Mets Merized Online » MMO Exclusives http://metsmerizedonline.com Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:21:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 Good Fundies Episode 28: Four More Years of Yoenis Cespedes (with Jared Diamond) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/good-fundies-episode-28-four-more-years-of-yoenis-cespedes-with-jared-diamond.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/good-fundies-episode-28-four-more-years-of-yoenis-cespedes-with-jared-diamond.html/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:36:58 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=227287 Yoenis , Cespedes

Brian and Roger were joined by Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal! He talked about the possible lockout, what really goes on during the Winter Meetings and the Rule 5 draft, the excellent newsletter he writes with Mike Vorkunov, and what Yoenis Cespedes’ signing portends for the future of the rest of the Mets outfield.

Oh yeah, Cespedes signed with the Mets (pending a physical no jinx). Brian and Roger talked about that a bunch, as well as if the Yo signing means the Mets are now capable of spending like a big market team, if its legal to have two players on top of one another at one position, and who they would like to see play third, center, and right field.

 

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Talkin’ Mets: Latest on Yoenis Cespedes with Rich Mancuso http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/talkin-mets-latest-on-yoenis-cespedes-with-rich-mancuso.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/talkin-mets-latest-on-yoenis-cespedes-with-rich-mancuso.html/#comments Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:45:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=227106 yoenis-cespedes-2

This week, Rich Mancuso of New York Sports Day gives me the latest rumors on the Mets’ pursuit of Yoenis Cespedes.

Last year, Rich was one of the first to report the return of Cespedes to the Mets. He lets me know what his sources are saying as to the odds of a Cespedes return, what he believes the years/dollars will be and what team should worry the Mets the most. He also gives me a preview of other improvements to the roster that Sandy Alderson may be eyeing this winter.

 

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Good Fundies Episode 27: The Disbarring of Bartolo Colon, Attorney at Law http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/good-fundies-episode-27-the-disbarring-of-bartolo-colon-attorney-at-law.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/good-fundies-episode-27-the-disbarring-of-bartolo-colon-attorney-at-law.html/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 01:36:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226983 lawyer

Roger and Brian said so long to two beloved players – Bartolo Colon and Eric Campbell, and hello again to Neil Walker, and wondered if the additions and subtractions will equal better things.

Then the two ran down the top free agents in baseball and figured out who would make excellent new Mets. Brian again made it very clear he will be very upset if Yoenis Cespedes left, and gave Jay Bruce a cruel title.

He also broke his historic silence on the hiring of Glenn Sherlock, and while Roger said cutter when he meant two-seamer, he did explain how Sandy Koufax helped shape “Gilmore Girls”.

The two also gave thanks to the best of the Mets and to their listeners, the best-looking listeners in the world.

 

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Talkin’ Mets: 40-Man Maneuvers and Cespedes Rumblings http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/talkin-mets-40-man-maneuvers-and-cespedes-rumblings.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/talkin-mets-40-man-maneuvers-and-cespedes-rumblings.html/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:30:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226857 MLB: SEP 20 Yankees at Mets

During tonight’s show I discuss the latest rumors surrounding free agent Yoenis Cespedes, including this exclusive report from Joe D. of Metsmerized Online, and I predict the Mets will sign the star outfielder by the Winter Meetings.

During the show I also discuss why relief pitching will get overvalued in the wake of the Brett Cecil contract with St. Louis.

With Neil Walker now re-signed and five prospects added to the 40-man roster, what is next for the Mets?

Can any of the additions help in 2017?

Also, how will a possible 26-man roster change the way GM’s build teams and protect players?

How did Gavin Cecchini and other members of the Mets organization perform in the AFL? Michael Mayer of Metsmerized Online gives his take to round out this week’s program.

 

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Shoebox Memories: 1964 Topps Casey Teaches Kranepool http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/shoebox-memories-1964-topps-casey-teaches-kranepool.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/shoebox-memories-1964-topps-casey-teaches-kranepool.html/#comments Sun, 20 Nov 2016 16:30:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221716 casey-teaches-kranepool

As Casey Stengel was reported to say to reporters during the 1966 preseason, “We’ve got a couple of kids here, and they’re both 20 years old. In 10 years the first one, Kranepool, has a chance to be a star. In 10 years the other guy has a chance to be 30.”  The card above is card number 393 from the 1964 Topps baseball card set.  As the above quote shows, obviously Casey Stengel spent his time teaching Ed Kranepool and less time teaching the second prospect.

A member of the original 1962 Mets, Ed Kranepool made his major league debut at the age of 17 on September 22, 1962 as a late inning defensive replacement for Gil Hodges at first base.  The next day, September 23, 1962, Kranepool made his first major league start.  He played first base again, and had a double in four at bats.

