Honestly, all the noise and focus that Met fans online put on possibly signing Shohei Ohtani in 2024 just served as a bad omen for 2023 in my opinion. Now here we are 6 games under .500 at the break, Scherzer and Verlander being mediocre so far, refusing to give up on the awful Daniel Vogelbach, not signing Daniel Murphy, missing our elite closer, some bad off-season decisions by Bill Eppier esp. when it comes to the pitching staff and all these stupid new rules that are killing baseball imo…I think it’s safe to say that this season is a lost cause.
On the bad side we’re only 7-6, but on the plus side we’ve taken 3 out of 4 series so far this year.
Sometimes when sports are put to a fan vote, they get it right. Aaron Judge, for example, was leading all 2022 MLB All-Star Game vote-getters by 200,000 votes as of Monday. Sometimes, however, they get it utterly, incomprehensibly wrong. Fernando Tatis Jr., for example, is currently fifth among NL shortstops in votes.
While Tatis is a terrific player and always plays at a high level, he hasn’t played at all in 2022. The only players ahead of him at shortstop in the National League are Trea Turner, Dansby Swanson, Francisco Lindor and Tommy Edman. He’s ahead of the likes of Didi Gregorius, Brandon Crawford, Willy Adames, José Iglesias and Nico Hoerner.
Basically Tatis making a joke out of All-Star game voting.
Be interesting to see what if anything Cano has left getting a chance to play more regularly.
Starved for pitching with Jacob deGrom set to begin the season on the injured list and Max Scherzer potentially sidelined for Opening Day, the Mets have discussed a trade that could bring Padres starter Chris Paddack to New York, along with veteran first baseman Eric Hosmer. Sources confirmed the talks, though it remains unclear where the Mets’ interest level lies.
One version of the proposed trade, as first reported by The Athletic, would have Paddack, Hosmer, reliever Emilio Pagán and cash going to the Mets for Dominic Smith. Such a deal would provide the Mets with a much-needed starting pitcher, albeit one who produced a 5.07 ERA last season. The Mets would also take on the veteran Hosmer but receive money to offset part of the $60 million he’s owed over the next four seasons.
I understand how bad the Mets suddenly need pitching with deGrom going down and Scherzer now having hamstring issues, but the Mets can not make this deal. Dom Smith still the potential to be a huge star in the major leagues and in Hosmer, Paddack and Pagan you’d be receiving 3 players all coming off subpar seasons. Better to give McGill, Carrasco and Walker a couple of months to see what they can do before pressing the panic button like this so early on. By the way, do the Mets not know that vets like Johnny Cueto and Julio Teheran are still out there on the open market?
If Cano starts hitting regularly like he did in spring training, Pete Alonso finds his swing back and the pitching improves, we could get back in the playoff hunt.
With our offense in a huge funk and with a 4-game losing streak coming in, to say we didn’t need that win last night means you’re in total denial. And yeah, things got really dicey there in the 9th inning, but thank goodness we survived.
I never wanted the non-hustling Machado on my team, always thought his contract demand was outrageous and as long as he stays out of the NL East, I’m good. But still, the Padres getting him is a surprise.