MetsJunkies Recap: Prospect Galore

During the time Mets fans waited patiently on the deGrom update, the Mets played a game against the Cardinals. A lot of regulars started the game, but in the third inning, the Game got into a rain delay. The Mets end up losing the Game 7-2.

After the rain delay, the regulars were replaced and a lot of young minor league prospects came in. Alex Ramirez was the best prospect that got Game action and he collected a nice opposite field hit.

Wyatt Young was the star for the Mets as he went 2 for 3, with both Mets runs driven in. The 2021 15th round pick has a terrific pro debut year and shows it off during Spring Training.

On the pitching side, the Mets gave the start to Felix Pena in place of deGrom. Pena allowed 3 runs in 2 innings of work. The Mets got scoreless outings from Alex Claudio, Drew Smith (both 1 inning) and Sean Reid-Foley (2 innings). Both Ottavino and Collin Holderman allowed 2 runs in their inning.

The Mets are off today and will play the Marlins on Sunday at Port St. Lucie. Game wi start at 1.10pm.

Photo Credit: Wyatt Young Instagram

MetsJunkies Recap: Bassitt Shines

The Mets played the Marlins yesterday with Chris Bassitt making his unofficial Mets debut. The newly acquired righty pitched well, going 4.2 scoreless frames. Bassitt allowed just 4 hits while walking none and striking out 3.

That was the start of a Mets shutout, as the Mets beat the Marlins 10-0. Eric Orze got the final out of the 5th. Felix Pena followed with 2 scoreless frames and Chasen Shreve kept his strong bid for the opening day roster going with a perfect frame and 2 strikeouts. Sean Reid-Foley finished it off with a scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit with 2 K’s of his own.

The Mets offense got the better of Major League arms Pablo Lopez and Zack Pop. The Mets got 4 runs against the Marlins starter and added 4 against the Marlins righty reliever. Francisco Lindor homered yet again as he hit a 2 run homerun against Lopez in a 2 for 2 day with 4 RBI’s

Lindor didn’t just hit, he also made a sparkling defensive gem to get an out. He ranged far to his left to help Bassitt get the out. Impressive play by the star shortstop, who has been terrific.

Lindor wasn’t the only Mets player who had a terrific day. Nimmo went yard in a 2 for 5 day. McNeil and Dom both collected 2 hits. Marte and McCann drove in a run and the Mets overall collected 15 hits with 7 extra base hits (Lindor 2, McNeil, Dom, Nimmo, Marte and McCann).

Tomorrow the Mets will face the Astros at Glover Park with Carlos Carrasco getting the start for the Mets. It will be televised on SNY, starting at 6.10pm.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Alvarez Goes Beast Mode

The Mets beat the Marlins 9-3 yesterday behind some powerfully offense. The power started in the first when Mark Canha and Francisco Lindor went back-to-back. It ended with a bomb by top prospect Francisco Alvarez in the eight.

Lindor had a solid game going 2 for 3 with that homerun and double. The star shortstop drove in two in the win.

Arguably the biggest hit came of the bat from J.D. Davis. Davis cleared the bases with a three run double, an at bat after he got hit in the knee by a pitch. Eduardo Escobar also had a solid game going 3 for 3 with a RBI.

Arguably the most exciting moment was Francisco Alvarez crushing a homerun off the scoreboard in left field. It showed the amazing pop Francisco Alvarez has. He is going to be exciting.

With the Mets expecting a rainy evening, they went with relief pitchers and had Bassitt and Carrasco work in the minor league Instrasquad game earlier on the day. The bullpen game went well as Diaz, Castro, Orze, Shreve, Holderman, Lugo and Mitchell all had a scoreless frame. Sean Reid-Foley walked 3, allowing just one run and Josh Walker allowed 2 (1 earned) in his inning.

Castro did got some help by some sparkling defense behind him. Jeff McNeil made a terrific play for and out and Brandon Nimmo followed with a nice catch in CF.

Bassitt and Carrasco got their work in on the minor league site. Bassitt went 5 innings allowing just one hit with 5 strikeouts. Carlos Carrasco however, struggled in his outing allowing 5 runs on 6 hits over 3.1 innings. He allowed homeruns to Jose Peroza and Thomas Nido. Drew Smith also pitched, he went a perfect inning.

Today the Mets face the Astros at 6.10pm with Tylor Megill making the start. The Game is not televised.

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Mets Junkies Game Recap: Megill & Castro sharp; Peterson loses to Cards

The game started off with Pete Alonso making a challenging play in foul territory, battling the sun and the turf to make the out. Alonso stated earlier in the spring that he plans to eventually walk away with a gold glove, as the slugger is known to have a hard worker’s ethic.

