Mets Merized Online » Brandon Lyon http://metsmerizedonline.com Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:00:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.17 Hits & Misses: Hawkins Outrage, Fred’s Pain, Jhonny Be Good, Cano Is Loco http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/hits-misses-hawkins-outrage-jhonny-be-good-cano-is-loco.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/hits-misses-hawkins-outrage-jhonny-be-good-cano-is-loco.html/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:20:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133204 HITS N MISSES

latroy hawkinsMets Twitter was up in arms last night when the news broke about LaTroy Hawkins signing a a one year deal with the Rockies for what seems like a very reasonable $2.25 million dollars. It looks like Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd has got this moneyball thing down pat. He gets himself a closer for far less than the open market price of $12 million annually. The Mets don’t need a closer, assuming Bobby Parnell will be ready for Spring Training. But Hawkins for that price was still a bargain for a late inning reliever. Consider that the Mets were almost on the hook for $2.4 million on Brandon Lyon last season, but cut him a day before his incentive bonuses kicked in. Also consider the Mets shelled out $3.5 million for Jon Rauch the year before. Give the Rockies credit. They’ve been down this road before with Hawkins in 2007, and he rewarded them with a solid season in the thin air of Denver posting a 3.66 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP in 66 appearances. Fare thee well, Hawk…

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit TigersAs we already reported yesterday, the Yankees have jumped into the pool of teams that are pursuing shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Andy Martino of the Daily News says that for the Mets, any rumor involving Peralta is bad news.  On a three-year deal, the 31-year-old is perfect for a team looking for a legit hitter, and an upgrade at shortstop.  Going into the offseason, there was some thought that Peralta’s Biogenesis suspension would reduce his value, but that does not appear to be the case. Martino sees Peralta as a test for the seriousness of the Mets front office. “An unexpected bidding frenzy would test the Mets’ budget, and willingness to re-engage in the hunt for real free agents, which they gave not done since the Omar Minaya years.” If the Mets get shutout on Peralta and Stephen Drew, they may just have to settle for Rafael Furcal who is a high injury risk, or resign themselves to another year of Ruben Tejada and Omar Quintanilla. Reyes Replacement Counter: 716 days and counting.

robinson canoWhere will Robinson Cano end up? (the Mets?) CBS Sports reported that the Yankees and their free agent second baseman are about $150 million apart in contract negotiations. Yes, you read that right. In comparison, the Mets and Hawkins were about $1 million apart. (Ducks) Cano is reportedly asking for $310 million over 10 years while the Yankees are offering about $160 million over seven years. I think Cano is out of his mind – or maybe it’s rapper Jay-Z who is filling his client’s head with these astronomical numbers. Cano is obviously the top free agent on the market and is coming off a fantastic season that saw him slash at .314/.383/.516 with 41 doubles, 27 home runs and 107 RBIs in 2013. But he’s 31 and is looking for a deal that will pay him trough 41. I think the best thing about that Albert Pujols deal was that it jolted the system and I don’t see GMs and owners ever duplicating that mistake again. Sorry, Robbie…

Finally, the Post caught up with Mets owner Fred Wilpon who said it was “painful” watching Mets games last season. The team’s owner was asked about the University of Michigan football team Monday and he responded: “What football team? It’s painful to watch that, but it was painful to watch a baseball game this year, too.” Hilarious… Trust me on this, Fred… I feel your pain… :-)

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The Fastest Path To The Post-Season Is Still Pitching http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/the-fastest-path-to-the-post-season-is-still-pitching.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/the-fastest-path-to-the-post-season-is-still-pitching.html/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:02:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131706 When asked to describe the Mets’ biggest need to be addressed in the coming offseason, most of us would almost automatically talk about the team’s offense first.  To be sure, after coming in 23rd out of 30 MLB teams in runs scored, there can be no doubt that the myriad of offensive woes bandied about throughout this past season will need to be redressed if the Flushing squad is to have any realistic chance of competing in 2014. But an examination of league and MLB stats for 2013 is revealing when isolating what has separated the playoff-bound squads from the rest of the pack.

The top five teams in the NL in pitching all reached the postseason this year, and not coincidentally were the only teams in the league to reach or exceed the 90-win plateau. By contrast, two of the top five finishers in NL runs scored, Colorado and Arizona, finished well out of the running, finishing with 74 and 81 wins respectively. In the AL, the top pitching team was Kansas City, but the Royals fell short of the championship rounds by virtue of an anemic offense that wound up scoring more than 200 fewer runs than the league champion Red Sox. Outside of this exception, the remaining top six finishers in league ERA all made it to at least a Wild Card slot. On the offensive side, Baltimore was tied with Cleveland for 4th in the league in runs scored but failed to notch a playoff slot as their 10th-best rated pitching proved too big an obstacle to overcome. The Indians, a few notches better at 7th in the league, were able to get a brief taste of fall competition before being bounced by Tampa Bay in Wild Card play.

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The takeaway? Pitching wins pennants, to repeat an old saw, although we should throw in the added condition of having at least a league-average offense. This being the case, how much would the Mets have to improve to achieve a top-five quality mound staff to go with at least a middle-of-the-pack group of batsmen? The answer is maybe not as far as you would think.

The Mets finished the season with a 3.77 team ERA, good for 8th in the NL. A more revealing set of stats are those for Quality Starts, where the team total of 94 was tied for 2nd in the league (with Cincinnati), and relief ERA where the team’s figure of 3.98 was good (or bad) for 12th in the circuit. Clearly the ongoing Achilles’ heel of the bullpen was to blame for much of what proved to be yet another go-round of mediocrity for the Orange and Blue.

While addressing the absence of Matt Harvey will be foremost in the minds of many when looking at the team’s mound-staff for next season, clearly finding someway to finally shed the albatross of an underperforming bullpen simply MUST be achieved for the team to have a real chance to compete.

On the offensive side, the Mets finished with a total of 619 runs scored, 30 below the league average and good for 11th in the NL. While this is decidedly uninspiring, it should be noted that the Pirates also finished below the league average in scoring with 634, but were boosted to their first postseason slot in decades by a pitching staff that finished 3rd in league ERA, due in no small part to their bullpen which led the league in saves and trailed only Atlanta in relief ERA.

So while looking to boost offensive production remains an important goal, it would seem that by putting even greater emphasis on pitching, particularly on the relief corps, Sandy Alderson and crew would be doing more to actually move the Mets closer to postseason play. Some solid pieces are in place or potentially available in players such as Bobby Parnell, Carlos Torres, Scott Rice, Vic Black, Jeurys Familia and (hopefully) LaTroy Hawkins. Improvement will be needed from those who play the role of workhorse middle men a la Scott Atchinson and David Aardsma, and abysmal showings along the lines of what was obtained from the inconsistent Greg Burke and the now-departed Robert Carson and Brandon Lyon will have to be eliminated as much as possible.

