Mets Merized Online » Braves Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:19:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MMO Game Recap: Mets 6, Braves 4 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:39:05 +0000 USATSI jose valverde travid d'arnaud

The Mets (4-5) took the rubber game of the series in Atlanta, beating the Braves (5-4) by a score of 6-4 on Thursday night.

Jenrry Mejia took the ball for New York in his second start of the season, while David Hale got the call for Atlanta.

The Mets drew first blood when Eric Young singled, stole second, took third on a bad throw, and came in to score on Daniel Murphy‘s groundout. But the Braves quickly answered, tying the game at 1-1 in the 2nd inning when Justin Upton lined Mejia’s pitch into the right-field stands.

The Mets would score again in the next inning, and again it was Young getting things started. Eric laid down a great drag bunt, stole second again, and scored on an RBI single from David Wright. After Curtis Granderson struck out,  Murphy (who had reached base on a walk) scored on a groundout from Ike Davis to give New York a 2-run lead.

The Braves tilted the see-saw back in their favor in the bottom of the 3rd. After BJ Upton “tripled” on a ball Curtis Granderson seemed to lose in the lights (or lack thereof), Chipper Jones Freddie Freeman grounded one past Mejia and into center field to make it a 1-run ballgame. After Mejia struck out Chris Johnson (who whiffed 4 times in this game), Justin Upton walked up to the plate. As Gary Cohen and Ron Darling talked about how Mejia needed to be careful with the Braves slugger, the Talented Upton Brother rudely interrupted our stellar broadcasting squad by crushing Jenrry’s 1-1 cutter out to left to give the Braves a 4-3 lead.

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The two teams finally traded zeroes in the fourth, before Eric Young led off the 5th with a “triple” of his own– a deep drive that BJ Upton got his glove on but couldn’t reel in. Murphy tied the game with an RBI single, but the Mets then squandered a big chance to take the lead. After Granderson reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second, Ike Davis drew a walk to load the bases for Juan Lagares. The Braves brought in Anthony Varvaro to replace Hale, and Varvaro quickly fanned Juan and got Travis d’Arnaud to ground out, limiting the Mets to 1 run.

Mejia worked his way in and out out of trouble in the bottom of the inning, and finished his night with 4 runs allowed on 6 hits and 4 walks in five decent frames, in which he struck out 7 Atlanta hitters. Carlos Torres came in after Mejia and was fantastic, pulling off some fancy shenanigans to get a double play on a popped-up bunt and then making a nice play to retire Jason Heyward in the 6th, before striking out all 3 Braves he faced in the bottom of the 7th.

Torres would end up as the winning pitcher, thanks in large part to what Juan Lagares did in the top of the 7th. After Daniel Murphy singled, took second on a wild pitch by Luis Avilan, and then stole third on a pitch that put Granderson on first with a walk, Lagares redeemed himself by hitting a single to right to give the Mets the lead.

Eric Young and Daniel Murphy combined for yet another run in the 8th. EY reached on a fielder’s choice and stole his third base of the game, then came in with an important insurance run on Murph’s RBI double.

Kyle Farnsworth pitched a perfect 8th to get the ball to Jose Valverde, whose outing went a lot smoother than his previous one. Papa Grande induced a pop-up from Ramiro Pena, did the same with Evan Gattis, and then struck out Jason Heyward to end the game for the Mets and give New York their second consecutive series win.

MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

The Mets gave us a very solid performance in this game. Mejia struggled at times, but gave the team a chance to win, and the bullpen was once again phenomenal. The Mets’ relief corps has now gone 5 straight games without allowing a run. Torres, Farnsworth, and Valverde all looked fantastic, so let’s hope for some health and continued success going forward from those 3.

I’d like to see Mejia be a bit more efficient on the mound. He seems to chase strikeouts, which can lead to a lot of walks. He struggled to get through six innings in his last start and could only finish 5 tonight. Still, he has great stuff on the mound, and if he can stay healthy, I think he’ll be able to figure it out.

Granderson has done very little to win me over after I spent a few years hating him as a member of the Yankees. It’s nice to have a power threat in the lineup, but he strikes out quite often. I’m not too concerned though, he’s been hitting the ball hard when he makes contact and for a guy who can hit it out of the park at any time, he also brings a nice amount of speed. I won’t blame him for the fly ball he botched tonight… Atlanta needs to stop Chopping and start fixing their lighting.

Eric Young got off to a rough start this season, but he has been very good these past couple games. Young had 3 hits and 3 steals, and he was definitely the catalyst for our offense in this one. David Wright also had a big hit after getting a pair of base knocks last night, so hopefully he’s gotten over his bout with the flu and can get back to being the Captain we all know and love.

Daniel Murphy was also very good tonight, getting 3 hits and driving in 3 runs. He also had a pretty good night in the field, although I’m pretty sure he almost tripped over the 2nd base bag at one point…

I really hope Travis d’Arnaud can start stringing some hits together. He got a few hits in this series, but went 0-for-4 tonight. I’m not going to give up on TDA yet or any time soon, because he is still so inexperienced, but I’d really like to see some of that potential we’ve heard about show up on the field. Travis did make a very good throw to 2nd base that would have nailed Jason Heyward had Murphy correctly applied the tag. (Now that I think about it, maybe Murph wasn’t so great in the field…)

Juan Lagares has done something— with the bat, the glove, or both— to give the Mets a better chance to win day in and day out this season. Eric Young has picked it up these past couple games, and Curtis Granderson is an All-Star the biggest power threat in the lineup. It will be interesting to see what happens when— if — Chris Young returns.

It’s always good to get the series win, and it’s extra special when we can do it at Turner Field, where the Mets have always struggled. The Mets have now won two consecutive series, and they will look to make it three when they head to Los Angeles to visit the Angels.

Up Next: The Mets will fly out to LA to begin a 3 game series with the Angels on Friday night. Dillon Gee (0-0, 4.50 ERA) will face Tyler Skaggs (1-0, 0.00 ERA).

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves , 7:10 PM Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:17:47 +0000 USATSI jenrry mejia Credit Brad Bar

The New York Mets will try to pick up their second consecutive series win when they take on the Atlanta Braves on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. at Turner Field. Despite last night’s loss, the Mets have won three of their last five games

Jenrry Mejia will make his second start of the season for the Mets and will be opposed by David Hale for the Braves.

Mets Notes

This is Mejia’s eighth professional season, but he is still six months younger than Matt Harvey and only six months older than Zack Wheeler. Mejia and Dwight Gooden are the only men to pitch for the Mets since 1967 before turning 21 years old.

Mejia struck out a career-high eight batters in his first start of the year on April 4 vs. Cincinnati, his previous best was seven which he has done twice.

Mets starting pitchers have recorded a 3.62 ERA (20 earned runs/49.2 innings) ranking 14th in the majors while the bullpen has a 5.24 ERA (13 earned runs/22.1 innings) ranking 21st.

After allowing 14 runs (13 earned) in the first four games, the Mets bullpen has tossed 10.0 scoreless innings over its last four contests.

