One of the worst moves made by the Mets this winter was the reunion with Jeurys Familia. Many seemed to believe the former closer would thrive as a setup man without the pressures of closing. Well, the 8th inning is pretty tough, too.
Familia is shaky nearly every time he takes the mound. I think I trust him less now than when he had three outs to get. He hasn’t made it easy on Edwin Diaz or the hearts of Mets fans who remember Armando Benitez, John Franco, and every other reliever who suited up for this franchise.
You cannot put up the numbers Juan Lagares has and consider yourself a starting outfielder. We can all agree Lagares is a defense-first player. Those metrics have rated poorly in the first 62 games, which when paired with his bad bat, makes his year look even worse.
I’m more than ready to move on from Lagares. The soon-to-be free agent spent much of his Mets career failing to live up to his contract. It’s not his fault the team overpaid him. It is his fault that he forgot how to hit at all.
Maybe we learn Brandon Nimmo was hurt all year long. I’m not sure we will because he doesn’t strike me as a guy who wants to make excuses.
Nimmo went missing even before he landed on the IL. The areas we wanted to see him improve got even worse. It’s beginning to look like Nimmo is a part-time player in the future. I won’t declare him a bust yet. However, I’m not comfortable going into 2020 with a plan to play him 162 times.
Anyone who has been released or demoted
Keon Broxton, Travis d’Arnaud, and any of the other player who has been released or demoted due to poor performance receive an obvious F grade. There have been too many relief pitchers to name who fit this category. It’s quite typical for any baseball team.
There are 100 games left in the season. Think of this as a progress report on how the first 62 went.
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Over the next 100 games, the Mets are in serious need of more A grades and even a handful of B grades, too. If postseason baseball is something they desire, it’s going to take a collaborative effort to turn the year around.