Mets Merized Online » John Ginder Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:26:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dilson Herrera Homers and Triples As Impressive Debut Continues Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:25:45 +0000 dilson herrera homers

Second baseman Dilson Herrera had a big day at the plate on Monday against the Miami Marlins. Herrera blasted a solo home run, his first, against Henderson Alvarez in the third. Then he lined a two-run triple against Sam Dyson in the sixth.

Herrera, 20, did commit two errors, giving him three in four games.

It would be an understatement for me to sit here and say there were tons of things to look forward to at this point in the Mets season. Although on Thursday night, when I learned that Herrera was being promoted, I was as excited as I’d ever been all season.

Herrera as everyone around in the Mets community knows by now, was having tremendous success in the minor leagues this season.  Playing the first part of the season in St. Lucie, Herrera was hitting .307 before being promoted to Double-A Binghamton.  There was no slowing down at the higher level, in fact he was enjoying more success, and power, which earned him the opportunity to skip Las Vegas and slip into the Mets lineup.

I was elated when the starting lineup was posted on Friday, and I saw Herrera was penciled into the number seven spot.

It is hard for any of us to imagine what it would be like as a 20-year old, to make your major league debut at home.  Herrera’s first career at-bat showed a little bit of how he was feeling as he offered on the first pitch he saw, grounding into an inning-ending double play.  From there you could tell he might be settling in a bit.  Although he ended the night 0-for-3, the best thing about baseball is you get to go out and do it all again tomorrow.

Saturday, Herrera looked a bit more comfortable at the plate.  Making decent contact in his first at-bat, then drawing a walk in his second, we certainly baby steps to what was to come.  Dilson picked up his first major league hit in the bottom of the seventh inning, splitting the left side of the infield making its way to left.  At first I thought that the Mets, who were down 6-0 at the time, would scratch their first run across, then I saw it was Lucas Duda running.  Dilson’s first career RBI would have to wait.  The proverbial monkey was off his back.

In the series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, Herrera made his final at-bat of the game count.  It wouldn’t be until the top of the ninth that we found out just how important it was.  With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Dilson, who already scored his first major league run earlier in the day, took a pitch from Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus and hit it up the middle scoring Kirk Nieuwenhuis from third.  At the time the Mets were up 5-4, so Herrera’s first major league RBI gave them a enormous insurance run that they ending up needing.  Our beloved Mets escaped with a 6-5 win.

Monday’s 2-for-4 performance speaks for itself.  His first career home run off Henderson Alvarez, and his first career triple have left me eager with anticipation about what more there is to come from this exciting young player.

For those of you that missed it, or if you just want to admire it again, here’s a video of Herrera’s home run. Enjoy.


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Mets Minors Recap: Reynolds Swipes Two Bases, Seratelli Slams 51′s Past Express Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:00:40 +0000 Logan Verrett is quite the talented young pitcher.

Logan Verrett won his 11th game of the season Tuesday Night

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Minor League Notes

  • Anthony Seratelli hit his second home run in as many nights.  This time it was a grand slam in the second inning.  Seratelli now has eight RBI in his last two games.
  • Logan Verrett won his 11th game of the season for Las Vegas.  Verrett lasted five innings giving up two runs on four while striking out five.  It was his first win since August 10th.
  • Allan Dykstra scored twice in the 51′s victory over Round Rock on Tuesday night.
  • Matt Reynolds stole two bases for Las Vegas who swiped four as a team.  Reynolds also went 1-for-3 with a double, a RBI, and a run scored.  His season average is now .340
  • Brandon Nimmo continued his hitting streak with a single in each game of the double header.  He was 2-for-7 on Tuesday, and has nine hits total during the streak.
  • Dilson Herrera went 0-for-4 in game one of the double header halting his streak at seven.  He did register a hit in game two hopefully starting up a new one.
  • T.J. Rivera started the first game and collected a hit extending his streak to eight games.  He wasn’t in the lineup for the second game.
  • Maikis De La Cruz picked up two more hits giving him 14 in his last 11 games.  He went 2-for-4 with a double on Tuesday night in St. Lucie’s win.
  • Eudy Pina hit a base-clearing double in the seventh inning on Tuesday for St. Lucie, which proved to be the game-winning runs.  The three RBI give Pina 59 on the season.
  • Matt Koch won his ninth game of the season.  Koch went 7.2 innings striking out eight on Tuesday night.  It was his longest outing of the season, with the eight K’s also a season high.
  • Jon Leroux hit his fourth home run of the season for Savannah in their loss against Augusta.
  • Dominic Smith who has struggled a bit in his last 10 games, hit his first triple of the season.  Smith is hitting just .190 during this stretch.
  • Robert Whalen struck out seven in 6.2 innings in the no-decision on Tuesday night for Savannah.
  • Amed Rosario went 3-for-5 for Brooklyn driving in two runs.  The Cyclones pounded on the Yankees winning 8-2.
  • Michael Conforto went 2-for-5, and now has a multi-hit game in five of his last seven games.  He is hitting .314 on the season.
  • Jhoan Urena added two more RBI to his season total bringing him up to 43 for the Brooklyn Cyclones.
  • Luis Guillorme and Eudor Garcia each had three hits in Kingsport loss to Johnson City on Tuesday night.
  • David Roseboom threw two innings of relief for Kingsport striking out four batters.

