What’s The Next Excuse?

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The Mets were very quick with the excuses after they lost three of four games to the Rockies in Colorado and then getting swept by the Marlins in Miami.

According to Terry Collins and David Wright, the Mets have not played well in recent years in either of those ballparks, and by the way, both teams were very hot. Additionally, the Rockies have “some great hitters” and the Marlins have “some great young pitching”. How could we compete with all that?

“Sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the other team,” said Terry Collins, while David Wright added:

“We have an off day on Thursday and then we regroup. We’ve been playing better at home as of late, so hopefully we’ll take care of business at home.”

On Friday night, the Mets had their fans endure a dreadfully long night of offensive futility. It was so bad, that even their own Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez couldn’t hide their frustration.

“This is just awful” said Cohen in the eighth inning. “Terrible,” added Hernandez. Both of them called the game the worst they had seen in a long time.

At 16-18, the Mets now share last place in the National League East with the Phillies who snapped their four-game losing streak last night. You’re welcome, Ryne Sandberg.

Friday night’s 11-inning, 3-2 defeat made it four straight losses for the Mets and their seventh in eight games since they sent out that “Loyalty Oath” letter urging fans to flock to Citi and buy up tickets because the team was better and a 90-win season was on the way.

What was an awful marketing gimmick at the time, looks even worse now.

Their season worst performance at the plate came as a result of fifteen players left on base, 12 strikeouts, and a 1-for-11 showing with runners in scoring position.

David Wright looked at the bright side.

“Obviously, it’s a concern,” said the Mets captain. “But It would be more of a concern if we weren’t getting guys on base.”

The Mets squandered opportunity after opportunity to blow the game wide open, but instead left the bases loaded twice, and couldn’t get a run home in the fifth with runners on second and third and nobody out.

The Mets are scrambling.

Wilmer Flores has already replaced Omar Quintanilla and Eric Campbell will replace Josh Satin today. However, Satin or Quintanilla were hardly the problem as both were primarily bench players. The bigger issue is this:

We need to get them three going.

For a start, let’s bat TDA second instead of burying him in the eighth spot.

Additionally…

  • David Wright is mired in the longest home run drought of his career and hasn’t homered since March 31 – Opening Day – 155 plate appearances ago.
  • Bobby Abreu, who was supposed to be the veteran player with the great approach, is batting .176 with a .211 on-base in 19 plate appearances. And several analysts have remarked that he has lost his once great bat speed. Could the 40-year old be the next one to go?

The shame in all of this offensive futility is the solid starting pitching that has gone to waste. Jon Niese is second in the National League with a 1.82 ERA and Dillon Gee is in the Top 10 with a 2.51 ERA.

Don’t blame the approach…

The Mets want us to feel good about their offensive approach because apparently they hit the ball harder than any other team in the league, despite a league worst slugging percentage and OPS.

So don’t feel too bad my fellow fans. Instead, sign that letter and count your blessings.

Oh, and sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the other team… Right?

mmo

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  • Hotstreak

    Thank You Joe D.

  • MAS0031

    I’m already scouting prospects for the Mets top 10 pick in the 2015 draft.

  • Opti-Mets-tic

    If I could downvote an entire thread, I would. It’s hard to buy into this being a “fan site” with threads like this. I guess it’s time to migrate back.

  • See ya…

  • HarveyKsYou

    Go back to MetsBlog. They don’t publish much and there is no opinion.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Yes comeback their is always a place hear ats SNYBlog/MetsBlog for delusionel Mets fans who want to here the Mets poop taste like mint julep.
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  • Novito

    Goodbye!

  • mets4lyfe

    I don’t see an issue here.

  • pastline63

    As bad the offense has been. the managing of the bullpen and players has caused more damage to the team’s W-L record.

  • Novito

    Good article Joe D (as always). I hate how our beloved Mets love killing us. Joe at what point do we send Travis down to AAA if they would even do so? Would you do it and bring up Centeno or even Plawk if he’s even near ready?

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    Here’s the thing: It’s actually time to get rid of TC. However, and this is a big however, count on this FO to screw it up and turn the reins over to Bob Geren. Macho, tough guy, ex-Marine, not sure this group can handle him. Doesn’t play well in 2014. Tim Teufel might be an option, but not sure he inspires much confidence. As much as we love the idea of Wally, that’s not happening either…

  • Novito

    We may get a top 5 at this rate lol. Maybe sandy meant 90 losses?

  • pastline63

    I don’t trust them at evaluating talent

  • I agree with you Colorado.

    Terry is a huge problem and has impacted our offense in negative ways.

    TDA should be batting second… You don’t bench a guy like Lagares on a 13 game hitting streak and now he’s cold… It took him 5 weeks to put him at the leadoff spot… Guys who have great games are assured of seeing the bench the next day… Just so many bad decisions and practices….

    In my heart of hearts, I don’t think this offense is as bad as the numbers say.

  • gary s.

    If players could get arrested for impersonating MLB players, last night we could have filled up a holding cell.

  • El PanchVilla

    Metsblog troll…go away Cerrone.

  • pastline63

    They may put in another pawn in to replace TC, and placed TC someplace in the Front Office

  • Metropolitan

    d’Arnaud is a bust

  • Thanks Novito…

    I know you will probably disagree, but I would NOT send d’Arnaud down.

    He has been put in a position to fail by Terry Collins who has batted him in front of Tejada or the pitchers going back to last season.

    Most teams put their best prospects in a position to succeed not fail.

    I still love d’Arnaud and feel bad that he’s had to be treated like a Val Pascucci instead of the number one catching prospect in baseball.

  • El PanchVilla

    TC is awful and they have a great manager waiting in AAA. SA needs to go as well.

  • Hotstreak

    You are correct. They will never fire him just reassign him. Reason Koufax and Fred Wilpon are high school budidies. TC and Koufax both coached the Dodgers in the 80’s and came buddies. Thru mutual friends Fred hired TC not SA.

  • pastline63

    Takes at least 2yrs before a good catcher takes off offensively, his defense has been good.

  • El PanchVilla

    Remember prior to him being manager he worked in player development. Don’t know why but…

  • pastline63

    Ty for explaining my point in it’s perverse reality, that people seem to overlook.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    Joe D., my concern with TDA is that he appears unprepared to play at this level. This isn’t Opening Day jitters anymore, he seems to lack the basic skills demanded of the position, and clearly, at least speculatively, Geren the ex-catcher is having no impact. But yes, TC seems slow to adapt to trends, but in his defense, I believe he’s taking orders from multiple bosses, none of whom with any discernible baseball expertise. I think this situation is even more screwed up than we can possibly imagine…

  • Absolutely correct, but we need to get him out of that 7 or 8 spot in the lineup so he has a fighting chance. Why should any opposing pitcher serve him anything but breaking pitches out of the strike zone?

  • Yes!!! I was looking at the this lineup and TDA gets nothing to hit batting in front of the pitcher and tejada except yesterday where he saw 2 fastball down the middle he was probably as confuesed as anyone else

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    My lineup suggestion

    1. Lagares, CF
    2. Wright, 3B
    3. Murphy, 2B
    4. C.Young, LF
    5. Granderson, RF
    6. Flores, SS
    7. Duda, 1B
    8. TDA, C
    9. SP

  • Benny

    “Sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the other team,” said Terry Collins, while David Wright added:

    “We have an off day on Thursday and then we regroup. We’ve been playing better at home as of late, so hopefully we’ll take care of business at home.”

    Talk about a losing mentality…

  • pastline63

    Again that’s the Bench coach and the Manager’s job and both seem too apathetic to doing it well.

  • MetsfanInParadise

    Collins always talks about putting players in a position to succeed but he’s awful at doing just that. When are you going to start that petition? I’ll bet Ed Leyro, FAFIF and some others would be on board.

  • na na na na hey hey hey goooodbye!

  • FL Met Fan Rich

    Next Excuse:

    Our pitchers aren’t hitting!

    Basement Berthas back in town!

  • Benny

    Good, and please take the other “Mets can do no wrong” type fans with you!

  • L.J. Phipps

    It is very possible that he is, I would like for the Mets to give him as much opportunity as possible, but he does look lost at the plate more oft than not. I could see if he was hitting the ball hard just going into hard luck, but he has to show consistency.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    My 2nd lineup option

    1. Lagares, CF
    2. Murphy, 2B
    3. Wright, 3B
    4. Duda, 1B
    5. Flores, SS
    6. Granderson, RF
    7. C.Young, LF
    8. TDA, C
    9. SP

    (Push the high K guys to the back and squeeze a high contact hitter in Flores up)

    It really extends the lineup

  • WillisReid

    Chris Young has completely disappeared since sitting in Miami.

  • Tommy Med

    Team has no fire power. Idk if Wright is loud in the clubhouse But someone needs to be. It doesnt need to be one guy. Its beneficial if theres a group of leaders rather than one. But someone needs to wake these clowns up cuz it aint Terry

  • KEITH

    Good Excuse would have been, Duda got poisoned on purpose. Boy, was that bad timing. Never thought I would have missed him that much.

  • sperry

    The lineup is filled with prayers. Waiting for TDA to get going. Hoping CY returns to a form he hasn’t seen in years. Maybe Duda will finally do something consistently. Up until yesterday best-case scenario for their shortstop was to just hit .275.