Building a solid relief corps has clearly been a challenge for this organization, but with the development of Parnell into an apparently solid closer and the improvement of the ‘pen over the second half of the 2013 season (3.68 ERA, down from a first half mark of 3.83), there will hopefully be enough of a foundation in place to make it less of a daunting task than usual.

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Mets Need More Pitching More Than They Need Marlon Byrd http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-need-more-pitching-more-than-they-need-marlon-byrd.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-need-more-pitching-more-than-they-need-marlon-byrd.html/#comments Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:57:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125912 carlos torres

There’s an old adage in baseball: you can never have enough good pitching. There’s another adage in life: you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

Beat both in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy and you’ve got something resembling the 2013 New York Mets.

In case none of that makes any sense, consider someone like Carlos Torres. In his last two starts, he’s gone 11 IP allowing 12 hits, two walks, two earned runs and striking out 11. He’s 1-0 over those two games—a quality candidate for long relief later on.

jenrry mejiaAlso look no further than Jenrry Mejia. In Mejia’s debut he pitched seven scoreless innings, gave up seven hits, struck out seven, didn’t surrender a walk and earned the win.

Torres and Mejia are just a few of the productive commodities the Mets have stashed on their roster.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “Okay, if that’s the case, then why has the team been so mediocre? If the Mets have all this talent on the team, why can’t they put it together?”

That’s where the second ingredient comes into play. Terry Collins can sit in the dugout and watch young or talented or both players all season. That doesn’t mean he’s going to play them. Sandy Alderson can watch his dumpster dive players over-perform. That doesn’t mean he’s going to flip them.

I believe that most teams can make the postseason. It’s about whether you put the right combination of players out there. Making the right organizational moves can assist that endeavor. It’s taken too long for that to happen. It took too long and an injury to get Omar Quintanilla to play every day at shortstop. It took too long to decide to platoon Ike Davis. Juan Lagares is finally getting a chance to play every day.

Yes, Shaun Marcum was a failure. Yes, Brandon Lyon was a failure. There are players on this roster that can fill those voids though. Some of them aren’t pitchers. A player like Marlon Byrd can net pitching—something you can never have enough. I’m not saying he can bring back a top pitching prospect, but I don’t see a problem with trading him for a bullpen arm.

If the Mets are striving to follow the San Francisco Giants mold, they must keep solidifying their pitching.

I don’t think you trade a good player in the middle of a winning season. I also think you don’t keep a 35-year-old outfielder when you’re in the middle of a rebuilding year. You’re 11 games out of the wild card spot and you’d need to pull off one of the most miraculous second half’s in team history. I’m sorry. I’m just being realistic. The Mets have a better chance of competing for the next few years with another bullpen arm than they do of making a run with Byrd this season.

This isn’t to discredit what Byrd’s been doing. He’s been good for the locker room, good on the field and good for this organization. That only adds credence to the idea that some team will be interested in acquiring him for something the Mets could always use more pitching.

Trade Byrd. Keep Bobby Parnell.

What do you think the Mets should do by the trade deadline?

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MMO Exclusive: 2013 Mets Midseason Report Cards http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mmo-exclusive-2013-mets-midseason-report-cards.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mmo-exclusive-2013-mets-midseason-report-cards.html/#comments Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:25:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125303 report card

With the New York Mets (41-50) about to embark on the second half of the the 2013 season, I hit up two dozen of our MMO writers for their overall grades by position for our Mid-Season Report Cards.

For added measure we also included Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson and Mr. Met who was the only one to score an A+. :-)

So without further ado, here’s our 2013 Mid-Season Mets Report Cards.

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Terry Collins  C-

TC has been dealt a limited hand but has done a solid enough job overall. His bullpen management remains terrible. His opinion changes rather quickly. Just because you´ve been names a starting player on Monday doesn´t mean you´ll still be one on Saturday. That said, the players seem to enjoy playing for him and usually play hard – even if it´s not always obvious due to their limitations. – Andre

Sandy Alderson  C-

If you accept that 2013 is and was always going to be a transitional / building year, hopefully the final one in terms of financial austerity and waiting out contracts, then Alderson has done a pretty good job overall over the past calendar year. Yes, the team remains a mediocre 75-win caliber team all things considered that´ll probably finish 4th yet again this season. However, if you deduct the Santana & Bay contracts from this year´s payroll, the Mets are 3rd to last in the majors overall with only the Astros & Marlins spending less on their product on the field. So, not contending should not come as a surprise when prospects get moved at a rather slow pace and no money is spent while the group of remaining players lacks high-end talent beyond David Wright, Matt Harvey and to a lesser degree Bobby Parnell. – Andre

If the goal that Sandy himself established in 2010 was to see a renaissance in 2014 that will usher in years and years of sustainable success then you have to give him a near failing grade. Nobody I speak to among scouts, baseball insiders and baseball journalists see 2014 as anything other than what we’ve seen in the last three seasons. Wheeler was never going to be a difference maker, and winning franchises need more than two core players to achieve sustainable success. In three seasons we have more holes than we did in 2010 and no immediate help on the way. He has yet to develop any of his own minor leaguers as the cream of the crop came from trading players that he inherited. Sure it takes time to develop a farm and more than three seasons, but I’m using his timetable not one that I conjured up. The heat is on Sandy. – Joe D.

First Base  D-

The Governor needs to step in and declare first base a disaster area. Ike Davis was once looked upon as a core player and the first baseman of the future. Not anymore. Sadly, there are few in-house options that can give the Mets the 30-homer bat they desperately need from this position. Josh Satin should be getting the majority of playing time, but he doesn’t have that kind of power, but can get on base and drive in runs with his line-drive stroke. – Joe D.

Second Base  B-

Daniel Murphy has improved his defense and while he´s been hot & cold on offense still is at least an average bat offensively at second base. He´s a solid average piece. With Wilmer Flores mashing at AAA, the Mets will face a big question here soon. Keep the solid average piece as he enters his later arbitration years ? Go with the higher upside bat with the defensive question marks? – Andre

The Wilmer Flores situation will come to a head very soon. – Joe D.

Shortstop  C-

Ruben Tejada has been the other big disappointment. He has gradually regressed from his nice 2011 / early 2012 form and was a well below average player over the past calendar year. He´s still young and thus some hope remains. Quintanilla is a limited talent but has made the best out of his opportunity playing steady defense and providing a decent enough bat that this spot isn´t a liability right now. – Andre

Shortstop? What shortstop?

