Mets Merized Online » National League East http://metsmerizedonline.com Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:00:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.17 The Amazin’ Metscast: Casey Stern, The NL East And The Trading Deadline http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/the-amazin-metscast-casey-stern-the-nl-east-and-the-trading-deadline.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/the-amazin-metscast-casey-stern-the-nl-east-and-the-trading-deadline.html/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:00:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218191 MetscastEPS2

The Amazin’ Metscast: Episode Two

We spend some time with Casey Stern of “MLB on TBS” and MLB Network Radio on “Sirius/XM” to discuss the upcoming trading deadline, the National League East and if he believes the Mets have what it takes to make the playoffs this year.

On the show, we recap the start to the second half of the season and look ahead at upcoming series’ as the Mets ready themselves for a playoff run. Could the Mets look to trade a combination of Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares and Brandon Nimmo to fill their needs? We break down the upcoming August 1st trading deadline. Give a listen and let us know what you think through in the comments below and our Twitter page.

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MMO Game Recap: Matz Dominates Nationals In 2-0 Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mmo-game-recap-matz-dominates-nationals-in-2-0-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mmo-game-recap-matz-dominates-nationals-in-2-0-win.html/#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 19:58:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=212964 steven matz

The Mets (27-19) defeated the Nationals (28-19) 2-0 today in Washington D.C. to pull a half game behind in the National League East race.

Pitching

Another day, another dominant start by Steven Matz. Since his terrible first start in early April, Matz has been nothing short of wonderful, and took his game to a new level this afternoon.

Matz went eight innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out seven and not giving up a run.He was also pretty efficient, tossing 71 of his 104 pitches for strikes.

It looked like Matz got stronger deeper into the game, still able to throw 95 mile per hour fastballs (quick for him) in the late innings. Terry Collins left him in for a big at-bat against Bryce Harper with a man on in the bottom of the eighth, when he finished off his game by inducing a weak ground ball to second.

Jeurys Familia ran into trouble in the ninth but got out of it with his 16th save of the year. He remains perfect in save situations.

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Offense

It was another eerily quiet day for the Mets offense, but they did enough to win.

One of the lone bright spots on the day was David Wright, who gave the Mets a very early 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the first off Tanner Roark. It was Wright’s sixth homer of the year. He was 1-for-4 on the day, bringing his batting line to .226/.352/.421.

The Mets put together a small rally in the seventh, capitalizing on a Daniel Murphy error. With Matt Reynolds on second, Eric Campbell hit a ground ball that got past Murphy, setting up a first and third situation for Rene Rivera. Rivera hit a liner to left that dropped in for a run-scoring single to make it 2-0 Mets.

The Mets only scratched out five hits on the afternoon, two of which came off the bat of Neil Walker. Roark was quite good, tossing seven innings of two-run ball.

On Deck

The Mets head home to begin a three-game series with the Dodgers on Friday as Jacob deGrom (41 IP, 3.07 ERA, 6.6 K/9, 2.4 BB/9) faces off against Alex Wood (51.1 IP, 4.03 ERA, 9.6 K/9, 2.8 BB/9). First pith is at 7:10.

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Sandy Alderson Talks About His Health and 2016 Expectations http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/sandy-alderson-talks-about-his-health-and-2016-expectations.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/sandy-alderson-talks-about-his-health-and-2016-expectations.html/#comments Sun, 14 Feb 2016 11:10:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=206222 sandy alderson

In an exclusive interview with Steve Serby of the New York Post, GM Sandy Alderson weighed in on a wide variety of topics including expectations for the team, the offseason, the bullpen, the rotation, the bench, David Wright, what he’s most proud of as the Mets GM, and his own personal battle with cancer. This is something you should read in it’s entirety as it gives you a comprehensive understanding of so many different issues. Here’s a quick rundown on a few of the topics discussed…

Before we get to the team issues, let me first pass along that Sandy continues to undergo chemotherapy, but he’s very optimistic and pleased with the way things have gone. He goes to work every day at Citi Field, and all of us at MMO wish him continued progress in his battle. Get better Sandy…

On the workload for starting pitchers:

“You go that deep into the playoffs, there’s gonna be kind of a surcharge on their innings. So we’re gonna be careful with them. It doesn’t mean that we’re gonna manage their innings necessarily, but I think we gotta be careful about how we use them in spring training, how we use them early in the season, and try to make sure they’re available to us if we get into October again.”

The overhaul of the bench:

“I’m gonna try not to refer to the bench as the bench, because I view the full 13-member position player roster to be somewhat interchangeable. And so, we’re gonna have a lot of guys playing and sharing time, maybe not in a strict platoon, but with a lot of guys moving in and out. One of the problems we had last year with our bench was some of these guys didn’t get to play much, and when they did get to play, they weren’t very good because the sporadic playing time. … We’ve got a lot more depth than we had last season.”

His biggest frustration as GM:

“From my standpoint, I kind of knew what it was gonna take to get us turned around, and hoped it would have taken less time than it did, but there was a certain progression we had to go through. So I never really got that frustrated. Fans were frustrated from time to time, I understood that. It didn’t make me happy that they were, but I certainly didn’t get frustrated at the fans or the media or even the team. I sort of managed my own expectations in that sense.”

What is he most proud of as Mets GM:

“We knew what we wanted to accomplish, but we had an idea of how we wanted to pursue that, and we stuck with it, ownership was supportive, and we focused on process more than outcomes, because you can’t really control outcomes, you can only control what you can control.”

His legacy and how he hopes fans view him:

“I hope they believe that I have their best interests at heart. That what drives me is really … I think what I get as much pleasure out of is knowing Mets fans are happy. They’re enjoying the team, they feel that their loyalty had been rewarded, and that all of their patience for the last four or five years was not for naught … that it translated into something, and there was a payoff at the end.”

Sandy also weighs in on so many more issues and offers some incredible insights into his own personal thoughts. Check out the full interview, great stuff by Serby.

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Bryce Harper Wins NL MVP, Tips His Cap To Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/bryce-harper-wins-nl-mvp-tips-his-cap-to-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/bryce-harper-wins-nl-mvp-tips-his-cap-to-mets.html/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:59:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=200491 bryce harper

Bryce Harper was named the National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday night, becoming the youngest unanimous MVP winner in baseball history. Harper, 23, got all 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

The Nationals’ three-time All Star led the majors in slugging percentage (.649), OBP (.460), OPS (1.109) and fWAR (9.9) while batting .330 with 42 home runs, 118 runs scored, and 99 RBI.

He was the first player from a Washington franchise to win an MVP — no one on the original or expansion Senators or Nats had ever won it.

Harper had some nice things to say about the Mets after accepting his award.

“I think a lot of people saw what the National League East was about. How much pitching we had, how much competition we had in that aspect with Harvey and deGrom and Syndergaard.  Those three guys were unbelievable this year, so I tip my cap to them and the Mets organization.” (Washington Post)

Last month, Harper also complimented the Mets after winning the NL East saying:

“The Mets had everything going for them. They did a lot of things. That deadline came around and they got Yoenis Cespedes, Tyler Clippard and they built their team. They did a great job this year and they’re doing it. Coming from the East, I hope they win it all ”

Maybe he’s not such a bad guy after all… Nah… Who am I kidding. :-)

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The Unsung Heroes Of Mets’ 2015 Season http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/the-unsung-heroes-of-mets-2015-season.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/the-unsung-heroes-of-mets-2015-season.html/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:20:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=194925 NL East Champions group photo

In what has truly been a team effort, the 2015 New York Mets were able to accomplish what few thought they could, and win the National League East Crown.  Credit is rightly due to several players.  Whether it is Curtis Granderson and his superior performance out of the leadoff spot, the historic run of the newly-added Yoenis Cespedes, Jeurys Familia and the exceptional job he has done after being forced into the closer’s role, or the consistent stellar starts from the Amazins’ young phenoms, this team has gotten positive contributions from all different areas.

It is remarkable how this team got to the top of the division.  Most players’ stat sheets, especially the position players, do not exactly jump off the page.  Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy currently lead the team in RBI’s, with just 70.  Only David Wright is hitting above .300 (and in just 140 at-bats).  Yet, the team managed to comfortably capture the NL East because of balance throughout the lineup and players checking their egos and accepting a reduced role for the good of the team.  Manager Terry Collins also deserves high praise for the team’s success and keeping the team together during the first four months of the season when the offense was dismal.  We’ve given credit to plenty of individuals, but there are also some names that many fans have undoubtedly overlooked this year.  Here, we acknowledge some of the more under-appreciated members of your 2015 National League East Champions.

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Kevin Plawecki

Early in the season, Travis d’Arnaud suffered a hand injury that forced him to miss nearly two months of action. Shortly after his return, d’Arnaud would suffer an elbow injury, causing him to miss more extended time.  In his absence, rookie Kevin Plawecki would step into the starting catcher’s role.  Plawecki was called up April 21, several weeks, at least, before the Mets were planning to call him up, and promptly delivered two hits in his Major League debut. Plawecki was thrust into a starting big league role before he was ready, but considering the circumstances, performed quite well.  His .224 average won’t excite anybody, but his contribution goes deeper than just statistics. Plawecki managed to hold down the fort while playing the sport’s most difficult position before he had time to fully polish his skills in the minors.  After a sluggish start, Plawecki’s bat started to come around, and he has shown at times why he was considered such a highly-touted prospect.

