Mets Merized Online » Mets News & Notes http://metsmerizedonline.com Tue, 02 Jun 2015 05:13:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.8 MMO Game Recap: Mets 7, Padres 0 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/mmo-game-recap-mets-7-padres-0.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/mmo-game-recap-mets-7-padres-0.html/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 04:42:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183191  deGrom Jacob

The Mets (29-23) beat the Padres (25-28) 7-0 on Monday night in San Diego, moving back into a tie for first place.

The Mets’ bats weren’t scared off by the 10 PM start time, getting off to a fast start in the opener of their West Coast swing. New York plated two in the top of the first when Ruben Tejada doubled, Daniel Murphy and Wilmer Flores singled, and Will Middlebrooks made a throwing error. After Padres hurler Andrew Cashner struck out the side in the second (he fanned 12 in just 4.2 innings), the Mets threatened but failed to add on in the third (squandering two more hits from Ruben and Murph) and the fourth (squandering a triple from Juan Lagares.

New York provided some breathing room in the fifth, when Tejada singled and Murphy homered to make it 4-0 before a double from Michael Cuddyer, a single and a steal from Darrell Ceciliani, and a base-hit from Juan put the Mets up 6-0 and chased Cashner. The visitors would score one more time in the sixth on a double by Murphy and a single from Flores.

Jacob deGrom, pitching on the third anniversary of Johan Santana‘s no-hitter, turned in a gem. Jacob was perfect through five and was on cruise control all-night. The righty tossed eight scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking none while allowing just two hits. DeGrom appeared to suffer some hip discomfort in the fifth inning, but seemingly shook it off and kept on going. He did not allow a baserunner until the sixth.

Sean Gilmartin, pitching in a 7-0 romp for the second straight time, closed things out easily to snap the Mets’ 7-game losing streak on the road and wrap up deGrom’s sixth win of the campaign.

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That was a nice start to the series. An easy, convincing win in which they had the lead from the get-go. The Mets looked bad on the road against Chicago and Pittsburgh, and West Coast trips can be big for a team’s momentum, so it would be big for them to get some wins this week.

DeGrom was absolutely terrific once again. This team has some serious pitching.

The Mets are striking out too much at the plate. But hey, you can’t complain about seven runs. Ruben Tejada has been raking lately, and Daniel Murphy has really turned his season around. Michael Cuddyer is coming around as well, and Juan Lagares had two nice hits today in his quest to escape his slump. Wilmer has been getting things done as well. And this all came without our hottest hitter— Lucas Duda was on the bench tonight. To top things off, Sandy Alderson told me he expects to add another All-Star bat at the deadline, but I think he was referring to the team getting David Wright back.

Speaking of the Captain, he’s expected to visit the team tomorrow as they continue their San Diego set. Let’s see if the team can treat him to another victory.

Up next: The Mets will face the Padres again on Tuesday at 10:10 PM. Noah Syndergaard (2-2, 1.82 ERA) will face Ian Kennedy (2-5, 7.15 ERA) at PETCO Park.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Padres – Duda Out With Stiff Knee http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-padres-duda-out-with-stiff-knee.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-padres-duda-out-with-stiff-knee.html/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 22:51:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183113 jacob deGrom

The New York Mets head west to San Diego for the start of a three game series against the Padres, beginning on Monday night. Jacob deGrom (5-4, 2.71) starts for the Mets and he will be opposed by Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-7, 3.00) at 10:10 PM.

Since June 21, 2014, Jacob deGrom has posted a 2.27 ERA which is the fifth-lowest mark in the majors, behind Felix Hernandez (2.00), Max Scherzer (2.18), Clayton Kershaw (2.21) and Edinson Volquez (2.24).

Game Alert: Lucas Duda is out of the lineup with a stiff right knee that he hurt when he was hit by a pitch on Sunday. He is available to pinch hit according to Terry Collins, and is expected back in the lineup tomorrow.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. Ruben Tejada, 3B
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  5. Wilmer Flores, SS
  6. Darrell Ceciliani, LF
  7. Juan Lagares, CF
  8. Kevin Plawecki, C
  9. Jacob deGrom, SP

The Mets finished their weekend on a high note, avoiding the sweep from the Marlins and now they are only a half game back behind the Nationals for the division lead on the first day of June. Familia really was the star of the game yesterday. A case can be made for Colon or Flores, but it comes down to Familia getting those 5-outs. Tonight the Mets find themselves on the West Coast for the first time this year as they start a series with the new-look Padres.