Organizational Leaders


1 Dilson Herrera BIN 165
2 Matt Reynolds LV 159
3 T.J. Rivera BIN 152
4 L.J. Mazzilli STL 142
5 Jeff McNeil STL 128

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Mets Minors Recap: Las Vegas Tramples Round Rock, Satterwhite Saves 15th Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:00:38 +0000 plawecki-milb

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Minor League Notes

  • Kevin Plawecki went 2-for-4 for Las Vegas, and is now hitting over .400 in his last 10 games, and has registered a multi-hit game six times during that time frame, and raised his batting average over 30 points.
  • Anthony Seratelli drove in three runs for the 51′s, as they downed Round Rock 9-3 on Monday night.
  • Matthew Bowman made his 6th start in Triple-A, and picked up the win going five innings and striking out six.  Bowman has six or more punch-outs in five straight starts.
  • Rainy Lara pitched 7.2 strong innings enroute to a no-decision on Monday night.  It was Lara’s third out of his last four outings that he lasted at least seven innings.
  • Cody Satterwhite picked up his 15th save for the Binghamton Mets, throwing one inning giving up a hit and striking out one.
  • Brandon Nimmo extended his hitting streak to six games with a 1-for-2 outing in Binghamton’s win.
  • Dilson Herrera went 1-for-4 on Monday night extending his hit streak to seven.
  • T.J. Rivera is borderline unstoppable.  He, like a couple of other teammates, extended his hitting streak to seven games.  Rivera has seventeen hits in his last ten games and his batting .486.
  • Dustin Lawley drove in two runs for Binghamton, giving him 68 RBI on the season.  Lawley who has seen his share of struggles, has six hits in his last three games.
  • Maikis De La Cruz went 3-for-4 for the St. Lucie Mets in their loss on Monday against Charlotte.  De La Cruz has 12 hits in his last 10 games.
  • L.J. Mazzilli continued his torrid pace over his last 10 games.  His 3-for-5 night gives him 15 hits in his last 10 games where he is hitting .395.
  • John Mora snapped his six-game hitting streak with an 0-for-4 night in Brooklyn’s loss to the Staten Island Yankees.  Mora had 10 hits during that span and has hit .324 in his last 10 games.
  • Michael Conforto added two more hits to his first professional season.  To date he has 41 hits in 35 games for the Cyclones.

Organizational Leaders

Earned Run Average

1  Marcos Molina BRK 1.56
2 Corey Oswalt BRK 2.04
3 Steven Matz BIN 2.19
4 John Gant SAV 2.59
5 Robert Gsellman SAV 2.67

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Mets Minors Recap: Puello’s Homer And Muno Slam Lead Vegas To Crown Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:00:25 +0000 Cesar Puello

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Minor League Notes

  • Daniel Muno hit his 13th home run for a Grand Slam and drove in five runs.
  • Matt Reynolds singled in four at bats and scored two runs and extended his hitting streak to five games.
  • Kevin Plawecki was 2 for 4, scoring two runs, and extending his hitting streak to seven straight games. He is batting .481 (13 for 27) with five multi-hit games in that span.
  • Cesar Puello finished 3 for 3, with two runs scored, two doubles, his fifth home run and drove in two runs.
  • Tomas Nido went 1-for-3 for Brooklyn and now has a healthy 10-game hitting streak.
  • John Mora now has a five-game hitting streak for the Cyclones after going 1-for-2 in Brooklyn’s win over the Yankees.
  • Tyler Moore has now recorded at least one RBI in each of his last four games for Brooklyn.
  • In his final rehab start, Daisuke Matsuzaka went five innings striking out seven, with two hits and two walks.
  • With his 14th save of the season, Shane Bay is now tied for the lead in the New York-Penn League.
  • Yeixon Ruiz RBI on Savannah’s loss to Rome, gives him 12 in his last 10 games.
  • Champ Stuart extended his hit streak to six games after going 1-for-3 Thursday night.

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Mets Minors Recap: Herrera Belts Ninth Double-A Home Run Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:31 +0000 dilson herrera

