Mets Merized Online http://metsmerizedonline.com Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.7 Murphalicious! Murphy Blasts Game Winning Home Run http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/murphalicious-murphy-blasts-game-winning-home-run.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/murphalicious-murphy-blasts-game-winning-home-run.html/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:00:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180137 daniel murphy lucas duda

2015 has been a rough year Daniel Murphy, but Monday night’s performance could be a major turning point for him and the team as well.

Murphy crushed a dramatic three run shot off of Marlins closer Steve Cishek in the 9th inning to give the Mets a 3-1 lead over their division rivals. He followed that up with a great defensive stab in the bottom of the ninth to keep the Marlins off the board and preserve the victory.

“Dan’s night,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “He’s Murphalicious; that’s what we know he can do.” (Adam Rubin)

“I’m hitting it on the barrel; that seems to be different than it was in the early part of the season,” Murphy said. “I wasn’t hitting a lot of stuff on the barrel.”

“I’m not going to wake up tomorrow, no matter what I do, and be hitting .290. So it’s just one at-bat at a time. That’s all I can control right now.”

Murphy says that over the weekend, he made a hitting adjustment with Kevin Long and is now standing closer to the plate and no longer as susceptible to pitches away as he used to be.

“We’ve been playing with that and trying to get comfortable in there,” Murphy told reporters after the game.

“It’s always nice to hit some balls hard once you make an adjustment. So hopefully it’s something we’ll continue working on. One at-bat at a time. I know it’s a cliché. But I’m not going to go 15-for-4 tomorrow.”

However, Murphy joked saying he was in such a surreal moment after the home run, that aside from rounding the bases he couldn’t even say what kind of a pitch he hit.

“I didn’t even know if it was a heater or not. They told me it was. I wasn’t sure. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but we’ll take it.”

In a classy move, Murphy immediately praised Dillon Gee after Steve Gelbs asked him to describe the home run.

“Dillon Gee pitched his butt off. He battled and pitched a great game. He had like 60 pitches going into the 8th. Him and KP were in a groove all night.”

“As for the two doubles yesterday and the homer tonight it felt good, but not nearly as good as the support I get from my teammates. These are the greatest teammates I’ve ever played with in my life.”

Thoughts:

Murphy is really starting to heat up. He’s batting .263 with a home run and 9 RBI in his last five games. Overall, his team leading 14 RBI puts him on pace for 95+ this season.

A hamstring injury he suffered during spring training likely contributed to his slow start, and the adjustment he made is an encouraging sign that he’s ready to break out of his slump.

Despite his faults in the field, Murphy has been a solid and consistent producer during the past few years. From 2011-2014, Murphy is batting .294 with a .747 OPS.

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Syndergaard Dazzles, Silences Critics With Powerful Performance http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/syndergaard-dazzles-silences-critics-with-powerful-performance.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/syndergaard-dazzles-silences-critics-with-powerful-performance.html/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:11:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180138 noah syndergaard - las vegas 51s

I love a good redemption story, and last night in Las Vegas Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard provided a great one.

After getting his start skipped last Friday because of a severe case of food poisoning that required IV fluids, Syndergaard was trolled by some fans on Twitter for being “too soft.”

After Syndergaard took offense and tried to defend himself, some Mets bloggers and baseball writers rushed to publicize the exchange and make it a bigger issue than it needed to be. A few of them even painted Syndergaard as the bad guy. A pretty shifty thing to do to one of our own.

As fate would have it, the 22-year old righty took to the mound on Monday night and delivered the most dominating performance of his Triple-A career.

Syndergaard was flat-out filthy and displayed the devastating curve and scintillating fastball that made him one of the top pitching prospects in baseball.

The hard-throwing youngster tossed a seven-inning complete game shutout in front of an enthusiastic home crowd at Cashman Field. He held Albuquerque to just two hits and no walks while striking out nine.

Thor displayed a great command of his pitches all evening long and even sported an improved changeup that accounted for two of his strikeouts. It was total and complete domination, and his confidence was plain to see. This was the Syndergaard that scouts have been drooling over.

It was a perfect exclamation point to what was a tough week for Syndergaard. Way to go kid… Ignore the haters and keep doing what you do, you’ll be in Citi Field soon enough.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 3, Marlins 1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mmo-game-recap-mets-3-marlins-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mmo-game-recap-mets-3-marlins-1.html/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:59:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180121 daniel Murphy

The Mets (15-5) pulled off a thrilling 3-1 road victory on Monday night against the Marlins (8-12), snapping Miami’s five-game winning streak. The game took one hour and 58 minutes.

Dillon Gee gave the Mets a terrific effort, tossing 7.2 innings of 1-run ball, allowing six hits while striking out three and walking none. Gee is extremely efficient, needing just 70 pitches (57 of which were strikes) to get through his outing.

Unfortunately for Gee, his counterpart was fantastic as well. Jarred Cosart held the Mets scoreless for eight innings, allowing just two hits (although he did walk three) and striking out two.

The majority of the game was uneventful, although the Mets might have had a chance in the sixth had a poor bunt attempt from Juan Lagares not turned into a double-play thanks to a great play by Marlins catcher JT Realmuto.

Gee cruised along until the bottom of the eighth. After getting the first two Marlins out, Gee surrendered a single to pinch-hitter Justin Bour. The lineup turned over for the third time around the batting order, and like clockwork, the Fish figured Gee out. Dee Gordon singled, putting the go-ahead run on second and prompting a visit from Dan Warthen, whose advice wasn’t good enough to stop Martin Prado from lining one into right-center for a base-hit that gave Miami a 1-0 lead and suddenly put Gee in position to lose the game. Looking to limit the damage, Terry Collins pulled Gee and brought in Carlos Torres. Torres threw one pitch, getting Giancarlo Stanton to pop out, and would eventually be named the winning pitcher for his efforts.

The Mets came up to bat against Steve Cishek in the top of the ninth with their backs against the wall. But as they have done many times in the past, the Mets rallied against the Marlins’ side-arming closer. Juan Lagares led off the inning and quickly fell behind 0-2, but fought his way back into the at-bat and eventually sent a hard shot to deep center. Marcell Ozuna took a terrible route to the ball and was unable to flag it down, allowing Lagares to coast into second with a leadoff double. Lucas Duda came up next and worked a walk, setting the table for Michael Cuddyer. But Cuddyer popped one up to right for the first out, bringing up Daniel Murphy, whose RBI double early in Sunday’s game had accounted for the most recent Mets run.

