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Mets Finally Listening To What Everyone Told Them Over A Month Ago

It doesn’t matter who is the General Manager or the manager. The Mets always want to tell everyone else they are wrong, and they are smarter than you. There is plenty of history on this front during the Wilpon Era.

Steve Phillips told us Alex Rodriguez was a 24 and 1 player. So, instead of pursuing A-Rod, he signed Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Kevin Appier, and Steve Trachsel to try to improve the team. When that didn’t work, he made a series of questionable moves over the ensuing two years which somehow led to Roger Cedeno being a center fielder. Ultimately, Bobby Valentine was fired, and he was not too far behind.

There were plenty of decisions past that point. The most recent example was Terry Collins‘ insistence that Michael Conforto was a platoon bat because he was a young left-handed hitter the team had no time to develop because they were trying to win. Somehow this led to Matt Reynolds making a start in left field despite never having played the position in his life.

Now, we are in the era of Brodie Van Wagenen and Mickey Callaway, and things remain the same way.

With Dominic Smith jumping out of the gate hitting well, Pete Alonso showing no signs of being overwhelmed as a rookie, and the team’s questionable outfield depth, everyone said it was time for Smith to get reps in the outfield again. Everyone included Mets hitting coach Chili Davis. The Mets scoffed at the idea and instead insisted it was better for Smith to be a younger version of Julio Franco or Lenny Harris.

The Mets gave up Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn in a deal which helped bring them Edwin Diaz. There were big games early in the season where the team needed their closer to go more than four outs. That was all the more the case with Jeurys Familia‘s struggles. But no, we were told Diaz is just a three out pitcher who was to be saved for save chances only.

To begin the season, Jacob deGrom had no consistency with the catchers behind the plate. That became more of an issue with Wilson Ramos not hitting or framing. Given how deGrom has reached Greg Maddux like status with this team, the strong suggestion was to make Tomas Nido his personal catcher as deGrom was the one pitcher who could easily overcome his lack of offense, especially with Nido’s pitch framing. Instead, the Mets said deGrom was not pitching well enough to warrant a personal catcher.

J.D. Davis was atrocious at third base. In fact, by DRS, he was the worst third baseman in the Majors. With him clearly not suited to the position, everyone said to the Mets they should at least try Davis in left field. It wasn’t until the Mets literally had no other choice that it would happen.

And that’s where we are now. The Mets are under .500 and in third place. Callaway’s job has seemingly become tenuous. Conforto and Brandon Nimmo are on the IL while Jeff McNeil is dealing with an abdominal issue. Justin Wilson is on the IL, and Familia just had another poor performance. Suddenly, the Mets, who knew better than everyone, suddenly don’t anymore.

Now, Smith will get reps in left field, and Davis can start playing out there more. Diaz can pitch more than three outs when the situation merits. Nido will now be deGrom’s personal catcher. Of course, the Mets waited a long time to finally admit they actually don’t know better than everyone. The question now is whether they waited too long.

Fortuantely, the Mets finally listened to everyone. Now, the goal is to finally get through to them that everyone else is indeed smarter than they are and that the Yankees financial model is sustainable. In fact, it could be sustainable for the Mets as well if they were willing to try.

4 thoughts on “Mets Finally Listening To What Everyone Told Them Over A Month Ago”

  1. oldbackstop says:

    Everyone said that? Smith is better suited to pinch hitting or starting?

    As a sub this year he is slashing: .364/.517/.545/1.063
    Wow! Get him as a starter! Somewhere! Anywhere!

    As a starter he is slashing .222/.300/.278/.578.
    Wow! Get that guy to Syracuse!

    How about 2018?

    As a starter he slashed .198/.224/.397/.621
    As a sub he slashed .364/.417/.545/.962 (the EXACT same .364, interestingly)

    How about 2017?

    As a starter: .186/.254/.348/.602
    As a sub: .500/.500/1.667/2.167

    Small samples? Yes. Tiny. But you are arguing based on 40 at bats….less, if you claim you have been all along.

    Smith has had a negative dWAR every year….and that is at first base. He will be a disaster in LF. His highest and best use is a bat off the bench for Nido or Lagares.

    Smith is not batting .380 anymore. He is sinking rapidly….,300 today, and with one home run. Pretty soon he will likely be down to something like his career numbers…he is an 0-5 away from looking very mediocre. Here is his trend:

    April 28: .400
    May 14: .344
    May 19: .289

    We don’t “need” his bat as a starter, and we sure as hell don’t need him in left field when in a week we will have six or seven better options.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Smith needs more playing time. He’s a good player who can be better with playing time.

  2. Oldbackstop says:

    Smith came into the year with a .210 career batting average. He had a few hot weeks to start 2019.

    You know what his batting average is since April 14? .208

    He can have all the playing time he wants in Syracuse. He shouldn’t be taking playing time from better players.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      You can’t draw meaningful conclusions about Smith’s stats. It’s too small a sample size.

      As for Smith, he’s definitely one of the best 25 players, and I’d still bet on him being the best first baseman.

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