The Mets and their recent struggles getting and keeping homegrown IFA stars

You hear a lot of reasons why the Mets haven’t had more success thru the years. These range from cheap owners, to GMs with questionable roster decisions to incompetent managers. But there’s one thing that flies under the radar. And that’s that the club is considerably below average in grabbing young talent from the international [...]

Digging into Mark Vientos’ performance since returning from wrist tendinitis

In the seven games since his recall from the minors after a one-game rehab, Mark Vientos sports a .318/.423/.682 line, thanks in part to a triple and two homers among his seven hits. The other part is that he’s required a .417 BABIP to produce that .318 AVG. But besides being lucky with his hits [...]

Brett Baty and his future given his underwhelming rookie season

During Sunday’s Game Chatter, Chris F and I were talking about Brett Baty. Specifically, Chris stated that the Mets can’t begin next year with Baty as their starting third baseman. It’s not difficult to understand where Chris is coming from here. Baty is right at the Galvis Line with an 80 OPS+ and he’s not [...]

The average age at various levels of Mets prospects who amassed at least 2,000 PA in the majors

In an ideal world, winning and development go hand in hand. We would love it if the Mets’ minor league system had a team like the 1983 Lynchburg Mets, who went 96-43 and had 15 future MLB players on the roster, including Lenny Dykstra and Dwight Gooden. But the reality is that development is so [...]

Diving into the Mets’ numbers when they score three or fewer runs

We all know that the Mets’ offense is struggling, seemingly more days than not. But are they struggling a little or a lot? Let’s look at some runs scored numbers, both for MLB as a whole and for the Mets, and see just how things are. Let’s start with MLB and see how often the [...]

Line drives help fuel Jeff McNeil’s hot streak

Back on April 4, an article was published here talking about Jeff McNeil’s slow start to the season. It also included his Grapefruit League and WBC numbers. At that point, McNeil was 9-53. Just in MLB games, he was slashing .191/.191/.238 in 21 PA. But despite that slow start, McNeil is back to last year’s [...]

Edwin Uceta and the necessary search for Trevor Williams’ replacement

If we go back 10-15 years ago, we see that MLB relievers as a group had consistently better ERAs than starters, typically in the .25 to .50 range. This occurred despite for the most part that the better pitchers were utilized as starters. It showed the advantage of being asked to pitch seven innings versus [...]

A look at why the Mets consistently have no outfield depth

At the Winter Meetings in 2012, then-GM Sandy Alderson was asked if the Mets’ top priority was adding to an outfield that consisted of Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and not much else. Alderson decided to respond with a joke, which didn’t exactly succeed the way it might have inside his head. He said, “Outfield, what [...]

Deep dive on the 194 times the Mets had a ball with a 100 or greater EV in September

As baseball fans interested in learning more about the game, we took a giant step forward with the arrival of Baseball-Reference. It’s hard to remember but there was a time when they did not update stats with the current season until the year was over. We took another step forward with FanGraphs, with all of [...]