Mets Merized Online » left field http://metsmerizedonline.com Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:03:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.18 Olney Report: Cespedes Is Baseball’s Best Left Fielder http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/olney-report-cespedes-is-baseballs-best-left-fielder.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/olney-report-cespedes-is-baseballs-best-left-fielder.html/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:30:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=229723 yoenis-cespedes-spring

In Buster Olney’s latest ESPN Insider piece, he ranked the current top left fielders in baseball. In conjuction with the opinions and analysis provided by unnamed scouts and team executives, Olney concluded Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes was the best left fielder in the major leagues.

The top five left fielders in baseball was rounded out by Starling Marte (#2, Pirates), Ryan Braun (#3, Brewers), Kyle Schwarber (#4, Cubs) and Matt Kemp (#5, Braves).

Of course, Mets fans already knew that.

Since joining the Mets, Cespedes is a .282/.348/.554 hitter with 48 homers and 130 RBI. Last season, the team went 72-54 when Cespedes was in the starting lineup and 15-21 when he wasn’t.

For the most of the duration of Cespedes’ time with the Mets, he has played center field where he is ill suited. Next year, he will be returning to his home in left field. Cespedes won the American League Gold Glove for left field in 2015 despite his playing the final two months of the season in the National League. Yes, with his arm and his range, Cespedes is that good defensively in left field.

Between his offense and his defense, Cespedes is the best left fielder in all of baseball. This is why the Mets gave him a four-year $110 million contract making him the highest paid outfielder in baseball. This is part of the reason why the Mets have World Series aspirations.

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Nationals Willing To Reconfigure Outfield For Yoenis Cespedes http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/nationals-willing-to-reconfigure-outfield-for-yoenis-cespedes.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/nationals-willing-to-reconfigure-outfield-for-yoenis-cespedes.html/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:14:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=227221 yoenis-cespedes-550

Last offseason, the Washington Nationals were one of the few teams in on Yoenis Cespedes until Cespedes signed a deal to return to the Mets.  With Cespedes having opted out of his contract with the Mets, the Nationals are once again interested in signing Cespedes, and they are willing to do what is necessary to make their team more appealing to him.

According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the Nationals are willing to reconfigure their outfield to permit Cespedes to play left field like he prefers.

The new outfield alignment would move Bryce Harper to center field and Jayson Werth to right field, a position he played when he was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.  Trea Turner would move back to his natural shortstop position to take over Danny Espinosa, who the Nationals view as a trade piece.

What is unknown is how much the Nationals will be willing to offer Cespedes.  It was reported the Nationals offered Cespedes a five year $110 million deal last offseason. However, Cespedes ultimately rejected the deal because of the amount of deferred payments in the contract.

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Mets Players Want Yoenis Cespedes Back http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/mets-players-want-yoenis-cespedes-back.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/mets-players-want-yoenis-cespedes-back.html/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:46:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226622 De Aza Cespedes

Talking to Kevin Kernan of the NY Post, Jose Reyes spoke very highly of Yoenis Cespedes. He also mentioned that he, as well as the rest of the Mets clubhouse, want Cespedes back.

“I talked to him like one week ago, he is still waiting,” Reyes said. “We want him back. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but for sure we want him back.’’

“Every team needs a player like Cespedes in the lineup,’’ Reyes continued. “He’s a game-changer. I tried to talk to him to better convince him to coming back, but that is something I can’t control. Not only me, but every player on our ballclub wants him back.”

This says a lot about Cespedes’ attitude. He had been on four teams in a span of two years (Athletics, Red Sox, Tigers, Mets), which led many to believe he was traded because of a poisonous clubhouse attitude. However, others such as myself maintained that he was traded so many times because so many teams wanted him.

That will be the case this offseason. Every team will want him. While only a handful of teams will actually bid on him, is has become clear that those rumors about his negative attitude were not true, or at the very least, exaggerated.

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Kernan also spoke to Curtis Granderson about the subject: “For a year and a half now he has felt really comfortable in the clubhouse, in the community, his family feels very comfortable as well. At the same time there are 29 other teams that are going to make him feel as comfortable as he did here.’’

He clearly loves it in New York. He has said he wants to stay, the players want him to stay, the coaches want him to stay, and the fans want him to stay. Everybody wants him to stay, but unfortunately, there are other teams that want him to leave.

Yoenis Cespedes has taken less money to play for the Mets before, but this offseason, he is the premiere free agent. While quite literally everybody wants him to stay in New York, that doesn’t mean the Mets will be able to offer him enough.

Here’s to hoping Sandy Alderson writes a big enough check to keep Cespedes in left field for years to come.

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Phillies Acquire 2B/LF Howie Kendrick http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/phillies-acquire-2blf-howie-kendrick.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/phillies-acquire-2blf-howie-kendrick.html/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:36:23 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226379 061115-MLB-LA-Dodgers-Howie-Kendrick-PI-JE.vresize.1200.675.high.49

Per Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the Phillies have acquired Dodgers’ second baseman/outfielder Howie Kendrick.

The Dodgers will receive 1B Darin Ruf and 2B Darnell Sweeney in return.

Kendrick, who has played second base most of his career, played left field exclusively for the Dodgers this season. He slashed .255/.326/.366 with eight home runs, 40 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases.

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Tebow Picks Up Second AFL Hit, Molina Sharp Again http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/tebow-picks-up-second-afl-hit-molina-sharp-again.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/tebow-picks-up-second-afl-hit-molina-sharp-again.html/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:00:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225145 tim-tebow

The Scottsdale Scorpions fell to the Surprise Saguaros by a 2-1 score last night in Arizona Fall League action. It’s the Scorpions fourth straight loss as they drop to 2-6 on the season.

