Mets Merized Online » Mets News & Notes http://metsmerizedonline.com Tue, 05 May 2015 01:53:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.7 Mets to Promote Johnny Monell and Carry Three Catchers http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mets-to-promote-johnny-monell-and-carry-three-catchers.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mets-to-promote-johnny-monell-and-carry-three-catchers.html/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 21:02:01 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180746 johnny monell

Triple-A catcher Johnny Monell is on his way to New York and is expected to be activated in time for Tuesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. No corresponding move has been announced.

After a strong showing this spring, Monell has made a case for himself to be the Mets backup catcher, especially with Anthony Recker continuing to struggle at the plate.

However, a report from Mike Puma of The Post says the Mets intend to carry three catchers, suggesting that Eric Campbell could be heading back to Las Vegas.

Monell, 29, has hit in 8 of his last 9 games during which he’s been hitting .444 (16 for 36) with seven runs scored, two home runs, and 12 RBI.

Overall, he is batting a league-leading .397 with a .455 OBP, four home runs, 15 RBI and a 1.092 OPS in 58 at bats for Las Vegas.

Monell agreed to a minor league contract last November with an invitation to major league spring training.

He hasn’t appeared in a major league game since 2013, when he had one hit and three strikeouts in nine plate appearances with the Giants.

Monell spent the 2014 season batting .238/.301/.364 with 40 strikeouts in 226 plate appearances between the Triple-A affiliates of the Dodgers and the Orioles.

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Syndergaard Named PCL Pitcher of the Week! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/syndergaard-named-pcl-pitcher-of-the-week.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/syndergaard-named-pcl-pitcher-of-the-week.html/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 18:44:54 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180634 Noah , Syndergaard

And with such perfect timing, Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard was named the Pacific Coast League’s Pitcher of the Week

I was crossing my fingers for the last 24 hours, hoping to see Syndergaard get recognized for what’s been a remarkable week for him, And making it even more special was being on hand to watch him turn the corner as he has in the last two phenomenal starts.

In his last two outings, Syndergaard has logged 14 scoreless innings giving up only 6 hits and 2 walks with 19 strikeouts. His ERA is now just 1.66.

Congratulations to Noah!!!

May 3

The Las Vegas 51s reeled off their 9th straight win on Saturday night as Noah Syndergaard turned in his second straight dominant performance in the 3-0 victory. He pitched 7 scoreless innings against the Reno Aces giving up just 4 hits and striking out 10. In his last two outings, Syndergaard has logged 14 scoreless innings giving up only 6 hits and 2 walks with 19 strikeouts. His ERA is now just 1.66.

Syndergaard mixed in decidedly more breaking pitches with his 98 mph heat, throwing 65 of his 100 pitches for strikes, and retiring almost as many batters on ground balls as strikeouts. In all he tossed 69 fastballs, 29 curves, and two changeups. It seems like everything is falling into place for the future Mets right-hander.

The Las Vegas offense put up two runs in the bottom of the first inning when Matt Reynolds singled with two outs and stole second. After a walk to Alex Castellanos, back to back singles by Travis Taijeron and Cory Vaughn plated two. That was all the scoring until Vaughn slugged a solo home run to left field to add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.

But with Syndergaard’s dominance, and a combined scoreless 8th and 9th from John Church and Scott Rice, three runs were more than enough.

Vegas will go for the sweep of the four game series against Reno on Sunday as lefty Darin Gorski takes the hill. They will vie to win 10 straight and take over sole possession of first place in the PCL Pacific Southern Division from El Paso.

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MMO Players of the Week: Just Juanderful http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-players-of-the-week-just-juanderful.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-players-of-the-week-just-juanderful.html/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 18:37:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180723 Mets POTW

Well, this kind of sucks. I was hoping that the David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud injuries wouldn’t burden this team too much, but lately it’s been clear that they can’t continue to fend for themselves much longer without two of their key pieces. Luckily, their return isn’t too far off in the distance: Wright resumed baseball activities on Sunday, and d’Arnaud has spoken positively about the state of his hand; he could possibly be cleared for baseball activity next Monday if his bone is fully healed (per @RisingAppleBlog on Twitter). Aside from that, not much else is to be said about the stalling Mets.

Losers of 7 of their last 10 games, three losing series in a row, and averaging a dismal 2.9 runs per game, the offensive situation is not a simple issue, but a complicated one. Wilmer Flores has a better bat than Ruben Tejada, but Flores can’t turn routine plays at short… Michael Cuddyer can barely hit to save his life right now, but who else can we get to bat cleanup… Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself here. We’re supposed to be focusing on the POSITIVES, right? Let’s try and get through this installment of Players of the Week together without crying, okay?

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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JUAN LAGARES

Juan Lagares honestly makes everything okay. Tied for fifth in the NL with 33 hits, batting .309 in his last seven games with a .326 OBP and currently riding a streak of three multi-hit games in a row, Juan has been the only blip on the quietest offensive radar we’ve seen all season. He’s been the ultimate hometown hero: he’s gotten at least one hit in every home game and has batted .377.

It is well worth noting that Juan, who is not afraid to swing his bat at almost anything (he swings at more than half—or 52.9%—of pitches; for comparison, Curtis Granderson swings at 34.3% of pitches), only struck out four times over the past week. He even drew two walks!

For some reason, however, despite the Mets’ often foolish aggression on the base paths thus far, Juan has not attempted to swipe a bag yet. With the frequency that he’s been getting on base, I think that the Mets are completely underestimating the importance of this. Or maybe I’m just desperate for some excitement. Back to back 1-0 losses can do that to a person, ya know. At least Juan’s Al-Star Game campaign is coming together pretty well!

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DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JUAN LAGARES

There’s nothing else I can say. Just watch this clip on repeat while eating ice cream directly out of the carton, like I’ve been doing.

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PITCHER OF THE WEEK: MATT HARVEY

I wish I could acknowledge all of the pitching staff in this one paragraph, but I’ve got to single out Matt Harvey because a) we probably would have gotten swept by the Nats if not for him and b) he has won his first 5 starts on the season; and before the season everybody was concerned that his fastball wasn’t even going to reach 90 (I say this literally every time I talk about Matt Harvey, but I really don’t ever plan on stopping that). 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB and 3 K seem like relatively calm numbers for Harvey, but as long as he’s preventing runs from scoring it really doesn’t matter.

