Mets Merized Online » Matt Garza http://metsmerizedonline.com Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:57:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 MMO Game Recap: Mets 14, Brewers 1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-mets-14-brewers-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-mets-14-brewers-1.html/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 02:06:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=181734 jacob deGrom

The Mets (21-16) defeated the Milwaukee Brewers (13-24) by a score of 14-1 Saturday night. Jacob deGrom had perhaps his best stuff all season tonight while Matt Garza had quite the opposite. The reigning NL Rookie of The Year pitched six innings while giving up one run, striking out six and walking one. He is now 4-4 on the year.

DeGrom helped his own cause in the 2nd. After a double by Eric Campbell and a walk drawn by Kevin Plawecki, deGrom slapped a base-hit up the middle and took advantage of the Brewers’ infield playing in. The hit drove in Campbell who was the only runner to score that inning after a 5-4-3 double-play off the bat of Wilmer Flores.

The Mets struck again two innings later. With runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out, Kevin Plawecki grounded  the ball to SS Luis Sardinas who fired home attempting to nab Michael Cuddyer trying to score. However, the throw was a bit wide of home plate and he was safe. DeGrom followed with his second base-hit of the game to load the bases for Wilmer Flores who promptly hit a grand-slam over the 370 sign in left-center field. That was his team-leading sixth home run of the year.

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The Metropolitans didn’t stop there. Singles from Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares followed by a walk drawn by Lucas Duda set the stage for Cuddyer who ripped a two-run double down the left-field line. This was the last straw for Craig Counsell and he pulled Garza at this point. His successor didn’t fair better against Daniel Murphy, who laced a two-run double into right-center field. This was his 200th career double. He scored in the next at bat when Campbell lined a base-hit into right field. This inning ended only after scoring ten runs.

DeGrom gave up one earned run in the 6th on a sac-fly off the bat of Ryan Braun that scored Luis Sardinas.

The Brewers manager pulled a NBA-like move in the bottom of the 6th by pulling most of his starters including Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun, Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez.

Erik Goeddell pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the Mets. He is definitely one of the more underrated call-ups of the year thus far.

The only Mets starter without a hit got on the board in a big way in the bottom of the seventh. Kevin Plawecki hit his second home run of the year into the left field stands, a no-doubter. AND THAT WASN’T ALL! Curtis Granderson hit a two-run home run later in the inning, his 4th of the year.

Jack Leathersich finished things off for the Mets in the 9th.

TL/DR: The Mets torched Matt Garza.

The Mets will play the rubber game of this series tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. as Noah Syndergaard (0-1) makes his Citi Field debut against Wily Peralta (1-4).

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MMO Game Recap: Brewers 7, Mets 0 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-brewers-7-mets-0.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-brewers-7-mets-0.html/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 02:31:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=181644 bartolo colon

The Mets lost to the Milwaukee Brewers tonight by a score of 7-0 at Citi Field. It is the Mets 5th consecutive loss.

Offense:

It was a lifeless effort by the Mets lineup, which has been one of the worst in the league during the month of May

They were completely shutdown by Kyle Lohse, who’s ERA stood at 7.03 entering the game.

New York recorded only three hits and a walk all night. Daniel Murphy was the only Met to provided an extra base hit with a double.

Pitching:

Bartolo Colon just didn’t have it tonight. It was his worst outing of the season as he allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings pitched.

With the aggressive Brewer’s lineup attacking Colon early in the count, he was hit hard and gave up a lot of damage.

Ryan Braun and Gerardo Parra both hit home runs off of Colon, and he also allowed RBI doubles to Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Gomez.

The Mets defense wasn’t able to bail Colon out of trouble either. Wilmer Flores committed another throwing error in the 4th inning, his ninth of the season, and Curtis Granderson also misplayed a fly ball during same inning.

Despite the poor outing, Colon is still 6-2 with a 3.86 ERA.

On Deck:

The Mets will look to rebound tomorrow in game two of the series at 7:10 PM. Jacob deGrom will get the start,  and he will face Matt Garza.

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Matt Garza Agrees To Four-Year Deal With Brewers http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/matt-garza-agrees-to-four-year-deal-with-brewers.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/matt-garza-agrees-to-four-year-deal-with-brewers.html/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:44:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=140613 rangers-matt garza

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with right-hander Matt Garza.

Garza, 30, was one of the top remaining starting pitchers still available on the market after Masahiro Tanaka signed his seven year, $155 million contract with the Yankees.

He posted a 10-6 record last season with a 3.82 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 136 strikeouts in 155.1 innings pitched with the Cubs and Rangers combined.

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Pitching Market On Hold Until Tanaka Signs By Friday Deadline http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/pitching-market-on-hold-until-tanaka-signs-by-friday-deadline.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/pitching-market-on-hold-until-tanaka-signs-by-friday-deadline.html/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:23:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=140319 tanakaThe clock is ticking on Masahiro Tanaka.

He has until Friday, January 24th to sign with a MLB club, and until he’s signed, sealed, and delivered – the rest of the free agent pitching market is in limbo.

The Yankees want Tanaka, but will he sign to play in New York?

Once he signs, the rest of the market will begin to fall. If I were the agent of 4 of the 5 top remaining Free Agent starters, I would hope that Tanaka signs anywhere, but the Bronx. Why? Because with the Yankees desperate to improve their starting pitching, they’ll be in the hunt for at least one or two of the top remaining arms and that means big dollars and over-sized deals.

That lull in the big-name free agent market is about to end and the Hot Stove will be heating up again by the end of this week.

Top 5 Remaining Free Agent Starting Pitchers:

Ubaldo Jimenez – Back in 2010, Ubaldo looked like he was about to become one of the dominant pitchers in the game. He was taming the thin air in Colorado and in the first half of the season, he went 15-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 18 starts. He came back to Earth with a 4-7 record and a 3.80 ERA in the second half. His 2011 and 2012 seasons weren’t anything spectacular by any imagination going a combined 19-30 (including a league leading 17 losses with the Indians in 2012) and saw his ERA climb to 4.68 and 5.40 over those two years. He returned back to form in 2013 for the Indians, going 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA and had a strong second half – going 6-5 with a 1.82 ERA in 13 starts down the stretch after a 4.56 ERA in the first half. He does take the ball regularly and will give whatever team signs him innings and has started at least 31 games for six consecutive seasons. If I were a GM, I’d be hesitant to tie up a lot of money and a lot of years in him. He’s a pitcher that had a great first half of 2010, a strong second half of 2013, and a lot of mediocre in between.

Ervin Santana – Ervin will take the ball. He’s started at least 30 games for the last four seasons and at least 23 games in all of his 9 MLB seasons. While he only had a 9-10 record last year, he posted a career low 3.24 ERA in 211 innings. He’s posted a sub-4 ERA 3 of the last 4 years while pitching over 200 innings those same three years. He was solid both at home and on the road as well as in the first and second half of 2013. Aside from his terrible 2012 season, his splits were also relatively consistent in 2010 and 2011. I wouldn’t go anywhere near the 5 years and $100 million he was reportedly asking, for he’s nowhere near a $20 million per year pitcher – but the back of his baseball card suggests that he’ll take the ball, give you innings, and more than likely will give you a solid outing.

Matt Garza – Every time I think of Matt Garza, I think of him spitting. Because he does it. A lot. That aside, we’re looking at a pitcher that’s made just 24 and 18 starts the last two seasons after a stress fracture in his elbow that cost him the end of 2012 and a lat strain that cost him the beginning of 2013. These injuries aside, he’s posted a sub-4 ERA for 7 straight seasons. 2014 will be his age 30 season. He may be a career .500 pitcher, but he can be a solid addition and a winning pitcher on a good team.

A.J. Burnett – A.J. is going into his age 37 season, but once he got out of New York, he’s proved he can still pitch – posting ERA’s of 3.30 and 3.51 in 2013 and 2012. He’s started at least 30 games each of the last 6 seasons and has had an ERA of 4.07 or lower in 8 of the last 10 seasons (the only exception being his last two years with the Yankees). A.J. will probably look to stay in the National League and in a smaller market. As long as he’s not in the Bright Lights, Big City – he should still be able to put up Big Numbers, Big Results for the right team next year.

