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Last Thursday Wilmer Flores was hit by a pitch on his left heel and was out of the lineup until last night for the Bravos de Margarita. In game one of Venezuelan League action, Flores played second base and batted fifth. He crushed a solo home run to left field in his first at bat which you can watch here.

He finished the first game going 1 for 3 with the homer and struck out against former Mets farmhand Deolis Guerra. He was part of two double plays turned on defense and fielded the other two ground ball chances he had cleanly.

Flores was at second base again in the second game but was slid up to the cleanup spot in the lineup. He went 0-2 with a walk and is now 2 for 9 in his first three games.

Here is the rest of the Mets players in action last night in winter ball:

Puerto Rican League

Criollos de Caguas

Johnny Monell - 0 for 5, walk, two strikeouts (.319/.417/.486 in 72 at bats).

Arnaldo Berrios - 1 for 6, walk, two runs, three strikeouts (4 for 17 with six walks in 13 games).

Indios de Mayaguez

T.J. Rivera - 0 for 2 with a walk (.361/.425/.500 with five RBI in 36 at bats).

Mexican League

Aguilas de Mexicali

Xorge Carrillo - 0 for 3 with strikeout (.268/.331/.380 in 108 at bats).

Dominican League

Aguilas Cibaenas

Juan Lagares - 0 for 3 with walk and strikeout (3 for 17, two walks, five strikeouts).

Dilson Herrera is playing winter ball in the Colombian League for the Toros de Sincelejo and he hit his first homerun on Tuesday night. He was 5 for 13 with a double and stolen base before the game Tuesday.

Jeremy Hefner is a free agent but was always a well liked Met and last night he made his first pro start since August 6th, 2014. He pitched four scoreless innings for the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican League. He made his return to the mound last week pitching  1.2 scoreless innings.

The Estrellas de Oriente announced yesterday that new Met Stolmy Pimentel has bicep tendinitis in his throwing arm and could miss the rest of the winter ball season. He was 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 5.2 innings for the Estrellas before the injury.

For more winter league and Mets minor league coverage head over to including Gavin Cecchini being ranked 14th on the KATOH Top 100 prospects list which you can read here.

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Jeremy Hefner Undergoing Second Tommy John Surgery Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:14:38 +0000 hefner

Jeremy Hefner announced via Twitter that he will undergo his second Tommy John surgery in 14 months.

Hefner had been rehabbing from his first Tommy John surgery in St. Lucie and after appearing in a few games he suffered a forearm fracture and they discovered he re-tore  his ulnar collateral ligament.

he had been debating whether or not to undergo this second Tommy John surgery. His original procedure was conducted on August 28th, 2013.

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Jeremy Hefner Still Debating 2nd Tommy John Surgery Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:30:07 +0000 hefner

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Jeremy Hefner is still debating whether to undergo Tommy John surgery for the second time in two years.

His original procedure was conducted on August 28th, 2013 and he re-injured his elbow on August 8th of this year.

Rubin says that Hefner will rest for a few more weeks before deciding between a more natural healing process or Tommy John Surgery.

August 8

Terrible news for Jeremy Hefner as Mets assistant GM John Ricco announced that he has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his forearm and another UCL tear in his right elbow. It now appears that Hefner is facing a second Tommy John surgery, but nothing official yet as he weighs his options.

Hefner was placed on the 7-day disabled list by the St. Lucie Mets with a right forearm strain while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery which he underwent last August. During his three starts he had no decisions and a 9.00 ERA in just 8.0 innings pitched.

With the Mets over the 2012 and 2013 seasons Hefner posted an 8-15 record to go along with his 4.65 ERA. 

Hopefully Hefner can make a full recovery.

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Terry Collins Unhappy With Matt Harvey’s Most Recent Session Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:53:08 +0000 matt-harvey-3

August 14th (Harris Decker)

According to ESPN’s Danny Knobler, Terry Collins and the Mets are trying desperately to slow down Matt Harvey‘s recovery from Tommy John Surgery. Yesterday, the Mets manager tried to get in touch with the recovering ace to discuss a reworked schedule only to find out that he was on the radio talking with ESPN New York.

“I threw a bullpen today and I didn’t miss a spot,” Harvey said during that interview. “I felt like I was easily throwing into the low to mid 90s, with pretty much no effort.”

Obviously this is a double edged sword for Mets fans. The fact that he’s pitching and hitting his spots with “no effort” is great. Jeremy Hefner‘s most recent injury feels like a cautionary tale.

“One of the reasons we have tried to back Matt off is how he is mentally. This guy is a bulldog. There is no such thing as low speed or low gear. It’s all-out forward. There was a phone call made [Tuesday] where it was, ‘Yeah, we’ve got to back this down,’ and [Wednesday] he throws a 27-pitch bullpen.” Clearly Collins is not amused. He concluded that sentiment with “I’m going to put my head through the wall.”

There’s no question that every person recovers in a different way, a point Harvey brought up in the radio interview regarding Hefner. Just because Hefner had a major setback, doesn’t mean the same will happen to Harvey. Collins and the Mets seems to be singing a different tune. It’s not about Hefner, it’s about Harvey and the Mets. As the Mets fall further and further out of relevancy in 2014, it makes less and less sense to put Harvey back out there.

August 12th (Sean Sullivan)

In the wake of Jeremy Hefner’s setback, Sandy Alderson held a press conference prior to tonight’s game in which he all but affirmed the idea that Matt Harvey will not pitch in a game this season, minor leagues or otherwise.

Yesterday it was revealed that Jeremy Hefner, who underwent Tommy John surgery last summer, had re-injured his ulnar collateral ligament. Hefner had made six minor league starts for Port St. Lucie this summer while rehabbing from the original injury that ended his season on August 9th of last year.

jeremy hefner metsClaimed off waivers from Pittsburgh in 2011, Hefner made his major league debut for New York in 2012. That year he appeared in 26 games and made 13 starts. He was a regular member of the Mets’ rotation in 2013, going 4-8 with a 4.34 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) before being shut down. After the diagnosis of a torn UCL, Hefner ultimately underwent surgery three weeks later.

In the eyes of Sandy Alderson, Hefner’s setback provides a cautionary tale for Harvey’s own rehabilitation. Thus far, Harvey has thrown off the mound several times and maintains his desire to pitch in 2014. However, given the reality of the situation and the clubs hesitancy to risk a similar narrative for the team’s burgeoning superstar, it is apparent that they will be overly cautious going forward.

At this point in the season, I can’t argue with the logic here. If the Mets were seriously in contention with a shot for some truly meaningful games in September, maybe I would criticize the Mets front office for being too cautious in this circumstance. However, at this point in time, I believe that the Mets’ and Matt Harvey’s priority should be to arrive in Port St. Lucie next spring healthy and ready to go.

