Mets Merized Online » Chris the Teacher http://metsmerizedonline.com Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:59:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.18 Verizon Has Some Great Holiday Gift Ideas http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/verizon-has-some-great-holiday-gift-ideas.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/verizon-has-some-great-holiday-gift-ideas.html/#comments Sat, 26 Nov 2016 20:00:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226491 moto-z-analisis-2

Not sure what to get the tech and sports fan on your list? Well with the holiday season right around the corner, Verizon Wireless has you covered for gifts for everyone from the sports fan to the music lover.

  • Otterbox Defender Series: Active lifestyle? Keep your device protected from wear and tear with the Otterbox Defender Series phone cases. The outer layer absorbs impact from drops and bumps, while built-in screen protector guards against scratches and smudges. A shield stand acts as a kickstand for hands free media viewing and easy typing, all while maintaining full access to features and controls, including buttons, microphone, camera and flash.
  • UE Boom 2: The UE BOOM 2 is a portable 360-degree wireless speaker that blasts full, deep sound in every direction. The UE Boom 2 is ideal for gatherings with a 100-foot wireless range for music and calls and its IPX7-rating, designed to be waterproof and withstand drops from up to 5 feet.
  • Mophie Power Station 3x: Keep your favorite devices charged and ready-to-go with the Mophie Power Station 3x. Thin and super lightweight, the battery pack has two charging ports and is compatible with just about every USB-charged device for easier charging while on-the-go.
  • Moto Z Droids: A world of possibilities lies in your pocket with Verizon-exclusive Moto Z Droid. The world’s thinnest smartphone boasts all-day battery power, quick charging TurboPower and a 5.5 inch HD display. Combine with Moto Mods™ and transform the device into a movie projector (up to 70 in.), stereo speaker, battery powerhouse and more.

I was able to use the Moto Z Force and mods first hand at Citi Field Stadium during a game in September and it was a hit!

Did you know that Verizon Wireless has increased capacity at Citi Field by adding more sites/sectors (going from 9 to 30) and allocating more spectrum to LTE, allowing for blazing fast speeds and reliable coverage throughout the stadium? Overall, the capacity for attendees has increased by three times and the investment at Citi Field totals about $15 million.  So if you decide to get a family member or friend an awesome new device or smart accessory, remember to pair it with tickets so they can leverage the Verizon Wireless network at the stadium while watching their New York Mets.

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Moto Z Droid Edition

Sleek, Stylish and functional, this smartphone is a multimedia station that can be used to talk to people with!  An excellent clear display and smooth operating system make it very simple to use.  The camera can be used to capture outstanding quality photos and amazingly clear  video that can both be edited with stock programs.  The real unique features of this phone lie in the compatibility.  The ‘Mods’ that are available (sold separately) affix to the back of the phone with high strength magnets.  These Mods include a triple battery life charger, stereo quality speaker, or the ever popular Insta-Share proctor.  The projector will provide HD quality picture that can be seen on an area the size of the side of your house! Perfect for summer-time bonfires while you project the Met Game onto the panel of a vinyl fence for an outdoor viewing experience.

Need additional ideas? Head to www.verizonwireless.com for all your holiday technology needs.

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Mets Announce 2017 Promotional Dates & Pricing Tiers http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/mets-announce-2017-promotional-dates-pricing-tiers.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/mets-announce-2017-promotional-dates-pricing-tiers.html/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:45:08 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225848 img_6866

The New York Mets today announced that single game tickets will go on sale Friday, November 18 at 10:00 am.

The Mets Promotional Dates and Giveaway dates have also been announced for the 2017 Season.  The upcoming season will feature the return of the popular weekend promotions of Free Shirt Fridays, Super Saturdays and Family Sundays as part of a promotional schedule that will feature more than 900,000 items given away.

There are currently three fireworks nights scheduled on Saturdays throughout the year. The Mets have alluded to the possibility of adding more based upon a litany of factors.

Many player-themed promotions have been scheduled such as two bobbleheads, a garden gnome, a Starting Lineup Figure and two ‘Fat Head’ wall stickers. Only one specific player, however, has been announced, which is an Asdrubal Cabrera Bobblehead to be given away on July 1st against Philadelphia.

While you plan your weekends for next summer and decide which games you want to lock up tickets for, take a look at the tiered pricing schedule for next season. The Mets have eliminated the ‘Super Value’ category of games and have gone with four different groupings. While the average price of tickets has increased just shy of 3% (for only the second time in the last nine years) for the upcoming year, the pricing of the games is actually more ‘bottom heavy’ for 2017.

The cheapest two categories of games (Classic & Value) will constitute 58 games. In comparison, the bottom two categories of games (Value & Super Value) in 2016 totaled just 26 dates. Some ‘bargains’ will be the midweek visit by the reigning World Champion Chicago Cubs that will fall into the Classic Category in June as well as the Wild Card rematch against the Giants in May priced as a value series.

With the home and home two game set with the Yankees in August and Opening Day, only three total games will be the highest priced Marquee category. With the schedule quirks of having inter-league play daily, be ready for a return to six games against the Yankees in 2018 which will occur every third season.

For the eighth consecutive year, it is STILL cheaper to own Season Tickets (in almost every seating category) for 2017 than it was for their first season in Citi Field back in 2009. This is not necessarily a compliment to the Mets keeping prices down, but an indictment of just how egregious the pricing gauging was at the stadiums opening.file_000

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Would Mets Be Better Off Without David Wright Next Season? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/would-mets-be-better-off-without-david-wright-next-season.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/would-mets-be-better-off-without-david-wright-next-season.html/#comments Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:29:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224873 david wright 2

As the offseason plans take shape, there is one tremendous question mark upon which the future success of the franchise hinges.  Will David Wright return in 2017 and live out the length of his contract through 2020?

The question is not if he will regain his past All-Star caliber level of performance, that would be unfair to ask of the veteran after last year’s showing. At most, an optimist could only expect him to appear in 100-110 games.  In the small sample we saw in 2016, his once Gold Glove caliber defense was incredibly hampered.  His range was limited, glove was fleeting, and arm was very weak due to his altered lowered arm angle which also decreased not only the crispness of his throws but the accuracy as well.

At the plate, his debilitated condition was even more apparent.  In 137 AB’s, David struck out 55 times.  That is more than once every three times up.  He did, however, maintain his keen eye at the plate, walking 26 times (almost equal to his 31 hits) for a strange AVG/OBP split of .226/.350.

David Wright is due $20 million dollars each season in 2017 and 2018.  He is due an eye popping $67 Million dollars over the final four years of his eight year deal that at the time he signed it was thought to be a sensible home town discount for a healthy franchise player.  What it has become, is something that could cripple a crucial offseason spending plan.

As Joe D laid out here recently in a fantastic off-season payroll plan and projection, David’s $20 Million could end up becoming almost 12% of the Met’s available payroll resources next year despite the fact that he represents 2.5% of the 40 man roster.  If he was his healthy self, continuing what was projected at its infancy to be a prolific career, that sum would not be as frightening.  However, can the Mets afford to invest 12% of their payroll in what is essentially an unknown?

My answer is simple; No.  They cannot.

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If David Wright stays inactive due to his neck and back injuries, the Mets would continue to collect insurance for 75% of his $20 Million and only be on the hook for $5 million.  If he is activated, however, the Mets cannot collect insurance until he is deactivated for 60 days.  The coverage is not retroactive, so if Wright is is activated for even one game, it could end up costing the Mets approximately 8$ million dollars depending on the payment structure of his contract.

The Mets have some incredibly important decisions to make regarding both qualifying offers for Neil Walker and how they are going to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes, who will likely opt out after his strong 2016 instead of staying in his current deal which actually would call for him to take a pay cut.

It is also a valid assumption that Walker will receive a QO.  If so, between Wright, Walker, Flores, Cabrera, and Duda (if he is not non tendered), the WIlpons are looking at the face of a $60 Million dollar infield, without even counting Jose Reyes league minimum salary option that was exercised Friday.

With a third of what are expected to be the available resources being allocated to the infield, a stud young pitching staff climbing the arbitration ranks, and an aging Curtis Granderson due $15 million in 2017,  it leaves little to no room to bring in Cespedes for a figure he will likely demand and deserve.

A little discussed but highly impactful payroll issue occurred at this past trading deadline.  Trading Dilson Herrera for Jay Bruce could end up swinging the payroll number $30 million dollars for 2017.  If Bruce is retained at $13 Million, and Walker excepts his QO at $17 Million, you are now carrying two players that would not have been in town in 2017 if Dilson did not depart.

Once again, this hurts the chances of bringing back Cespedes.  An option could be to put the hopes of 2B in the hands of T.J. Rivera after a strong yet extremely limited 2016 campaign, but that would require the Mets to once again be relying on an unproved commodity, which has proved to be dangerous in the past.

The Mets will have much more payroll flexibility and much less roster uncertainty without the Captain.  It is indeed sad but it is indeed true.  The Mets have had a hopeful approach to most injuries in the past and it has not proved successful.  It is time to stop ‘hoping’ and start being practical.

Incredibly, and to the chagrin of the fan base, the Mets organization would likely be better off in the long run if David Wright does not suit up again and retires instead like his friend Michael Cuddyer did last offseason. For his well-being and that of the team he loves.

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Decisions, Decisions: Home Field and the Manic Magic Number http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/decisions-decisions-home-field-and-the-manic-magic-number.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/decisions-decisions-home-field-and-the-manic-magic-number.html/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:49:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223803 magicnumber

Terry Collins and his staff may have some interesting decisions to make this weekend regarding his pitching staff and how it sets up for a potential Wild Card Game next Wednesday night.   A lot has to do with the two team wildcard format, tie breaking procedures and how a magic number is calculated.