Mets prospect Marcos Molina got the start for the Scorpions and pitched three scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, one walk and struck out one (Yoan Moncada swinging). He threw 35 pitches with 22 of them coming for strikes. This was the right-handers second start in the AFL coming off Tommy John surgery last year. He has allowed just one run in five innings.

Tim Tebow started in left field and batted eighth for the Scorpions. He went 1 for 4 with a line drive single to left field off Red Sox lefty prospect Trey Ball. He grounded out in his three other at-bats, but now has hits in back-to-back games. He is 2 for 20 with two walks and seven strikeouts in the AFL.

Mets relief prospect David Roseboom issued a walk and allowed a single in a scoreless eighth inning. He’s now thrown 3.1 scoreless innings this fall while allowing only one hit and striking out three.

In the Mexican Winter League action, Mets minor league catcher Xorge Carrillo went 1 for 4 in the Aguilas de Mexicali’s 2-1 win. He is 5 for 25 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored in seven winter league games.

Darwin Ramos gave up two runs on three hits and got only one out last night for the Navegantes del Magallanes in their 11-3 loss. The lower level pitching prospect has a 10.80 ERA in 3.1 innings but does have four strikeouts compared to one walk in Venzeulan Winter League action. He pitched the entire 2016 regular season with the Kingsport Mets.

The Dominican Winter League season gets underway tonight with the Aguilas Cibaenas playing the Gigantes del Cibao. Mets outfield prospect John Mora will be playing for the Cibaenas after a disappointing season with the St. Lucie Mets. Tonight he will face off against Phillies pitcher Alec Asher who gets the opening day nod for the Cibao.

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10 Years Since Endy Made The Catch http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/10-years-since-endy-made-the-catch.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/10-years-since-endy-made-the-catch.html/#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:39:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225068 endy_chavez_catch

Ten year ago today, Endy Chavez made an unbelievable catch that will always be remembered as one of the best in Mets history and in Major League Baseball postseason history.

Leaping as high as he could over the fence in left field to rob Scott Rolen of a go-ahead home run and then having the presence of mind to throw into the infield to double off Jim Edmonds at first base to end the inning.

Unfortunately, Game Seven of the 2006 National League Championship Series will be remembered for the Mets failed opportunities in the sixth and ninth innings. AS well as Yadier Molina hitting a two-run homer off Aaron Heilman in the top of the ninth that gave the Cardinals a 3-1 win to secure a spot in the World Series.

It was the culmination of a great season for Chavez who had a career year at the plate with his .306/.348/.431 slash line during the 2006 regular season. He would go on to play two more seasons for the Mets as an outfield reserve before being traded to the Seattle Mariners.

After a season in the minors in 2010, Chavez returned to the big leagues with the Texas Rangers in 2011 to hit .301/.323/.426 in 274 plate appearances.

He struggled for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012 before playing his final two seasons in the majors with the Mariners. Chavez resurfaced with the Bridgeport BlueFish this year where he hit .345 and won the Atlantic League batting title.

No matter what Chavez did in the ten years since The Catch, he will always have a special place in the hearts of Mets fans.

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Mets Complete Sweep With 3-2 Win Over Twins http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-complete-sweep-with-3-2-win-over-twins.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-complete-sweep-with-3-2-win-over-twins.html/#comments Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:34:38 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223239 gabriel-ynoa

The New York Mets (80-69) defeated the Minnesota Twins (55-95) by a score of 3-2 at Citi Field Sunday afternoon.  The Mets temporarily have sole possession of the first wild-card.

Pitching:

Gabriel Ynoa was on the mound for the Mets today making his first ever career start in place of Jacob deGrom.   The Mets received sobering news that deGrom will undergo surgery and will be lost for the season over the weekend.  Ynoa did a great job filling in but Terry Collins had a quick hook removing him in the fifth inning.  Ynoa went 4.2 innings giving up one run while walking one, and striking out eight.

In the top of the fifth inning, Ynoa quickly retired John Ryan Murphy and Kyle Gibson to start off the inning.  Brian Dozier singled to left field and Collins decided to bring in a lefty to face Logan SchaferJosh Edgin came in and did not get the job done.  Logan Schafer smacked the ball into left field quickly ending Edgin’s day.  Terry then went to Erik Goeddel who loaded the bases before finally getting out of the inning.

In the top of the sixth inning, Erik Goeddel would come out again and pitch a scoreless inning.  Josh Smoker would do the same in the seventh.

In the top of the eighth, Fernando Salas would give up a solo home run to Kenny Vargas.  Jerry Blevins would come in to close out the inning.

Jerry Blevins came back out for the ninth inning and was able to shut the door, recording his second save in six days.

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Offense: 

In the bottom of the first inning, The Mets got things started right away with a Alejandro de Aza leadoff walk.  T.J. Rivera followed with a single to left field to keep things going.  After Yoenis Cespedes was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Michael Conforto cashed in by hitting a single to center field that brought in two runs giving the Mets the early 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third inning, T.J. Rivera lead off the inning by crushing his third home run of the season giving the Mets a 3-1 lead.  T.J Rivera just keeps coming up with hits during his short stint with the big league club so far.

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Notes:

The Mets have now won 20 of their last 27 games.

Jerry Blevins went four years without recording a save and now has two in the last six days.

Jacob deGrom is expected to have season-ending ulnar nerve surgery.

Lucas Duda made his return to the Mets lineup today.

