6/25/15

Morning Report

33 comments


I just checked in before going to rehab this morning and see something happened to prevent Chris from posting this morning.

I will be back around 11:15am and get something up on the site then.

Until then, feel free to post your thoughts on this post.

Mack

33 comments:

Ernest Dove said...

Since no hitting the Mets, Chris Heston has had two starts:
10 2/3 innings
14 hits
5 ER
..........carry on...........

Thomas Brennan said...

In the "Grasping At Straws" department, Johnny Monell continues to make contact and picked up a hit. Decker is 3 for 22 with a bunch of K's so far in AAA. Did Monell help them win? Not this game, but Recker would have made it a Brewer 2 hitter.

Give Monell a real chance. Recker has had his.

Thomas Brennan said...

I forgot to mention "awful".

An autopsy of virtually every Met losing streak would likely show an extreme lack of hitting. This team's 7 game losing streaks never involve the team scoring an average of 5 runs while allowing 10. Ownership NEEDS to take this seriously. Every year, there is a team losing streak plunge into an abyss due to a severe lack of hitting in the streak. A methodology of building an offense with different, more offense-producing formula is essential.

bob gregory said...

Remember when:

2013 was supposed to be a year that showed improvement?

2014 was THE year?

2015 was really THE YEAR?

Reese Kaplan said...

As bad as the Mets have been (playing .400 ball since the streak ended), the Brewers for the year are playing at .370. Yet the Mets still can't win...

Zozo said...

This ownership group will never put us over the top. I blame them and them only!!!
I have question for you all, since I am solo tired of talking about our cheap owners, would you trade Matt Harvey for Joc Pedersen and either Seager or Urias?
I would think they could get Urias as the second player not Seager, but I would do either of those two trades. How bout you guys?

bob gregory said...

There is a big flaw in "The Plan" starting with the ballpark.

Large field dimensions does not require premium pitching to pitch in.
It does require good fielding and very good, high avg, line drive hitting offense.

Small parks like Yankee stadium require more power pitching and the offensive numbers will rise because of the dimensions.

Ernest Dove said...

@Zozo

The Dodgers don't have to make that trade. Their ownership group will simply give them the green light to buy a new arm if they need it and keep their young studs.

Thomas Brennan said...

Bob, as I wrote 100 times (I'm sure Mack will say it's more like 150), they did not move the fences in enough in the off-season.

Shorter fences would have added a few more homers or doubles for the hitters. When you nickel and dime in almost all your position player acquisition and retention decisions, you get lesser quality hitters overall. So don't also give them an above-average park to hit homers in, and make it worse.

I'd have eliminated the remaining outward dip down the right field line and also made dead center 400 or 402.

Zozo said...

I would say if there team has to come down to earth one of these days. Plus the Black Knoght of Chavez Ravine is kind of catchy?
Or how bout and Addison Russell and Soler deal for the Black Knight of the Windy City

eraff said...

Tom...the field isn't too Big...The players are too Small

Thomas Brennan said...

While the Mets went 13-3, they averaged 4.43 runs per game. In the 57 games since they have averaged 3.37. That has slid them to 27th. White Sox are dead last and averaging 3.39 RPG this year.

The crosstown team, which has zero tolerance for fielding a poor scoring team, has 87 more runs than the Mets. Same story virtually every single year. Yanks are 25 slots higher in runs scored (#2) than the Mets, too.

It is unacceptable. Different reasons every year, same anemic result.

Thomas Brennan said...

Eraff you are right about the players being too small.

But the difficult dimensions and ball carry make it worse.

Yanks have "bigger" players aided by easier dimensions and ball carry. The Yanks know the formula for offensive success. Another team's owners do not. Fans love teams that win and teams that score.

Mets do neither, and so the bargain ticket offers begin.

Dallas said...

Anyone notice our old buddy Justin Turner? Playing better than any Met position player (by far). 13th in the NL in WAR. .967 OPS and a .323 batting average. Happens to play 3rd base and some other infield positions. I didnt think he was an everyday player but was a pretty solid bench piece when he was here. Anyways just adds a little to the frustration when you let guys go for nothing that end up being pretty darn good.

Is Cuddyer worse than Chris Young? Its hard to believe that the Mets only real offensive change (unless you count Mayberry...) was to sign a 36 year old injury prone out fielder whose numbers were inflated by Coors field and had subpar defense while giving up our first round pick. Its looking like Sandys worse move to date with the misplayed balls and the Ground into double plays. I'm sure he would have more GIDP if people got on base in front of him.

Campbell is just really really really bad. He is worse and cheaper version of Cuddyer. Seems like a nice guy but brutal to watch play.

Anyone else look at the lineup yesterday and just say "nope"? That was me. I listed to the last inning on my radio but glad I didnt invest time in that. Probably limit my watching to Harvey/Degrom/Syndergaard starts because they at least give me a little hope...

Mack Ade said...

Hey guys... back.

I haven't heard from Chris, but I'll figure this out by Monday. The worse thing is I will come back and you'll have to live with my Morning Reports 7 days a week.

