I wrote this at various times on Saturday and Sunday. It's just some thoughts I had left in my head that didn't make the posts I put up this weekend and would be too dated to wait until next weekend. Thus, I scheduled this after Chris' Morning Report today to add some additional things to discuss.
I'm sure at least one of you is going to spell out the offensive stats for Flores so far this season and, yes, I do believe the grand slam Saturday could turn out to be the spark to get this team back on track, but the fact still remains that he can't play shortstop.
Another of you might point out that Flores and Cecchini are neck and neck in the amount of errors which, in my book means the tie goes to the kid that is at least two years behind in growth rate. Flores should be making the plays now, not be compared with someone playing AA ball.
Make him your utility infiielder/pinch hitter/DH against AL teams and be done with this.
There's nothing the Mets can do about Washington in May. They are the hottest team in the National League this month and the Mets don't play them again until after the All-Star game.
What you can first do is become a Yankees fan on Tuesday and Wednesday and then hope that the Phillies, Cubs, and Reds can slow them down after that series.
A nice target goal would be to win three of the next four against the Cardinals.
Outfield - Folks, you're not going to like what I'm about to write here.
First, the team is contractually tied to using Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer as the corner outfield starters through the 2016 season.
And next... don't look for Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo to be the answer to your outfield problems past that.
The Mets are not going to 'properly' solve at least one of these corner outfield problems unless they step up in the off-season and sign a big time free agent. Another way would be to trade one of their quality young pitchers (Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz) during the second portion of this season, for someone that is currently only signed through the 2016 season. Past that, they cold trade a smaller chip for someone who's contract runs out this season.
And this guy can't be window dressing, like Cuddyer and Granderson.
A good target list would be Justin Upton, Jason Heyward, and, possibly, Alex Gordon. And this kind of move is going to cost the Mets big money, but they will have up to $26.55mil
(Colon: $11mil, Murphy: $8mil, Parnell: $3.7mil, Blevens ($2.4mil, Mayberry: $1.45mil) coming off the books next season. David Wright ought to be able to help you here with Upton, who would be a perfect candidate for a 3-5 year deal.
You put Upton in the same outfield with Lagares, and the same lineup as Wright, Duda, d'Arnaud, and you have vastly improved the offense potential of this team.
You also tell both your fan base and your own young pitching staff that you are going to support what they bring to the table with a signing like this.
Just some thoughts.