Mets Merized Online » DH http://metsmerizedonline.com Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:00:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.18 World Series Game 7 Thread: Cubs vs Indians, 8:00 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/world-series-game-7-thread-cubs-vs-indians-800-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/world-series-game-7-thread-cubs-vs-indians-800-pm.html/#comments Wed, 02 Nov 2016 21:28:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225725 corey kluber

World Series Game 7 – Progressive Field – 8:00 PM

 RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 1.31) vs. RHP Corey Kluber (4-1, 0.89)

The final game of the 2016 Major League Baseball season is here with the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians knotted up at three games apiece in the World Series. Game 7 will be a matchup of Cy Young candidates with Kyle Hendricks going for the Cubs against Corey Kluber of the Indians.

Chicago Cubs Lineup

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF
  2. Kyle Schwarber, DH
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Ben Zobrist, LF
  6. Addison Russell, SS
  7. Willson Contreras, C
  8. Jason Heyward, RF
  9. Javier Baez, 2B

Cleveland Indians Lineup

  1. Carlos Santana, DH
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  3. Francisco Lindor, SS
  4. Mike Napoli, 1B
  5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
  6. Lonnie Chisenhall, RF
  7. Rajai Davis, CF
  8. Coco Crisp, LF
  9. Roberto Perez. C
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Wilin Rosario Interested in Return to the Majors http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/wilin-rosario-interested-in-return-to-the-majors.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/wilin-rosario-interested-in-return-to-the-majors.html/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:00:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225453 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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The Mets Center Field Dilemma http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/the-mets-center-field-dilemma.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/the-mets-center-field-dilemma.html/#comments Wed, 03 Aug 2016 15:19:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219591 jay bruce

The Mets acquisition of Jay Bruce was designed to solve the Mets’ offensive woes, and more importantly, their difficulty with hitting with runners in scoring position. However, the move coupled with Yoenis Cespedes‘ injury, only exacerbates the team’s center field problem.

As Barry Bloom reports for MLB.com, Sandy Alderson admits it’s not an ideal situation. “As people will comment, it’s not an absolute perfect fit for us. You start with the need for offense and go from there.”

The Mets are unsure what Cespedes is capable of doing after a game where he said he can no longer go “full speed” anymore without experiencing pain. There is real fear amongst the Mets Terry Collins said,

“To be honest, he could go out there. Could he aggravate it?  Maybe. And if he aggravates it more, we’re looking at three or four weeks. I’m not going to do that.”

Fortunately, the Mets will be able to use Cespedes at DH for the next five games with the Yankees playing two in the Bronx followed by a three game set in Detroit. After an off day Monday, it’s still unclear what the Mets can get out of Cespedes, or what the regular outfield alignment will be.

This is a Mets roster without a true center field option. Juan Lagares had thumb surgery and will be out for at least six weeks. Imported replacement Justin Ruggiano just landed on the disabled list with a hamstring issue. Michael Conforto has only played five games there, and Collins doesn’t appear to be eager to let him start against left-handed pitching.

With these injuries, Terry Collins admits, “We’re asking now for three guys to play a position they’re not comfortable playing.”

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Curtis Granderson has more center field experience than anyone on the roster, but he hadn’t played there regularly since 2012. For what it’s worth, Collins doesn’t appear eager to play Granderson in center either as he believes it “is going to tax him a lot.”

Given Collins’ reluctance to play Granderson or Conforto in center, and his other options being injured, he had gone so far as inquiring about newly acquired Met Jay Bruce‘s willingness to play center.

“Collins asked me if I played any center and I told him that I had. But it sounds like the plan is for me to play a lot of right field. I told him I’d be more than willing and happy to play anywhere he needed me. I don’t think there’s a clear cut center fielder on the team. I’m ready for wherever he puts me. I’m ready for anything.”

Despite the temptation, Collins still intends to keep Bruce where he’s played all season.

“I’m going to play him in right field for now. I’m scheduled to talk to Grandy in a little while about moving him in the outfield situation. Bruce told me he hasn’t played center field since 2008, so that’s quite a while.”

Just like Bruce, Granderson has taken a team-first stance on the issue. “Wherever they put me at – Catch, short, pitch, outfield – I’ll play all of them.”  (Wall Street Journal)

The best bet for now might just be Alejandro De Aza who has been the team’s best hitter since July 1st. With yesterday’s performance, he is hitting .342/.500/.553 with two doubles, two homers, and four RBI in that stretch. Each and every game he hits, it becomes harder and harder for the Mets to sit him. It should also be noted that before Cespedes was re-signed, he was brought in by the Mets to be the long side of a platoon with Lagares in center.

Overall, like it did when he joined the Mets a year ago, everything revolves around Cespedes.

“A lot of this is about Cespedes’ availability. We’re still trying to figure out what path to take as we get down the road a little bit. Health is going to be a big thing for them all.”

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Duda Takes Offense To Royals Coach Comments About Errant World Series Throw http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/duda-takes-offense-to-royals-coach-comments-about-errant-world-series-throw.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/duda-takes-offense-to-royals-coach-comments-about-errant-world-series-throw.html/#comments Sun, 03 Apr 2016 04:11:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=208894 hosmer darnaud duda

According to a report by Marc Carig of Newsday, Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is still bothered by a comment made by Royals third base coach Rusty Kuntz five months ago after Kansas City won the World Series.

