Mets Merized Online » Colorado Rockies Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:34:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Colorado Rockies and Greg Holland Agree On One Year Deal Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:35:39 +0000 greg holland

The Colorado Rockies have agreed on a one-year deal with right-handed reliever Greg Holland according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The deal is pending a physical and has a vesting option for a second year.

Holland missed the entire 2016 season, undergoing Tommy John surgery. Prior to that he was one of the more dominant closers in the game for the Kansas City Royals.

In his six year career, Holland has compiled 145 saves in 319.2 innings pitched while striking out 430 and pitching to a 2.42 ERA with a WHIP of 1.12. Of course with coming back from the surgery it is not known what you can fully expect out of Holland.

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Should The Mets Pursue Charlie Blackmon? Tue, 20 Dec 2016 22:20:34 +0000 charlie-blackmon

Ken Rosenthal recently reported for Fox Sports that the Mets are interested in pursuing a center field upgrade for the 2017 season. At this point in the offseason, we have a general idea of the center fielders that are available in trades. The Pittsburgh Pirates are known to be willing to move Andrew McCutchen for a king’s ransom, the Kansas City Royals are willing to move both Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson, and while the Colorado Rockies have steadfastly maintained he is not available, reports say that Charlie Blackmon available.

There are debates to be had on each of the aforementioned players. McCutchen is coming off a career worst season and he has grades as one of the worst center fielders in baseball over the past three seasons. Dyson may be nothing more than a left-handed hitting Juan Lagares. Cain has his injury issues. Then there is Blackmon.

The 2016 Blackmon was one of the best center fielders in all of baseball. In 143 games, Blackmon hit .324/.381/.552 with 111 runs, 35 doubles, five triples, 29 homers, 82 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. His oWAR was the highest of any outfielder in the National League. That is all the more impressive when you consider that means he rated better than bona fide superstars like Yoenis Cespedes and Bryce Harper. He had the highest wRC+ out of any center fielder in baseball not named Mike Trout. With stats like these, Blackmon quite justifiably won his first ever Silver Slugger.

With the Nationals giving up a massive haul of prospects to acquire Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox, you could imagine what teams would be willing to offer for Blackmon. Offering up such a haul could be a very costly mistake.

The 2016 season was Blackmon’s third season as a starter for the Rockies. In the prior two seasons combined, he was a .287/.341/.445 hitter who averaged 88 runs, 29 doubles, six triples, 18 homers, 65 RBI, and 36 stolen bases. Putting the sometimes overstated Coors Field effect aside, that’s a pretty good player. Still, is that the type of player that is worth giving up a massive haul of prospects? Maybe, if he brings real value to a team as a defensive center fielder.


He doesn’t. Over the past three seasons, Blackmon has averaged a -3 DRS and a -6.6 UZR in center field. In essence, Blackmon is below average in center field. Now, it is difficult to play center field in Coors Field. However, the same could be said for playing center field at Citi Field. Since the ballpark has been opened, Lagares is the only center fielder who has played over a thousand innings in a season that has posted a positive DRS and UZR for the Mets. Therefore, expecting an improvement in center for Blackmon due to a change in ballpark would be folly.

Even assuming Blackmon would be a better fielder in a smaller outfield, would his improvement as a defender offset what would likely be a sizable reduction in his offensive numbers?

Over time, there has been a noted Coors Field effect on players where we see drastic home/road splits. Blackmon is no different. In his career, he has been a .334/.389/.511 hitter at home and a .261/.305/.422 hitter on the road. That should give any team pause, especially the Mets with Blackmon hitting .219/.254/.375 in 18 career games at Citi Field. The obvious caveat there is the sample size and his having to face some superior Mets pitching. Despite that, there is every reason to believe Blackmon would regress offensively away from Coors Field, especially when we see most hitters regress after leaving Coors Field.

For example, in Matt Holliday‘s career he is a .361/.427/.656 hitter at Coors Field. In his last three years as a Rookie, he hit .329/.400/.579 while averaging 44 doubles, four triples, 32 homers, and 113 RBI a season. In his three seasons after leaving the Rockies, Holliday became a .308/.391/.524 hitter who averaged 40 doubles, one triple, 25 homers, and 96 RBI a season. While Holliday was still a very good hitter after leaving the Rockies, he was no longer the same offensive player.

The obvious counter-point to Holliday is Dexter Fowler, who is a career .298/.396/.490 hitter at Coors Field. As a Rockie, Fowler was a .270/.365/.423 hitter who averaged 24 homers, 11 triples, eight homers, and 42 RBI as a regular. Since leaving the Rockies, Fowler has been a .266/.369/.419 hitter who averaged 25 doubles, six triples, 13 homers, and 43 RBI. Arguably, Fowler has not experienced a drop off in his offensive production since leaving the Rockies. However, it should be noted that unlike Holliday, Fowler has played in Minute Maid Park and Wrigley Field, two ballparks that traditionally favors hitters.

Even with the outfield walls being reconfigured, Citi Field is still not a hitter’s park. In that respect, it is likely Blackmon sees a regression similar to the one Holliday experienced playing in Coliseum and Busch Stadium. In addition to the Coors Field regression, we may likely see a regression in Blackmon’s numbers from the 2016 season because much of his production was fueled by a .350 BABIP. That is is 27 points higher than his career mark entering this year. It is also hard to believe Blackmon will build off his 2016 season with him turning 31 next July.

Ultimately, it is quite likely he regresses at the plate next season whether or not he is playing in Coors Field. Moreover, given the advanced defensive data and his age, how much longer can Blackmon continue to play in center field? With these red flags, and what a potential prospect haul it would take to get him, the Mets should probably stay clear of Blackmon.

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Rockies In Discussions With Mark Trumbo Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:32:33 +0000 mark-trumbo

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Colorado Rockies remain interested in signing 1B/OF Mark Trumbo despite having recently signed Ian Desmond to a five year, $70 million dollar deal to play first base next season.

Should the Rockies sign Trumbo, the team may ultimately trade one of their outfielders.  Last season, the Rockies outfield was primarily comprised of Gerardo Parra, Charlie Blackmon, and Carlos Gonzalez.  Parra has two years and $18 million remaining on his contract with a $12 million team option for 2019.  Blackmon is second year arbitration eligible and is scheduled to be a free agent in 2019.  Gonzalez will earn $20 million in the last year of a six year deal he has with the Rockies.

