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Mickey Callaway isn’t willing to relegate Edwin Diaz into lower-leverage situations yet. But with Diaz still struggling, reliever Jeurys Familia’s sudden return to form couldn’t come at a better time for the Mets.

The Mets’ 7-4 loss to Washington on Sunday at Citi Field snapped an eight-game winning streak, but Familia’s dominant eighth inning was an auspicious sign and left Callaway suitably impressed.

“I really am. That was a hell of an inning,” Callaway said. “His effort level is right where you want it. He doesn’t have to throw 95, 97 [mph] every pitch, just control your effort level, keep your head on the target, and he did that [Sunday]. And the results are there.

“That’s a turbo sinker he’s throwing up there, and if he executes it you’re going to get swings like [Gerardo] Parra took off him. He’s making huge strides. He continues to work and continues to have faith in himself.”

It wasn’t just Parra that Familia put on the back foot. He struck out the side, fanning Parra, catching Kurt Suzuki looking and fanning pinch-hitter Andrew Stevenson. And it continued a recent resurgence for Familia.

After struggling to a bloated 7.76 ERA through July 5, Familia has turned his season around and pitched to a solid 2.79 ERA in his 13 outings since, working alongside pitching coach Phil Regan, bullpen coach Ricky Bones and pitching strategist Jeremy Accardo.
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“[I] just continue working hard, getting here early working with Ricky, Jeremy and Phil going into my bullpen just working on different things, working on mechanics and just pretty much having confidence in my pitches,” said Familia, who has tossed three shutout innings in his last three appearances.

With Diaz mired in a horrible slump — and it got even worse after he coughed up two more runs in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday — the Mets are in dire need of another reliever to step up alongside Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson. Familia is making a bid, thanks to some mechanical tweaks suggested by Bones.

“Yeah, since Ricky’s gotten here he noticed that I was finishing a little bit short. So now I’m finishing a little longer, so now my arm has the opportunity to pretty much reach its point of the release,” Familia said through an interpreter, adding the adjustment has improved his control.

“Yeah, for sure it helps me to just kind of center the pitch, because I’m closer. Whenever I finish my pitch, it’s allowing me to throw strikes.”

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By the end of the 2018 season, Edwin Diaz had firmly established himself as one of the best closers in all of Major League Baseball.

Then just 24 years old, Diaz led the MLB in saves (57) while also boasting a 1.96 ERA and 15.2 K/9. With a dynamic fastball and a wipeout slider, Diaz seemed primed to dominate opposing hitters for years to come. At least, that is what the New York mets believed when they traded for him last winter.

Unfortunately for the Mets, Diaz took a big step back in 2019. He posted a 5.59 ERA and seven blown saves in 58 innings of work, eventually ceding the closer role to Seth Lugo.

Still, Diaz believes that he can get back to the elite level that he was at with the Seattle Mariners (via Anthony DiComo of MLB.com):

“Just because I’ve had one bad season, doesn’t mean I’m a bad pitcher,” Díaz said through an interpreter in late September, “especially when I’ve had three great seasons in Seattle. The fourth one went bad, but you just have to continue working so you can get back to that level.”

Diaz also asserted that his ability to reestablish the slider will be crucial to his success next year:

“For sure, the slider’s the most important pitch,” Díaz said. “My goal is to get that back to what it has been in years past. I’ve always said the fastball, anyone can hit the fastball. That’s a pitch about location. But the slider, that’s the main goal just to get that right again so I can be effective.”

Opponents hit close to .300 with a .622 slugging percentage off of Diaz’s slider last season.

It is also worth mentioning that former Mets manager Mickey Callaway was criticized for his handling of Diaz last season after using him for multiple-inning saves.

