Mets Merized Online » New York Yankees Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:12:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Look Who’s Holding Up The Rear Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:33:03 +0000 I couldn’t help but share this chart from MLB Trade Rumors which essentially summarizes all the activity of this current Hot Stove Season as it pertains to Guaranteed Spending, Number of Players Signed and Average Annual Value.


May I direct your attention to that team all the way at the bottom of the list… Namely the New York Yankees.

As for our Mets, they only managed to finish second with six guaranteed contracts and that placed them at ninth as far as AAV – a far cry form years past and a clear indication – much like the $140 million dollar payroll – that our financial wherewithal has taken a turn for the better.

So who’s crying now….


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Assistant GM John Ricco Says Daniel Murphy Could Be Back Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:00:46 +0000 daniel-murphy-mlb-new-york-mets-pittsburgh-pirates-850x560

While not clearly saying it, New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman indicated on Monday that the Yankees are not planning to aggressively pursue New York Mets free-agent second baseman Daniel Murphy.

Cashman said that the Yankees already have Rob Refsnyder and Dustin Ackley as second base options. Both of them are offensive-minded players.

‘I think if we’re going to pursue something … we have two offensive-profile players already at that position,” Cashman said. “So I think if we did any changing there it would be seeking more balance of both sides of the ball.”

The Mets made a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer to Murphy last Friday, and he has until this Friday to either accept or reject that offer.

No free agent has ever accepted a qualifying offer since the system was adopted in 2012. And while Murphy is expected to decline, Mets assistant GM John Ricco suggested he could very well be the first to accept the QO and that he hopes he does.

“In making the qualifying offer, you always have to anticipate that he’s going to accept. Otherwise I don’t think we would have done it,” Ricco explained.

“It’s very early in the signing season. I’m sure what he and his representatives are doing right now is trying to get a gauge. It’s hard for me to speculate whether the market is going to be there. We made the offer with the idea that we’d like to have him back. We’ll see how it plays out.” (Adam Rubin, ESPN)

The Mets made the qualifying offer in part to bring Murphy back for at least one more year, Ricco continued He added that Murphy accepting the qualifying offer is not the only way in which he can return to the Mets.

“We’ll keep in touch with them. We’ll see what he does first at the end of the week. I’ve been around long enough to know a lot of things can happen over the course of the winter. We have to see, as we gather information, how we think the club is going to shape up to see where different pieces might fit.”

Murphy, 30, had a career-high 14 home runs in the regular season to go with 38 doubles while batting .281 with a .770 OPS in 538 plate appearances. He took his performance up another notch in the playoffs, hitting 7 homers, driving in 11 runs, and scoring 13 more in 14 postseason games with a wicked 1.115 OPS. He was also named the NLCS MVP.

The Mets have highly regarded second base prospect Dilson Herrera waiting in the wings, and bringing Murphy back will certainly stall his arrival. Unless they’re not ready to hand him the everyday job yet.  Still, I’d be very shocked to see Murphy back next season.


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The Z Files: Three Takeaways From Mets Subway Series Finale Loss Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:04:55 +0000 david wright

The Mets gave away a 1-0 sixth inning lead through poor defense and below average bullpen performances, losing 11-2 in the rubber match of the subway series.

Here are three takeaways from the loss.

1.  Matt Harvey:  5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 7 SO, 1 BB

Once again, Harvey showed sharp movement and above average command with his off-speed pitches, throwing a 67.74% strike rate resulting in a strong 19.35% swing and miss rate (miss/whiff rate).

Harvey’s only remaining issue is the amount of wasted fastballs thrown too far out of the strike zone to induce swings.  Many of these poorly located fastballs come early in at-bats, putting Harvey behind in the count and reduce the amount of opportunities for off-speed pitches.  These wasted fastballs drive up pitch count as well.

Additionally, the shaky fastball command led to three deep, towering fly ball outs.  Carlos Beltran in the third inning and Didi Gregorius in the fifth inning narrowly missed with the barrel of their bats letter high fastballs over the middle of the plate.  Greg Bird was just under the baseball flying out deep to centerfield in the fourth inning.

On each of these three pitches the barrel of the bat was a centimeter away from hitting a home run.

I am positive, when Harvey regains fastball command, he will be arguably the best pitcher in MLB.  Don’t expect this until next season but maybe, just maybe, we start seeing magic this October.

2.  Yoenis Cespedes

During the TV broadcast, ESPN showed a statistic that Cespedes was 0-for-18 with 8 strikeouts since the hit-by-pitch on September 15th.

I doubt the hit-by-pitch has anything to do with his current slump.  There are two contributors to Cespedes’ current slump:

  1. Normally, MLB hitters come off extreme hot streaks with a week or two cool down period because the hitter crosses the point from being an aggressive hitter to swinging at too many pitches too early in at-bats.  The hot streak gives over-confidence to the hitter, allowing the hitter to believe they will make hard contact with any and every pitch thrown to them.  Cespedes will soon realize this and begin taking more pitches.
  2. Cespedes was hitting at Barry Bonds like statistics but Cespedes is not Barry Bonds.  Cespedes isn’t Rey Ordonez either.  Understand the MLB season is very long and although Cespedes streak was spectacular, the even flow of the long season will soon regress his statistics back towards the mean.  Much like the stock market, superior hitting performance isn’t sustainable for consecutive months at a time but consistent improvement and success is sustainable over longer periods of time.  Let’s embrace this cold streak now prior to the playoffs beginning.

