Mets Merized Online » Jose Reyes http://metsmerizedonline.com Sat, 03 Dec 2016 04:14:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 MMO Original: The All-Time Mets Seasons Team http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/mmo-original-the-all-time-mets-seasons-team.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/mmo-original-the-all-time-mets-seasons-team.html/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:00:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225342 mlb_g_reyes_wright1x_600

Just about everyone and their mother has done a piece on what the Mets’ all-time team would look like, and they all look pretty much the same.

However, when you adjust this all-time team to include the best season at every position, it looks a little bit different– and the numbers are even more impressive. Between decades of losing seasons, the Mets have actually had several fantastic individual seasons that have set both franchise and league records. So with that being said, here’s the All-Time Mets Seasons Team:

Catcher: Mike Piazza, 2000

Piazza was at the apex of his career in 2000, and put up numbers that few catchers– or any batter, for that matter– will ever put up. He batted .324/.398/.614 with 38 home runs, 113 RBIs and a 1.012 OPS. That 1.012 OPS was the third-highest ever by a catcher, and it helped bring the Mets to their fourth World Series in team history. Piazza’s 1999 season, in which he set a club record with 124 RBIs while blasting 40 home runs, could also have easily been swapped into this spot.

First Base: John Olerud, 1998

He was the guy who wore the helmet in the field. Remember him?

Olerud only played on the Mets for three seasons, but definitely made his presence felt while he was in Flushing. In 1998, he batted .354/.447/.551 with 22 home runs and 93 RBIs, giving him the highest single-season batting average in Mets history. His fWAR of 8.1 is 2.3 wins higher than any other first baseman’s season in Mets history as well, making this season a clear choice.

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Second Base: Edgardo Alfonzo, 2000

Another pivotal part of what Sports Illustrated dubbed “The Best Infield Ever,” Alfonzo batted .324/.425/.542 with 25 home runs and 94 RBIs in 2000. Those aren’t numbers you often see a second baseman put up. Fonzie’s average, on-base percentage and fWAR from this season are all franchise records for second basemen, and his slugging percentage, home runs and RBI marks are all second.

Shortstop: Jose Reyes, 2006

Reyes did it all in ’06. He batted .300/.354/.487 as the team’s leadoff hitter, and led the league in triples with 17 and stolen bases with 64. That alone would qualify as an all-time great season, but Reyes also hit a career-high 19 home runs to go along with 81 RBIs. This was a Rickey Henderson-esque statline that may never again be seen in Mets history.

Third Base: David Wright, 2007

There are several Wright seasons that could take this spot, but 2007 takes it for a couple of reasons. First, Wright set a franchise record for all position players with an 8.4 fWAR. Second, his .325 batting average, .416 on-base percentage, .546 slugging percentage and .963 OPS were all career highs. He also became the third player in Mets history to join the 30-30 club, as he hit 30 home runs and stole 34 bases.

It’s unlikely Mets fans will ever see Wright play like this again– if he ever does play again. But it’s fun to look back on how truly dominant he was in his heyday.

Outfield: Carlos Beltran, 2006

The only thing a lot of people might remember about Carlos Beltran in 2006 is him staring blankly at Adam Wainwright‘s curveball. That’s definitely a shame, because Beltran’s 2006 was one of the best seasons of any offensive player in Mets history.

Beltran batted .275/.388/.594, tied a franchise record with 41 home runs, drove in 116 runs and stole 18 bases to go along with all of that. Oh, and he also won a Gold Glove in center field. Beltran was easily the best player on the Mets in 2006.

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Outfield: Yoenis Cespedes, 2015

Maybe Cespedes shouldn’t even be on this list since he only was a Met for two months in 2015. But it’s hard to argue that any offensive player in Mets history had more of an impact in one season than Cespedes did in 2015– even if it was just for two months. The team was 38-22 after the Cespedes trade; it was just 52-50 before the trade.

Cespedes batted .287/.337/.604 with 17 home runs and 44 RBIs in 57 games after the trade, with the .604 slugging percentage being the third highest in Mets history. He was on a 162 game-pace for 49 home runs and 126 RBIs, which both would have been franchise records. The Mets probably could not have made the playoffs in either of the last two years without “Yo,” and might not make them anytime soon if they don’t re-sign him.

Outfield: Darryl Strawberry, 1988

“Straw” was one of the brightest stars in baseball in the 80s, and 1988 may very well have been his brightest season. He led the league in home runs (39), slugging percentage (.545), OPS (.911) and OPS+ (165) all while stealing 29 bases and getting on base at a .366 clip. He finished second in MVP voting to Kirk Gibson that year, despite Strawberry out-homering and out-slugging him despite having a comparable on-base percentage. This definitely provided a bit of foreshadowing for that October, when the Dodgers shockingly beat the Mets in the NLCS.

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Starting pitcher #1: Dwight Gooden, 1985

Gooden’s 1985 season is easily one of the five best in the liveball era. His stats are so amazing that they don’t even need to be put into words. So I’m just going to leave them alone so that you can bask in their greatness:

24-4 record, 1.53 ERA, 16 complete games, eight shutouts, 268 strikeouts in 276.2 innings, .0965 WHIP, 229 ERA+. These numbers need no context or qualification. They’re amazing.

Perhaps the most impressive of those stats is the 229 ERA+. For those of you that aren’t up on your Bill James, 100 is always the league-average ERA+. So that means Gooden was 129 percent better than the league-average pitcher in 1985. That’s almost unfathomable.

If the “All-Time Mets Seasons Team” were compiled again in 100 years, most of the guys on this list would probably be replaced by a new century of Mets baseball. But it’s safe to say that Gooden will still be on here.

Starting pitcher #1A: Tom Seaver, 1971

Can’t have an all-time Mets list without Tom Seaver. Just can’t do it.

You could pretty much put any of Seaver’s seasons from his first stint with the Mets on here, but 1971 definitely stands out as the best– despite the fact that he didn’t win a Cy Young this year. He went 20-10 with a career-best 1.76 ERA, a career-high 289 strikeouts and a 194 ERA+. Seaver is bar none the best player in Mets history, and this is bar-none his best season.

Closer: Jeurys Familia, 2016: 

The last month-and-a-half of Familia’s life has turned what was once a good reputation upside down. For much of this season though, Familia was as good a closer as the Mets ever had.

Familia set a Mets record with 51 saves, and held a 2.55 ERA and 161 ERA+. He also had the second-longest streak of consecutive saves in baseball history this year, which was snapped in July at 52.

His season, kind of like Beltran’s 2006, will be remembered for its worst moment that manifested on the highest stage: The three-run home run he allowed to Gillaspie. But he was fantastic for just about all of the regular season– especially considering the Mets’ weak history in the bullpen.

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What Role Will Jose Reyes Play In 2017? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/what-role-will-jose-reyes-play-in-2017.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/what-role-will-jose-reyes-play-in-2017.html/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:30:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226579 jose reyes asdrubal cabrera

Going into 2017, the Mets infield is relatively set. Lucas Duda will be at first base, Neil Walker will be at second, David Wright at third, and Asdrubal Cabrera at shortstop. The Mets are gearing up to have a strong infield bench as well, having weapons such as Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera who can play virtually any infield position.

Jose Reyes, though, was such a spark plug for the Mets last season at age 33 that it wouldn’t be wise for him to have merely a bench role.

David Wright is coming off surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck as well as dealing with spinal stenosis and will not be able to play every day for the Mets. He will most likely start against all left-handed starters, as he has a .337 career batting average against them.

If Wright were to have a day off against a righty, Reyes would surely play third base in his stead. If Wright were to have a day off against a lefty, though, Wilmer Flores would most likely start at third base due to his impressive splits against left-handed pitching.

If Asdrubal Cabrera needs a day off, Jose Reyes would be a solid replacement for him at shortstop. If Cabrera sat against a lefty, Collins might choose to start Flores at short. It depends on the matchup, though, as Reyes is clearly the superior defender. If Terry wanted to sacrifice some defense in order to have a more powerful lineup, starting Flores would be the way to go.

The same general principles apply at second base with Neil Walker. However, at second base, Reyes and Flores are more even defensively. Flores has much more experience, and Reyes hasn’t played there since 2004 when Kazuo Matsui (remember him?) was a Met.

So, to recap, Jose Reyes will definitely see time at shortstop and second base in 2017, but the bulk of his playing time will come at the hot corner when David Wright needs a day off. He is also very valuable off the bench because of his speed/stealing ability and the fact that he is a switch-hitter.

In 60 games with the Mets in 2016, Reyes slashed .267/.326/.443 with eight home runs, four triples, nine stolen bases, and 24 RBI.