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Born Frank Edwin McGraw, August 30, 1944, in Martinez, CA; died from cancer, January 5, 2004, in Franklin, TN. Professional baseball player. The 2004 death of retired baseball player Tug McGraw from cancer at the age of 59 stunned legions of his longtime fans. McGraw was one of the sport’s most exuberant and popular figures during the 1970s and 1980s as a pitcher with the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1980, he led the Phillies to their only World Series victory. McGraw’s personal life was similarly mythic: late in life, he learned he was the father of a young boy, who went on to become country-music star Tim McGraw.

Born Frank Edwin McGraw in 1944, the future Major League Baseball legend grew up in Vallejo, California, where he played ball for St. Vincent Ferrer High School. His nickname dated back to infancy and his insistent feeding habits. After a stint on the team at Vallejo Junior College, he was signed to the New York Mets in 1964 as a free agent, and played with the Mets’ farm team for a season. He emerged as a top-notch left-handed pitcher with a good fast-ball and solid curveball, but a third throw was necessary to advance him out of the minors, and so McGraw perfected the screwball pitch, which would become his trademark.

McGraw went on to help the Mets win the 1969 World Series, but it was in the build-up to the 1973 post-season that his signature phrase, “Ya gotta believe!” was coined. In August of that year, the Mets were down more than eleven games, and after a particularly bad performance, Mets chair M. Donald Grant delivered a torrid locker-room lecture to the chastened team. Coming out of the meeting, McGraw was said to have uttered the phrase, poking fun of Grant’s pep talk, but his teammates burst out laughing and they went on to a winning streak that landed them in the World Series. Though the Mets lost to Oakland in seven games, “Ya gotta believe!” became the catchphrase of the season and would remain indelibly associated with McGraw’s high-spirited personality.

McGraw amassed a solid record as a pitcher, though he admitted that the pressures of performing as a relief pitcher occasionally unnerved him. “Coming into a game, my knees always feel weak,” he admitted to New York Times columnist Dave Anderson. “I have to push off the mound harder.” Known for his spontaneous quips and graciousness to his fans, McGraw became one of the sport’s most beloved figures of the times. “He wore his sandy hair long,” noted New York Times writer Frank Litsky, “and with his little-boy face and boyish enthusiasm he was a crowd favorite. After a third out, he would run off the mound, slapping his glove against a thigh. After a close call, he would pat his heart.” Traded to Philadelphia in 1974, he went on to help the franchise take East Division titles in 1976, 1977, and 1978, and the National League pennant in 1980 and 1983. But it was Game Six of the Phillies’ World Series race in 1980 that would define McGraw’s career and make him a hero forever in his adopted home-town: in the ninth inning, with bases loaded, he struck out batter Kansas City’s Willie Wilson, and the Phillies won the World Series pennant for the first time in Major League history.

The photograph taken just after that moment showed McGraw jumping off his mound, hands high in the air, and became one of the classic images in sports history. Another timeless photo was captured just seconds later, when Phillies third-base player Mike Schmidt jumped into his arms on the mound. Schmidt later said the two had planned it on their ride to Veterans Stadium that night. “Both of us knew whoever was on or near that mound for the final out would probably be on the cover of Sports Illustrated, ” Schmidt told the same publication. “Sure enough, it worked. Tug struck out Wilson and then turned to look at me at third base. Of course I came running and jumped on him.”

The 1984 season was McGraw’s last in baseball. He retired with a 96-92 record and a 3.14 earned-run average. He became a television reporter for a Philadelphia station, wrote three children’s books, and remained a fan favorite. The father of two sons and a daughter, he belatedly discovered his fourth and oldest child after an eleven-year-old Louisiana boy came across his birth certificate. Tim Smith was an ardent baseball fan, and was stunned to find the name of one of his heroes in the space on the document that listed the father’s name. Smith, who later took his father’s name, was the product of a romance between McGraw and Betty Trimble that occurred during his minor-league career, and McGraw had never known of the boy’s existence. McGraw and his long-lost son enjoyed a close relationship, and Tim McGraw grew up to become a country-music legend and husband of Faith Hill, another Nashville star.

