Mets Merized Online » Bobby Parnell Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:42:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Revisionist History: The Lunch Incident Wed, 18 May 2016 10:00:19 +0000 bobby parnell

As an educator, particularly as one of the social studies variety, part of my responsibility is to make sure students are corroborating evidence from multiple sources in order to form an educated and unbiased opinion of certain historical events.  This is a valuable skill, as it encourages them to seek various point of views and infer the truth for themselves.

I believe it is time for us as Met fans to do the same for a certain encounter that occurred on Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 between Noah Syndergaard, David Wright, and Bobby Parnell.  The alleged ‘lunch police’ incident occurred nearly fifteen months ago, and it was only last night that I was able to formulate my truth from that event.

To refresh your memory, let me review the story that was covered by every beat writer under the Florida sun last Spring.  During an intrasquad scrimmage, David Wright strolled into the clubhouse and noticed the then highly touted pitching prospect, now turned New York superhero, taking his lunch alone most likely reflecting on one of his adventures in a netherworld us mortals can not begin to fathom.

The Captain, David Wright, confronted Noah on the issue and gave him some ‘advice’ to join the rest of the team instead of rolling solo to ponder the fate of the human race.  Bobby Parnell, who was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery at the time, joined in the fun by tossing young Noah’s tray of nourishment in the trash.  Parnell later told Marc Carig of Newsday, “If a kid’s not playing nice, you take his toys away”.

It was not until last night that I came to the realization of the 100% authentic truth.  On the forgettable Tuesday in March in question, it was not Noah Syndergaard who chose to eat in the clubhouse during the scrimmage. No, not even close.  It was his silly teammates that chose to play a meaningless game while this elite specimen was eating.  The team may have been better served watching his methodical mastication than practicing fundamentals on the field.  Because frankly, this guy is not like everyone else, he is something special.  Something to watch.

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Why last night? Well, it was a combination of things.  Sure, his seven terrific innings pitched where he yielded just five hits and walked none were great.  His ten strikeouts were picturesque.  I enjoy watching them on replay to not only see the masterful diversity of high nineties heat, fall off the table curves, and unhittable sliders, but to hear the reactions of Keith Hernandez in the booth.  His oohs, ahs, and uhs, give you a little taste of the mindset of a hitter when this absolutely filthy (in a good way) repertoire is unleashed upon them.

His 32 regular season starts since he was robbed of his food have resulted in 203 1/3 innings pitched with 231 strikeouts.  You also may remember he got the only World Series win for the Mets last year, a win in the NLCS, and though he was credited with a loss in the NLDS vs the Dodgers, you also may recall his seventh inning relief appearance in the clinching game five where he struck out two.

And the Lunch Police? Lets start with the one who layed waste to the food: Parnell.  What did he do in 2015? Oh, I’m sure you remember.  He allowed more hits than innings pitched and contributed a 6.31 ERA.  He never really recovered from the surgery and was not even kept as a reserve for the post season roster.  As I was pondering writing this, I decided to check in on Parnell.  He is currently pitching with the Detroit Tigers’ AAA affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens, and has shown some improvement.  Sporting a 4.73 ERA , he walked two and yielded three earned runs while recording just one out in this last appearance.

As for the one who started the ruckus? The Captain? Yes he holds a special place in our hearts as fans.  Yes he has put up some great numbers in his time with the club and was always available to the media.  However, he could not answer the bell last night.  He was physically unable to contribute in the Mets’ biggest game of 2016.  Relegated to a spectator due to his degenerative spinal condition, Wrights absence created a hole in the infield that could only be filled by a player, Matt Reynolds, who was making his MLB debut at a position that was not his natural spot.  Reynolds went 0-3 but recorded a putout and two assists.  He even threw overhand to first for the final out of the game, a play that would have made Mets fans hold their breath if Wright was out there.

The lesson here? Thor can eat wherever he wants, whenever he wants.  If he chooses to order Shake Shack while on the mound in his next start vs the Brewers, Wright should stand at his side with a napkin at the ready.  We can even get Parnell to serve it to him.

Sit back, relax, and let Thor ride…

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Bobby Parnell Agrees To Minor League Deal With Tigers Fri, 19 Feb 2016 03:48:20 +0000 bobby parnell

The Detroit Tigers have signed former Mets closer Bobby Parnell to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training.

Parnell, 31, appeared in 30 games for the Mets last season, posting a 6.38 ERA in 24.0 innings.

Once boasting a 100+ MPH fastball and a wicked knuckle curve, Parnell parlayed his repertoire to deliver an outstanding season in 2013. He posted a 2.11 ERA, 0.990 WHIP and 166 ERA+ that year and took over the closer role midseason to save 22 games.

Unfortunately, Parnell needed offseason surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck, and that was just the beginning of increasing health issues that eventually culminated in Tommy John Surgery after making one appearance on Opening Day in 2014.

Parnell later admitted that his torn UCL may have been caused indirectly by the issues with his neck.

When Parnell returned last Summer, after nearly 20 months of rehab, his velocity took a huge hit, averaging between 92-94 mph.

In his 8-year career with the Mets, he has a lifetime 20-28 record and 3.78 ERA while saving 37 games in 329 appearances.

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Terry Collins Was Thrilled With Bobby Parnell On Sunday Mon, 14 Sep 2015 13:00:59 +0000 bobby parnell

Reliever Bobby Parnell came on to pitch for the Mets in a much needed positive appearance. Parnell went 1.1 innings for the Metropolitans on Sunday giving up one hit and striking out one, and not allowing a run.

“I’m so happy for Bobby Parnell, I can’t stand it.” – Terry Collins stated after the Mets 10-7 extra innings win against the Atlanta Braves this past Sunday.

Since August 1st, Parnell has made just nine appearances for the Mets, including a stint on the disabled list. During this span, the former closer has tossed six innings of relief while letting up nine runs, nine hits, and seven walks while striking out only two batters.

Getting Parnell back on track could be another huge bullpen boost for this club. It will be interesting to see with the Mets now having the lead they have in the East if Collins may start to give Parnell more high leverage situations to handle in order to give his big two, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia some more rest.

It’s easy to say this past outing was against a very bad, Atlanta Braves team. That said though, it was still a big situation, one in which Parnell has not fared too well in recent months. Hopefully for the Mets and Parnell, this is a building block on the road back to success.

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Parnell Will Be Used In Low-Leverage Situations Until He Reestablishes Himself Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:30:59 +0000 bobby Parnell

9/2 Update:

Addressing reporters at Citi Field on Wednesday, Mets manager Terry Collins said that Bobby Parnell will only be used in low-leverage situations until he re-establishes himself.


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Bobby Parnell picked up right where he left off on Tuesday night in a 14-8 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The defeat snapped the Mets’ 10 game winning streak over the Phillies, as well as their eight-game home winning streak against them.

The last time Parnell pitched, as you might recall, was when he came into the 7th inning of a 1-1 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after a 42 minute rain delay. That inning turned out to be a nightmare as Parnell gave up four runs on two hits while walking two. The Pirates ended up winning that game 8-1, allowing them to complete the series sweep of the Mets.