Jacob deGrom is 5-4 over 10 starts and 63.0 innings with a 2.71 ERA while striking out 63 batters. In his last three starts he is 2-0 over 21.1 innings with a 1.27 ERA and 26 strikeouts. This will be deGrom’s first start against the Padres but there are a few batters who have seen him:

  • J Upton 2-9
  • Kemp 2-6, 2B
  • Solarte 0-3

Andrew Cashner is 2-7 over 10 starts and 63.0 innings with 3.00 ERA. He is coming off of an average start of allowing 3 ER over 7.0 innings vs the Angels after an excellent start (1 run, none earned over 6.0). Last year he allowed 4 ER over 8 hits and 6.0 innings against the Mets who have the following numbers against Andrew:

  • Cuddyer 4-14, 2B, HR
  • Duda 2-5, 2 2B
  • Murphy 0-4
  • Tejada 1-4
  • Granderson 0-3
  • Mayberry 1-1

Lets Go Mets!

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Could Justin Upton, Martin Prado or Aroldis Chapman Work For Mets? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/could-justin-upton-martin-prado-or-aroldis-chapman-work-for-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/could-justin-upton-martin-prado-or-aroldis-chapman-work-for-mets.html/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:58:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183117 aroldis_chapman_reds_0

With the Mets trying to reach the postseason for the first time since 2006, Joel Sherman of the NY Post  believes New York should be buyers at the trade deadline. In his article, Sherman lists four players he thinks they should target.

Aroldis Chapman:

Even though Sherman acknowledges that a trade for the Red’s dominating closer is unlikely, he argues that the payoff for such a move would be tremendous.

“The Royals accentuated last year what a powerhouse endgame could deliver. In Chapman and Jeurys Familia, the Mets would have a lefty-righty power duo akin to what the Yankees have with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances.”

Chapman owns an excellent 1.61 ERA this year, and he has struck out over 100 batters in each of the last three seasons.

Sherman also raises the possibility of the Mets taking on Brandon Phillips‘ contract to lower the price of the deal, but the idea still seems doubtful.

The Mets stingy front office and ownership doesn’t appear willing to sacrifice enough talent or money that it would take to land a player of Chapman’s caliber.

Ben Zobrist or Martin Prado:

Sherman includes Zobrist and Prado as solid fallback options since a trade for Troy Tulowitzki now seems far-fetched.

With a lot of question marks plaguing the Mets’ lineup, their versatility makes them intriguing options.

“That is why I believe Prado and Zobrist fit the Mets because of their ability to help at many positions.”

“Zobrist, just back from the disabled list, is the kind of player Alderson likes because of an ability to have patient at-bats. He also can play pretty much anywhere on the diamond except catcher or center field.”

While both players would be welcomed additions, Zobrist makes the most sense because he can play both shortstop and second base.

In 20 games this year, he’s batting .241 with one home run. For his career, he is a .264 hitter with a .781 OPS.

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Justin Upton:

The Mets may have to reconfigure their outfield to get Upton’s bat in the lineup, but he’s exactly the type player they need. Upton has a .307 average this season, and he has hit 12 home runs and 37 RBI in 51 games.

“So, the Mets essentially could have Cuddyer and Granderson share left or Granderson play some center against tough righties. And they would have Lucas Duda and Upton forming a powerhouse three-four in the lineup down the stretch.”

However, Upton is a free agent after this season. What are the chances that Sandy Alderson trades a top tier prospect for a rental? I don’t see it happening.

Zobrist is the only realistic option that could work in my opinion. While he’s also a rental, he won’t cost the Mets nearly as much in terms of prospects.

Are there any other trade possibilities out there that could work? Let us know in the comments.

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Mets Six-Man Rotation Begins In San Diego http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/mets-six-man-rotation-begins-in-san-diego.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/mets-six-man-rotation-begins-in-san-diego.html/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 07:00:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183042 dillon gee

When right-hander Dillon Gee rejoins the rotation on Wednesday against the Padres in San Diego, the much debated six-man rotation goes from all talk to all business for the New York Mets.

The Mets will have Jacob deGrom pitching in the series opener on Monday against the Padres, with Noah Syndergaard going on Tuesday, Gee on Wednesday and presumably Matt Harvey on Thursday in Arizona.

The primary reason for the six-man rotation was so that the team could keep young Noah Syndergaard in the rotation. “We want this guy pitching here,” Terry Collins initially said.

But make no mistake it had a lot to do with Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom too.

“We have to watch the workload of basically three young pitchers,” Collins told the New York Post.

“They’re on somewhat of an innings limit through the season. At the particular rate they are going right now, every one of them would supersede that limit quite a bit.”

“The only way we thought we could do it without shutting them down at some time was to add a sixth pitcher. It takes basically four starts away from them. When you add that seven innings a start, you’re looking at basically 30 innings that we short them.”

The six-man rotation means that the team goes back to playing with a four-man bench, something they had tried and abandoned earlier in the season.

On Monday, Collins said the team was committed to this plan and intend to stick with it at least through August. However, yesterday Collins backed off a little and said they won’t hesitate to scrap it if they need to.

