Mets Merized Online » Clayton Collier Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:52:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 David Wright Is Now The Active Leader In Games Played With One Team Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:25:17 +0000 derek jeter david wright

When the Phillies officially shipped mainstay Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers on Friday, they ended his hold on MLB’s longest active streak of games played with a single team.

In his 15 years with Philadelphia, Rollins played 2,090 games for the Phils, a figure that led all active players for roughly ten weeks following the retirement of Derek Jeter.

Now that both shortstops have moved on from their respective franchises, —in one way or another—a new king of the baseball lifers emerges; Mets captain David Wright.

Wright now leads all active players with 1,508 games played with one team; all as a Met, and only a Met.

Chase Utley is a close second; having racked up 1,478 games with the Phillies in 12 seasons compared to Wright’s 11.

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Let’s also take this time to wish David Wright a very Happy Birthday as he turns 32 today.

When Wright celebrated the 10 year anniversary of his MLB debut on July 21, 2014, the franchise leader in hits, doubles, runs, walks and RBI reflected fondly on his time with.

“I’ve had some great memories here and hopefully there’s a lot more to come,” Wright said. “Hopefully one day I’ll be able to sit back and reminisce and go through videos or whatever and be able to pat myself on the back and have some fond memories.”

In this frenzied age of free agency, and with all the insane amount of money being tossed around in huge mega deals, it’s becoming increasingly rare to see one player spend his entire MLB career with the team that drafted and developed him.

There is something special to be said about Wright’s more than 1,500 games played in blue-and-orange, especially given a frustrating past several years for the organization.

Contracted to another six seasons in Flushing, the seven-time all-star could very well hold onto this achievement for some time.


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Dodgers Send Matt Kemp To Padres Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:03:12 +0000 matt kemp

The Dodgers continue to throw gasoline on the Winter Meetings hot stove.

This time, LA has sent two-time all-star Matt Kemp along with catcher Tim Federowicz to the San Diego Padres in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal, RHP Joe Wieland, and a third player who is believed to be RHP Zach Eflin, this according to a report from Dennis Lin and Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union-Tribune. The Dodgers will also send $30 million to San Diego to assist in covering the $107 million remaining on Kemp’s contract through 2019.

The deal is the fourth trade in an eventful 24 hours for the Dodgers. The day started with a seven-player swap that sent Dee Gordon and Dan Haren, Miguel Rojas and a player to be named later to Miami for a slew of prospects headlined by Andrew Heaney, who was subsequently dealt to the Angels for second baseman Howie Kendrick later that night. The Dodgers started their middle-infield makeover yesterday by trading for Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins. That deal is still pending and potentially could include some of the prospects included in the Marlins deal.

On the free agent market, the Dodgers also signed starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a four-year deal valued at $48 million.

A nutty day in LA has given the Dodgers a brand-new infield in Rollins and Kendrick following the departure of Hanley Ramirez–who signed with Boston last month–as well as a young catcher in Grandal to pair with A.J. Ellis. The Padres get the big-name bat they’ve longed for in Kemp, at a semi-reasonable cost. The Angels pick up a stud left-handed pitching prospect with Heaney, the Marlins get some valuable pieces in Gordon and Haren and we will see what the Phillies will bring in once the deal becomes official.

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MMO Flashback: Matt Harvey Was Not The Hero We Deserved, But The One We Needed Tue, 04 Nov 2014 14:03:56 +0000 matt harvey

It feels like an eternity since we last saw Matt Harvey standing on a mound and menacing opposing batters with his array of lethal offerings. Every five days when our young ace took his turn in the rotation, it was treated as an event that couldn’t be missed and aptly called “Harvey Day.” As we get ever so closer to his eventual return next Spring and as our exuberance rises, here’s an MMO Flashback that recalls that fateful day when we learned that Gotham had lost its hero.

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Matt Harvey is going to miss a significant amount of time; not much else is known at this moment.

What has been well-documented however, is just how much of an impact the Dark Knight of Gotham has had on the New York Mets organization and their fans alike.

The mood surrounding this franchise has plunged further and further into disappointment, animosity and frustration ever since Adam Wainwright‘s infamous breaking ball struck the black leather of Yadier Molina‘s mitt. After back-to-back September collapses and a pair of sub-par seasons, a change in management brought hope of brighter days. However the immediate years following only became more gut-wrenching. Since Sandy Alderson took over following the 2010 season, fans have had to endure the departures of Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, and R.A. Dickey to name a few; all on the premise of a brighter tomorrow through the procuring of young talent at the expense of the performance at the major league level.

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The 2013 season has marked the infusion of those farmhands that have been so long awaited. Zack Wheeler is proving that his 2011 acquisition was certainly worthwhile. The Amazin’s are also enjoying the fruits of their labor from the Dickey deal with Travis d’Arnaud behind the dish.