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Champ Stuart Starting to Put All of His Tools Together http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/champ-stuart-starting-to-put-all-of-his-tools-together.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/champ-stuart-starting-to-put-all-of-his-tools-together.html/#comments Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:00:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225640 champ-stuart

Heading into the Arizona Fall League, Tim Tebow and Gavin Cecchini were the two Mets prospects grabbing all of the Mets headlines. However, with yet another strong performance, many people are starting to notice Champ Stuart.

It is not surprising that Stuart is largely unrecognizable to most Mets fans. The 24-year old Bahamian born Stuart was a largely unheralded 2013 sixth round draft pick out of Brevard College. No player out of Brevard College has ever played in the Major Leagues.

In Stuart’s four year Minor League career, he has only been a .226/.319/.349 hitter. Underlying those stats, however, is a center fielder who has the potential to be a five tool player. MLB’s Jonathan Mayo believes the same saying:

“He rates at the top of the scouting scale [as a] runner. A former multi-sport standout, the other parts of his game are a bit raw, but he’s not without tools. He’s willing to work counts and draw walks, knowing his job is to get on base. He has some strength, unlike some pure speed guys, giving hope that there’s some hitting ability to be unlocked.”

The issue with Stuart is, other than his elite center field defense and his tremendous base stealing ability, he has not yet unlocked his full potential at the plate. Stuart began the 2016 season repeating High A St. Lucie. In 71 games at that level, Stuart hit .265/.347/.407 with nine doubles, six triples, six homers, and 24 RBI. Moreover, Stuart stole 25 bases in 28 attempts. This was far and away the best he has played in his professional career, and he was rewarded with a promotion to AA Binghamton.

In 43 games with Binghamton, he regressed to the frustrating player he had been in his brief professional career. Stuart would hit .201/.264/.261 with three doubles, one triple, two homers, and 10 RBI. On the bright side, he played well defensively, and he was 15/18 in stolen base attempts. This is why our affiliate site, Mets Minors, recently ranked him as the Mets 47th best prospect, and why Mets Merized Online predicted the Mets would not protect him in this year’s Rule 5 Draft.

However, Stuart seems to be a different player in the Arizona Fall League. Whether it is being around Major League coaches like Mets first base coach Tom Goodwin, or whether it is him taking his game to a new level against some of the best prospects in the game, or possibly having the benefit of a small sample size, Stuart has started to put his five tools together.

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So far in 11 Arizona Fall League games, Stuart is hitting .350/.381/.500 with six runs, three doubles, one homer, and two RBI. While he is hitting the ball with more authority, he is also more selective at the plate as evidenced by him drawing two walks in his 37 plate appearances. More impressively, Stuart has done this while also reminding everyone of the elite speed he has that makes him a special player.

Stuart is a perfect 8 for 8 in stolen base attempts in the Arizona Fall League. On Monday, we saw how Stuart’s speed on the base paths could be game changing as he would score what Mets fans have popularized as a Jose Reyes run.

Stuart led off the sixth inning, and reached on a catcher’s interference. He put himself in a position to score from third with less than two outs by not only stealing second base, but third base as well. These stolen bases were all the more impressive as they came against Baltimore Orioles catching prospect Austin Wynns, who had thrown out 45% of would-be base stealers this season. After an ensuing single, Stuart would score what would prove to be the winning run.

As of this moment, we still do not know how Stuart will be as a Major League player, or if he will become one at all. We don’t know if his tools will ever fully develop, and we don’t know how much longer the Mets will be able to stick with him while he’s trying to put everything together. What we do know is that Stuart is having an impressive Arizona Fall League season that truly gives him and all Mets fans hope that he can fulfill his potential at the Major League Level.

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Jose Reyes Could Serve in Super Utility Role for 2017 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/jose-reyes-could-serve-in-super-utility-role-for-2017.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/jose-reyes-could-serve-in-super-utility-role-for-2017.html/#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2016 12:00:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224919 jose-reyes

Last offseason, the Mets lost out on the prime player they were targeting in free agent Ben Zobrist. The team though may have themselves a very Zobrist like player in 2017 with a versatile  Jose Reyes.

Reyes could not have done anymore for the 2016 Mets, proving that he was not the washed up veteran that many thought he had become. Things had come full circle for the man who signed with the Mets as an international free agent at the young age of 16.

Jose showed his ability to adapt to new positions, manning the hot corner with relative ease. He was able to fill in at shortstop to spell Asdrubal Cabrera when necessary as well.

In order to make himself more attractive to the Mets, Reyes had even offered to play outfield in 2016. It is said that when Sandy Alderson was discussing bringing Reyes aboard with his agent Peter Greenberg, he had asked his thoughts on Jose playing left field as the the team was also pursuing Cuban free agent, Yulieski Gurriel at the time.

“Tell Chris [Leible, one of Greenberg’s deputies] to get me a left fielder’s glove,” Reyes said. (NY Post)

Reyes wanted to show he was willing to do whatever the Mets may have needed. He just wanted another chance. Reyes received it and rewarded his team with some vintage play.

To add to his super utility type role in 2017, it is possible we may see Reyes get some time in the outfield in certain situations. With an entire spring training to work on it for the coming year, it will be interesting to see if it is a route the Mets may look to take.

Reyes provided the Mets with a great bat atop the order in his 60 games with the team. Jose hit to a .267/.326/.443 batting line to go along with eight homers and 24 RBI. Reyes also swiped nine bases and helped produce 45 runs.

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Jose Reyes Will Be Moving Up In Franchise Records http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/jose-reyes-will-be-moving-up-in-franchise-records.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/jose-reyes-will-be-moving-up-in-franchise-records.html/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:30:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224636 jose-reyes

The return of Jose Reyes proved to be a shrewd move by GM Sandy Alderson, as Reyes outperformed many expectations, and delivered an impressive .267/.326/.443 slash line, with eight homers and 24 RBI, along with nine stole bases in 11 chances.

Reyes was a catalyst atop the Mets’ lineup, and allowed for Curtis Granderson to slide back into the middle of the order, a place he seemingly felt more comfortable batting in. Case in point, Granderson hit cleanup in 23 games this season, with a stat line of .321/.440/.605 with six homers, 18 RBI, and 17 walks to 15 strikeouts in 81 at-bats.

With a club option for the league minimum in 2017, Reyes is all but assured of coming back to Queens next season, especially with health concerns looming at any point from third baseman David Wright. Reyes would then get a full season with the Mets to help lead them once again to the postseason.

And of course, with Reyes sticking around for another season in the orange and blue, there are a few franchise records that Reyes would be moving up the ladder in, some of those include:

Hits - David Wright leads the Mets all-time in hits (1777), and Reyes ranks third behind Wright and Ed Kranepool (1418) with 1368 hits. Reyes is only 50 hits away from tying Kranepool for second all-time, and should have no problem accomplishing that feat in the first half of the season.

Home runs - Darryl Strawberry leads the Mets all-time in home runs with 252, and there’s a good list in front of Reyes (he’s currently tied for 17th with Gary Carter who both have 89), but Reyes has a chance to leapfrog over several players next year, including Carter, Cleon Jones (93), John Milner (94), Bobby Bonilla (95), and George Foster (99). If he hits 10 next season, he’d be tied with Foster for 13th place all-time in the Mets’ record books.

Runs batted in - Reyes currently ranks 11th all-time in RBI, with 447. With 22 RBI next year, Reyes would have sole possession of 9th place, with 469, passing Keith Hernandez who had 468. Reyes would need another season with the Mets to pass the 8th leader in RBI, Cleon Jones, who owns that spot with 521.

Extra-base hits - Wright leads this category, and by a lot, with 658 extra-base hits. Second on the list is the man Reyes will try and chase in 2017, Darryl Strawberry (469). Reyes is currently third at 427, 42 away from tying Strawberry. Reyes accumulated 25 extra-base hits in the 255 at-bats he had with the Mets this year, so it’s not out of the question for him to amass an additional 17 extra-base hits in double the at-bats next season.

Games - Reyes is 8th in games played with the Mets, at 1110. Six more games played and he’ll be tied with Mookie Wilson for 7th all-time with 1116. Next up is Howard Johnson who’s 6th all-time with 1154, and then Cleon Jones at five with 1201 games played as a Met. Barring an injury, Reyes could get as high as 4th all-time in games played by next season, passing Jerry Grote who has 1235 games played. Reyes would need another season to pass the third place leader in Bud Harrelson, who played in 1322 games as a Met.

Reyes already has the Mets career marks in triples (103), and stolen bases (379), and is on his way to inching closer and closer to many other Met records, etching him into the conversation as one of the most productive and beloved Mets of all time. Keep an eye on the stats next season, because just like Reyes on the base paths, he’s blazing past competition and into the franchise record books.

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Jose Reyes Wants to Finish Career with Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/jose-reyes-wants-to-finish-career-with-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/jose-reyes-wants-to-finish-career-with-mets.html/#comments Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:00:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224621 jose-reyes

The New York Mets provided Jose Reyes with the second chance he needed to help revive his career. He performed better than anyone could have hoped and now Reyes never wants to leave again.