Third Base  A

David Wright has hit at or slightly above his already lofty career norms in spite of no protection around him in the lineup and played Gold Glove caliber defense. It´s time to surround him with better talent. – Andre

The worst part of signing Wright to the ginormous contract, was not going the extra hard and surrounding him with the guns to battle the NL East. So he’ll unfairly get the the blame for results in the standings and this was exactly what I hoped wouldn’t happen – Joe D.

Catcher  C+

Mostly manned by John Buck and Anthony Recker, things looked promising through the first three weeks of the season, but quickly went into a deep decline after that. Mets catchers are now batting .213 with a .277 OBP and 103 strikeouts in 347 at-bats. Very Thole-esque wouldn’t you say? – Joe D.

Left Field  C-

It started out with Lucas Duda and now has Eric Young Jr. and in about two more weeks it will be a combination of the two. What’s a manager to do. The bottom line though is that left field has produced the second highest OPS for the Mets so far at pedestrian .783. Keep on drawing those walks Lucas. Despite missing nearly a month, Duda is still second on the team with 38 walks which accounts for a huge chunk of the OPS. I need to see more of EY until I’m convinced he’s not the player his first 950 MLB plate appearances say he was. – Joe D.

Lucas Duda has proven he is not the long term answer in LF. Certainly not defensively. Possibly not offensively either. Eric Young Jr. has played some here recently and looks like the spark plug the team had been missing. – Andre

Center Field  C-

Cowgill flopped. Valdespin didn´t do much either. Nieuwenhuis has been up & down. Lagares has shown great defense but also some rawness offensively. – Andre

I can’t believe Sandy Alderson has me missing Andres Torres. – Joe D.

Right Field  B+

Marlon Byrd has had quite the unexpected comeback season. He single-handedly made right field a strength for the team so far this season, which of course means it may be time to move him. Right? Isn’t how this works? – Joe D.

Starting Rotation  B+

Matt Harvey has been great. Jeremy Hefner has far exceeded expectations and has done well. Dillon Gee has been up & down – but pretty much as expected overall. Jon Niese is the third biggest disappointment of the year. Though injuries and bad luck & bad weather have played a key role. It´ll be a big key getting him back to 100% going forward. Marcum was rarely healthy and performed between mediocre and terrible. Zack Wheeler remains a work in progress though the upside is huge. Getting him to be more consistent is another key going forward. – Andre

Bullpen  C

Bobby Parnell has emerged as a lights out closer which is very nice. Most other relievers have been unspectacular though better off late. The injury to Jeurys Familia was a big blow structurally as he could have been that 2nd power arm a good team needs in the pen. Josh Edgin has been too inconsistent. – Andre

I knew this group was in trouble again when after three weeks they already shuffled ten different players off or into the pen. Wow… Bullpen Revamp 3.0 was looking like another failure. By the time May ended it was in familiar territory ranking last in the majors in ERA, BAA and WHIP. Collins burned out his two best middle relief arms resulting in Lyon getting cut and Rice going from great to scary. Edgin had a short hiatus in the minors after a demotion, but has looked better. But largely, the bullpen has been a one-man show. – Joe D.

Bench  C+

Considering all the fluctuations in the lineup, the bench pieces have done a solid enough job. Unfortunately, too many bench pieces have been pressed into starting roles they´re probably not suited to fill. Mike Baxter being one example. – Andre

Andre pretty much nailed it. With most of the solid bench options now pressed into starting duty, I’m fearful as to what we’ll get in the second half. – Joe D.

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Mets To Release Brandon Lyon http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-to-release-brandon-lyon.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-to-release-brandon-lyon.html/#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2013 20:57:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124317 The New York Mets have requested to put right-handed reliever Brandon Lyon on unconditional release waivers.

The team recently made the announcement through their official Twitter page stating,

If Lyon accepts, he will become a free agent.

Lyon was designated for assignment after giving up a 14th inning run in the Mets loss to the Diamondbacks on the Fourth of July. He was taken off the roster to make room for fellow reliever, Greg Burke.

After signing a one year, $750,000 contract at the beginning of the season, Lyon has produced a 2-2 record with a 4.98 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 34 1/3 innings over 37 games.

During his 12 years in the league, the 33 year old veteran has accumulated a .472 win percentage (42-47) with a 4.16 career ERA.

 

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Mets Designate Brandon Lyon, Recall Greg Burke http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-designate-brandon-lyon-recall-greg-burke.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-designate-brandon-lyon-recall-greg-burke.html/#comments Fri, 05 Jul 2013 00:42:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=123833 brandon lyonThe Mets have designated reliever Brandon Lyon for assignment.

Sidearm reliever Greg Burke is due to rejoin the Mets on Friday in Milwaukee to replace Lyon’s spot on the active roster.

Lyon had a 4.98 ERA in 34.1 innings pitched for the Mets this season and has allowed ten earned runs in his last eight appearances.

He allowed a 14th-inning RBI single to Martin Prado today in the Mets’ 5-4, 15-inning loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Mets signed Lyon in January to a one-year, $750,000 contract loaded with incentive bonuses. He had 37 appearances for the Mets and was due to start getting $100,000 bonuses for each five appearances beginning at 40.

Who’s ready for another bullpen revamp next offseason? Just kidding, this bullpen hasn’t been nearly as bad as the last two seasons. But if they flip LaTroy Hawkins and David Aardsma as I suspect. another bullpen revamp may be exactly what we’ll get in the Winter.

Enjoy your independence, Brandon…

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Mets Go Down 5-4 In An Independence Day Thriller http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-go-down-5-4-in-an-independence-day-thriller.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-go-down-5-4-in-an-independence-day-thriller.html/#comments Thu, 04 Jul 2013 23:54:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=123826 anthony recker

Recker ties game with a homer in the 13th, but the celebration didn’t last long for Mets

The Mets played their hearts out and battled hard, but ultimately they would fall to the Arizona Diamondbacks by the score of 5-4 this afternoon at Citi Field in a 15 inning marathon.

Here’s the short and sweet…

Dillon Gee started and delivered a quality outing holding the D’backs to two runs in seven innings while striking out six. He left with the game tied at 2-2.

LaTroy Hawkins and Bobby Parnell followed with a scoreless inning each, but a heck of a job by Carlos Torres who came in and threw blanks at the Snakes for three innings.

In the 13th inning, David Aardsma gave up the tie-breaking run after walking Cody Ross with the bases loaded. Then with the Mets down to their last out in the bottom of the inning, Anthony Recker blasted a solo shot to knot it up again and the games goes on.

