Mets Merized Online » Detroit Tigers http://metsmerizedonline.com Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:30:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.18 Mets Sign Lefty Adam Wilk To Minor League Deal http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/mets-sign-lefty-adam-wilk-to-minor-league-deal.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/mets-sign-lefty-adam-wilk-to-minor-league-deal.html/#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:51:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=229332 adam wilk

The New York Mets announced they have signed left-handed pitcher Adam Wilk to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training.

Wilk, 29, pitched the entire 2016 season in Triple-A for the Tampa Bay Rays. In 15 starts spanning 87.1 innings, he went 2-8 with a 3.61 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. He allowed only 85 hits and 13 walks while striking out 75 for the Durham Bulls.

Left-handed hitters had a measly .167/.164/.212 slash line against Wilk in 2016.

Wilk made his made his major league debut in 2011 with the Detroit Tigers and last pitched in the big leagues for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2015. In 26.1 major league innings, he has a 6.49 ERA and 1.67 WHIP.

Earlier this offseason, the Mets signed righties Cory Burns and Ben Rowen to minor league deals.

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Corey Seager and Michael Fulmer Win Rookie of the Year Honors http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/corey-seager-and-michael-fulmer-win-rookie-of-the-year-honors.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/corey-seager-and-michael-fulmer-win-rookie-of-the-year-honors.html/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2016 04:58:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226522 seager corey

Major League Baseball announced their 2016 Rookie of the Year Award winners on Monday. Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager won in the National League and Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer took the honors in the American League.

Seager, 22, batted .308/.365/.512 with 40 doubles, 26 homers, 72 RBI and 105 runs scored. His 6.1 WAR was the fourth-best in the NL.

Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda and the Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner finished second and third in the voting, and Mets left-hander Steven Matz received one third place vote.

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Fulmer, 23, won 11 games and posted a  3.06 ERA and 1.119 WHIP 159 innings pitched for the Tigers, striking out 132 batters while walking 42.

Detroit acquired Fulmer, the 44th overall pick by the New York Mets in the 2011 draft, at the 2015 trade deadline in the deal that sent Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets.

Catcher Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees and center fielder Tyler Naquin of the Cleveland Indians finished second and third respectively.

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Hansel Robles Gets Rattled Again http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/hansel-robles-gets-rattled-again.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/hansel-robles-gets-rattled-again.html/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:00:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220154 hansel robles

The Mets still haven’t won back-to-back games since before the All-Star break. This time, the fault goes to Hansel Robles for kicking away another winnable effort by Steven Matz.

Robles threw 32 pitches – few of them good – as he gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning in the seventh of Tuesday night’s 5-3 loss to Arizona at Citi Field.

The Mets had taken a 3-2 lead in the sixth on Neil Walker’s two-run homer to give Matz a chance at the win.

However, manager Terry Collins allowed Robles to stay in the game to walk two hitters and give up three hits. The Diamondbacks also executed a double-steal It’s a close game, so it’s hard to understand Collins’ logic for leaving an ineffective reliever in the game that long.

“You saw him fall behind in some counts,” Collins said. “He had been so good. You think you have the perfect set-up. He just didn’t get it done.”

This is the second implosion for Robles in his last three relief appearances. He gave up three runs on three hits and two walks last week against the New York Yankees.

The Mets made acquiring a reliever a top priority last month and ended up signing Jon Niese at the trade deadline.

Reportedly, they have placed a waiver claim on a bullpen arm according to the Daily News, but no buzz on who or if they are close to completing a waiver trade.

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Neil Walker Homers To Salvage Series In Mets 3-1 Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/neil-walker-homers-to-salvage-series-in-mets-3-1-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/neil-walker-homers-to-salvage-series-in-mets-3-1-win.html/#comments Sun, 07 Aug 2016 20:17:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219974 jacob degrom 2

The New York Mets (57-54) defeated the Detroit Tigers (61-50) by a score of 3-1 at Comerica Park Sunday afternoon.  With the win, the Mets will temporarily move to 8.5 games back of the Washington Nationals for the division lead.

Pitching:

Jacob deGrom was on the mound for the Mets today and he was in vintage deGrom form. deGrom took a shutout into the seventh inning before finally running into trouble.  All in all, deGrom went 6.2 innings giving up one run, walking two, and striking out three.

Everything was smooth sailing for deGrom until the bottom of the seventh inning.  With the game still scoreless, deGrom got J.D. Martinez to fly out to Curtis Granderson and record the first out.  Justin Upton followed by singling on a line drive to left fielder Michael Conforto.  After getting Casey McGehee to also fly out to Granderson, deGrom walked James McCann to put runners on first and second with two out.  He was then able to get Andrew Romine to hit a small dribbler to third base but the ball was hit too slow and all the runners were safe.

With the bases loaded, Terry Collins decided to go to Jerry Blevins.  This then allowed the Tigers to go to Ian Kinsler.  Kinsler singled to tie the game on a dribbler that went just passed the outreached arm of Blevins. Addison Reed was then brought in and he quickly recorded the final out of the inning.

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Addison Reed came on for the Mets in the bottom of the eighth inning again.  Reed pitched a scoreless inning although the Tigers made things interesting. Justin Upton ran the Tigers out of the inning with some poor base running on a flair to right field.

Jeurys Familia came on in the bottom of the ninth inning and pitched a scoreless inning, his 39th save of the year.

Offense: 

Anibal Sanchez, who came into today’s game with a 6.26 ERA, baffled the Mets hitters all day.

It wasn’t until the top of the seventh inning that the Mets offense was finally able to break through.  With two out, Michael Conforto hit his 11th home run of the season over the left-center field wall to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

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In the top of the ninth inning, and the score knotted at 1-1, Francisco Rodriguez hit Alejandro De Aza to put a runner on first base.  Neil Walker, who has been red hot lately, crushed his 19th home run of the year over the right-center field wall to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.

Notes:

Jacob deGrom now has a 0.76 ERA in his last five no-decisions.

Alejandro De Aza was hit by a pitch in the top of the ninth inning in his wrist.  Although it looked very painful, he stayed in the game but after the game the Mets have sent him for x-rays.

K-Rod allowed 5 of his last 10 batters to reach base this series.

JZ Player of the game: Jacob deGrom. On a day that that Mets had to have an ace-like performance, deGrom delivered.

