Mets Finally Promote Stud Prospect Dominic Smith

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I tweeted this at 11am. Six hours later the Mets did exactly what I said they’d do. The Wilpon playbook is so predictable, and this was the obvious move to make to distract from the Jay Bruce trade scandal.

The next page in the Wilpon playbook says that Sandy Alderson needs to make a statement refuting the media reports that indicated the Bruce deal was purely a salary dump and that the Mets passed on a better deal with the Yankees.

Check. The next page in the playbook says the Mets’ front office needs to anonymously smear the Yankees in the media.

Looks like the Mets covered all the bases.

By the way, it goes without saying that I’m extremely pumped to see the debut of the Mets number two prospect. Dominic Smith is supposed to be awesome. The scouts say the guy has OBP skills, pop, and provides Gold Glove caliber defense at first base. He also used to have a Pablo Sandoval body type as evidenced by that old picture above, but supposedly he’s in much better shape nowadays.

One thing I did notice in the picture above is the incredible tattoo that Dom has. Is that Jesus teaching him to swing a baseball bat? Is at an Angels in the Outfield tribute? The Mets sure as hell could use some angels in the outfield, infield, and especially the bullpen. It’s nice to see that Dom has a strong relationship with God. He better pack his damn rosary beads when he leaves Vegas because he’s going to need help from the man upstairs if he has any hope of surviving in a Mets uniform. From Ray Ramirez undoubtedly exacerbating Dom’s first minor injury to Terry Collins inevitably doing something that hurts his confidence, there’s no shortage of ways for the Mets’ organization to stunt his growth. But I hope and pray that Dominic overcomes all those obstacles and turns into an awesome Met. I’m rooting for him.

P.S. Dominic Smith is the last highly rated prospect in the Mets’ farm system. That’s it. The cupboard is bare. We may not have one top 100 prospect on next year’s MiLB list. Remember when the Mets let scouting director and analytics guru Paul DePodesta (aka one of the original Moneyball guys) leave the organization to work for the Cleveland freaking Browns? Maybe they should’ve made a lucrative counter offer to try and hold on to him. Considering the farm system has run dry, it seems he may have been the brains behind the scouting operation.

The Mets Are Still Lying To Us

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Last night the Mets traded Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians for a relief prospect named Ryder Ryan. Ryan is a converted infielder and was drafted in the 30th round of the 2016 draft. He’s currently getting lit up in Single-A. The guy isn’t even a top 30 rated prospect in Cleveland’s system. It was reported after the deal was announced that the Mets may have passed on receiving two better prospects from the Yankees for Bruce solely because they refused to eat some of Bruce’s salary in a potential deal.

This trade has hammered home the reality that the Mets continue to deceive all the fans. The front office can’t even be trusted to complete a trade deadline sell-off that is in the best interests of the franchise. It’s pretty clear that the primary motivation for the Bruce/Duda/Reed deals wasn’t to acquire the best quality prospects in return. The primary goal was to maximize salary relief and take whichever young players we could get in the process.

The Mets media can try to spin this trade deadline with all the positive headlines in the world:

These headlines won’t hide the reality that the Mets front office can’t be trusted as long as they continue to be handcuffed by the Wilpons.

When Brian Cashman acquires a pitcher like Sonny Gray, you know he’s making a decision that he believes to be in the best interests of the franchise. Same thing goes for Theo Epstein. You know when Theo makes a deal he feels it fits into his grand plan.When Sandy makes a decision it is impossible to determine whether he’s making the choice because it’s part of his plan or if he’s compelled to make said choice because of the Wilpon influence.

The recent lies have exacerbated my skepticism of Sandy and the Mets front office. The Mets have lied to us about:

The Trade Deadline In General

The trade deadline came and went and in the end, the Mets failed to execute a successful full sell-off of their impending free agents. Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera are still here. Alderson attributed the failure to deal Cabrera/Grandy to the lack of a market for position players. He’s right to say that the market for position players was limited. Teams were clearly focused on acquiring relief and starting pitching.