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Mets Minors Report: Whalen Still Undefeated, Hefner Only Lasts An Inning Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:00:15 +0000 Robert-Whalen

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • Brian Burgamy hit his 21st home run on the season, and third in four games.
  • Dustin Lawley launched his 20th home run on the season and drove in two runs (59).  In 2013 with St. Lucie, Lawley had 25 home runs and drove in 92 runs.
  • Pitcher Tyler Pill had a pinch-hit double in the eighth inning of Binghamton’s victory and is batting .471 (8 for 17) on the season.
  • Darrell Ceciliani singled in five at bats to extend his hit streak to eight games.
  • Greg Peavey (9-2, 2.58) tossed 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, three walks and struck out four batters to earn his ninth victory on the season.
  • Jeremy Hefner lasted only one inning, allowing three runs on three hits, walking two and didn’t strike out a batter. In three starts for St.Lucie, Hefner has given up eight runs on eight hits, in eight innings.
  • Maikis De La Cruz continued his hot hitting with two more hits in five at bats on Wednesday. In his last ten games he is batting .390 (16 for 41), eight runs scored, three doubles and six RBI’s.
  • Gavin Cecchini finished 3 for 3, with a run scored and in his last ten games he is batting .353 (12 for 34) with five runs scored, three doubles, four RBI’s and seven walks.
  • L.J. Mazzilli was 2 for 5 and has six multi-hit games in his last ten games.
  • Beck Wheeler threw two shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three to earn his ninth save for St. Lucie.
  • In the first game, Robert Whalen (7-0, 1.42) tossed 5.1 shutout innings, allowing four hits, three walks and striking out four batters to earn his seventh victory for Savannah this season. Whalen has not allowed an earned run in his last 12.1 innings pitched. Stay tuned for his exclusive interview with Joe D. this weekend.
  • Akeel Morris threw 1.2 shutout innings to close the door for Whalen, and struck out four to earn his 13th save on the season. He also lowered his ERA to 0.72.
  • Dominic Smith doubled in two at bats, scored a run, walked and drove in one in game 1. He has only 5 hits in his last 29 at bats.
  • Stefan Sabol was 2 for 2, with two runs score, two home runs (8) and drove in four (50) during Savannah’s game two victory.
  • John Mora doubled and tripled in five at bats and drove in a run in Brooklyn’s loss.
  • Tyler Moore had three hits in four at bats with two doubles.

Minors Transaction

Right handed pitcher Hunter Carnevale was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays organization for cash as reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN NY. Carnevale, 25, a 33rd round pick in 2010 from the University of the Pacific was a combined 4-1 with a 5.59 ERA in 23 relief appearances this season between Savannah and St. Lucie.

Organizational Offensive Leaders


1 Allan Dykstra LV 67
2 Brian Burgamy BIN 67
3 L.J. Mazzilli STL 66
4 T.J. Rivera BIN 64
5 Dilson Herrera BIN 59

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All Well In Hefner’s Return To Mound Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:17:03 +0000 jeremy hefner

Update 1:00PM

According to ESPN‘s Adam Rubin, Jeremy Hefner tossed 15 pitches from the mound as scheduled on Tuesday morning. His next step in his road to recovery will come on Saturday when he is slated to throw 20 pitches.

Afterwards, Jeremy tweeted out his thoughts:


June 9- Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner appears ready to take the next step in his road back from Tommy John surgery.

According to ESPN‘s Adam Rubin, Hefner will soon throw 15 pitches from the mound in Port St. Lucie. This will mark the first time he’s throwing from the mound since having surgery on August 28th.

The 28-year old right-hander posted a 4.34 ERA in 130.2 innings in 2013 for the Mets before sustaining the injury.

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Jeremy Hefner Throws For First Time Since Tommy John Surgery Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:00:27 +0000 jeremy hefner

Jeremy Hefner threw today at the Mets Spring Training Complex in Port St. Lucie for the first time since undergoing Tommy John Surgery in late August.

Hefner, who announced via Twitter that he was cleared to play yesterday, made 20 tosses at 60 feet today and said he felt “great”, said Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.


The 27-year old, who was re-signed to a minor-league contract with New York in January after being non-tendered, went 4-8 with a 4.34 ERA in 130.2 innings pitched in 2013 before being shut down with a torn elbow ligament.

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: Random Thoughts On Bartolo Colon Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:04:21 +0000 bartolo colon

Last night as I was getting comfortable on my couch, I was scanning the twitterverse and lo and behold what breaking news did I see but the unofficial announcement that the Mets had signed veteran starting pitcher, Bartolo Colon to a 2-year/$20 million dollar contract pending a physical. Obviously this set Mets Twitter on the verge of nuclear meltdown, the likes that no one has seen since Jason Bay agreed to that fateful 3-year/$66 million dollar contract.

Then I got to thinking: What does this mean to the average Mets fan and how does this affect the Mets over the course of the next 2 years? So here are some random thoughts on the signing of Bartolo – or as the newly signed outfielder, Chris Young refers to him as – ToeLo.

Bartolo’s uniform number should be the same as his waist size (50).

Part of Colon’s contract is that he gets his own show on SNY called Bartolo vs Food.

I wonder who would win in a Sumo wrestling match in a ring filled with Jell-O, him or Mo Vaughn ?

With Bartolo on the mound there is no need for infielders – because he is the infield.

Bartolo makes me look svelte.

He gets his own personal “Shake Shack!”

I bet he doesn’t find salmon tasty.

And lastly, and in all seriousness, this is a good signing that hopefully will help the Mets compete in 2014.

And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!

Sadly on this date in 1992, Rube Walker – the Mets pitching coach/guru from ’68-’81 – passed away.

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Jim Gosger and utility infielder, Bob Heise to the San Francisco Giants for middle reliever, Ray Sadecki and reserve outfielder, Dave Marshall on December 12, 1969.

In what can and should be considered one of the worst trades in Mets history, the New York Mets traded outfielder, Rusty Staub and minor league pitcher, Bill Laxton to the Detroit Tigers for starting pitcher,  Mickey Lolich and reserve outfielder,  Billy Baldwin on December 12, 1975.

Lolich was supposed to help strengthen the Mets pitching rotation but finished his lone season with a record of 8-13. He retired after the season ended so that he could open a doughnut shop, but then he unretired in ’78 to pitch for the San Diego Padres !!!

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Gene Clines to the Texas Rangers for outfielder, Joe Lovitto on December 12, 1975.

Lovitto ended up being released by the Mets during spring training.

The New York Mets traded middle reliever,  Roy Lee Jackson to the Toronto Blue Jays for utility infielder,  Bob Bailor on December 12, 1980.

The New York Mets signed free agent back up catcher,  Orlando Mercado of the Minnesota Twins on December 12, 1989.

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder,  Alex Ochoa to the Minnesota Twins for reserve outfielder, Rich Becker on December 12, 1997.