After that outing the Mets gave him the choice of getting either designated for assignment, sent down to Triple-A, or put on the DL. Parnell chose to be put on the DL with what the team called “arm fatigue.”

Last night, in his first game back from his short stint on the DL, Parnell showed no improvment at all from his last appearance.

After the Mets had put up four runs to inch closer to the Phillies in the bottom of the 5th, Terry Collins decided to go with the former closer in the top half of the 6th. It proved to be another questionable decision by Collins.

Parnell started the inning by walking the first two batters he faced, and then botched a throw to first base that plated a run on a routine sacrifice bunt.

That was the end of the night for the beleaguered right-hander, but it completely took the wind out of the Mets sail after they had climbed back in the fifth. The crowd booed Parnell very loudly as he left the field.

“Things aren’t going my way right now,” said Parnell, who showed life on his fastball, but no command of it. “It’s not where I want to be.”

Terry Collins explained his decision after the game. “Bottom of the order. After what he’s been through, thought it might be a lift for him.”

Unfortunately for Collins he thought wrong, and Parnell has now taken the loss in his last three appearances, and  in those outings he has faced 12 batters and retired just two of them. His ERA for the season now stands at 5.59 with an ugly 1.863 WHIP in 23 appearances.

After Parnell was removed from the game, Eric O’Flaherty walked the only batter he faced to load the bases. Then in came Carlos Torres who got slammed and gave up seven more runs to make it a 14-4 ball game.

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If there was one bright spot in the bullpen for the Mets, it came a little too late. Sean Gilmartin pitched a scoreless 7th inning, and newly acquired Addison Reed was able to do the same in the 8th. Reed didn’t allow a hit and struck out one batter. Erik Goeddel also pitched a scoreless 9th inning.

For some reason it seems as though Terry always opts to go with Parnell over other viable options. Last night, you could have made the case for Addison Reed. Why not bring in the guy you just went out and got to help strengthen your bullpen? Why Parnell in that spot, a guy the Mets nearly released two weeks ago?

Even Gilmartin, who has been consistently solid all year with a 2.25 ERA would have been a better choice than Parnell. That kid has been getting it done.

Bottom line, if Parnell doesn’t start to get his act together, the Mets will have an important decision to make. If he continues to struggle, will the team sacrifice a roster spot on him if they make the playoffs?

You have to feel for Parnell a little bit after battling back from Tommy John Surgery, but he just hasn’t been getting it done. And with the team in a pennant race you can’t afford to give away innings, and unfortunately for Parnell, he’s been giving away far too many of late. He can’t be trusted right now.

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Parnell Was Not Happy About Being Placed On Disabled List Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:05:53 +0000 bobby parnell

Andy Martino of the Daily News was told by team sources that reliever Bobby Parnell was not happy about being placed on the disabled list on Monday.

A team source also told John Harper of the News the same thing.

“This is where the day started, as the Mets put reliever Bobby Parnell on the disabled list − against his wishes, according to a club source − as he deals with the after-effects of Tommy John surgery.”

“Collins, who thinks the world of Parnell, seemed to be feeling the weight of such a tough decision, but he admitted the obvious, that it sent a message there is no time for patience in a pennant race.”

As another beat writer put it, “Hey Bobby, we love you, but you’ve just developed a bad case of shoulder fatigue and replacing you want to DL.”

Martino reports that several teams inquired about Parnell before the July 31 trade deadline, but Alderson determined that he was not going to part with a commodity that took so long to develop. Then Parnell went into a 14.40 ERA downturn.

“Parnell joins Dillon Gee in Alderson’s Bermuda Triangle of exile, a tough Met ending for a good guy. Could we see him again? We’re not ruling it out, but we’re not betting on it, either. Either way, this story is just about over, as Parnell becomes a free agent after this season.”

I actually forgot about that… The last thing on my mind right now is the 2016 season and who will or won’t be with us that year. But Martino has a point, we could have just seen the last of Bobby Parnell our one-time phenom.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 3, Cardinals 1 (18 Inning Edition) Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:32:30 +0000 jon niese

The Mets (48-44) defeated the St. Louis Cardinals (58-34) by a score of 3-1 in 18 innings today at Busch Stadium.

Jon Niese tossed his eighth quality start in a row this afternoon, going 7.2 strong innings, allowing zero runs on five hits, while striking out three and walking three. His day came to an end when he drilled Randal Grichuk with a pitch, and was removed in favor of Bobby Parnell who struck out Jhonny Peralta to end the eighth.

Unfortunately for Niese who has pitched to a 2.78 ERA over the span of those last eight starts, the Mets offense was missing in action yet again, as they couldn’t even give the lefty a solitary run to work with, as he is forced to settle with a no-decision.

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The Mets had runners in scoring position in eight separates innings before they were finally able to convert a run in the thirteenth inning, after Curtis Granderson doubled and was driven in by Kevin Plawecki. However, a bigger problem is still at hand, as the Mets only went 1-for-26, with 25 runners left on base today.

With a 1-0 lead, Jeurys Familia came on to shut the door for the Mets in the bottom of the thirteenth, but Kolten Wong took him deep to tie the game, as Familia blew a rare save.

With countless opportunities to pull ahead in the game, the Mets were finally able to get ahead for good in the eighteenth inning.

The Mets loaded the bases with nobody out after Wilmer Flores and Curtis Granderson singled, and Kevin Plawecki reached first after he dropped down a bunt and it was botched by Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez.

Ruben Tejada, who went 3-for-6 with two walks on the day, hit a sacrifice fly to break the tie, 2-1 Mets.

The next batter, Eric Campbell, dropped down a suicide squeeze to score Curtis Granderson, but was thrown out at first after a video review, however, it wouldn’t matter as Carlos Torres threw a 1,2,3 eighteenth to give the Mets a win, and salvage the final game of the series.

Despite the lack of offense, an admirable job by the Mets bullpen today, as Bobby Parnell, Jenrry Mejia, Hansel Robles, Sean Gilmartin and Carlos Torres combined to pitch 9.1 scoreless innings and keep the Mets afloat, and eventually earning the win.

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What a crazy game. Now it’s off to Washington for a series that may very well make or break the season. Matt Harvey (8-6, 3.07 ERA) faces off against Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 3.99 ERA) for the series opener. First pitch is at 7:05 PM.

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Top 10 Met Moments From the First Half Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:11:10 +0000 noah syndergaard

As we prepare for the final 73 games of the New York Mets’ (regular) season, this seems like as good a time as any to take a quick look back at the club’s ten best moments of the first three months of 2015.

Honorable Mention:

Noah Syndergaard’s Debut (May 12)

Though it may have been in a losing effort, Thor’s first time taking the mound for the Mets showcased why he belongs at this level and that he has the tools to be a future ace. Striking out the first batter faced of his career was just the start of a strong first five innings before finally tiring in the sixth. This day was a year-plus in the making for Syndergaard, and for Met fans, and allowed us to see with our own eyes what scouts have raved about for years.

