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Mitch asks…

Once the Mets finally promote Amed Rosario, how do you think all the NL East shortstops will rank let’s say in 2019? There seems to be a lot of great ones in the division.

Jacob replies…

You’re 100% right, the NL East is stacked with potential All-Stars at the shortstop position. Let’s look at them all.

I will try to not let personal beliefs get in the way here, because as a Mets fan who has seen him play many times (in Brooklyn, Binghamton, and minor league Spring Training) it is difficult to not get ahead of yourself when talking about Amed Rosario.

The 21-year-old has already put together an impressive resume, which includes a 2016 Futures Game selection, two mid-season All-Star nods, and being named the 11th best prospect in baseball by The organization is absolutely enamored with Rosario, so much so that he has leapfrogged Gavin Cecchini as the shortstop of the future, even though Cecchini has already made his major league debut.

In Washington, Nationals fans were given a strong sample size of Trea Turner in 2016, as the 23-year-old racked up a .342/.370/.567 line, while hitting 13 home runs and stealing 33 bases in 73 games. Turner finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting to Corey Seager.

Turner primarily spent the 2016 season manning center field for the Nationals, but the team’s recent acquisition of Adam Eaton will send Turner back to his natural position, with Bryce Harper and the contract of Jayson Werth occupying the other outfield spots. Turner is positioned to be a very good player for a very long time, making GM Mike Rizzo’s trade for him in December of 2014 look better by the day.


Dansby Swanson is at the center of Atlanta’s attempt to rebuild their ball club as they move into SunTrust Park in 2017. Swanson, 23 by Opening Day, is currently known as they player who was selected with the first pick of the 2015 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, then subsequently traded to the Braves in the infamous Shelby Miller deal. Swanson, however, has the potential to be known for much more.

The former Vanderbilt Commodore showcases a stellar bat and above-average glove, which will likely force fellow Braves prospect Ozzie Albies to slide over to second base, not the other way around. Swanson hit .302 in 145 at bats after he was promoted to the major leagues in August last season.

The jury is still out on Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford, who is ranked as the number two prospect in baseball by, but struggled after his promotion to Triple-A Lehigh. He is known more for his glove than his bat, but Crawford has yet to put together one – full – standout season at the plate. However, the Phillies have to love his career rate stats of 13% for strikeouts and walks. The Phillies can’t commit to Freddy Galvis and his .241 career batting average forever, so it’s only a matter of time before Crawford makes his debut.

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This leads us to the Miami Marlins, who don’t house any fancy names in their minor league system. Their top prospect at the position is J.T. Riddle, who spent most of 2016 in Double-A, and was added to the 40-man roster in November. The 25-year-old from the University of Kentucky has a .274 batting average through four minor league seasons.The Marlins don’t appear to be moving on from Adeiny Hechavarria anytime soon, although his statistics should suggest otherwise. This makes it unlikely for a Marlin to make any noise from the position in the foreseeable future.

So there you have it. If I had to put those players into a ranking for the 2019 season, I’d likely go Turner, Rosario, Swanson, Crawford, and whoever the Marlins decide to trot out there, which I will fittingly label as MIA.

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Brad Ziegler Signs With Marlins Sat, 17 Dec 2016 01:43:26 +0000 brad ziegler

The Miami Marlins have signed free agent reliever Brad Ziegler to a two-year, $16 million contract according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Ziegler could earn more money through incentives and the deal is pending a physical. The Marlins added reliever Junichi Tazawa on Thursday night on a two-year deal as well.

The Mets were one of nine teams that reportedly showed interest in the right-hander.

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Free agent right-handed reliever, Brad Ziegler, is said to be weighing multiple offers as he looks for his new team as Chris Cotillo tweeted on Thursday.

Ziegler, 37, is coming off back-to-back brilliant seasons split between Arizona and Boston. In 2015 with Arizona, Ziegler pitched to an incredible 1.85 ERA while making 66 appearances. He accumulated 30 saves in that season while pitching to a 0.96 WHIP.

This past season, Ziegler split time between Arizona and Boston where he combined for 69 appearances while pitching to a 2.25 ERA. He accumulated 22 saves last season while pitching to a 1.37 WHIP between the two teams.

It is currently believed that the Mets, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rockies, and Marlins have all shown interest in the righty. The Mets though have said that some payroll must be shed in order to obtain any free agents at this point.

Ziegler is believed to have multiple two-year offers in hand but is currently awaiting a three-year deal as per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

If he ends up with a two-year pact, it is expected that it will be for $17 million total. It seems though it may come down to whichever team blinks first in offering a three-year deal as relievers continue rack up longer contracts as of late.

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]]> 0 Matt Harvey Receives 2016 Lou Gehrig Award Fri, 04 Nov 2016 16:27:10 +0000 matt harvey

At the ALS Association Greater New York 22nd Loug Gehrig Sports Award Benefit, Mets ace Matt Harvey was presented with the Lou Gehrig Sports Award. The Award is given to the athlete shown to embody the character, courage, and determination the late Gehrig once did.

In his speech, Harvey spoke about not just want it meant to receive the Award, but also about his parent’s role in him becoming a major league pitcher:


Other awardees included Mets manager Terry Collins, Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, and tennis player Patrick McEnroe. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman received the Jacob K. Javits Lifetime Achievement Award.

