Mets Merized Online » chris schwinden http://metsmerizedonline.com Sun, 07 Feb 2016 21:08:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.13 This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: The All Time Infamy Team http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-the-all-time-infamy-team.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-the-all-time-infamy-team.html/#comments Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:55:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129794 Infamy: The state of being well known for some bad quality or deed.

I have seen a lot of Mets baseball in my 41 years on this planet. I have seen the Mets win one World Series while losing in their other two appearances to the A’s and Yankees. I’ve also seen them appear in a handful of playoff appearances where they just fell a little short… Yeah I’m, looking at you ’88 and ’99 and ’06!!!

I have seen players come and go. Some were stars, others were nondescript journeymen, and many were solid everyday players that may not have that good, but us fans we clutched on to them because they were the best we had.

But there is also another category of players that have had donned the orange and blue. These are the players that we loved to hate. The players that had various scrapes with either the front office, the manager, the game itself, or even off the field scuffles with the law, child services etc. So without further ado here is a short list of some of the most infamous Mets.

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1. Jordany Valdespin : Valdespin may have only spent about a year and a half with the Mets but his antics are legendary. While in the minors he was not very well liked by his teammates – but I guess when you steal their equipment you won’t be making many friends. He is currently serving a 50 game suspension for being named in the Biogenesis scandal. He also cursed out his manager Terry Collins in front of GM Sandy Alderson when told he was being demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas earlier this season. Soon after, he ignited a bench clearing brawl after his demotion because he showboated after a homer (again) – something he actually excels at since he doesn’t field well, run well or hit for average.

2. Ambiorix Burgos: Amby was obtained by then GM, Omar Minaya, to be the Mets future closer. He could top 100 mph on the radar gun. In a fit of rage, Borgos used his SUV as a weapon when he struck and killed his ex-girlfriend and as well as another woman in his native Dominican Republic. He was also picked up by NYPD officers for beating his then girlfriend .

3. Vince Coleman: “Vincent Van D’OH” will not only be remembered for his speed on the field with the Cardinals and to a lesser extent the Mets, but also for throwing lit fire crackers into a crowd after a game in Los Angeles, severely injuring a 2-year old girl. He also accidentally injured Dwight Gooden when he was swinging a golf club in the clubhouse.

4. Francisco Rodriguez: Who could forget back in the summer of 2010 when after blowing a save Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez was involved in a shouting match with his “father in law”  which spiraled into K-Rod using the man as his very own punching bag. To be honest if somebody made disparaging remarks about my mother I would probably do the same. Rodriguez was arrested and put on the restricted list for 2 days. He then was placed on the disqualified list for the remainder of the season after it was revealed that he tore a ligament in his thumb during his punching fit which required surgery.

5. Lance Broadway: Broadway, a hard throwing prospect that the Mets obtained  from the White Sox for catcher, Ramon Castro. Lance didn’t light it up in his brief time with the Mets – even though he had the right last name for the team. After the Mets released him he signed with Toronto , where he brutally beat up a man at a night club.

6. Carl Everett: Carl’s temper was well known. He once head-butted umpire Ron Kulpa when he ruled that Carl was using an illegal stance in the batter’s box. He is best known for having his children taken away by Child Protective Services after a Mets employee saw welts and bruises on one of his children. He has been arrested since then for weapons possession, as well as assault.  He is outspoken against gay marriage, feels that the Apollo 11 moon landing was a hoax, and is infamous for saying  that

“God created the sun, the stars, the heavens and the Earth, and then he made Adam and Eve. The Bible never says anything about dinosaurs. You can’t say there were dinosaurs when you never saw them. Somebody actually saw Adam and Eve. No one ever saw a Tyrannosaurus Rex.!”

He also believes that dinosaur bones are man made fakes.

So here is my list for some of the most infamous players ever to wear a Mets uniform. who would you add to this list ? Let me know in the comment section below.

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

One of the most popular Mets of all time, second baseman from ’80-’88,  Wally Backman is 54 (1959). Backman has been managing in the Mets minor league system for the past several years. He is well liked by his players, and is still a lightening rod for controversy which is why I do not believe we will see him as the Mets manager in the near future.

One of the worst free agent signings the Mets ever made, outfielder Vince Coleman is 52 (1961).

Current Mets bench coach ( and possible Collins replacement) , Bob Geren  is 52 (1961).

Middle reliever from the ’02 season, Mark Guthrie is 48 (1965).

Reserve outfielder from the ’95 season, Jeff Barry is 44 (1969).

Current starting pitcher for the Mets AAA Las Vegas affiliate,  Chris Schwinden is 27 (1986).

Mo Vaughn is infamous for eating the entire team post game spread before his teammates could finish changing after the game !!!

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Some Additional Insight On Why Mets Decided On Mejia http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/some-additional-insights-on-why-mets-decided-on-mejia.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/some-additional-insights-on-why-mets-decided-on-mejia.html/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:48:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125569 Jenrry Mejia

The Mets have just announced that righthander Jenrry Mejia will start Saturday Friday against the Washington Nationals.

Here’s some excellent insight from longtime reader Sach who writes:

Jenrry Mejia was on a major league not minor league rehab assignment which was due to end on July 29th. And after that date, the Mets either had to call Mejia up or spend and burn their last remaining option on him optioning him to AA or AAA.

Why spend and burn your last remaining option on this guy for basically 2 months the rest of this season instead of preserving that option for all of next season?

I think if Mejia shows credibly enough on Fri., he’s going to stick with the Mets the rest of the way in some capacity.

Nice job, Sach, and as always thank you for your insights and updates on our threads…

Original Post 8:00 AM

The Mets are reportedly considering promoting RHP Chris Schwinden from Triple-A Las Vegas to start against the Nationals on July 26. Yeah right…

Needing a sixth starter this weekend due to a doubleheader, the Mets apparently do not want to promote RHP Rafael Montero and add him to the 40-man roster yet. We’ve written about that ad nauseum on this site and yes, I get that, but what I don’t get is Chris Schwinden?

Schwinden is coming of a six-run pasting in his start on Sunday and was pulled after four innings. The 26-year old is 4-8 with an even 6.00 ERA in 105.0 innings at Triple-A Las Vegas this season and the league is batting .315 against him. His small taste of the majors has him at 0-3 with a 6.78 ERA in seven games and six starts in his big league career.

We are talking about a player who has been cut from three different 40-man rosters from three different organizations in the last year, so why in the world would we waste a roster spot on him again and so soon when he’s regressed as much as he has this season?