The 2014 All-Star came through, connecting for a three-run shot to right-center to put the Mets up 3-1 and give him a team-leading 14 RBI. Eric Campbell added to Cishek’s woes by doubling and sneakily swiping third, but the righty bounced back to fan Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki to put out the fire.

Jeurys Familia came on to preserve the win for Gee Torres and got the job done, with some help from his always-reliable middle-infield defense. After Familia struck out Ozuna to begin the frame, Michael Morse sent one towards the whole on the right side. Murphy channeled his inner Dilson Herrera and made a phenomenal play, racing to cut the ball off and firing a spinning throw to nab the slow-footed Morse at first. With the Fish down to their last out, Realmuto grounded one up the middle, but Flores showed good range and cut the ball off before making the throw to end the ballgame.

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Daniel Murphy is a good player who belongs in the lineup. But if you’ve been listening to me, you already knew that.

On a serious note, I must say I was shocked by Murph’s homer. I’m confident in his abilities as a hitter, but he’s certainly not a power hitter. This wasn’t exactly a moonshot, it was an example of a line-drive-hitting approach paying off in spades. Murphy wasn’t swinging for the fences, but he picked a great time to really connect on one. And my suspicions that the Mets sit in a circle and read MMO aloud in the clubhouse before every game are growing stronger by the day. Murphy’s great play in the field at the end of the game was clearly made with you commenters in mind.

Gee was in rare form tonight. Not just for him— when was the last time a pitcher threw his 60th pitch in the eighth inning? He was absolutely motoring through the Marlins lineup in this one, pounding the zone, mixing his pitches, and avoiding mistakes. Unfortunately, his opposite number was outstanding as well, so Gee could not pick up a win. Torres really led us to victory though… what a great stat the Win is.

Are Gee’s late-outing struggles tied to fatigue or batter familiarity? It’s an interesting question, and as he certainly couldn’t have been tired with only 60-odd pitches in the eighth, today’s results seem to suggest the latter. But if that’s the case, how does he manage to give 5 or 6 solid innings a game? These hitters have all him before… do they forget what facing him is like between games?

That would have been a really tough one to lose, but the Mets hung in there and punched right back after falling behind. That is not a game we win in 2014. But this year is different. At least, it’s really starting to feel that way.

Up Next: The Mets will continue their series with the Marlins on Tuesday at 7:10 PM. Rafael Montero will make his first start of the season for the Mets, and he will be going up against David Phelps at Marlins Park.

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Danny Muno Optioned To Make Room For Rafael Montero http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/danny-muno-optioned-to-make-room-for-rafael-montero.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/danny-muno-optioned-to-make-room-for-rafael-montero.html/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:48:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180126 daniel muno danny

After Monday night’s exciting comeback win against the Miami Marlins, the Mets officially recalled RHP Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas.

To make room for Montero on the active roster, the Mets optioned infielder Daniel Muno to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Muno was 1-for-6 with a stolen base in four games since he joined the team on April 17.

Montero (0-1, 4.15 ERA) will get the start tomorrow night and will oppose right-hander David Phelps (1-0, 3.55) for the Marlins.

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Gee Not In Jeopardy Of Losing Rotation Spot To Montero http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/gee-not-in-jeopardy-of-losing-rotation-spot-to-montero.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/gee-not-in-jeopardy-of-losing-rotation-spot-to-montero.html/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:14:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180111 gee-and-montero

According to Terry Collins, Dillon Gee is not in jeopardy of losing his spot in the rotation, despite Rafael Montero starting Tuesday against the Marlins.

Collins told reporters in Bismarck, North Dakota Miami he has the “biggest pain in the ass job there is” because of media speculation Gee could get bumped by Montero.

“I hope he pitches good,” Collins said about Gee. “I hope he pitches a “sucking” no hitter.”

The strong likelihood is that Montero returns to the minors after the start to continue pitching in Triple-A Las Vegas’ rotation. (Adam Rubin, ESPN New York)

Thoughts:

Gee is coming off a solid start against the Braves in which he allowed two runs in seven innings. I suspect he bought himself some time after a very rocky start to the season.

Still, Gee will have to continue pitching well to keep his hold, not only because of Rafael Montero, but because of Steven Matz who is coming on strong.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Marlins, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-marlins-710-pm-9.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-marlins-710-pm-9.html/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:46:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180068 dillon gee

The New York Mets and Miami Marlins begin a three-game series at Marlins Park on Monday. RHP Dillon Gee (0-1, 5.60) get the start for the Mets and will oppose RHP Jarred Cosart (1-1, 3.63) for the Marlins at 7:10 PM.

The Mets have the best record in the majors (14-5, .737) and their 14-5 start is the second-best start after 19 games in team history.

Juan Lagares is 6-for-his-last-8 and has scored four times over his last two games. He tied his career high with four hits on Saturday at Yankee Stadium and has at least one hit in 16 of his 19 games this year.

Lucas Duda is tied for seventh in the NL with seven doubles and has reached base safely in 11 of his last 12 games dating to April 14. Duda is batting .326 (14-43) and has an on-base percentage of .423 during this span.

Mets Starting Lineup

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

The Mets head to Miami tonight to jump back on the winning track. Yesterday they dropped a disappointing series finale to the Yankees 6-4 behind 4 defensive errors. Even throughout the winning streak, this has been a thorn in the Mets side in the infield. The Mets are making either errors, mental miscues that don’t show up as errors and a decreased range across the diamond.

Dillon Gee is coming off his best start of the season as the Mets roll into Miami. He is 0-1 over 3 starts with a 5.60 ERA and 17.2 innings of work. In his last start against Atlanta he tossed 7.0 innings allowing 2 runs while walking only 1 and striking out 3. He also already has one start against the Marlins this year where he allowed 4 ER over 5.2 innings while walking 2 and striking out 7. The Marlins have the following numbers against Gee:

  • Prado 7-28, 2 2B, HR
  • Stanton 2-11, 2 HR
  • Morse 2-12, 2B
  • Ozuna 5-12
  • Solano 3-9
  • Hechavarria 1-8
  • Gordon 2-6

The Mets bats will try to break out against Jarred Cosart who is 1-1 on the season over three starts with a 3.63 ERA over 17.1 innings. His last start against the Phillies was identical to his first start against the Rays as his best starts of the season going 6.0 innings allowing only 1 run. His blemish start this year has been against the Mets where he allowed 5 ER over 5.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Cosart:

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

Lets Go Mets!

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Kevin Long Says “Wright Is A Lot Like Jeter” http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/long-says-wright-is-a-lot-like-jeter.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/long-says-wright-is-a-lot-like-jeter.html/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:15:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180100 derek jeter david wright

In an interview with Suzyn Waldman of WFAN, Kevin Long said David Wright is a lot like Derek Jeter, whom he coached for eight years.