If the Rockies put their outfielders on the market, it could further complicate the Mets chances to move Jay Bruce this offseason.  At the moment, there have not been any rumors with respect to Bruce.

Earlier in the offseason, it had been reported the Orioles had some interest in Bruce but were more interested in Curtis Granderson. They are also still in the mix for Trumbo, reportedly. 

Ultimately, a deal between the Mets and Orioles fell apart.  However, it is possible that if Trumbo signs with a new team, the Mets and Orioles could rekindle their trade discussions. At the time, the Mets were interested in O’s reliever Brad Brach.

Brach posted a 2.05 ERA and recorded 24 holds in 71 games. The 29-year-old righty had 92 strikeouts in 79 innings.


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Wilin Rosario Interested in Return to the Majors Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:00:46 +0000 wili rosario

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, former Colorado Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario is looking to return to the Major Leagues after a successful season for the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean League.

In 127 games, Rosario hit .321/.367/.593 with 31 doubles, 33 homers, and 120 RBI.  This is a marked improvement from the .273/.306/.473 hitter Rosario was during his five years in the major leagues.

While there is a significant difference between the Korean Leagues and Major League Baseball, the major league success from players like Jung Ho KangHyun Soo Kim and Seung-hwan Oh show the level of play in the Korean Leagues could be higher than initially believed.

While Rosario broke through as a catcher for the Rockies, his best position is either first base or DH. With that in mind, it is hard to believe a Mets organization that seemingly values pitch framing and catcher defense would seek to sign Rosario to either back-up or compliment Travis d’Arnaud.

Still, the Mets may have interest in him depending on their opinions on whether Lucas Duda could withstand a full 162 game season after him having suffered back injuries in back-t0-back seasons. Rosario hit .319/.356/.604 against left-handed pitching in his previous big league experience. Could be enough for some major league team to give the 27-year another chance.

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Mets Bringing Back Reyes, Buying Out Niese Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:42:59 +0000 jose-reyes

The Mets have picked up the Major League minimum option for 2017 on infielder Jose Reyes according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Heyman also reports that the Mets will pay Jon Niese a $500,000 buyout instead of picking up his $10 million option for 2017.

Reyes signed a deal to return to the Mets on June 25th, just two days after the Colorado Rockies released the veteran. Reyes would go on to hit .267/.326/.443 with 13 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and nine stolen bases in eleven chances for the Mets in 2016.

After being traded by the Mets during the offseason to bring in second baseman Neil Walker, Niese was reacquired by the Mets on the August 1st trade deadline in a swap for Antonio Bastardo. Niese pitched eleven ugly innings for the Mets with a 11.45 ERA before suffering a torn meniscus that needed season ending surgery.

Both moves were seen as no-brainers heading into the offseason. Reyes will return as much needed insurance at third base for the health of David Wright. As well as someone who can give veteran Asdrubal Cabrera a break at shortstop.

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Wild Card Game Thread: Cards vs Reds, Rockies vs Giants Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:54:18 +0000 joey votto

St. Louis Cardinals (82‐76) vs. Cincinnati Reds (67‐91)
RHP Alex Reyes (4‐1, 1.58) vs. RHP Dan Straily (14‐8, 3.74)

Reds Lineup

1. Jose Peraza (R) SS
2. Hernan Iribarren (L) CF
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Adam Duvall (R) LF
5. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
6. Ivan De Jesus Jr. (R) 2B
7. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
8. Tony Renda (R) RF
9. Dan Straily (R) P

Cardinals Lineup

1. Matt Carpenter (L) 1B
2. Randal Grichuk (R) CF
3. Yadier Molina (R) C
4. Stephen Piscotty (R) RF
5. Jhonny Peralta (R) 3B
6. Jedd Gyorko (R) 2B
7. Aledmys Diaz (R) SS
8. Jose Martinez (R) LF
9. Alex Reyes (R) P


Colorado Rockies (74-84) at San Francisco Giants (83-75)
RHP Jon Gray (10-9, 4.54) vs. RHP Johnny Cueto (17-5, 2.79)

Rockies Lineup

1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
2. Daniel Descalso (L) 2B
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
5. David Dahl (L) LF
6. Tom Murphy (R) C
7. Gerardo Parra (L) 1B
8. Cristhian Adames (S) SS
9. Jon Gray (R) P

Giants Lineup

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Hunter Pence (R) RF
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Angel Pagan (S) LF
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

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Jose Reyes Offers Value This Year… And Next Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:54:32 +0000 jose reyes

When the Mets decided to bring shortstop Jose Reyes back into the fray, after he elected free agency and departed after the 2011 season, walking away the as batting champ, many were split on how much the 33-year-old had left in him. After all, Reyes had been routinely injured after he signed his six-year, $106 million contract with the Miami Marlins along with his time spent in Toronto and Colorado.

And then of course, Reyes was charged with domestic violence against his wife Katherine last October in Maui, something that has become a horrendous trend in athletics in recent years. But the charges were later dropped by the authorities, due to Reyes’ wife’s refusal to speak with prosecutors. Major League Baseball on the other hand stepped in with their new policy on domestic violence, one that was put in place in the summer of 2015, and suspended Reyes for the first 51 games of the 2016 season.

When Reyes was reinstated by the Colorado Rockies at the end of May, it seemed to be a forgone conclusion that the Rockies wanted no part of Reyes on their roster. That’s when the Mets made the decision for a homecoming, bringing back a fan favorite that had been with the organization since he was a teenager. Sometimes, there really is no place like home.

It appears that Reyes is not taking his second chance for granted with the Mets, flashing his trademark smile on a nightly basis, celebrating in fashion as he did so many times with teammates during his first tenure, and bringing an intensity and energy that was desperately missing from this year’s squad.

With another three hits in last night’s 7-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals, Reyes continues to rake since being reinstated from the disabled list. Since August 13, Reyes has gone 15-for-42 (.357), with nine runs, five walks, four R.B.I., and three stolen bases. Reyes has raised his OBP to a respectable .336, and now has an OPS over .800. In his 10 games played in August, Reyes has multi-hit games in four of them, and has almost as many walks (5), as he does strikeouts (6).

“He’s still electric on the bases and loves to play and really brings that energy that we need, especially this time of year when fatigue is starting to be a factor,” manager Terry Collins said. “His energy and the fact he’s missed so much this year, I still think he’s got plenty to offer.”

