Mets Merized Online » Boston Red Sox Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:13:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Watch Cespedes and Syndergaard on MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Now! Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:33:14 +0000 cespedes syndergaard

New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes was ranked 2nd on MLB Network’s Top 10 Left Fielders Right Now! program yesterday, while Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard was ranked 9th on the Top 10 Starting Pitchers Right Now!.

Cespedes, 31, finished one spot ahead of the Pirates’ Starling Marte and one spot behind the Brewers’ Ryan Braun. Despite playing with a sore quad in the second half, Cespedes batted .280/.354/.530 with 25 doubles, 31 home runs, 86 RBI and a 133 OPS+ in 132 games for the Mets.

Syndergaard, 24, finished one spot ahead of the Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke and one spot behind the Giants’ Johnny Cueto. He posted a 14-9 record last season, with a 2.60 ERA, 1.149 WHIP, 2.29 FIP,  10.7 K/9 and a 5.3 WAR.

Taking into account player performance over several seasons with an emphasis on 2016, a number of offensive and defensive metrics both advanced and traditional, and projected performance for the upcoming season, MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Now series ranks the top players at each position heading into the 2017 season.

The complete rankings for left fielders and starting pitchers are listed below along with video recaps on Cespedes and Syndergaard.

Top 10 Left Fielders Right Now!

1.    Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

2.    Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets

3.    Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates

4.    Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics

5.    Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians

6.    Randal Grichuk, St. Louis Cardinals

7.    Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers

8.    Carlos Beltran, Houston Astros

9.    Brett Gardner, New York Yankees

10.  Adam Duvall, Cincinnati Reds


Top 10 Starting Pitchers Right Now!

1.    Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

2.    Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

3.    Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

4.    Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs

5.    Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs

6.    Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

7.    Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox

8.    Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants

9.    Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets

10.  Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks


Now in its seventh season, MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Now series is hosted by Brian Kenny with contributing analysis from MLB Network on-air personalities, Boston Red Sox senior advisor of baseball operations and renowned sabermetrician Bill James, President of SABR Vince Gennaro and analyst Mike Petriello.

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Phillies Acquire Clay Buchholz Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:59:35 +0000 clay-buchholz

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Philadelphia Phillies have acquired Clay Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for second base prospect Josh Tobias.

The 32 year old Buchholz has had an uneven career with the Red Sox posting a career 81-61 record with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.303 WHIP.  Notably, Buchholz struggled last season, and he was demoted to the bullpen for a stretch.  Overall, Buchholz would make 21 starts and 16 relief appearances going 8-10 with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.328 WHIP.  Buchholz is scheduled to be a free agent after the season.

Tobias was the Phillies 2015 10th round draft pick out of the University of Florida.  Last season, Tobias split time between the Sally and Florida State Leagues.  In his combined 127 games at these levels, he hit .291/.362/.422 with nine homers and 69 RBI.

Given Buchholz’s $13.5 million salary next year, the Phillies have presumably obtained him to round out their starting rotation.  With the Phillies giving up a former 10th round draft pick, the move seems like a low risk high reward move for a rebuilding team.

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NL East News: Marlins Sign Reliever Junichi Tazawa Fri, 16 Dec 2016 01:24:18 +0000 junichi tazawa

The Miami Marlins have signed right-hander reliever Junichi Tazawa to a two-year, $12 million contract according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Tazawa, 30, is coming off the possibly worst full season of his career. He had a 4.17 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and allowed nine home runs in only 49.2 innings for the Boston Red Sox. The good news is that Tazawa did strike out 9.8 per nine innings, but posted only a 0.4 bWAR, his lowest in a full season.

In seven seasons with the Red Sox he had a 3.58 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 3.31 FIP and struck out 308 batters in 312 innings.

The Marlins still seem determined to improve their bullpen after missing out on big time closers Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman.

They’ve also shown interest in Brad Ziegler and Fernando Salas, both of whom the Mets could have interest in signing as well.

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Cubs Close To Signing Reliever Koji Uehara Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:57:46 +0000 koji-uehara-jim-davis-globe-2013-09-03

According to Evan Drellich on Twitter, the Chicago Cubs are close to signing former Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara. The deal is reportedly for one year, $6 million.

Uehara, 41, had a 3.45 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, seven saves and a 5.73 SO/W ratio for the Red Sox in 2016. He did miss time during the season with a pectoral strain and saw diminished velocity on his fastball.

During his eight season major league career, the dominant right-hander has 93 saves, 2.53 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and has struck out 522 batters in 437.2 innings compared to only 66 walks.

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Pitchers and Catchers Report on February 12 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:20:18 +0000 MLB: New York Mets-Workouts

The New York Mets have announced that pitchers and catchers will report on February 12 of next year.

Position players will report on February 17 with the first workout scheduled for the 19th.

Original Report – Nov 15

The New York Mets today announced that the club will open its 2017 Spring Training Grapefruit League Schedule on Friday, February 24 vs. the American League East champion Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Florida.

The Mets first home game in Grapefruit League play will be at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, February 25 vs. the Washington Nationals in Port St. Lucie, FL.

The Mets will play 35 exhibition games in 2017, including 18 home games in Port St. Lucie.

Season, group tickets and special ticket packages including the Red Sox trip to Port. St. Lucie will go on sale Tuesday, November 29 at 10 a.m. online and at 772-871-2115.

Single game tickets will go on sale Saturday, January 14 at 10 a.m. More information is available online at, or by calling 772-871-2115.


After opening Grapefruit League play against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, the Red Sox will visit Port St. Lucie, FL at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8.

Overall, manager Terry Collins’ squad will play eight games vs. the Marlins, seven against the Astros, five apiece vs. the Nationals and Cardinals, four each with the Braves and Tigers and the two games against the Red Sox.