“He’s a tremendous player. He really, really does a lot of things well,” Long said before Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the Yankees. “He’s a leader; a lot like Jeter. When he’s around and he’s in the lineup, good things are going to happen. You want him up to bat. You want him playing defense.”

“I watched David for a lot of years when I was with the Yankees and always admired him from afar,” Long said of Wright. “And now, being in the clubhouse and seeing the leadership and seeing his skill level and skill set, and how he handles the bat, and how he plays defense, I just — I’m blessed to watch him play every day.”

“We’re getting him back in about 10 days and it’s like getting a mid-season trade already,” Long said.

Wright, 32, is slated to begin baseball activities today in Port St. Lucie  and while he is eligible to come off the disabled list on Thursday, it’s expected he’ll likely return to the lineup on Saturday.

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Viewership Wars: Mets Are Gaining On The Yankees http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/viewership-wars-mets-are-gaining-on-the-yankees.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/viewership-wars-mets-are-gaining-on-the-yankees.html/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:14:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=179804 granderson

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports that since SNY went on the air in 2006, Mets viewership has nearly always lagged behind the Yankees on YES.

“This is hardly a revelation: In nearly all of those seasons, the Mets performed poorly while the Yankees, with one World Series championship in 2009, were always at least pretty good.”

In 2013, Yankees viewership was double that of the Mets, and last year it was nearly double again.

But with the Mets on a 10-game winning streak and the Yankees at 8-7 entering Thursday afternoon’s games, the chasm in their television audiences has narrowed significantly.

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Mets games this season on SNY are drawing an average of 253,339 viewers for each game, up 47 percent from the same time last season. At YES, Yankee viewership has tumbled 21 percent, to 267,000.

Sandomir adds that through Tuesday, the most-watched broadcast for either New York team this season was the debut of Matt Harvey, who pitched six innings on April 14 in a 6-5 win over Philadelphia.

An average of 429,161 watched that game, at least 25,000 more than watched the Yankees’ viewing peak this season, their home opener on April 6.

Look out, baby, cause here we come…

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MMO Original Feature: NY Media Changing Perception Of Mets At Snail’s Pace http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mmo-original-feature-ny-media-changing-perception-of-mets-at-snails-pace.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mmo-original-feature-ny-media-changing-perception-of-mets-at-snails-pace.html/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:42:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180027 peanuts charlie brown

I’ve been running out of things to complain about with these 2015 Mets. It’s resulted in kind of a complaint deficit that I had to compensate for by griping about other stuff, like the lack of funding for the Near Earth Object program, or why an eagle would drop a large Northern Pike on my front lawn (actually happened — and what’s worse is my wife wouldn’t let me eat it!), or why David Wright and Lucas Duda have never done a rendition of Young Frankenstein’s “Putting on the Ritz” (for which I’d pay very good money) … or how exactly did aliens manage to abduct Daniel Murphy, replacing him with a mindless gurgly voiced cephalopod with limited mobility who only knows how to say “I’m Daniel Murphy” and “gotta turn two there” and  “the creamed asparagus is a good choice.”

mmo feature original footerI’d complain about the Mets injuries but wouldn’t you know it their replacements are killing it. I guess I could complain about deGrom getting short-porched on a cold night at Yankee Stadium when it was probably hard to get a feel for your breaking pitch, especially if you skimped on the pine-tar schmear with your bialy … deGrom isn’t the first young starter to get bushwhacked in the Bronx and probably wont be the last, but I’m fairly confident he’ll rebound. No … if I’m going to complain I need something with the veracity of a sewage backup in my basement or a good smattering of dog vomit on my new carpet …

I was content to go on my dyspeptic way complaining about insignificant minutiae when bam it fell on the hood of my just-washed-and-waxed consciousness like a bag of used depends from a truck that just pulled out of a retirement home.

Before I expound on this struck nerve I must needs pen a disclaimer, some of my best friends are Yankee fans. In fact, this isn’t even really about the Yankees per se … like any fan base you have your bandwagoners, your contentedly irrational diehards, your knowledgeable  “sane” group, and of course your dispossessed mentally unstables … it is what it is. I’ve never had a problem being friends with reasonable fans of any group, it’s the posers who get to me. Those for whom fandom is somehow a status symbol — emblematic of a “winning” persona.

Anyway … the nerve, which was struck … was only mildly irritating at first, like a discordant high key on a piano that keeps plinking louder and louder – plink … Plink … PLINK. It involved all this talk about Matt Harvey being a Yankee fan, going to see the games with his dad as a kid, blah blah … then, this only mildly irritating spiel somehow mutated like a three-eyed sturgeon into how Harvey will probably be a Yankee after his commitment to the Mets runs out … PLINK … PLINK! … and then Mike Puma tweeted the following:

Could have been better for the Mets in the long run if Harvey got shelled today; it might be good if he grows to hate Yankee Stadium.”

PLINK!!!

It kind of reached a crescendo when during a Mets presser Harvey became so annoyed with the “Yankee fan” talk he felt the need to remind the press,  “Um, you know I’m playing for the Mets, that’s who I play for.”

Then there was this in the NY Times:

“The scene that unfolded Saturday at Yankee Stadium was, in a strange way, perhaps close to what Matt Harvey, the Mets’ ace, had imagined as a child, as a Yankees fan, playing catch with his father.”

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For Mets fans who aren’t privy to Matt Harvey’s innermost thoughts and memories this comes as a surprise — the Times still covers baseball? Who knew?

Still, at that point it was only mildly irritating — like when some new kid at your local pizza joint tries to give you the last slice of the old pie when a fresh one has just come out of the oven.

I guess some of this was precipitated by Harvey attending Derek Jeter’s final home game, which, granted, rubbed a few malcontents the wrong way, and I understand that Harvey-envy can cause Yankee fans to say and do strange things … but it wasn’t the “plink” that caused the string to snap.

As with most things we tend to be most threatened by arguments that carry a hint of truth. Mets fans have been so acclimated to disappointment that even when things are going great we hold our breath and wait for some other shoe to fall. In this case we openly end up wondering whether the Wilpons and their limited pocketbook will be able to retain a core assemblage of talent. Yankee fans will gladly remind us they are at the ready to take our players should we hesitate even a moment.

