Mets Merized Online » Nick Evans http://metsmerizedonline.com Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:32:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 A Breakout Season For Daniel Murphy http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/a-breakout-year-for-murphy.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/a-breakout-year-for-murphy.html/#comments Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:08:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=140718 MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

Earlier in the offseason, there were whispers of Daniel Murphy possibly being moved, which made me think about Murphy’s value, and if it really  is at its peak. If his value is at its peak, should we move him, or should we sign Murphy to an extension and make him part of our future playoff runs?  Let’s breakdown some of Murphy’s numbers, and talk about his intangibles, before we decide on his value.

There have been rumors this offseason that the Mets brass would look to trade Murphy after his “breakout” season.  Looking at Murphy’s numbers, I’m not sure 2013 was even his best season, let alone his breakout season.

There are a couple of reasons why Murphy’s numbers were so good in ’08.  The Mets still called Shea Stadium home, which was a much better park for hitters than Citi, and he platooned in a LF/PH role with RH Nick Evans.  He had a total of 10 Abs vs LHP that season.

The following season Murphy batted in the middle of the lineup against both LH and RH pitching as the Mets roster was decimated with injuries. Pretty tough spot for a young player in his 1st full season.  He still ended up with a .741 OPS and played decent defense after he was moved from LF to 1B.

With a pre valley fever Ike Davis poised to make his debut, the Mets moved Murphy to 2B in 2010, and sent him to AAA to get some reps at the position before being recalled.  As luck, or should I say “Mets luck”, would have it, Murphy tore his ACL 11 games into the season.  He came back strong in 2011, and looked like he might win a future batting title, hitting .320/.362/.448 before “Mets luck” struck yet again.  In July, while turning a double play against the Braves, Murphy suffered yet another knee injury that ended his season for the 2nd year in a row.  Ouch.  I’ll never forget Murphy hopping on one leg toward right center field, in obvious, excruciating, pain, before he finally landed on the on outfield grass.

After knee operations in consecutive seasons, Murphy played a full season at 2B in 2012, and was definitely sub-par defensively, but hit .291/.332/.406 with 40 doubles.  That’s a pretty good season considering he had switched positions from LF to 1B to 2B previously, and still found time to work in a couple of knee surgeries.

Last season Murphy disappointed at times, frustrated at times, and really impressed at times.  According to defensive metrics, he improved his defense at 2B from 2012 to 2013, and while his OBP went from .332 to .319, his SLG% went from .403 to .415, as he set a career high in HRs with 13, and cracked 55 XBH.  The surprising part of Murphy’s season was the SBs.  He swiped 23 bags while getting thrown out a mere 3 times, including 22 straight from early June through the end of the season.  A streak that is still alive.  That’s pretty impressive.  In fact, Murphy is 33 of 38, or 87%, on attempted steals in the last two seasons.  I think his knees are fully healed.

Here’s the thing we forget about Murphy.  He’s been with the Mets for what seems like an eternity, but he’s only 28.  He turns 29 on April 1st, just as the regular season begins. Murphy missed a full season in 2010, a good chunk of 2011, and he was also tasked with learning to play a different position for 3 consecutive seasons.  At 29, and missing significant developmental time, it’s certainly possible that Murphy’s breakout season hasn’t happened yet.  It’s also arguable that Murphy’s 2013 season was better than it actually looks on paper, since David Wright missed most of August and September.  Why is that significant?  When Wright was activated from the DL on September 20th, Murphy hit .359 (14-39) from September 20th through the end of the season with DW5 in the lineup.  With Wright being on the DL for more than a month, Murphy wasn’t getting as many pitches to drive.  He was only walked intentionally twice the entire year, but both times were during Wright’s DL stint.

Another thing to consider if you dig a little deeper into Murphy’s 2013 numbers is that he hit .302/.339/.440 when batting from the #2 slot in the lineup.  Collins tinkered with the lineup quite a bit earlier in the year, and it seemed to really mess with his numbers when he hit lower in the order.

Murphy also played a career high 160 games, with a nearly 700 ABs.  He hit .292/.331/.459 with 12 of his 13 long balls against RHP.  His .790 OPS vs RHP trailed only David Wright (.836), and Lucas Duda (.831).  Seeing that he played far more in 2013 than in seasons past, and fared far better against RHP, it stands to reason he could’ve used an extra day or two of rest vs. a LH starter, as evidenced by his .304 batting average in games after an off day.  Murphy would probably be more effective in the games that he did play with an additional day off per month.  That would still put him at 154 games played.  He had 0-4’s against Hamels in April, Mike Minor in May and June, and Cliff Lee in July & August.  That seems like a pretty good time to give him a day off.

Murphy also put up a 3.0 fWAR last season, which was good for 3rd in the NL among all 2B.  Of the two that finished ahead of Murphy, one (Matt Carpenter) is moving to 3B, and the other Chase Utley is entering his age 35 season, and missed significant playing time in 4 consecutive seasons. Utley will most certainly extend that to 5, given his age.  It is arguable that Murphy will have the highest WAR for his position in the entire National League in 2014.

We also must consider Murphy’s intangibles.  Murphy is a leader.  David Wright is the best player on the team, and a tireless worker that leads by example, but the vocal leader of the New York Mets is, unquestionably, Daniel Murphy.  He also has a tremendous work ethic, and, by all accounts, is a great teammate, and clubhouse presence.  Murphy also provides versatility, as he can play both corner IF positions and 2B.  He can play LF in a pinch, but something would have to go horribly wrong for Murphy to be in the OF…….again.

If Murphy can take at a small step forward defensively, and gets a couple of extra days off against a tough LHP, considering Murphy is entering his prime years with Wright and Granderson hitting behind him, we may be looking at the best 2B in the NL in 2014.  It’s not far fetched to say that Murphy could take a step forward offensively:

.300/.350/.450  100-R  200-H  40-2B  5-3B 15-HR 25-SB.

He can put up those numbers with an additional 12 hits, 8 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HRs, & 2 SB.  That’s really just 3 or 4 good games.

Murphy’s value could increase as a player, but decrease in trade value, as he will have only one year left until he hits free agency after this coming season. He will earn about $6mill as an Arb-eligible, and with an average season for Murphy in 2014, he will earn at least $8.5-$9mil for 2015 as he will be eligible for arbitration one last time, next offseason, before he hits the market.  The Mets should sign Murphy to a 4year/$40mil extension and lock him up for his age 30-33 seasons, and what would be his first two years of free agency.  He would still have tremendous trade value at age 31 with a reasonable contract if they stall out in the rebuilding process and move him at that point.  Who’s knows?  He might just be the best 2B in the NL by that time.

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The 2009 Mets: Where Are They Now? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/the-2009-mets-where-are-they-now-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/the-2009-mets-where-are-they-now-2.html/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2013 03:23:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128581 Welcome to the second installment of Where Are They Now?, where we take a Mets roster and check in on what the players have done since last playing in Queens. Last week, we looked at the 2010 Mets, so this week we go back a year and look at the 2009 team, the first year the Mets played their home games at Citi Field. That season, Jerry Manuel led his squad to a 70-92 record, good for a fourth place NL East finish. Let’s look at the players.

Right off the bat, 21 players also played for the Mets in 2010, who I covered covered in my previous article. If you wish to learn about what happened to Luis Castillo, Alex Cora, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Jeff Francoeur, Fernando Tatis, Angel Pagan, Jose Reyes, Nick Evans, Josh Thole, Mike Pelfrey, John Maine, Oliver Perez, Francisco Rodriguez, Bobby Parnell, Pedro Feliciano, Sean Green, Fernando Nieve, Elmer Dessens, Jon Niese, and Tobi Stoner, check out The 2010 Mets: Where Are They Now?

Only one player (who hasn’t already been covered) that played for the Mets in 2009 is still playing for the Mets, Daniel Murphy who is now one of the top hitters in the Mets lineup. Murphy currently ranks second on the team in batting average and third highest with a 2.7 WAR. Not only does Murphy provide a presence in the top of the lineup, but he may give the Mets strong trade bait going forward.

Only two other players from the 2009 are still in the majors albeit with another franchise: J.J. Putz and Darren O’Day.

Putz, who amazingly only played in 29 games with the Mets, played with the Chicago White Sox in 2010, before heading to Arizona where he played for the Diamondbacks in 2011. He still plays for them now. Side-armer Darren O’Day was claimed off waivers by the Rangers in April of 2009 and played in Arlington until 2011. After that season, the Baltimore Orioles claimed him off waivers. He is currently in his second year with them.

Five players from that team are currently in the Minor Leagues with other organizations and include Omir Santos, Jeremy Reed, Fernando Martinez, Argenis Reyes, and Nelson Figueroa.

Omir Santos did the bulk of the catching for the 2009 Mets, and he now sits behind the plate for the Rockies’ Triple A affiliate in Colorado Springs. He also played for the Toledo Mud Hens in the Detroit Tigers system in 2011, before spending some time with the big league team for the Tigers in  2010. He’s also played with the Indians Triple-A team this season.

Jeremy Reed signed with the Blue Jays in January of 2010 and was called up on April 12th. On July 12th he was sent down, released, and signed with the White Sox. He played the rest of the season with their Triple A team, the Charlotte Knights. The Brewers signed him in 2011 and he made the opening day roster. He was sent down to make room for Jonathan Lucroy, which led to him being traded to the Twins, where he finished the year. He is now in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, but is not currently assigned to a team.

