Mets Merized Online » Pablo Sandoval http://metsmerizedonline.com Sun, 01 Mar 2015 20:33:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 Juan Lagares Named ESPN Defensive Player of the Month http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/juan-lagares-named-espn-defensive-player-of-the-month.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/juan-lagares-named-espn-defensive-player-of-the-month.html/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:45:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=164823 juan lagaresJuan Lagares has been named the ESPN Defensive Player of the Month for August. Previously won by players like Pablo Sandoval, Jason Heyward and Troy Tulowitzki, Lagares joins the ranks of Major League Baseball’s elite defensive players. Adam Rubin reported that Baseball Tonight analyst and former major leauger Doug Glanville described Lagares as having the “…ability to be in the right place makes me think we need a stat to measure teleportation accuracy.”

First base coach Tom Goodwin spoke to ESPN about Lagares. He had this to say:

“He gets good jumps. And a lot of guys have to slow down when they’re coming up to the ball in order to catch it. He’s one of those guys who can maintain his speed and still be under control enough to make an accurate throw. Those things are hard to do. I had enough trouble myself, when I was playing, just trying to catch it. So I always had to slow down. And then I’d have to try to pick up my momentum. But he seems to be able to maintain that speed while he’s coming up to catch the ball and he maintains it all the way through.”

The honor comes just a few months before Gold Gloves are handed out. Last year, Lagares came up just short but this year he seems like a lock for the award. He’s become an elite defender and currently ranks first in Major League Baseball with a 3.6 dWAR.

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Put Lagares in the Leadoff Spot http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/put-lagares-in-the-leadoff-spot.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/put-lagares-in-the-leadoff-spot.html/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:04:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=162621 juan lagares

Juan Lagares is red-hot. Again. While the Mets offense has been somewhat stagnant of late, the gifted center fielder has been anything but, batting .440 (11-for-25) over the last two series against the Giants and Phillies. Lagares is batting .283 for the season which is second only to hits-leader Daniel Murphy. Lagares leads all Mets with a 3.2 WAR.

On Monday, Lagares had three hits in the Mets 4-3 loss to the Giants. While hardly mentioned anywhere, he has become one of the team’s best weapons against lefthanded pitching and sports a .339 batting average against them with a robust .458 slugging percentage and .802 OPS.

Amazingly, Lagares has done most of his damage batting in the bottom of the order and in front of the likes of Ruben Tejada or the pitcher. But what’s interesting to note is that while the Mets have struggled all year at the leadoff spot producing a .241 average and a .320 OBP, Lagares would seem to be the Mets best choice out of the current crop to bat in the first position currently held by Curtis Granderson. While Grandy sports a .226 average and .320 OBP in the leadoff spot, Lagares has batted .300 with a .344 OBP in his 21 starts batting leadoff. His .777 OPS leads all Mets leadoff hitters.

Lagares seems to bestow catalyst-like tendencies and his speed is very underrated. He could be someone who can certainly grow into the leadoff role if given the chance. At the very least. Lagares should bat leadoff when you have a lefthander on the mound. But what the hell do I know…

How about that, 300 words about Lagares and I didn’t even mention his defense…

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Get Ready For A Rock N’ Roll Pitching Matchup In Cleveland http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/get-ready-for-a-rock-n-roll-pitching-matchup-in-cleveland.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/get-ready-for-a-rock-n-roll-pitching-matchup-in-cleveland.html/#comments Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:37:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128362 BeatlesRockNRollMusicalbumcover

In 2004, general manager Jim Duquette thought the Mets were a playoff contender, as the team was just three games out of first place on July 22.  But one week later, the Mets were seven games off the pace and falling fast.  Not wanting to give up on the season, Duquette traded away the team’s top pitching prospect, Scott Kazmir, to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for pitcher Victor Zambrano.

The Mets finished the year with a 71-91 record, a full 25 games behind the division-winning Atlanta Braves.  Kazmir went on to become a two-time All-Star (2006, 2008), strikeout champion (2005) and helped lead the Rays to an unexpected American League pennant in 2008.  Duquette was replaced by Omar Minaya by the end of the 2004 campaign.

Fast forward seven years later.  The San Francisco Giants were the defending World Series champions and had a 4½-game lead in the NL West on July 20.  A week later, the lead was down to three games.  At the time, Pablo Sandoval was the only player on the team with more than nine homers.  The Giants were also last in the league in runs scored.  They needed an offensive upgrade, and they needed it fast, especially with the high-scoring Arizona Diamondbacks closing ground.  They thought they had that upgrade when general manager Brian Sabean acquired Carlos Beltran from the Mets on July 27.  To complete the trade, Sabean sent the Giants’ top pitching prospect, Zack Wheeler, to New York.