Bronson Arroyo – Bronson is also entering his age 37 season but he also takes the ball every five days without fail. Arroyo’s made no fewer than 29 starts the last 10 years and since 2005, the only time he failed to reach 200 innings was in 2011 where he threw 199 innings. He’s also posted an ERA between 3.74 and 3.88 in 4 of the last 5 seasons. He should still be able to repeat over the next year or two.

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Mets Want Another Starter To Compete With Montero, deGrom and Mejia http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/mets-want-another-starter-to-compete-with-montero-degrom-and-mejia.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/mets-want-another-starter-to-compete-with-montero-degrom-and-mejia.html/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:27:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=139301 montero

According to what many agents have told Anthony DiComo, don’t expect the Mets to sign a starting pitcher anytime soon.

Agents predict that the market for Minor League deals will not heat up until the remaining top free agents — Masahiro TanakaMatt Garza and the rest — find new teams.

General manager Sandy Alderson, meanwhile, said he hopes to sign a veteran pitcher to a non-guaranteed deal, with the intent of pitting him against Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom in a Spring Training competition.

That’s pretty exciting news from our GM… You’ve gotta love the arms we have in the system right now… Some already here, some on the verge, and some still on the way…

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for Spring Training to begin so we can see these three young pitchers competing for a chance to win that coveted (to them) number five spot.

The only way Montero and deGrom make this team is to win that five spot, otherwise it will be back to Triple-A for both of them. At this point, you have to believe that Mejia is the favorite and that it’s his job to lose.

Plus the addition of another yet unsigned starter is certain to make the competition even more interesting next month. Only 36 more days until pitchers and catchers report…

Off Topic Note: I’m very sorry about the comments on the front page not reflecting the actual counts and showing up as zero. It bothers me as much as you. Disqus says that the problem will be resolved tonight. Thank you for your understanding.

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The Free Agent Market Shifts to Pitching http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/the-free-agent-market-shifts-to-pitching.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/the-free-agent-market-shifts-to-pitching.html/#comments Sun, 22 Dec 2013 18:14:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=136090 With Shin-Soo Choo now going to the Rangers, the top of the remaining free agent market shifts to pitching.

tanakaThe most coveted starting pitcher on the market this year, Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka, may or may not be posted by the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

The possibility still exists that he may be posted prior to spring training, but the date has already passed when most of the Japanese players that have been posted and signed to major league contracts has already passed.

Since the posting system was implemented following Hideki Irabu‘s refusal to sign with the Padres (and subsequently forcing his way onto the Yankees) – ten players have been posted and eventually signed to Major League contracts. Only one player (Kazuhisa Ishii) was posted after mid-December (January 3, 2002 by the Yakult Swallows). Even if he does post at a late date, teams (like the Yankees) who were hoping to land the import are going to have to start looking at other options to add a top pitcher to their rotation. It will be on to Plan B (or Plan C if they’re hoping to trade for David Price).

Top 5 Remaining Free Agent Starting Pitchers:

Ubaldo Jimenez – Back in 2010, Ubaldo looked like he was about to become one of the dominant pitchers in the game. He was taming the thin air in Colorado and in the first half of the season, he went 15-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 18 starts. He came back to Earth with a 4-7 record and a 3.80 ERA in the second half. His 2011 and 2012 seasons weren’t anything spectacular by any imagination going a combined 19-30 (including a league leading 17 losses with the Indians in 2012) and saw his ERA climb to 4.68 and 5.40 over those two years. He returned back to form in 2013 for the Indians, going 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA and had a strong second half – going 6-5 with a 1.82 ERA in 13 starts down the stretch after a 4.56 ERA in the first half. He does take the ball regularly and will give whatever team signs him innings and has started at least 31 games for six consecutive seasons. If I were a GM, I’d be hesitant to tie up a lot of money and a lot of years in him. He’s a pitcher that had a great first half of 2010, a strong second half of 2013, and a lot of mediocre in between.

Ervin Santana - Ervin will take the ball. He’s started at least 30 games for the last four seasons and at least 23 games in all of his 9 MLB seasons. While he only had a 9-10 record last year, he posted a career low 3.24 ERA in 211 innings. He’s posted a sub-4 ERA 3 of the last 4 years while pitching over 200 innings those same three years. He was solid both at home and on the road as well as in the first and second half of 2013. Aside from his terrible 2012 season, his splits were also relatively consistent in 2010 and 2011. I wouldn’t go anywhere near the 5 years and $100 million he was reportedly asking, for he’s nowhere near a $20 million per year pitcher – but the back of his baseball card suggests that he’ll take the ball, give you innings, and more than likely will give you a solid outing.

Matt Garza - Every time I think of Matt Garza, I think of him spitting. Because he does it. A lot. That aside, we’re looking at a pitcher that’s made just 24 and 18 starts the last two seasons after a stress fracture in his elbow that cost him the end of 2012 and a lat strain that cost him the beginning of 2013. These injuries aside, he’s posted a sub-4 ERA for 7 straight seasons. 2014 will be his age 30 season. He may be a career .500 pitcher, but he can be a solid addition and a winning pitcher on a good team.

A.J. Burnett – A.J. is going into his age 37 season, but once he got out of New York, he’s proved he can still pitch – posting ERA’s of 3.30 and 3.51 in 2013 and 2012. He’s started at least 30 games each of the last 6 seasons and has had an ERA of 4.07 or lower in 8 of the last 10 seasons (the only exception being his last two years with the Yankees). A.J. should probably look to stay in the National League and in a smaller market. As long as he’s not in the Bright Lights, Big City – he should still be able to put up Big Numbers, Big Results for the right team next year.

Bronson Arroyo – Bronson is also entering his age 37 season and he also takes the ball. He’s made no fewer than 29 starts the last 10 years and since 2005, the only time he failed to reach 200 innings was in 2011 where he threw 199 innings. He’s also posted an ERA between 3.74 and 3.88 in 4 of the last 5 seasons. He should still be able to repeat over the next year or two.

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MMO Fan Shot: Adjusting The Plan With RHP Matt Garza http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/mmo-fan-shot-adjusting-the-plan-with-rhp-matt-garza.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/mmo-fan-shot-adjusting-the-plan-with-rhp-matt-garza.html/#comments Sat, 23 Nov 2013 16:38:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133533 rangers-matt garza

Wait!!! What???? Spend $62 million bucks on a starting pitcher?

OK not exactly the headline remotely expected from the Mets front office, where pennies are pinched so much that they melt them down for the copper & zinc and sold off to Liberty Scrap Metal over in Jamaica. After rereading Mr. Sherman’s quote below thanks to BBLB, I started to kick around how such a methodical plan could be achieved with a fan base that could be mistaken for an anorexic. So starving for something, ANYTHING! To root for with a realistic chance of winning more games than not.

“From conversations with multiple executives, I sense the magic number is about $30 million for next year’s budget, to get the overall payroll into the $90 million-ish range again, with plans to steadily increase that over subsequent seasons.” – Joel Sherman, New York Post, September 23.

A flexible 30 million to spend in an offseason on talent, with a quick 25% spent on a one year stop gap, leaving 75% of money left over and seemingly 75% of the roster to make over. We all know how this story ends. All that taken into consideration I think the next move the Mets should make is sign Matt Garza to a four year, $62 million contract. When he is on he is an ace, at his worst he is better than most #3 starters. You can write down double digit wins, a 3.50 ERA a little less than a strikeout per inning.

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While a 200 IP has been the conversation, the Mets need someone who can be electrifying. Arroyo would be the safe play; 190 IP, 150 Ks, 10+ wins, but he hardly electrifies. With Harvey gone the Mets will need someone who can stop the four game slides. Neise and Gee are nice but they are what they are, not aces. Garza gives the Mets someone to take the ball on Opening Day.

