Mets Merized Online » Robert Carson Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:46:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Some Red Flags On Alfredo Aceves Sun, 17 Nov 2013 19:03:14 +0000 R

Since Buster Olney first reported that the Mets had interest in reliever/starter Alfredo Aceves last week, there have been a couple of updates on him.

MLB Trade Rumors reported that the righthander re-hired agent Tom O’Connell to represent him recently, and that Aceves called O’Connell and apologized for firing him in the first place.

Marc Carig of Newsday also added that the Mets’ interest in Aceves appears to be for only a minor-league deal, according to a source.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe pointed out some red flags on Aceves back in July, and referred to him as a mess and an oddball who will never pitch for the Red Sox again.

The Red Sox picked him up and Aceves pitched very well in 2011. It has been a mess since. Aceves bickered with Bobby Valentine last season, to the point of suspension. He also challenged John Farrell’s authority in spring training, earning a lecture. Catchers complained about how he shook off their calls and other teammates look askance at his odd behavior.

Odd as in quirky. Aceves once made a bed out of towels in spring training and tried to sleep on the floor in front of his locker. Stuff like that. The Sox shipped him to the minors then brought him back for a series of spot starts that went well. But Aceves still operated outside the margins. He showed up when he felt like it, even before starts, and was difficult to communicate with.

I strongly doubt that Aceves is being looked at as anything more than a back of the bullpen option and not the late inning reliever they are looking for to replace the departed LaTroy Hawkins.

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Buster Olney of ESPN says there’s a “good possibility” free agent reliever Alfredo Aceves signs with the Mets.

The former Yankees prospect posted a 4.86 ERA with a 1.730 WHIP in 37.0 innings pitched.

He struck out 24 and walked 22 while splitting time between the bullpen and rotation.

That strikeout to walk ratio is pretty scary…

Over the last two seasons, the 31-year old Aceves has compiled a 5.19 ERA over 80 appearances for the Red Sox.

My question is, does it still constitute as a bullpen upgrade when the pitcher you’re bringing in has a higher WHIP than Robert Carson (1.421)?

On the plus side, he’ll be dirt cheap so he won’t eat into our 2014 spending pool.

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The Fastest Path To The Post-Season Is Still Pitching Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:02:02 +0000 When asked to describe the Mets’ biggest need to be addressed in the coming offseason, most of us would almost automatically talk about the team’s offense first.  To be sure, after coming in 23rd out of 30 MLB teams in runs scored, there can be no doubt that the myriad of offensive woes bandied about throughout this past season will need to be redressed if the Flushing squad is to have any realistic chance of competing in 2014. But an examination of league and MLB stats for 2013 is revealing when isolating what has separated the playoff-bound squads from the rest of the pack.

The top five teams in the NL in pitching all reached the postseason this year, and not coincidentally were the only teams in the league to reach or exceed the 90-win plateau. By contrast, two of the top five finishers in NL runs scored, Colorado and Arizona, finished well out of the running, finishing with 74 and 81 wins respectively. In the AL, the top pitching team was Kansas City, but the Royals fell short of the championship rounds by virtue of an anemic offense that wound up scoring more than 200 fewer runs than the league champion Red Sox. Outside of this exception, the remaining top six finishers in league ERA all made it to at least a Wild Card slot. On the offensive side, Baltimore was tied with Cleveland for 4th in the league in runs scored but failed to notch a playoff slot as their 10th-best rated pitching proved too big an obstacle to overcome. The Indians, a few notches better at 7th in the league, were able to get a brief taste of fall competition before being bounced by Tampa Bay in Wild Card play.

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The takeaway? Pitching wins pennants, to repeat an old saw, although we should throw in the added condition of having at least a league-average offense. This being the case, how much would the Mets have to improve to achieve a top-five quality mound staff to go with at least a middle-of-the-pack group of batsmen? The answer is maybe not as far as you would think.

The Mets finished the season with a 3.77 team ERA, good for 8th in the NL. A more revealing set of stats are those for Quality Starts, where the team total of 94 was tied for 2nd in the league (with Cincinnati), and relief ERA where the team’s figure of 3.98 was good (or bad) for 12th in the circuit. Clearly the ongoing Achilles’ heel of the bullpen was to blame for much of what proved to be yet another go-round of mediocrity for the Orange and Blue.

While addressing the absence of Matt Harvey will be foremost in the minds of many when looking at the team’s mound-staff for next season, clearly finding someway to finally shed the albatross of an underperforming bullpen simply MUST be achieved for the team to have a real chance to compete.

On the offensive side, the Mets finished with a total of 619 runs scored, 30 below the league average and good for 11th in the NL. While this is decidedly uninspiring, it should be noted that the Pirates also finished below the league average in scoring with 634, but were boosted to their first postseason slot in decades by a pitching staff that finished 3rd in league ERA, due in no small part to their bullpen which led the league in saves and trailed only Atlanta in relief ERA.

So while looking to boost offensive production remains an important goal, it would seem that by putting even greater emphasis on pitching, particularly on the relief corps, Sandy Alderson and crew would be doing more to actually move the Mets closer to postseason play. Some solid pieces are in place or potentially available in players such as Bobby Parnell, Carlos Torres, Scott Rice, Vic Black, Jeurys Familia and (hopefully) LaTroy Hawkins. Improvement will be needed from those who play the role of workhorse middle men a la Scott Atchinson and David Aardsma, and abysmal showings along the lines of what was obtained from the inconsistent Greg Burke and the now-departed Robert Carson and Brandon Lyon will have to be eliminated as much as possible.

Building a solid relief corps has clearly been a challenge for this organization, but with the development of Parnell into an apparently solid closer and the improvement of the ‘pen over the second half of the 2013 season (3.68 ERA, down from a first half mark of 3.83), there will hopefully be enough of a foundation in place to make it less of a daunting task than usual.

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Baxter Claimed By Dodgers, Carson To Angels, Henn and Burke Ourighted Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:19:52 +0000 Robert Carson

The Mets 40-Man roster is now at 36 after the Angels claimed lefthander Robert Carson on waivers, the Dodgers grabbed outfielder Mike Baxter, and the team outrighted LHP Sean Henn and RHP Greg Burke.

Expect more purging as the Mets must make room for Ike Davis, Josh Edgin, Matt Harvey, Jeremy Hefner, Jenrry Mejia, Bobby Parnell, Scott Rice and Johan Santana who must all be activated from 60-day disabled list and placed on the 40-man roster.

So technically, the Mets now have 44 players which means four more heads to roll.

