An Early Look at the Mets Off-Season Strategy

As the 2021 season enters its final stretch, we can somewhat see what the New York Mets need to do come November. The Mets are still in playoff contention, but their hopes continue to trickle away daily. In an effort to bring some positivity/excitement, let’s make an early evaluation on what the Mets should do this off-season.

Evaluating Pending Mets Free Agents

Marcus Stroman: Re-sign. Not just re-sign, extend. Stroman is 31 years old and has proven invaluable to the Mets. I am sure he will be receiving many offers this off-season, but what he has done with the Mets in 2021 is enough to earn him a lengthy deal from Steve Cohen. I anticipate he gets a four-five year deal worth $15-18 million a year at the very least.

Michael Conforto: Re-sign, under one condition: It is a one year contract. After the season Conforto had, you cannot sign him more than three years, and he isn’t going to want that. Conforto, 29, is going to want a one-year deal or a six or seven-year deal. If the Mets offer him a one year contract in the neighborhood of $15 million, he really can’t decline it. This allows him to have another season to reset his market value to then get the major contract he desires. He will be 30 years old next off-season, giving him the ability to still land a five-year contract somewhere.

Javier Baez: Re-sign, under one condition: It is for two or three years. Considering that the Mets didn’t trade Ronny Mauricio at the deadline, I think it is best to pin him into second base in the future. Therefore, you can ink Baez to a short-term deal to fill that spot for the next couple seasons. The Mets will not be able to sign anybody that is significantly better than Baez at second base for three years. Baez is unlikely to be offered a contract for more than three years because of how much of a crapshoot he is at the plate. He has said that he would play second base for the Mets alongside Lindor, and I think the Mets should take him up on that.

Dellin Betances: Let him walk.

Jeurys Familia: Depends on the end of the 2021 season. He has been going through a real rough patch in August, after having a really great first half. Familia, 32, is at the end of a three-year deal that he inked before the 2019 season. If he settles down and has a good rest of the year, he is a prime one-year contract candidate. If he struggles, let him walk.

Noah Syndergaard: We all want Noah Syndergaard to succeed when he comes back from Tommy John surgery. The issue is, we do not know what pitcher he will be in 2022 when he is fully healthy again. I would not want to give him more than a one or two-year contract. The Mets would be taking a huge risk in extending Syndergaard for more than three years because of the uncertainty of his elbow, and his past injury history. Like Conforto, Syndergaard will likely not get nearly as much money this year as he would if he took a one-year contract and hit the market again next fall.

Jonathan Villar: Re-sign him. Why the heck now? Villar has been a savior for the Mets in 2021, and would be a great bench piece for them come 2022. Only issue is, some team may be willing to give Villar a two or three-year deal to be a starter. The Mets would likely not want to go more than one-year as a bench player. Because of this, Villar would likely take the deal with more security.

Aaron Loup: Throw the bank at him. In all seriousness, the Mets really need to keep Aaron Loup. Loup, 34, is having the best season of his Major League career. His age probably entails a two or three-year deal, and likely not for more than $7 or $8 million. For the season he had, and the difficulty of finding a great lefty arm in the bullpen, there is no reason not to bring him back.

Rich Hill: Don’t sign him. Unless Hill will accept a minors deal, there is no reason for the Mets to bring Hill back.

Jerad Eickhoff: Let him walk.

Cameron Maybin: Drop him off at a train station.

Positional Evaluation

Starting Pitching: Assuming the Mets ink Stroman, the rotation would be complete for the 2022 season. It would look something like this: deGrom, Stroman, Walker, Carrasco, Syndergaard and Peterson. The Mets may feel inclined to look for another starter in the place of Peterson. If they would like to trade him for prospects, they could glance at the very old starting pitcher free agent market, or take a look at potential trade targets. However, because they already have six starters, I don’t think it is necessary to look at starting pitching this off-season, other than depth pieces.

Relief Pitching: The relief market this off-season is going to be plentiful, but not very talented. The best arms available will be Jansen, Hand, Raisel Iglesias, Archie Bradley, Daniel Hudson, Corey Knebel and Mychal Givens. In a normal year, these guys wouldn’t make much more than $8-10 million, but this year they will likely be asking for more because they are the best out there. I don’t think it is necessary to go after one, unless Familia walks. Even at that, the Mets may throw David Peterson and Trevor Williams into the bullpen.