On Deck: 

The Mets will open a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field Tuesday evening. The game has a start time of 7:10 PM.  Steven Matz (8-8, 3.63 ERA) looks to keep the Mets rolling against Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.62 ERA).  Greinke is returning from the disabled list and hasn’t pitched since June 28th.

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Late Rally Falls Short As Tigers Defeat Mets 6-5 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/late-rally-falls-short-as-tigers-defeat-mets-6-5.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/late-rally-falls-short-as-tigers-defeat-mets-6-5.html/#comments Sun, 07 Aug 2016 03:00:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219909 logan verrett

The New York Mets (56-54) were defeated by the Detroit Tigers (61-49) by a score of 6-5 at Comerica Park Friday evening.  With a Washington Nationals loss, the Mets will remain nine games back for the division lead.

Pitching:

Logan Verrett was on the mound for the Mets tonight and he just didn’t have it. Verrett was nibbling around the plate early and although he managed to navigate through the first few innings without much damage, the dam eventually broke.  All in all, Verrett went 3.2 innings giving up six runs, walking two, and striking out two.

The Tigers got things started right away in the bottom of the first inning.  With a runner on first, Miguel Cabrera doubled in Tyler Collins to give the Tigers the early 1-0 lead.

After the Mets tied the game in the top of the fourth, Victor Martinez got things started for the Tigers in the bottom of the inning with a double into right field.  J.D. Martinez followed with a single to put runners on the corners with nobody out.  Nick Castellanos followed and was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Justin Upton popped out to give the Mets their first out of the inning but Jarrod Saltalamacchia cashed in by stroking a two-run single into right field to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.  After getting Jose Iglesias to fly out, Verrett allowed another single to Ian Kinsler that would bring home Castellanos and give the Tigers a 4-1 lead.

Verrett was taken out there and Jonathon Niese was brought in but he didn’t do much better.  Niese gave up consecutive singles to Tyler Collins and Miguel Cabrera to give the Tigers a 6-1 lead before finally getting out of the inning.

To Niese’s credit, he was able to stay in the game and pitch the fifth and the sixth innings.  Niese gave the Mets two scoreless innings after a rocky fourth and kept the Mets in the game.

Hansel Robles took over and pitched an impressive scoreless seventh and eighth inning.

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Offense: 

In the top of the fourth inning, Jay Bruce crushed his 27th home run of the season to right-center field to tie the game at 1-1.

In the top of the fifth, after a Matt Reynolds groundout, Curtis Granderson hit his 18th home run of the year to make the score 6-2.  After a Ty Kelly single and a Neil Walker walk, Jay Bruce grounded into a forceout to leave runners on the corners with two out.  Wilmer Flores followed with a flair to right field to cut the Tigers lead to 6-3.

In the top of the seventh inning, the Mets were able to capitalize on some sloppy play by the Tigers and cut the lead to 6-5.  The Mets continue to hit into double plays however when it appears they have the opposing team against the ropes.

In the top of the ninth inning, against Francisco Rodriguez, the Mets made things interesting.  With two out, Jay Bruce and Alejandro De Aza singled to put runners on first and second with two out.  Travis D’ Arnaud appeared to tie the game when he smacked a single into right field.  Jay Bruce barreled around third and tried to score but was ruled out at the plate on a bullet by J.D. Martinez.  It appeared Bruce would have been safe if he had just got his lead foot down but he never touched the bag.  What an awful loss.

Asked why he didn’t just automatically challenge the play anyway, Terry Collins said, “I didn’t think of it.”

Notes:

The Mets are now 36-43 since May 10th as they creep closer to .500 on the year.

Tigers expect that Nick Castellanos will miss 3-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand suffered in tonight’s game.

Zack Wheeler made his debut for St. Lucie Mets tonight and was flashing 95-96 MPH on the gun.

On Deck:  

The Mets will play their third game of a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park tomorrow afternoon. The game has a start time of 1:10 PM.  Jacob deGrom (7-5, 2.41 ERA) looks to salvage a game against Anibal Sanchez (6-11, 6.26 ERA).

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Verlander Shuts Down Mets As Tigers Take Opener 4-3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/verlander-shuts-down-mets-as-tigers-take-opener-4-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/verlander-shuts-down-mets-as-tigers-take-opener-4-3.html/#comments Sat, 06 Aug 2016 02:35:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219851 noah syndergaard

The New York Mets (56-53) were defeated by the Detroit Tigers (60-49) by a score of 4-3 at Comerica Park Friday evening.  With a Washington win, the Mets are now 9 games back for the division lead. 

Pitching:

Noah Syndergaard was on the mound for the Mets tonight and he wasn’t at his best. Syndergaard labored a bit as Detroit worked some good at-bats against him all night long.  All in all, Thor went 6 innings giving up four runs, walking two, and striking out seven.

The Tigers wasted little time getting things started tonight.  In the bottom of the first inning, Ian Kinsler lead off the inning with a single on a line drive to center field.  Syndergaard, who has had trouble holding runners on all year, allowed Kinsler to steal second and third base without much effort.  Syndergaard was able to get Miguel Cabrera to ground out but Kinsler would come home to score to give the Tigers the early 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, after the Mets had just taken the lead, Miguel Cabrera got things started with a single to left field.  Victor Martinez was next and he hit a moon shot into the right-center field seats to give the Tigers the 3-2 lead.  The Tigers weren’t finished there as J.D. Martinez followed with a double off the right field wall.  After Nick Castellanos followed with a walk to put runners on first and second with nobody out, Thor was able to settle down and get Justin Upton to ground into a double play.  With a runner on third and two out, James McCann smacked a single into right field to bring the runner home and give the Tigers a 4-2 lead.

Erik Goeddel came on for the Mets in the seventh and put the Tigers down in order.  Goeddel was called on again in the eighth and pitched another scoreless inning.  He has been very good since his return to the big league club this year.

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Offense: 

Justin Verlander was excellent tonight.  His fastball sat in the mid-90’s for most of the night and he was able to keep the Mets hitters off balance by mixing up his pitches and locating very well.

In the top of the fourth inning with one out, Jay Bruce was able to work a walk against Verlander.  With Bruce on first and two outs, Kelly Johnson got a hold of one and knocked it over the right field wall.  At the time, it gave the Mets a 2-1 lead.

The Mets would add a run in the top of the ninth but it would not be enough against old friend Francisco Rodriguez.