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Fernando Martinez was claimed off waivers by the Astros in January of 2012 and played in Houston until he was traded to the Yankees this past June, knowing there was a chance that he could be suspended for steroids. He was among those named in the Biogenesis scandal and is currently serving a 50-game suspension.

Argenis Reyes played in the Red Sox system in 2010 and was then traded to the Cleveland Indians where he played the rest of the season. He spent time with the New Jersey Jackals of the Independent Leagues in 2011 before returning to the Indians system. He is currently not playing with an Indians team although he unassigned.

Nelson Figueroa saw time in the Phillies and Astros systems in 2010, and played in the majors with the Astros in 2011. He also played in the Pirates system that year. 2012 saw him spend time with the Yankees and Red Sox minor league systems, and now plays for the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate.

One 2009 Met is officially a free agent and that is Casey Fossum who played all of three games for the Amazins that season. Fossum was released at the end of April in 2009 and soon after signed with the Yankees. He played the rest of the year with their Triple A affiliate and then moved onto the Chicago Cubs system. His 2010 season was spent with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan, where he went 2-5 with a 5.72 ERA. Fossum signed with the Mets again in January of 2011 and played nine games, before being released a year later. He eventually signed with the Orioles but was soon released and has not resurfaced ever since.

13 players have retired. They are Gary Sheffield, Ryan Church, Brian Schneider, Cory Sullivan, Carlos Delgado, Ramon Martinez, Emil Brown, Marlon Anderson, Brian Stokes, Ken Takahashi, Lance Broadway, Jon Switzer, and Billy Wagner.

Gary Sheffield couldn’t find a team to play with in 2010, so he retired in the spring of 2011. Ryan Church was traded to the Braves for Jeff Francoeur and finished the year in Atlanta. 2010 was spent in Pittsburgh until the Pirates traded him to the Diamondbacks along with future Met D.J. Carrasco. He was non-tendered after the year and retired.

Brian Schneider played with the Phillies from 2010 to 2012 and retired officially on January 29th this year. Cory Sullivan, who is most remembered for being the last player to hit two triples in one inning, played with the Houston Astros for half of 2010. He played with the Phillies for half of 2011, and retired after failing to make the Dodgers opening day roster in 2012.

After being injured for most of the 2009 season, the Mets released Carlos Delgado when the season was over. The Boston Red Sox signed the future Hall of Famer to a Minor League contract. He went 3-for-13, was released and retired on April 13th 2011. He was most recently the hitting coach for the 2013 Puerto Rican team in the World Baseball Classic. Current Mets pitching coach Ricky Bones was the pitching coach for that team (and if you ask me, Delgado and Bones look extremely like each other).

Not much to say about Ramon Martinez here. The infielder who played only 12 games with the 2009 Mets was released after the season and immediately retired. Emil Brown retired after being released on June 22, 2009.

Super utility man Marlon Anderson was released in April and signed with the Newark Bears of the Independent Leagues. He played the rest of the season there and retired when the season was done. He was last seen in professional baseball as the hitting coach for the Potomac Nationals in 2012.

Brian Stokes was traded to the Angels for Gary Matthews Jr. prior to the the 2010 season and made 16 appearances for the Halos that year. In 2011 he played in the Arizona D-Back’s system, and then moved onto the Camden RIversharks of the Independent League. Ken Takahashi became the third oldest player to make his Major League debut at the age of 40 on May 2nd 2009. He was released by the Mets in October of that year and went back to his homeland of Japan and played with the Hiroshima Carp in 2010. He retired after that year.

Lance “Best Name in Baseball” Broadway has not played in the Majors since his time with the Mets. He spent time with the Blue Jays organization in 2010 and played with their Triple A team, the Las Vegas 51′s. He has since retired and done what I believe no other Met has done in their lifetime. Lance played Agent O’Neil in the 2013 movie, Olympus Has Fallen. We should keep an eye out for other movies that feature Mr. Broadway.

Jon Switzer only got into four games as a New York Met, which led to a 8.10 ERA. He signed with the Astros and played in their Minor League system in 2010. He retired after 2010 and went back to school. He is now a business manager.

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Billy Wagner, who is probably the greatest Mets closer of the last 10 years, was traded at the end of the year to the Red Sox for Chris Carter and minor leaguer Eddie Lora. Wagner played two games for Boston and then signed with the Atlanta Braves for the 2010 season. He was injured in the NLDS, but instead of going on the disabled list, he retired. Billy is currently the Head Coach for Miller High School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Two players are currently in the Independent Leagues. Wilson Valdez played for the Phillies in 2010 and 2011 and was then traded to the Cincinnati Reds before the 2012 season. The Reds traded Valdez to the Giants in December of 2012 but he was released this past March. He signed with the Miami Marlins the next day and was released on May 19th. He is now with the Camden River Sharks. Longtime Mets backup catcher Ramon Castro was traded to the White Sox for Lance Broadway in 2009, but I don’t think it mattered to Ramon, because later in the season he was behind the plate when Mark Buehrle tossed a perfect game. He was released by Chicago after 2011, and did not play baseball in 2012. He signed a Minor League contract with the Dodgers this March but was released after failing to make the roster. He now plays for the Long Island Ducks.

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Three players are playing in foreign countries, and they all play in Mexico. They are Anderson Hernandez, Angel Berroa, and Robinson Cancel. Hernandez, who was traded from the Tigers to the Mets back in 2004 for Vance Wilson, was claimed off waivers by the Indians in 2010 but was claimed by the Astros in July. 2011 was spent in Triple A with the Astros franchise. In 2012, Hernandez played with the Pirates Triple A team. This year he has been playing with the Piratas de Campeche, where he is hitting five points south of .300 with 11 home runs.

The 2003 American League Rookie of the Year (I still think Rocco Baldelli should have won) Angel Berroa, who before LaTroy Hawkins and David Aardsma was the last player to play for both the Mets and Yankees, played in the San Francisco Giants organization in 2010. In 2011 he played with the Arizona Diamondbacks Triple A team and the Bridgeport BlueFish of the Independent Leagues. 2012 saw Berroa play with the New Jersey Jackals. He now plays for Leones de Yucantan in Mexico. He is hitting .293 with 12 homers.

Robinson Cancel made his first big league appearance since 1999 in 2008 with the Mets. He spent 2010 with the Long Island Ducks, 2011 with the Astros Triple A team (and a few games in the Majors), 2012 with Monterrey in Mexico, and is still playing in Mexico with Minatilan.

One player is coaching. Andy Green went 1-4 with the Mets in 2009. He spent 2010 in Buffalo playing for the Bisons at the Mets Triple A level. He is now managing the Diamondbacks Double A team, the Mobile Bay Bears. He is managing former Met Nick Evans.

So there are your 2009 New York Mets. What were some of your best and worst memories of that season? Next week we’ll take a look at the 2008 team and the last year of Mets baseball at Shea Stadium.

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The 2010 Mets: Where Are They Now? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/the-2010-mets-where-are-they-now.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/the-2010-mets-where-are-they-now.html/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 23:58:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128129 jose-reyes-mets-2012

If you are a Mets fan, you know that David Wright is still with team, or that Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran are in Toronto and St. Louis, respectively. But what happened to guys like Nick Evans or Rod Barajas? We have the answers.

11 Players who made it into a game in 2010 with the Mets, are still employed by the team. That would be the aforementioned David Wright, Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada (Although he is currently with Triple-A Las Vegas, he is still on the Mets payroll), Lucas Duda, Justin Turner, Jon Niese, Pedro Feliciano (Although he made another stop in the Bronx, he is with the Mets once again), Bobby Parnell, Dillon Gee, Johan Santana, and Jenrry Mejia.

10 players are employed by another Major League team. That would be Jose Reyes, Angel Pagan, Beltran, Josh Thole, Henry Blanco, Joaquin Arias, Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey, Francisco Rodriguez, and Oliver Perez.

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As you may know, Jose Reyes was traded from the Miami Marlins to the Toronto Blue Jays this past offseason in a blockbuster deal involving Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, and now former Met, John Buck. Reyes now puts on his uniform in the same locker room as R.A. Dickey and Josh Thole, who were traded together this past offseason from the Mets for Travis d’Arnaud, Buck, and Noah Syndergaard (don’t forget Wuilmer Beccera!). Angel Pagan was traded to the San Francisco Giants prior to the 2012 season for outfielder Andres Torres and pitcher Ramon Ramirez who have both since played again for the team they were traded from.

Carlos Beltran was traded at the deadline in 2011 to the Giants for Zack Wheeler, but has since made his home in St. Louis playing for the Cardinals, where he has enjoyed a couple of very nice seasons, including an All Star appearance this summer. Henry Blanco, who served as the Mets backup catcher in 2010, beat out Josh Thole for the same position on this year’s Toronto Blue Jays team, but was released and then signed by the Seattle Mariners who made the corresponding move by releasing 2012 Met alumni, Kelly Shoppach. Blanco played in Arizona for the Diamondbacks in 2011 and 2012.

Joaquin Arias, of whom the Mets received for Jeff Francoeur late in the 2010 season, played for the Kansas City Royals in 2011, and was then given a championship ring after serving as Pablo Sandoval‘s ninth inning defensive replacement in 2012 for the San Francisco Giants. He has been a key hitter off the bench for the Giants in 2013. Mike Pelfrey, after failing to play a month in the 2012 season, was signed by the Minnesota Twins, where his 5-10 record and 5.06 ERA is good enough to keep him in the starting rotation.

