Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Break up the Mets!  Any NFL team struggling to score touchdowns?  Contact the Mets who have put up at least 14 runs in each of the last three games.  Things got downright absurd on Monday night on a number of fronts.  Jacob DeGrom got ripped for the first time in forever and the Mets proceeded to go out and hit 8 home runs in winning 16-7.  As a result the Mets deserve their own Wrapup from their game against he Phillies.  It was something to be seen. 

Juan Lagares:  2/6 with his fifth HR while hitting .264.  The Mets are firmly with the plan of using Lagares in the leadoff spot when a lefty is on the mound.  He has done a fantastic job in that part-time role since flaming out as an everyday guy so in deep leagues with a large bench, streaming Lagares is a good idea.

Wilmer Flores:  3/6 with 2 home runs (14 for season) while hitting .265.  And to think the Mets almost dealt Flores for Carlos Freakin' Gomez.  I mean this is Wilmer Flores Superhero who over the last two weeks has heard his name chanted in three parks (Citi Field, Coors, Citizens Bank).  Remember I did a long piece on Flores in March about how he was a decent sleeper at shortstop with his power and decent average.  With a clear mind in knowing he won't get dealt, Flores is a must start right now.

Daniel Murphy:  3/6 with his 10th HR while hitting .287.  No matter how much time he may miss with injury, Murphy always seems to get his numbers.  He is hitting .304 with 5 home runs since the Break and is a tough free agent call for the Mets. 

David Wright:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .342. Of course Wright hits a home run in his first at-bats since missing four months with injury.  It was only fitting in this fairy tale of a game.  The biggest concern with Wright in coming back from the spinal stenosis was whether or not he could still hit for power.  At least for one game, that seems to be a moot point as Wright's home run was epic. 

Travis D'Arnaud:  3/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .272.  D'Arnaud got the award for the longest home run of the night with his 460-plus blast.  If you extrapolate D'Arnaud's numbers across a full season given how much time he has missed with injury, he gets close to 20 home runs with a solid average.  Once again D'Arnaud is putting himself firmly into the sleeper bin for 2016. 

Michael Cuddyer:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .255.  Again with a lefty on the mound Cuddyer is  a lock for the lineup and he also will man first base with Lucas Duda out which means the next two weeks is a good time to get him back into weekly and daily lineups. 

Yoenis Cespedes:  2/5 with his 24th HR while hitting .296.  Cespedes was the last to get into the power-hitting act among this group but his blast was monstrous nonetheless.  For the first time since he was a rookie, Cespedes will hit for a decent average and also could reach the 30 home run mark for his initial foray there as well.  Talk about perfect timing with free agency. 

Cameron Rupp:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .249.  Rupp is huge and should be getting more playing time against the spent Carlos Ruiz.  Intriguing if he gets playing time in two-catcher formats.

Domonic Brown:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .230.  Brown's career has gone exactly how I said it would after his breakout power season a few years back.  Since he doesn't walk ever and he doesn't make good contact, get used to his .230 averages. 

Ryan Howard:  2/5 with his 20th HR while hitting .240.  Remember when this guy hit 40-plus home runs?  I don't either.

Jacob DeGrom:  7 ER in 2.2 IP with an ERA of 2.29.  More proof that even the most awesome pitchers with the best hair have a bad day at the office.  DeGrom actually walked a guy on five pitches in this one (look up the highlight/lowlight) which added to the craziness of the game.  Nothing to overanalyze here as DeGrom will be just fine. 


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