Regarding Duda’s throwing error in the ninth inning of Game 5, Kuntz said, “Bless his heart, Duda. He’s a good bat.”

There was more to it than that and Duda didn’t take to kindly to any of it.

“He gave it to me pretty good,” Duda told Carig. “It’s his opinion, man. If he thinks I’m a (expletive) first baseman, then it’s OK.”

It was a wide throw to the plate by Lucas Duda that allowed Eric Hosmer to score the tying run in the ninth after Salvador Perez hit a grounder to third baseman David Wright.

Of course the Royals went on to win the game in 12 innings and become the World Series champs at Citi Field.

“I kind of hooked it, just sort of rushed it,” Duda said of his errant throw. “That’s really all it was. I just made an errant throw.”

While Duda admitted he was haunted by the play during the offseason, he’s over it now and will not let it affect his play this season.

“That’s one of those things that I think can break you or propel you. It’s not going to define my career. It’s not going to break me. I’m going to become stronger.”

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Mets vs Nationals Rained Out, Harvey Pitches In Minor League Game http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mets-vs-nationals-rained-out-harvey-pitches-i-minor-league-game.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mets-vs-nationals-rained-out-harvey-pitches-i-minor-league-game.html/#comments Sat, 19 Mar 2016 18:37:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=208082 matt harvey

Today’s game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals has been rained out in Viera, Fla..

Meanwhile back at St. Lucie, Mets right-hander Matt Harvey pitched in a minor league game on Saturday morning. He allowed six runs (five earned) in 3 1/3 innings pitched. Harvey was done after 71 pitches. “I think the biggest thing was just getting our pitch count up,” Harvey said after the game.

The Mets will now head back to Port St. Lucie to host the Boston Red Sox for a 1:10 PM game at Tradition Field on Sunday. It’s a great match-up as RHP Noah Syndergaard will start for the Mets and oppose LHP David Price. for the Red Sox.

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RHP Logan Verrett will pitch in place of Opening Day starter Matt Harvey this afternoon when the New York Mets take on the Washington Nationals in Viera, Fla. Verrett will oppose RHP Joe Ross for the Nats in a 1:05 PM matinee at Space Coast Stadium.

Matt Harvey will instead pitch in a 10:00 AM minor league game after the decision was made to scratch him because of the forecast for thunderstorms in Viera.

New York Mets

  1. Alejandro De Aza, DH
  2. Juan Lagares, CF
  3. Michael Conforto, LF
  4. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  5. Eric Campbell, 1B
  6. Roger Bernadina, RF
  7. T.J. Rivera, 2B
  8. Matt Reynolds, SS
  9. Ty Kelly, 3B

Washington Nationals

  1. Ben Revere, CF
  2. Anthony Rendon, 3B
  3. Bryce Harper, RF
  4. Jayson Werth, LF
  5. Clint Robinson, 1B
  6. Wilson Ramos, C
  7. Brendan Ryan, SS
  8. Jason Martinson, 2B
  9. Tony Campana, DH

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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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MMO Game Thread: Cardinals vs Mets, 1:10 PM (SNY) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-game-thread-cardinals-vs-mets-110-pm-sny-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-game-thread-cardinals-vs-mets-110-pm-sny-4.html/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:09:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207544 noah syndergaard

New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard takes his turn on Thursday to make his Spring Training debut. He’ll go up against left-hander Jaime Garcia and the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1:10 PM game at Tradition Field. First Pitch is at 1:10 PM. The game will be televised on SNY.

New York Mets

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Michael Conforto, LF
  7. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  8. Kevin Plawecki, C
  9. Dilson Herrera, DH

St. Louis Cardinals

  1. Kolten Wong, 2B
  2. Stephen Piscotty, RF
  3. Brandon Moss, LF
  4. Matt Adams, 1B
  5. Brayan Pena, C
  6. Tommy Pham, CF
  7. Greg Garcia, 3B
  8. Aledmys Diaz, SS
  9. Jeremy Hazelbaker, DH

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves, 1:05 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-braves-105-pm-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-braves-105-pm-4.html/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:09:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207450 MLB: New York Mets-Workouts

The New York Mets head to Orlando, Fla. where they will play the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium this afternoon. 1:05 PM ET. Matt Harvey will make his first start of the spring for the Mets and will oppose RHP Matt Wisler for the Braves in a 1:05 PM matchup.

Also slated to pitch for the Mets today are RHP Rafael Montero, LHP Dario Alvarez and RHP Zack Thornton.

No TV or Radio for this game but you can follow along on MLB Game Day.

New York Mets

  1. Roger Bernadina, RF
  2. Ruben Tejada, SS
  3. Michael Conforto, LF
  4. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  5. Johnny Monell, C
  6. Eric Campbell, 1B
  7. Juan Lagares, CF
  8. Marc Krauss, DH
  9. Dilson Herrera, 2B

Atlanta Braves

  1. Ender Inciarte, CF
  2. Erick Aybar, SS
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Nick Markakis, RF
  5. Adonis Garcia, 3B
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Nick Swisher, DH
  8. Daniel Castro, 2B
  9. Mallex Smith, LF

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 1:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-110-pm-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-110-pm-4.html/#comments Sun, 06 Mar 2016 16:24:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207355 sean gilmartin

Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

Tradition Field – 1:10 PM

RHP Kyle Kendrick vs LHP Sean Gilmartin

Also expected to pitch for the Mets this afternoon are Stolmy Pimentel, Addison Reed, and Jim Henderson.