That being said, are we supposed to believe that the Mets had zero opportunities to trade these guys for anything? The White Sox ended up trading outfielder Melky Cabrera to the Royals for two prospects (one of the prospects was 13th ranked in their system). The White Sox agreed to pay half of Melky’s remaining salary to facilitate their deal with the Royals. In mid-July the Mets leaked that they were willing to eat salary at the deadline to secure better prospects, but then they didn’t absorb one penny when they shipped off Bruce and Duda.

I’d like to believe Sandy when he says that he explored every possible trade scenario, but we all know it’s bullplop. The Mets refused to eat salary and instead watched plenty of comparable position players change uniforms for a superior return (e.g. Howie Kendrick, Eduardo Nunez, Todd Frazier, J.D. Martinez, and Melky Cabrera)

The Returns for Duda and Bruce

The Mets traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, and Jay Bruce for five minor league relief prospects and so far Alderson has gave the fans/media the impression that he was very happy with the return. But was it the best possible return?

It was widely reported that the Yankees had interest in Lucas Duda. In mid-July, Sandy Alderson went as far as to say that he would consider a deal with the Yankees. Then the Mets traded Duda to the Rays for a relief prospect (Drew Smith, 30th ranked in their system). Shortly after the Duda deal it was reported that the Mets refused to trade Duda to the Yankees. As I mentioned above, last night after Bruce was traded we heard similar news that the Yankees wanted Bruce and offered a superior deal but the Mets passed. If those reports have even a shred of credibility then how can we possibly believe that Sandy made the trades with the Rays and Indians for the right reasons?

The AJ Ramos and Reed Deals

 

I had similar concerns with the return in the Reed trade. Addison Reed was one of the top commodities available at the deadline and the Mets traded him to the Red Sox for relief prospects Jamie Callahan (23rd ranked), Gerson Bautista (28th ranked), and Stephen Nogosek (18th ranked). On the surface the deal makes sense. The Mets lack high upside relief arms in their system and their 2017 bullpen has been bad. But it was also reported that the Mets may have passed on acquiring a better quality prospect from the Red Sox in favor of quantity. Why? Did the Mets target relief prospects for the right reasons? I don’t think so.

I think the Mets acquired AJ Ramos to create the narrative that they’re improving the bullpen for 2018 when in reality Ramos is just a replacement for Addison Reed. The Mets have no intention of making a contract offer to Reed who has been one of the top relievers in baseball over the last two seasons. They’re just going to let Reed walk, and they won’t be signing any viable relievers in free agency because they never do that. The 2018 bullpen will be Familia, Ramos, and a revolving door of relief prospects that we picked up at this year’s trade deadline. Maybe the new young arms will pan out. Maybe they’ll get lit up. But one thing is certain. There’s no way the Mets will invest any money in bullpen improvements this offseason.

Conclusion = No Hope

From David Wright’s health status (he’s not healthy), to the reason for the delay of Amed Rosario’s big league promotion (Super Two cutoff? Refusal to bench highly paid veterans?), to the real motivation for wanting to pick up Asdrubal Cabrera’s contract option (he’ll be cheaper than any other free agents at third base), the list of lies just goes on and on.

Is there any hope? Nope. Not really. Don’t expect the Mets to make the right decisions in the offseason either. Not with the Wilpons running the show. All we can do is enjoy watching the kids play for the rest of 2017 and hope that somehow the young pitchers magically heal and dominate once again in 2018.

Alderson Goes Full Costanza, Buys At The Trade Deadline

I think it’s fair to say that the Mets organization is approaching George Costanza territory. Almost every decision ever made by this franchise has been wrong. Ultimately that has led to a life full of misery for every single fan. So what is Sandy Alderson doing? He’s going full blown Costanza mode and doing the opposite. The Mets suck. They have no chance of making the playoffs this year. Teams like that sell at the trade deadline. But not Maverick. He’s buying baby!

The Mets came out of nowhere yesterday to trade for the Marlins closer AJ Ramos. They gave up two decent prospects. The Mets sent the Marlins their 9th ranked prospect, pitcher Merandy Gonzalez (because who needs young pitching depth) and 22nd ranked prospect OF Ricardo Cespedes (who I assume will turn out to be better than our current Cespedes because #MetsLuck).

