Next week’s schedules for the Mets and Nats could determine the outcome of the season.
They will go up against each other for three games starting Monday (Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, and Jacob deGrom are scheduled to pitch in Washington. The Mets then move on the Atlanta for four games on the road through Sunday.
The Nats will have off on Thursday and then travel to Miami for three games to end the week.
It’s not too early to look ahead to 2016 regardless of how this team finishes this season. There are currently 32 players on the expanded September ’25-man’ roster, however, eight of them (Bartolo Colon, Yoenis Cespedes, Tyler Clippard, Daniel Murphy, Juan Uribe, Eric O’Flaherty, Bobby Parnell, and Kelly Johnson) are not under a current 2016 contract and are scheduled to hit the free agent market. So is Jerry Blevins, who is on the DL.
In addition, recent September additions like Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Eric Young, Jr., Eric Campbell would be considered longshots to make their way back to the 25-man squad.
So, where does this leave us?
Pitchers (starters) – (5) Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Jonathan Niese, Noah Syndergaard
Pitchers (relievers) – (5) Jeurys Familia, Sean Gilmartin, Eric Goeddel, Hansel Robles, Carlos Torres
Catchers – (2) – Travis d’Arnaud, Kevin Plawecki
Infield – (5) Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Ruben Tejada, David Wright, Dilson Herrera
Outfield – (4) Michael Conforto, Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares,
That’s 21 players with four opening day openings… probably a 5th outfielder, a utility infielder, and two relievers.
There are others that remain on the disabled list and may or may not have a future on this team… pitchers Buddy Carlyle, Josh Edgin, Jack Leathersich, Zack Wheeler, and Rafael Montero… and infielder Wilfredo Tovar.
Lastly, Las Vegas could possibly supply Dario Alvarez, Darrell Cecilliani, or Brandon Nimmo to fill one or more of these slots.
Talent wise, this team would be greatly diminished from the one being put on the field this month. The secret once again will be a healthy rotation. If Montero can bounce back and be the spot starter/long man needed, followed by a healthy Wheeler around July, the Mets could easily dominate this division just through their starters.
Hitting wise, you have five potential players that can hit 20+ home runs a year…
Wright, Duda, Flores, d’Arnaud, Conforto. Add 15+ for Cuddyer and Herrera. What you don’t have is the ‘Cespedes factor’ that glues the lineup together.
Barry asked –
Morning sir. Hope things are well with you! Can I ask a non Mets question to flavor up this Friday's blog? If you could go back thirty years what would you do differently?
I am truly interested and know I can learn from your wisdom. Thanks in Advance
Mack – Wow, where do I start?
Well, first thing first… 30 years ago three of us sold an AM/FM radio station combo that we had bought a few years before that for $1mil, for $4.4mil cash. We took that money and pissed it all away in a purchase of two radio stations in the Florida panhandle. If I could go back, I would take my $560K payout from the original deal, walk away, buy AOL stock, and… well, you get the picture.
Secondly, I would have taken these 30 years to remain in the broadcasting industry, but as a manager in an established broadcast company rather than an arrogant independent owner. I would have worked for a company that could supply me a long term health plan, 401K, and stock options if they were to go public. Everyone eventually did back then and those that had this stipulation built into their contracts, became instantly rich. Speaking of contracts, I would never have worked for anyone again without an iron clad contract approved by mu attorney, not theirs.
And lastly, but most importantly, I would have spent more time with my wife and family. I had already quit drinking/partying 30 years ago, but I still spent too much time away from my primary duties as a husband and father. I missed so many dance recitals and school nights because I thought it was more import to out to dinner with a client or travel to another city for a business meeting (what we used to call golf outings).
Hope this answered your question.