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Cricket star Kieran Powell is attempting to make the jump from his sport to baseball this winter. After trying out with the Brewers last week, Powell tried out with the Mets at their Port St. Lucie facilities on Saturday.

Powell has been trying out for teams as an outfielder and according to Elite Sports NY, he has tryouts lined up with the Dodgers, Cubs, Pirates, and a few other teams.

Powell is a 25 year-old left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower. He has played eight seasons with the Leeward Islands team and two seasons with the Antigua Hawksbills. He plays internationally for the West Indies team, which is one of the best teams in the world.

He has been training at the IMG Academy in Florida, where director of baseball Dan Simonds told FOX Sports he likes what he’s seen. “He’s in a very good place right now,” Simmonds said, “if we ran the thing tomorrow I think he’d actually go fairly well…Hitting-wise he’s starting to show some real power swinging the bat, driving the ball from gap to gap…Those are things they’re (the scouts) going to be looking for. They’re going to be watching his skill set. At the end of the day that’s what’s going to sell these guys.”

No word yet on whether he’s willing to accept a one year deal…


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Thoughts On Villar Trade And If Brewers Deal Segura Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:44:55 +0000 jonathan-villar-getty

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired shortstop Jonathan Villar from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor league right-hander Cy Sneed.

Villar, 24, had a solid season in a part-time role with the Astros, batting .284/.339/.414 in 128 plate appearances with 17 runs scored and seven stolen bases. He could give the Brew Crew a potential leadoff hitter with plus-plus speed if he wins a starting job on the Opening Day roster. Which brings us to incumbent shortstop Jean Segura.

There’s a strong possibility that this deal opens things up for the Brewers to trade Segura, who they’ve unsuccessfully tried to move a few times going back to last offseason. And Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel seems to think that’s exactly what the team will do.


We’ve looked at Segura in the past as far as being a fit for the Mets, but it’s been a while so let’s take a fresh look at him.

Segura, 25, regressed from his average four-year metrics, batting .257 with an unimpressive .288 on-base percentage and a .336 slugging in 584 plate appearances. Only 16 doubles, six homers and 13 walks. (yikes!)

His .616 OPS was nearly 50 points lower than his his career .662 mark which wasn’t all that great to begin with. His 62 wRC+ was a career low and quite frankly very Tejada-esque. His fWAR was zero.

Much like Eric Young Jr., Segura has excellent speed as his 25 stolen bases will attest, but as the saying goes you can’t steal first base.

Now all of that might be somewhat tolerable if Segura gave you plus-defense up the middle, but the fact of the matter is that he comes in at below average defensively at shortstop.

With -3 defensive runs saved and a career -9.1 UZR, there’s nothing here to get excited about, and his penchant for throwing errors is now legendary.

So much like my last assessment of Segura, I’m left asking myself, what exactly does he give us that we don’t comparatively have already? I would much rather go with Wilmer Flores and Matt Reynolds at this point. In fact, I’m excited at the prospect of what the two of them can deliver next season.

On a side note, we had record traffic today, odd for a very non-Mets news day. I just want to welcome any new readers and also thank all of you for your support. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see more of on MMO and Let’s Go Mets.


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Scouts Continue To Be Amazed By Cespedes Wed, 14 Oct 2015 20:00:05 +0000 yoenis cespedes

After Monday night’s incredible performance against the Dodgers, MLB scouts were stunned by Yoenis Cespedes‘ tremendous combination of power and speed. Cespedes launched a 430 foot home run, and he was also timed at 3.9 and 3.8 seconds running to first base.

“That’s Mickey Mantle, Bo Jackson territory,” one scout said of the speed-power combination Cespedes exhibited. (John Heyman, CBS Sports)

According to the scout, a time of 4.0 seconds is considered elite on baseball’s 2-8 scouting scale.

“A 4.0 is an 8. So that makes him a 10.”

Cespedes’ speed is often overlooked, but it’s part of what makes him such a dangerous player. He used his great speed to beat out an infield hit in the third inning in Game 4 that ignited the team’s 13 run outburst.

“That was incredible. That was huge,” Dodgers third base coach Ron Roenicke, the former Brewers manager, said of Cespedes’ sprints to first base. “And the thing was, it wasn’t on some little swing … He’s got crazy tools.”

Cespedes finished the season batting .291 with 35 home runs and 105 RBI. He is one of the few five tool players in baseball, and will command a huge contract in the offseason.

While the Mets have not spent a lot in free agency in recent years, that might be about to change with Cespedes hitting the market. He’s been outstanding all year, and he has been one of the main keys to the Mets success in 2015.


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Astros Acquire Carlos Gomez From Brewers Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:41:52 +0000 carlos gomez

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports the Astros and Brewers have agreed on a trade that will send center fielder Carlos Gomez and right-hander Mike Fiers to Houston.

All medicals were already approved, no problems.

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that there will be “four or five” prospects heading back to the Brewers in exchange for Gomez and Fiers.

The Brewers will receive outfield prospects Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, right-hander Adrian Houser and lefty Josh Hader, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The Astros, who didn’t sign a No. 1 overall pick over medical reports, didn’t seem to have any issue about the serious, debilitating, degenerative, career-threatening  hip issue.

All of a sudden the Milwaukee Brewers version of events doesn’t sound so crazy anymore especially when you look at their timeline of how everything went down all the way up to the point that the Mets backed out of the deal.

Hello Fred and Jeff Wilpon, I’m looking at you. I’ve been looking at you two, ever since that entire abortion went down last night.

Incidentally, Carlos Gomez did 10 backflips today and said, there’s nothing wrong with my hips, ” my hips are sexy.” Damn he’s so cool.

