MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves, Mets vs Nationals

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Today’s Mets Action

The Mets will play a pair of split squad games today. Jenrry Mejia opposes Washington Nationals righthander Tanner Roark at 1:10 PM in Port St. Lucie. This game will be broadcast on WPIX and WOR 710 AM.

In the other game, Carlos Torres opposes Atlanta Braves right-hander Freddy Garcia at 1:05 PM at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney. This one will not be broadcasted.

John Lannan was initially set to start the game at Disney, but was replaced so he can work as a reliever. The competition for fifth starter has officially ended for him.

Here are today’s lineups:

ESPN Wide World of Sports at 1:05 PM

  1. Eric Young Jr., 2b
  2. Juan Lagares, cf
  3. Ike Davis, 1b
  4. Josh Satin, 3b
  5. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, rf
  6. Taylor Teagarden, c
  7. Matt den Dekker, lf
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Carlos Torres, rhp

Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie at 1:10 PM

  1. Ruben Tejada, ss
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Curtis Granderson, rf
  5. Chris Young, cf
  6. Lucas Duda, 1b
  7. Andrew Brown, lf
  8. Anthony Recker, c
  9. Jenrry Mejia, rhp

Mets Notes

Daniel Murphy had five plate appearances in a minor-league game Saturday, but did not run after making contact. It marked his first game action since injuring his right calf one week ago. Today, he’s penciled into the lineup batting and playing second.

Both Lucas Duda and Ike Davis are playing first base as the competition between them heats up. Davis had a big game on Saturday and has homered in consecutive games. Duda requested and got the day off yesterday.

The suddenly hot Ruben Tejada is batting leadoff for the fourth time this spring. But I’m beginning to wonder if Chris Young – who I initially discounted – can handle leadoff duties, especially against lefthanders? I must say, he’s been very impressive this spring and maybe he pulls a Marlon Byrd on us.

If you thought Wilmer Flores would get another start at shortstop, especially after two solid efforts in the field and at the plate, forget it. He gets to ride the pine today and continues to look like he’ll begin the season in Vegas rather than the Mets.

Enjoy the games and Lets Go Mets!

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  • Benny

    WOW!

    Perfect day to see both Tejada and Flores playing SS today. I guess Terry is more interested in seeing how Quintanilla continues to stink it up instead, sigh…

    Worst part: No d’Arnaud either!

  • metsfan79

    Its official collins is retarded we know Q stinks we dont need to see it anymore. Flores another good game and benched .looks like we are shooting for a 70 win season

  • Benny

    Duda requested the day off yesterday?

    Where’s my man Carlton Krinkle to set this guy straight? Who asks for a day off in the middle of a competition? A heated one at that…

  • metsfan79

    Our only hope is collins catches a line drive off his fathead. I dont understand

  • kw_all

    no more Quintanilla
    please

  • lareplus

    How does Collins make these decisions? I really don’t get the sense in half of what he does.

  • Benny

    Coin flip, Pin the tail on the donkey, and Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.

  • metsfan79

    1 game going 3for3 is suddenly hot? Ugh sorry for repeating myself but what doea the guy have to do to play? Lead the team in rbis or have a 5 game hitiing streak or something?
    TC: wilma your looking good in the field
    WF: thanks coach
    TC: your raking with the bat
    WF:trying to help coach
    TC: well with your performance im gonna sit you today
    WF: ?

  • Met lifer

    Just don’t understand why Flores is not playing with the split squad. After yesterday in particular. This just makes no sense and also why so many people don’t like Collins.

  • Therockman

    Flores has a good game and they sit him down. Somebody is a friggin numbskull. Why sit the future?

  • BarnRat

    Well, I was wrong. I said yesterday that a split squad game would assure Flores of getting into the line-up rather than sitting on the bench as would be Terry’s usual MO after someone has 4 RBIs… I’m going to give Terry the benefit of the doubt and put it down to short-term memory loss. Someone just make sure he can’t get his hands on any matches or car keys.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  • Tango01

    Are you guys surprised that Terry isn’t playing Flores today at short especially on a split squad day. The way I think of it if Terry don’t want to see if Flores can man short send him to Vegas, start Tejada, continue to make your stupid decision when the season starts. If it means getting rid of Terry because this team started the season with a poor record then so be it. This team will not move to the next level with Terry as the manager.

  • Mike Lloyd

    No no no no! Cmon now…Joe D, What is going on? I know it’s Spring Training, but Collins is in mid-season form. What are these buffoons doing? No Flores? Really? Quintanilla, a good guy, but he and Seratelli and even Tejada are not even close to Wilmer talent wise.What is this front office and management thinking…ugh it’s going to be a long season.

  • BarnRat

    Q is ahead of Flores in his NCAA bracket

  • skyking26

    Here’s my opening day lineup and I’m sure Collins will screw that up.
    Chris Young RF
    Wilmer Flores SS
    Daniel Murphy 2B
    David Wright 3B
    Curtis Granderson LF
    Ike Davis 1B
    Travis d arnaud C
    Juan Lagares CF

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    It makes you wonder who’s really running the show here and what the decision-making rationale is based on. There’s a certain logic that seems to be missing that goes beyond roster management or lack thereof. Where’s the common sense? But of course, we fans know nothing…

  • Met lifer

    Unless TC knows something we don’t, which I highly doubt, why is he not getting more reps at the very least. I don’t even care if he goes 0 for 4, it’s about the reps in the field. He is not getting much of a chance.

  • Met lifer

    Probably would put Flores behind Curtis for some protection and break up the lefties.push it up one position. But looks good

  • MyasDaddy

    Wow Terry. This is just a joke. Why is this kid not getting any Reps? Why are you ramming Q down or throats? For all of you TC apologists out there saying he never had any talent to win. BS! He wouldn’t know talent if it slapped him across the face. The true problem with this team is our managers in – ability to develop this talent. We have 9 days left, there is no reason why Flores should not be playing today.

  • skyking26

    My biggest reason why I don’t like Collins is not because he’s a bone head, not because lack of in game skills and not because he’s a lush. I don’t like Collins because he doesn’t give the kids a fair shot. This is a young team going forward and Collins is not good with young players unless their name is Young.