Paying Garza an AAV of $15 million for four years doesn’t hinder the future, it actually enhances it. Wheeler’s mental toughness for New York has been thoroughly mentioned/questioned in various forms of media. Having Garza in front of him in the rotation would relieve a lot of the pressure. Garza also has the experience of dealing with being the man in a city starving for a pennant. Glancing an eye on 2015 he would slide down the rotation seamlessly. It would also allow the Mets to do as they wish with Montero and Thor – which is spread out the contracts of their rotation and not have them all come up for arbitration in the same 12 month period.

                    2014                  2015

  •          Garza                Harvey
  •          Niese                Wheeler
  •          Wheeler           Niese
  •          Gee                  Garza
  •          Mejia/Dice K    Thor

Alternatively, it would also allow the Mets to deal Gee, whose value will probably never be higher. In dealing Gee, perhaps Daniel Murphy, and one of their glut at first base, it would open up another $10-12 million on the books for another corner outfielder or shortstop while offsetting the cost of Garza in addition to the $8 million still on hand.

A deal for Garza would benefit the here and now as well as the tomorrow, allowing the Mets to leverage themselves into position on some of the more high priced talent available through trades.

Pitching wins right?

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MMO Free Agent Prediction Contest: Win Free Tickets To See The Mets In April! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/mmo-free-agent-prediction-contest-win-free-tickets-to-see-the-mets-in-april.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/mmo-free-agent-prediction-contest-win-free-tickets-to-see-the-mets-in-april.html/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:45:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131988 jacoby ellsbury

I was taking a look at a month old post from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, who enlisted the services of one unbiased agent and one unbiased GM to put together their free agent predictions for this 2013-2014 offseason.

I was curious to see where they had LaTroy Hawkins, Marlon Byrd and Josh Johnson pegged and surprising all three signed for far less than what many expected.

Here is what they came up with:

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Hawkins got literally half of what the consensus had projected, Johnson got 20% less than what they predicted, and Byrd they came closest to, but still less than what they expected on average.

I’m a little late on this, but we had a little Free Agent Prediction contest among our staff and wanted to share our predictions with you. We decided to go with what we believed were the top twelve available free agents and predict their ultimate destinations.

Johnson was included in our Top 12 and not one of us had him going to the Padres although many of us saw him going to the West Coast.

Here are the rest of our predictions including DrDooby who included projected deals as well…

DrDooby

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees, 8-years, $200 million

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Mariners, 6-years, $120 million

3. Brian McCann – Rangers, 5-years, $90 million

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Mets, 5-years, $95 million ;-)

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees, $70 million posting fee and 5-year, $55 million contract

6. Carlos Beltran – Red Sox, 2-years, $35 million contract

7. Ervin Santana – Cubs, 4-years, $54 million

8. Matt Garza – Phillies, 5-years, $75 million

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees, 1-year, $16 million

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox, 2-years, $28 million

11. Josh Johnson - Rangers, 2-years, $21 million

12. Nelson Cruz – Phillies, 3-years, $36 million

Clayton

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Yankees

3. Brian McCann – Rangers

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Rangers

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees

6. Carlos Beltran – Red Sox

7. Ervin Santana – Cubs

8. Matt Garza – Yankees

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Japan

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Padres

12. Nelson Cruz – Mariners

Kirk

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Mariners

3. Brian McCann – Rangers

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Reds

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees

6. Carlos Beltran – Cardinals

7. Ervin Santana – Royals

8. Matt Garza – Mets

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Nationals

12. Nelson Cruz – Phillies

Rusty

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Red Sox

3. Brian McCann – Yankees

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Phillies

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Dodgers

6. Carlos Beltran – Cardinals

7. Ervin Santana – Pirates

8. Matt Garza – Orioles

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Blue Jays

12. Nelson Cruz – Phillies

Satish

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Mariners

3. Brian McCann – Angels

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Pirates

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees

6. Carlos Beltran – Royals

7. Ervin Santana – Twins

8. Matt Garza – Giants

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Dodgers

12. Nelson Cruz – Rangers

William

1. Robinson Cano – Nationals

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Red Sox

3. Brian McCann – Yankees

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Mets

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees

6. Carlos Beltran – Yankees

7. Ervin Santana – Indians

8. Matt Garza – Angels

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Phillies

12. Nelson Cruz – Phillies

Gerry

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Cubs

3. Brian McCann – Yankees

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Reds

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Dodgers

6. Carlos Beltran – Cardinals

7. Ervin Santana – Royals

8. Matt Garza – Yankees

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Mets

12. Nelson Cruz – Philiels

Joe D.

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Cubs

3. Brian McCann – Rangers

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Tigers

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees

6. Carlos Beltran – Orioles

7. Ervin Santana – Royals

8. Matt Garza – Giants

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – A’s

12. Nelson Cruz – Phillies

Tommy

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Red Sox

3. Brian McCann – Yankees

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Mariners

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Cubs

6. Carlos Beltran – Cardinals

7. Ervin Santana – White Sox

8. Matt Garza – Reds

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Rangers

11. Josh Johnson – Jays

12. Nelson Cruz – Mets (why not)

Corey

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Rangers

3. Brian McCann – Rangers

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Yankees

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Dodgers

6. Carlos Beltran – Cardinals

7. Ervin Santana – Cubs

8. Matt Garza – Angels

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – A’s

12. Nelson Cruz – Phillies

Joe S.

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Red Sox

3. Brian McCann – Dodgers

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Cardinals

5. Masahiro Tanaka -

6. Carlos Beltran – Red Sox

7. Ervin Santana – Rockies

8. Matt Garza – Rockies

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Mets

12. Nelson Cruz – Mets

Barry

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Red Sox

3. Brian McCann – Yankees

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Phillies

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees

6. Carlos Beltran – Cardinals

7. Ervin Santana – Cubs

8. Matt Garza – Rangers

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Angels

10. Mike Napoli – Pirates

11. Josh Johnson – White Sox

12. Nelson Cruz – Indians

Peter K.

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Mariners

3. Brian McCann – Yankees

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Mets

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Angels

6. Carlos Beltran – Yankees

7. Ervin Santana – White Sox

8. Matt Garza – Rangers

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Dodgers

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Mets

12. Nelson Cruz – Rangers

Jim

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Rangers

3. Brian McCann – Yankees

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Mariners

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Cubs

6. Carlos Beltran – Phillies

7. Ervin Santana – Pirates

8. Matt Garza – Giants

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Cubs

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – White Sox

12. Nelson Cruz – Orioles

Xtreem

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Mariners

3. Brian McCann – White Sox

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Rangers

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees

6. Carlos Beltran – Cardinals

7. Ervin Santana – Orioles

8. Matt Garza – Pirates

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Cubs

12. Nelson Cruz – Phillies

I am going to giveaway a free pair of Mets tickets to an April game to the writer who comes the closest. But I also want to engage our readers as well and treat them to a free pair of tickets to see the Mets next season as well.

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So leave your predictions for the remaining 11 players below in the contest and the readers who correctly guesses the most destinations will win. In the event of a tie, here is the tie breaker. The one who comes closest to guessing the total guaranteed deal for free agent Robinson Cano. How much will he get? This is for guaranteed money only. Option years don’t count but buyouts do as they are guaranteed.

Met fans who finish in second and third place will get a free Metsmerized T-Shirt!

I need all ballots/responses by Midnight on Friday night.

Good luck to all of you!

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Featured Post: Eight Free Agents That Could Help The Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/featured-post-eight-free-agents-that-could-help-the-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/featured-post-eight-free-agents-that-could-help-the-mets.html/#comments Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:05:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=132266 ESPN’s Keith Law released his Top 50 Free Agents for this offseason on Tuesday. With the Mets rumored to have some payroll flexibility and a willingness to spend, this would be a great opportunity to take a look at some of the interesting names who may or may not be linked to the Mets this winter.

Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby-Ellsbury-homers-Red-Sox-win-0893DL4-x-largePosition: Centerfield 

Age: 30

2013: .298/.355/.426 | 9 HR | 52 SB | 5.8 WAR

Law’s take:

If, for the moment, we ignore Ellsbury’s injury-marred 2012 season, we’re looking at a 30-year-old centerfielder who plays outstanding defense, is a plus runner who adds value with his baserunning, and has generated over 14 WAR overall across his past two healthy seasons.