All joking aside, I understand why Sandy would make a trade to improve the bullpen. He’s already looking to next season, and AJ Ramos is an incredible addition to the roster and under control for one more year. A reliever on a one year contract is Sandy’s favorite thing in the world. He LOVES it.

The move is also savvy as hell because Sandy basically eliminated the primary competition for Addison Reed on the trade deadline bullpen market. He knew that most of the teams competing for a playoff spot were calling the Marlins for Ramos and the Mets for Reed. So he decided to snag Ramos. Brilliant. Now most teams will be forced to call the Mets for Reed assuming they all can get over the frightening possibility that Terry Collins has destroyed Addison’s arm over the past two seasons.

There’s one thing that’s bothering me about the fan reaction to the trade. I’ve seen so many fans and bloggers tweet some variation of the following:

“Wow we got Ramos! Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos, Jerry Blevins, and Drew Smith in the 2018 bullpen should be a big improvement.”

Ummmm first of all it’s insane to factor Drew Smith (the minor league pitcher we just acquired for Lucas Duda) into the 2018 bullpen blueprint. He’s 23 years old and pitching in Double-A. Pump the breaks on the Drew Smith 2018 Opening Day bullpen predictions. Second of all, Familia, Ramos, and Blevins don’t represent an improvement. Addison Reed will be gone. Ramos will replace Reed. That’s not a net improvement. So while I appreciate Sandy being proactive and starting to address the 2018 bullpen, I’m not patting him on the back until he actually improves the pen by adding new talent.

The bottom line is the trade deadline clock continues to wind down and Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, and Addison Reed are all still here. Wake up Maverick! Drop the Costanza act. Sell! Sell! Sell!

Mets Trade Future MVP Lucas Duda


The Mets officially kicked off their trade deadline sell off by sending Lucas Duda to the Tampa Bay Rays. In exchange for Duda the Rays sent the Mets the 30th ranked prospect in their farm system (per MLB Pipeline), pitcher Drew Smith. The experts certainly weren’t kidding when they said the return for Duda would be limited. Jesus Christ.

This kid Smith is 23 years old, can throw 96-98 MPH, and has pitched at Triple-A this season. I was hoping to get a couple of prospects in return for Duda, but I can understand why his value is limited. He’s an impending free agent, there were only two teams reportedly competing for his services (Rays and Yankees), and also the supply of power hitters is at an all-time high thanks to the new juiced up baseballs. So I suppose this is the best we could do for ol’ Lucas.

I love how every conversation about Duda ignites a goddamn fiery debate amongst Mets fans. Half the fan base says he sucks and half the fans love him and spend their days defending him on Twitter. You know what I think of him? He was fine. He was aight. I liked when he would go on one of his signature home run hot streaks. But I’m not crying and losing sleep over his departure.

You know when I will lose sleep? I’ll lose sleep the second he signs with a new team in the offseason and transforms into an MVP candidate. You know that’s coming. If you’re a Mets fan you know how it works at this point. Mets dump underappreciated long-time player who wants to stay with the team. Then the player becomes an MVP candidate. The transformation is not based on anything logical. We’ve all watched Duda for years now. We’ve all looked at his stats a million times. We know what he is. In his career he’s been an above average hitting major league first baseman with some pop, decent OBP skills, and an average glove at best. But we also know what those stats mean once a player leaves the Mets. Zilch.

Justin Turner is still leading the league in hitting this year with his .365 average. Daniel Murphy still hanging around right behind Turner with his .340 average. How is this possible? It’s just God’s anti-Mets voodoo magic. I can’t wait to see if the streak continues and Duda magically goes from decent player to megastar the second he sheds the cursed orange and blue jersey. Remember his back woes? They’ll “magically” disappear now that he’s escaped the wrath of Ray Ramirez.

I’m imagining Duda transforming like the Beast at the end of the Disney movie. The second he pops on a new uniform sparks start flying all around him. He inexplicably floats into the air and then is slowly lowered back to the ground. By the time he lands his back injuries are healed, and he’s developed extra power, elite contact skills, and a Gold Glove.