Following years of development and growth since their mid-teens, Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores have finally made it to the show. All have been encouraging and enormously exciting to watch, but all pale in comparison to the energy generated by the emergence of Matt Harvey.

In his first full season–sans their ailing, aged ace in Johan Santana–Harvey exploded out of the gate, quickly gaining national attention. By the third week of April, contests in which he started became not just a typical Mets game, but ‘Harvey Day’. Fans amassed in the stands of Citi Field to see the most exciting young pitcher in Queens since 1984, just to get a glimpse of his increasingly legendary “stuff”. By May, the 24-year old flamethrower was plastered on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the first time a player in orange-and-blue had received such an esteemed honor in nearly five years.

From then on it just got better; Harvey could not be stopped. Anytime he went to the mound, a no-hitter was more than possible, three times becoming probable with bids into the seventh inning. Eventually it all came to a pinnacle when Bruce Bochy named the Mets’ ace to the incredibly rare honor of starting the 2013 All-Star Game at his home ballpark, going on to put up two goose eggs for the National League including three strikeouts, including Miguel Cabrera – the reigning Triple-Crown Winner.

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Since the mid-summer classic,  the master “plan” of the future has become the present with the organization’s top prospects all converging on Roosevelt Avenue. ESPN has tagged the Mets as the team of the future in New York; baseball media hubs across the country have begun to recognize the Amazin’s as a club on the rise and no longer in the doldrums of mediocrity.

All was going so well until yesterday when a sobering MRI revealed the ulnar collateral ligament of Harvey lying in his right elbow with a partial tear, crushing many with the very real possibility of the Mets being without one of the game’s best hurlers until 2015.

Until Harvey returns, his absence will be felt in the worst of ways; but his effect on this entire franchise will remain. He has turned another year of “punting” into a season of new beginnings. His performance along with his demeanor has single-handedly altered the culture surrounding the Mets from the second fiddle team of New York to the club to watch out for. The fanbase has wholly changed from beleaguered to stimulated; apathetic to optimistic.

The Mets had to have this year. They desperately needed a season that portrayed direction rather than a ship lost at sea. Matt Harvey has given the Mets that; he has granted them a new look and a new hope, and will return.

The Dark Knight will rise once again. When, we don’t know just yet; but whether that is in one month or twelve, the 2013 season will go down as the year that the corner has officially been turned in Gotham, and that is largely in part to Harvey; and nothing can take that away.

For Matt Harvey was not the hero we deserved, but the one we needed.

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Miracle Mets Still A Sore Spot For Frank Robinson Sun, 19 Oct 2014 04:31:11 +0000 gal-shea-seaver-8-jpg

“It’s always good planning to have a baseball in the dugout with shoe polish on it, just in case.”

That is the expression coined following the infamous Shoe Polish incident, when in Game 5 of the 1969 World Series, Cleon Jones hit the deck to evade a Dave McNally pitch that skidded into the Mets dugout, only to be retrieved by Mets skipper Gil Hodges to reveal a smudge of shoe polish, awarding Jones first base. The next batter Donn Clendenon would smash a two-run homer leading to a Mets victory and eventually winning their first World Series title in franchise history.

The incident capped off one of most incredible World Series upsets in baseball history. The Miracle Mets, more commonly known as the “Lovable Losers” since their inception, needed just five games to best Earl Weaver‘s 109-win Baltimore Orioles and become champions.

I spoke to one of those mighty 1969 Orioles about this controversial moment in Mets history when I was covering the MLB Draft for MMO. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson did not hesitate to speak his mind on the subject when I broached it with him.

“It had to be a trick,” said Robinson. “People forget the length of time that ball went into the dugout before Gil Hodges brought it out to show it to the umpire.”

“That ball didn’t go into the dugout with black shoe polish on it, but it came out with black shoe polish on it,” he said.

Several different Met accounts have come out over the years including Ron Swoboda claiming that the pitch hit an open bag of balls, spilling identical baseballs all over the dugout, one of which Gil picked up that had a black mark on it.

Of the most recent claims was Jerry Koosman, who in 2009 stated that Hodges instructed him to rub the ball on his shoe, however neither accounts put to rest whether the pitch actually hit Jones, a truth that will likely never be known for sure.


Although even if Jones wasn’t awarded first base in Game 5, Robinson doesn’t believe it would have made all that great of a difference in the outcome of the game or the series.

“The Mets deserved to win, they did what they had to to win,” said Robinson. “I still watch it on classic sports and I still don’t believe we lost.”

Like Robinson, many were in shock at the fact that the lowly New York Mets, just seven years into existence, stood atop the baseball world. After their improbable comeback to beat out the Chicago Cubs for the division crown, they had an even greater upset of the Orioles and the ‘Bird’s Big Four’ in stunning fashion. Robinson recalls what he found most impressive about the Mets in that series.

