Mets Merized Online » Mets News & Notes http://metsmerizedonline.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:43:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 MMO Game Recap: Mets 3, Brewers 2 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-bang-bang-boom-mets-3-brewers-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-bang-bang-boom-mets-3-brewers-2.html/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 03:57:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161735 lucas duda

Bang… Bang… Boom!!!

The Mets delighted fans on Friday night, with a thrilling come from behind win to even up the series against the Brewers.  Yovani Gallardo had the Mets searching for answers all night until the ninth when Brewers brought in K-Rod.  Murphy led the inning off with a double and later came in to score on a Wright single to left.  Murphy ended the night going 3-4.

Lucas Duda delivered the decisive blow crushing a flat fastball from Rodriguez into the right field for his 17th homer of the year.  This gave the Mets a 3-2 lead, as once again Mejia came in and shut the door to earn his 14th save of the season,  Mejia is now 14 for 16 in save situations for the Mets.

After being shut down by Gallardo for 7.2 innings, only getting four hits and striking out eight times, the Mets had the core of their lineup come up big in the ninth.  Murphy and Wright, who went a combined 5-8 on the night, stroked back to back hits before Duda launched his two run blast that gave the Mets the 3-2 lead. 

Tale of the Tape (Since trade)

Ike Davis – .240, 5 HR 26 RBI, 79 G

Lucas Duda – .257, 14 HR 45 RBI, 81 G

Murphy’s leadoff hit in the ninth atoned for his two costly errors he had on the night.

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Mets pitchers had a great night, led by starter Zack Wheeler, and supported by relievers Vic Black, Carlos Torres, and Jenrry Mejia. They combined for 13 strikeouts and allowed only four hits.  Wheeler had another strong outing as he racked up nine of the strikeouts. His only blemish was a solo shot by Carlos Gomez. In his last 5 starts, Wheeler has a 1.41 ERA in 32.0 innings pitched.

Tonight’s thrilling win has the Mets only 5.5 games out the the N.L wild card and keeps hope alive for a possible playoff push.  The Mets are now 4-4 in their first eight games since the all-star break, and with a passion filled win the Mets will look to take game three of the series tomorrow at 7:00 pm as Jon Niese (5-5, 3.13) will oppose the Brewers’ Wily Peralta (11-6, 3.58)

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Rockies Are High On Mets’ Syndergaard, Matz, Herrera and Nimmo http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/rockies-are-high-on-mets-syndergaard-matz-herrera-and-nimmo.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/rockies-are-high-on-mets-syndergaard-matz-herrera-and-nimmo.html/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:00:01 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161639 Carlos+Gonzalez+Troy+Tulowitzki+San+Francisco+rUY3TpSfSyel

Two updates to the growing buzz on Tulo and CarGo…

First, contrary to what has been reported, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki does not have a no-trade clause in his contract according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.

Second, the Rockies are said to be very high on Noah Syndergaard, Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz and Dilson Herrera.

Joel Sherman says that if the Mets are willing to part with some combination of those prospects, “they will will be factors for CarGo, Tulowitzki or any other star that comes onto the market.”

July 24

According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, the Mets have told the Colorado Rockies they would like to be involved with trade discussions if and when Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez become available.

Sherman says that Rockies ownership has strongly stated it does not want to deal CarGo and, especially, Tulowitzki. But the extended run of poor play by the franchise, the growing contracts of the two players and the teeming disenchantment of the fan base has moved many within the industry to believe that decision could change, if not now, then this offseason.

There’s no way that either will be moved this month, but if they do become available this Winter, the bidding will be fast and furious for either of these two difference-makers. 

Tulowitzki, 30, has a no-trade clause, wears No. 2 in honor of Derek Jeter and is considerably more interested in being a Yankee than a Met, Sherman adds. And Colorado already has expressed interest to the Yankees in their top pitching prospect, Luis Severino.

The Cardinals — owners of arguably the deepest farm system in the sport — are also enamored with Tulowitzki and would move significant pieces to land him. In fact, the market will be deep if Tulowitzki comes onto it, because he is viewed as one of the 10 best players in the majors.

CarGo, 29, would certainly fill the void in left field, but as I wrote earlier, I don’t know if Sandy Alderson has the chops to trade for a top talent like this. And then there’s the issue of money. Money which I don’t believe this team has.

I’d love to see the Mets acting like a big market team again, but inquiries like this we’ve seen before. It’s the follow-through and execution that has been lacking.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Brewers, 8:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-brewers-810-pm-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-brewers-810-pm-2.html/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:35:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161686 zack wheeler

The Mets (48-54) and Brewers (58-45) go at it again as they continue their four-game series at 8:10 PM tonight at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.78 ERA) will start for the Mets against Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.79).

Zack Wheeler is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA over his last four starts. He has pitched 6.0 or more innings and allowed one or fewer runs in four straight starts. The last time a Mets starter had a longer such single season stretch was R.A. Dickey, who went six straight starts of 6.0 or more innings and one or fewer runs, from May 22 to June 18, 2012. Wheeler has had nine starts this year where he’s gone 6.0 or more innings and allowed one or fewer runs.

Lucas Duda established a career-high with his 16th home run last night. He had 15 hits in each of the previous two years. Duda has hit a home run in two of his last three games and also leads the team in home runs. He is third among NL first basemen with 16 home runs.

Travis d’Arnaud is hitting .298 (25-84) with three home runs and 13 RBI with a .337 on-base percentage in 22 games since returning from Las Vegas (AAA) on June 24. He has at least one hit in 18 of those 22 games and has reached safely in 19 of 22. D’Arnaud hit .180 (23-128) with three home runs and nine RBI in 39 games from the start of the year through June 6. He has raised his average 46 points from .180 to .226 over the last 22 games.