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Minor League Notes

  • Daniel Muno enjoyed his second straight game with three hits finishing 3 for 4.
  • Matt Reynolds singled to extend his hitting streak to five games, batting .444 (8 for 18) in that span.
  • Kevin Plawecki singled to extend his hitting streak to six games.
  • Gabriel Ynoa pitched seven innings allowing one run on five hits, while striking out four, picking up his third win and first in over a month for Binghamton.
  • Dilson Herrera belted his ninth home run and went 3-for-4 in Binghamton’s 8-5 win over Erie. Herrera has six hits in his last three games, and has 71 in his 53 games.
  • Another player having continued success at the Double-A level is T.J. Rivera. He also went 3-for-4 on Monday night raising his average to .344. Rivera has seven hits in his last three to one-up Herrera.
  • With his 3-for-4 night, Darrell Ceciliani extended his current hitting streak to nine games.  He has registered at least one hit in 21 of his last 23 games.
  • Matt Koch picked up his eighth win of the season in the 6-2 St. Lucie win. Koch went seven solid which was his longest outing since May 17th.  It was his third time this season notching six punch-outs during his body of work.
  • L.J. Mazzilli posted a 2-for-4 night extending his current hitting streak to seven games.  He has 12 hits during that stretch.
  • Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 on Monday night and has hit safely in five out of his last six games.  He is now batting .318 in his first professional season.
  • Brooklyn’s pitching staff allowed nine walks as a unit in the 14-4 drubbing against the Yankees.
  • Tomas Nido went 1-for-3 and extended his hitting streak to nine games.  He has 14 hits during that time frame. Photo Of The Week

Brooklyn Cyclones Tucker Tharp‘s diving catch was highlighted as a Photo of the Week for August 13, 2014 by MiLB. (Photo Credit: Rick Nelson)

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Mets Minors Report: Matsuzaka Continues To Rehab, Savannah With Walk-Off Win Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:00:47 +0000 daisuke matsuzaka

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • After hitting safely in eight of his last ten games, Matt Reynolds had an 0-for-4 night cooling his bat off a touch.  His batting average is now .330 on the season.
  • Ryan Reid and Gonzalez Germen gave Las Vegas four shutout innings in relief on Monday, allowing just two hits while striking out a combined four in the loss against Albuquerque.
  • L.J. Mazzilli and Jared King each drove in a pair for St. Lucie, but the Mets would lose to Bradenton 5-4.
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka threw three scoreless innings as he tries to work himself back to the majors.  Matsuzaka allowed one hit with three strikeouts in his body of work on Monday night.
  • After a 4-for-4 night on Sunday, Yeixon Ruiz followed that up with a 2-for-5, with a triple, home run, and two runs scored.
  • Matt Oberste is now 0-for-8 in his last two games after snapping a four-game hit streak. His average dipped to .293 on the year.
  • Champ Stuart had a walk-off sac-fly in the bottom of the 10th inning for Savannah as they defeated Asheville 4-3.
  • Catcher Tomas Nido hit his first home run of the season for Brooklyn, and went 3-for-4 and additionally scored two runs.
  • Amed Rosario had a decent night at the plate on Sunday, but Monday would be a different story. Rosario was 0-for-4 with a walk.
  • Michael Conforto added a RBI to his season total (12).  His 2-for-5 night for the Cyclones brings his average to .307 in his first professional season.
  • Paul Paez threw three innings in relief on Monday to pick up his first win for the Sand Gnats.
  • Zach Mathieu has now hit safely in nine of his last ten games, adding a 2-for-4 night at the plate for Kingsport.
  • Make that seven!  The Brooklyn Cyclones Jhoan Urena is now working on a seven game hit streak.  Urena went 3-for-5, and now has 11 hits during this streak.

Organizational Leaders


1 Steven Matz BIN 111
2 Noah Syndergaard LV 111
3 Darin Gorski LV 105
4 Tyler Pill BIN 104
5 Dario Alvarez StL 103
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Syndergaard Admits He’s Not Ready, Has Work To Do Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:56:21 +0000 noah syndergaard - las vegas 51s

Noah Syndergaard admitted that he doesn’t deserve to pitch for the Mets right now and that it goes beyond his 5.74 ERA this season for Triple-A Las Vegas.

In an interview with Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal, the young right-hander said he’s had to do a lot of growing up, believing he was major league ready during spring camp and counting the days until the Super 2 deadline to make his debut.

“I was thinking about that [Super 2] almost constantly,” he admitted.

Diamond writes that with his celebrity rising to unreasonable heights, Syndergaard succumbed to his own hype as one of baseball’s most heralded prospects. He now realizes that succeeding at the highest level requires more than a 100-mph fastball and a curve, understanding that he lacks the maturity and knowledge which can only be attained with experience.

Initially, Syndergaard believed he was following the same path as Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, but realizes they were older and more polished pitchers. “They were ready at that point. And right now, I don’t think I’m ready.”

You can’t blame the kid. You may remember how upset I was about all the comments from Mets management that we’d see Syndergaard in June or July. I said at the time that it was irresponsible for the front office to put those types of expectations and pressure on a 20-year old pitcher.

I also felt he was being rushed, barely pitching a half season each in Advanced-A and Double-A. What was the big rush, he’s just a kid…

Syndergaard says he still wrestles with the subtle nuances of pitching, the intricacies that separate “throwing” from “pitching.” “I’ve had a hard time knowing what to throw in certain situations,” he said.

I’m just glad that Syndergaard is smart enough to realize that this isn’t a setback, but just a part of the normal development process.

He’s going to be just fine.

(Updated by Joe D.)