With Halloween around the corner, this is perfect timing for some tricks or treats…

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports on the impending 40-man roster crunch the Mets will soon face after the World Series.

The Mets’ 40-man roster actually will be full even before the club adds farmhands eligible for the Rule 5 draft or signs any free agents this winter to major league deals.

That’s because eight players finished the season on the 60-day disabled list, where they did not count against the 40-man roster: Ike DavisJosh EdginMatt HarveyJeremy HefnerJenrry MejiaBobby ParnellScott Rice and Johan Santana.

So the Mets, in essence, finished the season with 48 players on the 40-man roster.

Rubin adds that because the Mets only have eight free agents, the 40-man roster will be full once the players are activated from the 60-day DL no later than five days after the World Series.

David AardsmaTim ByrdakPedro FelicianoFrank FranciscoAaron HarangLaTroy HawkinsDaisuke Matsuzaka and Johan Santana will all become free agents after an exclusive, but short, negotiating window.

Who is the most likely to go?

You can be sure that Robert CarsonSean HennZach Lutz, and Mike Baxter may be the first to go. Guys on the bubble will include position players Kirk NieuwenhuisJordany Valdespin and Andrew Brown. and reliever Scott Atchison.

Prospects the Mets will have to protect from the Rule 5 draft include Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Darin Gorski, Jeff Walters and Cory Vaughn among others. They will need to be added to the 40-man by Nov. 20.

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Mets Announce Aaron Harang Will Start Thursday Against The Nationals Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:37:24 +0000 harang

The Mets announced that Aaron Harang will get the start on Thursday against the Washington Nationals.

Harang, 35, had his contract selected today from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League and will wear uniform No. 44.

Recently, he pitched 6.0 innings, allowed six hits, three runs, earned, issued two walks and struck out six vs. Salt Lake in Game Four of the PCL semi-finals on September 7.

The veteran righthander was 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA in 22 starts this year for the Seattle Mariners. He was released last month and signed by the Mets to a minor-league deal last week.

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The Mets announced that they have called up outfielder Mike Baxter, starting pitcher Aaron Harang, and catcher Juan Centeno, following Sunday’s 2-1 win against the Indians. All three had been assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas before they were eliminated from the postseason play on Saturday night.

All three will be on hand for the start of a four game series against the Washington Nationals, tonight at Citi Field.

Baxter, has seen some time this season with the Mets and has a .208/.325/.277 in 120 plate appearances with the big league team.

Harang, signed a minor league deal with the Mets last week after he was released by the Seattle Mariners. In 22 starts, the 35-year-old posted a 5.76 ERA. He’s expected to make one or two September starts for the Mets.

Centeno, 23, is a highly regarded defensive catcher who batted .305 with a .345 on-base with Las Vegas.

No word on 23-year-old Ruben Tejada, but he is expected to join the team Tuesday or Wednesday.

Yesterday, the Mets also called up relievers Greg Burke and Frank Francisco.

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51s Lose Via Walk-Off Homer Off Carson, Drop Game One 4-3 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 09:37:12 +0000 94lv

Salt Lake 4, Las Vegas 3

Oh, come on! Binghamton already went down via walk-off tonight…and the Las Vegas 51s suffered the same unfortunate fate. This is just too much to take in for one night. Robert Carson surrendered a home run with two outs to Matt Long in the ninth that ended the ballgame.

Dustin Lawley put the 51s on the board first with a two-out, two-run base knock in the first inning. Eric Campbell added an RBI in the third to make it a 3-0 game at the time. Matt Fox, who was relatively effective, surrendered both his runs in the bottom of the fourth. Leading into the eighth, however, the score stood at 3-2.

Robert Carson entered in the eighth to two men on base and permitted one to score — charged to John Church — and well…you know the story in the ninth.

Tough game, tough loss. We’ll try to get ‘em in the next game.

Key Stats

Mike Baxter: 2-for-4, 1 3B, 1 R

Dustin Lawley: 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Eric Campbell: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 R

Matt Fox: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 ER, 2 K

Justin Hampson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 ER

Robert Carson: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 ER

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Roster News: Plawecki And Reynolds Promoted For Playoff Experience, Lutz To Majors Sun, 01 Sep 2013 14:53:27 +0000 vic black trade

The Mets have made a few roster moves today (and yesterday, for that matter). Here’s a summary of everything I can see that’s going on:

  • Matt Reynolds and Kevin Plawecki may be done in St. Lucie with the FSL season, but they will get a taste of the Eastern League playoffs with the Binghamton Mets. In 430 at-bats with St. Lucie this season, Reynolds hit .226/.302/.335 with five homers and 46 RBIs. Plawecki split time with St. Lucie and Savannah. He’s stepped to the plate 447 times, and has put together a a combined .304/.390/.447 line with eight homers and 79 RBIs.
  • New York is still hoping they’ll see Jeurys Familia back in the bullpen before 2013 comes to a close. He took a step closer to doing that today in PSL. He threw an inning for St. Lucie in their season-ending 16-0 blowout victory. He allowed no runs on one hit, one walk, and one strikeout in his appearance. He’s been sidelined for most of the season, last appearing in a big league game on May 8th against the Chicago White Sox.
  • Sandy Alderson said the bulk of the September call-ups will be coming once the affiliates are done with their respective postseasons, but there are three new Mets heading to DC to join the team. Victor Black, the PTBNL from the Marlon Byrd and John Buck deal, is joining the bullpen. In 46.2 innings pitched in Triple-A this season, Black owns a 2.51 ERA, .169 opponent batting average, and has allowed 21 walks while striking out 62 batters.
  • An injury last night to Ike Davis has ended his season, so the Mets will be calling up Zach Lutz to provide depth. In 399 at-bats for Las Vegas, he hit .293/.377/.479 with 13 home runs and 80 RBIs. He’ll be a bench player, as it’s Lucas Duda‘s turn to audition full-time at first base.
  • Reliever Tim Byrdak will also be heading back to the big leagues, completing his comeback from surgery last year. He didn’t allow a run in 11 appearances for the 51s (8 IP), walking five and striking out 10.
  • To supplement some of the subtractions made to the Vegas roster right before the playoffs start, the Mets have optioned Robert Carson back to Triple-A, while also signing ex-Yankee Cory Wade to a minor league deal, and assigning him Las Vegas.

Alright, that’s all I got right now. If there is anything else that happens, I’ll be sure to update the post.