“They got contributions from everybody, the little guys we used to call them, and they did what they had to do,” said Robinson almost begrudgingly. “They also had some great pitching.”

Despite his high praise of the team, it was clear that the Miracle Mets to this day are still not Robinson’s favorite subject as he brought the conversation of the Amazin’s to an abrupt close.

“That’s all I’ve got to say about ‘69.”

The legend of the 1969 Mets lives on to this day as one of the greatest Cinderella stories in the game’s history, who with the help of a little shoe-polished baseball, were able to put National League baseball in New York back on the map with their first World Series title.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 8, Astros 3 Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:19:17 +0000 lucas duda hr 30

Capping off his breakout season, Lucas Duda provided the offense with a four-RBI afternoon as the Mets ended 2014 on a high note Sunday, routing the Astros by a final score of 8-3.

Duda reached a pair of individual milestones in the game, most notably his 30th home run, which came in his final at-bat of the year. Duda also reached 92 runs batted in, both figures the most for a given Mets player since 2012 when Ike Davis had 32 home runs and David Wright had 93 RBIs.

Bartolo Colon went six innings allowing three runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out four, earning his 15th win of the season. It is the eighth time in Colon’s career that he has reached 15 wins or more and the 204th victory of his career.

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Bobby Abreu, who announced his retirement Friday, had a base hit in the fifth inning and was replaced with Eric Young Jr. on the basepaths, walking off to a standing ovation from the 34,897 fans in attendance. Abreu retired with 2,470 career hits, 1,475 walks and 574 doubles in 18 seasons for the Mets, Astros, Phillies, Yankees, Angels, and Dodgers.

The Mets end their season 79-83, their highest win total since 2010 but their sixth straight losing season.

Thank you from all of us here at MMO for reading.

Get ready for what we hope will be a lively offseason!

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Niese Not Worried About Rapid Heart Rate, Wraps Up A Solid Season Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:42:03 +0000 jon niese

Jon Niese was pulled from his final start of the season Friday night with an elevated heart rate. He exited with one out in the sixth inning, having not allowed a run while throwing just 66 pitches.

Niese has faced this issue in the past, namely on June 3, 2012 at home against the Cardinals and June 25, 2011 in a start against the Rangers at Arlington. Doctors had recommended he undergo an ablation procedure at the time, but was later advised it wasn’t needed.

“They [doctors] said it can come back at any moment, it just happens,” Niese said. “The last time it happened was two years ago. Once every two years I will take. It’s something that can always happen, and if it happened more often I would look to do something.”

Niese wasn’t too worried about it and seemed more interested in discussing his strong outing and his season in general.


“I took a huge step with my changeup this year,” he said. “I figured out how to pitch. Hopefully I can do some things to help my arm strength, and hopefully be able to pitch with my good stuff.”

Niese ends the season with a solid 3.40 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 30 starts for the Mets this year, identical to his 2012 campaign. Despite a lower velocity, he maintained his 6.6 strikeout rate and improved his strikeout-to-walk rate from 3.0 to 2.2.

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MMO Game Recap: Astros 3, Mets 1 Sat, 27 Sep 2014 02:48:41 +0000 terry collins 2

An early exit for a dealing Jon Niese and an unfortunate relief appearance by Carlos Torres coupled with a key error led to a 3-1 loss to the Houston Astros in the final series opener of 2014.

Granderson began scoring with a solo shot to right with one out in the fourth, handing the Mets an early lead. The home run was Granderson’s 20th home run of the season, the seventh time he has reached that plateau in his career.

Jon Niese was having one of his better outings on the season before being pulled with one out in the sixth inning with an elevated heart rate. Niese, who has faced similar issues in-game before, threw just 66 pitches and had not allowed a run before exiting. The 27-year-old ends his season with a 3.40 ERA in 30 starts for the Mets this year, identical figures to his 2012 campaign.

Unfortunately for the Mets, Carlos Torres, who came in injury relief, was unable to continue the theme of dominant pitching following Niese’s early departure. With a run already plated on a Jose Altuve RBI single, Chris Carter followed with his 21st double of the season. Fast work from Eric Young Jr. and Wilmer Flores as Anthony Recker dropped the relay throw, allowing Altuve to come home safely and giving the Astros the lead. Carter would score later in the inning on a Matt Dominguez single, making it 3-1.

From there, the Mets offense was unable to rally, losing their 83rd game of the season. The Mets are now 38-41 at home, securing their fourth consecutive losing season when playing at Citi Field.

Rafael Montero will start for the Mets Saturday, taking on Samuel Deduno of Houston at 7:10 p.m.