The Mets will open their 2017 Major League season on Monday, April 3 at 1:10 p.m. vs. the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mets single-game tickets for the 2017 season will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 18 at

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MMO Free Agent Profile: Koji Uehara, RP Sun, 27 Nov 2016 15:30:36 +0000 koji-uehara-jim-davis-globe-2013-09-03

Koji Uehara
Position: Reliever
Bats: Right – Throws: Right
Born: April 3, 1975 (Age 41)

As the New York Mets continue to scour the market for late inning relievers, one potential target is a right-handed arm that has experience in both closing and setting-up, in 41-year-old Koji Uehara.

The eight-year veteran began his major league career with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009, and was then involved in one of the Orioles’ best trades in franchise history, shipping Uehara to the Texas Rangers for RH Tommy Hunter and a young power first baseman, Chris Davis.

In the winter of 2012, Uehara signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox, where he’s remained ever since, going on to be named the 2013 ALCS MVP and eventual World Series Champions in his first season in Beantown. He even garnered some Cy Young votes that season, coming in seventh with a 5% share.

Uehara has been one of the most dominant relievers in the game, particularly between 2012-15. During that stretch, Uehara was sixth among relievers in fWAR (6.4), sixth in ERA (1.84), sixth in average against (.171), fifth in LOB% (86.2%), and led all relievers in WHIP (0.75) and BB/9 (1.21). Uehara has found great success relying mainly on three pitches, a four-seam fastball, cutter, and split-fingered fastball, according to Brooks Baseball.

For his career, Uehara has predominantly been a fly ball pitcher, averaging 52.3% in his eight-year career. His ground ball percentage peaked in 2013, where he registered a career high of 40.4%, only to see that number decrease down to 21.4% this past season.

His splits have been strong against both right and left-handed hitters, holding right-handed hitters to a .208/.237/.366 line, and lefties to an even better .183/.220/.335 stat line. In 2016, however, his splits were more pronounced, as he continued to dominate lefties (.478 OPS against), but right-handers teed off on Uehara, posting a .505 SLG and .812 OPS, both career worsts.

Despite his age (he turns 42 when the season opens in ’17), Uehara’s peripherals continue to impress. He posted a 10.49 SO/9 in 2015, the lowest it’s been since his rookie season in 2009, but bounced back in ’16 with a 12.06 SO/9, the highest it’s been since 2013. He also posted his seventh straight season of a sub 1.00 WHIP, posting a 0.96 WHIP in ’16.

Acting as the setup man for Craig Kimbrel, Uehara had 18 holds, and did step back into his old familiar role of closer when Kimbrel was placed on the DL due to a left knee medial meniscus tear in early July. Uehara stepped up in his absence, posting a 2.70 ERA in July in eight games, with a perfect four-out-of-four in saves, and holding opponents to a .231 average.

Injuries have taken a toll on Uehara since 2015, where he dealt with a strained left hamstring, a non-displaced distal radius fracture in his right wrist, and a right pectoral strain. In total, Uehara only appeared in 43 and 50 games respectively, being only a few years removed from appearing in 65, 73, and 64 in 2011, ’13, and ’14. His HR/9 numbers also shot up in ’16, jumping from 0.67 in ’15 to 1.53 in ’16. He also registered his highest BB/9 this year at 2.11, the first time in his career where he had back-to-back seasons of over 2.00 BB/9 (2.01 in 2015).

Uehara’s ERA was also a career high in ’16, posting a 3.45 ERA, the last time he posted an ERA above that was his rookie season in Baltimore (4.05 ERA).


Uehara won’t draw the same attention that the elite relievers on the market will, and may not even draw the same attention the second tier pitchers will (Boone Logan, Fernando Salas, etc.). There are plenty of teams looking for back end help in the bullpen, and Uehara fits that description with his experience closing and setting up. His age shouldn’t give teams pause, however, a few of his declining numbers might. Look for Uehara to get one or two-year offers, in the $3-6 million annual range. Expect the Mets, Twins, Padres, Cubs, Mariners, Yankees, White Sox, and Red Sox to show interest.


Sandy Alderson should be looking into many free agent arms to help for 2017, especially since Jeurys Familia is likely to be suspended in the beginning of the season due to his legal battle with domestic violence. The Mets should be looking at relievers that have experience closing, like Uehara does, so that he can be used as an option for the ninth, but also is comfortable appearing in the seventh and eighth innings as well.

Uehara should not be considered a big free agent signing, but as a supplement to whoever else Alderson brings in for bullpen help, along with Addison Reed who will likely handle the closing duties until Famila returns from suspension.

While the days of appearing in 60 plus games are likely over for free agent reliever, he still has stuff left in the tank and could prove a very useful piece late in games, and also in postseason play, where he has multiple year experience and with great success, posting a 0.833 WHIP and 10.5 SO/9 in 19 games.

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Rebroadcast of 1986 World Series Game 7 On WOR Tonight Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:10:00 +0000 jesse orosco 1986

Tonight is the rebroadcast of Game 7 from the 1986 World Series with coverage beginning at 6:00pm ET on 710 WOR. It will begin with a 60-minute pregame hosted by Pete McCarthy with insight from Wayne Randazzo, Josh Lewin and Howie Rose.

It will also feature interviews from Mets players Jesse Orosco, Ray Knight and Keith Hernandez. Following that will be an introduction by Howie Rose then the historic game call from Bob Murphy and Gary Thorne.

Original Report – Oct 21 

According to Joe Curci of WOR, the Gary Thorne and Bob Murphy call of Game 7 from the 1986 World Series will be rebroadcast on 710 WOR next Thursday the 27th.