Harvey and Wheeler and d’Arnaud and Duda and deGrom won’t come cheap. Can the Wilpons afford them? Right now the answer is most likely no — not under the current budget, not even with an increase of 10 or 15 million. With higher gate proceeds the Mets might be able to increase payroll proportionately, but that isn’t a given and spending could very well be contingent on Ownership’s commitment to reducing debt. For Mets fans that would blow chunks like Kent Dorfman on Dean Wormer’s desk … blech.

But even that isn’t what sticks in my craw — I understand a lot of Yankee fans will echo a sour grapes refrain about the inevitability of Harvey in pinstripes — what really gets my goat is a press that actively promotes doom and gloom narratives for effect … Akin to poking Mets fans where it hurts, for the hell of it. The truth is it’s a tad early to start worrying about how many eggs we get to keep. Two or three years can be an eternity in baseball dollars. If the Mets win they’d be in the black in a big way given their very reasonable payroll, and ownership would be hard pressed to hold the line on spending.

Perhaps I’m being oversensitive, but when I read negative stuff about the Mets, it irks me because I’ve always entertained this notion that journalists should be unbiased, impartial, objective even … and that’s just not the reality here. Like they’re in denial of, oh I don’t know global warming or something, like they haven’t figured out how to switch from “suck” mode to first place. When you see the same below the belt snipes coming from journalists that you’d expect from fans, well you realize maybe they are themselves fans.

Lupica, Harper, Bondy, and a few others have always hammered the Mets like it’s some sort of trendy pinata. I’d understand it a bit more if it were solely a reflection of on-field performance, but the usual suspects invariably turn up their criticism every time things appear to be moving in the right direction. How can you possibly spin Matt Harvey into a negative? Convince the fans that Scott Boras is set to deliver him to the Yankees first chance. How can you deflate a 14 – 5 start? Remind them their competition has been underwhelming …

Or how about today’s headlines after the Mets dropped the rubber game of their three game set in the Bronx? The Daily News ran with E-Train and “Same Old Mets.” While the Post went with “Yankees Not Quite as Awful as Mets.” You’d think the Mets were 5 – 14 instead of the other way around. You almost get the sense that there are members of the press who just don’t seem to like the Mets very much.

And that’s ok … really, it is. Like I said, some of my best friends are Yankee fans … but if you’re going to be a fan, then be a fan, start a blog and buy some season tickets … but if you fancy yourself a serious journalist, well … the 14 – 5 Mets are major industry copy … as is Matt Harvey’s return. If you can’t see enough beyond your fandom to appreciate that, well you are at best cheating your readership out of a great story, and at worst you are stirring the pot and trolling for negative attention by continuing to degrade a long-suffering fanbase … Not to mention being woefully out of step with the reality of their resurgence.

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Mets Minor League Recap 4/27: Conforto Blasts 6th HR, Herrera Batting .371, Fulmer Makes Season Debut http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-minor-league-recap-427-conforto-blasts-6th-hr-herrera-batting-371-fulmer-makes-season-debut.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-minor-league-recap-427-conforto-blasts-6th-hr-herrera-batting-371-fulmer-makes-season-debut.html/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:15:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180075 Conforto_150307_0013_1_ni7xpwnb_aru8oomc

Las Vegas 10,  Albuquerque 4

Matt Bowman got his first win of the year after starting the game with 4.1 perfect innings before allowing three runs (two earned) in 5.2 innings. Early in the game Bowman was pounding his sinking fastball down in the zone which resulted in 11 groundouts on the day. Cody Satterwhite relieved Bowman and stranded two inherited runners but allowed a run when he came out for the next inning actually lowering his ERA to 11.05. Scott Rice came in to face on lefty and got him out, lowering his ERA to 1.35 and lefties have hit just .083 against him. Zack Thornton pitched 1.2 scoreless to close the game out, his 2nd good outing in a row after the starting the season off getting hit hard. Dilson Herrera just keeps hurting baseballs, went 2-4 for his 10th mult-hit game in the last 11. He wasted no time in this game leading off the first with a double off the wall and scoring the 51′s first run. Herrera also singled, walked, and scored three runs raising his slash line to .371/.408/.500 on the year. Darrell Ceciliani had himself a great game busting two 2-run homeruns giving him four on the season and a .683 slugging percentage. Matt Reynolds was 1-3 with a walk, HBP and scored two runs and is now hitting .310/.366/.521. Johnny Monell and Alex Castellanos both chipped in with two hits and a RBI while Brandon Allen was 1-2 with two RBI’s. Box Score Las Vegas will play a doubleheader tonight with Noah Syndergaard making his return from food poisoning in one game and Darin Gorski in the other.

Binghamton 3, New Hampshire 0

Binghamton avoided getting swept by the Fisher Cats behind a spectacular outing by John Gant who threw 7 scoreless innings allowing only six guys to reach base picking up his first AA win. Dario Alvarez and Jon Velasquez each threw a scoreless inning in relief to close the game out with Jon picking up his 5th save of the season. The B’Mets already had 6 hits on the night but two of them were long balls, one by Jared King to leadoff the game and Xorge Carrillo with his first of the season. Brandon Nimmo went 1-4, Dustin Lawley was 1-3 with a BB, and Eudy Pina was 1-3 raising his average to .357. Box Score Binghamton heads to Maine tonight to play the Sea Dogs with Seth Lugo on the mound and I will be at whole series covering the games. Following me at @themainemets to get Binghamton updates and photos over the next couple of days.

Jupiter 4, St. Lucie 3

Michael Fulmer was making his season debut and was greeted with a 3-run HR in the first inning by Brian Anderson who would also end the game in the bottom of the 9th with a walkoff solo shot. After that homer with no outs in the first Fulmer was in absolute cruise control retiring 21 of the next 22 hitters he faced allowing only a 4th inning infield single. Fulmer’s final line over 7 innings was three earned runs on four hits, no walks and nine strikeouts. The Mets were losing 3-1 going into the top of the 6th until Michael Conforto homered for the second straight day with a two-run shot to tie the game. Conforto now has six homers on the season to go along with 19 RBI, a slash line of .348/.439/.652, and has 12 walks against just 10 strikeouts. Jeff McNeil was 2-4 for his sixth multi-hit game out of his last eight and has raised his average from .182 to .305 over his last ten games. Jhoan Urena was 2-4 raising his average over .200 but has struck out 18 times over his first 69 at bats. Victor Cruzado collected two hits for the second straight game getting his average up to .292 to go along with his .382 OBP. Four days after Kevin McGowan had a terrible start (8 runs over 4 innings) pitched in relief of Fulmer and allowed the homerun to Anderson to end the game. Box Score. Robert Gsellman will take the mound at 6:35 ET tonight in Jupiter.

