Mets Merized Online Mon, 01 Jun 2015 23:02:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Padres – Duda Out With Stiff Knee Mon, 01 Jun 2015 22:51:05 +0000 jacob deGrom

The New York Mets head west to San Diego for the start of a three game series against the Padres, beginning on Monday night. Jacob deGrom (5-4, 2.71) starts for the Mets and he will be opposed by Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-7, 3.00) at 10:10 PM.

Since June 21, 2014, Jacob deGrom has posted a 2.27 ERA which is the fifth-lowest mark in the majors, behind Felix Hernandez (2.00), Max Scherzer (2.18), Clayton Kershaw (2.21) and Edinson Volquez (2.24).

Game Alert: Lucas Duda is out of the lineup with a stiff right knee that he hurt when he was hit by a pitch on Sunday. He is available to pinch hit according to Terry Collins, and is expected back in the lineup tomorrow.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. Ruben Tejada, 3B
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  5. Wilmer Flores, SS
  6. Darrell Ceciliani, LF
  7. Juan Lagares, CF
  8. Kevin Plawecki, C
  9. Jacob deGrom, SP

The Mets finished their weekend on a high note, avoiding the sweep from the Marlins and now they are only a half game back behind the Nationals for the division lead on the first day of June. Familia really was the star of the game yesterday. A case can be made for Colon or Flores, but it comes down to Familia getting those 5-outs. Tonight the Mets find themselves on the West Coast for the first time this year as they start a series with the new-look Padres.

Jacob deGrom is 5-4 over 10 starts and 63.0 innings with a 2.71 ERA while striking out 63 batters. In his last three starts he is 2-0 over 21.1 innings with a 1.27 ERA and 26 strikeouts. This will be deGrom’s first start against the Padres but there are a few batters who have seen him:

  • J Upton 2-9
  • Kemp 2-6, 2B
  • Solarte 0-3

Andrew Cashner is 2-7 over 10 starts and 63.0 innings with 3.00 ERA. He is coming off of an average start of allowing 3 ER over 7.0 innings vs the Angels after an excellent start (1 run, none earned over 6.0). Last year he allowed 4 ER over 8 hits and 6.0 innings against the Mets who have the following numbers against Andrew:

  • Cuddyer 4-14, 2B, HR
  • Duda 2-5, 2 2B
  • Murphy 0-4
  • Tejada 1-4
  • Granderson 0-3
  • Mayberry 1-1

Lets Go Mets!

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Looking At What Lies Ahead For Mets In June Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:51:25 +0000 terry-collins-mets

The Mets are 22-8 against .500 or lower teams, and 6-15 against teams over .500.

The Mets started off the season as hot as anyone could have imagined. They had one of the best months of April in franchise history, which included an 11 game wining streak. After going 15-8 in the seasons first month, May wasn’t so kind to the Mets who dealt with injuries and losing streaks and with Sunday’s win over the Fish the Mets finished May going 13-15. After two unpredictable months of baseball it is anyone’s guess what June has in store.

screenshot-www baseball-reference com 2015-06-01 14-53-47The Mets have a very favorable June schedule lined up. Their opponents have a combined 165- 190 record. The Mets are 8-1 this season against the Phillies but are only 20-22 against the rest of the league so this will be a good chance for the Mets to get back on track against opponents outside the city of brotherly love.

The month will start out west a place the Mets haven’t fared well in recent years. The Mets will play 3 games in San Diego against the Padres who made the most offseason additions out of any team and are still waiting for everyone to click. The Padres had high expectations coming into 2015 but sit in third place in the NL West 2 games under .500. To finish off the trip the Mets will travel to the only place out West where they are known for their success, Chase Field in Arizona. The Mets have won at least four games against the D-Backs in each of the last three seasons. The Diamondbacks are right under the Padres in the NL West but have been hot of late and certainly cannot be underestimated after winning their last two series.

The boys will return home for their first and toughest series at home in the month of the June when they welcome in the defending World Series Champion Giants. Since starting the year slow the Giants have picked it up of late especially after the return of All Star outfielder Hunter Pence. I’m excited to see if the taunting Hunter Pence signs which became a phenomenon in baseball in 2015 will make a return to Citi Field when that series starts on June 9th.

The Mets will then play their next 10 games against the Braves and Blue jays. The Mets will host the Braves for three games, who they are already 4-2 against this season, before continuing the AL East tour when they welcome the Blue Jays to Citi Field for the very first time and the first time to Flushing since 2001. It will also be a homecoming for Mets great and fan favorite Jose Reyes. The Mets and Jays are scheduled for a home and home and after playing two games in Queens the Mets will head North of the Border to the Roger Centre, a place they haven’t been since 2012 to finish off the season series with the Blue Jays.

The Mets will finish this 10 game stretch when they head to Atlanta for three more games with the rival Braves who after the addition of Juan Uribe are not going anywhere and are keeping themselves a float in the NL East sitting 3 games behind the Nationals. That trip will feature an outing by the 7 Line so keep an eye out for the Mets road warriors.

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The road trip will continue when the Mets make their only trip to Miller Park in Milwaukee of the season where they have played around .500 ball going 7-6 there in the past four seasons. The Mets beat up on Brewers at the end of May taking two of three, including Noah Syndergaard’s first MLB win.

The Month will end when the Mets take on the struggling Reds for the first time this season when Cincinnati makes the trip to Queens. Cincinnati has had a ton of success when playing the Mets on the road; they are 10-4 at Citi Field since 2012. The Reds sit near the bottom of the NL Central after putting themselves in a huge hole with a 9 game losing streak but did the Mets a huge favor on Sunday by completing the three game sweep of the Nationals.

The Mets will display the 6-man rotation for the first time in June in their opening series with San Diego. We will get to see how Matt Harvey does with the extra day of rest and how Dillon Gee will fair in his return to the Mets rotation. The one perk of the 6 man rotation is that it is another day we will get to go without seeing Jon Niese give up 5 runs and unless he picks up it we may either be back to a 5 man rotation or see the emergence of Steven Matz by the time June comes to a close. June will most likely see the return of Travis d’Arnaud and Vic Black to the lineup but it is unsure if David Wright, Jerry Blevins and Bobby Parnell will make an appearance before the month’s end.