Plawecki also has handled the Mets’ young staff admirably.  White it may be correlation rather than causation, Mets’ starters have performed better when Plawecki has been behind the plate.  Plawecki also calls a terrific game and really has demonstrated a strong understanding of the pitching staff and knowledge of how to handle specific situations, something d’Arnaud has not yet mastered.  Furthermore, Plawecki’s superior ability to frame pitches has gotten Mets’ pitchers dozens of strike calls on should-be balls (Plawecki at one point led MLB in this category).  While Plawecki is not, and may never be, the hitter d’Arnaud is, he has done a solid job taking after being rushed into a significant Major League role.

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Michael Cuddyer

The Mets signed Cuddyer to a 2-year, $21 million deal in an otherwise uneventful offseason.  Cuddyer, 36, was given the everyday left field job, but was overall disappointing in his first three and a half months in Flushing.  Up until July 21, the last game he would play before going on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his knee, Cuddyer hit just .250/.303/.380 in 82 games (74 starts).  Cuddyer’s underproduction angered Mets fans who began comparing the Cuddyer signing to the unmentionable Jason Bay acquisition back in 2010.

On August 11, Cuddyer was activated off the disabled list and has since been a different player, while embracing a more limited role.  With the breakout of highly-anticipated rookie Michael Conforto earning the left field job against right-handed pitchers, Cuddyer has been limited to only starting against lefties and has excelled in those opportunities.  Since his return, Cuddyer is batting .333/.378/.493 in 31 games, just 15 of which have been starts. Despite playing everyday for most of his career, Cuddyer has graciously accepted becoming a platoon player for the Mets.  He has hit well in his newly-defined role and has provided a great example to his teammates on what it means to be a team-first player.

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis

I have criticized Nieuwenhuis as much as anybody, but the man deserves credit for what he has done in his second stint with the Mets this season.  Nieuwenhuis’ first go-round in 2015 for the Amazins was a disaster.  He hit .079/.125/.132 with 17 strikeouts in 38 at-bats, before being placed on waivers and eventually getting traded to the Angels for cash in mid-May.  Nieuwenhuis was subsequently let go by the Angels after just 10 unimpressive games when the Mets re-acquired him and sent him to Triple-A.  The Mets called up Nieuwenhuis on July 6 for his second turn with the big league club, which would end up going infinitely better than his first one.  In 33 games at the Major League level since the Mets reacquired him, Nieuwenhuis is hitting .271/.358/.559 with four home runs in 59 at-bats, reestablishing himself as a quality Major League bench player in the process.

Nieuwenhuis also provided two of the most special moments of the Mets’ 2015 season.  On July 12, he became the first Met ever to hit three homers in a home game.  On September 8, Nieuwenhuis’ go-ahead eighth inning home run against the Nationals capped an improbable six-run comeback in the second win of an eventual three-game sweep, which would put the Mets in the driver’s seat for the division title.  Nieuwenhuis likely will not make the postseason roster, but the longtime Met deserves recognition for turning his year around and providing the team with some of the their biggest moments of the season.

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Ruben Tejada

Tejada isn’t exactly the most beloved Met of all-time, but even the harshest of critics should acknowledge the steps forward he has taken in 2015.  Tejada has played solid defense all year, while splitting time with Wilmer Flores at shortstop.  Tejada has also put together a very respectable season at the plate.  Following two disappointing seasons, Tejada’s 2015 slash of .267/.345/.358 is his best since 2012, with his .703 OPS being a career high.  While he does not have enough at-bats to officially qualify, Tejada’s OPS and batting average would rank 7th and 6th, respectively, among all shortstops in baseball.  Tejada has also shown good discipline at the plate recently.  He’s been able to battle back after falling behind in counts, forcing long at-bats while often batting in front of the pitcher in the 8th spot. It is unclear how he would perform as a full-time shortstop, but Tejada has been solid in his more abbreviated role in 2015.

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Erik Goeddel, Sean Gilmartin, and Hansel Robles

We all know the struggles of the Mets’ bullpen this season.  Jeurys Familia has been tremendous all year as the closer, but the arms in front of him have been inconsistent.  The Mets attempted to strengthen their bullpen by adding veterans Addison Reed and Tyler Clippard.  After getting off to good starts as Mets, those two have struggled in recent weeks.  However, there have been some (surprising) bright spots out of the ‘pen this, namely from three rookies who seemingly have come out of nowhere.

Erik Goeddel has amassed an impressive line consisting of a 2.56 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 2.70 FIP, 30 strikeouts, and nine walks, but has been limited to just 31 2/3 innings while missing significant time with an elbow injury.  Still, Goeddel has impressed in middle relief while developing a good splitter which can be very effective, especially against left-handed hitters.  In fact, despite being right-handed, Goeddel has actually performed better against lefties (.194 BAA for LH batters compared .211 BAA for RH batters).

When the Mets picked up Sean Gilmartin in the rule 5 draft back in December, they probably didn’t believe they would get the type of production out of him that he’s given them so far.  In 52 1/3 innings, Gilmartin sports a 2.58 ERA, 2.54 FIP, 51 strikeouts and 17 walks.  He’s also shown an ability to pitch effectively for multiple innings per game, providing some much valuable long-relief capability.  One thing Gilmartin, a lefty, lacks is an ability to consistently retire left-handed hitters (.272 BAA for LH batters vs. .214 BAA for RH batters).  Still, Gilmartin has exceeded expectations and proven he belongs in a Major League bullpen.

Hansel Robles made his Major League debut against the Yankees on April 24 after being called up from Triple-A at a time the Mets were desperate for relief depth.  Robles was not necessarily meant to stick around in the Majors all year, and did not get his big league career off to a great start.  In fact, Robles’ ERA was over 5.00 as late as June 28. However, since July 1, Robles has been terrific.  In 33 innings during that span, Robles has a 2.45 ERA, 42 strikeouts, nine walks, and a very impressive .165 BAA.  After being cautious in the beginning of the season, Terry Collins has used Robles in more high-leverage spots in the middle and late innings, even using him in the 8th at times.  Robles could be a key piece to the Mets playoff bullpen and will probably be the go-to arm out of the bullpen in crucial middle inning spots.  He also can fill in the 7th and 8th innings if Reed and Clippard need rest or are ineffective.  He just might need to watch his quick pitching before he ticks off the wrong guy.

This has been quite a year for the New York Mets.  There are countless responsible for the team’s success, many of which nobody could have predicted would have made such a big impact.  Here’s to a great year so far and hopefully there are many more champagne-soaked celebrations in the very near future.

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Terry Collins On Matt Harvey: Que Sera, Sera http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/terry-collins-on-matt-harvey-que-sera-sera.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/terry-collins-on-matt-harvey-que-sera-sera.html/#comments Sat, 26 Sep 2015 10:16:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=194657 matt harvey terry collins

Que sera, sera… Whatever will be, will be… The future’s not ours to see… Que sera, sera…

That’s basically what Terry Collins told reporters on Friday night when he was asked how many innings or how many pitches Matt Harvey was going to throw on Saturday when the Mets take on the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in a 4:00 PM start.

“I don’t have any idea what he’s going to do,” the tight-lipped Collins said. “We have a plan, but things change. I’m not going to talk about what we’re going to expect or how we’re going to work him until the game starts because things are different.”

“If he goes farther, you’re going to say, ‘What happened?’ If he goes less, ‘What happened?’ So, until tomorrow, you’ll just have to wait and see what he does.”

Harvey, who was pulled after 77 pitches despite five stellar scoreless innings on Sunday against the New York Yankees, is currently at 176.2 innings for the season, his first since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Agent Scott Boras created a big stir when he went public with a 180 innings cap after the Mets rebuffed his attempts to have a conversation about how the pitcher would be handled with the likelihood of a playoffs run.

Harvey compounded matters when he awkwardly backed Boras after reporters swarmed him when entering the clubhouse. But GM Sandy Alderson said Harvey has been doing everything the team has asked of him and continues to pitch according to the plan that they’ve laid out for him, including on Sunday when it was decided five and done all along.

“The problem isn’t Matt Harvey, it’s us not knowing how to proceed as we take it start by start. It is unfair to blame any of that on Harvey. He’s done anything we’ve asked.”

With the Mets’ magic number to clinch the National League East down to one game, it’s almost fitting that Harvey is on the mound, he being the first sign the Mets were turning a corner during his All-Star campaign in 2013 that brought hope back to the franchise and the fan base.

Harvey is having one of the greatest post-TJS seasons in the game’s history, posting a 2.70 ERA and 1.012 WHIP in 176.2 innings with 171 strikeouts and only 37 walks while holding batters to a .219 batting average.

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Mets Still In Striking Distance For NL East Title http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-still-in-striking-distance-for-nl-east-title.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-still-in-striking-distance-for-nl-east-title.html/#comments Sun, 12 Jul 2015 02:41:58 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=186823 IMG_20150711_120045

This will certainly serve as fodder for debate between the “Stand Pat” crowd and the “Do Something” crowd, but here is one little factoid that cannot be disputed…

As long as the Mets stay within three games of the Washington Nationals, they hold their post-season destiny in their hands.

