Busy week. Amed Rosario in full swing, Jay Bruce traded, Dom Smith promoted, Neil Walker traded…
Tuesday – Two game set vs. Texas. Similar to the Mets, the Rangers have disappointed this year. Texas won 95 games this year and is on pace to finish under .500 this year. To say they’ve underachieved to this point would be a grave understatement. So perhaps some Mets fans can take solace in knowing that they’re not alone in their disappointment and resentment. The Mets won 5-4, thanks to back to back 2-run innings to start the game and get ahead. Conforto, Cespedes, and d’Arnaud (Travis’s first HR at Citi Field all season LOL) all hit HRs, and AJ Ramos locked down the 9th inning to earn the save. Amed Rosario was 0-3 as his struggles continued at bat.
Wednesday – The Mets lost 5-1 in a game where they were visibly out of it, splitting the 2-game mini series (shocker). Camp Day was spoiled by that bum Rafael Montero. I had to write a separate blog to rant about Monterrible, but he’s so so so bad and I’m sick and tired of watching him every fifth day. Enough is enough. The entire pitching staff was brutal on Wednesday. They became the first Mets pitching staff ever to issue 8 walks and 15 strikeouts in one game. They threw 210 pitches in 9 innings! Amed Rosario was 1-3 and made a SPECTACULAR play in the field that only further validates his call up to the majors. Name another 2017 Met that gets to this ball (you can’t).
The news broke late Wednesday night that Jay Bruce was traded to the Indians. I won’t get too far into it because I’m sure everyone has their own opinions on the transaction. But basically they traded Bruce for nothing. In return they received 30th rd draft pick Ryder Ryan (pitcher) who’s getting rocked in single-A ball. The Indians agreed to pay the rest of Bruce’s salary, so the trade was nothing more than a salary dump, saving the Mets $4M.
Rumors starting surfacing that the Yankees offered two prospects for Bruce but didn’t want to pay the remaining salary, and so the Mets chose Cleveland over the Yankees. I’m actually more in favor of the whole thing than most people are, but it just goes to show you that the greedy Wilpon’s only care about money. A salary dump is all well and good except for the fact that the Wilpon’s won’t spend the money. $4M is nothing in the grand scheme of things, yet those assholes Fred and Jeff are probably rolling around cackling in celebration. Here’s the hard truth:
Thursday – Thank God for Jacob deGrom, and thank God for the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s a real joy playing at Citizens Bank Ballpark. The Mets used the long ball (cc: Chicks) four times on their way to a 10-0 shellacking of the worst team in baseball. deGrom was outstanding once again and has been unbelievable lately (see stats below). Amed Rosario was 0-3.
News and Notes: stories have surfaced about the Yankees backing out on a deal for Neil Walker before the deadline due to medical issues. Is there still interest from Cashman, and, if so, would the Mets even entertain it? Probably not. Fuck the Yankees. ALSO, DOM SMITH IS BEING CALLED UP. Friday Night will be Dom Smith night, finally. Amed Rosario and Dom Smith together at last in the major leagues.
Friday – Day one of the Dom Smith Era. Funny enough, it was Amed Rosario who emerged as the hero with his go-ahead and eventually game-winning HR in a tie game in the top of the 9th. Not a bad moment for your first career dinger, huh? Rosario was 3-4 and is starting to settle in at the plate after an up and down first week. Dom Smith was 1-3 in his debut but was double switched out late in the game because Terry Collins is a fucking idiot. A red hot Michael Conforto hit his 25th HR of the year (which is amazing), and the Mets won 6-5 against the mortal enemy Phillies.
Saturday – Steven Matz was uninspiring once again in a lifeless performance from the Mets. 3 hits and 1 run were not enough to beat the Phillies. Credit to Aaron Nola who’s been incredible as of late for PHI, but the Mets lost 3-1 and should never ever lose to the Phillies. Yoenis Cespedes went yard (#14 on the year), Amed Rosario was 1-3, and Dom Smith was 0-3. Terry Collins pulled Dom Smith again late in the game for a lefty-righty matchup in the 9th inning. What the fuck is wrong with this guy? Amed Rosario, Dom Smith, Juan Lagares, Brandon Nimmo, and (soon) Gavin Cecchini should be playing every single day from here on out. Granderson to the bench. Reyes to the bench. Asdrubal Cabrera to the bench. Get the young kids some reps and see what we’ve got for 2018.
Neil Walker was traded. Shout out to Neil who delivered a walk off hit in a May game earlier this year that I was in attendance for. He was a pretty good Met offensively, but his back problems are not worth the trouble (i.e. David Wright). I hope he does well in Milwaukee and gives the Brewers some pop in a playoff race. In return the Mets got cash and a player to be named later. It’s another salary dump that will put a couple extra dollars in Jeff Wilpon’s evil pocket; dollars that, mind you, will not be spent intelligently to benefit the 2018 Mets.
Sunday – The Mets finished off a wonderful trip to the always-hospitable, City of Brotherly Love with a 6-2 win and a 3-1 series win. Though I don’t think he should be playing, Curtis Granderson had 3 hits and 3 RBIs including a 2-run HR; if there’s anyone out there that wants a veteran lefty bat with some pop, this is a good time for Curtis to be hitting. Michael Conforto hit another HR, his 26th of the year. Pretty incredible stuff from someone who the manager reluctantly played for the first few months of the season. Lest we not forget that he was the Mets only ASG representative, at which time he was our 4th outfielder. Fuck Terry Collins. Rosario was given the day off (whatever), and Dom Smith was 1-4. Chris Flexen was average, which is more than enough to get the best of the Phillies these days.
A winning week for the Mets it was, at 4-2. They sit in 3rd place at 53-62. This week is the home and home with the Yankees followed by three against the Marlins. Who better to help get Aaron Judge out of his slump than Rafael Montero and the Mets? You’re welcome in advance to the Stankees for the next four days.