Mets Merized Online » Mets News & Notes http://metsmerizedonline.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:48:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Lagares’ Head First Slide Didn’t Sit Well With Collins http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/lagares-head-first-slide-didnt-sit-well-with-collins.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/lagares-head-first-slide-didnt-sit-well-with-collins.html/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:42:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161908 lagares

During Sunday’s game at Miller Park, in the eighth inning, Juan Lagares was trying to beat out a ground ball to shortstop, when he decided to slide head first into the first base bag. Lagares was out on the play; a decision that Terry Collins was not too please about.

“Everybody said it — I know he doesn’t read the newspaper very much — but anybody who’s been hurt in the last two months, it’s all about diving into the bases,” Collins tells Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger.

Bryce Harper and Josh Hamilton both have missed a time this season after being injured for the very play that Lagares chose to engage in.

According to Collins he spoke with Lagares after the game and the young outfielder said no one had approached him about the play.

“I was just trying to do something to get a hit because I don’t remember the last time I did,” said Lagares..

Lagares finished 0-for-3 on Sunday and is hitless since July 21st. He is 0 for 17 in that span. Collins gave him a day to work on his approach at the plate. “We gotta get him back on track,” Collins said.” He’s scuffling right now. For a young guy, he needs a break.”

“We’re trying to get him, again, to reduce the strike zone. He’s enlarging it. We gotta get him to shrink it a little bit and get some balls and don’t be afraid to get a strike called on you. We need him to get going because he’s a big piece, especially defensively here.”

(Photo Credit: Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

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Why Is Conforto Toying Around In Low-A? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/why-is-conforto-toying-around-in-low-a.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/why-is-conforto-toying-around-in-low-a.html/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:35:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161951 michael conforto Patrick E. McCarthy

Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus seems to agree with me regarding first round draft pick Michael Conforto and the decision to start his professional career with the Brooklyn Cyclones in the Short-Season NYPL.

Here is what Dr. Parks has to say:

Conforto is a man among boys in the New York-Penn League, as his polished game and field utility make him look like a major leaguer playing a pickup game in the park against weekend softball warriors.

The fact that he stands out is both good and bad; the former is great for the Mets, as they clearly drafted a player of merit, but the latter is bad for scouting, as it’s hard to get an accurate picture of the player when he is facing highly erratic talent that doesn’t offer much of a challenge.

I like the swing, as it’s fluid and easy, and the ball jumps off the bat with some volume. I like the raw, although I’d peg the power in the solid-average range rather than a middle-of-the-lineup masher with a plus or better distinction.

The defense in left field has been fine, as he shows off athleticism and an accurate arm. He isn’t a burner but he runs well enough for the position and while on base, and he carries himself like a player who not only knows the game of baseball from a fundamental level but brings those skills to the field on all fronts. But it’s difficult in this particular context to see how bright his star will really shine, and based on a limited three game sample, I’d say the profile will be more solid-average than star. 

For some reason the Mets have been starting all of their top college draft picks in Low-A and longtime MMO readers will remember my rants about this when the Mets dispatched Kevin Plawecki to Brooklyn after the former Boilermaker was drafted and signed.

I feel like it’s a waste of time to place these 21-22 year old players in a league that is less competitive than the college level competition they hail from. Especially when we are talking about Division 1 All-Americans – or in other words – the best of the best.

What’s to be gained by having them play in a league where the majority of players are anywhere from 3-4 years younger than them and the league presents no challenge?

By the way, I’ve been asked a few time if I believe Conforto will be going to the Arizona Fall League this season. While nothing official has been announced, I’d be very surprised if Conforto wasn’t there with all of the other top prospects in baseball.

But then again, the Mets have recently usurped the original purpose of the AFL which was intended to be a showcase of future stars. In recent years, the Mets have been using the AFL as some sort of half-assed rehab camp for their recovering players or minor league fodder that needs additional playing time.

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Five Mets Featured On MLB’s Midseason Top 100 Prospects http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/five-mets-featured-on-mlbs-midseason-top-100-prospects.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/five-mets-featured-on-mlbs-midseason-top-100-prospects.html/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161860 bryan green

MLB.com released its latest set of prospect rankings tonight, and the Mets have five prospects who made the cut.