McGraw was diagnosed with a brain tumor in March of 2003 while working at Phillies spring-training camp in Clearwater, Florida, as a special instructor. He underwent surgery in Tampa, after which his doctors—a team of top specialists assembled and paid for by his son, Tim—believed they had eradicated it completely, but a wait-and-see policy was in place when McGraw next appeared in public again on May 29. “I’m not fearful,” McGraw told reporters in a characteristically upbeat mood, according to a Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service report by Paul Hagen. “I have confidence.” He went to work on his autobiography, which carried the not-unexpected working title, Ya Gotta Believe! .

In September of 2003, McGraw reprised his 1980 World Series moment at the closing ceremonies at Veterans’ Stadium in Philadelphia, which was slated for demolition in March of 2004. He had hoped to be there for the demolition, but on December 31, 2003, he suffered a seizure, and died six days later at a cabin in Franklin, Tennessee, near the home of his son, Tim, and family. His former Philly teammate Schmidt told Sports Illustrated that McGraw accepted his fate with the same attitude that had made him such a favorite among players and fans alike. “Publicly, he never let on that he had gotten a raw deal,” Schmidt noted. “As he always said, ‘I front-loaded my life, just like my contract.’”

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Former Mets ace and three-time World Series champion Dwight Gooden was arrested for DWI in Newark, N.J. on Monday night. It’s Gooden’s second arrest in as many months; he was arrested for cocaine possession and driving under the influence on June 7.

According to Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, Gooden was found driving in the wrong direction down a one-way street at approximately 11:10 p.m. ET on Monday night.

“It’s sad to see the continued problem of this former Mets’ star but it’s an example of the persistent scourge of drugs and alcohol in this country and the stranglehold they have on addicts, Ambrose said in a statement.

Gooden, 54, has been known to struggle with addiction since his playing days. The 1985 National League Cy Young winner entered rehab in 1987 after testing positive for cocaine during Mets training camp and was suspended the entire 1995 season after failing a drug test.

He has been arrested multiple times in relation to drug-related issues in the past. In 2006, Gooden was incarcerated for seven months after violating the terms of his probation after he arrived high on cocaine at a scheduled meeting with his probation office. In 2010, Gooden was arrested for driving under the influence while taking his son to school.

Gooden said the following to Newsday on Wednesday:

“I just like to thank everyone for their support in this horrible struggle,” Gooden wrote. “My apologies to everyone I let down or disappointed. I deserve everything that’s being written/talked about me . . .

“I have no excuse for my action so I am going away for a while to try and save my life. I really don’t know who I am right now and definitely don’t trust myself.

“This is the worst I’ve ever been through all my struggles. But I am going to keep fighting no matter how embarrassing, shameful or selfish I am feeling.”

The four-time All-Star spent most of his 16-year career as a member of the Mets (1984-1995) and the Yankees (1996-97, 2000). Along with the Yankees and Mets, Gooden played for the Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Gooden retired with a 194-112 record, and had an ERA of 3.51 and 2,293 strikeouts.

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The play, now 32 years old, would link Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson forever, though the Mets’ World Series hero doesn’t want Buckner’s lasting legacy to be defined by that one moment.

A “saddened” Wilson honored Buckner a few hours after the 69-year-old baseball icon died Monday following a battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

“We had developed a friendship that lasted well over 30 years,” Wilson said in a statement. “I felt badly for some of the things he went through. Bill was a great, great baseball player, whose legacy should not be defined by one play.”

While Buckner’s mostly remembered for the Wilson dribbler that squeaked by, allowing the Mets to climb back and eventually win the 1986 World Series over Boston, he also managed an impressive 22 seasons in the majors.

The one-time All-Star racked up 2,715 hits and 174 home runs with the Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, Angels and Royals from 1969-1990.

And that’s how Wilson wants Buckner to be remembered.

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The New York Mets are at a crossroads. On the one hand, they won 86 games in 2019 and could try to contend in 2020. On the other hand, they finished in third place in the National League East and might opt for a full-scale reload.