In the 14th, it would be Brandon Lyon‘s turn to allow the D-Backs to take the lead, this time it was Martin Prado who drove home the run. But the Mets wouldn’t go down without a fight and Kirk Nieuwenhuis would tie the game again with a solo homerun of his own… Wow… Onto the 15th…

The D-backs finally took the lead for good when Scott Rice allowed a Cliff Pennington RBI single in the 15th inning. The Mets almost came back again, but almost doesn’t count, and Brad Ziegler held them off  for the save. Boo!!!

Quick Hits: The game lasted five hours, 46 minutes. Dillon Gee has a 2.47 ERA over his past seven starts. Josh Satin extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a sixth-inning single. He has reached base in 15 straight games. LaTroy Hawkins has not allowed an earned run in his past 13 appearances. John Buck was ejected for arguing a strike call.

The Mets now head to Milwaukee for a weekend series with the Brewers. Zack Wheeler (1-1, 5.06 ERA) opposes Johnny Hellweg (0-1, 20.25) in an 8:10 PM start.

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

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Mets Stay Hot As Bats Come Alive Late In 9-1 Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-stay-hot-as-bats-come-alive-late-in-9-1-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-stay-hot-as-bats-come-alive-late-in-9-1-win.html/#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2013 04:02:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=123648 brown satin

The Mets defeated the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Tuesday night by a score of 9-1. Jeremy Hefner earned his third win of the season with another solid start, and New York handed Patrick Corbin his first loss.

The game started slowly for both teams, with both Hefner and Corbin dealing out of the gate. Anthony Recker broke a scoreless tie with a solo shot to left in the bottom of the fifth, giving the Mets the lead until Martin Prado tied it with a bomb of his own in the seventh. In the bottom half of the seventh, Josh Satin (who else?!) gave the Mets the lead with a double, and after Andrew Brown walked, the Mets had the bases loaded with none out. Naturally, mother nature would have none of it, and the tarp came on the field.

A couple hours later, the game resumed and the Mets promptly blew the game open behind RBI hits from Recker, Omar Quintanilla, Eric Young, and Juan Lagares. The Mets would have had another run if not for a terrible call at home plate, but the game had been decided nonetheless. LaTroy Hawkins and Brandon Lyon tossed scoreless frames to finish off the D-Backs (but not before Quintanilla could tack on another RBI in the eighth), and the Mets sealed their second straight win over Arizona.

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Thoughts:

As I said last night (or rather this morning, after yesterday’s midnight finish), Satin is absolutely raking. He had another huge hit tonight, delivering the decisive RBI in the seventh. Eric Young is producing as well; these new guys are fun to watch.

Anthony Recker has a pitiful average, but he seems to have a knack for driving in runs. It feels like he gets a hit a lot more often than 15% of the time…

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Another great start from Hefner tonight. The rotation is starting to step up, and with Wheeler in the big leagues and Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard not far behind, fans have to be excited about the state of our pitching. Hopefully, Jon Niese comes back healthy soon (although the pessimistic Mets fan in me fully expects disastrous results from his MRI scheduled for later this week). If the pitching can establish itself as a great strength, the team will be able to trade for bats (as well as spend a little on bats, if the Wilpons are being truthful when they say they are not broke) and become a contender at some point in the near future.

Lastly, can anybody remember a season where it has rained more often than in 2013? It feels like every game has had at least a drizzle, it was really coming down out there during the seventh.

The Mets will attempt to clinch a series victory tomorrow when they face the Diamondbacks in the third game of their four-game series a Citi Field. Matt Harvey (7-1, 2.00 ERA), our second best hitting-pitcher after Anthony Recker, will take on Randall Delgado (0-2, 4.05 ERA) at 7:10 PM.

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Mets Re-Call Gonzalez Germen, Corresponding Move To Be Made http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-re-call-gonzalez-germen-corresponding-move-to-be-made.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-re-call-gonzalez-germen-corresponding-move-to-be-made.html/#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2013 05:18:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=123565

RHP Gonzalez Germen is on his way to NY. A corresponding move will made prior to Tuesday’s game.

— New York Mets (@Mets) July 2, 2013

Well, that happened! Brandon Lyon or Josh Edgin could see themselves DFA’d for Gonzalez German.

Germen, who I recently complained about because he took up a spot on the 40-man roster with minimal MLB action. I guess the Mets were listening…

The 25-year right-hander tossed two innings earlier in the year with the Mets and allowed three earned runs. In 42.2 innings pitched in Las Vegas this year, he has a 5.70 ERA (27 earned runs) and has allowed 47 hits and ten walks.

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Wheeler And The Mets Get Shell Shocked In 13-2 Loss To The Nats http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/wheeler-and-the-mets-get-shell-shocked-in-13-2-loss-to-the-nats.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/wheeler-and-the-mets-get-shell-shocked-in-13-2-loss-to-the-nats.html/#comments Sun, 30 Jun 2013 21:17:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=123441 mets630

WheelerYeah…This was such a joke of a game that I insinuated in the shout box that I didn’t even think it deserved a recap. But it happened — and what’s done is done. Zack Wheeler, our touted prospect, took the mound against the Nationals for his Citi Field debut and it was rocky, to say the least. Wheeler looked to be making an effort to throw more pitches over the plate, although his strike:ball ratio (54:35) didn’t particularly show it. Unfortunately for him, he was knocked around for five earned runs and failed to finish the fifth inning, where he was lifted in favor of David Aardsma.

Two of his five runs came the hard way, as Adam LaRoche and Jayson Werth each took the young man deep for a solo home run. The other three runs crossed the plate in the third inning off a combination of hits and a walk. Wheeler struck out five, and his velocity was slightly down at times — which I really hope was not a result of some adjustment Warthen had him make due to his “tipping pitches.” That being said, I really hoped my John Maine comparison was a one-game thing, and not the norm…

There are going to be games like this for Wheeler — and there will likely be games where he dominates too. The question is how frequently we’ll see the dominant Wheeler in comparison to the one that struggled today. Three major league starts does not define a career, however.

There were little bright spots to speak of in this game regardless, however, as Brandon Lyon made an effort to ensure that another top Mets prospect wouldn’t get a win. After Aardsma and Josh Edgin pitched us into the seventh without allowing anymore damage, Lyon was obliterated for six earned runs — although one of them scored as an inherited runner when Scott Rice allowed a base hit. Fan favorite Anthony Recker allowed a two-run home run in the ninth, but got the next three outs easily.

The Mets had a few chances to score in this game, but failed to come through until the ninth, when John Buck ripped a two-run home run. Too little, too late…

Shaun Marcum looks to build on his first win when the Mets take on the Arizona Diamondbacks tomorrow evening.