While everyone gave poignant speeches, Ichrio had the line of the night saying, “You might be expecting a speech, but unlike home runs, speeches in English are not my game.”

Overall, the benefit raised more than $1.1 million for the New York chapter of the ALS Association.The ALS Association is “we direct the largest privately-funded research enterprise engaged to uncover the mystery of a disease that affects as many as 30,000 annually.” The ALS Association also operates centers and clinics for ALS patients.

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Marlins Could Make a Play For Cespedes Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:18:40 +0000 USP MLB: MIAMI MARLINS AT NEW YORK METS S BBN USA NY

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, the Miami Marlins may be a suitor for Yoenis Cespedes once he opts out of the remaining two years of his contract with the New York Mets.

The Marlins interest should not be all that surprising. Dating back to the days of Livan Hernandez, the Marlins have valued their relationship with Miami’s Cuban community, and they have sought ways to entice the Cuban fans to come to the ballpark.

The Marlins relationship with the Cuban community was one of the major factors in the Marlins decision to fire manager Ozzie Guillen after the 2012 season. In Spring Training, Guillen had spoke glowingly about Fidel Castro, and it was not received well in the community. The Marlins blamed much of the disappointing attendance figures on Guillen’s comments.

In the wake of Jose Fernandez‘s tragic death, the Marlins now find themselves without a Cuban star player with whom the fans can identify with. The Marlins bringing in Cespedes would remedy that. It would also permit them to trade one of their stud outfielders for a pitcher to replace Fernandez. The Marlins have dangled Marcell Ozuna in the past, who built his trade value back up with a good offensive season.

For those who don’t buy the Marlins signing a big free agent away from the Mets, it has happened once before. After the 2011 season, the Marlins moved quickly to sign free agent Jose Reyes to a six-year, $106 million deal with an option for the seventh year.

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Collins Had His Finest Moment As Mets Manager Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:30:09 +0000 collins-mattingly

During this three game series with the Miami Marlins, Terry Collins yet again showed everyone why he is a good human being and a leader of men. The Mets were in a terrible spot after the Jose Fernandez death. The team had to get up for the three game set while also showing proper reverence to a team that lost a teammate and a friend.

The task was more complicated by the fact that players like Yoenis Cespedes were personally affected by the death. Travis d’Arnaud admitted to crying on the field. As Bob Klapisch of Newsday would report, one Mets official said, “We felt sorry for them. We felt guilty trying to beat them.”

With that backdrop, Collins struck the proper tone with his team helping guide them to a series victory over the Marlins while reducing the Mets magic number to clinch a Wild Card spot to two. Collins and the Mets did more than that.

Before the first game of the series, the Mets players went out and embraced the devastated Marlins players. They shared in the pain and comforted the opposition to let them know the loss of a life was bigger than this rivalry. As Dee Gordon would say after the game, “I want to say ‘thank you’ to the Mets – they are first class. Coming in and showing their gratitude to us, being there for us in a time of need. That was just amazing.”

It didn’t stop there. Several of the Mets players made sure they attended Fernandez’s mass service before Wednesday’s game. Collins would say:

“I thought it was important to be there to honor Jose. I think it was important to have our people out there, we had several guys out there today. You know this is a very large fraternity. It’s an exclusive fraternity, it’s hard to get in, when you lose somebody I just think you need the representation of everybody else. We were represented very well today. I was very proud.” (NY Daily News)

The Mets should feel good with how they comported themselves in the wake of Fernandez’s death. They all signed the Fernandez Mets jersey they had and gave it as a gift to the Marlins players and organization. In an important three game set, they did nothing to show up an emotionally battered and already defeated opponent. Finally, after the series was over, the Mets team, lead by Collins, made sure to embrace the Marlins one last time.

We all, myself especially, get on Collins for his deficiencies as a manager. He probably costs his team more games than not with the in-game decisions he makes. However, that is only a part of who a manager is. A manager is someone who has to deal with 25 (now 39) guys in a clubhouse. He has to keep them on an even keel during the highest of highs and during this week which was the lowest of lows.

As we saw last season, baseball is at its most fun when you not only have a team that wins, but also when you have a group of players that you’re emotionally invested in. It’s better when you get to root for a team that you genuinely like. As the manager of the Mets, Collins has created a culture in that clubhouse that does both.

This isn’t the first time we have seen this with Collins. There was him hand-writing a letter to a grieving family, or his gathering the team during Spring Training workouts to take a picture with a child who just had heart transplant surgery. At his core, Collins is a good man, who has done a fine job representing this organization. While we sometime lose that when he makes head-scratching decisions, we are again reminded of that again this past week as he showed himself to be a leader and a good human being.

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Character. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:01:20 +0000 new-york-mets-dugout-fernandez

It can be frustrating as a writer when you have so much you want to say but so little time to say it all. In your mind you begin to reduce and dissect about a quarter million words down to 500 and you hope that in the end, you did enough to convey your true sentiments as passionately as you can.

When it comes to the last three days of soul-crushing, gut-wrenching emotions in Miami, after the death of a young and beloved star whose loss sent shock waves around the game and pierced the hearts of millions all over the world, I gotta be honest I didn’t know what to expect.