If they choose the latter, they should dangle right-hander Noah Syndergaard. He’s 27 years old, posted a 3.60 FIP with 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings in a career-high 197.2 frames in 2019 and is controllable through 2021.

Most importantly, he’d net a gaggle of prospects for the Mets, who have the No. 22 farm system in the game by Bleacher Report’s estimation.

With that in mind, let’s examine a half-dozen suitors who’d benefit from Syndergaard’s services and possess the requisite pieces to make a deal happen.

The Los Angeles Angels posted the worst starting pitcher ERA (5.64) in the American League. They also employed Mike Trout, the best baseball player on the planet, and finished a distant fourth in the AL West.

The Halos have worked to rebuild their once-fallow farm system, but they need to go all-in on an elite arm before Trout’s historic prime expires.

They could throw money at the problem and sign a free-agent ace such as Southern California native Gerrit Cole. Or, they could save cash and expend prospects in a high-level trade.

It could include 20-year-old outfielder Jo Adell, who posted an .834 OPS while ascending to Triple-A, as well as a high-ceiling arm such as hard-throwing 21-year-old Jose Soriano.

That would be a steep cost, but it’d be worth it to bring Thor to Anaheim.

Whether or not they come back from a 2-0 deficit to win the World Series, the Houston Astros are in a win-now window.

They could lose Cole to free agency and should brace for a decline from Justin Verlander, who’s entering his age-37 season.

MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported that “some within the Astros organization are intrigued by the possibility of acquiring Syndergaard,” who is a Texas native.

In exchange, the Astros could offer 22-year-old outfielder Kyle Tucker, who is blocked on the short-term depth chart by the trio of Michael Brantley, George Springer and Josh Reddick, as well as powerful rookie Yordan Alvarez.

Toss in a projectable hurler such as 22-year-old righty Bryan Abreu, and you could have a match.

New York Yankees starting pitchers finished 15th with a 4.51 ERA in 2019. Later, the club was dumped in the ALCS.

If they’re serious about raising their 28th championship banner next season, the Yanks need to strengthen their starting corps.

Assuming the Mets are willing to deal with their in-state counterparts, the Yankees could offer 20-year-old righty Deivi Garcia and 21-year-old outfielder Estevan Florial.

It would significantly ding their farm system, but Syndergaard in pinstripes might be too enticing to resist.

The San Diego Padres finished 18th with a 4.60 ERA despite playing in a pitchers’ park. If they hope to leapfrog the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks and challenge the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, they need to up their game.

As MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported in July, San Diego “has been looking for [a] veteran starter since the offseason” and “have inquired” about Syndergaard.

Translation: There’s mutual interest.

It might mean giving up 22-year-old middle infielder Luis Urias, who is a potential second baseman of the future, plus a pitcher such as 19-year-old right-hander Luis Patino.

If so, the Friars would be surrendering a lot. But they’d be gaining as much or more in return.

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Are we that easy? If the records are rigged why take them seriously?

Perhaps the only reason to watch Saturday’s Braves-Mets game on Fox was to see if Pete Alonso would break the rookie record with his 53rd home run. Fox had the exclusive rights to do whatever it pleased with the game.

So when Alonso hit No. 53, Fox already had chosen to divide our attention by having Braves pitcher Dallas Keuchel on a dugout microphone and camera in another indiscriminate look-what-we-can-do.

But anything worth doing now seems to be worth overdoing — until it carries the odor of on-orders rot.

We don’t get it. Why would we?

Additionally, how can we objectively reconcile Alonso’s 53 home runs as legit when they were hit throughout a season during which MLB so obviously had baseball played with balls treated and inoculated by aerospace engineers or Titleist?

Often this season, Mets telecasts contained the well-aimed sarcastic skepticism of Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez decrying the new, long-range baseballs as ruinous farce that has badly diminished home runs as special achievement.
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They knew that we knew that we were being suckered in what quickly was recognized as MLB again not realizing that it was master of its own greed-enriched, foresight-free folly.

