NY Mets (M Stroman) (@1.86) vs Cincinnati (T Bauer) (@1.9)
23-09-2019

Our Prediction:

NY Mets (M Stroman) will win

NY Mets (M Stroman) – Cincinnati (T Bauer) Match Prediction | 23-09-2019 13:10

Those two trades were certainly unpredictable, so maybe that foretells a crazy few hours before the 4 p.m. What will happen before the MLB trade deadline arrives on Wednesday? ET deadline hits. We got off to a slow start to the trade deadline, and then Marcus Stroman was traded to the New York Mets, and then we had the three-team blockbuster Tuesday night that sent Trevor Bauer to the Cincinnati Reds, Yasiel Puig, Franmil Reyes and Logan Allen to the Cleveland Indians and Taylor Trammell to the San Diego Padres. That was fun.

I talked to Smith recently when I visited Binghamton... Smith split time in college between starter and reliever, but the Mets have exclusively been developing him as a starter to date. If he ends up not working out as a starter or there is more of a need in the bullpen, he has the experience and repertoire to work as a lefty out of the bullpen.

Mets-Rockies Highlights

1)The Mets provided the run support early, highlighted by home runs from CFBrandon Nimmo and 3BJeff McNeil in the first half of the game. Nimmo set the tone in the top of the first inning, going with an opposite-field solo shot to left and putting the Mets on the board.

However, at just 19 years old and two years removed from being a senior in high school, because he made improvements and completed his first 100-game season, he is finally getting the recognition he deserves as a potential big-league third baseman. Vientos' stats from this past season are not overly impressive as he hit .255 with a .300 OBP, 12 home runs and 27 doubles in 111 games in Single A.

The Mets beat the Rockies 7-4 on Wednesday afternoonthanks to a ninth inning rally. Rene Rivera was the catcher for Syndergaard, and ended up going 0-for-3 from the plate. Wilson Ramos will be back in the lineup against the Reds, as the catcher is batting .293 on the season. Starting on the mound was Noah Syndergaard, who lasted 5.2 innings after allowing four runs on 10 hits and two walks. The team scored four runs to take the lead including an RBI single from Seth Lugo.

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He's still really good at 35 years old -- 10-4, 2.87 ERA, 128-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio -- but he's signed for two more seasons at a hefty $35 million per year. Any Greinke deal would likely include the Diamondbacks eating part of his salary to get some prospects in return. He also has a no-trade clause to 15 teams, reportedly including the Yankees. Greinke is even more complicated.

The Padres made the big deal on Tuesday, but they didn't get the controllable veteran starter they've been seeking to add to their rotation. If the Mets flip Syndergaard for a package that can help in 2020, such a deal could involve a trade partner such as the Padres, who have MLB-ready talent and a deep farm system (though a report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday night said those talks are dormant).

With their playoff odds hovering below 10%, the Mets put a monkey wrench into the final days before the deadline when they acquired Stroman, one of the best starters available and who was presumably headed to a contender in a stronger position than the Mets. Instead, the Mets got him without giving up a top-100 prospect -- a trade many considered a great deal for the Mets.

Syndergaard has a desire to pitch to anyone but Ramos

On the second day of the season's final road trip, the Mets are 5-5 in their past 10 games after they fell 9-4 in Monday's series-opening loss to the Rockies. Along with Nimmo, Jeff McNeil gave the Mets a boost via the long ball, sending a two-run shot in the top of the third inning and putting the Mets ahead 3-1. McNeil's multihit game was his 50th of the season, becoming the 13th player in Mets history to do so. One bright spot was Brandon Nimmo, whose leadoff home run put the Mets on the board in the top of the first inning and added to his solid return -- since being activated Sept. 1, he is slashing .241/.465/.655.

The ensuing at-bat saw the Mets load the bases as Jeff McNeil walked. Excitement filled the air for the Mets as Pete Alonso then walked to the plate, but instead of swinging, he walked on four-straight pitches, which brought in the game-winning run. Later in the inning, Robinson Cano hit into a sloppy looking double play, but it also scored a run, as did a shocking at-bat.

The likely NL Rookie of the Year destroyed a low and away 2-2 pitch to right center field in the top of the eighth inning to give the Mets a 5-0 lead. He joins the Yankees' Aaron Judge as just the second rookie in MLB history to reach 50 home runs in a season. 1) Pete Alonsobecame the first and only player in Mets team history to hit 50 home runs in a single season.

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The first three batters of the game reached off the right-hander, as a fielding error from Todd Frazier loaded the bases with nobody out. Aristides Aquino and Jose Iglesias then each recorded RBI singles. 1) Zack Wheelergave up two early runs, but he settled in nicely.

The unknown part of the Syndergaard equation: If the Mets are going for it in 2020, isn't their best chance of winning to ride a front three of Jacob deGrom, Syndergaard and Stroman? This being the Mets, they'll probably try Option F. The same sort of applies to Diaz, while Wheeler is a free agent after this season and likely will be traded.

It's a situation that involves the whole team," Valentine told me when recording the former Mets manager's new podcast, The Bobby V Experience. "It's not just a player situation.