Mets Merized Online » 2012 http://metsmerizedonline.com Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:05:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 NL East News: Marlins Sign Edinson Volquez For 2 Years, $22M http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/nl-east-news-marlins-sign-edinson-volquez-for-2-years-22m.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/nl-east-news-marlins-sign-edinson-volquez-for-2-years-22m.html/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:43:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=227194 151027-edinson-volquez-jsw-930p_da6b4f328a6e0264d36171f82d3a35f7-nbcnews-ux-2880-1000

According to multiple sources, the Miami Marlins have signed veteran starter Edinson Volquez to a two year deal worth $22 million, pending a physical.

Volquez, 33, is coming off a down year during which he went 10-11 with a 5.37 ERA for the Royals. His 113 runs allowed were the most in the American League.

Mets fans will recognize him as he started two games for the Royals in the 2015 World Series against the Mets. He pitched well despite two no-decisions, posting a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings with eight strikeouts.

The Marlins needed an innings guy as they try and rebuild their rotation after the loss of Jose Fernandez. Volquez has pitched at least 170 innings every season since 2012 and there’s no reason to believe he won’t continue that trend, as he threw 189.1 innings in 2016 despite his ineffectiveness.

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NL East News: Braves, Nationals Have Interest In SP Chris Sale http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/nl-east-news-braves-have-strong-interest-in-sp-chris-sale.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/nl-east-news-braves-have-strong-interest-in-sp-chris-sale.html/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:11:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226607 chris sale

According to Buster Olney on Twitter, the Chicago White Sox are in rebuilding mode. They have many players that teams would find attractive, including Jose Abreu, Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, and Melky Cabrera. Clearly, though, their most valuable piece is left-handed starting pitcher Chris Sale.

Unfortunately, according to Jon Heyman on Twitter, the Atlanta Braves are interested in acquiring his services. The Washington Nationals are also interested. They both have a real shot of landing him because they have very strong farm systems with a plethora of young players the rebuilding White Sox would want.

Sale, 27, is one of the nastiest pitchers in the game. Since becoming a starter in 2012, he has been an All Star every year and hasn’t finished lower than 6th in Cy Young voting, going 70-47 with a 3.04 ERA. In 1015.2 innings, he has struck out 1133 batters and pitching to a 1.061 WHIP. He has struck out at least 200 batters every year since 2013, whiffing 274 in 2015.

Sale is also highly sought after because of his relatively cheap contract. He will make $12 million in 2017, with options for 2018 and 2019 for $12.5 million and $15 million respectively. Unless he signs an extension, he will be a free agent after the 2019 season before his age 31 season.

The Braves have already signed former Met starters R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon this offseason. They already had Julio Teheran, so the addition of Sale would make for a pretty strong rotation.

They have also been linked to Chris Archer (more on that here), but it’s hard to imagine they have the means to acquire both aces.

The Nationals as of now have a strong rotation including Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark, and Joe Ross. It’s reasonable to assume Roark and/or Ross would be moving to Chicago if the Nationals ended up trading for Sale.

If either of these two teams added Chris Sale, it would obviously have an immediate effect on the Mets. If the Braves acquired him, they certainly wouldn’t be thrust into a contending role right away, but if the Nationals signed him, they would solidify themselves at the top of the division with the Mets for years to come.

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Mets Announce Two-Year Extension With Las Vegas 51s http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-announce-two-year-extension-with-las-vegas-51s.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-announce-two-year-extension-with-las-vegas-51s.html/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:35:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221726 Brandon-Nimmo

The Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League and the New York Mets announced today a two-year extension of their Player Development Contract (PDC), maintaining the two teams’ affiliation through the 2018 season.

The 51s and Mets originally signed the PDC on September 17, 2012 and then renewed on August 28, 2014. Las Vegas is completing its 34th season as a member of the PCL.

“The Mets have been a great affiliate for us in Las Vegas over the past four seasons,” 51s President Don Logan said. “They have a tremendous farm system and the fans in Las Vegas have seen many of the Mets young stars play here at Cashman Field. Also, having Wally Backman as our manager over the past four years has been an added bonus.”

In 2016, 13 players have been promoted to the Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas (who began the season in the minor leagues): Josh Edgin (pitcher), Sean Gilmartin (pitcher), Erik Goeddel(pitcher), Robert Gsellman (pitcher), Ty Kelly (INF/OF), Seth Lugo (pitcher), Brandon Nimmo (outfielder), Matt Reynolds (infielder), Rene Rivera (catcher), T.J. Rivera (infielder), Josh Smoker (pitcher), Gabriel Ynoa (pitcher).

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the following in a statement: “We are excited about continuing our partnership with the Las Vegas 51s and the city of Las Vegas, one which values equally player development, winning and community involvement.”

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Steven Matz Heading to DL with Shoulder Tightness http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/steven-matz-heading-to-dl-with-shoulder-tightness.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/steven-matz-heading-to-dl-with-shoulder-tightness.html/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:39:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220892 steven matz 2

According to beat reporters Matt Ehalt and Adam Rubin, the New York Mets will place left-hander Steven Matz on the disabled list with “shoulder tightness.”

Matz was diagnosed with a mild strain and rotator cuff inflammation during an examination with team doctors on Monday in New York and the team says an MRI revealed no structural damage in his left shoulder.

This is a significant blow for the Mets who just can’t seem to stay healthy this season. No word on how much time Matz will miss, but look for right-hander Seth Lugo to replace him in the rotation and start against the St. Louis cardinals on Thursday.

Additionally, RHP Robert Gsellman has been scratched from his scheduled start with Triple-A Las Vegas, which could be related to a call-up to the majors, according to Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Gsellman would give the Mets another starting pitching option if Jon Niese were to falter on Tuesday against the Cards.

Matz, 25, was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday due to some shoulder soreness. He was scheduled to undergo a full exam on his shoulder today with team doctors.

Additionally, he is expected to have elbow surgery after the season to remove a bone spur.

For the season, Matz is 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA and 1.204 WHIP in 22 starts. In 132.1 innings he has struck out 129 batters while walking just 31.

Previous Report – Aug 21

Steven Matz played catch on flat ground Saturday in San Francisco and will visit with the team doctor on Monday, according to Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com. Matz did not thrown any breaking pitches, but he told Ehalt that he “felt fine” afterward.

The Mets will wait until the results of Matz’s examination on Monday before deciding what the next step will be.

Matz, 25, was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday due to some shoulder soreness. On the season he is 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA and 1.204 WHIP in 22 starts. In 132.1 innings he has struck out 129 batters while walking just 31.

He was replaced by Seth Lugo on Friday who gave the Mets a solid start against the Giants despite the loss.

Original Report – Aug 19

According to Mets manager Terry Collins, Steven Matz has been scratched from his scheduled start on Friday with a shoulder issue, and in replacement, Seth Lugo will toe the rubber for the Amazins instead.

Collins said Matz felt a twinge in his shoulder after his last start and he still felt some discomfort when the team arrived in San Francisco.