Catcher: McCann is there for a few years, and Nido is too.

First Base: Pete Alonso.

Second Base: I previously mentioned that the Mets should sign Javier Baez to a two or three-year contract to play second base. That then means that Jeff McNeil is an odd-man out. I think the best thing for the Mets to do is trade him to boost the farm system. McNeil is a good player, but he has a few years left in his contract, has been really inconsistent, and is at the end of his peak value. Baez is very inconsistent too, but would you rather have Baez or McNeil at second base for the next few years?

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The top photo is Jeff McNeil in 2021, the second photo is Javier Baez in 2021. Those numbers are percentiles compared to the rest of the league. The higher the number, and the more red, the better. Baez has more categories that are better than McNeil. On top of that, I think Baez has more upside, especially being alongside Francisco Lindor. Those two could fire each other up and make the other play better.

Shortstop: Francisco Lindor.

Third Base: The Mets have many options here, and I believe this is going to be the most active position for the Mets this off-season. The third base market is severely thin, but Kris Bryant headlines the group. I believe the Mets will aggressively pursue him. Bryant, 30, is coming off a bounce-back year with the Cubs/Giants, and can fit into the infield with his former Cubs teammate Javier Baez. (All the Mets need is Carlos Santana and they will have the entire 2016 World Series infield.) However, maybe the Mets don’t need to focus on a third baseman to play third base. Trevor Story and Carlos Correa, shortstops, could slide over to third base. Do not forget about the current Mets third baseman, who will be under contract until 2025, J.D. Davis. Davis is a really good bet for the Mets in this situation too. At his best, he could hit .290 with 30 home runs. The issue is, he has been riddled with injuries the past two seasons. Because of this, there are many questions about his ability to stay healthy.

The wild card in the third base deck is Brett Baty. Baty is the Mets top third base prospect, and likely will be up in 2023 or 2024. He is going to be the Mets third baseman of the future. That being said, you can’t really block his position much past 2024. Unless the player the Mets sign can move over to another infield position that isn’t shortstop, they are going to have to settle on a three-year contract. The issue with that is that Bryant, Story and Correa are all superstars, who will likely land contracts of at least five years in length. The most likely situation is that they keep Davis, and don’t sign anyone. However, that won’t stop the Mets from engaging in plenty of contract negotiations.

Left Field: Dom Smith may have had a rough year, but he deserves another season or two to re-establish himself as a superstar.

Center Field: Brandon Nimmo established himself in 2021 as the Mets center-fielder of the future. This was further instated when the Mets traded their top center field prospect, Pete Crow-Armstrong. Nimmo had a great year in 2021. However, he is entering the last year of his contract. The priority here is to give Nimmo a contract extension in the Spring.

Right Field: Going to copy and paste what I said about Michael Conforto, then will go into other options. Re-sign, under one condition: It is a one year contract. After the season Conforto had, you cannot sign him more than three years, and he isn’t going to want that. Conforto, 29, is going to want a one-year deal or a six or seven-year deal. If the Mets offer him a one year contract in the neighborhood of $15 million, he really can’t decline it. This allows him to have another season to reset his market value to then get the major contract he desires. If Conforto does not re-sign, the Mets can hope that Nicholas Castellanos of the Reds declines his option, and becomes a free agent. Other than that, right field is very thin, with Avisail Garcia being the next best choice.

Most of these things can be completely washed away with one potentially new rule: the universal DH. Until then, we proceed as if it will not exist.

It will be interesting to see where the Mets go this off-season. Their best bet may be to explore the trade market more than the free agent market. The only issue with that is the Mets lack of tradable prospects.

The 2021-22 off-season is going to be filled with the Mets being involved in many talks, as expected. Which talks will lead to deals?

Wendell Cruz – USA Today

Who Should the Mets Target at the 2021 Trade Deadline?

The 2021 Major League Baseball trade deadline is approaching quite rapidly. We are a little over three weeks away from one of the most hectic days in baseball. This day is always surrounded with billions of questions. Who will be buyers, who will be sellers? Who will be traded, who will be kept? Who will be the shock trade of the year? All of these questions will be answered soon enough, but until then we are left with speculation.

This speculation has led to questions of Zack Scott, Mets acting General Manager. Scott recently said in a press conference that the Mets are not willing to part ways with their top prospects.