Beltran performed well for the Giants, batting .323 with 20 extra-base hits in just 44 games, but his teammates did not.  San Francisco went 25-32 over the final two months of the season to finish eight games behind the Diamondbacks.

Both Jim Duquette and Brian Sabean parted ways with their best young hurlers, each of whom were former first-round draft picks, to acquire players they thought would help them in the short term.  Neither move worked.  But they did work for the teams who dealt for the minor leaguers.

Although Kazmir’s wildness cost him a job in Tampa in 2009, he finally made it back to the majors this year with the Cleveland Indians.  Kazmir is 7-7 with his new team and is posting the lowest walk ratio (3.0 BB/9 IP) of his career.  He is also playing for a team that has remained in contention for a postseason berth all season.  Meanwhile, Wheeler is off to a fast start with the Mets, going 7-3 with a 3.36 ERA in his first 14 starts.  Wheeler has been particularly effective over his last five starts, striking out 31 batters and walking only six.  The Mets have won four of those five games.

On Friday night, the Mets will be traveling to Cleveland to take on the Indians in their final interleague series of the season.  Barring injury or bad weather, the pitching matchup for the series opener will be Scott Kazmir vs. Zack Wheeler.  Yeah.

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Kazmir will be making his first start against the team that traded him before giving him a chance in the majors.  Wheeler will be taking his unblemished 5-0 road record (and 2.19 ERA) to Cleveland to face the Mets’ former hotshot prospect.

Scott Kazmir was once traded away by the Mets to acquire a player who was supposed to help the team make a playoff run.  That move failed for the Mets.  Seven years later, the Mets fleeced the Giants by sending them a player who was supposed to help them defend their World Series title.  That moved failed for the Giants.

Friday night, both storylines will collide in Cleveland, when the phenom the Mets traded away in 2004 faces the phenom the Mets traded for in 2011.  Huey Lewis used to remind us in song form that “the heart of rock n’ roll is in Cleveland”.  Well, from what I see for Friday’s pitching matchup, I believe him.

Scott Kazmir vs. Zack Wheeler.  It will truly be a rock n’ roll pitching matchup Friday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

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Wheeler Shines And Byrd Homers Again As Mets Sweep Giants http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/wheeler-shines-and-byrd-homers-again-as-mets-sweep-giants.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/wheeler-shines-and-byrd-homers-again-as-mets-sweep-giants.html/#comments Wed, 10 Jul 2013 23:38:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124468 wheeler sf

WHEELER WOWS THEM AT FRISCO!

Matt Cain lasted 21 minutes, 0.2 innings and 36 pitches as the Mets tagged him for three runs to take a lead in the first and escort Cain to the showers early. Daniel Murphy started the scoring off with an RBI single and John Buck followed it up with a two-run single. Cain has never left the game against the Mets without pitching at least five innings.

byrd  hr 2Marlon Byrd tacked on two more with a home run in the fifth to put the Mets up 5-0. The home run marked the third time Byrd has homered in consecutive games this season. He did so May 29 and 30, June 12 and 13 then again today and yesterday. Byrd is now at 15 for the season. His career high for a season is 20 back in 2009 with the Rangers. He’s been phenomenal hitting in 12 of his last 14 games and going 19-for-61 (.311) with 4 homers and 13 RBIs in that span.

Zack Wheeler came out and took a no hitter into the fourth before Pablo Sandoval broke it up with a single to shallow right. He pitched well in his homecoming to San Francisco.

“I got drafted by the Giants, and obviously I wanted to pitch here,” Wheeler said. “It’s definitely a pitcher-friendly park. I was lucky enough to get traded. I’m in a good situation now. I’m happy here where I’m at.”

He went seven innings on 101 pitches allowing one earned run over three hits and three walks while striking out five.

“That’s the best all-around stuff I’ve seen so far,” Collins said. “Great movement on his fastball. His changeup was the best I’ve seen. He used his breaking stuff when he needed to, but I thought his changeup really, really kept them off the fastball and he got some easy outs. The ball had good life today.”

He also drove in a run with a ringing double to centerfield to plate Buck and make it 6-0. The double gave Wheeler his first career RBI.

Since last night’s go ahead sac fly, Murphy seems to be snapping out of his funk and driving the ball. He notched his 23rd double of the season to score Wheeler in the sixth and gave the Mets a 7-0 lead. He finished the game 2-for-5.

The Giants finally broke through on Wheeler in the seventh with an RBI single by Brandon Crawford, Wheeler’s former Class-A teammate, making it 7-1.

The bullpen was decent again for the Mets. Josh Edgin came in and pitched a scoreless eighth and LaTroy Hawkins pitched through the ninth surrendering one run as the Mets went on to win 7-2.

This is the first series sweep for the Mets since late May when they swept the Yankees in four games. The Mets will head to Pittsburgh to for a three-game series and then head back to New York for the All-Star game, where we will have coverage live from Citi Field all week.

