OK, SO WHAT CHANGES ARE COMING? by Tom Brennan
Changes have to be coming today – an embarrassing 3 game sweep at home by the lowly Braves.
When I was a kid, top teams playing the early 1960s Mets ALWAYS killed the Mets, winning 16 of 18 or 15 of 18. A few times, those Mets’ teams won 13 of 18, which was time to pop champagne corks. This team rolls over like a sedated seal against a similarly weak team.
So changes are coming – have to be.
Well, d’Arnaud's coming back unless he develops a hang nail & misses another 2 months.
I’d also advocate for Brandon Nimmo, who's hit .380 with some pop over his last 40 games.
I’d keep Conforto, bench him for a few games until his wrist heals, start the hot Nimmo, and banish de Aza to Mayberry, South Carolina along with John Mayberry Jr.
What else? One writer wrote the following: Is T J Rivera on the disabled list?? Why won’t they bring him up?? I don’t get it. Lifetime .300 hitter wherever he plays - plays 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, LF. Dump Campbell off 40 man roster - he will never be a major league hitter.
Actually, TJ is a lifetime .320+ hitter, with an average above .340 after 2013. He’s added power. He knocks in lots of runs. But this is a team looking for proven solutions, as they hope to return to the World Series…they seem to want to avoid the experiments of last year, when they called up multiple people who failed.
My guess is TJ Rivera would succeed – I have compared him to Jeff Keppinger – and if TJ were at this point last year, he undoubtedly would have been called up already. I just don’t think we’ll see him until September, due to this being a World Series-focused team looking for proven solutions.
Which means (given my track record) that the Mets will probably call TJ Rivera up today, just to make me look stupid.
To which I would reply: GO AHEAD, MAKE MY DAY!