Mets Merized Online » home run http://metsmerizedonline.com Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:48:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.12 Cooperstown Calling!!! Congratulations To Hall Of Famer Mike Piazza!!! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/cooperstown-calling-congratulations-to-hall-of-famer-mike-piazza.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/cooperstown-calling-congratulations-to-hall-of-famer-mike-piazza.html/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 23:04:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=203699 mike piazza

Congratulations to Mike Piazza who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame along with Ken Griffey Jr. by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The news was just announced live on MLB Network.

Piazza received 83.0 percent of the vote and joins baseball immortality after his fourth year on the ballot, having missed in 2013 (57.8 percent), 2014 (62.2 percent) and 2015 (69.9 percent). He was named on 365 of 440 ballots.

One of the greatest offensive catchers of all time, Piazza set the MLB record of 396 home runs as a catcher while with the Mets. Over 16 seasons with the Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Padres and A’s he finished with 427 homers, 1,335 RBI, and a .308 batting average.

A 12-time All-Star and 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner, he spent eight years with the Mets and helped take them to the postseason in 1999 and all the way to the World Series the following season.

Piazza was a seven-time All-Star with Mets and set a team-record with 124 RBI and hit 40 home runs in 1999 and then finished with 38 home runs and drove in 113 runs in 2000.

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Below are several memorable moments during Mike Piazza’s Mets tenure.

May 22, 1998 – Acquired by the Mets from the Florida Marlins in exchange for minor leaguers Preston WilsonEd Yarnall and Geoff Goetz.

May 23, 1998 – Makes his Mets debut at Shea Stadium, going 1-4 with an RBI double in a 3-0 win over Milwaukee.

June 1, 1998 - Belts his first home run in a Mets uniform at Pittsburgh off Jason Schmidt.

September 14, 1998 – Hit what is believed to be the longest home run in Astrodome history, an estimated 480-foot blast off Houston’s Jose Lima.

April 28, 1999 – Hits his first walk-off home run as a member of the Mets taking San Diego’s Trevor Hoffman deep, a two-run shot, in a 4-3 win.

October 2, 1999 – Blasted his 40th home run of the season off Pittsburgh’s Mike Williams.

October 19, 1999 – Crushed a two-run home run in the seventh inning off John Smoltz in Game Six of the NLCS at Atlanta to tie the game, 7-7.

June 14-July 2, 2000 – Had an RBI in 15 consecutive games to set a franchise record…It was the second-longest streak in major league history …Ray Grimes of the 1922 Chicago Cubs had an RBI in 17 straight games.

June 30, 2000 – Hit a laser line drive home run to left, a three-run shot, capping a 10-run inning in an 11-8 comeback win over Atlanta.

September 21, 2001 – Hit an eighth-inning home run off Atlanta’s Steve Karsay in the first New York City sporting event since the 9-11 attacks as an emotional Shea Stadium erupted…The Mets would go on to beat the Braves 3-2.

May 17, 2002 – Reached the 1,000 career RBI plateau when he launched a grand slam off San Diego’s Jason Boyd in a 13-4 win…He became the ninth player in ML history whose primary position was catcher to collect 1,000 RBI.

May 5, 2004 – Hit a 3-1 pitch off San Francisco’s Jerome Williams in the first inning for his 352nd home run as a catcher to become the all-time leader, passing Carlton Fisk.

June 18, 2004 – Hall of Fame catchers: Yogi Berra, Carlton FiskGary Carter and Johnny Bench were all on hand to honor Piazza at Shea Stadium on “Mike Piazza Night.”

September 29, 2005 – Hits a solo home run at Shea Stadium, his final blast as a Met, and his 220th in a Mets uniform, in an 11-0 win over Colorado.

CONGRATULATIONS, MIKE!!!

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Mets Unwilling To Give LHP Antonio Bastardo Three-Year Deal http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-unwilling-to-give-lhp-antonio-bastardo-three-year-deal.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-unwilling-to-give-lhp-antonio-bastardo-three-year-deal.html/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 04:22:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=203608 bastardo

Reporter Mike Puma of the New York Post has confirmed that the Mets do indeed have interest in free agent reliever Antonio Bastardo. However – and this is a big however – they are unwilling to give him the three-year deal he is seeking and is expected to get.

Puma says that the Mets are prepared to wait out the market for as long as it takes until they can sign a reliever on a one year deal – even if it means watching the remaining proven options come off the board as so many have already.

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According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles are among the teams that have been in discussions with free agent LHP Antonio Bastardo.

Bastardo had a great year for the Pirates, going 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA, 1.134 WHIP and a 10.0 K/9 rate. He appeared in 66 games and pitched 57.1 innings, striking out 64 and walking 26. He did an incredible job as the Bucs’ setup man this season for closer Mark Melancon.

The Pirates used Tony Watson as their lefty specialist last season, but mostly because Bastardo was so good as a crossover reliever. But make no mistake that Bastardo is one of the game’s most filthiest relievers against left-handed batters.

Lefties batted .138 (9-65) against Bastardo in 2015, with one home run and three RBIs (righties batted .207). In his career, lefties have batted .176 against him, so this season was not an outlier.

MLB Trade Rumors projects him to sign a three-year $15 million dollar contract.

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MMO Mailbag: Should Mets Swing a Trade for Jon Jay or Adam Eaton http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/mmo-mailbag-should-mets-swing-a-trade-for-jon-jay-or-adam-eaton.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/mmo-mailbag-should-mets-swing-a-trade-for-jon-jay-or-adam-eaton.html/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:30:01 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=201649 adam eaton

Anthony asks…

If Mets decide to go to the trade route for OF help what are your thoughts on trying to acquire Jon Jay or Adam Eaton? Eaton is better, but Jay will cost less in trade pieces. If Eaton, he would be the everyday center fielder. Jay could platoon, maybe eventually take over and be supplanted (or re-signed) next year. Who do you think we should or can give up?

Mike replies…

I like this question because it is realistic. It is not a move that would “wow” or excite anyone but, it could be a beneficial move to say the least. We know that the Mets are strapped for cash, or at least they appear to be, so a trade for Jay or Eaton is far more likely than signing Yoenis Cespedes or Justin Upton.

Jay, 31, has a career average slash line of .287/.354/.384, however his play diminished significantly in 2015, posting career lows across the board with a .210/.306/.257 slash, one home run and 10 RBI in 79 games played. Throughout his career, Jay has been extremely steady, but the major dip in play last year is a major cause for concern. Of course, it also means that his trade value has plummeted as well. They could trade a couple of low-end prospects on a gamble to see if they can catch some lightning in a bottle. But I would much rather see Juan Lagares out there each night, instead of watching Jay steal his playing time while hoping for a comeback.

Eaton, on the other hand, just turned 27 this month and is clearly the superior player at this point in his career. Not only is he younger than Jay, he is just better at each facet of the game. Eaton’s slash line last year was .287/.361/.431 with 14 homers, 28 doubles, 56 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 18 stolen bases. He has seen his OPS increase three straight seasons and finished 2015 with a 118 wRC+.