Wilmer Flores is still not able to swing a bat after injuring his wrist on a collision sliding into home plate.

JZ Player of the game: Gabriel Ynoa.  In light of the deGrom news, the Mets needed a boost today and they got one.  Ynoa did a terrific job considering the circumstances limiting the Twins to only one run.

On Deck: 

The Mets will play their first game of a three-game set with the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field tomorrow evening. The game has a start time of 7:10 PM.  Noah Syndergaard (13-8, 2.43 ERA), will look to keep the Mets rolling against Aaron Blair (0-6, 8.23 ERA).

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Robert Gsellman Steps Up As Mets Beat Cardinals 7-4 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/robert-gsellman-steps-up-as-mets-beat-cardinals-7-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/robert-gsellman-steps-up-as-mets-beat-cardinals-7-4.html/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 03:27:58 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221199 asdrubal cabrera

The Mets (63-62) defeated the St. Louis Cardinals (66-58) by a score of 7-4 tonight at Busch Stadium. With the win, the Mets now sit 3.5 games out of the second wild card spot.

Offense:

The Mets touched up Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia very early on, as Jose Reyes lead off the game with a walk and Asdrubal Cabrera followed up with a liner to left field.

Reyes and Cabrera pulled off a double steal, and were promptly driven in by a three-run jack off the bat of Wilmer Flores, who was batting cleanup for the Amazin’s tonight.

After the debacle in the bottom half of the first that saw the Red Birds tie the game, the Mets regained the lead in the second.

Travis d’Arnaud singled and was moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt from Robert Gsellman. Jose Reyes then hit a ball through the hole on the left side of the infield to bring around d’Arnaud.

Reyes advanced to second on the throw home, and then subsequently scored on an RBI double from Asdrubal Cabrera to make it 5-3 Mets at the time.

After a painless third in which the aforementioned Garcia struck out two, Justin Ruggiano took the lefty deep on a moonshot to central that traveled an estimated 461 feet.

The Mets tacked on an insurance run in the ninth inning, after Jose Reyes singled for his fourth hit of the night, Reyes advanced to second on a wild pitch. Yoenis Cespedes singled to put runners on the corners and James Loney drove in Reyes with a single to left to increase the lead to 7-4.

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Pitching: 

Jon Niese got the start for the Mets, but it was a short lived outing, as the southpaw left the game after just four batters after aggravating his knee.

Niese allowed two walks and an RBI single from Brandon Moss before exiting the game. Niese was replaced by righty Robert Gsellman, who was called up from Triple-A when Steven Matz hit the disabled list earlier this week.

Gsellman allowed the Cards to tie the game, giving up a run scoring double off of Mets killer Yadier Molina, and Jhonny Peralta drove in a run with a groundout.

Gsellman got out of the inning with his first major league strikeout to keep the game tied. All the runs scored were attributed to Niese.

in the second, Gsellman committed the Cardinal (no pun intended) sin of walking his opposition, but rolled a tailor-made double play to end the frame.

In the third, Gsellman put two runners on but got out of the inning on a masterpiece of a play from Asdrubal Cabrera who flipped the ball to T.J. Rivera to get the force at second.

Gsellman put two on again in the fourth, but was bailed out by another magnificent play from Asdrubal Cabrera, who caught a rocket off the bat of Stephen Piscotty.

In his debut, Gsellman’s final line has him going 3.2 innings, allowing zero runs on two hits, while walking three and striking out two.

Josh Smoker relieved Gsellman in the fifth and pitch two innings, allowing one run on a solo homer from Randal Grichuk and almost allowed another to Stephen Piscotty, but Yoenis Cespedes made a splendid catch to end the sixth.

Jerry Blevins started the seventh, and gave up a lead-off hit to Matt Carpenter, but struck out the next batter before being removed in favor of Jim Henderson, who put runners on first and third, but struck out Jedd Gyorko to end the inning. It was Henderson’s first appearance since June 18th.

Addison Reed flirted with disaster in the eighth putting the tying run on base and facing the go-ahead run, but got Matt Carpenter to fly out to end the inning.

Jeurys Familia came on to pitch the ninth inning, and recorded his 42nd save of the year to end a roller coaster of a game.

Game ball:

Robert Gsellman showed a lot of guile tonight, and stepped up big time in a spot where the Mets really needed him. A well earned victory in the young man’s major league debut.

On deck:

Jacob deGrom (7-6, 2.73 ERA) will look to rebound after the beatdown he got his last time out in San Francisco, and will be opposed by Carlos Martinez (11-7, 3.24 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 8:15 PM.

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Mets Option Brandon Nimmo To Triple-A, Promote T.J. Rivera http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-option-brandon-nimmo-to-triple-a-promote-tj-rivera.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-option-brandon-nimmo-to-triple-a-promote-tj-rivera.html/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2016 03:53:23 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220143 t.j. rivera

The Mets will once again send down the struggling Brandon Nimmo to Triple-A Las Vegas with the hope of revitalizing the offense, the Mets announced. And according to Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, infielder T.J. Rivera will finally get the promotion to the big league club.

Nimmo was recalled at the end of July but has played in just four games, going 2-for-8 with four strikeouts. Overall, he is batting .237/.297/.288 in 64 trips to the plate with the big league club. With so many left-handed outfielders currently on the roster, his presence was very redundant already.

In his place will be infielder T.J. Rivera, who has been raking all year in Triple-A Las Vegas. Rivera was just named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday. Rivera won the award for the second time this season, and he was also the PCL Player of the Month in May.