Now while I would love to get Jenrry Mejia a start, there’s a 40-man roster crunch coming for the Mets in three months. Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom must be put on the 40 in order to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft. While there’s no rush on Matz who is still in Single-A Savannah and isn’t an option to help the Mets, deGrom is holding his own in Triple-A Las Vegas and we HAVE TO put him on the 40 man roster anyway.

DeGrom currently sports a 3.00 ERA for the 51s with a 1.21 WHIP in six starts, and has already been promoted twice since beginning the season for Advanced-A St. Lucie. I’m not sold on his MLB readiness at this stage of the game, but he would make far more sense than Schwinden.

I still believe that Mejia would be best prepared, having already pitched at this level, and it would make for a nice story to see him make it back from Tommy John Surgery and other assorted maladies and setbacks that he has dealt with along his comeback trail.

Mejia, still only 23, has made six starts in rehab and boasts a 2.55 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 24.2 innings while walking 10. Now in Double-A Binghamton, the former top Mets prospect has tossed back-to-back gems, most recently a superb 8-strikeout performance. He has a 0.82 ERA for the B-Mets with a 0.90 WHIP.

I understand the need to put deGrom on the 40, hell we were the ones who first bought it up back in April, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready for a start in the majors. To jump three levels from Single-A to the majors in four months with his stuff? Umm, sorry, I don’t think so…

Mejia may not be the optimal choice either, but I think he gives the team a better chance for a win and he wouldn’t be fazed by the jitters of a major league debut… He’s long past that after making his debut in 2010 at 20.

So there’s my take on this… In a day or two we’ll find out what Sandy’s take on it is…

(Photo credit: Gordon Donovan)

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Jenrry Mejia Likely To Make 2013 Debut Against Nationals http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/jenrry-mejia-likely-to-make-2013-debut-against-nationals.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/jenrry-mejia-likely-to-make-2013-debut-against-nationals.html/#comments Sun, 21 Jul 2013 16:46:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125429 jenrry mejiaAccording to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets are considering Jenrry Mejia for a start next Saturday.

The Mets play a doubleheader on Friday in Washington, and will need an extra pitcher on Saturday.

Also being considered, but I view as extreme long-shots, are Chris Schwinden, Jacob deGrom, and Rafael Montero – neither of whom are on the 40-man roster.

MMO Prediction: Mejia will make his 2013 debut and have a solid performance after a long road back from rehab and TJS.

Read more about his start last night from my earlier post below.

Original Post 12:30 AM

The Binghamton Mets matched a season-high with 15 hits and Jenrry Mejia struck out eight over six innings in a 10-2 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium. Cesar Puello doubled twice and drove in three runs to lead a B-Mets offensive attack that saw every player collect at least one hit.

Mejia had a two-run cushion before he even threw his first pitch. Danny Muno got the attack against Rock Cats starter Trevor May started immediately by leading off the game with a one-hop double off the right-field wall. Puello brought him home by skipping an RBI single past Eddie Rosario at second base. After swiping second, his 22nd stolen base of the year, Puello scored when Rhyne Hughes blistered a two-out RBI single up the middle.

Mejia set the tone in his second rehab appearance with the B-Mets by retiring the first eight batters he faced. The right-hander side-stepped a bunt single and a walk in a scoreless third and worked around a one-out single in a shutout fourth.

Nate Hanson put the only blemish on Mejia’s night by ripping a home run over the left-field wall to lead off the fifth inning. Mejia bounced back and retired six of seven to cap his night. Chase Huchingson took over in the seventh and allowed one on three hits over two innings of relief. Chasen Bradford closed the contest with a perfect ninth.

Mejia (2-0) surrendered just one run on three hits over six innings in the victory. His eight strikeouts were the most in one game since he fanned nine as a Buffalo Bison on 8/30/10 against the Syracuse Chiefs..

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Collins Doesn’t Want Byrd Traded, Wants More Players To Step Up Already http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/collins-doesnt-want-byrd-traded-wants-more-players-to-step-up-already.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/collins-doesnt-want-byrd-traded-wants-more-players-to-step-up-already.html/#comments Sat, 20 Jul 2013 14:59:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125320 terry collins

Updating this post from Thursday, Terry Collins threw his weight around on the matter of trading Marlon Byrd. In short, Collins is hoping that it doesn’t happen and is fearful of how a team struggling to score runs would survive the loss of their second most productive hitter,

“If there’s moves made before the end of the season, whenever that might be, I certainly think if you’re taking one of your better bats out of the lineup, someone really has to step up, and again, you point your fingers only in a couple of directions.”

He’s looking at you Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda

“We’re not going to ask Juan Lagares all of a sudden to be the run-producer that Marlon Byrd is, or even Kirk Nieuwenhuis.”

He’s right, that’s not going to happen…

“We’re going to look at those that have had major-league experience before, those guys that when we started March 1, there were expectations for them to be run-producers.”

“Hopefully, Marlon is still here, but if he’s not, then someone else has got to pick it up,” Collins said.

This came after Byrd hit a three-run home run last night, giving him a team leading 16 home runs and 54 RBI with an .826 OPS this season.

Original Post 7/18

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According to Mike Puma of the NY Post, the Mets have had no discussions with teams about Marlon Byrd or Bobby Parnell – two names that seem to come up regularly as potential Mets on the move at the trade deadline.

Both players are having solid seasons for the Mets and Sandy Alderson sounded very reluctant to trade either player during an interview he did before the start of the All Star Game.

In other news by Puma, he reports that the Mets are considering starting righthander Chris Schwinden against the Washington Nationals on Friday July 26 when the Mets have a day-night doubleheader. He adds that Sandy Alderson does not want to put Rafael Montero on the 40-man roster so he is not an option.

The Mets claimed Schwinden last offseason after he was placed on waivers by the Yankees. Prior to that he had been claimed by the Blue Jays after the Mets waived him in June of 2012, but Toronto released him four days later. Schwinden has a 5.70 ERA in 19 starts with a 1.59 WHIP in 101 innings.

 

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51s Can’t Overcome Schwinden’s Five Earned Runs Allowed In 8-5 Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/51s-cant-overcome-schwindens-five-earned-runs-allowed-in-8-5-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/51s-cant-overcome-schwindens-five-earned-runs-allowed-in-8-5-loss.html/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 06:00:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=118893 514Vegas

Albuquerque 8, Las Vegas 5

It was a tough night for Chris Schwinden, who was knocked around for four runs in the first inning, and this left the 51s in a defecit that they would never look back from. Schwinden would be on the hook for five earned runs in his five innings of action. Greg Peavey had no more luck than he did in his two innings of work, as he allowed two earned runs as well.

