Mets Merized Online » Mets News & Notes http://metsmerizedonline.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:37:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 Alderson Impressed with Nimmo’s Batting Practice http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/alderson-impressed-with-nimmos-batting-practice.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/alderson-impressed-with-nimmos-batting-practice.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:00:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165862 brandon nimmoThe Sterling-Award winners in the Mets organization were in attendance Monday night to not only receive their awards, but also participate in batting practice and meet the team and front office. Brandon Nimmo was one of the attendees, who won the Sterling Award as the best player at Single-A St. Lucie Mets.

Nimmo played 62 games for St. Lucie, batting .322 with five triples and four home runs. The most impressive stat was his on-base-percentage, which was an incredible .448. His plate discipline can be credited for the 50 walks he drew. Additionally, Nimmo only made one error in 130 chances while playing mostly center field.

Made famous for being the guy who didn’t play high school baseball (he played American Legion Ball because his high school didn’t have a team), Nimmo impressed the Mets front office during batting practice on Monday.

“Did you see his batting practice today?” Sandy Alderson asked ESPN’s Adam Rubin and a group of reporters at Citi Field. “There was a lot more man there than there was a year and a half ago.”

Nimmo has filled out since being drafted in 2011. When he was drafted, he weighed 180 pounds. After an offseason of training with Andrew McCutchen at the IMG Academy in Florida, he now weighs in at 205 pounds.

In an interview with ESPN’s Adam Rubin,  Nimmo said, “I do think the offseason and the training we put in and the nutrition, I think all of that came into what you saw this year, a little bit more power, a little bit more body control, (and) better swing. I am a lot stronger than I was a year ago. It’s helped me out a ton.”

The Mets are starting to feel good about Brandon Nimmo after facing early criticism for passing on the Marlins former Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez to take Nimmo 13th overall. Nimmo’s progress this year will be a huge factor into Alderson’s offseason playbook in regards to bringing in an outfielder to play alongside Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson.

Safe to say that Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto headline a strong crop of prospects waiting in the Mets’ pipeline.

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MMO Game Recap: Marlins 6, Mets 5 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-marlins-6-mets-5.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-marlins-6-mets-5.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:47:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165872 MLB: Miami Marlins at New York Mets

The Mets (72-79) were defeated by the Miami Marlins (73-76) tonight at Citi Field by a score of 6-5.

What you should know:

Jacob deGrom was fantastic again this evening, as he struck out the first eight batters to greet him to start the game, tying a major league record that was originally set by Jim Deshaies of the Houston Astros in 1986. DeGrom would strike out 13 batters altogether, while allowing three runs on six hits over a span of seven innings, and unfortunately taking a no decision.

Wilmer Flores got the Mets on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first inning as he laced a double to left center field to score Travis d’Arnaud and Lucas Duda.

The score remained 2-0 until the top of the seventh when former Met Jordany Valdespin singled to shallow left field to score Justin Bour and Adeiny Hechavarria.

Valdespin would subsequently score later in the inning on a sacrifice fly from Reed Johnson.

Miami didn’t hold the lead for long as the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the frame. Daniel Murphy singled home a run, followed by a broken bat double to left field from Travis d’Arnaud. Curtis Granderson later walked with the bases loaded to force in a run to put the Mets on top 5-3.

Jeurys Familia came on in the top of the eighth and was ineffective, as he was charged with three runs, putting the Marlins back on top.

The Marlins would hold this lead and seal the win, beating the Mets 6-5.

Player of the Game:

Despite losing, the game ball still goes to Jacob deGrom, who struck out thirteen batters, and most certainly deserved a win.

On deck:

The Mets take on the Marlins again tomorrow night, with Bartolo Colon (13-12, 4.14 ERA) taking on Nathan Eovaldi (6-11, 4.29 ERA)

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DeGrom Ties MLB Record With 8 Straight Ks To Begin Game http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/degrom-ties-mlb-record-with-8-straight-ks-to-begin-game.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/degrom-ties-mlb-record-with-8-straight-ks-to-begin-game.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:30:12 +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.

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.

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.

So the Mets phenom has a 2.68 ERA in 21 career starts and depending on if the Mets hold the lead, improves his record to 9-6.

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MMO Game Thread: Marlins vs Mets, 7:10 PM (The deGrominator Is Back On The Hill) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-thread-marlins-vs-mets-710-pm-the-degrominator-is-back-on-the-hill.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-thread-marlins-vs-mets-710-pm-the-degrominator-is-back-on-the-hill.html/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:30:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165774 jacob degrom

Tonight Jacob deGrom (8-6, 2.62) continues his pursuit of National League Rookie of the Year honors, squaring off against Jarred Cosart (4-2, 1.93). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm.

In his last start, deGrom earned the win in a 2-0 victory over the Rockies on September 9th at Citi Field. He pitched a season-high 8.0 shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing three hits. deGrom retired his final 14 batters of the night and did not issue a walk.

