Kodai Senga’s growth, taming Kyle Schwarber, return from Eduardo Escobar deal

Prior to the start of the 2023 season, FanGraphs’ Depth Charts, which acts as a conglomeration of all of the projection systems posted at the site, had Kodai Senga with a forecast of 160 IP and a 3.60 ERA. As we close in on the mid-point of the season, Senga has 76.2 IP and a [...]

Relievers force Buck Showalter to push starters, days off for Alonso and Lindor, the incredible Max Scherzer

We all want to see starting pitchers for the Mets go deep into games. It’s my opinion that when you’re not a slave to pitch counts, that you can get more from starters. Friday night was a great illustration of this, as Buck Showalter let Justin Verlander, who was pitching well, go another inning. But [...]

Francisco Alvarez ROY candidate, Max Scherzer gets untracked, Brooks Raley and LHB

Francisco Alvarez continues to impress. Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez are leading the hype train, saying something positive about his defense in nearly every game. Last night he made a truly terrific play, fielding a ball fired into the dirt by Justin Verlander and applying the tag on the runner trying to score from third. [...]

Brandon Nimmo heats up, the pitching staff’s gopher ball tendencies, free Ronny Mauricio

It was a hope coming into Spring Training that the starting pitching would be a strength and that the bullpen would be above average. Injuries to two starting pitchers and the closer dealt the pitching staff a blow right away. And while the overall record is great, the pitching hasn’t been all that. The staff [...]

Trouble in the middle innings, the stingy John Curtiss, Francisco Alvarez’ 2023 debut

Baseball-Reference has breakdowns for stats for individual innings, as well as innings 1-3, 4-6 and 7-9. In 2022, 34% of the runs all MLB pitchers gave up happened in innings 1-3, 35% came in the middle innings and 1% came in the final three frames. This makes sense, as you figure with teams frequently using [...]

The terrific bullpen start, Francisco Lindor’s defense, Gary Cohen’s Walter Cronkite moment

The first 10 days or so are the toughest ones of the season to write, at least for me. Everyone is picking the same stories to write about and it’s tough to come up with something unique in this time frame. And as of right now, there have been three games played. Three. It’s way [...]

The N&N boys catching duo, Tommy Hunter makes the club, Brett Baty and Mark Vientos don’t

The 2022 Mets had two offensive sinkholes in the lineup in catcher and designated hitter. They made an upgrade at the DH spot at the deadline and thanks to Daniel Vogelbach’s production, the Mets saw their final rank at the DH spot climb to 19th in MLB. That’s still not great but acceptable as one [...]

Syracuse coaches, opt outs and Spring Training stories

The Mets recently announced their 2023 minor league coaching staffs, as well as their player development and medical personnel for the upcoming season. The list of names includes many former MLB players, including the likes of J.P. Arencibia, Reid Brignac, Miguel Cairo and others. It caught me off guard that with the host of familiar [...]

The amazing Jacob deGrom, the catchers’ surprise offense, Joely Rodriguez’ four bad stretches

The Mets have 22 games remaining in the regular season, which means we have the possibility of four more starts by Jacob deGrom. After missing most of the year recovering from the injury he suffered in Spring Training, deGrom has been tremendous. In seven starts, he’s 5-1 with a 1.66 ERA. Yet with potentially four [...]

The last deGrom “season,” Nimmo’s positive regression and Givens’ bad timing

In January of 2021, it was said here that, “One of the lousy things about the shortened 2020 MLB season was that it robbed us of a full season of prime Jacob deGrom.” Little did we know then that we wouldn’t get full years from deGrom in 2021 or 2022, either. In a fair universe, [...]

Jeff McNeil’s resurgence, Trevor Williams’ scoreless streak and how Mets fare against starters they’ve seen the most

The Mets have seen five starting pitchers at least four times this year thru 121 games. With the schedule’s current heavy emphasis on divisional games, that doesn’t feel too unusual. Regardless, four of the five starters they’ve faced this often are really good pitchers. And the Nationals certainly hoped that Patrick Corbin would be better [...]

The amazing Max Scherzer, the hot deadline acquisition hitters and playing chess with roster moves

As Mets fans, we’ve watched Max Scherzer compete against us for a number of years and we saw one of his finest outings, when he threw a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts, missing out on a perfect game only due to an error, back in 2015. Also as Mets fans, we’ve seen a player have a [...]