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Terry Collins‘ dubious decision to rest his veterans and go with his Replace-Mets in the heat of a pennant chase paid some dividends as the New York Mets completed a three-game sweep over the Minnesota Twins with a 3-2 win at Citi Field on Sunday.

New York now sits in the Wild Card driver’s seat with a one game lead over the not so gigantic San Francisco Giants.

Rookie right-hander Gabriel Ynoa, filling in for a grim Jacob deGrom, struck out eight in 4 2/3 solid innings of one run, one hit ball in his first major league start.

The Mets’ roughed up pitching rotation was dealt another blow on Friday with the news that deGrom will miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury.

But, the resilient crew from Queens, who are also without the services of the ailing Steven Matz, keeps beating the odds and pulling rabbits out of their caps. It’s pretty amazing when you stop and think about it, and it has been one of the best storylines of pretty remarkable season.

Michael Conforto recovered from Saturday’s bases loaded whiff with a first inning two-run single with the bases juiced to give the Mets a lead they never relinquished.  Conforto had himself a 2-for-4 day while hitting in the cleanup spot, which will hopefully boost the confidence he’s been lacking.

It was another head-scratcher by Terry Collins that paid off handsomely for the Mets. It’s been one of many such “brilliantly quirky moves” as pointed out by Joe D. on Friday.

After breezing through the order in the top of the first, Ynoa ran into a bases loaded debacle in the second, leaving the mound in better shape than counterpart Kyle Gibson, surrendering only one run on a Ryan Murphy sac fly.

Collins made what seemed like another of his questionable moves when he replaced Ynoa in the fourth after giving up a two out single to Brian Dozier.  After Josh Edgin gave up a bloop hit he was given the hook for Erik Goeddel who then loaded the bases with a walk.

I could feel the fans disdain for Collins through my television screen, but Goedell got Kennys Vargas swinging to end the inning, and another episode of manager knows best prevailed.

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Mets Bronx Bomber T.J. Rivera then continued his torrid plate appearances with a solo shot in the third for an insurance run that meant something when Kennys Vargas cut the lead to 3-2 with a home run off Fernando Salas in the top of the eighth.

Jerry Blevins gave Jeurys Familia some much-needed rest, recording the final four outs, including a game ending strikeout in the dirt to the dominant left-hand hitting Brian Dozier, who came to the plate with two out in the ninth. The crowd went wild and so did I.

Both Rivera and Conforto stepped up big while filling the cleats of Jose Reyes and the red hot Curtis Granderson, collecting two big hits each and providing the type of offense that will be needed by the Mets down the stretch.

Their remaining schedule on paper predicts a favorable outcome, but this won’t be a walk in the park as Mets face the pesky Atlanta Braves, who have given them all sorts of problems. However, the Mets are one of the hottest teams in the NL, winning 11 of their last 14 and they are 20-7 over their last 27 games. That’s a lot of momentum.

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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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Niese Fizzles Out In D’Backs Win, Draws Praise From Collins http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/niese-fizzles-out-in-desert-in-dbacks-win-draws-praise-from-collins.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/niese-fizzles-out-in-desert-in-dbacks-win-draws-praise-from-collins.html/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:55:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220807 jon niese 2

In his first start with his former team, Jon Niese appeared to be the antidote missing from the Mets pitching rotation, until the 4th inning reared it’s ugly head.

Sailing through the first three innings, Niese stifled the D’backs with cutters in the 80’s until Rickie Weeks, Jr. and Yasmany Tomas took him back-to-back deep, resulting in a 13-5 crushing defeat in the desert.

In the bottom of the 5th, opposing pitcher, Zack Godley, who was godlike, (7.1 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs) slapped a single up the middle, ending Niese’s unfortunate outing with 4 runs on 4 hits in 4.2 innings.

So what does that mean for Niese’s future in the rotation? It doesn’t appear to be in any jeopardy.

“I told him, even on the mound, for a guy who hadn’t pitched in six weeks, I thought he threw the ball great,” manager Terry Collins said after the game. “I was very happy with the way he pitched.”

With the day off on Monday, it’s likely they’ll just skip the fifth starter’s spot unless they opt to give one of the young arms extra rest. ”We don’t make those decisions this far in advance,” Collins continued. “We’ve got to wait to see what happens in the next couple of days.”

Looking for some heat in relief after an early shower for Niese, Collins brought in Erik Goeddel, who had trouble with the curve, and more issues finding the plate.  After a series of balls landed in the dirt, far from d’Arnaud’s glove, Paul Goldschmidt drew a walk, then Weeks unloaded his second HR, a three run blast, to extend Arizona’s lead 6-1.

Seth Lugo held the Diamondback’s in check for an inning and a third, then 3 additional runs rained on rookie Gabriel Ynoa in the bottom of the 7th.

Josh Edgin was brought in to stop the bleeding in the 8th, but there was no tourniquet tight enough to tame the Diamondback’s bats.  Jean Segura singled to center, Mitch Haniger and Goldschmidt both got free passes on four pitches, and Segura scored a run courtesy of a wild pitch.   Then Tomas cranked a 2-0 pitch to center for a 3 run HR, his second of the game, and just like that, Arizona had themselves a baker’s dozen.

The Mets, cramming for exams in the top of the 9th, tried to stage an improbable comeback against Dominic Leone, scoring 3 runs off of a Curtis Granderson solo shot, and a pitch hit 2 run HR by Rene Rivera.  With one out, a Ty Kelly double and Kelly Johnson single was titillating, but too little too late, as the door was slammed shut by Randall Delgago, who left them out to dry.

Another night of the same old same old with men in scoring position.  The Mets were 2-15, with 8 men LOB.  Their hunt for October still has some life, but with the Pirates and Cardinals pulling away from the pack, they’re making a tough case for fans to believe.

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Jerry Blevins Proving To Be A Big Part Of Mets Pen http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/jerry-blevins-proving-to-be-a-big-part-of-mets-pen.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/jerry-blevins-proving-to-be-a-big-part-of-mets-pen.html/#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 16:46:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210976 jerry blevins

The New York Mets completed one of their best April’s in team history, going 15-7 for a .682 winning percentage. As Adam Rubin noted, the Mets twice had more wins in April in 2006 (16-8) and 2002 (16-10) but those were in more games played.