The New York Mets signed free agent José Valentin of the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 12, 2005. This was one of then General Manager ,Omar Minaya’s best under the radar signings

The New York Mets traded middle reliever,  Scott Schoeneweis to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher, Connor Robertson on December 12, 2008. After the way Scho pitched that last game of the season everybody knew he wouldn’t ever return to the Mets.

The New York Mets granted  reliever and alleged murderer, Ambiorix Burgos granted free agency on December 12, 2008.

The New York Mets claimed starting pitcher, Jeremy Hefner on waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 12, 2011.

Hefner pitched admirably if not uneven the last two seasons for the Mets in a limited role. Lets hope his surgically repaired pitching arm is ready for the ’15 season .

Mo Vaughn is looking forward to chewing the fat with Bartolo Colon!!!

If you want to hear the rebroadcast of last night’s “Shouts From Shea” podcast featuring myself as well as Steven Keane from “The Kranepool Society” please click here. Our guests include Joe D of this fine blog as well as Danny Abriano from the “Rising Apple” blog.


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Mets Bring Back Jeremy Hefner Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:53:20 +0000 jeremy hefner

The Mets have re-signed starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner, reports Anthony DiComo.

The deal is for a minor-league contract and will allow the Mets to retain control of Hefner at a reduced salary while he rehabs from Tommy John surgery.

Hefner will likely miss a good portion if not all of 2014.

Great move though, nice to see Hefner back…

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Jeremy Hefner being non-tendered doesn’t sit too well with me.  It has nothing to do with performance.  It’s the human element.

I know it’s hard to feel bad for someone who had a half-million dollar a year salary, but of the five players that were non-tendered by the team on Monday, Jeremy’s cut is the one that stings the most.

Justin Turner, Scott Atchison, and Omar Quintanilla were arbitration eligible and are of sound mind and body to be able to seek gainful employment in 2014.  Jordany Valdespin… well, what’s there not to say about Jordany. He needed to go.  He can be “The Man” somewhere else… if anyone will have him.

But then there’s Jeremy.

Had he been a veteran player who had already made his fortune in the game when he hurt his arm and was facing a year of unemployment – I wouldn’t feel bad.  I didn’t feel bad when the Mets non-tendered Mike Pelfrey – he had already made more than $14 million in the game.  But Jeremy?  He’s a pre-arbitration eligible player that played in the majors in 2012 and 2013 with just under two years of major league service time.

So what? Injuries happen all the time, right?

Here’s where the bleeding heart liberal in me kicks in.  Hmmm… he got hurt on the job.  So rather than keep him in the fold and pay him the minimum wage when he’s rehabbing the injury he suffered while in your employment, you fire his rear end while he’s not in any position to be able to find work.

Now maybe the Mets will sign him to a minor league contract for 2014 so they can keep a close eye on his rehab to see what he has for 2015.  Even if they throw him a bone and do that, i’m sure it wouldn’t be at a major league salary – so he’d be getting a pay cut for getting hurt on the job.  Oh, and because he’d be re-signed on a minor league contract – he’s not racking up the major league service time.

Maybe another team will look to sign him to a minor league deal so they can have him in their fold for when he’s ready to return to live action in 2015.  Maybe he’ll even get another team to sign him to a major league contract for next year so they have him under control going forward.  Or maybe he won’t get another shot because a whole new round of hungry youngsters moved up the ladder while he was away.  Regardless, it just doesn’t sit well…

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Which Mets Non-Tender Will Be Missed The Most? Tue, 03 Dec 2013 22:05:17 +0000 The Mets cut five players from their 40-Man Roster yesterday as they made the decision to non-tender and part ways with Scott Atchison, Omar Quintanilla, Jordany Valdespin, Jeremy Hefner and Justin Turner.

The decisions to cut ties with Hefner and Turner were the ones that stood out the most for me.

As Mike Kerwick described it, Hefner was enjoying the season of his life in 2013. He allowed three earned runs or fewer during 15 of his first 18 starts. His ERA was a respectable 3.33 and when he was handed a ticket to the big leagues, he was making good on his chance. Then he hurt his elbow and the 27-year-old is now looking for a new job.

Turner was a little less surprising, but unexpected nonetheless. The scrappy utility player has always played the part of a good solider and saved the Mets’ asses on more than a few occasion when players like Ike Davis and David Wright were lost to injuries. He ends his four-year Mets tenure with a slash line of .267/.326/.370 in 370 games played.

I asked some of our staff which player would be missed the most and who would get picked up by another team first.

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Teddy K. – Hefner, he was a good guy, and a good pitcher. Happy Travels, Jeremy Hefner!

Xtreem – I’ll miss Hefner the most of the five. I don’t agree with letting him go. I think he and Quintanilla will find a new team pretty quick. Solid backup middle infielders can always find a job.

Stephanie S. - Turner will definitely be missed the most. Although to most fans he serves as a punching bag and a pie machine, he was the Mets’ only utility infielder who could be inserted at any position for a spot start and be fairly serviceable on both offense and defense. His glove will certainly be missed more than his bat, but that does not say too much considering he was clearly no more than a bench player. It was the correct move by the Mets to non-tender him, but his presence may be missed in a few situations. 

As for other teams’ interests in our non-tendered players, Valdespin’s reputation as an egotistical, hotheaded PED user will certainly not attract any teams. Hefner is currently recovering from Tommy John, so we won’t see any action from him for this season (it is a possibility that the Mets will re-sign him come 2015, however). As for Turner’s fate, he may attract some attention from the Mariners; they are a team in need of making moves to have a hope in making a splash in 2014, and Turner’s utility in the infield and a serviceable bat off the bench in a clutch spot may interest them. It would be a nice little pickup, considering that aside from the rising rookie Nick Franklin, their infield is rather inconsistent and Turner could provide a nice little boost when needed. Omar Quintanilla may get picked up by the Pirates, who are possibly in the mix for a shortstop at some capability, but other than that, not much interest may be generated at the expense of how poor he performed at the plate when he was a regular starter. As for Atchison, the Astros have been rumored to be looking for bullpen help. Atchison could be an option for them if they are looking for short term help.

Tommy R. – Hefner. To call Quintanilla and Atchison “replaceable” would be an understatement, and with Valdespin’s lack of production and the fact that he cheated, I won’t miss him much. I would like to see them bring Turner back on a smaller contract, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find another utility infielder. However, Hefner was one of the best pitchers in baseball after the beginning of June, up until Tommy John Surgery ended his season. I was going to miss him this year before the non-tender, but didn’t expect him to be released. Hopefully they bring him back on a minor league deal…

Rob (Tie Dyed) - I will miss Valdespin the most. Although many viewed him (unfairly in my opinion) as not being a team player, he was exciting and fun to watch. He was a colorful player on a team that’s become very black and white. He was energetic and played with an enthusiasm that reminded me of Lenny Dykstra. I think, due to his intensity and desire to win at any costs, many of us will look back in a few years and say, “Wow, we really should have held on to him.”

