Alderson Outsmarts NY Media

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Sandy Alderson’s disappearing act on Sunday was brilliant.

The New York Mets made a miraculous comeback to avoid being swept by the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, capped off by a walk-off single by Ruben Tejada, who has been struggling for, well, all of 2013 and the first six weeks of the 2014 season. The team has lost 8 of 10 games and have fallen from second place to last place.

Fans are calling for Terry Collins‘ head. Mets fans on Twitter are begging the Wilpon family to sell the team. Marketing strategies are blowing up in the organizations face. The bullpen is imploding nightly. Even Don Draper threw away his Mets pennant during a recent episode of Mad Men.

Confidence and winning are at a premium these days and Alderson knows that; he also knows the power of New York’s media. They had the potential of turning Sunday’s come-from-behind win from confidence builder to question marks. So, after Sunday’s uplifting win, Alderson spoke with his manager Terry Collins and promptly exited stage left.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York suggested Sandy Alderson “ducked” interviews; the New York Post reported, Alderson “declined multiple media requests Sunday to explain what is going on with his team.” Call it what you will, it’s great psychology.

While the media and fans have questions — What will become of Jenrry Mejia? Will Dice-K be in the rotation? Does Ruben Tejada get another chance to win back his job at shortstop? Will the Mets promote Rafael Montero? Will Jeurys Familia be the closer? — Alderson has other priorities: the New York Yankees.

Without Alderson, those questions had to wait. The media had no choice but to focus their stories on the Mets uplifting win. In the meantime, the Subway Series began on Monday night: two in the Bronx, followed by two in Queens.

That’s exactly what happened. When the Mets beat couldn’t get answers they moved to Plan B — the Subway Series — and Collins followed the script:

“The energy in the Subway Series is an animal of its own. But to go in on a positive note is big, especially to get us off what’s happened here in the last six days. We were a ground ball or a base hit away of winning four of those six, so to get us going again was big. Our guys relish the challenge in front of them.”

Alderson rolled into Yankee Stadium, boldly answered all the questions with a flurry of surprising moves, the Mets go onto delivering another dramatic win and the Subway Series stole today’s New York sports headlines. You can thank Sandy Alderson for that.

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  • RyanF55

    I think you’re giving Alderson a little too much credit here personally.

  • Taskmaster4450

    I dont think he outsmarted the NYMedia.

    This is completely in character with Alderson. He doesnt often give impromptu interviews. Basically, he speaks to the media when he wants and on his terms. When he speaks, his message is thought out.

    Of course this is a complete opposite of Collins who speaks off the top of his head (or out another body part) whenever someone sticks a mic in his face.

  • RyanF55

    Yeah I see Alderson’s actions as status quo. He always does this.

  • DrDooby

    It´s about time both the Mets and Alderson create some positive PR.
    Again, 2014 is a key season in terms of getting the young talent to New York and making this an exciting turnaround season. Whether the Mets win 82 games or 88 games doesn´t really matter as long as there´s a definite trend upwards and further improvement into legit playoff contention can be expected for 2015.

    The key is changing the entire atmosphere around this club and how players, fans and the media view this franchise. THAT´s what 2014 is all about. If the Mets end up getting close to 90 wins and in playoff contention or even the playoffs – great. But the key is making this fanbase enter 2015 in an optimistic mood: coming off a winning season in 2014 thanks to some young talent emerging (82 wins is the baseline), outlook of having Harvey back, Syndergaard for a full season, quite probably a young bullpen arm or two to rely on, hopefully another bat and / or legit SS and expected further improvement.

    THAT´s what Sandy Alderson & Co. will have to work on.

  • Agee’s Catch

    John,
    If your goal was to wake up the faithful, I think you may have succeeded. Over/ under is at 300 comments.
    I think Sandy is relatively shrewd, and i give him more credit than most, but I don’t think the Mets PR department could have written this better. Sandy as puppet master? Oy vey!
    If you are auditioning for Jay Horowitz’ job, I wish you luck.

  • Agee’s Catch

    The Mets didn’t create the positive PR, it is being perceived as such by the article’s author.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    LOL….Great another SANDY IS A GENIUS post….

    Sandy is the worst GM in the game right now, by far…the only people he is fooling/outsmarting are his fans who think he is some kind of genius.

    As if constructing a team that loses year in and year out is an act of genius.

    Sandy is a con broker who is running a long con unfortunately for him the jig is up. And he cant keep these dogs off of his scent, he can callup as much prospects as he wants. These callups will buy him time as they did his entire tenure here, but it wont save him from the mob. HE’S COOKED

    #SandyLovers 😉

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    lolol

  • Agee’s Catch

    throwing raw meat in the cage

  • Xavier 22

    For the record, Don pinned Lane’s old Mets pennant back on the wall…just in time for the ’69 season too.

  • modo

    Oh boo hoo. The big bad GM won’t speak to the media when they want him too. Waah. I really want to read more stories by the media about how someone won’t speak to the media. That’s the kind of sports coverage I want. And let’s keep mentioning 90 wins like it was stated as a prediction and be sure to get in a dig for the thousandth time about a stupid stunt by media relations (Rubin, and Howard and others). Sports journalism…I’m 57 so remember when one could read insightful reporting about sports and strategies, and…I’ll be quiet now.

