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2015 New York Mets: Only a fool would say that

Discussion in 'Adopt-a-Team' started by valentinscycle, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. valentinscycle

    valentinscycle Member SoSH Member

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    With apologies to Walter Becker, native son of Queens…
     
    A boy with a plan
    A natural man
    Wearing a white Stetson hat
     
    Sandy still has his backers in the five boroughs, if only because of the general (and pretty well substantiated) belief that the Wilpons are keeping a tight leash on the finances still.  (See Howard Megdal on Sandy’s upcoming book.) Anyone working for the Wilpons, the idea goes, deserves our sympathy.   The past winter did nothing to change the narrative.  The one move of substance was buying Cuddyer (who turns 36 next week) to play right for 2 years and $21M, instead of trying for possibly sexier, and certainly younger, options like Cespedes or Melky.  (Well, unless you count John Mayberry, or Sean Gilmartin on a Rule 5 deal from the Twins, as ‘substance.’)  Just the kind of cheap-but-also-too-expensive deal that defines the Mets' decade.  No outside solution to the ongoing black hole at shortstop, despite the Tulo fantasies that won’t die in Queens.  No using Daniel Murphy as a chip in any deal; instead we’ll all see how much Sandy milks out of the last year of his contract.  The general idea, if you look on the positive side, was waiting for more maturation—from Flores at short, from D’Arnaud, from Lagares in center—and hoping for better years from Wright and Grandy, and then pointing to the prospect-rich rotation, and dreaming of 88 wins and a wild card.
     
    Because Harvey is back, and what could go wrong?
     
     
    The man in the street
    Draggin’ his feet
    Don’t wanna hear the bad news
     
    Oh right, I guess other starters could go under the knife.  So Josh Edgin (the only lefty in the ‘pen) got slated with TJ surgery early on this spring, and then Wheeler, just a couple of days ago.  You could wonder about the TJ epidemic in Queens.  You could wonder about Wheeler’s pitch counts last year (and he was not an economical worker, despite his innings being 'held' to 185).  Or you could just shrug and call it coincidence.  But the rotation without Wheeler suddenly looks less imposing.  Colon turning 43?  Niese coming off of shoulder problems?  Can Gee be consistent?  Is deGrom next for the TJ round?  And is Syndergaard ready to step in at any point? That Harvey looks good so far means only so much.  This rotation is another injury from seeming very fragile.
     
     
    You feel no pain
    And you’re younger than you realize
     
    There are no real optimists in Metsland, but if you try to imagine what they’d be thinking if they existed, you’d say: Harvey every fifth day; Wright coming off a very average year (.269/.324/.374, 8 HRs), regressing upwards; Duda continuing to pound right-handed pitching (28 of his 30 HRs, .915 OPS), and maybe a capable ‘pen, with Mejia closing and Parnell coming back from his own TJ in May.  If deGrom picks up where he left off, if Niese and Gee are above-average, and if someone else (Montero?  Syndergaard?  Steven Matz, a lefty who’s been showing flashes in Port St Lucie?) shows up in June/July to create excitement, maybe those 88 wins aren’t impossible after all.  There are all those games against the Phillies and the weakened Braves…
     
    Meanwhile, win totals in the CitiField era, 2009-2014: 70, 79, 77, 74, 74, 79
    Attendance last year was 53% of what it was in the last Shea year (2008).  Mr. Met is getting lonelier.
     
  2. Gdiguy

    Gdiguy Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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  3. valentinscycle

    valentinscycle Member SoSH Member

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    And here we go!  Stupid Wilpon controversy of the year #1, as Colon is named the Opening Day starter so Harvey's next start can be the day after the home opener, for ticket sales reasons, Sandy admits.  And the callers to Francesa predictably erupt...
     
  4. Snodgrass'Muff

    Snodgrass'Muff oppresses WARmongers SoSH Member

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    John Buck retires and gives me an excuse to post this gif.
     
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    One of the most touching moments of that season.
     
  5. Spacemans Bong

    Spacemans Bong chapeau rose SoSH Member

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    Jesus, that's a heartbreaking gif. 
     
  6. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    Mejia warming up to come in for the save in the 9th of a 3-1 game, has trouble with his elbow (which he evidently complained about prior to the game) and is not available, no more details yet.
     
  7. valentinscycle

    valentinscycle Member SoSH Member

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    FWIW, Mejia had TJ surgery in 2011 (when Ricky Bones, now the Mets bullpen coach, was his pitching coach).  If this is a DL thing-- and the look so far isn't good-- it'll be Familia to close until Parnell's ready in May.
     
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    valentinscycle Member SoSH Member

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  9. cheekydave

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    How does this even happen? These guys know they are getting tested. He swears to Gawd he has no idea how it got into his system.
     
  10. Jake Peavy's Demons

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    What happened/what was the context?
     
  11. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    The Mets have dropped three straight series after their blazing 13-3 start, now they're 16-10. They still have a nice cushion in the division, but Miami (8-2 in their last 10) and Washington (5-1 in their last 6, including 3 of 4 in NY) seem to be charging. 
     
  12. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    Dlllon Gee with a groin strain, so the much awaited debut of Noah Syndergaard will be on Tuesday. 
     
  13. Gdiguy

    Gdiguy Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    After today, Bartolo Colon is 6-1 with a 3.30 ERA... more impressively, though, he's issued 1 walk all season in 40.1 IP, and 0 in his last 34 IP (a couple of the game recaps are listing it as 40 innings, but I'm pretty sure that's wrong, as it was the 6th inning of his first start this year), for a K/BB of 34/1 and a total WHIP of 0.94
     
    Not bad for an older fella
     
  14. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    Cubs sweep a four game set over the Mets, first time they've done that at Wrigley since 1992. 
     
    It seems like every Mets loss has crucial errors or misplays by the infield, which is why I didn't take them seriously as a playoff contender coming into the season despite all their young talent. Infield misplays are soul-sucking. 
     
  15. Cyberlibrarian

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    And yet they still managed to win 90 games and beat out the Nats for the division.

    #LGM!
     

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