A number of factors led to such an impressive month, as the Mets offense woke up halfway through April, the starting pitching was impressive despite early issues from Matt Harvey and Steven Matz, and the bullpen has done a formidable job holding leads, much better than many early predictions favored them to be.

Before Monday night’s home game with the Atlanta Braves, the Mets pen ranked 9th in baseball in ERA at 2.84, 9th in OPS at .630, and 3rd in K/9 at 10.48. The Mets bullpen is also in the bottom third of the amount of extra base hits surrendered, only giving up 17 extra base hits to date.

A key contributor has been LHP Jerry Blevins, who’s been fantastic thus far for the Mets in his short New York career.

I say short because Blevins, 32, was involved in not one, but two different broken arm injuries in 2015. The first occurred on April 19th when Blevins was pitching in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins. With one out and runners on the corners, recently suspended Dee Gordon hit a 0-1 off-speed pitch right back at Blevins, fracturing his forearm. Blevins would go on to try and rehab it without surgery, until he next incident occurred four months later.

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While rehabbing his way back for late season action, Blevins re-injured his left arm in August, when he slipped while stepping off a curb retrieving his iPhone from his car in Florida. He re-fractured his distal radius bone in his left forearm, the same one he had initially injured in April against the Marlins.

Blevins had surgery after the incident in Florida, requiring a plate and six screws. Blevins rehabbed in the offseason and was ready for another opportunity with a clean bill of health for 2016. Blevins knew that he had to adjust after having surgery, and needed to test his arm out as soon as he was cleared to do so. He talked in spring about facing the new challenge.

“Something is new. I’ve got metal latched to bone in my arm. So there was definitely a bit of apprehension. But there’s only one way to find out how it’s going to be. And that’s to start throwing. Knock on wood, it’s been great so far. I haven’t had any issues. It feels really good now.”

Blevins is healthy and back in action for the Mets this year, after resigning with the club in December for $4 million plus incentives to be one of their their lefty specialists.

In Spring Training, Blevins talked about how the incidents from 2015 have had an impact on his life, and are a constant reminder of the wacky season he had. At least he has a sense of humor about it!

“Every time somebody tweets about me, all the comments are: ‘Watch out for a curb. Wrap him in bubble wrap,’” Blevins said. “So it’s something I’m prepared for.”

He’s off to a great start in 2016, as he’s 1-0 on the year, with a 3.38 ERA in 12 appearances. Blevins has struck out seven, and has not issued a walk in eight innings of work before Monday night’s game.

His secondary stats are excellent as well, as he owns a 0.50 WHIP, and a .148 batting average against. Blevins has inherited 12 runners, and only one has come around to score. And his FIP also reveals that Blevins has done better than what his ERA indicates, as he’s currently at 2.94.

Blevins’ splits are phenomenal against left-handed hitters, as he owns a 1.59 ERA in 5 2/3 innings, allowing only three hits, one extra-base-hit, and one earned run.

He’s essentially a three-pitch pitcher, throwing his sinker 45% of the time, followed by a curveball 31.7%, and a slider at 19.2%. He also features a changeup that he’s only employed 4.2% of the time thus far. Despite not featuring overpowering “stuff”, Blevins has been successful in his career by pitching on the first base side of the rubber, and throwing at more of a three quarter delivery, giving the opposition a more difficult task of trying to pick up the ball at an altered angle.

Blevins is going to play an important role for the Mets in the pen, especially when facing the tough left-handed hitters in the National League East. Here’s Blevins’ career numbers against some of the tougher competition in the NL East, Bryce Harper (0-1), Daniel Murphy (0-3), Freddie Freeman (3-8 with 2 strikeouts), Dee Gordon (1-7), and Ryan Howard (0-3 with 2 strikeouts), and Odubel Herrera (0-2).

The Mets bullpen has been a collective success so far, and more help is on the way in LHP Josh Edgin, and the return of Zack Wheeler in July, which would push Bartolo Colon to the pen and for some spot starts. In order for the Mets to make another run at the World Series this year, they’re relying on their pen of veterans and young arms to carry the load and turn the ball over to Jeurys Familia. Blevins and his lefty arm will be a big part of that for the Mets in 2106, but maybe keep the bubble wrap handy when he’s walking near curbs.

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Goeddel and Edgin To Pitch In Minor League Game Sunday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/goeddel-and-edgin-to-pitch-in-minor-league-game-sunday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/goeddel-and-edgin-to-pitch-in-minor-league-game-sunday.html/#comments Sun, 20 Mar 2016 13:48:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=208074 erik goeddel

RHP Erik Goeddel and LHP Josh Edgin will both see some action on Sunday and pitch in a minor league game, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Goeddel has been dealing with a lat strain and last week, manager Terry Collins said he’s unsure if he will be able to start the season on time with the Mets. Goeddel posted a 2.43 ERA in 35 appearances during his 2015 rookie season.

As for Edgin, the hard-throwing lefty reliever is expected to return to the Mets sometime in May after missing the entire 2015 season because of Tommy John surgery. He was beginning to emerge as a valuable lefty reliever before his elbow injury. He posted a 1.67 ERA and 0.915 WHIP in 2014 with a 9.2 strikeout rate.

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Josh Edgin Could Return Around May 1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/josh-edgin-could-return-around-may-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/josh-edgin-could-return-around-may-1.html/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 01:57:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205179 josh edgin

New York Mets lefty reliever Josh Edgin missed the entire 2015 season after a torn ligament in his throwing elbow led to Tommy John surgery last March 17.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Edgin is on pace to return about a month into the season and the Mets are anticipating his return to be around May 1.

The Mets re-signed fellow southpaw Jerry Blevins this offseason and he will be the primary lefty specialist until Edgin returns. Blevins pitched well in his brief stint with the Mets, holding left-handed hitters hitless through 14 at-bats.

But a liner off the bat of Dee Gordon fractured his forearm and after a couple of setbacks he would wind up missing the rest of the season.

Edgin was the team’s top left-handed reliever in 2014, when he posted a 1.32 ERA with 28 strikeouts over 27 1/3 innings.