  • E1Guapo

    Sandy can occasionally outmaneuver the media. Big deal. Until the standings show the Mets in contention in the fall months I will not be even slightly impressed with his tenure.

  • Martin

    The game is on the field.

  • Randolph Scott

    Nice set of lips to reach SA’s butt from all the way over from where you’re at …… his latest stroke of genius is all part of THE PLAN, I suppose …..

  • DrDooby

    Calling up Montero & DeGrom at once and looking to solve the bullpen issues by shifting Mejia sure has created positive vibes besides the two come-from-behind wins.

    Considering the fanbase was close to suicidal mode prior to the Sunday game and where we are barely 48 hours later is a massive change.

    While I wouldn´t label this “playing the media in very smart fashion”, these were almost overdue moves that sure create higher expectations, more interest and some excitement. There is a scenario where the young pitching could really show the world something over the next couple of days.

    As of today, I´d clearly prefer the current Mets rotation to the current Marlins rotation for the rest of the season. Excluding Harvey & Syndergaard and Jose Fernandez. And if Mejia & DeGrom take well to the pen and Familia continues his development while Dice K, Torres & Rice get used in roles that fit them, this could turn from a liability into something pretty good rather quickly too.

  • $14435385

    This premise is a little bit like people attributing genius to Chance the Gardener…

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Might want to change your name to Mongo

  • modo

    Hah! I like it!

  • Waz0787

    Lmfao. Man this man is not a genius. We beat the philadelphia whose bullpen is worse than ours. We also swept the yankees last year this doesn’t mean anything. Guys let’s not set a high expectations for every prospects that comes up. Let them show what they’re made off.

  • Waz0787

    Smh. We win two games people start preparing for parades.

  • depressed Mets fan

    I don’t think Sandy outsmarted anyone. I think the now that he’s finally feeling pressure from the media, he can’t handle it. These past two days he simply lucked out that the team was able to win.

  • Waz0787

    Lol

  • Agee’s Catch

    Dr,

    As a medical professional, I’m sure you’ve diagnosed most of us as bipolar.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Lane killed himself right?

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/06/04/article-2154497-13727F06000005DC-527_468x283.jpg

    This pic is poetic justice to us long suffering Mets fans….look at the pennant and a Mets fan both hanging on the wall lol

  • BadBadLeroyBrown
  • Hodges14

    He’s a genius at manipulating the press. Now we need to get someone who is a genius and fielding a winning team.

  • MetsFan90

    Today is one day I can not bash Alderson. Calling up 4 guys from Vegas since Friday is something I never thought he would do. Hopefully that winning vibe from Vegas carries over to Flushing.

  • I’m sure that Sandy appreciates your kind donation to his fan club.

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    “You can thank Sandy Alderson for that.”

    For what? Being the GM when our team won two games in a row?

    Is this a paid advertisement?

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    HAHAHA You better be excited about that or your not a REAL Mets fan 😉 llol

  • Xavier 22

    Wow. Just, wow.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    When did MATT CERRONE start free lance writing for MMO?
    (Sorry Joe I couldnt resist)
    https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5099/5453545917_435edcd556_z.jpg

    #SandyLovers

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    Is he, though?

    Nobody asks him challenging questions. And his answers are typically empty rhetoric that no one ever follows up on.

    To me, it feels like a gentlemen’s agreement of, “you give me softballs, and I give you low-impact access. Violate it, and you’ll get Megdaled.”

  • PessiMets

    or maybe he just didn’t want to feel the heat on sunday and lucked out for the way things turned out?

  • Yup.

  • Mike Lloyd

    That’s all Alderson ever gets is credit. If the team loses-it’s not his fault-ownership sux. If it’s field level related it’s Collins’ fault…2 uplifting wins and he, after getting some negative press, is a genius for not granting interviews-and is a hero for bringing up Montero and soon DeGrom…the bottom line in baseball is to win. Not contrived machinations to control dialogue and limit criticism.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Lucked out how?

  • Hodges14

    No… I was joking. He for the most part has been behind the curve when dealing with the NYC media.

  • sisk is a risk

    Look, he had to do something. If the farm help is as good as advertised, then this can be a shot of adrenaline the Mets need. I trusted nobody in that bullpen. In fact Farnsworth came awfully close to giving it away last night. He has to go.

    But if the Mets have a solid Mejia, Familia and deGrom in the bullpen the Mets can compete. Look at how many games the bullpen has blown already? If the Mets won half those games, then they are in first place.

    Im no Sandy lover, but its nice to bring up these prospects now while there is still time.

    You know some starter is going down with an injury, so they best be prepared to have Syndergaard ready.

    Maybe we will get lucky and find out Colon is back doing PED, and get a 50 game suspension. That would be fine by me.

  • Sandy outsmarted the media on this one in much the same way that one person outsmarts the laws of math by purchasing a winning lottery ticket.

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    “It was a dark and stormy night. David held me in his big, strong arms, and gazed at me lustily with those deep blue eyes.”

  • We’re hunting strikes.

  • Agee’s Catch

    glad i wasn’t drinking anything

  • Joey D.

    Hi John,

    Can understand why Sandy would not be willing to face the media at this particular moment There would be too many questions about the same onslaught of has beens being obtained to fill major pieces of the roster in lieu of quality players to fill in the holes that the minor leagues cannot do – considering the quality of our rotation and so many parts of our bullpen.