Since he is a more desired player than Jay, that means the White Sox asking price will be significantly higher. Would the Mets be willing to trade some combination of Lagares, Gabriel Ynoa, Brandon Nimmo, or Marcos Molina for Eaton? Or will it require a Steven Matz or Zack Wheeler to get something done?

Keep in mind that Eaton also signed a five-year, $23.5 million dollar extension prior to the 2015 season. So the big question is why would the White Sox trade him after he just gave them the best season of his career and produced a 5.4 oWAR?

I agree that Eaton would be a nice addition for the Metropolitans and he’d immediately become the everyday center fielder, but the cost might be too prohibitive for them.

I would still look to free agency and sign either Denard Span or Gerardo Parra to play center instead. I love the versatility that Parra would bring to the table since he can play center adequately and can also play the corner outfield spots phenomenally. Thanks for the question.

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2015 World Series: Sizing Up Mets vs. Royals By Position http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/2015-world-series-sizing-up-mets-vs-royals-by-position.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/2015-world-series-sizing-up-mets-vs-royals-by-position.html/#comments Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:30:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=197863 royals

So who are these guys and how do they matchup against the Mets?

The Mets are just four wins away from their first World Series title in 29 years, but they will have their hands full against the Kansas City Royals, who not only finished with the American League’s best record, but also earned a World Series berth for the second year in a row.

The Royals are a competitive, relentless team that will certainly give the Mets more trouble than the Cubs did in the NLCS. Let’s take a look at how the two teams match up at each position…

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Catcher

Both the Mets and the Royals each have two young, promising players with some power behind the plate. For the Royals, it’s 25 year-old Salvador Perez. Perez, in his fifth big league season, hit a career-high 21 home runs this year, third in the majors among catchers. He’s seen his home run total rise every year of his career. However, along with that rise in power has come a decline in overall offensive production.

The last four seasons, his wRC+ has been 114, 106, 92, and just 87 this year. Perez has become one of those players who, while a home run threat, doesn’t do much else at the plate. Compare that with Travis d’Arnaud, who is arguably one of the best hitting catchers in baseball right now. d’Arnaud, after a strong second half last season, owns a 131 wRC+, second in baseball among catchers. Granted, that’s only in 67 games this year, but we have seen d’Arnaud’s transformation and can say it’s real.

Perez has a huge advantage in the field, however. The last two years according to Fangraphs, Perez has been 28.6 runs above average, and is probably the best defensive catcher in baseball right now. That being said, his production at the plate has dropped so dramatically that it really negates whatever he does defensively. In a series where offense will likely be at a premium.

Advantage: Mets

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First Base

Eric Hosmer has had quite an up and down career. In his five seasons, he’s had three very good seasons and two pretty awful ones. This year, he posted a 125 wRC+, knocking 18 home runs. He’s a solid baserunner and a superb defender, despite what the defensive metrics say. He has done virtually nothing this postseason, slashing .222/.234/.311 with just one home run in 45 at-bats.

However, his counterpart Lucas Duda hasn’t been so hot either — at least not until Game 4 of the NLCS. Duda is hitting .214/.290/.393 so far in the playoffs. His Game 4 against the Cubs was fantastic, but with that being the only sign of life from Duda this month and almost a week layoff between series, it’s hard to say which Lucas Duda he’ll be in the World Series.

Based off the fact that neither player has hit well lately and Hosmer is a vastly superior defender…

Advantage: Royals

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Second Base

This is our first clear-cut position. Heck, if Mickey Mantle were the Royals second baseman, it would still be clear-cut. Ben Zobrist is now manning second base for the Royals. He had a nice season between the Athletics and Royals, slashing .276/.359/.450 with 13 home runs in 126 games. That’s definitely a better regular season than Daniel Murphy had, but Murphy has been on a whole different level this postseason, homering in six straight games off some of the best pitchers in baseball. There is no player in any sport on as big of a roll as Daniel Murphy is right now.

Advantage: Mets

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Shortstop

Alcides Escobar is definitely the most overrated player on the Royals, but he’s on fire right now. For some reason, the Royals have Escobar leading off, despite his .293 OBP this year. Ironically, he is probably the weakest hitting position player on the entire roster. He stole 17 bases (he’s stolen 30 twice in his career) and hit five triples this year, so he has some speed. He doesn’t contribute much offensively, but here’s the catch — he’s an outstanding defender. Behind Andrelton Simmons, he may be the best fielding shortstop in the game. That being said, here’s another instance in which a player is so bad offensively that whatever defensive value he has is mostly negated. He is at best, about as good as Wilmer Flores over the long run.

But as we’ve seen with Daniel Murphy, anything can happen in a short series and the players who get hot are the ones who lead their teams. Escobar was named ALCS MVP and has been killing it at the plate in October. He’s slashing .386/.408/.546 this postseason.

Advantage: Royals

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Third Base

Mike Moustakas has finally developed into a good offensive third baseman this year, posting a wRC+ of 124 for the season. However, his regular slash line was very similar to David Wright‘s and both have really struggled to do anything in the postseason.

Moustakas has a .476 OPS so far this postseason and Wright isn’t that much better at .592. They’ve each come up with a few timely hits, but haven’t been able to do much else. It’s really a draw here, but if I’m going to go with someone it’ll be Wright, both because of his longer track record.

Advantage: Mets.

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Left Field

I’ve always thought Alex Gordon is one of the most underrated players in baseball . He doesn’t hit for a ton of power (13 home runs in 105 games this year) but he’s a solidly above average hitter. Three out of the last four years, he’s been right around a 120 wRC+. Despite being a left-handed hitter, he hits lefties almost as well as he hits righties. On top of all this, he is one of the top defensive outfielders in the game.

For the Mets, Michael Conforto ha shown he is probably a slightly better hitter than Gordon, with a little more power. However, he’s also only collected one hit in 15 at-bats this postseason, and the long layoff probably won’t help that. Meanwhile, Gordon has had a pretty solid postseason, collecting nine hits (including a home run) in 36 at-bats. While Conforto may end up developing into a much better hitter than Gordon, Gordon is hitting much better right now and has a great glove as well.

Advantage: Royals

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Center Field

Lorenzo Cain had an outstanding season this year, slashing .307/.361/.477 with 16 home runs, 28 steals, and his first All-Star Game appearance. The 31 year-old can do it all. He had a fantastic season at the plate this year, finishing with a 129 wRC+. He has some power, which his .171 ISO shows, but he can also hit for a high average. He has very good baserunning abilities as well. According to Fangraphs, he’s been over 11 runs above average on the base paths over the last two seasons, not including his combined 56 stolen bases. In the postseason, Cain has 11 hits in 40 at bats, including a home run. He’s also stolen two bases.

Yoenis Cespedes had an equally awesome regular season, mashing 35 home runs and slashing .291/.328/.542 (135 wRC+) to go along with some very good defense of his own. He’s had a decent postseason, although he’s been chasing a lot of pitches and has struck out 11 times in 34 at-bats. Keep in mind, he is also battling a sore left shoulder, which caused him to leave Game 4 of the NLCS early. He will be ready for the World Series, but that may make it more difficult for him. Cain and Cespedes are certainly different types of players, but both are extremely dangerous. However, because of Cespedes’ injury, the Royals get a very small edge here.

