Mets Merized Online » Mets News & Notes Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:50:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bobby Abreu To Join Mets On Monday Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:17:36 +0000 Bobby-Abreu

The Mets announced Bobby Abreu will join the team in time for Monday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. They didn’t immediately say whose place Abreu will take.

The 40-year-old Abreu hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2012, when he played eight games for the Los Angeles Angels and then 92 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Abreu signed a minor-league contract with the Mets, and batted .395 in 15 games for Triple-A Las Vegas with four doubles and six RBI.

The Mets needed to make a decision on Abreu, who could have asked out of his contract if he wasn’t promoted by the end of this month.

It’s still unclear if this decision is just to add a bat to the bench, or a bigger role.

April 12

Mike Puma of the NY Post has learned that Bobby Abreu has an April 30 opt out clause on the deal he signed with the Mets.

“Don’t be surprised if he’s with the Mets by end of month,” Puma says.

April 11

When the Mets signed Bobby Abreu on March 31, I have to admit, I really didn’t understand that move, especially when the Mets have a crop of younger ball players ready to take their turn and become stars on the big club.  The move to bring in a 40 year old ball player past his prime didn’t really sit well with me.  My thinking was maybe they feel he still has something left in the tank, but in reality it could delay a top prospect for a what-if.

But I have to admit, at least for now that I will have to eat my words, because not only has Abreu been hitting, but he has actually solidified himself in the lineup and has started to be a guy to count on to produce.

On the season so far he is 10 for 19, batting .526/.591/684, with three doubles, has only struck out twice and has hit safely in seven of the eight games he has played with the 51′s.  He also has three multi hit games in that stretch.

Wally Backman has seen his share of great hitters and he tells the Las Vegas Journal-Review that Abreu still has it, “He turned on a 98 mph fastball with the bases loaded, so I’d say he can still hit.”

I can’t say that Abreu is the answer to the Mets offensive woes, but if he continues to hit and produce, the Mets may need to make some decisions and possibly see if he is actually someone who can bring something to the table for the team – assuming he continues to smash Triple A pitching. It could make for a good story line.

(Photo Credit: Josh Holmberg/Las Vegas Review Journal)


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MMO Game Recap: Mets 4, Braves 3 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:14:49 +0000 curtis granderson

The Mets salvaged the finale of their three game series and beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on a walk-off sacrifice fly off the bat of Curtis Granderson in the bottom of the 14th inning.

Zack Wheeler started for the Mets and earned a quality start, tossing six innings and allowing three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six batters.

The Mets got eight scoreless innings of relief from the bullpen including three from Daisuke Matsuzaka and two by Carlos Torres. Jose Valverde, who lost his job as closer before the game, pitched the 14th inning and picked up the win. 

David Wright followed up Saturday’s three-hit game with four more hits to raise his average to .316 for the season. Lucas Duda contributed two ribbies and a pair of singles as he and Wright collected six of the Mets’ nine hits.

Granderson was hitless in six at-bats before lifting a shallow fly that was deep enough to score Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the 14th.

With the win, the Mets improved their home record to 3-6 at Citi Field this season.

The Mets begin a four game series with the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday at 7:10 PM. RHP Jenrry Mejia gets the start for the Mets.

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 1:10 PM Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:00:13 +0000 zack wheeler

The Mets will try and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Braves as they close out their three-game series Sunday at 1:10 PM.

Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.67 ERA) will start for the Mets and be opposed by rookie righthander David Hale (0-0, 2.89) for the Braves.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Curtis Granderson – RF
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  5. Chris Young – CF
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP

As expected Curtis Granderson is out of the clean-up spot and batting second.

What I didn’t expect was to see Murphy batting cleanup…

Game Preview

The Mets look to avoid the sweep today at Citi Field, and climb back to .500 after a near win yesterday. The bullpen yesterday wasn’t the greatest, but neither was the hitting. The Mets bats didn’t really show up until the 8th and 9th inning, and the Mets were able to make it interesting in the ninth. Anyway, the Mets bats will get another crack at David Hale as he squares off against Zack Wheeler.

Wheeler is 1-2 on the season with a 4.67 ERA over 17.1 innings while allowing 9 ER, walking 5 and striking out 15. If it feels like Zack has been pitching better than that, you’re right. His FIP is 3.72 so far. His second start of the season, by far his worst start, was against the Braves where he allowed 8 hits and 4 ER over 5.0 innings with 6 strikeouts. The Braves have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Freeman 5-9, HR
  • C Johnson 1-11
  • Simmons 3-9
  • Heyward 3-9, HR
  • J Upton 0-9
  • Gattis 1-8, 2B

David Hale is making his third start of the season. He has pitched 9.1 innings this year with 2.89 ERA and a 4.05 FIP. He has not pitched since his last start on April 10th against teh Mets where he allowed 4 runs, 3 earned over 4.1 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against David:

  • Granderson 0-2
  • Murphy 1-2
  • Wright 1-2
  • E Young 3-3, 3B
  • d’Arnaud 0-2
  • Tejada 0-2

Happy Easter and Lets Go Mets!

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Valverde Out As Closer, Farnsworth To Takeover Saves Role Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:21:03 +0000 jose valverde

10:15 AM Update:

Kyle Farnsworth has been named the new Mets closer by Terry Collins. Valverde will not be used in any critical situations for now.

The 38 year old has closed on two previous occasions in his 16 year major league career which includes 54 saves and 43 blown saves.

Farnsworth last officially closed in 2011 for the Rays, saving 25 games and blowing six.

