Mets Merized Online Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:08:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lagares Says Recovery Will Take 1-2 Weeks Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:08:51 +0000 juan-lagares

April 16

Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger reports that Juan Lagares received his MRI results on Wednesday and after talking to the trainer, said his recovery time should take about 1-2 weeks.

“I feel better now,” said Lagares.

April 15

Citing a source from the team, Marc Carig of Newsday is reporting that the Mets will place Juan Lagares on the 15-day disabled list prior to tonight’s game in Arizona.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis has already be re-called and is headed to Phoenix to join the team and should be available to play tonight’s contest against the Diamondbacks.

The loss of Lagares is a major blow to the Mets as he was leading the team in many offensive categories including a .314 batting average and an .816 OPS.

Nieuwenhuis was hitting .310 with two homers and eight RBIs in 42 at-bats for Las Vegas.

As for Curtis Granderson, the news is much better. He told reporters that he is feeling good and that he will avoid the Disabled List. He may even be available off the bench today if needed as a pinch-hitter.

Granderson custom-ordered cleats he’ll wear for Jackie Robinson Day tonight and will auction them off for charity after game.

thank you jackie

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 5, Diamondbacks 2 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:22:11 +0000 anthony recker

Recker Comes Through Again 

The Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks after a 5-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field. With the win, the Mets complete a very successful 6-3 road trip.

Dillon Gee, making his fourth start of the season, was perfect through 4.2 innings, retiring 14 batters in a row before giving up a fifth inning double. Gee tossed seven scoreless, allowing just three hits, no walks, and striking out three.

After 72 pitches from Gee, manager Terry Collins turned to the bullpen to get the final six outs. Collins said he wanted to remove Gee while he was riding high.

Kyle Farnsworth got two outs in the eighth, but after allowing two hits, Scott Rice came in to finish the inning. Jose Valverde entered the ninth in a non-save situation and promptly gave up back-to-back home runs before finally collecting three outs to secure the win and complete the sweep.

Offensively, Anthony Recker had a big game going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. Collins said after the game to look for Recker to start getting more playing time.

Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Andrew Brown each had a pair of hits. The Mets swiped four bases in the game including two by Eric Young Jr. who singled, walked and scored a run.

The Mets improve to 8-7 on the season and end a long road trip on a positive note and head back home to host the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

Excellent win for the Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Diamondbacks – Sweep the Snakes! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:29:54 +0000 dillon gee

The Mets will be looking for their first series sweep of the season this afternoon at 3:40 PM, when they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Dillon Gee (0-0, 5.03 ERA) will make his fourth start of the season for the Mets, still search searching for his first win, and he will be opposed by right-hander Brandon McCarthy (0-2, 7.78) for the D’Backs.

Since defeating the Yankees on May 30, 2013, Gee is 10-5 with a 2.98 ERA (56 earned runs/169.0 innings pitched) in 54 starts.

In his last start, he earned his third no-decision of the season in the Mets’ 5-4 loss in 11 innings to the Los Angeles Angels on April 11 at Angel Stadium. Gee allowed four runs including two home runs, walked four and struck out five.

The Mets reached the .500 (7-7) mark with last night’s win for the first time this year. The last time New York was .500 or better was on April 25, 2013 when the club was 10-10.

The last time the Mets swept a series of three or more games in Arizona was in 2006 when New York went 4-0 from June 8-11.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Ike Davis – 1B
  5. Andrew Brown – RF
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Dillon Gee – RHP

Game Preview

This is the time of year when things start to seriously get into swing as Dillon Gee makes his 4th start of the season. In his first three starts he is without a decision while posting a 5.03 ERA and 19.2 innings of work. Over that stretch he has allowed 16 hits, 11 earned runs while walking 7 and striking out 14. Last year he faced Arizona once allowing 6 hits and 2 earned runs, walked 2 batters and struck out 7 all over 7.0 innings. The Diamondbacks have the following numbers against Dillon:

  • Prado 4-23, 2B
  • Parra 2-10, 2B
  • Montero 2-7, HR
  • Goldschmidt 2-6
  • Chavez 0-6
  • Pennington 1-4, 2B
  • Hill 1-3

McCarthy joins Gee in making his fourth start of the season. In his first three he has allowed 17 runs in an identical amount of innings (19.2) which is a 7.78 ERA. In that stretch he allowed 23 hits, 3 walks and 11 strikeouts. He is 0-2 this season. He faced the Mets once last year where he allowed 2 ER over 7 innings while walking 1 and striking out 4. The Mets have the following numbers against Brandon:

  • Granderson 2-14
  • E Young 2-6
  • Davis 2-2, 2B
  • Lagares 1-3, HR
  • Murphy 0-3

Lets go for the sweep!

