Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler are getting lost in the chaos and drama associated with their team's current losing streak. It was only a few weeks ago that most Mets fans and media, myself included, were freaking out over how these two pitchers were progressing...
However, during the past month, Wheeler has a 2.52 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Meanwhile, in his last six starts, Matz has a 2.32 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Unfortunately, because of a lack of offense and relief pitching, the team is just 3-7 during those 10 starts.
In Wednesday's start against the O's, Wheeler tossed 93 pitches, seven scoreless innings, allowed three hits, struck out five and walked one batter before his bullpen stumbled.
"We are a better team than what we're playing," Wheeler told reporters when asked about not winning the day's game. "The record doesn't show for it, but I think we'll come around."
Matz's next start is slated to be Saturday against the Yankees at Citi Field.
In the event the Mets decide to sell players, and Wheeler continues to pitch well, and look strong doing it, the Mets should consider dealing him this summer for prospects. He's eligible for arbitration next season, after which he'll be a free agent at 29 years old.
If the Mets enter a transitional phase soon, there would be no point in having Wheeler on the roster...
Bye, bye, Jose Reyes... again
The Mets have discussed the possibility of releasing Jose Reyes, according to SNY's Andy Martino. Meanwhile, the NY Post's Mike Puma said the team wants to give Reyes a proper send-off.
I can only speak for myself, but, as one fan, who once declared Reyes is favorite player on the team during that era, I don't think the Mets own him a 'proper send off.' Jose made that level honor irrelevant when he joined the division-rival Marlins in 2011.
I realize the Mets were only offering him a two- or three-year deal, and I'm certain I also would have left the Mets for $100 million to play for the Marlins. But, nevertheless, regardless of the choice, he left and wore a Marlins hat.
I appreciate him returning to the organization; I appreciate his love and loyalty for the team; I enjoy and respect his affection for Mets fans; I appreciate everything he did on field when his legs and bat speed were still capable of producing electric baseball; and he'll always be one of my favorite players to have watched on field during his career. But that's all in the past. The Jose Reyes Era of Mets baseball is not ending in 2018, it already ended in 2011.
Reyes, 34, is batting just .141 with a .208 OBP during 71 at-bats this season, while filling in at shortstop and third base. He has just two hits all season at Citi Field.
Pomp, circumstance and proper send-off aside, my hunch is that he'll get the axe either way when Wilmer Flores returns from the disabled list later this month.
Though he's been no more or less productive at bat than Reyes, Rookie infielder Luis Guillorme is a superior defender to Reyes, plus he can play all of the same positions as Jose.
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