The cult of Mesoraco faces its stiffest test yet, as he’ll be behind the plate for a Jason Vargas start Monday night. Rainouts and days off allowed the Mets to skip Vargas last time through the rotation. In case you’ve forgotten, he’s 0-3 with a 13.86 ERA. He’s walking too many guys and is getting killed by the HR ball. In 12.1 IP, he’s allowed 7 BB and 5 HR.
Hopefully Vargas has used the time off between starts to reflect, watch some video and throw some bullpens. Meanwhile, hopefully Mesoraco has watched video of Vargas last April and this year and can help him rediscover whatever it was that made him so good the first month of 2017. If he coaxes a strong start from Vargas, my calculations show that makes the Mets World Series favorites.