If I were the Mets…

 

If I were Sandy Alderson, I would go get a third baseman. David Wright is reportedly out for at least the next 8 weeks with a herniated disk in his neck. And even if/when he is able to return to the lineup, there is no predicting if he will be healthy.

I do not think the Mets can rely on Wilmer Flores for the next 2+ months of baseball at third base. Through Friday, he is hitting .190. The Mets have scuffled over the last couple of weeks and went 14-15 in the month of May. Their offense was strong in the month of April as they were crushing home runs left and right as they hit 33 in April. The problem with relying on the home run ball is teams go through droughts where they do not hit them and then where does the offense come from. As a team, the Mets hit an MLB worst .211 in the month of May. The Mets have not hit as many home runs of late and the offense has struggled.

The solution for the Mets at third base is in LA. Yunel Escobar would be a great fit for the Mets. Escobar is hitting .307/.361/.412 and would bring a different dynamic to the Mets’ lineup. The Mets are first in the National League in home runs and Escobar is not known for his power. His strength is to put the ball in play and get on base. He has great bat control and would fit perfectly in the 2-hole for the Mets.

The Angels are in the basement of the American League West with a 25-29 and should become sellers soon. Their rotation has been decimated by injuries as C.J. Wilson, Andrew Heaney, and Garrett Richards all have serious injuries to their throwing arms. The Angels did not have a strong rotation coming into the season and now the rotation is a mess. The Angels are not going to compete in 2016 and need to begin rebuilding. Baseball America ranked the Angels’ farm system as the worst farm system in all of baseball coming into the 2016 season. The Angels do not have a ton of attractive pieces on their team but Escobar is definitely one of them. The time is now to start rebuilding that farm system.

I am not exactly sure what it would take to get a player like Escobar. Escobar will be a rental if the Mets were to make a deal. He does have a team option but it would be up to the Mets if they would want to keep him in New York. Would it take the first base prospect Dominic Smith or include RHP Seth Lugo in a package to bring Escobar to LA? I’m not sure but it is worth making a phone call. The Mets are blessed with brilliant, young pitching and they cannot afford to waste a year of this rotation. Matt Harvey is proving why it is important to take advantage of great pitching because you never know when a pitcher struggles or gets injured. The National League has so many bad teams and there are only a few teams that the Mets will have to compete with for a playoff spot. If they are serious about contending for a pennant, they have to go out and make a move to improve their offense. Yunel Escobar would be a great addition.

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Marlins Fans, COME ON!!

 

Yesterday, Jose Fernandez won his seventh straight start as he hurled 7 shutout innings and the Marlins beat the Pirates 3-1.

I am writing this to criticize Miami Marlin fans because there were only 10,637 fans watching this game yesterday. Yesterday’s game was pitched by two of the top young arms in baseball in Garrett Cole and Jose Fernandez. A pitching matchup like that is a treat for fans. It does not get much better than that. In my opinion, Jose Fernandez is must watch TV. Despite missing an entire season with TJ surgery, Fernandez has come back and I believe he is a top 5 pitcher in baseball. Right now, my top 5 are Kershaw, Arrieta, Sale, Bumgarner, and then Fernandez. There definitely are other pitchers in which an argument could be made for being in the top 5 but Fernandez is definitely in the conversation. So far this season, he is 8-2 with a 2.53 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and is 2nd in all of baseball with 96 strikeouts.

When I watch Fernandez, I see a dominant arm who pitches with extreme confidence. He has swagger on the mound and believes he will get the batter out. Fernandez is one of the most entertaining baseball players in the game and Miami fans should be taking every opportunity they get to go and watch him. I understand that going to watch a baseball game in Florida is not the most popular form of entertainment because both the Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays struggle to put fans in the stands. So far in the 2016 season, the Marlins rank 27th in attendance and the Rays are 29th. I also understand that the Marlins’ new ballpark often resembles a circus, especially with that awful green throughout the stadium. It does not seem like the best place to take in a baseball game, but if there is one game a week that Marlins fans should go to, it is when Fernandez pitches.

When I think of Jose Fernandez, I see comparisons to Felix Hernandez. King Felix has been one of the most dominant right-handed pitchers for the last decade and when he pitches, it is an event in Seattle. The King’s Court is one of the coolest scenes in all of baseball as an entire section of the stadium is there to cheer for the King. Whenever he has a strikeout opportunity, they wave K signs in the air and go crazy. Seattle does not have sellout crowds every night but when the King pitches, the ballpark has many more fans in the stands than other nights. I think there are similarities between King Felix and Fernandez as well. They have similar personalities as it is difficult to not root for both of these aces. They both came up at a young age and dominated and they are easily two of the game’s top arms.

I am not saying that Marlins fans need to go out and copy the King’s Court. What I am saying is going to watch Fernandez pitch is more than just going to a baseball game. Fernandez has the ability to do something special every night he steps onto the mound. If he stays healthy, Fernandez has the ability to have a very special career. So Marlins fans, I urge you that if you decide to go to one Miami game, go when Jose Fernandez is pitching. You won’t be disappointed.