His 2013 skill set alone makes him the second-best free agent available, and the hope that he can recapture some of the power he showed in 2011, when he started to drop the bat head more often to drive pitchers on the inner half, likely will lead teams to bid him up over that $20 million mark.

My take:

I think Ellsbury is an intriguing name. He’s essentially Jose Reyes in the outfield. I say outfield and not centerfield because I’m a huge fan of Juan Lagares and if the Mets were to sign Ellsbury I would prefer it be as a leftfielder. However, with an annual average salary set to top $20MM I don’t see the Mets getting involved. This is a player you splurge on if you’re a bat away from contention and looking to maximize his value by playing him in center.

Masahiro Tanaka

tanakaPosition: Starting Pitcher (RHP)

Age: 25

2013 (NPB stats): 212 IP | 1.27 ERA | 183 SO | 32 BB

Law’s take:

Comparisons to Yu Darvish are unfortunate, and wrong, but if we must keep to former NPB players, Hiroki Kuroda is a better fit: A potential No. 2 starter with outstanding control and at least one above-average to plus off-speed weapon to miss bats.

The optimistic view of Tanaka sees incredible control and at least one pitch, possibly two, to miss MLB hitters’ bats, making him worth the $15 million-plus it’ll take in annual salary to sign him.

My take:

I think this is the player the Mets should be all-in on this winter. Most of you will scream about how the Mets need offense– and you’re right. However, under the current landscape of baseball a 25-year old potential #2 starter is never going to hit free agency. Teams are locking up their young players at much higher rates than ever before. Most of the pitchers reaching free agency these days are older, often injury prone or just flawed. Adding a pitcher of Tanaka’s ilk would help ease the loss of Matt Harvey while also freeing up the Mets to trade another one of their pitching prospects in an attempt to add offense.

Shin-Soo Choo

Shin-Soo ChooPosition: Outfield 

Age: 31

2013: .285/.423/.462 | 21 HR | 20 SB | 5.2 WAR

Law’s take:

Choo is among the best free-agent position players on the market, one whose WAR stats probably understate his value, as he was asked to play out of position (in center field) in 2013. Five years is probably too much given his age (32) and injury history, although it wouldn’t surprise me if he got that, and he’s worth close to $20 million a year to a high-revenue contender.

My take:

As I’ve previously written here on MMO, I’m not a proponent of the Mets signing Choo. I think his struggles against LHP are too large to ignore. He’s a borderline platoon player, another sentiment expressed by Law (which I didn’t include in this article as to not steal all his material). I agree with Keith that he’s a great sign for a high-revenue contender. While most fans want the Mets to be just that, they aren’t yet, and the price-tag that would come attached to Choo would also come with expectations I don’t think he’s capable of fulfilling. He’s a table-setter, not an impact bat that’s going to turn around an offense and franchise.

Stephen Drew

stephen drewPosition: Shortstop

Age: 30

2013: .253/ .333/.443 | 13 HR | 6 SB | 3.4 WAR

Law’s take:

In a market with few shortstop options, that should make Drew a hot commodity. He looked as good in the field as he had before he got hurt. Replacement level is so low at shortstop that the offense he provides against right-handed pitchers makes him a 3-4 WAR player when healthy, worth three years and $12 million to $14 million a year to discount for his durability.

My take:

Drew is a nice player, solid all-around aside from his platoon issues. The issue is that contending teams seeking a shortstop are going to overlook his injury history and hand him too many years at an inflated annual salary. That will probably take him out of the Mets range– and I that’s probably a good thing. I think you can find a player at the same position who will give you 80% of Drew’s value at a lesser cost.

Matt Garza

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee BrewersPosition: Starting Pitcher

Age: 29

2013: 155.1 IP | 3.82 ERA | 7.88 K/9 | 2.43 BB/9 | 2.2 WAR

Law’s take:

Garza followed the Ryan Dempster model one year later, pitching well for the Cubs, going to Texas in a trade, and pitching worse after the deal, hurting his stock a little as he heads into free agency. Assuming the 2012 elbow issue or 2013 lat strain don’t cause him to flunk a physical, he’s a three-year deal candidate in the $12 million to $14 million a year range.

My take:

I’m not hopeful that the Mets will throw themselves into the Tanaka bidding, so Garza should be their backup plan. He’s a solid mid-rotation pitcher who can pitch above that level on some days. The move to Texas saw both Garza’s HR/9 and HR/FB ratios bump up a decent amount. I think he could thrive in a big ballpark like Citi Field, especially with the Mets likely to have a solid defensive outfield.

Curtis Granderson

Curtis+GrandersonPosition: Outfield 

Age: 32

2013: .229/.317/.407 | 7 HR | 8 SB | 1.4 WAR

Law’s take:

In 2011, Granderson was worth 6.7 WAR (per FanGraphs), among the most valuable position players in the league.. His 2012 season was a step back, as his defense declined and he swung and missed more often just to maintain the same level of power output.. Sign him for three years and $40 million to $45 million, run him out to left field every day, and hope that he stays healthy.

My take:

Granderson could be an excellent buy-low candidate, and one who wouldn’t come with hefty expectations. He could provide the Mets with the power they’ve been completely lacking over the past couple seasons. Granderson, while no longer a center field option, could slide into left and provide adequate defense– something the Mets were lacking until the arrival of Eric Young last year. Coming to Queens would allow Granderson to stay in the same market, something that may appeal to him. I’m hoping this is a player the Mets are looking at closely.

Jhonny Peralta

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit TigersPosition: Shortstop

Age: 31

2013: .303/ .358/ .457 | 11 HR | 3.6 WAR

Law’s take:

Peralta’s a competent hitter for an infielder who created a ton of value for Detroit in the past three-plus years by standing around shortstop and playing adequate defense at a position where replacement value is currently somewhere in the crawl space under my house. It doesn’t look pretty, but it doesn’t have to. A fringe shortstop who posts a .340 OBP with 15-20 homers is practically an All-Star these days.

My take:

Many will be hesitant to add a player like Peralta because of his recent suspension due to alleged-PED use. I don’t like to get involved in the PED discussion, mostly because I don’t feel comfortable with the amount of information we have on the actual affects it has on on-field performance. Peralta is a solid player at a premium position of need for the Mets– that’s the important part. The fact that he may come at a discount makes him even more attractive.

Corey Hart

corey_hart_BrewersPosition: 1B/OF

Age: 31

2012: .270/.334/.507 | 30 HR | 2.2 WAR

Law’s take:

Hart missed all of 2013 after undergoing surgery on both knees, making his availability for full-time duty in 2014 something of a question mark, but making him one of the better high-risk/high-reward plays on the market.

A team like Tampa Bay, with a hole at first and a history of going after guys like this, could see great value on a one-year, $3 million to $4 million deal.

My take:

I’m a huge proponent of the Mets signing Hart. He could provide a huge boost for the Mets offense at an extremely low cost. Of course there are injury concerns, and nobody knows how Hart will come back from surgeries on both knees. But I think at the very least Hart could be a dangerous first base platoon-mate with either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda. At best he could be 2014′s version of Marlon Byrd– a player who provides much needed power and could be a trade chip come July.

Surely there’s a ton of names I didn’t cover here. With a team with as many holes as the Mets there’s dozens of players out there who could help them going forward. However this post was starting to run a bit long, and I wanted to cover the names you hear most associated with the Mets. Perhaps I’ll turn this into a two-parter. If there’s any players you feel I’ve overlooked just let me know in the comments.

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MLBTR and MMO Free Agent Predictions http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/mlbtr-and-mmo-free-agent-predictions.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/mlbtr-and-mmo-free-agent-predictions.html/#comments Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:51:22 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=132180 Curtis+Granderson

As over a dozen of our writers get ready to release our MMO Top 12 Free Agent Predictions on Tuesday, I got this email from XtreemIcon which led to an interesting debate that makes for a great segue into tomorrow.

Xtreem – Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors predicts that the Mets will sign Curtis Granderson, Stephen Drew, Bronson Arroyo and Roy Halladay to free-agent contracts this winter.

