Mets Merized Online » RBI Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:48:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MMO Prospect Watch: Thor Solid, Conforto Keeps Raking Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:40:13 +0000 syndergaard

Here’s how our Top 10 Prospects performed on Sunday, July 27th.

Noah Syndergaard, Las Vegas – Noah went 5.0 innings in a no-decision for the 51s in front of 1,747 at Cashman Field on Sunday. Thor allowed 5 hits, walked 2, struck out 8, and allowed 2 runs (1 earned). On the season, Noah is 8-5 with a 5.16 ERA in 96 innings with 100 K’s.

Dilson Herrera, Binghamton – Dilson was batting second and playing Second Base against the Trenton Thunder in front of 4,348 at Arm & Hammer Park. He went 0 for 3, lowering his batting average to .345 with Binghamton.

Gavin Cecchini, St. Lucie – In Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Daytona Cubs at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, Gavin was batting 7th as the DH and went 1 for 3. In Game 2, Gavin was batting 7th and playing shortstop, going 0 for 3. Cecchini is batting .179 at St. Lucie after being promoted from Savannah.

Dominic SmithSavannah – Dominic was batting third and playing First Base, going 0 for 3 with 2 walks in front of 3,195 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark against the Lexington Legends. On the season, Dominic is hitting .287 with 0 HR and 32 RBI.

Michael ConfortoBrooklyn – Michael was batting fourth and playing Left Field at Edward A. LeLaceur Park in front of 3,417 against the Lowell Spinners. He went 2 for 4 with 1 RBI, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout, raising his average on the season to .412.

Amed Rosario – Brooklyn – Amed was batting second and playing Shortstop against the Spinners. On the day, he went 2 for 6 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI, raising his season average with the Cyclones to .299.

MMO Top 10 Prospects that did not see action on June 27th: Rafael Montero (AAA), Kevin Plawecki (AAA), Brandon Nimmo (AA), Steven Matz (AA)

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 3, Brewers 2 Sat, 26 Jul 2014 03:57:15 +0000 lucas duda

Bang… Bang… Boom!!!

The Mets delighted fans on Friday night, with a thrilling come from behind win to even up the series against the Brewers.  Yovani Gallardo had the Mets searching for answers all night until the ninth when Brewers brought in K-Rod.  Murphy led the inning off with a double and later came in to score on a Wright single to left.  Murphy ended the night going 3-4.

Lucas Duda delivered the decisive blow crushing a flat fastball from Rodriguez into the right field for his 17th homer of the year.  This gave the Mets a 3-2 lead, as once again Mejia came in and shut the door to earn his 14th save of the season,  Mejia is now 14 for 16 in save situations for the Mets.

After being shut down by Gallardo for 7.2 innings, only getting four hits and striking out eight times, the Mets had the core of their lineup come up big in the ninth.  Murphy and Wright, who went a combined 5-8 on the night, stroked back to back hits before Duda launched his two run blast that gave the Mets the 3-2 lead. 

Tale of the Tape (Since trade)

Ike Davis – .240, 5 HR 26 RBI, 79 G

Lucas Duda – .257, 14 HR 45 RBI, 81 G

Murphy’s leadoff hit in the ninth atoned for his two costly errors he had on the night.

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Mets pitchers had a great night, led by starter Zack Wheeler, and supported by relievers Vic Black, Carlos Torres, and Jenrry Mejia. They combined for 13 strikeouts and allowed only four hits.  Wheeler had another strong outing as he racked up nine of the strikeouts. His only blemish was a solo shot by Carlos Gomez. In his last 5 starts, Wheeler has a 1.41 ERA in 32.0 innings pitched.

Tonight’s thrilling win has the Mets only 5.5 games out the the N.L wild card and keeps hope alive for a possible playoff push.  The Mets are now 4-4 in their first eight games since the all-star break, and with a passion filled win the Mets will look to take game three of the series tomorrow at 7:00 pm as Jon Niese (5-5, 3.13) will oppose the Brewers’ Wily Peralta (11-6, 3.58)

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Mets Minors Report 7/24: Herrera Still On A Tear, Matz Wins 4th Game With B-Mets Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:46 +0000 Dilson Herrera

Last Night’s Quick Scores

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  • Matt den Dekker was 2 for 3, with a run scored and a double in Wednesday’s Vegas loss. In his last four games, he is batting .600 (9 for 15), three doubles, a triple, home run and five RBI’s.
  • Wilmer Flores and Allan Dykstra both launched their 13th home run on the season for Vegas.
  • Second baseman Daniel Muno has not drawn much fan fare but in Vegas he is batting .270/.386/.442, with 11 home runs and 44 RBI’s in 267 at bats.
  • Steven Matz earned his fourth victory for the B-Mets tossing seven innings, and allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out four batters. He has won his last three decisions.
  • T.J. Rivera just keeps hitting and now in Double A. Rivera is batting .329/.386/.421 and has hit safely in eight of his last ten games.
  • After tearing through Class A Advanced, Brandon Nimmo is struggling to get on track in Double A, batting just .189/.318/.360, but continues with his power surge, launching five home runs with Binghamton on the season.
  • Pitcher Robert Whalen returned to the mound for the first time since May 1st for the Sand Gnats. He was initially placed on the disabled list due to an infection in his pitching hand which required surgery. Whalen (5-0, 2.10) did not miss a beat as he earned the victory tossing 5.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits and striking out three batters.
  • Savannah DH/1B Matthew Oberste extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a home run on Wednesday night and is batting .446 (37 for 83), with seven home runs and 25 RBI’s in that span.
  • Michael Conforto was 2 for 4, with a double for Brooklyn and has hit safely in the first five games of his pro career.
  • Amed Rosario went 3 for 4, with a run scored and a triple and has an eight game hitting streak with the Cyclones.
  • Outfielder Wuilmer Becerra was 2 for 4, with two doubles in Kingsport’s loss and has hit safely in eight straight games. He is batting .531 with eight runs scored, four doubles, four home runs, and seven RBI’s during the streak.