  • skyking26

    I put my boy Wilmer there to see better pitches, and more at bats.

  • Met lifer

    Well said. If Wilmer were 32 he would have no problem. Don’t we know by now what Q is?

  • Rocky Thompson

    The starting lineup for today’s games is very telling. 1) The decision on Wilmer Flores has already been made. He is going to start the season in AAA and the backup middle infield position is between Quintanilla and Seratelli. 2) Chris Young is hitting so well he has hit himself out of contention for the leadoff spot. C. Young will be the #5 hitter and provide protection for Granderson. 3) This is Mejia’s last (and really his first) chance to win the 5th starting spot.

  • I love this, especially against LHP. If Collins really wanted to win this season, he would consider batting CY/Flores 1/2. The lineup you propose could do some real damage in 2014 – especially if Young keeps squaring up the bat evenly as he has this spring, and not go back to that wicked upper cut.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    Wonder if it’s because TC could never crack the majors so he projects the obstacles he faced onto young players in the name of character building or some such nonsense. Sorry for the psychobabble, but there’s something very wrong here and it’s allowed to continue…

  • skyking26

    Q = Independent League

  • BarnRat

    This may say more about Murphy’s future than Flores’. I bet Flores is ticketed for Vegas to play 2B, NOT SS. Sometime in the next 3-9 months we’re saying so long to Daniel. “Nice career so far Murph, but you’ve played your way outside our wallet”.

  • MyasDaddy

    Sick and tired of being sick and tired with these white haired weasel as our manager.

  • Met lifer

    I get it, especially against lefties like Joe D said.

  • texasmetsfan

    I thought the same thing……why does he need a day off when he just sat out the first three weeks of spring training due to a hamstring pull that occurred right after a stint in a strength and conditioning camp? You just can’t make stuff like that up. Only on the Mets does this occur.

  • Met lifer

    Your probably right.

  • texasmetsfan

    Last split squad game too…..I guess TC or Sandy are sending out a message. Really kind of blo ws.

  • skyking26

    Remember what happened when we tried to move Jose Reyes out of the leadoff spot. CY is more productive in the lead off role and if you want to get the most of his WAR you have to leave him there regardless of his K’s.

  • Met lifer

    The Q playing really annoys me even beyond the fact Wilmer not playing one of the ss games, wouldn’t you put Seratelli ther over Q to see if he really can play all these positions competently?

  • On Friday we were at Terry’s post game and he said he was going to play “his guys” starting next week meaning Sunday on.

    These lineups suggest Quintanilla in, Seratelli out, Tejada in, Flores out.

    I can’t believe d’Arnaud isn’t playing either. He’s started back to games once in all of spring training. I figured after Saturday’s home run he’d play today to get him in a groove. But no dice.

  • Fast Eddie

    I also like that in this scenario Ike would be hitting only sixth. Let him earn his way up a slot or two. Plus, we all know Ike doesn’t like any kind of pressure so hitting him lower would take care of some of that. Hitting him cleanup or fifth would not be the way to go for Ike’s fragile makeup…

  • RyanF55

    Love that lineup….how refreshing. Too bad Mets managemen would never consider Flores/Lagares as starters this season…..why? I have no idea.

  • I agree. In today’s game, strikeouts are becoming too overstated. Yes it’s an unproductive out most of time, but if you’re producing or having productive outs in your other 75% of at-bats the K’s are tolerable.

  • Fast Eddie

    The fact that Flores is on the bench and not playing SS in either game today really disturbs me. To me, this is a missed opportunity that could come back and haunt them, especially if Tejada is hitting .180 after 3 weeks to start the season.

  • RyanF55

    “We’re going to start playing my guys this week” – TC.

    Well, this is deflating. “His guys” don’t include Flores, to much of our dismay. He will begin the season in AAA to “work on his craft” while Tejada, Quintinilla and Seratelli play well-below average SS. Great plan! Also, how is TDA not playing in either of these games? He hasn’t played in consecutive days this Spring once….man, that’s a great way to get your catcher in season shape. I guess we have to get Teagarden those reps…..what a joke. TC needs to go…I can’t take it anymore.

  • Joanie Yan

    That’s why I want him off the team. That and the fact he can’t play defense. Please send him to KC or Houston to DH.

  • Joanie Yan

    The best thing about your lineup is it’s different from last year – because when you win 74 games you need to make a change.
    We can only hope that if they get off to a horrific start with Tejada, Quintanilla and Young Jr., we’ll get Lagares and Flores up here sooner than later.

  • WillisReid

    Flores has pretty much been a lock to start the season in Vegas since the start of camp. He’s the best option to play SS on the roster right now, too. I don’t have a problem with him not playing today though. Tejada is going to start the season at SS, and Q and Seratelli seem to be in a dead heat for the back up job. Flores will probably play SS everday in Vegas, to clean up the D.

  • Met lifer

    You know, that makes sense, however, this manager and FO doesn’t know what sense means. You are also saying what I mentioned regarding Seratelli, if he is in the dead heat mix, why is he not playing?

  • oleosmirf

    Do you know which Met leads the team in PA so far in ST?

  • Eyeball

    I’m hoping the true reason Wilmer’s not in the lineup is because he’s at Fred Astaire Dance Studio working on his footwork. He’s already shown surprisingly decent hands/arm, and he’s probably a better hitter than all the other competition in his sleep.

  • oleosmirf

    Flores leads the team in PA so far this spring so the idea that he isn’t getting enough opportunity is ridiculous.

    It’s ST and guys don’t play everyday so you guys really need to stop complaining about every little thing.

  • skyking26

    Just remember this. A productive at bat does not show up in a box score. CY could K but it’s a matter of how many pitches he can make a pitcher throw before his K or not grounding into a dp with runner on.

  • Met lifer

    Yeah, no doubt in his sleep,walking with a limp, and having a cold he would be better. He is the offense we/ the FO craves, but is too stupid to give a shot. I would bet he would give you at least the numbers, ok I am going to say a dirty word, Drew would give you with out the cost. At least they could say they are trying this instead of going for Drew and it would sound like a sensible option.

  • Met lifer

    I am not after the at bats, i know he can hit, I want the ss fielding work.