Gonzalez Germen has retired 16 of the last 17 batters he faced and has tossed 4.1 scoreless innings, stranding all three inherited runners.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Ike Davis – 1B
  6. Juan Lagares – CF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Jenrry Mejia – RHP

Game Preview

The Mets are looking to take the series tonight against the Braves. In the series opener, the Mets won 4-0 thanks to a great outing from Colon. Last night, Wheeler was great for four innings, and then one inning that was a struggle. Ervin Santana on the other hand had a great Mets debut although the Mets were able to make it interesting against the Braves bullpen. Tonight, Mejia gets his second start of the season against David Hale, who also had a successful season debut.

Mejia is 1-0 after pitching 6 innings of four hit ball allowing one earned run and 5 walks while striking out 8 in his first start. He didn’t face the Braves in 2013 but in 2012 he pitched in two games, one start, where he allowed 5 ER over 7 innings while striking out 4. The Braves have the following numbers against Mejia:

  • Freeman 1-4, 2B
  • Heyward 1-4, 2B
  • Uggla 1-4, HR, 2 K
  • Simmons 1-2

David Hale is coming off of a strong start where he shutout his opponent over 5.0 innings allowing 5 hits and 4 strikeouts. Last year he started two games working 11.0 innings allowing only one earned run. None of his three starts were against the Mets or anyone on the Mets current roster, so the Mets do not have any current batting statistics against Hale. During Spring Training he allowed 13 ER over 17.2 innings of work while striking out 13 batters.

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Recap: Braves 4, Mets 3 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:32:41 +0000 zack wheeler

The Mets are in the business of making opposing pitchers look like stars these days. In his first Braves start, Ervin Santana was Maddux-like in efficiency going through the Mets lineup in eight innings on only 88 pitches. Zack Wheeler returned to his debut city and wasn’t quite as sharp as he was last July. Jason Heyward his main nemesis, collecting three straight hits, including a lead-off home run.

The Braves did most of their damage in the fifth inning off Wheeler. A bases loaded single by Freddie Freeman doubled Atlanta’s lead from 2-0 to 4-0, and with the way the Mets have been hitting, feeling like the death blow. Once again, after a disastrous start to the season, the Mets bullpen was solid, holding the lead at four runs, which allowed the Mets a chance to rally in the 9th.

It looked like the ninth inning would be magical for the Mets. Eric Young led off with a walk, David Wright singled after Murphy struck out, and then Curtis Granderson walked to load the bases. Braves fans must have been thinking at this time why manager Fredi Gonzalez had pulled Santana after only 88 pitches. Craig Kimbrel struck out Lucas Duda. But both Juan Lagares and Travis d’Arnaud came through with huge two-out hits to cut the lead to 4-3. Ruben Tejada had a chance to drive in the tying run from third, but struck out swinging to end the rally and the game.

Mets Braves 4.9 WE

Key Play

Ruben Tejada’s final at-bat, striking out with the tying run at third, deserves honorable mention. But Jason Heyward’s eleven pitch first at-bat home run set the tone for the game.

Heyward lead-off HR

Starter Focus

Zack Wheeler

Wheeler wasn’t quite as bad as the earned run total tells you. He gave up four runs, but threw strikes, striking out six, and walking nobody. In the end, too many balls in play fell for hits, and Jason Heyward proved a thorn in his side from the first at-bat of the ballgame.

Wheeler 4.9

Ervin Santana

Santana was sharp in his first Braves start. Part of it could be the terrible Mets offense, but Santana still deserves credit for his work. He needed only 88 pitches to get through eight innings. He produced 12 ground balls (57.1%), only three hits, walked none, and struck out six.

Santana 4.9

Game Notes

  • David Wright broke out of his recent funk, collecting two hits.
  • Jeurys Familia tossed two perfect innings and Gonzalez German added another. Outside of a hit allowed by John Lannan, the Mets bullpen was effective once again.
Win Probability Chart courtesy of FanGraphs. Detailed pitching data courtesy of Brooks Baseball.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves, 7:10 PM Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:13:19 +0000 USATSI zack wheeler

The Mets play the second game of their three-game series against the Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta on Wednesday night at 7:10 PM. Zack Wheeler start for the Mets and will be opposed by Ervin Santana for the Braves.

Wheeler tossed six scoreless innings in his big-league debut against the Atlanta Braves last June 18 on Super Tuesday. He became the third pitcher in team history to earn a win while throwing 6.0 or more shutout innings in his major league debut.

Wheeler, who currently resides in Dallas, GA, also notched seven strikeouts that night, to tie for the fifth-most by a Mets pitcher in his major league debut.

Mets starting pitchers have recorded a 3.22 ERA (16 earned runs/44.2 innings) ranking 13th in the majors. The Mets bullpen has a 6.05 ERA (13 earned runs/19.1 innings) ranking 26th in the majors. After allowing 14 runs (13 earned) in the first four games, the pen has tossed 7.0 scoreless innings over its last three contests. Overall, the staff has posted 4.08 ERA (29 earned runs/64.0 innings) overall, ranking 17th in the majors.

New York swiped three stolen bases last night, the club’s first three steals of the season. The Mets swiped three bases in the final game of the 2013 season vs. Milwaukee. Eric Young, Jr., last year’s National League stolen base leader, stole his first two bases of the season. It was the 13th time in Young’s career he’s posted a multi-steal game.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr., LF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson, RF
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B
  6. Juan Lagares, CF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Ruben Tejada, SS
  9. Zack Wheeler, RHP

Game Preview

The Mets look to take the series in Atlanta tonight as they play game two against the Braves. In the home opener for the Braves last night, the Mets won 4-0 thanks to great pitching from Colon and some timely hitting…from Tejada. (Shocking, I know, but I’m very happy to eat my words). Anyway last night was also the first night in a while (that I can remember at least) that 0 pitchers from the Mets farm system were used. Anyway, Wheeler gets start number 2 tonight as he matches up with Ervin Santana.

Zack Wheeler is coming off a quality start loss where he allowed 3 ER and 7 hits over 6.0 innings with 2 BB and 6 K. Last year Wheeler stepped up to the Braves three times and went 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA over 18.2 innings allowing 14 hits, 7 runs, 6 earned, 10 BB and 17 K’s. The Braves have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Freeman 4-6, HR, 3 BB (.778 OBP)
  • C Johnson 1-8, 2 K
  • Simmons 1-6, 3 BB
  • Heyward 0-6
  • Gattis 0-6
  • Uggla 2-5, 2B, HR
  • Brave roster 10-53, 2B, 2 HR, .189 BA, .306 OBP, .321 SLG

The Mets get their first look at the new Braves pitcher, Ervin Santana, who has spent his career in the American League. However, we can make the statement more general, in that everyone gets to see the first look tonight at Ervin Santana as he makes his Braves debut and National League debut tonight. In spring training he pitched in two games totaling 5.0 innings and 3 ER. Last year for the Royals, his only season not with the Angels, he went 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA over 32 starts and 211.0 innings with 161 K’s. In one career start with the Mets he allowed 1 ER over 5 hits in 6.0 innings of work, picking up the win. The Mets have the following numbers on Santana:

  • Granderson 11-40, 2 2B, 5 HR
  • E Young 3-4
  • Davis 0-2
  • Lagares 0-3
  • Murphy 1-3
  • Mets Batters 17-59, 2 2B, 5 HR, .288 BA, .364 OBP, .576 SLG (Mostly Curtis)

Lets Go Mets!