Vegas dropped a two-spot in the first inning – thanks to Eric Campbell, who drove in a run with an RBI Triple and then scored on a fielding error. Collin Cowgill drove home Brian Bixler in the bottom of the fifth to make it 5-3 at that point.

The 51s made a last ditch effort in the bottom of the ninth, with Wilmer Flores ripping an RBI double and scoring on a Zach Lutz RBI single, but Eric Campbell struck out to end the threat.

D.J. Mitchell is scheduled to start tomorrow for Las Vegas.

Key Stats

Wilmer Flores: 1-for-2, 1 2B, 1 R

Zach Lutz: 3-for-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 R

Eric Campbell: 2-for-5, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Brian Bixler: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 R

Chris Schwinden: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 5 ER, 4 K

Greg Peavey: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 HR, 2 ER, 1 K

Armando Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 ER

Sean Henn: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER

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Lutz, Flores Go Deep En Route To 6-5 Vegas Victory http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/lutz-flores-go-deep-en-route-to-6-5-vegas-victory.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/lutz-flores-go-deep-en-route-to-6-5-vegas-victory.html/#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 08:00:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=118179 59Vegas

Las Vegas 6, Round Rock 5

Zach Lutz and Wilmer Flores hit solo home runs Thursday for the Las Vegas 51s, helping them take down visiting Round Rock, 6-5.

Lutz, who also homered Wednesday, started the scoring in the second inning with a home run to right-center field. The 51s scored two more runs in the frame, on an RBI single from Juan Centeno and another when Eric Campbell scored on a wild pitch. Flores homered in the third inning to give the 51s a 4-0 advantage. After being relatively silent at the plate through the initial six innings, Round Rock batted around in the seventh to score five runs and take the lead, 5-4. But Las Vegas scored two runs in the eighth to win the game, taking the lead on a run-scoring double from Collin Cowgill and an RBI single from Josh Satin.

Chris Schwinden started this game and pitched relatively well, allowing just three earned runs while pitching into the seventh. Greg Peavey vultured the win out of the ‘pen. Greg Burke picked up his second save of the season in the ninth, getting Round Rock’s Engel Beltre to ground into a double play to end the game.

Key Stats

Collin Cowgill: 2-for-3, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 R

Josh Satin: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Wilmer Flores: 1-for-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Zach Lutz: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Juan Centeno: 2-for-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Chris Schwinden: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 ER

Gonzalez Germen: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 ER

Greg Peavey: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Greg Burke: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB

(Team Report)

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Vegas Gets Blanked, Musters Only Three Hits In 3-0 Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/vegas-gets-blanked-musters-only-three-hits-in-3-0-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/vegas-gets-blanked-musters-only-three-hits-in-3-0-loss.html/#comments Sat, 04 May 2013 10:00:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=117458 53Vegas

Sacramento 3, Las Vegas 0

Sometimes…you just have those games where nothing goes right for you on offense – even in the PCL. This was one of those games for Las Vegas, who mustered only three hits as a team, and they were all singles. Jamie Hoffmann, Juan Centeno, and Zach Lutz were the men who provided the singles, yet Sacramento induced double plays after two of those singles to erase most of the 51s’ chances. Las Vegas had only one at-bat with a runner in scoring position all night.

In terms of pitching, somebody give a gold star to Juan Centeno, who somehow pulled a decent start out of Chris Schwinden. Schwinden has been in the middle of a really tough year in AAA, giving a handful of runs in almost all of his starts, but he went the first five innings today and allowed just two earned runs. He was lifted in the sixth after giving up a solo home run to Michael Choice and a single right after. Justin Hampson handled the next four outs with ease, but Sacramento would tack on another run at the expense of Gonzalez Germen. Germen allowed three hits, and was removed with two runners on base in favor of Sean Henn, who allowed one to cross the plate.

Although I sing the praises of Juan Centeno’s defense a lot, he did get saddled with his first error of the year last night – along with his second passed ball. On the other side of the spectrum, Captain Kirk made a ridiculous catch that I will try to get up in the MiLB report as a video.

Key Stats

Jamie Hoffmann: 1-for-3

Zach Lutz: 1-for-3

Juan Centeno: 1-for-3

Chris Schwinden: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 ER, 5 K

Justin Hampson: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB

Gonzalez Germen: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER

Sean Henn: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1-for-1 inherited runners scored

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Las Vegas Bullpen Can’t Handle The Heat, Falls to Tacoma 5-3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/las-vegas-bullpen-cant-handle-the-heat-falls-to-tacoma-5-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/las-vegas-bullpen-cant-handle-the-heat-falls-to-tacoma-5-3.html/#comments Mon, 29 Apr 2013 05:30:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=116650 428Vegas

 

Tacoma 5, Las Vegas 3

As has been the case all season for the major league level of the Mets franchise, the Las Vegas 51s bullpen was unable to maintain a slim lead as they went on to fall to the Tacoma Rainiers 5-3.

The well traveled Chris Schwinden got the nod for the 51s who were attempting to avoid a four-game sweep from the Rainiers. Schwinden had gotten off to a horrible beginning to the year, however managed to settle down in his previous outing last Saturday against Colorado. Building off of last week’s success, Schwinden lasted five innings allowing two runs on three hits while walking five and punching out four. In just the second at-bat of the game, Nick Franklin put a drive into one to right field that cleared the fence, handing Tacoma an early one-run lead. Then in the third, Eric Thames came up to bat and plated Franklin in on a two-out RBI double, making it 2-0 Rainiers. Schwinden would be lifted after the fifth for Gonzalez Germen, and would end the day with a no-decision, however managed to lower his ERA to 6.08 on the year.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Las Vegas lineup started to come to life as the backstop Kai Gronauer slapped a one-out double to Thames, followed up quickly by a grounder that found it’s way to Tacoma’s right fielder once again. With runners on second and third, Josh Satin kept the theme of making Eric Thames run going as he drove a hot shot to the 26-year old, scoring two to tie up the game at two a piece.

Come the bottom of the sixth, Andrew Brown got on base to start off the inning after getting plunked by pitcher Tyler Burgoon. Burgoon then surrendered a knock to Wilmer Flores to set the table for Jamie Hoffmann. Hoffmann rolled over one to and grounded to short, forcing Flores out at second but more importantly scoring Brown to hand Vegas a 3-2 advantage.

