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Appearance On Metsian Podcast First Half Roundtable

For the second time this year, I was privileged to be invited to be a guest on A Metsian Podcast. What made this appearance all the more entertaining was I was on at the same time as The Coop and Metstradamus.

Off the top of my head, players I specifically mentioned included Pete Alonso, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, J.D. Davis, Anthony Kay, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Todd Frazier, Craig Kimbrel, Jason Vargas, Tomas Nido, Scott Kazmir, Victor Zambrano, and more.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed participating.

9 thoughts on “Appearance On Metsian Podcast First Half Roundtable”

  1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    The Mets can pretend to go into 2020 w an OF of McNeil, Nimmo, and Conforto, with Smith or Davis as the occasional LFer and some random cheap pickup who will fail to play CF adequately (and they probably will go this route, given the cost), but it’s going to be ugly. Plays we just saw like McNeil fumbling Castro’s gap shot into a triple, or Conforto being pushed into CF on occasion resulting in Cooper’s “double,” will be ubiquitous.

    Then there’s how both plays continued to be ugly after an OFer eventually picked the ball up. Offline throws to the IF, bases overthrown, guys seeming surprised to see this baseball thing coming towards them… good god.

    Wrt the podcast, Alonso was already 95% of this player at the end of 2018, fwiw. His defense was already MLB-ready. He had already spent the 2017-18 offseason in fielding boot camp. He had already dominated all SIX levels of the minors starting with low A and at a young age (closest comp: Stanton), was turning on 103 mph pitches, had his fluid errorless AFL performance, and won the July 2018 Defensive Player of the Month Award. I had seen his camp reel from before the 2018 season and he was already very smooth for a guy going 6′-3, 245 lbs., in no small part thanks to his prior offseason’s work. He has his own hitting coach, too, and has since the age of 8, leaving him comparatively immune to the Mets hitting coach du jour.

    The person arguing for the firing of a guy who makes a couple of mistakes is being childish. It would be appropriate if she were fired for her foul mouth and valley girl cadence and learned some forbearance that way. Also, re the person at 26:00, McNeil didn’t really make the All-Star team as a LFer. He made the All-Star team as the NL leader in BA (how often has that player been omitted in the era of mlb selections?), who was able to fake playing the OF for half a season.

  2. Gothamist says:

    THIS POST IS NOT DIRECTED AT METSDADDY
    IT WAS AN EMAIL TO MY FRIEND

    This outfield vs Atlanta’s?

    You can blame Smith, Conforto and McNeil on Alderson

    I did do a cursory check on the 2015 Draft and I did not see studs after Conforto and I did see many picks even before Conforto not in the MLB

    Yet, Conforto can not even throw a base ball home online.
    Yet, his scouting report had his arm as average yet here it is the very best, and off line.

    Shit, they could have traded Rosario and Conforto for Realmuto ?
    They could not trade them for …….?
    You guys fill in that one…..

    McNeil may not EVEN have the arm for third.

    So here we blame Brody and JEFF WILPON COO for the Seattle deal three ways:

    A) FRED WILPON IS A LOW IQ GUY AFRAID OF COMPUTERS LET ALONE ANALYTICS — do they did not hire the great GM candidate. He probably wanted to win soon for Fred is up there in years

    FRED MADE HIS MONEY IN REAL ESTATE, NOT ROCKET SCIENCE
    AND NOT ALONE…. HE HAD HIS PHILANTHROPIC $.10 a Meal Citibank Star — Saul Katz

    B) Jeff Wilpon refused to do the normal and just give the GM a first year to feel things out, visit the farm, talk to the scouts, travel to their facility in the DR, meet the top three prospects

    C) Jeff Wilpon, who approved the Swarzak and Bruce deals of $50m, knew why those contracts were signed, let these guys go after poor years, expected them to fizzle out and retire and took on Cano’s contract not only into age 41…. in a time post steroids players are not performing well after 36, he takes on $100m after 36

    AND IF YOU THINK THIS WAS ALL BRODY … THEN YOU ARE A FREAKIN MORON LESS IQ THAT FRED WILPON

    STOP BLAMING BRODY
    IF YOU ARE CHICKEN SHIT TO BLAME JEFF WILPON ON EVERY LARGE CONTRACT IN OR OUT, THE GM WHO DOVE IN TO TRADE,
    THEN YOU ARE A THIRD GRADER WITH DECADES TO GO TO UNDERSTAND THE MANAGEMENT OF A CLUB!!!

    Every criticism SHOULD be about JEFF WILPON, so if you want to criticize Brody add Jeff Wilpon to that criticism….