Francisco Rodriguez was traded to the Brewers in 2011 for Daniel Herrera (yes the 5-6 guy) and a minor leaguer, but was traded to the Baltimore Orioles at the deadline this year, downgrading from a closer to a setup man. Finally, Oliver Perez signed a two-year deal with the Seattle Mariners in 2012 and is proving to be an effective arm out of their bullpen. You would think that Perez’s ERA of 9.72 with Henry Blanco behind the plate would be the highest among catchers who have caught the Mexican native, but no. That award goes to Josh Thole, who provides Ollie with a sparkling 16.20 ERA.

Eight players are in the minor leagues with another organization. They are Mike Nickeas, Mike Hessman, Luis Hernandez, Mike Jacobs, Nick Evans, Hisanori Takahashi, Fernando Nieve, and Pat Misch.

Mike Nickeas, who was in the same deal that sent R.A. Dickey north of the border, is currently with the Blue Jays Triple-A team, the Buffalo Bisons, a team Nickeas has played for many times when they were the Mets affiliate. Nickeas has failed to make the Majors this season, playing 55 games in Buffalo. Mike Hessman, who is seven home runs shy of 400 for his minor league career and one shy of 15 for his Major League career, is currently a member of the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A team of the Cincinnati Reds, where he is teammates with base stealing extraordinaire, Billy Hamilton. Hessman played in Japan in 2011 for the Orix Buffaloes, and was with the Astros Triple A team in 2012.

Luis Hernandez, who played all of 17 games for the Mets, is with the Indians Triple-A team, after playing in the Texas Rangers organization in 2012. Nick Evans is the only 2010 Met alumni playing in Double-A. Evans, who is a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks affiliated Mobile Baybears, was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2012. Mike Jacobs was the placeholder at first base until Ike Davis came up in 2010 but he is now with the Diamondbacks Triple-A team. Jacobs also stopped in Colorado Springs, Toronto, and Mexico. Hisanori Takahashi, who has 12 games started and 21 games finished as a Met, has played in the Majors with the Angels, Pirates, and Cubs. He is now a member of the Colorado Rockies Triple-A team. Fernando Nieve hasn’t played in the Majors since 2010, but he has played with the Astros, Dodgers, Indians, and currently the Athletics, all in Triple-A. Finally, Pat MIsch has seen time with the Phillies and Tigers Triple-A teams.

Five players are not currently with a Major League organization. The names are Jeff Francoeur, Rod Barajas, Jason Bay, John Maine, and Sean Green.

Francoeur was traded to the Rangers for Joaquin Arias in August of 2010. He spent the rest of the year there. Frenchy played in Kansas City during 2011 and 2012, but was released midway through the 2013 season. The Giants picked him up, where he played 22 games. Francouer was designated for assignment of August 20th, and released two days later. Barajas played with the Pirates in 2011 and 2012, before being signed by the Diamondbacks. He ultimately lost the bid to be Miguel Montero‘s backup, as the DBacks went with Wil Nieves instead.

Jason Bay, who was released after the 2012 season much to the delight of Mets fans, was signed by the Mariners for the 2013 season. He hit a home run in his first spring training at bat, but after a disapointing season, was released of August 6th to make room for Mike Morse. John Maine spent 2011 in the Colorado Rockies minor league system, and pitched for the Scranton/Wilkes-Bare Yankees for all of 2012. He played for the Miami Marlins in April of this year, but was released on April 22. The sidearmer, Sean Green pitched with the Brewers in 2011, before playing with the Texas Rangers’ Triple A team in 2012. He also pitched with the Somerset Patriots in 2012 of the Independent Leagues but has not found a team since.

Six players have officially retired. They are Luis Castillo, Alex Cora, Fernando Tatis, Gary Matthews Jr., Frank Catalanotto, and Tobi Stoner.

Luis Castillo was released by the Mets at the same time they released Oliver Perez. Castillo signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, but after a disappointing spring training, he was released, at which time he retired. Alex Cora was released by the Mets in August of 2010, and he played the rest of the year with the Rangers. He played with the Washington Nationals in 2011, and was signed by the Cardinals in the spring of 2012, which didn’t work out. He is now a baseball analyst for ESPN (his brother Joey does the same work for MLB Network). Fernando Tatis was injured of July 4th of 2010. He was placed on the DL the next day and was transferred to the 60-day DL 10 days later. That turned out to be his last major league game as he retired after the season.

The “Son of the Sarge”, Gary Matthews Jr., was released by the Mets on June 15th, 2010. He signed with the Reds on June 24th and played the rest of the year with their Triple-A team, before retiring. Frank Catalanotto was designated for assignment of May 10th, when the Mets brought up Chris Carter. After failing to sign with another team, he retired in March of 2011. Finally, the German-born Tobi Stoner was released by the Mets in March of 2012. During that season, he played in the Independent Leagues with the Bridgeport Blue Fish and the Somerset Patriots. He retired before the 2013 season.

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Four players are currently playing in foreign countries. Chris Carter, Manny Acosta, and Ryota Igarashi are playing in Japan, and Jesus Feliciano is playing in Mexico.

Carter (no not the former A’s prospect) played in the Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves Minor League system in 2011 before moving to Japan to play with the Seibu Lions in 2012 and 2013. Carter is 3-26 (.115) with three RBI in nine games this year. He is teammates with Kazuhisa Ishii. Manny Acosta pitched for the Mets through 2012 but signed with the Yomuri Giants in 2013 after being released. In 14 games he has an ERA of 5.54. His teammates include former major leaguers Scott Mathieson and John Bowker.

Ryota Igarashi played with the Mets until 2011. He then played in the minor leagues with the Yankees and the Blue Jays in 2012 though he pitched in the majors with both teams. He is now pitching with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks where he sports a 2.15 ERA in 36 games. He is teammates with with Vicente Padilla and former Mets minor leaguer Wily Mo Pena. Jesus Feliciano, who has signed with the Mets four different times in his career, played in all of his 54 career games with the Mets in 2010. He played with the Buffalo Bisons in 2011, the Durham Bulls in 2012, and he is now playing in Mexico with the Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz. He has only played in three games with one hit.

One player is currently a coach. Elmer Dessens is the assistant pitching coach for the AZL Reds in the Arizona League (The Arizona equivalent to Florida’s Gulf Coast League). And here’s a fun piece of information. The manager of that AZL Reds team is former Met, Eli Marrero who the Mets received in 2006 when they traded Kazuo Matsui to the Rockies.

Well, now you know what happened to the 2010 Mets. Next week we’ll look at the players from Citi Field’s inaugural year, 2009.

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Morning Grind: Mets Will Regret Letting Nick Evans Slip Away http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/11/morning-grind-mets-will-regret-letting-nick-evans-slip-away.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/11/morning-grind-mets-will-regret-letting-nick-evans-slip-away.html/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 13:56:22 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=66452 Given the financial situation the Mets are currently in, holding on to a guy like Nick Evans should have been a no-brainer. Not only would Evans have been a quality bat and add much-needed depth to a very thin, not-so-Amazin’ roster, but come at a relatively inexpensive price.

This 25-year old has been up and down from the minors so many times with the Mets that I don’t blame him for skipping town on the first chance he got. Evans hit .300 with 23 homers, 80 RBIs and 44 doubles in the minors in 2010 yet only got 36 at-bats in the show (in which he hit .306). In 2011, despite his strong 2010 performance, did not break camp with the Mets in favor of the likes of Brad Emaus and Willie Harris, was DFA twice, yet between Triple-A and the majors still put together a solid year. That kind of instability would have had any other player headed for the hills. I commend Evans for giving the Mets as much of a chance as he did. He held up his end of the deal performance-wise; there was just never a spot for him in Flushing.

There was an article I read during the season entitled “Is Nick Evans The Next Heath Bell?”, and I completely agree. I believe the Pirates picked up a very solid piece for 2012 and likely beyond. I don’t think by any means Evans will be a superstar, but a solid .275-.280 average with 15 homers, 75 RBIs and 30 doubles is not out of the question should he get consistent playing time.

Evans could have been a go-to bat off the bench for the Mets in 2012 at close to league minimum. Now to replace him, Alderson will likely have to spend $1-$1.5 million on someone like Scott Hairston or Endy Chavez to replace him.

Penny-wise Pound-foolish in my opinion.

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Pirates Sign Nick Evans http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/11/pirates-sign-nick-evans.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/11/pirates-sign-nick-evans.html/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:45:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=66436 According to Andy Martino of the Daily NewsNick Evans has signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Evans had a decent season in 2011 batting .256/.314/.403 with four home runs and 25 RBI over 192 PA in 59 games for the Mets.

In 2010, he had a solid showing and posted a .300/.371/.536 slash with 23 homeruns and 80 RBIs in 548 PA between Binghamton and Buffalo.

Evans could thrive in Pittsburgh where he will get what he never got with the Mets – regular playing time and a real opportunity to see what he is truly capable of.

 

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Gee Strong, But Offense Can’t Come Through In Mets 3-2 Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/gee-strong-but-offense-cant-come-through-in-mets-3-2-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/gee-strong-but-offense-cant-come-through-in-mets-3-2-loss.html/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2011 02:20:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=60907

Dillon Gee had another good outing, but the bullpen struggled late and the Mets stranded 17 runners in their 3-2 loss to the Nationals.

Game Notes

Dillon Gee had another outing just short of quality, going five and two-third innings, giving up two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out five. Gee was strong for his whole outing, minus the sixth inning when he was hit hard for both of his runs. Gee hasn’t seemed to tire, and has become more of a pitcher. The only issue with Gee is the propensity in which he has issued walks.