Here is a quick refresher of the Mets top 10 prospects:

  1. Francisco Alvarez C ETA 2023
  2. Ronny Mauricio SS ETA 2022
  3. Matthew Allan RHP ETA 2024
  4. Brett Baty 3B ETA 2022
  5. Pete Crow-Armstrong OF ETA 2023
  6. J.T. Ginn RHP ETA 2023
  7. Khalil Lee OF ETA 2021
  8. Mark Vientos 3B ETA 2022
  9. Alex Ramirez OF ETA 2024
  10. Thomas Szapucki LHP ETA 2021

I think it is safe to say that the top six are whom Scott is referring to, but we wont know for sure until July 31. Mauricio is the only player in the top six that is blocked at their position for an extended period of time, with Lindor having signed a long-term extension to be the Mets shortstop.

First off, let’s take a stab at some of the top 10 prospects the Mets may flip. The aforementioned Mauricio is the Mets number two prospect, but I believe is the biggest trade chip the Mets have. However, because Scott said he isn’t willing to trade any of the top prospects, he may be sticking around until next year.

Khalil Lee seems like a player the Mets may want to flip, but he is the biggest piece of outfield depth they have.

Alex Ramirez is an intriguing prospect that could be very useful in trades. I don’t think he will have such a huge future with the Mets.

Lastly, Thomas Szapucki could be another person the Mets use as trade bait. Szapucki recently made his Major League debut against the Atlanta Braves, and didn’t shine. Obviously, you can’t judge a player on their Major League Debut. However, based on the use of Szapucki and his performance over the last few years, I believe he will be possibly traded.

This time of year also lends its hand to Major League talent that is likely to be traded too. Most players that we hear rumors of tend to be players in the last year of their contracts, mostly on non-contending teams. This year the most rumors have come regarding: Jose Berrios, Twins starting pitcher, Joey Gallo, Rangers outfielder, Trevor Story, Rockies shortstop, Ketel Marte, Diamondbacks outfielder, and many more.

We have heard speculation of the Mets targets for this years deadline: Starting pitching, third base, and outfield. Those three positions have plenty of potentially available targets.

Starting Pitcher

Some of the pitchers rumored to be possibly on the move at the end of this month are: Jose Berrios, Max Scherzer, Alex Cobb, Danny Duffy, Michael Pineda and Kyle Gibson.

Berrios seems to be out of the Mets radar at the moment, especially because he is under team control until 2023. However, the Mets may make a push for him if the price is cheap enough. Considering the Mets are loaded with pitching through 2023, this may not make sense.

Max Scherzer is likely to be the most coveted pitcher at the deadline, if the Nationals are willing to sell, and he will likely come at a high cost. This probably puts Scherzer beyond the reach of the Mets as well.

Alex Cobb has a 4.60 ERA so he will likely not be traded to any team looking for a solid starting pitcher, taking the Mets out of his race.

Things get interesting at Danny Duffy. Duffy, 32, is 4-3 with a 2.60 ERA in 2021 with ten starts. His WHIP is 1.231, a tad high for his ERA, but he is a great option for the Mets. He will likely not be very expensive, and is a lefty. The Mets have lost their two left-handed pitchers for a solid chunk of time, so getting one at the deadline could be a good boost.

Michael Pineda is having a very underrated season for the Twins. He has a 3.70 ERA in 11 starts, and has been in the New York atmosphere before. Could be someone the Mets take a flyer on if he is cheap.

Lastly, Kyle Gibson. Gibson is having the most underrated season in baseball. He has a 1.98 ERA and is 6-0 over 16 starts. He has a 1.035 WHIP, and was named an American League All-Star. Gibson will probably not be as expensive as Scherzer or others, allowing the Mets to give lower level prospects for him.

Who they should get: Kyle Gibson

While Gibson may come at more of a cost than Duffy, he is having a spectacular season. The Mets obviously need pitching help, and Gibson is in the Cy Young race in the American League. Having two pitchers with an ERA under three would be game-changing for New York.

Third Base

Third base is a position that has been up in the air since the off-season. JD Davis has been amazing when he plays, but he has been hurt for over half the season. That has put his job in jeopardy for the rest of the season. There are plenty of guys that may be available for trade, the question is how much do the Mets really need a third baseman? There aren’t many upgrades at third base over Davis, and those that are will likely cost many prospects.

