Mets Merized Online » Max Marcilla Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:00:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Breaking Down the Remaining July Schedule Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:26:40 +0000 The All-Star Break is over and the hunt for the playoffs is just starting to get exciting. The Mets sit at 45-50, but their last ten games (8-2) going into the break has injected confidence into an often pessimistic fan base.

terry collinsIn these ten games, Mets pitching has recorded a 2.74 ERA, while in the Mets eight wins, the ERA has been 2.43. In addition to the terrific pitching efforts, the offense may just be the biggest part of the successful stretch. New York is averaging 5.5 runs and four extra-base hits per game over this period.

There is no reason this hot streak shouldn’t continue, especially given the upcoming opponents. Starting tonight, the Mets are facing off against the San Diego Padres, who are 41-54 and have lost seven of their last 10. These teams met once before this year and New York took two-out-of-three from San Diego. Now, New York is on the road, but this shouldn’t mean they can’t take advantage of a weak team.

Next up is a three-game series in an American League ballpark against the Seattle Mariners, a tough test. The challenge for the Mets will be scoring runs and utilizing the designated hitter. New York has done well with that, going 6-6 in interleague play, including 3-2 while using the DH. It will be easier to do this since the Mets lucked out and will not face Felix Hernandez in this series. However, maybe easier is not the correct word. The M’s are 51-44 and have a team ERA of 3.16.

Following that is another challenging series, this one a four-game set against the first-place Brewers. Despite a 53-43 record, the Brew Crew went into the break losers of eight of their last 10. Prior to the Mets, they play two 51-win teams in the Nationals and Reds. It’s a tough road for Milwaukee coming out of the gates and the Mets may be lucky enough to catch them at a low point. The only other time these teams played, the Brewers took two-out-of-three in Citi Field from the Mets.

That is the end of a 10 game road trip. A 5-5 record is realistic for the road trip, but the Mets are shooting for more. A sweep is possible in San Diego and a split in four games would be a positive result against the Brewers.

To close out July, the Mets finally return home to battle the Phillies. Philadelphia has struggled this year and the Mets have taken advantage. In nine games, the Mets are 6-3, are averaging 5.1 runs per game and are allowing 3.2 runs per game.

In the remaining 13 July games, the Mets play seven games against teams above .500, 10 games on the road and three games against a division rival. In order to play baseball in October, the Mets are going to have to get to work.

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Matt Harvey Set Unreal Expectations: Give Pitchers a Chance Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:00:29 +0000 New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

On July 26th, 2012, Mets fans were anticipating the debut of a skilled minor league prospect by the name of Matt Harvey. That day in Arizona, Harvey threw 5.1 innings, allowed three hits, no runs and struck out 11 Diamondbacks.

As it turns out, his gem in the desert was not a fluke but rather a sign of things to come. Once his rookie campaign was done, the former first round pick had a 2.73 ERA, struck out 10.6 batters and allowed 6.4 hits per nine innings.

Harvey is now a fan favorite in Queens. His dazzling 2.39 ERA through his first two major league seasons gave him credibility as an ace in the league. To add to the hype, he even started his first All-Star game last year.

While Harvey is recovering from Tommy John surgery, the baseball world is watching other Mets top pitching prospects such as Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero. Wheeler and deGrom maintain a spot in the Mets starting rotation while Montero is currently in Las Vegas (AAA) after a rough start in the majors.

However, despite being in their blue and orange uniforms daily, Wheeler and deGrom have also had their struggles.

Going into mid-June, Wheeler’s 4.19 ERA is almost a full point higher than his 3.42 of last year. In five of his 13 starts, Wheeler has allowed four runs, but the biggest problem has been his high pitch count. He has failed to pitch 7 full innings in any of his starts this year.

deGrom’s first three starts were “Harvey-esque” as he possessed a terrific 1.83 ERA. However, his last two starts have not been as successful. Despite the Mets picking up the win against Philadelphia, the former 9th round pick allowed three runs in his start at Citizens Bank Park. Then, in his next outing, he had his worst start allowing four runs in just five innings.

