For all the bitching and moaning I’ve done about the Mets this season and the last few seasons, last night was one of those games that thankfully had me turn off the cranky meter. Sure the Mets lost but more importantly, Jacob deGrom sent out a message to Mets fans, do give up the ship just yet.
Last night was a pitching performance reminiscent of Tom Seaver’ many starts as a Met. Seaver would pitch these gems like deGrom and strike out a dozen or more and dominate the game but end up with a loss or a no decision. deGrom was dominate last night with a fastball that he threw like a laser with amazing command and a curve ball that has Marlins hitters shaking their head.
Add in deGrom’s performance with the news that Matt Harvey was hitting 95 mph in his last throwing session of the season along with Sand Alderson proclaiming that Sterling Award winner LHP Steve Matz will vie for a spot on the big league roster next season and suddenly the on field fortunes of the Mets are looking a whole lot better than piss and moaners like me seem to think.
Alderson will have a lot of trade chips over the winter. Right now the starting rotation of 2015 looks like Harvey , deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergarrd and Bartolo Colon. I didn’t include Jon Niese or Dillion Gee because I feel very strongly they will both be ex-Mets. Same with Daniel Murphy, he will be a goner as well. What this trio brings back separately or in packaged together is up for debate.
Why wouldn’t you shut down Vic Black for the rest of the season? Why would you even attempt to make him keep pitching in games that are meaningless? Let him get rested and healthy for 2015.
It’s one thing to be upset with Jenry Meija’s celebrations; it’s another to keep it in house. There was no need for Terry Collins to go public with his displeasure of Mejia’s “reeling in the big one” the other night against the Nationals. The Nats have kicked the Mets ass from Flushing to the Beltway , so a little success made Mejia go a bit overboard. But if Collins has a problem with it, he needs to keep it between himself and the player. He also needs to tread lightly and not mess with Mejia’s head; in fact the manager should go all out in praise of Mejia. Jenry Mejia has battled injuries, surgeries and worked his ass off to get back on the mound. He’s been jerked around by the organization by making him a starter then a reliever, then a starter and then a closer. So instead of acting like a cranky old man, Terry Collins should be throwing out praise of Mejia any time his name comes up with the media.
Speaking of Collins, it looks like he’s coming back for another season. Look I guess it is what it is, but I hope that he comes back WITHOUT an extension of his contract. I don’t care about him being a lame duck manager, if Alderson is serious about 2015 being THE season the Mets will contended for the post season, the safety net of a guarantee contract for the manager has to be taken away.
With Collins coming back will his coaches return as well? I would think you have to shake it up some and the biggest shakeup should be the pitching coach. It’s time for Dan Warthen to go and Frank Viola brought up as Mets pitching coach. All of these young studs on the pitching staff were groomed by Viola and now that they are ready to blossom in the big leagues, who better than Frankie V to work with them at the big league level. No matter how you feel about Warthen, the move to Viola as Mets pitching coach makes total sense.