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Chris Mazza waited for the rain to stop. Then, his decades-long wait would be over.

Replacing starter Steven Matz after a 70-minute rain delay at Citi Field, Mazza made a strong major league debut in a 5-4 loss to the Braves, as the 29-year-old threw four innings, and was in line for Saturday’s win, before the Mets’ latest late-inning collapse extended their losing streak to seven.

Following an emotional call-up Wednesday, and three games spent watching from the bullpen, Mazza entered at the start of the third inning and allowed one run and five hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.

“For it to finally get here was amazing,” Mazza said. “It was a dream come true. I’ll never forget it for the rest of my life.”

Mazza, a former 27th-round pick, had labored in the minors since 2012 — also appearing in independent leagues — bouncing around the farm systems of the Twins, Marlins and Mariners. The Mets selected him in December’s Rule 5 Draft, starting him at Double-A Binghamton then promoting him to Triple-A Syracuse.
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With the Mets trailing 2-0 in Saturday’s second inning, the rain began to fall. When the tarp was introduced, the rookie knew his long-awaited moment might be on deck.

“When you’re in the position I’m at, they’re gonna use me as long relief, [so] once that tarp goes on, you have it in the back of your head and you gotta start getting ready just in case,” Mazza said.

The moment looked nothing like Mazza long envisioned. The right-hander’s second pitch resulted in a Ronald Acuna Jr. single. His third pitch became a Dansby Swanson RBI double.

“Two hits right away, not how I planned,” Mazza said. “I think [there was] a little bit of nerves and everything, and then once that went away … now it’s time to compete.”

Briefly looking like the team’s latest lackluster option out of the bullpen, Mazza instead became the first Mets pitcher to throw at least four innings and allow no more than one run in his debut since Jacob deGrom (May 2014).

In the bottom of the fourth, Mazza briefly felt the wrath of the boo-happy crowd when he popped up a bunt, but the California native — whose parents and girlfriend were in attendance — quickly won back the affection of the crowd.
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In the fifth, Mazza surrendered a one-out double to Acuna, but kept the Mets within one by retiring Swanson and Freeman. With two out and two aboard in the sixth, Tyler Flowers hit a pop-up in foul territory, sending Mazza sprinting towards the dugout, diving for the ball. He failed to secure the out but received enthusiastic applause from the crowd for his effort. Three pitches later, Mazza was screaming, fired up after recording an inning-ending strikeout.

“That’s just instinct, being as competitive as I am. I try to get everything I can,” Mazza said. “I fell a little short on it, but in the long run it felt really good to get that strikeout.”

Mazza, who threw 62 pitches (40 strikes), inched towards his first win when the Mets scored a pair in the bottom of the sixth, but Seth Lugo blew up again in the eighth, giving away the lead via back-to-back solo homers.

“He pitched good enough to get the win,” Mickey Callaway said of Mazza. “He did a great job. He was very impressive, so it’s a positive to take out of tonight. It was a good pitch mix, he went through some pretty good hitters and did a great job.”

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With Noah Syndergaard on the injured list, the Mets have called up right-hander Walker Lockett, who is the last remaining healthy starting pitcher on the team’s 40-man roster. With Syndergaard’s injury not being as serious as initially feared, we do not know if this is this will be Lockett’s only start or if he is going to get more chances. Perhaps, that will depend on how he pitches.

Before delving deeper into the scouting reports and repertoire, it is important to first note Lockett started the season in Extended Spring Training due to elbow soreness. In his four starts in Triple-A, he has averaged 85 pitches per start with a high of 92, which he reached twice. Aside from how he’s pitching, there is a legitimate question as to how deep into a game he can go right now.

Fortunately, he is the type of a pitcher who could potentially go deep into games with a limited pitch count because he is a sinkerball pitcher who pitches to contact. In fact, in his minor league career, he has a struck out only 6.8 batters per nine. Between his low strikeout rate and his low walk rate, he is someone who is going to force the offense to put the ball in play.

5 scoreless innings last night for #Mets pitching prospect Walker Lockett. Including these 3 of his 4 Ks on the night. Showed impeccable command all night of his FB and breaking balls.

— Ernest Dove (@ernestdove) May 25, 2019

Lockett predominantly throws a low 90s sinker which is a worm killer. The same could be said for his curveball which could be a little slurvy. With him focusing on this power sinker and curve, he had a 1.57 ground out to fly ball out ratio with a 53.7 ground ball percentage in the minors.

