Mets Merized Online Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:30:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mets Cancel Ticket Fees For Remaining Regular Season Games Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:30:53 +0000 citi field fireworks

The New York Mets today announced that the club – in the return of last year’s popular “No Fees” promotion – will pick up ticket fees for all 33 remaining regular season home games at Citi Field during a six-day sale starting tomorrow Thursday, July 24 at 9:00 a.m. through next Tuesday, July 29 on or by phone at 718-507-TIXX.

The covered fees will apply to any ticket purchased during this six-day period, regardless of the date of the game. Throughout the six days, fans will be able to purchase tickets to any of the remaining 2014 Mets regular season home games at Citi Field with the Mets covering the associated ticket fees.

For example, a fan purchasing two tickets online or over the phone on Thursday, July 24 for the Saturday, August 2 game against the San Francisco Giants will not be charged any ticket fee for placing that order and will also enjoy postgame fireworks that night.

Highlights include 19 games against National League East Division foes the Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals; all Free Shirt Fridays, Family Sundays (including the postgame Mr. Met Dash where kids run the bases) and the following:

Saturday, August 2 vs. San Francisco Giants (7:10 p.m.)

Post-game Fireworks presented by Duane Reade

Sunday, August 3 vs. San Francisco Giants (1:10 p.m.)

Toy Truck to first 15,000 presented by W.B. Mason

Saturday, August 16 vs. Chicago Cubs (7:10 p.m.)

Boyz II Men Post-game concert series presented by Duane Reade

Saturday, August 30 vs. Philadelphia Phillies (7:10 p.m.)

Curtis Granderson Bobblehead presented by Gold’s for first 20,000 fans

Saturday, September 13 vs. Washington Nationals (7:10 p.m.)

Post-game Fireworks presented by Duane Reade

Saturday, September 27 vs. Houston Astros (7:10 p.m.)

Austin Mahone Post-game concert series presented by Duane Reade

*The only fees not covered by the team during this promotion are Express Mailing, including mail and UPS.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 3, Mariners 2 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:10:28 +0000 bartolo colon m's

The New York Mets (48-53) were looking for the series victory this afternoon against the Seattle Mariners (53-48) at Safeco Field with Bartolo Colon facing off against highly touted rookie pitcher Taijuan Walker.

What you should know:

Bartolo Colon flirted with history this afternoon as he set down the first twenty batters to face him, before letting up a single with two outs in the seventh to Robinson Cano. Colon would last 7 and 1/3rd’s innings for the Amazin’s, allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out five and walking one.

Taijuan Walker would last five plus innings for Seattle, allowing two runs on two hits, while walking six and striking out five.

The Mets would get off to an early start this afternoon taking a 1-0 lead in the first. After Eric Young, Jr. drew a walk, and reached second after the Mariners were unable to pick him off, the play was challenged and stood, keeping Young safe at second. He was promptly driven in by a Daniel Murphy double down the left field line.

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A scary moment occurred in the top of the fifth inning, as Ruben Tejada was hit in the head with the pitch. Tejada left the field on his own power and was replaced by Eric Campbell.

The Mets would score again in the top of the sixth inning, as Juan Lagares hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Lucas Duda.

David Wright would tack on another run for the Mets, as he drove in Eric Young, Jr. with a single to left field, making it 3-0 New York.

The Mariners would score two runs in the seventh inning, after two runners reached base, Brad Miller hit a deep fly ball that hit high off the wall in right center that just missed tying the game. This would end Colon’s day as he was replaced by Jeurys Familia. Familia would allow another run to score before ending the inning.

Jenrry Mejia let two runners on in the bottom of the ninth, but shut the door to earn his fourteenth save of the season.

The Mets take two out of three from Seattle, and are now .500 on the current road trip.

Player of the Game:

Today’s player of the game goes to Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon, who set down the first twenty batters to face him, earning the win. He has now won thirteen career games at Safeco Field in his career.

Final score: Mets 3, Mariners 2

Winning Pitcher: Bartolo Colon (9-8)
Losing Pitcher: Taijuan Walker (1-2)
Save: Jenrry Mejia (14)

On deck:

The Mets continue their road trip tomorrow night as they face the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park with Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.92 ERA) squaring off against Matt Garza (6-7, 4.04 ERA)

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Ruben Tejada Leaves Game After Being Hit In The Head Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:29:16 +0000 ruben tejada hbp

Ruben Tejada was hit in the head with a 94 mph fastball from Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker during Wednesday’s game. It was a scary moment in the game as Terry Collins and the Mets trainer rushed onto the field.

Tejada left the game under his own power, and was replaced by Eric Campbell who pinch ran and played the remainder of the game at SS.

The Mets have no other natural SS on the roster. Campbell hasn’t had much time there at all this season. The Mets’ AAA affiliate 51′s are just a short drive away playing in Tacoma right now.

Tejada will have to undergo all concussions tests, and I don’t think it is to far to speculate that this could potentially land him on the DL. I would expect that Wilmer Flores will get the call if this happens and be placed at SS for the next few weeks.


Terry Collins has reported that Ruben Tejada should be fine and Flores will not be joining the team in Milwaukee.

Tejada was in good spirits afterward in the clubhouse and said he had no headache or anything. He stayed down after he was hit because it was scary. His helmet had the indentation of the baseball that hit him.

He will fly with the team and be reevaluated tomorrow, but expect Eric Campbell to start at shortstop on Thursday.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Mariners at Safeco Field, 3:40 PM Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:32:19 +0000 Colon

The Mets (47-53) look to build on a stellar pitching performance by Jacob deGrom from Tuesday night’s 3-1 victory and take the rubber match of the three game series from Mariners (53-47) at Safeco Field on Wednesday afternoon. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:40 PM.

Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12) will take the mound and face off against Mariners’ starter Taijuan Walker (1-1, 3.60). Colon has had a streaky season, first posting a 2-5 record with a 5.84 ERA (32 earned runs/49.1 innings) over his first eight starts of the year. Then he was 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA (nine earned runs/51.1 innings) in seven starts between May 17-June 24. Over last four starts dating back to June 29th, Colon is 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA (17 earned runs/26.0 innings).

Lucas Duda tied his career-high on Tuesday night with his 15th home run and is tied for fifth among NL first basemen. He has hit in six straight games, going 8-23 (.348) with a .423 on-base percentage and has reached safely in 23 of his last 25 games, compiling a .314 (27-86) batting average with a .410 on-base percentage.

