Mets Merized Online » Stephanie Sheehan Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:01:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Personal Reflection on the Mets’ 2015 Season Wed, 04 Nov 2015 15:42:13 +0000 jacob degrom

It wasn’t until the second week of the 2015 season that the New York Mets made their home debut. The team was 3-3, and 2014 Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom was looking to solidify his name and prove to the baseball world that his rookie season was no fluke. 43,947 people were in attendance, myself included, on a pleasant Monday afternoon as the Mets outlasted the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0. The temperature was 63° and the sun was shimmering on the Pepsi Porch. 29 weeks later, the temperature was 61°, the stadium lights were glowing and 44,859 people watched eagerly as the Mets took on the American League champions on baseball’s biggest stage.

When the season first started on April 6th, I was a senior in high school who was barely mustering up motivation to finish out my high school tenure because I had already been accepted to my dream school months ago. I found myself occupied with finals, friends, graduation, and my track and field team (which took me all the way into the middle of June before my season would come to a close). For the first time in a long time, my attention was fleeting away from baseball and towards bigger and better things. Was I starting to get bored with it? Was it, like all of my previous passions, destined to stall out and disappear?

I had gone to, at the most, three Mets games between April and June. My aspirations of attending 20+ home games were quickly slipping away as I passed on attending game after game, series after series. Unlike the past two years, my father and I didn’t go on a road trip. We had seen Wrigley and Turner Field, two stadiums that were either getting a renovation or completely abandoned.

The Mets decided that they really, really wanted me to stick around.

Before I even got accepted into the University of Connecticut, my dream school since childhood, I already knew what I wanted to study: Communications and journalism. What exactly I planned to do with a double major like this was unclear, but writing was always my strength and there had to be something I could find.


I began to follow the Mets in 2012, as I consciously put in the effort to learn all the quirks of baseball, a sport I had been calling my favorite for many years without much credibility to back it up. I made the decision to join Twitter in hopes of interacting with fellow fans, eager to learn about the Mets, baseball, and what a fan base was all about. I was about to start my sophomore year of high school when I created my profile, donned with a fake name because I didn’t expect to get close to anybody, let alone ever meet someone from Twitter in person. Besides, even if I did, it wouldn’t be serious to the point where I had to disclose my actual name to them.

But as the days went on, as the 2012 Mets fell apart after the All-Star Break and the next two teams did the same, things began to take shape. I talked to more people. My follower count began to rise. I found myself meeting people my age and interacting on a regular basis. I ditched my fake name and let it fade into obscurity, and I embraced my own personality. I began to figure out the kind of person I was, the kind of person I could be. If random people from the internet—most of them older than me and with no obligation to treat me nicely—found me entertaining and engaging, then this was no fluke. They helped me learn baseball’s unique nuances, from inside jokes about Kevin Burkhardt’s sideline reporting to Gary Cohen’s jinxes to Keith Hernandez’s blatant distaste for extra innings. My followers, whom I’ve grown very close to, watched me grow from an awkward and probably annoying 15 year old to an 18 year old living independently at a public university—though the quality of my jokes has probably remained the same.

None of this, of course, would have been possible without the Mets.

Year after year, I watched as the team I loved broke my heart continuously. Yet I kept making time to go to meaningless games, I kept buying shirts, jerseys, phone cases, pennants, bobble-heads, car magnets. I was my school’s resident Mets freak (to be honest, I think this still runs true at my school of 30,000). I certainly have Gary, Keith and Ron to thank, because watching their broadcasts was like injecting a flood of baseball knowledge into my veins. Their crisp delivery and high baseball IQ was something I admired and sought to reciprocate. I understood baseball. I had a passion for it. For the first time in my life, I felt as if I could be completely comfortable talking about and debating baseball with people; even if our opinions clashed, I was still confident enough in my own justification that I would never feel embarrassed. This is something that had never happened to me before.

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On Thursday, April 9th, 2015, I watched from section 513 as Harvey took the mound for his first start back at Citi Field since Tommy John. I continued to cheer from my couch as the Mets won three in a row, four, five, six… all the way up to 11. I entered enemy territory on April 26th as Jon Niese and the Mets blew an early lead against the Yankees. I watched as the fire began to fan out in May, June and July. On vacation, I cursed in my car as Jeurys Familia blew the lead against the Padres as the rain came pouring down. I shook with excitement at the Gomez trade, only to come out of the movie theater to find out that my enthusiasm was all for naught. Away from SNY, I watched as a shooting star streaked across the night sky just moments before Wilmer’s magical home run on July 31st.

I went to Jesse Orosco bobblehead day not even a day after I had moved into my dorm at college. I went to a rocking Subway Series game at Citi (“I can’t even handle this game, how can I handle the postseason?!”). I jumped up and down in my boyfriend’s dorm room when the Mets clinched the East. My dad took me to game one of the NLCS. My friend took me and my boyfriend to game three of the World Series.

On Sunday, November 1st, 2015, I stood up in my friend’s apartment (whom I met on Twitter!!), hollering at his TV alongside Matt Harvey: No way! No way! No way! I sat in disbelief as a walk and a double ended his night. I shouted more than a few expletives as Duda’s errant throw all but capped Kansas City’s inevitable comeback. When the Royals; bench cleared and the celebration on our turf commenced, I was left with a sick feeling in my stomach.

I’ll shamelessly admit that I cried like a baby that night. The more I thought of this magical season, the more upset and angry I became. How could they just throw away the World Series? They had overcome so much just to get here, they can’t just give it away without a fight!

But they did. So I kept crying.

I have been to a good number of exciting games and more than my fair share of depressing ones over the last three and a half years. Every so often, I’ll look through my ticket book, where I paste all of my game tickets in addition to little notes about specific details I’d like to remember. By reading my little blurbs, I’m instantly taken back to the moments I experienced while at those games. Reflecting on those crazy games, all of them ultimately meaningless, is one of my favorite things to do in my free time. Now that I keep that special book at home, however, I just pin my tickets on the wall of my dorm. It’s basically my aesthetic.


A few days removed from the tragedy that was game five, I sit on my bed and reflect. The Mets may not have captured the ultimate prize, but this season that was all but over on July 30th was revitalized by a relentless group of ballplayers whose passion for the game is heavily reflected by its fan base. Players are no longer skeptical about coming to a club that constantly prides on its “bright future”; they’ve seen the future, and it’s happening right now.

Much like the 2015 team revamped the path of the franchise, they have restored and possibly created my own future. My dream is to take my degree and work for the Mets in the PR department. The Mets have shown me that the most important part about your job is that you’re passionate about it and, no matter how much hard work it takes, it’s something you’re going to look forward to day in and day out.

Before the Mets, I had no idea where I wanted my life to take me. I didn’t know what my talent was, and I was even less sure of what I could practically pursue beyond high school. While they don’t know it, and probably never will, a single baseball team forever changed the fortunes of a meek human being. Between the connections and lifelong friends I have made on Twitter, the passion I have discovered for the sport of baseball, and the sheer emotional attachment I feel to the Mets, I am excited to see what lies for me beyond college. And with a rotation like Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, the future is looking pretty bright.


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10 Signs You Root for the New York Mets Sat, 12 Sep 2015 17:42:52 +0000 kelly johnson mets win

Meaningful September baseball? A real lineup? A starting rotation that dominates, and a reliable bullpen? Are we sure these are the same Mets that looked all but dead in June? The short answer is no, they aren’t; they’re a rejuvenated, electric, never-say-die bunch that feed off the crowd’s energy while simultaneously creating their own (and believe me, there is plenty of momentum in the crowd).

Yoenis Cespedes is a complete game changer, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia are a lockdown combination, and there are no longer any automatic outs in the lineup. Chances are you’ve been loyal to the orange and blue quite some time now, and you may have picked up some of these habits that make it more obvious than you think that you’re a Mets fan.

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1. Your eyes are trained to spot the colors orange and blue.

That’s a nice looking, vaguely blue water bottle sitting on the counter over there. Holy crap, there’s an orange right next to it!

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2. In fact, half the things you own are orange and blue.

Orange shirt, blue shorts. Blue sheets, orange pillowcase. Blue shoes, orange laces. Definitely a blue and orange phone case. Is there a pattern here?

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3. You style your hair like Jacob deGrom.

And you’ve sent him multiple fan letters asking him what kind of shampoo and conditioner he uses.


4. You have the urge to scream extremely crass things whenever you hear the name “Fred” or “Jeff”

It’s a built in defense mechanism.

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5. You hate everything about Philadelphia.

Screw you too, Washington Nationals.

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6. You stick your tongue out like David Wright while performing everyday activities.

Taking out the garbage, paying bills, walking the dog, you name it, tongue out.


7.  Something in your family is named Shea.

Your dog, your kid, your car…


8. You cringe at the mere mention of the year 2006.

“I can’t believe it’s been nine years since we married, honey. On this day in 2006—honey… why are you crying…?”


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9. Your pin number is some variation of the numbers 86 and 69.

I just can’t imagine why!

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10. The word “amazing” is your favorite word.

But you usually shorten it to “Amazin’”. Life is strange like that sometimes.

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MMO Players of the Week: The Good, the Great, and the Amazin’ Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:00:25 +0000 mets win

It’s been one of those classic up and down weeks for the Metsies: losing a series on the road, sweeping a four game series, then getting swept at home. It’s clear to most that the Mets are the new favorites to win the division, but there is some major work to be done before they can truly call themselves “playoff ready”.

On the plus side, the pitching is phenomenal and the team has some real fight in them. On the bad side, the bullpen is shaky, Terry Collins is still questionable at times, and the offense does not produce very many runs consistently. However, even if the Mets struggle against the better teams (Pirates, etc.), the healthy mix of veterans and eager rookies will be able to fix their woes quickly. Albeit even during the struggles, there are still players who continue to shine. Here are your MMO Players of the Week!