Jeurys Familia Exceeding Expectations

Where, oh where, would the Mets be without this guy? One of the best closers in the MLB this season may never have gotten his chance should Bobby Parnell have been healthy earlier in the campaign, or if Jenrry Mejia hadn’t been suspended for 80 games. Though he has had many–probably too many–clutch five-out saves and been the near perfect fire extinguisher this team has needed more than it knows, there aren’t an excess of Familia performances that particularly stand out. And for a closer, that is more than alright with me. So here’s to Jeurys, being the boring, automatic rock he has been this far for the Mets.

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Number 10

Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ 3-Home Run Game (July 12)

Opening up our top 10 is a man who has had quite the past three months–hitting under .100 over his first Major League stint of 2015, being designated for assignment before being traded to the Angels for, as Randy Moss might say, straight cash, homie. Then, after only 10 games with Los Angeles, he is released and, to the dismay of many New York fans (myself included), is picked up by the Mets and sent directly to AAA. A hot streak in Las Vegas (2-22) leads to his promotion and a big game in San Francisco, and an even bigger game–a historical one too–against Arizona in the Mets’ final pre-All Star break contest. Congratulations, Kirk Nieuwenhuis. You are the only player on the team who may have had a weirder first three months of the season than the team itself. While the chances are that he will return to his .100 self post-break, at the very least his three homers and curtain call on Sunday gave Captain Kirk some momentary validation for his spot on the roster.

Number 9

Noah Syndergaard’s Home Run (May 27)

If only the Mets could play the Phillies 162 times this year… Just as Steven Matz did in his MLB debut (we’ll get to that in a bit), Syndergaard overshadowed a great pitching performance with his bat on this day late in May. I think Yeah Yeah from The Sandlot would be the best candidate to describe most people’s opinion of Noah’s stat line of 7.1 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 6 K that day. Because with one out and the bases empty in the 4th inning, Thor swung his hammer and hit a pitch (one that was low and away, mind you) an estimated 430 feet, further than the average in-game home run distance of seven of the eight 2015 Derby participants. His 7+ scoreless innings on the mound were great, but what Met fan will forget Thor’s bomb to center that day?

Number 8

Noah Syndergaard’s 13 Strikeouts (July 10)

I promise, this entire piece is not an ode to Noah Syndergaard. But what the rookie did to the D-Backs about a week ago needs to be recognized. Easily the best start of his Major League career, he pitched 8 incredible innings, giving up only 4 hits, 2 walks, and a single 1st inning run over 116 pitches (74 strikes), a team-high for 2015. Oh, and he also struck out 13 batters, two more than any other Mets pitcher has up to this point in the season. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who can physically feel Ron Darling’s drool over Syndergaard coming through the TV each time he pitches. Thor’s start against Arizona gave us a glimpse at why 2016 should be the beginning of many years of 200+ strikeouts for him, as it looked like he was toying with hitters at times, choosing to finish off a batter with a curve instead of a fastball just because he felt like it.

Number 7

Bartolo Colon Doing Everything

For the purposes of this post, all Bartolo-related moments will be included here. Let me first mention his pitching, which has gone slightly downhill since his 4-0 start, but is still well above average for a 42-year old, back of the rotation pitcher. And while the term “veteran presence” is trending in the “he’s just a winner” direction of overused sports terms, Colon really does fill that role for this young team, especially when only one other starting pitcher (Jon Niese) has ever pitched a full season in the MLB. Now to the fun stuff. Where do I begin?… There was his first hit of the season (come on, of course his helmet fell off), a broken bat bloop in Atlanta. There’s his 3-game hitting streak, which included the longest RBI double, time wise, in MLB history.* His one-man pick off of A.J. Pierzynski. His quote about a blister on his finger affecting his breaking pitches, but being OK because he doesn’t throw breaking pitches. His childhood donkey named Pancho. Thank you, Bartolo.

*Completely unofficial, but highly probable

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Number 6

Matt Harvey’s 2015 Citi Field Debut (April 14)

This one is a little personal for me, since I made the 10-hour bus ride from Columbus, OH to New York to see it in person. While Harvey may not have lived up to the somewhat unreasonable expectations thrust upon him for this year, he is still a borderline elite pitcher, and that night in mid-April was still a special one. For the first time in 20 months, New Yorkers got to see their Dark Knight pitch in his home stadium. A near sellout crowd did its best to power Harvey through a relatively rough start, with lots of “Har-vey, Har-vey” chants throughout, and he and the team were able to pull out the victory. No, it wasn’t the complete game, 2-hitter performance most of us had wanted to see. But it did signal that the Mets had their guy back, and their fans got to witness it in-person.

Number 5

Jacob deGrom”s Near Perfection (May 21)

After a single in the first, Jacob deGrom threw a perfect final 7 innings before leaving with a final stat line of 1 H, 0 BB, 11 K in 8 shutout innings. Arguably the finest (and most #deGrominant) start of his blossoming career, deGrom’s ace abilities were on full display. Starts like these have propelled him to become the staff’s uncontested best pitcher this year, a first-time All-Star, and a possible Cy Young candidate if he continues on his current trajectory. Keep the hair long and the great starts coming, Jacob.

Number 4

Mets Comeback vs. Atlanta (June 14)

Or, if it would help you rememeber, the Dilson-Herrera-wearing-paper-Gatorade-rally-cups-on-his-ears game. With New York in danger of dropping a third consecutive home series the night after losing a 5-3 heartbreaker in 11 innings, the Mets did the same thing I do when I’m struggling on the golf course and need to turn it around–draw a line on the scorecard to designate a fresh start. Though this was undoubtedly more of a metaphorical line for the Mets, it still represents the same belief– what’s done is done; the time to start over and turn it around is now. This line came in the middle of the 4th, at a time when the Mets trailed the Braves 8-3. And from the bottom of the 4th on, New York outscored Atlanta 7-0. Home runs from Darrell Ceciliani, Dilson Herrera, Travis d’Arnaud, and Juan Lagares paved the way for the rally. This was a huge win that brought out the fight in the club and made clear that they would not quit until out number 27. Or longer if the game goes into extras. Which leads me to…

Number 3

Mets Extra Inning Comeback vs. Toronto (June 15)

The following night, New York seemed to be riding the same clutch, come-from-behind hitting from the previous game. After trailing 1-0 from the get-go, the Mets retaliated in the 6th to take a 2-1 lead. It appeared as if that would be the game, and the narrative would be that they rally from a deficit once again, albeit a much smaller one this time. Instead, Jeurys Familia picked up the second of his two blown saves on the year, and the game went to extras. When the Blue Jays scored in the top of the 11th, it felt like a lost cause for the Mets. ‘Well, another loss after quality pitching and no offense. Plus the game was already in the bag, and even Familia couldn’t win this one.’ But then Ruben Tejada walked, and Lucas Duda took advantage of one of the most extreme shifts he’s faced and blooped a ball into left with two outs to tie the game before Wilmer Flores’ walk-off single. In back to back games, the Mets had stolen wins. This Mets squad would battle, not just be tossed aside as many previous versions of the team had.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at New York Mets

Number 2

Steven Matz Debut (June 28)

You know the story. Boy grows up playing baseball, gets drafted to play for his favorite childhood team, fights through injury to get there six years later, and notches four RBI while going 3-3 at the plate in his first game. Pretty incredible path, especially if he gets paid to pitch. Steven Matz’s hitting slightly overshadowed his impressive first outing as a Met, and for good reason. After all, it’s not every day (never before, in fact) that a pitcher records four RBI in his debut. But without his strong showing at the plate–his first at bat specifically–that great pitching performance may not have happened. Anyone watching the game could see how crushing that double over Billy Hamilton’s head helped him to really settle into the game and get through 7.2 IP, giving up just 2 runs.

