Mets Merized Online » Mets News & Notes Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:10:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Alderson Says Starting Pitcher or Bat Unlikely, Unwilling To Deal Top Prospects Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:57:41 +0000 sandy alderson presser

Mets GM Sandy Alderson spoke to reporters at Citi Field before the game on Monday and said that it’s unlikely that the team will add a starting pitcher or position player and that their focus is on adding a bullpen arm before the trade deadline.

“I think realistically, the bullpen is the area we can get someone,” Alderson said. “I enjoy sizzle as much as anybody. But you have to be realistic.”

Alderson also said that other teams have been asking for the team’s top prospects, but he is unwilling to deal them, according to one report from Newsday’s Laura Albanese. 

Without mentioning Jonathan Lucroy by name, Sandy said that a rumored deal for a prominent player was “dead on arrival.”

Still a week to go before the deadline, a lot can still change.

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Gilmartin Placed on DL with Triple-A Las Vegas Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:45:24 +0000 sean gilmartin

Las Vegas 51s  announced that pitcher Sean Gilmartin has been placed on disabled list with what is being called shoulder “soreness”. No word yet as to the severity or full diagnosis. Though with Matt Harvey in our recent memory, having a not so optimistic outlook can’t be helped. On the season Gilmartin is 9-5 and has a 4.63 ERA with 83 strikeouts and 26 walks in 93.1 innings.

In a corresponding move the Mets have promoted Ricky Knapp from St. Lucie to take his place in Vegas. Knapp started the season in Advanced A with St. Lucie and has dominated. With a 9-4 record with a 2.14 ERA in 105.1 innings. Knapp is limiting damage by walking only 1.9/9 and allowing 8.1 hits/9; good for a 1.111 WHIP. He also has one start in Binghamton, a four-hit complete game on July 2.

There are two things I take away from this roster shuffle. With Gilmartin’s status in question, there is one less option for the big league rotation/bullpen. Possibly adding to the need/desire to add a back end/long-man to the big league club. Secondly, Rafael Montero is being bypassed by Knapp, who was sent back to St. Lucie after his excellent AA debut, tells you how much he has fallen out of favor.

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MMO Game Thread: Cardinals vs Mets, 7:10 PM Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:08:03 +0000 noah syndergaard 2

Monday, July 25, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, NY
RHP Carlos Martinez (9-6, 2.83) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-4, 2.43)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets come back tonight after a taking a critical series in Miami. Steven Matz looked good tossing 6 scoreless and the Mets scored just enough runs to keep the Marlins at bay. Now the Mets look to keep adding numbers to the win column as the Cardinals come to town.

The Mets will start a nine-game homestand tonight and will play 17 of their next 20 games in New York City. The Mets are 9-4 in their last 13 home games and 26-20 at home this season.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Curtis Granderson – RF
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. James Loney – 1B
  5. Kelly Johnson – 2B
  6. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  7. Michael Conforto – CF
  8. Rene Rivera – C
  9. Noah Syndergaard – RHP

Cardinals Lineup

  1. Greg Garcia – 2B
  2. Aledmys Diaz -SS
  3. S. Piscotty – RF
  4. Matt Holliday – LF
  5. Matt Adams – 1B
  6. Jedd Gyorko – 3B
  7. Yadier Molina – C
  8. J. Hazelbaker – CF
  9. Carlos Martinez – RHP

Noah Syndergaard will start the series off for the Mets. In 19 games and 18 starts this year he is 9-4 over 111.1 innings with a 2.43 ERA with 136 K’s. His last start, his first since the All Star break, was solid as he allowed 1 run, no earned over 5.2 innings while striking out 8. He faced the Cardinals once last year allowed 2 earned runs over 7.0 innings while striking out 6 in a game the Mets eventually lost. The Cards have the following numbers against Thor:

  • Grichuk 0-2
  • Gyorko 0-3
  • Holliday 0-3
  • Molina 0-3
  • Wong 1-3

The Mets draw Carlos Martinez tonight who is currently putting up better numbers than his All-Star year last year. He is 9-6 over 18 games and 114.1 innings of work with a 2.83 ERA. In his last 7 starts he is 3-1 (the team is 3-4) with a 1.52 ERA over 47.1 innings. He was quite good against the Mets last year allowing 2 runs, 1 earned over 10.1 innings of work while striking out 7. The Mets have the following numbers against Carlos:

  • Walker 4-16, 3B, 2 HR
  • Granderson 2-6
  • Lagares 2-5
  • Flores 1-5
  • Cespedes 2-3, HR
  • deGrom 0-1
  • Reyes 1-3

Let’s Go Mets!

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Report: Jonathan Lucroy To Mets “Not Happening” Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:33:45 +0000 jonathan lucroy

Bob Klapisch of The Record spoke to a source familiar with the negotiations between the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers and was told that a deal that would send Jonathan Lucroy to the Mets is “not happening.”

On Sunday, the Daily News reported that the Brewers rejected a straight-up Travis d’Arnaud for Jonathan Lucroy trade offer from the Mets.

Original Report – July 25

Despite being previously projected to have a quiet trade deadline, the Mets have been linked to Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reports.

Lucroy is in the midst of an All Star campaign, slashing .302/.362/.494 while seeing time both at catcher and first base.  The 30 year old veteran also has 13 home runs, well on pace to surpass his career best 18 round trippers.

Given his production and consistency, it can only be expected that he will command a significant return if the Brewers decide to trade him.

According to Ackert, the Brewers already rejected a straight up swap of Travis d’Arnaud for Lucroy and are weighing offers from other teams.