Reyes originally signed with the Mets as an international free agent at the young age of 16. After leaving the Mets for Miami in 2011, he still kept his home on Long Island, never being able to fully detach himself from the place where he was given his first chance as a major league ballplayer.

The Mets hold a club option on Reyes for 2017, it is well believed that they will exercise it to keep Jose in Queens for another season.

“I’d love to be back,” Reyes said. “I love the feeling here. We’ll see what happens, but I want to be here, for sure.” (NY Post)

Jose had a nice comeback year for the Mets, providing a .267/.326/.443 batting line to go along with eight homers and 24 RBI. Reyes helped to produce 45 runs and swiped nine bases in the 60 games he played in 2016.

Although the ultimate goal for the Mets fell short this season, Reyes could not have been more proud of a team that fought through so much adversity just to get back to the postseason.

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“I’m very proud of this team,” Reyes said. “Coming into this year, I didn’t think I’d be in this situation. I’m blessed.”

Reyes was the catalyst yet again for a New York Mets team. Providing the spark atop the order that they severely missed since he left. The Mets could not have asked for anymore from him, he not only provided an offensive spark but also was able to handle multiple infield positions without issue.

Another Mets player that many hope will still be playing in Queens next season is Yoenis Cepspedes. Reyes was asked about possibly trying to recruit him to stay in New York.

“I hope Cespedes comes back, but it’s too soon to say,” Reyes said. “I don’t even know if I’m going to be here. I’d love to be back and finish my career here. That was fun

At this point of his career, it would be rewarding for the Mets and Reyes to see him finish out his days on the field in the same place it started. He has shown his ability to still be more like the player he once was than the washed up veteran many thought he had become.

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Jose Reyes has Flourished with Second Chance http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/jose-reyes-has-flourished-with-second-chance.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/jose-reyes-has-flourished-with-second-chance.html/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2016 13:00:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224364 jose-reyes

The New York Mets took a chance on their former player, when seemingly he would be more trouble than help. It has paid off for both parties.

Jose Reyes seemingly was done, washed up as some would say. The Colorado Rockies no longer wanted a former star shortstop, possibly more having to do with the public relations disaster it would cause them than for baseball reasons.

Reyes was not looked at kindly in any aspect and rightfully so. The Mets believed he deserved a second chance, one that Jose will forever be grateful for.

“I remember I was at home on the phone with my agent asking, ‘Is this it for me?’” Reyes said. “I know people were angry with me. I didn’t know what was going to be next, maybe my time [in the major leagues] was over. I kept asking, ‘Did the Mets call?’ I was hoping they would.”

The Mets would go on to call, Reyes would find himself back with the team who signed him as an international free agent at the young age of 16. The organization looked at him as a member of their family who needed help, knowing they were the only ones who could provide it.

Reyes has rewarded them with everything he may possibly have left, providing a spark to this team when it was needed most. He has hit to a .267/.326/.443 battling line to go with eight homers and 24 RBI, while helping to produce 45 runs in just 60 games played. Reyes has also stolen nine bases since returning to New York.

He has manned the field well, spending most of his time at third base. Reyes has adjusted nicely in his return and could not be happier to be getting back to the postseason, especially with his old team.

“Nothing makes me happier than getting to the playoffs because it’s with the Mets,” Reyes said. “They gave me the chance; they believed in me. Every day I think, ‘Thank you to the Mets.’ ’’

The Mets took a flier on a player who was in need of a second chance. For Reyes and the Mets, it has worked out just about as well as anyone could have hoped.

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Anthony Rieber of Newsday caught up with Jose Reyes who misses his old buddy David Wright and wished he could have been part of the excitement and celebration after the Mets clinched the top Wild Card on Saturday, and secured home field advantage.

“He has to be here,” Reyes told Newsday. “He’s the captain of our team.”

“Me and David, we basically played so many years together, playing different positions, and here I am playing third base, the position that David played every year. I mean, like, whoa, what’s going on here? I wish David was here with us right now.”

For me, not seeing David Wright celebrating with his teammates was kind of bittersweet. And I could only imagine how sad Wright was at not being able to be there, although he says he was there in spirit.

Wright, 33, is still in Los Angeles where he continues to rehab his neck and back after having season-ending surgery in June.

He was among the first to text his long-time friend Jose Reyes as soon as the Mets completed their 5-3 victory over the Phillies. He sent a photo holding a holding a bottle of Amstel Light and texting, “Cheers boys! Hell of a finish! Enjoy!”

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A seven time All Star with two gold gloves and two silver slugger awards, Wright will go down as the best position player the Mets ever developed. He owns over a dozen franchise records and is the all time leader in hits, doubles, runs scored and runs batted in.

For most Mets fans, Jose Reyes and David Wright will always be linked together, and according to manager Terry Collins, the Mets Captain is expected to join the team on Wednesday when the Mets will take on either the Giants or Cardinals.

I, for one, will be looking forward to seeing Wright in that dugout where he belongs. It’s been a rough and very painful two years for him, but hopefully surrounding himself with a team that still looks up to him, will do his heart and spirit some good. Seeing him reunited with Reyes will be a very special moment.

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Mets Wild Card Roster: De Aza Pushing Conforto Out, Campbell Looks To Be In http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/mets-wild-card-roster-de-aza-pushing-conforto-out-campbell-looks-to-be-in.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/mets-wild-card-roster-de-aza-pushing-conforto-out-campbell-looks-to-be-in.html/#comments Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:53:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223907 eric campbell

Latest Update – Oct 1

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets may put Eric Campbell on the Wild Card Game roster in the event they face Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants.

Campbell’s chances of making the team have been bolstered by the recent news that Wilmer Flores is done for the season with the wrist injury he sustained sliding headfirst into home in a September 10th game against the Braves.

Additionally, Puma hears that the Mets are leaning toward Alejandro De Aza over Michael Conforto for the last backup outfield role in the playoffs. Mets believe De Aza is best suited to handling a bench role.

Original Post – Sep 29

One of the quirks of the Wild Card Game is a team is able to create a standalone 25 man roster just for that game. After the completion of the Wild Card Game, the winning team is able to reset its roster for the Division Series.

With that in mind, when the Mets construct their roster, they really have no need to carry extra starting pitchers. Instead, they can carry an extra reliever or two, and they can add a couple of bats on the bench for pinch hitting and running opportunities.

Here is how I would construct the roster -

Catchers (2)Travis d’Arnaud and Rene Rivera

With the Wild Card Game starting pitcher likely to be either Syndergaard or Lugo, it seems that Rivera will be Terry Collins choice as the starting catcher. If the Mets fall behind early, he may very well go to d’Arnaud for offense. However, for now, Rivera seems the likely starter.

First Base (2) – Lucas Duda and James Loney

The only variable we don’t know right now is whether Duda can play everyday during a postseason run. However, we have seen him play effectively here and there as he gets more playing time. If Duda is ready to go, he has to start. If not, Loney can start with Duda being the power bat off the bench. Loney is there for insurance for Duda’s back, and he can hit right-handed pitching reasonably well in the event the Mets need an extra pinch hitter.

Second Base (2) – Kelly Johnson and T.J. Rivera

If the Mets face the Giants and Madison Bumgarner, it is likely Rivera gets the start. If the Mets face the Cardinals and Carlos Martinez, it is likely Johnson gets the start. No matter which one gets the start, we know that the other one will be the best pinch hitting option when the Mets need a bit hit.

Third Base (1)Jose Reyes

At this point, barring something unusual happening, Reyes is the team’s everyday third baseman and leadoff hitter. He also serves as a backup shortstop in the event something happens to Cabrera

Shortstop (1) – Asdrubal Cabrera

Cabrera is the best hitter in the major leagues during the month of September, and while he has two injured knees, he is able to effectively handle all the balls that come within the vicinity of shortstop.

Outfield – (5) Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, Alejandro De Aza, Curtis Granderson

Given how Bruce’s bat has come alive the past few games and with the way Conforto has been adapting to being a pinch hitter, both players should find themselves on the Wild Card Game roster. What will be curious is whether it is Bruce or De Aza that finds themselves in the outfield with Cespedes and Granderson. In a winner-take-all situation, Collins just might be inclined to go with the defense over the bat.

Starting Pitchers (3) – Bartolo Colon, Seth Lugo, and Noah Syndergaard

Whether or not Syndergaard pitches on Sunday, he has to be on the roster. You cannot go down without the ability to throw your best pitcher, even if it is for one inning. Same goes for your second best pitcher, which is why Colon should be on the roster. As for Lugo, he should make the roster because: 1) he has experience as a short reliever; and 2) it is his turn in the rotation, so he can give you as many innings as you need.

