Mets Merized Online http://metsmerizedonline.com Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:58:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.15 Latest On Lucroy: Are Mets Closing In On A Deal? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/latest-on-lucroy-are-mets-closing-in-on-a-deal.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/latest-on-lucroy-are-mets-closing-in-on-a-deal.html/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:44:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218833 Jonathan, Lucroy

Update – 7:40 PM

Some rumblings swirling about that former 2012 first-rounder Gavin Cecchini could be a part of a potential deal for Lucroy, and that has been further fueled when we learned that Cecchini was scratched from tonight’s lineup for Triple-A Las Vegas. But as it turns out, Cecchini is penciled in to start at shortstop.

The primary component of a deal is expected to be Travis d’Arnaud who the Brewers like, but were unwilling to do a straight-up swap for earlier this week according to the Daily News.

Stay tuned…

Update – 6:10 PM

The Brewers have “re-engaged” the Mets today on catcher Jonathan Lucroy, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Rosenthal notes that nothing is close but that discussions have begun again and are ongoing.

Trade talks for Lucroy are really gaining a lot of momentum according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The Indians, Rangers, Astros and Red Sox have all been connected to Lucroy, with the Indians considered by some to be the favorite.

It’s believed that Mets prospects Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith and Dilson Herrera are all players the Brewers have scouted recently and are very interested in.

Original Post – 2:07 PM

The Mets are “confident” they will acquire a relief pitcher before Monday’s trade deadline, reports the NY Post’s Mike Puma. They also continue to watch the market for lineup help, including Jonathan Lucroy, who has been linked to the Mets the past few weeks in rumors.

Specifically, the Mets have had discussions about Diamondbacks righty Daniel Hudson, Braves righty Jim Johnson, and the Angels’ Joe Smith, who began his career in Queens.

Hudson has struggled with a 6.08 ERA in 37 innings, but had a good season last year, finishing with a 3.86 ERA and a 9.4 strikeout per nine rate.

Johnson is the former Orioles closer who saved 101 games between 2012 and 2013. He has failed to recapture that form, however and his 4.21 ERA this season is his best since 2013. Smith is a few years removed from a fabulous run between the Indians and Angels. The side-armer has a 4.08 ERA in 35.1 frames this year.

Lucroy has been the most talked about hitting target for the Mets, but hope was pretty much shot down on Monday. After a sub-par 2015 campaign, Lucroy is back to his old self, slashing .300/.361/.486 with 13 homers in 371 plate appearances. He would certainly provide a boost to the struggling Mets offense, but would come at a very steep price.

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Mets Top Prospect Amed Rosario Lands on DL http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-top-prospect-amed-rosario-lands-on-dl.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-top-prospect-amed-rosario-lands-on-dl.html/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:36:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218848 amed rosario

The Binghamton Mets have announced that Mets top prospect Amed Rosario has been placed on the 7-day disabled list. He is reportedly battling a mild hamstring strain.

The 20-year old shortstop is hitting .354/.405/.525 with nine doubles and four triples since being promoted to the Double-A.

Last night, B-Mets first baseman Dominic Smith was pulled in the fourth inning without a confirmed reason given. Although it was speculated that it was for not running out a ground ball. However, he is not in the B-Mets lineup tonight.

This news comes just days after we reported that Mets outfield prospect Wuilmer Becerra had season-ending surgery on his labrum.

Dilson Herrera has also sat out the last two games for the Las Vegas 51s with a sore shoulder.

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Familia Blows Second Consecutive Save as Mets Fall 2-1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/familia-blows-second-consecutive-save-as-mets-fall-2-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/familia-blows-second-consecutive-save-as-mets-fall-2-1.html/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:48:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218838 jacob degrom The New York Mets (53-48) were defeated by the Colorado Rockies (50-52) by a score of 2-1 at Citi Field Thursday afternoon.  With the loss, the Mets temporarily move to 6 games back for the division lead.   The Washington Nationals will take on the San Francisco Giants tonight at AT&T Park.

Pitching:

Jacob deGrom followed one of the best starts of his career with one of his worst his last time out. DeGrom pitched seven shutout innings while walking one and striking out six.

There really isn’t much to say except that deGrom was incredible today. He gave the Mets exactly what they needed after a gut wrenching loss last night.Jacob even made a few incredible plays in the field today showing that a gold glove might indeed be in his future someday.

Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins combined to pitch a scoreless eighth inning for the Mets today.

After Jeurys Familia’s first blown save in nearly a year, he was right back out on the hill today after originally being deemed unavailable.  Familia was awful once again. Familia gave up two hits, walked two, and gave up two runs and the lead before finally being pulled. Hansel Robles was able to come in and limit the damage and finally end the inning but it was too little too late.

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Offense: 

In the top of the second inning, with two outs, James Loney got things started with a single to center fielder Charlie Blackmon.  Rene Rivera followed with a double to right field which scored Loney and put the Mets up 1-0.