    Also, as we suspect, the honeymoon with the media is over so the questions and the follow-up ones are now going to be tough. So I don’t think the building for the long-term would be sufficient enough to answer those type questions anymore. We know the team has the nucleus to win now. And if he alluded more openly to financial limitations, then he would be opening a Pandora’s Box of second guessing to the moves made in prior years.

    There will also be questions about the alarming rate of strikeouts resulting in not moving runners and producing “productive” outs in which runners have been stranded at third base way too often and how much this is the result of his hunting for one’s pitch philosophy being taught throughout the organization. Sandy would be best advised not to come down on his players for not having the talent but would he have the self-assurance and confidence within himself to admit that perhaps he has to re-think the conclusions he derived from his statistical studies?

    Perhaps what we might see are informal visits to the booth to spin the company line or interviews with Mike Francesa who appears to refrain from going to deep into the questions because that would mean Sandy no longer being so amiable coming on his show.

    But eventually Sandy will face the press and if the Mets are playing better, then the heat will be off him. If they aren’t, then, being the master of deceptively ambiguous public speaking I am sure he will be able to handle himself well nonetheless.

  • NewYorkMammoths
  • derek murphy

    Puello has shown some signs the last few weeks. Hopefully watching all these guys around him get called up wakes his a$$ up. He’s one of the best all around players in the system when going right. Hes the definition of a 5 tool player. He’s also one of many who have had breakout of career years under the tutalidge of natera.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Pedros,
    LOL. Can figure out the rest of that paragraph.
    “He whispered softly into my ear “the plan, the plan!”
    Can’t wait for the motion picture!

  • MattHarvey’sEgo

    I’m really glad the Mets promoted some guys from Vegas. I’m really glad the Mets came back to win last night. Does it feel nice? Yes.

    Is it enough to start hailing Sandy as a genius and be all gracious and thankful for having him running the ship? Nope…gotta do a lot better than that, Sandy.

  • MattHarvey’sEgo

    Dartboard was referenced in another posting about the mets hitting approach…Fire up the printers and get our your darts and have some fun with this.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Pedros,
    Exactly. It seems you and I both had the same thoughts but expressed it in different words. Please see my comments above regarding Sandy and the media and let me know if you think there was anything I might have missed.

  • MetsPedes

    Right on point. As an avid Mets and sports in general fan, I thought that the purpose of even a “rebuilding” team, is to each upcoming year, show some sign of progressiveness. Not regress. This team has been bad, and it’s only gotten worse since he’s been here. Does ownership have something to do? Yes sure, but like Sherman(who I despise) said it best on his column the other day. Sandy’ signings have been HORRIBLE, his draftees have yet to show they can be good mlb players, and he’s only made good trades on players that OMAR, not him brought here. Sandy and TC getting fired alone won’t change what’s happening, if Fred don’t sell. Hopefully next year when his buddy Bud leaves, the next in line can force them out.

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    He also needs to play everyday. Mind blowing that he is not idc how much hes struggling.

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    On another note- which is a better lineup for tinte- EY, Murph, Wright, Grandy, Cy, Duda, Wilmer, Travis, Lagares [like a second leadoff] OR should Lagares be slotted in front of Flores? I kind of like the first one.

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    Ike in the month of May: .361 BA and Slugging % is .925….hmmmm now has season avg up to .264

  • Joey D.

    Hi Agee,
    Make that three LOLs!

  • DrDooby

    …while the name would suggest otherwise, I certainly am not a medical professional other than having worked in a hospital for a year prior to starting Law School and having some vague general idea. My professional knowledge is limited to financial restructuring and handling insolvencies – which sure has helped following the Mets recently.

  • skiplockweird

    The NY media is a joke, and doesn’t deserve an answer to half of the questions it asks.

  • skiplockweird

    The press says the Mets don’t spend enough. No doubt, we have problems. But who is waging their paycheck on the yankees and their payroll laden roster making the playoffs?

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    I was going to say something about “steely hardness,” but that’s only because I’m familiar with MC’s fanfiction from the old place.

  • Peter S

    Or maybe Sandy just told his wife that he would come home and take her to dinner?

  • Peter S

    He’s not coming up here unless 2 guys get hurt out of EY, Lagares, CY, Grandy

  • EzRider

    I like lagares in the 9 spot. He’s been scuffling some but the second LO is a nice bonus. I’d still like them to flip Duda and Grandy or better yet.
    EY/Grandy/Wright/Duda/CY/Murph/Flores/d’Arnaud/Lagares. We are facing a lefty tonight so we could see Campbell at first or DH.
    Most likely
    EY/Murph/Wright/Grandy/CY/Campbell/Flores/d’Arnaud/Lagares with either Grandy or CY as the DH. Or go with a better OF and DH EY.

  • DrDooby

    Ultimately, the only thing that will help is winning & creating optimistic expectations in the process. Fans will need to feel confident about the team on the field again. That´s what Alderson is expected to deliver going forward.

  • SRT

    Ruben Amaro says hi.

  • jason bay

    The daily Ike report should include a lot more than just BA because you know first basemen have a power component to produce as well.

    In any event Ike is a platoon first basemen at best

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    Ike’s slugging percentage is actually .472 in May (4 doubles). His OPS is .924. Only in 36 ABs, tho.

    Meanwhile, Granderson in May: OPS of .938. Not ready to declare either of them fixed just yet.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Calling him a genius is just stupid.