October 27th is the 30th anniversary of the Mets 8-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox in Game 7. The Mets famously battled back from being down 3 games to 2 en route to winning their second World Series title in franchise history.

You can also follow along with Game 7 and the games leading up to it by following @TodayIn86Mets on Twitter.

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Mets Drop Both Split-Squad Games To Red Sox, Astros Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:34:55 +0000 The Mets dropped a pair of split-squad games this afternoon against the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros.

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Red Sox 4, Mets 1:

Logan Verrett started the for the Mets, and tossed four scoreless innings allowing only two hits, and striking out one.

Sean Gilmartin relieved Verrett in the fifth and surrendered two runs and four hits, while striking out four over the span of three innings.

Erik Goeddel also allowed a pair of runs in the eighth, his lone inning of work.

The Mets only run came in the fifth inning on the strength of an RBI single off the bat of Matt Reynolds.

Eric Campbell, Kevin Plawecki, Travis Taijeron, and Patrick Biondi also added hits for the Amazin’s.

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Astros 8, Mets 5:

Matt Harvey started the game for the Mets against the Astros this afternoon, and was roughed up for six runs on seven hits, while striking out two and walking four over the span of three innings.

Beck Wheeler relieved Harvey in the fourth and allowed one run and walked three in an inning of work to give the Astros a commanding lead of 7-0.

The Astros tacked on another run against Antonio Bastardo in the seventh. The lefty now has a 7.00 ERA so far this spring.

Jim Henderson continued his strong spring, pitching a scoreless eighth, and striking out two.

The Mets were held off the scoreboard until the eighth inning, where they put up a five spot with RBI hits from Jeff McNeil, John Mora, Dominic Smith and Phillip Evans.

However, the late inning surge would prove to not matter much, as the Astros held on to win the game.

On deck:

The Mets will take on the St. Louis Cardinals tomorrow afternoon at Tradition Field. Noah Syndergaard will start for the Mets and will take on Michael Wacha. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

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MMO Game Recap: Blue Jays 3, Mets 1 Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:43:37 +0000 bartolo colon

The Mets (7-10) were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays (13-4) by a score of 3-1 this afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.


Bartolo Colon got the start for the Mets and turned in a great outing, tossing six scoreless innings, with only three hits allowed and striking out six.

Hansel Robles and Stolmy Pimentel pitched the seventh and eighth innings respectively, and kept the Blue Jays off the board before handing the ball over to Buddy Carlyle for the ninth.

With a 1-0 lead, Carlyle looked to close out the game, but winded up on the losing end, as he surrendered a walk-off three-run home run to Ezequiel Carrera.


In the second inning, the Mets had a golden opportunity to score when Marc Krauss hit a triple with only one out, but wasn’t able to score as the next two batters were retired.

The lone run of the game for the Mets came in the top of the ninth, as Patrick Biondi hit a home run to right field.

Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera were the other Mets hitters to pick up a hit, as the rest of the lineup was mostly silent today.

On deck:

The Mets travel to Jet Blue Ballpark to take on the Boston Red Sox tomorrow afternoon. Logan Verrett will get the ball for the Mets and will be opposed by Joe Kelly. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM.

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Would You Trade Steven Matz For Yoan Moncada? Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:30:54 +0000 steven matz

Baseball America has published a fascinating article that proposed five different trades that are prospect swaps including one that involves the Mets and their big four. J.J. Cooper thinks that a swap of left-handed pitcher Steven Matz and shortstop prospect Luis Carpio to the Boston Red Sox for infielder Yoan Moncada could make sense for both teams.

“This is a blockbuster. Moncada is one of the best position prospects in baseball. Matz is among the best pitching prospects in the game. And a swap would help fill big needs for both. Moncada could be the Mets long-term answer at second base (where Neil Walker has been acquired as a short-term replacement for Daniel Murphy) but his versatility means he also could become a rangy, explosive center fielder. That’s not an option in Boston where Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley already in the majors.”

I think it would be tough for the Mets to part with Steven Matz right now given the Mets lack of depth with starting pitching in the upper minors. If would force the Mets to rely on Rafael Montero (pitching healthy in winter ball), Seth Lugo (little AAA experience), Robert Gsellman (good prospect but not ready), or the likes of Sean Gilmartin as a starter until Zack Wheeler comes back in full force.

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Nonetheless, the talent seems to be very close on both sides of this trade as the Mets would be getting one of the best prospects in all of Major League Baseball (currently #8, in Moncada while the Sox get another top flight arm they need. The 20-year old Moncada showed his five-tool potential in the South Atlantic League last year hitting .278/.380/.438 with 19 doubles, eight homeruns, and 49 stolen bases with only three caught stealing.

He had a tough time adjusting to minor league baseball hitting only .200 in his first 90 games before snapping out of it in the second half of the year and hitting .310/.415/.500 with 45 steals in his final 56 games. All 56 of those games came out of the leadoff spot where he seemed to flourish. The switch-hitter is listed at 6’2 and 205 pounds.

The Red Sox gave Moncada a record $31.5 million bonus in March which actually makes their financial responsibility $63M because of the matching penalty they had to pay for exceeding their international bonus pool. Moncada played second base exclusively in the minors last year but has experience at third base, shortstop, and center field.

Last year Matz showed why he is considered one of the top left-handed pitching prospects in baseball during his limited time in the big leagues going 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA and 34 strikeouts in his first six starts. He also threw a career high 155.2 innings in 2015 between the minors, regular season, and his three playoff starts.

“Initially this deal did not include Carpio, but a scout surveyed about this deal said he felt that Moncada is a significant enough talent and Matz has enough injury concerns that they believed the Mets would have to include an additional piece. Carpio fits the bill as a middle infielder who is far enough away (he played in the Appalachian League last season) that his ETA would be closer to the 2019-2020 window where Boston may eventually start looking for middle infield help.”