2015 is not a huge year for the Mets concerning milestones, but in June Curtis Granderson is expected to play his 1400th game and Ruben Tejada is scheduled to play in his 500th game so do what you want with that. The first day in June will be the third anniversary of the Mets first and only no hitter by Johan Santana against the Cardinals and with the way some of these guys are pitching maybe we will see a second some time soon. The Mets have had some big moments in June. On the 26th Vince Coleman broke the Mets record for most stolen bases in a game with 4 in 1990. June 27th will be 7-year anniversary of the day Carlos Delgado has nine RBI’s at Yankee Stadium to break the Mets all Time record for most RBI’s in a single game. June also has some not so fun anniversaries; On June 11th 1985 the Mets gave up their most runs in a game when the Phillies put up a 24 spot against the Amazin’s. On June 12th, 2007 John Maine gave up back to back to back home runs to the Dodgers the most home runs a Mets pitcher has give up in a row.

If you are like me and are a huge fan of the Mets steeping up their promotional game in 2015 here is what to expect for June. The promotions will come when the Mets host the Braves and Reds. The Braves series will feature a Juan Lagares free shirt Friday, a David Wright replica jersey, and a family Sunday/ cap giveaway at Citi Field. The Reds series will be giving away a Mr. Met free shirt Friday, a Steve Miller Band postgame concert on Saturday, and Sunday will be another family Sunday when the Mets give out a Lucas Duda Growth Chart.

June shows a ton of promise for the struggling Mets who will have the chance to take advantage of some non-playoff teams and continues to gain ground on Nationals. The Nats have a tougher schedule; they will have to go up against the AL East leading Yankees and Rays and will play the bulk of the NL Central. If you told me the Mets would be a ½ game out of first place after the first two months of the season I would have asked where I do I sign, lets keep our fingers crossed that we will able to say the same or better come the end of June. Here is to another good month of Mets baseball!


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Dominic Smith Named FSL Player of the Week Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:02:42 +0000 bryan greenMets prospect and 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith has been selected as this week’s Florida State League Player of the Week.

After struggling for the first few weeks of the season, Smith has suddenly turned it on. He is currently riding a 13-game hitting streak in which he is batting .377/.400/.623 with ten doubles, a home run, and 14 RBI.

Smith had a monster week, capped off by a two-run walk-off home run on Saturday night for St. Lucie, who are 25-25 on the year.

Overall, Smith is hitting .260/.303/.377 with a home run, 14 doubles, and 26 RBI. This is the second week in a row that a St. Lucie Met has been named FSL Player of the Week. Last week, Michael Conforto (since promoted to Binghamton), took home the award.

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MMO Players of the Week: Lucas Duda Is An All-Star Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:45:59 +0000 What an interesting week this was. Just when we thought the Mets were about to take a nosedive after a absolutely brutal series against the Pirates, they turned it around. Granted, three of their four wins this week (they went 4-2 with an off day) were against the Phillies, but wins are wins and as long as the Mets can continue beating up on bad teams, even if they aren’t so hot against teams like the Cardinals or Pirates, they can stay in the playoff race.

This week saw some up and down starting pitching, some solid work by the bullpen, and a decent showing by the offense. However, the undisputed highlight of the week was this:

And now, the Players of the Week…

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Hitter of the Week: Lucas Duda

As if Lucas Duda wasn’t already having a fantastic season, this week cemented that. For the week, Duda hit .333/.462/1.000 in his six games. He scored eight runs, walked three times, but what was most impressive was Duda’s power. This week, he hit two doubles and four home runs, including two homers in Wednesday’s 7-0 drubbing of the Phillies. With this recent stretch, Duda has brought his overall line on the season to .298/.394/.539. He is also now up to nine homers and 16 doubles this year. If you stretch out his line to 162 games, he would have 52 doubles and 30 home runs. Duda has also raised his wRC+ to a career-best 163 (meaning he is 63 percent better than league average), which is 12th in all of baseball. Put this man on an All-Star team!

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Pitcher of the Week: Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard only pitched once this week, but he was certainly the most dominant Mets starter. In fact, he was the only Mets starting pitcher to not allow a run this week. On Wednesday, Syndergaard shut down the Phillies, tossing 7.1 scoreless innings, allowing just six hits and most impressively, not allowing a single walk. Syndergaard has been lauded throughout his professional career for his command, and it’s great to see that manifesting itself in the majors. During Wednesday’s outing, he also struck out six batters and only allowed four line drives. To top off a seemingly magical start for the 22 year-old prospect was a fourth inning home run off starter Sean O’Sullivan. Along with his great pitching line, Syndergaard was also 3-for-3 at the plate, including that absolute bomb he hit to almost dead center field He is now 4-for-9 in his big league career. Maybe Syndergaard should have been Offensive Player of the Week…

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Breakout Player of the Week: Michael Cuddyer

Mets fans may be able to breathe a sigh of relief as Michael Cuddyer is finally hitting again. The 36 year-old batted .368/.455/.737 with a pair of home runs, a double, and three walks, good enough in most weeks to earn Hitter of the Week honors. Cuddyer is back up around league average on the season with a .260/.326/.393 line (102 OPS+) but he will have to do a lot more to be worth the money and draft pick the Mets gave up to get him.

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This Date In Mets History: Johan Santana Tosses A No-Hitter Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:25:31 +0000 Johan Santana

Johan Santana took the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals three years ago today on June 1, 2012 and tossed one of the most memorable games in New York Mets history.

mmo feature original footerIt was a beautiful Friday night, and as a Mets fan, before every game you always think to yourself: “Maybe tonight will be the night they finally do it.” Because up until that point, no Mets pitcher had ever thrown a no-hitter (as we all know).

So Santana is dealing, and he is setting down these Cardinal hitters and escaping each inning unscathed, despite allowing a few walks.

It didn’t get serious for me until after he finished off the sixth inning. “Johan only has nine more outs to go. There’s a real possibility we might see history tonight.” I said to myself.


Then in the seventh inning, Mike Baxter made that magnificent catch going back on a line drive off the bat of Yadier Molina, and slammed against the left field wall and injuring his shoulder which sidelined him for two months.

But after that, I knew. I could feel it. Every no-hitter has that one outstanding catch to keep the game in tact. (See Dewayne Wise, Hunter Pence, Steven Souza).

Santana gets through the eighth, and goes back on for the ninth, despite his high pitch count. He retired the following two batters, and now it was just David Freese standing between Johan and history.

When Freese struck out to end the game, it was euphoric. Nothing else mattered in that moment. After 8,019 regular season games and fifty years into the Mets franchise, no one had done what Santana had just accomplished for the Amazin’s. Tom Seaver never did it, Dwight Gooden never did it, but Johan Santana on that June night three years ago, finally did it.

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What made it all more amazing was Santana did this in first season back from shoulder surgery which sidelined him the entire 2011 season. It reminded fans what Santana was capable of, and brought them back to how he had consistently pitched when he first joined the Mets in 2008.