    And because of that you have a lineup that simply cannot battle. It’s just strikeout after strikeout. King Felix could probably set a MLB record against this pathetic group.

  • Basement Bertha was awesome, loved Gallo.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    I have no issue with TC being reassigned. He’s a good soldier, but being manager of the Mets is at best a thankless job. Can’t say TC has lost the players as they genuinely seem to like him, but doesn’t seem to have a clue…

  • TheMetsMachine

    As much as my fellow mets fans and Mets FO does not want to admit this, the Mets need Eric Young Jr. Leading off.

    There’s no else on this team that can create runs on the base paths, no one. I’m sorry look at the record of the team when he was leading off and the record since he was put on the bench in favor of Chris Young after Legares returned.

    Chris Young should not be starting over EY Jr.

    EYJ is the only guy that can get on 1st base (anyway he gets on, error, base hit, walk, hit by pitch), once he is on he is the only guy on the team that can swipe second base in a split second, cause a bad throw and go over to 3rd base. And when EYJ is on base pitchers don’t concentrate on the batter they concentrate on him. Do you guy’s think it was coincidence that before EYJ went to the bench he was one of the leaders in runs scored, despite no home run power and a very low batting average? I don’t think so, the Mets were winning the one run games when he was leading off.

  • pastline63

    May sound crazy but flip flop Wright and Flores.

  • BronxMets

    DW is not a leader……..

  • MetsfanInParadise

    CY was never that good anyway.

  • HawkZon

    As much as I don’t think EY is a starter, I have to agree with you.
    Since they took him out of the lineup we haven’t done anything.

  • WillisReid

    Matt Harvey has set a ridiculous standard for Mets rookies being considered successful by fans. Last year it was mentioned that Travis might need about 500 big league AB’s for the bat to come around.

  • Charley’s Twin

    2 runs in 34 innings. That’s the mark of a great organization with a great plan, and anyone who doesn’t see it is just a hater, amirite?

  • HawkZon

    I have to wonder if TDA can’t hit or if this is our ‘approach’ affecting him.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    The way this team is hitting no move would be considered crazy

  • Hotstreak

    Arrested development of not only TdA but those who do not see he is a bust. His swing mechanics are fine. It’s his bad speed. Hand action or sonething maybe a good hitting coach can fix. But until then he is not a ML. His defense is subpar to be kind.

  • billpulsipher

    they need a SS, but are too cheap to pay. they need bullpen help but are too cheap to pay. they need a 1st baseman but are too cheap to pay. see a pattern here? the organization is a joke.

  • WillisReid

    Eric Young is so limited offensively, he probably doesn’t even need a bat at the plate. He’ll either walk or K, it’s completely up to the pitcher.

  • El_Verdadero_Presidente

    “they hit the ball harder than any other team in the league”

    I don’t need coffee after that one.

    I don’t know what stats support that – LD% ? – but it doesn’t pass the eyeball test. I see nothing but guys taking bad hacks, or just taking, when they should be crucifying fatties. TdA is just one example. I can see he’s got fast hands and a good cut. But last night he was getting beat on low 90’s FBs with plenty of plate. He looked, in short, like a guy who wasn’t ready to swing. Duda’s disease.

    LD %? Must be a hell of a lot of broken-bat humpers in that mix.

  • pastline63

    Sp leading off-it has been done before by Tony larussa to get the position players fired up.

  • MetsfanInParadise

    Grandy and CY aren’t doing well enough to justify playing them in front of EY daily. Obviously you had to give CY and Lagares a chance to show what they’ve got once they got back from injury, but that’s happened now and it’s obvious that JLag deserves to be in there daily but CY doesn’t. Time to start rotating the two Youngs and Grandy. EY may not be able to do it for a full season but he was doing it so far.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Nice kid,good player but not a star or a WINNER

  • T Boogy

    Actually I seem to remember TC giving plenty of starts to players after they came through big in the previous game. He can’t start everyone every game.
    And I really doubt that TDA is ready to hit 2nd. Murphy has shown he is awesome in that spot and should stay there. Regardless, tweaking the lineup isn’t going to make our two most important hitters (Wright and Grandy) hit like major leaguers again. 4 homers from 3-4 in your lineup is sad.

  • pastline63

    Otherwise I like your 2 lineup Granderson is a 6th place hitter and C-Young may thrive in the 7 hole.

  • Hotstreak

    Fast hands??? But poor bat speed. Wiff Wiff, Lets cookies go and can’t hit them.

  • Charley’s Twin

    Plus when he had a chance to go play for a real organization he fell for Jeff Wilpon’s snake oil. Talk about losing!

  • Novito

    Thanks for the reply Joe. I don’t disagree with you at all. I definitely agree that TC should bat him 2nd. He is the most baffling manager in baseball.

  • WillisReid

    That was overly douchey for a Saturday.

  • Charley’s Twin

    Opti-Mets-Tic, that is the stupidest username I have encountered in the history of the internet. If you’re a pre-teen, I apologize. If you are an adult, you must be very sad.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Harveys success has nothing to do with this, you dont hear anyone calling for Wheeler to be demoted and he isnt having a season close to Harvey.

    TDA is hitting around the mendoza line…thats around .200 if youre not aware. What standards should he be held to? Ruben Gotay?

  • Mr.Met

    we need guys like carlos gomez .guys who really wants to win ! Look at Lucas Duda’s face.he never shows that he was eager to win the game

  • Tommy Med

    i didnt say he was

  • Novito

    I have to disagree you with T Boogy. Putting Travis in the 2 hole would be good for him to see better pitches. I would put Murph either 3rd or more realistically 6th. Since Murph does hit, he can drive in runs if Travis were to start getting on base more.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Sit your hot guys…another part of the Collins philosophy that makes no sense.

  • T Boogy

    Actually I think TC is pretty good at putting players in positions to succeed. I thought he made a gutsy move starting Abreu last week when he homered and kept Kirk out of the lineup when it was clear that he really was the same old Kirk.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    I’m thinking back to the Seinfeld episode where George is giving batting advice to Danny Tartabull. Well, think Jay Horwitz as George Costanza, and that’s what I envision is happening behind the scenes here…

  • KEITH

    They need a clean up hitter. Not one anywhere in this organization.

  • WillisReid

    We’re gonna lose 100 games anyway so why not take a long hard look at him standard.

    You were praying that ball off Wright’s bat stayed in the park last night weren’t you?

  • T Boogy

    I hear you. If Murphy wasn’t such a wuss about hitting anywhere but 2nd then I’d say go for it. But we’ve tried that and it didn’t work. Murph just doesn’t want to hit anywhere but 2nd and it shows in the results.

  • Hotstreak

    http://keymancollectibles.com/publications/images/wpe53.jpg

    Willard Mullin.

    2014 is the Mets Year, yeah. Actually 1952 Dodgers won pennant but lost WS to Yankees.

  • Novito

    I like the idea of trying out Wright in the 2 hole although i’m sure many would disagree. I would flip flop Murph n Flores and even try flip flopping Young & TDA. That way you have some power in front of your pitcher so that it may give TDA a better look. Idk. Like you said, any lineup switches is needed at this point.

  • Taskmaster4450

    The losses to Colorado and Miami were legitimate. They ran into two teams that are very hot at home right now. People laugh at the Mets about the Rockies…did anyone notice what they did to the Rangers right after the Mets left town. And the Marlins dismantled the Braves before seeing the Mets.

    Last night there was no excuse. Mejia, for all his troubles last night, did only give up 2 runs in almost 5 innings. Sure poor performance but the team was still in the game. Yet they had three opportunities to get a guy in from third and less than two out (Satin twice and Flores) and struck out all three times. And there are those who say a K is just another out…hogwash.

    The little things to win games this team does not do. Darling pointed out about Lagares trying to bunt for a hit down the 3b line when you have a lefty on the mound and Howard, who cant move, at 1B. Does anyone on the bench notice this stuff?

  • Charley’s Twin

    Over/Under on how many days until David Wright reiterates his confidence in the terrific ownership team that we all enjoy? I say by May 31.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Another 6 years.

  • WillisReid

    Whoa dude, you were fine with it.

    Not trying to put you on the spot at all, but we had a conversation about this regarding Eovaldi’s splits

  • Novito

    I read an article from Heyman that Cards may think of trading either Adams or Craig. 1st base fit for us? Would you create a package for them & who would it take?

  • IndianaMet

    I’m beginning to think you are right. There has to be a way to get his skill set (speed) effectively into every game. I’m not confident TC is smart enough to figure it out. But EY can’t get 4ab every game. Too many Ks, with 0 power. This team has to manufacture runs, so maybe he hits for the P from the 6th inning on and he is double switched into the game to get a second at bat, playing LF. ????

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    You’re kidding, right?

  • mr1313

    “We want Wally!”…Should be Wally.

  • El_Verdadero_Presidente

    TY, Mr. Jersey.
    I see from this that we’re counting fly balls that come near the warning track as hard-hit. That tells me we’re going to be terrible until we switch parks with the Reds.
    Citi is what it is. If our guys are going to drown there, then we need different guys.

  • Charley’s Twin

    I’ll bet you on this. Loser has to endure a full yankees radio broadcast? High stakes.

  • Mikey

    Is TC a Good Manager? Hardly!