Why is that?

As long as the Mets stay within that three game striking distance of Washington entering into the final series of the season, they control their own fate.

The final series of the season is on October 2nd – 4th against the Nationals at Citi Field.

While it certainly wouldn’t be an ideal situation, as long as the Mets go into that final series no more than three games out they’ll still be in a position to sweep the Nationals and force a one-game playoff on October 5th for the division title and a playoff berth.

Of course if the Mets fail to win the division, there’s a chance they can qualify for one of the two wild cards and if they make it they’ll have to play a one-game playoff to advance to the NLDS. So obviously, winning the division has some huge advantages.

Entering Sunday’s game tomorrow, the Mets are only two games behind the Nationals. Their postseason odds are back up to 39% after being down to just 20% on July 4th.

They’re not out of it yet. And in fact, they’re actually in their best position to make the playoffs since June 19th. Things are not nearly as bleak as some in the media would have you believe. So keep watching, keep rooting, and most of all, keep believing. LGM

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Ranking the NL East Second Basemen http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/12/ranking-the-nl-east-second-basemen.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/12/ranking-the-nl-east-second-basemen.html/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 03:21:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=171090 daniel murphy

We saw some change within the division at the Winter Meetings with the Marlins making a significant upgrade at second and appearing to be serious this offseason about a wild card run in 2015, much to the Mets’ chagrin. It’s also looking more and more like Murphy will continue to be our starter and as far as I’m concerned, the Mets are in pretty good shape at the position  There may still be some additional flux at the position within the division before opening day, but for the time being – here’s how I’m ranking the starters within the National League East.

1. Chase Utley (Phillies) – It kills me to say this, but Utley is still the best second baseman in the National League East. He’ll be 36 on opening day and is no longer the same player he was from 2005-2009, but he’s still a solid producer. He made 147 starts at second base in 2014 after averaging 108 games played the previous four seasons. In 2014, he hit .270 with 11 HR, 36 doubles, 78 RBI and a .339 on-base. That’s solid production from a second baseman. Gotta give credit where credit is due – he’s top dog until Father Time catches up with him for good, or he is traded, or one of guys below leapfrogs him.

Steamer: .258 – 14 HR – 63 RBI – 66 R – 7 SB – 3.1 WAR

2. Daniel Murphy (Mets) – Is he going to win a golden glove? No. Does he occasionally have a brain fart that makes you wonder if Little Baby Murphy kept him up all night? Yes. Is he a good ball player? Yes. Murphy isn’t part of the problem, he’s part of the solution and I’m hoping he remains on the team. You know what you’re going to get with Murph – over the last three years, he’s averaged 153 games played, 175 hits, 78 runs scored, 38 doubles, 9 HR, 67 RBI, 15 SB and a slash line of .288/.327/.407. He is a doubles hitting machine who is one of the better offensive second basemen in the game. He wasn’t our only All Star in 2014 because of his good looks, folks. He’s not a superstar, but he’s a really good player and the second best second baseman in the division.

Steamer: .277 – 9 HR – 56 RBI – 68 R – 11 SB – 1.5 WAR

3. Dee Gordon (Marlins) – The Marlins certainly upgraded their second base situation during the winter meetings and are showing they’re serious about making a run at the playoffs in 2015 (at least at the moment because we’ve heard this story before). Ranking Gordon as the #3 second baseman in the division isn’t a knock against Dee one bit – the division is now the home of all three of the 2014 National League All-Star Second Basemen and if Murphy wasn’t already on our own roster, I would have been miffed it the Mets hadn’t tried to acquire the speedy Gordon to sit atop the lineup. The speedster had a breakout season in 2014 at the age of 26, leading the National League in triples with 12, steals with 64, while scoring 92 runs for the Dodgers. While Gordon struggled with his throwing as a shortstop, he is a much better defender at second. One could make a valid argument for ranking any of these top three in any order and while Utley, Murphy, and Gordon are three very different types of players with different weapons – you’re not getting hurt by having any of them in your starting lineup.

Steamer: .261 – 3 HR – 43 RBI – 74 R – 55 SB – 1.2 WAR

4. Danny Espinosa (Nationals) – There’s a big drop off after the top three. Espinosa hit a combined 38 home runs in 2011-2012 while hitting ,242 and averaging 178 strikeouts and playing in 318 games. However in the last two seasons, he’s averaged 79 games played, has hit .200 and averaged 6 HR and 20 RBI. Will he be the starter come opening day? Maybe. Maybe not. Nothing exciting here, folks.

Steamer: .221 – 13 HR – 55 RBI – 53 R – 9 SB – 0.8 WAR

5. Alberto Callaspo (Braves) – With a gaping hole at second base, the Braves signed the Venezuelan free agent to a one year deal for $3 million on December 15th. Last season with the A’s, Callaspo hit .223 with 4 HR and 39 RBI while making 41 starts at second, 17 at second, and 16 at third base.  While Callaspo is presently listed at the top of the depth chart, the starter may end up being 24 year old former first rounder Jace Peterson, whom the Braves just acquired from San Diego in the Justin Upton trade.  In 2014, Peterson hit .307 with a .402 OBP between AA and AAA.

Steamer: .251 – 9 HR – 51 RBI – 51 R – 3 SB – 0.8 WAR

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Ranking the NL East First Basemen http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/12/ranking-the-nl-east-first-basemen.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/12/ranking-the-nl-east-first-basemen.html/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:07:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=170943 Opening Day is still months away, but it’s never too early to start looking at how the National League East is shaping up. Let’s take a look, position by position, at how each team shapes up around the diamond. Of course a lot can still happen between now and Opening Day – players may be traded, free agents may sign, injuries may change things, etc. But for the time being let’s see where each team stands as we rank the division’s starting first basemen.

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1. Freddie Freeman (Braves) – We can’t stand him, but man… he is good. He’s 25 years old and signed through 2021, so he’ll be haunting us for a long time. Since his rookie season in 2011, he’s averaged 153 games played while hitting .287 with 21 HR, 34 doubles and 89 RBI with a .368 OBP and .466 slugging. He’s been better against righties, hitting .300 in 2014 and for his career – but he’s held his own against lefties, batting .260 in 2014 and .258 overall. He’s the best first baseman in the National League East.

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2. Lucas Duda (Mets) – Duda will be entering his age 29 season in 2015 and finally had his breakout season in 2014 after winning the first base battle over Ike Davis. In 2014, Duda slammed 30 HR and 92 RBI while batting .253 with a .349 OBP and slugging .481. He was particularly good against righties, hitting .273 with 28 HR. He really struggled against lefties – 21.5% of his official at bats were against left handed pitching, but he only hit 2 HR and 10 RBI while batting just .180. Duda showed he was a force, but he’s going to need to improve against lefties. His 30 HR was third in the National League and his 92 RBI was fifth. He vaulted himself into the second best first baseman in the NL East after his 2014 season. He’ll need to follow up with another solid campaign to stay there and perhaps even challenge Freeman.

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3. Ryan Howard (Phillies) – The 35 year old Howard is on the down slope of his career and has never been the same since tearing his Achilles in the 2011 postseason. He made 141 starts at first base in 2014, but put up only a .223 batting average with 23 HR and 95 RBI. He struck out 190 times, leading the league. The left handed lifting slugger actually hit better against lefties, hitting .230 while slugging .447 (versus .353 against righties). He may be on the back nine of his career and he’s not putting up $25 million per year numbers anymore, but he’s still dangerous, isn’t a guy you can LOOGY, and was third in the National League in RBI. He may slide another spot down if the next guy on our list can regain his form, but don’t count the Big Man out just yet.

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4. Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals) – Zimmerman is listed first on the Nationals depth chart. Injuries, the departure of Adam LaRoche, and the $74 million owed over the next 5 seasons (before the 2020 team option / $2 million buyout) necessitates the move despite Ryan playing only 18 major league innings at first base. The 30 year old appeared in only 61 games in 2014 while hitting ,280 with 5 HR and 38 RBI with a .342 OBP / .449 SLG. Time will tell if he will have healed up enough to return to the form that averaged 140 games played, a .284 batting average, 22 HR, 33 doubles, 83 RBI and a .351 OBP / .476 SLG over the previous 8 seasons. Until he shows otherwise, he is the fourth best first baseman in the NL East. If he has another season like the one he had in 2014, he’ll drop down to number five.

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5. Garrett Jones (Marlins) – Jones is the incumbent first baseman for the Marlins and is signed through the 2015 season. The 33 year old is coming off a 2014 season in which he hit .246 with 15 HR and 53 RBI while getting on base at a .309 clip and slugging .411. He’s also struggled against lefties – none of his 15 home runs in 2014 came off of lefties and just 3 of his 53 RBI were off southpaws. Over the last 5 seasons, he’s averaged 148 games while hitting .249 with 19 HR, 30 doubles, 67 RBI, and a .308 OBP and a .438 slugging. He’s not going to overwhelm you, but you know what you’re going to get – the fifth best first baseman in the National League East.