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This guy just really knows how to win! He’s always getting the big time outs! I certainly want him on my postseason roster– wait, are you telling me he’s terrible? Can’t be trusted in a late inning, tie game situation? Okay, fine then, I’ll choose somebody else. Yeesh.

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It’s hard to choose the best pitcher when your starters give up less than five runs on a daily basis, but when you have a guy who gives up only two hits, strikes out ten, goes seven innings and gets out of multiple jams unscathed, he’s the clear cut choice; he’s Jacob deGrom.

DeGrom helped the Mets complete back to back shutouts and boost their home record to a franchise best 41-18 (at the time). His first five stirkeouts all came on 96+ MPH fastballs. His next one was on a curveball in the dirt, but his seventh and eight– perhaps his most important ones of the night, coming with two men on and no outs and then two on with two outs– were also on fastballs. In the sixth, he once again stranded two runners by getting another strikeout with two men on. His last strikeout, coming on a curveball in the dirt at the close of the seventh inning, was icing on the cake and his 10th of the night.

DeGrom had struggled through his last two starts, with little command of his fastball and almost no command on his offspeed and breaking pitches. This start, however, his fastball location was beautiful, he was able to generate the swing and miss on his offspeed stuff to get ahead in the count, and, most importantly, he was able to overmatch even the best Colorado hitters to get the strikeout when it mattered. If anybody was worried about deGrom, fear not; he’s just as deGrominant as ever.

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The great thing about this category this week is that there really is no clear cut winner: every single guy is doing their job and contributing in their own way. That being said, there is no way to truly pick a single winner, because choosing one guy overall will discount what the rest of the lineup has done. So, I’m going to break it down (very simplistically) day by day.

SUNDAY: Daniel Murphy. His two hits and two RBIs proved to be the strongest offensive force the Mets could generate that day. They would drop the game and the series.

MONDAY: Once again, Daniel Murphy. His bases loaded, two out single completed the Mets’ three run 7th inning and put them ahead permanently, setting the tone for the eventual sweep of the Rockies. Who says clutch doesn’t exist?

TUESDAY: Ruben Tejada. He broke the 0-0 tie in the bottom of the 6th, and walked twice and scored a run to power the Mets to their first of two shutouts. Hakuna Tejada!

WEDNESDAY: Juan Uribe and Michael Cuddyer each recorded their 1,500th career hits and both contributed back to back RBIs in the 4th to seal the deal in the Mets’ second shutout victory in a row. Nobody told me it was old timer’s day at Citi!

THURSDAY: Kelly Johnson. After a rough first for Syndergaard, Johnson put the Mets back in from 3-2 with a double, then did the same again in the bottom of the 3rd to put the Mets back on top for good. His final line? 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, one run scored and one HR. Talk about lineup depth!

FRIDAY: Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with a game tying home run, but if I could, I would give the honor to nobody because the offense was absolutely abysmal that game. Too bad I have no choice.

SATURDAY: Michael Conforto hit a game tying, two-run home run in the bottom of the 7th to keep the Mets alive, but other than that, the offense was nonexistent once again. These are the kinds of series I would much rather forget ever happened.

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Who knew the big guy could play so well? I certainly didn’t! Uribe has been a consistent positive force in the hot corner, making his fair share of spectacular plays to make outs, start double plays, keep the ball in the infield and, most importantly, using his veteran expertise to make the smart play to keep runners from scoring. As the Mets have shown us way too many times this season, defense is crucial and can make or break an entire game. Uribe knows this like the back of his hand and will make the clutch play just about every time you think he will. With David Wright‘s return imminent, he may be reduced to just a bench role, but if you ask me, having a guy that you can trust to make big and smart plays is just fine!


  • Juan Lagares has been hot since Terry instilled his confidence in him. He’s still a free swinger, but he is making more contact with pitches in and out of the zone and has even added a home run! His contact is getting much better and he has been getting booming hits when the Mets need it– a perfect guy to have for a postseason run. (And of course, we can’t forget about his glove!)
  • Matt Harvey was absolutely lights out on Tuesday, hurling eight stellar innings of four-hit ball. He may have only struck out four, but it pays to lower the strikeout count in order to go the distance. His start on Sunday was very respectable, giving up only one earned run over six innings while striking out six. I’d just like to leave it at that.
  • Curtis Granderson has silently been one of the most productive Mets all season. While his .249/.341/.783 line may not be jaw dropping, Curtis consistently finds a way to get on base, to work the count, to get the big run or to simply just play the game hard. It is also worth noting that he has started every single game for the Mets this year; a key factor in their success. The Grandy man really can!

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The Elusive Silver Lining To Recent Mets Tumble Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:00:21 +0000 Bartolo, colon

On Wednesday, I took to twitter and ranted out some brief frustrations following another brutal loss. In the Mets world of nosediving back into irrelevance, the Twitter-verse was ablaze with angry fans whose fingers collectively pointed at a lethargic ownership and their unwillingness to change even a single thing about this team. It got me wondering… Is this what we’ve needed all along?

Let me be clear. I would much, much rather have 11 game winning streaks and surging players and comebacks galore.

But none of those things would change the fact that the medical staff has no clue what they’re doing. It would give Sandy even more excuses to do the minimum. It would make Terry look like a genius.

But worst of all, it would only push the Wilpons into the shadows because “Hey, the team is finally winning so they must be doing something right.” And don’t pretend you didn’t see comments like that in April.

It’s clear that the talent on this team is either not ready or not ever going to develop, so any playoff run the Mets may have made would merely have been akin to the 2013 Red Sox: purely riding on emotion, extremely good luck, and a couple of scattered hot streaks.

It would have pushed all of our unavoidable problems back for another year. And if you want my opinion, I don’t think the Mets could have made it to the World Series, even if they did secure a playoff berth.

As Gary Cohen said Thursday and then Nelson Figueroa echoed in the post game, “teams that are this bad on the road, don’t get very far in the postseason even if they’re somehow lucky to make it that far.”

There’s just too many things wrong right now. Too many inconsistencies, too many poor decisions, too many missed opportunities to score runs, and far too many errors of execution and errors on the field.

The Mets are a one trick pony – they have extraordinarily elite-level starting pitching. And as the last three weeks have shown, phenomenal pitching performances alone is not enough to sustain prolonged success and victories.

And that’s what this complete collapse is showing. The true colors of the Mets are still a dull black and white rather than the vibrant orange and blue. This is all exemplified by three things: ownership, management and the medical/training staff.

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The Wilpon’s seeming absence from team matters is incredible; I mean, the last time any Wilpon was interviewed was, like, three years ago. They’ve made ducking reporters an art form.

They refuse to give any clear indication about the financial state of the Mets or what exactly Sandy Alderson has to work with. It’s a mystery.

They are too money-happy to fire anybody besides a hitting coach here and there; because replacing them more would take too much time, effort, and money.

They refuse to do ANYTHING of significant stature. The unfortunate reality is that the MLB cannot force them out as owners because they haven’t broken any laws or MLB rules. They are our cross to bear.

A couple of Sandy’s poor decisions as a GM have been exposed in Michael Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson; granted, he was never given much to begin with, but he didn’t exactly make stellar moves with what he had.

Sure, the trade for Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard trade was brilliant, and getting Dilson Herrera for a retired catcher and a guy nearing the end of his career was another tremendous trade as well. But aside from that, what else has Sandy done? Particularly at the MLB level?

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He failed to deal Dillon Gee and Jon Niese when they had value and there was legitimate interest in them. But the tragedy this season might be that he waited far too long to make a move when the ship began taking on water. The Mets had a brilliant chance to get a good lead in a very weak division, but they never capitalized on it and that’s a shame. Now that lead has vanished and the team stands at .500.

Sandy has bolstered up the farm system, and in the Spring he preached that 2015 was the year. But he must have known that the team lacked quality depth, he’s a maverick after all. Didn’t he realize the dearth of major league ready position players in his own system and that the good ones were still at least a year away?

According to Adam Rubin, other GMs are reluctant to trade with Sandy because his offers are never equitable. It would seem to me that if Rubin is accurate, having a GM that nobody wants to negotiate with is a severe handicap for a team who says they are in contention.

Finally, the medical and training staff. Oh boy, what a disaster. Let’s start with the recently overhauled strength and conditioning staff. They were touted as “game-changers” employing modern strengthening techniques, enhanced agility exercises, targeted conditioning drills, and even personalized nutrition planning, all taking place in a newly constructed state of the art facility at the Mets complex in Port St. Lucie.

Memo to Mike Barwis and Ray Ramirez: The Mets have lost more days to the disabled list this season than any other team in major league baseball. How is that even possible?

We all knew Ray Ramirez was terrible for years, but what about the team doctors who seemingly cannot diagnose any player injuries correctly? From Zack Wheeler to David Wright and everyone in between, they say one thing and then a week or two later they drop a bombshell that it was much worse than initially reported. I’m sorry, but that happens way too often with this team. Way too often.

Words cannot express how livid I was when we were told one minute that d’Arnaud would be in the starting lineup, and then before I could even blink an eyelash he’s out of the lineup and on the DL. How could you miss something like that so badly?

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Anyway, let’s wrap this up and put it all into a hypothetical perspective.

Say the Mets never got plagued with injuries; nobody even thinks twice about the medical staff. Cuddyer and Granderson aren’t all stars, but at the very least, they perform decently; Sandy is a genius. The team is 15 games above .500 and in first place; Terry Collins is manager of the year. Mets are winning with Flores at shortstop; told you middle infield defense isn’t important. Fans are flooding Citi Field; the Wilpons are laughing all the way to the bank and hide deeper in the shadows.

An overachieving Mets team would not change the fact that the Wilpons are unresponsive and inept. It would not make the medical staff any better. It would not mean that Terry Collins is some kind of managerial wizard, and it certainly wouldn’t make Sandy more urgent in responding to the team’s in-season concerns. It would merely push all of these issues back for another year or so.

