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Department of Energy Preservation


DATE: June 18, 2021
FROM: Department of Analytic Analysis
TO: Luis Rojas
RE: Upcoming Schedule

As you know, previous postponements have us playing a day-night doubleheader tomorrow (Saturday) in Washington as well as a single-admission doubleheader at Citi Field on Monday, meaning we face a gauntlet of five games in a span of approximately 58 hours. Even though four of those games are scheduled to last only seven innings, this presents us with a challenge regarding resources, or “players”. Complicating this challenge is the scheduled Friday night game tonight at Nationals Park.

We have discerned through proprietary calculus the most desirable manner at which to proceed for Friday night’s game so as to best preserve our players and their finite energy for the games directly thereafter. It is outlined below.

Please implement this plan with minimal managerial improvisation.

1) Pitch Joey Lucchesi into the sixth inning. We have revised our previous metrics and concluded Lucchesi will not physically disintegrate should he pitch beyond a fifth inning. We have also discovered the “churve” is an actual pitch, not just an unpleasant sound our announcers make every five days.

2) Alert our fielders to the possibility of ground balls that can be converted into double plays. Numerous simulations confirm the likelihood that two outs are twice as good as one.

3) Our hitters should make contact if possible but otherwise avoid long innings full of rallies and scoring threats. If one of our hitters can drive a ball over the fence, that would be ideal. Otherwise efficient outs — deep fly balls, infield grounders, line drives hit directly to Washington defenders — will be considered optimal.

4) Hitters who reach first base, whether by hit or walk, should try to steal second base. If they are thrown out by Yan Gomes, that eliminates the possibility of an overlong inning; gets us back on the field one batter sooner; and gets us closer to getting the game over without event or incident. If they are safe, please have the next hitter swing for a home run.

5) Use Seth Lugo judiciously. It’s OK for him to get an out. Two or more might be an issue.

6) If Edwin Diaz has something to save, use Edwin Diaz. If Edwin Diaz has nothing to save, use Edwin Diaz. Probability indices indicate it’s bound to work one of these times.

A game managed according to the above plan, supplemented by presumably sound umpiring, delivers us a 50.0% chance of winning or losing by the thinnest of margins. A win would be preferable. A razor’s-edge loss would be regrettable in the short term, but should complete the game in far less than, say, three hours and four minutes that seem so much longer to our home viewers who struggle to maintain alertness, focus and interest on a game that aesthetically goes nowhere and takes forever. The key objective here is to have our resources/players as fresh as possible for the surfeit of makeup games ahead.

Remember, win or lose, this particular Friday night game is just one game. Good luck with the doubleheaders.

cc: Gary DiSarcina, Jeremy Hefner, Dave Jauss, Hugh Quattlebaum

5 comments to Department of Energy Preservation

  • eric1973

    Weird how they dispense with analytics at the most obvious moment. Diaz should have been nowhere near that tie game last night.

    Rojas (I mean, Zack Scott) proves once again to have no feel for the game.

    We can still win this thing on our own, without middle-upper management meddling.

  • mikeL

    i thought maybe the mets brass wanted the returning starters to feel like they were really, really sorely missed.
    how else to justify plugging them back into their positions that have been so ably manned by “replacements”?

  • Eric

    Frustrating to waste 2 well-pitched, well-defended games in a row.

    The positive is another good start by Lucchesi with the uncertainty over deGrom, Carrasco and Syndergaard’s returns not foreseeable, and no other ready options except cannibalizing the bullpen (eg, stretching out Gsellman or Lugo). Lucchesi’s approaching a reliable back-end starter. Hopefully Peterson likewise follows up his last start with another good one today.

    The negative is the return of ice-cold offense especially from the regulars in the line-up.

    The Mets entered this tough stretch of games with a cushion, but it’s not a big cushion. One bad week will eat that cushion. Two losses in a row with division rivals winning is a start of a bad week. Best to cut off that trend today.

  • eric1973

    Rumor has it that Rojas took out deGrom after 3 innings the other night because he didn’t want him to face the order a 2nd time.

  • eric1973

    Rojas, you really took Peterson out after 4 2/3 innings and giving up 2 hits, depriving him of a well-earned win, which really still matters?

    You suck.