“He felt great after his start Sunday,” said Collins. “The following day, he threw a curveball and felt some discomfort in his shoulder. Did not feel it while throwing a fastball.”

“The next day he got on the mound, threw some fastballs, and when he wanted to throw a curveball, his shoulder bugged him again. As a precaution, we got to skip him this time.”

Matz nearly tossed a no-hitter against the Padres on Sunday before Alexei Ramirez broke up the historic bid with a single in the eighth inning.  He was the first Met to carry a no-no into the eighth inning since Johan Santana in 2012.

Matz, 25, has pitched to a 9-8 record so far this season in 22 games started, and holds a 3.40 ERA.

He told reporters that he is not too concerned about the shoulder.

“Not so much,” Matz said. “It’s just discomfort. I’m really not worried about it.”

Lugo will make his first major league start, after appearing exclusively in relief thus far this season for the Mets.

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Know Your Stats: Weighted Runs Above Average (wRAA) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/know-your-stats-weighted-runs-above-average-wraa.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/know-your-stats-weighted-runs-above-average-wraa.html/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:00:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125128 wilmer flores

We continue our widely-beloved “Know Your Stats” series with a “gateway stat:” Weighted Runs Above Average. wRAA is essentially wOBA converted into runs, but understanding wRAA is crucial to understanding Wins Above Replacement and Weighted Runs Created Plus, which we’ll be talking about this afternoon.

One of the biggest issues with rate statistics like wOBA and On-Base Percentage is that they don’t put the production into baseball terms. What does a .340 wOBA really mean? wRAA makes it easy by putting it into the “currency” of baseball: runs. Before we get started, here is the wOBA formula this year

wOBA = (0.688×uBB + 0.719×HBP + 0.878×1B + 1.245×2B + 1.576×3B + 2.030×HR) / (AB + BB – IBB + SF + HBP)

The formula for wRAA is pretty simple. To convert a .350 wOBA to wRAA, you simply subtract the league wOBA (.313 in 2015), and divide that by the wOBA scale for that year, which slightly changes based on the particular weights for that season. Then, to adjust for playing time, you multiply by plate appearances. Here is the formula:

wRAA = ((wOBA – league wOBA) / wOBA scale) × PA

Now here is the formula for someone from last with 600 plate appearances and a .350 wOBA:

wRAA =  ((.350 – .313) / 1.251) × 600

wRAA = (.037/1.251) x 600

wRAA= 17.7 runs above average

Just as it sounds, this player would be worth 17.7 runs above average at the plate. How good is that exactly? Here is a “rule of thumb” chart for the stat, courtesy of Fangraphs:

wRAA chart 1Of course, it’s important to remember that like wOBA and any traditional rate stat, wRAA is context-neutral. Also, wRAA is critical for understanding Wins Above Replacement, since it is the offensive component. You won’t see it used much in articles because it doesn’t have all that much practical use on its own, but as you’ll see, knowing it makes it easier to wrap your head around a few more widely-used stats. That’s why it’s in some ways a “gateway stat.”

In Context

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Out Of Left Field Matt Reynolds Rises To The Occasion http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/out-of-left-field-matt-reynolds-rises-to-the-occasion.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/out-of-left-field-matt-reynolds-rises-to-the-occasion.html/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:23:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=215733 matt reynolds

I love a good underdog story and on Wednesday afternoon, utility infielder Matt Reynolds rose to the occasion and hit the home run that proved to be the game winner in the Mets’ 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. It was his first major league home run.

“That was probably one of the biggest moments I’ve had in my career,” Reynolds said after the game. “It was a great feeling to help the team win.”

Reynolds, 25, was a second round pick for the Mets in 2012, but you never saw his name among the upper echelon of the organization’s top prospects.

A career .275 hitter in the minors, that’s essentially what Reynolds is batting in his short time with the Mets, and in just 29 at-bats he’s already collected six RBIs with the big-league club.

What was more amazing for Reynolds on Wednesday, was seeing him start the game in left field much to the consternation of Mets Twitter.

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But Matty sure showed them as he handled it with grace and athleticism – especially when you consider it was his first foray into the outfield in his professional career. Professional, that’s the word that describes Reynolds perfectly.

And while Michael Conforto struggles to the tune of a .227 batting average on the season – including an appalling .091 against left-handed pitching – perhaps Reynolds is the perfect tonic for a team who has gotten some pitiful production from the team’s other utility outfielder Alejandro De Aza.

With the team’s regulars seemingly dropping like flies, the timing was right for Reynolds who is pushing all the right buttons and saying all the right things.

“It’s not ideal to have players go down every single day,” Reynolds said. “But we’ve got a strong group of guys in here that never stop, and we’re going to keep playing together and play hard.”

Playing together and playing hard, that’s just the thing the Mets needed and it was that mentality that saw them eke out a pair of one-run victories against the defending World Series champs.

With Yoenis Cespedes expected to miss the next two games, look for some more Matt Reynolds in left or even right field if the Mets opt to move Curtis Granderson to center field. And count on this scrappy ballplayer to continue grinding it out and having fun as he takes full advantage of his opportunity to play at this level.

Like I said, I love a good underdog story.

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MLB Draft: Mets Have No. 19 Selection, Reviewing Past Top Picks http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mlb-draft-mets-have-no-19-selection-reviewing-past-top-picks.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mlb-draft-mets-have-no-19-selection-reviewing-past-top-picks.html/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2016 17:38:01 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=214477 2014 draft day studio secaucus

Major League Baseball will conduct day one of the 2016 First Year Player Draft on Thursday, June 9 at MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.

The event will air live on MLB Network and will be streamed on MLB.com at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The New York Mets will have two picks (19, 31) during the first round on Thursday night and the team will be represented by former closer John Franco.

MMO will be on hand at Studio 42 where senior editor Clayton Collier will live tweet the event, speak to some of the draft day hopefuls, and get some insights from the Mets contingent.

Here is a summary of past top draft picks by the New York Mets spanning the last five hears of the current regime.

Mets Top Draft Picks During Sandy Alderson ERA:

2015: Desmond Lindsay, OF (2nd round, 53rd pick)

In 35 games with the GCL Mets and Brooklyn Cyclones in 2015, Lindsay batted .263 with a .364 on-base percentage, seven doubles, two triples, one home run and 13 RBI in 134 plate appearances. He currently is biding his time St. Lucie until the Cyclones season begins.

2014: Michael Conforto, OF (1st round, 10th pick)

Conforto was the first top draft pick to reach the major leagues in the Alderson era. In 2015, Conforto skyrocketed from Single-A St. Lucie all they way to the big-league team and wrestled the starting left fielder job from incumbent Michael Cuddyer. He put an exclamation point on his rookie season with two home runs in Game 4 of the World Series.

2013: Dominic Smith, 1B (1st round, 11th pick)

A highly regarded defensive first baseman, Smith had his breakthrough season as a pro in 2015, batting .305 with 33 doubles, nine home runs and 79 RBI in 118 games with Single-A St. Lucie. He is currently batting .264 with 11 doubles, four homers and 36 RBI in 55 games with Double-A Binghamton.