8:45 AM

It was another rough outing for Jose Valverde, who gave up a three-run homer in the ninth to Justin Upton in Saturday’s 7-5 loss.

He has now allowed four home runs in his last three appearances, including back to back homers against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

After the game, the Mets manager basically admitted that he’s going to need a new closer, because he can’t send Valverde out there in a big situation again.

“I’m going to address that on Sunday,” Collins said.

Collins also said he’s been troubled by some of the pitches Valverde has made this week, describing them as being in the “nitro zone.”

“When we’ve talked to people about him and what he does they say when he’s locating his fastball he gets a lot of outs,” explained Collins. “Right now, he’s leaving balls on the plate and he’s getting hit.’’

As I mentioned yesterday, Valverde is doing the same exact things that caused him to get released by the Detroit Tigers. His fastballs are flat, up in the zone, and easy to hammer.

In his eight appearances this season, the 36-year old veteran has allowed baserunners in all but two of them.

The big question now becomes, who replaces him?

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Granderson Out of the Cleanup Spot and Batting Second Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:44:05 +0000 MLB Opening Day at Citi Field

Update: Curtis Granderson has been moved out of the cleanup spot and is batting second today. 

During last night’s 7-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves, Curtis Granderson went 0-for-5, and left six runners on base. He is now hitting .140 with just four RBIs on the season.

The fans at Citi Field are getting antsy. They rained boos down on Granderson during his final three plate appearances, and it wasn’t just a few, the stadium was resonating. Many of them are now referring to Granderson as Bay 2.0. Curtis Bay, and Jason Granderson.

Granderson, who signed a four-year, $60 million deal this past winter, is trying to stay positive as he battles through a slump that has seen him strike out in a third of his at-bats.

“I’m going to stay focused, stay ready, stay aggressive and eventually things will turn.”

That big smile Granderson displayed whenever he came to the plate during the first two weeks of the season is now gone.

Collins met with Granderson before Saturday’s game. He told Collins he is not pressing, and he trusts that things will begin to turn around for him at the plate.

“He’s not squaring balls up,” Collins said.

Collins is now considering a shakeup that will move Granderson out of the cleanup spot.

This is getting a little scary. It’s still early, but that doesn’t lessen the concern.

The Mets knew there was some considerable risk handing that kind of a contract to someone who batted .232 with nearly 200 strikeouts in his last full season in 2012, and then batted .229 in an injury-plagued season in 2013.

The hope was that in exchange for the risk and the strikeouts, the team would get a ton of home runs in exchange. But that hasn’t happened yet.

Collins does need to make some sort of move here, at least a temporary one until Granderson starts becoming a threat at the plate again.

It might be time to move Lucas Duda into the cleanup spot.


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MMO Game Recap: Braves 7, Mets 5 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:53:00 +0000 jose valverde

The Mets (8-9) lost to the Braves (12-5) by a score of 7-5 tonight at Citi Field.

Ervin Santana got the start for Atlanta, and he ran into early trouble by giving up a walk and a stolen base to Eric Young, which was followed by an RBI single from David Wright that give the Mets a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Santana again found himself in a jam in the second inning when Lucas Duda led off the inning by doubling to center and reaching third on an error.

And that, of course, is when the shenanigans began. The next hitter, Travis d’Arnaud, hit a grounder to Andrelton Simmons, who just might be the best defensive player in baseball. Duda was running on contact, which seemed odd at the time because there were no outs and Duda is, to put it nicely, a bit slow. Wait, this blog isn’t owned by the Mets and I can say whatever I want? Okay then… Duda is very, very, very slow. Duda was thrown out at the plate and the Mets failed to score in the inning.

Bartolo Colon, who had gotten the start for New York, continued a very frustrating half-hour by coughing up the lead in the next frame. With two out and a man on first, Colon walked BJ Upton. When you let BJ Upton reach base, bad things happen. The next batter, Freddie Freeman, hit a ball that seemed to glance off of his foot before bouncing towards Colon. The umps ruled it a fair ball, and Colon’s errant throw to first brought home two runs and put Atlanta ahead 2-1. Freeman resumed his daily Met-Mashing in the 5th, when his double to right field chased home Jason Heyward to make it 3-1.

The Mets caught another bad break in the bottom of the 6th. After Daniel Murphy singled, Curtis Granderson popped one up near the middle of the diamond. The Braves suffered a miscommunication and let the ball drop, but, not to be outdone, the Mets still failed to capitalize as Daniel Murphy— who had been trotting back to first— was thrown out at second base on the play.

Colon settled down as the game wore on and exited after 7 innings. Kirk Nieuwenhuis pinch hit for Bartolo in the bottom of the 7th with 2 men on, but he and Eric Young both failed to get the job done, and the Mets headed into the 8th still down by a pair.

Daisuke Matsuzaka took the ball to start the 8th and struggled, giving up 2 hits, a steal, a walk, and a wild pitch. The wild pitch allowed Justin Upton to score and give the Braves a 4-1 advantage.

The Mets made a bit of noise in the 8th off of David Carpenter. Murphy and Wright led off the inning with singles before Granderson popped out. Chris Young, making his season debut, ripped a single to left to score Murphy and make it a 2-run ballgame, and Lucas Duda nearly gave the Mets a lead with a deep drive to right which was caught on the warning track. This was the second time in the game Lucas had hit a ball hard only to see it die just before it got to the wall. Travis followed up Duda’s near-homer with a single to right to bring in Wright and move Young to third, setting the table for Ruben Tejada with the Mets now down 4-3. Terry Collins made the questionable decision not to pinch-hit for Ruben, and the struggling shortstop hit a weak ground ball to second to end the Mets’ threat.

