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After getting swept by the Mets over the weekend, Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds says that they should be favorites in the postseason. Frazier says New York’s rotation is the best he’s ever played against, and he compared them to the Braves’ dominating staff during the 1990′s.

“I remember watching the Braves back in the day when I was really little,’’ he said. “I can’t think of four guns who throw in the high 90s with nasty off-speed stuff so I really feel like they are the team to beat.’’

“They’ve got Steven Matz, I don’t know how you can’t start that kid. The other two guns with deGrom and Harvey, geez, it’s lethal.”

“If the Mets bring it like they brought it here, it’s going to be trouble for those other teams.’’ (Kevin Kernan, NY Post)

Frazier faced all four of the Mets’ young stars with Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz taking the hill against the Reds. He finished the series with a .214 average and seemed to have the most trouble against Syndergaard, who struck him out in all three at-bats.

“Noah Syndergaard is the real deal, he’s one of the nastiest guys I’ve faced, he’s No. 1 or No. 2 for sure.”

The Mets’ rotation will a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs, and everyone is starting to take notice. It’s going to be a lot of fun watching them battle it out in October as they have the ability to overpower even the best lineups in the league.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Reds, 7:10 PM (Let’s Get This Done!) Thu, 24 Sep 2015 19:49:42 +0000 Matz Steven

The New York Mets completed a 3-6 homestand with a loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, but maintain their 6,5 game lead atop the National League East and watched their magic number dip to five.

Tonight, the Mets take on the Cincinnati Reds for the start of a four game series at Great American Ball Park. Steven Matz (4-0, 1.80) goes for the Mets and opposes Reds right-hander Josh Smith (0-2, 7.71) in Thursday’s 7:10 PM series opener.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. David Wright – 3B
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  7. Michael Conforto – LF
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Steven Matz – LHP

The Mets weren’t able to hold off the Braves last night and they dropped the series in New York. After having the lead for the vast majority of the game, Freddie Freeman (who the WOR booth talked about earlier in the game as “not as much of a Met killer this year) came off the bench and hit a two-run double and later a three-run homer) to put the Braves ahead. Luckily, the Nationals fell apart so the magic number is now 5 with 10 games remaining as the Mets head to Cincy.

Steven Matz is 4-0 over 5 starts and 30.0 innings with 26 K’s and a 1.80 ERA. In his last start he allowed 1 ER over 6.0 innings against the Yankees and overall since returning to the Mets he is 2-0 over 3 starts and 16.1 innings with a 2.20 ERA while striking out 12. His major league debut was against the Reds where he pitched 7.2 innings allowing 2 ER with 6 K’s. The Reds have the following numbers against Matz:

  • Votto 0-3
  • Bruce 0-1, 2 BB
  • Frazier 1-3, HR
  • Hamilton 0-3
  • Pena 1-3
  • Phillips 1-3, HR

Josh Smith is 0-2 over 6 games, 4 starts in his rookie season pitching 18.2 innings with a 7.71 ERA. He faced the Mets back in June and then left the league in his following start before returning this month. Against the Mets he allowed 3 runs, 1 earned over 5.0 innings. His last outing was his first start since returning and he allowed 4 ER over 4.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Smith:

  • Duda 0-1
  • Flores 0-3
  • Granderson 1-3, 2B
  • Tejada 0-3
  • Matz 2-2, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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Where’s The Offense? Where’s The Swagger? Thu, 24 Sep 2015 19:40:14 +0000 mets win

While Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog wonders where the offense is, Kevin Kernan of the New York Post takes it one step further and asks if the Mets have lost their swagger.

“This isn’t Panic City, yet, but it’s not a good vibe around the Mets as they dropped two straight to the Braves and head out to play two more terrible teams — the Reds and Phillies — before finishing the season at home with a three-spot against the Nationals. If the Mets don’t clean it up, they could be scrambling instead of setting up their postseason plans to perfection.”

Terry Collins told reporters his hitters are picking up some bad habits and are being too aggressive and because of that they are chasing pitches out of the strike zone.

“One of the things we’re getting away from is our chase rate is up a little bit, which is something we have not been doing, We’ve been making pitchers bring the ball in the strike zone. Look at what we did on the road. You’ve still got to be patient enough to make sure you’re getting balls you can handle.”

“For six years, I’ve said this is not an easy place to hit,” Collins said about Citi Field. “It’s a big park still, even though we’ve made adjustments to it. There’s wind factors a lot of times. We live and die with power, and this is a tough place to have power.”

Kernan says the Mets,who have lost five of their last six series at home and are 6-12 in their last 18 games at Citi Field, are a team that has lost its edge.

“They don’t look or act like a playoff team. There is no swagger to the Mets, other than Yoenis Cespedes. Until the Mets get rid of the Ghosts of 2007-08, this will be a team with self-doubts.”

Geez, where do I begin… First of all, regarding swagger, too many fans mistakenly think that when a team is in a winning streak it must mean they possess a ton of swagger and when they are losing they lack this somewhat mystical and magical trait.

What is swagger? Webster’s dictionary says it’s an arrogant confidence. That sounds about right.