3.  Side Thoughts

Sean Gilmartin should have been brought in to start the sixth inning instead of Hansel Robles if Gilmartin didn’t pitch Saturday but I understand Terry Collins tried giving Gilmartin more rest.  Gilmartin helps switch up the pitching look from a hard throwing righty to a soft throwing lefty against a lineup set up against a righty.

Either way, it is tough to fault Terry Collins bringing in Robles given he had been pitching well recently.  Additionally, Daniel Murphy and David Wright’s fielding errors didn’t help Robles’ start.

Follow Chris Zaccherio on Twitter @ziography for more Mets insight going beyond statistics.

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MMO Game Recap: Yankees 11, Mets 2 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 03:50:41 +0000 matt harvey

The Mets (84-65) were defeated by the New York Yankees (82-66) by a score of 11-2 tonight at Citi Field, and in the process dropping the rubber game.

With the Washington Nationals also winning this afternoon, the Mets’ magic number remains at eight, and their lead in the division shrinks to six with thirteen left to play.


Matt Harvey got the start for the first time in twelve days, and put up a very strong showing. The Dark Knight tossed five scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, while walking one and striking out seven.

In order to preserve the Mets’ young ace, Harvey was removed after just 75 pitches, much to the dismay of this writer and I’m sure countless other fans.

Hansel Robles came in to relieve Harvey in the sixth inning, and was tagged for five runs before being chased from the game.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a grounder to Daniel Murphy at second base, who proceeded to throw the ball past Lucas Duda, causing Ellsbury to move up to second.

The next batter Brett Gardner dropped down a bunt, and Hansel Robles chose to throw to third, and though he had Ellsbury beat, David Wright dropped the ball on the tag, putting runners on the corners with no out.

Carlos Beltran then doubled to bring home two, giving the Yankees their first lead of the night, and forcing Matt Harvey to settle with a no-decision.

Greg Bird walked later in the inning, then Dustin Ackley promptly cleared the bases with a three run shot to right center field.

Sean Gilmartin came on to clean up the mess, and despite letting up a single, was able to retire the final batter of the inning to leave the deficit at 5-1.

Eric O’Flaherty started the seventh inning, and in typical fashion, was unsuccessful, loading the bases before handing the ball over to Erik Goeddel.

Goeddel came in, and walked in the sixth Yankees run, before retiring the side.

The Yankees tacked on an additional five runs in the eighth inning, putting the nail in the coffin with a ten run lead.


The Mets bats were silent for most of the night despite getting off to an early lead in the first inning off of CC Sabathia.

Ruben Tejada and David Wright doubled to bring in a run, but couldn’t build upon that, and were shut down until the eighth inning when they put up their second run.

It would prove to be too little, too late at that point, as the Mets dropped their fourth game in the last six days and seem to be in a bit of a funk.

Hopefully our fortunes will change, seeing as we have to face the Braves, Reds and Phillies in our next ten games.

Wishful thinking. And just a subtle reminder, this isn’t 2007.

On deck:

The Mets take on the aforementioned Atlanta Braves tomorrow night with Jon Niese (8-10, 4.31 ERA) taking on Shelby Miller (5-15, 3.00 ERA). First pitch is at 7:10 PM.


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Move Over Yankees, This is a Mets Town Now Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:18:12 +0000 fans crowd shot Citi Field

Move over Yankees, there is a new sheriff in town.

In a city that has been dominated by the big brother New York Yankees since Carlos Beltran was left frozen on an Adam Wainwright curveball in 2006, the tide has been turning for the Amazin Mets, the only first place team that plays in the Big Apple.

They are certainly the King of Queens, but now they may also be Kings of all of New York City. In the last two weeks, the Mets have catapulted into 1st place of the NL East, while the Yankees have spiraled out of the penthouse in the AL East, and have seen the red hot Toronto Blue Jays overtake them.

Yes, things can change just as quickly as they already have. Mets fans are all too familiar with collapses late in seasons. But there’s just something different about the city when the Mets get hot. Just like Seinfeld star and longtime Mets fan Jerry Seinfeld said, “It feels like something crazy is happening.” It sure does.

To me, there’s just a little something more to this Mets team. Maybe it’s the raccoon, or perhaps the mysterious yellow parakeet that found its way to having a front row seat at Wednesday’s night game. Or maybe it’s the fact that they were able to remain cool, calm, and collected when losing their captain just days into the season.

The Mets have battled through several key injuries, but so have many other teams. It’s the fact that they were able to send one mediocre lineup after another night in and night out and yet still remain in striking distance of the Washington Nationals that’s interesting to note.