    He is a GM who embraces a philosophical approach that has shown itself that it can lead to winning baseball. It might have been done out of financial necessity, in fact, most likely. Alderson, like all GMs made some good moves and rather bad moves.

    The Yankees are starting to show what many of us on here have stated…because of changes in the baseball landscape, the spend spend spend approach will not work. There simply is not the talent out there to buy like in the past.

    Depth is a wonderful thing and the mets finally have some of that…at least on the pitching side.

  • Taskmaster4450

    He just might. It might be a case of him finally getting adjusted to the new level after being promoted coupled with sitting out the 2nd half. D Smith started slow in A ball but has turned it up lately.

    I am a big Peullo fan and rooting for him to be in the Met OF at some point this year.

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    Agreed. I guess we need to be forcefed Nieuwenhuis and den Dekker some more. 🙂

  • Fast Eddie

    For the record, I’m not a Sandy lover but I do applaud his calling up Montero and deGrom, if only because it represents a departure from the earlier, dumber plan to delay such call-ups to avoid starting the ML clock on rookies, all in order to save a few bucks for the Wilpons. Moving Mejia to the bullpen to join Germen and Familia will also pay off, especially if it greases the skids for Farnsworth and Valverde. The Mets should be going younger, not older. They need to get rid of Colon and Abreu, too.

    So far, promoting Campbell over Satin also looks like a good move. Last night Soup’s speed created a run out of what should have been two singles. Campbell’s legs stretched a single into a double, then turned Duda’s bloop single into a run with a nice slide around the Yanks’ catcher. No way Satin does either of those things; he’d still have been standing at second base.

    Veloz

  • Andrew Herbst

    I’m glad Sandy finally decided to call up Montero and Degrom and move Meija in pen. But it’s not enough to say he’s been a great GM. Jury is still out.

  • derek murphy

    Trading Duda is a move I think the mets should explore. He’s playing decent and should net a decent return. Allan Dykstra can not continue to be ignored. He may be better than Duda in every single aspect of the game. His hitting statistics have skyrocketed in the last 3 years. Since he by his own admission re commited himself to his career.
    So far this season he has: 6hr 35rbi
    He has a slash of: 310/459/610
    His OPS is: 1.069
    His walk to strike outs are:28/25
    More than half his hits r 4 xtra bases
    He is also a fantastic infielder with:
    7assists 2errors 19DP fielding% .982

    These numbers can’t be ignored. He plays in vegas but is crushing at home and on the road. His 28bb n 25k speak to his selectivity. While being a power hitter he has struck out only 25 times in 133 PA. He is an ideal hitter for our strikeout prone team. SA and TC love Duda I get that but SA drafted Dykstra who is now living up to the 1st round pick used on him. Duda can’t prevent us from seeing what we have in Dykstra. Dykstra is already a better ball player. Hopefully they are just playing Duda up to trade.

  • BarnRat

    Ok, that was good

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    I meant OPS whoops

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    Yeah he is hitting doubles but only 1 hr

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    I think Terry said he wants to get Duda the start vs the lefty. But then again, its TC and he changes his mind every second

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    They can all play in the OF. Brown should DH and Dykstra 1b. not sure why allen is getting playing time over them.

  • derek murphy

    Not to beat a dead horse but Dykstra’s numbers are much better than singletons. Singleton is one of the top ranked 1st base prospects. He’s 2nd only to Abreu who most wouldn’t consider a prospect. Granted Dykstra has 3 1/2 years on him and is no longer considered a prospect. Dykstra may not still be considered a prospect but he has at least 6 or 7 peak years left. Duda we have seen for 5 years now and he has never shown the signs of Dykstra. SA getting a decent to good return on Duda and replacing with Dykstra would be a grand slam.

  • BarnRat

    Bulwer-Lytton for the curious

  • derek murphy

    I like TDA 2. Then he could get back to being the patient hitter scouts drooled over. Hitting at the back of the order don’t maximize his abbilities or put him in an optimum position.

  • dealingwithidiots

    Another drama queen, no one is preparing for a parade, popping champagne, the only thing going on is people like you breaking out in hives that the Mets won a game. More talk about made up comments. Keep shaking your head, you’ll still find and empty coconut.

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    I am sure they like him too. It was DePo I believe who drafted him originally. Few things though, his defense is apparently very suspect [so is duda’s except yesterday he looked decisive]. Last year I was very impressed and asked a few people about him, and no one seemed to know who he is. He is older, so it could be that he was beating up on AA pitching last year, but this yr is encouraging. I do have to say that EVERYONE’s stats look good in vegas though, something to also consider.

  • coyote521

    Sandy alderson is a classic example if a guy who takes no responsibility for anything he does, doesn’t hesitate to throw people under him under the bus, has zero humility, is riding on an undeserved reputation for brilliance, who dodges every question with doubletalk and lies, has zero respect for the fans,
    And yet,
    People are still trying to recast him as some sort of genius of psychology even when he publicly demonstates his refusal to be accountable.
    Amazing.

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    I don’t mind that but murph is actually been a great 2 hitter for us.

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    But Duda does not have much value, I don’t believe.

  • Monix

    Who under him has he thrown under the bus and how so?
    And when you factor in who the Mets beat writers are, he absolutely is the smartest man in the room. It’s not even close. Is it Alderson or is it…Rubin, Martino, etc.