Second baseman Dilson Herrera tripled and scored the go-ahead run and Hansel Robles produced a four-out save as the Mets beat the Astros, 3-1 on Saturday. Antonio Bastardo, Josh Smoker, Zack Thornton, Seth Lugo, Jeff Walters and Hansel Robles combined for seven scoreless relief innings.

The Mets are considering having Kevin Plawecki open the season at Triple-A Las Vegas because his playing time behind Travis d’Arnaud at the major league level may be limited. Johnny Monell could start the season in his place.

Mets Lineup

  1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, DH
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Michael Conforto, LF
  7. Johnny Monell, C
  8. Travis Taijeron, RF
  9. Daniel Muno, 3B

Braves Lineup

  1. Ender Inciarte, CF
  2. Emilio Bonifacio, 2B
  3. Adonis Garcia, 3B
  4. Hector Olivera, LF
  5. Nick Swisher, 1B
  6. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  7. Jace Peterson, SS
  8. Rio Ruiz, DH
  9. Willians Astudillo, C

Enjoy the game and Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Marlins vs Mets, 1:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-game-thread-marlins-vs-mets-110-pm-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-game-thread-marlins-vs-mets-110-pm-2.html/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2016 15:38:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207236 logan Verrett

The New York Mets (0-1) will host the Miami Marlins (0-1) in their Grapefruit League home opener this afternoon at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.

LHP Justin Nicolino (5-4, 4.01) gets the start for the Marlins and will oppose. RHP Logan Verrett (1-2, 3.59) for the Mets in the 1:10 PM matinee.

Also expected to pitch for the Mets this afternoon are RHP Buddy Carlyle, RHP Zack Thornton, and LHP Jerry Blevins.

Today’s game marks the first of six with the Marlins this Spring and the first of three at home vs. Miami.

Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker will make their Mets debuts today. Cabrera hit
.265 with 28 doubles, 15 home runs and 58 RBI in 143 games for Tampa Bay in 2015. Walker batted .269 with 16 home runs and 71 RBI in 151 games for Pittsburgh.

The Mets today signed IF Kevin Taylor and RHP Joseph Zanghi to minor league contracts.

Mets Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares, CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, DH
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  7. Alejandro De Aza, RF
  8. T.J. Rivera, 3B
  9. Ty Kelly, LF

Marlins Lineup

  1. Miguel Rojas, SS
  2. Marcell Ozuna, RF
  3. Christian Yelich, CF
  4. Chris Johnson, 3B
  5. Derek Dietrich, 1B
  6. Destin Hood, LF
  7. Austin Nola, 2B
  8. Tomas Telis, C
  9. Arturo Rodriguez, DH

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Nationals, 1:05 PM – Let’s Get It On! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-game-tread-mets-vs-nationals-105-pm-lets-get-it-on.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mmo-game-tread-mets-vs-nationals-105-pm-lets-get-it-on.html/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2016 14:58:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207189 rafael montero

The New York Mets (0-0) begin their 2016 Grapefruit League season on Thursday afternoon against the Washington Nationals (1-0) in Viera, FL at 1:05 PM ET.

It’s the first of six spring matchups with the Nats and the first of three at Space Coast Stadium in Viera. The game will not air SNY, but can be heard on WOR 710 AM.

RHP Rafael Montero gets the start for the Mets and will oppose RHP Max Scherzer for the Nats. Also expected to pitch in the game for the Mets are RHP Gabriel Ynoa, RHP Jeff Walters and RHP Paul Sewald.

Juan Lagares and Dilson Herrera both hit solo home runs as the Blue squad defeated the Orange squad, 4-3 on Tuesday. Lagares finished the game 2-2 with his homer and a stolen base.

Zack Thornton pitched 2.0 scoreless innings for the Blue team and struck out five while allowing one hit. Matt Reynolds, Dominic Smith and T.J. Rivera all collected two hits apiece for the Orange team. LHP Josh Smoker worked 2.0 scoreless innings for the Orange team and struck out one.

Michael Conforto went 1-2 and drove in the first run of the intrasquad game on Tuesday afternoon and is in today’s lineup batting third. As a rookie in 2015, Conforto batted .270 with 14 doubles, nine home runs and 26 RBI in 56 games. He was named to the 2015 Topps Rookie All-Star team.

John Franco will be a guest instructor at camp from March 7-11 and Mookie Wilson will be a guest instructor in camp from March 21-25.

Manager Terry Collins enters his sixth season at the helm of the Mets. He was named the 2015 NL Manager of the Year by The Sporting News, but finished third in the NL Manager of the Year voting by the BBWAA after leading the Mets to the World Series last season.

The Mets will host the Miami Marlins at Tradition Field on Friday, during which Logan Verrett, Buddy Carlyle, Zack Thornton and Jerry Blevins are scheduled to pitch.

