Mets Merized Online » Connor O’Brien http://metsmerizedonline.com Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 Nationals Clinch NL East Title http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/nationals-clinch-nl-east-title.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/nationals-clinch-nl-east-title.html/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:40:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223711 nationals-clinch-werth

With the Mets’ loss to the Phillies this evening and a win of their own, the Washington Nationals have officially clinched the National League East title, their third in five years.

Washington earned a 6-1 victory over the Pirates tonight, getting big contributions at the plate from Stephen Drew and Jayson Werth while squeezing 5.1 relief innings from Reynaldo Lopez.

Capitalizing on mid-season struggles by the Mets, the division wasn’t much of a race. (In fact, none of the divisions — especially those in the NL — are close right now.)

How’d they do it? An effective combination of strong offense and outstanding pitching. The Nationals currently own a team ERA of 3.44, which is second in baseball only behind the Cubs. Their 718 runs scored were ninth in baseball.

Despite Bryce Harper‘s production dropping off a cliff this season, the Nats’ offense has received much greater contributions than expected from the likes of Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos, Trea Turner, and Stephen Drew.

If current standings hold, the Nationals will face off against the Dodgers in the NLDS while the Cubs will face off against the winner of the Wild Card game.

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Mets Set Franchise Home Run Record, Continue Winning http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-set-franchise-home-run-record-continue-winning.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-set-franchise-home-run-record-continue-winning.html/#comments Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:00:38 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223206 mets-win

With Curtis Granderson‘s two game-saving home runs in last night’s 3-2 win over the lowly Twins, this year’s Mets team officially shattered the franchise’s single-season team home run record, which now sits at 201.

The team came in tied with the 2006 Mets, who racked up 199 homers over a full season. Granderson’s second home run extended the already-broken home record of 101 in a single season.

The Mets are in the middle of a home run barrage, knocking 18 dingers in their last 11 games and 36 over their last 21 contests. It has been well-documented how much the Mets rely on the long ball to score runs, and they are very successful when they do it, owning a 69-37 record when they hit at least one.

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Along with the rest of the Mets, Curtis Granderson seems to finally be turning a corner on what was looking like a pretty dreadful season.

The 34 year-old outfielder has eight home runs over his last 16 games, bringing him to a season total of 28, his highest since 2012. After many months of below-average production, Grandy is finally creeping up above league average, according to wRC+ and OPS+.

The narrative of a team being unable to win when the majority of runs are scored via the long ball has plagued the Mets throughout this year (although ironically only when they are actually successful). However, they are proving that you absolutely can rely on the home run… if you hit a ton of them.

Perhaps Sandy Alderson will be able to shore up the offense a bit this winter and add some guys who can get on base at a higher clip. But for now: bombs away!

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Lagares to Come Off The DL Today, Will Be Strictly Defensive Replacement http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/lagares-to-come-off-the-dl-today.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/lagares-to-come-off-the-dl-today.html/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:05:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223073 juan lagares

Juan Lagares will be activated from the disabled list before tonight’s game, the team announced this afternoon.

Lagares has been out since late-July with a torn ligament in his left hand, which he had been dealing with for months prior to opting for surgery. He has not yet taken any live batting practice, so he will be strictly a defensive replacement for the time being.

Lagares was batting .243/.303/.386 (87 wRC+) with three homers and four stolen bases in 156 plate appearances. His last month before hitting the DL for the final time was brutal for Lagares at the plate. He hit just .160/.263/.300 in the month of July.

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Mets Release 2017 Regular Season Schedule http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-release-2017-regular-season-schedule.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-release-2017-regular-season-schedule.html/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:51:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=222907 citi field fans

The New York Mets have released their full regular season schedule for next year, which spans from April 3 to October 1.

They will open the year with series against the Braves and Marlins at Citi Field. All 25 April games will be against NL East rivals.