Yet every time the SNY crew witnessed Alonso hit a homer, they trumpeted their excitement at his extraordinary and eventually unprecedented long-ball achievements.

So from a season swollen with smashed home run and strikeout records, which was it: legit or artificial? After all, one-third of Alonso’s 156 hits were HRs, while he struck out 184 times.

This postseason already wears the scars of a regular season that further replaced practical, well-schooled baseball with home run or strikeout two-card poker.

Wednesday, through six innings against the Athletics, the Rays had six hits, four of them home runs by the scarcely known, but had struck out nine times. The 5-1 game produced 24 strikeouts against 10 mostly scarcely known pitchers.

For MLB to return to baseballs with which to play genuine baseball would be an admission that this season’s version was fixed and that, again, smashed records were achieved by bogus means — juiced balls instead of juiced players. Whatever it took to reprise the cash flow of the anabolic slugger era.

Meanwhile, latter-day delusional managing persists. Last season, the Brewers in large part lost the NLCS to the Dodgers because of Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell’s insistence on replacing effective relievers to find the one who would be crushed.

Tuesday, in the wild-card game versus the Nationals, the Brewers lost a late 3-1 lead — and the game — because Counsell did it again.

Yet he only did what most managers now do — manage too much, as if all relievers will be in top form every game and in consecutive, designated innings.

There’s plenty more where those came from — the postseason has only begun.
Missing the target with pointless overexplaining

We’d seen the play hundreds of times — a long, slightly underthrown, incomplete sideline pass. Self-evident, no explanation needed.

These days? Fat chance. Thus Saturday on Fox, that pass thrown by Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts toward wide receiver Charleston Rambo against Texas Tech was followed by analyst Joel Klatt’s overview of the underthrow:
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“That’s the freedom, I think, of, you know, going out there to try to make plays. Here, he doesn’t quite lead Rambo far enough and it allows [defensive back] Demarcus Fields, 23, to get back into the play, because when Rambo initially took off on account of the scramble rules … the scramble rules are this:

“If you’re a wide receiver and the quarterback breaks the pocket toward you, turn and run deep, straight down the field.

“That’s what Rambo did and he was initially wide open, Gus [Johnson], but Hurts didn’t get enough on that ball. Rambo had to slow up, upfield, to knock it away.”

Not only did Klatt needlessly confuse the issue, his take wasn’t worth even one of the 100-plus words he applied to it.

But that’s how it’s now done, no one in charge to demand, suggest or know better. And so we sit and holler, “Shut up, already!”

Saturday, at halftime of USC-Washington, Fox sat five experts on its quick-hits and highlights studio show, thus ensuring not one of the five could be distinguished as worth hearing. Expensive, worthless, ridiculous and now standard.

Booger McFarland, before ESPN decided to jam him into that beyond absurd one-man sideline trolley during “Monday Night Football,” wasn’t half bad as an ESPN studio analyst. And though ESPN made him an easy, large and slowly moving target last season, he’s not bad as Jason Witten’s inside-the-booth replacement. He’s certainly an improvement on hired-on-a-wish Witten.

McFarland must work on making short stories short, get in and out before he becomes his own echo, but he often demonstrates the strength of CBS’ Gary Danielson in that, prior to snaps, he recognizes then applies the circumstances to wisely suggest where the play will be headed.

Besides, given what ESPN did to him last season, he deserves a mulligan.

By the way, the Booger McFarland Name Of The Week is awarded to Arkansas linebacker Bumper Pool. Yes, his real name is Bumper James Morris Pool. No relation to Parcheesi Board or Grand Theft Otto.
Personal foul for needless bad rule

The NFL makes more rules than sense. Sunday, the Patriots were up 16-10 in the fourth quarter when Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen was knocked senseless and out the rest of the game by a vicious, top-speed helmet to the head from defensive back Jonathan Jones. As CBS’ Dan Fouts noted, Jones made no attempt to tackle Allen.