Starting Lineup

Curtis Granderson, rf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, 1b
Travis d’Arnaud, c
Bobby Abreu, lf
Juan Lagares, cf
Ruben Tejada, ss
Zack Wheeler, rhp

The Mets look to just forget about last night’s game as Zack Wheeler takes the mound today. Wheeler is 5-8 over 20 games and 114.1 innings with a 3.78 ERA. He has pitched 25.1 innings in his last four starts striking out 21 batters, walking 10 and posting a beautiful 1.42 ERA. Last year he made one start against the Brewers where he allowed 1 ER over 5.0 innings with 3 runs overall while walking 3 and striking out 3. The Brewers have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Gomez 3-3, 2B
  • Lucroy 0-3
  • Ramirez 0-0, 2 BB
  • Schaefer 0-2
  • Weeks 0-2

The Mets bats look to pick themselves up against Gallardo tonight who has pitched 20 games this season over 121.o innings with a 5-5 record and a 3.79 ERA. His last four starts have been rougher than his season average allowing 19 runs, 16 earned over 23.1 innings, a 6.17 ERA. Last year he was 2-0 in as many starts against the Mets allowing 13 hits and 6 ER over 12.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Gallardo:

  • C Young 3-22
  • Wright 3-19, HR
  • Murphy 6-15, 3 2B
  • Duda 5-10, 2B, 2 HR
  • Tejada 2-6
  • E Young 0-6
  • Granderson 0-2
  • Lagares 0-2
  • d’Arnaud 1-2

Lets Go Mets!

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Daisuke Matsuzaka in NYC for MRI on Elbow http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/daisuke-matsuzaka-in-nyc-for-mri-on-elbow.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/daisuke-matsuzaka-in-nyc-for-mri-on-elbow.html/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:29:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161702 matsuzaka

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka is in New York having his elbow examined according to manager Terry Collins. Dice-K felt pain in his elbow and will have an MRI.

Matsuzaka looked like he was in pain after pitching in the sixth inning of last night’s loss to the Brewers. His velocity was off and he was quickly tagged for three runs on a pair of homers off the bats of Khris Davis and Ryan Braun.

Dice-K could be seen shaking his arm and grabbing his elbow in the dugout afterward and looked to be in some sort of obvious distress.

However, when Terry Collins was asked about his pitcher after the game, he told reporters he wasn’t aware of any injury even though many in the dugout could be seen attending to Dice-K and trying to console him.

Matsuzaka, 33, has a 3.87 ERA in 28 appearances this season, which includes nine starts.

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Who would you protect if there was another expansion draft? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/who-would-you-protect-if-there-was-another-expansion-draft.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/who-would-you-protect-if-there-was-another-expansion-draft.html/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:30:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161674 noah Syndergaard

Thanks to this post on reddit, the writers over at Beyond the Box Score came up with the idea of conducting a mock expansion draft. That means, as a first step, for all 30 teams, each writer needs to select the list of 15 players they would protect as acting general manager. Any player left off the protected list of 15 is available to be drafted by the expansion teams (as the draft progresses, more players can be protected).

Of course, I took the Mets. And I thought it would be fun to get your feedback.

Before I reveal my list, skim over the guidelines.

  • You can protect 15 players in your organization — including minor leaguers and guys on the 60-day DL.
  • Guys drafted in the last two years (2013 and 2014) are automatically protected, as are any players signed in 2012 who were 18 and under. To make this easy and to account for non-US players, we assumed any amateur player drafted/signed/whatever since 2012 is automatically protected, regardless of age.

Without further ado, here is the list of 15 Mets that I would protect if an expansion draft was held at the conclusion of this season.

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There are several obvious picks, like David Wright and Matt Harvey. But then there are some tricky ones.

I decided to leave off Lucas Duda. Although he is proving to be an effective power hitter and has several years of arbitration-eligible seasons remaining, he is already 28, and for me, holding onto the top young prospects (in their lower-20s), as well as a current piece like Murphy is more important. Murphy is due to be a free agent in 2016, so the Mets can decide if he is part of a competitive team by then, or a valuable trade piece.

Another tricky one is Juan Lagares. I really wanted to include him, but ran out of room. Curtis Granderson is 33 and on the way down, but it’s hard to pick Lagares over one of the few veteran bats the Mets have in their lineup. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a decision of Lagares versus Granderson. How about Dillon Gee? There are a few other places you can argue Lagares to take a spot.

I also decided against Bobby Parnell. Coming off a major injury, he turns 30 this year, and there are plenty of young arms, like Mejia’s, ready to take the closing role for the long-term.

Now the fun begins. Let’s hear from you! Which players do you agree or disagree with from my list?

Keep in mind that some potential choices from the 2012-2014 draft/signing years like Dominic Smith, Kevin Plawecki, Gavin Cecchini, Amed Rosario, Marcos Molina, Michael Conforto, Milton Ramos, and Andrew Church are all automatically protected.

 

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Mets To Scout Cuban Outfielder Rusney Castillo http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-to-scout-cuban-outfielder-rusney-castillo.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-to-scout-cuban-outfielder-rusney-castillo.html/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:39:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161690 Cuban Rusney Castillo arrives safely in

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, scouts representing 11 MLB teams are flocking to Miami to watch free agent Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, who has been said to be like “Brett Gardner with power.”

The Mets, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Astros, Cubs, Braves, Giants, White Sox, Orioles and Marlins are all expected to be on hand Saturday at the University of Miami.

Considering how fellow Cubans Jose Abreu, Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes and most recently Odrisamer Despaigne, have recently rewarded their signing teams, expect Castillo to be in high demand.

Castillo is short at 5’9″ but has a strong, athletic build. His speed is his calling card, and Baseball America says he is one of the best base stealers in Cuba and an aggressive, high-energy player with a line-drive stroke.

Heyman compares the 27-year old center fielder to Kenny Lofton and Jacoby Ellsbury, and scouts believe he could be in the big leagues by the end of this season.

He profiles as a leadoff or number two-type hitter.