As strikeout happy as Harvey can get, it makes me so happy to see that he is learning to become less reliant on his fastball and can perfect his offspeed and breaking pitches to get quick outs rather than work for a K. He is clearly learning to mature as a pitcher, and this type of mental refining has translated very well on the field and through the media (no middle finger outrage thus far!).

Harvey takes the mound again this Friday against the Phillies, a team he’s historically owned. I have a good feeling we’ll see his ERA drop and his win total rise. THAT HARVEY! HE’S SO HOT RIGHT NOW! Wait, that’s not right…

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Daniel Murphy did that thing where he hit a home run again. If not for his 9th inning, three run homer against Marlins closer Steve Cishek on Monday, we probably would have gotten swept. Also, kudos to Murph for stepping up and playing third while we wait for Wright to come back. He’s manned the hot corner just fine thus far.

Alex Torres’ hat halo may actually be a real halo. He had a masterful performance on Sunday, as he came into a bases loaded, no out situation and promptly struck out the following three batters. After a shaky start, Torres has really improved. If the offense is going to keep playing this game, the bullpen is going to have to be as stellar as possible.

Dillon Gee and Jon Niese both pitched insanely well. Gee had two stellar stars this week, giving up 6 hits each game while only allowing only 1 ER and striking out eight over 12.1 IP. He finally reached that milestone of most consecutive starts going 5.0 or more innings, previously held by Doc Gooden. Niese nearly matched Gee’s performance; although he gave up nine hits on Saturday, they were mostly ground balls and there was almost nothing that was hard hit against him all night. His only earned run was a damn infield single!

Jeurys Familia is actually insane. He has recorded a save in his last 10 appearances, which ties the single season franchise record. His fastball should honestly be illegal, it’s that good. His K/9 is 10.80, his LOB% is 89.3%, only 15.4% of the hits he’s given up have been line drives, his ground-ball rate is at a career high (61.5%), and batters swing and miss at 35.4% of pitches he throws. Gone are the days of Frank Francisco and Jose Valverde; let us all join together, hold hands and welcome in the Jeurys Familia era. Can you say All-Star?

For what it’s worth, Duda is still pretty solid at first. At least one of our guys can play the infield properly.

All statistical information is from Fangraphs, you can look there if you don’t believe me! :-)

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Logan Verrett Clears Waivers, Back With Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/logan-verrett-clears-waivers-back-with-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/logan-verrett-clears-waivers-back-with-mets.html/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 17:37:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=179896 logan verrett

Major League Baseball announced that Logan Verrett has cleared waivers and as such he was returned back to the New York Mets.

The right-hander was designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers after going 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in four relief appearances.

Verrett has been assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

What goes around, comes around. :-)

April 25

Right-hander Logan Verrett was designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers and could end up coming back to the Mets according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Verrett, 24, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the Rule 5 draft back in December. He was then claimed by Texas after Baltimore DFA’d him and won a job on the Opening Day roster in the Rangers bullpen.

After a slow start, giving up 7 runs on 11 hits and 4 walks in 9 innings as a reliever, Verrett was designated for assignment on Friday because the Rangers needed a roster spot for pitcher Wandy Rodriguez.

If Verrett isn’t traded by the Rangers then he must be offered back to the Mets if no other club decides to put in a waiver claim.

Verrett spent last season with Triple-A Vegas and went 11-5  with a 4.33 ERA in 28 starts for them.

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Wilmer Flores Sat Again Sunday, Mets Staying The Course With Him http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/wilmer-flores-sat-again-sunday-mets-staying-the-course-with-him.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/wilmer-flores-sat-again-sunday-mets-staying-the-course-with-him.html/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 16:03:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180669 Wilmer Flores, Daniel Murphy, Denard Span

Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores sat again on Sunday after sitting out Saturday’s game, even though he was 5-for-9 with a home run against Doug Fister. His replacement Ruben Tejada went 0-for-3, and muffed a double play.

Flores has had a rough time defensively at shortstop in 2015 especially last week, committing an error in each of his last three starts and overall he has seven errors this season, many of which proved costly in Mets losses.

Manager Terry Collins decided to sit Flores on back to back games in order to buy him some time to clear his head. He also wanted to get backup Reuben Tejada some playing time as well.

“We’re hoping a couple days refreshes him and gets him back on track,” said Collins prior to Sunday’s game against the Nats.

His defensive struggles could be be affecting his bat too. Flores was 0-for-4 with 4 Ks on Friday. He is hitting .240 with 3 home runs, 8 RBIs and a .278 on-base percentage. His 3 homers actually ties him for the Mets lead with Michael Cuddyer.

On Friday afternoon, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters that Flores is in no danger of losing his shortstop job. Whether that is true or not remains to be seen. If Flores continues to struggle defensively, Sandy may have no choice but to make a change much like he did when he brought up Dilson Herrera before the weekend.

Internally, the Mets have two options they can turn to; Wilfredo Tovar and Matt Reynolds who seems to be the people’s choice. The Mets will have an off day on Monday to consider the matter, while Flores tries to shake off the stigma of last week and give it another go.

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Alex Torres Dominates In Bases Loaded Jam http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/alex-torres-dominates-despite-bases-loaded-jam.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/alex-torres-dominates-despite-bases-loaded-jam.html/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 11:30:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180677 alex torres

Alex Torres was brilliant in yesterday’s relief appearance as he escaped a bases loaded jam with no outs during the 6th inning.

Torres struck out all three batters he faced, which bailed Dillon Gee out of trouble and kept the Mets in the game.

“I owe him way more than a steak dinner for that,” said right-hander Dillon Gee, who was responsible for the three runners on base.

“I feel terrible that I left him in that spot. He was unbelievable. He came in and just dominated.” (Jamal Collier, MLB.com)

“We needed that,” Torres said. “We needed that, just to wake up.”

“I’m just trying to get comfortable myself,” Torres said. “Just try to make a pitch, hit a spot, throw the ball down and just make quality pitches.”

Thoughts:

I was skeptical of Torres at first when the Mes acquired him due to his high walk rate, but I have been very impressed so far.

Torres lowered his ERA to 2.79 after yesterday’s excellent performance, and he looks like a solid addition to the bullpen.

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Mets Had Chance To Make A Statement Against Nationals http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mets-failed-to-make-a-statement-against-nationals.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mets-failed-to-make-a-statement-against-nationals.html/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 05:14:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180681 juan lagares

It was supposed to be our chance to make a statement. On Thursday I called it the first must win series of the season. But instead of riding high this weekend, the Mets lost three of four to the Washington Nationals and we dropped our third consecutive series while losing seven of our last 10 in the process.

