Mack’s Morning Report – 3-15-16 – Backup Catcher, Bullpen, Jacob deGrom, David Wright, Spring Report Card
Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
I brought this up in Monday’s comment section. It seems that there are reports out there that the Mets are trying to secure the services of a new backup catcher to fill in on off days for Travis d’Arnaud. This would strengthen my long standing theory that it would be better for the team in the long run to ship out Kevin Plawecki to Las Vegas so he can play there every day.
I assume the Mets are not happy with Johnny Monell at this point which has got to hurt this kid reading these stories while he plays his heart out in camp.
My only other question would be for who. I assume the Mets consider both d’Arnaud and Plawecki future quality major league catchers. There doesn’t seem to be much need for a third so would Alejando De Aza be too much to deal off for this move?
David Lennon gave Jeurys Familia the chance to brag about the 2016 Mets bullpen -
“Right now, the most important thing is the rotation, everybody knows that,” Familia said. “But with the bullpen we have, when the year is over, and we finish as champions, everyone is going to know about the bullpen.”
Mack – I really like the 7-8-9 team of Antonio Bastardo, Addison Reed, and Familia. I would have liked it much more if it was Rafael Montero, Mr. Boogy Man, and Familia, but that’s not going to happen any more.
I worry here. I still need to see one more dominant reliever develop this season.
Former Mets minor leaguer Cory Vaughn has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Mets pitchers Jacob deGrom isn’t having the happiest spring training so far. First, there was the story that leaked out that he hadn’t signed his 2016 contract in protest over not being offered more… then, he missed time last month due to a minor leg injury… and now, his back stiffened up after a bullpen session and he was scratched from his Monday start.
Many of us seasoned Mets fans have in the past uttered ‘and so it begins’ when we start to see a player on the downslope. Let’s hope this isn’t happening here.
Terry Collins sat Ruben Tejada down to talk about trade rumors. Told him nothing he can do, just play
Mack – Maybe Tejada will be dealt for a backup catcher. I just don’t understand why this team just can’t leave things alone right now.
Well, there’s been a Captain sighting.
David Wright played in a minor league game yesterday and went 1-5 (single). He didn’t seem to have any problems either running or playing in the field. I’m surprised they kept him in for five at bats, but whatever. The good news is he seems to be on target for his March 17th debut with the real team.
Rainy Lara got to pitch yesterday on his birthday… 0.2-IP, 4-ER, 54.00… schmikies…
It’s March 15th so it’s a good time to take a long at the team overall.
Frankly, I’m not that impressed at this point.
Yes, the team is ranked ninth in team batting (.283), but their 5.38 ERA ranks them only 23rd in a league of 30 teams. And this is with Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard giving up only one run in 10 innings.
It’s time for the next round of roster trims and many should be pitchers… Duane Below (23.14), Jeff Walters (15.00) and Stolmy Pimentel (8.31) stand out as prime candidates.
One tip of the Mack’s hat goes to Eric Campbell. He’s hitting .313, but, even more importantly, he has a .429 wOBA. In by book, he is sewing up a utility spot especially since he can play first base.