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It’s Time to End the Ruben Tejada Era at Shortstop Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:43:42 +0000 New York Mets Spring Training at their Minor League practice facility located within Tradition Field in Florida

Since the beginning of the 2013 MLB season there have been exactly seven shortstops to amass at least 250 plate appearances and had their services be worth a negative WAR value.  Of those seven shortstops, two are currently on the Mets active roster.  The Magnificent 7 are as follows:

  1. Adeiny Hechavarria: 640 PA,  -1.4 WAR
  2. Eduardo Nunez: 340 PA,  -1.4 WAR
  3. Ruben Tejada: 272 PA,  -0.8 WAR
  4. Ronny Cedeno: 288 PA,  -0.7 WAR
  5. Brendan Ryan: 349 PA,   -0.6 WAR
  6. Daniel Descalso: 376 PA,  -0.4 WAR
  7. Omar Quintanilla: 371 PA,  -0.2 WAR

The worst number on this list is the -1.4 put up by Hechavarria with the Marlins, but he is scorching hot to start the 2014 season, and 2013 was his first full season in the major leagues. 

You could also make a case that if Tejada would have amassed 640 plate appearances at his current rate of awfulness, he would have been worth -1.6 WAR over the same time period, with 3 more years of experience than the young Marlins SS.

Eduardo Nunez only played SS for the Yankees because Jeter was out for most of the 2013 season recovering from ankle surgery.  He has recently been released.

Brendan Ryan has been released a couple of times, but has never been known for his bat.  He is a dynamite defensive SS, and is currently a backup.

Ronny Cedeno has been released multiple times and hasn’t been seen as a starter for several years, although he has been much better than Tejada.

Daniel Descalso split time with Pete Kozma, who was pretty bad in his own right, as both were replaced by Jhonny Peralta this offseason by the Cardinals.

That leaves Omar Quintanilla, who is currently our own backup, as the only other negative contributor with at least 250 plate appearances in 2013-2014.  Embarrassingly, he has been far better than Tejada at the plate, and only slightly worse defensively.  I am at a total loss for words that the position was not upgraded this offseason.  WOW.

I thought there was absolutely no way that Tejada would be as bad this season as he was in 2013, but Tejada has taken futility to a whole new level, and somehow has proven to be worse than he was last year.

Amazingly, through 14 games, Tejada has compiled a -0.4 fWAR, easily the worst in baseball at the position in the early part of the season.  He’s not getting better folks.  He’s getting worse.

We all have the same feeling when his spot in the lineup is approaching.  Its an automatic out.  I actually have more faith in Niese, Wheeler or even the 41 year old punch line in the batters box Bartolo Colon, to contribute something offensively than I do Tejada.

Travis d’Arnaud won’t see a pitch he can do anything with as long as the auto-out Tejada is hitting behind him in the lineup.

Tejada is still very young, but the fact is that he isn’t very talented.  There just aren’t any tools that suggest he’ll ever be a decent player.  He will never be a threat on the basepaths.  He will never hit for power or extra bases.  He will never be an elite defensive glove, or have a rocket arm, or great range, or be able to make the amazing defensive play.  He is what he is. He’s really bad.  He’s the worst starting position player in the game by a landslide right now.  What makes matters worse is that he doesn’t seem to want to put in the extra effort to better himself. So why is he still clogging up the roster and lineup card at this point?

We are 7-7 with what looks like a team that may be able to hang around in the Wild Card race with all the promising young talent on the horizon.  How long can we keep our heads above water with the black hole that is consuming the shortstop position for our beloved New York Mets?

Sandy, please get a shortstop that is a major league baseball player on this roster, and lets compete.

Our fanbase needs a team we can be proud of.

Its time to cut the BS and play some baseball.  The monitoring period for who can and who cannot play has expired.  Its time for a new era at the SS position.


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Mets Outright Lannan To Minors, Callup Dice-K Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:29:34 +0000 daisuke matsuzaka dice-k

The New York Mets announced that lefthander John Lannan has been outrighted and that righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka has been called-up from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Sandy Alderson told reporters that Dice K is coming to pitch out of the bullpen, but is also insurance in case any starter can’t make a start – an indirect reference to Bartolo Colon (sore back) and Jenrry Mejia (torn blister).

Matsuzaka has a 2.25 ERA and 1.083 WHIP over 12.0 innings for Las Vegas, allowing seven hits, walking six and striking out 12 batters.

Lannan, 29, appeared in five games for the Mets this season, allowing seven earned runs on seven hits and a pair of walks in four innings of work. Of those seven hits, three were home runs.

So ends the Lannan to the bullpen experiment…. He can report to AAA or elect free agency.

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Mejia to Throw Bullpen Friday, Team Unsure About His Next Start Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:23:30 +0000 USATSI jenrry mejia Credit Brad Bar

1:00 PM

Terry Collins told reporters that last night’s starter Jenrry Mejia will throw a bullpen session on Friday to see whether the blister on his right middle finger will be a factor.

After his bullpen, Collins will look to see how he responds before making a determination as to whether the 24-year old righty will be able to make his next scheduled start on Monday.

7:00 AM

After tossing just 77 pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night, Mets starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia had to leave the game because of a torn blister on his right middle finger.

Mejia was absolutely dominant throughout his start, hurling five scoreless innings and limiting the D’Backs to just two hits while striking out three. His strong performance even drew rave reviews from some of the opposition after the game.