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Ruben Tejada Leads The Mets With A .400 OBP Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:22:40 +0000 ruben tejada

Don’t look now, but among Mets players with 20 or more at-bats on the young season, shortstop Ruben Tejada is second on the team in batting with a .286 average and he pairs that with an impressive team-leading .400 on-base percentage.

The young Panamanian native has taken a lot of flack over the last six months, but to his credit he’s been quietly going about his job and trying to put an abysmal 2013 season behind him.

Before last night’s 4-0 victory over the Braves, manager Terry Collins spoke about his starting shortstop’s performance thus far.

“I think Ruben certainly had some work ahead of him in spring training,” Collins said. “He’s started out this season probably the way you’d like him to. Confidence is up, his at-bats have been good, he’s played good defense. I think as we get into it and towards the warmer months, I think he’ll get better if we can keep him healthy. He’s going to play a lot. We gotta figure out some days off for him coming up here beyond this road trip, but he’s played very well so far.”

Tejada went 2-for-3 in Tuesday’s contest, driving in two runs and scoring another pair, but what has been tough to ignore is his growing confidence at the plate. He’s having some solid at-bats and squaring up the bat evenly against the ball.

Another thing worth noting is his patience at the plate which was on full display in his first at-bat against Braves starter Aaron Harang when he drew a five-pitch walk.

All in all it’s been a good start for Tejada who has hit in six of the team’s first seven games.

Defensively, Tejada committed his first error of the season in last night’s game, but he’s shown some significant improvement from the shaky defense he had exhibited this Spring and much of last season.

I’ve gotta tip my cap to him…

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 4, Braves 0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:15:53 +0000 USATSI bartolo colon

On a night the offensive brilliance of Hank Aaron was celebrated, both the Mets and Braves relied on their pitching to try to win this game. In the end, it was Bartolo Colon who would prove the most effective. He pitched masterfully over seven innings to give the Mets a chance to win, as Aaron Harang shutdown the Mets offense most of the night.

A wild pitch plated the Mets first run. And then neither team would score again until the seventh inning, when the Mets strung together hits from d’Arnaud (yes, I said d’Arnaud), Tejada (yes, I said Tejada), and Eric Young (yes, I said EY) to produce two more runs. A fourth run was added in the eighth off another Tejada hit. The Mets held a 4-0 lead with two effective innings by Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde, who overcame poor defense, including his own, to close the door.

Mets Braves 4.8 WE

Key Play

A wild pitch in the third inning proved to result in the game-winning run.


Starter Focus

Bartolo Colon

Colon is the type of pitchers fielders want to play behind. He throws strikes, works quickly, and gets the job done. The right-hander allowed six hits over seven innings, striking out five, and didn’t surrender a walk.

Colon 4.8

Aaron Harang

After making Alfredo Simon look good on Sunday, the Mets offense failed to do much against Harang tonight. He struck out 9 Mets in six innings of work. The Mets only managed two hits against the starter, doing most of their damage against the Braves bullpen.

Harang 4.8

Game Notes

  • Travis d’Arnaud broke his 0-16 hitless streak with two hits, one a gift from a poorly played ball in the outfield that turned into a double.
  • Terry Collins challenged his second play of the season on a close call at first base, and won again. Juan Lagares had been called out, but was safe. The inning ended up giving the Mets an added run.
  • Colon was so effective, he didn’t allow a runner past second base.
  • Eric Young, Jr. got on base three times and stole two bases.
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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves, 7:10 PM Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:21:25 +0000 USATSI bartolo colon brad barr

The Mets begin their first road trip of the season with a three game series against the Atlanta Braves beginning Tuesday night in Turner Field at 7:10 PM.

Bartolo Colon will make his second start of the season for the Mets and will oppose Aaron Harang for the Braves.

A pregame ceremony will honor 80-year-old Hank Aaron on the 40th anniversary of homer No. 715, which moved him past Babe Ruth as MLB’s all-time home-run leader.

Here tonight’s starting lineup:

  1. Eric Young Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Juan Lagares – CF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Bartolo Colon - RHP

Lucas Duda starts at first base as expected and will bat fifth tonight.

Eric Young Jr. continues to stay in the leadoff spot despite his .105 average and .143 on-base with nine strikeouts in 19 at-bats.

Game Preview

The Mets start their first road trip of the season and its a long one that has the Mets playing 9 games away from home including the Braves home opener tonight in Atlanta. The Mets rebounded from dropping the first three games of the season by taking two of three from the Reds including a close loss yesterday that saw the pitching on the strong side but an absence of bats. Tonight Colon makes his second start of the season as he faces off with Aaron Harang.

Colon is 0-1 after his first start of the year where he allowed 3 ER over 6 innings with 9 hits, no walks and 4 strikeouts. Homers were his weakness as he allowed two jacks. In his career he is 3-0 against the Braves over three starts and 23.0 innings with a 1.57 ERA. Although the Braves really don’t have a lot of experience against Colon so that stat line might not mean much:

  • BJ Upton 7-23, 2B, 3B, HR, 6 K
  • Laird 0-7
  • Doumit 0-1

The Mets bats will see Aaron Harang who spent part of last year in the Mets locker room. Overall last year he was 5-12 over 26 starts and 143.1 innings with a 5.40 ERA. For the Mets he was 0-1 over 4 starts and 23.0 innings with a 3.52 ERA. In his first start of the season, he tossed 6.2 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits and one walk while striking out 3. In 2012 he made two starts against the Mets going 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA over 10.2 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against their old teammate:

  • Wright 11-21, 4 2B, HR
  • Duda 2-9, HR
  • Tejada 6-11, 2 2B
  • Murphy 6-11, 4 2B, HR
  • E Young 4-6, 2B
  • Davis 0-4
  • Granderson 1-4, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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Daily News: Mets Have To Liberate Davis From Unsustainable Situation Sat, 05 Apr 2014 14:14:49 +0000 USATSI Brad Barr lucas duda ike davis

10:00 AM

Andy Martino of the Daily News reports that the Mets now realize that they are not going to get a top prospect or premium player for Ike Davis – a player who has been devalued, both by his own performance and leaks from the team.

While club officials acknowledge that moving Davis will not be easy, they are not ready to release or give him away. There have been some discussions, at least on an informal level, of sending Davis to Triple-A in the short term to remain sharp and build value, but team sources deemed that unlikely, and not a front-burner consideration.

So Davis, who is as well-liked as anyone in the clubhouse, has to rot on the bench, knowing that the team doesn’t want him. Here’s what David Wright said on the matter:

“He came up and found me and talked to me about it, and I think that although I’m sure he disagrees, and I’m sure he’s not happy with the situation — I think ultimately, he can either pout or be a distraction at a time when obviously we don’t need a distraction, or try to do what’s best at what his role is going to be for the time being. I think he’s chosen the latter.”