It’s been a great series here in San Francisco. Let’s keep it up!

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Recker And Byrd Homer To Lift Mets Past Giants http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/recker-and-byrd-homer-to-lift-mets-past-giants.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/recker-and-byrd-homer-to-lift-mets-past-giants.html/#comments Wed, 10 Jul 2013 05:49:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124367 It was déjà vu all over again to start Game 2 of the Mets’ three-game series against the Giants.

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The Giants took an early 2-0 off Dillon Gee. This time the Giants scored on an Anthony Recker error trying to catch Brandon Belt stealing that scored Hunter Pence and a poor fielder’s choice by Daniel Murphy that allowed Belt to score.

The Mets battled back in the fourth and hung three on Barry Zito on a two-run single by Andrew Brown followed by an Omar Quintanilla RBI single.

The Mets had a chance to tack on more in the fifth, but a questionable caught stealing call against Eric Young squashed the rally. Terry Collins went out to argue the play and upon further review it looked like Brandon Crawford’s glove missed Young.

Anthony Recker hit a two-run home run in the sixth to give the Mets a 5-3 lead.

“I think it was a cutter in, maybe a fastball in, that stayed up and I was able to get the good part of the bat on it,” Recker said.

In 2013, Recker has hit five home runs—four of which have given the Mets the lead or tied a game. The Mets are also 10-8 in Recker’s 18 starts this season. They are 6-1 in his last seven starts. I think it’s time to put the Recker project into effect.

marlon byrdGee almost gave the lead right back after leading off the bottom of the sixth with two walks. An infield hit by Tony Abreu got the Giants within one, but Gee giveth and Gee taketh away. Gregor Blanco smoked a line drive right at Gee who made a slick catch and doubled up Abreu at first to end the inning and maintain a 5-4 lead.

“I mean, I saw it, but that was definitely where the luck went my way for once,” Gee said. “I went back to the dugout after that and everybody said, ‘You deserve that after the all those infield hits.’ If it hadn’t gone right at me, right there in my glove, there’s no way I would have caught it.”

Gee surrendered another leadoff walk in the seventh and it wound up tying the game 5-5 after Pablo Sandoval’s sacrifice fly. Scott Rice came in to get the last out of the seventh and kept the game tied. Gee finished the game at 108 pitches in 6.2 IP with nine hits, five earned runs, five walks and three strike outs. It wasn’t very dominant, but it did keep them in the game.

Murphy gave the Mets a 6-5 lead in the eighth on a sacrifice fly, but the big at-bat came from Marlon Byrd who launched a grand slam into deep left field to make it 10-5.

“Dan Murphy’s at-bat, he’s down in the count and Affeldt’s awfully tough on lefties and I thought Dan had a good at-bat to give us a run.” Collins said. “Marlon just goes up and does what he does. He’s dangerous and he just got a hanging slider and made a big difference.”

It was the seventh grand slam of Byrd’s career. The last one was back in 2009. In 2009 with Texas, Byrd tallied a season-high 20 home runs. So far this year, he has 14. Byrd has been a great asset for the Mets. It will be interesting to see what they do with him come the trade deadline.

“You don’t always come through, but it’s just one of those things where, when you do, it just feels good,” Byrd said. “I’ve had seven good swings with the bases loaded, but I’ve also had some strike outs. Tonight was on of those one’s where I put a good swing on it.”

Carlos Torres finished the game for the Mets after giving up a run and they took Game 2 10-6.

Maybe a forgotten play in the game was the picture-perfect relay from Brown to Quintanilla to Recker that saved an early run in the first inning. It didn’t wind up factoring in this one, but it’s a microcosm of the cohesion this team is starting to show.

Can’t wait to see Zack Wheeler and Matt Cain pitch tomorrow. Should be a good one.

 

 

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Solid Bullpen And Tired Giants Defense Lead To Mets 4-3 Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/solid-bullpen-and-tired-giants-defense-lead-to-mets-4-3-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/solid-bullpen-and-tired-giants-defense-lead-to-mets-4-3-win.html/#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2013 08:10:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124224 eric young

The Night’s Still Young!

In what looked on paper to be a pitcher’s duel between Matt Harvey and Tim Lincecum, turned out to be an extra-inning duel between both bullpens.

Buster Posey struck first with a two-run home run in the first inning to give the Giants an early 2-0 lead. It took Harvey 50 pitches to get through the first two innings.

Lincecum took a no hitter into the fifth, but Marlon Byrd broke it up with a leadoff single. The Mets got on the board with a double by John Buck that drove in Byrd later that inning to cut the lead in half 2-1. The Mets looked to get more, but Omar Quintanilla struck out on a questionable call that had Terry Collins chirping from the dugout and Harvey grounded out to end the inning.