Joe D. – Has he been having headaches lately? :-)

Xtreem – I can see Granderson and Doc. Sandy is too smart for Arroyo.

Joe D. – I just don’t see Doc at all… He’s finished in my opinion… Drew and Arroyo seem likely… Granderson I just don’t see because someone is going to overpay big time for him and it won’t be Sandy…

Xtreem – I’d give Doc a deal. One year. He’s too cerebral a pitcher to be finished. If anyone can figure out how to come back, it’s him. Give him a year to re-establish his value. If it doesn’t work out, it’s one year. If it does, he pitches well and leaves after a year when Harvey’s back, Wheeler is a stud and Thor and Montero are ready for the rotation. Arroyo would be a disaster.

Joe D. – The thing about Arroyo is that he’ll give the Mets what they need and want most – innings. I don’t think we can count on Halladay for 200… In all honesty, I just wish they’d bring back Dice-K for one season and let him hold down the fort until Montero is ready or past his Super 2 cutoff…

Joe D. – I don’t see Thor getting called up before September 1st… I just don’t see the team putting themselves in a position where Harvey, Wheeler, Thor and Montero are all up for arbitration and then free agency within 12 months of each other. If this front office are the visionaries they portray themselves to be, they won’t let that happen.

Xtreem – What good is 200 innings if they’re average-at-best innings? Arroyo gives nothing but a rubber arm. His ERA is usually closer to 4 than 3.50. I’d rather gamble on a guy who might throw 130-150 really good innings and if his arm falls off, he’ll be replaced by a returning Hefner or Montero after June 1 or whenever Super 2 passes.

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What are your thoughts on MLBTR’s prediction for the Mets? He’s basically suggesting the Mets could spend $40 million or more this offseason and I just don’t see any scenario where that is remotely possible.

Of course, that’s just my opinion, but I’ve seen enough of this team over the last few years to get a good read on their situation and quite frankly I have a hard time believing they will spend $25 million let alone $40 million…

Speaking of predictions, I’m sorting all of our MMO Ballots and one of our writers gave his predictions with the team and potential size of their deals.

Here is what Joe Spector sent me…

1. Robinson Cano – $185/7 Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – $125/6 Red Sox

3. Brian McCann – $85/5 Dodgers

4. Shin-Soo Choo – $100/6 Cardinals

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Uhh who? lol

6. Carlos Beltran – $50/3 Red Sox

7. Ervin Santana – $12/1 Rockies

8. Matt Garza – $75/5 Rockies

9. Hiroki Kuroda – $25/2 Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – $30/3 Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – $9/1 Mets

12. Nelson Cruz – $30/2 Mets

You can get your own predictions ready for those twelve players as we’ll be making a contest out of this and giving away a pair of tickets to the Mets 2014 Home Opener…

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Who Will Be The Mets’ Biggest Free Agent Splash This Offseason? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/who-will-be-the-mets-biggest-free-agent-splash-this-offseason.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/who-will-be-the-mets-biggest-free-agent-splash-this-offseason.html/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:29:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131501 stephen drew

Is shortstop Stephen Drew “that” guy?

The financial handcuffs are finally off and Sandy Alderson apparently now has the wherewithal and flexibility to attack this offseason like he’s never had before.

If there’s a player out there that can help this team and improve the Mets in any particular area, money will not prevent Sandy from pursuing that option like it has in the past. Or so that’s the message the Mets are trying to convey this Fall and Winter… Whether or not you choose to believe it is purely up to you…

I was wondering what some of our writers thought about that, and who they thought would be the biggest splash we make this offseason that would improve the team.

Satish – Wow… do I let my pessimism run free here? My gut says LaTroy Hawkins, but I think we’ll go out and get Stephen Drew or Jhonny Peralta.

Kirk – I think in the end the biggest splash you may see from the Mets is the signing of a mid-rotation pitcher to hold us over while Matt Harvey makes his way back. Maybe a guy like Josh Johnson who is looking to prove his health and is willing to accept a one-year, incentive laden deal in order to do so. Another option would be someone like Matt Garza on a multi-year deal. He offers solid upside despite his late-season trouble in Texas which unlike Citi Field becomes a launching pad in the late stages of the summer.

Xtreem – That depends on the market, but I think they’d make the biggest play for Shin-Soo Choo.

DrDooby – I do believe the Mets have a real shot at Choo, Carlos Beltran or Jacoby Ellsbury – but could be involved in a heavy bidding war with a handful of more short term oriented teams. I do believe that the front office does see both the fit with one of these three players aligning with a need to show the public that the Mets will be serious players again, even below the “all-in” status of past years. As for who “WILL” be, I believe and have repeatedly stated that Bronson Arroyo would be a perfect fit in the current situation. 2-year-contract of about $25 million (comparable to what Ryan Dempster signed for last winter) – and provide a veteran stabilizer who takes the ball every 5th day for the otherwise young & fragile Mets staff.

Tommy – I think the biggest signing the Mets will make will be a mid-level bat with power, such as Jhonny Peralta or Nelson Cruz. In terms of signing a big name, Tim Lincecum could be on the way, although his popularity has exceeded his production the last 2 years.

Joe D. – As for me, a month ago I would have said Jose Abreu, fresh off of Sandy’s comments saying that his goal this offseason was to add a power bat and a first baseman. Obviously, that ship has sailed. I think the Choo, Ellsbury and Beltran ships will drift away from the Mets as well. I imagine that bringing back Marlon Byrd and hoping for him to duplicate his 2013 season would be right up the Mets’ alley for a number of reasons, the least of which would be the PR value and all the fluffy feel good stories that would accompany his signing. This is how the Men in Black operate these days. On the pitching front, I’d like to see them pursue a better class than they have in the last three seasons, but I wouldn’t rule out a simple one-year fix with Daisuke Matsuzaka or Aaron Harang. Shortstop is where they’ll likely exert their greatest effort and Stephen Drew could be that guy who becomes their biggest splash. Drew hasn’t played more than 125 games since 2010, but he’s coming off a somewhat solid season in which he batted .253/.333/.443 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI. I wonder how those numbers will play out at Citi Field? Nevertheless, Drew’s my pick for the biggest splash you’ll see the Mets make this offseason.

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Masahiro Tanaka Now A Perfect 24-0, Rated Best Available Pitcher By MLBTR http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/masahiro-tanaka-now-a-perfect-24-0-rated-best-available-pitcher-by-mlbtr.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/masahiro-tanaka-now-a-perfect-24-0-rated-best-available-pitcher-by-mlbtr.html/#comments Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:46:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130836 Masahiro -Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka made history last night, winning his 24th straight game this season without a loss. In the process, Tanaka led his team to their first Pacific League Championship since their establishment in 2005.

What an amazing season, going 24-0 with one save… That’s sick!

Joe D.

Original Post 10/7

I’m big on international signings — because in some cases, you get to add a new prospect to the system for just money, while others provide an established player for the same cost alone. Guys like Jose Abreu become a bit more tantalizing when you realize that they don’t cost a draft pick or require a package of prospects to be traded away — but can potentially provide the production of an all-star. The Mets were scouting Abreu recently, perhaps halfheartedly, and another international prospect: Masahiro Tanaka.

Japanese imports have produced a mixed bag for MLB teams, where you have guys like Kei Igawa listed as complete busts but Yu Darvish standing as one of the top pitchers in the AL. More than likely, the players will produce mixed results on their own, such as Daisuke MatsuzakaHideo Nomo, or Hiroki Kuroda — who have each experienced success in some way or form in the MLB. Takashi Saito and Koji Uehara are also two recent examples of starters converted into relievers who found success — another potential route to being a mainstay in the MLB.

Outside of Shohei Otani, I do not always pay much attention to Japanese pitchers — but Tanaka is a pretty talented young hurler. Coming off a 2013 season where he went 20-0 in 23 starts with a 1.24 ERA and just 26 walks in 188.0 innings pitched, it’s hard not to take notice of the guy. His best year was in 2011, where he went 19-5 in 27 starts with 226.1 innings pitched — to the tune of a 1.27 ERA and a 241:27 K:BB ratio. One of the biggest keys to Tanaka’s success is his walk rate — just a 1.9 BB/9 for his career and about a 1.1 over the last three years or so. He does a good job of keeping the ball in the ballpark and boasts a track record of being a work horse with 52 complete games in his career — 18 of them being shutout victories.