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September 1st… It’s That Time Of The Year Again… Sun, 01 Sep 2013 14:17:04 +0000 baseball autumn leaves fall

The morrow was a bright September morn;
The earth was beautiful as if newborn;
There was nameless splendor everywhere,
That wild exhilaration in the air,
Which makes the passers in the city street
Congratulate each other as they meet.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Good morning everyone…

A few notes as we turn the calendar page from August to September and rosters officially expand. We shouldn’t expect many moves considering most of the player that would have been promoted today, have already been with the Mets a month or longer. Joining Matt den Dekker, Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores will be lefthanded reliever Tim Byrdak and corner infielder Zach Lutz.

Byrdak has essentially been rehabbing his left shoulder ever since he had torn capsular surgery last year. He was re-signed in the offseason with the hope he would be ready by May or June, but that never happened. The lefty specialist has made 21 appearances while rehabbing for three different levels including Triple-A Las Vegas. Overall he has a 1.26 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 21.1 innings pitched.

Lutz on the other hand, is another one of those corner infielders who can get on base, but lacks the kind of power you want from someone his size. He might also be one of the slowest runners in the entire system. (Yes, slower than John Olerud) I don’t expect him to get more than 8-10 at-bats while he’s here, as the Mets’ first priority will be finding out where Josh Satin, Wilmer Flores and Lucas Duda fit it. Lutz, 27, was batting .293 with a .377 OBP, 13 home runs and 80 RBI in 399 at-bats with the 51s.

The player I’m most excited to see is righthanded reliever Vic Black, the Pirates’ prospect we received in the Byrd/Buck deal. After learning how hard this kid can throw, I hope Collins gives him plenty of work so we can all see how he may fit into our bullpen next season.

As Connor wrote earlier this week, he got his first taste as a closer last season with Altoona in the Eastern League, where he finished 38 games (including 13 saves), while posting a 1.65 ERA in 60 innings. Even more impressive were his 85 strikeouts (12.8 K/9). This season in 46.2 innings, he has a 2.51 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 17 saves.

The highly-regarded Black, was ranked 16th best prospect in the Pittsburgh system by Jonathan Mayo and 15th by John Sickels. He has an electric fastball that has been clocked at times over 100 miles per hour and a slider that can touch 90 on the gun. I’m really looking forward to this…

Speaking of relievers, the Mets have demoted Robert Carson to Triple-A Las Vegas. The lefty reliever suffered from a sever case of homer-itis during his stint in the majors, and it was apparent that he wasn’t fooling anybody. In 19.2 innings pitched, Carson allowed 21 hits including nine home runs for a whopping 8.24 ERA.

Given the abundance of quality relief options now on the Mets and taking into consideration the many more who are on the way in the minors, I don’t see Carson getting another opportunity with the Mets. I suspect he will be removed from the 40 man roster before the Rule 5 Draft and another team will give him a fresh chance.

Finally, it looks as though Bobby Parnell is done for the season. The 28 year old closer was having the best season of his career until he was felled by a herniated disc in his neck. While it has yet to be determined whether he will undergo surgery, Parnell recently told reporters that he was confident he would be able to avoid it. Either way, he should be ready for next Spring… and that’s a good thing…

Carry on…

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Mets Wrap Up Citi Field Kids Season With Pre-Game Educational Program Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:59:00 +0000 photo (25)

To close out the 2013 Citi Field Kids season, the Mets hosted a motivational and educational program prior to yesterday’s 11-3 blowout out of the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. LaTroy Hawkins and Robert Carson among many other speakers were on hand to share words of wisdom with over 200 YMCA of Greater New York teens that participate in various YMCA programs throughout the year.

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The event began with a short video documenting the nine values and ideals of Jackie Robinson – courage, integrity, determination, persistence, citizenship, justice, commitment, teamwork and excellence. Following the conclusion of the video, Michelle Yu of SNY–acting as the master of ceremonies–told her own story of overcoming obstacles to become the first female Asian-American sports reporter in the New York area prior to introducing a series of guest speakers.

Karissa Royster, a San Antonio native, spoke to the young audience about her story of her dream to attend NYU, and with the help of the Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarship, was able to make that dream a reality.

“I was nervous because I am not necessarily used to speaking in front of people,” said Royster while watching the game following the YMCA event. “But it was a wonderful opportunity to share Jackie’s legacy with young people and to further encourage them to put in the hard work it takes to achieve the dream they may have.”

Following Royster, a number of other Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarship recipients addressed the teens, one of them being Choumika Simonis, who was able to attend Cornell University thanks to the foundation’s efforts. Simonis says the scholarship only encouraged her to work harder in school.

“The Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarship had a tremendous impact on my collegiate career,” said Simonis. “It motivated me to be better than my best. The mentors we had motivated me to take it to the next level, better myself and to strive for excellence.”


Next came the 2013 Mets Kidcaster contest winner Johnny Gadamowitz, exemplified his perseverance when after multiple unsuccessful entries in the contest, finally got the call he was waiting for, getting the chance broadcast half of an August 9th inning at Citi Field against Colorado. When he came up to speak, Michelle Yu asked if he would one day take her job, to which he shrugged and smiled. Gadamowitz said he enjoyed having the opportunity to speak to the teens, most of which were all older than him.

“I had a lot of fun doing it,” said Gadamowitz. “I hope everyone who listened was inspired. It was a great experience.”

The program wrapped up with the arrival of Hawkins and Carson teaching about the importance of financial responsibility. Hawkins did the majority of the talking, saying that throughout his entire career he has invested in his 401K significantly, and consistently tells the younger players like Carson to follow suit.

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At the conclusion of the program, Hawkins and Carson surprised one of the teens with the opportunity to hand the lineup cards to the umpires at batting practice and meet Terry Collins, Ryne Sandberg and several Mets players. Those in attendance received gift bags and tickets to the Mets vs. Phillies game.

Citi Field Kids, now in its fifth season, is a community-based initiative for New York City middle and high school students developed by Citi in collaboration with the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Mets and various community-based organizations. Citi Field Kids was launched on April 15, 2009, in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s annual Jackie Robinson Day.

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Alderson: This Trade Was About The Future And In Our Best Interest Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:55:44 +0000 Sandy Alderson 2

“We all want to win as many games as possible, but my job is to match the short term with the long term,” he said. “We felt this was in our best interest.”

That’s what Mets general manager Sandy Alderson had to say to reporters before tonight’s game, in response to trading catcher John Buck and outfielder Marlon Byrd.

Sandy added that second base prospect Dilson Herrera as well as a player still to be named later, was better than any offer he received before the July 31st trade deadline.

Regarding Herrera, Alderson described him as a solid defender with some power and some speed. He will report immediately to Single-A Savannah.

