Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers II

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Last series against the Brewers featured a heartwarming David Wright walk-off.

Headlines

He’s baaaaack: With the infield depth running rather dry due to injury, Mets GM Sandy Alderson struck a deal with the Braves to bring Kelly Johnson back to New York for the second straight year. Headed to Atlanta is farmhand Akeel Morris.

Thank goodness: After gutting out a 6-5 win in 10 innings on Wednesday night’s series finale, the Mets picked up their first victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 10 tries. The pesky Pirates finish up their regular season games against the Mets in short order with Pittsburgh visiting New York on Tuesday.

Catching some additional playing time: A perfect storm of circumstances has seen manager Terry Collins anoint catcher, Rene Rivera, as the primary starter while Travis D’Arnaud continues his rehab assignment. Rivera has shined defensively behind the plate, and handled the pitching staff well. Despite being a liability on the offensive side, he has been no worse than Kevin Plawecki (who had slumped as low as .186, prompting the change).

Know Your Own

We take another respite from fraternizing with the enemy, as we chat with John of the superb longtime Mets blog, Metstradamus.

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Obviously the news of the day is that Kelly Johnson is back! What are your thoughts on the trade?

I like Kelly Johnson. He’s a good depth guy. I am surprised at the timing of the trade and that the Mets would spend another prospect on Johnson, who is barely above the Mendoza line now. It’s like spending money on that old appliance that never works when you should just get a new one. But it also shows you what they think of Akeel Morris’ progress.

Morris very well could have been the next cut off the 40 man, for that matter. Seems like the focus of Panic City changes every few days. deGrom, Harvey, Duda, Wright. Now the offense as a whole is struggling to score runs. Passing concern? Or legitimate cracks starting to show?

I don’t think the Mets shouldn’t worry about the lack of offense. But we all have to remember that they have gotten close to zero production from the 3B and C positions, even when Wright and d’Arnaud were healthy (or in Wright’s case: “healthy”). Curtis Granderson is the one who concerns me long term. When he doesn’t hit, then there aren’t enough chances to drive in runs with the singles they do hit, and that’s why it seems that they’re “home run reliant”, which I think is an argument fallacy anyway.

Appropriately, as the Mets prepare to play the Brewers, Jonathan Lucroy is at the top of most trade target lists. Worth making the splash (and the inevitable prospect cost premium) to make the stretch run?

I would hate giving up prospects like Amed Rosario or Dominic Smith just because they play positions that will open up relatively soon with the eventual departures of Asdrubal Cabrera and Duda. And you know the Brewers would be interested in at least one of those. But there’s so much invested in “now,” which hasn’t happened in a while for the Mets. When you’re playing for now, I’m a believer in going all the way and playing for now because you never know how long a window is going to last, young pitchers or no young pitchers.

What’s your beer of choice ahead of / at Citi Field?

I’m a simple guy when it comes to beer. I’m more than happy with a Blue Moon, a Landshark, and lately I’ve been sucking down Angry Orchards and other ciders like they’re going out of style. Though I have to admit that I’m still upset that you can’t find Labatt’s on tap like you used to here in the city.

True – I can’t remember the last time I saw Labatt’s on tap. Any favorite local haunts when making it to the game isn’t in the cards?

When I can’t make it to the game, I’ve got a 51 inch screen at home which is my best option. You’re all invited…just don’t spill anything on the couch or my wife will kill me.

Count us in.

Thanks again to John for sharing in the irrational anxiety that is Mets fandom!

Standings & Probables

Nationals 36-23 .610
Mets 32-26 .552
Marlins 30-29 .508
Phillies 29-31 .483
Braves 17-42 .288

Thursday, June 9 Bartolo Colon (4-3 3.27 ERA) vs. Jimmy Nelson (5-4 3.43 ERA)

Friday, June 10 Matt Harvey (4-8 4.95 ERA) vs. Junior Guerra (3-1 3.61 ERA)

Saturday, June 11 Logan Verrett (3-3 3.22 ERA) vs. Wily Peralta (3-7 6.79 ERA)

Sunday, June 12 Jacob deGrom (3-2 2.80 ERA) vs. Kyle Davies (4-3 4.29 ERA)

Beer From the Good Guys

Brooklyn Brewery – Brooklyn Brown Ale

With the Mets struggling for dependable offense lately, it was only appropriate to go with a sturdy, dependable brown ale.

Pouring a deep mahogany, BBA takes an American approach to the brown ale style, with more robust flavors. Coffee and chocolate punch up your normal malty brown body, adding some intrigue without sacrificing the core identity of the style. Coming in at 5.6% ABV, it’s substantial enough to stand on its own, but is also reasonably sessionable. BBA finishes cleanly with traces of hazelnut and bittering hops.

bbba.jpgScouting Report (20-80 scale)

See: 65

Smell: 60

Taste: 65

Feel: 60

Overall: 65

Brown ales just don’t get accolades by nature of the style. They’re trusty, unassuming, and happy to let flashy IPAs get all the attention. Brooklyn Brown Ale is well executed, and a standout in a senselessly underappreciated category. LGM!

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