or fourth starter in the rotation, I believe he’s an elite type reliever and prefer him to come out of the bullpen. Especially with Steve Cohen taking over ownership, the Mets might be better poised to trade for or sign starters.

The Mets also need Jeurys Familia to return to his pre-2020 form and he did takes steps towards that. But with reliever Blake Treinen on the market, management might take the route of unloading Familia while signing Treinen to anchor the later innings.

During the shortened 2020 season, Treinen posted a 3.86 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP in 25.2 innings pitched. While these numbers are not magical by any means, his 3.02 career ERA indicates that the right-hander indeed knows how to handle himself coming out of the bullpen.

Hello, is it me (Harrison Bader) you’re looking for?

Also read: What will it take to get Realmuto?

Photo Credit: (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Monday’s lineup vs Marlins

Robert Gsellman will get his second start of the season as the Miami Marlins host the New York Mets in a four game set. The Mets are currently on a three-game losing streak and have lost six of the last ten games.

Gsellman has appeared in two games so far this season and owns 9.00 ERA in three innings pitched, he still has yet to earn a decision. The right hander took the mound against the Nationals and pitched two innings while surrendering four runs, three of which were earned.

CF Nimmo
DH McNeil
3B Davis
RF Conforto
2B Cano
1B Alonso
LF Smith
C Ramos
SS Rosario

The Mets will square up against the Marlins’ Jordan Yamamoto, a right hander with a career 4.92 ERA in 86 innings pitched. This year, Yamamoto is 0-0 with an ERA of 9.82 in 7.1 innings.

Yamamoto last faced the Toronto Blue Jays and gave up seven hits and four earned runs in 3.1 innings, before that he gave up another four runs to the Orioles in just four innings.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 P.M. EST at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. The game will be televised locally in New York on SNY, as well as FSFL in southern Florida.

Also read: Roster moves

Mets made a mistake with pitching rotation

By Angelina Heather Rizzo

The New York Mets added Robert Gsellman to the rotation recently, and given their 2020 and 2019 stats, here’s why the Mets could see this move backfire on them.

Seth Lugo:

He has got the stuff, and why he wasn’t named the starter over Robert Gsellman is indeed appalling. It may seem like the Mets know they need quality arms in the bullpen, which was horrific last year, but let’s take a look at Lugo so far this season.

In 9 games, Lugo is 1-2 with 3 saves and a 2.61 ERA. In 2019, he sported a 2.70 ERA.

Robert Gsellman:

I really don’t see the hype surrounding Gsellman. He’s been disappointing to say the least. In 2 games pitched, he has a 9.00 ERA. In 2019, his ERA stood tall at 4.66.

Take your guesses which one I’d chose to put as a starter. I’d have went with Lugo.

To sum this up, Gsellman isn’t deserving of a rotation spot. This is poor judgement and quick unrational thinking on the Mets’ part. It will only hurt the team in the long run.

Also read: David Peterson is a Mets hidden treasure

Monday’s pitching preview vs Marlins

Robert Gsellman will get his second start of the season as the Miami Marlins host the New York Mets in a four game set. The Mets are currently on a three-game losing streak and have lost six of the last ten games.

Gsellman has appeared in two games so far this season and owns 9.00 ERA in three innings pitched, he still has yet to earn a decision. The right hander took the mound against the Nationals and pitched two innings while surrendering four runs, three of which were earned.

The Mets will square up against the Marlins’ Jordan Yamamoto, a right hander with a career 4.92 ERA in 86 innings pitched. This year, Yamamoto is 0-0 with an ERA of 9.82 in 7.1 innings.

Yamamoto last faced the Toronto Blue Jays and gave up seven hits and four earned runs in 3.1 innings, before that he gave up another four runs to the Orioles in just four innings.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 P.M. EST at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. The game will be televised locally in New York on SNY, as well as FSFL in southern Florida.