But the personal foul against Jones was wiped out by a holding call versus the Bills, thus the inexcusably brutal hit that eliminated Allen from the game never happened as a result of “offsetting penalties,” as if they were equal, a wash.
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How much is the co-pay to treat Big Ten Fever? As of last week, Rutgers owes Chris Ash $8 million — much of it taxpayer and student tuition money — to no longer coach its chronically bad football team.

As Alice Kramden said when her husband told her that his election as Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler comes with free burial in the Raccoon Lodge Cemetery in Bismarck, North Dakota, “I’m so excited, Ralph, I don’t know whether to live or die.”

By the way, at 45-0 on Saturday, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh instructed his backup QB to throw a long fourth-quarter pass into the end zone to make it 52-0 over Rutgers. On BTN, Kevin Kugler and Matt Millen whistled past it.

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After an offseason in which the Mets added several veteran middle infielders on minor league contracts to their Triple-A roster, it was unclear if there would be any room for Luis Guillorme at the big league level in 2019. Guillorme entered spring training coming off of a 2018 season in which he performed well with Triple-A Las Vegas – posting a 114 wRC+ with a batting line of .304/.380/.417 in 281 plate appearances in the Pacific Coast League – and earned a promotion to the big leagues to make his big league debut in the middle of May. He spent the rest of the season bouncing back and forth between Triple-A Las Vegas and the big league club, serving as an emergency fill-in around the infield and covering for various injuries. He ended up logging 74 plate appearances across 35 games for the Mets in 2018, and generally looked over-matched offensively against big league pitching, posting just a 52 wRC+ with a paltry .209/.284/.239 batting line. While he struggled mightily with the bat during his first taste of big league action, Guillorme played characteristically good defense across the infield, although he did not play a single inning at shortstop out of deference to Amed Rosario.

As a result of his early struggles, the Mets opted to add several veteran middle infielders on minor league contracts to their organization. The team brought former Met farmhand Dilson Herrera, old friend Ruben Tejada, Danny Espinosa, and Adeiny Hechavarria into the organization to serve as infield depth and to compete with Guillorme for a utility role on the back end of the active roster. If Luis Guillorme was going to spend significant time in the big leagues in 2019, he was going to have to beat out these veterans and earn his place on the field with his play with the Triple-A Syracuse Mets first.

For the most part, Guillorme did just that, spending a good portion of the season with the big league club, and performing significantly better at both the minor and major league levels than he did during the 2018 season. Spring training injuries to Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie cleared a spot for Guillorme to break camp with the team on the active roster to start the season. Guillorme received sporadic playing time throughout the season’s first few weeks, and spent the majority of the first half of the season bouncing back and forth between Triple-A and the big leagues, much like he had in 2018. Guillorme generally struggled offensively with the big league club during his sparse chances to play during the first half, posting a -10 wRC+ with a batting line of .182/.143/.325 in 22 plate appearances scattered across 14 games. He ended up being optioned back to Syracuse on April 26, and spent the majority of the rest of the first half, with the exception of a few small stints with the big league team, in the minor leagues.

While he struggled to get going offensively at the major league level, Guillorme thrived on both sides of the ball with Triple-A Syracuse this season. Guillorme appeared in 69 games and hit .307/.412/.452 with a 128 wRC+ in 278 plate appearances for the Syracuse Mets between stints with the big league club in 2019. Perhaps most encouragingly, Guillorme hit a career high seven home runs in Triple-A while walking almost as often as he struck out. Guillorme’s characteristically superb defense carried over to the International League, despite logging time all over the infield.

In total, Guillorme hit .300 or better for the second straight season in Triple-A, while also getting on base more and hitting for more power than he did in his first season at the Triple-A level.

