James shows off his “McCannon”

The Mets have had been defensively challenged behind the plate for the last few season. With Wilson Ramos, it was very much “what you see is what you get”. Since then, the Mets have moved on to a much more athletic backstop that also has a gun for an arm.

In the first televised game for the Mets, catcher James McCann threw out Freudis Nova as he attempted to swipe second. The “strike em out, throw em out” double play would end the inning for the Astros.

Mets fans should look forward to McCann not just handling the pitching staff like a true veteran, but also athleticism we haven’t seen from behind the dish in quite a bit… if at all.

Photo from Anthony DiComo

Mets decline the options for three players

The New York Mets have officially declined the options for Robinson Charinos, Wilson Ramos, as well as corner infielder Todd Frazier.

Ramos had a $10M option, Chirinos had a $6.5M option, while Frazier’s was worth $5.75M. Instead, the Mets combined a total of $4M to buyout their contracts and release them into free agency.

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Source: Anthony DiComo

Photo via @Mets

Letting Travis d’Arnaud go will sting for some time

By Angelina Heather Rizzo

The New York Mets waited 5 years, five long years, for Travis d’Arnaud to blossom into the everyday starting catcher they needed. Little did they know it wasn’t long until he could be just what they needed, and on another team at that.

For the Mets, he was often hurt and missing time due to injuries. It was said that between d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki, the other Mets platoon catcher, that d’Arnaud was better offensively, and Plawecki was better defensively.

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Now, for the Atlanta Braves, d’Arnaud has found a permanent stride where he is thriving every day.

Now he’s batting .321 with 9 home runs and 34 batted in on the year, and he’s in the postseason.

Let that sink in Mets fans.

In the grand scheme of things, the Mets are known to be impatient, trade away and release players, then they become stars on another team. This is just another example. If this doesn’t sting just when they need a catcher, I’m not too sure what will.

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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

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.

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Thursday Nights Lineup vs Red Sox

While Steven Matz didn’t pick up a decision in his last outing against the Atlanta Braves, the New York native was looking sharp. Matz gave up two hits and a run while striking out seven in six innings giving him an ERA of 1.50 to start this shortened season.

Another left hander will take the mound for the Boston Red Sox in the form of Martin Perez. Perez gave up five run, four of which were earned against the Baltimore Orioles in his first start. Last season, Perez pitched to an ERA north of five in 32 starts.

Tonights game and first pitch is scheduled for 7:07 PM EST at Citi Field and will be nationally televised on FOX.

SS Amed Rosario
1B Pete Alonso
3B Jeff McNeil
LF J.D. Davis
RF Michael Conforto
DH Yoenis Cespedes
2B Brian Dozier
C Wilson Ramos
CF Brandon NImmo

Tuesday Night’s lineup vs Red Sox

The Mets plan to send David Peterson to the mound to make his Major League debut in Boston against the Red Sox. Currently ranked number ten on the Mets top 30 prospects list, Peterson was drafted in the first round of the 2017 June Amateur Draft as the 20th overall pick.

Throughout three seasons of Minor League ball, Peterson owns a 3.63 ERA, a nice 1.26 WHIP, and has held opponents to a .255 average in 49 starts and 247.2 innings pitched.

The Red Sox will have lefty Matt Hall on the hill and in 21 career games, Hall has an ERA of 9.48 throughout only 31.1 innings pitched. Just like Peterson today and Osich yesterday, this will be Hall’s first Major League start.

SS Amed Rosario
1B Pete Alonso
3B Jeff McNeil
LF J.D. Davis
RF Michael Conforto
DH Yoenis Cespedes
2B Robinson Cano
C Wilson Ramos
CF Brandon Nimmo

Wilson Ramos on returning

“It’s very hard right now to be here,” Wilson Ramos said. “It’s hard to see my teammates and be away from them. That’s the hard part with all those protocols… But at the same time, I’m very happy to be here, doing what we love to do. I missed this. Missed being at the field.”

The New York Mets partook in three separate workouts today, dividing the players up into groups. This new routine is being practiced due to social distancing and other safety measures.

While Ramos said that he preferred for his family to not travel with him to New York City, he’s confident in a 2020 60-game season being played out.

Source: Anthony DiComo