Kris Bryant, Eduardo Escobar, Adam Frazier, and Josh Donaldson have all been names swirling around trade talks.

Kris Bryant was tied to the Mets before the season started, as the Mets seemed heavily in on him. It seems unclear as to whether the Mets are involved in discussions for Bryant, or even if the Cubs are willing to trade him. He is having a very good year with a .271 average and 16 home runs. However, is it worth the prospects that the Cubs will certainly be looking for? Bryant is a former-MVP whose name carries a lot of weight, but he has certainly not lived up to that.

Eduardo Escobar has been at the forefront of trade talks for third baseman. Escobar was reported to be traded to the White Sox by Bob Nightengale, a trade that ended up not being true. However, the White Sox were certainly very close to getting the Diamondbacks’ third baseman. It is clear that he is involved in many talks because he hasn’t been starting much for the last place Dbacks. The lone Dbacks All-Star is hitting .248 with 18 home runs, making him a likely cheaper option at third. He can play all infield positions but first, making him a very versatile bat. Definitely a player the Mets should take a flyer on.

Adam Frazier, Pirates second baseman, is having a fantastic year with the Pirates. His year is going quite unnoticed because of the horrible season the Bucs are having. He is hitting .324 with four home runs and 28 RBI. The reason I include him here, is because the Mets may be inclined to put him at second base and shove McNeil into a platoon with Davis at third. McNeil is not having the best of years, and Frazier seems to be an upgrade in 2021. However, he is under contract through 2022, making him a part of the plan next year for the team that acquires him.

Last on here is Josh Donaldson, who was simply mentioned by Andy Martino as a part of trade discussions. Donaldson, 35, is under contract through 2023, with a club option for 2024. He is hitting .252 with 13 home runs and 34 RBI. For a player of his age, with the massive contract he has, he doesn’t make much sense.

Who they should get: Nobody

I firmly believe that JD Davis should be trusted to get the Mets to the end of the season. He has proven himself to be reliable in the lineup, with defense being his only issue. However, I don’t believe any of those players mentioned would be significant upgrades to Davis, let alone ones that you spend prospects on.

Outfield

The outfield, predominantly left field, has been a position the Mets have discussed. Michael Conforto, albeit hurt most of the year, has been subpar in his contract season. Nimmo has been spectacular, and Dom Smith is either in a 10-21 stretch with 4 home runs or a 2-25 stretch with 0 home runs. There is definitely an opportunity to upgrade in the outfield somewhere, with Conforto and Smith possibly losing playing time. While we love them as players, it may be time to put one on the pine for a bit of time.

Joey Gallo and Kevin Kiermaier are the only names that have come up in conversation so far this season. However, with three weeks until the deadline, more names are sure to pop up.

Joey Gallo is hitting .233 with 21 home runs in the final year of his contract with the Texas Rangers. He is an outfielder who can play first and third base occasionally. Gallo has turned into a three true outcomes player, someone who only hits home runs, walks and strikes out. His OBP is .387, and his OPS is .880. Gallo may be a target for the Mets in the off-season to potentially replace Michael Conforto, if they let him walk. This is a prime opportunity to get him into New York, in a playoff atmosphere, to see how he can handle it.

Kevin Kiermaier was discussed in trade talks earlier in the season, but likely won’t go to a contender because he is only hitting .232 with one home run.

Who they should get: Joey Gallo

Gallo may come at a cost, but his power bat will be much appreciated in a lineup that has hit for little to no power. He would have the most home runs on the team when acquired, and would provide a great home run bat for a team 28th in the league in home runs. He is on pace to hit around 40 homers, and with a lineup that loves to get on base, this could potentially be a Cespedes-esque trade.

Decisions, decisions. As we sit three weeks out from the trade deadline, there aren’t tons of players available on the market. Obviously, there will be more that come out in the next few weeks, and some that sneak into trades unexpectedly. The Mets will definitely be heavy buyers at the deadline for the first time since 2016, which should provide for an interesting ending to July.

Photo Credit Dallas Morning News

Who the Mets Could Have Drafted First: 2000-2009

Finally back with some more content! It has been a crazy few months, but I am back and ready to post some articles. Figured I would do one of these articles because they are fun to think of. For this series, I will be looking at every Mets first round draft pick. I will be going over who they drafted, some players they missed out on, and who I believe they should’ve chosen. The series will go decade by decade, and we are now on to 2000-2009!