As with most September baseball, lots of pitching changes. Pedro Beato, Dale Thayer, Tim Byrdak, Bobby Parnell and Daniel Herrera all saw work, and Thayer/Parnell were the least effective, with Thayer being charged for the run that Parnell allowed to score. After that, Parnell saw another one and one-third innings of work, and struck out three.

The offense stranded a large number of runners, and got both of their runs in the fifth on a Lucas Duda single, that scored Jose Reyes and then scored Ruben Tejada after a misplay by Nats RF Jayson Werth. A failure to bunt in two different situations by the Mets didn’t help the chances to push runs across.

Nick Evans – 0 for 4, with two strikeouts and five runners stranded. Nick has come down to earth as of recently, and whether its his expected performance or being exposed to more righties is to be decided

Lucas Duda – 3 for 4 with an RBI. Popped out in a big situation in the seventh on the first pitch. Still, a great day for Lucas.

David Wright – 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Uh-oh. Some bad defense seems to be working its way into David’s AB’s.

Jose Reyes – 3 for 4 with a run and a walk. Jose has reclaimed the batting title lead as of the publishing of this post.

Turning Point

Ineffective bullpen pitching by Dale “I Only Throw Fastballs” Thayer, and Bobby Parnell.

GOAT

Nick Evans. The bullpen gave up the run, but stranding a third of your teams baserunners is extremely bad.

On Deck

The Mets will have the third game of a four game series and send Mike Pelfrey to the mound and face off against Brad Peacock in his first major league start. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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If At “First” You Don’t Succeed…Get Depth http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/if-at-first-you-dont-succeed-get-depth.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/if-at-first-you-dont-succeed-get-depth.html/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2011 17:00:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=60186 There’s an old saying related to baseball that, “If at first you don’t succeed, try the outfield.”  But if the Mets march to the beat of their own drummer, they changed that philosophy from the “outfield” to “first base.”  John Olerud leaves as a free agent, no problem!  Throw Todd Zeile there.  Mo Vaughn hasn’t played in a few years and was an American League DH at his most feared.  Hey, I have an idea: why not put him at first?  He’s played there a bit!  Doug Mientkiewicz?  Yeah, he was a first baseman.  But he was pretty bad at baseball.

What’s funny about the team this year is that seemingly, EVERYONE gets thrown at first base.  After Ike Davis took a freak-accident-spill on a routine infield pop-up earlier this season, like many Mets injuries, it didn’t seem like much…but he hasn’t played since.  Evidenced as such, the Mets have thrown four guys at first base not named Davis.  In fact, Daniel Murphy holds the lead with 46 games started at 1B, and 37 games for Lucas Duda.  Ike Davis played 36 games at first base, and Nick Evans has started 27 game at 1B (as of Tuesday).  If Evans finishes out the season at 1B, four guys could theoretically finish playing less than 50 games each at 1B.  The Mets have not had a ton of turnover at first base in its history, so this is significant.

You know what I find interesting?  That when Ike Davis is anticipated to return next season, the Mets find themselves in a position of strength: a lot of guys who can play first base. Bonus: all of them have proven they can hit and play the position well enough to be every day players or at the very least, in a platoon situation.

Clearly, the position is Ike Davis’ to lose come next year in Spring Training.  At least, this is how I am looking at things.  Lucas Duda has been pretty much hand-selected by Terry Collins to be his starting right fielder in 2012, and obviously for the remainder of the season.  Leaving us with Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans as the odd men out.  All of a sudden, the Mets and their Front Office have a position of value and strength to use as trade bait.

Who is the odd man out, singular, though?  In that respect, odd “men” and that would be Nick Evans and Daniel Murphy.

                                        

It’s funny with these two.  I’ve made no secret about my appreciation of Daniel Murphy, as I feel his defensive woes are much ado about nothing, plus he’s shown he’s at a position of strength as a first baseman.  If he had a more consistent position, whether first, second or third base…anything in the infield, really…he’d certainly be a big asset to any team.  Nick Evans is a bit limited to where he can play, as his biggest strength has been showcased at first base, but he also has experience at left field.  However, we all know left field is locked up by Jason Bay till 2013.  Unless he is traded.  But that’s not the hypothetical here.

Anyway, defensively and offensively, Daniel Murphy might have a slight leg up on Nick Evans on the Mets.  Yet, his value could be used to get more parts in return in a trade.

See where I am going with this?  Is Nick Evans more valuable as an off-the-bench guy in 2012 for the team?  Or is Daniel Murphy going to be counted on for the team in a bigger way?

Another thing to consider is the Jose Reyes situation.  If Reyes is not figuring into the long-term vision of the team, where Ruben Tejada plays in 2012 will impact how the Mets will look at the future of the aforementioned players.  Clearly, the easiest scenario is that Reyes will re-sign, Tejada will play second base and all is right in the world.  But if Reyes flies the coop, Tejada will easily be penciled in at shortstop next year.  Right now, while Daniel Murphy rests his legs, he’s also the only one of the previously mentioned with any regular second base experience.   Another item that would weigh in his favor of staying with the team than Nick Evans.

Overall, Evans took several years to prove himself, but with regular-ish playing time, he’s shown that he can keep up with the big boys.  Murphy though was able to smack the hell out of the ball from day one pretty much.  We’ll also need to consider that Evans is out of options.  Like, negative amount of options at this point with how many times he’s been put on waivers (Cot’s and MLB Contracts has no information on his current status unfortunately).  Daniel Murphy isn’t arb eligible until 2013 due to his injuries in the last few years.  This could go either way: he’s so cheap it makes sense to keep him around, or trade him while his value is high and let him become another team’s “problem.” (But he’s a good problem to have)

There is a surplus at first base for the Mets for 2012.  I guess on one hand, it’s good that the Mets have so many serviceable players to fill in when their every day players go down at this point.  On the other hand, the odd men out look to be Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans.  Either way, their value is at its highest and it would make sense at this point to see about the future without either of those players in the organization.

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Mets Lose Both Games Of Doubleheader To Braves, 6-5 and 5-1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/mets-lose-both-of-doubleheader-to-braves-6-5-and-5-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/mets-lose-both-of-doubleheader-to-braves-6-5-and-5-1.html/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:53:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=60318

Chris Schwinden made his major league debut and was hit hard in the Mets 6-5 loss, and in the second game of the double header, Dillon Gee overcame early trouble to hand the ball to a bullpen that would cough up two more runs in the Mets second loss, a 5-1 defeat.

Game One

Chris Schwinden made his MLB debut, and it will probably not be a memorable one for many. Schwinden went five innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, including a home run while walking one and striking out five. Schwinden was throwing strikes, but those strikes were being hit hard. While these next few starts will just be gauging if he is the real deal or a Quad-A pitcher, we shall see.

Daniel Herrera came out for two innings of work, and struck out two and gave up a hit. The fact he pitched two innings is a positive, considering he was a lefty. Possible crossover candidate next year? Ryota Igarashi came out and made a mess, loading the bases so Tim Byrdak could hit lefty Michael Bourn and drive in what would turn out to be the winning run. Bobby Parnell finished up, allowing a hit and striking out one in two-thirds

Yet again, why is Ryota Igarashi being used at all in the season is a bit curious to me. Do the Mets not want to call up a reliever who they have to place on the 40-man roster? If so, DFA Igarashi.

The offense today was primarily of two hits. Jason Bay, who has had a dissapointing season yet again, hit his second grand slam of the season, for his twelfth home run. The other run came on a Nick Evans sac-fly in the ninth, scoring David Wright

Jose Reyes – 1 for 1 in a pinch hitting appearance. As bleak as the Mets season is, Jose does have a fair shot at the batting title.

Jason Bay – 2 for 4 with four RBI. I guess any production is better than no production.

Ruben Tejada – 0 for 5 with a strikeout. Is this fatigue, or has Ruben been figured out again?

Turning Point

Igarashi being an ineffective reliever, putting Tim Byrdak in a difficult spot and giving up the winning run.

Goat Of The Game

Igarashi. No other reason than being completely ineffective.

Game 2

Dillon Gee faired much better than Chris Schwinden, getting charged for three runs (two earned) on four hits, walking two and striking out six in his six innings of work. Gee struggled in the first inning, but settled in for the middle innings. Gee shouldn’t be expected to be that mid-3 ERA guy, but if he could hold an ERA around 4, limit the walks and provide six innings, that would be a major plus for the 2012 Mets

Daniel Herrera went out for the second time today, and pretty much did the same thing he did the game before. Herrera pitched one clean inning. Pedro Beato was hit hard yet again in his two innings of work, allowing two runs on three hits including a home run, walk and one strikeout. Whether this is fatigue, or Beato coming back down to expected performance is to be decided

The offense managed seven total hits, none for extra bases. The only RBI was on a Jason Bay sac-fly in the first. Nick Evans managed to strand five of the 11 Mets baserunners. Not much else to say.

Jose Reyes – 1 for 4 with a run. Leading the league in average.

Duda & Evans – 0 for 8. Tough day at the dish

Turning Point

When the Mets couldn’t manage to get an extra base hit and played uninspired for the second game of the doubleheader.

Goat Of The Game

Nick Evans, 0 for 4 and stranding nearly 50% of the total baserunners in the game.

On Deck

The Mets travel back to Citi Field to take on the Cubs, sending Mike Pelfrey to the mound to face-off against Casey Coleman, who the Mets hit hard the last time they faced him. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

 

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Parnell Blows Another Save, Evans Plays Hero In 12th, Mets Win 7-4 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/parnell-blows-another-save-evans-plays-hero-in-12th-mets-win-7-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/parnell-blows-another-save-evans-plays-hero-in-12th-mets-win-7-4.html/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2011 06:08:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=59958  

New York Mets' Nick Evans (6) Follows

Miguel Batista had another good outing spoiled by a blown save, but Nick Evans had a huge day in the Mets 7-4 win.