The lead however, was short lived. After hurling a scoreless sixth, Gonzalez came out for his second inning of work, with disastrous results. It began with a miscue from Kirk Nieuwenhuis on a Alex Liddi fly ball, putting him in scoring position with no outs. Gonzalez then threw one to the backstop, allowing Liddi to move just 90 feet away from tying the game on the wild pitch. Stefen Romero would serve up a blooper to center to score Liddi and even things up at three. Later in the inning, Carlos Triunfel doubled down the left field line to score Romero, handing the Rainiers the lead for good.

Tacoma would plate an insurance run on a sac fly in the top of the ninth and go on to complete the four game sweep, besting the 51s by a score of 5-3. Las Vegas has now fallen to 10-12 on the year and last place in the PCL Pacific Southern Division.

Key Stats

Josh Satin: 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Andrew Brown: 1-for-2, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Jamie Hoffmann: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 SB

Kai Gronauer: 1-for-2, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Chris Schwinden: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 HR, 5 BB, 2 ER, 4 K

Gonzalez Germen: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 K

Greg Burke: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 1 K

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Jamie Hoffmann, Zach Lutz Pace 11-Hit Attack In 10-6 Vegas Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/jamie-hoffmann-zach-lutz-pace-11-hit-attack-in-10-6-vegas-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/jamie-hoffmann-zach-lutz-pace-11-hit-attack-in-10-6-vegas-win.html/#comments Sun, 21 Apr 2013 10:00:23 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=115632 420Vegas

Las Vegas 10, Colorado Springs 6

Chris Schwinden held Colorado Springs over the first three innings and the Las Vegas dropped a 10-spot overall on the scoreboard to claim first blood in a four-game series against Colorado Springs.

Zach Lutz got the scoring started early with an RBI single that drove home Reese Havens, and Jamie Hoffman followed that with a ringing double to drive home Lutz and Andrew Brown. The 51s would strike again in the sixth, with Juan Centeno and Juan Lagares providing the fuel with a pair of two RBI hits. Lutz came through once more in the top of the ninth and put the nail in the coffin with a two-run single.

The aforementioned Chris Schwinden was able to pitch into the sixth, which was a stark improvement from his last start, and he was only on the hook for three runs – two of them earned. One of them scored as an inherited runner via Gonzalez Germen, who picked up three outs before being lifted for Sean Henn, the ex-Yankee. Oddly enough, the bright spot for the pitching staff was the newly demoted Greg Burke, who pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game and pick up a save.

Key Stats

Juan Lagares: 1-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI

Zach Lutz: 2-for-5, 3 RBI, 1 R

Jamie Hoffmann: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Juan Centeno: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 R

Chris Schwinden: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 K

Gonzalez Germen: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 2 K

Sean Henn: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 ER, 1 K

Greg Burke: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 1 K

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Mets Minors 4/16 Report: DeGrom Promoted To Bingo, Nimmo Crushing It In Savannah, D’Arnaud Goes Yard http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mets-minors-416-report-degrom-promoted-to-bingo-nimmo-crushing-it-in-savannah-darnaud-goes-yard.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mets-minors-416-report-degrom-promoted-to-bingo-nimmo-crushing-it-in-savannah-darnaud-goes-yard.html/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:23:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=114729 I can get used to playing in Savannah, and those BBQ Pork Kabobs aren't half bad.

I can get used to playing in Savannah, and those BBQ Pork Kabobs aren’t half bad.

Breaking News:

As I predicted only two days ago, Jacob deGrom was indeed promoted to Binghamton before Noah Syndergaard.

DeGrom replaces Luis Mateo, who was placed on the DL with a right elbow strain.

Good call by the Mets, and a hearty get well soon to Luis Mateo.

Joe D.

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • Brandon Nimmo‘s new nickname is the Human Torch — he is on absolute fire. He had another three hits, one of which was his first home run of the season, and added five RBI in last night’s game. He is now the organization leader in batting, with a .429 average. He is also the only hitter in the organization with a batting average over .400. Nimmo on his home run: ”I was looking for a good pitch to hit, and I got a fastball inside and drove it well,” he said. “It felt really good. Even in my fourth at-bat, I hit the ball pretty well. I was staying on the ball, seeing it well tonight. You just enjoy these nights.”
  • Travis d’Arnaud hit his first home run of the year on Monday night. So far on the season, d’Arnaud is hitting an even .300, and has six extra base hits and eight RBI. Even more impressive is the fact that he has walked twelve times against seven strikeouts. His on base percentage is an outstanding .488. This kid is ready for big league pitchers.
  • I’ve been saying since last Summer that Rafael Montero could be a viable option for the Mets 2014 rotation. Some scoffed, but I stood my ground. Now I say he’s a lock and we’ll see him by September of this season at the latest. I’m higher on Montero than I am about Noah Syndergaard and I don’t really care what others think about that. Three starts into his Double-A season and Montero already looks like he needs more of a challenge at Triple-A, and no, it’s not too early to say that as I said he was polished enough to start at Vegas even before the season started. Also, what is the big deal about who signed Montero? It’s as if some will root less for him based on who signed him. I swear, I’m seeing more and more fans with this crackpot mentality everyday. Give it a break. (Joe D.)
  • As I wrote in an article yesterday, right-hander Zack Wheeler pitched 5.1 innings, issued no walks and struck out 8 on Sunday afternoon. Improvement? Without a doubt. But for crying out loud stop with all the cries of calling him up. He hasn’t thrown one quality start yet and is completely gassed by the fifth inning. All these scouts that follow him around like puppy dogs never say anything about that. I get it, he has four plus pitches, no need to repeat it every five days. His pitch counts are way too high and while he walked none in this last start, I lost count of how many times he went to three ball counts on batters. One-hundred pitches through five innings is not going to cut it in the major leagues. Stop trying to get the front office to rush him. He has the talent and bulldog mentality that Matt Harvey does, but not nearly the refinement and efficiency. (Joe D.)
  • Collin McHugh gets the ball tonight for Las Vegas. Many people have been calling for McHugh to be called up to Flushing, and rightly so. So far this season, McHugh is 2-0, has an ERA under 1.00, and twelve strikeouts to only one walk. (Hey Mitch, I second that motion. – JD)
  • J.J. Cooper, of Baseball America, answered some fans’ questions about prospects, and why some players got the snub on his Prospect Hot Sheet last week. Here is what he had to say about Nimmo and Travis d’Arnaud: “Nimmo was in consideration more than d’Arnaud…  The catcher’s week was nice, but not really Hot Sheet worthy in a week where 150+ players posted 1.000 OPS or better. And many of them were playing in less hitter-happy environments.” And in regards to Kevin Plawecki: “Thought about it for a little while. Working against him was the fact that he’s a tick old for the Sally League, but the Mets like to take it slow with their draft picks. He still looks to be most likely a backup catcher at the big league level, but he is an intriguing guy to watch.” Here is what he said about the Mets pitcher who impressed him most so far this season, not named Rafael Montero: “Mateo. He was in serious consideration to at least make the team photo. Very nice first outing after a healthy jump up in level of competition.” What about Montero’s chances of pitching at Citi Field in 2013? “Let’s slow down a minute. I know the Marlins just rocketed Jose Fernandez to the big leagues, but that’s a rare case. Montero has two starts in Double-A and only 10 pro starts above low Class A right now. A full season in Double-A is probably best for his development.”
  • Lately, I seem to find myself watching twice as much Mets minor league baseball than regular Mets baseball. I don’t miss any of the Mets games, but in addition to them I’m catching at least two other minor league games a day as well. Sometimes simultaneously. I just find the minor league games to be so much more compelling and it reminds me of the old baseball broadcasts where you could actually hear the sounds of the game instead of three guys in a booth that yap non-stop and then those insane interviews that cut in while players are scoring runs in the background. SNY broadcasts have become way too noisy and distracting to me. Call to the Booth, Tweet the Booth, Text Polls, Cholula Hot Sauce Meters, etc. It’s a wonder they could fit the game in. (Joe D.)