Mets Lineup

  1. Alejandro De Aza, DH
  2. Juan Lagares, CF
  3. Michael Conforto, LF
  4. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  5. Kevin Plawecki, C
  6. Marc Krauss, 1B
  7. Eric Campbell, RF
  8. Ruben Tejada, SS
  9. Dilson Herrera, 2B

Nationals Lineup

  1. Ben Revere, CF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. Bryce Harper, RF
  4. Anthony Rendon, 3B
  5. Clint Robinson, 1B
  6. Danny Espinosa, SS
  7. Reed Johnson, LF
  8. Jhonatan Solano, C
  9. Jason Martinson, DH

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NYC Ban On Smokeless Tobacco Won’t Help Without Culture Change http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/nyc-ban-on-smokeless-tobacco-wont-help-without-culture-change.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/nyc-ban-on-smokeless-tobacco-wont-help-without-culture-change.html/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:28:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205744 smokeless-tobacco juan uribe

This is a whole new generation. When I was growing up, we had candy cigarettes (gone) and Big League Chew (still around). While playing baseball, we used to have the candy cigarettes so we could smoke like Keith Hernandez, or we would shove a ton of Big League Chew in our mouths to look like Lenny Dykstra. Dykstra was such a legendary chewer that he was said to have stained the AstroTurf at the old Vet. Juan Uribe has chewed his entire career.

As kids, we used this stuff because we thought it was cool to act like ballplayers. Did we also try the real stuff?  Well, not as kids. It’s s good thing too because it would’ve been like that scene in The Sandlot:

Personally, I never really had any interest. Part of the reason was my parents. Another part was I was a catcher. I’ve seen catchers who have used chewing tobacco, but to me that was a pain. I tried seeds, which is similar in principle, but it annoyed me. So I went without any of it for most of my baseball life.

smokeless_01Then I got older, got big, and was moved out from behind the plate. Part of “rookie” hazing was getting them to throw in a dip and watch the hilarity ensue. It wasn’t pleasant.

In any event, I found myself playing that dreaded DH position more and more, which means you spend a lot of time on the bench. Many of those guys throw one in, so you usually do as well. You practice that finger motion with your index finger so you can pack it better and tighter. One day, it all becomes second nature.

When I was in college, it was great. There were a couple of nights, it helped me get through the all-nighters. Also, there were some bars in the area where if you didn’t throw one in, you were out of place. Honestly, I wasn’t so much addicted to it as I loved doing it.

A good friend of mine and me used to love dipping while watching baseball games. We would not only watch the games, but we would also keep an eye out for who was dipping. You would see the finger going in the dugout. The circle shape in the player’s uniform pants. That ever so slight bump in the bottom lip. If you ever saw it in the top lip, you knew that guy was having real problems. Looking at the Mets now, I can tell you who does and who doesn’t dip. I can do that for any team if I watch them long enough.

Eventually, I quit. It really is a nasty habit. More importantly, it’s dangerous. We saw Tony Gwynn die too young because of it. We saw Curt Schilling battle cancer. As much as I enjoyed it, it really wasn’t worth it.

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The strange part is I never would’ve started had it not been part of baseball’s culture. No sport is as associated with smokeless tobacco than baseball. I thought about all of this when I saw Tim Rohan’s New York Times article about New York City looking to ban smokeless tobacco from being used in places like Citi Field and Yankee Stadium.

There’s a lively debate to be had here about whether this law is a good idea or not. It’s a debate that should occur. However, at the end of the day, I’m more concerned for that two-year old of mine that loves baseball. I realize that NYC can put every law in place they want, but it won’t matter unless baseball players take it seriously.

Heck, the MLB Players Association itself kills any talk of banning tobacco whenever they negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. The owners and commissioner has wanted to ban it for decades.

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New York City already bans smoking, but we hear about Yoenis Cespedes smoking between innings. We see players using smokeless tobacco all over the field. Baseball players will find a work-around. You should hear how they work around smokeless tobacco bans and stigmas in other sports. Overall, players will always find a way to do it.

If that’s the case, it’ll always be associated with baseball, and that’s not a good thing. Baseball needs to help find a reasonable solution to this because what they have done so far isn’t working. They need to figure it out because one day that Big League Chew becomes Skoal or Red Man. That needs to stop before another generation of players starts using it. I don’t want to see another Tony Gwynn.

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Manfred: DH Not Coming To The National League http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/manfred-dh-not-coming-to-the-national-league.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/manfred-dh-not-coming-to-the-national-league.html/#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:34:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205008 rob manfred

In an interview with Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said the National League will not adopt the designated hitter.

“The most likely result on the designated hitter for the foreseeable future is the status quo,” Manfred said. “I think the vast majority of clubs in the National League want to stay where they are.”

\Manfred told Crasnick that he was merely discussing the pros and cons of a possible change and did not mean to create the impression that NL clubs want to adopt the DH. He created a firestorm last week when he said the following:

“Twenty years ago, when you talked to National League owners about the DH, you’d think you were talking some sort of heretical comment. But we have a newer group. There’s been turnover. And I think our owners in general have demonstrated a willingness to change the game in ways that we think would be good for the fans, always respecting the history and traditions of the sport.”

In an attempt to boost sagging run production during the post-steroids era, implementing the designated hitter in the National League has been often discussed as a possible solution.