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Bullpen Wastes A Solid Start By Harvey In Mets 6-4 Loss To Nats http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/bullpen-wastes-a-solid-start-by-harvey-in-mets-6-4-loss-to-nats.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/bullpen-wastes-a-solid-start-by-harvey-in-mets-6-4-loss-to-nats.html/#comments Sat, 29 Jun 2013 13:50:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=123330 matt harvey

The Mets lost to the Nationals tonight by a score of 6-4 at Citi Field. Matt Harvey started the game and was, of course, fantastic, pitching 7 innings of 1-run ball and striking out 11 Washington hitters. Ross Detwiler was pretty good as well for the Nationals, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings of work.

The Mets struck first in the bottom of the fourth when David Wright scored on a throwing error by Ian Desmond. However, the Mets squandered a great chance to tack on more runs, as John Buck, Omar Quintanilla, and Matt Harvey failed to get the runners in from second and third following Desmond’s blunder.

After Desmond broke up Harvey’s perfect game with a game-tying solo shot in the fifth, the Mets quickly took the lead once again in the bottom half of the inning on RBI hits from Marlon Byrd and Josh Satin. After Harvey finished off his night with a scoreless seventh, the Mets got some insurance with another RBI hit from Satin, and the game seemed well in hand.

However, everything fell apart for the Mets in the top of the 8th. After David Aardsma retired 2 batters following a leadoff single, Terry Collins pulled him for Josh Edgin, who promptly gave up a double and was taken out. Brandon Lyon came in, and walked Anthony Rendon to load the bases. Rather than bring in Parnell with 2 out, Collins left Lyon out there, and Ryan Zimmerman tied the score with a bases-clearing double, handing Harvey yet another no-decision and taking Detwiler off the hook.

After their 9th inning rally, the Nationals got to Bobby Parnell for 2 runs in the 9th on a Desmond double and a sacrifice fly from Kurt Suzuki, and the Mets were unable to mount a comeback in the 9th, giving the Nationals a 6-4 win.

Harvey has been incredible to watch this season. He was once again dominant, and it is no longer a surprise when he flirts with a perfect game or a no-hitter for 4 or 5 innings. However, he seemed to tire fairly quickly (by his standards), and had to be pulled after 7 innings. The bullpen had been better lately, but Terry’s inexplicable decision to pull Aardsma got the wheels going for the Nationals, who pounced on our other relievers to steal this game from us. Parnell was uncharacteristically flat with his pitches tonight, and gave the Nationals no trouble at all in the 9th.

Byrd has been great lately, but he is not part of the future. His trade value is going up and he should probably be moved. Young had another exciting play today when he flashed his terrific speed to score from first on Byrd’s double. He might be part of the future, and the Mets should continue to give him consistent playing time.

Overall, Harvey Day was fun while the star of the show was on the stage, but once he came out, the bottom fell out and that led to another disappointing loss for our Mets.

The Mets (32-44) will try to even their series with the Nationals (40-39) tomorrow at Citi Field (1:10 PM). Dillon Gee (5-7. 4.82 ERA) will take on Taylor Jordan, who will be making his major league debut.

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Blood On The Streets Of Philadelphia After Wright Leads 8-0 Massacre http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/blood-on-the-streets-of-philadelphia-after-wright-leads-8-0-massacre.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/blood-on-the-streets-of-philadelphia-after-wright-leads-8-0-massacre.html/#comments Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:07:38 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122936

The Mets obliterated the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon by the score of 8-0 to take the series, their second straight on this road trip. It was the Mets’ third shutout victory of the season.

David Wright led the Mets’ 12-hit attack with four hits including two doubles, a triple and his 12th home run of the season. It marked his first career game with four extra-base hits and tied a franchise record. Wow… Wight also drove in two and scored a pair of runs.

Eric Young Jr. had a huge game at the top of the order and went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Marlon Byrd continued his hot stretch with two more hits and a pair of runs driven in.

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Oh yeah… Matt Harvey pitched today… The righthander didn’t strikeout 13 as he did in his last start, but he did deliver six scoreless innings before the rains came and ended his outing. Harvey hit 100 mph on the radar gun and stymied the Phillies lineup, holding them to just two hits and a walk while striking out a meager six batters. He improves to 7-1 with a league leading 2.01 ERA.

LaTroy Hawkins and Brandon Lyon delivered three scoreless innings out of the pen.

Special thanks to Ben Revere for his atrocious three-base error that led to three runs for the Mets. #PHILLYFAIL #LOLPhillies

The Mets (30-42) are now just three games behind the Phillies for third place in the NL East. They now head to Chicago for a two-game interleague series that begins on Tuesday with a marquee matchup that will pit Zack Wheeler (1-0, 0.00 ERA) against Chris Sale (5-6, 2.69).

Great game… Great series… Great road trip…

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Mets Take The Series: Wright Homers Twice In 4-3 Win Over Braves http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-take-the-series-wright-homers-twice-in-4-3-win-over-braves.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-take-the-series-wright-homers-twice-in-4-3-win-over-braves.html/#comments Fri, 21 Jun 2013 03:22:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122714 david wright homers

Wright rounds the bases after hitting his second home run of the game tonight…

On the strength of three home runs, two of them by David Wright, the Mets beat the Braves by the score of 4-3 tonight at Turner Field to take the rubber game of a five-game series.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good news as the Mets may have potentially lost lefthander Jon Niese for an extended period of time after he came out of the game in the fourth inning with shoulder discomfort. Niese motioned for the trainers to come out after delivering a pitch to Tyler Pastornicky and pointed to his shoulder. For a few weeks, he had been dealing with what the team has called shoulder tendinitis. Hopefully, he’ll be fine.

After Niese departed the game and the Mets down 3-2, David Aardsma, LaTroy Hawkins, Brandon Lyon, Josh Edgin and Bobby Parnell all pitched in relief and combined to toss 5.2 scoreless innings, holding the Braves offense at bay until the Mets would come back to take the lead.

The star of the game was Wright, who blasted two solo home runs, his 10th and 11th homers of the season, while going 3-for-4 at the plate. Andrew Brown, fresh up from Triple-A Las Vegas, walloped a pinch-hit in the fifth, his first as a Met, to tie the game at 3-3. Then Josh Satin ripped a pinch-hit RBI double to drive home Omar Quintanilla with what would be the winning run. For Satin, it was his fifth straight time on base in five plate appearances.

Defensive play of the game…

MURPH!!!

Atlanta entered the series an MLB-best 23-8 at home this season, but lost three of five games to the Mets, and it was also their first series loss at Turner Field in 2013. #LOLBraves

Our own Ed Leyro and founder of Studious Metsimus pointed out on Twitter that Wright at 30 years old has 32 home runs against the Braves, while Chipper Jones at 30 only had 26 homers against the Mets. Can you say Braves Killer!

