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From Ashes, A Phoenix? Only Brodie Knows …

By: metstradamus | April 20, 2019 There was a point after the first inning that I had a fleeting thought that maybe Chris Flexen can survive in this league as an Aaron Harang fly ball type pitcher who can touch 96 and have decent command and decent secondary stuff. Flexen got Matt Carpenter, Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong to fly out so maybe it was possible that the weight that Flexen lost and the extra mph on his fastball was going to help him. It still might. But it quickly became apparent today that Jacob deGrom’s emergency replacement still...

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Sugar, Spice, And Most Everything Nice

By: metstradamus | April 19, 2019 The Mets didn’t waste the opportunity they had to win a Jason Vargas start. Of course, because of a ton of runners left on base in the early innings (it probably should have been 5 or 6 to nothing after the second inning), they couldn’t put it away early which is what you need in a Vargas start. But … the Mets did touch up Adam Wainwright over three innings and did just enough to take a 5-4 victory from the Cardinals on Friday. Apr 19, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York...

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Uh-Oh

By: metstradamus | April 19, 2019 So Jacob deGrom has strep throat in his elbow? DeGrom’s elbow is “barking” according to Callaway. He’s been sent back to NY for an MRI. — Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) April 19, 2019 Please be nothing. We can’t have Jason Vargas as the ace … Meanwhile, Gio Gonzalez is about to ask the Mets for $257 million for four months. Gio Gonzalez, Jacob deGrom, Mets View the original article on Metstradamus:...

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There's Some Sort of Metallic Lining Down There

By: metstradamus | April 18, 2019 Maybe it’s because it’s April and I have a higher tolerance for pain in April. But the one thing I’ll say about the Mets’ 3-2 loss on Wednesday afternoon is that at least it wasn’t an 8-7 loss. The Phillies had already dinged up Noah Syndergaard and destroyed Steven Matz. If they had gotten to Zack Wheeler as well, the Mets would have taken a hit to their very identity … a huge hit. But at the very least, Wheeler turned in quality work which saved the bullpen going into Thursday’s day off....

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No Psychoanalysis Here

By: metstradamus | April 17, 2019 Steven Matz gave up eight runs without recording an out in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Amed Rosario made two errors in that inning. I would normally try to add two and two and come up with a Rorschach test for Matz. But when you give up eight runs without getting an out, it’s probably useless to play psychoanalyst. The fact of the matter is that if Amed Rosario played a clean inning, the Phillies would have been up 5-0 after the first instead of 10-0. So all that really happened was that all false...

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Trust The Process, But Not The People

By: metstradamus | April 16, 2019 Not to label Noah Syndergaard’s awful evening or Brandon Nimmo’s home run as inconsequential, but due to time constraints we move ahead in the action. It’s 6-5 Mets going to the bottom of the 8th, and Jeurys Familia is coming in to pitch to Odubel Herrera, Cesar Hernandez, and Mikael Franco. Taking into account that the Phillies lineup is as deep as it has ever been, this is still the bottom of the order, and Jeurys Familia is getting paid $30 million over three seasons to not turn bottoms of orders into hell...

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Game Of Oh Noes

By: metstradamus | April 15, 2019 Spoiler Alert: Jacob deGrom didn’t make it to the sixth again. It’s not the streak anybody wants. deGrom threw 114 pitches in five innings in a 7-3 loss to Atlanta to hand the Braves the series split. Jacob still struck out nine but he walked four, got squeezed on a handful of calls, and gave up a laser beam of a home run to Josh Donaldson in addition to one he gave up to Nick Markakis. deGrom, after giving up 10 home runs all season in 2018, has given up five in four...

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