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Mets Announce 2015 Schedule http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-announce-2015-schedule.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/mets-announce-2015-schedule.html/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:36:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165249 citi field fans opening day

The New York Mets today announced the club will begin the 2015 regular season on a six-game road trip beginning Monday, April 6 through Thursday April 9 at Washington versus the Nationals and April 10 through 12 in Atlanta versus the Braves.  The Mets will make their 2015 Citi Field debut on Opening Day Monday, April 13 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies which marks the beginning of a 10-game homestand.

•  Home Opener Is Monday, April 13 vs. Philadelphia at Citi Field 

  Weekend Series vs. Red Sox and Yankees Highlight Interleague Schedule

  Free Shirt Fridays, Concerts, Fireworks Nights, and Family Sundays Return in 2015

The 2015 schedule also features the Subway Series returning to weekend matchups on April 24-26 at Yankee Stadium and at Citi Field September 18-20. The Boston Red Sox are set to make their first-ever regular season visit to Citi Field, for a weekend matchup, August 28-30.  In addition, popular fan promotions such as Free Shirt Fridays, Post-Game Concerts, Fireworks, and Family Sundays will also return for 2015.

Highlights of the 2015 home schedule include:

  • April 13-23 – Opening homestand versus National League East opponents the Phillies, Marlins and Braves
  • May 5-6 – Interleague matchup versus the Baltimore Orioles
  • Memorial Day, May 25 versus the Philadelphia Phillies
  • June 15-16 – Interleague matchup versus the Toronto Blue Jays
  • 29 of the final 39 regular season games are against National League East opponents

Game times for the 2015 campaign will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2015 schedule is subject to change, including all Saturday and Sunday game times, which are subject to Major League Baseball’s national broadcast agreements with FOX and ESPN

For 2015 season ticket information call (718) 507-TIXX or visit Mets.com/plans.

2015 SCHEDULE

April 6-9: At Washington
April 10-12: At Atlanta
April 13-15: Philadelphia
April 17-19: Miami
April 21-23: Atlanta
April 24-26: At New York
April 27-29: At Miami
April 30-May 3: Washington
May 5-6: Baltimore
May 8-10: At Philadelphia
May 11-14: At Chicago (NL)
May 15-17: Milwaukee
May 18-21: St. Louis
May 22-24: At Pittsburgh
May 25-27: Philadelphia
May 29-31: Miami
June 1-3: At San Diego
June 5-7: At Arizona
June 8-11: San Francisco
June 12-14: Atlanta
June 15-16: Toronto
June 17-18: At Toronto
June 19-21: At Atlanta
June 23-25: At Milwaukee
June 26-28: Cincinnati
June 30-July 2: Chicago (NL)
July 3-5: At Los Angeles (NL)
July 6-8: At San Francisco
July 10-12: Arizona
July 17-19: At St. Louis
July 20-22: At Washington
July 23-26: Los Angeles (NL)
June 28-30: San Diego
July 30-Aug. 2: Washington
Aug. 3-5: At Miami
Aug. 7-9: At Tampa Bay
Aug. 10-13: Colorado
Aug. 14-16: Pittsburgh
Aug. 18-19: At Baltimore
Aug. 21-23: At Colorado
Aug. 24-27: At Philadelphia
Aug. 28-30: Boston
Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Philadelphia
Sept. 4-6: At Miami
Sept. 7-9: At Washington
Sept. 10-13: At Atlanta
Sept. 14-16: Miami
Sept. 18-20: New York (AL)
Sept. 21-23: Atlanta
Sept. 24-27: At Cincinnati
Sept. 29-Oct. 1: At Philadelphia
Oct. 2-4: Washington

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NL East Report: Trevor Bauer Makes MLB Debut, Utley Returns With A Bang, Morse Is Raking http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/nl-east-report-trevor-bauer-makes-mlb-debut-utley-returns-with-a-bang-morse-is-raking.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/nl-east-report-trevor-bauer-makes-mlb-debut-utley-returns-with-a-bang-morse-is-raking.html/#comments Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:56:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=86870

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer!

The NL East Report is published every Friday and takes a look at the other teams in the division. The reports covers the latest news and notes, injuries and transactions, divisional records versus the Mets, and updated NL East Standings.

News And Notes

Atlanta Braves: Rookie right-hander Trevor Bauer made his major-league debut Thursday and pitched four innings allowing two runs, five hits and three walks before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning. Bauer, the first player from the 2011 draft to appear in the major leagues, was 11-1 with a 2.23 ERA in 16 minor-league starts. CF Michael Bourn has stolen at least 20 bases for five consecutive seasons. Since the start of the 2008 season, he led all major-leaguers with 235 stolen bases through Wednesday. IF Jack Wilson has lost playing time since Andrelton Simmons took over at shortstop. Simmons went into Thursday’s game with nine multi-hit games, seven of them in his last 12 games, and had four multi-RBI games.

Miami Marlins: RF Giancarlo Stanton leads the Marlins with 17 home runs but has only four in June after hitting 12 in May to win the National League Player of the Month award. RHP Josh Johnson has allowed just three runs in 13 innings over his last two starts going into his outing tonight, but he is 0-1 because the Marlins scored a total of one run in those games. The Marlins rank in the bottom half among NL teams in key offensive categories, which can be attributed to a lack of production from players who were expected to blossom this season. First baseman Gaby Sanchez, an All-Star last year, and starting catcher John Buck both are hitting below .200. Left fielder Logan Morrison is hitting .227.

Philadelphia Phillies: One night after Chase Utley made his triumphant return to the Phillies by blasting a home run in his first at-bat of the 2012 season, his longtime teammate Ryan Howard began his rehab assignment with a bang going 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and three RBI while batting cleanup. The Phillies rotation has a 5.13 ERA in 30 games since Roy Halladay’s injury and the bullpen has a 4.62 ERA during that same span. RH reliever Chad Qualls was designated for assignment, LH reliever Joe Savery was sent to Class AAA Lehigh Valley (Allentown, Pa.) and LH relievers Jeremy Horst and Brian Sanches were called up from Lehigh Valley.

Washington Nationals: RF Michael Morse went 2-for-5 with a three-run shot, his second homer since returning from a lat injury. He is hitting .341 (14-for-41) over his last 10 games with the two homers and eight RBI. RHP Edwin Jackson has not had success pitching at Coors Field, and  gave up eight runs on 10 hits in three-plus innings during the Nationals’ 11-10, 11-inning loss last night. Jackson had won three of his previous four starts, posting a 2.30 ERA in that span. He is 0-1 with a 17.40 ERA in four career starts in Denver. 3B Ryan Zimmerman has put together a five-game hitting streak. His two-run single started the Nationals’ scoring Thursday after collecting three doubles and two homers in the previous three games.

NL East Standings

This Week shows the divisional record week to date, and is since the last NL East Report.

* Team is currently in line for a wild card spot.

Injury Report

The report only contains updates.

Atlanta Braves: Brandon Beachy (Tommy John Surgery) had season-ending surgery.

Miami Marlins: Emilio Bonafacio (left thumb) cleared to hit off a tee and play catch on June 26.

New York Mets: Mike Baxter (displaced right collarbone) hasn’t resumed physical activities as of June 28. Jason Bay (concussion) cleared to ride bicycle on June 25. Frank Francisco (left oblique strain) was placed on the disabled list on June 24.

Philadelphia Phillies: Ryan Howard (recovery from achillies surgery) had 3 RBIs in Class A rehab game June 28. Lance Nix (strained left calf) continues to rehab in Florida as of June 28. Michael Stutes (right shoulder) had arthroscopic shoulder surgery on June 26.

Washington Nationals: Cole Kimball (recovery from 2011 right shoulder surgery) threw 2 innings in a Class A rehab game on June 25. Christopher Marrero (torn left hamstring, shoulder) went 1-3 in a Triple-A rehab game on June 28. Xavier Nady (right wrist tendinitis) was placed on the disabled list on June 25, retroactive to June 24. Henry Rodriguez (strained right index finger) pitched an inning in Double-A on June 27. Chad Tracy (right groin tear) taking part in baseball activities as of June 27.

Upcoming Weekend Schedule

Now, let’s take a look at the upcoming series for these teams:

Atlanta Braves VS Arizona Diamondbacks

Miami Marlins VS Philadelphia Phillies

New York Mets @ Los Angeles Dodgers

Philadelphia Phillies @ Miami Marlins

Washington Nationals @ Colorado Rockies

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NL East Report: Braves and Marlins Reeling, Nationals On A Six Game Roll http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/nl-east-report-braves-and-marlins-reeling-nationals-on-a-six-game-roll.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/nl-east-report-braves-and-marlins-reeling-nationals-on-a-six-game-roll.html/#comments Fri, 15 Jun 2012 21:18:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=85591

The NL East Report is published every Friday and takes a look at the other teams in the division. The reports covers the latest news and notes, injuries and transactions, divisional records versus the Mets, andupdated NL East Standings.