Jose Valverde entered in a non-save situation and tried to keep it a 1-run game. He failed miserably. Jordan Schafer led off the inning with a ground ball which Valverde failed to field properly, and Jose’s error, just like Bartolo’s, would come back to haunt the Mets. After Valverde retired the next two hitters and walked Freeman intentionally, Justin Upton came to the plate with a chance to provide the Braves with some huge insurance runs. The Talented Upton Brother hit a deep drive to center which, unlike Duda’s drives, had the blessing of the Baseball Gods (who we have apparently angered in recent years) and cleared the wall by a few feet to make it 7-3 Atlanta.

The Mets fought back in the ninth off of superstar closer Craig Kimbrel. With 1 out, Eric Young was hit by a pitch and Murphy singled, setting the table for David Wright. David doubled to score EY and move Murphy to 3rd, before Granderson, of course, struck out to stop the Mets’ momentum. Chris Young kept New York alive with an RBI single– his 3rd hit of the night– that scored Eric Young and moved David to third. After Chris stole second and Lucas Duda drew a walk to load the bases, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez made a gutsy move, pulling Kimbrel and bringing in Jordan Walden. Travis d’Arnaud fell behind in the count before grounding one towards the hole at short. Unfortunately, “the hole at short” doesn’t really exist when Andrelton Simmons is involved, and Simmons made a great play to snag the ball on the run, plant, and unleash a strong throw to first to end the game.

Tonight’s loss seemed scripted. It really did. The Mets passed up several scoring chances, made some sloppy plays in the field, handed out insurance runs like they meant nothing, and, of course, felt the sting of those insurance runs by making the best comeback attempt they could possibly make without actually coming back. Meet the Mets, everybody…

Granderson drives me nuts. I hated him as a Yankee and was hoping he could convert me with strong play in Queens, but he has been terrible so far. He hits the ball hard on occasion, but strikes out too much and makes far too many “unproductive outs”. Hopefully he’ll turn it around, but he’s not playing in that bandbox in the Bronx anymore so it might not be as easy as you would think. I’ll try to be patient with him…

Errors from pitchers always seem to end up costing you dearly. Colon’s error gave the Braves 2 runs and Valverde’s helped them get 3 more. Let’s not forget that there was a wild pitch which led to another Atlanta run… when you give away so many runs and then lose in what ends up being a close game, it’s not hard to pinpoint the reason for the loss.

Valverde has been miserable lately. The Raul Ibañez home run in the playoffs a few years back threw Valverde off track, and it looks like Raul may have gotten in his head again when he took Jose deep in Anaheim last week. That’s 4 home runs allowed in the last 3 outings for Valverde, whose grasp on the closer job is getting looser with each passing day.

Travis d’Arnaud seems to always come up in huge situations. He did a pretty nice job today, getting 2 hits and nearly tying it up on the game’s final play. He’s been better of late, and he’s starting to make good contact. Let’s hope he can really hit his stride soon.

Duda crushed the ball tonight, but he didn’t have much to show for it. Still, it’s nice to see that he’s making solid contact, keeping a level head in big situations, and giving the Mets a much-needed power threat in their lineup.

I liked what I saw from Chris Young tonight. CY (can we call him that?) had 3 hits and 2 RBI, and looked comfortable in the field and on the basepaths. He was good in Spring Training before getting injured, so let’s hope he can stay on the field and stay in rhythm.

Daniel Murphy and David Wright each had 3 hits tonight as well. Overall, the Mets had a solid total of 13, which is encouraging after the offensive debacle on Friday. David has been pretty hot lately, and he now has his average back up to 286.

The Mets seem to do pretty well against Craig Kimbrel. Of course, for every all-star pitcher that we treat like a journeyman, we treat 5 journeymen like all-stars, so we can’t get too excited about that. But it is nice to see that the Mets don’t shrink  and give in to the most dominant, intimidating closer in the game.

This was a tough loss, but there were some positive signs. This isn’t a team that can afford to do the little things wrong, so let’s hope the Mets sharpen up their play going forward.

Up next: The Mets will look to salvage the final game of their series with the Braves on Easter Sunday. Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.67 ERA) will face off against David Hale (0-0, 2.89 ERA) in the 1:10 PM matchup at Citi Field.

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 7:10 PM Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:28:43 +0000 USATSI  bartolo colon

After being held to just one hit during Friday night’s loss to the Braves, the Mets will try to even the series tonight when Bartolo Colon takes on Ervin Santana for the Braves in a 7:10 PM start at Citi Field.

The Braves were held scoreless by Colon the last time he faced them, scattering six hits and striking out five in seven innings. However Colon got pummeled in his last start, allowing nine runs on 11 hits with two walks in five innings to the Angels last Sunday.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Chris Young – CF
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Bartolo Colon – RHP

Game Preview

The Mets look to win their first game in the Post-Ike Davis era tonight after dropping last night’s game. More importantly, the Mets need win tonight’s game in order to get back above .500 and guarantee that they end the series at least at .500. Dropping last night’s game doesn’t really do it justice in terms of visualizing what happened. The Mets were no-hit by the Braves almost through the 8th when David Wright was able to get a hit, but that was it for the Amazin’s last night. Niese did great, and sadly was saddled with the loss but the bullpen allowed the Braves to stretch their lead. Bartolo Colon gets the nod tonight as he squares up against Ervin Santanta.

