Mets Merized Online » Pedro Feliciano http://metsmerizedonline.com Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:20:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.17 Mets News: Santana, Hawkins, Dice-K and Feliciano Head To Free Agency http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mets-news-santana-hawkins-dice-k-and-feliciano-head-to-free-agency.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mets-news-santana-hawkins-dice-k-and-feliciano-head-to-free-agency.html/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:53:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131978 johan santana no-hitter

In the biggest non-story of the day, the Mets plan to decline the $25 million option on Johan Santana and will pay the $5.5 million buyout instead.

There’s still a chance that they could bring back Santana this winter on a one-year deal, but don’t count on it. It’s most likely that Johan has pitched his final game with the Mets.

He ends his Mets career with a 46-34 record, 3.18 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 109 starts including tossing the first no-hitter in franchise history.

In other news…

The Mets added seven players to the 40-man roster today by activating first baseman Ike Davis and pitchers Josh Edgin, Matt Harvey, Jeremy Hefner, Jenrry Mejia, Bobby Parnell and Scott Rice from the 60-day disabled list.

With pitchers David Aardsma, Tim Byrdak, Pedro Feliciano, Frank Francisco, Aaron Harang, LaTroy Hawkins and Daisuke Matsuzaka all becoming free agents, the 40-Man roster now stands at 35 for the Mets – as they will not be negotiating with any players during their exclusive five-day window.

They’ll use at least two of those spots to protect Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom who must be added to the 40-man roster or the Mets will risk losing them in the Rule 5 Draft.

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Mets Offseason Plan: First Things First, Considering Our Own Free Agents http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mets-offseason-plan-first-things-first-considering-our-own-free-agents.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mets-offseason-plan-first-things-first-considering-our-own-free-agents.html/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 17:53:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131190 latroy hawkins 2

In looking at the free-agent market, the New York Mets will first consider which of their own eight they might think of bringing back.

It isn’t an impressive list, but there are several the Mets might think of returning. If they don’t bring back they can always find their replacements in the market.

The filing period begins five days after the end of the World Series. Here’s the eight:

David Aardsma: He had some decent moments coming out of the bullpen, but nothing that screams, “we gotta have him back.’’ Aardsma was 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 43 appearances. He allowed 53 base runners in 39.2 innings, so we’re not exactly talking about a slam-the-door reliever. Walking 19 and giving up seven homers isn’t good for such a limited time.

Tim Byrdak: He worked 4.2 innings in eight appearances because he was coming off an injury. He pitched in 72 games two years ago, but was injured in 2012. Because of his health issues, he should come relatively cheaply and might be worth offering an incentives-laden deal. If he rejects it, the Mets haven’t lost anything.

Pedro Feliciano: He is far from “Perpetual Pedro’’ but after missing the past two seasons he did find his way into 25 games. It was too small a window to measure his effectiveness. He might be worth a shot, but the Mets must ask themselves, “can we live without him?’’ Chances are they’ll answer in the affirmative.

Frank Francisco: I mention him because he’s on the list, but there’s no way the Mets want him back. Frankly, I thought the only reason they brought him up at the end of the season was in the hope of finding a trading partner.

Aaron Harang: The Mets can pick up his option and since they are two short in the rotation, he’s somebody worth considering. He started four games for the Mets, and worked six innings in three of them. Harang struck out 26 in 23 innings, so there’s some hope there. On the flip side, he also gave up five homers among his nine runs. That he gave the Mets innings is what they should look at considering he’d be a back end of the rotation starter.

LaTroy Hawkins: He’s 40 and still throws in the mid-90s. When Bobby Parnell went down he assumed the closer role and saved 13 games. Parnell is not a certainty coming off neck surgery and constructing the bullpen is a must. Frankly, I’m not sure they would get much better in the free-agent market.

Daisuke Matsuzaka: He started seven games and went 3-3 and worked into the fifth inning is all but one game. He gave the Mets 38.2 innings when they needed it desperately. GM Sandy Alderson said he was pleased with what Matsuzaka gave them. Of the eight free agents, he’s probably the most likely to come back.

Johan Santana: He wants to pitch again and Alderson said he’d keep his mind open. He’s already received a pile of money from the Mets, and unless he accepts a minor league deal, I’d be reluctant considering his health situation.

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Mets Minors: Jeff Walters Was The B-Mets’ Most Valuable Pitcher In 2013 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mets-minors-jeff-walters-was-the-b-mets-most-valuable-pitcher-in-2013.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mets-minors-jeff-walters-was-the-b-mets-most-valuable-pitcher-in-2013.html/#comments Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:11:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130540

Great pitching was the lifeline of the Binghamton Mets record setting baseball season this summer.  Wherever you looked; the starting rotation, long relief or closing, the B-Met pitching excelled.  There were multiple B-Mets who could be considered the 2013 Most Valuable Pitcher.  I’ve boiled that choice down to four promising righthanded arms – Rafael MonteroLogan VerrettNoah Syndergaard and Jeff Walters and one lefty, Darin Gorski.

Rafael Montero was brilliant throughout his brief stay in the Binghamton rotation during the early weeks of the season.  Montero started 11 games as a B-Met — good for 66.2 innings on the hill.  The early season pitching ace went 7-3 with a sparkling 2.43 ERA, striking our 72 batters and walking only 10.  That helped Montero to an outrageous WHIP of just 0.92.  Montero’s impact on the B-Mets was profound.  His business like work on the mound seemed to set a tone in the early season that the 2013 B-Met season was about competitive excellence. Montero’s lead was a great model to follow.

Darin Gorski had a similar impact on the B-Mets, but during the closing portion of the season.  Gorski returned from an early season injury in Triple-A Las Vegas and was assigned to Binghamton.  Without much hype, Gorski was arguably the most effective B-Met pitcher down the homestretch.  The tall lefthander started 13 games for Binghamton winning 6 and losing only one with the best ERA among starters, a sterling 1.83. Over 78.2 innings, Gorski allowed only 46 hits, striking out 67 and walking only 22.  That was good for an eye-popping 0.86 WHIP, the best on the B-Met team other than Perpetual Pedro Feliciano.