“He had a 94 mph cutter that was pretty filthy. And he was locating it pretty well on the outside corner,” said Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock“I took a couple of swings and felt like I was right on it, but that much movement that late is tough. It seemed like he really had good command of his fastball and that’s what made him really hard. ” 

When it was all over, Mejia picked up his second win of the season as the Mets completed the shutout victory and beat the D’Backs by the score of 9-0.

Despite having to battle his way onto the Mets rotation this Spring, the 24-year old righthander now leads the team with a pristine 2.81 ERA and .200 BAA.

Mejia reportedly wanted to continue pitching despite the blister issue and didn’t want to show his finger to the staff after the fourth inning  However, after he completed the fifth, pitching coach Dan Warthen insisted he take a look and then told his starter his night was over..

“I wanted to keep pitching,” Mejia said. “I wanted to take care of my bullpen, because I know they were a little bit tired. But they said no.” 

After the game manager Terry Collins said he was concerned about his young pitcher. “He’s got one hell of a blister. Tore it up completely.”

It’s not yet clear if this issue will keep Mejia from making his next start, but Collins says it will be monitored very closely. 

“I feel bad for him. Feel terrible, because he has shown he has the stuff to be a winner at this level. But we just have to get him to stay out there.”

Mejia has had some tough luck to start the season, having to already deal with a bunion in spring training, getting hit in the arm by a come-backer in Montreal, and now this blister. But he remains optimistic and said he expects to be ready to go for his next start at Citi Field.


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Mets Farm Report: DeGrom Spectacular Again, Herrera and Cecchini Go Deep Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:48:09 +0000 jake degrom


Jacob deGrom pitched spectacularly, keeping the Aces hitless through the first four innings. He pitched seven innings, giving up three hits, no runs and striking out four. DeGrom is having an incredible season and currently sports a 0.50 ERA with a 0.778 in 18.0 innings with 4 walks and 15 strikeouts. According to Adam Rubin, scouts who have seen him have been raving about him. Wilmer Flores hit well, going  2-4 with a double, home run and three RBIs. Reno battled back scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth off  Ryan Reid and Josh Edgin, but the 51s managed to stop the bleeding just in time.


The Binghamton-Portland matchup for Tuesday was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, May 21.


The St. Lucie Mets came out swinging after Matt Koch gave up two runs in the first inning, tagging on two of their own in the second inning off a Phillip Evans double. They added two more runs in the third when Dilson Herrera and T.J. Rivera each homered. Jupiter notched two more of their own in the sixth, one off Koch and the other off relief pitcher Beck Wheeler, before scoring their final run in the ninth. Rivera had a fantastic day, finishing 3-for-5, with a double, home run and two RBIs, in addition Eudy Pina, finished 3-for-4, with a triple and two RBIs.


The Sand Gnats took a win in the continuation of last night’s postponed match-up. It was a close one going into Tuesday afternoon, with each team remaining scoreless through the first four innings. Augusta added a run in the bottom of the fifth off a single by Randy Ortiz, but the Gnats battled back with a two-run sixth inning that was spurred by a Gavin Cecchini home run and a L.J. Mazzilli double. Dario Alvarez pitched great, giving up just two hits while striking out six in 4.2 innings pitched.


In the nightcap, the Gnats lost a tight one on an eighth inning single by Ryder JonesRicky Knapp pitched well, throwing 7.1 innings, giving up five hits and two runs while striking out eight. It was a tough day offensively for Savannah; the bats just didn’t seem to connect except for Jeff McNeil‘s, who brought in the team’s lone run off a fourth inning single and he also added a sixth inning double. Since it was the second game of the night, this  was considered regulation after only 7 innings of play.


Jacob deGrom pitched superbly in Reno Tuesday night, tossing seven full innings and giving up only three hits, allowing a walk, while striking out four. He kept Reno hitless through the first four innings and looked spectacular all night.

Check out Mets Minors On Deck for today’s probable starters.

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Duda is Mashing the Ball, Will Not Play in the Outfield Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:33:10 +0000 lucas duda mets win dugout

After sustaining injuries to Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson on Monday night, Terry Collins said on Tuesday that he is not planning to use Lucas Duda in the outfield moving forward.

“We made the commitment to play him there,” Collins said about Duda playing only first base. “I think putting him back in left field will take away a little bit of that positive glow that he’s got going right now.”

Duda did move over to left field to complete Monday’s game, but it couldn’t be helped due to the circumstances.

While Collins has been beating his “Duda in the outfield” drum for nearly all of the last three months, his reason for flip-flopping on the issue has nothing to do with a realization of just how awful an idea that would be.

Instead, Collins says that he doesn’t want to interrupt the strides he’s made offensively since being named the everyday starter at first base.

Duda, 28, has been red-hot and is batting .364/.417/.500 in his last 23 plate appearances. On Monday night he went 4-5 with two RBI, tying his career-high with the four hits. Overall, he is batting .275 with three home runs and eight RBIs this season with an .841 OPS.