The Mets also recently signed left-hander Antonio Bastardo to a two-year, $12 million dollar deal. He is expected to takeover as the team’s setup man or at least share those opportunities with returning righty Addison Reed.

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Spring Training Roster Battles: 2nd Lefty http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/spring-training-roster-battles-2nd-lefty.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/spring-training-roster-battles-2nd-lefty.html/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:00:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=175524 sean gilmartin

It is only March 6th but the Mets 25 man roster is already very close to being wrapped up. With a few exceptions being the 4th OF, last bench spot, 2nd lefty, starting SS according to Terry Collins, and the long man in the bullpen if/when Gee gets traded.

The battle for the 2nd lefty has the most suitors and maybe the most important with the way Terry Collins likes to use his #1, presumably Josh Edgin this year.

Favorite:

Sean Gilmartin: Mets drafted him in the Rule 5 draft and seem like they will give him every opportunity to make the roster so they don’t have to return him to the Twins. While he has been used mostly as a starter in the Minor Leagues his splits against lefties suggest he could be a valuable loogy. Lefties only hit .201/.219/.235 against him last year in AAA.

Middle of the Pack: 

Jack Leathersich: If he could find his control (4.6 BB/9 last year) he could be a valuable part of the Mets bullpen for years to come. Leathersich strikes out alot of people (15.4 K/9 last year) and it has a lot to do with his delivery and how he hides the ball. He normally tops out around 93-94 MPH, but hitters say that it feels like 100 because of his arm angle and how fast the ball gets on top of them. He was added to the 40-man roster this offseason giving him a good chance if he can improve his control this spring.

Dario Alvarez: Made a name for himself last year by starting year in Savannah while ending it in Flushing. Tough not to root for Dario who was out of affiliated baseball for 3 years before pitching for Brooklyn in 2013. In 73 innings in Minors last year he struck out 114 hitters while only allowing 68 baserunners. He does have very limited experience with only 12 innings above A ball so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get more seasoning. He is on the 40-man roster giving him an edge over the NRI’s.

Long Shots:

Scott Rice: Thirty-three years old and coming off elbow surgery Scott finds his return to the Majors will be an uphill battle. He was awful last year probably because he was pitching with a bum elbow. He enters Mets camp as a non-roster invitee and would have to really impress this spring to get back on the 40. Maybe the best thing going to for him is how much Terry Collins seem to like overusing his arm.

Darin Gorski: After being in Major League camp last year he was not invited back making him an extreme longshot. He has pitched great at Binghamton the last two years (1.83 and 2.22 ERA respectively) but has struggled to get outs at Las Vegas evident by his 5.02 ERA.

The Mets could decide to start the season without a 2nd lefty in the bullpen like they did last year. I think that would be a mistake and troublesome for the left arm of Edgin.

Update: Leathersich started his Spring Training off rough walking the first 2 batters he faced on 8 pitches but was able to settle down and get the next three hitters 1-2-3.

Alvarez also allowed a walk and a single but finished the inning with a strikeout and a double play turned by Matt Reynolds and Wilfredo Tovar.

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Mets Add Lefty Reliever Duane Below http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/mets-add-lefty-reliever-duane-below.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/mets-add-lefty-reliever-duane-below.html/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 18:23:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=174451 below2

The Mets have signed left-handed reliever Duane Below to a minor-league contract, but have not invited him to big-league camp.

Below, 29, has appeared in the majors with the Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins. He went a combined 2-4 with a 4.27 ERA in 43 appearances (three starts) with those clubs from 2011 through 2013.

According to Adam Rubin, Below spent last season working as a starting pitcher with Triple-A Toledo in the Tigers organization. He went 8-5 with a 3.70 ERA and had a 1.414 WHIP in 116 2/3 innings. Lefty batters hit .219 against him in the minors in 2014, while righty batters hit .306.

Below could factor into the mix as a second lefty to go with Josh Edgin, but for now the Mets are intent on seeing if Sean Gilmartin, Scott Rice, Dario Alvarez, Darin Gorski or Jack Leathersich can fill that role.

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3 Up, 3 Down: Mr. September and the Keystone Kid http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/3-up-3-down-mr-september-and-the-keystone-kid.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/3-up-3-down-mr-september-and-the-keystone-kid.html/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:06:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=166626 Curtis - Granderson

As our beloved New York Mets played their final series in the capital this season, the Nationals continued to work towards locking up the best record in the National League.  The Mets only took 1 of 3 from their division rivals, but there were positive takeaways despite losing the series.  Below is a breakdown in this edition of 3 & 3.

3 Up

1. Back in late August, it was easy to speculate that Curtis Granderson would be the next free agent bust to hit Flushing, but the veteran outfielder maintained a positive attitude and strong work ethic, which has helped transform him into a doubles hitting, RBI machine.  Since the first of the month, Curtis is hitting (.329) with a (.980) OPS that’s being heavily bolstered by his (.566) slugging percentage.  He’s adapting to the needs of his current team and abandoning the high strikeout/high home run player he was across town.  If Granderson’s current month was stretched over a 150 game season (conservative figure), he’d have 50 doubles, 7 triples, 21 home runs and 114 RBI.  That’s exactly the type of player the Mets should pay $16 million for next season.  Whether he maintains a pace like this next season is highly debatable, but his mid-summer and fall statistics offer enough fuel to counter the negative predictions.  Overall, Curtis slashed out a series line of (.455/.500/1.045), with 3 RBI’s to go with a run scored.

2. Wilmer Flores is an entirely different player as a second baseman.  His range improves drastically in comparison to his reps at shortstop and his plus arm is a tool that finally has the Mets rounding out routine double plays.  In 15 games (54 at bats), Wilmer is batting (.296) while boasting a monstrous (.593) slugging percentage.  Wilmer’s (.321) OBP sits barely above his batting average, so he isn’t walking much when his glove is played at the keystone.  Instead, he’s opted for the conventional route of putting some wood on the ball, giving him 10 runs scored and 8 RBI’s in those 15 games.  Flores continued his playing time at second this series and actually turned in the exact same results as Granderson, posting a line of (.455/.500/1.045).