Kranepool, despite being taught by Manager Casey Stengel, struggled as a rookie in 1963, batting .209 in 86 games, playing mostly right field with some games at both first and left.  In 1964 however, Stengel’s teaching must have stuck as Kranepool became the team’s regular first baseman and hit .257 with 10 homers and 45 RBIs in 420 at bats as a 19 year old, in the Old Perfessor’s last full season as Mets manager.

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Playing both right field and first predominantly in 1964, Kranepool even played one game in center, handling five flyballs without issue.  The following season was 1965 and Kranepool hit a similar .253 with 10 homers and 53 RBIs and was the Mets’ representative at the All Star game, although he did not get to play in the game.   This is particularly unfortunate as Kranepool was never selected to an All Star game in the remainder of his career.

The Mets regular first baseman through 1969, Kranepool did not have a great 1969 season, hitting .238 with 11 homers and 49 RBIs.  He did contribute though, especially during the Mets 11 game winning streak that included a two-home run game against the Dodgers.  On July 8, Kranepool hit a fifth-inning home run off Cubs ace Fergie Jenkins, and had a game-winning RBI single to center in the ninth to give the Mets a 4-3 win against Chicago.  In the World Series, Kranepool contributed with a home run in game three of the series against the Baltimore Orioles.

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After struggling in 1969, Kranepool lost his regular first base job to Donn Clendenon and was actually demoted to AAA in June.  For the season, Kranepool was limited to 47 at bats.  By 1971 however, Kranepool was a regular again, shuffling between first and both corner outfield positions and kept the same role through the 1977 season.  In 1973, the Mets pennant-winning season, Kranepool contributed in game five of the playoffs, driving in the first two runs of the Mets’ series clinching victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

From 1974 through 1979, Kranepool excelled as a pinch hitter.  In 1974 Kranepool set a record that still stands with the highest batting average as a pinch hitter (minimum 30 at-bats) hitting .486 in that role.  Kranepool was the last of the 1969 World Series winners still on the team in 1979, and was the last of the original 1962 Mets to play ball, retiring after the 1979 season.  No other Met in history has stayed as long with the team as Kranepool’s 18 seasons.  I can still recall the entire Stadium chanting “Eddie, Eddie” every time our beloved hero came to the plate his last few seasons.

Periods of Career

Batting Average

OBP

Slugging

OPS

1962 – 1970

.246

.298

.358

.656

1971 – 1979

.278

.333

.398

.732

Total

.261

.316

.377

.693

The franchise record holder in games played (1,853), second in at-bats (5,436); plate appearances (5,997); hits (1,418) all behind David Wright, and in the top ten in doubles (225); triples (25); home runs (118), RBIs (614); and walks (454).  Obviously Casey’s pupil was paying attention in class.  A member of the Mets Hall of Fame since 1990, Ed Kranepool has not yet been named to the Metsmerized Hall of Fame. Maybe in 2017?

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Talkin’ Mets: Matt Ehalt on Walker, Cespedes and Bruce vs. Granderson http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/talkin-mets-matt-ehalt-on-walker-cespedes-and-bruce-vs-granderson.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/talkin-mets-matt-ehalt-on-walker-cespedes-and-bruce-vs-granderson.html/#comments Sun, 13 Nov 2016 23:00:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226432 yoenis cespedes neil walker

Today I am joined by Matt Ehalt of the The Record to discuss the latest hot stove news with the New York Mets.

Hear us talk about why letting Bartolo Colon go was the right thing to do, the Yoenis Cespedes market and whether Neil Walker will accept the Qualifying Offer.

We also talk about the Mets lack of right-handed components in the lineup and how this isn’t an easy fix. Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson?

Matt tells me why Bruce will probably be traded. Finally he gives free agent predictions on Jerry Blevins, Kelly Johnson and Fernando Salas.

I wrap up the show talking about how interesting the Veterans Committee ballot is this season, which includes former Mets manager Davey Johnson.

 

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Talkin’ Mets: Kicking Off the Hot Stove Season http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/talkin-mets-kicking-off-the-hot-stove-season.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/talkin-mets-kicking-off-the-hot-stove-season.html/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:35:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225988 mets-wild-card

Talkin’ Mets returns to the airwaves on Sunday as I set-up the offseason by giving my state-of-the-union and answering

Hear me talk about what the Mets can learn from the Cubs championship season, how Sandy Alderson can take a lesson from Steve Phillips 1998 offseason when it comes to Yoenis Cespedes and what free agents intrigue me.

I round out the show with fans’ questions about the future of Wilmer Flores, whether Dexter Fowler is the answer, and whether it’s worth moving forward with Travis d’Arnaud behind the plate.