With Granderson expected back in a day or two, Kirk Nieuwenhuis already here, and Chris Young coming on Friday, there’s absolutely no reason for Duda to play in the outfield regardless. And believe me—that’s a good thing.

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Colon May Miss Next Start With Back Issues Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:09:13 +0000 USATSI  bartolo colon

Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reports that Bartolo Colon was suffering with a back issue in his last start and that he could miss his next scheduled start on Saturday according to a team source.

Colon, who turns 41 next month, has been receiving treatment on his back for the past two days. The issue came up right before his start Sunday, but several Mets sources said they did not learn about it until after the game.

Regarding whether he’ll be able to make his next start, “It remains to be seen,” the source said.

Sandy Alderson, on the other hand, said he expects his big offseason acquisition to be ready, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.

The Mets signed Colon this offseason to a two-year, $20 million deal to fill the hole in the rotation left by Matt Harvey who will miss the 2014 season.

Colon was torched for nine earned runs by the Angels in that last start – including back-to-back-to-back home runs, bringing his ERA to 6.00 for the season.

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MMO Morning Grind: Appreciating Gonzalez Germen Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:00:02 +0000 Gonzalez - Germen

Good morning, Mets fans!

Another nice win last night. A stress-free win, for once. The only blemish on our victory was Jenrry Mejia having to leave early with a torn blister, but considering Mejia’s luck with injuries, I’ll settle for a torn blister any day of the week with that guy. Anyway, my post this morning is going to be about the awesomeness of Gonzalez Germen.

Now, let me start by saying that if, before the season, you had told me I’d be writing a positive, serious (or mostly serious) article about Gonzalez Germen, I would have laughed in your face.

Germen was totally going to be my scapegoat when it came to our terrifying (for us, not our opponents) bullpen. He would be called up early in the year, he would be the worst pitcher on the staff, and I would basically dub him the Face Of The Mets’ Bullpen Struggles (assuming he could beat out Eric Sogard in the fan vote). Basically, Germen was going to be our 2014 version of Ollie Perez (who looked good last night for Arizona, by the way).

Sure enough, Germen was called upon for some late innings work in the second game of the season after Bobby Parnell blew out his elbow on Opening Day. And sure enough, Germen gave up doubles to the first two batters he saw, leading to a Washington run. I started laughing– you know, like one of those sad, “I was right but I was also pessimistic so it sucks that I’m right” laughs…

But Germen hasn’t given up a run since that game. In fact, until he gave up a hit in this third inning of work last night, Germen hadn’t given up a single hit since the second of those two doubles. In that time, Germen has struck out 10 hitters. His 2014 ERA is 0.89 and his WHIP is 0.48. The season is young, and those numbers obviously cannot be sustained, but Gonzalez Germen has been absolutely ridiculous this season. He has been lights out.

Kyle Farnsworth and Carlos Torres have also been fantastic and Jose Valverde as well, his meltdown against the Angels this weekend notwithstanding. Our bullpen won’t be this amazing all season, but early on in the year it looks like the bullpen— which was supposed to be one of our biggest weaknesses— should be decent and has the potential to possibly even be a strength.

I may have been wrong about you, Gonzalez Germen. Please accept today’s Morning Grind as a token of my most sincere apologies, and keep up the absolutely mind-boggling work.

In the event that you are a Mets fan reading a blog, and not Mets reliever Gonzalez Germen, have a great day, and let’s hope our guys can finish off a sweep tonight!

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 9, Diamondbacks 0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:40:37 +0000 kitk nieuwenhuis

There are nights when everything works, right from the start. Tuesday in Arizona was one of those nights for the Mets. Facing Met-Killer, Bronson Arroyo, and wearing number 42 on all of their jerseys in honor of Jackie Robinson, the Mets put three quick runs on the board in the top of the first inning. Eric Young, Daniel Murphy, and David Wright starting the game with successive hits. The tone was set offensively, and Jenrry Mejia added exclamation in the bottom of the inning, with a perfect first on only nine pitches.

The game remained 3-0, with Mejia pitching perfectly through the third inning, when the floodgates opened. After an Andrew Brown single, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, having been called up for Juan Lagares, collected his second hit of the night, this one a home run into the pool in right-center field. The Mets had a 5-0 lead and were on their way to a route. By the time the top of the fourth inning ended, it was 9-0 New York. After Kirk’s home run, six of the next seven batters reached base.

The only point of interest at this point being whether Jenrry Mejia could make history after a perfect start. But after the long delay in the top of the inning, he walked the first batter in the fourth, and then Paul Goldschmidt singled down the left field line to end the no-hit bid. Mejia would end up exiting the game in the sixth due to a blister, but the score could have dictated the precautionary measures.

After an 0-3 start to the season, the Amazins are already back to .500. They are 7-7 with a final away game to finish the nine-game road trip tomorrow afternoon, before they begin a ten-game homestand.

Mets DBacks WE 4.15

Key Play

The sign of a good team is when one player leaves the lineup, another one enters, and makes the most out of it. Kirk Nieuwenhuis did that tonight, and his home run to make it 5-0 really sent the game in a blow-out direction.