Also of note, deGrom (2.62 ERA) joins Tom Seaver (2.92 ERA) and Dwight Gooden (2.80 ERA) as the only Mets pitchers to have an ERA under 3.00 after 20 starts in their debut season.

Juan Lagares is hitting .333 (18-54) with seven runs scored, four doubles, five RBI and seven stolen bases in 13 games this month. Not to be outdone, Wilmer Flores is 3 for his last 8 with a home run and two RBI’s.

Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares-8
  2. Daniel Murphy-5
  3. Travis d’Arnaud-2
  4. Lucas Duda-3
  5. Wilmer Flores-6
  6. Curtis Granderson-9
  7. Dilson Herrera-4
  8. Matt den Dekker-7
  9. Jacob deGrom-1

The Marlins come to town and the Mets are looking to get back on the winning track tonight after dropping three of four to the Nationals this past week. The Mets pitching was for the most part solid yesterday, but the offense could not click together and left a good amount of runners on base, leading to a scoreless showing. Tonight Jacob deGrom gets the start against Jarred Cosart.

Jacob is 8-6 on the year over 20 starts and 127.1 innings with a 2.62 ERA. Over his last three starts, deGrom has allowed 2 runs, none earned over 21.0 innings with 20 K’s. In three starts against the Marlins this year he is 2-0 with a 0.45 ERA over 20.0 innings with 21 K’s. The Marlins have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Jones 1-9, 2B
  • McGehee 2-8, 2B
  • Ozuna 2-8
  • Lucas 2-6
  • Yelich 2-6

Cosart is 13-9 over 27 starts and 163.0 innings this year with a 3.70 ERA. Against the Marlins he was 4-2 over 7 starts and 46.2 innings with a 1.93 ERA. In his last two starts he has pitched 13.2 innings with a 2.63 ERA. Cosart has never made a start against the Mets and the Mets do not have any statistics against the Marlins.

Lets Go Mets!

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Collins, Alderson’s Status To Be Determined At Seasons End, Expected To Return http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/collins-aldersons-status-to-be-determined-at-seasons-end-expected-to-return.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/collins-aldersons-status-to-be-determined-at-seasons-end-expected-to-return.html/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:55:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165843 terry collins opening day

According to Andy Martino, the Mets are expected to retain both General Manager Sandy Alderson and Manager Terry Collins, but will make an official announcement at the end of the season. Alderson seems eager to return. “We still have some things to accomplish, and I would like to be here when we do” (Martino, NYDN).

Sandy Alderson told the Daily News that “What we will do is we will make an announcement toward the end of the season, if not at the end of the season.” Regarding Collins specifically. Alderson also had this to say:

“His status still hasn’t been announced…I think he’s done a good job. Throughout the season, we’ve had some issues that we’ve had to deal with. He has handled them very well. We have seen the growth of our young players, especially in the pitching area. And we have played well the last — really, if we go back to even before the All-Star break. So he has done an excellent job.”

Collins is under contract for 2015 and has a team option for 2016, while Alderson’s contract expires this October and the team holds an option for 2015.

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Black Shut Down, Likely Out For Season http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/black-shut-down-five-to-six-days.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/black-shut-down-five-to-six-days.html/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:50:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165782 Vic - Black, RHP

UPDATE (9/15/14)

Terry Collins speaking before Monday nights game said that Vic Black will be shut down for five to six days as he continues to deal with a herniated disk. Given the amount of games left this season, it’s likely he has seen the end to his 2014 campaign.

Original Story

After seeing a stark decrease in velocity during Saturday night’s game, Vic Black has been scheduled to undergo an MRI on his throwing shoulder Monday.

Even though Black told Ken Davidoff of the New York Post that an unspecified team doctor indicated that his shoulder just seemed fatigued, Terry Collins seemed to be taking no chances with his recently rehabilitated reliever saying,

“We’re concerned about it, there’s no question.”  ”This guy lives and dies with power stuff. Even though there’s nothing wrong with 93 [mph], that’s not Vic Black. So we’ve got to certainly be very careful with it.”

Collins also acknowledged that Bobby Parnell‘s issues began with neck problems and ended up with him undergoing Tommy John surgery on his elbow.

It’s probably for the best. Why push a guy who has been so effective for you all year when the season is basically over? I agree with Collins on this one. It’s a smart move to just play it safe and let Black rest his arm and keep it totally healthy for next year.

 

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Featured Post: A Met Fan’s Lament http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/featured-post-a-met-fans-lament.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/featured-post-a-met-fans-lament.html/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:46:54 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165619 citi field

It’s hard for me to see the team I love always being embroiled in some sort of turmoil brought on by the owners themselves, namely Fred and Jeff Wilpon. How can any of us ever trust these two again?

Fueled by two Ponzi schemes, misrepresenting their impact on the team, the frequent public relations blunders, and now a sexual discrimination lawsuit, my growing disdain for the Mets owners is certainly warranted.