Game Notes

Miguel Batista took the mound, and pitched another surprising game, but was not as sharp as his last outing. Batista went six innings, allowing one run on five hits, walking four and striking out three. Batista wasn’t hit hard, but he had Marlins batters chasing bad pitches consistently. While some Mets fans are upset Batista is taking away starts from prospects, Batista may have a chance to be a useful bullpen piece next year, at an inexpensive price.

The bullpen today was solid, but Manny Acosta was charged with an unearned run after another Angel Pagan misplay in the outfield allowed the runner to advance to second on a single. Acosta still got out of the inning without much damage, but it was to be expected. Jason Isringhausen came in for the eighth inning, and exhibited absolutely no control, walking three batters and consistently falling behind. However, when needed Izzy struck out Jose Lopez with the bases loaded, and struck out Emilio Bonafacio to end the inning. Bobby Parnell blew another save, giving up a two run double in the ninth. Tim Byrdak & Pedro Beato combined for two scoreless innings, and Josh Stinson nailed down his first MLB save in the 12th inning.

The offense today was quiet, but did manage to get hits when it was needed. Justin Turner hit an RBI single in the fifth, Nick Evans an RBI single in the sixth and was thrown out trying to advance to second, and Evans yet again in the eighth with an RBI single. In a bit of insurance, Angel Pagan hit a double right off the first base bag, scoring Jose Reyes and moving David Wright to third. The Mets rallied in the 12th inning, thanks to RBI singles by Nick Evans & Jose Reyes, and a bases-loaded walk by Lucas Duda.

Jose Reyes – 3 for 6 with a walk, an RBI and a strikeout and a strikeout. Jose has struggled since his return from the DL.

Justin Turner – 3 for 4 with two walks and an RBI. Any production right now is good, because he is playing for next year.

David Wright – 0 for 6 with two strikeouts and an intentional walk. Rough game for David, not many of these since return from DL.

Turning Point

The 12th inning comeback, showing the offense hadn’t died

Game Ball

Nick Evans – 3 for 6 with three RB, a walkI and a good play on a ball to force the runner at second on a bunt. Nick has been hot as of late, and as most Mets prospects is playing for a spot on the team next year.

On Deck

The Mets will finish the series against the Mets, sending R.A. Dickey to the mound against rookie Brad Hand of the Marlins. Game time is 5:10 P.M.

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Mets Hit Three HR’s, Mash Way Past Nationals 7-3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/mets-hit-three-hrs-mash-way-past-nationals-7-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/09/mets-hit-three-hrs-mash-way-past-nationals-7-3.html/#comments Sat, 03 Sep 2011 04:04:01 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=59413

The offense, spearheaded by a David Wright three run shot in the first never let up, and R.A. Dickey pitched a quality six innings in the Mets 7-3 win against the Nationals.

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey had a good outing and the definition of a quality start, going six innings allowing three runs on nine hits, striking out one. Dickey may have not had his strikeout stuff today, but allowing three runs is nothing to scoff at. This win has been the easiest win Dickey has had in well over two months.

The bullpen got a fair amount of work today, and most of it was displaying new faces. Tim Byrdak came out and continued to impress, striking out two in his two-thirds of an inning. Ryota Igarashi came out for one-third of an inning, and gave up a hit and struck out a batter. One of the two new bullpen arms called up to the Mets, hard throwing righty Josh Stinson went one and two-third innings, giving up two hits and striking out two. His stuff does look impressive, and his control wasn’t that erratic today, throwing 15 of 20 pitches for strikes. The second lefty in the bullpen now, Daniel Ray Herrera came out, and struck out the only batter he faced.

The only plus of roster expansions & being out of the playoff race – get to test the competence of your farm system, and in the Mets case rebuilding the bullpen from within.

The offense today was hot from the start, as David Wright sent a three-run homer into the left-center bleachers. Nick Evans agreed with David’s decision, and sent another ball into the left field bleachers for a solo shot. Angel Pagan hit a two-run single, scoring David Wright and Lucas Duda and the last long ball belonged to Mr. Duda when he deposited a ball into deep right field. Today, the offense ran on all cylinders and was not going to let R.A. Dickey pitch another good game and suffer a loss.

Justin Turner – 1 for 5 with three strikeouts. Tough day.

Jason Bay – 0 for 4 with two strikeouts….and Bay has cooled again.

Mike Nickeas – 0 for 4. Not up here for his bat.

Turning Point

When the Mets came out swinging for the fences, and connecting. As dissapointing as it is to say, the three best power-hitters on the team all went yard today.

Game Ball

Lucas Duda – 2 for 4 with two runs, a solo home run and a strikeout. Duda has been on fire this entire month, and if this is Duda “figuring it out” then next year can only improve

On Deck

The Mets will continue the series against the Nationals and send Dillon Gee to the mound against Tom Milone, making his MLB debut. Game time is 7:05 P.M.

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Niese Gets Hit Around, Phillies Beat Mets 9-4 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/08/niese-gets-hit-around-phillies-beat-mets-9-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/08/niese-gets-hit-around-phillies-beat-mets-9-4.html/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2011 01:50:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=58349 Jonathon Niese had possibly his worst outing of the season, and the Mets offense could not figured out Phillies starter Vance Worley yet again in their 9-4 loss.

Game Notes

Jonathon Niese only made it into the fifth, but was completely ineffective today. Niese allowed eight runs on ten hits, walking one and striking out six, while allowing two home runs. Niese was effective until the third inning, and then he was rendered useless. The Phillies were drilling everything he was throwing, and by the time he walked his first batter, that would be his last batter. Hopefully this wasn’t fatigued and may have been attributed to the back tweak he suffered in his last start.

Pedro Beato came out, and allowed all of Niese’s baserunners to score, and one of his own. Beato has looked extremely overmatched and just not able to stop the bleeding. As the season is progressing you see Terry Collins working him into a middle-relief role. Ryota Igarashi & Tim Byrdak came out and combined to pitch a scoreless inning.

The offense tried to mount some offense early on, but was silenced for the middle innings and didn’t manage a run until a seventh inning RBI groundout. The first eight Mets accounted for five baserunners, and after that they didn’t manage one baserunner until a Nick Evans double. Lucas Duda sent a two-run home run out in the eighth on a ball that was absolutely skyed into the RF bleachers.

Angel Pagan made a HORRIBLE play in the outfield completely misreading a ball in both distance and side, coming in on a ball that sailed over his head and to his right.

As awful as the Mets were, only Wright & Bay didn’t manage to get at least one hit for the Mets.

Nick Evans – 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Not a bad day for Nick, and if he can prove himself capable offensively then maybe next year he can get a shot somewhere for the Mets

Turning Point

Jonathon Niese becoming ineffective in the third inning and pretty much being about as horrible as one pitcher can be for three innings.

GOAT of the Game

Jonathon Niese – Bad stat line not reflected by poor defense, inability to throw out runners or anything out of his control. Just a poor outing.

On Deck

The Mets will look to salvage at least one of the games from the series, sending Mike Pelfrey to the mound against the Phillies and Kyle Kendrick at 1:10 P.M. EST at Citizen’s Ballpark

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Giants Rocked Us Like A Hurri-Cain, Mets Fall 4-2 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/giants-rocked-us-like-a-hurri-cain-mets-fall-4-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/giants-rocked-us-like-a-hurri-cain-mets-fall-4-2.html/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2011 04:34:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=54189 Mike Pelfrey went a quality six innings, but the Mets defense didn’t do him any favors and the offense didn’t either in their 4-2 loss against the Giants

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey had a quality start today, and if it weren’t for the third inning the outcome of this game could’ve gone in another direction all together. Pelfrey went six innings and allowed two runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out five including the side in the sixth. He had good control today, but was hurt by a lackluster defense that included errors from Angel Pagan and Daniel Murphy. Pelfrey has had two straight good starts, but even in allowing two runs today, this start was significantly better then his start versus the Dodgers.

Today’s bullpen usage was awkward, but could possibly work in future iterations. Jonathon Niese came out to work the seventh, and after Lucas Duda caught and dropped a ball (it was scored a single, not an error) and after an out Niese gave up a double on a hanging curveball. After that, D.J. Carrasco came out and allowed both of Jon Niese’s baserunners to score, but then got out of the inning. Manny Acosta came out to work the ninth

The offense today just couldn’t put any runs across in the early innings. The Mets managed extra base hits, including a Lucas Duda triple but they just couldn’t push runs across. The problem has been being patient and waiting for a good pitch when the situation calls for it. The Mets are still walking at a good clip and wearing pitchers down, but when runners are in scoring position now, the Mets who are patient are becoming first pitch swingers.

Random Facts

Nick Evans now 2 for 19 with eighth inning pinch hit home run.

Justin Turner went 4 for 5 with an RBI. Positive offensive output from Justin going into the break.

Beltran – 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a walk. One of the few off games for Carlos.

Turning Point

D.J. Carrasco allowing the two inherited baserunners to score. 2-0 is easier to overcome than 4-0.

Game Ball

Mike Pelfrey, for pitching a good game that allowed his team a chance to win. Its just a shame he got absolutely no offense.

On Deck

All Star break, recaps will not return until Friday when the Mets return to Citi Field to play the Phillies at 7:05 P.M.