“If we look up in the middle of August, not that we’re going to go that far, and we need Matt Harvey out there more sooner than later, by God he’ll be out there on the five-day scenario,” he said.

Nobody knows how this is going to work out. Pitching coach Dan Warthen said that all six starters had reservations and needed to be talked into it including Syndergaard who’s the main reason the Mets decided to implement this plan in the first place.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this all works out for us in the end. I have concerns about taking a dozen starts away from Harvey, deGrom and Syndergaard and spreading them out to Colon, Niese and Gee. But here’s hoping for the best.

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Ruben Tejada Seizes Third Base Job http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/ruben-tejada-seizes-third-base-job.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/ruben-tejada-seizes-third-base-job.html/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 06:55:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183036 Ruben, Tejada

Nobody knows how long David Wright is going to remain out with his spinal stenosis, but as of right now utility infielder Ruben Tejada has seized the moment prompting Terry Collins to proclaim him the Mets third baseman.

Tejada was the difference in Sunday’s 4-3 win against the Marlins when he launched an RBI double late in the game to break the 3-3 deadlock. It capped of a productive weekend for Tejada who went 5-for-12 with four runs batted in.

According to Newsday, before the series started, Collins told Tejada: “Listen, at no other time the past couple of years did we need you more than we do right now. We’re struggling here. We don’t know when we’re getting David back. You know how to play at this level. You’ve shown it. We need you.”

Asked if Tejada is now the team’s third baseman, Collins responded, “Right now he is. He’s earned it. He can do a lot of things when he’s playing well. Right now, he’s playing well.”

Which one of you saw this coming? :-)

May 31

After another Mets loss to the division rival Miami Marlins on Saturday (9-5), one of the few bright spots in that game was Ruben Tejada. He started at third base and went 2-for-4 including a bases clearing double that drove in three runs to tie the game at 5-5 in the 4th inning.

“With men in scoring position, I go aggressive every time,” Tejada said. “Sometimes you only have one pitch to hit.”

Mets third basemen had gone 0-for-33 until Tejada started at the hot corner on Friday. Tejada has at least one hit in 4 of the last 5 games he’s played and raised his average from .215 to .245.

Tejada has mainly been a reserve this season for the Mets, but with David Wright probably out for awhile and the fact that Tejada can play multiple infield positions and is swinging a hot bat, expect him to get more starts for the Mets as long as he keeps hitting.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 4, Marlins 3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-mets-4-marlins-3-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-mets-4-marlins-3-2.html/#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 21:16:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183078 bartolo colon

The New York Mets avoided a sweep at the hands of the Miami Marlins on Sunday, edging them out by a final score of 4-3.

Pitching

Bartolo Colon got the start and delivered a solid performance, holding the Marlins to three runs over seven innings of work. The one mistake was a pitch he left over the plate that Justin Bour put over the wall for a two run homer. Colon improved to 8-2 on the season, becoming the National League’s first eight game winner.

After Carlos Torres came in to start the eight and coughed up a hit, Terry Collins turned to Jeurys Familia for a five out save. The Mets closer sealed the deal for his 15th save, highlighted by a wicked strikeout of Giancarlo Stanton.

Offense

After the Mets scored a run in the first, courtesy of a Justin Bour error, Colon also delivered at the plate with an RBI double to put the Mets up 2-1 in the second. It was his second career extra-base hit.

Wilmer Flores continued his power surge, hitting his eighth home run of the season in the third inning, a solo shot that would give the Mets a two run cushion at the time.

However it was newly anointed third baseman Ruben Tejada who would strike the decisive blow, a two-out, RBI double off of former Marlins closer Steve Cishek in the seventh inning. And just like that the Mets avoided the sweep.

On Deck

The Mets head west to San Diego for a three game series, beginning on Monday. Jacob deGrom (5-4, 2.71) starts for the Mets and he opposes Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-7, 3.00) at 10:10 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Marlins vs Mets, 1:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-thread-marlins-vs-mets-110-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-thread-marlins-vs-mets-110-pm.html/#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183054 bartolo colon

After dropping the first two games of this series, the Mets will look to avoid being swept in a three-game series by the Marlins for the first time since May 5-7, 2014 at Miami.

Bartolo Colon (7-3, 4.82 ERA) will face David Phelps (2-2, 3.56 ERA) at Citi Field in a 1:10 PM matchup.

Bartolo Colon is tied for the National League lead with seven wins with St. Louis’ Michael Wacha and Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole. He leads the National League and is second in the majors in walks per nine innings (0.73) and leads the NL and is second in the majors with a 10.4 K/BB ratio.