This one really smarts because it came against our chief divisional rival and it happened at home. This was the season when we were supposed to stop the Nats from pushing us around.

When your starting pitching posts a 1.85 ERA in a four-game series, you’re supposed to come away with at least three wins, perhaps two in a worst case scenario.

Dillon Gee allowed just one earned run in 5.0 innings of work on Sunday and despite an uncharacteristic five walks, he struck out five and deserved a better fate.

Jon Niese was even better pitching seven solid innings and holding the Nats to just one run. But his strong performance was also squandered and Niese suffered the loss. He is 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA.

If not for Matt Harvey (5-0), who kept the Nats off the scoreboard on Friday with a five-hit gem, I shudder to think how much worse things might be.

So where did it all go wrong this weekend? Don’t blame the bullpen which was absolutely outstanding after a rough road trip. They combined for a 2.32 ERA and walked just two with 13 strikeouts in 11.2 innings pitched in the series.

Jeurys Familia picked up his tenth save of the season, a five-out showcase of lethal domination, and how about Alex Torres on Sunday? He inherits the bases loaded with nobody out in the sixth and then strikes out three in a row to escape the jam. It was sweet and for a second I thought we might actually ride that momentum and win the game, but it wasn’t meant to be.

So how did we screw this up? An impotent offense and sloppy and appalling defense.

The Mets were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position on Sunday and hit .174 (4-for-23) in the series.

Aside from Juan Lagares who went 7-for-15 in the four-game set with a walk the rest of the lineup was flat – dead as a door nail. On Friday and Saturday the Mets lineup had only two hitters batting higher than .238 – Lagares and Lucas Duda.

Terry Collins credited the Nationals’ pitching staff – a staff we’ll be facing 12 more times this season.

“When they got Max Scherzer, people were wrapping up the World Series trophy and sending it to Washington,” said Collins. “That kind of tells you about the type of pitching staff they have. But on the same token, we haven’t hit the ball over the last 10 games like we can or like we should.”

Michael Cuddyer, who batted 2-for-14 but did hit a big home run, blamed it on the team failing to get that big hit, and I would agree with him. “When we were winning games last week, we were getting the big hit.”

The middle infield defense hasn’t helped matters and ironically Ruben Tejada flubbed a double play filling in for Wilmer Flores and Daniel Murphy missed turning a potential DP at third as well. If these two teams are going to continue to play these tight games, we need to step up on defense.

The bottom line is that this was a regrettable series that exposed several areas of concern for the Mets. The good news is that the Mets are still in first place even though their lead has shrunk to 3.5 games. Even more good news is the Mets are off Monday and Thursday, and believe me, they look like they could use the rest.

The bad news is that the Nationals continue to own the Mets at Citi and that is totally unacceptable. They’ve now won 17 of the last 19 games against us at Citi Field.

Luckily we wont have to worry about the Nationals again until July. And as long as we continue to pitch as well as we have the Mets should continue to win a lot more games than we lose.

Our offense ran into a buzz saw against some great starting pitching. I do believe we’ll get back on track when the Baltimore Orioles come in for a quick two-game set on Tuesday. Then we head to Philadelphia for the weekend and David Wright is expected to be back for that series. That will provide a big jolt for the lineup and the Mets will return to their winning ways.

My biggest concern remains the infield defense.  We’ve seen first hand how it could be the difference between winning and losing. It sounds like Sandy Alderson still wants to stay the course with Flores and hopefully the three days off will help. We’ll soon find out if it did. Fingers crossed.

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MMO Game Recap: Nationals 1, Mets 0 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-nationals-1-mets-0-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-nationals-1-mets-0-2.html/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 20:57:08 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180656 dillon gee

The Mets (16-10) lost to the Washington Nationals (12-14) this afternoon at Citi Field by a score of 1-0.

The Nationals scored the only run of the game in the first inning. After the Mets failed to turn two double plays, Bryce Harper singled to put runners on first and second with two outs, and then Ryan Zimmerman blooped a broken bat single over the head of Lucas Duda to bring in the runner from second.

In the bottom of the first, the Mets seemed poised to answer back and tie the game, with Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares leading off the inning with back-to-back singles. However, Lucas Duda, Michael Cuddyer and Daniel Murphy left them stranded without pushing a run across.

In the top of the fourth, Michael Cuddyer made a fantastic catch to rob Ryan Zimmerman of a home run, keeping the game at 1-0.

Dillon Gee got into trouble in the fifth inning, letting up a lead off double to Denard Span and a single to Yunel Escobar to put runners on first and third with no out. He would then buckle down and set down the next three batters in order to keep the Nats off the board.

Gee went back out to pitch the sixth, but quickly loaded the bases. Alex Torres then came into replace Gee, and struck out the side in order to end the inning.

Dillon has now pitched 51 straight games of going 5 innings or more, a franchise record. His final line has him pitching 5+ innings, allowing one run on six hits, while walking five and striking out five.

Torres would pitch the seventh and set down the Nats 1,2,3, lowering his ERA to 2.79 on the season. And may I just remark that Alex Torres has been outstanding since Jerry Blevins went down, allowing only one run in his last ten appearances. If there was one silver lining to this game, it is Alex.

Erik Goeddel (who has also been very good, having yet to allow a run this season) and Sean Gilmartin combined to pitch a scoreless eighth.

Matt Thornton came on to face the Mets in the bottom half of the eighth, and walked John Mayberry, Jr. and Juan Lagares. After a wild pitch that advanced the runners to second and third with one out, Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer struck out to end the frame.

Jeurys Familia came on in for the top of the ninth, and was fantastic again, making quick work of the Nats.

Drew Storen, however, retired the Mets in order in the bottom of the ninth, sealing the win for the Nationals, who have win the series, taking 3 out of 4 from the Mets.

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Notes:

The Nationals have now won 17 out of the last 19 games they’ve played at Citi Field.

Also, the Mets have now lost 7 out of their last 10 games since their 11 game winning streak.

This is the first time since April 17-18, 1973 that the Mets have lost 1-0 in back-to-back games against the same opponent.

Though the Nationals won, they were only 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. The one run that they did score was all they needed, though, as the Mets have gone 19 innings without getting on the scoreboard, dating back to Friday night.