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MMO Game Recap: Nationals 10, Mets 3 Sun, 14 Sep 2014 03:01:34 +0000 zack wheeler

On a damp evening at Citi Field, Zack Wheeler‘s recent stretch of dominance came to an end as his lack of command coupled with a poor defensive effort resulted in a 10-3 blowout loss to the Washington Nationals on Saturday evening.

Bryce Harper sent a fly ball into the Pepsi porch that just barely tucked inside the right-field foul pole after Ian Desmond led off with a walk to put the Nationals up 2-0 in the second.

The same pair would begin the fourth with back-to-back singles. Desmond would score on a pick-off attempt by Travis d’Arnaud that sailed over the glove of Daniel Murphy and into left field, making it a three-run game.

The night just got worse for Wheeler in the fifth inning. Failing to record an out to the three batters he faced, the 24-year-old was relieved by Gonzalez Germen with two on and a run already plated in the inning. Despite the new pitcher, Desmond had the Mets number as he drove a two-run single to center, giving Washington the 6-0 advantage.

Wheeler surrendered six runs, all earned, on seven hits in four plus innings of work while walking two and striking out four, falling to 10-10 on the season.

The Mets responded to the Nats offensive outburst with some well-struck drives of their own. Curtis Granderson ripped a double to lead off the fifth. Wilmer Flores would make it a 6-2 game on a two-run shot to left center, his fourth of the season.

Buddy Carlyle came in to pitch the sixth, falling victim to a sub-par defense behind him. Although Carlyle got a pair of ground balls, three separate errors resulted in the seventh run of the game for the Nationals.

Granderson came on in the sixth with two on and tow out and came through with a base hit that deflected off of first baseman Adam LaRoche to bring the Mets within four at the time.

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But Desmond refused to let the Mets come within striking distance, crushing an RBI double off the right centerfield wall in the eighth. He finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBIs, bringing his season total to 86 runs batted in.

In the end the Mets got pasted by the Nationals in what was a sloppy effort that included four errors and poor pitching all the way around.

Lagares had three hits to raise his average to .285. He is hitting .311 (17-49) with seven runs scored, three doubles, five RBI and seven stolen bases in 12 games this month.

Mets 3-4-5 hitters combined to go 0-for-11 and leadoff hitter Eric Young went 0-for-4.

Up Next: Jon Niese (8-10, 3.59) opposes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (11-5, 2.93) at 1:10 PM on Sunday in the series finale.
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Wright ‘Excited’ To See What Herrera Can Do Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:17:56 +0000 DSC_0398

Citi Field is quiet; there is not a soul in the stands, say for an usher catching some shut-eye before the gates open up.

Nearly four hours prior to first-pitch Friday, a handful of personnel remain on the field, finishing their first round of batting practice.

Among those taking there cuts, wearing a grey “Mets Baseball” tee, is the organization’s longest tenured player, David Wright. Looking on, already in uniform, is the newest–and youngest–addition to the big leagues, Dilson Herrera.

Now more than a decade since his own debut, Wright said he looks forward to getting a look at what Herrera can do.

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“It’s exciting seeing these players you read about and hear about come up and see what they’re all about,” Wright said.

Herrera collected his first major-league hit Saturday, going 1-for-3 in his second game in Flushing. Terry Collins said that although Herrera faces a level of competition he has never seen before, the Mets skipper is confident in his new second baseman’s abilities.

“He’s coming with really, really outstanding reports on how he plays, the way he plays, intelligent kid; all the things you want to hear,” Collins said.

The 20-year-old Colombia-native was called up from Double-A Binghamton late Thursday night after Daniel Murphy was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf injury. Once upon in time in baseball, the young-bloods coming up were not always greeted positively. Nowadays, rookies are treated as part of the team, something Wright said he feels is important.

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“One of the biggest things to feel comfortable and confident on the field is being welcomed and feeling comfortable in the clubhouse,” he said. “I think that is part of my responsibility and part of everyone’s responsibility.”

Collins admits that skipping Triple-A and going straight to MLB is a difficult transition, but cites past players he sees as similar to Herrera, namely Steve Sax, as examples that it can be done. Collins went on to say that he believes in the minor league coaching staff who have recommended he make the jump.

“I trust them,” he said Friday. “And like everyone else, I am anxious to see him play.”

Photos By Clayton Collier, MMO

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 6, Phillies 5 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:50:32 +0000 anthony recker jenrry mejia

The offense provided the run support while Dillon Gee battled through six-plus innings of work Sunday in a 6-5 rubber game win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Anthony Recker hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to left center off of A.J. Burnett, his fifth of the season, giving New York a 5-2 lead. Of Recker’s 12 career homers, nine have either tied the game or given the Mets the lead including four of five this season.