Savannah 4, Charleston 2

Martires Arias pitched a gem to pick up his 2nd win of the season throwing 7 scoreless innings giving up only four base hits and struck out five hitters. The 6’7 right hander has now allowed only four earned runs over 17 innings to start the season for the Sand Gnats. Shane Bay closed the game out with a scoreless inning to pick up his first save of the season. Jon Leroux hit his first homerun of the season to give the Mets a 3-0 lead in the top of the 7th inning. Wuilmer Becerra went 1-4 on the night and had an awesome diving catch in the 6th inning coming in on a line drive in right field. Luis Guillorme had a rough day at the plate going 0-5 out of the leadoff spot but is still hitting .309 for the year. Box Score. Savannah has a day off today.

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Mets Sign Brooks Conrad http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-sign-brooks-conrad.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-sign-brooks-conrad.html/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:00:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180064 Brooks conrad

The Mets have signed major league veteran Brooks Conrad and assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas. (Adam Rubin, ESPN)

Conrad, 35, has a career .200 average with 19 homers and 73 RBIs in 460 major league at-bats spanning six seasons and five organizations. He also has a career .271 on base percentage.

He is a switch hitter who plays 2nd and 3rd base. He wasn’t with any team to begin the season and spent the 2014 season with the San Diego Padres, playing in 13 games.

The Mets were short of infield depth in Triple-A with Eric Campbell and Danny Muno now in the majors, and T.J. Rivera and Gavin Cecchini still at Double-A Binghamton.

“Plus, we like what he brings to the table and thinks he’s a good addition to the organization.” one team official said.

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Mets Errors Costly in Subway Series Rubber Match http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-errors-costly-in-subway-series-rubber-match.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-errors-costly-in-subway-series-rubber-match.html/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:46:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180066 terry collins

The Mets followed up Saturday’s victory with a very sloppy, error filled game and that proved to be costly in a 6-4 loss to the Yankees in the rubber game of the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium.

The Mets made 4 errors on the field and a few other boneheaded miscues as well.

“Tonight wasn’t pretty,” Michael Cuddyer said. “It was obviously, by far, the worst game we have played.”

Coming into Sunday’s game, the Mets only committed nine errors, which was tied for 2nd fewest in the majors. They ranked 14th in defensive runs saved.

The Mets middle infield defense which was a concern coming into the season, played a big role in the Mets defeat. Daniel Murphy and Wilmer Flores each made an error in the 5th inning. And it came on back to back plays. With Brett Gardner on first base, Chris Young hit a potential double play grounder that ricocheted off Murphy.

Next batter, A-Rod hit another potential double play ground ball to Flores who touched second base for an out but sent a throw over Lucas Duda’s head at first to allow Gardner to score.

Both of them now combined to have 8 of the team’s 13 errors this season.

“We had a bad night,” manager Terry Collins said. “Up until this point, we’ve played very well. Flo had two bad games early in the year, hadn’t made an error again until tonight.” (Mike Vorkunov, NJ.com)

“I don’t know what to tell you except we’re going to keep running them out there and keep hitting them ground balls and keep trying to let them know that ‘Hey, look, you’re going to have a bad time once in awhile’. For the most part we’ve played pretty well. Tonight was a bad one.”

That was not it in terms of errant plays.

In the 6th inning, Eric Campbell stood on first with one out when Flores hit a fly out to right field. Campbell ran on that flyball and kept running and was doubled over for the 3rd out. He thought there were two outs.

“Just a boneheaded play.” said Campbell afterwards.

Murphy also made a gaffe on the basepaths. In the 6th inning, he didn’t slide into second base to break up a double play. He thought the throw would  pull Yankees 2nd baseman Gregorio Petit wide.

“Yeah, he should have probably continued to slide, not that we look back at it,” said Collins.

It was just a game full of different mistakes for the Mets, which they couldn’t overcome as a result.

“There are going to be nights,” said Collins. “The throwing errors, they kind of happened. In a game like this, you can make those mistakes. You gotta know how many outs there are. You gotta be aware of alot of things. It was just a bad night. Just a bad night for us. We didn’t play well and you’re not going to win games when you give away that many outs.”

It just shows how errors and fundamental mistakes can cost a ball game. Earlier this season the Mets won a few games by taking advantage of the other team’s miscues and this time the Yankees capitalized on ours.

The Mets look to bounce back against the Marlins tonight in Miami. The fish have won their last five games in a row.

“It’s a big series, a divisional series,” Collins said about playing the Marlins. “So, we’ll see how they get themselves ready.”

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MMO Game Recap: Yankees 6, Mets 4 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mmo-game-recap-yankees-6-mets-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mmo-game-recap-yankees-6-mets-4.html/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:45:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180052 jon niese

The Mets (14-5) dropped the rubber game tonight against the Yankees (11-8) by a score of 6-4.

It wasn’t Jon Niese‘s finest outing, as he allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits, while walking one and striking out three. Though Niese was hit hard, he wasn’t helped by his defense at all. He falls to 2-1 on the season.

Curtis Granderson kicked off the game by hitting his first home run of the year, giving the Mets a very early 1-0 lead.

The Mets would tack on another run later in the inning, after Juan Lagares singled and was driven in by a hard struck double from Daniel Murphy that nearly took out Mark Teixeira and rolled all the way to the wall.

Alex Rodriguez hit his 659th career home run in the latter portion of the first, a solo shot over the right center field fence, cutting the Mets lead in half.

In the bottom of the 2nd, the Yankees put up a four spot, with back-to-back doubles from Gregorio Petit and Brett Gardner.

Chris Young then hit a seeing-eye which scored Gardner. A-Rod was next to bat, and he drilled a double to left field. Michael Cuddyer committed an error throwing the ball back into the infield, which allowed Young to score. 5-2 Yankees.

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After a pair of strikeouts to start the third inning, Lucas Duda singled and was subsequently driven in by a Michael Cuddyer double. Daniel Murphy doubled himself, and cut the lead to 5-4.

That score would stand pat until the bottom of the fifth, when the Mets committed two errors allowing the Yankees to push across another run. This was the story of the game for the Mets, as they played very sloppily, totaling four errors.

The Mets best, and last, opportunity to really try to tie this game came in the top of the sixth. Daniel Murphy walked to lead off the frame, but was erased on a fielder’s choice by Eric Campbell. However, the next batter was Wilmer Flores who skied a ball to right field. Forgetting how many outs there were, Campbell was doubled off at first.