Advantage: Very slightly Royals.

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Right Field

Alex Rios is certainly not what he used to be. The 34 year-old hit just .255/.287/.353 this year with four homers and nine stolen bases in 105 games. The former 20/20 players was once a dual threat at the plate and on the base paths, but now lacks real speed or power, and is now really just a liability to the Royals. Compare that to Curtis Granderson, who had a huge bounce-back season and became one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball, the the answer is clear.

Advantage: Big advantage to Mets.

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Designated Hitter

This is an instance in which the stupidity of different rules in different leagues rears its ugly head. The Royals were able to carry Kendrys Morales on their roster all season, something no National League team could realistically do because of his horrible defense. He ended up hitting .290/.362/.485 for the year with 22 home runs, something a platoon of Kelly Johnson and Michael Cuddyer can’t match.

Advantage: Royals

Defense

We’ve definitely touched on defense in a few of these individual positions, but we should look at it again more closely. The Royals are far and away the best fielding team in baseball. According to Fangraphs, the Royals as a team were 56.9 runs above average on defense this year. That’s almost double the Giants, who were second with 30.2 runs above average. Gordon, Cain, Escobar, and Hosmer are some of the very best defenders baseball has to offer.

Meanwhile, the Mets have defensive liabilities at first base, second base, shortstop, and right field. Thanks to the designated hitter and a lack of left-handed pitching on the Royals roster, Michael Cuddyer won’t have to play the field, which should help a bit. However, that also means Juan Lagares will see less time, probably only coming in at the very end of games as a defensive replacement. Cespedes is the only great defender who regularly starts.

Advantage: Royals

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Starting Pitching

Let’s just have the stats do the talking here:

Royals

Yordano Ventura – 4.08 ERA, 8.6 K/9, 3.2 BB/9

Edinson Volquez – 3.55 ERA, 7.0 K.9, 3.2 BB/9

Johnny Cueto (with Royals) – 4.76 ERA, 6.2 K/9, 1.9 BB/9

Chris Young (as starter) – 3.18 ERA, 6.0 K/9, 3.0 BB/9

Mets

Jacob deGrom – 2.54 ERA, 9.7 K9, 1.8 BB/9

Matt Harvey – 2.71 ERA, 8.9 K/9, 1.8 BB/9

Noah Syndergaard – 3.24 ERA, 10.0 K/9, 1.9 BB/9

Steven Matz – 2.27 ERA, 8.6 K/9, 2.5 BB/9

Advantage: Huge advantage to Mets.

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Bullpen

The Royals have arguably the best bullpen in the game right now, even with closer Greg Holland done for the year. Despite being forced to throw the fifth-most innings in baseball, Royals relievers combined for a 2.72 ERA. Wade Davis, who finished the year with a 0.94 ERA, is now closing for Kansas City, and doing an incredible job. Ryan Madson (2.13 ERA), Kelvin Herrera (2.71 ERA), and Franklin Morales (3.18 ERA) have been solid behind Davis.

The Mets bullpen, which experienced a complete shakeup from the start of the season, isn’t as bad as some fans like to think, but it doesn’t quite match what the Royals have. Jeurys Familia has been outstanding this season, and even better in the playoffs. While Addison Reed and Tyler Clippard have been pretty good, the options behind them aren’t quite as scary as what the Royals have.

Advantage: Royals

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The Royals are probably the most complete team in baseball and will be the biggest challenge yet for the Mets. The Royals combine the best defense, the best bullpen, and a pretty good offense to make them the class of the American League. They’ve certainly faced some challenges so far in the playoffs, but there is a reason why they are back in the World Series for the second straight year. They aren’t going to blow teams out of the water with home runs like the Blue Jays or Cubs, but they excel in close games. They can steal bases when they need to. They almost never blow a late lead. They are built to win in the postseason. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if this series went seven excruciatingly-close games.

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Duda Rewards Collins With Huge Night At The Plate http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/duda-rewards-collins-with-huge-night-at-the-plate.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/duda-rewards-collins-with-huge-night-at-the-plate.html/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:00:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=197537 lucas duda

After battling through a slump for the entire postseason, Lucas Duda broke out in epic fashion last night. He blasted a three run shot off Jason Hammel in the first inning, and he later crushed a two run double in the third that gave the Mets a 5-0 lead.

His five RBI performance ties a franchise record with Curtis Granderson who also did so in Game 3 this season against the Dodgers.

“I was just so happy to hit the ball with the barrel of the bat,” Duda said. “I haven’t a hit a ball that hard in quite some time. But it’s about winning at this point and going to the World Series. This is a very special moment. for us. I’m  still trying to soak everything in it’s so unbelievable.”

Duda entered the game with only three hits in 24 at bats, but he certainly rewarded his manager for having faith in him. Collins stuck with Duda despite his struggles, and thought that his bat was too dangerous to take out.

“As far as Lucas Duda, I told you last week when you asked me what was going on, I said once in a while you guys show players you’ve got confidence in them, and I thought I did that with Lucas, knowing that if he breaks out, he can carry us. And tonight he broke out.”

Duda has been incredibly streaky all year, so it was just a matter of time before he got locked in again. Despite his inconsistencies, he’s averaged 28 home runs over the past two years and had an OPS above .830 both seasons. He’s been one of the most underrated players on the team, and could make a tremendous impact in the World Series if he can stay hot.

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Cespedes Deals Devastating Blow To Dodgers With Clutch Homerun http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/cespedes-deals-devastating-blow-to-dodgers-with-clutch-homerun.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/cespedes-deals-devastating-blow-to-dodgers-with-clutch-homerun.html/#comments Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:00:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=196357 yoenis cespedes

With the Mets up 7-3 in the 4th inning, Yoenis Cespedes delivered the fatal blow to the Dodgers in game 3 of the NLDS. He blasted a three run shot to left field that put the game completely out of reach and caused the crowd at Citi Filed to erupt.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Cespedes called the stadium’s atmosphere “incredible” and said that he never experienced anything like it before.

While he ended the regular season in a slump, Cespedes is now scorching hot once again. He’s homered in back to back games, and he finished the night going 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored.

“It makes me very happy, because I think that home run helped me put my team at a little bit more of an advantage,” Cespedes said. “I think today’s win was really important and I’m happy with that.”

He became first Met to homer in consecutive postseason games since John Olerud in Games Four and Five of the 1999 NLCS against the Braves.

Cespedes, along with Travis d’Arnaud, also became the first duo in franchise history to each collect three hits in a playoff game since Game Two of the 1973 World Series at Oakland when Cleon Jones and Bud Harrelson each had three hits.

Not only did Cespdes impressive with his power yesterday, but he also made a great play using his speed. He beat out an infield single in the third inning that ignited the Mets’ four run rally in the second which gave the team the lead.

