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.

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:(

Meet the Mets: Part Three- The Outfield

 

Lets talk about the outfield!!

I know there has been a lot of talk about who will actually be in the outfield next year, so let’s take a break from stressing over Cespedes and reflect on what our outfield situation was this season!!! (you know, only the important ones so like not De Aza…..) I can’t really go position by position for this one, since everyone really played all over the place, so bare with me!!

Okay lets start with the biggest disappointment of my entire life-Jay Bruce. I was sooooo excited when I heard we got Jay Bruce. He was leading the league in RBI’s and he had almost 30 home runs for the Reds this season. But then he came to the Mets, and literally forgot how to play baseball. He had like 3 and a half home runs and 4 RBI’s from August to October. He swung the bat like a major league player like twice at the end of September and everyone thought he was the next coming of christ????? STOP. I really don’t like Jay Bruce. I’m hoping that the Mets picked up his option so that they can trade him. Sorry 🙂

Next let’s discuss Curtis Granderson. Granderson just won the Roberto Clemente Award for all he does to give back to the community. What a guy!! Not only is Granderson a nice guy, but hes not a bad ball player! Granderson spent most of his time this season in right field, but made his way over to center when Disappo- I mean Jay Bruce came over to the Mets. Granderson kind of solidified his spot in center when Cespedes hurt his quad and could no longer play there. Wherever Terry threw him, Granderson never once complained or under-performed. He is an incredible defender and he is no slouch at the plate. Yes, he had some slumps throughout the season, but so did every other Met. What counts is that he had a hot streak at just the right time. Granderson really broke out of his slump in a huge way during those last few weeks of the season. We were right in the Wildcard race and Granderson is a huge reason why we got there. That game where he pinch hit and hit TWO HOME RUNS?!?!?!?!?!?!? That was amazing!! I am so happy to have Curtis Granderson on this team. He is such a classy guy and plays the game how it should be played. He is another one that never shows his frustration or excitement too much. I think that is such an important, admirable quality to have in today’s day and age!! Love you, Curtis!!

Touchy subject right now, I know, but let’s talk about Cespedes. I wrote a whole post on Cespedes and what I think he means to the team, so I won’t go into any contract issues right now. Let’s just discuss how great he is and think about happy things!!! Cespedes, from the second he stepped foot in New York, has been the key to the Mets success. He is a very very very dangerous bat, not only in the Mets line up, but all throughout out Major League Baseball. He really is just so smart at the plate. He knows when to go for the big hit, but he also knows when he needs to just advance the runner and get back into the dugout. He has great at bats and will do anything to get the Mets a win. I know I am very Cabrera biased, but Cespedes was paying hurt at the end of the season too! He wasn’t as hurt as Cabrera, but at times you could see that he was physically in pain and uncomfortable out there. He didn’t have a history making hot streak at the end of this season, but he is a huge reason why the Mets got as far as they did. It is so obvious that the Mets are a totally different team (in a bad way) when Cespedes is missing. He played a great center field for us before he got hurt, and played a very solid left field while he was hurt. He makes every play and is always making headlines. Cespedes needs to sign with the Mets for next year. I like our chances much more when Cespedes is on our roster.

Last but not least, I want to talk about one of my favorites ever!!! Mr. Michael Conforto!! I know he had a rough season. I know he was in the minor leagues for a little but, but he is currently, and will continue to be so good and I’ll take Conforto over De Aza or Lagares any day of the week. We saw what he could do when he made his debut last year. He was just as important to the Mets World Series run as Cespedes was. It was his second year in the major leagues, and he was in a bit of a slump!! Apparently this occurs often enough that there’s even a name for it!!! Sophomore slump!!! There is actual baseball terminology for what Conforto was experiencing this year, so I’m not too sure why  everyone is jumping ship on Conforto!!! Do we not remember how powerful he was last year??? He was a huuuuuuuuuge huge huge  piece for the Mets last year. He was in the major leagues for like 6 minutes and he was starting in the World Series!! They didn’t let him do that for his good looks, the Mets obviously saw something in him. I hate that TC was nagging him about how he didn’t have any confidence left when it was literally TC’s fault!! He won’t play Conforto against leftys, but then complains that Conforto can’t hit leftys!!???!?!?!?!?!!! HOW CAN HE LEARN HOW TO HIT LEFTYS IF YOU WON’T LET HIM PLAY AGAINST LEFTYS????????????? I was really irritated by how the Conforto situation was handled this season. I understood sending him down for a hot second at the end of June just to kind of give him a little bit of a breather, but I did not think he should have been there for that long. I also don’t think he should have been sent down AGAIN later in the season!!!!! Yes, Conforto was in a slump. But he wasn’t getting consistent playing time, and when they did let him play he was used as a pinch hitter. Pinch hitting is not Conforto’s game!!! (I get it hes a major league player and should be able to do whatever is asked for him but hes like 7 years old so back off him) How long was Jay Bruce in a slump??? 5 maybe 6 years??? And Terry STILL put him in the line up LITERALLY every day!!!! But Conforto hit a slump and he was banished to Vegas for a decade. I could go on forever about how I angry I am at how the Mets handled this, but I’ll get to the positives. HOW MANY great catches did Conforto make this year!! He literally had  a headline making catch from every position he was put in. They had him playing center field for the first time in Miami. First ball hit was to center and Conforto made an AMAZING diving catch. He is an incredible ball player on both sides of the field!!!! I can’t wait for 2017 and all of the amazing things he is going to do for this team.Whether he is in left field, center field or even first base, Conforto is going to be a huge piece for the Mets. All the Mets have to do is realize that!!!

