Mets Merized Online » April Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:46:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Noah Syndergaard Will Officially Get Opening Day Start Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:00:54 +0000 noah-syndergaard

According to multiple reports, New York Mets manager Terry Collins announced that right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard will be the Opening Day starter.

Syndergaard, 24, went 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 10.7 K/9 and a major league leading 2.29 FIP in the 2016 season. He was an All-Star, finished eighth in the Cy Young voting and 19th in the MVP voting.

The Mets open the 2017 season at home against the Atlanta Braves at 1:10 PM on ESPN.

Original Report – Jan 30

Noah Syndergaard will be the Mets’ Opening Day starter, reports Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. While an official announcement will not come until spring, sources tell Kernan that Syndergaard will get the nod.

At just 24 years of age, Syndergaard took the reigns of the Mets’ rotation with ease in his second year in the big leagues. The hefty right-hander posted a 2.60 ERA over 183.2 innings pitched in 31 appearances. He struck out 10.7 batters per nine innings while walking just 2.1 He also limited opposing hitters to just 11 home runs, finishing the year with a league-leading 0.5 HR/9 rate.

Syndergaard came up huge in the Wild Card playoff game this past season, tossing seven shutout innings against the Giants, allowing just two hits while striking out 10.

The young ace has already proven he can pitch on a big stage. He now owns a 2.42 ERA over 26 big league postseason innings, over which he has struck out an incredible 36 batters.

The Mets will begin the 2017 season on April 3 at Citi Field against the Atlanta Braves.

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Mets Spring Into Action With Hope and Excitement Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:00:58 +0000 spring training

Only two days ago, Mother Nature dumped about a foot of snow on New York City as temperatures dropped into the teens. But meanwhile in Port St. Lucie, Florida the sun is shining bright, the grass is green and freshly cut, and best of all baseball is officially back at Tradition Field, the Spring Training home of the New York Mets.

For the next six weeks, seasoned veterans, promising young players, and enthusiastic die-hard fans will gather at the Mets Spring Training Complex with big dreams and aspirations as they embark on a new season with the number one goal being a World Series championship.

It’s an exciting time to be a player and a fan as the front office has put together one of the most balanced teams they’ve ever had in their 55 year history. I’m not saying it’s the best Mets team I ever saw, only that this is a very balanced team and if they can stay healthy, this is also a very dangerous team. Here’s the evidence as I see it:

  • A rotation packed with five hard-throwing pitchers, each possessing ace-like upside. Noah Syndergaard in his first full season was remarkably Gooden-like, raking 3rd in ERA (2.60), 4th in K/9 (10.68), 5th in K/BB (5.06) and 1st in WAR (6.5). Syndergaard will enter the season as the young ace of a hugely dominant and extremely talented rotation if they remain healthy.
  • A starting lineup that can mash with the best of them. They hit a franchise record 218 home runs last season, and they could easily come close or surpass that mark with a healthy Lucas Duda back at first base and Jay Bruce in right field to begin the season.
  • A bullpen that was already the fifth best in baseball last season, but now start anew replacing Antonio Bastardo, Logan Verrett and Jim Henderson with Fernando Salas, Seth Lugo and one of Zack Wheeler or Robert Gsellman.

I asked a few of my writers what they were were most excited or anxious about as the Mets get ready to open camp and get ready for a new season. Here’s what they had to say:

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Mike Mayer – I would say I’m more anxious than excited for the Mets to began Spring Training. I’m anxious to see if the Mets rotation will be healthy tha spring, anxious to see if Mets infield can stay healthy. Being a prospect nerd I am excited to watch guys like Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Champ Stuart, David Roseboom and Corey Taylor in big league camp. Today really is a beautiful day though, baseball is back and Opening Day is itching closer.

Mets Daddy – Do you know what Generation K never pitched in the same rotation? Injuries prevented that from happening similar to how injuries have prevented the Mets purported five young aces from pitching in the same rotation. This could finally be the year it happens. All the Mets need is for the four pitchers returning from surgery to withstand the rigors of this Spring Training. Another thing I’m excited to see this Spring is our top prospects. Sooner or later, Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario will be Mets. Given the serious health issues at all four infield positions, they may be playing in Citi Field sooner rather than later. These two young studs will be able to play alongside players like David Wright and Neil Walker this Spring, and learn just what it means to be a major leaguer. This will help them in their continued growth as players, and it could very well soon help them take over for the very same players who helped them.

Mathew Brownstein – As Spring Training opens, I am once again optimistic, and downright giddy over the fact that we will FINALLY get to see the full complement of our young starting rotation (barring any health setbacks). It’s amazing to consider that Met fans have never seen Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz, and Wheeler at the same time in the rotation. With talk of Wheeler opening the 2017 season in the pen, we might have to wait on Zack rejoining the rotation until mid-season. Obviously we have seen some semblance of the full rotation last year, however, with Harvey’s early season struggles and eventual TOC surgery, and eventually losing Matz and deGrom to their own elbow surgeries, the Mets’ starting staff gets an incomplete for 2016. Hopefully 2017 is the year fans finally get to see their vaunted rotation at full strength.

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Tommy Rothman – Right now I’d call myself anxious, but I’m hoping that turns into excitement. Either way, the guy I can barely wait to see is Matt Harvey. Will he be the disaster he was last season before the injury was disclosed, or the superstar we’re more used to seeing? For all the talk about Thor (and deGrom), Harvey has the chance to be the best pitcher on this staff. There’s plenty of room for things to swing either way here, so Matt Harvey might end up being the X-Factor, for better or worse.