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Now, with some reinforcements and some major acquisitions, the Mets have completely bought in, and so have their fans. When is the last time you can remember 37,000 screaming fans at Citi Field on a Wednesday night in mid-August? Oh and the Mets say they are 13-5 at Citi Field this season with a crowd of above 36,000 or more in attendance.

With a powerful rotation stacked with some of the best arms the league has seen in quite some time, coupled with a now much more potent lineup, this Mets team is finally fun to watch again. They also give you the feeling that they are going to win on a nightly basis, a feeling Mets fans haven’t had since Jose Reyes was manning SS, and Carlos Beltran was gliding out in CF.

While some may still look over to the Bronx and see a much more established hitting team, along with a bullpen that is second to none, back in June several MLB executives were asked which team they’d rather have and all six unanimously picked the Amazins.

Finally it’s all coming together for us and we have team to be proud of and to beat our chests about. The myth of the Mets taking over New York again has officially become a reality. This is no longer just a city owned by the Yankees. Sorry Tex, our apologies A-Rod, but there’s a newer, younger and more exciting show in town, and they’re here to stay.

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No Joke: Harvey Ready to Battle A-Rod and the Yanks Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:25:21 +0000 Harvey joker

That’s the back cover of the Daily News featuring Matt Harvey as Batman and Alex Rodriguez as the Joker. Pretty awesome…

Despite a mild ankle sprain, Harvey is full steam ahead for his start this afternoon against CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees in the Bronx.

In his only other start against the Yankees, Harvey was in beast mode, allowing just one run in eight innings while striking out 10 on May 28, 2013 at Citi Field.

Harvey is very focused for this one, so much so that Bob Klapisch reported that he declined to speak to the media before the game on Friday night and made sure he was gone long before reporters were allowed into the clubhouse afterward.

Harvey has been pitching with a mild ankle sprain which he originally suffered in spring training. He had the ankle re-evaluated by a doctor on Wednesday who gave the Mets righty the all-clear. Harvey worked out on Thursday with the ankle taped up.

“A little tape is not going to keep him from pitching the way he can pitch,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Harvey is 3-0 with a 3.50 ERA over 18 innings this season, his first since losing 18 months to Tommy John surgery. He has shown great command thus far, issuing just one walk while striking out 24 this season after walking one and striking out 22 in his six spring training starts. Should be a great game!

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Harvey To Have Foot Issue Examined By Doctors Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:51:02 +0000 matt harvey

Speaking to reporters at Citi Field , Terry Collins said that Matt Harvey has a minor foot issue but will make his next scheduled start against the New York Yankees.

Harvey will have had his left foot checked out by a team doctor, and has been reportedly dealing with this issue for about a month.

“He’s fine. It’s nothing,” Terry Collins said.

The Mets ace is 3-0 with a 3.50 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched this season.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 7, Yankees 2 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:13:09 +0000 USATSI_8474835_154511658_lowres

The New York Mets beat the New York Yankees by a score of 7-2 on Wednesday at Gearge M. Steinbrenner Field.


What can I say about future All Star Juan Lagares that I haven’t said already? Wow, another great game from Lagares who went 2-for-3 with a double, home run, two runs scored, two RBI, and a stolen base. he’s batting .395 with a 1.102 OPS. Some kind of Juan-derful!

John Mayberry smashed another homer, his third, he had two hits and is only batting a mere .457 this spring. Travis d’Arnaud finally put on his hitting shoes today, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Matt Reynolds went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Matt den Dekker drove a ground rule double to center to score Dustin Lawley with the seventh run of the game for the Amazins.



Rafael Montero started and not only did he have his changeup working but he was packing some heat with his fastball coming in at -94-95 and hitting 96-97. I’ll but that for a dollar. It was vintage Montero who struck out four and walked none in 4.0 innings of work. He allowed one run on three hits.

How about Sean Gilmartin… The left pitched 1.1 innings of perfect relief and retired all three lefthanded batters he faced, striking out two of them.

Chasen not Chase Bradford tossed 1.2 scoreless innings. Then in the ninth, Chase Huchingson got into some trouble and allowed a run, but no harm done, put it in the books.

On Deck:

The Mets travel to Space Coast Stadium to take on the Washington Nationals at 5:05 PM. Jon Niese will get the start and be opposed by Gio Gonzalez.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Yankees, 1:05 PM Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:14:55 +0000 Rafael - Montero

The New York Mets travel to Tampa to take on the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field for a Subway Series spring rematch at 1:05 PM. The game will be televised on MLB Network.

Rafael Montero will take the mound for the Mets and will be opposed by Masahiro Tanaka for the Yanks.

The Mets blanked the Yankees 6-0 at Tradition Field in the first round of the two game series on Sunday.

Left-handers Duane Below and Chase Huchingson are with the team in Tampa. Both were borrowed from minor league camp.

The only Mets regulars who made the trip to Tampa are Lucas Duda, Travis d’Arnaud and All-World Juan Lagares.