The Mets and Yankees will continue the recent trend of a four-game set split between Citi Field and Yankee Stadium, which will take place August 14-17. The rest of the interleague schedule will be against the AL West (Angels, A’s, Rangers, Astros, and Mariners).

At first glance, June is looking like it will be a very tough month for the Mets, who have series against the Pirates, Rangers, Cubs, Nationals, Dodgers, Giants, and Marlins.

Highlights of the 2017 home schedule include:

  • Opening Day at Citi Field, April 3 vs. the Atlanta Braves.
  • Subway Series vs. the New York Yankees, August 16-17 at Citi Field and August 14-15 at Yankee Stadium.
  • Memorial Day, May 29 vs. the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Interleague Series at Citi Field include: the Angels (May 19-21), the A’s (July 21-23) and the Rangers (August 8-9).
  • Rematch of the 2015 NLCS vs. the Chicago Cubs, June 12-14.
  • Father’s Day, June 18 vs. the Washington Nationals.
  • Weekend Series vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, August 4-6.
  • Labor Day, September 4 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.

Game times for the 2017 campaign will be announced in the coming weeks.

Here is the full schedule:

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Matz Scratched From Thursday Start http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/matz-scratched-from-thursday-start.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/matz-scratched-from-thursday-start.html/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:58:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221714 steven matz

Steven Matz‘s left shoulder impingement will keep him on the DL for the time being, meaning his start scheduled for Thursday is a no-go, he told reporters this afternoon.

Matz said he felt discomfort in his throwing session yesterday and told the coaching staff. He says doctors have found no structural damage within the shoulder, just irritation.

“Just a little irritation, it’s still bugging me a little bit,” Matz said. “I don’t quite feel like I can let it go yet. …I felt like I was making progress, and then I threw off the mound a little bit, and I felt OK coming out of the there. And then the next day, which was yesterday, I tried to throw and it was kind of barking at me a little bit again.”

Matz has a 3.40 ERA in 132.1 inning with the Mets so far this season. He has struck out 129 opposing batters (8.8 K/9) and walked 31 (2.1 BB/9). He has struggled through numerous health issues the past few months, including  a bone spur in his throwing elbow that will require offseason surgery to remove. He has a 4.21 ERA since May.

“The reports are there’s no real structural damage, so we’re not worried about rotator-cuff stuff and we’re not worried about torn labrums,” Terry Collins said.

“We’re worried about a stiffness in his shoulder that’s keeping him from being confident that he can pitch. So until that stiffness goes away — and yesterday he felt fine but all of a sudden threw one pitch and he felt a sensation in his shoulder that irritated it — he’s too valuable down the road to just continue to push it and say ‘you’re going out there anyway.’”

Jacob deGrom‘s start will be moved up a day to compensate for Matz’s scratch and pitch Thursday rather than Friday. Robert Gsellman will remain in the rotation to face Washington on Friday.

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Terry Collins Wants to Return in 2017 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/terry-collins-wants-to-return-in-2017.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/terry-collins-wants-to-return-in-2017.html/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:57:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220877 terry collins

Terry Collins wants to return as manager of the Mets in 2017, according to a report by Marc Carig of Newsday.

“If I’m back – and hopefully I am – I’ll go after it the same way,” said Collins, who has one year left on his contract.

“And if I’m not, I will say thanks a million for the fun, great relationships, and I’m going to walk away with a smile on my face.”

Original Report – Aug 19

The Mets are not currently mulling firing any of the coaching staff or Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson told ESPN’s Adam Rubin before today’s game.

Alderson would not, however, offer any guarantee that Terry Collins or the coaching staff would survive the rest of the season. ”Do I ever make any statement unequivocally?” he said. “There are no present plans to make any changes.”

He emphasized that he understands the frustrations with the way the team has played since April. “We all have an expectation of winning. None of us uses injuries as an excuse. That’s true inside the organization. That’s true for our fans as well. That’s why I understand the frustration.”

This all comes on the same day that Jon Heyman listed Collins as the most likely manager to be fired before the end of the season. He is losing allies in the front office, and it appears Alderson isn’t much of a fan.