Stat Line of the Night

Brandon Nimmo: 3-for-5, R, HR, 5 RBI

Tweet of the Day

Zack Wheeler took Darin Gorski on his first trip to In-N-Out Burger:

Gorski

Picture Courtesy Of Zack Wheeler’s Twitter Feed

Transactions

Retroactive to April 11, Cory Mazzoni was placed on the disabled list due to ”Tennis Elbow.” Luis Mateo was called up from St. Lucie to fill in for Mazzoni while he is out. He started last night’s game, and was removed in the fourth inning with an apparent injury. Before leaving the game, Mateo gave up four runs on six hits. He also walked three batters.

In other transactions, Pedro Feliciano joined the St. Lucie roster, Adam Kolarek was moved up from Binghamton to Las Vegas, and Shawn Teufel was added to Binghamton’s roster from extended spring training. Teufel arrived in Binghamton, and then found himself pitching a couple of hours later, coming in to relieve Mateo when he was removed from the game. He pitched two innings, giving up two hits and striking out two.

So Sandy is yelling at Terry five times a day?

So Sandy is yelling at Terry five times a day?

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D’Arnaud Goes Deep, Schwinden Hammered, Vegas Blown Out 19-5 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/darnaud-goes-deep-schwinden-hammered-vegas-blown-out-19-5.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/darnaud-goes-deep-schwinden-hammered-vegas-blown-out-19-5.html/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:51:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=114818 415vegas

Colorado Springs 19, Las Vegas 5

Ouch. The Colorado Spring Sky Sox destroyed the Las Vegas 51s in Monday’s night affair, 19-5.

Chris Schwinden got the start and struggled mightily – although it was not completely his fault. His final line says it all – 3.2 innings pitched with seven hits (two home runs) and four walks allowed. This all added up to eight runs allowed – although only four of them were earned. Schwinden got off to a rocky start and the defense behind him did him no favors, as he walked the lead-off batter and then had errors made on two consecutive plays. A three-run homer in the inning provided the major damage, and unfortunately for Las Vegas, their opposition would never look back.

Considering that there were six errors committed by Vegas in this game and it quickly became an ugly and lop-sided affair, I wanted to take a second to focus on the positives to take away from the game. Travis d’Arnaud had an awesome game at the plate, where he was 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and three walks. It was his first long ball of the year. He is batting .300 on the campaign now with a .488 OBP. I would be remiss, however, not to mention the error charged to him on an errant pickoff.

Juan Lagares, who many had written off before this year, is having a strong showing so far this year in AAA and he added another solid game on Monday. He was 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI, and is batting .346 to this point in the season. A tip of my invisible hat also goes to Armando Rodriguez, who was the only Vegas pitcher not to allow a run in Monday’s game – although Justin Hampson had zero earned runs charged to him as well.

Las Vegas will dust themselves off and send Collin McHugh to the mound tomorrow evening for their shot at redemption.

Key Stats

Travis d’Arnaud: 1-for-2, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 3 BB, E

Juan Lagares: 2-for-5, 1 3B, 2 RBI

Wilmer Flores: 3-for-5, E

Andrew Brown: 2-for-5, 1 2B, E

Chris Schwinden: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 2 HR, 4 BB, 8 R, 4 ER, 4 K, L

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Mets Minors Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: Plawecki Scorching, Satin Crushing, Montero Dealing http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mets-minors-whos-hot-whos-not-plawecki-scorching-satin-crushing-montero-dealing.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mets-minors-whos-hot-whos-not-plawecki-scorching-satin-crushing-montero-dealing.html/#comments Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:47:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=114021 who's hot

Four of the Mets minor league affiliates opened up their seasons last Thursday, and with almost a week of game play in the books, it is a great time to bust out the first Who’s Hot and Who’s Not for the 2013 minor league season.

Who’s Hot

  • Josh Satin 1B, Las Vegas – Josh Satin has been scalding hot to begin the AAA season, with a .483 average (14-for-29) and a 1.378 OPS so far. He has driven in seven runs and hit another home run last night, giving him three so far. Satin has always played hard and flashed some potential, but he seems to be playing with a chip on his shoulder so far this season.
  • Kevin Plawecki C, Savannah  – I was really interested to see how Kevin Plawecki would handle the jump up to Savannah this season because I thought he had a great overall set of skills. The talented backstop backed me up yet again, with a .444/.704/1.204 slash to begin the season with a home run and four doubles, while driving in seven runs and scoring five.
  • Rafael Montero P, Binghamton – He has made two starts so far to the tune of a sparkling 1.52 ERA over 11.2 innings pitched. He has allowed just eight hits and walked zero, while striking out fifteen and expressing overall dominance. Keep it up!

Who’s Not 

  • Cory Vaughn OF, Binghamton – A lot of people are looking at this year as a huge one for Cory Vaughn, as the clock continues to tick. It looks like he is still going to need some time to adjust to AA, as he has just two hits in his first nineteen at-bats for a .105 average. One of those hits was a triple – and he does have one stolen base so far.
  • Gilbert Gomez OF, St. Lucie – I fought for Gilbert Gomez to gain a little respect overall and even called him a potential breakout player on an occasion or two. But he has not done much to justify my high expectations to begin the season, with just two hits in his first 17 at-bats for a .118 average.
  • Chris Schwinden P, Las Vegas – After a tough start last night, Chris Schwinden has a 7.45 ERA through his first two starts of the season and has allowed a total of eight earned runs in 9.2 innings pitched. Over that span, he has given up 13 hits and three of them have left the yard (all in his start on Wednesday evening.) Let’s hope he can turn it around.
What do I need to do to get on your Hot List next week?