Walking into the now hallowed grounds that Jose Fernandez called home, had to be one of the most difficult challenges the New York Mets have faced in a season fraught with so much emotional turmoil and adversity.

There’s losing your team captain or your top pitcher for the season, and then there’s having the life of the heart and soul of your team snatched away forever at the age of 24. Nothing else can compare.

“I see a red door and I want it painted black. No colors anymore, I want them to turn black.”  That’s what it felt like, to coin a Rolling Stones lyric.

And now, as the Mets enjoy a much needed day off, I want to tell them how proud I am of them. How proud I am of the way they conducted themselves with so much respect and dignity under some of the most indescribable, unimaginable and unforgettable circumstances I’ve ever seen on a baseball diamond.

The Mets showed complete reverence for the moment and for the entire Miami Marlins organization top-down. And they did so while trying to win a wild card and maintaining a profound respect for the game and their mission as well. You think that’s easy? Think again.


One of the words you have often seen me use time and time again this year to describe the 2016 Mets has been “character.”  That character was on full display these last three days.

You saw the Mets character when a teary eyed Yoenis Cespedes took it upon himself to pin a Jose Fernandez jersey on the dugout wall on Sunday

You saw the Mets character when Asdrubal Cabrera locked into an embrace with Adeiny Hechavarria before the game on Monday, both their eyes red and swollen with tears.

You saw the Mets character when catcher Travis d’Arnaud teared up as Dee Gordon cracked an emotional leadoff homerun after honoring Jose Fernandez by taking the first pitch while batting right-handed.

You saw the Mets character when Bartolo Colon admitted he was distraught and distracted during his start because in his heart he believed the Marlins needed the win so they could heal.

You saw the Mets character after game two winner Noah Syndergaard took to Twitter to say:  ”Usually I write something funny after a win like this, but it just doesn’t feel right tonight. Not after pitching on Jose’s mound.”

You saw the Mets character when after winning the series, Terry Collins went to the Marlins dugout to hug Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon and Don Mattingly, who after a three minute conversation hugged the Miami manager again.

So now we’re off to Philadelphia with just three games left to the regular season and on the verge of clinching a second consecutive postseason berth. It’s truly amazing.

But all I could think of right now… right this second… is how much I love this Mets team and how incredibly proud I am of them.

When I think of the totality of everything this team has had to endure this season and for them to make it all the way to what will be a truly magical moment when they clinch, only one word comes to mind. Character.

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The Amazin’ Metscast: The Final Countdown Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:00:14 +0000 amazin-metscast-ep12

The Amazin’ Metscast – Episode 12 – The Final Countdown

We are joined by Mets Daddy of and this week as we discuss the Jose Fernandez tragedy and the tremendous job done by both the Marlins and Mets in what was an emotionally charged series.

We take a look at the scandalous thought of Terry Collins pitching Noah Syndergaard in Sunday’s regular season finale just to obtain home field advantage in the Wild Card game.

Finally, we size up the competition and discuss who we believe will make it to the postseason. We currently have three teams for two spots, with our Metropolitans leading the way.




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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Marlins, 7:10 PM Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:38:50 +0000 seth lugo 2

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Marlins Park • Miami, FL
RHP Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.61) vs. RHP José Ureña (4-8, 5.95)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM


Last night’s win was punctuated by a positive offensive performance, including a homer from Jay Bruce, a monster shot from Cespedes, and a bases clearing double for Duda. Both the Giants and the Cardinals won last night so the race remains tight.

On August 19, the Mets were 60-62 and stood 5.5 games out of the first Wild Card behind four teams. That day, Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera returned from the Disabled List. The team has gone 24-12 since and leads Wild Card race.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Curtis Granderson – CF
  5. Jay Bruce – RF
  6. T.J. Rivera – 2B
  7. Lucas Duda – 1B
  8. Rene Rivera – C
  9. Seth Lugo – RHP

Marlins Lineup 

  1. Dee Gordon – 2B
  2. Marcell Ozuna – LF
  3. Martin Prado – 3B
  4. Christian Yelich – CF
  5. Giancarlo Stanton – RF
  6. Justin Bour – 1B
  7. Jeff Mathis – C
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria – SS
  9. Jose Urena – RHP

Seth Lugo gets the nod for the Amazin’s. He is 4-2 this season over 16 games, 7 starts, over 58.2 innings with a 2.61 ERA. He’s coming off of his first start allowing 3 ER since August 19th. In his last start against the Marlins, he allowed 2 ER over 6.0 innings. The Marlins have the following numbers against Lugo:

  • Ozuna 0-2
  • Prado 2-4, 2B
  • Realmuto 1-4
  • Yelich 1-4, HR
  • Gordon 1-3, 2B
  • Hechavarria 1-2
  • Scruggs 1-3

Jose Urena is 4-8 over 27 games and 11 starts pitching 78.2 innings with a 5.95 ERA. His last two starts have been rough allowing 12 ER over 5.0 innings (coming after 8.2 innings of shutout baseball against the Dodgers). His two starts against the Mets this year have been good, holding the Mets to 2 ER over 12.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Jose:

  • Granderson 1-7
  • K Johnson 0-6
  • Loney 0-5
  • Reyes 3-6, 3B
  • Conforto 3-4, 2B
  • Cespedes 0-4
  • Flores 1-4, HR
  • Bruce 1-3, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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Colon Dealing With a Tendon Injury in Foot Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:43:28 +0000 bartolo-colon-2

With Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz all needing season ending surgery, Zack Wheeler needing to be shut down after a number of setbacks during his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery, and Noah Syndergaard dealing with bone spurs in his elbow, everyone has joked about how it was the 43 year old Bartolo Colon who has made it through the season healthy.  Well, the joke is now on Mets fans.

