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Appearance On A Metsian Podcast

On Thursday, I had the honor and the privilege of being a guest on A Metsian Podcast. It was a lot of fun and cathartic, and I would hope you would all take a listen by clicking on the link provided.

I’m not sure if this is a reason to entice you to listen, but during the course of the podcast, I personally mentioned or discussed the following Mets players: Tom SeaverJeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Cliff Floyd, Nolan Ryan, Aaron Sele, Jason Vargas, Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Roberto Alomar, Juan Samuel, Jim Fregosi, Bret Saberhagen, Vince Coleman, Noah Syndergaard, Chris Flexen, Paul Sewald, Sean Gilmartin, Darren Oliver, Pat Mahomes, Eric HanholdSteve VillinesCorey OswaltJacob RhameHansel Robles, Stephen NogosekSeth LugoRobert GsellmanDarryl Strawberry, and others. This list is off the top of my head.

Looking at that list, maybe that’s why they haven’t brought me back after my last appearance three years ago when I went on a Daniel Murphy rant.

 

16 thoughts on “Appearance On A Metsian Podcast”

  1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    Good podcast. I’m not sure who said what in this regard, but the Mets can’t be moving Vargas to move Vargas, just because he had the incident with Healey. Trade him and his option (have never heard this mentioned–collective self-defense through memory loss after 2018?) for actual talent, sure, but this franchise has no message to send. No one is going to credit them with doing things differently any more than we would have after Broxton was let go.

    I agree that the entire incident should have been headed and handled differently, but there’s also the small matter that without Vargas they’re down to two actual starters in 2020. Sell high? Absolutely. Deal him to deal him? This team can’t afford to do it. I agree hiring Girardi to manage would send a message, because it means committing to several years of a guy who can push back against the Wilpons–while dealing Vargas won’t send the message that the team is changing direction. It will look like the Broxton move: something done out of pique and frustration.

    Doesn’t matter wrt Girardi, though. The Wilpons aren’t hiring anyone who is going to do other than their bidding.

    Speaking of manager-GM-ownership in-game contact, no sane team should risk it (meaning the Mets very well might), but during games a manager has only a very limited number of moves he can make. A GM is nuts to risk a fine and suspension when he can just do an if-then chart and have his manager follow that chart. Fwiw Callaway does seem slow to react during games. Wouldn’t surprise me if he’s largely following the dictates ownership sets for him ahead of games.

    Bullpen: no reason to sell low on anyone, so keeping all of Diaz-Familia-Lugo-Gsellman-Wilson makes sense. I’d add at least one premium arm and a lot of depth, but there won’t be money for that.

    1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

      btw… “Looking at that list, maybe that’s why they haven’t brought me back after my last appearance three years ago when I went on a Daniel Murphy rant.”

      –This definitely needed a link!

    2. metsdaddy says:

      On Callaway being slow, maybe he’s just waiting for the text message.

  2. LongTimeFan1 says:

    MetsDaddy, you have a lot of work to do to become credible. Focus on cleaning up your print reputation. It’s far better and noble to be accurate and to own up to mistakes when they occur, rather than double down on the same position digging yourself deeper into mess. Your personal opinions have to provide true insight, be rational, unbiased, free from an agenda, fact and eyeball based. You cherry pick minutia over the clear bigger picture to promote an agenda.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Jason Vargas isn’t good.

    2. Oldbackstop says:

      Watch, hw’ll say Jason Vargas isn’t good, os some trite soundbite.

      From my quick figuring, Vargas has an ERA under 3.00 in his last 20 starts.

      And if Davey Johnson in 1986 had told a reporter to shut up and get out of the clubhouse and the reporter ignored him and instead challenged a player if he had anything to say, all 25 players would have beaten him to a pulp. This team needs balls.

      1. metsdaddy says:

        Vargas hasn’t gone five innings in half his starts. That’s a long reliever, not an MLB caliber starter.

        1. Oldbackstop says:

          I get it. I think you don’t understand baseball. Let’s do a quiz, one questiom at a time:

          Who removes a starting pitcher from the game?

          1. Himself
          2. The shortstop
          3. Ron Darling
          4. The manager
          5. MetsDaddy

          1. metsdaddy says:

            What’s hilarious is you don’t have the actual answer listed while still continuing to excuse poor performances

        2. Blair M. Schirmer says:

          Vargas has also been significantly worse than any Met starter save Matz. Vargas has a below NL average FIP, of 4.40, and a brutally bad xFIP of 5.06. That his ERA is almost a run and a half better than that is a testament to luck, not skill. He’s getting enormous good luck on fly balls. Iirc Vargas has gone 5.0 innings or fewer in 8 of his 13 starts. His median number of pitches in a start is 81.

          If he wasn’t having his lucky year, fans would be calling for his head.

          Come to think of it, the Rays could probably figure out what to do with Vargas. Staple him to someone like Font and try to skate by with Vargas as a 4-inning, co-5th starter. Or put an “opener” in front of Vargas to soak up an inning or two and try to create some predictability around his starts wrt bullpen usage instead of having no idea whether he’ll go 4 or 6 or 9 innings; throw 70 pitches or 117.

          1. Oldbackstop says:

            His lucky year? Like two years ago when he led the major leagues in wins and was an All Star?

            Vargas can PITCH. Not throw.

          2. metsdaddy says:

            What’re his cumulative stats since that All Star Break?

          3. Blair M. Schirmer says:

            Speaking of luck, that’s how Vargas managed to make the All-Star game, his only All-Star appearance, ever, bless his heart: by neatly splitting a season where his ERA was over 4 into two very distinct parts… Two years ago (2017):

            Vargas, April through June: 16 GS, 101.1 IP. ERA 2.22, 1536 pitches, or 96 pitches per game. OPS against was .632. He turned every hitter into this year’s version of Carlos Gomez.

            Vargas, July through October: 16 GS, 78.1 IP. ERA 6.67, 1389 pitches, or 87 pitches per game. OPS against was .926. He turned every hitter into Jeff McNeil, and was a completely different pitcher.

            A good GM can make use of him, but the way the Mets use him is far from optimal.
            Fwiw I’ve always assumed Vargas hid an injury (with or without the cooperation of his FOs) that lasted about 13 months. The Royals should have sat him by mid-July 2017 when it was obvious he couldn’t pitch. The Mets should have sat him until he healed, until late July 2018, after which he was tolerable for a 5th starter–3.80 ERA, FIP not too far off from that, in 11 GS. Instead, though, Harvey was bombing, so they threw an obviously malfunctioning Vargas into the mix at the end of April and he was simply terrible.

            The Mets will be the last team in the majors to employ an Opener, but Vargy’s obviously the kind of guy the Opener was invented for–to paper over his weaknesses and add an element of predictable to the team’s bullpen usage.

          4. metsdaddy says:

            Well said.

          5. metsdaddy says:

            Don’t let facts get in the way.

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