In the bottom of the seventh with the score still 1-0, Rene Rivera got the Mets started with a lead-off single, his third hit of the day. Alejandro De Aza followed with a double to put runners on second and third with nobody out.  Terry Collins decided to pinch hit Yoenis Cespedes and he was promptly walked to load the bases with nobody out. Kelly Johnson, Curtis Granderson, and Wilmer Flores all failed to bring in a run as the Mets hitting with runners in scoring position woes continue.

There are no words to describe how bad the Mets have been with hitting with runners in scoring position this year.

jeurys familiaNotes:

The Mets are “confident” they will add a relief pitcher according to Mike Puma but they are looking at potential lineup additions first.

Yoenis Cespedes was out of the lineup today as his quad injury flared up yesterday but was able to pinch hit late.

Neil Walker had a second straight three hit day.

Mets top prospect Amed Rosario was placed on the DL by the Binghamton Mets.

JZ Goat of the game: Jeurys Familia. Runner up is Terry Collins. Wow. Just wow.

On Deck: 

The Mets will play the second game of their four-game set with the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field tomorrow evening. The game has a start time of 7:10 PM.  Steven Matz (8-6, 3.36 ERA) looks to get the Mets back on track against Tyler Chatwood (9-6, 3.65 ERA). Matz is coming off one of his better starts in which he picked up his first win since May 25th.

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Cespedes Out of Lineup After Quad Injury Flares Up http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/cespedes-out-of-lineup-after-quad-injury-flares-up.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/cespedes-out-of-lineup-after-quad-injury-flares-up.html/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:26:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218820 yoenis-cespedes10

All Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is not in the lineup on Thursday as the Mets begin a four game series against the Colorado Rockies.

Terry Collins told reporters that his strained right quadriceps flared up last night as he continues to battle through this injury which forced Cespedes to miss a few games earlier this month.

Cespedes, 30, informed the team that his quad was sore after Wednesday night’s game and the team believes he could be out for a few days.

Meanwhile, it now appears that shortstop Jose Reyes will not be ready to return on Friday from his Grade 1 intercostal strain that was expected to sideline him for a couple of games. Collins was hoping Reyes could return Friday but told reporters it’s now unlikely.

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MMO Game Thread: Rockies vs Mets, 1:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-game-thread-rockies-vs-mets-110-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-game-thread-rockies-vs-mets-110-pm.html/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:59:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218807 jacob degrom

Thursday, July 28, 2016 • 1:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
LHP Tyler Anderson (3-3, 3.56) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.73)
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New York entered this year with an 11-game winning streak vs. Colorado, tied for the second longest vs. any one team in team history. However, the Mets were swept in a three-game series in Colorado, May 13-15, earlier this year.

Pitching Matchups

Friday: LHP Steven Matz (8-6, 3.36) vs. RHP Tyler Chatwood (9-6, 3.65)

Saturday: RHP Bartolo Colon (9-5, 3.35) vs. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (6-7, 5.70)

Sunday: RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-5, 2.45) vs. RHP Chad Bettis (9-6, 5.19)

Mets Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares – CF
  2. Curtis Granderson – RF
  3. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  4. Neil Walker – 2B
  5. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  6. James Loney – 1B
  7. Rene Rivera – C
  8. Alejandro De Aza – LF
  9. Jacob deGrom – RHP 

Rockies Lineup

  1. C. Blackmon – CF
  2. DJ LeMahieu – 2B
  3. Nolan Arenado – 3B
  4. Carlos Gonzalez – RF
  5. Trevor Story – SS
  6. David Dahl – LF
  7. Daniel Descalso – 1B
  8. Tony Wolters – C
  9. Tyler Anderson – LHP

Jacob deGrom is 6-5 over 17 starts this season pitching 105.2 innings with a 2.73 ERA. After his best start of the season on the 17th where he held the Phillies to one hit, he allowed 10 hits and 5 ER over 3.2 innings to the Marlins on the 23rd. His one start against the Rockies last year was strong as he allowed no runs and two hits over 7.0 innings and in his one start this year he allowed 3 ER over 6.1 innings in a loss. The Rox have the following numbers against Jacob deGrom:

  • Reynolds 0-12
  • Arenado 1-9, 2B
  • Blackmon 0-8
  • LeMahieu 2-8, 2B
  • Gonzalez 204, 2B, HR
  • Story 0-3

The Mets draw rookie Tyler Anderson in the opener today who is making the 9th start of his career. In his first 8 starts he has tossed 48.0 innings with a 3.56 ERA while posting a 3-3 record. The month of July has been tougher for Tyler. In July he’s tossed 24.1 innings with a 3-1 record but a 4.44 ERA. Anderson has never faced the Mets or anyone on the Mets roster.

Let’s Go Mets!

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The Amazin’ Metscast: Michael Mayer, Trade Chips, and Mets Road Ahead http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/the-amazin-metscast-michael-mayer-trade-chips-and-the-road-ahead.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/the-amazin-metscast-michael-mayer-trade-chips-and-the-road-ahead.html/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:00:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218781 MetscastMAYER

The Amazin’ Metscast – Episode Three

In this week’s episode we are joined by Michael Mayer. We discuss the current state of the Mets farm system as well as the trade chips they may have down in the minors to use in the upcoming August 1st trading deadline.