Collins and the Mets have a tough stretch in front of them with 11 of 14 games against contending teams.

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Cespedes and Cabrera Activated, Kelly and Rivera Optioned http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/cespedes-and-cabrera-activated-kelly-and-rivera-optioned.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/cespedes-and-cabrera-activated-kelly-and-rivera-optioned.html/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:02:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220944 yoenis cespedes 2

The Mets have officially activated outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the disabled list and optioned both TJ Rivera and Ty Kelly to Triple-A.

Cespedes has been out since August 3 with a strained quad, and had been playing through the injury for weeks before that. He and his .289/.362/.548 batting line will provide a much-needed boost to a struggling Mets offense. Cabrera left the Mets’ July 31 game with a strained patella tendon. He was in the middle of a bad slump, slashing just .212/.238/.368 in his previous 20 games.

Kelly, 28, has gone back and forth between the big league club and Triple-A a few times this year, and has been decent at the plate. He owns a .250/.351/.375 batting line on the year.

Rivera, 27, has impressed in two short weeks with the Mets. He’s hitting .355/.344/.419 in 32 plate appearances over nine games.

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Stanton Out For The Season, Marlins Considering A-Rod and Gomez http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/stanton-out-for-the-season-marlins-considering-a-rod-and-gomez.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/stanton-out-for-the-season-marlins-considering-a-rod-and-gomez.html/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:26:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220519 Giancarlo-Stanton-Marlins1

Faced with the loss of Giancarlo Stanton for the rest of the season, the Marlins are considering both Alex Rodriguez (unconditionally released) and Carlos Gomez (designated for assignment) according to various reports.

MLB Network Radio’s Jim Bowden says it’s inevitable that the Marlins could sign Rodriguez to play first base, according to his sources.

Marlins team president Michael Hill confirmed interest in Rodriguez, though he’s unsure if A-Rod has a desire to continue playing this season.

“We’re going to look at everything,” Hill said. “There has been information out there about his situation. I have no idea what his interest level is to continue playing.”

“This team has played too well for too long. We’re right in the thick of this thing, and we’re going to do everything in our power to help in any way we can. If it’s him, if it’s someone else, we’re going to try to find a way to make it happen.”

Original Report – Aug 14

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will miss the remainder of the season with a groin strain, Don Mattingly told reporters this afternoon. Stanton was injured on the final play of last night’s 8-7 loss against the White Sox attempting to stretch a single into a double.

This is no doubt a huge loss for a Marlins team right in the playoff hunt, currently tied with the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot.

Stanton is certainly having a down year by his standards, slashing .244/.329/.496 (117 wRC+) in 103 games, the worst showing of his career. However, he still has 25 home runs and remains a legitimate power threat. He leads Marcell Ozuna, who has 19 homers, for the team lead.

Stanton’s spot in right field will presumably go to the 42 year-old Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro is having his best year since 2009, slashing .313/.389/.390 (113 wRC+) in 240 plate appearances. He recently picked up his 3000th big league hit.

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Mets, Cardinals Looking To Trade For Gomez http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-cardinals-may-look-to-trade-for-gomez.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-cardinals-may-look-to-trade-for-gomez.html/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:20:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220197 carlos gomez

Update, August 12

According to Mark Saxon of ESPN, Carlos Gomez is expected to be traded before he becomes a free agent next Thursday. The Cardinals are looking into a possible deal with the Astros, but Saxon says they may actually be outbid by the Mets.

Original Post, August 10

The once-coveted Carlos Gomez was designated for assignment by the Houston Astros today, opening the door once again for a return to the Mets.

Before today’s game, Sandy Alderson told reporters that the team has an “open mind” about a return.

Gomez, 30, is in the midst of a horrendous season, batting .210/.272/.332 with five homers and ten steals in 85 games with Houston this year. Gomez struggled early on this season, had a very good month of June, but has since plummeted back down to earth.