John G. – I am personally going to miss Turner. Seemed like he played hard in the limited chances he was given. I am pretty sure that Hefner or Valdespin will be the first to be snatched up by another team but a curveball could be thrown and Atchison could go first since he is a serviceable reliever.

Andrew D. – The Mets will miss Turner the most because of his defensive versatility and clubhouse popularity. On a team as injury prone as the Mets, a player capable of playing all four infield positions is valuable. And on a team as bad as the Mets have been (and, sadly, may continue to be), a cheery clubhouse prankster can help the dog days of summer not feel so long.

However, Valdespin will be picked up by another team first because of his upside and toolsiness. If given a full season’s worth of at bats, Valdespin could hit 20+ home runs and steal 30 bases. He’s also played 5 MLB positions already, which makes him an appealing bench player, and he has the speed and arm to be a rangy outfielder. I don’t think he’ll ever amount to much, but if there’s one player of these 5 with a chance to really burn us long term, it’s Jordany.

Zack D. - Hefner. Of everyone non-tendered by the Mets so far, Jeremy Hefner has shown the most promise. He added a couple ticks to his fastball in 2013, which never hurts, and he looked like he had a better idea of how to attack hitters, displaying flashes of being a really solid back-of-the-rotation starter. I’m no good at predictions, but if I had to guess, Justin Turner will be the first to sign elsewhere. He’s healthy (unlike Hefner) and he has shown that he can hit a little and play just about anywhere.

Christina M. - I can’t imagine Hefner getting picked up right away, especially because of his injury. Atchison is a pretty solid relief pitcher, but he’s on the older side of 150 years old, so…. my guess is Turner gets picked up first. He beats out Q in talent and usefulness and beats out JV1 in the making-friends department by a country mile. He also didn’t get suspended for PEDs of any kind, which makes him shine significantly brighter in the talent department. Hefner, if he was healthy, would probably be the first to be snatched up, but he also might’ve not been non-tendered if he wasn’t injured for the year. Justin, redturn2, is going to be the first player off the free agency board. Of course, that’s just my two cents.

David C. – I will miss Justin Turner, I feel that he brought a lot to the team with being versatile and playing a variety of positions. The Mets need a bench player that can be put in when needed and he played that role better than any one else on the roster and he hit also.

Corey M. – I think the unanimous choice should be Justin Turner. He has all the characteristics that you look for in a bench player. He’s versatile, has a keen sense of the strike zone and his intangibles make everyone around him better.

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Jimmy M. – I believe Turner will be the most missed due to his ability to play several positions and be a good bat off the bench. If the Mets make a trade involving Davis or Murphy for a corner outfielder then that would make Turner’s utility ability in the infield even more missed.

For these reasons I believe Turner will be the first picked up with a possibility of fighting for a starting job depending in the team. I could also see a team picking up Valdespin based on his potential with the right coaches to develop him (for his sake hopefully it is Miami so he can keep the hat he already has)

Matthew B. – Hefner. I understand about the injury and all, but he wasn’t arbitration eligible and he certainly had his moments. How much are they saving by cutting ties?

Ed (Rusty) – Hefner, because he has that Rick Reed “Everyman” kind of aura to him – easy to pull for even when he was rocked.

DrDooby – Don´t think anyone will really be missed. The Mets gave up on five players who basically performed at “replacement player” caliber levels in 2013 and who neither have the prospect pedigree or past performance to suggest a major rebound / breakout going forward.

Atchison has had the most success among major leaguers – but also has been pitching through torn elbow ligaments recently, the reason why he even was available in 2013 in the first place.

All five will find new teams pretty quickly – but all five will struggle to find a guaranteed major league deal in all likelihood, though a couple of them may, especially Turner & Valdespin who can play second and at least fake it at shortstop briefly and who could be serviceable backups for someone in 2014.

But in any case, moving on from these five was a sound decision at this point. Maybe a couple will return – but more as depth on the Las Vegas 51s roster than in any sort of plan for the Mets.

Jessep – Tough call between Hefner and Turner. They are the only ones who actually brought something to the table in my view. Atchison was good at times, but he’s a 38 year old reliever. With Hefner’s injury. the answer is probably Turner because he was a depth guy. He was the player who could fill in almost anywhere for any player outside of catcher. That’s a huge value if you ask me. I think he is the first one picked up, and for that very reason. Unless of course the Long Island Ducks call Valdespin first?

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Pitching Coach Dan Warthen Also Gets A 2-Year Deal Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:03:53 +0000 Andy Martino of the Daily News is reporting that the Mets have given pitching coach Dan Warthen a two-year contract, according to front office sources.

Earlier today, Sandy Alderson confirmed that all coaches the coaches were being retained, but Warthen is the only one to receive a multi-year deal.

Warthen has been the Mets’ pitching coach since Jerry Manuel took over for Willie Randolph in 2008, but has worked on a series of one-year deals, until now. Martino also adds that he is also invited to participate in organizational meetings this week in Florida.

Wow, didn’t see that coming, but you know what?

He’s the only one, and that includes Collins too, that actually had great results this season on a performance level.

Matt Harvey was phenomenal, Zack Wheeler got through a rough start to finish on high note and is primed for a solid season in 2014, Dillon Gee delivered his best season ever, and once Niese returned from injury he was incredible.

Lets not forget Jeremy Hefner and the transformations of Daisuke Matsuzaka and Aaron Harang after terrible first starts.

In the bullpen. Bobby Parnell has a career year as a closer, and journeyman LaTroy Hawkins became a key piece as did rookie Scott Rice.

I’m okay with this… It’s Dave Hudgens I have the real problem with…

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Suddenly, Gee Has Become The Mets’ Most Reliable Starter Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:04:48 +0000 dillon gee

There was something Sandy Alderson said during his interview on WFAN on Tuesday that made me laugh. When Mike Francesa brought up how well Dillon Gee had been pitching, the Mets GM responded:

“I told Dillon after his last game, remember what I told you two months ago: The other guys are getting the headlines, and you’re getting the wins.”

In his team-leading and career-high 28th start, Gee delivered another stellar performance and held the Braves to one run in seven innings on Wednesday as the Mets avoided a sweep and won the series finale 5-2.

Gee, whose ERA stood at an unsightly 6.34 after his first ten starts, improved to 11-9 on the season with a 3.53 ERA. He’s on a remarkable 18 start stretch in which he’s produced a 2.40 ERA. He now leads the team in starts as well as wins, and who could honestly say they saw that coming?

“My main goals this year coming into spring training were to get to 200 innings and take the ball every time it was my turn,” said Gee after the game. “I’ve done that so far.”

Coming into this season, there were doubts about Gee’s ability to hold onto a rotation spot. There were serious concerns about his ability to come back from surgery to repair an artery in his shoulder after an MRI revealed a dangerous blood clot. It’s safe to say that Gee has exceeded all expectations and has solidified himself as one of the mainstays in the Mets rotation.