P.S. – The Mets didn’t pick up one dollar of Duda’s remaining salary in an attempt to try and improve the return they received from the Rays. Shock of the century.

Judge Cranks Homers As Harvey’s Arm Muscles Melt


I watched the home run derby, and as a baseball fan I loved it. Who doesn’t like watching sluggers mash homers? As a Mets fan however, the derby has me depressed. Yankees freak slugger Aaron Judge was crowned the winner. There wasn’t a single young Mets slugger involved in the derby (because other than Conforto they don’t exist). Michael Conforto may be an All-Star, but knowing Terry Collins he’ll have him sitting on the bench collecting dust when we kick off the second half.

Meanwhile Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Miguel Sano, Cody Bellinger and the other young sluggers that competed in the derby absolutely tore the cover off these juiced up baseballs. Leave it to the New York Mets to build a franchise around young pitching right before MLB secretly alters the baseballs with the intention of ushering in a new long ball era. MLB is about to launch a reboot of the 90’s steroid era (hopefully without the steroids) and the Mets have a bunch of injury prone pitchers in their mid to late 20s primed to get lit up.

Speaking of injury prone pitchers, Newsday reported that Matt Harvey’s arm muscles are disintegrating.

“Only after Matt Harvey went on the disabled list did doctors discover that the muscles behind his right shoulder were roughly half the size of those on his left.” WHAT?!?!?!?

That sounds like a joke that I would write to exaggerate the incompetence of the Mets medical staff. But that’s not a joke. It’s happening in real life. The muscles in Harvey’s shoulder are literally wasting away and our medical “professionals” didn’t even notice!!! I’m no doctor, but I kind of assumed that the Mets would be extra cautious with Harvey considering he was coming off major surgery. I figured they’d conduct MRIs more frequently or occasionally use their eyes to look at his arm to see if one shoulder is HALF THE SIZE OF THE OTHER.

Oh well. That’s life as a Mets fan. If Harvey is smart he’ll get through next season as quickly as possible and sign a short term deal with some other team. He needs to get his arm the hell away from Ray Ramirez and Jeff Wilpon before it’s an actual puddle of soup on the floor.

Other Stray Pessimistic All-Star/Mets Notes:

  • Watching Aaron Judge makes me miss Noah Syndergaard. I want our enormous star pitcher back. He was the most exciting player in New York. Now the media would probably award that distinction to Judge, but I’d like to see what Thor has to say about that. I want to see Thor and Judge matchup. Based on his lat recovery timeline it doesn’t sound like that’ll happen in 2017. Oh and speaking of Thor, I saw that Dan Warthen said he might consider using Syndergaard out of the bullpen if he returns this season. That’s the least intelligent thought I’ve ever heard. I guess Warthen has atrophy of the brain.
  • I miss the energetic, healthy, and inspired Yoenis Cespedes. I wish he was competing in the home run derby. It’s pretty obvious that he’s slumping right now, and there’s no way his legs are 100% healthy. I’m having a tough time staying motivated as a fan so I can only imagine how difficult it is for Yo and the rest of these guys to stay motivated and focused in the clubhouse. I hope his reoccurring leg injuries are temporary issues and not a case of METS disease starting to take root deep inside him. The media is already starting to print articles questioning Cespedes’ work ethic and motivation.
  • Jay Bruce deserves to be an All-Star. I’m having a hard time imagining a scenario where the Mets re-sign Bruce in the offseason primarily because Conforto needs to play a corner outfield spot everyday and also money (duh). But I’m not having a hard time imagining a scenario where Bruce is traded at the deadline, finishes this season with career highs in all major offensive categories, and then goes on to sign with a rival and put up three straight 40 home run seasons. There have been plenty of articles printed showing that Bruce has embraced the new “fly ball” approach that has contributed to the increase in homers across the sport. It’s the same approach that Justin Turner and Daniel Murphy embraced, and we’ve all seen how they have transformed from mediocre Mets to MVPs. It’s the Kevin Long philosophy. I can easily see Jay Bruce joining the club of former Mets that catapulted their careers to the next level (in a different uniform).
  • I keep reading articles that say the Mets shouldn’t expect to receive a significant return in trades for any of their impending free agents. If the Mets can’t get a good return for Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Lucas Duda then the league must be colluding against them. I understand supply and demand, and I understand that the trade market may be flooded with teams looking to sell. But the Mets should be able to score some nice chips for Reed and Bruce. Reed’s been one of the best relievers in the sport over the last two seasons. Teams should be lining up for him. Sandy blew the offseason. He better not screw up the trade deadline sell off. And the cheap ass Wilpons better eat some damn salary so we can score better prospects in the deadline trades.

