What to do with Jay Bruce? That seems to be the million dollar question. Right now, he is a detriment to this team. They need to put out on the field,the best nine that they can to win games and he is not amongst them. He has been awful since he was traded here, and is showing no signs of "coming around". They have to continue to win games to stay in the wild card hunt and Jay Bruce in the lineup does not help.
The final straw may have come on Tuesday night as Terry Collins, pinch hit Eric Campbell for Bruce in the 8th inning. The Mets were staging a rally and the Braves went with a lefty, and the Terry pulled Bruce for "Soup", who delivered with a single driving in a run.
"I always think I'm the best choice ... but he's the manager and I respect his decision," Bruce said after the game. "I don't deserve any explanation from the manager.
You're right, you don't deserve an explanation from the manager, it should be clear, you are not hitting , you are not playing!
The Mets have an option on his contract for next season. Please DO NOT exercise the option,give him his buyout and cut him loose, he is not worth the money you would have to pay him and, money better suited elsewhere.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Here we are at the "traditional" halfway point of the season and the Mets are still in the race. Honestly, I thought they would be in better shape in the pennant race but it is what it is. They can still make a run at the division, being only 6 games back, but don't forget the wildcard is still within their grasp. The keys to a better second half are:
A stable bullpen
More consistent offense
I believe if they can accomplish these (no brainer) goals then they have have a shot at being right there when the dust settles.
They managed to take 2 out of three from the Phillies, but now the job gets tougher. Cubs, Marlins, St. Louis, no breaks in this schedule.
Monday, July 4, 2016
Baseball is a crazy game. Last week we took the Mets for dead, swept by the Nationals and coming home to face the best team in the league the Cubs. And what do the Mets do, they go out and sweep the Cubs, taking apart the Cubs pitching staff in two of the four games. In an amazing display of offense Wilmer Flores went 6 for 6 . I guess home cooking revitalized the team, and maybe the infectious smile of Brandon Nimmo, a recent call up, lit a fire, whatever it was let's hope it continue thru the rest of the home stand.
If Brandon Nimmo continue to perform , I can see a toothpaste commercial in his future, don’t you?
Have a feeling the Miami Marlins will be chasing all this season. They have a good young crew that can hit and catch the ball. The pitching is thin but just might have enough to keep in the race.
MEET BILLY BRYK JR.
Billy Bryk Jr. 31, is the new pitching coach for the 2016 Brooklyn Cyclones. Billy served as a pitching coach for the Frontier Greys in the independent Frontier League in 2015. Billy comes from a baseball family. His father, Bill, is currently a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bill Sr., pitched in the minors for the Mets in 1972 for Batavia, and worked in the Pirates scouting and developing department for 16 years from 1982-1998.
Bill Jr., worked in independent baseball from 2007-12 in different capacities and then served as a special assignment scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013 & 2014. At the end of last season Billy signed a contract with the Lake Erie Crushers in the independent Frontier League. About a week after signing with them, Bryk received a call from Ron Romanick, the Mets Minor League pitching Coordinator, informing him that there was two open coaching positions, one of those was in Brooklyn on Tom Gamboa’s staff. “It got me speechless at first, because I’ve known Gambi since I was in High School when he was with the Padres with my father”.
Extended Spring Training is a long haul but, it allowed Bryk to see what kind of pitchers the Mets had. “ Being in spring training, extended is a grueling uh, it’s a grind every day going to the field and seeing guys you may not even have,” Bryk said. “ The last couple of weeks I‘ve been getting more of a feel for the guys I may be able to get.”
Bryk is very happy with his staff and urges the fans to “watch everyone.” “There’s not just one guy, I would say as a whole, everyone will be refreshing to watch,” Bryk said. Bryk did go on to explain that fans that like velocity, like he does, should keep an eye on Merandy Gonzalez, “ he can bring it up there at 97 or 98.” The pitchers will be on a pitch count of about 80 pitches, especially the starters. “You”ll see more out of them the second or third time out there, “ Bryk said.
That’s it for now until next time
KEEP THE FAITH
LET’S GO METS
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Yesterday, I was reading an email I received from one of my listeners to the "MetsMusings" podcast. In it the writer asked how I could stay optimistic with this Mets team, they stink, they can't hit , they are no good. Pretty much the same stuff we heard last year. I was going to write this person back and answer but instead I decided to put it here in the blog for everyone to see. And so here it is.
I am a Mets fan , because it in my blood, and is almost like a part of my DNA. I have rooted for this team since they begun in 1962, when I was 9 years old. I have seen the highs, and I've seen the lows, (and believe there are more lows then highs) but I still bleed Orange and Blue. It gets inside you and you cant let it go. I tried. When I was in college , I rooted for another team, but wouldnt you know it the 1973 Mets win the pennant, and I'm back in their grip again. And I love it. Is it frustrating? You bet it is, do I get angry and mad? I certainly do, in fact, I was very ticked off Sunday after being swept by the Braves and then my daughter gave me the piece pictured above and it made me realize, you get frustrated, you get mad, but you always come home because that is what a fan does. And really in the big picture while I love Baseball, it is just a game, a sport, and really means little more then a distraction from the rigors of life. Family is what matters, Baseball is a game, a great game, and something I love to see, and talk about it but that's it. And when I see baseball I want to see the Mets, because they are my team no matter what.
So enjoy the good times, survive the bad and Keep The Faith, Stay Optimistic, & Lets Go Mets!!
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
In one of the most ridiculous things I have ever witnessed as a baseball fan, Noah Syndergaard was ejected from a game by home plate umpire Adam Hamari, for throwing behind Chase Utley. There was no warning issued either after the pitch, or before the game, just the ejection by a fill in umpire who was clearly trying to make a statement.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The injury to Luca Duda is a big blow and leaves a big hole in the Mets lineup, but, let's not panic yet. Somehow, over the last two seasons the Mets have been able to weather the storm until the players return. Last year it was Wright and d'Arnaud, now this year d'Arnaud and Duda. Remember the Mets have won four in a row (as I write this) with Eric Campbell at first and Sandy Alderson is not the type to rush into a deal and risk getting fleeced. I'm sure he will keep checking the wires and keep his ear to the ground and make an approiate deal when the time is right.
Matt Harvey goes tonight and he must show some improvement or the rumors and speculation will start up and again. Come on Matt dig deep, and come up with a clutch performance. We are pulling for you.
I like Travis d'Arnaud, honest, I do it's just that the guy cannot stay healthy. And it's not a little nagging thing here and there. No, Travis has some big injuries. The latest being to his rotator cuff . d'Arnaud has been on the disabled list since April 26 with a strained right rotator cuff. He received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in early May. He has since been throwing a baseball and rehabbing, but not hitting, with a personal trainer at his home in California.
d’Arnaud is expected to move his rehab to St. Lucie later this week, according to assistant general manager John Ricco
"He threw a couple of days ago and felt pretty good," Ricco said. "He's going to throw one more time and then head back to Port St. Lucie in the middle of the week. He's still got a little time in front of him before getting back out on the field playing baseball. But he did feel better the last time he threw, a couple of days ago."
We need to get him back and healthy but, can he stay that way.
That’s it for now remember to
Keep the Faith
Lets Go Mets
Lets Go Mets