Travis d’Arnaud is hitting .309 (25-81) with three home runs, 13 RBI with a .349 on-base percentage in 21 games since returning from Las Vegas (AAA) on June 24. He has at least one hit in 18 of those 21 games and has reached safely in 19 of 21 and has raised his average 50 points from .180 to .230 over the last 21 games.

Jeurys Familia has allowed one earned run over his last 18.2 innings dating back to June 12 for a 0.48 ERA. He has surrendered six earned runs in his last 42 games (43.1 innings – 1.25 ERA) dating back to April 25. He is tied for fifth in the NL with 48 appearances.

Jenrry Mejia has allowed two earned runs in his last 16.1 innings (1.10 ERA). He is 12-for-14 in save chances, including one in each of his last four appearances, since moving to the bullpen on May 12.

Noah Syndergaard fired 6.1 scoreless innings Tuesday night for Las Vegas (AAA) at Tacoma in the first game of a doubleheader. He scattered four hits, issued three walks and struck out five. On the season, Thor is 8-5, with 92 strikeouts in 91.0 innings over 18 starts for the 51s.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Bobby Abreu – DH
  6. Chris Young – RF
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Anthony Recker – C
  9. Ruben Tejada – SS 

The Mets look to take the series tonight against Mariners. After dropping three consecutive games, the Mets were able to beat the Mariners last night thanks to stellar pitching and just enough hitting. Tonight Colon makes possibly one of his last starts as a Met as rumors have kicked up the last few days that the Mets are shopping Colon. On the season he is 8-8 over 19 games, 126.2 innings with a 4.12 ERA. He pitched 5.0 innings in his first start since the All-Star break allowing 4 ER, all in one inning in a game the Mets eventually won. He faced the Mariners three times last year logging 21.0 innings with a 3.00 ERA, striking out 15. The Mariners have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Ackley 4-13
  • Bloomquist 5-13, 2 2B
  • Cano 6-15, 2 2B, HR
  • Chavez 5-14
  • Franklin 2-9
  • Miller 0-3
  • Montero 3-9

The Mets batters will get a look at the 21-year old Taijuan Walker tonight who is coming back for a second time this season.  In his first two starts he allowed 4 ER and 7 hits over 10.0 innings. Last year he made three starts against the Mariners and he was 1-0 over 15.0 innings with a 3.60 ERA (identical to his ERA now). He has not faced any current members of the Mets.

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What Does A Mets “Core Four” Look Like? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:05:57 +0000 wright harvey

It’s a fascinating query, a paradox of sorts, a question with no easy answer.  That fact speaks more to the New York Mets lingering status in baseball Nowhere Land than anything else.  No matter, identifying four core or foundational players of the New York Mets can be a real baseball brain teaser.

The concept of the ‘core four’ evolved from our pinstripe rivals across town when four homegrown prospects; Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Jorge Posada, became the foundational pieces of sustained baseball excellence in the Bronx.  The Yankee core provided the Bombers a talented baseball foundation, a core of hungry consistent, relentless baseball exemplars Yankee management could build around to keep the Yankee machine running in high gear for much of two decades.

Building comparisons to the Yankee ‘core four’ is an impossibility.  Few could have predicted the success of these four Yankee prospects when they were signed.  Only Jeter was highly rated and considered a can’t miss pick.  The other three were signed in the 22nd and 24th rounds and as a free agent of the amateur draft.  Their legend as the indefatigable core of the Yankee success, as the unmovable granite on the pinstripe roster evolved over time.  That’s not a scenario that meshes well with the current standing of our New York Mets.

Stop the procrastinating and select four players Met management could use as the centerpiece of even  a short run of baseball success in Flushing.  Okay, here goes.

  1.  Matt Harvey  – In some ways selecting Matt Harvey is a no brainer, yet in some ways picking Harvey is a leap of blind faith.  After his arm surgery last summer, no one can really be sure what the Mets will have in Matt Harvey when he returns to the mound next spring.  What we know for certain is that Matt Harvey is a unique baseball talent, a rare combination of intelligence, bravado, authenticity, chutzpah, and baseball skill that can transform the culture of a baseball franchise.  The 2013 Mets that took the field when Matt Harvey pitched were a different animal than the squad that played working through the other four days of the starting rotation.  Harvey is the type of guy who simply won’t accept losing, the iron willed like persona needed in a baseball core.  Until he proves otherwise, Matt Harvey is the only non-negotiable member of my Met core four.
  2. David Wright – As it stands, David Wright is the cornerstone of the New York Met franchise, destined to become the greatest player to ever wear the New York Met orange and blue.  David Wright bleeds Mets blue.  He grew up near Norfolk Virginia watching and rooting for the Tides, the Mets Triple-A franchise located in Wright’s home town.  Wright is proud to wear a Met uniform and willing to personally sacrifice for the chance to play for Met fans in Citi Field.  Fred Wilpon once called David Wright a really good kid, a very good player, but not a superstar.  Based on NY Met standards, David Wright is a superstar, the pick of the litter, a border line Hall of Famer.  Wright, a career .300 hitter, is the all-time Met leader in a host of offensive categories which will soon include home runs.  It’s a shame, the Mets fell into franchise disarray during peak years on David Wright’s baseball arc.  But, loyal to a fault, David Wright always remains on script for the NY Mets, a solid baseball fixture for some time to come in Flushing and reliable source as one of the four core to build a baseball franchise around.

Naming a ‘core two‘ was not that difficult.  From here the chore becomes almost ominous.  What players on an underperforming baseball team or unproven but highly regarded prospects in a vastly improved player development system could be included in a core four?

A rabid Binghamton Met baseball fanatic, I have watched almost all of the most promising Met prospects for extended stays playing Double-A ball in Binghamton.  My interest in minor league baseball has taught me predicting the success of developing baseball players is an inexact science at best.  Had I evaluated Matt Harvey’s value purely based on his minor league performance in Binghamton it would be preposterous to include him as part of a ‘core four‘ baseball gang in Flushing.  For those reasons, the final two players of my ‘core four‘ would need to come from the players currently on the Met roster.