Personally, I prefer the strategy that is inherent without the DH. I love the intricate complexities that the double-switches, pinch-hitters, bench management, and critical pitching decisions add to the overall tapestry of the game from an intellectual perspective. It’s part of what makes baseball such a cerebral game.

Luckily, logic and sanity prevailed here, and the Senior Circuit will continue to hold tight to a time honored tradition, at least for the foreseeable future.

The American League adopted the DH in 1973. With the advent of inter-league games and during the World Series, National League teams do adopt the DH when playing in American League parks. But for many baseball purists, that’s as close to league wide implementation as they ever want to get.

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Kelly Johnson to DH Game 1 of World Series http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/kelly-johnson-to-dh-game-1-of-world-series.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/kelly-johnson-to-dh-game-1-of-world-series.html/#comments Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:18:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=198103 kelly Johnson

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Mets utility infielder, Kelly Johnson will be the DH for the Game 1 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Johnson will look to provide some pop to the DH position where the Mets have had trouble finding the right guy.

“Kelly is going to DH tomorrow,” manager Terry Collins said. “We’ll worry about Wednesday when it comes.”

Johnson, who has some history against game one starter, Edinson Volquez could be part of the reason for that decision. He has gone 4-for-14 against the Royals right hander with a double and two RBI’s. Johnson has had sparse postseason play thus far, in a pinch hitting role only appearing six times while hitting one single. Kelly sees no qualms though of getting dialed in for the biggest game of his career.

“I think the adrenaline of this World Series is going to be enough,” Johnson said. “I’ll obviously be able to have an at-bat to build on to the next one, rather than just to pinch-hit where you have to just throw it away. We’ll see what happens. The game will play out, whether there’s guys on when I come up or a situation to be had, I’ll be ready.”

He had had considerable time as a DH in his career as he played for every AL East team sans the Boston Red Sox. He is 19-for-91 with three home-runs as a designated hitter. The experience against Volquez may have contributed a bit to the decision to use him in this spot, but Johnson doesn’t see that as having a huge impact.

“To me, that makes it a little bit irrelevant,” he said. “I guess if there’s anything, there’s going to be some comfort there in having seen him if I look at some video. At least I’ll be able to see how he throws and how he attacked me. It’s been a while, but there will be something there.”

Many had thought that the Mets may look to fortify the outfield defense in a series where errors could mean a ball game by utilizing both Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares. But the Mets and Terry Collins are content with how things shake out with their lineup and defense.

“We’re pretty happy with our outfield defense,” Collins said. “This is a big park, like ours. I think Yoenis has shown that he can play center field. And if we need to make moves, we’ll make moves later in the game.”

Tonight’s the night. Game one of the World Series starts at 8:07 PM EST with Matt Harvey taking the mound for the New York Mets as they look for their first championship since 1986.

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Royals and Mets Will Meet In World Series! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/royals-and-mets-will-meet-in-world-series.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/royals-and-mets-will-meet-in-world-series.html/#comments Sat, 24 Oct 2015 07:27:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=197748 USATSI_8879958_154511658_lowres

The Kansas City Royals clinched their second straight American League pennant with a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 6 at Kauffman Stadium on Friday night.

Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar was named the ALCS MVP. During the six-game series against Toronto, Escobar batted .478 with six runs scored and five RBI out of the leadoff spot.

The stage is now set for a World Series matchup between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals that begins with Game 1 on Tuesday at 8:07 PM.

This will be the first World Series featuring two teams from the expansion era.

“Let’s go finish what we didn’t finish last year,” owner David Glass said as he accepted the AL championship trophy from Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.

“They have a great staff but we like our guys, too,” Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland said of the Mets.

“I know the Mets have some left-handed power, some right-handed power and some speed. They’re solid. They’re going to be tough. They’re going to be a handful just like these other two teams were.”

So this it…

The Mets now face one more hurdle before staking claim to the ultimate prize and bring back a World Series title to New York.

Here is the FOX broadcast schedule:

Game 1 at Kansas City – Tuesday, October 27 – 8:07 (ET)
Game 2 at Kansas City – Wednesday, October 28 – 8:07 (ET)
Game 3 at New York – Friday, October 30 – 8:07 (ET)
Game 4 at New York – Saturday, October 31 – 8:07 (ET)
Game 5* at New York – Sunday, November 1 – 8:15 (ET)
Game 6* at Kansas City – Tuesday, November 3 – 8:07 (ET)
Game 7* at Kansas City – Wednesday, November 4 – 8:07 (ET)

* If necessary

Let’s Go Mets!!!

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Back in the Saddle Again: Travis d’Arnaud Batting Fifth Tonight http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/back-in-the-saddle-again-travis-darnaud-batting-fifth-tonight.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/back-in-the-saddle-again-travis-darnaud-batting-fifth-tonight.html/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:56:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=188290 travis d'Arnaud

He’s Baaa-aaack…

Travis d’Arnaud is back in the Mets lineup and batting fifth tonight against the Washington Nationals.

Can I get a… Hell Yeah!

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Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud is now in New York and with the team. He will be activated from the disabled list before Friday’s game with the Washington Nationals.

To make room for d’Arnaud the Mets optioned Anthony Recker back to Triple-A Las Vegas after this afternoon’s loss to the Padres.