 

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MMO Exclusive: Mets Relief Prospect Paul Sewald http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/mmo-exclusive-mets-relief-prospect-paul-sewald.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/mmo-exclusive-mets-relief-prospect-paul-sewald.html/#comments Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:31:01 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225875 paul sewald

Paul Sewald was drafted by the Mets in the 2012 draft in the 10th round out of the University of San Diego. The right-handed reliever made his pro debut in spectacular fashion with the Brooklyn Cyclones. He had a 1.88 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and went 4 for 4 in save chances.

Paul would follow up his great debut with another good season in 2013 with the Savannah Sand Gnats in which he posted a 1.77 ERA, struck out 67 batters in 56 innings and didn’t allow a home run.

It was more of the same for the crafty closer in 2014 when he had a combined 1.92 ERA, struck out 69 in 56.1 innings and held opponents to a .200 average combined between St. Lucie and the Binghamton Mets.

The step up to Double-A can be the toughest but that didn’t phase Sewald as he posted arguably the best year of his career in 2015 with Binghamton. He pitched the entire season with the B-Mets and went 24 for 25 in save chances. He posted a career best in ERA (1.73), WHIP (0.86), and opponents AVG (.188). He was named to the Eastern League All-Star roster but didn’t play because he participated in the Pan-Am games for Team USA.

Surely the successful righty, that mostly sits 88-92 MPH with his fastball, would have trouble in the hitters haven that is Cashman Field and the Pacific Coast League. Nope, just another tremendous season for Sewald who was the Las Vegas 51s closer and had the second most saves in the PCL with 19.

Sewald posted a 3.29 ERA, which isn’t as bad as it looks when you consider the league average was 4.46 and he pitched 36 of his 65.2 innings at home. Sewald continued to be successful because he kept throwing strikes and kept striking people out (80 in 65.2 innings).

The Mets bullpen was starting to tire in September as injuries decimated the starting rotation forcing Rafael Montero and Gabriel Ynoa to make starts. Surprisingly, the highly successful Sewald didn’t receive a promotion to help the Mets down the stretch.

Now the Mets have a decision to make with Sewald. He needs to be added to the 40-man roster to protect him from upcoming Rule 5 draft on December 8th. It’s seems like a pretty clear cut choice to me to protect a guy with a career 2.20 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 307 strikeouts compared to just 59 walks in 258 innings.

Paul has decided to take his talents to the Mexican Winter League this offseason to pitch for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo. He has five saves, 0.90 ERA, eight strikeouts and has yet to walk a batter in ten innings.

Sewald relies on precision control, great preparation (see below), pounding the strike zone, and a nasty slider that helps him get hitters out.

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MMN – First off congrats on a great regular season and getting off to a good start in Mexico.

Paul – Thank you I really appreciate it! I finished really well and it’s carried over to pitching down here so I’m excited with how I’m throwing.

MMN – What was your motivation to pitch in the Mexican Winter League and how did it come about?

Paul – Well I had a couple of good reasons to play. Obviously, the money down here is a lot better than it is in the minor leagues. So that was a really nice incentive. Also, it just gives me another outlet to showcase myself as a pitcher. There’s plenty of scouts here and I have coaches from teams in MLB here so it’s a good chance for me to show what I can do and possibly give me another opportunity to play somewhere down the road.

MMN – What is it like competition wise, what level of the minor leagues would you compare it too?

Paul – I think the competition has been pretty good! I’ve seen plenty of guys I’ve faced over the years and a handful of guys with at least some major league time. So I would probably say maybe AA possibly some AAA lineups.

MMN – What is the travel like? Stadiums? Atmosphere at games? Do the american players stay in housing together?

Paul – Travel isn’t bad! The league is pretty spread out so most of the places we fly but there are a couple 3-5 hour bus trips too. Most of the stadiums are incredible. AAA type stadiums and the crowds are huge and exciting so that part has been great! They put the Americans up in a hotel together and so it’s easy for us all to be together.

MMN – You said playing in Mexico was in part to showcase yourself, is that because at the moment you aren’t on the Mets 40-man roster and thus could be exposed to the Rule 5 draft?

Paul – Yeah that is the main reason! Now I’m with the Mets and they have ownership of me and I want to play at Citi Field soon! So the 40-man roster with the Mets would be great but if they don’t put me on, then yes the main reason for me coming down here is to put myself out there in hopes to get picked in the Rule 5 in December.

MMN – Were you surprised that you didn’t get a promotion to the big leagues this year, especially in September?

Paul – I wouldn’t say “surprised” because nothing has ever been easy or given to me so I wasn’t expecting it! But was I disappointed? Absolutely! I felt like I’ve done enough to show them I’m ready for that next step by pitching well at every single level. I know I can pitch in the big leagues I just need an opportunity to show that I can!

MMN – Absolutely agree and let’s talk about how you were successful this year. Did you have to do anything different playing in the hitter friendly PCL to get hitters out?