The last time the Marlins swept a three-game series in New York was September 8-10, 2009.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Ruben Tejada – 3B
  3. Lucas Duda – 1B
  4. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  5. Wilmer Flores – SS
  6. John Mayberry Jr. – LF
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Anthony Recker – C
  9. Bartolo Colon – RHP

The Mets are trying to avoid their second consecutive completely disappointing weekend by beating the Marlins today and sidestepping the sweep. Yesterday Niese got the Mets off into a hole but the offense was able to come roaring back to tie the game 5-5. Then the bullpen had some hiccups and the offense couldn’t string anymore hits. Today Bartolo Colon will try to get things right.

Bartolo is 7-3 over 10 starts and 61.2 innings with a 4.82 ERA. After three bad starts in a row, he had a solid start last time out allowing 3 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 6. His two starts against the Marlins have been quite different. In his first start he held the Marlins to one earned run over 7.0 innings while striking out 5. In his second start he allowed 9 hits and 4 ER over 6.2 innings. The Marlins have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Suzuki 32-101, 3 2B, 3B, 3 HR
  • Yelich 2-11
  • Gordon 3-9
  • Ozuna 2-10, 2B
  • Hechavarria 3-9, 2 2B
  • Stanton 5-8, 2B, 2 HR
  • Prado 3-7

The Mets bats will deal with David Phelps today who is 2-2 over 10 games and 8 starts over 48.0 innings with a 3.56 ERA. In his last two starts he has allowed 13 hits and 8 ER over 11.0 innings. He’s been pretty good against the Mets this season though where he has logged 10.2 innings with 3 ER and 6 strikeouts. The Mets have the following numbers against Phelps:

  • Duda 1-6
  • Murphy 3-6, 2B
  • Campbell 1-4
  • Granderson 1-5, 2B
  • Lagares 0-5
  • Recker 1-3
  • Cuddyer 0-4

Lets Go Mets!

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Citi Can’t Hold ‘Em All http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/citi-cant-hold-em-all.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/citi-cant-hold-em-all.html/#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 14:26:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183061 Giancarlo, Stanton

When I spoke with hall of fame broadcaster for the Miami Marlins, Dave Van Horne, he commented, “Some of the more exceptional hitters like the Marlins own Giancarlo Stanton can make any park look small.”

Mr. Van Horne was referencing his team’s home of Marlins Park, which, by MLB’s standards, is as pitcher friendly as they come; even more so than Citi Field.

Still, the Mets’ opponent these past couple of days manages to, as Mr. Van Horne implies, make Citi Field look small as well.

It’s like the scene in the previews for the film “Major League” that never made it into the film but was scrapped for the sequel. (Jake Taylor, played by Tom Berenger, says)  ”That ball wouldn’t have made it out of ALL parks.” (Ricky Vaughn, played by Charlie Sheen, replies) “Name one.” (Taylor responds) “Yellowstone.”

Giancarlo Stanton has been credited in some circles as having the most natural home run swing in all of baseball. Luckily, we only have one more day against him….for now.

Hopefully “Old, reliable” Colon can right this ship and avoid a home sweep against the tenants two floors down in the National League East before making that swing for the west coast.

I know one thing. That warm California air and ocean breeze won’t feel as soothing if it’s taken in with broom bristle marks dusting the backs of our Mets’ uniforms.

#NoSweepPlease.

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Parnell Roughed Up For Five Runs http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/parnell-roughed-up-for-five-runs.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/parnell-roughed-up-for-five-runs.html/#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 04:27:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=182608 bobby parnell

Pitching on consecutive days, reliever Bobby Parnell was hammered in a rehab appearance for the Binghamton Mets on Saturday night.

Parnell was roughed up for five runs on five hits and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning for the B-Mets, who lost to Altoona 13-4.

May 29

Terry Collins told reporters on Friday that Bobby Parnell had his velocity up to 94-95 miles per hour during his last rehab outing and that he is close to returning.

“It was a huge step forward.”

Parnell is expected to pitch for Double-A Binghamton on Friday night.

As for Vic Black, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin says, “he’s not there yet.”

May 26

Two key pieces of the Mets bullpen, Bobby Parnell and Vic Black, are making progress in their rehabilitation processes.

Vic Black pitched the seventh inning for the Binghamton Mets on Monday, only his second appearance since beginning his rehab assignment.

He worked an easy 1-2-3 inning for the B-Mets with one strikeout. According to the stadium radar gun, Black was sitting around 92-94 MPH on his fastball. Black also pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Saturday when he made his first rehab appearance.

“When I got out there, it came together. I was able to throw some strikes, get guys to put it in play and get the (one) strikeout,” Black said in an interview with Lynn Worthy of PressConnects.

Black noted that he hopes to pitch on Tuesday which would be the first time pitching on back-to-back days in a game since last year.

“I’m not worried about my arm,” he said. “It’s healthy. I’m healthy. It’s all about competing now, the repetitions of getting in innings (and) getting in rhythm and some consistency.”

Bobby Parnell also pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Binghamton Mets on Sunday. After striking out the leadoff man, Parnell then surrendered a double but was able to work around it and escape the jam.