That leaves Kevin Plawecki as the backup catcher. But he should get plenty of starts at least until TDA is 100 percent ready for a full grind.

D’Arnaud successfully caught the entire game on Wednesday for a second straight day with Double-A Binghamton and proclaims himself ready to go. His addition should provide some boost to the lineup.

July 27

Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who is trying to recover from a left sprained elbow, is getting ever so closer to rejoining the team.

On Sunday, d’Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the DH for Double-A Binghamton in an 8-0 win. He also caught five innings on Saturday with the B-Mets after the team shifted his rehab assignment from St. Lucie to Binghamton.

If all goes well, d’Arnaud should be activated from the DL later this week. However, he would likely need to catch a full minor league game before getting back to the majors.

D’Arnaud, 26, was batting .296 with a .873 OPS in 77 plate appearances this season before he was injured.

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MMO Game Thread: Marlins vs Mets, 1:05 PM, (SNY) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mmo-game-thread-marlins-vs-mets-105-pm-sny.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/mmo-game-thread-marlins-vs-mets-105-pm-sny.html/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:18:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=176474 jacob degrom

Jacob deGrom takes the mound for the Mets as they take on the Miami Marlins at Tradition Field in Port St m Lucie for a 1:10 matchup. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year will be opposed by left-hander Brad Hand for the Marlins.

It was a tough day for Mets fans yesterday, but looking at the bigger picture, we have the pitching depth to overcome the loss of Wheeler and it doesn’t change my outlook for this season. Lots of great Mets baseball is still coming our way in 2015 so cheer up!

NEW YORK METS

  1. Juan Lagares, CF
  2. Curtis Granderson, RF
  3. Michael Cuddyer, LF
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  6. Wilmer Flores, SS
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Kevin Plawecki, DH
  9. Alex Castellanos, 3B

MIAMI MARLINS

  1. Jordany Valdespin, RF
  2. Martin Prado, 3B
  3. Marcell Ozuna, CF
  4. Michael Morse, 1B
  5. Justin Bour, DH
  6. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  7. Reed Johnson, LF
  8. Donovan Solano, 2B
  9. Jeff Mathis, C

Enjoy the game and Let’s Go Mets!

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My Hall of Fame Ballot and the Problems with the Voting Process http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/12/my-hall-of-fame-ballot-and-the-problems-with-the-voting-process.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/12/my-hall-of-fame-ballot-and-the-problems-with-the-voting-process.html/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:00:08 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=172407 baseball_hall_fame1

The Hall of Fame debate to me these days is less about who is deserving and more about why they should or shouldn’t be disqualified. For several years now, each new candidate comes with their own set of speculations as opposed to qualifications. Every candidate that played in the steroid era will always have suspicion or doubt cast upon them, warranted or not

This is one of the two things that bug me the most about voting for the Hall of Fame. Not the mistrust per se, but the fact that there are still no firm rules about how to handle it. The Hall of Fame and MLB are shirking their responsibilities as far as I’m concerned. Baseball needs to decide how to handle the statistics of those who either tested positive or admitted to it later in life. Their punishment for active players are doing a decent job deterring players, but there’s been no ruling on how those players should be viewed in the pantheon of the greatest game in history in retrospect. The Hall of Fame doesn’t get a pass, either. They don’t seem to have come forward with their bottom line, either.

The problem I have with this is that they are the respective governing bodies of this process. Their opinion is what it is and I’m not so much concerned with whatever ruling they might make, I just need them to make one. In avoiding the tough questions, they are forcing the BBWAA to make the decisions they should be making and that’s not right or fair. Each member has their own opinions, but in forcing them to make their own determination, you’re creating a subjective platform for enshrinement, and let’s face it, statistics are subjective enough.

Our own John Delcos (he actually has a vote; my ballot is fake as I do not) took his stand on how to handle players linked to steroids in the explanation of his ballot and he has every right to take that stand. The issue I have is that someone else with a vote will have a different stand and for all we know there are 580+ different stances. This is where the inaction of MLB and the Hall of Fame fails the election process.

So I have a stand of my own. My stance is that I’m not taking one. So as long as both the MLB and the Hall of Fame recognizes Barry Bonds as the all-time home run king, then so will I. It’s not fair that they force the voters to make their decisions for them.

The second problem I have is the limit of ten. This is silly and archaic. The rule has been in place since 1936, when there were a total of 16 teams and minorities weren’t allowed to play. To put it mildly, the pool is much larger now. So the biggest issue for me in putting together my fake ballot is not who is deserving, but which ten would get my vote. To help with this, I split the candidates into two categories. The first category is for all time players. The game’s greats who would have dominated in any era they played. The second category is for players who dominated their era. I’m very much in favor of enshrinement for meeting this criterion because the game has changed so drastically over the years.

So with all that said, here’s my fake ballot:

Column One                 Column Two

Barry Bonds                   Tim Raines

Roger Clemens            Edgar Martinez

Mike Piazza                   Craig Biggio

Randy Johnson            Mike Mussina

Pedro Martinez

Jeff Bagwell

I don’t suppose I have to explain Column One. Those guys are the very best to ever play and with my stance that so long as every number they put up are still deemed official by MLB and the HOF, then they warrant enshrinement.