Bullpen (6) Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Fernando Salas and Josh Smoker

If things go to plan, it is likely the Mets are not going to need more than Reed and Familia. If the starter is able to go six, Reed can pitch the seventh and Familia can get the final two innings like he did in the NLDS clincher last year. In the event things don’t go as smoothly, this bullpen can effectively mix and match. Smoker seems like a given to make the roster because it gives the Mets an extra lefty in the pen, one with reverse splits, that can get a big strikeout when the Mets are in a jam.

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Bubble –

If the Mets were to go with this group of players, and it seems likely they would that leaves the team with 21 players on the roster with decisions to make for the final four spots. Here is a case for each of the potential bubble players:

Position Players

UT Eric Campbell - As we saw when the Mets faced Adam Conley and the Marlins, Collins has fallen back in the habit of using Campbell as his right-handed first baseman. In the event the Mets face the Giants, Campbell may well find himself getting a postseason start. If not, he has shown the ability to be a very effective pinch hitter in tight games.

UT Ty KellyCollins has liked using as a pinch runner towards the back-end of the season. Even though he is much better hitting right-handed in his short major league career, Kelly’s switch hitting ability does have some usefulness in neutralizing an opposing manager’s ability to go to a lefty/righty in a big spot for multiple outs.

CF Juan LagaresIn his last couple of games, Lagares has finally been able to swing a bat after surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left thumb. If he is capable of handling a bat for consecutive days, and he has no flare-ups, he could see himself on the roster as a late defensive option and a pinch runner.

C Kevin Plawecki - Plawecki has not done much of anything offensively this season. However, he remains a good defensive catcher, and his presence on the team would permit Collins to be aggressive in case he wants to pinch hit for the starting catcher.

SS Matt ReynoldsEspecially given Cabrera’s injuries further limiting his range, Reynolds could very well be the Mets best defensive shortstop. Should Cabrera have to leave the game with an injury, Reynolds could step right in defensively. Additionally, in the event Collins needs to start double switching people in and out of the game to keep a pitcher in longer, Reynolds’ ability to competently play second, third, short, and left make him a versatile and valuable bench piece.

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Bullpen

LHP Josh Edgin – His chances of making the roster increase if the Mets play the Giants given the presence of Denard Span and Brandon Belt. In that event, the Mets may want that one extra lefty to have multiple matchup opportunities. Against the Cardinals, the need for the extra left-hander won’t be as great.

RHP Erik GoeddelEven if it has been mostly in mop-up duty, Goeddel has pitched much better in September than he has all season. Unlike Edgin or Henderson (below), Goedell has also shown the ability to go multiple innings lately thereby increasing his usefulness out of the pen.

RHP Robert Gsellman - Gsellman could make the team as a long reliever with Collins then using Lugo as a one inning reliever who can let it fly for one or two innings. Additionally, with Gsellman’s sinker, Collins could elect to go with him in a situation in which the Mets need to get a double play.

RHP Jim HendersonHenderson hasn’t been the same since coming back from the disabled list. With that said, he’s still striking out 10.6 per nine, and so far this month, he has seven scoreless appearances. More than any of the above, he has the biggest upside. However, when he loses with 95+ MPH fastball, and it happens without a moment’s notice, he’s going to get hit around.

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Prediction

Who the Mets carry for the final three spots will be largely based upon the opponent. In the event that the Mets face the Giants, the odds of Campbell and Edgin making the roster go up significantly. If the Mets face the Cardinals, who have multiple effective lefties out of the pen, someone like Kelly with his switch hitting ability could see his chances of making the roster increase.

The wild card for the Mets is going to be Lagares. If he is truly able to swing a bat, he gives the Mets a right-hand hitting option of the bench, and he allows the Mets to protect a late lead as he is the best defensive outfielder on the team. With his speed and base running ability, he also serves as the team’s best pinch runner option off the bench.

Overall, considering how the Mets have handled the catching situation late in the season, the Mets should probably carry Plawecki as a third catcher.

If the Mets face the Giants, it is likely that Campbell will make the roster as the starting first baseman. Given the concerns over Cabrera’s knees, the need to double switch late in games, and because Reynolds has some extra pop in his bat than Kelly, Reynolds should be the choice.

In the event Lagares cannot play, the last spot on the team becomes a bit dicey. As the Mets bullpen is constituted, the team has multiple pitchers who can go multiple innings thereby negating the need to carry an eighth reliever, but depending on the opponent, the Mets can still benefit from that extra arm.

Right now, there are no easy choices towards the back end of the Wild Card Game roster. Ultimately, the Mets will have to make the right decisions as the last player(s) could very well be the difference between the Mets advancing to the NLDS and the Mets wondering what could’ve been.

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Mets Set Franchise Record With 17 Run Shutout In Regular Season Finale At Citi http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-set-franchise-record-with-17-run-shutout-in-regular-season-finale-at-citi.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-set-franchise-record-with-17-run-shutout-in-regular-season-finale-at-citi.html/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:00:54 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223765 robert-gsellman

As Major League Baseball mourned the tragic loss of Marlin’s ace pitcher Jose Fernandez, the #16 jersey bearing his name hung on the back wall of every doleful dugout.

And on this somber Sunday at Citi Field, the Mets muscled their way through their emotions in their final regular season home game with a payback 17-0 pummeling of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Rookie Robert Gsellman got the 6th inning goat off his back by tossing seven strong shutout innings of three-hit ball, striking out a career high eight batters for his third win of the season.

Gsellman had no trouble with his curve and some good fortune with his bat beating out a bunt single for his first big league hit.

For the Mets it was literally a walk in the park as the Phillies’ failure to find the plate resulted in nine walks, four hit batters, and three wild pitches, loading the bases five times, gifting New York with an embarrassment of riches of runs.

The beleaguered Jay Bruce, coming off the high of his Saturday night home run, doubled twice, hopefully a sign that he’s peaking, albeit way past his due date, to help his team pull off a second consecutive playoff spot.

Curtis Granderson belted another jack joining Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes in the 30 HR club, and like the Cincinnati transplant that’s finally producing, Granderson’s bat will be major factor as the Wild Card race nears the finish line.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin gave starter Jake Thompson the hook in the 4th after the rookie allowed 4 of 5 Mets batters to reach base, but their battered bullpen, not faring much better, allowed 14 runs in the next four innings.

With the Mets cruising 7-0, Asdrubal Cabrera, along with his compromised knees, crushed a grand slam, and the hits and runs kept coming when Terry Collins brought Michael Conforto and Eric Campbell in off the bench.

The usual relief options got some rest. Fernando Salas struck out the side in the 8th, Jerry Blevins had an easy 1,2,3 ninth and the Mets took 3 of 4 from their downtrodden rivals.

On Monday, the Mets travel to Miami to face a shaken Marlins team that surely wants to honor the loss of the beloved and cherished, Jose Fernandez. And as the show must go on, Bartolo Colon will have the unfortunate task of trying to prevent that from happening.

Here are some interesting takeaways from Sunday’s win:

The 17 runs by the Mets are the most in a home game in Citi Field history, passing the 15 runs the Mets scored in a 15-2 victory over the Dodgers on July 25, 2015. The 17 runs are also tied for the most in any home game in Mets history, matching the 17 runs the Mets scored in a 17-3 win over the Florida Marlins in the second game of a doubleheader on July 8, 2006.

The 17 runs are tied for the eighth-most runs scored in a Mets game in team history. It’s the fifth time that the Mets have scored 17 runs in a game (last – June 27, 2012 at Chicago-NL in a 17-1 win).

The 17-0 shutout win is the largest margin of victory in a Mets shutout in team history, passing a pair of 14-0 shutout wins (July 29, 1965 at Chicago-NL and April 19, 1998 at Cincinnati). The shutout is the 13th by Mets pitching this season. The last 17-0 shutout win in the major leagues occurred June 17, 2015 by the Chicago Cubs at Cleveland.

New York’s 17-run margin of victory is the second-largest margin of victory in Mets history. The biggest margin of victory was 18 runs in a 19-1 win at Wrigley Field on May 26, 1964 vs. the Cubs.

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It Was An Amazin’ Night For The Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/it-was-an-amazin-night-for-the-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/it-was-an-amazin-night-for-the-mets.html/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:00:22 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223581 cespedes-cabrera

Thursday night’s game could not have been scripted any better. The game exemplified the season in every way possible.

They were up, then they were down. They were up again and then they were down again. They though persevered, making way for the most dramatic comeback of the season as they defeated the Phillies by a score of 9-8 in 11 innings.

Asdrubal Cabrera continued his torrid month and a half of baseball with a monster homer to give the Mets a scintillating victory. The team was 0-62 when trailing after eight innings entering Thursday’s game. They are now 1-62.

