Can’t Knock the Kids

There’s a lot you can knock about the Mets: their owners, investment strategies and the seemingly endless line of underperforming big ticket free agents, but the one thing you can’t knock is the kids.

Monday’s 7-3 win over the Bucs was a perfect example.

• Dillon Gee moved to 5-0 firing 7 innings allowing just 3R on 5H with 0BB and 8K. Gee has quietly become a hot young arm in the league with a WHIP of 1.00 over his last 3 starts.

• Josh Thole got the big hit doubling in the 7th to plate 2 and give the Mets the lead for good.

• Reuben Tejada had 3 hits and an RBI 

• Justin Turner chipped in 3 more base knocks, and RBI and 2 runs scored 

• Not sure if you can call Pagan and Murphy “young players” but each man had 3 hits too

There’s something about a young squad. They play their asses off and hustle like mad. Of course there will always be growing pains with youth but at least we can root for them.

This Mets team seems to have a dynamic it hasn’t had in years young players impacting the game and clubhouse. A youthful exuberance is replacing a bunch of over priced mercenaries.

Slowly but surely Sandy Alderson is remaking this team… Let’s just hope he can retain Reyes.

14 Responses to “Can’t Knock the Kids”

  1. BrooklynBill Says:

    Its great watching the kids! Gee has really impressed, I hope he can keep it up.

    I guess I’m not as drunk off the last 50 games as some are on Reyes. He’s obviously playing great but I would not be opposed to a trade & then trying to resign him in the open market. We have a few holes to fill…if the suitors start lining up and the price gets real high, I say flip him and make the 7yr 120MM when its open season on free agents.

  2. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    Resigning Reyes after a trade is a pipe dream: once he’s gone, he’s gone. The infield is the Mets biggest strength and Reyes is their best player. You don’t break that up. Even with re-signing him, they’ll still be significantly lower in overall payroll for 2012, so it’ a no-brainer for management. Let’s hope they see it that way.

    I read Sunday in the NYT of the untimely death of Dana Brand. I loved his books, especially “The Last Days of Shea.” He was a great member of the Mets blogosphere, a terrific writer, and just seemed like one of the best Mets fans they could have ever have had. R.I. P.

  3. cleonjones Says:

    Resign Reyes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lets go Mets !!!!!

  4. Howard Says:

    I feel the Mets getting on a really nice roll, and pretty soon. If you look at the team, once everyone is healthy, we will have a starting lineup of Reyes, Pagan, Beltran, Davis, Wright, Bay, Turner, and Thole with Tejada, Murphy, and Evans coming off the bench. I am assuming we will unload Hairston and Harris.

    If the pitching staff can hang in there, we can have a decent rotation and if Santana can give us anything, the starting rotation gets that much better. And the relief is looking respectable finally. Nobody can convince me that we cannot fight for the wild card with the Braves, Rockies, Marlins, etc.

    Lets sweep the Pirates, go 2 out of 3 with the Braves, and get right into contention.

    Let’s Go Mets!!!!!

  5. USMF Says:

    It’s hard to say that Sandy has done much to remake the team.

    Sure, he’s brought in Harris and Hairston for the bench, but they’ve both sucked…Paulino has been ok. He brought in Capuano and Young for the rotation, Young is out and Capuano has pitched better than the numbers say, but he’s been a non-factor.

    One of his Rule 5 guys, Emus, sucked and is gone…

    Isringhausen fell into his lap… Beato was his best pick up and Buchholz, Byrdak and O’Connor have been good and represent Sandy’s biggest change to the team.

    But the biggest keys to the any success we’ve seen has come from Turner, Reyes, Beltran, Neise, Gee, Murphy, Beltran, Wright, Ike and K-Rod (Even Pelf lately and Bay has looked better this past week and Pagan looks better)… all are Omar Guys…Even guys like Pridie, Thole, Tejada and Evans are Omar guys.

    Lets be honest, Turner, Murphy, Pridie and Tejada are only getting steady playing time out of necessity from injuries Ike, Angel and Wright. Not because Sandy and Terry saw something special.

    I really believe that this is still Omar’s team and if O was still hear, we’d be seeing similar results.

    Is the difference this year because of Terry over Jerry? or because we got a healthy Reyes, Beltran and Murph (probably not so much Murph) and a more seasoned play by Tejada, Turner, Neise and Gee?