Paul – The PCL, especially in Las Vegas, is such a hard place to pitch. You try to stick with what makes you successful to start with and that’s the only way you can approach it. I didn’t want to pitch scared or pitch away from contact just because it’s a good hitters park and league. The most important thing for me was to attack hitters and throw strikes no matter how the ball travels. And I think I did a good job of that whether I was pitching well or struggling and just stayed with that process.

MMN – Anyone who’s seen you pitch knows a lot of success comes from your great breaking ball. When did you learn to throw it, from who and has it changed at all over your time in the minors?

Paul – Yeah my slider is definitely my best pitch and my go-to! I learned it right after my freshman year of college before I went to summer ball. I struggled a lot with offspeed and my dad (Mark Sewald, 16th RD, 1979 by Boston Red Sox) had me try the way he threw it when he played. Instantly I found something I was comfortable with and could throw strikes and it was good. Honestly, I haven’t really messed with it much since then as it’s been successful ever since I learned it and so I’m confident in it and that’s the most important thing.

MMN – Some pitchers have said that the elevation in Vegas flattened their breaking ball, is that something you had trouble with or heard of from other guys on last years team?

Paul – Well it definitely had an effect on it yeah. I mean my numbers on the road were a lot better than at home and my breaking ball sharpness is a direct correlation to that so absolutely.

MMN – One of the knocks or question marks that scouts and fans have on you is your lack of velocity, what is your response to that?

Paul – Well it’s true I don’t throw as hard as most scouts and coaches want. It’s been the thing that’s held me back my whole life so I know that by now. I try to make up for it with above average spin rates, deception and location of it. And my numbers say that I’ve been successful doing that so I’m going to continue to do so, but I understand it’s easy for people to scout the radar gun and it’s unfair but that’s just the way it is.

MMN – Who passes along your spin rates to you?

Paul – Well I actually have a good friend from high school who works with sabermetrics scouting and he lets me know every once in a while how it’s going. But also TJ Barra (Manager of Baseball Research and Development) with the Mets sent me some info on it and some of the things the numbers say about my success with those spin rates.

MMN – What do you do to prepare for hitters you may face that night/in a series?

Paul – I have a book of all my at-bats facing every guy from each team. I keep track of the pitches, the speeds, the locations, the results. So then by those I’ll write any notes I saw in their swing or approach against me. Then before the series I’ll go read through and get a little reminder of each hitter so that I might have a better idea of how to attack them when I face any given hitter.

MMN – What is it like to see teammates like Seth Lugo and T.J. Rivera be successful and help the Mets make playoffs this year?

Paul – Well it’s exciting when you see your friends get to achieve their dream just like I’ve always dreamed about. It helped my confidence because I know if those guys are having success at the major league level I know I can too. So that helps a lot too.

MMN – Thanks again for answering all my questions Paul, and hope to see you in a Mets uniform soon.

Paul – Absolutely. Thanks for your support we really appreciate it! I hope so too. Soon would be great!

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MMO Fan Shot: Right-Handed Platoon Options Mets Should Consider http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/mmo-fan-shot-right-handed-platoon-options-mets-should-consider.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/mmo-fan-shot-right-handed-platoon-options-mets-should-consider.html/#comments Fri, 04 Nov 2016 17:00:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225826 yoenis-cespedes-550

An MMO Fan Shot by Travis (T Boogy)

Believe it or not, money may be an issue this off-season for the Mets. Yes, sarcasm. Seriously, though, if Yoenis Cespedes re-signs then there will not be much money to go around for other free agents given that several young Mets are due for substantial raises in arbitration. But, we all want Cespedes to stay because of the impact he has on the lineup.

Even if Cespedes leaves it’s possible that money may not be so abundant. It’s possible Neil Walker gets and accepts a Qualifying Offer, or signs a long-term contract with the Mets. Additionally, Sandy Alderson may have to spend more than expected to beef up the bullpen with Familia’s uncertainty. I’m actually hoping the rest of the teams over-bid for Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen and that Sandy makes a run at Mark Melancon instead. He is every bit as good as his high-strikeout, flashier counterparts but doesn’t get the attention, and hopefully not as much money. But, that’s for another article.

For now, I’d like to look at the scenario if Cespedes leaves. Assuming Sandy doesn’t want to go after Jose Bautista, Mark Trumbo, Ian Desmond, or Dexter Fowler, then he may want to rely on the current crop of Met outfielders. The problem is that 4 of the top 5 remaining are LHB and without a RHB the Mets would be vulnerable to left-handed starters. I love Juan Lagares but he’s having trouble staying on the field and, when he is healthy, he’s having trouble being consistent.  In addition, it would be great if the Mets had a RHB who could play first base also since Duda may need a platoon partner. That would free up to Flores to play elsewhere if needed.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees

Here are some options for right-handed batters that have the ability to play outfield and first base as platoon options:

Steve Pearce: Free Agent; .852 OPS against lefties (1.028 last year). He has long been sought after for his versatility and favorable splits. He plays against every lefty starter but also is solid enough to earn some starts against some righties.

