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Mets player grades with 100 games left to go in the 2019 season

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 25: Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets celebrates with Amed Rosario #1 after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field on May 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 25: Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets celebrates with Amed Rosario #1 after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field on May 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway #36 of the New York Mets answers questions during a press conference before the game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

D Grades

Mickey Callaway

Manager Mickey Callaway gets a D and not one with a plus next to it either. Callaway’s decision-making skills are often questionable. Has there ever been a time where he made an in-game move that helped them win a game?

It feels certain that Callaway will lose his job before the 2020 campaign. He’s not cut out for this gig and many knew it early on. I don’t think firing him would solve much and do hope to see him find a new job as a pitching coach somewhere in the future. Unfortunately for the skipper, this match with the Mets was not a good one.

Robinson Cano

Combine his salary with his performance and Robinson Cano looks like a disaster. I thought he had a year or two of high-production left. Though early, I’m having a hard time convincing myself otherwise.

Cano is on the wrong side of 35 and it shows in his abilities. The only good thing from his entire season after the home run on Opening Day is the credit Michael Conforto gave him for coaching him up prior to hitting a grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers. At his whopping salary, Cano will need to coach up a player prior to hitting a grand slam every game for the rest of the season to earn his paycheck.

Robert Gsellman

Plenty of people would probably give Robert Gsellman a lesser grade than this. There are stretches where he looks great. Then there comes a week when he can’t get through an inning without allowing a run to cross the plate.

Gsellman is still young and I’m an admitted mark for him. Originally, I wanted to give him a C because he’s a teacher’s pet. And when compared to the rest of the bullpen, his struggles are easy to overlook at times. My patience, however, is growing thin. Even I have run out of nice things to say about him.

Noah Syndergaard

What happened to Noah Syndergaard? It’s going to take a historic year from him in the second half to salvage this campaign.

Known as “Thor” to the public, Syndergaard has been a better mascot in 2019 than pitcher. We’ve seen those flashes of brilliance at times. Unfortunately, he has pitched far too many duds. I hate to hand out a D grade to someone we all thought was bound for stardom. He hasn’t given me any other choice.

Brodie Van Wagenen

The first-year general manager of the Mets can easily earn himself an F grade by year’s end. Thank goodness J.D. Davis looks like a decent player. Quite frankly, it’s the only reason I’m not flunking him.

Van Wagenen talked a big game during the preseason. His players have not backed it up. Speaking of which, where has Jed Lowrie been all year long? Thus far, Van Wagenen did nothing more for the Mets than continue the legacy of building the same old baseball team.

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