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Message par liny195 » 16 Avr 2019, 04:35

Mets to blow it up.If that wasn't apparent before , it is now. The Mets entered play Wednesday scraping the basement of the National League East.They've got a decent chance to finish with the worst record in the Senior Circuit, if "decent" is the right word.Then came the news that slugging outfielder and offensive cog Yoenis Cespedes was lost for the season to heel surgery. Both heels, in fact, which will sideline Cespedes for a minimum of 8-10 months, per Mike Puma of the New York Post."It's possible it will be longer than that, but it probably won't be shorter than that," assistant general manager John Ricco told reporters.Cespedes inked a four-year, $110 million contract with the Mets prior to the 2017 campaign. At the time, it was a bold move by a franchise looking to reascend the October stage. Today, it's an unmitigated albatross and a payroll fail that should spark a full-scale, everything-must-go sell-off.The Mets won the NL pennant in 2015 and grabbed a wild-card berth in 2016. Backed by their stable of stud pitchers and an offense fronted by Cespedes, they were a rising force in the National League.Now, with the Cuban masher shelved indefinitely, New York must mash the reset button.Does that mean dealing aces Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard? Yes, it does. Or, at the very least, it means genuinely considering the notion.Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesBalk all you want, Queens faithful. If the Mets wish to restock a farm system Bleacher Report's Joel Reuter ranked No. 28 in the game, they need to dangle their shiniest pieces.DeGrom is in the midst of a Cy Young Award-caliber season, with an MLB-leading 1.71 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 131.1 innings. The 30-year-old would net an absurd haul of prospects from multiple pitching-hungry contenders.We could name-drop the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, etc. Really, though, it would be easier to list the buyers that wouldn't benefit from deGrom's services.Syndergaard, meanwhile, is a mixed bag that contains a handful of winning lottery tickets. The 25-year-old has battled injuries dating back to last season and has made only 13 starts in 2018. On the other hand, the bolt-tossing righty owns a 2.89 ERA with 83 strikeouts in 74.2 frames and a 2.57 FIP.Injury concerns trail Thor, despite his demigod reputation. He's presently sidelined with hand, foot and mouth disease.Assuming buyers aren't spooked by his seemingly bottomless list of maladies, Syndergaard is a deadline difference-maker, as is deGrom.Either of the Mets' aces could shift the balance of power wherever they settle. Painful as it would be for New York to decimate a rotation that got it to the doorstep of a title, this is reality.The Baltimore Orioles secured a sparkling package from the Los Angeles Dodgers for a few months of Manny Machado. DeGrom is controllable through 2020 and Syndergaard through 2021. Imagine what riches each might yield.The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies are blossoming ahead of schedule. The Washington Nationals are scrambling for a final gasp in the waning days of the Bryce Harper era. The NL East is crowded to the point of bursting. New York must decide: cash in now or play the chumps.The Mets already dealt reliever Jeurys Familia to the Oakland Athletics. Infielder Asdrubal Cabrera should soon follow, among others.DeGrom and Syndergaard are more complex calls.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images"We'll have to consider [it]," Ricco said, per Newsday's Tim Healey. "For me, everything has to be on the table. But you have to look long and hard before you move a game-changing, top-of-the-rotation pitcher."That's undeniably true. When it comes to deGromandSyndergaard, the Mets should hold out for gaudy packages highlighted by can't-miss prospects. Anything less and the Amazins ought to spit at the mere notion.At the same time, the Mets should thoughtfully mull this eventuality.It's time for them to blow it up.It's time for them to make a move.If that wasn't apparent before, it is now. All statistics current as of Wednesday and courtesy of Baseball Reference. Once Bryce Howard rocked his last long ball in Home Run Derby into the stands, the countdown was officially on for the 89th All-Star Game Tuesday night at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox will take the mound for the American League and Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals will get the ball in his home ball park for the National League. Both pitchers will have formidable assignments against strong lineups, but Scherzer may have the more difficult