An important facet in this situation to understand is that a magic number, by definition, pertains to only two teams.  Therefore, the Mets have one magic number against the Giants (currently 5), and a completely separate one against the St. Louis Cardinals (currently 6).  After all, it is in essence, the combination of wins by the leading team and losses by the trailing team that make catching the leader mathematically impossible.  Many fans, tweeters, and intelligent folks are having issues understanding how any of this works in a three team field for two spots.  You are not alone, as the format can get a bit confusing.

How Come the Mets are Further Ahead of the Giants than the Cardinals?

Let’s look at the standings as they currently exist.  The Mets are one full game ahead of the Giants with both teams having six remaining games.  If the Mets go 3-3 on their final road trip, it would make sense to expect the Giants to tie the Mets with a 4-2 record, making up the necessary game and forcing some type of home field playoff.  Well, this is not the case with the two wildcard team format.  Teams that finish with the same record for the top spot (not the final spot, which will be addressed later) will default to head to head season series, which the Mets hold a 4-3 edge on.  In other words, that is tantamount to the Mets having a current two game advantage on the Giants.  The Giants would have to OVERTAKE the Mets in the standings, not just tie them.  So, in the above example, the Mets 3-3 record would task the Giants to have to go 5-1 to overtake the Mets in the Wildcard standings. Any combination of five Mets wins and Giants losses would secure home field for the Mets a Wild Card match-up against the Giants.

The above scenario is solely for the Mets Giants race for the top Wild Card spot.  The St. Louis Cardinals won the season series against the Mets.  As a result, they only have to draw even with the Mets in order to overtake them in the standings, again defaulting to the in season record between the two clubs.  As it currently stands, the Red Birds are 1.5 games back of the Mets for the Wildcard lead with seven games left to play.  The ‘extra game’ will be played Thursday, while the Mets are off.  As a result of the extra game to be played and the Cardinals holding the edge in the season series, the Mets magic number against this club is 6, or higher than the team that is ahead of them (The Giants) in the standings.  If the Cardinals go 3-4 in their final week, the Mets would need to go 3-3 to maintain their lead against them.  Anything less would give the Cardinals home field in any head to head match-up between the clubs if they are the two to qualify and the Giants go home.

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How Could This Impact the Mets Rotation in Their Final Turn?

If you told me in April I would be writing about Noah Syndergaard‘s strep throat and how it will impact home-field advantage in a Wild Card game, I would have laughed.  But after this season, it is impossible to take anything off the table with this team.

Noah was bumped from his start this past weekend due to his illness.  As a result, he is no longer lined up to pitch on Wednesday October 5th, the NL Wild Card Game.  In fact, being scheduled to pitch tomorrow, he is actually lined up to pitch on regular rest in the final game of the season in Philadelphia Sunday.  It would behoove the Mets to wrap up home-field by Saturday the latest, or they could be put in a precarious position before game 162.

If the Mets have clinched a wildcard berth by Sunday morning but have yet to secure home field, they will have to decide on whether or not to send Noah out on regular rest in order to get a home Wild Card ‘play-in’ game, or save him for a guaranteed post season start that may come on the road with their stud on extra rest.  Fans would rather see the game played in Flushing, but they would likely rather see Thor on the bump, regardless of where the game is.  Whats more? Colon is scheduled to pitch Saturday night in Philly, which would leave him on short rest the following Wednesday.

If the Mets postseason hopes come down to their final game, they would find themselves with neither Colon or Syndergaard on regular rest to pitch that play-in game.  The result? Allow Colon to pitch on three days rest, or, everyone’s consensus choice to pitch such a game in spring training, Robert Gsellman is your Wild Card game starter for the Mets.

The scenarios get much more murky if all three teams finish with the same record or a tie breaker game is necessary if two teams tie for the second Wild Card spot, which would lead to a Game 163, as non-competitive tie breaking procedures can not be utilized for a final playoff spot, but a head to head game.

How can this be avoided? Simple! The Mets Win the next six and make it all moot! Easy enough…

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Asdrubal Cabrera Continues To Smash At The Plate http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/asdrubal-cabrera-continues-to-smash-at-the-plate.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/asdrubal-cabrera-continues-to-smash-at-the-plate.html/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:23:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=222569 asdrubal-cabrera

Asdrubal Cabrera continues to amaze, smacking a two-run homer into the Coca Cola Corner to put the Mets on the board in the first inning last night.

It was the 21st blast of the season for Cabrera and his 20th as a shortstop in 2016, surpassing Jose Reyes‘ 19 homers in 2006 for the most home runs by a Mets shortstop in a single season.

Three of Cabrera’s last eight home runs dating to August 26 have come with no outs in the first inning. Cabrera is batting .358 (39-109) in his 31 games since coming off the DL on August 19 and he has a .923 OPS in the second half of the season.

Original Article – Sep 13

One of the most underrated stories of this roller coaster of a season so far is the outstanding play and veteran presence of first year Met shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.  An under the radar signing in early December of 2015 after failing to acquire Ben Zobrist and, along with Neil Walker, revamping their up the middle defense which was porous to say the least during the Mets World Series run last October, ‘Cabbie’ has been more than just a solid fielder.  His offense has been one of the season’s pleasant surprises and his consistency and leadership truly are an inspiration.

When Daniel Murphy was not retained by the New York Mets, a void was not only left in the middle of the Mets lineup, but also on the top step of the Mets dugout.  Anyone who watched the Mets during Murphy’s tenure knows that he was one of the best teammates anyone could ask for.  Murphy never stopped rooting for his teammates and was often the first to meet not only a triumphant player after a home run, but a struggling player with an inspirational message or supportive gesture.  Cabrera has picked up where Murph left off and has been more than the Mets bargained for.

Despite being hobbled with an ailing knee, Asdrubal has been as steady and consistent as ever.  He has himself stated, that if the Mets were not in a pennant race, he would be resting his balky knee.  He is suffering from a strained patellar tendon that is likely causing him pain in the front of his lower knee whenever he puts significant weight on the area.  Twisting, running, pivoting as well as quick stops and starts can exacerbate the pain.

If you watch him play, however, you would never know.  Being lucky enough to be sitting on the Mets dugout for the Saturday and Sunday games this past weekend, I can vouch first hand for just how much this is bothering him.  After his triple in the first inning of yesterday’s contest, he was doubled over with his hands on his knees and constantly manipulating the area.  What he did not do, or even slightly allude to, was look into the dugout for a coach or a trainer.  His back was turned to his dugout, and no trainer was summoned.

In a year filled with an almost comical lineup of injuries, Cabrera refuses to be another casualty.  Yes, he had a DL stint this past August after exiting the July 31st game vs the Dodgers when he almost could not run under his own power to score a run. However, since his likely premature return, he has thrived.  Since his return on August 19th, Asdrubal has raised his average 20 points and is hitting .384 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 22 games over 19 starts.  His slugging percentage is at a career high .466 and he has helped the Mets accrue the most home runs in franchise history between their shortstop/second base combo.

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Cabrera is doing all this offensively, while playing a steady and proficient shortstop defensively with only six errors (career low pace for a full season) constantly making the routine and not so routine plays in the hole the likes of which we have not seen since his current left side of the infield mate Jose Reyes patrolled that area on a daily basis.

In addition to his on the field game, his leadership impact can not be quantified.  Despite a painful knee, he is never hesitant to climb the dugout steps to remove a teammates helmet after a homerun, a custom Met fans have embraced.  He is setting an example for young players by not only playing through pain, but thriving.  He is suffering in silence and asking for no leniency or special accommodations.  He is wincing, limping, and at some points hobbling as he leads this club by example down the stretch.

The quintessential example of this was on Sunday’s game in Atlanta.  Logging seven innings in the field in what had become a blowout laugher, Cabbie came to bat in the top of the 8th with a runner on.  In his fifth at bat of the day, with his team enjoying an eight run cushion, he flew out to left field.  Despite already tallying three hits and with his team likely having one foot on the flight to DC, Asdrubal slammed his bat down in frustration and screamed audibly loud enough for me to hear despite being a couple of hundred feet away.

In a day where all professional sports are changing to make things more soft and friendly, Cabrera is an old school throwback – a tough player that is the purest definition of the term “gamer”.  Hopefully his young teammates are taking note and trying to emulate his propensity to play baseball the right way and COMPETE, regardless of circumstances.

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Death, Taxes, and Reed in the Eighth Inning http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/death-taxes-and-reed-in-the-eighth-inning.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/death-taxes-and-reed-in-the-eighth-inning.html/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:04:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223501 terry collins

Some things are guaranteed in life, and some should be.  Some are unwritten rules that are ingrained in you from a young age that almost become instinctual.  Hold open a door for the person behind you, give up your seat for an elderly person on public transit, tip your delivery guy, call your mother on her birthday; you know, the normal ones.  Can we just add one to the list right now? Give Addison Reed The Eighth Inning, for better or worse.

It would appear as though skipper Terry Collins, who has lately appeared like a ship captain trying to drop anchor on a vessel that is submerging on its own, is unaware how good Mr. Reed is.  Maybe Terry did not get the memo in August that Reed broke the Met’s single season record for holds with the year barely two-thirds of the way over.  It is possible he doesn’t remember the last time he played mix and match in the 8th things got pretty ugly? I do.  August 1st in the Subway Series, TC allowed Blevins to start the 8th and Reed to enter in a jam.  What happened? Mets blow a 5-3 lead and lose to the Yanks in extras.  Since then, Reed has allowed a mere three runs in 22.1 innings (before last night).