Number 1

Mets 11-Game Win Streak (Apriil 12-23)

What could possibly be better than a fantastic, long-awaited debut from yet another young pitcher that also happened to drive in four runs? The answer is simple: winning. Thanks to April 2015, the Mets can now check “Have a 10-0 home stand” off of the franchise’s bucket list. That almost-two week stretch at the beginning of the season set the tone for the team early on and gave them the cushion that they needed and have unfortunately since blown. It’s slightly scary to think about where the Mets might be without it. Following the 11th and final win of the streak, New York sat at 13-3. Since then, they have gone 34-39, good for a win percentage below that of what the Braves have posted in 2015 (.466 vs .472). Even though the team’s record has taken a sizable hit since April, that 11 game stretch provided the Mets with an early spark and got them off on the right track. And for any of you on the pro-Terry Collins side of things, a strong start to the season was certainly a must.

Whatever happens between now and October, we can only hope that it’s as nerve-wracking and entertaining as the first half has been. No team endures as many ups and downs as the Mets seem to, but that’s what makes following them so special; you never know what is going to happen. Is Captain Kirk going to get DFA’d today or hit three home runs again? Will any of our young arms hurl a no hitter? Most importantly–might Bartolo break Twitter by going yard? All of these questions, and many more, will be answered in the remaining 73+ games this year. Here’s to “Reaching the Postseason” making the list of top ten moments from the entire 2015 season.


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MMO Game Recap: Braves 5, Mets 3 Sun, 14 Jun 2015 00:00:48 +0000 jacob deGrom

The Mets (33-30) fell 5-3 to the Braves (30-32) in 11 innings on Saturday evening at Citi Field.

Jacob deGrom pitched for the Mets and was terrific, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk in seven innings, striking out nine.

DeGrom fanned the first two hitters he faced and seemed primed to start out his day with a zero. But as Gary Cohen began to discuss how careful the Mets had been with Atlanta’s #3 hitter Freddie Freeman in the previous night’s game, Freeman showed everybody why, crushing the first pitch he saw out to the Shea Bridge in right field to stake Braves starter Shelby Miller to a 1-0 lead.

For most of the game, it appeared that the Atlanta ace would make that lead hold up. The Mets got several runners on base, but most of the action came with two outs, and New York, unable to string hits together failed to cash in. The Mets seemed certain to score in the bottom of the sixth when Wilmer Flores tattooed a double that just missed going out of the park, and Darrell Ceciliani followed with a single, but Flores was held up at third, and Miller got out of the jam.

DeGrom settled back in after the homer and kept the Braves off the board from that point, working out of a few tough spots along the way (and helping himself by throwing out a runner at the plate in the third). With a runner on third and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, an exhausted deGrom got some major help from Flores, who made a great play on a ball up the middle and fired to first to retire the side and save a run.

The Mets finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh. Juan Lagares hit a pinch-hit single with one out and moved to third on a double by Curtis Granderson. Travis d’Arnaud drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a single to center, taking second on an error. Miller was pulled for former Met Dana Eveland, who threw a wild pitch that allowed d’Arnaud to reach third and then surrendered a double to Lucas Duda which gave the hosts a 3-1 lead before Nick Masset came in and stopped the bleeding.

With deGrom’s day done, Terry Collins called on Jack Leathersich, who was greeted with a double by Cameron Maybin, who then stole third (a lengthy video review confirmed that he just did beat the tag). But Maybin’s luck ran out on the next play, as he was gunned down at the plate trying to score on a shallow fly ball in foul ground. Ceciliani made a terrific play in left, catching the ball at an awkward angle and making a quick turn to fire the ball to d’Arnaud at the plate. Bobby Parnell came in for his first appearance since Opening Day of 2014, and, after allowing a bloop single, got the third out of the inning.

Hansel Robles came in to pitch the ninth, going for his first career save. Robles allowed a walk and a single to start the inning before fanning a batter for the first out. Robles then got Jace Peterson— who Flores had robbed in the seventh— to hit a far more routine play to the Met shortstop, but Flores bobbled it and was only able to get one out on the play, extending the game. Cameron Maybin then singled to left to score a run and put the tying run on second with two outs.

Alex Torres came in to face Freddie Freeman and got ahead 0-2 on the slugger, but Freeman worked it back to 3-2 (and might have gotten a call on the corner), then singled up the middle to tie the game and take away deGrom’s chance to get a win. After Torres struck out Markakis to end the inning, the Mets came to the plate looking to take a bullpen-proof lead with a walkoff win, but went down in order against Jim Johnson, and the game headed to extra innings.

Carlos Torres and Jason Grilli traded zeroes in the 10th, but Atlanta took the lead for good in the top of the 11th. Simmons led off with a single up the middle, and Juan Uribe lined one that a diving Dilson Herrera deflected but could not reel in, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Peterson laid down a poor bunt which landed just fair in front of Eric Campbell, and Campbell picked it up and fired to first for the out rather than letting it roll foul, putting runners on second and third. With Freeman on deck, Torres had to go after Maybin, who ripped a single to drive home a pair and put the Braves up 5-3.

Williams Perez came in to close things out for the Braves and quickly allowed hits to Ceciliani and Herrera. But John Mayberry‘s liner landed right in the glove of Simmons at short, and Ceciliani was unable to scramble back to the bag in time to avoid the double-play. Lagares then grounded out to end the ballgame.

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That would have been a great win, but after the comeback, the wheels fell off at the very last moment, and it became a pretty bitter loss.

DeGrom has been phenomenal of late, and it was great to see the Mets rally in the seventh to take him off the hook and put him in line for the win. Unfortunately, the bullpen coughed up the lead in the ninth, and so the W-L historians will say Jacob never pitched in this game.

Wilmer botched a double-play ball for the second consecutive game. However, his play in the seventh was terrific, and he’s been much better in the field since the opening weeks of the season. It’s hard to get on him too badly for that mistake, especially when he’s hitting well. But if he turns that double-play instead of mishandling the ball, the game is over right there.

