The Mets announced on Wednesday that the club extended the contract of general manager Sandy Alderson. This doesn’t come as much as a surprise despite a rather disappointing 2017 campaign for the Mets.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said, “I’m excited that Sandy will continue to lead the organization.”
Alderson helped build the 2015 roster which ended the Mets’ postseason drought dating back to 2006. They lost the World Series in five games to the Royals. In 2016, the Mets lost the NL Wild Card game to the Giants. In 2017, largely due to injuries, the Mets finished a disappointing 70-92 in fourth place in the NL East.
Alderson is now 70 years old but the Mets seem to think he’s still the best fit for the job, at least for the near future. The Mets aren’t expected to make any big splashes this winter, at least in free agency. The club has been linked to Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis and before that had been linked to then-Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler.
I hope you don’t have any plans tonight at around 10PM Eastern time, because that’s when we get a pitching matchup for the ages as Max Scherzer will take on Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium. When they meet tonight it will be the first time two pitchers with three or more Cy Young Awards have matched up since 2006. That year, and in 2005 and 2000, Roger Clemens faced Greg Maddux. In 2001 Clemens faced Pedro Martinez.
Kershaw won his hardware in 2011, 2013 and 2014, with an MVP award in 2014 to boot. Scherzer collected trophies in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Each has started the 2018 season in Cy Young form. Kershaw is 1-2, but that record is due to poor run support. He has a 1.73 ERA and has struck out 31 batters and has walked only three in 26 innings. Scherzer is 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA and a whopping 38 strikeouts to only 4 walks in 27 innings.
This will be the third time that Kershaw and Scherzer faced each other if you include the playoffs. The first meeting was a decade ago when both were rookies. They most recently faced off in Game 1 of the 2016 NLDS, way back when Scherzer only had one Cy Young Award to his credit. Kershaw beat Scherzer in that playoff game and the Dodgers beat Scherzer’s teams in the two regular season matchups, with neither guy setting the world on fire. As so often happens in baseball, the hype hasn’t been matched by reality.
Still, there’s always a chance it will. And even if, in the end, this turns into a slugfest, the first couple of innings should at least give us some hope of something good. I’ll be watching.