The Mets got on the board in the previous inning due to some two-out hitting from the top of the order. Matt den Dekker roped a double down the right field line, scoring Juan Lagares who reached on a ground ball single. Lagares stole second to put himself in scoring position to spark the rally, his sixth of the season. Terry Collins said he wants Lagares to become more of a threat on the basepaths.

“It’s got to become part of his game, he’s got foot speed,” Collins said. “We’ve got to get him to be aggressive. If you’re going to be a good base-stealer, you can’t worried about getting thrown out. What you’ve got to worry about is getting a good lead and trying to get a good jump. If you do those two things, you’re going to be safe the majority of the time.

David Wright followed den Dekker with a liner up the middle, notching his first RBI in 14 games. Wright finished the night 2-for-4, his first multi-hit game since August 13 vs. the Washington Nationals.

Dillon Gee picked up his sixth win on the season, surrendering three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out seven. Gee was pulled  after walking Freddy Galvis on four pitches to start the seventh inning. Collins was pleased to see Gee remain tough against a team that traditionally has given him trouble.

“That’s what Dillon Gee does, he hangs in there and keeps you in the game,” Collins said. “He got us deep in the game, which with the way our bullpen is at the moment, we needed that.”

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The Phillies threatened in the ninth with runners on first and second with nobody out and Howard at the plate. Howard hit a sharp ground ball to Herrera, playing back, who along with Flores, completed a head-turning 4-6-3 double play. Rollins would score on a base hit by Grady Sizemore to make it a one-run game. Mejia got Domonic Brown, who blasted a solo-homer in the previous inning, on a ground ball to short to close out the series and improve the Mets record to 64-73 on the season.

Ryan Howard ripped a 2-2 hanger just inside the right field foul pole in the sixth inning to even the game at two. The solo shot was Howard’s 20th home run of the season, the eighth time the 34-year-old has done so in his career but the first since 2011.

Dilson Herrera picked up his first career RBI in the eighth inning on a base hit up the middle, scoring Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Herrera is now 2-for-9 in his three-day MLB career.

The Mets head to Miami for a three-game set against the Marlins Monday with Zack Wheeler taking the mound against Henderson Alvarez at 1:10pm.

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DeGrom Remains In Rookie of the Year Hunt Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:07:57 +0000 jacob degrom

Jacob deGrom tossed seven strong innings against the Phillies on Friday, scattering four hits, allowing one unearned run and striking out five.

The young right-hander didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and was at his best during any hint of trouble when he’d reach back and pitch with some extra zip on his fastball. He recorded 16 of his 20 outs with his two and four seamer and commanded the lower part of the strike zone all night long. The kid has a lot of moxie.

“The location was really good all night with all of my pitches,” said deGrom who won his seventh game of the season and remains a top contender for the league’s rookie of the year award.

DeGrom has pitched at least six innings in 14 of his 18 starts this season, allowing just three runs or fewer in 13 of those contests. 

Boasting an ERA+ of 119 and a 3.07 FIP, deGrom also leads all rookies in innings pitched and strikeouts while checking in with a 1.196 WHIP and a 2.94 ERA for the season.

It’s been quite a debut for deGrom who continues to shine and has entrenched himself in what’s shaping up to be a very formidable and young Mets rotation in 2015 and beyond.

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Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Jacob deGrom‘s stuff was not the issue in Saturday’s 7-4 loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles, but rather the overuse of his fastball.

“I’m very happy about the way he threw the baseball in LA,” Warthen said. “I wasn’t happy about his pitch selection.”

deGrom surrendered five runs and five hits over six innings of work in his return from the disabled list after battling rotator cuff tendinitis. The Rookie of the Year candidate threw 86 pitches, allowing a three-run homer to Adrian Gonzalez, inflating his ERA from 2.87 to 3.13.

Warthen explained that deGrom getting carried away with his fastball was “understandable” as he was throwing harder than he ever had in his career–topping 97mph–but said the key for the 26-year-old tonight is to utilize all of his pitches. He has no other concerns regarding deGrom.

“His stuff was better than it had been all year,” Warthen said. “He just kind of forgot how to pitch, and we talked about that.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 4, Phillies 1 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:55:41 +0000 Photo By Clayton Collier

Capitalizing on a key defensive miscue and working around several of their own, the Mets were able to make the most out of a bounce-back outing from Jacob deGrom to best the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1.

Leading 1-0, a throwing error by Lucas Duda in the top of the seventh set up a first-and-second situation with nobody out. After Carlos Ruiz popped out on cringe-worthy bunt attempt, Cody Asche floated a soft line over the glove of a fully extended Wilmer Flores, scoring Marlon Byrd and evening the game up at 1-1. deGrom would escape further damage on a well-executed, inning-ending double play to send it to the seventh inning stretch.

In the bottom half of the frame, the Mets would load the bases without taking the bat off their shoulders. Matt den Dekker drew a one-out walk, later taking second on a stolen base. Flores was hit by a pitch and Eric Campbell was also issued the free pass with two out for Juan Lagares.

