Mets Merized Online » RBI Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:19:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mets Farm Report: Walters Earns 4th Save, Whalen Delivers Strong Performance Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:36:22 +0000 Jeff_Walters


The 51’s tagged young phenom Archie Bradley for four earned runs on seven hits and handed him his second loss of the season. Allan Dykstra had a nice night, going 2 for 3 with three RBI’s. Wilmer Flores went 1 for 4, striking out twice but scoring two runs. Zach Lutz scored a run and had two hits in four at-bats, including a triple. Cesar Puello also had a hit and an RBI in four at-bats. Logan Verrett turned in a gutsy performance to earn the win, allowing ten base runners in five innings. In tossing five innings, he allowed two earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five. Jeff Walters sealed the deal with a perfect ninth to notch his fourth save of the season.

BINGHAMTON, PORTLAND – Postponed (Wet Grounds)

The match-up between the Binghamton Mets and Portland Sea Dogs on Wednesday night was postponed due to wet grounds. Matthew Bowman is scheduled to start today at home against New Hampshire.


Gabriel Ynoa was roughed up by Jupiter in this one. He allowed six earned runs on eight hits in 2.2 innings while walking three and striking out one. Ynoa looked solid in his first two starts of the season but after this one, his ERA ballooned to 5.79 on the season. Aderlin Rodriguezhad a 2 for 5 night including a triple. He scored a run and drove in two. Dilson Herrera scored two runs and had three hits in five at-bats batting in the lead-off spot. His average is now up to .364 on the season. Who else but Brandon Nimmo had another two hits, adding a walk, a run and an RBI. That’s Nimmo’s sixth multi-hit game in his last seven contests now. His batting average now sits at a gaudy .400. Cam Maron and T.J. Rivera also picked up an RBI apiece.Steven Matz will look to earn his first win of the season as he takes the hill in Fort Myers tonight.


Savannah was in cruise control in this one as Robert Whalen spun five beautiful innings only allowing two hits and one unearned run, while striking out six. He improved to 2-0 as his ERA is now 1.00 for the season. Gavin Cecchini is starting to sizzle as he scored two runs and picked up another two hits Wednesday night out of the lead-off spot. Cecchini has now hit safely in six of his last seven games, raising his average to .265. He has even started showing some pop, hitting two doubles in four games. Jeff McNeil, Stefan Sabol and Jared King all picked up RBI’s last night. Dominic Smith went 0 for 4 with a strikeout as his average fell to .163. Robert Gsellman will get the ball tonight.


Robert Whalen of the Savannah Sand Gnats turned in a fantastic performance on Wednesday night, going five innings, only allowing two hits. He struck out six and earned his second win of the season on top of that.

Check out Mets Minors On Deck for today’s probable starters.

(Photo Credit: Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News )

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Duda is Mashing the Ball, Will Not Play in the Outfield Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:33:10 +0000 lucas duda mets win dugout

After sustaining injuries to Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson on Monday night, Terry Collins said on Tuesday that he is not planning to use Lucas Duda in the outfield moving forward.

“We made the commitment to play him there,” Collins said about Duda playing only first base. “I think putting him back in left field will take away a little bit of that positive glow that he’s got going right now.”

Duda did move over to left field to complete Monday’s game, but it couldn’t be helped due to the circumstances.

While Collins has been beating his “Duda in the outfield” drum for nearly all of the last three months, his reason for flip-flopping on the issue has nothing to do with a realization of just how awful an idea that would be.

Instead, Collins says that he doesn’t want to interrupt the strides he’s made offensively since being named the everyday starter at first base.

Duda, 28, has been red-hot and is batting .364/.417/.500 in his last 23 plate appearances. On Monday night he went 4-5 with two RBI, tying his career-high with the four hits. Overall, he is batting .275 with three home runs and eight RBIs this season with an .841 OPS.

With Granderson expected back in a day or two, Kirk Nieuwenhuis already here, and Chris Young coming on Friday, there’s absolutely no reason for Duda to play in the outfield regardless. And believe me—that’s a good thing.

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Mets Farm Report: Syndergaard Solid Again, Nimmo Stays Red Hot Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:24:57 +0000 Rob Foldy Getty Images noah syndergaard

Las Vegas 5, Fresno 2

Noah Syndergaard picked up the win in this one to improve to 2-1 on the season. Thor allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks, while punching out five batters. Syndergaard pitched much better than the numbers would indicate and his only real blemish was a first inning home run by Fresno slugger Adam Duvall. The young righthander was clocked in the 96-98 mph range all night and hit 100 in his fifth and final inning. Joel Carreno, Josh Edgin and Jeff Walters combined to throw four innings of scoreless relief. Edgin and Walters had been struggling up to this point so this was encouraging to see. On the offensive side, Allan Dykstra picked up two RBI’s on a base hit. He also added two walks to his line. Wilmer Flores, Zach Lutz, and Matt den Dekker each contributed an RBI as well. Chris Young followed up his 5-for-5 night on Sunday by going 2-for-3 with 2 singles, 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base. Jacob DeGrom will look to record his first win of the season tonight at 6:35 pm in Reno despite some very encouraging performances.

Portland 9, Binghamton 4 

Greg Peavey took the loss in this one going up against Red Sox top prospect Henry Owens.  Peavey gave up five earned runs in five innings. He only allowed two hits but his control proved to be his ultimate demise as he gave up four free passes. It is worth noting he recorded seven strikeouts, however. Matt Clark continued his strong start to the season going 3 for 4 with two RBI’s and drilling his fourth home run of the season. Brian Burgamy also had two RBI’s on the night and hit his fourth home run of the season as well. Dustin Lawley and Corey Vaughn each went 0 for 4 to continue their struggles this season. Matthew Bowman will start on Tuesday for the B-Mets at Portland.

Jupiter 12, St. Lucie 3

The St. Lucie Mets went into this one trying to win their seventh contest in a row but ran into trouble early as Luis Cessa got off to a rocky start. He gave up two earned runs in the first inning but through four scoreless after that one. He walked two and struck out two to receive a no-decision. Aderlin Rodriguez and Maikis De La Cruz each went 2 for 4 with an RBI. De La Cruz hit his first home run of the season hitting in the 9th spot as well. Brandon Nimmo remained scorching hot as he had another multi-hit game, going 2 for 5 in this tilt. His average is up to .384 on the season and he has recorded multi-hit performances in four out of his last five games. Matthew Koch will get the ball on Tuesday at 6:35 pm.