For too long, the Wilpons have run their franchise with varying degrees of failure and far too little success. But ever since getting caught up in the Bernie Madoff scandal, it seems as if every single move they’ve made has been in the best interest of themselves. They are not concerned with the success of the team, nor do they care about the fans. The bottom line has become their bottom line and the fans are just along for the ride.

Last year I made a personal determination about the Wilpons. I truly believed, in the deepest parts of my sports soul, that when the Mets were ready to contend and ready to win, that the money would be there to plug in the final missing pieces. I believed that while they spoke about a decreased payroll, the cash would be there when all our top prospects finally arrived and the team was at the verge of putting together a winning season.

We have finally gotten to that point, and I have never been less confident that the owners will do what it takes to put this team over the top. ‘With all this young talent’ I would think to myself, ‘how could they rationalize not spending?’ What has occurred to me of late is that this ownership group is as far from rational as could be.

For me, there isn’t a singular incident. The lawsuit by former Mets VP Leigh Castergine only added to the frustration, but I can’t call it the straw that broke the camel’s back. It’s just a guttural feeling at this point. It doesn’t feel like an organization that I’m proud of, but more like an out of control mess with no direction. At this point, an escape plan seems like a pipe dream.

The Mets are on the cusp of being a winning team. They could still realize that goal despite being saddled with such a dysfunctional ownership. However, the hopes of winning are dampened by the stench of antiquated ideals and small market realities. I hope I’m wrong. I hope the money shows up and that the Mets are about to enter another great age of baseball in Queens. For now, all I have is that hope.

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Collins: Mets Are Very, Very Close to the Nationals http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/collins-mets-are-very-very-close-to-the-nationals.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/collins-mets-are-very-very-close-to-the-nationals.html/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:14:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165777 MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals

After watching the Mets lose three of four games at home to the Washington Nationals, Danny Knobler of ESPN New York compares the two teams as one heads to the playoffs and the other heads to a sixth straight losing season.

He took issue with Terry Collins who yesterday told reporters that the Mets and Nationals are “very, very close.”

“They’ve got a good team,” Collins said. “They’ve done a nice job. I don’t think we’re that far away.”

When Collins was pressed to explain how close is :very, very close” he explained, “They’re going to be in good shape. They are young, and they’re going to have another year under their belts, too. But we’ve made a lot of changes here, and I agree exactly with what general manager Sandy Alderson]said three months ago. We’re very, very close.”

However Knobler disagrees and points out some stark differences.

“Right now, the gap is big enough that the Mets were eliminated from the National League East race with two full weeks to go after Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Nats. The gap is big enough that the Mets are 3-13 against the Nationals this season (including 1-9 at Citi Field). One hits home runs at will, and can make Citi Field look small. The other keeps talking about moving the fences in.”

The Mets have been outscored 84-43, and out-homered 25-7 at Citi Field. Knobler argues that for all the Mets’ insistence that they’re a young team that will get better, the Nationals are actually just as young and already better.

He concludes that no matter what the Mets want their fans to believe, it’s very hard to make an argument that the gap is even close.

The one thing that worries me is that the Nationals have a top ten payroll budget and can afford to keep their stars and sign the occasional missing pieces when needed and pull the trigger on a blockbuster trade.

The Mets on the other hand have yet to show they can trade for a big piece and have only showed they’ve become very adept at flipping them for prospects. Then there’s a payroll that ranks 25th and an offense that ranks 29th in batting.

The GM recently warned that payroll will remain at the same $85 million level and that he’s reluctant to move any top prospects to acquire any missing pieces. He also was somewhat emphatic in saying that the team will address any of their needs internally and has said the same on more than one occasion. It seems that the biggest move for the Mets next season will be the return of Matt Harvey.

What do you think? How close are we to becoming a contender for the NL East division title? Are we a year away? Two years away?

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3 Up 3 Down: Playoffs? Nat Happening. http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/3-up-3-down-playoffs-nat-happening.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/3-up-3-down-playoffs-nat-happening.html/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:00:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165822 bartolo colon terry collins

Yesterday, the Mets wrapped up a 4 game series against their division rival, the Washington Nationals.  Prior to the start of Thursday’s series opener at Citi Field, the Mets were 7-2 in the month of September and on the back end discussions of the wild card race.  This matchup confirmed two things, the Mets are not able to compete with the best team in their division and they are not headed to the playoffs.  The Amazins’ ended up losing 3 of 4 at home, below are the best and worst takeaways in this edition of 3 and 3.

3 Up

1.  Juan Lagares is no stranger to the “Up” list.  All year, he has shown measured growth and improvement in all facets of his game, offense in particular.  In this series, Juan went 6-16 (.375) with 2 doubles, batting out of the 2 hole in all four games.  The #2 spot in the lineup card is where the young center fielder thrives best.  His numbers out of the 2 hole are fantastic this year, owning a triple slash line of .375/.531/.943 in 32 at bats (ESPN.com).  2014 has been an incredible year for Lagares, he is on a short list of players that has salvaged what little bragging rights Mets fans have left.