3. Jeurys Familia was outstanding in the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader, pitching a perfect 8th inning and striking out the side. Familia owns a 2.27 ERA to go with 71 strikeouts in 75.1 innings this season.  The other setup relievers have been excellent this season too, including Vic Black, Carlos Torres and Josh Edgin. It’s not yet known if Bobby Parnell will return as closer in 2015, but Jenrry Mejia has handled the role admirably and he has been ferocious against left-handed batters.  Whatever happens, the Mets will have one of the youngest and brightest bullpens in all of baseball next season and that’s a huge relief.

3 Down

1.  Injuries absolutely kill this team year in and year out.  It’s reasonable to expect some unscheduled absences during the season, but ask yourself this question, how many players have put in a full season?  For the starting pitchers, only Zack Wheeler and Bartolo Colon have remained healthy since Opening Day.  For position players, only four Mets have a qualified number of at-bats and only two have played more than 150 games (Lucas Duda has 150 and Curtis Granderson has 152).  We learned during this series that David Wright suffered structural damage in his left shoulder which he played through for the most of the season, and it could be more serious than the Mets originally thought. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud has been no stranger to the disabled list as well and now he’s undergoing tests with team doctors in New York for an unknown elbow injury.

2.  There are numerous ways to frame statistics and come up with hypothetical scenarios, but consider this “what if”.  What if the Mets went .500 against the Nationals this year?  Actually, they played an odd number of games this season, 19 in total, so let’s say they went one game over .500 and posted a seasonal W-L of 10-9.  In that case, the Mets 2014 record would stand at 83-76 and they would still be in the hunt for the last wild card spot.  Instead, NY finished the season 4-15 against their division rivals.

3.  Let the Matt Harvey media circus resume.  During the nightcap of yesterday’s doubleheader, news broke that recovering ace Matt Harvey was at Yankee Stadium for Derek Jeter’s final home game.  It’s true that these kinds of actions raise more questions than most Mets fans want answered, but it’s going to be a bigger story than needs to be.  He’s proven that he’s a competitor no matter what uniform he puts on and Matt’s locked into the Orange and Blue for the next four seasons.  Derek Jeter’s last home game is an iconic moment for Yankee fans and Harvey has openly admitted that Jeter is his idol growing up and favorite player.  It could very well signal where he intends to go in the future, or it could just be a 25-year old guy, living in New York City, going to the only baseball game in town.  Sandy Alderson made the rules, which included staying behind when the team traveled for road games, and to the best of my knowledge that didn’t change when the Mets shut down Harvey for the season.  He knew exactly what he was doing and did it anyways.  That’s the beast the Mets have to live with, incredibly talented, but lacks the foresight to cater to a sensitive organization.  Hopefully, Harvey leads the Mets to a World Series title in the next four years, but the bottom line is that I could care less where he goes and what he does on his free time.

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MMO Game Recap: Dodgers 7, Mets 4 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-recap-dodgers-7-mets-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-recap-dodgers-7-mets-4.html/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 04:26:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=164143 jacob degrom

The New York Mets (60-70) were defeated by the Los Angeles Dodgers (74-57) by a score of 7-4 this evening at Dodger Stadium.

What you should know:

Jacob deGrom got the start for the Mets tonight in his first appearance back from the disabled list. He would go five innings, allowing five runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out seven, and taking the loss.

Zack Greinke got the nod for the Dodgers, and labored through seven innings, allowing four runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out four, but pitched well enough to earn the win.

The Mets took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning with a three-run jack off the bat of Juan Lagares.

The Dodgers would answer right back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring two runs of their own, with an RBI single from Adrian Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly from Erisbel Arruebarrena.

Then in the bottom of the fifth inning, Adrian Gonzalez struck again as he launched a three-run shot to put Los Angeles on top 5-3.

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Lucas Duda got the Mets within one run in the top of the sixth as he hit a solo home run, his 24th of the season.

Josh Edgin entered the game in the bottom of the seventh with a couple runners on base, and allowed a run to score on a weakly hit tapper off the bat of Scott Van Slyke. On the play, Edgin made a throwing error to allow Dee Gordon to reach third base, and he was promptly driven in by a sacrifice fly from Adrian Gonzalez, giving the Dodgers a three-run lead, a lead they would hold on to for the rest of the night.

Kenley Jansen came on to shut the door in the top of the ninth, and despite giving up a double to Kirk Nieuwenhuis, he would shut the door, earning his 37th save of the season.

David Wright went 0-for-5 tonight, grounding into two double plays and striking out twice, leaving six runners on base in his plate appearances alone. Curtis Granderson also went 0-for-5.

The Mets went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position tonight.

On deck:

The Mets look to salvage the final game of the series tomorrow afternoon with Bartolo Colon (11-10, 3.85 ERA) squaring off against Kevin Correia (7-13, 4.87 ERA)

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Wheeler Struggles To Lead Mets To Victory http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/wheeler-struggles-to-lead-mets-to-victory.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/wheeler-struggles-to-lead-mets-to-victory.html/#comments Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:19:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=158122 zack wheeler

On Sunday, Zack Wheeler (2-6) looked nothing like the pitcher we’ve seen in his last three solid starts, allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six in an 86 pitch effort. The young righty suffered with command issues and lasted just 3.2 innings It was the shortest outing of his career.

“He wasn’t really as sharp as he has been,” said Terry Collins about Wheeler’s performance. “The command of his fastball was not there today, which is what he’s really been successful doing lately. He pretty much had to go to his offspeed stuff to get some swings. Normally, when he’s on, his fastball is dynamic. Today is just one of those nights.” 

Wheeler gave his own opinion of his start.

“That’s definitely not the start that the team needed out of me. I needed to go deep into the game and not let up any of the runs that I let up. That’s all there is to it. I didn’t pitch well. I didn’t really have fastball command. Everything else was working for me. Just the fastball command was off, and it’s kind of hard to pitch and get ahead of guys when you don’t have that.”

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Mets Activate Josh Edgin To Replace Farnsworth http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/05/mets-activate-josh-edgin-to-replace-farnsworth.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/05/mets-activate-josh-edgin-to-replace-farnsworth.html/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 16:45:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=155734 josh-edgin

As expected, the Mets announced LHP Josh Edgin has been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and will be in the the bullpen for Thursday’s Subway Series finale and will wear uniform No. 66.