task.The National League roster is strong, featuring the likes of Javier Baez, Freddie Freeman and Paul Goldsmith, but the American League roster has a formidable look to it Victor Martinez Jersey , with Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, J.D. Marinez and Manny Machado supplying much of the junior circuit's thump.Managers Dave Roberts of the National League and A.J. Hinch of the American League named their starting lineups Monday.2018 MLB All-Star Game InformationDate:Tuesday, July 17Time:8 p.m. ETTV:FoxTickets:StubHub ESPN Stats amp; Info ESPNStatsInfoMike Trout is 1 of 5 players to win multiple All-Star Game MVPs, along with Gary Carter, Steve Garvey, Cal Ripken and Willie Mays.Nobody has won three All-Star Game MVPs. ZNSIrINN7gRostersAmerican LeagueStartersWilson Ramos, C, Tampa Bay*Jose Abreu, 1B. Chicago White SoxJose Altuve, 2B, HoustonJose Ramirez, 3B, ClevelandManny Machado, SS, BaltimoreMike Trout, OF, Los Angeles AngelsAaron Judge, OF, New York YankeesMookie Betts, OF, BostonJ.D. Martinez, OF, Boston ReservesSalvador Perez, C, Kansas City (Designated as starter after Ramos injury.)Yan Gomes, C, ClevelandMitch Moreland, 1B, BostonJed Lowrie, 2B, OaklandGleyber Torres, 2B, New York Yankees*Alex Bregman, 3B, HoustonFrancisco Lindor, SS, ClevelandJean Segura, SS, SeattleMichael Brantley, OF, ClevelandShin-Soo Choo, OF, TexasMitch Haniger, OF, SeattleGeorge Springer , OF, HoustonNelson Cruz, DH, Seattle PitchersTrevor Bauer, ClevelandJose Berrios, MinnesotaAroldis Chapman, New York Yankees*Gerrit Cole, HoustonEdwin Diaz, SeattleJ.A. Happ, TorontoJoe Jimenez, DetroitCraig Kimbrel, BostonCorey Kluber, Cleveland*Charlie Morton, HoustonChris Sale, BostonLuis Severino, New York YankeesBlake Treinen, OaklandJustin Verlander, Detroit* ESPN Stats amp; Info ESPNStatsInfoJavier B谩ez had 72 RBI in the first half of the season, the most by a Cubs player prior to the All-Star break since Derek Lee in 2005 (72). YYZ1Mu9AjUNational LeagueStartersWillson Contreras, C, Chicago CubsFreddie Freeman, 1B, AtlantaJavier Baez, 2B, Chicago CubsNolan Arenado, 3B, ColoradoBrandon Crawford, SS, San FranciscoNick Markakis, OF, AtlantaMatt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles DodgersBryce Harper, OF, Washington ReservesYadier Molina, C, St. LouisBuster Posey, C, San Francisco*J.T. Realmuto, C, MiamiJesus Aguilar, 1B, MilwaukeePaul Goldschmidt, 1B, ArizonaJoey Votto, 1B James McCann Jersey , CincinnatiOzzie Albies, 2B, AtlantaScooter Gennett, 2B, CincinnatiEugenio Suarez, 3B, CincinnatiTrevor Story, SS, ColoradoCharlie Blackmon, OF, ColoradoLorenzo Cain, OF, MilwaukeeChristian Yelich, OF, Milwaukee PitchersPatrick Corbin, ArizonaZack Greinke, ArizonaJacob deGrom, New York MetsSean Doolittle, Washington*Mike Foltynewicz, AtlantaJosh Hader, MilwaukeeJason Jeffress, MilwaukeeBrad Hand, San DiegoKenley Jansen, Los Angeles DodgersJon Lester, Chicago Cubs*Miles Mikolas, St. Louis*Aaron Nola, PhiladelphiaMax Scherzer, WashingtonRoss Stripling, Los Angeles DodgersFelipe Vazquez, Pittsburgh*-denotes player won't be participating in All-Star Game.Bleacher Report BleacherReportThe last time an MLB duo put up numbers like Francisco Lindor + Jose Ramirez was in 1927.That duo was Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth 7EqFGYyjCc nzTKAk6LgaThe National League will have a difficult time trying to match the quality the American League can bring off the bench.While Machado is a formidable starting shortstop, Lindor may be just as good or better coming off the bench. He is having a sensational year with the first-place Indians, and he has a .291/.367/.562 slash line with 25 home runs and 62 runs batted in.The same holds at third base when Bregman can come into the game to replace Ramirez. Bregman, the only AL participant in Monday night's Home Run Derby, has a .539 slugging percentage with 20 home runs and 64 RBI. Bregman already has more home runs than he did last year (19) in Houston's World Series championship season.The Reds' Votto is probably in the same category as Lindor and Bregman, but there are not many other NL reserves that are in that category.Additionally, once the National League gets past Scherzer and deGrom, its pitching may be vulnerable to the relentless American League attack.Sale and Severino headline the AL pitching, but manager A.J. Hinch can follow with Cole, Snell, Bauer and a series of relievers that includes Diaz, Treinen and Kimbrel.Partially because of these perceived edges, the American League is a minus-130 favorite in the All-Star Game over the National League, according to OddsShark. The Senior Circuit is a plus-110 underdog. A bettor who is backing the American League has to risk $130 to gain a profit of $100.
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