  1. Curtis Granderson – At face value, judging only by baseball statistics, Curtis Granderson is an unlikely candidate to be included in a New York Met ‘core four.‘  But the bigger the sample size of Curtis Granderson baseball in Flushing, the more Met fans are coming to appreciate his baseball contributions.  Intelligent and adaptable, after a horrid debut in Flushing, Granderson  is proving once again he can mold his hitting approach to fit the venue where he plays and the batting demands for who he plays for.  With the Yankees, Granderson’s contact swing disappeared replaced by a pull hitting approach to take advantage of the short right field porch in Yankee Stadium.  When that approach was a dismal April failure at Citi Field, Granderson went about the hard work of adapting once again and the results have been satisfying.  Granderson adds a desperately needed home run threat to the Mets line-up.  His production at the top of the Met line-up helps fill a huge void in the lead-off spot.  Equally important, Granderson has a great clubhouse presence and is a badly needed positive voice for the Mets.  Granderson gives the Mets a bonafide outfield major league presence in the everyday line-up.
  2. Juan Lagares, Travis d’Arnaud or Jeurys Familia?  Who do I choose.  Lagares gives the Mets a defensive outfield presence that is difficult to replace.  d’Arnaud provides heaps of untapped promise, a polished defensive catcher with a huge offensive upside.  And, with his nasty stuff and near triple digit fastball, Familia could be the sleeper in the group, the right-handed relief arm that someday could evolve to become a prized stopper in the Met bullpen.

I’l give the nod to Lagares.  With the Mets poised to stage a pitching first reinvention, defense becomes more important than ever and Lagares brings an elite glove to center field for the Mets.  Lagares’ defensive play is rare and special.  Baseball Reference labeled his 2013 defensive play in center field as the ninth best defensive performance by a baseball center fielder of all time.  Although the Mets were slow to appreciate the value of just what that means, defensive play at that level is almost irreplaceable.  And, Lagares shows signs of developing into an average to above average stick at the plate.  That’s the kind of performance a baseball team can build around.

Harvey, Wright, Granderson, Lagares, my Met ‘core four,‘ a tough call indeed. If you were asked to determine four players in the Met organization, not more, not less, to become a core to build anchor future Met baseball success, who would you choose?

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Di-Jest: Wilpons Hatch Plan For Bogus Wright Retirement Tour Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:32:06 +0000 derek jeter david wright

The crack investigative unit here at MMO has uncovered a cynical plot developed by Jeff Wilpon with the approval of Papa Fred and Uncle (“Can I sell yet?”) Saul.

The younger Wilpon has become envious of what the Yankees, another team on the down slide, have done during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Last year Mariano Rivera spent the entire season being praised and lavished with gifts. He was the highlighted story of the All-Star Game right down to garnering the save at the end. Just his presence packed Yankee Stadium home games and the Bombers’ away games. The money rolled in and people forgave the Yankees for being un-Yankee-like during the regular season.

Then we got to this season and the honoree, Mr. RE2PECT  (pardon me for a second while I barf), was Derek Jeter. Same deal as with Mo and topped off with a grooved batting practice pitch from Adam (I struck out Beltran looking, so suck it) Wainwright so that Jetes could open the All-Star game with a hit. More gifts and abounding love. More huge crowds and good will while the Yankees spin the turnstiles but have trouble staying over .500.

Since the Wilpons are foursquare against the notion of spending reasonable big-market sums on their ball club they have hit on the idea of having David Wright, the beloved captain, announce his retirement at season’s end. They’ll trump up some reason for the early exit.

Then in 2015 it will be David who will be the center of the baseball world.  He’ll surely be voted to start the Midsummer Classic even if he is hitting what Chris Young is hitting right now.

Attendance at Citi will perk up especially in the usual weak crowd-drawing times aka August and September. Even the Mets’ road attendance figures to increase as clubs sadly say farewell to the classy third baseman.

Surely a sellout crowd can be counted on in early September as they do David Wright Day in Flushing. The ball club will give David a luxury car as a gift since we all know that people who make $18 million a year can not afford to buy nice cars for themselves. David’s number 5 will be retired in perpetuity and the Mets will announce that they vow never to have another player named “Wright” on their 40 man roster. Nice touch.

But since David is somewhat young to pack it in the key to the hoax will be his announcement on the last day of the regular season (I would say the playoffs but these are the Mets we’re talking about) that he has been so humbled by the love of the fans and his teammates that he will be back in 2016 – and plans to honor the rest of his long-term contract.

So fellow Mets fans when you see David with a tear rolling down his cheek and his voice cracking announcing his retirement don’t buy it for a second.  You read it here first.

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Noah Syndergaard: A Tale of Two Seasons Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:43:35 +0000 noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard tossed 6.1 dominant innings for Las Vegas on Tuesday night, in a 4-0 win over the Tacoma Rainiers. He struck out five batters while scattering four singles and three walks and throwing a season high 109 pitches.

Syndergaard improved to 8-5 for the season and lowered his ERA to 5.34. Trying to figure out our top pitching prospect this season has been a Herculean task. He wavers between Thor for 1-2 starts and his evil brother Loki for the next 1-2 starts. Even the experts are baffled.

On Tuesday, ESPN’s Keith Law said Syndergaard is in the midst of an excellent season, while others have labeled him as either underwhelming, going through the normal growing pains, paying the price of pitching in Las Vegas, or in a word, confounding. 

Syndergaard has already given the Mets two injury scares this season, and one of them, the strained flexor tendon, sent some in the organization and the fan base into a virtual tizzy.

He was expected to make his big league debut this summer, but that is obviously on hold for now and according to Collins we shouldn’t hold our breaths, calling a promotion this season very unlikely.

In an interview last week with Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal, the young righty said he’s had to do a lot of growing up this season, believing he was major league ready during spring camp and counting the days until the Super 2 deadline to make his debut.

“I was thinking about that [Super 2] almost constantly,” he admitted.

He now realizes that succeeding at the highest level requires more than a 100-mph fastball and a hook from hell. He said he understands that he lacks the maturity and knowledge which can only be attained with more and more experience.

Initially, Syndergaard believed he was following the same path as Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, but realizes they were older and more polished pitchers. ”They were ready at that point. And right now, I don’t think I’m ready.”

Still, last night’s performance was good to see. It was step in the right direction especially coming off one of the worst pitching performances of his professional career in his previous starts when he was tagged for seven earned runs.

It has been a relatively tough season for Syndergaard, but he’s clearly still working things out. With the team in no apparent need for pitching, perhaps finishing out the season in Vegas might be the best way to go for him and for the organization. What’s to be gained by letting him burn a year off the arbitration clock just to have him struggling at the major league level in what might end up being a meaningless season when all is said and done?

He’s only 21 and he’s never had more than 12 starts in either Advanced-A St. Lucie or Double-A Binghamton. There’s no need to rush him if he’s truly as good as most people think.