What do I need to do to get on your Hot List next week?

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Schwinden Solid As Bisons Come Away With 5-3 Victory http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/08/schwinden-solid-as-bisons-come-away-with-5-3-victory.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/08/schwinden-solid-as-bisons-come-away-with-5-3-victory.html/#comments Sun, 26 Aug 2012 12:30:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=94275 Last night, the Bisons beat the Rochester Red Wings in Buffalo by a score of 5-3 behind a solid pitching performance by Chris Schwinden.

Schwinden took the mound looking for his eighth Triple-A win this season and looked to improve off his last start, when he allowed four runs in five innings. Last night was definitely an improvement for him. He allowed one run in the second on an RBI-single, giving the Red Wings a 1-0 lead. The next inning, he allowed two more RBI-singles, making it 3-0. That’s all that Schwinden would give up on the night, however. He held Rochester scoreless until he exited the game with two outs in the seventh inning.

Luckily for Schwinden, the Bisons had no trouble coming back in the game. Buffalo scored four runs in the bottom of the third. Fred Lewis and Zach Lutz both had run-scoring doubles. Then, Valentino Pascucci had an RBI-groundout. Matt Tuiasosopo capped off the four-run inning with a run-scoring hit of his own. That gave the Bisons a 4-3 lead.Then it was up to the bullpen to hold off Rochester.

After Andrew Carpenter finished off the seventh inning for Chris Schwinden, Valentino Pascucci gave the Bisons a little more breathing room, hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, etending the lead to 5-3. Then, Garrett Olson took the mound in the eighth, looking to hold the Red Wings scoreless and keep the lead. He tossed a perfect eighth inning, giving the ball to Fernando Cabrera, who once again closed out the game, and earned another save.

Herd Rumblings: Schwinden was solid. He threw 69 of his 102 pitches for strikes and only walked one batter. He was pretty shaky on the big league level for the Mets, but has been fantastic for Buffalo this year. Lucas Duda didn’t play last night. He is going to join the team later today. Zach Lutz had two hits on the night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Matt den Dekker was also 2-for-4. He also scored a run. Mike Nickeas had two hits as well, going 2-for-2 with a sacrifice. The Bisons play two today against Rochester, starting at 1:05. Zack Wheeler should start one of the games. He had a rough time in his last start and will look to bounce back later today.

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Offense Struggles In 4-1 Bisons Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/08/offense-struggles-in-4-1-bisons-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/08/offense-struggles-in-4-1-bisons-loss.html/#comments Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:19:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=93495 One night after beating the Pawtucket Red Sox in a squeaker at Fenway Park, the Buffalo offense struggled once again, losing 4-1.

Jeurys Familia took the mound trying to build on his dominant performance in his last start against Lehigh Valley, when he tossed seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits and striking out eight. He kept the Bisons in the game, but it sure wasn’t pretty. Familia allowed the PawSox to score two in the bottom of the third, one on a throwing error by Familia himself, which put runners on second and third and also gave Pawtucket a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, the Bisons turned two, but a run scored making it 2-0 in favor of Pawtucket.

Two innings later, after Zach Lutz homered in the fourth to cut the score to 2-1, Familia allowed Pawtucket to score again, this time giving up a walk with the bases loaded. Familia was taken out after allowing three runs on five hits. Not a bad line, but he also walked five batters and threw only 57% of his 92 pitches for strikes.

On the other side, the Bisons were getting shut down. Bill Buckner was pitching a fantastic game for Pawtucket, and allowed just one run on three hits in six innings. The offense looked lost once again and scratched out only five hits. They were unable to score against Pawtucket’s bullpen and in the end, fell by a score of 4-1.

Herd Rumblings: Familia has been very inconsistent this season. It looked like he had turned a corner on July 18 when he tossed eight innings of one-run baseball, but then had a string of bad outings. Then, after another great start in his last outing, he struggled again last night, walking way too many batters. He has walked over five batters per nine innings with Buffalo this season. For the Buffalo offense, it was another depressing night. Zach Lutz had two hits, but that was about it for Buffalo. Lucas Duda was 0-for-3 with two walks. Matt den Dekker was 1-for-4. Josh Satin was 0-for-4.Chris Schwinden gets the start tomorrow for the Bisons. First pitch is at 7:05.

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Schwinden Tosses Six Shutout Frames In Bisons 1-0 Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/08/schwinden-tosses-six-shutout-frames-in-bisons-1-0-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/08/schwinden-tosses-six-shutout-frames-in-bisons-1-0-win.html/#comments Sun, 05 Aug 2012 12:00:08 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=91432 In last night’s pitching duel in Buffalo between the Bisons and Syracuse Chiefs, the Bisons prevailed 1-0.

Chris Schwinden got the start for Buffalo, looking to build off his dominant performance on Wednesday night, when he tossed seven innings and allowed only one run on three hits. Schwinden didn’t dominate last night, but he scattered hits very well. He got into trouble on quite a few occasions, including a bases-loaded jam with one out in the sixth, which he got out of unharmed. Schwinden exited the game after throwing six shutout innings, allowing eight hits and striking out six.

On the other side, the Bisons were also getting shut down. However, they scratched out a run in the sixth inning that ended up being the difference in the game. With one out and Josh Rodriguez on second, Lucas Duda doubled to right field, driving the run in and giving the Bisons a narrow advantage.

It was a battle of the bullpens as the game continued on. Robert Carson came up big with a dominant two-inning performance. Carson allowed only two hits and held the Chiefs scoreless through the eighth. Finally, it was Fernando Cabrera who closed out the ninth with a save for the Bisons, tossing a perfect ninth inning.

Herd Rumblings: The Bisons were actually out-hit last night ten to six, but thanks to timely hitting by Duda, came out of it with a win. Schwinden earned his sixth win of the season, and has been pitching very well lately. Over his last 17.2 innings, he has allowed only two runs. since being called up from Binghamton just over a week ago, Carson has allowed only one earned run over 7.1 innings. Offensive notables last night included Matt den Dekker, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, and Josh Satin, who was 1-for-2 with a walk. Zack Wheeler makes his Triple-A debut tomorrow night for the Bisons. First pitch is at 1:05.

Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight…

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MMO Player Of The Week: Andres Torres http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/mmo-player-of-the-week-andres-torres.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/mmo-player-of-the-week-andres-torres.html/#comments Mon, 07 May 2012 23:50:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=80165 The MetsMerizedOnline Player of the Week for this week has shown he has a great impact on this team. This week includes the 3-game series against the Houston Astros and the 3-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Here is our MMO Player of the Week for 4/30/2012 – 5/6/2012:

Through the use of the scorecard, let’s take a look at how Andres Torres did this week:

G

AB

H

R

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

AVG

6

22

8

2

1

0

0

6

2

4

.364

I honestly don’t think I’d ever expect to say Andres Torres would win the Player Of The Week award, but he did well this week and produced for the Mets. While I still don’t feel he should replace Kirk Nieuwenhuis, he did quite well this week. I will also note he had a stolen base.

Honorable Mentions

These players, although not winning the Player of the Week award, had a very strong showing this week and deserve to be recognized. We will also show how strong a showing they had through the use of the scorecard.

Daniel Murphy

G

AB

H

R

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

AVG

6

21

7

2

1

0

0

2

0

1

.333

David Wright

G

AB

H

R

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

AVG

6

20

6

4

0

1

0

0

3

4

.300

Ruben Tejada

G

AB

H

R

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

AVG

6

21

6

1

2

0

0

0

0

7

.286

Frank Francisco

G

IP

W

L

SV

R

ER

BB

K

AVG

WHIP

3

2.2

0

0

2

0

0

1

3

.200

1.13

Bobby Parnell

G

IP

W

L

SV

R

ER

BB

K

AVG

WHIP

3

2.1

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

.111

0.43

Ramon Ramirez

G

IP

W

L

SV

R

ER

BB

K

AVG

WHIP

2

2.1

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

.125

1.71

Not So Hot

The Not So Hot area mentions a few players who did not have a good week this week.

Jon Niese

Chris Schwinden (now demoted)

Manny Acosta

Jon Rauch

Josh Thole

Ike Davis

Player Of The Week Scoreboard

This area shows the scoreboard of the Players of the Week, and who has won already this season and how many times.

David Wright – 1

Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 1

Johan Santana – 1

Andres Torres – 1

Trivia

To finish off the Player of the Week announcement each week, I’ll be asking you a trivia question. The answer will be announced during the next Player of the Week announcement, as well as the first person who answered correctly. Another question will then be asked. Last Week’s Answer is: Harry Chiti. Alex68 was the first person to correctly answer the question. So here is this week’s question:

When the Mets won Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, what Met pitcher was warming up in the bullpen to pitch the next inning if Mookie Wilson had made out?

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Mets Lose Both Games Of Doubleheader To Braves, 6-5 and 5-1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/mets-lose-both-of-doubleheader-to-braves-6-5-and-5-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/mets-lose-both-of-doubleheader-to-braves-6-5-and-5-1.html/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:53:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=60318

Chris Schwinden made his major league debut and was hit hard in the Mets 6-5 loss, and in the second game of the double header, Dillon Gee overcame early trouble to hand the ball to a bullpen that would cough up two more runs in the Mets second loss, a 5-1 defeat.

Game One

Chris Schwinden made his MLB debut, and it will probably not be a memorable one for many. Schwinden went five innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, including a home run while walking one and striking out five. Schwinden was throwing strikes, but those strikes were being hit hard. While these next few starts will just be gauging if he is the real deal or a Quad-A pitcher, we shall see.

Daniel Herrera came out for two innings of work, and struck out two and gave up a hit. The fact he pitched two innings is a positive, considering he was a lefty. Possible crossover candidate next year? Ryota Igarashi came out and made a mess, loading the bases so Tim Byrdak could hit lefty Michael Bourn and drive in what would turn out to be the winning run. Bobby Parnell finished up, allowing a hit and striking out one in two-thirds

Yet again, why is Ryota Igarashi being used at all in the season is a bit curious to me. Do the Mets not want to call up a reliever who they have to place on the 40-man roster? If so, DFA Igarashi.

The offense today was primarily of two hits. Jason Bay, who has had a dissapointing season yet again, hit his second grand slam of the season, for his twelfth home run. The other run came on a Nick Evans sac-fly in the ninth, scoring David Wright

Jose Reyes – 1 for 1 in a pinch hitting appearance. As bleak as the Mets season is, Jose does have a fair shot at the batting title.

Jason Bay – 2 for 4 with four RBI. I guess any production is better than no production.

Ruben Tejada – 0 for 5 with a strikeout. Is this fatigue, or has Ruben been figured out again?

Turning Point

Igarashi being an ineffective reliever, putting Tim Byrdak in a difficult spot and giving up the winning run.

Goat Of The Game

Igarashi. No other reason than being completely ineffective.

Game 2

Dillon Gee faired much better than Chris Schwinden, getting charged for three runs (two earned) on four hits, walking two and striking out six in his six innings of work. Gee struggled in the first inning, but settled in for the middle innings. Gee shouldn’t be expected to be that mid-3 ERA guy, but if he could hold an ERA around 4, limit the walks and provide six innings, that would be a major plus for the 2012 Mets

Daniel Herrera went out for the second time today, and pretty much did the same thing he did the game before. Herrera pitched one clean inning. Pedro Beato was hit hard yet again in his two innings of work, allowing two runs on three hits including a home run, walk and one strikeout. Whether this is fatigue, or Beato coming back down to expected performance is to be decided

The offense managed seven total hits, none for extra bases. The only RBI was on a Jason Bay sac-fly in the first. Nick Evans managed to strand five of the 11 Mets baserunners. Not much else to say.

Jose Reyes – 1 for 4 with a run. Leading the league in average.

Duda & Evans – 0 for 8. Tough day at the dish

Turning Point

When the Mets couldn’t manage to get an extra base hit and played uninspired for the second game of the doubleheader.

Goat Of The Game

Nick Evans, 0 for 4 and stranding nearly 50% of the total baserunners in the game.

On Deck

The Mets travel back to Citi Field to take on the Cubs, sending Mike Pelfrey to the mound to face-off against Casey Coleman, who the Mets hit hard the last time they faced him. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

 

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RHP Chris Schwinden To Make Mets Debut On Thursday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/rhp-chris-schwinden-to-make-mets-debut-on-thursday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/rhp-chris-schwinden-to-make-mets-debut-on-thursday.html/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:26:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=59877 According to Assistant GM John Ricco, RHP Chris Schwinden, 1B Valentino Pascucci and OF Mike Baxter will all be promoted to the Mets later today.

