Mets Merized Online » New York Yankees Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:00:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Yankees Sign Aroldis Chapman For 5 Years, $86M Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:42:42 +0000 aroldis chapman

According to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the New York Yankees have signed free agent closer Aroldis Chapman to a 5 year, $86 million deal.

This makes Chapman, 28, the highest paid closer in history with an average annual salary of $17.2 million. The previous record was set just a few days ago by Mark Melancon and the Giants, but this contract is 39% more lucrative.

The deal includes an opt-out after three years and a full no trade clause during that time. During the final two years of the contract, however, he only has a limited no-trade clause.

In 2016 for the Yankees and the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, Chapman went 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA. In 58 innings he struck out 90 batters and walked 18, pitching to a phenomenal 0.862 WHIP.

Chapman once again joins Dellin Betances at the back end of a strong bullpen.

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Latest On Cespedes: Yankees Are Out, Mets Still Favorites To Sign Him Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:03:51 +0000 yoenis-cespedes-550

As I had heard and reported several times over the past seven days, the New York Yankees have no intention of signing Yoenis Cespedes, sources recently told Christian Red of the Daily News.

One person I spoke to with knowledge of the situation, told me last Thursday that the Yankees had an “obligatory check-in” with the agents for Cespedes almost a month ago and that was the extent of their dialog. Most of the last two weeks of stories connecting the Yankees to Cespedes were untrue.

Meanwhile, despite what you are hearing or reading out there, I am still being told that the New York Mets are still the number one contender to sign Cespedes, and much of the other stuff being circulated as far as connections to the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants is just noise. There is nothing significant going on with those teams, and Cespedes has expressed a desire to stay on the East Coast.

The one team that has popped up other than the Mets have been the Washington Nationals, but they seem very reluctant to give Cespedes five years which bodes very well for Sandy Alderson and his staff who continue to maintain a “vigorous” dialog with Cespedes.

I’m not going to waste your time and mine with another 500 words about what Cespedes means to the Mets and how he’s had a powerful impact on the team’s offense. We all know what he’s capable of and why it’s so important to re-sign him. And more importantly, Sandy realizes this as well.

If I hear anything new or if something significant is reported elsewhere, I will update this post. I doubt anything will change over the next 48 hours but we could learn a lot more on Friday and heading into the weekend.

Honestly, this news on the Yankees reinforces my confidence in what I’ve been told about the Cespedes negotiations. I’ve been fortunate to have been receiving some accurate information thus far, so my hope is that the Mets will get something done before the Winter Meetings.

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Astros Acquire Brian McCann From Yankees Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:34:08 +0000 brian mccann

The Houston Astros have acquired catcher Brian McCann from the New York Yankees, bursting any hopes that that he would be acquired by the New York Mets. Aww shucks…

The Yankees have made trading McCann a top priority as phenom Gary Sanchez took over the catching position and hit the ground running in the second half.

McCann, 32, batted .242/.335/.413 with 20 home runs in 492 plate appearances last season, but has hit at least 20 home runs for nine straight seasons. He has two years and $34 million left on his deal, which also has a $15 million team option.

The ‘Stros send a pair of pitching prospects, RHP Albert Abreu and RHP Jorge Guzman, to the Bombers in return for McCann and some cash considerations.

Not a bad move for our crosstown rivals who unload a bunch of unwanted salary and get themselves a top Astros prospect and a kid who throws 100+ mph with potential.

Meanwhile the Mets have done nothing as the Hot Stove Season just passes them by. Stop sitting on your hands, Sandy… :-)

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Mets Should Take A Pass On Brian McCann Sat, 12 Nov 2016 15:30:06 +0000 brian mccann

Since the trade deadline last year there have been rumors of the New York Yankees willingness to trade veteran catcher Brian McCann. It makes sense for them with the emergence of Gary Sanchez, who should be their everyday catcher in 2017.

David Lennon of Newsday, suggests that the Mets and Yankees could make a good match with the Mets looking to possibly upgrade at the catcher position and the Yankees in need of young pitching.

In Lennon’s trade proposal, the Yankees would send McCann and cash to the Mets for either Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson and a young pitcher, possibly Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Yankees have shown they may be willing to pay half of the $34 million left on McCann’s contract but want multiple young players in return.

McCann, 32, has a guaranteed two-years, $34 million left on his deal and has a $15 million team option for 2019 that would vest if he has 1,000 plate appearances from 2017-2018, catches 90 games in 2018, and doesn’t finish the 2018 season on the disabled list.