The eighth and ninth innings were innings I was dreading when watching the game. I knew that if we couldn’t tie this game off of Chasen Shreve, Chris Martin and Justin Wilson, we would have to face the very strong back-end of the Yankees bullpen which is comprised of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, who have been practically untouchable this year. My fears came true, as Betances and Miller came on respectively and shut down the Mets, and sealing the win for the Yankees.

One silver lining of this game for the Mets is how well Erik Goeddel pitched in his two innings of relief, and Alex Torres has pitched since Jerry Blevins went down. In such a sloppy game for the Mets, these two were definitely bright spots.

It always stinks losing to the Yankees, but they’ve been very as well. After taking 3 out of 4 from Detroit, they were very aggressive against us, and we came up short. Our poor defensive play really was our demise tonight, and leaves many question marks surrounding Daniel Murphy’s career as a Met. He continues to under-perform in the field, and apart from tonight, at the plate as well. Dilson Herrera has been tearing it up at Triple-A, and with Murphy’s contract expiring after this year, his days in Queens could definitely be numbered.

Anyway, this series doesn’t lessen my faith in the Mets this season. We’ll get them in September on our own turf. :)

On deck:

The Mets travel to Miami and open up a three-game series against the Marlins tomorrow night with Dillon Gee (0-1, 5.60 ERA) taking on Jarred Cosart (1-1, 3.63 ERA)

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Wright To Begin Baseball Activities, Could Return Saturday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/david-wright-took-swings-on-saturday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/david-wright-took-swings-on-saturday.html/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:02:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=179966 david wright

Before tonight’s game against the Yankees, manager Terry Collins told reporters that David Wright will begin baseball activities on Monday.

Though Wright is eligible to return from the disabled list on Thursday, Collins said that wasn’t realistic and he hopes the Mets third baseman can return by Saturday. (Anthony DiComo)

Wright swung the bat on Friday but the real test comes when he begins fielding ground balls, jogging and running the bases early this week.

The Mets captain strained his hamstring on April 14 and was placed on th 15 day DL the next day, although general manager Sandy Alderson cautioned it was more likely Wright would miss three weeks.

Wright was batting .333/.371/.424 in 35 plate appearances before the injury. He was replaced by Eric Campbell, who has performed well in his absence.

Even though the Mets have been winning without Wright, having him back would definitely be a huge boost for the team and the bench becomes stronger with Campbell as well.

(Update 10:00 PM)

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MMO Fan Shot: Bandwagons, Fathers and Sons, and Exciting Mets Baseball http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/bandwagons-fathers-and-sons-and-exciting-mets-baseball.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/bandwagons-fathers-and-sons-and-exciting-mets-baseball.html/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=179972 citi field

An MMO Fan Shot by MarSanti

Technically, I think my mother gave birth on the actual Mets bandwagon. My father watched/check-the-box/listened to every Mets game from their birth in ’62 to the Spring Training before he died. I was happy when they won it all in ’86, but I was too young to really appreciate and enjoy it with my father. We spent countless hours over the next many many years watching and talking Mets.

Not all the memories were good, but not because of losing seasons. Unfortunately, I missed watching the subway series with my dad because I was “busy” enjoying my twenties; I’m working on letting go of the regret of not relishing every single pitch with him.

mmo feature original footerI take solace that I was at the game with him when they beat the Giants to advance to the NLCS. We screamed, hugged and cried; somehow we ended up chanting Yankees suck with several thousand other loyalists.

A few years later he died … a couple of days before his passing he was raving about a minor league speedy shortstop. By that point, I had grown cynical and thought he was “scouting” another Ryan Thompson. I would learn that my dad’s last scouting report was of Jose Reyes.

Our special Mets bond was the highlight of his eulogy, and I was honored to write and give it.

I have two boys of my own now. My first son’s due date was June 1, 2012. He wasn’t born that day, but Johan pitched our first no hitter; I couldn’t help but think the due date coincidence and my dad’s no-hitter superstitions helped Baxter make “the catch.”

My son was born a few days later, and I waited a day to give him his first Mets hat because I wanted to give him a day to think about it.

marsantiMy second son didn’t have that luxury; there was a Mets hat in the “go-bag.” Now, my almost-three-year-old insists on wearing his Mets hat when he goes out, and he can sing the entire “Meets the Mets” song from memory. We’re working on learning all the words to the “Let’s Go Mets” rally song by Shelly Palmer. It’s interesting feeling both guilt and pride when he yells out Let’s Go Mets.

We’re winning now, and there’s a special feeling in the Mets fandom. Yes, I know it’s early and about small sample sizes, but my gut is telling me we are on the verge of something special. This isn’t the “maybe Carlos Baega will hit again” or “if everything breaks just right” feeling. This is different.

Earlier this week, my wife was at the supermarket with the boys. My oldest, of course, had his Mets hat on. An [obnoxious] Yankees fan came up to my family and chanted “Let’s Go Yank … (you know the rest)” … My oldest looked at him puzzled.

My wife then went on to tell him that we’re Mets fans. The Yankee fan replied, everyone is jumping on the Mets bandwagon now. My wife (who bleeds orange blue now) annoyed, gave her rebuttal and walked away.

As they were leaving the packed and busy store the Yankee fan happened to be checking out. My son yelled out to him “Let’s Go Mets” and pumped his fist. Everyone laughed, and the Yankee fan managed to crack a smile.

My eyes swelled up with pride when my wife told me the story, and that’s what led me to write this. The idea of a “Mets bandwagon” means a lot of things to me. It connects me my father, his and my childhood, his and my young adolescence and to being a father myself.

It connects my sons to my father. Being a Mets fan has made me the man I am today, and it will shape my boys. Yes, it may just be a game, but it has taught me so much about love, being positive and realistic, dedication, perseverance, empathy, loyalty, starting a conversation, making people laugh, research and so much more. So, yes we are on the bandwagon, but we never left. LGM!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Yankees, 8:05 PM (ESPN) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-yankees-805-pm-espn.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-yankees-805-pm-espn.html/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:41:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=179989 jon niese

The Mets and Yankees will do battle in front of a national audience this evening as the game will be featured on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball at 8:05 PM.

Jon Niese (2-0 record, 1.50 ERA) will go up against Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 3.12) in the Bronx finale as the Mets try to take two of three against the Bombers.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Juan Lagares – CF
  3. Lucas Duda – 1B
  4. Michael Cuddyer – LF
  5. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  6. Eric Campbell – 3B
  7. Wilmer Flores – SS
  8. Danny Muno – DH
  9. Kevin Plawecki – C

For the first time since the start of the season, the Mets will play in a rubber game. Yesterday the Mets rebounded from their loss at Yankee Stadium on Friday night and launched three homers behind a dominant Matt Harvey as they rolled over the Yankees 8-2.