Gomez was, of course, almost traded to the Mets last July before the deal fell through at the last minute. He could be a smart low-risk pickup if he ends up becoming a free agent. He has historically played very good outfield defense, and is just two years removed from a 132 wRC+ season at the plate, when he hit 23 home runs and stole 34 bases.

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Could The Mets Be Changing Triple-A Affiliates Again? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/could-the-mets-be-changing-triple-a-affiliates-again.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/could-the-mets-be-changing-triple-a-affiliates-again.html/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:57:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220264

Sandy Alderson will be heading out to Las Vegas this weekend to discuss the club’s affiliation with the Las Vegas 51s, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

The Mets and 51s have had an affiliation agreement since the 2013 season, after the Buffalo Bisons ditched the Mets for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Mets were essentially stuck with Las Vegas, which has caused all sorts of problems. The hitter-friendly run environment both in Las Vegas and in the Pacific Coast League as a whole has made it more difficult to evaluate players and the distance between the two clubs has caused some logistical issues.

Ideally, the Mets would like a team close by and in the International League, rather than the PCL. The Rochester Red Wings are the most logical option and with Terry Ryan gone in Minnesota, they could look into changing parent clubs.

To attract a decent affiliate, the Mets will probably need to show that they can provide them with some decent prospects. The system is certainly not as loaded with big-time talent as it was a few years ago, but names like Gabriel Ynoa, Robert Gsellman, Gavin Cecchini, and Brandon Nimmo could help them reel in a new Triple-A team.

Teams in Toledo, Lehigh Valley, Colorado Springs, or El Paso could be of interest as well. Whatever happens, Las Vegas will probably be the last choice.

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Mets Option Brandon Nimmo To Triple-A, Promote T.J. Rivera http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-option-brandon-nimmo-to-triple-a-promote-tj-rivera.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-option-brandon-nimmo-to-triple-a-promote-tj-rivera.html/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2016 03:53:23 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220143 t.j. rivera

The Mets will once again send down the struggling Brandon Nimmo to Triple-A Las Vegas with the hope of revitalizing the offense, the Mets announced. And according to Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, infielder T.J. Rivera will finally get the promotion to the big league club.

Nimmo was recalled at the end of July but has played in just four games, going 2-for-8 with four strikeouts. Overall, he is batting .237/.297/.288 in 64 trips to the plate with the big league club. With so many left-handed outfielders currently on the roster, his presence was very redundant already.

In his place will be infielder T.J. Rivera, who has been raking all year in Triple-A Las Vegas. Rivera was just named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday. Rivera won the award for the second time this season, and he was also the PCL Player of the Month in May.

In his first full season at Triple-A Las Vegas, Rivera leads the league in batting average (.347), ranks third in RBI (80) and fourth in hits (128). In six minor league seasons, the 27-year old Rivera has dominated at the plate in every level and he’s compiled a .323/.370/.423 batting line in over 600 games.

He was reportedly being considered for a promotion to the Mets last week, but the team opted for Ty Kelly.

The Mets had Rivera gaining some experience in left field of late, where the Mets could use a right-handed bat in their all left-handed hitting outfield. Rivera also has experience at first, second, third and shortstop in the minor leagues.

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Mets Claim Two Players On Waivers, Including a Reliever http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-claim-two-players-on-waivers-including-a-reliever.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-claim-two-players-on-waivers-including-a-reliever.html/#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2016 21:03:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220057 travis darnaud

The Mets have claimed two unknown players — including one relief pitcher — off the waiver wire, reports Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. They have yet to complete a deal stemming from those claims, however.

The Mets have also placed at least five players on waivers, including Travis d’Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Josh Edgin, Erik Goeddel, and Ty Kelly.

In August, players must be placed on waivers before being traded. If no team claims a player, he can be dealt to any team. If a team claims a player, the two teams have 48.5 hours to make a deal. The trading team can either dump the player to the other club, agree to a trade with that team, or remove the player off waivers entirely.