We'll just use this one today ans today's report.

I think we are all on the same page that this is going to be a painful remainder of the year. The team that is on the field right now just isn't a major league competitive team.

I'm turning the corner guys, starting with tomorrow's post.

I'm moving on to 2016 with the hopes that the best players on the team can return healthy.

Mack Ade said...

Tom -

I'm past thinking about the fences. Both teams play in the same field.

Mack Ade said...

Dallas -

Was there ever any 'official' explanation why the Mets off'd Turner? Did one of the beat reportets ever write something on it? I remember reading somewhere that someone in the Mets organization (TC?) was pissed at him for his laughing and joking around all the time.

Christopher Soto said...

Sorry folks....just got out of the hospital....might've torn my rotator during my adult league baseball game last night.

bob gregory said...

Chris.

Do you realize just how fitting that seems to be as a Met fan>??
Not enough of the starting lineup to get injured anymore..... the Met injury bug is sprouting out to the fans....

Best thoughts & wishes to quick recovery

Dallas said...

Did a quick Google search on him. Here is an article from Star-Ledger. I love the end, dont assume its about money.
-----------------
But the Mets drew some attention when they surprisingly included utility infielder Justin Turner among the five players they non-tendered.

On paper, Turner was a competent weapon off the bench. Limited to 86 games last season due to a hamstring injury, he he hit .280/.319/.385. He started games at third base, shortstop, first base, and second base. The versatility and production seemed to be worth the $800,000 he was projected to earn in 2014.

But the front office had grown tired of what they perceived as a lack of hustle and decided to let him go, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person requested anonymity to speak freely on the matter.

When asked about the decision Sunday, Mets manager Sandy Alderson did not address Turner's situation directly.

"Don’t assume every non-tender is a function of money," Alderson said.

Christopher Soto said...

Last night man on 2nd, batter hits a grounder to short. SS makes a clean throw to me at 1st, runner takes off for 3rd.

I wind up to snap a throw To 3rd......something pops and the throw sails into the stands.

Folks......this does not feel nice ....lol

Mack Ade said...

Chris -

Ouch.

Stay away from the Mets doctors.

I sent you an email... would you like me to take back the Morning Report while you heal and concentrate on getting to and from work without having to compile the info needed for the report?

Mack Ade said...

Dallas -

Boy, when Alderson wants to sound arrogant, he really has that down, doesn't he?

Thomas Brennan said...

Feel better, Chris. Next thing you know, one of us will go down with a quad injury. Sympathy pains, or the curse of the Mets?

Can't have too much humor a la J Turner. We need more low key, drab players. Ownership blew it with Turner, big time,

Steve from Norfolk said...

I've come to the conclusion that Alderson is a complete, total asshole. You couldn't pull his head out with a crane.

bob gregory said...

Steve
Welcome aboard.

Dallas said...

Without decimating our cache of young arms (Matz, Thor) and our decent bats in AA, is there much Alderson can do at the moment? I think in an ideal world we agree to take on 100% of any of Colon, Niese, Gee, Cuddyer, Granderson contracts to get back hitting for this year or the future. Those guys arent worth much on their own but if you pay their full contracts you might get some value. I'm a bit saddened by the highly touted Herrera and Plawecki, I hope they just need more seasoning and can still be high value players. Herrera looked so great through every place in the minors. He is still really young at least.

Mack Ade said...

Dallas -

I'm writing a lot about this on Friday and Saturday.

First, you have to decide if you are still going to make a run for it this year (Ha!) or regroup for 2016.

I vote for regroup for a number of reasons.

1. I can shut down Lagares and take care of what is needed and not lose him in 2016

2. I can tone down the innings to deGrom, Syndergaard, and Harvey without any regret.

3. I also would contact GMs that have an excess of infield prospects (Cubs, Arizona, etc.) that they can have either Thor or Matz if they also took on the contract of Granderson.

4. I could put Colon, Murphy, Mayberry out on the open market and get what I could

bob gregory said...

Mack

Please don't lessen the value of return for Matz and Thor by linking them to a Granderson type in any trade.

Mack Ade said...

Bob -

Are you kidding?

What is wrong with getting an infielder like Russell from the Cubs AND get rid of the commitment to Granderson?

You just can't play baseball with pitchers...

bob gregory said...

Mack

The way offense is premium now, I don't know if a team will give up Russell type for Matz /Thor if they have to take a Granderson /Cuddyer bad contract.

I could definitely be wrong.
If they would.......sure, sounds like a good option.

I'm all for exchanging pitching for hitting, especially in Citifield.

Mack Ade said...

Bob -

I have no idea if a team like the Cubs would do this but I would NEVER trade one of my core ++ starters even up unless I could clear a contract.

I'd go to my grave playing games like today.

Steve from Norfolk said...

Ceceliani plays a good CF - enough to do the job and let Lagares get his surgery. OR...Gomez and Segura for one of our ++ pitchers if you want to try for this year.

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