Five games back in the NL East and tied with the Marlins for the second wildcard spot, this not where many people saw the Mets being at this point in the season. After a magical 2015 World Series run, many Mets fans thought this would be their year. Well, as the season keeps dragging along those dreams and aspirations of getting back to the World Series look dull. A lineup that lives and dies by the Homerun ball, a young starting pitching staff with tiring arms, and a bullpen made on one man, this team certainly has a lot of holes. If the Mets weren't to make major moves by deadline they'd be lucky to make the playoffs let alone finish what they started last year. So, for the Mets to make the playoffs and compete seriously with powerhouse teams in the NL like the Cubs,Giants,and Nationals they're going to need to add some solid pieces. Sandy Alderson needs to be calling Milwaukee everyday asking for Jonathan LuCroy. This guy has a very solid bat and defensively is way better than anything the Mets have had behind the plate since Carter. With Wheeler due to come back hopefully before the end of August that should help bolster the starting rotation. The Bullpen this year besides Familias dominance has been quite dreadful so adding as much depth as possible there is key to there postseason success. If the Mets can make a few small moves, add a bat, get wheeler healthy, and add some depth to their bullpen this team is poised for another magical run. They are called the Amazin Mets for a reason, so seeing back in the October classic won't surprise me.
Well folks, he has left as quickly as he arrived. This morning, Aroldis Chapman was shipped to the Chicago Cubs in a 5 man trade. Now for as long as i have been a Yankee fan, I honestly do not believe I have ever seen them make such a great trade. For only a few months of Chapmans services, we received two top 10 prospects of the Cubs in Gleyber Torres (SS) , Billy McKinney (OF), Rashad Crawford (OF), and our old friend Adam Warren (RP). Was this not the steal of the century? Lets break this down quick. The Yankees are not going anywhere this year- its pains me to say that but it is so obvious so trading Chapman was definitely a first good step. I watched some of Torres minor league highlight film and this kid is going to be a future stud. He is only 19 years old, i'm older then the damn kid. I see him manning short in the not too distant future. Although i like/shocked how Sir DiDi is performing this year, i doubt he will be able to live up to these standards during the years remaining on his contract. The two outfielders i do not know much about besides for the Cubs losing hope on Mckinney (2013 1st round pick) after not living up to his outstanding numbers he put up last year this season. At the worst, these two can be used as trade chips in the upcoming years if they develop into players that will actually produce at the Major League level. At the best? We just copped two speedy outfielders that will not make me resent being a Yankee fan as much as Brett Gardner makes me do. Last, and certainly not least, is my boy Adam Warren. Ya, ya, i know; he is not that good. With a 5.91 ERA he is nothing short of disastrous, but knowing we got Starlin Castro for literally nothing seems like a genius move. Also, Warren did not play too shabby in the Bronx last season. Maybe he just needed to come back home to get back in his groove, and save our pitiful bullpen in the middle innings so that our dominate relievers (Miller and Betances) can actually be able to pitch. Besides for these, do you want to know the sweetest part of this entire deal? Chapman is going to be a free agent this winter, and has spoken about being willing to come back to New York. If we got all these young bloods, and then somehow steal Chapman back i think that would be the most savage move in sports history....besides taking Babe Ruth from the Sox, because that was just shot. So i hope to see you and your 105 MPH fastball again in pinstripes Aroldis, and if the Cubbies curse is actually true, you know which team to call.
This year's MLB season has potential for something thats never happened before. For the first time in MLB history, a second basemen could win the mvp in both the National and American league. Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros and Daniel Murphy of the nationals are putting up ridiculous numbers. Altuve is hitting .358, with 73 runs,15 homers and 54 RBI, not to mention 25 stolen bases. He's leading his team who got off to a hirable start right into playoff contention in the AL west as we approach august. Daniel murphy, fresh off his heroic 2015 post-season is having a career year in his own right, leading the national league with a .348 average, to go along with 19 homers and 70 RBI .He has been playing with a very talented nationals team who has been leading in the NL east race all season. If the Astros and Nationals make the playoffs and these stars continue to put up these insane numbers, we very well might have two MVP second basemen for the 2016 season.
The answer is no. The last couple of years in the MLB off season, 3 teams have made big slashes in the trade and free agent market only to see their teams crash and burn the next season. In 2014 the two teams were the Boston Red Sox and the San Diego Padres. In the 2014 offseason, the Red Sox signed sluggers Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, who were the two best position players on the market. Sandoval was fresh off a world series title with his former team the San Francisco giants. Ramirez, a former batting champion was coming off a decent year where he battled injuries. The sox thought these moves would bring them back to their world series form of 2013 but boy were they wrong. Sandoval ate his fat ass to death and had a horrible season by his standards while Ramierez also had a mediocre season, in part because he had to learn an entirely new position that he was not equipped to play. the Red Sox finished last in the American League East and missed the playoffs for a second straight season.
Next is the padres. In the 2014 offseason, they traded for Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Will Myers and Derek Noris. People were shocked at all the trades they made and at the time even i was convinced that this team might be good. Many of their key players were injured and I'm pretty sure i could've gotten a few hits off their pitching staff. They had an even worst record then the year before and missed the playoffs.
This brings us to the 2015 off season of the Arizona diamond Backs. What the fuck was this team thinking? They sign Zack Greinke to a deal worth over 206 million.. then trade for shelby miller who a 5 year old could've of predicted would be awful this year. Both pitchers haven't pitched up to their potential and have both been on the DL this season. They also made a trade for Jean Segura who's actually having a good year, but other then that this team has been god awful and will most definitely miss the playoffs this season.
The moral of the story is making reckless trades and signings doesn't mean shit unless your team can actually play and fit together. Injuries sometimes play a factor but horrible signings and trades happen way to often and set teams back even more then improving the young players in your farm system. Hopefully no teams make this mistake this coming offseason but i think this trend will continue.