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The Crazies Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:39:31 +0000 the-crazies-photograph-3

Last night may have just been one of the most harrowing and bewildering evenings I’ve ever experienced watching a baseball game.

Tom Hanks may have gotten it wrong, because last night we saw lots of crying in baseball.

I’m sure sports talk radio, the talking heads on TV, and everyone on  social media, will have a field day trying to affix blame on what transpired Wednesday night, and point fingers at the would-be culprits. What’s ironic about that, is that they are the ones who created the chaos that unfolded throughout the unforgettable and crazy evening.

In the wake of a deal that completely fell apart, we’re now left with both teams and their propaganda machines blaming each other for the injury concerns that compelled them to back out.

The Brewers are saying they backed out because Zack Wheeler’s elbow reconstruction was much more severe and complicated than your typical Tommy John surgery.

The  Mets on the other hand, had big concerns over a degenerative hip condition that they believe was serious enough to kill the deal.

Who’s right and who’s wrong? Perhaps they are both right or wrong. Rules being what they are, neither GM is allowed to discuss player injuries publicly. So you are left wondering if you should believe Ken Rosenthal, Bob Nightengale, Joel Sherman, or Tom Haudricourt. Take your pick.

There are so many facets that one must consider to grasp the entirety of what took place.

For example, if Sandy Alderson was the one who backed out of the deal  why then did he allow the chaos and incredible feeding frenzy on social media to drag on for hours? Couldn’t he have just issued a short statement that the deal was dead? And likewise, you could say the same thing about the Brewers GM.

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The three main protagonists to what transpired were Joel Sherman, Ken Rosenthal and Andy Martino. They were the ones reporting the deal with the caveat that it was pending a review of Zach Wheeler’s medical records. In fact we didn’t hear anything about Carlos Gomez’s hip until 1 AM in the morning. With such epically bad reporting from those guys, who knows what the fuck really transpired. We may never know.

In the aftermath of the debacle, we were left with a player whose heart was crushed and who was forced to endure an untold amount of emotions on the field. And in full view of millions of onlookers as Wilmer Flores crying became a National phenomenon that trended at the top of social media and whose video was being replayed endlessly again and again on ESPN and the MLB Network.

Watching the poor kid out there even brought tears to my eyes. Sandy Alderson said he sought out Flores to apologize to him after the game.

“I’m coming to work,’’ Flores said to reporters, his eyes still filled with tears long after the Mets 7-3 loss to the Padres at Citi Field.

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Another casualty left in the wake, was manager Terry Collins who delivered an epic profanity-laced rant in the post game press conference.

Collins used so many expletives that more than half of his press conference had to be bleeped out. The guy was pissed. And rightfully so, as he had initially been looked at as the evil sadist that kept running Flores out there knowing that he had been dealt.

However, Collins knew absolutely nothing. He – as is usually the case – was out of the loop. All he was worried about was trying to win a ballgame. When two players alerted him the Flores was crying, he was stunned, wondering what happened.

“He got traded,” said the players. “What??? For who??? For what??? Nobody fucking called me!!!” said Collins.

To hear his version of events was actually pretty funny if it wasn’t so fucking sad, pathetic and depressing.

Like I said, the entire issue is now being left to each team’s propaganda machine. The first thing I did when I woke up this morning, was to check and see how this was being spinned on MetsBlog, and of course half of the reporting is completely focused on what an awful deal it would’ve been considering Carlos Gomez’s hip and his steep decline in WAR and performance, this after he was being lauded as the perfect fit.

Zack Wheeler’s elbow however, is not even mentioned, not even a word that the Brewers are saying they backed out because of Wheeler. Pure slanted journalism at its best.

Two of the main Brewers sites had severely slanted takes as well, but at least they mentioned both possibilities.

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So where does that leave us now and how does Sandy Alderson pick up the pieces and move on?

Well basically everything gets reset to where it was before the calamity of events unfolded. Jay Bruce is still a solid target for the Mets. So is Yoenis Cespedes.

There are also some questions that remain, like for example, did the Mets burn their bridge to Milwaukee and is Gerardo Parra no longer an option?

Have the Brewers diminished the trade value of Zack Wheeler who the Mets were using as a trade chip in several rumored negotiations?

And does that now kill any chance of acquiring a player of significant value?

Who knows…

One thing is certain, expect the next two days to be filled with lots of rumors, buzz and innuendo. Don’t believe everything you hear and read on social media or propaganda sites, and take everything with a grain of salt until the deal is officially reported by team representatives.

We’ve got a game this afternoon… Let’s win it.

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Latest Trade Buzz: Mets Not Interested In Carlos Gonzalez, Thankfully So Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:41:48 +0000 carlos gonzalez

The Mets are not interested in acquiring Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, according to several reports from the team’s beat writers.

In the wake of dealing Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays, the Rockies are now looking to deal CarGo as they look to do a complete rebuild in Colorado.

The Mets are interested in acquiring a big bat, but have made it known that Gonzalez isn’t that guy.

While Gonzalez, 29, is enjoying a nice July after struggling most of the year, his splits are very telling and make him a player the Mets should avoid.

Home: .301 AVG, .936 OPS
Away: .256 AVG, .738 OPS

Vs RHP: .312 AVG, .985 OPS
Vs LHP: .162 AVG, .398 OPS

Additionally, 2014 and 2015 are CarGo’s two worst seasons of his career and his peak year was in 2010 – six years ago.

Then consider the cost in high-end prospects and the contract you take on which is $7-8 million for the rest of this season and then another $37 million through 2017.