Martino said there is only so much that even a grounded, rational person can endure.

Talking to Davis, you just get the feeling he has had enough, and would be happier elsewhere. He doesn’t say it, but his friends in the game believe it, and many are rooting for him to start fresh in a home free of the ghosts of being a number one pick, top prospect, sufferer from ankle injuries and Valley Fever, subject of trade rumors and other innuendos, trip to the minor leagues, and now a straight-up benching.

He says it’s time for the Mets to work on liberating Ike Davis from an unsustainable situation as soon as possible.

7:30 AM

Lucas Duda blasted a pair of two-run homers last night as the Mets won their first game of the season and beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3.

The performance came on the heels of manager Terry Collins officially tabbing Duda the team’s everyday first baseman. After the game, Duda wasn’t much for words.

“I’m just glad to play and contribute any way I can. It’s just one day. That’s all it really is.”

It turns out there may have been a good reason as to the timing of Collins’ decision to go with Duda over Ike Davis and Josh Satin.

Cody Derespina of Newsday explained on Friday, that Duda is batting .375 (9-for-24) with four walks, 16 total bases, and a robust 1.130 OPS against the next four right-handed pitchers the Mets will face in Mike Leake, Johnny Cueto and Alfredo Simon of the Reds and Aaron Harang of the Braves. 

Ike Davis on the other hand, is 3-for-24 against those four with a walk and four total bases. That adds up to a .125 average and .326 OPS.

Speaking of Davis, the Mets are still looking to deal and Andy Martino of New York Daily News said moving the dislodged first baseman is the “likely endgame,”

However, he adds that the front office is still searching for a good return for him. Interest in Davis came to a crawl this offseason because of the Mets asking price and a spring training where he was mostly sidelined with two sore calves probably did nothing to enhance his value.

The Mets are on the hook for $3.5 million on Davis after settling to avoid arbitration. The Pirates, Orioles and Brewers all had interest this Winter, but balked at the price.

It’s really difficult to assess what Davis is worth coming off a season that saw him slash .205/.326/.334 in 377 plate appearances last season. At 27, it’s tough to present him as a prospect with upside anymore. He’s a tough sell.

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Spring Training Recap: Mets 8, Braves 2 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 03:25:58 +0000 Wheeler (Photo by Brad Barr, USATSI)

Zack Wheeler pitched three scoreless innings in his second start of the spring, as the Mets defeated the Braves by the score of 8-2 at Tradition Field on Sunday. Wheeler allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out three in the game and has now tossed six scoreless innings this Spring.

What else happened:

Kyle Farnsworth followed Wheeler and threw two scoreless innings of relief allowing just one hit, while Jose Valverde pitched a perfect sixth inning. Lefthander Josh Edgin allowed a Braves run in the seventh to tie the game at 1-1.

The Mets would break things open with a seven run eighth inning that featured two-run doubles by Kevin Plawecki and Matt den Dekker.

Anthony Seratelli went 1-for-2 and scored a run after stealing second and third base.

Juan Lagares was hitless in two at-bats but showed off his defensive prowess when he gunned down Andrelton Simmons trying to advance from first to third on a single.

David Wright (0-for-3) and Ruben Tejada (0-for-2) have yet to get a hit this spring.

Curtis Granderson went 1-for-3 with a run scored and is batting .357 this Spring.

Bobby Parnell made his Grapefruit League debut and allowed a run on one hit while striking out one in the ninth. “I felt like I was in the zone, especially at the end, had my second gear …it went really well” 

On Deck:

The Mets remain home and host the Miami Marlins in Port St. Lucie tomorrow at 1:05 PM as Bartolo Colon makes his first start of the Spring for the Mets.

(Photo by Brad Barr, USATSI)

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Syndergaard: “I Don’t F—ing Cheat!” Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:58:01 +0000 syndergaard by by BRETT BARR USATSI

10:30 AM

So right after I published this post, a reader (ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments) leaves this link to a totally spectacular Noah Syndergaard moment. Andy Martino of the Daily News explains:

You never know what to make of the quiet ones at first. But when Noah Syndergaard growled an F-bomb at a coach, everyone went “oooh,” and the Mets’ staff agreed: We like this kid; he’s got some fire.

It was early this spring, and Ron Romanick, the minor league pitching coordinator, was running a standard drill, where he hits ground balls to infielders, and pitchers run from the mound to cover first.

When it was Syndergaard’s turn, Romanick said, “don’t cheat on me now,” which is normal coach chatter for “don’t start running to the bag before I hit the grounder.”  But Syndergaard, who doesn’t say much yet, glared right at Romanick and barked: “I don’t f—ing cheat.”

This was not insubordination. The adults loved it, because you never know with pitching prospects, until you meet them and see what they are made of.  Some are born with big arms and small hearts, a combination that can kill promising careers. You want them to be agreeable off the field, and intense while on it — and that’s the team’s early read on Syndergaard.

Oh my God… Let’s clone this freaking kid!

10:00 AM

If baseball teams were stocks, you’d be buying a whole lot of Mets for 2015 and beyond. Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard. Look out, NL East. – Buster Olney, ESPN

Ha ha ha…

I sure wish I could have seen Noah Syndergaard make his Spring debut on Monday, but alas unless you had a ticket to the game or were sitting in the Braves dugout, you were forced to hear Steve Phillips say, “I really like this kid,” everytime a player with a high uniform number came up to the plate.

Still, we do have evidence that the opposition came away very impressed:

“I didn’t know anything about the kid coming into today, but I sure won’t forget his name now,” said Braves catcher Ryan Doumit. “You can add that guy to the list of young power arms that they have coming up. It’s pretty impressive. He obviously came in ready to compete.”

“Being young and having a great arm is a great thing,” the Braves’ Justin Upton said about Syndergaard. “Harvey’s Harvey, but Syndergaard and Wheeler are definitely a close second. Any time you got power stuff like that, it’s just a matter of time before it all comes together.”

Freddy Garcia, who was Syndergaard’s mound opponent had just one word to describe him, “Gasoline.”

Of course, Terry Collins had something to say too:

“He’s a big, tough kid. He’s got all the traits of the good ones,” Collins said. “He takes stuff seriously. He’s not joking around. He didn’t joke around even after he came out of the game.”

“Today was a big test. He’s bound and determined to be real, real good and the stuff speaks for itself. “His work ethic is outstanding and he’s going to be a really, really good pitcher.”

Okay, I don’t want to ruin this post by adding my own superlatives especially when I didn’t even see the kid pitch. However, it’s pretty clear that yesterday was the beginning of something special… I can’t wait until he takes the mound again and hopefully this time it will be televised…

(Photo by Brad Barr, USATSI)

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Spring Training Recap: Mets 6, Braves 2 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:43:16 +0000 Noah Syndergaard

The Mets traveled to Orlando today to play against the Atlanta Braves at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. They defeated the Braves 6-2, for their first spring victory and dropped Atlanta to 0-6 in the Grapefruit League season.