With this combination, he struggled in his brief cup of coffee with the Padres last year. In three starts and one relief appearances, he was 0-3 with a 9.60 ERA and a 2.133 WHIP. Part of the was bad luck with him yielding a .360 BABIP and only having a 60.6 percent strand rate.

However, it should be noted the Padres had a very good defensive ball club last year with their 48 team DRS being the fourth best in the National League. The only position where they had a negative DRS in the infield was second base. On that front, you could see things might’ve stabilized for Lockett for more appearances.

Still, with Lockett only getting soft contact 16.7 percent of the time, it’s debatable how much better he would have been. With respect to this Mets team, they have the worst defense in the National League this year, and as noted by Mark Simon of The Athletic, the Mets are one of the worst shifting teams in all of baseball.

Ultimately, Lockett has an arsenal which could potentially succeed at the Major League level. What’s up for debate is whether this Mets team gives him that chance to succeed, and ultimately, whether it worth was trading Kevin Plawecki to the Indians to find out.

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NEW YORK — One of the silver linings of the Mets’ season, pitching prospect Franklyn Kilomé, will miss the entire 2019 campaign. The Mets announced Thursday that Kilome, their fifth-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, underwent Tommy John surgery this week.
Part of the Mets’ next upcoming wave of pitching prospects, Kilome, 23, posted a 4.03 ERA at Double-A Binghamton, with 42 strikeouts in 38 innings after the club acquired him from the Phillies for second baseman Asdrúbal Cabrera in July. Overall, the hard-throwing Kilome produced a 4.18 ERA in 26 starts for the Mets’ and Phillies’ Double-A teams.
Four of the Mets’ top six pitching prospects have now undergone Tommy John surgery in the past two years. Seventh-ranked prospect Anthony Kay returned to the field this summer following his 2016 surgery, while ninth-ranked prospect Thomas Szapucki and 13th-ranked Jordan Humphreys have yet to do so after their 2017 operations.
Kilome profiles as the brightest of the bunch, capable of throwing consistently in the upper 90s. Tommy John surgery typically carries a 12- to 18-month recovery, putting Kilome on track to return to Minor League play in 2020.

• Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes delayed his second (left) heel surgery due to a scheduling conflict, but he expects to have it done by the end of next week, according to multiple sources. Cespedes remains on track to begin baseball activities in late February or early March, though he does not anticipate being able to run full-speed at that time.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the Mets had high hopes that Robert Gsellman would take a step forward in 2019, living up to some of the potential he flashed as a starter in 2016-2017. Unfortunately, in a refrain that is practically committed to memory by this point, Gsellman continued to struggle with consistency this season.

On an appearance by appearance basis, Gsellman would occasionally look dominant, but he was seemingly unable to get a string of quality appearances of any real length. His best stretch in 2019 was from April 30 to May 22, where he allowed no earned runs over 12 innings (in eight appearances). The next longest streak of clean innings came from July 26th to August 6, where four of his five appearances included at least one strikeout in seven and two-thirds innings.

But those are the outlier stretches of an otherwise lost season. But because of the sheer incompetence of the Mets’ bullpen overall this season, Gsellman was given plenty of chances to break out of his prolonged slump, but couldn’t really do so. His 52 appearances by August 11 was the most on the team for a relief pitcher, and even with missing the final seven weeks of the season, only came in fourth to Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, and Seth Lugo in appearances.

August 11 was the last appearance by Gsellman in 2019, as he was diagnosed with a partial lat tear that required surgery and ended his season.

It would be helpful if there was some statistic that could be pointed to as the reason for Gsellman’s struggles, but it appears that this is just sort of who he is at this point in his career. His upside is such that he deserves another shot in the Mets’ bullpen, but his reality is such that he probably shouldn’t get too many high leverage chances, at least early on.

The other abiding mystery with Gsellman is why some, including teammates like Jeff McNeil, still pronounce his name “Ji-sellman” instead of “Gi-sellman,” which is clearly how all broadcasters say it and, we can presume, they asked him how he pronounces it. The mystery of his consistency may be greater, but both are intriguing in their own ways.

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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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Pedro Martinez, born in Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic, on Oct. 25, 1971, grew up with five brothers and sisters in a one-room home on the outskirts of Santo Domingo. His talent – and that of his brother, Ramon Martinez – soon attracted pro scouts.