Having Reyes at the top of the lineup finally gives the Mets a real leadoff hitter, something they sorely missed this season after Curtis Granderson had one of his finer years in 2015, posting a 5.1 WAR according to FanGraphs, only to regress this year in that role. While Reyes has seen his OBP hover near the .320 mark the last three seasons, he was routinely in the .350′s during his career with the Mets, and now seems to be getting on base more regularly than in recent memory.

And his patience at the plate is showing, evident by his base-on-ball percentage of 7.6%, up 2.6% from 2015, and 1.8% from 2014. And in the short time Reyes has been back with the Mets, he’s posted a near 1.0 WAR, meaning over a full 162-game season he’d be near a 6.0 WAR player if keeping on his current path.

That type of player is routinely making tens of millions of dollars a season, yet Reyes is only making the pro-rated major league minimum since the Rockies are on the hook for the remainder of his salary through 2018. Reyes had a stretch from 2006-08 where he was routinely near a 6.0 WAR player, and then again in his walk year of 2011. Since his departure from the Mets, he never registered higher than a 4.0 WAR, his first season in Miami in 2012.

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And of course, one would be remiss not to mention the speed element of his game, an intriguing attribute considering David Wright was leading the team with three stolen bases for a majority of the year. In 26 games, Reyes has six swipes, which averaged over a full season would give him around 40 stolen bases, which means more runners in scoring position which could lead to more runs and wins. Of course, with what’s been a recurring theme this year for this lineup, the Mets would need to put up much better numbers with RISP to score those extra runners, but I digress.

The point is, Reyes offers a skill set that is extremely beneficial to this team, and at a fraction of the cost. Since the Rockies are on the hook for more than $38 million for his remaining salary, the Mets are paying only the pro-rated portion of the major league minimum this season, and have a team option on him for the league minimum in 2017 as well. This gives the Mets an opportunity to assess how he looks this season, with eyes toward 2017 and what he can offer them then as well.

Perhaps he’ll be a backup infielder in similar fashion as Wilmer Flores, except not playing first base. Or maybe the Mets turn to him to man third on a full-time basis depending on the health of Wright? Or he takes over second base if they don’t re-sign Neil Walker in the offseason. At the very least, Reyes offers a solid platoon/bench player, who switch hits, generates runs with his speed, and gets on base, all for the major league minimum.

Terry Collins has been impressed with Reyes so far, and what’s he’s accomplished in the short amount of time he’s been back with the orange and blue.

“He’s become huge, and we’ve seen why,” Collins continued. “This guy creates runs when he gets on base and that is something we’ve needed, and I still think against right-handed pitching, [Curtis] Granderson is the perfect guy to hit behind him.” (NY Post)

Getting second chances doesn’t always happen, or always go as planned. But clearly Reyes is making the most of his, and looks to do so for the club who first gave him a chance at baseball, and has his eyes on helping his club make a late season push into the playoffs. If Reyes can continue to turn back the clock and give the fans more Reyes circa the mid 2000s, then this could turn out to be one of Sandy Alderson’s best moves yet. As the R&B group Peaches & Herb sang in their 1978 hit, “reunited and it feels so good.” That’s the sense so far in the Reyes/Mets reunion.

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3 Up 3 Down: Mets Drop Crucial Series to Rockies Mon, 01 Aug 2016 15:22:28 +0000 Walker Neil

3 Up

1. Walker Wakes Up

After struggling for most of the month of July, Neil Walker has been on a tear. In his last four games, Walker has gone 12-19 and has three three-hit games during that span. He went 3-4 with four RBI on Sunday afternoon, including a huge three-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Mets a 6-4 lead over the Rockies. The Mets desperately needed a big hit, and Walker came up clutch at just the right time.

2. De Aza Stays Hot

A month ago I never thought I would catch myself putting this as an “Up” in my series, but sure enough, Alejandro De Aza has been swinging a hot bat. De Aza went 2-3 with an RBI in the series finale on Sunday afternoon, giving him a .375 batting average for the month of July. He had a total of four hits throughout the series against the Rockies.

3. Reed Continues to be Lights Out

Addison Reed has been brilliant thus far for the Mets this season. He did not allow a single run in the month of July, and on Sunday he recorded his 26th hold of the season, tying him with Aaron Heilman in 2006 for the club record. He has been the bridge to Jeurys Familia and a very solid one at that. When the Mets have called his name, he has delivered.

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3 Down

1. Colon Struggles on Three Days Rest

It was his first start on three days rest since 2005, and it eventually caught up to him on Saturday night. Bartolo Colon looked great through the first three innings, but then surrendered three runs in the fourth and two more runs in the fifth. He allowed seven hits over five innings, one of those hits being a two-run homerun off the bat of David Dahl. In his last five starts, Colon has an ERA of 6.07 and has given up seven home runs during that stretch.

2. Offensive Woes Continue

Coming into Sunday’s series finale, the Mets offense could only muster up a total of four runs in the first three games against an average Colorado Rockies pitching staff. What’s more is the fact that the Mets hadn’t scored more than five runs since putting up nine against the Nationals on July 7th. Finally the Mets put up a six spot on Sunday to break that trend, however they still only managed to go 6-29 with RISP against the Rockies.

3. Injury Bug Plagues Mets   

Every team goes through their fair share of injuries throughout the course of the season, but it seems as though the Mets have been given the short end of the stick in that department this year. On Saturday, Jose Reyes was put on the 15-day DL with a strained left oblique muscle.

On Sunday, Asdrubal Cabrera slipped rounding third on a Neil Walker triple that led to him needing to be helped off the field. Turns out Cabrera has a strained patella tendon, the same one that was giving him fits in March. Terry Collins is concerned with the severity of it, mentioning that he didn’t need to be helped off the field when it happened four months ago. Couple all of this with the fact that the Mets best player, Yoenis Cespedes is still nursing a quad injury that has put him at 85% at best.

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MMO Game Recap: Rockies 7, Mets 2 Sun, 31 Jul 2016 02:57:23 +0000 bartolo colon

The New York Mets (53-50) were defeated tonight by the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field by a score of 7-2.


Bartolo Colon toed the rubber for the Mets this evening on three day’s rest, and didn’t fare too well, getting touched up for five runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking one.

The Mets gave Colon an early 2-0 lead, but the veteran righty gave the lead back in the fourth inning.

Trevor Story singled to score Nolan Arenado, and was promptly driven in on a two-run shot from David Dahl.