Will The Nationals Drive A Dagger Into The Mets’ Heart? Yes. Duh.

Steven Matz pitches a gem, Curtis Granderson hits a clutch pinch hit game-tying two run homer in the top of the 9th inning, and then the Mets bullpen blows the game. Oh and Yoenis Cespedes injured his leg on the final play of the game. A bullpen implosion combined with an injury to a key player is the least shocking outcome imaginable. It has been the theme of the 2017 season. The Nationals are going to bury the Mets over the next few days. The Mets haven’t done one thing this year that would lead me to believe they can compete with an actual contending team.

Sunday’s game marked the midpoint of the 2017 season. After 81 games I can say that I am suffering from the worst case of fan fatigue that I’ve dealt with in my time as a Mets fan. It became obvious early in the season that 2017 wasn’t going to be fun, but there have been a number of factors that have made this year particularly brutal.

Same Old Story: First and foremost, this season we’ve seen the exact same groundhog day bullshit that Mets fans have been dealing with forever. Ray Ramirez claims another injury victim every other day. The injuries have been both random and attributable to Wilpon-related ineptitude. Mike Barwis has these guys training like professional weight lifters in the offseason and as a result many of the players have been straining muscles. Same story, different season.

Terry Collins still can’t manage for shit. He’s killed half of the relievers. He spent a large part of the season trying to bench our only All-Star Michael Conforto. He’s garbage.

The Wilpons didn’t let Sandy Alderson spend a little extra cash to add necessary reinforcements to the bullpen and rotation in the offseason and the team has suffered as a result.

We’ve seen our mascot flip off fans, Asdrubal Cabrera demand a trade because the Mets failed to notify him about a position switch, and our top prospect Amed Rosario continues to waste away in Triple-A while horrendous Jose Reyes is still allowed to start day after day.

The list of embarrassing stories linked to the Mets’ franchise this year has been lengthy, and at this point I’m numb to it.

Success In The Bronx: The second factor that’s killing me is the instant turnaround of the Yankees organization. The Mets were great in 2006. Then they floundered for the better part of 7 years. The length of a “rebuild” can vary. I’ve seen franchises turn things around in a few years. I’ve also seen teams take closer to a decade to return to a place of respectability. Some organizations stink forever. In the Bronx it took 10 minutes.

We heard the word rebuild thrown around by Brian Cashman and Co. last year. I blinked and now the Yankees have the best player in baseball. Aaron Judge is like a player that scientists created by extracting a partial DNA sequence from Giancarlo Stanton and then filling in the gaps with Babe Ruth DNA. The Yankees are rebuilding and who shows up? Only the biggest freak in the history of professional baseball. The Yankees have instant stars in Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge and now Clint Frazier has been called up. There’s obviously a pretty good chance that the league will figure out Judge at some point, and he’ll have to adjust. But right now it looks like the freak is going to hit 50 homers. Each and every long ball he hits raises my blood pressure to unsafe levels.

Goddamn Daniel Murphy And The Nationals: The number one factor that is absolutely killing me is the success of Daniel Murphy. Oh what’s that? You think I should get over it? Screw you. I will never ever ever ever ever ever ever get over the fact that the Mets made it to the World Series thanks to their young arms and the bat of Daniel Murphy and then they told their playoff hero to get lost. I will never forget that Daniel Murphy was a decent player for the Mets, went to our top division rival, and transformed into an MVP.

I don’t think Murph has hit below .330 since he’s joined the Nationals. He’s a batting champion contender once again. He’s an All-Star again. His success and the Nationals success coupled with the deterioration of the Mets young pitching staff is plaguing my nightmares. The Mets had a World Series roster, and they unnecessarily tinkered with it. They changed the damn formula. They let their star bat depart for nothing. The only way I can forgive the Mets for that sin is if this team wins a World Series in the near future.