The Mets tacked on two more to take a 3-2 lead in the sixth after a Daniel Murphy single, a doubleplay groundout by Ike Davis that scored a run and some sub-par defense by the Giants’ outfield.

Harvey went out to pitch the seventh inning with 107 pitches under his belt and it cost the Mets. Harvey surrendered a leadoff triple to Hunter Pence on the first pitch and promptly gave up a single to Brandon Crawford to tie the game 3-3. With Harvey on pace to throw about 240 innings, it didn’t make a lot of sense to keep him out there. It would have been the perfect time to pull him and save him an inning pitched down the road.

The bullpen was stellar in this one. Carlos Torres came in to pitch a scoreless eighth and ninth. David Aardsma held the Giants scoreless again in the 10th and 11th. Greg Burke came on after that and held the Giants at bay in the 12th and 13th. Josh Edgin came in to pitch the 14th and 15th and surrendered no runs. After the Mets grabbed the lead in the 16th, Bobby Parnell shut the door to finally end the five-and-a-half hour marathon.

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The Home (Team) Recker

The Mets had a chance in the 11th with two outs and runners in the corners. Byrd couldn’t leg out an infield single after Crawford made a great play to get him out and the game continued. They had another opportunity in the 12th after a leadoff single by Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Buck struck out and the inning was abruptly ended by a fine snag at third by Pablo Sandoval who doubled up Nieuwenhuis at first. The offense went ice cold till the 16th when Eric Young singled and eventually made it to third. After Wright was intentionally walked, Anthony Recker came in to pinch hit with runners in the corners and two outs. Recker grounded to Crawford who made an error that allowed Young to score, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead.

A move lost in the game was Collins’ decision to stick with Davis in the ninth to face left-handed Jeremy Affeldt instead of hot-hitting Josh Satin. Davis proceeded to pop out and Sergio Romo came on to get the last two outs. Seems like Collins is sticking to his guns when it comes to Davis.

All-in-all, good win for the Mets. It was worth the wait. Now, it’s my bedtime.

Stay tuned for the next two games against the Giants where I’ll be live tweeting from AT&T Park.

Note from Joe D.

This just in from Daniel, Collins said Jordany Valdespin would have pitched after Parnell if the game continued.

“Recker had hit,” Collins said. “I wasn’t going to bring in Dillon Gee with his issues with his arm.”

Also, Harvey has been pitching with a blister the last three weeks, but after the game, Harvey said he’s fine.

“It kind of started not the last start, but the start before,” Harvey said. “It’s no excuse for my poor pitching. And I feel fine with it. I just have to figure some things out and get back out there.”

Additionally, Collins said that Harvey might skip his next scheduled start against the Pirates. It would be the first time Harvey has ever skipped a start. Collins said it wouldn’t be because of the blister, but because of Harvey’s pending appearance in the All-Star Game. Collins said Harvey’s outing would either be shortened or he wouldn’t pitch at all in preparation for the All-Star Game.

Geez… What am I still doing up? I’m outta here… The Mets win!

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Wright and Harvey Selected To All-Star Game, Full Rosters http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/wright-and-harvey-selected-to-all-star-game-full-rosters.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/wright-and-harvey-selected-to-all-star-game-full-rosters.html/#comments Sun, 07 Jul 2013 01:24:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124024 wright all star

THAT’S WRIGHT!!!

Give yourselves a pat on the back Met fans, David Wright and Matt Harvey have been elected to start the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16th! In a late surge of votes for Wright, the Mets captain managed to beat out the “Kung Who? Panda” by a whopping two million votes according to MLB PR via Twitter. Pablo Sandoval was not chosen by NL and Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy for either the reserves or the Final Vote.

This will mark Wright’s fifth time starting the All-Star Game, matching Darryl Strawberry for second in franchise history; only Mike Piazza has more with six All-Star starts as a Met. Overall, 2013 will also represent Wright’s seventh overall All-Star appearance, second in team history only to Tom Seaver who had nine in Flushing. He also becomes the second Met to start the mid-summer classic at home, the first being Ron Hunt in 1964 during Shea’s inaugural year.

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Matt Harvey, as expected, was also chosen to represent the Amazin’s next Tuesday. Harvey becomes just the fourth Met pitcher in club history to crack the All-Star roster in his first full season, joining an exclusive list of Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Doc Gooden. Harvey is widely considered the top choice to start for the National League, which would make him the first pitcher to start at his home ballpark for the All-Star Game since Roger Clemens in 2004, a player many–including Harvey himself–have often compared to the Mets’ phenom.

What an incredible job by the Mets to get the word out there for David Wright, and an even more amazing turnout from the fans to make the captain one of the leading vote-getters for this year’s All-Star game, beating out Sandoval by a final tally of 6,411,381 to 4,507,219. Great to see Mets fans getting out there and voting.