To top it all off, a Mets fan wearing a 1986 Gary Carter jersey ran on to the field after the last out and joined the Mets celebration around Santana. He was subdued by team security, but it seemed to me a sign that Carter was there that night watching over the team. He had passed away a few months prior after losing his fight to brain cancer.

This was Santana’s last shining moment as a Met, however, as after a few more starts he was placed on the disabled list for the remainder of the season and also his Mets career.

He re-injured his shoulder in 2013 and missed the entire year. The Mets cut him loose at the end of the season, and he hasn’t appeared in the majors since. However, he is trying to make a comeback, as he is pitching in the Toronto Blue Jays system as we speak.

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Terry Collins gets a lot of heat for letting Johan throw all those pitches to accomplish the feat, but I don’t look at it that way. Santana was pitching good all night and was feeling it. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m glad Santana was the one to throw it, and I’m sure he is to.

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Could Justin Upton, Martin Prado or Aroldis Chapman Work For Mets? Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:58:09 +0000 aroldis_chapman_reds_0

With the Mets trying to reach the postseason for the first time since 2006, Joel Sherman of the NY Post  believes New York should be buyers at the trade deadline. In his article, Sherman lists four players he thinks they should target.

Aroldis Chapman:

Even though Sherman acknowledges that a trade for the Red’s dominating closer is unlikely, he argues that the payoff for such a move would be tremendous.

“The Royals accentuated last year what a powerhouse endgame could deliver. In Chapman and Jeurys Familia, the Mets would have a lefty-righty power duo akin to what the Yankees have with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances.”

Chapman owns an excellent 1.61 ERA this year, and he has struck out over 100 batters in each of the last three seasons.

Sherman also raises the possibility of the Mets taking on Brandon Phillips‘ contract to lower the price of the deal, but the idea still seems doubtful.

The Mets stingy front office and ownership doesn’t appear willing to sacrifice enough talent or money that it would take to land a player of Chapman’s caliber.

Ben Zobrist or Martin Prado:

Sherman includes Zobrist and Prado as solid fallback options since a trade for Troy Tulowitzki now seems far-fetched.

With a lot of question marks plaguing the Mets’ lineup, their versatility makes them intriguing options.

“That is why I believe Prado and Zobrist fit the Mets because of their ability to help at many positions.”

“Zobrist, just back from the disabled list, is the kind of player Alderson likes because of an ability to have patient at-bats. He also can play pretty much anywhere on the diamond except catcher or center field.”

While both players would be welcomed additions, Zobrist makes the most sense because he can play both shortstop and second base.

In 20 games this year, he’s batting .241 with one home run. For his career, he is a .264 hitter with a .781 OPS.

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Justin Upton:

The Mets may have to reconfigure their outfield to get Upton’s bat in the lineup, but he’s exactly the type player they need. Upton has a .307 average this season, and he has hit 12 home runs and 37 RBI in 51 games.

“So, the Mets essentially could have Cuddyer and Granderson share left or Granderson play some center against tough righties. And they would have Lucas Duda and Upton forming a powerhouse three-four in the lineup down the stretch.”

However, Upton is a free agent after this season. What are the chances that Sandy Alderson trades a top tier prospect for a rental? I don’t see it happening.

Zobrist is the only realistic option that could work in my opinion. While he’s also a rental, he won’t cost the Mets nearly as much in terms of prospects.

Are there any other trade possibilities out there that could work? Let us know in the comments.

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Mets Minor League Recap: Smith Streak To 13, Matz Loses 1-0 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:20:49 +0000 steven matz

Nashville 1, Las Vegas (29-22) 0

Steven Matz made one mistake in the 1st inning when he gave up a double to Nate Freiman that scored Ryan Roberts for the only run of the game. Matz went 5 innings allowing four hits, two walks, while striking out just two which is his lowest total since he also K’ed two on May 6th. 2014. Matz was pulled after just 79 pitches (50) in an effort to keep his innings down. Matz suffered his 3rd loss of the season while lowering his ERA to 1.98 and the average against him to .202. John Church bounced back from his worst outing of the year (1 IP, 3 R) with two perfect innings striking out one. Zack Thornton pitched a perfect 8th inning extending his scoreless streak to 8.1 innings.

The 51′s offense was completely shutdown by Barry Zito who threw 8 shutout innings giving up just two hits. Jayce Boyd was the only Vegas hitter to reach base twice in the game going 1-2 with a walk. He is now 3-8 with two walks since being promoted to Las Vegas. Cory Vaughn collected the only other hit for the 51′s, he is hitting .213/.327/.337 on the year. Box Score

Las Vegas plays Nashville tonight at 8:05 ET with Tyler Pill (1-2, 7.04) on the hill hoping to snap the 51′s 5-game losing streak.

Binghamton (26-24) 5, Altoona 3

Binghamton were trailing 3-2 in the top of the 8th when Michael Conforto came to the plate with Yeixon Ruiz on third base as the tying run. Conforto proceeded to hit a RBI triple down the right field line to tie the game for his 1st AA hit and his first professional three bagger. Here is video of the triple. Conforto then scored the go-ahead run on an error by the shortstop by Gift Ngoepe off the bat of Eudy Pina. Conforto finished his 2nd B’Mets game going 1-3 with a walk while striking out once. Aderlin Rodriguez had a big day going 3-4 with two solo homeruns, one in the 2nd inning and another in the 7th. Over his last 10 games Rodriguez is 9-32 with three homeruns and eight RBI’s while striking out only four times. Gavin Cecchini went 2-4 making it his 4th straight multi-hit game and has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games.

Seth Lugo went 6 innings giving up three runs on five hits, two walks, while striking out four batters raising his ERA to 2.82 for the year. Matt Koch pitched a perfect 7th inning picking up the win and has thrown 8.1 consecutive scoreless innings. Vic Black pitched the 8th inning giving up a hit and a walk while striking out one in the scoreless frame. Paul Sewald came into the 9th pitching a clean inning with a strikeout, picking up his 9th save and lowered his ERA to 1.46. Box Score

Binghamton has the day off

St. Lucie (25-25) 10, Fort Myers 4

The St. Lucie offense came out of the gates on fire scoring 10 runs in the first three innings giving starter Miller Diaz plenty of wiggle room to work with. Dominic Smith continued his great stretch getting a hit in each of the first three innings stretching his hitting streak to 13 games. Smith finished 3-5 with his league leading 14th double, scored two runs, and knocked in four to give him 26 RBI’s on the year. On May 7th Smith’s slash line was .143/.194/.159 and now today he is hitting .260/.303/.377 for the year. Matt Oberste had a big day as well going 4-5 with two doubles, two RBI’s, and scored three runs while lifting his slash line to .279/.331/.436. He has hit .324 over his last 10 games driving in 9 in that span while walking five times compared to four strikeouts. Amed Rosario had his 4th straight multi-hit game going 2-5 with his league leading 4th triple, 6th stolen base, scoring a run, and collecting two RBI’s. Rosario had a monster may hitting .318/.370/.455 while hitting 11 extra base hits, walking 8 times (walked just once in April), and stealing three bases. Every hitter in the Mets lineup had atleast one hit with the league’s leading hitter Jeff McNeil going 1-4 with a walk.