So if there’s a silver lining to this 1-7 road trip and falling out of first place and settling into a mere .500 record, it’s that we learned who these Mets really are and exposed some significant issues that we can now address.

No, of course this tailspin is terrible. No, I am not happy that this is occurring. Yes, I would rather have a contending team than a bad team.

But now that this inevitable plummet happened, the closer we could potentially be to solving all of the now-apparent myriad of problems that this team has.

Maybe it’s all a stretch of assumptions in order to numb the pain of the disappointment, but hey, that’s what ya gotta do when you’re a Mets fan.

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MMO Game Recap: Pirates 8, Mets 2 Sat, 23 May 2015 23:04:10 +0000 matt harvey

The Pirates (20-22) defeated the Mets (24-20) by a score of 8-2 on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

This was undoubtedly Matt Harvey‘s worst start of his career. His final line: 4 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, including two wild pitches and two home runs. His ERA not only rose from 1.98 to 2.91, but it was the shortest outing of his career. While he had the heat on his fastball (his fastest pitch was 98 mph), his control was completely lost. Almost all of his breaking pitches merely bled over the plate; and if they DID break, they just bounced in the dirt. It is certainly no cause for concern, but it is a start that Mets fans and Harvey alike would like to forget.

On the flip side, AJ Burnett had himself a fantastic day by comparison. His final line of 7 IP, 5H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K brings his season ERA down to 1.37. This start makes him the first Pirates starter in history to allow two runs or less in each of his first eight starts, which is remarkable considering just how long the Pirates have been around. He even had a fine day at the plate, complete with a sac fly and a single.

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Harvey Day didn’t start off so hot. Josh Harrison took Harvey’s first pitch into the outfield for a lead off single. After striking out his next batter, things quickly sank as Andrew McCutchen blasted a two run HR, giving the Buccos an early two run lead. It was Harvey’s first HR given up to a righty all year. He would give up another one to Pedro Alvarez in the following inning.

The Mets stayed quiet until the fourth, when Juan Lagares and Lucas Duda whacked back to back singles. Daniel Murphy drove in a run with a groundout, and Wilmer Flores singled to put runners on first and third with one out. However, after being ahead 3-0, Eric Campbell could not draw the walk and grounded into a double play, ending what proved to be the Mets’ biggest chance to get even before the game was blown open.

The Pirates put up a four spot against Harvey in the bottom of the inning, subsequently ending his day. After retiring the first batter, Jung Ho Kang slapped a single up the middle, and was driven in by Pedro Alvarez’s double into the RF corner to stretch the score to 4-1. Harvey then issued a walk, a wild pitch, and then another walk to load the bases. Pitcher AJ Burnett then skied a sac fly to center to make the score 5-1. Josh Harrison then drilled another double down the line to bring two runs in, making the game all but over at 7-1. Harvey struck out his final batter of the day to bring the forgettable inning to the end.

Carlos Torres took over for Harvey in the fifth. He gave up a lead off single to McCutchen, but he was erased on a quirky double play, in which Murphy threw away the ball to first but Duda recovered nicely and threw out Starling Marte as he tried for second. Torres retired his next batter to escape the inning unscathed.

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The Mets got a couple of baserunners in the sixth, as Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch, and Daniel Murphy singled two batters later. Unfortunately, the Mets got nothing out of it as Wilmer Flores hit a come-backer to retire the side.

Jack Leathersich replaced Torres the following inning, and Ruben Tejada came in to play shortstop. After retiring the first two batters, Leathersich gave up back to back hits, but induced a groundout to end the inning.

Hansel Robles replaced Leatherisch in the bottom of the seventh. He gave up a loud double to Andrew McCutchen, who scored later on an Eric Campbell error. Robles would retire the next two batters.

For the Pirates, Antonio Bastardo replaced Burnett to start the eighth. Ruben Tejada smacked a pinch hit HR to lead off, cutting the Pirates’ lead to 8-2. Bastardo, however, retired the next three batters.

Alex Torres replaced Robles in the bottom of the frame. He got three ground ball outs to complete his job. The Mets offense, however, mustered up nothing impressive as Pirates pitcher Radhames Liz, after giving up a lead off single to Daniel Murphy, retired the next three batters to seal the deal on this Saturday afternoon.

What’s Next: Jon Niese opposes fellow southpaw Francisco Liriano as the Mets look to avoid the sweep before returning home. The Mets have scored less than three runs in 19 of their last 25 games; they look to change that tomorrow afternoon.


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MMO Players of the Week: Great Debuts and Nothing New Tue, 19 May 2015 13:47:02 +0000 Thank God the Brewers exist, or else I would have had a very bad week. I really don’t want to remember that Cubs series (seriously, is Wrigley Field cursed?), but it’s not like that much really happened offensively anyway. The pitching was phenomenal per usual, but the staff got the short end of the stick this week… that is, until Saturday and Sunday came. It was a depressing week. It was a fun weekend. These are the New York Mets. Let’s talk about stuff!

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If they didn’t pull themselves together for some runs over the weekend, I was seriously just going to omit this entire category. But Lucas Duda, with nine total hits over the week, recorded a hit in every game except for Friday (which, as far as I’m concerned, never even happened), as well as three multi-hit games, four doubles and a home run. He’s currently tied for third in the league with 14 doubles, and I truly think that if he continues to rake like this, he could set the club record for most doubles in a season (which is 44, set by Bernard Gilkey in 1996). As Keith said on the broadcast, less than 20 homers and 100 RBIs this season would be a disappointment. I don’t necessarily agree with that, but those are certainly the kind of numbers I can foresee Duda putting up if he gets into his home run groove. There is plenty of season left, and I know he’ll find his way. He is really making a case to be a legit All-Star candidate; I just hope that other fans around the league will be able to see what we’ve been seeing.



Eh, the defense was alright this week. It had its ups. It certainly had its downs. But when Ruben Tejada was in, he made some fine plays. Truth be told, I didn’t get a chance to watch the majority of games this week, and therefore it’s hard for me to pinpoint an outlier without just counting the number of web gems a guy had. No excuse, I know, but c’mon, these Mets make it hard on all of us! We should just collectively say it’s Juan Lagares and call it even, alright?

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Wow, this feels amazing to finally write. Yes, I know, his ML debut was a bit shaky when the situation got rough, but that is something that’s expected with a rookie. I’m here to talk about his stuff and his confidence– and boy, were those both some incredibly positive takeaways. It’s evident that Noah Syndergaard is going to have to work on a third pitch (my guess would be a changeup, because that seems to be the pitch that deGrom and Harvey are also fine-tuning), but that curveball… my God. “Hook from hell” seems like an understatement now. Speaking more of his home debut on Sunday, his control was nearly impeccable. Throwing fastballs inside to a hitter like Ryan Braun? I am beyond impressed at the confidence this guy exudes so early on in his career. Overall, his fastball placement was near perfect and he threw his curveball for strikes more than I actually thought he would. It’s clear that he has to work on pitching with runners on base and in tight situations, but that’s something that comes with experience– something he’ll be getting plenty of the rest of the season. Oh, and shoutout to Carlos Gomez for being the classiest act I’ve ever seen. Seriously, this warms my heart.


- Curtis Granderson is batting .295/.370/.523 in his last 25 games, including two monster home runs in the last two days. He’s finally starting to make solid contact on the ball, and it’s paying off. Hopefully the home run power comes alive very soon.

- Jacob deGrom went 3-3 with one RBI on Saturday, including two hits in one inning… oh, and he pitched 6.0 innings of one run ball, too. Seriously, there’s nothing to hate about this guy.



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MMO Players of the Week: An Unconventional Week for an Unconventional Team Tue, 12 May 2015 11:58:05 +0000 Alright, this is better. After losing three series in a row, the Mets got over the minor hiccup by winning their next two. Although a series of two games shouldn’t really count as a series, I’ll take any sort of uplifting stat that I can.

Now, this week was special in that not only were there two off days, but there really wasn’t any one consistent player. Each player played their small part over the course of the week… just not in the same game. So, the offensive honors are going to be broken down by day, with a mention to the Met who did most for their team that day. The traditional means of distributing honors can stay for defense and pitching, but to go along with the weirdness of this week, we can let this recap get a little weird too.



Speaking of weird, Ruben Tejada did something good. I don’t know if I can do this seriously. Before I get into this, I am a firm believer that Ruben Tejada should not be associated in any faction of a professional baseball league. However, I will acknowledge that he can be pretty alright to have for a week. Whether it’s helping turn key double plays or making beautiful glove flip plays, Ruben’s defense is unquestionably better than Flores’ and will have to suffice while Wilmer finds himself. The double play is a key component to any game, but the Mets especially seem to reap the most benefits from it. If there’s one thing Ruben does well, it’s turn double plays. I think I can live with this for a little bit longer… (where are you, Matt Reynolds?)

Plawecki Kevin


Tuesday: Kevin Plawecki‘s two run double proved to be the winning runs in a close 3-2 contest with the O’s. It was a fantastic piece of hitting by the rookie, taking one down the line in a situation with two RISP and one out– which, as we all know, is often a hard situation for the Mets to capitalize in.

Wednesday: Dilson Herrera had a fantastic day at the plate, amassing three hits and driving in three. He hit his first home run of the year as well, with a little help from replay review.

Friday: This game really sucked. Our only run was the result of a wild pitch. So, Cole Hamels gets the honors for this day. Congrats.

Saturday: Somebody dialed NINE JUAN JUAN! Lagares’ first home run of the season was a laser to left that put the Mets in front for good and quite possibly shifted the momentum in their favor. With the offense being nearly non-existent over the past week, timely hitting is everything, and Juan made sure to make a statement in that regard.

