Mets Merized Online » Phillies http://metsmerizedonline.com Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:41:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 The Phillies are a Possible Match for Jay Bruce http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/the-phillies-are-a-possible-match-for-jay-bruce.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/the-phillies-are-a-possible-match-for-jay-bruce.html/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:30:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226310 jay bruce

The Philadelphia Phillies have been in rebuild mode over the last few seasons and as their young group of players begin to blossom, they are now looking to make some additions to complement their youth.

With the Phillies possibly ready to open those purse strings and go after some big names in free agency, it has been pointed out that they may have some interest in the 2016 Silver Slugger Award winner, Yoenis Cespedes.

As of now, the Phillies have just $13.7 million in commitments to active players on their payroll for the 2017 season. Cespedes though is seen as a long shot for Philadelphia as they are looking for more short-term answers at this juncture of their rebuild.

Enter Jay Bruce, with just one-year left on his contract at an affordable $13 million. Bruce is exactly the type of lefty power-hitting outfielder the Phillies could use and they have a good crop of prospects to offer New York in exchange.

Phillies general manager, Matt Klentak spoke on the team’s prowess in free agency and the trade market during this frenzied period.

“What we do now has to fit our broader organizational plan,” Klentak said. “We are looking for players that fit our timeline and narrative.” (NY Post)

It is still hard to fathom that the Mets may be open to trading an impact player like Bruce within the division, even to a team not expected to compete in 2017.

While Bruce’s time with New York has not been the greatest, overall he had a productive 2016 season. He hit to a .250/.309/.506 battling line to go along with 33 homers and 99 RBI, split between the Cincinnati Reds and the Mets last season.

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Memorable Mets: Catcher John Stearns Was One Tough “Dude” http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/memorable-mets-catcher-john-stearns-was-one-tough-dude-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/memorable-mets-catcher-john-stearns-was-one-tough-dude-2.html/#comments Sun, 30 Oct 2016 16:32:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225555 john-stearns-2

In the 1973 Amateur Draft, right after the Texas Rangers selected the highly regarded and ultimately ill-fated David Clyde with the first pick, the Phillies used the second selection to take catcher John Stearns out of the University of Colorado.

The next two picks both turned out to be hall-of-famers, Robin Yount and Dave Winfield. Since Bob Boone was just starting what would turn out to be a long tenure as the Phillies’ #1 catcher, it’s a little hard to understand why they would have taken Stearns over Yount and Winfield.

Stearns, of course, never achieved anything close to HOF level, but after being traded to the Mets, he had a pretty good career. He might have fit in even better with a contending team, but the Mets were awful during Stearns’ entire tenure as catcher, while the Phillies with McGraw as bullpen ace and Boone as catcher were perennial contenders in the ’70′s and early ’80′s.

The December 3,1974 trade that involved Stearns and Tug McGraw was an interesting one. McGraw had some shoulder trouble during the 1974 season, and the Mets had some doubt whether he would return to form. So, trading McGraw along with two nondescript outfielders for Stearns, one of the best young catching prospects in the game, Del Unser, an experienced center fielder and well-regarded leadoff hitter, and Mac Scarce, a lefty specialist who looked like a cinch to win a spot in the bullpen, seemed almost like a no-brainer.

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The “Dude”, as he was called, wasn’t quite ready for big league duty, but by 1977, he replaced Jerry Grote to become the team’s number one catcher and despite a string of injuries, was good enough to represent the Mets in the All-Star game four times.

The funny thing about that is his best season came in 1978 and Mets fans felt he was an egregious All Star snub. Stearns delivered a 5.1 WAR season for the Mets, and in 563 plate appearances he slashed .264/.364/.413 with 15 home runs, 73 RBIs, 25 stolen bases and only 57 strikeouts. Not a bad year for a catcher, especially in that era.

The 1978 Mets Yearbook cover boy was solid all-around with exceptional speed for a catcher being his trademark. But he never really became a big star and certainly wasn’t in the class of Yount or Winfield.

Also, Stearns was injury-prone leading to a lot of missed time and ultimately a shortened career, and in retrospect, his numbers weren’t all that good, although they were better than what most of his teammates produced.

Stearns will be remembered as a hard-nosed, hustling player on some terrible Mets teams. Unser and Scarce were both disappointing, so the trade will ultimately be remembered as McGraw for Stearns. Essentially, Stearns was “replacing” a true Mets’ hero and one of the game’s great personalities, and it was kind of unfair to put that onus on him.

After his playing days were over, John Stearns would return as a coach and minor league manager for the Mets. Like so many young players who came to the Mets in trades, the fans had high hopes for him which were never quite fulfilled, but Stearns was solid and did put in a few good years with the team.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Phillies, 1:05 PM (LGM! YGB!) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-phillies-105-pm-lgm-ygb.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-phillies-105-pm-lgm-ygb.html/#comments Sat, 01 Oct 2016 15:06:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224181 bartolo colon

Saturday, October 1, 2016 • 1:05 p.m.
Citizens Bank Park • Philadelphia, PA
RHP Bartolo Colon (14-8, 3.42) vs. RHP Phil Klein (0-1, 8.22)
FOX • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The New York Mets could clinch a play off spot this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. If the Mets win, they are in! If the Cardinals lose, the Mets are in! If the Mets win, and both the Cardinals and the Giants lose, the Mets have Home Field Advantage!