We also take a look at the current state of the team and the road ahead as the Mets look to a playoff birth for the second consecutive year.

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So… About Last Night http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/so-about-last-night.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/so-about-last-night.html/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:00:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218802 familia darnaud

It was only a matter of time. We knew it would come, we just did not know when. Most felt it would come in a heartbreaking way, when it was really needed. Of course, that is how it happened.

Earlier in the day, both the Nationals and Marlins won their respective games. The pressure was on for New York to keep up with their rivals. The task of defeating the Cardinals was not an easy one but it was in grasp thanks to a Yoenis Cespedes blast which seemed to save the game.

This though would be the night, Jeurys Familia showed us he was human. Manager, Terry Collins, seeming quite somber after the game explained it as such.

“This is a tough one to take,” Collins said. “You come back on Adam Wainwright and have a chance to have a pretty big night and to have your closer, who been lights out, give up two, it’s tougher to take.”

“We were behind the whole game, came back late and suddenly the whole game got set up in our favor to where you’ve got the eighth and ninth inning set up pretty good.” (NY Post)

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A tough one to take indeed. The Cards of course are also another team the Mets are fighting for that second Wild Card spot. It was a very inopportune time for the streak to end. How fitting that Yadier Molina would kill it as well. The ghosts of 2006 past had seemed to come back to haunt the Metropolitans.

“I just tried to get a ground ball,” Familia said. “I left it a little bit in the middle and he had a good swing.”

He always seems to get a good swing against the Mets, no matter how much he may age. The team now will have to regroup and fast as they open up a four-game set against the Colorado Rockies this afternoon. They now have a prime opportunity to get back on track against a lesser team.

It was a horrible loss, one that could put a team down. There is no time for sulking though as this team needs to pick themselves up and get right back at it. Its “crunch time” as Collins says.

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Familia’s Saves Streak Ends With Heartbreak http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/familias-saves-streak-ends-with-heartbreak.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/familias-saves-streak-ends-with-heartbreak.html/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:01:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218791 familia darnaud

For the second straight day the Mets grabbed the elusive RISP brass ring, only to have it fall on the carousal floor Wednesday night after the Cardinals rallied for two runs in their 5-4 win.

Jeurys Familia stepped onto the mound in the top of the 9th holding a one run lead in his trusty right hand, and did what he hadn’t done in 52 consecutive outings.  Blow a save.  In fact the Mets were 48-0 when leading after 8 innings.

The prolific closing act of this offensively struggling team flirted with danger one time too many when he issued a one out walk to the pesky Jedd Gyorko, the guy that hurt the Mets with a two-run homer in the first game of their double-header on Monday.

Yadier Molina, who broke New York’s heart during Game 7 of the NLCS nearly a decade ago, delivered a game tying RBI double, then Kolten Wong brought him home with the streak-ending dagger double to left field.

“I just tried to get a ground ball,” Familia said of his pitch to Molina. “I left it a little bit in the middle and he had a good swing.”

Fair to say that Yadier is still public enemy number one in Flushing.

The Mets drew first blood in the top of the 2nd with a double to left by James Loney and an RBI single by Neil Walker’s recently awoken bat.

Logan Verrett couldn’t close the door with two outs in the bottom of the inning, surrendering back-to-back deuces to Matt Holliday and Matt Adams giving St Louis a 3-1 lead.

But then in the In the 7th, it seemed like the makings of a modest two game winning streak was on the menu when consecutive singles by Travis d’Arnaud and Alejandro De Aza, a wild pitch by Adam Wainwright and a two-run shot by Yoenis Cespedes gave the Mets a one run lead.

Addison Reed retired the side in order in the 8th, setting the stage for Familia’s 53rd save which never came to fruition.

“You know it’s eventually gonna happen,” Wilmer Flores said of Familia’s inability to come through. “Nobody’s perfect. He made a pitch Molina was ready for. Some hitters would try to pull that ball. Molina didn’t.”

The loss meant the Mets still haven’t won consecutive games for nearly three weeks.

“It’s definitely a tough one to swallow since we came back,” Wilmer Flores said of his teammate Familia. “What can you do? We’re still right there. And we still believe in him.”

“Nobody’s perfect. He made a pitch Molina was ready for. Some hitters would try to pull that ball. Molina didn’t.”

The collateral damage that was done tonight put the Mets 5.5 back of the Nationals and in 4th position of a wild card spot, a half game behind the Cardinals, and 1.5 away from the Marlins and the surging LA Dodgers. It’s suddenly getting pretty crowded around here.

Regardless of the result, kudos to Familia for an incredible record-setting run. His 52 consecutive saves in the regular season dating back to August 1, 2015, is the third-longest streak in major league history. And his 36 consecutive saves to open this season are a Mets franchise record. Shake it off, big guy.