Here are the full rosters…

American League

Starters
C: Joe Mauer, Twins
1B: Chris Davis, Orioles
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles
3B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Adam Jones, Orioles
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox

Pitchers
RHP: Clay Buchholz *, Red Sox
LHP: Brett Cecil, Blue Jays
RHP: Bartolo Colon @, A’s
RHP: Jesse Crain *, White Sox
RHP: Yu Darvish, Rangers
RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP: Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
RHP: Justin Masterson, Indians
RHP: Joe Nathan, Rangers
LHP: Glen Perkins @, Twins
RHP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees
LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox
RHP: Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP: Justin Verlander, Tigers

Reserves
C: Jason Castro, Astros
C: Salvador Perez, Royals
1B: Prince Fielder, Tigers
2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians
2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
2B: Ben Zobrist, Rays
SS: Jhonny Peralta: Tigers
3B: Manny Machado, Orioles
OF: Nelson Cruz, Rangers
OF: Alex Gordon, Royals
OF: Torii Hunter, Tigers
DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays

National League

Starters
C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Joey Votto, Reds
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B: David Wright, Mets
OF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals

Pitchers
LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds
LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs
RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins
RHP: Jason Grilli, Pirates
RHP: Matt Harvey, Mets
LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP: Cliff Lee, Phillies
LHP: Jeff Locke, Pirates
RHP: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
LHP: Travis Wood, Cubs
RHP: Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals

Reserves
C: Buster Posey, Giants
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals
2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
2B: Marco Scutaro, Giants
SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres
SS: Jean Segura, Brewers
3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies
OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

Photo By Clayton Collier

Photo By Clayton Collier

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Video: All Star Voting Is Over… Will David Wright Emerge Victorious? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/video-all-star-voting-is-over-will-david-wright-emerge-victorious.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/video-all-star-voting-is-over-will-david-wright-emerge-victorious.html/#comments Fri, 05 Jul 2013 13:45:23 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122247

The All Star voting is now over and all Met fans can do now is wait with baited breath to see if David Wright maintained his lead over Pablo Sandoval for the privilege to start at third base in the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field.

In an official release by MLB, the voting for the National League’s starting third baseman was called the closest and tightest battle on this year’s ballot.

With all the votes now cast and the results now being tabulated, we won’t know the official winner until the results are announced at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell, televised nationally on FOX.

Here is a video produced by MLB, who sent a camera crew to hit the streets of New York and ask fans who they thought deserved to be the starting third baseman. Enjoy…

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2013 All Star Game Menu and David Wright’s Home Run Derby Jersey http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/2013-all-star-game-menu-and-david-wrights-home-run-derby-jersey.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/2013-all-star-game-menu-and-david-wrights-home-run-derby-jersey.html/#comments Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:09:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122755 david-wrights-2013-all-star-game-jersey

Here’s a look at David Wright’s All Star Game batting practice jersey… It complete with the “C” as one of the official captains for the Home Run Derby.

These are the jerseys that they will be wearing for the Home Run Derby and are different from the actual All Star Game jerseys that do not feature the skyline.

Both Wright and Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees will don the “C” as captains of their respective Home Run Derby squads.

WRIGHT VOTE NOW!

As we reported on Sunday, David Wright has overtaken San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval for the voting lead at third base in the latest update. The Mets third baseman was trailing by more than 100,000 votes as recently as ten days ago and has now taken a 128,831 vote lead. There are only six days remaining to vote.

Cast Your All Star Vote For Wright Here!

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Joey, Iggy and Ed Leyro were all on hand Wednesday, as the Mets unveiled their All Star Game Menu at the Caesar’s Club in Citi Field.

They did a superb culinary roundup of all the world class delights which features a centuries old recipe for their All Star Meatball Sub. The meatballs are made using a combination of prime beef, milk natured veal and pork cheeks, and is then smothered in a delicious Sicilian tomato sauce with melted authentic buffalo milk mozzarella imported from Italy. A topping of deep-fried sweet basil completes this decadent delight.

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Go to Studious Metsimus for all the tasty and delectable details…

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Lack Of Wright’s All Star Game Support Is Not On The Fans, It’s On The Mets… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/lack-of-wrights-all-star-game-support-is-not-on-the-fans-its-on-the-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/lack-of-wrights-all-star-game-support-is-not-on-the-fans-its-on-the-mets.html/#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:53:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=121915 david wrightDavid Wright spoke out about the overzealous campaign by the Mets to get him voted to the All Star Game.

“It’s nice when the organization is trying so hard to do something for one of their players and I can’t thank them enough for that,” Wright said.

“But at the same time, I’ve asked them to kind of back it down a little bit, especially with the stuff between innings. You appreciate what they’re trying to do, and they’re very good-hearted, but at the same time, this is a team game.”