Noah Syndergaard (13), Kevin Plawecki (67), Brandon Nimmo (68), Michael Conforto (86), and Dominic Smith (88) each made the overall top 100 list.

Here’s some of what the MLB.com staff had to say about each of them:

Syndergaard:

Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 60 | Overall: 65

Syndergaard is a classic power right-hander, and he uses his big frame to throw downhill and induce ground balls. His fastball regularly reaches 98 mph and runs inside on right-handed hitters. Syndergaard’s 12-to-6 curveball is his best secondary pitch, though his changeup has the potential to be a third plus pitch in his arsenal. He has excellent command and posted a 4.75 K-to-BB ratio in 2013.

Many expected Syndergaard to follow the path that Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler blazed and reach Queens early this summer. But some minor injuries and on-field struggles at Triple-A Las Vegas slowed down Syndergaard’s progress this season. He still profiles as a front-line starter and remains on track to make his Major League debut at a younger age than either Harvey or Wheeler.

Plawecki:

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Run: 35 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 5

Plawecki has impressive bat control and a knack for making contact. His swing is built more for hitting line drives than for power, but his natural strength gives him a chance for more pop in the future.

Defensively, Plawecki is a good receiver and earns praise for his leadership skills. He has an average arm and his game calling is making strides. Plawecki’s play has alleviated pre-Draft concerns about his ability to stay behind the plate, and he now looks like he’ll be more than capable of being an everyday player in the big leagues.

Nimmo:

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55

Despite his atypical background, Nimmo has a mature approach at the plate. He lines balls from gap to gap and he knows how to work a walk. Nimmo’s swing has a little length to it, and he has been prone to high strikeout totals early in his career.

Nimmo is a center fielder now, but his average speed may eventually force him to into an outfield corner. His game still needs refining, but Nimmo’s on-base skills and quick hands give him the potential to be a solid Major Leaguer in time.

Conforto:

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Run: 40 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55

Conforto has athletic bloodlines, as his father Mike was a Penn State linebacker and his mother Tracie (Ruiz) won two gold medals in synchronized swimming at the 1984 Olympics. Conforto picked baseball, which proved to be a wise choice as he was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2013 and was drafted 10th overall a year later.

Conforto’s signature tool is his left-handed power, which could produce 25-plus homers on an annual basis once he gets to the Major Leagues. He doesn’t get cheated at the plate, taking a big uppercut hack that produces nice loft on his drives.

Smith:

Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 40 | Arm: 50 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

Smith has the potential to hit for both average and power. His hand-eye coordination and advanced pitch-recognition skills allow him to get on base often, while still driving balls.

Smith is a below-average runner, limiting him to first base. He has all the skills necessary to develop above-average defense at the position. Even if Smith’s defense does develop as expected, there will always be pressure on his bat. Scouts are confident he will provide enough offense to make him a solid Major Leaguer in time.

There were a few notable snubs on the Mets’ side, including Dilson Herrera, Steve Matz, and Rafael Montero. Remember, Montero pitched 20 innings for the Mets earlier this season, but did not lose his rookie eligibility, so he was still eligible for this list. Montero was ranked 85th going into the season. It’s interesting that Syndergaard’s struggles only cos him three spots on the list, but Montero’s knocked him off it completely.

Overall, however, this list includes four first-round picks by the Mets (all but one of Sandy Alderson’s first-round selections) and one trade acquisition.

If that doesn’t fire you up, perhaps this will. Along with MLB.com’s new top 100 list, they also released an updated top 20 list for each team, and it includes three new draftees or acquisitions. Glancing over the top ten, you could make a case for almost all of them to be in the overall top 100 list. Here is the list:

  1. Noah Syndergaard
  2. Kevin Plawecki
  3. Brandon Nimmo
  4. Michael Conforto
  5. Dominic Smith
  6. Rafael Montero
  7. Amed Rosario
  8. Dilson Herrera
  9. Steve Matz
  10. Gavin Cecchini
  11. Milton Ramos
  12. Gabriel Ynoa
  13. Cesar Puello
  14. Cory Mazzoni
  15. Jack Leathersich
  16. Marcos Molina
  17. Blake Taylor
  18. Michael Fulmer
  19. Matt den Dekker
  20. Logan Verrett

And there you have it.