Danny Muno had a bit of rough luck in this game, but he really has not looked good. He made three errors (although one was a throwing error he committed after making a fantastic play to get to the ball in the first place) and went hitless (although he did draw a walk, and was robbed of a hit at one point by Andrelton Simmons). He needs to pick it up if he wants to stay in the Majors. As does Leathersich.

Travis d’Arnaud was hailed as a great defensive catcher as he was coming through the system, but was subpar as a rookie behind the plate. He’s looked much better this season, and that’s crucial. This team can’t afford more bad defense.

Ceciliani came up big today. He was doubled off in the 11th, but that was more due to bad luck than bad judgement. He looks like he could be a solid player off the bench. I just hope the Mets don’t try to get him in the starting lineup, overexpose him, and send him spiraling into the sub-Mendoza abyss with Eric Campbell and former Met Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

There were bright spots in this game defensively for the Mets, but overall, the gloves really let the rest of the team down. Despite what some will tell you, this is not a pathetic team. This team is in first place. But unless the Mets become an offensive dynamo, they won’t win in the long run with such sloppy defense.

The Mets don’t have the deepest bullpen, and with Jeurys Familia getting the day off, that was especially the case today. The Torres’s have been underwhelming, Leathersich is not reliable, Robles is inconsistent, and Erik Goeddel just went on the Disabled List. But with Familia back in the mix, Parnell finally back (it remains to see if he can regain his old form), Vic Black apparently close, and, of course, Jenrry Mejia nearing the end of his 80-game suspension, things should hopefully turn around for the ‘pen before long.

The Mets announcers are always good for a couple good laughs a game. Ron Darling‘s speech in the sixth about how the Mets should send Flores from second on any hit whatsoever was interrupted by a hit on which Wilmer had absolutely no chance of scoring. If Ron were an MMO commenter, the replies to that comment would have come in spades.

That soul-crushing line-drive double-play thing happens to the Mets far too often. Time to see if they can inflict some heartbreak of their own in the rubber game.

Up Next: The Mets will look to win their three-game series with the Braves at 1:10 PM on Sunday Afternoon. Dillon Gee (0-3, 4.50 ERA) will face Mike Foltynewicz (3-2, 3.72 ERA) at Citi Field.

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Bobby Parnell Back With The Mets Wed, 10 Jun 2015 06:00:29 +0000 bobby parnell

The Mets announced that reliever Bobby Parnell will rejoin the Mets on Wednesday and then be activated from the DL within a few days.

Parnell had a 30-day rehab clock in the minors that was set to expire, and because he has more than five years of service time in the majors,  he could have refused an assignment to the minors.

He appeared in his final rehab game on Tuesday for Double-A Binghamton and tossed a scoreless inning albeit with a walk, a hit batter and wild pitch.

Overall, the numbers for Parnell in 15 rehab appearances are not good, posting a 11.57 ERA over 14 innings and getting tagged for 22 hits, 14 walks, three wild pitches and two hit batters.

Additionally, his fastball velocity is far below his norm, averaging about 92 mph.

Despite his subpar numbers, the Mets hope that he can soon find his form while with the big league team.

“You don’t know until he gets here,” Terry Collins said. “He may amp it up and pitch at 95, 96 a little bit. So he might have it still. But we won’t know until he’s here.”

As for his role, Collins added, “I think I’ll just get him in there and let him get his feet wet again.”

Parnell, the team’s former closer, last pitched in the majors on Opening Day in 2014, then underwent Tommy John surgery eight days later.

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Mets Face Roster Crunch This Week Tue, 09 Jun 2015 14:42:15 +0000 bobby parnellBobby Parnell, Travis d’Arnaud, and Dilson Herrera are all set to return to the Mets this week, leaving management in a rather tough position.

For all three to be activated, three roster spots need to be cleared. As it stands right now, Danny Muno, Erik Goeddel, Hansel Robles, and Kevin Plawecki are all candidates to be optioned to Triple-A.

The obvious move would be replacing Plawecki with d’Arnaud, as it would allow both of them to continue getting regular playing time. Plawecki has hit .211/.312/.568 with two homers in 117 plate appearances but to be fair, it was a lot for him to take on at once, especially after only 52 total games in Triple-A.

The rest is less obvious. The Mets could switch back to a five-man bench and seven-man bullpen, or they could stick with the short bench they are using right now. With Parnell being limited early on once he returns and Gee still adjusting to the bullpen, the Mets are probably going to stick with the setup they have now, keeping the larger bullpen. This would mean Muno gets sent down for Herrera.

The last demotion would probably be between Goeddel and Robles. Robles has shown flashes of dominance this season but Goeddel has been far more consistent, posting a 2.05 ERA in 21 appearances. Over 22 innings, Goeddel has struck out 23 (9.4 K/9) and walked six (2.5 BB/9). Robles has a 4.97 ERA in 16 appearances with 13 strikeouts and five walks in 12.2 innings.

Of course, a trade could throw a wrench into all of this…

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Bobby Parnell To Be Activated This Week, But Role Not Yet Clear Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:00:48 +0000 bobby parnellBobby Parnell‘s 30-day rehab window to return from Tommy John Surgery is up this week, notes Marc Carig of Newsday. This means he will most likely have to return to the team.

However, with Parnell not yet reaching his old velocities, the Mets won’t put him back in the closer role.

“You don’t know until once he gets here,” Terry Collins said. “Again, he may amp it up and pitch at 95, 96 a little bit. So he might have it still. But we won’t know until he’s here.”

On Parnell’s role, Collins added, “I think I’ll just get him in there and let him get his feet wet again.”

Parnell will make one more rehab appearance in the minors before rejoining the team. In 14 minor league appearances this year, he has allowed 18 runs in 13 innings, allowing 22 hits and 13 walks while striking out only nine.

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Vic Black Activated From DL and Optioned To Las Vegas Sun, 07 Jun 2015 16:32:24 +0000 vic_black_1280_34sphmp6_e19wpifx

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets activated reliever Vic Black from the disabled list today and simultaneously optioned him to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Black, who began the season on the DL, has missed nearly two months of the season with right shoulder tendinitis.

After a dozen uneven rehab outings,  Black had a 5.73 ERA and clearly needs to still work on some things before he can join the big league bullpen.

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Vic Black continued his rehab last night, tossing a perfect inning for the Binghamton Mets against Trenton. Black reached as high as 96 MPH on the radar gun, although he did get himself into two full-count situations according to Metsmerized’s Michael Mayer.

Black has missed the entire season with a herniated disk in his neck and shoulder problems.

However, according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, Terry Collins said that neither Black nor Bobby Parnell will be rejoining the Mets on their current West Coast trip. Both fireballers will have minor-league eligibility until the middle of the month.

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Parnell Roughed Up For Five Runs Sun, 31 May 2015 04:27:28 +0000 bobby parnell

Pitching on consecutive days, reliever Bobby Parnell was hammered in a rehab appearance for the Binghamton Mets on Saturday night.

Parnell was roughed up for five runs on five hits and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning for the B-Mets, who lost to Altoona 13-4.