Sean Rodriguez: Free Agent; .755 OPS against lefties (.934 last year). Had a huge year last year and the Pirates will likely want to keep him, especially if they consider trading McCutchen. He has tremendous defensive versatility, with experience last year at every position except for pitcher and catcher. After a disappointing year in 2015, he re-signed with the Pirates for $2.5 million. He won’t be that cheap this off-season.

Scott Van Slyke: Two years left of control (estimated $1.3 million in arbitration); .845 OPS against lefties (.739 last year). Many fans were clamoring to trade for him after his solid 2014 season but injuries and inconsistencies have slowed him down. Last year he battled back and wrist injuries and only played in 52 games. If he’s healthy, then his versatility and bat against lefties are exactly what the Mets will need.

Danny Valencia: One year left of control (estimated $5.3 million in arbitration); .873 OPS against lefties (.924 last year). Billy Beane doesn’t seem to love this guy despite his solid production since coming to Oakland. A’s prospect Ryon Healy impressed in his debut this past season and appears to have third base locked down. Ditto for left field where Khris Davis had a huge year. He was shopped at the trade deadline and likely will be shopped again this off-season.

There is a low probability of prying a Tyler White or David Freese away from their clubs. I thought about Mark Reynolds, who is a free agent, but last year he had reverse splits (although his career splits are fairly even).

One thing is for sure, Met fans don’t want to see anymore Eric Campbell. They also don’t want a retread like John Mayberry, Casey McGehee, or Chris Johnson.

A player of interest: Chris Colabello. I know, I know, his big 2015 season was likely due to steroids and he flamed out last year after returning from suspension. But, if the Jays non-tender him then he likely will come cheap and may be worth a $1 million risk.

Lots of scenarios and variables out there. Let me know what you think. Did I miss anyone? Any of these guys appeal to you?

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Good Fundies Episode 25: The 1st Annual Fundies Awards http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/good-fundies-episode-25-the-1st-annual-fundies-awards.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/good-fundies-episode-25-the-1st-annual-fundies-awards.html/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:01:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225171 thefundies

Roger and Brian hosted the first ever Fundies awards, celebrating the best and worst and everything in-between of the 2016 Mets season. They also interpreted Wilmer Flores’ enigmatic snapchat pics and talked about the playoffs and the upcoming World Series, which apparently, despite the lack of Mets involvement is still scheduled to take place. In the mailbag, they tried to find a place for eight potential starting pitchers in next year’s rotation. They apologize for their congestion and remind everybody it’s an honor just to be nominated.

 

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Talkin’ Mets: 2016 Postmortem With John Delcos http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/talkin-mets-2016-postmortem-with-john-delcos.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/talkin-mets-2016-postmortem-with-john-delcos.html/#comments Sun, 09 Oct 2016 02:38:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224630 mets-wild-card

This week’s podcast puts a bow on the 2016 Mets season and looks towards 2017. I am also joined by MMO’s John Delcos who you can also check out at New York Mets Report.

John and I discuss why Jeurys Familia is not a failed postseason closer, the future of Yoenis Cespedis, what free agents the Mets should keep and what positions they need to upgrade.

John believes the Mets should move on from Cespedes and reinvest that money towards a more balanced ballclub. I am concerned about losing an impact bat and the real right-handed power threat in the lineup. Are Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista options?

Also hear our thoughts on free agents Kelly Johnson, Fernando Salas, Neil Walker, Bartolo Colon and Jerry Blevins. What does the future of Travis d’Arnaud and Lucas Duda hold? The show is chock full of honest and hard-hitting opinion and analysis.

I want to thank all the listeners of the podcast for a fun 2016 season. I will return after the World Series unless there is Mets news prior to that.

 

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Good Fundies Episode 24: What Kind of Day Has It Been http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/good-fundies-episode-24-what-kind-of-day-has-it-been.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/good-fundies-episode-24-what-kind-of-day-has-it-been.html/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:46:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224596 anguish

Roger and Brian talked about the wild card game, praising Noah Syndergaard but mostly they figured out where things went wrong. They also explored jinxes and weird superstitions before getting into which pending free agents on the team – including Yoenis Cespedes – the Mets should keep. They were so bummed out and annoyed that a listener asked specifically about Brian’s current mental health. They should be fine, or as fine as they are capable. We will get through this together.