Logan Verrett was the workhorse of the B-Met starting rotation, someone who took the ball every six days working 146 innings on the hill.  Verrett’s 12-6 record tied him at the top of the Eastern League leader board in wins.  Varrett’s blazing start was a key factor in the B-Mets early emergence as the premiere EL team during the regular season.  The righthanded ace has pinpoint control striking out 132 batters and walking only 31.  Keeping the ball in the park was an issue as Verrett allowed 21 HR’s.  He had a 4.25 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP.

The arrival of Noah Syndergaard in Binghamton during the later part of the season had the city buzzing.  The highly regarded Met prospect lived up to all the billing during his 11 starts.  Syndergaard went 6-1 for the B-Mets throwing 54 innings, striking out 69 and walking only 12.  A fastball that regularly reached mid and upper 90’s and held that speed throughout an outing tabs Syndergaard as one of the promising future Met power arms.  Syndergaard finished with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

Arguably one of the biggest success factors of the 2013 Binghamton Mets was the performance of the bullpen, however. Pedro Lopez had multiple left handed and right handed options in the pen.  This season’s Most Valuable B-Met Pitcher comes from that relief corps, Jeff Walters, the record setting Binghamton closer.  Walters was a lights out ninth inning option for Lopez earning 38 saves, the highest single season and career total in Binghamton Met history and the second highest save total in the history of the Eastern League. Walters pitched 56 innings of pressure packed relief allowing only 46 hits, striking out 60 and walking just 16.  That gave the B-Met closer a 1.11 WHIP to complement his 2.09 ERA.  Walters fired a fastball that consistently reached 95-96 mph and used a compliment of off-speed pitches.

Walters’ value on the 2013 B-Mets was about more than statistics, however. In Walters, Binghamton had that cocky, confident, care-free, end of the game option, a guy who relished having the ball in tight situations and exuded an attitude that had a residual effect on his teammates.  It was those personal traits along with a toolkit filled with pitching choices that make Jeff Walters the Binghamton Mets Most Valuable Pitcher of 2013.

(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)

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So Many Questions As The Mets Head Into the Offseason http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/so-many-questions-as-the-mets-head-into-the-offseason.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/so-many-questions-as-the-mets-head-into-the-offseason.html/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:45:22 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130833 With the 2013 Playoffs just about reaching the halfway point, it is time for the Mets front office to begin preparing their plans for the offseason and 2014. After finishing a school test early on Friday, I took the time to write down some legitimate questions about the New York Mets players, Front Office, and Free Agency. If you have answers for any of these questions or have developed your own, leave them in the comments, and we’ll see what other Mets fans think. Lets get to it!

Pitchers

latroy hawkinsWill the Mets bring back Johan Santana? If so, in what role?

With Matt Harvey likely out for all of 2014, who will assume the number one starting pitcher position?

Could LaTroy Hawkins close for a full year in 2014 if Bobby Parnell cant?

Is Vic Black the closer of the future?

Do David Aardsma and Scott Atchison have a role with the team going forward?

Who is the lefty specialist next year? Scott Rice? Tim Byrdak? Josh Edgin? Pedro Feliciano?

Infielders

ike davisWas 2013 a sign of things to come for Travis d’Arnaud?

Is Anthony Recker back next year?

Is Ike Davis back next year?

Could Lucas Duda be the everyday First Baseman?

Will Daniel Murphy be moved (to another position or team)?

Could Eric Young Jr. play Second Base?

Where will the Mets look for a Shortstop?

Will Justin Turner be back? In what role?

Is Josh Satin an everyday player or a backup?

What position does Wilmer Flores play?

Outfielders

eric young jrIs Eric Young Jr. the long term solution in Left Field

Can Juan Lagares hit enough to stay in the lineup everyday?

Is Mike Baxter a Met in 2014?

Does Kirk Nieuwenhuis become a forgotten (and unspellable) name?

What about Matt den Dekker?

Will the Mets outfield have a 25+ home run player next season?

Management

Will Terry Collins record an above .500 season during his tenure as Mets manager?

Will the decision to bring the entire coaching staff back for 2014 pay off?

Is Sandy Alderson pushing the team in the right direction?

Are the Wilpons running the team into the ground?

Free Agency

Shin-Soo ChooCan the Mets find another Marlon Byrd?

Can Sandy Alderson pull off another trade for prospects?

Is Shin-Soo Choo the answer in the outfield?

Is Jacoby Ellsbury a better option?

Will the Mets look externally for a First Baseman?

Will they add a Starting Pitcher?

How much will the Mets spend?

Thoughts & Predictions

Personally, I believe a Niese-Wheeler-Gee rotation is in order to begin the season, with LaTroy Hawkins and Bobby Parnell closing and Vic Black providing the bridge in the 8th inning. Scott Rice and Pedro Feliciano could be the Lefty Specialists in the pen out of Spring Training. David Aardsma will also be back in a middle inning role. Travis d’Arnaud will just barley receive the starting catcher nod, with Josh Satin, Eric Young, Stephen Drew and David Wright rounding out the infield.

Daniel Murphy has been traded away for a package of prospects and Ike Davis is starting in Las Vegas. Drew was signed for two years at $12 million. Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares and Marlon Byrd go left to right in the outfield. Duda only received the job because he impressed in the Spring while Byrd was brought back at $4 Million for a one year contract. Josh Satin, Justin Turner, Jordany Valdespin, and Mike Baxter come off the bench. Yes, JV1 was given another chance at a Major League roster spot. Juan Centeno backs up at the dish while Wilmer Flores and Matt den Dekker were left back at Triple A for conditioning and big league preparation. (Sorry, but .211 and .207 just won’t cut it).

Well, that’s my thoughts, what are yours?