    And this held accountable thing? He’s not held accountable b/c he didn’t feel like being interviewed by Rubin on a Sunday who goes and retaliates with a childish column that fails to mention that the Mets minor leagues has the best record of all major league franchises by far right now.

  • Monix

    Dykstra is nothing more than organizational filler. Just another Val Pascucci.

  • Monix

    I think by not saying anything, he’s showing just how bad the NY media is these days. He declined an interview on Mother’s Day so Rubin slams him in a column the next day. An article that fails to even mention the tremendous success that is occurring in the Mets minor leagues right now–best record of all franchise’s minor league systems. Sure, that could change, but you can’t ignore that.
    Then yesterday Francessa showed his true colors calling the Mets jackasses on air. Way to stay classy Francessa.
    Last week we have Sherman write a critical column attributing current success to Omar, not Alderson. While he had some valid points, he also used very skewed logic, especially when failing to point out Nimmo’s age in comparing him with others in his draft class that went to college and whose development is further along.
    Lastly, is the peanut butter debacle regarding Colon.
    I can’t take anything the NY media says with a grain of salt at this point about the Mets. They clearly have their own agenda based on what generates web hits and nothing more.

  • Flatbush0460

    Uplifting win? You said that twice during this piece. It’s 1 of 162, this team is fatally flawed with Collins at the helm. It’s depressing night in and night out. We know as sweet as the win was, there will be 3 losses just like it. How Uplifting is it now?

  • jaygreen55

    First of all gaudy minor league stats do not guarantee major league success especially when those stats are achieved in the PCL

    Second, what would you get for Lucas Duda at this point in time? He has yet to establish himself as a quality major leaguer. No team would give up a quality major league player or a prime prospect for him. The best you could hope for is a lower tier prospect or 2 that are either 4A players or years away from the majors

  • derek murphy

    That would make sense if he wasnt hitting better on the road. His away stays crush his stats at home.
    Home 3hr 18rbi b/k 16/16
    Slash 288/443/559. Ops 1002
    Away 3hr 17rbi b/k 12/9
    Slash 341/481/683. Ops 1164

    His away stats while being ever in hr’s and 1 RBI short are in 7 fewer games. Dykstra is not a person you can chalk up to vegas. First of all he did it last year in Binghamton not to this extent but had 43 extra base hits. Second- his numbers on the road are much, much better than at home. His average is like 55 points higher outside of vegas.

    The park has absolutely nothing to do with it. This guy decided to start taking his career seriously and the results are mind boggling. Often times you see a player on a surprise team who bounced around then a light switched on. The most recent example is probably Chris Davis. Dykstra’s numbers tell a story not to listen would be stupid.

  • Destry

    .205 9 HRs.

  • Destry

    With a lefty on the hill we should see

    1. EY2- S DH
    2. Murphy-L 2B
    3. Wright-R 3B
    4. C. Young-R LF
    5. Granderson-L RF
    6. E. Campbell-R 1B
    7. Lagares-R CF
    8. TDA-R C
    9. Tejada-R SS
    Personally, I would put Tejada and Lagares higher in the lineup as they both hit LHP very well, and move Granderson & EY down, but this is the lineup we will most likely see.

  • Metstheory22

    We did go behind by 3 runs twice and twice we came back. We usually would not do that twice. So we could consider it uplifting we did that and we won. I’ll take it.

  • mr mojo risin

    I’m unclear on the purpose of this article … great win last night though !

  • derek murphy

    The return from Ike was not to bad. Something along those lines is what I would expect. Maybe 1 solid major league ready reliever and a relief prospect in the upper minors or a low developmental prospect with relatively high upside. Some numbers don’t lie his bbk ratio is outstanding that tells me he has a good eye and don’t strike out a lot. More than half his hits being for extra bases tells a different story, He has power. Combine them and I have a good hitter with a good eye that has power and don’t strike out a lot. That translates anywhere.

    That’s just like when people were saying abreu’s numbers would not translate. That’s just ignorant. There were tells the fact that he hit 400 the amount of power he displayed they were all nice but thtere was something more more revealing as far as I’m concerned. The fact that he was considered by all scouts to be a superior hitter to Cespedes, Puig and all other Cuban hitters was huge in my book you couple that with the fact that he hit 400 in Cuba which many feel like is close to aaa and his ratios and it told a story. That’s another story the mets chose not to read. Hopefully Dykstra gets a shot Duda never stays healthy any way.

  • Agee’s Catch

    Doctor of Dough. I like it

  • derek murphy

    Word.

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    No Wilmer?

  • Guest

    projections?

  • Nimmofan25

    Note to ownership bring in the damn fences. If they watched last night’s game there could be no other answer. You want Granderson’s 4 year contract to be worth the money simple answer bring in the fences. You want to draw more fans bring in the fences. You want to draw more hitters to this club during FA bring in the fences.
    If I’m a power hitter in FA and Wright calls me and tries to talk me into signing with the team I have to laugh at him. Just seeing how frustrated he gets when he crushes one and it’s a fly ball to the warning track says it all. You don’t need it to be a ban box but you don’t need it to be Yellowstone either.
    Good pitching can pitch anywhere, bad hitting can’t hit every where. With the way this team is built it can’t succeed. It’s built a** backwards, weak lineup strong pitching should be small ballpark not big.