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Familia Falters as Cardinals Beat Mets 5-4 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/familia-falters-as-cardinals-beat-mets-5-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/familia-falters-as-cardinals-beat-mets-5-4.html/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 02:31:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218771 logan verrett

The New York Mets (53-47) were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals (54-47) by a score of 5-4 Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Pitching:

Logan Verrett started for the Mets and was good. Not bad, not great… Good. He pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 7. His ERA now sits at 4.12 for the season.

Addison Reed pitched the 8th and was brilliant once again, pitching a perfect inning while striking out one. He lowered his ERA to a fantastic 1.88 on the year.

Jeurys Familia came in for the save with the Mets winning 4-3 in the 9th. After a one out 4-pitch walk to Jed Gyorko, Yadier Molina drove a sinker that didn’t sink to deep left-center field for an RBI double, tying the game and ending Familia’s saves streak at 52.

With Molina on second, there was a comebacker to the mound. Molina attempted to advance to third, but Familia said no. His throw to third was low, and thanks to a potential game-saving pick by Wilmer Flores, Molina was out at third. However, after a long at bat, Kolten Wong laced a double down the left field line, scoring the runner from first and giving the Cardinals a 5-4 lead.

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Offense:

The Mets got going early, with Neil Walker driving in James Loney with a base hit in the 2nd inning. Walker broke out of his slump tonight, going 3-3 with a walk and an RBI.

The Cardinals held a 3-1 lead until the 7th inning, when with runners on first and third, Alejandro De Aza stole second base and a wild pitch by Adam Wainwright allowed d’Arnaud to score, trimming the deficit to 3-2.

Briefly after, Yoenis Cespedes demolished a ball off the facing of the second deck in deep left-center field to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.

Seung-hwan Oh came in to save it for the Cardinals and did just that. A flyout by Alejandro De Aza, a strikeout by Juan Lagares, and a flyout by Asdrubal Cabrera brought this game to an end.

On Deck:

Thursday at 1:10, the Mets will send Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.73 ERA) to the hill to face off against the Rockies’ Tyler Anderson (3-3, 3.56 ERA) at Citi Field.

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Updated: Wuilmer Becerra Had Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery To Repair Labrum http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/updated-wuilmer-becerra-had-season-ending-shoulder-surgery-to-repair-labrum.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/updated-wuilmer-becerra-had-season-ending-shoulder-surgery-to-repair-labrum.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:28:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218321 Becerra_960_2_0f0a2d7o_oo86j31y

Metsmerized Online has learned from an organizational source that Mets outfield prospect Wuilmer Becerra underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder to repair a partially torn labrum. 

For some unknown reason, the Mets front office was trying to keep the news under wraps and it took a few days of investigating and talking to sources to eventually find out why Becerra had not played in a week. They finally placed him on the DL on Tuesday.

Our source told us that Becerra hopes to be ready for spring training next season.

The hushed up injury, that took place in spring training this year, has had a direct impact on the right fielder’s power outage and prevented him from taking the field in all but 13 games this season. He was limited to the designated hitter for a majority of the season and hadn’t played right field since May 31st.

MMO has also learned that Becerra has received at least two cortisone shots over the course of this season for the injury to allow him to keep playing despite it hindering his ability to throw from his outfield position.

The injury has certainly affected Becerra’s power as he’s hit only one home run in 247 at-bats this year, after hitting nine in 449 at-bats last season in a great pitcher’s park. His .312 batting average is a career high and second to his league leading teammate Tomas Nido in the Florida State League.

Overall in 65 games, Becerra hit .312/.341/.393 with 17 doubles, the one home run and 34 runs batted in.

Becerra was ranked as the Mets #7 prospect according to Baseball America’s Top 10 midseason update. He was of course the final piece of the R.A. Dickey trade in which the Mets also got Noah Syndergaard, Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck.

Tough break for the kid, we’ll see him next year.

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Featured Article: Thoughts on Neil Walker and a Qualifying Offer http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/featured-article-thoughts-on-neil-walker-and-a-qualifying-offer.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/featured-article-thoughts-on-neil-walker-and-a-qualifying-offer.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:24:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218600 Walker Neil

To put it bluntly, Neil Walker is having the worst offensive year of his career. After a strong April, his batting average has gotten worse each month, and he’s seemingly hit rock bottom with a .155/.254/.259 mark in July. Walker, who has never hit below .251 for a full season in his career, is sitting a .239 with a little over two months to go.

Only recently have the Mets acknowledged the struggles. In the last week, he’s been dropped in the batting order and has been given more frequent off days. Luckily for the Mets, if things take a particularly bad turn, they have options. Wilmer Flores and Kelly Johnson can play second base, while the team has talented youngsters Dilson Herrera and Gavin Cecchini waiting in Triple-A.