Colon had a rough, rough outing his last time out. In 5.0 innings he allowed 11 hits and 9 earned runs, including back to back to back homers in the first inning, four homers overall. On a short season with three starts, that saw his ERA jump from 2.08 to 6.00. In the start before that, he was masterful against the Braves pitching 7.0 innings, scattering 6 hits while walking none, allowing no runs and striking out 5. The Braves have the following numbers against Colon:

  • B.J. Upton 8-26, 2B, 3B, HR
  • Laird 0-7
  • Doumit 0-2
  • Heyward 0-4
  • Freeman 1-3, 2B
  • Gattis 1-3
  • Johnson 1-3
  • Simmons 1-3

The Mets bats will get their second look at Evin Santana this season. Over his first two starts he has allowed 1 ER over 14.0 innings of work with 7 hits, 2 walks and 17 strikeouts. His first start of the year was against the Mets were he picked up the win after going 8.0 innings and striking out 6 batters (In his next start he struck out 11 over 6.0). The Mets have the following numbers against Santana:

  • Granderson 11-43, 2 2B, 5 HR
  • C Young 0-6
  • E Young 3-7
  • Murphy 2-6, 2B
  • Satin 0-3
  • d’Arnaud 0-3
  • Duda 1-3
  • Wright 1-3

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Recap: Braves 6, Mets 0 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:12:16 +0000 travis d'arnaud

The New York Mets opened up their 10-game homestand with a disheartening 6-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Friday night at Citi Field.

Jon Niese started for the Mets and delivered another solid performance holding the Braves to one run on four hits and three walks in his six innings of work, while striking out seven. He certainly pitched good enough to win, but the Mets offense couldn’t provide and run support tonight.

Carlos Torres pitched a clean seventh, but Gonzalez Germen saw his 9.1 inning scoreless streak come to an end as he was tagged for four runs in the eighth to put the Braves up 5-0. New Mets-killer Freddie Freeman hit a two-run blast in that frame. Jeurys Familia allowed another run score to score in the ninth.

aaron harang

Aaron Harang was the big story in this game, holding the Mets hitless for seven innings, walking six and striking out five. After throwing 121 pitches, he didn’t come out for the eighth and the Braves bullpen took over.  

After 7.2 innings the Mets finally got their first hit when third baseman David Wright singled off Luis Avilan who came on to relieve Harang. That was the only hit in the game for the Mets.

This game was absolutely pitiful, and after a three-game sweep on the road, the Mets returned home and once again looked lethargic. Sooner or later they’ll start playing with a home-field advantage again right? Maybe they were shocked by losing popular teammate Ike Davis as Gary Cohen suggested? Who knows…

They’ll go out and try again on Saturday night at 7:10 PM as Bartolo Colon looks to rebound from his last start and put the Mets back on the plus side, He’ll be opposed by Ervin Santana for the Braves. Lets Go Mets!

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Mets Trade Ike Davis To Pirates For Reliever Zack Thornton and PTBNL Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:58:18 +0000 ike davis cage 2

With less than an 30 minutes to go before tonight’s game, the Mets have traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates Mets for minor league reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named later, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

An emotional Davis said his goodbyes before finally leaving the clubhouse for good.

“Honestly, it’s a little weird,” Davis said. “I’ve been with the Mets organization for a long time, and made some really good friendships and stuff like that. That’s the toughest part, I think.”

“I really had a blast in New York. I made my dreams come true, childhood dreams come true, playing in the big leagues here. But it’s just a stepping-stone. It happens to a lot of people, getting traded. Now [I'll] go help my team in Pittsburgh.”

Thornton, who turns 26 in three weeks, was pitching at AAA Indianapolis with Pirates and was 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four relief appearances. He was originally selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 23rd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Oregon.

Adam Rubin spoke to an MLB Executive with another MLB team who labeled Zack Thornton a soft tosser and noted he was passed over by 29 clubs — including Mets — in Rule 5 draft. Thornton will report to the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.

Manager Terry Collins made a short comment when told Davis had been traded:

“Our job is not to give players away. There’d better be something come back that you can use that’s of same value.”

Sandy Alderson told reporters that it was time to make a deal. John Harper of the Daily News passed along that the Mets GM is excited about Thornton and really seemed excited about the player to be named later too.

Jon Heyman, who first broke the news, said that Mets settled for a lot less than Tyler Thornburg or Eduardo Rodriguez, but that the PTBNL will be more significant than Thornton.

In trading away Davis, the Mets also shave about $3.5 million in salary from their payroll. They have also made a full commitment to Lucas Duda.

Let’s face it, something had to give. This was something that had to be done. Lets just hope it works out all the way around for us.

Best of luck to Ike in the Burgh…

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 7:10 PM Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:31:18 +0000 USATSI  jon niese

The New York Mets are back at Citi Field on Friday night to begin a 10-game homestand against the Atlanta Braves.

Jon Niese (0-1, 3.46) will make his third start of the season for New York and will be opposed by Aaron Harang (2-1, 0.96) for Atlanta. 

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Chris Young – CF
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Jon Niese – LHP

Did You Know…

Mets starting pitchers have a 15.1 scoreless innings streak dating back to Monday and that they have eight quality starts already this season.

The Mets have had double-digit hits in five of their last six games and they are now sixth in the National League with 68 runs scored. They have outscored Arizona 21-5 in their just completed series. Lets keep it going!

David Wright is batting .458 (11-for-24) with a home run, four doubles and seven RBIs in his career against Harang.