Maybe Terry was unaware left-handed hitters are hitting .188 against Reed this year, a lower mark than right handed-hitters.  Sure, Freddie Freeman is 2-for-5 in his career vs Reed, but I would rather let my best pitcher get beat rather than a guy who issued a bases loaded walk the previous night step into this fire.  This is not a knock on Josh Smoker, who has been a nice story since his debut but is till trying to settle in.

Was Terry once again “distracted”? That was the poor excuse provided after another crushing loss to the Braves that I sat through last week in Atlanta.  He did not pinch run for Wilmer, a notoriously slow runner, despite having 37 people on the active roster.  Terry, the manager of a major league baseball team, was distracted by a bases empty two out double which somehow, despite not altering the score or game situation, altered his pitching plan for the next inning.

Keep in mind, Terry was not completely distracted, as he sent up Kelly Johnson to hit for T.J. Rivera that inning.  He also had extra time to get that pinch runner in, since the Braves went for a mound visit after the pinch hit. But let’s not open closed wounds I guess.

The flurry of moves that followed last night after Reed was pulled last night were borderline comical.

The Mets dugout and bullpen became a proverbial clown car.  Who would come out next?  A double switch here, a questionable pinch hit choice there, and hey, even a pinch runner. It brought me back to the days of the WWF Royal Rumble and seeing who would come out from behind curtain next.  There seemed to be no rhyme or reason for it, no logic, just throwing some stuff at the wall to see if it would stick.  It was absolute baseball randomness and what has become Terry’s modus operandi.

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I constantly tweet about Terry being ‘consistently inconsistent’.  There is really no other way to deduce logic from the situation.  In an ironic twist, Jay Bruce, who was not good enough to hit with the game on the line on Tuesday night, was asked to save the day just one night later in the bottom of that disastrous eighth inning.  Travis d’Arnaud was asked to win the game when he was (thankfully) not started in place of Rene Rivera who has been the more superior receiver, defender, and more consistent hitter than Travis has been all year.

The light at the end of the tunnel that is constantly being pointed out is that through all this, despite brutal losses and head scratching moves and injuries to just about everyone, the Mets are in a three way tie for two playoff spots.  I personally do not see this as a positive.  I see this as the Mets being lumped in with a disastrous group of poor teams due to the fact that they are losing games against their much more inferior opponent on a nightly basis, and also the unconventional moves by a manager that does not put his team in the best chances to be successful.

Walking out of the stadium after last nights brutal loss brought me back to some bad times.  Bullpen implosions in 2008, collapses in 2007, a called third strike in 2006.  Some of which led the stadium to get so quiet you could hear the celebrations of the opposing players while in the stands.  Maybe the light at the end of the tunnel, is that in just ten more games the Mets could somehow get that wild card despite a manager who has been off his game for most of September.

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When you’re fighting for a playoff spot with just 10 games left to the season you’re not supposed to get swept by the worst team in the league. Could last night’s loss have been avoided? I don’t know but I still have a huge problem with how Terry Collins manged that eighth inning.

With the game’s premier setup man on the mound to begin the eighth to preserve a 3-2 Mets lead and Jeurys Familia ready to pitch the ninth, it looked like the Mets would be able to stave off a sweep at the hands of their longtime division rival. However that plan went awry quickly and devolved into a loss courtesy of….

That pain in the ass Ender Inciarte was leading off the eighth and quickly tapped a grounder to first base to begin the inning. But the usually reliable James Loney boots it for an error and the Braves were in business. It’s no big deal really and three pitches later Addison Reed quickly got Adonis Garcia to popup for the first out of the inning.

Then it happened. Terry Collins emerges out of that bullpen cockily waving his finger, snatching the ball from Reed, and summoning Josh Smoker to pitch to the ever so dangerous Freddie Freeman.

Honestly, I can understand why Collins embarrassed Jay Bruce by pinch-hitting Eric Campbell for him on Tuesday, heck, I actually defended the move.

But this was Addison Reed man… He has a 1.64 ERA in two seasons with the Mets. He has a 0.961 WHIP this year and hitters are batting .206 against him. In six years he’s accumulated 106 saves and 129 holds.

And you bring in Josh Smoker to replace him, who has been a major leaguer all of three weeks?

Collins is so ignorant of his players that he didn’t even know Smoker has a 1.125 OPS against left-handed hitters and Reed has kept them in check all season holding them to a .503 OPS. My God in heaven how in the world does a major league manager not know that? I bet the Braves knew it.

I don’t want to hear any hot air from the usual Collins defenders about matchups or lefty on lefty or any other false narrative to cover up for a terrible baseball move. Yeah, yeah, yeah, everybody blames poor Tewwy Cowins after a loss. Gimme a break, he blew it.

Addison Reed is your setup man and the best 8th inning guy in the major leagues. He leads the planet with 39 holds!!! You don’t yank him out like he’s Pedro Beato or D.J. Carrasco on the mound. Collins needs to do a better job of using that freaking lump that separates his shoulders.

So thanks to another one of Terry Collins’ colossal blunders, the Mets lost a game with just 10 left to go. Luckily, both the Cards and Giants lost too. But not only that, Collins probably burned out Familia and now he’ll be unavailable if needed tonight against the Phillies.

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Mets 2017 Season Ticket Renewals and 2016 Postseason Deposits http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-2017-season-ticket-renewals-and-2016-postseason-deposits.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-2017-season-ticket-renewals-and-2016-postseason-deposits.html/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:53:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219966 500x350_tickets-1

On Monday, the Mets sent all full season ticket holders their prospective renewal packages and postseason ticket deposit information. The move was originally poised for an August 1st drop, but the Mets wanted to wait until there was the possibility of better news to broadcast with the invoices.

The package includes ticket pricing for next year and the cost of potential postseason ticket strips. As you may remember from last year, according to MLB ticket policy, they must be purchased as a package deal and not on a game by game basis if buying ahead. MLB executive office set pricing for all postseason tickets for all teams and receive a substantial portion of the gate take for each club.

This past season, the Mets raised ticket prices for season ticket holders on an average of 2.86% for 2016. This came on the heals of a 18.1% attendance increase in 2015, by far the biggest increase in the National League and was the first raise since moving to Citi Field in 2009. There were actually two ticket price DEDUCTIONS since the move as well in 2010, and 2011. Contrary to popular belief, the price increase was planned in July of 2015, and announced in August of 2015, two months before the Mets World Series run.

Here are the facts, which MMO is bringing to you first and exclusively.

Postseason 2016

In order to secure access to potential postseason tickets for this season, full and partial plan holders must make their down payment before September 2nd.  Full season ticket holders as well as 40 game plan holders will get access to all games.

New for 2016, 20 game holders will be assigned a “Half Strip”.  Half strips will be assigned randomly and can not be changed.

Half Strip A

  • Wild Card Game
  • National League Division Series (Home Game 2)
  • National League Championship Series (Home Game 1, Home Game 3)
  • World Series (Game 3, Game 5)

Half Strip B

  • National League Division Series (Home Game 1, Home Game 3)
  • National League Championship Series (Home Game 2, Home Game 4)
  • World Series (Game 4)

Mets Full Season Ticket Holders will be invoiced for the 2016 Postseason in the same seat location as their 2016 regular season seats. Mets 41-Game Plan Holders will be offered full strips in an alternate location in the best available section within your seating category. 20-Game Plan Holders will be offered half strips in an alternate location based on availability.

There are two payment options for 2016 postseason. There are no perks or advantages to either, other than deferred payment for option two.

One: You can pay in full for your 2016 Postseason ticket strips.

Two: You can take advantage of a two-part payment plan by paying for 35% of the full price of your 2016 Postseason ticket strip(s) at the time of purchase. If the Mets advance beyond the NLDS, your credit card on file will automatically be charged for the remaining balance of your strip(s). This charge would occur immediately after the Mets clinch a berth in the NLCS, sometime during the week of October 10, 2016.

 Another change from last year…

With the significant increase in season ticket plans and limited Postseason strip inventory, the Mets will not guarantee that they will be able to offer additional strips at this time. In the event that additional strips become available to offer, season ticket holders will be notified.

This could drive the secondary market prices up even MORE that last years astronomical rates, as most people that have their tickets will be using them.

As always, any unplayed games can either be refunded or credited toward next years invoice.

See pricing grid below for details.

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2017 Season Tickets

The  Mets have once again raised ticket prices for 2017.  It is hard to nail down a flat percentage raise, because many things have been changed.  The average weighted raise (because of all the variations) is 3.95%..  New seating categories have been added, and game categories have also been eliminated.

There will no longer be a Super Value ticket price option that existed for 13 games this season, however, the price of the Value ticket option has be lowered and more game dates will be added to that category (there were 14 this year).  In other words, as opposed to 5 pricing categories for games, there will be 4.  The most significant per ticket increase are for the Marquee level games, normally reserved for Opening Day and Subway Series.

Full Season ticket benefit packages have also been changed.  You are able to choose one of these events from each category.

Blue Experience

  • Broadcast Event with Gary, Keith and Ron
  • Kids Fantasy Experience
  • Lunch with Mets General Manager & Baseball Ops Staff
  • Catch on the Field
  • Meet the Rookies
  • Ron Darling Book Signing
  • Batting Practice in Citi Field Indoor Batting Cages
  • Warning Track Salute

Orange Experience

  • Movie Night
  • Holiday Photo – photo will be taken October 2017
  • Player Q&A
  • Business Social Hour
  • Alumni Meet & Greet
  • Mascot Breakfast
  • Watch Fireworks from the Field
  • Baseball Analytics with Baseball Ops

Many Flexible payment options exist.  Season Ticket Holders can pay in full, two separate payments, or a seven installment schedule.

PAY IN FULL

Pay your 2017 account in full by September 2, 2016 by using your credit card, check or cash.