News And Notes

Atlanta Braves: The Braves have lost four straight at home, and have fallen to third place in the NL East behind the Mets and Nationals. During the Braves’ recent skid, they have scored a total of just ten runs. Despite their those struggles, the Braves are still the seventh in MLB in runs scored with 294. With his 2-for-4 effort in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Yankees, right fielder Jason Heyward raised his batting average to .250. After seeing his average dip as low as .233 on May 30, Heyward has 10 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.278) with two home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs. The Braves have designated Livan Hernandez for assignment and recalled Kris Medlen from Triple-A Gwinnett. He was 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA in 18 appearances for the Braves this season.

Miami Marlins: Outfielder Scott Cousins joins the Marlins today, called up from Class AAA New Orleans. Cousins replaces Chris Coghlan, who was optioned to New Orleans after Wednesday’s game. Cousins hit .292 average with 30 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 32 RBI in 50 games at New Orleans. Manager Ozzie Guillen is shaking up his batting order after Miami struggled for offense while losing eight of nine games on its recent homestand. Jose Reyes led off the bottom of the first inning on Wednesday night with a triple for the second game in a row. The last player to hit leadoff triples in back-to-back games was Reyes himself, who did it on June 21-22, 2008. His 15 leadoff triples tie him with Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki for the lead among active players.

Philadelphia Phillies: Phillies pitchers have just three complete games this season. Blanton has two of them. Kyle Kendrick has the other. The Phillies won the final game of their series with the Minnesota Twins Thursday night, 6-1. Designated hitter Jim Thome continued his recent hot streak at the plate as he hit a three-run homer to power the offense. Chase Utley moved one step closer to returning to the Major Leagues when he began a rehab assignment with Class A Clearwater on Tuesday. Utley went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts as the designated hitter in his first game with the Threshers.

Washington Nationals: The Nationals have won six straight, all against AL East opponents, and will look to create a greater gap between themselves and the rest of the NL East as interleague plays continues. Washington currently has a comfortable 4 1/2 game lead over the second-place Mets. Stephen Strasburg, 23, became the first pitcher in the Majors to reach 100 strikeouts this season when he set down eight Blue Jays in six innings on Wednesday. Strasburg, who improved to 8-1, lowered his ERA to 2.45. First baseman Adam LaRoche who sat out to rest his sore right foot, was replaced rookie Tyler Moore on Wednesday and tallied five RBIs, belting his first two Major League home runs after recording his first career RBIs with a two-run double.

NL East Standings

 

Team

W

L

Pct

GB

Vs. Division

Vs. Mets

This Week

Washington Nationals

38 23 .623 - 14-8 4-2 6-0
New York Mets* 35 29 .547 4.5 16-11 - 3-3
Atlanta Braves 34 29 .540 5.0 8-11 2-4 2-4
Miami Marlins 32 31 .508 7.0 9-13 2-4 1-5
Philadelphia Phillies 31 34 .477 9.0 10-14 3-6 3-4

This Week shows the divisional record week to date, and is since the last NL East Report.

* Team is currently in line for a wild card spot.

Injury Report

The report only contains updates.

Atlanta Braves: Brandon Beachy (elbow) is day to day. Freddie Freeman (thumb) is day to day. Eric O’Flaherty (sore left elbow) is day to day.

Miami Marlins: Emilio Bonafacio (left thumb) had stitches removed on June 12. Carlos Zambrano (lower back stiffness) is day to day.

New York Mets: Ronny Cedeno (strained left calf) will begin rehab assignment on June 15. Ramon Ramirez (strained right hamstring) has started long tossing as of June 13. Ruben Tejada (right quad strain) jogged on June 14, but is not close to return yet. Justin Turner (sprained right ankle) played shortstop in a Triple-A rehab game on June 14.

Philadelphia Phillies: Justin DeFratus (strained right elbow) throwing from 120 feet as of June 13. Freddy Galvis (pars fracture in back) will wear brace for three weeks. David Herndon (right elbow inflammation) will be re-evaluated the week of June 17. Ryan Howard (recovery from achillies surgery) went 0-4 in an extended spring training game on June 13. Lance Nix (strained left calf) went 0-4 in an extended spring training game on June 13. Michael Stutes (right shoulder inflammation) will be re-evaluated the week of June 17. Chase Utley (left knee) was DH in third Class A Advanced game on June 14.

Washington Nationals: Roger Bernadina (hamstring strain) is day to day. Mark DeRosa (left oblique strain) will start rehab assignment after June 15. Adam LaRoche (sore right foot) is day to day. Christopher Marrero (torn left hamstring, shoulder) played in Double-A rehab games on June 13 and 14. Ryan Mattheus (plantar fascia strain in left foot) pitched in a Double-A rehab game on June 13. Drew Storen (bone chip in right elbow) threw second mound session on June 11. Stephen Strasburg (minor cut on middle finger of right hand) was removed as a precaution on June 13 and is day to day.

Upcoming Weekend Schedule

Now, let’s take a look at the upcoming series for these teams:

Atlanta Braves VS Baltimore Orioles

Miami Marlins VS Tampa Bay Rays

New York Mets VS Cincinnati Reds

Philadelphia Phillies @ Toronto Blue Jays

Washington Nationals VS New York Yankees

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NL East Report: Inter-League Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/nl-east-report-40.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/nl-east-report-40.html/#comments Sat, 09 Jun 2012 01:39:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=84129

The NL East Report is published every Friday and takes a look at the other teams in the division. The reports covers the latest news and notes, injuries and transactions, divisional records versus the Mets, andupdated NL East Standings.

News And Notes

Atlanta Braves: The Braves paid tribute to former All-Star pitcher John Smoltz today by inducting him into the Braves Hall of Fame. His number will be retired prior to tonight’s contest. Braves’ starting pitchers allowed just one earned run in the three-game series sweep over Miami, and they allowed only six runs in fi ve games (33.2 IP) on the just-completed road trip (1.60 ERA). Martin Prado went 2-for-5 last night and has hit safely in 22 of his last 27 games, with 16 multi-hit games in those 27 contests. Prado ranks sixth in the National League in hitting (.324) and has hit safely in 42 of his 55 games played this season.

Miami Marlins: The Fish suffered their second three-game sweep of the season, dropping the series finale against the Braves, 8-2. Jose Reyes connected for his first home run of the season in the loss. Tonight, the Citrus Series resumes as Miami welcomes the Tampa Bay Rays to Marlins Park for a three-game series. The two teams last met in a three-game set from June 17-19, 2011 at Tropicana Field, a series that saw the Fish drop three straight. The 2011 Citrus Series went to the Rays, who took four of the six contests. In South Florida, however, Miami has gone 25-16, while also leading the overall series, 42-37.There are only three players in the Majors to record 90 home runs and steal at least 200 bases since the 2006 season, and two of them are playing in this series. Hanley Ramirez has hit 45 home runs and stolen 226 bases, Jimmy Rollins has totaled 114 homers and 212 SB’s, and B.J. Upton has 90 home runs and 208 steals.

Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies have dropped a season-high six straight games to fall three games under .500 after being a season-best three over (28-25). Jim Thome enters play tonight as MLB’s all-time home run leader in Interleague play with 59 and third in game-winning RBI (21). Juan Pierre needs to score 1 more run to reach 1,000 for his career. Once he does, he will become just the 30th player in MLB history to have 1,000 runs, 2,000 hits and 500 stolen bases. The 2012 season marks both the 8th year for Charlie Manuel as manager of the Phillies and his 50th year in professional baseball (since 1963). Through his seven-plus years at the helm in Philadelphia, he has become the franchise’s all-time leader in managerial wins (674) and has led the team to a record five straight postseason appearances. Manuel has a career record of 674-519 (.565) in Philadelphia (2005-12), the best among all NL teams in that time frame.

Washington Nationals: Washington will take a 15-game stroll through the brutal AL East, beginning Friday with a three-game series against the Red Sox. Each team in the AL East is above .500, with Boston at 29-28 and in last place. Washington holds a slim one-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East after a 3-1 loss to the Mets on Thursday afternoon. Two young workhorses will go head-to-head in the series opener Friday, with right-hander Stephen Strasburg taking the ball for the Nationals and lefty Felix Doubront for the Sox. In 14 games dating to a 9-3 win on May 20 vs. BAL, Bryce Harper is hitting .357 (20-for-56) with a double, 3 triples, 3 home runs, 9 RBI, 8 walks and 12 runs scored. He leads the Nationals in that span in batting average, runs, hits, triples and homers. Nationals pitchers have averaged 8.54 strikeouts per 9.0 innings this season. That’s only been produced through 54 contests, but it is currently the 2nd-highest recorded by any club in modern baseball history.

NL East Standings

Team

W

L

Pct

GB

Vs. Division

Vs. Mets

This Week

Washington Nationals

32 23 .582 - 14-8 4-2 3-2

Atlanta Braves*

32 25 .561 1.0 8-11 2-4 4-1
 New York Mets  32 26 .552 1.5 16-11 - 4-3

Miami Marlins

31 26 .544 2.0 9-13 2-4 2-4

Philadelphia Phillies

28 30 .483 6.0 10-14 3-6 1-5

This Week shows the divisional record week to date, and is since the last NL East Report.

* Team is currently in line for a wild card spot.

Injury Report

The report only contains updates.