“As soon as I hit it, I knew the ball was going to be out,” Cabrera said. “I wasn’t thinking to hit a home run. I was thinking ‘make good contact.’” (ESPN)

Over his last seven games, Cabrera has hit to a .360/.484/.760 slash line to go with three homers and seven RBI. The combination of Cabrera and Jose Reyes atop the other has done wonders for this team.  Cabrera’s homer was the 22nd of his season and the fourth walk-off of his career.

Reyes has his own heroics Thursday as well, with the team trailing by a score of 6-4 in the ninth. Reyes would mash a homer that would tie the game at six, again when they seemed destined to lose another heartbreaker.

“I don’t remember the last time I was that emotional running the bases,” Reyes said. “When I was running, a lot of stuff went through my head. I put my team in a great position there to tie the ballgame.”

“I never thought I was going to be here doing this. I’m just going to continue to enjoy this and continue to play the best that I can We never give up. We know what kind of talent that we have and we can score some runs one way or the other and that is what happened tonight.” (NY Post)

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Cabrera’s game-winning, walk-off home run with the Mets trailing, was the first walk-off homer that gave the team a win after trailing since Lucas Duda did so with a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning on September 27, 2014 vs. Houston. It was also the first such home run for the Mets in extra innings since June 11, 2005 when Cliff Floyd hit a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning vs. the Angels.

Cabrera stated it best at the conclusion of the game, a quote that resonates to this team’s character.

“We battled every inning,” Cabrera said. “We never put our heads down and I think that was key for us.”

That statement is what has been key for this team the entire season. Through the losses of some of their best players, agonizing defeats, this team has come through with their heads above water. They have stuck together and continue to fight the good fight as they march towards the final days of the season.

The Giants won as well Thursday night, keeping pace with the Mets. The two teams now hold the top two Wild Card spots as the Cardinals, who were idle on Thursday, dropped to a half game back.

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Reyes, Cabrera 1-2 Punch Carry Mets Offense to Victory http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/reyes-cabrera-1-2-punch-carry-mets-offense-to-victory.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/reyes-cabrera-1-2-punch-carry-mets-offense-to-victory.html/#comments Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:00:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223124 jose-reyes-asdrubal-cabrera

The dastardly duo atop the Mets order continued their success Friday night as the team cruised by the Twins with a 3-0 victory.

With a scoreless game at hand entering the bottom of the third inning, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera went to work, hitting back-to-back jacks to put the Mets up for good. It’s the 11th time this season the Mets have gone back-to-back and the first time since August 26 vs. Philadelphia when the same duo did it.

The 11 instances of back-to-back homers are the second most in franchise history for a single-season.The 2000 Mets hold the top spot with 13 occurrences.  Cabrera noticeably could be seen admiring his blast that was crushed over the right-field wall of Citi Field.

“I got excited when I hit a home run, too,” Cabrera said. (MLB.com)

Reyes, whose homer was his seventh of the season, has been an absolute bright spot for this team. He is batting .295 with six doubles, one triple, four home runs, eight RBI, 26 runs scored and 13 walks in 31 games since returning from the Disabled List.

Overall on the season he has hit to a .276/.332/.464 slash to go along with the seven homers and 16 RBI. He also helped to produce 35 runs in 2016. Not too bad for a “washed up” player.

Cabrera on the other hand hit his 20th homer of the night Friday, his 19th while playing shortstop. The 19 homers as a shortstop are tied for the most in a single-season in franchise history with who else but Reyes himself who completed the feat in 2006. Since coming off the Disabled List, Cabrera is batting .370 with nine doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 16 RBI in 26 games.

Cabrera departed the game prior to the ninth inning due to a leg cramp for precautionary reasons. It is not thought to be anything serious at this time.

The Mets would also pick up a game on the Cardinals Friday night as the Giants soundly defeated them by a score of 8-2. The Mets now have a two game lead over the Cards for the second Wild Card spot and trail the Giants by one game for the top spot.

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Daniel Murphy started a ninth inning rally for the Nationals, but destiny was on the barrel of rookie T.J. Rivera’s bat, as he launched a tie breaking solo shot in the top of the 10th to keep the Mets in sole possession of the second wild card spot.

The native New Yorker accounted for three of the Mets four runs and since being summoned from Sin City, the Pacific Coast League Batting Champion is hitting a team high .333.

Noah Syndergaard, sporting an impressive 1.06 in his last five starts, got robbed of his 14th win when Jeurys Familia unraveled in the bottom of the ninth.  Murphy, the bane of Terry Collins’ ball club, beat out a sharp single to Asdrubal Cabrera, scoring on a base hit by Anthony Rendon.

After Jose Reyes botched a throw on Bryce Harper’s ground ball, Familia failed to corral a Wilson Ramos comebacker, which brought Rendon home with the tying run.   Pinch hitter Clint Robinson then laced a hard liner to Rivera at second base, allowing the Mets to double up Ramos at first to send the game into overtime.

In the top of the 10th, Fernando Salas recorded the first two outs before surrendering a bloop single to Jayson Werth, forcing Collins to make an emergency call to the bullpen. Jerry Blevins, facing Daniel Murphy, ran the count to 3-2, then fittingly, struck him out on a wicked breaking pitch.

It’s a shame that Syndergaard didn’t secure the well-deserved victory after seven solid innings of one-run four-hit ball.  But his 10 strikeouts brought him to 205 for the season, making him the fifth Mets pitcher to surpass 200 by the age of 24 or younger.  Not too bad of a consolation prize to become a member of a club that includes Jon Matlack, Sid Fernandez, Dwight Gooden and Tom “Terrific” Seaver.

The Mets have won eight of their last 10 and are 17-6 over their last 23 games. All in all, the Mets seized a much needed win (they’re all much needed wins now, right?) and stood their ground in the wild card standings despite a St. Louis Cardinals victory.

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Reyes Reclaims Leadoff Home Run Mark and Ignites Team http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/reyes-reclaims-leadoff-home-run-mark-and-ignites-team.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/reyes-reclaims-leadoff-home-run-mark-and-ignites-team.html/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:00:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=222400 jose-reyes

Jose Reyes has always been a catalyst for the New York Mets, going back to his rookie year of 2003. He was a heralded prospect, one that had Met fans giddy to see his plus speed, defensive range and cannon of an arm from short, and his larger than life personality, all that were easily welcomed and revered here in New York.

“As Reyes goes, so do the Mets,” was a common phrase uttered by throngs of fans who knew Reyes could offer so much to the club in a variety of ways, and reaped the benefits for his first nine seasons in the majors.

When Reyes became available early this summer, due to the Colorado Rockies designating the 33-year-old for assignment stemming from last October’s arrest in Maui, where Reyes was charged with domestic abuse charges against his wife, Katherine Ramirez, Sandy Alderson and the Mets were instantly linked to their former star.

While the charges were later dropped in late March, Major League Baseball suspended Reyes for the first 52 games of the season, part of their new domestic-violence policy established last year. The Rockies moved on from Reyes, employing rookie Trevor Story to man short, who did an impeccable job through 97 games, swatting 27 home runs and 72 RBIs before succumbing to the disabled list due to a torn ligament in his left thumb.

So there was Reyes, free to sign with any club, and rumors swirling that a potential Met reunion might be plausible. Near the end of June, Reyes was back with the organization that signed him as an amateur free agent in 1999, one that he called home so much he kept his Long Island home even when he signed with the Miami Marlins in the 2011 offseason. This is where Reyes excelled, where he felt most comfortable. This was his home.

Things could not have worked out any better for both the Mets and Reyes. Since making his 2016 Mets debut on July 5, Reyes has flashed signs of his prime, going 48-for-167 (.287), with a .341 on-base-percentage, .485 slugging, scoring 30 runs, swatting six home runs, driving in 15 while swiping eight out of ten bags in 40 games played. If you average those numbers over a full 162-game season, Reyes would be nearing 2006-08 territory, years where he was regularly a 5+ WAR player.

And he’s putting up these fantastic stats all at the reduced price of a bit over $250K, with the Rockies assuming the rest of his salary. Reyes also has a cheap option for 2107, making it a near certainty he’ll be retained, especially with the health of David Wright an ongoing issue, and the vacancy at second base. Reyes can also spell Asdrubal Cabrera at short, as he’s done this year with Cabrera missing time on the disabled list due to a strained patella tendon in his left knee.

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Reyes, ever the spark plug, has brought his trademark smile and happy go lucky attitude back to Queens, at a time the Mets sorely needed any burst of energy to help keep them afloat in a turbulent summer. Injuries, underachievement, odd managerial decisions, and just plain bad luck were all present throughout the 2016 season, as we know all too well.

The return of Reyes has given the Mets a true leadoff hitter that was sorely missed this season, a year removed from the tremendous job Curtis Granderson had done out of that spot, swatting 26 home runs while driving in 70 runs, with an on-base-percentage of .364. Granderson’s struggles have been well documented this year, and the Mets experimented with a few different players out of the leadoff spot, but with the re-emergence of Reyes, Terry Collins has the easiest job penciling the switch-hitter into that leadoff spot in the lineup.