Rob Piersall – As the Mets begin Spring Training and eventually the regular season, I, like many Mets fans, am anxious to see our starting rotation healthy and pitching together for the first time ever. It’s been said ad nauseam, but if our guys are in tip-top shape, we have the best rotation in baseball. That is an exciting thought in itself. Also, I think Jay Bruce is going to prove everyone wrong, so I’m excited to see him in the middle of the lineup along with our big bopper Yoenis Cespedes.

Connor O’Brien – I’m most excited to see a fully-healthy Mets rotation. The last few years, we’ve never seen it in its full form. Only Noah Syndergaard was left standing at the end of last season. I don’t expect a healthy rotation forever — there will almost always be something — but if Terry Collins can get a few healthy months from the starters, we could very well see the best starting rotation in Mets history.

Brian Greenzang – Spring Training is a clean slate of sorts for each team with so many story lines to be ironed out before opening day. I am most excited to see how the outfield situation falls into place. Do we see the Mets finally find a trading partner to unload one of their outfielders, leading to a less murky situation? How they go about handling Michael Conforto could lead to the biggest storyline throughout spring camp as he may also see some time at first base. More than anything though, I am just excited for baseball.

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ESPN Announces First Half Sunday Night Baseball: Three Mets Games Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:17:02 +0000 noah-syndergaard

ESPN has announced their Sunday Night Baseball schedule for the first half of 2017; three will feature the Mets.

April 9: vs. Miami Marlins

April 23: vs. Washington Nationals

May 28: @ Pittsburgh Pirates

These games will start at 8 PM as per usual.

The April games are not difficult schedule wise, however following the May 28th game vs the Pirates, the Mets have a 1:10 game in New York against the Brewers on the 29th.

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MMO Free Agent Profile: Steve Pearce, UT Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:31:29 +0000 MLB: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees

Steve Pearce
Position: Utility
Bats: Right – Throws: Right
Born: April 13, 1983 (Age 33)

Last offseason the New York Mets failed to bring in a veteran that could play multiple spots off the bench and instead Eric Campbell was on the opening day roster. Pearce will be a free agent for the second straight offseason. He bats right-handed and can play multiple positions including first base, second base and both corner outfield spots. Does that sound like someone that could help the Mets in 2017?

The versatile Pearce is coming off a season combined with the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays in which he slashed .288/.374/.492 in 85 games. He hit 13 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs, and knocked in 35 runs.

The Mets current corner outfield options are dominated by left-handed hitters with Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, and Curtis Granderson. Pearce hit .309/.411/.617 with seven of his 13 home runs coming off lefty pitching in 2016 and his career splits (.728 OPS vs RHP, .852 OPS vs LHP) shows he likes to face lefties. The Mets also have Lucas Duda currently penciled in at first base who has struggled against left-handed pitching during his career.

Pearce began his career in the minor leagues strictly playing first base but has played five different positions in the majors. In 2016, he played 40 games at first, 15 at second, seven in left field, six in right field and two at third base. His best defensive position remains first (2 DRS in 2016), however he has graded out positively in left (6 DRS) and right (3 DRS) for his career.


Pearce signed a one-year, $4.750 million deal last offseason with the Rays and made $3.7 million in 2015 coming off a career year. Seems reasonable that he could get a deal for two years in the $5-6 million per range.


Definitely think the Mets should show interest and even more so if they’re unable to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes. In that case, Pearce could play in a corner outfield spot against lefties. He would also be insurance for first base if something were to happen to Lucas Duda, which they didn’t really have in 2016. His versatility makes him a valuable commodity off the bench as well, which is a spot the Mets have had to trade to improve during the last two seasons.

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2016 Mets Report Cards: Neil Walker, 2B Tue, 08 Nov 2016 17:45:36 +0000 neil walker


Player Data:  Age: 31, B/T: S/R, Free Agent: 2017

2016 Primary Stats: .282/.347/.476, 23 HR, 55 RBI, 458 PA

2016 Review:  

Like most of the Mets, it was an up and down season for Neil Walker.  Also like most of the Mets (at least it seemed like most of the Mets), he suffered a serious injury and finished his year on the disabled list.

Walker, acquired by the Pirates for Jonathan Niese in a trade the Pirates regretted almost instantly, got off to a red hot start, hitting .307 in April with 9 home runs.  He even addressed his greatest offensive weakness: in the past, he had been a far inferior hitter from the right side of the plate than the left.  But he improved mightily in that department: in 2015 he hit .237 as a right handed hitter with zero home runs.  In 2016, he hit .330 with 8 home runs.

While it looked like he was primed for a career year, Walker was slowed by a terrible slump that lasted all of June and July.  In 48 games he hit .238 for the eight weeks, with little pop in his bat as evidenced by 7 extra base hits total in the two months.

Then in August Walker turned it on: in only 18 games he hit .389 with 6 home runs, crushing the ball like he had been in April.  Unfortunately, those were also his last eighteen games: Walker’s bad back required surgery and he finished the year on the disabled list.

Walker was a solid, if inconsistent contributor offensively.  He also played a steady defense, making 7 errors at the second base position and handling most balls hit his way smoothly.

Grade: B

2017 Outlook: 

The Mets have tendered him the one year qualifying offer worth $17.2 million, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters he will be content no matter how it plays out.  I am speculating that he will decline it and seek out a 3-4 year deal elsewhere.  Wherever he plays Walker has been a consistent pro for a long time, and a .270 18 home run season with smooth defense from the second base position should be easily within his reach.

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Mets Release 2017 Regular Season Schedule Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:51:20 +0000 citi field fans

The New York Mets have released their full regular season schedule for next year, which spans from April 3 to October 1.

They will open the year with series against the Braves and Marlins at Citi Field. All 25 April games will be against NL East rivals.

