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BrokeMets Podcast 2

Posted: July 31, 2014 in News, Opinion, Podcast
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By Steven Inman

With the trade deadline just a few short hours away, join Rob DeLucia and myself on the second ever BrokeMets podcast. We discuss what the Mets could do at the trade deadline, recap the week as well as preview the series vs. the San Fransisco Giants. Plus our players of the week at the end of the show. Once again leave comments and questions in the comment section under this post to get yourself on the next show for next week.

 

By Steven Inman

Matt Harvey has been cleared to return to the mound for the first time since since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Oct. 22, 2013. Harvey had wanted to be on a mound in June, but did not have organization permission. The Mets did that on purpose in an effort to slow down his rehab.

Harvey is highly unlikely to pitch in the big leagues this season but it’s possible Harvey will pitch briefly in the fall instructional league, which spans late September and early October in Florida.

Harvey is expected to be on an innings limit when he returns to the Mets rotation next season.

By Steven Inman

Both Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki have done serious damage against the Mets

Both Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki have done serious damage against the Mets

While the recent speculation that the New York Mets could acquire SS Troy Tulowitzki or LF Carlos Gonzalez from the Rockies makes a lot of sense, I wouldn’t expect a deal to be struck anytime soon for several reasons.

First Rockies owner Dick Monfort loves both of these players and hasn’t let the Colorado front office even consider accepting trade calls for either hitter yet. That isn’t expected to change any time soon unless one of these two players formally request a trade.

Secondly, the Mets have worked hard over a few years to build up their young pitching and are unlikely to part with multiple high-level pitching prospects in one deal. It’s probable that they trade one for a bat but not very likely they traded multiple pitchers for a bat.

Either way this is a trade that would happen in the offseason where more teams can be involved anyway.

Both Cargo and Tulo have an extensive injury history the Mets will be looking for a bat they believe can be on the field for 150 games a year when they eventually do give up some of their pitching.

Gonzalez, who turns 29 in October, had spent a good chunk of this season on the disabled list after having a benign tumor removed from his left index finger. He has started 140 games just once in four full years in the majors. Gonzalez is earning $10.5 million this season and has three years at $53 million remaining on his contract from 2015-17.

Tulowitzki, 30 in October, has started 140 games at shortstop just three times in seven full years in the majors. He is being paid $14 million this season and then has five more years left at $104 million.

It is unlikely the Mets payroll expands to over $100 million anytime soon.

David Wright commented about how great of a fit Tulo would be with the Mets. Wright said he would have no problem recruiting Tulowitzki to New York if he needed convincing to waive his no-trade clause. “So just from knowing him through the All-Star Game and playing against him for a few years now, it seems that if he does want to be moved, a place like New York would be perfect for him.”- Wright to the NY Post.

These two players on paper would be perfect for the Mets lineup but they will cost too many prospects and money for the mid-market Mets. New York’s best bet to acquire bats will likely come elsewhere.

Which player would you rather have and how much would you give up?

BrokeMets Podcast Episode 1

Posted: July 25, 2014 in Podcast
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By Steven Inman

I’m very proud to announce a project that has been in the works for several months. BrokeMets has been playing around with the concept of a BrokeMets podcast for some time which is now happening. Below you will see our first ever BrokeMets podcast. It includes myself as long with my former radio partner Rob DeLucia from our old show “The Three Till Three” on WSJU Radio.

We get to a variety of topics including Travis d’Arnaud’s resurgence, Tejada’s beaning, Colon’s trade value, Wheeler/deGrom development and so much more. You can also tweet us a question or comment for next weeks show @brokemets or just place in the comment section below this post. Thanks and Lets Go Mets!

 

By Steven Inman

If the Mets were right, Michael Conforto can breeze through the minor leagues

If the Mets were right, Michael Conforto can breeze through the minor leagues

When Sandy Alderson became general manager of the New York Mets, his plan was to build a competitive team in the short-term while creating a great minor league farm system in the long-term. While the former hasn’t happened the ladder is actually coming together. The Mets farm was ranked in the mid-20’s when Alderson and company took over. In Keith Law of ESPN’s bi-annual prospect ranking he ranked the Mets farm fourth best in all of baseball.

In Law’s top 50 midseason prospect rewrite (Insiders Only), four Mets prospects made his top 50. Noah Syndergaard (16), Michael Conforto (32) Brandon Nimmo (34) and Dom Smith (49) all made Law’s top 50.

Syndergaard has had a rough year in Triple-A. His ERA is over five, he has spent time on the disabled list, and there is a chance now that we don’t even see him in the majors this season. That being said in the extreme hitter friendly PCL him just racking up innings has to be seen as a positive. Syndergaard is actually only 21 and seems to get better every time he advances a level with exception of this season of course. He should be fine and compete for a rotation spot early next season.