LGM

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Mets Prospect Face-Off: Jack Leathersich vs. Jeff Walters http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mets-prospect-face-off-jack-leathersich-vs-jeff-walters.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mets-prospect-face-off-jack-leathersich-vs-jeff-walters.html/#comments Sun, 06 Oct 2013 21:45:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130810 Who do you think will make it to the big league bullpen first:

Jack Leathersich or Jeff Walters?

Here’s what some of our guys had to say:

John Bernhardt:

Jeff Walters had a breakout season for the B-Mets in Binghamton. Used exclusively in the closer’s role, Walters was lights out setting single season and career save marks for Binghamton. His 38 saves also led the Eastern League and was the second highest all-time saves total in the EL. It’s not just the numbers, but Walter’s stuff and his attitude on the mound that impressed. Walters has a fastball touching 96 miles per hour and a dirty breaking pitch. He’s also a bit older having finished a four year stay in college. You would think all that might add up to an accelerated path to the majors.

Leathersich, too, was brilliant during his summer time in Binghamton. 16.9 SO/9 innings, a 1.53 ERA and a reduction in his base-on-balls percentage earned him a call up to Las Vegas. That elevation was daunting for Leathersich. The young left-hander maintained a high strikeout rate (14.6/9), but he walked one batter per inning and his ERA ballooned to a ridiculous 7.76.

It is probably more than previous performance alone that will answer this question. The health of Bobby Parnell, the development of Vic Black, will LaTroy Hawkins be re-signed, what is the status of veteran lefties like Perpetual Pedro Feliciano, Tim Byrdak and the rehabbing Scott Rice? The resolution of those mysteries will probably make the difference.

With Parnell, Black, and Hawkins all eighth and closer right- handed options and more questions centered around the left-handed status of the Met bullpen with Leathersich a possible lefty to lefty one batter option I’ll make a weak prediction Leathersich gets the first look. Verdict: Leathersich

Cole Benz:

I’m going with Jack Leathersich over Jeff Walters. The first thing I think of when looking at relievers is strikeouts. I want a guy to come in and be lights out. Leathersich had 42 more K’s than Walters did in 2013. Leathersich also has 76 more over the course of his career with one less season under his belt than Walters. I’m not too worried about Leathersich’s stats at Las Vegas. If you look at the last time he was promoted mid-season, 2012, his stats ballooned while adjusting to another level. Verdict: Leathersich

Joe D:

This one’s easy for me and even though I’m one of the biggest Jack Leathersich fans there is, I’d have to take Jeff Walters over him right now. Leathersich still needs to work on his command before he can become a force in a major league bullpen. Meanwhile, Walters has the three things you want from a shutdown reliever; velocity, control, and swagger. This kid has nerves of steel and proved his mettle in Binghamton this year, smashing their all-time saves record while leading the EL in that department. It’s tough for batters to get around on him because he has such a deceptive delivery and he comes right after you. It’s probably why he’s only allowed three home runs in the last two years. That’s a pretty remarkable feat. Verdict: Walters

Satish Ram:

This is definitely the most difficult one posed to date — so let me try to break it down. Walters has the better control and composure on the mound, while Leathersich has the better natural stuff and is left-handed. Both men have deceptive deliveries and solid mechanics, so I guess it boils down to a matter of preference. Walters might be the better pitcher right now, but Leathersich has the higher ceiling and boasts an outstanding career K/9 of 15.2. Even if he can’t cut down on the walks completely, he might be able to dominate hitters for years to come. Verdict: Leathersich

Matt Musico:

There is no doubt for me that Leathersich’s ability is greater out of these two. However, when I think of a successful reliever, I think of a couple things — one is to make hitters swing and miss, and the other is to throw the ball over the plate. It drives a manager nuts when they go to the bullpen in a tight spot, and they watch him walk the first batter they face. With the lack of control Leathersich had in Las Vegas and the wonderful year Walters put together, I think Walters has the upper hand with regard to their immediate big league future. Jack won’t be far behind Jeff, but he needs to walk less than one hitter per inning in Vegas before he gets the call. Verdict: Walters

With five writers weighing in, Jack Leathersich wins a tight battle in this week’s face-off, taking three out of the five possible votes. Who do you think will make it to the big league bullpen first? Sound off in the comment section below.

(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)

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Torres Spins Quality Start, But Mets Offense Falters In 4-2 Loss To Milwaukee http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/torres-spins-quality-start-but-mets-offense-falters-in-4-2-loss-to-milwaukee.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/torres-spins-quality-start-but-mets-offense-falters-in-4-2-loss-to-milwaukee.html/#comments Sat, 28 Sep 2013 02:04:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130176 torres

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The Milwaukee Brewers (72-87) defeated the New York Mets (73-86) by the score of 4-2 tonight at Citi Field.

For all the hell I gave you in the beginning of the year, Carlos Torres… I respect the work you’ve put in for this team in 2013. A depth signing turned into a guy who really put in some solid hours for the Mets, finishing the year with a 3.44 ERA in 86.1 innings across a mix of work out of the pen and in spot starts. He turned in one more quality start for the Mets today, going six innings and allowing three runs.

He was taken deep twice in the first inning for two of his four hits allowed, but he really didn’t seem phased and breezed through the next five innings without allowing a run. The only other Milwaukee run crossed the plate when Martin Maldonado crushed a pitch off Scott Atchison for a solo home run in the seventh.

The Mets didn’t really show much offensive prowess out there tonight, although they did scatter eight hits. Their only extra base hits were doubles, one by Lucas Duda and another by Daniel Murphy. Murphy’s hit was his 38th double on the year, so he’s just two away from 40 doubles in a season — a nice little number. Turner had a two-hit game out there, including an RBI single that accounted for half of the Mets run production. Juan Lagares brought in the other run with a sacrifice fly.

Gonzalez Germen picked up four outs cleanly, including a strikeout, after Pedro Feliciano picked up an out of his own. This game was pretty much an open-and-shut case, as the Mets only had three at-bats with RISP the entire game. There are only two games left in the season now, with Aaron Harang on the mound tomorrow and Jon Niese toeing the rubber on Sunday for the finale.