DJ LeMahieu drove in two more in the fifth with a single up the middle to make it 5-2 Rockies at the time.

Colon was relieved by Seth Lugo, who pitched three innings, allowing two runs (both on sacrifice flies in the seventh), which gave the Rockies a very commanding 7-2 lead.


The Mets scored early in the game, scoring once in the first and once in the second with contributions from Wilmer Flores and Kelly Johnson but it’s all they could muster up, as the Rockies took their third straight game from the Mets.

The Mets almost had another run in the ninth, but the original call of a home run by Wilmer Flores was overturned. It wouldn’t matter much anyway as this one was decided early on. What a weekend to forget.

The Mets did slightly better tonight with RISP, going 2-for-5 and leaving four on base.

The bad news of the game came with Yoenis Cespedes, still nursing that quad, leaving tonight’s game with the injury. More to come as the news pours in…

On deck:

The Mets will look to salvage the final game of the series against the Rockies tomorrow, as Noah Syndergaard (9-5, 2.45 ERA) takes on Chad Bettis (9-6, 5.19 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

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Collins Clawing to Keep Clubhouse ‘Calm’ Amidst Chaotic Chatter Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:15:18 +0000 curtis granderson

According to Adam Rubin, Terry Collins ordered his club to turn up the tunes in the clubhouse after another disheartening loss where the Mets were only able to muster six hits during their third consecutive debilitating defeat.  Collins is trying to keep the team loose and light, and continues to avoid admitting the sky is falling despite the team performing like Henny Penny with runners in scoring position.

A clearly agitated Steven Matz was commended by his manager, saying that “he should feel good, because he didnt have it, but managed the damage”  When that quote was relayed to Friday’s starter by SNY reporter Steve Gelbs, Matz did not welcome the words with open arms.  ”No,” Matz commented to Gelbs, “Up here, you care about wins.” Once again, the Mets and their skipper are on different pages.

Friday night’s contradictory comments could signify the beginning of a disconnect.  Collins has yet to put his foot down with this baseball team during his tenure and mediocre results are the acceptable norm.  From horse riding and hot rods in spring training, to his team achieving a record of four games under .500 since May 1st, Collins had yet to make any significant changes to his lackadaisical philosophy over a seemingly aloof club. A postgame meeting was held after Friday’s loss, with the apparent purpose to alleviate the pressure and negativity surrounding the club.

Collins may be in fear of a possible repeat of his last two mutinous managerial stinks, desiring to keep the players on his side by going against what comes natural to him in order to avoid alienating his players.

For at least the 4th time in the last nine months, Terry Collins went against his gut and allowed a young player to dictate his managerial decisions this week. Sadly, it once again backfired. After his All Star closer Jeurys Familia blew his first save of the season Wednesday, Collins told the media post-game that the slinging sinkerballer would get the series opener against the Colorado Rockies off.

Lo and behold, with the Mets leading by one run in the 8th inning, the man Collins dubbed the days closer got the call.  Addison Reed emerged from the dugout to throw 2/3 of an inning before giving way to lefty specialist Jerry Blevins who struck out slugger Carlos Gonzalez to end the frame. It was then clear Familia’s day off was off the table.

We know the outcome.  Familia allowed a leadoff single, a stolen base, a walk, a bunt base hit, yada yada yada (I yada’ed the best part).  His second blown save in as many days in a mere 18 hour span posed more postgame questions. The Mets beat writers pressed him on his decision and tried to get it straight from the skipper’s mouth how the events unfolded.

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According to Collins, Familia approached him and pitching coach Dan Warthen Thursday morning, and told them he was ready, willing and able to pitch.  It would be his third straight day of work.  For what its worth, it was his 5th time this season pitching three consecutive games.  In the previous four he did not yield a run.  Thursday’s appearance was his 49th of the year in 101 games.  Putting him on target for approximately 80 games this season, 12 shy of the franchise record set by ‘perpetual’ Pedro Feliciano in 2009.

This is not the first time Terry Collins has ignored his initial plan based on the intervention of a player.  In a well documented dugout spat turned discussion, Matt Harvey demanded he be given the ball for the 9th inning of Game 5 of last year’s World Series.  After allowing the first two men to reach base, well you know how that ended.

Earlier this season, when most fans, writers, and baseball pundits had Matt Harvey ticketed for Las Vegas to work out his stuggles, he apparently demanded the ball from the skipper for two consecutive starts against the Washington Nationals.  Collins again acquiesced and it cost the team precious chances at wins. It would later be revealed that the team was aware Matt Harvey had severe loss of feeling in his fingertips dating back to spring training, severely impacting his command.

Being a player’s manager and taking blame when things go poorly for the club is an admirable thing Collins has done in the past. But fearing the anger of a player you must manage and control in the best interests of both him and the club is a part of the job Terry seems to be circumventing with alarming frequency.  His previous managerial stints ended in messy fashion.  In both instances, Anaheim and Houston, he was at the helm of a club that had expectations and talent, but failed to deliver.

Even further, there was clubhouse discontent about how Terry ran his baseball team in both places. By his own admission, “I demanded a lot, probably too much. I’ve grown up, and hopefully it will be better,” Collins said about his Astros job.

The feuds were so bad in the clubhouse, his team blew a 21.5 game September lead, missing the postseason. His exodus in Anaheim was just as chaotic, resigning in September after the team quit on him, punctuated by lackadaisical play and an aloof roster.

Another move that led to head scratching among fans and media alike was trading three roster spots to gain one base-runner in the 7th inning.  With runners on 2nd and 3rd and none out, Collins pinch hit Yoenis Cespedes for Jacob deGrom with first base open. The Rockies promptly walked Yo, which Collins said in the post-game that he “knew they would do”.  Tomorrow’s starter Steven Matz was asked to run for Cespedes and his ailing quad.

This setup force plays all around, which the Rockies conveniently utilized on the next hitter, Kelly Johnson, who grounded into a force-out. He said he knew “They would have walked anyone in that spot”, leaving anyone with a baseball mind to ask why not leave the pitcher in to be walked?

Is Terry yielding too much to curry favor with another underachieving club? Is he trying too hard to endear himself to players and avoid another mutiny? It is very possible, and history has proved it can be very detrimental to a club. With likely his job teetering on the same fence as the organization’s season, he may want to stick to his own decisions and avoid being swayed, or his time in New York may be riddled with as many ‘what if’s?’ as his previous jobs.