And where does Michael Conforto play in 2016? Do we just shove him off to the side?

Sorry, but I have to disagree with my counterpart Matt Cerrone at MetsBlog who writes, “Ugh! I don’t understand why the Mets wouldn’t be interested in Gonzalez, who would be a terrific addition to Citi Field.”

Sorry, CarGo is anything but a perfect fit, and he poses a significant injury risk on top of everything else I already pointed out.

8:00 AM Update

The New York Mets have been very busy upgrading their roster with the recent acquisitions of Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, and now Tyler Clippard.

However by all accounts, Sandy Alderson is not finished yet and continues to shop for an outfielder. According to David Lennon of Newsday, the Mets are optimistic they could still acquire one more player.

Beat reporter Marc Carig hears the same and adds that the recent flurry of moves has asserted the Mets’ standing in the market as a serious buyer.

“After years of skepticism from fans and media members, anything is possible. And the rest of the baseball world has taken notice. Said one evaluator: They aren’t done.”

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Mets are still in the mix for Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra along with the Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles and a “mystery team.”

“Parra is a certain bet to go somewhere considering his status as a free agent after the year and very nice season,” Heyman says.

One outfielder that has also been connected to the Mets is Carlos Gomez, also of the Brewers. However, several MLB sources told Heyman they believe “Gomez won’t end up going anywhere.”

Other outfielders the Mets checked in on are Justin Upton – who was deemed to pricey, Ben Zobrist – who they may no longer need anymore with acquisitions of Uribe and Johnson, and Jay Bruce – who the team reportedly shopped Zack Wheeler for.

They’ve also been connected to Troy Tulowitzki, although the club reportedly believes the Rockies aren’t yet motivated to move their star shortstop.

The Mets still have assets they can move to acquire a big bat, and they reportedly include top prospects OF Brandon Nimmo, RHP Michael Fulmer and SS Gavin Cecchini.

Alderson said earlier this week that he is seeking a big piece and has the financial resources to take on a significant salary.

The combined financial commitment of the three players the Mets have acquired is just under $5 million dollars. All of it is easily cover by the roughly $11 million the team received in insurance payments on David Wright‘s contract.

So that’s the latest on the Mets trade rumor front for now, but I’m sure it will start buzzing again by this afternoon.


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Pirates Acquire Aramis Ramirez Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:08:30 +0000 aramis ramirezAramis Ramirez is not coming to the New York Mets.

Ramirez, 37, has been dealt from the Brewers to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Pittsburgh’s 30th-ranked prospect — right-handed pitcher Yhonathan Barrios — and salary relief.

The Pirates will reportedly absorb $3 million of the $5.74 million left on Ramirez’s contract this season. In 81 games with the Brewers this season, Ramirez is hitting .247/.295/.430 with 11 home runs and 18 doubles. However, he’s really picked it up lately and is slashing .352/.422/.500 this month. The third baseman has said numerous times he will be retiring at the end of this year.

Barrios is a converted infielder and clocked in at 30th on the Fangraphs list in a Brewers system that isn’t particularly strong. For reference, Fangraphs ranked Miller Diaz as the 30th-ranked prospect in the Mets system before the season.

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Latest Mets Buzz: Nimmo, Cecchini, Fulmer Viewed As Trade Chips Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:52:35 +0000 brandon nimmo

On Sunday, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe had a few things to say as it pertains to the New York Mets.

He hears that if David Wright doesn’t come back this season, or is not the Wright of old when he does, the Mets will be thinking along the lines of possibly acquiring two bats, with one of them at shortstop.

While the Mets are hoping that Michael Cuddyer starts hitting, there’s a feeling in the organization that they will pull the trigger on at least one bat, and that Jon Niese will be the vehicle to add a hitter.

-josh-reddickIf this is true, then names like Justin Upton, Carlos Gomez, Josh Reddick, Ben Zobrist, Yasiel Puig or any player of that caliber are not coming to Flushing.

With Niese as the headliner, we’re talking something along the lines of an Alex Guerrero,  Marlon Byrd or Aramis Ramirez.

Mike Puma of the New York Post, however, hears that the Mets are not anxious to move Niese because they are relying on his innings going forward.

That may be true, but it could also be some posturing from the Mets.

Puma also tweeted out that the Mets view prospects such as center fielder Brandon Nimmo, shortstop Gavin Cecchini, and right-hander Michael Fulmer as trade chips in a possible deal.

matt reynoldsMarc Carig of Newsday also touches on that and hears that the Mets feel they have enough talent in the system to get help at the deadline.

In addition to the players Puma mentioned he includes Jhoan Urena, Matt Reynolds and Robert Gsellman, while saying Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario are off limits.

Puma lists Justin Upton, Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra as players that remain on the Mets’ radar.

Another player the Mets have been linked to is Brewers shortstop Jean Segura, who could be traded to make room for Double A prospect Orlando Arcia, according to Cafardo. “You wonder if the 25-year-old could be a fit with the Mets,” he writes.

Fulmer, 22,  is having a tremendous campaign for Double-A Binghamton where he’s in the top five in the league in various categories. He now boasts a 2.16 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 65 strikeouts in 75 innings pitched.

Nimmo, 22, has his average up to .285 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 265 plate appearances. Cecchini, 21, is slashing at .305/.368/.440 with seven homers and 41 RBIs in 353 plate appearances. All three are former first round selections during Sandy Alderson’s tenure.

While very few deals have been made so far, the buzz is becoming furiously rampant and some expect a huge volume of trades to go down in the final two days leading into the deadline as teams wait for the last possible moment to get something done.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 2, Brewers 0 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:20:50 +0000 jacob deGromThis just in: The Mets have won a baseball game.