McCann caught 92 games in 2016, played 130 overall, and hit .242/.335/.413 with 20 home runs and 58 runs knocked in. He was a 0.9 WAR and 1.3 WAR player in 2016 according to Baseball Reference and FanGraphs respectively. The defense has started to slip for the once solid defender with a -5 DRS and throwing out only 23% of base stealers in 2016.

The left-handed hitting McCann has spent the last three seasons playing in the home run haven of Yankee Stadium. Despite playing in a great ballpark for lefty hitters he has hit only .235/.313/.418 overall in his three years with the Yankees. Which makes you wonder what are his numbers are on the road over that span.

The answer isn’t pretty. Over the past three seasons, McCann has slashed an ugly .225/.299/.359 away from Yankee Stadium. To put those numbers in perspective, Rene Rivera hit .222/.291/.341 for the Mets in 2016.

There’s no question that after a terrible season by Travis d’Arnaud in which he hit just .247/.307/.323 in 75 games, that the Mets could be looking for an upgrade at the catcher position. He also had another trip to the disabled list, this time for a strain in his rotator cuff.

It would certainly make sense for the Mets to have shown interest in McCann and even more so if the Yankees are willing to take back a contract like Bruce ($13M) or Granderson ($15M). What doesn’t make sense for the Mets would be to trade one of Gsellman or Lugo right now, especially with the uncertainty surrounding the health of their top five starters and Bartolo Colon signing with the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

The Mets should be looking into every avenue to either replace d’Arnaud or at least provide him with a backup that has more potential than Rivera. What they don’t need, however, is a guy like McCann making $34 million over the next two years (and possibly more) only to get similar production to Rene Rivera and without his defensive skills, and at the cost of a young pitcher that could help in the majors next season.

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MMO Players Of The Week: Walker and deGrom Stay Hot Tue, 09 Aug 2016 13:00:02 +0000 MMO PLAYER OF THE WEEK

This was certainly not the way the New York Mets had hoped their post All-Star game schedule would have gone, posting a losing record since the break of 10-13. While the division seems to be a steep mountain to climb at this point, with the Washington Nationals holding a commanding nine-game lead in the NL East division, the Wild Card appears to be the Mets best shot, currently two-games out as of Monday afternoon, however there are still several teams in the mix and making their own push for the postseason.

During the week of August 1 to August 7, the Mets went 3-4 against the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers, splitting two games with the Yankees in their four game matchup, and salvaging only the Sunday game against the Tigers. The Mets’ schedule is in their favor for the next several games, as they face the two bottom-dwelling teams in the NL West in the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres.

This past week also saw the Mets finally putting left fielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 15-day disabled list for a strained right quad, an injury he has been dealing with for several weeks after an initially injuring it during a July game against the Nationals. They also sent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to the 15-day disabled list due to a strained patella tendon in his left knee that flared up during the July 31 game against the Colorado Rockies while running the bases.

The Mets also made two moves at the non-waiver trade deadline, packaging Dilson Herrera and Max Wotell to the Cincinnati Reds for right fielder Jay Bruce. The Mets also traded disappointing left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo back to his former club, the Pittsburgh Pirates, in exchange for familiar face, LHP Jonathan Niese.

The Mets did have some standout performances during the past week, so as always here are your MMO Players of the Week.

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Neil Walker earns MMO’s Offensive Player of the Week, after going 11-for-30 (.367) with two home runs, four RBI, five runs scored, and a .987 OPS. Walker collected a base hit in all but one of the seven games this past week (the August 1 game against the Yankees the only one) and had multi-hit games in three of the seven.

One of Walker’s big flies came in Sunday’s game against the Tigers, with the Mets tied 1-1 heading into the ninth. The Mets were desperately try to stave off being swept, and avoid falling further behind in the standings. Alejandro De Aza led off the inning for the Mets against former Met closer Francisco Rodriguez. De Aza reached on a hit-by-pitch, giving the Mets the go-ahead run at first. Up stepped Walker, who was hitless on the day in his prior three at-bats. Walker belted a 1-0 fastball into the right-center field stands to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. The homer was his 19th on the year, and 13th batting lefty against right-handed pitching. Walker’s on pace to break his career high in homers of 23 back in 2014 with the Pirates.