But the real elephant in the room regarding Walker is what happens when the season ends. When the Mets traded Jon Niese for Walker, many praised the deal partly because the Mets would likely be able to get a first-round compensation pick when Walker left in free agency after the season. That assumed the Mets would extend a qualifying offer to Walker, and he would decline. That’s not something that can be assumed anymore.

If Walker is still considered a top-tier free agent (not 100% a lock at this point but likely), we know roughly what the qualifying offer will be, as the Mets gave one to Daniel Murphy last season that would have paid $15.8 million for one season. Offering that much to Walker coming off a year like this seems like a dicey proposition. Walker would seem likely to accept the accept the offer to rebuild his value, which could have the Mets stuck with a player in offensive decline, while also tying up a big chunk of change when the franchise might be negotiating again with Yoenis Cespedes.

Walker returning would also again block a spot for Herrera or Cecchini to join the team next season. There is the possibility that if Walker returned, the Mets would shift him to third base, but they’ve had ample opportunity to do that in 2016 and continue to be reluctant. Eventually the Mets need to give their young hitters a chance and Walker’s return would make that difficult.

So that leaves the Mets with an option that seemed impossible when they traded for Walker — not extending him a qualifying offer. While it will be a disappointment to not get the first round pick, the trade with Pittsburgh was still a win for the Mets. And the Mets simply cannot risk all of the negative ramifications it could have on the franchise if Walker accepts a one-year offer. You have to know when to cut your losses.

There’s still a significant portion of the season left for Walker to rebuild his value, and Murphy showed everyone that a player’s stock can change this time of year. Still, at the moment, the Mets should not risk bringing Walker back. It’s not a decision that needs to be made today, but it’s a conversation that you can bet has already started.

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MMO Game Thread: Cardinals vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-game-thread-cardinals-vs-mets-710-pm-6.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-game-thread-cardinals-vs-mets-710-pm-6.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:35:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218730 Verrett

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.09) vs. RHP Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.14)
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The Mets split the double-header yesterday with the Cardinals and look to take the series today behind Logan Verrett.

Mets Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. James Loney – 1B
  5. Neil Walker – 2B
  6. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  7. Michael Conforto – CF
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Logan Verrett – RHP

Cardinals Lineup 

  1. Greg Garcia – 2B
  2. Aledmys Diaz -SS
  3. S. Piscotty – RF
  4. Matt Holliday – LF
  5. Matt Adams – 1B
  6. Jedd Gyorko – 3B
  7. Yadier Molina – C
  8. Tommy Pham – CF
  9. Adam Wainwright – RHP

Logan Verrett is 3-6 over 26 games and 8 starts over 67.1 innings with a 4.14 ERA. After a series of rocky starts his last two have been solid totaling 11.1 innings with a 3.18 ERA while striking out 7 batters. This will be Verrett’s first start against the Cardinals and the only person on their whole roster who has faced Logan is Mike Leake, who is 0-1.

The Mets bats will get to see an old foe, cemented into the history books of critical Mets moments, Adam Wainwright. This year he’s 9-5 over 20 starts and 125.1 innings with a 4.09 ERA, which statistically is his worst season in his career (not including his injury seasons). He has turned it around in July pitching in four games with a 3-0 record and 29.0 innings with 27 strikeouts. During that time he has posted a sparkling 0.93 ERA. The last time he faced the Mets was back in 2014 where he held the Mets to 4 hits and no runs over 7.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Adam Wainwright:

  • Walker 9-38, 2B, HR
  • Loney 14-31, 4 2B, HR
  • K Johnson 1-11
  • Reyes 0-10
  • Granderson 1-8
  • Cespedes 1-8
  • De Aza 1-7
  • Rivera 1-3
  • d’Arnaud 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Will Wear Special Mike Piazza Hats This Weekend http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-will-wear-special-mike-piazza-hats-this-weekend.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-will-wear-special-mike-piazza-hats-this-weekend.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:08:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218747 piazzahat

As a part of all the festivities this weekend when the New York Mets will commemorate the Hall of Fame career of legendary catcher Mike Piazza, the players will all wear these special hats that feature an exclusive Mike Piazza Patch.

If you’d like to get yourself one of these special edition Mets hats, they will only be for sale exclusively at Citi Field.

In addition to a special pregame ceremony to retire Mike Piazza’s #31 uniform number on Saturday, July 30, the Mets will also giveaway a Mike Piazza replica jersey to all fans in attendance on Friday night, and a Mike Piazza bobblehead to the first 15,000 fans in attendance on Sunday.

Piazza joins Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver (41; retired in 1988); Manager’s Gil Hodges (14; retired in 1973) and Casey Stengel (37; retired in 1965) as the only uniformed Mets whose numbers have been retired. 