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Road Warriors: Mets Take Down The Reds In 1-0 Thriller At Great American http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/road-warriors-mets-take-down-the-reds-in-1-0-thriller-at-great-american.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/road-warriors-mets-take-down-the-reds-in-1-0-thriller-at-great-american.html/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:12:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130014 matsuzaka centeno

Daisuke Matsuzaka hurled 7.2 shutout innings as the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 this afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Dice-K was superb, holding the Reds to just four hits and two walks in what was undoubtedly his best performance of the season. Dice-K was an intimidating presence on the mound and displayed improved command while owning the inside part of the plate. He struck out six.

Before I get into the offense (what offense?), I gotta give props to Juan Centeno who called one of the most amazing games I’ve seen all year. Dice-K shook him off just once the whole game and it led to a a hard-hit single by Jay Bruce in the second inning. After that, Dice-K let the rookie call the shots the rest of the way. Centeno also showed off that arm I’ve raved about for two years on MMO when he became the first catcher to throw out speedster Billy Hamilton in the fifth inning. Hamilton may just be the fastest baserunner the game has seen since… wait for it… Rickey Henderson. It was a huge out. Outstanding job by Centeno who should be the backup to Travis d’Arnaud next season.

eric young jr

Eric Young Jr. drove in the only run in the game when he singled to right field to drive home Wilfredo Tovar after reaching on a hit-by-pitch. That was it for the Amazins offensively as Matt Latos and the Reds bullpen held the Mets do just four hits.

Another nice job by the Mets bullpen although Pedro Feliciano made things interesting in the eighth inning, but with runners on 2nd and 3rd he retired the always dangerous Joey VottoLaTroy Hawkins finished things off and pitched a 1-2-3 9th to earn his 13th save of the season. Wow, what a season for the Hawk…

The Mets wrap up their final game on the road with a series win and a 41-40 road record on the season.

Tomorrow they head back to Citi Field where they begin their final series of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers. Dillon Gee (12-10, 3.54) will oppose Johnny Hellweg (1-4, 7.43) in a 7:10 PM start.

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Wright Goes Deep, Bats Come Alive In Mets 6-4 Victory http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/wright-goes-deep-bats-come-alive-in-mets-6-4-victory.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/wright-goes-deep-bats-come-alive-in-mets-6-4-victory.html/#comments Sat, 21 Sep 2013 02:27:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129731 wright 221 homers

The Mets wasted no time getting things going in the top of the first. Eric Young doubled to lead off the game. Young stole third and was driven in by Daniel Murphy, and before Cole Hamels had recorded an out it was 1-0. David Wright then clubbed a homer to the opposite field and it was 3-0 before the Phillies had an at bat.

After a quiet second, the Amazins struck again in the third when Andrew Brown singled in Murphy to expand the lead to four.

Dice-K looked strong through three, but returned to familiar form in the fourth. Darin Ruf doubled down the line, clearing the bases and cutting the Mets’ lead to two. Hamels then helped himself out, grounding out to first base and bringing in Ruf.

After six, Dice-K was done. He actually had an okay line: 6 IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 6K. He was relieved by Scott Atchison, who tossed a scoreless seventh.

The Mets added one more in the seventh off a Josh Satin single.

Vic Black and Pedro Feliciano combined for a perfect eighth and LaTroy Hawkins earned his eleventh save of the season in the Mets’ 6-4 victory, their 69th of the year.

For Wright it was his 221st career home run, passing Mike Piazza for second on the Mets’ all-time homer list behind Darryl Strawberry, who has 252.

The series continues tomorrow at 7:05. Dillon Gee will take the bump and face off against Tyler Cloyd.

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Pedro Feliciano Wants To Be A Perpetual Met http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/pedro-feliciano-wants-to-be-a-perpetual-met.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/pedro-feliciano-wants-to-be-a-perpetual-met.html/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:12:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129352 pedro feliciano

Longtime Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano has been with the Amazin’s for the majority of his major-league career, only taking a two-year, $8 million hiatus from Flushing courtesy of the New York Yankees. Even so, he’s never thrown a major league pitch for any team other than the Mets.

Perpetual Pedro is back in orange and blue once again this season, a theme the 37-year old Puerto Rico-native looks to continue for the remainder of his career.

“Hopefully,” said Feliciano when asked I asked him if he will return to the Mets in 2014. “Hopefully I can retire from here.”

Prior to this season, Feliciano last appeared in the majors with the Amazin’s back in 2010 when he broke his own franchise record for appearances in a season for the third straight year with 92. In 20 games this year, Feliciano is 0-2 with a 4.82 ERA.

Seeing his velocity dip into the low 80′s is not something Feliciano or the Mets hoped for, however he says he has made adjustments to counter the loss in miles per hour.

“Velocity is a little bit down, but I feel good,” said Feliciano when asked how he has felt coming back from his two-year recovery. “I just make my ball move more than before and just keep it down.”

Feliciano has 381.1 career innings pitched with a 3.35 ERA; all as a Met.

Thoughts from Joe D.

Nice job Clayton… I wouldn’t mind having Feliciano back next season. Even with his decreased velocity, he is still among the best lefty specialists in the game. He has held lefthanded batters to a .214/.233/.393 slash and he hasn’t issued a walk to any of them in 31 plate appearances. Now if we could only get Terry Collins to understand that he’s not a crossover reliever and should have no business facing righthanders.

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D’Arnaud Gives Mets 1-0 Walk-off Win Against Marlins http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/darnaud-gives-mets-1-0-walk-off-win-against-marlins.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/darnaud-gives-mets-1-0-walk-off-win-against-marlins.html/#comments Sun, 15 Sep 2013 21:53:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129357

travis d'arnaud

Struggling catcher Travis d’Arnaud delivered a two-out single with the bases loaded to give the Mets a 1-0 walk-off win in 12 innings on Sunday at Citi Field.

Dillon Gee started and pitched 7.1 shutout innings, scattering six hits and two walks while striking out eight. The bullpen followed up Gee’s brilliant performance with a tremendous effort as Pedro Feliciano, Scott Atchison, LaTroy Hawkins, Gonzalez Germen, and Vic Black combined for 4.2 scoreless innings as Black would get the win. Germen struck out five batters in his two innings of work.