No, the offense did not finally break out but thanks to another outstanding performance by Jacob deGrom, the Mets (37-37) defeated the Brewers (27-47) by a score of 2-0.

deGrom, in the midst of the best stretch of starts in his career, made his 15th start of the season as the Mets tried to avoid the sweep at the hands of Milwaukee. From the outset, deGrom was absolutely brilliant. He pounded the strike zone, tossing 77 of 100 pitches for strikes. On the afternoon, he allowed only four hits and didn’t walk a single batter. He finished with seven strikeouts in eight shutout innings. His ERA is now down to 2.15 for the year, seventh in baseball. To top it off, he collected a hit in three at-bats.

On offense, the Mets put together just enough to eek out two runs. They got six baserunners on over the first three innings but were unable to score thanks in part to Gerardo Parra’s great throw from center field that nabbed Michael Cuddyer at home. Cuddyer appeared to beat the throw but replay review revealed that he didn’t actually touch home plate, so he was called out.

The Mets would have to wait until the sixth inning to score their first run. With two outs, Michael Cuddyer singled to left field. The next batter, Wilmer Flores, pulled a ball down the left field line for a double. Cuddyer got a good jump and was able to score all the way from first, even with a pretty favorable bounce against the wall for the Brewers’ left fielder Shane Peterson.

The Mets would get another run in the seventh off Jonathan Broxton and Will Smith. With one out, deGrom singled to left. Dilson Herrera was up next and he singled as well. Granderson loaded the bases with his third single of the day. After a Ruben Tejada strikeout, Lucas Duda hit a very soft tapper just past the mound and beat out the throw from Jean Segura, allowing deGrom to score. The Mets finished the afternoon with ten total hits and two walks, but it wasn’t exactly pretty.

Jeurys Familia got the call for the ninth and made quick work of the Brewers for his 20th save of the season. He only needed 12 pitches to close out Milwaukee and snap the Mets’ seven-game losing streak.

Up Next

The Mets return home tomorrow night to begin a three-game series with the Reds. Noah Syndergaard (2-4, 4.03 ERA) takes on Johnny Cueto (4-4, 2.98) at 7:10 p.m.

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Could The Brewers Or Mariners Match Up In A Trade With Mets? Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:59:14 +0000 aramis ramirez

According to Mike Puma of the NY Post, the Brewers and Mariners were recently scouting the Double-A Binghamton Mets.

The Mets and Brewers have been connected in trade rumors for weeks. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reported on June 10th that the two teams had preliminary trade talks, and Marc Carig of Newsday reported that New York was interested in Third Baseman Aramis Ramirez.

Ramirez is batting .215 this season with eight home runs and 26 RBI. While he once was an elite power hitter, the 37-year old is clearly in the midst of rapid decline although he’d still be an upgrade over let’s say Eric Campbell.

Jean Segura is another possible target. He had a breakout rookie season in 2013, but he’s underperformed ever since. He’s batting .271 this year with three home runs and a .299 OBP in 56 games.

The Mariners’ interest could mean that they are looking to revisit negotiations for Brad Miller or Chris Taylor. The Mets were in trade talks for these two players during the off-season, but a deal never worked out.

Miller is batting .221 this season with six home runs in 68 games, and Taylor was recently demoted to the minors after batting .159 in 63 at-bats.

Double-A is home to some of the best prospects in the Mets system. Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini, Michael Fulmer and Gabriel Ynoa are all on the Binghamton Mets roster. Is it worth trading any of these young players for someone like Ramirez, Segura or Miller?

They are only marginal upgrades at best. What this team needs is a true game changer like Gary Carter was in ’85 or Mike Piazza in 1998.

So why not set our sights higher? The Mets shouldn’t settle on mediocre talent, not if it’s going to cost us any of our top ten prospects.

A much better option would be to go after Carlos Gomez. He batted .284 last year with 23 home runs and 34 steals. With his excellent combination of power and speed, he would be an excellent player for the Mets’ struggling offense.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets at Brewers, 8:10 PM Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:48:03 +0000 jon niese

The New York Mets look to get back on track with a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Jon Niese (3-7, 4.21) gets the starting assignment for the Mets and he opposes right-hander Mike Fiers (3-7, 4.50) for the Brewers in the 8:10 PM series opener.

The Mets are 0-5 on their current road trip and 10-24 on the road this season, including 3-16 in the team’s last 19 road games. New York’s .294 winning percentage on the road is the second-worst in the majors.

New York’s next nine games are against the NL Central (three at Milwaukee, three vs. Cincinnati and three vs. Chicago). The Mets are 4-10 vs. the NL Central this year, including 2-1 vs. Milwaukee.

Mets Starting Lineup

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

The Mets really need to get off to a strong start vs the Brewers this week. They are in the midst of a 5 game losing streak, including a three game sweep in Atlanta. They come in against a struggling Brewer club and right now they need anything to right the ship. Yesterday they got a great start from Matt Harvey and went into the top of the 9th down 1-0 and got two runners on with no outs…but then very quickly from that point recorded three outs.