Thoughts:

This was not a pretty series to watch. When you can only muster up eight runs against a team in four games, of course you’re going to lose. It’s a shame that the efforts of Jon Niese and Dillon Gee were wasted the last two nights as they get slapped with two tough losses. The Nationals have owned us in the past, and now was a time to really step up and bury them deep in the standings. They came in here seven games out, and now they’re only four back. Yes the Mets are still in first, but it’s not a comfortable lead like it was a week ago. They are playing the Orioles and then the Phillies next, and they need to pick it up and get back on the winning sides of things. I’m not in panic mode, but it is worrisome.

On deck:

The Mets are off tomorrow, but take the Baltimore Orioles on for a quick two-game set at home Tuesday night. Bartolo Colon (4-1, 3.31 ERA) opposed Bud Norris (1-2, 12.18 ERA). Game time is 7:10 pm

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Was Last Night deGnome-Gate? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/was-last-night-degnome-gate.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/was-last-night-degnome-gate.html/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 15:21:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180644 jacob deGrom gnome

In a year where Mets ownership is looking to get the fans back, the team is sitting in first place in early May, and there is a buzz at Citi Field that has never been seen with such regularity before. But are the Mets are making a big blunder when it comes to their premium promotions in 2015?

Last night was Jacob deGrom Gnome Night. The first 15,000 fans received the giveaway. There was just one problem… the official attendance was 39,730.

The team was promoting the giveaway pretty heavily for nearly a month. It was everywhere, a dozen promos per broadcast, popup ads on Mets.com, Twitter and Facebook campaigns, and several emails as well. And after all that heavy pushing, they weren’t even available for half the fans at the game.

In recent years, the Mets have cut their giveaways for premium items such as bobble-heads significantly from 25,000 to 20,000 in 2014, and now down to 15,000 for this season, despite attendance increasing the last two seasons.

Lines were long to get into the game before the gates opened, and I’m hearing from others on social media that the giveaways were long gone, even though they were in the park early.

Hey Mets – you’ve been trying to win the fans back. Don’t leave a bad taste in the mouths of the people you’re trying to get back. I understand that by limiting the number of items, you’re encouraging people to arrive early and thus spend extra money at the park, but you’re also creating negative goodwill instead of positive.

Think of the kid that was hoping to get the gnome, but his parents didn’t arrive early enough… the parents had to hear it all game long and they may not bring their kid back because they don’t want to hear the complaining again. You want to get the next generation at the ballpark early and often.

There are a couple of other premium giveaways coming up this season. I understand that it may be too late to order extras in time for some of the other giveaways, but you can still make up for it.

Prior to the game, announce that additional items are being ordered if you didn’t get a giveaway through the gate, or that you can get a rain check and pick it up at the park at another game. You create the positive goodwill and guess what…you’ll get someone back at another game if they want the item bad enough.

But what do I know?

If you were at the game last night, what was your experience?

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MMO Game Thread: Nationals vs Mets, 1:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-thread-nationals-vs-mets-110-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-thread-nationals-vs-mets-110-pm.html/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 14:34:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180630 dillon gee

The Mets will try to avoid their third consecutive series loss on Sunday as they complete the finale of their four-game set with the Nationals at Citi Field.

RHP Dillon Gee (0-1, 4.26 ERA) will start for the Mets and he will be opposed by RHP Doug Fister (1-1, 3.28) for the Nationals at 1:10 PM.

Wilmer Flores is getting another day off because Terry Collins said he wants him to “clear his head.”

Mets Starting Lineup

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

Jon Niese somehow held the Nationals to one run last night, but that’s all the Nationals needed as the Mets bats just couldn’t push anyone across the plate. Today, the Mets will look to reverse that and split the four game set with the Nationals before the first of two off-days this week.

Dillon Gee gets the start for the Mets. In his first four starts he is 0-1 over 25.1 innings with a 4.26 ERA. That being said, in his last two starts he has allowed only 3 ER over 14.2 innings (compared to 9 ER in his first 10.2 innings). He deserved to get the win in both starts but the bats didn’t really help him out (the Mets have won all three of his last three starts). This is his first start of the year against the Nationals. Last year, the Nationals were not a team that treated him well as he went 1-1 over 4 starts with a 5.87 ERA over 23.0 innings. The Nationals have the following numbers against Dillon:

  • Desmond 11-41, 3 HR
  • Werth 11-37, 3 2B, HR
  • Zimmerman 8-35, 2B
  • Uggla 5-29, 2B, 3B
  • Span -28, 2 2B, HR
  • Ramos 5-22, 2B, HR
  • Harper 7-19, 2 HR

The Mets draw Doug Fister in the series finale who is 1-1 over 4 starts with a 3.28 ERA over 24.2 innings this year. So far he is having a reverse Gee year. In his first two starts he allowed 1 ER over 13.0 innings. In his last two starts he has allowed 8 ER over 11.2 innings. Doug was very good against the Mets last year going 3-0 in as many starts posting a 0.89 ERA over 20.1 innings holding the Mets to only 2 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Fister:

  • Granderson 5-22, 2B, HR
  • Lagares 5-11
  • Murphy 2-12
  • Cuddyer 3-11, HR
  • Duda 3-8
  • Flores 5-9, HR
  • Mayberry 1-6, HR

Lets Go Mets!

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Are Giants Considering Dealing For Murphy? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/are-giants-considering-dealing-for-murphy.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/are-giants-considering-dealing-for-murphy.html/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 14:30:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180621 daniel murphy

According to a report on ESPN New York, San Francisco Giants executive VP Brian Sabean has quietly been at Citi Field during the Mets-Nationals series.

Although the reason for Sabean’s visit is not exactly clear, Adam Rubin speculates that the Giants could be looking to upgrade at third base this summer.

The Giants traded two pitching prospects to the Miami Marlins over the Winter to acquire Casey McGehee after they lost Pablo Sandoval to the Boston Red Sox.

However, McGehee is hitting just .164 with one homer and two RBIs in 16 starts at third base.

SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee recently wrote about McGehee:

“McGehee can’t run, field, or hit for power, and he is the greatest double play-intoer of his generation. Specifically, if he isn’t hitting for a high average and posting solid OBPs, he lacks a single skill that a starting third baseman should have.”

Back to Sabean. It’s interesting to note that his two-day visit coincided with Daniel Murphy‘s shift to third base to cover for David Wright who’s still out with the hamstring injury.

Murphy, who is in his final season before free agency, got off to a sluggish start this season. But over his last ten games he is batting.308 with 14 RBI and a .896 OPS. He would certainly be an attractive option for the Giants.

The Mets have no intentions of extending Murphy. They have been looking to deal him for two seasons, but were not satisfied with any of the offers they received, and opted to hang onto him believing that his value to the team was worth more than what they were being offered.