  • Benny

    You do understand that people are complaining about his limited chances at SS, right?

    They’re not complaining about his PA, and quite frankly after a game like yesterday, you would think that he would be playing today to build on the performance from yesterday.

  • Met lifer

    You beat me to the post, but ditto!

  • BarnRat

    Needing more bats and needing a SS aren’t exactly trivial.

  • WillisReid

    Because they are trying to also get Tejada AB’s he clearly needs?

  • Met lifer

    Fine, but they know what Q is by now, if not Wilmer, why isn’tSeratelli at ss in the other game?

  • oleosmirf

    He’s not making the team though so the need to “get him hot” isn’t a necessity as Tejada has already been named the starting SS and you’re not going to put a 22 year old rookie on the bench.

    If and only if Tejada stinks in the games that count, will Flores be considered for SS at the ML level.

  • oleosmirf

    but he’s going to AAA so getting him games the week before the season starts really isn’t much of a priority for the team.

  • WillisReid

    Because he got 5 AB’s yesterday.

    There are only so many to go around, as was mentioned above Flores leads the team in PA’s this spring. Tejada appears to be the starting SS, for now and still looks like he need reps, and then Q and Seratelli are trying to win a job.

    Not liking it is one thing, not seeing the logic is another.

  • SRT

    This ^.

    I’m going with Adam Rubin on this one. Flores is already ticketed for AAA. He’ll be getting reps at SS and 2nd.

    Outside chance he’s the extra bat they carry while Niese is on the DL or (if that’s a longer stint projected right now) until they need tat 5th starter. I’m thinking Andrew Brown might be the front runner right now for that extra bat.

  • Met lifer

    I totally get your point. I just think it is the wrong decision. Tejada should be the back up to Wilmer. What did they think they were going to get if they landed Peralta? A experienced proven bat with limited range with some pop. I would contend that Wilmer is that same player but younger. Not the second coming of Ozzie, but a similar profile to Peralta.

  • B-Met Fan

    It’s looking more and more like the Las Vegas 51’s might be the Met team to see in the early season. The 51’s host Colorado Springs June 9 through 12 with the Mets playing in Anaheim June 13-15. That could make an interesting road adventure. Syndergaard, deGrom, Montero and maybe Mazzoni or Verrett starting against Colorado with all kinds of position playing options to boot.

  • skyking26

    I agree when you only win 74 games a change is needed but when you still have Tejada, Quintanilla and EYJ still in the equation. That’s a problem! Not only have you not changed but your blocking young talent with dead weight. The best change would of been not bringing back Collins. I figured some would like my line up and some will not but I think this lineup shows the true strengths and shows potential. I would be very disappointed if Wilmer and Lagares start in AAA.

  • oleosmirf

    You can’t build a team around pitching and have the worst defensive middle infield in baseball.

    If he was hitting like Campbell, den Dekker or Kirk, you could convince me his bat will compensate for the defense, but even with his great game yesterday, he’s still got some learning to do offensively.

    I do agree that if Tejada falters, Flores must be his replacement and not Omar Q or Seratelli.

  • IndianaMet

    I liked your comment. Then started to like the next one and next one. It appears we are all on the same page that TC sucks. It’s gonna be a long year with this clown.

  • Dave_in_Spain

    It could also say that the backup C job is still up in the air, and they want to decide today or tomorrow.

  • SRT

    Wish I had the money and the time. 🙂

  • sperry

    Quite the long look at short huh

    God I hate terry collins

  • Met lifer

    Even if his bat is not hot right now, he is markedly better than Tejada, and with the young Andrew jones in center and yes are fly ball pitchers should have Lagares in center,his range is less important than his bat. This is what they were accepting with Peralta, but now it makes no sense to them.

  • BarnRat

    Once we cross the bridge that no matter how he plays over the rest of ST he’s ticketed for Vegas, I can’t argue with you

  • MyasDaddy

    That’s the biggest problem I have with him. It’s like he has dementia. He forgets what he says, and does the complete opposite. I hate him too.

  • oleosmirf

    I think its fairly obvious Flores is a better hitter right now, but how much better is something we really don’t know.

    Also there is tons of misconceptions about Peralta’s defense. He has been an above average defender almost his entire career. Flores at SS is at the Jeter level or worse.

    He had a very good AAA season last year, a poor ML debut (hampered by a bad ankle of course) and until yesterday was having a poor spring.

    It all depends on how he hits at the ML level and personally I don’t think his offense right now is enough. Add to that a possible delay in service time if he’s called up after around memorial day, improvements he can get learning in AAA and I think it’s clear Tejada should be the starter for now.

  • Met lifer

    We can respectfully disagree. Just tired of the Tejada we have seen and the fact that he isn’t that great at his best. Would like change and we all know finances is nthe first thing that comes up. Even in your reply, you mention service time and the way it effects decisions.

  • Sach

    I’m hoping Jenrry steps forward today and claims that 5SP spot over the Dice Man although the Mets seem to be concerned about the opt outs in Dice-K’s and Lannan’s contracts.

  • tacknaf

    everyone’s already said it so there’s no real reason for me to pile on, but WHY ON EARTH IS Q IN THERE AND NOT FLORES????

    Collins = moron

    thanks

  • Guest

    Well, I got good news and I have bad news. The good news is Opening Day is only 9 days away. The bad news is, Opening Day is 9 days away!

  • MyasDaddy

    If anyone needs a good laugh, which I think we all do. Check out Metsblog. For the first time in a week, I checked it out and spilled my water all over the place while spitting on my laptop screen. Apparently Teagarden is hitting in the 6th and the 8th hole, and there are 2-2B’s in the lineup.

  • tacknaf

    classic Cerrone

  • MyasDaddy

    Adam Rubin posts it, and its rehashed on Metsblog. That site is a joke. I am glad MMO stepped up, because I need this banter everyday. Metsblog should just RIP.

  • MyasDaddy

    Don’t worry, it’s not like Matt Harvey will win a CY Young or anything.