After the Cardinals put runners on first and third, Dylan Carlson hit a monster of shot over the left field wall. The outfielder, currently in his sophomore season, would give his Cardinals the 3-0 lead.

The bottom half of the second started off with an amazing interview with Mets manager Buck Showalter. It’s evident that the organization now has a leader to call the shots and make that tough call when need be, coming from what seems to be an extremely entertaining personality.

After a lead off walk from Alonso, then a single by Cahna, putting runners on first and third. James McCann would push an RBI single in the hole between second and first, an approach that McCann plans to make his way back to.

Paul Goldschmidt then lead the third inning off, drilling a shot over the left-center field gate. The home run, Goldschmidt’s first of the spring, gave the Card’s a 4-1 lead over the Mets.

Travis Jankowski, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania native and Stony Brook alumni, made a case to be the team’s fifth outfielder, as he made a stellar diving catch in the top of the fourth.

Francisco Lindor started off a phenomenal 6-4-5 double play with a backhanded stop in the hole, McNeil had the wherewithal to go to third for the second out of the play.

Megill also did an in-dugout interview after pitching three scoreless frames. The right-hander told Steve Gelbs that he is working on the command of his slider, his new cutter, as well as his curveball.

Megill spoke about adding a new pitch to his arsenal, “I definitely wanted to add another weapon… I wanted something hard and something that goes into lefties, so they can respect the four-seam.”

Miguel Castro threw a scoreless 7th as the right-hander’s stuff was looking electric. His fastball was getting up to around 98MPH, and a ton of movement on all of his pitches.

Daniel Palka, a 30 year old outfielder/ first baseman acquired from the White Sox, hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh, cutting the lead down to 4-3. Palka has approximately two seasons under his belt, and will likely be in Syracuse for most of the year.

Sean Reid-Foley gave up a couple of runs in the 8th, while I really like this right-hander, it looks like he’ll he starting 2022 in Syracuse.

Mets former second round pick and third base prospect Mark Vientos singled in a run in his only at-bat in the 8th inning, shaving the Cardinals lead down to 5-4.

The Mets gave up another run in the top part of the 9th, and would eventually drop the exhibition contest to the Cardinals, their second loss of the Spring.

The 2-0 Miami Marlins will host tomorrow’s exhibition game against the Mets as Max Scherzer is set to take the hill. Unfortunately, the game will not be televised.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Mets fall to the Fish in the ninth

Saturday’s game didn’t feature much offense from either time, as a matter of fact, we didn’t see the first run of the game until the bottom of the seventh inning. However, when the bats are silent, we’re at least in the midst of a good pitching matchup.

Joey Lucchesi hit the hill and tossed four scoreless, one- hit innings in just an amazing 43 pitches. While some may question the decision of manager Luis Rojas, Lucchesi himself has acknowledged that he needs to be more consistent in his outings.

My guy Sean Reid-Foley also took the mound and while he gave up a run, he’s still pitching at a high level of intensity. The right-hander whom was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the off-season now has an ERA of 1.54 for the Mets.

Offensively, there’s not really much to say for the Mets here. Dom Smith went 1-4 on the afternoon, however his one hit was a big one as it not only put the Mets on the board, it tied the game in the eighth.

Unfortunately in the bottom part of the ninth inning, Drew Smith would give up two hits. One of these hits being the big blow via a walk-off two-run home run by Marlins outfielder Garrett Cooper.

The Mets (21-18) and Marlins (21-24) will meet again tomorrow afternoon in the rubber-match between the two NL East competitors.

Mets recall Sean Reid-Foley

The Mets have officially placed Jacob deGrom on the IL and have recalled right-hander Sean Reid-Foley.

Foley has appeared in two games and pitched 5.0 innings, racking up seven strikeouts. The former second-round pick has not given up an earned run, so far.

Is Sean Reid-Foley Taking Lucchesi’s Spot in The Rotation?

Sean Reid-Foley struck everyone with his stellar performance in Chicago. Reid-Foley pitched three impressive innings against a hot Cubs offense, and it caught a lot of eyeballs. Between the Kimbrel-esque squat to the swings and misses, he had everything working in that first outing.

He got the call in that first outing because of a rough start from Joey Lucchesi. Lucchesi had motored through the order the first time around, but the second trip gave him troubles. It was clear to most that the Cubs had figured him out, which made it tough to leave him in for a long time. This opened the door for the newly called up Sean-Reid Foley to make his Major League debut.