Notes:

The Mets have not won back to back in nearly a month going back to July 7th.

Syndergaard now has a 3.99 ERA in his last 7 starts. Before Noah’s bone chip was discovered he averaged 14.91 pitches per inning.  Since then he’s been at 17.71 driving up his pitch counts early.

On Deck: 

The Mets will play their second game of a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park tomorrow evening. The game has a start time of 7:10 PM.  Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.20 ERA) looks to get the Mets back on track against Matt Boyd (2-2, 4.71 ERA).

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Evaluating the Cespedes for Fulmer Trade, One Year Later http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/evaluating-the-cespedes-for-fulmer-trade-one-year-later.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/evaluating-the-cespedes-for-fulmer-trade-one-year-later.html/#comments Sun, 31 Jul 2016 23:26:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218371 yoenis cespedes 2

A year ago today, the Mets sent shock waves across the baseball world, acquiring star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for pitching prospect Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa just ten minutes before the trade deadline.

At the time of the trade, Cespedes was in the midst of a career season with the Detroit Tigers, hitting for average (.293), power (18 home runs), and clutch (.312 with RISP, 61 RBI); all while playing gold glove quality defense in left field.

Meanwhile, in Double-A Binghamton, Michael Fulmer was legitimizing himself as a top pitching prospect, dominating Eastern League hitters to the tune of a 1.88 ERA and .227 batting average against.

On paper, the trade seemed fair, All-Star outfielder for a can’t miss pitching prospect. Yoenis Cespedes would fill the Mets’ gaping need for an impact power bat while Fulmer, perceived as a budding front line starter, would add depth to a desperately thin Tigers rotation.

Throughout their 54 year history, the Mets have been notoriously bamboozled in trades. In front offices over the years, toxic combinations of hubris, poor foresight, and even flat out stupidity have lead to trades such as Amos Otis for Joe Foy, Nolan Ryan for Jim Fregosi, to even the relatively recent swap of Angel Pagan for Ramon Ramirez and Andres Torres.

But the Yoenis Cespedes-Michael Fulmer trade appears different. It’s a rare case where, at least in the short term, both sides have benefited immensely. Still, a year removed from the trade, we should start thinking back, who won that fateful deadline deal?

Since his acquisition, Yoenis Cespedes has arguably single-handedly carried the Mets’ offense, blasting 39 home runs, driving in 102 runs while posting a 6.3 WAR mark in 149 games. He currently leads the team in every major offensive category across the board. And not to be overlooked, Cespedes has batted a respectable .284 with runners in scoring position, a lone bright spot amid the Mets’ team wide struggles in the situation this season.

As Mets fans know, Cespedes’ success dates back to 2015, when he electrified the Mets lineup upon his arrival in Flushing. Over 57 games, La Potencia became one of the best outfielders in the league, beating up on National League pitching with a .287/.337/.604 slash line in addition to 17 home runs. Further proving his value, Cespedes finished third on the team with a worth of 2.3 wins above replacement, despite playing less than half a season with the team.

After playing with an anemic offense for the entire first half, the Mets went 36 and 21 over the final two months of the season with Cespedes in the lineup. They stormed their way to a division crown before routing the Dodgers and Cubs in the playoffs en route to the National League title. While the season ultimately ended in a heartbreaking World Series loss, it is no stretch to say that the entire magical run would have been impossible without the presence of Yoenis Cespedes.

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On the opposite side of the trade, Michael Fulmer has been a revelation for the Tigers this season. In his rookie campaign, the right-hander has gone 9-2 with an impressive 2.50 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. He’s shown an ability to pitch in the game’s best company, proven by his 3.7 WAR, a mark good for ninth among American League pitchers. At this point, those gaudy numbers place him at the well deserved forefront of the AL Rookie of the Year discussion.

Over the course of this season, Fulmer has been a beacon of stability in a Tigers rotation that has gone an extended period of time without ace Jordan Zimmermann. And it’s worth pointing out that at 57 and 48, the Tigers sit just half a game out of a wild card spot, much because of the consistent performance Fulmer turns in every fifth day.

It would be unfair to decide the winner of the Mets-Tigers trade based on statistics alone. Considering the disparities in major league service time and postseason experience between Cespedes and Fulmer, it’s only natural that Cespedes will have better comparative stats and a longer track record of sustained success. Each player’s potential and future development must be acknowledged when analyzing the trade.

Cespedes is a known commodity, a star outfielder with power and a cannon-like arm. We know his upside and it’s unlikely he’s going to get any better. Furthermore, he’s also on the wrong side of 30 and likely looking for a mega deal to carry him through the remainder of his baseball career.

At the other end of the spectrum, Fulmer is more of an unknown. He’s under team control for several more years at a minimal cost. More importantly, he has the makeup, the repertoire, and the mound presence to become an ace for years to come, but there still simply isn’t enough of a sample size to declare what kind of pitcher he is at this point in his career.

Although he’s dominating AL hitters now, it’s possible that the league figures him out and he goes through an extended rough patch. But at the same time, Fulmer hasn’t even touched the front end of his prime, and it could be scary to imagine how much better he can get with a few years of experience under his belt.

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With that said, the jury is still out on who wins the trade in the long term. So many factors continue to play prominent roles.

Does Cespedes re-sign in the offseason and carry a rejuvenated Mets squad to 2017 World Series glory? Perhaps. But it’s just as likely that he leaves for greener pastures after a bitter 2016 marred by bad managing and a team wide failure to hit with runners in scoring position.

Could Michael Fulmer become a perennial All Star who anchors the Tigers rotation for years to come? Maybe. But remember, we’re talking about the same pitcher who had three elbow surgeries over two seasons in the minor leagues. What evidence proves that Fulmer is no longer such an injury risk?

Ultimately, when making a decision today, past results carry more weight than possible future outcomes. Postseason success is the ultimate trump card, and Yoenis Cespedes contributed immeasurably to the Mets’ run in 2015. Without the right personnel, no team can succeed when it counts. In the case of the Mets, without Yoenis Cespedes, it is completely valid to think that they would have failed to make the World Series, and possibly even the playoffs.

But time will tell who the real winner of the trade is. As Fulmer gains experience and builds his reputation around the league, Yoenis Cespedes will be on the back nine of his career. Whether he plays for the Mets or any other team, it is unlikely he will maintain his high level of production into his mid thirties.