As the Mets swept the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, a 6-3 win behind Noah Syndergaard‘s 13th victory, Reyes was front and center in the acton once again, and on the very first pitch of the game. Reyes deposited a first pitch fastball into right field for his 6th homer of the year off Anthony DeSclafani. The leadoff homer was his 19th leadoff home run as a Met, reestablishing him as the all-time leader in that category, jumping over teammate Granderson. When told he reclaimed his control on the leaderboard, Reyes had no idea he had accomplished such a feat.

“I didn’t even know that,” Reyes said, when told he had regained the lead. “That’s good.”  But that’s Reyes, the graceful gazelle that hustles on every play and leads by his infectious smile.

Personal accolades are great, but it seems Reyes has learned from 2011, when he was trying to win the batting title in another lost year for the Mets. It rubbed fans the wrong way when Collins lifted Reyes after a bunt single in the first of the season’s last game, something Reyes had asked Collins to do so he can secure the batting crown. Fan’s lasting memory was of number seven walking off the field as Justin Turner pinch ran for him at first base.

Fast forward five years and Reyes is just happy to be back in the majors, with a team and organization that has been a second family to him since he was sixteen-years-old. It’s not about the accolades and individual performances, it’s about helping the team that gave him a second chance get to back-to-back postseasons, something he was unable accomplish in his first stint with the Mets.

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Terry Collins’ job has gotten a little easier, at least when it comes to penciling Reyes into the lineup. The veteran manager has assessed a lot of talent in the four decades he’s been involved in the game, and knows what players can offer at various stages of their careers. But Reyes reestablishing himself as a legitimate force both offensively and defensively has Collins excited for what Reyes can bring to the table.

“I thought he was going to be a guy that could create some runs by getting on base,” Collins said about Reyes. “But he’s gotten big hits — huge hits. … There’s no question there’s a lot of baseball left in that guy.”

And so far Collins has been right. Reyes has collected multi-hits in 13 of the 40 games he’s played, has a base-on-ball percentage of nearly eight, a number he hadn’t reached since an abbreviated 2013 with the Toronto Blue Jays. His 122 wRC+ is also a high since his last year in orange and blue in 2011. Point being, it appears that Reyes playing in an environment he’s comfortable in, and has had success in, is almost turning back the clock and leading to a career renaissance. And hopefully that gives Reyes a second chance at the postseason, one in which he played 10 games in 2006, going a combined 11-for-44 (.250), with seven runs scored, a homer, five RBIs, and three stolen bases.

Even his teammates are in awe of what Reyes has done since his arrival. Yoenis Cespedes sums it up perfectly after a recent game: ““Ever since Reyes arrived, he’s been the engine of the team,” Cespedes said.

Of course, there will be fans who find it hard to forgive Reyes for his horrific act of violence against his wife, and rightly so. But for all intents and purposes, Reyes has always been a friendly figure, and a devout family man. Sandy Alderson saw contrition in Reyes before he signed him, speaking for an hour with him over what had transpired.

“I came away feeling that he had taken responsibility for this mistake on his part, that he was remorseful,” Alderson said during a conference call with reporters. “He obviously has paid a penalty for this, both financially and in terms of his career.” (http://www.nj.com/mets/index.ssf/2016/06/sandy_alderson_explains_why_mets_signed_jose_reyes.html)

Reyes has acted the good soldier since his return with the Mets, and if he can continue to be a force atop of the order, then this might go down as one of Alderson’s greatest signings yet. All we as Met fans can ask is to have meaningful games in September, and thanks in large part to Reyes, we do.

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Mets Blast Their Way to Sweep of Reds in 6-3 Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-blast-way-to-sweep-of-reds-in-6-3-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-blast-way-to-sweep-of-reds-in-6-3-win.html/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:21:38 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=222368 jose reyes

The New York Mets (74-66) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (57-81) by a score of 6-3 Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ballpark. This puts the Amazins only half a game behind the Cardinals for the second wild card spot for now.

Offense:

Jose Reyes started the game off with a bang, cracking a home run on the first pitch of the game to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Noah Syndergaard led off the 3rd inning with a base hit to center field before Jose Reyes grounded into a fielder’s choice, with Thor getting out at second. After Asdrubal Cabrera struck out, with two outs and Yoenis Cespedes at the dish, Reyes stole second. Cespedes then reached on an error by the shortstop Jose Peraza, giving Reyes third base. With Curtis Granderson batting, Reyes scored on a wild pitch to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

Curtis Granderson led off the top of the 6th inning with a home run to center field estimated at 428 ft, his 25th of the year. Then, with two outs in the inning, back to back base hits by James Loney and Rene Rivera put runners on first and second for pinch hitter Michael Conforto, who flew out to center field to end the inning.

The 8th inning was quite eventful for the Amazin’s. Facing lefty reliever Wandy Peralta, Curtis Granderson led off with a base hit to center. Wilmer Flores, pinch hit for Kelly Johnson, then socked a long home run to center field, giving the Mets a 5-0 lead at the time. Alejandro de Aza then singled to center field, then James Loney got hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with nobody out.

Flamethrower Jumbo Diaz came in to face Rene Rivera, who flew out to center field for the first out. He then struck out Brandon Nimmo, pinch hitting for Jerry Blevins, and Jose Reyes to end the inning.

Facing lefty Tony Cingrani in the 9th, back to back doubles by Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes provided an insurance run for the Mets, giving them a 6-3 lead.

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Pitching:

Thor did his Loki impression today, as the trickster Noah Syndergaard got through 5 innings without conceding a run, despite allowing 6 hits and walking 4. He struck out 7 and threw 95 pitches on the day. His velocity was fine, however he just didn’t have much command today. It was truly amazing how he allowed two base runners per inning on average and didn’t allow a run.

Hansel Robles took care of the 6th inning, allowing just one hit while striking out one en route to a scoreless frame. He then stayed in for the 7th, allowing a hit and striking out another batter before being removed with two outs. Jerry Blevins came in to face Joey Votto, who he struck out swinging.

Gabriel Ynoa came in for the 8th and had a rough go of it. A walk and two singles loaded the bases with nobody out before he was replaced by Addison Reed.

Reed struck out Tyler Holt for the first out, but then allowed an RBI single to Tucker Barnhart, scoring one. A fielder’s choice out at home for the second out of the inning prevented a run from scoring, but unfortunately Jose Peraza doubled to score two more runs, putting the score at 5-3. All three runs were charged to Ynoa. Eugenio Suarez then struck out to end the inning.

Jeurys Familia nailed down his 47th save of the year with ease, allowing only a base hit to Joey Votto in the 9th.

Notes:

Opposing base stealers had a 45-51 success rate against Noah Syndergaard before today, however today the Reds’ runners were 0-3 today against him and Rene Rivera.

Curtis Granderson now has 5 home runs in his last 8 games.

The Reds’ shortstop Jose Peraza had 4 hits today, so good for him.

On Deck:

The Mets are off tomorrow as they are traveling to Turner Field for their last series ever at that stadium. The Mets will send Robert Gsellman (2-1, 2.87) to the hill to face off against the Braves’ John Gant (1-3, 4.70) at 7:35 pm Friday.

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Bullpen Comes Up Big in 4th Consecutive Win for Amazins http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/bullpen-comes-up-big-in-4th-consecutive-win-for-amazins.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/bullpen-comes-up-big-in-4th-consecutive-win-for-amazins.html/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:58:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=222328 terry collins

It took seven Mets pitchers to contain the Reds on Monday night, and again manager Terry Collins is making all the right moves in a come from behind 5-3 victory on the road.

The Mets got their 13th straight win over Cincinnati, keeping pace with the Cardinals who overcame the Pirates with four two out runs in the top of the ninth.

With the overcrowded Wild Card race keeping every fan glued to the out of town scoreboard, teams in contention can’t afford to fold against the ball clubs that are gimmes like the Reds.

Rookie Rafael Montero tried to keep the Mets in it to win it, but lasted just 4.1 innings, surrendering three runs on three hits, four walks, and striking out four, salvaging a no-decision on the backs of his stingy bullpen brothers after a rough night with his command.

“I think he’s probably working really hard to stay out of the middle of the plate, so he’s pitching to the edges and just missing,” said manager Terry Collins.

“That’s what got him in trouble because now all of a sudden he’s got to make some pitches because when a guy’s on base, [and] he’s got to really bare down. But I’ll tell you, I’m still very impressed with the way he’s throwing. This is not the same guy I’ve seen up here. He’s a much better pitcher.”

Relievers Josh Edgin, Gabriel Ynoa, Josh Smoker, who notched his second win, Fernando Salas, Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia (46th save) were the middle and late inning law firm of shutout ball that a manager dreams of.

