Mets signing Justin Verlander was a better decision than retaining Jacob deGrom

During the offseason, the New York Mets lost their ace Jacob deGrom to the Texas Rangers back on December. Luckily, it didn’t take long for them to find his replacement, and maybe the best one in Justin Verlander. The Mets signed Verlander to a 2 year $86 million with an option for a third year. [...]

After 60 years it seems the Mets are on the right track

As we count the days until the start of spring training, we Met fans employ an age-old defense mechanism whereby we approach the upcoming season with high hopes and low expectations.  Throughout the years our ownership shied away from spending on first rate free agents, instead opting to pursue the cheaper, second tier players hoping [...]

The Importance of Tylor Megill and David Peterson 

Tylor Megill and David Peterson will be key components in the 2023 season, as they bring pitching depth, experience, and youth to an aging rotation.  Both players stepped up in the 2022 season, as Megill went from Triple-A depth to Opening Day starter, and in dominating fashion over the Nationals. He started nine games going 4-2 [...]

Keith Law’s scouting notebook

• The Mets’ High-A affiliate in Brooklyn came through Wilmington a few weeks ago, with a killer heart of their lineup in Francisco Álvarez, Ronny Mauricio and Brett Baty. Mauricio showed incredible bat speed from both sides of the plate, with loose, quick hands, but a tendency to rush himself and commit on pitches before [...]

Former MLB catcher Paul Lo Duca ordered to pay $500,000 for defaming umpire Joe West

A Paul Lo Duca-Joe West lawsuit is like a Braves-Phillies game in that it's good news because you know one side will lose. You just wish they could figure out a way for them to both take the "L." On the podcast, according to West’s complaint, Lo Duca was recalling a mid-2000s game in which [...]

Luis Guillorme’s 22-pitch PA

You've probably heard about Luis Guillorme's epic PA yesterday. Here's video from MLB.com https://twitter.com/i/status/1371181080846475264 Today, Baseball-Reference's Stathead newsletter talked about Guillorme's trip to the plate and compared it to lengthy regular season PA. Since 1988, the beginning of "consistent pitch data" for B-R, there have only been two instances where a PA has lasted for [...]

SABR 50 at 50: Analytics

It's the 50th anniversary of the founding of SABR - Society for American Baseball Research. To celebrate, SABR offers 50 moments in the evolution of baseball analytics for the past 50 years. This is a great piece for people to learn important moments in the game's history from a non-player point of view. What makes [...]

Fan vote for coveted #1 slot in Topps baseball card set revealed

Topps has announced that Fernando Tatis Jr. will be the first card in their 2021 set. Since 2016, Topps has collected a community vote to decide the top spot. Trout is the only player to have won that vote twice, in '16 and '20. It's fathomable that Tatis could join Trout one day. He's only [...]