That said, there does seem to be traction between both sides, and the Brewers were among one of several teams scouting the Mets’ minor league talent last week.

Considering that the Mets are willing to part with a major piece in d’Arnaud, perhaps a deal could be feasible.  With feelings mounting to improve on last season’s NL Championship, the Mets might have to make a significant move, even if it further drains the farm system.

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Topps Now: Win A Free Exclusive Mike Piazza HOF Card Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:22:58 +0000 mike piazza


Topps Trading Cards is honoring Mike Piazza with an exclusive Topps Now baseball card featuring his enshrinement to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.


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3 Up 3 Down: Mets Hook Fish and Take Much Needed Series Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:48:17 +0000 steve matz

3 Up

 1.  Matz Back on Track

The series finale down in Miami was certainly one the Mets needed to have. Terry Collins said before the series began, that the Mets needed to take two of three. In order for them to do so, Steven Matz was going to need to give them a solid outing. He did just that by earning his first win in almost two months. Matz went six strong innings while allowing no runs on just four hits and striking out six. It was his first win since May 25, and is now 8-6 on the season.

2.  Loney Lets Loose

It was a big series for Mets first baseman James Loney. His two-run pinch hit mammoth of a home run in the top of the ninth inning on Friday night proved to be the difference in a 5-3 victory. He also came through in a big spot in the series finale on Sunday with his RBI single in the eighth inning that gave the Mets a 3-0 lead. In Lucas Duda’s absence, Loney has been very steady and all the Mets really could ask for. Since acquiring him in May he has hit a solid .287 with five home runs and 20 RBI.

3. Reyes Provides Spark

 It almost was like a flashback to 2006. Jose Reyes got things started for the Mets on Friday night and continued it throughout the entire series, collecting five hits, including a double, triple, and two RBI. He’s so far surprisingly flourished defensively at the hot corner, and has given this Mets team something they haven’t had in quite some time, speed. Boy isn’t it still fun watching him turn second base and head for third?

3 Down

 1. DeGrom Takes Step Back

 It was a start that Jacob deGrom most certainly would like to forget. He struggled from the start of it and lasted just 3 2/3 innings. He allowed five runs on and ten hits and a walk. One of those hits was a moonshot two-run home run off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton. In his last four starts prior to this one, deGrom held a 0.93 ERA. His last outing was a complete game, one-hit shutout in Philly. Saturday’s start turned out to be his second shortest outing of his career.

2. Walker’s Struggles Continue

Neil Walker got another much needed day off in the series finale on Sunday. He was 0-8 with four strikeouts in the first two games of the series, while stranding a total of four runners on base. He is now 1 for his last 24, and has just two home runs in the month of July. His batting average has dipped all the way down to .239.

3. Cabrera Can’t Cash In  

The Mets certainly have their fair share of struggles when it comes to driving in runners in scoring position, but perhaps the guy who takes the lead on that front is Asdrubal Cabrera. He is now 0 for his last 32 with RISP. He once again failed to drive in runners on Sunday afternoon, when he came up to the plate with the bases loaded and grounded into a fielder’s choice. The Mets as a team have to get much better with RISP, and Cabrera is certainly a huge culprit of that.

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MMO Players Of The Week: Reyes and Robles Make the Grade Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:00:53 +0000 MMO PLAYER OF THE WEEK

The New York Mets faced a nine game road trip to open the second half of their season following the All-Star break, starting with three games in Philadelphia, followed by three in Chicago, and then three in Miami. The Mets took the first series two games to one against the Phillies, dropped the Cubs series, and won two out of three against the Marlins to take their third series out of four against their NL East foe. They still remain a half game back in the Wild Card and second place in the NL East.

For the week of July 18-24, the Mets split the six games played against the Cubs and Marlins. They finally return home for a nine-game home stand, plus two more games against the New York Yankees in the Bronx. The trade deadline also looms as August 1 inches closer and closer, as fans wait with bated breath to see if Sandy Alderson and Co. can bring in some last minute additions (bullpen, starter, bench/role player) to hopefully propel them to another big second half like they had last season.

As we anxiously check MLB Trade Rumors and other various sites for news and notes on any potential trades, here are MMO’s Players of the Week for July 18-24.

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Jose, Jose, Jose! Jose Reyes gets the nod for Offensive Player of the Week as he sparked a charge atop the lineup, going 7 for 26 with four runs scored, two triples, a double, two RBI, and a stolen base. Since his return to the Mets, Reyes has recorded at least one hit in 11 of 15 games played, and reached base safely in 13 of them.

Reyes’ biggest contribution came in Friday’s 5-3 win against the Marlins in Miami. Reyes opened the game with a double on a 0-1 fastball from LHP Adam Conley. Reyes then promptly stole third while Yoenis Cespedes was up at bat, his third steal of the season. Reyes then trotted home easily when Cespedes hit a sac fly to center, giving the Mets an early 1-0 lead.

In the fourth, Reyes drove in Travis d’Arnaud with an RBI single, giving starter Logan Verrett a 2-0 lead. And just like deja vu, Reyes opened the seventh with a leadoff single, and moved to third on a Granderson single to center. On the first pitch of his at bat, Cespedes hit a towering fly ball to left-center field off reliever David Phelps, once again plating Reyes and giving the Mets a 3-2 lead after the Marlins tied the game in the sixth on a two-run homer off the bat of Christian Yelich.

After the game, Verrett summed up Reyes’ contributions best: ”He’s like a can of Red Bull bottled up into a human being,” starting pitcher Logan Verrett said. “That’s something that we were lacking. He brings that energy to the field every single day.”