The Mets now head to Philly for a weekend series. RHP Jeremy Hefner (1-6, 3.96 ERA) opposes LHP Cole Hamels (2-10, 4.40) at 7:05 PM on Friday. Please note that my 2013 Mets Sleeper of the Year has the better ERA. :-)

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Atchison Leaves Game With Sore Right Groin http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/atchison-leaves-game-with-sore-right-groin.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/atchison-leaves-game-with-sore-right-groin.html/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 02:13:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122437 Before today’s game the New York Mets placed infielder Justin Turner on the 15-day disabled list due to an intercostal strain and subsequently activated reliever Scott Atchison.

AtchisonHowever, when Atchison came in to pitch the bottom of the 7th inning, he appeared to injure in his leg while tossing his warmup pitches.

Atchison was immediately pulled from the game and replaced by Brandon Lyon.

The Mets are calling it a sore right groin.

The ailing Atchison was returning to the lineup for the first time since being removed from his appearance in St. Louis on May 13 due to numbness in his fingers. It turns out the 37-year-old reliever was suffering the effects of a bone spur in his throwing arm. The growth was placing pressure on a nerve and causing inflammation in his elbow. Although he has been reactivated, the spur is still present and may need to be removed in the future. Atchison has opted to pitch through the spur on top of the presence of a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.

As for Turner, who was batting .266 in 44 games played this season, he was in the throes of a 8-50 slump before injuring his side during batting practice. After a few days with no improvement, he was administered a cortisone shot and placed on the DL.

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Gee Brilliant, Mets Bats Power 5-1 Win Over The Cards http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/gee-brilliant-mets-bats-power-5-1-win-over-the-cards.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/gee-brilliant-mets-bats-power-5-1-win-over-the-cards.html/#comments Thu, 13 Jun 2013 02:17:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=121862 marlon byrd

Dillon Gee was dominant for the Mets as they beat the St. Louis Cardinals by the score of 5-1 tonight at Citi Field to even the series at one game apiece.

It was the third consecutive solid outing for Gee who is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in that span. The righthander held one of the most potent offenses in the game to just one earned run tonight in 6.2 innings pitched, scattering just six hits and two walks while striking out seven. Just a tremendous effort from Gee who improves to 5-6 for the season.

The Mets roughed up highly touted pitching phenom Shelby Miller for three home runs tonight. Lucas Duda went deep in the fourth inning to put the Mets up 3-0, David Wright launched a towering drive in the sixth, and Marlon Byrd blasted his ninth homer of the season in the seventh to complete the trifecta. All three homers were solo shots.

Jordany Valdespin and Omar Quintanilla went 0-for-8 at the top of the order, but Mets 3-4-5 hitters saved the day going 5-for-11 with four RBIs and four runs scored.

The bullpen did the job with 2.1 perfect innings of relief from Scott Rice, Brandon Lyon and Bobby Parnell.

Breaking News: We cannot confirm or deny reports that Josh Satin was abducted by aliens en route from Las Vegas on Sunday. However we do believe that Satin may have become the victim of foul play at the hands of a menacing manager who goes by the name of Terry Collins and is known to prey on rookies.

With the win the Mets improve their record to 24-36. Weather permitting (there’s a wicked storm brewing) dueling aces square off with Matt Harvey (5-0, 2.10 ERA) opposing Adam Wainwright (9-3, 2.34) at 1:10 PM.

Lets Go Mets!

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Marlins Celebrate Harvey Day With 11-6 Win Over The Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/marlins-celebrate-harvey-day-with-11-6-win-over-the-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/marlins-celebrate-harvey-day-with-11-6-win-over-the-mets.html/#comments Sun, 02 Jun 2013 22:09:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120621 juan pierre marlinsJuan Pierre was on base four times and scored three runs for the Marlins today.

Not even Matt Harvey Day could stop the Miami Marlins from beating the Mets this afternoon by the score of 11-6 to complete an embarrassing three game sweep of the Amazins.

Looking for his sixth win of the season, Harvey struggled today against the Marlins and allowed four runs – a career high – for the second time in three starts. He toiled through five innings letting up ten hits and two walks while striking out five.

“I’m not happy about the start at all,” Harvey said after the game. “I didn’t execute my pitches very well.”

Once again in this series, the Mets bullpen provided no relief even from the usually reliable Scott Rice who was torched for three runs on four walks and a back-breaking double by Marcell Ozuna. LaTroy Hawkins gave up three runs and Brandon Lyon allowed one.

Offensively, the Mets connected for three home runs in the game including solo shots from both Lucas Duda and Omar Quintanilla, and a two-run 425-foot bomb by Ike Davis who hit the ball hard all day.

The Mets were outscored 24-8 by the Marlins in the forgettable three game series. It’s pretty clear that it’s time for this team to go into 2014 mode… Play the kids, dump the chumps… Another losing season beckons…

They’ll have the day off on Monday to lick their wounds before heading to Washington to play the Nationals. Jeremy Hefner (1-5, 4.74 ERA) opposes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (8-3, 2.37) at 7:05 PM on Tuesday.

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Murphy Rips Four Hits, Niese Solid, Mets End Skid With 5-2 Win Over Cards http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/murphy-rips-four-hits-niese-solid-mets-end-skid-with-5-2-win-over-cards.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/murphy-rips-four-hits-niese-solid-mets-end-skid-with-5-2-win-over-cards.html/#comments Thu, 16 May 2013 22:10:38 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=119083 daniel murphy lucas duda

Daniel Murphy had four hits and Jon Niese pitched a gem as the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 to salvage the final game of the series and avoid the four-game sweep.

The Mets got on the board in the third when Jordany Valdespin ignited a two-run rally with a perfect drag bunt in the third and then scored when the red-hot Murphy lined double to score Spin and then came around to put the Mets up 2-1 after David Wright drove him home with a single to right.

After another double by Murphy in the sixth, the Mets would score two more runs on an RBI-double by Wright and a sac-fly by Lucas Duda. Catcher John Buck broke out of slump with an RBI-single in the eighth for the Mets’ fifth run.

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Meanwhile on the mound, the Niese we used to know was back and he was dealing. After allowing 15 runs in his last two starts, Niese worked on his mechanics and rediscovered his fastball and curve, using both pitches to great effect to silence the Cardinals offense. The southpaw tossed 7.1 innings, allowing just two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out three. It was great to see him bounce back and hopefully this is the beginning of something good for Niese.

Niese gave way with two on and one out in the eighth inning, but in came Brandon Lyon, who induced an inning-ending double play to escape any damage. Bobby Parnell closed it out in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.

Ike Davis continues to struggle and went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts to earn the golden sombrero. Davis is hitless in his last 22 at-bats and his batting average is at a four-week low of .157 for the season. Terry Collins says he’s sticking with him.