After Colon’s terrible poor 2.1 inning seven earned outing against the Marlins on Monday, Terry Collins announced that Colon has been dealing with a tendon issue in his right foot, which is the foot he pushes off of when he pitches on the mound.  Collins said Colon suffered the injury within the past two weeks while he was running the bases.

Based on Collins’ timeline, the injury most likely occurred during the September 10th game against the Braves. In that game, Colon grounded into two double plays and was lifted after six innings despite only having thrown 87 pitches. The last time Colon was actually a baserunner was in the August 26th game against the Phillies where he was 2-3 at the plate with a double scoring two runs.

Beginning with Colon’s start immediately after the August 26th start until the start prior to the one against the Marlins, Colon was 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA and a 0.888 WHIP while averaging over 6.1 innings per start.  If the tendon has been affecting him, it seems his last start against the Marlins was the first time it had an impact on his performance.

With that in mind, it should come as no surprise the Mets announced Colon will be able to pitch this Saturday against the Phillies.

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Mets Bounce Back To Rock Fish 12-1 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:32:33 +0000 noah-syndergaard

After an emotional evening last night, the Mets (84-74) bounced back to defeat the Miami Marlins (78-79) by a score of 12-1 tonight at Marlins Park. The Cardinals are winning against the Reds tonight, and the Giants just started so we will have to wait for the wild card standings later on tonight.


Noah Syndergaard returned from strep throat tonight to face the Marlins, and pitched well, firing six innings of one run ball, scattering five hits and struck out eight. Syndergaard improves to 14-9 on the season with a 2.60 ERA.

Fernando Salas pitched a lock down seventh, and Addison Reed pitched a clean eighth as a bridge to Jeurys Familia.

Familia came on with an 11 run lead, and sealed the win for the Amazin’s.



The Mets touched the Marlins up for 12 runs on 19 hits tonight in Miami. Seven different Mets had at least two hits tonight.

After the Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the first, Jay Bruce put the Mets in front, launching a two-run shot to right.

Yoenis Cespedes then doubled the score, launching his 31st homer of the year. 4-1 Mets.

In the eighth, the Mets blew the doors off the game, scoring five runs, three of which came on a base clearing double from Lucas Duda.

Just for good measure, the Mets put up a three spot in the ninth to make it 12-1.

Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson each had three RBI.

The Mets Magic Number to make the postseason is now four.


On deck:

Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.61 ERA) takes on Jose Urena (4-8, 5.95 ERA) for the rubber game tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Marlins, 7:10 PM Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:39:04 +0000 noah syndergaard

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Marlins Park • Miami, FL
RHP Noah Syndergaard (13-9, 2.63) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (9-12, 4.02)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

Last night was extremely emotional night for the Marlins as the Marlins were all introduced as #16 and both teams went out of the dugout for a moment of silence. The Marlins left a spot open for Fernandez and then signed the base of the mound. Then Dee Gordon took a pitch wearing Fernandez’s before going knocking a homer out of the park and breaking down rounding the bases. The Marlins ended the night back on the mound leaving their hats. The Cardinals lost as well and the Giants didn’t play so for the most part the Wild Card Race took a night off, as it should.

The Mets have won three of their last five games and are 14-8 in their last 22 contests. The Mets are 39-37 on the road this year and 10-5 in their last 15 road contests.

Noah Syndergaard enters tonight’s start with 210 strikeouts, the most by a Mets pitcher since R.A. Dickey struck out 230 batters in 2012. In two starts versus Miami this season, Syndergaard has struck out 21 batters in 14.0 innings of work.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Curtis Granderson – CF
  5. Jay Bruce – RF
  6. T.J. Rivera – 2B
  7. Lucas Duda – 1B
  8. Rene Rivera – C
  9. Noah Syndergaard – RHP

Marlins Lineup

  1. Dee Gordon – 2B
  2. Marcell Ozuna – LF
  3. Martin Prado – 3B
  4. Christian Yelich – CF
  5. Giancarlo Stanton – RF
  6. Justin Bour – 1B
  7. J.T. Realmuto – C
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria – SS
  9. Tom Koehler – RHP

Tonight Noah Syndergaard returns to the mound, missing a start due to strep throat over the weekend. On the season he is 13-9 over 30 games and 29 starts with 177.2 innings and 2.63 ERA. Syndergaard was on a great run of starts until his last start were he allowed 5 ER and 8 hits over 3.2 innings of work. He’s 1-0 over 2 starts against the Marlins this year allowing 3 ER over 14.0 innings. The Marlins have the following numbers against Thor:

  • Dietrich 3-7, 2B
  • Bour 2-6, 2B
  • Hechavarria 1-6
  • Ozuna 2-5, HR
  • Stanton 0-5
  • Yelich 2-6, 2B
  • Mathis 0-5