    But it’s time we faced some facts here and realized even the best manager on the Planet would fail given the choices he has been given.
    Changing the Manager usually only works for a team that IS GOOD and is merely underperforming or needs a shakeup.

    What this team needs is a real ROSTER! And thats built by the GM not the Manager!
    We have traded away or deemed too expensive, anyone who has ever had any modicum of success here.

    And replaced them with players who have declined, had very bad or injury filled years and are not what they once were.

    Even when we spent money we never got the best we could have…

    We signed Granderson this year…
    Granderson is hitting .176 with 3 HRs and 14 RBI – 4 Years 60 Mil
    Beltran is hitting .244 with 5HR and 14 RBI – 3 years 45Mil
    So even if this FARM we keep hearing about produces a RFer he will sit on the bench for the next 4 years (as opposed to 3).

    Marlon Byrd Signed for roughly the same price as C Young
    Byrd is hitting .315 4 HRs 23 RBI
    CYoung is hitting .227 2HR 9 RBI

    I keep hearing the usual people say this team has been rebuilt.
    When they say that it sounds similar to when Tide says NEW and IMPROVED!

    It’s just marketing, there is no real Truth to it at all.

  • T Boogy

    This is sarcasm, right? Gomez looks crazier than Ron Artest! Haha. I’m not sure he’s even aware if his team wins or loses.

  • IndianaMet

    As soon as other teams put the full shift on for Granderson, he won’t get another hit the rest of the season unless it goes over the wall. I’m surprised it hasn’t already happened. His spray chart is a joke. I thought he was a pro. I was wrong.

  • mr1313

    He can be operations manager essentially in charge of the janitors he’s not qualified for anything else in baseball.

  • Novito

    Word. Well he’s gotta man up to hit somewhere else for the sake of the team & the horrible offense.

  • mets4lyfe

    LD% is as unreliable as it gets. Too many scouts have their own arbitrary methods of measuring line-drives to put any sort of faith in LD %.

  • mr1313

    Really?

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    It’s the bold move, which means it likely won’t happen. But it’s May 10, and although the sky isn’t falling quite yet, it’s precipitously close. At some point, they’re going to run out of players to fire. That’s when they’ll need to make a change at the helm…

  • Hotstreak

    Why is he captain then? Oh Yeah Captain America when he hit but not playing for the Mets. He is finished. Yeah a stretch where he warms up but basically meh.

  • SinHalo27

    Next excuse: “My dog ate the scouting reports!” -TC

  • mr1313

    Give Wally his tryout on a interim basis what do they have to lose?

  • Charley’s Twin

    Would really rather not deal w/ the St. Louis front office. They’re too good at their jobs.

  • mr1313

    “A zombie ate my brain” – TC

  • El_Verdadero_Presidente

    Or so-called “hard hit” balls. Check the interesting link Mr. NJ posted here. I remember a number of the balls in those charts. And if they’re hard-hit, we either better get used to this or plow Citi under and start over again.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    LMAO…And what did EYjr do to justify any playing time when he played everyday??? lol

    He was brutal and lead the team in K’s …lol…how soon we forget

  • KennyandtheMets

    Nailed it again Joe D.! The only thing more infuriating than the pathetic play is the excuses.

  • Tommy Med

    Wright and Granderson combined MIGHT hit 35 homers this year. Jose Abreu might have 35 homers by the all-star break. #ThePlan

  • mets4lyfe

    The main issue is majority of the Mets hitters are going up there strictly looking to walk because it accomplishes two things that Alderson preaches:

    1. Not making an out
    2. Working the pitch-count to drive up the pitch-count

    Prime examples include Satin, d’Arnaud, and Duda.

    I think they forgot that you also need to hit to attain a decent OBP.

  • Duffystaub

    “Oh my goodness gracious!” No – anything but that.

  • IndianaMet

    That poor zombie didn’t get much to eat

  • mets4lyfe

    ha, if 370 ft. routine flyball outs to CF are considered “hard hits”, then I guess Mets are doing just fine.

  • KennyandtheMets

    Good point. I don’t know how many times per game I scream at the TV, “What the F— are you looking at?!”
    I do think that Duda has been more aggressive this season, especially with RISP. However, Satin and d’Arnaud have watched WAY too many strikes go by.

  • Mikey

    I would take a very different tact myself…

    1 EYJ LF BL
    2 Lagares CF BR
    3 Murphy 2B BL
    4 Wright 3B BR
    5 Granderson RF BL
    6 Flores SS BR
    7 Duda 1B BL
    8 Catcher (I think TDA should go to Vegas for awhile)

    That gives you a good R/L everyday lineup.

    Sure it puts Duda way down in the order but he does Walk a lot (helps in clearing the Pitcher) and has Pop to clean up whatever mess is left by the heart of the order. He also would give Flores who has some pop some protection. You could swap Duda at #5 and Platoon Granderson and C Young in the #7 sport as well.

    That Lineup also puts a lot of speed at the top of the order plus a Line Drive hitter in the #3 Hole!

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    Interesting, because with a similar personality, Jeter was very much a leader…

  • Mike

    The lineup is poorly constructed
    1 C young
    2 TDA
    3 murph
    4 wright
    5 granderson
    6 Wilmer
    7 duda
    8 lagares

  • Duffystaub

    Hmmm. Ike going 7 for his last 11 and then Duda starts barfing all day? There’s gotta be a connection in there somewhere.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    Not even close. And I say that as a compliment to Benny…

  • KennyandtheMets

    The other day, I was watching the Seinfeld episode where Elaine is trying to get the gay guy to “change teams”.
    He says to her, “but I’m a starting SS”.
    She says, “We NEED a SS, REAL BAD!” I was thinking about the Mets, but in a very different way. Lol

  • KEITH

    Without s legitimate lead off hitter or clean up hitter, its hard to construct a line up.

  • El_Verdadero_Presidente

    Mejia’s game could easily have been enough to get a win.

    But the point about the Lagares bunt is interesting. I don’t crucify him, because he was trying to make something happen. Plus – and Ronnie didn’t say this – the throw from the 3rd base line is much tougher for a lefty.

    The real question, as you say, is how much of this stuff the staff picks up on. That’s where the information gap for committed fans is so frustrating. There’s so much we just don’t know.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    At this point, he’d bring instant cred as a former player with a ring, and having already worked with many of the younger players. I say go for it…

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    Art imitating life. That’s great!

  • KennyandtheMets

    Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic?
    CY seems like a great athlete who the league has figured out how to pitch to. We need to bring in a legit power bat in RF and move Granderson to LF. d’Arnaud needs to get more aggressive at the plate. I do like the idea of moving Murphy, Wright, and Granderson down.

  • KennyandtheMets

    The interesting part, to me, is that Duda has been more aggressive this season. Now it is d’Arnaud, Satin, and others who need to step it up. Murphy is the only one who doesn’t let a lot of
    driveable pitches go by.

  • Brian D.

    That’s also a sign of a great hitting philosophy.

  • WillisReid

    “Leave for being an optimist, and take your friends with you” from someone only affiliated with this blog via the comment section is as sorry as I’ve seen all week. And I’ve been here all week, and it’s been a s**t show.

  • Charley’s Twin

    there’s a lot of great things happening at Citi these days. Say, have you signed your loyalty oath yet?

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    The difference between MATT HARVEY and DAVID WRIGHT and why I think Matt Harvey has a WINNER and LEADER mentality versus Wright who does not have either

    – Wright makes all kinds of EXCUSES for poor play losses etc
    – Harvey takes FULL BLAME even when it isnt his fault.

    Harvey pitched a lights out game gave up only 2 runs in 8innings if I remember correctly, then afterwards when interviewed said, “I couldvve done better and not allowed a run, its a team game I couldve done more.”

    He said I COULDVE DONE MORE!!!!
    As a teammate hearing that what do you think that does???

    Ive played on many teams coming up and if i heard a teammate state that after being lights out or having a hell of a game, and I played like sh** Im on alert that I need to step my game up, because Im the one not doing my part.

    Thats leadership….ACCOUNTABILITY…Leaders take the hits in any industry. And if you make excuses as a leader in any industry whether its your fault or not your bosses will be looking for your replacement.

  • The Starting Pitchers will hate their “hitters” by the end of the year. It’s a shame really. A modest investment in Jose Abreu instead of Granderson, moving a valued piece like Murphy and some pitching for a young OFer like Pederson, and this entire team and season would be different.

  • mets4lyfe

    1. Murphy
    2. d’Arnaud
    3. Wright
    4. Duda
    5. Flores
    6. Granderson
    7. Young
    8. Lagares

    This line-up configuration would work the best, in my opinion. Wright, Duda, and TDA walk quite a lot which would allow Wilmer to consistently have an opportunity to come with men on base. Give his ability to make contact and hit line-drives all over the field, Flores is the ideal guy on this Mets team to hit with RISP aside from Wright. Obviously, the threat of the long-ball wouldn’t be there, but it’s a much safer option that’s more likely to work.

  • Wright is a company man. Harvey will be a Yankee. Just enjoy him while he’s here.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    I love you Metsie but you lost me at EYjr that guy shouldnt start on any team

  • CJM

    Harvey is on the sidelines LMFAO. He can’t even stay healthy. Keep worshiping the guy who has just about 1 year of MLB experience.