The Mets now head to Chicago for a weekend series with the Cubs. Matt Harvey will oppose Edwin Jackson in a 2:20 PM matinee. Lets Go Mets!

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Baxter Does It Again, Mets Top Pirates In 3-2 Walkoff Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/baxter-does-it-again-mets-top-pirates-in-3-2-walkoff-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/baxter-does-it-again-mets-top-pirates-in-3-2-walkoff-win.html/#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 12:23:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=118147 Mets59

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The legend of Mike Baxter continues to grow as he came through in the clutch for the Mets yet again on Thursday night, with his second walk-off hit in three games!

This was a low scoring affair for the Mets due to Dillon Gee dancing out of trouble in each of his first five innings on the mound tonight, without allowing a run through them. He started the sixth for the Mets and allowed two singles and hit a batter to load the bases before he was removed in favor of Brandon Lyon, who allowed a game-tying sacrifice fly.

The only run support the Mets were able to provide Gee while he was on the mound was a sacrifice fly via Marlon Byrd in the second. They would rally to score in the seventh, via a smoked RBI double by Ike Davis, but LaTroy Hawkins gave up a solo shot to Pedro Alvarez in the top of the eighth, which tied the game up…again.

But fear not, Mets fans, as Mike Baxter, heroic wings and all, drilled an RBI single off Pirates closer Jason Grilli to win the game in exciting fashion for the Mets.

Say what you want about Baxter, but when you think about all the work he has put in for us, he has definitely become a fan favorite.

Lets Go Mets!

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Scott Rice Leading The Bullpen In Appearances, Reliability And Effectiveness http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/scott-rice-leading-the-bullpen-in-appearances-reliability-and-effectiveness.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/scott-rice-leading-the-bullpen-in-appearances-reliability-and-effectiveness.html/#comments Fri, 03 May 2013 10:19:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=117356 mets pitching

When you glance at this morning’s Mets pitching leaders, you see two names that belong in Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell. Each of them have been nothing short of phenomenal in their roles of closer and staff ace. But just below them is a name nobody expected much from this season – that is unless you read my preseason feature on Scott Rice – the 31-year old rookie who has become a cult figure here on MMO.

scott riceThe left-handed reliever has performed at a level unseen by a southpaw since Perpetual Pedro was in his prime during the Omar Minaya legacy.

Rice has been a Godsend in the bullpen both for his effectiveness and reliability, but more than that he’s been the bullpen’s most durable reliever, leading the team with 16 appearances and 14.2 innings pitched. For a Mets bullpen that is ranked 29th in the majors with a 5.09 ERA, Rice along with Parnell have given the team their all and have been the most steadfast performers in an otherwise ill-performing bullpen.

Gone already are Greg Burke, Josh Edgin and Aaron Laffey. Brandon Lyon and Robert Carson may soon be the next to go. Jeurys Familia who I felt earned a job out of Spring Training, is finally here and so far the early results have been encouraging.

But getting back to Rice, Mike Kerwick of The Record had a great profile of him this morning on NJ.com. He goes back to his formative years and gives some more backstory to what has already been one of the better storylines to this Mets season.

“He’s been terrific,” said Mets manager Terry Collins. “Extremely durable. When you talk to him, this is what he’s been waiting for his whole life, this opportunity.”

Kerwick shares a fascinating story about Rice that only furthers my respect for this unique player who toiled in the minors for 14 years before finally making his major league debut this season with the Mets. Most players would have quit and hung up their spikes after eight or nine years, but Rice remained determined and set on making it to the majors against all odds.

Rice bounced around – five major league organizations, 18 minor league teams – before he finally caught on with the Mets last month. He threw his first major league pitch on April 1, almost 14 years after he was drafted.

In the darkest moments of those 14 years, Rice would place calls to his father. Dennis knew a thing or two about watching a baseball dream implode. Rice’s father blew out his shoulder years ago, back when he was a middle infielder for the University of Southern California.

“He’s the main reason why I kept playing,” Rice said. “At times I hated it. But he kept pushing me, telling me, ‘Hey, you’ve got to get out there, you’ve got to keep doing this, you’ve got to keep doing that. You’ve got to make these phone calls to teams.’

Rice was very instrumental in the 7-6 win against the Marlins that put an end to the team’s six-game losing streak, the longest such streak in two seasons.

With the Mets barely holding on to their one-run lead, Collins turned to Rice to get a critical out with the tying run on third in the eighth inning. Rice came in and induced an inning-ending grounder from the pesky leadoff hitter, Juan Pierre. Once again, Rice rose to the occasion without breaking a sweat.

“He’s been very, very good,” Collins said. “He realizes when he keeps the ball down and throws strikes, he gets ground balls. So far we’ve caught them.”

There haven’t been too many great bright spots to the Mets’ season thus far, but Scott Rice is certainly one of them, and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

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Mets Have Made A Theme Of Losing In “Wild” Fashion http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-have-made-a-theme-of-losing-in-wild-fashion.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-have-made-a-theme-of-losing-in-wild-fashion.html/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 14:00:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=116994 brandon-lyon juan-pierre

Despite the incredible effort by Jeremy Hefner on Tuesday night, the Mets were unable to get just three more outs as a ninth inning meltdown capped off by a Brandon Lyon wild pitch handed the Marlins their second straight walk-off victory against the Amazin’s and their first series win of the season.

Surprisingly enough, the Mets have become quite used to the demoralizing oddity known as the walk-off wild pitch. In fact, last night was the third time in four seasons that Flushing’s Finest have allowed the game-winning run to score on a pitch to the backstop.

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On May 14 of the 2010 season, Johan Santana was on the mound in a premiere matchup with then-Marlins ace Josh Johnson. Santana went seven innings allowing just one unearned run on six hits and seven strikeouts. He left for a pinch-hitter with the game tied at one. After pitching a scoreless eighth, reliever Fernando Nieve took the hill to pitch a perfect ninth to send the game into extra innings. After getting Jorge Cantu to fly to left for the first out of the tenth, Nieve walked Cody Ross and quickly allowed a Ronny Paulino single to put Ross at third. Then on the first pitch to Dan Uggla, Nieve bounced it to the plate past Rod Barajas as Ross raced home to win it for the Marlins. The walk-off wild pitch would be the first victory for the Fish in what would be a four game sweep of the Mets.