And given Fulmer’s star potential and developing track record, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if or when the scales tip in favor of the Detroit Tigers.

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Michael Fulmer Making Most Of Opportunity http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/michael-fulmer-making-most-of-opportunity.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/michael-fulmer-making-most-of-opportunity.html/#comments Fri, 03 Jun 2016 14:25:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=213790 michael fulmer 2

Steven Matz leads all rookie pitchers in wins, strikeouts, walks per nine, and WAR, clearly an early front runner for National League Rookie of the Year. In the American League, another starting pitcher looks to make his case for the award, and is a familiar name for most Met fans.

Michael Fulmer, 23, one of the arms dealt to the Detroit Tigers last season for Yoenis Cespedes, is having a very good start to his rookie campaign. Since making his Major League debut on April 29th, Fulmer has gone 5-1 with a 3.24 earned run average in seven starts. Fulmer boasts an arsenal of four pitches, four-seam and two-seam fastballs, change-up, and a slider. The hard throwing right-hander sits in the low to mid nineties with his fastball, averaging 95.08 on his two-seam fastball, almost three miles per hour faster then the MLB average.

Taking a look at the rookie starting pitcher league leaders, Fulmer is currently ranked second in wins behind Matz with five, third in strikeouts per nine (9.50), fourth in earned run average (3.24), fourth in swinging strike percentage (11.0%), and fifth in WAR (0.7). And remember, Fulmer didn’t make his debut until the end of April, so he’s two to three starts behind guys like Matz and Kenta Maeda.

Fulmer has been getting progressively stronger in his most recent outings, going at least seven innings in his last three starts against the Rays, Athletics, and Angels. His most recent performance on June 1st was exceptionally strong, throwing a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Angels on the road. His final line for the day was 7 2/3 innings, giving up two hits, walking two, and striking out eight, including a pair against All-Star Mike Trout, and one against pinch-hitter Albert Pujols.

Fulmer currently has a scoreless innings streak of 16.1 innings, and he’s only the second Tigers pitcher in history to have back to back starts with seven or more shutout innings, the last was Mickey Lolich back in 1968.

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Fulmer’s success shouldn’t come as a surprise to Mets fans, as he was highly regarded during his tenure with the club. Especially last season, when Fulmer was named the Double-A Eastern League pitcher of the year, and put up tremendous numbers in Double A Binghamton, going 6-2 in 15 starts with a minuscule 1.88 earned run average, and a 1.12 WHIP. When the Mets were looking to upgrade with a power bat before the trade deadline, Fulmer’s name came up with Detroit, who were looking to add prospects and concede that their season was over.

Fulmer finished out the 2015 season with Detroit’s Double A affiliate the Erie Seawolves, and went 4-1 in six starts, with a 2.84 earned run average, and averaged more than a strikeout-per-inning. He made three starts in their Triple A affiliate this year before getting the call in late April for the injured Shane Greene.

Fulmer already has a big fan in his teammate and former Cy Young award winner, Justin Verlander.

“I liked his mentality on the mound,” Verlander said. “He’s not scared and I love his stuff. He pitches, attacks guys, and I think he’s got a chance to be an excellent pitcher at the big league level.” (Detroit Free Press)

Fulmer has emerged as the Tigers number three starter, after Anibal Sanchez was demoted from the rotation and another former Met, Mike Pelfrey, continues to struggle with a near 5.00 earned run average and a 1.77 WHIP. Manager Brad Ausmus has been so impressed by Fulmer and his poise on the mound, he likened his mentality to that of a young Roy Oswalt.

“He’s not afraid of (guys) stepping into the batter’s box,” Ausmus said. “The environment doesn’t seem to bother him. I think it’s his makeup. He’s got good stuff.”

While Fulmer is having a breakout rookie performance with the Tigers, this is a trade the GM Sandy Alderson would make again and again, after witnessing what Yoenis Cespedes can do for a team and its lineup.

Cespedes is currently on pace for his best statistical season yet, and has been one of the more consistent contributors to the Mets lineup this year. This might turn out to be a rare trade where both sides got a good return. I’m sure I speak for most of us when I wish Michael success in his big league career.

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Jacob deGrom Will Start On Thursday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/jacob-degrom-will-start-on-thursday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/jacob-degrom-will-start-on-thursday.html/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2016 21:22:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207747 MLB: New York Mets-Workouts

Jacob deGrom is scheduled to make his next start on Thursday, Terry Collins told reporters on Tuesday.

DeGrom was scratched from Monday’s start against the Tigers with back stiffness after sleeping on a soft mattress the night before.

On Monday, deGrom threw 39 pitches during a bullpen session at Tradition Field and proclaimed himself good to go.

Incidentally, Steven Matz will be pitching the other split-squad game on Thursday, while Bartolo Colon pitches Friday and Matt Harvey on Saturday.

Original Report

New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom has been scratched from Monday’s Grapefruit League start in Lakeland against the Detroit Tigers, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

The team is saying that deGrom is dealing with some back stiffness.

Instead, deGrom Will remain at the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie and have a bullpen session where he’ll throw a similar amount of pitches.

“I think it’s more precautionary,” deGrom said. “I really didn’t want to ride on the bus for a couple of hours and then go try to pitch.”

“Today I feel good. Yesterday I felt good. I think it’s just more not sitting on the bus for a couple of hours and then going out there and pitching.”

Seth Lugo instead will start against the Tigers in deGrom’s place.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Tigers, 1:05 PM (WOR) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-tigers-105-pm-wor.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-tigers-105-pm-wor.html/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:30:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207753 seth lugo

The New York Mets travel to Lakeland, Florida to take on the Detroit Tigers on Monday. RHP Jacob deGrom was a late scratch and in his place RHP Seth Lugo will take the mound for the Mets. He will oppose Daniel Norris for the Tigers in a 1:05 PM showdown at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Also pitching for the Mets this afternoon are RHP Zack Thornton, RHP Gabriel Ynoa, RHP Mike Hepple and RHP Rainy Lara.