Not only did Lagares have a great day in the field but he was also 4-4 at the plate with a triple. Personally, it was my first time at Yankee Stadium and I finally understood the comments about the short right field seeing it in person. It looks short on TV but live is a different story. Anyway, the Mets turn to Jon Niese tonight to shut down the Yanks as they send Nathan Eovaldi to the mound.

Niese is 2-0 over 3 starts this season with a 1.50 ERA over 18.0 innings of work. He’s allowed 20 hits in that stretch and 8 walks while striking out 11. That pretty much tells the story of Niese this season. He’s been catching a lot of the plate and putting the ball in play a lot (and really, its the latter that needs to be watched).

However, his last start was far and away his best this season, despite allowing four walks. He held the Braves to four hits and one run over 6.2 and struck out five. He missed the Yankees last year but in 2014 he held them to one run over 7.0 innings while walking 1 and striking out 4. The Yankees have the following numbers against him:

  • McCann 1-12
  • C Young 2-11, HR
  • ARod 3-8, HR
  • Teixeira 3-8, 2B
  • Drew 4-8, 2B
  • Beltran 3-6, 2B
  • Headley 0-6

The Mets bats will get a look at a former NL East foe in Nathan Eovaldi who was traded to the Bronx this past winter. He is 1-0 this year over 3 starts and 17.1 innings where he has allowed 24 hits and 5 walks while striking out 14 leading to a 3.12 ERA. This is an improvement so far from 2014 where he finished 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA and led the league in hits allowed at 223. In two games against the Amazin’s last year he allowed 9 ER and 11 hits in 11.1 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Murphy 6-17, 2 2B, HR
  • Tejada 3-12, 2B
  • Duda 3-13
  • Cuddyer 2-9
  • Granderson 3-5, HR
  • Lagares 3-5, 3B
  • Mayberry 1-5, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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Rubber Game To Close Out 2015 Subway Series: Act I http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/rubber-game-to-close-out-2015-subway-series-act-i.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/rubber-game-to-close-out-2015-subway-series-act-i.html/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:27:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180004 jon-niese

Jon Niese, being counted among the rotation New Yorkers “knew they had it in them,” has his work cut out for him for tonight’s finale in the Bronx.

Nathan Eovaldi of the Yankees has 14 K’s in just under two game’s worth of innings pitched. The question for Niese tonight will be whether or not he can widen that K/BB ratio and keep the Bombers off the bases.

It may not matter the way Mark Teixeira is hitting the ball lately. Perhaps the strikeout to walk ratio can continue to be slim when he comes up. Better to have a foot planted on first base than tapping it amidst a home run trot.

It will be interesting to see how Niese, already familiar with a couple of Yankee hitters, will fare against the new crop, which is really just Didi Gregorius.

Niese has allowed no more than two earned runs in each of his last seven starts, the longest such streak of his career, and during his current run, dating to September 8, 2014, Niese is 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA.

As per the norm, the Yankee imports stack the lineup. The question, on the Mets side of the on deck circle, is if Juan Lagares can provide an encore to yesterday’s dominance of Yankee pitching, namely CC Sabathia.

Howie Rose mentioned in his interview that “in New York, what you do at Citi Field is compared to what they do at Yankee Stadium and vice versa.” If those words ring true on the field as well, this is just the third installment of what may become a playoff implicating six-game showdown this season.

For more of Mr. Rose and many other broadcasters like Vin Scully, Jon Miller, Marty Brennaman, and John Sterling, pre-order The Voices of Baseball: The Game’s Greatest Broadcasters Reflect on America’s Pastime now available on Amazon.com.

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Matt Harvey Has High Praise For Kevin Plawecki http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/matt-harvey-has-high-praise-for-kevin-plawecki.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/matt-harvey-has-high-praise-for-kevin-plawecki.html/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:09:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=179948 kevin plawecki matt harvey

Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki belted his first major league home run on Saturday as the Mets beat the Yankees 8-2 in a jam-packed Yankee Stadium that had plenty of Met fans in attendance.

Plawecki  collected his first three career RBIs, capping off a solid 2-for-4 day at the plate.

The Mets rookie blasted a deep two run shot to left field in the fourth inning off CC Sabathia and put the Mets up 5-1 at the time scoring Wilmer Flores who had an RBI single ahead of Plawecki’s at-bat.

Plawecki, 24, then picked up his third RBI in the eighth inning with a line drive single to plate Juan Lagares.

“It’s special, definitely,” Plawecki said. “Getting your first major league home run, it’s a big deal.”

“If you had told me last week I’d be here catching Matt Harvey at Yankee Stadium, I would have said you were lying.”

Mets ace Matt Harvey, who pitched a gem against the Bombers, dominating them for 8 2/3 innings, praised the young backstop’s performance.

“I think he’s obviously the star of the game with the home run and the RBIs that he had. As far as catching, he did an absolutely tremendous job,” said Harvey.

“As the game went on, we had a couple of innings there where we were right on the same page. I let him know that he did a great job.”

Plawecki continues to impress and has fit right in as the team’s starting catcher both on the field and in the clubhouse.

In case you missed it, watch his home run below.

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Mets Matters: Who’s On Second? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-matters-whos-on-second.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-matters-whos-on-second.html/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:39:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=179995 daniel murphy

The Mets are the talk of the baseball world with a blazing hot start to their season. The Mets currently are in 1st place in the NL East with a commanding lead of 4.5 games over 2nd place Atlanta.

mmo feature original footerEverything seems to be falling in place, as each Mets player has had a role in their amazin’ winning record of 14-4. There has not been many complaints of players underachieving or not contributing at all. The only player that has been sort of a letdown so far is Daniel Murphy, and here is why.

Daniel Murphy is the only Mets regular that has been struggling mightily out of the gate with an average in the low .100′s and defense so questionable that one has to wonder if he is the right man for the job on a team that is most definitely going for it all in 2015.

All to often Murphy seems to find a new way to create disturbance on the defensive side of the game, either with his glove, getting involved when he shouldn’t, not being properly positioned, not covering a base he should when getting a runner out, ect.

It might seem like I am coming down hard on Murphy, but let it be known that during 2014, I was one of his biggest supporters. I always cited Murphy’s high batting average and his ability to hit around 40 doubles a year as a reason to keep him as the starter at 2nd, despite his defensive shortcomings. He was also the Mets only representative at the All-Star Game in 2014, even though many debated whether he really deserved it or not. He has always hit, there’s no doubt about that.

Enter 2015, we have a ton of other talented options ready to play at 2nd.