Tanaka possesses a respectable arsenal of four pitches: two fastballs (four-seam/two-seam), a slider, and a splitter. Ben Badler called Tanaka’s splitter, “…arguably the best splitter in the world.” His slider has serious bite to it and sits in the mid 80s. His fastball usually sits in the low 90s, but in the start that Badler scouted, he touched 97 MPH on his 108th pitch of the game — so he can reach back if needed. He turns 25 in November.

“He has good velocity, command and a great demeanor,” said a major league scout whose team is watching Tanaka closely. “He has a great splitter, which would make a difference in the majors.”

“He can strike out batters when he needs to,” he stated. “He really knows how to bear down. His slider is his secondary pitcher. We project him as a No. 2 starter for most MLB clubs.”

Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors ranks Tanaka as the best starting pitcher in this year’s free agent class followed by Ervin SantanaMatt GarzaHiroki Kuroda and A.J. Burnett.

Dierkes had the following to say about the young phenom.

“Tanaka leaps onto the list as a contender for the best available starting pitcher. Not technically a free agent, Tanaka will have to be posted by his Japanese team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles. He’ll play next year at age 25, coming off a 1.24 ERA in 181 innings for Rakuten.”

Now, signing a Japanese player is more complicated considering the posting system and all that stuff, but it’s fun to debate the thought. The Mets’ system is supposedly rich in young pitching — but as of right now, all of the young arms from Montero down are unproved commodities. As much as I hate to admit that there is a chance they can fail…it exists. For the record, I do love our prospects — I just want to be realistic.

It is my personal opinion that Tanaka has a solid chance to succeed in the MLB, but I doubt the Mets will target him (because they have no…marbles). If he was successful, it would allow the Mets the flexibility to trade some of the depth we have at pitcher to try and improve in other areas — namely shortstop.

Oh hey, somebody better warn Tanaka that wherever he ends up, he’s gonna be traded for Jack Parkman. :)

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Mets Should Consider Trading Zack Wheeler? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mets-should-consider-trading-zack-wheeler.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mets-should-consider-trading-zack-wheeler.html/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:35:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130490 zack wheeler

I thought I needed to have my eyes examined when I came across this article by Andy Martino of the Daily News who asserts that the Mets would be wise to consider trading Zack Wheeler.

Wheeler is an extremely talented pitcher, a gem that you don’t trade unless you receive a strong return. Like, say (and this is just me acting like a talk radio caller for a moment, not reporting on actual talks) David Price from Tampa Bay.  We know that the Rays will think seriously about trading Price this winter, but we do not know if Price — like Johan Santana did once — would consider signing a long-term extension before free agency.

It’s worth checking on, because Price is already the ace that Wheeler might one day become (and Tampa Bay doesn’t mind moving stars for players under control for several seasons). Same with Chris Sale in Chicago. Or perhaps Alderson should contact the agents for Ervin Santana and Matt Garza, and move Wheeler for a top hitter instead.

Martino argues that while nobody argues Wheeler’s talent, you have to make a painful sacrifice in order to acquire a top player.  He also adds that “those who had concerns about his personality fitting the New York market have not changed their minds after observing Wheeler during his rookie season. If anything, those concerns have grown.”

“Inside the clubhouse, the general view of Wheeler during his first season was, really quiet kid, really good arm.  Some teammates would support the idea of a trade, while some would consider it crazy. Same with team officials; there are no objective truths here, only educated risks.”

I don’t really see how the team could possibly entertain the thought of trading Wheeler, especially given the uncertainty surrounding Matt Harvey.

I would trade Noah Syndergaard, who to me is still a ways away, than Wheeler. We are emotionally invested in him and we’ve waited almost two years to see the prize from the Carlos Beltran trade. I’m not ready to give up on him now.

Alderson seems confident with the rotation, and while he intends to add a veteran arm this Winter, he said yesterday that he’d be” very surprised if we go high-end.”

“I think we are going to look for somebody like that can pitch innings for us, fill those spots if we need to fill them, while waiting for some of the younger guys to come along.”

By the way, Harvey is working his butt off at the Hospital for Special Surgery to strengthen his elbow so that he can begin pitching again soon. He remains even more confident that he will get through this without surgery. Alderson isn’t as confident as Harvey is, but ultimately he has no say in the matter and the only decision that matters remains with the player.

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Will Mets Sign A $100 Million Free Agent This Winter? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/will-mets-sign-a-100-million-free-agent-this-winter.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/will-mets-sign-a-100-million-free-agent-this-winter.html/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:29:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128678 jacoby ellsbury

I just finished reading a post on MetsBlog about the Mets and the possibilities of signing soon to be free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Red Sox center fielder has an asking price of more than $100 million dollars.

I’ve also seen names like Shin-Soo Choo and Robinson Cano mentioned as potential Mets targets or mostly players whom the fans would like to see the Mets hone in on.

My questions is this… Regardless of all the things we’ve heard from Sandy Alderson and his bosses and owners, Fred and Jeff Wilpon, do you really believe they will spend as freely as they have suggested?

Do you really think the Mets have the wherewithal to sign anyone this offseason to a $100 million dollar contract?

I mean who wouldn’t want Ellsbury or Choo or Cano, but lets be real here… Do you really believe those are valid options or mostly pipe dreams?

Here are the top ten free agents according to MLB Trade Rumors in their latest free agent power rankings.

1.  Robinson Cano, 2B

2.  Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

3.  Brian McCann, C

4.  Matt Garza, SP

5.  Shin-Soo Choo, OF

6.  Hiroki Kuroda, SP

7.  Ervin Santana, SP

8.  Carlos Beltran, RF

9.  A.J. Burnett, SP

10.  Chase Utley, 2B

Do you see any of these players in a Mets uniform?

Quite honestly, I can’t….

Do You Believe The Mets Will Sign A $100 Million Free Agent This Winter?

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One Of The Strangest Years A Professional Athlete Can Have http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/one-of-the-strangest-years-a-professional-athlete-can-have.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/one-of-the-strangest-years-a-professional-athlete-can-have.html/#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2013 05:45:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=126544 jordany-valdespin

A couple mornings ago I received a slew of text messages in rapid succession. They were all about the tweet released by FOX’s Ken Rosenthal and Jordany Valdespin’s 50-game suspension.

At first, I felt bad. My dark horse in 2013 added a new chapter entitled “PEDs” into the comedic novella he’s called a career. The one I called El Dramático for his propensity to pimp long home runs and throw tantrums when things didn’t follow the script had seemingly drawn his last straw.

Then I felt indifferent. Let’s face it. His stock was plummeting faster than Matt Garza’s Twitter followers. His days in New York were numbered anyway.

On a whole, I felt good Major League Baseball finally cracked down on athletes besmirching the game of baseball. I’m sick of listening to PEDs discussions and it’s about time players were held accountable.

After I visited both sides of the emotional spectrum, all I could think about was the bizarre year Valdespin’s had in general. What started out as a prospect poised to showcase his talent this season, turned into a six-month odyssey that often fell outside any reasonable verisimilitude. I hope Alex Rodriguez is sending thank you cards to Valdespin for carrying some of the load in New York.

In honor of our fallen compañero, let’s reminisce about the season El Hombre has had. In reality, we’ll probably never see him in a Mets uniform again.

March 11, 2013 vs. Detroit Tigers

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During a Spring Training game, Valdespin launched a home run off Justin Verlander over the right-field wall. Then after a ground out, Valdespin stepped in against Verlander and took a 94-mph fastball right in the cojones. When media asked where the ball hit him, in throwback fashion, Valdespin answered, “My manhood.” No damage was done, which has now led many to jest that his grapes were actually raisins…

April 24, 2013 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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In a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 10th inning, Valdespin faced Josh Wall with the bases juiced. With one out, all Valdespin needed to do was hit a deep fly ball to win the game. On a 2-1 pitch, he did just that and ended up winning the game on a walk-off grand slam. As Valdespin does with most home runs, he strolled down the line holding his bat out as if the bat boy was going to rush out and grab it before he rounded first. Unfortunately, the story didn’t end there. John Buck smacked Valdespin in the face with a pie during a postgame interview so hard that the impact could have been heard in San Pedro de Macoris and for all the wrong reasons; many were furiously talking about the Latin enigma.

