Mets Merized Online » Braves http://metsmerizedonline.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:30:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves, 1:35 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-braves-135-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-braves-135-pm.html/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:33:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=166230 jacob degrom

The Mets will look to complete a sweep of their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday at Turner Field, something they haven’t done since since 2007. Jacob deGrom (8-6, 2.68) will get the starting assignment for the Mets while the Braves counter with RHP Ervin Santana (14-9, 3.74) in a 1:35 PM matchup.

In his last start, deGrom tied the modern-era major league record with eight consecutive strikeouts on September 15 against the  Miami Marlins, tying Jim Deshaies of the Houston Astros who set the mark in 1986 against the Dodgers.

DeGrom  established a rookie franchise record hurling 67.1 innings without allowing a home run earlier this year and has surrendered two home runs over his last 16 starts spanning 103.1 innings. he leads all NL rookies in strikeouts (134) and ERA (2.68) and is second with eight wins.

Second baseman Dilson Herrera went 2-for-3 and hit a two-run homer in the second inning last night, but came up lame in the sixth while legging out a single and left the game with what the team is calling a right quad strain.

Daniel Murphy will continue to start at third base while Herrera is out, while Wilmer Flores will shift to second base and Ruben Tejada starts at shortstop, Terry Collins told reporters on Saturday.

Rafael Montero will get another start during the team’s final series of the season against the Houston Astros at Citi Field. Montero tossed 5.1 scoreless innings against the Rockies in his last start on September 10. He is 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA in seven starts and two relief appearances.

Lucas Duda is third in the NL with a career-high 28 home runs and is tied for second in the NL and fifth in the majors with 14 home runs since the All-Star break. Duda extended his career-high with 86 RBI which is tied for ninth in the NL. He leads the team with 11 game-winning RBIs.

Jenrry Mejia has converted nine straight saves including last night and is 27-for-30 in save chances since moving to the bullpen on May 12. He is tied for first in the NL and  ranks third in the majors with 17 saves since the All-Star break.

Wilmer Flores currently has a career high seven-game hitting streak, going 11-28 (.393) with three home runs and 10 RBI. He is hitting .266 (17-64) with 10 runs scored, four doubles, one triple, four home runs and 12 RBI in 16 games this month. Flores is tied for fourth in the NL with his four home runs this month, ranks ninth in RBIs and is tied for sixth with nine extra-base hits in September.

Starting Lineup

  1. Matt den Dekker – LF
  2. Wilmer Flores - 2B
  3. Daniel Murphy – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Curtis Granderson – RF
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Jacob deGrom – RHP

The Mets do not have much wiggle room for the last week of the season if they want to finish at .500 and so far they’ve been handling that fact well in Atlanta taking the first two games of the season. Yesterday they got a strong start from Jon Niese and some power from Dilson Herrera and Curtis Granderson. Today they look to complete the sweep behind Jacob deGrom as he squares off against Ervin Santana.

Jacob deGrom is 8-6 over 21 games and 134.1 innings this year with a 2.68 ERA. His last start of 3 ER over 7 innings doesn’t show that he struck out the first 8 batters in the game, tying a major league record. On the season, he has 134 K’s. In two starts against the Braves this season he has allowed 3 ER over 12.0 innings with a 2.25 ERA and 19 K’s. The Braves have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Freeman, 1-5
  • Heyward 3-6
  • Simmons 1-5
  • BJ Upton 3-5
  • J Upton 1-6, 4 K’s
  • Bethancourt 0-5, 3 K’s

The Mets bats will get another look at Ervin Santana who is wrapping up his first campaign with the Braves. On the season he is 14-9 over 29 games and 185.1 innings with a 3.74 ERA. After back to back poor starts to open up September allowing 10 runs, 9 earned over 11.0 innings in his last outing he allowed only 2 ER over 6.0 innings. He is 2-1 over 3 games against the Mets with a 2.05 ERA over 22.0 innings, 15 hits and 5 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Braves:

  • Granderson 12-49, 2 2B, 5 HR
  • Abreu 4-16
  • Murphy 5-12, 2 2B
  • E Young 3-9
  • d’Arnaud 2-9, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 4, Braves 2 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-mets-4-braves-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-mets-4-braves-2.html/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:06:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=166217 jon niese

The Mets won their second straight against Atlanta on Saturday night, doubling up the Braves 4-2 at Turner Field.

Jon Niese started for the Mets and was cruising along, holding the Braves scoreless for seven solid innings. But in the eighth, Niese began to tire and the Braves loaded the bases with one out. That would be all for the Mets lefty. Niese was charged with two runs on seven hits in 7.1 innings, walking one and striking out five.

Josh Edgin inherited the bases loaded and was quickly greeted by a two-run single by Met killer Freddie Freeman. It would be the only batter he faced.

Terry Collins then called on the almost always dependable Carlos Torres, who came in and got two huge outs to strand the tying runs and snuff out the Atlanta threat.

Lucas Duda got the Mets on the board with a sacrifice fly in the first inning to score Eric Young Jr. who led off the game with a walk.

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Second baseman Dilson Herrera went 2-for-3 and hit a two-run homer in the second inning. However he came up lame in the sixth while legging out a single and left the game with what the team is calling a right quad strain. It looks like he’ll probably miss the remaining week of the season. Herrera finishes his short stint batting .220 (13-for-59) with three homers and 11 RBI.

Curtis Granderson hit a solo home run in the eighth to extend the Mets lead to 4-0. It was the 19th homer of the season for Granderson who started in center field tonight.

Jenrry Mejia came in to pitch the ninth and earned his 27th save of the season. It’s been a solid campaign for Mejia who leads the National League with 17 second half saves. He did not do any sort of celebration and left the field quietly.

After consecutive 74 win seasons, tonight’s win was the Mets’ 75th of the season and they only need to go 6-1 in the remaining seven games to finish at .500.

The Mets will look to complete the sweep on Sunday with Rookie of the Year candidate Jacob deGrom (8-6, 2.68) going up against Ervin Santana (14-9, 3.74) for the Braves in a 1:35 PM matchup.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 5, Braves 0 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-mets-5-braves-0.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-recap-mets-5-braves-0.html/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:22:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=166140 MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

The Mets (74-80) beat the Braves (76-77) tonight by a score of 5-0 at Turner Field in Atlanta.

What you should know:

Zack Wheeler was brilliant once again tonight, giving up 5 hits and no runs over 6 innings of work. He struck out 7 and lowered his ERA to 3.49 in the 105 pitch outing.

Lucas Duda‘s 28th home run of the year off of Julio Teheran in the 6th inning broke up the scoreless game and ended up being all the runs the Mets would need.

The Mets tacked on three more runs in the 9th inning on a Dilson Herrera bases-loaded walk and a 2-run single from Eric Young Jr. Daniel Murphy collected his second four-hit game of the season.

Carlos Torres, Jeurys Familia and Buddy Carlyle combined for 3 scoreless innings of relief, not surrendering a single hit over that span.