Tonight the game lies on Jon Niese. Niese is 3-7 over 13 games and 77.0 innings with a 4.21 ERA. He’s 0-2 in three games in the month of June where he has a 3.60 ERA over 20.0 innings with 18 K’s. He was 0-1 over 2 starts  against the Brewers last year allowing 4 ER over 12.2 innings. The Brewers have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Ramirez 6-19, 2B, 2 HR
  • Lucroy 6-18, 2B
  • Braun 4-14
  • Gomez 4-14
  • Segura 1-7
  • Parra 3-6

Mike Fiers is 3-7 over 14 games and 74.0 innings and an ERA of 4.50. After going 2-1 in the first three starts and 17.1 innings with a 2.60 ERA, in his last start he allowed 6 ER over 8 hits through 5.0 innings of work. He logged an inning of work against the Mets last year allowing 1 hit and 1 walk with no runs. The Mets have the following numbers against Fiers:

  • Mayberry 2-3, HR
  • Tejada 1-4, 2B
  • Duda 1-2, 2B
  • Granderson 0-1

Lets Go Mets!

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Alderson Updates Reporters On Trade Front Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:33:13 +0000 Sandy-Alderson-New-York-Mets1

Sandy Alderson updated reporters on Thursday about the current trade climate and what type of player they are hoping to acquire.

“I’d say it’s a very narrow market. Teams are not looking to dump their players in the middle of June. That’s like advertising to their fans that the season is over. I don’t care how bad your record is, teams are reluctant to do that at this point in the season.” (Adam Rubin, ESPN New York)

Without naming names or responding directly to the Aramis Ramirez rumors, the Mets general manager had this to say:

“Would we consider a third baseman who can’t do anything else?” Alderson said. “Under the circumstances, yeah, we probably would. But we’re not just looking for any third baseman. It has to be something we think is an improvement that doesn’t cost us significantly.”

By cost, Alderson is of course alluding to the price in prospects in addition to how much the team can afford to increase payroll.

Ideally, the team would like to swap Jon Niese or Dillon Gee, but according to Ken Rosenthal, the Brewers are not interested in either of them.

Still with the Mets short on capital and a steadfast unwillingness to part with any of the prospects other teams want, the likelihood for a trade isn’t promising.

“I have to emphasize, you’re constantly weighing what you have against what’s out there,” Alderson said.

It takes two to tango and with the Mets holding firm in what they’re willing to part with for a bat, there’s not too many teams out there who are going to say:

“Sure Mets, we’ll help you out… Here’s the bat you desperately crave, just give us your $5 million dollar disgruntled spot starter with the injury history, 1.56 WHIP and 4.50 ERA.”

You get the drift?

June 11

Here’s the latest on the Mets and Brewers trade buzz and my thoughts on some of the players being discussed.

To begin, just when we thought we were out on Aramis Ramirez, based on what Adam Rubin heard from team sources, Marc Carig and Matt Ehalt dragged us back in. Both of them say the Mets have got their sights set on Ramirez, although for the life of me I don’t know why.

aramis ramirezBesides the fact that 37-year old Ramirez is mired in the worst season of his career, batting .217/.257/.390 with seven homers and 18 RBI in 175 plate appearances, he’s one-dimensional defensively and can only play third base. What happens when David Wright comes back? Is there something about Wright that they’re not telling us?

I do understand the attraction for Sandy Alderson and the Mets, in that Ramirez has practically no functional value so he won’t cost the Mets a top prospect or even a B-Level prospect.

Additionally, all they need to do is absorb the remaining $8.7 million Ramirez has on his original four-year contract. And if they unload Dillon Gee or Jon Niese on the Brewers they’re only taking on about $4 million in the balance sheet. You know the Wilpons would love that.

Still, I don’t like it and I hope this isn’t some lame attempt to appease fans clamoring for a trade. Hey, I want to see the Mets make a trade too, but a sensible one that at least provides a significant upgrade which Ramirez certainly is not. Plus Daniel Murphy reportedly returns in a week, and I’d rather have him at third instead of Ramirez. Wouldn’t you?

Jean+Segura+Milwaukee+Brewers+v+Colorado+Rockies+HeH0sj_IBKdlJean Segura is more appealing, but not by much and both Carig and Andy Martino say he’s not available and the Brewers are hanging onto him. And even if he was available the starting price would be Steven Matz. Still interested?

I’d certainly consider All-Star outfielder Ryan Braun (PED history and all), but I can assure you that he’s too rich for Sandy Alderson’s blood in prospects, and Fred and Jeff Wilpon would never sign off on it anyway – even if Sandy was to persuade Milwaukee to eat a third of his salary.

Most Mets fans I talk to drool over the possibility of adding Carlos Gomez, but when I ask them to consider what it would cost to land him, most quickly lose interest when they realize it starts with Matz, Michael Conforto, and probably Juan Lagares and that might not be enough to get it done. It’s just as well because the Brewers view Gomez as one of their core players and he’s not available.

So bottom line as far as these Brewers rumors go, I’d say there’s a 50 percent chance the Mets will get Aramis Ramirez, a 20 percent chance on Jean Segura, and no chance they get Ryan Braun or Carlos Gomez.

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Brewers Could Trade Braun, Gomez or Segura For Right Price Wed, 27 May 2015 15:10:49 +0000 MJS MJS brewers15, nws, sears, 6

Milwaukee beat writer Todd Rosiak of the Journal-Sentinel believes the Brewers would trade outfielder Ryan Braun, but only if a team were to take on his entire salary which he calls unlikely.

“I’d think they most certainly would, but because of the money he’s owed – his extension doesn’t even kick in until next season – it’s highly unlikely unless the Brewers would agree to eat some of it.”

“Their trading partners would also most certainly be limited to big-market teams, and there would likely be questions regarding his thumb as well as the past PED issues.”

Through 173 plate appearances, he is batting .272/.349/.543 with 12 home runs and 36 RBI.

Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said the team is still in “win now” mode so you could imagine the return they would want once a team agrees to take on that salary.

Other players likely to be moved are pending free agents Kyle Lohse and Aramis Ramirez, but Rosiak believes the team would also move Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy and Jean Segura for the right package.