“We talked the other day,” manager Terry Collins said of Cespedes, a talent quite unlike any other he has ever been around on an everyday basis. “And he told me: ‘It’s time to play.’ And then he shows you what he can do. He’s electrifying on the field. He does whatever he wants to do.” (Mike Vaccaro, NY Post)

He’s been unbelievable ever since the Mets acquired him from Detroit with his excellent combination of power and speed. Most importantly, he’s continued to be a tremendous producer on the big stage. In 13 career post season games, he’s batting.346 with three home runs and 10 RBI.

“He can get in and let us ride his back,” Collins said. “He’s a dangerous player.”

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Duda’s Power Surge Continues With Two Homeruns Against Phillies http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/dudas-power-surge-continues-with-two-home-runs-against-phillies.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/dudas-power-surge-continues-with-two-home-runs-against-phillies.html/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:00:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=195053 lucas duda

With another two home run performance last night against the Phillies, Lucas Duda has crushed five home runs and collected 13 RBIs during his last three games. It’s been a tremendous run for Duda, who suddenly has a chance to reach 30 home runs in back-to-back seasons.

This seemed improbable just one week ago, but he’s been on an absolute tear of late.  He’s now up to 27 home runs and 73 RBI  on the season in 131 games.  If he can remain hot over the final days of the season, he certainly has a strong chance to pull it off.

Yesterday’s barrage was also a record setting day for Duda. It was his 7th multi-homer game of the year, which ties him for the most in Mets’ history during a single season with Dave Kingman in 1976 and and Carlos Delgado in 2008. Duda also blasted the 100th home run of his career in the 4th inning against David Buchanan.

2015 may have been an inconsistent season for Duda, but he’ finishing it off with a bang. His overall numbers are very impressive and perhaps even better than last year.  His .853  OPS this season is actually higher than last year’s mark of .830.

Duda will be a key player for the Mets’ in October, and his power will be a real game changer if he stays this locked in at the plate.

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Wright RBI-Double Gives Mets 4-3 Win Over Marlins http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/magic-number-10-wright-rbi-double-gives-mets-4-3-win-over-marlins.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/magic-number-10-wright-rbi-double-gives-mets-4-3-win-over-marlins.html/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 02:32:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=193591 logan Verrett

The New York Mets (83-61) defeated the Miami Marlins (61-83) by a score of 4-3 Monday night at Citi Field, for their eighth consecutive win.

Pitching:

Logan Verrett got the start for the Mets and pitched very well, retiring the first nine Marlins in order. He went 5.0 very strong innings, allowing one earned run on 3 hits and one walk, while striking out 3. He was pinch hit for in the bottom of the 5th inning after throwing only 63 pitches, as Terry Collins wanted to get Sean Gilmartin some work.

Thus, in came Gilmartin. He allowed a leadoff bunt base hit to Dee Gordon, who then promptly stole second base for his 51st SB on the year. After a lineout by Christian Yelich, the Mets opted to walk Martin Prado and pitch to lefty Justin Bour instead. The plan worked at first, as Bour flew out to right, however back-to-back RBI singles by Derek Dietrich and J.T. Realmuto gave the Marlins a 3-1 lead.

Hansel Robles pitched a perfect 7th inning and was awarded the win tonight, striking out one. Addison Reed then pitched a perfect 8th, also striking out one. Reed’s been solid since we acquired him.

Jeurys Familia came in to preserve a 4-3 lead in the 9th, which is just what he did, recording his 41st save of the year. He tossed a perfect inning which included a strikeout of future Hall-of-Famer Ichiro Suzuki on a 94mph splitter. Before walking back to the dugout, Ichiro gave Familia a “what the hell was that pitch?” look. We don’t believe it either, slugger, but you’re not going to hit it whatever it is.

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Offense:

Yoenis Cespedes hit another home run, so there’s that. It was his 35th homer and 103rd RBI of the year, and gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning.

After the Marlins took a 3-1 lead in the top of the 6th, the Mets responded in the bottom of the inning. With two outs and nobody on, Juan Uribe doubled down the line. Then Travis d’Arnaud blasted a home run to right-center field to tie the game at 3-3, his 12th of the year.

With the game tied in the bottom of the 7th inning, it was time to start thinking about who the hero would be tonight. Cespedes? Flores? Murphy? Well, tonight it was Captain America himself, David Wright. With runners on first and second, he crushed a ground rule double to center field, missing a home run by only a few feet. It scored one run and gave the Mets a 4-3 lead, which would stick.

Notes:

This is the Mets 8th win in a row! The win lowered their magic number to 10 games, however as the Nationals and Phillies are currently tied, that number could decrease to 9 with a Nats loss. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Go Phils!

Jeurys Familia saved his 41st game of the season tonight. He is on pace to easily surpass the Mets franchise record for saves in a season, set by fellow flamethrower Armando Benitez (43) in 2001.

On Deck:

The Mets will send Jacob deGrom (13-7, 2.40 ERA) to the bump to face off against Tom Koehler (9-13, 3.99 ERA) and the Marlins Tuesday night at 7:10 pm in Flushing. Did someone say 9th straight win?

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Morning Grind: Oh, How Sweep It Is! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/morning-grind-oh-how-sweep-it-is.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/morning-grind-oh-how-sweep-it-is.html/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:00:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=193089 USATSI_8791139_154511658_lowres

After Stephen Strasburg absolutely dominated the Mets hitters all night on Wednesday, it seemed like 2-1 might be an insurmountable deficit.

Strasburg was dealing right out of the gate, making the Mets look silly, striking out hitters left and right with his filthy hook that was falling right off the table.

mmo feature original footerI should have known not to worry, especially with how the Mets have been playing the last several weeks, but I guess it’s just in my DNA.

The Mets, like they’ve done 35 times this year, came back from behind to beat the floundering Washington Nationals by a score of 5-3. The Mets are now 59-11 when scoring four or more runs in a game this season.

Yesterday, I wrote an article and spoke about unlikely heroes. Tonight, another one presented himself. Kelly Johnson played difference maker as he blasted the tying home run off of Strasburg in the eighth inning.

Then Yoenis Cespedes, who I truly believe is a superhuman, appropriately hit the go ahead home run to lead the Mets to victory. He just makes it look so easy. To him, the pitchers are throwing beach balls.

It’s been such a Jekyll and Hide season for the Mets. The wins the last three nights would never have been possible even just two months ago.

Going from worst the first half of the season, to first from July 25th on in almost every offensive category has made all the difference.

Had the Mets been down tonight that late in the game earlier this year, they would have just lied down and took the loss. Well guess what? Not anymore.

On winning teams like this one, everyone does their job. The bullpen, which had looked horrendous the last few weeks pitched 11.1 innings this series and allowed just one earned run.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a huge home run last night to help win the game, and Kelly Johnson did the same thing tonight. It’s not just the sexy names that are getting the job the done, everyone is firing on all cylinders.

“At this point in the season, two or three weeks left, you’re looking pretty good if you have a six-or seven-game lead,” Johnson said. “Hopefully those games we play them in New York won’t matter and we can celebrate early.”

The team has such a great chemistry, and believes it can win every single night. And hell, they can. They just came into the Nationals home ball park and completely shell shocked them.