TWO [2] MONTH PAYMENT PLAN

Pay 50% of your total invoice upon renewal and your same credit card will be automatically charged the remaining 50% of your invoice on January 17, 2017. Payments must be made by credit card only.

1st Installment Due September 2, 2016 50% of invoice
2nd Installment Due January 17, 2017 50% of invoice
SEVEN [7] MONTH PAYMENT PLAN

Pay 20% of your total invoice upon renewal and your same credit card will be automatically charged on the dates scheduled below for the corresponding amounts. Payments must be made by credit card only.

1st Installment Due September 2, 2016 20% of invoice
2nd Installment Due October 3, 2016 20% of invoice
3rd Installment Due November 7, 2016 20% of invoice
4th Installment Due December 12, 2016 10% of invoice
5th Installment Due January 17, 2017 10% of invoice
6th Installment Due February 21, 2017 10% of invoice
7th Installment Due March 21, 2017 10% of invoice
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A New Hope: Remaining Schedule A Strength http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/a-new-hope-remaining-schedule-a-strength.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/a-new-hope-remaining-schedule-a-strength.html/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:30:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220516 wilmer flores jose reyes

The New York Mets enter play on Monday night in Arizona against the Diamondbacks with 45 games remaining on the season.  They find themselves just 2.5 games out of the second wild card spot chasing the likes of the Marlins, Pirates, and Cardinals.  After completing what seemed like the impossible Sunday in winning back to back games for the first time in more than a month, I took a look at the road ahead and could not believe just how weak it is.  As the Mets get healthier and the schedule gets easier, the stars may be aligning for a relevant September despite just how disappointing the season has been thus far.

Of the Mets 45 remaining games, 25 of them are against teams with a record below .500 (10 vs. Phillies, 6 vs. Braves, 3 vs. Diamondbacks, 3 vs. Reds, 3 vs. Twins).  Of the 20 that are not, 14 of them are against teams they are chasing in the Wild Card race (7 vs. Marlins, 4 vs. Giants, 3. vs Cardinals),  The remaining 6 games are tilts against the division leading Washington Nationals.

The Mets 25 man roster continues to get stronger with the activation of Jose Reyes and the expected returns of Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera this week on the West Coast.  Defense could also improve, if the Mets choose to keep Jose Reyes at shortstop and shift Cabrera to third upon return.  Reyes’ range and arm are superior to Cabrera, who is coming off his second knee injury of the season.  It is also a safe assumption that the injection of Cespedes into the lineup can only help Jay Bruce, who has produced just 7 hits in 51 plate appearances since arriving in Flushing, batting .152 with a .235 OBP.

Holes, however, still exist as the team is devoid of a fifth starter spot as it basically has been all year.  In games started by Matt Harvey or Logan Verrett, the Mets are 9-20.  In games started by Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Bartolo Colon, and Jacob deGrom. the club is 50-38.  With Jon Niese taking that spot over starting Wednesday, the struggles could likely continue.  The team is also missing production out of first base, as James Loney‘s War is now at -0.1.  The catching situation continues to be cold despite a strong series from Travis d’Arnaud against the Padres.

All in all, this is a team with holes.  As we have seen around the league recently, most teams in the National League Wild Card hunt have similar deficiencies.  In the midst of the dog days with an ever contagious injury bug, the Mets are as poised as ever to make their move against the doldrums of the MLB in the coming six weeks.

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Lucas Duda Bet On Himself… And Lost http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/lucas-duda-bet-on-himself-and-lost.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/lucas-duda-bet-on-himself-and-lost.html/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:00:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219657 lucas duda

In 2014 Lucas Duda broke out as a premier power hitting left-handed bat.  The move coincided with the Mets trading the man many wanted instead, Ike Davis.  After said trade, which was mostly made in part to Lucas’ impressive exit velocity numbers which trumped those of former 32 homerun and 90 RBI producing Ike Davis, the first base job was handed over to Lucas Duda for the foreseeable future on April 18th, 2014.

In that 2014 campaign, the soft spoken centerpiece of many an Instagram post, Duda socked 30 home runs and drove in 90 RBI.  During the ensuing spring training of 2015, the Mets approached their young slugger with a contract extension offer.  According to Jon Heyman of CBS sports, the offer was a three year deal worth just under $30 million dollars. While we do not know the exact terms of the deal, it would have covered at least one year of Duda’s free agency, or possibly netting him guaranteed money through 2020.

After a strong season, Lucas chose to turn down the deal likely because he felt he could net a better offer later or more money when he hits free agency after 2017.  After a strong 2015, Lucas earned a raise in arbitration for a salary of $6.7 Million for this season.  Sadly, he was only able to appear in 39 games do to a stress fracture in his lumbar spine.

More bad news arrived Wednesday, when it was announced that his back locked up on him again, necessitating a month of rest.  With the end of the minor league season in early September and an overall likelihood that his pain may not subside, Lucas Duda was all but shut down for the remainder of the season.

Duda is due arbitration for the final time this winter.  It may behoove the Mets to non-tender him at the conclusion of the season and possibly bring him back at a cheaper rate than he would net in arbitration.

As was mentioned during Wednesday’s SNY broadcast, it may be wise to hand either Jay Bruce or Michael Conforto a first baseman’s glove this season to see if they can handle it.  This would make cutting ties with Duda an easier choice, especially with Granderson, Conforto, Lagares, and Bruce already under contract for next year as well as Yoenis Cespedes pending his option.

No matter where Duda ends up next year, one thing is clear.  Not accepting the contract extension cost him some serious coin.  He walked away from as much as $20 million dollars.  Which makes me recall some great advice, when you hit the lottery, take the lump sum.

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Why Golfing On A Strained Quad is Detrimental to the Injury http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/why-golfing-on-a-strained-quad-is-detrimental-to-the-injury.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/why-golfing-on-a-strained-quad-is-detrimental-to-the-injury.html/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:07:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219727 cespedes

I would never think that this would be the topic at hand on August 4th in Mets-Ville, but I guess with the 2016 Mets if there is one thing we have learned is that you can not assume anything about this baseball team or about the way any injury is handled.  Yoenis Cespedes quad injury sustained on July 7th should have been the end of his golfing season, not the end of the Mets season.

As a former collegiate athlete,  an often injured one at that, a current coach, and person with formidable kinesthesiology and physiology training, I can attest without question that a quad strain could and most likely would be exacerbated by extended periods of golf.  In addition, having played behind Cespedes, Dan Warthen, and Tyler Clippard last October at Deepdale Country Club on Long Island, I can also vouch for the violent nature of his swing as well as extreme amounts of hip torque present in his mechanics.  I can also vouch for the high water plaid pants that Tyler Clippard wore, but that is a topic for a different day.

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The anatomy of a golf swing is complex and it can be broken down into many different stages, much like a baseball swing. In all parts of the swing, the Quadriceps, or quads, play a significant role.  A lot of potential energy is converted to kinetic energy in the core of the body.  With a strain such as Cespedes’, that never truly healed, the injury can “grab” or “twinge” on every and any swing.

The thing that makes a golf swing significantly different than a baseball swing, is that it is not as repeatable.  The reason being, the players feet are rarely on flat, even ground.  Rolling hills, bunkers, and obstacles on a course make the stance vary based on what the shot calls for.  This makes golf even more detrimental to such an injury, because it could call for a player to distribute the weight differently on their legs.

Like in baseball, Cespedes has a violent golf swing.  His follow through is extreme and he ‘muscles’ the ball routinely.  This type of prolonged activity, usually last 3-4 hours at a country club, would never not be frowned upon by any medical professional (besides the Mets doctors, of course).  Furthermore, an injury such as this one would necessitate about 90 minutes of ‘treatment’ or rehab on a daily basis.  Treatment would include ultrasound, electric stimulation, massage, and stretching.  To be effective, massage and stretching can never really be performed until the pain in the effected area has subsided.  The pain ending shows a decrease in inflammation in the area, signaling it is time to begin rehabilitation of the muscle.  It seems as though Cespedes never truly reached a stage like that, quite possibly because of a refusal to rest the area.

Between 3-4 hours of golfing, a three hour baseball game, driving, treatment, and sleep, was his injury ever even really given the opportunity to heal?

Sandy Alderson has said he will address the media today regarding the Cespedes injury and the golf situation.  If he at all tries to deflect the fact that participating in a daily round of golf does not put Cespedes’ quad injury at risk or delay his return to 100% health, he would be incorrect.  The question is, does he know that he is? If he does not, he is getting bad intel from his medical staff.  If he does, he is lying to the fans and media essentially protecting his player that is getting paid to perform a service and has neglected to do so responsibly.  Either way, it speaks to a poorly run organization and a disconnect between the multiple facets of front office, medical staff, and on field talent.

Essentially, should we expect anything else at this point?

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Can Jay Bruce Save Mets From Becoming the Worst Team Ever With RISP? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/can-jay-bruce-save-mets-from-becoming-the-worst-team-ever-with-risp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/can-jay-bruce-save-mets-from-becoming-the-worst-team-ever-with-risp.html/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2016 19:08:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219329 Jay-Bruce

The New York Mets and their fans are hoping Jay Bruce‘s arrival to Citi Field is not posthumous for their season.  They enter play after last nights loss to the Yankees 7.5 Games back in the division and 2.5 out of the second wildcard spot.  They are further out of contention for a division crown then their opponents, who ironically were sellers at the deadline.

The Mets are also rapidly approaching the worst mark in Major League Baseball history while hitting with two outs and runners in scoring position.  Their anemic .170 average in such situations is alarmingly close to the 1965 Houston Astros .167 clip, the team that currently owns this notorious distinction.  The Mets failure to tack on more runs in the 6th inning of Monday’s subway series opener contributed to the problem further, as did James Loney being stranded in scoring position by three consecutive batters to end the game.