2009

Who They Drafted: Steven Matz LHP

Who They Could Have Drafted: DJ Lemahieu, Patrick Corbin, Kyle Seager, Brandon Belt, Dallas Keuchel, Aaron Loup

I am going to focus more on the type of player they drafted, instead of just picking the player that turned out best. For example, the Mets went with a left-handed starting pitcher. So, I chose a left-handed starting pitcher. I wanted to show the players that fit the draft pick, as well as other players they could have chosen.

Who They Should Have Taken: Patrick Corbin

Patrick Corbin and Steven Matz had very similar draft stock and potential when they broke the Majors. Corbin had a better breaking ball than Matz and turned into quite the star.

2008

Who They Drafted: Ike Davis LHP

Who They Could Have Drafted: Andrew Cashner, Gerrit Cole, Jake Odorizzi, Lance Lynn, Brad Hand, Craig Kimbrel,

Ike Davis was drafted as a left-handed pitcher out of ASU.

Who They Should Have Taken: Gerrit Cole

Yes, Gerrit Cole is obviously not left-handed. However, he was taken in the first round and was clearly seen as a great prospect. I see no reason for the Mets to not pounce on Cole and take a chance on him when they were looking for a pitcher.

2007

Who They Drafted: Eddie Kunz RHP

Who They Could Have Drafted: Josh Donaldson, Tommy Hunter, Giancarlo Stanton, Freddie Freeman, Zack Cozart, Danny Duffy, Jonathan Lucroy, Brandon Workman, Corey Kluber, Jake Arrieta, Greg Holland, Ryan Pressly

Who They Should Have Taken: Corey Kluber

This was an interesting draft year because the Mets picked a player who never made it in the big leagues. There were many options that fit the bill of a right handed pitcher. Corey Kluber makes the most sense to me. The only reason he wasn’t drafted any sooner, and I am speculating on this, would be because he couldn’t locate his pitches. Although he was drafted by the Padres, he learned how to pitch at a Major League level with the Indians. The Indians clearly saw something in Kluber and brought out the best in him. Either way, this really seems to be a no-brainer.

2006

Who They Drafted: Kevin Mulvey RHP

Who They Could Have Drafted: Justin Masterson, Zack Britton, Alex Cobb, Jeff Samardzija, George Kontos, Dellin Betances, Mark Melancon

Who They Should Have Taken: Mark Melancon

2006 is a very interesting year. Not many star pitchers came out of this draft after the Mets. The starters aren’t top tier, and the rest are relievers. The relievers are really wild cards, but Melancon is the safest bet.

2005

Who They Drafted: Mike Pelfrey RHP

Who They Could Have Drafted: Andrew McCutchen, Jay Bruce, Jacoby Ellsbury, Colby Rasmus, Luke Hochevar, Clay Bucholz, Yunel Escobar, Jeremy Hellickson, Josh Bell, Lance Lynn, Doug Fister

Who They Should Have Taken: Jeremy Hellickson

Hellickson didn’t prove to be much at the Major League level, but was a highly toted prospect. He was the number one prospect in baseball when he was called up, but was brought up with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays at the time didn’t develop their pitchers quite the way they do now, so it would be interesting to see how he would have been developed in the Mets system.

2004

Who They Drafted: Philip Humber RHP

Who They Could Have Drafted: Homer Bailey, Neil Walker, Jered Weaver, Billy Butler, Trevor Plouffe, Phil Hughes, Huston Street, Gio Gonzalez, Yovani Gallardo

Who They Should Have Taken: Jered Weaver

Philip Humber was a solid first round pick that didn’t turn into the player he should have. Jered Weaver was a great pitcher who was dominant for many years with the Angels. Would have been fun in the bright lights of New York pitching in 08′ when the Mets were making playoff pushes.

2003

Who They Drafted: Lastings Milledge OF

Who They Could Have Drafted: Aaron Hill, David Murphy, Conor Jackson, Chad Billingsley, Carlos Quentin, Andre Ethier, Nate Schierholtz, Michael Bourn, Matt Kemp

Who They Should Have Taken: Matt Kemp

While Lastings Milledge was quite the player, it would have been even better if he played longer for the Mets. His tenure in the majors wasn’t long, but he still made an impact on some good Mets teams. However, imagine the Mets if they had Matt Kemp in his prime. The Mets would have been competing early into the 2010’s with Kemp and David Wright in the lineup. That would have been a special 3-4 punch.