 

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MMO Fan Shot: Let’s Make Some Magic! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/mmo-fan-shot-lets-make-some-magic.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/mmo-fan-shot-lets-make-some-magic.html/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:06:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224480 wright homer

An MMO Fan Shot by Lisa P.

When the 2016 season began, I was sure we would go far into the postseason, and thought it was probable we would win the World Series. I figured it would be smooth sailing and that we’d probably clinch the NL East sometime in the middle of September. I couldn’t imagine there would be much of a pennant race because we easily found ourselves winning the NL East last season and we made it all the way to November. And after all, we did resign Yoenis Cespedes.

However, beginning in April, our team was plagued with injury after injury. Travis d’Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Asdrubal Cabrera and Juan Lagares all missed playing time on and off. Worse yet, Matt Harvey was not himself and eventually required surgery, Zack Wheeler never returned like everyone expected, Michael Conforto struggled terribly, and Lucas Duda missed nearly the entire season.

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On June 25th, the Mets made one of the smartest moves of the season when they signed Jose Reyes in what many saw as a controversial decision. However, the move immediately paid big dividends as Jose was rejuvenated and added some energy to the team. He was finally home where he belonged, and his infield versatility allowed him to fill gaps all over the field initially before finally settling in at third base to replace his injured buddy, David Wright.

As the season progressed we were able to patch up some holes with the additions of James Loney and of course Kelly Johnson, who returned better than ever.

However, our rotation of aces was struggling. Jacob deGrom had several uncharacteristically tough starts while Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard each were diagnosed with bone spurs. Thankfully, Bartolo Colon was better than could be expected from a 43-year old, and he became our most reliable starter for a while.

I can’t say I ever gave up hope, because after all – Ya Gotta Believe. I would be lying though, if I didn’t admit that I was pretty scared in the middle of August. The NL East had slipped away and the Wild Card race seemed nearly out of reach, not because 5.5 games are impossible to make up, but because our team seemed to be losing ground, falling to two games below .500, any it felt like the losses were quickly mounting.

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Thankfully, things began to turn around. Reyes, Yo, and Asdrubal all returned from the DL and they each hit the ground running, especially Cabrera who was on fire. Wilmer was also carrying a lot of the offense and crushing left-handed pitching like nobody’s business. Things were looking up.

Our ailing rotation was patched up by a pair of rookies in Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman who performed in such a way that is nothing short of miraculous. And here we are in the postseason.

Tonight’s the night! We’ll find out if the Mets or the Giants will advance to play the Chicago Cubs in the NL Division Series.

Thor gets the nod and he’s hit his stride at the perfect time. We hit Madison Bumgarner really well when we faced him this summer, so that is good news. We have Yo, we have Reyes, and we have Familia with his newly found confidence.

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While I am deeply saddened about the injury of Wilmer, we do have Bruce who has suddenly found his groove and is red hot. I always hoped that if we started Bruce long enough, this would happen. It did, just at the perfect time. I’m also thrilled with the way Rene Rivera turned out. He seems to be the best option for Wednesday night.

I just know that if we survive tonight, we will go far. The Nats could stand in our way say all the experts, but I say maybe not.  Once you make the playoffs, you’ve got as good a chance as any to win the World Series. Especially when your team is the Amazin’ Mets. I don’t want to wait for 2017. Why should I? We have the championship in our sights now. I know we can do it and I’m pretty sure we will. So let’s get this done! Let’s Go Mets!

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This MMO Fan Shot was written by MMO reader Lisa Pecaro. Have something you want to say about the Mets? Share your opinions with over 30,000 Met fans who read this site daily. Send your Fan Shot to FanShot@MetsmerizedOnline.com. Or ask us about becoming a regular contributor.

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The Amazin’ Metscast: The Wild Card Episode http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/the-amazin-metscast-the-wild-card-episode.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/the-amazin-metscast-the-wild-card-episode.html/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2016 12:00:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224414 amazin-metscast-wc

The Amazin’ Metscast – Episode 13 – The Wild Card Episode

In this week’s episode, we preview the 2016 NL Wild Card game as our New York Mets take on the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field.

We are joined by a variety of guests this week as we get the prospective from all walks of the game.

C.J. Nitkowski, former major league pitcher and current MLB analyst takes a look at the game ahead and the current Wild Card setup as well as if it is fair to teams.

Next, we head to San Francisco as we are joined by Ann Killion of the SF Chronicle. We get the Giants perspective of things as Ann and I delve into the past season for the Giants and what kind of team the Mets will be taking on.

Lastly, James Wagner of the NY Times joins us as we head onto the Mets beat to go over the game from a New York prospective and how this team will handle Madison Bumgarner.