To review, heading into play against the Yankees on Tuesday, the Mets average with runners in scoring position was .205. If the season concluded today, this would rank the 2016 Mets as the second worst mark in the in the history of Major League Baseball.

That’s how bad the Mets have been as a situational hitting team this season, a team that had expectations to play deep into October.

.Jay Bruce arrives to hopefully be the panacea to what has plagued this floundering club; Hitting with runners in scoring position. Bruce is a .360 hitter with runners in scoring position this season, and leads the National League with 80 RBI.

The club’s epic struggles with runners in scoring position has been widely publicized and discussed throughout the 2016 season. Terry Collins has mentioned a need for his club’s situational hitting to improve as well, going further to comment during a post-game press conference after a loss to the Rockies that it is indeed possible said struggles are weighing on the hitters in run scoring situations.

How much would some production in these spots have helped thus far? Let me show you….

-30- The Proposition

For this proposition, let’s assume the Mets had 30 more hits with runners in scoring through their first 105 games and for every one of those hits they scored 1.25 runs on average, which could be a modest approximation but taking into account the variable being the number of runners on second and/or third in any one of those 30 opportunities.

Thirty more of these situational hits, bringing their season total to 184 with runners in scoring position, would make their average in such spots .245, which is still below the league average mark of .256, which coincidentally the Washington Nationals sit at exactly. .

These thirty hits, resulting in a conservatively estimated 1.25 runs per hit, would bring the Mets total runs scored up from 386 to 423, STILL 30 runs below the league average. And according to the Pythagorean expectation, the increased run differential would have improved their winning percentage from .514 to .561 to-date. Such a run differential, assuming all things are equal with the Nationals, would place them two games behind their rival in the loss column on the day after the trade deadline.

And it’s not such a drastic leap for the Mets to have taken.

These 30 additional hits with runners in scoring position equates to only 1 more hit every 3.5 games. Essentially, a little less than one hit with runners in scoring position per series would have changed the fortunes of the Mets dramatically to this point in the season.

But it’s for this reason alone, along with the Mets established championship-caliber pitching staff, why the injured and floundering Mets should in no way mail the season in just yet.

The ultimate randomness of their inability to succeed with runners in scoring position suggests they can only improve from here. The Mets owe it to the science of baseball to take their chances and acquire better run producers to counteract the injury plague on the basic ability to be better situational hitters, and a little luckier as well.

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New Month, Same Old Problems, As Collins Mismanages His Way To A Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/new-month-same-old-problems-as-collins-mismanages-his-way-to-a-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/new-month-same-old-problems-as-collins-mismanages-his-way-to-a-loss.html/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2016 13:30:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219498 terry collins

New month, a new player, same old problems.  Having a Triple-A team in Las Vegas, or approximately 2,250 miles from your big league club is just one of the things that burned the Mets in the Subway Series opener Monday night.

In what feels like a terminal condition, the Mets were playing with a 23 man roster as both Asdrubal Cabrera  and Yoenis Cespedes active but unavailable. And it burned them, again.

After a DL-bound Cabrera limped out of Sunday’s game against the Rockies at approximately 2:10 pm, 29 hours before Monday’s series opener, the Mets recalled Matt Reynolds, who took a red eye to New York and arrived early Monday morning.

Next, Antonio Bastardo was traded close to the 4:00 pm deadline, the Mets had no one to replace him on the active roster and entered the game with only six available players in the bullpen, and their fifth starter on the hill.  How bad did they want to unload Bastardo, huh?

In game, an early Ruggiano hamstring strain, a quick Logan Verrett exit after five innings, and a Steven Matz pinch-hit appearance where he walked and took third on a single, the Mets numbers were dwindling. Reynolds performed valiantly, giving the Mets a 5-3 lead with a powerful three run homer in the bottom of the sixth, but it was not enough.  The Mets had a chance to extend the lead but the  scoring position woes highlighted in depth Monday continued, as Neil Walker left the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth.

The Mets entered the 8th inning ahead by two runs after a shutdown inning by Hansel Robles and were poised to hand the ball to the best set-up man in franchise history, statistically speaking, Addison Reed. Prior to Monday, Reed had been riding a career-high 16.1 scoreless inning streak during which he yielded only six hits while striking out 25 since June 25th. He has the third best ERA of any relief pitcher in baseball since being acquired by the New York Mets in August of 2015. Addison Reed, the man who, prior to Monday, held lefty hitters to a .186 average this season.

Instead, while playing with six men in the bullpen, Terry Collins chose to play matchup baseball in the 8th inning with his short bullpen and bring in their accomplished lefty specialist Jerry Blevins.  Though solid, Blevins has not done as well against lefties as Reed this year, holding them to a .214 average. After a leadoff walk, then a strikeout, on came Addison Reed.  The only knock on Reed during his tenure in orange and blue was his propensity to allow inherited runners to score last year.  He has been strong in that category in 2016, but the bugaboo would rear its ugly head as he relinquished the lead and allowed the Yanks to tie it.

After pitching a shaky Jeurys Familia in the 9th in a tie game, the Mets entered bonus baseball with one relief pitcher available and no bench players left.  After last man standing Seth Lugo allowed a go ahead run in the top of the 10th during an inning that necessitates its own post, the Mets were facing an uphill battle.

Notoriously slow James Loney led off the inning with a double but could not be lifted for a pinch runner given the bench status. There the Mets were, with a runner in scoring position and no outs. The struggles continued.  Matt Reynolds was asked to bunt the tying run to third and did so successfully, despite the fact that Yankees closer Dellin Betances could have easily put him out at third if it weren’t for his yips. After Alejandro De Aza was hit by a pitch, the winning run was aboard.  Rene Rivera grounded out with De Aza running and the Mets were down to their final out with the winning run in scoring position.

As discussed earlier, the Mets are the second worst baseball team in history with runners in scoring position and two outs (.172 AVG).  The numbers would not improve last night, as Curtis Granderson struck out to end the game with the tying run ninety feet away.

Situational hitting would prove to be the difference once again on a day where the Yankees traded their best hitter, former Met Carlos Beltran. leaving them with a lineup full of vagabonds. The Mets went 1-for-7 with RISP and the Yankees went 3-11.  The acquisition of Jay Bruce will hopefully alleviate the issue, by lengthening the lineup and bringing his .360 average in these situations to Flushing where it is hopefully not too late.

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Collins Clawing to Keep Clubhouse ‘Calm’ Amidst Chaotic Chatter http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/collins-clawing-to-keep-clubhouse-calm-amidst-chaotic-chatter.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/collins-clawing-to-keep-clubhouse-calm-amidst-chaotic-chatter.html/#comments Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:15:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218845 curtis granderson

According to Adam Rubin, Terry Collins ordered his club to turn up the tunes in the clubhouse after another disheartening loss where the Mets were only able to muster six hits during their third consecutive debilitating defeat.  Collins is trying to keep the team loose and light, and continues to avoid admitting the sky is falling despite the team performing like Henny Penny with runners in scoring position.

A clearly agitated Steven Matz was commended by his manager, saying that “he should feel good, because he didnt have it, but managed the damage”  When that quote was relayed to Friday’s starter by SNY reporter Steve Gelbs, Matz did not welcome the words with open arms.  ”No,” Matz commented to Gelbs, “Up here, you care about wins.” Once again, the Mets and their skipper are on different pages.

Friday night’s contradictory comments could signify the beginning of a disconnect.  Collins has yet to put his foot down with this baseball team during his tenure and mediocre results are the acceptable norm.  From horse riding and hot rods in spring training, to his team achieving a record of four games under .500 since May 1st, Collins had yet to make any significant changes to his lackadaisical philosophy over a seemingly aloof club. A postgame meeting was held after Friday’s loss, with the apparent purpose to alleviate the pressure and negativity surrounding the club.

Collins may be in fear of a possible repeat of his last two mutinous managerial stinks, desiring to keep the players on his side by going against what comes natural to him in order to avoid alienating his players.

For at least the 4th time in the last nine months, Terry Collins went against his gut and allowed a young player to dictate his managerial decisions this week. Sadly, it once again backfired. After his All Star closer Jeurys Familia blew his first save of the season Wednesday, Collins told the media post-game that the slinging sinkerballer would get the series opener against the Colorado Rockies off.

Lo and behold, with the Mets leading by one run in the 8th inning, the man Collins dubbed the days closer got the call.  Addison Reed emerged from the dugout to throw 2/3 of an inning before giving way to lefty specialist Jerry Blevins who struck out slugger Carlos Gonzalez to end the frame. It was then clear Familia’s day off was off the table.

We know the outcome.  Familia allowed a leadoff single, a stolen base, a walk, a bunt base hit, yada yada yada (I yada’ed the best part).  His second blown save in as many days in a mere 18 hour span posed more postgame questions. The Mets beat writers pressed him on his decision and tried to get it straight from the skipper’s mouth how the events unfolded.

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According to Collins, Familia approached him and pitching coach Dan Warthen Thursday morning, and told them he was ready, willing and able to pitch.  It would be his third straight day of work.  For what its worth, it was his 5th time this season pitching three consecutive games.  In the previous four he did not yield a run.  Thursday’s appearance was his 49th of the year in 101 games.  Putting him on target for approximately 80 games this season, 12 shy of the franchise record set by ‘perpetual’ Pedro Feliciano in 2009.

This is not the first time Terry Collins has ignored his initial plan based on the intervention of a player.  In a well documented dugout spat turned discussion, Matt Harvey demanded he be given the ball for the 9th inning of Game 5 of last year’s World Series.  After allowing the first two men to reach base, well you know how that ended.

