Mets Merized Online » Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com Sun, 01 May 2016 11:00:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.13 EIGHT STRAIGHT! Mets Hold On To Beat Giants 6-5 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/eight-straight-mets-hold-on-to-beat-giants-6-5.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/eight-straight-mets-hold-on-to-beat-giants-6-5.html/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:14:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210816 Despite some late inning drama, the Mets (15-7) were able to hold on and beat the San Francisco Giants (12-13) at Citi Field this evening by a score of 6-5. In the process, the Mets earned their eighth straight victory.

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Pitching:

Jacob deGrom got the start for the Mets, and though the young righty didn’t have his best stuff, was able to keep the Mets in the game and turn in six innings, allowing three runs, while striking out five and walking four. The three runs attributed to deGrom were unearned and all came in the third inning.

Jim Henderson came on to pitch the seventh inning, and pitched 2/3rd’s of an inning, putting two on, and being pulled in favor of Addison Reed.

Reed was able to finish off the inning, but got into trouble in the eighth, loading the bases. Terry Collins decided to go to Hansel Robles to tight rope out of danger.

Robles got two outs on sacrifice flies that put the Giants within one run, before Jerry Blevins ended the inning with the lead still in tact.

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Offense:

The Mets jumped out to an early 4-0 lead by the second with RBI hits from none other than Neil Walker and Michael Conforto respectively.

Michael Conforto, who has been white hot, added his fourth home run of the year in the fifth inning, a solo shot to right field. Conforto went 3-for-4 and scored two runs.

Wilmer Flores then played a little long ball of his own in the sixth inning, launching his first home run of the year to left central, which proved to be the difference.

Lucas Duda also had a nice day at the plate going 2-for-3, as well as drawing a walk.

On deck:

The Mets will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon, with a battle of the aces. Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 1.69 ERA) takes on Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 3.64 ERA) with the first pitch at 1:10 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Giants vs Mets, 4:05 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-thread-giants-vs-mets-405-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-thread-giants-vs-mets-405-pm.html/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:14:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210785 jacob degrom

Saturday, April 30, 2016 • 4:05 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Matt Cain (0-2, 6.43) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1.54)
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Last night was pretty great! The Mets set a few team records including but not limited to: most runs scored in an inning (12), most RBI’s recorded by one player in an inning (6-Cespedes), and most consecutive games with an extra-base hit (9-Cespedes). I still remember where I was watching the game where the Mets scored 11 runs in one inning in 2006 at Wrigley and I’m sure everybody watching the game last night will have similar memories. Overshadowed by the offense explosion in the 3rd inning was another strong start by Steven Matz and Logan Verrett – who lowered his ERA to 0.52 on the season.

Mets Lineup (14-7)

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Michael Conforto, LF
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B
  6. Neil Walker, 2B
  7. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  8. Rene Rivera, C
  9. Jacob deGrom, RHP

Giants Lineup (12-12)

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Angel Pagan, LF
  3. Matt Duffy, 3B
  4. Buster Posey, C
  5. Brandon Belt, 1B
  6. Hunter Pence, RF
  7. Brandon Crawford, SS
  8. Kelby Tomlinson,2B
  9. Matt Cain, RHP

Jacob deGrom heads to the mound today to keep the good times rolling. He’s 2-0 in as many starts on the season logging 11.2 innings with a 1.54 ERA. His last start was his first coming back from his lat injury. He allowed only 1 ER over 5.2 innings while scattering 8 hits. Last year he had a tremendous start against the Giants holding them scoreless and to 2 hits over 8.0 innings while walking none and striking out 10. The Giants have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Belt 2-5
  • Crawford 0-6
  • Panik 0-6
  • Pence 1-6, 2B
  • Span 2-5
  • Blanco 0-3
  • Duffy 0-3
  • Posey 0-3

Matt Cain will try to not allow 12 runs in a single inning tonight. He’s 0-2 on the season over 4 starts and 21.0 innings with an ERA of 6.43. His first start of the season was good, allowing 2 ER over 6.0 innings. Since then he has allowed 13 ER over 15.0 innings. Last year, Peavy had a very good start against the Mets as he held the Amazin’s scoreless over 6.0 innings and only allowing 2 hits while striking out 7. The Mets have the following numbers vs Cain:

  • Wright 11-28, 6 2B
  • Walker 2-10
  • Duda 1-10, 3B
  • De Aza 2-6, 3B
  • Cepedes 0-5
  • Granderson 1-4, 3B
  • Cabrera 0-3
  • Lagares 1-3
  • Plawecki 1-2, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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Jacob deGrom Ready To Pitch On A Normal Routine http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/jacob-degrom-ready-to-pitch-on-a-normal-routine.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/jacob-degrom-ready-to-pitch-on-a-normal-routine.html/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:26:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210789 jacob degrom

Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1.54 ERA) looks to continue his early season success against San Francisco Giants starter Matt Cain (0-2, 6.43 ERA) as the Mets will be searching for their eighth straight win.
DeGrom will pitch in his second start since his son, Jaxon, was born. Manager, Terry Collins, believes that now that deGrom can get back on a regular schedule, he could only benefit from it. Previously deGrom had gone 16 days between starts while on medical leave due to medical complications with his newborn son as well as dealing with a lat issue.
“There is a pattern you get in as a baseball player,” Collins said. “When you’re out there every fifth day, you’re in a comfort zone. The fact Jake is back in more of a pattern will help him, and the fact things at home are settled down will ease his mind a little bit.” (Newsday)
Jacob returned to the mound against the Reds last Sunday, picking up his second win of the season. He pitched 5.2 innings while allowing eight hits but just one run and striking out three. The normalcy for deGrom will be a nice change of pace as he settles in to the 2016 season. After his last start deGrom felt good getting back into the swing of things.
“Everything feels physically fine,” deGrom said. “I think getting back in a game was a little strange, you try to simulate that in Florida, but the actual game is a little different. It felt a little different out there today, but I was able to work through 5 2/3 innings.”
Now back with the team full time, look for deGrom to get back to his dominant self. It also helps knowing that his biggest fan, Jaxon, will be watching every pitch his father throws at home with Jacob’s wife, Stacey.

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Steven Matz Earns Third Consecutive Victory In Mets’ Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/steven-matz-earns-third-consecutive-victory-in-mets-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/steven-matz-earns-third-consecutive-victory-in-mets-win.html/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:01:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210787 steven matz 2

New York Mets southpaw, Steven Matz, has put that first start of the season in the rear view mirror and has not looked back. After allowing seven runs in 1.2 against the Miami Marlins on April 11th, Matz has righted the ship and on his way to a nice season if he continues going the way he is now.

