Mets Merized Online » Mets Related Posts http://metsmerizedonline.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:37:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 MMO Game Recap: Marlins 4, Mets 3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-marlins-4-mets-3-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-marlins-4-mets-3-2.html/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:37:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=166022 dillon gee

The Mets (73-80) lost to the Miami Marlins (74-77) by a score of 4 to 3 this evening at Citi Field.

What you should know:

Dillon Gee had a rough start to the game as he allowed three runs through the first three innings, but eventually settled down and pitched 6.2 solid innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking two.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, Lucas Duda hit a two-run single to score Dillon Gee and Matt den Dekker. On the next play, Marcell Ozuna made a fantastic play in the outfield to rob Wilmer Flores of extra bases and conserve the Marlins lead.

The Mets got within a run in the bottom of the eighth as Curtis Granderson drove in Lucas Duda with a groundout to second base, however, the Mets would fall to the Marlins in the bottom of the ninth as Steve Cishek shut the door for Miami.

On deck:

The Mets travel to Atlanta next and open up a three game series against the Braves Friday night with Zack Wheeler (10-10, 3.61 ERA) taking on Julio Teheran (13-12, 2.89 ERA).

kevin burkhardt

Farewell Kevin and Good Luck

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Marlins, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-marlins-710-pm-8.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-marlins-710-pm-8.html/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:15:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165953 dillon geeTonight, the Mets look to build on their win last night over the Marlins. Dillon Gee (7-7, 3.80) will head to the mound for the Mets opposing right hander Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.81). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm

In his last start, Gee earned the win in the Mets’ 4-3 victory against Washington on September 12th at Citi Field, breaking the Nationals’ 12-game winning streak at Citi Field. He pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs and a season-high nine hits.

Dillon Gee has 44 straight starts of at least 5.0 innings dating back to May 19th, 2013, the longest active streak in the majors. Gee is 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA (10 earned runs/25.0 innings) over his last four starts following a career-high five-game losing streak from July 19-August 19

Wilmer Flores started at second base last night and tied his career-high with six RBI. His two home runs mark his first career multi-hr effort.

Starting Lineup

  1. Matt den Dekker, lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 3b
  3. Travis d’Arnaud, c
  4. Lucas Duda, 1b
  5. Wilmer Flores, 2b
  6. Curtis Granderson, rf
  7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
  8. Ruben Tejada, ss
  9. Dillon Gee, rhp

The Mets rebounded last night and snapped their losing streak against the Marlins, thanks in part to a huge night for Flores. Tonight Dillon Gee looks to keep it going. On the season he is 7-7 over 20 games and 125.2 innings with a 3.80 ERA. In his last four starts he is 3-1 over 25.0 innings and 18 K’s with a 3.60 ERA. He only made one start against the Marlins this year, shutting them out over 8.0 innings allowing 3 hits and striking out 4. The Marlins have the following numbers against Gee:

  • G Jones 5-16, 2B
  • Staton1-9, HR
  • Ozuna 3-7
  • Solano 1-6
  • Yelich o-5
  • R Johnson 1-4, 2B

The Mets bats will look to keep it going from last night against Henderson Alvarez who is 10-6 over 27 starts and 166.1 innings while posting a 2.81 ERA. The young hurler, and first time all-star this year, is leading the league in complete game shutouts (3) in 2014. After back to back to back poor starts where he allowed 12 earned runs over 14.2 innings but right now he allowed 1 earned run over 7 innings. He has made five starts this year against the Mets with a 2-1 record and a 3.45 ERA and 28.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Henderson:

  • Granderson 4-26, 2B
  • Murphy 7-22, 3 2B
  • Duda 3-19, HR
  • E Young 2-13, 3B
  • d’Arnaud 4-13
  • Lagares 2-9, 2 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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Blow It Out Your Ass, Bud http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/blow-it-out-your-ass-bud.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/blow-it-out-your-ass-bud.html/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:31:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165983 SAY CHEESE: Looks like Fred and Bud are holding Mr. Met and the rest of the franchise hostage. (Photo by Newsday)

“Do I have any problem with the Mets’ finances? None.”

More lies, more misinformation, more deviousness. It’s not what any of us want, but it’s what we’ve all become accustomed to whenever the Wilpons or Bud Selig get behind a microphone and their jaws start moving. And Tuesday’s dog and pony show by Bud Selig was only more evidence of that. He brought no relief, only more grief.

The nerve of this traveling vacuum cleaner salesman insulting our intelligence by citing the Baltimore Orioles ($114MM) and the St. Louis Cardinals ($119MM) as evidence that a team can win with a Mets-sized $83 million dollar payroll – a payroll that will not go up in 2015. How dare he come here to a team that’s been ravaged and then try to pull the wool over our eyes with more untruths and bullshit.

But I wouldn’t expect anything less from the person chiefly responsible for allowing this Wilpon debacle to continue for as long as it has. If only his farewell tour had been in 2004 instead of 2014, perhaps a better man with more integrity and a true passion for preserving the best interests of the game would have seen fit to handle the Madoff matter and all its aftermath in a far more befitting way.

Wearing his cheap suit and donning his crooked smile, Selig praised Fred and Jeff Wilpon and told us we should be grateful to have them. Are you freaking kidding me? He chose to dodge questions about the latest Wilpon scandal, choosing instead to say they have always done everything right. It was enough to make me gag.

And yet of course, the Wilpon propaganda machine came out in full force soon afterwards saying ‘who cares about payroll’ and ‘so what if we can’t sign any significant free agents’.

Our patience has been stretched to its sheer limits, and still we watch and we hope for things to get better. But will they? Can they?

Upon arrival, the plan according to Sandy Alderson was to do some belt-tightening, some payroll slashing, and an intense focus on stocking the farm with high-ceiling talent through trades, International signings, and the draft. In a few short seasons when this talent began to make it’s way to the major league team, we’ll spend again to fill in any missing pieces.

With a hoard of young pitching studs already here and the emergence of Travis d’Arnaud, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores and others on offense, you would think the time is ripe for a Mets run. But that’s not the case at all.

Sandy Alderson already forewarned that there will be no significant additions this Winter. The top priority for the Mets will be unloading the contracts of lone Mets All Star Daniel Murphy and at least two from a group of Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee.