The Mets will face off with Tom Koehler tonight who is 9-12 over 31 starts and 170.0 innings with a 4.02 ERA. In his last three starts he’s 0-2over 14.0 innings allowing 10 runs, 9 earned. In his last start against the Mets he allowed 5 ER and 10 hits over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Koehler:

  • Duda 3-27, 2 2B
  • Granderson 7-29, 2 HR
  • Lagares 6-23, 3B
  • d’Arnaud 7-17, 2 2B, HR
  • Flores 6-18, 3 2B
  • Cespedes 6-17, 3 2B, 3B
  • Loney 3-12, 2B
  • Cabrera 5-10, 2 HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Magic Number Falls to 5 with Cardinals Loss Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:00:44 +0000 bartolo-colon-3

The New York Mets fell to the Miami Marlins on Monday night by a score of 7-3 in one of the most emotional games you may have witnessed. Following the passing of star pitcher, Jose Fernandez, Miami began their healing process with last night’s game.

A night that included beautiful tributes to their ace, including an unbelievable lead-off home run from Dee Gordon. Players embraced prior to the game, with many struggling to play through the pain they felt inside. Manager, Terry Collins talked about the atmosphere of the game.

“It was a tough game to play,” Collins said. “The whole atmosphere was not baseball that we’re used to playing, especially here. I’m glad it’s over.” (NY Post)

With the Mets falling to the Marlins, the Giants now trail New York by a half game in the Wild Card race. San Francisco had their final day off of the season on Monday night. The Giants open up a series tonight at home against Colorado.

The St. Louis Cardinals though did have a game last night and were trounced by the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds defeated the Cards handily by a score of 15-2. With that loss, the Mets stay a game and a half ahead of St. Louis.

The Mets will look to get back on track tonight with RHP Noah Syndergaard (13-9, 2.63 ERA) making his return to the rotation. Thor will be opposed by Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (9-12, 4.02 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET.

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Mets Fall 7-3 To Marlins In Emotional Contest Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:12:06 +0000 dee-gordon-travis-darnaud

With all eyes on the game and few eyes on the score, the New York Mets (83-74) fell 7-3 to the Miami Marlins (78-78) on Monday night in South Beach. With the Giants off and the Cardinals losing to Cincinnati, the Mets lead San Francisco by half a game and St Louis by one game in the NL Wild Card race.

The night began with a pregame ceremony to honor late Marlins superstar José Fernandez, after which the two teams spontaneously embraced each other in the infield. Every Marlins player wore Fernandez’s jersey throughout the game.

Dee Gordon led off the bottom of the first for Miami, wearing Fernandez’s helmet and initially batting from the right side to honor his fallen best friend. After switching to his natural left side of the plate, Gordon drove a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall for his first home run of the season, breaking down as he rounded the bases and embracing his teammates and coaches upon reaching the dugout.

The Marlins controlled the game from there, scoring four more runs in the 2nd inning and two in the 3rd to chase Bartolo early.


The Mets bullpen provided 5.2 scoreless innings in relief of Colon, with Gabriel Ynoa (1.2 innings), Rafael Montero (1), Erik Goeddel (1.2), Josh Edgin (0.1) and Jim Henderson (1) keeping the game within reason. New York scored two in the fifth on an Asdrubal Cabrera double that made it 7-2, but left the bases loaded in the sixth and managed only an RBI single from Lucas Duda the rest of the way, as Adam Conley (who pitched just three innings) and the Marlins bullpen held strong to finish off the 7-3 win.

The Mets need wins down the stretch, but it was hard to watch this game with that in mind.

Up Next: Noah Syndergaard will face Tom Koehler when the Mets face Miami on Tuesday at 7:10 in Miami.


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Monday, September 26, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Marlins Park • Miami, FL
RHP Bartolo Colon (14-7, 3.12) vs. LHP Adam Conley (8-6, 3.94)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets beat the Phillies by an almost incomprehensible 17-0 as the Giants and Cardinals both lost. The Mets look to close in on the Wild Card as they start their last 6 games of the season.

Tonight will be an incredibly tough game in Miami. As you have undoubtedly heard by now, early Sunday morning, phenom pitcher Jose Fernandez passed away in a tragic boating accident. Jose Fernandez transcended pitching and baseball as an ambassador for the sport and demonstrating that baseball is supposed to be fun. His untimely passing has hit the baseball world hard.


The Miami Marlins will all wear No. 16 jerseys during tonight’s game in honor of pitcher Jose Fernandez.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Curtis Granderson – CF
  5. T.J. Rivera – 2B
  6. Jay Bruce – RF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Eric Campbell – 1B
  9. Bartolo Colon – RHP

Marlins Lineup

  1. Dee Gordon – 2B
  2. Marcell Ozuna – LF
  3. Martin Prado – 3B
  4. Christian Yelich – CF
  5. Giancarlo Stanton – RF
  6. Justin Bour – 1B
  7. J.T. Realmuto – C
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria – SS
  9. Adam Conley – LHP