May 29

Terry Collins told reporters on Friday that Bobby Parnell had his velocity up to 94-95 miles per hour during his last rehab outing and that he is close to returning.

“It was a huge step forward.”

Parnell is expected to pitch for Double-A Binghamton on Friday night.

As for Vic Black, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin says, “he’s not there yet.”

May 26

Two key pieces of the Mets bullpen, Bobby Parnell and Vic Black, are making progress in their rehabilitation processes.

Vic Black pitched the seventh inning for the Binghamton Mets on Monday, only his second appearance since beginning his rehab assignment.

He worked an easy 1-2-3 inning for the B-Mets with one strikeout. According to the stadium radar gun, Black was sitting around 92-94 MPH on his fastball. Black also pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Saturday when he made his first rehab appearance.

“When I got out there, it came together. I was able to throw some strikes, get guys to put it in play and get the (one) strikeout,” Black said in an interview with Lynn Worthy of PressConnects.

Black noted that he hopes to pitch on Tuesday which would be the first time pitching on back-to-back days in a game since last year.

“I’m not worried about my arm,” he said. “It’s healthy. I’m healthy. It’s all about competing now, the repetitions of getting in innings (and) getting in rhythm and some consistency.”

Bobby Parnell also pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Binghamton Mets on Sunday. After striking out the leadoff man, Parnell then surrendered a double but was able to work around it and escape the jam.

“I think every time I’ve gone out, I have improved and learned something from my outings,” Parnell said to Worthy. ”Every step has been a good step in the right direction. I feel like every time has been an improvement.”

The big thing with both Black and Parnell, as was pointed out by Ron Darling on Monday, is getting them both back to pitching at their previous velocity. It appears each one is progressing of late.

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Parnell Taking His Time With Mets Bullpen Thriving Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:35:18 +0000 New York Mets v Miami Marlins

Mets reliever Bobby Parnell is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery by doing rehab. The team would greatly benefit from his return, but the Mets bullpen has been doing fine so far this season.

The Mets bullpen ranks 2nd in the NL in ERA despite the absence of Parnell, Jenrry Mejia. Vic Black and Josh Edgin. Jeurys Familia has excelled as closer. Parnell has taken notice.

“Like I said from the beginning, we’ve got a good bullpen,” said Parnell. “We’ve got good arms down there. It really benefits me from a selfish standpoint, because I know these guys can do it.” (Anthony DiComo,

“I can take my time and be 100 percent when I get here. If they were struggling and I had to come up here early, it would be detrimental to me. But they’re pitching their butts off. Familia’s throwing outstanding. It’s fun to watch.”

Parnell went through a little setback in his rehab last week. He went for testing after experiencing some right forearm soreness that he couldn’t shake. He was relieved when he discovered there was no structural damage in his arm.

He plans to throw off flat ground on Thursday. If it all goes well, the setback should not keep out much longer than he originally planned and he could be back sometime in May.

“It wasn’t what I wanted,” said Parnell. “But it is part of the rehab.”

Parnell has been throwing his fastballs in the high 80s and low 90s in his rehab, which is a dropoff from the usual 95-plus he throws. He will rest rather than force his way through rehab in order to rediscover that velocity.

“Deep down, I feel like it really wants to get out,” said Parnell. “I feel like after these next few days, it’s going to show itself. I’m confident.”

With the Mets bullpen pitching well, Parnell will take his time and watch them do their thing. He won’t be alone in Port St. Lucie as David Wright will begin rehab to come back from the strained right hamstring with the goal of trying to come back this weekend.

Both Wright and Parnell will stay in Florida as long as they will in order to get back to full strength.

“I want to be here for sure, but the goal is to be here and help the team in the end,” said Parnell. “It’s how you finish, not how you start.”

With the Mets bullpen off to a good start, there’s not much reason for Parnell to rush back. Just like he said, the goal is to be 100% ready and the Mets will greatly benefit even more with Parnell back to throwing his normal 95+ mph stuff.

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3 Up 3 Down: Mets Salvage The Finale! Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:00:04 +0000 recker familia

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A Different Core Four

Earlier this spring, Matt Harvey referred to a unit within the team known as the ”core four” and in it the team’s most valuable players.  It included himself and David Wright, Curtis Granderson and newly acquired outfielder Michael Cuddyer.  Harvey may have been on to something with the title, but he should have bet strictly on homegrown talent like himself.  David Wright remains a core piece and has rebounded from 2014 to the tune of a .320 batting average in 6 games, with a home run, 2 RBI’s and a run scored.  Instead of the veteran corner outfielders though, Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud are actually the two hottest hitters on the team right now.  Duda (.863 OPS) went 3-5 during Sunday’s series finale, with all three hits coming against LHP.  D’Arnaud (.813 OPS) went 3-7 in the series with an RBI and it was tough to see the Mets take their hottest hitter out of the lineup, but the team still managed to come up with the win.

Bullpen Takes Identity

Jeurys Familia may not have envisioned his opportunity to close coming about in the way it did this week, but with the suspension of Jenrry Mejia, he earned his first save in Sunday’s finale.  Jerry Blevins and Carlos Torres were credited with their second holds on the year, with Blevins proving to be a legitimate bullpen threat against left handed pitching.  Depending on the returns of Vic Black and Bobby Parnell, this team could end up feeling no impact from the loss of Mejia.

Hard Nosed Veteran Move

Michael Cuddyer still has work to do at the plate, but his slide on Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons should go a long way in earning the respect of his teammates and a lot of fans.  The Mets are all too often the nice guys, Cuddyer went in, cleats up, way off the baseline and aiming right up at Simmons, who earlier dropped a hard forearm in the face mask of Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud on a collision at home plate.  To some, both plays seem unrelated, but anyone who was watching intently could see there was a different vibe from these Mets.

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Middle Infield Defense

This was discussed in the last 3 & 3, except against the Nationals, the consequences were minimal.  In Atlanta, the mistakes were costly, although the causes ranged from tough luck to poor mechanics and fundamentals.  Jon Niese didn’t have his best stuff on Friday night’s series opener, but he gritted his way through a decent performance and only gave up one earned run through five innings before being pulled.  Wilmer Flores had multiple poor throws and continued to look uncomfortable at shortstop and at the plate to start the season.  Daniel Murphy was inconsistent as usual and David Wright missed a tag on Jace Peterson that ultimately proved to be the difference in Niese’s outing.

Montero’s Pitch Selection

Part of what made Rafael Montero so appealing during spring training was that he used all of his pitches, including a deadly change up.  He still has a lot of potential, particularly after seeing him get up to 95 mph regularly on the gun, but his pitch selection was mostly fastballs during Saturday’s 5-3 loss.  It’s questionable whether communication between him and catcher Travis d’Arnaud was an issue, normally the catcher would be expected to mix up the calls or visit the mound with any issues that needed further discussion.  The idea that both of them were on the same page through that outing seems far fetched given the choice in pitches.