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Can deGrom Win Rookie of the Year? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:13:21 +0000 jacob degrom

Today’s buzz is all about Jacob deGrom, and thanks to manager Terry Collins, the question becomes can the 25-year old righthander come from behind and cop this year’s Rookie of the Year award.

“He’s always flown under the radar. He still is,” Terry Collins said after last night’s 3-1 win over the Mariners. “This guy has got numbers to match up with any rookie in the league, and you never hear his name mentioned.”

“We are seeing exactly what all the reports out of the minor leagues have ever said about this guy,” Collins said. “And that is: He keeps the ball down. He gets groundballs. Although he’s striking some guys out here because he’s learned how to do it a little bit, he keeps the ball in the ballpark. It’s really impressive to see.”

I usually implore you not to buy into much of what Collins’ says, mostly because he’s so often contradicting himself from one day to the next. But on the matter of deGrom possibly squeaking out enough of a great season to win the ROY? Count me in Camp Collins.

ESPN summarizes this year’s NL rookie of the month winners as Arizona’s Chris Owings, St. Louis’ Kolten Wong and Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton. And one quick glance at this year’s rookie class gives me hope that deGrom can actually pull this off.

Last night, deGrom limited the Seattle Mariners to one run on five hits in seven innings and he now has a 1.59 ERA in his last six starts going back to June 21. Impressively, he has not allowed a home run in his last 52 2/3 innings. 

What stands out the most about deGrom, and regular MMO readers should already know this, is his swagger, confidence and pitching savvy. A year ago I felt that he could emerge as the best out of the big three; Rafael Montero, Noah Syndergaard and himself, just on pitching smarts alone. This guy doesn’t beat you by throwing 98 mph, he’s a pitcher’s pitcher.

Nothing seems to faze this young man as he braves every situation with or without men in scoring position with such poise and consistency. He has a way about him that you just can’t teach, you either have it or you don’t.

Already owning a terrific fastball, curveball and slider combination, deGrom’s changeup is quickly becoming a killer pitch for him, nobody sees it coming and it hits the strike zone with such stealthy precision.

And can he battle? You bet he can, this kid refuses to give into anyone and as I said above, nothing fazes him.

He lowered his ERA to 3.01 ERA on Tuesday night and there’s still room for improvement. The nervous jitters that we saw in his first three starts have now been replaced with a confidence that’s resulting in fewer walks and his composure at this point is undeniable.

Perhaps a very impressed Lucas Duda said it best last night, “He’s beyond his years.” Duda is right, and it’s as simple as that.

Billy Hamilton is clearly the one to beat for the ROY award now that Chris Owings and Gregory Polanco have cooled down some. But after last night’s performance, deGrom is certainly in the family photo. His next 6-8 starts will need to be as good as his last six. If he can repeat the feat, my guess is we’re looking at the 2014 Rookie of the Year.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 3, Mariners 1 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:36:34 +0000 Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 1.22.28 AM

Photo Credit: Otto Greule Jr / Getty Images


The Mets (47-53) beat the Mariners (53-47) by a score of 3-1 on Tuesday night in Seattle.

Jacob deGrom took the ball for New York and deGrominated the opposition once again, tossing 7 strong innings of 1-run ball, allowing just 5 hits and striking out 7 while walking only 1. The rookie threw 107 pitches, only 29 of which missed the zone. deGrom improved to 4-5 with the Win, lowering his ERA to 3.01.

deGrom looked like he might be in a bit of trouble in the bottom of the 1st inning when he allowed James Jones to get in scoring position with the heart of the Mariners’ order coming up, but Jacob struck out Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager to end the threat.

The Mets got on the board against Erasmo Ramirez in the top of the 2nd. After Bobby Abreu went the other way for a base hit to lead off the inning, Travis d’Arnaud hit a sinking liner to center field. After being robbed of a homer on Monday night, TDA apparently had the sports gods with him tonight. A diving Jones failed to reach the ball, which rolled all the way to the track, allowing Travis to pull into 3rd with his first career triple as Abreu came home. Kirk Nieuwenhuis whiffed for the first out, and after Juan Lagares fell behind 0-2, it looked like the Mets might end up squandering a great chance to put up a crooked number. However, Lagares somehow worked a walk, and Tejada singled d’Arnaud home to put New York up 2-0.

As deGrom and Ramirez settled in and cruised through the next few innings, the action stalled for a bit. However, Seattle broke through against Jacob in the bottom of the 5th when Willie Bloomquist singled and scored on a double by Dustin Ackley, who advanced to 3rd on an error by Daniel Murphy. deGrom was once again under duress with the tying run just 90 feet away, but he calmly retired both Mike Zunino and Endy Chavez (yes, that Endy Chavez) to get out of the jam.

The Mets missed a chance to tack on some insurance in the top of the 6th when Kirk and Juan struck out with 2 runners on base, but deGrom didn’t need any more support, as he rolled through the next couple frames and got through 7 without much trouble.

The Mets got themselves a bit of breathing room in the top of the 8th when Lucas Duda hit an absolute shot over the wall in right against Tom Wilhelmsen. Jeurys Familia came in to pitch the bottom of the 8th and was greeted with a deep drive from Endy. Lagares (aka “Endy 2.0″) calmly drifted back and made a terrific play on the ball, without ever making it seem like there was any cause for concern. Familia retired the side in order and turned the ball over to Jenrry Mejia, who locked up the save and sealed the win for deGrom.

GIF Credit: @MetsKevin11

GIF Credit: @MetsKevin11

I love Mejia’s energy. And he’s pitching well, too. I  heard somebody refer to him as “King Jenrry the 9th”. I say we go for the traditional Shakespeare formatting and make “Jenrry IX” our closer’s new official nickname. And how good has Familia been? I hadn’t really been looking at his stats much, but wow… he’s near the top of the league in appearances and he has his ERA under 2. Fantastic. I’ve always said the Mets needed power arms, electric arms, young, fiery arms, at the back of their bullpen.  It’s really nice to see Mejia, Familia, and the other guys doing their thing these days.

deGrom has just been amazing. He throws strikes, he keeps his composure, and he’s apparently pretty hard to hit. Just like I’m not willing to drop the “bust” label on top prospects who struggle for a few months, I’m not willing to declare middling prospects who get off to hot starts “stars”. Still, it looks like Jacob has what it takes, so let’s see if he can keep performing. He’s certainly making the Rookie of the Year race interesting.