Carpio, 18, has shot up the Mets prospect ranks after having a strong stateside debut this year with the Kingsport Mets hitting .304/.372/.359 in 45 games. He played 22 games at shortstop and 19 games at second base during the 2015 season. Scouts rave about his high baseball IQ and approach at the plate for such a young player, part of the reason BA had him as their 7th best prospect in the Mets farm system.

To me, this is certainly a deal the Mets would have to consider with the five-tool potential of Moncada and the rarity of his skill set for someone who plays in the middle of the diamond. Ultimately I think the Mets would pass on this deal because they seem unwilling to part with any of their big four and rightfully so. They also have Dilson Herrera (who I think is long-term answer at 2B), Gavin Cecchini, and Amed Rosario formulating what could be a strong middle infield for years to come.

I would be more inclined to do this trade if I knew Moncada could player center field which seems to be one of the Mets biggest weaknesses currently and possibly long-term as well if Juan Lagares doesn’t return to his 2014 form. If I was talking trade with the Red Sox and was willing to give up a stud pitcher Mookie Betts is the guy I would target but I see little reason for him to be available now.

Definitely an interesting trade idea, one that I think fits more with the Red Sox current needs and aspirations then it does with the Mets.

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Red Sox and David Price Agree On 7-Year, $217 Million Contract Tue, 01 Dec 2015 22:23:59 +0000 price david

According to the Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms on a contract with free agent starting pitcher David Price. The deal is for seven years and is worth $217 million dollars.

This is the largest contract for a starting pitcher ever, just beating Clayton Kershaw‘s current $215M contract with the Dodgers. The deal has an opt-out clause after 3 years. He will be paid $30 million per annum from 2016-2018, $31 million in 2019, and $32 million from 2020-2022 according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (Twitter).

Price, 30, was arguably the second best starting pitcher on the free agent market after Zack Greinke. Many people predicted he would go to Boston because of their need for starting pitching, as well as his relationship with Dave Dombrowski.

Last season, Price went 18-5 with a 2.45 ERA. That ERA was good for best in the American League, also finishing third in innings with 220 1/3, and fourth in strikeouts with 225. He finished second in Cy Young voting, losing to the Astros’ Dallas Keuchel, and also finished ninth in MVP voting due to his instrumental role in getting the Blue Jays to the playoffs.

In seven full big-league seasons, Price is 104-56 with a career 3.09 ERA, and he won the 2012 AL Cy Young award with the Rays.

This is a fantastic signing for the Red Sox, as their rotation had the third highest ERA last season at 4.39. My guess is they’re not done bolstering their rotation yet, as they still have plenty of money and prospects to spend.

This is the second big domino to fall in five days. Things may be starting to heat up.


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Dave Magadan Named New Hitting Coach For D’Backs Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:15:10 +0000 dave magadan

Former Mets infielder Dave Magadan will join the Arizona Diamondbacks and serve as their new hitting coach, the team announced on Wednesday.

Magadan has worked the past 13 seasons as a hitting coach, the last three coming with the Texas Rangers (2103-2015). He also spent four seasons with the San Diego Padres (2003-2006) and six with the Boston Red Sox (2007-2012).

The lefty-swinging Magadan played for the Mets from 1986-1992, batting .292 with a .391 on-base percentage and 122 OPS+ over his seven-season tenure in Queens. He also enjoyed stints with the San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros.

Magadan, now 53, was destined for greatness after a standout high school career that made him the most popular amateur baseball player in the state. The Tampa, Florida native and Godson of Lou Piniella, chose the University of Alabama as his next stop where he would embark on a stellar collegiate career and achieve national prominence for his record-setting baseball achievements.

In 1983, his .525 batting average led the entire NCAA, and set the All-Time SEC (Southeastern Conference) record. That record still stands today, and is still the fifth best in NCAA history. His .439 career batting average is also the SEC record and tenth best in NCAA history. Besides being selected as an AP All-American, he also was named the College Player of the Year by Baseball America and won the prestigious Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur baseball player in the nation.

The New York Mets selected Dave Magadan with the 32nd overall pick in the 1983 First-Year Player Draft, and assigned him to the Class-A Columbia Mets where he batted a sizzling .336 that season. Magadan may have very well been the best pure hitter the Mets have ever developed at the time and there is no doubt he was the most patient and selective hitter as well.

He made his Major League debut during the Mets championship season in 1986 as a September call-up, and doubled in first at-bat in a 6-5 win over the Padres. His first game started would be even more memorable, as “Mags” was 3-for-4 at the plate including the game winning RBI in a 4-2 win over the Cubs on September 17th. Magadan also got on base a fourth time in that game via an error. He batted third in the game as Keith Hernandez had gotten a well deserved day off. It didn’t really sit too well with Gary Carter, Darryl Strawberry and Ray Knight who all batted behind him that day. However, by the end of the game he was one of the guys and well on his way to becoming a fan favorite.

For the most part, the Mets never fully committed to him as an every day player and in his career he only played over 125 games once. Naturally, Magadan was stuck behind the legendary Hernandez at first base, but when Mex moved on, the Mets decided to sign the not so legendary Mike Marshall to play first base, a move that would prove to be a bust.

Magadan’s best season came in 1990 when in 144 games played, he batted .328 with a .417 OBP, .817 OPS and a 141 OPS+, garnering him some MVP votes that year. He drove in 72 run that season and scored 74 while collecting 42 extra-base hits including six homers. His batting average ranked third in the league behind Eddie Murray (.330) and league leader Willie McGee (.335). His .417 on-base percentage was second best in the league and Lenny Dykstra of the Phillies beat him out by just 1/100th of a percentage point.