Savannah 0, Augusta 0

Tonight’s matchup between Savannah and Augusta was rescheduled to Tuesday night due to rain. This was an unfortunate circumstance as the Gnats’ Kevin McGowan and GreenJackets’ Christian Jones were locked in a pitcher’s duel going into the fifth inning. These two teams will resume tomorrow at 5:30 pm.

Player of the Night

Matt Clark raised his batting average to .394 on the season with a 3 for 4 performance. He drove in two runs and clubbed a single, double and a home run on the night; his fourth of the season.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 6, Braves 4 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:39:05 +0000 USATSI jose valverde travid d'arnaud

The Mets (4-5) took the rubber game of the series in Atlanta, beating the Braves (5-4) by a score of 6-4 on Thursday night.

Jenrry Mejia took the ball for New York in his second start of the season, while David Hale got the call for Atlanta.

The Mets drew first blood when Eric Young singled, stole second, took third on a bad throw, and came in to score on Daniel Murphy‘s groundout. But the Braves quickly answered, tying the game at 1-1 in the 2nd inning when Justin Upton lined Mejia’s pitch into the right-field stands.

The Mets would score again in the next inning, and again it was Young getting things started. Eric laid down a great drag bunt, stole second again, and scored on an RBI single from David Wright. After Curtis Granderson struck out,  Murphy (who had reached base on a walk) scored on a groundout from Ike Davis to give New York a 2-run lead.

The Braves tilted the see-saw back in their favor in the bottom of the 3rd. After BJ Upton “tripled” on a ball Curtis Granderson seemed to lose in the lights (or lack thereof), Chipper Jones Freddie Freeman grounded one past Mejia and into center field to make it a 1-run ballgame. After Mejia struck out Chris Johnson (who whiffed 4 times in this game), Justin Upton walked up to the plate. As Gary Cohen and Ron Darling talked about how Mejia needed to be careful with the Braves slugger, the Talented Upton Brother rudely interrupted our stellar broadcasting squad by crushing Jenrry’s 1-1 cutter out to left to give the Braves a 4-3 lead.

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The two teams finally traded zeroes in the fourth, before Eric Young led off the 5th with a “triple” of his own– a deep drive that BJ Upton got his glove on but couldn’t reel in. Murphy tied the game with an RBI single, but the Mets then squandered a big chance to take the lead. After Granderson reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second, Ike Davis drew a walk to load the bases for Juan Lagares. The Braves brought in Anthony Varvaro to replace Hale, and Varvaro quickly fanned Juan and got Travis d’Arnaud to ground out, limiting the Mets to 1 run.

Mejia worked his way in and out out of trouble in the bottom of the inning, and finished his night with 4 runs allowed on 6 hits and 4 walks in five decent frames, in which he struck out 7 Atlanta hitters. Carlos Torres came in after Mejia and was fantastic, pulling off some fancy shenanigans to get a double play on a popped-up bunt and then making a nice play to retire Jason Heyward in the 6th, before striking out all 3 Braves he faced in the bottom of the 7th.

Torres would end up as the winning pitcher, thanks in large part to what Juan Lagares did in the top of the 7th. After Daniel Murphy singled, took second on a wild pitch by Luis Avilan, and then stole third on a pitch that put Granderson on first with a walk, Lagares redeemed himself by hitting a single to right to give the Mets the lead.

Eric Young and Daniel Murphy combined for yet another run in the 8th. EY reached on a fielder’s choice and stole his third base of the game, then came in with an important insurance run on Murph’s RBI double.

Kyle Farnsworth pitched a perfect 8th to get the ball to Jose Valverde, whose outing went a lot smoother than his previous one. Papa Grande induced a pop-up from Ramiro Pena, did the same with Evan Gattis, and then struck out Jason Heyward to end the game for the Mets and give New York their second consecutive series win.

MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

The Mets gave us a very solid performance in this game. Mejia struggled at times, but gave the team a chance to win, and the bullpen was once again phenomenal. The Mets’ relief corps has now gone 5 straight games without allowing a run. Torres, Farnsworth, and Valverde all looked fantastic, so let’s hope for some health and continued success going forward from those 3.

I’d like to see Mejia be a bit more efficient on the mound. He seems to chase strikeouts, which can lead to a lot of walks. He struggled to get through six innings in his last start and could only finish 5 tonight. Still, he has great stuff on the mound, and if he can stay healthy, I think he’ll be able to figure it out.

Granderson has done very little to win me over after I spent a few years hating him as a member of the Yankees. It’s nice to have a power threat in the lineup, but he strikes out quite often. I’m not too concerned though, he’s been hitting the ball hard when he makes contact and for a guy who can hit it out of the park at any time, he also brings a nice amount of speed. I won’t blame him for the fly ball he botched tonight… Atlanta needs to stop Chopping and start fixing their lighting.

Eric Young got off to a rough start this season, but he has been very good these past couple games. Young had 3 hits and 3 steals, and he was definitely the catalyst for our offense in this one. David Wright also had a big hit after getting a pair of base knocks last night, so hopefully he’s gotten over his bout with the flu and can get back to being the Captain we all know and love.

Daniel Murphy was also very good tonight, getting 3 hits and driving in 3 runs. He also had a pretty good night in the field, although I’m pretty sure he almost tripped over the 2nd base bag at one point…

I really hope Travis d’Arnaud can start stringing some hits together. He got a few hits in this series, but went 0-for-4 tonight. I’m not going to give up on TDA yet or any time soon, because he is still so inexperienced, but I’d really like to see some of that potential we’ve heard about show up on the field. Travis did make a very good throw to 2nd base that would have nailed Jason Heyward had Murphy correctly applied the tag. (Now that I think about it, maybe Murph wasn’t so great in the field…)

Juan Lagares has done something— with the bat, the glove, or both— to give the Mets a better chance to win day in and day out this season. Eric Young has picked it up these past couple games, and Curtis Granderson is an All-Star the biggest power threat in the lineup. It will be interesting to see what happens when— if — Chris Young returns.