“This has been the three biggest games of my career.” Terry Collins said in his post game interview. “We’re legitimate, this is not a fluke.”

Much of the reason behind the Mets’ success has been slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Kelly Johnson, who delivered a clutch home run of his own, had nothing but positive things to say about the Cuban phenom.

“It’s like he’s some throwback player, like your dad used to tell you about Clemente or Mantle,” said Johnson. “He’s so cool.”

“I don’t know how it works, but he should be in the discussion for the NL MVP.” The Mets captain, David Wright, said after the huge offensive output Cespedes has delivered since the Mets acquired him.

Nobody could have predicted that on September 10th, the Mets would have a commanding seven game lead in the NL East. This is the most exciting team I’ve ever had the pleasure of rooting for, and I truly believe we can go all the way. We aren’t called the Miracle Mets for nothing!

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Magic Number 17! Mets Increase Division Lead To 7, Sweep Nationals 5-3! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/magic-number-17-mets-increase-division-lead-to-7-sweep-nationals-5-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/magic-number-17-mets-increase-division-lead-to-7-sweep-nationals-5-3.html/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 02:20:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=193082 mets win

The Mets (78-61) defeated the Washington Nationals (71-68) tonight at Nationals Park by a score of 5-3, and in the process, completing the series sweep.

Offense: 

Stephen Strasburg took the ball for the Nationals, as Washington looked to salvage the final game of the series and avoid the sweep.

Through the first seven innings, the former first overall pick dominated the Mets, as he let up just one run – a second inning solo home run to Travis d’Arnaud - as well as scattering just two other hits.

Strasburg was throwing a devastating 12-6 curveball at about a 50% clip, and it was making the Mets hitters look foolish all game. All in all, Strasburg struck out thirteen batters.

In the top of the eighth inning, Terry Collins decided to pinch hit for Wilmer Flores with Kelly Johnson, and it surely paid off, as Johnson blasted a home run to right field to knot the game up at two apiece in the late goings.

Curtis Granderson singled two batters later, which effectively ended Strasburg’s night. Despite striking out a baker’s dozen, Strasburg could not win the game.

However, he did come away with the loss, as Nationals’ manager Matt Williams brought in Drew Storen to face Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes, who hit a base clearing double off of Storen just 24 hours ago, greeted Storen with a two-run bomb to left field to give the Mets a 4-2 lead, their first of the night.

In the ninth inning, after Bryce Harper hit a home run to cut the deficit to 4-3, Lucas Duda hit a lead-off double off of Jonathan Papelbon, and after advancing to third and being pinch run for with Eric Young , Michael Conforto singled to get the Mets the insurance run right back. 

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Pitching:

Jacob deGrom started for the Mets, and pretty much matched his opposition tit for tat. His only Achilles heel of the evening was Bryce Harper, who hit a home run off of the former Rookie of the Year in the first inning, and then doubled and came around to score in the fourth.

DeGrom would go seven strong innings, allowing just the two runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out nine. DeGrom improved to 13-7 on the season, as the Mets rallied late in the game to give the ace a much deserved W.

Tyler Clippard pitched the eighth inning, and despite allowing a home run to Bryce Harper, he limited the damage and kept the lead in the Mets favor.

Jeurys Familia pitched a clean ninth inning and earned his 39th save of the year, as the Mets sweep the Nats on the road to increase the division lead to seven games.

Thoughts:

What an incredible game. Strasburg kept mowing the Mets down, but it just didn’t seem to shake me. I had no doubt in my mind that the Mets were going to find away to regain the lead and win the game yet again. When Matt Williams decided to go to Drew Storen whose world must be crashing around him, I knew the tides were about to change. And against the same batter who owned him yesterday?! Sure enough, Cespedes who can seem to do no wrong, blasted his 32nd home run of the year to give the Mets their first lead of the night. Just an absolutely incredible series. Dropping 2 out of 3 to the cellar dwelling Miami Marlins now seems like a distant memory. This might be the best Mets team I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime, and I’m just so happy that all those years of heartache are finally gone and it feels so gratifying that we finally have a team to love and root for in Queens. The magic number is down to 17, and there’s no stopping us now. Strap in and get comfortable, Mets fans. It’s going to be a great one.

On deck: 

The Mets open up a four game series at Turner Field against the Braves starting tomorrow night. Bartolo Colon (13-11, 4.18 ERA) gets the ball for the opener and takes on Shelby Miller (5-13, 2.81) who has not won a decision in 20 starts. First pitch is at 7:10 PM.

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Kirk Delivers Game Winning Blast Against Papelbon http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/kirk-delivers-game-winning-blast-against-papelbon.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/kirk-delivers-game-winning-blast-against-papelbon.html/#comments Wed, 09 Sep 2015 13:13:54 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=193007 kirk Nieuwenhuis

Even though Kirk Nieuwenhuis is having a disappointing season overall when you examine his overall numbers, he delivered the biggest hit of the year in last night’s dramatic victory over the Washington Nationals.

In a tie game in the 8th inning facing Nationals’ All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon, Nieuwenhuis crushed a solo home run to right field to give New York an 8-7 lead.

“Papelbon has got a great splitty. I didn’t really want to stick around for that,” Nieuwenhuis said. “Thankfully I got my pitch early. I was just kind of looking for something in — middle or middle in. His ball can run sometimes quite a bit off the plate. I got my pitch and thankfully put a good swing on it.” (Adam Rubin, ESPN NY)

The Mets designated Nieuwenhuis for assignment after his dreadful 3-for-38 start at the plate, but they were luckily able to get him back after he was let go by the Angels.

He’s only had 45 at-bats since then, but he’s provided the team with two outstanding moments with his three-homer game back in July and his heroics last night.

“I’m still kind of processing it right now. It’s just been a lot of fun. This is such a good team to be on. I came up with a lot of these guys. This run is a lot fun.”

“When I first came to this organization as the field coordinator, I fell in love with the way he plays,” said manager Terry Collins.

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“Everybody thought this guy was going to be a great player. He’s had a lot of injuries to different parts of his body, his shoulders especially. He had to change his swing. Tonight, to be a part of this, I’m real happy for him.”

Nieuwenhuis is still only batting .200 with a .660 OPS on the season, but as he showed last night,  he can be a valuable contributor off of the bench. He has impressive power against right-handed pitching, and he has a knack for frequently coming through in clutch situations.

On Tuesday, September 8, Captain Kirk may have been the one who delivered the fatal blow that finally sunk the Nationals’ season once and for all.

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Mets Launch 16 Hit Attack, Defeat Phillies 9-4 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/ruben-tejada-hits-inside-the-park-homer-mets-defeat-phillies-9-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/ruben-tejada-hits-inside-the-park-homer-mets-defeat-phillies-9-4.html/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 02:42:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=192280 ruben Tejada

The Mets (74-59) defeated the Philadelphia Phillies (53-81) by a score of 9-4 tonight at Citi Field.

Offense:

The Mets got on the board first tonight, as in the second inning, David Wright singled to lead off the frame, and was driven in on a double by Kelly Johnson.