“I have never been that highly touted guy that everybody knew had great stuff,” Gee said.

Part of the reason for his success has been his improved control and command which cannot be understated. In his last ten starts he has a 1.94 ERA in 69.2 innings with 12 walks and 37 strikeouts. In seven of those ten starts he’s walked one or less batters.

“He is not walking anybody,” said Terry Collins. “And therefore he’s saving those pitches and he’s getting easy outs.”

Gee has given the Mets a certain comfort level after the stunning news that Matt Harvey could be facing Tommy John surgery this winter. The righthander now gives the Mets a starter than can be relied on to take the ball every five days and deliver a quality start.

Once looked upon as just a number five or spot starter, Gee is now the veteran of the rotation and he gives the Mets a little bit of certainty as they head into next season with a number of serious questions – chief among them being the Harvey situation.

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Dillon Gee Is Pitching For His Job Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:54:10 +0000 Dillon Gee

The Mets know it. We know it. Hell, he knows it too. When people projected the future rotation for 2014 or 2015, Dillon Gee was never the first name that came to mind. Even Jeremy Hefner heard his name tossed around more because of his experience working out of the pen. Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Rafael Montero, Noah Syndergaard, Jenrry Mejia…yeah, those are the names — and Gee finds himself excluded, through no fault of his own.

Over his past ten starts, Gee is 4-2 with a 2.47 ERA over 69.1 innings pitched. So he’s averaging nearly seven innings a start with a Matt Harvey esque ERA while striking out a Dillon Gee-esque 35. So how is he doing it? Over his past seven starts, he’s allowed no more than two walks each time he took the mound, including two games where he didn’t walk a single batter. Outside of that, he’s just…pitching. He’s pitching inside, changing speeds effectively, locating all of his pitches for strikes when needed, and being aggressive on the mound. He’s keeping the ball low and inducing tons of ground outs — shown last night.

Dillon Gee has always been solid for us. Last year, before he went down with injury, he kept us in practically every one of his starts, and it went by the boards. This year, after two horrendous first months, his numbers from June on have been surprisingly ace-like — take a look.

June: 5 GS, 3-1, 2.73 ERA, 1 CG, 33.0 IP, 34 H, 7 BB, 28 K

July: 5 GS, 1-1, 2.88 ERA, 34.1 IP, 28 H, 1 BB, 17 K

August: 6 GS, 3-1, 2.14 ERA, 42.0 IP, 40 H, 7 BB, 25 K

With Harvey likely down for some time going into next year, Gee will definitely have himself a rotation spot in early ’14. It’ll be hard to push him out of it if he keeps pitching like that — and quite honestly, why mess with a good thing? It’s a good problem to have, I’ll say that for sure. Mr. Gee is certainly pitching for his job and is making an extremely convincing argument.

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Jeremy Hefner To Undergo Tommy John Surgery Tomorrow Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:21:26 +0000 jeremy-hefner

Jeremy Hefner announced via Twitter that he will be undergoing Tommy John Surgery on Wednesday morning and likely miss most if not all of the 2014 season.

After seeking a second opinion, an examination on Monday with Dr. James Andrews confirmed the initial diagnosis and surgery was recommended.

An MRI a week ago, showed that Hefner has a partial tear of the MCL in his right elbow.

After getting off to a rough start, Hefner turned a corner in May and was among one of the top pitchers in the league through the All Star Break. When he returned, it was obvious something was wrong as his velocity was down 5-6 mph and his pitches lost some of that great late movement. He finishes the season with a 4-8 record and a 4.34 ERA.

Good luck tomorrow, Heff… And get well soon….

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Are The Mets Delaying The Inevitable With Parnell? Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:52:52 +0000 bobby parnellWhile New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell continues on the shelf with the prospect of surgery on his herniated disk, the question burns: What are he and the Mets waiting for?

Perhaps he can rehab to where surgery isn’t needed, but those odds are getting long.

Yes, yes, it is his body and nobody can force surgery upon him, but reading between the lines, if it doesn’t happen, Parnell will risk not being ready for spring training and consequently pushing the envelope to the point of further injury.

Who can’t see the prospect of him slowly being worked into shape during spring training, and perhaps forcing the issue until he hears a “pop’’ and goes on the disabled list again with surgery being the only option?

If so, then say good-bye to 2014.

Parnell said if he doesn’t have surgery soon, there will come a time when the Mets will “push for it,’’ but until then it’s only about therapy now.

“My ultimate goal is to be ready for spring training so I can be here for the team next year,’’ said Parnell, whose doctors told him it is a five-month process – and, of course, you always add one – after surgery to be ready.

Backdating from mid-January, when he would begin off-season throwing, if he were to have it tomorrow there’s already a good chance he wouldn’t be ready.

Parnell, who last pitched July 30 and went on the disabled list, Aug. 6, is practicing in wishful thinking if he believes he’ll be back this year. Parnell said he’s supposed to be re-examined next week, but after that there should be serious consideration of a second opinion if he’s to have any chance of being ready for the start of next season.

Parnell isn’t the only Mets pitcher facing surgery this winter.

Jeremy Hefner as a partial tear of the MCL in his right elbow, but is considering a second opinion. Hefner was the Mets’ hottest pitching heading into the All-Star break, but fell flat at the start of the second half and was replaced in the rotation.

Jenrry Mejia, whom the Mets projected would need surgery to remove a bone spur in this right elbow at the time he was promoted, aggravated the injury twice and went on the disabled list last weekend. He’s to have surgery within the next two weeks.

Ironically, Parnell and Hefner were among the chips the Mets were considering dealing at the trade deadline.

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Tigers vs Mets: Dice-K Makes His Debut, Byrd Batting Third, Davis Batting Cleanup Fri, 23 Aug 2013 04:42:16 +0000 daisuke matsuzaka sox

Detroit Tigers at New York Mets

Citi Field • 7:10 PM

Doug Fister (10-6, 3.63) vs Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-0, 0.00)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. Marlon Byrd – RF
  4. Ike Davis – 1B
  5. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  6. Juan Lagares – CF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  9. Daisuke Matsuzaka – RHP