When the Mets had their 11 and 8 game winning streaks, I don’t recall any players exhibiting a mean streak, do you?

Were they succeeding because they had swagger or were they just a team that was playing their butts off, getting great pitching, timely hitting, incredible resiliency, and shut down relief. Is that swagger? Not really, that was just great winning baseball.

As for, “where’s the offense” my guess is here it comes. Since July 25 the Mets have had the best road numbers in the league, averaging 6.1 runs per game.

In fact, the Mets are 26-11 (.703) on the road since July 1, the best record in the majors over that span.

The Mets head into Cincinnati riding a seven game road winning streak. I’m confident that with Steven Matz on the mound and the power of road splits pointing to some big-time offense for a dozen of our hitters, the Mets will take care of business against the Reds.

The Mets have scored three or more runs in each of their last 27 road games dating to July 21, a franchise-record for the longest such streak. Expect them to continue building on that.

So where’s the offense? Here it comes. Where’s the swagger? I couldn’t tell you because I really haven’t seen any of that all year.  Let’s just play some good old-fashioned baseball and win some games.

I’m also glad to see my Tweet last night and my article this morning resonated with a lot of people and even one blogger in particular. Let’s get this done!

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 7:10 PM Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:18:04 +0000 bartolo colon

The New York Mets wrap up their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves tonight at Citi Field. Bartolo Colon (14-12, 4.15) will be looking for his team leading 15th win of the season and he opposes right-hander Williams Perez (6-6, 5.16) for the Braves in the 7:10 PM rubber match.

The Mets will hold a moment of silence prior to tonight’s game to honor Yogi Berra. He was a coach with the Mets from 1965-1971 and was the Mets’ first base coach for the 1969 World Champions.

Yogi managed the club from 1972-1975 and guided the team to the 1973 National League pennant as the Mets captured the NL East and then knocked off the heavily-favored Cincinnati Reds in a dramatic five-game NLCS before falling in seven games in the World Series to the Oakland Athletics.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. David Wright – 3B
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  7. Michael Conforto – LF
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Bartolo Colon – RHP

The Mets just couldn’t get it done against Matt Wisler and the Braves last night, and despite a first inning homer from David Wright, they lost the game 6-2. At the same time, the Nationals also lost so our magic number to clinch dropped to six. The Mets look to continue the trend of dropping that number tonight as veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon takes the mound.

Colon is 14-12 over 30 games, 29 starts, over 182.1 innings with a 4.15 ERA while allowing a league leading 204 hits. In his last 6 games, 5 starts, he has tossed 37.1 innings with 25 K’s while posting a 1.21 ERA. He is 4-0 over as many games against the Braves this year posting a 3.51 ERA over 25.2 innings. The Braves have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Pierzynski 16-59, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Markakis 9-41, 5 2B
  • Freeman 9-20, 3 2B
  • Simmons 11-20, 2 2B, 3B
  • Swisher 7-15, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Peterson 2-10, 2B, 3B
  • Maybin 0-4

The Mets bats will try to wake up against Williams Perez who is 6-6 over 21 games, 18 starts over 104.2 innings with a 5.16 ERA. In his last three starts he is 2-0 over 18.2 innings with a 2.89 ERA including a start against where he allowed 3 ER over 6.0. The Mets have the following numbers vs Williams:

  • d’Arnaud 4-6, HR
  • Granderson 3-6, HR
  • Herrera 1-3
  • Lagares 0-4
  • Campbell 0-3
  • Cespedes 0-3
  • Conforto 1-2
  • Murphy 2-3, 2 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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Tyler Clippard Has A 7.59 ERA In September Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:37:04 +0000 tyler Clippard

Mets setup man Tyler Clippard suffered from some back tightness that sidelined him during the Subway Series this past weekend.

On Monday, he returned to the mound and pitched a scoreless eighth inning, however manager Terry Collins opted to use him again on Tuesday with the team behind and Clippard was hit hard and unable to locate his pitches.

In the ninth inning, he gave up a two-run double to Adonis Garcia that put the game out of reach for the Mets in their 6-2 loss to the Braves at home.

Clippard had an incredible run in August after he was acquired from the Oakland A’s, posting a 0.60 ERA and .130 BAA in 15 appearances.

Unfortunately, September has been quite tough for the veteran reliever. In 10 appearances he has allowed nine earned runs, including four home runs, for a 7.59 ERA and 1.61 WHIP spanning 10.2 innings.

Collins doesn’t believe Clippard’s struggles have anything to do his back issue. “That’s not the problem,” he said when asked about the back. Clippard also acknowledged that his back feels fine,

Collins believes that Clippard’s struggles are mainly due to location and pointed to the Sept 12 game vs the Braves in Turner Field as the beginning of his current slump. Clippard gave up a three-run homer to Adonis Garcia in that outing.

“The ball that Garcia hit in Atlanta, he got him in a good count and he left a changeup up over the plate,” Collins said.

“If that ball is down over the plate, it might be a hit. I’m not saying he’s not going to get a hit. But he’s leaving balls in the middle of the strike zone — up. He’s being hurt by that. It’s just a matter of making better pitches.”