The day after the game, Lucchesi was optioned to the alternate site. The Mets followed by bringing up Stephen Tarpley, who pitched in yesterday’s game. Tarpley struggled yesterday, and will probably be sent to the alternate site as well if he continues to pitch that way. But, why is nobody talking about what will happen when Lucchesi’s spot in the rotation comes around?

Most of us probably assumed that Lucchesi will just be called back up for his next start. But what if he isn’t? What if the plan is for Sean Reid-Foley, a natural starter, to get a start? Reid-Foley was dominant in his first outing, and clearly turned some heads. It is early enough in the season that it would make sense to give a guy like him a chance. He impressed many, and might have even impressed enough to make his first Major League start.

The one issue with all of this; the Mets are skipping Lucchesi’s spot in the rotation this week because they have an off day on Monday. Because of this, they are rolling with an extra bullpen arm in the slot of Lucchesi.

That still doesn’t mean that Reid-Foley won’t be getting a starting opportunity some time in the near future, but it also could mean that the Mets simply wanted another lefty reliever in the bullpen.

Regardless of what happens, keep your eye out on how much Sean Reid-Foley pitches in the upcoming week. The possibility of a future start could be high.

Breaking Down: Sean Reid-Foley Shines in Mets Debut

The Mets lost to the Cubs and fell back to an even .500 record. The series was a tough one to swallow, but even with a gut punching loss, we saw a great positive sign.

Sean Reid-Foley came in after Lucchesi allowed 3 runs over 3 innings and pitched 3 perfect frames. So time to take a look what worked for the 25 year old righty.

SRF would start his outing with a get me over slider for a called strike against Baez. He got another called strike on a 4 seamer in the middle of the zone. The normal free swinging Baez, took both pitches which got him in a 0-2 hole. SRF would try and get him to chase the slider down and away, which Baez fouled off. SRF followed with an up and in 4 seam fastball to get the swing and miss for the first out in his Mets career.

He went on to challenge Duffy with Fastballs and got the Ground Out on a 1-2 Fastball on the outside corner. Duffy rolled it to Villar for the second out. XBA: .220

Two sliders to David Bote got him to ground out softly (40.2mph Exit Velo) back to Reid-Foley for an easy out. XBA: .210. It was the only slider that was put in play against him.

His second inning Reid-Foley started off blowing his fastball past Marisnick to get a strikeout. Oddly enough, SRF had 2 pitches right in the middle of the zone. Clearly hitters were fooled by the zip on his Fastball, which maxed out at 94.7 in his outing.

He got Pinch hitter Nick Hoerner on a up and in fastball to fly out softly to right. XBA: .010

He ended the inning with a fastball/change-up sequence to get Happ Swinging. After three fastballs SRF threw his first two change-ups to get Happ swinging over the pitch.

Reid-Foley had his most difficult spot in his third inning, facing 2-3-4 hitters in the lineup.

He went fastballs to Wilson Contreras to get his fourth and final strikeout of his outing. After a first pitch way down the zone he went after Contreras up. After a generous swing call on the check swing, Reid-Foley went on to get swings and fouls above the zone.

He ended his outing with two outs on balls in play. Bryant grounded out to Villar and Rizzo lined out to the center fielder Pillar.

Bryant ground ball was clocked at 106.4 exit velo with a .460 XBA. Rizzo his liner was clocked at 85.8 with a .180 XBA. As SRF ended a very successful outing with getting the Cubs heart of the order, in order.

It was fun to see SRF using his fastball with great success. In his outing he got 7 whiffs on his fastball of the total 16 pitches. A 44% whiff rate on a pitch he used 74% of the time is a great sign.

It shows that even without a big fastball, it’s a pitch than can get life. As we could see SRF pitched a lot up in the zone with his fastball, which worked. (GRAPHIC BELOW: Red FB, Yellow: Slider, Green: Change-Up)

And on top of it all. How can you not like the set up, when he checks the sign!

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Mets Recall Sean Reid-Foley, Optioned Hildenberger

After yesterday’s debacle the Mets have send down Trevor Hildenberger to get a fresh arm in Sean Reid-Foley.

SRF has a career 4.40 ERA over 71.2 innings with the Toronto Blue Jays. The rightly was part of the Steven Matz trade when the Mets acquired him and Yennsy Diaz. In 2020 Reid-Foley pitched to a 1.35 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. The 25 year old has made 21 appearances with 13 starts, so he should be able to give the Mets length if needed.

Hildenberger struggled in yesterday’s loss with 4 runs allowed in 1.1 innings. Over his 2 appearances he allowed 4 runs in 2.1, with 4 strikeout, 3 hits and 3 walks.

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