June 18

It must have been a nice start to the day on Thursday for Noah Syndergaard, as ESPN’s Keith Law published his Top 50 prospects.  Syndergaard was listed at #16 which is eight spots higher from the preseason rankings.  Thursday night however, wasn’t as pleasant.

Syndergaard was on the mound for the Las Vegas 51′s Thursday night, looking to build on what was arguably his best start of the season his last time out.  It wouldn’t quite go that way, as he lasted five innings giving up seven runs on nine hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.

Salt Lake would get to him early, as they rattled off three straight singles in the first inning that would eventually lead to 3-0 score.  They weren’t playing very gracious hosts as they would add to the lead in the second with two hits, a walk, three stolen bases, and two more runs.

Syndergaard would settle in for the third and fourth innings giving up just two hits.  A combination of Tommy Field’s 2-run home run and a pitch count up to 90 in the fifth would put an end to his night.

Final pitching line from Thursday night: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (90 pitches, 53 strikes)

The 7 Earned runs allowed by Syndergaard are the most he’s allowed in a start since 8/26/13 when he gave up 9 in Double-A Binghamton.

It has been a relatively tough season for one of the top pitching prospects.  I am not the only that had hoped to see Syndergaard pitching for the Mets this summer, but I feel that it finishing out the season in Vegas might be a better option.

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Vegas Odds: Mets Are 100/1 To Win The NL East Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:30:58 +0000 Mets Celebrate

Limping through the All-Star break as a baseball fan is tough business.  We try many things to speed the time up and hope that the days off do more good for our team than bad.  Leading up to the break the Mets were playing some good ball.  I am sure I am not the only one that gets nervous that we could be on the brink of another slow start and back to the negativity.  Sometimes we stretch to find stories or something news worthy to write about, and this is going to be no different.

Bovada, which is an on-line gambling site, came out with updated odds on which team will represent their respective divisions in the fall classic.  There isn’t much surprise that the Mets odds aren’t favorable of winning it all, which in turn won’t see anyone put up their family nest egg.  But just how bad are their odds?

The last time the odds came out, the Mets were 100/1 to win the World Series.  After struggling for the remainder of the month of June, and despite a nice little run before the break, the odds actually got worse.  The site’s updated odds now have the Mets at 200/1 to win it all.  That doesn’t sound very promising.  Odds makers must not be Mets fans because they also have them at 100/1 to win the National League East.

People, other than all of us, have a fun time comparing how things are going in Flushing to the way things are going in the Bronx.  The Yankees are currently 47-47 and the Mets are 45-50.  Even with that, Bovada has the Yankees odds at winning yet another championship at 22/1.  According to the site, there are only 11 other teams that have better odds.  They also gave the Yankees 11/1 odds at taking the American League East.

I never put much stock into things like this, and I know that we can’t assume that we will be at the top of the power rankings after a nice 10-game stretch, but the difference between the two teams is a bit extreme.  If there is one thing I have learned it is this:

“If someone gives you 10,000/1 on anything, you take it.  If John Mellencamp ever wins an Oscar, I am going to be a very rich dude.” – Kevin Malone (The Office)

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Mets to Honor Frank Cashen with Patch and Moment of Silence Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:32:26 +0000 ny_e_cashen_patch_b1_300x300

The Mets will honor the late general manager Frank Cashen on Friday night, before the start of their game against the Texas Rangers at Citi Field.

The team announced that they will wear a patch with Cashen’s initials on it, and that it will be worn on the right sleeve for the remainder of the season, just below the patch remembering late broadcaster Ralph Kiner.

The Mets also will have a moment of silence in memory of Cashen.

June 30

gary-carter-frank cashenSadly, the New York Mets announced that former general manager Frank Cashen died today at Memorial Hospital in Easton, Maryland, after a short illness at the age of 88.

Known for his signature bow tie, Cashen was the architect of the 1986 Mets World Series championship team.

Hired in 1980, Cashen transformed a last-place team into a juggernaut that became the most dominant force in baseball.

He made the trades that brought first baseman Keith Hernandez and future Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter to the Mets, and was responsible for drafting Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.

“Frank was our leader,” Strawberry said in a statement. “I always admired the way he put together our team. He mixed young guys, like me and Doc, with guys like Carter and Hernandez. He was able to find the perfect blend to build a championship.”

Cashen also hired his former second baseman in Baltimore, Davey Johnson, to be the Mets’ manager.

“He was a man of integrity and honestly, and that was most important. He told you the truth,” Keith Hernandez said. “It was a day when the general managers didn’t pal around with the players. We hardly ever saw him, but there was a relationship there. He was just a wonderful man.”

“On behalf of all of us at the Mets, we extend our deepest condolences to Jean Cashen and her entire family,” Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon said in a statement. “Frank Cashen revitalized our franchise when he took over in 1980 as general manager and helped engineer us to a world championship in 1986.

“I dealt with Frank on a daily basis, and he was a man of integrity and great passion. No one had a more diverse career than Frank. He was also a lawyer, sports writer and marketing executive. His accomplishments will always be an integral part of our team history.”