If Clippard continues to struggle, Collins has the option of perhaps using Addison Reed in the eighth inning as the setup man until Clippard can right the ship. Reed has tossed 11 1/3 scoreless innings since coming to the Mets from the Diamondbacks.

Still, Clippard chose a bad time to go into a slump as the Mets continue to look for stability in the bullpen and a reliable bridge to Jeurys Familia.

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 7:10 PM (Logan’s Run!) Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:16:36 +0000 logan Verrett

After a much-needed win on Monday, the New York Mets will mix it up again with the Atlanta Braves tonight at Citi Field. Rookie Logan Verrett (1-1, 2.89) will take the mound for the Mets and opposes Braves right-hander Matt Wisler (5-8. 5.63) in a 7:10 PM matchup.

Manager Terry Collins indicated on Monday that both Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey will start in Cincinnati during a four-game series with the Reds that opens Thursday.

The Mets posted their 13th shutout victory last night, which ranks sixth in the majors. It was also the 27th time this year a Mets starter did not allow a run which is tied for the third-most such games in franchise history with the 1988 club. The 1968 Mets had 28 such games and the 1969 Mets hold the club record with 30 games.

The Mets have 12 home runs in their last 10 home games and have hit a franchise-record 82 home runs at Citi Field this year. The previous club mark was 67 in 2012. The 82 home runs at home are the most since the Mets hit 95 in 2008 at Shea.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. David Wright – 3B
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Wilmer Flores – SS
  7. Michael Conforto – LF
  8. Kevin Plawecki – C
  9. Logan Verrett – RHP

The Mets beat the Braves yesterday and were able to put the last two games against the Yankees behind them. In the process, they dropped their magic number to 7 and increased their division lead to 6.5 games. Last night Cespedes broke out of his slump going 3-4 with two doubles, Conforto hit a solo homer and the bullpen was great as they rolled 4-0.

Logan Verrett gets the start tonight as the Mets continue to stretch out their rotation. On the Mets this year he is 1-0 over 28.1 innings, 11 games and 2 starts with a 1.91 ERA while striking out 26. In his two starts as a Met he has allowed 2 ER over 13.0 innings with 11 strikeouts. He has faced the Braves once this year and that way back on June 20th where he allowed 2 hits and an earned run over 0.2 innings. Maybin is 0-1 against Logan while Simmons has a hit in one trip.

The Mets get another look at Matt Wisler who is 5-8 over 17 games and 16 starts, 86.1 innings with a 5.63 ERA. Since he allowed 2 ER over 6.0 innings against the Mets two Fridays ago, he allowed 4 ER over 6.0 innings against Toronto. His start against the Mets made his season numbers against the Amazin’s 14.0 innings with 3 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Wisler:

  • Duda 1-5
  • Granderson 1-6
  • Tejada 2-7, 2B
  • Cespedes 2-3, 2B
  • Conforto 2-3
  • Cuddyer 2-3
  • Murphy 1-3
  • Plawecki 2-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 7:10 PM (Braving The Storm!) Mon, 21 Sep 2015 19:13:22 +0000 jon niese

The New York Mets will try to shake off a couple of losses against the Yankees as the thy take on the Atlanta Braves tonight for the start of a three-game series at Citi Field.

The Mets will turn to left-hander Jon Niese (8-10, 4.31) to be the stopper while he opposes right-hander Shelby Miller (5-15, 3.00) for the Braves. First pitch is at 7:10 PM.

The Mets have 10 wins this year vs. Atlanta after posting 10 victories last year. This marks the first time the Mets had back-to-back double-digit win seasons vs. Atlanta in their team history. The Mets have won four straight from the Braves.

The Mets are 45-22 vs. the NL East, including 23-9 at home (.719). New York’s .672 winning percentage is the best for any team within its own division this year.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 3B
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  6. Kelly Johnson- 2B
  7. Michael Conforto – LF
  8. Wilmer Flores – SS
  9. Jonathon Niese – LHP

The Mets had a disappointing night on Sunday. As soon as Harvey was pulled from the game with a 1-0 lead, the bullpen imploded and the Yankees were able to beat the Mets 11-2. (Although, looking at this start coupled with the other, the bullpen was able to bail Harvey out when he allowed 7 ER so let’s just call it a wash). Anyway the Braves come to town tonight.

Jon Niese is 8-10 over 28 games and 167.0 innings with a 4.31 ERA. After a string of poor starts, Niese finally had a good one against the Braves his last time out holding them to 2 ER, 3 runs total, over 6.0 innings. Overall he’s 1-0 over 3 starts and 17.2 innings against the Braves with a 2.04 ERA. The Braves have the following numbers against Jon:

  • Freeman 11-46, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Maybin 8-32, 3 HR
  • Simmons 10-26, 2 2B
  • Bourn 8-22, 2B
  • Swisher 4-13, 2B, HR
  • Markakis 3-10