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Talkin’ Mets: Bring on the Giants and the Playoffs http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/talkin-mets-bring-on-the-giants-and-the-playoffs.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/talkin-mets-bring-on-the-giants-and-the-playoffs.html/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2016 01:11:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224283 mets-win

Tonight Rich Coutinho of 98.7 ESPN joins me to look back at the 2016 Mets and towards their matchup with the Giants in the Wild Card game on Wednesday night.

Rich and I talk about how the Mets went from one of the most disappointing seasons in team history to perhaps one of the most, if not the most, gratifying. We believe this playoff berth can be a real foundation in building a culture that is about sustainable winning.

We also talk about the playoff roster and make predictions on whether the Mets can beat Madison Baumgarner.

Chris the Teacher from Metsmerized Online calls in to share his experience of watching the clinching live down in Philadelphia. Chris disagrees with my assertion that everything is “gravy” going forward. He believes the Mets need to win the Wild Card game to earn the “sustainable winning” moniker that I lay out in the opening. Also hear why he thinks Jose Reyes is going to have a huge game on Wednesday.

 

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Can The Mets Win The World Series Against All Odds? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/can-the-mets-win-the-world-series-against-all-odds.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/can-the-mets-win-the-world-series-against-all-odds.html/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:39:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224142 jay-bruce

Slugger Jay Bruce picked a perfect time to be swinging a hot bat again. The all-star outfielder has been mired in an offensive slump since being acquired from the Reds at the trade deadline. But that has changed in the last few weeks. Bruce has been on a tear as we inch closer to securing a National League wild card spot.

“Since the day I got here, that’s all I wanted to do,” Bruce told the New York Daily News. “I didn’t want to be anyone that I wasn’t. I just wanted to come in here and play good baseball, be a professional and contribute to the team.”

Of late, the entire team has been contributing as we hold a one-game lead over of the San Francisco Giants for the first wild-card spot. It looks more and more like it will be us and Giants squaring off in a win-or-go-home wild-card matchup.

While we’re getting production at the plate, Terry Collins is focusing on keeping what’s left of our depleted starting rotation fresh as we look to make another deep playoff run.

We were dealt a major blow in July when right-hander Matt Harvey was shut down with thoracic outlet syndrome, which required season-ending surgery to fix. Jacob DeGrom also required elbow-surgery, which requires at least three months’ recovery. Throw Steven Matz’s name into the group of injured starters, the southpaw also forced into a season-ending shoulder surgery.

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Noah Syndergaard, who has emerged as our ace, will be the likely starting pitcher for a wild-card game. But after that, things get somewhat murky on the mound. Veteran Bartolo Colon is now the clear No. 2, followed by rookies Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman.

Despite our rotation being hit hard by the injury bug, online sportsbook Bet365.com still gives us a +1800 odds to win the World Series. The Giants — our likely wild-card opponent — are +3000 underdogs to win it all.

We’ve squared off with the Giants seven times during the 2016 campaign, with New York holding a 4-3 advantage heading into the post-season. In our last meeting in August, likely wild-card game starting pitcher Syndergaard earned the win on the mound in a 2-0 win over the Giants. While it would be a close match, we have proven they we outduel the Giants — especially if comes down to one game.

Let’s not count out the St. Louis Cardinals — another team we’ve had some success against in 2016. The Cards are also in the race, sitting just one game behind the Giants for the second wild-card spot.

In six meetings between the us and Cardinals this season, Collins’ club owns a 3-3 record. But we’ve produced 27 runs in those games.

It’s no secret that we will need to rely on power hitters Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes if we’re  going to repeat the same magic from a year ago. Cespedes has been in and out of the lineup all season long, but has still managed to produce remarkable offensive numbers.

The center fielder leads the team in home runs (31), RBIs (85) and batting average (.283). Veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson has also been a breath of fresh air as the 35-year-old recorded his fourth 30-plus home run season. Granderson will also be called upon in the team’s wild card game to come up with clutch hits and maybe even a key bunt to help us advance to the NLDS.

Anything is possible once you get past the wild-card game. Vegas oddsmakers place the us at 10/1 to win the National League Pennant behind the Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

A final three-game series against the lowly Philadelphia Phillies is exactly what the doctor ordered, as we can clinch a wild card berth this weekend.

A series sweep heading into the playoffs would inject us with an extra dose of confidence, which is always a good thing when coming up against the best clubs in the major leagues. If you believe in us, place a bet on the staggering +1800 to win the World Series and watch what we’re made of in October.

Have a look at the Mets schedule, find out the best betting lines for every Mets game and heed some tips on how to make more money from your New York bets.

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Good Fundies Episode 23: The Circle of Trust http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/good-fundies-episode-23-the-circle-of-trust.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/good-fundies-episode-23-the-circle-of-trust.html/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:00:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224076 yoenis-cespedes-jay-bruce

In the regular season finale of Good Fundies, Brian and Roger have a pleasant discourse over which Met would do best in a debate. Then they set the Mets’ wild card game roster (no jinx!) for Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson before figuring out who made Terry’s “circle of trust” and will come out of the bullpen.

