Posts Tagged ‘Postseason’

By Steven Inman 

Daniel Murphy has been circling the bases a lot recently Photo from USA Today

Daniel Murphy has been circling the bases a lot recently
Photo from USA Today

In case you haven’t heard by now, Daniel Murphy is having one of the greatest, if not the all-time best postseason a Met has ever had. Murphy is batting .364 with six home runs and 9 RBI in just 8 postseason games. He has struck fear in several Cy Young candidates.

The Mets new slugger has homered in 5 straight games, matching a postseason record set by Carlos Beltran back in 2004 with the Astros. Many consider Beltran’s run with Houston the greatest contract push in the history of baseball. It was a tear that helped Beltran get a seven year $119 million contract with the Mets 10 years ago.

Coincidentally Murphy is a free agent this winter and as we at BrokeMets have been reporting for months, Murphy is highly unlikely to be back with the Mets next season. They have discussed Murphy in trades the past few seasons (including this year) and believe a combination of Wilmer Flores and Dilson Herrera can be nearly as productive in 2016. The Mets weren’t thrilled about paying Murphy $8 million this season so giving him a raise along with a 4 or even 5-year contract is highly unlikely.

That being said, if the Mets can win five more games, Murphy along with the rest of this Met team will be remembered and revered like the 1969 and 1986 clubs were. Murphy will own a piece of Mets history and will be beloved in New York long after his time as a major league ballplayer is up. If the Mets can win Game 4, barring something unforeseen Murphy is likely to be named NLCS MVP, an honor that only one other Met has ever had. (Mike Hampton, 2000)

Heading into the Postseason Murphy’s camp was likely looking for a contract near what Chase Headley got from the Yankees last winter (4-years $52 million) where they would ultimately settle for a Martin Prado type contract. (4-years $40 million) Now after one of the greatest power streaks over the last decade of postseason baseball, Murphy is likely to command Chase Headley money which probably thrills the Mets front office.

The Mets are probably ecstatic that Murphy continues drive up his price. First off and most importantly, Murphy is leading the Mets to their 1st World Series berth since 2000. Secondly now the Mets can offer Murphy the $15.8M qualifying offer without a guarantee that he would accept it. If Murphy declines the Mets get a top draft pick should he sign elsewhere. If he accepts the deal (unlikely) then the Mets could trade their postseason hero who will be on another one -year deal. He would still have a market on a $15.8M one-year contract. Jon Heyman reported today that the Mets are now looking to offer Murphy the QO. Lastly now the front office can reasonably justify to the fan base that they tried to keep Murphy by extending him the Qualifying Offer and that their resources are better used elsewhere than matching the large contract he could receive.

A 13th round pick back in 2006 by the Mets, Murphy has given everything he has to the Amazin’s. Last season he was the Mets lone All-Star player and now he and the rest of his Met teammates have gotten the recognition that they now deserve. For someone who works as hard as Murphy it is nice to see a player perform when the lights are the brightest. Continue to enjoy this run Met fans…

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By Steven InmanEzopb0DF_400x400

It has happened. After two collapses and six seasons of just pitiful baseball, the Mets are heading back to the postseason. The club has been dominant since Sandy Alderson upgraded the club’s offense back in late July. The Nationals had a golden opportunity to put the Mets away in the first half of the season but never played consistent enough to get on any kind of win streak. Once the Mets added thump to the lineup, they zoomed past the underachieving Nationals. All the Nationals frustration boiled over on Sunday when Jonathon Papelbon attacked Bryce Harper in the Nats dugout during another difficult loss.

The return of David Wright to the New York lineup was pivotal in addition to the acquisitions the Mets made at the trade deadline but it was the Mets starting pitching that was able to give the Mets a huge advantage on most nights. Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey were even better than expected in their first full seasons with the Mets. Veterans Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon were very up and down this season but were able to provide some solid moments for a Met club in the midst of a special season. However one of the biggest reasons the Mets have had a resurgence is the promotions of Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz.

Both former top prospects were even more polished than advertised and were key to the Mets going on their second half run. No other club had two top flight pitching prospects that were able to step into a major league rotation and contribute like this right away. Having two rookies contribute in the starting rotation the way Matz and Syndergaard have is extremely rare and should not be taken for granted.

All of these pieces had to fit together for the Mets to win their 5th division title in franchise history. They will face the Dodgers in the NLDS starting Friday October 9th.

BrokeMets will have a full scouting report on what the Mets can expect from the eventual NL West champs next week.

By Steven Inman

Carlos Beltran had seven wonderful years as a Met. There were many ups and downs for Beltran and the Mets during his tenure in Queens. Beltran was the greatest centerfielder in the 51-year history of the New York Mets but continues to be remembered for one postseason at bat.

Beltran’s best season with the Mets came in 2006 when he hit 41 homeruns. After killing the ball in the Mets 10 postseason games that season, he came up with the bases loaded and two outs against a young Adam Wainwright. He struck out looking on a curveball that ended the Mets season and unfortunately when you look back to Beltran’s career in the blue and orange he is usually remembered for that at bat.

Unfortunately despite some strong seasons from Beltran the Mets never got back to the playoffs and Carlos never got another chance to redeem himself. He was traded to the Giants for Zack Wheeler on July 28th, 2011. Zack Wheeler is the Mets best prospect and he looks like the organizations next great pitcher so it looks like a great trade so far, but no doubt the Mets miss Carlos Beltran.

The Mets loss both Beltran and Jose Reyes within a calendar year but to me no doubt Beltran will be more missed. The Mets desperately need a corner outfield bat with some pop. While Beltran is capable of injury with his bad knees at any moment he did hit 32 homeruns with 97 Runs batted in this season and the Mets must find that type of power from at least one spot in the outfield. The Cardinals were very wise to sign Carlos to that 2 year $26 million contract.

Beltran would have been a nice fit on the Mets for the upcoming season but the Cardinals have him under contract next season and even if he was available in a trade his $13million salary for net season would definitely be deal breaker.

Beltran is thriving as a Cardinal and I bet his team wins it all as the postseason continues. Carlos has the best postseason OPS of all time and some of his teammates in St. Louis are calling him “Mr. October Jr.” He had one of the best postseason series of all time in 2004 as an Astro and played well as a Met. Unfortunately if Carlos Beltran’s career in New York is truly over,(not sure it is yet) he will be remembered for looking at a curveball to end the Mets season and best chance to get to the World Series over the last decade.