“I think every time I’ve gone out, I have improved and learned something from my outings,” Parnell said to Worthy. ”Every step has been a good step in the right direction. I feel like every time has been an improvement.”

The big thing with both Black and Parnell, as was pointed out by Ron Darling on Monday, is getting them both back to pitching at their previous velocity. It appears each one is progressing of late.

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Lawsuit With B-Mets Settled, But Club Silent On Possible Move http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/lawsuit-with-b-mets-settled-but-club-silent-on-possible-move.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/lawsuit-with-b-mets-settled-but-club-silent-on-possible-move.html/#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 04:10:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183010 NYSEG Stadium

The owners of the Binghamton Mets were sued in U.S. District Court. The group that sued the Mets minor league team (Main Street Baseball), claimed it had an agreement to purchase the Double-A club for $8.5 million to move it to Wilmington, Delaware.

On Friday, the two sides agreed to settle their lawsuit according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

However, the B-Mets declined to say whether the settlement will pave the way for the club to move to Wilmington.

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MMO Game Recap: Marlins 9, Mets 5 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-marlins-9-mets-5.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-marlins-9-mets-5.html/#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 00:01:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183022 hansel robles

The Mets (27-23) fell 9-5 to the Marlins (20-30) on Saturday evening at Citi Field.

Jon Niese pitched for the Mets and continued his string of rough outings. The lefty allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in four innings, striking out three and walking none.

The Mets grabbed an early lead against Tom Koehler in the bottom of the first when the red-hot Lucas Duda hit an RBI double, but after a walk to the next hitter loaded the bases with no outs, New York could not capitalize further.

Miami struck back in the next inning when Donovan Solano doubled in a pair (one of the runs was unearned thanks to a throwing error by Wilmer Flores), and tacked on another run in the top of the third when Giancarlo Stanton went deep. JT Realmuto hit a two-run shot in the top of the fourth to put the Fish up 5-1 and seemingly put the game out of reach.

But the unreliable Mets offense came to play in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs to tie up the game. Curtis Granderson hit an RBI single before Ruben Tejada drove in three with a bases-clearing double that made it 5-5.

Erik Goeddel replaced Niese in the top of the fifth and got five outs before departing for Jack Leathersich with two outs and a runner on third in the sixth. The rookie kept the run off the board by striking out Ichiro Suzuki (not a typo).

New York put runners on the corners with one out in the home half of the sixth, but failed to cash in. Miami took the lead for good in the top of the seventh against Hansel Robles. After loading the bases to start the inning, Robles got two big outs, but Christian Yelich knocked in two with a single to give the Marlins a 7-5 advantage.

Alex Torres pitched a scoreless eighth, but allowed back-to-back solo shots in the ninth to Giancarlo Stanton (who hit the longest home run in the history of Citi Field) and Jeff Baker. The Mets could not get anything going at the plate in the final innings, and dropped their second straight to the Marlins.

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Niese is not a bad pitcher. He’s been good the last three seasons, and in 2014 put up a 3.40 ERA with nearly 200 innings and 200 strikeouts. He got off to a pretty solid start this year (although he was often working in and out of trouble while putting up all those scoreless innings). But the wheels have really fallen off lately. He really needs to bounce back in his next start, because Steven Matz is breathing down his neck (not literally, of course. That would show really “bad makeup” on Steven’s part).

Duda is red-hot, and provided another extra-base hit in this game. But the Mets’ failure to score after loading the bases with no outs cost them a chance to really knock Koehler off his feet right out of the gate.

Ruben Tejada showing up on offense is always worthy of a sentence.

Giancarlo Stanton is an absolute monster against the Mets. And against the other 28 teams he faces, but I don’t really care about those.

This homestand got off to a great start with the sweep of the Phillies, but with today’s loss, the Mets clinched a loss in their set with Miami. Let’s see if they can salvage one game tomorrow.

Up Next: The Mets will face the Marlins at 1:10 on Sunday. Bartolo Colon (7-3, 4.82 ERA) will face David Phelps (2-2, 3.56 ERA) at Citi Field.

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MMO Game Thread: Marlins vs Mets, 4:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-thread-marlins-vs-mets-410-pm-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-thread-marlins-vs-mets-410-pm-2.html/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 16:18:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183005 jon niese

After the Miami Marlins took the first game of the series on Friday night, the New York Mets will try to rebound on Saturday at Citi Field.

Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.08) gets the starting assignment for the Mets and will oppose right-hander Tom Koehler (3-3, 3.44 for the Marlins.

Today is New York’s 50th game. Last year the Mets were 22-28 after 50 games and the last time the Mets had 27 or more wins after 50 games was in 2012 (28-22).