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Mets Minors Report 7/25: Nimmo Breaks Out With Three Hits, Conforto Still Hot In Brooklyn http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-minors-report-725-nimmo-breaks-out-with-three-hits-conforto-still-hot-in-brooklyn.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-minors-report-725-nimmo-breaks-out-with-three-hits-conforto-still-hot-in-brooklyn.html/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161610 brandon nimmo

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • Matt den Dekker was 2 for 4 on Thursday and has five straight multi-hit games and four straight games with a double.
  • Brandon Nimmo has breakout game batting leadoff for B-Mets by going 3 for 5, with two doubles, raising his average above the Mendoza line to .207. 
  • Dilson Herrera singles to extend current hit streak to 12 games.
  • T.J. Rivera raises his batting average to .350 with a 3 for 4 night. He also added a double and a RBI.
  • Left hander Dario Alvarez threw two innings of relief on Thursday and won his seventh game of the season. In 19 relief appearances (6 starts), Alvarez is 7-0, with a 0.90 ERA, allowing only six earned runs, while striking out 93 batters in 60 innings.
  • Akeel Morris earned is tenth save in Savannah’s victory. In 30 relief appearances, he is 4-0, a 0.80 ERA, and 69 strikeouts in 45 innings.
  • Matthew Oberste goes 0 for 4, ending his hit streak at 21 games.
  • Michael Conforto singles to extend his hit streak to six straight games.
  • Amed Rosario triples and extends his hitting streak to nine games. In his last ten games he is batting .364 (16 for 44).
  • Right hander Martires Arias tossed seven shutout innings, allowing two hits, and struck out five batters, while lowering his ERA to 0.59 in Kingsport’s victory. 

Organizational Offensive Leaders 

Hits

1 Dilson Herrera BIN 132
2 T.J. Rivera BIN 114
3 Matt Reynolds LV 109
4 L.J. Mazzilli STL 103
5 Dominic Smith SAV 103

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MMO Game Recap: Brewers 9, Mets 1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-brewers-9-mets-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-brewers-9-mets-1.html/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:13:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161629 brewers mets

The Mets (48-54) were crushed by the Brewers (58-45) on Thursday night in Milwaukee, losing 9-1 at Miller Park.

Dillon Gee got the start for the Mets and struggled for the 2nd time in a row. Gee allowed 6 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings, striking out 6 and throwing 91 pitches.

Milwaukee struck first with a solo shot from Jonathan Lucroy in the bottom of the opening frame against Gee, and kept piling it on after that. Jean Segura hit a 2-run triple after Gee issued a pair of walks in the bottom of the 2nd, and scored on a base hit from former Met Carlos Gomez, who would steal 2nd and come in to score on a single from Lucroy to make it 5-0 Brewers. Milwaukee would push the lead to 6th in the bottom of the 3rd thanks to 1-out doubles by Rickie Weeks and Khris Davis, before Gee finally settled in and put up 2 perfect innings to make it through 5.

Meanwhile, the Mets could muster nothing against Matt Garza. Wilmer Flores, making his return from the minor leagues, knocked a single in the 3rd inning, but that would stand as New York’s only hit for much of the night.

Terry Collins elected to pinch-hit for Gee in the top of the 6th, and sent in Daisuke Matsuzaka to pitch the bottom of the inning. Davis greeted Dice-K with a shot over the wall in left-center, but Matsuzaka bounced back to get through the rest of the inning.

The Mets got on the board in the top of the 7th when Lucas Duda hit a solo shot to center, but that was all their offense would provide on the night.

Matsuzaka came back out for the bottom of the 7th and, with Gomez on first, served up a fat one to Ryan Braun, who injected it deep into the second deck to make it 9-1 Milwaukee. That would become the final score, as a rally was not in the cards for the Mets.

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Duda’s having a nice season, and went yard again tonight. However, I’m pretty sure he would have drawn less criticism from the Mets e-fanbase had he struck out in the 7th, rather than hitting a solo shot with a 7-run deficit. Whatever…

In Gee’s last start, he got off to a rocky beginning, settled down to get through the 4th and 5th innings, and was pulled for a mediocre pinch-hitter with nobody on base in the top of the 6th. In the bottom of the 6th, the man brought in to relieve Gee gave up a long-ball to the first batter. That happens to be exactly what happened tonight, as well. Terry used to pull Dillon too late in close games. Now he’s pulling him too early in blowouts. Gee hasn’t pitched much the last few months. Let him build his arm strength back up by staying in the game, especially once he starts to find his groove. Please, Terry… I beg you.

Our offense has scored 15 runs in the 7 games since the All-Star Break, after a red-hot stretch at Citi Field before the vacation. It’s a bit frustrating, since things are usually the other way around, but I guess I’d rather have them hit like a competent team at home, in front of the fans. Ideally, we could be decent in all stadiums, though…

This game will probably hurt the ol’ run differential, huh, Sandy? Let’s get it back tomorrow.

Up next: The Mets will look to even their series with the Brewers on Friday night in Milwaukee. Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.78 ERA) will face Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.79 ERA) at 8:10 PM.

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The Mets begin a four-game series against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night at Miller Park. Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.92) opposes right-hander Matt Garza (6-7, 4.04) in the 8:10 PM series opener.

Since May 30, 2013, Dillon Gee has a 14-7 record, with a 2.78 ERA (66 earned runs in 214.0 innings). During this time his 2.78 ERA is the seventh-lowest in the majors, with a minimum of 200.0 innings pitched. He allowed three runs or fewer in six straight starts, the longest such streak of his career, before Saturday when he allowed four.

Lucas Duda has reached safely in 24 of his last 26 games, compiling a .307 (27-88) batting average with a .413 on-base percentage. He has already tied his career-high and leads the team with 15 home runs.