Terry Collins also spoke to reporters and when asked about the added pressure he now has to perform with the loss of two significant bats, the Mets manager replied: “This is not about me, this will never be about me. This is only about our team.”

Matt den Dekker will now get an opportunity to show what he can do playing mostly right field and some center field. To replace Matt Harvey, the Mets recalled lefthanded reliever Robert Carson which will enable Carlos Torres to slot into the rotation. Anthony Recker will replace Buck as the backup to Travis d’Arnaud.

I thought this was a solid trade. Buck was already rendered useless, and only yesterday I wrote that we need to slide Byrd into a reserve role and see what we have in den Dekker.

We didn’t get an outfielder or a shortstop that we needed, but we got perhaps a chip we can trade in the offseason to fill a need.

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Buck and Byrd Traded To Pirates For 2B Prospect Dilson Herrera and PTBNL Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:51:37 +0000 herrera

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a recent article on him.

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

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

10:00 AM Update

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

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

8:30 AM Update

From Rubin:

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

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

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

8:00 AM Update

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

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

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

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

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

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MMO Exclusive: 2013 Mets Midseason Report Cards Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:25:53 +0000 report card

With the New York Mets (41-50) about to embark on the second half of the the 2013 season, I hit up two dozen of our MMO writers for their overall grades by position for our Mid-Season Report Cards.

For added measure we also included Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson and Mr. Met who was the only one to score an A+. :-)

So without further ado, here’s our 2013 Mid-Season Mets Report Cards.

2013 report cards

Terry Collins  C-

TC has been dealt a limited hand but has done a solid enough job overall. His bullpen management remains terrible. His opinion changes rather quickly. Just because you´ve been names a starting player on Monday doesn´t mean you´ll still be one on Saturday. That said, the players seem to enjoy playing for him and usually play hard – even if it´s not always obvious due to their limitations. – Andre

Sandy Alderson  C-

If you accept that 2013 is and was always going to be a transitional / building year, hopefully the final one in terms of financial austerity and waiting out contracts, then Alderson has done a pretty good job overall over the past calendar year. Yes, the team remains a mediocre 75-win caliber team all things considered that´ll probably finish 4th yet again this season. However, if you deduct the Santana & Bay contracts from this year´s payroll, the Mets are 3rd to last in the majors overall with only the Astros & Marlins spending less on their product on the field. So, not contending should not come as a surprise when prospects get moved at a rather slow pace and no money is spent while the group of remaining players lacks high-end talent beyond David Wright, Matt Harvey and to a lesser degree Bobby Parnell. – Andre

If the goal that Sandy himself established in 2010 was to see a renaissance in 2014 that will usher in years and years of sustainable success then you have to give him a near failing grade. Nobody I speak to among scouts, baseball insiders and baseball journalists see 2014 as anything other than what we’ve seen in the last three seasons. Wheeler was never going to be a difference maker, and winning franchises need more than two core players to achieve sustainable success. In three seasons we have more holes than we did in 2010 and no immediate help on the way. He has yet to develop any of his own minor leaguers as the cream of the crop came from trading players that he inherited. Sure it takes time to develop a farm and more than three seasons, but I’m using his timetable not one that I conjured up. The heat is on Sandy. – Joe D.

First Base  D-

The Governor needs to step in and declare first base a disaster area. Ike Davis was once looked upon as a core player and the first baseman of the future. Not anymore. Sadly, there are few in-house options that can give the Mets the 30-homer bat they desperately need from this position. Josh Satin should be getting the majority of playing time, but he doesn’t have that kind of power, but can get on base and drive in runs with his line-drive stroke. – Joe D.

Second Base  B-

Daniel Murphy has improved his defense and while he´s been hot & cold on offense still is at least an average bat offensively at second base. He´s a solid average piece. With Wilmer Flores mashing at AAA, the Mets will face a big question here soon. Keep the solid average piece as he enters his later arbitration years ? Go with the higher upside bat with the defensive question marks? – Andre

The Wilmer Flores situation will come to a head very soon. – Joe D.

Shortstop  C-

Ruben Tejada has been the other big disappointment. He has gradually regressed from his nice 2011 / early 2012 form and was a well below average player over the past calendar year. He´s still young and thus some hope remains. Quintanilla is a limited talent but has made the best out of his opportunity playing steady defense and providing a decent enough bat that this spot isn´t a liability right now. – Andre

Shortstop? What shortstop?

Third Base  A

David Wright has hit at or slightly above his already lofty career norms in spite of no protection around him in the lineup and played Gold Glove caliber defense. It´s time to surround him with better talent. – Andre

The worst part of signing Wright to the ginormous contract, was not going the extra hard and surrounding him with the guns to battle the NL East. So he’ll unfairly get the the blame for results in the standings and this was exactly what I hoped wouldn’t happen – Joe D.

Catcher  C+

Mostly manned by John Buck and Anthony Recker, things looked promising through the first three weeks of the season, but quickly went into a deep decline after that. Mets catchers are now batting .213 with a .277 OBP and 103 strikeouts in 347 at-bats. Very Thole-esque wouldn’t you say? – Joe D.

Left Field  C-

It started out with Lucas Duda and now has Eric Young Jr. and in about two more weeks it will be a combination of the two. What’s a manager to do. The bottom line though is that left field has produced the second highest OPS for the Mets so far at pedestrian .783. Keep on drawing those walks Lucas. Despite missing nearly a month, Duda is still second on the team with 38 walks which accounts for a huge chunk of the OPS. I need to see more of EY until I’m convinced he’s not the player his first 950 MLB plate appearances say he was. – Joe D.

Lucas Duda has proven he is not the long term answer in LF. Certainly not defensively. Possibly not offensively either. Eric Young Jr. has played some here recently and looks like the spark plug the team had been missing. – Andre

Center Field  C-

Cowgill flopped. Valdespin didn´t do much either. Nieuwenhuis has been up & down. Lagares has shown great defense but also some rawness offensively. – Andre

I can’t believe Sandy Alderson has me missing Andres Torres. – Joe D.

Right Field  B+

Marlon Byrd has had quite the unexpected comeback season. He single-handedly made right field a strength for the team so far this season, which of course means it may be time to move him. Right? Isn’t how this works? – Joe D.

