How we Would Handle the Catching Situation

There are ton of people across Facebook and Twitter that just DO NOT like this trade, and all I can really say to that is “oh well”. They must have high expectations of this kid and might be looking for him to catch 135 games, I’m definitely not.

It’s no secret that the Mets would’ve liked to move one of their catchers from the start of the offseason, but now since acquisition of Omar Narvaez, the Mets really don’t have much of a choice, they have to move someone.

So we should definitely expect for either McCann or Nido to hit the chopping block, and I could definitely see the Rangers being interested in both.

But let’s say hypothetically, the Mets have traded away McCann, this is how I would handle the situation behind the plate.

You can start Alvarez with Syracuse while Nido and Narvaez split the duties behind the dish to start the season. They would platoon with Narvaez facing RHP’s and Nido squaring up against the LHP’s.

With this kind of split, they would not been seeing action at a 50/50 split, clearly Narvaez will get a lot more looks.

Meanwhile, Alvarez needs to work on his skills as a catcher. Offensively, the kid is a monster and it’ll be very exciting to watch. Defensively, I just have no idea what we’re in for just yet. It would help tremendously if pitchers like Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander could take Alvarez under their wings.

Obviously this is something we never see, with two opposing positions, but if the veterans can teach Alvarez to catch and call the Scherzer’s and the Verlander’s of the league, then the Peterson’s and Megill’s should come a lot easier.

Now after showcasing Nido for a couple of months, the Mets could then move Nido via trading for a younger, mid level prospect.

Once Alvarez is called back up to the Mets, I let Alvarez start off by catching 65% of the games, while hopefully proving that he can more.

Corné’s Cut:

I didn’t like the move, I don’t see Narvaez as a clear upgrade, especially if you have to include value (money or player) in a way to trade McCann. But it is what it is and the Mets did make the move for Narvaez. So time to turn to wishing the best out of this situation and hoping “I am Wrong!”.

But how would I make this work? Before 2022, Narvaez was a very good hitter vs RH. In 2021, he had a OPS above .800 vs RH, so hopefully he will return to that form.

It’s clear that the Mets should give Narvaez the bulk of the time facing RH and Nido facing lefties (if McCann is the one traded). This way you should have a solid hitter vs RH with a mediocre hitter vs LH, but both solid defenders.

Alvarez should work on his defense at AAA, maybe learning from a veteran catcher on a minor league deal. I don’t like Alvarez being strictly a DH.

Mets that won’t be back in 2023 (Part 1)

The New York Mets put together an amazing 2022, however, there was much disappointment in the final month of the regular season. While this mini-collapse may not warrant a fire-sale, team owner Steve Cohen will likely shake things up for a second straight year.

  • Mychal Givens – The right handed reliever was a sweet little pick-up as the deadline was winding down. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned for Givens while in Orange & Blue. The 32 year-old veteran sported a 4.79 ERA in 19 appearances, a vast difference from his 2.66 ERA with Cubs. I expect the Mets to utilize the $1.5M buyout in place for 2023 as Givens likely has worn out his short welcome.
  • Tomas Nido – The 28 year-old backstop has spend parts of 7 seasons with the Mets. And while Nido, aka Needz, had a big month of September, he was never slated to be the next Mike Piazza, and a career .323 slugging percentage will have the Mets ready to upgrade. Fans should expect prospect Francisco Alvarez to catch roughly 75%-80% of the games, pushing James McCann out of the starting lineup.
  • Seth Lugo – The Mets reliever made it clear while speaking with the media that Sunday night was a very emotional night for him. After the game, Lugo brought his family on-field as his future with the organization is uncertain.

Of the three players listed, Nido obviously will be remembered as the backstop came up through the Mets system while spending about a decade with the organization.

Seth Lugo will probably receive a bag of mixed results from fans from places like #MetsTwitter as well as in groups on Facebook, however, Lugo was a trooper while in Queens and did whatever was asked from him. Unfortunately, it feels like that curveball of his has one foot out the door and I wouldn’t rely on his fastball as being his out pitch.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Robbie Cano, Way to Go!

