You really can't predict baseball, except for when you can.
I'm glad that Lyles looks as if he's going to be a good innings-eater but we all know he's extremely unlikely to be anything more than that. Speaking of pitching....
At The Athletic Eno Sarris and Fabian Ardnaya posted an excellent article on the newest fashionable pitch in MLB: the sweeper. They did it very nice job of pointing out both the advantages and drawbacks to the pitch, as well as going into what other pitches are needed in order to make it more effective.
For example, it's nearly useless against lefty hitters for righty pitchers - thus virtually necessitating the use of a changeup in those situations. (No surprise there!) If you have access to The Athletic, I highly recommend this article!
Not sure where to go today. this team, woof. I don’t want to beat a dead horse with Dozier so I guess I’ll beat the dead horse with Melendez. Glad the defense metrics are looking good for him. I’m still quite hesitant behind the plate defensive numbers but better is better than worse. He’s athletic enough to be an average outfielder given the time. Offense……we are starting to get to the point that it’s getting tough to hear about “bad luck”….make more contact dude. But I generally agree….the ability is definitely in there to be much better. The same question I keep coming back too is what is the plan? Why are we saying Bobby, you get SS for the entire year to see what you are but then turn around and NOT do that with Melendez? I don’t feel like they have a plan yet. I don’t like Witt at SS…but I’m actually ok with it because you at least have a plan. If you feel like you won’t be able to sign Melendez and will need to trade him why are you jacking him around at multiple positions? How bout keep him at one and let him get comfortable. Its frustrating. They have about 8 catchers on the depth chart they could bring up as the backup catcher. Just let him be the outfielder. I don’t understand the plan here. I’m getting to the point that I’m ready for anyone associated with the old regime to be out. It won’t happen…and I can listen to the argument this isn’t JJ’s fault….but I can’t sit here and watch this and not think he didn’t have anything to do with this product. Frustration is back. Lol
Remember when we were told the pitching was just a development problem at the major league level and nothing else. Now we don’t even know who will replace Bubic because every minor league pitcher has an era over 6 down on the farm. Feelin feisty today!
Does there come a point this season when our first priority is to win rather than make sure everyone gets a “turn” at numerous positions? If we want to win, Witt at 3rd, Nicky at SS, Massey at 2nd and Vinnie at first. Pick an outfield spot for Olivares and MJ and leave them there. When Waters returns, he has to earn CF, not just have it handed to him
We have 3 infielders that cannot hit. Dozier at 153, Mazsey at 143, and Eaton at 045. Most everyone wants to see what Garcia, Taylor, and Loftin can do with the big club, I personally would like to two or maybe all three switched out and let's let them play and see what they can do. They certainly can't be any worse, can they?
Management did everything I wanted last off-season except the jettison of Dozier...he's done like dinner..and "he's gots to go!"
Bring up those who deserve it, use all your options to move guys around...lets go Mr. Sherman!
Breakup letters are hard to write. My condolences. ;-)
Growing up in Brooklyn, I was a very nominal Mets fan. It's kind of in my DNA to root for the underdog. So #LetsGoRoyals!
But it is so difficult to watch games like last night's...but I guess, that's what I get.
David, I do hope they move Dozier sooner than later. I like Lyles and maybe this whole team just feels too new and sort of spooked by everything. Like they don't trust each other or play as a team quite yet.
I’m glad MJ is playing well defensively in RF but should he be getting more looks behind the plate if his catching ability has improved? With his offensive numbers theres no doubt he’d be a valuable everyday catcher but I don’t know if those numbers translate to an everyday corner outfielder. Sure would make moving Salvy easier. If we’re dead set on keeping salvy though I think it’s in our best interest to find a trade partner for Melendez, especially if he showing promise at catcher.
Sad thing is this article could refer to the game AND the season.