Mets Merized Online » April http://metsmerizedonline.com Wed, 06 May 2015 15:16:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.7 Mets Had Chance To Make A Statement Against Nationals http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mets-failed-to-make-a-statement-against-nationals.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mets-failed-to-make-a-statement-against-nationals.html/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 05:14:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180681 juan lagares

It was supposed to be our chance to make a statement. On Thursday I called it the first must win series of the season. But instead of riding high this weekend, the Mets lost three of four to the Washington Nationals and we dropped our third consecutive series while losing seven of our last 10 in the process.

This one really smarts because it came against our chief divisional rival and it happened at home. This was the season when we were supposed to stop the Nats from pushing us around.

When your starting pitching posts a 1.85 ERA in a four-game series, you’re supposed to come away with at least three wins, perhaps two in a worst case scenario.

Dillon Gee allowed just one earned run in 5.0 innings of work on Sunday and despite an uncharacteristic five walks, he struck out five and deserved a better fate.

Jon Niese was even better pitching seven solid innings and holding the Nats to just one run. But his strong performance was also squandered and Niese suffered the loss. He is 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA.

If not for Matt Harvey (5-0), who kept the Nats off the scoreboard on Friday with a five-hit gem, I shudder to think how much worse things might be.

So where did it all go wrong this weekend? Don’t blame the bullpen which was absolutely outstanding after a rough road trip. They combined for a 2.32 ERA and walked just two with 13 strikeouts in 11.2 innings pitched in the series.

Jeurys Familia picked up his tenth save of the season, a five-out showcase of lethal domination, and how about Alex Torres on Sunday? He inherits the bases loaded with nobody out in the sixth and then strikes out three in a row to escape the jam. It was sweet and for a second I thought we might actually ride that momentum and win the game, but it wasn’t meant to be.

So how did we screw this up? An impotent offense and sloppy and appalling defense.

The Mets were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position on Sunday and hit .174 (4-for-23) in the series.

Aside from Juan Lagares who went 7-for-15 in the four-game set with a walk the rest of the lineup was flat – dead as a door nail. On Friday and Saturday the Mets lineup had only two hitters batting higher than .238 – Lagares and Lucas Duda.

Terry Collins credited the Nationals’ pitching staff – a staff we’ll be facing 12 more times this season.

“When they got Max Scherzer, people were wrapping up the World Series trophy and sending it to Washington,” said Collins. “That kind of tells you about the type of pitching staff they have. But on the same token, we haven’t hit the ball over the last 10 games like we can or like we should.”

Michael Cuddyer, who batted 2-for-14 but did hit a big home run, blamed it on the team failing to get that big hit, and I would agree with him. “When we were winning games last week, we were getting the big hit.”

The middle infield defense hasn’t helped matters and ironically Ruben Tejada flubbed a double play filling in for Wilmer Flores and Daniel Murphy missed turning a potential DP at third as well. If these two teams are going to continue to play these tight games, we need to step up on defense.

The bottom line is that this was a regrettable series that exposed several areas of concern for the Mets. The good news is that the Mets are still in first place even though their lead has shrunk to 3.5 games. Even more good news is the Mets are off Monday and Thursday, and believe me, they look like they could use the rest.

The bad news is that the Nationals continue to own the Mets at Citi and that is totally unacceptable. They’ve now won 17 of the last 19 games against us at Citi Field.

Luckily we wont have to worry about the Nationals again until July. And as long as we continue to pitch as well as we have the Mets should continue to win a lot more games than we lose.

Our offense ran into a buzz saw against some great starting pitching. I do believe we’ll get back on track when the Baltimore Orioles come in for a quick two-game set on Tuesday. Then we head to Philadelphia for the weekend and David Wright is expected to be back for that series. That will provide a big jolt for the lineup and the Mets will return to their winning ways.