Nieuwenhuis HR 4.15

Starter Focus

Jenrry Mejia

Mejia was sharp from the start, pitching five innings of two-hit baseball over 77 pitches. His cutter becoming a dominant pitch. He didn’t quite get the swings-and-misses utilizing the pitch we have seen early in the season (whiff% of 12.98%), but was still effective. He left the game early due to a blister.

Mejia 4.15

Bronson Arroyo

Arroyo entered the night 8-3 with a 3.63 ERA in his career against the Mets. He looked anything but dominant against them tonight. The Mets tagged ten hits and nine earned runs on Arroyo before he was pulled in the fourth.

Arroyo 4.15

Game Notes

  • Filling in for Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis had an impressive night going 3-5, and flagging down everything in center field.
  • The Mets are now 5-3 on their nine-game road trip, which concludes tomorrow afternoon, as they go for the sweep of Arizona.
  • The Mets have now scored 12 first inning runs, good for top five in baseball.
  • Scoring first had been a bad omen heading into this game, but the Mets improve to 3-6 when they plate the first run.
Win Probability Chart courtesy of FanGraphs. Detailed pitching data courtesy of Brooks Baseball.

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Chris Young Completes Rehab, Will Join Mets In Arizona Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:08:23 +0000 chris young

Here comes the cavalry.

Terry Collins said that he expects Chris Young to rejoin the Mets on Wednesday in Arizona and accompany the team back to New York, according to a report on ESPN New York.

Young is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Friday, when the Mets open a weekend series at Citi Field against the Atlanta Braves.

Chris Young started in left field for Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday night and went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

During his three game rehab assignment, Young batted .667 (8-for-12) with two home runs, five RBIs, seven runs scored, two walks and one stolen base. Not bad, huh?

With Juan Lagares now on the disabled list with a pulled right hamstring, the timing for Young’s return couldn’t have been any better.

Before straining his right quad during the final exhibition game in Montreal, Young was entering the season on the heels of a spectacular spring training. What I’m excited about is that he doesn’t appear to have lost any of that momentum.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Diamondbacks, 9:40 PM Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:20:56 +0000 USATSI jenrry mejia Credit Brad Bar

The Mets (6-7) will attempt to improve their record to .500 on Tuesday night as they play the second game of their series with the Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Arizona.

Jenrry Mejia (1-0, 4.09 ERA) opposes right-hander Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 4.82) for the D’Backs. First pitch is at 9:40 PM.

Over his last six starts, Mejia is 2-2 with a 2.82 ERA (12 earned runs/38.1 innings). Mejia surrendered two homers to Justin Upton in his last start against the Braves, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks in five innings of work. He was very upset with himself afterward and I’m looking forward to see him come back with a strong effort.

Eric Young Jr. picked up his seventh stolen base of the year last night. Young is tied for second in the majors in stolen bases, two behind the Dodgers’ Dee Gordon. He has all seven of his stolen bases on this road trip. He’s also hitting .296 (8-27) with nine runs scored on this current road trip.

Lucas Duda went 4-5 with two RBI last night and tied his career-high with the four hits. It was his fourth four-hit game of his career and first since June 17, 2013 at Atlanta. Duda is hitting .409 (9-22) with one home run and three RBI with a .435 on-base  percentage during this road trip. Overall, Duda is hitting .306 (11-36) with a team-leading three home runs and seven RBI in 13 games this season.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr., LF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Andrew Brown, RF
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Omar Quintanilla, SS
  9. Jenrry Mejia, RHP

Game Preview

Jenrry Mejia squares off against Bronson Arroyo tonight in Arizona. Mejia will be making his third start of the year. So far he is 1-0 over 11.0 innings with a 4.09 ERA while walking 9 and striking out 15 batters. Mejia has never faced the Diamondbacks in his career, which makes sense given his career trajectory so far and the infrequent pace the Mets and Diamondbacks play each other. Only one player for Arizona has faced Mejia, Martin Prado, who is 0-4.

The Mets batters will deal with Bronson Arroyo, who was linked to the Mets a little this offseason. Arroyo is 1-0 over two games with a 4.82 ERA and 9.1 innings this year. He has allowed 11 hits and 3 walks while striking out five. Last year for the Reds he went 14-12 over 32 games and 202.0 innings with a 3.79 ERA. The last time he faced the Mets was in 2012 where he allowed 3 ER and 4 hits over 6 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Bronson:

  • Wright 9-38, HR
  • Murphy 6-13, 2 2B
  • Davis 2-7
  • Granderson 3-9
  • E Young 2-8
  • Duda 1-4, HR
  • Tejada 2-3

Lets Go Mets!

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Will Mets Have Revived Interest In Nick Franklin? Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:20:24 +0000 franklin

The trade buzz on Nick Franklin is picking up again as both the Yankees and Tigers continue to get meager production from their shortstop position. And while there’s nothing to suggest that the Mets have any revived interest in the Mariners prospect, that could change if Ruben Tejada doesn’t start picking it up at the plate.

