Comment From Dave - The Miami Marlins- finishing right around .500 or finishing in a Wild Card spot?
Jeff Sullivan: .500
Mack – I agree. I see Miami finishing third in the NL-East behind the Nats and Mets, and ahead of the Braves and Phillies (in that order). Their starting rotation is both too young and still unhealthy to generate more than a .500 record.
Comment From Scott - Does Dillon Gee ever get traded? If so, what is his trade value?
Jeff Sullivan: Yes, quite low!
Mack – Yeah, I agree. It’s not like five teams are fighting over him right now a la Hamels. He’s 40-34, 3.91, in 106-G, 103-ST, and no one wants the 28-year old. Amazing
Comment From Alex - Who will be the Mets best starting pitcher this season?
Jeff Sullivan: Harvey
Mack – If this proves true, this could be the additional 10 wins alone that Sandy Alderson was talking about the other day.
From Chris/tpgMets - Just taking a look at the projected 2015 25-man vs. where they were early in the season last year. At this point looks like 10 replacements….
Pitchers: Harvey, deGrom, Edgin, Black, Gilmartin replace Germen, Rice, Valverde, Lannan, Farnsworth
Hitters: Flores, Cuddyer, Campbell, Mayberry, Nieuwenhuis replace Davis, E Young, C Young, Brown, Quintanilla
Mack – You know, when you look at it this way, I can easily see 10 more wins this season.
The important thing here is the subtractions don’t include any ex-super star Mets that have either retired or been traded away.
On the other side, neither do the additions.
But, you match these names up against each other and it is a definite improvement.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced a partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association to promote education, address the needs of children with disabilities, and combat domestic violence in the Dominican Republic. Dominican MLB players Pedro Martinez, 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame electee; Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers All-Star outfielder; and Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins All-Star pitcher, lent their support to the new alliance and the importance of giving back to their communities. - http://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/feb-2-2015-usaid-mlb-baseball-players-promote-education-dominican-republic
Mack – This is good stuff. No one has received less education than the kids that play baseball in both the Dominican and in Venezuela. Any addition efforts here will be a hell of a lot more than what was done in the past.
Comment From bearproof - More innings this year, Rodon or Syndergaard?
Paul Swydan: Rodon, simply because I don’t trust the Mets because they’re a bunch of morons. Also, they have more starting pitcher candidates than do the White Sox.
Mack – Hey Swydan, don’t mince your words. Tell us how you feel.
As you all recently seen I did rank Syndergaard over Matz as my top prospect pitcher, but I had him #2 overall to 2B Dilson Herrera. I just feel that, after seeing Herrera handle himself at his young age last year in Queens, I think he will be more successful at his position that Syndergaard will be as a starter.
Don’t get me wrong… I like Thor and Matz, but in a rotation that would also include Harvey, Wheeler, and deGrom, I see them fighting it out for SP4 and SP5.
Comment From MetsFaithful5 - If Wright posts a 5.5-7 war season (so a rebound season; his other worst year- 2011, he also played with an injury) in 2015; Are the Mets an 86+ win team?
Dave Cameron: I don’t think so.
Mack – I disagree. A combination of Wright posting a 5+ WAR, plus the return of Harvey, should get this team (at least) to 86+ wins.
I saw that the Chicago Cubs are interested in signing LHP RP Pedro Felicano to a minor league contract. I never understood why the Mets threw this guy twice to the wolves, the last time at the end of the 2013 season, after holding his own in Queens (25-G, 4.09) and excelling in Binghamton (14-G, 1.29).
I know there are 3,496 relievers penciled in for Las Vegas right now, but Pedro is a proven lefty and wouldn’t kill the Mets to invite him to camp (via a minor league invite) to see if he has anything left.
I’m just saying…