2.  Lucas Duda had a decent series, getting on base at a .375 clip, but also passed a big test against one of the game’s elite left handed pitchers on Friday night.  With Gio Gonzalez on the mound,  Lucas went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored in the Mets 4-3 win.  While one game is not enough to declare him capable against southpaws, Lucas has improved slightly against lefties over the last couple months and turned in a few big hits in situations where he is facing one.  The learning curve for left handed power hitters can be much steeper, but I believe Duda has turned in a valuable 2014 campaign with marked improvement in a lot of areas.

3. Curtis Granderson has come alive since being moved to the #6 hole.  He remained in that slot this series and produced a triple slash line of .308/.400/.862 in the four game set.  If this is where Granderson finds a home everything else should be irrelevant.  At this point, all that matters is that he is as productive as his salary would suggest.  In 80 at bats from the #5 or #6 spot this year, Granderson is batting .362, slugging .650 and producing an OPS of 1.091.  He also has 6 doubles, a triple and 5 home runs to go along with 20 RBI’s when hitting in the middle of the order.

3 Down

1. The Mets have to do a better job against the top team in the division. The Nationals are now 9-1 at Citi Field this year, 13-3 overall, and have completely dominated with their pitching and hitting.  Washington’s pitching staff owns a 2.31 ERA against the Mets and their hitters are batting .280, with 25 home runs and an .815 OPS.

2. Getting on base does not appear to be an issue for the Mets, but getting across home plate certainly has been all year.  New York left 27 men on base this series and batted .176 with runners in scoring position.

3. Bartolo Colon’s ejection was a rare display of emotion from a Mets player, which was probably the only part of the whole fiasco that I appreciated.  In the end, Bartolo had no one to be frustrated with but himself for allowing home runs to Adam LaRoche and Anthony Rendon.  Over the years, I’ve come to understand the unwritten rules of baseball more and more, but hitting an opposing batter simply because the guy in front of him took you yard is an utterly selfish thing to do.  Colon only put in 3 innings of work, gave up 7 hits and 5 earned runs while leaving his team to try and battle back from the results of his poor outing.

Lets.Go.Mets

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Mets Are 13th Most Followed MLB Official Team Account http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-are-13th-most-followed-mlb-official-team-account.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-are-13th-most-followed-mlb-official-team-account.html/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:30:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165763 twitter-bird-on-baseball-social-media

In the social media and Twitter world, Mets fans are known to be very vocal. For those of us that are active on the medium, we are very familiar with the hashtag #MetsTwitter.

So when it comes to the actual number of accounts that are following the Mets on Twitter, where does our team rank?

To no surprise, the Yankees rule the Twitterverse, with nearly 360,000 more followers than the next most followed team. While the average Met fan may be down on the team right now, considering we’re still in the largest media market in the country, surely the Mets would be near the top, right?

Not quite. The Mets have the 13th most followers, more than 46,000 behind the Cincinnati Reds and less than 5,000 ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Yankees have more than quadruple the number of followers than the Mets.

By sheer numbers, not only has attendance dwindled and frustration set in among fans – nearly twice as many people are interested in hearing what the Braves have to say than the Mets.

So how many followers do each of the MLB teams official twitter accounts have (as of Sunday evening, September 14th, 2014)

  1. Yankees -1,214,518
  2. Phillies – 855,619
  3. Red Sox – 853,444
  4. Giants – 645,743
  5. Dodgers – 572,513
  6. Braves – 535,743
  7. Cardinals – 500,509
  8. Blue Jays – 495,041
  9. Tigers – 487,450
  10. Rangers – 421,587
  11. Cubs – 385,803
  12. Reds – 328,461
  13. Mets – 282,251
  14. Pirates – 277,501
  15. Orioles – 249,417
  16. Indians – 239,075
  17. Twins – 233,445
  18. White Sox – 218,233
  19. Mariners – 217,213
  20. Brewers – 216,062
  21. Royals – 213,110
  22. Angels – 212,725
  23. Athletics – 204,930
  24. Nationals – 204,701
  25. Rays – 187,280
  26. Astros – 161,079
  27. Diamondbacks – 149,675
  28. Rockies – 149.115
  29. Padres – 134,422
  30. Marlins – 133,357

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Heyman: DeGrom Has Been deBest NL Rookie http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/heyman-degrom-has-been-debest-nl-rookie.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/heyman-degrom-has-been-debest-nl-rookie.html/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:41:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165405 jacob degrom

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports makes the case that Jacob deGrom had done enough to merit the NL Rookie of the Year award.

“DeGrom deserves the NL Rookie of the Year award, and there shouldn’t be much doubt about that (though apparently, there is).”

“DeGrom, who has thrown 22 straight scoreless innings, posted seven starts with no earned runs among his first 20 starts, which is tied for the most such starts since 1914. His 2.62 ERA through 20 starts is the best in Mets history, ahead of even Mets greats Dwight Gooden (2.80) and Tom Seaver (2.92).”