  • Sach

    I still don’t understand why Sandy didn’t bring in another short lefty reliever off of the scrapheap on a minor league deal with Rice the only real short lefty in the pen headed into ST with neither LeatherRocket or Kolorek ready, Edgin fallen from grace and Lannan with no experience whatsoever in the majors pitching in short relief. Now. you switch Lannan to short relief with OD rapidly approaching instead of sooner in ST?

  • Rocky Thompson

    While people are claiming the Flores is not getting an opportunity, what they are really complaining about is that Flores is not going to open the season as the starting SS. It is spring training, the time for the imagination to run wild. The Mets are going to win 90 games – all we need is Flores at SS, or Syndergaard starting the season in the rotation. Heck, I would like to see what Flores can do as the Mets SS. But the Mets have made a baseball decision. The FO believes the Mets are better with Tejada starting the season as the SS and Flores will benefit from getting reps at 2B and SS in Las Vegas out of the spotlight of NYC and the major leagues.

  • metsfan79

    In the field guy. Thats the point reps at short. You know he can hit. Just a question of fielding. So run him out there as much aa possible at short. Although tejada hasnt made a error in over a whole game so

  • metsfan79

    Also I quote TC ” if he could drive in 90 he’d be our ss” right from his mouth well he plays he drives in runs Collins is losing his mind lol

  • Opti-Mets-tic

    You mean like Dana Eveland?

  • oleosmirf

    I know he can hit AAA pitching. I don’t know whether he can hit ML pitching right now.

  • Dave_in_Spain

    I don´t think that bringing Flores up after Memorial Day has any effect on his arbitration eligibility/service time. He´s already been called up and played in the majors.

  • Bail4Nails

    I cannot believe it. Tejada will actually be the Opening Day SS. I’ve already cancelled a group Opening Day trip, and I still refuse to buy packages. I want the team to do well, and I’ll root for them on TV. But I really want attendance to take a huge hit. This Front Office failed, and unlike them, I’m not rewarding Mediocrity.

  • oleosmirf

    I think if Flores was hitting .350 instead of .240 things might be different or if the Mets were expected to win 85 games instead of 75. Same with the Mejia vs. Dice-K argument.

    The rookie needs to definitively show he is the better option right now and Flores hasn’t done that. Same with Mejia. but at least Mejia has ML success on his resume.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Why is Flores not playing in either game? Or d’Arnaud?

  • Sylow59

    Just rubber necking at the crash site. This is priceless. So glad I’m an ex-MB dreg.

    http://metsblog.com/metsblog/todays-game-mets-at-braves-105-pm/

  • MyasDaddy

    What about Satin and his defensive prowess at first base?

  • oleosmirf

    Service time is about days, not years, so yes just because a player has already made their debut, does not mean service time is unaffected.

    Flores has 55 days of service time so if he were to be called up, let’s say June 1st. he would finish the season with less than a full year of service time which is 172 days.

  • MyasDaddy

    Welcome “home.”

  • Sylow59

    Well the Braves also have two 2nd basemen, including one that isn’t in their organization.

  • MyasDaddy

    I missed that one. LOL!

  • Sylow59

    Classic. That and including Sid Fernandez as one of the Mets’ best RHPs

  • MyasDaddy

    That was one was classic! Any others you can think of?

  • skyking26

    I think a lot of fans are complaining because he’s not getting a fair shot at short and not getting a fair shot at opening day on the big league roster. Flores leads the team in PA this spring because of injuries and SS games. It has nothing to do with giving. He was getting because of Murphy sidelined with injuries.

  • Eyeball

    What I wish they would do:
    Start Flores at SS on Opening Day. Keep the best possible defensive replacement on the bench (probably Q at this point). If the team is close to the race and Flores isn’t cutting it by the draft, try and bring in Drew for the rest of the season (assuming he’s available) or trade for somebody else who may be available (Cabrera?).

    What I think they will do:
    Start Flores at SS in AAA. Start Boots Tejada at SS with Q or Seratelli on the bench. If Tejada hits at all, trade Flores for other minor leaguers. If Tejada doesn’t hit and/or field, call up Flores.

    I think it’s all about creating value for Tejada. That’s the only way I can rationalize the team not throwing Flores out there every day.

  • Sylow59

    There’s so much to choose from that you miss a few.

  • MyasDaddy

    I mean what happens if Teagarden hits a double, then den Dekker K’s? Do they use a ghost runner for Teagarden at 2B? So he can hit again?

  • MyasDaddy

    I am glad I was on MB one day, when someone said come check out MMO. I was in deep depression that day, until someone opened up. I have been gladly here ever since.

  • Sylow59

    Tejada sliding into 1B

    Numerous game wrap up errors (scores, who did what, dates, …)

    MetaBlog – they don’t bother correcting a spelling error of their own website.

    the Braun rumors he started then quoted himself as proof.

    I corrected one of his errors and he got miffed. He wrote “LOL” and embedded a link proving my point.

    … mania

    We used to have a drinking game based in the type of error.

  • E1Guapo

    Come on in, the water is fine

  • MyasDaddy

    I think Tejada sliding into 1B, and Harvey never winning a CY was probably the 2 most ridiculous stories ever on that site. A drinking game based on error? Were you all hammered by the 3rd paragraph?

  • E1Guapo

    I’m blacked out from watching the Mets on TV and my cable company already gets $65 a month just for internet…no way am I paying double that to get one channel that I may watch when I have time. I will instead be listening to Howie and Josh on Gameday Audio.

  • E1Guapo

    We just have to get Q going…duh.

  • E1Guapo

    Don’t visit that site, even if it only gives them another .01 cents in ad revenue. Just wait until Cerrone takes over for Burkhardt.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Yep. Exactly. He needs to get Tejada or Quintanilla going.

  • Sylow59

    Pretty much 24/7

  • metsmaniac

    Agreed, I “converted” to MMO about a month ago. There is way more content on here and better quality writing. I still check out MB from time to time but usually if I need a laugh. The errors on their are ridiculous and i have trouble getting through cerrone’s “opinion” articles

  • MyasDaddy

    What was the drink of choice?

  • E1Guapo

    The slide into first base by Tejada. I accepted the initial mistake but the “slide” was copy-pasted into about 20 posts after that despite the extremely awkward video replay totally refuting Cerrone’s interpretation.