Diaz was given a big lead to work worth and managed to pick up his 3rd win of the year but it wasn’t pretty as he walked five, hit a batter, threw two wild pitches in 6.1 innings. Diaz somehow managed to give up just four runs (three earned) partially because he gave up just three hits and that Kyle Regnault bailed him out in the 7th stranding two of his runners. Regnault pitched 2.1 innings giving up one hit, while walking two and striking out four hitters. Akeel Morris came in with the bases loaded and two outs in the 9th inning to make sure the game didn’t get close. He induced a groundball out from Alex Swim to end the game. Box Score

Logan Taylor (0-3, 5.79) looks for his first win of the year pitching vs. Fort Myers at 6:30.

Charleston 9, Savannah (24-26) 3

Corey Oswalt started the 5th inning with a 2-0 lead before he imploded giving up seven runs in a sloppy inning that included two errors and two wild pitches. Oswalt went 4.1 innings giving up the seven runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Ben Griset relieved Oswalt letting the runner he inherited score and a run of his own in 1.2 innings while striking out two. Lefty Paul Paez pitched two innings giving up his first run of the season in 9.1 innings. David Roseboom pitched a clean 9th inning failing to record a strikeout for just the 2nd time this year.

Jon Leroux led the Sand Gnats offense reaching base three times, scoring a run and picking up his 4th double of the year. Patrick Biondi had two hits out of the lead off spot including his first 3B of the year. Joe Tuschak was playing in his 2nd consecutive game after being promoted and went 1-4 with a RBI triple. Luis Guillorme, Jean Rodriguez, Wuilmer Becerra, and Eudor Garcia all went 0-4 on the night as Savannah had only 6 hits. Box Score

The Sand Gnats play at 7:05 against Asheville with Brad Wieck (2-4, 3.09) getting the start.

Both of the DSL Mets had yesterday off but will be back in action today at 10:30 ET in the Dominican Republic.

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Why Kevin Plawecki Should Not Be Traded Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:30:11 +0000 kevin plawecki 1

With Travis d’Arnaud set to return to the big league club shortly after he rests up his bone bruise, the Mets appear to be set on sending Kevin Plawecki back to Las Vegas as playing time and service time are both factors in this decision.

On the big league club, Plawecki will likely be sitting on the bench 5 out of 6 games, doing him no good. And considering that sending him down for a few months will ensure that he does not accumulate a year of service or reach super two status, Plawecki is almost certain to return to Triple-A.

Catching Depth

Looking forward to 2016, one of the biggest questions will be whether both d’Arnaud and Plawecki should be kept. If both remain with the Mets, how will playing time be divided? Before we look at playing time scenarios, I think we should anticipate what the upside and downside are to trading away one of the two.

Assuming the less established Plawecki is traded and TDA ends up on the disabled list as he did this year, the Mets take a significant hit to their production at the catcher position. Could you imagine seeing Anthony Recker penciled into our lineup for two months? This is one dreadful scenario that the Mets absolutely cannot afford.

On the flipside, if the Mets keep both, they should continue to see above average production out of their backstop, no matter who is starting.

Plawecki/D’Arnaud As A Trade Chip

Common sense will tell us that you should trade abundance at one position for dearth at another when constructing a roster. Teams who have many holes will need every trade chip they can use to fill their other needs. However, the Mets have the luxury of having a very deep farm system and one where most of the talent is in the upper minors so they have plenty of pieces to deal from without having to include Plawecki or d’Arnaud’s name.

Playing Time Distribution

Since there is not enough playing time behind the plate for both catchers, one of them will need to learn a new position or two. Plawecki has played 1B in the minors and he is the younger and slightly more athletic of the two so I propose that he spends a good part of the rest of 2015 in Vegas with a first base and/or outfield mitt.

In 2016, the Mets can distribute their playing time as follows.

Travis d’Arnaud – 110 starts at catcher, 10 starts at DH.

Lucas Duda – 140 starts at 1B

Kevin Plawecki – 50 starts at catcher, 20 starts at 1B, 10 starts in LF

At the catcher position, you see a minimal or non-existent downgrade going from D’Arnaud to Plawecki. At 1B, you would likely rest Duda for 10 games a year anyway so giving him 10 additional days off is the trade off for NOT running into a scenario where Anthony Recker starts for two months. With this setup, it will also help keep all three players fresh for a long season.

Potential DH Implementation

One final factor to consider is the potential implementation of a designated hitter in the National League. After Adam Wainwright tore his achilles running to 1B on a ground ball, there was a firestorm of discussion on the benefits and harm of requiring a pitcher to bat in the NL. With the way that the league has shifted to protect their players (home plate collision rule), there is an outside chance that major league baseball could make a change in the next year or two.

If this does indeed happen, the Mets stand to be one of the top benefactors by having two catchers who both project to be above average hitters.

All of these factors should make it very clear that dealing Kevin Plawecki would not be beneficial to the Mets. Keeping both of our above average catchers allows us to avoid possibly exposing a backup quality catcher to day in and day out pitching for an extended period of time.

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Morning Grind: Mayberry Has Been A Disaster Mon, 01 Jun 2015 11:00:49 +0000 john mayberry

On the bright side, John Mayberry only struck out once yesterday.

After Mayberry went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .140 in Sunday’s series finale against the Marlins, Joe D asked me to dig up Mayberry’s splits. I did, but quickly found that there’s no way to spin it. Mayberry has been BAD.

mmo feature original footerMayberry has been bad against lefties. He’s been bad against righties. He’s been bad as a starter. He’s been bad off the bench. He’s been bad in the day. He’s been bad at night. He’s been bad at home. He’s been bad on the road. Two of his seven hits have come on the first pitch, so maybe he’s been better (less bad?) when he’s been a bit more aggressive. But overall, this season has been a catastrophe for Mayberry.