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Mets Farm Report: July 6th, 2011 – Matt Harvey Shelled http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/mets-farm-report-july-6th-2011-matt-harvey-shelled.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/mets-farm-report-july-6th-2011-matt-harvey-shelled.html/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:53:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=53843 Buffalo Bisons 7 – Scranton/WB Yankees 5

Chris Schwinden was his own worst enemy in this affair. Schwinden gave up a leadoff single to Chris Dickerson and wound up paying more attention to him than the batter and walked the batter on four straight pitches after laying one right down the middle to get the at-bat started. The walk proved to be very costly. After getting two outs in the inning, he allowed a double and two runs to score. Then in the 3rd he hit a batter following a double and allowed three straight singles to score two more runs. Interestingly in the four innings in which he did not allow a run to score he was perfect—12 up and 12 down. Because Ryota Igarashi pitched two innings last night, Dale Thayer earned his seventh save of the year.

The offense got behind Schwinden after he gave up an early lead and put together five straight singles in the 2nd inning, with one run coming in on Jesus Feliciano‘s single and two on Mike Nickeas‘s. Zach Lutz and Feliciano hit back-to-back solo homeruns in the 6th and Nick Evans produced another run with a two-out single.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Michael Fisher (2-for-5, RBI, CS)
  • Nick Evans (3-for-5, RBI, K)
  • Fernando Martinez (1-for-5, R)
  • Zach Lutz (2-for-5, HR, 2 R, RBI)
  • Chris Schwinden (W, 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, BB, 6 SO, 2 HBP, E, 2:5 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Jesus Feliciano (13pts) 2. Zach Lutz (31pts) 3. Nick Evans (47pts)

Binghamton Mets 0 – Portland Sea Dogs 7 (F/6)

I tuned in after the 1st inning so I was only able to listen to two innings of Matt Harvey‘s start and this was how those two innings went.

2nd inning:

Count Pitches Strikes Result
0-3 3 3 Strikeout looking on slider
2-0 3 1 Groundout
2-2 5 3 Groundout
Total 11 7 -

3rd inning:

Count Pitches Strikes Result
0-1 2 2 Double
2-2 5 3 Single
2-1 4 2 Sac fly
1-1 3 2 Homerun
0-3 3 3 Strikeout looking on fastball
4-2 6 2 Walk
3-3 8 5 Strikeout looking on fastball
Total 31 19 -

He threw 42 pitches in those two innings and based of how long the 1st inning was, he was probably around 70-75 pitches for the game. His 62% strikes for the two innings are decent so his control wasn’t completely off, he just wasn’t commanding his pitches and putting them where he needed. Both homeruns he allowed were to the same hitter. John Lujan, who was demoted from Buffalo to make room for Miguel Bautista, was terrific in relief to finish the rain shortened game.

The B-Mets were no-hit for the first three innings until Josh Satin ended it with a leadoff double in the 4th. Back-to-back strikeouts to Allan Dykstra and Salomon Manriquez help strand him there. Raul Reyes had a single in the inning, but it was of the infield variety so Satin was unable to score.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Matt Den Dekker (0-for-3, K)
  • Jordany Valdespin (0-for-3, K, 2 E)
  • Josh Satin (1-for-3, 2B, K)
  • Allan Dykstra (0-for-3, 2 K)
  • Matt Harvey (L, 3 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, BB, 5 SO, WP, HBP, HR, 4:1 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Eric Campbell (23pts) 2. Josh Satin (71pts) 3. John Lujan (1pt)

St. Lucie Mets 2 – Fort Myers Miracle 3 (F/13)

Greg Peavey hasn’t been racking up the Ks since the promotion, but he has been extremely effective and efficient. Peavey matched a season-high seven innings, allowed just six baserunners, and picked up an incredible 12 groundball outs. The lone run against Peavey scored on a two-out triple in the 1st inning. After that he turned on the cruise control. The defense caused Peavey and the Mets the win in this one. Jefry Marte committed two errors in the 8th inning to allow an unearned to score on Michael Powers. Wilmer Flores then let the leadoff man in the 11th reach with an error, he moved up to second on a wild pitch, and to complete the error parade on a fly out to Cory Vaughn the runner tagged up at second only to see Vaughn throw the ball away so he came all the way around to score.

Dock Doyle had another positive game, picking up a two-out RBI to bring home Vaughn in the 2nd. It was actually another two-out hit that scored their only other run. Juan Lagares delivered a two-out double to bring home Pedro Zapata who had singled and advanced two second on a balk. Vaughn tried to make up for his defensive blunder with a leadoff single in the 11th, but after he was bunted over to second Francisco Pena and Rylan Sandoval could not bring him home.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Juan Lagares (1-for-5, 2B, I, 2 K)
  • Jefry Marte (1-for-5, 2 E)
  • Wilmer Flores (1-for-5, E)
  • Cory Vaughn (2-for-5, 2B, R, 2 K, E)
  • Greg Peavey (7 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 4 SO, WP, 12:4 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Greg Peavey (3pts) 2. Pedro Zapata (25pts) 3. Cory Vaughn (10pts)

Savannah Sand Gnats 3 – Rome Braves 5

Definitely one of Taylor Whitenton‘s better performances this year. Whitenton held the Braves hitless until the 5th inning and the sole run against him came on a solo homerun in the 6th. He had the fun of working around three Aderlin Rodriguez errors, one in the 3rd and two in the 6th, and not giving up any runs because of them. Luis Rojas imploded to cost the Gnats their 12th straight win. He gave up two walks, a double, and a wild pitch to score two runs in the 7th and then two more in the 8th on a homerun and two-out RBI single.

The Gnats scored a run apiece in the first three innings and helped create the runs with their legs and clutch two-out hitting. Wilfredo Tovar walked in the 1st, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Blake Forsythe two-out single. Sam Honeck walked in the 2nd, moved up two second on a wild pitch, and scored on a two-out double by Luis Nieves. Rafael Fernandez got into the action in the 3rd with a single, steal of second, steal of third, and scoring on a throwing error by the catcher trying to get him at third. They managed just a single after the 3rd.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Darrell Ceciliani (0-for-4)
  • Wilfredo Tovar (0-for-3, R, BB, K, SB)
  • Aderlin Rodriguez (0-for-4, 3 E)
  • Taylor Whitenton (6 IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB, 5 SO, HR, 10:2 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Taylor Whitenton (14pts) 2. Blake Forsythe (30pts) 3. Rafael Fernandez (33pts)

Brooklyn Cyclones 2 – Vermont Lake Monsters 5

Marcos Camarena lowered his ERA to 1.86 with five innings and just one run (also gave up an unearned run). He struckout just one tonight and has just eight strikeouts in 19.1 innings. Strikeouts aren’t everything, and he has succeeded at lower levels without the strikeouts, but it is an interesting case to watch. I have yet to get to see him or find out anything about his stuff so I am interested to see what the reason for his success has been and if it will hold up at high levels.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Ismael Tijerna (0-for-5)
  • Javier Rodrigez (2-for-4, K)
  • Richard Lucas (0-for-4, 2 K)
  • Brian Harrison (0-for-4, E)
  • Travis Taijeron (2-for-2, 2 2B, R, BB, HBP, E)
  • Marcos Camarena (L, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, ER, BB, SO, 3:8 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Travis Taijeron (16pts) 2. Jonathan Clark (2pts) 3. Charley Thurber (8pts)

Kingsport Mets 3 – Elizabeth Twins 9

I think it is safe to say this K-Mets staff hasn’t been getting good pitching lately.

Top prospect performances (Boxsore):

  • Yucarybert De La Cruz (2-for-5, K)
  • Chad Zurcher (1-for-5, 2B, RBI)
  • Julio Concepcion (3-for-4, 2B, RBI)
  • Greg Pron (1-for-4)
  • Camden Maron (0-for-3, BB, K)
  • Tillman Pugh (0-for-4, K)

Stars of the Game: 1. Julio Concepcion (8pts) 2. Yucarybert De La Cruz (7pts) 3. Chad Zurcher (6pts)

GCL Mets – OFF

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What Happens When Wright Returns? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/what-happens-when-wright-returns.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/what-happens-when-wright-returns.html/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:22:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=53888

The Mets have been playing great baseball, working as a team, getting timely hits and playing at least adequate defense in the field. The combination of Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada and Justin Turner have combined to plug the holes in the lineup, get key RBI hits and hold their own at their respective positions. This is all fine and well, but with David Wright expected to return after the All-Star Break, what is going to happen when he returns.

With the very recent news that Jose Reyes will miss three weeks, the plan may not be altered much, but here are a few scenarios:

Harris demoted, Turner/Murphy platoon at 2nd, Duda mans first

The Mets have no quality first baseman backups that are right handed, and both Turner and Murphy have their upsides. Duda has yet to show off his power stroke, but he has proven to get big hits when needed and not embarass himself at first. The Mets have a plethora of left-handed outfield options in both Harris and Pridie, and keeping them both while they have both been underperforming is hard to believe. Murphy has not regularly played second since the Ike Davis injury, and has mostly been manning the corners since David Wright went out.

Duda demoted, Turner/Murphy play 1st & 2nd.

This one seems unlikely, since the Mets front office has openly said they will not keep any of their prospects up at the MLB level if they do not have at-bats to give them. Duda hasn’t done anything wrong to be demoted, and has played about as even keel as one could expect. This option only seems viable if one of Murphy/Turner seems to cool down with the bat.