In an effort to become more of a complete player, Matt Harvey took some extra swings in the batting cage today under the tutelage of hitting coach Kevin Long. When Long tried to tweak his swing, Harvey gave him an icy stare and said, “How about I tweak your head? Get lost dude, I’m Batman.”

Here are today’s Starting Lineups:


  1. Juan Lagares, CF
  2. Ruben Tejada, SS
  3. Lucas Duda, 1B
  4. John Mayberry Jr., LF
  5. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RF
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  7. Johnny Monell, DH
  8. Alex Castellanos, 3B
  9. Matt Reynolds, 2B


  1. Brett Gardner, CF
  2. Chase Headley, 3B
  3. Carlos Beltran, RF
  4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  5. Alex Rodriguez, DH
  6. Garrett Jones, LF
  7. Stephen Drew, 2B
  8. Didi Gregorius, SS
  9. John Ryan Murphy, C

Enjoy the game and Let’s Go Mets!

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Colon Will Pitch Opening Day, deGrom Will Pitch Home Opener Sun, 22 Mar 2015 21:49:23 +0000 bartolo colon

The official word will come tomorrow, but Bartolo Colon will get the Opening Day for the Mets against the Washington Nationals in D.C., and Jacob deGrom is slated to get the home opener a week later, organization sources told

At 41 years, 317 days old, Bartolo Colon will become the Mets’ oldest Opening Day starter, surpassing Tom Glavine who was 41 years, 7 days old in 2007.(ESPN)

Colon went 15-13 with a 4.09 ERA a season ago. He logged 200 innings for the first time since winning the AL Cy Young in 2005. This would be Colon’s seventh career Opening Day start — the most recent having come in 2006 with the Los Angeles Angels. (ESPN)

When the Mets announce their full rotation tomorrow I will update this post, but it looks like Colon, deGrom, Harvey, Niese, Gee.

But seriously, I don’t even care anymore who starts when. As long as we get 32 starts from Harvey, deGrom and Niese, and 15 from Syndergaard and Matz, I’m in Mets heaven…

March 21

As I suspected, Bartolo Colon will be the Mets Opening Day starter. Multiple team sources confirmed as much to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

The Mets adjusted Colon’s final two spring-training starts by a day so he can avoid facing the Nationals and give them an extended look before the season opener.

So Colon’s next Grapefruit League start will come in a minor league game next week, and perhaps his final spring start as well.

He still remains lined up for Opening Day on April 6.

Colon had his best start of the spring on Friday, tossing 4.2 innings against the Cardinals and striking out five batters while allowing two runs on six hits and a walk.

“I thought he made some really, really good pitches,” Terry Collins said. “That’s what you want to see out of him. He just continues to pitch to the corners and the four quadrants.”

“He knows what he’s doing. He’s right on track to have another big year.”

In case you’re wondering, and I know you are, Colon faced the Nationals five times last season, going 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and a .816 OPS Against.

March 19

While manager Terry Collins says he has yet to make a decision for Opening Day starter and that it’s between Jacob deGrom, Jon Niese, or Bartolo Colon, the way he lined up his rotation says the decision has already been made.

Thursday vs. Houston Astros: Dillon Gee

Thursday at St. Louis Cardinals: Jon Niese

Friday vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Bartolo Colon

Saturday at Detroit Tigers: Noah Syndergaard

Sunday vs. New York Yankees: Matt Harvey

With the off day on Wednesday, Collins lined up his rotation that sets up Colon for the Opening Day start on April 6, followed by Harvey and deGrom pitching the second and third game of the opening series in Washington against the Nats.

If you do the math, this configuration also sets up Matt Harvey to pitch the home opener at Citi Field on April 13.

By the way, I like the idea of Harvey pitching against the Yankees on Sunday, should be fun to watch.

As for the Opening Day start, who pitches that day really makes no difference in the grand scheme of things, and given that Colon has more MLB seniority than anyone else on the team, it’s likely a gesture of respect.

What’s important to me, and it’s the same thing I’ve been hammering home for the last three months, the Mets need to beat the Nationals if they expect to have any chance at a wild card this year. Taking two out of three against them to open the season would send a loud message to the Nats and the rest of the NL East. And that is, we’re not the same old Mets. We’re better, we’re badder, and we’re coming after you.

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MMO Game Thread: Yankees vs Mets, 1:10 PM (Let’s Get Subway Serious!) Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:44:30 +0000 matt harvey

Matt Harvey will make his fourth Grapefruit League start of the Spring as the New York Mets host the New York Yankees at Tradition Field on Sunday at 1:10 PM. The game will be televised on SNY. Harvey is expected to throw 75 pitches and will be opposed by C.C. Sabathia for the Yankees.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen said the Mets are eyeing 75 pitches from Harvey which looks to be about five innings.

In his last start against the Boston Red Sox, Harvey was dominating, tossing four scoreless innings and allowing just three hits and striking out three. He has a 2.08 ERA this spring.