He of course replaces Kyle Farnsworth.

Edgin was 3-0 with a 4.97 ERA in 17 appearances for Las Vegas and allowed 16 hits and 11 walks while striking out 12 in 12.2 innings.

Last season with the Mets, the southpaw was 1-1 with a save and a 3.77 ERA in 28.2 innings over 34 appearances.

May 14

The Mets have released righthanded reliever Kyle Farnsworth, who up until three days ago was given a vote of confidence by Terry Collins as the team’s closer.

Farnsworth signed a 45-day consent waiver and the Mets had until Saturday to release him and only have to pay him for 45 days, saving them $750,000.

He could choose an assignment to Vegas, but that’s highly unlikely.

When asked if he was bitter, Farnsworth responded, “Yes, really bitter. Hopefully I find a team to play against this team.”

Looks like Josh Edgin will be added to the active roster. 

 

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Vic Black Has A Wild Side http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/vic-black-has-a-wild-side.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/vic-black-has-a-wild-side.html/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:12:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=149684 vic black

They say, and by they I mean GKR and whatever you want to call that group on WOR of late, that the pitchers are all ahead of the hitters during the first two weeks of Grapefruit League games. And while one shouldn’t go ape s–t over spring training numbers especially at this early stage of the game, you can’t entirely ignore them either. Especially while roles on the 25 man roster are being contested.

So far, the so-called locks for the Mets bullpen have looked very shabby and some Mets sources have even told Adam Rubin that relievers Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde have looked unimpressive and in Farnsworth’s case his fastball hasn’t eclipsed 87 mph yet.

Josh Edgin, who was hoping to lock down one spot as a second lefthander, has looked awful and has a 13.50 ERA with five runs, six hits, and three walks allowed in 2.0 innings pitched. He’s hanging by a thread.

Another reliever the Mets are counting on is Vic Black. So far, he’s dealt with bouts of wildness in his two appearances. Yesterday, he walked the bases loaded before Jeff Walters came in and bailed him out of trouble. Black has allowed a run on two hits and four walks in 2.0 innings pitched.

Yesterday, John Dreker from PiratesProspects.com tweeted me during the game:

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While Black has had very high walk rates throughout his pro career, I saw an interesting tend while observing his his numbers over the last four seasons.

  • Single-A: 5.6 BB/9
  • Advanced-A: 5.4 BB/9
  • Double-A: 4.4 BB/9
  • Triple-A: 4.0 BB/9

Black has shown considerable improvement in each of the last four pro seasons and during his rookie season in 2013, he posted an unalarming 3.2 walk rate between the Mets and the Pirates. The young righthander is still a work in progress and I would like to see his 7.9 strikeout rate climb near to the 11-12 levels he displayed in the minors.

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Jeff Walters Has A Solid Chance To Make Opening Day Bullpen http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/jeff-walters-has-a-solid-chance-to-grab-opening-day-bullpen.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/jeff-walters-has-a-solid-chance-to-grab-opening-day-bullpen.html/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:25:54 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=147471 A Mets insider told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that pitching prospects Jack Leathersich and Jeff Walters are candidates to make the opening day roster and fill out the Mets bullpen. Rafael Montero or Cory Mazzoni were also not ruled out.

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We have several original MMO articles spotlighting all four of these players in great depth and detail. And earlier this week we projected that Walters has the best shot of making the club with Leathersich still needing some seasoning before he eventually gets the call as well.

Me and many of my colleagues at MMO do not see Montero serving in a relief role at this time regardless of what’s been speculated by other outlets.

With the disastrous way in which Jenrry Mejia was handled still fresh on their minds, we doubt the Mets would take the number two pitching prospect in the system and throw him into the bullpen.

While Rubin says the Mets bullpen is light on lefthanded relievers, I would argue that Scott Rice pulled his weight just fine last season and that Josh Edgin ended the season with some signs of dominating before being lost for the season to injury.

Mazzoni is a different case. MMO projected that he profiled as a reliever last March. We still feel the same way a year later. However, we’re not quite sure that the righthander is ready to make the jump from Double-A to the majors just yet.

I’ll continue to stick with Walters as the favorite to make the team and my confidence is fueled by the fact that of the four, he’s the only one on the Mets 40 man roster.

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Alderson’s Search For Veteran Reliever Is A Valid Concern http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/aldersons-search-for-veteran-reliever-is-a-valid-concern.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/aldersons-search-for-veteran-reliever-is-a-valid-concern.html/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:07:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=139591 sandy alderson winter meetings

With Pitchers and Catchers only four weeks away, there remains some work still to be done before the Mets can close the books on this offseason. Sandy Alderson has said repeatedly that he is looking for at least one late-inning reliever that he can sign to a major league contract.

MMO asked Alderson if he had the same mentality for the bullpen as he does for the final rotation spot as far as giving some of our young internal options a chance to win the fifth spot. He definitely wasn’t as open to that in the case of adding a late inning reliever.

“If you take Bobby Parnell out of the bullpen, there’s not a lot of experience there,” said Alderson. “I’m not sure there’s anybody in that ‘pen right now that we are looking at that’s actually pitched a full season at the big league level if you just look at the guys on our roster right now. I may be wrong about that but I think that’s right.”

“So that has to be an issue; but I think we have time to address that, certainly we can address the experience issue and see what’s available to us by trade and free agency as well.”

The Mets had discussed options like John Axford, who signed with the Indians, and Kevin Gregg, who is still available, in the beginning of the offseason.

Gregg, 35, had a terrific season for the Cubs posting 3.48 ERA while notching 33 saves in 62 relief appearances. However, he may prove to be too costly.

Other relievers who have been linked to the Mets include righthanders Alfredo Aceves and Mitchell Boggs, both free agents and both a step down from someone like Gregg.

With Bobby Parnell (assuming readiness), Scott RiceVic Black and Gonzalez Germen already considered locks for the bullpen, there should be a nice battle between Cory Mazzoni, Jeff WaltersJeurys FamiliaJosh Edgin and possibly Jacob deGrom for a couple of spots.

But Sandy Alderson is right regarding the need for a veteran reliever, especially with the loss of LaTroy Hawkins. While this bullpen is very long on upside, it is also very short on experience.