The Mets were flat offensively and defensively all day until D’Arnaud, who had been struggling at the plate this season, came up with a bases-loaded single and his first career walk-off hit. TDA also made a nice throw to gun down Justin Ruggiano who tried to steal third base in the sixth.

Lets face it, it was two of the National League’s worst teams facing off in a meaningless game, but there was still some satisfaction in watching the Mets overcome some bad baseball and win this one in extras.

The Mets are off on Monday as they get ready for a three-game set with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Zack Wheeler will take the mound and oppose former Met prospect Yusmeiro Petit at 7:10 p.m.

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LaTroy Hawkins Was Masterful Last Night, Has Excelled As Mets Closer http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/latroy-hawkins-was-masterful-last-night-has-excelled-as-mets-closer.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/latroy-hawkins-was-masterful-last-night-has-excelled-as-mets-closer.html/#comments Sat, 14 Sep 2013 15:20:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129263 latroy hawkinsWhen the New York Mets begin their annual winter task of building their bullpen, they’d be wise to consider three names instrumental in beating Miami last night at Citi Field.

Yes, Lucas Duda gets props for a three-run homer, Jon Niese pitched into the seventh, and Andrew Brown took advantage of a rare start by hitting a mammoth home run, but the Mets might not have won without Vic Black, Pedro Feliciano and LaTroy Hawkins.

By definition, winning 4-3 is not a slam-dunk, but a study of perseverance and endurance. Those three carried the Mets to the end.

Hawkins has been solid all year in a set-up role, and despite his reservations, assumed the closer role when Bobby Parnell went down and excelled, picking up his ninth save with a 1-2-3 ninth highlighted by a classic punch-out of Giancarlo Stanton, who had already hit two homers in the game.

In a masterful display, Hawkins got ahead 0-and-2 with two inside fastballs. Stanton wouldn’t bite on two down-and-away sliders to even the count 2-and-2. But, fearless as usual, Hawkins blew away Stanton inside with a 94 mph. fastball.

At 40, most teams might consider Hawkins an afterthought in constructing a bullpen, but he still has the fastball plus the guile that can’t be measured by a radar gun.

Not only does he get the job done, but he’s an invaluable and calming influence to the younger relievers and in the clubhouse.

My favorite Hawkins moment came at mid-season when the Mets – including manager Terry Collins – danced around the Jordany Valdespin saga. However, Hawkins, a proud veteran, called it as he saw it and wouldn’t let the immature Valdespin off the hook.

Meanwhile, Feliciano doesn’t throw in the 90s, but is still an effective lefty specialist and last night closed the eighth by getting Christian Yelich on a grounder to second.

If used properly – which is to say sparingly and not wear him out – Feliciano is still a plus.

The Mets don’t know Parnell’s availability next year after undergoing neck surgery. They must assume they won’t have him, at least at the start.

They’ll need a closer and Black, who throws in the mid-90s, could emerge as the choice. In preparing for next season, Collins should use Black in as many pressure situations as possible.

Of course, the bullpen key for 2014 is Parnell. If healthy, the three could slot in behind him and GM Sandy Alderson’s bullpen reclamation would be halfway done.

The key to a strong bullpen is having quality starters capable of working deep into the game as Niese did last night. The fewer innings the bullpen works, the more effective.

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Niese Deals, Mets Find Power Stroke In 4-3 Victory http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/niese-deals-mets-find-power-stroke-in-4-3-victory.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/niese-deals-mets-find-power-stroke-in-4-3-victory.html/#comments Sat, 14 Sep 2013 01:55:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129219 duda hr

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Jonathan Niese was terrific and the Mets found some much-needed power in tonight’s 4-3 victory over the Marlins.

After Niese and Brad Hand traded perfect firsts, the scoring got underway quickly in the second. Giancarlo Stanton led off with an absolute shot to left, but Andrew Brown returned fire in the bottom of the frame with a jack of his own.

The game was quiet again until the fifth, when Donovan Solano brought in Ed Lucas with a double down the line to bring the score to 2-1 Marlins.

The Mets would not go away however, as Lucas Duda hit a three run bomb to put them on top 4-2. It was Duda’s 13th of the year.

After allowing a lead off home run to Stanton in the seventh (his second of the game), Niese got one more out before allowing the single which would knock him out of the game. Niese was apparently very frustrated, and he walked off the field muttering some not-so-nice words.

Anyway, Niese threw a very solid game: 6.1 IP, 6H, 3ER, 0BB, 7K.

Scott Atchinson relieved Niese, and retired Solano and Koyle Hill to end the frame.

Vic Black and Pedro Feliciano combined for a scoreless eighth and LaTroy Hawkins tossed a perfect ninth to end the Mets’ four-game skid. They now stand at 65-81.

The series continues tomorrow at 4:10 when Henderson Alvarez faces off against Daisuke Matsuzaka.

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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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In the Blink Of An Eye, Vic Black Made His Mets Debut http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/in-the-blink-of-an-eye-vic-black-made-his-mets-debut.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/in-the-blink-of-an-eye-vic-black-made-his-mets-debut.html/#comments Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:21:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128494 I love baseball so much. The game has become such an integral part of me – it’s connected to my soul. When I’m on one of my retreats to the hospital, all I want to know is what the Mets did and how did Zack Wheeler look, or did I miss any transactions, but most of all, “did the Mets win?”

vic blackI was so glad to be home to watch the game yesterday, mostly because I love it when the Braves and Mets hook up. But this time I also had another reason – I wanted to catch a glimpse of Vic Black, the relief prospect we got back from the Pirates in the Marlon Byrd deal.

With the game already out of hand and the Braves loading the bases against Pedro Feliciano, here was the moment I was waiting for. Terry Collins tapped his right arm on the way to the mound and out came Black jogging to the mound.