2002

Who They Drafted: Scott Kazmir LHP

Who They Could Have Drafted: Cole Hamels, James Loney, Matt Cain, Joey Votto, Jon Lester, Jonathan Broxton, Brian McCann, Curtis Granderson, Charlie Morton, Rich Hill

Who They Should Have Taken: Jon Lester

Lester fit the bill perfectly of a left-hander similar to Kazmir. Kazmir was a very highly toted prospect who never lived up to his potential in the majors. Unfortuantely, Kazmir was one of those rare top prospects that struggled at the big league level. Lester never really had those troubles. He is a World Series Champion, and could have been a Met for a very long time if they gave him the money for it. Unfortunately, this is one we will have to dream about forever.

2001

Who They Drafted: Aaron Heilman RHP

Who They Could Have Drafted: Jayson Nix, J.P. Howell, J.J. Hardy, Shelley Duncan, Dan Haren, Ryan Theriot, Jeremy Guthrie, Ricky Nolasco, Edwin Jackson, John Axford

Who They Should Have Taken: Dan Haren

Haren wasn’t lighting up the world when he pitched, but he was definitely an upgrade from Heilman. Heilman didn’t pitch very well for the Mets, nor did he pitch for very long. Dan Haren had some really good years, especially at the tail-end of the 2000’s. Considering he was called up in 2003, he would have been entering his prime when the Mets team of 2006 got going.

2000

Who They Drafted: Billy Traber LHP

Who They Could Have Drafted: Sean Burnett, Adam Wainwright, Kelly Johnson, Xavier Nady, Chad Qualls, Grady Sizemore, Michael Morse, Cliff Lee, Dontrelle Willis, Paul Maholm

Who They Should Have Taken: Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee was drafted in the third round, somehow. Obviously, when drafting players you never know how they will turn out. Lee was one of those players that were taken a gamble on, and he paid off. Dontrelle Willis also had a spectacular career, but he was drafted in the eighth round. Clearly teams saw something in him that he corrected in the minors, making Lee the more obvious choice here.

The “Shoulda Been” Drafts:

2000: Cliff Lee

2001: Dan Haren

2002: Jon Lester

2003: Matt Kemp

2004: Jered Weaver

2005: Jeremy Hellickson

2006: Mark Melancon

2007: Corey Kluber

2008: Gerrit Cole

2009: Patrick Corbin

Obviously, by the time 2008 rolled around, the Mets wouldn’t have needed all these starting pitchers. But the Mets made poor choices in really every year of the 2000’s drafts. The one draft I would say they did the best would be 2003. Lastings Milledge turned out to be a great player, but even then they could have had Matt Kemp. The rotation at the heart of this decade could have been Martinez, Lee, Lester, Haren, Weaver. That rotation alone would have won the Mets a World Series.

As usual, this article is painful to write, but is always fun to take a look at. I am truly blown away by how many amazing players get looked over when deciding who to pick in a draft. All we can do is look back and wish the Mets made these picks.

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Mets game Predictions: Mets vs Braves 5/19/21

PREDICTIONS

Final Score

Mets 6 Braves 4

Mets Player of the Game

Dom Smith

Braves Player of the Game

Austin Riley

Mets First Hit of the Game

Dom Smith

Braves First Hit of the Game

Marcell Ozuna

How I Get Graded

Every prediction I make is worth 1 point. At the end of the day, there are 12 points up for grabs in 2021.

1 point for picking winner

1 point for picking Mets score correctly

1 point for picking opponents score correctly

1 point if the score of the game is correct, but winner is wrong

1 point for Mets player of the game

1 point for opponent’s player of the game

3 points for picking who gets the first hit for both teams, 1 point added to the overall so I can lose points for picking wrong.

Mets Predictions: Mets vs Braves 5/18/21

PREDICTIONS

Final Score

Mets 1 Braves 4

Mets Player of the Game

Johneshwy Fargas

Braves Player of the Game

Tucker Davidson

Mets First Hit of the Game

Tomas Nido

Braves First Hit of the Game

Ronald Acuna Jr.

How I Get Graded

Every prediction I make is worth 1 point. At the end of the day, there are 12 points up for grabs in 2021.