Sunday: When I saw the lineup for this game, I almost laughed because it was so bad. So naturally, they scored seven runs. And the biggest hero? Pinch hitter Johnny Monell, who drove in the insurance runs that gave the Mets a comfortable three-run lead heading into the final inning. The argument could be made that Curtis Granderson‘s home run was the game changer, or how Ruben Tejada scored two runs. But the Phillies had been chipping away at the Mets’ lead all game, and Monell’s double all but relinquished the Phillies’ chance for a comeback.

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It’s almost impossible to narrow down this week’s honors to just one pitcher. After all, the pitching was the reason the Mets even won any of these games. But when you break it down and look at each of the five games played this week, the Mets never had a lead of more than four runs. More often than not, they were close games in which the momentum wasn’t clearly on the side of any one team. Any pitcher short of a shutdown closer would have likely coughed up the lead.

In fact, over the course of the season, the Mets are 18-0 when leading after eight innings. Who’s to thank for that? Jeurys Familia. A perfect 13-for-13 in saves on the season, Familia’s 20 strikeouts in 17.0 IP is no fluke. His fastball is practically unhittable when it has movement on it. His slider is downright filthy. And when he’s handed the ball in a tight game? The result is all but guaranteed. “Familia” may technically mean “family” in Spanish, but according to Jim Breuer, it’s Latin for “GAME OVER!”


- Bartolo Colon stepped up in a big way when he compensated for the gap that Gee’s DL stint left. Although the better of his two starts for the week came on Monday (6.2 IP with 1 ER and 9 SO), he is now tied for first with Felix Hernandez with six wins on the year. How he can keep doing this at age 41 throwing almost nothing but a fastball will forever blow my mind.

- No matter how much we all want to jettison Jon Niese for some reason, he still has a 1.95 ERA and he’s still giving us quality starts game after game. The nose knows best.

- Jacob deGrom is back to his normal self, matching Colon’s Monday start with 6.0 IP and nine strikeouts of his own. The power of the gnome compels him.

- Curtis Granderson is finally breaking out, hitting two home runs in two games that proved to be key. Only 27 more and maybe he can live up to his contract.


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MMO Players of the Week: Just Juanderful Mon, 04 May 2015 18:37:05 +0000 Mets POTW

Well, this kind of sucks. I was hoping that the David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud injuries wouldn’t burden this team too much, but lately it’s been clear that they can’t continue to fend for themselves much longer without two of their key pieces. Luckily, their return isn’t too far off in the distance: Wright resumed baseball activities on Sunday, and d’Arnaud has spoken positively about the state of his hand; he could possibly be cleared for baseball activity next Monday if his bone is fully healed (per @RisingAppleBlog on Twitter). Aside from that, not much else is to be said about the stalling Mets.

Losers of 7 of their last 10 games, three losing series in a row, and averaging a dismal 2.9 runs per game, the offensive situation is not a simple issue, but a complicated one. Wilmer Flores has a better bat than Ruben Tejada, but Flores can’t turn routine plays at short… Michael Cuddyer can barely hit to save his life right now, but who else can we get to bat cleanup… Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself here. We’re supposed to be focusing on the POSITIVES, right? Let’s try and get through this installment of Players of the Week together without crying, okay?

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Juan Lagares honestly makes everything okay. Tied for fifth in the NL with 33 hits, batting .309 in his last seven games with a .326 OBP and currently riding a streak of three multi-hit games in a row, Juan has been the only blip on the quietest offensive radar we’ve seen all season. He’s been the ultimate hometown hero: he’s gotten at least one hit in every home game and has batted .377.

It is well worth noting that Juan, who is not afraid to swing his bat at almost anything (he swings at more than half—or 52.9%—of pitches; for comparison, Curtis Granderson swings at 34.3% of pitches), only struck out four times over the past week. He even drew two walks!

For some reason, however, despite the Mets’ often foolish aggression on the base paths thus far, Juan has not attempted to swipe a bag yet. With the frequency that he’s been getting on base, I think that the Mets are completely underestimating the importance of this. Or maybe I’m just desperate for some excitement. Back to back 1-0 losses can do that to a person, ya know. At least Juan’s Al-Star Game campaign is coming together pretty well!

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There’s nothing else I can say. Just watch this clip on repeat while eating ice cream directly out of the carton, like I’ve been doing.

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I wish I could acknowledge all of the pitching staff in this one paragraph, but I’ve got to single out Matt Harvey because a) we probably would have gotten swept by the Nats if not for him and b) he has won his first 5 starts on the season; and before the season everybody was concerned that his fastball wasn’t even going to reach 90 (I say this literally every time I talk about Matt Harvey, but I really don’t ever plan on stopping that). 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB and 3 K seem like relatively calm numbers for Harvey, but as long as he’s preventing runs from scoring it really doesn’t matter.

As strikeout happy as Harvey can get, it makes me so happy to see that he is learning to become less reliant on his fastball and can perfect his offspeed and breaking pitches to get quick outs rather than work for a K. He is clearly learning to mature as a pitcher, and this type of mental refining has translated very well on the field and through the media (no middle finger outrage thus far!).

Harvey takes the mound again this Friday against the Phillies, a team he’s historically owned. I have a good feeling we’ll see his ERA drop and his win total rise. THAT HARVEY! HE’S SO HOT RIGHT NOW! Wait, that’s not right…


Daniel Murphy did that thing where he hit a home run again. If not for his 9th inning, three run homer against Marlins closer Steve Cishek on Monday, we probably would have gotten swept. Also, kudos to Murph for stepping up and playing third while we wait for Wright to come back. He’s manned the hot corner just fine thus far.

Alex Torres’ hat halo may actually be a real halo. He had a masterful performance on Sunday, as he came into a bases loaded, no out situation and promptly struck out the following three batters. After a shaky start, Torres has really improved. If the offense is going to keep playing this game, the bullpen is going to have to be as stellar as possible.

Dillon Gee and Jon Niese both pitched insanely well. Gee had two stellar stars this week, giving up 6 hits each game while only allowing only 1 ER and striking out eight over 12.1 IP. He finally reached that milestone of most consecutive starts going 5.0 or more innings, previously held by Doc Gooden. Niese nearly matched Gee’s performance; although he gave up nine hits on Saturday, they were mostly ground balls and there was almost nothing that was hard hit against him all night. His only earned run was a damn infield single!

Jeurys Familia is actually insane. He has recorded a save in his last 10 appearances, which ties the single season franchise record. His fastball should honestly be illegal, it’s that good. His K/9 is 10.80, his LOB% is 89.3%, only 15.4% of the hits he’s given up have been line drives, his ground-ball rate is at a career high (61.5%), and batters swing and miss at 35.4% of pitches he throws. Gone are the days of Frank Francisco and Jose Valverde; let us all join together, hold hands and welcome in the Jeurys Familia era. Can you say All-Star?

For what it’s worth, Duda is still pretty solid at first. At least one of our guys can play the infield properly.

All statistical information is from Fangraphs, you can look there if you don’t believe me! :-)

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MMO Players of the Week: The Metsiest Eight Game Winning Streak in History Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:09:52 +0000 This week will officially go down as the weirdest in Mets history. 8 wins in a row. First undefeated opening homestand in franchise history. First place. Finally beating the damn Marlins for once. Scoring runs at Citi Field! Ejections, catcher’s interference, (failed) challenges up the wazoo, beanballs, comebacks and Bartolo Colon RBIs. The Mets usually never make my job easy. This week, they decided to give me a break. Here are the best of the best from the Mets this week!

(Disclaimer: I am refraining from directly mentioning any injuries because I am still adamantly denying that they ever even happened.)

lucas duda


Six doubles, six RBI, nine hits and a home run are just mere numbers that represent Lucas Duda‘s monster week. He has been all over the curveball; and it’s worth noting that he has finally been getting hits off of lefties. He’s been coming through in the clutch. Remember when Terry was concerned about the “pressure” he might feel batting cleanup? Me neither. His bases clearing double on Tuesday that put the Mets ahead for good very well set the tone for their offense for the rest of the series. He secured the Mets another win on Thursday with his two out, two strike RBI single against Miami. And let us not forget that on the anniversary of the day that the Mets traded away Ike Davis, Duda led off the inning with another double. Fun story: two years ago, I bought a Lucas Duda shirsey out of pure impulse. You can all start thanking me now, because I totally knew this was going to happen.

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I was deciding between TDA and Lagares for this week, but honestly, Juan wins this literally every time so I decided I should give Travis a special shoutout. This doesn’t mean that he is any less deserving, though, because I genuinely believe his defense this week was the best it has ever been. Last season, Travis had a powerful arm with absolutely no control. This week, he’s thrown out Dee Gordon twice, both in very key spots: on Thursday, when the game was knotted at 3 and Gordon was on with 0 outs, and on Saturday, when deGrom and TDA performed the strike ‘em out-throw ‘em out (my favorite baseball play) in the first inning to help set the tone for another #deGrominant night and their seventh win in a row. D’Arnaud’s framing has always been top notch, but it’s worth mentioning again because it helps the pitcher get SO many strike calls, which is crucial considering how atrocious some umpires’ strike zones can be. Thank God we have Travis behind the plate! I can’t imagine what this team would do if anything were to happen to him!

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With a scoreless inning streak of 18.1 IP, a 0.93 ERA on the year, 11 K and only one BB over the last two games, Jacob deGrom is not only worthy of this week’s honor, but apparently he’s worthy of his own garden gnome, which I fully intend on getting. Regardless, the fashion in which Jacob dominates is almost mind-blowing. On Opening Day, he allowed seven hits. On Saturday, he allowed six. Yet nobody can score a run off of him. The reason? His changeup has been lethal. His fastball is brilliantly controlled, throwing it with speed and elevation to generate the swing and miss, usually for the third strike. He can come back from behind in any count and make his opponent pay for it. His LOB% is a whopping 97.4%, coupled with the fact that ground balls account for about 45% of balls put in play against him (per Fangraphs). He doesn’t have the same demeanor or the same mound presence as Harvey does, but Jacob has been arguably more dominant so far this season. Just think: if you take away the bad pitch he threw against Zimmerman that resulted in a home run, Jacob’s ERA would be a flat 0.00. Absolutely crazy.