With an $85 million budget and a burgeoning $22 million in raises due in 2015, the Mets are scrambling to clear a minimum of $20 million off the roster before Spring Training arrives. Any improvements will be strictly incidental. Winning be damned.

And knowing all of this, the world’s most famous used car salesman rolls into Citi Field in his limo to tell us everything’s great in Flushing and we should be grateful?

Blow it out your ass, Bud.

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Rubin: Tejada, Brown, Young Jr. Could Be 40 Man Roster Casualties http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/rubin-tejada-brown-young-jr-could-be-40-man-roster-casualties.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/rubin-tejada-brown-young-jr-could-be-40-man-roster-casualties.html/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:58:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=166011 New York Mets shortstop Ruben TejadaAccording to a report from Adam Rubin (ESPN), Sandy Alderson spoke about the future of the 40-man roster on Monday. His conclusion is that the GM cannot protect all of the players he’d like to because he needs to add several prospects to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft. Prospects that are not protected (on the 40-man) can be claimed by other teams in the Rule 5 draft. Those players are lost as long as they remain on the major league roster for the entire 2015 season.

Most at risk are veterans without a clear future on the team and young players that have yet to prove themselves. Rubin speculated that Andrew Brown, Cesar Puello, Wilfredo Tovar, Buddy Carlyle, Dana Eveland, Scott Rice, Juan Centeno and Josh Satin could be among those players to be removed from the 40-man. He also made note that Eric Young Jr. and Ruben Tejada could become expendable based on the moves Alderosn makes in the off season.

The guys that Rubin feels are the most likely candidates to be added to the 40-man roster, in addition to top prospect Noah Syndergaard, are Cory Mazzoni, Logan Verrett, Akeel Morris, Jack Leathersich, Gabriel Ynoa, Tyler Pill and Dustin Lawley. Adding players to the 40-man roster is a game of chess that Alderson will have to play against other general managers in the off season, figuring out which guys other teams could want and which guys he can sneak through waivers.

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MRI Reveals Sprained Elbow For Lagares, Return Uncertain http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mri-reveals-sprained-elbow-for-lagares-return-uncertain.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mri-reveals-sprained-elbow-for-lagares-return-uncertain.html/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:48:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165935 juan lagares

Juan Lagares left Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins with what the team initially called a hyper-extended right elbow. He was removed prior to the top of the fifth and was replaced by Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Lagares hyper-extended it while making a strong throw to nail Garrett Jones at second base after trying to run down a fly ball by Jarrod Saltalamacchia to shallow center.

This afternoon, Lagares told reporters that the MRI he underwent has revealed an elbow sprain and he is unsure of when he’ll return to action.

Team doctors will reexamine Lagares on Sunday so it’s safe to say he’ll likely be out until then.

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Mets Granted Extension To Respond To Sexual Discrimination Law Suit http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-granted-extension-to-respond-to-sexual-discrimination-law-suit.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-granted-extension-to-respond-to-sexual-discrimination-law-suit.html/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:33:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165994 uptown-Leigh-Castergine

Not surprisingly, the New York Mets have asked for and been granted an extension to respond to the the sexual discrimination lawsuit that was filed by fired Senior VP of Ticket Sales Leigh Castergine.

The extension filed by attorneys for the Mets now gives them until October 31 to respond to the federally filed complaint, according to Eric Fisher.

Apparently it’s going to require some additional time to say, “I didn’t do any of those things.”

Attorneys for Ms. Castergine filed a lawsuit last week in Brooklyn Federal Court against the New York Mets.

Castergine claims she was fired by the team because COO Jeff Wilpon objected to her becoming pregnant and single.

Additionally, the filing stated:

  • “He frequently humiliated Castergine in front of others by, among other things, pretending to see if she had an engagement ring on her finger and openly stating in a meeting of the Team’s all-male senior executives that he is ‘morally opposed’ to Castergine ‘having this baby without being married,’” the suit states.
  • “Wilpon told her that, when she gets a ring, she will make more money and get a bigger bonus,” the suit states.
  • Wilpon told Castergine that “something had changed” in Castergine after the birth of her child — “with still no ring on her finger,” the suit states. “Wilpon told her that she was no longer as ‘aggressive” as she used to be.”
  • When the first female senior vice president in the team’s 52-year history complained about Wilpon’s behavior to the team’s human resources department, she was abruptly terminated, according to the suit.
  • “In particular, the Team’s front office has failed to field a winning team in six years, including 2014, and has made a series of public relations blunders that too frequently led to the franchise being ridiculed in the sports pages,” the suit states.
  • “The team’s ownership and front office have only made things worse,” the suit states, noting that the Mets alienated their fan base by denying obvious financial difficulties while failing to sign big-name stars.
  • “Some fans had become so disenchanted that they pledged not to attend any games until there was a change in ownership,” the suit states. “Others compared Castergine’s job to selling ‘deck chairs on the Titanic’ or ‘tickets to a funeral.’”

You can read the full complaint here.

On Tuesday, outgoing commissioner Bud Selig stopped by Citi Field as part of his farewell tour and dodged questions about the matter.

I know Selig will never do it, but I continue to call for new commissioner Rob Manfred to launch an independent investigation while fuly cooperating with federal authorities to get to the bottom of these allegations. A real commissioner would have already done this and even secured affidavits from all those who were present at many of these meetings where the allegations took place.

MMO will continue to update this story as further details come in.

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A Somber Goodbye From Kevin Burkhardt http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/a-somber-goodbye-from-kevin-burkhardt.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/a-somber-goodbye-from-kevin-burkhardt.html/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:15:58 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165962 kevin burkhardt

Early Wednesday morning, SNY’s field reporter Kevin Burkhardt took to Twitter to thank Mets fans for an amazing journey as he prepares for his final SNY broadcast on September 25th. Here’s what he had to say:BxtrrFNIIAEOk2a

This is actually a really sad moment for a lot of Mets fans, including me. Since 2007, Burkhardt has been there as the voice of stories, happy and sad. He talked to real fans and for many, was the face of the SNY broadcasts. He was there during the pre-game and was the first guy players would speak to after a big win.

Burkhardt’s letter to fans was kind and gentle as was his demeanor on and off the field. On numerous occasions I watched as he talked to kids, signed autographs and talked shop as he mentioned in the Tweet.

Back in December, Howard Megdal (Capital) did an incredible article about FOX “poaching” Burkhardt from SNY. In it, Fox Sports executive producer John Entz described the now veteran broadcaster and why they wanted him at FOX.