  • mets4lyfe

    Wright is ideally the type of individual you’d want in front of the media if you’re a professional baseball organization. He’s as politically correct and vanilla as it gets. Someone who’ll never say anything to disparage the team nor say anything compelling or insightful.

    As a fan, I find it boring and annoying.

    As an employer, I’d love it.

  • Charley’s Twin

    why would you expect the blog to be a happy place when they’ve lost all week?

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Its not about taking a long hard look…because even if TDA has a terrible season this year that doesnt mean he is a bust.

    TDA is still developing you dont just leave him out there to figure it out on his own. You said him down to the training grounds(THE MINORS) to work on his weaknesses…he retools then comes back up refreshed and more prepared.

    This is not a slight to TDA if he is demoted. Mets fans dont have a clue what its like developing prospects this is standard stuff. Not every prospect hits the ground running his 1st go round, a lot of times they are sent back down when they struggle and they come back up prepared.

    Its to clear his mind

    FYI I never root against the Mets im a baseball fan I dont go goo goo gaga over 1 player I dont have the nutcase homer mentality im honest about my team

  • Brian D.

    Of course I have. You mean to tell me you didn’t sign it? What kind of fan are you?

  • Charley’s Twin

    a very bad one.

  • mets4lyfe

    I’ve been a huge advocate of trading for Pederson spanning back to last year.

    Dodgers OF currently has Van Slyke, Ethier, Crawford, Kemp, and Puig. They don’t have any space for Pederson seeing as none of the OFs are going anywhere anytime soon given their contracts. I’m hoping Murphy gets super hot so he can be packaged for Pederson since the Dodgers need a 2B. Murphy strikes me as a player that Ned Colletti would love.

  • WillisReid

    I don’t at all. But c’mon the volutnteer comment police is a little sad isn’t it? In that Paul Blart kinda way.

  • Waz0787

    That’s right. This was beautiful written. Wright doesn’t have the personalities to be a leader. Harvey does. Plus making 100+ mil over next 7 years being married to a supermodel dude could care less.

  • El_Verdadero_Presidente

    Duda is more agressive, true. But he’s not selective. Without looking at the charts, IMO he’s beating himself on a lot of pitcher’s pitches inside, for example, while he takes much better ones. He looks, in short, like a guy who’s trying to think instead of react.

    It will always boggle my mind that a man with his bat speed and swing doesn’t square up more balls.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    Arguably the original comment isn’t going to win friends and influence people either. This site works because it allows for a diversity of views. Most everyone here would love to be optimistic, but this past week hasn’t exactly stoked that particular fire…

  • I’ve been on that bandwagon for a while now too. To be honest, right I’d probably give up Murphy and one of the three of Gee, Niese, and Montero to get him. I think he’s the perfect Citi Field OFer. Him and Lagares would be awesome to watch and to hit 1-2 for the next half-decade or so.

  • Just_Da_damaja

    But can Jose abreau relate to the cookie cutter fan the wilpons market to ?

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Hey moron where did you see any worship

  • Just_Da_damaja

    So you would rather have vanilla boring mediocre players ?

  • metsman

    Every now and then, the hitting philosophy actually works in textbook fashion and I think to myself, this is really starting to come around; guys walk, pitch counts go up, starters knocked out…I think to myself that Sandy must be preparing his told ya so speech. ..but then it just evaporates. While it can be devastating to opposing pitchers when it works, it more often than not, doesn’t. Proof that it’s not a case of not being implemented fully, but rather an approach that has limited value and detrimental to our success.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    A Grade-A Shill

  • mets4lyfe

    I’d be willing to part with Murphy + Niese/Gee, but not Montero. I think a Murphy + Gee/Niese deal with would get it done since it fills two holes for the Dodgers (SP and 2B).

    I’m real high on Joc Pederson – a legit 5-tool player.

  • Hotstreak

    Yes the DW, Jason Bay TdA group.

  • CJM

    It seeps from your post.

  • Just_Da_damaja

    Meaning TDA can handle the bat when he’s home alone but can’t swing it at the game ?

  • FL Met Fan Rich

    She debuted in 1965! Her original name was “Last Place Bertha”.

    Do you remember her siidekick’s name? The little boy.

  • Charley’s Twin

    Paul Blart, huh? Had to look that one up…

  • T Boogy

    I never said I want mediocre players. I want productive quality players, preferably not insane. I don’t care if they’re eccentric but the overwhelming number of HOF baseball players just went about their business.

  • Andrew Herbst

    I’m tired of all the excuses. This is how losing organizations act.

  • Hotstreak

    Actually not choking but for a pretty good swing his bat speed is slow. Why? Hands , wrists have been mentioned. Batting him 2nd will NOT correct it. A good hitting coach just might. TdA needs to go back to the drawing board (Vegas) and find the missing link. 500 ABs wont do it per Einsteins remark doing the same thing and expecting different results.

  • mad met

    Scrap cy and put in ey…. Flip Juan and tda flip grandy flores

  • WillisReid

    I agree in regard to diversity of viewpoints, but the respone ran completely counter to that.

  • Hotstreak

    Lucky if 20 combined.

  • Bail4Nails

    For the Thousandth time, it does not matter which Players we put in this Lineup. If we signed Miguel Cabrera tomorrow, and he had to follow this Horrific “Hitting” Philosophy, he’d be a .240 Hitter within a month.
    “No Miguel, you’re supposed to LOOK at those Pitches down the middle!”
    FIRE DAVE HUDGENS!!!!!!

  • billpulsipher

    remember when sandy and TC trashed Angel Pagan lol….Hes doing just fine in san fran. the dude is a star…Mets=Cubs. just a loser organization run by clowns and now a part of the fanbase is accepting losing (like cubs fans) sandy lovers, the people who make excuses, who think that somehow brighter days are on the horizon. wake up its over. this is how it will be for the next 20 years. this franchise is in ruins and when freddy dies, jeffrey will be the owner lol…

  • WillisReid

    Haha. No worries, I was kidding based on our DW conversation yesterday.

    I think at 25, it’s sink or swim for TdA though.

  • Yuckie I think. LOL Those were good times.

  • B@IdersonStinks

    The fans are no better. The B@iders0n supporters want to throw a parade after he traded K-Rod, as if saving the team money creates a winning team. B@Iders0n could have had him for 3m this year. The Mets would probably be in 1st if he were closing for us.

    LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • B@IdersonStinks

    Because TeamBalderson is clueless lol.

  • metsman

    It makes me angry to think about that. Pagan was one of my favorite Mets since I saw him play in Brooklyn. He was my disqus avitar until they booted him so Sandy could work his bullpen magic. He was an incredibly exciting player…I’d say he has the last laugh though; talk about greener pastures.

  • BronxMets

    get serious……….

  • TheMetsMachine

    He also was one of the tops in the league in runs scored, how fast we forget.

  • BronxMets

    what?

  • B@IdersonStinks

    Cookie cutter. What a politically correct comparison. There’s an ugly section of Mets fans who didn’t want Abreu because they want their team to speak English like their GM does.

    The problem is the team plays baseball like their GM does lol

  • Pagan is a star now? Give me an f-ing break

  • B@IdersonStinks

    You bunt the ball where it’s pitched, corky. Ever try bunting a pitch on the inside corner?

    Experience is life’s best educator. Talk what you know about and you will get further in life.

  • the slobber on your chin gave it away

  • Charley’s Twin

    he would certainly relate to me just fine, as I’m sure he would to the many fans who suggested the Mets sign this guy right here on this site.

  • TheMetsMachine

    Well if he is going to be a Yankee, you’ll have to wait a looooong time. after this season Harvey has 2 years of pre-arbitration left (would have been one year if he didn’t miss this year, he’ll have to make it up ) followed by 3 years of arbitration. A lot will happen between now and 2020.

    I don’t see Harvey waiting 5 years to get paid, with int 1-2 years he will sign a long term deal, otherwise he is risking one injury away – from losing a huge purse.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    Very serious. Both are the faces of their respective franchises, both are good with the media yet say little of substance, both have the respect of their teammates. Jeter is acknowledged as being the leader if this era of Yankee history. So where’s the disconnect?

  • TheMetsMachine

    You just described Derek Jeter to a T!

  • Hotstreak

    He like all managers has to be held accountable or the fall guy for the GM. Yes he probably will be reasssigned.

  • BronxMets

    Jeter has over 3000 hits 5 rings………..DW talks like he is a mouse………..

  • Hotstreak

    To make it clear and you should know DW is finished. Yeah a meh player. No all star any more. We are stuck with him and his 25% of payroll. He will pay the price in fan distain. The DW LOVERs root for the back of the Jersey and not the front. DW you SUCK big time.

    Does that clear it up bro? Sorry you thought I was defending him.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    I’ll give you that. But again, the original comment was seemingly critical of those who take a contrarian view. Based on that, the subsequent exchange was bound to happen…

  • Martin

    It’s misleading to say Flores replaced quintanilla.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    Somehow I think we’re in agreement…:)

  • Martin

    What are they supposed to say when asked questions in interviews?

  • billpulsipher

    he has more rings than D Wright will ever get

  • billpulsipher

    shockingly nobody claimed Q off waivers. nobody wants the Mets trash I guess

  • billpulsipher

    he has a “bad work ethic” according to those 2 clowns TC and Sandy lol.