Last night the Mets put up a franchise record 12 spot in the third inning for Mr. Matz and that was more than enough offense for him, as the team rolled to a 13-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants Friday night. Matz pitched six scoreless innings on the night, he allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out four. Steven matched a career high last night by tossing 110 pitches to get through his start to pick up his third consecutive win.

Matz did get himself into same jams last night, and he wiggled out of each of them without harm. In both the first and third innings he skirted from trouble by leaving two runners on base each time. Matz struggled with his command at times, throwing 24 pitches in just the first inning. He was able though to settle down to navigate through six innings in a blowout. Manager, Terry Collins was very pleased with his Poise, especially after the long delay he had due to the offensive explosion.

“You see a lot of young guys that go out there with that big lead and say, ‘I’m just going to throw my fastball,’” Collins said. “He didn’t do that. He tried to work both sides of the plate and he tried to pitch. That’s what impressed me about him.” (ESPN)

Steven sat through a 40-minute highlight reel of his offense scoring 12 runs in just one inning. He threw a bit in the cage below the dugout to try and keep warm for whenever the bottom of the third may start. Matz also used a massage machine to keep his arm loose. He had no worries coming back out after the long delay.

“I felt really good coming back out,” Matz said. “I made a couple of stupid walks there, but I felt ready and felt like I was able to keep my rhythm.”

It wasn’t the greatest of conditions to pitch in last night. Rain poured down throughout the night, not enough to delay the game, but enough to annoy while attempting to play.

“It was a tough night to pitch. But our starting pitching is starting to get on a roll,” Collins said. “We can ride that starting pitching a long time. And even if you fall into those situations where you’re not scoring, they’re tough to score off of.”

Steven Matz is now 3-1 on the season and has lowered his ERA all the way down to 3.86 after starting with one of 37.80 after just one game. With Matz seemingly moving in the right direction, this staff is starting to roll as they march towards May.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets Pummel Giants On Historic Night 13-1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-recap-mets-pummel-giants-on-historic-night-13-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-recap-mets-pummel-giants-on-historic-night-13-1.html/#comments Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:58:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210759 steven matz 2

The New York Mets (14-7) pummeled the San Francisco Giants (12-12) by a score of 13-1 in the opener of a three game set at Citi Field Friday night.  The Mets set a franchise record for 12 runs in the third inning in what was a rout over the potential playoff contending Giants.

Pitching:

Steven Matz hurled six shutout innings tonight in what ended up being a lopsided victory over the Giants.  Matz gave up seven hits (all singles), walked three, and struck out four.  Matz wasn’t perfect tonight and noted that he did not have an effective curveball working but he was still plenty good enough to shut down an excellent Giants lineup.

Jerry Blevins came on in the seventh inning in what ended up being straight mop up duty and would surrender a home run to Angel Pagan to break up the shutout.  That would be all for the Giants offense on the night.

Logan Verrett pitched another scoreless inning in the eighth.

Antonio Bastardo finished the game off with a scoreless ninth.

 

Offense: 

Holy smokes!  It all started off so innocently as Curtis Granderson coaxed a leadoff walk from Jake Peavy in the bottom of third inning.  David Wright followed with a walk of his own to put runners on first and second with no out.

Michael Conforto then decided to blast a double in his fifth straight game to put the Mets up 1-0.  Yeonis Cespedes would then smack a single on a line drive to CF Denard Span to make it 3-0. Lucas Duda would then walk.  Neil Walker would do “Neil Walker things” of late and hit a clutch double to make it 4-0.

Asdrubal Cabrera crushed a double to make it 6-0. Kevin Plawecki then walked.  Steven Matz would strike out for only the first out of the inning.  Curtis Granderson singled to make it 7-0 and start the line over again.

The Cap would then single on a line drive to load the bases.  Conforto then singled to make it 8-0 and leave the bases loaded again.  Yoenis Cespedes put the exclamation point on the history books with a GRAND SLAM over the LF wall to make it 12-0 all in the third inning.  Whew! Wow! What an inning.

The Mets would add on to their lead in the bottom of the 7th when Juan Lagares smacked a pinch hit single to bring in Asdrubal Cabrera to make it 13-1.

Notes:

Yoenis Cespedes returned to the lineup after being out with a lower leg injury.

The Mets have won seven straight games and twelve of their last fourteen and for the moment are tied with the Nationals for first place in the division.

On Deck: 

The Mets will play their second game of a three game set tomorrow night at home versus the San Francisco Giants.  The game has a start time of 4:05 PM.  Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1.54 ERA) looks to continue his early season success against San Francisco Giants starter Matt Cain (0-2, 6.43 ERA) as the Mets will be searching for their eighth straight win.

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Michael Conforto Is Earning Praise All Around Baseball http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/michael-conforto-is-earning-praise-all-around-baseball.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/michael-conforto-is-earning-praise-all-around-baseball.html/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:00:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210702 michael conforto

No longer a rookie that Mets fans clamored to see arrive in the big leagues, Michael Conforto has already made his mark in the majors. The entire league has begun to take notice. In an article for the New York Post, columnist Kevin Kernan spoke with scouts around the league, who all agreed the secret is out on Conforto.

The 23-year-old sweet swinging, left-handed, left fielder, has been a large part of the offense for the New York Mets since being called up to the majors. Conforto is already drawing comparisons to other big time left-handed bats, as many wonder how good of a player he may become.

“Is he a young Barry Bonds, without as much power?” a talent evaluator asked after studying Conforto. “But he might show more power as time goes on.”

He only has 75 major league games under his belt, but he has put up some impressive numbers. He owns a career .289/.362/.897 slash line with 23 doubles, 12 homers and 39 RBI.

So far on the season, he has produced great numbers, owning a .338/.429/1.044 slash line. He has hit three homers, while knocking in 13 runs in just 19 games played. He has helped to catapult this offense since moving permanently into the number three hole in the lineup. The young star is taking all of his recent success in stride.

“You have to keep yourself on an even keel and not ride the roller coaster,” Conforto said. “Just try to go up there with the same mentality every single time and get a good pitch to hit, and I ended up coming through on the fourth try.”

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Conforto has been earning accolades from all over the major leagues, as scouts have seemed to fall in love with his game. An AL scout who recently saw him play had nothing but great praise for the Mets’ new offensive star.

“Nothing seems to faze him,” the scout said. “I would play him every day, with maybe the exception of when you are facing Clayton Kershaw or a few other guys. He’s a good-looking young hitter. He’s got a good idea of the strike zone. For skipping Triple-A, it was a pretty advanced approach when you saw him.”

Conforto has begun to prove he can also handle left-handed pitching. In a small sample size this year he is 3-for-10 with two RBI against southpaws. The more he sees them, the better he will surely get. He is not the type of hitter who is an automatic out against LHP, instead he’s getting better at figuring them out.

