Tag: Frank Viola

D’Arnaud Changed His Mindset, Not His Approach

An article by posted on July 18, 2014 0 Comments
D’Arnaud Changed His Mindset, Not His Approach

When Travis d’Arnaud was demoted to the minors, the coaching staff down there had a two-hour talk with him, and he emerged a new man. Well, a new hitter, at least. Since returning to the Mets on June 24th, d’Arnaud is hitting .295 (18 for 61) with five doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI. D’Arnaud said he needed to clear […]

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Demotion Helped D’Arnaud Regain Confidence and Swing

An article by posted on July 17, 2014 0 Comments
Demotion Helped D’Arnaud Regain Confidence and Swing

Travis d’Arnaud has had his struggles since being promoted to the big leagues in 2013, mostly from trying to live up to the pressures of playing in the big city and producing. Coming into the 2014 season, the hype grew even larger and it might have just been too much for the young rookie to […]

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Frank Viola To Undergo Heart Surgery

An article by posted on March 25, 2014 0 Comments
Frank Viola To Undergo Heart Surgery

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is reporting that former Cy Young winner Frank Viola is scheduled to undergo open-heart surgery next Wednesday and will be unable to serve as pitching coach of the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. Viola, 53, had a heart issue detected during his initial spring-training physical. Viola spent the past three seasons as […]

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With Improved Control, Leathersich Could Become A Late Inning Star

An article by posted on February 24, 2014 0 Comments
With Improved Control, Leathersich Could Become A Late Inning Star

John Harper of the NY Daily News writes that lefty reliever Jack Leathersich‘s live stuff and deceptive delivery could make him a late-inning star, if he solves his control issues. Harper compares Leathersich’s control to ‘Wild Thing” Mitch Williams, and calls him the Mets’ most intriguing pitching prospect. In his three seasons moving through the Mets organization, Leathersich […]

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Scout On Steven Matz: He’s Definitely Back On The Radar Again

An article by posted on February 9, 2014 0 Comments
Scout On Steven Matz: He’s Definitely Back On The Radar Again

Marc Carig of Newsday posted a nice piece on Melville, Long Island’s Steven Matz and it was interesting to see what a couple of scouts said about the young lefthander. “If something’s going to get him to the major leagues, it’s going to be the effectiveness of his fastball,” said one rival scout, who believes […]

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Mets Prospects Brandon Nimmo and Kevin Plawecki Invited To Big League Camp

An article by posted on January 10, 2014 0 Comments
Mets Prospects Brandon Nimmo and Kevin Plawecki Invited To Big League Camp

More and more young and exciting Mets’ prospects have been getting calls from the organization to let them know that they are being invited to big-league camp this spring. Anthony DiComo just reported that the Mets will have 2011 first rounder Brandon Nimmo at major league camp with a non-roster invite, while catcher Kevin Plawecki […]

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Frank Viola: Sweet Music To A Pitching Prospect’s Ears

An article by posted on January 9, 2014 0 Comments
Frank Viola: Sweet Music To A Pitching Prospect’s Ears

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com confirmed on Wednesday that the Mets have named Frank Viola their new Triple-A pitching coach. Viola will join Wally Backman‘s staff, and look to continue the same success that he has experienced while coaching one year with Brooklyn (A-) and the past two with Savannah (A). Viola, who played with the Twins for nine […]

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The 10 Best Mets Pitching Staffs Since 1980

An article by posted on November 26, 2013 0 Comments
The 10 Best Mets Pitching Staffs Since 1980

You have to score runs in order to win games, but you also need to pitch. Which Mets teams since 1980 have been the best at run prevention? Let’s take a look-see, shall we? Runs Allowed Per Game 1988   532 runs   3.32 1985   568 runs   3.51 1986   578 runs   […]

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A Chat With Mets Pitching Prospect Steven Matz

An article by posted on October 20, 2013 0 Comments
A Chat With Mets Pitching Prospect Steven Matz

Over the past several seasons the Mets have shown the fans how important pitching is to the organization.  They have developed and brought up homegrown pitching prospects to debut with the team, with the likes of Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jenrry Mejia, and Bobby Parnell. Each have shown signs of brilliance, […]

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: The “Oh, Sandy” Edition

An article by posted on September 1, 2013 0 Comments
This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: The “Oh, Sandy” Edition

Sometimes I wonder why I even read some Mets related posts on Facebook or Twitter. If you were to gauge the Mets fan base on the way General Manager, Sandy Alderson has run the team, well you would think that this team was based out of Miami. Yes, I realize that the lunatic fringe faction […]

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