Terry Collins: Genius At Work


Final Score: Mets 7, Nationals 5

The Mets had a 7-5 lead entering the 9th inning last night with Jeurys Familia coming in to try and close it out. Of course Familia loaded the bases. With one out and Bryce Harper coming up, Terry Collins yanked his closer in favor of subpar chunky lefty Josh Edgin.

Terry Collins decided to go with the lefty on lefty matchup even though Bryce Harper crushes every type of pitcher and Jeurys Familia is our ace out of the pen. But somehow Terry’s plan worked. Harper hit the ball right back to Edgin for a 1-2-3 double play.

I’m not even going to question Terry’s insane decision making on this night. The Mets won a game they desperately needed to win, and that’s all that matters.

Travis The Great: Travis d’Arnaud was the MVP last night hitting a two-run homer in the second inning and a three-run shot in the fourth. Somehow with everyone going down due to injury d’Arnaud has found a way to stay on the field. I feel like he has sucked the life force out of the rest of the team in order to preserve his own fragile body.

Need Jacob: Jacob deGrom outpitched Max Scherzer. He gave up 3 runs on 6 hits over 7 innings and struck out 12. Terry put him on the mound for the 7th inning despite having over 100 pitches, and I’m totally in favor of the move. We need our aces to pitch seven innings. The pen just can’t be trusted.

Nats Poo Pen: Speaking of bullpens that can’t be trusted, the Nationals pen imploded in the 8th inning. Jose Reyes doubled, T.J. Rivera reached on an error by Ryan Zimmerman, and Travis d’Arnaud was walked to load the bases. Then the Nats gave up an RBI single up the middle to Kevin Plawecki. I didn’t even realize he was still on the roster. Then they walked Michael Conforto and forced in the seventh run.

Seriously Zimmerman?: What the hell is going on with Ryan Zimmerman? The guy hasn’t done a damn thing since 2013. I thought him and David Wright were heading down the same road to early retirement. Last night Zimmerman hit a solo bomb in the second inning and a two run jack in the 8th inning off Addison Reed. He hit his 9th and 10th home runs of the season in April?!? If the Nationals have Daniel Murphy, Bryce Harper AND Ryan Zimmerman competing for the MVP the NL East “race” is already over.

Today: Zack Wheeler faces Steven Strasburg this afternoon. Tomorrow Noah Syndergaard is supposedly pitching. He said yesterday the Mets asked him to get an MRI, and he refused. Lol. On the one hand, it’s smart to do the opposite of whatever the Mets training staff tells you to do. So I respect his choice from that perspective. On the other hand, his bicep was aching, and he said he couldn’t lift his arm this week. I’m sure it will all work out of great.

Mets Pass on Wieters, Put Eggs In One Fragile d’Arnaud Basket

The Washington Nationals have signed Matt Wieters to a two year deal (with an opt-out after one year) despite already having a starting catcher, Derek Norris, on their roster. Two viable starting catchers? How in the world will they find a way to play TWO starting caliber players?!?

The Mets on the other hand will continue to put all of their catching eggs in the extremely fragile Travis d’Arnaud basket. In other words, Rene Rivera will be our starting catcher and Kevin Plawecki will be backing up for at least half of the season.

The Mets should have been willing to entertain signing former All-Star and 20 home run hitter Matt Wieters at this discounted price. The Nationals deferred 5 million bucks of this 21 million dollar two year deal for Christ’s Sake. It would have been a worthwhile depth signing and reasonable insurance for a player we know won’t stay healthy.

Yes I agree that in theory the healthy 2015 version of Travis d’Arnaud is better than Matt Wieters and Derek Norris. But even if d’Arnaud manages to rebound in the hitting department, there is almost no chance that he stays healthy. How do I know? Because he’s never stayed healthy ever. Not once. Not for one damn season in his entire career.

Whatever. I’m not going to waste my energy getting angry over the Mets passing on Wieters. Instead I’m going to refocus all of that energy on my prayers for d’Arnaud’s brittle body. Pray for Travis aka Mr. Glass.

On To The Garbage Teams

Live look at the National League Wild Card race.

Final Score: Nationals 1, Mets 0

The Mets lost 2 out of 3 to the Nationals. Tanner Roark shut the Mets down completely. The game was just another reminder that we are a second class team in the league this year. The Nationals and Cubs triumphed yesterday and the Mets, Cardinals, and Giants all lost. The Nationals locked the division a long time ago, but even with nothing left to play for they handled their business at home. Obviously the Mets aren’t on the level of the Braves, Twins, and Phillies. Those teams are baseball’s version of the untouchables. As bad as teams get. But the drop off from baseball royalty to second class clubs like the Mets is significant. So now the Mets move on to the garbage schedule that remains. Let’s smack all these teams up and win the stupid Wild Card.

Bruce METS Disease Update: Jay Bruce came up with the bases loaded and one out in the first inning and struck out. He’s been terrible since his arrival in New York. I still think it’s too early to diagnosis him with METS disease. Obviously he’s showing symptoms of the same strain of METS that ended Jason Bay’s career. But it’s just too early to make the official call. If the Mets want to give Michael Conforto more playing time that’s fine by me. I love Mikey. I do think it’s somewhat ridiculous that a large contingent of the fan base is calling for Conforto to start everyday over veteran slugger Jay Bruce when Conforto has done nothing all season long to show he’s  likely to produce during this pennant race. But it’s not like Bruce has shown any signs of life. So if we end up giving Conforto another shot to play everyday then so be it.

Arms And Wrists: Robert Gsellman had a nice start against the Nats going 5.2 scoreless innings. But apparently he has a torn labrum in his non-pitching shoulder, and that’s why he never swings the bat. Wilmer Flores had X-rays on his wrist, and they were negative. But the wrist is still bothering him after the weekend home plate collision. Thanks again for not pinch running Terry! You only killed one of our hottest hitters. No biggie. And thanks to MLB for keeping home plate collisions in the game despite supposedly banning them from the sport. Umm if they were banned they wouldn’t happen.

Travis Is So Bad: Rene Rivera played yesterday. He threw out two guys stealing on strike em out throw em out double plays. One of the biggest surprises in 2016 has been the horrible season we’ve seen from Travis d’Arnaud. He’s been miserable behind the plate and at the plate. I never saw this coming. He was an amazing hitter last year when he was healthy. Not anymore. He must be injured. I’m sure after the season they’ll announce he needs some major surgery due to an injury that was never reported. He’s probably going to lose his starting job whether it’s injury related or not.

Tomorrow: The stinky Twins come to town. We always beat the worst teams in the league (other than the D-Backs, Rockies, Braves, and many others) so the weekend series shouldn’t be a problem.