And if Murph winds up hoisting a World Series Championship trophy in a Nationals uniform or Judge propels the Yankees to a championship in the first year of their stupid rebuild I may lose faith in baseball forever. Those two specific scenarios would wound me so deeply that it’d take years for me to fully recover.

Bottom Line: The 2017 Mets are toast. They should start trading the impending free agents immediately. That would be the smart move, but we all know the Wilpons won’t allow the team to go into a proper sell mode. They’ll half ass it, trade one guy like Jay Bruce, and then call up Tim Tebow to sell tickets in September and continue to embarrass the loyal fan base.

Obviously I’m not “giving up.” Will I keep blogging and watching? Of course. But am I optimistic? No. It kills me that this team is buried in the standings in July. But like all die hard fans I will always tune in to watch. No matter how much the Wilpons infuriate me or how hard it is to watch our rivals succeed, I’ll never quit watching this stupid team. It’s my stupid team.

Is There Light At The End Of The Tunnel?


On Friday, Jacob deGrom reminded Mets fans that the best path to victory for this team is one where the bullpen is never involved in the game. DeGrom pitched 8.1 innings against the Pirates and gave up 1 run on 6 hits with 10 Ks. He had an extra day of rest because of that “rainy” game against the Padres, and the Mets let him throw 118 pitches. The offense put up 8 runs on 12 hits, and Neil Walker hit two home runs. Fernando Salas was able to retire two hitters to preserve deGrom’s gem.

I’m sure deGrom’s arm will wind up falling off if the Mets keep having him throw 118+ pitches per start. But it’s really the only way we can get a win these days. The second the Mets bullpen gets involved the game is pretty much over.

Last night’s game proved that point yet again. Zack Wheeler gave the team a quality start going 6 innings and giving up 3 runs on 7 hits. The Mets scored 4 runs on 12 hits which is kind of pathetic. But in the end it was the same old story. Addison Reed blew a 4-3 lead in the 9th inning and new minor league pitching savior Tyler Pill was charged with the winning run and the loss in extras.

Pill was one of the last viable pitching options that we had in Vegas. I just don’t see a light at the end of the Mets’ tunnel right now. Not only did our new minor league call-up get smacked in extras, but we received bad news on all of our injured players. Yoenis Cespedes had a quad setback. He shutting down baseball activities until Tuesday. The Daily News reported today that scouts who have seen Steven Matz pitch during his rehab outings are concerned that he’s still experiencing elbow soreness. They are getting that impression based on his mechanics. Seth Lugo is seemingly the only player progressing nicely during his rehab, and he has a half torn UCL.

I ain’t seeing the light at the end of the tunnel folks. I’m just not seeing it. Pray for a series win tonight. We need Matt Harvey to somehow go the distance, and that seems unlikely considering he can barely deliver quality starts this season.

The Mets Are Officially The Worst


The Mets may not have the worst record in baseball. Hell they don’t even have the worst record in the NL East. But when your record is close to the worst in the league and you lose 2 out of 3 at home to a team that is considered by many to be the actual worst then you become the worst team. The Mets are officially crowned in my book. They lost this week’s stink-off to the Padres, and now they are the kings of Stinktown (Citi Field).

I actually believe the Mets-related suffering I experienced over the course of last season has made me more patient when it comes to this team. They turned their season around in August, and it reminded me that anything can happen. I fully understand that right now it’s the end of May and there is a lot of baseball left to play. That being said, I’m starting to believe that the Mets 2017 stinkiness is for real. Steven Matz and Seth Lugo are the actual last hope. If the return of Matz and Lugo doesn’t significantly improve the pitching staff then the team is in big trouble. Maybe we should convert Yoenis Cespedes to a pitcher.