“First and foremost, I find Kevin to be a very likeable guy, both on the air, and off the air, frankly. And when you like the broadcaster who you listen to, it makes all the difference in the world. He’s not talking down to you. He’s talking to you as a friend.”

Truer words have never been said. What made Burkhardt so great is that while he was tracking down big stories and talking to players parents, he spoke like he was one of the guys. He was your friend and you trusted his tone as much as you trusted his judgement.

From the entire team at MetsMerized and from me, a lifelong Mets fan through the good and the bad, you will always be our boy KB and good luck at FOX. We’ll be watching.

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Selig Declares Baseball A “Social Institution” http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/selig-declares-baseball-a-social-institution.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/selig-declares-baseball-a-social-institution.html/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:00:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165938 2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

Bud Selig sat with SNY’s Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen during the early innings of Tuesday night’s 9-1 bashing of the Miami Marlins.  They discussed issues facing not only the Mets, but baseball as a whole and the back and forth was interesting to say the least.  The crew had their take on a few topics, including length of games with the now added challenge option,  but did their best to put Selig on the edge of his seat on more challenging obstacles facing the game.

Gary brought up the most important question because it indirectly touched upon the lawsuit brought forth by former Executive VP of Ticket Sales Leigh Castergine.  As an employee of the Mets organization through SNY, Cohen is not in a position to raise the allegation of discrimination coming from COO Jeff Wilpon directly on air, but this is no ordinary group of announcers.  These men are pioneers at their positions and have a unique grasp on the pulse of the fan base.  This is of course, a fan base located in one of the most socially advanced metropolitan cities in the world.  A fan base that works and lives along side individuals of all genders, races and religious creeds, among many other identities.

Gary elaborated on the recent transgressions that have spun the NFL in a dreadful slew of disturbing allegations, cover-ups and mishandlings and posed the following question.  “What is the responsibility of the commissioner, of what you would call the public trust…to legislate that kind of thing”.  Selig’s response?  ”Baseball is a social institution” to which he believes the “players” have done a great job representing.  There was, of course, no mention of the other individuals responsible for the daily operations of major league baseball like owners, front office executives, coaches, etc.

Now, I don’t expect Selig to come on SNY and indict the Chief Operating Officer of one of the very MLB teams he oversees, especially when the legal proceedings are still in progress.  However, declaring baseball an institution that prioritizes high moral standards above anything else was poorly timed, particularly given the stadium he was in.

In an interview with ESPN’s Adam Rubin that took place only hours before the commissioner brought his farewell tour to Queens, Selig took a selectively indifferent stance towards allegations that a high ranking Mets executive, Jeff Wilpon, publicly humiliated and ultimately fired a former female employee because she was having a child out of wedlock.  In his position, this is a weak stance on moral high ground.

Honestly, both Selig and the Wilpons are vastly out of touch with many of the social obligations a major sports league has to the society it brings entertainment to.  Major League Baseball can be bigger than the court of law, they can be bigger than the government and certainly bigger than the Wilpons because they are a private organization.

As his tenure comes to an end, Mr. Selig could be on the forefront of defining the moral standard within the very social institution that has been under his control for decades. Instead, he appears to be relegating such an astonishing disregard for women’s rights as “employment ligitation” adding that “there’s nothing more to talk about”.

If Ms. Castergine’s allegations are true, I sincerely hope the individuals present during Jeff’s disparaging remarks come forth and have the courage to uplift Major League Baseball to the social institution Bud Selig claims it has always been.

P.S. – Did Bud completely forget the substance abuse allegations of his current and former “players” that has demolished the reputation of baseball for years now?  It took an act of Congress just to get the wheels moving on performance enhancing drugs.  This isn’t even old news, the Biogenesis scandal was last year for goodness sake.

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Mets Logo Under Fire From Hackers, Or Not… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-logo-under-fire-from-hackers-or-not.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-logo-under-fire-from-hackers-or-not.html/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:31:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165958 Courtesy of NYTimes.com

Courtesy of NYTimes.com

Multiple outlets reported late in the afternoon yesterday that the Mets logo had been changed. The change, a tiny one, replaced the United Nations with the silhouette of 601 Lexington Avenue, formerly known as the Citigroup Center. Mets officials were quick to point out that their original logo included the United Nations and social media accounts which featured the new logo were quickly changed.

Adam Rubin seemed to have led the charge on Twitter regarding the logo. Many, including the New York Times, speculated that this was the work of hackers, frustrated with the Mets and calling the team out on their alignment with Citi. The company does pay $20+ million per year to own the naming rights to Citi Field. While the speculation is surrounding hacking, I have serious doubts about those claims. Here’s why.

Hackers are usually very calculated and by their nature, extremely smart. Why would a hacker take time to break into the New York Mets official Facebook and Twitter accounts, just to replace the profile photos with a slightly altered version? Even more so, a hacker would have done his research. He would have known that in 2001, Citi sold their controlling stake in the building and it was renamed, by the property owners, 601 Lexington Avenue. This makes the entire hack irrelevant.

What is the real story here? Is it that the Mets are dealing with a hacker that just isn’t all that smart? Is it that the Mets changed the logo themselves in a back room deal with Citi Group? The world may never know. What I can say is that the “statement” from a hacker is ill conceived and the idea that the Mets could slip this past fans is equally pathetic. Either way, peace seems to have been restored, in the form of the UN, to the Mets skyline.

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Can We Really Trust Lucas Duda? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/can-we-really-trust-lucas-duda.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/can-we-really-trust-lucas-duda.html/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165948 lucas dudaOn August 1st, Lucas Duda was batting .263. He had driven in 61 runs and had 20 home runs under his belt. Since that date, his numbers have slipped drastically. This morning he wakes up to a .248 batting average and has added 7 more home runs. The numbers tell the story of an emerging slugger at first base. The eye test tells a slightly different tale.

Since Duda went on his home run rampage on the west coast, he hasn’t been the same guy. Instead of a feared slugger, he’s been an average hitter in the middle of a very average lineup. Over that stretch, from August 1st through today, Duda is hitting just .211. It seems like he’s coming up time after time in big spots and just isn’t getting it done.

The question is, can we trust Duda heading into the 2015 season?