We have Dilson Herrera who is currently raking at AAA Vegas with a .364 AVG, .394 OBP, and .879 OPS. He also has added three steals to his stat line, and his glove projects to definitely be better than Murphy’s.

Also at Vegas is Matt Reynolds who had a very nice Spring for the Mets this year. He is currently batting .309, and slugging .529 with 7 doubles, 2 home runs, and already 18 RBI’s. He has also stolen five bases, and we’ve all seen his glove in play. There’s no doubt Reynolds would be better defensively than Murphy as well.

Another consideration would be to move Flores’ hot bat to second and call up Reynolds to play SS, or vice-versa. Herrera is still very young and he can continue to develop at least until September when he’ll surely be called up.

L.J.Mazzilli is another nice second base prospect the Mets have in their pipeline, but his earliest, estimated time of arrival is at 2016.

Daniel Murphy of course could pick up his play, get his 180 hits, learn from his mistakes, and become an above average second baseman.

The Mets have some tough choices to make. I’m not complaining though, because they are all good problems to have. The more talent, the better.

So what do you think? Should the Mets call up Herrera? Reynolds? Move Flores to second? Give Daniel Muno a shot as he’s already on the active roster?

Should the Mets trade Murphy before the July 31 deadline or could he help this team as a super-sub player off the bench? Murphy has already played multiple positions, and could fill in if needed.

Or do you think he’ll get himself turned around somehow and reduce the recent rash of missteps, errors and mental gaffes?

You know things are bad for Murphy when even Gary, Keith and Ron are scratching their heads and calling him out for his “boneheaded” plays.

The good news is that the Mets have no shortage of options, it’s just a matter of which way they decide to go if Murphy fails to get it together. All good problems to have.

Anyway, it’s April and probably a bit premature for this debate, but as Gary Cohen said Friday, the Mets must be mulling over their options internally as they watch Murphy continuing to confound with his recent play.

For now, lets take 2 out of 3 from the Yankees tonight and continue our quest to take this town back from the Bombers. Let’s start a new winning streak! LGM!

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Harvey Wanted It So Bad He Could Taste It http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/harvey-wanted-it-so-bad-he-could-taste-it.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/harvey-wanted-it-so-bad-he-could-taste-it.html/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:00:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=179983 matt harvey terry collins

As I watched Matt Harvey pitch for the Mets on Saturday against the Yankees, I couldn’t help but wonder: Was he showing off for his future bosses? I have little doubt from his body language there’s little question to the matter of showing up his current boss.

mmo feature original footerPlease don’t say Harvey someday toiling for the Yankees has not crossed your mind. How could it not? It definitely must have crossed the minds of GM Sandy Alderson and the Wilpons.

Harvey, who makes no secret he grew up in Connecticut a passionate Yankees fan, was superb in toying with his boyhood team for the better part of 8.2 innings as he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. He walked back to the dugout to a loud standing ovation as Mets fans made their presence felt in Yankee stadium.

The Mets are 14-4, the best record in baseball, and Harvey has four of those wins.

What tells me Harvey will someday be gone is: 1) his youthful affection for the Yankees, which culminated in being photographed watching Derek Jeter last season from the stands when he was on the disabled list; 2) his attraction, like a moth to a light bulb, to the New York nightlife, which always has the light shining brightest on the Yankees; 3) his agent, Scott Boras, who has a reputation of getting every last dollar, and we all know the Yankees will outspend the Mets; and 4) we’ve never heard him passionately say he wants to finish his career in a Mets’ uniform.

He had a chance Saturday to say something about that, but passed.

And finally, Mets’ management appears to be afraid to challenge their young, stud pitcher, who consistently pushes the envelope on about every issue. He sparred with Alderson as to where he would do his rehab and the issue of wanting to pitch last season.

Despite lip service in spring training, Harvey did nothing to dispel the notion there’s a divide when he refused to give up his start last Sunday despite being ill, and pitching the last month with a sprained ankle. Collins said he didn’t know about it until the middle of last week, which is unfathomable.

Harvey flat out said he didn’t want to give up the start last week and it was obvious he did not like Collins pulling him today. Even after Collins made up his mind, Harvey fought to stay in the game. Then, as he walked into the dugout he could be seen shaking his head.

Finally, in the handshake line after the game, he shook hands with Collins, but breezed past him and didn’t acknowledge what the manager said.

“I wish I could have finished but there will be other times,’’ Harvey said.

“I didn’t look at the board once to see how many pitches I had. I still felt good, I still felt strong. I thanked them for letting me come out for the ninth.”

The gratitude did not sound convincing.

Collins did all he could after the game to boost up Harvey and gave the impression nothing was wrong, saying he had a limit of 105 pitches. This was despite Collins saying coming out of spring training he’d try to limit him to 90 to 95 pitches.

Collins said he chose to leave Harvey in after he left the mound following the eighth inning when the pitcher said, “I want this one.”

“I went out and he said, ‘You’ve just got to let me have the last guy,’ I said, ‘Matt, I can’t. As much as I want to, I can’t.”

Managers often acquiesce to such requests, but usually not those coming off Tommy John surgery.

I appreciate the difficulty of Collins’ position, but fault him and Alderson for not defining a position for Harvey prior to the season. Had they been decisive then, this wouldn’t be an issue today. Because they didn’t, Harvey’s innings will come to the forefront with every start.

Since Alderson and Collins have no intent to do something definitive with Harvey’s workload, I would have appreciated them not blowing smoke saying they wanted to conserve his innings, especially that for Harvey’s second straight start they didn’t take advantage of pulling him from a blowout victory.

They could have saved two innings last Sunday and three today. That’s five innings – enough for another start – they could have saved for September. Tell me, wouldn’t you rather have Harvey save his bullets now and use them later in a pennant race?

Growing up in Connecticut, Harvey watched Jeter, Paul O’Neill and Bernie Williams involved in pennant races and undoubtedly thought someday of pitching for them in the playoffs.

However on Saturday, at least Harvey was smart enough to not let his past conflict with what’s happening around them today.

“I’m playing for the Mets, that’s who I play for,’’ Harvey said. “I’m a New York Met.’’

One almost expected to hear, “for now.’’

That said, the Mets won’t have to confront the issue for four years or more likely three. Because if they can’t work out an extension, it’s likely Harvey is traded before his walk year.

But sticking to the here and now, was it prudent to let Harvey go as long as he did on a particularly cold April night in a blowout victory?

Or does Collins deserve the scathing rebukes he got on MLB Network, the YES Network and both WFAN and WOR Radio?

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