WASHINGTON, DC – How have the Mets done this year?
It’s a question on many people’s minds, both the diehards who bleed blue and orange and those who actually win. Many have speculated it’s the Buck Showalter effect, as the one-of-a-kind manager brought an air of playful confidence rooted in the belief that players do better when there’s less tension around them .
But also, a few quick glances at the stats help clarify another thing. The Mets are really good. Bursting into DC with six straight wins in hand, Showalter explained why they don’t lose very often.
“We pitched really well,” Showalter said. ” It’s a thing. We played well defensively. It takes a lot of the pressure off. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you have to score a bunch of runs a night. I was here. Some nights you have to, but I think giving our pitchers room for error, grinding at bat, it’s hard to maintain that level of focus. The most impressive thing is the consistency of the level of concentration. I think they kind of feed off each other.
Recently, victory has been won against both good teams and others that are not going anywhere fast. That current winning streak began with a W over San Diego and two wins over the Yankees, and the Mets also picked up two of Atlanta’s three wins in mid-July. But that month, they also got a rough ride from the Cubs, Reds and Marlins, whose main contributions to Major League Baseball for the rest of the season will be trading their few desirable players.
However, all a team can do is beat whoever is in front of them. The Nationals are next and should be out, just like the Marlins were out in Miami, but anything can happen. The team’s secret weapon, whether by coincidence or not, has been Daniel Vogelbach. Since his first appearance with the team on July 24, the Mets are undefeated.
“There’s eight other spots, four other guys on the bench playing, the bullpen, there’s a lot of factors in there,” Showalter reminded reporters in his office Monday. “He was one of them.”
MANDATORY DEGROM UPDATE
A not-so-secret weapon, two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom is chomping at the bit to make his debut on Tuesday. The Mets are in a terrific position right now — FanGraphs have their playoff odds at 100% ahead of Monday’s game — which removes any urgency to push deGrom more than necessary.
“I try to keep in mind that it’s been a long time since Jake pitched,” Showalter said. “We’re going to sit down after every outing and see where we stand, make sure we’re covered like we are with all pitchers in case there’s a problem.”
He didn’t rule out the possibility of using deGrom on a longer rest, to which he said he was always open with his pitchers, not just the one with the right arm is about as valuable as the Steve Cohen’s art collection.
“There’s an unknown about Jake, we’ll see,” Showalter conceded. “It will evolve with holidays and doubleheaders and different things as we go along.”
THEY HAVE A PARADA
The Mets introduced first-round pick Kevin Parada to the press on Sunday. Via Zoom from Citi Field, the 20-year-old Georgia Tech wide receiver spoke about the yellow vests of the past that helped him through this life-changing process.
“Guys like Joey [Bart], Matt Wieters, Jason Varitek,” Parada said, listing other notable catchers who emerged from Georgia Tech. “I had marketing lessons with Mark Teixeira, so I met guys who played in the big leagues and were there. They have always been very open if I have questions or need advice. I can always reach them. »
Flanked by Tommy Tanous (VP of International/Amateur Scouting) and Drew Toussaint (Assistant Director of International/Amateur Scouting), Parada donned a Mets hat, jersey and smile after signing his contract. The signing bonus for the young receiver was also just over $5 million, which likely contributed to the excitement for the kid.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the Mets organization. I’m super excited that they believe in me. I am ready for the next steps.
Those next steps, according to Tanous, will travel to Florida for “integration” workouts. From there, the team’s player development department will decide which minor league level Parada will report to.
“I swung the bat a little, pitched a little,” Parada informed. “Make a very light amount. This will obviously accelerate in the coming weeks. »