NEWS & VIEWS: Tejeda, Travis Takes a Beating, Reverse Standings, and Talking Troy Tulowitzski

A fitting end to a sad season for the Mets shortstop.

A fitting end to a sad season for the Mets shortstop.

Jimmy:

Tough way for Ruben to end a miserable season. That’s what I call a bad break. Bwa-ha-ha-ha! Get it? Sometimes these jokes write themselves.

Mike:

It’s hard to imagine Tejada being around in 2014. I have to admit, I’m not real broken up about that.

Jimmy:

loadimgSpeaking of Dice-K, we have a cross-walk in my town by the post office. Cars are supposed to stop, but they rarely do. As a pedestrian, it’s like playing Russian roulette. One lane will stop, you enter the street, but you don’t know what the car in the oncoming lane is going to do. It’s more dangerous than if there was no cross-walk at all. The police simply do not enforce the law, as if they don’t believe in it. Which brings us back to Dice-K . . . and the dulling down of ballgames . . . and the rule about the time taken between pitches (I think it’s 20 seconds, not going to look it up, sorry). I would love to see that rule enforced. Let’s start calling balls, let’s start with an honest, simple effort to speed up the game.

Mike:

We talk about replay, which is going to make the overall problem worse. Why not have a pitch clock? Football has a play clock, basketball has a shot clock. Get it right up there on the scoreboard. It’s 2013, it doesn’t have to be an umpire using a sundial.

Jimmy:

Of course, as we both know, one of baseball’s enduring beauties is there’s no clock. But please, can we move it along already? Next Matsuzaka game, you should start a chant in Citi Field, “C’mon, people. One alligator, two alligator . . .”

Mike:

I noticed the following quote from Bob Geren in Adam Rubin’s daily roundup the other day, regarding Travis d’Arnaud getting battered around behind the plate.

“It’s more than I’ve ever seen, and it’s a little bit concerning.”

Jimmy:

He has a history of injury problems, so it is a concern. He might have bad juju. The next John Stearns? Maybe sturdier body armor would help. I was thinking of something more . . . metallic.

Just a thought, Travis.

Just a thought, Travis.

 

Mike:

Well, David Wright is back. He’s pretty good, his return could be the boost we need for the stretch run.

Jimmy:

We’re still in this!

Here’s the reverse standings as of Friday afternoon.

NO TEAM W L PCT “GB”
1 Houston Astros 51 102 .333
2 Miami Marlins 56 97 .366 5.0
3 Chicago White Sox 60 92 .395 9.5
4 Chicago Cubs 64 90 .416 12.5
5 Minnesota Twins 65 87 .428 14.5
6 Seattle Mariners 67 86 .438 16.0
7 New York Mets 68 84 .447 17.5
8 Milwaukee Brewers 68 84 .447 17.5
9 Colorado Rockies 70 84 .455 18.5
10 Toronto Blue Jays 70 82 .461 19.5
** Unprotected Picks Below ** ** *** **
11 San Francisco Giants 71 82 .464 20.0
12 Philadelphia Phillies 71 81 .467 20.5
13 San Diego Padres 71 81 .467 20.5

Now with our slugger back, the Mets could get hot, reel off some wins, and land that unprotected 11th slot! That way Fred and Sandy will have an excuse not to sign a premiere free agent. Think of the savings. Plus, with David back, Wilmer Flores gets to sit more. Just terrific.

But seriously, I don’t blame David Wright for wanting to play baseball, and play to win. That’s built into his DNA. He’s a competitor. But this is no time to win games.

Mike:

Or watch them. I was out last night at a local sports bar, fifteen TVs going. I live 20 minutes from Citi Field. The Yankees were on, and the Orioles, the Red Sox too. If you wanted Ultimate Fighting, not to worry, they had that. The New York Mets, nope. I didn’t see any customers complaining.

Jimmy:

5056d1315790466-op7w-527-midI see that Troy Tulowitzki might be on the market this winter. Makes sense to me. And I have to hand it to you, Mike, you zeroed in on Troy last Spring. When last I looked, the Mets were at the bottom in team OPS at SS. Tulowitzki was up top. That would be a monster upgrade, like going from Jorge Fabregas to Mike Piazza. Of course, the Rockies want position players in return, so the only way I can see a deal would be to involve a third team. But do the Mets truly have enough pitching to flip? We read so many folks raving about the awesome pitching prospects in the Mets system, but I’m not convinced. Outside of Syndergaard and Montero, who are the future frontline guys? Tapia, Matz, Fulmer, and Ynoa? Too soon to get excited about, IMO. Do you think the organization has the depth to pull off this deal? After all, we haven’t traded a prospect in three years. Sorry, Collin McHugh, but you don’t exactly count.

Mike:

Where there is a will there could be a way. It’s one trade, I could see packages that I would do if I am the Mets that would be serious. They would also further thin out an already weak system.