LF Michael Conforto made his professional debut for the Cyclones a few days ago. Unlike other top picks in the Sandy Alderson era, Conforto is expected to reach the big leagues rather quickly. Some have even predicted he would be the first from the 2014 draft class to reach the majors. While I wouldn’t go as far to say that since the Mets are generally much slower at advancing their prospects, Conforto should provide the Mets power rather soon.

Brandon Nimmo is the surprise on this list. He was constantly compared to all-star starter Jose Fernandez after Miami selected their flamethrower one pick after the Mets selected Nimmo. Nimmo didn’t show much power until this season when he escaped Savannah. Savannah’s park has always seemed to zap left –handed hitters of their power. Nimmo is hitting .282 along with a .411 OBP, nine homers and 40 RBI in 92 games between High-A and Double-A this season. Nimmo looks like he can legitimately contribute in some way to the Mets next season.

Lastly Dom Smith has also performed well against older completion in Savannah. The first basemen is hitting .299 with a .357 OBP in a tough place to hit. Like Nimmo it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he breaks out “power wise” next season when he gets away from the Sand Gnats.

It is very surprising to me after all of these years that three of the Mets four top prospects are now position players. The Mets are going to need to continue to develop these guys to help fix what is currently a poor major league offense.

By Steven Inmanindex

The New York Mets  has won three straight games. The club won a season-high four consecutive games from July 6-9.The Mets are 8-4 this month. The eight wins in July are tied for the third-most in the majors

The Mets are in sole possession of third place in the National League East for the first time since after their game at Colorado on May 4.

David Wright is hitting .375 (27-72) with a hit in 17 of his last 19 games…He has 15 RBI in that stretch with four home runs. Over Wright’s last 17 starts, the Mets are 12-5.

The first half of the 2014 Mets season looks very similar to the 2009-2013 Mets. All of those teams seemed to hang around in the first half until the road trip after the All-Star Break where they tailed of quickly. The Mets haven’t had a winning record in the second half since 2008.

Travis d’Arnaud is hitting .295 (18-61) with three home runs and 10 RBI with a .338 on-base percentage in 16 games since returning from Las Vegas (AAA) on June 24. D’Arnaud must improve on his defense most notably balls in the dirt over the course of the second half. He has bounced back nicely.

The Mets continue to get on base as Sandy Alderson wants. (Which is what every other GM and coach wants to) The Mets lead the National League and rank fifth in the majors with 335 walks. Curtis Granderson is fourth in the NL with 54 walks.

New York is tied for sixth in the majors with 66 stolen bases which has a lot to do with Eric Young Jr. Despite his dip in playing time, Eric Young, Jr. is fourth in the NL with 25 stolen bases

The next 10 game road trip will determine if the Mets sell off pieces according to Sandy Alderson. Unless some player they love falls into their laps (unlikely) the team will not be buyers. Bartolo Colon is really the only player the Mets have that has a decent chance of being traded.

 

How do you feel about the Mets going into the second half?

By Steven Inman

Travis d'Arnaud has quieted critics with his bat since his recall

Travis d’Arnaud has quieted critics with his bat since his recall

The Mets reached the All-Star break at 45-50 in third place in the N.L. East but seven games back of the Nats and Braves. It was an up and down first half to say the least but it looks like this team’s best baseball could be right now. The Amazin’s won eight out of ten on their ten game home stand thanks to a 2.74 ERA over that stretch. That’s not really the surprising part however as the team scored 5.5 runs per game and hit 11 homers over that stretch. It was even at Citi Field!

The offense has been fuled by the consistent Daniel Murphy and the hot streak of the captain, David Wright. Wright is hitting .382 with four homers and 15 RBI over his last 18 games. (NYM:12-6 in that stretch)

The offense has improved thanks to hot streaks by a few Mets that were depended on heavily going into the season. (perhaps relied on too heavily) Lucas Duda is batting .312 with a .396 OBP along with six homers and 18 RBI over his last 27 games. Travis d’Arnaud is batting .295 with three homers and ten RBI in the 16 games since his recall from Triple-A. It was a very wise move to send him down and let him take a breather. Lastly  Curtis Granderson has eight homers and 16 RBI over his last 32 games.

If the offense can continue to swing the bat even decently then this team should certainly finish over .500. The Mets run differential is currently +19 and Baseball Reference believes based on that the Mets should be 50-45 not 45-50. If the Mets hadn’t been so bad in one run games to this point this might be a different story but for now just hope they can keep climbing up. The Mets 13-20 record in one run games is the worst record in baseball.  This team was 11 games under .500 at one point.

The road trip after the All-Star Break has not been kind to the Mets over the last few years but hopefully a trip to San Diego to face the lowly Padres could get the 2nd half off to the right start.