  • Rocky Thompson

    While he did pitch in ST games, he was not an official invite to ST. And when SA does bring in veteran pitchers, he gets criticized for not giving the young players a chance!

  • John L

    Can watch both games at the same time with XBOX/MLB TV no blackouts that I am aware of.

  • metsmaniac

    My college buddies and I turned MB into a drinking game. Go through some pages of MB and for every horrific mistke take a shot . Needless to say you’ll be hammered by the second page.

  • Erin_II

    Good poisoning?

  • E1Guapo

    I too would like to see C Young at the top of the order. The only thing that is concerning is his K rate. I’d like to see the 8th hitting pitcher experiment early in the season as well to give Murph and Wright more RBI chances. If I had my way…
    1 C Young RF
    2 D Murphy 2B
    3 D Wright 3B
    4 C Granderson LF
    5 W Flores SS
    6 Davis/Duda/Satin 1B
    7 T d’Arnaud C
    8 Pitcher
    9 J Lagares CF

  • KMO82

    Annoyed there is no Flores.

  • Sylow59

    Mine was Jim Beam

  • Agee’s Catch

    Why is Wilmer not starting? We’re playing two, for crying out loud. For those of us who believe that rbi is a credible stat, Id like to point out that he has 9 in 40 at bats. That woul be 90 over 400 & 135 over 600. Where else are we getting that kind if production?

  • IndianaMet

    The over/under on Ks vs Strasburg is 14.

    But I do like the look of your lineup.

  • metsfan79

    Lol what ? 2 catchers 2 second basemen thats terry collins genius.

  • Agee’s Catch

    Its because we do not have a shortstop. Duh!

  • Agee’s Catch

    Thanks for the laugh! #dregs

  • Joanie Yan

    I agree that Collins is the worst but ownership likes him because he never says anything negative about the organization.

  • Tommy

    Because it is the Mets! If you are young, play well, and it makes sense, you ain’t playing!

  • MyasDaddy

    Ahhh. Jim Beam. Had it once at a HS school party. Needless to say. Haven’t touched it since.

  • Captain America

    So cough cough is that the A team and the B team with D’Arnaud getting a day off?

    And the final starting outfielder playing in the B game?

  • Captain America

    So if they trade for a SS you are going to OD?

  • Captain America

    Very cool Ted. When do you graduate New School?

  • Captain America

    Willie Stargell?

  • Opti-Mets-tic

    I looks to me, like it’s like the last day of competition, for some. Adam Ruben pointed out that Tuesday is payday, so the next wave of cuts, is probably tomorrow. I think the lineups are set up as the last battle. Recker and Teagarden, each playing today. So it makes sense to sit d’Arnaud. I’ll bet Teagarden is cut tomorrow. den Dekker, Nieuwenhuis, and Brown are also competing. One or Two, will probably be cut today from that group. Many predict Brown to make the team, and assuming that both Ike and Duda are on the team, I guess it would make sense for RH power off the bench. If the plan is to make a trade, then I think Nieuwenhuis will stay, because den Dekker I think is gonna be traded eventually, and Nieuwenhuis is actually a pretty good pinch hitter. I also think that OQ is getting one last look. So far, you’d think that Seratelli has won the back up job. And, it looks to me, like they’ve fielded as close to a real lineup as possible, for Mejia’s start, so he could get a good look. Also, Tejada is probably auditioning as a leadoff candidate, which in a sense, you could say might actually play in Lagareses favor, or against it.

  • mad met

    It also leads the entire team. If florez is not starting over tehada fans are gonna be pissssssed starting with me

  • skyking26

    We have a SS today and at short we are going with someone that doesn’t belong in the major leagues and someone that belongs in the independent leagues. Both should of been part of the first cuts. Flores needs to be starting in one of these games.

  • Tommy

    Probably cause they didn’t think Edgin would suck the high hard one!

  • E1Guapo

    An anonymous Mets source was quoted as saying “We just don’t expect that much offensive production from SS, in fact, Flores’ potential production would throw off all of our spreadsheets and calculations so that’s not acceptable…oh and we question his work ethic”

  • HarveyKsYou

    Jayson Werth is a scary man.

  • HarveyKsYou

    He was safe, sadly.

  • Tommy

    easily safe! looks like a challenge?

  • MetsfanInParadise

    He was safe

  • Captain America

    The A team playing St Lucie

  • Sylow59

    Same here with SoCo

  • Captain America

    That’s amazing. Have you had one of those dreams where you feel like you missed a graduation requirement?

  • Sylow59

    Well the Braves have w second baseman too. One of whom is not in their organization.

  • Tommy

    oy vey! Tejada!

  • BigAl831

    Really?

    Flores probably would’ve tripped over his feet.

  • Captain America

    Any chance mets go after Carlos Pena now he was released?

  • ill_egl

    Umpire is inconsistent so far with the low strike call for Mejia

  • MyasDaddy

    He is Ike Davis but 8 years older.

  • MyasDaddy

    RUN!!!! You idiot

  • Lotus1209

    Dude… Did Flores kill your family or something? I understand you value defense but this team is STARVING for offense. Giving up some defense for offense seems like a worthwhile trade off at this point. But to bag on Flores like that isn’t necessary

  • HarveyKsYou

    Everytime I see Zimmerman throw, it makes me cringe.

  • BigAl831

    Probably was not necessary, you are correct. It was a joke. Because Flores did in actuality trip on his feet.

    The hate for Tejada on this site is ridiculous. He just made a nice play. No need to take a jab at him for that either.

    If the Mets thought Flores could really play shortstop, he would be. I hope he does more. But he’s not right now, so root for Tejada.

  • mr. belvedere

    don’t think so…we already have like 8 average at best 1B between NY and AAA

  • Frank Francisco

    It is an absolute outrage that Quintanilla is getting starting time over Flores. Even if Flores has no real shot to make the major league team as SS, he should never be pined (at least in meaningless spring training games) in favor of someone like Quintanilla…

  • BigAl831

    No Farnsworth article? Looks like he’s gone now. No one is the least bit surprised but good luck Kyle.

  • MetsfanInParadise

    That’s an indigo snake. Non-venomous

  • BigAl831

    Ahh I saw that one. Cool. Thanks. Didn’t see it was updated because it was under the post game from yesterday.