In his first full season at Triple-A Las Vegas, Rivera leads the league in batting average (.347), ranks third in RBI (80) and fourth in hits (128). In six minor league seasons, the 27-year old Rivera has dominated at the plate in every level and he’s compiled a .323/.370/.423 batting line in over 600 games.

He was reportedly being considered for a promotion to the Mets last week, but the team opted for Ty Kelly.

The Mets had Rivera gaining some experience in left field of late, where the Mets could use a right-handed bat in their all left-handed hitting outfield. Rivera also has experience at first, second, third and shortstop in the minor leagues.

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Familia Falters as Cardinals Beat Mets 5-4 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/familia-falters-as-cardinals-beat-mets-5-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/familia-falters-as-cardinals-beat-mets-5-4.html/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 02:31:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218771 logan verrett

The New York Mets (53-47) were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals (54-47) by a score of 5-4 Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Pitching:

Logan Verrett started for the Mets and was good. Not bad, not great… Good. He pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 7. His ERA now sits at 4.12 for the season.

Addison Reed pitched the 8th and was brilliant once again, pitching a perfect inning while striking out one. He lowered his ERA to a fantastic 1.88 on the year.

Jeurys Familia came in for the save with the Mets winning 4-3 in the 9th. After a one out 4-pitch walk to Jed Gyorko, Yadier Molina drove a sinker that didn’t sink to deep left-center field for an RBI double, tying the game and ending Familia’s saves streak at 52.

With Molina on second, there was a comebacker to the mound. Molina attempted to advance to third, but Familia said no. His throw to third was low, and thanks to a potential game-saving pick by Wilmer Flores, Molina was out at third. However, after a long at bat, Kolten Wong laced a double down the left field line, scoring the runner from first and giving the Cardinals a 5-4 lead.

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Offense:

The Mets got going early, with Neil Walker driving in James Loney with a base hit in the 2nd inning. Walker broke out of his slump tonight, going 3-3 with a walk and an RBI.

The Cardinals held a 3-1 lead until the 7th inning, when with runners on first and third, Alejandro De Aza stole second base and a wild pitch by Adam Wainwright allowed d’Arnaud to score, trimming the deficit to 3-2.

Briefly after, Yoenis Cespedes demolished a ball off the facing of the second deck in deep left-center field to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.

Seung-hwan Oh came in to save it for the Cardinals and did just that. A flyout by Alejandro De Aza, a strikeout by Juan Lagares, and a flyout by Asdrubal Cabrera brought this game to an end.

On Deck:

Thursday at 1:10, the Mets will send Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.73 ERA) to the hill to face off against the Rockies’ Tyler Anderson (3-3, 3.56 ERA) at Citi Field.

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DeGrom Falters In Mets 7-2 Loss To Marlins http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/degrom-falters-in-mets-7-2-loss-to-marlins.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/degrom-falters-in-mets-7-2-loss-to-marlins.html/#comments Sun, 24 Jul 2016 02:52:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218479 jacob degrom

The New York Mets (51-45) were defeated by the Miami Marlins (53-44) by a score of 7-2 at Marlins Park Saturday evening.  With a Washington Nationals win, the Mets will fall to six games back for the division lead.

Pitching:

Jacob deGrom was coming off arguably the best start of his entire career heading into tonight.  On the surface, this looked like one of the best pitching matchups of the season as deGrom squared off against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.  Well, deGrom just didn’t have it tonight.  deGrom only lasted 3.2 innings giving up five runs while walking one, and striking out five.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Marlins got things started.  After two quick outs for deGrom, Adeiny Hechavarria doubled on a line drive to center fielder Juan Lagares.  For some reason, deGrom has struggled against opposing pitchers lately and Jose Fernandez ripped a single into left field to score the early run and give the Marlins a 1-0 lead.

After the Mets had just taken the lead 2-1 in the top of the inning, deGrom struggled again in the bottom of the third.  Christian Yelich singled to start the inning on a play that was deflected off James Loney.  Who else but Giancarlo Stanton followed by launching a monster home run that may have gone over the Marlins scoreboard to put the Marlins right back on top 3-2.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Jose Fernandez started the Marlins off again with another single to left field.  deGrom was able to retire J.T. Realmuto and Martin Prado but Christian Yelich followed with a single to put runners on the corners with two out.  After Collins tried to settle deGrom down, Giancarlo Stanton came up and killed the Mets yet again by lacing a single into right field to put the Marlins up 4-2.  That would be all for deGrom.

Seth Lugo came in and tried to clean up the damage but was pretty terrible himself.  All Lugo did was walk two straight batters on eight straight balls to give the Marlins a 5-2 lead before finally getting out of the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Marlins added another run on Seth Lugo.  Martin Prado singled in Adeiny Hechavarria to give the Marlins a 6-2 lead.

Antonio Bastardo came on in the bottom of the sixth inning and was able to pitch 2 innings tonight.  The Marlins were able to score a run off of him as well.  Martin Prado once again picked up an RBI by hitting a single to left field that scored Chris Johnson and gave the Marlins a 7-2 lead.

Jerry Blevins and Erik Goeddel were able to combine for a scoreless eighth.

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Offense: 

There wasn’t much offense to speak of tonight.  The Mets showed a little bit of life early and seemed to have Fernandez against the ropes a couple times but it wasn’t nearly enough.

In the top of the third inning, Jacob deGrom lead off the inning with a double to right field.  After Jose Reyes popped out, Curtis Granderson was able to single and put runners on the corners with one out.  Yoenis Cespedes followed with a bloop single to score the Mets first run of the game and send Granderson to third.  Still with only one out, James Loney was able to hit a sacrifice fly and bring Granderson home to give the Mets the 2-1 lead.