On deck:

The Mets continue their weekend series with the Braves on Saturday with Jon Niese (8-11, 3.55 ERA) taking on Mike Minor (6-11, 4.74 ERA) at 7:10pm.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves, 7:35 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-braves-735-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-braves-735-pm.html/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:15:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=166112 zack wheeler 3Tonight the Mets open a 3-game series with the Atlanta Braves in a matchup of two incredibly talented young pitchers. 24-year-old Zack Wheeler (10-10, 3.61) takes on 23-year-old righty Julio Teheran (13-12, 2.89) with first pitch at 7:35 from Turner Field.

In his last start Wheeler took the loss in a 10-3 defeat to the Nationals on September 13th at Citi Field. He pitched just 4 innings, allowing seven hits and a season-high tying six earned runs.

Wheeler is 7-2 with a 2.74 ERA in his last 14 starts dating back to June 30th. He has the 12th-lowest ERA (2.74) in the National League since June 30th (minimum 70.0 innings). He is also averaging 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings, ranking ninth in the NL.

Curtis Granderson is hitting .273 (15-55) with four doubles, one triple, two home runs and 12 RBI this month. His 12 RBI are tied for the sixth-most in the NL this month and overall he is sixth in the NL with 75 walks.

Las Vegas 51′s manager Wally Backman joins the Mets pitching staff tonight and will be with the team for their final nine games.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr.-LF
  2. Daniel Murphy-3B
  3. Travis d’Arnaud-C
  4. Lucas Duda-1B
  5. Wilmer Flores-SS
  6. Curtis Granderson-RF
  7. Matt den Dekker-CF
  8. Dilson Herrera-2B
  9. Zack Wheeler-P

The Mets head down to Atlanta to start a series with the Braves who are in the midst of a playoff race. For the Mets, the Braves have given them fits all year, so it would nice to see the Mets finish strong against their division rival. Tonight Wheeler will get the start for the Amazin’s as the Mets bats will get to see Julio Teheran.

Zack Wheeler is 10-10 over 30 starts and 174.1 innings this year with a 3.61 ERA. After five great starts in a row where Wheeler has posted 30.0 innings with a 2.70 ERA. His last start against the Nationals was not so great as he allowed 6 ER over 4.0 innings. He is 0-2 against the Braves this year with a 3.70 ERA over 4 starts and 24.1 innings while striking out 23. The Braves have the following numbers against Zack:

  • Freeman 7-13, 2 2B, HR
  • Simmons 4-18
  • Heyward 7-19, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • C Johnson 2-17
  • J Upton 0-18
  • BJ Upton 3-10, 2B
  • Gattis 1-11, 2B

Julio Teheran is 13-12 this season over 31 starts and 209.0 innings while posting a 2.89 ERA. In his first All-Star season he is coming off of a strong start allowing no earned runs over 8.0 innings in his last start. In three starts against the Mets this year he is 2-1 over 16.2 innings with a 3.78 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against Julio:

  • Duda 4-14, 2B, HR
  • Tejada 1-14
  • Murphy 2-10, 2B
  • E Young 5-11
  • Granderson 2-7, HR
  • d’Arnaud 1-7
  • Lagares 3-8

Lets Go Mets!

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Mets Announce 2015 Schedule http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-announce-2015-schedule.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-announce-2015-schedule.html/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:36:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165249 citi field fans opening day

The New York Mets today announced the club will begin the 2015 regular season on a six-game road trip beginning Monday, April 6 through Thursday April 9 at Washington versus the Nationals and April 10 through 12 in Atlanta versus the Braves.  The Mets will make their 2015 Citi Field debut on Opening Day Monday, April 13 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies which marks the beginning of a 10-game homestand.

•  Home Opener Is Monday, April 13 vs. Philadelphia at Citi Field 

  Weekend Series vs. Red Sox and Yankees Highlight Interleague Schedule

  Free Shirt Fridays, Concerts, Fireworks Nights, and Family Sundays Return in 2015

The 2015 schedule also features the Subway Series returning to weekend matchups on April 24-26 at Yankee Stadium and at Citi Field September 18-20. The Boston Red Sox are set to make their first-ever regular season visit to Citi Field, for a weekend matchup, August 28-30.  In addition, popular fan promotions such as Free Shirt Fridays, Post-Game Concerts, Fireworks, and Family Sundays will also return for 2015.

Highlights of the 2015 home schedule include:

  • April 13-23 – Opening homestand versus National League East opponents the Phillies, Marlins and Braves
  • May 5-6 – Interleague matchup versus the Baltimore Orioles
  • Memorial Day, May 25 versus the Philadelphia Phillies
  • June 15-16 – Interleague matchup versus the Toronto Blue Jays
  • 29 of the final 39 regular season games are against National League East opponents

Game times for the 2015 campaign will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2015 schedule is subject to change, including all Saturday and Sunday game times, which are subject to Major League Baseball’s national broadcast agreements with FOX and ESPN

For 2015 season ticket information call (718) 507-TIXX or visit Mets.com/plans.

2015 SCHEDULE

April 6-9: At Washington
April 10-12: At Atlanta
April 13-15: Philadelphia
April 17-19: Miami
April 21-23: Atlanta
April 24-26: At New York
April 27-29: At Miami
April 30-May 3: Washington
May 5-6: Baltimore
May 8-10: At Philadelphia
May 11-14: At Chicago (NL)
May 15-17: Milwaukee
May 18-21: St. Louis
May 22-24: At Pittsburgh
May 25-27: Philadelphia
May 29-31: Miami
June 1-3: At San Diego
June 5-7: At Arizona
June 8-11: San Francisco
June 12-14: Atlanta
June 15-16: Toronto
June 17-18: At Toronto
June 19-21: At Atlanta
June 23-25: At Milwaukee
June 26-28: Cincinnati
June 30-July 2: Chicago (NL)
July 3-5: At Los Angeles (NL)
July 6-8: At San Francisco
July 10-12: Arizona
July 17-19: At St. Louis
July 20-22: At Washington
July 23-26: Los Angeles (NL)
June 28-30: San Diego
July 30-Aug. 2: Washington
Aug. 3-5: At Miami
Aug. 7-9: At Tampa Bay
Aug. 10-13: Colorado
Aug. 14-16: Pittsburgh
Aug. 18-19: At Baltimore
Aug. 21-23: At Colorado
Aug. 24-27: At Philadelphia
Aug. 28-30: Boston
Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Philadelphia
Sept. 4-6: At Miami
Sept. 7-9: At Washington
Sept. 10-13: At Atlanta
Sept. 14-16: Miami
Sept. 18-20: New York (AL)
Sept. 21-23: Atlanta
Sept. 24-27: At Cincinnati
Sept. 29-Oct. 1: At Philadelphia
Oct. 2-4: Washington

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MMO Game Recap: Braves 6, Mets 1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-recap-braves-6-mets-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-recap-braves-6-mets-1.html/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:10:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=164487 jon niese

The Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves by a score of 6-1 on Thursday night, for their 72nd loss of the season and putting them at ten games under .500.