The Mets beat the Marlins yesterday with a 8-4 final score. The Mets collected 15 hits, including a 4 hit game from Robinson Cano. Cano went 4 for 4 with a double, 2 runs scored and a RBI.

Other solid performances came from Starling Marte (2-4, R, 2RBI, 2B, BB), Pete Alonso (2-4, 2 2B, 2R), Tomas Nido (3-4, RBI, R) and Eduardo Escobar (1-4, HR, R, RBI)

The offense was just enough for Chris Bassitt as he struggled over his 5 innings of work. Bassitt allowed 2 homeruns and 4 runs overall, getting hit charged for 3 in the 4th. Bassitt bounced back with a good 5th to end on a high note in his final tune up. Bassitt struck out 6, allowing 6 hits and 2 walks.

Bassitt was relieved by Chasen Shreve, who kept his fabulous spring going with another hitless inning. Shreve has now pitched 4 hitless innings with just one walk and 6 strikeouts this spring. He will most likely make the team as a lefty reliever with newly acquired Joely Rodriguez.

Trevor Williams finished it off with 3 scoreless frames of his own. Williams allowed three hits and worked out of a bases loaded gem in the ninth, but got the job done. He also got help from a fine diving catch from Jaylen Palmer in center.

Today the Mets will face the Astros at Palm Beach as Carlos Carrasco gets the start for his final tune up. The game will start at 12.05PM and can be watched on MLB.tv (Houston feed)

Photo Credit: New York Post

Wednesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 6/9

The 29-24 New York Mets will play the final of a two-game set against the 22-38 Baltimore Orioles. After splitting the series in San Diego and a day off, the Mets took a bad blowout loss in yesterday’s opener.

Tonight’s contest will feature a couple of right-handed pitchers on the mound. The Mets plan to send the recently acquired Taijuan Walker to the hill, making his 11th appearance of the season. The Shreveport, Louisiana native is 4-2 with a 2.17 ERA and 51 K’s in 54.0 innings pitched.

MLB.com suggests that we may start to see some regression from Walker, as the right-hander’s FIP (3.06) is almost a full run higher than his ERA.

The Baltimore Orioles will have 32-year old Matt Harvey on the mound, a former friend and right-hander that’s making his 13th appearance of the campaign. In the last five starts, Harvey owns a ERA of 12.96 and only lasted three innings in his last outing against the Minnesota Twins.

Harvey, formerly known as “The Dark Knight”, so far is having a terrible season, pitching to a 6.62 ERA while owning a 3-6 record. The New London, Connecticut native has also struck out 45 batters in 51.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 6/8

The 29-23 New York Mets will play the first of a two-game set against the 21-38 Baltimore Orioles. After splitting the series in San Diego and a day off, the Mets look to keep the momentum going.

Tonight’s contest will feature a couple of left-handed pitchers on the mound. The Mets plan to send David Peterson to the hill, making his 11th appearance of the season. The Denver, Colorado native is 1-4 with a 5.89 ERA with 49 K’s in 44.1 innings pitched.

Peterson, currently in his second Major League season, is coming off of a start in which he allowed five earned runs to the Diamondbacks in just 0.1 of an inning.

I’m not sure what the over/under will be for tonight’s game, however assuming it’ll be 8.5 or 9.5, I’ll definitely be taking the over.

The Baltimore Orioles will have 26-year old Bruce Zimmermann on the mound, a left-hander that’s also making his 11th appearance of the campaign. Zimmermann’s last outing was against the Minnesota Twins and went 5.1 innings while allowing two earned runs, a performance well enough to pick up a win.

Zimmermann so far is having a pretty mediocre season, pitching to a 4.96 ERA while owning a 3-3 record. The North Carolina native has also struck out 43 batters in 49.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.