MetsJunkies Recap: McNeil had Himself a Birthday

The Mets beat the Nationals to improve to 2-0 in the early season. Max Scherzer made his Mets debut and he was solid going 6 innings of 3 run ball. Max allowed just 3 hits and a walk, while striking out 6 to get his first win as a Met.

The Mets got more then enough offense in their 7-3 victory. The Mets collected 13 hits with Jeff McNeil being the big man. On his 30th birthday, McNeil went 3 for 4 with a homerun, 2RBI’s, 2 runs and a walk.

Other solid performances came from Starling Marte (2 for 5, 2B, 3RBI), Robbie Cano (1 for 4, 2RBI), Mark Canha (2 for 3, R, 2BB) and Bradon Nimmo (2 for 5, 3B, R).

Another day, another Mets hit in the face as Lindor got hit by Steve Chishek. The beaches cleared with Buck Showalter going at it first. Lindor X-Rays were negative and he passed his concussion protocol.

After Scherzer, the Mets bullpen shut down the Nats with scoreless frames from Drew Smith, Seth Lugo and Sean Reid-Foley. Edwin Diaz is unavailable for a couple of days after his grandpa passed away.

Today Chris Bassitt will make his Mets debut against Joan Adon and the Nationals. The Game starts at 7.05 in D.C. and can be watched on SNY.

Photo Credit: New York Post

MetsJunkies Recap: Robbie Cano, Way to Go!

The Mets beat the Marlins yesterday with a 8-4 final score. The Mets collected 15 hits, including a 4 hit game from Robinson Cano. Cano went 4 for 4 with a double, 2 runs scored and a RBI.

Other solid performances came from Starling Marte (2-4, R, 2RBI, 2B, BB), Pete Alonso (2-4, 2 2B, 2R), Tomas Nido (3-4, RBI, R) and Eduardo Escobar (1-4, HR, R, RBI)

The offense was just enough for Chris Bassitt as he struggled over his 5 innings of work. Bassitt allowed 2 homeruns and 4 runs overall, getting hit charged for 3 in the 4th. Bassitt bounced back with a good 5th to end on a high note in his final tune up. Bassitt struck out 6, allowing 6 hits and 2 walks.

Bassitt was relieved by Chasen Shreve, who kept his fabulous spring going with another hitless inning. Shreve has now pitched 4 hitless innings with just one walk and 6 strikeouts this spring. He will most likely make the team as a lefty reliever with newly acquired Joely Rodriguez.

Trevor Williams finished it off with 3 scoreless frames of his own. Williams allowed three hits and worked out of a bases loaded gem in the ninth, but got the job done. He also got help from a fine diving catch from Jaylen Palmer in center.

Today the Mets will face the Astros at Palm Beach as Carlos Carrasco gets the start for his final tune up. The game will start at 12.05PM and can be watched on MLB.tv (Houston feed)

Photo Credit: New York Post

Robinson Cano to play baseball, again.

Disgraced New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano will join Estrellas Orientales of the Dominican Winter League beginning starting on Sunday.

This will be the third time Cano has joined this team in his career. However, this time I’m sure it’s to stay in as best shape as possible as he won’t be suiting up in the Majors until at least the 2022 season.

This time around, Cano will also be suiting up with the young phenom from the San Diego Padres, Fernando Tatis Jr.

On the field, Cano hasn’t been terrible in his Mets tenure however, considering how much he’s making and that he’s also on PED’s, he should’ve had a better run.

Will Cano be back with the Mets in 2022? His contract says yes, but I’m sure that there’ll be discussions going on about how Steve and crew can get up out of it.

Photo from Bleacher Nation

DJ wanted on the other side?

First off all, I won’t cheer for Cano’s suspension. This is a bad thing for baseball and for Mets fans. As a fan this hurts, seeing a player I defended and rooted for being suspended for PED’s. That being said, it does open up some more options for the Mets to improve. One option that has been mentioned is Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu.