Jon Niese pitched a solid game. He got through 7.1 innings with 5 K’s, 1 BB and giving up 9 hits and 3 ER. His velocity was still not at his usual low 90’s. He threw 93 pitches of which 64 were strikes. Unfortunately, he took the loss.

Mike Minor was dominant coming off of his near no-hitter in his last outing.  He was perfect through 4 innings.  His final line was 7 innings pitched with 5 K’s, 0 BB’s, 4 hits and 1 ER.  He through 98 pitches, 65 for strikes.

Minor helped his cause with two hits on the night, an RBI single in the 2nd and a leadoff double in the 8th.  Minor came around to score in the 8th on a triple off the bat of Emilio Bonifacio. The rally continued as Freddie Freeman singled in Bonifacio.

Duda broke up the perfect game in the 5th inning with a leadoff single to right. He moved to second on a sacrifice groundout and was stranded there.

Granderson led off the 7th inning with an infield hit. David Wright followed by grounding into a 6-4-3 double play to end the likes of any potential Mets rally.

The Mets started the 8th inning with a double to right-center off the bat of Travis d’Arnaud. Eric Campbell followed with an RBI single into centerfield.  Wilmer Flores moved Campbell to second-base. After a Ruben Tejada flyout, Kirk Nieuwenhuis pinch-hit and drew a two-out walk. Juan Lagares followed with a sharply hit ball to second that was scooped up by Tommy La Stella to end the rally.

Carlos Torres pitched .2 innings to relieve Niese, striking out both hitters he faced.

Dice-K made his return from the disabled list in the 9th inning.  He gave up a single to Tommy La Stella. Two batters later, Ryan Doumit hit a pinch-hit, two-run bomb to right-center field. A couple two out hits, a double by Jason Heyward and a single by Emilio Bonifacio ended the outing for Dice-K. Dana Eveland came in and struck out Freddie Freeman to end the damage.

The core of the Mets lineup, Granderson, Wright and Duda went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

What’s next: The Mets and Phillies hook up for a weekend set at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom (6-6, 3.13) will start the Friday night opener and goes up against Phillies right-hander David Buchanan (6-7, 4.21). First pitch is at 7:10 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-braves-710-pm-9.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-braves-710-pm-9.html/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:12:38 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=164442 Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese 2

The Mets will try once again to take down the series against the Braves on Thursday night, sending Jon Niese (7-9, 3.47) against Mike Minor (5-8, 4.90).

In his last start Niese tossed his third consecutive quality start in the Mets’ 6-2 defeat at Dodger Stadium, allowing two earned runs on eight hits while striking out four over 6.2 innings of work. It was Niese’s ninth loss of the season.

The Mets have hit a home run in a season-high eight straight games, the longest streak since they opened the 2013 season (April 1-16) with a home run in 12 straight games. The Mets have 13 home runs during the current streak.

Juan Lagares is hitting .500 (9-18) over a five-game hitting streak, with multiple hits in four of the five contests. He has hit two home runs in those five games and has an RBI in four straight games (seven total), tied for the longest streak of his career.

Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares – CF
  2. Curtis Granderson – RF
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  6. Eric Campbell – LF
  7. Wilmer Flores – 2B
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Jon Niese – LHP

In the first game of the series, the Mets won 3-2, last night, the Braves won 3-2. Today Jon Niese looks to bring the Mets back on the winning path. On the season he is 7-9 over 24 games and 148.0 innings with a 3.47 ERA. In his last three games he has pitched 19.2 innings with a 2-1 record while posting a 3.20 ERA. In one start against the Braves this year, he allowed 1 ER over 6.0 innings while walking 3 and striking out 7. The Braves have the following numbers against Jon:

  • Freeman 9-30, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Heyward 9-24, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • J Upton 9-17, 2B
  • C Johnson 4-15, 2 2B
  • Simmons 5-13, 2B
  • BJ Upton 1-9, 5 K

Mike Minor gets the start for the Braves. On the season he is 5-8 over 20 games and 119.1 innings with an ERA of 4.90. In his last three starts he is 1-1 over 21.1 innings with a 2.53 ERA while striking out 19 batters. In two starts against the Mets this year he allowed 6 ER over 11.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Mike:

  • Wright 6-23, 2 2B, 3 HR
  • Tejada 8-22, 2 2B
  • Murphy 3-21, 2 2B, HR
  • Duda 6-19, 2B, HR
  • Granderson 3-12, HR
  • Lagares 4-11, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-braves-710-pm-8.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-braves-710-pm-8.html/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:47:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=164377 zack wheelerThe Mets look to take the series against the Atlanta Braves tonight with Julio Teheran (12-9, 2.96) taking on Zack Wheeler (9-8, 3.48) at 7:10pm.

In his last start Wheeler earned his sixth straight win in the Mets’ 8-5 victory against the Athletics on August 20th in Oakland. He pitched 5.2 innings, allowed four hits, four runs, two earned, and three walks, while striking out three. This marked the first time Wheeler had allowed more than three runs since June 25th.

Wheeler has made 10 straight starts without a loss (6-0 in decisions). The last Mets pitcher to have such a streak in a single season was Matt Harvey, who had a 13-game stretch without a defeat in 2013.

Juan Lagares has 30 defensive runs saved, second among all major leaguers to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward. Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) has been a stat researched over the last 12 years and Lagares is the only player to record back-to-back seasons of 30 or more defensive runs saved.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Juan Lagares – CF
  3. Lucas Duda – 1B
  4. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  5. Eric Campbell – 3B
  6. Matt den Dekker – LF
  7. Wilmer Flores – 2B
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP

The Mets opened up the season series with the Braves last night with a close 3-2 win thanks to great defense from Lagares and another Lagares homer. Plus, the Mets won with Murphy and Wright getting the night off, something that doesn’t happen too often. Tonight Julio Teheran gets the start for the Braves as he squares off against Zack Wheeler.

Wheeler is 9-8 on the season over 26 games and 152.2 innings with a 3.48 ERA. In his last two starts he has allowed 6 runs, 4 earned over 12.1 innings with 13 strikeouts. In three games this year and 17.1 innings he has a 4.15 ERA. The Braves have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Freeman 6-11, 2B, HR
  • C Johnson 2-17
  • Simmons 4-15
  • Heyward 6-15, 2 2B, HR
  • J Upton 0-15
  • BJ Upton 3-8, 2B, 3B
  • Gattis 1-8, 2B

Julio Teheran is 12-9 over 27 games and 182.2 innings with a 2.96 ERA. After back to back poor starts to start off the month (11 ER, 13.1 innings) he has now allowed 2 ER over 12.0 innings. Against the Mets this year he allowed 6 ER over 10.1 innings over 2 games. The Mets have the following numbers against Julio:

  •  Duda 4-11, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 2-10, 2B
  • Tejada 1-12
  • E Young 5-11
  • Wright 3-11, HR
  • Granderson 2-4, HR

Lets Go Mets!