Where do the Mets fit in on Braun? They don’t, with over $45 million annually invested in David Wright, Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer, there’s no wiggle room for taking on a contract like Braun even if they could convince the Brewers to eat 25% of his contract.

Then expect the return to be Noah SyndergaardMichael ConfortoAmed Rosario and Akeel Morris for starters. Still Interested?

Braun, 31, is owed $15 million for this season, and the new $105 million extension kicks in next year, averaging over $20 million per season.

There was an obscure rumor that Sandy Alderson was after Braun two years ago, but it sounded sketchy at best given the $80 million payroll budget the Mets had at the time.


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MMO Game Thread: Brewers vs Mets, 1:10 PM (Thor’s Day!) Sun, 17 May 2015 14:31:05 +0000 noah Syndergaard

The New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers will play the rubber match of their three-game set this afternoon at 1:10 PM in what should be a packed Citi Field.

Rookie righthander Noah Syndergaard (0-1, 5.06) will make his home debut for the Flushing faithful, and he will oppose Wily Peralta (1-4, 3.80) for the Brewers.

Over the last 10 years only two other Mets starting pitchers made their major league debut before turning 23 years old: Mike Pelfrey (22) in 2006 and Jon Niese (21) in 2008.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Eric Campbell – 3B
  3. Lucas Duda – 1B
  4. Michael Cuddyer – LF
  5. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  6. Wilmer Flores – SS
  7. Johnny Monell – C
  8. Noah Syndergaard – RHP
  9. Juan Lagares – CF

The Mets find themselves in an important rubber game today. If they win, they can start rebuilding their first place lead over the Nationals, but If they lose, the psyche of the fans will shift to Saturday’s big win being a fluke. I’m also being super melodramatic, truth be told, it’s a game against the Brewers in May, so probably not that serious.

Yesterday the Mets finally crushed the ball scoring 10 runs in one inning on their way to a 14-1 rout of the Brewers. The Mets had homers from Plawecki, Granderson and Flores (his being a grand slam) and a 3-3 night at the plate from Jacob deGrom who also turned in an amazing start on the mound.

Noah Syndergaard will get his second start of the season today. In his first start he allowed 3 ER over 5.1 innings over 6 hits while walking 4 and striking out 6. The box score doesn’t tell the complete story for Noah, he did quite well for the first 5 innings and it wasn’t until the 6th that the wheels came off. This being Noah’s second start, he has never faced the Brewers.

The Mets bats will get a crack at Wily Peralta who is 1-4 over seven starts spanning 45.0 innings with a 3.80 ERA. May has been good for Wily who is 2-1 over 20.0 innings with a 2.25 ERA and 16 K’s. He was also quite good against the Mets last year putting up a 2.25 ERA over two games and 12.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Wily:

  • Murphy 3-9
  • Duda 1-7
  • Granderson 4-5, 2 2B, HR
  • Tejada 0-6
  • Cuddyer 2-3, 2B
  • Flores 0-3
  • Mayberry 2-3, 2B

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MMO Game Thread: Brewers vs Mets, 7:10 PM Sat, 16 May 2015 19:15:48 +0000 deGrom Jacob

The Mets and Brewers will play the second game of their weekend series tonight at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom (3-4, 3.46) will be counted on to stop the Mets’ five game skid and he’ll be opposed by right-hander Matt Garza (2-4, 4.04) for the Brewers. First pitch is at 7:10 PM.

Mets Starting Lineup

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

The Mets are in a bad way right now, and they need this win tonight as they play game two with the BrewCrew. Last night the offense wasn’t around again, and this was coupled with poor defensive plays. But despite how bad this slide is right now, this team has shown before that they can flip the script, so it’s time to do that.

Jacob deGrom will look to rebound from his last start. In Chicago he had a rough first inning but was pretty much fine from that point on. On the season he is 3-4 over 7 games with a 3.46 ERA over 41.2 innings with 37 strikeouts.

At home this year he is 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA over 25.2 innings and 24 K’s. Last year he was 1-1 in two starts over 12.0 innings against the Brewers with a 2.25 ERA. The Brewers have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Braun 0-5
  • Davis 2-5
  • Gomez 2-6
  • Gennett 2-3, 2B
  • Peralta 0-3
  • Ramirez 1-3, 2B

The Mets bats will draw Matt Garza today who is in his second season with the Brewers. So far in 2015 he is 2-4 over 7 games with a 4.04 ERA in 42.1 innings of work.

Matt is coming off of his best start of the season where he held the Cubs to 1 earned run over 7.0 innings while striking out 9. Last year he made one start against the Mets and it was very good as he held the Mets to a run over 8.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Garza:

  • Granderson 7-27, 4 2B, HR
  • Duda 2-7, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 0-5
  • Mayberry 0-4
  • Tejada 1-4
  • Flores 1-3
  • Lagares 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

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Market For Gee Continues To Shrink As Spring Training Nears Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:03:02 +0000 dillon gee

The Mets have been looking to move starter Dillon Gee since the winter meetings in December, but a trade has yet to materialize. Last week Joel Sherman of the NY Post reported that the Mets will likely need top free agent pitcher James Shields to sign first before they can make a deal.

However, an MLB executive recently told Jayson Stark of ESPN that teams are currently “in bottom feeding mode” since the market for Shields has come to a halt. This could mean that the Mets will start receiving more interest in Gee as well as Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese.

