Game Recap: The Makeover Begins?

The Washington Nationals came to town on Thursday night and punched the Mets right in the mouth, serving notice to our heroes that the Eastern Division is far from won. It was also the Mets’ sixth loss in their last eight games, which has taken much of the shine off their recent 11-game winning streak.

To the Mets credit, they have taken action, calling up Dilson Herrera from Las Vegas and filtering through the media that Daniel Murphy is moving over to third, at least until David Wright returns. On one hand it is correct to state that injuries have finally caught up to the Mets and they are adjusting accordingly. But on the other hand, it is also correct to state that the makeover mentioned here earlier has begun.

One assumes Herrera is up here to play and that if he hits well enough he will stay in the lineup after Wright returns. This relegates Murphy to the 10th man role, a kind of 2015 version of Mark DeRosa, which I think is Murph’s ultimate ceiling. I feel bad for Daniel as this development is likely to cost him millions of dollars on the free agent market next winter, providing there is a team that would have been willing to give him a long-term deal. As it stands now, he is more likely to get a much lower set of offers.

Wilmer Flores’ error last night killed the Mets. Otherwise Jacob deGrom (who has pitched poorly for the second consecutive outing) would have been out of the inning unscathed. Instead, Washington put a three-spot in the board and were off and flying. The boo-birds quickly descended on Flores, which is a particularly bad sign. Flores probably has a week left to turn it around. I wonder if GM Sandy Alderson has had any conversations with his counterparts in Texas or Milwaukee about shortstop help in the event the white flag goes up early in either city.

Herrera is probably only the first farmhand from Vegas on his way here. Steven Matz absolutely dominated AAA Reno again on Thursday and looks to be ready. Jon Niese’s stinker on Sunday in Yankee Stadium was very disturbing and Matz could be here soon to replace Niese or Dillon Gee. A bit more of a longshot, but Michael Conforto has certainly looked great in Single-A. Normally, it’s a long way to the majors from there, but Conforto is a college hitter and there are plenty of examples of this type moving quickly through somebody’s system. Maybe Conforto gets a few weeks in Double-A first.

The past week has had me thinking that the Mets are frauds. They haven’t buried the Nationals and they haven’t even won the city back from the Yanks. They have in fact, looked very much like the Same Old Mets recently as the momentum of last month is quickly dissipating. It is heartening to see them making some effort to stem the tide.

What do you think? Time to bail on Flores? Will Alderson get another shortstop? Should they move Gee or Niese out of the rotation and replace him with Matz? Already thinking about football? Sound off below.

A Mets fan since 1971, Dan spent many summer nights of his childhood watching the Mets on WOR Channel Nine, which his Allentown, PA cable company carried. Dan was present at Game 7 of the 1986 World Series and the Todd Pratt Walkoff Game in 1999. He is also the proud owner of two Shea Stadium seats. Professionally, Dan is a Marketing Manager in the Bulk Materials Handling industry. He lives in Bethlehem PA with his wife and son, neither of whom fully get his obsession with the Mets.
  1. Extragooey May 1, 2015 at 1:18 pm
    Lost in the defensive disaster that is the Mets middle infielders, is how terrible the bullpen has been. No relief in sight anytime soon.
  2. Surly Duff May 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm
    If you were expecting the Mets to “bury” the Nationals and “win the city back” before the calendar even turned to May, you deluded yourself.

    The Mets are not frauds. They are a relatively young team with potential, that is capable of winning streaks and losing streaks. They are not a playoff shoo-in this year, and they never were, even when they were 13-3.

    But they are improving. And, crucially, unlike the Yanks and Nats, these Mets are built to last. Missing out on the 2015 playoffs would be a disaster for those other teams; for us it would be more like a bump in the road. I like to keep that in mind on days like today…

    • nat May 4, 2015 at 8:58 am
      Funny .amanager that is a total puppet for the GM. An outfield with two complete has beens and a 42 year old cheater who is supposed to lead by example, a second baseman moved to third merely to try to get him traded to the left coast and save a few more bucks, a tam that makes a bum the closer and only by the grace of a failed test was he removed. This is a team destined to win once every quarter of a century. A team to last.Thanks for the joke sandy junior.
  3. Steve S. May 1, 2015 at 1:32 pm
    Yes, it’s time to move Flores and Murphy to the bench, replacing them with Reynolds and Herrera. Tejada and Campbell can be farmed out, or some trades can be made. And yes, Niese can be dealt, with Matz replacing him now.
    • nat May 4, 2015 at 9:06 am
      Ah, atypical Mets aplogist for Alderson, all they ever want to do is rebuild and stay cheap. Exception of course is the overpaid has beens that Alderson provided to be the jokes of the outfield.
  4. meticated May 7, 2015 at 10:11 am
    Nat..what a gripe! …your wife must be thrilled during baseball season…or maybe you grind for all seasons