  • Andrew Herbst

    I wish Meija was going to be the 5th starter.

  • BigAl831

    Mejia looked much better in that second inning. There’s that cutter.

  • MetsfanInParadise

    Double for Den Dekker

  • Frank Francisco

    Not really at all tbh. Ike Davis has potential he doesn’t live up to.
    Carlos Pena had a pretty decent career but he is just old and declining.
    Performance-wise we have no idea what we can realistically expect from Ike Davis. We pretty much know what we’d get with Pena. Personally I’d take the upside of Davis/Duda over Pena any day.

  • MyasDaddy

    Preaching to the choir here.

  • Bail4Nails

    Believe it or not, there are still tickets available to Mets Opening Day.

  • iwamofo

    lol kevin…

  • Andrew Herbst

    CY’s had a really good spring.

  • HarveyKsYou

    Eric Young Jr wishes he could do that.

  • mr. belvedere

    Assuming Dice K, Valverde, Lannan, and Seratelli all make the Opening Day roster what are the corresponding roster moves to fit all 4 on the 40 man roster? I think we have 2 open spots and Harvey will open another spot on the 60 day DL, but what else?

  • BigAl831

    Hefner?

  • Taskmaster4450

    I dont think hes on the 40.

  • mr. belvedere

    that’s what I thought yesterday but he was tender this offseason and is on a minor league deal already

  • mr. belvedere

    who do you think it will be? my guess would be Lutz but they seem to love having him clog up a roster spot eventhough no one would claim him

  • Bail4Nails

    I can’t wait to see all our good, young players like Mejia and Flores this year. Are the 51’s playing any games in NY?

  • MyasDaddy

    Something tells me d’Arnaud was probably losing his shirt in Vegas at the poker tables at Bellagio.

  • mr. belvedere

    so who do you think it will be? Lutz, Reid, Brown?

  • CJM

    Hey everyone. Just woke up. How are the Mets looking?

  • MyasDaddy

    Go back to bed. Nothing to see here.

  • BigAl831

    Harper’s got that beautiful flow.

  • BigAl831

    Maybe Kirk.

  • Bail4Nails

    I think they got it wrong this Spring. They really should have the 51’s come play in New York this year, to drum up support for the Major League team.

  • CJM

    Wish I could. Need to go to my parents’ for dinner.

  • MyasDaddy

    Did you have too much fun last night?

  • BigAl831

    What are you having?

  • CJM

    Homemade pizza.

  • mr. belvedere

    I agree on Lutz…we have plenty of corner infielders and Brown would get claimed for sure…I have a feeling they’re gonna use Reid the same way they used Burke last year, just the up and down guy who they don’t care if he gets regular work or gets claimed if he’s out of options rather than waste Walters, et al options

  • CJM

    No such thing as too much fun. But yes.

  • Taskmaster4450

    The Braves announcer just said that Ike has had a fine Spring…something the Mets needed.

    Are you kidding me? Do these guys pay any attention?

  • Captain America

    Isn’t the upside of Pena what he has already done at the MLB level?

    And the upside of Davis is what you hope he might do?

  • Rocky Thompson

    Mejia looking good, maybe he gets the 5th spot with Dice-K going to minors? McIlvaine back at Mets game, maybe a trade for a SS involving two players on 40-man roster? Maybe Duda or Davis traded? Otherwise, my guess is Ryan Reid is the one who gets bumped from the 40-man.

  • Captain America

    I really like Mejia. Wish he could get his #32 back

  • RyanF55

    Mejia doesn’t seem to have his best stuff and is still pitching very well. Ughhhh I’d like him to win that 5th spot..we all know what Dice-K brings. I think it’s time to give Mejia his shot. At the very least, avoid the bullpen.

  • KMO82

    Haha, I know

  • KMO82

    How long have they been giving out the platinum glove?

  • Tom

    He was limping walking back to the dugout, I hope they take him out for precautionary reasons, no need to sustain a season ending injury in spring.

  • RyanF55

    Is it me or do any of you feel like Ray Ramirez just goes up to an injured player and asks if they’re alright, they say they’re alright, and he walks away. They should honestly have Mejia’s cleat off and should be looking at that foot/ankle. Hopefully it’s nothing.

  • BigAl831

    He does look great though.

  • 2rings

    Mejia favoring foot now. Did something to right foot covering first

  • mets4lyfe

    It’d be a travesty if Daisuke gets the 5th spot over Mejia.

  • mets4lyfe

    wait, is the 94-95 mph inaccurate?

  • Tommy

    It is going to happen, unfortunately! Something I will never get, along with not starting Flores at SS!

  • BigAl831

    Allen Dykstra is alive!!!

  • iwamofo

    It’s a shame that reports are saying the Mets favor Matsuzaka for the 5th starter spot. We are still in the final stages of rebuilding, heck we are projected to win 74 games so what good does playing Matsuzaka have on the future. Doesn’t help that this rebuilding team has a manager that loves to the vets over the rookies.

  • Tommy

    They showed the stat…..DICE K has given up 7 earned runs this spring to Mejia’s 3! DUH! Don’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out!

  • RyanF55

    agreed

  • BigAl831

    The reports aren’t saying that anymore.

  • mets4lyfe

    I’ve always been a huge advocate of Mejia. It’s going to be very disappointing for me to not see him get the 5th spot.

    I was really looking forward to seeing Wheeler and Mejia pitch 2/5th of the time, but it probably won’t happen.

  • Tommy

    Yep…..cannot stand TC! HATE HIM! HATE HIM…..just talking about him makes me want to vahmit! He is a disgrace & they will not win as long as he continues to give the nod to vets over the youngsters! NEVER!

  • ill_egl

    Love seeing duda being aggressive here swinging at the first pitch. Very hittable pitch and he made solid contact even though it went foul

  • RyanF55

    They just said the Mets aren’t favoring Dice K..there hasn’t been a decision yet

  • RyanF55

    There hasn’t been any decision yet

  • mets4lyfe

    there’s still hope with Mejia’s outing today.

    Overall, if you look at the official statistics – Mejia’s numbers blow Matsuzaka’s numbers out of the water.