The Milwaukee Brewers have emerged as a potential match for the Mets after trading veteran starter Yovani Gallardo to the Texas Rangers. Brewers GM Doug Melvin told MLB Network Radio yesterday that the team could acquire a starting pitcher to replace Gallardo, however they are not interested in a top level starter such as Shields. He also added that they could sign a top reliever instead and reports now have them going hard after Jonathan Papelbon.

On Friday, the Giants agreed to a one year deal with free-agent starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, who decided to pass on the Houston Astros and stay put in San Francisco. That means one less suitor for Gee.

Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart told reporters that his team is out on James Shields which could make them a possible trade partner for the Mets. However, Stewart is also on record as saying he has no interest in Gee, Niese or Colon, and prefers young high upside pitchers with 3-5 years of control or more.

While the Mariners continue to scour the market for a veteran starting pitcher to add some depth to their rotation, they’re only interested in someone who will accept an assignment to the minor leagues if he doesn’t win a job in Spring Training. The team are no longer looking to move Brad Miller or Chris Taylor and some believe they were never serious in moving one of their young infield prospects anyway. They too are a dried up opportunity for a Gee deal.

With pitchers and catchers reporting in less than three weeks, it could be that Gee reports to Spring Training as Sandy Alderson continues to search for an ideal opportunity to strike a deal.

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Jacob deGrom Earns NL Player Of The Week Honors Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:11:25 +0000 jake degrom

deGrom went 4-1 with a 1.77 ERA in July

Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom was awarded the NL Player of the Week Award in the NL for last week. deGrom shared the honor with Marlins closed Steve Cishek.

The 26-year old deGrom went 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA in two starts last week. He struck out 11 and walked just three in 13.1 innings in victories against the Mariners and Brewers.

deGrom is now 5-5 on the season with a 2.79 ERA in 14 starts. He’s striking out 8.59 batters per nine innings and walking 3.21. He leads all NL rookie pitchers with a 1.4 WAR.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Brewers at Miller Park, 2:10 PM Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:15:02 +0000 jacob deGrom

The Mets will close their 10-game road trip on Sunday with the finale of a four-game series with the Brewers at Miller Park. Rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom (4-5, 3.01) takes the hill against right-hander Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.05) for the Brewers is a 2:10 PM matchup.

Jacob deGrom has recorded a win while pitching at least 7.0 innings and allowing no more than one run in each of his last three starts. DeGrom is only the second rookie pitcher in team history with a three-game streak of that kind as Jerry Koosman did it from April 11-23, 1968.

DeGrom leads NL rookies in strikeouts (79) and innings pitched (80.2). Among rookie starters who have pitched 80.0 or more innings, only the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka has a lower ERA (2.51). The Mets righthander has not allowed a home run in his last 52.2 innings, the sixth current longest streak in the majors.

The Mets have scored three runs or fewer in eight straight games after scoring five runs in their first game after the break (July 18 at San Diego). The last time the Mets had a longer such stretch was August 18-26, 2012 when they went nine straight games scoring three runs or less.

Daniel Murphy went 2-4 last night, his second straight multi-hit game. Murphy is third in the NL with 123 hits, is tied for seventh with 27 doubles and is 10th with 33 multi-hit games. He is also ninth in the NL with a .306 road batting average.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Chris Young – LF
  6. Juan Lagares – CF
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Jacob deGrom – RHP

The Mets wrap up their 10 game road trip today. If the Mets pick up the win today, they will split the series with the Brewers and go .500 on the first trip after the All-Star break. Yesterday the Mets took the early lead but weren’t able to hold on.

Today Jacob deGrom will take the mound with a 4-5 record over 13 games and 80.2 innings with a 3.01 ERA. In his last three starts he is 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA while striking out 26 batters and walking only 3 while pitching 21.0 innings. He faced the Brewers earlier this season and allowed 3 ER over 5.2 innings and 9 hits while striking out 4. The Brewers have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Braun 0-2
  • Davis 1-3
  • Gennett 2-3, 2B
  • Gomez 2-3
  • Lucroy 2-3, 2B
  • Peralta 0-3

Jimmy Nelson gets the start for the Brewers. He is 1-1 in his first three starts of the season with a 1-1 record over 16.0 innings. In that time he walked 6 and struck out 16. He had one start in May and really has been called up since mid July. In those two starts he has allowed 9 ER over 10.1 innings, inflating his ERA. His only start last year was against the Mets where he allowed 1 ER over 5.0 innings while walking three and striking out 4. The Mets have the following numbers against Nelson:

  • E Young 0-3
  • Duda 0-1
  • Lagares 0-1
  • Murphy 1-1
  • Recker 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Recap: Brewers 5, Mets 2 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 03:03:44 +0000 Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 10.56.54 PM

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Phelps, AP

The Mets (49-55) lost to the Brewers (59-46) by a score of 5-2 on Saturday night at Miller Park.

Jon Niese got the start for the Mets and was pretty good, but not great. Niese allowed 3 runs in 5 innings on 5 hits, 2 walks, and a wild pitch, striking out 4 and throwing 89 pitches.

The Mets scored first in the top of the third when Curtis Granderson doubled and, after a walk from David Wright, scored on a single from Lucas Duda. A wild pitch by Wily Peralta put runners on 2nd and 3rd with just 1 out, giving the Mets a chance to tack on to their 1-0 lead. However, Travis d’Arnaud‘s fly ball to right was not deep enough to score Wright, and Chris Young grounded out to end the inning.

New York scored again in the top of the 5th thanks to a solo shot from Grandy, but Niese began to unravel in the bottom of the frame. Jon allowed a leadoff hit to Mark Reynolds, who switched places with Jean Segura on a fielder’s choice. Segura then stole 2nd, moved to 3rd on a fly ball, and scored on a wild pitch. With 2 out and nobody on, Carlos Gomez singled and came all the way around from 1st to score on a double by Ryan Braun. Braun scored on a base-hit from Jonathan Lucroy, and Milwaukee suddenly had a 3-2 lead.