The bullpen has allowed three earned runs in its last 25.2 innings (1.05 ERA) over its last 11 games. The pen is 4-1 with five saves during its last 15 contests and Met relievers are tied for second in the NL and tied for sixth in the majors with a 2.47 ERA this month.

Jeurys Familia has allowed one earned run over his last 19.1 innings dating back to June 12 for a 0.47 ERA…Familia has hurled 7.0 straight scoreless innings. He ranks sixth among NL relievers in ERA (1.92) with a minimum of 40.0 innings and leads the team with nine holds. Familia has surrendered six earned runs over his last 43 games (44.0 innings) for a 1.23 ERA dating back to April 25.

Jenrry Mejia has allowed one earned run in his last 13.0 innings (0.69 ERA) with 14 strikeouts since June 21. Mejia is 13-for-15 in save chances, including a save in each of his last five appearances. He is tied for ninth in the NL in saves (13) since May 12 (when he moved to the bullpen).

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  6. Chris Young – LF
  7. Wilmer Flores – SS
  8. Juan Lagares – CF
  9. Dillon Gee – RHP

The Mets started the road trip with dropping a series to the Padres, but responded yesterday by taking a series from the Mariners thanks to a fantastic start by Bartolo Colon who retired 20 batters straight to start the game. Tonight the Mets play in their first series in a hitters friendly stadium on the trip as the Mets look to start off strong in a four game set against the Brewers. Right now they are 3-3 on the road trip.

Dillon Gee returns to the rotation tonight. On the season he is 4-2 over 10 games and 64.2 innings with a 2.92 ERA before he went down with an injury. Last year in one start against the Brewers he allowed 4 ER over 6.0 innings with 7 hits while walking two and striking out two. The Brewers have the following numbers against Gee:

  • Lucroy 3-9, 2 2B
  • Overbay 1-9
  • Weeks 1-7
  • Braun 1-5
  • Ramirez 1-5

The Mets draw Matt Garza tonight who is 6-7 over 20 games and 124.2 innings with a 4.04 ERA. He started July off strong allowing 16.2 innings and 2 ER. In his first start from the All-Star game he allowed 5 ER while only retiring one batter. He shut out the Mets over 7 innings last year with 3 hits. The Mets have the following numbers against Garza:

  • Granderson 7-24, 4 2B, HR
  • Abreu 5-18, 2 2B
  • Duda 1-5, 2B
  • Wright 1-6, 2B
  • C Young 1-6
  • Tejada 1-4
  • Murphy 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

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Mets Recall Wilmer Flores, Option Kirk Nieuwenhuis To Las Vegas http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-recall-wilmer-flores-option-kirk-nieuwenhuis-to-las-vegas.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-recall-wilmer-flores-option-kirk-nieuwenhuis-to-las-vegas.html/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:07:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161598 To make room for Wilmer Flores on the roster, the Mets have optioned Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Triple-A Las Vegas. 

Nieuwenhuis was 2 for his last 20, and has batted .246 with two home runs and 11 RBI for Mets this season.

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Wilmer Flores is en-route to join the Mets in Milwaukee for their series opener tonight against the Brew-Crew.

There has been no corresponding move as of yet. None of the Mets beat writers had the story, as it was first announced on the Mets twitter account.

Some speculation can be made on this. It is possible that Ruben Tejada did not feel well when he woke up today and might be headed to the DL. Another possibility is that the Mets have decided to move to five outfielders and have sent down/cut Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Chris Young or Bobby Abreu.

Some conspiracy theorists might suggest that the Mets are close to a deal to move Daniel Murphy. No reports of anything like that so far but I suppose it could be a long-shot speculation. I don’t think this is the case.

Flores is batting .323 with a .367 on-base percentage and 13 home runs for Las Vegas this season. He is batting .341 with 8 home runs and 28 RBI in July and recently had a 22-game hitting streak snapped.

We will update this post as more information is reported.

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Mets and DeGrom Facing A Looming Innings Cap http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-and-degrom-facing-a-looming-innings-cap.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-and-degrom-facing-a-looming-innings-cap.html/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161478 Jacob deGrom

Prior to Tuesday nights game in Seattle, Jacob deGrom had won two straight decisions both pitching into the seventh inning and both wins were of the lopsided nature, as the Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 8-3 and Miami Marlins 9-1. Not much effort was needed from the young rookie, even though he would pitch masterfully in both.

Tuesday’s game against Seattle was a bit different, in the sense that it was a very close game throughout the contest and deGrom was facing a Mariners team that put up 14 hits against the Mets pitching staff the previous night. They would manage only five hits against deGrom, with Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia doing their part to shut the door on a well earned victory.

DeGrom pitched effortlessly in his start, tossing 107 pitches, mixing things up, and even getting the mighty Robinson Cano to strike out twice on a pair of 85 and 86 MPH change-ups. Keeping the hitters off balance for deGrom seemed like an easy task.

What was more impressive to me was the fact that even though the Mets only managed to score two runs for him, he did his part and kept the Mariners in check for another stellar seventh inning performance. His only blemish on the night was when he gave up a run in the fifth. A Willie Bloomquist single, followed by a Dustin Ackley double would be the only run that he would give up.

Three straight decisions with a win and three straight games in which he has pitched remarkably well. DeGrom has tossed 21 innings in that span while allowing just two earned runs to cross the plate, and striking out 26 batters.

So far this season, he has logged 119.0 innings between Triple-A Las Vegas and the Mets. The organization is planning to 185 total innings this season, meaning he has about 65 innings left or roughly 10 starts.

“As we all know, fatigue is what leads to injuries,” Terry Collins said Tuesday while discussing his plan for the young righty. “We don’t need to have another Matt Harvey on our hands.”

There had been earlier talk of shifting deGrom to the bullpen at some point this season to conserve some innings that way, but the Mets wouldn’t dare pull their most consistent pitcher now and especially with Collins chasing relevancy in the standings.

