Awful throw on that sac fly too...a good throw probably gets Grander-Bay out.
Next step for Duda is to start doing better against lefties...it's simply too easy to bring in a lefty from the bullpen to get him out in big spots in late innings. He's been slumping lately, but let's face it, even if he goes 0-for-the-rest-of-the-season, he's the Mets' first baseman in 2015 (he may regress, but I can't say a team with no money to spend shouldn't take the chance at this point).
This from Sandy:
I can't really get that mad about this. For one, Sandy's foray into FA last season was pretty bad, so I can't say the prospect of him misspending more of the Mets' clearly limited funds would've excited me. It's also not a good FA class, as the article shows.
I think the offseason is going to go about as I expected it to. The Mets are going to try to fill as many holes as possible from within. The big questions:
1) Do the Mets try to make Herrera a SS and keep Murph, do they trade Murph and hand the 2B job to Herrera, or do they keep Murph, send Herrera to AAA next season, then try to move Murph at the 2015 deadline? And where does Matt Reynolds fit in all of this? (I'm assuming Ruben Tejada is done as a Met after this season ends, though I probably shouldn't assume anything with Sandy running the show.)
2) Who out of Gee, Niese, and Colon gets dealt to make room for Syndergaard? Right now, barring injuries or a deal, the arms that are locks to be in the rotation are clearly Harvey, Wheeler, and deGrom. That's two spots available for Gee, Niese, Colon, Syndergaard, Montero, and longer shots Verrett and Steven Matz. I really don't think Syndergaard and Montero have anything left to prove at AAA, even though both of them had uneven seasons there. Verrett is kind of the 2013 deGrom...the guy no one's really talking about with Syndergaard and Montero around, but he did pitch pretty well the last two months or so. Matz probably isn't ready yet.
3) If the Mets really believe that Flores can be a SS at the major-league level, why did they give up on developing him as such in the minors? This is going to be a very hard sell.
4) Do the Mets give Familia a chance to close? Mejia is too hittable to be reliable over the long term. Does Parnell get a shot to get his job back if he's healthy?
Basically, 2015 will be a real wild-card year...no one can say what this team will do.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 09 September 2014 - 12:03 PM.