Interestingly enough, Wright told reporters that it wasn’t the Mets reaching out to Cougar Life that bothered him the most, although I’m sure it had to play some part.

Yesterday, Deadspin leaked a series of email exchanges between the Mets and Cougar Life who was asking them to get their clientele, comprised of older women, to vote for David Wright after they named him “The Hottest Cub.”

I’m glad Wright spoke up. I think it’s better when fan sites like this one and others do what they can to drum up voting and I thought the Cougar Life thing was way off putting for my tastes.

Am I surprised that Wright reached out to someone in the Mets’ marketing department and asked them to turn down the volume? Not at all… This speaks to the type of person Wright is; one who takes integrity and honor very seriously.

Honestly, Wright deserves to be starting over Pablo Sandoval. He blows him and most third baseman in the league out of the water across many statistical categories.

The lack of voting support is not a reflection of the Mets fan base which is three times larger than the San Francisco Giants fan base.

I blame the fact that Wright is not leading in the vote to the product on the field and five straight losing seasons which has seen many Met fans tuning out.

The fan base has become disconnected, divided, frustrated and unwilling to pay good money to watch the team. You have some that are more patient who grin and bare it, while others are just so sick of the losing and are unwilling to tolerate it anymore.

My advice to the Mets is to fix the team and I will assure you that the All Star voting will fix itself…

There will be no more need for gimmicks and stunts like Cougar Life.

The problems isn’t the fan base, it’s you.

Don’t blame us… Blame yourselves…

Now go and cast 35 votes for David Wright if you haven’t already by voting here

WRIGHT VOTE NOW!

Original Post 6/13

Deadspin writes:

When the first vote totals for the MLB All-Star Game were released last week, David Wright was in second. A desperate Mets marketing department didn’t want Wright to lose to Pablo Sandoval for the second year in a row, especially not with the game being held at Citi Field. So one employee decided to turn to an untapped voting base, one that would support Wright in droves: tens of thousands of older women who want to **** him.

You have to read the entire email interaction here….

Last month, Cougar Life—”the cougar dating site for younger hot men to meet sexy older professional women”—surveyed its female members. David Wright beat out Cole Hamels and Matt Kemp to take the title of “hottest cub.”

Ummm… I like my way better… Just #VoteWright… Go here

WRIGHT VOTE NOW!

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David Wright Named NL Captain For Home Run Derby http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/david-wright-named-nl-captain-for-home-run-derby.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/david-wright-named-nl-captain-for-home-run-derby.html/#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 05:21:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=121726 home run derby

A New York player will captain both Home Run Derby teams during this year’s All-Star week. David Wright will captain the National League while Robinson Cano will look to lead the American League to it’s fourth-straight title.

Wright, who hasn’t participated in the Derby since 2006, will select three additional players from the National League to complete his squad. Wright currently sits tied for 27th in the National League in home runs with eight. He’s tied for third on the Mets with Marlon Byrd behind Lucas Duda (10) and John Buck (11).

This marks the first official hometown representative for the Mets for the All-Star activities at Citi Field.

A Mets Player has not won the Home Run Derby since Daryl Strawberry shared the award with Angles first baseman Wally Joyner in 1986 in The Astrodome.

Thoughts from Joe D.

Wright currently ranks second in All-Star voting at third base, behind San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval, and needs your votes start the All-Star Game at Citi Field.

Lets do what we can to see Wright overtake Sandoval so that he can rightfully be the starting third baseman for the NL. He is ahead of Sandoval is just about ever offensive category and as a defender he blows the chubby hobbit away.

Vote for David Wright now at cast your 35 votes at Mets.com. We have until Thursday, July 4, at 11:59 p.m. ET to get this done. Come on Met fans… Lets Do This!

WRIGHT VOTE NOW!

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Wright Losing More Ground To Sandoval In All Star Voting http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/wright-losing-more-ground-to-sandoval-in-all-star-voting.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/wright-losing-more-ground-to-sandoval-in-all-star-voting.html/#comments Mon, 10 Jun 2013 02:11:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=121588 pablo sandoval

PLEASE DON’T LET THIS GUY BEAT DAVID WRIGHT…

The second National League All-Star update has been released and six-time All-Star David Wright is losing even more ground to Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants for starting third baseman.

With 1,473,381 votes, Wright now trails Sandoval by over 200,000 votes almost doubling the gap from the first ASG voting release a week ago.

Of course with attendance and interest waning at Citi Field, and the San Francisco Giants continuing to sellout almost every home game, the only shot Wright has at being selected as a starter would be through an aggressive online get out the vote campaign. But so far that doesn’t seem to be working.

Daniel Murphy has picked up some slack and moved up to the 5th spot among NL second basemen, but it’s unlikely he’ll even get close to the runaway leader Brando Phillips of the Reds.