Keep in mind, a team placing a player on waivers does not necessarily mean they are seriously looking to deal that player. Sometimes it is just a way to keep options open or to gauge interest.

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Latest On Lucroy: Mets Have Counteroffer, Indians On No-Trade List http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/latest-on-lucroy-mets-have-counteroffer-nats-and-tribe-on-no-trade-list.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/latest-on-lucroy-mets-have-counteroffer-nats-and-tribe-on-no-trade-list.html/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:40:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218833 Jonathan, Lucroy

Update – July 29

Here is the latest on Jonathan Lucroy whose buzz is really heating up.

To begin, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN has reported Lucroy can block trades to eight teams including the Twins, Angels, Athletics, Padres, Mariners, Nationals, Indians and Tigers. The latter two have been connected to Lucroy.

That’s good news for the Mets and likely why the Brewers have reengaged them. The Brew Crew have been busy scouting both the Mets Triple-A and Double-A affiliates over the last two days. 

Milwaukee has made a counteroffer to the Mets for Lucroy, which the Mets have not rejected, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN

Additionally, the Mets have no intention in dealing either shortstop prospect Amed Rosario or first base prospect Dominic Smith, Rubin adds.

Still, Crasnick believes the Indians continue to be the favorites to land Lucroy, while the Tigers are officially out.

Original Report – July 28

The Brewers have “re-engaged” the Mets today on catcher Jonathan Lucroy, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Rosenthal notes that nothing is close but that discussions have begun again and are ongoing.

Some rumblings swirling about that former 2012 first-rounder Gavin Cecchini could be a part of a potential deal for Lucroy, and that was further fueled when we learned that Cecchini was scratched from tonight’s lineup for Triple-A Las Vegas. But as it turns out, Cecchini is penciled in to start at shortstop.

The primary component of a deal is expected to be Travis d’Arnaud who the Brewers like, but were unwilling to do a straight-up swap for earlier this week according to the Daily News.

Trade talks for Lucroy are really gaining a lot of momentum according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The Indians, Rangers, Astros and Red Sox have all been connected to Lucroy, with the Indians considered by some to be the favorite.

It’s believed that Mets prospects Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith and Dilson Herrera are all players the Brewers have scouted recently and are very interested in.

Lucroy has been the most talked about hitting target for the Mets, but hope was pretty much shot down on Monday. After a sub-par 2015 campaign, Lucroy is back to his old self, slashing .300/.361/.486 with 13 homers in 371 plate appearances. He would certainly provide a boost to the struggling Mets offense, but would come at a very steep price.

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Mets Reportedly Looking For Role Player, Not Big Bat http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-reportedly-looking-for-role-player-not-big-bat.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-reportedly-looking-for-role-player-not-big-bat.html/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:29:01 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218170 yoenis cespedes

If you think the Mets are going to acquire another Yoenis Cespedes to save the struggling offense, think again. According to Randy Miller of NJ.com, the Mets are targeting role players rather than a big bat.

According to Miller’s source, the farm system has been depleted by the recent graduations of Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Michael Conforto so the team may not be in a position to make a big splash without giving up most of what’s left.

The Mets are 28th in runs scored this season and 21st in wOBA. They’re also batting a league-worst .207 with runners in scoring position.

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Matt Harvey Had Surgery Today, Targets Six-Month Recovery Time http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/matt-harvey-had-surgery-today-targets-six-month-recovery-time.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/matt-harvey-had-surgery-today-targets-six-month-recovery-time.html/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:54:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218000 matt harvey

Matt Harvey underwent surgery to address his Thoracic Outlet Syndrome today in St. Louis performed by Dr. Thompson, reports ESPN’s Adam Rubin. Harvey, agent Scott Boras says, will have about a six-month recovery time, putting him in line to begin spring training next year on time.