Before working with the Mets, Cashen had been a front office executive with the Orioles during their World Series title years in 1966 and 1970 and later served as their GM.

In recent years, Cashen spent his time in Easton and in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where the Mets hold spring training. He was in camp with the Mets this year.

He is survived by wife Jean, seven children and nine grandchildren.

R.I.P. Mr. Cashen.

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Collins: Possibility That Syndergaard Doesn’t Pitch For Mets This Season Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:22:38 +0000 noah Syndergaard

Update by Joe D.

Speaking with reporters at Turner Field in Atlanta this afternoon, manager Terry Collins said that there’s a possibility that Noah Syndergaard will not be added to the team at any point this season.

When asked why, Collins replied: “Shit happens.”


Syndergaard is 6-4 record with a 5.35 ERA this season for Triple-A Las Vegas in 14 starts and has missed some time to the disabled list this year.

Last week a team official told Andy Martino that Syndergaard wasn’t even on their radar when asked when he would be promoted.

Collins also acknowledged that when Dillon Gee comes back, Sandy Alderson will play a large role on deciding who vacates the rotation.

I think the writing is on the wall for Collins, new extension or not…

June 27

Noah Syndergaard was back on the mound Thursday night, as the Las Vegas 51′s faced the Sacramento River Cats in Pacific Coast League action. Syndergaard recorded a win his last time out despite giving up five runs in the effort, and was looking to build on it as he continues his push to the majors.

Things didn’t quite work out the way he had planned.

Syndergaard lasted just four innings on Thursday. Things started out well for the big righty, but quickly fell apart after he got himself into a little bit of trouble in the third inning.

After setting down the first seven River Cats he faced in order, Colin Walsh singled into left for the first Sacramento hit of the game and it was all downhill from there.

The River Cats tagged Syndergaard for four runs in the inning on a walk and four hits. He would come out after completing the fourth inning with the 51′s trailing 5-0. In 14 starts this season he has a 5.35 ERA and 1.501 WHIP.

Syndergaard has had a rough go of things since his return from the disabled list. His pitching line over his last three starts looks like this:

14.2 IP, 18 H, 14 R, 14 ER, 4 BB, 14 K

After a very successful run in Double-A last season that included starting the Futures Game, it appeared as though Syndergaard was on the fast-track to the major leagues. His recent struggles are somewhat concerning, and I don’t see the Mets rushing him through his development.

There is still a chance he makes his debut this season, but at this time it doesn’t seem as likely as it did when the Mets broke camp this spring.

MMO Prospect Alert: Catching prospect Kevin Plawecki made his Triple-A debut on Thursday and blasted a game-tying solo home run with two outs in the top of the 9th inning.

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Astros Release Statement On Leaked Information Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:23:27 +0000 Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy

6:00 PM

Below is the official statement issued by the Houston Astros.

Last month, we were made aware that proprietary information held on Astros’ servers and in Astros’ applications had been illegally obtained. Upon learning of the security breach, we immediately notified MLB security who, in turn, notified the FBI.  Since that time, we have been working closely with MLB security and the FBI to the determine the party, or parties, responsible.  This information was illegally obtained and published, and we intend to prosecute those involved to the fullest extent.

“It is unfortunate and extremely disappointing that an outside source has illegally obtained confidential information.  While it does appear that some of the content released was based on trade conversations, a portion of the material was embellished or completely fabricated.” 

2:45 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN adds to the report that there were talks during the Spring regarding Ike Davis.  Apparently the Mets were approached by the Astros who inquired about a Davis for Lucas Harrell and Alex Sogard deal that the Mets rejected.

2:39 PM

Over the last hour or so, Twitter has essentially blown up in reference to a leak on the site “Deadspin” regarding discussions the Houston Astros have had with other teams about possible trades.  It covers a span of over 10 months with some real interesting information on it.

The first New York entry is from Nov. 8, 2013, recapping a reported conversation between Astros assistant GM David Stearns and Mets assistant GM John Ricco.

“[Ricco] said that they have some pressure to get better next year but have some payroll flexibility to help them do that,” the entry states. “They are looking for corner OF help, a veteran starter, and a little bullpen help. Overall they’re looking to incrementally upgrade where they can.”

One entry that is dated December 16, 2013 shows dialogue between Paul DePodesta and Jeff Luchnow speaking of the inclusion of Jonathan Villar in a trade involving Daniel Murphy.

There isn’t much more to it other than that, or who else might be asked for in a deal, but it is interesting to see the inner-workings of a General Manager.  The rest of the article can be read by clicking here.

Murphy is having himself a good season making it almost certain that he doesn’t remain with the Mets by end of the 2015 season, unless a long-term extension can be agreed upon.

Villar is struggling in 2014, batting just .200 with six home runs and 22 RBI.

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Plawecki Homers In Vegas Debut Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:45:36 +0000 Kevin Plawecki

Update June 27

Mets catching prospect Kevin Plawecki went 1 for 4 with a solo homerun in his first game for Triple-A Last Vegas.