Salas has not allowed a run in his 4.1 innings (four outings) since he was acquired from the Angels on August 31, striking out five batters in that span. Familia earned his major league-leading 46th save as he continues polishing up his franchise record.

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Curtis Granderson continues to cram for late season exams with a solo shot in the 2nd, followed by Jose Reye’s huge homer to right leading off the third.

Reds left fielder Adam Duvall took Montero deep in the bottom of the inning to tie the score at 2-2, then Joey Votto’s sac fly in the fifth gave his team a short-lived lead.

Then came the turning point of the game when Yoenis Cespedes crushed a monster two run blast to center in the 7th for a 4-3 Mets lead they would never relinquish.

“Veterans run the team, they’re the ones who set the tone here,” Collins said. “Our guys really do set a tone here. They are greatly prepared, they spend a lot of time with our young guys talking about getting prepared, and they come out ready to play. … They know it’s time to step up.”

In the top of the ninth, Collins gave Alejandro De Aza the role of pinch hitter, and he delivered, pouncing the first pitch out of the park for a two run Mets lead.

It’s too early to count the second Wild Card spot before it’s hatched, but it’s feeling pretty damn promising with New York’s fourth win in a row.

And not only is that second wild card in play for the Amazins, but that top wild card is looking pretty darn good too, and it comes with home field advantage.

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Talkin’ Mets: Reyes Making A Difference, Wild Card Muck http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/talkin-mets-reyes-making-a-difference-wild-card-muck.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/talkin-mets-reyes-making-a-difference-wild-card-muck.html/#comments Sun, 04 Sep 2016 17:51:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=222102 yoenis cespedes kelly johnson

Today I have an early show before the Mets-Nats game on ESPN I talk about the “Wild Card Muck” and how now the Mets must make this a race with St. Louis if they are to have a realistic shot at being the second Wild Card. They can no longer fall behind Pittsburgh and Miami after leap frogging them during a solid week of baseball.

The Mets would not be within a game of the Cards if not for Jose Reyes, who has helped win some games for the team with his speed. He may not be the Reyes of 2006, but he is not far off from the player the Mets let go after the 2011 season.

Yoenis Cespedes has created some debate on the podcast. There is not a clear consensus on whether the Mets should re-sign him this offseason. He has shown, after a year with the club, to be the most dynamic slugger the Mets have had since Mike Piazza. As a matter of fact you can argue that Cespedes has the same flair for the dramatic that both Piazza and Strawberry did.

Out of all the disappointing injury news comes the positive impact of seeing some of the young pitchers step up. The Mets continue to get contributions from guys like Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and Rafael Montero. Fact is, you need 8-10 pitchers every year to get through a full season. Regardless of the health of the Big Five, there is always going to be a need for depth, and the experience from this year may pay dividends going forward for these young pitchers.

Rich MacLeod of Baseball Prospectus and MLB.com joins me to discuss this and other topics.

 

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Cabrera and Reyes are Killing it at the Top of the Order http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/cabrera-and-reyes-are-killing-it-at-the-top-of-the-order.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/cabrera-and-reyes-are-killing-it-at-the-top-of-the-order.html/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:30:38 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221760 cabrera reyes

The New York Mets have found their 1-2 punch at the top of the order. Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera have been terrific when batting atop the Mets lineup.

When Reyes and Cabrera bat 1-2, the Mets are 7-2 and score 6.2 runs per game.  In those games, Reyes and Cabrera are batting .466. Cabrera is currently gutting it out and playing through injury as the Mets enter the home stretch, striving for consecutive postseason berths.

“As a teammate, we appreciate that from him,” Reyes said. “That means he wants to win too, like us. He doesn’t feel too good but he finds a way to stay on the field. So, that’s good to see.” (Newsday)

Since coming off of the Disabled List August 19th, Cabrera has been on an absolute rampage at the plate. Cabrera has hit to a .447/.476/.868 slash line to go along with four homers and 11 RBI. Cabrera admits the pain is still there, but he does his best to not think about it.

“When I’m on the field, I’m not thinking much about it,” Cabrera said. “I know I’ve got to be smart. I’ve got a bad knee. But I just try to play my game.”

Asdrubal’s table-setter, Reyes, has had a heck of a year himself since returning to the team who signed him as an international free agent all the way back in 1999 at the age of 16.  Reyes has provided that spark atop the lineup that this team had sorely been missing ever since he departed through free agency.

Jose has hit to a .300/.344/.493 slash, padded with four homers and 13 RBI. He has also swiped six bases and helped to produce 25 runs. Cabrera launched a two-run bomb to tie the game at two in the bottom of the first Tuesday night after Reyes led off the game with a single. Reyes ended the game 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.

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Montero Shuts Out Marlins For Five, Cespedes Keeps Mets Playoff Fever Alive http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/montero-shuts-out-marlins-for-five-cespedes-keeps-mets-playoff-fever-alive.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/montero-shuts-out-marlins-for-five-cespedes-keeps-mets-playoff-fever-alive.html/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:59:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221662 cespedes walkoff

Yoenis Cespedes set Citi Field on fire with a walk off homerun in the bottom of the 10th to bring the New York Mets even with the slumping Miami Marlins in the Wild Card standings, just 2.5 games behind the front-running St. Louis Cardinals.

Returning to the line-up after missing Sunday’s painful loss, Cespedes and his questionable quad gave the Mets a much needed 2-1 win, proving that a trip back to the playoffs will not be feasible without him.

“Every time I see Cespedes at home plate, I feel like he’s going to hit a homer,” said teammate Jose Reyes. “That’s the way that I feel in the dugout. I’m sure the other guys feel the same way. …It’s unbelievable what he can do on the baseball field. Basically he can do whatever he wants to when he wants to. It’s good to see. We’re going to need him.”

Rafael Montero, filling in for the roughed up and in need of rest Jacob deGrom, made the most of his starting role, in light of the career high six walks he surrendered.

Making his first start since April 28, 2015, Montero lasted five erratic innings of 100 pitch ball, allowing just two hits, striking out three, but more importantly no runs, keeping pace with Marlins ace Jose Fernandez who entered with a 3-0, 1.54 ERA in his seven previous starts against the Mets.

Fernandez also struggled with his control, giving up 3 hits, walking 4 (one intentional) giving NY numerous opportunities to score with multiple runners on base.  And with failed attempts by Curtis Granderson, James Loney, and Wilmer Flores, it appeared that this was not going to be a happy ending for the home team.

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But Montero got some help out of his own hot water, after loading the bases in the 4th with a hit and a couple of walks, Kelly Johnson made a clutch grab of Fernandez’s sharp grounder to third for the final out of the inning.

Jerry Blevins and Sean Gilmartin kept the Marlins out of the run scoring business in relief of Montero, then handed the reins to Addison Reed in the top of the 8th.

After Reed recorded the first two outs, he couldn’t escape a single turned into a double by the still speedy 42-year old Ichiro Suzuki, who one batter later broke the scoreless tie, on Xavier Scruggs double to left.

The the other key to victory, team catalyst Jose Reyes, responded in the bottom of the inning with a lead off hit to right that ironically became a double on a ball that scooted by a sliding Suzuki.  After Alejandro De Aza’s fly ball to left brought Reyes to third, a wild pitch by A.J. Ramos sent a head first diving Reyes to the plate with the tying and jarring run as the Mets shortstop was flattened in a violent collision. He would emerge unscathed.

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And how about the recently added lefty Josh Smoker? He was smoking in the top of the 10th, retiring the side in order, paving the way for Cespedes’ heroic game winning blast.

It may not have looked pretty at the onset, with Jay Bruce, Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera all on the sidelines, a Double-A call-up making an emergency start, and the daunting task of facing Jose Fernandez, but the Mets persevered and came away with a signature statement victory in the opening act of a critical four-game series with the Fish.

“He’s that kind of player,” Terry Collins said Cespedes after the game. “You expect big things each and every time he goes up. He’s one of those guys people pay to see him play. They see him come up to bat and they know he can do something dangerous each and every time up. He’s a special guy. That’s why to keep him healthy is priority No. 1 at this moment.” (ESPN)

So in what has become an all too familiar script, Yoenis Cespedes carried the team to a huge win and sees his offseason price tag continue to soar like one of his majestic long balls.

Tuesday, rookie Seth Lugo, coming off his first MLB win against the Cards, with five shut out innings, will face off against NY born and raised right hander Tom Koehler for sole second position behind St Louis in the wild card.

(Photos: USA Today Sports Images, New York Mets)

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The Thrill of Victory http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/the-thrill-of-victory.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/the-thrill-of-victory.html/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:01:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221668 cespedes walkoff

At this point of the season every game feels like a must-win. Especially for a team who finds themselves trailing in a playoff race. The current series against the Marlins is a big one for the Metropolitans and boy did they start it off on the right foot.

