Two Moves to Radically Improve the Mets: Bogarts and Tomas

Although the Mets had a positive run differential on the season, the offense was the weak point for the Mets. (That means considering the bullpen problems were mostly “solved” with the development of Mejia and Familia throughout the season). The Mets lost a lot of close games, and some better hitting, or just more power, would go a long way with this club.

Bring in Tomas, the Cuban free agent. The downsides to to Tomas are obvious. He’s going to require a large, at least 6-7 year contract and he hasn’t played in the majors. However with his age and scouts’ view of his talent, he looks to overcome that. Going into last season, the Mets had a logjam in right field with Duda sitting there and Davis occupying first. Now with Duda clearly at first, Granderson could move to Left to make this work. The second downside is a lot of money sitting in the OF between Granderson and Tomas, therefore not only do they have to produce, but there needs to be a back up plan in case someone gets injured.

The second part of this plan is a bit more painful for the Mets. The advantage to signing Tomas is the Mets don’t need to move any of their pieces, but to get a short stop, they will. Bogarts is going to cost the Mets either a Syndergaard level prospect, which right now in the Mets organization is just Syndergaard (or Wheeler, but he is no longer a prospect) OR it is going require an established starter and hitter. For the Mets, this probably means Niese and Murphy. That is going to be painful. One pitcher looks to eventually be huge in the organization. The other situation requires the Mets to give up one of the more reliable starters and their best hitter last season. The hope here is that Flores or Herrera would fill in at second base. This is the part of the plan I’m most curious about. I would really like to do this without trading Murphy but outside of pitching chips, I’m not sure what else the Mets have to offer.

Saying Goodbye to the 2014 Mets Season

Initially this morning I was relieved.

I don’t have to write a game preview after waking up, I get those 20 minutes back to prep lessons for my students, work on grad school stuff, etc.

But, like every year, I’m sad. The Mets season is over and we’ll be waiting until February for videos and stills of our players getting ready for a successful 2015.

 

Even though we lost this season, there was plenty to be thankful for this season:

  • deGrom was brilliant
  • Duda broke out with a 30 homer season despite a month long platoon with Davis
  • Murphy finally got national recognition
  • Herrera had a successful month in the majors, making next year interesting
  • Flores started to show his talent
  • d’Arnaud came back from the minors strong
  • Wheeler had a great full season to build momentum into next year
  • Mejia and Familia became a force

And our season had some interesting notes:

  • We had Valverde and Farnsworth as the closer for portions of the season
  • Abreu was signed to a minor league deal, then became an everyday fixture for a couple of weeks
  • We also had Lannan on our 40 man this year

Looking forward to a great off-season!

 

Game Preview: Astros vs Mets

The Mets and Astros button up the jerseys for one more time this season as they look to turn the lights off for the 2014 season. Last night the Mets won thanks to a walk off homer from Lucas Duda, his 29th of the season, and today they look to win 79 games in a season for the first time since 2010. Today Bartolo Colon takes the mound as he squares off against Nick Tropeano.

Bartolo Colon is 14-13 over 30 games this season pitching 196.1 innings with a 4.08 ERA. Colon is going to have to bounce back from a poor start in Washington where he allowed 4 ER over 6.0 innings. Last year he pitched against Houston four times allowing 3 earned over 6, none over 7, 5 over 4 and 1 over 6. The Astros have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Altuve 5-14, 2B
  • Dominguez 2-12, 2B
  • Castro 6-9, HR
  • Carter 1-10, 2B
  • Villar 1-5

Nick Tropeano gets the forth start in his rookie season. So far is 1-2 over three games and 16.2 innings with a 3.78 ERA. He is coming off of his worst start of his career where he allowed 4 ER over 6.2 innings. He has not faced the Mets in a major league game and has not faced any players on the Mets in a game.

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Astros vs Mets

The Mets dropped the opener of the last series of the season last night, and they look to bounce back tonight as they play the Astros in game two. Niese left early and the Mets struggled to push runs across the plate as they lost by a score of 3-1, the lone run coming from a Grandy shot. Tonight they look to get back on it with Montero on the mound and Deduno starting for the ‘stros.

Rafael Montero is 1-3 this season over 9 games and 7 starts posting a 4.38 ERA in 39.0 innings of work. He has had a good month of September so far making a start and an appearance totaling to 6.1 innings, no runs, 4 hits, 5 walks and 8 strikeouts. He has never faced the Astros in his major league career and he has never faced anyone on the Astros’ roster.

The Mets draw Sam Deduno who is 2-6 this season over 96.2 innings with a 4.66 ERA. In four games for the Astros this year, in no starts, he is 0-1 over 4.2 innings with a 5.79 ERA. He has never faced the Mets in a major league game before but he has faced one batter on the Mets roster, Curtis Granderson, who is 0-1 against Deduno.

 

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Astros vs Mets

The Mets split the double header last night which locked in another losing season for the Mets, who still have a chance to finish with 80 wins on the season if they sweep the last series at home against the Houston Astros. Tonight Jon Niese will be on the hill as he takes on Brad Peacock as both teams try to finish their 2014 campaigns with dignity heading into the off-season.

