Mets call up Zamora

Per Anthony DiComo, the Mets have called up left-hander Daniel Zamora. In return, Jose Peraza has been optioned, leaving the team with a five-man bench.

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Mets desperatly need a lefty

With the addition of Trevor May, the Mets have a ton of righthanded options to fill out the bullpen. With all those lefties, the Mets have just one LH reliever on their 40 man: Daniel Zamora.

While Zamora has shown flashes in his short stint in the majors, he is more depth rather than a main lefty in the pen. So at least one lefty is needed. In my opinion, one trustful lefty able to see thru the 3 batter limit and to me there are two main options:

Brad Hand: The biggest and best one is Brad Hand. Hand was non tendered by the Indians early in the off-season and no team picked up his $10M option. Hand was terrific in Cleveland over the last three seasons, pitching to a 2.78 ERA over 107 innings. Over his career he has become a trustful arm since his move the pen. As a reliever he had a sub 3 ERA and 11.4K/9. Also Hand has been terrific against lefties holding them to a .187/.258/.294 slash line over his career. A lefty who is dominant against the lefties and solid against the RHders is exactly what the Mets need.

Also read: Mets Trade Target: Sonny Gray

Justin Wilson: Re-signing Justin Wilson is another option for me. Wilson was one of the most trusted arms in the Mets pen and doesn’t allow much hard contact consistently. The solid lefty pitched to a 2.91 ERA in his two year deal with the Mets, making his deal a well worth one. Wilson has actually been better in his career against RHB’s using his terrific cutter most of the time. However, his numbers against lefties are also solid and an opposing hitter could have more troubles against the lefty pitcher. Wilson, like Hand, is still an option with the three batter minimum and we know he did really well in the Orange & Blue.

Both of these guys would take our pen to the next level. Lefties who can get hitters from both sides out, it makes them a clear set up men, instead of just being specialists. Can you imagine a bullpen with Diaz, Lugo, May and Hand/Wilson? That paired with the talent of Betances, Familia, Brach who in this pen don’t have the most important spots? They can try to rebound with some less pressure?

Also read: Hello, is it me (Blake Snell) you’re looking for?

This sounds good to me!

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Gsellman returns to roster

The New York Mets have activated right handed reliever Robert Gsellman from the Injured List and have optioned Daniel Zamora. Zamora will report back to Brooklyn.

Last season, Gsellman put up an ERA of 4.66 and owned a record of 2-3 in 52 games, all out of the bullpen. Throughout his career, the right hander is 20-15 with a 4.44 ERA in 153 games, 29 of which were starts.

MetsJunkies Monday Night Recap vs Dodgers

A 3-2 game with both deGrom and Kershaw pitching into the 5th inning isn’t so insanely hard to believe. What’s so insanely hard to believe is that both pitchers gave up a combined 16 hits by the end of the fifth. Both pitchers labored and it started early, deGrom exited after the 5th with 105 pitches.

  • Top of the 1st: After a Rosario double and a Conforto walk, Pete Alonso singled out to left field, driving in shortstop Amed Rosario to give the Mets the 1-0 edge.
  • Bottom of the 1st: The Dodgers lead off their half of the inning with 3 straight singles to load the bases. He then got Cody Bellinger to foul out to Tomas Nido behind the plate, giving the Mets a huge out. Corey Seager then drove in a run to tie the game on a force out at 2nd.
  • Bottom of the 3rd: Clay Bellinger absolutely crushed a deGrom curve, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. The home run would count as Bellinger’s 19th of the season.
  • Top of the 5th: J.D. Davis hit a 2-run home run after going 0 for his last 8 at-bats. The home run is Davis’ 6th of the 2019 campaign and put the Mets back up by a run.
  • Bottom of the 6th: The Dodgers tied the game when Chris Taylor hit his first home run since May 5th. The home run came off of Tyler Bashlor, killing the chance of deGrom getting the victory. After replacing Bashlor with Daniel Zamora, the lefty Zamora would give up a 3-run home run to pinch-hitter Kike Hernandez. Zamora than eventually loaded the bases and hit Corey Seager to force in a run, right before Verdugo hit a sacrifice fly allowing the Dodgers 6th run of the inning.
  • Top of the 8th: Adieny Hechavarria came up big again and hit a 2-run home run, getting the Mets back in swinging distance at 8-5. J.D. Davis then hit a fly out to right field, and while Tomas Nido tried to score at the plate, Bellinger threw out Carlos Gomez at third before Nido ever crossed the plate. In other words, a tragic inning ended double play.
  • Bottom of the 8th: Blah! Chris Taylor singled in Seager, 9-5 Dodgers.

MetsJunkies Game Notes

Mets 5 Dodgers 9

WP – Clayton Kershaw (5-0) LP – Tyler Bashlor (0-2) Save – Kenley Jansen (16)

  • Rosario picked up 2 doubles in a multi-hit game, going 3-5, crossing the plate twice.
  • J.D. Davis picked up two RBI’s, his 15th and 16th, off of his 6th home run of the year.
  • The Mets picked up Adieny Hechavarria as a back-up to Rosario, a defensively gifted glove in the infield. Tonight, as he’s been filling in for Canó, he picked up a multi-hit game with a clutch 2-run home run in the 8th, his 3rd. Hechavarria finished the night going 3-5.
  • Michael Conforto reached base three times as he walked twice and picked up and picked up his 10th double of the season. Conforto is now batting .267.
  • Jacob deGrom had a rough outing but it was far from a bad game, our reigning N.L. Cy Young award winner pitched 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits. It took deGrom 105 pitches to get through the five and now has an ERA of 3.71.