They could run his string out and then shut him down in September when he’ll likely hit his limit, essentially ending his season three weeks early. But not really, as that’s when the minor league season would have ended anyway. With the rosters expanding, the Mets won’t have any shortage of arms to replace him at that time.

Having him skip a start or two could keep him going down to the wire.

It’s a great problem to have, and speaks volumes about how much of an impact deGrom has made since joining the big-league team.

While the Mets decide how they’ll play this, I intend to keep enjoying watching deGrom pitch every chance I get.

(Photo Credit: Otto Greule Jr/GETTY IMAGES)

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Tejada Passes Concussion Tests, Collins Says He Should Be Fine http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/tejada-passes-concussion-tests-collins-says-he-should-be-fine.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/tejada-passes-concussion-tests-collins-says-he-should-be-fine.html/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:31:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161530 ruben tejada hbp

Ruben Tejada was hit in the head with a 94 mph fastball from Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker during Wednesday’s game. It was a scary moment in the game as Terry Collins and the Mets trainer rushed onto the field.

Tejada left the game under his own power, and was replaced by Eric Campbell who pinch ran and played the remainder of the game at SS.

The good news is that Tejada passed all his concussion tests according to a team spokesperson. The Mets starting shortstop was in good spirits in the clubhouse and said he had no headaches and only stayed down after he was hit because it was scary. His helmet had the indentation of the baseball that hit him.

Tejada was allowed to fly with the team to Milwaukee and he will be reevaluated again today, but expect Campbell to start at shortstop in the series opener against the Brewers later tonight.

The Mets have no other natural SS on the roster. Campbell hasn’t had much time there at all this season. Collins told reporters that Tejada should be fine and that Wilmer Flores will not be joining the team in Milwaukee.

“Everything right now looks OK,” Collins said. “He has no symptoms of what they were looking for. But sometimes these things pop up a little later, some dizziness or something.”

“The doctors say he should be OK. We’ll take a look at him tomorrow. I may just give him another day to make sure he’s OK.”
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Mets Cancel Ticket Fees For Remaining Regular Season Games http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-cancel-ticket-fees-for-all-regular-season-games.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-cancel-ticket-fees-for-all-regular-season-games.html/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:30:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161536 citi field fireworks

The New York Mets today announced that the club – in the return of last year’s popular “No Fees” promotion – will pick up ticket fees for all 33 remaining regular season home games at Citi Field during a six-day sale starting tomorrow Thursday, July 24 at 9:00 a.m. through next Tuesday, July 29 on Mets.com/NoFees or by phone at 718-507-TIXX.

The covered fees will apply to any ticket purchased during this six-day period, regardless of the date of the game. Throughout the six days, fans will be able to purchase tickets to any of the remaining 2014 Mets regular season home games at Citi Field with the Mets covering the associated ticket fees.

For example, a fan purchasing two tickets online or over the phone on Thursday, July 24 for the Saturday, August 2 game against the San Francisco Giants will not be charged any ticket fee for placing that order and will also enjoy postgame fireworks that night.

Highlights include 19 games against National League East Division foes the Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals; all Free Shirt Fridays, Family Sundays (including the postgame Mr. Met Dash where kids run the bases) and the following:

Saturday, August 2 vs. San Francisco Giants (7:10 p.m.)

Post-game Fireworks presented by Duane Reade

Sunday, August 3 vs. San Francisco Giants (1:10 p.m.)

Toy Truck to first 15,000 presented by W.B. Mason

Saturday, August 16 vs. Chicago Cubs (7:10 p.m.)

Boyz II Men Post-game concert series presented by Duane Reade

Saturday, August 30 vs. Philadelphia Phillies (7:10 p.m.)

Curtis Granderson Bobblehead presented by Gold’s for first 20,000 fans

Saturday, September 13 vs. Washington Nationals (7:10 p.m.)

Post-game Fireworks presented by Duane Reade

Saturday, September 27 vs. Houston Astros (7:10 p.m.)

Austin Mahone Post-game concert series presented by Duane Reade

*The only fees not covered by the team during this promotion are Express Mailing, including mail and UPS.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 3, Mariners 2 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-mets-3-mariners-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-mets-3-mariners-2.html/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:10:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161526 bartolo colon m's

The New York Mets (48-53) were looking for the series victory this afternoon against the Seattle Mariners (53-48) at Safeco Field with Bartolo Colon facing off against highly touted rookie pitcher Taijuan Walker.

What you should know:

Bartolo Colon flirted with history this afternoon as he set down the first twenty batters to face him, before letting up a single with two outs in the seventh to Robinson Cano. Colon would last 7 and 1/3rd’s innings for the Amazin’s, allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out five and walking one.

Taijuan Walker would last five plus innings for Seattle, allowing two runs on two hits, while walking six and striking out five.

The Mets would get off to an early start this afternoon taking a 1-0 lead in the first. After Eric Young, Jr. drew a walk, and reached second after the Mariners were unable to pick him off, the play was challenged and stood, keeping Young safe at second. He was promptly driven in by a Daniel Murphy double down the left field line.

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A scary moment occurred in the top of the fifth inning, as Ruben Tejada was hit in the head with the pitch. Tejada left the field on his own power and was replaced by Eric Campbell.

The Mets would score again in the top of the sixth inning, as Juan Lagares hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Lucas Duda.

David Wright would tack on another run for the Mets, as he drove in Eric Young, Jr. with a single to left field, making it 3-0 New York.

The Mariners would score two runs in the seventh inning, after two runners reached base, Brad Miller hit a deep fly ball that hit high off the wall in right center that just missed tying the game. This would end Colon’s day as he was replaced by Jeurys Familia. Familia would allow another run to score before ending the inning.

Jenrry Mejia let two runners on in the bottom of the ninth, but shut the door to earn his fourteenth save of the season.

The Mets take two out of three from Seattle, and are now .500 on the current road trip.