May 7, 2013 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

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Let’s set the scene: bottom of the ninth, one out and Valdespin steps into the box to pinch-hit against veteran reliever Jose Contreras. Contreras quickly falls behind Valdespin and on a 2-0 pitch, JV1 swings out of his shoes, flings his left leg back behind home plate, cranks one deep into the Pepsi Porch AND THE METS…cut the lead to five. We all remember Valdespin taking a second to admire his work and then staring defiantly into his own dugout.

The next day, manager Terry Collins sent Valdespin up to pinch-hit fully armored, much to Valdespin’s chagrin, knowing he’d get drilled. Low and behold, Pirates reliever Bryan Morris obliged Collins and plunked Valdespin. What ensued was a week-long media frenzy that still lingers with every mention of the Dominican utilityman.

July 13, 2013

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During a demotion to Triple-A, a volatile Valdespin allegedly called Collins a “c—sucker.” The incident happened after a 4-2 loss to the Pirates and left a teary-eyed Valdespin wondering, “How could this possibly be happening to the man right now?” Valdespin was reported to have tried inventing an injury to land on the DL, but instead was relegated to the Las Vegas 51s with only a strained left ego muscle. He left the Mets with a .188 batting average, four home runs, 16 RBIs and a chip on his shoulder.

July 29, 2013 vs. Sacramento River Cats

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Valdespin got the start at second base for the Las Vegas 51s. He hit a three-run bomb in the third inning and subsequently got plunked later in the game. In retribution, 51s pitcher Armando Rodriguez hit River Cats second baseman Grant Green and the benches cleared. The aftermath was the ejection of Rodriguez, Valdespin and both managers. ‘Spin was then sentenced to a three-game suspension. He hit .466/.537/.759 with three home runs and 24 RBIs in 16 games for Las Vegas.

August 5, 2013

 

 

That brings us to Monday.  At 9:33 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, Ken Rosenthal single-handedly caused my Twitter feed to erupt into orange-and-blue bedlam. He took Mets fans by surprise when he mentioned Valdespin would be one of two Mets players to serve a 50-game suspension. The other was the more obvious Cesar Puello.

Valdespin has now been suspended by two different baseball leagues in the same week, a feat I never thought possible, and will try for the cycle in 2014.

I’m not sure how to feel about El Dramático anymore. To be honest, I, like many others, have sort of detached myself. He could feasibly play for the Mets in the last few games of the season. By then we’ll know if the Mets have a shot. If he does play, fans will either cascade him with heaps of heckling or pray that he has one more dramatic at-bat to save the season. My money is on the former.

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With Suspension Looming For Cruz, The Rangers Should Give Alderson A Call http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/with-suspension-looming-for-cruz-the-rangers-should-give-alderson-a-call-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/with-suspension-looming-for-cruz-the-rangers-should-give-alderson-a-call-2.html/#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:07:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=126183 nelson-cruz-texas-rangersMajor League Baseball has reportedly informed the union of the 13 players they intend to suspend in the Biogenesis case, according to the Associated Press. Alex Rodriguez highlights the list of those expected to be punished, however a number of other prominent players face bans that could significantly impact the playoff hunt, forcing several potentially affected teams into a last-minute frenzy for insurance now a mere hours before the 4pm trade deadline.

One of those teams could be the Texas Rangers, who after losing Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and Mike Napoli this winter, now stand to lose their All-Star outfielder for the remainder of the season in Nelson Cruz. Already fighting to remain in the Wild Card hunt, the loss of Cruz would prove to be a devastating blow to the Rangers’ chances.

With the Mets playoff hopes fading, even given their recent improvement in play, it would behoove them to seriously consider moving Marlon Byrd to replace Cruz at right field in Arlington, granted if the price is right.

The Tigers, in a similar situation as Texas, traded one of their top prospects in Avisail García last night in a three team deal that landed them shortstop Jose Iglesias. With a suspension lurking overhead for Jhonny Peralta, GM David Dombrowski decided to take no chances with his team in the thick of a pennant race.

With it seeming ever more likely that Nelson Cruz will miss significant time due to the Biogenesis scandal, the Rangers need to act fast. They have already shown their willingness to mortgage the future for the here-and-now, exemplified by the recent Matt Garza trade, and if the asking price on Alex Rios is too high, their next call should be Sandy Alderson regarding Marlon Byrd.

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Yankees Land Alfonso Soriano From Cubs http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/yankees-land-alfonso-soriano-from-cubs.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/yankees-land-alfonso-soriano-from-cubs.html/#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:37:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125847 soriano

According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, Major League Baseball has just approved the trade of Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs to Yankees. Bowden said that Soriano officially waived his no-trade rights and the trade is now official.

The Cubs will pay roughly $17.7 million of the approximately $24.5 million left on Soriano‘s contract, and that they are considering several low-level minor league pitching prospects in return.

Soriano returns to the Yankees, with whom he made his major league debut as a second baseman in 1999. He was traded to the Rangers as part of the Alex Rodriguez deal in 2003. After a year of playing outfield for the Nationals, he signed with the Cubs in 2007 and has primarily played left field.

The Yankees are desperate for power and the Cubs, who are in sell-mode,are looking to move any of their veterans.

Soriano, 37, has hit .254/.287/.467 with 17 home runs in 93 games this season with 48 runs, 51 RBI and 10 stolen bases.

The Cubs have already moved Matt Garza to the Rangers on Monday and have previously moved Scott Feldman and Scott Hairston. Theo isn’t messing around…

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Thoughts On Trading D’Arnaud, Plawecki’s Projectability, and Targeting Corey Hart http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/thoughts-on-trading-darnaud-plaweckis-projectability-and-targeting-corey-hart.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/thoughts-on-trading-darnaud-plaweckis-projectability-and-targeting-corey-hart.html/#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:09:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125709 plawecki

Thoughts from Joe D.

I wanted to chime in on a post that appeared here yesterday. It was an excellent discussion about the possibility of trading Travis d’Arnaud for Jurickson Profar, where Kevin Plawecki would fit in, and the possibility of taking a flyer on the currently injured Corey Hart who becomes a free agent after this season.

First, I disagree that a lot needs to fall in place for Plawecki to be a solid major league catcher. He already has a leg up on D’Arnaud defensively and that’s not even a debate. Plawecki is also a better contact hitter, understands the strike zone, and doesn’t have a noisy swing like D’Arnaud. His swing has a natural upper cut as it moves across the plate which may suggest a power spike in his future. His 38 doubles and 14 home runs in 550 pro at-bats is an indicator of his power potential. What strikes me and a scout I spoke to most about Plawecki, is his mean streak and toughness behind the plate. He’s had three collisions at the plate that not only saw him make the out, but also being able to shake the dust off, rise up and sneer at the runner. I like that.

Second, D’Arnaud’s stock in trade has tumbled, while Profar’s has risen. No way they make an even swap and the second piece we give back has to be a top-level prospect as well.

So would I try and trade for Profar? Absolutely, but it would take more than D’Arnaud who is 25 already next season. We have nothing on the horizon at shortstop and Ruben Tejada is still just a stopgap. But I certainly wouldn’t keep from trading D’Arnaud to improve the team because of concerns about Plawecki. It’s not his fault he in St. Lucie and most feel he should have been in Triple-A by now. Problem is Mets have logjams at first base and catcher and too many prospects are playing at levels that are not even a challenge to them.

Finally, as for Hart. I don’t see the fascination other than rolling the dice on another player looking to establish value. If the player breaks out the Mets let him walks like all the others, if he flops he’s released by Memorial Day. It’s time for this team to stop thinking little picture with these scrap heap stopgaps, and instead acquire players for the purpose of adding to our longer term success.