1 point for picking winner

1 point for picking Mets score correctly

1 point for picking opponents score correctly

1 point if the score of the game is correct, but winner is wrong

1 point for Mets player of the game

1 point for opponent’s player of the game

3 points for picking who gets the first hit for both teams, 1 point added to the overall so I can lose points for picking wrong.

Mets Game Predictions: Mets vs Rays 5/15/21

Even on days where I don’t post my predictions, I am still making them and just don’t have access to a computer! Check the end of the article to see my record in 2021.

PREDICTIONS

Final Score

Mets 5 Rays 3

Mets Player of the Game

Kevin Pillar

Rays Player of the Game

Manuel Margot

Mets First Hit of the Game

Tomas Nido

Rays First Hit of the Game

Manuel Margot

How I Get Graded

Every prediction I make is worth 1 point. At the end of the day, there are 12 points up for grabs in 2021.

1 point for picking winner

1 point for picking Mets score correctly

1 point for picking opponents score correctly

1 point if the score of the game is correct, but winner is wrong

1 point for Mets player of the game

1 point for opponent’s player of the game

3 points for picking who gets the first hit for both teams, 1 point added to the overall so I can lose points for picking wrong.

2021 Prediction record: 88/218 (.404)

Mets Game Predictions: Orioles vs Mets 5/12/21

PREDICTIONS

Final Score

Orioles 1 Mets 5

Mets Player of the Game

Taijuan Walker

Orioles Player of the Game

Matt Harvey

Mets First Hit of the Game

Dom Smith

Orioles First Hit of the Game

Freddy Galvis

How I Get Graded

Every prediction I make is worth 1 point. At the end of the day, there are 12 points up for grabs in 2021.

1 point for picking winner

1 point for picking Mets score correctly

1 point for picking opponents score correctly

1 point if the score of the game is correct, but winner is wrong

1 point for Mets player of the game

1 point for opponent’s player of the game

3 points for picking who gets the first hit for both teams, 1 point added to the overall so I can lose points for picking wrong.

Mets Game Predictions: Orioles vs Mets 5/11/21

PREDICTIONS

Final Score

Orioles 1 Mets 3

Mets Player of the Game

James McCann

Orioles Player of the Game

Trey Mancini

Mets First Hit of the Game

Kevin Pillar

Orioles First Hit of the Game

Trey Mancini

How I Get Graded

Every prediction I make is worth 1 point. At the end of the day, there are 12 points up for grabs in 2021.

1 point for picking winner

1 point for picking Mets score correctly

1 point for picking opponents score correctly

1 point if the score of the game is correct, but winner is wrong

1 point for Mets player of the game

1 point for opponent’s player of the game

3 points for picking who gets the first hit for both teams, 1 point added to the overall so I can lose points for picking wrong.

METS GAME PREDICTIONS: Mets vs Cardinals 5/06/21

PREDICTIONS

Final Score

Mets 2 Cardinals 1

Mets Player of the Game

Pete Alonso

Cardinals Player of the Game

Paul DeJong

Mets First Hit of the Game

Pete Alonso

Cardinals First Hit of the Game

Paul Goldschmidt

How I Get Graded

Every prediction I make is worth 1 point. At the end of the day, there are 12 points up for grabs in 2021.

1 point for picking winner

1 point for picking Mets score correctly

1 point for picking opponents score correctly

1 point if the score of the game is correct, but winner is wrong

1 point for Mets player of the game

1 point for opponent’s player of the game

3 points for picking who gets the first hit for both teams, 1 point added to the overall so I can lose points for picking wrong.

2021 Prediction record: 69/178 (.388)

METS GAME PREDICTIONS: Mets vs Cardinals Doubleheader game 1 5/05/21

PREDICTIONS

Final Score

Mets 4 Cardinals 2

Mets Player of the Game

Pete Alonso

Cardinals Player of the Game

Paul DeJong

Mets First Hit of the Game

Pete Alonso

Cardinals First Hit of the Game

Tommy Edman

How I Get Graded

Every prediction I make is worth 1 point. At the end of the day, there are 12 points up for grabs in 2021.

1 point for picking winner

1 point for picking Mets score correctly

1 point for picking opponents score correctly

1 point if the score of the game is correct, but winner is wrong

1 point for Mets player of the game

1 point for opponent’s player of the game

3 points for picking who gets the first hit for both teams, 1 point added to the overall so I can lose points for picking wrong.