Franklin, who just turned 23, is currently tearing up the Pacific Coast League, slashing at an incredible .410/.489/.785 clip in 45 plate appearances. The former Seattle first rounder has hit three home runs with 11 RBIs and seven runs scored, while drawing eight walks. He has a 1.207 OPS on the season for Tacoma, and in a much larger sample size posted a .912 OPS last season for the same Tacoma team. Offensively, scouts say he’s the real deal.

With a .392 OBP in AA (335 PA) and a .370 OBP in AAA (518 PA), the switch-hitting Franklin could fill the Mets void at the top of their batting order. Franklin has good speed and has swiped 64 bases in parts of five minor league seasons.

Franklin started the season in the minors despite making his major league debut last season, as a result of the Mariners signing Robinson Cano to play second base, and Franklin losing a spring training shortstop battle with Brad Miller. Both infielders had solid springs but, but Miller had the edge defensively.

The Mariners have shown plenty of interest in trading Franklin, but won’t give him away. According to ESPN, the Mets, Tigers, Orioles and Yankees have all expressed varying degrees of interest in the past.

The Mets were reportedly scouting Franklin during spring training and the Mariners had several scouts following the Mets this spring as well however no negotiations developed. The Mariners are believed to want a young MLB ready starter in return for their prized asset.

“The Mets have been scouting Franklin to see whether he’d make a viable defensive shortstop, but one rival executive rated Franklin as ‘average to a tick below,’ suggesting he’s comparable to Jhonny Peralta,” CBS Sports reported last month.

With James Paxton going on the DL last week, the Mariners rotation is very questionable behind their ace Felix Hernandez. The Mets could probably snare Franklin with an offer of Rafael Montero or they could try and dangle a Dillon Gee or Jon Niese who are more established and could net the Mets an additional piece from the M’s instead, while opening up a rotation spot for Montero to make his MLB debut.

Franklin could always slide over to second base next season especially if they can’t work out an extension with Daniel Murphy who may even become trade bait at the deadline if the Mets find themselves too far back of a wild card spot. Murphy is already earning $5.7 million and enters his third year of arbitration after this season where he could see his salary spike to $8 million or more.

I’ve seen some analysts compare Franklin’s ceiling to Chase Utley. And if he can be as good as Peralta defensively for one year at shortstop, concerns about his glove are wildly overrated in my opinion.

Anyway, talk it out amongst yourselves Mets fans….

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Lagares’ Injury and the Optimist’s View Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:09:19 +0000 juan-lagares

The hamstring injury to Juan Lagares is unfortunate on so many levels. While the Spring was filled with much debate on how much playing time Lagares would see, it was clear he had become the team’s everyday centerfielder just two weeks into the season. With Lagares, the argument has always been that he is a defensive gem-maker and anything you get from the bat is gravy. But in the first 13 games, Lagares leads the team in AVG, OBP, SLG and OPS amongst Mets qualifiers. And if you add non-qualfiers, only Lucas Duda presents a reasonable argument on the power numbers. Let that sink in again. That Lagares is leading the team offensively is probably more of a statement on the rest of the Mets roster, but an .815 OPS with the kind of defense Lagares brings to the table has been exciting to see nonetheless.

Lagares has been one of the few bright spots in the early season for the Mets, and losing him for any stretch of time can certainly hurt. But let’s look at the rest of the team. The offense has been a disaster. As a team, the Mets are dead last in the NL in most major hitting categories. Their strikeout numbers will smash the MLB record if it continues at this pace. And there has certainly been little contribution from their biggest free agent acquisition of the offseason, as Curtis Granderson has really struggled.

Yet through this offensive ineptitude, the Mets are on the precipice of being a .500 club. If Lagares were to miss significant playing time, it could begin a nose-dive similar to last season that ended all Mets hopes before the first of June. But perhaps not. Chris Young can return on Friday and so far, no one can figure out how to get him out in his rehab stint in Vegas. Kirk Nieuwenhuis has also started the season hot in Vegas, with 2 HRs and a .810 OPS. Maybe they don’t possess Lagares’ glove (heck, who does?), but these guys bring significant defensive creds to the outfield.

Then what happens when David Wright starts hitting like David Wright? Travis d’Arnaud has shown some signs of breaking out of his early season fog. And then there is Granderson. Surely, there has to be more from our clean-up hitter than what we have seen to date?

I am probably more bummed for Lagares as a player. He has certainly earned the right to play everyday and it stinks that he will almost certainly miss a chunk of time. Hamstrings don’t heal quickly and there is always a risk of re-injury if the rehab is rushed. But the fact is Lagares pretty much carried this team at the plate for the first two weeks of this season. Now it is time for the players that are supposed to carry us to step up. That means you David Wright. That means you Curtis Granderson. And if Chris Young can add something at the plate, I anticipate we’ll still be a .500 team when Lagares returns.