Duda’s homer was the Mets’ first since the All-Star break. They had really been slugging during the final 2 weeks before the break, so hopefully they can get their power back. Also, have you guys ever heard Duda’s voice? He could definitely make the All-Star team for “Guys whose voices don’t match their appearances at all”. He sounds like a bookish schoolboy. But if he keeps hitting baseballs 440 feet, it doesn’t matter.

Lagares’ catch was great. But he acted like he was catching a pop fly. And the fact that it was Endy who had hit the ball added a nice bit of irony to the play. That was definitely one of the highlights of the night.

Kirk has slowed down. He can field, he can run, and he has a bit of pop, but I’m still not sold at all on his ability to make consistent contact. Murphy is also in a slump, but he knows how to hit, so I think he’ll pick it up soon.

I hope I never have to watch Bobby Abreu “sprint” from first to home on a triple ever again. It was painful. I wasn’t even sure he’d make it.

Nice win to earn a split. Let’s take the rubber game tomorrow.

Up Next: The Mets will look to secure a series win over the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon at SAFECO Field. Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12 ERA) will face Taijuan Walker (1-1, 3.60 ERA) at 3:40 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Mariners, 10:10 PM Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:42:15 +0000 New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

The New York Mets look to stop their current three-game losing streak to try and get back into the thick of things.  The second game of three-game series against the Mariners is takes place on Tuesday.  First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 PM at Safeco Field in Seattle.

Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.18) is handed the ball to stop the slide and looks to win his third straight start, as he matches up against Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 4.58).  This will be his first start in July and looks to win his first game since April 1st.

The lowly 10-game road trip continues.  The Mets are currently 1-3 so far, and have lost three straight after winning four in a row.  They have won eight out of their last 12 and nine of 14.  If they want to mix it back up things are going to have to change.

The Mets are 6-7 in interleague play this season.  They are 152-143 all-time, and have lost every game that have played against the Mariners in Seattle.

So where has the offense been?  It seemed as though things were turning the corner prior to the break, but three runs in three games is hardly turning the corner.  Going back to the series in San Diego, the Mets have only scored five runs in their last 35 innings.  The long ball has eluded them as well, as they have not hit one out of the park in five straight games.  It is tied with the longest stretch this season (April18-22).  Before this happened they hit home runs in eight of nine games.

I know this will probably jinx everything but, Jacob deGrom hasn’t allowed a home run in his last 45.2 innings.  He allowed five in his prior 28 innings.  In his last five starts, deGrom is 3-1 with an ERA of 1.65 with 10 walks and 38 strikeouts.

DeGrom is in some pretty good company in his first 12 major league starts.  He has had four games this season where he has lasted at least seven innings allowing just one run or fewer.  Three other Mets pitchers have done that during the span of their first twelev starts.  Dwight Gooden who had seven, Bill Pulsipher who had five, and Octavio Dotel who also had five.

The bullpen has held up their end of the bargain, the starting pitching has been pretty decent, so now it is time for the offense to catch up with the rest.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Bobby Abreu – DH
  6. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – RF
  8. Juan Lagares – CF
  9. Ruben Tejada – SS

The Mets have not had the best performance on the field since Saturday, and they bring a three game losing streak into tonight’s game. Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets, he is 3-5 on the season over 12 games and 73.2 innings of work while posting a 3.18 ERA. In his last two starts he has pitched 14.0 innings allowing only one earned run and striking out 19 batters, he’s been great. As you would imagine, since deGrom is in his rookie year with the Mets, he has not faced the Mariners nor anyone on the Mariners roster before tonight’s game.

Erasmo Ramirez gets the start for the Mariners tonight. In 11 starts for the Mariners this season he holds a 1-4 record with a 4.58 ERA over 53.0 innings. Before being sent down to the minors earlier this season, he was in the middle of the best stretch of starts he made this year spanning 4 starts and 20.0 innings with a 0.90 ERA. The only Mets player he has faced in a major league game is Chris Young who is 1-2 against him.

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Bartolo Colon Drawing Interest From Giants Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:11:13 +0000 bartolo colon

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

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

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

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

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According to club sources, the team will listen to offers for Bartolo Colon and may actively shop the veteran right-hander, writes Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Though Colon is owed $11 million for next season, the view within the industry is that contract won’t prohibit the Mets from making a deal with a contender in need of rotation help. An AL executive called Colon’s contract “relatively friendly.”

The sources also told Puma that Sandy Alderson feels no pressure to deal Colon and could wait past the July 31 non-waiver deadline to maximize the return.

The 41-year-old Colon, who signed a two-year contract worth $20 million last offseason, is 8-6 with a 3.88 ERA in 16 starts for the Mets in 2014.

Jim Ingraham, beat writer for the Cleveland Indians, says a reunion between the Tribe and Colon would heighten the team’s chances to make the post season.

If the Indians climb back into the race, or feel they have the chance to, my first call would be to the Mets, about Bartolo Colon. Over the last year and a half, with Oakland and the Mets, he’s 26-12, with a 3.09 ERA. Who cares if he’s clownishly chubby, 41 years old, and owed $11 million next year?

The News-Herald columnists proposes trading 2012 first round pick center fielder Tyler Naquin and 19-year old shortstop/outfield prospect Dorssys Paulino for Colon and $3 million. Another report on FOX Sports Ohio suggested a similar proposition for the Indians.

Colon began his MLB career with the Tribe (1997-2002).

ESPN’s Jim Bowden believes the Yankees, Blue Jays, Angels, Indians, Pirates and Mariners could all have interest in Colon, who he says could fetch a good upper-level prospect. He says there’s a 50% chance the Mets will deal the veteran righthander.

With Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel now off the market, Colon could be an attractive option for a lot of contenders. 

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Law Ranks Mets Fourth Best Farm System Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:45:41 +0000 jake degrom

Keith Law of ESPN ranked the New York Mets among his top five farm systems, slotting them fourth behind No. 1 Chicago Cubs, No. 2 Minnesota Twins and No. 3 Houston Astros. (ESPN Insider)

4. New York Mets

The Mets have graduated a few prospects to the majors — Travis d’Arnaud (No. 2 in the system coming into the year) and Jacob deGrom (No. 13) in particular — but the guys still in the system have nearly all taken steps forward. Noah Syndergaard (No. 1) has had an excellent year in the pitchers’ hell of Las Vegas. Brandon Nimmo (No. 5) is hitting for power now that he’s out of Savannah, a terrible park for left-handed power hitters. Catcher Kevin Plawecki (No. 6) continues to receive well, as expected, but he also has hit well enough to push himself up to Triple-A in his second full season.