“Talent is God-given,” Martinez said. “I have my own style. And there have been many, many teachers.”

Ramon signed with the Dodgers on Sept. 1, 1984. Pedro followed Ramon to Los Angeles, signing with the Dodgers on June 18, 1988. By 1990, Ramon was a 20-game winner in the big leagues – and Pedro was one of the Dodgers’ top prospects, despite his 5-foot-10 frame that carried less than 150 pounds in those days.

“I know who I am and where I came from,” Martinez said in 2011. “And I will never forget.”

In 1993, Pedro got regular work in the Dodgers’ bullpen, posting a 10-5 record in 65 games while striking out 119 batters in 107 innings. But following the season, the Dodgers traded Martinez to the Expos for second baseman Delino Deshields. After harnessing his explosive fastball over the next two seasons – which included a June 3, 1995 game where he retired the first 27 Padres batters he faced before allowing a hit in the bottom of the 10th – Martinez was named to his first All-Star Game in 1996 and then exploded onto the national scene the following year. In 1997, Martinez went 17-8 with a National League-best 1.90 earned-run average and 13 complete games, striking out 305 batters en route to his first Cy Young Award.

His combination of a 97-mph fastball, devastating change-up and pinpoint control made Martinez nearly unhittable.

“Every fastball hurts, hurts badly,” Martinez told the New York Post in 2005. “Imagine throwing a ball at 90 miles an hour, over and over again. People don’t know that every time you pitch a ball, you break blood vessels. Which is why we get our arms iced – so that the circulation can continue.”

But the Expos, knowing Martinez could become a free agent after the 1998 season, traded their ace to the Red Sox just days after he won the Cy Young. The Sox immediately locked up Martinez for the next seven seasons, setting in motion a virtually unprecedented string of success for the team and the pitcher.

Martinez went 19-7 in 1998 and finished second in the American League Cy Young Award vote, then posted a season for the ages in 1999 – going 23-4 with a league-best 2.07 ERA and 313 strikeouts, winning the pitching Triple Crown. He became just the eighth pitcher to post two 300-strikeout seasons, set a new mark (since broken by Randy Johnson) with 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings and finished second in the AL Most Valuable Player voting.

By some standards, 2000 was even better. Martinez went 18-6 that year with a 1.74 ERA and 284 strikeouts. He allowed just 128 hits in 217 innings pitched en route to a WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched) of 0.737 – by far the best single-season mark in big league history. He accomplished all this in one of the most prolific offensive eras in baseball history and pitching on a home field (Fenway Park) that ranks as one of the most hitter-friendly in the game’s history.

Martinez capped 2000 by winning his third Cy Young Award in four years. He battled shoulder problems in 2001, but rebounded in 2002 with a 20-4 record, again leading the AL in ERA (2.26) and strikeouts (239). He finished second in the Cy Young Award voting, becoming the first pitcher to lead his league in ERA, WHIP (0.923), strikeouts and winning percentage (.833) and not win the Cy Young.

After leading the league again in WHIP, ERA and winning percentage in 2003 en route to a 14-4 mark, Martinez began showing wear and tear in 2004 – posting a 3.90 ERA while going 16-9. But Martinez still finished fourth in the Cy Young Award voting – and helped the Red Sox end 86 years of frustration when they captured the World Series title for the first time since 1918. Martinez’s seven shutout innings in Game 3 on the road in St. Louis gave the Sox a commanding 3-games-to-0 lead and effectively wrapped up the title.

Martinez signed a free agent contract with the Mets following the World Series, going 15-8 with a 2.82 ERA in 2005 while giving his new team – which lost 91 games in 2004 – instant credibility. The following year, Martinez battled a nagging toe injury and was eventually shelved with a shoulder injury while going 9-8 – but was instrumental in a Mets’ season that featured an appearance in the National League Championship Series.

After two more injury-filled seasons – including the 2007 campaign that featured his 3,000th career strikeout – Martinez sat out the first part of the 2009 season before signing with the Phillies to help their postseason push. He went 5-1 in nine regular-season starts – becoming the 10th pitcher to win at least 100 games in both leagues – then threw seven shutout innings against his old Dodgers club in the NLCS before losing both his starts in the World Series against the Yankees.

He explored pitching again in 2010 and 2011, but never returned to the majors and announced his retirement on Dec. 4, 2011.