So why was Mayberry — signed to provide an offensive boost against southpaws — in the lineup yesterday against the righty David Phelps? Who knows. Maybe Terry Collins had to “get him going.”

Maybe Collins thought Phelps’ finesse style (this is a nice way of saying he can’t throw very hard) would allow Mayberry to catch up to a ball and send it out of the ballpark. Maybe somebody else just needed a day off. But it was certainly a peculiar move, and it clearly didn’t pay off (although Mayberry did make a nice diving catch to rob Dee Gordon of a single early in the game).

What are the Mets to do with Mayberry? He clearly isn’t performing well enough to earn starts. In theory, he should be a serviceable bat against lefties off the bench, but he isn’t performing in that role either.

His value has been reduced further by Lucas Duda‘s success against lefties. Mayberry’s role on the team isn’t too big, but the Mets need all hands on deck, and considering how weak their bench is, Mayberry will have to start carrying his weight at some point. He has to turn it around. And unfortunately, that’s hard to do when you’re usually just sitting on a bench all game — you need to hit to play, but you need to play to hit.

With the Mets ready to implement their innovative four man bench again – actually three in theory because one is the backup catcher – Mayberry is now one third of the Mets offense off the bench.

Mayberry’s struggles are disappointing and a bit surprising considering how good he looked in Spring Training. But hey, so did Chris Young.

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Bartolo Colon Is Tied For The Major League Lead In Wins Mon, 01 Jun 2015 10:00:50 +0000 bartolo colon

After a solid start against the Miami Marlins on Sunday in which Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings, allowing three runs on six hits (and hitting an RBI double!), the 42 year old righty improved his record to 8-3 on the season.

Those eight wins are tied with Felix Hernandez for the major league lead.

After the win, Colon stated, “I give all credit to the hitters and the team because they are playing well and the offense is scoring runs when I pitch. I’ve been able to have better command of my pitches, put the ball where I want to and be able to concentrate in-and-out and make the hitters uncomfortable.”

Since his two rough outings against the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals where he let up thirteen earned runs and four home runs in 9.1 innings, Bartolo has bounced back nicely, tossing back-to-back quality starts his last two times out.

Colon is making me eat crow for bad mouthing the two year, $20 million contract he signed before last season.

After going 15-13 for the Mets last year and pitching 202.1 innings, Colon is on his way to having another solid season for New York.

Terry Collins praised Colon after yesterday’s win: “In the clubhouse? Just pay attention. He doesn’t have to say a word. If you’re just a guy, a pitcher especially, pay attention. There’s a reason this guy has pitched for eighteen years.” Collins said.

“And if you could do nothing else, learn about how he goes about things mentally. You don’t have to copy him [...] just how he gets ready to pitch every night, I think it’s going to help your career.”

I think many people, including myself, thought Colon would probably be gone this year, but I’m sure glad that didn’t happen, as he has a presence on the mound, in the clubhouse….and at the plate. :)

By the way, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports had a small blurb this weekend that read:

Dillon Gee could still be had, but a continuing injury history limits his value. Rivals prefer Bartolo Colon. “He takes the ball every fifth day and throws strikes,” says an admiring rival executive.

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Mets Six-Man Rotation Begins In San Diego Mon, 01 Jun 2015 07:00:09 +0000 dillon gee

When right-hander Dillon Gee rejoins the rotation on Wednesday against the Padres in San Diego, the much debated six-man rotation goes from all talk to all business for the New York Mets.

The Mets will have Jacob deGrom pitching in the series opener on Monday against the Padres, with Noah Syndergaard going on Tuesday, Gee on Wednesday and presumably Matt Harvey on Thursday in Arizona.

The primary reason for the six-man rotation was so that the team could keep young Noah Syndergaard in the rotation. “We want this guy pitching here,” Terry Collins initially said.

But make no mistake it had a lot to do with Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom too.

“We have to watch the workload of basically three young pitchers,” Collins told the New York Post.

“They’re on somewhat of an innings limit through the season. At the particular rate they are going right now, every one of them would supersede that limit quite a bit.”

“The only way we thought we could do it without shutting them down at some time was to add a sixth pitcher. It takes basically four starts away from them. When you add that seven innings a start, you’re looking at basically 30 innings that we short them.”

The six-man rotation means that the team goes back to playing with a four-man bench, something they had tried and abandoned earlier in the season.

On Monday, Collins said the team was committed to this plan and intend to stick with it at least through August. However, yesterday Collins backed off a little and said they won’t hesitate to scrap it if they need to.

“If we look up in the middle of August, not that we’re going to go that far, and we need Matt Harvey out there more sooner than later, by God he’ll be out there on the five-day scenario,” he said.

Nobody knows how this is going to work out. Pitching coach Dan Warthen said that all six starters had reservations and needed to be talked into it including Syndergaard who’s the main reason the Mets decided to implement this plan in the first place.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this all works out for us in the end. I have concerns about taking a dozen starts away from Harvey, deGrom and Syndergaard and spreading them out to Colon, Niese and Gee. But here’s hoping for the best.


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Ruben Tejada Seizes Third Base Job Mon, 01 Jun 2015 06:55:55 +0000 Ruben, Tejada

Nobody knows how long David Wright is going to remain out with his spinal stenosis, but as of right now utility infielder Ruben Tejada has seized the moment prompting Terry Collins to proclaim him the Mets third baseman.

Tejada was the difference in Sunday’s 4-3 win against the Marlins when he launched an RBI double late in the game to break the 3-3 deadlock. It capped of a productive weekend for Tejada who went 5-for-12 with four runs batted in.

According to Newsday, before the series started, Collins told Tejada: “Listen, at no other time the past couple of years did we need you more than we do right now. We’re struggling here. We don’t know when we’re getting David back. You know how to play at this level. You’ve shown it. We need you.”

Asked if Tejada is now the team’s third baseman, Collins responded, “Right now he is. He’s earned it. He can do a lot of things when he’s playing well. Right now, he’s playing well.”

Which one of you saw this coming? :-)

May 31

After another Mets loss to the division rival Miami Marlins on Saturday (9-5), one of the few bright spots in that game was Ruben Tejada. He started at third base and went 2-for-4 including a bases clearing double that drove in three runs to tie the game at 5-5 in the 4th inning.

“With men in scoring position, I go aggressive every time,” Tejada said. “Sometimes you only have one pitch to hit.”

Mets third basemen had gone 0-for-33 until Tejada started at the hot corner on Friday. Tejada has at least one hit in 4 of the last 5 games he’s played and raised his average from .215 to .245.