In order to win in 2015, most fans agree that Sandy Alderson must add a left fielder and a shortstop. Neither position has been filled internally and it seems as if the free agent crop is weak at best. This leaves the door open for a trade, likely involving the abundance of pitching talent. Questions surrounding Duda create yet another hole heading into a key season.

lucas duda ike davisIf you trust that Duda will hit 30 home runs in 2015 then you have nothing to worry about. While Ike Davis was slowed down by Valley Fever, it’s easy to draw comparisons between his 2012 season and Duda’s 2014 campaign. Both hit below .250, both will strikeout around 140 times and both challenged the 30 home run mark. Davis ended up smashing 32 while Duda sits at 27. In 2013, Davis slipped off the charts, hitting just 9 home runs in 103 games.

One statistic that works in Duda’s favor is his at bats per home run. Duda ranks 12th in Major League Baseball, sandwiched between Chris Davis and Adam Dunn, in at bats per home run. He hits a home run every 17.6 at bats, an impressive number by any measure.

Another thing that you love about Duda is his on base percentage. Alderson loves guys that can get on base and Duda does it better than any Met. His .349 OBP is 42nd in Major League Baseball, largely because of the incredible plate discipline he has showed this year. He’s walking a ton and by some accounts has become too patient. Keith Hernandez often points this out during Mets telecasts.

So now I turn the question to you. Do you trust Lucas Duda going forward? Is first base a position that Sandy Alderson has to look at heading into 2015, or are you confident handing the job to The Dude?

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 9, Marlins 1 (Hail Flores!) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-mets-9-marlins-1-hail-flores.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-mets-9-marlins-1-hail-flores.html/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:22:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165940 wilmer flores

What a game for Wilmer Flores who continues to crush it at the plate as the Mets trounced the Miami Marlins by a score of 9-1 tonight at Citi Field.

Flores blasted a pair of homers and drove a double to the wall in a huge 3-for-4 night with three runs scored and six RBIs. Wow, imagine if Terry Collins didn’t have him sitting on the bench for so many weeks? This was the second time Flores had a six-RBI game this season, the last time a Met did that was Carlos Delgado in 2008.

Flores is now 8-for-15 with two doubles, one triple, three homers and 10 RBIs in his past four games.

Kudos to Bobby Ojeda for saying that everybody was wrong about Flores’ defense saying, “this kid is solid.” I have no idea what all the detractors (AKA baseball people) were looking at, how could they be so off base about him?

I’m so glad I was on Flores from the start, I’d hate to be one of those people having to do a complete 180. :-) God I love this game…

And lets not forget the job Bartolo Colon did on the mound. Was he dominating? Absolutely not. But somehow the big guy managed to limit the Marlins to one run despite allowing 12 hits. Only two Mets have given up one or fewer runs on 12 or more hits in a start: Bobby Jones and Jason Isringhausen. Colon walked none and struck out 7 tonight in 7.2 innings of work.

Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada had a pair of hits each, and Curtis Granderson had a three hit game although for the life of me I don’t know he did it.

The one negative tonight was seeing Juan Lagares leave the game with a hyper-extended elbow after a nice play and nailing the runner on second. Hopefully it’s not very serious.

Hey, I love it when the Mets win a laugher – yes even in a meaningless September.

The Mets will try to take the series when the Marlins send Henderson Alvarez to the mound to face Dillon Gee for the Mets in the deciding rubber game.

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Selig Says The Wilpons Are Doing Everything Right http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/selig-says-the-wilpons-are-doing-everything-right.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/selig-says-the-wilpons-are-doing-everything-right.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:06:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165926 alg-wilpon-selig-jpg

“Do I have any problem with the Mets’ finances? None.”

Outgoing commissioner Bud Selig gave Mets owners his full endorsement and said that reducing payroll and building from within is the way to go.

“As far as I’m concerned, from my perspective, I think the way the Mets are doing this thing is correct,” Selig said. “There are a lot of teams in life that spend a lot of money that don’t do well, either. And I’m not trying to be facetious saying that. 

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has the full comments here, but basically it sounds like Selig giving his nod of approval to everything ownership has done.

“You just look at who’s winning. Unless I read the standings wrong on the way over here today, it looks to me like the Baltimore Orioles may win the American League East this year. Anybody here predict that on April 1? I don’t think so. I rest my case.”

“I’m satisfied that this Mets franchise is doing it the right way, in my baseball judgment.”

“It takes time to build. Yes, I understand fan frustration. I do. I do understand. But the fact of the matter is I do monitor every team. And honestly, if I felt, and I mean this very sincerely, that there was a team really not doing what I thought they should do in the best interest of the sport, they’d hear from me.”

Regarding the law suit filed by former Mets executive Leigh Castergine:

“I monitor everything closely,” Selig said. “That’s employment litigation. There were a lot of charges there. Jeff [Wilpon] denies them vigorously. And I think in this particular case, they’re going to court. And we’re just going to have to see how that plays out.”

These used car salesmen are all the same…

Thanks for stopping by, Bud…

More on this tomorrow.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Marlins, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-marlins-710-pm-7.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-marlins-710-pm-7.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:07:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165887 bartolo colonTonight the Mets continue their series against the Miami Marlins, sending Bartolo Colon (13-12, 4.14) to the hill against Nathan Eovaldi (6-11, 4.29). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm.

Colon’s last start was one of his worst of the season. He lasted just 3 innings, giving up 5 earned runs and 7 hits, 2 of which were home runs. Colon will look to improve in this start against a young Marlins team.

Last night the Mets scored twice int he first inning. This is something they’ve done a lot this year. In first innings they’ve scored 85 runs, good for fifth in the majors.

Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares, cf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 3b
  3. Travis d’Arnaud, c
  4. Lucas Duda, 1b
  5. Wilmer Flores, 2b
  6. Curtis Granderson, rf
  7. Matt den Dekker, lf
  8. Ruben Tejada, ss
  9. Bartolo Colon, rhp

After a terrific start to a game that saw deGrom tie a major league record for striking out the first 8 batters in a game, the Mets eventually lost last night to the Marlins by the score of 6-5. Bartolo Colon will try to get the Mets back on the right track tonight. On the season he is 13-12 over 28 starts and 182.2 innings with a 4.14 ERA. He is coming off of a rough start against the Nationals where he allowed 6 runs, 5 earned over 3.0 innings. In two of his last three starts he has allowed at least 5 earned runs. Or in four of his last six starts he has allowed a maximum of two earned runs (take the statistic based on how optimistic you feel today). He has made one start against the Marlins this year allowing 3 ER over 7 innings. The Marlins have the following numbers against Bartolo:

  • Salty 5-18, 2B, HR
  • R Johnson 4-14
  • G Jones 0-5
  • Yelich 0-4
  • Alvarez 0-2

The Mets batters will face off against Nathan Eovaldi tonight who his 6-11 this season over 30 starts and 182.1 innings with a 4.29 ERA. In the month of September he has allowed 7 ER over 10.1 innings and 16 hits. He has made only one start against the Mets this year allowing 5 hits and 3 ER over 7.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Nathan:

  • Murphy 5-14, 2 2B, HR
  • Tejada 2-10
  • Duda 2-11
  • E Young 1-7
  • Abreu 0-2
  • d’Arnaud 0-2
  • Granderson 2-3, HR

Lets Go Mets!

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Wright Nominated For Roberto Clemente Award http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/wright-nominated-for-roberto-clemente-award.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/wright-nominated-for-roberto-clemente-award.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:46:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165917 david wright

The New York Mets, Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced that David Wright was named the club’s 2014 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.

Wright is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

Wright, the fourth Mets captain in franchise history and seven-time All-Star, has established himself as a leader both on and off the field. He launched the David Wright Foundation in 2005 to provide aid and assistance toward the health, emotional development and education for children in need in New York City and his hometown of Norfolk, Virginia.

Over the past five years, the Foundation has expanded its scope and raised more than $600,000 for a variety of charitable organizations, including the United States Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots, the Ronald McDonald House, the Virginia Tech Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Police Athletic League and the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association – a tribute to his police officer father – as well as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, for whom David hosts children at Citi Field on a regular basis.

David has been a leader in his adopted hometown of New York City ever since putting on a Mets uniform. Every season, David visits a firehouse around the anniversary of September 11 to recognize our fallen heroes and offer support to the hard-working members of the FDNY. He has spread good cheer to September 11 families during Tuesday’s Children visits to Citi Field.

After Hurricane Sandy devastated New York, David donated $250,000 through his foundation to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC to help the city recover and rebuild. He toured Staten Island communities that were hit hard by the storm and visited students at a local elementary school along with the New York City School Chancellor.

Inspired by the men and women working to rebuild their communities, David launched The Wright Thing in 2013 to honor and recognize volunteers who made an extraordinary impact on the lives of individuals and organizations impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Each month that season, David met with individuals who dedicated time and effort to help their fellow New Yorkers in need. The honorees received an autographed miniature third base and VIP tickets behind third base. They also had the chance to install third base with the grounds crew and had their story told through a video tribute on Citi Vision.

The Wright Thing has continued this year with Wright saluting heroes from the New York City Police Department. The initiative underscores David’s admiration of law enforcement personnel as his father, Rhon, served in the Norfolk Police Department for 30 years before retiring as Assistant Police Chief in January.

The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Tomorrow marks the 13th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.

Beginning tomorrow, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet recipient by visiting ChevyBaseball.com, which is powered by MLB Advanced Media, to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees.

Voting ends on Sunday, October 6th and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2014 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced. The winner of the fan vote will receive one vote among those cast by the selection panel.

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It All Hinges On Granderson and Wright http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/it-all-hinges-on-granderson-and-wright.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/it-all-hinges-on-granderson-and-wright.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:29:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165626 curtis granderson homers

Gary Cohen brought up an interesting and sensitive point during Friday night’s broadcast, asking Ron Darling if he thought Curtis Granderson and David Wright would rebound next year.

It was a lively conversation that I thought would be worth discussing on MMO so I went ahead and transcribed it.

Gary Cohen: Granderson missed most of last year and hasn’t had a great year. But I don’t understand how you simply assume he’ll rebound next season. I mean how do you do that as an organization? How do you just go with these assumptions going forward?

Ron Darling: I don’t know. It’s a very relevant question but I don’t have a good answer for you. I think it’s almost impossible to make that assumption.

Cohen:  They can spout all these advanced stats based on age and performance and all the Pecota predictions and what have you, but they don’t give you any answers whatsoever, and lets face it, all of it only amounts to an educated guess.

Darling: That’s absolutely right.

Cohen: So are they just gonna act on that and simply hope things get better without any contingency plan to do X, Y, or Z? Are they just going to tell us, ‘of course he’s gonna bounce back why wouldn’t he?’

Darling: They really have no other options. There are only two things they can do here. First, you act on optimism and you hope that both these guys, Granderson and Wright, return to form. And secondly, and most importantly, financially the Mets are stuck in a place where they have to perform. They just have to. There’s nothing else you can do.

Cohen: I understand that. You can’t trade them… You can’t trade them… You have to play them. So no matter what, these two have to be in the lineup no matter what regardless if they are good or bad.

Darling: Exactly. There is no Plan B. There’s no Plan B for the Mets now that they’ve decided to have that much money invested in two players. This is it. When the Mets made the decision to give those two players those kind of longterm contracts, essentially they made both Granderson and Wright their core players. Guess what, now they have to live or die with those core players.

Gary and Ron raise a lot of interesting points but the takeaway here is that with Wright and Grandy swallowing up 40% of the projected payroll, both players will need to produce and produce big. I never really thought of Granderson as a core player, but given the huge contract I guess they’re right.

Sandy Alderson has already said there’s no big bat coming via free agency and that he’s unwilling to trade a Wheeler and Syndergaard unless it’s for a difference maker under team control.

The Mets will have the pitching, but that will get them nowhere if they fail to improve an offense that ranks 29th in batting average and 28th in OPS – and that begins and ends with Granderson and Wright.

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Yasmani Tomas Could Fetch $100 Million In Free Agency http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/yasmani-tomas-to-command-100-million-in-free-agency.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/yasmani-tomas-to-command-100-million-in-free-agency.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:25:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165423 yasmani tomas cuba

Cuban slugger Yasmani Tomas will have his showcase in the Dominican Republic on September 21, and while most teams including the Mets are expected to have a look, his price tag will eliminate most of them from bidding for his services.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has learned that the price to land Tomas could be record-breaking for Cuban players.

“According to one team’s international scout, the latest Cuban slugger could command as much as $100 million. The scout said Tomas has gotten himself in shape and if he performs well at his showcase later in the month, the money will get really high.”