Before being promoted the 23-year old former first-round pick hit .326/.378/.487 with 18 doubles, 6 long balls, and 43 RBI for Double-A Binghamton.

Updated June 24

It is official.  Adam Rubin of ESPN is reporting that Kevin Plawecki has been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

It must have been an exciting day for the Mets catching prospect as he was named the the MLB Future’s game earlier on, and now has made his next step towards the majors.

Plawecki tweeted:

“What a day! Excited to join the @LasVegas51s on Thursday! #LGM”

June 23

Adam Rubin of ESPN, has been told by sources that catching prospect Kevin Plawecki may be promoted to Triple-A very soon.  With Travis d’Arnaud set to return, Plawecki, if promoted, should see a majority of time behind the plate for the 51′s no matter which catcher is coming back.

Plawecki has been tremendous in Binghamton this season, hitting at an average of .329 with six home runs and 43 RBI.  Even with the possibility of Anthony Recker or Taylor Teagarden being demoted to Triple-A, the Mets are still going to move forward with the progression of one of their prospects as opposed to playing a veteran catcher.

Rubin goes on to say that if it is Teagarden that draws the short straw he would could be claimed off waivers by another team or opt-out of his current deal and become a free agent.  If Recker is the one sent down he would go from a back up role in the bigs to a back up role in Triple-A.  Juan Centeno who currently holds the back up spot in Vegas could find himself dropped down a level if its Recker or stay as the backup in Vegas if it is Teagarden depending on what happens with him.

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Was It Just A Bad Outing For Wheeler? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:00:51 +0000 zack wheeler

It was just under a week ago that we all witnessed something that we had been waiting for.  With no fault of our own, we let our hopes skyrocket for Zack Wheeler, and he delivered his best start in the major leagues, throwing a complete game three-hit shutout against the Miami Marlins.

What would he do for an encore?

As he reached back and fired his first pitch on Wednesday night, it appeared as if everything was going to be alright, with a strike down the middle against the Oakland A’s Coco Crisp.  Wheeler was able to get Crisp to pop out and that was one of the last positives of his outing.

Wheeler lasted just two innings giving up six runs to the major league’s best team.  It was his shortest outing in his career, and the fourth time this season that he was taken out before completing five innings.  The six earned runs is the most he has given up in a start in his young career.

Danny Knobler of ESPN, mentions Wheeler was concerned in the second inning that the A’s were perhaps stealing signs.  There is always cause for concern when the opposition has a runner at second that maybe something is being relayed to the hitter, but with nothing to go on other than a feeling, it is hard to prove.  Wheeler thought that the A’s were getting too good of swings in the inning of doom.

It is extremely difficult to top or equal a career outing, but everyone including Wheeler was left scratching their collective heads after this one.

“I did so well last time.  I know I have it.  Just a bad outing” Wheeler told reporters after the game on Wednesday.

Wheeler’s first bad outing of the season came in Colorado in May.  He lasted just four innings giving up four runs to the Rockies.  He followed that up with a six-inning start where he allowed no runs against the Marlins.  His history proves that he can bounce back to an extent after a difficult outing.  We won’t know how well if at all he will bounce back from this one until his next time out, which won’t be until Monday June 30th in Atlanta.

There is not much we can do, or better yet speculate about Wheeler’s future, other than picking ourselves up and dusting ourselves off in order to get ready for the next game.  We are Mets fans.  That’s all we can do.


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Is Towel Waving Our “Thing”? Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:30:04 +0000 We are all baseball fans so there is no need to talk about how long the season is.  There are so many little things that happen throughout the course of the season that can change the complexion of the entire thing good or bad.  They could be created by the manager, the players, or even the fans that could energize and entire organization propelling them to greatness (or almost greatness).  I’m not talking about any goats or curses here.

I am sure over the history of baseball there are many instances of things like this, but three more recent have popped into the foreground of my mind.  The Rally Monkey used by the Los Angeles Angels, 9=8 by the Tampa Bay Rays, and the moose antlers and claws used by the Texas Rangers.  Not saying any of these assisted the teams in reaching the World Series, but it could be seen as extra motivation.

Rally Monkey

The Rally Monkey was one of the more annoying times in the 2000′s.  You didn’t have to be a fan of the Angels to see videos of it or hear players or press talking about it.  It was almost as if every time that thing appeared opposing pitchers couldn’t get anyone out usually leading to a onslaught of Angels runs.  The Rally Monkey made it’s first appearance two years before the Angels reached the pinnacle, but could be looked at as something that changed the fortunes of a franchise around.


In 2008, the Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, adopted a phrase that stuck with the team unifying them and bringing them to their first ever World Series.  I have to be honest that I really didn’t understand it until it was explained to me, but 9=8 was born nonetheless.  It signifies that it takes nine players nine innings to be one of the eight playoff teams.  It was done to build unity in the clubhouse and it certainly worked.  There were signs all over the place, shirts worn by players, etc..  When it was all said and done, the Rays reached the World Series against the Phillies.  The phrase didn’t help them win, as they lost four games to one, but it changed them from being the laughing stock of baseball to a contender.  Certainly players still have to perform and the right trades need to be made etc.. but it is hard not to think that something like that changed the complexion of the franchise forever.