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It’s Teufel’s Job, But Should Somebody Else Do It? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/its-teufels-job-but-should-somebody-else-do-it.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/its-teufels-job-but-should-somebody-else-do-it.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:48:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218727 tim teufel yoenis cespedes

Us Met fans love to hold on to that magical 1986 team.  Three of the five biggest crowds at Citi Field this season occurred during 1986 weekend.  The only larger crowds were for the infamous Garden Gnome Day and the home opener. One of the fan favorite stories of that group was the Teufel Shuffle, Tim Teufel‘s batting stance hip gyrations that gained it’s own cult following in addition to a Shea Stadium video board montage.  The personable, well-respected fifth year Mets third base coach had enough movement in his hips to make Jack Parkman jealous.  Teuf’s hip movement is no longer garnering him attention, but the waving of his arms are becoming a cause for concern.

During the third inning of game one against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, Yoenis Cespedes laced a double into right-center field gap.  Jose Reyes, the man acquired amidst controversy to inject speed into the Mets lineup was gliding his way from first base, cutting 2nd with precision and hitting his terminal velocity as his tongue hung out of the side of his mouth.

Before the throw was cut off from the outfield, Reyes eyed up his 3rd base coach Tim Teufel, expecting to be given the green light where he likely would have arrived safely.  Surprisingly, Reyes was held up, coming to an abrupt stop past the third base bag before the relay man beyond the infield dirt even had the ball.

After a James Loney walk, Kelly Johnson would strike out, stranding Reyes at third who was unable to coax a balk out of the animated and emotional Cardinal’s starter Carlos Martinez.  The Mets would score two in the next frame to pull within a run, but would go quietly the rest of the way, making Teufel’s decision loom large as the Mets fell 3-2.

It is sadly not the first time Teufel’s split second decisions have been called into question this season.  He was daring enough to send the heavy-footed James Loney from second on a hard hit ball through the left side July 20th against the Cubs.  He was nailed by 3 strides.  In June, Teuf sent Wilmer Flores, another notoriously slow runner, from first base in the 9th inning of a one run loss.  On April 15th in Cleveland, a game I was lucky enough to be able to be in attendance for,  two Mets base-runners were thrown out at the plate trying to score in a one run win.

A good third base coach is one that is not noticed.  It is a thankless job, much like a holder in football, that is only given negative attention when mistakes are made.  Teufel has now continuously been noticed.  This could lead to more pressure on him during his next game deciding decision.  It is no secret that the offense has struggled.  The club has nary a run to spare, and can not afford to be giving up outs either.  Furthermore, if the base-runners are also thinking too much, and losing confidence in Teuf’s decisions, it can cause them to be hesitant or even worse, cause an injury if they are unexpectedly asked to stop on a dime.

When asked in between games Tuesday about the costly mishap by Teuf, which even his former teammate Ron Darling was critical of in the broadcast booth, Collins offered his ever eloquent testimony, “I’m not going to get into the coaching stuff…Its his call”.  Well skip, it is your call if he can be trusted to do his job.  Based so far on some costly mishaps, it may be a cause for concern.  On its own, it may not be a critical issue.  However, when it is combined with the Mets sterile offense, it may necessitate a change.

So, let us know in the comments Mets Fans.  Sure its Teuf’s job, but is it time to let someone else do it?

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Mets Need A Bat, Not A Bullpen Arm http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-need-a-bat-not-a-bullpen-arm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-need-a-bat-not-a-bullpen-arm.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:19:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218677 hansel robles

Leading up to the trade deadline, most of the talk from inside the Mets organization and among media members has been that the Mets’ top priority is to add a bullpen arm. While it’s always good to have bullpen depth, using the team’s resources on an extra late-inning arm seems puzzling given the other holes on the team.

First, let’s look at the current state of the bullpen. Jeurys Familia is rock solid in the closer spot. Addison Reed is possibly the best eighth-inning man in baseball this season. From there, the Mets have Jerry Blevins and Hansel Robles, both of whom are having stellar seasons and have shown the ability to get big outs late. So the seventh, eighth and ninth inning seem pretty well covered, and there seems to be no need to mess with their roles.

The last three arms in the bullpen right now are Erik Goeddel, Antonio Bastrado and the long man, Seth Lugo. Bastardo’s contract keeps him with the Mets through next year, and nobody trades for an upgraded long man, so the upgrade here would be over Goeddel. This begs the question, do the Mets really need to trade anything of value to upgrade over Goeddel?

As the Aroldis Chapman trade showed, good relievers don’t come cheap, so if the Mets are looking for a upgrade, then it will cost at least one talented player. And that’s for an acquisition who if the team makes the postseason may throw five innings all of October. Is a prospect for five innings worth it when Familia, Reed, Blevins and Robles are already on the roster and getting the job done?

What the Mets need to do is to look back at last season and remember two things. First, they can wait till August and still trade for an impact reliever like Addison Reed and not need to give up nearly as much. Second, if the team makes the playoffs, Logan Verrett and possibly Bartolo Colon will be added to the bullpen. Like it or not, Collins has shown to be very willing to use Colon in big relief spots.

What makes the desire for a bullpen arm even more puzzling is that the team has so many other holes. The Mets could use an upgrade at fifth starter, and even more importantly, the Mets’ offense is terrible. Only the Phillies and Braves have scored less runs. I understand that the team is banking on the struggles with RISP to eventually balance out, but adding a bat to either the infield or outfield mix could also go a long way.

