MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Shutout Powerfull Phills

The Mets shutout the Phillies with a 2-0 win on Tuesday. Tylor Megill was great jet again pitching 5.1 scoreless frames. Megill now has 10.1 innings of scoreless ball this season!

Megill allowed just 3 hits without allowing a walk, while striking out 5. Over his season, Megill allowed just 6 hits without walking a batter.

The bullpen didn’t falther on Tuesday as Chasen Shreve (IP, 0H, 0BB,K) and Drew Smith (1.2IP, H, 0BB, 3K) got the ball to closer Edwin Diaz, who returned from paternity leave.

Diaz got into a little trouble, allowing two infield hits. But the closer dominated Schwarber, Harper and Hoskins with three strikeouts. His slider looked great and got a lot of swings and misses.

The Mets offense got just enough against Wheeler and the Phillies bullpen, collecting just 3 hits. Brandon Nimmo opened the score with a solo shot against Wheeler in the fifth. Lindor added a clutch RBI hit in the eight, scoring Marte who collected a clutch stolen base.

Today Max Scherzer and the Mets (4-2) will play the Rubber Game against Nola and the Phillies (3-2). Game starts at 1.05 at Citizen’s Bank Park.

Photo Credit: New York Post

Brandon Nimmo placed on IL

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo has been placed on the 10-day IL, catcher Patrick Mazeika has been recalled.

Nimmo was facing former teammate Zack Wheeler when he fouled off a pitch and described the feeling as an explosion.

Nimmo was batting .318 with a .870 OPS while leading off.

Photo by: New York Post Sports on Twitter

Reaction: Wheeler is on the block

Yesterday was an odd day for the Philly faithful as ESPN’s Buster Onley reported that the Phillies are putting Zack Wheeler on the trade block. However, Phillies owner John Middleton debunked the news saying “Wheeler isn’t on the market and we aren’t even entertaining offers for him”, declaring Onley his report as fake news.

I see two ways this could have happened that this report came out.

1. Buster Onley source was wrong.

Buster Onley has his sources he trusts. And who knows, maybe the source was untruthful on this occasion or someone heard about the Phillies wanting to shred money and had the idea it could be Wheeler. The Phillies are obviously in a bad place financially, so maybe someone took this idea and took off with it. Making this type of reports, does get you clicks and as we all know, rumors should be taken with a grain of salt. Reporters have to keep the off-season somewhat exciting.

2. Middleton changed his mind.

After the report came out, a lot of Phillies fans were furious. Rightfully so, as this report comes fairly soon after the Phillies mentioning spending stupid money in free agency. The Phillies now seem to be in a turning point. No money for much needed additions and some players with a failry big contract. Middleton has reasons to put Wheeler on the trade market but trading Wheeler would get a terrible look from fans. And the fans are the ones you need, they are the customers. After seeing the report, Middleton could have noticed the negativity and felt the need to debunk the story.

Honestly, with Middleton providing his voice to the matter, it seems unlikely to me Wheeler gets traded in the end. Even if it was on the table, its off now. The just can not sell it to their customers when the eventually trade Wheeler now. Plus, Wheeler and his contract wouldn’t get you a big enough haul to make this a move Philly fans like. If the Phillies want empty seats, trade Wheeler and it won’t provide revenue to improve in the near future.

The Phillies are in trouble.

Photo from Matt Rourke/Associated Press

Also read: Mets interested in NPB reliever

BVW on Zack Wheeler’s comments

New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said he was “surprised” & “disappointed” to hear Wheeler’s comments yesterday afternoon.

“(Mets) helped him parlay 2 good half-seasons over the last 5 years into a $118 million. I’m proud of what our group was able to help him accomplish. I’m happy he was rewarded for it.” said the former CAA agent now turned General Manager.

BVW then added, “Zack is a good pitcher. That’s why we wanted to re-sign him. The contract and the market that he enjoyed was beyond what our appetite level was. I said that before. He got paid more than we were willing to give him.”

Your expectations should be high

By Gino Gallo

It’s almost impossible to read an article about our beloved Mets without almost 80 percent of the fans complaining. And the complaining is rampant and frankly much of it is completely warranted. Was this off season a disaster? In some respects it was. They hired a coach and fired a coach, as well as sold the team then backed out. However let us delve into the actual team that will be on the field this season. Even the most pessimistic fan cannot completely destroy the product we will be exposed to in 2020.

As much as a lot of you are dying to have Lindor on this team, our shortstop has progressed at an incredible rate. Amed Rosario will be an all-star this season. He has made great strides, and this will be a huge year for him. Pete Alonso may not have another 53 homeruns however he will certainly be productive and is one of the most feared hitters in the entire MLB. Jeff Mcneil has done absolutely nothing but hit since his feet hit the big league dirt. Conforto is a wonderful 5 or 6 hitter, Ramos is one of the best hitting catchers in the game and J.D. Davis showed us a ton of talent last season. If Yoenis Cespedes is actually playing, he will hit. He always has and always will hit as long as he is healthy. Yet that truly is a stretch. Brandon Nimmo will be fine as our third outfielder if Yoenis cannot stay healthy. His knack for getting on base will make him an incredible number 8 hitter. The lineup is in excellent shape with an above average bat at every single position. Here is the kicker, if Robinson Cano actually has a strong comeback season, this offense will be arguably one of the best in the league. The best thing about the lineup is despite the tremendous amount of power it will put out, just think, You have 3 guys who can easily bat .300 and in all honestly, not many lineups in the MLB can truly say that.