I could hear the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black playing in my head. I saw them play it live twice, once in San Diego at old Jack Murphy Stadium.

So with two outs and Andrelton Simmons at the plate, the newest Mets’ fireballer cranked a pair of 97 mph strikes toward home plate, the second of which was an inning ending shallow flyball to right field. Juan Lagares squeezed the glove and Black did his job, leaving all three inherited runners stranded. Two quick pitches… One huge out…

That was nice… But the problem was that was all…

In the top of the seventh, Omar Quintanilla pinch-hit for Black and his Mets debut was over. Quintanilla hit a fly for the final out of the inning. Oh well… I would have liked to see some more of Black, but those two pitches were all we’ll get to go on for now.

By the way, is Terry Collins kidding me when the first thing he says at the post game was to announce that Dice-K was still his starter?

“There’s no reason why we don’t probably run him back out there again,” Collins said of Matsuzaka, who is 0-3 with a 10.95 ERA in three starts since joining the Mets. “He’s got to keep going. He’s got to keep battling. So we’ll get him ready for his next start.”

That might be the ugliest three game debut for a new Mets pitcher I have ever seen.

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Dice-K Struggles Again, Bullpen Not Much Better in 13-5 Loss To Atlanta http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/dice-k-struggles-again-bullpen-not-much-better-in-13-5-loss-to-atlanta.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/dice-k-struggles-again-bullpen-not-much-better-in-13-5-loss-to-atlanta.html/#comments Mon, 02 Sep 2013 21:06:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128461 Daisuke - Matsuzaka

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Well, some days you’re the fly and some days… you’re the windshield.

The Braves came to hit today and Daisuke Matsuzaka gave us a typical performance in the Mets’ 13-5 loss to the Braves.

Atlanta got to Dice-K before he could even record an out when Freddie Freeman doubled in Justin Upton and Jordan Schafer. Just like that it was 2-0 in favor of the Braves, and they wouldn’t really look back. Matsuzaka helped himself out in the second when he singled up the middle, bringing in Juan Lagares and cutting the Braves’ lead to one, but it wouldn’t be close for long.

The Braves started taking batting practice off of Dice-K, my personal favorite being Freddie Freeman’s absolute moon shot to left. Terry Collins visited the mound and I saw him mouth “one pitch at a time”. Well, when you’re hurling 86 mile-per-hour fastballs and 70 mile-per-hour curveballs, it’s hard to take it one pitch at a time.

After three, it was 6-1 Braves and Dice-K was finished. His final line isn’t even worth typing.

The Mets did fight back in the fourth, when Zach Lutz doubled to center and Daniel Murphy hit a sac fly to make it 6-3. Tim Byrdak pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, and was removed for Gonzalez Germen with one out in the fifth. Germen did not fare well, and after he was done it was 8-3 Braves. Pedro Feliciano wasn’t much better, surrendering two as well.

Lucas Duda and Lagares added RBI’s in the seventh, and it was 10-5 Braves after a scoreless frame from David Aardsma. Vic Black also made his Mets’ debut, tossing one third of a scoreless inning. He looked sharp, with both of his pitches being 97 MPH fastballs.

Aardsma struggled in the eighth. The Braves loaded the bases quickly, and after a misplayed ball at third, they had expanded their lead to seven. Aardsma was pulled for Hawkins, failed to stop the bleeding and conceded a run as well.

The ninth went quietly, and the Mets were handed their 74th loss of the year in absolute beatdown fashion.

The series continues tomorrow at 7:10 with Carlos Torres projected to start.

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Mets Knock Around Haren Around For Seven Runs In 11-3 Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/mets-knock-around-haren-around-for-seven-runs-in-11-3-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/mets-knock-around-haren-around-for-seven-runs-in-11-3-win.html/#comments Sun, 01 Sep 2013 02:19:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128316 zack wheeler

Perhaps this is the start of a trend — Wheeler Day will bring us the happiness that Harvey Day did for a little bit and we can all be happy with that. Wheeler took the mound tonight and pitched a solid game against the Nationals, holding them scoreless through five innings and striking out three batters overall. His only real damage came in the bottom of the sixth, when the Nationals took advantage of a single and a walk — his only one issued in the game — to get two runs across the plate. A sacrifice fly and a soft liner did the deed, but overall, it was another good start for Zack Wheeler. Locating his pitches and keeping his walk rate low is a big key to his success and lately he’s been sticking to that like white on rice. Wheeler’s overall line was 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 3 K. Wheeler induced nine Pedro Feliciano finished the seventh for him, and although Aardsma allowed two hits in the eighth, he got out of his self-made jam. Scott Atchison finished the game by allowing a run in a shaky ninth inning.

Of course, it’s a lot easier to pitch when your offense hands you an 8-0 lead by the end of the second inning, and the Mets were just locked in offensively the entire game. Eric Young, Daniel Murphy, Josh Satin, and Juan Lagares each had three hits, while Travis d’Arnaud picked up his second straight multi-hit ball game with a pair of singles. Each of Young, Murphy, Lagares, and Quintanilla drove in a pair of runs for the Mets in this offensive explosion, where they totaled a season-high 17 hits.

The only disappointing moment on offense came on an apparent oblique injury to Ike Davis. Hopefully Davis comes back soon, but oblique injuries can be tricky and he could miss the rest of the season.

In any case, the Mets banged out 11 runs without the benefit of a homer and handed Wheeler win his 7th win of the season as he lowered his ERA to 3.36. It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t mention the fact that Young/den Dekker/Lagares outfield is one of the best defensive alignments the Mets have seen in a long time — and Lagares picked up an OF assist by gunning down Harper as well.

With this win, the Mets secure a series win over the Nats and look for the sweep tomorrow. Jon Niese will take the mound for the Mets tomorrow at 8:05 as he tries to build on the complete game shutout he fired against the Phillies in his last start. Newly acquired Vic Black should join our pen tomorrow as part of September call-ups.