  • Waz0787

    Dice K is a stud.

  • mets4lyfe

    yeah, he was awesome in Japan.

  • gasparsarm

    5th starter is a funny position this year, I mean he’s a waiting dead man cause Thor is coming right? No one gets injured somebody gets traded, who knows what happens with Mejia. If they think long term he belongs with Harvey, Thor, Wheeler, they have to clear a path for him, but there’s bound to be a bunch of shuffling anyway.

  • Waz0787

    I am not a big fan of Mejia, never stays healthy. I believe Dice K can have CY Young type season with the mets.

  • RyanF55

    There will undoubtably be injuries and they’ll be a lot of trades around the deadline I’d imagine to make room for Montero/Thor

  • Tommy

    Does the shuffling have to include a clearly inferior pitcher in DICE K? Why not start Mejia & let the chips fall where they may? If nothing else, it gives other teams the chance to look him over for a potential trade? Or not? Either way, DICE K is not in the Mets future plans! Everyone knows it! Stop with the DICE K B.S.!

  • BigAl831

    I like KB in the booth. He’s got a bright future.

  • Bail4Nails

    Both Davis and Duda 0 for 2 in Battle for Worst Base.

  • Rocky Thompson

    If Mejia is the 5th starter, he would probably be close to hitting his innings limit around the time Syndergaard is brought up.

  • mets4lyfe

    I agree, I enjoy him.

  • tierlifer

    He really is. He was absolutely AWESOME for Fox on Sunday football. I had the Sunday ticket and made it a point to watch his broadcasts. Wonder how sick he is of those campy spots SNY makes him do at the Shea Bridge or Pepsi Porch interviewing some Little League coach?

  • Andrew Herbst

    Darling said the Mets are considering him along with Dice-K. Lannon moves to pen. If Niese is hurt to start the year, then you could have Dice-K and Meija in rotation.

  • Metropolitan

    Murphy turned into Ozzie Smith for a moment

  • MetsfanInParadise

    And Murph channels his inner Brandon Phillips

  • MetsfanInParadise

    Remember, he had that behind-the-back play at 1B a few years ago

    http://metsblog.com/metsblog/video-murphys-behind-the-back-pass-to-parnell/

  • Tommy

    Apparently he was doing Cowboys games prior to FOX games! He is certainly no rookie at this!

  • Benny

    EYJ – 0-3 with a strikeout.

    Lagares – 0-2 with a walk and a run scored.

    Who says Lagares can’t walk? He has four walks this Spring so far…

  • Benny

    Yep, that was #1 on the highlight reel for a while…

  • Metropolitan

    Jose Abreu should be playing 1st for us ..but cheap cheap cheap Wilponzis

  • BarnRat

    And why is Ike out of the game? This is a pretty weird competition for 1B

  • Benny

    .317/.333/.512/.846 with 2 HR in 41 AB.

  • HarveyKsYou

    Tejada sucks.

  • Tommy

    SUCKS IS NOT EVEN A PROPER ONE TO DESCRIBE HIM!

  • Metropolitan

    Not too shabby

  • Peter S

    I think Niese is walking dead arm

  • Lagarus would have had that desmund hit

  • MetsfanInParadise

    And then there was the barehand catch by the “Face of Baseball”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmvM5hqilBY

  • MetsfanInParadise

    Spell check?

  • Yup phones like to use it poorly sometimes

  • BigAl831

    That was ridiculous.

  • Taskmaster4450

    The Grandyman Can.

  • Metropolitan

    Is that you John Sterling?

  • MetsfanInParadise

    I was about to both say that and suggest that we’re all going to get tired of it in a hurry.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Nice shot Grandy!

  • MikePiazza3186

    Grandy!!!!

  • Metropolitan

    I think Granderson could hit 30 for us

  • CJM

    If it’s being said enough for us to get tired of it, we won’t get tired of it.

  • MetsfanInParadise

    agreed

  • MikePiazza3186

    What happened to Ike?

  • No word yet. Came out in the fourth and was replaced by Dykstra.

  • sperry

    Even if he is the 5th starter I don’t see the rope being too long. If he comes out of the gate with a string of 4 or 5 starts that were like his first 3 last year, I can’t imagine they’ll keep trotting him out.

    That said, this is the Mets so normal logic and common sense are inapplicable.

  • MetsfanInParadise

    Farnsworth opted out

  • Schnitzer’s Marble Rye

    Btw they also (still) have the Mets/Nats game posted as 1:010 p.m. game.

  • Tommy Med

    Go take a nap

  • Gland1

    According to Adam Rubin he is not injured.

  • Dave_in_Spain

    Another thought, probably wrong: maybe they´re showcasing Recker and Teagarden for possible inclusion in a trade package.

  • Or is he being traded

  • He should opt for retirement next.

  • Ike is ok…

  • Met lifer

    Nice thought to think are FO is still working, but I think we are looking at our team.

  • The team has enough Diamond Dust

  • iwamofo

    But they have very little value especially Teagarden.

  • BarnRat

    Yeah, thought of that, then decided it’s more likely we have the only ML 1B on an innings limit

  • Taskmaster4450

    Tigers actually discussed having Visquel as SS…that shows how much they think about Drew.

  • KMO82

    Think it shows more how they value their draft pick.

  • People are still referring to him as GrandyMan. That is a Yankee thing folks. This side of town he is known as King Salmon.

  • KMO82

    So, does Mejia’s outing change anything? Or do the Mets still value vets over talent?

  • Taskmaster4450

    Really, I thought it was only the mets who were dumb enough to care about draft picks.

  • We’ll see what Terry says during the post game presser.

  • KMO82

    We sure will…don’t hold your breath lol.

  • CJM

    Dumb? Really? And you thought it was only the Mets? Really?

  • Taskmaster4450

    That was sarcasm.

  • CJM

    Oh lolol. My bad.

  • KMO82

    Well, think what you want but in the Mets case they need a SS bad and only have to give up their third round pick, whereas the Tigers have a much better team and only need a SS for maybe half a season. They have other options. Is Drew for 14 Million and a first round pick worth it for them?

  • Taskmaster4450

    Damn Josh Johnson out for a month.

