Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Let’s face it…
We’ve had four basic things to be happy about this season… Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard, the league leading bullpen, and our genuine most valuable player candidate, Yoenes Cespedes.
For those of you that are stat dead… Yo is tied for first in the National League in home runs, leads the league in runs batted in, leads the league in slugging percentage, and leads the league in OPS.
Everybody’s coming up with their theories regarding what’s wrong with Matt Harvey these days. Here’s
Eno Sarris/ Fangraphs with his thoughts –
He is down in velocity, but maybe not as much as Harper was reporting. Down more than a mile per hour (94.0 from 95.2), and a little bit further down in yesterday’s disasterpiece against the Nationals (93.5). We’ve got it. High fives all around. Velocity loss! Except. He’s had four games this year that were within a half mile per hour of last year’s pace, and his game against the Padres on May 8th featured a 94.9 mph velocity that was nearly flush with 2015’s numbers. Except. His loss in velocity is not too far off the normal loss a starter would see from the ages of 26-27 years old. After yesterday’s game, he’s probably two-tenths or three-tenths worse than average, and it seems crazy to blame all of this on that much velocity loss. Except. Mike Fast once told us how much a tick on the gun is worth! A loss of a mile per hour on the gun should be worth about 0.26 runs allowed per nine innings.
Mack – There’s much more in the article… check it out.
The Hardball Times on Bartolo Colon -
On that Wednesday, July 18, 2007, Colón faced the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, for that was still their name. And in the fourth inning, Bartolo walked two batters in a row. First B.J. (now Melvin Jr.) Upton worked a full count before drawing ball four. Then Carlos Peña walked on four pitches. The next batter was Delmon Young, who singled on a 3-1 count.
Since that moment, Colón has thrown over 1,070 innings. He’s vanished from the league and returned again. Mad Men and Breaking Bad have started and finished. And in all that time, in literally the entire major-league career of Evan Longoria, Colón did not issue two walks in a row again until May 18, 2016.
Let that sink in for a moment. The last time Bartolo Colón had issued back-to-back walks, current Mets ace was 14 years old.
Mack – This is also the first year Mack’s Mets existed on this platform. Wow.
About Binghamton’s upcoming name change -
“I don’t have a problem with the name change, but the names are absurd,” said Dave Scull, 68, a retired software engineer who has been a season-ticket holder since the team came to town.
Scull said that among the fans he had talked to, the reaction was “100 percent negative.” Though he does not like any of the names, Scull said that, if pressed, he would go with Bullheads. But he complained that the bullhead fish and the turkey that inspired Gobblers are prevalent throughout the Northeast, not just in the Binghamton region.
“The choices seem really odd,” said Andy Papaleo, the 34-year-old owner of a D.J. company who has followed the team since boyhood. “They say they are a part of Binghamton history; I’ve lived there all my life, and I’ve never heard any of these terms.”
Mack – The Binghamton Stud Muffins? Really?