1. Road Warrior
With Steven Matz allowing no earned runs in his 5.1 innings against the Marlins yesterday, he lowered his road ERA to 2.25. On the road, he is also limiting opponents to a .232/.331/.318 batting line. Basically, Matz looks like the pitcher we all expected him to be once he gets far away from Citi Field.
Maybe that will be a selling point to get as many good pieces as possible back for him in the event the Mets attempt to trade him at the deadline.
2. Rosario Practicing Plate Discipline
On the season, Amed Rosario has had a nearly abymsal 5.2 percent walk rate. On the bright side, Rosario is really improving both his eye at the plate and his walk rate.
Since being benched to get himself in a better place at the plate, Rosario has actually drawn six walks in 13 plate appearances. On top of that, he has had an additional three intentional walks. Those combined nine walks is one more than Rosario has had all season long.
When looking at the Mets future for next season and the ensuing years after that, much of the team’s success is going to hinge on Rosario’s development. For now, it seems he is making leaps and bounds in becoming a much better baseball player.
3. Frazier Resurgent
With so much going wrong with this Mets team, one of the things that has been overlooked is just how bad Todd Frazier had been since coming off the disabled list. Before the series against the Marlins, Frazier was hitting .190/.213/.321 in 21 games.
Whether it was getting his timing back or facing just a bad Marlins team, Frazier looked like the guy the Mets were hoping they were getting when they signed him. In the three game set, he was 4-for-10 with four runs, a double, a homer, two RBI and two walks.
Like with Matz and nearly every veteran on this team, Frazier may find himself on the trade block. It’s possible with Josh Donaldson still on the disabled list, he is the top third baseman available. If the Mets play their cards right, they may be able to get something of real value for this well respected veteran.
1. Callaway Double Switching Reyes Into the Game
On Saturday night, Jose Reyes flat out just refused to run out a ground ball. It was so embarrassing and noticeable, Mickey Callaway was forced to address it after the game with him saying, “I went and talked to Rey-Rey, and he said he felt something coming out of the box. He was scared he was going to pull something. So he pulled up halfway.”
There are plenty of examples in sports where you should know better than to question just how injured a player is, but one of two things were true on Saturday: No. 1 Reyes was dogging it; or No. 2 he is hurt.
In either event, there is no way you insert him into Sunday’s game. He either needs to be punished for dogging it, or he needs to get an extra day. When you can’t even pretend to run out a ground ball, the manager needs to respond in kind.
Right now, this team has a number of players with a lot of quit in them. It’s resulted in sloppy, uninspired, and frankly unwatchable baseball. Callaway needs to start holding these guys accountable, if for no other reason than to show he’s in charge and to give whoever the next general manager will be a reason to keep him on as the Mets manager.
2. Repeating the Same Mistakes
One topic of conversation that had arisen was why the Mets have been benching Dominic Smith lately. Things had gotten so bad, Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez felt compelled to address the issue during a telecast. It was only after their scathing rebuke over benching a 22-year-old former first round draft pick did we hear Smith has a wrist injury which required an injection.
Seriously, this nonsense needs to stop.
This is the second straight season completely derailed by the Mets getting cute with injuries, and this promises to be the second straight year they mess around with playing time for the younger players who need it.
If Smith’s wrist is healthy, he has to play somewhere, whether that is in Triple-A or the majors. If it’s not healthy, put him on the disabled list and call up Ty Kelly. Don’t mess around with his health and development this way.
If you recall properly the Mets messing around with Michael Conforto‘s wrist in 2016 led to a completely lost season for him, and the Mets making him a fourth outfielder heading into 2017. While the organization may have soured on Smith for a variety of reasons, that’s no reason to mess with his development or his health.
3. Syndergaard on the Trade Block
Other reports have the Mets are going to have Omar Minaya consult with ownership to find a new general manager this offseason. Early indications are that new general manager is going to come from outside the organization.
Simply put, you absolutely cannot make a franchise altering decision by trading a young ace who is not a free agent for another 3.5 years. That could be the dumbest thing this organization could do right now, and that is saying something because this is an organization known for its dumb decisions.
Neither deGrom nor Syndergaard need to be traded now.
If you want to trade them and start a complete overhaul and rebuild, that’s the Wilpons’ prerogative as owners. However, to do that without a general manager or front office in place, and to do that with an experimental triumvirate general manager system is asinine.