My biggest concern remains the infield defense.  We’ve seen first hand how it could be the difference between winning and losing. It sounds like Sandy Alderson still wants to stay the course with Flores and hopefully the three days off will help. We’ll soon find out if it did. Fingers crossed.

mmo footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mets-failed-to-make-a-statement-against-nationals.html/feed/ 0
Harvey Embraces His Role As Stopper http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/harvey-embraces-his-role-as-stopper.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/harvey-embraces-his-role-as-stopper.html/#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 13:37:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180554 matt harvey

Matt Harvey did what aces are expected to do, which was pick up his struggling Mets when they needed him most with a 4-0 gem on Friday night over the Washington Nationals. He became the fifth player in Mets history to win his first five starts of a season.

mmo feature original footerThe Mets went into the game losers of three straight to watch their once sizable lead over the Nationals dwindle down to five games (4.5 over Atlanta and Miami). Yes, last night was as close to being a “must win” game as you can get on the first day of May.

The big Mets right-hander has become the team’s best weapon against their chief divisional rival, the Washington Nationals. Harvey has not allowed an earned run in either of his last three starts against the Nats, and he is now 3-1 with a 0.68 ERA in six career starts against Washington, that is the best mark against the Nationals for any major league pitcher since the start of 2012.

Harvey relishes these situations and responded by giving up only five hits in seven scoreless innings despite not having his best fastball (indicative of only three strikeouts). Consequently, Harvey had to go to his breaking ball more than he normally would have wanted.

“Matt Harvey takes these games to heart. When you have a No. 1, it’s just great to have,” manager Terry Collins said. “You can depend on him.”

His 5-0 record is comprised of three victories following a Mets’ loss. Earlier today I wrote about what makes Harvey special, but there’s another reason – he can locate all of his pitches and do so without his best stuff.

It was thought Harvey, who was aided by Michael Cuddyer‘s homer in the fourth and a spectacular diving catch by Juan Lagares in the fifth, might come out for the eighth, but Collins said he didn’t think he had anything left.

“I thought he had run out of gas,” Collins said. “He was starting to labor between pitches. The one thing I didn’t want to do was to have to go out there if and they got a  guy on and you have to go out and get him.”

Harvey had no qualms with Collins’ decision.

“I think he made the right decision,” Harvey said. “He did exactly what he needed to do. He made the right call.”

This put the Mets in position of having to rely on Jeurys Familia for a five-out save. What could have been a tense situation was considerably relaxed with Daniel Murphy‘s three-run double in the eighth.

Harvey called Familia’s effort “huge,” but the same can be said for his. The Mets have themselves a bona fide stopper, and a very special one at that.

mmo footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/harvey-embraces-his-role-as-stopper.html/feed/ 0
Danny Muno Optioned To Make Room For Rafael Montero http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/danny-muno-optioned-to-make-room-for-rafael-montero.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/danny-muno-optioned-to-make-room-for-rafael-montero.html/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:48:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180126 daniel muno danny

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

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

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

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

mets logo button footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/danny-muno-optioned-to-make-room-for-rafael-montero.html/feed/ 0
Viewership Wars: Mets Are Gaining On The Yankees http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/viewership-wars-mets-are-gaining-on-the-yankees.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/viewership-wars-mets-are-gaining-on-the-yankees.html/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:14:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=179804 granderson

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

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

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

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

433

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

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

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

Look out, baby, cause here we come…

Storm footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/viewership-wars-mets-are-gaining-on-the-yankees.html/feed/ 0
Wright To Begin Baseball Activities, Could Return Saturday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/david-wright-took-swings-on-saturday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/david-wright-took-swings-on-saturday.html/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:02:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=179966 david wright

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Update 10:00 PM)

footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/david-wright-took-swings-on-saturday.html/feed/ 0
Mets Still Very Eager To Trade Dillon Gee http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-still-very-eager-to-trade-dillon-gee.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-still-very-eager-to-trade-dillon-gee.html/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:03:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=179323 dillon gee

Major League sources tell Andy Martino of the Daily News that the Mets are “still eager” to trade Dillon Gee, and views Rafael Montero as likely to take Gee’s spot.

“Talking to people inside and outside the organization following the surprise demotion of Montero to Triple-A on Friday, it was clear that the competition between Gee and Montero did not end when the the team headed north from Port St. Lucie.”

“Contrary to the general perception that the Mets viewed Gee as the obvious replacement for Zack Wheeler, after Wheeler’s season-ending Tommy John surgery, Mets people have discussed the relative merits of Gee and Montero for weeks.”

It’s pretty clear where this train is headed. You may recall that during the final day of Mets camp I wrote that starting the season with Gee in the rotation was a no-brainer because it was in the Mets’ best interest to showcase him and that a demotion to the bullpen would have decreased his value.