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Buck and Byrd Traded To Pirates For 2B Prospect Dilson Herrera and PTBNL http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/buck-and-byrd-traded-to-pirates-for-2b-prospect-dilson-herrera-and-ptbnl.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/buck-and-byrd-traded-to-pirates-for-2b-prospect-dilson-herrera-and-ptbnl.html/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:51:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127993 herrera

The Mets have traded John Buck and Marlon Byrd and cash considerations to the Pittsburgh Pirates for 19-year-old Single-A second baseman Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later, according to ESPN New York.

Herrera is the 20th best prospect in the Pirates minor leagues according to Baseball America and 11th best according to MiLB.com who also ranked him just behind Wilmer Flores as the ninth best second baseman.

Herrera is playing his first full season in Single-A, where he is batting .265/.330/.421 with 11 home runs, 27 doubles and 11 stolen bases in 109 games. He played in the MLB Futures Game, where he was the second-youngest player selected.

The 5-10, 182-pound native of Cartagena, Colombia signed as an undrafted free agent with the Pirates in 2010 and made his professional debut the next season in the Venezuelan Summer League. Herrera, who throws and hits righthanded, has hit .281 (243-864) with 21 home runs and 112 RBI in 234 minor league games.

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com recently said he could see Herrera in the big leagues by 2016, and Baseball America recently called him the best defensive second baseman in the South Atlantic League.

Here is a recent article on him.

Ironically, tonight is Marlon Byrd T-Shirt Night at Citi Field…

Obviously, catcher Anthony Recker, outfielder Matt den Dekker and left-hander Robert Carson are all activated for tonight as Rubin first reported this morning…

10:00 AM Update

Adam Rubin heard through the grapevine that Marlon Byrd was claimed off waivers.

The Mets can either pull him back or work out a deal with that one team.

8:30 AM Update

From Rubin:

Among the candidates to be traded are catcher John Buck, outfielder Marlon Byrd and left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano. A source with knowledge of the Mets’ plans added that major league players under the organization’s control beyond this season also are being included in discussions of potential trades.

The Mets have moved catcher Anthony Recker, outfielder Matt den Dekker and left-hander Robert Carson from Triple-A Las Vegas to New York to have players available should a trade or trades be consummated.

Looks like we may finish the month of August with a bit of some activity…

8:00 AM Update

According to his sources, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is reporting that the Mets plan to promote left-hander Robert Carson and outfielder Matt den Dekker to the majors from Triple-A Las Vegas. And although none of these moves have been officially announced.as of yet, Anthony Recker is also believed to be joining the group as well.

One spot will be opened with Matt Harvey soon to be placed on the DL, but as for the other two spots, Rubin speculates that it could signal something involving John Buck.

If Recker is getting the call, I would agree that Buck could be on the way out with just five days left to make a waiver trade.

Let me also throw in my own speculation and say that it could mean LaTroy Hawkins might also be involved in a waiver-wire deal to clear up that third spot.

The Mets won’t get much for either of them, and in fact it may end up being for players to be named later. But with the prospect of being mathematically eliminated only days away, it would make some sense for the Mets to try and get anything for two players who most assuredly will not be back in 2014.

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Wheeler Shines, But (As Usual) Run Support An Issue in 2-1 Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/wheeler-shines-but-as-usual-run-support-an-issue-in-2-1-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/wheeler-shines-but-as-usual-run-support-an-issue-in-2-1-loss.html/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 02:15:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127940 zack wheeler homeDespite the dose of bad news we received today, Zack Wheeler gave us a little hope as he shined in his outing today. Unfortunately, the result was not the desired one.

The Mets struck first when Andrew Brown hit a second inning single right back up the middle and brought around Marlon Byrd to make the score 1-0.

Wheeler was solid through three, but the Phillies got to him in the 4th when an Cody Asche double brought in two runs, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead.

Those were the only runs Wheeler would surrender; his night was over after 6.2, and his final line was a very impressive one:

6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Pedro Feliciano relieved Wheeler, and threw one third scoreless. Rice would enter after Feliciano,  and would get one out himself but surrender two baserunners. Carlos Torres would enter after Rice.

Travis d’Arnaud would then hose down Chase Utley on an attempted stolen base, the first of his career. Torres got the third out, and the threat was over.

d’Arnaud led off with a single in the bottom, but Lee shut down the Amazins and d’Arnaud was the only one to reach base.

Gonzalez Germen tossed a scoreless ninth (I love his quick-pitches), but the Mets went 1-2-3 in the ninth and they were handed their 71st loss of the year, 2-1.

The series continues tomorrow at 7:10 when Kyle Kendrick will face Jon Niese.

PS: Keep your heads up guys. The Harvey injury is a tough blow, but Wheeler showed promise and there’s reason for hope. Ya Gotta Believe!

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: What Does Future Hold For Frank-Frank Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-what-does-future-hold-for-frank-frank-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-what-does-future-hold-for-frank-frank-edition.html/#comments Sun, 25 Aug 2013 14:31:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127814 frank francisco mets blown save

This past week  it was revealed that the one time Mets closer, Frank Francisco, or as I like to call him, “The Human Sloth”, resurfaced in a pair of games for the GCL Mets. To date, he has given up two runs in four games while striking out six. He is rehabbing from what supposed to be minor surgery to clean out debris from his throwing elbow. In addition to the fact that he has yet to earn one dime from the $6.5 million dollars owed to him for this season, part of that disastrous two-year, $12 million dollar deal he was signed to, even more troubling news surfaced last month. Francisco advised young pitcher Jenrry Mejia, who was rehabbing with him in Port St. Lucie, to sit back and just collect his MLB disabled list money rather than trying to get himself healthy enough to rejoin the big league team.

Well the good news is that the Mets will finally be rid of Frank Frank’s contract as well as his bad attitude once this season is over, and I seriously doubt  he will be able to find his way onto another big league roster next season. So what would be the next step for Francisco as far as new career options?

