Mike Delcos takes a close look at the Mets early 2016 schedule –
Mack – Delcos says this is bad news, but, for the hell of it, let’s look a little deeper:
Kansas City – 2 games – 95-67 – 2 game total - 190 - 134
Philadelphia – 6 games – 63-99 - 6 game total - 378 - 594
Miami – 3 games - 71-91 3 game total - 213 - 273
Cleveland – 3 games – 81-80 – 3 game total – 243 - 240
Atlanta -3 games - 67-95 - 3 game total - 201 - 285
Cincy – 3 games - 64-98 - 3 game total - 192 - 294
S F - 2 games 84-78 - 2 game total - 168 - 156
Total 21 games – 1585 - 1976
Well, I don’t know about you, but the April schedule looks just fine with me, especially since there are three days off between the two Kansas City games, which could lead to all kinds of piggy-back situations coming out of out clubhouse.
The Bleacher Report ranks the Mets as the number one ‘exciting team to watch’ in 2016 –
According to Andrew Simon of MLB.com, the Mets led baseball with 5,346 pitches of 95 mph or more in 2015. Here's a bit of context to explain just how ridiculous that figure is, per Simon: "That's nearly 1,000 more pitches than the second-place [Cleveland] Indians (4,455) and more than double the totals of 14 teams."
When it comes to the starters, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom deserve much of the credit for that impressive feat.
Meanwhile, from the bullpen, Jeurys Familia is the guy who brings the heat. Per the calculations of MLB.com, Familia's sinker averaged 97.32 mph, which explains how he punched out 86 batters in 78 frames.
Mack – These numbers are incredible, but the most incredible is a 97.32 MPH sinker. I said sinker, not fastball. Can you imagine trying to hit this?
And pundits say Familia is going to regress. Well, not if he continues to throw a 97.32 sinker.
The Dude of NY: I forget: do you think the Mets or Nationals have the upper hand in 2016?
Jeff Sullivan: I think the Mets have a slight edge, but I think the two teams are closer than they’re perceived to be. I like the Mets’ depth at the moment, but then I also think the Nationals are more likely to go out and get better, like, say, behind the plate
Mack – I agree with Jeff.
The Nationals are not afraid of either making a change or spending additional money to improve their position. I also think they will be under a tremendous amount of local press/fan pressure to win the division and not repeat what happened in 2015.
It would surprise me if they played the 2016 season with Spencer Kleboom, Jose Lobaton, Wilson Ramos, and Pedro Severino behind the plate.
Paul Swydan Paul Swydan on the 2016 Phillies –
Mack – An interesting article.
Yes, I agree that Philadelphia will not compete in 2016. And I also agree that they will have a lot of young players. But that doesn’t mean they have the right young players.
It simply will take time… maybe the 2016 season… to see if they can compete the following year.