It’s always good to get the series win, and it’s extra special when we can do it at Turner Field, where the Mets have always struggled. The Mets have now won two consecutive series, and they will look to make it three when they head to Los Angeles to visit the Angels.

Up Next: The Mets will fly out to LA to begin a 3 game series with the Angels on Friday night. Dillon Gee (0-0, 4.50 ERA) will face Tyler Skaggs (1-0, 0.00 ERA).

Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Farm Report: Lutz Stays Hot, Robles Hurls Five Scoreless Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:50:57 +0000 M


Logan Verrett got the start for the 51′s, going six innings while giving up three runs (one earned) on eight hits. He struck out three and walked none. Jeff Walters, who came in in the ninth, gave up a run on two hits, increasing his ERA to 27.00 but was credited with the win when the 51′s rallied in the bottom of the ninth.  Eric Campbell led  the way at the dish going 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI. Zach Lutz won the game when he doubled home Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who had doubled just before him. Lutz leads the team with 9 RBI over his first four games. (box score)


Hansel Robles looked dominant in his debut for the Binghamton Mets. He pitched five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out eight and walking one.  Jack Leathersich, who replaced Robles in the sixth,  didn’t look very sharp. He gave up two runs on two hits while walking two in just an inning and a third. First baseman Matt Clark had a nice day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI. Kevin Plawecki was solid as well, going 2 for 4 with two runs scored.  (box score )


Starter Domingo Tapia pitched well in his season debut for St. Lucie. Tapia gave up just one earned run over five innings. He allowed three hits, struck out three and walked two. It was an encouraging start to the year for Tapia who struggled with his control at times last year. The combo of Bret Mitchell and Randy Fontanez combined to go three scoreless the rest of the way. The offense didn’t do much against Palm Beach pitching, tallying just five hits. Brandon Nimmo  and Dilson Herrera each went 0 for 3. (box score)


The Sand Gnats and Blue Claws were rained out. The game will be made up as part of a double header later this month. The Gnats begin a series with Augusta on Monday April 7th. RHP  Kevin McGowan will get the nod for Savannah.


Player of the Night honors go to Binghamton starter Hansel Robles. Robles, making his AA debut, was dominant. He allowed just two hits while striking out eight and walking one over five solid innings. Robles, 23,  comes off a good year for St Lucie which saw him go 5-4 with a 3.72 ERA for the Mets’ A affiliate.

(Photo: Brooklyn Eagle)

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MMO Game Recap: Nationals 8, Mets 2 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:11:17 +0000 zack wheeler home

The New York Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals today at Citi Field by the score of 8-2. With the loss, the Mets get swept in their opening series to begin the season with an 0-3 record.

Zack Wheeler started for the Mets and allowed three earned runs over six innings, tossing a total of 114 pitches, one short of his career high. Wheeler allowed seven hits including a home run, and two walks while striking out six batters.

The bullpen struggled mightily today and Scott Rice, Jeurys Familia and Carlos Torres surrendered five runs in the seventh and eighth innings to put the game out of reach. This bullpen has had nine awful appearances out of ten so far this season… Totally unacceptable.

Offensively, the Mets struck out eight more times today, but had plenty of chances to do some damage with seven hits and four walks and didn’t.

Eric Young went hitless in the leadoff spot and is now 0-for-9 with five strikeouts. Travis d’Arnaud is also hitless in three games.

Curtis Granderson finally came alive and went 2-for-4, with two doubles and an RBI, while
Juan Lagares added a double, sac fly and RBI. He continues to make solid contact.

This game was difficult to watch. It felt like there was a malaise setting in. Lazy at-bats, lackadaisical play in the field, just an atmosphere you wouldn’t expect in only the third game of the season.

Plus the stadium was dead as a door nail…

The Mets need to make a decision at first base, this is wearing thin on everyone.

So far that fast start in April I said this team needed isn’t looking so good…

Come on guys, liven up and have some fun…

Anyway, the Mets host the Cincinnati Reds for a weekend series at Citi Field. Jenrry Mejia toes the rubber on Friday in a 7:10 PM start.

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Spring Training Recap: Astros 9, Mets 6 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:35:14 +0000 dillon gee

The Mets traveled to Kissimmee tonight to take on the Astros under the lights at Osceola County Stadium. Newly anointed Opening Day starter Dillon Gee squared off against veteran right-hander Scott Feldman.

The game started as a pitchers duel, with both teams locked in a scoreless battle heading into the fifth inning. The Mets would jump out to a 3-0 lead after scoring twice in the fifth inning and once in the sixth. The bullpen would implode to the tune of seven runs in an ugly bottom of the seventh. The Mets would mount a late comeback, but the bullpen would again blow it as the Mets fell to the Astros 9-6.

Dillon Gee was brilliant, tossing six no-hit innings before being removed from the game. The Texas native struck out seven Astros, including All-Star catcher Jason Castro twice. He walked just one batter and left the game with a 3-0 lead. Gee has had a great spring and appears to be in midseason form heading into his Opening Day start.

Catcher Anthony Recker got the scoring started with a two-out, two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning. He would finish the game 2 for 4 with three RBI’s to go along with the longball.

John Lannan struggled mightily in relief, walking the only two batters he faced before being pulled. Both runners would later score.

Relievers Gonzalez German and Carlos Torres combined to surrender five runs on six hits in the disaster that was the 7th inning.

Juan Lagares continued his push for the centerfield job, going 3 for 4 with a triple, a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored. He’s hitting .302 this spring.

In the battle for first base, neither candidate appeared to separate themself once again. Ike Davis, getting the start at DH went 0 for 4 with an RBI groundout to go along with two punchouts. Lucas Duda managed just a single in four chances and struck out once.

Jose Valverde, who may get the save opportunities if Bobby Parnell can’t start the season with the team, struggled in his one inning of work. The 11-year vet allowed two runs, one of which was unearned.

What’s Next

The Mets head back to St. Lucie tomorrow to take on their Opening Day opponents, the Washington Nationals. The game will take place at noon and will feature former second round pick Cory Mazzoni. He’ll face off against Nationals stud right hander Jordan Zimmermann.


