MetsJunkies Recap: Cookie Retires 18 in a Row in Mets Win

The Mets beat the Giants 6-2 to win their fourth series of the year. With the 6-2 win the Mets improved to 10-4, being the first MLB team to reach 10 wins.

Carlos Carrasco was the star of the show, going 7.2 innings of 2 run ball. At some point Cookie retired 18 Giants in a row, before Yastrzemski broke that streak with a solo shot. Carrasco allowed just 4 hits without allowing a walk, while striking out 7.

Joely Rodriguez got the final out in the eight before Edwin Diaz shut the door in the ninth.

The Mets offense scored runs in different ways today. Lindor and Escobar provided the power. Lindor hit his 4th in a 3 for 5 day. The star shortstop is now hitting. 308 with a .1034 OPS.

Escobar hit his first as a Met as he improved his stats to a .318 average with a .1055OPS. Escobar has been walking a lot, as he added another walk in a 1 for 3 day.

Arguably the biggest hit came of the bat from Mark Canha. After Alonso and Escobar couldn’t come thru with 2nd and 3rd, Canha hit a huge 2 out, 2 rbi single to make it 5-1. McNeil and Nimmo both had a RBI Double in the win.

The Mets will fly to Arizona to face the Diamondbacks tomorrow at 9.40pm. David Peterson will get his second start as he tries to keep his solid start of the year going.

Photo Credit: New York Post

Mets Junkies Game Recap: The Mets Take Two

The culture has shifted. This is something that Mets fans have been hoping for since the late 80’s, and it couldn’t have come to Queens soon enough.

The New York Mets hosted a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday afternoon, with pitchers Tylor Megill and Max Scherzer on the rubber.

While Megill wasn’t as sharp as he’s been throughout his first couple of starts, the Mets were still able to walk away with the win, as they would comeback, and eventually walk-off in the tenth.

Megill tossed six innings, surrendering four i runs on seven hits and two walks. The righty was able to K just four batters as his ERA has now raised to 2.20 in 16.1 innings pitched.

The Mets scored three in the middle innings, two of which would come off of the bat of Jeff McNeil with a fifth inning double. The two runs would cut the deficit down to 4-3.

It’s important to note that Mets first baseman Pete Alonso made a big defensive play during the contest. Alonso has garnered a lot of criticism, in pertains to first base and defensive abilities.

After tying the game, Francisco Lindor would eventually end the game in the bottom of the tenth with a walk-off, RBI single.

The second game featured Max Scherzer on the hill, and it went just about as you would expect for the Giants.

Scherzer threw seven innings of one run ball, while striking out ten batters. He did surrender a run on a lone hit, as well as walking three on the night.

Drew Smith continues to look fantastic out of the bullpen, and should continue to be a vital part of the pen, especially now without Miguel Castro.

Eduardo Escobar also continues to be clutch while donning the Orange & Blue. The utility man went 2-4 with two RBI’s as his batting average is now sitting at .289 on the campaign.

Scherzer is now 3-0 as a Met, with an ERA of 2.50 in 18 innings pitched.

#ThrowbackThursday Mets Edition: Jeff Kent

On August 27th, 1992, the New York Mets traded away the beloved David Cone, who won 20 games in 1988 to Toronto for 2nd Basemen Jeff Kent. Toronto also included OF’er Ryan Thompson in the deal with the Mets.

However before he was a Met, Kent was drafted by the Blue Jays as a shortstop in the 20th round as the 521st overall pick in the 1989 amateur draft. But the Blue Jay’s didn’t plan to use Kent at shortstop (rightfully so), & already had Roberto Alomar at 2nd Base. So they opted to trade him for the previous 20 game winner, David Cone, who was in a contract year & was the bigger name of the 3 (at the time) involved in the trade.

Also read: #ThrowbackThursday Mets Edition: Jeff Kent

The Mets acquired Kent as an upgrade at second base over the 37 year old Willie Randolph, who was at the tail end of his career. But the Mets didn’t see any success that year as they would go on to lose 90 games but with Kent, the Mets had high hopes for the future.

Kent spent four years with the Mets putting up good numbers but not good enough for New York to stick with the right handed infielder. He also built himself a reputation within the clubhouse that distanced him from his teammates when he refused to participate in a annual Rookie Hazing, feeling that he left his rookie days in Toronto.

In 1996, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians along side with Jose Vizcaino for Alvaro Espinosa & Carlos Baerga. Kent would later on win the MVP award while with San Fransisco in 2000 & is the all time leader in home runs amongst his peers at second base. From 1997 to 2005, Kent has driven in 90 or more runs & is 21st on the all time doubles list at 560 as well as being a 5 time all-star.

In 498 games with the Mets, Kent has 510 hits, 98 doubles, 10 triples, 67 HR’s, 267 RBI’s, & 110 BB’s & his slash line at .279/ .327/ .453/ .453/ .780, an OPS+ of 107 and a 55.4 career WAR. Jeff Kent is currently not in the Hall of Fame however that’s just one of the travesties concerning Cooperstown & the BBWAA when it comes to letting in players of this caliber. 😬

Free Agent Reliever options: Drew Pomeranz

Left hander Drew Pomeranz is a decent example of a failed starting pitcher that retransformed himself into what looks like a solid reliever out of the bullpen. The Tennessee native has appeared in 242 games throughout his career, however 140 of which were starts.

