Hard times For The Mets

The start of the 2018 season looked like the Mets were going to not only be the best team in the National League East, but they had the look of the potential best team in all of baseball. They had a great 10-1 start which was the best start in team history and everything seemed to be clicking. However, as every Mets fan knows, good things haven’t happened to the organization in many, many years and it was only a matter of time before the wheels fell off. Well, it happened, after a great start the fun loveable Mets became what every fan was used to. Today the Mets are sitting in fourth place in the NL East and are 28-36 and 9.5 games out of first place in the division.

The Mets tend to make questionable decisions. This is proved true when looking at the roster. The roster is made up of many players that are past their prime and showing age. Example such as Adrian Gonzalez, this guy has been a traveling piece these past few years with stints in LA and Boston and then an even shorter stint with the Mets. In 54 games he batted .237 with a .299 OBP his age was showing at first base and did not seem very mobile, this was reflected in a -.6 The Mets released him, but their problems remained.

The Mets signed Jose Bautista who has not been the same player after his famous bat flip in the playoffs against Texas and who can forget when he got rocked by Odor the following season. Regardless, the season started and he did not have a team. Finally, the Braves sign him, that experiment failed, he was released and who else but the Mets came swooping in to sign him. This year Bautista is batting .200 with only 2 homeruns thus far and a WAR of .1.

Matt Harvey was another one who was not only unproductive on the mound but seemed to be a toxic teammate and did not have many friends with in the clubhouse. Poor start after poor start and no sign of being the dark knight that he once was the Mets had no choice but to trade him to the Reds and move on from what at one time was their Ace of the pitching staff.

The issue is not just these guys however, the injury bug has hit the Mets, just like it has in previous years. Who knows when, if ever David Wright will come back. Noah Syndergaard is out on the DL. Yoenis Cespedes is still rehabbing an injury, Todd Frazier has spent some time this season on the DL. Guys such as Wilmer Flores, AJ Ramos, Kevin Plawecki, Juan Lagares and Jeurys Familia have all been on the DL already this season.

The bright spot for this team is their starting pitcher Jacob DeGrom. In the last 62.1 innings pitched he has only 6 earned runs and has an ERA of .87 the guy has been lights out. The down fall, the Mets have so many guys either injured or in bad slumps they cannot score runs for the poor guy. DeGrom is 2-8 in those last 10 games and it isn’t his fault he has been nearly perfect. It is safe to safe the Mets will be active before the trade deadline in July. They need younger top prospects and need to start the rebuilding process. This means they could be forced to get rid of DeGrom if the deal is sweet enough. Which is sad sight for Mets fans, the one positive thing about the team could be gone before seasons end.

Life for Mets fans is hard, but hang in their fans. If the organization can rebuild the right way the song could be different in the future. We all seen this to be true with the Cubs and even the young Yankee team right now. However, the fans have seen the choices this organization has made, so maybe the last lucky time for the Mets was in the 1986 world series.

Giants Land Longoria

The Giants traded for third baseman Evan Longoria today. This is a great thing for the Giants considering the fact that they now do not have to worry about playing Pablo Sandoval. I like this move for the Giants because this means they have a gold glove third baseman who even though his last couple years have not been as good as what we know he can do, they are still pretty good. Longoria also has a contract that would not hurt the Giants he has 5 years 81 million left on his contract so it gives the Giants a little wiggle room with keeping him or using him to trade for someone else down the line.

The biggest thing I have been hearing is why him? Why sign Longoria when there is better third basemen that teams are shopping for or are free agents. The answer to these questions in my opinion are simple it because since 2013 Longoria has played in almost every game of the year since 2013 the fewest games he has played in was 156. Longoria will be on the field almost every day making plays and getting hits. He is a consistent player for the most part and that is what the Giants need in order to be a contender in that division. He hovers around batting .270 every year which helps the Giants know what they are truly getting.

I am fine with the Giants passing on guys like Machado or a Moustakas because you get more in the sense of better contract with Longoria. Longoria is more consistent in the numbers and if you try to trade him it will not be too difficult plus Machado could only be there for one year anyway. The Giants still need a lot of help to get back to the dominating team they were but this is a step in the right direction.

Mad Marlins

This off season has been a tough one for Marlin fans. Derek Jeter comes in and starts firing people left and right and then he gets rid of their best players for prospects and a bucket of balls. Yesterday the Marlins fans had a chance to tell Jeter how they really felt. Many were fighting back tears because they love the team so much and others were just pissed and told him they had no plans to renew their season tickets. It is a tough time in Miami right now no doubt about it.

However, let us just recap what has happened before Jeter took over. Miami has not had a winning record since 2009. As matter of fact they only have six winning seasons since their existence is 1993. Now they do have two world series titles one that even came against Jeter’s Yankees in 2003 but oh wait, the next year they get rid of their best players and their world series MVP goes to Boston and wins them a world series a few years later. Marlins fans are a tough group of people it takes a lot to put up with constantly losing and never having much to be proud of.