  • Martin

    All of your off the field psychology is nonsense. The game is about hitting, not interviewing and saying things.

  • metsman

    Right? Nothing you say after a loss is going to make you anything but a “loser” …by definition anway.

  • Mets Fan in NC

    The Mets being a poor offense team should come as no surprise. We came into the season with mostly the same guys as last year with expectations of quantum improvement. It didn’t happen. Plus lots of fans speculated that Granderson would struggle away from Yankee Stadium’s short porch plus his propensity to strike out.
    Chris Young was an attempt to catch lightning in a bottle at a higher price. I get everyone calling out Travis, Curtis and Young for the lack of hitting….Wright and Duda should be looked at for lack of Slugging.

  • Mets Fan in NC

    The truth and players should be MAD about losing…Guys need to start producing in the clutch and batting their weight and we need more slugging (2B and HRs) relievers need to get the job done.
    No excuses…just say we sucked today and have to play better to contend….every interview sounds like and excuse and most players are comfortable losing…where is the anger and fire?

  • WilponsStinkLessNow

    Yeah the Pagan trade was a joke. They couldn’t afford to resign him so they basically gave him away, just like Frankie Rodriguez. Neither was a baseball move IMO, just straight money issues.

  • does that make him a “star”, trevor? a .280 career hitter with no power is a “star”? His career numbers in any way approach Wright’s?

  • saturn

    I think Chris Young is not that awful. And TDA perhaps should bat higher in the lineup. However with no Power coming from that lineup whatsoever they are screwed. They gambled with Granderson and he has been nothing but awful. Also…sorry but even if Satin was a bench player…they were counting on him and betting he could repeat the performance of last year. There is a reason why he wasnt in the Majors. Duda is the least of our problems, but if TC keeps batting him on the 7th spot…there is no point.

  • KennyandtheMets

    Agreed. I don’t mind his patient approach with nobody on base, but I have said for a long time that he HAS to be more aggressive with guys on base. Until this season, I felt like he was the best example of the failure of the team’s offensive philosophy. Now I feel like it is d’Arnaud.

  • Mets Fan in NC

    I am really worried that some of our minor league pitching will be exposed as not as good as advertised (or get injured) and we lost the opportunity to trade for offense

  • Mikey

    And C Young is doing any better?
    At least EYJ scored some runs and created some Mischief!
    I agree in general with your EYJ assessment…
    But truth is C Young probably shouldn’t be starting for an MLB team either!

    You need a leadoff hitter and EYJ is about the only one we really have.
    Until Sandy gets off his butt and finds someone better than both.

  • Mets Fan in NC

    Derek is as clutch as they come…Wright is the Kevin McReynolds of players…nice stats at the end of the year
    but not the guy that stirs the drink…

  • BronxMets

    lol

  • BronxMets

    iggy

  • Mets Fan in NC

    CY and Granderson both swing for the fences every time up…if they connect great but most of the time it is a K…because pitchers know that they’ll chase the ball out of the zone with 2 strikes

  • jimmy705

    MMF, did the Mets have better players at a better price to replace Pagan with when they gave him away? What’s your point: That because he isn’t a star, it was smart for the Mets to let him go?

  • everybodysbuddy

    I truly believe that what the team needs is a real bopper. Someone for whom opposing teams will game plan around. I don’t know if that’s a player would be available, and at what price. However that kind of hitter keeps a pitcher thinking about when it is that he comes to bat and how he’ll handle him, and loses his concentration maybe to the batters hitting in front of him. That’s what this team needs. Someone who makes the hitters around him better. Stanton, Tolowitski,Cargo, etc…

  • no, it was a bad trade. Let’s leave it at that. There is no need to dramaticize it and pretend that Pagan is some stud and that the trade haunts them to this day. He’s not that good. He’s better than what we got in return, however.

  • Matlack

    Hi Metsman, there’s no doubt the Pagan trade doesn’t look good in retrospect. Angel had and has a lot of talent. But there was allegedly a very ugly incident precipitated by TC in a game vs. the Phils which kind of sealed Angel’s fate in NY. Very embarrassing for Pagan, and I think after that, he needed to get out of NY.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Spoken like a true non athlete who never played a lick of organized ball on a team
    (And no im not talking about pickup games in your local park)

    Go pop in MLB2K and stick to video games

    The game is more mental than physical. There is no psychology to it

  • happens almost every day around the league.

  • WillisReid

    I don’t think cost had anything to do with it. They didn’t like him. They didn’t like the fact he whined about batting leadoff, because he thought he should be batting 5th(to help the team, of course). The Mets needed some BP arms, Ramirez was coming off a good year, and they got back a guy that could play CF. On paper the deal made sense, obviously it didn’t work out in the Mets favor. But now Lagares is in CF and giving Pagan like offense with GG caliber defense. .

    Now to KRod. Who had an absurd option on his contract that no team, including the Mets and rightly so wanted any part of, hence why he was used in a set up role in Milwaukee. He really had no value as a closer because teams weren’t going to use him in that role, due to the $17mm option triggering. So yeah, he was a salary dump, but he was nowhere near worth what that option would have payed him.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Truth hurts I see 😉

    Since None of you bozos could put together an argument against it. Wright was better when he was on steroids and didnt have to deal with being the focal point.

  • WillisReid

    How often do good players get DFA’d?

  • WillisReid

    There is no reasoning with mouth breathers dude.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown
  • Terry

    Great article and well said…

  • Taskmaster4450

    Leroy is right on this one.

  • KennyandtheMets

    The Ks don’t bother me so much. It is the fact that they foul off pitches they should be driving. I could take the high K rate if they were hitting more HRs and driving in more runs.

  • apparently no one has told you that Pagan is now a Hall of Famer.

    I like to think about the trade from the opposite perspective.
    “Mets get fleeced trading Pagan for Torres”. However, if the sides were reversed it would be “Classless Mets trade fan favorite and World Series hero, Andres Torres for low talent, lazy OF”

  • BCleveland3381

    Most of the article I agree with. But if you bat TDA 2nd, who are you gonna bat 8th? Wilmer? That doesn’t seem to make sense, considering he’s here for his bat. Duda? Chris Young? Granderson?

  • yes, it is truthful that you knob slobber a guy after 1 year of success.

    Your “Wright took steroids” is so very, very fetch. It’ll happen one day, you attention whoring nimrod

  • Peter S

    Reality is they are just 3 games out of first. 1 week of good baseball will turn this all around. The FO needs to give this team a boost. Flores, Campbell and maybe Montero now. Put Meija in the pen at this point.

  • Well based on comments it would prob be Wright when he plays off the bench vs lefties. Since being in the top 10 among MLB 3B in Runs, Hits, Doubles, Avg, OBP and 12th in RBI’s means you should be benched. To think this is what he is doing while slumping. Can’t wait to see him hopefully get hot again.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Can we get a MIC in front of our Captain and ask him to revisit these statements

    David Wright envisions a bright future for the Mets.

    With the offseason additions of center fielder Curtis Granderson and right-hander Bartolo Colon, coupled with a surge of young talent in the organization, Wright believes the Mets are in position to make the POST SEASON THIS YEAR for the first time since 2006.

    Speaking Friday at his annual fundraiser in Norfolk, Va., to benefit the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Wright admitted he was “as frustrated as anybody” with the Mets’ playoff drought. Nevertheless, the third baseman thinks his club will be playing in October sooner rather than later.

    “Losing is unacceptable, in my book, it’s unacceptable in the fans’ book, and I want them to know that although it was a great run in 2006, I think that we’re in store for an even GREATER RUN in years to come, because of the youth movement that we have, because of some of the pieces that [general manager] Sandy [Alderson] and the front office have added this offseason,” Wright said. “I think this is only kind of the beginning … and it’s going to be fun when we get to that point where we’re a playoff team each year.”—DAVID ALLEN WRIGHT

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/david-wright-excited-for-what-future-holds-for-mets?ymd=20140124&content_id=67104248&vkey=news_mlb

    Someone get this man a drug test…..

  • WilponsStinkLessNow

    What happened?

  • he almost missed and AB when he was in the bathroom and didn’t tell anyone where he was going. Then he pouted that he was pulled from the game in the next half inning. Then he let a ball drop next to him without diving for it

  • hahahaha. Guy spends all day, every day trolling Mets message boards calls other guy a “non-athlete”.
    Gold, Leroy. Gold.

  • Seriously. Wright must answer for not making the postseason in 2014 5 months before that is concluded. What’s he hiding from?

  • Terry

    Well, what else is he going to say. He’s never had the balls to say anything else but the company line. I don’t know why we even ask players for their comments. They ALL say the same things. There is a blueprint on what to say after a loss, after a win, after a bad performance, after a great performance, etc. I always think of Bull Durham when I see quotes from players especially after the game. And don’t think for a moment any of us have the balls to rip on the people signing our checks. Wright has earned the “right” to rip on the front office but he’s not that dude. And who knows, maybe he is behind closed doors. That would be the “right” way of doing it anyway.

  • sorry Peter but the season is over. Haven’t you heard? David Wright has some explaining to do

  • it’s amazing how people talk about how “knowledgeable” Mets fans are, isn’t it? Those people clearly do not frequent MMO

  • BCleveland3381

    People here complain as much about what our GM and Wright says during press conferences as they do with our on the field play. We are sucking right now, but who cares about PR friendly press conference comments? It’s pathetic how much focus is paid to this kind of stuff. The only reason guys even talk to the media is because they have to. Stop reading into everything just to fuel your hatred. There is enough during games to do that.

