New York Mets: Great Win, But Nothing to Show for It

The New York Mets rode the right arm of their defending Cy Young winner, Jacob deGrom, to a big 8-1 victory to start their series against the Cincinnati Reds. Unfortunately, due to wins from the Nationals and Brewers, the Mets did not gain any ground in the wild card race.

deGrom gave the Mets exactly what they needed from their ace. He threw seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts. The masterful outing lowered his ERA to 2.51 and continues to make a case for why he deserves to the Cy Young winner again. Mickey Callaway was enticed by the idea of throwing deGrom for the eighth, but a five run lead made it easy for him to turn the game over to the bullpen.

Run(s) Support?

This was a game filled with storylines and it was led by Pete Alonso’s 50th home run of the season. It gave the Mets a five run lead and he became the first Met to ever hit 50 home runs a season. Alonso now needs three home runs over the last nine games to pass Aaron Judge for the MLB rookie home run record.

Jeff McNeil and Amed Rosario put out homers to provide the all the run support deGrom needed. McNeil ended up finishing the game a triple short of the cycle. Michael Conforto also broke out of his slump with a hit and two walks.

Diaz Big Out

Edwin Diaz had gone eight days without pitching, but Mickey Callaway turned to him in a big spot. He entered the game with 5-0 lead with runners on second and third and Eugenio Suarez at the plate. Diaz struck him out with a 99mph hour fastball to end the inning. At this point in the season, Diaz will take any positive he can get.

Unfortunately, the win just kept the Mets in place. With nine games to go, they need luck on their side to make up three and a half games. At this point they will need to win out and hope for a miracle.

New York Mets: Can Pete Alonso Break the Rookie Home Run Record?

Rookie Pete Alonso has already smashed multiple rookie records throughout his amazing first season with the Mets. He currently sits just six home runs away from breaking Aaron Judge’s rookie home run record. The Mets have 18 games left on their schedule, leaving Alonso with a small window to make history. Can he do it?

For Alonso to break the record, he would have to hit one home run every three games. It is not impossible, but he will be doing it against quality pitching as the Mets try to get into a wild card spot. His two home run game against the Diamondbacks on Monday certainly made it a little easier for Alonso to do the job.

Focus on Making it to October

Despite the records and accolades, Alonso only cares about playing baseball in the postseason. At a young age, Alonso has continuously said the right things no matter how good or bat things have gone this season. Should Alonso break the record, his production will give the Mets the best chance to pull off a wild card miracle.

Alonso is certainly putting together one of the greatest rookie records of all time and a postseason birth would be a cherry on top. It Alonso can carry the Mets to the postseason he could even receive more votes for the MVP. I think we can all agree we would love to see Alonso blossom in October and shatter some more records.

Pete Alonso Sets NL Rookie Home Run Record Sunday in Kansas City

As the Mets were laying a 10-5 game to bed against the Kansas City Royals, Pete Alonso decided it was a good time to make history. In the ninth inning he took a high fastball from Jacob Barnes and smoked it way back in the left field seats for his 40th home run of the season.

Alonso’s home run broke the record set by Cody Bellinger during his 2017 rookie campaign. Looking back at spring training, the Mets seem foolish for even contemplating starting the season with Alonso in the minors. At the same time they look a little smarter for deciding not to call Alonso up during the end of the 2018 season.

What is the Next Record to Break?

Leaving home runs out of the equation, Alonso is 3 behind the NL and 4 behind the MLB record for most hit by pitch from a rookie. This is obviously minuscule compared to a home run record, but it is always nice to own multiple records  in a rookie season.

The MLB rookie record is 52, set by Aaron Judge in 2017. Alonso will need to homer about once every three games to get the record. It is not impossible, but the Polar Bear has his work cut out for him over the last month and a half of the season. All the fans want him to get the record, but one thing for certain is that Alonso only cares about leading the Mets into the postseason.

New York Mets: Surviving The Road Trip

The New York Mets had their ups and downs throughout their road trip. They managed keep themselves alive in the wild card race with a 3-3 record. They dealt with injuries, horrible managing decisions and their inconsistent offense. The Mets will be either one or two games behind the second wild card spot depending on the outcome of Sunday night’s Cubs/Pirates game.

Tough Series Against the Braves

The Braves flexed their muscles in the first two games of the series. Mickey Callaway foolishly pulled Steven Matz out of the second game with just 79 pitches after retiring 14 straight batters. Seth Lugo replaced Matz and was lit up by the Braves and the Mets comeback was not enough to win.

The Mets made up for two losses in the third game with 23-hits in a 10-8 win.  They had a 10-3 lead after seven innings, but it did not last long. The Braves used a barrage of home runs off Drew Gagnon to get the tying run to the plate against Edwin Diaz. Luckily, Diaz shut the door to get the Mets out of Atlanta with a win.

Royal Treatment in Kansas City

The Mets took two out of three from the Royals, capped off by Pete Alonso breaking the NL Rookie Home Run record with his 40th homer in Sunday’s game. The Mets offense went quiet in game one where they lost 4-1. Noah Syndergarrd cruised through his start but ran into trouble during the fifth and sixth inning and blamed it on the humidity.

The Mets beat up the Royals bullpen during the final two games of the series. They scored three off the bullpen on Saturday and eight on Sunday. Zack Wheeler struggled in his second consecutive start, but Edwin Diaz put together his first 1-2-3 inning since July 21 to close out the victory. Amed Rosario even saw sometime in left field during the 11-5 blowout on Sunday.

What’s Next?

The Mets will have a day off Monday, then take on the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs in a huge 9-game home stand. This will be the Mets biggest test of the season and a make or break part of their season.

New York Mets: How Many Awards Can Pete Alonso Win?