Reyes has been a big boost for this Mets team that was lacking speed and at times energy, something Reyes has more of than most players combined, and has been a solid pickup for them. With a low risk high reward feel to the signing, he certainly seems to be getting back into a groove with the team he grew up with, something that can’t be discounted and just goes to show how a change of scenery is sometimes for the best.

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Hansel Robles has evolved into Terry Collins‘ trusted seventh inning reliever, compiling another strong week in three appearances. Robles tossed 4.2 innings, giving up two hits, no runs or walks, while striking out four. His season totals are excellent as well, now with a record of 5-3 with a 2.61 ERA, seven holds, all while averaging close to 11 strikeouts per nine innings.

With the game tied at one during Tuesday night’s 2-1 win against the Cubs, Robles came on in the seventh to replace Jerry Blevins, and was entrusted to keep the game tied. Robles had the heart of the order to deal with in Javier Baez, Tommy La Stella, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo. Robles induced a ground ball out from Baez, followed by a fly-out to left from La Stella. Bryant singled to left on a 0-2 fastball, but Robles zeroed in and promptly struck out Rizzo on three fastballs to end the inning. Robles worked a scoreless eighth, retiring Ben Zobrist, Wilson Contreras, and Jason Heyward on nine pitches.

The Mets would go on to take the lead in the ninth, calling upon Jeurys Familia to close out the game and give Robles his fourth win of the season.

Robles was tasked with holding another tied game on Friday night against the Marlins, coming in to relieve Verrett in the bottom of the sixth after Yelich tied the game at two. Robles gave up a hard single to Giancarlo Stanton on a 3-2 fastball to left, however, Stanton was trying to take second on the strong arm of Cespedes, who didn’t appear to realize Stanton was trying to advance. As Cespedes tossed the ball back into Neil Walker at second, Walker spun around and tagged Stanton for the second out. Marcell Ozuna lined out to Reyes at third to end the inning, and Robles worked a clean 1-2-3 seventh, as the Mets regained the lead in the seventh. Robles picked up his second win in four days, and his fifth of the season.

With Robles appearing in Sunday’s series win against the Marlins for his 42nd appearance, he’s on pace to bypass last year’s mark of 57, and is just 5.2 innings away from tying his total last season of 54. The back end of the bullpen with Robles, Addison Reed, and Familia is one of the strongest in baseball, and has been a joy to watch after years of not having a shutdown pen. The Mets team bullpen ERA ranks 5th in baseball at 3.14, 4th in FIP at 3.59, 6th in holds with 56, and 7th best K/9 at 9.35 as of Sunday night.

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Steven Matz Returns To Form With Six Scoreless Innings Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:00:21 +0000 steve matz

Steven Matz had not won a game since May 25th of this season. He had looked like a shell of his former self as he struggles to pitch through a bone spur that will require surgery at season’s end. Matz though regained his form Sunday as the Mets defeated the Marlins by a score of 3-0.

The 25-year-old Matz pitched to six scoreless innings. He allowed just four hits while walking two and striking out six. When they needed him most, he came through in a big way.

“It’s great to really contribute to the win, for sure,” Matz said. “It was really good to go out there and put up some zeros. … I think early on I was really just focused on staying within myself and letting my mechanics take over and not trying to muscle up. That’s something I’ve been kind of fighting against … I think it really helped me out.” (NY Post)

The win improves his record to 8-6 on the season. Matz had started off the season 7-1, but he had struggled as of late, going 0-5 in his last five decisions with an ERA of 4.76. Manager, Terry Collins was very encouraged from what he saw of the rookie southpaw Sunday.

“It was very encouraging,” Collins said. “The fastball really had late life to it. You saw a lot of swings and missed on his fastballs. I thought his changeup and breaking ball he threw for strikes … I thought he had a great game.”

A game Matz will no doubt try to build on. At a time where every game is big, having Matz be at his best is crucial to the success of this injury riddled rotation.

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Mets Have Brewers Relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith On Radar Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:00:43 +0000 Jeremy, Jeffress

According to Jon Heyman of FanRagSports, the Mets have interest in Brewers’ relievers RHP Jeremy Jeffress and LHP Will Smith.

While Jeffress and Smith have preformed well this season, Heyman reports they could come at a steep price.

“The Brewers are getting big interest in their pen guys, especially Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress,” Heyman says. “They don’t feel an urgency to deal them since they are under control for years, but in this market, they should be able to get someone to seriously overpay.”

In his first season as a closer, Jeffress has 23 saves with a 2.23 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 40.1 innings pitched. During his seven year career, he has a 2.95 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 189 innings.

Meanwhile, Smith has a 1.93 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with 16 strikeouts in 18.2 innings this season. He has a 3.82 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 270 innings during his five year career.

Heyman says two other possibilities for the Mets are Angels relievers Joe Smith and Huston Street.

Smith, a former Met, has a 4.32 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 33.1 innings this season. While Street, a 12 year veteran, has a 5.03 ERA and 1.96 WHIP with eight saves in 19.2 innings.

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The Stellar Double-Play Combo Have Struggled At The Plate Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:00:15 +0000 neil walker asdrubal cabrera

The Mets men up the middle, Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera have struggled in different aspects at the plate. Both have been hurting the offense tremendously when needed most.

In Walker’s case he just has not been hitting at all. He has struggled mightily, looking overmatched and just unable to get comfortable at the plate. After a hot start to his season, he has come back down to Earth.

Walker was given a much needed breather on Sunday. In his previous 30 games, Walker has hit to a slash of just .180/.242/.279. In the same time frame he has hit three homers to go along with 15 RBI. He still stands as part of the heart of this lineup and a key to it’s success.