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Dilson Herrera will be the next top prospect to shine on the big club, and it will probably be sooner than most anticipate, especially with how he has been tearing through Class A and Double A, just this season alone. After his first week in Binghamton, Herrera went on a tear and hit in 11-straight games. He was hitless for just one game and took off again and after going 2 for 5 on Wednesday, he is currently enjoying another 11-game hit streak. In 67 games with St. Lucie, the Colombian native batted .307/.355/.410 with 16 doubles, three home runs, and 23 RBI’s in 283 at bats. So far with Binghamton, he has appeared in 29 games and is batting .359/.421/.581, with 10 doubles, four home runs and 26 RBI’s in 117 at bats.

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Chris Young Left Game With Leg Cramp Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:43:34 +0000 chris youngMets outfielder Chris Young left Monday’s game in the eighth inning with a cramp in his left calf, the Mets announced.

“I felt it a few steps out of the box and tried to kind of push through it and it seemed like it went away,” Young told reporters.

“I think I made the right decision coming out of the game, for sure, just to try to catch it before anything went wrong. So hopefully with the ice and some rest tonight I show up tomorrow and it feels normal.”

Young was signed to a one year deal worth $7.25 million for this season and is batting is batting .202 with 8 home runs and 27 RBI in 75 games.

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10 Years In: What is David Wright’s Legacy? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:00:26 +0000 david wright

Believe it or not, today marks the 10th anniversary of David Wright’s Major League debut. As we reach this milestone, it is an appropriate time to assess his legacy with the team.

Selected during the supplemental round of the 2001 amateur draft (20 picks after Aaron Heilman if you can believe it), David Wright served as a compensatory pick after the Mets lost Mike Hampton to the Colorado Rockies during free agency. Prior to being drafted, Wright, the 2001 Gatorade Virginia High School player of the year, had committed to attending Georgia Tech.

Fortunately for the Mets, Wright decided to forgo his prior commitment and sign with his childhood team.

Wright rocketed through the Mets farm system. In the 91 minor league games that Wright played before being promoted in the summer of 2004, Wright hit .341 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs between Binghamton and Norfolk.

On July 21st, the Mets selected David’s contract for a game against the Montreal Expos. In just 69 games, David would hit 14 homers and garner 40 RBIs while batting .293. The future franchise cornerstone had arrived.

Now, ten years later, Wright is the captain of the Mets and unanimously beloved amongst the team’s fans. He already owns nearly every accumulative franchise record and by the time he retires he will undoubtedly lead in every offensive category, save for perhaps triples and stolen bases.

Known as Captain America, Wright has been the face of our franchise for a decade now. He has demonstrated his loyalty to the team, stuck it out through the tough times and yet the fact remains, the Mets have made the playoffs only once since his debut all those years ago.

From 2005-2008 David Wright was unbelievable. In those four seasons David batted .310 with 116 home runs and 449 RBIs. He won two Gold Gloves with matching Silver Slugger awards in 2007 and 2008 respectively. He also played in 160 games three of those four seasons, the lone outlier being 154 in 2006.

David had accomplished so much by the time he was 25 years old. Now, Wright is 31 and since that time he has just one 100 RBI season and one season of 25 or more home runs, both in 2010.

His batting average since 2008 has dropped nearly 20 points, to .292 over that span. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Wright has struggled to stay healthy through a 162 game season as he has gotten older.

After playing in at least 154 games every full season through the age of 25, he has accomplished that feat just twice since. The other fact to keep in mind, Wright has not been to the playoffs since he was 23 years old.

This is not a knock on David Wright in any way. In the dark years that have followed the September collapses of ’07 and ’08, Wright has been a lone bright spot for a franchise with little to cheer for. He is certainly one of the greatest if not the greatest position players in franchise history. But with just one post-season series victory under his belt in 10 years, I have to wonder what his legacy is at this point in time. Where does he rank in Mets lore?

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Allan Dykstra Is Crowned The 2014 PCL HR Derby Champ Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:00:02 +0000 Dykstra

On Monday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Allan Dykstra won the 2014 Pacific Coast League Home Run Derby.

Ironically, Dykstra beat former Mets farmhand and teammate Francisco Pena to claim the belt.

“My goal was to make sure I beat Frank,” jokes Dykstra about squaring off against his former teammate.

“I have enough power to have fun in this kind of competition,” Dykstra tells Bob Sutton, Special to

Dykstra launched the winning shot over the right field wall in the final round and walked away with the belt.

The 27-year old 51s first baseman was selected to represent Las Vegas as a DH in the All Star game on July 16th, but on Monday night in the derby he didn’t disappoint.

