Breaking Down: Mets Find their New Set Up Man.

Besides the Mets beefing up their rotation and getting back their center fielder, they also gained David Robertson yesterday.

The Mets signed the 37 year old righty to a one year, 10 million dollar contract yesterday, getting their set up man. Robertson was a target for the Mets during the Trade deadline, but the Cubs asked a top Mets pitching prosect, which the Mets smartly declined. Now they got their man in free agency. So how does Robertson get hitters out? Let’s take a look.

As you see in the tweet from the great Brad Badini, Robertson was lethal against both lefties and righties. The way he gets it done is movement. Robertson is at the top of the league in fastball spin, with a cutter that he throws 50.9 percent of the time. It’s his least succesful pitch in general, but makes his slider/curve so much better.

His cutter was still extremely good this year with a -5 run value and an expected slash line off .207/.331/.372. He had his best vertical drop with a 6.8 inch above average on vertical movement (Top of the league). Movement plus added velo (93.0mph). It’s a pitch he doesn’t get much swing and miss on, that’s the job of his breaking stuff.

Robertson was in the 90th percentile in Whiff rate and K percentage, mostly because of his breaking stuff. He throws a slider and Curveball, which he’s using almost equally. His curve is his main weapon, with a crazy 44.4 Whiff rate and a 49.4 K%. His expected slash line against the curve is .132/.183/.229. It’s clearly his put away pitch to get most of his strikeouts, and why not, with those crazy good numbers.

His slider also has a very solid Whiff rate (38.2%), but with his 20% strikeout rate, it’s clearly not his put away pitch. He likely uses it more as an offset to his cutter earlier in the count to get to his curve to get hitters out. Still, his slider is a great pitch with a .177/.255/.268 expected slash line against. It’s also worth noting that hitters aren’t able to hit his slider hard, when they do make contact, making this more of a put in play pitch even with his solid Whiff rate.

Overall Robertson is able to keep opposing hitters slugging percentage and batting average down. That’s a must with his walk rate, as that’s his main bug a boo. Not surprising as Robertson lives down in the zone a lot, mainly because of vertical movement on all of his pitches. At 37 years old without trusting on major velo, he should be good to keep his current performance up. I believe we can trust Robertson game plan.

What do you think about the Robertson addition?

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Mets in on Jose Iglesias

The Mets are interested in Short Stop Jose Iglesias according to Mike Rodriguez. The Mets are in talks with the 32 year old, with the Guardians, Red Sox, Orioles and Diamondbacks also in the mix.

It’s clear what Iglesias his job will be, if he signs with the Mets. He will be a back up infielder who can man Short if needed. Iglesias is most known for his very solid glove and tremendous plays with the glove.

With the bat Iglesias doesn’t provide much. A career .700 OPS, mostly because of his lack of power and on base skills. In 2021 Iglesias hit .271/.309/.391 with 9 homeruns and 48 driven in. Iglesias doesn’t work the count, so he doesn’t strike out a lot, besides being one of the worst in the league according to chase rate.

His main attraction is the glove. Iglesias is able to make mind boggling plays at short. But in 2021, he also showed some smooth plays at second. Iglesias had a plus 1 OAA at short and second in 2021. Worth noting is that Iglesias his OAA in 2019 and 2020 combined was 17, which is really good.

If the Mets believe he can play the infield like he did in 19/20, that’s a major plus. He won’t give the Mets much with the bat so his value is defense.

After a down year (-0.7 WAR), it’s possible Iglesias accepts a minor league deal? If it’s a MLB deal, I am not in favor of getting Iglesias. His defense took a hit in 2021 and with that being his main asset, I think there are better options in house to be the back up infielder. Guillorme anyone?

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Mets Sign Jose Rodriguez to a Minor League Deal

According to Jacob Resnick, the Mets have signed Jose Rodriguez to a minor league deal. Rodriguez had 10 appearances with the Angels between 2019 and 2020, pitching to a 2.53 ERA over 21.1 innings. Over that span Rodriguez owned a 6.73 FIP, so small samplesize low ERA is definitely part of the story.

Last year the 26 year old righty pitched to a 4.47 ERA between AA and AAA for the Braves. He totaled a 100.2 innings with 21 starts and 2 relief outings. In that span he had a 1.22 WHIP and 8.3 strikeout per nine rate.

Rodriguez will fill in as depth in the upper levels for the Mets.

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Mets Keeping Tabs on Twins Closer?

According to Mike Puma, the Mets are keeping an “eye” on Twins closer Taylor Rodgers. Rodgers coming off an All Star season, which was cut short due to a finger injury. Rodgers is set to make little over 6 mil in his final year on arbritration.

The 30 year old lefty was having a solid season until his finger started bothering him. Over 40.1 innings, Rodgers pitched to a 3.35 ERA with a career high 13.2 strikeout per nine rate. Worth noting is that Rodgers had an awful month of July before landing on the IL. Before July he pitched to a 2.61 ERA.

Rodgers is just two years away from a 30 save season. In 2019, he pitched to a 2.61 ERA with 30 saves in 60 games. Over his career Rodgers has been solid against righties (.716 OPS) and tremendous against lefties (.540 OPS). While he was the closer with the Twins, he most likely be a guy who gets the innings with lefties more for the Mets, which should improve his overall numbers.

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Rodgers, a sinker/Slider guy, gets a ton of swings and misses on his slider (38.8%). His Sinker gets a -5 launch angle on balls in play, which gets him ground balls. If you get to watch Rodgers, expect a slider as he threw that pitch 54% of the time in 2021.

The Mets would need a to make a trade to get Rodgers from the Twins but not expected to be a big haul. Rodgers is set to make over 6 mil and the Twins are reportedly interested to shred some money, according to Mike Puma.

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Mets Make Offer To Matz

According to Anthony DiComo the Mets have made an offer to Steven Matz. Matz coming off a solid year with the Blue Jays, after the Mets traded him for Sean Reid-Foley, Yennsy Diaz and Josh Winkowski during last off-season.

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Matz went 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA over 150.2 innings in 2021. Over that span he pitched to a 3.79FIP and 1.33 WHIP. While his strikeout numbers went down to 8.6 per nine, he also had a career low 1.1 homeruns per nine. That coming in the AL East is worth noting.

In 2021 Matz limited hard hit contact and featured a solid walk rate. His barrel percentage against went from 13.5 in to 7 in 2021, which was in the 61 percentiles.

The 30 year old got some great success with his two main pitches as his Change-up and Sinker combined for a minus 18 run value. His breaking stuff on the other hand combined for plus 10 run value.

The Mets will have enough competition for Matz services as he had around 8 offers to choose from. I personally would like to see the Mets go a different direction than Matz and go with an arm like Jon Gray at the back end of the rotation. But with the starting pitching market going so fast, it’s go time.

Other MLB News:

The LA Angels signed former Met Aaron Loup to a 2 year 17 mil dollar deal with a 7.5 mil dollar third year option.

The San Francisco Giants made a couple of moves to keep rotation arms. Anthony DiSclafani and Alex Wood stay in San Francisco.

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