Player of the Game:

Today’s player of the game goes to Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon, who set down the first twenty batters to face him, earning the win. He has now won thirteen career games at Safeco Field in his career.

Final score: Mets 3, Mariners 2

Winning Pitcher: Bartolo Colon (9-8)
Losing Pitcher: Taijuan Walker (1-2)
Save: Jenrry Mejia (14)

On deck:

The Mets continue their road trip tomorrow night as they face the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park with Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.92 ERA) squaring off against Matt Garza (6-7, 4.04 ERA)

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Mariners at Safeco Field, 3:40 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-mariners-at-safeco-field-340-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-mariners-at-safeco-field-340-pm.html/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:32:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161481 Colon

The Mets (47-53) look to build on a stellar pitching performance by Jacob deGrom from Tuesday night’s 3-1 victory and take the rubber match of the three game series from Mariners (53-47) at Safeco Field on Wednesday afternoon. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:40 PM.

Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12) will take the mound and face off against Mariners’ starter Taijuan Walker (1-1, 3.60). Colon has had a streaky season, first posting a 2-5 record with a 5.84 ERA (32 earned runs/49.1 innings) over his first eight starts of the year. Then he was 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA (nine earned runs/51.1 innings) in seven starts between May 17-June 24. Over last four starts dating back to June 29th, Colon is 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA (17 earned runs/26.0 innings).

Lucas Duda tied his career-high on Tuesday night with his 15th home run and is tied for fifth among NL first basemen. He has hit in six straight games, going 8-23 (.348) with a .423 on-base percentage and has reached safely in 23 of his last 25 games, compiling a .314 (27-86) batting average with a .410 on-base percentage.

Travis d’Arnaud is hitting .309 (25-81) with three home runs, 13 RBI with a .349 on-base percentage in 21 games since returning from Las Vegas (AAA) on June 24. He has at least one hit in 18 of those 21 games and has reached safely in 19 of 21 and has raised his average 50 points from .180 to .230 over the last 21 games.

Jeurys Familia has allowed one earned run over his last 18.2 innings dating back to June 12 for a 0.48 ERA. He has surrendered six earned runs in his last 42 games (43.1 innings – 1.25 ERA) dating back to April 25. He is tied for fifth in the NL with 48 appearances.

Jenrry Mejia has allowed two earned runs in his last 16.1 innings (1.10 ERA). He is 12-for-14 in save chances, including one in each of his last four appearances, since moving to the bullpen on May 12.

Noah Syndergaard fired 6.1 scoreless innings Tuesday night for Las Vegas (AAA) at Tacoma in the first game of a doubleheader. He scattered four hits, issued three walks and struck out five. On the season, Thor is 8-5, with 92 strikeouts in 91.0 innings over 18 starts for the 51s.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Bobby Abreu – DH
  6. Chris Young – RF
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Anthony Recker – C
  9. Ruben Tejada – SS 

The Mets look to take the series tonight against Mariners. After dropping three consecutive games, the Mets were able to beat the Mariners last night thanks to stellar pitching and just enough hitting. Tonight Colon makes possibly one of his last starts as a Met as rumors have kicked up the last few days that the Mets are shopping Colon. On the season he is 8-8 over 19 games, 126.2 innings with a 4.12 ERA. He pitched 5.0 innings in his first start since the All-Star break allowing 4 ER, all in one inning in a game the Mets eventually won. He faced the Mariners three times last year logging 21.0 innings with a 3.00 ERA, striking out 15. The Mariners have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Ackley 4-13
  • Bloomquist 5-13, 2 2B
  • Cano 6-15, 2 2B, HR
  • Chavez 5-14
  • Franklin 2-9
  • Miller 0-3
  • Montero 3-9

The Mets batters will get a look at the 21-year old Taijuan Walker tonight who is coming back for a second time this season.  In his first two starts he allowed 4 ER and 7 hits over 10.0 innings. Last year he made three starts against the Mariners and he was 1-0 over 15.0 innings with a 3.60 ERA (identical to his ERA now). He has not faced any current members of the Mets.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 3, Mariners 1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-mets-3-mariners-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-mets-3-mariners-1.html/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:36:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161463 Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 1.22.28 AM

Photo Credit: Otto Greule Jr / Getty Images

 

The Mets (47-53) beat the Mariners (53-47) by a score of 3-1 on Tuesday night in Seattle.

Jacob deGrom took the ball for New York and deGrominated the opposition once again, tossing 7 strong innings of 1-run ball, allowing just 5 hits and striking out 7 while walking only 1. The rookie threw 107 pitches, only 29 of which missed the zone. deGrom improved to 4-5 with the Win, lowering his ERA to 3.01.

deGrom looked like he might be in a bit of trouble in the bottom of the 1st inning when he allowed James Jones to get in scoring position with the heart of the Mariners’ order coming up, but Jacob struck out Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager to end the threat.

The Mets got on the board against Erasmo Ramirez in the top of the 2nd. After Bobby Abreu went the other way for a base hit to lead off the inning, Travis d’Arnaud hit a sinking liner to center field. After being robbed of a homer on Monday night, TDA apparently had the sports gods with him tonight. A diving Jones failed to reach the ball, which rolled all the way to the track, allowing Travis to pull into 3rd with his first career triple as Abreu came home. Kirk Nieuwenhuis whiffed for the first out, and after Juan Lagares fell behind 0-2, it looked like the Mets might end up squandering a great chance to put up a crooked number. However, Lagares somehow worked a walk, and Tejada singled d’Arnaud home to put New York up 2-0.

As deGrom and Ramirez settled in and cruised through the next few innings, the action stalled for a bit. However, Seattle broke through against Jacob in the bottom of the 5th when Willie Bloomquist singled and scored on a double by Dustin Ackley, who advanced to 3rd on an error by Daniel Murphy. deGrom was once again under duress with the tying run just 90 feet away, but he calmly retired both Mike Zunino and Endy Chavez (yes, that Endy Chavez) to get out of the jam.