Bartolo Colon will be on the mound for the Mets. He is 14-7 over 32 games and 31 starts with 184.1 innings of work and a 3.12 ERA. In the month of September he has made 4 starts and is 2-0 pitching 25.2 innings with a 1.75 ERA. In his last start against the Marlins, he held them to 2 runs, 1 earned, over 7.0 innings of work. The Marlins have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Cabrera 1-17, 2B
  • Granderson 4-13, 2 HR
  • De Aza 2-11, 2B
  • K Johnson 2-13, 3B
  • Reyes 5-12
  • Rivera 2-5, 2B, HR
  • Bruce 1-5, HR
  • Cespedes 2-3, 2B

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A Tough Night Ahead As Mets and Marlins Mourn Jose Fernandez Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:15:49 +0000 fernandez-jersey

Sitting in Section 135, you get the opportunity to look into the Mets dugout.  While watching the game, I could only make out that the Mets had hung something up on the dugout wall.  As I would discover after the game, Yoenis Cespedes hung a Jose Fernandez Mets #16 jersey to honor his fellow countryman, defector, and baseball player:

His manager, Terry Collins was right there talking to his star while he hung something to honor a player who would die tragically at the age of 24.  It was just one of many Mets players who took time to express their grief over the loss on Twitter.

All over baseball, people mourned the loss of a unique talent and incredible young man that was gone too soon.  However, it was not just his talent that makes the loss that great.  After his death, you heard stories about how active he was in the community.  You saw how beloved he was by his teammates, competitors, and people who covered the game.  It was a rare sight to see Keith Hernandez break down as he did when he and Gary Cohen announced the news before the game.


Personally, I was left at a loss for words having heard all the stories of how he defected after multiple failed attempts and was thrown in a Cuban prison for a year at age 14. A year late, Fernandez jumped into those rough waters, and he used that strong right arm to save his mother’s life when she fell overboard. Upon hearing the news, many were left wondering where Fernandez’s savior was when that boat crashed.

As if this wasn’t tragic enough, there was learning the news that Fernandez was set to become a father.  Somewhere in Florida a child is going to be born that is never going to get to know their father.

With the shock and sudden loss, the Marlins cancelled yesterday’s game.  However, they will play tonight against the Mets.  They will play on a night that Fernandez was supposed to be taking the rubber against the veteran Bartolo Colon.

That’s the backdrop to tonight’s meeting between the Mets and the Marlins.  A once meaningful September game now seems devoid of its meaning without Fernandez.  On a night that he was supposed to don his number 16 jersey and take the mound, the Mets and Marlins are left hanging up his jersey in honor and remembrance of him.

“I know they’ll be very, very respectful,” Terry Collins explained. “This is one that hits you in the stomach. This kid’s 24 years old. He’s got a huge future ahead of him. His past is a story itself — how he got here, how he became successful, his love for the game, his love for Miami and the community, what he did down there for kids.”

“You can’t ever watch a Marlins game where you’re not looking over on the bench watching this guy have fun, even though he’s not playing that night. He stays on the bench. He’s cheering. He’s on the top step. His love for the game and what he meant to Miami, it’s got to be a hard day for them.”

“Our hearts and thoughts are with Jose’s family, teammates, his fans and everyone at the Marlins.”


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Marlins Ace Jose Fernandez Is Dead Following A Boating Accident Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:21:08 +0000 jose-fernandez-3

I am at a loss of words for having to report this tragic news this morning:

Multiple reporters have confirmed this morning that Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has been killed in a tragic boating accident. There are no other details that has been released at this time. Please check back here for updates as more details become available.

The 24-year-old Fernandez was one of at least three people killed in the early morning collision. He announced on Instagram recently that he and his girlfriend were expecting a child, Local 10 reported.

“The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez,” a team statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”

Sunday’s game between the Marlins and the Atlanta Braves in Miami was cancelled.

The Mets are scheduled to start a three-game series with the Marlins tomorrow in Miami.


“All of baseball is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “He was one of our game’s great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in his life.”

Jared Diamond of the WSJ shared an excerpt from a story detailing how Fernandez had once saved his mother who was swept overboard by a wave. Fernandez had tried to defect from Cuba three times. On the fourth try, his mother was swept overboard and he jumped in and saved her.

Quick Facts:

- Former 1st round pick in 2011 by the Miami Marlins
- Won Rookie-of-The-Year award in 2013
- 38-17 with a 2.58 ERA in 76 career games

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Jose Fernandez and the Marlins organization.

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Mets Release 2017 Regular Season Schedule Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:51:20 +0000 citi field fans

The New York Mets have released their full regular season schedule for next year, which spans from April 3 to October 1.

They will open the year with series against the Braves and Marlins at Citi Field. All 25 April games will be against NL East rivals.

The Mets and Yankees will continue the recent trend of a four-game set split between Citi Field and Yankee Stadium, which will take place August 14-17. The rest of the interleague schedule will be against the AL West (Angels, A’s, Rangers, Astros, and Mariners).

At first glance, June is looking like it will be a very tough month for the Mets, who have series against the Pirates, Rangers, Cubs, Nationals, Dodgers, Giants, and Marlins.

