The incredible Jacob deGrom, Mickey Callaway’s moves, what’s missing in DC

Most of us know better than to judge pitchers by their win totals. At the same time, we want to see pitchers, especially starters, get rewarded if they pitch well with the W. That’s what made Jacob deGrom’s season last year frustrating. It was the best pitching performance by a Mets hurler in a generation [...]

Hope for Peter Alonso, the cost for J.T. Realmuto and congrats to Jacob deGrom

The hope with the hiring of Brodie Van Wagenen is that it won’t be business as usual for the Mets. Perhaps nowhere does this have more potential to help than with how the club handles its young players. We all remember last year when Sandy Alderson brought in Adrian Gonzalez for his age 36 season [...]

Michael Conforto breaks out at home, prime players struggle, Philly matchup

Michael Conforto has homered in three straight games, two behind the club record of five straight contests, set by Richard Hidalgo back in 2004, when three of them came against the Yankees. Conforto hit his first two against the Phillies and then last night’s blast came against the Marlins. But Conforto’s hot hitting extends further [...]

Jason Vargas’ lousiness, Matt Harvey trade, Luis Guillorme gets the call

You know you’re off to a rough start when you allow 4 ER in 4 IP and your ERA goes down. But that’s what free agent acquisition Jason Vargas is going through right now. He’s made three starts, managed just 12.1 IP and has allowed 19 ER, which works to a 13.86 ERA. He’s allowed [...]

Matt Harvey in the bullpen, free Brandon Nimmo, Jerry Blevins’ usage

One criticism of the Mets of recent vintage is that they let the tail wag the dog, especially when it comes to Matt Harvey. So it was both surprising and encouraging to see them act decisively in sending Harvey to the bullpen, soon after he declared to the world that he was a starting pitcher. [...]

Matt Harvey and Tuesday’s pitching decisions, Facebook and pliable managers

It was great to see Matt Harvey back on the mound enjoying success Tuesday night. While he did not factor into the decision, his final line of 5 IP, 1 H, 1 BB and 5 Ks was something that everyone would sign up for given what we witnessed from him in 2017. The only complaint [...]

Steven Matz’ rebound, hot-hitting catchers, Spring Training record

Perhaps the greatest unknown entering Spring Training for the Mets this season was what the team would get from all of the starting pitchers who suffered injuries in 2017. After two Grapefruit League appearances the results were horrific for Steven Matz, an outcome even more disturbing because there was probably more reason for optimism with [...]

The 100-year-old men, Robert Gsellman’s redemption, the Juan Lagares dilemma

September means expanded rosters and the Mets have 33 guys to use as they play out the string. Which may make you wonder why we keep seeing the same lineup with guys on the wrong side of 30 again and again and again. Three of the top five players in PA in September were Jose [...]

Brandon Nimmo gets his shot, Jacob deGrom’s elite company, Terry Collins’ record

Brandon Nimmo’s 2017 hasn’t exactly gone as planned, which makes it just like the rest of his professional career to this point. When the Mets made him their first-round pick back in 2011, few thought he would still be struggling to establish himself at the major league level six years later. But injuries have plagued [...]

David Wright in the WBC, how you say d’Arnaud, Alderson’s WFAN interview

It is time for another round of the World Baseball Classic. This one is going to have a different feel for the Mets, who have been quite well-represented in previous tournaments. While all rosters have yet to be finalized, perhaps David Wright will be the only player from the major league roster to be involved [...]