Asdrubal Cabrera is having a good season. He though has struggled at the plate when the team needs him the most. Currently marred in an 0-for-32 slump with RISP, it is as if he tenses up anytime the opportunity presents itself.

Cabrera can be seen swinging at almost every first pitch when up to bat with RISP, no matter where the location of it is. He looks overmatched each time, unable to focus as he does in a normal at-bat. While batting with RISP, his slash shows a .172/.274/.203 line.

Cabrera’s overall numbers on the season find to be decent with a 260/.313/.423 slash. He has out shined most expectations this season and continues to be a good ballplayer. Both Walker and Cabrera have proved to be a formidable double-play combo, turning them with ease.

If both players can get their bats to come back around, it will only help to elongate the lineup. Both players have been key parts to the 2016 season and will continued to be looked at as so going forward.

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Mike Piazza Tips His Cap To Mets Fans Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:50 +0000 mike piazza

A tearful Mike Piazza choked up when he thanked Mets fans for “taking him into their family” on Sunday during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech at Cooperstown, NY.

“How can I put into words my love, thanks and appreciation for New York Mets’ fans?” Piazza said. “You have given me the greatest gift and graciously taken me into your family. This brings me back to the best time of my life.”

A record crowd was on hand to usher in the induction of Piazza and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Ken Griffey Jr..

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“You guys are serious,” Piazza said to the thousands of Mets fans who showed up to honor him. “The eight years we spent together went by way too fast.  Looking back into this crowd of blue and orange brings me back to the greatest time of my life. The thing I miss most is making you cheer.”

“No fans rock the house like Mets fans. To be only the second Met to enter the Hall of Fame brings me great pride.”

Piazza also gave an emotional nod to the brave first responders who touched his heart during the terrorist attacks of September 11.

“To witness the darkest evil of the human heart … will be forever burned in my soul,” Piazza said. “But from tragedy and sorrow came bravery, love, compassion, character and eventual healing.

“Many of you give me praise for the two-run home run in the first game back on Sept. 21st, but the true praise belongs to police, firefighters, first responders that knew that they were going to die, but went forward anyway. I pray that we never forget their sacrifice.”

It was a memorable day for both Piazza and Griffey Jr. who both delivered such raw emotional speeches that tugged on your heart strings. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

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Mets Blank Fish 3-0; Secure Winning Road Trip Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:16:57 +0000 steve matz

The New York Mets (52-45) defeated the Miami Marlins (53-45) by a score of 3-0 this afternoon at Marlins Park. However, if the Nationals hold on to beat the Padres the Mets won’t gain any ground in the standings today.


Steven Matz toed the rubber for the rubber game this afternoon against the fish, and turned in a very strong outing, going six innings, allowing zero runs on only four hits and striking out six.

With the win, Matz improves to 8-6 on the season. The lefty’s last win before this came almost two months ago, May 25th against the Nationals.

The biggest hurdle Matz had to overcome today came in the fifth inning. With a 1-0 lead, Matz put runners on first and third for Giancarlo Stanton, who has a track record of killing the Amazin’s.

Luckily, Matz got Stanton to ground out to end the frame.

The Mets bullpen was impeccable today, as Hansel Robles, Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia finished off the game respectively and kept the Marlins at bay the rest of the way.


The Mets got on the scoreboard first in the third inning. Jose Reyes tripled – his 101st as a Met – and drove in Michael Conforto on the play. This would prove to be all the Mets would need today, but they did plate a couple insurance runs to give the aforementioned Familia some breathing room.

In the eighth inning, Alejandro De Aza struck out but reached first on the play due to a dropped ball. Curtis Granderson walked after Jose Reyes struck out, and Yoenis Cespedes plated the second Mets run with a single.

The next batter, James Loney also drove in a run with a single as the Mets kept the merry go round going.

Asdrubal Cabrera grounded into a fielder’s choice later in the inning that would have plated the fourth Mets run should the call have stood, but the play on the field was reversed as the safe call at the plate proved to be an out.

Three was more than enough however, as Familia pitched a 1,2,3 ninth to secure the win.

On deck:

The Mets return home tomorrow to start a three game series with the Cardinals. Noah Syndergaard (9-4, 2.43 ERA) takes on Carlos Martinez (9-6, 2.83 ERA) for game one. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.

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Congratulations To Mike Piazza On Hall of Fame Induction Day! Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:00:18 +0000 mike piazza retire

Congratulations to Mike Piazza who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame along with fellow inductee Ken Griffey Jr. on Sunday afternoon. MLB Network will exclusively televise all the festivities live from Cooperstown, New York beginning at 12:00 PM, followed by the Induction Ceremony and the acceptance speeches at 1:30 PM.

Piazza joins Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver (41; retired in 1988); Manager’s Gil Hodges (14; retired in 1973) and Casey Stengel (37; retired in 1965) as the only uniformed Mets whose numbers have been retired.

“This is truly a special moment for me, and I’m very grateful,” Piazza said on Saturday. “I’m excited, obviously, to share this with my family and a few of the guys that I’ve played with and been coached by in the past. It’s truly a special event.”

One of the greatest offensive catchers of all time, Piazza set the MLB record of 396 home runs as a catcher while with the Mets. Over 16 seasons with the Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Padres and A’s he finished with 427 homers, 1,335 RBI, and a .308 batting average.

A 12-time All-Star and 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Piazza spent eight years with the Mets and helped take them to the postseason in 1999 and then all the way to the World Series the following season.