Earlier this season, when most fans, writers, and baseball pundits had Matt Harvey ticketed for Las Vegas to work out his stuggles, he apparently demanded the ball from the skipper for two consecutive starts against the Washington Nationals.  Collins again acquiesced and it cost the team precious chances at wins. It would later be revealed that the team was aware Matt Harvey had severe loss of feeling in his fingertips dating back to spring training, severely impacting his command.

Being a player’s manager and taking blame when things go poorly for the club is an admirable thing Collins has done in the past. But fearing the anger of a player you must manage and control in the best interests of both him and the club is a part of the job Terry seems to be circumventing with alarming frequency.  His previous managerial stints ended in messy fashion.  In both instances, Anaheim and Houston, he was at the helm of a club that had expectations and talent, but failed to deliver.

Even further, there was clubhouse discontent about how Terry ran his baseball team in both places. By his own admission, “I demanded a lot, probably too much. I’ve grown up, and hopefully it will be better,” Collins said about his Astros job.

The feuds were so bad in the clubhouse, his team blew a 21.5 game September lead, missing the postseason. His exodus in Anaheim was just as chaotic, resigning in September after the team quit on him, punctuated by lackadaisical play and an aloof roster.

Another move that led to head scratching among fans and media alike was trading three roster spots to gain one base-runner in the 7th inning.  With runners on 2nd and 3rd and none out, Collins pinch hit Yoenis Cespedes for Jacob deGrom with first base open. The Rockies promptly walked Yo, which Collins said in the post-game that he “knew they would do”.  Tomorrow’s starter Steven Matz was asked to run for Cespedes and his ailing quad.

This setup force plays all around, which the Rockies conveniently utilized on the next hitter, Kelly Johnson, who grounded into a force-out. He said he knew “They would have walked anyone in that spot”, leaving anyone with a baseball mind to ask why not leave the pitcher in to be walked?

Is Terry yielding too much to curry favor with another underachieving club? Is he trying too hard to endear himself to players and avoid another mutiny? It is very possible, and history has proved it can be very detrimental to a club. With likely his job teetering on the same fence as the organization’s season, he may want to stick to his own decisions and avoid being swayed, or his time in New York may be riddled with as many ‘what if’s?’ as his previous jobs.

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It’s Teufel’s Job, But Should Somebody Else Do It? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/its-teufels-job-but-should-somebody-else-do-it.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/its-teufels-job-but-should-somebody-else-do-it.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:48:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218727 tim teufel yoenis cespedes

Us Met fans love to hold on to that magical 1986 team.  Three of the five biggest crowds at Citi Field this season occurred during 1986 weekend.  The only larger crowds were for the infamous Garden Gnome Day and the home opener. One of the fan favorite stories of that group was the Teufel Shuffle, Tim Teufel‘s batting stance hip gyrations that gained it’s own cult following in addition to a Shea Stadium video board montage.  The personable, well-respected fifth year Mets third base coach had enough movement in his hips to make Jack Parkman jealous.  Teuf’s hip movement is no longer garnering him attention, but the waving of his arms are becoming a cause for concern.

During the third inning of game one against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, Yoenis Cespedes laced a double into right-center field gap.  Jose Reyes, the man acquired amidst controversy to inject speed into the Mets lineup was gliding his way from first base, cutting 2nd with precision and hitting his terminal velocity as his tongue hung out of the side of his mouth.

Before the throw was cut off from the outfield, Reyes eyed up his 3rd base coach Tim Teufel, expecting to be given the green light where he likely would have arrived safely.  Surprisingly, Reyes was held up, coming to an abrupt stop past the third base bag before the relay man beyond the infield dirt even had the ball.

After a James Loney walk, Kelly Johnson would strike out, stranding Reyes at third who was unable to coax a balk out of the animated and emotional Cardinal’s starter Carlos Martinez.  The Mets would score two in the next frame to pull within a run, but would go quietly the rest of the way, making Teufel’s decision loom large as the Mets fell 3-2.

It is sadly not the first time Teufel’s split second decisions have been called into question this season.  He was daring enough to send the heavy-footed James Loney from second on a hard hit ball through the left side July 20th against the Cubs.  He was nailed by 3 strides.  In June, Teuf sent Wilmer Flores, another notoriously slow runner, from first base in the 9th inning of a one run loss.  On April 15th in Cleveland, a game I was lucky enough to be able to be in attendance for,  two Mets base-runners were thrown out at the plate trying to score in a one run win.

A good third base coach is one that is not noticed.  It is a thankless job, much like a holder in football, that is only given negative attention when mistakes are made.  Teufel has now continuously been noticed.  This could lead to more pressure on him during his next game deciding decision.  It is no secret that the offense has struggled.  The club has nary a run to spare, and can not afford to be giving up outs either.  Furthermore, if the base-runners are also thinking too much, and losing confidence in Teuf’s decisions, it can cause them to be hesitant or even worse, cause an injury if they are unexpectedly asked to stop on a dime.

When asked in between games Tuesday about the costly mishap by Teuf, which even his former teammate Ron Darling was critical of in the broadcast booth, Collins offered his ever eloquent testimony, “I’m not going to get into the coaching stuff…Its his call”.  Well skip, it is your call if he can be trusted to do his job.  Based so far on some costly mishaps, it may be a cause for concern.  On its own, it may not be a critical issue.  However, when it is combined with the Mets sterile offense, it may necessitate a change.

So, let us know in the comments Mets Fans.  Sure its Teuf’s job, but is it time to let someone else do it?

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New-Merical Placement at Citi Field http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/new-merical-placement-at-citi-field.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/new-merical-placement-at-citi-field.html/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:15:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218265 image

As you may have seen on Twitter, which we brought to you first at around 9am, the Mets have moved the location of their retired numbers and honor patches in preparation for the Mike Piazza number retirement ceremony next Saturday, July 30th.

Previously painted on the former LF wall turned Party City Deck turned M & M Deck, the numbers are now going to be displayed on the top of the facade in left field adjacent to the out of town scoreboard.

The move allows better visibility of the numbers for all seats in the park and also them being displayed in a higher place, signifying prominence. Previously, anyone sitting beyond the left field wall most likely could not see the display.

The Mets have been tight lipped on the move and there has been a specific front office gag order on staff to not convey details of the move or plans about the ceremony.  Construction began early this morning and completed around noon.

The Ralph Kiner Mic patch has already been removed from the Deck wall area, and the Mets plan to remove the pads that presently display 37 – 14 – 41 – 42 – SHEA before they team returns home on Monday.

The order of the numbers, as well as how they are organized, has also been changed. The change, missed by most, was predicated on a specific plan.

Previously, the numbers were displayed chronologically by order of dedication. See Below.

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Casey Stengel‘s 37 was retired back in 1965.  Gil Hodges and his 14 were immortalized in 1973 and the last Mets’ number to be retired was Tom Seaver and his 41 in 1988.  Jackie Robinson‘s 42 was then retired league wide in 1997.

After the move to Citi Field in 2009, the Mets added a Shea Commemorative patch to their honor area.  All of these were originally positioned in fair territory, and the original outfield wall padding remains. Once the fences were moved and the top of the wall was lowered in 2011, the first of two moves to make the ballpark more hitter friendly, this area became the backdrop of the Party Deck.

The new placement of the numbers also led to some slight changes to the configuration of the distinguished digits.

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All people (and objects) that were not in Mets uniform are placed over the left field wall. They are also displayed chronologically by order of dedication, from 42, to Shea, to Ralph Kiner.

As you proceed left past the corner and into foul territory, uniformed Mets players and managers are displayed. The shift in the facade by the foul pole helps distinguish between on field and off field honorees.

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Once again, they are displayed by order of when the numbers were dedicated. The NY logo is covering up the 31, which will be dedicated next Saturday. This gives the Mets more space to keep retiring numbers to the left (Insert your #17, #8,  #15 conspiracy theories where you wish.)

I have seen mixed reviews for the new placement and some unique comments.  I have been lucky enough to catch Met games at 24 Major League  stadiums, and most of the ones I have seen have their numbers displayed in higher, distinguished places such as this.  Some examples include, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, LA Dodgers, San Diego to name a few.

Well, Lets hear it…What do YOU think? Vote in our poll and comment.

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Topps Now: Get Your Jacob deGrom Card Now! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/topps-now-get-your-jacob-degrom-card-now.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/topps-now-get-your-jacob-degrom-card-now.html/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:51:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=217912 image

JACOB DEGROM – 2016 TOPPS NOW

AVAILABLE UNTIL 2:30 PM EST ON 7/19/16

Topps Trading Cards is honoring Jacob deGrom for his dominating shutout victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.  Hurling his first career complete game, the 28-year old right-hander faced just one batter over the minimum (28) and yielded only a single to the opposing pitcher on a two seam fastball that caught just enough plate in the third inning.  

Jacob was everything the Mets needed on Sunday as he struck out seven and needed just 105 pitches to navigate into the 9th inning for the first time in his major league career.

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AVAILABLE UNTIL 2:30 PM EST ON 7/19/16

DeGrom, a well spoken top of the rotation humble hurler, tossed the franchise’s 30th complete game one-hitter and the 5th in which an opposing pitcher recorded the loan blemish preventing a no-no:

R.A. Dickey – 08/13/2010 vs. PHI (Opposing Pitcher Cole Hamels)

Steve Trachsel – 08/18/2003 vs. COL (Opposing Pitcher Chin-hui Tsao)

Jon Matlack – 06/29/1974 vs. STL (Opposing Pitcher John Curtis)         ]

Jack Hamilton – 05/04/1966 at STL (Opposing Pitcher Ray Sadecki)

The Topps trading card company has introduced the TOPPS NOW series of physical, tangible  baseball cards, to depict the greatest moments and milestones from the 2016 Major League Baseball season almost as soon as they happen. The cards will be available the very next day to purchase through Topps.com, but for just 24 hours, and will not be available for purchase again.