Heyman contends that while Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is a very exciting player who has racked up 56 stolen bases, his OPS+ is 87, which is far below an average player.

“DeGrom is above average by every standard, and extraordinary lately. He’s 8-2 with a 1.77 ERA of his past 13 starts. That ranks him third in MLB ERA since June 21, behind only the great Clayton Kershaw (1.19) and Corey Kluber (1.65). DeGrom also set the franchise rookie record by not allowing a home run in his first 67 1/3 innings and has only surrendered seven all year.”

It’s nice to see Heyman throw his support at deGrom a few days after Ken Rosenthal backed Hamilton.

Tonight’s start against the Marlins could clinch the deal for deGrom and change some more minds amongst the voters.

(Joe D.) 

September 11 – DeGrom Furthers Case For ROY

There really isn’t much you can say that hasn’t been said before about Mets rookie Jacob deGrom. After starting the season with AAA Las Vegas and going 4-0 in 7 starts, deGrom got the call and hasn’t turned back.

Tuesday night was no exception. Against one of the highest scoring offenses in the national league, deGrom sparkled, scattering 3 hits and no earned runs over his 8 innings of work. He added 9 strikeouts just for good measure. It was a truly dominant start.

The last time deGrom gave up a run was on August 23rd against the Dodgers during the Mets west coast trip. That start, one of his worst of the season, kick-started the rookie who has now rattled off 22 straight innings without giving up a run.

While all of the talk after the game centered around David Wright and his ailing shoulder, Terry Collins did mention that the reason deGrom was pulled after 8 innings and 100 pitches thrown was completely about his innings limits and pitch count limitations. It seems that pulling him could see him pitch a little deeper into the season.

For deGrom, you have to wonder when the off-day scoreboard watching begins. Billy Hamilton went 0 for 4 with a run scored in the Reds 9-5 victory over the Cardinals. His average is now .260 and seems to be the only guy that could spoil the Rookie of the Year honors that deGrom is clearly vying for.

Tuesday might have been the best game of the season for deGrom who went 8 innings for the first time in his young career. deGrom has 121 strikeouts on the season and with his ERA down to an incredible 2.62 it seems like Hamilton might have to start playing catch up to deGrom instead of the other way around.

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Mets To Present Sterling Award Winners http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-to-present-sterling-award-winners.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-to-present-sterling-award-winners.html/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:00:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165811 dilson herrera homers

The Mets will honor their Sterling Award winners pregame on Monday.

Lefthander Steven Matz was named the minor-league pitcher of the year and second baseman Dilson Herrera as the minor-league position player of the year.

In addition, they will honor an outstanding player at each level of their minor-league system.

Those selected were:

Matt Reynolds, SS — Las Vegas

Kevin Plawecki, C — Binghamton

Brandon Nimmo, OF — St. Lucie

Dario Alvarez, LHP and Akeel Morris, RHP — Savannah

Marcos Molina, RHP — Brooklyn

Vicente Lupo, OF — Kingsport

John Mora, OF — Gulf Coast League

Ali Sanchez, C — Dominican Summer League 1

Walter Rasquin, C — Dominican Summer League 2

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Di-Jest Song Parody: Eve Of Contention http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/di-jest-song-parody-eve-of-contention.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/di-jest-song-parody-eve-of-contention.html/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:25:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165753 terry collins

Di-Jest readers know that I started watching the Mets in ’62 when I was just a teenager. The music that I fell in love with is almost entirely from the ’60′s and ’70′s. By the time disco arrived I was already, to quote Gary Cohen, “outta here.”

Sometimes Di-Jest articles are song parodies and the songs almost always date back forty or more years. One of my favorite protest tunes back then was recorded by Barry McGuire in 1965. It was called “Eve of Destruction” which you can play below. But before that, here’s my version of it called:

Eve of Contention

(You’ll have to supply your own harmonica breaks)

September’s come again and still the Mets are losin’
The Nats have just come in to give the team a bruisin’
The captain’s on the shelf – he’s got an injured shoulder
He hasn’t hit a lick and now he’s getting older
Attendance really sucks and it sure is getting colder.

But you tell me…
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you do believe
We’re on the eve of contention.

The guys we added on were Bart, Young and Grandy
Supposed to be all good – that’s what we heard from Sandy
Bartolo’s worked out well – he’s really pitched okay
But Chris sucked so much – he got sent the Yankees’ way
While Curtis goes hitless – almost every day.

But you tell me…
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you do believe
We’re on the eve of contention.

The fans are fightin’ mad. All the time they’re bitchin’
The F.O. says but wait, you know we got the pitchin’
Harvey’s coming back and he’s beyond compare
DeGrom is deBoss and how about his hair
And Jenrry gets those saves and then he’s got that flair.

But you tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you do believe
We’re on the eve of contention.

Wilmer’s now at short – but he lacks the range for that.
The other guy is Ruben – who doesn’t have the bat.
Left field’s a black hole – no one can hit and play it
EY and Kirk and Dekker – it really hurts to say it
They need another guy – but you know the Mets won’t pay it.