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Fast forward two years to July of 2012… Jon Niese is having a heck of a game against the Nationals Ross Detwiler. They both exit after seven, Niese surrendering one run and punching out eight, Detwiler spotless, giving the Nats a 1-0 advantage. They would go up 2-0 after a Steve Lombardozzi RBI double. Comes the top of the ninth, the Mets put up a three spot to go ahead 3-2. However the lead would be short lived as Bobby Parnell would blow the save, allowing the Nats to tie it and send it to extra innings. Josh Thole doubled to drive in Daniel Murphy and give the Amazin’s their second lead in as many innings. Tim Byrdak came on to close out the tenth and after a game tying, RBI triple to the rookie sensation Bryce Harper, he walked the bases loaded and was lifted for Pedro Beato. Beato, on a 1-2 pitch to Tyler Moore, threw a breaking ball that went right past Josh Thole, allowing Ryan Zimmerman to slide home and win it for the Nats by a score of 5-4.

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Then we have last night. A suddenly hot Jeremy Hefner came in to finish off a shutout, and came away with a loss as both the tying and go-ahead runs were charged to the 27-year old despite a meltdown by Brandon Lyon capped off by a wild pitch of his own that bounced off the glove of Anthony Recker and ricocheted towards the home dugout.

Before this recent stretch, the last time the Mets lost a ballgame on a walk-off wild pitch dates back all the way to 1981 when Mike Marshall let one fly at Houston. You have to go all the way back to the beginning of the Reagan administration for that one! Meanwhile all three of these most recent “wild” endings have occurred under the same commander in chief

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Not a theme the Mets would like to continue, however with the quality–or lack there of–of arms they continue to acquire for the ‘pen, what can you expect? Sure Brandon Lyon is supposed to be a solid set-up man, however that hasn’t been the case up to this point. You get what you pay for; you get out of it what you put in. When you don’t go and add significant arms for innings seven through nine and beyond, losses such as those mentioned above are going to happen.

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The Terry Collins Watch Keeps Ticking http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/the-terry-collins-watch-keeps-ticking.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/the-terry-collins-watch-keeps-ticking.html/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:01:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=116700 Updated on 5/1

Bob Klapisch of The Record, mirrors my post from Monday that the Terry Collins watch has begun:

The countdown on Terry Collins began on the first day of pitchers and catchers and nothing so far has made it any easier to believe he’ll be back with the Mets in 2014. Of course, Collins has handled his lame-duck status with grace and maturity — he’s an honest guy, good with people — but that hasn’t stopped Sandy Alderson from letting his manager continue to drift away from the mother ship.

Collins, no dummy, knows he would’ve already received a vote of confidence, even in private, if Alderson and Jeff Wilpon were entirely sold on his body of work. Both men know what job security — or its absence — does to a manager’s standing in the clubhouse. Without a commitment from ownership, Collins looks like a short-timer on a bad team, a latter-day George Bamberger. The current six-game losing streak, including embarrassing back-to-back losses to the Marlins, doesn’t help his cause, either.

Collins seems to be making one bad decision after another during this current losing streak. It’s hard to ignore his bad calls and the become more glaring especially with the team losing 10 of their last 13 games.

Last night, in a critical save situation – in a game the Mets needed so desperately to win – he called upon Brandon Lyon while his regular closer Bobby Parnell was armed and ready to go.

Lets just say that it didn’t work out too well for the Mets…

Reportedly, Parnell was pissed off after the game and was angry that he didn’t get the chance to preserve the win for Jeremy Hefner who pitched the game of his life and deserved a better fate.

Tick, tick, tick, tick….

Original Post 4/29

terry collins shut yo mouth

After getting off to a 7-4 start to the season, the Mets have now lost nine of their last 12 games and aside from when Matt Harvey and Jon Niese are on the hill, you don’t get the sense that the Mets will win that day.

Part of the problem was a middle to back end of the rotation that was ill-conceived from the beginning. The ever so reliable R.A. Dickey was replaced with Shaun Marcum who has already missed nearly a month of the season. Not surprising coming off an injury plagued season in 2012.

The bullpen, which has been among league’s worst for two years in a row, is in familiar territory once again and sporting the highest ERA in the league and the second worst mark in baseball. While Bobby Parnell has made advances in the closer role, the league is batting .324 against LaTroy Hawkins, Josh Edgin and Glen Burke have already been cut, and Scott Atchison, Brandon Lyon and Robert Carson each have ERAs over 4.00.

The outfield, which many thought would be better than last year’s version, is producing at the bottom of the MLB barrel again. Collin Cowgill is batting a gritty .169, and Marlon Byrd is providing a veteran presence to go with his .235 average. Those two were announced as everyday outfielders on Opening Day and experiment that lasted all of three games. Adding to the folly is the scrappy Mike Baxter and his .229 average. After a solid start, Lucas Duda has been mired in a slump and is batting .233 in his last ten games. Jordany Valdespin is probably the Mets’ best option, but is still relegated to bench and spot duty. He didn’t even merit a start a day after a game winning grand slam.

You have a mixed bag in the infield with David Wright holding up his end of the bargain with a .309 average and a .506 slugging, and Daniel Murphy continues to defy his skeptics offensively and defensively. Ike Davis has been a sore spot all season long and as I said two weeks ago it’s time to bring up Josh Satin who leads the organization with a 1.10 OPS and platoon him at first. Ruben Tejada hasn’t cut it defensively or offensively and yet somehow he frequently finds himself batting leadoff.

This team has gaping holes everywhere. Today on MetsBlog, Matt Cerrone provided a glimmer of hope:

“A Zack Wheeler and a Travis d’Arnaud there, an Ike Davis hot streak there, and things can turn around quick.”

I don’t see that changing the climate in Flushing. The Mets were at their worst last season when Davis got hot, Wheeler can’t seem to find the strike zone in Vegas, and D’Arnaud has missed nearly the first month of the season on the DL.

Yesterday on Twitter, I posted this message:

I put much of the blame on yesterday’s loss on Terry Collins. His decision to remove Niese when he did was a terrible one, and the worst part was what he said afterward:

“I knew they were going to put Howard in,” Collins said. “Scott Atchison‘s breaking ball is really difficult to hit. I don’t care who it is.”

He knew Mets killer Ryan Howard would come in and yet he proceeded as Scott Atchison is the second coming of Dennis Eckersley.

He also replaced Juan Lagares with Collin Cowgill and as one reader pointed out, that Howard two-run double probably would have been caught with the speedier and more agile rookie who Collins himself said was better than Matt den Dekker defensively.

Is it too early to call for Collins’ head?

Probably, but while we can fix the bullpen, the outfield, the infield or the backend of the rotation, you can’t fix stupid. As I said, the Mets won’t do anything now with the All Star game closing in at Citi Field, but there’s a reason why Sandy Alderson opted to let Terry Collins go into this season without an extension and as a lame duck manager.

Is it time for some Wally Ball at Citi Field?

Is it time for some Wally Ball at Citi Field?

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