Guillorme’s performance in Triple-A put him in line for a return to the big league club in early August, when Robinson Cano was placed on the injured list with a torn hamstring. The Mets signed Joe Panik later in the week, and designated Adeiny Hechavarria for assignment, which created a more lasting role for Guillorme on the big league roster as the team’s only bench player capable of playing shortstop. While his playing time remained sporadic, Guillorme’s return to the big leagues went significantly better than his earlier stints had gone. Guillorme hit .282/.378/.462 with a 127 wRC+ in 47 plate appearances from his return to the big leagues on August 5 through the end of the season, and contributed with a few timely hits to help the Mets win during their blistering August.

Among these hits was Guillorme’s first major league home run, which came at the perfect time. On August 10, Guillorme came in to pinch hit for Juan Lagares against Fernando Rodney with the Mets trailing the Nationals 3-2. Guillorme worked the count full against Rodney, before pulling a fastball on the inner half over the right field fence to tie the game. The Mets went on to take the lead later in the inning, and defeated the Nationals 4-3, putting them just a half game behind the Nats for a wild card spot.

Guillorme continued to perform when called upon down the stretch, and ended up posting an 87 wRC+ with a batting line of .246/.324/.361 in 70 plate appearances across 45 games at the big league level in 2019. While he was still a below average hitter, he managed to improve significantly upon his similarly small-sample offensive performance from 2018. In addition to improving his batting average and on-base percentage by nearly 40 points, Guillorme managed to add some power to his game, adding four doubles to go with the first homer of his career, and helping him improve his isolated slugging percentage to .115 from the anemic .030 ISO he put up in 2018.

All of this bodes well for Guillorme’s big league prospects heading into 2020 and beyond. Given his defensive acumen across the infield, and ability to play an above-average shortstop at the big league level, Guillorme doesn’t have to hit much to have a long career as a utility infielder on the periphery of a team’s 25 man roster. If he can maintain his offensive gains from 2019 into the future, and continue to hit within shouting distance of a league average batting line, Guillorme should continue to prove that he belongs in the big leagues moving forward, just like he did in 2019.

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On September 1, MLB rosters expanded from 25 to 40 players. The New York Mets took advantage of this by promotion a few men and activating others from the IL. One of the less expected transactions included the big league promotion for Sam Haggerty.

The 25-year-old utility man played all over the field this year down on the farm. He also spent time with the Brooklyn Cyclones, Binghamton Rumble Ponies, and Syracuse Mets. He hit at each level. Maybe more importantly for his promotion, Haggerty found ways to get on base.

The majority of his season was spent in Double-A with the Rumble Ponies where he hit .259 but impressed with a .370 OBP. Haggerty also managed to swipe 19 bases in 68 games played.
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A light-hitter, Haggerty has played second base more than anywhere during his professional career.

However, this year he also saw his share of time in center fielder where he could undoubtedly be far more valuable to the Mets when considering how many other second base options they do have.

Haggerty is one of two players the Mets acquired this winter in the Kevin Plawecki trade with the Cleveland Indians. The other, Walker Lockett, has already taken the mound several times for New York. The results haven’t been too favorable, but there is a chance he becomes a decent relief arm. Unlike many others we’ve seen toe the rubber for the Mets in recent seasons, Lockett is at least youngish.

Expectations for Haggerty shouldn’t get too high. He is, after all, a former 24th round draft pick who was one of two players traded for a career backup catcher with below-average offensive and defensive traits. For him to reach this big leagues at all is a victory.

Interestingly, one of the guys many suspected we would see the Mets promote has opted out of his deal with the team. Dilson Herrera chose to opt-out from his deal with the team for the second time this season. I understand why. Even after hitting 24 home runs this year in Triple-A, the club never called him up.

Haggerty can undoubtedly provide the Mets with a few things they’re missing. He’s a center field option who can run. Playing time will be scarce. This September is his opportunity to make the most of any pinch-running opportunities or defensive replacement substitutions he may be involved in.

As Moonlight Graham or the Mets’ Joe Hietpas know, you may only get a single inning of action.