I was still attending to my 85-year old mother-in-law down in Florida on Sunday so I sort of mailed in Monday’s report on my 10 predictions for the season, rather that mention anything that happened on Sunday night.
One of the ten points I made was –
I think that 2016 will continue the sad, long journey of decline in David Wright’s game. It won’t have reached the ‘Tiger Woods pulling out of The Masters’ stage yet, but it will become quite obvious that the Mets are going to have to look elsewhere for someone to play third base in 2017.
Yeah, I know, Sunday was only one game, but he was lost out there, both with his bat and a slow attempt to throw out a bunt that has always been a trademark Wright play. Forget the slide to first. That slows up the chances for a safe call, No, Wright didn’t get to the ball as quick as was needed and as quick as he has over the many years he has turned this play.
I’m sorry I’m right here. My nickname given to me by teammates was’Clete’ (for Clete Boyer). This too was my premier play and I know how deep one must play this kind of play if you want to be successful against a premier bunter.
But, tell you what. Let’s give him the bunt play and get back to the strikeouts. Wright was totally outclassed the entire night 0-4, 2-K, 4-LOB.
Like I said… only one game… but this could be a big problem this year.
I would monitor this very closely if I was Terry and Sandy and I would begin a subtle drop out of the top five slots in the lineup if thigs don’t turn around by the end of, let’s say, April.
We could at least give a man that has done so much for out team April, right?
The Las Vegas AAA roster was announced total –
Starters (4) - Rafael Montero, Seth Lugo, Gabriel Ynoa, Sean Gilmartin
Relievers – (9) - Paul Sewald, Josh Smoker, Dario Alvarez, Zack Thornton, Chase Huchingson, Eric Goeddel , Stolmy Pimentel, Chasen Bradford, Jeff Walters
Catchers (3) - Johnny Monell, Nevin Ashley, Jeff Glenn
1B (1) - Marc Krauss
2B (2) - Dilson Herrera, Danny Muno
SS (2) - Gavin Cecchini, Matt Reynolds
3B (1) - T.J. Rivera
OF (4) - Brandon Nimmo, Roger Bernadina, Ty Kelly, Travis Taijeron
Two of the ‘missing here (and could show up in Binghamton) are SP Robert Gsellman and RP Akeel Morris.
We should have Binghamton’s roster before that night’s game who should have a killer infield of Dominic Smith, LJ Mazzilli, Amed Rosario, and Jeff McNeil.
The Mets released P Brian McMinn.
OF Desmond Lindsay will not play opening day for Columbia, suffering from leg issues and a possible concussion after being beans recently.
RHP Matt Blackman hit the DL with fracture in the right elbow.
It’s funny… I was researching for my next Sunday mock draft analysis and I ran across Jim Callis’ 2015 mock draft. Here’s who he had for the fourth pickin the –
4. Cubs: Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State
The Cubs covet pitching, but if Aiken and Rodon aren't available, they likely will take a position player over Kolek or Nola. The Cubs would bypass Jackson to take Olympia High (Orlando, Fla.) shortstop Nick Gordon if they consider only talent. They're also mulling a discounted deal with one of four college position players, then using the savings to sign pitchers taken later in the Draft. Conforto and Kennesaw State catcher Max Pentecost are higher in Chicago's pecking order than Indiana catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber and North Carolina State shortstop Trea Turner.