Noah Syndergaard took the mound in his first spring game for the Mets and was opposed by journeyman Freddy Garcia for the Braves. Syndergaard came out firing darts and was very impressive as he blew his fastball by hitters consistently hitting the gun in the mid nineties.

His first victim was Jason Heyward as he threw 95, 96, 97, 97, 89, 94, and 98 MPH fastballs to finally put him away.  He retired the next two batters by getting them to put the ball in play and allowing the defense to make the outs.

In the second inning, Syndergaard over powered Evan Gattis by blowing 95, 96 and 96 fastballs on three consecutive pitches to strike him out. He gave up one hit and finished the game with a line of 2 inn,1 hit and 2 strikeouts on 30 pitches and a lot of swings and misses. Great job by the kid who had a ton of pressure and eyes on him…  Looking forward to seeing how Thor does in his next start.

Here’s the rest of the story:

  • Jeurys Familia mimicked Syndergaard’s pitching line and did his part to show that he belongs in the Opening Day Mets bullpen. (2 IP,1 H and 2 strikeouts). 
  • Josh Edgin started the 4th inning by walking the first two batters he faced and was a bit wild. He loaded the bases and was saved by an inning ending double play. (1 IP, 1 hit, 2 BB, and a big thanks to his defense.)
  • Miguel Socolovich pitched two innings,giving up 1 hit and 1 walk, but in the bottom of the seventh inning, with two men in scoring position, the Braves’ Tyler Greene hit a screaming line drive to centerfield and Matt den Dekker, laid out and made an amazing diving catch to rob a hit and RBI away from Greene.
  • Ryan Reid, threw 1 inning, allowing 2 hit, 2 runs and 2 walks, but threw a wild pitch which allowed the Braves to score the tying run and make the score 1-1 in the 8th inning. Wilmer Flores, playing shortstop, made a nice play in the hole to track down a ground ball, but was unable to get the runner at first, which allowed the go ahead run to score making it Braves 2 Mets 1.
  • Wilmer Flores got the Mets on the board with a Sac Fly to drive in Juan Lagares who earlier in the 4th inning got on base with a single.
  • Chris Young batted lead off today and went 0-for-3, with two strike outs and 3 LOB and Juan Lagares batted second and went 1-for-3, 1 run, 1 K.
  • With the Mets trailing by one in the top of the 9th, the future Mets did their part in bringing their team back in the game. Andrew Brown led off with a triple, Dustin Lawley, the Florida State Player of the Year, singled and Brown scored the tying run to make it 2-2.
  • Next, Cory Vaughn (1 for 1 and 2 RBI), came up big and doubled into the left field corner, putting the Mets back on top, scoring Taylor Teagarden and Anthony Seratelli.
  • Then Matt den Dekker singled to left and scored Vaughn putting the Mets up 5-2.  After a den Dekker stolen base, Eric Campbell,(2 for 3) singled to left to score MDD, as the Mets put up a 5-spot in the inning and led 6-2.
  • Gonzalez Germen pitched the bottom of the 9th, and shut the door by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two and giving the Mets their first victory of the spring.

Coming Up: Mets head back to Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie to face the Houston Astros on Tuesday March 4th in a 1:10 PM start.

(Photo Credit: Howard Simmons/NY Daily News)

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Mets Pitching Is The Key To Beating Preseason Projections Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:15:57 +0000 Even if it´s tough to believe for Mets fans, the reason for rather modest projections for 2014 is the lack of trust that analysts have in the – mostly unproven – Mets pitching staff.

The Fangraphs ZiPS projection is a good indicator for that. The entire projected opening day pitching staff (i.e. rotation of Niese – Colon – Wheeler – Gee – Mejia) projects to combine for a mere total of an 8 fWAR. Which is by far the worst projected pitching staff in the divisision, well behind the Marlins & Phillies (both 13 fWAR), Braves (20 fWAR) and Nationals (21 fWAR).

wright murphyMeanwhile, the Mets´ projected offense is a lot closer towards contender status at a combined 19 fWAR, well ahead of the Marlins (12 fWAR) and Phillies (15 fWAR) and barely behind the Braves (20 fWAR) and Nationals (23 fWAR).

And if you look back into the rear view mirror (something all projection systems heavily rely on), the Mets offense averaged 634.5 runs between 2012 & 2013 – with very similar rosters except for Marlon Byrd replacing Scott Hairston and the C position being in flux and CF traditionally unsettled. The Phillies averaged 647 runs (in a hitter friendlier park), the Marlins averaged a terrible 561 runs, the Nationals 693.5 and the Braves 694. So, the Mets were 60 runs away from leading the division in runs scored. Since 1 win takes 10 runs scored or not allowed, the Mets were about 6 wins away on offense from contending for the division crown.

Meanwhile, the pitching was a lot further away at an average of 696.5 runs allowed.

The Nats – on average – allowed 610 runs while the Braves merely allowed 574 runs. So, the Mets were between 86.5 and 122.5 – thus on average 104.5 runs or 10+ wins – off the league lead. Even the Marlins (685 runs allowed) were better and the Phillies – in a much tougher homepark – allowed only 714.5 runs on average – 28 more than the Mets staff´s averaged.

Scott Hairston (2012) & Marlon Byrd (2013) now get replaced by Curtis Granderson while Travis d’Arnaud takes over at catcher for Josh Thole (2012) and John Buck (2013). CF remains unsettled but now features Juan Lagares & Chris Young as the main options instead of the revolving door of 2013 and Kirk Nieuwenhuis & Andres Torres in 2012. The rest of the roster essentially returns, though it appears only one of Duda & Ike Davis will play regularly. All in all, if d´Arnaud is better than Buck & Thole were, while the CF also produce more, expecting the 2014 Mets to score at least 650 runs seems reasonable and thus a gain of 1 or 2 wins as it is, not expecting any breakouts from Ike or Tejada or regression from Wright and Murphy.

zack wheeler 2But it all comes down to the pitching. If the Mets staff gives up 695 or more runs again – and thus on average 100 more than the Nats & Braves figure to give up – they won´t make up the difference. If the Mets give up 50 runs less by pitching better, that´s good for 5 wins and a .500 season overall (650 RS vs. 645 RA). If the Mets give up 100 runs less by pitching much better – both in the rotation and bullpen – they would make up another 5+ games and would project to end up right around 86 or 87 wins. And if you happen to like the depth that the Mets will finally have on both their pitching staff (Montero, Syndergaard, young relievers, etc) and offensively (mainly Flores but also some fringy outfielders like Nieuwenhuis & MDD), the upside may even be a little higher compared to the 2012 and 2013 teams that both lacked quality depth behind the regulars.

To summarize, the Mets figure to have a middle of the pack offense in 2014 and going forward. Which isn´t too bad, considering that Citi Field plays about neutral to slightly pitcher friendly. If the pitching remains below average like it has been in 2012 and 2013, the Mets won´t crack .500 and certainly won´t contend. If the young arms perform and the veterans remain solid, this is the big area of upside – both rotation & bullpen – where the Mets could improve significantly.