Column Two could be debated, so here goes:

Tim-RainesRaines was an outstanding hitter in an era not known for offense. He was a better base stealer than Rickey Henderson. In point of fact, The Man of Steal would have to come back to baseball and swipe 448 consecutive bases without being thrown out just to achieve Raines’s success rate. Another way to look at it is this: if Raines had attempted as many steals as Henderson did while still maintaining his success rate, he’d steal 1475 bases, eclipsing Rickey’s record. From his 1983-1993, among players who qualified each of those years, Raines had the third best wRC+ in all of baseball. He had the sixth best batting average, third best on base percentage and the 25th best slugging percentage despite being a leadoff hitter for the majority.

Martinez has the DH bias working against him, but the DH has been an official position in the game for over 40 years. So my answer to those who leave DHs off their ballot is: get over it. Not to mention there are some absolute butchers already enshrined because of their offensive prowess. There’s a very real argument to be made that Martinez was more valuable to the Mariners by NOT playing the field than some HOFers were to their teams by costing them runs in the field. Between 1990-2003, among players who qualified each of those years, Martinez ranks third in wRC+, and has the highest batting average, the third highest OBP and the ninth-best SLG%.

Biggio’s detractors say that his best attribute was longevity. True, he didn’t dominate in any one specific facet of the game statistically, but the longevity bit is misleading. Biggio played twenty seasons. That’s not unheard of at all. No one in the 3,000 hit club played fewer than twenty seasons, so why are we penalizing Biggio for it? I also believe there’s a lot of inherent value in doing everything really well for a really long time. I don’t necessarily vote for him because of the magic number of 3,000 hits, but part of his credentials is how he got there. Is a player who potentially had ten great, what we call “Hall of Fame” seasons and ten average ones better or more valuable than Biggio, who played “just” really well for twenty seasons if the final results are the same? Biggio gets my vote.

Lastly, Mussina. Mussina’s numbers are somewhat like Biggio’s in that there wasn’t one thing he did particularly better than anyone else, just a lot of really, really good seasons. For example, from 1992-2008, Mussina’s full time career, he’s seventh in ERA, sixth in FIP and fifth in xFIP among pitchers who qualified each of those years, all while pitching in some homer-friendly parks against some of the game’s best offenses. Two more seasons would have given him the automatic nod because he would have reached the magic totals for wins and strikeouts, but he chose to leave the game on his terms. Personally, one of my favorite stats, which is neither here nor there re: his HOF candidacy, is that since balk records have been kept in 1974, no one with a minimum of 2,500 innings pitched has had fewer balks than Mussina, who has 3,562.2 innings pitched. In his entire career, Mussina balked only one time

Those are my ten, which means I did not vote for Larry Walker, Gary Sheffield, Curt Schilling and John Smoltz, all of whom are worthy of enshrinement. The rule of ten couldn’t be thrown out soon enough.

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Lucas Duda Is Willing To Platoon At First Base http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/12/lucas-duda-is-willing-to-platoon-at-first-base.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/12/lucas-duda-is-willing-to-platoon-at-first-base.html/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:56:58 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=168610 lucas duda hr

While Lucas Duda applauded the addition of Michael Cuddyer, he understands that he could lose playing time to him against lefthanded pitching.

And despite struggling against lefties in the last two seasons, batting just .180 off them in 2014, Duda believes he can still be proficient against southpaws. That said, Duda, who is coming off a breakthrough season, is perfectly fine if Terry Collins decides to platoon him.

“I feel like in the past I’ve hit lefties a little bit better than I’ve shown or I’ve had the confidence to,” Duda said. “But again if he has to spell me at first base against lefties then whatever is good for the team. Whatever will help us win, I’m all for. I’ll come off the bench or come in late in the game. Whatever it is. Anything to help us win, I think, that’s our main goal and we’ve got to accomplish it this year.”

First off, I am a huge fan of Lucas Duda.  When considering the question about platooning Duda, I have to ask myself a different question: Do the Mets have a better chance of winning with Duda in the lineup against left-handed pitching?

As much as I want to see him get as many at-bats as possible, the answer to that question is still an overwhelming, NO.  Even if Duda becomes serviceable versus lefties, he will never be the same hitter that he is against righties.

Duda hit 30 home runs this past season, and did virtually nothing against southpaws, just two in 125 plate appearances. It also looked like it negatively impacted his production against right-handed pitching when Terry Collins started to give him more playing time against later in the season. He was so focused on trying to go the other way against LHP, that he went into a month long slump against righties.  Additionally, he seemed to wear down a bit playing everyday and looked like he benefited with those occasional nights off.

What is the advantage of playing Duda against lefties?  So he can hit 32 homers instead of 30 but at the expense of about 130 unproductive at-bats? Wouldn’t the team be much better off having a RH batter that crushes lefties playing those games instead? What if we find a platoon partner that hits 10 or more home runs in those at-bats with a .300 or better batting average?  Suddenly we have 40 homer, 40 double, 125 RBI  production from our first base position. You think that could put more of those one-run losses into our win column?