Starting Rotation  B+

Matt Harvey has been great. Jeremy Hefner has far exceeded expectations and has done well. Dillon Gee has been up & down – but pretty much as expected overall. Jon Niese is the third biggest disappointment of the year. Though injuries and bad luck & bad weather have played a key role. It´ll be a big key getting him back to 100% going forward. Marcum was rarely healthy and performed between mediocre and terrible. Zack Wheeler remains a work in progress though the upside is huge. Getting him to be more consistent is another key going forward. – Andre

Bullpen  C

Bobby Parnell has emerged as a lights out closer which is very nice. Most other relievers have been unspectacular though better off late. The injury to Jeurys Familia was a big blow structurally as he could have been that 2nd power arm a good team needs in the pen. Josh Edgin has been too inconsistent. – Andre

I knew this group was in trouble again when after three weeks they already shuffled ten different players off or into the pen. Wow… Bullpen Revamp 3.0 was looking like another failure. By the time May ended it was in familiar territory ranking last in the majors in ERA, BAA and WHIP. Collins burned out his two best middle relief arms resulting in Lyon getting cut and Rice going from great to scary. Edgin had a short hiatus in the minors after a demotion, but has looked better. But largely, the bullpen has been a one-man show. – Joe D.

Bench  C+

Considering all the fluctuations in the lineup, the bench pieces have done a solid enough job. Unfortunately, too many bench pieces have been pressed into starting roles they´re probably not suited to fill. Mike Baxter being one example. – Andre

Andre pretty much nailed it. With most of the solid bench options now pressed into starting duty, I’m fearful as to what we’ll get in the second half. – Joe D.


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Mets To Promote Josh Satin, Collin Cowgill, Josh Edgin To Replace Davis, Baxter And Carson Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:08:44 +0000 ike-davis

Updated by Satish Ram at 7:45 PM:

Adam Rubin is reporting that first baseman Josh Satin, center fielder Collin Cowgill and lefthanded reliever Josh Edgin will be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Ike Davis, Mike Baxter and Robert Carson who were all optioned to Triple-A after today’s 8-4 loss to the Marlins.

Satin will be added to the 40-man roster to fill the empty spot left when Rick Ankiel was released yesterday.

That means within the last 24 hours, Satin, Cowgill, Edgin and Nieuwenhuis were all added to the MLB roster.

Let’s go youth movement!

Thoughts from Joe D.

No surprise here. As I speculated earlier there was no chance that anyone was coming from Double-A Binghamton and that these three were your likely suspects.

Of the three, the only one I look forward to watching is Josh Satin who I’ve been calling for since mid-April. I can assure you he will outproduce Ike Davis simply because he’s a more disciplined hitter than Ike was and he knows how to get on base.

I don’t foresee much success for Cowgill or Edgin unfortunately, and I’m not sure any of this will change anything or have a significant impact on the standings.

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Sandy Alderson has announced that the Mets have optioned Ike Davis, Mike Baxter and Robert Carson to Triple-A Las Vegas following today’s brutal 8-4 loss to the Marlins.

“At some point you just have to say to yourself this is not in his best interest,” Sandy Alderson said about Davis’ demotion. “I was one of his biggest supporters. I just felt at some point we’ve got to get him out of here. Hopefully he’ll be back in a short period of time. But he needs to go there. He needs to be able to play every day. He needs to be able to work on his swing without worrying necessarily about the outcome. We think it’s in his best interest.”

“It’s tough to sit through 30 innings and score not even a handful of runs,” Alderson said. “It’s been frustrating for everybody. I’m sure it’s frustrating for the fans, too. But we’ve got an off-day tomorrow and we’ve got to pick it up on Tuesday.”

Corresponding moves are expected to all come from Triple-A Las Vegas, but will not be announced until Monday. If true that means no Jack leathersich or Robert Carson.

David Wright (courtesy of ESPN New York) added this:

“When you’re struggling the way we’re struggling, changes come — whether you like it or not,” Wright said. “That’s the name of the game. I think what every player, what every front office, what every coach strives for is consistency. But you can’t have consistency when you are a dozen or so games under .500.”

“You keep getting asked about the Marlins and teams you should beat,” Wright said. “I think I said it the other day: Teams are probably looking at us that way, where you’ve got to come in here and beat us. So we can’t look at any other team that way.”

This team is an absolute joke right now. This should have been done a month ago when the season was still relevant, not now when they are floundering and playing worse baseball than the Miami Marlins – if that is at all possible.

These moves come a day after Rick Ankiel was released and let’s call this what it is – an act of desperation by the front office..

Davis has been in a season-long funk that has suffocated the offense and sucked the life out of it. He will not be replaced at first base by Lucas Duda or Justin Turner – so look for Josh Satin to get the call.

This could also open the door for Wilmer Flores, but unless he’s given an everyday job, I doubt it. Look for either Andrew Brown or Collin Cowgill to replace Baxter. Both players have already disappointed this season with the Mets forcing their own demotions to Triple-A, but lets face it folks – the cupboard is bare.

Will Josh Edgin replace Carson? Probably, but he’s had a rough go of it in Binghamton and Vegas since being demoted himself. Edgin was one of the first relievers to get axed from Sandy’s 2013 bullpen.

This team sucks right now… We’ve gone from bad to worse… They can’t do anything right…

I will keep updating this post with more of my thoughts throughout the night…

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It Is Time For Jack Leathersich Sun, 09 Jun 2013 22:31:50 +0000 Credit: Gordon Donovan

Credit: Gordon Donovan

It’s time.  Losing seven out of our last eight to the Miami Marlins is proof enough.  Measured changes at Citi Field are long overdue. Binghamton’s southpaw reliever Jack Leathersich has been nothing short of dominant this season — and his ascent to the show should be at the top of a long list of personnel changes.

As a B-Met fan who attends Binghamton games regularly, I would hate to see Leathersich go. He is a joy to watch pitch in person and never fails to deliver. Yet, player development is the primary purpose of the minor leagues, and Leathersich has proven he has electric stuff.  There is nothing left for Leathersich to prove in Binghamton and with the major league team playing AAA like ball in Flushing, there is much to gain in jumping Leathersich from Binghamton to the big club.

Leathersich has been lights out in Binghamton.  The kid has a mid 90′s fastball, above average curve and a funky windup that can be deceptive for opposing hitters.  Leathersich’s Eastern League strikeout numbers are dazzling.  In 28 innings, the B-Met pitcher has fanned 53 batters, nearly two per inning. He has held opposing hitters, as a whole, to a miniscule .170 average.

In late May, Rob Castellano of SB Nation reported Leathersich’s strikeout percentage was a full 20% higher than the average in the Eastern League. Leathersich misses bats — this is something I can validate from my visits to NYSEG Stadium this spring. He is also improving his command, as he has walked only three batters in his last twelve innings, after he walked ten in his first 13.0 to begin the season.