The Mets draw one of the best pitchers in the Braves’ rotation: Shelby Miller. He’s 5-15, which is a league leading amount of losses. That being said he’s made 30 starts, including two complete game shutouts with a 3.00 ERA over 186.0 innings. Shelby is in the midst of a rough September where he has allowed 15 runs, 13 earned over 14.0 innings. Against the Mets this year he has allowed 6 ER over 12.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Miller:

  • Duda 4-10, 2B, HR
  • Uribe 2-9
  • Cespedes 1-7
  • Granderson 2-7, 2B
  • Murphy 3-7, 2B
  • Cuddyer 3-6, 2B
  • Flores 2-6, 2B
  • K Johnson 3-6, 2B
  • Wright 3-6, 2B, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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DeGrom Will Not Be Skipped In Rotation, But Verrett Still Pitching Tuesday Sun, 20 Sep 2015 22:49:03 +0000 jacob deGrom

Terry Collins told reporters before Sunday’s game that Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom will not skip a turn in the rotation as he had originally announced on Saturday.

However, the Mets manager did not say when deGrom’s next outing would be, only that he wouldn’t be pitching on Tuesday against the Braves.

Rookie right-hander Logan Verrett will start on Tuesday and I assume we’ll know when deGrom pitches again on Monday.

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Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom preferred to start against the Braves at Citi Field in the next series and not be skipped in the rotation.

However, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, rookie right-hander Logan Verrett will start on Tuesday in place of deGrom versus the Braves.

“It’s out of my hands,” deGrom said. “I have told them I would rather not be skipped, but that is a decision that’s up to them.”

Verrett has made two spot starts for the Mets in place of Matt Harvey and has delivered in a big way. He allowed one run and three hits in five innings in the Mets’ 4-3 win over Miami on Monday at Citi Field.

Verrett also tossed eight innings of one-run ball in place of Harvey on Aug. 23 in Colorado before returning to Triple-A Las Vegas for two starts earlier this month.

After getting rocked in his last start against the Miami Marlins,  deGrom (13-8) has a 6.41 ERA in his last five starts.

This is a good move by the Mets. Verrett has shown himself to be quite effective when he starts and deGrom can probably use the rest despite his insistence that he’d rather pitch.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves, 1:35 PM (Believe!) Sun, 13 Sep 2015 14:56:39 +0000 jon niese

The first place New York Mets have won six straight and will look to sweep the Atlanta Braves this afternoon at Turner Field. LHP Jonathon Niese (8-10, 4.36) will oppose RHP Ryan Weber (0-1, 3.00) in a 1:35 PM matinee.

After nailing the coffin shut on the Washington Nationals, the Mets are now looking to gain home-field advantage in the probable NLDS matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Mets posted their 36th come-from-behind win of the year last night, the fifth-most in the majors. Since August 1, New York leads the majors with 14 comeback wins.

The Mets won their 81st game last night, the last time New York had 81 or more wins was 2008 (89-73). The Mets are 20 games over .500 for the first time since September 14, 2007, 83-63.

Magic Number: 12

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. Lucas Duda – 1B
  4. Juan Uribe – 3B
  5. Michael Conforto – LF
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
  7. Ruben Tejada – SS
  8. Kevin Plawecki – C
  9. Jonathon Niese – LHP

The Mets look to make it 7 straight this afternoon and close the door on a four game sweep of the Braves. Yesterday on 12 days rest, Syndergaard dominated the Braves lineup and Cespedes continued his storybook season. The Braves made a comeback late but the Mets broke the tie in the 9th and Familia closed the door for his 40th save. Today Cespedes, d’Arnaud, Wright and Clippard will all get some rest.

Just like Syndergaard needing a good start yesterday, Niese needs a good start today to get back on the right track. On the season he is 8-10 over 27 starts and 161.0 innings with a 4.36 ERA. In his last four starts he has allowed 23 earned runs over 19.2 innings. He has been quite good against the Braves this year allowing 2 ER over 11.2 innings. The Braves have the following numbers against Jon:

  • Freeman 11-43, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Maybin 8-32, 3 HR
  • Simmons 8-23, 2 2B
  • Bourn 7-20, 2B
  • Swisher 4-13, 2B, HR
  • Markakis 1-6

The Mets will get a look at rookie Ryan Weber who is making his second major league start. In his first start on the 8th he allowed 2 ER over 6.0 innings against the Phillies walking 1 and striking out 2. Across two leagues in the minors this year he posted a 6-5 record and a 2.35 ERA over 38 games, 9 starts, and 99.2 innings.

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves, 7:10 PM (Thor Returns!) Sat, 12 Sep 2015 19:55:21 +0000 noah syndergaard

After winning their fifth straight, the New York Mets (80-61) are now only a half-game behind the Dodgers (80-60) for home-field advantage in the NLDS. (But what about the Ghost of September Past!)

The Mets look to keep things rolling against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday at Turner Field. Noah Syndergaard (8-6, 3.31) returns to action opposes right-hander and fellow rookie Williams Perez (5-6, 5.42) in a 7:10 PM matchup.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  3. Daniel Murphy – 1B
  4. David Wright – 3B
  5. Michael Conforto – LF
  6. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  7. Kelly Johnson – 2B
  8. Wilmer Flores – SS
  9. Noah Syndergaard – RHP

The Mets look for their sixth straight win tonight and officially snap a string of six straight losing seasons with their 81st victory of the year.