As far as top pursuers go, Cafardo believes the Phillies are expected to go hard on him, but the Red Sox will be in the mix as well.

Tomas cannot enter into an agreement with a team until he has been declared a free agent which is just a formality and should happen shortly.

The Mets will likely attend the showcase – they always do. But with payroll expected to remain at $85 million, and facing $22 million in raises for 2015, Alderson has already cautioned that the team would not pursue anything significant in free agency this offseason and that it’s likely that left field would be addressed internally.

September 10

Another offseason approaches and another Cuban phenom has been cleared for takeoff.

Yasmani Tomas, 23, has been officially cleared to pursue a major league contract according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Sanchez adds that he’ll still need to be declared a free agent before he’s allowed to sign with a big-league team, but that’s just a formality.

Tomas, a right-handed power hitter, can play either corner outfield position and has often been compared to countryman Jose Abreu, with some scouts suggesting that he has even more power.

“He can hit towering home runs thanks to the strength from his thickly-built 6-foot-1, 230-pound frame,” wrote Ben Badler of Baseball America last June.

Thoughts from MMO minor league analyst, Kirk Cahill:

Tomas, 23, is a 6’1, 230-pound outfielder with monster power potential. Before his defection he’d been playing professional baseball in Cuba for the Industriales.

In 97 games last season for them he hit .275 with 10 homeruns and 59 RBI. This season Tomas hit .290 with six homeruns in 257 plate appearances while dealing with an arm injury.

Perhaps his most impressive showing was at the 2013 World Baseball Classic, where he went 6-for-16 (.412) with two homers. After the tournament Baseball America named him the sixth best prospect in the tournament.

I think the Mets should be all-in on this young outfielder. Although he may not have the pedigree of Jose Abreu or Yasiel Puig despite carrying a similar price tag, I think it’s more than worth the risk.

The days of young power-hitters reaching the free agent market are over. Teams are locking up these types of players early on. With power at a premium in MLB right now, you can afford to miss on a guy like Tomas who may never hit for high average, but will provide plus power which the Mets desperately need.

However we all know the likely outcome – the Mets will pass on him and he’ll win Rookie of the Year for someone else.

(Photo credits: Alyson Boyer Rode and Chung Sung-Jun.)

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Triple-A Year In Review: Las Vegas 51s http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/triple-a-year-in-review-las-vegas-51s.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/triple-a-year-in-review-las-vegas-51s.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:44:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165892 o-LAS-VEGAS-SIGN-facebook

The Mets wanted their farm teams to experience winning in the postseason. So New York was judicious with September 1st call-ups, opting to promote only infielder Josh Satin and pitcher Erik Goeddel from the Triple-A Las Vegas roster, and bringing some additional players from Double-A Binghamton, like Juan Centeno and Dario Alvarez.

For the Binghamton Mets, the goal was accomplished as they capped off a sweep of the Richmond Flying Squirrels with a dramatic walk-off win to take the Eastern League Championship on September 12th. Las Vegas did not fare as well.

It’s always a bit of a shock when a team is dominant all season and then goes out in the first round of the playoffs. However, as we all know, anything can happen in a short series.

Las Vegas was evenly matched up with Reno in the PCL Division Series playoff, but fell to the Aces three games to one. The two teams had exactly the same record at 81-63 for the season, tying them for most wins in AAA with Syracuse in the International League.

Playoff disappointments aside, overall, 2014 was a great season for the 51s. PCL Manager of the Year, Wally Backman kept his team playing well and in first place in their division despite the fact that his players were being frequently called up to fill holes on the big club.

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LAS to LGA Shuttle

There were a total of 24 players shuttling back and forth, to and from the Mets this year, including 15 who started the season in Las Vegas.

Let’s look at a few of them and see how they fared.

Eric Campbell:  Infielder/Outfielder Campbell was hitting .355 with 3 HR, 15 doubles and 24 RBI, in 33 games with the 51s before getting his first call to the big leagues in May. While playing pretty much every day in Vegas, Campbell was called up to be a role player, coming off the bench, making the occasional start, and playing several different positions. He experienced success right away, collecting his first RBI in his MLB debut with a sacrifice fly against the Phillies on May 10th. Campbell collected his first major league hit the next night, and his first home run 10 days later. He was 6 for his first 12 at bats. With limited playing time, Campbell was successful both starting and as a pinch hitter. He was hottest in June and July hitting for a .345 average during that period. He played all infield positions, left and right field, but got most of his playing time at third, capably filling in for David Wright when he was out due to injury.

Jacob deGrom: Right-handed starting pitcher deGrom was 4-0 in seven starts for Las Vegas with a 2.58 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 38.1 innings before he was called up to the Mets on May 13th. He made his first Major League start on May 15th at Yankee Stadium, tossing seven strong innings, giving up one run and striking out six, but took the loss because of the lack of offense from the Mets. DeGrom started out his MLB career with a tough-luck 0-4 record as he gave up three runs or fewer in five of his first seven starts. He earned his first win on June 21st in Miami going seven shutout innings, walking three and striking out seven. After a short stint on the disabled list (DL) in August due to rotator cuff tendinitis, deGrom picked up where he left off. The rookie pitcher has an 8-6 record and a 2.68 ERA in 20 starts, fanning 134 in 134.1 innings. He has a WHIP of 1.14 having walked only 40 batters and is often mentioned by analysts in Rookie of the Year talk. On Monday night he broke the Mets record and tied the major league record by fanning the first eight batters he faced.

Matt den DekkerThe centerfielder had a .269/.326/.421 slash line when he received his first call up to the Mets on May 26th. But he really heated up when he returned to the 51s on June 18th by batting .334/.407/.540 by the time he received his second call up to the Mets on August 8th. All he did during his two stints in Vegas was lead the team in batting average, doubles (31) and triples (7), hit eight home runs, score 70 runs and steal nine bases. At the time of his most recent call up, den Dekker’s .334 batting average led the PCL. He was awarded the 2014 Mayor’s Trophy, a team award voted on by the fans. His defensive prowess should be noted as well. Known for his speed and ability to close quickly on a ball in center, den Dekker has primarily played left field in New York, with former 51 Juan Lagares a fixture in center. He has made only two errors on the year, with eight outfield assists for the Mets. It has been mentioned more than once that a Mets outfield of den Dekker, Lagares and teammate Kirk Nieuwenhuis could be the best defensive outfield in the history of the franchise.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: Nieuwenhuis is one of the most traveled of all 51s players this year. He has been called up to the Mets on three separate occasions. In Las Vegas, he started the season 4 for 4 against Fresno, including a home run and two runs scored and was batting .310 at the time of his first call up to the Mets this season. Playing mostly off the bench in New York, Nieuwenhuis has only 92 at bats so far, and is hitting .250 with three home runs and 14 RBIs. He finished his AAA season with a .265 average in 211 at bats, slugging 11 home runs and driving in 32.