The Mets missed a chance to tack on some insurance in the top of the 6th when Kirk and Juan struck out with 2 runners on base, but deGrom didn’t need any more support, as he rolled through the next couple frames and got through 7 without much trouble.

The Mets got themselves a bit of breathing room in the top of the 8th when Lucas Duda hit an absolute shot over the wall in right against Tom Wilhelmsen. Jeurys Familia came in to pitch the bottom of the 8th and was greeted with a deep drive from Endy. Lagares (aka “Endy 2.0″) calmly drifted back and made a terrific play on the ball, without ever making it seem like there was any cause for concern. Familia retired the side in order and turned the ball over to Jenrry Mejia, who locked up the save and sealed the win for deGrom.

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I love Mejia’s energy. And he’s pitching well, too. I  heard somebody refer to him as “King Jenrry the 9th”. I say we go for the traditional Shakespeare formatting and make “Jenrry IX” our closer’s new official nickname. And how good has Familia been? I hadn’t really been looking at his stats much, but wow… he’s near the top of the league in appearances and he has his ERA under 2. Fantastic. I’ve always said the Mets needed power arms, electric arms, young, fiery arms, at the back of their bullpen.  It’s really nice to see Mejia, Familia, and the other guys doing their thing these days.

deGrom has just been amazing. He throws strikes, he keeps his composure, and he’s apparently pretty hard to hit. Just like I’m not willing to drop the “bust” label on top prospects who struggle for a few months, I’m not willing to declare middling prospects who get off to hot starts “stars”. Still, it looks like Jacob has what it takes, so let’s see if he can keep performing. He’s certainly making the Rookie of the Year race interesting.

Duda’s homer was the Mets’ first since the All-Star break. They had really been slugging during the final 2 weeks before the break, so hopefully they can get their power back. Also, have you guys ever heard Duda’s voice? He could definitely make the All-Star team for “Guys whose voices don’t match their appearances at all”. He sounds like a bookish schoolboy. But if he keeps hitting baseballs 440 feet, it doesn’t matter.

Lagares’ catch was great. But he acted like he was catching a pop fly. And the fact that it was Endy who had hit the ball added a nice bit of irony to the play. That was definitely one of the highlights of the night.

Kirk has slowed down. He can field, he can run, and he has a bit of pop, but I’m still not sold at all on his ability to make consistent contact. Murphy is also in a slump, but he knows how to hit, so I think he’ll pick it up soon.

I hope I never have to watch Bobby Abreu “sprint” from first to home on a triple ever again. It was painful. I wasn’t even sure he’d make it.

Nice win to earn a split. Let’s take the rubber game tomorrow.

Up Next: The Mets will look to secure a series win over the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon at SAFECO Field. Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12 ERA) will face Taijuan Walker (1-1, 3.60 ERA) at 3:40 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Mariners, 10:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-mariners-1010-pm-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-mariners-1010-pm-2.html/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:42:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161441 New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

The New York Mets look to stop their current three-game losing streak to try and get back into the thick of things.  The second game of three-game series against the Mariners is takes place on Tuesday.  First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 PM at Safeco Field in Seattle.

Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.18) is handed the ball to stop the slide and looks to win his third straight start, as he matches up against Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 4.58).  This will be his first start in July and looks to win his first game since April 1st.

The lowly 10-game road trip continues.  The Mets are currently 1-3 so far, and have lost three straight after winning four in a row.  They have won eight out of their last 12 and nine of 14.  If they want to mix it back up things are going to have to change.

The Mets are 6-7 in interleague play this season.  They are 152-143 all-time, and have lost every game that have played against the Mariners in Seattle.

So where has the offense been?  It seemed as though things were turning the corner prior to the break, but three runs in three games is hardly turning the corner.  Going back to the series in San Diego, the Mets have only scored five runs in their last 35 innings.  The long ball has eluded them as well, as they have not hit one out of the park in five straight games.  It is tied with the longest stretch this season (April18-22).  Before this happened they hit home runs in eight of nine games.

I know this will probably jinx everything but, Jacob deGrom hasn’t allowed a home run in his last 45.2 innings.  He allowed five in his prior 28 innings.  In his last five starts, deGrom is 3-1 with an ERA of 1.65 with 10 walks and 38 strikeouts.

DeGrom is in some pretty good company in his first 12 major league starts.  He has had four games this season where he has lasted at least seven innings allowing just one run or fewer.  Three other Mets pitchers have done that during the span of their first twelev starts.  Dwight Gooden who had seven, Bill Pulsipher who had five, and Octavio Dotel who also had five.

The bullpen has held up their end of the bargain, the starting pitching has been pretty decent, so now it is time for the offense to catch up with the rest.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Bobby Abreu – DH
  6. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – RF
  8. Juan Lagares – CF
  9. Ruben Tejada – SS

The Mets have not had the best performance on the field since Saturday, and they bring a three game losing streak into tonight’s game. Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets, he is 3-5 on the season over 12 games and 73.2 innings of work while posting a 3.18 ERA. In his last two starts he has pitched 14.0 innings allowing only one earned run and striking out 19 batters, he’s been great. As you would imagine, since deGrom is in his rookie year with the Mets, he has not faced the Mariners nor anyone on the Mariners roster before tonight’s game.

Erasmo Ramirez gets the start for the Mariners tonight. In 11 starts for the Mariners this season he holds a 1-4 record with a 4.58 ERA over 53.0 innings. Before being sent down to the minors earlier this season, he was in the middle of the best stretch of starts he made this year spanning 4 starts and 20.0 innings with a 0.90 ERA. The only Mets player he has faced in a major league game is Chris Young who is 1-2 against him.

Lets Go Mets!