New York Mets

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Michael Conforto, LF
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  6. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  7. Kevin Plawecki, DH
  8. Johnny Monell, C
  9. Matt Reynolds, SS

Detroit Tigers

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Justin Upton, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. J.D. Martinez, RF
  6. James McCann, C
  7. Jose Iglesias, SS
  8. Andrew Romine, 3B
  9. Anthony Gose, CF

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Thread: Mets vs Tigers 1:10 PM, Mets at Cardinals 1:05 PM (Let’s Play Two!) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/game-thread-mets-vs-tigers-110-pm-mets-at-cardinals-105-pm-lets-play-two.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/game-thread-mets-vs-tigers-110-pm-mets-at-cardinals-105-pm-lets-play-two.html/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2016 15:11:38 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207421 steven matz

Bartolo Colon and Steven Matz will make their spring debuts on Monday as the New York Mets play a pair of split squad games this afternoon.

Colon will pitch in Port St. Lucie against former Met Mike Pelfrey and the Detroit Tigers at 1:10 PM.

Steven Matz will take the mound against Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals in Jupiter at 1:05 PM.

Mets at Cardinals (WOR, MLB.tv)

  1. Dilson Herrera, 2B
  2. Ruben Tejada, 3B
  3. Michael Conforto, LF
  4. Kevin Plawecki, C
  5. Marc Krauss, 1B
  6. Matt Reynolds, SS
  7. Daniel Muno, DH
  8. Travis Taijeron, RF
  9. Ty Kelly, CF

Mets vs Tigers (SNY)

  1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, DH
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Eric Campbell, LF
  9. Wuilmer Becerra, RF

Enjoy the games and Let’s Go Mets!

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Tigers Sign Justin Upton To Six-Year, $132 Million Deal http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/tigers-sign-justin-upton-to-six-year-132-million-deal.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/tigers-sign-justin-upton-to-six-year-132-million-deal.html/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 04:10:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=204526 justin upton

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports, the Detroit Tigers and free agent outfielder Justin Upton are in agreement on a six-year, $132 million deal pending a physical.

The deal also includes an opt-out clause after the second year, so Upton could potentially hit the free agent market again before his age 30 season.

Upton, 28, spent the first six years of his career in the desert with the Arizona Diamondbacks before bouncing around between the Atlanta Braves and the San Diego Padres the last three seasons.

A three-time all-star, Upton had a very solid walk year for the Friars this past season, hitting at a .251/.336/.454 clip, with 26 home runs and 81 runs batted in.

For his career the veteran outfielder owns a .271/.352/.473 slash line, and will now be joining the Tigers for his prime years.

It seemed as though a guy like Upton, who is still on the younger side and with loads of talent, would have been snatched up by now, but after the Cubs handed out a monster deal to Jason Heyward, the rest of the market has been slow to develop.

Upton got almost exactly the same deal as Yoenis Cespedes has been hoping to get, with approximately $22 million annually for six years.

So, now that this domino has fallen, this leaves the aforementioned Cespedes as the most appealing free agent outfielder on the market.

I’m predicting it’s only a matter of time before a team doles out a very similar contract to the Cuban phenom. Only time will tell.

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Report: Cespedes Weighing Orioles Offer, But Mets Not Out Yet http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/report-cespedes-deciding-between-mets-and-orioles.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/report-cespedes-deciding-between-mets-and-orioles.html/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:40:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=204235 yoenis cespedes

According to Roch Kubatko of MASN.com, the Baltimore Orioles have extended a formal contract offer to free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN adds that the Orioles offer is believed to be in the range of five years and $75-90 million dollars, and the deal includes a sixth year option.

Earlier this afternoon, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reported that while Cespedes is weighing the Orioles offer, he could still take a lesser deal to return to the Mets.

However he then clarified it to say there’s no concrete offer from Mets, just a verbal understanding.

Roc Nation Sports have been seeking a six-year contract worth as much as $22 million annually this offseason.

Chances are still very slim Cespedes returns to the Mets, but apparently we’re not out yet…

Previous Reports

Mike Francesa of WFAN just reported that there is no truth to rumors that the Mets and Cespedes are close to agreeing to a one- or two-year deal, although they still remain in contact.

Meanwhile Adam Rubin adds that the Mets are not out on Cespedes, but that any deal is unlikely in his opinion. “The Mets’ likelihood of signing Yoenis Cespedes is not zero but not likely.”

Jon Heyman has also confirmed the Mets were discussing a 2-3 year deal with Cespedes, but he also believes it’s unlikely anything will get done.

Original Report – January 14

Proceed with caution as I have not been able to confirm this with another media outlet, but according to Rich Mancuso of NY Sports Day, formerly of the Daily News and WFAN, multiple sources have told him that not only are the Mets engaged in negotiations with Yoenis Cespedes, but the two sides may be closing in on a one or two year deal.

“A source at Roc Nation, agents for Cespedes, and involved in their pro boxing division, was able to confirm that negotiations reopened late Wednesday with Cespedes and the Mets organization. And two other sources with knowledge have been able to confirm that Cespedes and the Mets are meeting with a one or two year deal on the table that is agreeable for both sides.”

“The source said, “Yoenis loves New York and it has always been his thinking to work a deal there.” What was once a multi -year deal, and one that the Mets would not consider because of their payroll restrictions, is now a thing of the past.”

Finally, Mancuso cites a fourth source – a high ranking baseball official – who says “the Mets may be close to re-signing Cespedes to a one or two-year deal.”

The Atlanta Braves have also joined in the hunt for Cespedes along with the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, and the Chicago White Sox.

Again, no other media source has confirmed this so thread carefully. But Mancuso is a well respected veteran journalist.

Last Thursday, Sandy Alderson weighed in on Cespedes saying:

“We know that Cespedes was instrumental to us getting to the postseason.”

“It’s not as if we’re not looking to improve the team, and if possible, in significant ways. But it has to make some sense in terms of how these pieces all fit. And even if you go back to the trade deadline, we were trying in many ways to fit a square peg in a round hole.”

“For two months or three months, it may make sense,” Alderson said about Cespedes. “For five years or six years, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to try to do that. If we had the right, healthy player in the right position, it might be a very different story for us. This isn’t about inching up on team improvement. This is about trying to be thoughtful about it, but also realistic.”

Was all of this just posturing?

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Hot Stove: Tigers Agree To Deal With RHP Jordan Zimmermann http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/hot-stove-tigers-agree-to-deal-with-rhp-jordan-zimmermann.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/hot-stove-tigers-agree-to-deal-with-rhp-jordan-zimmermann.html/#comments Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:26:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=201198 Jordan - Zimmermann

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a deal with free agent RHP Jordan Zimmermann.

The former Washington Nationals rotation mainstay will receive a five year deal worth $110 million dollars.