But you tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you do believe
We’re on the eve of contention.

Jeff has caused a mess. I don’t mean maybe
He fired someone just because she had a baby
We’re hoping it’s a case of where there’s smoke there’s fire
And boorish Jeff himself heads to the waiver wire
And that the Wilpons time is ready to expire.

But you tell me
Over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you do believe
We’re on the eve of contention.

Yeah, yeah
You do believe we’re on the eve of contention.

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MMO Game Recap: Nationals 3, Mets 0 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-nationals-3-mets-0.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-nationals-3-mets-0.html/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:15:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165743 jon niese

The Mets (72-78) were defeated by the Washington Nationals (85-63) by a score of 3-0.

What you should know:

Jon Niese pitched a solid game for New York, going seven innings, and allowing two runs on six hits while walking zero and striking out seven. Unfortunately, he took the loss as he had no offensive support.

The Mets had runners in scoring position in six separate innings, including two times with a runner on third and less than two outs, and were unable to push a run across each time.

The big blow for the Nationals came in the top of the seventh, as Wilson Ramos launched an opposite field two-run home run off of Jon Niese.

Washington tacked on an additional run in the top of the ninth, as Danny Espinosa was caught in a rundown between first and second with two outs and one on. When Espinosa was tagged, Wilmer Flores dropped the ball causing the runner at third to score.

The Mets have committed 31 errors in their last 23 games.

With today’s win, the Nationals are now 13-3 against the Mets this season.

On deck:

The Mets start a three game series with the Marlins tomorrow night at Citi Field with Jacob deGrom (8-6, 2.62 ERA) taking on Jarred Cosart (13-9, 3.70 ERA)

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Nationals, 1:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-nationals-110-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-nationals-110-pm.html/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:51:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165724 Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese 2Today the Mets look for a split with the Washington Nationals, sending Jonathon Niese (8-10, 3.59) to the hill against Jordan Zimmermann (11-5, 2.93). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

In his last start, Niese received a no-decision in the Mets’ 3-2 victory over the Rockies at Citi Field on September 8th. He tossed 6.2 innings, allowing eight hits and one earned run, including a home run to Michael Cuddyer. Despite the no-decision, he struck out seven while walking just one.

Niese also has a 2.96 ERA (24 earned runs/73.0 innings) in 12 starts at Citi Field this season. He has tossed six quality starts in his last eight starts and has allowed three earned runs or less in 28 of his last 31 starts dating back to September 13th, 2013.

The Mets are 28-21 during the day and the club’s .571 winning percentage is the seventh-best in the majors. Daniel Murphy ranks sixth in the NL with a .322 batting average during the day.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Juan Lagares, cf
  3. Daniel Murphy, 3b
  4. Lucas Duda, 1b
  5. Wilmer Flores, 2b
  6. Curtis Granderson, rf
  7. Anthony Recker, c
  8. Ruben Tejada, ss
  9. Jonathon Niese, lhp

After a disappointing performance last night, the Mets try to split the series with the Nationals today with Jon Niese on the mound against Jordan Zimmermann. Niese on the season is 8-10 over 27 games and 168.0 innings with a 3.59 ERA. He started September off with a terrible start allowing 6 ER and 10 hits over 6 innings against the Marlins. Last time out he bounced back allowing only one earned run over 6.2 innings against the Rockies. He has not been overly effective against the Nationals this year allowing 11 runs, 9 earned over 10.0 innings. The Nationals have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Werth 8-25, 2B
  • Desmond 4-21, 2 2B
  • LaRoche 5-18, 2B, 3 HR
  • Espinosa 6-15, 2B, HR
  • Harper 3-8

The Mets bats will get to see Jordan Zimmermann again who is 11-5 over 29 games and 178.0 innings and a 2.93 ERA. In his last four starts he has pitched 26.1 innings with a 3-0 record and a 2.73 ERA. He is 2-0 in three starts against he Mets this year with a 2.89 ERA allowing 6 earned runs over 18.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Murphy 16-47, 5 2B, 3 HR
  • Duda 6-27, 2 2B
  • Lagares 4-17, 2B
  • Tejada5-18
  • Granderson 2-10
  • d’Arnaud3-8, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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MLB Should Do What NFL Failed To With Ray Rice http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mlb-could-do-what-nfl-failed-to-with-ray-rice.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mlb-could-do-what-nfl-failed-to-with-ray-rice.html/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:00:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165621 selig manfred

Let’s clear something up right off the bat. Hitting a woman and firing someone, even if it was in a discriminatory manner, are not on equal playing fields. That being said, we’ve watched as the NFL has squirmed and wiggled around the incident surrounding former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. They have gotten it wrong multiple times and in the end this could end up costing commissioner Roger Goodell his job.

