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

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

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

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

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

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Nationals, 7:05 PM (D.C. Showdown!) Tue, 08 Sep 2015 19:59:57 +0000 matt harvey

After a huge comeback win on Monday, the New York Mets will try to keep the good times rolling in Washington D.C. as they take on the Nationals at 7:05 PM tonight.

For the first time since the innings limit bombshell exploded on Thursday night, Matt Harvey (12-7, 2.60) returns to the mound for the Mets and he will oppose Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (12-8, 3.38) in what should be an entertaining pitching matchup at Nationals Park.

General manager Sandy Alderson said Harvey would make fewer starts during the remainder of the regular season than they had originally planned. It is not known when Harvey will start again for the Mets after tonight.

Regardless, the Mets will now go with a six-man rotation the rest of the season, because Noah Syndergaard’s innings need to be conserved too. Logan Verrett is subbing for Harvey whenever he will skip a start.

The Mets have scored three or more runs in each of their last 21 road games dating to July 21, which sets a franchise-record for the longest such streak. They are 15-6 in those games.

Since August 1, the Mets lead the majors with 11 come-from-behind wins, including yesterday. Overall, the Mets have 33 comeback wins, tied for the sixth-most in the majors.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. David Wright – 3B
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  7. Michael Conforto – LF
  8. Wilmer Flores – SS
  9. Matt Harvey – RHP

The Mets get to focus on Matt Harvey throwing tonight rather than any of the other Matt Harvey stuff as the Mets take on the Nationals for second game of the series. Yesterday the Mets got out to an early 3 run lead, but the Nationals came back taking the lead 5-3. The Mets fought back and through some solid bullpen help took the opening game.

Harvey is 12-7 over 25 starts and 166.1 innings with a 2.60 ERA. After a great August where he allowed 1 ER over 27.0 innings striking out 24 batters, his last start wasn’t so good allowing 4 ER over 6.1 innings against the Phillies.

This will be his fifth start against the Nationals this year. In his season opener he held the Nats scoreless over 6.0 innings, striking out 9. A month later he held them scoreless over 7.0 innings. On July 20th he allowed 5 runs, 2 earned over 7.0 innings against them and finally on July 31st he held them to 1 ER over 7.2 innings while striking out 9. The Nationals have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Desmond 5-20, 2B, HR
  • Harper 0-17, 7 K
  • Werth 4-16, 2B
  • Zimmerman 4-17, 2B, HR
  • Escobar 3-12
  • Taylor 3-13, 2B
  • Rendon 2-10
  • Ramos 3-6, 2B

The Mets bats will get another look at Jordan Zimmermann who is 12-8 over 28 starts and 173.0 innings with a 3.38 ERA. After back to back poor starts in August, he has now tossed 13.0 innings allowing 2 ER and striking out 9 in his last two starts. This will be his fourth start against the Mets this year. He held the Amazin’s to 1 ER over 6.0 innings to start his season. On July 22nd the Mets scored 3 ER over 7.0 innings. In his last start the Mets hit him for 5 ER over 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Jordan:

  • Murphy 20-59, 5 2B, 4 HR
  • Wright 12-45, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Lagares 7-26, 2 2B
  • Tejada 7-25
  • Granderson 5-23, HR
  • K Johnson 5-20
  • Flores 4-16, 3B
  • d’Arnaud 4-10, 2B
  • Cespedes 1-3

Let’s Go Mets!

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Scott Boras Goes Into Full-On Damage Control Mode Sun, 06 Sep 2015 17:18:20 +0000 boras_scott

After igniting a firestorm and then hanging his client Matt Harvey out to dry to deal with the aftermath all on his own, Scott Boras is now in full-on damage control mode.

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, spoke to Boras,who is now trying to diffuse the situation after a shell-shocked Matt Harvey expressed anger and concern over how he is being portrayed as the villain.

“One thing is clear: The Mets want him to pitch, and Matt Harvey wants to pitch,” Boras said.

“All I care about is that the medical experts are involved in the process of determining what Matt Harvey can do. Matt is calling me every day and telling me, ‘I want to pitch.’ I got on the phone with Dr. Andrews and said, ‘We need to get together again and develop a plan so he can pitch.’ I made sure that door was not closed.”

Still, Boras insisted that Dr. James Andrews, who performed Harvey’s Tommy John surgery in October 2013, had set that 180 innings cap, not him and certainly not Matt Harvey.

However, Andrews, who could clear this whole thing up, said Friday he would keep his recommendation confidential. It’s led to speculation that he gave the Mets one message and his patient another. Remember that Harvey chose not to use Dr. Altcheck, the Mets team doctor.

Boras was bothered by Alderson’s comment in The New York Times suggesting that he had imposed his agenda on doctors to sway their recommendations. Boras said he did not have such influence and said his only agenda was to serve his client, and he repeated that his client wanted to pitch.

Boras continued to point to data and a recent study conducted of pitchers who had Tommy John surgery within the last decade without having previously thrown 200 innings.

“The pitchers with heavier workloads in their first full season back — Josh Johnson, Shaun Marcum, Kris Medlen and Jarrod Parker — have had subsequent elbow problems, while Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, who were brought along more conservatively, have not.”

“In the last 10 years, no pitcher who has never thrown 200 innings in a season has gone from 0 innings to 190 innings following surgery,” the study said. “Matt Harvey would be a test case.”

Ultimately, the final decision will come down to Matt Harvey and how comfortable he is with continuing to pitch in light of the doctor’s recommendation, and the data that has been presented to him by Scott Boras.

On Monday, Harvey will have a face-to-face with Mets GM Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins with the hope that situation will be completely resolved to everybody’s satisfaction.

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Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports touched base with Scott Boras an hour ago, and he had several points he wanted to make on the Matt Harvey issue:

Boras said he spoke today with Harvey’s surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, and that he plans to meet with Andrews this week.

“Matt Harvey wants to pitch,” Boras said. “We’re trying to work out a plan that the doctor approves of.”

Boras said the issue only became a potential problem when the Mets’ chances of reaching the postseason improved significantly in August, and that is when he reached out to Alderson again.

“My assumption was that is where we were headed. When the playoffs came up, I called in August and said, ‘The playoffs are coming. Where are we on this?’”

Boras said he did a study of pitchers who had never thrown 200 innings in a season and then had Tommy John surgery and then ramped up to approximately the 200-inning level in their second full season after returning.

