Monday Morning Manager
What Stood Out:
- Trade/Harvey injury. For a team that is eleven games under .500 the New York Mets had a newsworthy week. The terrible news of Harvey’s partial UCL tear hit Mets fans like a punch to the gut on Monday. Then on Tuesday the Mets pulled a surprise trade with the Pirates that injected a small amount of positivity into a distraught fan base.
What I Liked:
- Pirates trade. The Mets acquired a major league ready reliever, Vic Black ,and a young, top ten prospect in Dilson Herrera, in exchange for John Buck and Marlon Byrd, both of whom have expiring contacts.
- Marlon Byrd and Jon Buck’s contributions. Byrd was a great all-around player for the Mets this season and Buck provided a little power and a “veteran presence” (whatever that means).
- Dillon Gee’s second half surge. In April and May, Gee had ERA’s over 5.00. However, since then Gee has posted an ERA under 3.00 each month.
- Dreaming of a Juan Lagares and Matt den Dekker outfield. The two of them starting in the same outfield would likely be the best defensive outfield in MLB. In reality however, there is only a small chance that both will be able to hit enough to maintain a starting job.
- Daniel Murphy is on one of his hot streaks. Murphy has been an extremely streaky player this season. He is currently on one of his hot streaks; 12 hits in his last 21 at-bats.
What I Didn’t Like:
- Matt Harvey’s injury. Probably the worst news for the Mets (knock on wood). The Mets will make a decision on surgery in a couple of weeks, but all of the options are bad. Whether it is Tommy John surgery or rehab, both Harvey and the team have to make a decision that will shape the Mets for the coming seasons.
- Robert Carson may be the least effective pitcher I have ever seen. He has one of the worst lines possible for a pitcher. His K/9 is 3.66, his BB/9 is 3.20 and gives up 4.12 HR/9. Those stats are right in line with his 8.24 ERA.
- Daiske Matsuzaka. It is so painful to watch him pitch. 82 pitches through 3 innings pitched in his last start…
- Rookie blues. The Mets top two hitting prospects Wilmer Flores and Travis d’Arnaud have struggled at the plate since being called-up. Flores’ triple slash line (AVG/OBP/SLG) is .235/.274/.324 and d’Arnaud’s is .175/.292/.300. I believe both will be very effective hitters as their careers progress, but they have gotten off to slow starts.
What to Look For in the Week Ahead:
- Vic Black’s debut. The second player from the Pirates trade last week has a chance to make an impact in the bullpen going forward. The hard throwing 25-year-old will get plenty of chances to prove he belongs in the Mets 2014 bullpen, which will look completely different than this years unit.
- Tejada’s return. I’m of the opinion Tejada should have been called up when he recovered from his injury, because unlike the Mets, I’m not in love with Omar Quintanilla. What role will Tejada have with the Mets in 2014 and beyond?
- Off-season options. Aside from Robinson Cano, these are the top hitters on this winter’s free agent market. Who should the Mets sign if anyone?
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