NEWS AND VIEWS: Montero, Vegas Baby!, What We Have Learned from Shaun Marcum, Jordany’s Free Trial Period, and “A Father’s Day Quandry”

Mike:

I hate to bring this up to you, but Rafael Montero has been moved to Las Vegas. Sandy is in a tough spot with the Vegas thing, which we both thought had the stench of Jeff all along.

Jimmy:

“The Stench of Jeff” — so that’s the new cologne you’ve been wearing!

Mike:

Vegas is our Triple A team, like it or not. I see no good answer in the short-term and hopefully this is a two-year issue.

Jimmy:

By the way, it’s funny to even think of Mike wearing cologne. As if that would ever happen.

Mike:

I bought a bottle of Hai Karate for my 6th grade dance. Never say never.

Jimmy:

rafael-montero-st-13-baronBut yes, I agree, Vegas isn’t Alderson’s fault, but it is a clear problem to be managed. Shrugging it off as bad luck isn’t good enough, these are the club’s most valuable resources.

Montero would be the one I’d flip, not Wheeler. It’s early and things change, but I’m not yet sold on him as a future front-line starter. He might even end up in the pen, our Mariano (yeah, those grow on trees), the guy who helps us trade Parnell. The reports are always about his command, command, command. Then you’ll hear whispers about a straight fastball, not getting enough swings-and-misses, and sitting at 91-93 MPH. Location is not everything, after all, you’ve got to have stuff.

Lynn Worthy, who covers the Binghamton Mets for the “Press & Sun Bulletin,” had this to say about Rafael Montero:

It’s a very interesting question to consider how well Montero’s actual stuff translates to a major-league level. I’m not sure. I would tend to think his margin for error will be even smaller against those hitters. There could be a real possibility of him getting hit hard at times. This certainly isn’t an exact comparison, but Collin McHugh had tremendous success and command of multiple pitches in Binghamton and also pitched well at Triple-A. His first start in the big leagues was also stellar, but he has also been hit hard at times.

Holy shit! He used the “McHugh” word! (Hat tip to Joe D at Metsmerized for the good info)

Mike:

I haven’t seen him pitch, other than one of the innings this spring. Opinions vary on Montero, he will be an interesting case. Most prospects are, we know the hit rate will not be 100 percent.

Jimmy:

So, sigh, Shaun Marcum: When his name first came up, I wondered why Milwaukee didn’t want to retain him. So I read and posted a convincing article by Jaymes Langrehr, “Why the Brewers Are Shunning Shaun Marcum,” that made me skeptical about his future health. Once the deal was done, I nonetheless held out hope that he’d be decent into July. Um, wrong. Is this the Jason Bay lesson, the essential first question: Why doesn’t the team he’s played for want to sign him? What do they know that we don’t? It’s the inverse of the Oliver Perez question — he was our guy — we knew him better than anybody — and we still signed him! So what’s the take-away here?

Mike:

With all due respect to a cult who worships Bob Uecker (not saying Bob’s not worthy) their post was more of a “the Sun rises in the East thing,” than anything else. It’s not a secret that Marcum had health issues. He made over $7 million last year coming off a healthy productive campaign. If he was a certified 100 percent his dollars would have been very high this offseason and he wouldn’t be with us. Alderson used $4 million of Fred’s money to gamble that Marcum would bounce back this year. The Twins gave the same money to Mike Pelfrey, also a health risk. I liked the logic and was happy to see Sandy try something, we did very little this offseason. And every start Marcum has made so far would have been made by Collin McHugh or Aaron Laffey. I am not wistful that I didn’t get to see any more of that.

I haven’t learned anything from this. Sometimes these signings work out (Capuano) sometimes they don’t.

Jimmy:

jordany-valdespin-marlinsJordany Valdespin has not lit it up thus far. That’s almost a good thing. Because really, what if he did?

Mike:

We would have had a lot more material for all our future NEWS AND VIEWS.

Mike:

You know, Jimmy, that June 18th Harvey/Wheeler doubleheader includes the make-up of the game we got rained out on our trip. Boy, did we pick the wrong Atlanta series, even with one fantastic game that Friday. The good news is our rain checks finally sold on Stubhub this week, right after the news of Wheeler pitching in one of the games came out.

Silver linings everywhere today.

Jimmy:

The new and improved New York Mets — now twice as watchable as before!

Mike:

Hey, it’s Father’s Day. That’s us!

Hope you have a good one, and Let’s Go Mets!

Jimmy:

Thanks. And lastly, folks, don’t miss Grant Glickson’s terrific piece in the New York Times baseball blog, “Bats.” It’s titled “A Father’s Day Quandry: Go See the Mets or Not.” This is just great writing.

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Alan K. says:

    The Glickson article was outstanding and just another clear indication of the degree of alienation that exists within the Mets fan base. Today is not only Father’s day but also the 16th anniversary of the Dave Mlicki game (as well as my son’s 16th birthday)

  2. The article was brilliant, the way it used a personal story to reflect what’s going on with this team — a criticism without a word of direct criticism — and mostly conveying a sadness about the state of the Mets, what they once meant and no longer seem to mean. The only hope was the father’s “I’ll be back,” remark. Just as he represents the alienated Mets fan, he also represents the millions — yes, millions! — of fans who would love to have something to root for again. Imagine how a real owner, with the resources required to own a team in NYC, would handle this situation.

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