Dykstra finished the first half of the season batting .282/.428/.516, with 12 home runs and 59 RBI’s.

This is just another award that Dykstra has earned since joining the Mets organization when he came over in a trade with the San Diego Padres in 2011. In 2013, he was named the Eastern League MVP and the Sterling Organizational Co-Player of the Year for the Mets with 21 home runs and 82 RBI’s.

The 6’5″ lefty is only one step away from reaching his dream of becoming a major leaguer, even though at this point it may be a tough task to break through on a Mets team that already has a lefty hitting power first baseman. But on Monday night, Dykstra was given the opportunity to showcase some of his own power and he walked away victorious.

Congrats Allan on winning the HR Derby belt.

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MMO Players of the Week: Past, Present and Future All-Stars Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:21:03 +0000 If you told me that the Mets were going to take 3 of 4 from the then first place Braves and follow that up with a sweep of the Marlins at home, I would have called you crazy. Now, I’m starting to wonder if I’m crazy for thinking this team has a shot to make a run for it. The Mets have been unarguably been playing their best ball of the season lately: capitalizing with RISP, attacking during every at bat, getting clutch hits, rallying from behind and holding the opponent to four or less runs each game. If this is the team Sandy Alderson had in mind when he made his bold 90-wins proposal, we can see where he was coming from. While it is a stretch to call this team a 90-win team, if they can break the streak of losing records and abysmal play after the All-Star Break, reaching .500–and even a wild card spot– may not be out of the question. This team has been playing like a true team, but even teams have their standout players: your MMO Players of the Week!

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At the close of a first half that he can only build up from, David Wright completed the last week before the break with a bang. Going 11-for-25 with two dingers, five walks and seven RBI, Wright collected his 19th four hit game in Friday’s victory, the second most in Mets history behind Jose Reyes‘ 23. Attacking the inside pitch as well as capitalizing on pitcher mistakes, Wright is driving in runs, getting on base and flashing his power, as any captain should be able to do. While only batting .285 on the year and not looking nearly as well as he has in the past, it is not far fetched to say that David will certainly show flashes of his former self come the second half. Aside from the mere numbers on the field, David is also showing confidence in his squad of young players that if they (and he) can keep this type of play up, the Mets can give the division leaders ”a run for their money”.

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The defense this week has been consistent at times and dismal at others, but when you turn double plays, make barehanded throws and splay yourself out in the air to prevent a run from scoring in a close game, you have definitely secured your spot as winner of the defensive player of the week. Of course, all of this only applies if your name is Daniel Murphy. Our lone All-Star rep has been slightly lacking at the plate but has certainly made it up with his glove, showing us and the rest of baseball why he truly deserves to wear that red and blue jersey in Minnesota. His newborn son Noah will certainly have a lot to look up to when he gets around to watching highlights of his father on the field!

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It is extremely difficult to pick a pitcher of the week when all of the pitchers have been doing phenomenal, but with two outings totaling 14 IP, 1 ER, 12 hits, 19 punchouts and even his first RBI of the year, Jacob deGrom has absolutely solidified his place within the starting rotation. deGrom is a fan favorite, not only for his luscious hair but for his fantastic four pitch array of a brilliantly located fastball that can top out at 96, a curveball that can make any hitter look foolish, a changeup that has even the best batters fishing and a slider that, while not used often, is still a pitch deGrom can throw for strikes. deGrom was not often included in the conversation of bright young Mets prospects, but if he continues to shock both fans and teams by pitching this way, he may just find himself in a vital part of the Mets’ future.


STARTING PITCHING: The starting pitching we have seen this week is some of the best all season. With Niese’s sudden DL stint, guys like Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee and even Dice-K have stepped up and made up for his absence. Lately, Wheeler has been pitching like he was promised to, getting out of jams and refurbishing his control. On the flip side lies Dillon Gee, whose simply spectacular first outing since coming off the DL proves to everyone that he is more than the fifth starter everyone is making him out to be.

THE BENCH: The entire Mets bench gets a nod this week. Eric Campbell (with a little help from Chris Young) saved the game on Saturday, capping off a stellar comeback on Saturday that Terry Collins called the biggest win of the year. Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been tearing it up, with three hits and two RBI and limited at bats. In addition, Eric Young Jr made a couple fine plays in the outfield on Tuesday and even notched an RBI. We are all aware of the difficulties of being called off the bench and being expected to kill it each time, but lucky for us that is exactly what the bench has been doing.

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Syndergaard Closes Out USA Win In Futures Game Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:10:52 +0000 noah syndergaard

Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard pitched a scoreless ninth inning and earned the save for Team USA in today’s 3-2 Futures Game win over the World Team. The 6’6 Texan struck out a batter and allowed a hit in one inning of work.

Catching prospect Kevin Plawecki started the game behind the dish and went 0 for 2 at the plate with an RBI groundout that gave the USA it’s first run.

The Cubs Javier Baez and Rangers Joey Gallo, two of the games biggest power prospects, homered in the game. Gallo was named the games MVP.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 7, Marlins 1 Sat, 12 Jul 2014 02:31:34 +0000 zack wheeler

The New York Mets defeated the Miami Marlins on Friday Night at Citi Field by the score of 7-1.