That would be all for the Mets offense tonight.

Notes:

Ichiro Suzuki will remain four hits shy of 3,000 hits after grounding out in the eighth inning.

Alejandro De Aza has reached base in 12 of his last 25 plate appearances.

Michael Conforto got his first action in center field tonight as he came in to replace Juan Lagares.

Lucas Duda hopes to begin a rehab assignment in two weeks.

Tonight marked the 40th time this season that the Mets have scored two or fewer runs in a game. Only the Braves have done it more times.

JZ Goat of the game: Jacob deGrom. He just didn’t have it tonight and couldn’t even make it through four innings. Honorable mention goes to the entire Mets offense. They continue to come up flat with runners in scoring position.

On Deck: 

The Mets will play the rubber game of their three-game set with the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park tomorrow afternoon. The game has a start time of 1:10 PM.  Steven Matz (7-6, 3.56 ERA) looks to take the rubber match against Jose Urena (1-1, 6.23 ERA).

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Conforto, Cespedes and the Center Field Conundrum http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/conforto-cespedes-and-the-center-field-conundrum.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/conforto-cespedes-and-the-center-field-conundrum.html/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:51:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218047 cespedes conforto

With the reluctance of Yoenis Cespedes to play center field citing the wear and tear on his legs and more specifically his strained quad, Terry Collins and the Mets find themselves in a bit of a conundrum.

The issue is that versus a right-handed pitcher, Collins prefers to have Cespedes, Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson in the lineup and of the three, the team views Cespedes as their most optimal center fielder. That’s not to say he’s a great center fielder, he’s not.

As was reported yesterday, Michael Conforto practiced fielding fly-balls in center field before Monday’s game. Conforto has never played center during his three-year professional career, but Collins is willing to roll the dice.

“I think he’s a better outfielder than people give him credit for,” Collins said of Conforto. “And, we’ve got two veteran guys who are alongside him. I think they can help him.”

That said, Collins was initially planning on having Cespedes back in center field for tonight’s game against the Cubs. However, because Cespedes looked a bit sluggish in left field on Monday night, the Mets skipper may be scrapping that idea.

“I would say he’s probably being cautious a little bit,” Collins said. “I’m certainly going to talk to him in the morning when he gets here tomorrow.”

“We’re taxing his body pretty heavily by putting him in center field, and we need him to hit,” Collins explained. “I just think, if he’s in left field where he’s comfortable, and there’s not so much emphasis on the defensive side, that he’ll go back to being a big production guy.”

Additionally and way out of left field, David Lennon of Newsday reported that Jose Reyes got some pregame drills in center field this weekend and will continue getting more practice in center for the time being. Reyes has never played outfield in his major or minor league career.

However, when Adam Rubin asked Collins about it, he joked that Jose Reyes in CF is not an active consideration because “then I’ve got to have Michael take groundballs at third.”

According to one reporter’s speculation, all of this maneuvering could be signalling that the Mets are willing to let Cespedes play wherever he wants to facilitate a possible extension deal.

Cespedes did win a gold glove for his play in left field, and it wasn’t that long ago that GM Sandy Alderson referred to playing Cespedes in center field as trying to jam a square peg into a round hole. So if the Mets were to reach an agreement with Cespedes, it’s very likely he plays strictly in left. He’s in the midst of the best offensive season in his career.

Here’s what we do know… when Cespedes signed his deal with the Mets he said he would play wherever Collins wanted him. He now seems to be backing off that, telling reporters on a few occasions he wants to play in left for the rest of the season.

Conforto, on the other hand, genuinely wants to help anyway he can including playing in center – a position that is completely foreign to him.

Juan Lagares is the only true center fielder the Mets have on their roster and he’ll certainly be patrolling center whenever a left hander starts. The issue is when the Mets go up against a right-handed starter like Jake Arrieta tonight.

I suspect we’ll see Conforto making his professional debut in center field tonight when the Mets take the field… And I think the kid will be alright.

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Stanton Homers Twice As Marlins Defeat Mets 5-2 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/stanton-homers-twice-as-marlins-defeat-mets-5-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/stanton-homers-twice-as-marlins-defeat-mets-5-2.html/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 01:44:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216841 steven matz 2

The Mets (45-38) were defeated by the Miami Marlins (43-41) by a score of 5-2 tonight at Citi Field. Thankfully, with the Nationals in line to lose against Milwaukee tonight, the Mets will remain four games out of first.

Pitching:

Steven Matz got the ball for tonight’s game, and pitched very well with the exception of just one pitch that Giancarlo Stanton promptly deposited into the left field seats.

Matz’s final line has him going seven strong innings, allowing just the two runs on Stanton’s homer, scattering six hits as well as striking out six.

Erik Goeddel came on to pitch the eighth, and let up another bomb to Stanton, who launched this one, a three-run shot, into the second deck in left field to bust the game open 5-1.

Antonio Bastardo pitched the ninth and was miraculously able to keep the deficit at 5-2. After getting into trouble, Bastardo struck out two in a row to end the inning.

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Offense:

Wei-Yin Chen who has struggled mightily this season was nothing short of outstanding tonight against the Mets, the only blemish coming on a home run from Yoenis Cespedes in the fourth inning.

Chen allowed only two more hits the rest of his outing, as he shut down the Mets offense in seven strong innings of work.

The cat with nine lives, Alejandro de Aza, hit a home run to right field off Fernando Rodney in the eighth to cut the deficit to 5-2 (It’s about time).