Yankees have now won four straight looking to make it five in a row tonight as they go for the sweep over the Orioles. Though it seems like they might be turning this around and actually make a run for the playoffs, I wouldn't count on it, especially with the AL east being as competitive as it has been so far. I'm still all about being sellers at the deadline, I don't think buy or sell was even really a choice they had to make this year because it's so clear that this team isn't going to get rid of a newly revamped farm system and they have a lot of rentals they could send away to serious contenders. Although the Yanks r giving us false wildcard hopes right now don't buy into them, let's just be big sellers at the deadline keep adding to the farm system keep adding new younger pieces wait till 2018 free agency get our big star in Bryce Harper and get back to winning championship after championship.
I’m currently writing this in the 7th inning of tonight’s game knowing damn well no runs DMC will be able to hold this 3-1 lead. The Yanks walk away from this series with one win, along with no answers regarding the organizations trade deadline ambitions. One day we look like a playoff team the next we look hopeless, so I can see why the front office is hesitant to make moves so quickly. With two weeks till the trade deadline let’s pray the Yanks can either start winning or losing more consistently so the decision becomes clear for the front office. I’ll never rout for my team to lose, but if that’s what it takes to become sellers at the deadline let’s just say, I wouldn’t be too upset with a losing streak. Hal Steinbrenner needs to let Cashman sell away his assets, that are of high value, now so we can gear up and get ready to start making a world series run with a younger core of players.
In the eyes of a 20 year old Yankee fan who has come accustom to watching winning baseball teams that are always above.500, this season has been a tough one. Some will call me a spoiled Yankee fan but this is not the Yankee way. If I have to pay $5 for a fucking water bottle, $15 for a hot dog and some fries I expect to be spoiled by a winning ball club. Yanks are winners, if we aren’t doing good, which in Yankees fan expectations we’re not, then you trade and trade until we are competitive again. Now I know this team is further away than a few small trades from a championship. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start taking steps in the right direction ASAP. The team we have now isn’t going to get better, there’s no upside for this roster only room for injuries with all these geezers. So what is Cashman waiting for? Trade Beltran while his trade value is high, I love the guy he’s been our best player all season but he’s 39 and we can’t grow with him. Aroldis Chapman is the next guy that has to be shipped off, we aren’t going to pay him in the offseason so we might as well get some pieces for him in return. A lot of these playoff teams are going to need a big time arm in the bullpen come September/October. I hear the Andrew Miller trade rumors all the time but I think that’s a piece we have to keep. Big time lefty arm and also one of the few Yankees to have a reasonable contract so we shouldn’t let him go unless we can get something big in return. If Cashman decides to buy at the deadline and trades a bunch of prospects to do so I’ll have to start a petition for his resignation because that would be ridiculous. The Yankees have to trade away the few desirable pieces they have, try to get rid of some of the bad contracts in the process, and call up some younger guys so they can get ready for the bigs. Let’s be honest Yankee fans this year is a bust it’s just not gonna happen so let’s make the best of it try to be competitive, watch some of our future stars shape themselves, and get ready for a big offseason followed by another big offseason. Getting back to the Yankee way of winning seems like a long road from now but, a year or two of waiting is a lot better than 86 years. Cashman prove yourself as a GM for once and get this team back to the promise land.
This was supposed to be the year. The mets, fresh off their first 2015 NL pennant since 2000 were thought by many to be world series favorites backed behind there amazing pitching staff. The expectations were even higher after the signing of fan favorite Yoenis Cespedes who carried the mets to the playoffs. Of course, as usual everything went to shit. The mets have been demolished by the injury bug to the point where its almost painful to watch. Lucas Duda, Travis d'darno, Juan Laggares, have all been on the disabled list. The "Dark Knight" Matt harvey, who was being hyped up by the mets staff as being on track to have a CY Young season just had season ending shoulder surgery after a subpar first half. David Wright who hasn't been healthy since the Vietnam war had season ending surgery on his neck. The question i ask all Mets fans is, What the fuck did you expect? Its the New york mets and nothing ever goes right for them. They sit at 6 games out of first at the all star break and will need a lot more offense if there gonna win the division. Although they are currently in a wild card spot, the pirates, marlins and cardinals are right on their ass. Most people are very skeptical that the mets can get to the world series again, and I'm one of them. Only time will tell.
Last night was the 2016 Home run Derby in San Diego and boy was it one for the ages. Now i'm not gonna sit here and say how the new format is cool and definitely helps the pace of the derby and say, well done major league baseball you finally got it right. But i will say thank you, thank you to whoever made the Russian steroids Giancarlo Stanton took before last nights derby because hooooly shit he was pissing all over that ball. This man flat out stole the show and made every other contestant look like a little leaguer. If you are a Marlins fan you have to be very excited for Giancarlo's second half performance because he's on a mission; also take into account how well the Marlins have done so far without Stanton performing at his usual level. The Marlins will definitely be playing in that wildcard game come October. Now we head over to the real losers of the night, no its not Todd Frazier or Wil Myers but it's the Miami Marlins. The Marlins front office thought it'd be a great marketing idea to give back to fans during the derby. How did they do this? By promising every fan a percentage point off the ticket price for a future home game every time Stanton hits a dinger. Well they didn't take into account that steroid Stanton is a monster and he ended up with a record shattering 61 total homers in the derby. Now the Marlins front office has to give tickets 61% off for a future game this season and they still wont be able to fill half their seats. Classic Marlins move overpaying a guy an outrageous amount and the one time he decides to show up and perform it comes back to bite them in the ass. The Marlins want Mike Stanton back because Giancarlo has been nothing but financial headaches for this club.
Djack- Chief editor