MetsMerizedOnline will be releasing its own official top 25 Mets prospects tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for that, and tons of other minor league analysis here and at MetsMinors.net.

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La Russa Says Sandy Was Indifferent When Told About Suspected Steroid Use http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/la-russa-says-sandy-was-indifferent-when-told-about-suspected-steroid-use.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/la-russa-says-sandy-was-indifferent-when-told-about-suspected-steroid-use.html/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:16:01 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161929 tony la russa

In an interview with the Daily News this weekend, 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Tony La Russa had some interesting things to say regarding the entire steroids era.

La Russa said he went to GM Sandy Alderson and the team’s ownership during that era about potential player steroid use, but nothing was done and he said he was confronted by “indifference” by the team’s brass.

“I knew our programs in Oakland were 100 percent clean,” La Russa told the Daily News. “But we had our suspicions — guys hitting stronger but not working out. I went to Sandy and ownership about this. And they told me flat off, ‘Right of privacy. It’s a collective bargaining issue.’”

Alderson is expected to respond to the allegations today at Citi Field before tonight’s game.

“I’m not going to comment on that until at least Monday,” said Alderson to the Daily News, presumably so he would not detract from HOF induction weekend.

La Russa also added:

“We have to acknowledge that that period for about 10 or 12 years, somewhere around the early ’90s to the early 2000s, was a black spot, a negative mark in our history.”

“If any manager had known for sure that his players were doing this and didn’t report it to the league, to me, that’s a breach of integrity and he shouldn’t be let in the Hall of Fame.”

La Russa believes that if Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds get into the Hall, they should have asterisks. 

The Hall of Fame governing bodies just made changes to HOF voting system, reducing the number of years a player can remain on the ballot from 15 years to 10 years. It’s being viewed as an attempt to block some of the steroids users who are currently on the ballot.

I would expect Alderson to say pretty much the same things he said in 2010 when he was confronted with this issue after being named the Mets GM.

After Alderson was interviewed by Congress and former Senator George Mitchell for a report on the subject, he told reporters:

“I guess in a nutshell, I suspected Jose Canseco of using steroids,” Alderson said. “I never suspected Mark McGwire. It was at a time when, as an organization, we actually had begun to emphasize weight training as part of our regimen.”

“But nonetheless it was new at that time and may have inadvertently gotten us involved with that steroid aspect of weight training and weight building, body building.”

“If you go back and put all that in perspective, do I wish I had done more?” he asked. “I think that’s almost always true with anything that we experience.”

Many have claimed that Oakland was Ground Zero for the growing steroid epidemic that has left an indelible stain on the game. It led to a controversial bestselling book by Oakland superstar Jose Canseco, who charged that the team knew everything, and that he and more than half of his teammates were all juicing.

Initially labelled as an opportunistic liar by Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro and almost all of baseball, Canseco’s book blew the lid off the conspiracy to keep everything under wraps. A congressional hearing and a government oversight committee would eventually ensue and sweeping changes to the drug testing program and stronger and enforceable penalties would soon follow.

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Mets Minors Report 7/28: Thor Dominates, Conforto Is Sizzling, Alvarez Is Human Afterall http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-minors-report-728-thor-dominates-conforto-is-sizzling-alvarez-is-human-afterall.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-minors-report-728-thor-dominates-conforto-is-sizzling-alvarez-is-human-afterall.html/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161791 noah syndergaard - las vegas 51s