Zack Wheeler got the start and held the Marlins to one run on five hits in 6.2 innings, walking two and striking out six. It was his third consecutive solid start and second straight win at home. Wheeler lowered his ERA to 3.90 for the season and seems to be in a good groove right now. Wheeler also helped himself at the plate with an RBI double in the second.

Josh Edgin, Vic Black and Jeurys Familia combined for 2.1 scoreless innings out of the pen. It was surprising to see Familia come in with a six run lead, especially with concerns that he’s being over-used.

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Lucas Duda and David Wright provided most of the offense for the Mets with each of them blasting a two-run homer. For Wright it was part of a big four-hit night that raised his average to .285 for the season.

Juan Lagares also had a great night at the plate, stroking three hits including a double, a run scored and an RBI.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis laced a triple in the game and scored a run. He also saved a run with a strong throw to nail Donovan Solano at the plate in the fourth.

Nice win for the Mets as they take the series opener from the Fish. Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.82 ERA) gets the start on Saturday and opposes right-hander Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.98) for the Marlins in a 4:10 PM start.

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After A Slow Start, Granderson Has Quieted His Critics Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:15:45 +0000 Curtis - Granderson

I think it is safe to say that Curtis Granderson has been one of the most offensively productive players in the league since April 29th. Mets fans remember the slow start that Granderson got off too, which drew comparisons to Jason Bay from the harshly critical Mets Twitter community.

In a recent article on, Adam Rubin noted that Granderson has the seventh-best OPS at .895 since April 29th. The six players that rank above him during that span are all All-Stars.

Furthermore, Granderson is batting .276 with twelve homeruns, and has been a patient slugger drawing 41 walks, which ranks 2nd most in the majors during that span.  His ability to work the count has increased the amount of hittable pitches he has targeted recently.

During Monday’s game against the Braves, Granderson was able to get around on a fastball on the outside part of the plate and hit a homerun over the right-field wall to tie the game in the 8th inning. Those are the clutch RBI’s the Mets need from a guy like Granderson, especially with David Wright not putting up David Wright numbers. Six of Grandy’s homeruns this season have came against left-handed pitching which has quieted those believed he needed to be in a platoon-role.

What does all this mean? In most cases, don’t doubt a proven slugger who is healthy. If the guy is healthy, he will (in most cases) figure it out and produce at a level that is norm to him. Sure, Jason Bay is still fresh in the minds of Mets fans, but I believe it is safe to say that Granderson is a piece of what the Mets hope will be a contending team over the next few years.



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Should The Mets Move Daniel Murphy? Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:09:52 +0000 daniel murphy

I have been listening to sports radio, reading Mets Twitter, and reading articles for the past couple days as the trade deadline gets closer and closer. I keep hearing the same notion expressed by Mets fans– if the Mets trade Murphy, it indicates an unwillingness to pay good players money to keep them in New York. ‘Cheap’, ‘small-market-team’ and ‘hopeless’ are some of the words and phrases I have heard to describe the Wilpons and their goals as an ownership.

I have thought a lot about what I would want the Mets to do with Murphy. My initial thought correlates to the strong opinion of Mets fans that seems to be that they should re-sign him. Murphy is a great pure hitter. He seems to hit around .300 every year and is a great clubhouse guy. His fielding leaves a bit to be desired, but he has improved some since his earlier days.

The Mets have a couple young players that are possibilities for filling the void at second if the Mets do trade Murphy. Dilson Herrera, a pure second basemen with some pop who came over in the Marlon Byrd trade, was just recently promoted to Double-A Binghamton where he is hitting .313 with two home runs in his brief stint there thus far. Herrera is strong defensively and has some pop at the plate to go along with his ability to hit for a high average so far in his minor league career. It is also important to note that Herrera is producing at such a high level in the Eastern League while being almost five-years younger than the league average. Sure, he has only played 15 games there so far, but it’s definitely worth noting.

The next guy who could fill the void is Matt Reynolds, a 2012 draft pick who was recently promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. The 23-year old batted .355 in Double-A before his promotion, and is off to a .373/.415/.542 clip through 17 games in the PCL. Reynolds is another pure middle infielder who has split time since 2012 between shortstop and second base. Reynolds seems to project as a similar player to Murphy, someone who won’t hit for much power but can hit for a consistent average. I would imagine he is a better defender then Murphy at second base as well. Reynolds will probably earn a call-up this September and is a legitimate contender to be the Mets’ second basemen in 2015 and beyond.

The last guy I will mention is Wilmer Flores because I’m not convinced we’ve seen all that he can do. Flores has produced at every level of the minor leagues, hitting for average and power. He has been in the Mets organization since signing at the age of 16 out of Venezuela. Yeah, yeah I know about Flores’ defensive woes. From what I hear (not seen), Flores is lucky to be as good defensively as Murphy is right now. As I said, I haven’t seen this absolutely horrendous defense yet but people smarter than me have made that hypothesis. I believe that a player cannot develop fully (in most cases) unless they are given a steady role in the starting lineup.

I think everyone knows that Tejada is not the future and I agree. Tejada is what he is and I don’t dislike him at all. He has filled a void since Jose Reyes left for Miami. I believe Flores should have been given a steady and consistent role in the lineup. A player can’t concentrate on his offensive production when he is to busy worrying whether his name will make the lineup card each day. Flores is another candidate for playing second if Murphy is traded.