Concerto’s baseball knowledge is uncanny for a player of his age. He is a great situational hitter who has seemed to have great baseball smarts. When runners are in scoring position, he has shown a knack of doing what needs to be done to get the run in.

“You have to be up in those situations, maybe there is some luck there, you can’t get the job done every time, but I think it’s a skill,” Conforto said. “You see guys who over the course of their careers they have better numbers than others in those situations, so I think some guys handle those pressure situations better than others.”

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New York Mets legend, Keith Hernandez has been known to swoon over Conforto in the broadcasting booth and has nothing but great things to say about what could be the future face of not just the offense, but this franchise.

“He’s a classic No. 3 hitter,” Hernandez said. “The question is, how good will he be? He is a natural hitter — the first natural hitter for the Mets since John Olerud. Emphasis on ‘natural’.”

In the offseason Conforto worked hard on being able to take balls to the opposite field and it has proven to have worked in his favor this far.

“I worked on being able to stay back and put an offspeed pitch the other way, and I put myself through those situations,” Conforto said. “You can put your mind in that state, just by imagining you’re up there with a runner on second, a runner on third, with less than two outs. You can have those reps in the offseason, and it’s something I worked on in the offseason and it’s definitely paying off.”

In another NY Post article, even the New York Mets’ newest Hall of Famer, Mike Piazza, sees greatness in Conforto’s future. It was Piazza who selected Conforto for the Mets with the 10th pick in the 2014 draft.

“I saw him in spring training. I said, ‘Don’t forget, I drafted you. The other scouts wanted another guy, but I knew you were Italian, so we drafted you,’ ” Piazza joked.

“I knew about him at the draft. A scout told me this guy can hit. When I saw the film of him, I knew he had a really nice swing,” Piazza said. “I think the Mets should be extremely pleased with his progress. He’s really accelerated and developed a lot quicker than people thought he would, and turned into a really good run producer. So that’s great news.”

The sky is the limit for Conforto. He has all the skills necessary to be one of the better players in this league for years to come. There is no reason to believe he will not carry this offense for years into the future.

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Bartolo Colon Is The Godfather Of The Pitching Staff http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/bartolo-colon-is-the-godfather-of-the-pitching-staff.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/bartolo-colon-is-the-godfather-of-the-pitching-staff.html/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:26:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210714 bartolo colon 2

The New York Mets pitching staff is among the most dominant in the major leagues. They currently rank fourth in the majors with a 3.10 ERA, behind the Cubs, Nationals and White Sox. Kevin Kernan of the New York Post takes a look at the impact Bartolo Colon has had on the Mets’ young rotation.

The rotation has allowed fewer homers (23) and walks (23) than any other group of starters in baseball. The Mets starters are anything put predictable, something not too common for a power pitcher. They all have numerous weapons to use and not just their high velocity fastballs. Atlanta Braves third-base coach believes it’s the competition between them that keeps them all so sharp.

“All of them have plus velocity, and from a makeup standpoint I think they all feed off each other,’’ Porter said. “There is a competitiveness, not that they are trying to outdo each other, there is a competitiveness where they push each other to be their best.”

“You have plus velocity, but they are not throwers, they are actually pitchers. They have command, they have secondary stuff, so they are not young kids that are just basically airing it out, they actually plus-and-minus their fastball like Matz did going from 91 to 96. They all do that. So they’ve learned how to pitch with their plus velocity.”

Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz. Those are the names you see synonymous with this rotation. Colon though is anything but a forgotten part of this tandem. He has become a true mentor for all four of these young guns, and who better than someone who has been around in this league for 19 seasons and still shows his ability to fool opposing lineup’s with pinpoint control.

“Bartolo is our leader out there, he’s amazing to watch,’’ Syndergaard said. “The amount of fun he has out there, he understands it’s a game. I feel that some people forget that it is a game because it is our profession, but at the same time you got to keep it nice and loose and relaxed, just like Bart does. That is something you take away from watching him.’’

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There may not be a more enjoyable player to watch right now than Colon. Whether it be at the plate trying to keep his helmet on, behind the back throws after fielding a grounder up the first base line or painting the corners of home plate like he is his prime all over again, Colon is always entertaining.

“Bart has proven that it’s not about having a plus fastball, it’s about pitching, location, changing speed, Syndergaard said. That is something we can all learn from him, especially me because I tend to be a little too gung-ho about throwing fastballs at times. We all compete amongst ourselves in that we want to push each other to be a little bit better to become a better pitcher each and every day. At the same time, we all get along great, there is a sense of unity and brotherhood among all of us.’’

Bartolo Colon is the godfather of this staff. Who better to learn from than a man who has endured almost two decades in this league to much success. It is only with hope that the Mets’ young rotation can last just as long as Bart has with such great accomplishment.

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Walker Crushes His MLB Leading Ninth Home Run http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/walker-crushes-his-mlb-leading-ninth-home-run.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/walker-crushes-his-mlb-leading-ninth-home-run.html/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:00:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210652 neil walker 9

Wow… I’m not one of those bloggers who jumps up and down and says “Ooooh! Ooooh! I was right!” whenever something I strongly advocated for proves to be hugely successful. Mostly because I’m wrong just as often as I’m right.

But even in my wildest dreams did I ever expect Neil Walker to burst out of the gate the way he has since replacing Daniel Murphy at second base for the New York Mets. I’m just as stunned by his incredible power display as you are.

I had a great fear that giving a four year deal to Ben Zobrist would have led to disastrous consequences for the New York Mets, and it wasn’t just about an age-related decline. When the news broke that the Chicago Cubs had swooped in at the last minute and signed Zobrist right as the Mets were getting set to make a huge announcement – I stood up and applauded. I didn’t care that for 24 hours the Mets were left with egg on their face, the Cubs spared them from making a colossal mistake.

My guy all along was Neil Walker.

For one, he was a one-year stopgap until Dilson Herrera was ready to take over in 2017. Secondly, not only do we gain a pick by not bringing back Daniel Murphy, but I argued that we could make Walker a qualifying offer after the 2016 season and gain a second first round pick for the 2017 draft. Third, Walker could have a huge season in his walk-year, but most of all, the switch-hitter was a better fit, upgraded our defense, and gave us more power.

Last night, during the Mets 5-2 win over the Reds, Neil Walker blasted his ninth home run of the season and is now tied with Bryce Harper of the Nationals for the major league lead. In the process, the Mets won their sixth consecutive game, and Walker had a huge hand in four of those contests.