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    I read an interesting article about him last year. He was quoted in the article about taking advantage of his second chance and making some adjustments to his stance. Also, we cannot forget that he suffered some injuries earlier on, which could have attributed to the struggles. All in all, Lucas is doing fine thus far, but if this continues, he definitely deserves a shot.

  • Metropolitan

    me to, the only thing I get out of it is the blogger is saying Alderson is smart for being a coward ducking interviews..

  • sperry

    Good pitching cannot pitch anywhere. Just ask MLB pitchers when they go into Coors Field.

  • WillisReid

    Teams visiting Citi seem to have no problem hitting the ball out. And if the “plan” is to build around pitching, why go out of your way to negate a teams strength, to get a few more dingers from Wright or Granderson?

  • Nimmofan25

    Last time I checked N.Y isn’t Colorado, secondly Many Rockies pitchers have gone on to have very good seasons. The problem is and was stated by the GM himself they don’t put as much emphasis on pitching as they do offense.

  • coyote521

    Have you ever heard this creep interviewed?
    He makes snide comments about everybody from reyes to dickey, to tejada and ike davis.
    Ra dickey was raked over the coals for being honest in amswering a question (obviously a no no in sandy world) and got bad mouthed for doing decent things for abused teenage women.
    Not since the abomination of m. Donald grant have i been so ashamed of thus organization.
    And everybody wants to blame the wilpons.

    Personally i have no respect for wealthy overpaid big shots who constantly shift the blame onto employees, especially younger less established players, deflecting personal responsibility.
    Even steve phillips took responsibility for tge team he put together.

    Year after year, alderson signs a bunch of bargain basement has beens for the bullpen, then makes snide remarks about how they aren’t living up to expectations. What a jerk.

  • Nimmofan25

    So no pitcher can pitch well in a smaller ballpark is what your saying. Lee, Hamels and many others have pitched well in small ballparks. Ask Harvey if he would’ve minded an extra run or two in the games he pitched last year. I think the Mets pitching staff would welcome it.
    You don’t negate a strength you make a weakness into a strength.

  • coyote521

    And i suppose it was the wilpons who forced alderson to suggest that if the fans would only buy tickets to see a bad team, they would get a better team.
    The wilpons put him up to that, right?
    Or was it another one of his brilliant psychological shell games?

    What a jerk.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Amaro sucks

    But Sandy has got his number

  • WillisReid

    Not saying that at all. The park plays neutral, we don’t have players who hit for a ton of power and we have a rotation full of fly ball pitchers. It seems like the trade off would be more detrimental to the rotation than it would be likely fill the line up full of 30HR power.

    The only benefit would be making the games more entertaining if you like games like last night. The Mets lose more games like that than they win.

  • Suilebhain

    Don Draper didn’t throw out HIS Mets pennant, it belonged to Lane (who killed himself in that office). Besides, he has it hanging up now. Must have fished it out of the trash.

  • Nimmofan25

    And why do they lose more games like that then they win? Could it be because the offense can’t hit. Let’s be honest can you name 2 offenses in this league you wouldn’t take over the Mets offense.

  • Nimmofan25

    Then you shouldn’t bother watching sports. Frankly I’m tired of murderers, rapist, and the rest of these spoiled brats in sports. And I’m glad to have someone put them in their place. I wish more GM’s would have the backbone to do it.
    Sorry Reyes didn’t feel wanted, I would’ve said worse then what Sandy did. You like most fans kiss these players a**es Reyes was not worth what he wanted sorry if that hurt his feelings. Have one year when you stay healthy and maybe. He couldn’t stay healthy in a walk year.
    Dickey was a great guy but another person who felt he was privileged to something after having one season. How has he pitched since then. You would be ripping Sandy right now if they signed Dickey.
    I am not the biggest Sandy fan but prefer someone who tells it like it is to these spoiled little brats. People ripped Pérez for not wanting to go down to the minors but instead stay in the bigs and work things out and be around his teammates. Yet Harvey is beloved because he wanted to stay in NY and rehab and be around his teammates. Why bend the rules for one player?
    Both players are wrong, and I’m glad Sandy continuously calls Harvey out on his childish antics. Have some respect for yourself, your teammates and the organization. Harvey literally believes he is better then anyone else and consistently shows it. He needs to be put in place. Problem is that it should be the team captain doing it not the GM.

  • WillisReid

    You do realize that whatever gains they made by moving in the fences, the other teams would also gain? So they would score more runs, but would also give up more runs.

    Like I said, if you like 9-8 games it’s a good move, but I don’t see it helping the Mets overall. Improving the bottom 3rd of the order would be more beneficial.

  • Nimmofan25

    No it’s called him doing his job, he was brought here to take the heat and has been excellent at doing it. As a GM his job isn’t to care about what we the fans think but to get this team started in the right direction. And also to start bringing in more talent. And for Al the Sandy lovers and haters the one thing you have to admit is there is more talent in this system now then when he first took the job.

  • Nimmofan25

    So your telling me this great crop of pitching would be useless. They better hope they never have to pitch in 90% of the ballparks in the majors.

  • Fonzie

    There’s more talent in the system now then anytime in the last 25 years.

  • Nimmofan25

    Forget Dykstra never going to happen, he is a bench player at best. Don’t get fooled by his minor league numbers there are a bunch of reasons for that. A lot of the top pitching prospects reside in the majors or AA or lower. The pitching is not as good as it has been in the past.

