I started to write this post mid-week and, I have to tell you, the final product is nowhere near how it first started.
I wrote (with the last Pirates and Cubs series etched in my brain) that the team was going through quite a dry patch, with a dash of disappointment, from both our team and its players. I also said that I wasn't quite sure if this team was going to survive this season and we may once again have to look to the future for projected success.
And then the team went home and played the Phillies.
Our series against Philadelphia showed all of us that you can still win ballgames with decent pitching and timely hitting. Wilmer Flores seems to be blossoming into a legitimate star right in front of our eyes and let's all remember he's still only 23-years old.
Let's also remember he's 6-3 and most 6-3 shortstops that have potential 25+ home run ability are projected to wind up on third base as their careers blossom.
Forget the negativity about his defense (or lack of it). Flores could easily become the third baseman in a future infield of Lucas Duda at 1B, Dilson Herrera at 2B, and Amed Rosario or Gavin Cecchini at SS (my guess Rosario).
This would also give you projected 20 home runs at second base.
(I wrote about this a number of times in the past. Only Lucas Duda projected as a 30+ home run hitter, but many... Herrera, Flores, Wright, d'Arnaud, Granderson, Cuddyer) project for 20+. That's how this team has been built)
I have a question about this 6-man rotation thing. What if one of these guys gets injured. Does the team return to a 5-man rotation or do they call up Steven Matz and keep the 6-man thing going? You can't just keep changing the bullpen routines that these guys have to throw so I ask again... is this how Matz gets on this team?
The recent promotion of SP Robert Gsellman from St. Lucie to Binghamton... while, at the same time, John Gant was sent back to Lucy to work on his game tells me two things.
One, it looks like the promotions have begun and, more importantly, the Mets don't seem to be afraid to move players aside so others who have been more successful can pass them by.
Gant seemed to be caught up in the kiss of death of jumping two levels at once... remember Mark Cohoon?
The good news here you might see openings soon created for both Savannah's Casey Meisner and Brad Weick in St. Lucie, by sending a couple of their starters to the A level.