The issue I have is that the fans in south beach are making it sound like it is all Jeter’s fault. They are upset that he is gutting the whole organization. But why are they mad? It is not like they were winning with who they had and furthermore the contracts they had tied the hands on the organization to become better. Stanton had to go to New York for many reasons but the biggest is to get rid of the massive contract because the Marlins are not the Yankees they cannot throw that much money at a player and be able to keep growing. Besides it is a known fact that nobody goes to Marlins games the stadium is always empty which is another reason for television companies not to show their games. Last season they ranked 28th out of 30 in attendance beating out only Oakland and Tampa Bay. These prove that even by having a relatively new stadium people will not come if you cannot win games.

I am fine with what Jeter is doing in Miami because it needs to be done if you are not winning games people will get fired and the organization should get shook up. Jeter is right by getting young player that can become the future and get extras that can be traded away for more talent and depth. So, my feelings are very simple towards Marlins fans. Shut up and trust the man, it cannot be much worse for you all then what it already has been and if you do not believe me then look at your attendance and think to yourself why is there nobody here. True fans will stick it out through the good and the bad. If Jeter makes this a playoff team in the future I hope you all will look back and realize how stupid you looked because you threw a fit over losing a couple of players and did not trust the Jeter to build a winning team.

Christmas came early for the Yankees this year

Yankee fans everywhere woke up to the news that their team signed Giancarlo Stanton. The slugger from the Marlins is making a new home in the Bronx and what a sight that will be. Yankee fans are acting like children on Christmas morning when they asked for a gift they thought they would never get but then get surprised with it. While the rest of MLB feels like they just got into a car wreck with a train. Stanton without a doubt will be amazing playing in Yankee Stadium with that short right field and batting along guys like Judge and Sanchez.

Not only is this good for the Yankee’s that a huge star player signed with them but who better to help Judge improve his consistency and becoming a better player than Stanton? Plus, now they have an abundance of outfielders so it is likely that they will rotate around between playing the field and batting DH. This is a plus because it will likely keep them healthier during the long season and keep them fresher for the postseason. It seemed as if the Marlins were really running out of options and Stanton had a no trade clause in his contracted which allowed him to veto the Cardinals and the Giants trade offers. Eric Hubbs from Barstool sports said it best last night, he said with Stanton giving his list of teams he would be willing to go to and with many other teams dropping out left and right, the Yankees were the only guys left at the bar to make a trade with if the Marlins wanted him gone that bad.

The trade consisted of the Yankees getting Stanton and the Marlins getting Starlin Castro as well as two minor league prospects (Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers) also the Marlins are willing to eat 30 million from the Stanton contract and that makes it so the Yankees will end up paying Stanton 265 million instead of 295 million. Basically, a steal for the Yankees  when looking at the player Stanton is as well as what they had to give up for him. The prospects they gave up was surprising especially with Miami just getting rid of Dee Gordon it seemed likely that they would take the Yankees #1 prospect Gleyber Torres instead of Castro for rebuilding purposes as well as another top prospect such as perhaps Chance Adams to improve the pitching down there in south beach. However, that is not what happened and the Yankees are sure happy about that.

This trade makes me think back to when the Yankees got Alex Rodriguez and how excited Yankee fans were then. Now obviously that ended in a bitter sweet way and the Yankees hope for a better ending with Stanton but none the less. Stanton is just as polarizing as A-Rod was and with the ability to help Judge and Sanchez makes this even bigger. Just to give you a look at the possible numbers, last year Judge hit 52 home runs last season Stanton hit 59 and Sanchez hit 33 that is a combined 144 home runs just between those three guys. Plus, they have arguably the best bullpen in baseball with Robertson, Betances and Chapman. This is going to be a very scary team to face. Ladies and Gentlemen, this could be the beginning of another Yankee dynasty and a rebirth of the evil empire.

What does the 22- game win streak mean for Cleveland

On Friday, the now second longest consecutive winning streak in MLB history ended for the Cleveland Indians at 22 games. This was a remarkable thing to watch even if you are not an Indians fan. During this streak the Indians were on fire at the plate they outscored their opponents by 142-37 and they only were behind eight innings during the entire streak. They batted .306 as a team and their pitching staff was lights out with a 1.77 ERA. Corey Kluber was  pitching just like Cleveland fans are used to and Jose Ramirez was able to get out of his slump and lead the team offensively during this incredible journey and guys like Lindor and Santana were the leaders the team tended to lean on.