Piazza was a seven-time All-Star with Mets and set a team-record with 124 RBI and hit 40 home runs in 1999 and then finished with 38 home runs and drove in 113 runs in 2000.


The Mets will commemorate Piazza’s Hall of Fame career all next weekend when the Mets are home at Citi Field. On Friday, all fans will receive a special Piazza replica jersey.

Then on Saturday they will officially retire Piazza’s No. 31 in a special pre-game ceremony. Finally on Sunday, the first 15,000 fans will receive a Mike Piazza bobble-head.

“We are truly thrilled to honor Mike by retiring his number during a weekend-long celebration recognizing his incredible career,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “His offensive prowess, ability to deliver in the clutch, and tireless work ethic helped him become one of the great catchers of all-time.”

Piazza looks forward to his Hall of Fame induction on Sunday, but looks forward to celebrating his career with Mets fans at Citi Field next weekend.

“The one thing I love about Mets fans is that it’s tough being in the same town as the Yankees, obviously all their World Series and their accomplishments, but there are no better fans, so this is obviously emotional for me.”

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Congratulations Mike, on your big day. Thanks for all the great memories as well as the pride and class you brought to our franchise!

Mike Piazza has had so many memorable moments during his incredible tenure with the Mets. Here are some of our favorites: 

May 22, 1998 – Acquired by the Mets from the Florida Marlins in exchange for minor leaguers Preston WilsonEd Yarnall and Geoff Goetz.

May 23, 1998 – Makes his Mets debut at Shea Stadium, going 1-4 with an RBI double in a 3-0 win over Milwaukee.

June 1, 1998 - Belts his first home run in a Mets uniform at Pittsburgh off Jason Schmidt.

September 14, 1998 – Hit what is believed to be the longest home run in Astrodome history, an estimated 480-foot blast off Houston’s Jose Lima.

April 28, 1999 – Hits his first walk-off home run as a member of the Mets taking San Diego’s Trevor Hoffman deep, a two-run shot, in a 4-3 win.

October 2, 1999 – Blasted his 40th home run of the season off Pittsburgh’s Mike Williams.

October 19, 1999 – Crushed a two-run home run in the seventh inning off John Smoltz in Game Six of the NLCS at Atlanta to tie the game, 7-7.

June 14-July 2, 2000 – Had an RBI in 15 consecutive games to set a franchise record…It was the second-longest streak in major league history …Ray Grimes of the 1922 Chicago Cubs had an RBI in 17 straight games.

June 30, 2000 – Hit a laser line drive home run to left, a three-run shot, capping a 10-run inning in an 11-8 comeback win over Atlanta.


September 21, 2001 – Hit an eighth-inning home run off Atlanta’s Steve Karsay in the first New York City sporting event since the 9-11 attacks as an emotional Shea Stadium erupted…The Mets would go on to beat the Braves 3-2.

May 17, 2002 – Reached the 1,000 career RBI plateau when he launched a grand slam off San Diego’s Jason Boyd in a 13-4 win…He became the ninth player in ML history whose primary position was catcher to collect 1,000 RBI.

May 5, 2004 – Hit a 3-1 pitch off San Francisco’s Jerome Williams in the first inning for his 352nd home run as a catcher to become the all-time leader, passing Carlton Fisk.

June 18, 2004 – Hall of Fame catchers: Yogi Berra, Carlton FiskGary Carter and Johnny Bench were all on hand to honor Piazza at Shea Stadium on “Mike Piazza Night.”

September 29, 2005 – Hits a solo home run at Shea Stadium, his final blast as a Met, and his 220th in a Mets uniform, in an 11-0 win over Colorado.

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MMO Game Thread : Mets vs Marlins at 1:10 PM (Conforto Starts in CF) Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:05:08 +0000 steven matz

Sunday, July 24, 2016 • 1:10 p.m.
Marlins Park • Miami, FL
LHP Steven Matz (7-6, 3.56) vs. RHP Jose Urena (1-1, 6.23)
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The Mets and Marlins close out their three game series this afternoon in Miami on Mike Piazza Hall of Fame induction day. The two teams have split the first two games of the series and the Mets hope that Steven Matz can keep the Marlins off the board in Sunday’s rubber match.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Curtis Granderson – RF
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. James Loney – 1B
  5. Kelly Johnson – 2B
  6. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  7. Michael Conforto – CF
  8. Rene Rivera – C
  9. Steven Matz – LHP

Marlins Lineup

  1. Miguel Rojas – 1B
  2. Martin Prado – 3B
  3. Christian Yelich – LF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton – RF
  5. Marcell Ozuna – CF
  6. J.T. Realmuto – C
  7. Derek Dietrich – 2B
  8. A. Hechavarria – SS
  9. Jose Urena – RHP

The Mets are 4-4 since the All-Star break and are 4-6 in their last 10 games. New York is 25-25 on the road this year and are 6-11 in their last 17 road contests.

Steven Matz is 7-6 over 17 games and 101.0 innings with a 3.56 ERA on the season. In his last start against the Cubs he allowed 4 ER over 8 hits and 5.0 innings. Steven blamed this on mistakes made in the game, but its hard to separate his recent performance from the news of his bone spurs. Since June 12th, Matz has made 7 starts logging 40.2 innings with a 5.31 ERA.

