3 Up, 3 Down: Mets Win Battle For Fourth Place

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3 UP

1. David Wright Played a Game

Unexpectedly, David Wright played in a rehab game in St. Lucie going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in five innings.

Where we go from here is anyone’s guess, but Mickey Callaway said he believes there’s a “very good chance” Wright plays for the Mets again.

We’ve been down this road a few times now, and we can’t believe the optimism until we see him activated by the Mets.

That said, any day Wright plays baseball is a good day, especially in this depressing season.

2. Wilmer Flores Winning First Base Job

Despite fans wanting to see Peter Alonso, the Mets are going to leave him in Triple-A for the rest of the year. Judging from how the organization has handled him, it seems Dominic Smith will be playing alongside Alonso for the rest of the year.

This means Wilmer Flores is going to get the chance to prove he should be the Mets 2019 Opening Day first baseman.

Flores is winning the job with his play on the field.

Since taking over the everyday job in the middle of June, he’s hitting .295/.344/.497 with a 113 wRC+. That wRC+ is seventh best in the majors in that stretch (minimum 170 plate appearances).

The reason for this success is a career best walk and strikeout rate coupled with his continued strides against right-handed pitching.

Given all that has transpired this year, Flores has earned the right as a favorite to be the 2019 first baseman when the offseason officially begins.

3. Five Straight W’s for Wheeler

With another dominating performance, Zack Wheeler has won five consecutive starts.

In those starts, Wheeler has a 2.08 ERA, 0.865 WHIP, and a 5.67 K/BB ratio while averaging 7.0 innings per start. Batters are completely over-matched hitting just .195/.233/.268 off of Wheeler.

With Wheeler only getting stronger as the season draws to a close, the Mets look smart for keeping him.

3 DOWN

1. No Defense for This

In the fourth inning of Saturday’s game, after a Starlin Castro infield single, Brian Anderson hit one run back at Corey Oswalt, who spun around to start what should have been an inning ending double play.

Instead, there was a cross-up as both Amed Rosario and Jeff McNeil headed to second base. Rosario was the cover, but McNeil was headed that way because as Callaway claimed, the play took him up there.  Due to the cross-up, the Mets were only able to get the lead out, and the inning continued with the Marlins getting two runs to slash their deficit to 3-2.

Mishaps and defensive miscues like this are hardly an exception with the Mets.

As a team, the Mets have a -81 DRS which is the third worst in the majors.  Their -29.0 UZR is the worst in the National League.  Using defensive runs saved as a barometer, the Mets are not very good defensively:

  • Catchers – Worst in the National League
  • First Base – Third worst in the National League
  • Second Base – Worst in the Majors
  • Short Stop – Worst in the Majors
  • Center Field – Second worst in the National League
  • Right Field – Second worst in the National League.

Really, the only positions the Mets are able to successfully field are third base and left field.  Looking at this, it is no wonder the Mets are a terrible team this year. Unless we see an organizational shift in philosophy, we should continue to expect them to underwhelm in the field.

2. Rocco’s Modern Strife

From 2015 until the time he was traded to the Mets, Devin Mesoraco hit .195/.291/.318 with a 64 wRC+.  In 55 games with the Mets Mesoraco has only been slightly better, hitting .220/.306/.393. Most of that came on a strong May after the deal.

Since June 1, Mesoraco is hitting .218/.304/.328 with a 72 wRC+. His 26 percent caught stealing rate is below league average.

Among catchers with at least 450 innings behind the plate, Mesoraco’s -6 DRS is second worst in the National League.  As a pitch framer, he has a -9.3 RAA, which is among the bottom 15 in the league.

The Mets record over that stretch is 11-27. With the other Mets catchers, the team’s record is 38-39.

We shouldn’t be expecting him to be moved this August, and the Mets should not be contemplating re-signing him this offseason.

3. Another Blown Rhame

The one young relievers on this team have been receiving more chances of late. Unfortunately, Jacob Rhame has not taken advantage of multiple chances this season.

In 20 appearances, Rhame’s 0-2 with a 7.97 ERA, 1.623 WHIP, and a 3.1 HR/9. These stats include his loss on Saturday night.

After the Mets bullpen combined to allow no runs with just three hits and two walks in 4.0 innings pitched, Rhame came on and allowed the game winning run in the 10th after facing just three batters.

Following the loss, he was shipped back down to Triple-A. You wonder how many more chances Rhame is going to get before the Mets move on from him. He is going to need to make some major adjustments over the next month and a half to throw his name into future bullpen talks in Queens.

 

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John was raised to be a Mets fan by birth, and now he is raising a Mets fan of his own. He also uses Sabermetrics to either confirm the proverbial eye test or to see if we're seeing things with Mets colored glasses. He looks forward to bringing this perspective to MMO. His work, including the tales of raising his son a Mets fan, can also be seen at MetsDaddy.com.