Still, it’s great to see the Mets in a position to have a bullpen stocked with many homegrown pitchers that could prove to be very valuable assets down the road.

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Mets Should Forego Free Agent Relievers And Give Young Arms A Shot http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/mets-should-forego-free-agent-relievers-and-give-young-arms-a-shot.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/mets-should-forego-free-agent-relievers-and-give-young-arms-a-shot.html/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:45:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=135666 cory mazzoniThe Mets may consider converting minor-league righthanded starter Cory Mazzoni into a relief pitcher in Spring Training, a switch suggested by our own Binghamton Mets beat writer John Bernhardt since September. Adam Rubin posted the news on Twitter and said that Mazzoni would get a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

Mazzoni, 24, was plagued by a hamstring and elbow injury last season and only made 12 starts spanning 64 innings. He went 5-3 with a 4.36 ERA and 1.348 WHIP for Double-A Binghamton, while striking out 74 (10.1 K/9) and walking just 19.

The 2011 second rounder throws gas (ranges at 94-95, reaches 97) and could prove to be effective out of the pen as John has stated, and along with B-Mets closer Jeff Walters, the two could give the Mets a pair of young quality arms that could prove just as good as some of the relievers left on the free agent market.

With Bobby Parnell (assuming readiness), Scott Rice, Vic Black and Gonzalez Germen already considered locks for the bullpen, their should be a nice battle between Mazzoni, Walters, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin and possibly Jacob deGrom as well as any other arms the Mets might bring in.

Jack Leathersich is not really an option at this time and requires more work harnessing his command in the minors before he becomes a consideration.

But it’s great to see the Mets in a position to have a bullpen stocked with many homegrown pitchers that could prove to be very valuable assets down the road.

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Mets 2010 Draft Rewind: Round 29, Hamilton Bennett – @Ham_Bone28 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/mets-2010-draft-rewind-round-29-hamilton-bennett-ham_bone28.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/mets-2010-draft-rewind-round-29-hamilton-bennett-ham_bone28.html/#comments Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:52:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=134015 Hamilton-BennettIn 2010, the Mets 30th round pick was Josh Edgin – the highest numbered round thus far to make it to the majors from that draft class.  The pick right before Josh was 29th round selection, LHP Hamilton Bennett, chosen 872nd overall out of South Carolina.

Hamilton has posted good numbers in his four years in the Mets organization, rising through the ranks and earning a promotion to AA Binghamton on July 13th, 2013.

2010 was Hamilton’s first year in the organization, which was spent with the Low-A Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York Penn League.  In 19 appearances out of the pen, he went 2-2 with a 3.49 ERA.  He pitched 28 1/2 innings, gave up 27 hits, walked 9, struck out 24 and had a WHIP of 1.27.

2011 saw Hamilton start the season with the Advanced-A St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League where he made one appearance before being sent to the Class-A Savannah of the South Atlantic League. Hamilton continued his progress and appeared in 35 games with a combined record of 2-0 and a 1.89 ERA and 14 saves.  The lefthander pitched 57.0 innings and allowed 34 hits, walking 15, striking out 57 and posting a WHIP of 0.86.  His 14 saves for Savannah was 2nd on the team, just behind Josh Edgin.

With a solid 2011 performance under his belt, Bennett rose another level up the ranks and spent the 2012 season at Advanced-A St. Lucie.  In 41 games out of the pen, Hamilton delivered another terrific season, posting a 7-2 record with a 2.55 ERA.  In 60 innings, he allowed 51 hits, walking 17 while striking out 54 with a WHIP of 1.13.

After the 2012 season, Hamilton represented team Great Britain in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier, where he made one appearance in Regensburg, Germany against Team Germany.

2013 saw Hamilton begin the season at Port St. Lucie, but his continued solid play earned him a promotion to Binghamton.  At St. Lucie, he posted a 3-0 record with a 1.96 ERA and 9 saves in 38 games.  After his promotion, he posted a 1-0 record with a 1.46 ERA in 8 games.  Combined on the season, Hamilton appeared in 46 games with a 4-0 record and a 1.85 ERA with 9 saves.  He pitched 58 1/3 innings, allowed 46 hits, walked 14 and struck out 60 with a 1.03 WHIP. It was by far the best performance of his professional career.

Hamilton has been a top performer for the Mets for four consecutive seasons now, getting better each step of the way and displaying phenomenal ability of keeping baserunners to a bare minimum.  Good lefty relievers like him can have long major league careers.  While he may not be on some of the top prospects lists, if he keeps on putting up numbers like he has in the minors, don’t be surprised if you see Hamilton Bennett on a major league roster someday. Follow Hamilton on Twitter at @Ham_Bone28.

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Baxter Claimed By Dodgers, Carson To Angels, Henn and Burke Ourighted http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/baxter-claimed-by-dodgers-carson-to-angels-henn-and-burke-ourighted.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/baxter-claimed-by-dodgers-carson-to-angels-henn-and-burke-ourighted.html/#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:19:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131111 Robert Carson

The Mets 40-Man roster is now at 36 after the Angels claimed lefthander Robert Carson on waivers, the Dodgers grabbed outfielder Mike Baxter, and the team outrighted LHP Sean Henn and RHP Greg Burke.

Expect more purging as the Mets must make room for Ike Davis, Josh Edgin, Matt Harvey, Jeremy Hefner, Jenrry Mejia, Bobby Parnell, Scott Rice and Johan Santana who must all be activated from 60-day disabled list and placed on the 40-man roster.

So technically, the Mets now have 44 players which means four more heads to roll.

With Halloween around the corner, this is perfect timing for some tricks or treats…

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports on the impending 40-man roster crunch the Mets will soon face after the World Series.

The Mets’ 40-man roster actually will be full even before the club adds farmhands eligible for the Rule 5 draft or signs any free agents this winter to major league deals.

That’s because eight players finished the season on the 60-day disabled list, where they did not count against the 40-man roster: Ike DavisJosh EdginMatt HarveyJeremy HefnerJenrry MejiaBobby ParnellScott Rice and Johan Santana.

So the Mets, in essence, finished the season with 48 players on the 40-man roster.