  • El_Verdadero_Presidente

    Pagan has a GI disease, I believe ulcerative colitis, which is characterized by flareups that leave sufferers afraid to wander too far from a bathroom. If you’ve ever known anybody trying to live with this, all you can do is cringe – and sympathize.

  • DrDooby

    Wright & Granderson have been performing well below their career numbers and very reasonable expectations considering their more recent numbers in 2013 and 2012. These guys need to get going. And that includes hitting for some power.

    6 weeks into the season and there´s no hitter really “overachieving”. Basically Murphy, Duda, Lagares and maybe the two Youngs have performed close to the range of expected production. But Wright, Granderson and d´Arnaud have performed well below. And SS has proven to be as terrible as expected for now. Both offensively and defensively. The pitching in general has performed about as expected – at least collectively. If this offense had performed closer too expectations, the Mets would probably be 19-15 or 18-16 today, battling for 1st place in the NL East. Still plenty of time to turn things around but the next 9 games with the 2 games vs. the weak Phillies, then the subway series vs. a beatable Yankee team and then 3 games at the reeling Nats is a key stretch. The Mets absolutely have to take 5 of these 9 games minimum to get a more positive feeling back and to halt the skid.

  • no one actually cares. It’s just another thing to whine about.

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lybqbvzuGI1qz71r6o1_500.png

  • my aunt has Crohn’s, I know.

  • BigAl831

    Where are all the Matt Harvey quotes then?

  • he acts childishly on Twitter. Leroy finds that edgy and badass

  • BigAl831

    To be honest I didn’t even read his post and I was asking about Harvey quotes about the team.

    It’s absolutely ridiculous the amount of hate one of the best third basemen to maybe ever play the game can get. Just because he’s a very nice, humble, good looking, respectful, reserved, somewhat safe playing guy.

    Just like when Beltran was here, I just will never understand it.

    Derek Jeter gives answers like this everyday and somehow it shows us a leader but not when D Wright does it!!! Weird.

  • Bail4Nails

    Manhattan, serious question. At what point do you guys break down and say, “Okay, maybe this Sabremetrics approach to Hitting is not working for the Mets. It’s time to scrap it, fire Dave Hudgens, and get a Hitting Coach that actually knows how to Hit a Baseball.”

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    NEVER!!!!

    Because that would involve pointing blame and KING SANDY and him being fired as well since its HIS philosophy……….BPO

    #SandyLoversDontGiveInJustDisappear

  • yep. David Wright doesn’t go out of his way to criticize his bosses and doesn’t throw things in the clubhouse. Therefore he is no leader and has no heart and should be traded for Angel Pagan who is apparently the Spanish Willie Mays

  • BigAl831

    What is the deal honestly?

    How can you not root for the guy? 29 other teams would still gladly take our non leader away from us.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    On the planet im from you are accountable for EVERYTHING you say.

    Didnt we just go through hearing Darling on the mets oath letter to the fans

  • it isn’t the sabermetric approach that’s the problem. It’s the way it is implemented. Stressing guys who are good at getting on base is a very logical way to build a lineup but you can’t just try to force every square peg into a round hole. Some guys should be encouraged to go out there and do their thing – especially guys like DW and CG who have had great success in the past. Why mess with a good thing? Get the young kids to buy in to high OBP and pitch selectivity. Teach Juan L that it’s ok to take a walk, especially leading off an inning. Let Curtis and David do what comes natural

  • Bail4Nails

    Leroy, I usually agree with you, and your passion here is unmatched. However, I’m trying to take a Logical approach to Debating the Sandy supporters. I just don’t see what facts they have that deny what I see with my own eyes. This Hitting Approach does NOT work.
    But yelling at them doesn’t help me either. Sorry.

  • Terry

    Yeah…I agree with you Leroy. Settle down, dude. I’m with you on most things you post. Just saying not everyone has the mettle to speak honestly. Hopefully he is doing it behind closed doors…that would be the professional way of doing it. But, yeah, it would be nice for DW to show a little passion and get pissed off.

  • Bail4Nails

    But why don’t they do that? Even at .300, Murphy looks like a different hitter. He’s thinking WAY too much at the plate sometimes, instead of just doing his thing. I can’t even get into what they’re doing with Travis D’Arnaud. Strikes Right Down the Middle. I’m almost positive TDA would be batting .300 for another team right now. Yes, Lagares should be more selective at the plate. But he should learn the strike zone on his own, like all good Hitters do.
    Imagine how much more confident these guys would be with an All-Star caliber Coach (Alfonzo) giving them individual pointers along the way, instead of some Desk Jockey Micromanaging every At-Bat. It would do Wonders for this Offense.

  • dunno man – it is implemented far too strictly and presented as a must do instead of a general approach for all players regardless of their talent level.
    I would LOVE to see Fonzie as a hitting instructor or even manager. One of my favorite all time Mets

  • this is why you are regarded civilly and can be spoken too as an equal while Leroy just gets the scorn and derision he deserves

  • because this site is loaded with trolls and Leroy is their King. Or he’s just incredibly stupid. Or both.

  • Bail4Nails

    I’m just surprised it’s not all over the News. Four years, all different kinds of players in the Lineup, same Results. How can Management be so blind to the fact that it’s the System that’s not working. Just blows my mind, sorry for the vent.

  • Here’s a very valuable business lesson I’ve learned throughout my career:
    When you screw up, admit it, fix it, don’t repeat it.
    Wanna see your boss, your customers, and your colleagues despise you?
    Keep making excuses, don’t make corrections, and keep screwing up.

    Terry: Never Speak – never.
    Pretty boy david: Say this, We suck, we’re sorry. Stop talking.
    Sandy: consider the honorable way that a Samuria says, “I blew it”.

  • I cannot imagine Hudgens making it to the ASB if the offense keeps going like it is. This is exactly the sort of thing hitting instructors get fired for

  • seriously, every time I hear someone say that Flores can be like Fonzie, I get tingly.

  • Bail4Nails

    Here here. Maybe they have a mental fitness camp that Hudge can go to before that point.

  • hehe, send the big fat head to brain fat camp.
    I think the approach makes sense. I think the strictness with which it is imposed on all players is the problem.
    Nothing wrong with looking for your pitch to hit – or even controversial about it

  • BCleveland3381

    So he’s accountable for his opinion being wrong? He said in every quote, he “thinks” or “believes” the mets will be better. Right now, they aren’t. And if they don’t get better, he’ll just be wrong. Stop with the “accountable for your comments” nonsense. Ive grown to agree with a lot of what you say on here, Leroy, but this take is beyond ridiculous.

  • Bail4Nails

    I saw rally caps in the Dugout last night, so the 80’s team is having some Influence. Maybe a little dash of the 2000 guys would help too. #TeamFonzie

  • I hated Franco as a player because he was so maddeningly frustrating with his tightrope walking but Johnny F as bullpen coach, Fonzie managing with Wally as 1B coach would be wonderful.
    addition: I’d take Keith over Hudgens as hitting instructor too. I think he’d be good for them and also it would get him out of the booth where I can’t stand him. Let Ronnie and Gary do their thing. You’re an arrogant AH, Keith.

  • Andrew Herbst

    I wish they would say we didn’t play well and that it’s unacceptable.

  • also, I don’t think there is such a thing as a “Sandy Lover”. There are most certainly “Sandy Haters” and they regard anyone who is not reflexively ignorant in all that they say with regards to the Mets as shilling for Alderson and the Wilpons

  • Bail4Nails

    Absolutely. Then, with 2 Strikes, forget everything else, and emulate Danny Murphy and Juan Lagares. Short swing, Opposite field, put the Ball in Play. How’s that?

  • we should be making $400,000 a year to teach grown men how to play a game 🙂

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    lol…Iwasnt getting hyped up or loud i use caps a lot just for emphasis on certain words lol

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Donald Sterling gave his opinion too and we know the results of which….

  • that is the Holocaust of analogies

  • Can’t we somehow include Terry Einstein in the package?

  • The stock in the young pitchers is as high as a Dot Com bubble right now. Sell, sell, sell.

  • Destry

    We are a competent manager away from being in 1st place. We’ve lost 8 one run games already, and TC is at least a -1 run handicap.

  • So you are insulting the 30 thousand readers a day that we have because of the 3-4 people you disagree with?

    Watch what you say in the future, because I will not allow insults like that to fly again.

    MMO readers come from all walks of life and include many servicemen and women, first responders, people of all ages. Lots of good people who love this team like i do.

    And I have a great deal of respect for all of them regardless of what they feel is best for the team.

  • I think that the approach in theory has “some” merits. However, I’m reminded of the immortal Mike Tyson’s “Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth” quote.
    I mean, I know exactly how to get Miguel Cabrera to strike out, the problem is, I can’t throw a 200 MPH fastball on the black and back it up with and Uncle Charley curveball.

  • Destry

    Couldn’t agree more. If Sandy would just say, OK, Im sorry. I didn’t realize that little league coaches already tell players to swing at strikes and not swing at balls. I also didn’t realize that a strikeout is worse than a regular out. My bad.