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • Noah Syndergaard tossed five innings, allowing two runs (1 earned) on five hits, walking two and struck out eight. Even though Thor threw a dominating game, he did not earn the victory. Miguel Socolovich gave up three runs (2 earned) in the top of the 7th inning, to temporarily put the Bees in the lead.
  • Matt Reynolds launched a three-run shot over the left field fence in the 7th inning to put the 51s in the lead for good. Reynolds hit his first Triple A home run on Saturday, making it two straight days.
  • T.J. Rivera singled on Sunday to extend his current hit streak to five games.  In his last ten games, Rivera is batting .395 (15 for 38), with two doubles and seven RBI’s.
  • Rainy Lara (5-4, 4.98) gave up seven runs on 11 hits, giving up two home runs and only struck out one batter.  Lara has not won a decision since June 30, which dates back five starts including Sunday’s loss. In his last ten starts, he is 3-3, with a 5.68 ERA.
  • Jeremy Hefner pitches three innings, allowing three runs on three hits, walking four and striking out four. This was Hefner’s first start with St. Lucie on his comeback trail from Tommy John surgery. He pitched in three games with the Gulf Coast Mets prior to Sunday’s start.
  • Wilfredo Tovar started for St. Lucie in the doubleheader, is first two games with St. Lucie since coming off the DL, and a combined 1 for 7, with an RBI.
  •  Dario Alvarez suffered his first blown save and loss on the same night as he gave up three earned runs in the eighth inning.
  • Michael Conforto goes 2 for 4 to extend his current hit streak to nine games. What a start to his pro career, as he has at least one hit in each of his first nine games.
  • Amed Rosario went 2 for 6 and extended his current hitting streak to ten games. He is batting .383, (18 for 47), with 10 runs scored and eight RBI’s in that span.
  • Cyclone outfielder Michael Bernal went 4 for 4 with Four RBI’s in the victory.
  • Wuilmer Becerra finished 2 for 5, and has three straight multi-hit games. In his last ten games, Becerra is batting .366 (14 for 41), with two home runs.

Prospect Injury Update

  • Kevin Plawecki still has not returned to the 51s and hasn’t played since July 17th. Plawecki has been sidelined with a mild case of vertigo. According to Robert Brender, he caught in the bullpen yesterday for the 51s, a sign that he could be close to returning.

Fun Tweet From The Farm 

(Feature Photo Credit:  K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

 

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 2, Brewers 0 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-mets-2-brewers-0.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-mets-2-brewers-0.html/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:40:58 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161850 jacob degrom

The New York Mets took on the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon at Miller Park. The Mets were looking for the series split against Milwaukee, and to finish .500 on their ten game road trip. Jacob deGrom took the mound for the Amazin’s, as Jimmy Nelson got the start for the Brewers.

What you should know:

Jacob deGrom was outstanding for the Mets yet again, as he tossed 6 and 1/3rd’s innings, allowing no runs on four hits, while striking out four and walking two.

Jimmy Nelson was also impressive for Milwaukee, as he went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out six.

The two rookie pitchers would duel it out, as the game would remain scoreless until the sixth inning as the smoking hot Lucas Duda launched a two-run home run, his eighteenth of the season.

Vic Black and Jeurys Familia would combine to pitch 1 and 2/3rd’s innings of scoreless ball leading to Jenrry Mejia, who shut the door in the ninth inning, earning his fifteenth save of the year.

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Additional notes:

Jenrry Mejia has now recorded a save in seven consecutive appearances, and is pitching to an 0.90 ERA in his last ten games.

Jacob deGrom has allowed one earned run or less in his last four starts (2 ER in last 27.1 innings) and is now 5-5 on the season.

Chris Young doubled in four straight plate appearances, including two today. The only other Met to ever double in four straight plate appearances is Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who did it earlier this season.

The Mets went .500 on the road trip, going 5-5.

Lucas Duda has hit four out of the five Mets home runs since the All-Star break, and now has eighteen on the season, a career high.

Player of the Game:

Jacob deGrom gets today’s nod as Player of the Game, who was fantastic yet again, earning his fourth straight win.

