Brandon Nimmo to the Jays?

Someone please let Brandon Nimmo know that Canadian bacon is just a flavored smoked ham and that weed is practically legal everywhere now. I believe this is important for Brandon to know, especially with teams like the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies emerging as just a couple of teams showing interest in the on-base machine.

All jokes aside, with the Blue Jays making a shocking trade today, of Teoscar Hernandez to the Seattle Mariners for late inning reliever Erik Swanson as well as pitching prospect Adam Macko. The Jays could be shifting their interest to Nimmo now, according to Jon Morosi.

During his earlier years in New York, fans debated on whether or not if Nimmo was no more than a fourth outfielder. Now headed into free agency for the first time in his career, Nimmo is clearly the best center fielder available on the open market. It’s impressive.

While the Mets are still interested in the Wyoming born player, the rest of the league will not make it easy for Eppler and Anderson. And of course, while owner Steve Cohen has more than enough money to make it happen 10x’s over, there’s still a financial limit the Mets do not want to cross.

This now makes this the second time in three years in which both the Mets and Blue Jays are showing interest in the same outfielder. The first being when the Toronto Blue Jays ended up winning the George Springer contest of 2021.

This will make for another interesting off season, so stay updated with all Mets content on Mets Junkies. Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 5/25

The 21-10 New York Mets will play the second out of a four-game set against the 19-29 Colorado Rockies. After suffering a loss last night, this highly decimated Mets team is looking to get back into the win column.

The Mets plan to send their ace Jacob deGrom to the hill, making his seventh appearance of the season. The DeLand, Florida native is 3-2 with a 0.68 ERA with 65 K’s in 40.0 innings pitched.

deGrom is coming fresh off of the Injured List after he was experiencing tightness on his left side. Luckily, his stint on the IL has been short, as the Mets need as many people back on the field.

The Colorado Rockies will have 28-year old Kyle Freeland on the mound, a veteran left-hander making his 2021 debut. Freeland injured his shoulder during Spring Training, however has thrown 10.0 innings to a 1.80 during his rehab assignment.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview 5/25

The 21-10 New York Mets will play the second out of a four-game set against the 19-29 Colorado Rockies. After suffering a loss last night, this highly decimated Mets team is looking to get back into the win column.

The Mets plan to send their ace Jacob deGrom to the hill, making his seventh appearance of the season. The DeLand, Florida native is 3-2 with a 0.68 ERA with 65 K’s in 40.0 innings pitched.

deGrom is coming fresh off of the Injured List after he was experiencing tightness on his left side. Luckily, his stint on the IL has been short, as the Mets need as many people back on the field.

The Colorado Rockies will have 28-year old Kyle Freeland on the mound, a veteran left-hander making his 2021 debut. Freeland injured his shoulder during Spring Training, however has thrown 10.0 innings to a 1.80 during his rehab assignment.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Sunday’s Pitching Preview 4/18

After splitting the doubleheader with the Rockies last night, the Mets look to take the series today with Marcus Stroman on the hill.

Before Stroman takes the mound, the Mets will be opposing Antonio Senzatela, a right-hander from Valencia, Venezuela. In three appearances this season, Senzatela owns a terrible 7.07 ERA with a 1.64 WHIP.

While he has a 1-2 record, somehow managing to win a game, he’s only struck out seven batters in 14.0 innings pitched. So he isn’t missing many bats and the Mets should look to benefit in this contest.

Stroman on the other hand has been nothing short of spectacular. The Long Island, New York native owns a 2-0 record so far during this 2021 campaign.

The sinker throwing righty has the arsenal to keep batters on their toes and off-balance. Stroman owns a 0.75 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP in his 12 innings pitched, so far.

First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Photo from the New York Mets

Saturday’s Pitching Preview (Game Two) 4/17

With the Mets taking the field for game one in the cold Denver weather, game two should expected to be a bit colder.

The Mets will send lefty Joey Lucchesi to the hill in game two.