But with Gee struggling somewhat, and the Mets playing some great baseball, the important thing is to play your best players and many in the Mets front office love what Montero could do in the rotation.

In fact, Martino wrote something else that stood out in his report:

“Gee could go anytime, if a need arises elsewhere. If the Mets are unable to move him, Montero will eventually replace Gee in the rotation, barring injury or regression. According to sources, there is no debate that Montero will get the first opportunity, before prospects Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz.”

The Mets would also love to unload Gee’s salary as they could use that $5.3 million to help pay for any necessary upgrades as this season moves along.

I’m betting that Gee will be in another uniform before Memorial Day.

mets logo button footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-still-very-eager-to-trade-dillon-gee.html/feed/ 0
Harvey Faces Strasburg In Exciting Return To The Mound http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/harvey-faces-strasburg-in-exciting-return-to-the-mound.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/harvey-faces-strasburg-in-exciting-return-to-the-mound.html/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:23:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=178519 New York Mets Spring Training

Today’s matchup between Matt Harvery and Stephen Strasburg may be one of the most exciting pitching duels of the early season.

It’s a battle of two of the game’s best young starters, and there are plenty of intriguing story lines surrounding the game.

mmo feature original footerIt is Matt Harvey’s long awaited return to the mound, and it also a rematch of memorable game during the 2013 season.

Harvey defeated Strasburg in the Mets 7-1 victory over Washington in April. Harvey struck out 7 while allowing just four hits and one run during 7 innings.

The crowd in Citi Field was electrifying, cheering Harvey on with chants of “Harvey’s better!”

When asked about the start, Harvey says that it makes facing Strasburg again even more special (Mike Vaccaro).

“A good start,” Harvey remembered late Wednesday afternoon, before the Mets would lose a 2-1 pitchers’ duel to the Nationals. “An enjoyable day for me, for a lot of reasons.”

“It makes that matchup going forward even more special,” Harvey said.

“You have to be exited — very excited,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “I bet even [Nats manager] Matt Williams is excited to see it because this in one of the great players in the game.

“If you love the game, you love to watch him, and it’s why the Nats, who are missing a few players now, it’s fun to play them when they’re at their best, too. That’s fun. That’s what the game is about, competition, when it’s fun to watch on both sides. That’s why we can compete.”

Harvey has been fantastic during the spring, and it looks like he will return to his dominating form.

Harvey was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 178 innings during 2013 before being shutdown due to Tommy John.

Strasburg led the league in strikeouts with 242 last year and had a 3.14 ERA.

Storm footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/harvey-faces-strasburg-in-exciting-return-to-the-mound.html/feed/ 0
Mets Very Pleased With Matt Harvey’s Spring Training http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-very-pleased-with-matt-harveys-spring-training-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-very-pleased-with-matt-harveys-spring-training-2.html/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:54:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=178019 New York Mets Spring Training

Matt Harvey finished his spring training with another gem. In his final spring training start, he threw four shutout innings, allowing just three hits, zero walks and four strikeouts against the Cardinals. He threw 41 of his 56 pitched for strikes.

Overall this spring, in six mostly spectacular starts, Harvey threw 22 2/3 innings and walked just one batter while striking out 21. Plus he regularly threw in the 98 mph range as well.

It’s true that few will remember what he did in March once the regular season starts next week. But considering Matt has missed the entire 2014 season, while recovering from Tommy John surgery, these numbers are staggering and hard to ignore.

Added Mets manager Terry Collins: “We came out here hoping to find out what he had, and we got the same guy we saw two years ago”.

“Everything feels great, as it has all spring training.” Harvey said. “I don’t think there’s much more to accomplish.”

Despite pitching like an ace this March, Matt won’t pitch on Opening Day on April 6 or the Mets Home Opener on April 13. The Mets cited a chilly forecast and financial gain as two reasons why. Harvey is scheduled to make his 2015 debut on April 9 vs the Nationals in the 3rd game of the season.