John Buck remains third among catchers and has no chance to catch Buster Posey who is the leading the National League with 1,961,861 votes.

Former Met Carlos Beltran has made his way into the top three in the outfield and trails only Justin Upton and Bryce Harper.

You can vote for Wright, Murphy and the rest of your favorite Mets by clicking on the following banner…

 

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Mets vs Nationals Preview: Gee On The Hill, Lagares In CF, Duda Bats Cleanup http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-vs-nationals-preview-gee-on-the-hill-lagares-in-cf-duda-bats-cleanup.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-vs-nationals-preview-gee-on-the-hill-lagares-in-cf-duda-bats-cleanup.html/#comments Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:43:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120973 dillon gee

New York Mets vs Washington Nationals

7:05 PM at National Park

RHP Dillon Gee vs RHP Dan Haren

Starting Lineup

  1. Omar Quintanilla SS
  2. Daniel Murphy 2B
  3. David Wright 3B
  4. Lucas Duda LF
  5. Marlon Byrd RF
  6. Ike Davis 1B
  7. Anthony Recker C
  8. Juan Lagares CF
  9. Dillon Gee RHP

Game Notes

The Mets have dropped four straight following their five-game winning streak. New York is 5-5 in its last 10 games. The Mets fell to 8-9 in one-run decisions with last night’s 3-2 loss, including 3-4 on the road. The Mets are 8-16 vs. the NL East this season.

The Mets had a weak showing in the first balloting released for the July 16 All-Star Game at Citi Field. David Wright trails San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval by 127,176 votes at third base. John Buck ranks a distant third at catcher, trailing overall NL vote leader Buster Posey as well as Yadier Molina.

Jonathon Niese will test his shoulder today by throwing a bullpen session at Nationals Park. Niese, who missed his last start with tendinitis, is aiming to re-enter the rotation Saturday against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

Manager Terry Collins, Mets’ coaching staff and team members, front office officials and Mr. Met visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center earlier today. The Mets visited with the veterans, their families and the staff at Walter Reed and enjoyed a BBQ lunch together.

Omar Quintanilla is hitting .600 (9-15) with one double, one triple, one home run and three RBI over his last four games. Quintanilla has four straight multiple hit games the longest such streak of his career. Since 2012, the only other Met with four straight multi-hit games is David Wright, who accomplished the feat May 8-12, 2012.

Game Preview

The Mets continue their series with the Nationals tonight as they try to look past the last four games. Once again, the Mets offense struggled in a game that was win-able last night. Today, Dillon Gee looks to build off of his last start as he takes on Dan Haren.

Dillon Gee is 3-6 over 11 starts this year with a 5.68 ERA. His last start was by far the best of the season as he allowed only one earned run over 7.1 innings and struck out 12 batters. Terry made a controversial move at the time taking him out in the 8th with a low pitch count (after an impressive streak of K’s) but the move ended up working. In his one start against Washington this year he shutout the Nationals over 5.2 innings of work allowing 3 hits. The Nationals have the following numbers against him:

Desmond 4-17, 2 HR
Espinosa 1-13
Zimmerman 3-15, 2B
Bernadina 2-11, HR
LaRoche 1-8

Dan Haren is 4-6 over 11 starts this year with a 5.09 ERA while pitching 63.2 innings. Things are starting to come together for Haren recently as in his last two starts he has allowed 5 ER over 13.1 innings of work (before that 7 ER over 5 IP). The last time he faced the Mets was back in 2011 where he allowed 6 ER over 4.0 innings and 7 hits. The Mets have the following numbers against Haren:

Byrd 8-16, 2 2B, 3B
Wright 4-16, 2 2B, HR
Buck 2-13
Murphy 2-5, 2B, HR
Davis 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

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Which Mets Players will Represent the Team at the Mid Season Classic at Citi Field? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/which-mets-players-will-represent-the-team-at-the-mid-season-classic-at-citi-field.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/which-mets-players-will-represent-the-team-at-the-mid-season-classic-at-citi-field.html/#comments Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:53:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=121010 david wrightWith all of this talk about how the Mets are falling apart and the product on the field is just not worth watching these days, I guess it’s hard to even imagine, if any Mets players will represent the team on July 16th when the All Star game is played at Citi Field. Over the history of All Star games played in New York since the Mets first season of 1962, only a handful of players have actually represented the team. The Mets hosted their first All Star game at Shea Stadium in 1964 and second baseman Ron Hunt was the lone player to represent the Mets. In 1977, the game was held at Yankee Stadium and catcher John Stearns was on hand for the Mets. Then in 2008 the All Star game again was held at Yankee Stadium and Billy Wagner and David Wright were the lone Mets attendees.