2012: Gavin Cecchini, SS (1st round, 12th pick)

Cecchini is tearing things up at Triple-A Las Vegas after a breakout season for Double-A Binghamton (.317/.377/.442) in 2015. The slick fielding shortstop is batting .326 with a .394 OBP for Las Vegas with 23 runs scored and 13 RBI.

2011: Brandon Nimmo, OF (1st round, 13th pick)

Nimmo has yet to have a full season in the minors, having spent significant chunks of his first five years on the DL with various injuries. He has been very adept at drawing walks, but the Wyoming native has yet to show the home run power many believed his swing would generate. He is now at Triple-A Las Vegas where he’s off to a great start, batting .317 and posting the best slugging percentage of his pro career at .481 – more than 100 points higher than 2015.

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MLB Feature: Why Steroids Aren’t Going Away http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mlb-feature-why-steroids-arent-going-away.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mlb-feature-why-steroids-arent-going-away.html/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 15:00:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=212821 MJS MJS brewers15, nws, sears, 6

Last spring I interviewed Steve Kettmann for Metsmerized Online following the publication of his book “Baseball Maverick,” and one of the questions involved whether he’d noticed any indication that the Mets front office was adjusting to a post-steroid era. I thought his response was interesting.

MB: Given this front office’s statistical predilections, have there been any efforts to establish post steroid era norms to your knowledge?

Steve Kettmann: I’m not sure that we have entered a “post-steroid” era or that we ever will. The cheaters are smarter and more sophisticated now than they were, and juicing is less prevalent; we’d be naive to think it no longer occurs.

The reality is there’s been a steady trickle of Major League Baseball players who continue to test positive for steroids with rumors of a freshly popped batch on the way. The problem persists — perhaps driven by desperation — in those who appear to exhaust all other alternatives. When put in a position where it is either this syringe (and the millions in earnings that accompany it), or a place on the car lot back in Topeka, the decision becomes … clear.

Ultimately the brunt of the responsibility rests with the players. They are, after all, the ones who willfully ingest these substances. But the owners and their cash-laden history of turning a blind eye are anything but blameless. The player’s union on its end has also played a role with years of opposition to more invasive testing.

Whatever the context, the onus comes back to the individual who uses these drugs unless they can somehow show that the choice, was not really a choice.

Take the case of Marlon Byrd. On May 21st 2011 while with the Chicago Cubs Byrd took a fastball flush to his left cheekbone from Alfredo Aceves of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. He was hospitalized and put on the disabled list the next day after his eye swelled shut. He’d been struggling since he hit .210 in 2012 when he tested positive for steroids. Marlon had not benefited the way you might imagine from performance enhancing drugs, in fact he was looking squarely at his own baseball mortality.

“Guys that don’t like talking about it are the guys that were trying to beat the system. I wasn’t,” he said. “I was just stupid, I took something, didn’t do my due diligence, simple as that. So it’s easy for me to talk about. First time I talked about it was easy.” (CSNPhilly.com)

Byrd still maintains that his positive test result for tamoxifen, a banned substance, was the result of a medication he was taking to treat a condition called gynecomastia (an enlargement of the breast tissues in men).  While the fact that he had surgery to address this condition supports Byrd’s alibi, the fact that the condition itself can be brought on by steroids, not to mention his continued association with Victor Conte of BALCO, do not.

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Byrd does not deny his error and he remains open about his past, which is certainly refreshing, but he has also enjoyed a remarkable resurgence as a player since that low in 2012.

“The big thing is,” Byrd said. “Why wouldn’t anybody question it? I’m 35 going on 36. Last year, I hit .210 with a home run and nine RBIs, in conjunction with testing positive.”

There would be nothing to question had Byrd not lost his effectiveness and his power in the first place. More interesting than the aftermath is the precursor — only a year after an All Star appearance Byrd’s mechanics were a shambles and his career was in a nosedive. It’s hard to imagine. You spend your life building something, a dream, a career, a livelihood, then poof, gone.

In the years leading up to 2012 Byrd earned something around 15 million over an eight year span, a virtual pittance by MLB standards.  It is simply naïve to presume ballplayers will neglect to perform a simple cost / benefit analysis and conclude they’d be crazy not to try steroids when the alternative is … the abyss. In the years since his suspension Marlon Byrd has earned over 20 million dollars (although he actually earned less two years post-suspension then he did in his two years prior to — something of an outlier in this regard).

Below is a chart detailing earnings (in millions) of suspended players on the Y axis with before/after comparisons of individual players on the X.  These are players for whom I was able to derive two years of salary figures both before and after a steroid suspension. I did not use players with multiple suspensions (as the consequences begin to encroach on the risks) or suspensions prior to 2012 (to coincide with MLB’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement).

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Alex Rodriguez was not included because his suspension wiped out all of his 2014 and he has not had two full years since. In all, there were 11 players and the results are eye opening. While you’d expect player salaries to rise with consideration to age and time in service, in the context of returning from a steroid suspension, the group did remarkably well even without Alex Rodriguez. In the two years leading up to suspension, suspended players earned 56.6 million, in the two years after? 137.9 million.

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Players earned a combined 81 million more in the two years following their suspensions than they did in the 2 years leading up to them. That’s a 144% increase. I don’t know about you, but if the penalty is a 50 game suspension and the benefit is a 144% pay raise either way, pretty much a slam-dunk. Again, you’d almost have to be some kind of baseball saint to resist the temptation if the alternative is a declining skill set and a slow painful exit. We hold athletes to a standard that very few among us would uphold. The lure is simply too enormous and the punishment too feeble.

MLB on their end is certainly culpable for welcoming suspended players back with a slap on the wrist and a massive chunk of change. In the chart below we look at cumulative WAR for these same suspended players in those same four years sandwiching their suspensions, and they perform more or less up to career norms post mandated hiatus. So they are at least a safe bet, provided they stay off the juice.

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In fact, if you take Ryan Braun off the list, your post-suspension players look even better. Players like Cruz, Colon, and Cervelli saw marked improvement while most others held their own. As a fan, you have to think long and hard whether a single suspension wasn’t worth the opportunity to enjoy Cruz’s prodigious power and Colon’s wily showmanship. Sadly I believe this isn’t lost on ownership. Is it a virtual free pass for a first offense? An implement for a select few who may use it to catapult back into form? Are there lingering positive effects years later?

We know what MLB’s Drug Prevention and Treatment Program isn’t, and that’s effective.

If MLB and the MLBPA are serious about ridding the game of steroids they have to enforce a policy that will compel players to genuinely question whether dabbling in performance enhancing drugs is worth it. Presently it totally is, to the tune of a 144% pay raise — and that’s if you get caught.