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Mets To Watch Free-Agent Joel Hanrahan Throw On Thursday Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:45:34 +0000 Joel Hanrahan

Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News writes that the Mets will be one of several teams to be on-hand Thursday to watch free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan, throws for interested teams, according to an industry source.

Hanrahan, 32, who had Tommy John surgery on May 2013, threw a “light bullpen” for teams in January, and the Mets had an eye on him then as well.

Ackert adds that one talent evaluator who watched that session estimated the 32-year old, who had 76 saves over the 2011 and 2012 seasons, could be ready to return by May. Another source said that a return next month would be somewhat optimistic.

The Mets’ are in need of another veteran arm in the bullpen and that became clear during the weekend series with the Angels.

With closer Bobby Parnell out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, the Mets have relied on Jose Valverde to close their games and in five appearances prior to Friday’s game, Valverde did not allow a run until Raul Ibanez‘s game tying three-run home run stopped his streak.

For now the Mets have Kyle Farnsworth and Valverde and could use another competent arm to solidify the bullpen. Without having to dip into the minors for help, they may need to land an arm like Hanrahan, but only if he proves to be ready sooner than later. 

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Mets Farm Report: Syndergaard Solid Again, Nimmo Stays Red Hot Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:24:57 +0000 Rob Foldy Getty Images noah syndergaard

Las Vegas 5, Fresno 2

Noah Syndergaard picked up the win in this one to improve to 2-1 on the season. Thor allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks, while punching out five batters. Syndergaard pitched much better than the numbers would indicate and his only real blemish was a first inning home run by Fresno slugger Adam Duvall. The young righthander was clocked in the 96-98 mph range all night and hit 100 in his fifth and final inning. Joel Carreno, Josh Edgin and Jeff Walters combined to throw four innings of scoreless relief. Edgin and Walters had been struggling up to this point so this was encouraging to see. On the offensive side, Allan Dykstra picked up two RBI’s on a base hit. He also added two walks to his line. Wilmer Flores, Zach Lutz, and Matt den Dekker each contributed an RBI as well. Chris Young followed up his 5-for-5 night on Sunday by going 2-for-3 with 2 singles, 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base. Jacob DeGrom will look to record his first win of the season tonight at 6:35 pm in Reno despite some very encouraging performances.

Portland 9, Binghamton 4 

Greg Peavey took the loss in this one going up against Red Sox top prospect Henry Owens.  Peavey gave up five earned runs in five innings. He only allowed two hits but his control proved to be his ultimate demise as he gave up four free passes. It is worth noting he recorded seven strikeouts, however. Matt Clark continued his strong start to the season going 3 for 4 with two RBI’s and drilling his fourth home run of the season. Brian Burgamy also had two RBI’s on the night and hit his fourth home run of the season as well. Dustin Lawley and Corey Vaughn each went 0 for 4 to continue their struggles this season. Matthew Bowman will start on Tuesday for the B-Mets at Portland.

Jupiter 12, St. Lucie 3

The St. Lucie Mets went into this one trying to win their seventh contest in a row but ran into trouble early as Luis Cessa got off to a rocky start. He gave up two earned runs in the first inning but through four scoreless after that one. He walked two and struck out two to receive a no-decision. Aderlin Rodriguez and Maikis De La Cruz each went 2 for 4 with an RBI. De La Cruz hit his first home run of the season hitting in the 9th spot as well. Brandon Nimmo remained scorching hot as he had another multi-hit game, going 2 for 5 in this tilt. His average is up to .384 on the season and he has recorded multi-hit performances in four out of his last five games. Matthew Koch will get the ball on Tuesday at 6:35 pm.

Savannah 0, Augusta 0

Tonight’s matchup between Savannah and Augusta was rescheduled to Tuesday night due to rain. This was an unfortunate circumstance as the Gnats’ Kevin McGowan and GreenJackets’ Christian Jones were locked in a pitcher’s duel going into the fifth inning. These two teams will resume tomorrow at 5:30 pm.

Player of the Night

Matt Clark raised his batting average to .394 on the season with a 3 for 4 performance. He drove in two runs and clubbed a single, double and a home run on the night; his fourth of the season.

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MMO Morning Grind: And So It Begins… Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:23:07 +0000 sib

Good Morning, Mets fans!

Our Mets got a nice win last night. Zack Wheeler looked pretty solid, Lucas Duda was great, and Daniel Murphy turned into a Gold Glover for a night.

But I have something a bit more troubling on my mind this morning, and that is the Injury Bug. Us Mets fans know all about the Injury Bug by now… with this team, it’s not a question of If, but When, How, and Who the Bug will strike. We had our first battle of the year with the Bug on Opening Day when Bobby Parnell tore his UCL. Actually, this season’s bug began last season, when it was announced that Matt Harvey would miss the entirety of the much-awaited, magical year that was to be “2014″. 

But last night was the first night of the season where I think we all thought: “This is why we can’t have nice things”. Juan Lagares, who has been the best story of the season so far, went down with a hamstring injury while running to first in the seventh. We don’t know how bad it is yet, but hamstring injuries usually lead to at least 2 weeks on the disabled list, and setbacks, recurrences, and exacerbations seem to occur quite often when it comes to hammys. You could sense the “here we go again” tone in Keith Hernandez‘s voice last night when replays showed our dynamic young center fielder reaching for the back of his leg.