- Jerry Blevins has faced 13 lefties this year. He has sent all 13 of them back to the dugout. Unfortunately, that number will have to stay at 13 for a while.
- Juan Lagares, as mentioned before, had a crazy game on Friday, appropriately making three fantastic, potentially game saving catches on the same night he received his Gold Glove award. He is also in the midst of a 7 game hit streak and drove in what proved to be the winning run on Monday’s home opener.

- Michael Cuddyer has struck out 17 times so far (more than half of his total of 30 from all of last year), yet his average is .333 and he is offering some very good protection behind Duda in the lineup, hitting his fair share of clutch hits. Citi Field or Coors Field?

- I know I bashed Wilmer Flores last week, but that was all in good fun! He totally shut me up this week, though, not only by playing a solid SS, but by hitting two homers and driving in five in the series against Miami as well. He got the Mets back in the game with his three run bomb on Thursday, which ignited the Mets’ offense and fueled their eventual four game sweep of the Fish. I’m convinced that he was pointing and laughing at all of us when he came into the dugout after his homer like “I see you haters!”

- Bartolo Colon has more RBIs than Curtis Granderson. That is all.


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MMO Players of the Week: One Week Down, 26 To Go Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:00:06 +0000 I’m… not quite sure what to make of this yet. Six games have been played and the Mets stand even at 3-3. As the way it seems to be happening in the NL East, good teams are playing poorly and bad teams are playing unexpectedly average. The World Series shoe-in Nationals, who are 2-4, almost got swept by the MLB-worst Phillies, who stand at 3-3. The Marlins dream team is currently 1-5 and the depleted Braves are 5-1. It was surprising yet refreshing to see the Mets take 2/3 from the Nats, and it was expected but nonetheless frustrating to see the Mets barely avoid getting swept in Atlanta. The positive is obviously the pitching. The most glaring negative, in addition to the offense, is the excruciatingly weak middle infield. But overall, I can’t complain (well I can, but I will refrain from doing so) that the Mets are heading into the homestand at 3-3. So let’s dive right into it, shall we: the first MMO Players of the Week for 2015!

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Also in contention for hitter of the week, Bartolo Colon joins Cy Young and Nolan Ryan as the only pitcher older than 40 to record 8 strikeouts on Opening Day. Not a bad duo to be in company with! I am still fascinated that a man as old (in baseball years) and as… unathletic as Colon can toss the same darn pitch over and over with such pinpoint accuracy. Since he is the only pitcher to have pitched twice this week, it was easy to give him a nod for this week’s honor, but he certainly earned it either way: 6.0 innings, 8 strikeouts, 1 walk on Monday and 7.0 innings, 5 punchouts and 0 walks on Sunday. Colon has thrown an overwhelming amount of fastballs, yet each one is different in the sense that he can either throw a flat one to paint the corners or jam a hitter, or he can add a bit of late movement to fool the hitter without losing control over the target. He has also been the most efficient, throwing the fewest pitches per inning so far. Not to mention that the man hit his first RBI in 10 years on Sunday. Number 40 on his jersey, number one in our hearts.

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Easily the best hitter on the Mets to date, Travis is showing us that he is the hitter he was hyped up to be. Through 18 AB, five out of his six hits went for RBIs, he has one triple (!!!), a slugging percentage of .444 and an OBP of .368. While we wait for the power to come, we can expect to see some timely hitting from the young d’Arnaud. As of right now, he is the hitter I feel most comfortable with when men are on base or in scoring position. He has been smart with his swings and really aiming to make solid contact with the ball. Instead of trying to do too much, he is relaxing and swinging his bat straight; notice how he’s been getting clean base hits and line drives into the gap instead of popping the ball up. Many Mets hitters are getting too under or too on top of the ball, so it is great to see that Travis has found something that is working very well so far. Hopefully he keeps this up throughout the season, not only because his team needs him but because I predicted him as this year’s breakout hitter and I really don’t want to be wrong.

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Flores’ defense this week has been incredible. He’s turned every single play with such accuracy, I don’t know how he does it! I’ve never seen anything like it. He’s just like Andrelton Simmons, maybe even better! He’s– okay, I’ll stop now, I’m laughing too hard to type coherently. Here’s your actual defender of the week.

lucas duda


All joking aside, the Mets’ defense has been pretty bad. From the middle infield to Lagares not making his regular spectacular plays (like seriously, I was shocked when he didn’t make that diving catch on Sunday), there hasn’t been a whole lot to marvel at. That is, until you look at Lucas Duda. Aside from those really irritating doubles the Braves got off of Dillon Gee down the line, Lucas’s ability to scoop up short throws and stay on the bag during wild ones is, in my opinion, incredibly underrated and rarely talked about. Of course it’s an essential skill for a first baseman to be able to scoop a ball and keep a foot on the bag, but the fact that Duda has to deal with an inconsistent Murphy, a simply bad Flores and a sidearm slinging Wright on a daily basis, he fields his position incredibly well. He did this very well last year, and it’s nice to see that he’ll probably be doing it very well all of this year. Keep it up, Luke.


David Wright continues to kill lefties. He also hit his first home run of the year (and also in what seems to be forever) on a golf swing; he’s one shy of being the all time HR leader for a visiting team at Turner Field. I hope he names his first child Ted.

Matt Harvey is officially back, and is officially better than ever. He has a curveball now! And he struck out Bryce Harper three times on high fastballs. Ha.

Is it just me or has Jacob deGrom‘s hair gotten bigger? (He pitched a pretty mean game, too; one he certaintly didn’t deserve to lose.)

Bartolo Colon got an RBI. He swung the bat and put the ball in play. He even got to be a baserunner for, like, five seconds. That is worthy of a second mention.

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Mets Spring Training: The Best of the Best! Sun, 05 Apr 2015 16:36:59 +0000 matt reynolds steven matz

If this spring hasn’t left you optimistic of what’s to come, then you might need to rethink a few things. There is something drastically different about this year’s Mets compared to last, and while it is clear that there are still some wrinkles to be smoothed out, there should be no argument that 2015 will be better than 2014.

The Mets finished as unofficial Grapefruit League champs, respectably ending their spring training at 19-12-2. From Matt Harvey picking up where he left off to Cuddyer flashing signs of potential beyond expectations, this spring has showcased far more good than bad. Of course, before the season officially begins tomorrow, I couldn’t resist the urge to evaluate the final verdict. For the first time in over half a year, I present to you: the best players of spring training!

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Top Pitcher: Matt Harvey

Boy, does this feel good to finally say again. Not only did Harvey completely shatter all expectations placed on him by clocking in at 99 in his first start back, but let it be noted that in the 22.2 innings he pitched, his BB/K ratio was 1:21. If that isn’t just absurd to you, then I don’t know what else to say. It’s also worth noting that Harvey has seemed to have spent a good chunk of his rehab refining his curveball (arguably his weakest pitch pre-TJ surgery), which is a monstrous improvement and advantage he has added to his seemingly endless pitching arsenal. If he can carry this into the regular season, he’s going to find himself in some very good company. Cool, calm, collected and confident– Matt Harvey is still Matt Harvey. What surgery?

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Top Hitter: Curtis Granderson

Woah, wait, what? Curtis Granderson? The same guy who would have been lucky to even make contact with the ball last April? Not only did Curtis lead the entire Grapefruit League with a .442 average over 52 at bats, but he drew 10 walks and had an OBP of .531 (!!!) and an OPS of 1.243 (!!!!!), while only striking out five times (!!!!!!!!!!). Where was this Curtis last season? We could have used a guy who didn’t arbitrarily swing at everything remotely near the plate! Luckily, Grandy has seemed to fix his mistakes; and even if it is Spring Training and all, if he could stay consistent like this over the course of 22 games, there is no reason to believe that he can’t do it for another 130. Stay with me, folks: we’re being optimistic!


Top Defender: Juan Lagares

Honestly, this doesn’t even need an explanation at this point. Where extra base hits go to die. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Honorable Mentions

Anthony Recker is probably the clutchest person on planet earth. Per Adam Rubin, 10 of Recker’s 14 career homers have either tied the game or gave the Mets the lead. With a team that has questionable strength off the bench (and questionable power in the everyday lineup to begin with), Recker could end up being key in a late season, need to win situation; aka, the Wild Card game. Just watch.

You absolutely can’t forget how amazing Jacob deGrom is. He’s looking as sharp as ever, fanning 25 in exactly 26 IP, averaging about 4 innings per start (which is very respectable in ST). There shouldn’t be any thoughts about him fizzling out this season- if anything, he’ll be even stronger. If he keeps this up, he can easily lead the team in wins and possibly ERA; and be the frontrunner for the Golden Hair award.

The heartwarming buddy-buddy duo of David Wright and Michael Cuddyer have been a pleasant surprise. Wright is finally getting extra base hits again, and Cuddyer is launching some impressive moonshots. These two are a key factor in the Mets’ potential success this season, and if they can both stay healthy, expect to see them doing some great things, to the tune of many RBI doubles and towering home runs.

My final verdict? Stay optimistic. I feel something 1985-esque in this team. Realistically, Washington is too developed and too big a mountain to climb over for the NL East crown, but for a first time in a long time, the wild card is not a dizzying fantasy. If the Mets can finish in second place, finally be over .500 and even sneak into one of the WC spots, then I think we’re all in for a fun filled and thrilling year. Opening Day is almost upon us!

