Time for Alderson and Collins to hit the reset button

Fresh off a four-day break for the All-Star Game festivities, the dog days are about to begin for the Mets. The schedule has them playing every day for the rest of the month, without a day off until Monday, July 31. Now seems as good a time as any to reconsider the makeup of this team as we embark on a busy and meaningful second half of the baseball season.

For starters (pun intended) Sandy Alderson, Terry Collins, and Dan Warthen need to give careful consideration to the rotation. Noah Syndergaard is clearly not coming back soon and Matt Harvey is still a question mark, but Robert Gsellman should be healed up from his hamstring strain to rejoin the rotation. Along with Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, and Seth Lugo, that should give us five healthy, viable starters. We might have to cross our fingers for a rain out during this upcoming stretch to avoid having to plug in Rafael Montero or Tyler Pill for a spot start. We open this 17-game stretch with three series at home against Colorado, St. Louis, and Oakland, followed by road series against San Diego and Seattle. Thankfully, there are no launching pads among Citi Field, Petco Park and Safeco field, so the gopher ball happy pitchers should be able to relax and focus on throwing strikes. As far as the initial order of pitchers, the break allows us the luxury to skip ahead to deGrom and follow with Lugo, Matz and Wheeler, giving Gsellman a few extra days to heal.

Bullpen anchors Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins will soon be rejoined by Jeurys Familia, which should give this crew an enormous lift. Josh Edgin and Paul Sewald deserve to stick around as well, but it’s time to mix it up with the rest of the pen. Neil Ramirez and Fernando Salas need to be released. They’ve both been completely ineffective. If Josh Smoker and Hansel Robles are still struggling with control in Las Vegas, stick with Erik Goeddel, Chasen Bradford or use Pill as a long man. Maybe someone is available on the waiver wire.

Defensively, it’s time to shore up the infield. Make the long awaited call to bring up Amed Rosario as soon as we can trade one of Neil Walker or Asdrubal Cabrera. Which ever one doesn’t get traded should get a long look at third base so we can audition for next year. Meanwhile, Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera can split duties at second base. As Lucas Duda is a likely trade candidate but Dominic Smith still has some maturing to do, one of them can split time with the young lefty at first.

As far as the lineup goes, now that Jose Reyes has rediscovered his bat we can give him one more shot to lead off to give us some speed atop the lineup again. Michael Conforto should bat second and play every day, rotating with the other outfielders until either Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce are inevitably traded. The one who is not traded should provide protection for Yoenis Cespedes from the cleanup spot. The four-day break should be good for the struggling and rusty-looking Yoenis Cespedes. The lineup will certainly need to be fluid based on upcoming trades and health, but should also take streaks into consideration. Collins needs to do a better job of juggling the lineup card based on who the hot and struggling hitters are that week. This is a team full of streaky hitters and the Manager needs to coach accordingly.

Whether or not the Mets can pull off a miracle, it will be an interesting second half of the season. Departures, new faces, new positions, maybe a few surprise heroes, and unexpected moments. The Mets are more fun to watch when they’re struggling than the Yankees are when they’re winning. Maybe it’s the announcers, maybe it’s the fans, but the orange and blue always seem to hold our attention.

11 comments for “Time for Alderson and Collins to hit the reset button

  1. Name
    July 14, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Blevins has been really bad since the start of June, but so has every other reliever except for Reed

    Since June:
    Blevins – 16 G, 10.2 IP, 6.75 ERA,
    Edgin – 14 G, 9 IP, 8.00 ERA,
    Salas – 13 G, 12.2 IP, 7.82 ERA
    Sewald – 15 G, 15 IP, 7.20 ERA
    Ramirez – 12 G, 14 IP, 6.43 ERA
    Reed – 13 G, 15 IP, 1.20 ERA

    Robles has rattled off 3 straight perfect appearances and retired 12 straight batters. I suspect we’ll see him back sooner than later.

    • MattyMets
      July 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      On a positive note, I didn’t realize Reed has been quite that good.

    • July 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      The pen needs Robles. I’m surprised they haven’t called him up for tonight’s game. I know everyone is rested right now but it’s still a move I would have made.

  2. Mike
    July 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    We need Sandy and Terry on the next plane to retirement. Trade any asset that won’t be here next year or long term, get what you can then tell Terry and Sandy not to let the door hit them on the way out.

    • MattyMets
      July 14, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Mike, that’s a bit harsh.

      If I were Sandy, the first two moves i’d make have nothing to do with players or coaches:

      1. Replace Mike Barwis with a yoga instructor
      2. Move the AAA team to a city in the same time zone.

    • Jimmy P
      July 14, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      I’d go for a new GM and management team across the board. There’s still a lot of talent in place, a lot of opportunity, but the vision isn’t there.

      How SA handles trade deadline will be instructive. My expectations are low.

    • July 14, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      New owners too?

      • MattyMets
        July 14, 2017 at 3:12 pm

        Mike – Can’t change the owners. Same problem with rooting for the Knicks.

  3. Pete from NJ
    July 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    I’m certainly hopeful for some positive results. Can you imagine a groups of veteran players going out on the field just playing out the string showing no motivation. Now that’s ugly baseball.

    Our two management guys, TC and SA’s contracts are going to expire at the end of the year. It makes for on field management and strategic moves even more complex.

    Do we hope for a rainout tonight?

    • Name
      July 14, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      “Do we hope for a rainout tonight?”

      No. Since the Rockies only come to town once, they’d play a double header tomorrow which means that the Mets will be forced to use a spot starter the next time thru the rotation.

      But looking at the radar i’m expecting a rainout. Even if it clears up the field is going to be in really bad shape.

  4. BK
    July 15, 2017 at 11:01 am

    It may not be time for a fire sale, but it’s time to consider selling some assets to contenders. Bruce, Reed, and Duda all should have some value.

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