Eighteen-year-old shortstop Amed Rosario doesn’t look out of place among older players in the New York-Penn League, and he has the instincts and reactions to stay at short if he can find some consistency in the field. And they added the most polished hitter in this year’s draft class, Michael Conforto, who led Division I in OBP. They still have a ton of arms but are heavier on bats at the corners than in the middle infield or center, although Rosario might eventually make up for Gavin Cecchini‘s .194/.269/.247 line in high Class A.

He didn’t even mention my latest favorites Steven Matz, Dilson Herrera and Dominic Smith… The Mets continue to shine with the quality of prospects they are accumulating in the minors. Hopefully that begins to manifest itself on the major league level in the not too distant future.

The major league team still struggles to score runs but thanks to Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia the bullpen seems to have turned a corner. Starting pitching has been middle of the pack, but there’s also reason for optimism with the return of Matt Harvey next season and developing young arms in Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler. Hot hitting Wilmer Flores has been ready for regular MLB at-bats for two years now, but is blocked by Ruben Tejada. Left Field also remains a sore spot for the team and is in some sort of 4-man merry-go-round.

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Mets Have Been Outscored 13-3 In Last Three Games Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:34:17 +0000 curtis granderson

During Monday night’s series opener against the Seattle Mariners, Curtis Granderson went 0-for-5 and struck out four times giving him 93 strikeouts for the season. He is on pace for 149 strikeouts this season and is batting  .235 with 14 home runs and 43 RBI in the first year of his four-year deal with the Mets.

The team as a whole struck out 12 times against the Mariners as they succumbed to their third straight loss on this road trip in which they were outscored 13-3.

These last three games certainly gives one pause for concern as it’s quite obvious we’re not watching the same energetic team we saw entering the All Star break. The slump hasn’t been just on offense, but the pitching hasn’t been as sharp and the defense hasn’t been as crisp.

My biggest fear after the Mets finished the second half with an 8-2 run, was the timing of their four-day break.

But then again, a team is never as good as it looks when it’s red hot, or as bad as it looks when in the throes of a horrendous slump. The Mets are still by and large a team that will struggle to play .500 ball, and this is exactly what the last four months have shown.

The Mets are seven games under .500 and nine games back with 63 games left to what could be their sixth straight losing season.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that we are not making progress, but things are moving a lot slower than anyone expected as even David Wright and Jeff Wilpon have recently pointed out.

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Lucas Duda: The Mets Most Pleasant Surprise in 2014 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:36:54 +0000 Nobody wanted Ike Davis patrolling the first base bag at Citi Field this year more than me. In several posts over the off-season I outlined my arguments why I believed that if the Mets chose to go within the organization at first base it made baseball sense that Davis was their man.

lucas duda home runRecent history with losing Beltran and Reyes and Dickey readied me to lose Ike as well. Making the sting more painful was the fact that I had watched Lucas Duda over long stints in Binghamton and I just didn’t believe he had the baseball skills or the internal compass to fill the first base void.

Based on the first half results of 2014, it’s looking more and more like I’m due a healthy serving of ‘crow.’

There can be no argument Lucas Duda for the Mets has outplayed Ike Davis for the Pirates. And, although Davis seems stuck in first gear in Pittsburgh, Duda seems to be growing in confidence in his unchallenged role as the Met first baseman. From what I understand, crow is a foul tasting bird. It always makes one queasy admitting that strong felt beliefs just may have been wrong, but my serving of crow will only leave a tinge of aftertaste should Duda continue his solid play at first base for the Mets.

After initially, starting very slowly at the plate, Duda has recently settled in. The Met first baseman is tied with Curtis Granderson for the most home runs on the team with 14, leads the team with 49 runs batted in, leads the regular position players with a .356 on-base-percentage and has the highest slugging percentage among all of the Met regulars.

Going into this series against the Mariners, Duda has reached base safely in 20 of his last 22 games, hitting .307 (23-75) during that span with a .409 on-base percentage. He has been very adept at driving in runs this season, and is seventh in the NL with an RBI every 5.9 at-bats.

In addition Duda has been surprisingly nimble around the first base bag.

That produces an output that was totally unexpected by me, thus my ‘crow dinner’ and Lucas Duda’s designation as the New York Mets most pleasant surprise in the first half of the 2014 baseball season.

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MMO Mailbag: Will Dilson Herrera Get Called Up This Season? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:55:48 +0000 dilson-herrera-in-the-cage

VolvosNRodeos asks:

What’s the chance we see Dilson Herrera called up to the big leagues before the end of the season? Originally, I was fine with him possibly coming up next season, but the way he’s torn through PSL & Binghamton this season is making him hard to keep down. Keep in mind, the Mets wanted a SS to supplant Ruben Tejada, and with Herrera getting the reps at SS, it makes the most sense to go in house.

Teddy replies:

Hi, thanks for your question. I do believe that Dilson Herrera could be ready for the big leagues, bat-wise, as he has done excellently through two leagues batting .319/.373/.444 with 25 doubles and 6 home runs in 94 games. He’s moving quickly offensively and currently he’s almost five years younger than the league average in the Double-A Eastern League.

The Mets, yes, want a shortstop who will supplant Ruben Tejada, but, I don’t think Herrera will be that player until after next year, and I’m honestly unsure whether or not Herrera will be the shortstop in general due to his lack of experience at the position.

Dilson Herrera was signed as third baseman in 2010, and transitioned from third base to second base because his arm wasn’t strong enough to throw across the diamond. He has done well to field the position, and has the speed to cover a lot of ground, making him able, range-wise, to cover shortstop as well. As a fielder, he has good hands, but a without an above-average arm, he cannot throw quickly across the diamond.

However, the Mets decided to give Herrera some time at shortstop this year, fielding the position for about one-third of his games. He has shared time with other shortstop prospects such as Philip Evans and T.J. Rivera, and he has shown improvement.

An official said recently about Herrera, “He’s made a lot of progress. He is a good athlete and astute learner. At the very least, this gives him some versatility as he moves up. We know he can play a good second base. He’ll continue to get the exposure at shortstop and it should increase the opportunities available to him as he goes forward.”

The statement still sounds as if Herrera is still a second baseman going forward. He’s played only 27 out of 325 career games at shortstop, and never played one professional game there until this season. While being at Double-A and learning SS isn’t the best combination, the good news is that Dilson Herrera is only 20, so he has a lot of time to develop his skills at the position.