Turning our attention to baseball, Mets owner Jeff Wilpon was sued earlier this week by Leigh Castergine. The former VP of Ticket Sales said that Wilpon fired her based largely on the fact that she was pregnant and not married. Obviously these are very strong allegations and if they prove to have traction, Major League Baseball can not sit around and do what the National Football League did regarding Rice. The legal process will play itself out but Major League Baseball doesn’t have to sit around and do nothing.

Yesterday, NBC’s Craig Calcaterra pointed out that there is precedent for the league to take action against Wilpon even before the legal process plays itself out. The league dealt with George Steinbrenner twice on matters of the front office, and Reds owner Marge Schott was banned from day-to-day activities for making racially insensitive remarks.

With less than a month before Rob Manfred takes over as commissioner, he has a chance to do what Bud Selig never did. Selig, a personal friend of the Wilpon’s, seemed to protect the family through any issues they were having. Now with Manfred’s arrival, Major League Baseball needs to hold Jeff Wilpon accountable. He no longer has Selig’s protection and unlike the NFL, Manfred should not waver. He should speak to the Wilpon’s and not hide behind due process as Goodell did.

Hitting a woman is not the same as firing someone for reasons that the law deems unlawful. Still, you can see the connection. Both are fundamental issues of what is wrong and what is right. If Wilpon did what he is accused of, then something must be done. This won’t cost the Wilpon’s ownership of the team, but standing up to them now could send them a significant message that there’s a new sheriff in town and that they either shape up or ship out.

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Concerns Over Vic Black Arise In Loss To Nationals http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/concerns-over-vic-black-arise-in-loss-to-nationals.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/concerns-over-vic-black-arise-in-loss-to-nationals.html/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:07:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165720 Vic - Black, RHPVic Black entered Saturday nights game as one of the brightest spots in a very bland season. Known for his blazing 95+ mile per hour fastballs, Black’s heat reached just 92.86 on average Saturday night according to FanGraphs. “Something didn’t feel right. It doesn’t hurt, it’s just like an ache and it feels weak, so we’ll see” Black said about his shoulder after the game (Roger Rubin, Daily News).

This is obviously a huge concern to everyone. Black is a huge part of the Mets future bullpen along with Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia and Bobby Parnell. An injury to Black, especially in the shoulder region, could be a big blow to the bullpen in 2015. This is not the way you want Black to talk about his arm after a game: “I felt like I was on the throttle and there was nothing there…”

Terry Collins appeared worried as well. “We have a few concerns there” he said. ““He’s not complaining of the neck. But we’re going to see if those issues have caused (changes). His arm angle has changed.”

The arm angle is apparent. He does appear to be throwing from a slightly different spot, compared to earlier in the year when he was hurling in the high-90s and striking people out all over the place. He has pitched to a 2.60 ERA with almost a strike out per inning.

We’ll all cross our fingers and hope for the best but waiting on good news hasn’t always worked out well for Mets fans of late.

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MMO Game Recap: Nationals 10, Mets 3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-nationals-10-mets-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-nationals-10-mets-3.html/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 03:01:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165705 zack wheeler

On a damp evening at Citi Field, Zack Wheeler‘s recent stretch of dominance came to an end as his lack of command coupled with a poor defensive effort resulted in a 10-3 blowout loss to the Washington Nationals on Saturday evening.

Bryce Harper sent a fly ball into the Pepsi porch that just barely tucked inside the right-field foul pole after Ian Desmond led off with a walk to put the Nationals up 2-0 in the second.

The same pair would begin the fourth with back-to-back singles. Desmond would score on a pick-off attempt by Travis d’Arnaud that sailed over the glove of Daniel Murphy and into left field, making it a three-run game.

The night just got worse for Wheeler in the fifth inning. Failing to record an out to the three batters he faced, the 24-year-old was relieved by Gonzalez Germen with two on and a run already plated in the inning. Despite the new pitcher, Desmond had the Mets number as he drove a two-run single to center, giving Washington the 6-0 advantage.

Wheeler surrendered six runs, all earned, on seven hits in four plus innings of work while walking two and striking out four, falling to 10-10 on the season.

The Mets responded to the Nats offensive outburst with some well-struck drives of their own. Curtis Granderson ripped a double to lead off the fifth. Wilmer Flores would make it a 6-2 game on a two-run shot to left center, his fourth of the season.

Buddy Carlyle came in to pitch the sixth, falling victim to a sub-par defense behind him. Although Carlyle got a pair of ground balls, three separate errors resulted in the seventh run of the game for the Nationals.

Granderson came on in the sixth with two on and tow out and came through with a base hit that deflected off of first baseman Adam LaRoche to bring the Mets within four at the time.

ian desmond

But Desmond refused to let the Mets come within striking distance, crushing an RBI double off the right centerfield wall in the eighth. He finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBIs, bringing his season total to 86 runs batted in.

In the end the Mets got pasted by the Nationals in what was a sloppy effort that included four errors and poor pitching all the way around.

Lagares had three hits to raise his average to .285. He is hitting .311 (17-49) with seven runs scored, three doubles, five RBI and seven stolen bases in 12 games this month.