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Spring Training Recap: Mets 5, Cardinals 3 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:52:15 +0000 matsuzaka dice-k

The Mets were home today at Tradition Field to face the St. Louis Cardinals and Daisuke Matsuzaka was on the mound to face Red Birds pitcher Shelby Miller. Behind a strong pitching performance from Dice-K and timely hitting, the Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-3 and improved their Grapefruit League record to 14-11.

The Mets once again went with the pitcher batting eighth and this time, Ruben Tejada batting ninth.

Dice K, who is competing with Jenrry Mejia for the fifth and final spot on the Mets starting rotation, earned the victory by tossing six strong innings, giving up one earned run, on three hits, allowing three walks and struck out five. After today’s performance, he surely deserves the starting nod.

Vic Black followed in the seventh inning and didn’t record an out, giving up two runs on two hits.  John Lannan, came in to spare Black, and tossed a scoreless inning and struck out one.

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth and earned his first save of the spring as a Met and only allowed a hit and struck out a batter.

Daniel Murphy, who went 2 for 3, with a run scored, got the Mets on the board in the bottom of the third inning, with a ground ball past the first base bag and into the right field corner for a double, scoring Ruben Tejada (0 for 2, R, BB) and and lead-off hitter Eric Young, Jr. (1 for 3, R), who also singled in the inning. 

David Wright went 0 for 3 and Curtis Granderson was 0 for 2 with an RBI.

Chris Young continued his hot spring hitting and was 1 for 1, with two walks and now has a .362 batting average.

Lucas Duda was hitless today, going 0 for 3, but was robbed of a hit by a great catch in right center field by Stephen Piscotty.

Travis d’Arnaud had an RBI single in the sixth inning to put the Mets up 4-0. He finished the day, 1 for 3, with an RBI.

What’s Next:

The Mets travel on Tuesday to Viera, Fl to play the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium, with the first pitch at 1:05 pm.

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Seratelli Closing In On His Major League Dream Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:09:37 +0000 Photo: NY Post, Anthony J. Causi

The stories of the spring have been dominated by injuries to Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda and all the drama with Rubin Tejada, plus all the news with the current pitching staff and future studs on the mound.

But each spring there always seems to be one story that stands out from the rest, and doesn’t get much fanfare, but is truly a story worth sharing.

Back in early March, Anthony Dicomo of, wrote a fantastic post about Anthony Seratelli and how his father’s sudden passing back in February of 2011, fueled his desires to not only reach the major leagues but to dedicate his journey to his father, Russell Seratelli. It is truly a must read.

Seratelli, 31, who is a native of New Jersey, has played in the minor leagues for the past eight seasons without ever making it into a major league game. His path as a pro ballplayer has been long and arduous, but it has’t deterred him from continuing to pursue his dreams.

The utility infielder, spent the 2013 season with the Kansas City Royal’s Triple-A affiliate and batted .273/.395/.413, with 17 doubles, 11 home runs, 41 RBI, 24 stolen bases, and 77 walks in 487 plate appearances.

In his eight minor league seasons he has compiled a .276 batting average, with 67 home runs and 382 RBI, which makes me wonder, why he hasn’t gotten some sort of opportunity to make the major league roster or even a call up when rosters expanded in September’s past. But things happen for a reason and it would be great for the younger Seratelli to make his major league debut with the Mets in front of family and friends.

Having a versatile ball player is always a plus on any team and Terry Collins looks at Seratelli as someone worth keeping, “He can play any position, he can switch-hit, he can run. That’s nice to have a guy like that on the bench.”

At Friday’s spring training game in Fort Myers against the Minnesota Twins, I witnessed Collins taking a moment to give Seratelli some pointers on how to approach each at bat.

Terry Collins and Anthony Seratelli

As Spring Training winds down to an end, Seratelli’s family and friends wait anxiously for the opportunity to celebrate him making the team. And even though it can be nerve-racking and keeps them on edge, they know how significant it would be for him to break camp with the Mets, “It would simply mean a lot because he has been extremely committed and has worked so hard every step of the way,” his mother Victoria Seratelli told me on Saturday.

Anthony Seratelli’s story is one worth keeping tabs on this coming week. The hope is that he is one of the 25 players who get to travel back up North to Citi Field on March 31 when they play the Washington Nationals. It would finally make all the years of hard work and dedication worth it.

If all goes as expected for him a week from today, he’ll end one chapter in an inspiring story and begin a new one as major league ballplayer.

(Photos: Anthony J. Causi, David Conde)

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Spring Training Recap: Mets 10, Marlins 2 Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:17:03 +0000 USATSI brad barr travis d'arnaud

The Mets banged out 13 hits including three home runs to beat the Miami Marlins by a score of 10-2 on Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

There were a lot of great story lines in this game for the Mets, but let’s begin with Travis d’Arnaud, who blasted a two-run homer against Miami Marlins lefthander Brad Hand. The home run snapped a hitless streak that had lasted 21 at-bats for the Mets Opening Day catcher.

Apparently, d’Arnaud and hitting coach Dave Hudgens spent some considerable time together on Friday and hopefully this was a sign that things will now improve for 25-year old backstop.

“I’m seeing the ball well,” d’Arnaud said. “I’m just over-swinging. Yesterday me and ‘Hudgy’ just worked on keeping my eye on the ball. If you keep your eye on the ball, you have a higher chance of succeeding than when you don’t see the ball hit the bat.” 

More Highlights:

Perhaps the biggest star on the day was Bartolo Colon  who pitched all the way into the seventh inning and got the win. Colon tossed 6.2 innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits while walking none and striking out three. He threw over 80% of his pitches for strikes including 18 of them in a row at one point in the game. Collins was right – this guy is a strike-throwing machine. Additionally, Colon singled, drove in a run, and nearly beat out a grounder for an infield hit, much to the delight of the crowd who gave him a big ovation. This guy is going to be a lot of fun!

Wilmer Flores with a three hit, four RBI day that include a three-run shot – his second homer of the year. Flores leads the Mets in RBIs this Spring, but will likely begin the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. That’s unfortunate.

Ike Davis had his second big day in a row. After going 3-for-3 on Friday, Davis celebrated his 27th birthday by ripping a two-run homer off Marlins closer Steve Cishek. It was his second home run of the spring and he’s now 5-for-15 with four extra-base hits. Lucas Duda had the day off.