    I’m not trying to bash Sandy or give to much praise to Omar. Omar had to go, his PR was rock bottom and his dealing with injuries and the media killed him

    But Omar wasn’t as bad building a team as we thought. I think he made some risky moves trying to put the team over the top that back fired and injuries killed him every year going back to 2006.
    But the reality is, the farm was dead when he took over. It’s not great now, better than advertised, and some of his gems are looking pretty good. It really takes 3-4 years for a GM’s influence over the farm to show.

    The big difference might be is; I don’t know if Omar would have the guts to cut both Castillo and Perez. That move sent a message to the fans and the team, plus it helped open up roster spots for some of the Buffalo Mets.

    What will this team do with a healthy Wright, Ike and Santana? I really think that if the kids can keep us around .500, they could make a strong push the 2nd half. But then again, history says not to get my hopes up.

    The last two games not withstanding, the offense hasn’t been scoring runs and the pitching has been stressed. Other than seven games vs the Pirates (who aren’t as bad as we remember), the schedule looks pretty tough and there won’t be any easy wins until July.

  6. BlondiesJake Says:

    BrooklynBill, I don’t disagree with your basic premise about not wanting to dump piles of ca$h on guys who don’t do anything until their walk year. But can you honestly say Reyes has been dogging it until now? Even the “old” Reyes was a phenomenal player worth a ton of money. The fact he’s playing even better shouldn’t be held against him.

    Howard, did I just read a post by you that didn’t bash Bay? The rapture may yet be coming!


  7. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    Congrats to us!…We are better than the Pirates so far! ….We are on a mini roll!

    Remember we arfe beating crappy teams so lets not get to crazy here!….Have we ever beaten good teams yet?…Ah NO!

    Wid card?.. Did Howard say Wilcard?…Everything is about the IF’S

    Listen here!….We have No pitching!!!…Say it with me now…We have no pitching!!!…Face it! We have no Pitching!

    LETS GO METS…3 in a Row!!!

  8. Met_Maven Says:

    I posted this last night, don’t know if anyone saw it, I apologize for the redundancy.

    I think the Mets should offer Reyes 4 years, $60 million. Add some bonus for leading league in triples, stolen bases, etc if they want. If he’s playing on this level after 3 years, renegotiate to add another 3 years on the contract for another $60 million. I think thats fair for both parties. as long as he continues to play hard (which he usually does) he stands to essentially get a 7 year, $120 million contract.

  9. CW Says:

    Net Maven- Your offer looks great from the Mets standpoint. However, it is not based in reality since there is absolutely no chance that Reyes would accept a 4 year $60mil contract right now.

  10. Another BK Met Fan Says:

    Agreed…but all the “kids” you mentioned are Minaya guys, not a single one was brought in by Alderson. For the most part, the role players Alderson has brought in have been duds, even more so than Minaya’s notorious duds. So talking about the success of these “kids” and Alderson “remaking” the team really don’t belong in the same post.

  11. Matt the Met Fan Says:

    How come I can’t like Murphy? some plays I just want to strangle him .. his baserunning ..his lack of power … I’m really trying …

    resign Reyes? you guys are funny .. I hear the Reds are interested .. they have some good young pitching ..

  12. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    I say we keep playing with the Triple-A lineups!..Why not give these guys playing time?

    We also seem to actually win a few games wit the young guys playing!

    We are not the Pirates of the East, Thank you NATS!!

    LETS GO METS!!!…Lets keep rolling!

  13. IrishMike Says:

    Ike out for at least three more weeks. So predictable that another minor Met injury turned out to be major. All thanks to a little league level infield collision.

    Now on the clock - David Wright. Before/After on his return - July 15th!

    Terrible, terrible news about Gary Carter.

  14. BrooklynBill Says:

    I would be surprised if Sandy, Podesta, and Riccardi don’t have a short list from every ML club of whom they’d want in a trade for Beltran and/or Reyes. If the market goes into a frenzy for Reyes and some GM offers the players on the short list, plus a little extra, I think they would pull the trigger and then try to resign him…especially if Reyes & his agent continue to give every indication that there’s no ‘home team discount’.

    BJ - not saying Reyes dogs it & the last 50 games or so have been awesome. But this is still the Jose is prone to the occasional brain camp on the field, a popup machine waiting to happen, fall in love with the HR, and swing and the ball near his ankles. There’s also the whole thyroids/blood spinning thing. He steals and he’s not a high OBP guy…both don’t mesh with the SABR-Mets mantra.

    Having said all that I do think he’s a dynamic player when he’s healthy and hope he does remain a Met - at the right price.

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