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Lagares Single Handedly Takes Down Braves In Opener http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/juan-lagares-single-handedly-take-down-braves-in-opener.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/juan-lagares-single-handedly-take-down-braves-in-opener.html/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:00:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=164350 juan lagares hr

Opening up a three game series at home against the Braves on Tuesday night, it was supposed to be Dillon Gee against Alex Wood. From very early in the game you could see it was going to be Juan Lagares against the entire Braves team. Lucky for us, Lagares won that battle.

It’s been repeatedly discussed how good Lagares is from a defensive perspective. He is tops in the majors in many defensive metrics and is in the top twenty in major league baseball in overall WAR (ESPN).

On Tuesday night Lagares did what he does best over and over again. In the very first inning Lagares tracked down a deep ball off the bat of Jason Heyward and came in on one that could have easily fell for a base hit off the bat of Emilio Bonifacio.

His best catch of the night came on a line drive off the bat of the Alex Wood. Lagares dove and while it appeared as if it might have been a trap at first glance, Lagares didn’t come close to the trap. He got his entire glove under the ball and saved a sure base hit.

A more rare sight from Lagares has been his bat. After a blistering start to the season, his batting average has dropped off considerably to .279. Last night, Lagares belted one into the left field stands at Citi Field. It may have been the best looking homer of the young center fielder’s career.

“I’ve been working a lot to try to swing at good pitches, be consistent and try to finish strong” Lagares said after the game. Terry Collins added that “He’s got more power than he’s shown.”

During the SNY broadcast, Gary Cohen noted that Lagares crushes balls in batting practice. Clearly he has the power that Collins is referencing and at only 25 it will be interesting to see how it develops in the coming seasons.

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One thing is certain. Lagares should be a shoe-in for a National League Gold Glove Award. He’s having an incredible season in the field and is becoming the standard by which other outfielders are judged. On Tuesday night, Lagares was just too much for the Braves to handle and with a little help from Dillon Gee and the bullpen, the Mets took game one of the series.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-braves-710-pm-7.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-braves-710-pm-7.html/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:12:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=164250 dillon geeTonight, the Mets open up a 3-game series against the Atlanta Braves. Dillon Gee (4-6, 3.84) will face off against lefty Alex Wood (9-9, 3.05) as the Mets look to some home cooking to get them back on their feet.

In his last start, Gee received the loss in the Mets’ 6-2 defeat against the Oakland Athletics on August 19th at the Oakland Coliseum. He pitched 5.2 innings, allowing four earned runs and a season-high eight hits, the most hits Gee has allowed since allowing nine hits against the Nationals on September 10th, 2013 at Citi Field.

Daniel Murphy will not start in tonight’s game and plans to see a doctor on Tuesday. For now he is considered day-to-day. David Wright is also being held out of the lineup with a sore shoulder.

Juan Lagares leads all major leaguers with a 3.5 defensive WAR this season and his range factor (putout and assists/innings) is 2.71 which leads all NL outfielders. Lagares has 29 defensive runs saved, second among all major leaguers to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward, who has 33.

Lucas Duda is tied for the major league lead with Giancarlo Stanton and Chris Carter with 12 home runs since the All-Star break. The franchise record for second-half home runs is 21 by Carlos Delgado (2008), Mike Piazza (1999), Darryl Strawberry (1985), Gary Carter (1985) and Dave Kingman (1975).

Josh Edgin has not allowed an earned run this month (11 games) over 8.1 innings and has surrendered two earned runs in his last 19.1 innings (0.93 ERA) dating back to June 5th. Edgin is unscored upon in 35 of his 41 outings this season and lefties are 10-59 (.169) with 16 strikeouts against him.

Starting Lineup

  1. Young LF
  2. Granderson RF
  3. Campbell 3B
  4. Duda 1B
  5. d’Arnaud C
  6. Lagares CF
  7. Flores 2B
  8. Tejada SS
  9. Gee P

After a ridiculous game in LA, the Mets return home to face the Braves. The Mets lost the first two against the Dodgers and then smacked 4 homers and turned a triple play in the series finale to come on a good note. Today Dillon Gee gets the start for the Mets as he takes on Alex Wood of the Braves.

Dillon Gee is 4-6 over 16 starts and 100.2 innings with a 3.84 ERA. He is coming off of back to back poor starts allowing 8 ER over 11.2 innings and 12 hits. His one start against the Braves was a great one as he allowed one earned run over 7.0 innings. The Braves have the following numbers against Gee:

  • Heyward 8-24, HR
  • Freeman 6-26, 2B, HR
  • J Upton 5-24, 2B, HR
  • C Johnson 3-13, 2B
  • Simmons 2-13, 2B
  • Gattis 1-12
  • BJ Upton 1-6, 2B

Alex Wood is 9-9 over 29 games and 18 starts this season with a 3.05 ERA over 130.0 innings. In his last three starts he has allowed 5 ER over 20.1 innings. In one start against the Mets this year he allowed 3 ER over 6.0 innings, allowing 6 hits and striking out 7. The Mets have the following numbers against Jones:

  • Murphy 5-11
  • Lagares 1-8, 2B
  • Duda 0-3, 2 BB
  • Wright 1-4
  • Campbell 1-3
  • Granderson 1-3, HR

Lets Go Mets!

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Featured Post: Wright Says It’s Time For Mets To Start Adding Pieces http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/featured-post-wright-says-its-time-for-mets-to-start-adding-pieces.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/featured-post-wright-says-its-time-for-mets-to-start-adding-pieces.html/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:59:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161168 David Wright

On Friday night, Sandy Alderson told reporters he was optimistic about his team’s chances in the second half which began with a win against the Padres in San Diego.

“Sometimes you gotta believe, right?” Alderson asked before the game. “This is a time.”

With 66 games remaining in the season and the team in third place and gaining traction, Sandy likes our odds.

“Somebody says we have a 3 percent chance. You ask the guys on the field they probably think we have a little bit better chance than that,” Alderson said. “We’ve got 67 games. I know the math. We’ve got to play well and play well starting this road trip and pretty much straight through.”

So will Sandy do anything to increase the Mets chances at the deadline, or will it be stand pat and watch the team sink or swim?

David Wright seems to have his own opinion on what his general manager should do, after lamenting last week that he still believed in “the plan” but never expected it to take this long.

After five straight losing seasons and the realization that his prime years are closing in on him pretty fast, the Mets captain wants to see the front office stand up and deliver.

“When you get to the point you feel like you’re close, which I think we’re very close, then you go out and you add a piece here, you add a piece there, whether it’s through free agency, whether it’s through trades. And I think we are at the point.”

Wright said he could have jumped ship when things weren’t going so good rather than sign a longterm deal with the Mets, but Jeff Wilpon and Sandy Alderson convinced him the team was at a transition point and about to improve. He was so taken in by the vision painted by Wilpon and Alderson, that he even gave them an interest-free $15 million dollar loan to help expedite the process.

The former All Star third baseman admitted that his agents cautioned him about remaining with the Mets rather than exploring other opportunities. “If they had it their way, I would have probably tested the market, no question, because their job is obviously the financial terms,” Wright said.

Still, Wright says he misses what it was like when the Mets were playing winning baseball and said his favorite memories are still reserved for the 2006-2008 seasons.