The Mets and Yankees will continue the recent trend of a four-game set split between Citi Field and Yankee Stadium, which will take place August 14-17. The rest of the interleague schedule will be against the AL West (Angels, A’s, Rangers, Astros, and Mariners).

At first glance, June is looking like it will be a very tough month for the Mets, who have series against the Pirates, Rangers, Cubs, Nationals, Dodgers, Giants, and Marlins.

Highlights of the 2017 home schedule include:

  • Opening Day at Citi Field, April 3 vs. the Atlanta Braves.
  • Subway Series vs. the New York Yankees, August 16-17 at Citi Field and August 14-15 at Yankee Stadium.
  • Memorial Day, May 29 vs. the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Interleague Series at Citi Field include: the Angels (May 19-21), the A’s (July 21-23) and the Rangers (August 8-9).
  • Rematch of the 2015 NLCS vs. the Chicago Cubs, June 12-14.
  • Father’s Day, June 18 vs. the Washington Nationals.
  • Weekend Series vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, August 4-6.
  • Labor Day, September 4 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.

Game times for the 2017 campaign will be announced in the coming weeks.

Here is the full schedule:


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Farewell to Choo Choo Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:40:11 +0000 ChooChooColeman

Upon return from a family vacation, I learned that Choo Choo Coleman had passed this week of Cancer down in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Younger Mets fans probably know little of Clarence “Choo Choo” Coleman who was a member of the original 1962 Mets and played for the team for parts of three seasons in the 1960s. While I was not alive to hear the interview, Grandpa and Dad would always gladly recount the time during a pregame interview that Mets announcer Ralph Kiner, unable to engage the Choo Choo in conversation or to give more than one word answers, changed tactics and tried to ease the tension by asking Choo Choo what his wife’s name was and what she liked. Choo Choo replied, “Her name is Mrs. Coleman, and she likes me, Bub”.

Bub was a nicknamed Choo Choo used on everybody, as he had trouble remembering people’s names. After rooming with Charlie Neal the entire 1962 season, Charlie Neal was kidding him the following spring training that Choo Choo didn’t know his name. Choo Choo replied, “I know your name. You number four”.

As a player, Choo Choo was well below the level of Gary Carter and Mike Piazza. Choo Choo started his playing career in the Negro Leagues playing for the Indianapolis Clowns in 1954. Signed by the Washington Senators (now Minnesota Twins) in 1955, Choo Choo went 3- 20 with 1 home run in the Class D Florida State League at the age of 17. Choo Choo was released the following season when he appeared in only 2 games, and he did not play as a professional in 1957.

Resigned by the same minor league team in 1958, Choo Choo hit .234 and showed his speed with 15 stolen bases, 13 doubles and 9 triples, and had a better season in 1959 at the age of 21, hitting .259 with 8 homers and 80 RBIs. Promoted to AAA in 1960, Choo Choo hit .258 with 24 extra base hits and 10 stolen bases playing with the Montreal Royals.

Choo Choo made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies on April 16, 1961 after being drafted by the team from the Dodgers in the 1960 Rule 5 Draft. Struggling in limited playing time, in 1961 Choo Choo hit only .128 in 34 games. Choo Choo became a Met when selected as the 28th pick in the 1961 expansion draft. New Mets manager Casey Stengel faintly praised his new catcher, saying Choo Choo was the fastest catcher he had ever seen chase after passed balls”. Manager Stengel was able to see his fast catcher utilize his speed far too much that season as Choo Choo had five passed balls in only 44 games. However, Choo Choo had only one error in 1962, and even that seems to be more than he deserved.

The error was charged on a pickoff play against the Dodgers with big Frank Howard (Howard was 6 7” and a slow runner) at first and Marvelous Marv Throneberry as the Mets first baseman. As quoted in the New York Times, “Marv missed the signal, and the ball went right past his head. The official scorer must have reasoned that anybody who tried a pickoff with Marvelous Marv deserved an error, just for bad judgment.”

After hitting .250 with six homers and two triples in 1962, in 1963, Choo Choo hit only .178 and had 15 errors in 91 games. Choo Choo did not make the major league squad in 1964 or 1965 and toiled with the Mets AAA team in Buffalo. Making the team again at the start of the 1966 season, Choo Choo hit only 188 in six games, playing his last major league game on April 23, 1966.

As reported by George Vecsey in the New York Times, in 2012 at the 50th reunion of the 1962 Mets, Choo Choo finally explained how he got his nickname. “When I was 8 or 9, I ran around a lot. My friends called me Choo Choo because I was fast.”

Choo Choo will now be running around in heaven.

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Addison Reed’s June Swoon Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:30:16 +0000 addison reed

Before Thursday night’s disaster, the Mets were 34-1 when they were leading after seven innings.  After Addison Reed grooved one down the heart of the plate to Adonis Garcia, the Mets record is now 34-2 when leading after seven innings.  It’s hard to get on Reed for the loss as he has been so good this year.  In fact, the Mets have not blown a lead in which Reed pitched the eighth and Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth.

Reed is a huge reason why.  So far this year, Reed has pitched the best he ever has in his entire career.  Up until Thursday night’s blown save, Reed was 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA and a 1.010 WHIP.  During the month of May, he did not allow one earned run in 12 appearances.  He limited batters to a .205/.225/.205 batting line.  It seemed that as the season was progressing, he was getting stronger.

Unfortunately, Reed’s success has not carried forward into June.  So far, he is 1-2 in the month of June with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.313 WHIP.  Batters are hitting .262/.311/.476 against him.  He has already made 11 appearances this month (he made 13 in April and 12 in May), and he is starting to show some signs of fatigue.