The Mets have a .684 (26-12) winning percentage since August 20, the best percentage in the majors during that span. The Cubs are second (.658, 25-13). The Mets were 60-62 on August 19 and stood 5.5 games out of the first Wild Card behind four teams. The team now leads the Wild Card race.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Curtis Granderson – CF
  5. Jay Bruce – RF
  6. T.J. Rivera – 2B
  7. James Loney – 1B
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Bartolo Colon – RHP

Phillies Lineup

  1. Who the eff cares?
  2. I certainly don’t.
  3. Mets Baby!

This afternoon, Bartolo Colon will get things started for the Mets. He’s 14-8 over 33 games and 32 starts and 186.2 innings with a 3.42 ERA. He’s coming off of his first rough start in a whole against the Marlins where he allowed 7 ER over 2.1 innings. It also was an extremely emotional game. His last rough start before that though was against the Phillies where he allowed 4 ER over 7.0 innings. The Phillies have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Howard 6-30, 3 HR
  • Galvis 5-25, 2B, HR
  • Herrera 5-25
  • Hernandez 5-19, 2B
  • Asche 4-17, 2 2B
  • Rupp 5-17
  • Bourjos 5-15, 2B, 3B
  • Franco 0-14

Phil Klein is sort-of getting the start today as the Phillies have already announced today as a bullpen day. Between the Rangers and the Phillies he’s 0-1 this season over 11 games and 1 start with an 8.22 ERA over 15.1 innings. He made a start for the Phillies against the Giants back on August 3rd where he pitched 5.0 innings allowing 4 ER. He faced the Mets last week where he allowed 3 ER over 0.1 innings in the 17-0 drubbing. The Mets have the following numbers on Phil:

  • Loney 0-2
  • Bruce 1-1
  • Cespedes 0-0, BB
  • Granderson 0-1
  • TJ Rivera 1-1

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Phillies, 7:05 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-phillies-705-pm-14.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-phillies-705-pm-14.html/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:59:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224113 robert gsellman

Friday, September 30, 2016 • 7:05 p.m.
Citizens Bank Park • Philadelphia, PA
RHP Robert Gsellman (3-2, 2.56) vs. RHP Alec Asher (2-0, 1.66)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Cardinals and Giants both won on the Mets off day, so the race for the Wild Card just got a little tighter. The Mets still control their destiny though as they head into Philly for the last series of the season.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Curtis Granderson – CF
  5. Jay Bruce – RF
  6. T.J. Rivera – 2B
  7. Lucas Duda – 1B
  8. Rene Rivera – C
  9. Robert Gsellman – RHP

Phillies Lineup

  1. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  2. Freddy Galvis – SS
  3. Odubel Herrera – CF
  4. Maikel Franco – 3B
  5. Ryan Howard – 1B
  6. Cameron Rupp – C
  7.  Jimmy Parades – LF
  8. Aaron Altherr – RF
  9. Alec Asher – RHP

Robert Gsellman gets the nod for the Amazin’s. He’s 3-2 over 7 games and 6 starts this year with a 2.56 ERA over 38.2 innings. The Mets needed him to log innings in his last start to save the bullpen and he did, holding the Phillies scoreless over 7.0 innings while striking out 8 for his best start of his career. In his previous start against the Phillies he allowed 4 ER over 6.0 innings. The Phillies have the following numbers against Robert:

  • Altherr 1-5
  • Franco 1-5
  • Hernandez 1-6, 2 K
  • Herrera 0-4, 2 K
  • Galvis 2-5, 2B
  • Alfaro 1-3
  • Howard 0-3, 2 K

The Mets will get another look at Alec Asher who is 2-0 over 4 starts and 21.2 innings in 2016 with an ERA of 1.66. His last start against against the Mets where he allowed 4 runs, all unearned, over 5.0 innings (to put that in perspective, he’s allowed only 4 earned runs in his previous 3 major league starts). The Mets have the following numbers against Asher:

  • Cespedes 1-2
  • Conforto 1-3, HR
  • d’Arnaud 1-3
  • Duda 0-3
  • Granderson 1-2, 2B
  • Cabrera 0-2
  • Reyes 1-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Sticking to Originally Planned Weekend Rotation http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-sticking-to-originally-planned-weekend-rotation.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-sticking-to-originally-planned-weekend-rotation.html/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:02:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224125 bartolo colon

With Bartolo Colon only lasting 2.1 innings and only having thrown 47 pitches in his start on Monday against the Marlins, the Mets had originally flirted with bringing Colon back on Friday to pitch on short rest. The benefit of his pitching on Friday meant that he would be on his regular rest in case the Mets needed him to pitch the Wild Card Game next week.

The Mets have reversed course and have announced Colon will now pitch on Saturday against the Phillies on normal rest. It should be pointed out that earlier in the week, Terry Collins announced Colon has been dealing with a tendon issue in his right foot for about two weeks. With Colon pitching on Saturday, tonight’s starter will be Robert Gsellman.

If the Mets do not clinch one of the two Wild Cards by Sunday, the team is going to have to pitch Noah Syndergaard to try to secure their place in the postseason. If Syndergaard does have to pitch on Sunday, the Mets will be left with two options for the Wild Card Game: (1) Colon on three days rest; or (2) Seth Lugo on normal rest.  In making this decision, it should be noted that Lugo was limited to 82 pitches in his last start as he has been experiencing fatigue as the Mets close out the season.

Obviously, the best case scenario would be the Mets clinching before Sunday so that Syndergaard only throws an inning or two as a tune-up for Wednesday’s Wild Card game.

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Colon Dealing With a Tendon Injury in Foot http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/colon-dealing-with-a-tendon-injury-in-foot.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/colon-dealing-with-a-tendon-injury-in-foot.html/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:43:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223953 bartolo-colon-2

With Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz all needing season ending surgery, Zack Wheeler needing to be shut down after a number of setbacks during his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery, and Noah Syndergaard dealing with bone spurs in his elbow, everyone has joked about how it was the 43 year old Bartolo Colon who has made it through the season healthy.  Well, the joke is now on Mets fans.

After Colon’s terrible poor 2.1 inning seven earned outing against the Marlins on Monday, Terry Collins announced that Colon has been dealing with a tendon issue in his right foot, which is the foot he pushes off of when he pitches on the mound.  Collins said Colon suffered the injury within the past two weeks while he was running the bases.

Based on Collins’ timeline, the injury most likely occurred during the September 10th game against the Braves. In that game, Colon grounded into two double plays and was lifted after six innings despite only having thrown 87 pitches. The last time Colon was actually a baserunner was in the August 26th game against the Phillies where he was 2-3 at the plate with a double scoring two runs.

Beginning with Colon’s start immediately after the August 26th start until the start prior to the one against the Marlins, Colon was 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA and a 0.888 WHIP while averaging over 6.1 innings per start.  If the tendon has been affecting him, it seems his last start against the Marlins was the first time it had an impact on his performance.