Rafael Montero: Right-hander Montero started the season at Las Vegas, going 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA before being called up to make his major league debut in the Subway Series along with deGrom. Montero made his first start against the Yankees on May 14th, pitching six innings, giving up three runs and striking out three. He made four starts for New York before the return of Mets starters sent him back to Las Vegas. He also spent about a month of the season on the DL due to a strained left oblique, making rehab appearances in St. Lucie and with the Gulf Coast Mets. Montero’s second call up to the Mets came on August 12th when deGrom went on the DL, and he took a loss against Washington. Montero pitched well enough to win in his next start against the Cubs, going 7.1 innings and giving up only one run, but left trailing. The Mets scored to tie it in the bottom of the inning, but ended up losing the game. Montero returned to the 51s to slot into their playoff rotation. He made one start in the playoffs and got a no-decision in the only game won by Las Vegas in the Division Series against Reno. Montero was called up by the Mets to finish the season and finally earned his first major league win on September 10th against Colorado at Citi Field. He pitched 5.1 scoreless against the Rockies, striking out seven and walking four.

Wilmer FloresAfter starting the season in New York, Flores had two stints in Las Vegas before returning to New York for good at the end of July. His early season play resulted in a slash line of .307/.360/.500 at Las Vegas and earned him a return trip to New York on May 8th.  However, returning to New York just as Ruben Tejada hit a hot streak limited his playing time. He returned to Las Vegas in late June and during his final month in AAA this year, Flores went on a tear hitting safely in 22 straight games with a batting average of .378, seven home runs and 29 RBI during that stretch. Included in this were five straight games in which he homered, collecting six total home runs and 15 RBI from July 3rd to July 6th (which included a double-header).  Flores completed his time at AAA with a slash line of .323/.367/.568 and a total of 13 homers and 57 RBI. Given more playing time with the Mets lately, Flores had a seven game hitting streak from August 29th to September 6th, during which he hit .392. He is currently hitting .236 with four home runs and 22 RBI at the big league level, but his promise of more consistent offense, combined with more power, has been evident during his time in Las Vegas.

Travis d’Arnaud: Though d’Arnaud was intended to stay in New York all season, early struggles at the plate (a slash line of .180/.271/.273 with 3 HR and 9 RBI) led the Mets to send him to the 51s in early June. The move paid off big as d’Arnaud raked during his short stint in Vegas, hitting .436 and slugging six home runs and eight doubles in 15 games, helping the 51s go 10-5 during that stretch. He returned to New York with a renewed confidence and an improved approach at the plate resulting in a slash line of .282/.339/.495 with 10 HR and 31 RBI since his return.

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Cashman’s Own

Of course, those who have yet to experience their first call-up to the show made up the majority of the 51s roster, and led the way to a second PCL Southern Division Championship in as many years. Let’s have a look at some of those who made a big impact in Las Vegas this year.

Allan DykstraInfielder Dykstra played his first year at AAA in 2014 after spending all of 2013 in AA Binghamton. He tied the team lead for games played this year with 117. He hit .280, with 16 HR and a team-leading 74 RBI. He also had 23 doubles, three triples and 62 runs scored. Dykstra was selected to represent the 51s and the PCL in the AAA All-Star Game and won the Home Run Derby on July 14th at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. Dykstra started the season with a five game hitting streak, and rolled out three more equal streaks during the year with 22 multiple hit games. In the final game of the playoff series against Reno on September 6th, Dykstra’s 3-run home run kept the 51s in the game before they ultimately fell by a score of 7-3.

Logan VerrettVerrett didn’t start 2014 as the tall right-hander from Texas that everyone expected to be watching, but he definitely made people take notice. After a 12 win year in AA Binghamton in 2013, Verrett took the next step forward, leading Las Vegas in wins, and innings pitched, going 11-5 over 162 innings and 28 starts. He struck out 117 while only walking 34, resulting in a WHIP of 1.37. Verrett went at least five innings in all but two of his 28 starts, and never walked more than three in a game. Verrett was recognized as the big cog in the 51s starting rotation and was chosen Most Valuable Pitcher by the coaching staff.

Noah SyndergaardAll eyes were on Syndergaard this spring, many expecting his rise to emulate that of Zack Wheeler’s last year. This would’ve seen the 22 year-old making his debut with the big club sometime in May or June. But Syndergaard was able to focus on the here and now, building a good complete season at Las Vegas and furthering his development. He appeared in the MLB Futures Game during the All-Star break, pitching a scoreless ninth inning to close out the victory for the USA team. The Mets opted not to call him up in September when the playoffs ended, which allows Syndergaard to reflect on his complete body of work at AAA during the winter. He has some nice numbers to reflect on as he posted a 9-7 record for the 51s, with a 4.60 ERA, striking out 145 in 133 innings over 26 starts.

Matt ReynoldsAfter hitting .355 in 58 games at AA Binghamton, shortstop Reynolds was promoted to AAA Las Vegas on June 19th. He didn’t miss a beat, hitting .429 (12 for 26) in his first eight games. He ended the season hitting .333 with five home runs, 16 doubles, and 4 triples, driving in 40 in 68 games since his promotion. With the shortstop situation in New York still in flux, Reynolds made his case that he deserves to be in the conversation for next year. Matt also won the organizations Sterling Award for his outstanding season in Triple A.

Kevin Plawecki: Catcher Plawecki arrived in Las Vegas just after Reynolds on June 26th, having hit .326 with six home runs and 43 RBI in 58 games with the B-Mets. He played 43 games with the 51s, hitting .283 with 5 HR and 21 RBI. He hit safely in 28 of the 43 he played, including eight straight, and had 11 multi-hit games, including a 4-4 performance with two home runs on August 27th during the last regular season home game for Vegas. Plawecki’s home run in game one of the playoffs a week later helped his club get their lone victory over Reno. Plawecki also represented the 51s in the MLB Futures game. The catcher won the organizations Sterling Award for his season in Double A.