Jon Niese is 9-11 over 29 starts and 182.1 innings with a 3.50 ERA heading into his final start of the season. In his last three starts he is 1-1 over 21.0 innings with a 2.14 ERA while striking out 19 batters. In his career he has made five starts against the Astros with a 1-3 record and a 3.60 ERA. The Astros have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Guzman 2-9
  • Fowler 1-9
  • Altuve 1-5
  • Gonzalez 0-4
  • Castro 0-3

The Mets bats will get a look at Brad Peacock tonight who is 4-9 this season over 27 games, 23 starts and 127.0 innings of work while posting a 4.82 ERA. He is coming off of a statistically interesting start where he pitched 3.1 innings allowed 6 hits and 2 earned runs and thanks to the defense, 7 total runs. He is also 1-0 in one career start against the Amazin’s where he allowed no runs and two hits over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following limited numbers against him:

  • Tejada 1-3
  • Duda 0-1
  • Satin 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

Double Header Game Preview: Mets @ Nationals

The Mets were rained out last night in DC so they’ll play two today in the Nation’s capital in a Day / Night Double Header. The first game will feature Dillon Gee, the scheduled start for the Mets last night. Dillon is 7-8 over 21 games this season and 132.1 innings with a 3.88 ERA. In his last start he allowed 7 ER over 12.0 innings while striking out 8. In three starts this year against the Nationals he has struggled allowing 11 ER over 18.0 innings. The Nationals have the following numbers against Gee:

  • Desmond 10-40, 3 HR
  • Werth 11-37, 3 2B, HR
  • Zimmerman 7-32, 2B
  • LaRoche 7-29, 2B, 3 HR
  • Span 6-28, 2 2B, HR

The Nationals will now send out rookie Blake Treinen in the first game who has started 6 games this season (and in his career), and 14 total with a 2-3 record, 1.94 ERA and 46.1 innings of work. He is coming off of a start in Atlanta where he shutout the Braves over 5.0 innings and hasn’t allowed a run since August 5th (he also wasn’t in a major league game from the 5th to September 3rd). He has logged 2.0 innings against the Mets in that most recent outing that he was scored on. The Mets have the following numbers against Blake:

  • d’Arnaud 0-0, HBP
  • Duda 0-1
  • Lagares 0-1
  • Murphy 1-1
  • Tejada 0-1

In the second game of the day, the Mets will send out Zack Wheeler who is 11-10 this year over 31 games and 180.1 innings with a 3.49 ERA. After a terrible start against the Nationals where he allowed 7 hits and 6 ER over 4.0 innings, he shut out the Braves over 6.0 innings while striking out 7 batters. He is 1-3 over 4 starts against the Nationals this year posting a 5.96 ERA while pitching 22.2 innings and striking out 22 batters. The Nationals have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Span 8-20, 2 2B
  • Werth 6-19, 2 2B, HR
  • Desmond 5-17, 2B, HR
  • LaRoche 2-13, HR
  • Rendon 6-14
  • Harper 3-13, HR

In the night cap, the Nationals will send out Gio Gonzalez, the scheduled starter for last night’s game.

Gio Gonzalez is 9-10 over 26 games and 151.2 innings with a 3.74 ERA. In his last two starts he has allowed 6 runs, 5 earned, in 13.2 innings. He has made 4 starts against the Mets this year and is 1-3 over 21.2 innings while allowing 22 hits, 14 runs, 13 earned. The Mets have the following numbers against Gio:

  • Wright 6-19, 2B, 3B, HR
  • Granderson 3-22, 2B, HR
  • Abreu 1-16, 2B
  • Lagares 6-16, 2 2B, 3B, HR
  • Tejada 4-14
  • Murphy 5-14, 3B
  • Duda 2-11

Lets Go Mets!

 

Game Preview: Mets @ Nationals

The Nationals rained on the Mets parade last night to finish the year with a winning record, but the Mets still have a chance at hitting .500 for the year as they faced the Nationals in game two of the series. The Mets will be sending out Dillon Gee to the mound who is 7-8 over 21 games this season and 132.1 innings with a 3.88 ERA. In his last start he allowed 7 ER over 12.0 innings while striking out 8. In three starts this year against the Nationals he has struggled allowing 11 ER over 18.0 innings. The Nationals have the following numbers against Gee:

  • Desmond 10-40, 3 HR
  • Werth 11-37, 3 2B, HR
  • Zimmerman 7-32, 2B
  • LaRoche 7-29, 2B, 3 HR
  • Span 6-28, 2 2B, HR

Gio Gonzalez is 9-10 over 26 games and 151.2 innings with a 3.74 ERA. In his last two starts he has allowed 6 runs, 5 earned, in 13.2 innings. He has made 4 starts against the Mets this year and is 1-3 over 21.2 innings while allowing 22 hits, 14 runs, 13 earned. The Mets have the following numbers against Gio:

  • Wright 6-19, 2B, 3B, HR
  • Granderson 3-22, 2B, HR
  • Abreu 1-16, 2B
  • Lagares 6-16, 2 2B, 3B, HR
  • Tejada 4-14
  • Murphy 5-14, 3B
  • Duda 2-11

Lets Go Mets!