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Chris Young Left Game With Leg Cramp Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:43:34 +0000 chris youngMets outfielder Chris Young left Monday’s game in the eighth inning with a cramp in his left calf, the Mets announced.

“I felt it a few steps out of the box and tried to kind of push through it and it seemed like it went away,” Young told reporters.

“I think I made the right decision coming out of the game, for sure, just to try to catch it before anything went wrong. So hopefully with the ice and some rest tonight I show up tomorrow and it feels normal.”

Young was signed to a one year deal worth $7.25 million for this season and is batting is batting .202 with 8 home runs and 27 RBI in 75 games.

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MMO Game Recap: Mariners 5, Mets 2 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:20:10 +0000 jon niese

The Mets continued their West Coast swing and opened a three game series against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. It was their first visit to Seattle since 2005 when they were swept by the Mariners 3-0. The Mets last played the Mariners in 2008 and lost two of three at Shea Stadium.

Jon Niese came into the game looking for his sixth win on the season, and faced off against Mariners south paw Roenis Elias.

But neither the Mets nor Niese would earn a victory on Monday as the Mariners continued their dominance winning the opener 5-2 and improving their record against the Mets to 8-2.

After a leadoff line drive single to left by Willie Bloomquist, Niese struck out two batters including Robinson Cano. Bloomquist stole second on the strike out and Kyle Seager singled to center field scoring Bloomquist with the Mariners’ first run.  After the first inning, the Mets trailed 1-0.

Niese settled down to retire the Mariners in order in the second inning.

A lead off homer by Mike Zunico in the third put the Mariners up 2-1. Bloomquist and James Jones both singled, and after a Cano ground-out moved both runners to second and third, Seager hit his second single of the game scoring Bloomquist from third to add to the Mariners lead at 3-1. Niese was able to induce an inning ending double play to end the threat.

In the fourth inning, Corey Hart walked, then moved to second base on a Dustin Ackley single to center field. After Niese struck out Zunico for the second out, Bloomquist hit a ground-rule double over Juan Lagares‘ head to score Hart and add to the Mariners lead at 4-1.  Niese was able to retire Jones on an inning ending ground-out.

A leaping snag by Ruben Tejada saved a run in the fifth with runners on first and third to end the inning and keep the score at 4-1.

Niese, who came off the disabled list after spending 16 days on the shelf nursing an inflammation of the A/C joint of his left shoulder, tossed six innings, allowing 11 hits, four earned runs, two walks and struck out six.

Josh Edgin started the seventh inning and after recording an out, he gave up a double to Cano. Daisuke Matsuzaka then replaced Edgin with two outs and quickly induced a pop out to end the inning.

Dice-K could not keep the Mariners off the board for too long as he gave up back to back doubles in the eighth inning extending their lead to 5-1.

Offensively, Tejada led off the third with a walk, then moved to second on a wild pitch by Elias. Curtis Granderson then followed with a long drive to the right field wall, just missing a two run home run for the out which moved Tejada to third. Daniel Murphy then struck out and David Wright, who struck out in his first at bat, blooped a single to right field, scoring Tejada from third to tie the game at 1-1. Elias balked, moving Wright to second, but Eric Campbell popped out to end the inning.

The Mets stranded two more in the fourth inning after Travis d’Arnaud‘s one out single and Chris Young‘s walk. Juan Lagares then struck out, and Tejada popped out to end the threat.

In the sixth inning d’Arnaud drove a ball to left field that looked to be out, if not for Ackley’s tremendous leaping catch, robbing d’Arnaud of a sure home run.

The Mets rallied in the ninth, scoring a their second run of the game on an error by Cano. But any threat the Mets may have had was quickly defused as the Mariners shut the door on the Mets en route to a 5-2 victory.

Game Notes:

The last time that Jon Niese allowed more than three runs in a game, was September 7, 2013 against the Cleveland Indians, spanning 21 straight games.

On David Wright‘s 10th Year Anniversary, he finished the game 2 for 4, RBI (50).

What’s Next:

The Mets (46-53) will play game two of their three game series against the Mariners (53-46) at Safeco Field on Tuesday. Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.18) will face Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 4.58) with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Mariners, 10:10 PM Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:31:35 +0000 david wright

Today is the 10-year anniversary of David Wright‘s first game with the Mets as the team heads to Seattle for the start of a three-game series against the Mariners tonight at 10:10 PM. Jon Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA) will return from the disabled list to face left-hander Roenis Elias (7-8, 4.54) for the M’s.

New York suffered its ninth walk-off loss of the year yesterday in a 2-1 setback at San Diego. The nine walk-off losses are the most in the majors. The Mets have 18 losses in the opponents’ final at-bat, which also leads the majors. 

New York is playing in Seattle for just the second time in team history. The Mets were swept in a three-game series, June 17-19, 2005. The last time the two clubs met was in 2008 when the Mets went
1-2 vs. the Mariners. Seattle holds a 7-2 mark all-time vs. the Mets.

Jon Niese has gone 21 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or less, the longest current streak in the majors. It is tied for the second-longest streak in team history and longest since Johan Santana also went 21 straight starts from July 22, 2009-May 11, 2009.

Daniel Murphy is eighth in the NL with a .304 road batting average. He collected his 25th double yesterday, his fifth season with 25 or more doubles. Murphy’s five years of 25 or more doubles is tied for the second-most in team history with Darryl Strawberry, Edgardo Alfonzo, Jose Reyes and Carlos BeltranDavid Wright is first with seven such seasons.

Although Bobby Abreu will sit out Monday’s game against Elias, New York manager Terry Collins said the outfielder will serve as his designated hitter on Tuesday and Wednesday. Collins has grown concerned that Abreu is losing some potency off the bench given his lack of playing time, as he is part of a four-man left-field mix that also includes Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Chris Young and Eric Young.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Eric Campbell, 1B
  5. Lucas Duda, DH
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  7. Chris Young, LF
  8. Juan Lagares, CF
  9. Ruben Tejada, SS

After starting off strong on Friday, the Mets fell apart Saturday and then came just short of the comeback yesterday. The Padres were close a no hitter yesterday, then the Mets made a comeback in the 8th, but then tripped (maybe literally?) in the 9th. The Mets are making the rare trip to Seattle today as Jon Niese comes back from the disabled list as faces off against Elias.

