Meet the Mets: Part Five- The Bullpen

Let’s talk about the bullpen!!!

We all know FAR too well that no lead is big enough if you don’t have a strong bullpen. The Mets bullpen is one of the best in baseball, even if they choke in important situations *eye roll*…. so let’s get started. You know the deal, only the influential players will be mentioned… so like NOT Verrett…

Let’s start with Blevins. I am SOOOOO nervous about whats going to happen with Blevins. He’s a free agent, and there has been ZERO talk of the Mets making any moves toward trying to make him a Met again. That stresses me out. Blevins was sooooo good for us this year. He was always so consistent and rarely ever gave up the lead when one was handed to him. I never had a sick feeling in my stomach when Blevins walked in from the bullpen, and that’s more than I can say for some other relievers whose names I will not mention……. I really hope that the Mets will think about resigning Blevins. I really think that he is great and I think that the Mets need him. I’d love to have Blevins back in a Met uniform next season, the team will be much better off with Blevins in the bullpen!

Next let’s discuss Robles. Remember that sick feeling in my stomach I was talking about before??? I’m still not going to name names,  but HANSEL ROBLES is the founder of the sick feeling in my stomach. There was a little bit of a stink in the beginning to the middle of the season where he was really good and very consistent and I loved it!!! But then, he was SO BAD for a very long time and all of the love that I had for Hansel Robles was gone. Every time a pitching change was made, I prayed to every baseball god that TC used his brain and didn’t hand a very small lead over to the rarely reliable Hansel Robles. But you know Terry!!!! He handed the very small lead over to the rarely reliable Hansel Robles, and that makes me want to literally bash my head through the wall, but what can ya do!!! Long story short, Robles was good for about 6 seconds and now hes bad. The end.

Now for my favorite man in the bullpen, Addison Reed!!! It literally does not get any better than Addison Reed. He is SO consistent and he rarely ever makes a mistake. There are no sick feelings in my stomach when Reed is on the mound. I really think that he would make an incredible closer, but I’ll take him as my 8th inning man any day of the week. When you think about it, we are so lucky to have someone that could be a CLOSER as our 8th INNING guy!!! With everything that is going on with Familia, we might need Reed to close a couple of games for us next season… who knows!!!!! Whenever Reed is walking off of the mound back into the dug out, he always tips his hat back off of the top of his head, and my favorite thing ever is when he pitches a great inning and all the guys in the dugout tip their hats back too!!! Reed is too good, we are very lucky!!!!!!

What other way would I close this post than with the closer himself?!?!?!? Jeurys Familia!!! It feels like every time Familia pitches he breaks another record. He had over 50 saves this year and broke his own record in Mets franchise history for the most saves in a single season. I think Familia only had 5 blown saves all season… and we are not going to talk about them… You might think, because of his numbers, that he doesn’t give me that sick feeling in my stomach, right? WRONG. Familia is the president of the sick feeling in my stomach, who might have just been promoted after the wildcard game…. I know that there is a lot of controversy around the topic of Jeurys Familia right now, as he has been accused and brought up on charges in a domestic violence case (all charges have been dropped at this point in time) but that doesn’t take anything away from how incredible of a ballplayer he is (maybe not in October, but you know what I mean.) Mets fans should consider themselves very lucky to have the stacked up bullpen and closer that they do.

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Meet the Mets: Part Four- The Catchers

Let’s talk about the catchers!

I know our catching situation wasn’t ideal this season. d’Arnaud was out for a big chunk of the season, and played hurt for the remainder of it (not too great this season, Travis. Don’t let me down!). Plawecki was banished to the minor leagues (sigh). And Rene Rivera was consistent on defense, but his numbers offensively weren’t too stellar either. But we hung in there!!! Let’s put the catchers under the proverbial microscope (SNY reference!!) and see what we have going on here…

Let’s start with d’Arnaud. I love d’Arnaud so much and it really was painful to watch him struggle so bad this season. I know nobody wants to say it out loud, but Rivera really did take over as the starting catcher when things started to heat up at the end of the season for the Mets. d’Arnaud was such a big piece for the Mets when they were in the World Series. His importance level was right up there with Cespedes and Conforto. It really, really killed me to watch him struggle so bad this season. The Mets are planning on staying in house for the catching situation this season,so that means d’Darnaud is going to get another chance, and I really think that is all he needs! He is too good to be a back up catcher. We all saw what d’Arnaud was capable of, and I really really hope that he gets back to that 2017.

