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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Kodai Senga Meeting went well

According to Will Sammon the Mets had their meeting with free agent starter Kodai Senga. And according to the same source, it went well.

The 29 year old Japanese righty has been terrific over his last 4 season in the Japanese League (NPB) with a 2.39 ERA. Last season was his best year with a 1.89 ERA in 148 innings. He had a 9.7 K per nine rate which is really solid in the contact heavy NPB. Over his career he owns a 3.4 walk rate with a 10.0 strikeout rate.

His main pitch is his ghost forkball which is a big downward splitter. He mixes it up with a fastball that can reach up to 102mph on the gun.

Worth mentioning that Senga his agent has mentioned that Senga wants to play in a big market team for a Contender. The Mets obviously fits that and with the meeting going well, it’s possible Senga could become a Met. If that happens, the Mets add a big arm with lots of potential as scouts and executives are in agreement that the righty could be a dominant MLB starter.

Very curious with the Mets being interested how the Senga sweepstakes will end! As an international Free Agent, teams don’t need to do business with his former team as the Softbank Hawk never post their players and let them play out their players contracts.

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deGrom Shut Down for 4 Weeks

The Mets announced yesterday that deGrom will be shut down for 4 weeks after the MRI revealed a stress reaction in his right scapula. An early-mid June return is most likely if his recovery goes like plan.

The Mets will send out a rotation with Bassitt and Scherzer at the top. Scherzer will likely make the opening day start. Walker and Carrasco need to step up and improve from last season. The last spot will be given to either Tylor Megill, Trevor Williams or lefty David Peterson.

This is obviously a big blow for the Mets and their fans. Losing your ace is hard on every team. Still, this team is a solid ball club and with the extra postseason spots, this team should stay in the race until deGrom gets back.

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Mets Get Mad Max at 3/130

Multiple sources confirm that the Mets get the big free agent fish, as they land Max Scherzer on a 3 year 130 million dollar contract. This will give Scherzed the highest AVV of 43.3 million per season.

The three cy young award winner and future Hall Of famer will join Jacob deGrom as the best 1-2 punch in the game.

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Mets Make Serious Offer to Mad Max

According to Andy Martino, the Mets have an offer on the table to sign Max Scherzer. Martino reported that the AVV is over 40 million. Length isn’t known.

It’s no secret that Max Scherzer is the prime free agent avaliable this offseason after jet another strong year. Scherzer finished 3rd in the NL CY Young vote after pitching to a 15-4 record with a 2.46 ERA. The future Hall Of Famer had a MLB Low 0.86WHIP, with a 11.8 K/9.

The 8th time all star and 3 time CY Young Award winner will join Jacob deGrom in the best 1-2 punch ever.

There isn’t much negative to say about Max Scherzer. He is durable, misses bats, competitive mind and great controll.

I never expected Max to sign with the Mets but seems like it’s a real possibility now. The next 48 will be very very interesting.

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