The very next batter, Ruben Tejada, hit a shallow fly ball to right field which bounced in front of Phillies’ outfielder Domonic Brown, who flipped into the stands in the process trying to reach the ball, causing it to roll all the way to the wall.

Tejada was chugging around the bases the whole way, and would become the first Mets player to hit an inside-the-park home run since Angel Pagan in 2010.

In the third inning, Curtis Granderson singled and was driven in two batters later on a double from Daniel Murphy. This would prove costly, however, as Murphy would leave the game with a quad issue.

Later in the inning, Michael Conforto ripped his fifth home run of the year on a line drive over the left field fence to make it 6-0 at the time.

In the fifth inning, after the Phillies had cut the deficit in half, the Mets tacked on another run with the bases loaded on a ground out from Ruben Tejada.

Tejada would drive in another run in the 7th inning on a single up the middle to score Kelly Johnson, to make it 8-4 Mets.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Yoenis Cespedes slammed his 28th home run of the year to dead central.

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Pitching:

Matt Harvey got the ball for the Mets tonight, and though he didn’t have his best stuff, he still managed to go 6.1 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits, while also striking out nine. For once, Harvey got run support, and increased his record to 12-7.

Sean Gilmartin finished off the seventh, lowering his ERA on the season to 2.17, which was followed by a clean eighth inning from Tyler Clippard.

Addison Reed pitched his second game as a Met, and finished off the game as he sealed the series victory for the Amazin’s.

On deck:

The Mets are off tomorrow, but travel to Miami for a weekend series against the Marlins. Jacob deGrom (12-7, 2.32 ERA) gets the ball for the opener, and takes on Tom Koehler (8-13, 4.12 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.

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Michael Conforto: Something Wicked This Way Comes http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/michael-conforto-something-wicked-this-way-comes.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/michael-conforto-something-wicked-this-way-comes.html/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:55:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=192043 michael Conforto

Wicked? Yes. Wicked Awesome!

Michael Conforto just continues to look better and better the more he plays. Last night, he homered for the fourth time this season (second time at home) and finished the game going 2-for-2 with a walk.

His opposite field solo home run in the fifth inning gave the Mets the lead, and in fact, three of his four home runs have given the Mets the lead or tied the game.

Additionally, Conforto extended his on-base streak to 13 games dating to August 15 and he’s batting .368 (14-38) during the streak.

Remarkably, Conforto is now batting .293 this season with a .392 on-base percentage and .537 slugging. Always making the most of his playing time, in 29 games he has 21 runs scored and he already has a 1.3 WAR in his limited playing time.

That Conforto is able to produce numbers like this at the major-league level after having spent only 40 games above Single-A is a testament to the type of player this rookie is, and conjures up some incredible expectations for what he can do for the New York Mets moving forward.

“You just don’t see that type of jump,” David Wright told Newsday last week in Philadelphia. “Because you don’t see that type of maturity. You can tell he’s got that confidence, but he’s not cocky. And he’s going to get better and better. He’s the real deal.”

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In an exclusive interview with MMO’s John Bernhardt, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told us why he believes Conforto is going to be a very special player for the organization.

“First of all, he’s a very polished and advanced hitter both from the standpoint of his mechanics as well as his approach.”

“One of the reasons that we were comfortable with promoting him from Binghamton, despite having very little experience above Single-A and no experience in Triple-A, was knowing that he had that solid approach from his amateur days and that it would serve him well and that he would be fine.”

“Conforto is a very mature player that fits in very well with any group, and he’s been taken under the wing of many of his peers at the major-league level who really like him. He’s done an excellent job for us.”

When asked how he has been able to maintain his success in the major leagues, Conforto said he tries to keep everything simple despite all the spreadsheets, spray charts, zone ratings, and other advanced statistical information he has been saturated with since his promotion.

“I had advice from people not to overwhelm yourself with that stuff,” Conforto told Newsday. “Try to keep it the same as you were doing in the minor leagues. Same sport. There’s just a little bit more information available here.”

One of the things that stands out already about this kid is his flair for the dramatic and for coming up big when the moment calls for it. He is 6-for-18 with runners in scoring position with 10 RBIs and a 1.180 OPS.

“My mindset is to go up there in those situations and just try to hit the ball hard somewhere and not try to do too much. It’s something that I take pride in, and I hope I continue to come up big in those spots in the future.”

As much as I love watching Conforto play, I’m also very taken by how he speaks with a maturity beyond his years, and the way he carries himself with such a confident demeanor in that clubhouse.

I’m so excited about what Conforto can be in the future for the Mets with that perfect and natural line drive swing of his.

He reminds me a lot of Will Clark when he first came up with the San Francisco Giants. They used to call Clark, “The Natural” and that’s exactly what I think of when I see this 22-year old step into the batter’s box.

Over the course of his career, Will Clark averaged a .303/.384/.487 batting line with 36 doubles, 23 home runs, 95 runs and 95 RBIs per season. And those are exactly the kinds of numbers I believe Michael Conforto is capable of producing once he reaches his prime years.

I may be getting a little bit ahead of myself here, but don’t I always? I really love this kid and I can’t help thinking that we struck gold here.

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Neither Matz nor Syndergaard Will Be Used In Relief http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/neither-matz-or-syndergaard-will-be-used-in-relief.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/neither-matz-or-syndergaard-will-be-used-in-relief.html/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:07:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=191487 bartolo colon

On Saturday, veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon made his first relief appearance in over four years, when he pitched three shutout innings for the Yankees against the Orioles on April 14, 2011.

Colon, 42, came into the ninth with the Mets down 3-1 and worked a scoreless inning, striking out two and allowing a David Ortiz double.

“I think he can pitch in any role you put him in,” manager Terry Collins said. “Bartolo is Bartolo. He’s going to come in and make you swing the bat, and he doesn’t get out of his game. He doesn’t beat himself.”

Collins rejected any speculation that Colon was auditioning for a postseason relief role, emphasizing that his bullpen was simply tired and depleted and that it was Bartolo’s day for throwing in between starts.

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On Monday, Sandy Alderson shot down the notion that Syndergaard could pitch out of the bullpen to preserve innings between now and the postseason.

The Mets GM told Kristie Ackert of the Daily News that it would be very unlikely. But Alderson didn’t stop there.

“While there has been at least some in the organization who have thought about the possibility of Syndergaard as a late-inning power arm in the pen for the playoffs, Alderson said that is also “unlikely.”

Alderson told Ackert that he was concerned about putting Syndergaard in an unfamiliar role in big spot.

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Finally, on Sunday, Terry Collins told reporters that Steven Matz, who will be making his final rehab start tomorrow for Binghamton, will not pitch in relief for the Mets.

Collins said it would be unfair to ask Matz to warm up in a hurry as a releiever. “You’re talking about a guy with injury issues,” Collins said.

The young southpaw is expected to be activated from the DL on Tuesday and slot right into the team’s revived six-man rotation.

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Cuddyer Has Been Red-Hot Since Return From DL http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/cuddyer-has-been-red-hot-since-return-from-dl.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/cuddyer-has-been-red-hot-since-return-from-dl.html/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:00:08 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=191569 New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

Michael Cuddyer continued his hot hitting last night in Philadephia where he went 3-for-5 with a home run, double, and 3 RBI in a Mets 9-4 win over the Phillies.

