Poll: Can Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander consistently pitch like aces moving forward?

Max Scherzer posted 8 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB and 8 Ks last night versus the Astros. This is the type of start most fans envisioned from him this year. Perhaps not quite this good but in this ballpark. And not only from Scherzer but Justin Verlander, too. And fans hoped that other pitchers would [...]

Poll: Who will be the final two relievers on the Opening Day roster?

It’s been my opinion that the Mets made a big mistake by having their final three bullpen spots be (essentially) a competition among relievers with options remaining. My preference would have been to have more stability among the back end of the pen with pitchers who have successfully performed in the majors. But that ship [...]

Poll: How many starts will the Mets’ five preferred starters make in 2023?

The 1966 Dodgers utilized a four-man rotation, one that featured three future Hall of Famers and the fourth, the black sheep, pitched for 18 years and was a two-time 20-game winner. That year, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Claude Osteen and Don Sutton combined to make 154 of the team’s 162 starts. You don’t see rotations [...]

Poll: Which free agent acquisition will have the best 2023 for the Mets?

There’s a story on SNY with the headline, “Darling says Correa deal would be ‘centerpiece’ of Mets offseason.” Carlos Correa is a star who’s on the young side of 30; it’s not an outlandish statement. Keith Law had him ranked as the top free agent available this offseason. Still, it struck me as odd with [...]

Poll: How does the catching shake out after Omar Narvaez pickup?

Omar Narvaez is likely better than either James McCann or Tomas Nido so the Mets signing him yesterday is probably a good idea. But it makes it harder for Francisco Alvarez to make the Opening Day roster. Not impossible - just harder. There have been rumors that the club has been shopping McCann and maybe [...]

Poll: Do you support Steve Cohen’s push for a casino in Queens?

Rich Calder of the New York Post had an excellent piece on Steve Cohen trying to land a casino in Willets Point. There will be three casino licenses issued and two of them are seen likely to go racing establishments in Acqueduct and Yonkers. Cohen's group is likely to be in a battle with a [...]

Poll: Will Noah Syndergaard top Rafael Montero’s contract?

Prior to the 2015 season, my top 10 list had Rafael Montero #1 and Noah Syndergaard #2. That one hasn't worked out very well, as Syndergaard has posted 21.0 fWAR in his career to date while Montero has just a 3.7 mark. Both are free agents this year and Montero just inked a 3/$34.5 million [...]

Poll: Tylor Megill’s future role with the Mets

People love Tylor Megill. He came up last year as barely a prospect in the average fan’s mind and acquitted himself well. He pitched a couple of nice games against the Braves and showcased an unflappable demeanor on the mound. Then, he was pressed into duty right away in 2022, drawing the Opening Day assignment [...]

Poll: Which of the past two games for the Mets has been more significant?

What a difference a day makes! After Wednesday's disheartening effort against the Braves, the Mets followed it up with their best ninth-inning comeback in over a generation. It may not be possible to have statement games in early May but both of these contests felt significant when they happened. After sweeping a doubleheader on Tuesday, [...]

Poll: Did the first week change your expectations of the 2022 Mets?

My opinion is that when Spring Training first opened most Mets fans were feeling very good about the team. Then came the injury to Jacob deGrom and the curious trade to add the second coming of Scott Rice and no longer was their over-brimming confidence. Then the team started the year on the road and [...]