Tejada has mainly been a reserve this season for the Mets, but with David Wright probably out for awhile and the fact that Tejada can play multiple infield positions and is swinging a hot bat, expect him to get more starts for the Mets as long as he keeps hitting.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 4, Marlins 3 Sun, 31 May 2015 21:16:25 +0000 bartolo colon

The New York Mets avoided a sweep at the hands of the Miami Marlins on Sunday, edging them out by a final score of 4-3.


Bartolo Colon got the start and delivered a solid performance, holding the Marlins to three runs over seven innings of work. The one mistake was a pitch he left over the plate that Justin Bour put over the wall for a two run homer. Colon improved to 8-2 on the season, becoming the National League’s first eight game winner.

After Carlos Torres came in to start the eight and coughed up a hit, Terry Collins turned to Jeurys Familia for a five out save. The Mets closer sealed the deal for his 15th save, highlighted by a wicked strikeout of Giancarlo Stanton.


After the Mets scored a run in the first, courtesy of a Justin Bour error, Colon also delivered at the plate with an RBI double to put the Mets up 2-1 in the second. It was his second career extra-base hit.

Wilmer Flores continued his power surge, hitting his eighth home run of the season in the third inning, a solo shot that would give the Mets a two run cushion at the time.

However it was newly anointed third baseman Ruben Tejada who would strike the decisive blow, a two-out, RBI double off of former Marlins closer Steve Cishek in the seventh inning. And just like that the Mets avoided the sweep.

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The Mets head west to San Diego for a three game series, beginning on Monday. Jacob deGrom (5-4, 2.71) starts for the Mets and he opposes Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-7, 3.00) at 10:10 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Marlins vs Mets, 1:10 PM Sun, 31 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000 bartolo colon

After dropping the first two games of this series, the Mets will look to avoid being swept in a three-game series by the Marlins for the first time since May 5-7, 2014 at Miami.

Bartolo Colon (7-3, 4.82 ERA) will face David Phelps (2-2, 3.56 ERA) at Citi Field in a 1:10 PM matchup.

Bartolo Colon is tied for the National League lead with seven wins with St. Louis’ Michael Wacha and Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole. He leads the National League and is second in the majors in walks per nine innings (0.73) and leads the NL and is second in the majors with a 10.4 K/BB ratio.

The last time the Marlins swept a three-game series in New York was September 8-10, 2009.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Ruben Tejada – 3B
  3. Lucas Duda – 1B
  4. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  5. Wilmer Flores – SS
  6. John Mayberry Jr. – LF
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Anthony Recker – C
  9. Bartolo Colon – RHP

The Mets are trying to avoid their second consecutive completely disappointing weekend by beating the Marlins today and sidestepping the sweep. Yesterday Niese got the Mets off into a hole but the offense was able to come roaring back to tie the game 5-5. Then the bullpen had some hiccups and the offense couldn’t string anymore hits. Today Bartolo Colon will try to get things right.

Bartolo is 7-3 over 10 starts and 61.2 innings with a 4.82 ERA. After three bad starts in a row, he had a solid start last time out allowing 3 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 6. His two starts against the Marlins have been quite different. In his first start he held the Marlins to one earned run over 7.0 innings while striking out 5. In his second start he allowed 9 hits and 4 ER over 6.2 innings. The Marlins have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Suzuki 32-101, 3 2B, 3B, 3 HR
  • Yelich 2-11
  • Gordon 3-9
  • Ozuna 2-10, 2B
  • Hechavarria 3-9, 2 2B
  • Stanton 5-8, 2B, 2 HR
  • Prado 3-7

The Mets bats will deal with David Phelps today who is 2-2 over 10 games and 8 starts over 48.0 innings with a 3.56 ERA. In his last two starts he has allowed 13 hits and 8 ER over 11.0 innings. He’s been pretty good against the Mets this season though where he has logged 10.2 innings with 3 ER and 6 strikeouts. The Mets have the following numbers against Phelps:

  • Duda 1-6
  • Murphy 3-6, 2B
  • Campbell 1-4
  • Granderson 1-5, 2B
  • Lagares 0-5
  • Recker 1-3
  • Cuddyer 0-4

Lets Go Mets!

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Citi Can’t Hold ‘Em All Sun, 31 May 2015 14:26:45 +0000 Giancarlo, Stanton

When I spoke with hall of fame broadcaster for the Miami Marlins, Dave Van Horne, he commented, “Some of the more exceptional hitters like the Marlins own Giancarlo Stanton can make any park look small.”

Mr. Van Horne was referencing his team’s home of Marlins Park, which, by MLB’s standards, is as pitcher friendly as they come; even more so than Citi Field.

Still, the Mets’ opponent these past couple of days manages to, as Mr. Van Horne implies, make Citi Field look small as well.

It’s like the scene in the previews for the film “Major League” that never made it into the film but was scrapped for the sequel. (Jake Taylor, played by Tom Berenger, says)  ”That ball wouldn’t have made it out of ALL parks.” (Ricky Vaughn, played by Charlie Sheen, replies) “Name one.” (Taylor responds) “Yellowstone.”

Giancarlo Stanton has been credited in some circles as having the most natural home run swing in all of baseball. Luckily, we only have one more day against him….for now.

Hopefully “Old, reliable” Colon can right this ship and avoid a home sweep against the tenants two floors down in the National League East before making that swing for the west coast.

I know one thing. That warm California air and ocean breeze won’t feel as soothing if it’s taken in with broom bristle marks dusting the backs of our Mets’ uniforms.


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Mets Minor League Recap: Conforto AA Debut, Smith Blasts Walk-off HR! Sun, 31 May 2015 11:00:13 +0000 conforto

Nashville 6, Las Vegas (29-21) 1

Duane Below was coming off back-to-back complete game wins but was unable to keep the magic going as the 51′s dropped their 4th straight game. Below was solid thought going 6 innings allowing only two runs on seven hits, two walks, while striking out two. Cody Satterwhite followed giving up three runs being able to record only one out. Scott Rice relieved him letting two inherited runners score and one of his own score without getting an out. Chase Bradford and Jon Velasquez closed the game out combining for 1.2 scoreless.

Las Vegas was able to produce 14 base runners but weren’t able to drive them in going 0-7 with runners in scoring position stranding 11 runners on the base paths. Johnny Monell was a perfect 3-3 with a walk on the night while ctaching and hitting 4th. Jayce Boyd was looking for his first AAA hit after going 0-3 in his debut and he was successful collecting two of them with walk mixed in. T.J. Rivera, Wilfredo Tovar, and Matt Reynolds combined to go 0-12 from the top three spots in the lineup. Box Score

Steven Matz (6-2, 1.99) will take the hill at 3:05 today against Nashville who has Barry Zito throwing for them.