Next let’s talk about Rene Rivera. Rivera came to the Mets like 10 seconds before the season started this year. He quickly became a huge piece for the Mets because d’Arnaud went on the DL so early in the season. Very quickly into Riveras time with the Mets, Rivera became Noah Syndergaards personal catcher. He was really a necessity for the Mets this season with d’Arnaud struggling so bad. He wasn’t anything to write home about on offense compared to what we have seen from d’Arnaud, but he did come through with a couple BIG hits. He was the first hit for the Mets in the Wildcard game!!!! I don’t think ANYONE saw that one coming!! I had more money on Syndergaard getting a hit before Rivera! Rivera was so good for our young pitchers. He always took control and ran out to the mound the second he felt his pitcher was losing it a little bit. He really acted as a couch in those situations and I really think it helped a lot! Especially with Syndergaard. We all know Syndergaard has an issue with holding runners on base, and even more so when Rivera is not his  battery mate. The Mets realized that veryyyyy quickly. I really like Rivera. I think he is good for the team, and even better for my boy Syndergaard. I like Rene. He can stay.

(There are no gifs of Rivera pls don’t hate me sorry)

Last but not least, my favorite back up to the back up catcher, Kevin Plawecki!!!!! I don’t care what anyone says, I love Plawecki so much and I genuinely think that he can be a really good ball player. He has a CANNON of an arm and he can be really good offensively if he played consistently. Right now, there is not much room for Plawecki in New York, and that breaks my heart. I really think he is too good to be in Vegas. He tore up Vegas before September call ups. He had a ton of home runs and he was really starting to prove himself. I hate that he isn’t a constant on the team. I really, really think that Plawecki could be great!!! A lot of people don’t like Plawecki and I don’t get it??? He’s a rookie, all rookies are going to play like they’re rookies until they get consistent playing time. I bet you all that d’Arnaud gets hurt again at some point in 2017, and will see a lot more of Plawecki. Fingers crossed he stays for a while!!! Love him!

2017 Season Predictions Part 2

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As Promised, here are my Dads 2017 season predictions!!

  1. Mets will resign Jose Reyes (He cheated with this one…)
  2. Cabrera will remain at short stop
  3. Wright will retire before the 2017 season is over
  4. Mets will trade Lucas Duda
  5. De Aza will be released or traded
  6. d’Arnaud will stay
  7. Rene Rivera will stay
  8. Cespedes will opt out- will not be a Met next year
  9. Granderson will stay
  10. Lagares will stay
  11. Conforto will play first base
  12. Mets will resign Walker

He is a man of very few words…..but he knows what he’stalking about and that makes me very nervous (refer to number 8….) but also makes me very excited (refer to number 4!)

Bartolo Colon

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Okay, I have bad news.

Bartolo Colon has signed a deal with the Atlanta Braves. Physical is pending right now, but everything is pretty much settled.

I am really ANGRY ABOUT THIS. If you read my post about the Braves a couple of months ago, you would know that I HATE the Braves. I hate them with the same amount of hatred that I have for the Nationals. I hate the Braves, I hate Freddie Freeman. I hate that we can’t seem to figure out how to beat the Braves. AND NOW I HATE THAT WE LOST OUR MOST DEPENDABLE PITCHER TO THE BRAVES.

Bartolo Colon, without question, was the most important pitcher on our roster this season. When the pitching walls were burning to the ground, you looked up and saw Bartolo on the mound and knew we were getting that win. This is such a tremendous loss for this Mets team.

All of the young pitchers in the clubhouse idolize Colon. They all speak so fondly of him and appreciate all they have learned from just being in his presence. I think they are going to be really upset by this news. As I write this, the news has been out for all of 10 minutes, and Noah Syndergaard already tweeted:

These guys are going to be really upset. They love him more than any of us!

This is going to be Bartolo’s 20th season as a Major League ball player. His level of skill and ability to pitch the way he does at this age (43) amazes absolutely everyone in Major League Baseball.

The Mets will always be able to say that Bartolo Colon was wearing a Mets uniform when he hit his first Major League home run.

I wish nothing but the best of luck to Bartolo as he continues his, what I think will be, hall of fame worthy career. Mets fans will forever be thankful for Big Sexy.

I am sad:(

Yoenis Cespedes

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Lets talk about Cespedes.