Zimmermann, 29, posted a 3.66 ERA and 1.205 WHIP in 33 starts for the Nats this season, with 164 strikeouts and 39 walks in 201.2 innings. He has a career 70-50 record with a 3.32 ERA and 1.159 WHIP.

He is the Nationals’ all-time leader in wins, innings, strikeouts and games started. He is also one of four pitchers to work at least 190 innings and make 32 starts in each of the past four seasons.

Because Zimmermann rejected a qualifying offer from the Nationals, the Tigers will forfeit a draft pick to sign him. However, the Tigers have a protected first round pick so it will only cost them their second round selection. He’ll join a rotation that already includes Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez.

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Yoenis Cespedes Wows The Crowd With Spectacular Defensive Gem http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/yoenis-cespedes-wows-the-crowd-with-spectacular-defensive-gem.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/yoenis-cespedes-wows-the-crowd-with-spectacular-defensive-gem.html/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:17:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190503 yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-6 and registered his 43rd multi-hit effort of the season on Saturday night. He is now tied for the third-most multi-hit games in the major leagues.

However it was his defensive jaw-dropping gem in left field that a packed Citi Field will remember for a long time despite the 5-4 loss to the Bucs.

Cespedes showcased his powerful throwing arm that we’ve heard so much about after he was acquired from the Detroit Tigers at the trade deadline.

With the Mets and Pirates dead locked in a 3-3 tie in the top of the ninth, Sean Rodriguez doubled to the gap in left-center and tried to stretch it into a triple. Cespedes got to the ball, fielded it, and with his eyes fixed on Rodriguez, fired a perfect throw to gun him down at third.

 

It was Cespedes’ 10th outfield assist of the season and his first with the Mets.

And if you thought that was amazing, check out this other throw Cespedes recalled last night, made when he was with the Oakland A’s.

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Aces High at Citi Tonight http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/aces-high-at-citi-tonight.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/aces-high-at-citi-tonight.html/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 16:24:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180488 matt harvey 2

You’ve gotta love National League pitching. Especially when you get to see a marquee matchup like Madison Bumgarner vs. Clayton Kershaw twice in a week.

Divisional rivalries are one thing, but when you’ve got two verifiable aces going head to head in a division matchup, is there anything better than that?

mmo feature original footerTonight, the Mets get to give Max Scherzer their own National League introduction to Citi Field, and what better “host” to do it with than Matt Harvey?

Looking to go 5-0 on the season, Harvey takes his rejuvenated arm to the mound against a Cy Young award winner in Scherzer. The one solace Scherzer can bring with him into Citi is his reverting back to the deep expansive outfield he fortuitously pitched in all those years as a Detroit Tiger.

While Citi isn’t 420 feet to straightaway center, it’s still vast. Detroit Tigers broadcaster Dan Dickerson said the high fastball pitchers loved Comerica because they felt comfortable pitching there and knowing they can get away with a pitch or two because of its depth.

One thing Scherzer shouldn’t take comfort in is the Mets propensity to hit for extra bases. I’m predicting a few early runs of support for Harvey, especially with Scherzer battling a slight injury.

Given the Mets upstart success early this season, tonight might be as good a time as any to prove they can contend with the high expectations by winning against their NL East rival Washington Nationals not only in early May but late September as well.

Reeling from a beatdown by Stephen Strasburg and the Nats yesterday, I’m thinking rebound, and, with Matt Harvey on the mound, dI o so quite confidently. Look for the Mets to even this four game weekend series and Scherzer to only make it through five.

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2015 Season Preview: American League Central http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/2015-season-preview-american-league-central.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/2015-season-preview-american-league-central.html/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:58:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=177565 jose abreu

Minnesota Twins – 5th Place

Key additions: Torii Hunter & Ervin Santana

Key subtractions: I guess none? 

Generally speaking, this team is hoping that their days of rebuilding are drawing to a close. They brought back Torii Hunter, most likely to give fans a reason to come to the ballpark – and though there’s nothing bad you can really say about a player like Joe Mauer, he just isn’t the same player anymore. 

This team’s future will depend on Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and a few other young prospects who are just about ready, but not quite.

Unless pitchers like Mike Pelfrey and Ricky Nolasco have brilliant years, I can’t see how the Twins climb out of the cellar in 2015, let alone climb into contention.

Kansas City Royals - 4th Place

Key additions: Kendrys Morales, Alex Rios, Edinson Volquez, Kris Medlen, Chris Young

Key subtractions: James Shields, Billy Butler, Norichika Aoki, Josh Willingham, Aaron Crow, Raul Ibanez

Yes, it’s true this team set the sport on fire last season in October. I look at their key subtractions though and I see some key pieces to that late stretch that helped define who the Royals were. Sure, their bullpen is what seemed to set them apart, but I think most everybody has caught on to what made this team special are are trying to replicate it. 

Bullpen arms to me are the most fickle of the bunch. Look at relievers like Brad Lidge or Koji Uehara who both had stellar performances and then everybody practically expected a duplicate result, and their teams faded away because they couldn’t anchor at the same level as the previous year.

I think now that teams around Kansas city are focusing more on the strength of their bullpen, that begins to chip away at the advantage that the Royals once had. I look at the lineup, to me it got weaker and less reliable. I look at the rotation and it all comes down to Yordano Ventura. Is he for real? He basically has to go from a mid-rotation starter to a #1 after his rookie year, I’m not sure he’s up for that.

For me, it comes down to raised expectations that a team similar to the Rockies in 2007 cannot possibly achieve in the year after. They got hot at the right time, everything clicked – and I think the pendulum swings the other way in 2015.

Detroit Tigers – 3rd Place

Key additions: Yoenis Cespedes, Anthony Gose, Alfredo Simon, and Shane Greene

Key subtractions: Torii Hunter, Max Scherzer, and Rick Porcello.

I am starting to get that “when will he start to break down?” feeling when it comes to Miguel Cabrera. He turns 32 in a few weeks so it is inevitable that in the next few years we’re going to look at Cabrera in almost the same way we look at a player like Albert Pujols. Here’s hoping he stays healthy and we begin to have conversations about whether Miguel Cabrera is one of the greatest hitters of all time without having to mention anything about “PED” usage. 

You can’t lose a starter like Scherzer and get better right away. I am as big of a David Price fan as they come, but I think he will find himself out of Detroit before the season is over.