Final score: Mets 2, Brewers 0

Winning pitcher: Jacob deGrom (5-5)
Losing pitcher: Jimmy Nelson (1-2)
Save: Jenrry Mejia (15)

On deck:

The Mets start a seven game homestand tomorrow night against the Philadelphia Phillies, as Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA) will square off against A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86 ERA)

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Cuban Phenom Rusney Castillo Wows Scouts In Showcase http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/cuban-phenom-rusney-castillo-wows-scouts-in-showcase.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/cuban-phenom-rusney-castillo-wows-scouts-in-showcase.html/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:53:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161690 Cuban Rusney Castillo arrives safely in

According to Walter Villa of Baseball America, Cuban defector Rusney Castillo wowed all 28 teams in attendance during his showcase on Saturday and impressed the over 100 scouts who were on hand.

The 27-year old outfielder worked out for two hours and 45 minutes at the University of Miami as teams came to catch a glimpse of what could be the next great thing out of Cuba. Castillo fielded flyballs in the outfield as well as grounders at shortstop.

BA says the most pleasantly surprising aspect of Castillo’s game was the power he showed and the ability to hit to the opposite field with authority.

Running: Castillo ran the 60-yard dash somewhere between 6.4 seconds and 6.5, depending on which scout you asked. Castillo gave a slight “deke” before he started his sprint, which threw off some stop-watches. Either way, though, Castillo is a plus runner by consensus of various scouts.

Throwing: Castillo started out in right field, fielding base hits and firing to third base. He then took base hits and threw home. All his throws were on a line and hit the mark on the fly or on one hop. “He has a 50 arm,” said one scout. “It’s an average big league arm. He could be used in all three outfield spots in a pinch, but his arm plays more like a left fielder.”

Batting Practice: Castillo showed a natural lift to his hacks, upper-cutting balls with force. After a few minutes in the cage, Castillo took three rounds of batting practice on the field. This is where he made his biggest impression. “After his second round of batting practice, I would have stopped right there because I didn’t think he could improve on that,” one scout said. “But he did.” Another scout was also impressed with his hitting. “I like him,” the scout said. “He’s a major league player.”

Live Batting: Castillo hit live against 6-foot-3 righthander Nate Carter, 22, who was 4-1, 1.54 with eight saves for Division II Florida Southern this past season. Carter was asked how well he thought Castillo did with his pitches. “He’s a great hitter,” Carter said. “I threw some fastballs at the knees on the outside corner, and he hit them over the fence or close to it.” Castillo took 16 cuts, missing two and fouling off eight. Of the six he hit fair, only one was a likely out, a couple of shots were off the wall and a couple went over the fence.

July 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What It Would Take To Land CarGo or Tulowitzki http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/what-it-would-take-to-land-cargo-or-tulowitzki.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/what-it-would-take-to-land-cargo-or-tulowitzki.html/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:35:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161742 Carlos+Gonzalez+Troy+Tulowitzki+San+Francisco+rUY3TpSfSyel

Team insiders told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that the Mets are not engaged in any substantive trade talks at present. However that does not mean something won’t materialize in the coming days and before Thursday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.

A Mets source also “severely tempered” the recent buzz that the team inquired about Colorado superstars Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez. The team exec said the Mets worked hard over a few years to build up their young pitching and are “unlikely to part with multiple high-level pitching prospects in one deal” for a big-ticket item.

It was interesting to hear SNY’s Jim Duquette give his opinion on what it would take for the Mets to land Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez from the Rockies.

The former Mets GM said the cost for acquiring either player would be significant and speculated that any deal would begin with Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero, and Dominic Smith. Plus depending on if ot’s Tulo or CarGo at least one other player. Wow… That’s pretty steep…

Tulowitzki, 30, is owed $114 million through 2020 with a $15 million team option for 2021.

Gonzalez, 29, is owed $53 million through 2017 after which he becomes a free agent.

When word reached David Wright about the Tulo/CarGo rumor, it left the Mets captain wondering how that would even be possible. ”What are you willing to give to obtain that? And that is kind of an open-ended question.”

Despite embracing the opportunity to pay with someone like Tulowitzki who he’s befriended, Wright also downplayed the possibility of such a deal transpiring.

“Sandy Alderson has got a tough job because, yeah, I’m sure we’re interested, but I’m sure there’s 29 other teams that are interested, also. “What are you willing to give, because the Rockies are not going to be giving these guys away.”