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Ruben Tejada – 3B
  3. Lucas Duda – 1B
  4. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  5. Michael Cuddyer – LF
  6. Wilmer Flores – SS
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Kevin Plawecki – C
  9. Jonathon Niese – LHP

The Mets offense is odd. They hit two homers last night, but both were solo shots and they scored only 3 runs. It’s so close to actually clicking, but not just yet. Anyway the Mets lost the opener to the Marlins and they hope to rebound this afternoon.

Jon Niese is 3-5 on the season over 9 starts and 53.0 innings with a 4.08 ERA. It has been a struggle for Niese as of late. In his last three starts he has pitched 16.0 innings and has allowed 16 earned runs. So far this year he has completely missed the Marlins. Last year he was 2-0 in 3 starts against the Fish with a 4.26 ERA over 19.0 innings. The Marlins have the following numbers against Jon:

  • Prado 6-32, 4 2B, 3B
  • Stanton 11-27, 2B, 3 HR
  • Baker 8-20, 2B
  • Hechavarria 4-14
  • Solano 5-14, 2 2B
  • Ozuna 4-10, 2B
  • Yelich 4-10, 2B

The Mets bats will try to put it all together against Tom Koehler who is 3-3 over 10 games, 9 starts and 55.0 innings with a 3.44 ERA. In his last 4 games (3 starts) he has pitched 22.0 innings with a 0.82 ERA, so he is really putting it together now. His only start against the Mets this year was a disaster for him as he allowed 7 ER over 3.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Tom:

  • Murphy 6-24, HR
  • Duda 2-20, 2B
  • Lagares 5-21, 3B
  • Tejada 5-18, 3 2B
  • Granderson 1-11
  • Recker 0-8
  • Cuddyer 2-6, 2B
  • Flores 1-6, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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Harvey Frustrated After Second Consecutive Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/harvey-frustrated-after-second-consecutive-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/harvey-frustrated-after-second-consecutive-loss.html/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 13:00:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183003 1379462035000-USP-MLB-Washington-Nationals-at-New-York-Mets-harvey

Last night on Twitter one of my followers asked why we get so ramped up for Harvey Day when it so often results in a loss. I had to think about that one for a second, but thinking back to a few times this season and at least 7-8  times in 2013, he may be right.

Matt Harvey did pitch well enough to win on Friday night, despite being charged with four runs on six hits and a walk in eight innings pitched.

However, it was a hanging slider to Justin Bour in the fourth inning that proved to be his ultimate undoing. The Marlins first baseman blasted it for a three-run homer to right field which became too much for the Mets to overcome.

“I wish I could have that pitch back,” a dejected Harvey told reporters afterward. “I tried to throw a slider backdoor, and it kind of spun over the middle and cost us the game. It cost me the game. I’m frustrated.”

The Mets ace has now lost three straight decisions, tying his career-high, and has lost consecutive starts for the first time since September 4-12, 2012.

On the plus side, Harvey did notch 11 strikeouts in the game, the ninth double-digit strikeout game of his career and the most since he had 11 strikeouts on June 28, 2013 vs. Washington.

Unfortunately this was also the first time in his career he’s allowed four or more runs in consecutive starts, coming on the heels of a career worst seven run barrage against the Pirates on May 23 at Pittsburgh.

“It’s frustrating, obviously,” Harvey admitted. But he’s not buying into Terry Collins’ theory that he is dealing with a dead arm. And judging by his average fastball velocity of 97.5 MPH last night, he’s right.

Instead Harvey said it’s a process of trying to fine tune his mechanics after a 15-month layoff.

“When you have missed a year and you go out there and battle every time, you’re finding out again what your mechanics are doing.”

I think Harvey is fine. Yes, he paid dearly for hanging that one pitch, but let’s not forget he displayed his dominanting form for the majority of the game.

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Lucas Duda Made Right Call Turning Down Mets Three-Year Extension http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/lucas-duda-made-right-call-turning-down-mets-three-year-extension.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/lucas-duda-made-right-call-turning-down-mets-three-year-extension.html/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 11:38:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=182969 lucas duda

After hitting a career high 30 home runs in 2014, Lucas Duda got off to a slow start in the power department this season, prompting some concern. However, he has certainly picked up the pace in the past week.

Duda hit a solo home run in the fourth inning of Friday night’s 4-3 loss to the Miami Marlins. The Mets first baseman now has six home runs over his last five games and three over his last two games, giving him a team leading nine for the season. That puts him on track for 36 homers for the season.

Asked if he could explain his sudden surge, Duda said, “Just trying to get a good ball to hit and put a good swing on it. That’s really it.”

The guys at Number Fire ranked the top ten hitters in MLB using a metric that represents the number of runs contributed over a league-average batter per game (~27 plate appearances).

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports points out that Lucas Duda made the right call for turning down the Mets’ contract extension offer during spring training.