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Harvey Should Be In Vegas Where Viola Could Help Get Him Right http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/harvey-should-be-in-vegas-where-viola-could-help-get-him-right.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/harvey-should-be-in-vegas-where-viola-could-help-get-him-right.html/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 15:00:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=212850 matt harvey

The Mets have made the wrong decision to give Matt Harvey another shot Monday.  In fact, it should actually be Matt who makes the choice for himself. He  needs to take some time to go to AAA and get right. It could be a watershed selfless moment for him.

The competitor in him should realize, “Okay, I can NOT put my team in this position every fifth day.  I have to fix this, because I want to be great, and I’m not right now.”  Matt Harvey is 1/3 of the way through an absolutely disastrous season.

In true Harvey fashion, he spoke up and asked for a chance to get a start against the Nationals on Tuesday; and got it.  He did not deliver. Not even close.  Bailed out by some timely defensive plays, including a first inning DP, Matt Harvey laid an egg out there again.

Early on he only had command with his fastball, but bullishly threw two hanging changes that were obliterated by successive hitters, and was later taken deep by an animated Daniel Murphy.

In this, the 75th start of his dramatic career, it was the first time he struck out less than two hitters.

Even worse? He only had FOUR swings and misses by the Nationals.

Whats more? After a great win on Monday, a loss like Tuesday can be deflating to the ball club.  The postgame locker room air was tense, with more questions asked then answers given.  All this with the quick turnaround rubber match Wednesday that ended up being successful thanks to another strong showing by Steven Matz.

The Mets have decided to allow Matt Harvey to make his next start at home on Monday against the Chicago White Sox, a team sitting atop the standings in the AL Central.

The longer Matt Harvey sticks around and is ineffective, the longer it is a thing.  When you have a mess, you don’t let it sit and fester. You must clean it up and get it out of sight, before it begins to effect the team adversely.  The Mets do not have games built into their schedule that can be used as experiments.

Matt Harvey asked for the ball Tuesday and put his teammates in an awful position on the field.  Off the field he left their flank open by leaving them to answer the postgame questions when he inexcusably left the park failing to make himself available to the media.  This is a huge clubhouse no-no that anyone who played ball will tell you.

For better or worse, you face the music.  If you don’t, you lose the respect of the group.

It is not up for the fan base to ponder WHY this is happening.  The possibilities are endless.  Mechanics? Mentality? I believe he is physically healthy.  It’s almost June, so I also believe he is physically in shape despite what people would have you believe.

I honestly worry personally that the ninth inning of Game 5 really got to him, but again, that is not for us to debate.

As I said in Tuesday’s pregame post, the Mets organization can not waver after a performance like this.  They also can not play any shorter on this roster as they navigate the daily uncertainty of David Wright.  Bring up a fresh body who can give the club a chance to win.

The way Matt Harvey looks when contact is made, it is almost as if he is expecting a negative outcome.  I never thought I would ever see someone look as physically unsettled on the mound as Aaron Heilman or as uncomfortable as Mike Pelfrey all rolled into one.  Far from the bloody nosed boss that toed the rubber at Citi Field in 2012.

Take a page from Bobby Jones and Steve Trachsel.  Two veterans that took a trip to the minor leagues amd came back right as rain.

Go for the temporary change of scenery, go work with highly regarded pitching coach Frank Viola, and then enter Flushing in July like Caesar coming back into Rome.  They will hand you the Empire, if you can carry it.

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Mets Notes: Walker, Conforto, Syndergaard Flying High http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-notes-walker-conforto-syndergaard-flying-high.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-notes-walker-conforto-syndergaard-flying-high.html/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:01:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210448 neil walker asdrubal cabrera

Neil Walker has six home runs over his last nine games and his seven home runs are tied for the most he’s ever hit in any calendar month. The former Pirate had seven home runs in September, 2013 and seven in July, 2012. Walker is tied for fourth in the majors with his seven long balls. The only other Mets second baseman with seven or more home runs in April was Jeff Kent, who hit eight home runs in 1994. Dave Kingman (1976), Carlos Delgado (2006) and John Buck (2013) hold the club record with nine home runs in April. Walker heads into tonight’s game against the Reds riding a six game fitting streak, going 10-25 (.400) with four homers and four RBI.

Since moving into the number #3 spot in the lineup, left fielder Michael Conforto is hitting .324 (11-34) with seven runs scored, four doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in nine games with a .385 on-base percentage during that span. The Mets have scored 20 runs in the team’s first eight games. However, since moving Conforto into the third spot the team has scored 54 runs in nine games.

Noah Syndergaard leads the major leagues in recorded swinging strikes with a 19.3 swinging strike percentage, and according to FanGraphs, he averages the highest velocity in the major leagues on all of his pitches: fastball (98.4 mph) slider (92.4 mph), curveball (82.9 mph) and changeup (90.0 mph).  Syndergaard is the first major league pitcher since Roger Clemens in 2005 to allow one run or fewer – and strike out at least eight batters – in each of his first three starts of a season. His 29 strikeouts in 2016 is tied for seventh in the majors and he is sixth in the majors in ERA (0.90).

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Mets Debating Whether Plawecki Starts Season In Triple-A http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mets-debating-whether-plawecki-starts-season-in-triple-a.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mets-debating-whether-plawecki-starts-season-in-triple-a.html/#comments Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:00:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207322 kevin plawecki

Backup catcher Kevin Plawecki had a nice day at the plate on Saturday, crushing a long two-run homer in the team’s 14-9 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

After the game manager Terry Collins acknowledged that the team is debating whether Plawecki would be better served by playing regularly at Triple-A Las Vegas or serving as the backup to Travis d’Arnaud.

“We haven’t had that discussion as to where he’s going to fit the best, or what we think is the best for everyone involved,” Collins said.

“If the conversation goes to where, ‘Hey, look, we need to have this guy ready to be an everyday guy,’ he may have to go play in Las Vegas. If we think we’re better off being able to get him two to three games a week at times, then he’s got a good chance of making the club.” (Daily News)

Plawecki, 25, batted .219 last season in 258 plate appearances after making his major league debut in April.

“Ultimately I want to prove I am a better hitter than I was last year,” Plawecki said. “I am not necessarily putting more pressure on myself, but I’ve been working real hard with Kevin Long and Pat Roessler to simplify things.”

If Plawecki fails to make the team, Johnny Monell will be the team’s backup catcher.

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According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets haven’t ruled out the possibility of having catcher Kevin Plawecki start the season at Triple-A Las Vegas so he can get more at-bats, while having Johnny Monell start off as the backup to Travis d’Arnaud.

However, Plawecki disagrees and thinks that he would learn more at the major league level, even if it means being a backup.

“Just in general, I think you learn more on a day-to-day basis even if you’re not playing as much,” Plawecki was quoted as saying.

“You learn just as much, actually in my opinion more, just because you’re around the game and around the guys in the locker room. You’re constantly learning every day. That’s what I learned last year. And this year, we’ll just kind of see how it plays out.”

The Mets logic is sound, and keeping Plawecki fresh and having him get more reps at the plate could prove to be crucial, especially if he is forced to jump into combat should the oft injured Travis d’Arnaud miss an extended amount of time.