Harvey will be on a 90 pitch limit in his first start and the Mets will keep tabs on his pitch count and innings total throughout April, somewhat limiting him. Sometimes the Mets may cut short a start or skip a start too. Basically so he can be available in September, and perhaps longer if the Mets make a playoff run.

mets logo button footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-very-pleased-with-matt-harveys-spring-training-2.html/feed/ 0
Mets Notes: Parnell and Black Injury Updates, Wheeler Declines Comment http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mets-notes-parnell-and-black-injury-updates-wheeler-declines-comment.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mets-notes-parnell-and-black-injury-updates-wheeler-declines-comment.html/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:36:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=176468 bobby parnel  USATSI barr

Closer Bobby Parnell had been scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game today, however he told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that  that plan has been scrapped and instead he’ll throw another bullpen session this morning. “It’s all good,” he told Rubin. Parnell is sidelined with a left hamstring injury. He is expected to begin the season on the disabled list with a possible May return to MLB action.

Reliever Vic Black is scheduled to throw on flat ground today for the first time since being sidelined with a weak shoulder. He told reporters that he expects to throw off a mound on Saturday. Black was prescribed rest and rehab after an MRI showed he had no structural damage in his right shoulder. He was diagnosed with tendinitis, Sandy Alderson said last week.

Zack Wheeler will likely have his Tommy John surgery this week after he meets with Dr. Altchek in New York. He declined to comment on his condition this morning in the Mets clubhouse and when asked how he felt emotionally a Mets official stepped in and stopped the interview. “I know you all have a lot of questions and stuff, but I’m not going to talk until I get Dr. Altchek’s input,” Wheeler said.

According to baseball data analyst Jon Roegele (@MLBPlayerAnalys) of Hardball Times, after the Braves (30) and Rangers (28), the Mets (24) and Dodgers (24) lead the majors in most Tommy John surgeries since 2005. You can read all the data Jon’s compiled on TJS here.

footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mets-notes-parnell-and-black-injury-updates-wheeler-declines-comment.html/feed/ 0
Mets Home Opener Nearly Sold Out, Standing Room Tickets Available http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mets-home-opener-nearly-sold-out-standing-room-tickets-available.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mets-home-opener-nearly-sold-out-standing-room-tickets-available.html/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:42:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=176068 mets fans citi

With limited ticket inventory available for the Mets’ April 13 Home Opener vs. the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field, the team has placed Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets on sale at Mets.com/OpeningDay and by phone at (718) 507-TIXX.

A limited number of seats remain for Opening Day through the purchase of full and partial Season Ticket plans which feature exclusive benefits including: discounted ticket prices, ticket exchange privileges, post-season priority, invitations to special season ticket holder events, and much more. Fans can purchase Season Tickets by visiting Mets.com/SeasonTickets or by calling (718) 507-TIXX.

Opening Week for the Mets features 10 games against National League East opponents the Phillies, Miami Marlins, and Atlanta Braves, and includes an exciting lineup of popular promotions.

Friday, April 17 is the return of Free Shirt Fridays and all fans in attendance will receive a Matt Harvey themed t-shirt presented by Old Dominion Freight Line; Saturday, April 18 is the first Super Saturday and will include the first postgame fireworks show of the season. Sunday, April 19 is Family Sunday with the first 15,000 fans receiving a David Wright schedule poster presented by Citi and will include kid-friendly pregame activities on Mets Plaza and kids 12 and under running the bases in the postgame Mr. Met Dash.

Fans can purchase single game tickets for all Mets home games at Mets.com/Tickets and by calling (718) 507-TIXX.

footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mets-home-opener-nearly-sold-out-standing-room-tickets-available.html/feed/ 0
Mets Fan Fest and Opening Day Watch Party! Free Admission! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mets-fan-fest-and-opening-day-watch-party-free-admission.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mets-fan-fest-and-opening-day-watch-party-free-admission.html/#comments Sun, 08 Mar 2015 16:43:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=175883 mets fans citi

METS OPENING DAY WATCH PARTY & FAN FEST

CITI FIELD, FLUSHING, NY – MONDAY, APRIL 6

FREE ADMISSION – COME ONE, COME ALL!

The New York Mets will open Citi Field for a Mets Opening Day Watch Party and Fan Fest on Monday, April 6.

This first of its kind free event for Mets fans will celebrate the start of the 2015 season, when the Mets will visit the Washington Nationals.

