Sick and tired of all this trade talk about the Mets and one of their starters. I no it makes for good copy, but what does it do for us in the long run? What big name prospect out there can we really pick up for Wheeler? Even in a lost season like this one, Mets management has gots to know that pitching is our one major strength and what wins us championships. In other words, sign our ace Degrom to a longterm contract already and leave Matz, Syndergaard and Wheeler alone.
They just have to be really careful with Cespedes, DH him at every opportunity, rest him when feasible and hey if he really can play 1st base and it’s easier on his legs, why not? As for Smith, what “expense” was there exactly? The guy has just never taken advantage of any opportunity that he’s been given.
Tonight is the 2018 All-Star game, so why not go back in time with my favorite All-Star game moment involving a Met.
If the chatter is real, then yeah demote him. Like, yesterday. I’m long tired of the excuses. I mean, Smith doesn’t look lost at the plate, he looks like he doesn’t belong at the plate, Big difference. Which tells you that maybe, despite getting chance after chance, the guy just can’t hit major league hitting. To think, my guy Adrian Gonzalez got released for an enigma with exactly 1 RBI and 26 strikeouts in 71 at-bats. Unbelievable.
This is good news:
New York Mets infielder T.J. Rivera made his first step back to the major leagues on Thursday night when he was the designated hitter for the Advanced-A St. Lucie Mets.
Rivera, playing for the first time since last July, went 0-for-4 with two line outs as the No. 3 batter for the St. Lucie Mets.
The 29-year-old Rivera had Tommy John surgery in September and there had been very little reports about his progress up until Thursday.
With a .324/.370/.435 slash line over his seven seasons in the minors, Rivera made his MLB debut with the Mets in 2016. Through 106 major league games (319 at-bats), he’s hitting .304/.335/.445 with eight home runs, 27 runs batted in, and 17 doubles.
Rivera returning could make Wilmer Flores expendable as the July 31 trade deadline gets closer.
Of course, the idea that David Wright could return to the Mets lineup before Yoenis Cespedes is both funny and ironic considering what was thought to be the extent of each player’s injury. However, what if Wright really does make it back sooner than later? For starters, it’d speak a lot to Wright’s resiliency, fortitude, hard work and why at the very least, no matter how much he has left, maybe his return could be an inspiration in an otherwise dismal 2018 season. But secondly, if Wright does come back and resembles anywhere close to his old all-star self, where the hell do you play him?
The just-signed-in-the-off-season Todd Frazier is your everyday 3rd baseman and to the detriment of Dominic Smith, Wilmer Flores has pretty much established himself as your everyday 1st baseman (the only other position that’d make sense for Wright besides playing the outfield, which he has never done). So unless you’re trading Frazier to get some prospects so Wright can go back to his old (and much more taxing) position, what then? Some might think it’s a reach, but a Mets infield consisting of Wright and Smith at 1st, Flores at 2nd, Asdrubal Cabrera at short and Frazier at 3rd, could certainly work for me….hmmm.
Hey, these days we need something to celebrate.