Gonzalez Germen has retired 31 of last 34 batters he faced for a career best 9.1 scoreless innings pitched. His 0.87 ERA currently ranks third among all NL relievers.

Daniel Murphy has swiped 24 consecutive bases without getting caught dating back to 2013. The longest current streak in the majors.

Eric Young, Jr. hit .333 (12-36) with 12 runs scored, three RBI, nine stolen bases with a .442 on-base percentage during the Mets nine-game road trip.

Game Preview

The Mets continue their stretch of teams with “A” as a logo tonight as they return home to play the Braves. After a tough Sunday against the Angels, the Mets bounced back strong sweeping the Diamondbacks in Arizona, negating the series where the Mets were swept by the Nationals. Anyway the Mets draw Atlanta again as they face off against Aaron Harang behind Jon Niese.

Niese is 0-1 in his two starts so far this season with a 3.46 ERA over 13.0 innings allowing 12 hits, 5 ER, 2 BB and 9 strikeouts. Jon did not face Braves the first time around this season and last year was forgettable against them as he allowed 11 ER over 14.1 innings while walking 9 and striking out 17. When you break the numbers down, this is due to a start where he allowed 7 ER over 4.0 innings and then 3 ER over 3.1 innings. He had one fantastic start, 7.0 innings with 1 ER. The Braves have the following numbers against the Braves:

  • Uggla 9-30, 3 2B, 3B
  • Freeman 9-27, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Heyward 9-24, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Upton 8-15, 2B
  • Johnson 3-13, 2B
  • Simmons 4-10, 2B
  • Schafer 0-9

Harang has been the surprise of 2014. The former Met has had a great start to the year in his first three starts logging 18.2 innings with a 2-1 record with a 0.96 ERA. He has allowed  only 9 hits this year and 2 ER. His one loss this came against the Mets where he allowed one earned run over 6.0 innings, walking 4 and striking out 9. The Mets have the following numbers against Aaron:

  • Wright 11-24, 4 2B, HR
  • Duda 2-12, HR
  • Murphy, 6-14, 4 2B, HR
  • Tejada 6-12, 2 2B
  • EY Jr 5-8, 2B
  • Granderson 1-5, 2B
  • Davis 0-4

Lets Go Mets!

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Nieuwenhuis Could Go Down When Mets Activate Chris Young Today Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:47:36 +0000 kitk nieuwenhuis

April 18

Chris Young Is expected to be activated prior to tonight’s game. Young hit .667 (8-12) with two home runs, seven runs scored and five RBI in his three rehabilitation games with Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League.

He was placed on the DL on April 3 with a tight right groin.

A corresponding roster move will be announced prior to the game.

it will come down to lefty-hitting Kirk Nieuwenhuis and righty-hitting Andrew Brown.

But keep in mind that Nieuwenhuis will not burn any options if gets demoted because he would have been active less than 4 games. Nieuwenhuis has made his time with the team count, going 3-10 a home run and four RBI.

April 17

GM Sandy Alderson wouldn’t say which player is likely to depart when the team activates outfielder Chris Young from the disabled list on Friday, but we did learn that the Mets first base situation will be unaffected.

Alderson offered no indication the Mets would use the opportunity to demote a first baseman and alleviate crowding there.

“I wouldn’t say that’s a primary consideration,” Alderson said.

Since Terry Collins named Lucas Duda the everyday first baseman and adding that he wouldn’t be platooned, Ike Davis has started there once each series, and Josh Satin has started all three games against left-handed pitchers.

“There’s one first baseman and two guys off the bench,” Alderson insisted. “So I don’t really look at them as all first basemen. If you’re referring to Josh Satin, he can play a number of positions, and as a right-handed hitter off the bench. And, right now, Ike fills a role as a left-handed hitter off the bench.”

Although Duda is hitting .364 (8-for-22) with a homer and four RBIs in his past five starts, a report on ESPN New York indicated that Terry Collins started Davis on Wednesday for two reasons: Davis has four career homers in 36 at-bats at Chase Field, and the manager felt it appropriate to give Davis one start in his hometown.

As for who does go on Friday, it will come down to lefty-hitting Kirk Nieuwenhuis and righty-hitting Andrew Brown. But keep in mind that Nieuwenhuis will not burn any options if gets demoted because he would have been active less than 4 games.


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Mets Want More “Attitude” From Syndergaard Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:31:23 +0000 Noah_Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard has a major league fastball and curveball, but the Mets would like to see a little more “attitude” from their top pitching prospect according to what team sources told the New York Post.

According to club sources, the stud right-hander disappointed organizational officials with his approach in his first two starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, but looked better on Monday after he was challenged by manager Wally Backman to bring more of a presence to the mound.

“Backman told him to be more aggressive and asked him who he wants to become,” said a person with knowledge of the conversation. “Does he want to become a middle-of-the-road starter or top-of-the-line starter? Syndergaard said he wanted to be a No. 1. He went out with a little more of an attitude on Monday.”

Syndergaard pitched five innings in his last start, allowing two runs on five hits. Overall he is 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts for Las Vegas.

The Mets are following the road map they used with Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler before him which means Syndergaard will stay at Triple-A until at least late June to help keep the clock from starting on his Super-2 arbitration status.

Rafael Montero has been light’s out in Vegas, and will most likely get the call to the majors first. Many in the organization feel he is currently major league ready, and some felt that way at the end of last season.