With that in mind, it should come as no surprise the Mets announced Colon will be able to pitch this Saturday against the Phillies.

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Mets Rally Falls Short, Phillies Prevail 10-8 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-rally-falls-short-phillies-prevail-10-8.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-rally-falls-short-phillies-prevail-10-8.html/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:05:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223691 gilmartin-collins

Despite displaying some tremendous heart after falling behind 10-0 to the Phillies early, the Mets tacked on eighth runs but it wasn’t enough as they lost 10-8 tonight at Citi Field.

Pitching

Sean Gilmartin got the start for the Mets and had himself a nightmarish first inning, letting up five earned runs on four hits and four walks and only able to get two outs before Rafael Montero relieved him and was able to get the third out.  The huge blow came off the bat of Maikel Franco, a three-run bomb to left-center. A disappointing outing for Gilmartin who was pitching in place of Noah Syndergaard.

Not wanting to be outdone, Montero gave up another five runs to the Phillies, but was at least able to last 3.1 innings. Montero allowed seven hits and a walk including a three-run homer to Darin Ruf. On the plus side, he struck out seven.

The Mets turned to lefty Josh Edgin in the fifth and he delivered a 1-2-3 inning while striking out one, while Jim Henderson struck out the side in a scoreless sixth. However after a leadoff single to start the seventh, Josh Smoker replaced Henderson and was greeted by a single himself, but no harm done.

Fernando Salas pitched a perfect eighth and Erik Goeddel stranded a pair of runners in the ninth.

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Offense

While Mets pitchers were struggling to keep the game within striking distance, Alec Asher was dealing for the Phillies and keeping the Mets offense in check. He was perfect through the first three innings.

After four innings, Terry Collins pulled Asdrubal Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes, Jose Reyes and Curtis Granderson out of the game and brought in the B Squad.

The Mets finally broke through against Asher in the fifth inning when they put up a four-spot courtesy of two Phillies errors and RBI hits by Brandon Nimmo and who else – T.J. Rivera.

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Gavin Cecchini got the Mets within five runs with an RBI double in the sixth, his first major league hit. Then T.J. plated another run with a single to bring home Lucas Duda as the Mets kept chipping away. The score was now Phillies 10, Mets 6 heading into the seventh inning.

More dramatics in the eighth inning as the Mets tack on another run thanks to a Gavin Cecchini double. The Replace-Mets will not go silently into the night.

In the ninth inning, needing three runs to tie, Jay Bruce hit a pinch-hit homer to cut the deficit to two runs and snap an 0-for-15 slump. After Eric Campbell drew a walk in a great at-bat, the Mets would bring the tying run to the plate. Holy shit…

Another walk, this time to Michael Conforto, and the tying runs were on base with just one out. But Lucas Duda pops out to short and Travis d’Arnaud grounds out to end the game. And the greatest comeback win in franchise history would not happen. But they gave it a heck of a shot.

On Deck

Robert Gsellman will close out the series on Sunday, taking on Jake Thompson for the Phillies in a 1:10 PM matinee.

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MMO Game Thread: Phillies vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mmo-game-thread-phillies-vs-mets-710-pm-8.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mmo-game-thread-phillies-vs-mets-710-pm-8.html/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:49:23 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223663 sean gilmartin

Saturday, September 24, 2016 •
7:10 p.m. Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Alec Asher (1-0, 2.16) vs. LHP Sean Gilmartin (0-0, 4.76)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

A day after the epic bat flip, the Mets won again beating the Phillies 10-5 escaping trouble a few times in the game to get another win. The Cardinals and the Giants both lost so the Mets are in sole possession of the top wild card spot, however the Mets are in an interesting place in terms of pitcher usage.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Curtis Granderson – CF
  5. Kelly Johnson – 2B
  6. Michael Conforto – RF
  7. Lucas Duda – 1B
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Sean Gilmartin – LHP

Phillies Lineup

  1. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  2. Roman Quinn – RF
  3. Odubel Herrera – CF
  4. Maikel Franco – 3B
  5. Tommy Joseph – 1B
  6. Darin Ruf – LF
  7. Freddy Galvis – SS
  8. Jorge Alfaro – C
  9. Alec Asher – RHP

Originally Noah Syndergaard was going to start tonight, but he has strep throat and won’t be able to go until Monday. So the Mets are going to turn to Sean Gilmartin to make his second start on the season. The Mets have been burning pitchers recently, adding 10 more pitchers used last night, and it is unclear how much they will get out of Gilmartin tonight. On the season he has pitched 13 games with 17.0 innings with a 4.76 ERA. He’s pitched 0.2 innings against the Phillies this year allowing a hit and a walk. The Phillies have the following numbers against Gilmartin:

  • Galvis 2-8
  • Herrera 2-6
  • Howard 0-4
  • Asche 0-4
  • Bourjos 0-2
  • Blanco 1-3
  • Ruf 1-3, HR

Alec Asher gets the nod for the Phillies. He’s 1-0 over his first 3 starts this year with 16.2 innings and a 2.16 ERA. The last time he faced the Mets was last year towards the end of the season, and it wasn’t a good day for him as he allowed 5 ER over 0.2 innings, not making it out of the first inning. The Mets have the following numbers against Alec:

  • Cespedes 0-0, BB
  • Conforto 1-1, HR
  • d’Arnaud 0-1
  • Duda 0-1
  • Granderson 1-1, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Phillies vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mmo-game-thread-phillies-vs-mets-710-pm-7.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mmo-game-thread-phillies-vs-mets-710-pm-7.html/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:54:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223579 gabriel-ynoa-2

Friday, September 23, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson (12-9, 3.57) vs. RHP Gabriel Ynoa (1-0, 9.00)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

Last night was great, let’s do that again!