Complimentary tickets will be limited to blocks of four and will be available exclusively online at Mets.com/WatchParty starting tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

The event will feature the live SNY broadcast of the game on Citi Field’s new centerfield high definition Citi Vision Video Display.

Between innings there will be entertainment and giveaways; and a fully operational Mets Fan Fest.

The gates to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda will open at 3:00 PM. Game time in Washington, D.C., is scheduled for 4:05 PM.

Parking in Citi Field’s Lots D and F through Gate 8 will open at 2:00 PM and cost $10 per vehicle.

Date: Monday, April 6th
Gates Open: 3:00pm
Event: Fan Fest, Opening day Watch Party
Parking: $10 parking via Gate 8 on Shea Road
Entry: Jackie Robinson Rotunda
Ticket Price: Free Admission, but ticket is required for entry.

Activities Included:

  1. Opening Day game in Washington on brand new Citi Vision Board.
  2. In-game entertainment
  3. Contests and Games
  4. Mr. Met Birthday Party
  5. Photo opportunities with Mr. And Mrs. Met
  6. Family-friendly inflatables and games
  7. Ballpark food and beverage available for purchase.

Tickets are limited so claim your free ticket Monday!

button lets go mets

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mets-fan-fest-and-opening-day-watch-party-free-admission.html/feed/ 0
Fred, Jeff, Saul, Ya Gotta Leave: Mets Billboard Goes Up In PSL http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/fred-jeff-saul-ya-gotta-leave-mets-billboard-goes-up-in-psl.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/fred-jeff-saul-ya-gotta-leave-mets-billboard-goes-up-in-psl.html/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:05:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=175617 ya gotta leave

The first of three Mets billboards scheduled to go up made its debut today in Port St. Lucie near the Mets Spring Training complex at Tradition Field on I-95.

Reporter Jon Santucci of TC Palm took the first photo this afternoon, and I’m told we’ll be getting the official photos later today from Gary Palumbo, the Met fan who spearheaded the @MetsBillboard initiative via KickStarter.

The other two billboards are expected to debut on Roosevelt Avenue by Citi Field on April 3rd.

A message from Gary to all of you who helped fund this, the vast majority from MMO, “Installation was finished today. Guys YOU did this. Be proud.”

mets billboard final

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/fred-jeff-saul-ya-gotta-leave-mets-billboard-goes-up-in-psl.html/feed/ 0
Mets Expect Matt Harvey To Make 30 Starts http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mets-expect-matt-harvey-to-make-30-starts.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mets-expect-matt-harvey-to-make-30-starts.html/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:17:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=175481 matt harvey

Mets manager Terry Collins was a guest on Mets Hot Stove on Tuesday at Tradition Field. He told Gary Apple that in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, Matt Harvey should make at least 30 starts.

“There are going to be nights when he’s dominant, and you got to let him stay out there, which means next time we’re gonna have to cut him back.”

“Matt and I have talked with Dan Warthen and Sandy about all of this and he’s a good soldier, he nods his head and nods his head, but I know there’s gonna be a battle coming.”

Sandy Alderson backed up what Collins said (is that a first?) and added that Harvey could conceivably throw 200 innings this season including both the regular season and the playoffs.

Harvey will not be skipped in the rotation, but instead they’ll have him make five-inning starts from time to time.

Look for the Mets ace to make his regular season debut on April 9 against the Nationals in DC according to a report by Kevin Kernan of the NY Post.

Harvey will then be slated to start the team’s second home game on April 14, against the Phillies at Citi Field.

“The Mets don’t need Harvey to over-amp it on Opening Day in Washington and run into issues as he returns from Tommy John surgery,” writes Kernan, who talked to several team sources.

“As for the Mets home opener, the same thinking is in place, the Mets don’t want Harvey to be over-amped, try a bit too hard, and run into trouble.”

Terry Collins has already said last that Harvey would pitch at least once during the team’s first five games of the season. Initially, the plan was to hold Harvey back and have him make his debut on April 13, the home opener.

You can watch Harvey on Friday when he makes his Spring debut against the Tigers David Price. The game will be broadcast on SNY at 1:00 PM.