Although Walker had a rough two and a half month stretch dating back to May, he’s posted solid numbers overall on the year, thanks in part to a strong April where he blasted nine homers along with driving in 19 runs to the tune of a .962 OPS. Walker has turned his season around the last two weeks, since July 27 Walker has posted a slash line of .469/.490/.735 with three homers and nine RBI. On the year, Walker has posted a .268/.330/.449 line with 19 homers and 49 RBI, on pace with his 162-game average of .271/.337/.433 with 19 homers and 81 RBI.

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Jacob deGrom earns MMO’s Pitcher of the Week honors for starting two games in the past week, picking up the win in the August 2 game against the Yankees at Citi Field with 7 innings of shutout ball, giving up four hits, one walk while striking out eight. His second start was the third game of the Tigers’ series, where he earned a no-decision pitching 6.2 innings giving up one run on seven hits, two walks, while striking out three. DeGrom now has the fourth best ERA in baseball, currently at 2.35, trailing only Clayton Kershaw (1.79), Kyle Hendricks (2.17), and Madison Bumgarner (2.20).

DeGrom breezed through the Yankees’ lineup on August 2, retiring the side in order in innings three, four, and five. He was economic with his pitch count, tossing 103 pitches through seven innings of work, 69 of them for strikes. He also collected two base hits off of Yankees’ starter Masahiro Tanaka in the third and seventh innings.

Despite a hiccup against the Marlins on July 23 where he lasted on 3.2 innings while giving up five earned runs on 10 hits, he’s been the Mets best pitcher, registering a July WHIP of 0.98, and in two starts in August deGrom has a 1.02 WHIP. DeGrom has also gone at least seven innings in five of his last eight starts dating back to June 25.

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The Frustration Continues To Build Sun, 07 Aug 2016 11:00:37 +0000 terry-collins-ap2

The frustration continues to build. The losses continue to mount. There does not seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel as things look bleaker and bleaker by the day.

The Mets dropped Saturday’s game by a score of 6-5. Detroit’s defense was giving them every opportunity to steal the game by committing three errors. The Mets were 2-for-12 with RISP, terrible yet again. The Tigers on the other hand were 5-for-12. The team is dead last with RISP, with an average of .204, 22 points behind the 29th place New York Yankees.

Saturday’s loss of course would end in a very Mets way. A play at the plate that could have tied the game but Jay Bruce was thrown out at in a very close play. Manager, Terry Collins did not feel the need to challenge what was the deciding play of the game, perplexing to many.

“I thought for sure [Bruce] was going to make it, and Martinez just made a great throw,” Collins said. “Our video guy [Jim Kelly] thought he was out, so we didn’t challenge it, but that might be one of those plays where you might as well just take the chance and see what happens.” (NY Post)

So if it is one of those “see what happens” plays, why not take the chance? Very strange to say the least. Sandy Alderson was reportedly not too happy at the non move by his manager and would only issue a “no comment” after the game when asked if a challenge should have been made.

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Bruce, for his part said a bit after the game as well on the decision not to challenge the controversial game ending play.

“I’ve seen it challenged before. Obviously, that’s not my decision at all . . . It’s a judgment call there, and I wasn’t part of the judgment.”

To not challenge such an important play did not make much sense by any means. Collins though has had a season of questionable decisions. He seems tense after each loss in the postgame, no longer the loose manager he has tried to be. He feels the pressure.

The Cardinals and Marlins have faltered as well during this time, miraculously the Mets stand still just two games back of that second Wild Card spot. That being said though the Pirates and Rockies continue to win and have crept right into the race for that second Wild Card spot as well, making it a five team scramble.

At a time where the hitting has seemed to come around, now scoring four or more runs in six of their last seven games, the pitching has faltered. When one side gets it together, the other side seems to fall short. The team now sits just two games over .500. Can anyone help to stop the bleeding? We can no longer harp on the injuries, as it does not change the fact we need to string together some wins. It’s sink or swim.

After the Mets leave Detroit they head into a very favorable nine game stretch. They will see Arizona six times, and the Padres three. It is time to get it right. There are eight weeks left in the season, still plenty of time to make up two games. This team though needs to show some life. We have not seen that for quite awhile now.

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Yankees Rally Late; Defeat Mets 6-5 In Extras Tue, 02 Aug 2016 03:00:45 +0000 logan verrett

The New York Mets (54-51) were defeated by the New York Yankees (53-52) by a score of tonight at Citi Field.


Logan Verrett got the ball for the first game of the Subway Series tonight, and had a pretty pedestrian start, going five innings, allowing three runs on four hits, while striking out two and walking three.