LeMahieu is coming off back to back terrific seasons with the cross town Yankees. The 32 year old hit .364/.421/.590 over 50 games in 2020. That followed up a season were LeMahieu hit .327/.375/.518 in 2019 for the same Yankees. You can’t deny that LeMahieu and his bat are significant to add to the Mets line-up. The RH bat isn’t striking out a lot and provides consistent hard contact. In 2020, he was in the 86th percentile in exit velo and in the 100th percentile in K%. There isn’t a batter who strikes out less than LeMahieu, while still hitting the ball consistently hard.

Also read: Taking a look at Springer’s defense

There is a downside to getting LeMahieu, his position. While the suspension of Cano opens a spot at second, where LeMahieu has played most of his career, it’s still not the best fit. This is because we have a good second baseman in-house in Jeff McNeil. McNeil’s best and natural position is 2B. He collected 2 OAA in both 2018 and 2019 at second. While he also played a good third in those years, he struggled in 2020 with a -2 OAA at third. I can see this happening due to the odd preparation coming into the season, still it’s worth mentioning. McNeil is also capable of playing left, but with the likelihood the Mets getting a CF, that should move Nimmo to LF.

So obviously LeMahieu would fit the Mets at some extent, I still believe there are other ways to spend money (Springer/pitching/Realmuto). This will allow one of our finest players to play the position he plays best.

Also read: Free Agent Target: James Paxton

Photo from Sports Illustrated

Cohen responds to fan in midst of Cano drama

While the news continues to circulate about Robinson Cano and his positive test for PED’s, Cohen has already responded however in a very low key fashion.

Cohen, one again, has replied to a comment made on Twitter.

Via Twitter

I love how Cohen is responding directly to fans, this is very much a different approach used in the past. With the new owner establishing a great relationship with the fanbase, it looks like he’s open to new relationships with new players, as well.

Look for the Mets to make a splash.

Photo from CBS Sports

The Cano Effect

On Wednesday afternoon, the world was once again notified that Robinson Cano had failed another PED, test. While I’m sure there are some out there that are not all surprised, it’s important to look at what this means for the Mets going forward.

At first, I saw this as a blessing in disguise that could just give McNeil the permanent home he was looking for. However, with that transition, leaves another glaring weakness exposed and that’s at the hot corner.

While it only makes sense for the Mets to slide Davis into that corner, history has shown us that the results to that have not always been the best… or that good. In 2020, Davis had a -3 OAA (Outs Above Average) at third.

Also read: Shaping up the Mets bullpen

Luckily, Davis is not the only option for the Mets. The team can leave McNeil at third while signing Free Agent DJ LeMahieu to man down second, but that won’t come cheap. MLBTR has LeMahieu signing with the Blue Jays for $68M over the span of four years, however this will likely raise his price.

The team has another in-house option in Andres Gimenez, though. While some have suggested in moving him over to second, I think I would rather consider the more defensively challenged Amed Rosario to hold down the 4-spot in the field. While Rosario has come a long way, Gimenez is just a far superior defensive option.

Another option maybe Marcell Ozuna. If the Mets decide to move McNeil, signing Ozuna could give the team a power bat in the already stacked lineup, however it would bring the team back a few notches defensively. Especially if it’s Davis in the hot corner.

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

One thing I’m hopeful about, Jeff McNeil will more than likely remain a Met and have a permanent home moving forward. I don’t see the team making any moves that would have him in the outfield or at third, I believe second is where he belongs.

Photo from The Mets

Cano tests positive for PED’s, Statement from Alderson

Second Baseman Robinson Cano has tested positive for the performance enhancing drug stanozolol. Cano will forfeit his entire $24M salary for the upcoming 2021 campaign as well as be suspended for the entirety of the season.

Via Tim Healey

Expect Jeff McNeil to slot into second-base for the meantime, or even permanently.

Also expect this to be the icing on the cake of the “is Cano a Hall of Famer?” debate.

Source: Jeff Passan & Tim Healey

Three Mets that could be dealt away

No ones safe… well, Jacob deGrom is probably good being that he’s a back to back Cy Young award winner in the midst of an extremely friendly contract. That being said, the Mets have a handful of players that could serve as serious trade bait during this upcoming offseason.

