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Mets Don’t Put Best Team On Field In Braves Embarrassing Route

Before the game, the New York Mets optioned Luis Guillorme to the alternate site to make room for Franklyn Kilome on the roster.

The Mets made that option despite Guillorme having a 0.7 WAR, 143 wRC+, and having a 2 OAA. He’s been a good hitter and an even better fielder. He’s also been a good pinch hitter on his career with a .364 OBP.

It should be noted J.D. Davis continues to be the worst fielder in baseball. Since August 1, he’s hitting .262/.374/.404. Overall, he’s at a 0.0 WAR.

As bad as Davis has been, Amed Rosario has been worse. He’s lost his starting job to Andres Gimenez, and he’s hitting just .250/.268/.367. Arguably, he’s been the worst player on the Mets this year.

Put another way, Guillorme was optioned despite there being worse players with options remaining staying on the roster. That means the Mets didn’t put their best roster out there at a time when they’re supposedly trying to make the postseason.

With a rusty and possibly not quite fully healthy yet Steven Matz starting and imploding, the Mets were in a 6-0 hole through three. Seeing the Mets overcame bug deficits against the Phillies, there was some hope the Mets could come back.

Kilome took care of that hope allowing six runs over 1.1 innings putting the Mets in a 12-0 hole. Seeing Kilome pitch, you need to remember the Mets optioned their best bench player quite possibly losing him for the rest of the season for this performance.

Adding insult to injury, Travis d’Arnaud was 3-for-4 with a run, homer, two RBI, and two walks. The player Van Wagenen didn’t think was good enough for his team is batting cleanup for one of the best teams in baseball, and he’s killing the Mets.

All told, this was an embarrassing and demoralizing 15-2 loss. Make no mistake, this was a direct reflection of just how inept Van Wagenen has been as the Mets GM.

Game Notes: Todd Frazier pitched a scoreless inning.

7 thoughts on “Mets Don’t Put Best Team On Field In Braves Embarrassing Route”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    While you managed to say his name only once, you advocated giving Matz a 5 year extension this spring while promoting him beyond the humiliation of having to compete for a rotation spot. He had an ERA over 8 when he was unrusty and healthy this year. Now what is his ERA? 30?

    If Matz had simply come out and played like a replacement level number 4 starter, say a year like Porcello is putting together, we would be a playoff lock.

    But, journalistically, you look at a 15-2 score and think the story is we sent down a second string utility infielder?

    1. Mets Daddy says:

      Yes, I made it about roster construction and playing time allocation, which is exactly the reason why the Mets won’t make the postseason.

  2. Oldbackstop says:

    Note: I assume you mean “Embarrassing Rout”

    Guillorme is a 25 year old utility IF with less than 100 major league at bats who had a nice little run with an insanely lucky BaBip 200 points above the next MLB player.

    In the Mets last 11 games Guillorme has had 11 plate appearances and *one* hit.

    His 15 minutes of fame are over. And they actually only existed on this blog anyway.

    1. Mets Daddy says:

      Funny, when it’s people who can contribute with defense and base running, you think BABIP matters.

      When the only thing a player provides is BABIP, you think it’s irrelevant.

  3. Oldbackstop says:

    Guillorme was batting .214 with a .239 OBP in September with one hit. His 15 minutes are over.

    JD is batting 276/.400/.466/.866 in September.

    Rosario is batting .545 in September.

    Who did you want to send down again?

    1. Mets Daddy says:

      Rosario or JD

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        Just checking. Well, look at it this way. Guillorme will always be able to brag about his 2020 batting average, without mentioning it dropped 150 points in his last month, on the way to 250.

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