Game Notes

  • Greg Burke was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas so the Mets could clear a roster spot for RHP Daisuke Matsuzka, who is due to start Friday. Burke, 30, is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in 29 relief appearances for New York this year.
  • Jeremy Hefner is seeking a second opinion, but said he’ll probably need season-ending Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow. Hefner, who has a partial tear of his MCL and bone spurs in his right elbow, will meet with Dr. James Andrews next Monday. “I think I wasn’t leading on as much as I was because I wanted to pitch, I wanted to play. I was doing well,” Hefner said. “Back when I was doing well, I was hurting then, too. When I started to struggle I was hurting the team so that was the decision to eventually say something.”
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka was signed to a contract on Thursday. Matsuzaka was released by the Cleveland Indians earlier this week after going 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA. Reports indicated that he could start for the Mets as early as Friday, piggybacking with regularly-scheduled starter Carlos Torres.
  • Carlos Torres will start the opener of a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. He’s 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 1-1 in three starts with a 6.43 ERA. His last start was in a 14-1 loss against the Nationals on July 28. “Hopefully he gets back to where he was when he first got here with his delivery and command of his stuff down in the zone,” Collins said. “The last couple of games he’s been hurt by getting balls up.
  • Josh Satin extended his streak of reaching base safely to 29 games with a first-inning single, tying a franchise record with Steve Henderson (1977), according to Elias Sports Bureau. It is the fourth-longest streak in the NL this season.
  • Juan Lagares collected his 11th outfield assist of the season in the fourth inning. It is the most by a rookie center fielder since Rocco Baldelli had 15 for Tampa Bay in 2003. Lagares began the day one behind the major league lead for all outfielders and is the leader for center fielders.
  • Jonathon Niese matched his season high by striking out nine for the second consecutive start. He also had nine strikeouts at San Diego on Aug. 16. Since returning from the 15-Day disabled list Aug. 11, Niese has struck out 23 and walked five in three starts and has a 2.70 ERA over the stretch.
  • Frank Francisco started a new rehab assignment in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League on Wednesday, and he allowed a solo homer in his only inning. He struck out two. Francisco has been out all season due to a right elbow injury, and his rehab has hit several setbacks.

Game Preview

The Tigers come to town tonight and start a weekend series with the Mets. The Mets actually had a day off yesterday, crazy I know, after splitting a two game series with he Braves. The real story for the Mets tonight is their starting pitcher, Daisuke Matsuzaka. As I tweeted yesterday, half-a decade ago, I’d be very excited about this signing. I do like this signing for this point of the season if Daisuke can soak up some innings from our young guns. Recently he hasn’t been successful in the majors. Last year he was 1-7 over 11 games with a 8.28 ERA. The year before he was 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA over 7 games. He’s been alright in the Indians minor league system this year posting a 5-8 record and a 3.92 ERA over AAA. The Tigers have the following numbers against Matsuzaka:

Hunter 5-18, HR
Cabrera 4-9, HR
Martinez 1-6
Santiago 2-4, 2B
Jackson 1-4, 2B

Doug Fister gets the nod for the Tigers tonight. Fister is 10-6 with 3.63 ERA over 25 starts this season. He’s o-1 in his last three starts over 18.1 innings where he has posted a 4.42 ERA. He has never faced the Mets in his career but a few Mets have faced him on other teams:

Buck 1-2
Byrd 0-3
Omar 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

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Tommy John Surgery Looming For Hefner, Considering A Second Opinion Wed, 21 Aug 2013 04:15:41 +0000 hefner

Terry Collins told reporters tonight that after reviewing a new MRI on Jeremy Hefner‘s elbow, they have confirmed that the righthander will need Tommy John Surgery.

The MRI showed that Hefner has a partial tear of the MCL in his right elbow and that only surgery can repair the damage, which would wipe out most if not all of his 2014 season. Hefner is considering getting another opinion, but the surgery could happen soon, according to Collins.

After getting off to a rough start, Hefner turned a corner in May and was among one of the top pitchers in the league through the All Star Break. When he returned, it was obvious something was wrong as his velocity was down 5-6 mph and his pitches lost some of that great late movement. He finishes the season with a  4-8 record and a 4.34 ERA.


Meanwhile, fellow starter Jenrry Mejia, who was placed on the disabled list on Sunday, will have surgery in the next seven-to-10 days to remove a bone spur in his right elbow and have the elbow cleaned out. The procedure has been described as very minor by the Mets.

During his short stint with the Mets, Mejia displayed the dominance that many scouts had foreseen for him. He finishes the season with a 2.38 ERA and 1.168 WHIP in five starts and in 27.1 innings pitched, the 23-year old righthander struck out 27 batters while walking four.

Mejia has thrust himself into the conversation for the starting rotation for the 2014 season, and barring a setback, his spot in the rotation will be his to lose.

Original Post 8/17

Last week, the Mets announced that Jeremy Hefner had been placed on the disabled list retroactive to August 10, after an examination by team doctors revealed a partially torn MCL in his right elbow. The injury was described as a chronic condition that worsened.

However, it now appears that Hefner is facing the possibility of season-ending Tommy John surgery, according to general manager Sandy Alderson.

“That is a possibility, yeah,” Alderson said of surgery. “I don’t know how serious a possibility, but we have not been able to rule that out at this point.”

The young righthander is now scheduled for a third examination on his right elbow on Monday, after undergoing two exams already.

Though Tommy John surgery is more generally associated with UCL tears, writes Anthony DiComo of, Hefner could have his MCL replaced in a similar procedure.

Hefner is 4-8 this season with a 4.34 ERA in 23 starts and one relief appearance this season. In eight starts leading up to the All Star break, the Oklahoma native posted a 1.76 ERA and was the best pitcher on the staff from June 1st through July 8th. He went into a steep decline once the second half started and now we know why.

We wish him a speedy recovery…

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Jake deGrom Will Start On Friday, But It Won’t Be For The Mets… Alderson Shoots Down Idea… Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:23:46 +0000 Well it looks like Sandy Alderson didn’t agree with my pleas to give Jake deGrom the start on Friday…

He unambiguously shot down the idea last night, and said that “DeGrom is not on the table.”

Instead, the Mets have decided to take Carlos Torres out of the bullpen where he has done a stellar job, and put him back into the rotation.

Torres has a 1.49 ERA in 19 relief appearances this season, and in three starts for the Mets he has a 6.54 ERA with 24 baserunners and ten earned runs in 14.0 innings pitched.

Here are the projected weekend matchups against the Tigers:

Friday: Carlos Torres vs. Doug Fister

Saturday: Matt Harvey vs. Max Scherzer

Sunday: Dillon Gee vs. Rick Porcello

Jake deGrom will still pitch on Friday, however it will be for Triple-A Las Vegas…

Original Post

Despite the loss of Jenrry Mejia from the rotation, the Mets till intend on giving Matt Harvey an extra day of rest, as originally planned, leaving Friday wide open for a yet to be determined starter.

Terry Collins told reporters that Carlos Torres could rejoin the rotation and make that Friday start, but other options include Jacob deGrom, Giancarlo AlvaradoChris Schwinden and Matt Fox.

I’ve been jockeying for a promotion for deGrom for two weeks now – ever since Jeremy Hefner became a casualty of war as well.

Matt Musico of and contributor here at MMO makes a good case for deGrom as well this morning:

If Jacob deGrom was auditioning for a MLB roster spot last night with Jenrry Mejia now on the disabled list, he did a good job against the Salt Lake Bees. The right-hander didn’t factor in the decision, but took a perfect game into the sixth inning for his third straight quality start. He ended up allowing two runs on two hits, two walks, and three strikeouts in six innings pitched for the 51s.