The four pitchers that Boras cited were Shaun Marcum, Josh Johnson, Jarrod Parker and Kris Medlen. All experienced complications, Boras said. All but Marcum had a second Tommy John.

In contrast, Boras said, the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann built their innings in a steadier progression, reaching 200 innings only in their fourth full season after Tommy John.

“This is the thing the doctors are most scared about,” Boras said. “Matt Harvey threw zero innings in 2014. He will be the only player in history ever to go from 0 to 200 innings.

“If you exceed your (career-high innings total) and you do it in your second season after Tommy John . . . all of those guys had complications. All of those guys had problems.”

Boras and to some degree Harvey, are really going out of their way to say that there has been a complete lack of communication between them and the front office.

Jonah Schwartz of SNY said it appears that Alderson is too old school and thought he could ignore Scott Boras, and give him the brush which is something you should never do because Boras is more involved with his players than any other agent in sports.

Additionally, it was Sandy Alderson during a press conference on February 21 who first brought up the 180 innings pitch limit for Harvey  this season according to a few reports.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Nationals, 7:05 PM Wed, 08 Apr 2015 20:03:07 +0000 jacob deGrom

The New York Mets (1-0) continue their season opening series with the Washington Nationals (0-1) in D.C. on Wednesday at 7:05 PM.

New York Mets

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. David Wright, 3B
  3. Lucas Duda, 1B
  4. Michael Cuddyer, LF
  5. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  6. Juan Lagares, CF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  9. Wilmer Flores, SS

Washington Nationals

  1. Michael Taylor, CF
  2. Yunel Escobar, 3B
  3. Bryce Harper, RF
  4. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
  5. Wilson Ramos, C
  6. Ian Desmond, SS
  7. Dan Uggla, 2B
  8. Tyler Moore, LF
  9. Jordan Zimmermann, RHP

The Mets started off the season on a positive note Monday afternoon as they beat the Nationals and Max Scherzer by a score of 3-1.

The Mets were the recipients of a strong pitching performance of Bartolo Colon and a couple of errors. The Mets did what good teams do, which is when given an extra out, you take advantage.

Today they’ll try to score more runs, hopefully not only on errors, off of Jordan Zimmermann as Jacob deGrom leads the way.

Jacob deGrom, the reigning 2014 National League Rookie of the year, is coming off of a 9-6 season where he made 22 starts over 140.1 innings while posting a 2.69 ERA.

Only one of those starts was against the Nationals where he pitched 6.0 innings allowing 3 ER and 7 hits. In that outing he walked one and struck out four.

DeGrom is coming off a strong spring that saw him go 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 26.0 innings pitched.

The Nationals have the following numbers against him:

  • Desmond 2-3, HR
  • Harper 0-3
  • Lobaton 1-2
  • Uggla 0-1

The Mets draw Jordan Zimmerman in game two. Part of the reason why the Nationals signed Max Scherzer this offseason is a concern that they won’t be able to retain Zimmermann when he hits open market.

Jordan is coming off of his strongest season where he pitched 32 games and 199.2 innings with a 2.66 ERA (and a 14-5 record). Last year against the Mets he posted a 3-0 record over 4 games and 25.1 innings with a 2.13 ERA. In 2013 he was 1-3 over 5 starts and 32.1 innings with a 3.62 ERA.

The Mets have the following numbers against Jordan:

  • Murphy 16-50, 5 2B, 3 HR
  • Wright 12-42, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Duda 6-29, 2 2B
  • Lagares 5-21, 2 2B
  • Granderson 3-13
  • Flores 3-11, 3B
  • d’Arnaud 3-8, 2B
  • Mayberry 3-6

Lets Go Mets! Take the Opening Series!

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MMO Game Thread: Astros vs Mets, 1:10 PM (SNY) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:55:02 +0000 dillon gee

The New York Mets take on the Houston Astros on Tuesday at 1:10 PM at Tradition Field. Dillon Gee will get the start for the Amazins and he’ll be opposed by former Met Collin McHugh for the Astros.

Rafael Montero initially had been listed for this start, but now will travel to Tampa on Wednesday to take on the Yankees and their Opening Day starter Masahiro Tanaka.

Terry Collins made it official. Here’s your Opening Series starters in D.C. against the Nationals:

Game 1Bartolo Colon vs Max Scherzer (Bart is bigger!)
Game 2- Jacob deGrom vs Jordan Zimmermann (Jake is cooler!)
Game 3Matt Harvey vs Stephen Strasburg (Harvey’s better!)

Matt Harvey only now found out from reporters that he was starting Game 3 against the Nationals. Asked about being passed over for Opening Day: “It’s something that I expected.”

Wilmer Flores, who’s dealing with a sore left foot, plans to throw, stretch and hit today, but no running just yet.

Vic Black is supposed to throw off flat ground today, and him and the Mets say this time they mean it.

Here’s your Starting Lineups:


  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. David Wright, 3B
  3. Lucas Duda, 1B
  4. Michael Cuddyer, DH
  5. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF
  6. Danny Muno, 2B
  7. Johnny Monell, C
  8. Matt Reynolds, SS
  9. Matt den Dekker, CF


  1. Jose Altuve, DH
  2. George Springer, RF
  3. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  4. Chris Carter, 1B
  5. Jason Castro, C
  6. Jed Lowrie, SS
  7. Colby Rasmus, LF
  8. Jonathan Villar, 2B
  9. Jake Marisnick, CF

Enjoy the game people, and Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Nationals, 1:10 PM Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:51:41 +0000 Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese 2Today the Mets look for a split with the Washington Nationals, sending Jonathon Niese (8-10, 3.59) to the hill against Jordan Zimmermann (11-5, 2.93). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

In his last start, Niese received a no-decision in the Mets’ 3-2 victory over the Rockies at Citi Field on September 8th. He tossed 6.2 innings, allowing eight hits and one earned run, including a home run to Michael Cuddyer. Despite the no-decision, he struck out seven while walking just one.

Niese also has a 2.96 ERA (24 earned runs/73.0 innings) in 12 starts at Citi Field this season. He has tossed six quality starts in his last eight starts and has allowed three earned runs or less in 28 of his last 31 starts dating back to September 13th, 2013.