“You’re talking about two of the better players in the game,” Wright said. “Ruben Tejada is starting to swing the bat better, so it’s no knock on any shortstop. It’s just that Tulowitzki hits like a corner infielder or corner outfielder and plays tremendous defense.”

(Updated July 27)

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Brewers at Miller Park, 2:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-brewers-at-miller-park-210-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-brewers-at-miller-park-210-pm.html/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:15:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161820 jacob deGrom

The Mets will close their 10-game road trip on Sunday with the finale of a four-game series with the Brewers at Miller Park. Rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom (4-5, 3.01) takes the hill against right-hander Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.05) for the Brewers is a 2:10 PM matchup.

Jacob deGrom has recorded a win while pitching at least 7.0 innings and allowing no more than one run in each of his last three starts. DeGrom is only the second rookie pitcher in team history with a three-game streak of that kind as Jerry Koosman did it from April 11-23, 1968.

DeGrom leads NL rookies in strikeouts (79) and innings pitched (80.2). Among rookie starters who have pitched 80.0 or more innings, only the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka has a lower ERA (2.51). The Mets righthander has not allowed a home run in his last 52.2 innings, the sixth current longest streak in the majors.

The Mets have scored three runs or fewer in eight straight games after scoring five runs in their first game after the break (July 18 at San Diego). The last time the Mets had a longer such stretch was August 18-26, 2012 when they went nine straight games scoring three runs or less.

Daniel Murphy went 2-4 last night, his second straight multi-hit game. Murphy is third in the NL with 123 hits, is tied for seventh with 27 doubles and is 10th with 33 multi-hit games. He is also ninth in the NL with a .306 road batting average.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Chris Young – LF
  6. Juan Lagares – CF
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Jacob deGrom – RHP

The Mets wrap up their 10 game road trip today. If the Mets pick up the win today, they will split the series with the Brewers and go .500 on the first trip after the All-Star break. Yesterday the Mets took the early lead but weren’t able to hold on.

Today Jacob deGrom will take the mound with a 4-5 record over 13 games and 80.2 innings with a 3.01 ERA. In his last three starts he is 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA while striking out 26 batters and walking only 3 while pitching 21.0 innings. He faced the Brewers earlier this season and allowed 3 ER over 5.2 innings and 9 hits while striking out 4. The Brewers have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Braun 0-2
  • Davis 1-3
  • Gennett 2-3, 2B
  • Gomez 2-3
  • Lucroy 2-3, 2B
  • Peralta 0-3

Jimmy Nelson gets the start for the Brewers. He is 1-1 in his first three starts of the season with a 1-1 record over 16.0 innings. In that time he walked 6 and struck out 16. He had one start in May and really has been called up since mid July. In those two starts he has allowed 9 ER over 10.1 innings, inflating his ERA. His only start last year was against the Mets where he allowed 1 ER over 5.0 innings while walking three and striking out 4. The Mets have the following numbers against Nelson:

  • E Young 0-3
  • Duda 0-1
  • Lagares 0-1
  • Murphy 1-1
  • Recker 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

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Peavy To The Giants Means One Less Suitor For Colon http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/peavy-to-the-giants-means-one-less-suitor-for-colon.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/peavy-to-the-giants-means-one-less-suitor-for-colon.html/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:35:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=159780 bartolo colon

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports the San Francisco Giants have acquired Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox for a pair of minor league pitching prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree.

The rumor mill was buzzing about a potential deal between the two teams over the last two days. And yesterday FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Red Sox and Giants were in serious discussions.

This puts a kibosh on any chance the Mets had of trading Bartolo Colon to San Francisco.

July 22

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

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

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

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

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MMO Game Recap: Brewers 5, Mets 2 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-brewers-5-mets-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-brewers-5-mets-2.html/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 03:03:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161811 Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 10.56.54 PM

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The Mets (49-55) lost to the Brewers (59-46) by a score of 5-2 on Saturday night at Miller Park.