The Mets opened up with an early 2-0 lead before the Phillies eroded it and passed the Mets 3-2. The Mets then tied the game and later took a 4-3 lead before the Phillies hit a 3 run homer off of Reed. Then in the 9th inning, the Mets added two runs on a Reyes homer sending the game into extras. Duda would later come inches away from winning the game but it wouldn’t be his night. The Phillies took a 8-6 lead in the 11th but Cabrera had other ideas in the bottom of the 11th slamming a 3-run homer to give the Mets the win.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Curtis Granderson – CF
  5. Kelly Johnson – 2B
  6. Michael Conforto – RF
  7. Lucas Duda – 1B
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Gabriel Ynoa – RHP

Phillies Lineup

  1. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  2. Roman Quinn – RF
  3. Odubel Herrera – CF
  4. Maikel Franco – 3B
  5. Ryan Howard – 1B
  6. Cameron Rupp – C
  7. Freddy Galvis – SS
  8. Cody Asche – LF
  9. Jeremy Hellickson – RHP

Gabriel Ynoa will look to keep the good times going. There were rumors that tonight would be Matz’s return to the rotation but he’s not ready yet, so it’s Ynoa time. He’s 1-0 over seven games and one start with 10.0 innings and a 9.00 ERA. In his first start, he allowed one ER over 4.2 innings while striking out eight Twins. This will be Gabriel’s first time facing the Phillies.

The Mets bats will get a crack at Jeremy Hellickson who is 12-9 over 30 starts and 181.1 innings with a 3.57 ERA. He’s coming off of one of his best starts of the season where he pitched a complete game shutout against the Marlins while allowing only three hits. His last start against the Mets wasn’t so good as he allowed five ER and seven hits over 4.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against the Marlins:

  • Granderson 5-27, 2 2B, HR
  • Reyes 10-27, 2B, HR
  • Cabrera 7-18, 2B,HR
  • De Aza 4-18, 3 2B
  • Cespedes 6-14, 3 HR
  • K Johnson 1-9
  • Duda 4-9, 2 2B, HR
  • Lagares 2-5, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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HEARTBREAK TO HEROES: Mets Beat Phillies In Wild Affair 9-8! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/heartbreak-to-heroes-mets-beat-phillies-in-wild-affair-9-8.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/heartbreak-to-heroes-mets-beat-phillies-in-wild-affair-9-8.html/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:49:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223557 asdrubal-cabrera

The New York Mets (81-72) defeated the Philadelphia Phillies (69-84) by a score of 9-8 in 11 innings tonight at Citi Field!

Pitching:

The first three innings were smooth sailing for Mets starter Seth Lugo tonight, as he kept the Phillies at bay.

However, the fourth and fifth were a bit rocky. With the Mets up 2-0 at the time, Lugo allowed a sacrifice fly in the fourth to cut the lead in half.

Then in the fifth, Ryan Howard and Cameron Rupp went back-to-back off Lugo to give the Phillies their first lead of the night.

The Mets took the lead in the seventh, but the Phillies answered back with a three-run shot off the bat of Maikel Franco off of Addison Reed in the eighth.

In what was truly a seesaw affair, the Mets managed to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, but in his second inning of work, Jeurys Familia surrendered two runs to make it 8-6 Phillies.

Familia got let off the hook, luckily, as the Mets rallied yet again in the eleventh!

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Offense:

After T.J. Rivera singled to lead off the second, Curtis Granderson slammed his 29th homer of the year, a two-run bomb to right.

The Phillies took the lead in the fifth, but the Mets were able to tie the game right back up on a single from Yoenis Cespedes, after two men got on and a wild pitch was thrown.

Cespedes struck again in the seventh, driving in the go-ahead run on a double that drove in Asdrubal Cabrera.

With the Mets down yet again in the ninth, Jose Reyes launched a two-run homer to tie the game.

This, however, was not the most exciting part of this game. Asdrubal Cabrera, who has just been so good, hit a walk-off, three-run shot to win it for the Amazins in the bottom og the 11th innings!

On deck:

Gabriel Ynoa (1-0, 9.00 ERA) takes on Jeremy Hellickson (12-9, 3.57 ERA) tomorrow night at Citi Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.

 

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MMO Game Thread: Phillies vs Mets, T.J. Rivera Batting Cleanup http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mmo-game-thread-phillies-vs-mets-t-j-rivera-batting-cleanup.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mmo-game-thread-phillies-vs-mets-t-j-rivera-batting-cleanup.html/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:27:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223497 seth-lugo

Thursday, September 22, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
LHP Adam Morgan (2-10, 5.57) vs. RHP Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.35)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets start their last regular season home series of the year as they welcome the Phillies and hope to forget about everything that happened over the last three games vs Atlanta. Last night the Mets had the lead earlier, let it slip in the later innings and then got robbed of a walk-off win at the end of the game. Luckily, the Cardinals and the Giants also lost, so the Mets are still in a three-way tie for the Wild Card.

The Mets have won 12 of their last 14 series vs. the Phillies and are 21-10 vs. Philadelphia since the start of the 2015 campaign. The Mets are 13-5 vs. the Phillies in their last 18 games at Citi Field.

Jay Bruce is out of the starting lineup for the fourth time in five games, while T.J. Rivera bats cleanup and Eric Campbell gets the start at first base.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. T.J. Rivera – 2B
  5. Curtis Granderson – RF
  6. Eric Campbell – 1B
  7. Rene Rivera – C
  8. Alejandro De Aza – CF
  9. Seth Lugo – RHP

Phillies Lineup

  1. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  2. Roman Quinn – LF
  3. Odubel Herrera – CF
  4. Maikel Franco – 3B
  5. Ryan Howard – 1B
  6. Cameron Rupp – C
  7. Freddy Galvis – SS
  8. Aaron Altherr – RF
  9. Adam Morgan – LHP

Tonight, Seth Lugo looks to get the job done for the Mets. On the season he is 4-2 over 15 games and 6 starts with 53.2 innings of work and a 2.35 ERA. He is 4-0 in his last 5 starts and 30.0 innings of work with an 1.80 ERA. Seth has never faced the Phillies before or anyone on their roster, but will probably face them again before the season is over (if you didn’t know, 7 of the Mets last 10 games are against the Phillies).