 

“I don’t know what to tell you,” Walker said after the game. “Maybe it’s my age. Maybe I’m carrying more weight in my body — I’m not — but I really don’t know. I don’t feel any different. I’m not approaching my at-bats any different. I’m just trying to be aggressive especially with fastballs and just trying to stay on them and hit strikes.” (NY Post)

Walker’s mighty clout came on a 2-0 fastball by Cincinnati’s Jon Moscot in the third inning, and it was a no-doubter… you knew was gone as soon as he made contact.

It made Walker the fourth Mets player in franchise history to hit nine homers in April, joining Dave Kingman (1976), Carlos Delgado (2006) and John Buck (2013). John Buck? :-)

Walker has now walloped eight home runs over his last 12 games, 10 of which were victories for the Mets. He now has 16 RBI this month, also a career high, easily besting his previous best of 11 RBI in 2014.

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“A change of scenery can make a lot of difference once in a while,” said Terry Collins after the game. “Right now he’s swinging great, seeing the ball good and he’s putting good swings on certain pitches and doing damage.”

The new Mets second base man emphasized something important when asked about his home run.

“I’m seeing the ball well, I’m barreling balls up. They’re not singles, they’re turning into balls in the seats. It’s obviously been a good April. More than that, at-bats like my first one today — I was able to drive a runner in from second with two outs — are important, too.”

Situational hitting. Perhaps the team’s most significant shortcoming so far this season. I’m confident the Mets will get better in that area, but I liked that Walker pointed out the significance of getting those runners in from scoring position. We need to start seeing more of that.

But getting back to Walker, wow, what a score… It’s like striking gold. Thanks, Sandy.

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The Dark Knight Showing Signs Of Rising http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/the-dark-knight-showing-signs-of-rising.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/the-dark-knight-showing-signs-of-rising.html/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:48:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210662 matt harvey 2

New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey showed some more signs of righting his season last night in the Mets’ 5-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds. He picked up his second consecutive win and improved his record to 2-3 on the year, while lowering his ERA to 4.76.

Manager, Terry Collins was happy with what he saw from Harvey.  “This is the best he’s thrown all year.”

Harvey, 27, pitched six innings, while allowing two runs on seven hits. He struck out a season high of seven while walking one. Matt gave up a homer to Zack Cozart to start off the game, but settled down from there. In total he threw 102 pitches on the night. It wasn’t the dominating Harvey we have grown used to, but it was certainly a step in the right direction.

“I still didn’t feel great the entire outing,” Harvey said. “But overall, I was able to stay in my mechanics better, and kind of attack the hitters the way I normally would, and want to.”

Harvey’s velocity was on point last night, reaching 97 MPH twice for two big strikeouts. He had only thrown two pitches that hard in his previous four starts, but accomplished that feat twice on Wednesday night while working in the 95-96 range – up a few ticks from his previous starts. Harvey’s most talked about pitch during spring training, his slider, worked well for him last night as he struck out three Reds with it, while showing signs of figuring out the mechanical flaw he had early on.

“I think it’s about staying back and letting my arm out,” Harvey said. “Pitching coach Dan Warthen and I have been working so hard over the past couple of weeks trying to figure out what’s going on. We’re moving in the right direction. It was definitely a big positive tonight.”

Yes, a big positive it was. If Harvey can get back to what he was, this team will only continue to be more of a juggernaut. Winning their sixth game in a row last night has propelled the Mets to within one game behind the division leading Nationals. Yes it’s early, but just a few days ago the Nats were slowly building a large lead in the NL East. The Mets have now won 11 of their last 13 games and are firing on all cylinders.

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Pitching:

Matt Harvey got the start for the Mets and pitched well, allowing two runs on seven hits, while walking just one and striking out seven over the span of six innings. The Dark Knight of Gotham earned his second win of the season with tonight’s victory.

Jim Henderson and Hansel Robles each chipped in a scoreless inning, combing to strike out four batters.

Addison Reed then earned his first save of the year, pitching a clean ninth. Mets pitchers combined to retire the last 13 batters to face them.

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Offense:

After the Reds took an early lead on a Zack Cozart home run in the first inning, the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the first as Alejandro De Aza scored on a fielding error, and Neil Walker drove in a run.

In the third inning, Walker added another run as the second baseman launched his 9th home run of the year, which tied a club record for home runs in the month of April.

Michael Conforto kept up his hot hitting, driving in two more runs in the sixth inning to give the Mets a 5-2 lead, which they would not look back from, as they were able to hold the lead and earn the win.

On deck:

The Mets are off tomorrow, but open up a weekend series against the San Francisco Giants starting Friday night. Steven Matz (2-1, 5.40 ERA) will get the start for the series opener, and will be opposed by Jake Peavy (1-1, 6.86). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Reds vs Mets, 7:10 PM (Sweep Edition!) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-thread-reds-vs-mets-710-pm-sweep-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-thread-reds-vs-mets-710-pm-sweep-edition.html/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:30:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210597 matt harvey

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Jon Moscot (0-1, 5.06) vs. RHP Matt Harvey (1-3, 5.24)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets look to complete the sweep of the Reds tonight and win their 6th straight game as Matt Harvey takes the mound against Jon Moscot. Last night the Mets recorded their first come-from-behind win of the season. Going into the 7th inning they were down 3-0 when Cespedes came into to pinch hit with two runners on. He smacked the first pitch he saw just over the left field wall, sending the dugout into a frenzy. Then Granderson hit a triple and Wright singled home the winning run. It felt like August of 2015 all over again.

Mets Lineup (12-7)

  1. Alejandro De Aza, RF
  2. David Wright, 3B
  3. Michael Conforto, LF
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  7. Juan Lagares, CF
  8. Kevin Plawecki, C
  9. Matt Harvey, RHP

Reds Lineup (9-12)

  1. Zack Cozart, SS
  2. Ivan De Jesus Jr., 2B
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Eugenio Suarez, 3B
  5. Devin Mesoraco, C
  6. Adam Duvall, RF
  7. Scott Schebler, LF
  8. Jon Moscot, RHP
  9. Billy Hamilton, CF

This season has been tough for Matt Harvey who is 1-3 over 4 games and 22.1 innings with a 5.24 ERA. He finally picked up a win in his last start allowing 2 ER over 5.0 innings while walking one and striking out 5. He faced the Reds twice last year logging 12.2 innings, 3 runs, 2 earned (1.42 ERA), walking 2 and striking out 9. The Reds have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Phillips 3-12, 2 2B
  • Votto 3-9, HR
  • Cozart 4-8, 2 2B
  • Mesoraco 2-5
  • Barnhart 1-4
  • De Jesus 2-5, 2 2B

Jon Moscot is 0-1 over his first two starts of the season where he has pitched 10.2 innings allowing 9 hits, 7 runs, 6 earned (5.06 ERA) while walking 5 and striking out 4. It’s important to note that both starts are about the same in terms of innings and runs. Last year he started three games logging 11.2 innings with an ERA of 4.63. He has never faced the Mets nor has he faced anyone on the Mets roster while they were with other teams.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Conforto Started First Game Against A Lefty This Season http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/conforto-started-first-game-against-a-lefty-this-season.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/conforto-started-first-game-against-a-lefty-this-season.html/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:31:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210599 michael conforto

Michael Conforto saw his first action in a starting role against a left-handed pitcher last night. It was his first start against a lefty since last July 24th, which was the first game of his big league career.