Rubin adds that because the Mets only have eight free agents, the 40-man roster will be full once the players are activated from the 60-day DL no later than five days after the World Series.

David AardsmaTim ByrdakPedro FelicianoFrank FranciscoAaron HarangLaTroy HawkinsDaisuke Matsuzaka and Johan Santana will all become free agents after an exclusive, but short, negotiating window.

Who is the most likely to go?

You can be sure that Robert CarsonSean HennZach Lutz, and Mike Baxter may be the first to go. Guys on the bubble will include position players Kirk NieuwenhuisJordany Valdespin and Andrew Brown. and reliever Scott Atchison.

Prospects the Mets will have to protect from the Rule 5 draft include Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Darin Gorski, Jeff Walters and Cory Vaughn among others. They will need to be added to the 40-man by Nov. 20.

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MMO Fan Shot: Impact Bats and Changing Fan Perception Are Top Priorities This Offseason http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/mmo-fan-shot-impact-bats-and-changing-fan-perception-are-top-priorities-this-offseason.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/mmo-fan-shot-impact-bats-and-changing-fan-perception-are-top-priorities-this-offseason.html/#comments Sun, 01 Sep 2013 16:07:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128318 mets logo neon shake shack

Call me crazy, but…

I’ve been thinking about the Mets upcoming offseason and wondering what the team will do to improve. They have two problems to address:

1. Not enough impact position players on the team, particularly in the power department.

2. Recapturing the interest of fans, or in other words, convincing fans that the team isn’t “all talk and no action.”

Most of the free agent options discussed have drawbacks:

Jacoby Ellsbury has an injury history, varied production with not much power except for one year, plays a position that we actually have a decent option at, and Boras as an agent.

Shin-Soo Choo isn´t as high profile, but has great OBP skills and had decent speed. He is a strong defender in the outfield corners, but has Boras as an agent too.

Both of those players may involve the loss of the first round pick if the Mets don’t have one of the Top 10 protected picks. Other players, like Cody Ross, Carlos Beltran, and Curtis Granderson, have bigger questions.

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One player who I haven’t heard discussed in connection with the Mets, however, is Robinson Cano. Before you go crazy, let’s agree to put aside the cheap Wilpons won’t do it” and the “not Sandy’s style” comments for a moment.

Cano is the same age as Choo, and one year older than Ellsbury. He consistently plays 150+ games per year,and his career slash line is a very healthy .308/.355/.503. He’s good for 20-30 homers and around 40 doubles per year.

Cano is represented by CAA and JayZ, so the agent dynamic is an unknown. Recent speculation has suggested that the Dodgers may not jump into the Cano sweepstakes, given their existing salary commitments, upcoming Clayton Kershaw negotiations, and successful play on the field.

Who has the money to play this poker game? I don’t see a lot of teams with positional need and financial resources out there.
So close your eyes and imagine the following scenario:

  • Mets sign Cano to a 7 year $160 million deal, with a team option for an 8th year. His consistency, power (2B and HR), and OBP in the middle of the lineup would have a huge effect on Wright hitting behind him.
  • Mets sign Choo to a 3 year $45 million deal. His speed and OBP at the top of the order would be a huge improvement. If Choo didn’t sign, I’d go with either Eric Young Jr. until Cesar Puello arrives or a younger player is obtained via trade.) Assuming that the Mets release or trade Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy, who together would probably make $8.5 million next year in arbitration, this would give the team some money to help.
  • The Mets trade Wilmer Flores to a team that needs him at 3B or DH, perhaps in a package with Davis and/or Murphy, targeting high upside prospects or perhaps a young left-handed starting pitcher. The alternative would be to put him at first base and trade Lucas Duda.

Shin-Soo Choo

My Mets lineup would be:

1. Shin-Soo Choo - L
2. Ruben Tejada / Juan Lagares - R
3. Robinson Cano - L
4. David Wright - R
5. Lucas Duda - L
6. Travis d’Arnaud - R
7. Matt den Dekker - L
8. Juan Lagares / Ruben Tejada - R

Bench: Anthony Recker (or Juan Centeno), Josh Satin, Omar Quintanilla, Eric Young Jr ., Justin Turner.

Bullpen: Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Gonzalez Germen, Scott Rice, Josh Edgin, Jacob deGrom, Carlos Torres

Rotation: Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Rafael Montero, (Jacob deGrom, Carlos Torres, Jenrry Mejia, or new acquired player.)

The bench would allow for some platoons or substitutions when facing a particularly tough pitcher. Puello could slip in later in 2014 or in 2015, and compete with den Dekker.

Payroll Ramifications:

The projected payroll for the 25-man roster would be below $80 million (not counting Bonilla and Bay, etc payments).

With many young pre-arbitration players on the roster, the crunch years would be 2018-2020, when Matt Harvey, Wheeler, and Noah Syndergaard reach their free agent years. But Choo would be gone by then, likely replaced with young in-house talent. Interestingly, Wright’s salary decreases in those years, to $15MM in 2019 and $12MM in 2020, so that offsets the other salaries a little bit.

To me, adding Choo improves the top of the order with speed and consistent OBP, but without a long-term commitment. Adding Cano provides power and OBP from a non-traditional power position, and allows us to focus on outfield defense in Choo, Lagares and den Dekker; leaving room for Puello in the near future.

Yes, it’s a long commitment to a 30 year old, but most other options will be the same age and require the same commitment in years… unless you can trade for Stanton, but that would have an extremely high cost too, in terms of prospects.

It hasn’t been Sandy’s M.O. in the past, but maybe now that the bad contracts are gone he’d be willing to invest in a proven, consistent player who would improve the team for the long-term. And shake up the fanbase at the same time…

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This Fan Shot was contributed by MMO reader, Dave In Spain. Have something you want to say about the Mets? Share your opinions with over 22,000 Mets fans who read this site daily. Send your Fan Shot to GetMetsmerized@aol.com. Or ask us about becoming a regular contributor.