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Players of the Week: Duda, Colon and Everybody Else Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:11:06 +0000 The collapse wasn’t as sudden as it has been in the past, but it has finally arrived. Splitting the series with the Cubs was deplorable (especially in the manner the Mets did it in). Splitting the short series with the A’s was expected, but still not acceptable. Nearly getting swept by the Dodgers due to sloppy baseball was just distasteful. When Terry Collins had, after getting embarrassed by the Nationals at home, to win the next 7 of their 8 games, I can imagine that went through one ear and right out the other for the players. While a lot of things have been going wrong for the Mets lately, there are always those few players who will put on a show and stand out in the darkest times: the MMO Players of the Week!

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This choice was as easy as counting to five; which, coincidentally, is the number of home runs Lucas Duda crushed this week. 9th best in the MLB with 26 long balls and easily the hottest hitter on the Mets right now, Duda has transformed from a streaky, potential-for-power guy to a premier first baseman right before our eyes. With eight hits and a whopping 11 RBI over the past week, Duda has a team-leading 76 runs batted in on the year (which is good for 19th in the league). The most amazing thing about Duda’s sudden tirade of dominance is that he is not even trying to knock balls out of the park, it just…happens. As the guys in the booth have said many times, the key to Duda’s success is for him to not become home run happy, but to continue to work counts, be selective and be a smart hitter, capitalizing on pitcher mistakes when he can. We already know that choosing Lucas over Ike Davis was the right move, but now more than ever it has become evident that the Mets have unleashed a monster who may not even be close to showing what he can really do when given the right opportunity.

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I know this is an unorthodox way of giving out the award, but Sunday’s game was no doubt the best the Mets have been in a while and it was quite possibly the only game this week where there were no major screw ups. Everyone was involved in that awesome triple play, Tejada was slick, Campbell made nice plays, Eric Young. made a pretty catch in left… it was a good all around defensive day for the Metsies. The Mets’ defense has been shockingly bad as of late, so it was a real treat to see this defense put on a show in LA. Even if the offense staggers for the last month of the season, I really hope that the defense can at least stay consistent enough to give us SOMETHING to be happy about.

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In what many are calling his last start with the Mets, Bartolo Colon gets to finish strong with yet another gem. A true master of his craft, Colon painted the corners, jammed hitters constantly and was able to induce a number of ground balls (which the defense were happy to constantly field for outs). Because of his dominance in his past starts, the Mets could be looking at a pretty decent haul for the veteran right hander if the price is right. Colon has been more than great for us as of late, giving us solid outing after solid outing despite faltering early in the season. Truthfully, we could not ask for anything more of him, considering this team is out of contention and already looking to 2015. He has given all he has and his starts have been thoroughly enjoyable for the last few months. Good luck to him wherever he ends up (if he ends up somewhere else at all)!


Carlos Torres had a good spot start on Monday, striking out the side in the first inning, collecting six punch-outs overall and holding the Cubs scoreless over five innings of work. Jacob deGrom, while faltering in his return from the DL, is nothing to worry about. He not only had great control of his fastball and breaking pitches, but he collected two hits off of LA’s Zack Greinke, one of those hits being mere feet away from an opposite field homer! Juan Lagares continues his defensive rampage and crushed his first home run since May in Saturday’s losing effort. Ruben Tejada was one of the many stars of Sunday’s fun fest, hitting his third home run (when did he even hit those other two?) and making slick defensive plays all around.

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MMO Players of the Week: It’s hard to choose when the Mets lose Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:00:18 +0000 The more that Mets players and coaches talk about a late playoff surge, the sillier and more delusional they sound. As things always seem to do for this team as the home stretch approaches, the Mets are beginning to fall apart at the seams. The offense is futile, the bullpen has been less than great, and the starting pitching has just been average.

Terry Collins continues to stun fans by making his fair share of questionable moves, such as pitching an injured Mejia with a deficit and refusing to move down a slumping Granderson from the top of the order. After getting thoroughly embarrassed by Washington at home for the 13th straight time, Collins made it a point to put it in the past and told his team to win the next 7 of 8 in hopes of approaching the near-impossible mark of .500 (of course, we all know that won’t happen).

However, even when the Mets seem to be at their lowest overall point of the season, that still doesn’t mean that some players have done all they can to bring success to this team. And with that, I present to you the Players of the Week.

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It truly is a stretch to even include this category this week (which made it more difficult to even choose a player to put here), but I decided to go with Daniel Murphy for this reason: even though he did not produce any huge runs (the credit there goes to Anthony Recker and Eric Campbell for their respective home runs, but there is no way the honor can be given to either of them), but because he still continues to collect hits despite being marred by a “slump”.

He collected six hits and scored three runs over the past week; and for the Mets, that’s saying a lot. Keep in mind that it is nearly impossible to pick a player for this category during a stretch of historic offensive vain. I could pick out plenty of times over the past week where Murphy failed to produce, but I could do that with every player.

However, I would also like to mention Lucas Duda here instead of the honorable mentions because I believe that while Murphy is our best hitter, Lucas is our most feared. He is fifth in the NL in home runs with 22 and is becoming a smarter and more disciplined hitter at the plate, drawing five walks in the last three games. With all things considered, the category could very well be split between these two players. Who deserves it more?

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This is a category Lucas Duda can stand in on his own. With not many spectacular defensive plays taking place this week (except for Wilmer Flores‘ slick play on Sunday’s bitter loss), the honor goes to Lucas for continuing to show off his vastly improved first base defense. With a subpar middle infield and an aching Wright at third, a vast majority of the plays made by the defense would be lost if Duda did not have an incredible skill for scooping up balls that come up short.

For a guy I honestly thought would not be able to hold his own defensively, Duda has become quite nimble at first baseman. Even if his stretches don’t come close to what Freddie Freeman can do, it’s good enough to suffice for us. Lucas has really embraced the title of everyday first baseman and continues to show that he is more than just an average player.

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I’m going to start this section off by sending my sincere condolences to the Colon family for the unfortunate loss of Bartolo’s mother; it truly is a tragedy to see these things happen to players we have all come to respect.

Now, on a more positive note, Zack Wheeler cops the top honor as pitcher of the week this week for his 6.2 innings of four hit ball on Friday. Thanks to Eric Campbell’s fourth inning home run, Wheeler was given a lead after faltering early and never looked back. Wheeler is starting to blossom to become the pitcher he was scouted to be, using his scorching fastball (topping out at 97) to freeze hitters for the strikeout, paint the corners or make them chase high out of the zone for feeble contact.

His curveball was a work of art, having induced four of the ten strikeouts he recorded and forcing weak contact to get the easy out. One of the most impressive things about Wheeler’s development is his ability to work out of the jams he puts himself in. Wheeler somehow finds a way to erase runners with double plays, strike out three in a row after letting the first two men on or bearing down after letting up two runs to keep his opponent scoreless. There are all things nobody could say about him at the start of the season, but hopefully we can continue to say these things as his career as a Met continues to get better and better.


Bartolo Colon absolutely should have gotten a win on Wednesday… if the team could score more than two runs. A few sac flies ended up hurting Colon in the end, but that does nothing to summarize how his outing went. He struck out eight over seven strong innings, unfortunately faltering late and costing him. He is making a strong run at the waiver deadline and, even with his placement on the bereavement list, could very well be dealt for a contending team in need of pitcher depth by the end of August. After all, those are really the only kinds of trades Sandy has been making as of late with these rental players.

Rafael Montero had his first truly spectacular outing on Sunday, going 7.1 innings and only letting up one run while striking out six. His control was much better, he was much less erratic and everybody could tell that he felt a lot more comfortable on the mound. Unfortunately, a start which would earn almost any pitcher a win (not to mention his first big league win!) ended in dismay as a hurting Jenrry Mejia (why was he pitching in the first place?) let up an opposite field home run to Starlin Castro on the first pitch of the ninth.

Eric Campbell and Anthony Recker deserve another nod for blasting home runs to secure wins for the Mets, even if they did not help at all in any other games. Wilmer Flores is playing solid, and while he is no Ruben Tejada with his glove, he is his own with his bat. Giving him a position to play constantly until the end of the season will be the true measurer of Wilmer’s future at shortstop– and with the Mets.MMO footer

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MMO Players of the Week: Murphy, Granderson, Colon, Oh My! Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:22:40 +0000 It’s been one of those wacky high and low weeks for the Mets yet again, showing that while the future looks bright, the present is rather bleak. It always seems as if each factor– offense, defense and pitching– seem to work independently. One day the offense will explode… but the defense will falter. The next day the defense is spectacular, but the pitching almost blows it. It’s a vicious cycle that the Mets cannot seem to break out of yet. Unfortunately for us, the Mets showcased this uneven system to us in full force, shrouding some spectacular standout performances with, as Keith Hernandez puts it, bad fundies. However, you cannot be a Mets fan without looking for every possible speck of good, even in the bad times. On that note, I present the MMO Players of the Week!

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After a slow start coming out of the gate after the All-Star Break, our lone representative reminded us why he was chosen in the first place. Daniel Murphy recorded AT LEAST one hit and one RBI in every game, except for the 11-inning win on Saturday. He still stands as the only everyday starter with an average above .300 (.303). With a whopping 8 RBI and 13 hits in 32 at-bats throughout the week, Murph is not only showcasing why he is the best hitter on the team, but is also building a strong case as to why he should be extended in the offseason. His defense vastly improved, his offensive game presently better than even a seven-time All-Star, Murphy could be a very important asset to the team’s success in the near future. However, a popular debate that has been going on for years has more fuel to it than ever: reap the highest benefit you can after a career year and trade him, or use his productivity to help solidify a contending team and extend him?

