Jose Butto’s strong first outing and other notes from the Mets’ first day in Grapefruit League action

In the minor leagues, Jose Butto was known for his changeup. He was called up to make a spot start in 2022 and he showed a fastball in the mid-90s, along with a slider and a curve. The two breaking balls were effective in his MLB debut but both his fastball and change were hit [...]

The Mets’ defense and changing the rules

To say that the Mets during the Sandy Alderson years undervalued defense would be putting it lightly. In fact, and usually to their detriment, there were times that the team deliberately sacrificed defense to get more pop in the lineup. Anyone remember Lucas Duda in left field? Actually, throwing players into the outfield to shoehorn [...]

It’s been hard for the Mets to fill the hot corner

Filling the third base position has always been a challenge for the Mets as demonstrated by the fact that they have trotted out 182 different players to try and handle the hot corner since their 1962 inaugural season.   Of those 182 players, only 25 have played more than 100 games.  112 players appeared at 3B [...]

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 [...]