Conforto, 23, found himself in the cleanup spot last night. He went 1-for-3 against the left-handed, Brandon Finnegan and 2-for-4 overall on the night in the Mets’ 4-3 comeback win. A platoon player no more, Conforto has come into his own and taken his position on this team by the horns. Even if Yoenis Cespedes started last night’s game, Terry Collins had no reason to sit his left-handed hitter.

“Actually, the way he’s swinging, I might have gave (Curtis Granderson) a night off tonight,” Collins said. (Newsday)

Michael has been the consummate teammate, doing whatever is asked for him and not worrying about anything but his task at hand. You couldn’t ask for anything more from a young ball player.

“As long as we’re winning games, my role for whatever it needs to be for that to happen, I’ll be happy with my role,” Conforto said. “… I don’t think I’m impatient at all. I’ve got to earn my way into the role of playing every day and being a guy that doesn’t get platooned for lefties.”

Conforto has been on fire as of late. He is in the midst of a 14 game on-base streak dating back to April 10th. During this time he is batting .354 (17-48). Since being moved to the number three hole in the lineup, he has hit to an average of .390 with six doubles, three home runs, eight RBI and 10 runs scored.

“I think a lot of the success has come from the approach I take to the plate,” Conforto said, “but also I’m being protected by guys who can really hit.”

Michael believes its all a matter of how much time he gets to hit lefties in order to get better. The more opportunities he has received the more he has shined against left-handed pitching.

“It’s just a matter of getting consistent at-bats there,” Conforto said.

Conforto is proving he is the every day player we all expected him to be. It’s only a matter of time before any notion of being a platoon player goes away and he is cemented as the every day left fielder.

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The Yo Show Returns With A Bang http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/the-yo-show-returns-with-a-bang.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/the-yo-show-returns-with-a-bang.html/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:13:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210604 yoenis cespedes 2

There was no warning of Yoenis Cespedes coming in to save the Mets last night. He didn’t appear on-deck, no practice swings were being taken, absolutely no sign of their Cuban superstar. All of the sudden, with the Mets down 3-0, he emerged from the dugout and then tied the game on the first pitch he saw with one swing of the bat.

The pitch was absolutely crushed and rocketed over the left field wall like a missile with a 111 mph exit velocity.

“You just shake your head,” manager Terry Collins said. “Special players do great things when you’re not expecting it.” (NY Post)

Lucas Duda was standing on deck as a decoy, Brandon Finnegan had no thought of having to face Cespedes. He wasn’t even anywhere to be seen in the dugout, Collins had no idea where his power hitter was just before the at-bat.

“I didn’t know where the hell he was,” Collins said. “I heard, ‘He’s coming, he’s coming!’

For Cespedes, it was the first career pinch-hit home run when he did eventually arrive, knocking in Kevin Plawecki and Juan Lagares to tie it at three. It was his sixth homer of the season. He has now had an extra-base hit in eight consecutive games played.

“He has a flair for the dramatic,” an exuberant David Wright said after the game. “It was like out of a movie scene.”

Remarkably, this was his first at-bat since leaving Friday’s game in Atlanta due to injury. Cespedes has been nursing a bruised right leg and had fluid drained from the spot before yesterday’s game.

Cespedes and his teammates could be seen going nuts in the dugout after his homer and the subsequent triple by Curtis Granderson that led to the go-ahead single by David Wright. The togetherness seen in that dugout last night was great to witness, showing how together this team really is as they begin to roll. Kevin Plawecki had high praise for Cespedes.

“He can change a game just like that,” Plawecki said.

Cespedes last night showed exactly what he can do, and that is carry an offense when needed. On top of his six homers this year, he leads the team with 17 RBI. The “Yo Show” has returned, hopefully for good.

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Week 4 Mets Pitching Review: DeGrom Wins In Return To Rotation http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/week-four-mets-pitching-review-degrom-shines-in-return-to-rotation.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/week-four-mets-pitching-review-degrom-shines-in-return-to-rotation.html/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:30:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210549 jacob degrom

A review of the latest turn through the Mets’ starting rotation:

Name

Innings

Hits

Runs (Earned Runs)

Strikeouts

Walks

ERA (Season)

WHIP (Season)

Quality Start? (Starts/QS)

Matt Harvey (1-3)

5.0

7

2(2)

5

1

5.24

1.57

No (4/0)

Steven Matz (2-1)

6.1

9

2(2)

8

0

5.40

1.47

Yes (3/2)

Jacob deGrom (2-0)

5.2

8

1(1)

3

0

1.54

1.11

No (2/1)

Noah Syndergaard (2-0)

6.2

7

3(3)

9

0

1.69

0.98

Yes (4/4)

Bartolo Colon (1-1)

5.0 8

3(3)

4 1

3.42

1.23

No (4/2)

 Best Start: When my wife went into labor, I was recently reminded that I didn’t act like the stereotypical father – driving at high speed to the hospital, then pacing the hallways with a cigar. In fact, I was rather calm and my wife says she had to alert me she was actually in labor. The first few weeks of my daughter’s birth are a blur…

I share that story to display the concentration it takes for Jacob deGrom to return to the mound and perform well. Yes, he missed a quality start by an out and didn’t seem to have the necessary gas on his fastball to dominate. But for his first start as a father and healed from a sore lat, it was a rather impressive performance against the Braves.

Worst Start: Yes, it was a quality start. Yes, he struck out nine, the most in the National League and tied for the most in franchise history after four starts. Yes, Bartolo Colon gave up three runs in just five innings. Yes, ‘Big Sexy’ actually walked someone. But…

Thor showed that while he may hail from Assgard in our minds, Noah Syndergaard is from Mansfield, Texas and has a slow delivery to the plate. I’m guessing this is a mechanical flaw that was never corrected due to the results he’s produced. But Cincinnati stole five bases and it felt like they could have taken more. and while they do feature last year’s league leader Billy Hamilton and Brandon Phillips, who swiped 23 bases last year

While they do feature last year’s league leader Billy Hamilton and Brandon Phillips, who swiped 23 bases in 2015, the other stolen bases came from Eugenio Suarez (11 career steals in 201 games over three years) and Ivan De Jesus (3 steals, 136 games, four years).