The team reportedly offered him a three-year deal that was worth a little under $30 million. Duda is earning $4.2 million this season and is eligible for arbitration the next two winters before becoming a free agent.

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Wright Received Epidural Shot In His Back http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/wright-received-epidural-shot-in-his-back.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/wright-received-epidural-shot-in-his-back.html/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 04:00:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=182988 david wright

Seeking out one of the best back and spinal specialists in the country, David Wright flew to California to meet with Dr. Michael Watkins and his physical therapy team after being diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis last weekend.

Sandy Alderson told reporters before the game on Friday, that Wright received an epidural injection in his back on Monday to help alleviate some of the pain caused by the stenosis.

Initially expected to spend a week there, the Mets say that Wright will be staying on the west coast for at least another week.

“We’ll have a better read at that point at his prognosis over the short term,” Alderson explained.

During the game’s broadcast on SNY, Gary Cohen said that manager Terry Collins asked Wright to come and join the team in San Diego when they play the Padres to give the team some inspiration.

Wright, who dealt with a back fracture in 2011, has been out since going on the disabled list with a hamstring issue on April 14.

Alderson said that there still is no timetable for Wright’s return.

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MMO Game Recap: Marlins 4, Mets 3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-marlins-4-mets-3-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-marlins-4-mets-3-4.html/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 01:56:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=182978 matt harvey

The Miami Marlins (19-30) defeated the Mets (27-22) by a score of 4-3 tonight at Citi Field.

Despite striking out eleven batters, Matt Harvey‘s fate was sealed early on when Justin Bour took him deep for a three-run home run in the fourth inning.

Altogether, Harvey let up four runs and six hits over eight innings. He fell to 5-3 on the season. Harvey has let up eleven earned runs in his last two starts. He had only let up twelve in his six starts prior to that.

Apart from a pair of solo home runs from Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson, Dan Haren shut down the Mets over seven innings, allowing only the two runs on four hits and striking out four. One of the bright spots for Miami so far, Haren improved to 5-2 on the season.

In the ninth inning trailing 4-2, Ruben Tejada singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He would later score to cut the deficit 4-3 on a bloop double from Daniel Murphy, however, Murphy would be stranded on second, as Michael Cuddyer struck out and Wilmer Flores grounded out to end the game.

On deck:

Jon Niese (3-5; 4.08 ERA) takes on Tom Koehler (3-3; 3.44 ERA) tomorrow evening at Citi Field. First pitch is at 4:10 PM.

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D’Arnaud’s Return To Be Delayed By Bone Bruise In Wrist http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/darnauds-return-to-be-delayed-by-bone-bruise-in-wrist.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/darnauds-return-to-be-delayed-by-bone-bruise-in-wrist.html/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 22:12:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=182334 travis d'arnaud

Update, May 29

Travis d’Arnaud now reportedly has a bone bruise in his right wrist, which will delay his return to the Mets.

d’Arnaud recently felt discomfort while swinging. He saw a hand specialist in Florida and will stay in St. Lucie for the time being.

May 26

Big step forward for Travis d’Arnaud  who played and caught five innings in an extended spring training game this afternoon in Port St. Lucie.

D’Arnaud went 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and by all accounts looked good.

He is now slated to begin his rehab assignment with Adv-A St. Lucie on Wednesday and eventually wrap things up with Triple-A Las Vegas by the weekend.

The plan is to activate d’Arnaud next week when the Mets play the Padres in San Diego.

May 25

Travis d’Arnaud will play five innings in an extended spring training game on Tuesday, according to general manager Sandy Alderson.

After that, the plan is for d’Arnaud to begin a rehab assignment beginning in St. Lucie and advancing to Triple-A Las Vegas in the course of five-to-six days.

Assuming no setbacks, the goal is for d’Arnaud to return next week when the Mets travel to San Diego to play the Padres.

D’Arnaud was hitting .317/.356/.537 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 41 at-bats before his injury.

May 25

Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment during the middle of this week, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

D’Arnaud, 26, has been participating in batting practice since Friday and continues to make progress sine beginning baseball activities last week.

He has been on the disabled list since April 19, when he suffered a fractured pinkie after being hit by a pitch from Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos.

D’Arnaud was hitting .317/.356/.537 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 41 at-bats before his injury.

Terry Collins has hinted that Kevin Plawecki will likely be on his way back to Triple-A Las Vegas when d’Arnaud returns.

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Phillies DFA Grady Sizemore; Is He An Option For Mets Bench? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/phillies-dfa-grady-sizemore-is-he-an-option-for-mets-bench.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/phillies-dfa-grady-sizemore-is-he-an-option-for-mets-bench.html/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 20:20:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=182948 hi-res-2ffad0ef9fcbae4cd685a5dfaa1e963c_crop_north

Earlier today, the Philadelphia Phillies designated outfielder Grady Sizemore for assignment in order to make room on the active roster for Cody Asche, who has spent the last several weeks at Triple-A transitioning from third base to outfield.