It is showing both in the results and his velocity  In April, he threw a 92.9 MPH fastball and an 86.8 MPH slider.  In May, he was throwing a 93.8 MPH fastball with an 87.4 MPH slider.  And so far in June, his velocity is down.  He’s throwing a 92.6 MPH fastball and a 85.3 MPH slider.

Ultimately, this is what Reed has been his entire career.  He has typically been a pitcher that gets off to great start, wears down in June, and then picks it back up before falling off during the last few weeks of the season.  Here are his career monthly splits:

  • March/April – 2.79 ERA
  • May – 3.83 ERA
  • June – 5.54 ERA
  • July – 3.66 ERA
  • August – 2.08 ERA
  • September/October – 5.21 ERA

This is Reed’s typical June swoon. He tires as the season progresses, and he’s rejuvenated with the All Star Break.  He’s following the same pattern this year but with far better results.

Overall, Terry Collins may need to watch how he uses Reed for the rest of the season as the Mets will need him at his best for the pennant race and beyond.

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3 Up 3 Down: Mets Bounce Back and Sweep Brewers Mon, 23 May 2016 17:01:11 +0000 steven matz

3 Up

1. Matz Keeps Winning

In Friday night’s opener, Steven Matz continued his trend of winning by tossing seven strong innings of three-hit ball while allowing just a two-run homer in the first inning off the bat of Chris Carter. It was Matz’s first start after being skipped due to soreness in his elbow, and he didn’t miss a beat. Two of the three hits Matz gave up were in the first inning and at one point he retired 15 straight batters. His numbers keep getting better and better since that dreadful first start of the season. Since then he is 6-0 with a 1.35 ERA, six walk and 42 strikeouts in 40 innings.

2. Captain Clutch

It’s been a struggle at times this season for David Wright, but he certainly was the hero in Saturday night’s victory which came in walk-off fashion. Wright came to the plate in the bottom of the 9th inning with the bases loaded and one out. The count was 3-0 but instead of taking a pitch, David decided to take matters into his own hands and drive a base hit into right center that gave the Mets their first walk-off win of the season. It was David’s 9th walk-off hit in his career, putting him in first place all-time in Mets history. It was his first one since 2012, and I don’t think it could have come at a better time for him.

3. He’s Back!

Michael Conforto struggled through first week of May, going just 2 for 24 in the first seven games of this month. However, he is starting to hit his stride again and was crucial this series against the Brewers. Conforto went on to go 4 for 11 this series with two huge home runs while also driving in three runs. His two-run home run in the bottom of the 6th innings of Fridays night’s gave the Mets the lead and proved to be the difference in a 3-2 victory. His homerun in the first inning of yesterday’s game was a no doubter, and it looks like his confidence level is continuing to grow.

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3 Down

1. Where’s The deGrominator

Nitpicking here, but Jacob deGrom didn’t have his best stuff, and is now winless in his last four starts. He did strikeout a season high seven batters, but he labored through five innings, having to throw a total of 100 pitches just to get through. Since he last won on April 30th, Jacob is now 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA.

2. Feast or Famine

After Walker was quick out of the gates in the month of April, he has certainly cooled down in the month of May. Since the 1st of May, Walker is hitting just .190 with a home run and an RBI. Walker had a total of nine home runs throughout the entire month of April. In the series against the Brewers, Walker went 2 for 11 with five strikeouts while also stranding seven Mets on base throughout the series.

3. Back Attack

While the Mets may be getting Wilmer Flores back later this week, they may soon be losing another infielder in Lucas Duda with his bad back. Duda could be placed on the DL after being examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery this morning. After the examination, Terry Collins fears that Duda landing on the DL is a real possibility, and that he could miss a good amount of time. Until Friday, when Flores is eligible to return, the Mets roster looks be very thin. They may look to call up utility infielder Ty Kelly from Triple-A Las Vegas.

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Woman Alleges Colon Is Not Paying Child Support Wed, 18 May 2016 18:19:39 +0000 bartolo colon

An exclusive report in the New York Post reveals that Mets’ right-hander Bartolo Colon has a double life that includes two children he had with another woman, Alexandra Santos, who’s asking Colon to pay millions in child support and accusing him of being a deadbeat dad. 

From the Post:

Colon — who has earned more than $100 million in his career — sired the children with the Washington Heights woman while he was also playing the dutiful family man with wife Rosanna and their four sons.

The MLB star has never publicly acknowledged the 7-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son he had with Santos, who filed suit a year ago demanding child support.

“Mr. Colon obviously is a very talented baseball player and he earns a significant income, and we believe that his children should share in the lifestyle they would have enjoyed had their parents remained together,” Santos’ attorney Evan Schein told The Post.

According to the report, Bartolo Colon’s wife, Rosanna, is aware of her husband’s case, saying:

“I can’t talk about that,” Rosanna said in Spanish. “This is personal and not something I want to talk about.”

Court papers with details of the dispute are sealed, but records show Santos is asking a judge to force Colon to pay her legal bills and that both parties signed a confidentiality agreement in April.

There has been no statement from Bartolo, his attorney, or the Mets on this matter. The timing of this is somewhat suspicious. Remember these are allegations filed in a lawsuit, nothing more.

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Granderson Has Been Shift Out of Luck Mon, 16 May 2016 13:00:31 +0000 granderson curtis

As you know, one prominent name that was missing from Sunday’s lineup against the Colorado Rockies, was that of right fielder Curtis Granderson. Manager Terry Collins gave his leadoff hitter the day off hoping that a two-day respite will help get Granderson out of the funk that has been plaguing him in recent weeks. Collins is very concerned with Granderson’s shrinking walk-rate.