Noah Syndergaard needs a strong game tonight, and this Braves lineup is a great opportunity for that. He is 8-6 on the season over 20 starts and 122.1 innings pitched with a 3.31 ERA with 129 K’s.

However in his last four starts he has tossed 23.2 innings, 23 K’s with a 4.56 ERA. Not terrible, but it would be nice for him to get back to that mid-summer form. His one start against the Braves earlier this year wasn’t very good as he allowed 4 runs, 3 earned over 4.0 innings. The Braves have the following numbers against Noah:

  • Maybin 0-2
  • Peterson 0-1
  • Markakis 1-2
  • Perez 0-2
  • Pierzynski 2-2, 3B
  • Simmons 2-2

The Rookie Williams Perez is 5-6 over 19 games and 16 starts with a 5.42 ERA over 93.0 innings and 59 K’s. He’s coming off a strong performance in Philly allowing 2 ER over 7.0 innings. However in the four starts before that he allowed 24 runs, 22 earned over 17.2 innings. In his first start against the Mets this year he allowed 4 ER over 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Perez:

  • Herrerea 1-3
  • Lagares 0-4
  • Campbell 0-3
  • Cuddyer 0-2
  • d’Arnaud 2-3, HR
  • Duda 0-1
  • Granderson 2-3, HR
  • Tejada 1-3

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves, 7:35 PM Fri, 11 Sep 2015 20:21:07 +0000 steven matz

The New York Mets look to make it five wins in a row as they take on the Atlanta Braves for their second contest in a four-game series tonight at Turner Field.

Left-hander Steven Matz (2-0, 1.89) gets the start for the Mets and he opposes Braves right-hander Matt Wisler (5-6, 5.81) at 7:35 PM.

Matz departed last Sunday’s start in Miami after 81 pitches with a blister on his left middle finger. But he threw a bullpen session on Wednesday at Nationals Park and pronounced himself ready.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen was admitted to a local Atlanta hospital before Thursday’s game after experiencing a rapid heartbeat. He remained hospitalized overnight but is back with the team now.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. David Wright – 3B
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  7. Michael Conforto – LF
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Steven Matz – LHP

If you fall asleep early, you may have missed that the Mets actually played a game last night. At one point early in the night the outfield was actually flooded but the game still happened and Mets were able to extend their winning streak to 4 games. Kevin Plawecki and Uribe each had 3 RBI’s on the night. Colon added an RBI of his own, and eventually saw his scoreless streak end at 31.0 innings.

Steven Matz looks to keep the good times going for the Mets. He is 2-0 over his 3 starts this year with a 1.89 ERA over 19.0 innings with 20 K’s. His last start was his first since returning to the DL and he allowed 2 ER over 5.1 innings with 6 K’s. This will be his first start against the Braves, and he hasn’t faced any members of the Braves before when they were on other major league teams.

Matt Wisler gets the start for the Braves. The rookie has pitched in 15 games, 14 starts, over 74.1 innings with a 5-6 record and a 5.81 ERA. His first relief outing was his last time out where he pitched two scoreless innings against the Nationals. Before that for the entire month of August (+the first start in September) he allowed either 2 ER over 6.0 innings or less or allowed at least 5 ER. His ERA in that stretch was 9.49 over 30.1 innings.

His major league debut was against the Mets back on June 19th and it was by far the best start of his major league career as he held the Mets to 1 ER over 8.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Matt:

  • Duda 0-4
  • Granderson 0-4
  • Tejada 2-4, 2B
  • Cuddyer 2-3
  • Flores 0-3
  • Herrera 0-3
  • Lagares 0-3
  • Plawecki 2-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Matters: The Importance Of Not Letting Up Fri, 11 Sep 2015 17:58:41 +0000 Granderson

Coming off an emotionally charged series with the Washington Nationals to fortify themselves as the leaders of the National League East, it would be understandable for the team to come in a little sluggish when going against a team like the Atlanta Braves the following day. Especially after having to wait out a two hour rain delay and playing in less than suitable field conditions. It speaks volumes on this team.

“Guys have been at the ballpark for seven hours trying to eat up time, and to walk out and still realize they’ve got to take care of business … I was very proud of them,” Collins said regarding his Mets.

These guys continue to show up with fight every night and don’t seem to be looking back. As us as fans look to exercise the demons of season’s past, this is a great sign. There’s an energy about this team that has been non-existent for years and it seems to be contagious with all looks of the team excited.

Even Dillon Gee (@dillongee35) is supporting this team still, tweeting “WOW, I don’t know what else to say. This is the best team on earth!!! Something special happening there. Awesome pickups! #mets”

It’s great to see this team continue to play to their best of their abilities and its very important down the stretch to keep it up. The magic number is down to 16, and with their next six games against the Braves and the thorn in our side, Miami Marlins, it’s time to beef up and close it out.

The sooner we clinch, the more time we have to rest our players, get recharged, line up our starting pitchers the way we want, and hit the ground running in the postseason.