Sandy Alderson just reported that Robert Carson is headed back to Triple-A.  At the press conference Alderson reported the Mets will be looking for a second left-handed arm to offer support to Scott Rice in the bullpen.  The numbers are literally screaming at Alderson to make the call for Leathersich.  His 1.61 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and those crazy strikeout numbers all build a case for adding Leathersich to the major league team.  Elevating Leathersich now provides the Mets adequate time to conduct a fair evaluation to help determine if the lefty reliever should be part of the team’s overall improvement plan.

Thoughts From Satish R. 

You know what? Leather Rocket would be better served to pitch in Flushing than with the Las Vegas team at this point and he is absolutely dominating AA. He is the most advanced homegrown relief pitcher in our system right now and has recently drawn rave reviews, including a comparison to Billy Wagner from our own Joe D.

The only issue here is that Leathersich is not only the 40-man roster, and the Mets have only one open spot. My original idea that was the Mets would promote Josh Satin and Collin Cowgill for Ike Davis and Mike Baxter, respectively. Satin would take up a new spot on the 40-man and that would likely leave Josh Edgin as the man in line to be promoted for Robert Carson. That being said, the Mets could drop Carson from the 40-man and promote Leathersich with Satin — or promote Andrew Brown over Satin and then take Leathersich…

Bottom line? Keep your eyes and ears open.

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Unwatchable Mets Get Gutted By Marlins In Embarrassing 8-4 Loss Sun, 09 Jun 2013 21:38:57 +0000 boy crying

After scoring four times in the top of the tenth, the Miami Marlins beat the New York Mets by the score of 8-4 in another embarrassing loss at Citi Field.

It’s the second weekend in a row that the Mets were swept by the Marlins which begs the question; which of the two teams is the worst in baseball right now? A good argument can be made for the Mets.

Jon Niese started in his first game back since a bout with shoulder tendinitis, The southpaw gave the Mets a quality start, allowing just three runs (two earned) on eight hits in 6.2 innings of work. He walked one and struck out four. He left the game with a 4-3 lead, but didn’t figure in the decision.

The bullpen was an absolute disaster for the Mets beginning with Scott Rice who was greeted by a leadoff homer to Derek Dietrich and didn’t stick around to face a second batter. He was replaced by Brandon Lyon who escaped further damage by the skin of his teeth after allowing three hits before getting out of the eighth.

After pitching a clean ninth, Bobby Parnell stayed in for the tenth and was betrayed by his defense when with runners on first and and second, Daniel Murphy booted a potential doubleplay grounder by Adeiny Hechavarria and allowed Logan Morrison to score the go-ahead run.

The Marlins would score three more runs capped by a back-breaking two-run homer by Miguel Olivo off Robert Carson who has now allowed eight home runs in 18 innings this season.

I Couldn't Handle The Loss Of The MMO Farm Report On Friday...

Wow, what a fail…

Aside from his defensive flaw in the tenth, Murphy had a good game at the plate with a stolen base, a walk, and a pair of RBIs including one on his fifth home run of the season in the second. David Wright had a two-run double in the third inning to account for all of the Mets scoring.

What a terrible job by the Mets who continue to get manhandled by the Marlins who have beaten them eight times this season which is all the more stunning when you consider they have just 18 wins on the season. I don’t want to hear anymore excuses – this Mets team is awful.

After the game, Sandy Alderson announced that they have now demoted Ike Davis, Mike Baxter and Robert Carson in the hope that it will shake the team up. But lets face it, this might be a case of too little, too late.

Thankfully, we get a break tomorrow as the Mets have the day off before beginning a three game series against Carlos Beltran and the St. Louis Cardinals who lead the majors with 40 wins. Jeremy Hefner (1-5, 4.36 ERA) opposes Michael Wacha (0-0, 5.40) on Tuesday at 7:10 PM.

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Mets Go Yard Three Times In 10-1 Rout Over The Nats Thu, 06 Jun 2013 03:14:17 +0000 duda byrd murphy

The New York Mets pounded out a season high 15 hits to beat the Washington Nationals by the score of 10-1 tonight at Nationals Park. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Mets who last won against the Yankees in the Subway Series oh so long ago.

Marlon Byrd walloped two home runs, his seventh and eight longballs off the season. David Wright added another homer to give him eight for the year. Incidentally, Byrd now has 28 RBI in just 141 at-bats this season. Pretty remarkable when you consider Wright has only four more ribbies, but in 62 more at-bats.

Backup catcher Anthony Recker had a big night going 2-for-3 including a bases-loaded, two-run single in the fifth with two outs. I wouldn’t mind seeing what the 29-year old Recker could do with some more playing time.

Juan Lagares finally got a start and it came against a righthanded pitcher. He debunked Terry Collins‘ theory that he’s a platoon player by responding with three hits on the night. According to my research this would mean a three week benching by Collins beginning tomorrow.

Every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit and the Mets were 6-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

On to the pitching…

Dillon Gee made a strong case to stay in the rotation and delivered his second straight solid start  for the Mets allowing just one run and scattering nine hits while striking out seven. Don’t be alarmed by the hits as Gee did what I wish all Mets pitchers would do with a lead and that is pound the zone and don’t worry about the hitter making contact. The young righthander improved his record to 4-6 with a 5.20 ERA. It’s the first time this season he’s won back-to-back starts.

Greg Burke and Robert Carson both pitched a scoreless inning each out of the bullpen.

A dominating and very satisfying victory for the Metsies and a happy recap to go with it. :-)

Shaun Marcum (0-6, 5.71 ERA) will oppose Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.64 ERA) in Thursday’s 7:05 PM rubber match. Come on Mets! You can do this!

Lets Go Mets

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Marlins Phenom Jose Fernandez Silences Mets In 8-1 Loss Sat, 01 Jun 2013 23:33:07 +0000 jose fernandez

Jose Fernandez, the 20-year old Marlins pitching phenom, suffocated the Mets tonight as Miami beat them by the score of 8-1 to take their second straight game of the series.

Collin McHugh made his first start of the season and he was in trouble right from the start. The righthander lasted just four innings and was charged with four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out one. The fact that he was manhandled by one of the most anemic offenses in the game was discouraging to say the least.

Meanwhile, the story of the game was rookie Jose Fernandez who pitched with all the swagger of a veteran ace and is exceeding all expectations despite being promoted after only 138 minor league innings. The kid was absolutely dominating with an overpowering fastball and that devastating hammer curve. He pitched seven scoreless  innings and allowed three harmless singles while striking out eight. Nasty stuff…

Offensively, the Mets were firing blanks for the second night in a row. David Wright took the collar and is now 0-for-his-last-13. John Buck looked awful again and struck out three times on the first nine pitches he saw. Omar Quintanilla had two of the Mets five hits and is batting .444 as a Met.