Jon Niese got the start for the Mets and was pretty good, but not great. Niese allowed 3 runs in 5 innings on 5 hits, 2 walks, and a wild pitch, striking out 4 and throwing 89 pitches.

The Mets scored first in the top of the third when Curtis Granderson doubled and, after a walk from David Wright, scored on a single from Lucas Duda. A wild pitch by Wily Peralta put runners on 2nd and 3rd with just 1 out, giving the Mets a chance to tack on to their 1-0 lead. However, Travis d’Arnaud‘s fly ball to right was not deep enough to score Wright, and Chris Young grounded out to end the inning.

New York scored again in the top of the 5th thanks to a solo shot from Grandy, but Niese began to unravel in the bottom of the frame. Jon allowed a leadoff hit to Mark Reynolds, who switched places with Jean Segura on a fielder’s choice. Segura then stole 2nd, moved to 3rd on a fly ball, and scored on a wild pitch. With 2 out and nobody on, Carlos Gomez singled and came all the way around from 1st to score on a double by Ryan Braun. Braun scored on a base-hit from Jonathan Lucroy, and Milwaukee suddenly had a 3-2 lead.

With Chris Young on 2nd and 2 outs, Terry Collins brought in Bobby Abreu to pinch-hit for Niese, ending the southpaw’s evening. However, when Milwaukee brought in Zach Duke to play the matchup, Terry called Abreu back (I wonder why we always burn our bench so quickly) and sent up Eric Campbell to hit instead. There would be no Soup for Terry in this ballgame, as Campbell whiffed on a 2-2 pitch to end the threat.

It was a day ending in “Y”, so Terry decided to call on Carlos “Were you really surprised to see me?” Torres to pitch the 6th (and more, of course). Torres got 2 quick outs, but surrendered a solo shot to Reynolds to stretch the Brewers’ advantage to 4-2.

Chris Young doubled for the 2nd time in the game (!!!!) with 2 outs in the 8th, but Wilmer Flores was unable to drive him in, surely costing him a chance to escape the bench again over the next week. Torres gave up another insurance run on an RBI double by Khris Davis, who went to 3rd on the throw. Davis appeared to score on an infield hit from Reynolds, but after video review, Reynolds was called out and the 2 teams headed to the 9th with Milwaukee up 5-2.

Francisco Rodriguez came in to seek redemption in the 9th, and much to the relief of his in-laws, K-Rod retired the side smoothly, with an Eric Young double the only blemish. The Mets are now 4-5 on their road trip.

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The Mets’ starters have been turning in some 5-and-out starts lately, and I don’t like it. Torres had to pitch 3 innings today. He’ll probably be unavailable tomorrow. Of course, he’ll still probably pitch…

Niese was decent, but was a little wild all night long and it ended up hurting him, in the form of walks, wild pitches, and a few hangers. Hopefully he gets his command back soon.

Chris Young had 2 doubles tonight. I won’t get my hopes up for a turnaround, but I still think he is worth a roster spot, at least over somebody like Abreu, who can’t run or field, and isn’t really hitting much anymore, either.

Grandy and Daniel Murphy also put in some nice work at the plate. Unfortunately, New York just couldn’t get many big hits with runners in scoring position tonight. Hopefully the impending return to Citi Field helps the offense out. (I can’t believe I just wrote that).

Only one more game on the road trip. Let’s try to finish the series and the trip with an even record before heading home. I’ll probably try to catch a few games on the homestand before I head off to college, so hopefully the Mets bring their bats to Queens.

Up Next: The Mets will look to earn a split with the Brewers on Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee. Jacob deGrom (4-5, 3.01 ERA) will face Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.06 ERA) at 2:10 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Brewers, Miller Park, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-brewers-miller-park-710-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-brewers-miller-park-710-pm.html/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:50:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161783 jon niese

After a stirring come from behind win on Friday, the Mets continue their series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday at Miller Park. Jon Niese (5-5, 3.13 ERA) opposes right-hander Wily Peralta (11-6, 3.58) in a 7:10 PM matchup.