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Opinion: Where’s Our Tom Seaver Statue? Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:40:29 +0000 tom seaver bw

In an interview on Friday morning with Boomer and Carton on WFAN, Tom Seaver said that the Mets have never approached him about erecting a statue or monument in his honor at Citi Field.

“I understand that I’m a part of the history of the game of baseball, it is going to be what it is,” Seaver said, when asked about his legacy. “The wonderful thing are the memories that I have about the game, and I loved it.”

Is there anything better than going to your hometown ballpark and seeing all those bronze statues of iconic players or managers who meant so much to the team and more importantly to the fans?

Back in 2009, during the inaugural season at Citi Field, there was an uproar among the fan base because many of us believed that our new home park was not Metsmerized enough.

Eventually, our pleas led to many changes and additions to Citi Field that better represented our team’s rich history and recognized many of our beloved players and managers.

The Mets Museum also opened a year later and it has been embraced by all fans. Additionally, even the outfield walls would go from a dismal black to a royal blue. Citi Field was beginning to feel like home…

However, the one thing that I’ve always wanted to see was a bronze statue or two that would honor Tom Seaver and Gil Hodges in a similar way that other NL East teams honor their all time greats.

Take a look at some of the gorgeous sculptures you’ll find just in the NL East…

Mike Schmidt at Citizens Bank Park

Steve Carlton at Citizens Bank Park

Walter Johnson at Nationals Park

Frank Howard at Nationals Park

Hank Aaron at Turner Field

Phil Niekro at Turner Field

Warren Spahn at Turner Field

Isn’t it sad that we have no such monumental testaments to any of our own iconic Mets at Citi Field?

Wouldn’t it be a great to park your car in one of the lots at Citi, or get off the 7 Train and onto the walkway, and then be greeted by a beautiful statue of Tom Seaver firing a fastball, Casey Stengel in his rumpled Mets uniform with outstretched arms, or Gil Hodges and that quiet look of his holding a lineup card?

We are nearing 25 years since Seaver was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Wouldn’t it be something if we could mark that anniversary with a magnificent statue erected in his honor?

The Mets owners should make this happen, however as I see it, there’s just one obstacle in the way… The Mets owners.

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Mejia Will Throw A Bullpen Today To Determine If He Makes Next Start Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:53:30 +0000 USATSI jenrry mejia Credit Brad Bar

April 18

Today is a big day for Jenrry Mejia who is slated to throw a bullpen session this morning to see whether the broken blister on his right middle finger will be a factor.

After his bullpen, Terry Collins said that he will make a determination as to whether the 24-year old righty will be able to make his next scheduled start on Monday.

Mejia is coming off a stellar performance against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday in which he tossed five scoreless innings. He’s been one of the team’s top starters in the early season.

Hopefully, today goes well for Mejia, but in case he does have his next start pushed, the Mets will likely use Dice-K for a spot start.

April 16

After tossing just 77 pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night, Mets starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia had to leave the game because of a torn blister on his right middle finger.

Mejia was absolutely dominant throughout his start, hurling five scoreless innings and limiting the D’Backs to just two hits while striking out three. His strong performance even drew rave reviews from some of the opposition after the game.

“He had a 94 mph cutter that was pretty filthy. And he was locating it pretty well on the outside corner,” said Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock“I took a couple of swings and felt like I was right on it, but that much movement that late is tough. It seemed like he really had good command of his fastball and that’s what made him really hard. ” 

When it was all over, Mejia picked up his second win of the season as the Mets completed the shutout victory and beat the D’Backs by the score of 9-0.

Despite having to battle his way onto the Mets rotation this Spring, the 24-year old righthander now leads the team with a pristine 2.81 ERA and .200 BAA.

Mejia reportedly wanted to continue pitching despite the blister issue and didn’t want to show his finger to the staff after the fourth inning  However, after he completed the fifth, pitching coach Dan Warthen insisted he take a look and then told his starter his night was over..

“I wanted to keep pitching,” Mejia said. “I wanted to take care of my bullpen, because I know they were a little bit tired. But they said no.” 

After the game manager Terry Collins said he was concerned about his young pitcher. “He’s got one hell of a blister. Tore it up completely.”

It’s not yet clear if this issue will keep Mejia from making his next start, but Collins says it will be monitored very closely, especially on Friday when Mejia will throw his next bullpen. 

“I feel bad for him. Feel terrible, because he has shown he has the stuff to be a winner at this level. But we just have to get him to stay out there.”

Mejia has had some tough luck to start the season, having to already deal with a bunion in spring training, getting hit in the arm by a come-backer in Montreal, and now this blister. But he remains optimistic and said he expects to be ready to go for his next start at Citi Field.


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Mets Among 20 Teams Who Watched Hanrahan Pitch On Thursday Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:31:34 +0000 Joel-Hanrahan

April 18

Close to 20 teams showed up to watch veteran closer Joel Hanrahan throw in a showcase at the University of Tampa on Thursday, and judging by the early reviews, don’t be surprised if there’s quite a bit of competition for the two-time All-Star, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Teams have already discussing deals, but no word if the Mets are one of those teams

Scouts there said Hanrahan looked fit and healthy, and pitched at 87-93 mph, putting him possibly ahead of schedule for someone 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery.

Hanrahan, 32, saved 76 games in 2011-12 for the Pirates.

April 15

The Mets will be one of several teams to be on-hand Thursday to watch free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan, throws for interested teams, according to an industry source.

Hanrahan, 32, who had Tommy John surgery on May 2013, threw a “light bullpen” for teams in January, and the Mets had an eye on him then as well.