The Mets bullpen was ineffective and how Robert Carson continues to hold down a job in the majors defies all logic. He allowed three more runs to cross the plate and now has a 9.00 ERA this season. Greg Burke also allowed a run on two hits and a walk in his two-thirds of an inning of work. Aside from Rice and Parnell this bullpen will need a fourth straight revamp this offseason. How does that saying go… Fourth time’s a charm… No wait… Never mind…

This was a terrible loss for the Mets who have managed to extinguish any good vibes still remaining from their four game sweep of the Yankees. The Miami Marlins are without a doubt the worst team in the majors, but the Mets make them look like Murderer’s Row every time.

The Mets will try to avoid an embarrassing sweep and will have their ace Matt Harvey (5-0, 1.85 ERA) on the mound opposing Marlins right-hander Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.59) at 1:10 pm. I hope the Mets will score some runs for Harvey who has been looking for his sixth win for nearly a month.

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Leathersich Now Has 48 Ks In 25.1 Innings Pitched Sat, 01 Jun 2013 03:09:36 +0000 Updated by Joe D. at 10:45 PM

Jack Leathersich is freaking unbelievable. He just struck out the side tonight in the ninth inning for Binghamton. His last nine outs have all been Ks and he now has 27 strikeouts in his last 12 innings pitched. For the season, Leathersich has 48 strikeouts in 25.1 innings pitched.

Back in January I compared him to Billy Wagner in an interview I did with him. He laughed and thought I was being too kind. Was I?

The league is batting just .167 against him.

See you later this season at Citi, Jack…. Just like I told you five months ago… :-)

Original Post 12:00 PM

Adam Rubin hosted a chat today at 12pm EST on ESPN New York, answering fan questions on everything involving our beloved New York Mets. One question posed by a fan asked Rubin when the Mets would consider promoting hard-throwing southpaw reliever, Jack Leathersich.

The lefty is currently in Double-A with the Binghamton Mets, and is tearing up opposing hitters through 18 appearances this season. He’s 1-0 with a 1.48 ERA, 45 strikeouts, and 13 walks in 24.1 innings pitched.

Coming into this season, it looked like the Mets were set in the left-handed reliever department, but things haven’t played out exactly how they were hoping. Veteran Scott Rice (3-3, 3.16 ERA in 30 appearances) has been doing a stellar job, but Josh Edgin (9.64 ERA in 11 games) is currently in Triple-A trying to work through his issues, and Robert Carson (9.45 ERA in nine games) hasn’t done a much better job.

Their lack of production has made the Mets thin at that position; Pedro Feliciano is still battling food poisoning, while Tim Byrdak isn’t expected to be available until at least around the All-Star break. Terry Collins has been using Rice just about every day, as he’s leading the majors in appearances. To take some of the burden off Rice’s left wing, it would make sense to have a second lefty in the ‘pen Collins has faith in using for big spots. Leathersich has been using his velocity to get strikeouts with the B-Mets, striking out 27 hitters in his last 13.1 innings pitched.

In response to the question, Rubin wouldn’t rule out seeing the southpaw eventually make his way to Flushing in 2013, as that was his prediction during spring training a couple months ago. However, he said we shouldn’t be hoping to see him at Citi Field until the organization at least promotes him to Triple-A Las Vegas first.

When do you think we’ll see Jack Leathersich in the majors?

(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)

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Beltran Leads Cardinals In 10-4 Rout Of The Mets Wed, 15 May 2013 10:48:48 +0000 beltran

As the Knicks were getting pasted in Indianapolis, the Mets did their part to put New York sports fans in a gloomy mood in tonight’s 10-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the Mets’ fifth straight loss to drop them to eight games under .500. Since Jordany Valdespin’s tenth-inning grand slam, April 24, beat the Dodgers to go to 10-9, the Mets have gone 4-13.

ON THE MOUND: The Mets needed innings from Dillon Gee, or more to the point, effective innings. Instead, the Cardinals got to him for six runs through three innings. … Robert Carson gave up a three-run homer to Carlos Beltran. He also gave up a homer to John Jay.AT THE PLATE: So much for the decision to go with Ike Davis and Lucas Duda back-to-back in the batting order. Terry Collins attributed his move to the match-up against John Gast, who was making his first start. Didn’t he know Gast would be pitching tonight? More importantly, this juggling of Davis – because of an unproven pitcher such as Gast – speaks loudly of Collins’ confidence in Davis. … John Buck prevented total embarrassment with a RBI single. … Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer.

OLD ACQUAINTANCES: Carlos Beltran was a one-man wrecking drew offensively and defensively for the Cardinals. In addition to a couple of nice plays in right field, the former Met Gold Glove All Star went 3-for-5 at the plate incuding the back-breaking three-run homer, four RBI and two runs scored.

WHEELER INJURED: Zack Wheeler will come to New York to have his right clavicle examined. After three straight strong starts, Wheeler complained of soreness in the area. He’s expected to miss at least one start.

BY THE NUMBERS: 6: Homers given up by Carson in 8.1 innings.

THEY SAID IT: “We’ve gone through a bad streak and it’s two weeks long. … We have to play better. We have to coach better. We have to manage better.’’ – Collins on this miserable stretch.

ON DECK: Shaun Marcum (0-3) will start against Shelby Miller (5-2) on Wednesday.

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Scott Rice Leading The Bullpen In Appearances, Reliability And Effectiveness Fri, 03 May 2013 10:19:32 +0000 mets pitching

When you glance at this morning’s Mets pitching leaders, you see two names that belong in Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell. Each of them have been nothing short of phenomenal in their roles of closer and staff ace. But just below them is a name nobody expected much from this season – that is unless you read my preseason feature on Scott Rice – the 31-year old rookie who has become a cult figure here on MMO.

scott riceThe left-handed reliever has performed at a level unseen by a southpaw since Perpetual Pedro was in his prime during the Omar Minaya legacy.

Rice has been a Godsend in the bullpen both for his effectiveness and reliability, but more than that he’s been the bullpen’s most durable reliever, leading the team with 16 appearances and 14.2 innings pitched. For a Mets bullpen that is ranked 29th in the majors with a 5.09 ERA, Rice along with Parnell have given the team their all and have been the most steadfast performers in an otherwise ill-performing bullpen.

Gone already are Greg Burke, Josh Edgin and Aaron Laffey. Brandon Lyon and Robert Carson may soon be the next to go. Jeurys Familia who I felt earned a job out of Spring Training, is finally here and so far the early results have been encouraging.