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Familia Blows Second Consecutive Save as Mets Fall 2-1 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:48:32 +0000 jacob degrom The New York Mets (53-48) were defeated by the Colorado Rockies (50-52) by a score of 2-1 at Citi Field Thursday afternoon.  With the loss, the Mets temporarily move to 6 games back for the division lead.   The Washington Nationals will take on the San Francisco Giants tonight at AT&T Park.


Jacob deGrom followed one of the best starts of his career with one of his worst his last time out. DeGrom pitched seven shutout innings while walking one and striking out six.

There really isn’t much to say except that deGrom was incredible today. He gave the Mets exactly what they needed after a gut wrenching loss last night.Jacob even made a few incredible plays in the field today showing that a gold glove might indeed be in his future someday.

Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins combined to pitch a scoreless eighth inning for the Mets today.

After Jeurys Familia’s first blown save in nearly a year, he was right back out on the hill today after originally being deemed unavailable.  Familia was awful once again. Familia gave up two hits, walked two, and gave up two runs and the lead before finally being pulled. Hansel Robles was able to come in and limit the damage and finally end the inning but it was too little too late.

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In the top of the second inning, with two outs, James Loney got things started with a single to center fielder Charlie Blackmon.  Rene Rivera followed with a double to right field which scored Loney and put the Mets up 1-0.

In the bottom of the seventh with the score still 1-0, Rene Rivera got the Mets started with a lead-off single, his third hit of the day. Alejandro De Aza followed with a double to put runners on second and third with nobody out.  Terry Collins decided to pinch hit Yoenis Cespedes and he was promptly walked to load the bases with nobody out. Kelly Johnson, Curtis Granderson, and Wilmer Flores all failed to bring in a run as the Mets hitting with runners in scoring position woes continue.

There are no words to describe how bad the Mets have been with hitting with runners in scoring position this year.

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The Mets are “confident” they will add a relief pitcher according to Mike Puma but they are looking at potential lineup additions first.

Yoenis Cespedes was out of the lineup today as his quad injury flared up yesterday but was able to pinch hit late.

Neil Walker had a second straight three hit day.

Mets top prospect Amed Rosario was placed on the DL by the Binghamton Mets.

JZ Goat of the game: Jeurys Familia. Runner up is Terry Collins. Wow. Just wow.

On Deck: 

The Mets will play the second game of their four-game set with the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field tomorrow evening. The game has a start time of 7:10 PM.  Steven Matz (8-6, 3.36 ERA) looks to get the Mets back on track against Tyler Chatwood (9-6, 3.65 ERA). Matz is coming off one of his better starts in which he picked up his first win since May 25th.


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Cespedes Out of Lineup After Quad Injury Flares Up Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:26:53 +0000 yoenis-cespedes10

All Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is not in the lineup on Thursday as the Mets begin a four game series against the Colorado Rockies.

Terry Collins told reporters that his strained right quadriceps flared up last night as he continues to battle through this injury which forced Cespedes to miss a few games earlier this month.

Cespedes, 30, informed the team that his quad was sore after Wednesday night’s game and the team believes he could be out for a few days.

Meanwhile, it now appears that shortstop Jose Reyes will not be ready to return on Friday from his Grade 1 intercostal strain that was expected to sideline him for a couple of games. Collins was hoping Reyes could return Friday but told reporters it’s now unlikely.

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It’s Official: Mets Have Signed Free Agent Jose Reyes Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:19:02 +0000 Jose-Reyes-20


Statement from Jose Reyes:

As I have expressed in the past, I deeply regret the incident that occurred and remain remorseful and apologetic to my family. I have completed the counseling required by MLB, have been an ongoing therapy, and will continue with counseling going forward.  I appreciate the Mets organization for believing in me and providing the opportunity to come back home to New York. 

Statement from Sandy Alderson:

We made the decision to offer a contract to José after extreme consideration and discussion with José, his representatives, major-league baseball and various departments of the Mets. We are convinced that José has accepted responsibility for his actions and their consequences and have confirmed he is taking steps beyond those prescribed by MLB, including ongoing counseling. Accordingly, we believe he deserves a second chance to return to our organization.

Jose Reyes will report to the Brooklyn Cyclones on Sunday as he begins working his way back to the big league team. It shouldn’t be more than two weeks tops.

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In what has been the worst kept secret in baseball, the New York Mets are reportedly set to sign Jose Reyes shortly after he becomes a free agent at 1:00 PM this afternoon.

Reyes, 33, will return to the organization that signed him as a 16-year old kid out of the Dominican Republic where he caught the eye of Mets scouts and Scouting Director Omar Minaya who recommended him to GM Steve Phillips. After making his big league debut three years later in 2003, Reyes batted .307 as the youngest player in the major leagues and quickly became one of the most exciting players in the game.

Known for his enthusiastic love of the game and his blazing speed, Reyes would carve out a brilliant nine year career with the Mets as a catalyst at the top of the order, while setting many franchise records along the way. During his time with the Mets he led the majors in triples four times, and stolen bases three times including a career high 78 swipes in 2007.

Reyes became the only Met ever to win a batting title when he hit .337 in 2011, his final season with the organization.

With the Mets in dire straits financially, Reyes walked away without an offer and signed a six-year, $106 million contract with the Miami Marlins.

Reyes never enjoyed the prosperity he had with the Mets and it was no secret he was unhappy away from New York where he continued to live and always referred to as his home.

Unfortunately, Reyes was arrested last Oct. 31 after he allegedly grabbed his wife Katherine by the throat and pushed her into a sliding-glass door in their hotel room while vacationing in Hawaii.

And while a judge ordered the charges dropped due to a lack of cooperation by his wife, Major League Baseball suspended him without pay for violating its new domestic abuse policy. Reyes has since apologized and released the following statement last month:

“I want to apologize for everything that has happened. I am sorry to the Rockies organization, my teammates, all the fans and most of all my family. I am happy to put this all in the past and get back to doing what I love most, playing baseball. My wife Katherine has remained by my side throughout everything and for that I will be forever grateful.”

The Rockies are responsible for the remaining $39 million owed to Reyes, and the Mets will only be financially responsible for approximately $250,000.

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After a week or two in Triple-A to get back into game shape, Reyes is expected to fill a utility role while giving the the team some sorely needed speed. In addition to playing familiar positions at second base and shortstop, he is expected to also play some third base and even outfield according to manager Terry Collins.