Schwinden is someone we’ve talked a lot about on MMO and if the reports I’m hearing are true, he is expected to make his major league debut with the Mets this Thursday against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. The Mets have a doubleheader scheduled for that day, and Schwinden will start one of those games.

Adam Rubin of ESPN said the Mets might be somewhat concerned that the 24-year-old Schwinden “ran out of gas late in the season” with the Bisons.

The former 22nd-round pick out of Fresno Pacific had a 5.63 ERA in August, then allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings at Lehigh Valley in a 72-pitch effort in his final Triple-A outing on Saturday. But the organization proceeded with the promotion.

“We’ve talked about that, but then he had one decent start. And he’s been pitching pretty well,” Ricco said. “And he’s definitely had the type of year that you want to reward. He’s been one of our better pitchers. It will be a nice thing for him to come up and join this team.”

Schwinden began the season at Double-A Binghamton but after a spot start on April 17, he secured a spot in the Triple-A rotation. From there, he led the Bisons in starts (26), innings pitched (145.2), ERA (3.95) and strikeouts (134) while tying for the team lead with eight wins.

He’s not overpowering, but has good command of his fastball and has a plus changeup that he uses quite effectively. Schwinden was just named the Bisons’ pitcher of the year.

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Mets Prospect Spotlight: Chris Schwinden, RHP – Buffalo http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/mets-prospect-spotlight-chris-schwinden-rhp-buffalo.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/mets-prospect-spotlight-chris-schwinden-rhp-buffalo.html/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2011 07:00:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=53597

Chris Schwinden was drafted first by the Detroit Tigers in 2004 out of high school in the 43th round. He was a draft and follow for the Tigers as he went on to the College of the Sequoias. Schwinden went 5-4 with 1.78 ERA (32 runs/19 earned runs) in 14 appearances (13 starts) with the Sequoias during his freshman season and posted a 15:75 BB:K ratio in 96 innings with 79 hits allowed, but wound up not signing with the Tigers and continued his college career. For his senior season Schwinden transferred the Fresno Pacific University and excelled.

In his only season at Fresno Pacific Schwinden performed like the team’s ace and went 6-1 with a 2.48 ERA (28 runs/25 earned runs) in 13 starts. He threw three complete games and had a total of 90.2 innings in which he allowed just 63 hits and 22 walks, while setting a school record at the time with 96 strikeouts. The Mets took notice and he was drafted for a second time of his career in 2008 when he went in the 22nd round. Being a small school senior sign, he got an extremely small bonus that was barely enough to cover the cost of a wedding ring.

Schwinden was sent to Short-Season A Brooklyn Cyclones for the remainder of the 2008 season and started in the pen, but pitched his way into the rotation and wound up becoming one of the best pitchers on the staff. Among starters his 2.01 ERA was the second lowest just below Brad Holt and his 10.9 K/9 was again second best just behind Holt. He displayed outstanding command and led the team with a 1.7 BB/9 and a 5.83 K/BB.

He opened 2009 in Savannah and was in and out of the rotation until June when he earned a full-time role as a starter. He had a pretty solid season in the Sally, displaying outstanding command once again, but he did not wow anybody. He made 17 starts and posted a 3.28 ERA over 115.1 innings, although he got hit pretty hard. Batters posted a .297 batting average off him with 126 hits and his 88 strikeouts were very mediocre. He got a cup of coffee in St. Lucie at the end of the season and had one good start and one bad start.

Schwinden remained in St. Lucie briefly to open up 2010 before being promoted to Binghamton. While five of his seven appearances in St. Lucie were out of the bullpen he was pitching three to five innings in relief and wound up going 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA. His time in Binghamton was not as pleasant to him. Over 17 appearances (14 starts) he got hit harder than ever before to the tune of a 4-7 record with a 5.56 ERA. His control held up and his K/9 even increased, but he averaged under five innings per start and hitters were even better against him with a .306 batting average against. His BABIP was extremely high at .365 and his FIP was much lower than his ERA at 3.64, yet he remained nothing more than an organizational filler.

He was set to repeat Binghamton in 2011 and made two appearances out of the bullpen, but when Dillon Gee was promoted to fill in for Chris Young Schwinden got a chance to make a spot start for Buffalo. Schwinden was magnificent in that game and struck out nine in five innings, while allowing just a run. Ever since then Schwinden stayed up in Buffalo, remained in the rotation, and has thrived. In late May Schwinden had a 10-day layoff in between starts because the Mets needed him as insurance for R.A. Dickey, and the layoff appeared to affect him for a few starts, but he now looks to be back in form. He is having one of his best seasons at the moment with a 2.87 ERA in 15 starts spanning 87.2 innings and has pretty nice peripherals with a 30:75 BB:K. The walks are up and his BABIP is much lower than his career average, but his FIP is a solid 3.54.

There is every chance that this season is an apparition and his numbers will regress when his stats balance out, but I am not so sure that some of this success isn’t for real. Schwinden has been pitching away from contact more this year than I remember from his days in Buffalo and while his walk rates are up he is still commanding his pitches well.

He works mainly off a 88-91 mph fastball, topping out at 93 mph, that he is able to paint almost always on the black on either side of the plate. The fastball is a little straight for my liking, although he does get some nice arm side run when he elevates it in the zone to get some swings and misses. I have read a bunch of reports that state his changeup is his best secondary offering, but in my opinion the hammer curve is that pitch and his favorite to throw. It comes in mid-to-high 70′s and while at times the pitch can get a bit loopy when he leaves it high in the zone, when it is at its best he keeps it down in the zone and gets a late, hard 12-6 break. His changeup doesn’t get enough separation from his fastball and he leaves it up in the zone far too much to be a plus pitch, but it is still a serviceable third offering. While his slider doesn’t have a lot of break, it has tight movement at 85-87 mph and at times almost functions as a cutter. Although he doesn’t throw the pitch very often, he usually commands it well and keeps it down in the zone. He likes to throw it mostly to the left side of the plate and could benefit from starting it at right-handed hitter’s knees or trying to backdoor lefties.

While Schwinden isn’t the most overpowering pitcher on the planet, I do not like when people refer to him as not having enough “stuff” to get Major League hitters out. He is much like Gee, in that the overall command of his fastball and good off-speed pitch should be enough to keep hitters honest at the next level. In Gee’s case the pitch is a changeup, but for Schwinden it will be good old Uncle Charlie and being a guy who gets a lot of flyballs he could benefit greatly from pitching in Citi Field. He is still just a C prospect, but I don’t think it is out of the realm of possibility for him to have a Gee type of impact at some point this season or next.

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