Lagares followed with a shallow fly ball into left field.Grady Sizemore ran in to make the play, calling off Jimmy Rollins and Ben Revere, proving to be the defining play of the game. The ball would miss his glove and drop, scoring den Dekker and Flores, giving the Mets a two-run cushion.

Shortly thereafter, the Mets decided to take a calculated risk. With Campbell on third and Lagares at first, New York went for the double steal. Lagares dashed for second while Campbell raced home.

The pick-off attempt went to second, Rollins made a quick return throw home. Campbell dove headlong, slamming his left hand onto home plate, evading the tag of Ruiz, making it a 4-1 ballgame.

“He’s done a tremendous job of making of everything he can do work for him,” Terry Collins said of Campbell. “He plays all over the place, he’s a better runner than people think, he actually throws throws better than people think. He’s a nice piece to have on a team.”

After deGrom finished one of his better outings on the season, pitching seven innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits and two walks while striking out five and improving to 7-6 on the year, Familia came on and pitched a scoreless eighth.

Jenrry Mejia came on to close out the game, punching out three and converting his 20th save of the season. The 24-year-old Mejia becomes the second-youngest Mets pitcher to save 20-games and the 14th in franchise history The youngest Met to do so was Neil Allen in 1980 at the age of 22.

Dilson Herrera, the first ever Colombian-born player in team history and the 14th to appear in a major league game, went 0-for-3 in his MLB debut and had an error in the ninth inning. 

Bartolo Colon gets the ball for the Mets, taking on the Phillies’ Jerome Williams at Citi Field at 7:10pm in the second of this three-game set.

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MMO Game Recap: Giants 9, Mets 0 Sun, 03 Aug 2014 20:44:51 +0000 madison bumgarner

As it turns out, it didn’t matter who was in the lineup for the Mets.

Coming off a start in which he threw 121 pitches, Bartolo Colon was entirely ineffective against the Giants’ offense, allowing eight hits, two home runs and six runs over just 4.2 innings of work.

Hunter Pence, batting .108 in his last nine games, blasted a pair of homers as part of a 3-for-4 afternoon, the 10th multi-homer game of his career. Brandon Belt also took Colon deep in the fourth on a fly ball that just barely stayed inside the right field foul pole.

“Today he just really didn’t have his good stuff,” Terry Collins said. 

The six runs were the most Colon has surrender in a home start since he gave up six on May 26, 2012 against the Yankees as a member of the Oakland Athletics.

Buddy Carlyle had mop-up duty after Colon exited and pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, lowering his ERA to 0.87. Buster Posey went 4-for-5 with a two-run blast off of Carlos Torres, his 13th of the season.

Madison Bumgarner stymied the Mets offense over nine frames, earning his second career shutout. The 25-year-old faced just two over the minimum, walking only one and surrendering just two hits while punching out 10. In effort to get more right-handed bats in the lineup, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda had the day off. Travis d’Arnaud also sat in favor of Anthony Recker.

No matter who was in the lineup; however, the Giants series has been one to forget for the Mets offense. Along with Ryan Vogelsong‘s two-hitter on Friday, this is only the third time in franchise history that the Mets have had two complete-game two-hitters or better against them in a series. Both previous occurrences involved Sandy Koufax, the first in May of 1963 and the second in June of 1965.

“Obviously we’re not putting very good swings on balls we can handle,” Collins said.

Bumgarner now improves to 3-0 with a 1.24 ERA in four career outings against the Mets.

The four-game home series wraps up Monday at 12:10 p.m. as the Mets will send Dillon Gee to the mound, squaring off against Tim Hudson, who makes his first start at Citi Field since suffering a season-ending ankle injury on a collision with Eric Young Jr. at first on July 24, 2013. The Mets will hope to avoid their first home series loss since June 10-12 when they lost two-of-three to the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Matt Harvey Throws Side Session Sun, 03 Aug 2014 13:45:35 +0000 IMG_3301

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey threw a side-session prior to Sunday’s games against the San Francisco Giants. Pitching coach Dan Warthen said the toss went well.

“His arm felt great, went through all of his pitches,” he said. “Everything is going in the right direction.”

Harvey threw off of a mound on July 31, the first time the Mets ace had done so since undergoing Tommy John surgery last October.

Harvey Side Session

(Photos By Alexander Petri, MMO)

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Mets Have Discussed Promoting den Dekker Sun, 03 Aug 2014 00:51:15 +0000 USATSI matt den dekker brad barr

The Mets have had discussions about promoting Matt den DekkerTerry Collins told reporters Saturday.