The third instance that came to mind is the “Claw and Antlers” used by the Texas Rangers in 2010.  The claw would signify that a player did something that was positive on offense.  Could be stretching a single into a double or really anything that is seen as positive obviously.  The antlers portion would be speed related.  I am pretty sure I don’t need to describe what that means.  Both gestures unified a team and brought them into the postseason for the first time in over a decade and ended with them in the World Series.  It ended in a non-Cinderella kind of way like the Rays, but the Rangers were back on top in the American League and have been serious contenders ever since.

Recently, our beloved New York Mets adopted a towel wave in the dugout after every hit.  Something had to be done with a team that has an anemic offense.  Curtis Granderson mentions that he remembers the Chicago Bulls waving a towel all the time during their three-peat of NBA Championships.

“We started thinking about it, and it popped right from my memory” Granderson said “It just popped in my head, and we’ll do that when we get a hit.  We started doing it and then a couple other guys did it and now we just needed the guy on base to do it back.  Then it got a little bigger.  Now we’ve seen the guys in the bullpen doing it, and some of the fans in the stands are doing it” he told reporters.

Now I am certainly not saying this is going to propel the Mets to the World Series, but could this be one of those things we look back on in a year or two and say “Remember how poorly things were going and then towel waving began” as we embrace watching a parade down the “Canyon of Heroes”?


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Recker or Teagarden? Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:05:39 +0000 anthony recker

With the return of Travis d’Arnaud to the Mets so close we can smell it, which one of Anthony Recker or Taylor Teagarden is sent packing back to Triple-A?

Kristie Ackert of the Daily News, examines the move the Mets are going to have to make very soon.  All signs point to Recker being the odd man out when the move is made.

Terry Collins stated that he thinks that Teagarden is a good catcher.  ”He doesn’t have a lot of at-bats to his name.  He’s a major league catcher.  One thing he can do is catch and throw and that’s two shutouts he’s caught here in the last three days” Collins went on to say.  He’s talking about Zack Wheeler‘s complete game effort on Friday, and Jacob deGrom‘s first win on Saturday.

Neither Recker or Teagarden are really offensive juggernauts this season, with the former batting .202 and the latter .143.

There are several questions looming for the Mets in the next couple of days with this being one of them.  It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, and interesting to see how d’Arnaud does in his return to the big leagues.

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Nimmo, Matz, Herrera, Rivera And Fontanez To Bingo, Reynolds To Vegas Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:59:03 +0000 MiLB: April 28 - St. Lucie Mets at Tampa Yankees

Updated 9:00 AM

Adam Rubin of ESPN is now reporting that Matt Reynolds has been promoted to Las Vegas making it six moves in under 24 hours.  Reynolds was batting .355 so far this season for Binghamton, with a home run and 21 RBI.

Wednesday 10:00 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN reported that five St. Lucie Mets are being promoted to Double-A Binghamton. The Mets were eliminated from claiming a postseason birth at the conclusion of the first half of the season, prompting the organization to make the move.

Heading to Binghamton are Brandon NimmoSteven MatzDilson HerreraT.J. Rivera, and Randy Fontanez.

Each player had a hand in St. Lucie’s success in the first half of the season.

Nimmo was batting .322 but had a robust on base percentage of .448 which led the Florida State League.  Rivera was second in the league in batting average finishing the first half at .341, and had 47 RBI which was four fewer than his entire offensive output in 2013.  Herrera was no slouch batting .307 with three home runs and 23 RBI.

Matz was 4-4 with an ERA of 2.21 in 12 starts this season.  He had 62 strikeouts and 66 hits in 69.1 innings pitched.  Fontanez recorded 10 saves for St. Lucie and had an ERA of 2.56.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 3, Cardinals 2 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:12:53 +0000 bartolo colon

The Mets (32-40) salvaged the final game of the three-game series against the Cardinals (39-33) 3-2 at Busch Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Bartolo Colon, who has been terrific his last few starts, was terrific again, pitching eight innings allowing just one run on four hits.  He only recorded one strikeout, but didn’t allow a walk in his 86 pitches.  The only run came in the bottom of the first inning, when Cardinals Matt Carpenter led off the game with a solo home run.  After that one blemish, it was smooth sailing the rest of the way for Colon, who set down the Cards in order almost every inning he was out there.

Jenrry Mejia came on to close the game out in the ninth but was lifted after allowing a run.  Carpenter led off the ninth with a double and would eventually be driven in by Allen Craig on an infield single.  Mejia would be replaced by Dana Eveland with two out.  Eveland would get Matt Adams to ground out ending the game and securing the win for the Mets.