Tejada & Duda demoted, Turner plays 2B/SS upon Reyes return, Lutz plays 1st

This one is a bit of a reach, but Zach Lutz has been raking as long as he has been healthy, similar to Reese Havens. Lutz is a righty with some power and ability to hit, and right now the only righties on the Mets bench on any given day are Ronny Paulino and Scott Hairston. A Murphy/Lutz platoon at 1st makes some sense, but demoting Duda would take a catastrophic drop in either his fielding ability, or how he has been hitting.

While all of these scenarios seem pretty farfetched at the moment thanks to the Reyes announcement, it is believable that at least one of the four players could return to Buffalo. Duda seems to be on the short end of this leash, since he can only play the corner OF spots and first, and Bay, Pagan and Beltran have those spots held down. Tejada is a better defensive 2B/SS then Turner and Murphy, and Turner’s ability to fill in at SS is adequate at best. Only time will tell, and this may not happen for a few weeks. As Alderson has mentioned, he is only playing the game in two-week intervals. If Duda or Tejada cooled down enough, and Reyes returned one of those players could see a demotion.

Oh, BTW – Nick Evans is returning…again. He of the .000 average in 17 PA.

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Mets Farm Report: July 1st, 2011 – Matt Harvey Shines http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/mets-farm-report-july-1st-2011-matt-harvey-shines.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/mets-farm-report-july-1st-2011-matt-harvey-shines.html/#comments Sat, 02 Jul 2011 14:17:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=53416 Buffalo Bisons 0 – Leigh Valley IronPigs 2

Not that he ever really went away, but Chris Schwinden is back and has been at his best recently. Schwinden was perfect the first time through the order. He didn’t give up his first hit till there was one out in the 4th inning. It was the 5th inning, however, when the IronPigs really threatened to score. They loaded the bases on three singles with one out, but it was Schwinden who came up huge with a strikeout and then got out of the inning with the fly out. Schwinden was perfect in his last two innings with three strikeouts. Mike O’Connor got the loss, but it was really Ryota Igarashi who blew the game. O’Connor was supposed to get the lefty out to start off the 9th, but failed to do his job and walked him. Igarashi came in and threw the ball away on a pickoff attempt and the runner moved up to third base. A lineout and walk later and the IronPigs hit a scorcher to Val Pascucci who couldn’t pick the extremely difficult play enabling the runner scored. Raul Chavez then tried to throw behind the runner, but threw the ball into the outfield and a run came in to score. So while Igarashi was on the mound for two runs none of them were earned against him and his scoreless streak continues.

The Bisons got two on in the 1st when Michael Fisher singled and Nick Evans walked, but Pascucci and Jesus Feliciano failed to drive anyone in. Feliciano choked again in the 5th following singled from Evans and Pascucci by grounding into a double-play to kill their only other threat of the game.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Michael Fisher: (1-for-4, K)
  • Nick Evans: (2-for-3, BB)
  • Chris Schwinden: (7 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 SO, 6:4 GO:AO, 65%)

Stars of the Game: 1. Chris Schwinden (13pts) 2. Nick Evans (46pts) 3. Michael Fisher (26pts)

Binghamton Mets 4 – Bowie Baysox 3

This is more of the type of start I except to see from Matt Harvey and it was nice to see him respond from the poor outing against Bowie last time with this great start. It was really just a two batter sequence that ruined his night from being perfect. He walked a batter early in the 2nd inning and then gave up back-to-back two-out doubles to plate the only two runs against him. Harvey left with the lead intact and a chance to win. It was also nice to see him hold Joe Mahoney hitless after he had three doubles off him last game. It was the ever popular leadoff walk that came around to haunt Jeff Kaplan and deny Harvey his first win. The batter was sacrificed to second, moved to third on a groundout, and then came in to score on a two-out single. It was Josh Stinson who would get the win with a nice rebound performance.

Salomon Manriquez had a big two-out double in the 1st inning to score Jordany Valdespin and Matt Den Dekker who had opened things up with back-to-back singles. Valdespin then put the B-Mets back on top in the 5th with a bases loaded single to score Jean Luc Blaquiere. Blaquiere then scored the winning run of the game on Raul Reyes‘s pinch hit walkoff double.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Matt Den Dekker: (1-for-2, R, BB, HBP)
  • Jordany Valdespin: (2-for-4, R, RBI, CS)
  • Josh Satin: (1-for-4, 2 K)
  • Allan Dykstra: (0-for-4, K)
  • Matt Harvey: (5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, BB, 5 SO, 8:2 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Raul Reyes (19pts) 2. Salomon Manriquez (14pts) 3. Jordany Valdespin (45pts)

St. Lucie Mets 0 – Fort Myers Miracle 0 (Suspended)

Suspended after first inning.

Savannah Sand Gnats 3 – Augusta GreenJackets 2

These games off poor command are occurring too consistently lately for Taylor Whitenton for me to believe they are a fluke. He has still been getting good results even with all the walks, but outside of Low-A that is going to be a tough trend to keep up. And with that said the command didn’t cause any runs today. Joe Bonfe was the root cause of the only run by committing an error to make it first and second and no outs. A sac bunt and ground out later and a run is on the board. It was actually Todd Weldon‘s command troubles that caused the second run. A man got on because of an error by Luis Nieves, but Weldon was able to quickly get two outs. With the two outs, however, he walked two men and hit a batter to score a run.

In the 2nd the Gnats took the early lead with three consecutive singles from Albert Cordero, Sam Honeck, and Joe Bonfe as well as a groundout from Alonzo Harris to score two. Wilfredo Tovar drove in a run with a single, but on the play Darrell Ceciliani made a mistake getting thrown out trying to go first to third and that was all the Gnats would get.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Darell Ceciliani: (1-for-3, BB)
  • Wilfredo Tovar: (1-for-4, RBI)
  • Albert Cordero: (1-for-4)
  • Taylor Whitenton: (W, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 6:5 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Sam Honeck (12pts) 2. Darrell Ceciliani (34pts) 3. Taylor Whitenton (11pts)

Brooklyn Cyclones 3 – Hudson Valley Renegades 1

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Javier Rodriguez: (1-for-3, 2B, RBI, K)
  • Brian Harrison: (2-for-4, RBI, K)
  • Travis Taijeron: (0-for-3, 3 K)
  • Marcos Camarena: (4.1 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 3 SO, HBP, 6:3 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Brian Harrison (6pts) 2. Javier Rodriguez (17pts) 3. Jeremy Gould (1pt)

Kingsport Mets 15 – Elizabeth Twins 10

Talk about a slugfest. Jonathan Kountis might be the worst pitcher in the entire organization.

Top prospect performances (Boxscore):

  • Alex Sanchez: (2-for-5, 2 RBI)
  • Tillman Pugh: (1-for-5, HR, R, RBI, 3 K)
  • Jeff Glenn: (2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, K)
  • Greg Pron: (1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, 2 K)
  • Camden Maron: (1-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB, K)
  • Brett Mitchell: (5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 4:3 GO:AO)

Stars of the Game: 1. Dustin Lawley (5pts) 2. Camden Maron (10pts) 3. Brett Mitchell (4pts)

GCL Mets (OFF)

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Buffalo Rebounds; Harvey Throws Bagels in St. Lucie Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/04/buffalo-rebounds-harvey-throws-bagels-in-st-lucie-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/04/buffalo-rebounds-harvey-throws-bagels-in-st-lucie-win.html/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 04:01:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=48289 Mets Minors 4.13.2011

BUFFALO 8, PAWTUCKET 1: The Buffalo Bisons (3-3) climbed back to .500 this season, defeating the Pawtucket PawSox, 8-1, Tuesday night. Dillon Gee (1-1) went seven innings, giving up three hits and one earned run to get the victory. Gee struck out four and walked two. Dale Thayer contributed two scoreless innings in relief. Offensively, Zach Lutz went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo homer with two RBIs. Nick Evans also hit a solo home run with two outs in the second inning. The Bisons did all the damage in the first three innings, scoring three in the first and four in the third. Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 in his second game back in Triple-A. BOX SCORE

ST. LUCIE 3, FORT MYERS 1: Mets first-round pick Matt Harvey had another quality start for Single-A St. Lucie Tuesday night. Harvey went six scoreless innings — increasing his scoreless innings streak to 11. The big right-hander issued two walks and struck out eight. Through two professional starts, Harvey has lasted 11 innings, given up eight hits, struck out 17 and walked four. In the top of the sixth inning, Jefry Marte reached base after being hit by a pitch and later scored on a Rafael Fernandez sac fly. In the top of the eight, Juan Lagares hit his first home run of the season with two outs. A few batters later, Fernandez scored on a Rylan Sandoval single. All the damage was done with two outs. St. Lucie is now 5-1. BOX SCORE

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Evans, Misch and Hernandez Clear Waivers http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/03/evans-misch-and-hernandez-clear-waivers.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/03/evans-misch-and-hernandez-clear-waivers.html/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 20:30:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=47182 According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, outfielder/first baseman Nick Evans has officially cleared waivers, and was sent to Triple-A. Evans was waived after losing out on a bench spot to Daniel Murphy, Willie Harris and Scott Hairston.

Pat Misch and Luis Hernandez also cleared waivers.

Original Post 3/28

This just in from Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

The Mets placed Nick Evans, Luis Hernandez and Pat Misch on waivers Monday, according to a baseball official who was not authorized to speak publicly because the process is secretive.

The results of the waiver process should be known Wednesday.

Manny Acosta is the lone Met in a tenuous position who is out of options and may not have been placed on waivers Monday, according to the source. Acosta seemingly is the third combatant in the battle with Blaine Boyer and Jason Isringhausen for one relief spot.