Always known for his productive outs, he had 10 sacrifice flies that season, good for fourth in the league. Defensively, Mags established a Mets record with a league-leading .998 fielding percentage at first base.

At the end of the 1992 season, Magadan filed for free agency and soon after, he signed with the expansion Florida Marlins who were set to debut in 1993.

Magadan would finish his Mets career with a .292 batting average in 701 games played. What was most remarkable was that in 2,483 plate appearances, Magadan struck out just 248 times and drew 343 bases on balls. He had an exceptional eye at the plate. He had a career on-base percentage of .390, and also batted .300 or better 5 times in his career.

After his career as a player, it was then that Magadan embarked on his new career when he was hired by the Padres to be their minor league hitting instructor in 2002, and then later serve as their major league batting coach from 2003 to 2006. He was strongly considered for the Mets’ hitting coach position in 2015 before the Mets settled on ex-Yankee Kevin Long.

Dave Magadan was always a very quiet player who did most of his talking with the bat and it’s good to still see him in the game where he’s hammered out an excellent reputation as a hitting coach. 


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It’s All About Game Three… Nothing Else Matters Fri, 30 Oct 2015 12:05:32 +0000 Syndergaard Noah

There’s no denying the New York Mets have dug themselves into a huge hole, but doesn’t mean they can’t climb out of it, despite the long odds against them. The Mets said confidently on Twitter yesterday that despite the 0-2 hole they are not giving up.

I wouldn’t expect it any other way from a team whose foundation this year was resiliency. Would you?

Through injuries, suspensions, losing streaks, innings limits, bullpen lapses and hitting slumps the Mets have found their way to Game 3 of the World Series. Any of us would have signed up for being in a 0-2 hole in the Series at the start of the season.

However, the mistake is thinking of this as a 0-2 hole. The Series is tied is the message manager Terry Collins must give his team. Before the Mets can win the World Series, they must first win a game.

I don’t want to hear about how Noah Syndergaard’s future is going to be great, not one Mets fan I know disputes that. But the only thing I care about right now is Syndergaard being great on Friday night at a sold-out, electric Citi Field.

No holding back on the heat, and no holding back on the A-Game as Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom reportedly did in Games 1 and 2. Do what got you here and bring it.

And, let’s not worry about sending an inexperienced Steven Matz out for Game 4. That game doesn’t exist. The only thing that matters is Game 3.

I covered arguably the greatest collapse in baseball history, the Yankees blowing a 3-0 lead in the Championship Series to the 2004 Boston Red Sox. Players from that Boston team said they never looked at the hole they were in, but only worried about that day’s game. That was the only thing that mattered. As long as they won that day, they were fine.

That’s the attitude the Mets had in 1986, when they lost the first two games to the Red Sox – at home – yet came back to win the whole thing. Of course, several things had to happen – “the ball gets by Buckner’’ – but before the miracles happened, they had to claw back into the Series. Baby steps.

The percentages say different, but remember, in 2004, NO team ever came back from down three games to win. That’s why they play the games. The beauty of sports is you never know what can happen.

The Mets have the right guy on the mound tonight. Thor’s been scintillating in the postseason and is oozing with confidence. With some modest run support a win tonight should be a cinch.

The Series is not over until one team wins four games, which hasn’t happened yet. Can the Mets win four of six games? Damn straight they can, but before they do, they must win tonight.

That’s the only game that matters.


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Cuddyer Leads Charge As Mets Defeat Sox 5-4 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:41:19 +0000 noah syndergaard

The Mets (72-58) defeated the Boston Red Sox (60-70) by a score of 5-4 this afternoon at Citi Field.


Noah Syndergaard got the start for the Mets this afternoon, and cruised through the first five innings, holding on to a 1-0 lead.

However, in the sixth inning, Syndergaard allowed a two-out hit to Xander Bogaerts, which was followed by a no doubt home run off the bat of David Ortiz to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.

The Mets regained control in the bottom half of the frame, so Syndergaard went out for the top of the seventh.

Blake Swihart hit a single, and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. The rookie catcher would then come around to score on a ground rule double from Jackie Bradley.

That would effectively end Thor’s day, as Mets’ skipper Terry Collins called Hansel Robles in to record the final out of the inning with the Mets holding on to a one run lead.

Mookie Betts was the batter to greet him, and he flew a shallow ball out to left field, which fell in front of Michael Cuddyer, leading to Betts sliding into third and the tying run coming across to score.

Tyler Clippard was then brought in to finish the inning, and he did just that, striking out Pablo Sandoval.

Clippard went back out for the eighth, and set down the side in order. With the Mets taking the lead in the bottom of the seventh, Clippard became the pitcher of record, and would earn his third win of the season.

Jeurys Familia came on in the ninth inning, looking to convert his 35th save of the year, and despite allowing the first two batters of the inning to reach base, he recorded two key outs, then struck out Mookie Betts to end the game.

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The Mets got on the board first in the second inning, as Michael Cuddyer and Juan Uribe hit back-to-back singles to lead off the frame.

Ruben Tejada and Anthony Recker followed by hitting two lasers that were unfortunately caught. Noah Syndergaard was able to help his own cause, however, as he dunked a ball into left field to bring Cuddyer around from second.

In the sixth inning, after the Red Sox had taken the lead on David Ortiz’s home run, the Mets answered right back.

Daniel Murphy singled and Michael Cuddyer walked to set up an RBI situation for Juan Uribe. Uribe then drove in the pair by hitting a double to center field.