The first batter Verrett faced was Brett Gardner, who hit a ball that ricocheted off the center field wall. Gardner tried to stretch a triple into an inside the park homer, but was gunned down at the plate.

The three runs against Verrett all came in the third inning, as Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury chipped in back-to-back hits to go up 3-1.

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Erik Goeddel and Hansel Robles each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Verrett, but in the eighth inning, the Yankees tied the game up at five against Addison Reed. The usually reliable Reed sees his 16.1 inning scoreless streak end and gets his third blown save.

Jeurys Familia pitched a shaky ninth, but luckily kept the Yanks at bay, due in part to a tremendous catch by Curtis Granderson.

Seth Lugo, the last man in the bullpen for the Mets, pitched the tenth and surrendered the go ahead run, and would end up as the losing pitcher.

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Wilmer Flores launched his eleventh homer of the year, a solo shot in the first inning to get the Mets on the scorecard first.

After the Yankees took the lead in the fifth, the Mets got one back after Brandon Nimmo got on base and Michael Conforto drove him in with a double.

The biggest hit of the game perhaps, came in the sixth inning when Matt Reynolds launched his second home run of the season to left center field, a three-run shot to give the Mets a 5-3 lead at the time.

The Mets had the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the tenth, but could not score, and drop game one of the Subway Series.

On deck:

The Subway Series continues tomorrow night, with Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.56 ERA) taking on Masahiro Tanaka (7-3, 3.16 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.

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Carlos Beltran Belts Home Run #400, Does Hall of Fame Beckon? Mon, 16 May 2016 10:41:05 +0000 carlos beltran

Carlos Beltran joined some rare company on Sunday afternoon, as his sixth inning two-run home run was also the 400th homer of his potential Hall of Fame career.

Beltran, 39, joins a short list of switch-hitters who have 400 home runs in their career. Hall of Famers Eddie Murray, Mickey Mantle, and eventual inductee Chipper Jones are the only other switch-hitters to have accomplished the feat.

He also becomes only the fifth player in Major League history to have 500 doubles, 400 home runs, and 300 stolen bases, joining the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Andre Dawson, Barry Bonds, and Willie Mays.

The blast came in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium, as the Bronx Bombers were looking to win the series against the first place Chicago White Sox. Left-hander Zach Duke was on the mound for the White Sox, as he was looking to protect their 4-3 lead.

With Jacoby Ellsbury on second and two outs, Duke side-armed a flat 90-mph fastball over the heart of the plate, which Beltran pulled and deposited several rows back in the left field seats. The Yankees took a 5-4 lead, and ended up winning the game and the series against the White Sox.

Fans will remember Beltran signing with the New York Mets in January 2005, to a seven-year $119 million contract. Beltran was coming off his improbable postseason power display as a member of the Houston Astros, where in the NLDS and NLCS he combined to hit eight home runs, drive in 14 runs, score 21 runs, and also steal six bases in 12 games.

His tenure with the Mets was filled with some of the greatest offensive seasons in Met history, injuries, and of course the dreaded 0-2 curve by Adam Wainwright in Game 7 of the NLCS in 2006.

For his Met career, Beltran put up a slash line of .280/.369/.500 for an OPS of .869. He hit 149 home runs as a member of the Mets, while driving in 559 runs. Of the six teams he has played for in his 19-year career, he has the most home runs, runs batted in, doubles, runs scored, and walks as a Metropolitan.


One of his greatest seasons came in the magical year of 2006, when Beltran set career highs in home runs (41), runs batted in (116), runs scored (127), and OPS (.982). He received 47% share of the vote in that year’s NL MVP voting, finishing fourth behind Lance Berkman, Albert Pujols, and Ryan Howard, the winner of the award that year.

Beltran missed 179 games from 2009-2010, and had the famous arthroscopic knee surgery in January 2010, which resulted in a back and forth between the Mets and Beltran’s agent Scott Boras of whether the Mets had given clearance for Beltran to have the surgery done in the first place.

“We told the agent for the player that we wanted to have the ability to discuss the diagnosis and possibly have a third opinion because, you know, of the nature of this injury,” Assistant general manager John Ricco said during a telephone conference. “We wanted to have the opportunity to digest the information, the diagnosis, and unfortunately we were never afforded the opportunity to do that.”

Then in Beltran’s final year with the Mets, he was traded before the trade deadline to the San Francisco Giants along with $4 million for top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler. This was GM Sandy Alderson’s first year with the Mets, and it set the stage for his rebuilding plan and acquiring young talent to supplant the aging veterans.