And while it seems easy to blame some of this on catcher Travis d’Arnaud and his shaky right shoulder and questionable defense behind the plate, there’s not much that can be done if the runner is already standing on second base.

Yes, this is picky. Yes, it’s a small problem that a young pitcher has time to address and get better at. But in the moment, in the now, it’s something that could be a concern when facing speedsters like Michael Turner, Ben Revere, Dexter Fowler,

Best of the Bullpen: I don’t remember Addison Reed saving 101 games between 2012 and 2014 for the White Sox and Diamondbacks. But I thought he pitched well down the stretch last year and would serve as a good connection to Jeurys Familia in the ninth.

I remember when Antonio Bastardo was signed and word was he would be the 8th inning man, but Reed is showing he can be that guy, lowering his ERA to 2.70 with four straight holds, allowing just three hits over his last six appearances.

Next Big Thing: The San Francisco Giants come to Queens this weekend and will send a man who won every series-clinching playoff game including a World Series championship, an NLCS and World Series MVP and a Cy Young Award winner. What Mets pitcher can you see earning any of those awards this year?

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MMO Game Recap: Cespedes’ Pinch-Hit Homer Sparks Stunning Comeback Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-recap-cespedes-pinch-hit-blast-keys-stunning-comeback-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-recap-cespedes-pinch-hit-blast-keys-stunning-comeback-win.html/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:04:22 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210566 bartolo colon

The New York Mets (12-7) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (9-12) in a wild comeback win by a score of 4-3. An incredible game from the Mets, showing a never say die attitude.

Pitching:

Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.42 ERA) kept his team in the game by limiting the Reds to three runs over five innings of work. Colon was not working with his best stuff on the day and the Reds made him work throughout his start. Colon gave up eight hits while walking one and striking out four.

Logan Verrett (3-0, 0.55 ERA) picked up the win in just another clutch performance from the Mets’ do-everything pitcher. In two scoreless innings of work he allowed two hits, while walking two and striking out one. Addison Reed pitched a scoreless eighth, while striking out two in the process.

Jeurys Familia came in for the save in the ninth and pitched a scoreless inning. He picked up his seventh save of the season.

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Offense:

The Mets offense was dormant over the first six innings of the game, as Brandon Finnegan kept them scoreless. The Mets only were able to muster three hits over the first six innings.

Then came the seventh, and the return of the “Yo Show.”

It started off like most of the rest of the game, innocently, Wilmer Flores led off by striking out. Juan Lagares got it going with a walk and Kevin Plawecki followed suit with a single. Enter Yoenis Cespedes. Not even taking any practice swings, the mighty Yo stepped to the plate and drilled a ball over the fence in left-field, tying the game at three. What a return for Cespedes.

They weren’t done there though. Curtis Granderson hammered a triple to give the zombie known as David Wright a chance to put the team ahead. Wright, resurrected himself for the fifth time this year and did just that. A shot over the head of third baseman, Eugenio Suarez, scored Granderson for the Mets’ eventual winning run.

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Notes:

Today’s win clinched the Mets’ fourth series win in a row. The team has now won five consecutive games and are 9-2 in their last 11 games.

Yoenis Cespedes returned with a bang tonight, and was seen going nuts in the dugout cheering on his team. To see the way the team rallies around him truly shows the impact he has had on this club and raising the spirits of others around him.

On Deck:

The Mets go for their second consecutive sweep as RHP Matt Harvey (1-3, 5.24 ERA) looks to build on his previous start as he looks to get on track. The Dark Knight will be opposed by the Reds’ RHP, Jon Moscot (0-1, 5.06 ERA).

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MMO Game Thread: Reds vs Mets, 7:10 PM – Conforto Bats Cleanup! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-thread-reds-vs-mets-710-pm-conforto-bats-cleanup.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-thread-reds-vs-mets-710-pm-conforto-bats-cleanup.html/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:26:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210496 bartolo colon

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
LHP Brandon Finnegan (1-1, 3.74) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (1-1, 2.89)
SNY • MLBN • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets look to keep on winning tonight as Bartolo Colon and Brandon Finnegan face off at Citi Field. Last night was another power show for the Mets as they smashed three homers to back Syndergaard and the bullpen to take the series opener. Neil Walker moved farther into the record books with his 8th homer of the month and Familia finally had a clean 9th inning. It wasn’t all smiles though as d’Arnaud felt discomfort in his shoulder and had to be removed from the game.

New York has scored first in 12 straight games dating to April 12, the longest such streak in team history…The previous mark was 11 straight games accomplished in 1991 and 1987…Info courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.

New York has hit 28 home runs this year, only Arizona (30) and St. Louis (30) have hit more. Since April 15, the Mets lead the majors with 26 home runs with Arizona and St. Louis tied for second with 19 during that span.

Mets Lineup (11-7)

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Michael Conforto, LF
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Wilmer Flores, 1B
  7. Juan Lagares, CF
  8. Kevin Plawecki, C
  9. Bartolo Colon, RHP

Reds Lineup (9-11)

  1. Zack Cozart, SS
  2. Tyler Holt, RF
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Eugenio Suarez, 3B
  5. Adam Duvall, LF
  6. Tucker Barnhart, C
  7. Ivan De Jesus, 2B
  8. Brian Finnegan, p
  9. Billy Hamilton, CF

Bartolo Colon is 1-1 over 4 games and 3 starts logging 18.2 innings with a 2.89 ERA allowing 18 hits and 2 walks with 17 strikeouts. Colon hasn’t faced the Reds since 2014 where he allowed 2 ER and 7 hits over 7.0 innings. The Reds have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Phillips 2-15
  • Bruce 1-5, HR
  • Hamilton 1-4
  • Mesoraco 1-3, HR
  • Pacheco 2-3, 2B
  • Cozart 1-1
  • Votto 2-2

Brandon Finnegan is only the second lefty starter the Mets have faced in 2016 (something you’ll hear a lot, probably, in today’s broadcast). Brandon is 1-1 over 4 games and 21.2 innings with a 3.74 ERA this season while walking 12 and striking out 18. He looked great in his first two starts (12.2 innings, 4 runs) and not so great in his last two (9.0 innings, 9 runs, 5 earned). Last year he went 5-2 over 20 games, 4 starts, split between the Royals and the Reds logging a 3.56 ERA. He’s never faced the Mets before but a few Mets have seen him while with other teams:

  • Cespedes 0-4
  • De Aza 2-3
  • Cabrera 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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Kevin Plawecki’s Chance to Shine http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/kevin-plaweckis-chance-to-shine.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/kevin-plaweckis-chance-to-shine.html/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:15:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210493 kevin plawecki 1

There are a number of ways to analyze Travis d’Arnaud‘s shoulder problems. It can be used as another example of the narrative that he’s injury prone. It could be used to explain his poor start at the plate. It could be used to explain why the Reds were five-for-five in stolen base attempts on Monday.