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    But he did well in AA last year too though. Not saying that he will or will not be a bench player, but the whole top pitching prospects in AA or majors is not the reason for it, as he was successful last year as well.

  • Nimmofan25

    So then you agree with me. In time that talent will be up and this team will start winning. Then the haters will hate just a little less then before. Then Dickey and Reyes won’t even be an after thought.
    As I said I’m not a huge Alderson fan but definitely not a hater. Even I can see that this system has improved. And as long as it does ( Player to be named from Davis trade, June 5th draft ) this team can be set up to be perennial contenders instead of one and done every ten years.

  • WillisReid

    Again no. We’re talking about marginal differences on both sides here.

    You want to improve the offense, do something about the 3 dead spots in it.

  • Mikey

    Alderson hasn’t outsmarted anyone….
    In fact he made the fatal mistake most arrogant executives make when dealing with Public relations.

    If you do not give them the story you want to see then they will simply make up their own story which will not always play you out in the most favorable light.

    Alderson was LUCKY not GOOD!
    They won a subway series game and that is a much bigger story than Alderson….TODAY!

    But Tomorrow is going to come. They aren’t going to win every game from here on out…
    And at some point there will be NO NEWS and what will they write about?
    The guy who made their job difficult, The guy who refused to talk to them, The Guy who will need all the help he can get at the end of the year when he needs to convince his boss that he deserves a contract extension…

    A Boss that is NOTORIOUS for throwing his GM under a bus in order to get the UNHAPPY DISGRUNTLED Fans off his back…

    If this team doesn’t win more games and start competing before the year is out…
    Sandy had better hope he can sell the owners on the notion that changing the Manager is the cure, and not the move to change the Front Office that left that Manager a decision list that consists of Crap decision and Crappier!

    And this is the only reason why Terry Collins is still your Manager!
    Because he is being setup to take the fall for the lack of success of this GM!

  • Nimmofan25

    You can improve 2-7 just by bringing the fences in. Again I’m not talking about ban box no one is saying turn it into Yankee stadium. You improve lagares Flores and D’arnaud by doing that, it also makes this team more appealing to hitters come free agency.
    I get what your your saying about the bottom 3 but doing that doesn’t improve the other 5. Just in case you don’t know I’m not including the pitchers spot. In the long run I guess we are saying the same thing just going about it differently.

  • Terry

    Remember when Alderson was brought in and he added all of these top-line executives and it was all viewed as finally, professionals running a professional organization. No more circus acts like Omar and Phillips. One could argue it’s been more of a circus with Alderson.

  • Terry

    Very well said!

  • Nimmofan25

    You seem to think that Sandy cares what you, I, and the media think or write. His only job is improving the talent of this club with what little resources he has. And your also in the belief that ownership would be looking to get rid of him. If he’s gone at the end of the year it will be by his choice because the Wilpons aren’t getting rid of him. Your crazy if you believee they will, who will put up better with their mess then Alderson has?

  • Nimmofan25

    Don’t be ignorant, different circumstances that has nothing to do with the GM. Did Minaya have to deal with spending limits? Did Minaya have to let 2 top players love walk because ownership was inept? He’s actually handled it better then most would.

  • Nimmofan25

    Well if you want to put it that way I can show you 6 players that put up better numbers then Dykstra who have come up and flat out bombed. If this guy was going to get any consideration it would’ve happened already. It’s not going to happen.

  • Nimmofan25

    Just wanted to say love seeing my fellow Mets fans taking over Yankee stadium last night hope to see you all there again tonight.

  • Fonzie

    The problem with most sports fans is they give beat writers and all other members of the media too much credit as far as being knowledgeable about the game. They form their opinions based on what a Francesa, Rubin or a Joel Sherman have to say. They’re sports fans with degrees in journalism for the most part, nothing more yet you’ll see folks here repeating what these hacks say as if it’s fact. Some of these guys are knowledgeable and I’m sure are just trying to sell papers and web hits but if you ever listen to some of the clowns on SNY, like Sal Licata, Eamon McEnaney, Adam Schein and a host of others you wonder how in the world do these guys get paid to discuss and or write about sports

  • Mikey

    Well if his only job is to improve the talent of this club then he has FAILED hasn’t he?
    And that means if he wants to get his contract extension he needs to start caring about what the Fans think because if they want him gone the Wilpons will Oblige them in order to deflect the bad press they would get by keeping him!

  • Terry

    Don’t be ignorant? “Did Minaya have to let 2 top players love walk because ownership was inept?” Maybe read what you type before calling someone ignorant…

  • Terry

    And what I was saying, if you knew how to read since you clearly can’t write, is that the Minaya era was viewed as unprofessional and called a circus. But Alderson’s act (notice the play on words, moron) has been anything but professional.

  • Mikey

    LOL you know I don’t ever remember Omar making disparaging Tweets to offset professional Criticism in a poor taste attempt at humor either!
    So much for Professional and Adults running the team eh?

  • Nimmofan25

    Has he really? Thor, D’arnaud, Wheeler, Rosario, Herrera, Nimmo, Smith, Gavin C, Plawecki, Black should I keep going?
    Oh wait you mean just like the Wilpons are listening to the fans and selling the team because they want to avoid bad press.

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    Yeah I mean I don’t know much about him but I will take your word for it. BTW are you familiar with Jeff McNeil at Savannah? Any ideas about him? He is off to a good start in pro ball.