Mets officials in recent days have suggested there is nothing serious going on right now involving Murphy and discussions with other teams, Rubin says.

The Giants also may be looking for a starting pitcher with Jake Peavy and Matt Cain on the DL, and Tim Lincecum struggling.

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Juan Lagares On Fast Track To Stardom http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/juan-lagares-on-fast-track-to-stardom.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/juan-lagares-on-fast-track-to-stardom.html/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 11:00:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180604 501571

Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares is already recognized as a defensive star, making one highlight reel catch after another game after game, and earning his first Gold Glove last season.

However, Lagares is beginning to get a lot of attention for his vast improvement at the plate and is quickly developing into one of the best all-around players on the team.

Lagares has been very reliable at the plate this season, batting .312 with a team-high 29 base hits. He has had several key hits, ignited many a rally, and is a huge reason why the Mets are 16-9. “He knows he’s a good player,” said GM Sandy Alderson.

Much has been said about Lagares developing into a future star. During spring training, the Mets gave him a four year, $23 million dollar extension. He was challenged by Terry Collins to become a more patient hitter and Lagares responded with one of the top offensive performances in Mets camp.

It was presumed that Lagares earned himself an opportunity to open the season as the Mets leadoff hitter, but that never happened and he instead batted very low in the batting order.

It wasn’t until David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud got hurt, that Lagares was moved up to the key No.2  spot in the lineup and he has taken off ever since.

Lagares, 26, has often been compared to former Met and current Brewers two-time All Star, Carlos Gomez for their similar body type and approach at the plate.

Tim Rohan of the New York Times recently reported that Lagares, who has had a tendency to chase pitches out of the strike zone, has been putting in a lot of work with Kevin Long, the new Mets hitting coach.

The two have worked together daily and the results have been dramatic. Lagares now stands closer to the plate allowing him to cover more of the strike zone. He also has Lagares using a leg kick to help with the timing of his swing and give him some added power.

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Rohan also adds that Mets assistant coach Pat Roessler has also worked extensively with Lagares. Before every game, Pat does a drill with Lagares, to train his eyes. what Roessler does is, he throws baseballs that are marked with a color, symbol or number. Lagares stands in the batters box and tracks all the balls without swinging at any of them. He calls out what he sees on the ball as it comes to him.

All these drills seems to be paying off. With two more hits on Saturday, Lagares has hit in all 13 home games this year, tying the club record for a hitting streak at home to begin a season. Lagares is hitting .359 (18-50) at Citi Field this year

He still isn’t drawing a lot of walks, but he’s chasing a lot less pitches now. Lagares has significantly increased his contact rate, and those pitches on the outside corner that he used to whiff on, he now drives them to the opposite field for base hits.

With all this success at the plate, Lagares has developed more confidence as a hitter. He’s hitting .304 with runners in scoring position and also .255 with two strikes. Both numbers are at least 40 points above the league average.

“He has the ability to make contact,” said Alderson. “Sometimes it’s a blessing, sometimes it’s a curse. If you’re chasing and still making contact, it doesn’t feel like you should lay off those pitches. When he gets two strikes, part of it is mechanics. He has a very level swing; his bat stays through the zone a long time.”

What fuels Lagares’s confidence even more is his stellar defense. One example came in Friday’s game. Lagares struck out on a low pitch out of the strike zone to end an inning. Two innings later, he made a spectacular diving catch. He then finished the game with hits in his last two at-bats.

If Lagares continues to make progress as a hitter, along with his spectacular defense, the Mets will have a star in centerfield for years to come.

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Mets Were Running On Empty Saturday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mets-were-running-on-empty-saturday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mets-were-running-on-empty-saturday.html/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 09:53:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180624 lagares juan

Some might say that the Mets ran themselves out of a potential win on Saturday when they fell to the Nationals by a score of 1-0. It was the first time this season that the Mets were shutout.

There were two very significant base-running gaffes that might of made a difference in the game’s outcome.

In the first inning, with Juan Lagares on first base, Lucas Duda lined an opposite field double to left field which sent Lagares racing around second at full throttle. Third base coach Tim Teufel played it very aggressively and emphatically waved Lagares around third and heading for home where he was gunned down at the plate by Ian Desmond after Jayson Werth quickly relayed the ball to him.

Manager Terry Collins defended the decision saying:

“Yeah, once in awhile you’ve got to make them make a play,’’ Collins said. “The ball’s sitting in the corner down there and you’ve got certainly a guy who can run. Ian made a great throw.’’

Dilson, Herrera

Then in the sixth inning, second baseman Dilson Herrera committed a big blunder. With the Mets needing a run to tie and running out of time, Herrera singled on a soft grounder to short, but then got thrown out at second base while trying to stretch it into a double and the inning was over.

It was Herrera’s first hit since being called up, leading Collins to say, “That was an error of enthusiasm. He’ll learn.”

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MMO Game Thread: Nationals vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-thread-nationals-vs-mets-710-pm-5.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-thread-nationals-vs-mets-710-pm-5.html/#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 19:21:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180564 jon niese

The Mets and Nationals continue their four-game series at Citi Field on Saturday as Jonathon Niese (2-1, 2.74 ERA) opposes fellow southpaw Gio Gonzalez (1-2, 5.01) in the 7:10 PM matchup.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. John Mayberry Jr. – RF
  2. Juan Lagares – CF
  3. Lucas Duda – 1B
  4. Michael Cuddyer – LF
  5. Daniel Murphy – 3B
  6. Dilson Herrera – 2B
  7. Ruben Tejada – SS
  8. Anthony Recker – C
  9. Jonathon Niese – LHP

The start of May was a good one for the Amazin’s as Matt Harvey led the team to a 4-0 win over the Nationals and ending the current Mets slide. The game also featured the 2015 debut of Dilson Herrera, an amazing catch by Juan Lagares and the Mets bats capitalizing on a misplayed ball by Jayson Werth.