I look at the team and I think about whether players like Jose Iglesias, Anthony Gose, and J.D. Martinez can play as big of a role in a playoff team as the Tigers probably need them to do. I also look at players like Shane Greene and Alfredo Simon and think the Tigers will be lucky to get back to back wins when they pitch. You pair that up with their bullpen and the uncertainty around Justin Verlander and you have potential for a nosedive year in Detroit.

I think it’s over in Detroit, I think they had their shot at being the class of the American League and their window has been shut.

Cleveland Indians – 2nd Place

Key additions: Brandon Moss & Gavin Floyd (hurt)

Key subtractions: Depends on how much stock you put into Jason Giambi as a mentor. 

I like the scrappiness of this lineup, but I’m just not totally sure if I can trust that Brandon Moss & Nick Swisher (coming back from surgery) will be the big time run producers that Cleveland needs them to be. Is Michael Brantley able to repeat his 2014? 

I do find it amazing that if you ask 100 baseball fans but not diehard’s who won the AL Cy Young, I bet a good amount wouldn’t name Corey Kluber.

Part of why I give Cleveland so much credit is I truly believe Terry Francona is one of those managers who gets the best out of everybody on the field. The rotation is good enough to compete in this division, the true test will be whether this lineup can produce runs and play the field well enough to keep the starters in the game.

I look at the heart of this order, throw in Swisher is he comes back healthy – plus a decent rotation and I see a team that should be able to compete in a division that overall got worse this winter. Toss in the Francona Factor for added value.

Chicago White Sox - 1st Place

Key additions: Jeff Samardzija, Melky Cabrera, Adam LaRoche, David Robertson, Emilio Bonifacio.

Key subtractions: Dayan Viciedo & Paul Konerko

The White Sox probably had the most exciting off-season in this division, and to be honest – it wasn’t hard to accomplish. The addition of Samardzija to compliment Sale and lessen the burden on Jose Quintana was a great move. Quintana will be just fine in the #3 role this year.

Adding the David Robertson who is eager to prove he is one of the best closers in the game was also a great move. He was able to fill in for Mariano Rivera, that’s not something most pitchers could do effectively, and should prove to be a big factor in whether he can handle the postseason’s biggest spots.

I like adding in LaRoche, a player who always just seemed to do his job well while in Washington. I’m not the biggest Melky fan, most of that stems from his PED bust and fake website, Still, he’s an upgrade for a team that won just 73 games last year.

The biggest concern for me is whether this team can effectively jump on the back of Jose Abreu and stay the course for 162 games. If so, he’s an MVP. They lack roster depth, and I do think they could find themselves in a bit of trouble if things go south in terms of the team’s health.

On paper though, they have the most talented roster. If all goes right for every team in this division, I think they can win the division.

AL Central MVP: Jose Abreu. If I am picking the White Sox to win the division, I’m really not sure how any other MVP candidate would be logical for me.

AL Central Cy Young: Sale is nasty but I think I’m gonna go with Samardzija, mostly just because. If Sale is the best, I’m just going to delete the last part of the previous sentence and say I told you so.

AL Central Sleeper: Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians is the guy I think may have the greatest positive impact that everybody wonders where he came from.

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5th Place – Minnesota Twins

Ervin Santana is a pretty poor contract to dole out to a team trying to finish a rebuild. There are some good, young players on the way and we could be hearing from the Twins soon, but not this year.

4th Place – Kansas City Royals

They lost sight of what made them special. Sure, they lost James Shields, but they panicked and inked Edinson Volquez, which is a disaster waiting to happen. They also replaced some departing hitters with old, injury-plagued players after riding a wave of youth to the top last season. They lost a lot of talent and did very little to replace them. I love Ventura and this he’s ready for greatness, but he’s got very little support this year.

3rd Place – Cleveland Indians

The team can’t score runs or catch the ball and it’s not a safe bet for Kluber to repeat. He’ll be really good, but can he continue to be great? I do think the rotation is very strong behind him with Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer, and Cody Allen keeps getting better anchoring that bullpen, but the offense won’t be able to keep up with the unearned runs to get the ball to him.

2nd Place – Detroit Tigers

Glad to see Jessep coming around to my point of view on the Tigers. They accelerated the decline a bit, trading a pretty good pitcher in Rick Porcello for Yoenis Cespedes, the most overrated player in baseball. They’re still good, though, and I think the division is too weak for them fall out of the race. Cabrera started his decline at the end of the 2013 season and will continue to regress, but he was so good in his prime, his slide will still be potent. Victor Martinez is a threat and I think JD Martinez is for real. Can’t forget Ian Kinsler. The rotation is still strong with Price, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, Alfredo Simon and youngster Shane Green, who impressed me last season with the Yankees. I think the bullpen will be OK once Brad Ausmus gets Nathan out of the closer role, and potentially off the team. Joakim Soria is in mid-season form in spring training and Bruce Rondon has a lot of potential, despite a shaky spring.

The Tigers are going away, but not quickly.

1st Place – Chicago White Sox

Great timing for the Sox, as the Tigers and Royals regression paves the way for the team that most feel won the off season. The team is not well-balanced offensively and Conor Gillaspie matching last season (or even exceeding it) will go a long way in lengthening the lineup if he’s hitting well enough to slide into the second spot in the order. If Melky Cabrera has to hit second, it either leaves no protection for the cleanup hitter or forces Robin Ventura to put a sub-par hitter in the very important second spot. The bullpen isn’t bad, though I expect the team to regret the long-term, big money deal given to David Robertson well before it’s up. Probably not this year, though. The starting pitching is what will carry them. Chris Sale, new acquisition Jeff Samardzija and Jose Quintana are a formidable top three

AL Central MVP: J.D. Martinez. I believe far more in “outta nowhere” seasons like his 2014 if it comes from a mechanical change like his did as opposed to just a fluke.

AL Central Cy Young: Chris Sale. He was my pick last season and the upstart Kluber ruined it. I’ll roll the dice again.

AL Central Sleeper: Adam Eaton. He is primed for a huge breakout.

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MMO Game Recap: Tigers 6, Mets 4 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mmo-game-recap-tigers-6-mets-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mmo-game-recap-tigers-6-mets-4.html/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:05:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=176855 juan lagares

The New York Mets traveled to Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland only to come up short against the Detroit Tigers who defeated them by a score of 6-4.