“We took Matt Reynolds and put him out there with no experience at all,” Collins said about playing Reynolds in left field. “This guy is as good an athlete as certainly Matt is. He’s got the arm. He’s got the foot speed for it. These are just things we’re tossing around.”

“He was a great player. He did a lot of things. He was a good hitter, he could fly, he’s got a great arm, he played very good shortstop. He brought a lot to the party,” Collins added.

“One of the things that probably caught my imagination was his joy of playing in New York. He loved it. …We’re going to have some good and bad days, and he always had a smile.”

Reyes should get plenty of playing time for the Mets where he will reprise his customary role as the Mets leadoff man.

As I wrote yesterday, I’m a huge fan of Jose Reyes, and while I admit his skills are now diminished, he is still a huge upgrade over anyone on our bench.

Reyes gives the team the speed it lacks and can still hit and wreak havoc on the bases. His high energy and enthusiasm could be just the tonic this team needs to wake up a stagnant offense, and his positive attitude and hustle has always been infectious.

I don’t take lightly the gravity of the domestic violence issue, and I found his actions to be deplorable. But I believe he’s contrite, he accepted and served his punishment, and if his wife can forgive him and stand by his side, so should we.

I look forward to his first game back at Citi Field where I expect him to get a resounding ovation from the fans he gave so many thrills to during his Mets career. Welcome back, Jose!

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Another Controversial Call and a Fatal Pitch Doom Mets in Colorado, But Fear Not… Mon, 16 May 2016 16:09:43 +0000 ryan raburn

Colorado fans did not need the weed they can legally buy to get a buzz this weekend because the Rockies gave them a natural high in the form of a three game sweep over the New York Mets.

On an afternoon when the Mets could have picked up some precious ground, Ryan Raburn delivered a painful pinch-hit two run homer to ruin Jacob deGrom’s glorious day.

In that fateful 7th inning, deGrom’s 12-pitch walk put a runner on base hastening his exit from the game. In came the usually highly effective reliever Jim Henderson, but a 2-0 pitch on the corner of the plate put the ball out of the park, resulting in an unfavorable 4-3 Rockies win.

“Down 2-0, I definitely wasn’t thinking about grooving one and getting back in the count,” Henderson later said. “I was thinking about down on the corner and in to him. It just caught too much of the plate. You don’t want to get beat on the pull side and he got his hands through and got the barrel to it.”


A rally in the top of the 8th proved fruitless when another controversial call gave Terry Collins a consecutive day of agony.

Juan Lagares came off the bench, and clocked a double to deep left.  After Yoenis Cespedes was given a free pass, Lucas Duda hit a double play ball, but Lagares avoided the tag, and was ruled safe at third.

But the ruling was reversed as Lagares was called for running out of the base path, which to me looked like Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, just gave up on the tag, and threw to first for the sure out.

“I was really surprised,” Lagares said. “The guy in front of me said safe. When I looked back, they said out. I have no idea what happened, but I never thought that was going to be an out. I just avoided the tag. What am I supposed to do? Hold him? I just tried to avoid the tag. I don’t know how that play can be an out.”

Of course Lagares has a good gripe, he never even touched the grass. The rules say a runner has to veer off the baseline by three feet or more to be ruled out, and Lagares was barely a half-foot off kilter. Yet another botched call against the Mets.

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In taking something positive out of an unfortunate 3 days in May, deGrom pitched well, Eric Campbell went 2-for-3 playing in place of David Wright, catcher Kevin Plawecki got another hit, Yoenis Cespedes homered for the 12th time this season, and the Nationals and Phillies took a dive to keep the Mets only a game and a half back.

So with a bit of carnage left on Coors Field, the mighty Thor will be brought in for damage control in D.C. when the Mets face the nasty Nats, and their newly crowned 20 strike out pitching maven, Max Scherzer.

The good news, Syndergaard is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three career starts against the boys from Capitol Hill.

(Photos: USA Today Sports Images)

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Mets Drop Fourth Straight; Lose To Rockies 4-3 Sun, 15 May 2016 22:56:04 +0000 jacob degrom

The Mets (21-16) were defeated and swept by the Colorado Rockies (19-18) this evening at Coors Field by a score of 4-3. In the process, the Mets dropped their fourth straight game.


Jacob deGrom got the start for the Mets, and settled for a no decision, tossing 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, while walking three as well as striking out just three.

After the Mets took the lead in the top of the second, deGrom immediately gave the run right back on an RBI single from D.J. LeMahieu to score Carlos Gonzalez.

DeGrom kept the Rockies quiet until the sixth inning when Carlos Gonzalez broke out of his long home run drought, and launched his fifth home run of the year to center field to cut the Mets lead at the time to 3-2.

In the seventh inning, deGrom walked D.J. LeMahieu, who subsequently advanced to second on a wild pitch. After striking out Dustin Garneau, deGrom was relieved by Jim Henderson, who quickly served up a two run shot to Ryan Raburn, which would prove to be the turning point of the game and gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead.

Henderson finished off the inning, but the damage had been done, as this would prove to be a deficit the Mets could not come back from.

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Yoenis Cespedes hit his 12th homer of the year in the second inning to put the Mets on the board first.

After the Rockies tied the game up, the Mets answered right back in the third inning, scoring two runs to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.

In the eighth inning after the Rockies had taken a 4-3 lead, Juan Lagares pinched hit for Michael Conforto and laced a double, which was followed by an intentional walk to Yoenis Cespedes.

Lucas Duda was next to bat with the tying and go ahead runs on base and only one out. Duda nubbed one to third, which ended up in a double play, because Lagares allegedly ran outside the baseline dodging a tag, which ended the inning. Two days, two awful calls.

The Mets could not form a comeback in the ninth, and head back to New York with their tails between their legs, and a huge series on the horizon against the first place Nationals.

On deck:

The Mets start that series against Washington on Tuesday with Noah Syndergaard (3-2, 2.53 ERA) taking on Max Scherzer (4-2, 4.15 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.

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Harvey Still Ineffective In Middle Innings, His Next Start Comes Against Nationals Sat, 14 May 2016 14:19:48 +0000 matt harvey 2

After a strong outing against the Padres, the middle innings came back to haunt Matt Harvey again, making for a miserable 5-2 loss for the Mets at Colorado’s cavernous Coors Field.