I really don’t want to trade young players for a quick fix this year. I don’t want Sandy to address the pitching issues with his signature in-season patch job trades. I’m tired of those deals. If we hadn’t traded away pitching prospects to address our issues on offense over the last two years maybe we’d have a few options at Triple-A to help this club right now. We need Dominic Smith, Amed Rosario, Gavin Cecchini , and Brandon Nimmo for the future. If we are going to make trades I’d rather flip some of our soon to be free agents for pitching.

As far as last night’s game goes, it was over the second they announced that Jacob deGrom was being scratched due to the rain and Rafael Montero was starting in his place. Showing up to Citi Field and finding out deGrom has been replaced by Montero is like going to MSG to see Billy Joel and finding out he’s been replaced by the stage manager’s brother’s friend’s son’s shitty high school garage band.

And why the hell is Jacob deGrom getting scratched due to rain? I understand that he’s literally the only good pitcher we have left and they want to protect him, but when your choices are 1) pitch your ace in a rainy May game at home or 2) literally waive the white flag and lose to a horrendous ball club, how do you choose option two?

Poo Poo Pitching: The Mets lost 4-3. Montero gave up 3 runs in 3 innings. Addison Reed gave up what turned out to be the game winning fourth run in the 9th inning. He’s been so mediocre in 2017. He has transformed right back into the pumpkin he was before coming to the Mets. Terry probably blew his arm out last year too.

Other Stupid Game Notes: Lucas Duda is heating up. He had two hits (including a homer) last night. Paul Sewald actually continued to impress in his 3 scoreless innings. He may be the second best pitcher on the team right now. Also, the chunky Joshs have switched places. Now Josh Smoker is the bad chunky Josh and Josh Edgin is the mediocre chunky Josh. Travis d’Arnaud started after his long DL stint. He didn’t do anything of note. Hitless as usual. The Mets also activated Asdrubal Cabrera from the DL and then didn’t start him. Genius!

Today: The Mets head to Pittsburgh tonight. I feel like this season can get worse. Pray.

Blame The Bullpen, Terry, Sandy, EVERYBODY

I can’t decide what is more embarrassing: 1) The overall level of talent in the Mets bullpen. 2) Terry Collins’ inability to manage a bullpen. 3) Sandy Alderson’s belief that this team had an acceptable amount of pitching depth.

All three of those things are partially responsible for last night’s pathetic loss to the San Diego Padres (the worst team in the league other than us I guess).

The Calm Before The Storm: The Mets had a 5-1 lead after 4 innings. The lead was partially due to the fact that Padres starter Jarred Cosart was hit by a comebacker, fell apart physically, and then walked the ball park before departing in the third inning. But the Mets still capitalized with RBI hits from Wilmer Flores and Curtis Granderson in the third inning. Michael Conforto also added an RBI hit in the 4th inning. Even Robert Gsellman had a nice game. I joked in yesterday’s post that he never gives us a quality start, and then he spit my face. He went 6 innings and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits. But once Gsellman was yanked from the game everything crumbled.

Terrible Bullpen: It’s so pathetic that our front office had the balls to say they were “all in” prior to the start of the season, and then they continue to rely on scrap heap players like Neil Ramirez and Tommy Milone. Fernando Salas came in the game for Gsellman and pitched like crap. He retired the first two hitters, but then gave up a single and walked two straight hitters. Then new scrub Ramirez came in to face arguably the Padres best hitter Wil Myers, and he nearly lit him up for a grand slam. He hit a ball off the top of the wall and two runs scored to tie the game at 5-5. Then Josh Smoker came in to pitch the 8th inning and gave up a moonshot home run to make it 6-5. That was the final. Also it’s worth noting that Josh Smoker (who has an ERA of 8.00 out of the bullpen and has a surgically repaired arm) is currently being stretched out as a starter so the Mets have someone to replace Tommy Milone this weekend.

Terrible Manager: Terry Collins is an absolutely horrendous manager. The fans have been clamoring for his head for many years now. Fire him. Terry used Jerry Blevins, Paul Sewald, and Fernando Salas in a blowout game on Tuesday and when he needed them last night they were either unavailable (Blevins, Sewald) or ineffective (Salas). He pulled Gsellman when he had under 90 pitches because he wanted him to leave “feeling good.” Are you kidding me? And I really don’t care how tired the other relievers were, there is no way you bring in Neil Ramirez to face Wil Myers. No way. Terry is the absolute worst.

