The call at first is also why we're getting expanded instant replay next year. Much like the Dodgers on that Lagares 3-2 ball 4 called strike 3 a week ago...the Braves are good, they don't need the extra help from the umps against us (and who knows if we would've won anyway)
I was disappointed in Flores at bat in the 9th with a man on 2nd. He put a "move the runner over with no outs" swing on it when there was 1 out. It was a 1/2 cut on a ball outside.
Lagares eventually needs to learn some plate discipline. 1 walk every 31 AB's or so is pretty wretched.
I won't kill Flores...he's a just-turned 22-year-old rookie...growing pains are to be expected.
Yeah, Lagares is a rookie too, but he needs work at the plate; glove notwithstanding, you can only have so many guys in the lineup who don't hit for average and don't get on base. The Mets are loaded with bats like that. The only exceptions are David Wright (has his warts, but he's clearly the best avg/OB guy on the team), and Josh Satin (who definitely isn't going to be a regular here, or anywhere else, unless it's on a bad team or a team in transition).
Here's where I'm guessing the positions are set (could be wrong of course):
CF: Lagares...I think the Mets like the glove enough that they're hoping he'll overcome his offensive deficiencies with experience.
RF: Byrd...I have a feeling he's coming back...he likes it here and I think he's going to very reasonable with his contract demands.
1B: Sadly, I think Davis is still the Mets' first baseman. The high OB% since coming back probably has Sandy & Co. intrigued. This one could really blow up in the Mets' faces. All I know is if this friggin' guy is hitting .150 by the end of April, no more giving him 6 more weeks to fvck his teammates over.
C: Duh...just hope d'Arnaud stays healthy.
So that's 2B, LF, and SS.
As far as 2B and SS go, I wonder if Sandy, who's going to have some serious coin to spend, would ever go the Yankee route, and do something really drastic. This probably never happens, and I wouldn't be on board with it if it did, but would the Mets even dream of bringing Jose Reyes back? I could see why Toronto would want to unload him...he has four years left on his deal (with an option for a 5th), and got hurt yet again this season (that's the fourth time in the last five years he's been hurt). I'm guessing they'd be happy getting Syndergaard back...I'm sure they're in "Why the hell did we trade him?" mode...but I can't see Sandy ever giving Syndergaard up for Reyes (nor would I want him to). I don't want Reyes back...I think he's been overrated for some time, and I also don't think he's a winner or a major difference-maker (when's the last time a team with Reyes playing for it did anything?), and his contract has disaster-in-the-making written all over it...I'm just wondering if Sandy would even entertain the idea, and if so, how far he'd go to make it happen. Toronto might be happy just getting out from the remainder of Reyes' deal at this point.
2B...Murph is Murph. He hits doubles and occasionally gets insanely hot. Doesn't do anything else well at the plate. He's a competent fielder, but won't ever be better than that. He's slow. Basically, he's the kind of guy you get when no one else is available, but you're looking to upgrade over, unless you're a team that's so stacked everywhere else, that his plate deficiencies don't hurt you...he'd be a great 9th-place hitter on a great AL team. Does Sandy dare throw his hat into the Robinson Cano ring, if Cano doesn't sign with the Yankees during the Yanks' exclusive negotiating window? And by "throwing his hat" in, I don't mean the Mets' past practice of going in half-assed, shrugging their shoulders, and saying "Well, we tried, oh well." I mean offering an insane deal that would have the Yankees thinking long and hard about matching it (remember, Hank is looking to reign in the spending a bit). And if the Yankees do match it, are the Mets willing to go even higher? (Basically, do biz the way the Yankees did for so long.)
I'm not saying I'm in favor of either of these moves...I'm not a Reyes fan, I think he had his chance here, and I don't really want to go back. He's still got a lot of money coming to him, and he's injury-prone. Cano isn't known for being a hustler (can't see that getting better when he gets the big money), and the Mets are going to overspend massively to pry him away from the Yanks. The Mets will be tying up a LOT of money into two positions, and logic dictates that there's a chance that their best years could be behind them by the time they were to become Mets. Cano will be 31 years old when the season starts, and Reyes will be 31 on June 11.
If all this ever actually happened (it won't), who knows what the Mets would do about LF. I think Sandy would drop dead of a heart attack if he actually pulled off the above.
This is me more wondering aloud if Sandy would ever be this aggressive in trying to make 2014 and beyond "Instant Contention" years.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 22 August 2013 - 10:26 AM.