A few random thoughts today, as our series with the Dodgers, the team that Bud Selig allowed to be free, continues:
- Speaking of free, somewhere between 3:00 and 5:00 on Friday my Twitter timeline basically exploded, with the “FreeLagares” stuff. I don’t have much to add on the issue that was at hand, I’ve been upfront for a long time that Lagares should play a lot more than he played the last week. As for the outcry, most of what I saw was directed at Collins, I would say 90% of it. But if Terry is dumb, or a fool, or an idiot, or whatever else people called him this weekend, what is Sandy? The thing that made Lagares a no-brainer choice to be our everyday center fielder was the price tag. Yet Sandy signed Chris Young as his very first move of the winter at over $7 million, and promised him playing time. Look, if anyone wants to rail at Terry over this, be my guest. I didn’t hear one word from Collins over the weekend in his own defense that makes me interested in defending him. But Terry didn’t create this mess, he just can’t figure out how to manage it. I do promise more on Collins tomorrow, a lot more, for now this is all I can muster as I found the entire uproar exhausting.
- Okay, what the hell is going on at shortstop? Insanity here too, for way too long, from the top to the bottom of the organization. That’s it, that is all I’m going to say on the topic, I’m not wasting my brainpower trying to make sense out of this.
- Mack Ade does a great job every day with his Morning Report, but he outdid himself Monday. Picking out one quote from this is tough, and I urge folks to click on the link I’m providing and read all of it. But I did have one favorite,
“It looks like the Mets will once again be burdened with two more long-term Alderson-clunker deals. Remember Frank Francisco (2-yr, $12mil)? Why does it always seems the minute after Alderson closes a multiple year deal, we’re writing about what we can get for them during the next all-star break trading season?”
- Zack Wheeler is officially struggling. There is nothing strange going on here, what was strange was Matt Harvey showing up and just being awesome right out of the gate. Also, keep in mind, Wheeler might never figure it out. Or he might, and Noah Syndergaard might show up and never be anything special. On the other hand, maybe Jake deGrom will end up the bomb. I’ve said this before, but I get truly excited when a player starts to prove himself at the major league level. Getting too excited about minor league statistics is a good way to set yourself up for a lot of disappointment. I root for the Mets and the Knicks, I already have my share of that.