Gut Reaction: Mets 18, Blue Jays 1 (9/11/20)

Erasmo Ramirez came out of the bullpen to pitch three scoreless innings to nail down the win for the Mets, as they edged the Blue Jays, 18-1, Friday night in Buffalo. A ridiculous location for an MLB game deserves a ridiculous lede. Sorry, Buffalo, you’re not a major league city. Enjoy those Quad-A players you [...]

On locking up Michael Conforto to an extension

It’s been great fun to watch Michael Conforto here, especially lately. After back-to-back seasons with an OPS+ in the 120s, Conforto sits with a 171 mark, fighting with Dominic Smith for the team lead in the category. But it’s more than just offense, Conforto has made several highlight-reel defensive plays and his arm seems both [...]

The black hole of the Mets’ rotation after Seth Lugo

Earl Weaver once said that momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher. So, you can see why the Mets might be in trouble here in 2020. Through games of Tuesday, the Mets’ starters had an ERA of 5.21 and since Rick Porcello gave up 5 ER in 4 IP on Wednesday, it’s not like that [...]

Cano/Diaz trade update, the bungled rotation, deGrom’s domination

At the time of the deal to acquire Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, popular results among Mets fans was mixed. Maybe it tilted more towards those who thought it was a bad idea but certainly no worse than a 55-45 type of split. Then, after just about everything that possibly could go wrong from a [...]

Mets find their sea legs two-thirds of the way through 2020

After Saturday’s game against the Phillies, the Mets had a 44.4% chance of making the playoffs, according to Baseball-Reference. Given how bad they had played recently, that seemed almost encouraging. Considering how their pitching has been decimated, how they’ve suffered a Covid suspension of play and how the manager/front office has made some truly head-scratching [...]