I’m not shying away from this post because I think it relates to life in general, in that, it shows how mismanagement is the fault of stupidity and pigheadedness no matter what sector we are discussing.
The way the Mets manage their organization is as bad as any leftist government.
The Mets have a would-be star pitcher if they just wouldn’t f**k with the guy.
Noah Syndergaard has a great arm and could be the ace on any major league team. He’s a winning pitcher, entering this season with 37 wins against 22 losses. He was giving up less than 3 runs per 9 innings. Great numbers.
This year he’s a little off, giving up more than 4 runs a game. Syndergaard is blaming his catcher, Wilson Ramos. Normally I’d roll my eyes and call the pitcher an excuse-making prima donna. But he has a valid point.
When Syndergaard pitches to Ramos he gives up more than 5 runs per 9 innings. When he pitches to any of the two other Mets catchers his ERA is 2.2. Those are not insignificant statistics, and the sampling is over a long period of time. The Mets management, however, DGAS.
Wilson Ramos is having a career year with his bat, having just snapped one of the longest hitting streaks the Mets have ever seen. It ended at 26 straight games, tying David Wright, and coming up 4 games shy of Moises Alou’s record setting 40 game hitting streak.
Does Wilson’s hitting trump Synergaard’s need for a light hitting catcher to be behind the plate in order to be happy and successful? Absolutely not.
The number one role of management is to put the best team on the field in order to get a win. Ramos’s bat can hardly make up the 3-run differential in Syndergaard’s earned run average when he’s behind the plate.
Managers often juggle a lineup to suit the particular style of a pitcher. Ground ball pitchers get the best gloves in the infield. Fly ball pitchers get the best outfielders. Why are they dicking with Syndergaard?
Starting pitchers usually pitch 6 innings. Ramos can enter the game when Syndergaard sits. Catchers need rest as it is. Why can’t Ramos’s rest days come when Syndergaard gets the ball?
Do they feel like Ramos’s feeling will be hurt? Will he lose his mojo at the plate if he sits? Maybe. But we don’t know. We do know, though, that Syndergaard is suffering. For whatever reason, he just can’t pitch as effectively to Ramos.
If the Mets have a must win game down the line and Sydergaard gets the ball, would they opt for the almost certain 3 run gift to the other team and hope that Ramos can make up some of those runs with his bat? Or will they sit Ramos and most likely limit the other team to just 2 or 3 runs? (Remember, Ramos could get 1 or 2 at bats in a game that Syndergaard pitches anyway.)
It’s almost as if the Mets go out of their way to find a way to lose. They are probably the worst managed team, top to bottom, in baseball. If the Mets got just 3 more wins out of Syndergaard they would be nicely positioned to earn a post season slot. (Let’s not discuss how they trotted out Edwin Diaz as the closer after it was clear he is not fooling major league hitters any longer. The Mets have given up more 9th inning home runs than any other team in baseball.)
Loaded with talent, but struggling to stay above .500 and somehow get into a wildcard slot with 19 games to go. They’ll never get there, but not because of the players, it’s because of the suits.
(I’m sure I’ll get a rebuttal in the comments. Bring it.)