Sizemore, 32, is only hitting .245/.288/.296 in 39 games for the Phillies this season, but can be valuable to a team as a fourth outfielder or a pinch hitter. Considering how thin the Mets bench is and how mightily they have collectively struggled, Sizemore is worth a look at.

In his heyday, Sizemore was a three-time all-star, and one of the elite players in the game for the Cleveland Indians, but missed significant time in recent years due to frequent injuries.

I think that Sizemore could definitely help the Mets off the bench, but in no means should he be an everyday player. However, he provides a better alternative pinch hitting late in games than light hitting Darrell Ceciliani or Daniel Muno.

The Mets have a glaring need to improve their bench, so it’s worth taking a flyer on Sizemore.

The Phillies will have ten days to waive him, trade him, release him, or outright him.

Photo’s courtesy of Getty Images and Chris Szagola of the Associated Press.

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MMO Game Thread: Marlins vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-thread-marlins-vs-mets-710-pm-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-thread-marlins-vs-mets-710-pm-2.html/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 19:19:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=182922 matt harvey

The New York Mets open a three-game series against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on Friday. Matt Harvey (5-2, 2.91) will try to put his last start behind him and he will oppose right-hander Dan Haren (4-2, 3.09) for the Marlins at 7:10 PM.

Harvey is one of only two starters in the last 100 years to allow one run or fewer in 23 of his first 45 career games, the other is Dwight Gooden. In Harvey’s last seven home starts, dating to July 21, 2013, he is 5-1 with a 1.63 ERA.

The Mets’ 20-6 mark at home is the best start in team history after 26 games. The .769 home winning percentage is the second-best in the majors, behind St. Louis (.783,18-5).

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Ruben Tejada – 3B
  3. Lucas Duda – 1B
  4. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  5. Michael Cuddyer – LF
  6. Wilmer Flores – SS
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Kevin Plawecki – C
  9. Matt Harvey – RHP

After a horrible weekend in Pittsburgh where the Mets got swept, they returned the favor to the Phillies and now look to continue their three game win streak against the Marlins. If there was ever a time the Mets needed a sweep, it was this past series against the Phils.

Harvey is 5-2 over 9 games this season with a 2.91 ERA over 58.2 innings. He is coming off his worst start of the season, probably his career, where he allowed 7 ER over 4.0 innings against the Pirates. Terry Collins speculated he was suffering from a “dead arm” or arm fatigue despite hitting 96-98 mph on the gun.

In his two previous starts he combined for 15.0 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts. In his one start against the Marlins this year he allowed 4 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 7. The Marlins have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Hechavarria 2-10
  • Ozuna 4-9, 3B
  • Prado 2-9
  • Stanton 1-9
  • Solano 3-7
  • Yelich 1-6
  • Gordon 1-3

The Mets bats will get a look at Dan Haren who is 4-2 over 9 starts this season with a 3.09 ERA over 55.1 innings. In his last two starts he has tossed 14.0 innings allowing only 2 ER and striking out 11 batters. This will be his first time against the Mets this season and last year he allowed only 3 hits and 1 ER over 7.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Haren:

  • Granderson 9-41, 2 2B, 3 HR
  • Cuddyer 6-34, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 4-17, 2B, HR
  • Lagares 5-12
  • Duda 1-9, 2B
  • Flores 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

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Michael Conforto Promoted To AA Binghamton http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/michael-conforto-promoted-to-aa-binghamton.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/michael-conforto-promoted-to-aa-binghamton.html/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 14:48:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=182934 michael Conforto

The Mets twitter account broke the news we have all been waiting for at 10:14 today. With the promotion of Jayce Boyd to Las Vegas yesterday it was only a matter of time before the Mets made the move to promote Michael Conforto to Binghamton.

Conforto was hitting .283/.350/.462 with 12 doubles, 7 homeruns, 28 RBI’s, and a 17/26 W/SO ratio. He was 4th in the Florida State League in HR’s, 4th in RBI’s, tied for 1st in doubles, 2nd in SLG, and 6th in OPS. Fans have been screaming for his promotion since he tore the cover off the ball in April with a slash line of .313/.396/.566 to the point that he was starting to get pitched around. When Conforto was drafted some scouts said he was a below average defender but he has improved immensely in that are making all the routine plays and some great ones too. He has also improved his throwing arm picking up 5 outfield assists on the year already.

Before the season Baseball America had Conforto listed as the 80th best prospect in all of baseball while MLB.com had him at #82 in baseball. I have a feeling when the mid-season lists come out he will have jumped into the Top 50.

Binghamton plays tonight in Altoona at 6:00 ET with no word yet if he will be in the lineup. He will make his home debut in Binghamton on June 2nd at 6:35 against Trenton.

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