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Mets Bullpen Has Risen To The Occasion This Season http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/mets-bullpen-has-risen-to-the-occasion-this-season.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/mets-bullpen-has-risen-to-the-occasion-this-season.html/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:13:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127273 gonzalez germanAfter 3-4 consecutive seasons of bullpen failures and a couple of unsuccessful revamps and overhauls by Sandy Alderson in 2011 and 2012, it looks like the Mets have finally turned a corner and figured things out this season. In doing so they’ve also uncovered a few potential keepers for 2014 and beyond, some of them developed through our system and others who were key acquisitions straight from the scrap heap.

One such find has been Gonzalez Germen, who recorded the final six outs in last night’s 4-1 win against the San Diego Padres to notch his first major league save. It was a big moment for Germen who plans to give the game ball to his mother. Germen stepped in for LaTroy Hawkins who was unavailable due to a sore groin. Hawkins too, has been a key cog in this now very effective bullpen.

Since July 1, the Mets pen has a 2.10 ERA (30 earned runs/128.2 innings), ranking third in the majors. New York’s pen has a 1.83 ERA (seven earned runs/34.1 innings) this month, the sixth-best mark in the majors. The pen’s 3.64 overall ERA, ranks 15th in the majors after two straight seasons of ranking 29th in 2011 and 2012.

Even more telling is that Met relievers have stranded 141 of 189 inherited runners, the fifth-best percentage (74.6) in the majors. The Mets’ bullpen has been coming into games in critical spots and have done a great job of limiting the damage and stranding runners. It’s time to give Sandy Alderson his due for a job well done this season.

The Mets bullpen has endured losses to their close Bobby Parnell who was in the midst of the best season of his career, and also losing second-year reliever Josh Edgin was a significant blow as well. Since his return from the minors, Edgin led the bullpen in BAA and WHIP.

Some player performances of note are that of Scott Rice, who leads the team with 61 appearances and has surprised everyone while limiting opposing batters to a .224 average and posting a 3.34 ERA in his rookie season. The 32-year old late bloomer, has held lefthanded batters to a .162 average and has allowed just one home run all season in 45.1 innings pitched. Boom…

Scott Atchison was another scrapheap signing and all he’s managed to do is post a 3.34 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 31 appearances since joining the Mets.

As a reliever, perhaps the best performance of this season belongs to Carlos Torres whose 0.65 ERA is the best mark among all relievers in the game. His 0.87 WHIP ranks fifth in the NL and he has 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

So while not everything has gone perfectly for the Mets this season, there have been some very notable bright spots and certainly the bullpen has been one of them.

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The Mets Bullpen Showing Signs Of Toughness And Ability http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/the-mets-bullpen-showing-signs-of-toughness-and-ability.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/the-mets-bullpen-showing-signs-of-toughness-and-ability.html/#comments Sat, 10 Aug 2013 19:16:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=126804 bobby parnell

In a major blow to an already battered roster, the Mets lost their closer, Bobby Parnell, and relief pitcher Josh Edgin to injury within one week of each other. With the later addition of all-star third baseman David Wright to the disabled list, the Mets appeared to be on the brink of destruction. What else would you expect? A team that fails to play .500 ball when completely healthy was playing without one of their top pitchers (Niese), closer, reliever and captain. Yet somehow the team recently managed to pull off a three game sweep of the Colorado Rockies and instill a glimmer of hope in the eyes on their fans.

In an interesting article by Dan Duggan in Newsday, Duggan points out that over the last month the New York Mets bullpen has become one of the strongest components of the team. After pointing out that the pen blew four saves during the first month of the season and had an ERA of 5.09 (the second worst in the league), he then counters by saying that they have thrown their way to an impressive 2.10 ERA since July.

I was shocked to see the extent of the bullpens efficiency as of late, so I decided to take a look into when it all started to come together.

It is worth noting that while the bullpen has shown a stark increase in proficiency, their recent work was only enough to lower the season ERA to 3.70, a statistic that has earned the mediocre rank of 16th out of all major league teams and ninth in the national league.

In the month of May, the bullpen had a 3.99 ERA, bad enough to rank 23rd in the majors and 13th in the National League. During this time they let up 35 earned runs, which tied them for 10th most out of any team in baseball. In June, the bullpen threw its way to a 4.16 ERA with 39 earned runs allowed, worse than the month prior but still good enough to advance to the 20th ranked monthly ERA in the league, and 10th in the NL. If we follow these statistics into July, we can see the vast improvements that have been made. The bullpen pulled in a 2.19 ERA for the month and ranked third in the entire league. The 23 earned runs they allowed during this month was good enough to rank them ninth in the entire league and fifth in the NL.

So far, at the time of this writing, seven games into the month of August, the Mets rank fifth in the league with a bullpen ERA of 1.69, trailing only the Royals, Rangers, Athletics and Braves. It seems something is happening for the Mets bullpen, considering their stark increase in productivity, and their consistent production even with the loss of Parnell and Edgin.

The Mets bullpen has even managed to pitch its way to a 1.20 ERA over the last nine games.

It’s a glimmer of hope in the midst of a despondent last few weeks.With David Wright injured and the teams offensive capabilities seemingly crippled, someone needed to step up or it seemed the Mets were destined for another end of year flounder. It appears that the under appreciated members of the Mets bullpen are doing just that.

latroy hawkins

LaTroy Hawkins deserves much of the praise. He took the center stage and successfully closed two games as part of the Mets series sweep of the Colorado Rockies this past week. His two saves this season ranks as the most he’s had since 2009 when he racked up eleven for the Houston Astros.

With his two latest achievements, he raised his career saves number to 90, an accomplishment that spans 19 years of professional ball. It’s contributions like these that the Mets need going forward. While Hawkins has nearly 20 years of experience, I think that the work he has done as of late deserves acknowledgment. It’s not every day that a 40 year old reliever can step into a role he hasn’t played consistently for over four years. But when Parnell was suddenly injured, he did just that.

Now, by no means am I saying that this is the surefire call sign of a world series champion, but the bullpens recent ability to produce at a relatively high level is a sign of promise. And while I feel that this bullpen is nothing more than a placeholder for future prospects, it’s certainly has made for some entertaining baseball.

Note: The Mets bullpen faltered last night. Scott Atchison stepped in to close and gave up a walk-off home run to Paul Goldschmidt in the bottom of the ninth inning. However, prior to this blunder, the bullpen appeared strong, coming out and pitching 3 shutout innings while giving up only one hit.

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