However, A.J. Ramos shut the door for Miami in the ninth, sealing the win for Marlins.

Third baseman Jose Reyes batted leadoff and went 0-for-4 in his return as a Met.

On deck:

The Mets will look to take the rubber game tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field, as Jacob deGrom (4-4, 2.62 ERA) takes on Justin Nicolino (2-4, 5.34 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

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Cespedes Blasts 466 Foot Bomb Into Citi’s Upper Deck http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/cespedes-blasts-466-foot-bomb-into-citis-upper-deck.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/cespedes-blasts-466-foot-bomb-into-citis-upper-deck.html/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:42:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216482 yoenis cespedes 2

“He made a meal out of it!”

That famous quote from the classic baseball film “The Natural” was the first thing that came to mind when I watched Yoenis Cespedes crush a solo homer into the third deck of the stands at Citi Field during Thursday’s 4-3 win against the Chicago Cubs.

Ironically, Cespedes declined an invitation to participate in the upcoming Home Run Derby competition in San Diego, but I’m certain that few if any baseballs will measure up to the titanic 466-foot homer we witnessed llast night in the bottom of the sixth inning.

It was Cespedes’ 19th home run of the season and his 36th in 129 games as a Met. As usual, Cespedes was not one for gloating and instead only hoped that Thursday’s offensive performance was the beginning of better days to come for the Mets.

“We’re obviously going through a bit of a slump as a team right now,” Cespedes said. “But that doesn’t mean that we’re not always going to go out there and give the best that we can. Things haven’t been working out for us, but we’re always going to go out there and give it everything we’ve got.”

Cespedes has won the home run derby on two occasions but felt it wouldn’t be wise to participate while he deals with a strained wrist that required a cortisone shot last week.

In case you missed it, here it is for you watch with mouths wide open…. It is the only home run ever hit into the third deck at Citi Field.

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I’ll Be Rooting Hard For Michael Conforto http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/ill-be-rooting-hard-for-michael-conforto.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/ill-be-rooting-hard-for-michael-conforto.html/#comments Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:43:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=215948 michael conforto

As you know by now, the New York Mets demoted struggling outfielder Michael Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, and promoted outfielder Brandon Nimmo to the big league team.

After rocketing through the system last year and breaking out with 12 doubles, nine home runs and a 132 OPS+ in 56 games, things deteriorated quickly for Conforto after a solid April this season.

The 10th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Conforto was batting .130 since May 1 and he clearly needed to spend time in the minors where he could regain his confidence and more importantly that sweet swing that scouts raved about in 2015.

Sandy Alderson told reporters that his one regret was not acting sooner when it became apparent that Conforto was pressing too hard and started displaying some new bad habits with his approach at the plate. I’ve been discussing that ad nauseam on MMO the last few weeks.

“I think in talking with the coaching staff and the manager, we just felt that, look, this is counterproductive and what we need to do is get him to Las Vegas, get his swing back, and then hopefully get him back here within a relatively short period of time.”

Manager Terry Collins realized it was time for a demotion during the series opener in Atlanta on Thursday

“I think it was after his second at-bat. He came off the field and I was just looking at him, and I could just see that he had reached the state of mental confusion,” Collins said. “Just looking in his eyes, you could almost see him shaking his head, saying, ‘What the heck is going on here?’

“I don’t want him to have to be scrambling his mind to figure out what he’s got to change,” Collins continued. “I don’t want him to change anything. I just want him to go get some confidence and get back here.”

Ironically, Conforto began his downward spiral shortly after hitting coach Kevin Long made a small change to Michael’s batting stance last month. He instructed him to get a couple of inches closer to the plate so that he would see an increase in power. However, the change caused Conforto to bring his arms in and he developed a more acute uppercut that was never there before.

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Regardless, I have to commend this young man for how he conducted himself after learning of his demotion. Conforto asked for permission to delay his flight to Las Vegas because he wanted to speak to both his teammates and to face the music and take questions from the media. That takes guts.

He told teammates that he was not upset and that he believed  the best thing for him was to clear his head and get back to basics and that this would allow him to do exactly that.

“It will be good to get away from the craziness of everything going on right now, just to try to simplify things and just work on getting back to who I am. Who I know I am at the plate. It’s been tough. It’s been very tough. It’s upsetting not having the success that I know I can have.”

“I’ve just got to stay positive, work hard and I know I’ll be back,” Conforto added. “That’s the one thing I do know: I’ll be back and I’ll be doing what I did in April, what I did last year. I’m very confident in that.”

You have to respect how cerebral, professional, and committed Conforto is. It gives me hope that he knows what he has to do and will be back in the major leagues in no time. Until then, I’ll be rooting hard for Michael Conforto – our left fielder of the future.

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Mets Place Lagares On DL With Sprained Left Thumb http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mets-place-lagares-on-dl-with-sprained-left-thumb.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mets-place-lagares-on-dl-with-sprained-left-thumb.html/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2016 23:35:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=215038 juan lagares

The New York Mets announced that they have placed outfielder Juan Lagares on the 15-Day Disabled List, retroactive to June 15, with a sprained left thumb and recalled infielder Ty Kelly from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League.

Lagares was batting .289 (26-90) with five doubles, one triple, two home runs, six RBI and eight runs scored in 48 games this season for the Mets.

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Mets center fielder Juan Lagares was a late scratch on Wednesday after his previous thumb injury flared up, resulting in him being unable to close his hand.

He had the thumb wrapped after the game and will be examined by team doctors, manager Terry Collins said after the game.