Although we haven’t seen it yet in the majors, Flores is definitely a talented hitter nonetheless. At just 22-years old, I am not writing him off offensively. Flores would be less of a liability defensively playing second as opposed to shortstop. I think he is a guy to consider handing the reigns to, especially if Murphy is traded this season before Reynolds or Herrera are truly ready for big-league duty.

After considering the homegrown replacements the Mets have for Murphy, I have concluded that I wouldn’t mind if Murphy is traded. I love the guy and everything he has done for the Mets, but I do believe that $11-$13 million a year could be better spent elsewhere and on someone who will plate more runs.

I’m sure there are plenty of people here that disagree with me, but that’s what makes the world turn.

Kirk’s thoughts:

I agree with you, Avery, on many of the points you’ve made. I think we have the internal talent to step in and hold down the fort at second base in what appears to be a lost season anyway. Flores could get the first crack, as I think he’s earned an extended look in the lineup without having to look over his shoulder. Further down the pike are players like Reynolds and Herrera who could prove to be at least solid-average regulars at the keystone spot.

I don’t think trading Murphy would be the organization’s way of indicating that they aren’t willing to spend, I think it would be a smart baseball move for the future. Murphy has arguably been our best offensive player over the past two seasons, and I think we need to capitalize on that by selling him off in the right deal. He’s nearing 30 and is about to command a long term deal. A team like the Orioles could really use his bat, and I think they make a good trading partner. Alderson could obviously shoot for the moon and ask for a Dylan Bundy or Hunter Harvey and see what kind of response he gets. He could also ask about Kevin Gausman– a guy I like who the Orioles don’t seem to value based on the way they’ve yo-yo’ed him between the majors and Triple-A this season. Obviously it has to be the right deal. I’m not looking to give Murph away. I’m simply trying to find a way to continue to stockpile assets that could eventually lead to trading for the big power bat(s) we really need.

(Photo credit: AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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Murphy Earns First All Star Selection, Lone Mets Representative Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:56:03 +0000 daniel murphy

July 6 – Updated 8:00 PM

Major League Baseball tonight announced that Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was selected to his first All-Star team as National League Manager Mike Matheny’s selection. The 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will take place July 15 at Minnesota’s Target Field.

Murphy is the third Mets second baseman named to an All-Star Game. Edgardo Alfonzo was named in 2000 and Ron Hunt was on the 1964 and 1966 National League teams.

Murphy entered today second in the National League with 105 hits and tied for sixth with 29 multi-hit games.  He also began the day third among NL second basemen with a .295 batting average, tied for fourth with 19 doubles, tied for second with 29 walks, second with 52 runs scored, tied for fourth with seven home runs and third with 11 stolen bases.

“I’m very excited, but the word I’d use is humbling. And the other word is blessed.” said Murphy.

Murphy will be the only player to represent the Mets as the Captain and the face of MLB, David Wright, was not selected to the National League roster. Wright, who led NL third basemen before being over taken by the Brewers Aramis Ramirez, was left off the roster in favor of Todd Frazier of the Reds and Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals.

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As of Tuesday, Daniel Murphy wasn’t any where to be found on the voting tally for the opportunity to start at second base for the National League in the All Star game. And even though he may not be considered a top tier second baseman with his glove, in my mind he surely deserves the nod offensively, and should at least make the squad as a reserve because of his bat.

1. Chase Utley, Phillies: 2,090,110
2. Neil Walker, Pirates: 1,328,959
3. Dee Gordon, Dodgers: 1,129,759
4. Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 849,316
5. Brandon Phillips, Reds: 798,784

In Monday’s loss to the Braves, Murphy continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-4, to extend his current hit streak to five games. He has also hit safely in eight of his last ten games and is batting .341 (15-for-44) in that span.

Murphy currently leads the Mets in many offensive categories, games played (81), at-bats (340), runs scored (51), hits (103), second in doubles (19), tied with Lucas Duda in RBI’s (41), actually is second in stolen bases (11), and leads the team with a .303 batting average.

Now I understand that David Wright is the face of MLB and also the Mets Captain, but Murphy is having an all-around better first half than even the Captain and deserves to represent the Mets at the All Star game.

Hopefully he will get the first nod of his career, when the reserves are revealed during the All-Star Selection Show on Sunday and that he’ll join Wright on the squad.

Thoughts from Joe D.

While I agree that Murphy has shown and done enough to warrant a bench spot on the All Star squad, my bigger concern is what the Mets will do with him going forward.

Should the Mets extend him now, or trade him at the deadline, end of the season or next year’s deadline? Those are the four options.

Murphy is the team’s best pure hitter in every sense and only reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen has more hits in the last two seasons. But with a team that I believe will not spend a dime more than $87-88 million on payroll and has no problem being in baseball’s bottom five, I can’t see how the Mets keep Murphy now that they are locked into Curtis Granderson and David Wright for about $36 million annually the next three years.

Murphy enters his final year of arbitration after the season and stands to collect upwards of $8 million in 2015 according to most reports.

Yesterday we learned he had already been dangled to Houston this past offseason. And Sandy Alderson dodged the question when a season ticket holder asked him if Murphy was being traded.

There’s a chance we might be seeing the last few weeks of Daniel Murphy, stripping the team of their most accomplished hitter at a time when hits and wins are pretty scarce.

