So, for their next act...
Do you think there is any chance that the Mets could now return to my plan of:
1. the starters going 7 innings giving up less than 3 runs
2. the relievers giving up only one run every third game in the 6 innings they will pitch
3. And the Mets scoring 4 or more runs per game
If you can do this, you win... at least... 3 out of the next 4 games for the rest of the season.
You don't need 10 run innings (though they are fun)
You need quality starters... timely hitting... excellent defense... and a little luck.
You've heard this from me countless times.
Let's start tonight with Noah... 7 innings... 2 runs...
My prediction for your next hot hitter... Michael Cuddyer.
And another no error game from the infield...
First, some more pitching bad news. Prospect RHSP Marcos Molina may be on his way to the Tommy John Surgery ward down in the gulf of Florida. Seems Molina's throwing shoulder came up soar while throwing Thursday night and, the assumption, is he has been sent to New York for an MRI. I always try and get updates from St. Lucie about things like this, but they just don't email back.
I have Molina as the #2 pitching prospect (behind Steven Matz) with an 2018 ETA. That was before this injury.
Keep your fingers crossed here. (update - yes, he's on the disabled list)
Brandon Nimmo has also landed himself on the DL. Seems he turned his knee rounding first base or some stupid injury like that. The Mets are sending him to NYC on Monday for an MRI because I guess they don't have any of these machines in Binghamton.
Rotoworld speculated on Thursday that the Washington Nationals want to be in on any discussions of trading SS Troy Tulowitzki. Seems they feel that they have the prospects (A.J. Cole, Reynaldo Lopez, Erick Fedde, Joe Ross) to get this done. Oh, give me a fuckin' break, already. Could this team really have room for anymore all-star talent?
(and while we're on the subject of Washington shortstops, please stay away with any thoughts of signing Ian Desmond in the off-season. I've watched a fair amount of Nats games this season... Wilmer Flores may make better decisions with a glove on his hand than this guy.)
Dave Cameron/Fangraphs said on Friday that the Mets were the favorites in obtaining the services of SS Troy Tulowitzki this season:
Mack – I don’t think you could get both Syndergaard and Matz away from Sandy Alderson for God. Take one of these guys out, throw in someone like catcher Kevin Plawecki, and even let Colorado pick another secondary starter like Luis Cessa or Gabrel Ynoa, and maybe you could get a deal done.
Comment From Marcus Banks - Michael Pineda is the best pitcher in New York City.
Paul Sporer: I’m still taking Matt Harvey over him.
Comment From John - at what point will the analytical community start turning on these “genius” gms like alderson? i mean this mets team is awful. he hasn’t addressed offense in 4 years. He signed way past prime mediocre players to contracts, surrendering draft pics in the process, and doesn’t address anything. Nobody believes Jon Niese or Colon can keep up what their doing, and weve seen the pen start to implode. We knew they weren’t as good as their 11 game win streak, but i cant watch any of these games and think – no it might get better. 5 years of this asshole is enough.
Paul Sporer: Tough crowd. They’re still in first place. I do think Bartolo Colon’s season is perfectly legit. Niese is obviously due regression, but they’ve got hella pitching depth. I’d be thrilled if I were Mets fan right now, tbh. The future is bright.
Comment From Lago - Getting sick of Jacob DeGrom and don’t think he will perform like last year.
Paul Sporer: WHIP is a little high, but nothing else should be making you sick about him. He was sure to regress some from last year.
Mack - It's obvious that Sporer is a big fan of the Mets current rotation. I am also and, frankly, all I would like manager Terry Collins to do is come up with a different plan for the last three innings of each of these games.
The Mets seem to be relatively in control of the vast majority of the games players through the first six innings.
Get two guys up warming up in the 7th inning... one lefty and one righty.
Also, (if you are leading the game), get Ruben Tejada in the game at SS, Kirk Nieuwenhuis out in LF, and Dilson Herrera on 2B (if they aren't already playing there).
Lastly, until David Wright comes back, replace Daniel Murphy at 3B beginning in the 7th inning with Danny Muno (send down a reliever).
Do this every night until the regulars get back.
A great story about the 1962 Mets -