Now that the All Star game will be held at Citi Field this season, the hope is that more Mets players will be represented at the home field, but with the state the Mets are in at this point, there is no guarantee that that will happen. There is a chance that the fans will vote in David Wright as the starting third basemen and he only trails Pablo Sandoval by 127,176 votes.. With a little more than a month away from the game, Wright still may be able to land on the team as a reserve, but starting would be his preference especially with the game being at Citi Field.

John Buck can possibly join David Wright on the All Star team because he leads all NL catchers with 11 HR and 35 RBIs, but if you are looking at his other stats, his batting average is not typically considered all star material especially at .219. Buck has received 523,843 and his currently third in the voting, but highly unlikely that he will gain enough votes to surpass Buster Posey who has 1,275,956.

matt harveyWith regards to the Pitchers, at 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA, and 89 K’s, Matt Harvey was looking as a great potential to start for the Mets but he has not won a start since May 17 and prior to that he last won on April 19th. It isn’t anything that he has done wrong; just the typical Mets lack of run support or timely hits. If Harvey had a better hitting squad, it’s safe to say he might be at least 10-0 by now. That may sound crazy, but if you look at his numbers, he hasn’t allowed more than 4 runs in a game so far this season. Harvey does have a great chance to be on the roster on July 16th, and it would be a nice feather in his cap if he started. But that decision will ultimately rest with Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

At this point in the season I do not see any other Mets players that warrant an All Star nod at Citi Field, and if I am wrong, that will mean that the team turned things around and are playing great baseball. That may be too much to wish for, but you never know. So we just wait and see and hope that with the Mid Season Classic in our stadium, that we will be able to root on more men in orange and blue then originally thought. I know I am dreaming, but I have still about a month and a half before I really need to wake up.

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All Star Voting Update: Sandoval Leads Wright http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/all-star-voting-update-sandoval-leads-wright.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/all-star-voting-update-sandoval-leads-wright.html/#comments Tue, 04 Jun 2013 18:07:58 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120858 2013 all star game logo citi fieldAs the first round of voting is tallied for the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field, no Met is currently leading the vote to be an All-Star Game starter.

It’s a closer battle at third base, where Pablo Sandoval leads David Wright, 1,094,475 votes to 967,299. Sandoval toppled Wright last year as you may remember which prompted Mets general manager Sandy Alderson to go on Twitter to voice his displeasure with fans.

John Buck is the only other Met player who appears in the top five for voting at any position, ranking third behind Buster Posey and Yadier Molina. The Giants catcher is again pacing the All Star balloting, receiving over 1.2 million votes so far.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy will select the pitching as is customary, and there’s little doubt that Matt Harvey will be among his selections.

Considering the sparse attendance at Citi Field these days, the Mets’ best chance of getting Wright or any other Mets selected would be through voting online.

Do your part by clicking the banner and casting your 25 votes…

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Making The Case For A Daniel Murphy All-Star Bid http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/making-the-case-for-a-daniel-murphy-all-star-bid.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/making-the-case-for-a-daniel-murphy-all-star-bid.html/#comments Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:00:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120805 daniel - murphy 2

Amid a season that has been for the most part filled with disappointment and under-performance, a bright spot shines bright on this 22-32 New York Mets ballclub, and that beacon of light is named Daniel Murphy.

Murphy has emerged alongside David Wright as a primary source of offensive production on the year. Batting a cool .291/.323/.441 clip, his first two months of the season have put him on a pace for a total of 186 hits, 12 homers, 76 RBIs, 102 runs and 54 doubles.

The 28-year old has bounced all over the diamond with the Mets, and as we discussed in my interview with Murphy last month, he has found himself at home at second base. After a transition period that has taken now several seasons, Murphy has finally taken hold of his new position.

His emergence could not have come at a better time, as offensive production out of second in the National League has been hard to come by in 2013. Murphy is in the top three of nearly every offensive category for NL second baseman and is tied with Jay Bruce for the league-lead in doubles with 18.

His success has not only been limited to his turns at-bat as he also has helped to turn a league leading 40 double plays for second baseman.

Presuming Brandon Phillips gets an all-star nod, Daniel Murphy should without a doubt be on the roster at least as a reserve. His primary competition will be Marco Scutaro, who leads NL second baseman with a .329 batting average and is second only to Phillips in OPS with .808. With Giant’s skipper Bruce Bochy making the reserves selections, odds are he could go with his guy in Scutaro over Murphy, putting Murph in a situation where he may have to win the starting nod outright in the fan voting.

Wright will likely have his annual battle with Pablo Sandoval again, while Murphy could be in a three-way dog fight with Phillips and Scutaro for the job.

With the All-Star Game in Flushing for the first time in nearly 50 years, one can assume both Wright as well as Matt Harvey will be selected, however given the year Murphy has had, he deserves to be included as one the Mets to represent the host team on July 16th.

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