“Don’t ask me to be a pitcher in my next life,” Martinez told the New York Times in 2006. “It’s too painful.”

The eight-time All-Star finished his career with a record of 219-100, good for a winning percentage of .687 that is sixth all-time and trails only Whitey Ford’s .690 among modern-era pitchers with at least 150 victories. He won five ERA titles en route to a career mark of 2.93, captured six WHIP titles (his career WHIP of 1.054 ranks fifth all-time and is the best of any modern-era starter) and averaged 10.04 strikeouts per nine innings (third all-time behind Randy Johnson and Kerry Wood).

He is one of only four retired pitchers with at least 3,000 strikeouts and fewer than 1,000 walks.
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Les sociologues Mitchell Dean et Daniel Zamora poursuivent le débat sur Michel Foucault et le néolibéralisme dans un essai critique, “Le dernier homme et la fin de la révolution” (éd. Lux). Ils reviennent sur les dix dernières années de sa vie et de son œuvre, quand dans sa quête d’une “gouvernementalité de gauche”, il s’intéressa à ce courant de pensée.

Au milieu des années 1970, le rêve d’une société sans classe, rendu incandescent par Mai 68 partout dans le monde, a du plomb dans l’aile. Alors que cet idéal s’éloigne, et que les “nouveaux philosophes” passés “du col mao au Rotary” (pour reprendre le titre d’un livre fameux de Guy Hocquenghem) annoncent la fin des utopies, Michel Foucault commence à s’intéresser au néolibéralisme. Cette école de pensée en plein essor sonne chez lui comme une promesse d’autonomie et de marges de liberté plus grandes pour les pratiques minoritaires (sexe, drogues, refus de travailler…). Alors qu’il juge la gauche de tradition marxiste dans l’impasse, son regard se décentre : la question des inégalités n’est plus prioritaire, celle du pouvoir le devient. Dans Le dernier homme et la fin de la révolution. Foucault après Mai 68 (Lux), les sociologues Mitchell Dean et Daniel Zamora examinent méticuleusement ce tournant pour porter un regard critique sur l’héritage politique de Foucault, et relancer le débat sur sa relation à cette école de pensée. Entretien.

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The New York Mets have officially announced the widely reported trade to acquire second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz from the Seattle Mariners:

The Mariners will receive major leaguers Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and Gerson Bautista as well as top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn.

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Seattle will also send $20 million to the Mets to help offset Cano’s contract.

The move has led to mixed reactions from both sides, with the Mariners seemingly entering a rebuild after a strong year. Cano is the biggest face of the deal as an eight-time All-Star, although Diaz was one of the best relievers in baseball last season while saving 57 games.

“I think the Mets got two great players in Diaz and Cano,” New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said of the deal, per Joe Trezza of “Both will help them win in 2019 and beyond. They’re a better team today because they made these moves.”

However, not every fellow general manager around the league thought it was a smart move.

“If new Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is making deals like this, where can I sign up for one of my own?” an unnamed executive from another club asked Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic.

New York is taking on a hefty salary for Cano, who is owed $120 million over the next five years. The team is also parting with high-upside prospects in Kelenic and Dunn, both of whom were recent first-round picks. Kelenic was the No. 6 overall selection in 2018.

Still, the Mets wanted to make a splash this offseason and have certainly accomplished that with one of the biggest deals in baseball so far.

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Around this time a year ago, New York Mets hit machine Jeff McNeil had just finished up his first taste of MLB action, and it went pretty well. Through 248 plate appearances, he managed to post a 137 wRC+ and 2.7 fWAR off the strength of a solid .329/.381/.471 line. There wasn’t a ton of home-run power (just three dingers), but with his ability to put the ball in play and get on base at a high clip, it wasn’t much of a problem.

McNeil basically picked up in 2019 where he left off as a rookie in 2018 — especially in the first half. The 27-year-old found himself atop the batting average leaderboard heading into the All-Star break with a .349 mark. That also included seven home runs in 318 plate appearances, which was already a new single-season career high. As we all know, though, McNeil hit a level in the second half that not many were expecting based off his brief time in the big leagues to that point.

The 2019 All-Star launched another 16 long balls following the midsummer respite to give him 23 for the season. While his .276 second-half batting average took him out of the batting title race, he finished with a slightly better wRC+ than his rookie campaign (143) and a superb 4.6 fWAR that was among the 30 best in baseball when looking at qualified hitters.

