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1:30 PM

Just a quick update on this as Noah Syndergaard and manager Wally Backman both commented to the Las Vegas Review-Journal about last night’s performance.


Wally Backman:

“His tempo was way too slow tonight, especially early in the game. He got better as the game went on but there were times he was 20-plus seconds in between pitches. His stuff was there, but everything you hear about in baseball is rhythm and timing and it wasn’t there tonight for him.”

Noah Syndergaard:

“I could’ve sped my tempo up a little bit better. It’s something that’s kind of hard to pick up for myself. It’s something I kind of have to be told. I felt like I did pretty well. I feel like the stat line really doesn’t do it justice. I felt I made some pretty good pitches. They just got the barrel on the ball and got them over the infielder’s head. … My arm felt a lot better and my body felt better than my first start, but my results weren’t near as good.”

7:00 AM

All things considered, it wasn’t an awful performance for Noah Syndergaard, who made his start for the Las Vegas 51s on Wednesday night.

Over five innings, Syndergaard gave up six hits, four runs (three earned), walked two, and struck out two while throwing 91 pitches – 61 of them for strikes. The ground outs to fly outs ratio was a nice sight at 8:3 and he was able to limit the damage stranding 11 River Cats.

When Syndergaard struggled, it looked like he struggled pretty hard. He began the game giving up a leadoff double which he later allowed to score on a single with two outs. The following inning, a Wilmer Flores error at SS was sandwiched between two walks. The run would soon come into score on a double play started by Flores.

Thor didn’t get into trouble again until his 5th and final inning (which he went into with 74 pitches).  After the 51s tied up the game on a Bobby Abreu single and an Eric Campbell homer, Syndergaard promptly surrendered the lead again. He started the 5th inning giving up a single and double before getting an out, and then gave up back-to-back singles to put the River Cats ahead by two again. The bleeding was stopped after Syndergaard induced a double play.

It definitely wasn’t Syndergaard’s best showing, and it was almost made a little more unsettling after Rafael Montero‘s “mortal” five inning effort the day before. Obviously, there were a ton of things that Montero couldn’t personally control about last night, and the same goes for Syndergaard in this game.

While Flores’ glove and range had a significant negative impact during Montero’s outing last night, it didn’t really have much bearing on Syndergaard’s start. It was only one run. The two batters Syndergaard walked, were well earned. He couldn’t find the plate and his second walk was on four pitches. Clearly, control was a bit of an issue in the 2nd inning.

Personally, it could just be a catching issue. I’m not sure I’m a fan of Taylor Teagarden behind the plate. Anyway, while Thor’s performance was far from horrible, it’s probably going to worry some fans regardless.

But keep in mind that even the best pitchers in the game can have a rough outing or days when they don’t have their best stuff – it’s how they rebound from those starts that makes them so good.

I look forward to watching how Thor responds the next time he’s on the hill, and I’d bet that he comes thundering back – hammer in hand.

(Photo: Howard Simmons/NY Daily News)

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Montero Shines for Vegas in Season Debut Fri, 04 Apr 2014 05:19:21 +0000 montero

The season has just begun for the Las Vegas 51′s and our aliens over on the West Coast have enough talent to rocket up to the big leagues sooner rather than later. Tonight, Rafael Montero was right on the ball with his stuff.

It’s Rafael Montero’s first full season with the 51′s and he has brought the spotlight from Broadway all the way to Sin City. The one thing we all say about Montero is how pinpoint he is with all of his pitches. It’s for that reason that there were so many murmurs about him being brought up to help the bullpen before joining the rotation: he doesn’t miss and he gets guys out.

Start one for Montero was as follows: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO. Even better than that flawless line? Montero did it all with only 79 pitches, 55 of which went for strikes. In an area where the ball is supposed to leap off the bats, Montero was able to keep the Grizzlies off the board.

Montero did find himself in a bit of trouble in the 3rd inning when he gave up a two out double to Gary Brown and then a single to Joe Panik. The defense really came through for Montero and saved him a run when Nieuwenhuis threw Brown out at home.

After the third inning, Montero would only give up one more hit (a leadoff double the following inning) before striking out three over his final three innings.

It’s great to see that Montero can successfully pitch to contact and keep his pitch count low in an environment known for being a little thin.

The 51′s offense truly came to life after Montero’s exit from the game all but insuring that he will begin the season with his first win—something that we currently (and sadly) cannot say about our boys in New York. However, this is just a glimpse of things to come. At any other point this season, Montero could’ve continued for another inning or two and come away with an even more sparkling performance. Alas, it’s his first start and we’re going to, hopefully, see a lot more of this.