Here are a few occupations that I think will fit him like a glove…

1. Professional Wrestler: Well, he does know his way around a folding chair.

2. D.M.V Employee: He does have the perfect attitude and mental toughness to drive people insane.

3. Self Help Guru:  Because he knows how to get you paid while doing the bare minimum.

4. Drummer for Bachman-Turner Overdrive: Because “he loves to work at nothing all day.”

And lastly…. Armando Benitez look-alike: Because we all know Benitez still gets death threats from disgruntled Mets fans!!!

And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!!

  • Mets coach from the 1993 season (The Torborg Era) Darrell Johnson would have been 85 (1928) today.
  • One of the most memorable characters from the embryonic years of the Mets franchise back up catcher, Clarence “Choo Choo”  Coleman (1937)
  • Reserve outfielder from the ’66 season, Shaun Fitzmaurice is 71 (1942).
  • Reserve outfielder and notable steroid cheat, Gary Matthews Jr. is 39  (1974).
  • Current Mets middle reliever, “Perpetual”  Pedro Feliciano is 37  (1976).

Some other notables….

  • The New York Mets signed free agent back up first baseman, Brian Buchanan on August 25, 2004.
  • The New York Mets traded their closer, Billy Wagner to the Boston Red Sox  for reserve outfielder, Chris Carter, and minor leaguer, Eddie Lora on August 25, 2009. This move was essentially a salary dump. The Mets for some reason that I – nor anyone else seems to know – traded one of the premier closers in the game (granted he was coming back from a shoulder injury) for a bag of donuts… Literally… They could have just waited out the remaining month of the season and let Wags, who was a Type A free agent, sign with another team and earn themselves a first round pick as well as a comp pick. But hey… that was the Minaya era for you .

Mo Vaughn is easy like a Sunday morning !!!!!

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Mets Offense Was Helpless Against Tigers Pitching In 3-0 Defeat http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/mets-offense-was-helpless-against-tigers-pitching-in-3-0-defeat.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/mets-offense-was-helpless-against-tigers-pitching-in-3-0-defeat.html/#comments Sun, 25 Aug 2013 00:27:54 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127782 harvey

The Detroit Tigers are just one more win away from completing a three-game sweep of the Mets after beating them 3-0 on Saturday evening at Citi Field.

Matt Harvey started for the Mets and the Tigers had no problems knocking him around, and despite only scoring two runs off the Mets’ ace, they roughed him up for a career-high 13 hits over his 6.2 innings of work. Harvey never looked comfortable and was in and out of trouble for most of his outing, but he did keep the Tigers from adding anymore runs and sort of finished strong although he left the game with the bases loaded in the seventh and couldn’t get the final out of the inning.

Harvey walked none and struck out four while suffering his fifth loss of the season against nine wins. The Mets are now 13-13 in games started by Harvey. Scott Rice relieved Harvey and got the last out in the seventh, but Gonzalez Germen got touched up for another run in the ninth.

But none of that mattered as the Mets offense was helpless against Max Scherzer. The righthander, who improved to 19-1 for the season, struck out eleven in his six scoreless innings of work and held the Mets to just three hits, two of them by Ike Davis.

The Tigers bullpen was even more effective as they combined for three hitless innings and preserved their 3-0 victory with closer Joaquin Benoit earning his 17th save of the season.

The Mets only had one real opportunity to do some damage in the sixth when they loaded the bases with one out, but Juan Lagares struck out and John Buck popped up to end the threat.

Harvey admitted that he was tired and the rigors of his first full season might be taking its toll on him.

“I’m getting pretty tired, but so is everybody,” Harvey said. “You have to work through it and you have to deal with it. It’s a long season. You have to figure out how to get things done. My performance the last couple of starts has been pretty terrible. I’ve got to work through it and get better.”

“Today, I couldn’t a throw a slider for a strike. I couldn’t really throw it that well at all. It’s a pitch that I need. The last couple of starts I haven’t had it. I figure everybody is going to go through a stretch there where you’ve got to battle through some fatigue and some discomfort. It’s a long season — 162 games — and you’ve got to push through it.”

Dillon Gee, who has been the Mets’ best pitcher since the All Star break, will get the assignment on Sunday and oppose right-hander Rick Porcello to avoid the sweep. First pitch is at 1:10 PM.

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Dice-K Leaves Much To Be Desired, Tigers Roll Mets 6-1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/dice-k-leaves-much-to-be-desired-tigers-roll-mets-6-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/dice-k-leaves-much-to-be-desired-tigers-roll-mets-6-1.html/#comments Sat, 24 Aug 2013 02:27:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127731 Daisuke - Matsuzaka

Newly acquired Daisuke Matsuzaka took the mound for the Amazins tonight, but unfortunately the results were far from spectacular.

It didn’t take long for the Tigers to strike. On an 0-2 pitch to Torii Hunter, Matsuzaka conceded his first run as a Met, an absolute moon shot to left field. He allowed subsequent hits, but escaped relatively unscathed at 1-0.

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From there it only got more ugly. Marlon Byrd tied it up with a single in the bottom of the first, but the Tigers answered with four more in the second, thanks to a Miguel Cabrera dinger to left.

Although he settled down after the next three, Dice-K’s night was done after five frames. His final line was a mediocre one:

5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

He was relieved by Carlos Torres, who pitched a scoreless sixth. However, the Tigers bit again in the seventh when Austin Jackson hit yet another home run to, you guessed it, left field. 6-1 Tigers.

Tigers’ starter Doug Fister lasted one out into the seventh, when he was relieved for Drew Smyly. Fister’s final line, unlike Dice-K’s, was an impressive one: 6.1 IP, 8H, 1ER, 2BB, 4K.

Pedro Feliciano relieved Torres and threw .2 innings of scoreless ball, and David Aardsma finished the eighth with a strikeout.

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The Mets threatened slightly in the eighth, but to no avail. Travis d’Arnaud popped up to center with runners on first and second to end the threat.

The theme continued in the ninth, as the Mets went rather quietly (besides an Eric Young Jr. double) as they were handed their 68th loss of the year.

The series continues tomorrow at 4:05. We have a heavyweight pitcher’s duel on our hands, with Matt Harvey taking on Max Scherzer.

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