Plawecki, 25, hit only at a meager .219/.280/.296 clip last season in 258 plate appearances after he was called up in April when the aforementioned d’Arnaud was hit by a pitch and broke his hand.

However, the former 35th overall pick by the Mets in 2012 has always proven he could hit through his time in the minors, so it’s only a matter of time before he starts to find his groove in the bigs.

“He’s a good hitter,” Terry Collins said in regards to the young catcher. “He was signed because he’s a good hitter. They’re working on a couple of things. They’re spreading him out, dropping his hands a little bit to get the bat flatter through the strike zone. He got a good swing on it today.”

And that he did, as Plawecki went 1-for-3 and stroked a double in the Mets 3-1 win over the Astros Saturday afternoon.

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Mets Back Among Top 15 MLB Payrolls http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-back-among-top-15-mlb-payrolls.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-back-among-top-15-mlb-payrolls.html/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 02:06:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205264 wilpon pepsi mets

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Mets payroll – which he calculates to be $134 million – currently ranks 13th in Major League Baseball. That puts them ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals.

It´s nice that ownership finally appears willing and able to sport a competitive payroll. Assuming the payroll is actually closer to the $139 million as calculated by Joe D. of Metsmerized Online for Opening Day, it will probably rank closer to 9th or 10th highest in MLB. Still, not what you´d expect from a NYC MLB franchise that just went to the World Series, but certainly not ridiculous anymore. Progress.

That said, this is still a very low risk payroll for ownership – even if the 2016 Mets have a disappointing season (an unlikely event) and fail to even contend for the playoffs deep into the season, let alone get there and advance.

Thanks to the national TV deal that kicked in back in 2014, each MLB franchise gets an additional $30 million per year in revenue that doesn’t cost them an extra cent. So, looking at the cost side, a $140 million payroll in 2016 basically equals a $110 million payroll for 2013 (when Mets opened the year at $93.6 million).

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Of course, attendance in 2016 figures to be somewhere in the 2.8 to 3.0 million range – up by well over 600,000 and compared to the 2012 through 2014 range. Even using conservative estimates that´s an extra $30 million in revenue right there. In reality, odds are that luxury seating sales are way up too, so the actual bump figures to be significantly higher.

Still, essentially, the Mets as an isolated entity figure to have roughly $60 million more in revenue (at the very least) compared to the 2013 or 2012 Mets which reportedly generated operating losses of $10 and $20 million with payrolls in the $95 million range. Do the math, and this pretty much is the “break-even” range for ownership.

And in case the Mets do make the playoffs again in 2016, they can generate a nice eight-figure profit again, which they reportedly did in 2015 and which they also managed to do in 2014 when payroll was at a 10-year-low of $85 million. Yet the extra TV money had already kicked in, which led to a reported operating profit of about $25 million – which fits right in with the reported losses in 2013 and 2012 if you do the math. And those profits can go right into ownership´s pockets.

And, most of all, SNY remains the group´s big cash cow. Reports had them generating an EBITDA of over $150 million last year. And that mainly due to getting the Mets local right at a bargain rate of $80 to $100 million below the actual market value. These profits entirely can be used for debt management or can be distributed among owners, assuming some money is left after debt and interest payments.

So, yes, on surface, Mets payroll finally looks fine again. Yet, digging deeper, this remains a rather conservative and low risk figure. SNY is basically a legal money-printing machine that can ultimately help ownership to restore its Mets related wealth – by keeping and not selling the team and the majority shares of SNY which are closely linked together. The Mets are relevant again and can afford to compete in their market which should appease even their harshest payroll critics over the years.

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Mets Could Forego Adding Reliever And Stick With What They Have In Bullpen http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-could-forego-adding-reliever-and-go-with-what-they-have-in-bullpen.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-could-forego-adding-reliever-and-go-with-what-they-have-in-bullpen.html/#comments Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:17:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=203917 jeurys familia

The New York Mets reportedly still have interest in relievers Antonio Bastardo and Tyler Clippard, but only if they are willing to accept a one-year deal which appears to be very unlikely.  On Thursday, GM Sandy Alderson clarified his approach and how he views the current relief market.

“Does it really improve the team to give a reliever a one or two year contract if we don’t believe he is better than what we have?” Alderson said.

If that sounded like the Mets might forego adding another reliever and instead head into the new season with the bullpen options they already have, a new report by Mike Puma of the New York Post pretty much substantiates that.

Puma is hearing that the Mets currently have no real target right now for the bullpen, and that at this point they are weighing whether what they already have equals what’s available.

Assuming this is true – and it’s still too early to make any declarative statements – the Mets essentially go into the 2016 season with the same bullpen they ended the World Series with minus Tyler Clippard.

During that five game series against the Royals, the Mets bullpen allowed 10 earned runs in 21.1 innings and blew all three save opportunities, leading to a disappointing World Series loss.

As currently constructed, the Mets will have Addison Reed in the setup role and Jeurys Familia reprising his role as the closer. Familia was dominating as the Mets closer last season and might be the only sure thing they have in the bullpen.

The Mets are gambling $6.5 million dollars that Reed will be the reliever that posted a 1.17 ERA in 15.1 innings for them last season and not the guy who had the 4.20 ERA in 40.2 innings with the D’Backs.

After that, the Mets will have Jerry Blevins in the lefty specialist role, Hansel Robles perhaps as the 7th inning guy, and Carlos Torres returns as the long reliever.

For the final two spots in the bullpen, take your pick out of Erik Goeddel, Sean Gilmartin, Logan VerrettBuddy Carlyle, Jim Henderson, Josh Smoker, Rafael Montero, Josh Edgin and Dario Alvarez.

The Mets would prefer to have Verrett and Montero start the season in the Triple-A rotation for Las Vegas as insurance and depth for the rotation. But whether that happens will depend on on how things go for the bullpen during Spring Training.

I would love to see the Mets make a strong push for right-handed reliever Matt Albers who won’t cost as much as Bastardo and Clippard and has been very effective and consistent since 2012 when he’s not on the DL,

Albers, 32, went 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA in 30 appearances for the Chicago White Sox in 2015. He missed three months of the season with a broken pinkie on his right hand, however, he did not allow an earned run after July 31 – his last 22 1/3 innings, 20 appearances.

But here’s my question for all of you. If we do fail to add a late inning reliever between now and Opening Day, are you confident going into next season with the same cast of relievers we had last season?

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Featured Article: Becerra, Rivera, Bowman Are Potential Rule 5 Selections http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/featured-article-becerra-rivera-bowman-are-potential-rule-5-selections.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/featured-article-becerra-rivera-bowman-are-potential-rule-5-selections.html/#comments Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:34:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=200963 wuilmer becerra

J.J. Cooper of Baseball America put together a list of players he believes could potentially get selected in next month’s Rule 5 Draft. Among them he includes three Mets prospects who could be at risk.