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Lucas Duda Is Finally Looking Like An Everyday Player Sat, 05 Jul 2014 20:42:59 +0000 Duda may lumber around the bases, but it's his other lumber we care most about.  (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Duda may lumber around the bases, but it’s his other lumber we care most about.

Coming into the season, Lucas Duda found himself in the awkward position of being in a platoon at first base with a player who, like him, batted from the left side of the plate.  Over the first two-plus weeks of the season, Duda and Ike Davis shared starting duties at first base, with Duda penciled into the starting lineup eight times and Davis five.

Davis accomplished little during the first two weeks of the season.  Other than a walk-off grand slam he hit as a pinch-hitter on April 5, Davis managed to go 4-for-23 with no homers and one RBI.  Meanwhile, Duda managed a two-homer game on April 4, driving all four runs scored by the Mets in a one-run victory.  Eleven days later, Duda collected four hits and drove in two runs in another Mets victory.  It was clear that Duda was flourishing as a run producer during the first few weeks of the season, while Davis was not.  Before one-tenth of the season had been completed, Ike Davis was a former Met and Lucas Duda was the team’s everyday first baseman.

Duda is now thriving at the position.  In Friday night’s game, his two-run opposite-field homer off All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish gave the Mets a two-run lead over the Rangers.  It also gave him the team lead in home runs (13) and RBI (43).  Duda also leads the team in slugging percentage (.472) and OPS (.817).  Since taking over the position for himself in mid-April, Duda has not just become one of the Mets’ top offensive threats, he’s also become one of the top run-producing first basemen in the entire National League.

Through Friday’s games, Duda’s 13 homers and 43 RBI rank highly among NL first basemen.  The only players at the position with more home runs and RBI than Duda are Anthony Rizzo (17 HR, 45 RBI), Paul Goldschmidt (15 HR, 55 RBI), Adrian Gonzalez (14 HR, 53 RBI) and Ryan Howard (14 HR, 51 RBI).  Duda’s slugging percentage and OPS (.472/.817) are higher than Gonzalez (.447/.769) and Howard (.398/.708) and he compares favorably to young sluggers Rizzo (.493/.880) and Freddie Freeman (.497/.883).  And in case you were wondering, Duda’s former platoon partner in New York, Ike Davis, falls outside the league’s top ten in home runs, RBI, slugging percentage and OPS for first basemen.

Ike Davis started out well in Pittsburgh, but has fallen off over the past five weeks.  Since June 2, Davis is batting .197 with just four extra-base hits in 27 games (21 starts).  In addition, Davis has put up a pedestrian .276 slugging percentage and .602 OPS since the beginning of June.  Davis has fallen so quickly that he is now part of another first base platoon, this time with the right-handed hitting Gaby Sanchez.  As Davis has struggled in Pittsburgh, Duda has been a bright star in the Mets’ lineup.

Since June 13, Duda has batted .313 with seven doubles, five homers and 12 RBI in 18 games (17 starts).  Duda is also the proud owner of a .656 slugging percentage and a whopping 1.045 OPS over that time period.  In addition, Duda has been one of the team’s best clutch hitters this season, producing a .609 slugging percentage and 1.036 OPS with runners in scoring position, unlike Davis, whose numbers in those situations (.420/.877) aren’t even close to what Duda has produced.

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There’s a difference between hitting a home run and hitting a key home run.  Since April 21, Ike Davis has hit three homers – all of them have been solo shots and none of them tied the game or gave his team the lead.  Over the same time period, Duda has hit ten home runs, with six of them coming with men on base and three of them tying the game or giving the Mets the lead.

Simply stated, the Mets traded the right player when they dealt Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  In doing so, they finally removed the chains that had shackled Lucas Duda since he arrived at the big league level for the first time in 2010.  This is Duda’s fifth season with the Mets, but it appears that this will be the first year he doesn’t get sent back to the minor leagues for extra seasoning.  (Playing out of position in the outfield had a lot to do with that “extra minor league seasoning” as well.)  Duda has proven he belongs at the big league level and is quietly establishing himself as one of the top run-producing first basemen in the league.  All Ike Davis has done is become part of yet another platoon in Pittsburgh.

It may have taken him a while, but Lucas Duda looks like he’s finally here to stay.  Opposing pitchers in the National League are going to wish he wasn’t.


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Astros Release Statement On Leaked Information Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:23:27 +0000 Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy

6:00 PM

Below is the official statement issued by the Houston Astros.

Last month, we were made aware that proprietary information held on Astros’ servers and in Astros’ applications had been illegally obtained. Upon learning of the security breach, we immediately notified MLB security who, in turn, notified the FBI.  Since that time, we have been working closely with MLB security and the FBI to the determine the party, or parties, responsible.  This information was illegally obtained and published, and we intend to prosecute those involved to the fullest extent.

“It is unfortunate and extremely disappointing that an outside source has illegally obtained confidential information.  While it does appear that some of the content released was based on trade conversations, a portion of the material was embellished or completely fabricated.” 

2:45 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN adds to the report that there were talks during the Spring regarding Ike Davis.  Apparently the Mets were approached by the Astros who inquired about a Davis for Lucas Harrell and Alex Sogard deal that the Mets rejected.