The Mets are 28-21 during the day and the club’s .571 winning percentage is the seventh-best in the majors. Daniel Murphy ranks sixth in the NL with a .322 batting average during the day.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Juan Lagares, cf
  3. Daniel Murphy, 3b
  4. Lucas Duda, 1b
  5. Wilmer Flores, 2b
  6. Curtis Granderson, rf
  7. Anthony Recker, c
  8. Ruben Tejada, ss
  9. Jonathon Niese, lhp

After a disappointing performance last night, the Mets try to split the series with the Nationals today with Jon Niese on the mound against Jordan Zimmermann. Niese on the season is 8-10 over 27 games and 168.0 innings with a 3.59 ERA. He started September off with a terrible start allowing 6 ER and 10 hits over 6 innings against the Marlins. Last time out he bounced back allowing only one earned run over 6.2 innings against the Rockies. He has not been overly effective against the Nationals this year allowing 11 runs, 9 earned over 10.0 innings. The Nationals have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Werth 8-25, 2B
  • Desmond 4-21, 2 2B
  • LaRoche 5-18, 2B, 3 HR
  • Espinosa 6-15, 2B, HR
  • Harper 3-8

The Mets bats will get to see Jordan Zimmermann again who is 11-5 over 29 games and 178.0 innings and a 2.93 ERA. In his last four starts he has pitched 26.1 innings with a 3-0 record and a 2.73 ERA. He is 2-0 in three starts against he Mets this year with a 2.89 ERA allowing 6 earned runs over 18.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Murphy 16-47, 5 2B, 3 HR
  • Duda 6-27, 2 2B
  • Lagares 4-17, 2B
  • Tejada5-18
  • Granderson 2-10
  • d’Arnaud3-8, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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Time To Put Up Or Shut Up As Nats Roll Into Town Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:46:53 +0000 terry collins

It’s time to put up or shut up for Terry Collins and the Mets, and though they’ve been one of the hottest teams in baseball this month, it’s not like they’ve been beating juggernauts.

Winners of four in a row and seven of eight, their good fortune has come against the National League’s worst Colorado Rockies and the hapless Cincinnati Reds who aren’t too far behind them.

The Mets have now pulled to within 5 1/2 games of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second wild card, but still have five teams they have to leapfrog to get there. So not only must they keep winning, they have to hope all the other teams start folding.

The bad news is that the Washington Nationals head to Queens for a four game set, and all they’ve done is win 11 straight games against the Mets in Citi Field. In fact, going back to the 2011 season, the Nationals are 25-4 at Citi Field.

The Nationals have owned the Mets this season, winning 10 of their 12 contests and outscoring the Amazins 62-34 in the process.

The Mets have been thriving due to strong efforts from their starting pitching these last two weeks, but tonight the real test begins. Here are the probables:

Thu: RHP Bartolo Colon (13-11, 3.96) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (12-10, 2.97), 7:10 PM

Fri: RHP Dillon Gee (6-7, 3.74) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (8-9, 3.78), 7:10 PM

Sat: RHP Zack Wheeler (10-9, 3.38) vs. RHP Doug Fister (13-8, 2.53), 7:10 PM

Sun: LHP Jonathon Niese (8-10, 3.59) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (11-5, 2.93), 1:10 PM

You want to keep claiming you’re in the hunt and legitimate contenders? Then lets see you take three of four this weekend. Make me a believer.

I’ll leave you with this little nugget of hope. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that only two teams that were under .500 with 16 games or fewer remaining in their season came back to make the playoffs.

One of those teams were the 1973 Mets, who were under .500 with nine games remaining.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Nationals, 12:35 PM – It’s All About The Hair Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:53:40 +0000 New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

The Mets and Washington Nationals will play a 12:35 PM matinee on Thursday with rookie righthander Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.77) matching up against RHP Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.00) in the rubber game at Nationals Park.

In his last start, deGrom tossed 6.2 no-hit innings against these same Giants before Pablo Sandoval doubled to break it up. It was the third-longest no-hit bid by a rookie in franchise history. Randy Tate pitched 7.1 hitless innings against the Expos at Shea on August 4, 1975 and Dwight Gooden tossed 7.0 hitless innings at Pittsburgh on June 6, 1984.

Jacob deGrom is 6-1 with a 1.52 ERA with 14 walks and 64 strikeouts over his last eight starts dating back to June 21 which ranks him fifth in the majors in ERA behind Clayton Kershaw (1.13 ERA), Corey Kluber (1.31 ERA), Jon Lester (1.40 ERA), and Felix Hernandez (1.50 ERA). He has also established a rookie franchise record hurling 66.1 innings without allowing a home run. Mark Bomback held the previous mark (60.1 innings) in 1980. It’s the second-longest current streak in the majors.

Juan Lagares is 13-for-his-last-33 (.393) with three RBI and at least one hit in eight of his last nine games.

Lucas Duda has hit six home runs and collected 13 RBI in his last 13 starts. He has a career-best 20 home runs, tied for the fifth in the NL.

Daniel Murphy has hit in 14 of his last 17 games, going 26-70 (.371) with eight doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI over that
span. He leads the NL in hits, ranks fifth in doubles, and is third in the league with a .323 road batting average.

Starting Lineup

Curtis Granderson – RF
Daniel Murphy – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Lucas Duda – 1B
Juan Lagares – CF
Wilmer Flores – SS
Anthony Recker – C
Jacob deGrom – RHP
Eric Young, Jr. – LF

Last night’s game was the opposite of the previous with the Mets dropping the game 7-1 behind a poor start from Niese and a great start from Fister keeping the Mets bats quiet. Tonight, Jacob deGrom takes the mound to put the Mets back on the right track. On the season he is 6-5 over 15 starts and 94.1 innings with a 2.77 ERA. In his last five starts he is 5-0 over 34.2 innings with a 1.04 ERA and 37 strikeouts. Tonight will be deGrom’s first start against the Nationals in his career and he hasn’t faced anyone on the Nationals roster when they were with other teams.

Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound for the Nationals with his 7-5 record over 22 games and 132.0 innings and a 3.00 ERA. After two, poor back to back starts in July allowed 8 ER over 8.1 innings, he has had two, great back to back starts allowing 2 ER over 14.0 innings. In his one start against the Mets he allowed 3 ER over 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Zimmermann:

  • Murphy 13-41, 4 2B, 3 HR
  • Wright 11-36, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Duda 4-21, 2 2B
  • Tejada 5-18
  • E Young 3-12, 2B
  • Lagares 4-12, 2B
  • Granderson 1-4

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Nationals, 1:35 PM #WheelsUp Sun, 18 May 2014 16:22:41 +0000 wheeler

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Juan Lagares – CF
  7. Ruben Tejada – SS
  8. Juan Centeno – C
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP

Game Preview

The Mets look to take the rubber game from the Nationals today building off yesterday’s 5-2 win. Juan Lagares finally made it into the lineup yesterday and promptly hit a homer, drove in three, collected multiple hits, and robbed a homer from Jayson Werth with an amazing leap over the wall. His performance added more fuel to #FreeLagares and #StartLagares, one of the few things that unites #MetsTwitter.

Zack Wheeler looks to rebound from his rough night in the Bronx as he squares off against Jordan Zimmermann. The Mets righthander is 1-3 over eight games this season with a 4.53 ERA in 43.2 innings pitched.

Wheeler got off to a rough start in May, allowing seven runs (four earned) over 4.0 innings against the Rockies. He then pitched well against the Marlins allowing just two hits over 6.0 innings while striking out seven batters. However, he regressed his last time out when he allowed five earned runs and walked a career high six batters over 4.1 innings against the Yankees.

Wheeler is tied for sixth in the majors in walks allowed (24) and is third in walks per nine (4.95) and has 11 walks over his last two starts. In his first start of the season, Wheeler struck out six while allowing three earned runs over 6.0 innings against these same Nationals who have the following numbers Wheeler:

  • Span 6-12, 2B
  • Werth 3-10, 2B, HR
  • Desmond 3-11, 2B
  • Rendon 2-7
  • Ramos 0-6

Zimmermann is 2-1 over eight starts and in 42.2 innings has a respectable 3.59 ERA. He is coming off of his second worst start of the season where he allowed 10 hits and 5 ER over 5.2 innings. His season debut was against the Mets where he allowed one earned run over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Murphy 12-38, 4 2B, 3 HR
  • Wright 9-34, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Duda 3-18, 2B
  • Tejada 5-15
  • E Young 3-9, 2B
  • Lagares 3-9, 2B

Game Notes

The Mets will open a nine-game homestand starting on Tuesday. The Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Pirates each make their only trip to Citi Field.

The Mets scored three times in the first-inning yesterday and lead the majors with 36 first-inning runs. Colorado and Oakland are tied for second with 34. The Mets have scored in the first inning in 10 of their last 15 games.

Since the start of the 2012, Daniel Murphy has 406 hits, the second-most in the National League, behind Andrew McCutchen’s 424. Murphy also ranks second with 90 doubles in the NL over that period, Paul Goldschmidt is first with 97.

Juan Lagares has at least one hit in his last five starts (6-22, .273) and has five RBI in his last three. On Saturday, he became the first player in the majors this year to hit a home run and rob a home run in the same game.

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Nationals vs Mets, 12:05 PM (SNY) Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:56:53 +0000 tradition field spring

Farewell to Port St. Lucie

The New York Mets wrap up their Grapefruit League season this afternoon in a 12:05 PM start against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mets pitching prospect Cory Mazzoni will oppose Jordan Zimmermann for the Nats. The game will be broadcast on SNY.

This would have been Bartolo Colon‘s turn in the rotation, but to limit his exposure to the Nationals the Mets will have him pitch in a minor league game instead.

Adam Rubin included Mazzoni among his 12 Mets prospects he expects to debut at some point in 2014:

Although the 2011 second-round pick from NC State is due to continue as a starting pitcher in the minors, Terry Collins has mentioned him as a potential reliever at the big-league level. Mazzoni went 5-3 with a 4.36 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) for Binghamton last season before needing surgery to repair a torn knee meniscus. Read the rest of Rubin’s article here.

Here are today’s starting lineups:


  1. Eric Young Jr., LF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson, RF
  5. Chris Young, CF
  6. Ike Davis, 1B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Ruben Tejada, SS
  9. Cory Mazzoni, RHP


  1. Anthony Rendon, 3B
  2. Denard Span, CF
  3. Jayson Werth, RF
  4. Wilson Ramos, C
  5. Bryce Harper, LF
  6. Ian Desmond, SS
  7. Adam LaRoche, 1B
  8. Danny Espinosa, 2B
  9. Jordan Zimmermann, RHP

Juan Lagares hits the bench after another big day at the plate that saw him go 3-for-4 with a triple and his third stolen base without a caught stealing. Terry Collins, as you know, is not a big believer in things like momentum and going with hot hands.

Is that our Opening Day lineup?

After the game, the Mets will head to Montreal to play exhibition games against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday and Saturday before opening the regular season on Monday, March 31, when they face the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.

Before Friday’s game in Montreal, there will be a pregame ceremony honoring the late Gary Carter, who starred for the Expos before arriving to the Mets in a trade. We’ll have a full article on this later today and I hope you check it out.

It’s down to the wire at the Daily Stache where Metsmerized Online is pitted against Amazin Avenue in their Mets Brackets. Vote for MMO here!

Enjoy today’s game and Lets Go Mets!

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Hot Stove Report: Rangers Will Consider Trading Profar, Nats Looking For Another Ace Thu, 07 Nov 2013 01:37:53 +0000 jurickson profar

The Rangers are letting teams know they will consider trading infielders Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and highly regarded shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar, according to major league sources. They have also made it clear to other teams they are not trying to dump salary and are adamantly opposed to picking up any part of a contract in order to facilitate a trade.

They have been in touch with other clubs, and general manager Jon Daniels is looking for offensive help at left field, catcher, and first base.

Profar, who turns 21 in February, is hitting .328 in 16 games in the Dominican Winter League.

Nats Want Another Ace

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Washington Nationals want to add an elite starting pitcher via a trade, according to major league sources. While Rays lefthander David Price is one obvious possibility, he says that Tigers righthander Max Scherzer would be an even better fit.

Rosenthal lists several reasons why Scherzer matches up well with the Nats:

• Scherzer and Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo have a history — Scherzer was Rizzo’s last first-round pick as Diamondbacks scouting director, going No. 11 in 2006.

• The Nationals are deep in young power arms and veteran late-inning relievers, both of which surely are on Tigers GM David Dombrowski’s wish list.

• The price in prospects for Scherzer, a free agent at the end of next season, would be lower than it is for Price, who is under club control for two more years.

• And, finally, the Nats maintain a strong relationship with Scherzer’s agent, Scott Boras, and might stand a better chance of signing the pitcher long term than most clubs.