 Notable mention: At the time of writing this, Zach Lutz launched a grand slam to put the 51s ahead 8-2 going into the 8th inning.

(Photo Credit: Brad Barr and

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Lets Talk About The Mets’ Future Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:00:32 +0000 future stars lagares

If there’s anything we’ve become good at these last four years it’s saying “just wait till 2014, 2015, etc.” More specifically, yet ironically lacking specifics, is that we generally say “We’re building for the future” and “Next year.” There’s always this concept of a Master Plan, or something resembling the religious concept of Intelligent Design–that Sandy Alderson has been building this team from the farm up, evolving our philosophies, shifting our statistical focus, and player management.

When it all comes down to it, each year could’ve been “our year” since Alderson’s taken over. There was always a fluke chance of everything suddenly falling together, even with a ragtag team, and our Mets showing signs of climbing from their rut. While the 2006 Mets saw huge years from Delgado and Beltran, we can’t forget that Wright and Reyes were only 23 years old, that we had Jose Valentin starting, and Xavier Nady as our starting right fielder. My point is, sometimes things fall nicely into place, and sometimes, as we’ve seen: they can fall into place one year, and then hit a downward spiral of injuries.

So when we look at 2014, we should consider that our pitching staff in the glorious year that was 2006 featured the likes of Tom Glavine (15-7, 3.82 ERA), Steve Trachsel (15-8, 4.97 ERA), Pedro Martinez (9-8, 4.48 ERA), El Duque (9-7, 4.09 ERA), and John Maine (6-5, 3.60 ERA). They all had pretty nice-looking records, but their ERAs show that they were saved by teammates who scored at a ridiculous clip (i.e: a majority of them having career years).

zack to the future - CopyCompare that to our pitchers this year, albeit with almost no run support and the all-too-often bullpen flaws early on: Matt Harvey (9-5, 2.27 ERA), Zack Wheeler (7-5, 3.42 ERA), Dillon Gee (12-10, 3.54 ERA), Jonathon Niese (7-8, 3.81 ERA). Obviously, I’m neglecting to include those who aren’t going to be part of our future starting rotation (but let’s not forget Jenrry Mejia 1-2, 2.30 ERA in 5 starts).

We have Rafael MonteroNoah Syndergaard, and Jacob deGrom on their way, as soon as 2014 for all three. We have so much solid pitching depth throughout the organization that it would make other teams cry for their futures against us (Steven MatzGabriel YnoaDarin GorskiJacob LugoRobert WhalenChris Flexen).

Honestly, we should have solid pitching for years to come. As for the lineup in 2014, we shouldn’t be underselling the talent our “rookies” have. They’re getting their feet wet for the first time in the majors, and will then spend the off-season figuring out how to adjust.

A roster that includes David WrightDaniel MurphyMatt den DekkerJuan LagaresWilmer FloresTravis d’Arnaud, and Wilfredo Tovar would be incredibly talented defensively, and stocked with line drive, gap-to-gap hitters. Wright, Murphy, MdD,TdA and Flores are all very capable of between 12-20 home runs. What’s even more impressive is the age of a roster like that: 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 24, 22.

That group of guys still allows for an outside addition if need be, but I definitely believe that those guys (presuming that Tovar can prove he belongs–he’s already shown he’s the only player who can drop a sac bunt, apparently).

As for offensive help from within, there’s still the likes of Kevin PlaweckiDominic SmithBrandon NimmoDustin Lawley (who IS a power hitter), Allan DykstraCesar Puello, etc. We aren’t as completely void offensively as fans like to think. Just because we don’t have a #1 draft pick, doesn’t mean we haven’t reaped the benefits of some talented kids.

The point is: here comes the future. That one we’ve been waiting for with bated breath. There WILL be talented players in Citi Field next year, not just infamous ReplaceMets/AAAA Mets. And there will be good teams to root for and enjoy for years to come.

Obviously, this post shouldn’t be misconstrued as comparing the 2006 team to any future Mets team, next year or thereafter. The idea is to show the potential our team could have for the future. The idea is to show how break out years, career years, or just expected years can put everything right back on track. I’m not saying to expect someone to fill the Delgado role, the Beltran role, the Floyd role, the Reyes role–no. What I’m saying is that the talent, the youth, the drive to succeed and be great is there.

Like we say after every season: just wait til next year. And this time, we should be right.

the future

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