20/20 Hindsight: Finally Back To .500

With the Mets taking 2/3 from the Tigers, the team is finally back to .500 effectively letting them hit the reset button and start anew:

1. The Mets should have swept the Tigers, but it’s hard to complain about winning two out of three and eight of nine, especially after being swept by the Marlins.

2. It won’t last, but with a pair of three run homers in the series, Adeiny Hechavarria is looking like the slugging second baseman Robinson Cano was supposed to be.

3. Wilson Ramos‘ power has returned exactly when the Mets needed. He hit three homers in the series and had four extra base hits against the Tigers after entering the series with just two homers and five extra base hits.

4. On Saturday, Ramos joined with Tomas Nido to hit three homers to carry the Mets offense in the 13 inning win. So far, Nido has been fine as a defensive minded back-up.

5. Todd Frazier is also stepping up. His bunt to beat the shift was almost as amazing as the diving stop he made to save a run. Over his last eight games, he’s hitting .321/.424/.429.

6. The Mets have completely mismanaged their outfield situation.

7. Brandon Nimmo was very hurt, and the Mets response was to drop him in the lineup, not get him checked out.

8. It’s fair to say Keon Broxton didn’t earn playing time, but the team had the chance to get him playing time and reap the rewards the Orioles are. To make it worse, the $500,000 bonus pool money was a nothing return as it needs to be spent by June 15 and any player deserving of the amount has been long signed.

9. That’s not to see there still aren’t players who could surprise. For example, not too long ago, the Mets signed Gerson Molina, who is impressing after not having played baseball in nearly three years.

10. Carlos Gomez is hitting .133. Aaron Altherr followed a homer in his first at-bat as a Met by going 0-for-5 and is now 2-for-36 on the season. Rajai Davis was designated for assignment.

11. As Sandy Alderson and Alejandro De Aza showed, and we’re seeing it again, you can’t completely overreact to the struggles of bench players for almost the sole purpose of throwing some red meat to your fans.

12. As great as it is to see Michael Conforto back, let’s hope he’s actually ready. Given what happened with Ryan Church, Mets fans should be holding their breath with the team flying to Los Angeles.

13. It didn’t work, but bringing in Edwin Diaz in the eighth was absolutely the correct move. It should also be noted with him needing 13 pitches to get that last out, pulling him after the inning was also the correct move.

14. Mickey Callaway pulled all the right strings in the Mets 13 inning victory, and he’s been much better recently.

15. Drew Gagnon deserves a pass for his tough outing. That said, it’s fair to question if he’s ready for that late inning set-up role.

16. Jason Vargas has only gone five innings against the five worst offenses in baseball. This is what an effective long man looks like, not a fifth starter. That’s still better than what Noah Syndergaard did.

17. Syndergaard has been quite mercurial this year, and it might be because of the new ball. He’s talked about having difficulty getting a grip, and if you track it, pitchers who use a slider instead of a curve seem to be disproportionately affected by the new ball.

18. Give Zack Wheeler credit for his ability to put a tough inning or start behind him and still go deep in a game. If he can just find a way to get into a groove the first time through the lineup, he’d be Cy Young material.

19. Seeing Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith play, the Mets should not be 100% convinced Alonso is the guy, especially as Alonso continues to regress.

20. You should take the time to read Nick Francona’s interview with Paul Lukas on Uni Watch, especially today.

0 thoughts on “20/20 Hindsight: Finally Back To .500”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    Vargas had been pulled with less than 90 pitches by Callaway, rarely because he was in trouble. Go tell us what the innings pitched would be for any of the other four starters if they were not allowed to start an inning after 80 pitches.

    Except one start when he was taken out of his regular spot in the rotation and one relief appearance, his first in ten years, Vargas has had a 2.57 ERA.

    If Vargas was given 100 pitches I think he might have the best stats of our staff. His last six starts he has given up 2,1,1,1,3 and 1 run. He has never given up more than four runs in a start — the only Met who can say that — and two of those runs in that start were after he left.

    Vargas pitched over 90 innings rrgularly at the end of last year.

    Vargas has a contract bonus based on innings pitched. I am finally exhausted to dream up any other reason while he is continually pulled to have relievers blow up his fine starts.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Vargas has a 9.5 H/9, 4.6 BB/9, and 1.568 WHIP. He needs around 90 just to get onto the fifth.

      He’s not going deep into games because he can’t. It’s not due to incentives or any other reason you can conjure.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        I can’t type slow, so try reading slow

        The other four starting pitchers have combined for 41 starts with over 100 pitches.

        Vargas hasn’t had one start where he was given more than 89.

        This is by no means relatable, looking at the game logs, to how he was performing when taken out.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          I read what you said. Now compare ages, abilities, and where those other pitchers are through 89 pitches.

          It’s certainly not the fourth or fifth, at least not on a routine basis.

  2. oldbackstop says:

    Last five starts. ERA, record, team record, total innings, earned runs:

    Vargas 2.74 ERA, 0-2, 3-2 team record, 23 IP, earned runs 7
    DeGrom 3.70 ERA 1-2, 2-3 team record, 30 IP, earned runs 12
    Syndergaard 3.57 ERA, 3-2 team record, 35 IP, earned runs 14
    Matz 5.64 ERA, 2-3, 2-3 team record, 22.1 IP, earned runs 14
    Wheeler 4.19 ERA, 2-1, 3.2 team record, 34 IP, earned runs 16

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Can you do this but from the 2017 All Star Break?

      1. oldbackstop says:

        You are the guy with the blog that kept calling him the worst starter in baseball. Dig your own way out. Add on September when he was 5-1. Or go back to the ’80s if it can cover your embarrassment.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          If you can’t pitch five innings, you’re a terrible starting pitcher.


          No excuses.

          1. Oldbackstop says:

            And if the manager keeps pulling you short of that when you are cruising with pitches in the low 80s, then no one with a lick of baseball sense can opine you are a “terrible” pitcher.

            Plus….you are using an arcane measurement. Pitchers used to go nine, than 8 now, maybe, 7, but 6 is ok. You have 13 man bullpens and teams like Tampa didn’t even have starters last year, they had openers that would go a few innings, and they won 90 games.

            What matters is the runs you give up when you are startinh a game. And Vargas is perhaps our best guy at that if you go back 15-20 games.

            Since you are so far out on this suicidal limb, run the numbers yourself. Whate are the five starts ERAs in their last 15 starts?

            Or you can just keep talking out your ass about Vargas being the worst starter in baseball. Also an option.

            You love Dominic Smith, but he is only averaging 1.3 PAs per game played. We need a first baseman who can get deeper into games.

            See how f#$_&-! stupid that sounds?

          2. metsdaddy says:

            Yes, it is incredibly stupid to compare position players to starters who cannot even go deep enough into games to get a win.

  3. David Klein says:

    Your comments on Alonso continue to be comical

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Guess you stopped watching midway through April

  4. oldbackstop says:

    Rather than campaigning against Alonso, maybe you can start a petition to kill Santa?

    To use your logic with Vargas, in 43 games Smith has only managed 58 plate appearances. We need a first baseman who can get deep into games.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      There’s no campaign against Alonso. I’m merely advocating for who I believe is the better player.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        Smith is averaging 1.2 plate appearances per at bat. We need a guy who can give us at least six innings or he is terrible.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Your defense of Vargas not doing the job a starting pitcher is supposed to do is just plain bizarre.

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