The Mets bats draw Adam Morgan who is 2-10 over 21 games and 19 starts and 103.1 innings of work with a 5.57 ERA.  In his last 4 starts though he has been considerably better than his season numbers posting a 2.35 ERA over 23.0 innings. However the start right before this good streak was against the Mets where he allowed 6 ER over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Morgan:

  • Bruce 1-4, 2B
  • Cespedes 2-5
  • Flores 2-5, 2 HR
  • d’Arnaud 1-3, HR
  • Cabrera 1-3, HR
  • Reyes 2-3, 2B, HR
  • Lagares 1-2, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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Asdrubal Cabrera Leaves Game With Sore Knee http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/asdrubal-cabrera-leaves-game-with-sore-knee.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/asdrubal-cabrera-leaves-game-with-sore-knee.html/#comments Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:59:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221564 asdrubal cabrera hr

Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left Sunday’s game against the Phillies in the first inning with what the team is calling a sore left knee. Cabrera had an issue with the same knee last month and missed three weeks with a strained patellar tendon.

Cabrera was injured when he collided with Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph after bunting for a base hit. Oddly enough, it appeared that Cabrera had injured his wrist on the collision, and trainer Ray Ramirez seemed to be examining his arm and elbow.

However, Cabrera remained in the game and then while running to second base on a Kelly Johnson single, he appeared to be limping and was removed from the game and replaced by Wilmer Flores.

Hopefully this is nothing serious as Cabrera has been raging hot since returning from the disabled list, batting .438 (14-for-32) with four doubles, three homers and nine RBI in eight games.

Asdrubal hit his 16th home run of the season last night, a two-run shot in the third inning that gave the Mets the lead. The 16 home runs are tied for the second-most he’s hit in a single season in his career.

Additionally, the 16 home runs by Cabrera are tied for the second-most by a Mets shortstop in team history with José Reyes’ 16 homers in 2008.

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MMO Game Thread: Phillies vs Mets, 1:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mmo-game-thread-phillies-vs-mets-110-pm-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mmo-game-thread-phillies-vs-mets-110-pm-3.html/#comments Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:52:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221557 robert gsellman

Sunday, August 28, 2016 • 1:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.31) vs. RHP Robert Gsellman (1-0, 0.00)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets have now won 6 of their last 7 games and look to sweep the Phillies today in Queens. Yesterday, after falling to the Phillies early, the Mets responded with 4 homers and 12 runs as they stomped the Phillies 12-1. Today is the beginning of an interesting stretch of pitchers for the Mets thanks to the injury bug starting with Robert Gsellman making his first major league start.

Yoenis Cespedes (quadriceps) and Neil Walker (back) both are dealing with injuries and are out of the lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Kelly Johnson – 2B
  4. Jay Bruce – RF
  5. Curtis Granderson – LF
  6. Alejandro De Aza – CF
  7. James Loney – 1B
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Robert Gsellman – RHP

Phillies Lineup

  1. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  2. Odubel Herrera – CF
  3. Maikel Franco – 3B
  4. Tommy Joseph – 1B
  5. Aaron Altherr – RF
  6. Jimmy Parades – LF
  7. A.J. Ellis – C
  8. Freddy Galvis – SS
  9. Vince Velasquez – RHP

If Gsellman sounds familiar, you probably remember him in his major league debut bailing out Niese earlier in the week and he stepped in to pitch 3.2 innings of 2 hit ball while walking 3 and striking out 2 allowing no runs. He picked up his first major league win in the process. Overall this year in the minors he is 4-9 over 20 starts with a 3.99 ERA (2.71 in 11 starts in Binghamton, 5.73 in 9 starts in Vegas).

The Mets bats draw Vince Velasquez in the finale who is 8-6 this season over 22 starts and 119.0 innings with a 4.31 ERA. He’s in a rough stretch right now that has ballooned his ERA from 3.33 to 4.31 in only 3 starts. He’s allowed 19 runs over 16.1 innings over that time. Two of his first three starts of his season were against the Mets. In his first start he shut the Mets down allowing 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 9 holding the Mets to no runs over 6.0 innings. He then pitched a complete game shutout against the Padres before coming back to face the Mets where he allowed 5 runs, 2 earned over 4.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Vince:

  • Granderson 0-4
  • Cabrera 2-5, 2B
  • Cespedes 1-5, HR
  • Walker 0-5
  • d’Arnaud 0-4
  • De Aza 1-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Phillies vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mmo-game-thread-phillies-vs-mets-710-pm-5.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mmo-game-thread-phillies-vs-mets-710-pm-5.html/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:38:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221418 bartolo colon

Friday, August 26, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
LHP Adam Morgan (1-7, 6.21) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (11-7, 3.36)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets were able to sneak out of St. Louis last night with a series win in a crucial set with the Cardinals and now they come home to start a series against the Phillies, one they have to win in order to have a shot at the playoffs (any series at this point is a must win at this point).

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Neil Walker – 2B
  5. Wilmer Flores – 1B
  6. Jay Bruce – RF
  7. Justin Ruggiano – CF
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Bartolo Colon – RHP

Phillies Lineup

  1. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  2. Aaron Altherr – LF
  3. Maikel Franco – 3B
  4. Ryan Howard – 1B
  5. Cameron Rupp – C
  6. Odubel Herrera – CF
  7. Freddy Galvis – SS
  8. Peter Bourjos – RF
  9. Adam Morgan – LHP

Bartolo Colon is 11-7 over 26 games and 25 starts with a 3.36 ERA and 144.2 innings. He’s coming off of a good start against the Giants were he allowed 2 ER over 6.1 innings despite allowing 9 hits in a win. He’s 1-1 over 3 starts and 17.2 innings against the Phillies this season with a 2.04 ERA. The Phillies have the following numbers against Bartolo:

  • Howard 6-28, 3 HR
  • Galvis 5-22, 2B, HR
  • Herrera 4-22
  • Ruiz 7-21, 2B
  • Hernandez 4-15
  • Rupp 5-14
  • Bourjos 4-13, 2B, 3B
  • Franco 0-11
  • Paredes 1-5

The Mets bats will get a crack at Adam Morgan who is 1-7 over 16 games, 14 starts and 75.1 innings with an ERA of 6.21. Since returning in mid-August, he’s had a bad start and then a good outing: 2 ER over 3.0 innings and then 1 ER over 6.0 innings. Last year he allowed 5 ER over one start against the Mets in 3.2 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Adam:

  • Bruce 1-1, 2B
  • Cespedes 0-2
  • d’Arnaud 1-2, HR
  • Flores 1-2, HR
  • Rivera 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Need to Beat the Teams They Should Beat http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-need-to-beat-the-teams-they-should-beat.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-need-to-beat-the-teams-they-should-beat.html/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:30:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221421 wilmer flores 2

There are a multitude of reasons why the Mets are only a game over .500 and 3.5 games back of the Cardinals for the second Wild Card.

