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20/20 Hindsight: First Place Mets Sweep Marlins

After the Mets swept the Marlins, they’re now 5-1 and in first place as they come home for their home opener. Here’s the 20/20 observations from the last series:

  1. When Pedro Martinez compared Jacob deGrom to himself, you got the perfect comparison to just how dominant deGrom is right now. Although we can be sure the Dodger loving Wilpons think Sandy Koufax (either way you take it).
  2. With deGrom pitching great with Wilson Ramos on Opening Day and Tomas Nido yesterday, we’re seeing giving any credit to Devin Mesoraco was nonsense. Moreover, we’re seeing how better catchers help produce better results.
  1. In addition to their producing well on the field so far, it’s great to see Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith cheering for one another. Since late last year, and perhaps before that, they were adversaries as far as the future of first base was concerned. They rose above it to show they’re better people than they are players.
  2. While we believe Juan Lagares‘ extension was a mistake, there’s no doubt he impacts the game when he’s on the field. In the series, we saw him hit a game tying homer, and with his hustle, he reached base even on outs. He’s already at a 1 DRS, and he’s flashing his arm again. He’s potentially a difference maker.
  3. When the Mets traded Ross Adolph, Scott Manea, and Luis Santana, they paid a hefty price for J.D. Davis. It’s becoming increasingly clear, he’s not going to hit well or play good defense. As a result, each game the Mets force him into the lineup only serves to make a bad situation worse.
  4. On Davis, do yourself a favor and don’t look at the Astros 1B/DH situation.
  5. While it was nice to see Luis Guillorme finally get into a game, he needs to see more action, especially with Davis playing his way to a demotion.
  6. It’s very cool to see Yoenis Cespedes‘ brother Yoelkis regarded as one of the top Cuban prospects available. Here’s hoping the Mets can find a way to add him to the organization.
  7. The schadenfreude seeing the Yankees follow a Mets-like offseason with a series of Metsian injuries (CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Troy Tulowitzki, Jacoby Ellsbury) is off the charts.
  8. With respect to Brandon Nimmo, it was shocking to see him not get a day after getting hit on the hand. Even if he was alright, with him scuffling, it made sense to give him the extra day.
  9. Mickey Callaway‘s handling of the bullpen in the series was both bad and dangerous. He pushed a Luis Avilan, a LOOGY with a history of shoulder injuries, to try to pitch two innings. He also pushed Seth Lugo to try almost 40 pitches despite his being ill. That’s how you make two laughers nail biters.
  10. That said, Robert Gsellman needs to be better. It was his performance which led to Callaway needing to turn to Edwin Diaz for the save.
  11. Even with the struggles from the rest of the pen, the Mets are more than alright with Diaz, Jeurys Familia, and Justin Wilson ready to go 7-8-9 to close out a win.
  12. If the Mets can’t trust Jason Vargas to go more than five innings against the worst team in baseball when the bullpen is short, why is he in the rotation, especially when Dallas Keuchel is still a free agent.
  13. With the Mets not trusting Vargas, we need to keep a close eye on Anthony Kay who impressed in Spring Training and will be the Opening Day starter for Binghamton today.
  14. It was hard to tell on TV, but with a large contingent of Mets fans at Marlins Park, is booing Peter O’Brien still going to be a thing.
  15. Umpire Ron Kulpa’s behavior was unnecessarily confrontational and unbefitting to the impartiality and temperance we should expect from an umpire. A.J. Hinch was right to confront him, and now it’s time for MLB to confront and potentially begin to suspend umpires who behave this way.
  16. With respect to Ron Darling‘s book, former teammates Dwight Gooden, Kevin Mitchell, and Darryl Strawberry defending Lenny Dykstra doesn’t mean Darling is lying. There’s a lot of room between those players not hearing something and it actually happening even if Oil Can Boyd said he didn’t hear anything.
  17. More troubling than the Darling/Dykstra controversy is Darling saying Bob Murphy would pass out drunk in the clubhouse and saying Gary Carter tried to stuff the All-Star ballots. Dykstra is a man who is all too eager to defend himself. Dead men like Murphy and Carter can’t.
  18. It’s going to be sad to not hear David Wright‘s name announced with the team on Opening Day. It’s not too similar from 2006 when we didn’t hear Mike Piazza‘s name. Hopefully, this will be like 2006 in more ways than one.

6 thoughts on “20/20 Hindsight: First Place Mets Sweep Marlins”

  1. Name Luis Venitucci says:

    “It’s becoming increasingly clear, he’s not going to hit well or play good defense” Why all the hate for Davis after only 6 games? The kid hit for excellent power in the minors..Let him have a chance!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      It’s more than six games. He was terrible in the Majors with the Astros, and in Triple-A he had a high strikeout and ground ball rate which is not an indicator for MLB success.

    2. Arch Castillo says:

      Davis didn’t even make it out of AAA for more than 1/3 of a season until the age of 25 and has been dismal in 200 PAs in the majors. As a subpar corner on defense when the Mets were already well stocked at the corners, Davis brings very, very little to the table. That the Mets dealt away Ross Adolph, Scott Manea, and Luis Santana for him is inexplicable. They didn’t need Davis, and the chances that a guy whose OBP in AA was .337 will do anything of note is about zero.
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      This site actually pre-moderates comments? Someone’s touchy…

      1. metsdaddy says:

        Comments are pre moderated to account for spam and to ensure there’s no hateful language used. It has nothing to do with censoring criticisms directed at me.

  2. Arch Castillo says:

    “With deGrom pitching great with Wilson Ramos on Opening Day and Tomas Nido yesterday, we’re seeing giving any credit to Devin Mesoraco was nonsense. Moreover, we’re seeing how better catchers help produce better results.”

    –This kind of analysis is worthless. The writer needs to learn the basics of statistical significance, and of sample sizes.

    As for the FO, the Mets just unaccountably played Lagares in his 7th consecutive game, when the one thing he has shown he cannot do is remain in the lineup. Nor do the Mets have anything resembling a 5th OFer once Lagares breaks. They won’t have a 4th OF, for that matter. Why they felt the likes of the useful Billy Hamilton was out of their price range as they cornered the market on ancient 2B-3Bman will have to wait for someone’s tell all bio to come out in 2032, and dealing actually useful minor leaguers for JD Davis was almost as foolish as trading away Plawecki for infinitely fungible talent whose upside is AAAA.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      The author, me, is well aware of statistics and sample sizes. In terms of statistics, Mesoraco is a terrible pitch framer, certainly one who is worse than both Ramos and Nido. Really, when you break it down, deGrom gained no advantage in terms of framing runs, nor did he gain on velocity or spin on his pitches due to Mesoraco’s position behind the plate.

      With respect to Lagares, Callaway doesn’t have many other options. As such, playing your best defensive player is justifiable.

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