Jon Niese is on the bump tonight.  So far he is 2-1 over 4 starts with a 2.74 ERA over 23.0 innings. His first three starts of the year he allowed exactly 1 ER but he was also hit hard in each of those starts catching a lot of the plate. This came to a head in his last start on Sunday Night where he allowed 6 runs, 4 earned over 5.0 against the Yankees. Last year was not a good year for him against the Nationals going 0-3 over three games and 17.0 innings with a 5.82 ERA. The Nationals have the following numbers against him:

  • Uggla 10-33, 3 2B, 3B
  • Werth 9-28, 2B
  • Desmond 5-24, 2 2B
  • Espinosa 7-18, 2B, HR
  • Zimmerman 7-17, 2B
  • Ramos 4-11, HR

The Mets bats will have to work through Gio Gonzalez who is off to a rough start to 2015 posting a 5.01 ERA over 4 starts and a 1-2 record. After allowing 7 ER through the first two games, 12.1 innings of the season, he threw a good start against the Cards allowing no runs over 6.0 innings (but still allowing 8 hits and 4 walks). In his last start against Miami he allowed 6 ER over 5.0 innings. He was fairly average against the Mets last year going 2-3 over 5 starts posting a 4.08 ERA over 28.2 innings. The Mets bats have the following numbers on Gio:

  • Granderson 3-24, 2B, HR
  • Mayberry 4-19, 2 HR
  • Cuddyer 6-14, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 6-17, 3B
  • Tejada 4-15
  • Suda 2-14
  • Lagares 6-16, 2 2B, 3B, HR
  • Flores 0-10

Lets Go Mets!

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Another Jeff Wilpon Controversy, Pedro Slams COO In Tell All Book. http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/another-jeff-wilpon-controversy-pedro-slams-coo-in-tell-all-book.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/another-jeff-wilpon-controversy-pedro-slams-coo-in-tell-all-book.html/#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 18:22:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180590 New York Yankees v New York Mets

There are players you follow as a fan, players you only get to know from a distance. Some may come of as one dimensional through no fault of their own — they are after all solely and perhaps obsessively devoted to their craft with a single minded devotion. They almost have to be this way in order to succeed at the highest level. It’s a function of the remarkable demands that a baseball career can put on a young player … there’s really not much time for extra currriculars.

There are exceptions, players who have managed to cultivate interests outside of the game.  Bronson Aroyo and R.A. Dickey certainly fit this profile.  Pedro Martinez is another … A player who was more than just a pitcher. A competitor whose intellect informed his considerable physical talents, converging to make him a weapon like no other.

Mets fans were lucky enough to have him on their team for several seasons. Pedro was the key acquisition in a resurgence that propelled the Mets to within one pitch of the World Series in 2006. He gave the Mets legitimacy that compelled several other free agents to sign.

I was always a fan of Pedro the pitcher, but I had my doubts about Pedro the person considering he had a certain reputation — most notably his high and tight tendencies … Pedro was also the guy who threw Don Zimmer to the ground. People who didn’t know Pedro saw a young athlete throw and old man to the ground. People who knew better understood Pedro was put in an impossible position. It is interesting now to read about just how much he regretted that incident, still you have to consider, what was he to do? The guy did after all charge him.

Pedro was nothing like the person I believed him to be. Turns out he was not only intelligent, but witty and insightful and very funny. He also exuded some surprising trait, he came off as a very kind person and he above all seemed to be profoundly honorable. Almost hard to imagine him as the ruthless and exacting ace, surgically slicing up a hitter’s weaknesses, retiring one major league batter after another with a knack for getting into the opposition’s head. He was nothing like this off the mound and I think that was what a lot of people didn’t understand.

The Mets were so very close to winning it all in 2006. The perception persists that the 2006 Mets were the best team in baseball. The one piece missing down the stretch and in the playoffs was a legitimate ace and the Mets missed Pedro more than anyone else.

This morning Tyler Kepner of the New York Times reviewed Martinz’s new book, “Pedro.” There are some, lets say surprising excerpts. There was an exchange between Pedro and Jeff Wilpon in 2005 over a toe injury. Apparently Pedro felt he was too hurt to pitch, Willie Randolph, the Mets Manager, planned to shut him down for the year, but Jeff Wilpon intervened.

“’While I’m the boss here, you’re going to have to do what I say,’ Wilpon said, according to Martinez, who gave in and pitched.

He lost the game, which drew 25,093 fans, and said the injury prolonged the toe problem. Other parts of his body broke down the next season, and Martinez was inactive for the Mets’ run to Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship Series.”

“I couldn’t help but think about how when I was healthy in 2005, our team wasn’t that good,” Martinez writes. “But as my health declined, I was urged to pitch a meaningless game at the end of 2005 that wound up shortening my recovery time for 2006 and led me to a hospital where doctors performed a three-hour arthroscopic procedure to repair my shoulder.”

In a statement through a spokesman, Wilpon denied that he told Martinez to pitch hurt.

“Pedro was always a great competitor and deserving of being in the Hall of Fame,” the statement said. “This particular excerpt in the book is false as those kinds of decisions have always been put in the hands of our baseball people.”

Martinez said in the interview that he did not blame Wilpon.

“When you’re going to get hurt, you’re going to get hurt,” he said. “I don’t have anybody to blame but probably myself for not listening to my body. I think I was brave to pitch games, but I think I took it to extremes that day.”

“I was paid to pitch, so I went and did that,” he said. “I did it whenever you asked me, whenever I could. I wanted to do it for as long as I could, and that was my limit.”

There’s not much else to say here.

I think that regardless of Jeff’s denials (it’s getting old and the damage control apparatus keeps getting more transparent with every spin-cycle), there are a couple of things it’s fair to conclude.

There is almost no reason for Pedro to make this claim had it not actually happened … A pitcher’s mechanics can be thrown off by the smallest of issues and a foot issue can certainly alter a windup. Even in the event the above exchange with Jeff Wilpon didn’t occur, Pedro clearly must have no love lost towards the owner’s son, knowing precisely how this would further erode an already beyond repair reputation. Either way, it keeps getting harder and harder to come to Jeff’s defense.

I said it when Sandy Alderson was hired, I said it during the Steve Kettmann interview, and I say it again. Regardless of Alderson’s ability as a General Manager, his greatest contribution to the Mets may very well be his ability to effectively intercede between baseball operations and Jeff Wilpon.

Through whatever clout or military bearing or natural leadership and authority or MLB connections this man has at his disposal, he is not someone I imagine Jeff Wilpon barking orders at … I think Sandy has successfully put some space (probably through his connections to Bud Selig) between Jeff Wilpon and the Mets’ decision making apparatus and therein lies the greatest hope this organization has had since the Wilpon’s took over sole control of the Mets.

It’s frightening to think, even with what looks like a promising future and a restocked farm system, what could happen when and if Alderson moves on. You get the sense that Jeff Wilpon will eventually take the reins from his dad, and when he does we all have to wonder what will happen. People do change, people mellow with age and sometimes experience helps … but this particular executive has shown repeatedly that he is not only incompetent, but remarkably lacking in foresight and judgment.