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Bartolo Colon Drawing Interest From Giants http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/bartolo-colon-drawing-interest-from-giants.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/bartolo-colon-drawing-interest-from-giants.html/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:11:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=159780 bartolo colon

Citing a source close to Bartolo Colon, ESPN Deportes is reporting that the San Francisco Giants have expressed interest in acquiring the 41-year-old right-hander.

Colon is scheduled to pitch Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. He is under contract for $9 million this season and $11 million in 2015.

Danny Knobler also heard the Mets are trying hard to move Colon. Sources have told ESPN New York that the Mets are receptive to trading Colon with the team considering itself deep at starting pitcher.

The Mets have Daisuke Matsuzaka they can turn to, Jeremy Hefner nearing a return from elbow surgery, and prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero in Triple-A. Plus Matt Harvey is due to return from Tommy John surgery next season,

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According to club sources, the team will listen to offers for Bartolo Colon and may actively shop the veteran right-hander, writes Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Though Colon is owed $11 million for next season, the view within the industry is that contract won’t prohibit the Mets from making a deal with a contender in need of rotation help. An AL executive called Colon’s contract “relatively friendly.”

The sources also told Puma that Sandy Alderson feels no pressure to deal Colon and could wait past the July 31 non-waiver deadline to maximize the return.

The 41-year-old Colon, who signed a two-year contract worth $20 million last offseason, is 8-6 with a 3.88 ERA in 16 starts for the Mets in 2014.

Jim Ingraham, beat writer for the Cleveland Indians, says a reunion between the Tribe and Colon would heighten the team’s chances to make the post season.

If the Indians climb back into the race, or feel they have the chance to, my first call would be to the Mets, about Bartolo Colon. Over the last year and a half, with Oakland and the Mets, he’s 26-12, with a 3.09 ERA. Who cares if he’s clownishly chubby, 41 years old, and owed $11 million next year?

The News-Herald columnists proposes trading 2012 first round pick center fielder Tyler Naquin and 19-year old shortstop/outfield prospect Dorssys Paulino for Colon and $3 million. Another report on FOX Sports Ohio suggested a similar proposition for the Indians.

Colon began his MLB career with the Tribe (1997-2002).

ESPN’s Jim Bowden believes the Yankees, Blue Jays, Angels, Indians, Pirates and Mariners could all have interest in Colon, who he says could fetch a good upper-level prospect. He says there’s a 50% chance the Mets will deal the veteran righthander.

With Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel now off the market, Colon could be an attractive option for a lot of contenders. 

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Law Ranks Mets Fourth Best Farm System http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/law-ranks-mets-fourth-best-farm-system.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/law-ranks-mets-fourth-best-farm-system.html/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:45:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161440 jake degrom

Keith Law of ESPN ranked the New York Mets among his top five farm systems, slotting them fourth behind No. 1 Chicago Cubs, No. 2 Minnesota Twins and No. 3 Houston Astros. (ESPN Insider)

4. New York Mets

The Mets have graduated a few prospects to the majors — Travis d’Arnaud (No. 2 in the system coming into the year) and Jacob deGrom (No. 13) in particular — but the guys still in the system have nearly all taken steps forward. Noah Syndergaard (No. 1) has had an excellent year in the pitchers’ hell of Las Vegas. Brandon Nimmo (No. 5) is hitting for power now that he’s out of Savannah, a terrible park for left-handed power hitters. Catcher Kevin Plawecki (No. 6) continues to receive well, as expected, but he also has hit well enough to push himself up to Triple-A in his second full season.

Eighteen-year-old shortstop Amed Rosario doesn’t look out of place among older players in the New York-Penn League, and he has the instincts and reactions to stay at short if he can find some consistency in the field. And they added the most polished hitter in this year’s draft class, Michael Conforto, who led Division I in OBP. They still have a ton of arms but are heavier on bats at the corners than in the middle infield or center, although Rosario might eventually make up for Gavin Cecchini‘s .194/.269/.247 line in high Class A.

He didn’t even mention my latest favorites Steven Matz, Dilson Herrera and Dominic Smith… The Mets continue to shine with the quality of prospects they are accumulating in the minors. Hopefully that begins to manifest itself on the major league level in the not too distant future.

The major league team still struggles to score runs but thanks to Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia the bullpen seems to have turned a corner. Starting pitching has been middle of the pack, but there’s also reason for optimism with the return of Matt Harvey next season and developing young arms in Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler. Hot hitting Wilmer Flores has been ready for regular MLB at-bats for two years now, but is blocked by Ruben Tejada. Left Field also remains a sore spot for the team and is in some sort of 4-man merry-go-round.

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Mets Have Been Outscored 13-3 In Last Three Games http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-have-been-outscored-13-3-in-last-three-games.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-have-been-outscored-13-3-in-last-three-games.html/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:34:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161436 curtis granderson

During Monday night’s series opener against the Seattle Mariners, Curtis Granderson went 0-for-5 and struck out four times giving him 93 strikeouts for the season. He is on pace for 149 strikeouts this season and is batting  .235 with 14 home runs and 43 RBI in the first year of his four-year deal with the Mets.

The team as a whole struck out 12 times against the Mariners as they succumbed to their third straight loss on this road trip in which they were outscored 13-3.

These last three games certainly gives one pause for concern as it’s quite obvious we’re not watching the same energetic team we saw entering the All Star break. The slump hasn’t been just on offense, but the pitching hasn’t been as sharp and the defense hasn’t been as crisp.

My biggest fear after the Mets finished the second half with an 8-2 run, was the timing of their four-day break.

But then again, a team is never as good as it looks when it’s red hot, or as bad as it looks when in the throes of a horrendous slump. The Mets are still by and large a team that will struggle to play .500 ball, and this is exactly what the last four months have shown.

The Mets are seven games under .500 and nine games back with 63 games left to what could be their sixth straight losing season.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that we are not making progress, but things are moving a lot slower than anyone expected as even David Wright and Jeff Wilpon have recently pointed out.

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