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MMO Original: It’s A Brave New World Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:29:40 +0000 fredi gonzalez

Mr. North Jersey writes…

I was listening to the game on WOR last night, when legendary broadcaster Howie Rose began telling a story about how when Terry Collins arrived in Washington on Monday he was left a note from Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez who had just gotten swept by the Nationals.

The note simply said, “Sorry.”

Braves wanting to help the Mets bury the Nationals?. :-)

Joe D. writes…

What kind of a Mets world is it when you wake up to comments from various Atlanta Braves players, executives, managers and coaches having nothing but nice things to say about our New York Mets?

Already this season I’ve read or heard positive or glowing comments from John Schuerholz, Freddie Freeman, Roger McDowell, and now this interesting gesture from Fredi Gonzalez. For the longest time I’ve considered the Braves to be our mortal enemy and our biggest NL East rival over the past two decades. Turner Field has been a house of horrors for us.

But clearly the landscape regarding our rivalry has changed. It appears public enemy number one is now the Washington Nationals. Perhaps it’s because of how brash, arrogant, and unwavering they have been regarding their dominance in the National League.

And while they have a unanimous MVP candidate in Bryce Harper, he’s not winning any popularity contests with opposing teams and fans. He’s the player that everyone loves to hate, especially among Mets fans.

You may also remember back in July, when Hall of Famer John Smoltz said the Mets rotation has more talent than the illustrious Atlanta Braves rotation that included himself and fellow Hall of Famers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. That rotation is considered by many to be the best in baseball’s modern era.

“They’re way better,” Smoltz told the Daily News. “They’ve got more talent than we could ever have.”

Wow, Smoltz, Maddux and Glavine combined to win seven National League Cy Young Awards while with the Braves so to hear him speak so glowingly about our rotation speaks volumes.

And all this love from the Braves doesn’t end there. Even notorious Mets killer and one of the most vilified baseball rivals Flushing ever had was spotted on Twitter saying this:

It’s going to take some time before I can wrap my head around all of this. But for now the Washington Nationals have easily displaced the Atlanta Braves as the team I love to hate. We’ll just leave it at that for now.  :-)

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Mets Checked In On Braves SS Andrelton Simmons Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:01:11 +0000 Andrelton Simmons

According to Buster Olney of ESPN via Twitter, the Mets reached out to the Atlanta Braves to inquire about the availability of gold glove shortstop Andrelton Simmons.

Olney says the talks didn’t go far as the Braves had an “unreachable price tag” on their 25-year old shortstop.

Considered by many to be the best defensive shortstop in the league, Simmons is in the second year of a seven-year, $58 million contract he signed after the 2013 season when he batted .248 with 27 doubles, 17 home runs and a .696 OPS in his first full season.

This season however, Simmons is batting .263 with a .325 OBP in 350 at-bats with Atlanta, while collecting 15 doubles, three home  runs, and scoring 48 runs.

In addition to the stellar defense, Simmons provides above average production as a shortstop and has a .344 OBP and .721 OPS against right-handed pitching, making him an ideal leadoff option.

This would have been a stunning acquisition had it happened. Not sure if Gary Cohen could have kept his composure. :-)

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Smoltz Says Mets Rotation Is Better Than 90′s Braves Staff Fri, 17 Jul 2015 02:48:37 +0000 matt harvey jacob deGrom

In an interview with Daniel Popper of the NY Daily News, John Smoltz says the Mets rotation is “way better” than the Braves starters during the 90′s.

“They’re way better,” Smoltz told Popper. “They’ve got more talent than we could ever have.”

Smoltz was a member of the Braves excellent rotation during the 90′s, which included Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.

However, Smoltz thinks that it would be difficult for the Mets pitchers to achieve the same kind of success.

“The opportunities that exist today won’t allow a lot of staffs to find out what kind of staff they can be. That’s the shame of the game. The injuries have taken over. The inability to learn how to pitch [AND]fast-tracking a lot of kids,” Smoltz said. “There’s no doubt that the dynamic arms are way better than we’ve ever seen. And the issue is how long can we keep them healthy and how long can they stick together financially? What we did in the era that we did, we take a lot of pride in it. We worked really hard and we didn’t miss a lot of starts.”

It’s great to see Smoltz speak so highly of the Mets young arms, but I think it’s too soon to make such lofty comparisons. That Braves staff is one of the most dominant rotations in recent history. I don’t think the Mets starters are at that level just yet.