Bobby Parnell pitched in his first game for the first time since Tommy John surgery. Parnell threw 20 pitches (11 strikes) in a minor league intrasquad game in Port St. Lucie, a team spokesman said. Parnell gave up two hits.

Manager Terry Collins pledged to give Matt Reynolds a chance to start on Sunday against the New York Yankees at second base and so he has. General manager Sandy Alderson said Reynolds and Daniel Muno are the contenders for the Opening Day assignment at the position if Daniel Murphy starts the season on the DL.

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Here are today’s starting lineups:


  1. Juan Lagares, CF
  2. Curtis Granderson, RF
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Michael Cuddyer, LF
  6. Wilmer Flores, SS
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Anthony Recker, DH
  9. Matt Reynolds, 2B


  1. Didi Gregorius, SS
  2. Stephen Drew, 2B
  3. Chase Headley, 3B
  4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  5. Garrett Jones, RF
  6. John Ryan Murphy C
  7. Brendan Ryan, DH
  8. Jose Pirela, CF
  9. Ramon Flores, LF

Mets Opening Day Lineup??? Rubin thinks so, minus the DH…

Enjoy the game and Let’s Go Mets!

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Yankees To Retire Pettitte, Bernie, Posada Numbers, Mets Still Nothing On Piazza Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:42:16 +0000 New York Mets - 2003 Season File Photos

With the news that the New York Yankees plan to retire the numbers of Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada later this season, Kevin Kernan of the NY Post says the Mets should retire the number of Mike Piazza to steal their thunder.

“The Yankees have legacy players and they are not afraid to promote that legacy, even if there is a PED past as in Pettitte’s case. The Mets, meanwhile, sit it out.”

“They ignore their past, even when it’s staring them right in the face. Sure, the Mets don’t have 27 titles, but Mets’ fans have heroes.”

“Mike Piazza should have his number 31 retired by the Mets in 2015. It should have been retired two years ago when Piazza was inducted into the Mets’ Hall of Fame.”

The Mets have only retired one player’s number in their 53 year history, and that is No. 41, Tom Seaver. Managers Casey Stengel (37) and Gil Hodges (14) have been retired as well and then you have Jackie Robinson’s 42 which is retired throughout baseball.

Kernan adds that retiring Piazza’s number this year would send a positive message to Hall of Fame voters for the greatest home run-hitting catcher of all time and that the Mets would be getting ahead of the curve.

Look, I’m all for retiring Mike Piazza’s number and wish the Mets would have done this years ago. I don’t care about some lame attempt to steal the Yankees’ thunder, do it because it is the right thing to do.

To this day, the Wilpons have had a huge problem when it comes to honoring the rich history of the Mets. Even some of the things they eventually did, like opening a Mets museum at Citi Field and giving the ballpark more of a Mets feel, came after a huge wave of outrage and backlash from the fans.

The Mets will eventually retire Piazza’s number I’m sure, but the problem is that like always it will come off looking like it’s too little too late and that they had to be dragged kicking and screaming before doing it.

By the way, I find it interesting that Pettitte will get his number retired and that Jerry Koosman is hardly even mentioned.

Pettitte – 256 W, 3.85 ERA, 521 GS, 26 CG, 3 SO, 2,448 K, 1.351 WHIP

Koosman – 222 W, 3.36 ERA, 527 GS, 140 CG, 33 SO, 2,556 K, 1.259 WHIP


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Mets Trade RHP Gonzalez Germen To Yankees For Cash Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:55:10 +0000 Gonzalez - Germen

The Mets have traded reliever Gonzalez Germen to the New York Yankees for cash, the team announced.

It’s the first trade between these two teams since 2004 when Felix Heredia was swapped for Mike Stanton.

Germen, 27, had a 4.75 ERA in 25 relief appearances for the Mets in 2014 with a 1.45 WHIP in 30 1/3 innings. He was designated for assignment when the Mets added Mayberry to the roster on Monday.

The cash should help the Mets bolster their roster, I mean piggy bank.

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Mets Interviewed Pat Roessler For Assistant Hitting Coach Job Tue, 11 Nov 2014 05:59:22 +0000 Minor League Baseball: Rome Braves at Charleston RiverDogs

David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that the Mets have interviewed Pat Roessler for the vacant assisting hitting coach position.The former farm director of the New York Yankees, Roessler was recently let go along with Kevin Long who has since been hired as the Mets new hitting coach.

Roessler has been coaching professionally for over three decades, having spent time with the Yankees, White Sox, Expos, Pirates and Astros organizations. Roessler was managing for Triple-A Charleston in 2006 before becoming farm director. He has a good relationship with Kevin Long.

The Mets fired Luis Natera in October after just one season as the team’s assistant hitting coach.


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Yankees and Chris Young Agree To $2.5 Million Deal Sun, 09 Nov 2014 03:29:18 +0000 Chris+Young

Pending a physical, the New York Yankees and outfielder Chris Young have reached an agreement on a deal worth $2.5 million dollars.

WFAN’s Sweeny Murti first reported the deal and both sides reportedly wanted to get something done after the season ended.