His two starts against the Marlins this year have been quite different. His first start of the season was against them and it was his worst in his career as he allowed 7 ER over 1.2 innings. In his last start vs the Marlins, July 5th, he allowed only 2 ER over 7.0 innings. The Marlins have the following numbers against Matz:

  • Yelich 2-8
  • Ozuna 2-5
  • Prado 2-6
  • Mathis 2-5, HR
  • Rojas 0-5
  • Stanton 3-5, 2 HR
  • Hechavarria 1-4
  • C Johnson 1-3

Jose Urena will be making his second start of the season today. Overall he’s 1-1 over 17 games and 1 start with a 6.23 ERA while pitching 26.0 innings with 17 K’s. Last year he had 9 starts mixed into 20 games posting a 5.25 ERA over 61.2 innings of work. His last time out was his first start of the season, he allowed only 1 ER over 5.2 innings. He hasn’t faced the Mets this year but last year he logged 3.0 innings against the Mets in two relief appearances where he allowed 3 ER while striking out none. The Mets have the following numbers against Jose:

  • Walker 1-3, HR
  • Cabrera 1-1
  • Cespedes 0-1
  • d’Arnaud 0-1
  • deGrom 0-1
  • Flores 1-1, HR
  • Granderson 0-1

Let’s Go Mets!

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Zack Wheeler To Face Live Batters This Week Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:31:08 +0000 New York Mets Spring Training wheeler

Latest Update – June 24

Right-hander Zack Wheeler is expected to throw to live hitters sometime this week, Terry Collins told reporters on Saturday.

The expectation is that once Wheeler starts facing live batters, he would be able to begin a rehab assignment roughly 10 days later.

While nothing is set in stone, Wheeler believes that he could rejoin the team sometime around mid to late August.

Wheeler, 26, suffered a second setback from his return from Tommy John surgery last month, after being diagnosed with nerve irritation in his right elbow.

He reported no issues after a bullpen session at Marlins Park on Friday and said his elbow felt fine.

“I’ve already had two setbacks, so hopefully nothing else arises,” Wheeler said. “Hopefully we just go smooth sailing from here.”

The former top Mets prospect last pitched in the major leagues on September 22, 2014, and posted a 3.54 ERA and 1.32 WHIP while striking out 187 batters in 185.1 innings over 32 starts that season.

Original Report – July 22

Zack Wheeler rejoined the Mets in Miami and threw a bullpen session in front of pitching coach Dan Warthen on Friday, Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reports.

During the session, Wheeler threw 30 pitches without incident.

“I’m happy where I’m at right now,” Wheeler told reporters in Miami.

The next step for the 26-year old right-hander is to face live batters before throwing simulated innings and eventually heading out on a minor league rehab assignment.

As of now, Wheeler’s return timetable remains the same. The Mets still believe that he can be ready to take the mound at Citi Field by mid to late August.

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What Could Have Been: Ichiro As A Met Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:20:54 +0000 ichirp

As the New York Mets conclude their three-game set against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, baseball fans continue to watch a 42-year-old hitting marvel, who is only four hits shy of reaching the elusive 3,000 hit club. What’s more amazing is that combined with the nine-years he spent with the Orix Blue Wave team in Japan, Ichiro Suzuki already has a combined 4,274 hits, 18 more hits than Major League Baseball’s hit king, Pete Rose (4,256).

Former Mets’ manager Bobby Valentine remembers Ichiro well. Having managed the Chiba Lotte Marines, a Japanese team in the Nippon Professional Baseball league in 1995, Valentine remembers a young 21-year-old who he would eventually describe as a “freak of nature”.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Valentine spoke on how his team would hold daily meetings to discuss how to pitch to the unstoppable Ichiro at the plate.

“I said, ‘I can’t believe we’re having a meeting every day. We’ll get him out when the season starts,’” Valentine said. “I guess we needed two meetings a day.” (Jared Diamond, Wall Street Journal)

Valentine and his staff had good reason to game plan against Ichiro. In 1995, Ichiro compiled one of his best seasons in Japan, with a stat line of .342/.432/.544 with 25 homers, 80 RBI, 49 stolen bases in 58 chances, 104 runs scored, and more walks (68) than strikeouts (52).

Ichiro became a phenomenon in Japan, winning three straight Pacific League MVP Awards (1994-96), was a seven-time batting champion (1994-2000), and won a Japanese championship in 1996. His hitting prowess became so noteworthy, that the press began calling him the “Hit Manufacturing Machine”.

Fast forward to 2000, as Orix permitted MLB teams to submit offers for Ichiro’s services to play in the states. The team wasn’t as good as previous years, and they didn’t want to risk losing Ichiro for nothing, so they allowed him to negotiate with major league teams after the 2000 season.

Valentine was now in his fifth year and fourth full season managing the Mets in 2000, leading his team to the World Series against the crosstown rival New York Yankees. When Ichiro was posted for teams to bid on, Valentine wanted desperately for the Mets to make a move for his services.

“There’s been many a night that I said to myself, ‘I wonder how things could have been different if he was in my outfield,’” Valentine said. “For him in New York, for me staying in New York. I think it would have been fun.”

But doubts lingered, even after all the amazing feats Ichiro had accomplished in Japan. No position player had ever come to the states and transitioned from the Japanese league to the majors. There was a certain amount of risk being placed by whichever team took a shot at the then 27-year-old, especially with his unorthodox batting style and his mannerisms at the plate.

“We had this internal debate: What do you expect out of him?” said Jim Duquette, then an assistant general manager with the Mets. “I remember seeing video of the swing, and it was like, ‘Eh, is that going to play?’ You just had no idea.”

Mets brass met and discussed Ichiro numerous times, before comfortably bidding a little over $9 million, which would go the the Orix Blue Wave as compensation, then leaving the winning team with 30 days to negotiate a contract with the player.

To read the whole story, please go to the Wall Street Journal. where Jared Diamond shares more details on how it all played out, plus additional insights and commentary from Duquette, Phillips and Valentine.