Atlanta Braves: Freddie Freeman (bruised left index finger) is day to day. Chipper Jones (left calf contusion) had the stitches removed from his leg on June 6 and might return June 11.

Miami Marlins: Austin Kearns (right hamstring strain) might return June 7.

New York Mets: Mike Baxter (displaced right collarbone) was placed on the disabled list on June 3, after suffering the injury crashing into a wall on June 1. Ruben Tejada (right quad strain) suffered a setback and his rehab was put on hold as of June 5. Jon Rauch (right elbow discomfort) was unavailable for the entire Nationals series, but is expected to be ready for the weekend series against the Yankees. Ramon Ramirez (strained right hamstring) was placed on the disabled list on June 5. Jon Niese (elevated heart rate) left his last start on Sunday, June 3. He will make his next start, and will have surgery after the season to correct the issue.

Philadelphia Phillies: Jose Contreras (torn right UCL, flexor pronator tendon) had an MRI reveal tears on June 2 and will be out the remainder of the season. Freddy Galvis (lower back) is day to day after leaving a game in the 5th inning on June 6. Ryan Howard (recovery from achillies surgery) went 2-4 in an extended spring training game on June 6. Lance Nix (strained left calf) will resume rehab on June 7. Placido Polanco (laceration on finger) is day to day. Chase Utley (left knee) could begin playing the field next week.

Washington Nationals: Mark DeRosa (left oblique strain) is expected to start his rehab assignment on June 7 or 8. Sandy Leon (high right ankle sprain) is running and playing catch as of June 3. Brad Lidge (abdominal wall strain) pitched a perfect inning in a rehab game on June 6. Carlos Maldonado (back) was placed on the disabled list on June 6. Ryan Mattheus (plantar fascia strain in left foot) threw a successful bullpen session on June 6. Wilson Ramos (torn meniscus, ACL in right knee) underwent first of two surgeries on June 1. Drew Storen (bone chip in right elbow) is throwing everyday from flat ground as of June 5.

Upcoming Weekend Schedule

Now, let’s take a look at the upcoming series for these teams:

Atlanta Braves VS Toronto Blue Jays

Miami Marlins VS Tampa Bay Rays

New York Mets @ New York Yankees

Philadelphia Phillies @ Baltimore Orioles

Washington Nationals @ Boston Red Sox

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NL East Report: Phillies Rotation Not So Tough, Marlins Are Heating Up http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/nl-east-report-phillies-rotation-not-so-tough-marlins-are-heating-up.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/nl-east-report-phillies-rotation-not-so-tough-marlins-are-heating-up.html/#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2012 18:33:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=83276

The NL East Report is published every Friday and takes a look at the other teams in the division. The reports covers the latest news and notes, injuries and transactions, divisional records versus the Mets, andupdated NL East Standings.

News And Notes

Atlanta Braves: Uggla ranks second in the NL and fourth in the majors with 34 walks on the season. His career high is 92 walks (2009) and he’s on pace for 108 this season. CF Michael Bourn has hit safely in 12 of his last 18 starts, 25 of his last 31 starts and in 38 of 50 starts this season. He has accounted for four of the Braves’ last nine home runs and has already equaled his career high. The Braves have gone 19-5 with Chipper Jones in the starting lineup this season and 8-19 without him in the lineup. The Braves are inducting John Smoltz into their Hall of Fame today and retiring his uniform number 29. Smoltz, who spent 20 seasons in a Braves uniform, is the only pitcher in Major League history with at least 200 wins and 150 saves, and has the most strikeouts in postseason history with 199.

Miami Marlins: The Marlins are coming off of a three-game home sweep of the Nationals that brought them to within a half-game of first place. They upped their Major League leading comeback wins total to 19 with a 3-1 win over the Washington Nationals. Jose Reyes has fashioned an nine-game hitting streak at home, during which he is batting .324, the switch-hitting speedster has hit at a .322 clip and has collected at least one hit in 20 of 24 games at home. Hanley Ramirez and Giancarlo Stanton are each blazing hot. Ramirez is hitting .354 since dropping below .200 earlier this season and Stanton in May hit .343 with 12 home runs (first in majors) and 30 RBI (third).

Philadelphia Phillies: Three-fifths of the Phillies’ vaunted rotation has been on the disabled list already, with Roy Halladay the latest casualty. The Phillies won just one of Halladay’s final eight starts before he succumbed to a shoulder injury. Cliff Lee has yet to record a win this season. Dating back to the last July, Kyle Kendrick has a 2.65 ERA in his last 15 starts. He’s also averaged 5.9 innings per game, a solid average for any fifth starter. Former Phillies closer Mitch Williams said, “I don’t see any chance of Cole Hamels being a Phillie after this year because of the amount of money he’s going to command.”

Washington Nationals: The Nationals are 15-8 at home, where their .652 winning percentage ranks 2nd in the NL behind only LAD’s .700 mark at Dodger Stadium. The Nationals’ pitching staff paces MLB in ERA (3.01), starters’ ERA (2.95), batting average against (.222), fewest hits/9.0 innings (7.36), WHIP (1.14), baserunners allowed/9.0 innings (10.49), OPS against (.636) and fielding-independent pitching (3.24). In May — thanks to 57 doubles, 10 triples and 34 home runs—the Nationals tallied 101 extrabase hits in a single calendar month for just the 2nd time in franchise history. The Nationals’ 101 extra-base hits in May ranked 2nd in the NL behind only STL (102).

NL East Standings

 

Team

W

L

Pct

GB

Vs. Division

Vs. Mets

This Week

Washington Nationals

29

21

.580

-

11-6

2-1

3-3

Miami Marlins*

29

22

.569

0.5

7-9

2-4

5-1

New York Mets*

28

23

.549

1.5

15-9

-

4-2

Atlanta Braves

28

24

.538

2.0

4-10

2-4

2-4

Philadelphia Phillies

27

25

.519

3.0

9-12

3-6

4-2

This Week shows the divisional record week to date, and is since the last NL East Report.

* Team is currently in line for a wild card spot.

Injury Report

The report only contains updates.

Atlanta Braves: Chipper Jones (left calf contusion) is on the disabled list, and had blood drained from his leg on May 26. David Ross (strained right groin) is day to day and caught in the bullpen on May 29.

Miami Marlins: Emilio Bonifacio (left thumb) ran for first time since surgery on May 30. Jose Ceda (ligament tear in right elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on May 27.

New York Mets: Miguel Batista (strained lower back) pitched 7 innings in a Double-A rehab start on May 30. Jason Bay (rib fracture) started as DH in a rehab game on May 28. Ronny Cedeno (strained left calf) was placed on the disabled list on May 30, retroactive to May 27. Ruben Tejada (right quad strain) is undergoing treatment in New York through June 1st. Josh Thole (concussion) caught in a Triple-A rehab game on May 31. Justin Turner (sprained right ankle) was placed on the disabled list on May 29. Chris Young (torn right anterior capsule) started a Triple-A rehab game on May 31.

Philadelphia Phillies: Justin De Fratus (sprained right elbow) began throwing on May 25. Roy Halladay (right latissimus dorsi strain) was placed on the disabled list on May 29 and is going receive a second opinion. Ryan Howard (recovery from achillies surgery) is running, hitting, and fielding in rehab as of May 30. Michael Martinez (right foot fracture) hit in batting practice in extended spring training on May 26. Lance Nix (strained left calf), on May 30, ran for the first time since being placed on the disabled list. Carlos Ruiz (right hamstring tightness) is day to day. He had a pinch-hit home run on May 30. Jim Thome (strained lower back) is taking batting practice in extended spring training as of May 30. Chase Utley (left knee) is working out with the team as of May 30. Vance Worley (right elbow inflammation, bone chip in elbow) is schedued to throw a second bullpen session on June 1.

Washington Nationals: Mark DeRosa (left oblique strain) took batting practice and threw on May 27. Jesus Flores (strained right hamstring) is day to day. Mike Morse (right lat strain) played two Class A advanced games on May 30. Henry Rodriguez (right index finger) is day to day. Chad Tracy (right groin tear) underwent surgery on May 29.

Upcoming Weekend Schedule

Now, let’s take a look at the upcoming series for these teams:

Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nationals

Miami Marlins @ Philadelphia Phillies

New York Mets VS St. Louis Cardinals

Philadelphia Phillies VS Miami Marlins

Washington Nationals VS Atlanta Braves

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NL East Report: Nationals and Braves In First Place Showdown This Weekend http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/nl-east-report-nationals-and-braves-in-first-place-showdown-this-weekend.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/nl-east-report-nationals-and-braves-in-first-place-showdown-this-weekend.html/#comments Fri, 25 May 2012 16:13:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=82695

The NL East Report is published every Friday and takes a look at the other teams in the division. The reports covers the latest news and notes, injuries and transactions, divisional records versus the Mets, and updated NL East Standings.

News And Notes

Atlanta Braves: On Monday, May 21, Drew Sutton was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash. They also signed Ian Thomas and Lance Zawadzki. The Braves own the division’s best run differential, by a decent margin, at plus-32. The Nationals are plus-19, second best. The Braves have scored 4.87 runs per game, second-best in the National League and up from 3.96 last season. Martin Prado is on a hot streak for Atlanta. In his last 16 games, Prado has hit .429 with eight doubles, a triple, a home run, nine runs scored and five RBIs. With just 11 more RBIs, Chipper Jones will reach 1,596 and tie Hall of Famer George Brett for the all-time lead among third basemen.