“There are just so many things,” Wright said. “Obviously you have the clinching game where we broke the Braves’ streak. The celebration on the field. The flight from L.A. after we swept L.A. (in the NLDS). And even the next series against the Cardinals, when we fell short. And, as much as it sucks in 2007 and 2008, being right in the thick of things down to the wire, it’s just tough to explain the feeling of coming to the ballpark every day knowing the importance of the game.”

I’m not so sure that Wright will get his wish. On Thursday Forbes reported that Mets home attendance was down for the fifth straight season and while Alderson keeps saying he has the capacity to add payroll, nobody really believes he can.

I feel bad for Wright who has given and done so much for this franchise. It’s now ten years in the major leagues for him and that’s when your body starts to remind you that you’re not 24 years old anymore. You feel every ache and pain, every bump and bruise. He’s probably assessing his situation and realizes the clock is ticking. But if Wright wants to get back to 2006, he needs to pick up the pace and do some of the heavy lifting. My guess is that no help is on the way.

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Mets Turning Point: D’Arnaud Makes Padres Pay http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-turning-point-darnaud-makes-padres-pay.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mets-turning-point-darnaud-makes-padres-pay.html/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:00:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161215 It seemed like the Mets were going to cruise through the Padres in their first game back.  Travis d’Arnaud began the scoring as he singled in Granderson in the top of the first and later scoring on a Juan Lagares single giving the Mets an early 3-0 lead.  

After the Mets scored another run in the fourth, everything seemed to be going the Mets’ way as Bartolo Colon was throwing a one hitter through four innings.  It was not until the fifth were he hit a road block giving up four runs in the inning and extinguishing the Mets lead.  

travis d'arnaudThe teams stayed scoreless until the top of the ninth when after a Curtis Granderson walk, the Padres intentionally walked Lucas Duda after two ground outs moved Grandy over to third. The Padres chose to face d’Arnaud who was 2-for-4 on the night and did he make them pay.

On a 3-2 count d’Arnaud singled in what would be the game winning run. After that the Mets placed the ball in Mejia’s hands for the save.

“I just tried to keep my eye on the ball and put a good swing on it,” d’Arnaud said. “Fortunately, it found a gap.”

“He’s made some adjustments at the plate,” Terry Collins said. “His confidence is soaring. He’s seeing the ball good. His confidence is great. There’s a lot of things going on, and that’s why he’s hitting where he’s hitting.”

It was an odd choice to intentionally walk Duda with two outs especially, when Travis is hitting .308 (20-for-65) since returning from Triple-A.

With the first game of the second half in the books, the Mets gained a half a game in the wild card race, however a win by the Braves holds them at seven games back in the NL East.

It seems that sending D’Arnaud down to the minors really did the trick as he has been everything the Mets could want. With his three hit performance he is now hitting .227 and hopes to continue to bring that number up tomorrow against Padres probable starter Tyson Ross.

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No Teams Have Contacted Mets About Colon Yet http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/no-teams-have-contacted-mets-about-colon-yet.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/no-teams-have-contacted-mets-about-colon-yet.html/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:12:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160515 bartolo colon

Mike Puma of the NY Post reports that the Mets are still unsure if they will go after a bat at the trade deadline, and that no teams have contacted the front office about Bartolo Colon.

 

industry sources told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, that the Mets have made the veteran right-hander available as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

Rubin also said the Mets were not yet believed to be engaged in serious talks about Colon, and it is not a foregone conclusion that he will be dealt.

It may still be early for teams to be checking in yet on Colon as most are still trying to assess their biggest needs and what they are willing to give up. A major league source predicted dialogue would increase in the next week.

The Mets’ wish list in trades includes an upgrade at shortstop over Ruben Tejada and a power-hitting left fielder to join Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson as the primary outfielders.

July 13

Teams are continuing to check in with the Mets on Bartolo Colon according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Cafardo says Colon is drawing the attention of teams who cannot afford elite pitchers like David Price and Jon Lester.

The veteran righthander is perfect for teams that are looking to add value, experience, and middle-of-the-rotation depth.

MLB Trade Rumors has linked the Blue Jays, Angels, Orioles, Brewers, Indians, Pirates and Mariners as potential suitors for Colon who is earning $9 million this season, and is due $11 million in 2015.

Last week, the buzz was that the Mets could stand pat at the deadline and Sandy Alderson has said on more than a few occasions that the team could be buyers depending on how the team does as we get closer to the deadline.

With the team winning and on the upswing, trading Colon could send the wrong message to the fan base unless he could flip him for a major league piece.

Alderson admitted that the time for accumulating prospects has passed and that the team is no longer in that mode of operation. But it’s difficult to see him turning down an offer that may include a top-flight prospect and give him a chance to unload Colon’s contract.

We’ll see what happens in about two weeks.

July 11

During his post game press conference after Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Braves, Terry Collins admitted to reporters that the team has been frustrated by the first inning troubles by starter Bartolo Colon.

“I don’t know what it is,” Collins said. “We certainly have searched and searched and searched and haven’t fixed it. We’ll keep working.”

The Mets had Colon throw longer than usual in the bullpen before the game, hoping it would get him more warmed up for his first frame. However, Colon was tagged for a pair of first inning runs to put the team in an immediate deficit to start the game.

ESPN New York points out that Colon has allowed 18 first-inning runs, trailing only Philadelphia’s Kyle Kendrick (23) in the majors this season. The total matches the most allowed by a Mets pitcher before the All-Star break in the past 40 years.

Opponents are hitting .363 against Colon in the first inning this season, compared with .246 the remainder of his outings.

“I’m just having a little trouble early,” Colon said. “I’m going to work to change that.”

Still, despite allowing three runs over the first four innings, Colon held the Braves scoreless after that and was still battling in the eighth inning and gave the Mets a chance to comeback and win. The Mets offense however, was stymied by Aaron Harang and were only able to push across one run in the game.

“He gave us eight pretty good innings, but we can’t keep falling behind,” Collins said of Colon’s performance.

There’s a chance that Sandy Alderson could deal Colon before the trade deadline at the end of this month, and the hope is that the veteran right-hander can increase his value. But he’s now lost three straight decisions and has allowed a combined 13 earned runs over 21 innings.

Collins would prefer to keep Colon and as long as the Mets stay in the hunt Alderson could just opt to hang onto the 41-year old and instead deal him in the offseason.

In fact, the growing buzz is that the Mets may just stand pat at the deadline unless someone offers a player or players who can help the major league roster now. Alderson himself admitted that the time for accumulating prospects has passed and that the team is no longer in that mode of operation.

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-710-pm-6.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-710-pm-6.html/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:00:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160466 Colon

The Mets have won the first three games of their series and will try to complete a sweep of the Atlanta Braves tonight at Citi Field. Starting for the Mets is Bartolo Colon (8-7, 4.04) who will be opposed by right-hander Aaron Harang (8-6, 3.67) for the Braves.