Pomeranz signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco Giants heading into the 2019 season however also began to garner a decent amount of interest during the trading deadline in July. He would eventually be traded to the Milwaukee Brewers with Ray Black for Mauricio Dubon on the 31st of July.

While pitching with the Brewers, Pomeranz appeared in 25 games as he tossed 26.1 innings with a 2.39 ERA while also striking out an impressive 45 batters. A big difference from his time with the Giants as he owned 5.68 ERA in 77.2 pitched, however 17 of his 21 games pitched in came as starts. Overall out of the bullpen, Pomeranz pitched to a 1.88 ERA while with both the Giants and Brewers during the 2019 season.

At the age of 26 in 2015 with the Oakland Athletics, Pomeranz pitched in 53 games and only made 9 starts during that campaign. He would pitch to a 3.66 ERA while striking out 82 batters in 86.0 innings pitched.

So while Pomeranz has a career ERA of 4.04, I imagine that his ERA is substantially lower out of the pen and is someone the Mets might want to consider. With the likely departure of Luis Avilan and the need to upgrade, Pomeranz makes sense and very well maybe a perfect fit.

Also read: Free Agent Reliever options: Jeremy Jeffress

Free Agent Reliever options: Will Smith

Left hander Will Smith had an absolutely solid season during the 2019 campaign while pitching by the bay for the San Francisco Giants. As a matter of fact, Smith has been nothing short of great since joining the Giants in the middle of the 2016 season after being dealt from the Milwaukee Brewers for catcher Andrew Susac and Minor Leaguer Phil Bickford.

During just this past season, Smith appeared in 63 games while pitching 65.1 innings to a 2.76 ERA and struck out a whopping 96 batters and owning a 6-0 record. In 2018, he pitched 53.0 innings in 54 games and struck out 71 while maintaining a career best 2.55 ERA during that season.

With Luis Avilan coming off of the books and likely to depart, the Mets will absolutely need a second left hander to pair off with Justin Wilson. While the soft tossing Daniel Zamora has shown flashes of good pitching, the team could use better assurance and more consistency in the bullpen.

Will Smith is going into just his age 30 season and the eighth year of his career. While Smith has a few miles on that left arm, he should prove to be a valuable addition to any team. I assume the Mets aren’t the only team in the hunt for a reliever, especially a left hander with Smith’s credentials.

In his seven years of pitching in the Majors, Will Smith owns a 26-22 record in his 359 games played. He’s pitched 410.2 innings and has an ERA of 3.53 while having struck out 494 batters and has even made 17 starts, 16 of which came in his rookie season while with the Kansas City Royals.

While Smith has been pitching better than his career averages these past few seasons, I believe the Mets would be ecstatic with a second lefty pitching to a 3.50 ERA out of the bullpen. Now let’s see if the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies make a play for the reliever… because I believe they’ll be there.

Also read: Free Agent Reliever options: Héctor Rondón

Sunday Afternoon Preview: Mets vs Giants

While the Mets won’t be able to win the series, a road split in San Francisco is not any kind of momentum killer. New York will send left handed pitcher Steven Matz to square off against the Giants and Conner Menez in what will be the last time the Mets visit Oracle Park during the regular season.

Matz is said to be on a pitch count of 75-80 pitches which strikes me as a bit strange since Steven’s return to the rotation is not due to a prior injury, yet a scheduling conflict with the All-Star Game which pushed Matz to the bullpen before the team had four days off.

The lefty from Stony Brook, New York is 5-6 with an ERA of 4.87, a 1.48 WHP and has 80 strikeouts in 85.0 innings pitched. However, unfortunately in Matz’ last seven games, he owns an ERA of 7.66 with a record of 0-2 over 22.1 innings.

Conner Menez is making his Major League debut against the New York Mets on a Sunday afternoon and that’s just a recipe for disaster. We all know the Mets have terrible luck against rookies, especially those that are making their debut and their Sunday afternoon record hasn’t been good for the last few years.

All that said, the team hasn’t been too bad against left handed pitching this year and with the Sunday jinx, the past is the past. The Mets should be the favorites in this game after a great game on Saturday. Especially with Pete Alonso coming off of a game in which he hit a home run in a pinch-hit situation, so the rookie should be well rested.

Saturday Afternoon Pitching Matchup: Mets vs Giants

After another tough extra inning loss in San Francisco on Friday night, the Mets are back at it again on Saturday afternoon at around 4:05 PM EST with fill-in pitcher Walker Lockett going against “The Shark” Jeff Samardzija.

What would have been a showcase start for an auditioning Zack Wheeler has now instead turned to an auditioning start for Walker Lockett as a temporary replacement for a potentially traded Wheeler.

Locket hasn’t pitched much at the Major League level this season and when he has, he hasn’t exactly been effective. The large framed right hander has an 0-1 record as well as a 11.74 ERA to match, he’s struck out six in 7.2 innings pitched.

However, Jeff Samardzija is another Trade candidate that’s taking the hill and the veteran right hander is on 3-start stretch in which he owns a 1.66 ERA and 17 strikeouts while only walking three.

Overall, Samardzija has a 3.93 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and a win/loss record of 7-7 with 89 strikeouts in 105.1 innings pitched. Another good start from Samardzija could net the Giants a decent return for the righty, if he is in fact on the trading block.

The Mets will send down Jacob Rhame in order to make room for Lockett.