How about Chris Young? He reached base 5 times today and is having himself a fantastic spring. Young finished his day going 3-for-3 with a walk and two steals.

Eric Young Jr. batted leadoff and collected a single and a walk in four plate appearances while stealing a pair of bases including third.

Up Next:

The Mets play a pair of split squad games on Sunday. Jenrry Mejia opposes Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark at 1:10 PM at Port St. Lucie, while John Lannan opposes Atlanta Braves right-hander Freddy Garcia at 1:05 PM at Disney.

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Spring Training Recap: Mets 5, Tigers 4 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:54:44 +0000 USATSI andrew brown

The Mets came from behind to defeat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 today at Tradition Field and improved their Grapefruit League record to 9-10.

The winning run scored in the bottom of the ninth inning, on a walk-off single by Andrew Brown to score Anthony Seratelli.


Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is most likely to be the Mets fifth starter, was tagged for four runs on seven hits, walked a batter and struck out five. He also gave up a line drive bomb to Miguel Cabrera in the third inning, one of two homers hit off him today. So far this spring Dice-K has a 4.97 ERA.

Jeurys Familia followed and threw one inning, giving up a hit and striking out a batter. In five innings pitched this spring he has yet to give up a run.

Bobby Parnell pitched the top of the ninth with the score tied at 4-4, and set down the inning in order.

Eric Young Jr, started at second base, batted lead off and went 0 for 4.

Chris Young, playing in left field, went 1 for 3, double, RBI, a walk and is batting .297, he also hasn’t struck out in three games and actually has a six game hitting streak.

David Wright, went 1 for 4, with two strikeouts, and batting .182 with no home runs so far this spring.

Curtis Granderson, who was hitless in the last five games, went 1 for 4, with a run scored and struck out three times.

Eric Campbell, who is quietly making a name for himself, went 2 for 4, two runs scored, a home run and RBI.

Wilmer Flores, who started his third game at shortstop, went 1 for 4, with an RBI and one fabulous play in the ninth inning.

Juan Lagares went 2-for-4, with a run scored, and a stolen base. This spring he has hit safely in 8 out of 11 games, batting .306/.359/.361. Looks like he is making his case to be the starting centerfielder.

Thoughts from Joe D.

It was nice to see Andrew Brown get the big hit in the bottom of the 9th for the Mets today. He has shown a propensity for coming through in a big spot. He’s batting .290 and is making a solid case to come up north when the team beaks camp in less than two weeks. A few readers brought up the good point that while Matt den Dekker also brings a solid glove, his defense isn’t needed while Brown’s power is.

Daisuke Matsuzaka will likely be the team’s fifth starter, but lets not pretend he’s having a great spring – he’s not. The problem is that nobody else has stepped up either. Dice-K saw his ERA climb to 4.97 for the Spring.

In the battle for the leadoff spot, Eric Young Jr. went 0-for-4 and Juan Lagares went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Lagares is batting .306 compared to .241 for Young… As the saying goes, you can’t steal first base…

Coming up: The Mets have a day off on Wednesday, but will be back in action on Thursday at Tradition Field when they host the Atlanta Braves, with the first pitch at 1:10 pm.

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MMO Exclusive: Cesar Puello Ready To Put 2013 Behind Him Wed, 12 Mar 2014 03:04:22 +0000 Cesar Puello

Coming into the 2014 spring season, the Mets have had so many question marks regarding their roster especially which top prospects could actually break camp with the team and which would be on the verge of a debut.

Top outfield prospect, Cesar Puello is one player that is just a step away from impacting the Mets lineup, but his status was in jeopardy after he was linked to the Bio-genesis scandal that rocked all of baseball last summer. Puello was suspended for 50 games as a consequence.

I caught up with Puello while here at the Mets Spring Training complex for MMO.

He appeared genuinely remorseful when I brought up the Biogenesis scandal. This young man clearly understands all that transpired, but told MMO that he is ready to put last season behind him.

“Everything always happens for a good reason.” Puello said. “And because of what happened to me last season, I have matured more as a player and a person. I am now extremely focused and ready to start making some good decisions, because that is what is most important. I’m ready to move on and help the Mets organization.”

In 2013, while with Double-A Binghamton, Puello was i the midst of an MVP caliber season and batted .326/.403/.547, with 21 doubles,16 home runs, 73 RBI, 24 stolen bases in just 331 at-bats.

Now with the suspension behind him, Puello works toward showing everyone that the great numbers he showcased in 2013, were not a fluke and are something that he will continue to build on.

The Mets made their decision to cut him and send him back to minor league camp on Monday, but not before opening up some eyes by batting .364/.533/.545 in his small sampling. Mets VP of Player Development Paul DePodesta is impressed with Puello’s approach at the plate and believes he has all the tools to be a productive major leaguer for the Mets.

For now, the Mets are locked in with Curtis Granderson, Eric Young, Chris Young and Juan Lagares, so finding playing time for Puello, would have been extremely difficult. At least starting in Las Vegas (AAA) he will get the opportunity to work his way back into top form.

One thing that bodes well for Puello is that he is fully on board with the offensive philosophy of the organization. We talked a little bit about that and this kid gets it.

“If you focus on putting the bat right on the ball, the home runs will follow, but I have to first think about my on-base percentage, my average and then everything else will follow with good results,” says the outfielder.

Not only does Puello have a big power bat, but he also has speed, and that aspect is also a very important part of his game, “I play aggressively and intelligently, and that is another way to show what I can do on the field during the game,” he says.

After speaking with Puello and watching how he handles himself in the clubhouse, with his teammates, his coaches and also around the fans, it’s very apparent that the Mets have something very special in this young man. Everyone makes mistakes, but its what he has learned from his mistakes that will help him to continue to grow and develop into a bonafide major leaguer.

He is very thankful for a second opportunity and intends to make the best of it this time. “I thank God that everything is great now and I’m working hard everyday,” he said as our conversation came to a close. “I’m ready to showcase my abilities.”

He will get his chance to do just that. I believe in this kid. Don’t be surprised to see Puello’s name listed among the league leaders in batting, on-base and power in the PCL this Summer. My hunch is that he will force his way into the Mets lineup at some point this season.

This interview was initially conducted in Spanish and I translated into English for our readers to enjoy. 