The Mets gambled Monday night, skipping Jacob deGrom and starting Rafael Montero, it worked out. Montero had an interesting night on the mound while pitching through five innings of shutout work. He walked six batters, was squeezed throughout the night by the home plate umpire but persevered.

“I walked six batters, but thank god I was able to get out of the jams,” Montero said. (ESPN)

The Marlins had Jose Fernandez on the mound, one of the best pitchers in the game. On paper it was a total mismatch. The Mets just needed to out last him, and they did. Terry Collins knew as long as his team could hang in there and keep pace with the Marlins star pitcher, they had a chance.

“Now I’m not taking anything away from Rafael Montero,” Collins said. “But you’re facing one of the best pitchers in the game, who has really pitched well against us. We were short tonight a little bit. You’re just saying, ‘Jeez, if we can just hang in there.’ And we hung in there.”

In the eighth inning, Addison Reed allowed back-to-back Marlins doubles that put them on top late. These resilient Mets and Jose Reyes would not have any of that though, quickly leading off the bottom of the inning with a double. He would tag up to third on a fly out and then quickly take home on a wild pitch to tie the game. A man many said would no longer be a viable player has ignited a new spirit into this team.

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“I never doubted my talent and what I could do on the field,” Reyes said. “A lot of people, before the Mets signed me, said, ‘This guy’s done.’ I heard that. I just worked as hard as a I can and continue to contribute to this ball club. That’s why I’m here to make things happen.” (NY Post)

The stage was all set for Yoenis Cespedes in the bottom of the 10th inning. The crowd roaring with their star slugger in front of their eyes ready to yet again put the team on his back for a run at a playoff berth. Cespedes connected when the team needed it most, powering the Mets to a thrilling 2-1 victory.

“Every time I see Cespedes at home plate, I feel like he’s going to hit a homer,” Reyes said. ”That’s the way that I feel in the dugout. I’m sure the other guys feel the same way.”

“They had the opportunity to see him get hot last year. And, for me, seeing him this year, it’s unbelievable what he can do on the baseball field. Basically he can do whatever he wants to when he wants to. It’s good to see. We’re going to need him.”

The walk-off was the second of Cespedes’ career. The home run was his 27th of the season and his seventh go-ahead homer this year. Twelve of his 27 home runs this year have given the Mets the lead or tied the game. Cespedes finished the game 3-for-5 and is batting .388 (14-for-36) with two doubles, five homers and nine RBI in nine games since being activated off the Disabled List.

The Mets now stand tied with the Marlins, just 2.5 games back from the second Wild Card spot. They have put themselves in a great position in this four-game set as they look to pass the fish in the standings tonight.

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MMO Players Of The Week: The Veteran and The Rook http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mmo-players-of-the-week-the-veteran-and-the-rook.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mmo-players-of-the-week-the-veteran-and-the-rook.html/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:30:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221581 MMO PLAYER OF THE WEEK

The 2016 season for the New York Mets can be described as an insanely long and arduous roller coaster ride. Boarding the ride is the beginning of the season, giddy and excited for it to start and see where it takes you. Then you slowly make the climb up the old wooden planks, creeping higher and higher, trying to reach first place. The ride then reaches the ultimate height; your’e staring out high above everyone else, as the Mets did when they were atop the National League East standings in early May.

But as we all know, roller coasters don’t just coast gingerly around an easy track, they endure twists, turns, loops, and sudden drops that once you’re safely off the ride, you’re reaching for some antacids because your stomach is in knots, something that many Met fans endure while watching this team on a nightly basis!

And so, with 32 games left on the regular season, the Mets must take advantage of a weak September schedule, where they face the Phillies, Reds, Braves, and Twins for a total of 19 games, and hope that their core nucleus of offensive weapons can stay relatively healthy for the remainder of the year.

With the Mets facing issues with their starting rotation, the offense needs to continue to score runs as they have this past week when they scored 40 runs in six games against the Cardinals and Phillies, who they went 4-2 against. They also need to solve their seventh inning conundrum, where Hansel Robles has been dreadful this past month and Jim Henderson is slowly getting back into shape after missing time with right biceps tendonitis. Collins also must be careful with handling Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia, who are both on pace to reach career highs in games pitched this season.

The Mets face two huge series against the Marlins and Nationals this week at home, clubs the Mets are currently looking up at in the standings, and look to continue inching closer and closer to a wild card berth, giving fans a fun-filled, yet nerve-racking September.

As always, here are your MMO Players of the Week for August 22 to August 28.

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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: ASDRUBAL CABRERA

Asdrubal  ”Slim Shady” Cabrera is MMO’s Offensive Player of the Week, after he had one of his greatest offensive weeks as a Met, going 12-for-22 (.545), with eight RBI, five runs scored, four doubles, three home runs, two walks, and a stolen base. He had a multi-hit game in four of the six played this week, and recorded a hit in all six.

Cabrera had returned from the disabled list on August 19, along with Yoenis Cespedes, joining the team in San Francisco for their road trip. Cabrera was battling a strained patella tendon in his left knee after injuring it on August 1 against the Colorado Rockies at home, missing the next 16 games.

Cabrera has been a steady fixture in the two-hole since his return, as he and Jose Reyes have made for a formidable one-two punch in the batting order, giving the Mets a strong on-base presence, and some occasional pop atop the order.

Case in point, the bottom of the first in Friday’s 9-4 win against the Phillies. Reyes leads off the game with a homer, his fourth on the season on a 2-1 fastball from LHP Adam Morgan. Cabrera digs in next, and pounces on a first pitch fastball to right-center field for his 14th homer of the season. Cabrera wasn’t done, as he belted another homer to right in the sixth off of reliever RHP Frank Herrmann, on the eighth pitch of the at-bat. Cabrera would hit another homer the following day, this time in the third inning after Reyes led off the inning with a soft single to left. Cabrera’s 16th homer of the season gave the Mets their first lead of the day, and ultimately led to the 12-1 blowout.

Unfortunately, Cabrera left Sunday’s 5-1 loss in the bottom of the first, after he reached on a bunt single to third. Cabrera collided with first baseman Tommy Joseph, who was jumping to try and reach the high throw from Phillies’ starter Vincent Velasquez. Cabrera was clutching his arm after the play, but stayed in the game for Kelly Johnson‘s ensuing at-bat. Johnson reached on a single, moving Cabrera to second, but clearly Cabrera was in a considerable amount of pain. This time it was his knee that was bothering him, as he walked off the field with trainer Ray Ramirez and manager Terry Collins, being replaced at short by Wilmer Flores.

Hopefully Cabrera doesn’t miss much time with the latest injury, as he has become an intricate part to the Mets’ offensive success in the past week. His 16 homers is his highest total since 2012 (also 16), and his .767 OPS is his highest since 2011 (.792).

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PITCHER OF THE WEEK: ROBERT GSELLMAN

Rookie right-hander Robert Gsellman gets the nod for MMO’s Pitcher of the Week,  as he made two appearances against the Cardinals and Phillies. For his major league debut, Gsellman was called upon in the first inning of last Tuesday’s game, when starter Jon Niese left after recording only one out with an apparent knee injury. Niese will undergo surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee, requiring at least four weeks of recovery.

Niese got the Mets into some trouble early, walking two of the first three batters in the first before giving up an R.B.I. single to Brandon Moss. That’s when Collins turned to Gsellman (who he should’ve started to begin with due to issues with Niese’s knee troubles), and although two more runners scored (charged to Niese), Gsellman was able to limit the damage, and turned in 3.2 innings of two-hit ball, along with two strikeouts in his first major league victory. Gsellman flashed a mid nineties fastball, and a sharp slider that had some good spin on it. According to TrackMan, Gsellman averaged a RPM of 2,445 that night, well above league average of 2,284. Some note that the higher the RPM, the tougher it is to see and ultimately hit.

Gsellman made his first major league start on Sunday’s finale against the Phillies, looking for the sweep. Gsellman pitched superbly through the first six innings, limiting the Phillies to just one run on four hits, an R.B.I. double off the bat of Jimmy Paredes in the fourth, plating Maikel Franco. Gsellman had a low pitch count through six (84 pitches) so Collins sent the 23-year-old righty back out for the seventh. Gsellman got into some early trouble, loading the bases on three straight singles on 10 pitches. Collins went to the bullpen, bringing in RHP Hansel Robles to try and limit the damage, but to no avail. Instead, Robles gave up a double to newly acquired A.J. Ellis on a 2-1 fastball, scoring two runs, all charged to Gsellman. One more run would score and be charged to Gsellman, for a total of four runs on the day.

Gsellman has shown some glimpses of potentially being a candidate for a starting rotation role next season, especially if the Mets decide to move one of their young starters for a controllable bat in the off-season. Gsellman was impressive in the minors this season, especially at Double A where he went 3-4 with a 2.71 ERA in 11 starts, limiting the opposition to a .233 average, along with a 1.09 WHIP.

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