Since May 17, Colon is 6-2 with a 2.66 ERA (19 earned runs/64.1 innings). He is tied for 12th in the NL with eight wins and his 1.3 walks per nine innings is the second-best mark in the NL. Colon is 4-3 with a 2.72 ERA (15 earned runs/49.2 innings) at home.

Lucas Duda has reached base safely in 15 of his last 16 games, hitting .346 (18-52) with a .452 on-base percentage over this span. He is seventh in the NL with an RBI every 5.8 at-bats and is 18th in the NL with a .358 on-base percentage.

Curtis Granderson has four home runs and seven RBI over his last eight games and is hitting .314 (11-35) during this stretch. He was hitting .116 after the game on April 22 and since that time, Granderson is batting .272 with a .384 OBP.

The Mets have hit a home run in a club-record nine straight games at Citi Field. The previous streak was eight games, done twice before and last, September 27, 2012-April 19, 2013. The home run streak at home is tied for the fifth-longest in franchise history. The last time the Mets had a home run in 10 straight home games was June 28-July 23, 2008 at Shea Stadium.

Starting Lineup

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

The Mets won their 4th straight, 5th of their last 6th last night against the Braves. In the win, they secured a series victory and today they can go for the rare four game sweep as Colon gets the start. In a brief review of last night, Gee was fantastic working quickly picking up straight were he left off, and Travis d’Arnaud continued to crush the ball since coming back from Vegas.

Colon is 8-7 on the year with a 4.04 ERA over 17 starts and 113.2 innings. One has to think that both this start and his next one are auditions for other teams that might be interested in him. His last start was rough as he allowed 5 ER over 7 innings, but it really was just his first inning that was horrible (or to quote the teenager sitting near me after the first inning, “it’s over!”). This was the second start in a row where Colon allowed 5 ER. In two starts this year against Atlanta he allowed 3 ER over 14.0 innings while striking out 11. The Braves have the following numbers against Colon:

  • BJ Upton 9-29, 2B, 3B, HR, 8 K
  • Heyward 1-8
  • Laird 0-7
  • Freeman 4-6, 2 2B
  • Johnson 1-6
  • Simmons 2-6

Harang is 8-6 on the season over 18 starts and 110.1 innings with a 3.67 ERA. Since the start where he allowed 8 ER over 5.0 innings he has pitched 21.0 innings over 3 games with a 3.00 ERA. In two starts against the Mets this year he has pitched 13.0 innings with one earned run. The Mets have the following numbers against Harang:

  • Wright 11-26, 4 2B, HR
  • C Young 7-27, 3 HR
  • Duda 2-14, HR
  • Murphy 6-17, 4 2B, HR
  • Tejada 6-14, 2 2B
  • E Young 5-9, 2B
  • Abreu 4-10, 2 HR

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-710-pm-5.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-710-pm-5.html/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:49:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160382 dillon gee

The Mets (41-49) continue their four-game series with the Braves (49-41) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 PM. Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.73 ERA) will get the start for the Mets and will be opposed by Ervin Santana (7-5, 3.93 ERA) for Atlanta.

Today the Mets activated RHP Dillon Gee from the Disabled List and they optioned RHP Gonzalez Germen to Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League after last night’s game. Gee went 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA (two earned runs/10.1 innings) with 18 strikeouts in three major league rehabilitation starts.

Six of Gee’s eight starts have been quality starts this season and from April 16 through May 10 when he was placed on the DL with a strained right lat, Gee had the third-lowest ERA (1.36) in the majors (minimum 30 innings).

The injury was only supposed to sideline Gee for one start, but setbacks kept him out more than six weeks. ”It’s dragged on forever. That’s probably one of the most disheartening things…I never imagined it would be this long.”

The Mets have won four of their first five on their current homestand and 10 of their last 15 games at Citi Field. New York has tied its season-high with a three-game winning streak, done six previous times

The Mets have hit a home run in eight straight games at Citi Field, tying the team’s longest home run streak at Citi Field, done twice previously, last, September 27, 2012 - April 19, 2013. The Mets have hit 22 homers in their last 20 games and the 22 home runs since June 17 are the most in the National League and tied for the sixth-most in the majors.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Bobby Abreu – LF
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Dillon Gee - RHP

The Mets may be way back still, but they’ve now won 4 of their last 5 and a win tonight would clinch a series victory against the Braves. Last night the Mets rolled with an 8-3 win to get the 4000th franchise win. Everything was going great until the pen came in, but a win is a win. Tonight Dillon Gee comes back from the DL. Before he left, Gee was 3-1 over 8 starts and 52.2 innings with a 2.73 ERA. Last year he faced the Braves four times with a 1-2 record over 27.1 innings with a 2.63 ERA. The Braves have the following numbers against Gee:

  • Uggla 5-29, 2B, 3B
  • Heyward 8-21, HR
  • Freeman 6-23, 2B, HR
  • J Upton 4-21, 2B, HR
  • Johnson 3-10, 2B
  • Simmons 2-10, 2B
  • BJ Upton 0-4

Ervin Santana will make his his 17th start of the year. He is 7-5 over 103.0 innings with a 3.93 ERA. In his last four starts he has pitched 26.0 innings with a 3.46 ERA. He has made two starts against the Mets this year and he logged 15.0 innings allowing one earned run, 9 hits and 13 strikeouts. The Mets have the following numbers against Santana:

  • Granderson 11-46, 2 2B, 5 HR
  • Abreu 4-14
  • E Young 3-9
  • C Young 1-9, 2B
  • Murphy 3-9, 2B
  • Duda 2-6, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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Command Performance: DeGrom Brings His Best To Mets Rotation http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/command-performance-degrom-brings-his-best-to-mets-rotation.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/command-performance-degrom-brings-his-best-to-mets-rotation.html/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:19:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160398 jacob degrom

The Mets came out firing on all cylinders on Tuesday night at Citi Field, as they scored five runs in the first three innings to quickly go up on the Braves 5-0, behind a hitting attack lead by the surging Curtis Granderson, who launched his 14th dinger on the season in the first inning.

On a night that put them in the history books, the Mets defeated the Braves 8-3 and earned the franchise’s 4,000th victory.

It wasn’t only the offense that was clicking on Tuesday, because rookie pitcher, Jacob deGrom was throwing strikes and mowing down the opposition.

DeGrom, who hasn’t won a game since June 21st when he defeated the Miami Marlins to earn his first major league victory, has pitched well enough in his last two starts since to at least earn a win. On Tuesday night he took control early and was very impressive especially after the Mets finally gave him a lead to work with, and he did not let up. The tall lanky right-hander threw seven shut-out innings, allowing seven hits and tied his career high with 11 strikeouts.

It wasn’t just deGrom striking out the Braves, it was how he took control of the game and didn’t allow anything big to happen.

In the first inning, he allowed a lead off single to B.J. Upton, but quickly struck out the next two batters. With Upton on third after advancing on a stolen base and throwing error, deGrom was able to induce a fly ball to left off the bat of Justin Upton to end the inning.

In the second, after Jason Heyward singled and swiped second and third, deGrom calmly struck out the next three batters to end any threat the Braves may have thought they had.