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Mariners Continue To Aggressively Scout The Mets Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:48:30 +0000 franklin

The Seattle Mariners are still actively scouting the New York Mets according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin. He writes that the M’s have been religiously attending Mets games, but that on Monday they doubled their scouting contingent in Port St. Lucie.

It’s no secret that Seattle is shopping shortstop Nick Franklin and MLB Trade Rumors suspects they are readying a proposal for the Mets and that today was about “determining a fair asking price.” I agree with them.

Seattle is presumably looking for a young pitching prospect in return of similar value. Obviously, Noah Syndergaard and even Rafael Montero are off the table, but can the Mets tempt the Mariners with a pair of lesser pitching prospects like a Jacob deGrom and Michael Fulmer?

The Mets have no shortage of young arms with high upside, but are they ready to move one or two of them to get the upgrade they need at short?

Sandy Alderson continues to say that he’s quite happy with Ruben Tejada at short and that we shouldn’t expect any changes to the roster between now and Opening Day. However, I’m praying that it’s just a bluff, and we do know that he has acknowledged interest in Franklin as recently as last month.

The 22-year old Franklin batted .225/.303/.382 with 12 home runs, 20 doubles, 42 walks, 45 RBI and a 2.3 WAR in 412 plate appearances last season. Obviously that’s quite an offensive upgrade over anything that Tejada can produce.

The experts say that Franklin won’t stick at shortstop and that his fringe to average arm and range make him better suited for second base. But can he be any worse than Tejada who is also a second baseman albeit masquerading as a shortstop for the Mets the last three seasons?

For what it’s worth, Franklin is having a great Spring for the M’s batting .333/.368/.667 with three doubles, one home run, four RBIs and a 1.035 OPS in 18 at-bats.


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Spring Training Recap: Mets 9, Cardinals 8 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:58:36 +0000 Jon_Niese

After the 11-1 drubbing the Mets received at the hands of the Marlins on Monday at Tradition Field, they traveled to Jupiter today to play the Cardinals and after a back and forth game, the Mets out-clubbed the Cardinals 9-8.

The Mets improved their Spring record to 5-6 and the Cardinals dropped to 2-7.

Two of the major story lines in the game were the spring debut of Jonathan Niese on the mound and top prospect Wilmer Flores starting at shortstop.

Niese didn’t fair well in his first start and was roughed up in his two innings of work, allowing four runs on six hits including a two run homer to Kolten Wong. Niese walked two and didn’t register a strikeout.

“I’m not 100 percent as far as where I want to be pitching-wise,” Niese said. “Some of the pitches, obviously I’m not really consistent right now.”


Rafael Montero tossed two innings, gave up a hit, a walk and struck out a batter. He also gave up his first run of the spring on a Sac Fly by Matt Holliday.

Jose Valverde, who tossed one inning, gave up three hits and the big one, a two-run double to Daniel Descalso which put the Cardinals back up 7-6 in the fifth inning.

Vic Black pitching in his fourth game without giving up a run, continued his streak and tossed an inning, giving up two hits with three strikeouts.

Leading off for the second game in a row, Eric Young Jr was 1 for 3, with a run scored and a RBI.

Juan Lagares, the Mets human highlight reel, made a great diving catch coming in on a ball in center field to take a hit away. Don Juan also went 1 for 5 with a run scored.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who is making a strong bid to break camp with the Mets, hit a three-run homer in the top of the fifth to temporarily put the Mets in the lead 6-5. He finished the game 1 for 5 with three RBI, and he struck out twice.

Josh Satin hit his first homer of the spring in the top of the first off Adam Wainwright, to put the Mets in the lead 1-0. He finished 2 for 2, with a run scored, a RBI, and a walk.

Wilmer Flores went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and a walk. He had a so-so day in the field but held his own.

Matt den Dekker entered the game as a pinch hitter and doubled for Eric Young Jr in the 6th inning. MDD has been hot with the bat and finished 2 for 2 with an RBI.

Omar Quintanilla, came into the game hitless and had his best performance of the spring, going 3 for 4, with a run scored and two RBI.

Zach Lutz hit his second home run of the spring in the top of the ninth, to put the Mets back on top to stay 9-8.

Coming up: The Mets will return to Tradition Field to take on the visiting the St. Louis Cardinals, on Wednesday with first pitch at 1:10 pm.

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The Underwhelming Mets First Base Battle Sat, 08 Mar 2014 16:33:57 +0000 duda davis

We’re a week into spring training games and the big position battle we’ve been anticipating all winter has thus far been, shall we say…. underwhelming?

Ike Davis has calf tightness. Lucas Duda has leg stiffness. Pardon the pun, but are we dealing with a couple of stiffs?

In a battle for their Major League lives with millions of dollars in future earnings at stake for both players, neither one of them has taken the bull by the horns and said, “This job is mine!”

Sounds a lot like the last couple of seasons, doesn’t it?

So in their limited action thus far, how have the two lefty sluggers fared?

Ike Davis (2 Games) – .167 BA (1 for 6), 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 K, 0 BB, .167 OBP, .667 SLG

Lucas Duda (3 Games) – .286 BA (2 for 7), 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 BB, .375 OBP, .857 SLG

Ladies and gentlemen – your first basemen.

Neither of the two are in today’s lineup and remain sidelined.

Eric Campbell, who has been playing first base predominantly in their absence, is batting .429/.467/.500 over 14 at-bats in six games.

(Photo Credit: Alejandra Villa, Newsday)

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Cesar Puello: One Step Backwards, Two Steps Forward Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:00:46 +0000 cesar puello howard simmons

Amazin’ Avenue‘s Chris McShane recently spoke with Paul DePodesta, the Mets’ Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting, about how the Mets’ minor league system doesn’t appear to be nearly as lopsided as it once was.

The Mets have a good amount of highly touted young pitchers as well as a group of minor league position players who are very close to contributing with the big club.

DePodesta knows that recent signings and trades have put the Mets in a great position with their prospects, ”A lot of things went well for us, position player-wise,” he says.

Out of the many prospects that make up the Mets minor leagues, Cesar Puello is one player that has helped to change the makeup of the organization from being weak in talent, to one of the top systems in all of baseball.