Niese went 21 consecutive starts allowing three runs or less before surrendering four runs in his last outing on July 21 at Seattle. It was tied for the second-longest streak in team history and was also his first start since returning from the DL with a left shoulder strain.

The Mets have three home runs since the All-Star break, the third-fewest in the majors, and Lucas Duda has all three home runs. The Mets had hit a home run in eight of nine games from July 4-12 (11 total during that span) heading into the All-Star break.

Jenrry Mejia struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn his sixth save in his last six appearances. The last Mets reliever with a save in six straight outings was Billy Wagner in 2008 (July 11-24). He has hurled 6.0 shutout innings and allowed one earned run in his last 14.0 innings (0.64 ERA) with 17 strikeouts since June 21 and is 14-for-16 in save chances since he moved to the bullpen.

Starting Lineup

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

The Mets bats still haven’t truly come back yet from the All-Star break but they were able to squeak out a win last night. The Mets were down 2-0 heading into the 9th against K-Rod when Murphy, Wright and Duda were able to get it done and score three runs (thanks to Duda’s 2 Run Blast) that put the Mets ahead. This puts the Mets in position now to have an opportunity to win the series or at least split, and also continued them playing .500 ball for the road trip.

Niese gets the start tonight for the Mets, on the season he is 5-5 over 18 starts and 109.1 innings with a 3.13 ERA. His first start since the All-Star break was not a pleasant one as he allowed 4 ER over 6.0 innings against the Mariners. He faced the Brewers earlier this year holding them to one run over 7.2 innings and 6 hits while walking only one and striking out 8. The Brewers have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Ramirez 6-16, 2B, 2 HR
  • Weeks 4-13, 2B, HR
  • Lucroy 5-15
  • Braun 2-11
  • Gomez 3-11
  • Reynolds 2-7, HR

The Mets bats will try to wake up consistently against Wily Peralta who is 11-6 this year with a 3.58 ERA over 20 games and 125.2 innings. After thee bad starts in a row where he allowed 4 ER over 6, 4 ER over 6 and 9 ER over 4.1, he’s gotten back on track allowing 1 ER in his last two starts (14.0 innings). Earlier this year when he faced the Mets, he allowed 1 ER over 6.1 while striking out 3. The Mets have the following numbers against Peralta:

  • Murphy 1-6
  • Tejada 0-6
  • Wright 0-6
  • Duda 0-4
  • Abreu 1-3
  • Granderson 2-2, 2B
  • E Young 1-2

Lets Go Mets!

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Dice-K Goes To DL With Elbow Inflamation, Carlyle Recalled http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/dice-k-goes-to-dl-with-elbow-inflamation-carlyle-recalled.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/dice-k-goes-to-dl-with-elbow-inflamation-carlyle-recalled.html/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:11:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161702 matsuzaka

The Mets announced that pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has been placed on the DL with inflammation in his right elbow.

Terry Collins said he will not throw for 7-10 days to let the inflammation subside. There has been no talk about surgery or any structural damage, for now, but he will be examined again after inflammation diminishes.

“I’m sure it’s just from all the innings,” Collins said. “Like we know, you count up all those innings and throw all those pitches, there’s going to be damage. Can’t help it. I’m sure that’s how it is and I hope it’s not that severe where the rest and rehab will be fine.”

The Mets recalled reliever Buddy Carlyle to replace Dice-K in the bullpen.

July 25

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

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

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

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

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

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 3, Brewers 2 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-bang-bang-boom-mets-3-brewers-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-bang-bang-boom-mets-3-brewers-2.html/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 03:57:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161735 lucas duda

Bang… Bang… Boom!!!

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

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

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

Tale of the Tape (Since trade)

Ike Davis – .240, 5 HR 26 RBI, 79 G

Lucas Duda – .257, 14 HR 45 RBI, 81 G

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

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

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

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

Two updates to the growing buzz on Tulo and CarGo…

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

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

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

July 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Starting Lineup

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

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

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

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

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

Lets Go Mets!

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

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

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

Before I reveal my list, skim over the guidelines.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

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

Organizational Offensive Leaders 

Hits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Starting Lineup

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lets Go Mets!

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