We’re pleased to bring you The Jim and Justin Breakdown hosted by former Mets GM Jim Duquette and sports statistician Justin MacMahan.
On this episode we hone in on the New York Mets, analyzing what went wrong in 2017 and what to expect going forward. Former Mets pitcher and SNY analyst Nelson Figueroa joins the show with Jim and Justin, and comedian and Mets fan Jim Breuer also joins the show as a special guest.
Hear Jim Duquette elaborate on what went wrong for the Mets this season.
“The front office underestimated the defensive side of things and how much their below average defense was going to impact their pitching this year… Their defense has really been exposed and in my opinion it’s the one of the things that has really been a disaster this season.”
The other thing Jim had a problem with was the middle relief pitching. The Mets were so intent on building the backend of the bullpen, they forgot they needed those middle relievers to bridge the starting pitching to Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia, and when Familia went down – it all went down. That’s why the Mets went after all those relievers when they started trading all their veteran bats.
Hear Figgy give his take on Chris Flexen who he believes was setup to fail when Mets decided to promote him from Double-A. “I almost feel bad for him. It was too soon. He was progressing very nicely and was working with a pitching coach who is a guru in this organization.”
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