(Updated 3/4)

footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mets-expect-matt-harvey-to-make-30-starts.html/feed/ 0
Mets Aren’t The Only Ones In Division Touting Playoffs http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/mets-arent-the-only-ones-in-division-touting-playoffs.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/mets-arent-the-only-ones-in-division-touting-playoffs.html/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:28:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=175209 bryce harper

The Mets aren’t the only ones in the division talking about stacked rotations, October baseball and winning a championship. On Wednesday, Bryce Harper of the Nationals did some touting of his own.

“It’s absolutely stupid how good our staff is. To add a Cy Young, to add a guy that’s unbelievable in the postseason — if you have to go into a five-game set in the postseason, looking ahead like I told you I wouldn’t, but if you have to go into a five-game set against a team, you’re going to have to face Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. I mean, good luck. Because that’s insane.”

“I’m going to bring back a title to D.C. no matter what. And I’m getting chills thinking about it.”

I noticed most of the odds makers updated their baseball futures this week and I thought I’d take a look.

terry collins

Current MLB futures with sportsbooks are giving the Mets +2500 odds to win the World Series and +1200 to win the NL Pennant in 2015.

It’s a slight improvement from January and the over/under has also increased from 81.5 to an even 82.

Straight up odds for the Mets to win the World Series remained at 28/1 ranking 17th overall among all MLB teams, and remaining ahead of the Miami Marlins and New York Yankees who are at 33/1.

Of course the Nationals are the odds-on favorite wherever you look, but the Mets continue to keep improving ever so slightly.

I would love to see the Mets open the season in Washington by taking at least two of the three games. You don’t normally label a series in April as must-win, but considering what’s at stake and how the Mets need to break the stranglehold the Nationals have placed them in the last three years, a series win would make a huge statement for New York. Whatever the matchups end up being, they should all end up being epic pitching matchups and fun to watch.

footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/mets-arent-the-only-ones-in-division-touting-playoffs.html/feed/ 0
Vic Black Expects A Better Spring http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/vic-black-expects-a-better-spring.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/vic-black-expects-a-better-spring.html/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:00:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=174819 vic black

After a poor showing in spring training last year, Mets reliever Vic Black feels more mentally prepared coming into camp this season. Black struggled mightily with his control last spring, walking ten batters in nine innings. As a result of this performance, he did not make the Mets Opening Day roster.

In an article by Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Black talks about how he has changed his mindset from last year.

“There was a desire to finally break camp, finally start with a team,” Black recalled Tuesday at Mets camp about last year. “I think now it’s understanding that the spring is a preparation for April.

“When your mind speeds up, everything else wants to go faster. Once I got in my mind to calm down, I was in the right acceleration process throughout the whole delivery and stuff like that. And also muscles relax. I think people take for granted how much your thoughts play a role in how your body feels. I’m learning to trim out the bad thoughts and embrace the good ones, and fill it up with more good ones.”

Despite starting last season in the minors, Black was able to finish the year on a promising note. Black was called-up to New York in May, and he excelled with a 2.60 ERA in 34 innings pitched.

mmo footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/vic-black-expects-a-better-spring.html/feed/ 0
PSL Notes: Parnell May Only Miss 2-3 Weeks http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/psl-notes-parnell-may-only-miss-2-3-weeks.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/psl-notes-parnell-may-only-miss-2-3-weeks.html/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:12:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=174790 bobby parnell mets

According to what a team source told ESPN New York, while closer Bobby Parnell is due to open the season on the disabled list, he does not believe the absence would be lengthy.

“I would think two to three weeks,” said the source about the absence from Opening Day, while cautioning that time frame is far from certain.

Parnell underwent Tommy John surgery on April 8 and has had no setbacks during his rehab and recovery. He is due to address the media on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.

Meanwhile Jenrry Mejia continues to say and do the right things. Today at Port St. Lucie, Mejia told Kristie Ackert of the Daily New he is willing to do whatever the team asks from him.

“I’ll go out there and throw the 7th, 8th, 9th, whatever they want . I’ll go out there and I say give me the ball and pitch in the game.”

footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/psl-notes-parnell-may-only-miss-2-3-weeks.html/feed/ 0
Featured Post: A Call For Optimism As New Season Approaches http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/featured-post-a-call-for-optimism-as-new-season-approaches.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/featured-post-a-call-for-optimism-as-new-season-approaches.html/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 11:53:54 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=174002 wright spring

We all come to this website for the same reason; we all love the Mets.  While we all love the Mets, we may not all love what has been going on with our team.  We may disagree about the owners, the manager, the coaches and whom they trot out there, but one thing we cannot disagree on is this…

Baseball is a special game because any team can beat any team on any given day.