“There’s been a lot of talk about bringing him back,” Collins. “When? I don’t know, but hopefully he’s going to get a chance to be in there every day,”

den Dekker has been tearing up the Pacific Coast League since his June 18 demotion. The 26-year-old is batting .417 with seven doubles and seven walks in his last 10 games with the Las Vegas 51s.

Collins said the major concern has been den Dekker’s struggle with consistent contact.

“The strikeout has been a big hold-back as far as how much playing time he’s going to get here,” Collins said.

In 45 at-bats with the Mets this season, den Dekker has struck out 13 times.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 4, Giants 2 Sat, 02 Aug 2014 22:31:42 +0000 jacob degrom

For six-and-change innings, it was the pitching duel of the season.

Rookie of the Year candidate Jacob deGrom had only allowed one base runner, a two-out walk to Brandon Belt, through 6.2 frames. Making just his second start with the Giants since being traded from the Red Sox, Jake Peavy set down the first 19 Mets batters to face him.

deGrom’s bid was tarnished by a Pablo Sandoval fly ball into the left-center gap that evaded a diving Juan Lagares Despite losing the no-hitter, the Mets phenom rebounded, getting Michael Morse on a ground ball to retire the side.

Peavy wasn’t as lucky. Daniel Murphy spoiled the run at perfection with a one-out opposite field double, quickly followed by a soft liner off the bat of David Wright that fell between Morse and Brandon Crawford to set up a first-and-third situation. After Duda was plunked to load the bases, Travis d’Arnaud sent a fly ball into right that scored Murphy, giving the Mets the 1-0 lead.

Lagares and Wilmer Flores would succeed d’Arnaud with a single and double respectively, accounting for the additional three runs. Peavy went seven innings, allowing four runs on four hits, striking out four while walking none, falling to 0-2 in his Giants career.

deGrom ran into trouble in the top off the eighth, surrendering a leadoff single to Belt and a one-out double from Juan Perez. Pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa drove the pair in on a sharp grounder up the middle, ending deGrom’s night. Jeurys Familia came on and threw just seven pitched to get the final two outs, ending the threat.

deGrom finished his outing with 7.1 innings pitched, allowing two runs on four hits, walking one and striking out seven. Terry Collins said deGrom’s location was as good as he has seen all year.

“I think we all have got to understand that this kid has got something special in him,” Collins said. “And poise is part of it.”

deGrom has now won five consecutive starts, the first time a Mets rookie has done so since Dillon Gee in 2011.

deGrom has established a rookie franchise record in pitching 66.1 innings without allowing a home run. Mark Bomback held the previous mark (60.1 innings) in 1980.The Cubs’ Travis Wood was the last player to take deGrom deep (June 5 at Chicago).

Bartolo Colon takes the mound Sunday at 1:10 p.m. facing southpaw Madison Bumgarner in game three of four in the Giants series.

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MMO Interview: After Eventful Year, Murphy “Humbled” To Get All-Star Nod Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:50:47 +0000 daniel murphy

Daniel Murphy has had a season of firsts in 2014.

Murphy celebrated the birth of his first child on Opening Day, resulting in an unjust ribbing from local radio personalities for missing time on paternal leave—also a first.

Murphy also made his first trip to the White House last month, speaking at the Working Dads Summit on the aforementioned topic of leaving his team for his wife and newborn son, Noah.

Although it wasn’t the first head-turning season for the 29-year-old Jacksonville native, Murphy finally received his first all-star selection this past week.

Murphy said he feels honored to have been selected to the All-Star game and that he and his family are “excited” to attend the three-day event.

“It’s very humbling to be even mentioned in the same breath as some of the guys that are going to be at this game,” Murphy said.

Murphy will be the lone Mets representative in Minneapolis, just the second time David Wright has not been chosen since 2006. Manager Terry Collins said he was proud of Murphy for his achievement.

“He’s so pumped up and he should be,” Collins said. “It’s a tremendous tribute to one of the hardest working players you’ll ever be around.”

Murphy is batting .294 on the season with 113 hits and 56 runs scored. He has committed to his gap power, ripping 101 doubles since taking over as the full-time second baseman in 2012.

As efficient as Murphy has been with the bat, his defensive improvements have been even more impressive for third base coach Tim Defuel, specifically on his ability to turn double plays.

“It’s increasingly getting better, he’s getting more familiarized with the footwork, the timing of the plays,” Teufel said. “He’s evolving he’s trying different techniques and making it his own.”

Murphy credits Teufel for helping him to make his transition to second.

“I don’t think I would be the second baseman I am today if it wasn’t for the work he put in with me,” he said.

Outside of speaking with six-time all-star Chase Utley, who Murphy says he sometimes “shoots the breeze” with when the Phillies come to town, he doesn’t have anyone he plans to talk to. He is just looking forward to the week ahead.

“My wife and my family are excited,” he said. “We’re just trying to soak it in for a couple of days.”