Highlights of the 2017 home schedule include:

  • Opening Day at Citi Field, April 3 vs. the Atlanta Braves.
  • Subway Series vs. the New York Yankees, August 16-17 at Citi Field and August 14-15 at Yankee Stadium.
  • Memorial Day, May 29 vs. the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Interleague Series at Citi Field include: the Angels (May 19-21), the A’s (July 21-23) and the Rangers (August 8-9).
  • Rematch of the 2015 NLCS vs. the Chicago Cubs, June 12-14.
  • Father’s Day, June 18 vs. the Washington Nationals.
  • Weekend Series vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, August 4-6.
  • Labor Day, September 4 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.

Game times for the 2017 campaign will be announced in the coming weeks.

Here is the full schedule:


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3 Up 3 Down: Mets Take Three From Fish Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:38:38 +0000 seth lugo

3 Up

1. CespedYES!

In the opener on Monday night, the Mets got a very much needed quality start from recent call-up Rafael Montero. He and the entire Mets bullpen kept the Mets in that game, and in the 10th inning of a tie ball game, Yoenis Cespedes finished the job by launching a game winning homerun to left center field to get the Mets off to the right start in the series. It was arguably the biggest hit of their season to date, and couldn’t have come at a better time. He collected five hits throughout the four game series.

2. Montero, Lugo Provide Quality Starts

The Mets are starting to get quality starts out of guys they figured wouldn’t even be here at this point in the season. Yet they are, and they are keeping the Mets in crucial ball games. First it was Montero on Monday in the series opener. He gave the Mets five solid innings while giving up no runs, and although he walked six batters, he only allowed two hits. The next night, Seth Lugo gave the Mets six strong innings while only allowing two runs on five hits. Lugo is now 2-2 with a very respectable 2.60 ERA since being called on to the rotation.

3. KJ Clutches Out

If Yoenis Cespedes had the biggest hit in the Mets season on Monday night, Kelly Johnson took that over on Wednesday night with his heroics in the eighth inning. In a tie game with the bases loaded and two outs, Johnson came through, ripping the ball down the right field line clearing the bases. The Mets took a three run lead and Jeurys Familia closed the door in the 9th. It was pandemonium at Citi Field.

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3 Down

1.  What Has Happened to Jacob deGrom

After getting hit around in his last two starts, Terry Collins decided to give deGrom an extra day of rest. Well, it didn’t work. deGrom struggled again, lasting five innings while allowing three runs on six hits. It was a slight improvement from his last two starts, but in a game the Mets would have like to have in order to sweep the Marlins, deGrom came up short. When he was taken out of the game, he was seen motioning to Mets trainer Ray Ramirez in the dugout.

2. Lousy Loney

For a while, James Loney had been filling in beautifully for injured Lucas Duda, but recently, he hasn’t been getting it done. He went 0-9 in the four game series against the Marlins, and is batting just .176 with one RBI in his last 15 games. At this point, you’d almost opt to play Flores at first and keep Kelly Johnson at second base.

3. Walker’s Season Over

After getting second opinions from two other doctors, Neil Walker and the Mets decided it would be best for him to opt for surgery, ending his 2016 season with the Mets. This is a HUGE blow to a team that needs all the help it can get in the injury department. The Mets will need to find a way to make up for his 23 home runs and 55 RBI. He was having a tremendous season and made Mets fans at least temporarily forget about the departure of Daniel Murphy. Now, how could they forget?

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MMO Game Thread: Marlins vs Mets, Sweep Dreams! Thu, 01 Sep 2016 20:34:56 +0000 jacob degrom

Thursday, September 1, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Jose Urena (2-5, 5.83) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (7-7, 2.96)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets go for the four game sweep of the Marlins tonight at Citi Field behind a Jacob deGrom with an extra three days of rest.  After allowing a run early, the Mets came back last night on a two run shot by Flores. Then they let several scoring opportunities slip while the Marlins hung in there and eventually tied the game. In the 8th, with the bases loaded and two outs, Kelly Johnson had another clutch hit with a bases clearing double and Familia locked the game down in the 9th for his franchise record setting 44th save.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – SS
  2. Curtis Granderson – CF
  3. Kelly Johnson – 3B
  4. Jay Bruce – RF
  5. Wilmer Flores – 2B
  6. Michael Conforto – LF
  7. James Loney – 1B
  8. Travis d’Arnaud– C
  9. Jacob deGrom – RHP

Marlins Lineup

  1. Dee Gordon – 2B
  2. Ichiro Suzuki – RF
  3. Martin Prado – 3B
  4. Christian Yelich – CF
  5. Jeff Francoeur – LF
  6. Xavier Scruggs – 1B
  7. Jeff Mathis – C
  8. A. Hechavarria – SS
  9. Jose Urena – RHP

Jacob is 7-7 on the year over 23 starts and 143.0 innings with a 2.96 ERA. His last two starts were pretty awful, especially compared to his previous four. In his previous four, he allowed 2 ER over 27.2 innings. He then allowed 13 ER and 25 hits over 9.2 innings, thus the Mets gave him some extra rest. In two starts vs the Marlins this year, he allowed 7 ER over 16 hits in 10.2 innings. The Marlins have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Ozuna 7-24, 2 2B
  • Yelich 9-24, 2 2B
  • C Johnson 5-19, 2B
  • Hechavarria 4-15, 2 2B
  • Gordon 5-15
  • Prado 3-11, 2B