Miami Marlins: Mike Dunn was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans and is expected to callup Daniel Jennings. The left-hander has an 0.95 ERA with 17 strikeouts and five walks in 19 innings for New Orleans. Jennings has made two appearances with the Marlins this season, throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Hanley Ramirez (141 homers, 225 steals) is one of just two players since 2006 to record 140-or-more home runs and steal more than 140 bases. Matt Kemp is the other. Ramirez has caught fire at home lately, carrying a seven-game home hitting streak into tonight’s game. In the month of May, the Marlins have drawn a National League leading 84 walks, ahead of the Diamondbacks (77), Braves (77), Giants (76) and Mets (75).

Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies lead the majors in May with a .286 batting average and are third in total bases, with an average of 15.6 per game. Their .783 OPS is also third in the bigs. Second baseman Chase Utley, who hasn’t played a game this season because of chronic tendinitis in his knees, took some ground balls before Thursday’s game. There still is no timetable for his return. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Utley won’t move beyond batting practice and pregame activities until he’s ready to play in a game. After missing three games for the birth of his first child, shortstop Jimmy Rollins led off for the Phillies on Thursday. He went 2-for-6 with a strikeout in the victory and is 94 hits away from 2,000.

Washington Nationals: Shortstop Ian Desmond has hit eight home runs this season, tying his total from 2011. He’s only two away from his career high of 10 long balls, which he clubbed in 2010. The eight homers lead all NL shortstops. The Nationals face off against the Braves for the first time this season in a battle for first place. The Nationals are up one game, so they will have to win the three-game series in order to leave Atlanta in first place by themselves.

NL East Standings

Team

W

L

Pct

GB

Vs. Division

Vs. Mets

This Week

Washington Nationals

26

18

.591

-

8-3

2-1

3-3

Atlanta Braves*

26

20

.565

1.0

4-7

2-4

2-5

Miami Marlins

24

21

.533

2.5

4-9

2-4

4-3

New York Mets

24

21

.533

2.5

14-7

-

3-4

Philadelphia Phillies

23

23

.500

4.0

7-11

1-5

3-4

This Week shows the divisional record week to date, and is since the last NL East Report.

* Team is currently in line for a wild card spot.

Injury Report

Newer or updated injuries are at the beginning of each team’s injury report.

Atlanta Braves: Chipper Jones (left calf contusion) is day to day. Brian McCann (flu) is day to day. Jonny Venters (calf bruise) is day to day. Robert Fish (left elbow tendinitis) was put on the disabled list on April 2, retroactive to March 26. It is still unsure when he’ll return. Peter Moylan (recovering from right shoulder surgery last season) is currently rehabbing, and is expected to return sometime in May or June. Arodys Vizcaino (elbow reconstruction surgery) had Tommy John Surgery on March 20, and will be out the remainder of the season.

Miami Marlins: Austin Kearns (right hamstring strain) was placed on the disabled list on May 24. Emilio Bonafacio (left thumb) is expected to have surgery on May 25. Jose Ceda (ligament tear in right elbow) had Tommy John Surgery on April 12, and will be out the remainder of the season.

New York Mets: Miguel Batista (strained lower back) was placed on the disabled list on May 20. Jason Bay (rib fracture) is expected to start DHing in rehab games on May 27. Ruben Tejada (right quad strain) took part in running drills on May 24. Josh Thole (concussion) is expected to catch for the first time on May 25. Chris Young (torn right anterior capsule) makes his next rehab start on May 25.  Pedro Beato (right shoulder stiffness) pitched for Class A on May 22. Mike Pelfrey (partial tear of ulnar collateral ligament) is currently on the disabled list, as of April 24, and had Tommy John Surgery on it to end his season.

Philadelphia Phillies: Justin De Fratas (sprained right elbow) is scheduled to resume a throwing program on May 25. Lance Nix (calf) was able to walk but not run as of May 19. Chase Utley (left knee) ran and fielded grounders on May 17. Michael Martinez (right foot fracture) is taking live batting practice as of May 16. Ryan Howard (recovering from Achilles surgery) is fielding, throwing, and hitting as of May 16. Vance Worley (right elbow inflammation, bone chips in elbow) was placed on the disabled list on May 16, retroactive to May 12. Jim Thome (strained lower back) is taking live batting practice as of May 16. Michael Stutes (mild rotator cuff strain) was shut down for 2-3 weeks as of May 11. David Herndon (right elbow inflammation) was placed on the disabled list on May 1, retroactive to April 30.

Washington Nationals: Stephen Strasburg (arm tightness) is not expected to miss a start. Mike Morse (right lat strain) is expected to start extended spring training on May 25. Brad Lidge (abdominal wall strain) threw a bullpen session on May 23. Ryan Mattheus (Plantar fascia strain in left foot) was placed on the disabled list on May 22, retroactive to May 21. Mark DeRosa (left oblique strain) started baseball activities on May 17. Drew Storen (bone chips in right elbow) made 100 throws from flat ground on May 16. Sandy Leon (sprained right ankle) was placed on the disabled list on May 15. Wilson Ramos (torn ACL) was placed on the disabled list on May 13, and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on May 15. He is out for the season. Jayson Werth (broken left wrist) was placed on the disabled after undergoing surgery. He is expected to be out at least 10-12 weeks. Christopher Marrero (torn next hamstring, shoulder) is having lingering hamstring and shoulder issues. Cole Kimball (recovering from right shoulder surgery) had surgery in July of 2011, and won’t return until July at the earliest.

Upcoming Weekend Schedule

Now, let’s take a look at the upcoming series for these teams:

Atlanta Braves VS Washington Nationals

Miami Marlins VS San Francisco Giants

New York Mets VS San Diego Padres

Philadelphia Phillies @ St. Louis Cardinals

Washington Nationals @ Atlanta Braves

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NL East Report: Polanco Reaches 2000 Hits, Harper Hits First Home Run http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/nl-east-report-polanco-reaches-2000-hits-harper-hits-first-home-run.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/nl-east-report-polanco-reaches-2000-hits-harper-hits-first-home-run.html/#comments Fri, 18 May 2012 17:00:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=81754

The NL East Report is published every Friday and takes a look at the other teams in the division. The report covers the latest news and notes, injuries and transactions, divisional records versus the Mets, and updated NL East Standings.

News And Notes

Atlanta Braves: On Friday, May 11, the Braves signed Felix Pie to a minor league contract and sent him to the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves. Jason Heyward got his first career start in center field on Wednesday, and Brandon Beachy got his first complete game shutout on Thursday. Also on Thursday, the Braves signed Sergio Miranda.

Miami Marlins: Marlins Park is one of the candidates to host the 2015 All Star Game. Ozzie Guillen announced he was done with Twitter. On Friday, May 11, Emilio Bonifacio broke the Marlins record for most stolen bases to start the season with a perfect stolen base percentage with two stolen bases, breaking the record of 15 in 15 attempts. It is now 20 in 20 attempts. Also on Friday, the Marlins recalled Kevin Mattison and Mike Dunn and sent down Sandy Rosario. On Tuesday, the Marlins sent down Kevin Mattison and recalled Bryan Petersen.

Philadelphia Phillies: On Friday, May 11, the Phillies placed Lance Nix on the disabled list, and transferred Justin De Fratus to the 60-day disabled list. On Friday, the Phillies also sent down Brian Sanchez and brought up Raul Valdes, Hector Luna, and Jake Diekman. On Saturday, the Phillies traded Scott Posednik to the Red Sox for cash. They also sent down Erik Kratz, called up Mike Fontenot, and transferred Michael Martinez to the 60-day disabled list. On Monday, Placido Polanco reached 2,000 hits, and on Wednesday the Phillies traded Rich Thompson to the Tampa Bay Rays for minor leaguer Kyle Hudson. They also recalled Joe Savery, and Vance Worley was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Placido Polanco suffered a bruised left knee after fouling a ball off of it.

Washington Nationals: Adam LaRoche announced he wanted to remain with the Nationals after this season. On Sunday, Wilson Ramos was placed on the disabled list and Sandy Leon was called up. On Monday, Bryce Harper hit his first Major League home run. On Tuesday, Sandy Leon was placed on the disabled list, Wilson Ramos was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, and Carlos Maldonado was called up.

NL East Standings

Team

W

L

Pct

GB

Vs. Division

Vs. Mets

This Week

Atlanta Braves

24

15

.615

-

4-7

2-4

5-2

Washington Nationals

23

15

.605

0.5

6-2

2-1

4-3

New York Mets

21

17

.553

2.5

14-7

-

3-4

Miami Marlins

20

18

.526

3.5

4-9

2-4

4-3

Philadelphia Phillies

20

19

.513

4.0

6-9

1-5

6-1

This Week shows the divisional record week to date, and is since the last NL East Report.

* Team is currently in line for a wild card spot.

Injury Report

Newer or updated injuries are at the beginning of each team’s injury report.