    He was the guy I would have liked the Mets get.

    Maybe the Colon pick up was the right one…Colon has no muscles to pull.

  • Met lifer

    Well, Jenry is not 32 so that is a problem for TC. But he will have no chance if he comes up with lame foot.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Most likely will work out a deal to go to the minors.

  • MetsfanInParadise

    “He was Harvey, 5 years ago,” says Darling. Now THAT’S a scary thought.

  • Oh I really hope Familia can pull this pen role off. Killer spring for him

  • Taskmaster4450

    I am not sure he is okay….he just isnt injured. lol

  • MetsfanInParadise

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if teams dreaded our lights-out bullpen as much as we’ve dreaded the Braves? Dream on….

  • Met lifer

    Love his stuff. Omar really did too if I remember right.

  • MetsfanInParadise

    Speaking of bullpens, we’re down by 3 against Kimbrel in the 9th

  • MetsfanInParadise

    Tribe releases Frenchy

  • iwamofo

    Frenchy was such a tease. Just when you thought he was going to break out he would go 0 for 20

  • MetsfanInParadise

    Tejada put a good swing on that one

  • MetsfanInParadise

    I damned a recount!!

  • KMO82

    How did Familia look?

  • MetsfanInParadise

    Out

  • CJM

    Pretty good. Par for the course, it seems.

  • Met lifer

    Looked good and wasn’t even really letting go like in his last few outings.

  • KMO82

    Were the Mets stretching Torres out as insurance for Niese?

  • CJM

    Parnell looked good that inning. That knuckle curve is absolute filth. Wow I am liking what they have in Familia and Parnell. If Black can figure out how to command his stuff, these guys will be a shutdown pen.

  • KMO82

    Whats the pecking order in the Pen right now. Parnell closes obviously, but to me its Famila in the 8th followed by Torres, Valverde and then Black until he can get his control down.

  • Tommy

    Agreed! If Valverde can give you something close to what Latroy gave you last year, that would really help us out! And let’s not forget the potential for Jeff Walters and/or Leathersich later in the year?

  • CJM

    I think at this point Familia HAS to be the 8th inning guy, unless he proves otherwise by faltering. If it was an open competition for closer he’d be leading the chase.

  • Tommy

    Anyone know Ike’s status? Left the game in the 4th…..still no word? You have got to be kidding me!

  • KMO82

    I agree with that.

  • Lutece

    And Germen and Carreno and maybe Logan Verrett and Cory Mazzoni. There is finally real bullpen depth.

  • Tommy

    I thought Verrett and/or Mazzoni were starters, no?

  • CJM

    Traded to the Brewers for Ryan Braun and a draft pick.

  • MetsfanInParadise

    Another Happy Recap and a doubleheader split, in effect.

  • Tommy

    I wish!

  • KMO82

    I know you are full of it…you can’t trade draft picks in baseball! lol

  • CJM

    Damn I was hoping they’d be able to draft Jabari Parker.

  • Joanie Yan

    It was planned – pull him out after 4 innings because he played 4 games in a row.

  • Met lifer

    I agree with also. They also have a lot of fire power coming as well. Lot of assets .

  • Joanie Yan

    We can only hope Dice K gets bombed tomorrow.

  • Eyeball

    He had a scheduled boot fitting.

  • DrDooby

    It’s going to be tough keeping Mejia off this team. Looked really sharp and not sure what’s left for him to do at AAA. At age 24 1/2, he should be pretty much there. For however long it may last.

    As for Dice K, he can be retained till May 31st by paying the 100 k retention fee. And I’m certainly not penciling in Jon Niese for the April 6th start like everyone else seems to do just yet…

  • Lutece

    There is talk of them being converted to relievers. Mazzoni is a better fit in the bullpen anyway, not sure about Verrett.

  • BigAl831

    Familia just screams closer. Really hope he’s our setup man.

  • Eyeball

    When did Dykstra return? I thought he had a pretty bad injury in Winter Ball – didn’t expect to hear that name before summer.

  • sperry

    Thank you for reminding me of that hilariously ridiculous Cerrone post

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    It’s also a guy with an innings limit vs. a guy without.

  • KMO82

    Agreed.

  • KMO82

    This is true but we don’t know exactly what the limit is yet and Mejia I don’t think have every been able to go over a 100IP in a year yet but I rather start the year with Mejia and if/when he hits his limit they will have Thor or Montero ready and if all of them hit limits come September the Mets can then give some retread starts as they most likely will be out of it.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    They could also do the reverse and use Dice K to start the season while having Mejia skip starts and pitch out of the bullpen in AAA.

    It’s the exact same logic except you’d have Mejia pitching in September instead of a “retread.” And only fans think about the Mets being “out of it” in September. The Mets can’t base decisions like that.

  • KMO82

    It all depends on what the plan is for Mejia. I know what you are saying and that could work as well but for me what ever they decide it has to be “this is the plan for Mejia” and if Dice-K fits that plan then fine but if it is a plan to keep Dice-K at the expense of Mejia that is wrong.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    I think the plan, if Mejia doesn’t start the season with the Mets, is to basically use Dice K to conserve Mejia, the better pitcher, so that he can pitch for them late in the season when they need it instead of having to sit him down in August a la the Nationals with Stephen Strasburg.

  • This week he returned to games. We had a long interview with him which we will post on Monday.

  • KMO82

    I can buy that, plus it gets Mejia out of the cold to start the year. I just don’t want Mejia tearing up AAA for 6IP every 5 days and have Dice-K up here because he is a vet pitching mediocre. Innings are innings and if Mejia uses them in AAA or in the majors he uses them.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Yeah, but he can skip starts and pitch from the bullpen in AAA to conserve him. Can’t do that in the majors.

  • KMO82

    Yeah but for an injury prone guy is it good to start and stop him like that?

  • Eyeball

    Glad he’s better. Not sure he’s much of a prospect at this point, but certainly a player to keep an eye on.

  • RyanF55

    Hahah Cerrone literally published that…has anyone been putting together a top 10 of his most insane posts of all time?

  • Taskmaster4450

    It is Collins….expect Black or Velverde to get the nod.

    But you are correct, it should be Familia.