After Ruben Tejada grounded out to move Uribe up to third, Anthony Recker drilled a single to plate the Mets third run of the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, with the game knotted up, Daniel Murphy reached on a fielder’s choice, and then stole second base. Michael Cuddyer then laced a single to drive Murphy in and give the Mets the lead in the late goings.

It would be the last run the Mets scored, but it turned out to be all they need as the backed end up the bullpen shut things down and sealed the win and salvaged the final game of the series from the BoSox.

On deck:

The Phillies come in to town tomorrow night for a three game series. Bartolo Colon (11-11, 4.65 ERA) gets the ball for the opener, and is opposed by Jerad Eickhoff (1-1, 2.25 ERA). First pitch is at 7:10 PM.

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The Z Files: Three Takeaways From Mets 6-4 Loss To Red Sox Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:45:39 +0000 yoenis Cespedes

Matt Harvey left in the sixth inning with the lead but the Mets bullpen couldn’t hold the lead ending their seven game-winning streak.  The Mets were homerless for the first time in four games, once again manufactured runs and nearly winning the game with the bases loaded in the 10th inning.

Here are three takeaways from the disappointing loss.

1.  Travis d’Arnaud Stays Hot

D’Arnaud hit a fourth inning line drive RBI single and a seventh inning RBI walk continuing to lead this Mets offense.  Over the last six games d’Arnaud’s batting .385 with three home runs, four doubles and 11 RBI.

Impressively, during this span d’Arnaud is hitting to all fields evenly with batted balls end up 22.7% in left field, 45.5% in centerfield and 31.8% in right field.

This proves d’Arnaud is seeing the baseball well, as he is “going with the pitches”.  Simply, “going with the pitch” means the hitter pulls an inside pitch, hits middle pitch up the middle into the gaps and hits outside pitches to the opposite field.

Additionally, this hitting makes it difficult to align defenses because this hitting is unpredictable, taking away any option of a defensive shift.

For the remainder of the season, expect d’Arnaud to continue to hit well with approximately .310 batting average, five homeruns and doubles in the mid-teens.

2.  Matt Harvey:  6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 8 SO, 1 BB

Harvey’s five pitch repertoire balanced with sharp movement and above average velocity is arguably the best in MLB.  As discussed before, the last step for Harvey is his pitch command, specifically fastball command.

Although the majority of Harvey’s fastballs are located well, there is tendency for erratic fastballs over the plate or well out of the strike zone (not counting two strike fastballs intentionally thrown out of the strike zone to induce swing and misses).  Those erratic fastballs may not always lead to hits but propel his pitch count.  As seen last night, this forces Harvey out of the game after throwing 103 pitches in six scoreless innings.

Harvey’s command is very close to becoming consistently unhittable.  Hopefully his premier pitch repertoire will meet pinpoint pitch command by October.

3.  Carlos Torres 10th Inning Blunder

Yesterday’s article explained Torres’ negative attributes, referencing average breaking ball command and below average fastball command.

Blake Swihart, Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts had their RBI hits on fastballs poorly located upper thigh height over the middle of the plate.  Add another fastball down the middle that was fouled off and Torres threw 36% of his fastball thigh to belt high over the middle of home plate.  A pitcher throwing 98 mph might get lucky with little to no damage but at 92 to 95 mph, serious will and did occur.

As warned yesterday, set expectations low for Torres.

Follow Chris Zaccherio on Twitter @ziography for more Mets insight going beyond statistics.

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Mets vs. Red Sox Series Preview: Who Stops The Offense? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:07:04 +0000 lucas duda home run daniel Murphy


Coming into this series the Mets (71-56, 42-21 Home) and Red Sox (58-69, 25-37 Road) are the two hottest hitting teams in all of baseball ranking #1 and #2 respectively in runs scored this month. The Mets have scored 155 runs in that span and the Sox with 144 runs scored in August. New York also leads MLB in doubles, homeruns, RBI, extra base hits, total bases, and SLG% for the month of August.

The Mets have won seven straight games and have now had three winning streaks of at least seven games this year. This is the fourth such occurrence in Mets team history with the other three being in 2006, 1986, and 1969. They have also scored 73 runs during the winning streak which is the most over a seven game span in team history.

Yoenis Cespedes tied his career high with his 26th homerun last night and is tied for first in the National League with his 23 RBI in August. He is fourth in the Majors this season with his 63 extra base hits. Cespedes and Daniel Murphy are tied for the NL lead with 15 extra base hits this month. Murphy also leads the Majors in doubles, 6th in NL in RBI and 9th in batting average during August.

Curtis Granderson has scored at least one run in eight games tying his career high. His 19 RBI are tied for eighth in the NL this month and his six homeruns are tied for sixth. Michael Conforto has reached base safely in nine straight games and is hitting .357 over his last 11.

Matt Harvey is 4-0 with a 1.11 ERA in his last seven home starts and the Mets are 6-1 in those games. Jeurys Familia has pitched a career high 14 straight scoreless innings dating back to July 31st. Noah Syndergaard will receive a watch in a pre-game ceremony today for being named Co-NL Player of the Week (with Lucas Duda) for July 27-August 2.

The Mets have hit a new Citi Field club record 70 homeruns in just 63 games including 22 in their last 13 games. They are now tied for third in the National League with 132 homeruns this season. After yesterdays dramatic win the Mets have 31 come-from-behind wins this year (12 on the road and 19 at home), the sixth most in MLB.

Mets have a losing record on Friday (9-10) and Saturday (9-11) but a team high 14 wins on Sundays this year including 8-2 at home.

This is the first time since 2009 that the Mets have played Boston and the last time they beat them was when this happened. Still love watching Jonathan Papelbon‘s reaction.