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Was Jacob deGrom’s Drop In Velocity A Cause For Concern? Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:00:52 +0000 jacob degrom

Jacob deGrom endured the second shortest outing of his career in Saturday’s 7-2 defeat at the hands of the Miami Marlins. His velocity also dipped, causing question marks to raise if he again may be having some type of issue with his lat.

It was a night to forget for deGrom, who allowed fives runs in 3.2 innings. He allowed 10 hits while walking one and striking out five. The Marlins were just beating up on him in a very consistent manner. With the loss, his record dropped to 6-5 on the season, while his ERA had risen to 2.73.

Cause for concern came when deGrom’s fastball began topping off at around the 90-91 MPH mark. He though was not concerned with his velocity, chalking it up to workload from the night.

“It doesn’t help when you throw 30 pitches in an inning,” deGrom said. (NY Post)

Prior to the game though, manager Terry Collins admitted to the fact for the first time of the reasons for his lack of velocity earlier on in the season.

“He had a lat problem, and that was a major reason the fastball wasn’t what everybody thought it should be in spring training and early in the season,” Collins said.

“He had a tough time letting it go and getting extended on it, but as the season wore on and he feels better, the velocity has come up.”

This brings us to Saturday’s game where yet again velocity was the question to the 28 year-old deGrom. Hopefully for Jake and the Mets though this was nothing but an aberration on what was a night to forget.

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Michael Conforto Plays Center Field For First Time In His Career Sun, 24 Jul 2016 05:35:26 +0000 michael conforto

Latest News – July 24

After a couple of weeks of deliberation about playing Michael Conforto in center field, Mets manager Terry Collins finally took the opportunity to play Conforto in center field in spacious Marlins Park on Saturday night.

After coming in as a pinch-hitter and stroking a single in the sixth inning of last night’s 7-2 loss to the Marlins, Conforto remained in the game and made his professional debut in center field.

Before the series, Collins said he would wait until the Mets returned to Citi Field to introduce Conforto to center field, but with the Mets already down by four runs he decided to make the move.

Conforto only had one ball hit to him, but he fielded it cleanly and said he felt good out there and that he’ll get better at the position with more practice. “I felt pretty comfortable. I’m just going to be getting more work at it every single day.”

The Mets plan on using Conforto in center field moving forward so that Yoenis Cespedes can get more time to fully heal his right quadriceps.

Original Report – July 18

Recently recalled Michael Conforto could play centerfield in the near future, manager Terry Collins announced to reporters.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise, considering Conforto has never played a major league inning at the position. However, with star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes‘ request to play left field due to a recent quadriceps injury, Collins is clearly making every effort to accommodate his star player.

Before his demotion, the young lefty was in a complete tailspin, batting .144 over 157 at bats in May and June. Once in Triple A Las Vegas, he turned it on, batting .344 with three home runs and 15 RBI in just 16 games.

Conforto’s potential move to center favors Curtis Granderson, who will continue to see the bulk of the playing time in right field. What remains to be seen is how Juan Lagares fits into the Mets’ outfield jigsaw puzzle. The 2014 Gold Glove winner has swung the bat better against right handed pitching this season while playing top notch defense in center field.

Despite the challenges of learning a new position at the game’s highest level, Conforto remains optimistic about the opportunity.

“I’ll be an athlete.  I’ll go make the plays.  I’ll do whatever I can.”

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DeGrom Falters In Mets 7-2 Loss To Marlins Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:52:13 +0000 jacob degrom

The New York Mets (51-45) were defeated by the Miami Marlins (53-44) by a score of 7-2 at Marlins Park Saturday evening.  With a Washington Nationals win, the Mets will fall to six games back for the division lead.


Jacob deGrom was coming off arguably the best start of his entire career heading into tonight.  On the surface, this looked like one of the best pitching matchups of the season as deGrom squared off against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.  Well, deGrom just didn’t have it tonight.  deGrom only lasted 3.2 innings giving up five runs while walking one, and striking out five.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Marlins got things started.  After two quick outs for deGrom, Adeiny Hechavarria doubled on a line drive to center fielder Juan Lagares.  For some reason, deGrom has struggled against opposing pitchers lately and Jose Fernandez ripped a single into left field to score the early run and give the Marlins a 1-0 lead.

After the Mets had just taken the lead 2-1 in the top of the inning, deGrom struggled again in the bottom of the third.  Christian Yelich singled to start the inning on a play that was deflected off James Loney.  Who else but Giancarlo Stanton followed by launching a monster home run that may have gone over the Marlins scoreboard to put the Marlins right back on top 3-2.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Jose Fernandez started the Marlins off again with another single to left field.  deGrom was able to retire J.T. Realmuto and Martin Prado but Christian Yelich followed with a single to put runners on the corners with two out.  After Collins tried to settle deGrom down, Giancarlo Stanton came up and killed the Mets yet again by lacing a single into right field to put the Marlins up 4-2.  That would be all for deGrom.

Seth Lugo came in and tried to clean up the damage but was pretty terrible himself.  All Lugo did was walk two straight batters on eight straight balls to give the Marlins a 5-2 lead before finally getting out of the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Marlins added another run on Seth Lugo.  Martin Prado singled in Adeiny Hechavarria to give the Marlins a 6-2 lead.

Antonio Bastardo came on in the bottom of the sixth inning and was able to pitch 2 innings tonight.  The Marlins were able to score a run off of him as well.  Martin Prado once again picked up an RBI by hitting a single to left field that scored Chris Johnson and gave the Marlins a 7-2 lead.