Harvey has been out for a few weeks now due to TOS, which involves the compression of nerves and blood vessels in the shoulder area. It is often treated by removing a patient’s rib, although no details on Harvey’s procedure have been released.

Harvey really struggled this season, posting a 4.86 ERA (up from 2.71 in 2015) in 92.2 innings. He watched his strikeout rate drop from 8.94 to 7.38 and walk rate rise from 1.76 to 2.46. His left on base percentage — which measures the amount of runners on base he strands — has dropped from 78.7 percent to 65.2 percent this year. His fastball, curveball, and changeup velocity have also dropped about a mile per hour compared to last year.

Beyond the Box Score looked through the cases of TOS in MLB pitchers last year, and found some pretty discouraging results. They found that most pitchers saw decreased velocity and command after the surgery.

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Pirates GM Regrets Walker-Niese Swap http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/pirates-gm-regrets-walker-niese-swap.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/pirates-gm-regrets-walker-niese-swap.html/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:59:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=217724 jon niese

The Jon Niese – Neil Walker swap hasn’t worked out so well for Pittsburgh, said Pirates GM Neil Huntington in some very frank comments on a local radio station Friday morning.

“In hindsight, maybe the two fringe prospects and trying to figure out where to re-allocate the money might have been a better return,” he told 93.7 The Fan, ”That’s where the results take us.”

“Given the thinness of the starting pitching market, given the dollars that we had available, we felt that that was our best return, and it has not played out that way, and that’s a challenge, we own that, we accept that.”

“At the time Jon was one of the better starting pitchers available on the market given what we typically can do in this revenue stream, and that’s the reality.”

Niese has certainly failed to perform up to expectations this year. He owns a 5.13 ERA in 101.2 innings with the Pirates this year, a full run above his 4.13 ERA in 2015. His WHIP has ballooned to a career-high 1.574.

Niese is still owed about half of his $9 million salary and a $500,000 buyout at the end of the year. The Pirates are currently shopping him, according to reports, altough he probably doesn’t have much value left.

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Conforto To Remain In Triple-A To Start Second Half http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/conforto-to-remain-in-triple-a-to-start-second-half.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/conforto-to-remain-in-triple-a-to-start-second-half.html/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:41:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=217642 michael-conforto

Michael Conforto will remain with the Las Vegas 51s to begin the second half of the season, reports ESPN’s Adam Rubin.

Conforto, 23, was demoted on June 25 after two horrific months in a row with the big league club in which he slashed .148/.217/.303 over 44 games.

In 13 games with Vegas so far, Conforto is hitting .340/.411/.530 with three home runs, 13 RBI, a double, and a triple.

Terry Collins said this week that it doesn’t make sense to keep both Conforto and Brandon Nimmo on the active roster at the same time, as both wouldn’t get regular playing time. Nimmo is batting .250/.313/.318 in 14 games (48 PAs) with the Mets this season. Expect him to be sent down when Conforto is called back up, which will presumably be rather soon.

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Syndergaard Comes Clean About Bone Spur http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/syndergaard-comes-clean-about-bone-spur.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/syndergaard-comes-clean-about-bone-spur.html/#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:13:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216138 moah syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard came clean today about his bone spur today on Boomer and Carton this morning, admitting that he lied after Monday night’s game.

“Sometimes it can be a little bit irritating, but the whole reason I basically denied it was because I didn’t want to make it sound like I was making an excuse for my poor performance the other night… There’s no structural damage; as long as I’m staying on my anti-inflammatories, my elbow is feeling great.”

Syndergaard still downplayed the issue, saying that when his mechanics are smooth, the pain is minimal and manageable.

“Sometimes I have to reduce my workload a little bit. It’s not an everyday thing where I feel it bothering me,” Syndergaard said. “I’ll be ready to go every five days and I’ll be ready to compete.”

Original Post: Tuesday

After Monday night’s horrific start against the Washington Nationals, a cascade of reports came down claiming Noah Syndergaard is pitching with a bone spur in his right elbow.