Altoona 13, Binghamton (25-23) 4

Michael Conforto made his Binghamton debut last night wearing #50, batting 3rd, and playing LF in the lopsided loss. Conforto walked in each of his first three at bats, not really getting anything to hit at all. In his 4th at bat he hit a soft ground ball up the middle that the SS made a running throw to retire him on. Conforto then came up with two outs in the 9th as the B’Mets last hope against a tough lefty striking out on a questionable called strike three. Conforto looked calm and collected at the plate, hopefully he will get some more pitches to hit today. Gavin Cecchini continues to rake going 3-4 with two RBI’s and a walk raising his season average up to .315 with 22 RBI’s. All three hits were line drives while the one time he got out it was a line drive to RF that was caught. Eudy Pina was 1-5 with his 5th triple, run scored , and his 7th RBI of the year.

Robert Gsellman was making his AA debut as well after going 6-0 with a 1.76 ERA in St. Lucie but it did not go very smooth giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks. He did strike out six but threw 103 pitches with only 51 for strikes in his 4+ innings of work. Gsellman was hitting 92-93 MPH on the gun with his fastball and the curveball had great movement but he was unable to hit his spots all night long. On a good note for Gsellman he was 2-2 hitting for the first time in his professional career. Matt Koch came in to relieve Gsellman letting one of the two inherited runners score but notching a scoreless inning on his ledger. Bobby Parnell got the 8th inning started with a ground out to 3B then he just fell apart letting 7 batters in a row reach against him, 5 with hits and 2 walks. Parnell was charged with 5 runs in only a 0.1 of an inning after leaving with the bases loaded. Box Score

Seth Lugo (2-2, 2.56) takes the mound today for Binghamton as they try to avoid being swept by Altoona at 6:00

St. Lucie (24-25) 4, Fort Myers 2 F/11 WALKOFF WIN

Matt Oberste started the bottom of the 11th off with a double putting himself in scoring position for Dominic Smith with nobody out. Smith entered the game with a 11-game hitting streak and was 0-4 until his final at bat when he hit a 2-0 fastball over the left field fence for his 1st HR off the season to win the game in dramatic fashion. Smith now has a career best 12-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 18 out of 20. In those 20 games he has 12 doubles, HR, and registered 19 RBI’s. Smith’s 13 doubles have him tied for the Florida State League lead while he has yet to face a pitcher younger than him all year. Amed Rosario also had a good night going 2-4 with his 12th double (2nd in FSL), 5th stolen base, and scored a run raising his average to .281. Oberste was 2-4 in the game with his 7th double and his 3rd homerun of the season.

John Gant made his 1st start since being demoted to St. Lucie throwing 6 innings of one-run ball but got a no-decision. Gant gave up three hits, three walks, and striking out eight in his first High-A start. Josh Smoker came in to get the 6-out save but was unable to hold onto the lead as he gave up a run in the 8th to tie the game at 2-2. Smoker pitched two innings giving up the run on two hits, a walk, wild pitch, and struck out three. Kelly Secrest pitched scoreless 10th and 11th innings to pick up his 4th win in relief. Box Score

St. Lucie takes on Fort Myers again today at 1:00 with Miller Diaz (2-3, 3.32) making the start.

Savannah (24-25) 6, Charleston 1

Eudor Garcia had a good night for the Sand Gnats going 3-4 with his 12th RBI and scoring a run when he stole home as part of a double steal. The other end of that double steal was Jon Leroux who was 1-4 but hit his 2nd homerun of the series giving him three on the year. Wuilmer Becerra followed up Saturdays 4-hit night by going 2-4 scoring two runs. Luis Guillorme collected two hits, scored a run, and picked up his 5th steal while his average rose to .317 on the year. Jonathan Johnson stretched his hitting streak to 7-games with his 1-5 night. Tomas Nido had two hits giving him a modest 4-game hitting streak while he has drove home six runners in that span.

Scarlyn Reyes picked up his 4th win of the year going 6 innings allowing one run on four hits and one walk while striking out six. James Duff followed with two scoreless innings of relief notching three strikeouts in the process. Alberto Baldonado pitched a scoreless 9th with two strikeouts lowering his ERA to 2.22. Box Score

The Sand Gnats play this afternoon at 2:05 with Corey Oswalt (3-1, 4.23) going against Charleston

Both of the Mets Dominican Summer League teams had their first games of the season yesterday with both teams winning. The DSL Mets2 won 2-0 with their most notable player being $1 million bonus signee Kenny Hernandez who played 3B going 0-3. Box Score. The DSL Mets1 won 3-2 in exciting fashion on a walk-off error after the Mets had only one hit coming into the 9th. The players to watch on the Mets! roster are Juan Uriarte, Edgar Fermin, and Miguel Patino. Box Score

Promotion/Roster Notes

Jayce Boyd was added to Las Vegas but they are still down two players with Dan Rohlfing and Kyle Johnson going on the DL.

Michael Conforto and Yeixon Ruiz added to Binghamton.

Stefan Sabol, Alfredo Reyes, and Tucker Tharp added to St. Lucie with Jhoan Urena hitting the 7-day DL with wrist injury.

Joe Tuschak added to Savannah.

It should also be noted that L.J. Mazzilli is scheduled to be reinstated on Monday after serving his 50-game suspension. The plan is for him to get back into the swing of things in St. Lucie before moving on to Binghamton.

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Parnell Roughed Up For Five Runs Sun, 31 May 2015 04:27:28 +0000 bobby parnell

Pitching on consecutive days, reliever Bobby Parnell was hammered in a rehab appearance for the Binghamton Mets on Saturday night.

Parnell was roughed up for five runs on five hits and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning for the B-Mets, who lost to Altoona 13-4.

May 29

Terry Collins told reporters on Friday that Bobby Parnell had his velocity up to 94-95 miles per hour during his last rehab outing and that he is close to returning.

“It was a huge step forward.”

Parnell is expected to pitch for Double-A Binghamton on Friday night.

As for Vic Black, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin says, “he’s not there yet.”

May 26

Two key pieces of the Mets bullpen, Bobby Parnell and Vic Black, are making progress in their rehabilitation processes.

Vic Black pitched the seventh inning for the Binghamton Mets on Monday, only his second appearance since beginning his rehab assignment.