The Mets pride themselves on growing an impressive group of dominant minor league pitchers in the minors. Now that these pitchers are moving on up to the majors, a lot of fans are expecting immediate results. This is in part due to the expectations set by Harvey. But that’s not how it normally works, what Harvey did was the exception not the rule. Let these pitchers take their time to work out all of their flaws and mistakes so that hopefully, by the time the Mets are a playoff team, these pitchers will be major contributors.

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Mets Bullpen Shines in Long Philly Series Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:41:53 +0000 jenry mejia

The Mets shuffled through 12 different relievers in the first two months of the season. Then they added two new relievers to the bunch during their recent five-game series in Philly. Without established roles, or even an established roster in the bullpen, it is hard to predict on a day-to-day basis which pitcher will be called on, and how productive their outings will be.

The Mets played 57 innings of baseball in that series against the Phillies, and it took 20 hours and 36 minutes to do so. They got out of Citizens Bank Park with a 4-1 record in the series and they also saw the effectiveness of their bullpen.

Every game of the series featured at least one different reliever throwing a gem.

In the first game of the series, part-time closer Jenrry Mejia struck-out the side in the ninth to secure the win for the Mets. It was his fifth save in as many opportunities. Mejia’s perfect inning followed Vic Black’s four-up-four-down performance in just his second big league appearance of the season.

The second game of the series, the lone Mets loss, featured a collective bullpen effort, despite the offense not producing. The Mets didn’t score for the last nine innings of the game

However, in that game, the Mets bullpen pitched 9.1 innings, allowing two runs (only one earned), just seven hits, and striking out nine. Josh Edgin and Jeurys Familia threw 1.1, and 1.2 scoreless innings, respectfully, as Carlos Torres and Vic Black threw 2.2, and 2.0 scoreless innings, respectfully. Despite the unearned run allowed in the fourteenth by Mejia, it is pretty clear that without valiant efforts from the other Mets relievers, the game would not have gone to fourteen innings.

In the second consecutive 14-inning game between the two clubs, Buddy Carlyle was the hero in his first outing of the season. In a 4-4 tie, Carlyle came in and pitched three innings without allowing a run. He received the win after David Wright put the Mets ahead with an RBI single in the 14th inning.

After joining the club before the game from the minors, the Mets needed Carlyle more than ever with a fatigued bullpen. After the game, he said, “It’s been a long road, a lot of contemplating maybe retiring, stuff life that. It’s very gratifying just to be here. The win’s kind of special too, but just to be able to contribute, you feel like you can compete at this level again and give your team a chance to win.”

Carlyle’s act was as tough to follow as any, but Carlos Torres followed it well by sealing the deal on the Phillies picking up his second save.

In Sunday’s matchup, the Mets and Phillies (wait for it…) went into extra innings again! This time, Jon Niese pitched eight outstanding innings for the Amazin’s, so only three innings were required out of the rest-deprived relief core. In three innings of work, the ‘pen allowed just one run, on one hit, and Mejia picked up his second save of the series.

New York continued their dominance at Citizens Bank Park in the final game of the series, by blowing out the Phillies, 11-2. Following another strong start from Bartolo Colon, who is 3-0 with a 1.63 ERA in his last three outings, the bullpen finished the game strong with two scoreless innings. Dana Eveland (who made his season debut), Familia, and Torres closed out the game and the series, a successful one for the Mets.

There were three Mets relievers who gave up an earned run this series. Mejia, Familia, and Matsuzaka each gave up just one. Overall, the bullpen finished with a 1.12 ERA in 24.2 innings.

Next up for the Mets is a three-game series with the 20-34 Cubs. Let’s see if the Mets (28-29) can get to .500, and if the bullpen can keep up their recent success. Let’s go Mets!


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