The most popular excuse is injuries. There is some validity there with Matt HarveyLucas Duda, and David Wright gone for the year. Yoenis Cespedes was hobbled by a quad injury before he was finally forced to go on the disabled list. Now that he’s back, he has a heel issue. Both Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz are dealing with bone spurs.  Matz is also dealing with a shoulder issue that landed him on the disabled list. For what it’s worth, Jon Niese is also on the disabled list as he needs arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

That’s a litany of injuries, and that’s not all of them. However, that’s not the Mets biggest problem. The Mets biggest problem is they’re not beating the Mets they are supposed to beat.

Over the past two weeks, the Mets went 1-5 against the woeful Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks can’t best anyone as represented by their 53-75 record, which is a 93 loss pace.

The Padres are on the same 93 loss pace with a 53-74 record. On the season, the Mets could only muster a 4-3 record against them.

The Mets are 7-6 against the Braves this year. The Braves are well on their way to a 100 loss season with a 46-82 record.

The Mets are 5-4 against the Phillies. The Phillies are near a 90 loss pace with a 59-68 record. With the Phillies rolling into town, the Mets can turn that 5-4 mark to an 8-4 mark.

Fact is the Mets need to do that if they have designs on getting back to the postseason. Keep in mind, beating teams like the Phillies and Braves powered the Mets run to a division title.

In 2015, the Mets were 90-72, which is 18 games over .500. Against the Phillies, Braves, and Marlins, three teams that lost over 90 games, the Mets were a combined 36-21. Against just those three terrible teams, the Mets went 15 games over .500. It goes a long way in explaining why the Mets were 18 games over .500 and won the division.

Currently, the Mets are 64-63. Against the aforementioned second division clubs, the Mets are 17-18, one game under .500. If the Mets played those 35 games at a similar clip than they did against the intradivision 90+ loss teams in 2015, the Mets would’ve gone 22-13. That would mean that the Mets would be a more respectable 69-58. That would’ve put them in a tie with the Giants for the first Wild Card and five games back in the division.

Now, if the Mets beat the aforementioned second division clubs at the same rate other teams beat them, their record against those teams would be 21-14. This means the Mets record would be 68-59 giving them a half game lead for the second Wild Card and putting them a game behind the Giants for the first Wild Card.

Overall, people can point to injuries all they want, but the simple fact is even with those injuries, the Mets were still better than the Phillies, Braves, Diamondbacks, and Padres. They just didn’t play like it.

The Mets have a chance to reverse course. Of their remaining 35 games, 22 of them are against teams under .500. If the Mets truly want to win the Wild Card, they’ll need to destroy those opponents like they did in 2015. That begins tonight when the Mets begin their three game set against the Phillies.

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Amazin’ Finishes: Wild Card Well Within Mets’ Grasp http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/amazin-finishes-wild-card-well-within-mets-grasp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/amazin-finishes-wild-card-well-within-mets-grasp.html/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:48:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221393 flores de aza

Last night felt so good in a month full of not so good moments for the Mets. It was so satisfying to see them jump out in front and take command of the game en route to a much needed series win against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Can you imagine what the alternative could have been? So instead of coming home to Citi Field down 5.5 games for that coveted second wild card, our Boys from Flushing begin a three-game series with the Phillies just 3.5 games away from a postseason berth. Considering how the road trip started, I’ll take that everyday plus Sunday.

I’ve gotta tip my cap to Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo, two unheralded rookies who were thrust into a raging inferno of doubt as the Mets were scrambling to get back over .500 amidst the losses of Steven Matz and Jon Niese. It’s amazing how polished these pitchers look after we get them from that pitching guru in Las Vegas, Frank Viola. He doesn’t get nearly the accolades he so richly deserves.

With 35 games to go and 22 of those games against the Phillies, Reds, Braves and Twins, the Mets are in an ideal position to finish this season strong and earn that second wild card spot.

This team continues to be resilient in the face of injuries and adversity and I think that speaks volumes about their character.

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The addition of Jose Reyes gave the team the speed and prototypical leadoff hitter they’ve lacked and it’s made a difference. Wilmer Flores has become a force when the Mets face a left-hander, while Justin Ruggiano and Kelly Johnson have been excellent in part-time roles. Neil Walker has been huge and with his return to the lineup tonight, we’ll finally get to see what him, Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce, Asdrubal Cabrera and the aforementioned Reyes can all do together in the same lineup. Finally.

I’m hoping for a strong return from Steven Matz and a bounce-back performance from Jacob deGrom. If those two and Noah Syndergaard can finish as strong as they did last season, there’s no stopping the Mets.

This season hasn’t played out quite the way I envisioned it, but here they are only 3.5 games out with a healthier team, a revitalized offense, three young power pitchers in the rotation, and a shutdown backend of the bullpen. Looking at the remaining schedule, the Wild Card is there for the taking. We can do it… Let’s get this done… Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Phillies, 7:05 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-phillies-705-pm-13.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-phillies-705-pm-13.html/#comments Sat, 16 Jul 2016 21:22:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=217691 logan verrett

Saturday, July 16, 2016 • 7:05 p.m.
Citizens Bank Park • Philadelphia, PA
RHP Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.34) vs. RHP Jerad Eickhoff  (6-10, 3.80)
PIX11 • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets turn to Logan Verrett in game two of the their series with the Phillies. The Mets have tabbed Verrett as the replacement for Matt Harvey while they wait for Zack Wheeler to rejoin the rotation next month.