In the fifth, the top pitching prospect struck out the side for the second time in the game. In his final inning of work, deGrom worked out of a minor jam by getting Christian Bethancourt to ground softly into a double play and then he put away the once mighty Dan Uggla looking with an 84 MPH Slider.

DeGrom (2-5, 3.38) threw 108 pitches, 73 for strikes and mixed up his pitches well enough to get outs and even hit the gun as high as 96 MPH more than once. A very dominating outing and confidence builder for the young right hander.

Thoughts from Joe D.

Jacob deGrom has logged just 11 starts since his major league debut, but he already feels like a keeper.

Before the season started, deGrom was looked upon as the least likely to succeed between Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero. The righthander was the one most were willing to trade in a package to acquire a bat.

Now, aside from a scant few non-believers, deGrom’s name is prominently featured alongside Matt Harvey whenever I see fans discussing the 2015 rotation.

It goes to show you how far deGrom has come. It’s refreshing to see a a young Mets starter throw strikes and not issue any walks in a game.

The former 2010 ninth round pick doesn’t have the kind of stuff that will typically blow batters away. And yet with his two 11-strikeout performances through his first 11 games, he joins Nolan Ryan and Dwight Gooden as the only Mets to accomplish the feat. It goes to show you that a little command can go a long way.

DeGrom improved his ERA to 3.38 ERA for the season, and while he has walked more batters than any of us would prefer, last night was a significant step forward.

Owner of an impressive 2.3 walk rate in his minor league career, deGrom’s walk rate was at 3.5 this season as a major leaguer. However the majority of those walks came early in his debut season and he’s walked just five batters in his last three starts while striking out 22 in 18.2 innings. If he continues at this pace, the Mets will have something truly special here and the makings of a solid number three pitcher at the very least.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 8, Braves 3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-mets-8-braves-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-mets-8-braves-3.html/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:30:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160364 jacob degrom

The Mets (41-49) beat the Braves (49-41) by a score of 8-3 on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

Jacob deGrom got the start for the Mets and was fantastic. By the way, if nobody has coined the term “deGromination” yet, I’m totally going to do that. The rookie went 7 scoreless innings, giving up 7 hits, walking none, and fanning 11.

The Mets rocked Julio Teheran early and often. Curtis Granderson got things started by leading off the bottom of the 1st with his 14th home run of the season. New York struck again in the bottom of the 2nd, when singles by deGrom (who does it all) and Grandy set the table for Daniel Murphy, who doubled home both runners. Murphy came in to score on David Wright‘s RBI single, and it was 4-0 Mets after 2. The Mets got to Teheran one more time in the bottom of the 3rd, when Travis d’Arnaud singled and later scored on a base hit by Eric Young.

The Mets tacked on some insurance against David Hale in the bottom of the 6th. Murphy doubled for a 2nd time, and Duda doubled on a ball which was misplayed by BJ Upton, who is basically the Braves’ slightly less terrible, but much more expensive version of Chris Young. Murphy came in to score and put the Mets up 6-0.

The Mets got yet another run in the next inning against David Carpenter. After d’Arnaud and Ruben Tejada singled to start the inning, Kirk Nieuwenhuis smacked a pinch-hit double to right to chase home Travis and make it 7-0 Mets.

Buddy Carlyle came in to replace deGrom in the top of the 8th and struck out 2 batters while giving up a walk and a single. Terry Collins decided to pull Buddy so he could bring in the lefty to face Jason Heyward with a 7 run lead (?!?!?!??!), and Dana Eveland trotted in from the bullpen. Heyward singled up the middle and Andrelton Simmons put the brakes on at third, but when Juan Lagares got lazy in center, Simmons changed his mind and charged home to score the Braves’ first run.

The Mets got that run back in the 8th, when Duda doubled past the shift and Lagares poked a double of his own down the line to chase Lucas home.

Eveland ran into some trouble in the top of the 9th and was pulled up 8-1 with the bases loaded and 1 out. Terry brought in Jeurys Familia, who gave up a 2-run single to Freddie Freeman but eventually wrapped up an 8-3 victory for New York.

The win was the 4,000th in Mets history.

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deGrom was great tonight. He’s been great since we called him up. He throws strikes and he doesn’t seem to lose his head in big spots. I like this guy. And he can also hit…

Ahhh, hitting. Isn’t baseball much more fun to watch when your team scores runs? The Mets’ bats have come alive lately, and they’re starting to hit for some power, too. Duda is hitting, Grandy is hitting, Wright is hitting, Murphy is hitting, even Tejada is hitting.

And Travis d’Arnaud has been hitting, ever since he was back up from the minors. As I’ve said all along, you can’t declare somebody a bust and a bum after 4 months in the Majors. He was a top prospect, and he was traded for 2 Cy Young winners, for a reason. He’s starting to show why. He has potential, and he’s starting to produce. His throwing hasn’t been great lately, but I’d rather have a Mike Piazza than a Jose Molina.

Terry, please stop trying to use every reliever in every game. Tonight’s game was a blowout. If tomorrow’s is close, you’ll regret having let the relievers play hot potato with the baseball in this one.

I’m not sure whether I have a strong opinion on the pitcher batting 8th. It seems like it helps our offense, but it might just be a coincidence. I’ll have to look into that a bit more…

The Mets are 8 games out now, and with 2 more games against the Braves, they can make up some more ground if they keep playing well. I’ll be going to Citi Field to catch the game for the first time in awhile, so I’ll be checking if our newfound offensive prowess was simply a figment of my television’s imagination…

4000

Nice win. Let’s keep it up.

Up Next: The Mets will continue their series with the Braves on Wednesday night at Citi Field. Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.73 ERA) will make his return from the Disabled List, and he will face Ervin Santana (7-5, 3.93 ERA). Game time is 7:10 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-710-pm-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-710-pm-4.html/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:21:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160312 jacob degrom

The Mets and Braves will play game two of their four-game series at Citi Field with the Mets Jacob deGrom (1-5, 3.77) opposing right-hander Julio Teheran (8-5, 2.29) on Tuesday starting at 7:10 PM.

Jacob deGrom has allowed five earned runs in his last 18.2 innings (2.41 ERA) and is 0-3 with a 2.49 ERA (seven earned runs/25.1 innings) in four home starts. The righthander has also allowed three earned runs or less in eight of his first 10 major league starts. Only four pitchers in Mets history have allowed three runs or less in nine of their first 10 major league starts: Matt Harvey, Masato Yoshii, Tom Seaver and Jim McAndrew.

Curtis Granderson hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning of last night’s 4-3 victory over the Braves. Eight of Granderson’s team high-tying 13 home runs have either tied the score or given the Mets a lead. Granderson has three home runs and six RBI over his last six games and is hitting .308 (8-26) during this span.

David Wright is hitting .327 (17-52) over his last 13 games and has nine RBI in his last 12 games, including three home runs.

Travis d’Arnaud has a hit in 10 of his last 11 games since returning from Las Vegas and has also reached base safely in all 11 games. He is batting .286 (12-42) with two home runs and eight RBI and a .333 on-base percentage during that span.