Chase BradfordBradford, a Las Vegas native, became a mainstay in the 51s bullpen as the season went on. He pitched to a 3-2 record with a 3.52 ERA and earned five saves in eight opportunities. He struck out 41 in 46 innings over 34 appearances.

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Honorable Mentions

Many other 51s players contributed solid, and in many cases clutch, performances to help Vegas capture their 2nd straight Division Championship. Infielder Daniel Muno tied with Dykstra for the most games played with 117 and hit 14 home runs and drove in 62, scoring a team leading 74 runs.

Infielder/Outfielder Brandon Allen also slugged 14 home runs and was selected for the Community Service Award by the 51s front office.

Outfielder Andrew Brown, working around two stints with the Mets, led the team with 21 home runs and was named team MVP by the coaching staff.

Infielder Josh Satin appeared in 100 games, hitting .289 with nine home runs, 27 doubles and 49 RBI before being promoted to the Mets on September 1st.

The New York Mets formally renewed their Player Development Deal with Las Vegas for two more years, so there is much more exciting Mets minor league baseball to look forward to at Cashman Field through at least 2016.

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Armed and Dangerous: DeGrom Was Chasing Strikeouts Last Night http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/armed-and-dangerous-degrom-was-chasing-strikeouts-last-night.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/armed-and-dangerous-degrom-was-chasing-strikeouts-last-night.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:20:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165861 jacob degrom ks 8

Mets righthander Jacob deGrom continues to find more and more ways to dazzle fans and onlookers whenever he takes the mound.

On a cool and breezy Monday night at Citi Field, deGrom got things started by striking out the first eight Miami Marlins he faced to tie a modern day major league record. The feat had only been done once before by Jim Deshaies of the Houston Astros, who struck out the first eight Los Angeles Dodgers he faced in 1986.

“Once I get two strikes on a guy, whether it’s 0-2 or 1-2, yeah, I’m trying to strike him out,” deGrom said. “I knew I had struck everybody out up to that point. But there in the seventh, I didn’t execute a couple of pitches.”

Ironically, the streak ended when opposing pitcher Jarred Cosart, stroked an opposite-field single to right. Nut it didn’t matter to the very small but vocal crowd on hand who gave the Mets rookie a rousing standing ovation.

It wasn’t all roses for the kid, who saw his consecutive innings streak without an earned run end at 28, thanks to former Met Jordany Valdespin who lined a two-run double to tie the game in the 7th inning. Thanks Valdy, but you’re still not the man.

That would be all for deGrom as he was pinch-hit for by Josh Satin in the bottom of the inning, but it was a quality start for the young righty who struck out 13 batters on the night. The last Met to whiff 13 was Matt Harvey on June 18, 2013. All told he allowed three runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings.

“That’s about as dominating a start to a game as I’ve ever seen,’’ Terry Collins said after the game.

Until he tired toward the end of his outing, he was baffling hitters by using his full arsenal of pitches. Of his 98 pitches, he threw 68 for strikes, but what I found most impressive was how lethal his changeup has become. He used it so effectively (14 times) to setup batters and then come in with his four-seamer and sinker to register 10 of his 13 strikeouts on the night. The movement on the four-seamer in innings 1-5 was sick. He was armed and dangerous last night.

If this doesn’t clinch deGrom’s case for the NL Rookie of the Year then the second order of business for new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is a full investigation into the matter. The first order of business, of course, should be to investigate all of the Wilpons’ shady business practices over the last six years.

Despite being denied a win, deGrom now boasts a 2.68 ERA in 21 career starts this season, and the thought of a lethal 1-2 punch with him and Matt Harvey at the top of the rotation in 2015 is giving me goosebumps.

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Di-JEST: My Top 10 Fake Mets Headlines http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/di-jest-my-top-10-fake-mets-headlines.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/di-jest-my-top-10-fake-mets-headlines.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:00:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165476 I’ve been a reader of newspapers for as long as I can remember. Born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island I spent years reading the NYC tabloids and then Newsday.

Now living upstate I read the local paper to see what streets have sinkholes the size of in-ground swimming pools.

I still keep up with the NY papers using their online sites. But in my humble opinion, nothing beats a foldable paper in hand. Here are some headlines I’ve made up, most of which I’d love to see, but know we won’t. The newspaper mastheads are courtesy of Newseum and headlines are my own of course.

1. We’ll start with one fans of Wally Backman would love, even though I just can’t see Alderson tabbing him as the next Mets manager. 

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2. Here’s one every baseball fan would be thrilled to read. And how about a pill to make hamstring pulls abate?

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3. Of all the headlines this would be the one that would please me most.

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4. Let’s face it, the Dude has had a fine year but still can’t do squat against a left handed pitcher.

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5. I really wonder about this next guy’s future.

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6. And as if we could ever afford this guy….

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7. I wonder if Juan could make a catch like Willie Mays made on Vic Wertz in the 1954 World Series.

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9. Wishful thinking here.  Kevin will be missed.

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10. I’ll admit that Wilmer has been better than I thought he’d be at short but…

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After Impressive Bullpen Session, Harvey Is Done For 2014 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/after-impressive-bullpen-session-harvey-is-done-for-2014.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/after-impressive-bullpen-session-harvey-is-done-for-2014.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:00:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165885 matt harveyIt’s already starting to feel like spring for Matt Harvey who probably can’t wait to climb the mound on opening day 2015 and put the last year behind him. On Monday, Harvey took the final step in his rehab for 2014. Before being shut down for the off season, he threw a bullpen session at Citi Field which included him consistently hitting 95 mph on the gun. Harvey seems ready to compete again.

While Harvey’s rehab has been a rocky road at times, it seems as if both parties are ready to agree on shutting it down until spring training arrives. He threw three simulated innings on Monday and Terry Collins described it as being “really impressive” (Fox Sports).

With so many members of the Mets future in attendance on Monday to accept Mets Sterling Awards, Harvey set the tone. His presence seems to get everyone going and although Sandy Alderson said that Harvey’s workload will be restricted in some way next year, Harvey’s a guy who battles. No matter what comes his way, he seems ready for the challenge.

For the Mets ace, spring can’t come soon enough and for Mets fans it should feel the same way.

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