The Mets are likely going to need a little outside help to make the postseason this year. So they should be targeting their glaring weakness and not adding an arm to their biggest strength. The offense has been a problem nearly all season, and the club needs to address that problem before it leads to their demise.

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Mets Minors Recap: Gsellman Strong Again for 51s http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-minors-recap-gsellman-strong-again-for-51s.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-minors-recap-gsellman-strong-again-for-51s.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:30:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218729 robert gsellman

Fresno Grizzlies 1, Las Vegas 51s (51-51) 0 Box Score

On a night that the 51s were limited to just hits and only one runner in scoring position. The real news was Dilson Herrera getting scratched from the lineup on the same night it was reported Jose Reyes was diagnosed with an intercostal strain. But it turns out it was a sore shoulder for Herrera according to the 51s beat writer Justin Emerson.

After struggling in his first three AAA starts, Gsellman put together his second straight solid start.

Binghamton Mets (48-53) 5, Reading Fightin Phils 2 Box Score

Cruzado and Plaia knocked in all five runs for the B-Mets. The B-Mets are now 9-4 since the AA All Star Break. Amed Rosario sat out for the second straight game and third time in the last four.

Since the Mets trade of Akeel Morris and promotion of Beck Wheeler, Roseboom is a perfect 7/7 in save chances and has allowed no earned runs since becoming the closer.

St. Lucie Mets (53-45) 6, Bradenton Marauders 3 Box Score

St. Lucie batted around in the bottom of the eighth scoring five runs turning a 3-1 deficit into a 6-3 win. The go-ahead hit was a two run RBI single by Thompson scoring Siena and Biondi. Earlier in the day it was reported that Wuilmer Becerra had season-ending shoulder surgery.

Paez vultured the win after his defense let him down in the seventh. A John Mora two base error which began a two-out two run rally.

Columbia Fireflies (46-55) 3, Lexington Legends 2 F/10 Box Score

After Garcia walked to lead off the 10th, Luis Ortega would pinch run for him, and he would score the game winning run on a Patrick Mazeika sacrifice fly. Mazeika was activated off the DL prior to the game.

This was Bashlor’s second straight rough outing where he has allowed multiple runs. After his last two appearances, his ERA has gone up over a full run  (1.55 to 2.57).

Game 1

Brooklyn Cyclones (18-19) 2, Staten Island Yankees 1 Box Score

Woodmansee hit a game winning RBI double in the sixth scoring Cone. Woodmansee leads the Cyclones with 17 RBI.

Game 2

Brooklyn Cyclones (19-19) 3, Staten Island Yankees 2, F/8 Game Recap

Woodmansee currently has a five game hit streak. Sergakis scored the tying run on an error in the bottom of the seventh, and Gene Cone scored on a walk off wild pitch in the eighth inning.

Llanes struggled in his first appearance out of the bullpen this season. Conversely, Jacobson pitched well in his first start of the year after having made six relief appearances. The Cyclones swept a three game set from the Yankees allowing just three runs.

For the rest of last night’s recap head over to MetsMinors.net.

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Alejandro De Aza Has Had A Productive July http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/alejandro-de-aza-has-had-a-productive-july.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/alejandro-de-aza-has-had-a-productive-july.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:00:54 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218723 alejandro de aza 2

Do not look now, but Alejandro De Aza has actually had a productive July. The embattled fifth outfielder has had a rough season but has shown some signs of life as of late.

In the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, De Aza was 1-for-2 with a double, walk and two runs scored. He helped provide some spark in a very important game for the New York Mets as they defeated the Cardinals by a score of 3-1 in the second game.

De Aza is now batting to a .318/.483/.500 slash line in the month of July. He may not be hitting for power, but has picked up six walks while helping to produce five runs. He has shown the ability to play a capable field when given the opportunity as well.

He may not be anything of what we expected, but if he continues to play the way he has as of late he could be useful down the stretch to keep others fresh.

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Big Bart Stifles Cards With Seven Strong Innings http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/big-bart-stifles-cards-with-seven-strong-innings.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/big-bart-stifles-cards-with-seven-strong-innings.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:00:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218719 bartolo colon 2

After dropping the first game of the double-header, Bartolo Colon knew he had to buckle down and navigate his team to a second game win. As Terry Collins has said as of late, this is “crunch time,” and losing both games to a team chasing you in the Wild Card race is unacceptable.

Big Sexy came out strong, pitching seven efficient innings while allowing just one run. He gave up just three hits while walking none and striking out eight. It was by far his best looking start in awhile, a much needed boost for the veteran hurler.

“Just throwing it straight. It was going where I wanted it,” Colon said through a translator. (ESPN)

The win improved Colon’s record to 9-5 on the season, while lowering his ERA to 3.35. His WHIP stands at 1.20, and showed much better control in this start than he has in previous outings. Collins could not be happier with his 43-year-old pitcher.