Original Post 7/24

In an effort to be a little more interactive with the readers, since I’m not usually around during the day to respond to comments frequently, I grabbed two comments that I thought were great discussion starters off MetsMinors…

Dave in Spain commented…

Satish — Ideally this would be great. I wonder if the Mets would take a look at Corey Hart on a short-term, incentive based deal this offseason. He hasn’t played this year due to injury, but he´s a monster power threat. If the Mets are ready to move on from Davis and Duda, he might be an option.

Good thinking here, Dave…

Corey Hart would fit nicely into our line-up as a right-handed power threat and could play not only first base, but the corner outfield spots. However, I think his history of consistent play beforehand may put him in a place to command more money than we’d be willing to give him. In addition to that, the Mets seem to be grooming Wilmer Flores to play first base, and if so, he could fit in nicely as a right-handed power threat. I’m pretty high on Flores, who has basically shown improvement offensively and defensively in each of the last few years, so I’d actually be comfortable with that. I still haven’t given up on Ike Davis yet, by the way, although my hope for him has severely diminished.

Don’t be afraid to throw Allan Dykstra‘s name into the conversation at first base as well…

BadBadLeroyBrown commented…

Hey Satish,

Interesting question or scenario…It was said by Sandy that he attempted to trade RA Dickey to the Rangers for a package[after investigating rumors] that presumably included Mike Olt and Martin Perez or Justin Grimm and he was rejected… But after acquiring d’Arnaud for Dickey Rangers were offering the same package (Olt & Perez or Grimm) straight up for d’Arnaud.

Joe D. mentions it here in this article as well.

And what brings more credence to this rumor, the Blue Jays and the Rangers were really the only two teams at the forefront that were seriously after Dickey. Not to mention the fact that the Rangers GM Jon Daniels was already reported to be hot for d’Arnaud that offseason before the RA Dickey trade went down as you can read here. So there was a connection between these 3 teams and said players….

So it leads me to this….My whole point for this post….

Would you consider calling up the Rangers and starting talks to swap players????

Travis d’Arnaud for Jurickson Profar?

Obviously my opinion is YES!!! Profar the younger player higher upside both play premium positions with offense to go with it…

At the very least it is worth investigating on Aldersons part…And it makes sense for both teams.

Sign me up if the Rangers were interested — but I doubt they are. Trading TDA would be putting faith in Kevin Plawecki as the catcher of the future, which most people have mixed feelings about, including me. Do not get me wrong here, I think Plawecki is a very talented young catcher who could turn into a good major league catcher, but there’s a lot that needs to fall into place for that to happen.

In addition, Here’s the issue with trading d’Arnaud at this point — his trade value is as low as it can get. His highest value is likely with us and that means we’re going to have to ride or die with the young man. This is not as bad as it seems at all, because d’Arnaud still embodies the potential to become a future all-star and provide above-average offense as a premium position. However, it is extremely unlikely the Rangers would jump on that offer, perhaps even more-so after emptying some of their farm for Matt Garza.

Remember, if you want to talk Mets Minors, jump on over to MetsMinors.Net

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Rangers Land Matt Garza From Cubs For Four Prospects http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/rangers-land-matt-garza-from-cubs-for-four-prospects.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/rangers-land-matt-garza-from-cubs-for-four-prospects.html/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:53:22 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125538 MLB: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers

Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza was traded Monday to the Texas Rangers for four prospects, the team confirmed.

The Cubs and Rangers finally worked out the details of a trade that will send third baseman Mike Olt and right-handed pitchers C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm, plus a player to be named, to the Cubs in exchange for the veteran right-hander.

One of the players could be right-hander Neil Ramirez, or other players if the Cubs choose to pick someone else.

The deal is pending physicals for the players involved.

After missing the first two months of this season, Garza has gone 6-1 in 11 starts with a 3.17 ERA, including 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six.

With five starters on the disabled list — left-hander Matt Harrison, right-handers Yu Darvish, Alexi Ogando, Nick Tepesch and Colby Lewis — the Rangers needed a top-of-the-rotation type starter to contend in the American League West.

Texas is two games behind the Oakland Athletics in the division to begin the second half of the season.

The Cubs have already traded outfielder Scott Hairston, who was dealt to the Washington Nationals, right-hander Scott Feldman, who was sent to the Baltimore Orioles, and right-handed reliever Carlos Marmol, who was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Nationals Acquire Scott Hairston From The Cubs http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/nationals-acquire-scott-hairston-from-the-cubs.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/nationals-acquire-scott-hairston-from-the-cubs.html/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:45:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124183 Scott Hairston (Photo by Jim Mancari)The Washington Nationals acquired Scott Hairston on Monday from the Chicago Cubs for minor league pitcher Ivan Pineyro.

Chicago general manager Jed Hoyer said on a conference call there are “players to be named (later) on either side,” but they “will not affect the balance of the deal.”

The Cubs signed Hairston to a two-year deal in the offseason to platoon in right field, but he struggled, batting .172 with eight home runs and 19 RBI.

Just last week, the Cubs also traded pitchers Scott Feldman and Carlos Marmol along with catcher Steve Clevenger, and there are rumors circulating that starter Matt Garza could be traded too.

Pineyro, 21, is 6-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 15 starts at Class-A and was named to this year’s South Atlantic League All Star Team. Going into this season, Hagerstown pitching coach told MLB.com, that if Pineyro continues to pitch the way he has been, he will be a big league pitcher.

I’m surprised the Cubs did this well considering that Hairston was having such an awful, awful season… The other negative is that the Nationals are also saddled with his $2.5 million salary for the 2014 season…

It also begs the question that if Theo Epstein could get a prospect like Pineyro for Hairston now, I wonder what the Mets could have gotten when Hairston was the team’s second best slugger behind Wright last season?

And then of course, what could the Mets get now for Marlon Byrd?

(Photo Credit: Jim Mancari)

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Nieuwenhuis Launches A Walk-Off Homer In Dramatic 4-3 Comeback Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/nieuwenhuis-launches-a-walk-off-homer-in-dramatic-4-3-comeback-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/nieuwenhuis-launches-a-walk-off-homer-in-dramatic-4-3-comeback-win.html/#comments Sun, 16 Jun 2013 20:28:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122230 kirk nieuwenuis

The New York Mets came back from a three run deficit in the ninth to beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 after a dramatic walk-off three run blast by Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Things didn’t start off so good for the Mets as poor Jeremy Hefner was once again the victim of shoddy defense (2 errors) and no run support – a recurring theme now for the 27-year-old righthander. Hefner allowed just one earned run in the first and scattered six hits before being pulled for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth. He struck out five and walked one in 5.0 innings, and lowered his ERA to 3.95 for the season – second only to Matt Harvey in the rotation.

What a comedy of errors for the Mets in the fifth as a David Wright throwing error followed by a Daniel Murphy throwing error allowed tw unearned runs to score. I though Terry Collins was going to puke – he looked pretty nauseous to me.

Carlos Torres made his Mets debut with two sharp innings in relief of Hefner, and David Aardsma followed up with a 1-2-3 eighth. Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth and got the surprise win.

The Mets were just invisible on offense today against Matt Garza who absolutely owned them. The veteran righthander kept backing them off the plate throughout the entire game, pitching them inside and then getting them out on the outside corner. In seven innings he held the Mets to just three hits.

Here come the Mets…

With the Mets down to their last three outs, ol’ reliable Marlon Byrd, led off the ninth with his 11th home run of the season off reliever Carlos Marmol to get things started. A rattled Marmol then walked Lucas Duda and allowed a John Buck single to put the tying runs on base with nobody out.

After a successful bunt by Omar Quintanilla, up came the slumping Kirk Nieuwenhuis and BAM! Kirk crushes a slider over the right field wall and into the Pepsi Porch for a dramatic walk-off home run and an exciting 4-3 Father’s Day victory for the Mets… Wow!

If you had blinked, you would have missed the show because it all happened so fast.  Watch it again…

So the Mets were able to salvage the final game and avoid the sweep. Now they head to Atlanta for a big five game series that will have Dillon Gee starting things off on Monday night at 7:05 PM followed by Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler on Super Tuesday.

Great win… Lets Go Mets!

kirk walkoff

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