With Chris Young on 2nd and 2 outs, Terry Collins brought in Bobby Abreu to pinch-hit for Niese, ending the southpaw’s evening. However, when Milwaukee brought in Zach Duke to play the matchup, Terry called Abreu back (I wonder why we always burn our bench so quickly) and sent up Eric Campbell to hit instead. There would be no Soup for Terry in this ballgame, as Campbell whiffed on a 2-2 pitch to end the threat.

It was a day ending in “Y”, so Terry decided to call on Carlos “Were you really surprised to see me?” Torres to pitch the 6th (and more, of course). Torres got 2 quick outs, but surrendered a solo shot to Reynolds to stretch the Brewers’ advantage to 4-2.

Chris Young doubled for the 2nd time in the game (!!!!) with 2 outs in the 8th, but Wilmer Flores was unable to drive him in, surely costing him a chance to escape the bench again over the next week. Torres gave up another insurance run on an RBI double by Khris Davis, who went to 3rd on the throw. Davis appeared to score on an infield hit from Reynolds, but after video review, Reynolds was called out and the 2 teams headed to the 9th with Milwaukee up 5-2.

Francisco Rodriguez came in to seek redemption in the 9th, and much to the relief of his in-laws, K-Rod retired the side smoothly, with an Eric Young double the only blemish. The Mets are now 4-5 on their road trip.

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Photo Credit: Jeffrey Phelps, AP

The Mets’ starters have been turning in some 5-and-out starts lately, and I don’t like it. Torres had to pitch 3 innings today. He’ll probably be unavailable tomorrow. Of course, he’ll still probably pitch…

Niese was decent, but was a little wild all night long and it ended up hurting him, in the form of walks, wild pitches, and a few hangers. Hopefully he gets his command back soon.

Chris Young had 2 doubles tonight. I won’t get my hopes up for a turnaround, but I still think he is worth a roster spot, at least over somebody like Abreu, who can’t run or field, and isn’t really hitting much anymore, either.

Grandy and Daniel Murphy also put in some nice work at the plate. Unfortunately, New York just couldn’t get many big hits with runners in scoring position tonight. Hopefully the impending return to Citi Field helps the offense out. (I can’t believe I just wrote that).

Only one more game on the road trip. Let’s try to finish the series and the trip with an even record before heading home. I’ll probably try to catch a few games on the homestand before I head off to college, so hopefully the Mets bring their bats to Queens.

Up Next: The Mets will look to earn a split with the Brewers on Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee. Jacob deGrom (4-5, 3.01 ERA) will face Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.06 ERA) at 2:10 PM.


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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Brewers, 8:10 PM Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:35:39 +0000 zack wheeler

The Mets (48-54) and Brewers (58-45) go at it again as they continue their four-game series at 8:10 PM tonight at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.78 ERA) will start for the Mets against Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.79).

Zack Wheeler is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA over his last four starts. He has pitched 6.0 or more innings and allowed one or fewer runs in four straight starts. The last time a Mets starter had a longer such single season stretch was R.A. Dickey, who went six straight starts of 6.0 or more innings and one or fewer runs, from May 22 to June 18, 2012. Wheeler has had nine starts this year where he’s gone 6.0 or more innings and allowed one or fewer runs.

Lucas Duda established a career-high with his 16th home run last night. He had 15 hits in each of the previous two years. Duda has hit a home run in two of his last three games and also leads the team in home runs. He is third among NL first basemen with 16 home runs.

Travis d’Arnaud is hitting .298 (25-84) with three home runs and 13 RBI with a .337 on-base percentage in 22 games since returning from Las Vegas (AAA) on June 24. He has at least one hit in 18 of those 22 games and has reached safely in 19 of 22. D’Arnaud hit .180 (23-128) with three home runs and nine RBI in 39 games from the start of the year through June 6. He has raised his average 46 points from .180 to .226 over the last 22 games.

Starting Lineup

Curtis Granderson, rf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, 1b
Travis d’Arnaud, c
Bobby Abreu, lf
Juan Lagares, cf
Ruben Tejada, ss
Zack Wheeler, rhp

The Mets look to just forget about last night’s game as Zack Wheeler takes the mound today. Wheeler is 5-8 over 20 games and 114.1 innings with a 3.78 ERA. He has pitched 25.1 innings in his last four starts striking out 21 batters, walking 10 and posting a beautiful 1.42 ERA. Last year he made one start against the Brewers where he allowed 1 ER over 5.0 innings with 3 runs overall while walking 3 and striking out 3. The Brewers have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Gomez 3-3, 2B
  • Lucroy 0-3
  • Ramirez 0-0, 2 BB
  • Schaefer 0-2
  • Weeks 0-2

The Mets bats look to pick themselves up against Gallardo tonight who has pitched 20 games this season over 121.o innings with a 5-5 record and a 3.79 ERA. His last four starts have been rougher than his season average allowing 19 runs, 16 earned over 23.1 innings, a 6.17 ERA. Last year he was 2-0 in as many starts against the Mets allowing 13 hits and 6 ER over 12.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Gallardo:

  • C Young 3-22
  • Wright 3-19, HR
  • Murphy 6-15, 3 2B
  • Duda 5-10, 2B, 2 HR
  • Tejada 2-6
  • E Young 0-6
  • Granderson 0-2
  • Lagares 0-2
  • d’Arnaud 1-2

Lets Go Mets!

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