It can also be seen as another opportunity for Kevin Plawecki.

Plawecki had that chance last year, but he couldn’t take advantage. He hit .219/.280/.296 with three homers and 21 RBI. His OPS+ was 63, and his wRC+ was 60. It was about as ugly an offensive year as you could’ve had. To put it in perspective, Eric Campbell had a higher OPS+ and wRC+.

Now, there were valid reasons for his struggles. First, he had no protection in that lineup. The aforementioned Campbell was at one time a middle of the order bat. Second, he might not have been ready. He had played less than one season’s worth of games in Triple-A. Finally, he had some health issues of his own, suffering from dizziness at various times of the season. He had offseason sinus surgery to help alleviate the symptoms.

Whatever the reason, he struggled mightily. He was once seen as someone who could push d’Arnaud for playing time last year. Instead, his rookie season showed that d’Arnaud was clearly the better player. The Mets could’ve opted to start Plawecki in AAA this year to help his development, but ultimately the team decided it was better to have him as a backup catcher.

Now, depending on the severity of d’Arnaud’s shoulder, Plawecki is going to get a second chance to show the Mets he can be the team’s primary catcher. He can show them he can be the .290/.364/.432 hitter he was in the minors.  He has an opportunity to show his poor 2015 offensive numbers were driven by a low .277 BABIP.  He can show the team he’s every bit the pitch framer that Travis d’Arnaud is. He can also show the Mets that he’s more durable.

Plawecki can show he’s now fully healthy and that he’s come into his own and is ready to show the Mets the potent bat that made him a first round pick in 2012 out of Purdue. He is getting that all too valuable second chance to show the Mets he can be every bit the player they thought he was and more. It looks like opportunity is knocking again for Plawecki – and with a much better lineup, no more dizzy spells, and some major league time under his belt – here’s his big chance to deliver and impress. Hopefully, he takes full advantage of it.

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MMO Players of the Week: Deja-Vu All Over Again http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-players-of-the-week-deja-vu-all-over-again-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-players-of-the-week-deja-vu-all-over-again-2.html/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:00:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210382 What do I love more than the Mets? The Mets when they win. And boy, did they win this week. After failing to take advantage of the weak schedule very early on, they got right back on track with two series wins in Cleveland and Philadelphia, and a sweep in Atlanta to close out the road trip. It was definitely the most successful stretch that the Mets have had thus far, and they are finally looking like a formidable foe against these weaker teams. After the power display they put on in almost every game, I can confirm that chicks do indeed dig the long ball. Here are my picks for the MMO Players of the Week.

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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: NEIL WALKER

Daniel Murphy is batting .397!” “Murphy has reached base safely in 16 of his last 17 games!” “How could the Mets ever let Murph walk?” Well, have you seen Neil Walker yet? He is absolutely mashing. This past week, he batted .400 with three home runs, four RBI and five runs scored. Looking at the lineup from top to bottom, it’s stacked with quality hitters who can all put together good at-bats, and Walker is certainly no exception. Him hitting sixth might be the perfect spot, because not only does it give him ample opportunities to drive in runs, but it forces pitchers to pitch to Lucas Duda, because they won’t be intentionally walking him to get to Walker. He provides a great kind of bat that has the power to hit one out, but also the consistency to hit, say, four singles in a game. Sorry to all the fans who were with 28, but… Murph who?

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DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: YOENIS CESPEDES

This category sucks. As in, it’s hard to pick a different guy every week because rarely does any player “explode defensively” like they do on offense. Nonetheless, I don’t really want to keep shoeing in a guy like Asdrubal Cabrera every week; I like having some diversity around here. So, enter Yoenis Cespedes. He made that awesome throw on Friday night that traveled at 93.5 miles per hour, per MLB StatCast. It came in a really important time in the game too, with runners on first and second during a 5-2 ballgame in the bottom of the fifth. If the run had scored, it would have been 5-3 with a runner on second and Kelly Johnson at the plate as the tying run against the struggling Matt Harvey. Basically, the throw was cool, so he gets the honor this week. Deal with it.

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PITCHER OF THE WEEK: NOAH SYNDERGAARD

“But Steph, you just said before that you like to have diversity in your category picks! So how come you’re choosing Noah Syndergaard for pitcher of the week again???” Sorry, but Thor is kind of the exception to everything ever. I was going to choose Steven Matz because he’s been pitching really, really well, but Syndergaard is basically a video game character with all the settings turned up to 10 out of 10 (I wasn’t the one to come up with this analogy… but I’m in love with it). He was locked in a pleasantly surprising pitcher’s duel with Philadelphia’s Jerad Eickhoff, who (please don’t kill me) might have a nastier curve than Syndergaard. But that shouldn’t take anything away from Noah, because his sinker literally hits 100 mph and his offspeed stuff is absolutely filthy. He continues to make his case as the best pitcher in all of baseball– an argument that would be a lot easier to make if Jake Arrieta would stop throwing no-hitters.

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As stated above, Steven Matz had another brilliant start on Saturday, striking out eight and going 6.1 innings. While allowing nine hits is not ideal, he only gave up two earned runs, which is really all that matters. As he continues to find his groove in a rotation stacked with aces, we are witnessing another ace in the making. Matz has an incredible amount of potential to keep churning out quality starts, which is all that we can ask for. I don’t care if he gives up 25 hits a game as long as his ERA keeps coming down.

Michael Conforto. He needs no savvy introduction. According to Brian Mangan on Twitter, Conforto leads the majors with a 52.4% hard hit ball rate. His 8.3% swinging strike rate and 20% rate of swinging at balls are both above average, in addition to a 12.3% walk rate and a 20% strikeout rate. What does this mean? It means that this kid is already one of the best and most disciplined hitters in the majors… and he’s only 23. Just like we’re witnessing the construction of an ace in Matz, we are also witnessing the start of one of the best potential position players in Mets history. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a lot of wood to go knock on.

Here you can see the Mets Minors Players of the Week.

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Syndergaard Says He Was Not Comfortable With His Delivery http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/syndergaard-says-he-was-not-comfortable-with-his-delievery.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/syndergaard-says-he-was-not-comfortable-with-his-delievery.html/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:38:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210498 noah syndergaard 2

New York Mets ace, Noah Syndergaard pitched a quality game in last night’s 5-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Thor tossed 6.2 innings, while allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out nine.