We as fans cannot control who controls our team.  We can whine as much as we want about owners, coaches and players, but none of us have any control over the Mets as a franchise.

With or without the Wilpons the Mets will take the field with the opportunity to win. With or without Terry Collins, the Mets will be afforded the occasion to score more runs than the other team. With this current roster of players, the Mets will have 162 chances to be victorious. Enthusiasm and hope are on the rise again, and even Mets ticket sales are up a reported 20 percent according to Newsday, you can order your tickets here.

There is a time for negativity, especially as a Mets fan.  Right now just isn’t that time. With each new season comes a clean slate.  The year 2015 is no different. The Mets will start the year with a 0-0 record.

This goes not only for the Mets but also for every team.  All baseball fans should be optimistic in April.  The Mets and 28 other teams had to “wait ‘til next year”.  We are not alone, but the fact remains that each and every game is winnable.

It doesn’t matter what you or I think will happen, what matters is what actually happens. While the common fan and “expert analysts” may make predictions on which teams will play meaningful games come September, they are seldom correct. It’s easy to say which teams will and will not make the playoffs but the fact remains that each year there are surprises and disappointments with those predictions.

People like to point out which teams spent the most or acquired the most but that, again, does not always equal a playoff spot.  Sometimes low payroll teams win and sometimes high payroll teams lose. Nobody is ever a shoe-in. This applies especially in the game of baseball. Not with 162 games to play.  Not with a three round playoff system and a sudden death wild card round.  Not when the winner isn’t decided in a one game winner takes all championship.  A baseball season is not a sprint; it is a marathon, slow and steady wins the race.

New York Mets Spring Training at their Minor League practice facility located within Tradition Field in Florida

It’s easy to fall victim to negativity as a Mets fan.  Without much to celebrate since 2006, we must, as Mets fans, look at this coming season in a positive light.  Every season should be approached with optimism, but I will plead my case for 2015 in particular.

Last year, we won 79 games.  That roster has not changed much, besides the addition of Matt Harvey, a full year of Jacob deGrom, Michael Cuddyer and Wilmer Flores‘ bat at short. They lost 30 games by one run or in extra innings. That’s 109 winnable games out of 162.  The Mets roster in comparison to last year has not gotten worse with those additions.  It may not be substantially better but it is certainly not worse. The Mets are not getting destroyed; they are “in” almost every game.  Only 33% of the time in those losses, was the game out of a home run’s reach in the last inning.

For those who predict an exact or roundabout number of wins for an entire season, you are missing out.  You are missing out on the beauty of what a baseball season is made of.  You are forgetting that each series, game, inning, out and pitch is its own entity.  You are negating each hit, bloop, blast and bobble to a mere unrelated number.  You are omitting everything that makes the game of baseball beautiful and have failed to remember that as of April 6th 2015, the Mets are not out of the playoffs yet.

I invite all who predict to remove themselves from their crystal ball and remember that each time the Mets wear any of their many combinations of blue and orange – there is a chance they will win.  I challenge you to look at each game as its own small jigsaw of a 162-piece puzzle.

Let’s keep the playoffs and a championship on the back burner and focus on each game as its own being.

Ask yourself on April 6th, “Can the Mets win today?”, the answer is yes. The answer to that question will be yes for another 161 games as well.

matt harvey

Series breakdown

I offer to you, my fellow met fans, a new way to look at a season.  It involves no prediction and it allows time for optimism until the team tells you otherwise.

I wrote an article recapping the Mets season series record a while back.  In it I mentioned that my coach in college would say, “you don’t have to win every game, you just have to win the series.” before we embarked on a weekend 3 game set.

I have since developed a system to tell me if I should be negative or not.

The season is separated into 54 individual 3 game series’.  Download the attached link to get your own print out of my season series breakdown. Following the season with this formula lets you know when its time to be negative.

The goal is to win 2 out of every three games (108 wins).  Obviously, even the best teams do not do this (unless you’re the 1986 Mets), so each team will end up with a negative number.  The average playoff team finishes with a season total no worse than -18.

