The Morning Report 9.21.2015 | Mets Crash and Burn Against Yanks, Gilmartin the UnSung Bullpen Hero, Cespedes Not Worried About Slump
Posted by Christopher Soto at 8:00 AM
Marc Carig | Newsday- The nightmare unspooled in the most gut-wrenching way possible Sunday night, ripping at the emotions of a fan base still haunted by collapses of long ago Septembers. Here was Harvey, the franchise ace, cruising along with a one-run lead against the Yankees. He had thrown only 77 pitches in five shutout innings. He struck out seven. But he was limited to only five innings. When the time came, he was pulled. The night unraveled from there. It was swift. "It's extremely hard to take him out there," said Collins, who has swallowed his old-school beliefs, all in order to adhere to the innings plan. "It was the perfect storm."
(Chris Soto: Look...last night sucked but honestly you could have foretold it. The 1 weakness for this club right now is that the back end of the bullpen is quite terrible. So when a SP can only go 5 IP, it's gonna force TC to use the weakest part of his pen. Robles was bad and Stauffer, O'Flaherty, and Torres are likely to not even make the playoff roster. So let's not panic folks, and remember the whole point of last night. We needed to see improvement from Matt Harvey heading into the playoffs....and that's exactly what we saw last night....MAJOR improvement.)
Colby Conetta | Amazin Avenue- When the Mets selected Sean Gilmartin in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft, it was assumed that he would become the team's lefty specialist. Throughout the course of the season, though, the Mets brought in other pitchers to handle that duty. Despite these changes, Gilmartin has remained in the pen, becoming Terry Collins's only reliable left-handed reliever. In 49 IP, Gilmartin is sporting a superb 2.76 ERA with a 2.59 FIP and a 8.9 K/9 ratio. Despite his supposed role as a lefty specialist, he is adept at retiring right-handed hitters, too–they've only managed a meager .239 wOBA against him all season, while lefties have mustered a paltry .293.
(Chris Soto: Quite honestly, Gilmartin doesn't get talked about enough. Most Rule 5 draft picks don't stick around as the talent level usually isn't high enough to compete at the MLB level. However, Gilmartin has been the exception to that rule; he's not only held his own....but he's gotten better as the season has progressed. He's doing exactly what a pitcher his age should be doing, developing. All of a sudden, now Sandy Alderson has a strong arm for his bullpen that is under team control for the next 5 years.....Edgin who?)
Bill Baer | NBC Sports- The slugger has only two hits — though both are home runs — in his last 27 plate appearances spanning seven games. He was one of baseball’s most fearsome hitters since joining the Mets at the trade deadline, smoking 17 home runs since the beginning of August. Cespedes was asked by the media about his slump. He got a little deep... “The only thing I’m scared of is death,” he said, then corrected: “I’m not scared of that.”
(Chris Soto: Boy...this slump of his has gotten severely overblown. Players go through peaks and valleys all season long...yet when the new guy has 1 bad stretch...everyone starts freaking out to the point where they are now calling for him to be dropped in the batting order. Take a chill pill folks....most of the club seems to be laboring through some exhaustion towards the end of the season. The club has 7 more games against much weaker opponents before they're next off day...I'll be happy with them taking 4 of them.)