It will be interesting to see whether or not deGrom gets a start or two at the big league level sometime this season. He would need to be added to the 40-man to do so, and he’s likely nearing an innings limit.

After tossing 111.1 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, the product of Stetson University has thrown 140.2 frames in 2013 between three levels of the minor leagues. The Mets normally have an organization-wide innings limit at around 30 innings more than the prior season, and deGrom is currently sitting at that limit.

To add to Matt’s points, deGrom needs to be added to the 40 Man Roster anyway as we first mentioned back in April. But here is my bigger point… I get the whole innings limit thing, believe me I do… But from what I’ve been told he is not being shutdown in from his next start on Friday for Las Vegas, so why can’t he be added to the 40 and make that start in Citi Field for the Mets?

Furthermore, I am fully on board with protecting the arms of our 19-23 year old pitching prospects, but deGrom is 25 and there’s no chance he approached anything close to to 180 innings this season if he maintains the same pace.

My point is that he should get the call, especially if he’s going to continue to pitch for Triple-A Vegas anyway. Lets see what he has and where he may fit in as we evaluate things for the 2014 season.

If deGrom only has three starts left in him, then let him make them in the big-leagues where we can better ascertain a future course of action for him.

Whether it’s this week or next month, he has to be added to the 40 man roster anyway. And with Cesar Puello and Jordany Valdespin on the Restricted List, we have two available spots on the 40 anyway… That’s right… The Mets have two open spots on their 40 Man anyway…

DeGrom is 4-2 with a 3.93 ERA in 12 starts for Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League. Not mind-boggling, but they can’t all be like Rafael Montero who is definitely not an option and doesn’t have to be added to the 40 and protected from the Rule 5 Draft anyway.

This is a no-brainer…

(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)

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Mets vs Padres: D’Arnaud, Flores, Lagares In Tonight’s Future Laden Lineup Sat, 17 Aug 2013 19:21:39 +0000 travis-d'arnaud

Mets at Padres • 8:40 PM • Petco Park

RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-2, 2.22) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (8-10, 5.80)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. Marlon Byrd – RF
  4. Ike Davis – 1B
  5. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  6. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  9. Jenrry Mejia – RHP

Game Notes

  • Marlon ByrdIke Davis and Daniel Murphy homered as the Mets beat San Diego, 5-2, Friday night. Byrd produced his 19th long ball, one shy of matching his career high, which he achieved in 2009 with the Texas Rangers. Anthony Recker, whose playing time is above to nosedive with d’Arnaud’s arrival, went 3-for-3 with a walk in the victory.
  • Jonathon Niese struck out nine—six of those coming in the first two innings—and allowed a run and six hits in six innings, leading the Mets to a 5-2 decision over the Padres on Friday night. Niese has a 3-2 record with a 2.04 ERA in five starts against the Padres.
  • Jenrry Mejia, who will start Saturday against the Padres, has worked at least 5 1/3 innings in each of his four starts this season. Mejia, who has 22 strikeouts and three walks in 24 1/3 innings, suffered a loss in his last outing, a 4-2 setback to the Dodgers on Aug. 12 at Dodger Stadium. Mejia will make his first start against the Padres. In two relief appearances against them, he allowed a hit in two scoreless innings.
  • Prized catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud is due to make his major league debut today as the Mets look to make it three straight wins against the San Diego Padres. D’Arnaud hit .400 (8-for-20) with one homer, four RBIs and nine walks in seven games since rejoining Triple-A Las Vegas. He had broken the first metatarsal in his left foot on a foul ball while catching for the 51s on April 17. Sandy Alderson suggested d’Arnaud could remain in the big leagues after Buck’s three-day paternity leave expires if the prospect performs well during the cameo.
  • Sandy Alderson said Tommy John surgery could be a possibility for injured right-hander Jeremy Hefner. He has received two exams on his right elbow last week — one of which revealed a partially torn MCL — and is scheduled for a third on Monday. Tommy John is usually associated with UCL tears, but Hefner may have his MCL replaced with a similar surgery.
  • Juan Lagares didn’t start but appeared late as a defensive replacement. Lagares has been struggling at the plate, going hitless in his last 14 at-bats. “He’s been scuffling. He did some things on the field (Friday). Dave is just trying to get him more calm,” Collins said, referring to hitting coach Dave Hudgens. “I just thought one day would certainly help him.” Lagares is hitless in his last 13 at-bats and is batting .210 in 14 games this month. In his last 10 games, Lagares is 9-for-44 (.205).
  • Wilmer Flores should return to the starting lineup Saturday for the first time since twisting his right ankle in Monday’s game at Dodger Stadium. Flores tested the balky ankle running before Friday’s game at Petco Park. His only appearance since Monday came two days later, when he had a pinch-hit single in the ninth at L.A. and then departed for a pinch runner.

Game Preview

The Mets look for the series victory today in San Diego as they play game 3 of 4. So far the Mets have done well against the Padres and last night’s game featured three Mets homers (Byrd, Davis, Murphy) and a nice outing from Niese. Recker had a nice day at the plate too, going 3-3 with a run. That being said, a new catcher is coming to town tonight for the Mets as Travis d’Arnaud looks to be on the major league roster for tonight’s game. Anyway, Jenrry Mejia gets the nod for the for the Amazin’s tonight as he faces off with Edison Volquez.

Jenrry Mejia is 1-2 over 4 starts this season with a 2.22 ERA while pitching 24.1 innings and striking out 22 batters. In his short career, Mejia has faced the Padres twice, both in relief and both for one inning a piece. He’s allowed 2 hits and no runs. Because of the limited time in front of Mejia, the Padres have really limited stats against him:

Cedeno 0-1
Hundley 0-1
Denorfia 0-1

The Mets bats get to see Edison Volquez who is 8-10 over 25 starts this year with a 5.80 ERA. In that stretch he has pitched 136.2 innings, struck out 111 batters and has allowed a league leading 88 earned runs (he also leads the league in starts). He started August off on the right foot allowing only 2 ER over 6.0 innings but in his last start he allowed 8 ER over 4.1 innings. His first start of the season was against the Mets where he allowed 6 ER over 3.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Edison:

Byrd 4-11
Young 2-9, 2B
Murphy 2-7
Baxter 2-6, 2B, HR
Turner 2-6, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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Mets vs Dodgers: Flores Rests His Ankle, Turner At 3B, Satin At 1B, Oh Yeah And It’s Harvey Day! Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:31:02 +0000 matt harvey

Mets at Dodgers • 10:10 PM • Dodger Stadium

Matt Harvey (9-3, 2.09) vs Hyun-Jin Ryu (11-3, 2.99)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr.,LF
  2. Juan Lagares, CF
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  4. Marlon Byrd, RF
  5. Josh Satin, 1B
  6. Justin Turner, 3B
  7. John Buck, C
  8. Omar Quintanilla, SS
  9. Matt Harvey, RHP

As I speculated this morning, Wilmer Flores will get to rest his sore ankle and get the night off…

Game Notes

Jeremy Hefner, optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, had his sore right elbow examined Monday and is reportedly scheduled to be re-examined Wednesday by team doctors. There is a chance he could wind up on the disabled list. Hefner struggled this year in 24 games (23 starts), going 4-8 with a 4.34 ERA. He was particularly bad since the All-Star break, 0-2 with a 9.13 ERA in five starts.