Initially expected to bat in the leadoff spot, he was replaced in the lineup by Kelly Johnson, who played in left field and homered in tonight’s 11-2 win.

Lagares had been previously diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his thumb, which he suffered while making a diving catch. He may eventually need surgery for the injury but he hoping to play through it for the remainder of the season.

Terry Collins expressed great concern, reminding reporters he was already missing three key players.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets Outlast Brewers In Wild Extra-Innings Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mmo-game-recap-mets-outlast-brewers-in-wild-extra-innings-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mmo-game-recap-mets-outlast-brewers-in-wild-extra-innings-win.html/#comments Sat, 11 Jun 2016 04:48:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=214641 matt harvey

The New York Mets (34-26) defeated the Milwaukee Brewers (28-33) by a score of 2-1 at Miller Park on  Friday evening in extra innings.

Pitching:

Matt Harvey was on the mound tonight and ladies and gentleman, Harvey looks to be back to his old self.  This may have been Harvey’s best start yet and it is now his third straight stellar effort.  Harvey went six innings, allowing one run, walking two, and striking out eight.  Harvey’s overall velocity and bite on his off speed pitches have returned.

Harvey got himself into a little bit of a jam in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Old friend Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a line drive triple off the right field wall with one out in the inning.  After an Aaron Hill walk and runners on the corners, Ramon Flores hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Captain Kirk to score the Brewers only run of the night.

Hansel Robles came in to pitch the seventh inning in a tie game and walked a bit of a tight rope.  Robles had runners on the corners but would ultimately get out of it.

Antonio Bastardo came in to pitch a much needed 1, 2, 3 eighth inning.  Bastardo had given up seven runs in his previous seven appearances.

Jim Henderson, who pitched three years with the Brewers, was called on to go through the teeth of the order in the bottom of the ninth.  In what must have been an emotional outing, Henderson got himself into major trouble by allowing runners on second and third with one out.  Luckily, next up for the Brew Crew was Captain Kirk, who is notorious for his big strikeout numbers during his Mets days.  Well, strike out he would, as Henderson was able to get a huge K and the second out of the inning.  Henderson then got Aaron Hill to ground out to preserve the 1-1 game.

Henderson would start the bottom of the tenth but he would be removed with a blister issue.  With a short pen and a runner on first, Blevins came in and cleaned up the mess to keep the Mets pushing on.

Finally with the lead in the bottom of the eleventh, Jeurys Familia, who was the last reliever available in the pen, came in and pitched a dominant 1, 2, 3, inning.  Familia has now recorded 37 straight saves and is 21 for 21 on the year.

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Offense: 

Junior Guerra kept the struggling Mets offense at bay for most of the night.

After the Brewers had just gone up 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Yoenis Cespedes rocketed a solo home run to left center field to tie the game at the top of the sixth.  Cespedes has certainly shown signs of breaking out over the last few games as he looks to end his mini-slump.

In the top of the ninth inning and the game knotted at one, the Mets had an excellent opportunity to take the lead.  Asdrubal Cabrera worked a walk on four pitches to leadoff the inning. Wilmer Flores, who has been very hot lately, hit a perfectly timed ground ball single to right field to put two runners on with nobody out.  Fresh over from the Braves, Kelly Johnson rapped a single into right field to load the bases with nobody out.

Amazingly, the Mets were not able to score after a Kevin Plawecki pop up, a Neil Walker strikeout, and a Curtis Granderson groundout.  The Mets are now 29th in baseball in hitting with runners in scoring position.

In the top of the eleventh, with the score still tied at 1-1, Asdrubal Cabrera lead off with a single.  Wilmer Flores came through again and laced a double into left field to put runners on second and third with nobody out.  After an intentional walk to Kelly Johnson to load the bases, Kevin Plawecki AGAIN popped up for the first out of the inning.

Matt Reynolds finally delivered by lining into a force out at second in a bizarre play in which the Brewers tried to get Kelly Johnson out twice.  A run would finally come home.

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Notes:

Kelly Johnson was activated today and got the start at second base.  Ty Kelly was demoted to AAA to make room.  If that wasn’t confusing enough, Kelly took Kelly’s 55 number as well.

Travis d’Arnuad was the DH in a rehab game in Port St. Lucie tonight and went 1-5.  TDA is expected to start catching Saturday.

On Deck: 

The Mets will play their third game of a four game series with the Milwaukee Brewers tomorrow afternoon at Miller Park. The game has a start time of 4:10 PM.  Logan Verrett (4-3, 3.22 ERA) will look to keep the Mets going against righty Wily Peralta (3-7 6.79 ERA).  Peralta currently has the highest ERA in baseball amongst qualifying pitchers.

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Matt Wisler Tosses Gem; Braves Stymie Mets 3-0 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/matt-wisler-tosses-gem-braves-stymie-mets-3-0.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/matt-wisler-tosses-gem-braves-stymie-mets-3-0.html/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 01:49:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=211048 mallex smith

The Mets (16-9) were defeated by the Atlanta Braves (7-19) tonight at Citi Field by a score of 3-0.

Pitching:

Matt Harvey got the start for the Mets tonight, and turned in another average outing which has been a reoccurring theme for the right-hander this season.

Harvey went just 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, while walking two and striking out four.

The game was a standstill until the fifth inning, when 22-year-old Mallex Smith hit a home-run that hit off the black in left field, for the young outfielder’s first major league homer.