  • Mikey

    yes you should because only TWO of those players are actually NY Mets and both were the product of trading away two BELOVED All Star and Cy Young winners!

    What’s d’Arnauds BA by the way?

  • Nimmofan25

    No Omar just wanted to fight a reporter who was supposedly trying to take his job. Lol

  • Terry

    Omar never wanted to be a stand-up comedian. Unlike Sandy. He also was always open and honest as a GM. He didn’t make the best player decisions but all GMs make mistakes. It’s not an exact science. Sandy has had some success in that area and some failures but the way he acts sometimes is odd.

  • Terry

    That’s true…

  • Nimmofan25

    No your right I forgot to add a word sorry lol. Sandy still don’t care what you or I think. Well when a guy you hire threatens to fight your minor league players, when you threaten a reporter who is supposedly trying to take your job, when you have constant miscommunications with media and your own players and team doctors it’s a circus. Last I checked none of that has happened yet for Sandy.

  • Taskmaster4450

    An All Star who stated in his own press conference that he wouldnt resign with the Mets because of ownership and a CYA who was basically a one year wonder.

    Try again though.

  • Nimmofan25

    Where your wrong Terry is he never changes the way he acts. It’s predictable which is what makes it less then a circus. And secondly if you don’t handle this job with humor you’d kill yourself. Imagine if he said what he really wanted to.

  • Terry

    Good points. But he has done little to change the perception of the Mets. They are still looked at as somewhat of a joke. Maybe it’s more a reflection of the owners.

  • Nimmofan25

    What have those two beloved Mets done since being traded? Your asking for a kids batting avg who has 60 games MLB experience what was Trout’s BA can you tell me that? I’ll give you a hint it wasn’t much better. How many times has Reyes been hurt? What’s Dickey’s ERA, what was it last year?

  • Fonzie

    Absolutely. I’ve been praying for this team to develop a farm system for over 20 years. The farm hasn’t looked this good since Cashen was here. Soon it should start bare fruit.

  • Nimmofan25

    It’s all on the owners, Sandy is one of the most respected men in baseball. Agents and owners know this, players know this as well. You can’t fault a man for trying to fight back anger with humor. Even though it is dry humor he does need some help with his jokes even though that 5 dollar bill one was hilarious. And most fans don’t take it for what it really was a shot at the Wilpons.
    He has changed it by helping the farm system. They will be a team to reckon with in the future. What GM has brought in more top prospects then Sandy has. He’s bringing in another one in the Davis trade. We want everything now but to be honest I rather have a team that can win for ten years straight then to keep going through 1 year then miss the playoffs for another 10.
    Which is why it’s good to see Nimmo Plawecki, Gavin C, Reynolds, Smith, Thor, Degrom, Montero all starting to preform. Lagares starting to hit, Mejia and Familia coming to life in the pen. That still leave Flores and D’arnaud hopefully their bats can get going. Then there’s still Herrera, Rosario and others still waiting in the wings.

  • Nimmofan25

    I know everyone looks at the big names but let’s not forget that Lagares was never a top prospect. Neither was Murphy there will always be the surprises as well. Look at the twins letting go of Solarte really nice pick up by the Yankees so far.

  • Nimmofan25

    To be honest don’t know much about him, but those are the offensive numbers to watch. Savannah is anything but a hitters park. I can’t remember the guys name but there is a catcher in the lower parts of the Mets system who a lot of people are ranking higher then D’arnaud.

  • Nimmofan25

    Derek he may be one guy that no matter what is stuck until Sept. To many outfielders already.

  • TAPE_LGM_JETS

    You are obviously not talkin about Plawecki right? There is another guy Tomas Nido who everyone was high on, but he struggled last year and is still in short season ball.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Monix,

    I think what this shows is nothing more than the honeymoon being over between Sandy and the media. We know the media loves to conjure up juicy stories as much as Sandy loves to mislead them (i.e., us) so it’s a match made in heaven.

  • Matt Mosher

    I’m still wondering what it is we’re thanking Sandy for. I don’t really care about “great psychology” from my general manager. Shouldn’t we care more about wins and losses?

  • Tommy

    That was great to see, I must admit! So happy fans were there & loud taboot!

  • Mikey

    As misinformed as most Sandy fans are I see….
    First off Omar didn’t start a fight he simply called out Rubin for claiming Bernazard tried to start a fight with a player…
    Perhaps you were still a Zygote when all of that happened and were too young to remember the facts!

    Omar never tried to fight with anyone Bernazard did!
    But don’t let Facts get in the way of your Sandynista Apology Agenda!

  • I am so tired of hearing how smart Richie Alderson is. I get it. He’s brilliant. What I really care about thug him regards with him is Mets baseball. And at constructing an MLB team for the Mets, he’s atrociously aloof and out of his league…so far.

  • Destry

    Honestly Tejada has been really good vs lhp. Why sacrifice defense if you don’t have to?

  • Destry

    Bernazard did fight a player. It was Valdy on the team bus.

  • Mikey

    And I bet by now everyone is convinced Bernazard should have thrown him a good beating! LOL

  • Destry

    Pretty funny how things turn out

  • Mikey

    Also how easily Historic events can change and what was the bad guy turns out to be a guy who might have done some good! If only he was allowed to finish! LOL

  • OriginalLadyMet

    Please tell the “$5. joke” again for those of us who do not tweet.