So far this year, Lucchesi owns a 0-0 record with a 0.00 ERA as he’s only pitched two innings. In those two innings, Lucchesi did manage to strike out three batters.

The Colorado Rockies will have German Marquez on the mound, a right-hander with a 4.02 ERA. This will be the Mets’ first time seeing Marquez since the 2019 campaign.

So far this season in just three games, Marquez owns a4.02 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP while having struck out 14 in 15.2 innings pitched.

deGrom K’s nine straight

Jacob deGrom is no stranger to chasing history, even mid game in 40 degree weather. Today, the two-time Cy Young award winner has struck out nine straight batters. Just one strike out short of the Major League record.

The record of course is held by Tom Seaver, in which he struck out 10 straight Padres at Shea Stadium. What makes it extra special is that it was the last ten batters of the game.

deGrom has made it clear recently in an interview with Jeff Passan, that he intends to not only pitch till he’s 40, but also to be enshrined in the inner-circle of the Hall of Fame.

J.D. Davis activated from I.L.

Mets third baseman J.D. Davis has been activated from the 10-Day Injured List. The Mets will in return option Jose Peraza back to the alternate site.

During his 10-day stint on the I.L., Davis only missed six games due to games being postponed.

Stephen Tarpley will also join the Mets during today’s doubleheader as the 27th man on the roster.

Saturday’s Pitching Preview (Game One) 4/17

What a week. The Mets get rained out, then sweep the Phillies. Rained out, again. Jump on a plane to Colorado, where it’s been snowing a whole bunch to find out game one of the series has been postponed. There’s no telling that today’s set of games will get off, but there is some optimism.

The Mets plan to send the ace of all of Major League Baseball in Jacob deGrom to the mound. This will be an interesting start, if it ever happens, with the contest taking place at Coors Field. Will deGrom be effective in the thin air while up in the mountains? Hopefully, we’ll get to find out.

So far this year, deGrom owns a 0-1 record during this 2021 campaign however, of course it sits next to a 0.64 ERA. In 14 innings pitched, the 2x Cy Young award winner has K’d 21 of his opponents.

The Colorado Rockies will have Chi Chi Gonzalez on the mound, a right-hander with a 3.60 ERA. This will be the Mets’ first time seeing Gonzalez in his career, so it could be a flip of the coin. However, hopefully the Mets offense can wake up in the hitter friendly environment of Coors Field.

So far this season in just five innings pitched, Gonzalez owns a 3.60 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP while having struck out only five in 10 innings pitched.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Photo from the New York Mets

Blackmon to the Mets?

Charlie Blackmon to the Mets is a topic that has come up before in the past. While it may have made sense before, I don’t currently see a reason why the Mets would want to entertain this.

Sure, with Colorado unloading their star third baseman in Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals, it would only be safe to assume that they’d love to deal Blackmon, too.

Some may say that Blackmon is a contingency plan to Conforto walking after 2021, but with Blackmon turning 35 on the first of July, is that a good fit?

Offensively, Blackmon is a terrific player. He hits for average, he gets on base, he has pop, and isn’t a terrible defender in right field. Would I ever use him in centerfield, again? Never.

However, back to his offense. The question that has to come up is “Can Blackmon be the same ‘Chuck Nazty’ away from the confines of Coors Field? Of course, this is a valid question and concern.

Away from Coors Field, Blackmon owns a .263/.316/.431/.747 slash line with 78 home runs and 228 runs batted in. At Coors, the outfield is slashing an outstanding .347/.404/.583/.987 with 100 home runs and 326 RBI’s.

So clearly and obviously, Blackmon just isn’t getting on-base at the same rate as he does at Coors Field. And at a very spacious Citi Field, he owns a .247/.298/.454/.752 slash with three home runs and seven RBI’s in 84 at-bats.

With Blackmon still being owed roughly $52M over the next three years, this is an easy pass for me.

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