Over the weekend, Cespedes opted out of his contract. This wasn’t a surprise, but I’m still really stressed out over this. He has said time and time again how much he loves being a Met, but he is looking for a 4-5 year deal and $100 million.

A few Mets reported him saying that he will most definitely be back next year, but a few of them reported that he was seen giving hugs and saying goodbye to people at the Mets organization….??????? I CAN’T DEAL WITH THESE MIXED SIGNALS CESPEDES.

He is not one of my all time favorites, or someone that I would follow if he went to another team, but it is extremely obvious that our line up is a million times weaker without Cespedes. He is the most dangerous bat in the Mets line up, and one of the greatest hitters in Major League Baseball. He is smart at the plate, has great at bats, and is an incredible defender. Letting Cespedes walk would be a huuuuuuuuge loss for the Mets. There is no replacing Cespedes.

It scares the life out of me that the Nats are going after him. I can’t deal with Cespedes being a National. I can’t really deal with Cespedes being anything other than a Met, to be honest. He is not someone I want standing opposite our pitching staff. They’re a good pitching staff, they’re just not THAT good. Cespedes is a hard out, and I DO NOT want to deal with that.

I really feel that if the Mets make Cespedes an offer that he can justify, he will take it. He doesn’t want to leave, but he knows his worth. I wouldn’t settle if I were him either. He’s too good to let walk. He knows that, and I hope that the Mets do too. I don’t like the Mets chances without Cespedes.

I’M SO STRESSED OUT.

Meet the Mets: Part One-The Starting Pitchers

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Lets talk about the pitchers!!!!

My five favorite men in all the baseball land!!! I’m very biased, but I think the Mets have one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball…when they’re all healthy. I’m not going to go into all of the replacements we had this season, because who has the time for that… I’m just going to stick to the five guys that we started with! The real starters! The ones that don’t make me want to bash my head through a wall!! (so like..not Verrett…)

Let’s start with my boy Matt Harvey. I know he didn’t have the best season this year (because he was pitching with 16 broken ribs……….) but I still think he is one of the best, most intimidating, motivated pitchers in all of baseball. I don’t know about you, but I’d be pretty nervous to step in the box and face the guy with blood dripping down his face… It was torture having to go more than half the season with out him. He is one of my favorites, and call me crazy, but you can definitely notice when Matt Harvey isn’t around. He’s truly something special, and I can’t wait until he is healthy next season!! You can’t get very far without Matt Harvey. #HappyHarveyDay

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Next, let’s discuss Steven Matz, the “Long Island Lethal Lefty” who also can’t seem to stay healthy! From the second Matz stepped foot in the major leagues (remember his first game and all those extra base hits…) New York immediately knew he was something special! Him and his family have been die hard Mets fans all their lives, so it’s pretty special for him to be playing for his team in front of his family now. If Matz could stay healthy, he really could be amazing. He had the longest no hit bid for the Mets this season, bringing it all the way to the 8th. He was never the same (health wise) after that game, but wow, what a game that was! He was so consistent all season long, bone spurs and all. He is a major part of the rotation. He makes us so much stronger. If we could keep him healthy we can get really far. He was a rookie starting games in the World Series!!! He’s no joke. Don’t mess with the lethal lefty. #LetsGoMatz

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Where would the Mets be with out ole faithful, Bartolo Colon. Bartolo absolutely carried the pitching staff throughout the whole season. He’s 43 years old and lead the team in wins and innings pitched. He is really incredible. He was not only the go-to guy if we needed to give the bullpen a break, he pitched tremendously all season long. You felt real confident when you knew Big Sexy was pitching. And!!!! He hit his first career home run this season!!! An award worthy home run that shook the baseball world to its very core. Word on the street is, ever since Bartolo hit that home run in San Diego, James Shields (the pitcher who Bart took deep) was never the same for the rest of the season. Big Sexy broke him. The Mets are looking into resigning him for the 2017 season, and I fully support it. You know someone is going to get hurt, and you know Big Sexy is going to save the season once again. That’s just how he rolls! This will be his 20th season in the major leagues. That’s literally longer than I’ve been alive. He’s incredible.