The Mets bats that were muted by Clayton Kershaw on Thursday, barely made a peep off of Rockies rookie right-hander, Jon Gray, who unlike Harvey, found good fortune on Friday the 13th.

In his 14th career start, Gray finally got his elusive first major league victory, giving up 2 runs and 5 hits over 7 innings of 8 strike out ball – topped off with his first big league base hit to boot.

Gray’s 105 pitch performance snapped an 11 game Rockies losing skid to the Mets. It also puts the Amazins in second place behind the Washington Nationals, who the Mets will host at Citi Field for a crucial three game series that starts Tuesday.

Harvey’s ineffectiveness is cause for concern, and although he and Terry Collins claim that last year’s workload is not to blame, there is something amiss in the arm and mind of his former ace.

The velocity on his fastball last night was well, about 3-4 mph from where it should be, and his secondary pitches are more erratic than the stock market. It’s uncanny how he looks so good early in a game and then just peters out come the fourth and fifth innings.

With Jacob deGrom’s shaky outing, Colon’s colossal loss, and Steven Matz’s visit with the doctor on the docket, the touted top pitching staff has made the natives restless lately, and the starting lineup is doing a poor job patching it up when the ball stays in the park.

Granderson is batting .206, David Wright .223, Duda .235, and Neil Walker, who momentarily made us forget about Daniel Murphy, has lost his mojo at the plate of late.

Kevin Plawecki has heeded Terry Collins’ call to be more productive, but when your number one and two hitters whiff a combined five times, and your starting pitcher in a previous game accounts for all of your runs, there’s something seriously wrong in Mudville, and let’s hope the Mets figure it out before they face the Nationals in their first critical matchup of the season.

As of now, Noah SyndergaardBartolo Colon and Matt Harvey are slated to start against the Nationals, while they counter with Max ScherzerGio Gonzalez and now Stephen Strasburg.

Nats manager Dusty Baker has moved Strasburg’s start this weekend from Sunday to tonight so that he can pitch in Thursday’s finale against the Mets.


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Jose Reyes Suspended 60 Days For Domestic Violence Fri, 13 May 2016 19:41:00 +0000 jose Reyes


After initial reports that Colorado Rockies and ex-Met shortstop Jose Reyes would be handed down a 60-game suspension, Major League Baseball announced on Friday that Reyes would be suspended until May 31st, which would amount to the first 51 games of the season.

Reyes, 32, agreed to the punishment and will serve the remaining games unpaid. Since the suspension is retroactive to his paid suspension since February 23rd, Reyes will will be docked approximately $7.09 million of his $22 million he’s due to make this season.

Reyes released a statement Friday when the suspension was announced:

“I want to apologize for everything that has happened. I am sorry to the Rockies organization, my teammates, all the fans and most of all my family. I am happy to put this all in the past and get back to doing what I love the most, playing baseball. My wife Katherine has remained by my side throughout everything and for that I will be forever grateful.”

Reyes can begin a minor league rehab assignment on June 1st, but according to reports the Rockies may look to trade Reyes, especially since rookie Trevor Story has stepped up in his absence and has taken the opportunity and ran with it. Before Saturday’s game, Story was hitting .275/.338/.613 with 11 home runs and 28 runs batted in. Story leads MLB rookies in home runs, runs batted in, triples, and walks.

Along with the suspension, Reyes has agreed to donate $100,000 toward the prevention and treatment of domestic violence. Commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement in response to the accepted punishment by Reyes.

“Mr. Reyes cooperated fully with my office’s investigation,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Reyes violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on May 31st. I am encouraged by Mr. Reyes’ commitment to the treatment provisions of the Policy in order to ensure that such an incident does not occur in the future.”


Sports Illustrated confirms that Colorado Rockies’ shortstop Jose Reyes has been dealt a 60-game suspension for a domestic-violence incident that took place last October. It is retroactive to Feb. 23 and runs through May 31, making him eligible to begin a minor league rehab on June 1.

Reyes, 32, has been on paid administrative leave since the start of spring training, and has missed all of the Rockies 34 games this season.

Reyes was arrested on October 31 in Maui, Hawaii, after he reportedly beat and shoved his wife, Katherine Ramirez, in their hotel room. Reyes was not charged due to his wife’s lack of cooperation in the case.

If in fact Reyes is dealt a 60-game suspension, he would only miss an additional 26 games, however Reyes would have to repay any money he received during his paid leave from the team. His salary for the 2016 season is $22 million.

Reyes along with three pitching prospects were traded before last years deadline by the Toronto Blue Jays to the Rockies for fellow shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and RHP Latroy Hawkins.

Reyes played in 47 games for the Rockies, slashing .259/.291/.368, with three home runs and 19 runs batted in.

Reyes was a beloved Met who was signed by the orange and blue as an amateur free agent in 1999. Reyes made his debut with the Mets in 2003, and played nine seasons with them, his last in 2011 when he won the National League batting title, hitting .337.


Reyes brought flair and excitement to the field, flashing his signature smile and drawing “oohs” and “aahs” as he laced a ball into the gap, as fans watched him race around the bases like a thoroughbred.

According to Buster Olney, teams have shown interest in trading for the switch-hitting shortstop, and surely the Rockies would listen. He’s under contract through 2017, and has a team option for 2018 at $22 million, or a buyout for $4 million.

With rookie shortstop Trevor Story now a stable presence on the team and a front-runner for N.L. Rookie of the Year, Reyes may very well find himself traded by the time his suspension concludes.


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The Dark Knight Rises, Strikes Out 10 Mon, 09 May 2016 13:00:08 +0000 matt harvey

Matt Harvey looked like he shed some of his bad mojo during his Mothers Day start against the San Diego Padres. He went six strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out ten. Through the first four innings he was sensational, he struck out seven and the only hit he gave up was a bunt single from the opposing starter Andrew Cashner.

Harvey’s only struggles were centered around the dreaded fifth inning. Padres’ catcher Christian Bethancourt launch a no doubter to left, off of a Matt Harvey fastball. Later in the inning, a questionable call from a play at the plate went the way of Matt Harvey, settling him down for an easy sixth inning, ending his day.

“I finally felt, the majority of the game, a lot more comfortable,” Harvey told reporters after the game. “I was able to pound the zone, was able to throw all of my pitches. Unfortunately there in the fifth I left one over the middle. Other than that, it was a successful day.”