He worked an easy 1-2-3 inning for the B-Mets with one strikeout. According to the stadium radar gun, Black was sitting around 92-94 MPH on his fastball. Black also pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Saturday when he made his first rehab appearance.

“When I got out there, it came together. I was able to throw some strikes, get guys to put it in play and get the (one) strikeout,” Black said in an interview with Lynn Worthy of PressConnects.

Black noted that he hopes to pitch on Tuesday which would be the first time pitching on back-to-back days in a game since last year.

“I’m not worried about my arm,” he said. “It’s healthy. I’m healthy. It’s all about competing now, the repetitions of getting in innings (and) getting in rhythm and some consistency.”

Bobby Parnell also pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Binghamton Mets on Sunday. After striking out the leadoff man, Parnell then surrendered a double but was able to work around it and escape the jam.

“I think every time I’ve gone out, I have improved and learned something from my outings,” Parnell said to Worthy. ”Every step has been a good step in the right direction. I feel like every time has been an improvement.”

The big thing with both Black and Parnell, as was pointed out by Ron Darling on Monday, is getting them both back to pitching at their previous velocity. It appears each one is progressing of late.

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Lawsuit With B-Mets Settled, But Club Silent On Possible Move Sun, 31 May 2015 04:10:20 +0000 NYSEG Stadium

The owners of the Binghamton Mets were sued in U.S. District Court. The group that sued the Mets minor league team (Main Street Baseball), claimed it had an agreement to purchase the Double-A club for $8.5 million to move it to Wilmington, Delaware.

On Friday, the two sides agreed to settle their lawsuit according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

However, the B-Mets declined to say whether the settlement will pave the way for the club to move to Wilmington.

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A Struggling Jon Niese Could Open Door For Top Prospect Steven Matz Sun, 31 May 2015 01:23:30 +0000 jon niese terry collins

After Saturday’s 9-5 loss to the Miami Marlins, manager Terry Collins told reporters that he’s concerned with what he’s been seeing from lefthander Jon Niese.

“I’m concerned because I have yet to see him in my time here ever pitch where he makes the number of mistakes he’s made.”

Collins is worried about Niese’s lack of effectiveness with his two-seamer and the precipitous drop in his groundball rate, something that was once a strength for him.

Niese (3-5) struggled through four innings against Miami, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits including two home runs off the bats of J.T. Realmuto and arch nemesis Giancarlo Stanton.

That is now four consecutive starts in which Niese has allowed four earned runs or more, and it has seen his ERA skyrocket from 1.95 to 4.42 in that span.

“It’s frustrating more than anything because my arm feels great”, Niese said. “My body feels great.”

The problem is that the velocity is normal, the delivery appears the same, but his pitches are flat. His curve no longer has the sharp late break that made the pitch so effective for him.

The Mets have lost six of his last seven starts, and with the team fighting for a wild card spot they can ill-afford to keep sending an ineffective Niese out there every four days, or five days, whatever the case may be.

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Compounding matters and making it even more frustrating is that the Mets have a very viable option in Steven Matz who is dominating in Triple-A and seemingly has nothing left to prove in Las Vegas.

Matz tossed another gem in his last start to improve to 6-2 on the season. The hard-throwing lefty hurled seven scoreless innings, allowing just four baserunners and striking out seven.

Matz now leads the Pacific Coast League with a 1.99 ERA (min. 40 IP), and ranks first in wins (6), strikeouts (67), K/9 Rate (9.7), and Batting Average Against (.198).

There’s not a better pitcher in the entire league right now, and the only thing holding Matz back is a spot in the rotation. If Niese doesn’t find his groove anytime soon, he may just give Steven Matz the opportunity he’s been waiting for.

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MMO Game Recap: Marlins 9, Mets 5 Sun, 31 May 2015 00:01:28 +0000 hansel robles

The Mets (27-23) fell 9-5 to the Marlins (20-30) on Saturday evening at Citi Field.

Jon Niese pitched for the Mets and continued his string of rough outings. The lefty allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in four innings, striking out three and walking none.

The Mets grabbed an early lead against Tom Koehler in the bottom of the first when the red-hot Lucas Duda hit an RBI double, but after a walk to the next hitter loaded the bases with no outs, New York could not capitalize further.

Miami struck back in the next inning when Donovan Solano doubled in a pair (one of the runs was unearned thanks to a throwing error by Wilmer Flores), and tacked on another run in the top of the third when Giancarlo Stanton went deep. JT Realmuto hit a two-run shot in the top of the fourth to put the Fish up 5-1 and seemingly put the game out of reach.

But the unreliable Mets offense came to play in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs to tie up the game. Curtis Granderson hit an RBI single before Ruben Tejada drove in three with a bases-clearing double that made it 5-5.

Erik Goeddel replaced Niese in the top of the fifth and got five outs before departing for Jack Leathersich with two outs and a runner on third in the sixth. The rookie kept the run off the board by striking out Ichiro Suzuki (not a typo).

New York put runners on the corners with one out in the home half of the sixth, but failed to cash in. Miami took the lead for good in the top of the seventh against Hansel Robles. After loading the bases to start the inning, Robles got two big outs, but Christian Yelich knocked in two with a single to give the Marlins a 7-5 advantage.

Alex Torres pitched a scoreless eighth, but allowed back-to-back solo shots in the ninth to Giancarlo Stanton (who hit the longest home run in the history of Citi Field) and Jeff Baker. The Mets could not get anything going at the plate in the final innings, and dropped their second straight to the Marlins.

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Niese is not a bad pitcher. He’s been good the last three seasons, and in 2014 put up a 3.40 ERA with nearly 200 innings and 200 strikeouts. He got off to a pretty solid start this year (although he was often working in and out of trouble while putting up all those scoreless innings). But the wheels have really fallen off lately. He really needs to bounce back in his next start, because Steven Matz is breathing down his neck (not literally, of course. That would show really “bad makeup” on Steven’s part).

Duda is red-hot, and provided another extra-base hit in this game. But the Mets’ failure to score after loading the bases with no outs cost them a chance to really knock Koehler off his feet right out of the gate.

Ruben Tejada showing up on offense is always worthy of a sentence.

Giancarlo Stanton is an absolute monster against the Mets. And against the other 28 teams he faces, but I don’t really care about those.

This homestand got off to a great start with the sweep of the Phillies, but with today’s loss, the Mets clinched a loss in their set with Miami. Let’s see if they can salvage one game tomorrow.

Up Next: The Mets will face the Marlins at 1:10 on Sunday. Bartolo Colon (7-3, 4.82 ERA) will face David Phelps (2-2, 3.56 ERA) at Citi Field.

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