Having a platoon partner with Duda would not only improve the lineup against guys like Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Mike Minor, but just think of match-up problems it would cause when the opposing manager goes to the bullpen? We have Lucas Duda chomping at the bit to get in the batters box as soon as a right handed reliever enters the game. Even if the opposing manager immediately takes out the righty and brings in a lefty specialist, you still made them burn two relief pitchers to get one guy out. So it’s not like Duda wouldn’t play during most of those games he starts on the bench.

Duda turns 29 in February, at this age you are what you are…

This is not about the name on the back of the jersey, it’s about the name on the front. And all the evidence points to increased production from first base with Lucas Duda in a platoon.

(Updated 12/4)

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Breaking Down the Remaining July Schedule http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/breaking-down-the-remaining-july-schedule.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/breaking-down-the-remaining-july-schedule.html/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:26:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161127 The All-Star Break is over and the hunt for the playoffs is just starting to get exciting. The Mets sit at 45-50, but their last ten games (8-2) going into the break has injected confidence into an often pessimistic fan base.

terry collinsIn these ten games, Mets pitching has recorded a 2.74 ERA, while in the Mets eight wins, the ERA has been 2.43. In addition to the terrific pitching efforts, the offense may just be the biggest part of the successful stretch. New York is averaging 5.5 runs and four extra-base hits per game over this period.

There is no reason this hot streak shouldn’t continue, especially given the upcoming opponents. Starting tonight, the Mets are facing off against the San Diego Padres, who are 41-54 and have lost seven of their last 10. These teams met once before this year and New York took two-out-of-three from San Diego. Now, New York is on the road, but this shouldn’t mean they can’t take advantage of a weak team.

Next up is a three-game series in an American League ballpark against the Seattle Mariners, a tough test. The challenge for the Mets will be scoring runs and utilizing the designated hitter. New York has done well with that, going 6-6 in interleague play, including 3-2 while using the DH. It will be easier to do this since the Mets lucked out and will not face Felix Hernandez in this series. However, maybe easier is not the correct word. The M’s are 51-44 and have a team ERA of 3.16.

Following that is another challenging series, this one a four-game set against the first-place Brewers. Despite a 53-43 record, the Brew Crew went into the break losers of eight of their last 10. Prior to the Mets, they play two 51-win teams in the Nationals and Reds. It’s a tough road for Milwaukee coming out of the gates and the Mets may be lucky enough to catch them at a low point. The only other time these teams played, the Brewers took two-out-of-three in Citi Field from the Mets.

That is the end of a 10 game road trip. A 5-5 record is realistic for the road trip, but the Mets are shooting for more. A sweep is possible in San Diego and a split in four games would be a positive result against the Brewers.

To close out July, the Mets finally return home to battle the Phillies. Philadelphia has struggled this year and the Mets have taken advantage. In nine games, the Mets are 6-3, are averaging 5.1 runs per game and are allowing 3.2 runs per game.

In the remaining 13 July games, the Mets play seven games against teams above .500, 10 games on the road and three games against a division rival. In order to play baseball in October, the Mets are going to have to get to work.

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Andrew Brown Optioned To Make Room For Bobby Abreu http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/andrew-brown-optioned-to-make-room-for-bobby-abreu.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/andrew-brown-optioned-to-make-room-for-bobby-abreu.html/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:49:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=153035 Bobby-Abreu

The Mets have added Bobby Abreu to the 25 man roster and he will be available for tonight’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Andrew Brown was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for him. Brown batted .185 with one home run and five RBI in 30 plate appearances this season.

The 40-year-old Abreu hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2012, when he played eight games for the Los Angeles Angels and then 92 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Abreu signed a minor-league contract with the Mets, and batted .395 in 15 games for Triple-A Las Vegas with four doubles and six RBI.

The Mets needed to make a decision on Abreu, who could have asked out of his contract if he wasn’t promoted by the end of this month.

It’s still unclear if this decision is just to add a bat to the bench, or a bigger role.

April 12

Mike Puma of the NY Post has learned that Bobby Abreu has an April 30 opt out clause on the deal he signed with the Mets.

“Don’t be surprised if he’s with the Mets by end of month,” Puma says.

April 11

When the Mets signed Bobby Abreu on March 31, I have to admit, I really didn’t understand that move, especially when the Mets have a crop of younger ball players ready to take their turn and become stars on the big club.  The move to bring in a 40 year old ball player past his prime didn’t really sit well with me.  My thinking was maybe they feel he still has something left in the tank, but in reality it could delay a top prospect for a what-if.

But I have to admit, at least for now that I will have to eat my words, because not only has Abreu been hitting, but he has actually solidified himself in the lineup and has started to be a guy to count on to produce.

On the season so far he is 10 for 19, batting .526/.591/684, with three doubles, has only struck out twice and has hit safely in seven of the eight games he has played with the 51′s.  He also has three multi hit games in that stretch.

Wally Backman has seen his share of great hitters and he tells the Las Vegas Journal-Review that Abreu still has it, “He turned on a 98 mph fastball with the bases loaded, so I’d say he can still hit.”

I can’t say that Abreu is the answer to the Mets offensive woes, but if he continues to hit and produce, the Mets may need to make some decisions and possibly see if he is actually someone who can bring something to the table for the team – assuming he continues to smash Triple A pitching. It could make for a good story line.

(Photo Credit: Josh Holmberg/Las Vegas Review Journal)

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