Tyrone Taylor and the quest for more playing time

One of the pleasant surprises of the 2024 season so far has been the play of Tyrone Taylor. When the Mets acquired him from the Brewers, the thought was that he was a strong fourth outfielder, one who could play all three outfield positions and be above-average defensively. Additionally, while a RHB, he did not [...]

Brett Baty and when the Mets should move to Plan B at third base

Everything with Brett Baty is a small sample. But coming into this season, one of my beliefs was that the Mets needed to be less reliant on “small sample!” and instead look to pull the plug sooner on guys who didn’t get the job done. My hope is that no one on the club would [...]

Comparing the offensive merits of Tyrone Taylor and D.J. Stewart

In yesterday’s Game Chatter we talked some about the relative merits of DJ Stewart and Tyrone Taylor. Clearly, Taylor is the better defensive player. But the question is if Stewart’s big advantage on offense makes up for his deficit in defense. If this was a Presidential debate, people would accuse me of being a flip-flopper [...]

Adam Ottavino off to a strong start in his third year with the Mets

The Mets’ bullpen has been a very pleasant surprise so far here in 2024, with several members displaying excellent numbers. Because good results abound, it’s somewhat easy for an individual player to get lost. And in the Mets’ case that certainly applies to Adam Ottavino. There’s no immediate story for Ottavino like there is for [...]

How Harrison Bader, Jeff McNeil and Brandon Nimmo have the same OPS

If before the season started you were told the 2024 Mets would be 12-8 at the 20-game mark, you might have been mildly surprised but it would have been believable. Yet, if you were told that they would start out 0-5 and play nothing but teams over .500 in this 20-game stretch, including three in [...]