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MMO Doles Out Mets First Half Awards! Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:48:13 +0000 mets fans

Here are my awards for the first half of the 2015 Mets season – a season that has had its share of ups and downs, but overall has been fun and exciting to watch as the Mets remain in the hunt. Here goes…

Most Valuable Player: Jacob deGrom

Least Valuable Player: Michael Cuddyer

Cy Young: Jacob deGrom

Rookie of the Year: Noah Syndergaard

Breakout Player: Jeurys Familia

Disappointing Player: Lucas Duda

Ya Gotta Believe Award: Matt Harvey

Best Moment: Syndergaard Strikes Out 13 Diamondbacks

Most Amazin’ Moment: Steven Matz Makes Spectacular Debut

Worst Moment: Chris Heston Tosses No-Hitter, Parts Flushing Bay

High Point of Season: Mets Win 11 Straight Games

Low Point of Season: Getting Swept by Braves in Atlanta

That’s So Mets: Collins Implements 6-Man Rotation, Kills It 3 Starts Later

That’s Really So Mets: Collins Insists Alex Torres Is Lefty Specialist Despite .550/.850 OPS Split

Good News: Starting Pitching as Good as Advertised

Great News: Mets 2 GB From 1st Place, 1 GB From Wild Card

Bad News: Offense is Even Worse Than We Thought

Worse News: David Wright Has Missed Most of the Season with Spinal Stenosis

Worst News: Castergine Settles Law Suit Against Wilpons

He Said What: “I’m not moving that kid off shortstop and hurting his feelings.”

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Brewers, 2:10 PM Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:37:41 +0000 jacob deGrom

With their losing streak at seven games and their record having dipped below .500, the New York Mets will try to end a disastrous road trip with a win in Milwaukee against the Brewers before heading back home to Citi Field on Friday.

Jacob deGrom (7-5, 2.34) starts for the Mets and he will oppose Brewers right-hander Taylor Jungmann (2-1, 3.50) at 2:10 PM at Miller Park.

Jacob deGrom is 4-1 with a 1.42 ERA with six walks and 56 strikeouts over his last seven starts dating to May 16. Opponents have batted .184 (44-for-239) against deGrom in his last 10 starts dating to April 30, the third-best mark in the majors over that period among 143 qualified starters.

The Mets enter the finale at 0-7 on their trip to Toronto, Atlanta and Milwaukee. The franchise record is an 0-10 trip in 1991, followed by an 0-9 trip in 1982.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Ruben Tejada – 3B
  3. Lucas Duda – 1B
  4. Michael Cuddyer – LF
  5. Wilmer Flores – SS
  6. Darrell Ceciliani – CF
  7. Kevin Plawecki – C
  8. Jacob deGrom – RHP
  9. Dilson Herrera – 2B

The Mets are in a bad way right now. Last night was the 7th loss in a row and fell below .500 (and now 3.5 games out of first place). All the Mets offense was able to muster last night was Granderson’s 11th homer of the season. Hopefully this team can dig down deep today and pull something up.

Jacob deGrom is 7-5 over 14 starts and a 2.34 ERA over 92.1 innings of work. He was a hard luck loser in his last outing allowing only 2 ER over 7.1 innings against the Braves in a game where the Mets bats could only score one run and the bullpen ultimately cost him.

Jacob hasn’t allowed more than 2 ER in a start since May 11th. Against the Brewers earlier this year he picked up a win over 6.0 innings of work striking out 6 batters and allowing 1 run. The Brewers have the following numbers against him:

  • Braun 0-7
  • Gomez 4-9
  • Lucroy 2-6, 2B
  • Ramirez 2-6, 2B
  • Segura 2-6
  • Gennett 2-5, 2B
  • Lind 0-2
  • Parra 0-3

The Mets bats will try to do something positive against Taylor Jungmann who is 2-1 in his first three major league games pitching 18.0 innings posting a 3.50 ERA and striking out 14 batters.

Before being called up, Jungmann was 2-3 over 11 games and 9 starts in the minors posting a 6.37 ERA over 59.1 innings. He has a career 4.10 ERA over 505.1 innings in the lower leagues. He has never faced the Mets in a major league game before.

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves, 7:35 PM Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:21:24 +0000 deGrom Jacob

After getting swept by the Blue Jays during the two-game set in Toronto, the New York Mets head to Atlanta to open a three-game series against the Braves at Turner Field.

Jacob deGrom (7-4, 2.33) gets the nod for the Mets and is expected to face RHP Matt Wisler who will be making his major league debut with the Braves.

The Mets are 10-21 on the road this season, including 3-13 in the team’s last 16 road games. New York’s .323 road winning percentage is the second-worst in the majors.

Since June 21, 2014, Jacob deGrom has posted a 2.15 ERA which is the lowest mark in the majors. Clayton Kershaw is second (2.18). Minimum 150.0 innings.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Ruben Tejada – 3B
  3. Lucas Duda – 1B
  4. Michael Cuddyer – LF
  5. Wilmer Flores – SS
  6. Juan Lagares – CF
  7. Dilson Herrera – 2B
  8. Kevin Plawecki – C
  9. Jacob deGrom – RHP

The 2015 Mets: exciting at home, just don’t watch them on the road. Last night the Mets got essentially blown-out by the Blue Jays 7-1 and were outscored 15-1 for the two games in Toronto. Tonight they’ll try to put it together and make a statement by winning a game on the road against the Braves.