  • They should say, “I don’t have time to talk right now, I need to go reevaluate every single aspect of why I’m terrible at what I do for a living”.

  • BCleveland3381

    And here is most ridiculous analogy in history. You are lost Leroy.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    You won this comment section.

  • seriously, Joe? I am clearly not referring to the 30,000 *readers* as no one can judge a person’s knowledge if they are merely reading articles so I am obviously only referring to the posters. I am not sure what bearing on what they do for a living has on their knowledge of baseball or the Mets specifically. I respect differences of opinion. However, I am not going to pretend to respect clowns who lump Bay, TDA and Wright together or others who “demand” accountability from DW for saying he thinks the team will be good, those that call Nimmo a bust at age 20 or think TDA is never going to amount to anything because of his underwhelming first 200 ML ABs. These aren’t differences of opinion. These are examples of glaring stupidity – ignorance of not only baseball but of everyday logic and reason.

    It’s not 3 or 4. It’s a dozen regulars at least.

    So, yeah, checking out the MMO comments section should give some people pause about the knowledge level of Mets fans. Just like anything else, some are – some aren’t.

    Maybe you should threaten those who say that Angel Pagan is a “star” as that reflects poorly on your 30,000 readers far more than my pointing out what a stupid thing that is to say

  • You missed the third phase of my approach: Don’t repeat it.
    If he would say, “Now guys I want you to stop listening to Hudgens and Terry and just go hit the ball a lot” then he would achieve Nirvanna.

  • High praise indeed!

  • I’m not asking you to respect clowns, but answer me this. Who are the unintelligent ones, the trolls or the gullible ones who feed them?

    Do you think you could change the minds of those who don’t like Wright? They weren’t swayed when Wright was posting MVP years, do you think they will now?

    Nothing you say will change people’s minds.

    But that’s not even my concern. You are free to interact with the people you disagree with all you want.

    Just follow my comment guidelines and do not insult our readers or writers.

  • Phoenix Met

    no one actually cares. It’s just another thing to whine about people whining about something that someone like you is whining about.

  • Matlack
  • I look forward to your defense of Connor next time the knuckledraggers are berating him because they don’t understand math

  • jason bay

    The excuse is not really an excuse but a reason.

    The previous FO didn’t do much in the way if providing us with hitters so if course the offense is going to suffer when you combine that fact with very little in the FA market worth buying and ownership that can’t afford to run a Major League sports Franchise.

    If we had gotten some hitters besides Ike, Kirk, Thole, Fern, Duda, Forsyth, Shields, Vaughn, Javier Rodriguez, MDD ect and so forth things would have been different.

  • but I will do my best to not insult other commenters despite how much they may deserve it.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Im far from lost. Both men gave there opinions whether they are right or wrong is besides the point.

    My basis is you should accountable for what you say.

    Wright said this is a playoff team and will be exciting, which is his opinion.

    Right now nothing he has said is coming to fruition, quite the opposite in fact.

    So I as a fan would like a reporter to ask him about his feelings now compared to the offseason when he made the statement.

    You are too busy telling me so what he said it he is supposed to say it. Thats crap and more of this new age reality TV garbage.

    I dont appreciate talking heads who say things just to say things. Repeat the company slogan.

    Wright is selling the fans a product when he says those things. IMO fans want the truth more than they want fluff which is why the Wright gets flack from some of us, because too often he comes off as insincere and disingenuous.

    A lot of people like to say Wright is like Jeter in that matter, but thats false. Ive heard Jeter many times speak honestly about the play of his team.

  • so you do actually care what an athlete says in a postgame? You derive some great wisdom from “one game at a time, put the bat on the ball, not give the other guys an extra out, team effort, etc”

    I made a promise to Joe and I’m going to keep it

  • prior to the last road trip a number of people were talking about how this was as excited by the Mets that they’d been in years. They had a rough week. Time to get going again. You want David to state the obvious?

  • Eight people including Bayonne Met Fan, Ghosts of Omar, Izzy, Alex were all banned because of Connor and I would do the same for any reader or writer who is personally insulted.

  • That’s all I ask. Thank you.

  • good. Kid gets a raw deal for being smarter than people twice his age

  • billpulsipher

    in a week after they get buried by the yankees, this team will be irrelevant. they will be 10 under or worse by memorial day weekend and the rest is history. another awful season. another failure by sandy the genius alderson. playing out the string by mid may. 3 worst organizations in baseball are the astros, cubs and your new york mets….

  • keeping my promise, Joe D! (though saying that can really just become a euphemism so maybe I should stop) 🙂

  • billpulsipher

    so you prefer the garbage sandy got in return for Pagan? ok then

  • billpulsipher

    keep supporting fred and jeff and making excuses ^^^ “Pagan was a bad guy. Abreu didn’t fit. no SS were available. no relievers were available>” excuses excuses from sandy and his minions

  • metsfan79

    David Wright isn’t a leader. He has zero fire. Don’t get me wrong he’s a solid player but a leader of this team no way. he is a company guy how can’t he be pissed off. The guy just rolls with what ever. Slap a few singles agree with wilponz sandy and terry so no hunger and collect a check. That my friends is David Wright.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    LMFAO!!!! Yeah blame the previous FO whom havent been here since 2010 for this current administrations failures……

    NEWS FLASH!!!! Its 2014….4 whole years later….and that previous regime was fired because they didnt get the job done. So blaming the 2010 regime for the failures of the 2014 team is pathetic to say the least. And it highlights this regimes many flaws one of which is:

    “NO ACCOUNTABILITY”

    -Cant blame the players because they arent that good
    -Cant blame the hitting coach cause he doesnt have hitters that fit the scheme
    -Cant blame the pitching coach because he doesnt have the bullpen arms
    -Cant blame Collins because he doesnt have talented enough players to win
    -Cant blame Alderson because the last regime didnt leave behind good enough prospects and the Wilpons didnt give him enough money.

    All blame goes on the previous regime although this new regime was brought in to IMPROVE the team that the last one left….lmao…they werent hired to work in tandem they are the REPLACEMENTS

    The contract your GM & his NEW FO signed on for was for 4 years.

    Which means he and the men whom hired him(Wilpons) came to the conclusion that he would at the very least improve the team within those 4years or at the very least show improvement by the end of it.

    And what do you mean players werent available lol….I would make a list of all the available players since 2011 to now but it is too extensive,

  • I can’t stand Fred and Jeff. I don’t think Sandy is an idiot. I don’t think he’s infallible. I judge him without emotional bias either way. Try it.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Yeah those people say the same thing every year since Sandy took over whenever the team has a good series. This is a franchise that has been losing for what?6 straight years?

    If a 40 yr old Virgin were to get action from the ugliest woman in the world it would be the most exciting night of his life as well.

    LAck of something makes you appreciate even the smallest crumbs.

    Yes, I want Wright to state the obvious and speak honestly with me and the rest of the fanbase.

    I respect that rather than hear a man insult my intelligence and blow smoke up my a** like im some half wit mongo.

    I respect the truth. You want fans to endear themselves to you be yourself and honest. At some point people get tired of the act.

  • Martin

    I am not sure what you mean, I am a far better baseball player than you ever were. But that isn’t the issue.

    The game is on the field, not in your or my baseball experience or with the press.

  • Martin

    What they say has nothing to do with anything. They need to play baseball, better. All the public relations nonsense giving you the emotional response you prefer, it’s nonsense.

  • Martin

    It’s isn’t about what you say, it’s about performance. Why do you care so much about off the field stuff?

  • Martin

    Do you want baseball players or guys that inspire you with good public relations?

    You say he is a solid player. Ok then, he is a solid player, the end. Who cares about the rest? His job is to be a solid player. His job isn’t to please you in interviews.

    You can have guys wih fire and grit. I will take the guys that can hit and sleep through interviews like they don’t care at all.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    OK, No emotion right now

    As a GM Alderson has 9 straight losing seasons as a GM and he is going on season 10. Thats a record for GMs

    Its hard to argue that he isnt a terrible GM when all of the signs point to it. Youd have to go back more than 2decades to point to any success as a GM.

    So I tried it.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    How about Winning baseball players.

  • Anthony

    I am responsible words to live by

  • Martin

    Winning is measured on the field with stats and numbers, not the interview room.

  • I’ve corrected you on this in the past so I am not sure why you continue to lie… err… make this mistake.
    8 seasons of losing records. Not 9.

    While I suppose it is possible that the man who built the A’s team that went to 3 consecutive WSs and made 4 playoff appearances in a 5 year span suddenly forgot how to build a good baseball team, it is far more likely that the fact that his last 2 employers have forced him to dramatically reduce payroll has a good bit more to do with his lack of success in recent seasons.

    He left the A’s in 1997 and in 2000 they began a run of 4 straight playoff appearances under his protege, Bean

  • what do you stand for? Goodness or badness, Leroy?

    Sorry your empty “winning baseball players” just reminded me of Judge Smails’ ridiculousness

  • Anthony

    The common theme is bad players

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Because he is on a blog and an intense Fan aka FANATIC.

    These comments made off the field are intended for him and all the other fans. NO ONE ELSE.

    Thats why he cares because these comments are directed toward him.

    I hope that answers your question

  • ever since Sandy took over? You actually DO think there are people who just love Sandy for some reason? Wow.