The question is what does this all mean for the World Series runner up? Well, to be honest other teams should worry because they did this without some of their best talent. Jason Kipnis, Andrew Miller, Michael Brantley they were all on the DL waiting to return and Bradley Zimmer broke his hand during the streak. With this being said, presuming the pitching staff continues to be consistent and the offense continues to produce runs this is a team that could make a deep run in October. But, here is the answer to the question, yes, the Indians will get major help when all their talent returns. However, as the A’s GM Billy Bean once said nothing matters unless you win the last game of the season.

This is still true today, the Dodgers have been having a historic season but if they fall short of winning it all, it does not matter, last year the Indians won 14 straight games but failed to win the last game of the World Series.  The Astros and the Diamondbacks have had the best season for their clubs as well so far this season. As a baseball fan this has been a season to remember across the board with so many teams playing great baseball and new stars emerging in to the light. However, as I can say personally there is nothing worse than having such an amazing season and thinking it was your team’s year and then fall short of the title. With this being said, keep grinding Cleveland and keep believing in Believeland because sports is all about who gets hot at the right time.

Mayweather and McGregor

Mayweather and McGregor are set to fight this weekend and what a fight it will be (maybe). The thing is the only one with something to lose is really Mayweather and the boxing world. If Floyd gets beat, then boxing is dead (even though it more or less is already) the talk at the water coolers will be all about how UFC fighters can beat boxers and it proves that UFC is better. However, if Mayweather wins, who will really care? The guy is 49-0 in his career and is arguably the best boxer of all time (even though his style of fighting is boring).

The rules that they agreed to will favor Mayweather however everyone is aware of the power that McGregor has. Mayweather is also 40 and McGregor is 29 and from a fighting standpoint Mayweather might be right, he isn’t the same boxer who beat Pac-Man a couple years ago, the experts are saying the fight won’t be all that good but yet they say it will probably set records for Pay per View. The reason is simple, if McGregor wins than many people will cheer because they hate Mayweather and hate the way he fights and whatever other reasons they have to not like him. Furthermore, it will make the UFC look better and Mayweather will no longer be undefeated.

If Mayweather wins a lot of fans will be upset. UFC fans will say “it would be different in the octagon” but the fact is it doesn’t matter these are the rules they agreed to and this is what they will fight. If Mayweather wins he will have beat Rocky Marciano’s record and become 50-0 and on top of that he will do it when he is 40 years old. The only thing is there should be an asterisk beside it because he would have beat the record against someone is not a professional boxer and with different rules then the ordinary fight. Let alone if one fighter does not get knocked out the judge’s decision will forever be challenged by either side (even though I think they favor Mayweather)

Mayweather is the last boxer that the ordinary fan will know. There is a huge fight coming up with Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin but nobody is talking about that fight and how it could be one of the best fight in boxing history. Reason being, because they are doing interviews together and not going on a world hype tour (and their names are not McGregor or Mayweather).

If there is not a ridiculous amount of trash talk then people seem not to be interested. I get it “if it bleeds it leads” and you always had a feeling that something could happen between these two on stage so everyone watched. This fight just does not seem like a good thing for the sport of boxing, there is too much on the table if they lose and too much controversy if they win, even if Mayweather wins by KO.

The verdict is still out on Judge

Aaron Judge blew the minds of many baseball fans during the first half of the season. Judge was batting .329 with 30 HR’s and 66 RBI’s and seemed like a for sure lock to win the rookie of the year and possibly even MVP. He goes to the Home run Derby, puts on a great show and goes on to win. Hell, the Yankees even made “the Judge chambers” in the right field sections. Impressive for a guy who many was surprised made the opening day roster. The issue is the numbers he put up since the break.

Since the break, Judge is batting .169 with 5 HR’s and 12 RBI’s. and is one of the top leaders in the league in strikeouts. These numbers are very troubling for a guy who was demolishing pitchers earlier in the year. Some fans are worried that the homerun derby messed up his swing, some others say he is just in a slump and he will be fine, and yes even though he is struggling right now his season stats as of mid-August, are a .292 batting average with 78 RBI’s and 35 HR’s and has a chance to still finish the season with great numbers. However, I am not sold either way yet.

Watching what Judge did the first half was fun to watch and was truly incredible but even when he was at the top of his game I was not convinced it would last, let’s remember the numbers Judge put up last year for the time he was with the Yankees. In 84 at bats in the 2016 season he was batting .179 with 4 HR’s and 10 RBI’s. These numbers look like his numbers post all-star break this year. As much as I want Judge to back to the numbers he was putting up earlier this year I am not sure he will.

Sure, the Yankees have kind of spoiled their fans these past decades with all the world series wins and guys like Jeter and Rivera, who were the most consistent in the league and in MLB history. Fans have seen what Judge can do but they have also seen someone who is a strikeout leader and unable to get base hits and is not consistent.  So, before we “All Rise for Judge” lets deliberate a little longer and make sure that he is the real deal and not just a flash in the pan.