When the Mets set out to trade Matt Harvey, their obvious goal was to upgrade the catcher position. However, given Harvey’s performance over the past few seasons, the Mets were likely going to need to take back a similar player to Harvey in that they were going to need to take back someone else’s problem or fallen star. To that extent, former first round draft pick and All Star and injury prone catcher Devin Mesoraco was exactly the type of return you could have expected.
It turns out he was exactly the return the Mets needed.
Mesoraco seems rejuvenated in a Mets uniform, and so far, he is performing very well. In four starts for the Mets, Mesoraco is hitting .214/.353/.643 with two homers and three RBI. All of those numbers are best among all Mets catchers this season. He’s also been a more commanding presence behind the plate, which is something the Mets have not seen since Rene Rivera left.
Overall, he’s played well, and he’s starting to make a case to be the Mets starting catcher even when Kevin Plawecki returns.
2. Don’t Be Surprised
Since May 7, Rosario is 8-23 with three doubles and three RBI.
It would seem as if Rosario has found some sort of a comfort level batting ninth. Where most players may feel slighted by batting where a pitcher normally does, Rosario apparently has no problem putting ego aside so he could be in the best position for both him and for the team to succeed. It speaks volumes about his maturity and his willingness to be a team player.
3. Guillorme Terrific Start to His MLB Career
Since getting called up to the majors, Luis Guillorme‘s play has been sporadic, but he has made the most of it. That started with his MLB debut when after appearing as a pinch runner for Wilmer Flores, he would score his first MLB run on the ensuing Michael Conforto homer.
He’d also play second or third without making an error.
Really, short of him adding another highlight reel play or catching another errant bat, you could not have asked for a better debut, and with this debut, it should put more pressure on Jose Reyes and his 6 wRC+ to start producing in some aspect of his game.
1. That Game Should Have Been Postponed
Under MLB Rule 4.04(a), the New York Mets had the option to deem the weather and field conditions unsuitable to play baseball yesterday. Seeing how the rain poured and the field conditions, which included nearly a 20 minute rain delay in the third inning. The delay was so the grounds crew to get the wet and soggy field into playing condition. That delay only served to show how narrow minded the decision to play yesterday’s game was.
No, no one can be quite sure Lagares’ injury was due to the slick field conditions, but it probably didn’t help. Ultimately, when you play in those conditions, those are the unnecessary risks you take.
On a more strategic note, this was a game the Mets were playing without Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier. Wouldn’t it have behooved the team to take advantage of horrible weather conditions and look to play the game in the future when this team was at full strength? That’s certainly a better option than playing in those miserable conditions in front of dozens of fans.
No matter how you look at it, it was the wrong decision by the Mets not to call that game before the first pitch, and it was a mistake the Nationals didn’t make even though they now have a game and a half to make up with the Yankees.
2. When Will We See Coaching Staff Impact on This Pitching Staff?
Seemingly unprovoked, Dave Eiland offered an assessment that Noah Syndergaard has not really accomplished anything in the Major Leagues. Considering how Syndergaard responded with yet another disappointing effort, you could almost understand where Eiland was coming from in his statement.
However, when you make statements like Eiland made, it really should invite scrutiny on the job you are doing, and so far, you’d be hard-pressed to argue Eiland has been doing the job both he and Mickey Callaway were brought here to do.
The duo was entasked with bringing this Mets pitching staff to the heights they were in 2015. That was the job, and they knew it when they accepted their respective positions.
Considering the injuries each of these starters has befallen, it was unrealistic to expect that. However, it should not have been unrealistic for these pitchers to improve upon their 2017 seasons. With the exception of Jacob deGrom, this pitching staff has regressed. This includes both Matt Harvey and Jason Vargas, who both Eiland and Callaway advocated to be a part of this team. With almost two months into the season, Harvey is a Red, and Vargas has a 13.68 ERA.
These pitchers are struggling just as much as they ever have, and the majority of them are working hard just to get to five innings. Things were supposed to be much better than this with Callaway and Eiland at the helm. They’re not. It’s time for some of the things they are working on with these pitchers to start showing some tangible effects.
3. Mets Learn No Lessons
Clearly, that assessment was a mistake.
Despite wanting things to be different with a new coaching and medical staff at the helm, the Mets made the same mistake with Cespedes they always do.
Fearing losing him for 10 days, the Mets kept Cespedes not just on roster, but they played him. Perhaps unrelated or originally misdiagnosed or reported, but that right quad injury would soon become a strain of the right hip flexor.
Now, no one knows when he’ll return, and it’s quite possible he’ll be out much longer than if he was immediately put on the DL.
In the end, you can change the manager, and you can change the trainer, but this will always remain the same old Mets.