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Whether he was helping a pal earn his 200th career win or just making your run-of-the-mill impressive catch, Curtis Granderson was flashing the leather all week, reminding us that he can be a force with his glove as well as his bat. While some of these catches came during eventual Met losses, the most notable one of the week was on Friday’s nail biter in Philly, when Granderson made a sliding catch in the 9th with second and third, no outs to prevent the runs from scoring and secure career win number 200 for fan favorite Bartolo Colón. Speaking of which…

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The guy who has the internet buzzing with every at bat, the man with the helmet that probably needs a chin strap, your friend and ours, Bartolo Colon is finally a member of the 200-win club. Keeping his hot streak up (on the mound, that is), Colon went eight strong innings allowing only one run on six hits while fanning six. As always, Colon’s fastball was masterfully controlled and expertly placed, occasionally mixing in the offspeed pitch to generate the swing and miss when needed. Colon has been showcasing his craft at his best lately, whether bidding for a perfect game or a career milestone. We may not be seeing him for very much longer in a Met uniform, but we can enjoy his outings while we can– and his plate appearances.


Grab some refreshments, because this is gonna be a long one: Juan Lagares put on his own show this week, smacking doubles, triples and making his fair share of spectacular plays: nailing Gregor Blanco at the plate on Monday and making a great diving catch on Tuesday that knocked the wind out of him. Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud generated their own offense, hitting back-to-back jacks on Sunday in a game where the offense shined bright. Duda has been piecing together some high quality at bats, showing an aggressive side while also being able to work a count. d’Arnaud’s bat only continues to get better, proving that he can flourish to be the player he was scouted to be. Kirk Nieuwenhuis threw himself a birthday party in center field on Thursday, making two spectacular diving catches that were run saving and loomed large in a tie game that the Mets would eventually give away. Josh Edgin has really improved since last year, striking out five and giving up no runs in his appearances this week. Strong offense… star defense… stellar pitching… why can’t they ever work in harmony?!

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MMO Players of the Week: Past, Present and Future All-Stars Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:21:03 +0000 If you told me that the Mets were going to take 3 of 4 from the then first place Braves and follow that up with a sweep of the Marlins at home, I would have called you crazy. Now, I’m starting to wonder if I’m crazy for thinking this team has a shot to make a run for it. The Mets have been unarguably been playing their best ball of the season lately: capitalizing with RISP, attacking during every at bat, getting clutch hits, rallying from behind and holding the opponent to four or less runs each game. If this is the team Sandy Alderson had in mind when he made his bold 90-wins proposal, we can see where he was coming from. While it is a stretch to call this team a 90-win team, if they can break the streak of losing records and abysmal play after the All-Star Break, reaching .500–and even a wild card spot– may not be out of the question. This team has been playing like a true team, but even teams have their standout players: your MMO Players of the Week!

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At the close of a first half that he can only build up from, David Wright completed the last week before the break with a bang. Going 11-for-25 with two dingers, five walks and seven RBI, Wright collected his 19th four hit game in Friday’s victory, the second most in Mets history behind Jose Reyes‘ 23. Attacking the inside pitch as well as capitalizing on pitcher mistakes, Wright is driving in runs, getting on base and flashing his power, as any captain should be able to do. While only batting .285 on the year and not looking nearly as well as he has in the past, it is not far fetched to say that David will certainly show flashes of his former self come the second half. Aside from the mere numbers on the field, David is also showing confidence in his squad of young players that if they (and he) can keep this type of play up, the Mets can give the division leaders ”a run for their money”.

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The defense this week has been consistent at times and dismal at others, but when you turn double plays, make barehanded throws and splay yourself out in the air to prevent a run from scoring in a close game, you have definitely secured your spot as winner of the defensive player of the week. Of course, all of this only applies if your name is Daniel Murphy. Our lone All-Star rep has been slightly lacking at the plate but has certainly made it up with his glove, showing us and the rest of baseball why he truly deserves to wear that red and blue jersey in Minnesota. His newborn son Noah will certainly have a lot to look up to when he gets around to watching highlights of his father on the field!

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It is extremely difficult to pick a pitcher of the week when all of the pitchers have been doing phenomenal, but with two outings totaling 14 IP, 1 ER, 12 hits, 19 punchouts and even his first RBI of the year, Jacob deGrom has absolutely solidified his place within the starting rotation. deGrom is a fan favorite, not only for his luscious hair but for his fantastic four pitch array of a brilliantly located fastball that can top out at 96, a curveball that can make any hitter look foolish, a changeup that has even the best batters fishing and a slider that, while not used often, is still a pitch deGrom can throw for strikes. deGrom was not often included in the conversation of bright young Mets prospects, but if he continues to shock both fans and teams by pitching this way, he may just find himself in a vital part of the Mets’ future.


STARTING PITCHING: The starting pitching we have seen this week is some of the best all season. With Niese’s sudden DL stint, guys like Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee and even Dice-K have stepped up and made up for his absence. Lately, Wheeler has been pitching like he was promised to, getting out of jams and refurbishing his control. On the flip side lies Dillon Gee, whose simply spectacular first outing since coming off the DL proves to everyone that he is more than the fifth starter everyone is making him out to be.

THE BENCH: The entire Mets bench gets a nod this week. Eric Campbell (with a little help from Chris Young) saved the game on Saturday, capping off a stellar comeback on Saturday that Terry Collins called the biggest win of the year. Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been tearing it up, with three hits and two RBI and limited at bats. In addition, Eric Young Jr made a couple fine plays in the outfield on Tuesday and even notched an RBI. We are all aware of the difficulties of being called off the bench and being expected to kill it each time, but lucky for us that is exactly what the bench has been doing.

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Howie Rose: That’s As Good As It Gets! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:52:08 +0000 ruben tejada jenrry mejia

In probably one of the most satisfying wins thus far, the Mets, backed by superb pitching and spectacular defense, narrowly shut out the Cardinals, 2-0. While the offense was not overwhelming, they were able to work Cardinals’ starter Tyler Lyons enough to knock in two runs and draw four walks. it was a much needed victory for the Metropolitans, who are experiencing many difficulties winning at home.

Jenrry Mejia put together a spectacular outing, going 6.2 strong innings with seven strikeouts and three walks. His placement and command were exceptional, and his offspeed and breaking pitches were downright nasty. He started off extremely strong, letting up only two hits through the first five innings. When trouble began brewing in the sixth after two walks,

Mejia did a marvelous job pitching his way through the inning to coax the popups and the double plays when needed.

Ruben Tejada had a monster day in the field, making a few gorgeous diving stops and starting two critical double plays including this one in the fifth inning in which he pairs with Daniel Murphy to wow the crowd:

Last night’s win could easily be credited to the admirable defensive display put on by infielders Tejada, Murphy, Josh Satin and David Wright. In the sixth inning, Mejia made sure to give a fist bump to all four of them before departing the mound after Terry Collins replaced him.

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MMO Players of the Week: Three Vets For Military Monday Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:07:04 +0000 Mets POTW

Nothing is very new about the New York Mets… it has been another up and down week yet again. From pummeling the Diamondbacks to nearly getting swept by the Braves, the mystery of how the Mets go from performing like All-Stars on the road to playing like a little league team at home will likely remain unsolved for a while. Yet, with a surplus of under-performance comes three players who shine and make the week their own: our MMO Players of the Week!

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Oh Captain, my Captain! David Wright is finally starting to look like the David Wright we know and love. Currently riding an 11 game hitting streak, Wright was quite literally all of the Mets offense for the past few days. Not only did he record the only hit in an embarrassing game on Friday night, but he has had back-to-back three hit games and has driven in four of the Mets’ last nine runs in the previous two days; not to mention recording six hits during the series with the DBacks and driving in three runs. Per the Mets, Wright has amassed 18 hitting streaks of 10 or more hits in his career, which is a club record.

Although Curtis Granderson is not providing the protection we thought he would, Wright continues to chip away and get on base any way he can. His hitting streak may be a fairly quiet one, but he is the only one consistently hitting at the moment. Of course, we cannot conclude the offensive portion of this paragraph without giving a hefty shoutout to Bartolo Colon‘s absolutely hilarious at-bat from Saturday night’s game that has screenshots of his flubbing faces swirling around the baseball twitterverse. Here’s to enjoying many more Bartolo (and Wright!) at-bats throughout the season!

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Make no issue of the paternity leave now! Daniel Murphy has clearly moved past the asinine accusations of “softness” from radio critics and self proclaimed twitter critics alike, putting on a fantastic show in the middle infield this week. He completely stole the show Monday night, making three gorgeous plays all worthy of the highlight reel. He made another beautiful play Wednesday night and has been very consistent in the field all week. Murphy has shaped up to be a wonderful defensive second baseman. For all of his streaky ways, Murph’s range has really improved and will only continue to improve as the season goes on. He is all but guaranteed to turn that double play and is fantastic at executing it. Murphy’s defense is nothing to look past; it is certainly worth appreciating having a defenseman we can trust when it comes to flashing the leather on any type of play.

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Now this is the Gee we have been waiting to see! Dillon Gee put on a spectacular show Wednesday night, tossing seven beautiful innings of three-hit ball. Perhaps the most outstanding aspect of his performance was the fact that he walked no batters at all: a sign of very respectful control. His fastball was very well placed and he hit all of his spots throughout the night, inducing the pop up when he needed it and jamming up hitters whenever he could. His curveball was incredibly accurate, painting the corner various times to freeze hitters.

Gee was in so much control that he did not even allow a hit until the 5th inning. Wondrously, he did not implode in the 6th inning as he so often does, and tossed a mere 72 pitches through seven innings; however Collins, mindful of Gee’s tendency to deteriorate in late innings, rightfully pulled him from the game to end his start on a high note. It would have been interesting if Collins had left him in the game to see if Gee had honed on his pitching late in the game, but with the track record the Mets have with embarrassing ways to lose, Collins made the right choice; even though Valverde gave us a huge scare in the bottom of the 9th!


Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a fantastic night on both sides of the coin his first night back, going 3-for-5 with 3 RBI and a spectacular diving catch. It is great to see that Kirk has worked on his plate presence, honing on his aggressiveness and adding the element of timely hitting. However, with the Mets announcing the promotion of Bobby Abreu, it is likely that either he or Andrew Brown will get the boot and be sent back down to Vegas.