“He’s pitching as good, if not better, than anybody,” Collins said.

Colon needed just 87 pitches to get through these seven innings, throwing strikes often and on target. In contrast, Noah Syndergaard who started game one of the doubleheader, needed 114 pitches to get through six innings. Syndergaard struggled with putting away batters early, struggling to put away Cardinal hitters.

Big Bart will take the mound again on Saturday with just three days rest as the team will not look to a spot starter to take on the Colorado Rockies on the day they retire Mike Piazza‘s number.

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Jose Reyes Has Grade 1 Intercostal Strain http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/jose-reyes-has-grade-1-intercostal-strain.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/jose-reyes-has-grade-1-intercostal-strain.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 03:14:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218713 jose reyes 2

After tonight’s 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, manger Terry Collins told reporters that shortstop Jose Reyes was at the hospital and had suffered a Grade 1 intercostal.

Collins said it would keep Reyes out for a few days. A Grade 1 strain is considered the least severe. Reyes apparently suffered the injury while taking a swing during an at-bat in game one of the doubleheader.

Reyes is batting .239 with a .278 OBP and .493 SLG with three home runs and eight RBIs in 67 at-bats with the Mets this season.

This should open up some playing time for Wilmer Flores while Reyes is out.

More on this tomorrow morning I’m sure.

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Game 2 Recap: Big Sexy Shuts Down Red Birds As Mets Win Nightcap 3-1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/game-2-recap-big-sexy-shuts-down-red-birds-as-mets-win-nightcap-3-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/game-2-recap-big-sexy-shuts-down-red-birds-as-mets-win-nightcap-3-1.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 02:47:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218708 bartolo colon

The New York Mets (53-46) defeated the St. Louis Cardinals (53-47) by a score of 3-1 tonight at Citi Field, and in the process, split the doubleheader. With the Nationals losing in Cleveland tonight, the Mets now stand 4.5 games out of first place in the National League East.

Pitching:

Bartolo Colon got the ball for game two of the doubleheader and was splendid, twirling seven strong innings, allowing just one run – a solo home run to Jedd Gyorko in the second – on three hits, and striking out eight.

Addison Reed pitched a scoreless eighth, and Jeurys Familia pitched a fairly painless ninth, allowing just one hit, and recording his 52nd consecutive regular season save, which is best for third all time.

asdrubal cabrera

Offense:

In the third inning down 1-0, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a double that bounced off the right field wall scoring Alejandro De Aza.

In the fourth inning, the Cardinals conceded a run for two outs as James Loney bounced into a double play. However, this run would prove to be enough for the Mets as they held the lead for the remainder of the game.

In the fifth inning, the aforementioned Cabrera drove in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1 Mets, which would end up being the final score.

On deck:

The Mets will look for the series victory tomorrow against the Cardinals, as Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.14 ERA) takes on Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.09 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.

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Game 2 Thread: Cardinals vs Mets, 8:00 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/game-2-thread-cardinals-vs-mets-800-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/game-2-thread-cardinals-vs-mets-800-pm.html/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:46:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218655 bartolo colon

Game Two – 8:00 PM
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y
LHP Jaime Garcia (7-6, 3.98) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (8-5, 3.48)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

After losing the first half of a double-dip, the Mets will send the veteran Bartolo Colon up against Jamie Garcia and the Cardinals in the nightcap.

Mets Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares – CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  5. Neil Walker – 2B
  6. James Loney – 1B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Alejandro De Aza – RF
  9. Bartolo Colon – RHP

Cardinals Lineup 

  1. Greg Garcia – 3B
  2. Aledmys Diaz -SS
  3. Matt Holliday – LF
  4. Jedd Gyorko – 1B
  5. Tommy Pham – CF
  6. Randall Grichuk – RF
  7. Kolten Wong – 2B
  8. A. Rosario – C
  9. Jaime Garcia – LHP

Colon is 8-5 over 20 games and 19 starts this year with a 3.48 ERA over 108.2 innings of work. After a strong outing coming back from the All-Star Break, Colon just didn’t have it in Chicago on the 20th where he allowed 6 ER over 4.1 innings against the Cubs. Last year, Colon didn’t have much success against the Cardinals as he allowed 16 runs, 15 earned over 8.2 innings of work. The Cardinals have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Holliday 7-16, 2 2B
  • Molina 2-13, 2B
  • Adams 2-12, HR
  • Wong 4-11
  • Grichuk 1-3, 2B
  • Martinez 0-2
  • Gyorko 1-2

Jaime Garcia is 7-6 over 19 starts this year with a 3.98 ERA over 113.0 innings. Since June 8th, he has going 3-1 over 8 starts and 48.1 innings with a 4.66 ERA with a smattering of strong starts but an equal amount of poor starts. Last year he picked up the loss against the Mets after allowing 2 runs in 7.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Garcia:

  • Reyes 4-17, 2B
  • Loney 4-8, 2B
  • K Johnson 1-5
  • Flores 0-3
  • Walker 1-3, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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