Glendon Rusch threw 8 innings of one-hit shutout ball with ten strikeouts the last time the Red Sox traveled to New York to play the Mets. The lineup that day included Desi Relaford at shortstop, Joe McEwing leading off, and Mark Johnson with a two-run homerun out of the cleanup spot for the only offense of the game.

The Mets and Red Sox did play two exhibition games in 2009 at Citi Field before the park was opened.

The pitching matchup for game one tonight at 7:10 puts Harvey (11-7, 2.57 ERA) against one of the Red Sox top pitching prospect lefty Henry Owens. Owens is one of the Top 50 prospects in all of baseball and will be making his 5th Major League start. He has gone 2-1 with a 4.67 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 24 innings to start his big league career. He was 3-8 with 3.16 ERA and 1.144 WHIP at AAA Pawtucket before being promoted.

In game two the Mets will be facing former Cardinal RHP Joe Kelly with their ace Jacob deGrom (12-6, 2.29 ERA) on the mound at 4:05 on Saturday. Kelly has struggled this year going 7-6 with a 5.18 ERA and 1.460 WHIP while allowing 124 hits in 113 innings. He has been much better since working on things in Pawtucket going 5-0 with 3.03 ERA in five starts this month.

Kelly actually has reverse splits this season with righties hitting .304/.376/.481 against him compared to lefties batting .251/.304/.407 in 2015. Although for his career lefty hitters have hit him better with a .746 OPS and righty hitters with a .712 OPS. He has pitched against the Mets 3 times in his career with one start and is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 1.154 WHIP in 8.2 innings.

The final game of the series will feature the Red Sox LHP Wade Miley battling the Mets Syndergaard (8-6, 3.19 ERA) at 1:05 on Sunday. Miley is 10-10 with a 4.51 ERA and 1.386 WHIP with an ugly  in 26 starts for his first season in a Red Sox uniform after coming over in an offseason trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Miley like Kelly, has fared better in August going 2-1 with 4.01 ERA and 4.50 SO/W.

The Mets are 10-11 All-Time in the regular season vs. the Red Sox including 4-5 in New York. However, the Mets won the most important series they have ever played against each other 4-3 in a rousing comeback that I’m sure you can all remember vividly. I will just leave this here for your viewing pleasure.

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MMO Flashback: Cespedes Is The Answer Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:00:50 +0000 yoenis Cespedes

Here is an MMO Flashback originally published in October of 2014 by one of our readers Matt Stephens. It’s appropriately about Yoenis Cespedes and why he’d be a perfect addition for the Mets. Remember, all references are to last year’s version of the Mets. I also linked back to the original article so you could read the comments like. “This guy blows, who needs him!” :-) Enjoy…

An MMO Fan Shot by Matt Stephens

Since the trade of Carlos Beltran to the Giants, the Mets have noticeably been missing one key component from their lineup- the prototypical outfielder with a big bat. Omar Minaya admirably tried to give us Jason Bay but failed, and Sandy thought Granderson would work, but instead wound up with a serviceable six hitter. For the first time in what seems like a lifetime, this hitter is within reach, even with the payroll constraints we currently have. This man plays for the Boston Red Sox, and Sandy’s apprentice, Billy Beane, foolishly traded him away, jeopardizing his entire season in exchange for two months of Jon Lester. Yoenis Cespedes is the key to next season.

You watched him hit at Citi Field in the 2013 Home Run Derby, just like you watched him throw a runner out from 300 feet away earlier this season when he played for Oakland. If you put him in left you have a great arm and a great bat. Think of the baseball he and Lagares will chase after. Also, look at the two MLB teams he’s played for so far, the A’s and the Red Sox. Both clubs have employed Moneyball strategies like the Mets, but found space for a free-swinging home run hitter. There is no point in avoiding him simply based on organizational philosophy. In three full MLB seasons, Cespedes has averaged 24 homers and 87 RBI while missing 30+ games in his first two years. The man can hit!

Trading for Cespedes eliminates the need to spend money elsewhere or deplete the farm system with other trades. The Red Sox are looking for an established lefty starter, and we happen to have one in Jon Niese. If you put him with a solid prospect or two, (I’m not talking Syndergaard or Montero here), you can get Boston to agree to a deal, and hold on to all of the young pitching. Making this hypothetical trade stops the starting pitcher roadblock that would force the trade of Bartolo Colon or movement of Dillon Gee to the bullpen. Cespedes’ value is at an all time low based on his one remaining year on his contract. The Mets have a rare opportunity to seize an undervalued player, Sandy’s favorite, let’s hope that it is this one.


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Now we’ll get into the hot button issue, the money. Yoenis Cespedes is due $10.5 million dollars this season, after which he becomes a free agent. I’m not asking for a big time extension. I realize that won’t happen based on our crummy owners who would fund a mall over a baseball team, but I truly believe in my heart of hearts that they would shell out $10.5 million for one year of Cespedes.

If you think they’d sign off on a Cuddyer or J.J. Hardy, why wouldn’t they agree to Cespedes? After all, they threw away more than $7 million on Chris Young. So yes, after 2015 he’ll walk away and get paid big money by the Yankees or whoever fails to sign Tomas this off-season, but that is OK. If he gets us into the playoffs, or god willing the World Series, it is a success!

After 2015, Colon’s contract, Cespedes’ contract, and Daniel Murphy’s contract expire, leaving the Mets with 30 million to reallocate amongst whoever is available come that time. Who knows, maybe Nimmo and Conforto will be ready by that point. Plus you tender him a Qualifying Offer and bingo – an additional first round pick or another year of peak production.

All that is left for Sandy to do is call. Being the smart guy he is, yes I said smart, he has to realize that he may never have another chance to trade for a Cespedes type player at a time when he will be easy to steal away from the Red Sox and their heavily crowded outfield.

