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Random Thoughts: 2017


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#181 yogib8



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 05:09 PM

Watched the Night of the Walker Dead last evening, with apologies to the recently passed Geo. Romero.   This is not about the 2-15 since his return or his 7Ks or 3 errors.  It is about the lack luster play and going slowly through the motions.


6th inning.  Hits a FB down the LF line,  with Hoffman on the mound Walker is hitting LH and Parra was faded toward L-CF.  Off the bat this ball was fair and not a sure out considering how far Parra had to go.  Walker trotted down the 1st baseline never reaching 1B before peeling off when Parra on a full run caught the ball 4-5 ft. fair.   Keith and Gary commented about how embarrassed Walker would be if Parra hadn't reached that ball and he were left standing on 1st.  I commented that TC should pull him from the game. 


7th inning. Blackmon LH singles up the middle to Sewalds left into CF.   Rosario breaks for the ball and is behind 2B when the ball reaches the OF grass...just as Walker appears 15-20 ft. short of 2B and not moving very fast.  Given that he may have positioned toward the 1st base side, but with no one on base Flores should have been playing somewhat off the base even if he protecting the line. 


9th inning. Blackman on first with LeMahieu, RHB AB.   Blackman breaks for 2nd and Rosario makes a jab step toward 2nd before reversing his field to go after the ball LeMahieu put in play toward the hole at SS.   Clearly Rosario was wrong to cover on the steal attempt, but when Rosario reversed Walker was jogging toward 2nd and imo wouldn't have been in position to cover a throw on the quick CFer.   The next hitter, Arenado, drove in Blackmon with the winning run.


Never the less Walker is back in the lineup again tonight.



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 05:15 PM

Question will be whether he's hustling.  You love you some Terry, so give the benefit of the doubt that as a players manager, he had the talk in private, and was satisfied Walker was listening.


Not everything needs a timeout, sometimes a good reprimand is all it takes.

#183 West Coast Mets Fan

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 06:28 PM

He's not guaranteed to miss it.


He won't have 45 days of active service (prior to September call ups) and he's not guaranteed 130 ABs.  That number of ABs means he starts approximately 32 of the Mets remaining 58 games.  Do we think he's guaranteed that with a healthy roster consisting of Flores, Cabrera, Walker, Reyes and potentially Smith?

I don't think it makes sense to play any of the outgoing past their prime veterans over either Rosario and Smith. Sandy said they are up to play so I expect to see him in the lineup almost everyday unless he is struggling.



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 06:36 PM

these are the mets, since when does it need to make sense? :)


There's a clubhouse factor you need to take into account.  Benching Walker/Cabrera, while for the good of the future, is going to hurt them in potential contract years, and they are going to make some noise surrounding it.  It may also hurt your ability to sign other veterans if you show your disregard for the veterans you have.


There is a fine line to walk here.  


Best case scenario, Walker clears waivers, and we trade a vet or two before the end of the waiver deadline.

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 01:18 PM

It is August and Grandy has cleared waivers.  Why is he still with the Mets?   This is when he shines...he did in 2015 and again last season, hitting .256/.372/.512/.884 combined for those two seasons.   He also hit 24 Hrs, drove in 64 and scored 86.   Extrapolated, his numbers at the most stressful time of the season yield 36 hrs., 80 RBI and 129 runs scored.    


While some players may fold when the lights are the brightest, Grandy steps to stage center.


This season with no chance to play post season,  Grandy is still raking .281/.378/.719/1.097.  Yes this is a SSS, but extrapolated anyway could finish as 19 Hrs. 43 RBI and Runs scored....what team would want that for the next 7 weeks?



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 03:37 PM

someone still might... his number are worse than he's been playing.  Hoepfully the Mets would eat some (most) of the remaining salary and get a prospect for him.  Something is better than nothing and if you don't trade him, you're eating his payroll anyway...

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 06:59 AM

I  could see something happening with Curtis in the next week or so, a lefty bat, leader, can play all three OF spots in a pinch.


That has value...

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