Wuilmer Becerra, OF, Mets (21): It’s hard to see how a team could keep Becerra on the big league roster all year, as he’s a still somewhat raw outfielder who played all year at low Class A Savannah. But Becerra, the Mets’ No. 10 prospect, has a chance for five average tools with a chance for above-average power. He cites Odubel Herrera as one layer who was selected last year and won an everyday job as a center fielder for the Phillies.

I wrote about the decision to leave Becerra exposed on Saturday. All he did this season was show why scouts are so high on him while emerging as one of the organization’s top position prospects. Blessed with a powerful throwing arm, the right fielder batted .290 last season with a .342 on-base percentage and .423 slugging while playing at the cavernous Grayson Stadium – the toughest hitting environment in minor league baseball.

In 118 games for Single-A Savannah, Becerra stroked 27 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, scoring 67 runs, driving in 68 and stealing 16 bases in his breakthrough season as a pro.

T.J. Rivera, 2B, Mets (27): He’s not a particularly sexy pick but Rivera always hits. He has hit .338 combined over the past two years at Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas and he has a career .318 batting average. Combine that with defensive versatility—he’s stretched at shortstop but he can play anywhere in the infield—he’s worth looking at as a potentially inexpensive utility infielder.

Matthew Bowman, RHP, Mets (24): There’s not much to like about Bowman’s 5.53 ERA and his .321 average against. But Bowman has a long track record of success before last year. He throws strikes with four average or fringe-average offerings. He cites Logan Verrett and Sean Gilmartin as pitchers who were picked last year because they can locate with fringe-average to average stuff.

Remember, anyone taken in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft must be kept on the major league roster for all of the 2016 season or be offered back to their original club.

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Kelly Johnson: You Hit Or You Sit? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/kelly-johnson-you-hit-or-you-sit.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/kelly-johnson-you-hit-or-you-sit.html/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:30:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190034 kelly Johnson

By now most of you have heard all about Terry Collins and his mantra of “either you hit or you sit,” and I don’t think there’s anyone among us who doesn’t applaud this.

But as I said at the time, I wonder if Collins will really stick to it, especially knowing his affinity for giving MLB veterans an extra-long leash even when they are severely underperforming.

Kelly Johnson seems to be getting the lion’s share of playing time between himself and Wilmer Flores. But when I look at what he’s done since joining the Mets, I wonder if Johnson merits all the starts he’s been getting.

Since July 25, Johnson has started 10 games while Flores has started just seven.

Johnson is hitless in his last nine at-bats, and overall he is batting .158 with a .463 OPS in 40 plate appearances with the Mets.

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In that same span, Flores is batting .290 with a .796 OPS in 32 plate appearances.

While the trade for Johnson and Juan Uribe from Atlanta was a big and bold move for the Mets, it’s easy to forget that Johnson is just a .231 hitter since 2012. Certainly a nice addition to the bench, but definitely not the near-everyday player Collins thinks he is at this stage of his career.

I get the whole lefty/righty thing between Johnson and Flores, but I think it’s way too early at 24 to relegate Flores to a platoon player. Sorry I’m not buying that.

And given Wilmer’s significant improvement offensively since the switch to his more natural second base (.303/.327/.505) I want to see more of him not less.

Anyway, all I’m saying is if this is really a “you hit and you play” kind of a team, then Flores should be playing more and Johnson should be playing less.

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Was Sunday’s Game the Biggest in Citi Field History? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/was-sundays-game-the-biggest-in-citi-field-history.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/was-sundays-game-the-biggest-in-citi-field-history.html/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:00:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=189374 fans crowd shot Citi Field

If you were at Citi Field on Sunday night, or perhaps even just watching the game on TV, you may have been a bit confused. The calendar might have read August 2nd, but it sure felt a lot like mid-October in Queens.

Since Citi Field’s inaugural season in 2009, there have been a few note-worthy games that have taken place there, but perhaps none bigger than the one on Sunday night. Most of those previous note-worthy games were for the most part for an individual, but not for the whole team.

There was R.A. Dickey’s 20th victory of the 2012 season, which took an otherwise sub-par season and turned it into a fun last couple Dickey starts that gave Mets fans some reason to cheer. A year prior to that on the final day of the 2011 season, Jose Reyes became the first Met ever to win the NL batting title.

johan santana no-hitterOh yes, and let us not forget about that one magical night on June 1, 2012 when Johan Santana gave the Mets organization and fans something it’s never had before, a no-hitter.

There was just something special about last night, the atmosphere, the electricity, the literal rocking of Citi Field that would send chills through the body of any Mets fan.  Or maybe it was the fact that last night, on a national stage, the Mets felt like America’s team, the underdog who finally resurrected himself from the grave.

You could make the claim the energy from the crowd was carried over from the Mets thrilling win on Saturday night, but the third inning last night, was one that could not have been scripted any better. It started out with a Kevin Plawecki walk, which was followed up by a sacrifice bunt by Noah Syndergaard. Tejada then hit a rope right back to the pitcher Zimmermann, leaving them with two outs and a man on second.

Now stop right there. At this point if you’re a Mets fan, even though Curtis Granderson has been very solid, you’re probably thinking he rolls over to second, and they leave Plawecki stranded, inning over. Instead what ensued next was something most Mets fans couldn’t have even dreamt about.  Granderson deposited one over the right field wall to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Then, on the very next pitch, before the Citi Field crowd could even sit down, Daniel Murphy hits a home run into the Pepsi Porch, further than I can remember him ever hitting one.

After Cespedes got his first hit as a Met, and before the fans could climb down from Cloud 9, Lucas Duda continued his torrent stretch by hitting one a mile high and off the RF foul pole that blew the top off of Citi Field.  How about that for a third inning?

It was obvious that there was a different feel to last night. Something that I think is not only good for the Mets and their fan base, but also something that is good for the game of baseball. Before the game even started, Dan Shulman of ESPN commented on how much it felt like a playoff game. I can’t remember the last time there was a Mets game played at Citi Field in August that felt like a playoff game.

So I ask Mets fans, would you put last night’s game at the top of the list of games ever played at Citi Field? I myself believe it was, and hopefully there will be many more to come. It may still be summertime, but it sure felt like October baseball in Queens last night.

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Press Release: Mets Announce Yoenis Cespedes Deal http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/press-release-mets-announce-yoenis-cespedes-deal.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/press-release-mets-announce-yoenis-cespedes-deal.html/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:30:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=189026 PI-MLB-Milwaukee-Brewers-Tigers-2-052015.vadapt.620.high.0

The New York Mets today announced that the club has acquired All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for minor league righthanded pitchers Luis Cessa and Michael Fulmer.

Cespedes will wear #52 and Carlos Torres will switch to #72.

Born in Campechuela, Granma, Cuba, Cespedes will become the 11th Cuban-born player to play for the Mets. The others are Rey Ordonez, Orlando Hernandez, Livan Hernandez, Raul Valdes, Jorge Toca, Eli Marrero, Chico Fernandez, Jose Cardenal, Ed Bauta, and Alay Soler.

