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With the 2020 MLB season paused, let's dip into the mailbag and answer some Mets and Yankees questions...
Yes, the team announced Friday that Syndergaard's surgery went "as expected." Which led me to compliment them for word choice and criticize anyone who called the surgery "successful." Which made me realize I had accidentally subtweeted Jeff Passan. Which gave Passan an opportunity to get off a sick burn at my expense that got way too many likes.
@JamesCo18053305: The 2007 Mets were an epic collapse, everyone knows that. I hate people calling the 2008 Mets a collapse. If anything they over achieved with all their injuries. Agree or no?
This is a fair point in that the collapses were quite different. In 2007, it was a total team implosion. In 2008, Billy Wagner had Tommy John surgery and the bullpen fell apart.
I remember after the final game of that season when a reporter asked Carlos Beltran what needed to change with the team and he said, "The bullpen, obviously."
Love Beltran. He's very blunt.
@matt12r: Will the delay of the season hurt or help the Yankees?
Seems more likely to help. It wipes away the James Paxton absence; he was supposed to be out until May. It gives Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge time to heal. So yeah, if there is a season, the Yankees will be more whole when it begins.
@Drunkman0o0Geib: Should the Mets put Lugo in the rotation. Then just for fun talk about Matt Harvey. Do u think Harvey could pull an Oliver Perez and get reborn as a reliever or do u think hes just shot? He still throws hard
Poor Seth Lugo. The big money is in starting pitching and he's not getting a shot. It might be worth examining what the best roles are for Lugo and Michael Wacha -- who should be in the rotation and who should be in the pen. But that's not going to happen. Wacha will start and Lugo will relieve.
To your second question, Harvey seems shot. But if he does find it -- and of course one hopes that he does -- it won't be for a New York team.
@dangerusssssss: What's the outlook for Jasson Dominguez this year? Where does he begin the year? Is he untouchable in trade
Dominguez, just 17 years old, would have played in the Dominican Summer League this year, with an outside chance of advancing to the Gulf Coast Yankees. Now, who knows? Player development plans are disrupted like everything else. Bottom line, he's at least a few years away from the big leagues if everything breaks right.
@Mikemcgannpa: Which of the two teams is better suited to a short-season sprint (80 games?) and which is better suited to winning short playoff series?
I think the Yankees are better suited to both, for the simple reason that their roster is better. More specifically, they have the type of deep bullpen that helps in a short series. And Gerrit Cole, Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka at the front of the rotation. Cole has a stronger supporting cast than Jacob deGrom has in the Mets rotation.
@ChupacabrasGM: Will the Mets and Marcus come to an agreement for 2021? Will the Mets also sign Noah before 2021 ends? Avoid headaches to the front of the rotation
It is uniquely difficult to predict what the Mets will do beyond this year because we don't know who will own the team next year. The entire organization could be different, or not.
On merit, Stroman will have to pitch better than he did after arriving last year in order to prove himself worthy of a long-term investment. Will be interesting to see what his market is, and if any club will value him as a front-end starter.