It’s a grim time to be a Mets fan, and not just because of the lack of current talent on the field. Three years of punting seasons, shooting for protected draft picks, and selling off all previous assets except for David Wright, has netted a mediocre farm system.

In other words, hasn’t it all been worth it?

Jimmy:

Fred still has his team, and that’s been the main priority. And if we believe the oft-reported idea that Bud Selig strongly insisted that Fred hire Sandy Alderson to bring order to the financial mess, then you have to hand it to Alderson, too. He’s achieved the primary goal: Fred still owns the team. Again, we are sitting here like worshipers outside Lourdes, waiting for a sign. Show us, the fans, that there’s a new vision. That the long, ugly slide is over. Don’t just sit there. Do something.

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12 comments

  1. RAFF says:

    I yield to no man in love of Shiny Objects, but I don’t think Tulowitzki should be our focus. One way or the other, it’s going to take multiple prospects to snag him. And lets say they actually clear out the farm to do it- Then what? You will have given away at least 2 out of 3 of the following: D’Arnaud, Montero, Syndy— Maybe all of them. Plus, you’re left with at least 5 other positions on the field with no readily identifiable major league prospect left in the system, either to trade or to put on the field. A Stephen Drew Type would seem to make a heck of a lot more sense. And depending on the compensation draft pick – he’d come at a lower costs prospect wise and $ wise. Not the same player- but a really good major leaguer.

  2. RAFF says:

    Sorry to Double-Dip, but the early bird gets the worm ;-) Everyone in Tampa Bay’s Infield is up for grabs- except Longoria . All are proven MLB players, and they’re all upgrades versus what the Mets have. Point is- there are Free Agents avail… Here’s a list: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/writer/jon-heyman/23365656/free-agent-preview-negotiations-for-top-prize-cano-could-bring-some-drama

  3. Alan K. says:

    The Mets don’t have the depth in their system to trade for Tulowitzki especially with Harvey’s situation. The Mets are going to have to invest in free agency in order to improve. And yes, they are likely praying for a non-protected pick as it gives them an excuse not to sign a free agent who was offered arbitration by his old team. And also because if the pick is protected and the Mets still don’t spend it will blow their cover and raise all kinds of issues about ownership’s solvency. The Mets are running out of excuses and pleas for patience will no longer work with a fan base whose patience has been tested beyond all reasonable expectations.

  4. Michael Geus says:

    By the way, I’m serious about the clock. Implementation would enforce the existing rules, there is supposed to be a time limit. And just having it on display would speed up pitchers.

    • Brian Joura says:

      I’m not opposed to the idea but I do have some questions.

      1. When does the clock start?
      2. What happens if the batter steps out?
      3. Do you get more time if there are runners on base?

      I’m sure there are a bunch of others.

      • James Preller says:

        Brian, the rules exist, last modified in 2007 I believe, the issue is only of enforcement. I am in an airport, so quickly, pitcher has time requirement when no runners are on base. Believe it’s 12 seconds. Likewise, rules require batters to keep one foot in box, etc. this isn’t about making up new rules, just taking the pace of the game seriously.

      • Michael Geus says:

        Right now, the rules state 12 seconds. A batter needs permission to step out, if it is granted the clock restarts when he returns to the box.

        And I remain serious, I see no downside to installing a clock in every park. The umpires have enough to worry about, and clearly they are unable to handle this as well.

        Baseball is considering automation, in the form of replay, for much more subjective items. This is a simple fix, why would anyone count out loud when a clock can be on view for all, including the pitcher, to see?

        • Patrick Boegel says:

          Unfortunately the answer is that baseball has no intention of losing time, losing concession sales, and losing tv time that could translate into a few spots here and there.

          It would be easy to enforce the rule much like in 1987 they decided to call every nano balk imagineable.

          • Yes, this is the same thinking in politics and many businesses these days (quarterly reports, etc.). The short-term profit is the only reality; long-term thinking does not seem to exist. For the good of the game, or the company, or the environment.

  5. James Preller says:

    Unlike Mike, I do not favor a scoreboard clock. But I would love it if Dice-K was forced to wear a giant clock like Flavor Flav.

  6. RAFF says:

    Very funny stuff, guys… But let’s admit it- Our seques into humor and mockery speak volumes to the defeatism and LOSERISM which we have been cowed into embracing. I CHOOSE TO FIGHT BACK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoyxeaBguTk
    Let’s take the next dozen or so games and think about and talk about BASEBALL

  7. Eraff says:

    I’m closing this season on a very low level of enthusiasm going forward. I’m an “out of town fan”…I can only imagine that my own sentiment is fairly representative of those fans who live close to the team…people who may buy even fewer tickets for next season, based on their expectations going forward.

    “Saving Money” seems to have cost them a good deal of Money over the past several years. I hope ownership has the view and capacity to take a position that building the team will provide a renewed revenue stream toward profit. It’s scary when you hear claims that the Astros have made a great profit with their $23 million payroll— I’m hopeful that the Met Model will be something different…. hopeful with no evidence to support that hope.

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