Bob Klapisch, Marc Carig, Mike Puma, and Kristie Ackert all had sources saying Syndergaard is currently dealing with the injury. However, Syndergaard denied having any issues with his elbow after the game.

Asked whether he’s dealing with a bone spur, Syndergaard flatly denied it, saying: “I do not. No. My arm feels great. It’s amazing what a little anti-inflammatory meds can do.”

Mike Puma of the New York Post reported that the team is keeping silent on the injury at Syndergaard’s insistence.

“There’s nothing structurally wrong with my elbow at all. Sometimes a little wear and tear will do that to you. Right now my arm feels really good. I’ve just got to be ready to go in five days.”

Terry Collins said after the game that he has no knowledge of a bone spur in Syndergaard’s elbow and that he had no elbow discomfort tonight, but that he pulled the righty early to avoid a flare-up.

In fact, Syndergaard said he felt “too strong” early on. “My arm felt really good, actually. It almost felt too good, actually.”

Syndergaard was consistently throwing between 99 and 101 miles per hour, so the velocity was certainly there.

The young righty has struggled in each of his last two starts. Last Wednesday, he allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings while striking out just four batters. Tonight, he only went three frames, allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks while punching out five.

Syndergaard was removed early from his previous start due to elbow concerns as well and was sent to the doctor for an examination, a fact Terry Collins seemed very reluctant to reveal to the media.

Stay tuned…

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Know Your Stats: Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/know-your-stats-weighted-runs-created-plus-wrc.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/know-your-stats-weighted-runs-created-plus-wrc.html/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:10:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216142 neil walker

In last week’s installments of the widely-beloved “Know Your Stats” series, we looked at both OPS/OPS+ and wOBA. Today we already looked at wRAA and will now cover wRC+.

Of all the popular offensive statistics publicly available in the baseball world, Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+) may be the gold standard. It combines the corrections to batting average, OBP, and slugging made by wOBA with the convenience of a park-adjusted index.

wRC+ is basically rooted in wOBA, but there is a multi-step process involved in getting it from start to finish. If you don’t remember from last week, wOBA is a rate stat just like your traditional BA/OBP/SLG, except it corrects each of those stats’ faults.

To get from wOBA to wRC+, the former is first turned into wRAA. That is done through the simple process I outlined this morning.

Once we get wRAA, it is turned into wRC+ through the following formula:

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This looks way more confusing than it actually is, but I’ll explain what it does in simple terms. It converts wRAA from a raw total into an index stat like OPS+, where 110 is ten percent better than league average and 90 is ten percent worse.

Like OPS+, wRC+ is league and park adjusted, meaning it makes it easy to compare players from different eras and in different parks.

More thoughts

  • If you are thinking about trying to correlate wRC+ to runs scored, don’t. If we were trying to correlate with runs scored, we wouldn’t be adjusting for anything.
  • If choosing between OPS+ and wRC+, choose wRC+. The difference probably won’t be very significant, but both are widely available and wRC+ is a bit better.

In context

(Courtesy of Fangraphs)

(Courtesy of Fangraphs)

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Know Your Stats: Weighted Runs Above Average (wRAA) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/know-your-stats-weighted-runs-above-average-wraa.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/know-your-stats-weighted-runs-above-average-wraa.html/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:00:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125128 wilmer flores

We continue our widely-beloved “Know Your Stats” series with a “gateway stat:” Weighted Runs Above Average. wRAA is essentially wOBA converted into runs, but understanding wRAA is crucial to understanding Wins Above Replacement and Weighted Runs Created Plus, which we’ll be talking about this afternoon.