Mets 3-4-5 hitters combined to go 0-for-11 and leadoff hitter Eric Young went 0-for-4.

Up Next: Jon Niese (8-10, 3.59) opposes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (11-5, 2.93) at 1:10 PM on Sunday in the series finale.
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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Nationals, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-nationals-710-pm-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-nationals-710-pm-4.html/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:44:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165670 zack wheelerTonight the Mets try to take the third game of the four game set against the Washington Nationals with Mets MVP candidate Zack Wheeler (10-9, 3.38) taking on Doug Fister (13-6, 2.53). First pitch is at 7:10pm.

In his last start, Wheeler earned his 10th victory of the year against the Cincinnati Reds. He gave up one run and five hits over six innings of work, striking out six along the way. Wheeler also contributed his fourth hit of the season in that game.

Travis d’Arnaud continued his blazing hot second half last night, contributing a two RBI double in the win. He is now hitting .286 with 10 HR and 32 RBI since returning from Las Vegas.

Juan Lagares tacked on two more hits last night and stole his 13th base of the season. Nine of those have come in the last two weeks.

Starting Lineup

1. Eric Young Jr., lf
2. Juan Lagares, cf
3. Daniel Murphy, 3b
4. Lucas Duda, 1b
5. Travis d’Arnaud, c
6. Curtis Granderson, rf
7. Wilmer Flores, ss
8. Dilson Herrera, 2b
9. Zack Wheeler, rhp

The Mets finally beat the Nationals in Queens last night by the score of 4-3 thanks to a big hit from d’Arnaud and pitching that was able to hold off some late pushes from the Nationals. Today, Zack Wheeler tries to keep it going against the Nationals to guarantee a series split against Doug Fister.

Wheeler is 10-9 over 29 starts and 170.1 innings with a 3.38 ERA. After terrible start against the Marlins allowing 5 runs over 4.2 innings, in his last start he allowed 1 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out6 against the Reds. In three starts against the Nationals this year he is 1-2 over 18.2 innings with a 4.34 ERA and 16 K’s. The Nationals have the following numbers against Zack:

  • Span 8-18, 2 2B
  • Werth 5-16, 2 2B, HR
  • Desmond 4-16, 2B, HR
  • LaRoche 2-11, HR
  • Rendon 4-11
  • Harper 1-11
  • Ramos 2-9, 2B

Doug Fister is in the midst of a career season with a 13-6 record over 22 starts and 142.1 innings while posting a 2.53 ERA. After a stretch of three starts that were not characteristic of his season pitching 16.2 innings with a 5.94 ERA, he bounced back in his last start by shutting out the Braves over 7.0 innings. He has be phenomenal against the Mets year shutting the Mets out over 14.1 innings despite allowing 13 hits. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Granderson 3-20, HR
  • Abreu 3-16, 2B
  • d’Arnaud 1-9, 2B
  • Lagares 3-8
  • Murphy 2-9
  • Duda 3-6
  • Flores 4-6
  • E Young 2-3

Lets Go Mets!

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Mets Struggles Continue at Citi Field http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-struggles-continue-at-citi-field.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-struggles-continue-at-citi-field.html/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:42:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165687 Citi Field home run apple

In last nights win against the Nationals some very interesting stats came up during the game.

The first being that in the last 18 games, Travis d’Arnaud has only struck out five times with two of those strikeouts coming last night. It is hard to undersell how impressive a turnaround it has been for the Mets young catcher. He is starting to show the big league promise the Mets saw in him, when they traded away R.A Dickey to Toronto for him.

Beside d’Arnaud’s turn around, a stat I found alarming is that with last nights win, the Mets now have five wins in the last three years against the Nationals at Citi field. If your rubbing your eyes thinking that stat is a joke, I assure you it isn’t. The Mets are now 5-31 against their N.L East rival. That’s a winning percentage of .161, these numbers are huge concerns. They are the small factors that have compounded into the Mets futility over the last few seasons. Over the six seasons the Mets have played at Citi Field, they hold a losing record at home, winning only .477 percent of their games. In comparison over the 45 years they played at Shea they had a winning percentage of 52%.

Even though Citi Field is still in its infancy, the signs are troubling for the Mets and their fans. Any Met fan can tell you that the environment is just not the same, the stadium doesn’t hold the electricity that Shea had. A lot of that is due to the poor play on the field, but Mets fans have weathered worse teams than this and Shea was always the safe haven for the team.

Citi Field is a nice stadium and holds the trappings of many modern stadiums. Shake Shack and other in-stadium attractions serve as continuing distractions from baseball. They are fun for families and children but for the true blue and orange bleeding fans, they take the emotion out of the stadium. With more and more fans standing in line for a burger than cheering on the team, the home field atmosphere gets eliminated. It is hard to stay and root for a team that isn’t producing, but its time to bring a loud, boisterous, overwhelming fans back to Citi Field and retake the stadium.

Give me your opinions about the stadium and the atmosphere by leaving a comment or tweet and follow at me @joe_pic.

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