 

Game Preview: Mets @ Nationals

The Mets start their last road series of the 2014 season tonight against the Nationals. A team that has given the Mets some difficulties, the Nationals now stand between the Mets and an improbable last week of the season where the Mets mathematically can still finish at .500 and in second place. The Mets find themselves in this position thanks to a sweep in Atlanta, which is still shocking to me. Tonight Bartolo Colon gets the start as he goes against Tanner Roark.

Bartolo Colon is 14-12 this season with a 4.02 ERA over 29 starts and 190.1 innings. His last start against the Nationals was awful, but he rebounded nicely against Miami allowing 1 ER over 7.2 innings while striking out 7. Overall in the season he is 1-3 against the Nationals this year with a 4.13 ERA over 24.0 innings, which is great considering last time he allowed 5 ER over 3.0 innings against them. The Nationals have put up the following numbers against Colon:

  • Span 1-13
  • Cabrera 1-11, 2B
  • Rendon 4-13, HR
  • Desmond 4-10, 2 HR
  • LaRoche 4-9, 2 2B, HR
  • Werth 4-7, 2 2B
  • Harper 1-7

Tanner Roark is 14-10 in his second major league season with a 2.85 ERA over 30 starts and 192.1 innings of work. In his last two starts he has pitched 13.1 innings and only allowed 2 ER while striking out 5. Against the Mets this year he is 3-0 over three starts and 17.1 innings with a 3.12 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Murphy 3-12, 2B
  • E Young 4-13, 2B
  • Duda 4-12, 2B
  • Lagares 1-8, 2B
  • Granderson 2-7, 2 2B
  • Tejada 1-7

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The Mets do not have much wiggle room for the last week of the season if they want to finish at .500 and so far they’ve been handling that fact well in Atlanta taking the first two games of the season. Yesterday they got a strong start from Jon Niese and some power from Dilson Herrera and Curtis Granderson. Today they look to complete the sweep behind Jacob deGrom as he squares off against Ervin Santana.

Jacob deGrom is 8-6 over 21 games and 134.1 innings this year with a 2.68 ERA. His last start of 3 ER over 7 innings doesn’t show that he struck out the first 8 batters in the game, tying a major league record. On the season, he has 134 K’s. In two starts against the Braves this season he has allowed 3 ER over 12.0 innings with a 2.25 ERA and 19 K’s. The Braves have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Freeman, 1-5
  • Heyward 3-6
  • Simmons 1-5
  • BJ Upton 3-5
  • J Upton 1-6, 4 K’s
  • Bethancourt 0-5, 3 K’s

The Mets bats will get another look at Ervin Santana who is wrapping up his first campaign with the Braves. On the season he is 14-9 over 29 games and 185.1 innings with a 3.74 ERA. After back to back poor starts to open up September allowing 10 runs, 9 earned over 11.0 innings in his last outing he allowed only 2 ER over 6.0 innings. He is 2-1 over 3 games against the Mets with a 2.05 ERA over 22.0 innings, 15 hits and 5 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Braves:

  • Granderson 12-49, 2 2B, 5 HR
  • Abreu 4-16
  • Murphy 5-12, 2 2B
  • E Young 3-9
  • d’Arnaud 2-9, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

 

Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The Mets can still keep the dream alive tonight of reaching .500 at the end of the season. Last night they won the series opener 5-0 and while they were still eliminated from the Wild Card chase, they now need to go 7-1 for the rest of the season and reach mediocrity. Last night also saw Duda hit his 28th homer of the season, giving him 8 more games two hit two more for 30!

Jon Niese gets the start tonight, on the season he is 8-11 over 28 games, 175.0 innings with a 3.55 ERA. He only made one mistake in his last outing, a pitch that turned into a two run homer in the 7th inning, but that was enough for the Nationals who eventually won 3-0. Overall in his last two starts he has allowed 3 ER over 13.2 innings. He has allowed 4 ER over 13.0 innings against the Braves in 2014, but still has found himself at 0-2 against them. The Braves have the following numbers vs Jon:

  • Freeman 1-=34, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Heyward 9-28, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • J Upton 9-20, 2B
  • C Johnson 6-18, 2 2B
  • Simmons 5-15, 2B
  • Laird 5-10, 2 2B
  • BJ Upton 1-9, 5 K’s

The Mets bats will get yet another look at Mike Minor, who is 6-11 this season year 144.1 innings, 24 starts with a 4.74 ERA. He is coming off a rough start against Texas where he allowed 5 ER and 8 hits over 4.2 innings, which ended a streak of 6 good starts that saw him pitch 41.2 innings with a 2.59 ERA. He is 1-0 in three starts against the Mets this year posting a 3.44 ERA over 18.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Tejada 8-24, 2 2B
  • Duda 7-22, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 3-21, 2 2B, HR
  • Granderson 4-15, HR
  • Lagares 4-14, 2B
  • d’Arnaud 2-8, 2 2B

Lets Go Mets!