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Braves Bring Back Freddy Garcia On Minors Deal Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:22:53 +0000 Righthander Freddy Garcia will be bringing his glove and his arm back to Atlanta after agreeing to a minor league deal with the Braves today.

Garcia, 37, had a decent season in 2013, posting a 4.37 ERA in 80.1 innings pitching for both the Orioles and Braves. However, he really sparkled once he got to Atlanta and produced a 1.65 ERA in 27 innings for the Braves.

The Mets had showed interest in the two-time All Star early in the offseason, as they seeked a veteran starter to compete with Jenrry Mejia for the fifth spot in the rotation. But the team signed lefthander John Lannan to fill that role last week.

Still, I’m sure we might see Sandy bring in one more arm on a minor league deal to keep things interesting in camp and so that they have enough arms for all those split-squad games they’ll have this Spring.

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MMO Exclusive: Joe Torre Reflects On His Time With The Mets and Yankees Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:58:46 +0000 torre mets

Joe Torre hoped it would happen, but he never dared think it would. The former New York Mets player and manager, who later carved his legacy as four-time World Series manager of the Yankees, was selected to the Hall of Fame today by the veteran’s committee.

The announcement was made at the Walt Disney Swan resort hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Torre will go in with fellow managers Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox. All three won over 2,000 games and World Series titles. All three are incredibly deserving.

Also deserving, but left out were Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, whom Torre said, “changed my life for giving me that opportunity,’’ and Marvin Miller, the former director of the Players Association.

TORRE: Former Met goes into Hall of Fame.As much as friends told Torre – who currently works in the commissioner’s office – his nomination was a given, he never let his mind wander there.

“That’s what they said when we were up 3-0 against the Red Sox, and looked what happened,’’ said Torre of the Yankees’ infamous collapse in the 2004 ALCS. “As much as I would have liked it not to happen, I never obsessed over it.’’

Torre has little to say about his time with the Mets other than, “I started with the Mets when they weren’t spending anything,’’ and that he wasn’t the manager for two weeks when the club dealt Tom Seaver to Cincinnati.

Torre, a lifetime .297 hitter, finished his playing career and was named manager shortly thereafter.

Torre, who managed the Mets, Yankees, Braves and Cardinals, won 2,326 games, fifth all time, along with six pennants. He wore his 2003 World Series ring.

While he credited Steinbrenner for the opportunity, he saved his greatest gratitude for his players.

“You can’t win the Kentucky Derby unless you are on a thoroughbred,’’ Torre said of the team that won titles in 1996, 1998-2000. “They had so much heart and backbone.’’

Fred Wilpon offered a fitting statement to salute the Mets’ one-time skipper.

“We are thrilled that Joe Torre has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. “Joe has distinguished himself throughout his career both on and off the field.  His records and accomplishments as a player and manager speak for themselves.  All of us at the Mets salute and congratulate Joe.”

Joe was always one of the classiest people in the game.

Today’s honor is fitting for this baseball giant.

Original Report

The 16-member Expansion Era Committee unanimously elected Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, and Joe Torre to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The announcement came Monday morning at the Winter Meetings.

Cox managed the Braves for 25 seasons and the Blue Jays for four seasons. During that span he has guided his teams to five pennants and one World Series (1995, with the Braves). Cox also won 15 division titles including 14, 30 of them in in a row with with the Braves. The 3-time NL Manager of the Year ranks fourth on the all-time list with 2,504 wins.

La Russa has three World Series titles to his credit and is one of two managers to win a championship in each league. He also has six pennants under his belt and ranks third all-time with 2,728 wins.

Torre, a former Met player/manager, has had a distinguished career as a hitter and nine-time All-Star tallying 2,342 hits and 252 home runs while winning the NL MVP in 1972. As a manager, Torre ranks fifth on the all-time wins list with 2,326 victories and has won four World Series.

Cox, La Russa and Torre will be inducted alongside those elected by the BBWAA on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown.

Photo courtesy of the New York Mets.

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How Does Curtis Granderson Fare Against The NL East? Sun, 08 Dec 2013 17:30:28 +0000 curtis granderson_b2_576

The Mets signed Curtis Granderson Friday to a four year, $60 million deal. One thing is for sure, he can hit. But there’s only one problem with that. Granderson has played his whole career thus far in the American League, revealing uncertainty when it comes to facing the National League. Let’s take a look at how he has fared against the NL East and where his 43 2012 home runs would have landed in opponents’ ballparks.

Philadelphia Phillies

Arguably the Mets biggest rival in the division, Curtis Granderson has hit Phillies pitchers decently. He has compiled a career .258 against current Philadelphia pitchers with three home runs. Granderson has faced Cliff Lee 42 times and hit safely 12 times, with two doubles and a homer. He has matched up with Jonathan Papelbon 18 times and is 4 for 18 with two home runs against him. Granderson has yet to get hits off Mike Adams and Kyle Kendrick, who he has faced collectively four times. In terms of hitting home runs at Citizens Bank Ballpark, only one of Granderson’s 43 long balls would not have been ruled a homer in Philadelphia.

Miami Marlins

Curtis Granderson has hit fairly well in his career against current Marlins pitchers, hitting .387 against them. Granderson is 6 for 16 against Kevin Slowey with a home run, and 3 for 12 against Henderson Alvarez. It will be interesting to see how Granderson will do against the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year, Jose Fernandez, for the first time. As for hitting in the spacious Marlins Ballpark, seven of his 2012 home runs would not have cleared the fence in Miami. This includes six that went over 350 feet.

Washington Nationals

Curtis Granderson hasn’t faced Stephen Strasburg yet, but he has faced Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, and newcomer Doug Fister. Granderson is 2 for 16 against Gonzalez, but that does include a home run and two runs batted in. Similarly, he is 1 for 6 against Fister with one home run. In total, Granderson is 3 for 31 (.097) against Nationals pitchers with 11 strikeouts. Six of his 2012 home runs would not have cleared the Nationals Park fences.

Atlanta Braves

Granderson is hitting .308 in his career against current Braves pitchers. He is 1 for 6 against Mike Minor, but 2 for 2 against tough reliever Jonny Venters. Granderson has not recorded a hit in four at bats against Craig Kimbrel, Kris Medlen, and Jordan Walden, collectively. Of his 2012 home runs, eight would not have been home runs at Turner Field, the majority of these coming in right-center field. Granderson has not faced the Braves much in his career, so we shall see how it plays out.

Playing in the AL, Curtis Granderson has not had much exposure to National League pitching, with the exception of Cliff Lee (Cleveland, Seattle) and Gio Gonzalez (Oakland). The Mets begin 2014 with a series at home against the Nationals, as they also play the Braves and Marlins at home. The Mets will visit Atlanta and Philidelphia during the course of April as well.

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This Day In Mets Infamy with Rusty: 5 Songs That Describes Mets Hot Stove So Far Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:24:35 +0000 infamy

Ah it’s that time of year again…  A time for new beginnings, a time for change, and for most it is a time for optimism. Yes, it’s time for that kooky year end ritual otherwise known as the Hot Stove Season – or as many Mets fans in the past five years like to say - PURGATORY!!!