The Mets bats draw Jose Urena in the final who is 2-5 over 22 games and 6 starts with a 5.83 ERA over 54.0 innings of work. He returned to the roster in mid-August with a dud of a game allowing 5 ER over 6.0 innings. Since then he has allowed 3 ER over 11.2 innings. In his one start this season against the Mets, he allowed 1 ER over 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers on Jose:

  • Cespedes 0-4
  • Granderson 1-4
  • Cabrera 1-3
  • K Johnson 0-3
  • Loney 0-3
  • Reyes 1-3, 3B
  • Rivera 0-2
  • Flores 1-1, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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The 2016 Ya Gotta Believe Mets! Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:00:38 +0000 curtis granderson asdrubal cabrera

“This team continues to be resilient in the face of injuries and adversity and I think that speaks volumes about their character. This season hasn’t played out quite the way I envisioned it, but here they are only 3.5 games out with a healthier team, a revitalized offense, three young power pitchers in the rotation, and a shutdown backend of the bullpen. Looking at the remaining schedule, the Wild Card is there for the taking. We can do it… Let’s get this done.”

I wrote those words a week ago today and of course it was met with a lot of the usual consternation by the readers, one who wanted to know what kind of drugs they were giving me at the VA. But that’s okay because I actually love reading the snickering chatter whenever me or one of my staff pours it on with the optimism.

And I don’t do this as often as I should, but I gotta say thanks to MacDaddy for sticking up for me that day, and to TheFordhamFlash who saw how quickly that thread had devolved and wrote: “You people stink. Literally incapable of any sense of optimism.”

Those are the kind of fans I enjoy writing for and that keep me going. Having witnessed a couple of Mets miracles in my lifetime, I can’t surrender a season as quickly as so many other fans do. Where’s the fun in tossing in the towel in May or June or July?

Anyway, enough about that.

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Guys… With last night’s win the Mets have now won 9 of their last 11 games, and more important than that – we have leapfrogged the Pirates and the Marlins and we’re now only 1 1/2 games behind the Cardinals in the Wild Card standings.

Everything has changed so much in the past week and it actually has me saying screw the second wild card… We want and deserve the first wild card. And we have the team, the resiliency, the character, and the drive to get this done.

What I have seen from this team in the last seven days has emboldened the Ya Gotta Believe spirit within me.

Faced with the jeering and scrutiny of an unforgiving media, the Mets had the guts to hand five critical starts with playoff ramifications to youngsters Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and Rafael Montero – and they each came through in the most incredible, unimaginable and magnificent ways.

That, more than this recent bluster of home runs, has impressed me more than anything else during the Cardinals and yet to conclude Marlins series.

And can I say this again? Kelly Johnson is without question the best bench player in baseball right now.

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This Mets team never gives up no matter how much pain and adversity comes their way. They have no quit in them. None.

That begins at the top with Sandy Alderson, who reacted with such remarkable speed to acquire players like Johnson, James Loney, Jose Reyes and Justin Ruggiano in rapid response to a key injury to one of our integral players.

And even on the eve of the September 1 ultimate trade deadline, he snagged righty reliever Fernando Salas from the Los Angeles Angels to bolster the bullpen.

I love this team and I am so proud of how they seemingly play at their best when all the signs and odds point to the worst.

So yes, I say the hell with the second wild card. Let’s bring that one-game playoff to Citi Field where it belongs. Let’s not just stop at catching the Cardinals, let’s keep pouring the pressure on the Giants and Dodgers. We can do this.

It feels like we are a team of destiny, much like the Kansas City Royals were last season. We have all the pieces to bring home the gold this postseason.

The Mets are a team hardened by last postseason’s experience and this season’s commitment to finish the job. A commitment that has never once wavered in the Mets clubhouse even amidst all the doubts in the fan base.

What an incredible group of players we have in that clubhouse. That Ya Gotta Believe spirit is alive and well with this bunch, Tug McGraw would be so proud.  LGM

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Curtis Granderson Helps Power Mets to Victory Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:10:26 +0000 curtis granderson

Curtis Granderson did not enter the game until the sixth inning as a pinch-hitter Tuesday night. It though was still one of his best offensive games of the year as the Mets defeated the Marlins by a score of 7-4, overtaking them in the Wild Card and NL East standings.

Granderson, batting for starter Seth Lugo in the sixth, blasted a solo shot to leadoff the inning, giving the Mets some needed cushion. He would stay in the game in place of Jay Bruce after the homer, and he would provide more offense.

“It’s tough to pinch-hit in any situation,” Granderson said. “Not an easy task by any means.” (ESPN)

He would again get another at-bat in the seventh, this time with a man on base, something he has struggled with all season. This time though he would connect for a two-run shot to help break open the game for the Metropolitans. Of Granderson’s 22 homers this season, his seventh-inning shot against the Marlins on Tuesday was only his third with a man on base.

Granderson became the third player in franchise history to homer twice in a game he did not start. The others: Hawk Taylor in 1964 against the Phillies and Scott Hairston against the Nationals in 2011. 
It has been a down season for Curtis, hitting to a .223/.314/.433 slash with 22 homers and just 38 RBI. If last night though was an indication of the “Grandyman” coming around at just the right time, it could be a huge weapon for the Mets going down the stretch.
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