Atlanta Braves: Robert Fish (left elbow tendinitis) was put on the disabled list on April 2, retroactive to March 26. It is still unsure when he’ll return. Peter Moylan (recovering from right shoulder surgery last season) is currently rehabbing, and is expected to return sometime in May or June. Arodys Vizcaino (elbow reconstruction surgery) had Tommy John Surgery on March 20, and will be out the remainder of the season.

Miami Marlins: Jose Ceda (ligament tear in right elbow) had Tommy John Surgery on April 12, and will be out the remainder of the season.

New York Mets: Ruben Tejada (right quad strain) was placed on the disabled list on May 7. As of May 13, he was not cleared for baseball activities. Miguel Batista (groin tightness) is day to day. Jason Bay (rib fracture) was cleared for baseball activities on May 14. Josh Thole (concussion) was cleared for baseball activities on May 16. Chris Young (torn right anterior capsule) will return late May at the earliest. He pitched 5.2 innings in a rehab start on May 16.  Mike Pelfrey (partial tear of ulnar collateral ligament) is currently on the disabled list, as of April 24, and had Tommy John Surgery on it to end his season. Pedro Beato (right shoulder stiffness) suffered the injury in late March and currently is on the disabled list. There is no timetable for his return.

Philadelphia Phillies: Placido Polanco (bruised left knee) is day to day. Chase Utley (left knee) ran and fielded grounders on May 17. Michael Martinez (right foot fracture) is taking live batting practice as of May 16. Ryan Howard (recovering from Achilles surgery) is fielding, throwing, and hitting as of May 16. Vance Worley (right elbow inflammation) was placed on the disabled list on May 16, retroactive to May 12. Jim Thome (strained lower back) is taking live batting practice as of May 16. Justin De Fratas (sprained right elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on May 11. Lance Nix (calf) was placed on the disabled list on May 11. Michael Stutes (mild rotator cuff strain) was shut down for 2-3 weeks as of May 11. David Herndon (right elbow inflammation) was placed on the disabled list on May 1, retroactive to April 30.

Washington Nationals: Mark DeRosa (left oblique strain) started baseball activities on May 17. Drew Storen (bone chips in right elbow) made 100 throws from flat ground on May 16. Sandy Leon (sprained right ankle) was placed on the disabled list on May 15. Wilson Ramos (torn ACL) was placed on the disabled list on May 13, and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on May 15. He is out for the season. Brad Lidge (abdominal wall strain) threw from flat ground on May 14. Chien-Ming Wang (strained left hamstring) will make his final rehab start on May 19. Mike Morse (right lat strain) will go to extended spring training on May 21. Jayson Werth (broken left wrist) was placed on the disabled after undergoing surgery. He is expected to be out at least 10-12 weeks. Christopher Marrero (torn next hamstring, shoulder) is having lingering hamstring and shoulder issues. Cole Kimball (recovering from right shoulder surgery) had surgery in July of 2011, and won’t return until July at the earliest.

Upcoming Weekend Schedule

Now, let’s take a look at the upcoming series for these teams:

Atlanta Braves @ Tampa Bay Rays

Miami Marlins @ Cleveland Indians

New York Mets @ Toronto Blue Jays

Philadelphia Phillies VS Boston Red Sox

Washington Nationals VS Baltimore Orioles

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I Hate To Bring This Up, But….. http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/06/i-hate-to-bring-this-up-but.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/06/i-hate-to-bring-this-up-but.html/#comments Wed, 23 Jun 2010 17:24:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=29632 This is one of those posts that may incite a riot, but I’ll knock wood, and cross my fingers and toes when I say what I have to say…..that the Mets have had no serious injuries yet this season to key players.  We won’t count Carlos Beltran, who had surgery back in January, or Jose Reyes, who began the year on the DL but joined the team shortly after.  And we certainly won’t count underachievers like John Maine or Oliver Perez, whose injuries have sort of been a blessing.  Heck, you could say that about Beltran’s injury an the emergence of Angel Pagan.  Or Daniel Murphy giving way to Ike Davis.  And having Luis Castillo on the DL hasn’t exactly been horrible.

But what I’m getting at is this….we haven’t had injuries to key players like David Wright, Jason Bay, Davis, Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey, Pedro Feliciano, or K-Rod…or to any of our catchers.  Last year, it was like we were legitimately cursed with the injury bug. So with the core of the Mets in the lineup and on the mound each day and each week, and with the team playing just about as well as it’s capable, second place and 1.5 games out on June 23 doesn’t seem so ridiculous.

And seriously, after last year, we were due for some better luck both with injuries and with the performances of our regulars.  Now, if the tides turn and David Wright rolls his ankle running the bases tonight, I’ll take the heat that’s coming to me.  But I think we’re in for a wild (and hopefully successful) run toward the playoffs this season.

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Strasburg Making Me Nervous http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/03/strasburg-making-me-nervous.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/03/strasburg-making-me-nervous.html/#comments Wed, 10 Mar 2010 18:33:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=22374 Seeing highlights of Nationals’ pitcher Stephen Strasburg from yesterday’s game against Detroit bummed me out just a little.  I love watching great pitchers do their thing, and it’s especially exciting to see young pitchers like Strasburg break into the bigs and blow hitters away.  But I’m just a bit bummed out, because he’s in the Mets’ division and will most likely be facing our team a lot over the next few years.  I’m bummed out because when I start to think about it, there are going to be three aces in the division that will be considered as good as or better than our ace, Johan Santana.

You’ve got Strasburg, who is projected to reach the big leagues as early as July of this coming season.  Then you have Florida’s Josh Johnson, the Met Killer.  And Philly, despite trading away Cliff Lee, replaced him with the perennial all-world Roy Halladay.  The Braves are the only NL East team without a so-called “ace” (or in Washington’s case, potential ace) at the top of their rotation.

Sure, the Nationals and their fans have earned the right to have the type of dominant pitcher that comes along a few times every decade.  Strasburg is being compared to a young Pedro Martinez, and that’s really saying something.  But Johan had another elbow surgery, he’s a year older, and the Mets’ rotation behind him has more question marks than ever.  So every time we see a guy like Strasburg or Johnson or Halladay join a rival team or get called up, it’s effectively and by association making the Mets a little worse.

I’m curious what you all think, so feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions on this matter below.

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The Mets Ain’t Half Bad, But They Ain’t Half Good Either http://metsmerizedonline.com/2009/07/the-mets-aint-half-bad-but-they-aint-half-good-either.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2009/07/the-mets-aint-half-bad-but-they-aint-half-good-either.html/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2009 04:23:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=8105 Even though the All Star Break doesn’t reach us for another week, the official halfway point of the season (81 games) came yesterday after the Mets 2-0 loss to the Phillies.

The New York Mets find themselves four games behind the division leading (and Mets-fan hated) Philadelphia Phillies. The “official” first half ended with a record of 39-42, tied with the Atlanta Braves for third place in the NL East. All this despite one injury after another, a sweep by the Yankees at home two weeks ago, and a sweep by the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park this weekend.

The Mets are 2-8 in their last 10 games. But it’s more than the actual record that concerns me. It’s not so much they they couldn’t win if their lives depended on it. It’s how they play. And how they act.

I see absolutely no difference in this team than the one that existed under Willie Randolph. It seems managers don’t demand fundamentals from this club, no matter who is on the field. I’m tired of Jerry Manuel’s post-game addressing of the media. I said it last year and the year before about Willie, and I’m saying it now about Jerry. It’s one nonsense excuse after another as to why the team is not winning or why a certain play, offensively or defensively, was not pulled off successfully.

Jerry’s post-game addressing of the media needs an overhaul. I don’t know why they even waste their time. I’ll give the interview: “So-and-so didn’t get the job done tonight…we’ll get ‘em tomorrow…yadda, yadda, yadda…” His lips are moving but I’m not hearing anything. After a while, I just drown him out. Eventually I flip the channel or use the picture-in-picture feature to minimize the hurt – both literally and figuratively.

This team has taken on the personality of their manager – nothing is serious. If I hear Jerry laugh, and I mean heartily, during another post-game interview following a loss, I’m going to hurl the television out the window.

I understand the plethora of injuries this team has suffered. It’s hard to win when half your starting lineup is on the shelf. And it’s hard to stay motivated when you keep losing. But these guys are making millions to play the game they love, and shouldn’t need someone to hold their hand and push them in the right direction. This team has played their share of embarrassing baseball this year and should want to do the things to make it better on their own. Could it be that this team really isn’t as good as we thought they were? On paper, they look great. One big-name star after another. But these “stars” haven’t lived up to their expectations, nor to their past accomplishments.

You know what irritates me? The confidence that every team has in facing the Mets. It’s one thing to look forward to trying to beat the New York Mets. That would actually be flattering. But the confidence that they actually can and will beat us (and then do) is sickening.

I’m tired of one 1-2-3 inning after another. I’m tired of getting men on and not getting them in…or even over! I’m tired of quality pitching getting absolutely zero run support. And what’s with all the hitting into double plays this year?

It pains me to say it, but I don’t think we’re going to have a collapse this year. No. We’re simply not even going to be in the running …

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