2:39 PM

Over the last hour or so, Twitter has essentially blown up in reference to a leak on the site “Deadspin” regarding discussions the Houston Astros have had with other teams about possible trades.  It covers a span of over 10 months with some real interesting information on it.

The first New York entry is from Nov. 8, 2013, recapping a reported conversation between Astros assistant GM David Stearns and Mets assistant GM John Ricco.

“[Ricco] said that they have some pressure to get better next year but have some payroll flexibility to help them do that,” the entry states. “They are looking for corner OF help, a veteran starter, and a little bullpen help. Overall they’re looking to incrementally upgrade where they can.”

One entry that is dated December 16, 2013 shows dialogue between Paul DePodesta and Jeff Luchnow speaking of the inclusion of Jonathan Villar in a trade involving Daniel Murphy.

There isn’t much more to it other than that, or who else might be asked for in a deal, but it is interesting to see the inner-workings of a General Manager.  The rest of the article can be read by clicking here.

Murphy is having himself a good season making it almost certain that he doesn’t remain with the Mets by end of the 2015 season, unless a long-term extension can be agreed upon.

Villar is struggling in 2014, batting just .200 with six home runs and 22 RBI.

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Mets Minors: Three Performances Worth Noting Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:28:41 +0000 steven matz by bryan green

What a performance by lefthander Steven Matz last night as he blanked the Altoona Curve for six innings and struck out nine batters to pick up his first victory for Double-A Binghamton. Ironically, Matz didn’t have his best stuff, but when things got shaky he reached down and got the big outs holding the opposition to 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Guts and guile…

His teammate Dilson Herrera is also turning heads since his promotion and delivered on a career-high five RBI night with four hits including a mammoth two-out homer in the fifth. In nine games at Double-A, the flashy second baseman is slashing at .389/.436/.556 in 36 at-bats with nine RBI and seven runs scored. He’s rising fast like a bullet.

Meanwhile, down in the Sally, how about Dario Alvarez of the Savannah Sand Gnats… The power lefty has impressed all season long and only keeps adding to his eye-popping numbers. In 14 games including four starts, Alvarez has a 1.04 ERA and is holding the opposition to a .203 batting average. But what I find most impressive is his 70 strikeouts in 41.2 innings while walking only 11. Egads…

(Photo credit: Bryan Green)

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The Captain Is Leading The Mets Latest Surge Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:27:33 +0000 david wright

Update – June 23 

David Wright has hit safely in his last seven games batting .444 (12-for-27) with two home runs, six RBIs and four multi-hit games in the span. Adam Rubin of ESPN NY writes that Wright hit 11 line drives (netting 10 hits and a sacrifice fly) and he had only nine swings and misses (three in the four games against the Marlins).

In Sunday’s final against the Marlins, he went 2 for 4, a run scored, a double and an RBI.
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David Wright has recently been in a slump along with the rest of team, even though through May 15, he had a commanding lead in the NL All Star voting for Third Basemen. But in the last four days, the Captain seems to be finding his groove again.

In April, Wright batted .245/.301/.275, with no home runs, and 13 RBI’s in 102 at bats. In May, he had a better outcome batting, .320/.360/.461, with three home runs, and 15 RBI’s in 128 at bats, but in 62 at bats so far in June, he is batting only .161/.293/.306, with two home runs and six RBI’s.

“I’ve had some good at-bats, I’ve had some bad at-bats, I’ve hit some balls hard right at people. On the flip side of that I’ve had some at-bats like the third at-bat tonight where I just haven’t felt comfortable,” Wright said after Monday’s 6-2 loss to the Cardinals. “You go through these types of things and granted it’s lasted a little longer than I would’ve liked it to.”

Wright continued, “But it’s gratifying to see results. Lately, I felt like some of the at-bats, the process has been there and I’ve felt good and have had good at-bats — just I’m not seeing the results. You always want to get the result in the end.”

In his last four starts, Wright is batting .333 (5 for 15), with a double, two home runs, three RBI’s and has only struck out twice. It may not be what the fans hoped from Wright, but its a better stretch than what he experienced from June 1 – June 15th, when he batted just .106 (5 for 47), with no home runs and three RBI’s.

The Mets failures this season can not be blamed on Wright’s struggles alone, since with the exception of Daniel Murphy, Bobby Abreu, and Eric Campbell, no other active player is batting over .250 on the season.

But with Wright something has to give and unless he continues to build on his current surge, there is no telling how this season will end up, but definitely no where near 90 wins.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 4 , Marlins 0 Sat, 21 Jun 2014 23:50:40 +0000 New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

The Mets (34-41) earned themselves at least a split of their four game set with the Marlins (37-37), beating Miami for the second time in three days by the score of 4-0.

Jacob deGrom got the start for the Mets and was brilliant. The 26-year old right-hander went seven scoreless innings, scattering five hits and striking out seven while walking three– all on just 97 pitches. deGrom, potentially pitching for his rotation spot, put together a huge bounce back effort after struggling in his last start. The Stetson University product lowered his ERA to 3.75 on the season and more importantly earning his first major league win.

The Mets offense continued to look stagnant until the fourth inning when Chris Young singled to score David Wright, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Wright would add an RBI single of his own in the sixth inning.

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Lucas Duda, who was having an awful game both at the plate and in the field, broke out with a 2-run blast to right field in the top of the ninth inning to give the Mets a couple of insurance runs.

Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless eighth inning, being the bridge to Jenrry Mejia, who came into a 4-0 game and pitched a scoreless final frame.

Wright finished the game 3 for 4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. He extended his on-base streak to six games and has now raised his season average to .275 with his recent hot streak.

Wilmer Flores got the start at shortstop and went 1 for 4, lacing a double to center field for his only hit.

The Mets and the Marlins wrap up their series Sunday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 PM ET. Jon Niese (3-4, 2.67 ERA) will take the ball for the Mets, and he will go up against New Jersey’s own Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60 ERA).

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Darin Gorski Showing He Belongs In Vegas Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:00:59 +0000 Darin Gorski

I’m sitting here smiling at 12:40 in the morning, knowing I have to get up early for today’s radio show.  Yes, a little part of the smile is for Zack Wheeler and his brilliant three-hit complete game shutout, the first in his career.  But, the biggest part of my smile points towards Las Vegas where Darin Gorski turned in his second quality start in a row, allowing five hits and only one run while striking out 11 in 6.1 innings of work.

I like Darin Gorski.  For parts of three seasons I’ve watched him work in Binghamton, always impressed by his work ethic, his bulldog determination, yet calm poise he brings to the mound.  Several times I’ve written posts expressing my hopes Gorski would get a call to Triple-A and believing the kid had more than earned a shot at a higher level.

With the lack of left-handed starting pitching in the Met organization, I’m hoping Darin Gorski continues to shine.  Thursday night’s performance lowers Gorski’s ERA a whisker below 4.00 in over 24 innings in Vegas.  That’s a great start when you consider some of the other earned run averages of the 51′s starters; Logan Verrett’s 4.59, Noah Syndergaard’s 4.78, and even Rafael Montero’s 3.75.

Because Gorski doesn’t throw a power heater, I often think he gets overlooked.  Instead, based on his body of work, Darin Gorski deserves a second look.  Gorski’s the kind of a kid who grows on you.  Darin may not blow you away the first time you see him pitch, but the more you get a chance to watch his approach on the mound, the more you come away impressed with his pitching instincts.

Part of my Las Vegas smile has to do with Travis d’Arnaud’s numbers on Thursday.  The 51’s catcher had three more hits, all of the extra base variety, two doubles and a home run.  Travis is 3-for-5 raising his batting average to .432.  D’Arnaud his hit six doubles and six home runs during his short stint in Vegas with an incredible 15 RBI’s.

I don’t care how light the air is or how friendly the hitting conditions are in Vegas.  To hit like d’Arnaud is hitting you have to be squaring up on the ball.  If you square up on the ball consistently good things happen.  I read somewhere the folks in Vegas have simply been trying to clear d’Arnaud’s head from over thinking, while helping him find an approach based on a simple principle – hit the ball up the middle.  Good things happen when you hit the ball up the middle.  Go, Travis!

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Prospect Spotlight: B-Mets Pitcher Tyler Pill Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:30:46 +0000 pill

Tyler Pill pitched a gem of a game, and also helped out his own cause with an amazing night at the plate.

The Mets 4th round pick of the 2011 Amateur draft, earned the victory and evened up his record to 5-5 by tossing eight innings, allowing no runs, on four hits, with no walks and nine strikeouts and also lowered his ERA to 4.11.

What made his day an overall success was his 3 for 3 night at the plate, with two runs scored, a double, home run and four RBI’s. Just a triple shy of a cycle, the California native wasn’t even aware about achieving that goal.

“I actually didn’t even know I needed a triple,” the left handed batting Pill told Robert Emrich of “It didn’t really matter. It was a lefty throwing, so I was like, ‘Let’s have the right-handed hitters take care of it’ anyway.”

Pill, who is in his second season with Bingo, lost his first five decisions to start the season, but on May 11, he turned it all around by tossing 5.2 innings, allowing no runs, on four hits with seven strikeouts to earn his first victory on the season and since he is 5-0 (3 ND) in his last eight starts.

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Nimmo, Matz, Herrera, Rivera And Fontanez To Bingo, Reynolds To Vegas Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:59:03 +0000 MiLB: April 28 - St. Lucie Mets at Tampa Yankees

Updated 9:00 AM

Adam Rubin of ESPN is now reporting that Matt Reynolds has been promoted to Las Vegas making it six moves in under 24 hours.  Reynolds was batting .355 so far this season for Binghamton, with a home run and 21 RBI.

Wednesday 10:00 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN reported that five St. Lucie Mets are being promoted to Double-A Binghamton. The Mets were eliminated from claiming a postseason birth at the conclusion of the first half of the season, prompting the organization to make the move.

Heading to Binghamton are Brandon NimmoSteven MatzDilson HerreraT.J. Rivera, and Randy Fontanez.

Each player had a hand in St. Lucie’s success in the first half of the season.

Nimmo was batting .322 but had a robust on base percentage of .448 which led the Florida State League.  Rivera was second in the league in batting average finishing the first half at .341, and had 47 RBI which was four fewer than his entire offensive output in 2013.  Herrera was no slouch batting .307 with three home runs and 23 RBI.

Matz was 4-4 with an ERA of 2.21 in 12 starts this season.  He had 62 strikeouts and 66 hits in 69.1 innings pitched.  Fontanez recorded 10 saves for St. Lucie and had an ERA of 2.56.

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