Here’s my first list of three players that have a higher chance of being traded away than some of others on the roster.

Brandon Nimmo – Rumors have been swirling around former first round pick Brandon Nimmo since his first offseason after being called up. While many fans wonder if Nimmo is just a fourth outfielder (like myself), his OBP is just out of this world extraordinary. While it’s not necessarily his fault that he’s a lead off batter that doesn’t get to cross the plate often, he’s also ranked as the worst defensive centerfielder in all of baseball. Now that’s rough!! Especially since the positions going up the middle are usually the best defensive players on a roster. I imagine it’s also going to depend on if Steve Cohen can lock up Michael Conforto on a contract extension. One thing that Nimmo has in his favor is the potential return of Sandy Alderson, while Alderson almost traded Nimmo in the past, the connection between the two may work in the outfielder’s favor.

Amed Rosario – It seems many fans on the internet want to package Rosario up with Brandon Nimmo in order to get a front line pitcher, but why would an opposing GM do that? The pitchers market is so weak that if the Mets end up non tendering Steven Matz, he might end up being a decent commodity. If the Mets wanted to trade one or either of the two, they’d probably net a similar return for that player packaged with a mid level prospect. Andres Gimenez has shown he is more than capable on the defensive side and has even shown that he has the ability to handle the bat. While he may never grow to be the Mets lead off batter, he can hold his own towards the bottom of the lineup.

J.D. Davis – Davis has all the potential to be a monster in the box but is probably a career DH. Now the DH is likely to stay in the National League but with both Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith locking down First base and the DH spot, Davis may be the odd man out due to his lackluster play at third base. I really like J.D., however if the Mets end up keeping Conforto long term, he may be a player that is directly affected, especially since he doesn’t play any centerfield. I mean, there’s only so many players on a roster, right? It would be an extreme disservice to Davis and the Mets farm system if they kept him to keep him on the bench.

Also read: What to do with Matz?

We’ll get em’ next year

After Saturday afternoon’s loss to the Washington Nationals, the Mets have now been officially eliminated from play-off contention.

With the loss of Noah Syndergaard to TJS, Yoenis Cespedes and Marcus Stroman opting out of their final year of their contracts due to COVID concerns… or financial, the team was never in a great position to succeed.

New acquisitions like Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha both pitched to expectation in my opinion, it’s just that my expectations of either of the two were never really high to begin with.

Wacha has pitched in 8 games, going 1-4 with an ERA of 6.62 in 34 innings while Porcello is going into tonight’s second game of a double header with a 1-6 record. Porcello, a New Jersey native, posted a 5.46 ERA while striking out 51 in the 56 innings he’s pitched.

While it was good to see some life from youngsters and veterans alike (Andres Giminez & Robinson Cano), the team will soon be under new ownership and there is no telling what this roster and coaching staff will look like next year or the following years to come.

Whether we’re winning or we’re losing, we’re watching because… well, we’re Mets Junkies!

Mets season was a complete disappointment

By Angelina Heather Rizzo

The 60 game season didn’t go as planned; the Mets saw their best hitter end his season yesterday and a 26-31 fourth place finish for this team is a desperate cry for help once again.

Michael Conforto ended his season yesterday after having a complete monster of a year; a hamstring injury was the cause.

The bright spots on this team remained Jacob DeGrom, Dominic Smith, Conforto, Jeff McNeil Andreś Giménez, and even the sophomore Pete Alonso despite some regression.

Closer Edwin Diaz had somewhat of a better year as well.

Rookie David Peterson did well too.

The strugglers remained Steven Matz, Rick Porcello, and Michael Wacha.

The new ownership will be in effect next year, so it’s safe to say GM Brodie VanWagenen’s job is in jeopardy as Steve Cohen is expected to “Clean House” and fire and hire.

Things were disappointing to say the least.

Grade: F

Also read: We’ll get em’ next year