I’m shocked to hear that the Tigers would trade Scherzer in the right deal, but apparently they are desperate for payroll relief and he’s due to make close to $14 million in arbitration before becoming a free agent after the season.

Scherzer, 29, led all of baseball with a 21-3 record with a 2.90 ERA and 0.910 WHIP, and finished second in the majors with 240 strikeouts. He’s expected to with the AL Cy Young Award.

The Nationals’ rotation, meanwhile, is fronted by right-handers Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann and left-hander Gio Gonzalez — and Strasburg is coming off surgery to remove bone chips from his surgically repaired right elbow.

Phillies Under Pressure

Rosenthal also reports that Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is feeling the heat and is encouraging his staff to seek creative, innovative solutions to turn the franchise around, and that they’ve  gone so far as to kick around a trade for David Price, according to major league sources.

Not only do they seem willing to part with top pitching prospect Jesse Biddle but even outfielder Domonic Brown could be part of a package. However, Rosenthal believes that the Phillies would likely get outbid by teams who have better younger players they would move for Price.

That said, Amaro has already made offers on “several” free agent players, according to Todd Zolecki of Zolecki believes the Phils have reached out to Nelson CruzCarlos Beltran, and Mike Morse.

One thing about the other teams in the NL East… They don’t wait for the market to develop like the Mets always do. In most instances the Nats, Phils and Braves attack the market early and aggressively.

Other Hot Stove News…

The Yankees are making provisions in case second baseman Robinson Cano signs elsewhere, writes Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. According to sources, they have already checked in with the Reds on Brandon Phillips who is said to be available in the right trade. The Reds won’t give away their gold glove, run-producer – who has a very affordable $50 million and four years left on his deal. The Yanks may also check in on Howie Kendrick of the Angels and Dan Uggla of the Braves.

The Rays and outfielder David DeJesus have agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million contract that includes a club option for 2016. The contract replaces the $6.5 million 2014 club option the Rays picked up on Sunday. DeJesus, who turns 34 in December, was acquired from the Nationals on Aug. 23 after beginning the season with the Cubs. He batted .341 at Tropicana Field after joining Tampa Bay and holds a .279 career average with a .353 on-base percentage.

The Colorado Rockies have interest in reliever Joe Smith who is now a free agent. The Rockies look to improve a bullpen that owned the National League’s worst ERA last season. Smith, a sidearm right-hander, fits the Rockies’ profile, inducing groundballs with efficiency while posting a 2.42 ERA over the last three seasons. The former Met reliever held hitters to a .235 average last year.

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Nationals vs Mets: Wheeler Tries To Stop Slide, Mets Remember 9/11 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:18:29 +0000 wheeler sf

Nationals at Mets • 7:10 PM

Zack Wheeler (7-4, 3.38) vs Dan Haren (8-13, 5.23)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Juan Lagares – RF
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Josh Satin – 3B
  6. Matt den Dekker – CF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP

Game Preview

The Mets did better last night than they did Monday night, but still fell flat against the Nationals. Yesterday Gee wasn’t at his best, the offense didn’t fully click (although d’Arnaud had a good night at the plate) and the Mets lost Justin Turner to injury. Tonight Zack Wheeler gets the nod to get the Mets back on the right track against Dan Haren.

Wheeler, who is heading towards his 2013 season inning cap, is 7-4 this season with a 3.38 ERA over 88.0 innings. In his last 6 starts now he has a 2.65 ERA over 37.1 innings with 34 strikeouts. In two games against the Nationals this year, he has allowed 7 ER over 11.1 innings. The Nationals have the following numbers against the Mets:

LaRoche 1-5, HR
Span 4-6, 2B
Zimmerman 0-6
Desmond 2-5, 2B
Rendon 1-4

Dan Haren is 8-13 over 27 games and 144.2 innings this season posting an ERA of 5.23. In his last three starts he has pitched 12.2 innings allowing 16 ER, which is a terrible, 11.37, ERA. In three starts against the Mets this season he has pitched 13.2 innings allowing 13 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Murphy 4-12, 2B, HR
Lagares 3-7
Young 3-6, 2B
Duda 1-4, 2B
d’Arnaud 2-2

Lets Go Mets!

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Nationals vs Mets: Gee Looks For 12th Win, Lagares Batting Second, Murphy Third Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:56:39 +0000 dillon gee

Nationals at Mets • 7:10 PM

Dillon Gee (11-9, 3.53) vs Jordan Zimmermann (16-8, 3.30)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Juan Lagares – RF
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Justin Turner – 3B
  6. Matt den Dekker – CF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  9. Dillon Gee – RHP

Game Preview

The Mets look to pick themselves up after last night’s attempt at a game. Yesterday the Mets surrendered 9 runs and only had one hit over 9 innings, it was just bad every way. The arms look to Dillon Gee to get them back on track. Gee is 11-9 over 28 games with a 3.53 ERA and 173.1 innings with 124 strikeouts. In his last 7 starts he has pitched 49.0 innings with a 2.02 ERA. In 5 starts against the Nationals this year, Gee is 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA over 33.1 innings. The Nationals have the following numbers against Gee:

Werth 8-33, 2B
Desmond 6-29, 3 HR
Zimmerman 6-29, 2B
LaRoche 3-20, 2B
Span 4-16, 2B, HR
Ramos 3-13, 2B, HR

In the matchup of familiar foes, the Mets will get yet another look at Jordan Zimmermann who is 16-8 over 28 starts and 185.1 innings with an ERA of 3.30. His 16 wins is the league leading mark. He has pitched 22.1 innings in his last three starts with a 2.82 ERA, which is a big improvement of his start just before this streak where he allowed 8 earned runs over 5.0 innings. In four starts against the Mets he has pitched 27.1 innings with an 0-3 record. Despite not being able to beat the Mets this year, he has a 3.29 ERA against them. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Murphy 11-35, 3 2B, 3 HR
Davis 5-24, 2B, 2 HR
Duda 2-15, 2B
Young 2-6, 2B
Lagares 3-6, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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Mets Pitching Suffers, Gio Lights Out In 9-0 Blowout Tue, 10 Sep 2013 02:22:10 +0000 carlos torres

Spoiler Alert: This game was really, really ugly. Let’s get right to it…

The Nationals got off to a quick start off of Carlos Torres when Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman hit back-to-back jacks to lead off the game. Torres would settle down, but just for a while.