Corner Outfield Vets Slow To Start

Curtis Granderson has managed to compile a .348 on base percentage so far this season, but only one hit in six games played (.063 average).  Michael Cuddyer hit his first home run as a Met during the Braves series, but is also sluggish out of the gate with a .208 average and only 3 RBI’s, despite serving as the cleanup man.

Onto the Phillies at home tomorrow, Lets! Go! Mets!

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Smashing Debut: Montero Shuts Down Nationals For Two Innings Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:17:07 +0000 rafael montero

The health of New York Met closers resurfaced as a major opening day story again this year.  After Bobby Parnell was lost to Tommy John surgery following his Opening Day appearance a year past, it was Jenrry Mejia who headed to the disabled list with elbow inflammation this week.

mmo feature original footerMejia’s injury is disconcerting to Met fans, but somehow, the news brought a different  level of stress this year, anxiety yes but less angst than a year ago.  With Josh Edgin lost for the season, Parnell still on the shelf, and now worries about Mejia, you could understand if Met fans were ready to take a leap off the R.F. Kennedy Bridge.  Yet, that’s not the feeling I get from the reaction to this year’s potential Met mess.

Sometimes opportunity comes from adversity.  I’m hoping that’s the case this season.  If it does, credit the rich vein of pitching in the Met farm system.  Some clamored when Sandy Alderson was slow to pull the trigger on a trade that would move some of those pitching chips for position players, like a shortstop to replace Wilmer Flores.  But, Alderson stood firm, banking on the pay value of his cache of young pitchers.

First up to help fill the bullpen void – Rafael Montero.  My confidence soars when I think of what Montero might bring to the Met pen.  From the first time I watched him pitch in Binghamton, I had him pegged as a future Met bullpen star.  Montero’s build, his fast workman like pace on the mound, a four pitch repertoire and exceptional pitch command made Montero seem like a natural out of the pen.

Before Mejia was injured I cringed to read Terry Collin’s comments about his plans to use his new arm out of the bullpen.  It was an almost a word-for-word description of how Collins planned to use Jeurys Familia one year ago.

“Right now I think we need to get his feet wet.  So, I think we’ll put him in somewhat of that longer role where if you needed two innings, he certainly has the capability of doing it.” That kind thinking brought us Valverde and Farnsworth and a lost baseball campaign as the Mets went with less talented veterans while holding back their future bullpen stalwarts.

But, adversity is the mother of necessity and necessity the mother of invention.  With Edgin and Mejia down, Collins can no longer treat Montero like fragile glass.  To get out of the gates on a gallop, Collins will need to bank on what his talented young pitcher can bring and last night Montero made his debut and delivered.

The young righthander tossed two scoreless frames of relief including a classic matchup against Ryan Zimmerman who had given the Nationals their slim lead with a no-doubt-about-it home run off of Jacob deGrom.

After the Mets intentionally walked Bryce Harper, who was having a great night at the plate, to put runners on first and second, it setup a showdown between Montero and Zimmerman. All it took was just three pitches to strike out Zimmerman and end the threat and the inning.

It was a smashing season debut for Montero against the reigning NL East champs and against their top slugger.

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Despite Reduced Velocity, Parnell Effective In Second Rehab Appearance Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:02:58 +0000 bobby parnell

Bobby Parnell continues to make progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. In his second rehab appearance yesterday behind Tradition Field in Port St, Lucie, Parnell pitched one inning, and did not allow a run.

Dave Lennon of Newsday analyzed Parnell’s fastball velocity from his appearance using PITCHf/x data. He also included some good quotes from Parnell.

“At his peak, before snapping the ulnar collateral ligament on Opening Day last April, Parnell’s fastball averaged 95.2 and maxed out at 99.1 during the 2013 season — down a few ticks from 95.8 and 100.4 the previous year, according to PITCHf/x. As for Wednesday’s performance, when his velocity ranged from 88 to 91, Parnell explained that was partly due to using more two-seam fastballs, a slightly slower pitch than the four-seam.”

“I went in to this outing trying not to overthrow, so I knew the gun wasn’t going to be anything outstanding,” Parnell said. “I backed off and wanted to work on my two-seamer because it wasn’t there last game. It’s more of a ‘go out there and knock the rust off’ kind of thing more than overthrow.”

“The last time out, it was the first time seeing batters in a long time,” Parnell said. “The intensity went up when the batters stepped in, and everything kind of moved a little fast. I was able to slow it down this game and work on a little bit more stuff to go in the right direction.”

Lennon also said that Parnell has a chance to take over as the Mets closer when he returns.

“Parnell was 22-for-26 in save attempts with a 2.16 ERA during his last full season in 2013. He struck out 44 and allowed one homer in 50 innings. With the Mets committed for now to Jenrry Mejia as their Opening Day closer, the team has been vague about its plans for when Parnell does return, which could be as soon as early May. That probably will have a lot to do with how Mejia is pitching — and Parnell’s timetable.”

“I want my body to tell me when to go,” Parnell said. “I don’t want to look at the calendar to tell me when. I want to be 100 percent. I want to help the team more than just being there.”


Regardless of who ends up pitching the 9th, the Mets back end of the bullpen is considerably stronger than it has been in recent years. Parnell, Mejia and even Jeurys Familia give the Mets three solid options for the late innings, which is a luxury the Mets have not had in a very long time.

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Collins Approves of How Wright and Parnell Handled Syndergaard Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:11:32 +0000 usatsi_8401528_168380427_lowres

Manager Terry Collins spoke with Mike Vorkunov of and fully supported the way David Wright handled the situation with top prospect Noah Syndergaard on Tuesday afternoon.

“There’s a code of conduct in a professional locker room. Our captain thought it was abused and therefore he took action. I’m on his side. I’m sure there’s a thing that happened on the other side.”

“I’m going to take the side of David and Bobby right now because when you’re a rookie there are no other excuses. We’re a team. We will be a team.”

As for Syndergaard, Collins called his actions an error of enthusiasm and a mistake.

“He will learn from it,” Collins said. “And if he does not, he will have a tough time here.”

Collins also had no issue with how Bobby Parnell disciplined Syndergaard. While Wright was scolding Syndergaard, Parnell grabbed his plate of food and dropped it into the trash bin.

“I think it’s the perfect way he dealt with it,” he said. “Perfect. I think Bobby did what I would do and a number of other guys would’ve have done. The captain made a statement and it wasn’t really adhered to and Bobby said, ‘Maybe he didn’t hear it’.”

“If a kid’s not playing nice, you take his toys away,” Parnell said.

“Being a young player, any chance you get to learn, you go out there and learn,” Wright told Newsday.

“I’m not a big ranter and raver. When I get on somebody, it’s 99 percent private. I’m not going to yell and scream. But when I speak to somebody, when I get on somebody, the point needs to be taken.”

Syndergaard told Marc Carig he was caught off guard by the controversy.

“It was surprising,” Syndergaard told Newsday. “It kind of caught me off guard. I really wasn’t expecting it to be that big of a deal. So it took me off guard a little bit. But I understand where it’s coming from.”