Matt Harvey is off to the best second-half start among all major league starting pitchers, but he faces the hottest team in the game Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Coming off a shutout against the Rockies in which he allowed just five hits, Harvey will face the Dodgers for just the second time. He wound up with a no-decision in a 7-3 Mets win in April 2012.

Jenrry Mejia was dealing for five innings before stumbling against the Dodgers in a 4-2 loss Monday night. Mejia allowed just three hits through five scoreless innings before Los Angeles got to him in the sixth inning for three hits and three runs (two earned). Mejia, though, has yet to give up more than three runs in a game this year.

Travis d’Arnaud is expected to fill in for John Buck when Buck misses time for paternity leave. D’Arnaud continues to tune up in Triple-A Las Vegas. He was sidelined much of the year with a fracture in his left foot before returning to minor league action in late July. After going 3-for-5 with a homer Monday, d’Arnaud if batting .327 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 16 games for Las Vegas.

Omar Quintanilla had a rare big day at the plate for the Mets on Monday night against the Dodgers. Quintanilla, batting just .231 on the year, was one of four Mets with two hits. His run-scoring single in the second inning gave him 17 RBIs for the year, a career high.

Game Preview

Happy Harvey Day!

The Mets try to make up for last night’s game as they play the second game in the set tonight. Last night, the Mets dropped the game by a score of 4-2. They had strong pitching from Mejia but couldn’t get runs across the board. In a critical seventh inning, writers have been talking about two major blown calls that would have heavily assisted the Mets. I didn’t stay up to see the game, so I can’t really comment on that, the Mets did however leave 20 men on base. Harvey will square off today against Hyun-jin Ryu.

Matt Harvey is leading the league in ERA since the All-Star Break with a 0.91. Overall on the season he is 9-3 with a 2.09 ERA pitching 159.2 innings with 178 K’s. He is coming off of his first complete game shutout where he dominated the Rockies keeping his pitch count incredibly low. He faced the Dodgers earlier this season where he was more human and allowed 3 ER over 6 innings. The Dodgers have the following numbers against Matt:

Schumaker 1-6
M Ellis 1-3
Ethier 1-3
Gonzalez 1-2
AJ Ellis 0-2
Hairston 0-2

The Mets bats draw Hyun-jin Ryu who is 11-3 over 22 starts with a 2.99 ERA while pitching 141.1 innings with 118 strikeouts. In his last three starts he has allowed 3 ER over 19.1 innings. Earlier this season he faced the Mets for 7.0 innings and allowed only 1 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Ryu:

Byrd 1-3, 2B
Davis 0-3
Murphy 1-3
Recker 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

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The Mets’ Second Half Push Will Be Worth Watching Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:25:16 +0000 matt harvey usa todayComing into 2013, we as Mets fans had high hopes for a better season, but I really don’t think we anticipated such a drop in the first half.  But I can honestly say that I believe the team just needed to find its make up.  Which players were going to make the biggest impact?

Early on, one such player was Matt Harvey; he just took over that role and ran with it.  However,  the rest of the team just couldn’t keep up, they tried, but Terry Collins just couldn’t figure out who to play, when to play them and how to manage them. That said, the full brunt of fault doesn’t lie on the manager alone, but his early decisions were very questionable. But at the end of the day, even Mets fans were basically telling him how it should be done… you think he would have listened to us.

Looking at the lineup now with Eric Young holding his own in left field, Juan Lagares cemented in center field, Marlon Byrd finally becoming that everyday right fielder that has shown good power to complement David Wright, you could see it all coming together. Even with Daniel Murphy’s occasional offensive spurts and playing decent defense, coupled with John Buck bringing along the Mets pitchers with his veteran leadership behind the dish, you could see the dynamic changing for the better.  And the bench players have been doing their part too.

The pitchers have even turned their horrible first half starts around like Dillon Gee finally finding his pace and Jeremy Hefner pitching decent enough with a few really good games mixed in before a five game slump sent him to Las Vegas.

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When Bobby Parnell went down with an injury, reliever LaTroy Hawkins stepped up and became the main man to close out the games for the Mets which has been a huge help. Don’t forget the Jenrry Mejia coming up and unexpectedly pitching well enough to earn a spot every five days.

The arrival of the prospects of tomorrow, have been something worth waiting for, in particular Zack Wheeler. The young righty has taken some lumps and mixed in some gems and eventually the experience that he’s getting right now, will eventually turn him into a major factor in the rotation. He really hasn’t been a let down so far, even though Terry Collins had to tear into him because he wasn’t tough enough. Just Collins being Collins and not understanding how to manage younger players, which hopefully he will get better at if, he sticks around next season.

The biggest promotion next to Wheeler this season has been Wilmer Flores.  He has been touted as the best player in the minor league system for years and his promotion has been one that the fans have been waiting for. So what does he do in his first week with the Mets? He only helped lead the team to a 5-1 record and racked up nine RBI’s along with his first major league home run. Can we say the Future has arrived?

And we are still awaiting the arrival of Travis d’Arnaud.  Can this be the best class of rookies in one season the Mets have even had, even better then the middle 80’s when Darryl and Doc showed up on the scene?

wilmer floresSince the All Star Break, the Mets are 13-11, 8-5 at home and 5-6 on the road.  They have moved ahead of the Phillies into third place and only 2 games behind the Washington Nationals for second place.  They most likely, barring a huge miracle and crash by the Braves, will not win the NL East this year. But their sudden climb has the team well prepared for a 2014 run. Obviously changes will need to be made to add positive impact players to the roster and the hope is that Sandy Alderson will make the right moves come this winter. The team owners say that there will be plenty of cash for Sandy to do what he needs.

The Mets are playing much better baseball even without their captain David Wright, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury.  With Wright out of the lineup, everyone has had to step it up, and that is the true make up of a good team. It doesn’t hurt that Ike Davis has finally found a way to get on base even if he is walking almost half of the time.  But that beats him swinging and missing during every at-bat.

Flores making a splash in his first week has truly been a kick in the pants that the Mets have needed. Other than a few pitching woes in the middle of the games, the Mets have been a much better team than from what we witnessed in the first half.  It may not mean much, I know they are not going to fight for the division or even a wild card spot, but they are doing what we wanted them to do: play, have fun and be that team worth watching again.

This is the start of something big and I can hardly wait for next Opening Day to get here already.

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