The Padres had appeared interested in Hernandez via trade, but reportedly just acquired Alberto Gonzalez from Washington instead.

I thought for sure the Mets would figure out a way to somehow keep Evans and Misch, but it looks like they’ll be toiling for another team. It’s looking like Manny Acosta could suffer the same fate.

This would mean Daniel Murphy is officialy on the 25 man roster, and that the last bullpen spot is now down to Blaine Boyer or Jason isringhausen.

Earlier today, one of the beat writers said via Twitter that Boyer was summoned into the managers office. It could have something to do with his status with the team, or Collins simply could have wanted directions to a good hamburger joint.

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Beato Clinches Spot in Bullpen, Are Evans And Izzy Out? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/03/beato-clinches-spot-in-bullpen-are-evans-and-izzy-out.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/03/beato-clinches-spot-in-bullpen-are-evans-and-izzy-out.html/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:08:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=47006 Pedro Beato has been one heck of a player in the spring, and it looks like all his hard work just payed off for him.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman, Pedro Beato is going to be on the Mets opening day roster in the bullpen.  This was what Jon Heyman said via Twitter:

Beato to make Mets. 12th pen spot between (between) boyer, Izzy, and Acosta. Emaus is 2b, Harris, Hairston, Hu, Murphy reserves

Speaking of roster spots, as mentioned in Heyman’s tweet, Brad Emaus is going to be the Mets starting 2nd basemen.  Like we’ve all thoughht, its all but official. He won out over Daniel Murphy.

The bullpen is going to come down to Blaine Boyer, Jason Isringhausen (Izzy), and Manny Acosta, as we already knew. 

As for the reserves, Heyman says that Willie Harris, Scott Hairston, Chin Lung Hu, and Daniel Murphy are going to be the bench players for the Mets.  As my colleague Adam V reported yesterday, Terry Collins said he wants to keep Nick Evans somehow.   If Jon Heyman is indeed correct with his reserve players, then it looks like Nick Evans will have to clear waivers. 

Overall, it seems that it’s all but official.  We’ll have to wait and see what Terry Collins does as far as the cuts go.  Will he cut Nick Evans as much as he wants him on the team?  Will Izzy make the roster with his elbow history? 

Stay tuned Mets fans……

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Do Mets Have A Better Option Than Luis Hernandez http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/03/do-mets-have-a-better-option-than-luis-hernandez.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/03/do-mets-have-a-better-option-than-luis-hernandez.html/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 22:55:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=46415 Mets manager Terry Collins has said that he would like to get each of his potential second base candidates some more at-bats over the next few days as he starts to whittle down the playing field.

Reports surfaced earlier this week that Collins wanted Luis Hernandez to be the Mets starter at second base. However, those reports were quickly shot down and might have only been done to light a fire under the other candidates.

Today we learned that Daniel Murphy is likely out of the competition and will be used more as a super-utility player. If that’s the case, at least Murphy should have a spot on the team.

That being said, Murphy is starting to today at second base, so it begs the question of whether or not he’s really still in the competition.

Since all along Collins and Sandy Alderson have been saying that they want second base to be an offensive position, why on earth would they settle for Hernandez?

Hernandez is a .245 career hitter who’s played for three different teams. Maybe the Mets are hoping this Hernandez hits like Keith? That’s unlikely.

Hernandez has looked decent at the plate so far this spring but in limited action. He’ll be starting at shortstop today.

He’s out of options, so he would have to clear waivers before being sent to Buffalo. Most likely, another team in need of middle infield depth would pick him up. However, would that be the worst thing that happens?

The Mets have other players out of options, most notably Nick Evans. I would rather see the team keep Evans as a bench player than have Hernandez as the starting second baseman.

If Collins and Alderson are true to their word, Murphy is the answer at second base. Unfortunately, Murphy hasn’t had enough chances in the field, especially on double plays, to show he is ready.

Murphy has six doubles this spring and has driven in seven runs. He would be a nice compliment to the back end of the Mets lineup.

I was at first worried that if Murphy was the starter at second, the bottom of the order would be chock full of lefties. Murphy, Ike Davis and Josh Thole all bat left-handed.

However, if the Mets were to face a tough left hander, Ronny Paulino could get a start behind the dish, and Chin-lung Hu, not Brad Emaus, could slide in at second.

That’s right: Chin-lung Hu. Hu could also be a late defensive replacement for Murphy.

Though Hu has swung the bat well this spring, Hu/Murphy would by no means be a platoon. I guess it would be a defensive platoon if such a thing existed.

Murphy would start and hopefully get a few hits and drive in some runs. If the game is close late, Collins would insert Hu defensively to sure up the middle infield, especially if a double play is necessary.

If this was the case, the following would all have to occur. Emaus gets sent back to Toronto; Luis Castillo gets released; Luis Hernandez is either picked up by another team or sent to Buffalo; Justin Turner appears destined for Buffalo anyway since he has options left; the Mets would likely have to carry Nick Evans to provide some right-handed punch off the bench because they wouldn’t get that from Hu.

The speculation will continue to evolve in the coming days about which player or combination of players will man second base. What I presented combines the Mets best offensive and defensive player.

In a perfect world, this could work great. However, what if the Mets are in a tie ballgame in the fifth inning and the opposing team has the bases loaded with one out. A slow chopper is hit out to Jose Reyes who flips to Murphy, who then botches the double play, which allows two runs to score and keeps the inning alive. The Mets fall behind which usually spells their fate.

It’s a tough call either way, so I’m glad I’m not the one making the decision. I definitely don’t think Hernandez is the answer, but other than that it’s really just a guessing game until we find out who is.

Maybe Murphy’s Irish luck will allow him to open some eyes today during St. Patrick’s Day.

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From Left Field: Some Early Positives This Spring http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/03/from-left-field-some-early-positives-this-spring.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/03/from-left-field-some-early-positives-this-spring.html/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2011 15:11:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=45526 Spring Training is only about two weeks old, but already some players are starting to leave an impact on the new manager, Terry Collins.

Regardless of a 2-3-1 record, the team seems to be coming together nicely, especially since the main focus of this offseason dealt with off-the-field issues.

Stats really don’t mean too much in spring. Rather, a player’s quality of at-bats and defensive presence get noticed more.

A few of the young players have impressed Collins so far.

Nick Evans, who is fighting for a bench position, is making a strong case to make the team. Evans is out of options, so he would have to go through waivers to be sent to Buffalo. Another team would snatch him up in an instant.

He’s been hitting the ball hard and will look build on his strong performance from early this spring.

Another young stud of the spring has been Ruben Tejada. We know Tejada is great with the glove. However, it’s been his bat that has been holding him back.

Not only is Tejeda hitting well this spring (4-for-8), but his hits are clutch. On a few occasions, he’s driven in runs with two outs and runners in scoring position. He’s not going be be a power threat, but he could be a solid contact hitter.

I do like the plan the Mets have set forth with Tejada. Due to the uncertainty surrounding Jose Reyes, they will need a back-up plan, whether it be this year or next year.

However, if the second base experiment isn’t working out, I wouldn’t mind Tejada getting the call. He looked good in his limited time at second last year, but I agree with Collins in that he should be playing everyday in the minors to begin with.

I say this with my fingers crossed, but Fernando Martinez is looking like the prospect that he’s been hyped up to be for his entire career.

Martinez is hitting the cover off the ball early this spring. He hit that clutch two-run homer in the first game and laced a double a few games later.

Unlike Evans, Martinez can be sent back to the minors no problem. He’ll start at AAA where the Mets hope he can play a full season of productive and, just as important, healthy baseball.

Martinez still factors into the future plans of this club, and he may even be with the team sooner rather than later.

Daniel Murphy has been playing excellent defense, albeit at third base rather than second base. Watch out David Wright, Murph is coming for you! I would like to see more of Murph at second though.

That leads me to Carlos Beltran. We all get on Beltran for always being injured or being unproductive or sometimes shying away from the media, but this guy has always been a class act.

His move to right field has highlighted the first few weeks of spring. Now we just need to see him out there in action.

The Mets will arguably have one of the best defensive (and hopefully offensive) outfields in the majors, assuming everyone stays healthy.

While these have been some of the early positives, Met fans hope that this list continues to grow over the next month. Opening day is officially 30 days away.

Get excited!

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Nick Evans Still Has A Shot http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/02/nick-evans-still-has-a-shot.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/02/nick-evans-still-has-a-shot.html/#comments Tue, 22 Feb 2011 22:36:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=44926 Don’t count Nick Evans out. That’s what Terry Collins said, despite the additions of Scott Hairston and Willie Harris - the latter signed to a minor league deal. When asked if those two players could be the backup outfielders, Collins said, 

“When you talk about the competition side of everything, I’m going to throw Nick Evans’ name in that hat.”

I’m glad to hear Collins bring Evans up like he did, because it would be a shame to see Evans go through waivers and end up playing for another team. Evans is a major league hitter with some good homerun power, and it’s too bad he never got a full shot with the Mets.

I thought the signings of Harris and Hairston were odd in light of the fact the Mets have so much depth in the outfield. The made little sense and only served to block players who are younger and more productive.

Last season, in 125 minor league games, Evans put up a slash line of .300/.371/.536 in 548 plate appearances. He also banged out 23 home runs and 44 doubles while driving in 80.

In comparison, last season Hairston’s slash line was .210/.295/.346 in 336 PA, and Harris came in at .183/.291/.363 in 262 PA. Both absolutely brutal!

At 25 years old, the future is still bright for Nick Evans, but will that future be with the Mets?

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