The Mets offense was having difficulty yet again getting to opposing pitching.  Manager Terry Collins marched out another different lineup hoping to change things.  It would be status quo until the sixth inning, when the least likely to start an offensive attack was the one who did.  Colon was trying to help his own cause out and not waste a tremendous outing, by hitting a leadoff double.  Eric Young Jr. would drive him in hitting a double of his own.  After moving to third on a Daniel Murphy ground out, Young would score on a RBI single by David Wright.  The Mets would score again in the seventh inning which would prove as the game-winner on a ground-rule RBI double by Eric Young Jr.

Although eight hits doesn’t sound like a tremendous amount, the Mets offense showed some signs of life in the finale.  Curtis Granderson extended his streak by reaching base safely on three walks.  Daniel Murphy closed the gap for NL hits leader with his single in the fourth inning.

What’s next:

The Mets continue their seven-game road trip with a four-game series in Miami where they will face the Marlins.  Zack Wheeler (2-7, 4.38) will start in the opener on Thursday against Andrew Heaney (0-0, 0.00) who is making his major league debut.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.

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Mets Minors Notes: Nimmo, Matz Could Be Heading to Binghamton Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:00:32 +0000 brandon nimmo

The St. Lucie Mets are nearing this season’s first-half title of the Florida State League.  What does that mean?  Adam Rubin of ESPN mentions that Mets prospects Brandon Nimmo and Steven Matz, should be on the move to Binghamton, which could happen as early as the end of the week.

Nimmo, 21, has played in 62 games this season for St. Lucie.  He is currently hitting .322, with four home runs and 25 RBI.  He has an OBP of .448, and his OPS is .906.  This by far is Nimmo’s most productive season as a professional and a move to Double-A Binghamton is certainly deserved.

Steven Matz, 23, has made 12 starts this season.  He holds a record of 4-4 with an ERA of 2.21.  In 69.1 innings pitched, he has given up 66 hits and recorded 62 strikeouts.  The lefty has pitched six or more innings in five consecutive starts.  Matz is another arm that deserves a chance at the higher level due to his performance since being a part of the organization.

In other Mets minors news:

Jeff Walters, who is on the Mets 40-man roster, opted for Tommy John surgery instead of rehabbing his torn UCL in his right elbow.

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Mets Notes: Lagares Swings, Gee Throws Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:30:36 +0000 USATSI  juan lagares

The roster is about to get as back to normal as it can.  Adam Rubin of ESPN has reported that Juan Lagares took like batting practice on Monday in Port St. Lucie.  His last appearance was back on June 1st.  Lagares has been nursing a strain on his right side and hopes to be back in the lineup soon.  John Lannan who has been away from the team for some time threw today in Port St. Lucie, with some of his work going against Lagares.

Dillon Gee threw off of a mound for the first time since his injury.  Gee is in line to throw one more session off a mound before possibly making a rehab start.  Adam Rubin mentions that Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen stated that Gee could throw live batting practice which is also another step in the right direction.

Gee back in the rotation will be huge, as the Mets look to gain some ground against the rest of the teams in the NL East.  The Mets still need consistency in the lineup not only in production but in the order as well.  Maybe Largares’ return can help that.

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Teagarden Has “Grand” Mets Debut Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:00:16 +0000 Teagarden

Living up to expectations as an organizations top-10 prospect is a daunting task.  There have been hundreds of prospects that showed promise early on that never made it to the major leagues, let alone stay at that level.  Taylor Teagarden has had to battle with that since being drafted in the 3rd round by the Texas Rangers.

Teagarden was originally drafted back in 2002 by the Chicago Cubs in the 22nd round but never signed and played his collegiate career for the Texas Longhorns.  Fast-forward three years to see him drafted once again, this time by the Texas Rangers in the third round in 2005.  He was immediately listed as a top-10 prospect for the Rangers as soon as he signed.

After going through the Rangers system relatively fast, Teagarden made his major league debut in July of 2008.  He showed promise early on hitting .309 in 16 games.  Some setbacks and injuries later, Teagarden would be up and down between the minors leagues and the major leagues before being traded to the Baltimore Orioles at the end of 2011.  The story was similar in Baltimore.  He would play in 45 games with the Orioles over two season before being released at the end of last season.

In comes the Mets.  Teagarden was signed to a deal in January and was slated to play in Las Vegas and probably not thought of to be behind the plate in New York because of Travis d’Arnaud.  Well as we have learned that didn’t quite work the way the Mets had hoped.

After 34 games in Las Vegas, Teagarden earned a promotion once again to the big leagues.  At the time of his call-up, Teagarden was hitting .279 for the 51′s with eight home runs and 19 RBI.  Playing well in the minors was not always the problem during his career.  Staying healthy and producing in the majors on a consistent basis was held him back.

On Tuesday, Teagarden wasn’t off to a good start in the game striking out in his first two at-bats.  He would have the chance to leave his mark in the sixth inning with the bases loaded.  Teagarden would deliver hitting a grand-slam making the game 6-1, furthering the Mets chance at ending their losing streak.  They would hold off the Brewers snapping the skid at six games with a 6-2 win.

It has come out that the catching duties would be split without a clear starter.  Teagarden produced at a critical time and will hopefully get more opportunities to do so the rest of the way.

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