En route to this incredible year, McNeil did some things many were likely expecting from him. He swung the bat a lot, made a ton of contact, and didn’t strikeout nearly as much the average ballplayer. The biggest surprise was easily this power surge. After all, the utility player watched his ISO grow from .143 to .214 and his hard-hit rate go from 30.2% to 37.6% while his soft-hit rate went from 22.0% to 11.2%. But what got even more interesting when digging into his performance was how he did when facing certain pitches.

When looking at things like ISO and wRC+, McNeil pummeled curveballs (.426 ISO and 180 wRC) more than any other pitch, with five of his 23 dingers coming against the offering. However, it was his collective performance against fastballs (four-seamers, sinkers, and cutters) that caught my eye — especially when comparing his 2019 numbers to what he did the year prior.

Here’s a quick look at how his performance when facing those three pitches in particular shook out during his impressive rookie season:

And, of course, here’s what the progression ended up looking like once his 2019 season was officially in the books:

If we’re also purely looking at the change in homers hit between these two seasons — which makes sense because of the huge jump in that total number from 2018 to 2019 — we get the same results. As a rookie, McNeil didn’t hit a single dinger against a four-seamer, sinker, or cutter. In fact, he didn’t hit more than one homer against any pitch he saw. But just a year later, he made the necessary adjustments and hit 12 of his 23 homers off a four-seamer (seven), sinker (four), or cutter (one).

McNeil’s particular aggression against four-seam fastballs — the pitch he saw the most from opposing pitchers — is particularly interesting. When looking at his overall swing rate by pitch faced, the left-handed hitter didn’t produce a percentage lower than 53.0% in any situation. That wasn’t much different than the year before, but the differences start showing when that swing rate is broken down a bit more.

If his chase rate is singled out, the 28.9% mark he posted against four-seamers was the only pitch where he produced a rate below 37.0%. Meanwhile, McNeil’s swing rate on strikes was up at 84.1% against four-seamers, with only his swing rate on changeups being slightly higher (84.9%). While the contact rate for that specific situation didn’t change much, the lift he saw in his quality of contact helped make a big difference.

The fact that McNeil finished with a .318 batting average in 2019 isn’t a shock. Based on the bat-to-ball skills he showcased as a rookie, it certainly felt like that was within his range of outcomes. The power was a surprise, even though he combined to hit 19 homers across Double-A and Triple-A in 2018 before getting called up to the big leagues. It seems as if all McNeil needed to do was adjust a bit to how opposing pitchers were attacking him in order for those power numbers to spike.

New York has gotten incredible value for his performance thus far. According to FanGraphs, McNeil’s 7.3 career fWAR has been worth $58.2 million. He’s earned just under $770K during that time, and will continue to be an extreme bargain in 2020 and 2021 prior to becoming arbitration eligible for the first time.

Now that he’s firmly in the Mets’ plans moving forward (unlike last winter), it’ll be fun to continue watching him progress as a player while approaching his physical prime.

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The New York Mets star right fielder Michael Conforto is not a flashy guy in the least bit. He is having another productive season on the diamond. His reputation as a humble guy who does whatever it takes to win has continued throughout 2019 through the highs and lows of the season.

Despite all this, some fans do not appreciate the results. He is on pace to set some notable career highs while competing alongside some of the best sluggers in baseball.

Conforto’s biggest moment of the year came last Friday night. Sure to be a Mets classic game, Scooter knocked the game-winning hit in an amazing comeback versus the Washington Nationals. Citi Field blew its nonexistence roof off. The scene on the field included the usual mob with Conforto getting his shirt ripped off by Pete Alonso.

The early part of Conforto’s career has been interesting. The young man from Seattle struggled at the plate in 2016 and revisited the minor leagues to get back his stroke. With his earlier issues seemingly over, he is producing at the levels many believed he could.

Not too many players can say they have been in the World Series in their first season. However, Conforto was one of the fortunate ones who can. He was a big part of the Mets’ success in 2015 both in the regular season and playoffs.

His reputation as a streaky hitter is made up for when he comes up with timely hits like he did last week. As he goes, so does the team. The Mets are counting on his bat as much as anyone else.

Conforto may never get the respect he has earned and deserves from everyone. Injuries have limited him in some of his best seasons. In other years, the team’s failure made his production look less valuable.

This year is the one where it could look different. With the team still vying for a playoff spot, every connection he makes with the ball matters.