Pitching:

Starting in place of Noah Syndergaard, lefthander Steven Matz (2.08 ERA) did a decent job today, holding the Tigers to just one run which came on solo homer by J.D. Martinez in the first inning. Matz pitched 2 2/3 innings, walked one and struck out one in his final appearance of the Spring. After the game the Mets optioned him to minor league camp.

I was very impressed by Jeurys Familia who entered the game in the 7th inning with the bases loaded and one out, and then recorded back to back strikeouts to end the threat and leave all three runners stranded. He came out to pitch the 8th however, and allowed the go-ahead run to score. Hey you can’t win ‘em all.

How about Jack Leathersich? I practically had him out of the running a few days ago for the lefty reliever role, but he’s picking up the pace now and put himself right back into the thick of it. He got his one lefty out today, but that’s now five straight scoreless appearances, AND he hasn’t walked anyone in that three inning span. Considering the five appearances before that, we’re talking miles of improvement.

Chase Bradford had his clock rung but good, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out none in just 1.1 innings. But on the plus side, Zack Thornton (1.29 ERA) had another impressive outing, tossing two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and two walks. He’s now a dark horse candidate to replace Vic Black if he starts the season on the DL.

Offense:

Every time Wilmer Flores or Juan Lagares are in the lineup they do some damage. Flores was off today, but Lagares was the player of the game today, batting leadoff and ripping two doubles in three at-bats with a walk and a run scored. His on-base percentage climbed to .498.

Ruben Tejada went 2-for-4 with his fourth double and is now batting .281 for the spring. I didn’t watch the game but the guys on the radio said he was too slow on the field at shortstop and went as far as saying any other shortstop and Matz doesn’t give up those two groundball hits.

Daniel Muno started at second and went 2-for-4 with an RBI-single. He’s having a solid Spring, but if Daniel Murphy were to start the season on the DL, I say it’s Matt Reynolds who gets the call.

John Mayberry Jr. went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, and Eric Campbell walked and stole a base.

Notes:

Lucas Duda got hit off lefthander David Price, but continues to be in a .150 slump.

The Mets had 12 hits in the game but struck out 13 times and left ten men on base.

On Deck:

The Subway Series! Well sort of… Matt Harvey will make his fourth Grapefruit League start as the Mets host the Yankees at Tradition Field on Sunday at 1:10 PM. Harvey is expected to throw 75 pitches. Meanwhile C.C. Sabathia starts for the Yanks and I hope we beat his ass! LGM

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Tigers, 1:05 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-tigers-105-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-tigers-105-pm.html/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:02:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=176762 steven matz 2

Left-handed pitching prospect Steven Matz gets the starting assignment as the New York Mets take on the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland at 1:05 PM on Saturday. He will be opposed by fellow southpaw David Price.

Noah Syndergaard was originally slated for this start, but instead was sent to minor league camp after injuring his ankle on Friday.

Bobby Parnell is due to pitch in a minor league game on Saturday, his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery last April 8. Vic Black (shoulder) also is due to resume throwing on flat ground after completing anti-inflammatory medication.

Mets optioned first baseman Brandon Allen to minor league camp this morning.

Upcoming Pitching Assignments

Sunday: Harvey, Monday: deGrom, Tuesday: Montero, Wednesday: Gee, Thursday: Niese (Colon minors), Friday: Harvey

Here are today’s starting lineups:

NEW YORK METS

  1. Juan Lagares, CF
  2. Ruben Tejada, SS
  3. Lucas Duda, DH
  4. John Mayberry Jr., LF
  5. Eric Campbell, 3B
  6. Anthony Recker, C
  7. Alex Castellanos, 1B
  8. Daniel Muno, 2B
  9. Cesar Puello, RF

DETROIT TIGERS

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Alex Avila, DH
  3. J.D. Martinez, RF
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  6. Aaron Westlake 1B
  7. Bryan Holaday, C
  8. Hernan Perez, 2B
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

Enjoy the game and Let’s Go Matz – I mean Mets!

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Murphy Leaves Game With Contusion On Hand http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/murphy-leaves-game-with-contusion-on-hand.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/murphy-leaves-game-with-contusion-on-hand.html/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 20:32:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=175793 daniel murphy

Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy left today’s game in the second inning after he was struck in the top of the right hand on a pitch from Detroit Tigers ace David Price.

The Mets later announced Murphy had suffered a contusion, and that he’s leaving to get precautionary X-Rays on his hand.

Murphy says it doesn’t feel serious and isn’t overly concerned.

We’ll update this if we learn more.

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In A Word, Harvey Was Untouchable http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/in-a-word-harvey-was-untouchable.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/in-a-word-harvey-was-untouchable.html/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:50:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=175777 matt harvey

Here’s a summary and some thoughts on Matt Harvey who made his spring debut against the Detroit Tigers this afternoon at Tradition Field.

Harvey was in command right from the start. Leadoff batter Anthony Gose was easy pickings and after Harvey hung a 12-6 curveball for strike two, he followed that up with a 98 mph fastball that Gose swung through for strike three.

Jose Iglesias hit a comebacker to Harvey for the second out and then Rajaii Davis hit a weak grounder to Michael Cuddyer for the final out of the first inning. How many pitchers get a standing ovation after the top of the first? This guy did.

In the second and final inning for Harvey, he got Nick Castellanos to fly out to center on five pitches, and then went into beast mode, striking out Jordan Lennerton swinging and then after a 99 mph fastball to catcher Bryan Holaday for strike two, Harvey put him away with the big hook for strike three looking.

“I feel like I never left,” Harvey said. “I could tell the ball was coming out good. I think I let a few go, but for the most part I was really trying to stay loose and hit my spots, and I felt pretty confident with that.”

“Things felt good, so the fact that I had surgery is out of my mind.”

The Mets ace hit 98 twice and 99 mph three times according to one scout, ouch! But perhaps most impressive was a devastating curveball that was absolutely lethal. In a word, Harvey was untouchable.

It was fun reading some of the reactions from everyone, but I laughed when I heard something Travis d’Arnaud told reporters after the game.

“I felt the buzz when I pulled into the parking lot,” d’Arnaud said. “It was the first spring training game I can remember attending where I was so nervous heading to the park. Hadn’t been this nervous in a while.”

When someone asked him why he was so nervous, d’Arnaud looked up and said, “It’s Harvey Day.”

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