They also talked about how sad Jim Halpert was on The Office, how annoying Ryan Howard was on both The Office and the Phillies over the last decade, felt bad for Steven Matz, and put the Mets’ ridiculous injury reporting practices on blast. Also, Roger at one point accidentally did an impersonation of Dracula impersonating Will Smith from “Concussion”.

Roger and Brian also talked about Jose Fernandez, and the legacy he left behind. Hug the ones you love, as well as the ones who are finally starting to hit some home runs.

 

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The Amazin’ Metscast: The Final Countdown http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/the-amazin-metscast-the-final-countdown.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/the-amazin-metscast-the-final-countdown.html/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:00:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224015 amazin-metscast-ep12

The Amazin’ Metscast – Episode 12 – The Final Countdown

We are joined by Mets Daddy of Metsmerizedonline.com and MetsDaddy.com this week as we discuss the Jose Fernandez tragedy and the tremendous job done by both the Marlins and Mets in what was an emotionally charged series.

We take a look at the scandalous thought of Terry Collins pitching Noah Syndergaard in Sunday’s regular season finale just to obtain home field advantage in the Wild Card game.

Finally, we size up the competition and discuss who we believe will make it to the postseason. We currently have three teams for two spots, with our Metropolitans leading the way.

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Talkin’ Mets: Tragedy Strikes, Final Week Won’t Be Easy http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/talkin-mets-tragedy-strikes-final-week-wont-be-easy.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/talkin-mets-tragedy-strikes-final-week-wont-be-easy.html/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:41:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223772 fernandez-jersey

I kick off tonight’s show looking at the week ahead and comparing the schedules of the Mets, Cards and Giants. I also talk about how this team needs to approach a ballgame differently without their strong starting pitching.

The tragic death of Jose Fernandez puts a monkey wrench into the series in Miami. The Marlins could certainly use their grief as a means to play some of their best baseball of the year. The Phillies aren’t going to just sit back and let the Mets celebrate on their field. Bad Philly bullpen or not, that series isn’t going to be easy. It’s possible the Mets are going to need to win out, especially with teams like the Rockies, Pirates and Cardinals standing in the way of their competition.

This Mets team needs to play more like the 2006 group. They no longer can rely on 7 strong innings from the rotation. Rather, they need to get 5-6 good innings and then mix and match to the Reed/Familia end-game. This type of scenario requires strong bullpen management and a feel for the game, two attributes that are not strengths of Terry Collins. Would you be surprised if we are sitting here next week lamenting another week of bad Collins in-game management? I won’t be.

Joe Trezza of MLB.com joins me to round out the show. Joe talks about how September baseball is exciting and he doesn’t agree with those who feel the 3+ hour games and expanded rosters are ruining baseball. We discuss AJ Cassavell’s Sports on Earth article suggesting 22-man active rosters in September and how the league can improve, not eliminate September baseball next year.

Joe also tells me what he’s heard from scouts regarding the struggles of Travis d’Arnaud, why Rene Rivera is a better option at catcher, and his prediction of whether there will be October baseball in Flushing.

 

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Good Fundies Episode 22: Hello, Welcome to New York. Boo. http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/good-fundies-episode-22-hello-welcome-to-new-york-boo.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/good-fundies-episode-22-hello-welcome-to-new-york-boo.html/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:15:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223622 degromchair

Roger eulogized the late Jacob ‘deGrominator’ deGrom before he cursed the day the Warthen Slider was invented. Brian got into Jay Bruce’s troubles and if he would shoot him out of a cannon before the also struggling Travis d’Arnaud.

The two discussed if Lucas Duda should get some more playing time in these final days before a listener asked why they pick on James Loney so darn much. The two talked proper Mets booing etiquette, and they dipped into a particularly anti-Terry Collins mailbag. There’s a John Olerud reference.

P.S. The Braves are jerks.

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The Amazin’ Metscast: The Jay Bay Chronicles http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/the-amazin-metscast-the-jay-bay-chronicles.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/the-amazin-metscast-the-jay-bay-chronicles.html/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:00:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223479 amazin-metscast-baron

The Amazin’ Metscast – Episode 11 – The Jay Bay Chronicles

On this week’s dumpster fire of an episode we are joined by Michael Baron as we discuss the Mets’ struggles with teams they should beat while in the midst of a Wild Card race.

We also delve into the hot topic that is Jay Bruce as we witness the possible reincarnation of Jason Bay in front of our very eyes.

Baron and I also take a look at Wild Card possibilities, Travis d’Arnauds struggles, Steven Matz and more.

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