Then, in the sixth inning, Kelly Johnson reached based an immediately took advantage of Kevin Plawecki‘s arm behind the plate, stealing second. Johnson promptly scored on a double from A.J. Pierzynski,

Pierzynski was nearly thrown out by Yoenis Cespedes advancing to third, but was safe by a matter of inches. This would prove to be big, because Pierzynski subsequently scored on a wild pitch to give the Braves a 3-0 lead.

Offense:

Matt Wisler had it working for the Braves tonight, tossing eight scoreless innings of one hit ball, while striking out four and walking two.

The Mets just couldn’t catch a break, as they had several balls that were struck very hard that unfortunately reached Braves gloves.

On deck:

The Mets will look to take the rubber game tomorrow afternoon, as Steven Matz (3-1, 3.86 ERA) gets the ball, and will be opposed by Jhoulys Chacin (1-1, 3.27 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

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Mets Rally Late, But Fall To Indians 7-5 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-rally-late-but-fall-to-indians-7-5.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-rally-late-but-fall-to-indians-7-5.html/#comments Sat, 16 Apr 2016 23:06:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=209891 The Mets (4-6) were defeated by the Cleveland Indians (5-4) this afternoon at Progressive Field by a score of 7-5.

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Pitching:

Matt Harvey got off to a stellar start, striking out the side in the first, and carrying a perfect game into the fifth inning.

However, the wheels fell off for Harvey after his strong start, as he was chased from the game in the sixth inning after allowing five runs on six hits.

Rafael Montero came in with the bases loaded and two gone in the sixth, and recorded a king size out to prevent the Indians from throwing any more gas on the fire.

The seventh inning wasn’t nearly as kind to Montero, though, as the Indians tacked on two more runs to gain a commanding 7-1 lead at the time.

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Offense:

The Mets jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on the strength of a lead-off homer courtesy of Curtis Granderson, his first of the young campaign.

The Mets looked to build on their lead the next two innings, as they had runners in scoring position but failed to score, which has become a reoccurring theme so far this season.

In the sixth inning after Indians starter Josh Tomlin was removed due to injury, David Wright rudely greeted Jeff Manship with a bomb to left field that was inches away from being a long ball.

Wright was hustling out of the box, but was thrown out at second due to a great read off the wall by Jose Ramirez.

In the eighth inning, the Mets cut the deficit to 7-5 with home run contributions from Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker.

It wouldn’t prove to be enough, however, as Indians closer Cody Allen recorded a four out save to seal the win.

On deck:

The Mets will look to take the rubber game tomorrow afternoon, as Steven Matz (0-1, 37.80 ERA) takes on Corey Kluber (0-2, 4.85 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

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Dilson Herrera Wallops Game-Winning Homer In WBC Clincher http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/dilson-herrera-wallops-game-winning-homer-in-wbc-clincher.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/dilson-herrera-wallops-game-winning-homer-in-wbc-clincher.html/#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2016 03:10:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=208162 dilson herrera homers

Colombia is headed to the World Baseball Classic for the first time ever thanks to a game-winning 8th inning solo home run by Dilson Herrera to beat Panama by a 2-1 score.

The Colombian hero crushed a 3-1 pitch from former major league pitcher Manny Corpas over the fence in left field to give his team the lead and ultimately the win.

The win ended in fitting fashion as Herrera fielded an easy ground ball and threw it to first for the final out.

Herrera was 2-for-4 in the victory and was 4 for 11 overall with three walks, three RBI, and three runs scored in three games for Colombia.

Mets pitching prospect Nabil Crismatt got the start for Colombia going 3.1 innings, he allowed one run on three hits, two walks and struck out four.

Herrera certainly has a flair for the dramatic and carries the clutch gene as he had the game winning RBI in all three victories.

His spot on the 2017 Opening Day Lineup for the Mets at second base is virtually assured, and he could even push his way onto the roster this season.

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Trading Places: Collins Considering Playing Lagares In LF, Cespedes In CF http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/trading-places-collins-considering-playing-lagares-in-lf-cespedes-in-cf.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/trading-places-collins-considering-playing-lagares-in-lf-cespedes-in-cf.html/#comments Sat, 19 Mar 2016 15:45:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=208054 juan lagares

In Friday night’s game against the Nationals, Juan Lagares, who has spent a majority of time in center field in his major league career, got the start in left field while Yoenis Cespedes played in center.

Lagares has started 127 games in left field in his professional career. However, most of them came in his time with Double-A Binghamton as well as spending time playing left field in winter ball.

Mets manager Terry Collins said this could be a reoccurring theme going forward according to a report on ESPN New York.

“I want to get him comfortable in other places besides center field,” Collins said in regards to Lagares. ”You never know where he’s going to play and what area’s we’re going to use him in. He’s open to it, but he’s got to play some other spots.”

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Collins and his coaching staff are also debating whether or not to have Cespedes play center field almost on a full time basis this season.

“We’ve talked about whether or not moving him around is the best thing,” Collins said about Cespedes. He added that it’s not set in stone yet. “We haven’t decided that.”

In his time with the Tigers, Cespedes spent a majority of his time in left field, but once he was traded to the Mets, Cespedes spent most of the time in center field.

Cespedes recently told ESPN’s Marly Rivera that he is more comfortable playing left field, but is fine with playing center field for the Mets and manning down the position.

“If I had the choice, I would stay in left field. But I will play where the team needs me,” Cespedes told Rivera “If they want me to play center field, I’ll play center field, and I’ll do the best I can.”

Cespedes was widely expected to start in center field against right-handed pitching, with Michael Conforto in left field and Curtis Granderson in right field. But with a lefty on the mound it was believed Cespedes would shift to LF, Lagares plays in CF and Conforto moves to RF.

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