After signing with the Mets for $7.25 million, Young struggled mightily and ended up being released in August. He batted just .205 with a .283 on-base, eight home runs and 28 RBI in 287 plate appearances.

The Yankees picked him up soon after and he delivered in a big way, batting .282/.354/.521 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 79 plate appearances.

Young, 31, is expected to backup Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, and Carlos Beltran, all three who have lost plenty of time to the disabled list in recent years.


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Red Sox and Rusney Castillo Agree To $72 Million Deal Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:22:08 +0000 Cuban Rusney Castillo arrives safely in

Ken Rosenthal of FOX reporting that Cuban free agent Rusney Castillo has agreed to sign with the Boston Red Sox for a record six-year, $72 million dollar contract.

Congratulations to the Red Sox who by all accounts have gotten themselves a very high-impact player who seems to have chosen a park perfectly suited for his skill set.

The Mets were just bystanders on this one so nobody expected them to swoop in and grab him despite needing help in the corner outfield and shortstop position, both of which Castillo plays.

General manager Sandy Alderson indicated to Mike Puma of the New York Post, that the money it will take to sign Castillo is not the issue.

“I think it’s a matter of there might be some scouting differences of opinion, and kind of where we are and what we’re going to do in the immediate future, so there are lots of issues involved,” Alderson said.

Alderson said basically the same thing about previous Cuban free agents, casting doubt on the majority of glowing scouting reports.

I believe it’s just his way of deflecting from the real issue which is that the Mets don’t have the financial wherewithal to invest in any of these amazing talents that are making their way from Cuba to the major leagues.

August 18

George A. King of the New York Post reports that after speaking to major league teams who are interested in signing free agent outfielder Rusney Castillo, most teams believe that the Philadelphia Phillies are the favorites to land the Cuban phenom.

King says that it’s not unanimous, but it clearly shows a shift in momentum that had previously been with the New York Yankees.

Castillo is now narrowing down his offers, and while there’s no timetable for him to choose his team, a final decision could come soon. Sources have told King that the contractual guarantee will likely fall in the $40-55 million dollar range.

I’d still be very surprised if Castillo lands anywhere besides the Bronx, but after hearing Ruben Amaro Jr. speak last week, he clearly expressed a need for a young offensive bat for his outfield, and Castillo certainly sounds like he could fill that need.

The Mets have shown no interest in Castillo, other than a token appearance at his first public showcase.

The gifted 26 year old athlete is often compared to Ron Gant who finished his 16 year career with a .803 OPS and averaged about 30 homers, 20 stolen bases, 100 runs and 90 RBI per 162 games.

The Red Sox, Mariners, Tigers, Marlins, Astros, Yankees, Angels and Phillies are among the teams that are expected to be in the hunt for the young phenom’s services.

The Mets did attend the initial showcase, but never showed any real interest in Castillo – a sign that the team is still not ready to engage other teams in a bidding war – even one which won’t exceed $60 million according to most experts.

I thought this was cool comment by Long Suffering Fan who wrote:

I know this is a pipe dream, but…


1. He is only 26, so unlike the other free agents, Castillo will still be relatively young in year five or six of his contract.

2. He is not going to cost the Mets a first or second round draft pick, because he’s not coming off another team’s roster.

3. He can hit the cover off the ball, unlike any current Met, current prospect, or the current free agent class, and boy do we need a consistent hitter in the middle of the lineup..

4. He will permanently resolve our remaining corner outfield issue, leaving captain Kirk and MDD to fill out a strong outfield bench.

5. He will not cost quite as much as a free-agent veteran, because he brings no major league experience.

6. He won’t cost us any of our best prospects, best pitchers, or and player for that matter. We can continue to nurture our minor league talent that will be the future foundation of this team.

7. With Chris Young gone and possibly a Colon salary dump, the Mets can sign Castillo for around $10-$12 million a year and still have plenty left over for other Free Agents.

8. Wilpon has claimed that, with the Madoff mess cleared up, he is going to let Sandy Alderson spend some money. Here’s the chance to prove it.

9. It would really suck if the Yankees, Cubs, or Phillies sign Castillo, and he hits .300 with 20 HR and 90 RBI next season.

10. We’re not going to find another corner OF who can hit like him, so you might as well spend the money and make this team a winner.

11. There are no guarantees that anybody will succeed in New York (we’ve seen all the mistakes) so you might as well sign the guy with the highest ceiling AND who will cost the least.

12. Everything else that the Met’s have tried (for the past 10 years) has failed, so why not go out and try signing one of these Cuban stars? I hereby nominate Rusney Castillo as the Mets Opening Day left fielder in 2015.

Nice job… Another great nugget from the MMO community…

Unfortunately, the Mets are still in dire straits and they don’t have the gumption or the money to swing a deal like this. They’ll be on the sidelines just as they were for the last 4-5 Cuban signings while the big boys fight this one out.

mmo presented

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MLB First Basemen Reenact Lou Gehrig Farewell Speech Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:55:15 +0000 gehrig speech

With Friday marking the 75th anniversary of the farewell speech by Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees, Major League Baseball produced a tribute video featuring all 30 MLB first basemen to mark the occasion and raise awareness for ALS.