Since the start of this season, Matt Harvey has struggled with his velocity. His fastball averaged in the low 90s and his command was inconsistent. “Right now, I’m not feeling good with my mechanics. I’m not feeling good throwing the ball,” Harvey said after his last start.

Well, whatever it was, Harvey must’ve hit the nail on the head because he was a step under sensational Sunday afternoon. Harvey’s average fastball was 95 mph while maxing out at 97 mph to strike out second baseman Adam Rosales in the 3rd inning.


It wasn’t only his fastball that showed major improvements today, Harvey struck batters out with his entire arsenal. Four with his fastball, three with his changeup, two with his curve, and one with the world famous Warthen slider.

“Mechanically I felt great,” Harvey added. “Definitely different than the last couple starts.”

If Matt Harvey can be consistent in his next couple of starts, The Dark Knight mantra that Harvey once embraced, will be back in full force.

His next start will most likely come in the hitter friendly Coors Field against the 3rd place Colorado Rockies. Matt Harvey is 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA in his career against the Rockies.


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Jose Reyes Placed On Paid Leave Pending Outcome Of Criminal Case Wed, 24 Feb 2016 02:52:08 +0000 jose Reyes

Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes has been placed on paid leave by Major League Baseball pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings stemming from his October 31 arrest for domestic violence.

Reyes, 32, was arrested for allegedly hitting his wife in a Hawaii hotel. He later filed a plea of not guilty to a charge of abuse and was released on $1,000 bail.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will not decide on possible discipline for Reyes until after the criminal proceedings and an MLB investigation are completed, and also added that “discipline is not dependent on a criminal conviction.”

Earlier today, Jon Heyman reported that the Rockies’ front office “doesn’t relish” the idea of having Reyes at spring training while his domestic abuse case is still active.

Heyman speculated that Reyes and the Rockies were working on an arrangement to prevent him from participating at Rockies spring training. Tonight’s announcement from MLB obviously renders that discussion moot.

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Rockies In Hot Pursuit Of Gerardo Parra, Will Likely Deal Carlos Gonzalez Fri, 08 Jan 2016 20:18:33 +0000 gerardo parra

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish is reporting that the Colorado Rockies have ramped up their efforts to sign free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra, according to industry sources. Cotillo adds that the two sides are not very close to a deal at this point, as Parra is drawing interest from other clubs, including the Nationals and Angels.

Parra put up respectable numbers last year, splitting time between the Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore. He posted a combined .291/.328/.452 line in his 2015 campaign with 14 home runs, 51 RBI, 83 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases.

He only walked 28 times this past season and had a 4.8 walk rate, but that may have been an outlier as in his previous four seasons Parra averaged 7.3. Plus, his 15.6 K/9 was the best mark of his career.

Defensively, Parra is quite a defender who can handle himself nicely in the field. He’s won two Gold Gloves in right field, but has played a fair share of games in left field and center as well where he’s logged 186 games.

With Alex Gordon re-signing with the Kansas City Royals at four years, $72 million, and Denard Span recently agreeing on a three-year deal worth $31 million with the San Francisco Giants, the outfield market is really starting to heat up.

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post speculates that with the Rockies in hot pursuit of Parra, it could signal that Colorado will move ahead and deal Carlos Gonzalez, perhaps for a top starting pitcher or for a top reliever and a prospect.

Saunders also reports that the Rockies are still listening to trade offers for center fielder Charlie Blackmon and left fielder Cory Dickerson. Blackmon is up for arbitration for the first time, while Dickerson is a year away from arbitration and under club control for four years.

Meanwhile the market remains soft for Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes, although that could change now. On Thursday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson weighed in on Cespedes, referring to him as a square peg and not an ideal fit for the team.

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Stat Line:  8 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 8 SO, 1 BB

Logan Verrett showed more than scouts prepared us for, exhibiting an above average breaking ball while keeping four pitches low in the strike zone.  Based on his performance, Verrett will add much needed depth to the New York Mets bullpen.


Verrett’s breaking ball (slider and curveball) is a viable MLB strikeout pitch, inducing an extremely high 31.4% miss/whiff rate (swing and miss rate).  The breaking ball shows sharp, late, downward movement and has enough velocity to deceive the hitter into thinking the pitch is a four-seam fastball.  The reason behind defining it as a breaking ball is because it’s tough to decipher the difference between his slider and curveball.

At times, Verrett’s two-seam fastball seemed to move 10 to 14 inches with sharp 10 to 5 downward movement.  Although he didn’t show consistent fastball command on the corners of home plate, Verrett kept his pitches between ankle and thigh high.

Staying low in the strike zone with two pitches having sharp downward movement makes it nearly impossible for opposing hitters to lift the baseball for hard hits and extra base hits.

Cause for Concern

Verrett showed a stronger out pitch than scouts reported but didn’t exhibit fastball command on each corner of home plate needed for a pitcher throwing in the low 90’s.  This makes him vulnerable to higher homerun rates and more walks.

The Colorado Rockies over aggressive swings at pitches in and out of the strike zone helped mask Verrett’s command.  A veteran lineup, like the St. Louis Cardinals, will take more pitches and more controlled swings leading to more walks, more singles and more runs.

Another reason to view his debut cautiously is he did an average job throwing first pitch strikes (64% first pitch strike rate) and mixing his pitch selection.  Verrett only threw 35% first pitch off-speed pitches.  I want to see Verrett pitch backward more often for a pitcher throwing 90 mph fastballs with average command.

Looking Forward

Given the Mets exceptional starting rotation, Verrett is a spot-starter and above average reliever.  Although he might be slightly better than Bartolo Colon, Verrett can easily translate to an above average reliever whereas Colon cannot.  Also, Verrett will not start in the playoffs so it is better the Mets train him in the role he will be most productive in during playoffs, as a reliever.

There are two reasons Verrett will be a solid bullpen option.  His two-seamer inducing groundballs coupled with his strikeout ability with the sharp breaking ball gives Verrett the ability to get out of late inning jams.  Additionally, Terry Collins can take out a struggling starter in earlier innings with Verrett able to bridge the middle innings to Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia.

Stat of the Night

I need to reiterate Verrett’s exceptional miss/whiff rate of 31.4% with his breaking ball (slider and curveball combined rate).

Follow Chris Zaccherio on Twitter @ziography for more Mets pitching insight that goes beyond statistics.

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