Is it all a big lie? Is Jeff really just a misunderstood owner who has always had nothing but good intentions? Anything is possible … but with every allegation, with every leak and every indiscretion, with every report reaffirming the perception that Jeff Wilpon has a knack for making a mess of things, it gets harder to come to his defense, and, just as importantly, it gets harder for the Mets to overcome the perception among colleagues and players and fans, that they are run by a flawed and ineffective ownership group.

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Duda Turned Down $30 Million Offer From Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/180579.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/180579.html/#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 16:14:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180579 Lucas+Duda

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mets tried to sign first baseman Lucas Duda to a three-year extension plus a club option worth “just under” $30 million dollars guaranteed.

The deal would have bought out one of Duda’s free agent years, two with the option.

After the two sides failed to agree on a multi-year contract, talks were shelved until the offseason. Both sides had mutually agreed to cease talks before opening day.

Duda avoided arbitration with the Mets in February by agreeing to a one-year, $4.2 million deal.

The Mets’ failure to get something done may prove costly, especially if he follows up his breakout season with a another solid year at the plate, and so far Duda is doing just that.

Last season Duda batted .253/.349/.481 with 30 home runs and 92 RBI. He’s batting .321 with a .896 OPS in 24 games so far this season.

At the time I speculated that a 3 year $40 million extension would be fair for Duda.

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Mets Minor League Recap: Reynolds With Two 2B’s, Nimmo Plays, Ynoa Strikes Out 8 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mets-minor-league-recap-reynolds-with-two-2bs-nimmo-plays-ynoa-strikes-out-8.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mets-minor-league-recap-reynolds-with-two-2bs-nimmo-plays-ynoa-strikes-out-8.html/#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 15:52:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180532 gabriel ynoa

Las Vegas (14-8) 4, Reno 3

Las Vegas was able to secure its 8th straight win behind a solid pitching performance from Matt Bowman who went 5 innings allowing one run on two hits and two walks striking out one. Bowman’s sinking fastball was on its A game last night as he recorded ten outs via the ground ball. Lefty Duane Below worked 2.1 scoreless innings in relief dropping his ERA to 1.64 on the season as he looks to be the 51′s long man. Chasen Bradford came in with two runners on and stranded both in his 0.2 innings of work and has yet to give up a run this year in 10 innings. Newly promoted Binghamton closer Jon Velasquez got thrown right into the fire in the 9th inning with a 4-1 lead. He gave up a two-run two out HR before striking out Jamie Romak to end the game and get his first AAA save. Matt Reynolds went 2-4 with two doubles giving him 11 on the season. He also scored a run and his now hitting .326/.384/.547 with 21 RBI’s on the season. Johnny Monell added three single and a RBI and is now hitting .407 on the year to go with 15 RBI. Alex Castellanos extended his hit streak to 6 games going 1-3 with a BB, R, RBI, and his 3rd stolen base of the season while playing left field and batting 4th. Box ScoreThorsday is upon us again as he pitches against Reno at 10:05 ET tonight with Las Vegas going for their 9th straight win.

Binghamton (13-8) 2, New Hampshire 1

After giving up a first inning solo homerun to Ryan Shimpf 21 year old Gabriel Ynoa settled down to thrown 6 good innings to get his 2nd win of the season. Ynoa did walk four hitters which is unusual for him but was able to limit the damage thanks to 8 strike outs and two double plays turned behind him. Ynoa had troubling locating his fastball although he did touch 96 MPH in the 4th inning and relied more on his improving slider and already good changeup. With Velasquez gone Paul Sewald got the save chance and pitched perfect inning with two K’s to pick up his 3rd save and extend his scoreless streak to start the season to 13 innings. Brandon Nimmo was in the lineup two days after being removed from a game with a “pinch” in his knee. Nimmo went 1-4 on the night and has now reached base in 18 straight games after failing to do so in the first 2 games of the year. The big hit of the night came from Gavin Cecchini who broke a 1-1 game in the 6th inning with a RBI single that proved to be the game winner. Cecchini is now hitting .333 on the year with 11 RBI and has a hit in all four games since returning from his groin injury. Dustin Lawley had another good night at the plate going 2-4 with his 7th 2B, 11th RBI, and stole his 5th base of the year. Box ScoreLuis Cessa will be on the mound today for the B’Mets as they take on New Hampshire at 1:05 and look to win their 6th straight game.

In Binghamton injury news T.J. Rivera is expected to come off the DL today and Jayce Boyd has missed the last three games with tightness in his back. Michael Fulmer has been promoted and will make the start on Sunday, Jon Velasquez has been promoted to Las Vegas in the corresponding move with Matt Koch going to the bullpen.

Bradenton 12, St. Lucie (11-11) 1

Not a crisp game for St. Lucie as they made four errors including Jhoan Urena‘s 10th of the year, three wild pitches, and allowed 20 base runners. Logan Taylor got the start and lasted only 3.2 innings allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks while he struck out three. Robert Coles allowed six runs (three earned) in his bad inning of work while on the bright side Julian Hilario and Kelly Secrest combined to pitch 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball. The offensive star of the night was Amed Rosario who had two hits including his first triple of the year. Rosario is now up a .250 average on the season after his modest 5 game hit streak. Matt Oberste followed up his monster 6 RBI night with two singles and has a season slash line of .273/.300/.470 now. Michael Conforto went 0-4 with two strikeouts and is now batting under .300 after going 2-18 in his last four games. Box ScoreRobert Whalen looks to get his first win of the year despite a cool 1.93 ERA tonight at 6;30 vs. Bradenton.

Lakewood 2, Savannah (7-14) 1

The Sand Gnats and the BlueClaws were tied 1-1 going into the 8th until Alberto Baldonado let the eventual winning run score on a wild pitch. Casey Meisner got the start for Savannah and looked good going 6.1 innings giving up only the lone run on eight hits and one walk. The Gnats could only eek out three hits on the night with Wuilmer Becerra getting the biggest one an RBI double in the 6th inning to tie the game. Luis Guillorme reached base twice with a single and a walk and now has a .434 OBP in the early going. Box ScoreStruggling Josh Prevost (0-3, 6.75 ERA) will be on the mound at Grayson Stadium at 6:05 as the Sand Gnats host Lakewood.