Ackert adds that one talent evaluator who watched that session estimated the 32-year old, who had 76 saves over the 2011 and 2012 seasons, could be ready to return by May. Another source said that a return next month would be somewhat optimistic.

The Mets’ are in need of another veteran arm in the bullpen and that became clear during the weekend series with the Angels.

With closer Bobby Parnell out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, the Mets have relied on Jose Valverde to close their games and in five appearances prior to Friday’s game, Valverde did not allow a run until Raul Ibanez‘s game tying three-run home run stopped his streak.

For now the Mets have Kyle Farnsworth and Valverde and could use another competent arm to solidify the bullpen. Without having to dip into the minors for help, they may need to land an arm like Hanrahan, but only if he proves to be ready sooner than later. 

(Photo: SI)

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Celebrating Shea? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:36:23 +0000 shea night

On April 18th during a home series versus the Braves, the Mets will honor Shea by reducing tickets to 1969 era prices. For $3.50 you can get a ticket in the promenade outfield and for $19.64 you can plop your fanny into a baseline box seat!  $3.50 is about what you might expect to pay for a slice and a soft drink nowadays so it’s a sweet deal no doubt. You could conceivably take a family of 4 to the game, (stuffing a few bags of chips and juice bags into the kids’ pockets if you’re really cheap), all for 14 dollars – that’s about the cost of a Walking Dead boxed set, or a Millennium Falcon bottle cap opener … Shoot, you can even get a plastic shark with a frickin laser beam ($12.99) for only slightly less!

It is a killer whale of a deal no doubt, but like a lot of things these days this rollback confuses and perplexes me. Box seats to a Mets game are supposed to cost what an inflatable R2-D2 remote controlled droid costs, (foot pump included) — $47.99, but apparently, that’s also the price of a cup of coffee. Oh sure it’s a venti 48-shot mocha frappuccino soy, mocha drizzle, protein powder, caramel brulee topping with strawberry, two bananas, caramel drizzle, with frappuccino chips and vanilla bean ($47.30) at Starbucks, but still, it’s a cup of coffee!

So maybe regular priced box seats at Citi are not such a bad deal? Have I been away from N.Y. too long? By the way, that amount is also more or less the price of 4 ounces of quality tea in China … But what does any of this have to do with the price of baseball in Queens? Lots. The Wilpons are still scrambling to bring fans to the ballpark, and they’re getting desperate from the looks of it. Celebrating Shea? If you loved Shea so much Mr. Wilpon why did you tear it down?

new-york-mets braintrust collins, katz, wilpon alderson

You see, if I understand this correctly, the Wilpons need our support so that they can buy better baseball players. It’s a reasonable request I suppose, it’s our duty as Mets fans right?

That’s how it works, we trust the Wilpons with our hard earned cash … (trust – that’s a loaded word isn’t it?). They then take our money and in their infinite wisdom apply it to improving the team through the most prudent and exceptional means available to them.

They will not invest in ponzi schemes, they will not take players on meaningless helicopter rides, they will not sign players like Jason Bay or Bobby Bonilla, or Kaz Matsui, they will not gamble our money away or use it to buy waffle chips and beer or a brand new schooner for Jeff. I mean, just look at Jeff Wilpon he’s got a face you could trust if I ever saw one.

See the Mets are a blue collar organization … some of them even live in Queens. There are even indications that Mets ownership encourages their players to live in Queens, you figure the less they pay in rent the less the Mets have to pay them right? Makes sense. As reported by Gary Busio in the Post last spring, unlike Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez,  many Mets actually reside in Long Island City (for thousands less per month than what they would pay to live in Trump Tower or the Aldyn) …

instead of paying up to $18,000 per month (more or less the price of a new 2014 Toyota Prius) to live in a Manhattan penthouse, many of our players (and Mr. Collins himself) live in a Queens high-rise called the Avalon Riverview for a far more reasonable $2,300 to $5,200 per month (the price of a 2001 Ford Focus).

There is even a  Salon and Spa for player wives and girlfriends, where manicures run $15, a leg wax is $50, and a men’s haircut starts at $30. “The guy with the gray hair — the manager — he just came back,” a hairstylist at the shop said. “He’s a good customer!” So for the price of a box seat at Citi, Terry Collins can get his legs waxed! That’s not a bad deal at all.

caesars citi

I admit that many of our new fangled MLB venues are appealing to the eye and nose (and taste-buds), but not so much to the pocketbook. The problem is that Mets marketing has been trying to sell tickets at Manhattan penthouse prices without considering their stadium is located in Queens. Know your target audience, business 101 right?

As the National League’s blue collar descendant of the Giants and Dodgers, the Mets, from their inception, drew a working class clientele. Someone in the Mets hierarchy with a business acumen above 10th grade economics obviously realized the error in their approach and convinced the Wilpons to scale back prices.

They appear to have doubled special offers, and they instituted “dynamic pricing” intended (from what I gather) to unload tickets against low-interest opponents at low-interest prices. But one problem that remains is the blatant “stratification” of the crowd itself. so many “special” nooks and crannies reserved for the beautiful people, so many luxury boxes set aside for the jet set, so many “exclusive” clubs with the stanchions and the fuzzy ropes out front, so many “sterling” options dividing the poor slob from the rich, the really rich, and the ludicrously rich …

Sad really. One thing I miss about Shea was the feeling that we were all in one big rocking Mets melting pot.

But for a day at least you can forego the leg waxing or the most expensive cup of coffee in the world and not only take yourself to a game but bring the family and maybe even have some cash left over for that pedicure. You never know, you might even get to sit next to Terry Collins.