Frank Cashen grabbed Gary Carter, just as Johnny Murphy grabbed Donn Clendenon, and Bob Scheffing acquired Rusty Staub. There was plenty of risk in those moves, but I’m sure most Met fans can agree that those three trades had to happen in order for the pennant and World Series winning teams of Met history to be so good.

Every GM has that chance, and Sandy’s is now. Right your wrongs and go trade for Yoenis Cespedes, and watch an eager fan base flock to Citi Field, because that is how you fill a stadium, with exciting players, not with Huey Lewis and the News.

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MMO Game Recap: Red Sox 4, Mets 3 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:33:54 +0000 New York Mets Spring Training

The Mets traveled to Fort Myers to take on the Red Sox and lost by a score of 4-3 on a passed ball that allowed the winning run to score from third in the ninth.


On a day when the Mets could use some good news on the pitching front, they got some from Matt Harvey who got the start against the Boston Red Sox.

In his third start of the spring, Harvey tossed four strong scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, while striking out three in a 53 pitch outing. He has now thrown 8.2 innings this spring and allowed just two earned runs for a 2.08 ERA

Noah Syndergaard followed Harvey with a perfect fifth, but surrendered two runs in the next inning. Thor allowed a homer among his three hits and walked one and struck out two. His ERA stands at 4.91 this spring.

Sean Gilmartin was brutal yet again, allowing a run on three hits to blow the save. His ERA balloons to 10.38.

Cory Mazzoni took the loss after loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth. But it was a Kevin Plawecki passed ball that allowed the Red Sox to score and win the game in the ninth.


A double by Michael Cuddyer followed by an RBI single from John Mayberry Jr and an RBI double by Anthony Recker, gave the Mets an early 2-0 lead in the second.

Curtis Granderson had an RBI single in the third. Cuddyer and Mayberry had two hits each as did Juan Lagares whose average is now up to .340 with a .497 OBP.


Bobby Parnell is due to pitch in a minor league game on Tuesday, Terry Collins said following the game. Parnell has not pitched in a game since Opening Day of last season and underwent Tommy John surgery last April 8.

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The Mets head home on Tuesday to play the Miami Marlins at Tradition Field at 1:10 PM. Jacob deGrom gets the start and opposes Marlins left-hander Brad Hand.


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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Red Sox, 1:05 PM (Man Down!) Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:08:19 +0000 matt harvey

The New York Mets travel to Fort Myers to take on the Boston Red Sox at 1:05 PM. The game will not be televised but will air on WOR Radio.

Matt Harvey will make his third start of the spring for the Mets and is slated to throw roughly 60 pitches. He will be opposed by Joe Kelly for the Red Sox.

Noah Syndergaard, Sean Gilmartin, and Cory Mazzoni are also scheduled to pitch for the Mets.

I can’t even pretend to be upbeat today. The news on Zack Wheeler coming on the heels of Josh Edgin just has me down.

Here are today’s starting lineups:


  1. Juan Lagares, CF
  2. Ruben Tejada, 3B
  3. Curtis Granderson, RF
  4. Michael Cuddyer, LF
  5. John Mayberry Jr., DH
  6. Eric Campbell, 1B
  7. Anthony Recker, C
  8. Matt Reynolds, SS
  9. Dilson Herrera, 2B


  1. Mookie Betts, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Hanley Ramirez, LF
  5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
  6. Mike Napoli, 1B
  7. Shane Victorino, RF
  8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  9. Ryan Hanigan, C

Enjoy the game and Let’s Go Mets.
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Harvey Feels Great After Sluggish Outing Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:00:26 +0000 matt harvey

While Matt Harvey looked fantastic during his first start of spring training, his next outing against Miami wasn’t nearly as impressive. Harvey pitched 2.2 innings and allowed two runs, six hits and a walk. However, Harvey has no worries about his progress recovering from Tommy John surgery (Adam Rubin).

“Certain weeks you feel a little bit better than others, especially during spring training,” Harvey said after Sunday’s 8-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. “I talked to [pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] about it. And he said a lot of the time, the second start is a little sluggish. For me, I definitely felt that. Other than that, everything feels great.”

He feels fresh again,” Warthen said. “Like he said, his body was a little sluggish. He still came out [with] regular velocity the last time out. He was just up in the zone. So I look for him to go out there and be Matt Harvey again tomorrow.”

Harvey will make his third start this afternoon at 1:05 PM against the Boston Red Sox. Harvey’s overall ERA this spring is 3.86 and his WHIP is 1.50.

“I’ve never pitched against the Red Sox during spring training. I know we play them this year [Aug. 28-30]. So it’s going to be good to get over there and get used to their lineup a little bit. It’s nice knowing that the pitch counts are increasing and the workload is going up, so that’s always a good sign. And it’s a good sign we’re getting close to the season.”


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MMO Game Thread: Red Sox vs Mets, 1:05 PM (WPIX) Sun, 08 Mar 2015 15:29:08 +0000 jon niese

The New York Mets will host the visiting Boston Red Sox at 1:10 PM at Tradition Field on Sunday. The game will be televised on WPIX and broadcast on WOR radio..

Jon Niese will start for the Mets and will be opposed by Rick Porcello for the Sox. Also scheduled to pitch for the Mets are Tyler Pill, Hansel Robles and Cody Satterwhite.

Terry Collins said that  Lucas Duda expects to begin taking batting practice on Monday and make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday.

Second Baseman Daniel Murphy participated in live batting practice today. Looks like he’ll return to action on Monday.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares, CF
  2. Curtis Granderson, RF
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  5. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  7. Wilmer Flores, SS
  8. Johnny Monell, DH
  9. Wilfredo Tovar, 2B

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