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Could Herrera Push Murphy Out At Second Base? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/could-herrera-push-murphy-out-at-second-base.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/could-herrera-push-murphy-out-at-second-base.html/#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 12:38:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180558 daniel murphy

The Mets promoted highly touted infield prospect Dilson Herrera to the majors this week. He started at second base on Friday while Daniel Murphy played third base, filling in for the injured David Wright. Once Wright returns, Murphy is slated to return to second base.

However if Herrera plays well at second base while he’s here and can show he belongs in the major leagues, it could spell the end for Murphy writes Andy Martino of the NY Daily Newsand the Mets could deal him sooner than anyone expected, according to people familiar with the Mets thinking.

Herrera was brought in to stabilize the middle infield after its struggles defensively with Murphy and Wilmer Flores at SS.

However, despite making 7 errors already, including another error on Friday, GM Sandy Alderson is still showing faith in Flores. Sandy continues to express confidence in Flores probably because of a lack of alternatives. The Mets have Triple-A shortstop Matt Reynolds who could be up in the majors soon, but he is not Herrera, team insiders say.

“We’ve got to figure out a way to lessen that concern on his part,” Alderson said of Flores. He also added that Flores showed last season that he can handle the position.

Alderson had a different tone when asked about the Murphy/Herrera second base situation.

“That’s the plan,” said the GM when asked if Murphy would return to second when Wright returns even if Herrera is playing well.

When asked if there’s a sense that Herrera could remain longer, Alderson added, “No — at the moment.” It suggested that there is a possibility Herrera could alter the plan.

Martino believes that if Herrera dazzles in the majors like he did in Triple-A, Murphy is out. The Mets could look to deal him before the July 31 trade deadline, even if the offers are less substantial than what they’ve turned down previously over the last two years. That’s how highly they view of Herrera if he’s ready.

The Mets have been attempting to trade Murphy for the last two seasons but never received an attractive offer. As a result they’ve viewed Murph more valuable as a player than a trade chip.

Dilson Herrera is considered a “future All Star but Daniel Murphy was the Mets lone All Star last season. He got off to a slow start this season offensively but has been better over the last week with some big hits in three of the last four games.

He came up big again on Friday night, clearing the bases with a three-run double, albeit with some help from Jayson Werth slipping on the outfield grass. He will have to keep doing that especially if Herrera succeeds at second base over the next week or so. At least that’s what Martino believes.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 4, Nationals 0 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-mets-4-nationals-0.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-mets-4-nationals-0.html/#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 02:06:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180525 Michael, Cuddyer

The Mets defeated the Nationals tonight at Citi Field, by a score of 4-0.

Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer matched each other pretty much pitch for pitch until the bottom of the fourth, when Michael Cuddyer tucked a solo home run over the center field fence.

In the fifth inning, Juan Lagares made another, beautiful, Lagares-esque catch to save a hit.

Right after, however, Wilmer Flores made his seventh error of the season throwing to first base. Thankfully, it wasn’t too bad, as the Mets were able to keep the Nationals off the scoreboard.

In the bottom of the fifth, Curtis Granderson doubled with two outs, but was later called out trying to score on a Juan Lagares single.

Matt Harvey retired the first two batters of the seventh, but then subsequently walked Bryce Harper. Harper tried to steal second base, and was initially called safe, but after Terry Collins challenged the play, the call was overturned, ending the inning.

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Harvey’s final line has him pitching seven strong innings, allowing zero runs on five hits, while striking out three and walking one, earning his fifth straight win!!!

Max Scherzer had another strong outing for the Nats, as he also went seven innings, allowing just the one run on the Cuddyer home run, and striking out ten Mets hitters.

Matt Thornton came on to pitch for the Nationals in the eighth inning, and put two men on. He was replaced by Blake Treinen, who walked Michael Cuddyer to load the bases. Juan Lagares then made Washington pay, lining a ball over Jayson Werth who misplayed the ball, allowing all three runs to score.

Jeurys Familia came on for a rare five out save and lived up to the task, earning his tenth save of the season.

Great win tonight! Lots of excitement, and as many games we can win against the Nats, the better! Harvey pitched great as usual, Familia has been outstanding, and we get back in the win column!

The Mets take on the Nationals tomorrow for the third game of the series. Jon Niese opposes Gio Gonzalez at 7:10 pm.

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MMO Game Thread: Nationals vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-thread-nationals-vs-mets-710-pm-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-thread-nationals-vs-mets-710-pm-4.html/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 19:26:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180474 MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets

A pair of aces will do battle on Friday night as Matt Harvey opposes Max Scherzer at Citi Field in the second game of a four-game series between the Mets and Nationals.

Harvey was dominant his last time out, coming one out away from a complete-game victory at Yankee Stadium. Scherzer is coming off thumb and wrist soreness that forced him to miss his last scheduled start Tuesday.

Mets Starting Lineup

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

The Mets are on a bit of a slide right now as they dropped the opener of the four game set against the Nationals last night. They just didn’t look good at all. Anyway, the Mets look to put everything back on track tonight behind Matt Harvey.

In addition to Harvey, Dilson Herrera was called up. Earlier in the season, Mets officials said that if Herrera comes up, he’s not going to sit on the bench, so the plan right now is for Daniel Murphy to play third until David Wright returns. Maybe Herrera will provide the spark the Mes need to get back on track.

Matt Harvey is 4-0 on the season over four starts with a 3.04 ERA over 26.2 innings of work. Last Saturday he picked up the win the Bronx pitching 8.2 innings allowing 2 runs and for the most part was really efficient when it came to using his pitches.

His first start of the season was against the Nationals where he pitched 6.0 scoreless innings while striking out 9 batters. The Nationals have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Desmond 4-11, 2B, HR
  • Werth 3-10
  • Zimmerman 3-11, HR
  • Span 2-11, 3B
  • Harper 0-10, 5 K
  • Uggla 2-5

The Mets bats will try to get back in a groove in one of the most difficult ways possible – by going against Max Scherzer. Max is 1-2 over 4 starts this season and has posted a 1.26 ERA over 28.2 innings of work this season while striking out 29 batters.

His first start of the season was against the Mets on Opening Day where he allowed 3 runs, all due to defensive miscues so none earned, over 7.2 innings while striking out 8. His last start against the Cardinals was the first he allowed more than one earned run (he allowed 2) and the first time this season he didn’t strike out at least 8 batters. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Cuddyer 5-21, 2B, HR
  • Granderson 4-17, HR
  • Murphy 2-11
  • Flores 0-5
  • Lagares 0-5
  • Duda 2-4

Lets Go Mets!

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