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Mets Are 5-0 When Eric Young Jr. Steals A Base Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:17:37 +0000 USATSI eric young jr

There have been a lot of complaints about Eric Young. He doesn’t get on base enough. His batting average is too low. He shouldn’t be an everyday player. He should be the 4th outfielder.

Guess what? Speed Kills.

Stolen bases don’t produce runs?

Last year, I went through the Mets top stolen base seasons and wrote a post about how often runs were scored when both a stolen base was attempted and when an attempt was successful.

Who’s currently 4th in the Major Leagues in Runs Scored? Eric Young. Who’s currently 2nd in the Majors in stolen bases? Eric Young.

Eric Young is only 110th in batting average among qualifiers at .255 and 89th in on-base percentage – yet when he’s getting on base, he’s scoring. Why? Because he gets on first base and proceeds to get himself into scoring position. When runners get into scoring position, they score at a higher clip than when they stay stationary on first base.

On the young season (pun intended), EY has stolen 9 bases and has yet to be caught. He has scored 5 times after attempting a steal.

When Eric Young has made/attempted a steal, he has scored 56% of the time. In other words, if EY makes it to first base and attempts to steal… there’s a better than 50/50 chance he will score.

The Mets are 5-0 when Eric Young steals a base this season.

Roger Cedeno stole 66 bases in 1999 and scored 58% of the time after a successful steal.

Mookie Wilson had a career .314 OBP and his three best OBP seasons with the Mets were 1986-88 when he had OBP’s of .345, .359, and .345. He scored 90 and 91 runs on weak hitting Mets teams in 1982 and 1983 when he had OBP’s of .314 and .300.

Eric Young has a .344 OBP through April 16th.

If EY is at the top of the lineup and runs, he will score. Even with a lower OBP, he will score. If he continues to get on base at the clip he currently is and runs, we have a top flight run scorer right under our noses.

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Pardon The Interruption… Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:36:15 +0000 Hey Incredibles, how about giving me a hand here?

Hi Everyone…

As I alluded to a few weeks ago, we are experiencing some tremendous growth and we’ve more than doubled our traffic from a year ago which is very remarkable considering we were already on top of the food chain back then. We’re not talking about hundreds of new visitors and page views per day, or even thousands. The number is in the tens of thousands.

As such, we needed to invest in newer and more powerful servers to accommodate all this new traffic that is expending far too many resources than our current servers can handle. That is why you may have been experiencing brief outages or slow page loads over the last 2-3 weeks.

Today is the big day. We scheduled this off day to do most of the heavy lifting.

For the next 24 hours, the site will be acting very oddly. Some posts may disappear, some of your comments may vanish into the vastness of the internet, some of our images may flash on and off, and other strange and fascinating phenomenon. This is all part of the process as the internet propagates all the information from our old database into our new database.

For at least a day you may be linking to our old server and not seeing new posts, while some of you depending on what part of the country you are, won’t see anything strange at all.

The great news is that by Friday, we will be running at top speed again and though very seamless, you’ll notice that our overall efficiency will quadruple. We went all the way and didn’t pinch any pennies on the technology side of this move.

So long story short, please pardon the interruption while we do some tidying up and some work under the hood.


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Lagares Says Recovery Will Take 1-2 Weeks Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:08:51 +0000 juan-lagares

April 16

Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger reports that Juan Lagares received his MRI results on Wednesday and after talking to the trainer, said his recovery time should take about 1-2 weeks.

“I feel better now,” said Lagares.

April 15

Citing a source from the team, Marc Carig of Newsday is reporting that the Mets will place Juan Lagares on the 15-day disabled list prior to tonight’s game in Arizona.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis has already be re-called and is headed to Phoenix to join the team and should be available to play tonight’s contest against the Diamondbacks.

The loss of Lagares is a major blow to the Mets as he was leading the team in many offensive categories including a .314 batting average and an .816 OPS.

Nieuwenhuis was hitting .310 with two homers and eight RBIs in 42 at-bats for Las Vegas.

As for Curtis Granderson, the news is much better. He told reporters that he is feeling good and that he will avoid the Disabled List. He may even be available off the bench today if needed as a pinch-hitter.

Granderson custom-ordered cleats he’ll wear for Jackie Robinson Day tonight and will auction them off for charity after game.

thank you jackie

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 5, Diamondbacks 2 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:22:11 +0000 anthony recker

Recker Comes Through Again 

The Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks after a 5-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field. With the win, the Mets complete a very successful 6-3 road trip.

Dillon Gee, making his fourth start of the season, was perfect through 4.2 innings, retiring 14 batters in a row before giving up a fifth inning double. Gee tossed seven scoreless, allowing just three hits, no walks, and striking out three.

After 72 pitches from Gee, manager Terry Collins turned to the bullpen to get the final six outs. Collins said he wanted to remove Gee while he was riding high.

Kyle Farnsworth got two outs in the eighth, but after allowing two hits, Scott Rice came in to finish the inning. Jose Valverde entered the ninth in a non-save situation and promptly gave up back-to-back home runs before finally collecting three outs to secure the win and complete the sweep.

Offensively, Anthony Recker had a big game going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. Collins said after the game to look for Recker to start getting more playing time.

Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Andrew Brown each had a pair of hits. The Mets swiped four bases in the game including two by Eric Young Jr. who singled, walked and scored a run.

The Mets improve to 8-7 on the season and end a long road trip on a positive note and head back home to host the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

Excellent win for the Mets!

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