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 2- The Infield

Let’s talk about the infield!

I’m not going to go into every rookie DL replacement, because who has time for that?? I’m just going to talk about the guys that I thought had a huge impact on the 2017 season. I’m not going talk about David Wright in this post…I will do a whole separate post on The Captain, don’t worry. I’m also going to go position-by-position, because I like my readers and I think you all appreciate organization as much as I do 🙂

First Base

Let’s get started with a man who really changed the team this year, James Loney. We really lucked out with James Loney. When Duda went down, I got really nervous about the first base situation. Don’t get me wrong, I really love Flores at first, but having him at first really left a void at third with the lack of David Wright on the field, ya know? Flores can’t play for both of them! When I heard we got Loney, I was a little skeptical. He was coming from the Minor Leagues in the Rays organization so I didn’t really know what to expect. I definitely didn’t expect him to have the impact that he had though. What a great surprise that was! All of his stats said that he wasn’t a power hitter and blah blah blah, but I guess someone forgot to tell him that! He was getting key hits in big spots and had the hottest bat in the line up for a little bit! He started hitting home runs and was spectacular defensively! He also added some veteran experience to the clubhouse, so James Loney really saved our butts this season. We wouldn’t have made it very far if it wasn’t for him, especially earlier in the season. It’s not looking like there will be a spot for him on the 2017 roster, but you never know. I definitely wouldn’t hate if James Loney was a Met next year!

Second Base

Oh boy, it’s time to discuss my favorite second baseman in the whole world…Neil Walker. I can’t hide my Neil bias either, and I’m not even sorry about it. I absolutely love Neil Walker. I’m still grieving his season-ending injury… Neil was nothing short of amazing at second for the Mets this season. That run he went on towards the end of his season (before he told us that he was like paralyzed and playing on NUMB TOES?????) was incredible. He broke out of a slump in the biggest way possible. I know that players in slumps always say that it only takes one swing to get themselves out of it, but this was the first time I’ve seen it come to fruition. He went from slump to hottest bat in the line up in a matter of one game! Watching that was incredible. Baseball is so funny. But really, if Neil isn’t a Met next year, I will have to take myself to Flushing and have a less-than-calm conversation with Sandy and the rest of the front office. You are not going to find a better infield combo than Walker and Cabrera. They worked so cohesively together and made literally every single play. I couldn’t believe how well they worked together! Neil was literally playing with numb toes and a crippling back injury and still made every play AND kept himself the hottest bat in the line up. AMAZING. TJ Rivera did a great job filling in at second, and I really do like TJ (which you will soon find out). But Neil is my second baseman every time. He brought that (rare) veteran presence to the clubhouse and stepped up into that leadership position when Wright went down. That’s hard to do when you’re the new guy on the team! He’s too good for the Mets to let him go. I hope they realize that!! (Especially if Cespedes walks…they need Walker if Cespedes walks…but that’s a whole separate post to look forward too…) To sum up, I love Neil Walker, you love Neil Walker, the Mets better love Neil Walker too.