“He’s just not getting the bases on balls that he had last year. But the swing is fine. Last year he would draw those walks and even though he wasn’t hitting necessarily for a high average, the bases on balls got him on base.”

When you’re hitting .200 with a .287 on-base percentage and a -0.6 WAR a month and a half into the season, you begin to wonder if a player is in for a rough year. However, when that player is 35, you start to wonder if this is the beginning of the end. Those are the whispers that now surround Granderson. Are those concerns premature? Maybe. Let’s take a closer look at what the numbers tell us.

After an underwhelming 2014, Granderson was reunited with Kevin Long. The result was pure magic in 2015. Granderson hit .259/.364/.457 with 26 homers and 70 RBI from the leadoff spot. He had a 128 OPS+, a 132 wRC+, and a 5.1 WAR. As noted above, Granderson’s 2016 numbers are a far cry from that.

What’s happening?

First, Granderson’s BABIP in May was .152. Granderson’s career BABIP is .299  - right around league average. That would suggest Granderson is due for a little luck. With that luck, he could return to his 2015 form. However, there are some warning signs.

According to FanGraphs, Granderson’s hitting a lot of ground balls. His GB/FB ratio is now 0.98, the highest level of his career. He’s hitting ground balls 41.2% of the time, also the highest level in his career.

Conversely, he’s hitting fewer line drives. He’s only hitting line drives 16.7% of the time, and that unfortunately is lowest in his career. He’s pulling the ball 45.6% of the time while hitting it up the middle 39.8% of the time.

Long story short, Granderson is getting affected by the shift.  That’s going to happen when you hit more and more ground balls. That’s going to happen when you hit the ball up the middle and to the right side 85.4 percent of the time.

“He’s one of those guys that with all of the shifting, it’s certainly taken away a lot of hits from him,” said Collins on Sunday.

Granderson hit .241/.347/.471 with four homers in April, and he did that despite starting the month with a 1-for-24 stretch. Also keep in mind, Granderson’s worst month last year was May.

Overall, there is still plenty of time left in the year.  Like last year, Granderson can rebound from a rough May and put up terrific numbers.  There are some valid concerns, but sooner or later I believe we should see the 2015 version of Granderson emerge… or at least the 2016 April version.

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Early Season Mets Minors Promotion Candidates Thu, 05 May 2016 19:47:30 +0000 Tyler Bashlor, Photo Courtesy of Al Rabon

Tyler Bashlor, Photo Courtesy of Al Rabon

First impressions are everything, especially in the minor leagues. Now that the first month of the season is in the books, teams will now begin to assess those players that made a statement to start the year, and determine who is worth keeping an eye on throughout May. If they continue to preform, a midseason promotion will become a serious possibility. Here are six players who caught our attention in April.


Amed Rosario (SS, St. Lucie Mets)

It was surprising enough that the Mets chose not to start Rosario at Double-A Binghamton, so it would be even more shocking if the 20-year-old phenom is not promoted before the end of the month. In just 23 April games, Rosario managed to silence those who questioned his ability with the bat, by hitting .310/.343/.530 in April with three home runs and 16 runs batted in. The RBI total is ten shy of what he recorded in 2015, and the three long balls match his career high. With the weather getting warmer and Binghamton, and Niuman Romero failing to impress as the incumbent, all signs point to Rosario getting the call very soon.

Vinny Siena (2B, Columbia Fireflies)

There was no question that Siena was a solid hitter coming into the season, but the numbers he’s put up so far only improve his chances of rising through the ranks quickly. In his first 24 games this year, the former UConn second baseman has reached base safely in 23 of them, earning him a .475 on base percentage which is 2nd in the league.

We first saw what Siena’s talents could do in his professional debut at Brooklyn last year, when he hit .336 through his first 30 games. If he is bumped to St. Lucie when Rosario moves up, there will be a spot open at second base with Luis Guillorme sliding back over to shortstop.

David Thompson (3B, Columbia Fireflies)

The answer to “who has the most RBI in affiliated baseball through May 1?” is not Bryce Harper, or even Rockies breakout rookie Trevor Story. The mystery man is Thompson, who knocked in an astounding 27 runs in April. The 22-year-old was a common name when 2016 Mets breakout prospects were being discussed on MMN before the season, and he has certainly not disappointed.

As a fourth round draft pick in 2015, Thompson carried lofty expectations with him to Brooklyn, where he struggled mightily at the plate with a .218 average, and in the field, recovering from a shoulder injury. Seemingly at 100 percent, Thompson is poised to prove he could be the Mets’ third baseman of the future, and the next stop is St. Lucie.


Casey Delgado (RHP, St. Lucie Mets)

Delgado might not be a top prospect, but he’s sure pitched like one through four starts in the Florida State League. The Mets caught the 25-year-old pitching in the independent leagues last year, and he was solid through 16 starts with the Sand Gnats. Delgado has shown to have good strikeout numbers thus far, fanning at least five in each outing this year, and limited his walks. Although the numbers have come in a small sample size, it’s safe to say that his maturity and performance out of the gate could serve him well in Double-A.

Tyler Bashlor (RHP, Columbia Fireflies)

In one of the feel-good stories from the first month of the season, Bashlor has been absolutely dominant for the Fireflies. After not throwing a pitch in a game for over 31 months due to Tommy John surgery, Bashlor returned to the mound with a vengeance.

The 23-year-old has struck out 15 batters in 11.2 innings, including five in two innings on opening day. Bashlor has also reportedly reached the 96-97 miles per hour range with his fastball, which is a welcomed sign for anyone returning from a significant elbow injury. Given his age and immediate impact, it’s likely he’ll be called upon to bolster St. Lucie’s bullpen sometime soon.