Beltran’s time in Queens should be remembered for the gaudy offensive numbers he produced when he was healthy, his smooth and ballet-like defense he provided in center, and some lingering “what could have been” questions. The Mets looked geared to be a perennial postseason force after the 2006 season, yet late season collapses, bullpen ineptitude, and injuries curtailed any chances of that.

But what Beltran did for the offense and bringing the Mets back to respectability after many seasons of dwelling near or at the bottom of the NL East should not be forgotten. Congratulations to Carlos on his achievement, and a fine career that may indeed have him going into Cooperstown one summer day, donning a NY Mets cap.

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Matz Bounces Back After Rough Inning, But Collins Wants More Focus Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:41:21 +0000 steven matz

While you may look at the box score and see that left-hander Steven Matz allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings during the Mets’ 6-3 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday, he made a mechanical adjustment after a rocky second inning and retired the last seven batters in a row.

“I think it’s huge,’’ Matz said of the way he finished his evening. “I see Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom out there and they don’t let it affect them. I try to take it from them.”

While manager Terry Collins was pleased with how his young southpaw bounced back, he told the NY Post that it was time for Matz — and everyone else — to start sharpening up.

“I don’t worry about stats,’’ Collins said. “The next time out, he’s got to start to get tuned up. At the end of this road trip, it’s time to get our focus back. We’re less than seven days from opening up when we get home, so we’ve got to be ready.”

Matz, 24, has a 8.31 ERA through four Grapefruit League starts and is assured of his spot in the Mets rotation. Despite the numbers, Matz tells Newsday he is good to go.

“I really do feel ready,” Matz said of the regular season. “I had one bad inning this time out but like I said, I bounced back from it and that’s the stuff you’re going to deal with during the season, too, so this is a part of it.”


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MMO Game Recap: Mets 4, Yankees 4 (10 Innings) Wed, 09 Mar 2016 22:10:59 +0000 curtis granderson

The New York Mets and New York Yankees played to a 4-4 tie in a ten-inning game at Tradition Field on Wednesday afternoon.

The Amazins headed into the ninth inning up 4-2, but left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo coughed up a pair of bombs to the Yankees to even the score and hand Bastardo a blown save.

Jacob deGrom got the start for the Mets and he held the Yankees to one run on five hits, walked none and fanned three in his three innings of work. Stolmy Pimentel and Jim Henderson each pitched a scoreless frame out of the pen.

Curtis Granderson had no problems seeing the ball as he collected a pair of singles in his first game of the spring. Joining him with two hits was Yoenis Cespedes, who drove in a run as well. It was T.J. Rivera who got the Mets on the board with a two-run double. He now has four RBIs this spring.

Noah Syndergaard takes his turn on Thursday to make his Spring Training debut. He’ll go up against the left-hander Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals in a 1:10 PM game at Tradition Field.

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MMO Game Thread: Yankees vs Mets, 1:10 PM (SNY,WOR) Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:54:38 +0000 MLB: New York Mets-Workouts

The New York Mets will battle the New York Yankees this afternoon in sunny Port St. Lucie. RHP Jacob deGrom makes his spring debut for the Mets and he’ll oppose RHP Ivan Nova for the Bombers in what should be a sold-out Tradition Field. First Pitch is at 1:10 PM.

Also slated to pitch for the Mets are .

Right fielder Curtis Granderson, who was battling a case of pinkeye, has resumed wearing his contact lenses and will play his first game of the Grapefruit League season today.

David Wright, Sandy Alderson and Jeff Wilpon flew back to New York on Tuesday night, so that they could attend the memorial service at Citi Field for Shannon Forde. The beloved Mets media relations director lost her long battle with breast cancer and passed away on Friday night at the age of 44. Rest in peace, Shannon.

The game will be televised on SNY or you can listen in on WOR radio.

New York Mets

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  7. Alejandro De Aza, LF
  8. Kevin Plawecki, DH
  9. T.J. Rivera, 3B

New York Yankees

  1. Didi Gregorius, SS
  2. Aaron Hicks, LF
  3. Chase Headley, 3B
  4. Dustin Ackley, 2B
  5. Gary Sanchez, C
  6. Chris Parmelee, DH
  7. Deibinson Romero, 1B
  8. Cesar Puello, RF
  9. Dustin Fowler, CF

Let’s Go Mets!

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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.

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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.

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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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