Okay, let’s talk about the greatness that is TJ Rivera. I really, really, really like TJ Rivera. He’s going to be a big part of the line up in the future, and I really think he is going to go very gar in his major league career. He was thrown right into the middle of a really intense playoff push. Little rookie TJ Rivera didn’t know what he signed up for! TJ could not have performed better in the tough spot he was put into to. I was so impressed with him. When he hit that home run off Melancon in that game against the Nationals, I knew he was going to be something special. He had a pretty hot bat in the middle of the line up for the Mets, which was dire after losing Neil Walker. DIRE. The Mets thought they would play Flores at second when Neil went down. But then Terry killed Wilmer at the plate…. and Wilmer went down too. That was two really big blows for the Mets, and TJ kind of made it feel not as big, if that makes sense. He was great on defense, he was getting key hits in big spots, and really proved himself to the coaching staff along with the rest of New York. You now know how I feel about Walker, but if Walker isn’t a Met next year (kill me), I might be okay with TJ playing second every day. Don’t tell anyone I said that. TJ isn’t Neil Walker. He’s not a veteran, he’s not the defender OR hitter that Neil is, believe me I know. But TJ playing second isn’t the worst thing in the world. (I’m sorry Neil I still love you). 

Short Stop

Lets talk about the MVP! I can not tell you how appreciative I am for Asdrubal Cabrera. I wrote a whole post on Caberea where I explain my love for him and what he meant to the team this yea, but there’s no such thing as talking too much about Cabrera, so let’s do it again! Cabrera was the most important man in the Mets clubhouse this year. Don’t try to argue Cespedes or the pitchers or Reyes or blah bah blah, you’re wrong, I’m sorry. Cabrera was the most important man in the Mets clubhouse this year. He was incredible defensively, he was amazing offensively, and with just one swing of the bat, he saved our whole season. There is not postseason Mets if Cabby doesn’t hit that walk-off-three-run-homer in the bottom of the 11th of that game against the Phillies. He saved the whole season with that home run. Imagine trying to comeback from an 11th inning loss against the Phillies??? There’s no coming back from that. Also, he only made 7 errors all seaosn??? 7 errors. That’s amazing. He was playing on one leg for almost the entire second half of the season. He went on the DL for 3 weeks with that injury, came back, and had the hottest bat in the line up until the very last game. ALL ON ONE LEG. You could see on his face how much pain he was in. It was hard to watch. But, he literally would not let Terry take him out. Terry told him after the game that he hit that walk off that he was going to sit and rest tomorrow, and he replied “I don’t think that’s going to happen”. HE IS INCREDIBLE. I am so so so so thankful that we have him again for next season. He is really amazing, and I’m so happy he is a Met.

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Third Base

The third baseman that had the most impact on the team this year was undeniably Jose Reyes. Wright played a couple of games at third, so did Wilmer, I know. But when I look back on the 2017 season and think of who was at third, my mind is going to go to Reyes. I wrote a whole post on Reyes, where I discussed his importance to the team, along with the controversy that came with resigning him, so we don’t have to talk about any of that negative stuff here, right? The second Reyes stepped foot in New York, the entire dynamic of the team changed-on and off the field. Having Reyes lead off gave the Mets a serious upper hand on the opposing team. It almost was like if Reyes gets on base, we’re going to score here. He is so fast, so he just does his base stealing thing and manufactures runs for us, and there’s no denying that without Reyes, we weren’t going to make it very far. Not only was he great offensively, he was such a pleasant surprise defensively! The Mets just threw Reyes at third base with like 2 weeks of minor league training under his belt. let me tell you, I was not expecting him to perform the way he did. He was really great at third. He was everything you could have asked out of a person who is a natural short stop. There were some growing pains, and a couple of errors here and there, I know. But overall, Reyes played a great third base, manufactured about 6 thousand runs, and gave that clubhouse energy that they so desperately needed during a season plagued with injuries.

Wilmer Flores

Wilmer is a position all of his own! He’s played every position of the infield this year, so he doesn’t get put under a specific category. I have so much love for this crying little utility player. SO. MUCH. LOVE. I think he is too good to be a utility player, but I’m just a 19 year old girl with a blog, so what do I know!???!!?!?!? What I do know is that Wilmer Flores is a force to be reckoned with. He completely destroyed left handed pitching this year. He was a very dangerous bat in the Mets line up. VERY dangerous. He was always a lefty killer, but since he got so much more playing time this year, he really came into his own at the plate. He spent a lot of time over at third when Wright went down, and he really did well over there. I think its amazing that Wilmer can play any position that you need him to, and he can do it as well as he does! I dare the Mets to ever put me through the trauma of thinking Wilmer has been traded ever again. I DARE THEM. There is no “Mets” without Wilmer Flores. I could write about Flores for the rest of my life, but I’ll save us both some time and leave you with this- I’d rather die than see a Mets team Wilmer-less. He loves the Mets and he loves New York and he’s so good at what he does and I JUST LOVE WILMER.