  • Peter S

    The season was over on April 1st. But unfortunately they still have to play the games and I frankly have nothing better to watch on TV. So I might as well stay positive and hope the Mets can get me to the next episode of 24 each week.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Ok, a record 8 Straight losing seasons going on 9!

    But as usual we’re in 2014 and you have to go all the way back to 1992 the last year Sandy had a winning season as a GM to tell me about anything he did that was a positive as GM. It is 2014 my friend that “23yrs ago”

    To put that into context Wilmer Flores our current SS was a newborn baby at the time.

    But I love how you tried to piggy back him onto Billy Beanes success as a GM smh….

    As usual you have no answers just blind support

  • have you watched Vikings? I was very surprised at how good it is. Really didn’t have high expectations from a History Channel drama but they apparently have a great production budget and lots of gore, interesting story lines and hot viking wimmins (and jacked up, shirtless viking men if that’s your proclivity). Definitely worth the time filler as you wait for Jack’s next installment

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    He asked a question and gave 2 options I chose 1. You should try reading before you blindly respond to any and every comment I make.

    I have a dog at home that shadows me I dont need one on the internet.

  • piggy back him? He mentored Bean. Of that 2000 A’s team:
    Giambi, Tejada, Eric Chavez, Grieve, Stairs, Hudson – all from left overs from Alderson’s tenure.

    Again, since you apparently missed this the first time around, he was forced to slash payroll at both the As and Mets

  • lareplus

    Things aren’t as bad as they seem. The leadership of the Mets seems to be slow and plodding, maybe it’s being methodical. There is such enormous pitching depth in the minors its uncanny. But position players you say?

    Well, also looking at the minors I see some incredible hitting. Campbell has been tearing up the league. Can he do that in Citi? I don’t know but he’s not the only one. Flores will get his big chance now and he’s shown he can hit all through the minors. And the depth of first sackers in the minors is pretty impressive. What about short? Has anyone noticed that Tovar and Reynolds are smashing at AA? And then at St. Lucy, look how well TJ and Nimmo are hitting. And there is some potential at catcher, as well.

    It’s not going to happen all at once but I have a feeling that Alderson is building a franchise that’s going to kick butt for a long time. I’m pretty disappointed in CY and Granderson and about ready to say send TDA down for a couple of months to bask in that hitter friendly park in Vegas, but I do think things are going to get better as the season goes on.

  • TheMetsMachine

    Jeter is clutch? Isn’t that excuse I heard in the off season about Robinson Cano? That he is better than Wright, despite playing in a sand box most of his career and having an all star line up around him?

    What’s Cano doing Seattle so far? How are those home runs working out?

  • TheMetsMachine

    It’s funny it’s alright to be that description for Jeter, but for Wright the description is negative. Some of my fellow Met fans really take the cake but hey, these are the same Met fans that said #blameBeltran for years and then wondered why Beltran didn’t want to come back here?

    Look in the mirror and write hypocrites!!

  • TheMetsMachine

    I would like to nominate “BadBadLeroyBrown” For MMO – Idiot poster of the year award for 2014.

    Every time this guy posts something, it feels like your IQ drops just a little. Multiple that by the number of times his posts, in the end we might end up with double digit IQ – like him!

    Stop the madness!

  • B-Met Fan

    “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!” It’s not. It only feels that way. The infamous letter was ridiculous, evidence of how out of touch the Mets are with their fan base. Staying with the letter after it’s angry reception only added to the problem. But, letters of this sort don’t win or lose baseball games. If anything, I’m hoping the letter and the Mets poor play will hasten decision making to bring some of our young pitching into play at Citi Field. Standing still is no longer an option. Bringing on veterans on the downward side of their careers is no longer an option. As disappointing and painful as the last week of Met baseball has been, things are nearing a tipping point when even the slow wheels of Met change will begin to churn

  • Peter S

    I have not caught Vikings yet. I jus started up Game of Thrones season 1. Had to use my brothers HBO on the go account but then he cancelled it. And I refuse to pay for such easily stolen privileges.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Joe D.,

    Some other things to consider:

    – What is the excuse for yesterday? We were playing the last place Phillies that was cold and had no pitching to keep us down.

    – Hitting balls harder than other clubs for outs is impressive on a stat sheet but otherwise is another useless piece of information. It is reflective of teams knowing how to defense themselves against Met hitters and the Met hitters inability to Wee Willie Keeler (aka “hit ’em where they ain’t”).

    – And how often do they not put balls in play? What about the fifth inning with second and third and nobody out and Philadelphia playing the infield back and conceding the run? Next two hitters strike out?

    – Good pitching wins ballgames? Once more that is forgetting how bad hitting in turn looses ball games as last night was another perfect example. Again, we were not exactly facing a top echelon staff.

    – If one has to tip their hats to the other team when being beaten, should the Mets then also tip their hats in gratitude to Arizona for being more pathetic than we are, or St. Louis and Atlanta for being mired in season long hitting slumps?

    This is an organization run on economic priorities and with a general manager who enforces statistical probabilities in the way the team is to be shaped and played which like the ownership itself, is reflective of one who has put himself in charge of baseball matters and is disconnected with the game in every professional manner. Together, that is a dangerous combination for any group of players to rise above and succeed.

  • Dan Bahr

    Bringing “some of our young pitching” to the Mets won’t solve the problem of absolutely no offense.

  • mets4lyfe

    Dodgers might force the Mets to give up Syndergaard just to take Terry Collins off their hands.

  • Russ

    Lets look at May splits for the team (4 colorado, 3 Miami, 1 Philly)
    Mets .240/.304/.366
    Above Team Avg
    Lagares .294/.314/.441
    Murphy .314/.368/.600

    Wright .353/.405/.500
    Granderson .290/.371/.516
    Duda .316/.435/.368
    CYoung .259/.355/.333

    And the bad (1-2-3 inning)
    TDA .217/.250/ .348
    Tejada .000/.118/.000
    Pitchers .000

    Ladies and Gents we have only 6 innings to do damage, because 3 of those innings are 1-2-3 innings. Statistically speaking, it bleeds over into innings before and after these three. Two out rally and TDA comes up, hits it right on the screws at somebody, inning over. Then next inning two outs before Lagares can try to do something.

    It appears that they are addressing it, so the team should start turning things around.

  • Mets Fan in NC

    Yes and No. Complacent players don’t work as hard and the reflection occurs on the field. The fans don’t tolerate losing here but it seems like managers and FO are accustomed to failure….if you were mediocre at your job and your boss accepted a weak performance you wouldn’t change…some teams have higher expectations

  • Did you ever see anybody who kept messing up and kept making BS excuses about it? How quickly did they turn things around and start performing?
    That’s the WHOLE thing. The time you waste vomiting out worthless excuses could be better spent working on fixing things.

  • Martin

    how how do you know that the attitude in interviews has anything at all to do with intensity on the field? why would it?

    i agree that complacency on the field is bad. but again, what does that have to do with interviews and off the field stuff?

  • Martin

    again i do not understamd the connection between on the field performance and statements made to the press.

    if a guy said “i am terrible its my fault i a gonna work harder” would that make you happy even if he sucked?

    would a terriffic player make you sad if he made excuses all the time?

    again, ,i just dont see why you are interested in what people say to the press. the game is on the field.

  • Monix

    I’m sure when Pagan had a down year his last year with the Mets you were very supportive of him. I”m sure you were cheering him on and telling everyone how good he’s going to be someday. I’m also sure the day he was traded you were devastated.

  • I wouldn’t want to give up Montero. I like him a lot. However, if he had to be in the deal to get Pederson, I’d do it. We need OFers who are presently good at baseball and everyday players – we have pitching.

  • jason bay

    LMAO Leroy @ your naivity.

    95% of position players who are performing in the Major Leagues were signed or drafted anywhere from 1998-2010.

    You may concentrate on the 5% missed from 2011-2013 but your not fooling anyone when you dismiss out of hand the 95% we missed out on prior to 2011.

    Your looking so hard for the rabbit that you don’t see the elephant standing a foot in front of you.

  • Mets Fan in Paris

    Personally, I blame Nixon for all our country’s current woes. I mean, there’s no way it could be the fault of the current guy running the show. Right?

  • Nimmofan25

    The only people complaining are the ones who actually expect something from this team. Yet everything is going as normal, start off fast, slow down and then 500 for the rest of the season. There was never any reason to be excited about this team. Signing 2 guys that hit less then 230 what did you expect they were going to hit 275 all of a sudden.
    They are having problems driving in runs, surprise same old same old, they had the same problem last year and the year before. Not hitting for power again surprise same as last year and the year before that. Good to great pitching outings wasted to no One’s surprise because it’s the same problem from last year and the year before.
    Isn’t it time to try something else? Even a moron knows if you bang your head twice and it hurts you don’t do it again. This team isn’t going to be fixed with money the Wontpons aren’t spending or selling. While it’s hard to say there is only one way to fix this team. Trade Wright, Gee, and Neise this can bring you 5-6 top prospects who are ready to play now as well as other pieces. Losing these 3 hurt in the immediate future.
    But saves a ton of money, will allow you to this offseason with about 30 million to play with to fix your bullpen and add a power bat who can hit for average. It’s time Terry goes as well worst in game manager in baseball. It is time for change because what you have been doing is not working.