Niese is 5-4 over 17 starts and 103.1 innings this year with a 2.96 ERA. Before he was injured at the start of the month he allowed 3 ER in three consecutive starts with 6.0 innings of work. It makes sense that, even though Niese is a veteran, he has never faced the Mariners. There are a few players who have seen him before:

  • Morrison 3-9, 2B
  • Cano 4-12, 2B
  • Hart 2-8, 2B
  • Bloomquist 2-3

Elias gets the start for the Mariners. He is a rookie with 19 starts this season over 113.0 innings, a 7-8 record and a 4.54 ERA. His last three starts have been a mess as he has pitched a total of 14.1 innings with 16 ER. Obviously, he has no record or stats against the Mets and Mets players.

Lets Go Mets!

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Mets Still Have Hope Heading Into Seattle Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:09:14 +0000 wright murphy

The Mets had a great chance to capitalize on a struggling San Diego squad coming out of the All-Star break, but fell short, losing 2 out of 3.  The Padres were tied for the third worst record in MLB coming into the series and only had a .375 win percentage at their home field, Petco Park.  Yet somehow, the Mets bats fell asleep, while the Padres managed to outscore their opponent 12-7 overall throughout the series.  Maybe there was a little bit of rust following the rest, but the Mets have little ground to squander in the NL East if they wish to remain relevant heading into August.

The upcoming series against Seattle is crucial, but the Mariners are a squad the Mets can take advantage of if they’re able to put runs on the board.  In the month of July, Seattle is batting .259 as a team with an OPS of .651 and they are limping into tonight’s opener.

The Mariners just closed out a tough series with the Angels in which they also lost 2 out of the 3 games, going 16 innings in a loss Friday night and 12 innings in a victory Saturday night.  Robinson Cano sat out during a 6-5 series finale loss o Sunday due to soreness in his hamstrings and left fielder Dustin Ackley and reliever Danny Farquhar are fighting through nagging injuries of their own.

Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon also appears to be taking his chances with the Mets, aiming to push Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, the 1-2 punch at the top of his rotation, to the series opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.  This will position rookie southpaw Roenis Elias (7-8 with a 4.54 ERA) against Jon Neise with the remaining two slots TBD.  MLB probables points to Erasmo Ramirez as getting the nod Tuesday night for Seattle, which would give the Mets two good chances to beat up on some sub-par starting pitching backed by an already struggling offense.  Ramirez last pitched for the big league club on June 24th against the Boston Red Sox, but he only went 4.1 innings giving up 5 hits and 2 earned runs.  Over the course of this season in the majors, he has started 11 games, going only 1-4 with a 4.58 ERA.  Most notably, he’s 0-2 at Seattle’s home park, Safeco Field.  My assumption is that if the Mets take the first two games against Elias and Ramirez, Iwakuma will not get the extra days rest, but at that point the Mets will have taken the series and that is the ultimate goal heading into Seattle anyhow.

This is an important time for Amazins, they don’t need to sweep every team they play, but they need to win almost every series.  The 8-2 home stand going into the All-Star break gave the organization a new charge of life, but the most recent one series against the Padres did nothing to build on the momentum and only built a steeper grade on the hill they have to climb.  Sure, San Diego got stellar pitching performances from Tyson Ross and Odrisamer Despaigne, but excuses are no longer valid when the season is on the line, a season that in a lot of ways, must count for this organizations future to remain intact.  Revenue and attendance are down compared to previous seasons and there’s no more loans to add to existing list of debt being paid down.  The sits need to get filled to bolster the cash-flow and the cash-flow is need to bolster the lineup, in the present and immediate future.  

The jury is still out on whether Sandy Alderson will go out and add another piece to the lineup to help in the second half, but in order to put the ball in the court of the Front Office, this current Mets roster must prove that they’re worthy of the club spending the money- if said money even exists at all.  Tonight’s game will speak volumes on whether or not this squad can rise to the occasion and look like the team of the future we’ve been waiting for.  The only way the organization turns around is if they find a way to win within.



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10 Years In: What is David Wright’s Legacy? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:00:26 +0000 david wright

Believe it or not, today marks the 10th anniversary of David Wright’s Major League debut. As we reach this milestone, it is an appropriate time to assess his legacy with the team.

Selected during the supplemental round of the 2001 amateur draft (20 picks after Aaron Heilman if you can believe it), David Wright served as a compensatory pick after the Mets lost Mike Hampton to the Colorado Rockies during free agency. Prior to being drafted, Wright, the 2001 Gatorade Virginia High School player of the year, had committed to attending Georgia Tech.

Fortunately for the Mets, Wright decided to forgo his prior commitment and sign with his childhood team.

Wright rocketed through the Mets farm system. In the 91 minor league games that Wright played before being promoted in the summer of 2004, Wright hit .341 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs between Binghamton and Norfolk.

On July 21st, the Mets selected David’s contract for a game against the Montreal Expos. In just 69 games, David would hit 14 homers and garner 40 RBIs while batting .293. The future franchise cornerstone had arrived.

Now, ten years later, Wright is the captain of the Mets and unanimously beloved amongst the team’s fans. He already owns nearly every accumulative franchise record and by the time he retires he will undoubtedly lead in every offensive category, save for perhaps triples and stolen bases.

Known as Captain America, Wright has been the face of our franchise for a decade now. He has demonstrated his loyalty to the team, stuck it out through the tough times and yet the fact remains, the Mets have made the playoffs only once since his debut all those years ago.

From 2005-2008 David Wright was unbelievable. In those four seasons David batted .310 with 116 home runs and 449 RBIs. He won two Gold Gloves with matching Silver Slugger awards in 2007 and 2008 respectively. He also played in 160 games three of those four seasons, the lone outlier being 154 in 2006.

David had accomplished so much by the time he was 25 years old. Now, Wright is 31 and since that time he has just one 100 RBI season and one season of 25 or more home runs, both in 2010.

His batting average since 2008 has dropped nearly 20 points, to .292 over that span. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Wright has struggled to stay healthy through a 162 game season as he has gotten older.

After playing in at least 154 games every full season through the age of 25, he has accomplished that feat just twice since. The other fact to keep in mind, Wright has not been to the playoffs since he was 23 years old.

This is not a knock on David Wright in any way. In the dark years that have followed the September collapses of ’07 and ’08, Wright has been a lone bright spot for a franchise with little to cheer for. He is certainly one of the greatest if not the greatest position players in franchise history. But with just one post-season series victory under his belt in 10 years, I have to wonder what his legacy is at this point in time. Where does he rank in Mets lore?

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