Tim Peterson (RHP, St. Lucie Mets)

The 25-year old right-handed has had a spectacular start to 2016, allowing only one earned run in 11 innings on a measly four hits. He has struck out 18 compared to only one walks and has given up four hits. The Mets 20th round pick from 2012 already made one appearance for the Binghamton Mets and given his age and success he could be headed back to Bingo very shortly. Fellow St. Lucie reliever Kevin McGowan (our Relief Pitcher of the Month) could also get bumped up soon.

Be sure to check out for all your minor league news including our recent posts about the hottest hitters and pitchers in the system!

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Talkin’ Mets Podcast: Down on the Korner, and the Ascension of Michael Conforto Mon, 02 May 2016 00:09:44 +0000 yoenis cespedes 2

The Mets had another exciting week and are off to a 5-1 start to the homestand. April is over, but May brings another terrific edition of Talkin’ Mets.

This week I talk to Mark Rosenman, co-author of the book “Down on the Korner: Ralph Kiner and Kiner’s Korner.”

Mark and Howie Karpin are the first to write a book about the popular post-game show that many Mets fans grew up on.

I am also joined by Joe Trezza of as we chat about the ascension of Michael Conforto into the league’s elite offensive talent.

We also opine about how the Mets would look if they had signed Ben Zobrist instead of acquiring Neil Walker and Yoenis Cespedes.



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Mets Notes: Walker, Conforto, Syndergaard Flying High Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:01:47 +0000 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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Dan Warthen Has Some Work To Do Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:32:17 +0000 harvey warthen

Before last night’s loss, the Mets led the National League in ERA. After Steven Matz‘ dud last night, the Mets are now ranked sixth. They went from a 2.08 ERA to a 3.40 ERA. It’s a warning of overlying on small sample sizes.

It’s also a reminder that it’s really about the process. While it’s a results oriented business, the pitching coach needs to focus on things like the pitcher’s mechanics and not his ERA.

In that respect, Dan Warthen has some work to do as three of his starters have some mechanical issues.

Steven Matz

Last night, Matz was terrible. There are a number of things you can point to as the reason like the long layoff. However, as Kevin Kernan reported in the NY Post, Matz’s mechanics may have been to blame:

“He looks like a young guy who needs a month in Triple-A to clean up some things,” one veteran scout at the game told the Post.

Looking at last night’s game, there was no doubt Matz needs some work. He wasn’t fooling anyone last night, and the Marlins were on top of his pitches. Preferably, Matz can do that work with Dan Warthen instead of Triple-A. Regardless of where he does it, Matz needs to get himself right.

Jacob deGrom

The talk throughout Spring Training was Jacob deGrom‘s fastball ranging between 91 – 93 MPH. That is down from the 96 MPH fastball he averaged last year. There were a number of reasons posted why that was the case from him starting getting ready for the season later to him saving bullets for the regular season to him getting nicked up a couple of times during Spring Training.

In his first start of the season, deGrom was still averaging 92 MPH. Some said there was no need for caution because he looked dominant at times even without the extra velocity on the fastball. Some later speculated it might’ve been the result of his lat injury.

However, on the April 11th edition of MLB Tonight, Pedro Martinez stated that deGrom was dropping his arm angle. It was his belief that if deGrom fixed his arm angle the extra MPH could return to deGrom’s fastball.

Matt Harvey

This season is supposed to be the season for Matt Harvey. He’s another year removed from Tommy John surgery. He’s got his slider back. The only thing he had to worry about was going out there and dominating like he did in 2013.

It hasn’t started out that way. Harvey was 8-0 in the month of April coming into this season. This year he’s 0-2 with a 4.63 ERA and a 1.463 WHIP. At times, he seems to have difficulty locating pitches. Harvey isn’t blaming his bladder problems. As Neil Best of Newsday reported on Opening Day, it’s a mechanical issue:

“I felt alright,” Harvey said. “There were times I felt fine and other times when it was hard finding a rhythm and getting my release point.”

During Sunday’s loss to the Phillies, Harvey’s fortune changed on one bad pitch he left out over the plate. Again, as Kevin Kernan of the NY Post reported, it was a mechanical issue.  “Harvey said he didn’t get the arm extension on the killer 1-2 slider.”

As Kernan further pointed out, the coaching staff is concerned enough for Dan Warthen to start “studying film to see what the issue is with Harvey.”

Dan Warthen has his work cut out for him. He’ll be hitting the books and studying film for at least three of his starters. Fortunately, it is still early in the season and the Mets have plenty of time to figure things out.

The pitching is going to be there, and yes, the offense will be there as well. However, while the offense is figuring things out, the Mets need their pitching. As we saw last year, this Mets staff can keep even the most abysmal of offenses afloat. As we saw last year, the Mets pitching can carry them to the World Series. And it’s the Mets pitching that is going to get them there again this year. On the plus side, in Warthen the Mets have one of the best pitching coaches in the game so expect these few issues to get resolved in short order.


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The Boys Are Back In Town! Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:27:25 +0000 us flag at citi

Strike up the band, the New York Mets are at Citi Field today at 1:10 PM for their home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies! The Mets are 34-20 (.630) in Home Openers, including 4-3 at Citi Field.

Jacob deGrom is still slated to start the Mets, but if he gets a call from his wife Stacey that she is going into labor with the couple’s first child, he is Gone in Sixty Seconds. If that happens, Old Reliable Bartolo Colon will step in.

DeGrom was named to the NL All-Star team in 2015 and became the 11th pitcher in team history to record 200 strikeouts in a season. He finished fourth in the NL with a 2.54 ERA, tied for eighth in strikeouts (205), tied for seventh in wins (14) and fifth in opponents’ batting average against (.215).