Daisuke Matsuzaka has made for a positive addition to the Mets’ bullpen, tossing three critical scoreless innings while striking out five in the Mets’ extra-inning victory on Easter Sunday. Dice-K is a wonderful addition to the bullpen, proving to be a worthy go-to long reliever and a guy you certainly would not mind using back to back days for a few innings at a time. His role with the team may be changing compared to last year, but the contributions he gives are more revered in the bullpen.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 7, Diamondbacks 3 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:09:20 +0000 zack wheeler

The Mets took advantage of the Diamondbacks weak pitching and poor defense to cruise to a refreshing 7-3 win on Monday night at Chase Field.

On the positive side:

Zack Wheeler improved greatly from his last start, surrendering only two runs, six hits, striking out three and even picking off Chris Ownings in the 3rd! Although he walked three batters and was less consistent than we know him to be, his pitches looked a lot more in command than his previous start, particularly his breaking and offspeed pitches. As the game went on, he began to find a great rhythm and his velocity did not dip, which is a very positive thing to see. Carlos Torres also continues his stretch of dominance, coming in to relieve Wheeler in the 7th and only giving up one run on three hits in 2.2 innings of relief.

The offense came alive tonight: David Wright (.231) and Ruben Tejada (.195) both drove in runs on groundouts in the first two innings, and the Captain driving in a run in the 8th as well.

Lucas Duda (.306) undoubtedly had the best night of anyone, going 4-for-5 with four hard hit singles and two RBIs.

Of course, we give credit to Daniel Murphy for performing a fantastic juke move to avoid the tag at the plate to score from second on a Duda single. In addition, Eric Young (.217) continues his on-base frenzy, reaching base three times, stealing a bag and scoring two runs.

On the negative side:

Curtis Granderson took a painful hit to the wrist as he slammed into the fence on a put-out attempt in the first inning. Although he initially had the catch, the ball popped out of his glove and the D’Backs scored their first run. Granderson temporarily stayed in the game, recording a much needed hit in the 5th for an RBI. However, Andrew Brown came in for him in the 6th, as Granderson was diagnosed with a bruised forearm, rib cage and knee. On the topic of injuries, Juan Lagares also came out in the 7th inning with a pulled hamstring.

*** There are no further updates in regards to the severity of the injuries and the possibility of DL stints, but x-rays on Grandy were negative.

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There are many good things to take away from this game: there were many positive signs on the offensive side and improvement in the pitching department. Unfortunately, the potential game changing injuries to Granderson and Lagares put a huge damper on an otherwise nice win. The question is: will the Mets ever reach .500? They are 6-7 now so stay tuned and find out!

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MMO Players of the Week: Lagares and Niese Cop Top Honors Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:43:33 +0000 Mets POTW

This week in Mets baseball was just like any other: stagnant offense, average defense and bi-polar pitching. At the close of week two, it became apparent that more than one player was going to have to hit consistently for this team to experience constant success and reach that seemingly astronomical 90-win goal. However, despite the up and down pattern we have been seeing from this team, there are only a very small group of people who have heard cheers and not boos from the fans– our MMO Players of the Week!

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There was no need to keep these categories separate: Juan Lagares has once again stolen the show. Before I get into him, I would like to give a hefty nod to the Mets who had huge games: Eric Young Jr for his historical night on Tuesday and Anthony Recker and Omar Quintanilla on Saturday night who basically won the game for the Mets; however I could not give them any honors this week on account of they either did not start for the majority of the week or simply did not perform consistently enough to be considered.

Juan Lagares, however, is a completely different story. While he did not have a humongous week, he still not only recorded at least one hit in every game this week, but he still leads the team in RBIs at 7. When you compare his offense from last season into this season, the change is substantial: he is taking a marginally less amount of pitches and is developing an aggressive recognition of the strike zone and certain pitch types– a fantastic example of this was during Saturday night’s extra inning game when Lagares took a pitch that could not have been any closer to the strike zone without being called a strike. On the next pitch, he stroked a single into center field and would come around to score two batters later. His discipline has improved significantly and while in all seriousness it is not likely that he can keep this streak up, it’s refreshing to see that Lagares’ biggest question going into the season, is being thoroughly addressed. He’s learning and improving.

Now, onto the defensive side: the defense this week was just as it has been the last week: relatively consistent, but nothing overwhelming. David Wright has made a few flashy plays, but at this point that barehanded play is routine for him. Quintanilla had a good night on Saturday, but he has only made one start all season. That leaves one player: Juan Lagares. It may seem repetitive, but he is truly worth the recognition he is getting so far. On Wednesday night in Atlanta, Lagares made a beautiful leaping catch to rob Freddie Freeman of an extra base hit. Lagares’ defense has arguably been the most consistent so far this season. Unsurprisingly, this consistency is exactly why he seems to be the most exciting player to watch thus far. He has not just been having one great game a week, or having a night where he makes an array of good plays, but he has been playing all around solid baseball since Opening Day. Like I said last week, it is not at all far fetched to consider Lagares an early contender for the All Star game if he keeps up this level of play.

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This honor was 100% about to go to Bartolo Colon… until yesterday’s game. With Colon getting absolutely hammered by the Angels and the rest of the starting pitching being relatively weak this week, the honor goes to Jon Niese. Our lone lefty in the rotation tossed a very respectable 7.1 innings, striking out five and only giving up three earned runs, two of them leaving the ballpark (but let’s be honest, which pitcher DIDN’T let up at least one home run this week?).

Early on, his curveball has looked as good at is has ever been and it is wonderful to see him starting to throw it a bit more. When his fastball was working for him, it was a spectacular weapon that even froze some Angel hitters. While he did make some mistakes that seemed costly at the time, it makes me feel so great to say that for once, the Mets offense actually bailed him out. Of course, I have to give a special mention to Bartolo Colon‘s start against the Braves at the beginning of the week, which was absolutely dominant. Shutting out a team with Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman and the red hot Justin Upton is not an easy thing to do, but he did it, not allowing any Brave with the exception of Justin Upton to have a multi-hit game.

We all know what the Mets starters are capable of, and we all know what the offense can do as well… now it is just a matter of putting the pieces together and letting the chemistry unfold. We’ve got 85 wins until we hit 90!

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MMO Players of the Week: The Unlikely Heroes Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:00:51 +0000 Opening week for the New York Mets certainly did not go as planned: bullpen woes, absent offense, game-changing injuries, silly defensive blunders and questionable managerial decisions all contributed to a rather frustrating 2-4 start. As most of the team becomes acclimated to their new teammates, however, some players are taking it upon themselves to rise above expectations early on in the season. To some fans, these early signs of life do not mean much to them, but here at MetsMerized we see differently; we like to call these three players our Players of the Week!

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For a guy who was questionable to even make the major league roster, Juan Lagares is certainly the most surprising (and delightful!) person to see take this title in the first week. During the offseason, it was clear that the biggest question mark surrounding the Mets was Lagares’ ability to be a productive offensive force, but with his extraordinary work ethic and determination, he has made major improvements to his game at the plate. So far this season, he has drawn three walks while only striking out four times. While this is only a small sample size, anybody who has been watching the games can see the huge progress Juan has made with his plate discipline; he has been chasing far less pitches and is consistently working the count each at bat; not to mention he has shown early signs of power as well. If he can keep this up in addition to his established astonishing defense, it is not too far fetched to consider Juan a serious contender for the All-Star Team.

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With all the drama surrounding whether this guy would be an everyday outfielder, the sudden injury to Chris Young thrust Eric Young Jr. into the leadoff and left field spot. He clearly did not do anything at the plate, but he did make some nice grabs in the field. Considering that there were little overwhelming defensive plays this week, EYJ gets the title due to his leaping grab to rob Brandon Phillips of a home run on April 4th, which was undeniably fantastic. EYJ was a pleasant product in the field last season, but his pitiful start and underwhelming arm really highlights his true nature as nothing more than a fourth outfielder. With Chris Young sitting on the DL, though, it is critical that EY keeps the great defense consistent for a few more weeks.

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There is no question now that Jenrry Mejia belongs in this rotation! I had the pleasure of experiencing Mejia’s start in person Friday night and I can sincerely say that a great amount of his off-speed stuff made the Reds hitters look absolutely silly. His slider was a fierce killer and his rising fastball in the misty rain was a harsh combination for any man at the plate. He went six innings strong, letting up a mere 4 hits and 1 run in a lineup featuring a 2-3-4 of Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Although his 5 walks were a blemish that he will continue to hone, his 8 strikeouts were the most he has ever recorded in his young career. With pitchers like Wheeler, who has had exposure to the major league atmosphere, and Syndergaard and Montero not too far from Flushing, Mejia will have some fantastic company in a starting rotation that displays much promise for the Mets’ future.


Anthony Recker is a great guy to have as a backup to d’Arnaud, but nothing says this more than throwing out guys who are really, really fast. Recker is deserving for an honorable mention solely for his on-the-money throw to nail the overhyped rookie Billy Hamilton at second base during Friday’s game. This proved to be a huge moment in the game, as Hamilton being safe would have put the fastest runner in the league in scoring position with only one out.

Dillon Gee also gets a very worthy mention in this category for his very positive starts on Opening Day and Saturday’s come from behind win. Gee seems to be susceptible to the long ball early on, but his pitch count has stayed relatively low in conjunction to the innings he has pitched (averaging more than six so far). The interesting trend of Gee’s ERA climbing as the game goes on has been prominent in enough of his starts to render it logical to remove him after six innings and still considering his day a success. I do not doubt that Gee can work to close out his starts strong, but for now it may be safe to pull him if the strings start to fray late in the game. Otherwise, we can all enjoy watching him pitch gems for the first half of the game– if only the bullpen could hold down the lead for him!

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