In 13 games since being activated from the DL, Cuddyer is batting .369 with four doubles, two home runs, and seven RBI in 39 at-bats.

“I feel better, my knees feel better. But it’s also just baseball, you go through hot spells and cold spells and fortunately right now I’m swinging the bat well,” said Cuddyer. “I’m not missing the pitches that I was missing earlier.”

Cuddyer is now 6-for-9 with four RBI in two out of the three games he’s started in this series. The one game he did not start was the Tuesday night game where he had a huge pinch-hit two-run single to break a 4-4 tie in the top half of the 6th inning.

When Cudder came off of the DL it was with the understanding that he would probably lose his hold on an everyday job with the acquisition of Yoenis Cesedes and the emergence of Michael Conforto, relegating him to a platoon role.

However, Cuddyer seems to have accepted this role just fine, and it’s certainly played a big part in the team’s recent success. “I’m happy for the team. We’re playing better and we’re a better ball club,” said Cuddyer. “No matter who we play we go out there and we expect to win.”

I always felt that if the Mets could get anything substantial out of Cuddyer after the DL, with the way the team had been hitting, that it would just be gravy.

Cuddyer has not only been hitting, he’s also only struck out four times since returning from the DL. This is good to see as I often thought there were instances before he went on the DL where he would consistantly chase pitches outside of the strike zone.

On the year Cuddyer is batting .263 with 10 HR and 37 RBI. Prior to going on the DL he had been hitting just .250

His home run in the top of the 8th inning last night was the Mets 40th home run in August. That tied the club record for the most home runs in any month since June of 2006. There are still five games left to be played in the month.

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Murphy Is Having Another Solid Season, Will He Be A Met Next Year? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/murphy-is-having-another-solid-season-will-he-be-a-met-next-year.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/murphy-is-having-another-solid-season-will-he-be-a-met-next-year.html/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:00:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190882 daniel murphy

During the Mets 5-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Daniel Murphy had another big night at the plate. He crushed a solo home run in the first inning, and he later drove in a key run with a RBI single in the 5th.

Ever since a rough month of April, he’s completely turned his season around. He’s batting over .300 since the beginning of May, and he has a OPS near .800 during this span. Overall, his average stands at .282 to go along with nine home runs and 47 RBI in 365 at-bats.

With the way he’s been hitting of late, it’s becoming difficult to imagine the Mets letting him go when he hits free agency after this season.

As Dave Lennon of Newsday wrote in his latest article, Murphy has also been one of the team’s most consistent and reliable hitters over the past few years.

Lennon says that he has always made the most of his opportunities, and talks about how Murphy is grateful to the organization for giving him a chance.

“I’m very appreciative,” Murphy said. “They’re not just passing out at-bats in this league. The organization has been good to me.”

Murphy is currently the second longest tenured player on the team behind only David Wright. He’s also moved into fourth all-time on the Mets doubles list at 216 surpassing Howard Johnson. He even has a chance to rank even higher by the end of this year as Jose Reyes is only six ahead for third place and Ed Kranepool is nine ahead for second. 

“I didn’t think I’d be in the big leagues this long,” Murphy said. “So yeah, it seems pretty weird.”

Even with all of Murphy’s flaws, it’s been fun watching him develop from an inexperienced rookie during the 2008 playoff race to an established veteran leader in recent years. Hopefully, the team finds a way to keep him in a Mets uniform going forward as he’s been one of the teams’ top producers.

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MMO Game Recap: Orioles 5, Mets 4 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-recap-orioles-5-mets-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-recap-orioles-5-mets-4.html/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:44:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190873 noah syndergaard

The Mets (64-56) were defeated by the Baltimore Orioles (62-57) by a score of 5-4 tonight at Camden Yards.

Pitching: 

Noah Syndergaard got the start for the Mets, and got himself into immediate danger in the first inning. The rookie right-hander let up a lead-off double to Manny Machado, which was followed by a single from Gerardo Parra.

Parra then stole second base, and Adam Jones walked to load the bases with nobody out. Syndergaard regrouped, and was able to strike out Chris Davis, and get Jonathan Schoop to ground into an inning ending double play.

In the fourth inning, Adam Jones hit a ground rule double to start the frame, which was followed by a walk to Chris Davis. Two batters later, Steve Clevenger hit a single to score Jones and get the Orioles on the board.

Thor pitched into the sixth inning, when the Orioles were able to knot the game up at three at the time, by allowing a two-run shot to Jonathan Schoop.

After allowing a hit to the next batter Steve Clevenger, Syndergaard was removed from the game. He gets a no-decision, and ties a franchise record for going nine straight road starts without a win.

In the seventh inning, Adam Jones hit a home run off of Hansel Robles, who had seemed to turn a corner, to tie up the game yet again.

In the bottom of the ninth, Carlos Torres came in and promptly served up a game-winning home run to Henry Urrutia. Torres falls to 4-5 on the season.

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Offense:

In the first inning, Daniel Murphy hit a solo home run to give the Mets an early advantage. The home run was Murph’s ninth of the year.

In the fourth inning, Ubaldo Jimenez walked Lucas Duda to start off the frame. Duda was caught stealing on a failed hit-and-run play, and Juan Uribe struck out.

But with two out, Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Conforto walked and Wilmer Flores hit a single to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

Daniel Murphy was able to tack on another run for the Mets in the fifth, with a single to score Curtis Granderson.

In the seventh inning, with the game tied, Wilmer Flores launched his 12th homer of the year to tie up the game at the time. Unfortunately, it would be the last Mets run as they failed to rally and win the game.

On deck:

The Mets are off tomorrow, but start a three game series in Colorado this weekend. Bartolo Colon (10-11, 4.58 ERA) gets the ball for the Mets for the opener. First pitch is scheduled for 8:40 PM.

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Mets Edge Orioles 5-3 In Nail-Biter, deGrom Magnificent http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mets-edge-orioles-5-3-in-nail-biter-degrom-magnificent.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mets-edge-orioles-5-3-in-nail-biter-degrom-magnificent.html/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 03:14:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190763 jacob deGrom

The Mets (64-55) defeated the Orioles (61-57) by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday night in Baltimore.

Pitching:

Jacob deGrom started for the Mets and was, once again, magnificent. He pitched 7 2/3 masterful innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits with 6 strikeouts and a walk throwing 100 pitches. The only run came on a 6th inning home run off the bat of Gerardo Parra. DeGrom’s ERA now sits at a pristine 1.98 ERA, second in the major leagues only to Zack Greinke (1.58).

Tyler Clippard relieved deGrom in the 8th after he allowed a base hit to Manny Machado. His job was to face Gerardo Parra, who is 0-8 against Clippard in his career. Make that 0-9, as Parra lifted a long fly ball to right, on which Granderson made a fabulous catch jumping towards the wall, preserving the lead.