For the second straight season deGrom will start the Home Opener vs. the Phillies. Last year, deGrom fired 6.1 scoreless innings and picked up the win in a 2-0 victory over Philadelphia in the Home Opener on April 13.

The players are all excited and chomping at the bit to get on the field and defend their National League Championship after receiving their handsome rings in a private ceremony on Thursday. And according to team captain David Wright there’s no place like home.

“What we did so great last year was take care of business at home. It will be a good test for us this weekend with a divisional rival coming in, a lot of emotion in the stadium. Guys are pumped to be here. Guys are ready to get the season under way and start playing every day. It should be a good atmosphere.”

Prior to today’s game, the Mets will raise the National League Pennant banner. Former NL Champions Rusty Staub (1973), John Franco (2000) and Edgardo Alfonzo (2000) will hoist the flag. A packed Citi Field will go wild at the site of that… Awesome!

I woke up with a huge smile this morning at the thought of all today’s festivities, seeing the players in their home uniforms, and just getting back to some good old fashioned Mets baseball in our home ballpark. There’s something magical and special about that first home game of a brand new season.

Enjoy the day, and Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Encourage Fans To Arrive Early For Opening Weekend Festivities Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:02:53 +0000 citi field opening day

In anticipation of big crowds and enhanced security procedures, the Mets encourage fans to take mass transit and arrive early for their opening weekend Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10 at Citi Field.

Pre-Game ceremonies will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and will include raising a National League Championship banner. Below are the festivities included with each day.

Friday, April 8 – Philadelphia (1:10 p.m. SNY – 12:30 Pregame ceremonies) – HOME OPENER

  • 2016 Magnetic Schedule presented by Hyundai to all fans in attendance
  • National League Pennant banner raising ceremony pregame by former Mets NL Champions John Franco and Edgardo Alfonzo (2000) and Rusty Staub (1973)
  • The club will honor members of the NYPD and FDNY who have been injured in the line of duty this past year with first pitch, game ball delivery and a special NYPD helicopter flyover. Mayor de Blasio and Commissioners Bratton and Nigro will be in attendance.
  • National Anthem by the Grammy-award winning show Hamilton:

Chris Jackson (plays George Washington)/Anthony Ramos (plays Hamilton’s son)

Saturday, April 9 - Philadelphia (7:10 p.m. PIX 11)

  • Postgame Fireworks presented by Coca-Cola.

Sunday, April 10 - Philadelphia (1:10 p.m. SNY)

  • “Let’s Go Mets” Rally Towels given to all fans in attendance
  • Players to wear replica ’86 jerseys in honor of the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Championship Team
  • Family Sunday – Before every Sunday home game beginning at 11:00 a.m. on the Mets Plaza, adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, there is a full fan fest with Mets featured family-friendly activities including kids inflatables, sign-making station, face painters, balloon artists and entertainment. Postgame Mr. Met Dash when kids 12 and under can come down onto the field and run the bases, weather permitting.

The 7 Subway is the fast, convenient, and “green” way to travel to the game. The Mets-Willets Point station is adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. Direct Long Island Rail Road service to Citi Field is available from Penn Station, Woodside and all stations on the Port Washington Branch. For more details visit and click on “Take the Train to the Game”.

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SNY Announces 1 Hour Documentary “Five Days In Flushing” Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:38:46 +0000 yoenis Cespedes

SNYthe official television home of the New York Mets, recalls the memorable days leading up to the 2015 trade deadline that transformed a struggling Mets team into a World Series contender with Five Days in Flushing.  

image002What started with heart-wrenching tears, ended in elation only four days later as the Mets moved into a tie for first place following a seemingly improbable three-game sweep of its National League East rival Washington Nationals.  From that point forward, led by trade deadline acquisition Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright, and the dominant arms of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard, the Mets wouldn’t look back again.

Premiering Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m., the one-hour documentary showcases those closely involved including key decision makers, players, and media covering the team to recount the series of events that changed the course of an entire organization.  Five Days in Flushing features interviews with the following individuals:

Please note the following quotes from SNY’s Five Days in Flushing, debuting Tuesday, April 5th at 7:30 p.m.:

KEITH HERNANDEZ: “Let’s face it, in June; no one thought this club was going anywhere.  They were dead in the water.”

ANTHONY DICOMO: “I have never seen anything like the Wilmer Flores night at a ballpark before; I will probably never see it again in my career covering baseball.”

RON DARLING: “When Wilmer got emotional, it showed every Met fan how much he loved being a Met.  That’s what the fans want.  They want, at some point, the players say, ‘It’s bigger than the money, it’s bigger than the cars, it’s bigger than the homes.  It’s the uniform.  The orange and blue is what I want to play for.’”

WILMER FLORES: “Before that at bat, I said, ‘Man, I’ve never hit a walk-off homer. I would be nice to hit one right now.”

TERRY COLLINS: “It brought our team together.  It brought our team rooting for each other.”

MARC CARIG: “If they win a World Series.  If they win two.  If they win three, you’re going to look back and think, ‘where did it all begin?’  You’re going to look at that last week of July.  That was the genesis.  That’s where it changed.”

SNY will re-air the documentary later that evening at 9:30 p.m. and again Sunday, April 10 at 4:30 p.m.  Check your local listings for additional re-airs.

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Harvey and Syndergaard Will Start Against Royals, deGrom Will Pitch Home Opener Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:47:02 +0000 degrom harvey syndergaard

Terry Collins confirmed that Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard will start Games 1 and 2 of the season against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Jacob deGrom will start in the home opener at Citi Field on April 8, assuming he’s back with the team. DeGrom and his wife Stacey are expecting their first child on April 5.