Eric Campbell has a career-best eight-game hitting streak and is hitting .438 (14-32) during that span. He has hit safely in 17 of his 19 starts, going 27-75 (.360).

Kevin Plawecki and Noah Syndergaard have been selected to represent Team USA in the Futures Game on Sunday, July 13, It is Plawecki’s first selection and Syndergaard’s second; first being last year’s Future’s Game start at Citi Field.

Starting Lineup

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

The Braves and Mets play game two of four tonight. Yesterday the Mets took an early 2 run lead and Daisuke was able to ride that four 7 scoreless innings. The bullpen came in and promptly gave the lead back back and it became 3-2 Braves. Grandeson then tied in the 8th and then Tejada won it in the 11th and just like that the Mets have won 3 of their last 4 games. Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets tonight. On the season he is 1-5 on the season over 10 games and 59.2 innings with a 3.77 ERA. In his last two starts he has pitched 11.2 innings allowing 5 ER with 5 BB’s and 12 K’s. His last start was against the Braves where he allowed 3 ER over 5.0 innings. The Braves have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Freeman 0-2
  • Heyward 1-3
  • Simmons 1-2
  • BJ Upton 1-2
  • Johnson 2-2, 2B

Julio Teheran gets the nod for the Braves today, he is 8-5 over 18 starts and 126.0 innings with a 2.29 ERA over the season. In his last two starts he has allowed 14.0 innings and 2 ER, and in his last start was against the Mets where he allowed 4 hits and one earned run over 7.0 innings with 3 BB’s and 5 K’s. The Mets have the following numbers against Teheran:

  • Duda 3-10, 2B, HR
  • Tejada 0-10
  • E Yount 4-9
  • Murphy 1-
  • Wright 1-8, HR
  • Campbell 1-3

Lets go Mets!

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It’s A Beautiful Day in the “Neighborhood” http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/its-a-beautiful-day-in-the-neighborhood.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/its-a-beautiful-day-in-the-neighborhood.html/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:20:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160314 fredi gonzalez ejectedfredi gonzalez ejected

While it had no bearing on the results of Monday night’s 4-3 win over the Braves, one of the most controversial points in the game came in the bottom of the ninth when an out call at second base was overturned, giving the Mets runners on first and second with nobody out.

Eric Campbell was ruled safe at second on a bunt play when replays showed Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons came off the bag too soon as he took a throw and relayed to first. 

Normally referred to as the “neighborhood play,” such plays are not reviewable under instant replay rules. But that didn’t deter Mets manager Terry Collins from coming out to argue the call, telling umpires that a bad throw from third baseman Chris Johnson pulled Simmons off the bag at second base.

“It was one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen,” Gonzalez said.

“We reviewed the call because, in our judgment, we felt the throw took the fielder off the bag,” crew chief Mike Everitt told a pool reporter. “That was going to be reviewable.”

“He’s trying to complete the double play quicker. He’s trying to gain an advantage,” umpire Tim Timmons said.

Gonzalez vehemently disagreed and was soon ejected from the game.

“It’s bad interpretation — whoever interpreted it,” he said. “That becomes a neighborhood play … nobody can tell me that that throw was pulled off the bag.”

MLB released a statement after the game:

“The replay regulations allow umpires to determine if they considered a play to be a neighborhood play or not, based on a variety of factors. Some of the factors they consider are the throw and if the player receiving the ball is making the turn. Umpires might consider whether it was an errant throw or if a player receiving a throw who is not at risk of contact made an effort to touch the bag.”

As it turned out, the Mets would not take advantage of the favorable ruling as Braves reliever Shae Simmons pitched out of the jam leaving the game tied at 3 and sending it into extra innings.

“They got lucky that we didn’t lose the game there,” Gonzalez said.

For what it’s worth, the SNY booth all thought it was a bad call by the umpires and that the throw was not errant. Simmons, they argued, put himself in a better position to make the throw to first base to try and complete the double play.

Then this happened…

ruben tejada walkopff

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-710-pm-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-710-pm-3.html/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:21:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160197 dice-k daisuke matsuzaka

The first-place Atlanta Braves arrive at Citi Field for a four-game series against the Mets. Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.72) opposes left-hander Mike Minor (2-5, 4.73) in Monday’s 7:10 PM opener.

Dice-K received his third straight loss in the Mets’ 5-4 defeat to the Braves on July 1 at Turner Field. He has allowed 18 hits and 11 earned runs over 16.1 innings in his last three starts for an ERA of
6.06.

Lucas Duda has five home runs and 12 RBI since June 17, a span of 15 games. The five home runs over that stretch are the third-most in the NL. Duda’s 13 home runs are tied for the fifth-most by a NL first baseman.

Wilmer Flores has been named the Pacific Coast League Player of The Week after tallying six home runs, 13 hits and 16 RBI’s during that span. The 22-year old has played an assortment of infield positions since returning to the minors, splitting time between second, third and shortstop.

Dario Alvarez was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. In two starts, Alvarez allowed just five hits and no earned runs over 10.1 total innings for Savannah. He struck out 16 batters (8 in each outing), walked two, and has a 0.87 ERA this year with Single-A Savannah.

Noah Syndergaard allowed just one run on six hits while striking out eight and walking none in seven innings pitched on Sunday as Las Vegas routed Albuquerque, 12-1.Cesar Puello, who has been sidelined with concussion symptoms. homered twice in his first game since June 23.

Travis d’Arnaud has reached base safely in all 10 games since returning from Las Vegas (AAA), including a hit in nine of those 10 games. He’s batting .297 (11-37) with two home runs and seven RBI and a .350 on-base percentage during that stretch. D’Arnaud is tied for third among NL rookies with his five home runs.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Eric Campbell – 1B
  5. Juan Lagares – CF
  6. Chris Young – LF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Daisuke Matsuzaka – RHP

The Mets and Braves start a four game series tonight after the Mets took the series from the Rangers. Yesterday was the opposite of Saturday for the Mets. This time it was the Mets who took the lead early and then had to fight off Rangers encroachment. Daisuke gets the start, he is  3-3 on the year over 24 games and 58.0 innings with a 3.72 ERA. The last two games have been rough for Daisuke as he has allowed 5 ER over 6 and then 5 ER over 5. He has pitched 9.0 innings against the Braves this year, allowing 6 ER. The Braves have the following numbers against Matsuzaka:

  • BJ Upton 7-30, 2 HR
  • Laird 3-8
  • Freeman 3-7, 2 2B, HR
  • Johsnon 2-6
  • Simmons 3-7
  • J Upton 2-4
  • Uggla 0-3
  • Heyward 0-4

Mike Minor pitches against the Mets again. He is 2-5 over 12 starts this season pitching 70.1 innings with a 4.73 ERA. In his last two starts he has pitched 10.1 innings allowing 9 ER, including a 4.1 inning outing against the Mets where he allowed 4 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Minor:

  • Wright 5-20, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Tejada 8-21, 2 2B
  • Duda 6-19, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 3-18, 2 2B, HR
  • Granderson 3-9, HR
  • Lagares 4-8, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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