DePodesta raves about Puello and all that he will be capable of in 2014, ”He’s always run, he’s always had power, he could always throw, but he finally started hitting. He just had a much better approach at the plate. We’re anxious to see that happen again in 2014 because if he does continue to do that again, he has all the tools to be a very productive player, even at the highest level.”

Puello’s season was cut short after he was suspended for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal that rocked baseball last summer. But prior to his departure he was batting .326/.403/.547 with 21 doubles, 16 home runs, 73 RBI, and 24 stolen bases in 377 plate appearances.

Now with the suspension behind him, Puello works towards showing everyone that the great numbers he showcased in 2013, were not a fluke and are something that he will continue to build on. And from the looks of it, he also has the full support of the Mets. Can’t wait to see him take another step in his development as he moves ever so closer to his major league debut.

(Photo: Howard Simmons, Daily News)

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Oldies But Not Goodies: Discarding RBI, Runs Scored, and Pitching Wins Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:00:17 +0000 While most traditionalist stats are all but completely gone from most Major League Baseball front offices, the casual fan and the older generations of die-hard fans have stuck with the statistics. Classic and easy to remember, a century of celebrating records has some people holding on to these numbers for good. Sometimes, classic theories and ideas can still be relevant, but in this case, that isn’t true.

baseball glove benchI have nothing against people who like these stats. Many of them have spent their entire lives having RBI records, batting average records, win-loss records, and other statistical feats drilled into their heads. These were the only options, so people didn’t question them.

There are three stats in particular, however, that need to go. This may be obvious to many fans but they can’t hold a candle to some of the new metrics that have popped up in recent decades. RBI, runs scored, and pitching wins and losses are arguably the most irrelevant and useless popular statistics.

Before diving in to each one, consider one thing. What is the goal of using statistics for individual players? The answer is simple: to isolate production. Simply, to tell how talented a player is. In theory, the best statistics are affected only minimally by other players, otherwise a statistic can be as much a measure of a team’s ability as the individual player’s. If you were a general manager signing a player from the Red Sox for $200 million, given only statistics that are significantly affected by other Red Sox players, would you consider making the deal.

Runs Batted In (RBI)

The Goal: Runs Batted in has two joint goals (or at least it is perceived to have two): to evaluate how good a player is in important situations and how productive he is overall.

The flaws: This statistic rose to mass use in the 1920s. This is not a problem, but it shows that the statistic was created before baseball was understood as much as it is today.

RBI is as much of a team statistic as it is an individual one, it’s main problem. There is only one method of getting an RBI without any baserunners and that’s hitting a home run. Say two hitters each hit home runs, except the second hitter did it with a runner on first base. Does the second batter deserve twice as much “credit” as the first? No, not at all. The second home run hitter probably had little to no effect at all on whether that runner reached base, but he still gets credit for “driving in” that person. Not only that, but players on better teams tend to get more opportunities to drive runners in. Two players may be driving in the same percentage of baserunners but one may have far fewer RBI than the other.

One more thing to consider about RBI is that it treats every situation equally. What good is a second inning RBI single when your team is down 9-0? Which leads me to…

Alternatives: There are a number of different alternatives for RBI but the most popular is probably Win Probability Added. Remember how every RBI is treated the same regardless of situation? That is where WPA comes in. Baseball has been played for over a century and almost every situation imaginable has repeated itself over and over again. One thing is certain: there are always calculable odds of who is more likely to win. Every action affects a team’s odds of winning a game, whether it is small or large. A walk-off home run obviously has a bigger impact than a one out single in the third inning with nobody on. WPA uses linear weights, a complex way of saying the odds of winning added (or lost) from each action. Players with a higher WPA tend to have had bigger impacts on games (although it is not predictive), specifically in high-pressure situations, which statisticians have debated the effects of with no real consensus yet. This is still a stat where a team must put a player into position to have a bigger impact, but it certainly quantifies that impact far better than RBI. (To read my article from last summer going in depth on WPA, click here.)

Runs Scored (Individual)

The Goal: This stat is rather murky in its presumed goal. Really, it is likely meant to measure both production overall and baserunning.

The flaws: Again, this is a stat in which it depends so much on the surrounding team, probably even more than RBI. A player can bat 1.000 and still never score a run. Of course, these theoretical situations aren’t relevant to the real world of baseball, but the idea holds true: teams set you up to score a run. Sure, the player may have successfully made it to home plate without falling flat on his face, or he could have even dove into home plate well. However, the hitting  team still had to do something to allow him to cross home plate and even the team in the field often time chooses not to throw to home, instead opting to hit the cutoff man and settle at that.

Alternatives: There are a ton of alternatives to Runs Scored, satisfying both purposes. Getting into them could take another thousand words, but there are plenty of viable alternatives. For overall production, OPS, OPS+, all the way down to wOBA and wRC+ do the job better than runs scored as they isolate that particular player more. For baserunning, there are complex metrics like UBR out there, as well as some of Baseball-Reference’s statistics that even include a player’s ability to avoid getting thrown out at first on a double play. There is some very interesting stuff out there that can even break down the type of baserunning a hitter is good at.

Wins and Losses (For Pitchers)

The Goal: To evaluate the performance of an individual pitcher

The flaws: Where to begin? There are so many flaws with wins and losses. As a general rule, I say that wins and losses are half affected by the offense and some by defense as well. A pitcher can be on his game striking batters and getting weak ground balls and still get the loss. In order to get a win, the offense of the pitcher’s team must score more runs than the other. Say what you will about pitching to the score, but that’s what it comes down to.

Additionally, a pitcher’s defense behind him can let him down, whether measured in errors or not. Even if the pitcher allows only unearned runs, the loss is still given.

There are also plenty of situations where the pitcher throws a great game but leaves tied, giving a reliever an opportunity to get credit, even if he comes in only to pick off a baserunner. It has happened before, and it is so often the pitcher with the best night that gets cheated.

Alternatives: Rate stats are the way to go here. Looking at game logs is fine as well, but not all wins and losses are created equal, but even an undeserved win will show up in rate stats. Specifically, FIP and xFIP are great alternatives as they take out the fielding aspect as well as the hitting aspect, which ERA does not completely do.