The Mets snapped their three-game losing streak with a 5-3 win last night. New York is 6-4 in its last 10 games. The Mets are 37-7 when they score four or more runs and 11-34 when they plate three or fewer runs.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Curtis Granderson – RF
  4. Neil Walker – 2B
  5. James Loney – 1B
  6. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  7. Brandon Nimmo – LF
  8. Juan Lagares – CF
  9. Logan Verrett – RHP

Phillies Lineup

  1. Odubel Herrera – CF
  2. Peter Bourjos – RF
  3. Cody Asche – LF
  4. Maikel Franco – 3B
  5. Ryan Howard – 1B
  6. Andres Blanco – 2B
  7. Carlos Ruiz – C
  8. Freddy Galvis – SS
  9. Jerad Eickhoff – RHP

Verrett is 3-6 over 24 games and 6 starts this season with a 4.34 ERA while logging 56.0 innings. His return to the rotation before the break wasn’t that good as he allowed 5 ER over 6.2 innings to the Nationals. He has one start against the Phillies this year (and it was in Philly) where he allowed no runs over 6.0 innings and 6 hits. The Phillies have the following numbers against Logan:

  • Galvis 2-6
  • Herrera 0-5
  • Blanco 3-5, 2B
  • Rupp 1-4
  • Franco 1-3
  • Howard 0-3
  • Asche 0-2

The Mets will get a look at Jerad Eickhoff who is tied with Matt Harvey for leading the league in losses at 10 (record 6-10). Eickhoff has pitched 18 games and 109.0 innings with a 3.80 ERA. He is coming off his worst start of the season where he allowed 8 ER over 5.1 innings in Colorado. Before that he had an ERA of 2.25 over 44.0 innings, 7 starts. Two of his first three starts this season were against the Mets and they were average to good allowing 3 runs, 2 earned in 5.0 innings to open the season, and 2 ER over 7.0 innings 10 days later. The Mets have the following numbers against Jerad:

  • Granderson 1-11, HR
  • Cespedes 2-12, 3B
  • K Johnson 4-9, 2B
  • Flores 1-6
  • Walker 1-6
  • Cabrera 3-5, 2B
  • d’Arnaud 0-4
  • Colon 1-4
  • Lagares 0-3

Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Tab Colon, Verrett and deGrom To Jump Start Second Half http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-tab-colon-verrett-and-degrom-to-jump-start-second-half.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-tab-colon-verrett-and-degrom-to-jump-start-second-half.html/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2016 03:32:23 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=217559 jacob degrom

The New York Mets have released their rotation coming out of the All Star break, reports ESPN’s Adam Rubin.

On Friday, the Mets will have Bartolo Colon on the mound to kick the second half off against Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.  In 98.2 innings, the surprising 43-year old All Star has pitched to the tune of a 3.28 ERA over 17 starts.

Following Colon will be Logan Verrett, who the Mets tabbed to occupy Matt Harvey‘s vacant spot in the rotation for the foreseeable future.  Look for the righty from Baylor to make an impression as he builds a case to fill Harvey’s void in the long term.

Jacob deGrom will pitch Sunday’s finale against the Phillies. Despite a consistent lack of run support this season, deGrom has won his past two starts. With a juicy matchup against the struggling Phillies, he’ll be poised for a third straight victory if the Mets can muster some offense behind him.  It’s also worth noting that during his last start in Miami, deGrom flashed his plus fastball for what seemed like the first time this season, routinely touching 95 miles per hour while holding the Marlins to just two runs over seven strong innings.

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Steven Matz will open the series against the Cubs in Chicago on Monday.  Winless in his last eight starts, the southpaw will look to rebound coming out of the break after suffering two hard luck losses to the Marlins and the Nationals.  Despite pitching with a bone spur in his elbow for much of the season, Matz has logged a respectable 3.38 ERA while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings.

And rounding out the first turn of the rotation is the Mets’ current ace Noah Syndergaard.  At the end of the season’s first half, the first time All Star led Mets starters with nine wins, a 2.56 ERA, and a dazzling 10.9 strikeout rate.  The Mets decided to push back Syndergaard’s start due to a routine dead arm phase.  As of now, the team reports that Syndergaard’s arm issues are no cause for alarm.

Let’s Go Mets!

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3 Up 3 Down: Hard-Hitting Mets Fail To Complete Sweep In Philly http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/3-up-3-down-hard-hitting-mets-fail-to-complete-sweep-in-philly.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/3-up-3-down-hard-hitting-mets-fail-to-complete-sweep-in-philly.html/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:12:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210183 neil walker

3 Up

1. Another Super Spot Start

Logan Verrett made honorable mention in my 3 Up 3 Down last week for his performance against the Miami Marlins, and this week he makes the list for his marvelous outing against the Phillies on Tuesday night. He stepped up yet again in his second spot-start of the season by going six strong innings and allowing just six hits with four strikeouts. Verrett has an ERA of 2.34 in his six starts with the Mets dating back to last season. He has been everything you could ask for so far and has filled in just fine in the absence of Jacob deGrom.

2. Everybody Hits

They say hitting is contagious, and that was most certainly true for the Mets during their three game set against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. It’s a ballpark that’s historically been a home away from home for the Mets, and the trend continued this week. After hitting a total of seven home runs in their last series in Cleveland, the Mets went on to hit another 11 against the Phillies. Six different guys homered for the Mets in these last three games. On top of that, the Mets as a team collected a total of 36 hits throughout the series, with seven different guys having multi-hit games. They are now 19th in the league in team batting average and fifth in home runs.

3. Red Hot Walker

I’d say Neil Walker is fitting in just fine so far this season as the Mets new second baseman. He’s certainly swinging a hot bat after going 7 for 15 during the series against the Phillies, along with three home runs and three RBI. He collected four hits in the series finale on Wednesday night. Coming into the season, Walker was known for his ability to hit the long ball, just not from the right side. Three of his six home runs this year have been from the right side, tied for the most he’s ever had in a season from that side of the plate. Coming into the play on Wednesday night, Walker led all second baseman in the major leagues in home runs and tied for second in RBI.

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3 Down

1. Too Reliant on the Home Run?

I hinted towards this in my last series of 3 Up and 3 Down, and I think it’s worth mentioning. Going into the season we knew this team was capable of putting up big home run numbers, and recently they have shown that. What happens when they aren’t hitting the long ball? Perhaps this is exactly what Sandy Alderson wanted when he constructed this lineup, but clearly this is more of a station to station baseball team at the moment. Don’t get me wrong, they are going to win their fair share of games based off of their home run hitting capability alone, but there are going to be times they need to manufacture runs another ways, they just need to figure out how.