One of the biggest issues with rate statistics like wOBA and On-Base Percentage is that they don’t put the production into baseball terms. What does a .340 wOBA really mean? wRAA makes it easy by putting it into the “currency” of baseball: runs. Before we get started, here is the wOBA formula this year

wOBA = (0.688×uBB + 0.719×HBP + 0.878×1B + 1.245×2B + 1.576×3B + 2.030×HR) / (AB + BB – IBB + SF + HBP)

The formula for wRAA is pretty simple. To convert a .350 wOBA to wRAA, you simply subtract the league wOBA (.313 in 2015), and divide that by the wOBA scale for that year, which slightly changes based on the particular weights for that season. Then, to adjust for playing time, you multiply by plate appearances. Here is the formula:

wRAA = ((wOBA – league wOBA) / wOBA scale) × PA

Now here is the formula for someone from last with 600 plate appearances and a .350 wOBA:

wRAA =  ((.350 – .313) / 1.251) × 600

wRAA = (.037/1.251) x 600

wRAA= 17.7 runs above average

Just as it sounds, this player would be worth 17.7 runs above average at the plate. How good is that exactly? Here is a “rule of thumb” chart for the stat, courtesy of Fangraphs:

wRAA chart 1Of course, it’s important to remember that like wOBA and any traditional rate stat, wRAA is context-neutral. Also, wRAA is critical for understanding Wins Above Replacement, since it is the offensive component. You won’t see it used much in articles because it doesn’t have all that much practical use on its own, but as you’ll see, knowing it makes it easier to wrap your head around a few more widely-used stats. That’s why it’s in some ways a “gateway stat.”

In Context

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Know Your Stats: Weighted On Base Average (wOBA) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/know-your-stats-weighted-on-base-average-woba.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/know-your-stats-weighted-on-base-average-woba.html/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:00:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124826 yoenis cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes is the current team leader in wOBA with a .395 mark.

For the next few days, I will be bringing back my “Know Your Stats” series that I began a few years back to highlight some important sabermetric stats and concepts. Earlier today, we went through OPS and OPS+. Now we continue with wOBA…

Perhaps the best way of describing weighted-On Base Average (wOBA) is to describe the faults of some of the traditional hitting statistics first.

Batting average, for all its history, fails on numerous fronts. For one, it values all hits equally, from an infield single to a home run. It also doesn’t include walks, which, however unexciting, undeniably contribute to a team. On-Base Percentage does a little bit better, adding walks to batting average, but again values a walk and a home run as the same. Slugging percentage attempts to weigh certain hits as more valuable than others, but fails to include walks and doesn’t weigh hits properly. A triple, for example, is not worth three times as much to a team compared to a single. We know this because of linear weights, which show that a triple does not create a run expectancy three times greater than one created by a single. Before we get to wOBA, it’s important to understand one very important thing about linear weights, which will clear up the somewhat confusing formula. Take a look at this excerpt from Fangraphs’ library:

There is nothing arbitrary in the exact weighting we have of a home run relative to a triple, or a ground ball to a line drive. Years upon years of data allow us to convert back and forth, or up and down with ease. A common complaint with modern sabremetrics is the bewildering array of fractional coefficients that dot the scene, but if you look at a formula that’s based on linear weight, don’t see them as confusing numbers. Instead, look at them as relative values, derived through years of baseball being played.

Essentially, the coefficients in wOBA come from the decades of baseball history that show us how singles, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, and HBP affect a team’s run expectancy. When you look at the wOBA coefficients, they intuitively make sense before you even look at what the linear weights tell you. A walk is worth slightly less than a single because a single moves runners over two bases more often. Just as eras change, wOBA can slightly change from year to year, although nothing really changes that significantly. You can see the constants going back to 1871 here. Here is the current wOBA formula:

wOBA = (0.688×uBB + 0.719×HBP + 0.878×1B + 1.245×2B + 1.576×3B + 2.030×HR) / (AB + BB – IBB + SF + HBP)

More Thoughts

  • wOBA is a context-independent statistic meaning a walk with the bases loaded and a walk with the bases empty are weighted the same, just like most traditional statistics we deal with.
  • wOBA and its park-adjusted, indexed counterpart wRC+ are the gold standard for publicly-available offensive statistics.

In Context

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