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There are a number of statistics like these that are very flawed and should be essentially discarded from use by the average fan. As someone who’s skeptical of almost anything, I noticed early on that there were flaws. With baseball especially, it’s important to not let tradition get in the way of realizing the flaws of the different ways people analyze the game.


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Wilmer Flores Says He Can Play Shortstop Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:59:09 +0000 ESPN’s Adam Rubin writes that Wilmer Flores has not played shortstop in the Mets organization since 2011, when a lack of first-step quickness prompted the organization to shift him to other infield spots.

Rubin also shares that Terry Collins has suggested he will revisit at least dabbling with Flores at shortstop during spring training. And Flores, who arrived in camp Tuesday is open to doing so.

“Sure. I played there for four years,” Flores said. “It’s not going to be a new position. I’m sure I can play.” 

wilmer flores fieldFlores made his long awaited major league debut on August 6, 2013 and he ended up hitting .211/.248/.295, with one home run, 13 RBI, and 23 strikeouts in 95 at-bats.

“It was a great experience,” Flores shares with the media . “I learned a lot. It was the year that I learned the most, especially mentally. This game is 80 percent mental.”

However, ankle ailments hindered Flores’ performance on the field and at the plate. His swing mechanics became altered, and his position at second came into question due to his nagging issues.

“It was tough. First year in the big leagues, you want to be out there playing and giving 100 percent. But I just couldn’t. When I had my chance, I did my best. I did what I could.”

Although, an active offseason, with focus on the ankle, seems to have fixed those issues.

“My body feels great. My legs feel great, especially my ankles –100 percent,” Flores said Tuesday.

“We did a lot of ankle exercises,” said to the media in reference to his offseason work at the Michigan fitness camp. “We worked on things that we needed to work on, like speed, agility and getting stronger. I’d be happy to go again.”

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The Mets have have 23 different players that have been the “everyday” Third Baseman in any given season. David Wright is without a doubt the greatest Third Baseman in franchise history, and has been the everyday third baseman for the last 10 seasons since being called up in 2004. He has played 1,364 games at third base (1,363 starts).

We all know who is #5 in our program and Numero Uno in our hearts, but who are the other Men on Third who have appeared in the most games at the position?

(Years as the primary third baseman in parenthesis)

2 – Howard Johnson (1985, 1987-1991, 1993) – 835 games (741 starts). In 1991, HoJo batted ,259 and led the National League in home runs with 37 and RBIs with 117. Add in 30 stolen bases, 108 runs scored and joining the 30/30 club. He was an All-Star and Silver Slugger in 1989 & 1991 and led the NL in runs scored in 1989 with 104. He was also a member of the 30/30 club in 1987 (36 HR, 32 SB) and 1989 (36 HR, 41 SB).

3 – Wayne Garrett – (1969, 1973-75) – 709 games (625 starts). Wayne was the Third Baseman on both the ’69 and ’73 teams, and in 1973, he hit .256 with a career highs of 16 HR and 58 RBI.

4 – Hubie Brooks – (1981-84) – 516 games (501 starts). In 1984, Hubie hit .283 with 16 HR and 73 RBI. He was one of four players traded to the Montreal Expos on December 10, 1984 for Gary Carter.

5 – Edgardo Alfonzo (1995, 1997-98, 2002) – 515 games (472 starts). Edgardo had his best offensive seasons in 1999-2000 as the Mets Second Baseman and was arguably the best second baseman in franchise history, but Fonzie was no slouch at Third, either. In 1997, he hit .315 with 10 HR, 72 RBI and a .391 OBP.

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6 – Robin Ventura (1999-2001) – 436 games (418 starts). Robin’s Grand Slam Single in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS is one of classic moments in franchise history. In 1999, Robin hit .320 with 32 HR and 120 RBI and 38 doubles as well as won a Gold Glove.

7 – Ed Charles (1967-68) – 247 games (221 starts). In 1968, Ed hit .276 with 15 HR and 53 RBI.

8 – Dave Magadan (1992) – 238 games (186 starts). Dave is also in the top 10 of most games played at First Base in franchise history. In 1992, Dave hit .283 with 3 HR and 28 RBI and a .390 OBP.

9 – Ty Wigginton (2003) – 235 games (218 starts). Ty was the everyday Third Baseman until David Wright was called up in 2004. In 2003, Ty hit .255 with 11 HR and 71 RBI.

10 – Lenny Randle (1977-78) – 234 games (215 starts). In 1977, Lenny hit .304 with 5 HR and 27 RBI.

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D’Arnaud Says He’s Ready, Now It’s Time To Prove It Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:10:33 +0000 travis-d'arnaud

Kristie Ackert of the Daily News says Travis d’Arnaud has quite an impressive resume. He was a first-round pick by the Phillies, and he’s twice been used as a trading chip for a Cy Young winner. He has all the glowing scouting reports and made all the blue-chip prospect lists. However, it’s time for him to go from prospect to productive major leaguer and nobody knows that better than him.

“It’s cool and all to have that prospect label and everything, but I’d really rather just be known as a good player,” d’Arnaud said. “I am ready for that.”

D’Arnaud is one of the key critical elements to this five year rebuild plan that Sandy Alderson initiated as soon as he arrived.

Along with Wheeler, Travis is the poster boy for the Alderson Era and in his interview with Ackert, he understands that it’s time for him to perform and start living up to years of prospect hype. He heads into camp with all of that in mind.

He didn’t exactly hit the ground running offensively and batted  .202/.86/.263 with three doubles, a home run and five RBI in 112 plate appearances, while striking out 21 times.

In three days d’Arnaud turns 25 and yet years of injuries and setbacks still have him at the beginning of his learning curve in the majors.

“I still have a lot to learn, I still have a lot of work to do to get better,” said d’Arnaud, “but I also have a lot of ideas of how I want to go about getting my work done and how I want to handle things. I was lucky last year, I got to spend a lot of time with John Buck and I learned a lot and I’ve kind of structured things from that.”

On the plus side, TDA has gained the trust and respect of his pitchers for his ability to frame pitches and get a strike call on balls that are low in the zone.

Terry Collins told TC Palm that when he came up last season, he worked hard each and every game to make sure that he and the pitchers could work together and have confidence in him.

D’Arnaud is still considered the best catching prospect in the majors, but now I want to see him translate that into becoming a potential top ten catcher in the majors.

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