Collins also said that Bartolo Colon will be available out of the bullpen for Games 1 and 2 in Kansas City while Steven Matz will work out of the bullpen for Game 2. Matz will not piggy-back Syndergaard, he’ll be used in relief when called upon.

Here is the rotation projection I posted last week, which still looks good to go:

4/3 - Game 1 at Kansas City, Matt Harvey
4/4 - Day Off
4/5 - Game 2 at Kansas City, Noah Syndergaard
4/6 - Day Off
4/7 - Day Off
4/8 - Game 3 at Citi Field, Jacob deGrom
4/9 - Game 4 at Citi Field, Matt Harvey
4/10 - Game 5 at Citi Field, Noah Syndergaard
4/11 - Game 6 at Citi Field, Steven Matz
4/12 - Game 7 at Citi Field, Bartolo Colon


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Are We Rushing to Judgment on Mejia? Sat, 13 Feb 2016 23:00:22 +0000 jenry mejia

Well unless you’re living under a rock, by now you’ve heard that Jenrry Mejia is permanently suspended from baseball for testing positive for steroids use a third time. The universal take is that he was incredibly stupid. At first, that was my take as well.

However, there is something in me that began to question this premise. The one question I kept coming back to was why would he continue to use steroids while he was on suspension?  There was nothing he could gain from it. He wasn’t eligible to pitch until the 101st game of the 2016 season. It just doesn’t make sense for him to get busted for using steroids half a year before he was even allowed to pitch.

To gather an understanding of what happened, let’s first start with the banned substances Mejia was taking and the correlating suspensions:

  1. April 2015: Stanozolol
  2. July 2015: Stanozolol and Boldenone
  3. February 2016: Boldenone

Looking over this list, there are two things that jump right out at me. The first is he tested positive for a banned substance during a suspension. The next is that each time he tested positive, he tested positive for a banned substance he had tested positive for in an earlier test.

What is interesting about Stanozolol is that with one injection, the presence of Stanozolol in your system can be identified for several months. Therefore, it is at least possible that Mejia tested positive for Stanozolol in April and July for just one injection.  What’s problematic for Mejia is he also tested positive for Boldenone in July. As such, there were two banned substances present in his system.

Now, Boldenone can be detected in your system for a whopping 16-18 months after its been injected into your body. Again, it is possible that Mejia tested positive twice for one dose. Whether or not you choose to believe this is what happened is up to you. However, scientifically, it is plausible Mejia is getting suspended a second time for the first (and only?) Boldenone dose he took.

For his part, Mejia has stated, “It is not what they say. I am sure that I did not use anything.”  He also states that, “I am going to appeal. Lose or win, I have great faith. I have to clear my name. I will take this case to the ultimate consequences.”

It should be noted that Mejia never appealed his first suspension despite claiming he had no idea how Stanozolol got in his system. There were no appeals or statements after the second suspension. It seems now with his baseball life on the line, he’s not going to go down without a fight.

Unfortunately for Mejia, he is unable to appeal this third suspension. If he is going to have if overturned, he will have to go the Tom Brady route and sue Major League Baseball. The question is whether or not he has a good case.

In judging that, we are at a disadvantage. It’s possible that Stanozolol and Boldenone could remain detectable in a person’s system over a long period of time. What we don’t know is the levels detected in Mejia’s body. If these levels significantly decreased, it’s possible Mejia got nailed twice for the same dose. That’s inherently unfair. In that respect, remember Mejia twice tested positive for Stanozolol in a three month span. However, Stanozol was not found in this latest test.

Stanozolol itself is interesting here. This year there was an inordinate amount of Stanozol usage. As a result, Commissioner Rob Manfred determined that the issue needed to be investigated.

Looking over the Stanozolol suspensions each player was from Latin America. Over the course of baseball’s steroid testing, players from Latin America have been suspended more than players from anywhere else. The Dominican Republic, where Mejia is from, has more steroid suspensions than any other country. It’s clearly an issue.

For what it’s worth, Latino Sports published an article examining Mejia’s second steroid suspension. In the article, it was alleged Mejia tested positive the first time because of an injection he received while he was having asthma problems. It was also alleged Mejia could’ve avoided the second suspension altogether by naming the individual who gave him the steroids. The article alleges this person was working with other baseball players as well. For his part, Mejia was quoted as saying he had no dealings with that person.

While I’m skeptical about this Latino Sports article, I will admit it fits the narrative of MLB conducting an investigation into the increase in Stanozolol usage.

At this point, I don’t know what to believe anymore. On the one hand, I cannot fathom how anyone can continue to take a banned substance knowing if he did his career was over. It’s inane to take something again without first seeing if you could compete without it.

And yet, Mejia did test positive three times. All we have to try to make sense of everything is guesswork and rumors. It’s not exactly how you build a strong case.

While I can rack my brain to try to figure out how this possibly happened, I keep coming back to my initial reaction. Maybe Mejia is just that stupid.


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Royals Sign Dillon Gee To Minor League Deal Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:28:37 +0000 dillon gee

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on Twitter, the Royals have signed former Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee to a minor league deal. He reportedly turned down a couple of major league deals to join Kansas City.

Gee, 30 in April, was designated for assignment in April by the Mets after falling out of opposition with the Mets’ ownership.

The veteran pitcher went 0-3 with a 5.90 ERA in seven games started this past season before being relegated to the bullpen, and then eventually demoted to the minors, where he would stay for the rest of the season.

In six seasons with the Mets, Gee pitched to a 40-37 record, with a 4.03 ERA and 4.25 FIP.

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