After a quiet second, the Nats struck again in the third when Jayson Werth took the first pitch he saw to left center for a three run home run. It was Werth’s 22nd of year. The Nats went up 5-0, but that was just the beginning.

The fatal blow to Torres was a Tyler Moore solo bomb in the fourth. Torres final line was this: HORRIBLE.

Greg Burke relieved Torres, but fared about the same. Wilson Ramos smacked a dinger to left center, bringing in two other Nats and for the last time, expanding their lead to 9.

While this was a brutal game to watch, at least it was fun coming up with all these different names to call home runs.

Meanwhile, Gio Gonzalez tossed an absolute gem, allowing only three Met baserunners. Zach Lutz was the lone hero, leading off the seventh with a single ando, while this was a brutal game to watch, it was fun coming up with all these different names to call home runs.

The series continues tomorrow at 7:10, when Jordan Zimmermann and Dillon Gee will face off for game two of this four game series.

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The dogs were out in full force at Citi Field tonight…

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Torres Shines In Mets 11-3 Romp Over Phillies Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:27:56 +0000 carlos torres

Carlos Torres was locked in from the second this game started and seemed determined to prove that he deserved a spot in this rotation. Of course, if he pitches the way he did today on a consistent basis, it’d be hard to keep him out of it — even though he’s sort of landed in the role by default by now. With Jeremy Hefner, Jenrry Mejia, and Matt Harvey all down with injury while Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero, and Noah Syndergaard all approach innings limits, Torres has the last spot in the rotation locked up until further notice.

He was pitching like he had to fight for this rotation spot today, however, which is a good thing. He dominated the first six innings, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out six batters. He allowed two more hits in the seventh, culminating in a run after a sacrifice fly by Darin Ruf, but that was the only blemish on his record all game. He departed in favor of Scott Rice after two outs, who picked up the last out of the inning for a hold. Gonzalez Germen surrendered two runs in the eighth via home run, but it was too little, too late…

Why, you ask? Well, the Mets had already exploded for 10 runs at that point in time, scoring at least one run in each of the third through seventh innings. They would continue that streak through the eighth when Andrew Brown blasted a solo home run in that frame as well.

Murphy’s double put the Mets up 1-0 early, and Anthony Recker came through in support of Torres with a two-run moonshot. The Phillies were completely losing it when a balk scored a run for the Mets in the sixth, and Daniel Murphy followed that with an RBI single. Murphy had four hits overall. Eric Young ripped a bases-clearing triple in the seventh to break the game open for the Mets.

So on the heels of trading our most productive healthy offensive player (which was a good move in context), we break out for 11 runs and earn a split the series with the Phillies. Dillon Gee opens up the series with the Nationals tomorrow for the Mets against Jordan Zimmermann.

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Nationals vs Mets: Lagares, Satin, Turner Earn Starts In Nightcap Fri, 26 Jul 2013 22:06:37 +0000 The Mets start to work on their back log of missing games today as they play two with the Nationals. But it would be rude if I continued and didn’t wish you a Happy Harvey Day. Therefore, Happy Harvey Day!



Game 1 Preview and Starting Lineup:

  1. Juan Lagares – CF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Marlon Byrd – RF
  5. Ike Davis – 1B
  6. Andrew Brown – LF
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  9. Jenrry Mejia – RHP

Mets (Jenrry Mejia, 0-0, 0.00) vs. Nationals (Jordan Zimmerman, 12-5, 3.01)

Before the Mets can get to the festivities around Harvey Day, which is in the second game, they have to beat Jordan Zimmermann as he goes up against Jenrry Mejia in a spot start. At this time last week it looked like Schwinden would be getting the nod for the spot start, and its good thing he didn’t. If we are talking about the future of the Mets or at least game with more of a reason to watch, it would be Mejia. Jenrry hasn’t pitched in the majors since last year where he totaled 16.0 innings and 10 earned runs. He has pitched a total of 24.2 innings in the minors this year with a 2.55 ERA. In four games against the Nationals in his career he has pitched 5.1 innings allowing 3 ER, 3 BB and a strikeout. The following Nationals have faced him:

Desmond 1-3
Werth 2-2
Zimmerman 0-1
Hairston 1-1

On the other side of the rubber will be Jordan Zimmermann who is 12-5 over 20 games this year with a 3.01 ERA and 134.1 innings. July hasn’t been so kind to him, mostly due to his last start where he allowed 7 ER over 2.0 innings. In the 19.2 innings he’s thrown this year he’s allowed 16 ER. In 13.0 innings he’s thrown against the Mets this year, he’s allowed 4 runs, 2 earned. The Mets have the following numbers against Jordan:

Wright 9-31, 2 2B, 2 HR
Murphy 7-28, 2 2B, HR
Davis 4-19, 2B, HR
Buck 4-16, 2 2B, HR
Byrd 2-9

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Game 2 Preview and Starting Lineup:

  1. Juan Lagares – CF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Marlon Byrd – RF
  5. Josh Satin – 1B
  6. Justin Turner – SS
  7. John Buck – C
  8. Andrew Brown – LF
  9. Matt Harvey – RHP

Mets (Matt Harvey, 8-2, 2.23) vs. Nationals (Ross Ohlendorf, 2-0, 2.03)

The second game will feature Matt Harvey vs Ross Ohlendorf. Matt Harvey was excellent in his last start as he improved on the season to 8-2 with 2.23 ERA over 20 games and 137.0 innings while striking out 157 batters. In two starts against the Nationals this year he has allowed 2 ER over 14.0 innings while striking out 18 batters. The Nationals have the following numbers against him:

Desmond 3-7, HR
LaRoche 1-8
Werth 0-7, 6 K
Span 2-7, 3B
Suzuki 0-7, 3 K
Zimmerman 1-5, HR

The Mets will finish off the day with Ross Ohlendorf who is 2-0 over 8 games, 1 start and 26.2 innings of work with a 2.03 ERA. He pitched 71.2 innings in the minors this year with a 4.27 ERA. This season he pitched 2.0 innings of relief against the Mets allowing 1 ER off 3 hits and one strikeout. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Byrd 3-11, 2B
Wright 3-4
Buck 0-5
Murphy 2-4
Young 1-4, 3B
Lagares 1-1, 2B
Satin 1-1, 2B

Mets at Nationals Doubleheader Game Notes:

  • RHP Jenrry Mejia will return from the disabled list to make a start Friday against Washington. Mejia was a prized pitching prospect for the Mets three years ago but has not appeared in a major league game since Sept. 30. Mejia underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011 and struggled with elbow inflammation this year. He made just five major league appearances last season and has a 7.03 ERA in six career major league starts. In four relief appearances against the Nationals, he has a 5.06 ERA. Mejia has made six rehab starts and has posted an 0.82 ERA in two rehab outings for Double-A Binghamton.
  • RHP Matt Harvey will make his second start after the All-Star break in the nightcap of the doubleheader and will go for his second straight victory. Harvey began the second half by scattering three hits over seven innings while striking out 10 during Sunday’s victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Friday’s start will also mark the one-year anniversary of his major league debut at Arizona. In three starts against Washington, Harvey is 1-1 with a 1.42 ERA.
  • LF Eric Young Jr. had a sore right knee that the Mets described as a strain. He was removed from the game after the third inning when the Mets saw that he had difficult putting weight on it while running the bases. Young said he didn’t want to push it and the Mets seemed to think the injury was not serious.
  • C John Buck said that shortening his swing has led to improved run production in other ways besides hitting home runs. Buck had three RBIs Thursday and has 13 over his last 11 games since July 5. Buck is batting .349 (15-for-43) in that period with four of those hits being doubles and one being a home run.
  • 3B David Wright set a career high by hitting his sixth triple in the sixth inning. His previous career-high was five during the 2006 season. He also became the sixth NL player to reach six triples this season He also is batting .341 (60-for-176) since June 5.
  • RHP Zack Wheeler struggled with first-pitch strikes, throwing just eight to 25 hitters but limited the damage to four runs and four hits over six innings. That made him the fourth Met to get four wins in their first seven games. The others are Jason Jacome, Octavio Dotel and Dillon Gee.
  • The Nationals have struggled to hold runners on the basepaths this season, having allowed 65 stolen bases in 74 tries, having caught a Major League-worst 12 percent of prospective basestealers.
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Mets Pound Out 14 Hits In 7-4 Thumping Over The Braves Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:05:27 +0000 marlon byrd

The Mets pounded Braves pitching for 14 hits en route to a 7-4 victory this afternoon at Citi Field to gain a split of their four game series with Atlanta.

Daniel Murphy and Marlon Byrd led the hit parade with three hits a piece including the 26th double of the season for Murphy who looks to be breaking out of a month-long slump during this series.

David Wright collected two hits and drove in a run with a ground rule double that the umpires ruled a triple. It led to the ejection of Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez who had a good gripe, but the umps weren’t having any of it.

Josh Satin started at first base and was on base three times, and catcher John Buck had a big three-RBI day with a pair of clutch hits of his own.

Zack Wheeler started for the Mets and went six innings allowing four runs, three earned on four hits and two walks. The rookie righthander struck out five and earned his fourth win of the season, and despite getting tagged for two home runs, he gave the Mets a quality start.

The bullpen was stellar today and David Aardsma, LaTroy Hawkins and Bobby Parnell each pitched a scoreless inning. For Parnell he earns his 20th save of the season.

Eric Young Jr. left the game after three innings with right knee pain, possibly related to his play last night that led to Tim Hudson breaking his ankle.

A solid win against a tough team as the Mets head to Washington for another four game series including a doubleheader on Friday that will have Jenrry Mejia making his season debut in the afternoon game opposite right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (12-5, 3.01 ERA). In the nightcap, Matt Harvey (8-2, 2.23) takes on Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 2.03).

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2013 All Star Game: Give Matt Harvey The Damn Ball Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:02:19 +0000 matt harvey

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York wrote what I felt was one of the strongest arguments in making the case for Matt Harvey starting the All Star Game for the National League.

He first compares Harvey, who he calls the NL’s Justin Verlander, to last season’s NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey:

Through 16 starts, Harvey is 7-1 with a 2.05 ERA, 121 strikeouts, a 0.882 WHIP, 4 homers allowed and a .188 opponent batting average.

Through 16 starts a season ago en route to the NL Cy Young Award, R.A. Dickey was 12-1 with a 2.15 ERA, 116 strikeouts, 0.885 WHIP, 9 homers allowed and a .190 opponent batting average.

So, other than the out-of-his-control win criteria, Harvey is better than last year’s Cy Young winner in every one of those statistical categories at the same point in the season.

Another great point he makes regarding his lack of pitching wins is this:

OK, Harvey is not the NL wins leader. That distinction is shared by Adam WainwrightJordan Zimmermann and Lance Lynn with 10 apiece. And Harvey is not the ERA leader — not yet, anyway. Right now Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke (2.01) edges Harvey by four-hundredths of a point. (A more reasonable scoring decision at Wrigley Field earlier this season would have tipped that in Harvey’s favor.) Regardless, how about what Harvey means to the Mets? They have a .625 winning percentage in his starts and .357 winning percentage otherwise.

For those of you requiring additional reasons, Harvey leads the NL in opponents’ OPS (.491) and well-hit average (.086), according to ESPN Stats & Information. He also is the league leader in strikeouts (121) and WHIP (0.88).

In terms of WAR, which measures a player’s contribution to winning, Harvey also is at the head of the NL class. He owns a league-leading 4.2 WAR, topping runner-up Cliff Lee (4.1),Clayton Kershaw (4.0), Wainwright (3.8) and any other NL All-Star starter contender.

I knew about most of the statistics Rubin cited, but had no idea his WAR was that high which is pretty amazing to me. He concludes by saying that Bruce Bochy has to give Harvey the damn ball because he represents the host team.

He really does a great job of covering all the bases here… Read the full article

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Mets Waste Another Gem By Hefner In Nationals 3-2 Walk-Off Win Wed, 05 Jun 2013 02:13:32 +0000 USATSI_7290168_154511658_lowres

I’m feeling very ill tonight so I hope you don’t mind this very condensed version of tonight’s game.

The Mets blew a 2-1 ninth inning lead as the Washington Nationals tagged closer Bobby Parnell for two runs in their dramatic 3-2 walk-off win.

Jeremy Hefner threw an absolute gem, holding the Nats to one run on four hits while striking out seven. His only blemish was a solo home run to Ian Desmond. As I said earlier today, Hefner has been a solid number five starter and is suffering from a very bad case of rotten luck this season.