The pitching should be excellent. Jacob deGrom is going to be a dominant force again. He is putting together a run that not many of us have never seen. Syndergaard should improve and if that happens you have two aces at the top of the rotation. Stroman and Matz are both very good pitchers and having them as your three and four starters makes this rotation downright scary. Believe me, I get it, we did lose Wheeler. Listen, I loved Zack Wheeler, but can we get something real about Wheeler…….He was a pitcher with an ERA right at around 4 and although he ate up a lot of innings he was very hittable. The combination of Wacha and Porcello is better then Wheeler. Both of those pitchers are just as good as Wheeler when they are on their A-game.

Now for every Met fans fear. What will this pen look like? So we have Lugo and Wilson as dependable pitchers. Brach was good when he signed and I believe having him here for the entire year will add another reliable arm to the pen. But what about Mr. Diaz, Mr. Familia, Mr. Gsellman, and Mr. Betances? Here is what to look for this season. Look for Gsellman to be very reliable as he is coming into his 26 year old season and looked good at times last year. It’s all about not over using the guy. If Betances is Betances those 20 some what games the Met’s blew in the pen last year will be cut down incredibly. As for Diaz and Familia……I do believe Diaz is salvageable and perhaps he even bounces back. If that happens the New York Mets will be an absolute force to be reckoned with. Familia on the other hand. At best he will probably be a mop up man.

So you heard it here at Mets Junkies first. The New York Mets are going to win about 92 games this year………We don’t need Lindor, we don’t need Marté. This team is battle ready and I can already see the comments flooding in. However please feel free to come back to this article when the Mets are in a heated battle with the Braves for the division while already having the Wild Card locked up in mid September!

Brodie Van Wagenen on Zack Wheeler

By now, we’ve all pretty much learned that Zack Wheeler inked a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies for $118M throughout the next five seasons and it just became official on Monday. Brodie Van Wagenen said it was “business as usual” on Monday, the first day of the 2019 Winter Meetings which is taking place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego this year.

While BVW declined to comment on any matters regarding Steve Cohen, the New York Mets General Manager did comment on Zack Wheeler and his signing with a division rival in the Philadelphia Phillies.

“The value for what we thought the investment [was] didn’t line up,” he said. “The projections that we had for Zack both short-term and long-term didn’t quite match up to the market he was able to enjoy.”

While I tend to agree with Brodie here, it’s evident that Joe Girardi and the Philadelphia Phillies front office see something different in their newly acquired right hander.

“You’re going to have a 1 and a 1A with him and Nola,” Girardi said. “When you look at what he’s done the last few years and really throughout his career, he’s continued to get better and better. This is a power guy with four pitches where I think he’s just starting to reach his potential. There is more in the tank there. This guy can be more dominant than he’s been.”

With the Mets now currently in the hunt for a back of the rotation starter, Van Wagenen described his ideal fit for the role being a front of the line type of pitcher that could go deeper into games while having an “elite performance”.

While it’s unlikely that the Mets can pick up such an acquisition through the Free Agent Market with around $14M to work with, he does have the ability to be creative within the Trade Market. “That’s kind of what we’re looking for,” Van Wagenen said. “Whether or not we can find that in the marketplace in fifth starters, we obviously have to see how that plays out.

“We have a lot of our quote-unquote needs already filled. It’s a matter of how we can create upgrades, whether it’s in terms of depth or whether it’s in terms of higher impact . . . We always have to try to be conscious of what resources are available.”

Also read: Free Agent Reliever options: Héctor Rondón

Mets Rumors: Zack Wheeler

Right handed pitcher Zack Wheeler is expected to decline the QO from the New York Mets and explore potential offers from teams like the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Angels. Teams like the Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Oakland Athletics were said to be interested in Wheeler during the 2019 trade deadline.

There is another team said to be in the mix and that’s the New York Mets and earlier on during the 2019 season, Wheeler made it clear that he has no intentions on giving the Mets a “hometown discount”.

After putting up a season in which he was 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA while striking out 195 batters in 195.1 innings pitched over the span of 31 starts, he’s likely to decline the offer in order to test the market and get the best deal possible.

Wheeler receives a Qualifying Offer

The New York Mets have decided to extend the $17.8MM qualifying offer to right handed starting pitcher Zack Wheeler.

Zack Wheeler has 10 days to decide to accept or decline the offer. After putting up a season in which he was 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA while striking out 195 batters in 195.1 innings pitched over the span of 31 starts, he’s likely to decline the offer in order to test the market and get the best deal possible.

Source: Anthony DiComo

Also read: Baseball America’s Top 10 Mets Prospects

Mickey Callaway on loss against Reds

After New York Mets starter Zack Wheeler went out to the hill and pitched a spectacular 7 two-run innings, one of which being earned, manager Mickey Callaway spoke to reporters after the game and when asked how much this loss hurts, the manager replied “It hurts, we had multiple chances, I think the way we lost hurts…”

The Mets second year manager also added, “a couple of mistakes in the field and then we had plenty of chances at the plate, we just didn’t come through, I think we struck out on almost every chance we had with runners in scoring position.”

Callaway also said “We needed a sac fly here, just touch the ball there, and we just didn’t get it done.”

With a lot of speculation surrounding Mickey Callaway and his job status for the 2020 season, a strong eight game run may help his cause however we already may have hit that point of no return.

Wheeler deals it to the Reds; comes up short

After falling behind early in the bottom half of the first inning in which Zack Wheeler gave up two runs, the Mets right hander didn’t give up anymore runs in the remainder of his outing. Wheeler even helped his own cause as he drove in a run on a force out.

A day after Jacob deGrom pitched another lights out performance, Zack Wheeler tossed seven innings while giving up two runs, one of them earned on seven hits and two walks while striking out six. This start should surely help Wheeler’s case come the off-season if he should opt to hit free agency.

After losing to the Reds 3-2, Wheeler remains 11-8, however now with an ERA of 3.99 through 30 starts on the 2019 campaign.

The Mets are now four games out of the second Wild Card spot with eight games to play.