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Kristie Ackert of the Daily News broke the story that Mets captain David Wright had to lay down the law Tuesday afternoon when he spotted prospect Noah Syndergaard eating lunch in the clubhouse while the Mets’ Intrasquad game was taking place.

“Wright had just finished his work in the scrimmage and ran into the clubhouse where starting pitcher Zack Wheeler was talking to reporters.”

“That’s when he noticed Syndergaard, who did drills in the morning and who was not playing in the intrasquad game, sitting at the table in the clubhouse. Wright walked up and quietly but intently spoke to Syndergaard. Though his voice was quiet the word “bench,” was heard at least twice. The 22-year old spent the rest of the game out in the dugout watching the game, which ended in a scoreless tie.”

“It was a miscommunication,” Syndergaard said, explaining that he had missed lunch earlier in the day and was trying to eat and get out to the game.

Wright would not address the incident, nor would he talk about Syndergaard specifically, but he did speak about what he feels young players should be doing in training camp.

“If there is a young player that is here (in major-league camp) there is a reason, they have talent and potential,” Wright said. “I would encourage them to use this chance to take every opportunity to learn from it. If you are a young pitcher, you can learn from sitting in with meetings with Dan (Warthen) or watching a Zack Wheeler, who I know is young, but he has experience.”

“That’s what I think all young players should be doing,” Wright said. “That’s all.”

Good job by the Mets captain who continues to impress me as a leader. As the one everyone looks up to, it’s up to Wright to set the tone and the example, while addressing things like this before they escalate or become a distraction. Wright is the top cop in that clubhouse. Here are some reactions and I’ll add to them as others speak up:

Daniel Murphy – “I bet Noah doesn’t do it again.”

Bobby Parnell – “When you have a young and impressionable player, and you need to make him understand something that he’s not understanding, you have to be a little forceful.”

Noah Syndergaard – “I took it as a teaching moment. He made his point. I understand where David was coming from. We’re playing a team sport. I should be out there supporting my teammates.”


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Spring Swagger or Naïveté? Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:07:27 +0000 mets spring training 2015

Spring Training comes with its own measure of swagger. Optimism is the size of a grapefruit. Predictions of an October pennant race sound as sweet as a sun-kissed Florida orange. From Florida to Arizona, managers and coaches spew sweet accolades on the crop of prospects and the 30-something coming back from season-ending surgery is once again fresh and productive, while players gush giddy gibberish sweeter than the citrus of a pomelo.

Isn’t it grand?

It’s part in parcel of Spring Training, the moment all 30 teams hit the reset button. The mood is sweet and sticky. There’s a sense of renewal, hope and promise. This could be the year.

The New York Mets are no different. They are bold and confident for a team that won 79 games last year and haven’t produced a winning record since 2008. In fact, the Mets are wearing their confidence on their sleeves — literally. Last week blue t-shirts were in each players locker. On the front it says: Win: It’s in Your Grasp. On the back: Take the Damn Thing. Jeff Wilpon tried this motivational tactic in 2012 when he had bright orange t-shirts with the Underdog logo printed.

There is also a naïveté that comes with the pending season.

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Jacob deGrom, the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year, started talking post season last week:

There’s a lot of hype around the team right now and we know that. We definitely want to live up to it. We want to make the playoffs, win the World Series.

Win the World Series, really? If anyone is setting the bar high for the Mets it’s, well, the Mets.

Tempting isn’t it? Everyone wants a taste of the forbidden fruit. Zack Wheeler has been heard comparing the team to the Giants. Yes, the team that has won three of the last five World Series.

(The Giants) are a little bit ahead of us, but we’re on the same path. It’ll be fun to do the same. You see how much success they have had with young arms and developing players. That’s what we are doing here, we just need to keep going.

If you watch (and listen) closely, the veterans speak differently; there are cautiously optimistic.

Curtis Granderson told the New York Daily News:

I think we are primed and ready … We have got to not believe our own hype, you can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. We’ve gotta to go out and play.

But it’s the captain, David Wright, who put all the talk in perspective:

Every year you have got 30 teams saying the same things to the players. Anybody can talk. Now let’s go out there and back it up and win baseball games. The last time I checked you don’t get anything for talking the best game.

Terry Collins set the tone on Day One, raising the expectations of everyone — including himself.

“We’ve been sitting around for four years asking everybody to be patient,” he said. “It’s time.”

Yes, it is, but is the timing right? David Wright is coming off his worst statistical season of his career. Matt Harvey missed the entire 2014 season after Tommy John surgery. Michael Cuddyer is 36 years old and was riddled by injuries last season. Bobby Parnell returns from surgery. Can Curtis Granderson return to form? Who will play shortstop? Do the Mets have enough depth?

Do the Mets have swagger or are they blinded by naïveté? There’s only one way to find out … play ball.

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Murphy, Duda, Mejia, Gee, Tejada File For Arbitration Wed, 14 Jan 2015 02:42:02 +0000 daniel murphy

As expected, Jenrry Mejia, Dillon Gee, Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada were among the 172 players who filed for salary arbitration on Tuesday.

MLB teams now have until Friday to submit their bids for each player, although keep in mind both sides can still negotiate before their arbitration hearings and agree to a deal. I expect that to be the case for all five players. Salary arbitration hearings are held during the first three weeks of February.

MLB Trade Rumors posted their arbitration projections as follows:

The Mets avoided arbitration with right-hander Bobby Parnell last week, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3.7 million. That was the same salary he earned for 2014.


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Mejia Not Upset About Collins Calling Parnell Team’s Closer Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:10:41 +0000 jenry mejia

Jenrry Mejia is well aware of what Terry Collins said in San Diego when he proclaimed Bobby Parnell the Mets closer as soon as he is ready to return sometime around May. Collins matter of factly said Parnell was the Mets incumbent closer and also added that Mejia, Familia and Black would all get to close games this Spring.

Mejia said he was not upset about Collins’ comments despite his belief that he did everything that has been asked of him. He took the high road.

“Whatever job they give to me I’m gonna be there to help my team,” Mejia said. “I can throw seventh inning, eighth inning, ninth inning whatever. I got to be ready to play the game that’s all.”

Mejia saved 28 games last season and ranked second in the NL with 22 second half saves. He was reluctant to be moved out of the rotation and into the bullpen after failed attempts to close by Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth to begin the season.

But by early June, Mejia took hold of the closer role and never looked back, posting a 2.72 ERA in 56 relief appearances.

“Mentally, it’s same thing, come here and do my job,” Mejia said. “I feel happy to see Bobby Parnell getting ready, because we are going to have a strong bullpen with Parnell, Familia, Black and everybody.”

Mejia and Jeurys Familia both had surgery to repair a sports hernia in the offseason and are feeling great and have already begun working out . They are both expected to be ready to go come spring training.

Here’s video of Mejia and Familia from Ed “Rusty” Marcus who covered the Mets holiday party yesterday.


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