The Mets had just four hits tonight against Nats starter Jordan Zimmermann, two from Omar Quintanilla and two from Jordany Valdespin. That’s it. Q also drove in the team’s only runs with a two-run triple in the fifth inning.

Mets 3-4-5-6 hitters went a combined 0-for-15 tonight and Wright’s slump has now seen his average drop to .273 for the season. Buck is now batting .217.

Parnell ended his streak of seven straight converted saves and took the loss, his second of the season.

The Mets will look to stop their four game losing streak tomorrow night when Dillon Gee opposes the Nationals’ Dan Haren at 7:05 pm.

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Nationals vs Mets Game Preview: Hefner On The Hill, Duda And Davis Heating Up Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:10:46 +0000 jeremy hefner

New York Mets (22-32) at Washington Nationals (28-29)

RHP Jeremy Hefner vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann

Starting Lineup

  1. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – LF
  5. John Buck – C
  6. Ike Davis – 1B
  7. Jordany Valdespin – RF
  8. Rick Ankiel – CF
  9. Jeremy Hefner – RHP

Game Notes

The Mets have dropped three straight following their five-game winning streak and are 5-5 in over the last 10 games. They are 10-15 on the road this year. The Mets’ odds are so long now, that they are now among the three biggest longshots in MLB of going to the 2013 World Series according to this sports betting site. Maybe Jeff Wilpon was right?

Daniel Murphy ranks sixth in the NL with a .343 road batting average. The Mets will play 14 of their next 23 games away from Citi Field.

The Mets hit three home runs on Sunday at Miami (Lucas Duda, Omar Quintanilla and Ike Davis). It was the fifth time this season the Mets had three home runs in a game, last accomplished on May 4 at Atlanta. New York achieved that feat three times in the club’s first 15 games of the season.

The Mets have scored three runs or fewer in 10 of their last 16 games. The team is 7-9 over that span. New York is hitting .220 (116-527) over that period. The Mets have a .227 team batting average ranking 30th in the majors.

Lucas Duda hit his 10th home run of the year in the Mets’ 54th game, putting him exactly on pace for 30 home runs. Over his last 17 games, Duda is batting .297 (19-64) with five doubles, two home runs and seven RBI and is also tied for ninth in the majors with 28 walks.

Ike Davis is hitting .292 (7-24) with one double, one home run and seven RBI over his last seven games dating back to May 26. Davis has multi-RBI games in three of those seven games.

Over their last 10 games, Mets starters have tossed 62.0 innings and issued 10 walks, while notching 64 strikeouts. Overall, Mets starters have a 4.28 ERA, ranking 19th in the majors.

Matt Harvey set a franchise record on Sunday with his no-decision at Miami. It was his 12th start of the season without a loss. Armando Reynoso went 11 starts to begin the year without a loss in 1997.

The pen had a 1.20 ERA (two earned runs/15.0 innings) from May 25-31, before allowing 10 earned runs in 7.0 innings (12.85 ERA) over the final two games vs. the Marlins. New York relievers had seven victories in May, the third-most in the majors. Overall, the bullpen ranks 30th in the majors with a 4.90 ERA. Bobby Parnell has converted seven straight save chances.

Marlon Byrd collected his 1,100th career hit on Sunday at Miami with his RBI single in the fifth inning.

The Mets have committed at least one error in each of their last six games, their longest streak since they made an error in seven straight games from July 20-26, 2011.

Game Preview

The Mets look to forget their last series with the Marlins in its entirety as they welcome the Nationals into New York. The last time the Mets were in New York, they swept the Yankees, let’s hope that’s the Mets team we see tonight as Hefner takes the mounds for the Mets and takes on Zimmermann.

Jeremy Hefner is 1-5 this season over 57.0 innings with a 4.74 ERA. In his last two starts he has pitched 12.0 innings with a 3.75 ERA as he has become a more stable part of the Mets rotation (most of the time at least). Against the Nationals earlier this season he allowed 3 ER over 4.0 innings of work. The Nationals have the following numbers against Hefner:

LaRoche 2-10, HR
Espinosa 5-10, 2 2B, 2 HR
Zimmerman 2-8
Desmond 1-8, HR
Lombardozzi 2-6

Jordan Zimmermann is 8-3 over 11 games this season pitching 79.2 innings with a 2.37 ERA and a league leading 3 complete games. Jordan has become one of the best pitchers in baseball this season. He is also coming off of by far his worst start of the season where he allowed 7 ER over 6 innings of work which saw his season ERA jump from 1.71 to 2.37. Earlier this season against the Mets he allowed 2 ER over 5.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Jordan:

Wright 9-28, 2 2B, 2 HR
Murphy 7-24, 2 2B, HR
Davis 4-16, 2B, HR
Buck 4-13, 2B, HR
Duda 2-12, 2B
Valdespin 1-7, HR

Lets Go Mets!

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Marlins Celebrate Harvey Day With 11-6 Win Over The Mets Sun, 02 Jun 2013 22:09:09 +0000 juan pierre marlinsJuan Pierre was on base four times and scored three runs for the Marlins today.

Not even Matt Harvey Day could stop the Miami Marlins from beating the Mets this afternoon by the score of 11-6 to complete an embarrassing three game sweep of the Amazins.

Looking for his sixth win of the season, Harvey struggled today against the Marlins and allowed four runs – a career high – for the second time in three starts. He toiled through five innings letting up ten hits and two walks while striking out five.

“I’m not happy about the start at all,” Harvey said after the game. “I didn’t execute my pitches very well.”

Once again in this series, the Mets bullpen provided no relief even from the usually reliable Scott Rice who was torched for three runs on four walks and a back-breaking double by Marcell Ozuna. LaTroy Hawkins gave up three runs and Brandon Lyon allowed one.

Offensively, the Mets connected for three home runs in the game including solo shots from both Lucas Duda and Omar Quintanilla, and a two-run 425-foot bomb by Ike Davis who hit the ball hard all day.

The Mets were outscored 24-8 by the Marlins in the forgettable three game series. It’s pretty clear that it’s time for this team to go into 2014 mode… Play the kids, dump the chumps… Another losing season beckons…

They’ll have the day off on Monday to lick their wounds before heading to Washington to play the Nationals. Jeremy Hefner (1-5, 4.74 ERA) opposes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (8-3, 2.37) at 7:05 PM on Tuesday.

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