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Now let’s talk about the new face of the Mets Organization- Noah Syndergaard. You may know him as Thor. Let me tell you, this guy is the realllll dealllll. He is absolutely fearless (remember that first pitch of the World Game…I know you do) He literally throws over 100 mph. You can’t even see his pitches, let alone hit them. He really is a forced to be reckoned with. Noah has taken New York City by storm over the last year. Everyone is talking about the pitcher with the long blonde hair that throws 100 mph and calls himself Thor. He’s amazing and people notice. Let’s talk about how he handled the biggest game of his whole life!!! That wildcard game he threw was NOTHING short of excellence. He went deep into the game and kept it scoreless. He pitched literally all season with bone spurs in his elbow, but he never once complained about it. He was the ace of our broken staff all season long, and lived up to his name during that wildcard game. We didn’t win, I know. But Noah Syndergaard pitched his little butt off. And I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else on the mound. He is the key to our pitching success. That is a bold statement, but its the truth. There’s no way we make it to World Series without Noah. P.S. He hit some home runs this season!! He is nothing short of impressive on both sides of the ball. Good for Noah.

And last but definitely not least…. my favorite ever in the world…Jacob deGrom. Rookie of the year in 2014, struck out the side in the All Star Game in 2015, pitched in the world series, etc. This man is amazing. He is one of the only people who can still pitch a gem when he doesn’t have his best stuff. His demeanor on the mound is so classy. You’ll never know if he is leading by 10 or losing by 10. He just goes out there, doesn’t try to do too much, makes his pitches and gets back into the dugout as quick as possible. Jake didn’t have his best season this year either. He was (secretly) hurt for a good portion of it,missed some time in the beginning of the season when his son was born, and was just so obviously exhausted from pitching in the post season last year. Last year’s great run really took a toll on the young pitchers of our staff, and the fact that they all still pitched as well as they did is amazing to me. Jake threw a complete game, one-hit shutout in mid July against the Phillies. That was the first complete game of his career! That is amazing! And he only gave up one hit!! He went on a scoreless streak for like 4 or 5 straight games at one point!! He had some lower than lows this season, but he had some really good games this season too!! He really is an amazing pitcher. He’s so humble and never gets too excited or too upset. He was a shortstop in college, so that experience makes him an incredible fielder as well! He is just the wholeeee package. I can not wait to see him pitch again. #deGrominant

He got that ball!!!! HOW!?!?!?!?!?!

Amazing.

Jose Reyes

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I took this at the last Friday home game of the season vs the Phillies!!

Lets talk about Reyes!

Over the last couple of days, a lot of buzz on the Mets picking up Jose Reyes’ option has been flying around the Mets universe. Personally, I am ecstatic about this move, and I think the team will be better for it.

In the middle of this passed season, there was soooooo much controversy on the Mets resigning Reyes. Reyes physically assaulted his wife and was suspended for a long time before the Mets decided to take him in (again). A lot of people were against it, including me. Reyes did a horrible, unforgivable thing, and that is completely understood and inexcusable. He was punished for it, he admitted he was wrong and deeply regrets what he did. So the Mets took a chance on their former firecracker shortstop, and it paid off in dividends.

From the second Reyes entered the clubhouse, the entire energy of the team changed. You’ll never see Reyes without a big smile on his face, and I think that was contagious in the clubhouse. The team was happy and they were playing like they were happy! It was great! I didn’t notice it at the time of course, since I was so avidly against Reyes being anywhere near my perfect, pristine, Mets boys reputations. I hated that they had to be associated with him. The Mets organization works hard to maintain their classy, top notch reputation. I hated that Reyes was going to put a hugeeeee stain on the organization.

But then, he started getting hits!! And Stealing bases!! And manufacturing runs!!!! And it was so obvious that everyone on the team loved him, so I decided to stop wasting my energy pretending to not be happy when he got a hit, and just accept the fact that Jose Reyes is a Met. What he did to his wife was horrible. No one feels sorry for him. No one will forget the horrible thing he did.

One thing is for sure though, this team wouldn’t have come anywhere near a postseason berth without him. Reyes, Cabrera and Cespedes at the beginning of that lineup was like perfect symmetry. Those three really carried the team through that bad slump in August. Reyes was great on defense, playing a position that wasn’t where he naturally played.  That transition could have gone a lot worse. We were really lucky!

Having Reyes again next year really makes me feel like the people in the front office are going for that pennant. Reyes is always described as the most motivated player on the field, and thats exactly what we are going to need from him, and everyone else in the clubhouse, if we are going to go all the way next season!

Glad to have you back, Jose!