Jacob deGrom gets the start tonight on his 27th birthday! Happy Birthday Jacob! He is 7-4 over 13 starts and 85.0 innings with a 2.33 ERA this season. He is 4-0 in his last 6 starts and has tossed 43.1 innings with 53 strikeouts and a 1.25 ERA. More recently he has allowed 3 ER over 14.0 innings with 19 strikeouts including his last start which was against the Braves where he held them to 1 ER over 7.0 and struck out 9 of them. The Braves have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Freeman 2-10, HR
  • Simmons 3-10
  • C Johnson 5-11, 2B
  • K Johnson 0-4
  • Markakis 1-3

The Mets bats will get to be apart of Matt Wisler’s major league debut. This season with Triple A Gwinnett his 3-4 over 12 starts and 65.0 innings with a 4.29 ERA. Overall in the minors he has posted a 3.53 ERA over 461.2 innings. Baseball America ranked him the 34th best prospect (improving from 44 in the previous year), said he was was #69 this year (#78 last year) and Baseball Prospectus said he was #53 (down from #47 last year). The right-hander has spent his minor league time from 2011 to 2014 in the San Diego system.

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 1:10 PM Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:00:30 +0000 dillon gee

The New York Mets and Atlanta Braves will play the rubber match of their three game series this afternoon at Citi Field.

Dillon Gee (0-3, 4.50 ERA) returns to the 5 1/2 man rotation and gets the start for the Mets. He will oppose right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (3-2, 4.72) for the Braves in the 1:10 PM contest.

Darrell Ceciliani is hitting .389 (7-18) this month with two doubles and two RBI. He is 4-for-his-last-9 (.444) during his three-game hitting streak. Ceciliani collected his first career outfield assist yesterday throwing out Cameron Maybin at home plate.

Wilmer Flores has 10 home runs which is tied with St. Louis’ Jhonny Peralta for the most by a major league shortstop this year. Flores has 13 RBI in his last 18 games dating to May 24. His 28 RBI are fifth most among major league shortstops.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Juan Lagares – CF
  3. Lucas Duda – 1B
  4. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  5. Wilmer Flores – SS
  6. Darrell Ceciliani – LF
  7. Ruben Tejada – 3B
  8. Dilson Herrera – 2B
  9. Dillon Gee – RHP

Yesterday was frustrating. The Mets were down for the majority of the game, went ahead in the 7th, the Braves tied it with two outs in the 9th on a misplayed ball in the infield, the Braves pulled ahead in the 11th, the Mets got two on and no outs in the bottom of the 11th, but couldn’t cash them in.

Dillon Gee is making a spot start today in the rotation. He’s 0-3 over 7 games, 6 starts and 36.0 innings with a 4.50 ERA. His start at the beginning of the month was rough as he allowed 8 hits, 7 runs, 4 earned over 4.0 innings. His relief outing was ok as he allowed 1 ER over 1.2 innings. His starts against the Braves couldn’t be more different. In the first one he allowed 5 ER over 5.0 innings, in the second one he allowed 2 ER over 7.0 innings. The Braves have the following numbers against Gee:

  • Freeman 8-35, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Simmons 5-20, 2 2B
  • C Johnson 3-15, 2B
  • K Johnson 3-12
  • Maybin 1-9, 2B
  • Uribe 1-7, 2B

The Mets bats will get a look at Mike Foltynewicz who is 3-2 over 8 starts and 47.2 innings with a 4.72 ERA. In his last two starts he has tossed 11.1 innings allowing 10 runs, 9 earned. Last year he allowed 3 ER over 2.1 innings against the Mets. The Mets have the following numbers against Mike:

  • Flores 1-2, 2B
  • Duda 1-1, HR
  • Granderson 0-1
  • Tejada 0-1

Lets Go Mets!

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Terry Collins and Wilmer Flores Blew It In The Ninth Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:36:54 +0000 terry collins

On Saturday night, the Mets got a first hand look at just how important Jeurys Familia is to this team and to this season.

Staked to a 3-1 lead against the Braves, and with Familia unavailable to pitch due to the birth of his new son, the bullpen couldn’t lock down the win in the ninth inning and Atlanta ultimately won the game 5-3 in 11 innings. It was a jarring defeat to say the least.

mmo feature original footerBefore the game, manager Terry Collins said he planned to mix and match in the ninth inning and he did just that albeit with disastrous results.

Collins handed the ball to rookie Hansel Robles to begin the ninth and he promptly walked the leadoff batter Chris Johnson and allowed a single to Andrelton Simmons to put runners on first and second with nobody out.

After striking out pinch hitter Juan Uribe, the young righty induced a double play grounder to short that should have ended the game. But Wilmer Flores bobbled the ball and was only able to get the one out at second base. Cameron Maybin then singled home Johnson as the tying run moved to third base with Freddie Freeman due up next.

Terry Collins then inexplicably decides to have lefthander Alex Torres come in to face Freeman, apparently unaware that Torres has reverse splits and lefty batters have a .758 OPS against him.

What happened next was no surprise as Freeman laced a single to center to tie the game and send it into extras.

Between Collins’ poor decisions and Flores’ inability to turn a routine double play, the Mets squandered another strong performance by starting pitcher Jacob deGrom.

Would things have played out differently with Jeurys Familia in to close? Most likely yes. But regardless, Flores needed to turn that double play and Collins should be well-aware by now that Torres is not a lefty specialist. They both failed to execute in my opinion, and because of it the Mets lost a full game in the standings.

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