Cespedes, 29, was hitting .293 (118-403) with 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 102 games this season with the Tigers. He has 48 total extra-base hits, which rank third among outfielders in major league baseball this season behind the Nationals’ Bryce Harper (54) and the Angels’ Mike Trout (51).

Cespedes is first in defensive runs saved for leftfielders this season with 11. Cespedes has also registered nine outfield assists this season, which is currently tied for fifth-most in the American League. Since his debut in 2012, Cespedes has 44 outfield assists, which is second in the AL in that stretch behind Kansas City’s Alex Gordon, who has 45.

Last season, Cespedes began the season with Oakland but finished the 2014 season with Boston after a mid-season trade. He set career-highs in hits (156), doubles (36), triples (six), RBI (100), extra-base hits (64) and total bases (270) during his All-Star campaign.

In 2013, Cespedes participated and won in the Home Run Derby at Citi Field as part of the All-Star festivities with 32 total home runs. He then won the Home Run Derby in 2014 and joined Ken Griffey, Jr. as the only players in major league history to win back-to-back Home Run Derby titles.

During his 2012 rookie season, Cespedes finished second in the A.L. Rookie of the Year vote after ranking second among American League rookies for runs scored (70), hits (142), doubles (25), home runs (23), walks (43) extra-base hits (53), total bases (246) and multi-hit games (40). In that same campaign, Cespedes won the American League Rookie of the Month award for September when he batted .266 (29-109) with 18 runs scored, five doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 19 RBI in 28 games.

In 518 career games, Cespedes has 110 doubles, 17 triples, 89 home runs and 323 RBI. He was originally signed as an international free agent on March 3, 2012.

Cessa, 23, was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 and was currently pitching for Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. Cessa was 0-3 with an 8.51 ERA in five games with the 51s following a 7-4 mark with a 2.56 ERA in 13 starts for Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League to open the season.

Fulmer, 22, was originally selected in the supplemental round of the 2011 draft out of Deer Creek (OK) High School. He was currently pitching for Binghamton with a 6-2 record and a 1.88 ERA in 15 starts for the BMets. He made one start to open the year with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League before being promoted to Binghamton.

Cespedes is the fourth player the Mets have acquired in the last week, joining infielders Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson (acquired from Atlanta) and RHP Tyler Clippard, who was acquired from Oakland.

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Our Baseball Maverick Is Under Fire, Can He Revive Mets Season? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/our-baseball-maverick-is-under-fire-can-he-revive-mets-season.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/our-baseball-maverick-is-under-fire-can-he-revive-mets-season.html/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:05:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=186135 Sandy-Alderson

I wanted to address some of what’s been written about Sandy Alderson, Terry Collins and the Panic City Mets.

Joel Sherman – While upper management has insisted the dollars are there, executives from other teams say their Mets counterparts tell them that the budget is either tight or non-existent. Is that gamesmanship by the Mets to try to get competitors to lower demands or honesty? Because if it is honesty, that means the Mets brass is lying to their fan base through the New York media by saying they can spend.

Joe D. – This has been an issue for years now. It was back in 2012 that Fred Wilpon came to Spring Training in Port St. Lucie and proclaimed the financial problems were in the rearview mirror and that Sandy Alderson had no limits and could sign anyone he wanted. It wasn’t true back then and it’s still not true today. Unfortunately you still have too many writers and bloggers who twist and turn over Alderson, Collins, and the team in general, that shouldn’t be taken seriously because they’re either oblivious, willfully ignorant, or in cahoots with the Wilpons or MLB.  At this point, you have to be an ass-hat if you don’t know how negatively team ownership impacts this team.

Mike Vaccaro - Day after day, week after week, the Wilpons and their chief henchman, Alderson, have allowed the good will of a hot start and the patience of a fiercely loyal fan base and the daily magnificence of their pitching staff to disintegrate to the point where there’s no longer rage as much as resignation – to another lousy season, another year when a little aggression and a little imagination might have made a difference.

Joe D.  - While the team has played some awful baseball that has included way too many heartbreaking losses and punches in the gut, I disagree that team brass is already resigned to another losing season. It may very well turn out that Vaccaro is right, but I need to see what happens between now and the July 31 trade deadline before I throw Alderson completely under the bus. It’s still early and I don’t see many teams proclaiming themselves sellers yet. That’s not to say Alderson doesn’t deserve some blame. The $125 million he has had to spend has been largely wasted on the likes of Francisco, C. Young, Cuddyer, and aside from two hot weeks in two seasons, Granderson too. And he has yet to pull off one trade, that didn’t backfire, to acquire a top MLB offensive player. He’s been living off the good vibes of three smart dumps for prospects, while riding the coattails of Harvey, DeGrom, Familia and Matz, three of whom should be All Stars this year and neither of them his doing.

Joel Sherman – We have seen this con with this organization before. It often comes up when the Mets leak that they are monitoring a player in free agency, then the player signs elsewhere and they criticize how much the player was paid. It is all misdirection. “Monitor” is a fake-out to try to gain points from their fans for actively pursuing someone they had no intentions of signing and then the overpay is to shift blame to a greedy player rather than a parsimonious organization.

Joe D. – It’s amazing that you still have some Mets media and sites that are used as propaganda machines for the Wilpons. They’ll post rumors that the Mets are after Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gomez, etc. for weeks on end and never include the quotes from opposing GMs who laugh and say they haven’t spoken to the Mets in months, or that it’s a complete web-created fabrication. The problem I have with what Sherman says here is not that it’s not true, it’s a completely accurate description of business as usual for the Mets. My issue with this is that Sherman is a huge part of the problem and he’s like the pot calling the kettle black.

Bottom line? Collins has borne the brunt of the incoming fire for years now while Alderson has been the Teflon Don, making wisecracks, alienating many, and doing his thing. He’s in the fifth year, said he expects 90 wins, and also asserted he’d be disappointed if this team failed to make the postseason. He said these things to the team’s top customers, the season ticket holders.

He even implored one ticket-holder who said he was dissatisfied with how he addressed the offense in the offseason to please withhold judgement until we get a chance to see the offense play this season.

Alderson has a lot of explaining to do. And so do the Wilpons.

That’s all for now, more later…

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Mets Postseason Odds Down to Season Low 28% http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/mets-postseason-odds-down-to-season-low-28.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/mets-postseason-odds-down-to-season-low-28.html/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:30:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=185204 Mets bench

On April 27th, the Mets had a record of 15-5 and were eight games ahead of the Washington Nationals.

According to the Postseason Probabilities chart on mlb.com, the Mets had a 68% chance of making the postseason, which was their high water mark for the season.

After being swept by the Atlanta Braves, the Mets were at their season’s low with now just a 28% chance of making the postseason.

On April 27th, the only two teams who had a better postseason probability than the Mets were the Los Angeles Dodgers (94%) and the St. Louis Cardinals (71%). On June 20th, the Mets were trailing the Cardinals (97%), Dodgers (86%), Nationals (74%), Cubs (65%), Pirates (64%), and Giants (51%).