Terrible GM: Sandy Alderson never blames the Wilpons. In fact he claims he has all the resources in the world. If that’s the case then Sandy is a moron. The lack of bullpen depth was known, and it was obvious. The starting pitching depth was always questionable. Sandy didn’t add any arms in the offseason, and now we are relying on scrubs. That is entirely Alderson’s fault.

Bases Juiced: Despite the pathetic bullpen display the Mets still had an incredible chance to win this game against the lowly Padres. They loaded the goddamn bases in the 9th with NOBODY OUT, and they STILL FAILED. Grandy, Rene Rivera and Juan Lagares all were retired in truly pathetic fashion. So Mets.

Today: If we don’t find a way to take 2 out of 3 from the worst team in the league, at home, with our ace on the mound today, then we should officially be crowned the worst team in the league. Can you believe we are still doing the crown celebration thing? Instead of placing a crown on the best player’s head after every win, somebody should dump a bucket of horse crap on all of the relievers after every loss.

Conforto Smacks Poodres

Final Score: Mets 9, Padres 3

The Mets put a beatdown on the stanky Padres in the first inning, and the game was basically over before I had a chance to settle in on the couch. The Mets put up a seven spot against Jhoulys Chacin. I’d like to make fun of the Padres starting pitcher, but he’d probably be the 4th starter for the Mets right now.

King Conforto: Michael Conforto went 3 for 4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs. He had a leadoff homer, and he capped the seven run first inning with an RBI single. He was the king last night. He’s been the king all season. It’s ridiculous to listen to fans argue about whether or not Conforto was mishandled last season. The guy has posted a 1.138 OPS in 153 plate appearances, and now everyone is convinced that if he was given more rope prior to his demotion last year he would have figured things out and been extremely productive.

I think that argument is flawed, but I don’t really care that much. I’m happy he’s here now and performing like a stud. I’m looking forward to the return of Yoenis Cespedes. I want them back to back in the same lineup. I don’t care if they bat 1-2 or 2-3 or 3-4. I just want Yo behind Conforto. That’s a scary combination.

Never Pay Pitching: As we all watch the young Mets pitchers deal with one physical obstacle after the other, it certainly serves as a reminder that paying starting pitchers is a risky proposition. Fans are losing their mind over Harvey’s descent into mediocrity. But could you imagine the reaction if the Mets had extended him and he was getting paid like 12 million bucks while performing at this level? The masses would be calling for his head. Matt Harvey was mediocre again last night. He pitched 5 innings, gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks. I can’t complain though. He kept the Mets in the game. Considering how poorly the starting pitchers have performed in 2017, I will take that Harvey outing every night.

Bruce Tightness: Jay Bruce left the game with back tightness. Schedule the backiotomy for later this week. Curtis Granderson has played better of late and Bruce has been cooling off so I won’t be that upset if Jay misses a few games.

ReinforcementsSteven Matz and Seth Lugo were both smoked in their minor league rehab starts last night. Frankly I’m shocked to hear they are even rehabbing. Hopefully they remain on track to return by the end of this month.

Moron Terry: Terry decided to use Jerry Blevins in a 9-3 blowout last night. Collins was mixing and matching relievers last night and making pitching changes in the middle of innings. What’s wrong with him? He’s really slipping.

Screw Judge: The NY Post initially ran an article this morning titled “Patient Mets fans have their own Aaron Judge in Michael Conforto.” From what I can tell they have since changed the title. Can you imagine being such a delusional Yankees fan editor that you think it’s appropriate to run a headline that makes it seem like a player who has posted an .847 OPS over 695 plate appearances (Conforto) is somehow just starting to measure up to a guy who has played in 68 major league game (Judge)? Are you kidding me? Conforto was smashing World Series home runs in 2015 when Judge was probably car pooling to the Yankees’ Triple-A park in Scranton. The Yankee media bias is always nauseating.

Today: Robert Gsellman starts today. Can he give us 5 innings and under 5 runs? Is that too much to ask? I mean God forbid the guy finds a way to give us a quality start.