The hard-throwing righty did not have his normal pinpoint control and departed the game with a no-decision. He later said he felt uncomfortable with his delivery during his outing.

“I didn’t feel very comfortable with my delivery,” Syndergaard said. “… You’re going to go out there every once in a while and you’re not going to have your best stuff. You’ve got to go out there and grind it out and put your team in the best possible situation to win a ballgame.” (ESPN)

He did just that, leaving the mound with his team up by a score of 3-2 with a runner on first. Reliever, Antonio Bastardo was unable to stop the bleeding, allowing the inherited runner to score to tie the game at three.

Syndergaard had more rest than normal, not having worked in six days. Manager, Terry Collins believed that it could have had something to do with his lack of control. Syndergaard was also working at a much slower pace than normal, noted by pitching coach, Dan Warthen.

“Early in the game, the game just dragged along, it seemed like,” Collins said.

Syndergaard’s biggest issue of the night came down to stolen bases. The Reds were running on him at will, stealing five bases on the night. He was timed on his delivery to the plate last night by a scout who found he averaged between 1.33 and 1.39 seconds to the plate with a runner on first. Pitchers are said to be most effective when getting to the plate between 1.25 and 1.30 seconds, when holding runners on. Travis d’Arnaud‘s inconsistency with throwing out runners did not help his case as well.

“They got huge jumps on him,” the scout said. “And it didn’t help that d’Arnaud was 2.05 to 2.16 to second, which is below average.”

Runners have now been able to steal 24 bases out of 26 attempts against Syndergaard.

“I will tell you, I don’t know a lot of great big pitchers who are real quick to the plate,” Collins said. “Those real tall guys, there’s a lot of action. There’s a lot of movement. It’s really hard to get those guys below that 1.30 mark that you kind of look for. But we’ve still got to get better at it. There’s no question.”

Overall, Syndergaard had a nice night on the mound, even when not feeling like he had everything going for him, a true sign of a great pitcher.

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MMO Game Recap: Conforto, Duda & Walker Homer As Mets Top Reds 5-3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/conforto-duda-walker-homer-as-mets-top-reds-5-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/conforto-duda-walker-homer-as-mets-top-reds-5-3.html/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 02:22:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210461 noah syndergaard 2

The Mets (11-7) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (9-11) tonight at Citi Field by a score of 5-3, earning their ninth win in the last eleven games.

Pitching:

Noah Syndergaard got the start for the Amazin’s tonight, and was the victim of a few early infield hits, which yielded a run in the third inning, as Billy Hamilton dropped down a bunt, stole second and third, and promptly scored on a sacrifice fly to knot up the game.

Syndergaard wasn’t at his very best tonight, as he surrendered seven hits and three runs over 6.2 innings, but was able to limit the damage when he did get in trouble, and still managed to strike out nine batters.

Syndergaard left with the lead in the seventh but a runner on second, and Antonio Bastardo allowed the run to score as the lefty had a rough outing, forcing Syndergaard to settle with a no decision.

Logan Verrett came on with the game tied and runners at the corners, and recorded a king sized out to end the seventh to put out the fire.

Addison Reed pitched a clean eighth, before handing the ball over to Jeurys Familia, who closed out the game for the Mets, earning his sixth save of the year.

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Offense:

After Reds’ starter Raisel Iglesias struck out the first two Mets to face him, Michael Conforto launched a bomb to center to give the Mets another first inning lead.

Conforto had a big night at the plate, as the young left fielder went 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored.

In the third inning, Lucas Duda hit a towering shot to right field to put the Mets back on top, 3-1 at the time.

After the Reds tied the game in the seventh, the Mets got the lead right back as Neil Walker joined the home run parade, hitting a two run shot to right center, his eighth of the year.

This would give the Mets the lead for good, as they were able to close out the game and seal the win.

On Deck:

The Mets will look for the series victory tomorrow, as Bartolo Colon (1-1, 2.89 ERA) takes the mound for the Mets, and is opposed by Brandon Finnegan (1-1, 3.74). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Reds vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-thread-reds-vs-mets-710-pm-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-thread-reds-vs-mets-710-pm-3.html/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 19:46:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210418 noah syndergaard

Monday, April 25, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Raisel Iglesias (1-1, 3.09) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 0.90)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets are home! After a nine game road trip the Mets return to Citi Field for 9 games. The road was good to the Mets as they went 7-2 and smashed 23 homers over that stretch. Yesterday the Mets had to win without the long ball. They got a strong start from the returning Jacob deGrom and some situational hitting to put the score to win the game 3-2 and complete the sweep.

The Mets have won a franchise-record eight straight games vs. Cincinnati dating to September 7, 2014. The Mets went 7-0 vs. the Reds last year, including 3-0 at Citi Field.

Matt Harvey will receive his 2015 Players’ Choice Award for NL Comeback Player of the Year before Monday’s game vs. the Reds.

Mets Lineup (10-7)

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. David Wright, 3B
  3. Michael Conforto, LF
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  7. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  8. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  9. Noah Syndergaard, RHP

Reds Lineup (9-10)

  1. Zack Cozart, SS
  2. Eugenio Suarez, 3B
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  5. Devin Mesoraco, C
  6. Adam Duvall, RF
  7. Scott Schebler, LF
  8. Raisel Iglesias, RHP
  9. Billy Hamilton, CF

Noah Syndergaard will make his 4th start of the season tonight. So far he is 2-0 over 20.0 innings of work while allowing 15 hits and 4 walks and striking out a whopping 29 batters. That’s a WHIP of 0.950 and he’s leading the league in FIP at 0.77 right now. Syndergaard is the first major league pitcher since Roger Clemens in 2005 to allow one run or fewer and strike out at least eight batters in each of three starts to begin a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

He was 2-0 over two starts against the Reds last year logging 15.2 innings with a 1.72 ERA. During that time he allowed 10 hits and no walks while striking out 16 batters. The Reds have the following numbers against Noah:

  • Phillips 1-7
  • Bruce 1-6
  • Suarez 1-6
  • Votto 0-6
  • Barnhart 0-3
  • Duvall 0-3

The Reds will kick off the series with Raisel Iglesias who will be making his 5th start of the season. He’s 1-1 over 23.1 innings so far this year posting a 3.09 ERA while allowing 26 hits and 5 walks with 22 strikeouts. In 2015, his rookie season, he went 3-7 over 18 games, 16 starts over 95.1 innings with 1-4 strikeouts while posting a 4.15 ERA. He has never faced the Mets before but Neil Walker has seen him as a Pirate. Walker is 1-5 lifetime against Iglesias.

Let’s Go Mets!

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