Oh yeah, our biggest offseason acquisition got hurt too. Curtis Granderson crashed into a wall in the first inning, then had to leave the game 5 innings later with apparent injuries to his arm, ribs, and knee.

According to reports, Lagares is likely to go on the disabled list, and Granderson is day-to-day but “very sore”. I guess we just have to hope that Lagares comes back in 2 weeks and can put all of this behind him and pick right back up where he left off, and that Granderson can get back in the lineup after a day off. But that’s wishful thinking, and our wishes as Mets fans are rarely fulfilled.

We might see Bobby Abreu. We might see Kirk Nieuwenhuis (did I spell that right?). We will see Chris Young within the next few days. Hopefully, these guys can fill in and produce if they are needed as replacements in the outfield. But it’s frustrating to see our biggest offseason acquisition leave a game, and it’s concerning to see a young player who is off to such a hot start go down with an injury that often seems to lead to more problems.

But maybe I’m overreacting. Maybe I just have Post-Reyes Stress Disorder when it comes to hamstrings. Let’s hope for the best, and let’s see if we can get ourselves another win tonight. LGM!

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Granderson X-Rays Negative, Lagares Could Be Heading To Disabled List Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:43:05 +0000 USATSI  juan lagares

The New York Mets may be without the services of Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares for a few days and possibly longer in the case of Lagares. Both departed Monday night’s game against the Diamondbacks with injuries.

Granderson sustained contusions to the left rib cage, forearm and knee after colliding with the right-field fence in the first inning and underwent X-rays, which were negative. He will be evaluated on a daily basis.

“The good thing is everything is negative, the bad thing is just a little sore right now,” Granderson said after struggling to put on his socks and shoes in the clubhouse. “We’ll see how I feel Tuesday.”

Lagares suffered a pulled right hamstring after running to first base on a fielder’s choice in the seventh inning. He was removed from the game and could be facing a trip to the disabled list. A decision will be made later today. 

“It’s really tough,” manager Terry Collins said. “Lagares has played absolutely great, he’s swung the bat very well. He’s earned that right to be out there every day. To have this happen is a tough break for him and tough break for us.”

Collins said the team plans to have someone ready to be activated just in case, and that could be Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who is hitting .310 with two homers and eight RBIs in 42 at-bats for Las Vegas.

If Granderson also goes to the DL, he’ll likely be replaced by veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu who was recently signed. Chris Young is not eligible to be activated until Friday.

Lucas Duda also could see more outfield duty after playing three innings in left field once Lagares was removed. “I’ll play anywhere they want me to play,” Duda said after the game.

We’ll have an update in the morning.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 7, Diamondbacks 3 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:09:20 +0000 zack wheeler

The Mets took advantage of the Diamondbacks weak pitching and poor defense to cruise to a refreshing 7-3 win on Monday night at Chase Field.

On the positive side:

Zack Wheeler improved greatly from his last start, surrendering only two runs, six hits, striking out three and even picking off Chris Ownings in the 3rd! Although he walked three batters and was less consistent than we know him to be, his pitches looked a lot more in command than his previous start, particularly his breaking and offspeed pitches. As the game went on, he began to find a great rhythm and his velocity did not dip, which is a very positive thing to see. Carlos Torres also continues his stretch of dominance, coming in to relieve Wheeler in the 7th and only giving up one run on three hits in 2.2 innings of relief.

The offense came alive tonight: David Wright (.231) and Ruben Tejada (.195) both drove in runs on groundouts in the first two innings, and the Captain driving in a run in the 8th as well.

Lucas Duda (.306) undoubtedly had the best night of anyone, going 4-for-5 with four hard hit singles and two RBIs.

Of course, we give credit to Daniel Murphy for performing a fantastic juke move to avoid the tag at the plate to score from second on a Duda single. In addition, Eric Young (.217) continues his on-base frenzy, reaching base three times, stealing a bag and scoring two runs.

On the negative side:

Curtis Granderson took a painful hit to the wrist as he slammed into the fence on a put-out attempt in the first inning. Although he initially had the catch, the ball popped out of his glove and the D’Backs scored their first run. Granderson temporarily stayed in the game, recording a much needed hit in the 5th for an RBI. However, Andrew Brown came in for him in the 6th, as Granderson was diagnosed with a bruised forearm, rib cage and knee. On the topic of injuries, Juan Lagares also came out in the 7th inning with a pulled hamstring.

*** There are no further updates in regards to the severity of the injuries and the possibility of DL stints, but x-rays on Grandy were negative.

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There are many good things to take away from this game: there were many positive signs on the offensive side and improvement in the pitching department. Unfortunately, the potential game changing injuries to Granderson and Lagares put a huge damper on an otherwise nice win. The question is: will the Mets ever reach .500? They are 6-7 now so stay tuned and find out!

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