Tag: Sandy Alderson

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The Mets Absolutely Must Re-Sign Cespedes

Mets fans. We can not rest until the Mets resign superstar slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

The window of contention is now, the Mets should have room for Cespedes as a big-market team with a mid-market payroll, and there is no other viable way of improving this team right now. Cespedes is the answer.

A. Cespedes is a star and was the best player on the Mets last year.

Cespedes put up 3.2 WAR(fangraphs) and 2.9 WAR(baseball-reference) last year, placing either 1st or 2nd on the Mets in that metric despite playing only 132 games, and many of them while injured or being asked to play out of position.

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You Can’t Blame Sandy Alderson For This Mets Mess

We’re in the dog days of summer, and the Mets are currently 10.5 games out of first place in the NL East, treading water around .500. They sit in fifth place in the Wild Card standings, six games behind San Francisco for the first wildcard and three games behind St. Louis for the second wildcard.

At 60-59, what went wrong for the 2016 Mets?

There is certainly enough blame to go around (injuries, slumping players, lack of clutch hitting, etc.) but one place where blame is going that is not deserved is on Mets GM Sandy Alderson.

How The Mets Mishandled the Harvey/Boras Innings Limit Situation

By: Brian Mangan

There has been a lot of talk about this on twitter today, so I figured the best thing to do would be to jot down my thoughts all in one place. First, some stipulations.

  • The “science” behind arm injuries is sketchy at best and we are mostly guessing.
  • Boras’s duty is to zealously represent his client.

With that said, the Mets have badly mishanded this innings situation. By leaving it vague and open-ended in the spring, and by not limiting Harvey’s use throughout the season so far, the Mets have made it possible for this exact controversy to exist right now.

Here’s what Scott Boras had to say about his client Matt Harvey’s usage this season:


Fitting Jerry Blevins and Alex Torres into the Mets Bullpen

By: Brian P. Mangan

The Mets made some moves today, acquiring LHP Jerry Blevins from Washington for Matt den Dekker and LHP Alex Torres from San Diego for minor leaguer Cory Mazzoni. Both pitchers are relievers,and do a great deal to fortify the Mets precarious bullpen.

What you need to know about LHP Jerry Blevins

Blevins, 31, profiles as a classic LOOGY (lefty-one-out-guy). For his career, Blevins has allowed a 729 OPS versus righties, and only a 594 OPS versus lefties. That split was even larger last year, with a 821 OPS allowed versus righties and a miniscule 419 OPS versus lefties.

He struggled last season to a 4.87 ERA overall, but posted a 10.4 K/9 and 2.77 FIP. He owns a 3.43 ERA and 3.76 FIP over the last five seasons.

Discussing Terry Collins’s Thoughts on Batting the Pitcher Eighth and Lagares Ninth

By: Brian Mangan

In the news recently has been Terry Collins’s suggestion that he might bat the pitcher eighth, and Juan Lagares ninth. In order to figure out whether this is a good idea or not, two questions must be answered: 1) does it ever make sense to bat the pitcher eighth? and 2) if yes, should Lagares be the one batting last?

Batting the Pitcher Eighth In General

Luckily, there is a wealth of baseball research out there on the first question already, most of which concludes with a similar, “it doesn’t matter that much.” In fact, the total overall impact of lineup decisions that you might see is somewhere along the lines of 0.02 runs per game… or one run every 50 games. (Retrosheet). Even the worst possible order, leading off with the pitcher or batting the pitcher cleanup, is only somewhere around 0.2 runs worse than expected. (Hardball Times).