Each series the Mets can sweep (+1), get swept (-2) win two out of three (0) or lose 2 out of 3 (-1).

Looking at the season this way gives each game meaning up until that breaking point.  Even at that breaking point there is a chance to sweep or win a series to stay afloat.

jacob-degrom2

Final Thoughts

As a side note, when I take my nephews to games (my daughter will go to her first game this year), they don’t complain about the Wilpons. They don’t argue over Sandy’s decisions and they have no say about the lineup Terry put together.  They just love the Mets and know when they get to the ballpark; there is a chance for them to win that day. It’s pure unbridled optimism. As adults, we too often over-analyze and scrutinize things out of our control.  Lets try something different this year; let’s watch the game and the team we love like we used to when we were kids. At least until they get to -18 with my formula.  Last year, that happened 84 games into the season. I hope you guys enjoy and Lets Go Mets!

mmo footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/featured-post-a-call-for-optimism-as-new-season-approaches.html/feed/ 0
Mets Invite 17 Non-Roster Players To Big League Camp http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/01/mets-invite-17-players-to-big-league-camp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/01/mets-invite-17-players-to-big-league-camp.html/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:56:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=173189 baseball grass spring training

The Mets announced that the following 17 non-roster players have been invited to big-league camp.

Pitchers

Buddy Carlyle

Zack Thornton

Cody Satterwhite

Tyler Pill

Matthew Bowman

Jon Velasquez

Chase Bradford

Scott Rice

Catchers

Kevin Plawecki

Johnny Monell

Xorge Carrillo

Infielders

Brandon Allen

Matt Reynolds

Daniel Muno

Gavin Cecchini

Outfielders

Brandon Nimmo

Alex Castellanos

Spring Training Dates 

Wednesday, Feb. 18: Terry Collins meets the media in first news conference.

Thursday, Feb. 19: Pitchers and catchers report.

Saturday, Feb. 21: First workout for pitchers and catchers.

Tuesday, Feb. 24: Position players report.

Thursday, Feb. 26: First full-squad workouts.

Wednesday, March 4: First spring game, at Braves, 1:05 p.m.

Friday, March 6: First home spring game, vs. Tigers, 1:10 p.m.

Monday, April 6: Opening Day, at Nationals, 4:05 p.m.

Monday, April 13: Home opener at Citi Field, vs. Phillies, 1:10 p.m.

footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/01/mets-invite-17-players-to-big-league-camp.html/feed/ 0
Mets Avoid Arbitration With Bobby Parnell http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/01/mets-avoid-arbitration-with-bobby-parnell.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/01/mets-avoid-arbitration-with-bobby-parnell.html/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:20:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=172752 New York Mets v Miami Marlins

The Mets announced they have avoided arbitration with reliever Bobby Parnell and agreed to a contract for the 2015 season. Adam Rubin reports that Parnell will get the same $3.7 million he earned last season.

Parnell, 30, underwent Tommy John surgery last April and is expected to return to action in mid April or early May according to Sandy Alderson.

Terry Collins has said repeatedly this offseason, that Parnell will resume his role as the Mets closer once he is activated.

Other players who are due arbitration include Daniel Murphy ($8.1M in 2014), Dillon Gee ($4.99M), Lucas Duda ($4.25M), Jenrry Mejia ($2.5M) and Ruben Tejada ($1.7M).

footer

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/01/mets-avoid-arbitration-with-bobby-parnell.html/feed/ 0
Mets Blood Drive At Citi Field On Thursday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/01/mets-blood-drive-at-citi-field-on-thursday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/01/mets-blood-drive-at-citi-field-on-thursday.html/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 05:19:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=172640 blood drive

The Mets will hold their annual winter blood drive on Thursday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Citi Field’s Caesars Club, the team announced.

All donors will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a Mets home game in April, excluding Opening Day.

Donors can park in Lot G off 126th St. and enter Citi Field via the Hodges VIP entrance. For those seeking photo opportunities, Mr. Met will be in attendance from noon to 1:00 pm.

The Mets are hosting their drive in conjunction with the New York Blood Center, one of the largest community-based, non-profit blood collection and distribution organizations in the United States.

button metsb

]]>
http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/01/mets-blood-drive-at-citi-field-on-thursday.html/feed/ 0