After the Mets extended their lead to more than 3 runs, Jeurys Familia sat down and Clippard went back out to start the 9th inning. He got Adam Jones to fly out, but then allowed a walk to Chris Davis and a base hit to Matt Wieters putting runners on first and second with one out.

It was then a save situation, so Familia came in to preserve the 5-1 lead. He proceeded to strikeout Jonathan Schoop with a nasty 93 mph splitter. There was then a dribbler between first and second base, which led to some miscommunication preventing the Mets from getting the out at first, an infield hit.

J.J. Hardy then came to bat as the tying run with the bases loaded and two outs. After going to a 3-2 count, Familia threw a splitter in the dirt to walk in a run, trimming the Mets lead to 5-2. Then came a 5 pitch walk to the nine hitter Urrutia for another run, Mets lead 5-3. Both of those runs were charged to Tyler Clippard.

Manny Machado then came to the plate, my fingernails are almost gone at this point. First pitch, sinker away. Second pitch, a hanging slider fouled off, 1-1 count. Sinker fouled, and then on a 1-2 count, Familia threw a splitter which Machado clearly went around on but the first base umpire disagreed. Then on a 2-2 pitch, Machado grounded out to Murphy at third and was thrown out to end the game.

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Offense:

Curtis Granderson had a great day at the office, belting two solo home runs as well as drawing a walk, going 2-4. He led off the game with a home run, setting a new franchise record for leadoff home runs in a season, besting Jose Reyes‘s 6.

Daniel Murphy also had a great day, going 2-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, one of which came on a clutch sac-fly in the top of the 9th inning.

Lucas Duda, Michael Cuddyer, and Michael Conforto all recorded base hits. Conforto also threw out a runner at the plate from left field in the bottom of the 5th inning.

The Mets capitalized on three defensive miscues committed by Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop. These included a dropped ball on a cutoff play that could have gunned Wilmer Flores at the plate, a ball thrown away on an easy grounder, and a dropped ball trying to turn a double play in the 9th inning. The double play led to a big Mets inning featuring the Murphy sac-fly as well as Flores scoring on a wild pitch.

Notes:

DeGrom is so good. His curveball and change-up have been fantastic lately, giving him a repertoire of four ++ pitches (fastball and slider as well). If it weren’t for Zack Greinke (13-2, 1.58 ERA), I believe deGrom (12-6, 1.98 ERA) would likely be the Cy Young frontrunner.

Familia finally has that third pitch we have all been craving, and man is it good. It’s a splitter, sitting at 91-93 mph with a ton of downward movement. If he can get consistent with it, he will hopefully be even more effective.

David Wright played another rehab game, going 0-1 with three walks and a strikeout. He has gone 4-15 in rehab games and is eyeing the series in Philadelphia for a return. He also committed his fourth error.

On Deck:

Noah Syndergaard (7-6, 3.07 ERA) and the Mets will try to sweep the season series against the Orioles and Ubaldo Jimenez (9-7, 3.92 ERA) wednesday night at 7:05 pm at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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MMO Game Recap: Pirates 3, Mets 2 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-recap-pirates-3-mets-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-recap-pirates-3-mets-2.html/#comments Sat, 15 Aug 2015 02:58:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190391 bartolo colon

The Mets (63-53) were defeated by the Pittsburgh Pirates (67-46) by a score of 3-2 tonight at Citi Field.

Pitching:

The Pirates jumped out in front early on, as Neil Walker hit a solo home run off Bartolo Colon in the first inning.

Colon regained his composure immediately, however, as the big righty pitched a very strong outing, allowing just the one run on five hits, while walking two and striking out seven against a very potent Pittsburgh lineup.

Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia pitched the eighth and ninth innings respectively, keeping the Pirates at bay.

In the tenth inning, Bobby Parnell came on to pitch and very clearly did not have his stuff working. The Bucs certainly took advantage, as Parnell failed to retire a batter, allowing three straight hits to give Pittsburgh a lead in the late goings.

Carlos Torres was called upon to work out of the mess that he inherited, with two on and nobody out. Torres allowed a run to score on a sacrifice fly, but prevented further damage as he was able to keep further trouble from ensuing.

Parnell’s poor outing proved to be detrimental to the Mets chances of winning, as they failed to rally in the bottom of the tenth to tie or win the game.

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Offense:

J.A. Happ, who – coming into today -possessed a 4-4 record with a 4.78 ERA, stymied the Mets offense, pitching 5.1 innings, and allowing just one run. The journeyman right-hander did yield seven hits, but was able to stifle the Mets attempts at scoring.

A key scoring opportunity presented itself for the Mets in the third inning, as Juan Lagares singled to lead off the frame, followed by a Curtis Granderson double.

The following three batters would be retired in order, as the Mets failed to score, which turned out to be a crucial missed scoring chance for the Mets tonight.

In the sixth inning, the Mets finally broke through and were able to tie up the game, as Yoenis Cespedes hit a home run to left field, his second as a Met and 20th on the season.

The Mets rallied in the tenth inning, as Juan Lagares doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Curtis Granderson then hit a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 3-2.

However, Yoenis Cespedes struck out and Juan Uribe grounded out to end the ball game.

It’s a tough loss, but the Pirates are a good ball club. Rest up and go get ‘em tomorrow, boys.

On deck:

Jon Niese (7-9, 3.46 ERA) gets the ball for the Mets tomorrow and is opposed by Charlie Morton (7-4, 4.48 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.

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Yoenis Cespedes Crushes His First Homer As A Met http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/yoenis-cespedes-crushes-his-first-homer-as-a-met.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/yoenis-cespedes-crushes-his-first-homer-as-a-met.html/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:21:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190227 yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes ripped his first home run as a Met on Wednesday night, a screaming bullet in the eighth inning with two outs to ice the Mets lead at 3-0. It was his 19th home run of the season and his first since July 30 at Baltimore.

“It feels good. I feel happy to get it off my back, to get my first out of the way,” Cespedes said through a translator. “I feel like I’m helping the team, not only because of the first home run, because it’s the first hit in the last five days.” ((New York Post)

Cespedes had been 1-for-18 at Citi Field before his homer.

“Every hitter goes through a little slump and gets lost at the plate. I was a little lost for the last couple days. But I don’t feel like it’s going to be a big deal. I’m going to be able to work it out and be back on track.”

Acquired by the Mets at the trade deadline for top pitching prospects Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa, Cespedes was brought in to be that true righty power threat and difference maker in the lineup.

“New park, new league; I think a lot of his start is that … I’m not concerned he’s going to hit. Everybody I’ve talked to about him said, ‘You have some kind of good player on your hands.’ He’s going to get it going, and he’s going to carry us a lot of nights.”

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Cespedes showed off his sense of humor, telling reporters after the game that he wore his bright yellow sleeve to look like the yellow parakeet that was flying around Citi Field during the game and mesmerized Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez.

“I see other people using it, a different color,” he said. “I just used it because I know there was a bird in the field and I just wanted to look like the bird, and it would bring me some luck.”

On this night it worked as he absolutely crushed that baseball so hard, and it exited the park so fast, that if you blinked you would have missed it. It was great to see him get this first homer out of the way.

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