It is safe to say Pete Alonso has already exceeded the expectations of the New York Mets throughout his rookie season. He has asserted himself as the current front runner for the NL Rookie of the Year award, but what other hardware can he take home?

Two-Man Chase for ROY

Throughout the last few months Alonso and Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres have emerged as the top two contenders for the award. Alonso has the edge in hits, home runs, RBIs and walks, Tatis has more triples, stolen bases and a better batting average. Outside of certain categories, both players have very similar stats. Tatis’ defense could be the ultimate factor for the award, but Alonso playing for a winning team could boost his own status as well.

Both players have already put together terrific rookie campaigns. Tatis has flown up the polls for the award since the All-Star break. In MLB’s latest poll he actually had more first place votes than Alonso, but still remained in second place. The second half slump also hurt Alonso in the rankings, but his bat has comeback to life over the last two weeks. Alonso is also two home runs away from breaking the NL rookie record.

Can Alonso Win MVP?

To keep it simple, no. Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich have separated themselves from the rest of the league the same way Alonso and Tatis have for the ROY. If Alonso gets extremely hot again and pushes past 50 home runs, he could enter his name in the discussion. He will also need some help from the Mets as well, knocking the Brewers out of contention could certainly help his case.

Alonso still needs plenty of luck to even become a finalist for the MVP. He will also be in consideration for the sliver slugger for first base. His competition will feature Josh Bell, Freddie Freeman and Max Muncy. If Alonso can take home the award, he will become the second Mets first baseman to take home a sliver slugger award, first being Keith Hernandez.

New York Mets: Marcus Stroman’s Mets Debut and Pete Alonso’s Slump

Are the New York Yankees interested in trading for Blue Jays pitcher, Marcus Stroman?

The New York Mets decision to bring in Marcus Stroman was a major trade that shocked the baseball world. Stroman is set to make his debut on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Mets fans are certainly excited to see him pitch.

What Can We Expect From Stroman?

Whether you like his antics or not, Stroman is very confident in his own abilities  and has the heart of a Lion. He will fit in very well in the bright lights of New York and the fans will love watching his personality on display.

Stroman features one of the best sinkers in baseball along with his sweeping curveball. He has the second highest groundball rate in baseball, which could be an issue for the the Mets defense, but their team defense has been much better of late.

What is Going On With Pete Alonso?

The Mets star rookie has been in a major slump since the All-Star break. He is just 8-for-64 since but has walked 15 times. Most of those walks are due to the fact that teams just are not pitching to Alonso. He has chased more pitches outside of the zone because all he wants to do is hit. Young hitters usually struggle a little when the league starts to make adjustments.

Some of these struggles occur because Robinson Cano has not been hitting consistently all season. Pitchers would much rather pitch to Cano instead of the power hitting Alonso. Cano has some big hits in Thursday’s win and if he finds any long term success, it could drag Alonso out of his slump.

 

New York Mets: The Veterans Get The Job Done Against the Padres

New York Mets, Robinson Cano

The first game of the three game series between the New York Mets and San Diego Padres were supposed to be a battle of youth. The match up everyone wanted to see was Pete Alonso against Chris Paddack, but there were not any fireworks between the two rookies. The Mets ended up winning 5-2.

The Veterans Take the Lead

The 36-year old duo of Jason Vargas and Robinson Cano put on a show last night. Vargas put on a clinic on the mound and kept the young Padres hitters off balanced. He threw six innings, allowing only one run and struck out eight. Vargas had a potent fastball-change up combo and none of his fastball’s were above 85 on the radar gun.

Cano had his first career three home run game and drove in all five runs for the Mets. Since the All-Star break, he is 13-38 (.342) and already surpassed his home run total from the first half. Cano also hit his three home runs on three different types of pitches.

Is Their Success For Real?

Both of these guys had strenuous starts to their Mets careers, but it seems both have turned the corner. Vargas definitely has increased his trade value, especially since the starting pitcher market is very thin. Cano is also slowly giving the Mets hope that trading for his contact was not a mistake.

The Mets still sit seven games out of the second wild card spot, but there are multiple teams within a game of the Mets. If the Mets can sweep the Padres, they will leap them and have a chance to do the same against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Noah Syndergarrd and Jacob deGrom are set to pitch the next two games, this gives the Mets a great opportunity to sweep the series.

 

New York Mets: The Disappointing Series in San Francisco

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

The New York Mets flew into San Francisco high confidence after winning four straight games. They had their two aces lined up to pitch the first two games of the series and their bullpen seemed to figure things out. This was a real opportunity for them to get back in the NL Wild Card race.

Bumgarner Flashbacks

The Mets got a taste of a postseason game one as Madison Bumgarner was untouchable in game one of the series. The Giants won in 16 as the Mets ran out of arms and blew their 16th inning lead.

They managed to sandwich a blowout win in between two more disappointing losses. Somehow, the Mets outscored the Giants in the series but lost three of the four games. The biggest highlight for the Mets was watching Pete Alonso break a bat like a toothpick.

Miserable Mets

It fit the theme of the Mets season. They could have easily left with a four game sweep and put themselves right back in contention, but they failed miserably and lost ground.

After all of that, the Mets actually had a 5-4 road trip. It felt like they actually lost all nine games.

The best the Mets record can be at the trade deadline is two games under the .500 mark. If the Mets are not selling now, a series loss to either the Pittsburg Pirates or San Diego Padres will seal their fate as sellers.

The Mets are hanging on to their season by the smallest thread. Currently seven games out of the second Wild Card spot, they cannot afford to lose more ground.

Knowing how this season has gone, I think we are due for one final bitter heart break to put the final nail in the coffin of a third straight disappointing season.