Jerry Blevins and Erik Goeddel were able to combine for a scoreless eighth.

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There wasn’t much offense to speak of tonight.  The Mets showed a little bit of life early and seemed to have Fernandez against the ropes a couple times but it wasn’t nearly enough.

In the top of the third inning, Jacob deGrom lead off the inning with a double to right field.  After Jose Reyes popped out, Curtis Granderson was able to single and put runners on the corners with one out.  Yoenis Cespedes followed with a bloop single to score the Mets first run of the game and send Granderson to third.  Still with only one out, James Loney was able to hit a sacrifice fly and bring Granderson home to give the Mets the 2-1 lead.

That would be all for the Mets offense tonight.


Ichiro Suzuki will remain four hits shy of 3,000 hits after grounding out in the eighth inning.

Alejandro De Aza has reached base in 12 of his last 25 plate appearances.

Michael Conforto got his first action in center field tonight as he came in to replace Juan Lagares.

Lucas Duda hopes to begin a rehab assignment in two weeks.

Tonight marked the 40th time this season that the Mets have scored two or fewer runs in a game. Only the Braves have done it more times.

JZ Goat of the game: Jacob deGrom. He just didn’t have it tonight and couldn’t even make it through four innings. Honorable mention goes to the entire Mets offense. They continue to come up flat with runners in scoring position.

On Deck: 

The Mets will play the rubber game of their three-game set with the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park tomorrow afternoon. The game has a start time of 1:10 PM.  Steven Matz (7-6, 3.56 ERA) looks to take the rubber match against Jose Urena (1-1, 6.23 ERA).

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Lucas Duda Joins Team In Miami, Still Weeks Away From Rehab Assignment Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:04:42 +0000 lucas duda

Latest Update: July 23

Lucas Duda took ground balls at first base and swung a bat for the first time since sustaining a stress fracture in his back, this week.

However, while visiting with the team on Saturday and participating in light workouts, Duda explained that he has only been tracking pitches and is still a few weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment.

Duda has been on the disabled list since May 23 after he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back. He was hitting .231 with seven home runs and 19 RBI in 39 games before going on the DL.

Original Report: July 18

New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda will resume baseball activities this week according to what manager Terry Collins told reporters this weekend in Philadelphia.

Duda has been on the disabled list since May 23 with a stress fracture in his lower back and his rehab was limited to riding a bike for the last six weeks.

Once he begins baseball activities he could be a week or two away from beginning a rehab assignment with Class-A St. Lucie.

Before landing on the DL, Duda was hitting .231 with a .297 on-base, seven home runs, 19 RBI and a .727 OPS in 145 plate appearances.


Meanwhile, the Mets have to be pleased with the performance they are getting from Duda’s replacement at first base, James Loney, who was acquired from the San Diego Padres for cash.

Loney went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Sunday’s win over the Phillies and continues to provide the Mets with some solid production at the plate while providing steady defense at first base. He is now hitting .284 with a .342 OBP and .781 OPS on the season including 8 doubles, 4 home runs and 16 RBI.

It will be interesting to see how the Mets will divide the playing time at first base when Duda returns later this month or early August. But it’s certainly a nice problem to have and at the very least the bench gets bolstered.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Marlins, 7:10 PM Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:35:45 +0000 jacob degrom

Saturday, July 23, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Marlins Park • Miami, FL
RHP Jacob deGrom (6-4, 2.38) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (11-4, 2.53)
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Today the Mets and Marlins play the marquee matchup of their three game set as Jacob deGrom, arguably the ace of the Mets staff faces Jose Fernandez, the ace of the Marlins staff.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Curtis Granderson – RF
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. James Loney – 1B
  5. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  6. Neil Walker – 2B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Juan Lagares – CF
  9. Jacob deGrom – RHP

Marlins Lineup

  1. J.T. Realmuto – C
  2. Martin Prado – 3B
  3. Christian Yelich – LF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton – RF
  5. Marcell Ozuna – CF
  6. Derek Dietrich – 2B
  7. Chris Johnson – 1B
  8. A. Hechavarria – SS
  9. Jose Fernandez – RHP 

Jacob deGrom is 6-4 over 16 starts this year with 102. innings of work while posting a 2.38 ERA. He’s coming off the best start of his career: a complete game, one hitter. In his last four starts he has tossed 29.0 innings with a 0.93 ERA while striking out 27 (that inning to start ratio is even better considering one of those starts he was limited to 5.0 innings due to the rain). His last start before the All-Star break was his only start against the Marlins where he allowed 2 ER over 7.0 innings while striking out 7. The Marlins have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Ozuna 6-22, 2B
  • Yelich 7-22, 2 2B
  • C Johnson 5-17, 2B
  • Stanton 4-12, 2B, 2 HR
  • Hechavarria 3-13, 2B
  • Dietrich 3-8
  • Prado 3-8, 2B
  • Realmuto 1-6

Jose Fernandez has been his amazing self this season. Over 18 games and 113.2 innings, he has an 11-4 record and a 2.53 ERA. More recently, he’s been either completely on, or off. In his last 6 starts, he has had 3 that he can be considered completely dominant, one that was good (his last one, 2 ER over 6.1 innings) and two that were terrible. He has been on in his two starts against the Mets this year logging 12.0 innings allowing only 1 ER and striking out 19 batters. The Mets have the following numbers against Jose:

  • Walker 2-10
  • Cabrera 1-8, 2B
  • Loney 3-7
  • Granderson 2-5, 2 2B
  • Conforto 1-4
  • De Aza 1-3
  • K Johnson 1-2, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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