The card commemorating Jacob deGrom’s first career complete game feat is available exclusively HERE, and only until 2:30 pm Eastern time on Tuesday July 19th.  Mets fans continue to be some of the best supporters of the line, as the Bartolo Colon Home Run card recorded the most sales of the season in the inaugural 250+ card line.  Grab yours before they are gone!

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Topps Now Commemorates Yoenis Cespedes’ All Star Selection http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/topps-now-commemorates-yoenis-cespedes-all-star-selection.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/topps-now-commemorates-yoenis-cespedes-all-star-selection.html/#comments Sat, 09 Jul 2016 04:23:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=217248 image

YOENIS CESPEDES – 2016 TOPPS NOW CARD 234

AVAILABLE UNTIL 1:30 PM ON 7/10/16

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was selected to start in the 2016 MLB All Star Game in San Diego. It is his second career All Star Selection.

The MLB All Star position players are selected by a fan balloting process. The Cuban born center fielder garnered the second most votes among outfielders.

Cespedes’ mighty first half was punctuated by countless dramatic and momentum changing hits such as Herculean homers reminiscent of his 2013 Home Run Derby performance at Citi Field.

His .302 average and 52 RBI lead the Mets and place him high on the league leader board. His .583 slugging percentage ranks him second in the National League.

Topps Now is recognizing every player selected to the All Star Game with a limited run card that is exclusively available for 24 hours.

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The card is available for purchase HERE through the Topps Website. It ships free and discounts are given if bought at certain quantities.

While his strained quad may prevent Cespedes from participating in the game, it is a nice keepsake for any Mets fan to capture his special first half performance.

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Risk vs. Reward: Why Terry Should Sit Thor in All Star Game http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/risk-vs-reward-why-terry-should-sit-thor-in-all-star-game.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/risk-vs-reward-why-terry-should-sit-thor-in-all-star-game.html/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:30:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216897 noah syndergaard 2

Since the unveiling of the MLB All Star Game Rosters Tuesday night, there has been much discussion, as there is every year, regarding which pitcher should start the game for the National League.  There are a few story lines that make that choice interesting and worth weighing in on. From a Mets perspective, I am actually hopeful to not see our guy even take the field.

Terry Collins will have the ultimate decision as to which pitcher in a line of aces will get to pitch first as he will manage the National League squad in the midsummer classic.  He has quite the cast to pick from.  Among NL starting pitchers, the group includes Jake Arrieta, Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jose Fernandez, Jon Lester, Stephen Strasburg, Julio Teheran and Collins’ own ace Noah Syndergaard.

Clayton Kershaw is injured and will be replaced.  In a recent interview regarding this decision, Collins said “I can tell you Jake is right near the top of the list,” Collins said. “I kind of like my guy too, those guys have great numbers.”

You can also throw Bumgarner out of contention because he is slated to start Sunday.  Arrieta, Thor, Fernandez, and Strasburg will be working on their fourth day if/when they appear in the game on Tuesday July 12th in San Diego California.  Jon Lester, victim of a recent Mets rout, will be on his 3rd day.  Teheran’s health status is unclear as he may not even make his next start for the Braves on Saturday. To me all signs point to Cueto, as he will be on extra rest and he has the numbers.

Whether he starts the game or not, Noah Syndergaard’s usage in this game requires some thought. I am proposing that Terry Collins sit him for the entire All Star Game.  I know it is the unpopular opinion, as Met fans want to see our players play among the best and want the entire country so see his electrifying stuff, but at what cost?

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Noah has been battling bone spurs in his throwing elbow for at least a month or so.  He is on pace to easily eclipse his innings total from last year, and his results have been pedestrian in two of his last three starts.  Does having him take the mound outweigh the health benefits of him not throwing competitively for a week, and to ramp up in preparation for a stretch run to catch the Washington Nationals?

Collins himself has commented that the bone spur issue ‘could’ influence his decision to start Syndergaard.  Let’s make it easy, not only don’t start him, don’t even pitch him at all.  Tell him after tonight’s start against the Nationals (a game the Mets need more right now than home field in a World Series they may never reach) that he will next pitch in Philly after the break.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show because we need you rested and ready when the bell rings to begin the second half.

Noah Syndergaard should go to the ASG and mingle with the best of the best because he clearly deserves it.  Experience the pageantry and the royal treatment and revel in the honor. His first half performance has also made him deserving of a respite.   For those of you who may complain about wanting his skills to be ‘showcased for the entire country to see’, I would say, they already were.  He won a World Series game in his first season in the Major Leagues and led off the game by buzzing the opposing hitter with his club in an 0-2 hole.  In addition to the World Series Thor pitched brilliantly as both starter and in reliever in the playoffs.

As a cautionary tale, with the All Star Game at Citi Field in 2013, fans pushed for Matt Harvey to deservedly start the game.  He did and pitched two scoreless innings striking out three in front of the hometown crowd.  It was a special thing for anyone who was lucky enough to have felt the electricity in the ballpark, as I was.  However, in the end, what did it get him or the club? Later that season Matt Harvey was shut down after tearing his UCL in late August, costing him a year in his prime.  Did the All Star Game cause that? Of course not.  But it could not have helped.

I would rather have Syndergaard leading the charge in the second half by starting next Friday night in Philadelphia and go seven scoreless rather than two innings in what basically amounts to an exhibition game on Tuesday night.  He says he only feels pain in the elbow when he throws.  Well, then don’t throw if you don’t have to!

The right arm of Noah Syndergaard is way too important to the success of this baseball club to use it needlessly in the All Star Game.  According to published reports, Noah’s pitching style and velocity MAY make him more at risk for the dreaded Tommy John surgery, that he has so far avoided.

Terry Collins should be prudent here,and make a decision to protect his pitcher rather than allow the player’s competitiveness and desire dictate his choices once again.  Let’s give Syndergaard’s arm some well-earned rest in his first full season in the majors. If he does pitch, I’d hate to look back on the decision only to say “I told you so.”

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MMO Exclusive: “House of Nails” by Lenny Dykstra http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-exclusive-house-of-nails-by-lenny-dykstra.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-exclusive-house-of-nails-by-lenny-dykstra.html/#comments Mon, 04 Jul 2016 10:00:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216526 lenny-dykstra-3

Lenny Dykstra is a man who has lived his life in grave fear.  Even from his youth, he was a scared person. The inception of his innate fear was different from the majority of society’s phobias.  It was not the dark that irked him; it wasn’t monsters; it was not a fear of harm or abandonment. Lenny ‘Nails’ Dykstra’s trepidation was that he would be just average.

He was born into a world that he saw as “The Middle” and would fight each waking moment with every ounce of his being to transcend this status he dubbed unacceptable for himself. The Nails that we have recently seen and heard promoting his new book all over newspapers, television, and radio is the remnants of the man who furiously wrestled against this fear every moment of his life. And let me tell you first hand, it’s one incredible story.

IMG_4724Fear is an unparalleled motivator. The genesis of the gritty, reckless player we saw on the baseball field for twelve years, double the average for an MLB player, was this fear. It inspired the highest of highs and lowest of lows for the man they call Nails, which he documents in his work with no reservations.

Lenny’s fear motivated him to pinnacles of success that rival anyone’s boyhood dreams which are explained in poignant detail throughout the chapters. It led to some incredible highs in his professional life such as World Series appearances with both the Mets and Phillies, leading the National League in hits and on base percentage in 1990, as well as an MVP caliber season in 1993 where he led MLB in plate appearances and the NL in at-bats, runs scored, hits, and walks.

It also led to amazing and noteworthy stories from around the world in his personal life such as chance meetings with the likes of Robert DeNiro, Mickey Rourke, Charlie Sheen, and Michael Jordan. The stories involve how professional athletes and celebrities live to a degree of excess that is unfathomable to common folk such as us.

These stories are impressively chronicled in his work House of Nails that he penned himself after firing a ghost writer who he felt made the work too sensationalized and artificial. About the famed ghost writer he relieved of the responsibility, “It wasn’t his fault. It wasn’t personal,” Lenny said on the Opie and Jim Show on Sirius XM radio, “God himself couldn’t be my ghost writer. It had to come from me to be authentic.”

That same innate fear that stalked him his entire life, however, also brought him to failures of epic proportions. It led to his reliance on amphetamines, drugs, and prescription medication to perform at his unmatched level of intensity, his choice to use steroids, overextending himself financially after retirement, the failure of his marriage, and even his eventual incarceration.

He explains in detail the reasons why he chose to take performance enhancing substances prior to the 1990 season with the Phillies. His reasoning is consistent with his philosophy of ‘fearing the middle’. As he shares in his book, Lenny comments, “I am not proud to say I did it…I had to do it. I was not physically constructed to withstand an entire 162 game season particularly the way I played.”

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Any fan of baseball or teammate of Dykstra will laud his enthusiasm and all or nothing attitude. He would stop at nothing to help his team win and to make the spectators and cities that supported him happy. Dykstra further rationalized his choice by adding, “I am going to be one of the 26 people in the whole world to start on a Major League Baseball team playing center field.”

Even more incredibly, he would have to be able to do it for years at Veterans Stadium, on a notoriously treacherous cement like playing surface

No matter what the challenge or avenue, Lenny Dykstra would dedicate all of his energy and attention into trying to become “The Best”. His pursuit of this status was almost obsessive. Whatever he chose to undertake became an all-consuming passion. He learned every nuance and studied every detail of said endeavor to make sure that he was maximizing his potential.