Lucas Duda and the other first basemen reenact the stirring and powerful “Luckiest Man” speech originally delivered by Gehrig on July 4, 1939 at Yankee Stadium. The video also includes a cameo from Yankees captain Derek Jeter.


The video will be played before the start of every major league game on Friday, July 4.

On Gehrig’s 36th birthday, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the degenerative and ultimately deadly disease that’s now better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. 

To learn more about ALS and to help, visit the ALS Association.

Well done and very touching. Nice job by everyone involved.

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Granderson Stays Hot At Plate, Questions Why Fans Boo Home Team Fri, 23 May 2014 17:32:36 +0000 curtis granderson

Curtis Granderson picked up two more hits in last night’s 5-3 win over the Dodgers and is now batting .310 this month with a .372 on-base and an impressive .592 slugging. He’s walloped five homers in May to go with his 14 RBI and picked up his first triple of the season on Thursday night.

Granderson spoke to Jim Baumbach of Newsday after the game, and shared his frustration with fans who come to the games and boo their home team.

“I’ve always wanted to know why someone would boo, because in the next second they’ll cheer,” Granderson said. “So which one is it? You like your team or dislike your team? You call yourself a fan and then you’ll boo?”

“I understand you’re a fan, but at the same time, you aren’t playing,” he said. “I can see you getting that intense as a player or have played. But if you’re just a fan and watching, enjoy the excitement of the game that is in front of you, win, lose or draw, whatever the case is.”

He knows that Mets fans might boo him again someday, but told Baumbach he won’t take it to heart.

Granderson acknowledges that deep down the fans are passionate and loyal to their team, but that they just have an odd way of showing it sometimes.

May 21

Last night on SNY, Gary Cohen reported that Curtis Granderson has gone back to a pre-game drill that had been very successful for him during his time with the New York Yankees.

It was a home-run drill developed by Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long, and during yesterday’s batting practice, Granderson shared the home run drill with several teammates including Lucas Duda who homered in Tuesday night’s contest.

Also called the “Net Drill” it essentially involves placing a pitching screen over half of home plate, while throwing pitches underhand from about 30 feet away. It assists hitters in shortening their swing and enabling hitters to generate additional power from the lower half of their body. This is similar to the types of drills used often in the minors for players who have a very wide stance in an attempt to get them to close it up a little.

Of course there are dozens of different drills teams can use to help improve a hitter’s performance. And some may prove effective to select hitters while other hitters find more effective means that work for them.

Granderson ended up having a great game last night, falling a triple short of the cycle. He ended the evening going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, two runs scored, and a solo home run. With his three hits, Granderson was able to lift his batting average over the Mendoza Line for the first time this season to .205.

In his last ten games, Granderson is batting .297 with a .960 OPS in 41 plate appearances. During that span, he has four walks, two doubles, three home runs, six runs scored and seven RBIs.

I’m all for things like this especially when there is some success attached to it, and we know this was just that for Granderson when he was in the Bronx. Maybe one or two Mets hitters can find that same level of success with this home run drill as well.


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MMO Game Recap: Yankees 1, Mets 0 Fri, 16 May 2014 02:56:10 +0000 jacob jake degrom

The New York Mets (19-21) fell to the New York Yankees (21-19) by the score of 1-0 tonight at Citi Field, splitting the series two games apiece. The Mets were looking for a series victory against the Yankees tonight, with rookie pitcher Jacob deGrom making his Major League debut squaring off against Chase Whitley, who like deGrom was also making his Major League debut.

What you should know:

DeGrom was effective and dazzled straight out of the gate tonight, looking like a seasoned veteran. He would pitch seven innings, allowing one run and four hits while striking out six. deGrom was splendid tonight and did not deserve this loss. His only blemish came in the seventh inning when he allowed a double to Alfonso Soriano to score Brian McCann. The situation may not have occurred, however, but the Mets failed to turn a double play before Soriano’s at-bat.

DeGrom also had a good day at the plate, recording the first Mets hit for a pitcher of the 2014 season (Mets pitchers had previously gone 0-64 at the plate,) and dropped down a sacrifice bunt.

Chase Whitley also pitched well for the Yankees, going 4 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and zero runs while walking two. Dellin Betances would bail him out in the bottom of the 5th with two of Whitley’s runners in scoring position.

Betances would pitch 2 1/3 innings for the Yankees, striking out six of the seven batters he faced. Yankees pitchers would strike out fourteen Mets hitters altogether on the night.

Atlanta Braves v New York Mets - Game One

David Wright, as well as the rest of the team, had a miserable day at the plate, going 0-4 with three strikeouts. The Mets have not scored a run in eighteen innings.

The Mets bullpen pitched two scoreless innings with help from Scott Rice, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin and Jenrry Mejia, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Chris Young is now 5 for his 36, and Gary Cohen made a comment tonight that if Juan Lagares had started in center field, there might have been a play at the plate on the lone Yankee run scored.