Once again, many Met fans have bought in to ownership’s promises of the team spending more money than it did last season and guess what, they have. With the signing of our new left fielder Chris Young they have surpassed their $5 million dollar spending spree from a year ago.

All I know is that at this juncture I don’t have the warm and fuzzy feelings I used to get around this time of the year – but I’ll hold the right to reserve my total venom until I see how this Mets roster shakes out by the start of Spring Training.

But anyway, here are my five songs that best describe the Mets Hot Stove so far:

5. State of Shock by the Jackson’s  - Because we now know when Jeff Wilpon saw how much money even the middle-tiered free agents were asking for, they all needed smelling salts to revive them!

4. Bringing On The Heartache by Def Leppard – Pass me the Rolaids.

3. Money Changes Everything by Cindi Lauper – Because when it comes to this teams finances it seems like Sandy Alderson always has to do more with less.

2: Slip Slidin’ Away by Simon and Garfunkel – Because if this team doesn’t even remotely try to improve itself the fan base will keep slipping away until Citi Field has less life in it than the city morgue.

1. Death On Two Legs by Queen - Because if the Mets ownership doesn’t show that it has the willingness or discretionary spending to try to field a competitive team this upcoming season, fans’ sentiments will mirror the lyrics to this song.

So do you agree with my choices ? Are there songs that you feel summarize the Mets Hot Stove better than the ones I listed? Feel free to post your lists in the comment section.

And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY!!!!!

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

One time Mets minority owner, G. Herbert Walker would have been 108 today (1905). Walker was not only the grandfather of president George W Bush, but he was also the Mets Executive Vice President from 1962 until his death in 1977.

Spot Starter/middle reliever from the ’66 season, Bob Friend is 83 (1930).

Starting pitcher from ’94-’95, Jason Jacome turns 43 (1970). In his 2 seasons with the Mets, Jacome started 13 games, going 4-7 with an E.R.A of 4.80.

Some other notables include:

Sadly on this date the Mets lost two members of their extended family. Hall of Fame (not as a Met) left-handed pitcher Warren Spahn in 2003, and third base coach from the ’77 season, Tom Burgess  in 2008.

The New York Mets traded reserve first baseman, Dave Gallagher to the Atlanta Braves for starting pitcher, Pete Smith on November 24, 1993.

The New York Mets traded  first baseman/catcher, Mike Jacobs, along with pitching prospects Yusmiero Petit and Grant Psomas to the Florida Marlins for power hitting first baseman, Carlos Delgado in 2005. This in my opinion was one of the best trades from the Omar Minaya era.

Mo Vaughn has been so distraught by the Mets hot stove so far that he lost his appetite….. That lasted all of a half hour!!!

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Mets Announce 2014 Promos: Free-Shirt Fridays, Saturday Concerts, Family Sundays Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:50:34 +0000 550x373_2014_promo

The New York Mets today announced their promotional schedule for the 2014 season at Citi Field.  All promotions will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays highlighted by Free-Shirt Fridays, Saturday Concerts & Fireworks and Family Sundays.

Single game tickets for all 81 Mets home games including Opening Day and the Subway Series go on sale Saturday, November 23 at 10:00 a.m. at and (718) 507-TIXX. An exclusive presale for Citi cardmembers starts Monday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. at  Mr. and Mrs. Met will appear at the Citibank branch in Union Square from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on November 18 to help celebrate the exclusive presale.  Fans are also encouraged to utilize their Citi ThankYou Preferred Card on all Mets offers throughout the season as they will receive 2 points for every dollar spent on all dining out and entertainment purchases.

The 2014 Mets season will begin with Opening Day, March 31 when the Mets host the Washington Nationals at 1:10 p.m.  All fans in attendance will receive a 2014 Mets Magnetic Schedule presented by SNY.

Free-Shirt Fridays

On the following Friday dates, all fans will receive a uniquely designed Mets themed T-Shirt:

  • April 4 vs. Reds
  • April 18 vs. Braves
  • April 25 vs. Marlins
  • May 9 vs. Phillies
  • May 23 presented by GEICO vs. Diamondbacks
  • June 13 vs. Padres
  • July 11 vs. Marlins
  • August 1 vs. Giants
  • August 15 vs. Cubs
  • August 29 presented by Pepsi vs. Phillies
  • September 12 presented by Budweiser vs. Nationals
  • September 26 vs. Astros

Saturday Post-Game Concerts

Four Saturday home games will feature post-game concerts: June 14, July 12, August 16, and September 27.   The 2014 Mets Concert Series presented by Duane Reade will be headlined by Huey Lewis and the News (July 12) and Boyz II Men (August 16).  The other two acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Huey Lewis and the News will perform following the Mets-Marlins game on July 12. The band is best known for its third album SPORTS, a 10-times platinum chart-topping smash that generated four Top 10 singles including “The Heart of Rock & Roll” and “I Want a New Drug.”  Huey Lewis and the News also scored three No. 1 songs: “Stuck With You,” “Power of Love,” and “Jacob’s Ladder.”

Boyz II Men will take the stage after the Mets-Cubs 7:10 p.m. game on August 16. The Grammy Award winning, multiplatinum iconic pop group has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide with No. 1 hits such as “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” and “One Sweet Day.”

The performances will begin approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the game from a stage in the outfield behind second base.  Admission to the concert is included in the price of the game ticket.


There will be three fireworks nights in 2014 starting with a special 4th of July celebratory show following the 7:10 p.m. Mets-Rangers game.

Fireworks Night presented by Duane Reade will take place Saturday, August 2 following the 7:10 p.m. Mets-Giants game and Saturday, September 13 after the 7:10 p.m. Mets-Nationals game.  Fireworks will be launched from Citi Field’s roof and the centerfield grass, providing a 360-degree experience for fans throughout the ballpark.

Saturday Premium Giveaways

At the following Saturday games, the first 20,000 fans will receive the following premium giveaway items:

  • 2014 Mets Calendar – April 5 vs. Reds (1:10 p.m.)
  • Shea Stadium 50th Anniversary Canvas Print – April 19 vs. Braves (7:10 p.m.)
  • Replica Mets Batting Helmet – April 26 vs. Marlins (7:10 p.m.)
  • Nolan Ryan 1969 Commemorative Bobblehead from Delta Air Lines – May 10 vs. Phillies (7:10 p.m.)
  • David Wright Canvas Print – May 24 vs. Diamondbacks (TBA)
  • Floppy Hat – July 5 vs. Rangers (TBA)
  • Mr. Met Canvas Print – August 30 vs. Phillies (7:10 p.m.)

Family Sundays

Sunday games will cater to families with Family Sundays at Citi Field.  Each of the promotional items will have a kids theme, and the Mr. Met Dash, where kids run the bases after the game, will take place every Sunday.  For Mother’s Day (May 11), there will be a special giveaway item for moms and their children and they will have the opportunity to run the bases after the game in the Mr. Met Dash. Similarly on Father’s Day (June 15), dads and kids will receive a special item and participate in the Mr. Met Dash.