2. Strikeouts Still an Issue

The Mets have been hitting the cover off the ball, make no mistake about it, but they are also striking out a very high clip. They struck out a total of 38 times in Philadelphia, including 17 times in the series finale on Wednesday night. They are tied for sixth in all of baseball with a total of 134 strikeouts. We knew going into the season this could be an issue with this lineup, and it certainly has been thus far. Yoenis Cespedes leads the team with 20 strikeouts, with David Wright right behind up him with 19.

3. Couldn’t Complete the Sweep

It’s early, and I’ll take another series win, especially against a division foe, but it sure would have been nice to notch their first sweep of the season in Philadelphia. It looked as though it was going to go that way for the Mets after their 11-1 rout on Tuesday night. Bartolo Colon was going in the finale, a guy who the Phillies have had the worst trouble trying to figure out. He was good, but not great, going six innings and allowing three runs on four hits. The bullpen couldn’t quite hold up enough, with both Jerry Blevins and Hansel Robles giving up runs. In their first opportunity for a sweep and an extra inning win, the Mets couldn’t make it happen.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Phillies, 7:05 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-phillies-705-pm-12.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-phillies-705-pm-12.html/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:06:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210108 bartolo colon

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 • 7:05 p.m.
Citizens Bank Park • Philadelphia, PA
RHP Bartolo Colon (1-1, 2.13) vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 4.30)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets crushed the ball at Citizens Bank Park last night, as they went on to beat the Phillies by the score of 11-1. Lost in the hype of the homers, which we’ll get to in a bit, is Logan Verrett who put together another strong start, going 6.0 scoreless innings and adding a hit himself.

The real story last night: Bombs! Conforto, Cespedes, Walker Twice, Duda and Granderson! The Mets have now hit 17 home runs in their last five games, the most home runs over any five-game span in franchise history. The end result: The Mets have won three straight and five of their last six games. They have now won 10 of their last 12 series vs. the Phillies.

 Mets Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. David Wright – 3B
  3. Michael Conforto – LF
  4. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Neil Walker – 2B
  7. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Bartolo Colon – RHP

Phillies Lineup

  1. Odubel Herrera, CF
  2. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
  3. Maikel Franco, 3B
  4. Ryan Howard, 1B
  5. Carlos Ruiz, C
  6. Freddy Galvis, SS
  7. David Lough, LF
  8. Jeremy Hellickson, RHP
  9. Peter Bourjos, RF

Tonight Bartolo Colon looks to keep the good times going. He’s 1-1 over 3 games, 2 starts this season logging 12.2 innings of work with a 2.13 ERA with 1 walk, 13 K’s and 14 hits. This will be his second start against the Phillies this season. In his first start of the year, he was the hard luck loser going 6.0 innings allowing 1 run and striking out 7. The Phillies have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Howard 6-26, 3 HR
  • Galvis 4-18, 2B
  • Ruiz 5-18, 2B
  • Herrera 4-16
  • Rupp 4-12
  • Hernandez 4-10
  • Bourjos 3-8, 2B
  • Ruf 1-7, HR

Jeremy Hellickson is 1-1 over 3 starts and 14.2 innings this year. He has logged a 4.30 ERA with 2 walks, 13 hits and 14 K’s. This will be his second start on the young season against the Mets. In his first start he allowed 5.2 innings, 3 hits, 2 ER, 1 walk while striking out 5 on his way to a win. It is worth noting that he has allowed only 2 ER over 11.2 runs on the road, and 6 (5 earned) runs at home over 3.0 innings (also worth noting: small sample size). The Mets have the following numbers against Hellickson:

  • Granderson 3-20, 2B, HR
  • De Aza 4-16, 3 2B
  • Cabrera 2-10
  • Cespedes 4-9, HR
  • Duda 1-6, 2B
  • Walker 2-7, 2B
  • Wright 3-5, 2 2B
  • Flores 1-3, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Phillies, 7:05 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-phillies-705-pm-11.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-phillies-705-pm-11.html/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 19:33:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210044 logan Verrett

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 • 7:05 p.m.
Citizens Bank Park • Philadelphia, PA
RHP Logan Verrett (0-0, 1.29) vs. RHP Vince Velasquez (2-0, 0.00)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets rolled into Philly last night and when it was over they left Citizens Bank Park winning 4 of their last 5 games and returning to the .500 mark for the season. David Wright started the game off with a bang hitting his first homer of the season, 21st at CBP and 35th against the Phillies. Then Noah Syndergaard took over in a dominating performance logging 7 innings, allowing 1 earned run, while striking out 8. The Mets would later get the insurance runs they needed thanks to back to back homers by Lucas Duda and Neil Walker. Finally, David Wright hit his 2nd homer of the game, season, 22nd at CBP and 36th against the Phillies.

 New York Mets

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. David Wright – 3B
  3. Michael Conforto – LF
  4. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Neil Walker – 2B
  7. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Logan Verrett – RHP

Tonight Logan Verrett will get the start. His first start of the season was quite successful against the Marlins where he pitched 6.0 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits, 2 walks while striking out two. In 5.1 innings against the Phillies last year he allowed 4 hits and 3 earned runs while walk 4 runs. The Phillies have the following numbers against Logan:

  • Galvis 1-3
  • Herrera 0-3
  • Blanco 1-2, 2B
  • Hernandez 0-2
  • Ruf 1-2, 2B
  • Rupp 0-2

The Mets bats will get their second look of the season at Vincent Velasquez who is 2-0 over his first two starts of the season while tossing 15.0 innings, including a complete game shutout. Over his first two starts he has allowed 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 25 batters. His first start of the season was against the Mets and he shut them out over 6.0 innings allowing 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 9. Last year for Houston he was 1-1 over 19 games, 7 starts, logging 55.2 innings with a 4.37 ERA. The Mets put up these numbers against Vincent earlier in the season:

  • Cabrera 2-3, 2B
  • Cespedes 0-3
  • Conforto 0-3
  • Duda 1-3
  • Granderson 0-2
  • Walker 0-3
  • De Aza 1-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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