Final score: Yankees 1, Mets 0

Winning pitcher: Dellin Betances (2-0)

Losing pitcher: Jacob deGrom (1-0)

Save: David Robertson (7)

Well, that was a deflating loss to say the least. After the Mets put on an offensive clinic earlier this week at Yankee Stadium in which the Amazin’s scored twenty-one runs and hit nine home runs, the Mets offense was barren again, and their woes at Citi Field continue, as they are now scoreless in the last eighteen innings.

DeGrom’s outing tonight was reminiscent of many of Matt Harvey‘s outings last year, in which he never got any run support, and deGrom, unfortunately, took a hard luck loss.

On another note, Juan Lagares needs to start everyday in center field, and Wilmer Flores needs to start everyday at shortstop to see what he can do as well.

Bottom line: Not only is Lagares our best defensive player, but this season, he has also been one of our most consistent offensive players as well. I don’t care if Chris Young is making seven million dollars this year. He’s struggling. Start Lagares and sit Young. Lagares is very young and packed with potential. We can’t let him rot on the bench while Chris Young, who is only signed to a one year deal, is gone after this season.

As for Ruben Tejada, over his last ten games he is hitting .148, and is still flirting with the Mendoza line for the season. Flores’ offense has been talked about since day one, and right now that’s what this team needs. Offense. Yes, Tejada had a good couple of games earlier this week, but even a broken clock is right two times a day. His defense has been good, but I would easily trade in Flores’ offense and passable defense for Tejada’s almost non-existent offense and okay defense. The Mets starting pitching has not been the problem and everyone knows it. It’s time for the offense to start pulling its weight. The Mets are now two games under .500 for the season and need to pick it up soon before they become irrelevant for the seventh straight season.

On Deck:

The Mets start a weekend series with the Washington Nationals tomorrow night at Nationals Park with Jonathon Niese facing off against Tanner Roark. The Mets will look to turn things around, and win this series before returning home next week.


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MMO Game Recap: Yankees 4, Mets 0 Thu, 15 May 2014 02:20:46 +0000 rafael montero debut 2

The Mets took on the Yankees on Wednesday night in the first game of two at Citi Field during the 2014 Subway Series and the third game of the series overall.

On the night of phenom Rafael Montero’s big league debut, the Mets were up against a difficult task; attempting to hand Masahiro Tanaka his first professional loss in about two years.

In the first inning, Montero allowed a bloop single to Brett Gardner but kept his composure and retired the next three batters in order. In the latter half of the first inning, with Daniel Murphy having reached first base on a single to left field, David Wright drove a ball to the track that would have surely been out of Yankee Stadium but ultimately was caught by Alfonso Soriano. This would be the most offensive noise the Mets would make all game as they recorded just three hits after the first inning.

Montero walked the first batter of his big league career in the top of the second inning and with two outs and Solarte on first, Brian Roberts laced a line drive to left fielder Eric Young Jr. who haphazardly dove for a ball he probably should not have; a mistake that was even more magnified with Tanaka on deck and defensive whiz Juan Lagares riding the pine in favor of EY.

Fast forward to the top of the fourth inning when Montero had the chance to complete a 1-2-3 frame for the third straight inning but fell short once again when Yangervis Solarte ripped a frozen rope down the right field line for a solo home run. Brian Roberts followed with his second triple of the night but the inning eventually came to a close after Tanaka grounded out  to Daniel Murphy.

Chris Young led off the bottom of the fifth inning by ripping a line drive through the hole on the left side but was eventually erased on a careless play where he tried to catch Tanaka sleeping by stealing second base before the pitch was thrown.

Mark - Teixeira

Mark Teixeira spoiled Rafael Montero’s sixth and final inning of the night with a towering leadoff home run to right center field. However, Montero retired the next three batters in order to cap an otherwise decent start. In six innings pitched, Montero allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three.

Carlos Torres came on in the top of the seventh inning to replace Rafael Montero and retired the first two batters before Brett Gardner beat out a slow chopper to Murphy on a close play. He then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Derek Jeter then hit a weak ground ball about five or so feet in front of home plate that Anthony Recker adamantly called for but Carlos Torres refused to get out of the way of. Recker’s throw to first was off line as a result and Jeter ended up with an RBI.

The mental mistakes the Mets made tonight proved a moot point as Masahiro Tanaka handled the Mets offense with ease. He allowed just four hits in a complete game shutout, striking out eight without walking a batter.

Overall, it was not a bad first start at all for Montero as he only allowed seven baserunners in his six innings. His main problem was the inability to put hitters away as multiple Yankee hitters repeatedly fouled off his two strike offerings. He also left a few fastballs up in the zone with Solarte and Teixeira making him pay. However, Montero’s performance was definitely something to build on.

The Mets will take on the Yankees at Citi Field tomorrow night at 7:10 PM for the final game of the 2014 Subway Series. Jacob deGrom will make his big league debut for the Mets while Chase Whitley makes his first start of the season for the Yankees.


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