The following is the complete list of promotions on Sundays.  Promotional items will be given out to the first 15,000 fans unless otherwise noted.  All Sunday games are scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m.

  • Player Poster #1 – April 6 vs. Reds
  • Recyclable Tote Bag presented by MLB Network – April 20 vs. Braves
  • Loom Bands – April 27 vs. Marlins
  • Mother’s Day Moms & Kids T-Shirts – May 11 vs. Phillies (all moms and kids)
  • Banner Day – May 25 vs. Diamondbacks (pre-game parade)
  • Item TBA – May 25 vs. Diamondbacks
  • Father’s Day Dads and Kids Cap – June 15 vs. Padres (all dads and kids)
  • Cereal Bowl – July 6 vs. Rangers
  • Player Poster #2 – July 13 vs. Marlins
  • W.B. Mason Truck– August 3 vs. Giants
  • Batting Practice Cap – August 17 vs. Cubs
  • Lunch Cooler Bag presented by GEICO – August 31 vs. Phillies
  • Player Poster #3 – September 14 vs. Nationals
  • 2015 Magnetic Schedule – September 28 vs. Astros (all fans)
  • Fan Appreciation Day – September 28 vs. Astros

Times for Saturday and Sunday games may change, subject to Major League Baseball’s national broadcast agreements with FOX and ESPN.

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Braves To Tomahawk Turner Field And Open New Stadium In 2017 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:19:12 +0000 turner field night

The Atlanta Braves announced Monday they will leave Turner Field and move into a 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium about 10 miles from downtown Atlanta in 2017.

Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller said the team decided not to seek another 20-year lease at Turner Field and began talks with the Cobb Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority in July.

The Braves released a statement to the fans on their website.

“The reason for moving is simple,” the team said. “The current location has certain issues that are insurmountable and will only become more problematic over the years. These fundamental issues involve how you, our fans, access Turner Field. There is a lack of consistent mass transportation, a lack of sufficient parking and a lack of direct access to interstates.”

“Furthermore, the Braves do not have control over the development of our immediate surroundings.”

The Mets may be thrilled by the news given their appalling lack of success at Turner Field. Since the ballpark opened in 1997, the Mets are 50-94 at Turner and are 0-3 in post season games.

The new park in Atlanta is scheduled to open in 2017.

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Hot Stove Report: Rangers Will Consider Trading Profar, Nats Looking For Another Ace Thu, 07 Nov 2013 01:37:53 +0000 jurickson profar

The Rangers are letting teams know they will consider trading infielders Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and highly regarded shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar, according to major league sources. They have also made it clear to other teams they are not trying to dump salary and are adamantly opposed to picking up any part of a contract in order to facilitate a trade.

They have been in touch with other clubs, and general manager Jon Daniels is looking for offensive help at left field, catcher, and first base.

Profar, who turns 21 in February, is hitting .328 in 16 games in the Dominican Winter League.

Nats Want Another Ace

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Washington Nationals want to add an elite starting pitcher via a trade, according to major league sources. While Rays lefthander David Price is one obvious possibility, he says that Tigers righthander Max Scherzer would be an even better fit.

Rosenthal lists several reasons why Scherzer matches up well with the Nats:

• Scherzer and Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo have a history — Scherzer was Rizzo’s last first-round pick as Diamondbacks scouting director, going No. 11 in 2006.

• The Nationals are deep in young power arms and veteran late-inning relievers, both of which surely are on Tigers GM David Dombrowski’s wish list.

• The price in prospects for Scherzer, a free agent at the end of next season, would be lower than it is for Price, who is under club control for two more years.

• And, finally, the Nats maintain a strong relationship with Scherzer’s agent, Scott Boras, and might stand a better chance of signing the pitcher long term than most clubs.

I’m shocked to hear that the Tigers would trade Scherzer in the right deal, but apparently they are desperate for payroll relief and he’s due to make close to $14 million in arbitration before becoming a free agent after the season.

Scherzer, 29, led all of baseball with a 21-3 record with a 2.90 ERA and 0.910 WHIP, and finished second in the majors with 240 strikeouts. He’s expected to with the AL Cy Young Award.

The Nationals’ rotation, meanwhile, is fronted by right-handers Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann and left-hander Gio Gonzalez — and Strasburg is coming off surgery to remove bone chips from his surgically repaired right elbow.

Phillies Under Pressure

Rosenthal also reports that Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is feeling the heat and is encouraging his staff to seek creative, innovative solutions to turn the franchise around, and that they’ve  gone so far as to kick around a trade for David Price, according to major league sources.

Not only do they seem willing to part with top pitching prospect Jesse Biddle but even outfielder Domonic Brown could be part of a package. However, Rosenthal believes that the Phillies would likely get outbid by teams who have better younger players they would move for Price.

That said, Amaro has already made offers on “several” free agent players, according to Todd Zolecki of Zolecki believes the Phils have reached out to Nelson CruzCarlos Beltran, and Mike Morse.

One thing about the other teams in the NL East… They don’t wait for the market to develop like the Mets always do. In most instances the Nats, Phils and Braves attack the market early and aggressively.

Other Hot Stove News…

The Yankees are making provisions in case second baseman Robinson Cano signs elsewhere, writes Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. According to sources, they have already checked in with the Reds on Brandon Phillips who is said to be available in the right trade. The Reds won’t give away their gold glove, run-producer – who has a very affordable $50 million and four years left on his deal. The Yanks may also check in on Howie Kendrick of the Angels and Dan Uggla of the Braves.

The Rays and outfielder David DeJesus have agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million contract that includes a club option for 2016. The contract replaces the $6.5 million 2014 club option the Rays picked up on Sunday. DeJesus, who turns 34 in December, was acquired from the Nationals on Aug. 23 after beginning the season with the Cubs. He batted .341 at Tropicana Field after joining Tampa Bay and holds a .279 career average with a .353 on-base percentage.

The Colorado Rockies have interest in reliever Joe Smith who is now a free agent. The Rockies look to improve a bullpen that owned the National League’s worst ERA last season. Smith, a sidearm right-hander, fits the Rockies’ profile, inducing groundballs with efficiency while posting a 2.42 ERA over the last three seasons. The former Met reliever held hitters to a .235 average last year.

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Ron Darling To Join MLB Network As Hot Stove Analyst Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:39:09 +0000 alg-ripken-wells-darling-jpg

On Thursday, the MLB Network announced that they’ve hired Ron Darling as an analyst for the 2013-2014 Hot Stove Season.

Darling, fresh off his stint as a postseason analyst for TBS, has become a very hot commodity in the broadcast world. His savvy insights and keen intellect serve him well as an analyst and he always comes off looking like the smartest guy in the booth.

The two-time Emmy Award winning analyst, has been entertaining Met fans since 2006 when he joined color man Keith Hernandez and play-by-play man Gary Cohen to form one of the best broadcast teams in baseball.

I love Ronnie and it’s great to see him get the recognition he so richly deserves.

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