There is still plenty of season left to go, and with a 36-35 record, just 1.5 games behind the Nationals, the division and postseason is very much within reach.

However, six runs in the last five games, squandering outstanding performances from aces Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, and consistently poor defense isn’t going to cut it. The question is, who is going to step up?

Let’s be clear – the Mets are in a much better place than they’ve been for years. They’re just a big bat away from being very, very dangerous. Their postseason odds are at 28%. Where have they been on June 21 in recent years?

2014 – 3%
2013 – 1%
2012 – 24%

The Mets never reached above 16% during the 2014 campaign. That was their high water mark on April 30 when their record stood at 15-11.

The last time the Mets were above 28% was during the 2013 season when on April 8 they had a 5-2 record.

The 2012 team made it as high as 40% on July 3, when the team had a 44-37 record. They were sitting 3.5 games behind the Nationals in the East.  It’s hard to remember that the team was seven games above .500 that late in the season in recent years, but they were.

The Mets eventually ran out of gas in 2012 and finished with a 74-88 record, 24 full games behind the Nationals and 14 games out in the wildcard.

After the collapses in 2007 and 2008 and the freefall in 2012, is it really any surprise that all the fan enthusiasm over this season’s 15-5 start has already been replaced with gloom and the expectation of another deflating collapse and disappointing year?

It’s up to ownership and the front office to change the perception. Too often there’s been a lot of lip service and not nearly enough accompanying action.

The quick answer might be to pull the trigger on a trade, but who are we going to get to spark the offense and solidify the defense? The available options don’t seem to fit any of the Mets’ needs.

And nobody is interested in giving away one of our golden arms just to roll the dice on a one or two year rental.

The odds may not be in our favor right now, but we’re still very much in the hunt. The question is, what happens next?

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Plawecki to Catch Syndergaard on Monday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/plawecki-to-catch-syndergaard-on-monday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/plawecki-to-catch-syndergaard-on-monday.html/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:24:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=184476 noah syndergaard

On Monday the Mets will host their friends North of the Border to Citi Field for the first time in the history of the franchise. This series will have a lot of familiar faces for both sides.

The Mets will also be welcoming home fan favorite Jose Reyes who wore the blue and orange from 2003-2011 going through just about everything a player can from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. During his tenure in a Mets uniform. This won’t be the first visit back to Citi Field for Reyes who had a short stint with the division rival Miami Marlins in 2012.

Monday will also mark the return of R.A. Dickey who is making his first visit back to Citi Field since the Mets dealt him to Toronto after the 2012 campaign.

Dickey resurrected his career in Queens and had one of the best seasons ever for a Mets pitcher in 2012 when he won the NL CY Young going 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA. I am still bitter to this day that Tony LaRussa didn’t let Dickey start the All Star Game that year in Kansas City.

The veteran knuckleballer hasn’t been the same since the Mets let him go. As memorable as that year was for Dickey, it was what the Mets received in return from Toronto that would have the biggest impact on the organization.

It was not only the best trade, but the best move in general, that Sandy Alderson has ever made during his tenure as Mets general manager. Alderson sent R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and Mike Nickeas to Toronto in exchange for John Buck, Wuilmer Becerra, Travis d’Arnaud, and Noah Syndergaard.

No one knew at the time but the Mets straight up ripped off the Jays in this deal. Dickey hasn’t won more than 14 games since the trade and is only 2-6 this year. The Mets will see Dickey on Thursday in the series finale in Toronto.

The four game series will be the first chance for d’Arnaud and Syndergaard to show the team that traded them away what they gave up. D’Arnaud had a big second half last season and looks to be building on that since coming off of the DL on Wednesday. The 26 year old backstop could evolve into an elite player at the big league level before all is said and done.

Syndergaard has shown signs of pure dominance in the minor leagues and now he’s establishing himself at the big league level. The hard-throwing righty will get the start in the series opener on Monday at Citi Field but with his recent struggles the Mets will give Syndergaard a familiar face behind the plate when Kevin Plawecki gets the start at catcher.

D’Arnaud has yet to catch Syndergaard at the big league level and that won’t change Monday as Terry Collins elected not to have that battery together against their former team.

Syndergaard will have a chip on his shoulder coming off of the worst outing of his career on Tuesday against the Giants, plus the fact that he is going up against the team that gave him away.

It’ll be no easy task though as the rookie will have to face the league’s best offense that features Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Josh Donaldson. The Blue Jays come into Queens riding an 11-game winning streak and the Mets will most likely have to keep their hot bats going if they want to compete with the hottest team in baseball. This should be a fun series to watch.

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MMO Game Thread: Cardinals vs Mets, 1:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-thread-cardinals-vs-mets-110-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-thread-cardinals-vs-mets-110-pm.html/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 14:45:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=182154 jacob deGrom

After consecutive sub-par performances by Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon, the New York Mets will turn to Jacob deGrom to try and preserve a split in the finale of their four game series against the St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon at Citi Field.

DeGrom (4-4, 3.21 ERA) will oppose Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia, who is making his season debut in the 1:10 PM matinee.

The Mets have been bounced from first place in the NL East and now trail the Washington Nationals by a game for the division lead. The Mets have lost seven of their past 10 games.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares – CF
  2. Wilmer Flores – SS
  3. Lucas Duda – 1B
  4. Michael Cuddyer – LF
  5. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  6. John Mayberry Jr. – RF
  7. Eric Campbell – 3B
  8. Kevin Plawecki – C
  9. Jacob deGrom – RHP

After taking the first game of the series, the Mets have been crushed by the Cardinals in the last two games as they lost yesterday by the score of 9-0. Honestly, nothing was really working for the Mets yesterday, but they still have a chance to split the series this afternoon.

Jacob deGrom is 4-4 over 8 games and 47.2 innings of work with an ERA of 3.21. He is coming off of a strong start against the Brewers allowing 1 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 6. His numbers overall in May are comparable to his season numbers going 2-1 over 18.0 innings with a 3.00 ERA while striking out 20 batters.

His start against the Cardinals last year did not end well as he allowed 6 earned runs and 12 hits over 4.1 innings. The Cardinals have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Heyward 3-6
  • Reynolds 0-6
  • Adams 2-3, 3B
  • Carpenter 0-3
  • Holliday 2-3
  • Peralta 2-3

The bats will try to remember how to hit against Jaime Garcia who is set to make his 2015 debut from the disabled list today. In an injury shortened season last year, he was 3-1 over 7 starts and 43.2 innings with a 4.12 ERA. 2013 was also a shortened season as he went 5-2 over 9 starts and 55.1 innings with a 3.58 ERA. His last “full” season was in 2012 where he made 20 starts over 121.2 innings where he went 7-7 with an ERA of 3.92.

He hasn’t faced the Mets since 2012 where he allowed one unearned run over 7.1 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Garcia:

  • Mayberry 6-16, 4 2B
  • Tejada 2-4
  • Murphy 1-3

Let’s Go Mets!

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