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Niese Says Shoulder Only Fatigued, Expects To Make July 21 Start Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:06:26 +0000 jon niese

Jon Niese downplayed the severity of his shoulder strain Saturday, telling MMO he will start the fourth game out of the All-Star break in Seattle on July 21.

Niese, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 5 last week, said his shoulder is fatigued, not necessarily injured. 

“It really is not an injury, it’s pretty much just a little resting period,” Niese said. “My shoulders just got fatigued and it got progressively got worse and worse each outing.”

The 27-year-old said that although his nagging injuries in Spring Training were not related to his tired shoulder, they did hamper his ability to get his arm into the “best possible shape” entering the regular season.

Terry Collins told reporters prior to Saturday’s game that Niese will throw tomorrow, but the team has not made any determination as to when the lefty will return.

“We’re just going to wait to see, once we get out of the break, how he’s doing,” Collins said.

Bartolo Colon was announced as the starter for the second-half opener in San Diego today. Collins also said that he plans to start Dillon Gee in the Padres series as well.

Niese is 5-4 with a 2.96 ERA in 17 starts this season.

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Lagares Set For Return To Mets This Week Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:16:25 +0000 juan lagares scores

June 22

Outfielder Juan Lagares was hitless in four at-bats, while playing his second rehab game in center field on Saturday with the Gulf Coast League Mets.

Lagares continues to make progress as he works his way back to the Mets and rejoin the team at some point this week.

Batting mostly in the lower half of the lineup, Lagares parlayed a solid start to the season into a part-time leadoff role.

He was hitting .295 with a .339 on-base in 42 games before landing on the disabled list with a right intercostal muscle strain.

He is expected to rejoin the Mets at some point next week.

June 18

According to Terry Collins, center fielder Juan Lagares will not be activated from the disabled list when he eligible to come off on June 16.

Lagares, who suffered a strained intercostal muscle, has not attempted any running drills while rehabbing at the Mets complex in Port St Lucie and has been limited to some light exercises.

The 25-year old Lagares was second on the team in batting, slugging percentage and OPS at the time he was injured and had assumed the leadoff duties.

The Mets have lost five of six games sine Lagares went on the DL.

June 2

Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain, the team announced today. In a corresponding move, Matt den Dekker has been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Lagares originally felt discomfort in his side Friday night and after a day off felt pain free in batting practice prior to Sunday’s game against the Phillies and was inserted into the starting lineup.

The 25-year old experienced tightness again while running the bases and was subsequently pulled from the game and sent back to New York for an MRI.

In 42 games this season, Lagares is batting .288 with 11 doubles and 18 RBIs.

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MMO Game Recap: Padres 5, Mets 0 Sun, 15 Jun 2014 00:46:49 +0000 Daniel Murphy AP

Although Zack Wheeler and Jesse Hahn had near-identical starts their last time on a major-league mound, their outings on Saturday couldn’t be any more different.

Hahn, who in his first MLB start lasted just 3 2/3 innings just 11 days ago, let up a single to his first batter of the game in Ruben Tejada. That would be the only hit the Mets would muster off of the 24-year-old as Hahn ended his day completing six shutout frames, allowing just three other base runners via walk while punching out seven, earning his first career win.

Wheeler, who also went a mere 3 2/3 frames in his last start, wasn’t much better this afternoon. The Mets prized young pitcher lacked command, surrendering two runs in the first inning, which ultimately proved to be all San Diego would need. Wheeler would last five innings, surrendering four runs on six hits while walking four and striking out three. The 24-year-old now falls to 2-7 on the season and has not collected a win at Citi Field since August 26, 2013.

The offense was nowhere to be found for New York. Chris Young was crowned with the golden sombrero, resulting in a bitterly negative reaction from the boo birds. Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Bobby Abreu went a combined 0-for-9. The Mets offense struck out a combined 13 times and managed just two hits.

Terry Collins said that when it comes to the Mets lineup poor contact rate, he has run the gamete on ways to correct the situation.

“I’ve pretty much have exhausted all the things that I have heard that work,” Collins said in his post-game press conference. “The main was you’ve got to let the ball get to the plate, let it deep in the strike zone, and therefore you are going to hit to the middle of the field. That is probably, mentally, the best approach you can take, in my opinion. Quit worrying about hitting the homer, think about making contact. And certainly, we didn’t do that.”

Dana Eveland had a solid outing in relief, delivering two shutout innings in relief. Gonzalez Germen also pitched two frames, surrendering a home run to Chase Headley, and walking four.

This is the sixth time this season the Mets have been shut out, the last time coming on May 15 against the Yankees.

The Mets (30-38) have now lost nine of their last 11 and have fallen to a season high-tying eight games under .500.

Daisuke Matsuzaka will take on Ian Kennedy and the Padres in the rubber match of this three-game set Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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