But getting back to Rice, Mike Kerwick of The Record had a great profile of him this morning on He goes back to his formative years and gives some more backstory to what has already been one of the better storylines to this Mets season.

“He’s been terrific,” said Mets manager Terry Collins. “Extremely durable. When you talk to him, this is what he’s been waiting for his whole life, this opportunity.”

Kerwick shares a fascinating story about Rice that only furthers my respect for this unique player who toiled in the minors for 14 years before finally making his major league debut this season with the Mets. Most players would have quit and hung up their spikes after eight or nine years, but Rice remained determined and set on making it to the majors against all odds.

Rice bounced around – five major league organizations, 18 minor league teams – before he finally caught on with the Mets last month. He threw his first major league pitch on April 1, almost 14 years after he was drafted.

In the darkest moments of those 14 years, Rice would place calls to his father. Dennis knew a thing or two about watching a baseball dream implode. Rice’s father blew out his shoulder years ago, back when he was a middle infielder for the University of Southern California.

“He’s the main reason why I kept playing,” Rice said. “At times I hated it. But he kept pushing me, telling me, ‘Hey, you’ve got to get out there, you’ve got to keep doing this, you’ve got to keep doing that. You’ve got to make these phone calls to teams.’

Rice was very instrumental in the 7-6 win against the Marlins that put an end to the team’s six-game losing streak, the longest such streak in two seasons.

With the Mets barely holding on to their one-run lead, Collins turned to Rice to get a critical out with the tying run on third in the eighth inning. Rice came in and induced an inning-ending grounder from the pesky leadoff hitter, Juan Pierre. Once again, Rice rose to the occasion without breaking a sweat.

“He’s been very, very good,” Collins said. “He realizes when he keeps the ball down and throws strikes, he gets ground balls. So far we’ve caught them.”

There haven’t been too many great bright spots to the Mets’ season thus far, but Scott Rice is certainly one of them, and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

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Amazins Lose Third Straight After 9-4 Bashing By The Phils Sun, 28 Apr 2013 05:44:17 +0000 shaun marcumThe New York Mets lost their second straight game to the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 9-4 this afternoon at Citi Field. The loss drops them to 10-12 and they have lost eight of their last eleven games.

Shaun Marcum (0-1, 6.75) made his Mets debut and lasted just four innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. He tossed 71 pitches, 44 for strikes, and was charged with a wild pitch. Marcum’s fastball never eclipsed 85 mph. He’ll need to do better than that next time out if the Mets are to make any noise the rest of this season.

The bullpen was called on to pitch five innings and first up was Robert Carson who was absolutely torched by the Phillies. The lefthander allowed five runs in the fifth inning including two home runs by Domonic Brown and John MayberryLaTroy Hawkins and Scott Rice each tossed a pair of scoreless innings. Rice has been very effective out of the pen for the Mets. But nevertheless, they now have worst bullpen in the majors with a 5.28 ERA.

Offensively, David Wright had two hits and an RBI, and catcher John Buck hit his eighth home run of the season in the ninth. He now has 23 RBI this season and only Mike Piazza and Ivan Rodriguez have had more in the month of April since 1920. Good company.

The other runs came on a sac fly by Ike Davis and Jordany Valdespin drove in the Mets’ first run with a double in the second.

The Mets have lost three in a row, and four of their last five games against the Phillies this season. They’ll look to salvage the final game of the series with Jon Niese going up against Cole Hamels at 1:10 PM on Sunday.

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Mets Demote Edgin To Double-A Binghamton To Make Room For Marcum Sat, 27 Apr 2013 15:09:02 +0000 josh-edgin

As I expected, the Mets have demoted Josh Edgin to Double-A Binghamton to clear a roster spot for Shaun Marcum.

I even speculated that he should go to Binghamton which is where he ends up.

We’ll see him again, I’m sure…

Updated on 4/26

I got an interesting email from Kevin (K Maxx) this morning who asked, “if Terry Collins is so concerned about Josh Edging being overworked, why does he keep overworking him?”

I did a quick check and was shocked to see that Edgin made 75 appearances last season between the Mets and the minors. That would have placed him tenth in the NL.

The 75 appearances was the largest workload of his pro career and more than a 50% increase from his previous high of 49 appearances.

So far this season, Edgin has appeared in 10 of the first 20 games and is on pace for 81 appearances.

K Maxx may have a point.

Original Post 4/24

What happened to the Josh Edgin who came up and immediately became one of the more reliable and dominant relievers out of our bullpen last year?

As if his his 10.80 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in 10 appearances wasn’t bad enough, I took a quick glance at his splits and it really showed me how bad things really have gotten for Edgin since last season.

  • Versus LH Batters – 368

  • Versus RH Batters – .333

Those batting averages against are just plain awful to look at and clearly a sign that something is amiss. He no longer exudes the confidence he once did and his entire demeanor on the mound has done a complete 180. This is not the same intimidating and effective force we saw in 2012. It’s as if he was replicated by one of those giant seapods from Invasion of the Body Snatchers?

Good God, what's happened to Josh  Edgin?

Good God, what’s happened to Josh Edgin?

Edgin burst onto the scene sporting a fastball with that had great late life and came in at 93-95 mph. The velocity and the movement are just not there anymore. His slider, which was so effective last season, is now “big and sloppy and flat”, according to Bobby Ojeda.

Terry Collins had a lot to say about Edgin after the game, and to say he’s very concerned is an understatement.

“One of the things I’m a little concerned about is that last year Josh Edgin made a lot of appearances. He also warmed up in the bullpen a lot of times and then didn’t come into the game. That also puts a lot of stress on your arm. Edgin pitched a lot last season and I’m afraid his arm isn’t responding well. I’m a little concerned that’s what we’re facing right now with Edgin.”

“I’ve had pitchers in the past where after their first full season the arm doesn’t respond well. I think that’s what’s happening. We’re going to talk to him and work with him tomorrow and try to see how we can get him back to what he was.”

josh edgin

You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling.

Collins was visibly frustrated while talking about Edgin and it sounded to me like his patience may be running out on his young southpaw.

“Command is everything when you’re in the major leagues,” Collins said. “Right now Edgin needs to do what got him here if he wants to stay here.”

When the Mets announced that they were calling up Robert Carson, you may remember I thought Edgin was as good as gone. Instead the Mets decided to part with Greg Burke. That was surprising to me. Now I see no other solution than to send Edgin to Triple-A Vegas or even Double-A Binghamton to recharge his batteries and get some of that confidence he once had back.

Edgin has lost his edge

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