    “Wilpon and Brody thinking about re-signing Zach Wheeler “
    “Mets Prepare for Trade Deadline by Reducing 40 Man Roster” (DFA Wilmer Font)
    “Wilpon and Brody Understand the Chaos if Callaway Fired Mid Season” See Callaway As a Very Positive Clubhouse Leader, Always Open to Learn Daily and Well Liked By The Players

    It is like blaming the GM of the Knicks why many FAs in the NBA will not sign with the Knicks

    MORON, IT IS DOLAN

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I do think every criticism of anything related to the team should include a Jeff Wilpon criticism.

  3. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    “This outfield vs Atlanta’s?

    You can blame Smith, Conforto and McNeil on Alderson”

    —I primarily blame the FO (I don’t believe Callaway has any real input wrt the roster) for not playing Conforto in a corner, for not playing McNeil at 2B, and for not confining Smith to ph duties, late-inning replacement at 1B, and emergency appearances in LF. (And for not giving him a 100 games in LF during the lost seasons of 2017, and 2018 in particular, when it was clear Alonso was passing him.)

    The Mets are a ***constant*** reminder that good teams put their players in a position to succeed, while team’s like the Mets, to the contrary, routinely put their players in positions to fail.

    They play them in the wrong spots, they screw up roster moves so players are forced into positions they shouldn’t play, the roster is distorted so that the FO doesn’t have to admit its many mistakes, players are played, absurdly, according to salary rather than talent… and watching this OF lately has been excruciating. Batters are credited with hits to the OF against the Mets when its clear there were errors, but that’s only because of how scorers typically give credit.

    Watching the OF often give up a run or two in a game without being credited with errors might be funny, if it was another team.

  4. Saul’s Colorist says:

    The Mets are deep, deep, deep shit for years to come…
    If they committed $1b in contracts in the next three years it will be meaningless and unless they draft well and find diamonds in the rough such as Atlanta has… 2025 is shot also….

    That tag by Cano… alternatively a fifty year old ex athlete could do better… or at least tried….Cano looked like he has some ortho issue or limitation…

    Yet… yet…

    Cano looked amazing hitting that 85 mph slider just above his knees …
    Unheard of to see a lefty hitter hit a low pitch like that…. simply amazing the mind boggling bat speed!!

    and Conforto on that hard to hit up 77 change, should really feel he turned the corner for sure…!!

    Yes, the playoffs are mathematically possible!!

    1. Gothamist says:

      With the dwindling operational spend glaring dearth of intelligence, flat hierarchy, refusal to even bring in new eyes….. to say a few….

      James Dolan will by 2030 will look substantially better than Jeff Wilpon.

      1. metsdaddy says:

        Dolan looks better now

      2. Blair M. Schirmer says:

        @Gothamist – In all seriousness I would take any ownership in major sports versus the Wilpons. If nothing else, the payroll would continually be close to $200m–and the player personnel decisions, choice of GM, and choice of manager couldn’t be any worse.

        The 2020 Mets have no real chance to contend, and 2020 payroll not counting the insurance reimbursements / settlements for Wright and Cespedes (where acc to the Wilpons’ standard practice, all of the latter’s salary will be counted towards payroll until after the season), looks to be around $180m. Subtract DW’s settlement and you’re still north of 170m.

        That’s why the talk has been of dealing Syndergaard. His and Conforto’s arb salaries start to become significant in 2020, and they probably won’t keep both players. There’s no one else making any money that they can trade for salary-though I suppose if he surges they can dump off Ramos and fake Nido as a starting C. Of the other players making a few bucks they can’t dump Lowrie, Wilson, or Familia, so not only is this a 72-win team in 2020 WITH both Syndergaard and Conforto, we can look forward to one of the two being dealt. 70 wins? Maybe so.

    2. Blair M. Schirmer says:

      @Saul – Hey, Saul. Well, the Marlins are not yet *mathematically* eliminated, either…. If we say that the Braves are out of reach, the Mets will need to climb over 9 of the 10 teams currently ahead of them and not winning their divisions, to make the wildcard. That’s were so much of the problem lies–only two of those 10 teams need to play extremely well (and the teams 5 and more games ahead only need to play reasonably well [say, .550] to make it effectively impossible for these Mets to get to the postseason) to eliminate the Mets unless they play .625 ball from here on out. And that’s one of the best, best cases.

      It would be interesting to see how many teams played at a .650 clip for the second half (no teams through yesterday had played .650 ball for 2019) after playing .450 for the first half, but it can’t be many, and they probably won’t be at all similar to the Mets, who have no one coming of the IL to help, and no set of players seriously underperforming versus prior star peformance coming back.

      Even Diaz returning to 2018 (not career) form, Nimmo coming back in 2018 (not career) form, Syndergaard coming back to career (not 2018) form, deGrom coming back to 2018 (not career) form, Cano coming back to either form… wouldn’t be enough.

      But definitely put in your reservations for 2024 Opening Day. That team will rock! They promise!!

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