In this book, he details his playing philosophy that brought him to elite status. His fascinating take on hitting, pitch selection, and situational performance is definitely worth taking notice of. He later explains investment strategies that led him to draw the admiration of famed hedge fund manager Jim Cramer. His extremely complicated “deep-in-the-money” options trading system made me, an economics teacher, have to go back to my textbooks to understand it. (And by the way, it is sound, efficient, and a bit risky, which I am sure appealed to the gambler within him.) Lenny also details his business plan for the Players Club magazine, his ascension to business owning success with a chain of three car wash locations in California, and his role in ending the baseball labor stoppage in 1994.

His addictive personality would lead him to exploit every loophole and transcend every rule or regulation stopping at nothing to succeed. In his mind, if he failed, it was back to that ominous average and middle status. For Lenny, he would rather be dead than average. On a couple of occasions as he recounts, he almost was.

In this fantastic article in the Los Angeles Times by the esteemed Jim Murray which is referenced in House of Nails, Lenny is described a player who, “…doesn’t belong in this point in time anyway.” He was seen as a player who was born into the wrong era of baseball. This article was written 26 years ago and couldn’t be more applicable even today.

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A lot of press has been generated over his comments about his time with the New York Mets. From someone who read every inch of this book twice, let me clarify some of them for you. Yes, he is critical of Davey Johnson. He all but blames him exclusively for the 1988 loss in the NLCS to the Dodgers. Amazing, huh? A person being critical of a coach for his decisions? I urge you to search any professional coach’s name on social media and see how many positive comments there are about them. Better yet, listen to some of the comments made by parents at your child’s next little league game.

By today’s standards, based on some of the skipper’s choices in that crucial series, Davey Johnson would have been run out of town a lot sooner.  (See game 6 and 7 box-score if you don’t recall, or better yet read the book.)  Why Davey? Reasoning is simple.  He was contradictory to Lenny’s quest. His quest to be the best, to be all or nothing. Davey platooned Lenny with Mookie Wilson and sat him out of some big games. Dykstra wanted to play every single inning of every single game. How can we fault an athlete for that?

In almost all cases, he is complimentary of his teammates. Particularly Keith Hernandez‘s knack for the clutch hit, Ron Darling‘s yeoman like work ethic, as well as the importance of Gary Carter and the appreciation he keeps for a guy like Gary who was able to do it all and still ‘Play Clean’.

He explains to you what each person’s unique skill set brought to the table and only is critical of those who have mostly been criticized before. For example, George Foster‘s tirade against what he dubbed as the “racist Mets organization” for benching him for Kevin Mitchell (both were African American players, by the way) as well as Foster’s actions in the epic brawl between the Mets against the Reds in 1986 where he chose not to fight.

He is also critical of Greg Jefferies who he dubbed ‘A losing player’.  Read any other book about the 1980′s New York Mets and this story will be corroborated. His book taught me that Greg Jefferies wrote a letter to WFAN to plea for fans and the media to stop criticizing him. Could you imagine the reaction in the twitter-sphere to something like this letter today?

You may not like his lifestyle. You may not like his crass personality, sometimes offensive choice of words, or his womanizing drug filled history. Chances are, though, if you were a Mets or Phillies supporter in the 1980′s or 1990′s this man was responsible for some of the best moments of your fanhood. Some of the comments taken out of context that have been recently published paint him as quite the villain who is telling tales out of school.

In the last two days I have been amazingly lucky to be granted direct access to Nails and his team. What I have seen is a gracious, generous, and humorous man that has lived an unparalleled life and wishes to tell us all about it. I for one am thankful that he did, because he was unquestionably my favorite player on my favorite team during my favorite time in it’s history. I highly recommend you take the opportunity to review his life.

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Mets Monthy Review: More Than A June Swoon http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-monthy-review-more-than-a-june-swoon.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-monthy-review-more-than-a-june-swoon.html/#comments Sat, 02 Jul 2016 10:00:22 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216499 moah syndergaard

June is over, thankfully, and the Mets are rapidly approaching the half way mark of the season which they will eclipse after Sunday’s series finale with the Chicago Cubs.  It was quite the underwhelming month with very few positive story lines to highlight.

The offense continues to rank last or close to it in most categories.  Not only was the club last in the MLB in runs scored with 87, it was 13 runs behind the 29th place Milwaukee Brewers.  In other words, the team would have had to score 17% more runs last month just to NOT rank last.  Ouch.

The dearth of runs coincided with a lineup wide power outage.  The club slugged only 25 round-trippers, which was 15 less than they hit in May, good for a 38% decline.

Team ERA, despite pitchers battling various ailments was a respectable 3.61.  This continues to be the only thing that is keeping this club remotely releveant in the National League.  The Mets, however, are striking out fewer batters every start and yielding more hits, which could speak to the level of talent they are facing on a daily basis getting better.  The weak April and May schedule are a distant memory.

JUNE BY THE NUMBERS

Team Record: 12-15

Offensive Rankings

Home Runs: 26th in MLB (25)

Runs Scored: DEAD LAST in MLB (86)

Base Hits: 28th in MLB (213)

Batting Average: 28th in MLB (.235) An actual .024 improvement from May!

On-Base Percentage:  29th in MLB (.301)

Strikeouts: 13th most in MLB (222, 8.2 Per Game) While this number is down over 1K per game, it is still eye poppingly bad.

Pitching Rankings:

Earned Run Average: 6th in MLB (3.61)

WHIP: Tied for 9th in MLB (1.28)

Strikeouts: 14th in MLB (218)

Stolen Bases Allowed: MOST IN MLB (27)

Batting Average Against: 12th in MLB (.258)

Please click here to see our exclusive MMO feature.  An interactive timeline that chronicles the entire month of June for the club.  Some changes have been made based on your comments and feedback last month.

Since June was forgettable, I have chosen my “Rock Bottom Moment of the Month” for June as the Mets getting swept at Home on Father’s Day by the lowly Braves .  It was followed closely behind by a few other moments.  When you look back on this month, what moment stands out as the worst is was in June? Vote below!

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Remembering & Hopefully Forgetting the House of Horrors http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/remembering-hopefully-forgetting-the-house-of-horrors.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/remembering-hopefully-forgetting-the-house-of-horrors.html/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:30:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=215742 turner field

Braves Move Hopefully Exercises Historical Demons

Today marks the Mets second trip to Atlanta in 2016, the final year for the stadium’s vile, painful, and wretched existence as a baseball venue.  After the final regular season game for the Atlanta Braves on October 2nd, barring a playoff appearance (LOL),  the city of Atlanta had originally had plans to demolish the building to make room for development.  Met’s fans, I’m sure, would happily have manned the cranes and wrecking balls to tear down what has been correctly dubbed a ‘House of Horrors.’

Much to the chagrin of those waiting for the demolition and making pledges to hold seances at the site, the Georgia State Football Team put in and 11th hour bid to have the stadium reconfigured and be used as their home field.  So even though the Braves will move, the structure will remain.

The Mets record at Turner Field is 63-106, including an 0-3 mark in the postseason and three wins from this season.  Any long time fan remembers the three 1999 NLCS losses in the six game series by a total of four runs.  However, younger and newer fans may need to dig a bit deeper to understand the justified ominous presence of this ballpark in Mets lore.

The ballpark was originally constructed to host events of the 1996 Summer Olympics.  After some revamping and adjustments, the Braves moved in prior to the 1997 season.  The Mets put up a respectable 3-3 record there in ’97, which speaks to just how bad things would get in the years to come.  In the subsequent three years, the Mets went a combined 3-15 at Ted’s (Turner’s) house.

Entering the final weekend of the season in 1998, the Mets were in need of one win in their final series to guarantee a tie for the wild card.  The win, though, would have to come at Turner Field.  The Mets were swept by a combined score of 17-7 in their final three games, being eliminated by the Braves from playoff contention on the final day of the season.  A playoff appearance in 1998 could have altered the next two years significantly.

And of course, that fateful NLCS in 1999 would follow a year later.  Don’t remember how it ended? Well, I still, 17 years later, can not stomach to write about it.  It involved Kenny Rogers, the bases loaded, and an umpire.  I can say no more  so you can watch it here if you are a masochist …..So that’s why they called him the gambler?

In 2000, the Mets lost the division to the Braves by one game after going 2-4 against them on the road …but eventually advanced to the World Series after not having to face their division rivals in the playoffs.

Other notable seasons include the 2008 campaign where the Mets were an embarrassing 1-8 in Atlanta.  You may remember, they missed the playoffs by ONE GAME that year.  The Mets have only finished over .500 at Turner field in four seasons: ’06, ’07, ’11 and ’14.

One last specific game that I remember too well, occurred on July 31, 2004.   Why was it special? There were many reasons.  First, at the start of the series, the Mets were clinging to very slim playoff hopes sitting six games behind the first place home team Bravos.  A series win would move them back into contention for the division.

Prior to the first game of the series, the Mets showed they were willing to ‘go for it’ by trading for starting pitchers Kris Benson and Victor Zambrano.  The Mets traded  for Benson specifically, as he was known to handle the Braves extremely well in his career.  Benson, acquired the day prior, was flown on a private jet to meet his new mates and start the second game of the series.  The result? Benson gave up seven runs in five innings in what was arguably the worst start of of his career to that date.  The Mets were swept into obscurity a day later.

Well, at least they went for it, right? WRONG.  What did the Mets give up in the above stated deals, highly touted lefty prospect Scott Kazmir, who has won 103 games in his solid career, and future All-Star Slugger Jose Bautista, who would debut later that year and only average 33 homers and 99 RBI annually.  Bautista was only a Met for a matter of hours, as he was aquired from the Royals for then highly touted prospect Justin Huber and flipped into the Benson deal.

But remember, the Mets got Benson, AND his wife, so at least the Mets Christmas party wasn’t boring that year…

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