Mets Merized Online » Rockies http://metsmerizedonline.com Wed, 11 Jan 2017 02:15:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 MMO Fan Shot: Could Royals Or Rockies Solve Center Field For Mets? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/mmo-fan-shot-could-royals-or-rockies-solve-center-field-for-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/mmo-fan-shot-could-royals-or-rockies-solve-center-field-for-mets.html/#comments Sat, 17 Dec 2016 17:00:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=228144 lorenzo cain

An MMO Fan Shot by Robert Walsh

Christmas is coming and “Santa” Sandy Alderson got us an amazing early Christmas present in re-signing the largest prize of this offseason in Yoenis Cespedes. Thank you Santa Sandy! While this will prove to be an excellent signing for the Mets it does place them back in the predicament Sandy recently alluded to as being like a move between two houses, where we have four corner outfielders and not a true center fielder.

There is still plenty of time to get deals done this off-season and the Mets should not be content in a straight salary dump of Jay Bruce. Deducting Bruce’s projected $13 million salary comes at the cost of the .440 slugging percentage FanGraphs Steamer is projecting.

Sandy has stated he is not looking to dump for project prospects but legitimate players that could contribute. Translation, he is looking to turn him for a middle innings reliever at negligible cost and not eat any of what Bruce is due. It is imperative the Mets look to address the deduction this takes from their lineup.

Amongst the sellers and teams in motion during the winter meetings, the Royals and Rockies standout as potential partners to be had with the Mets.

The Royals having already dealt Wade Davis for Jorge Soler have shown their cards as a mid to small market club not able to maintain their assets into free agency. Astutely they’ve capitalized on short term free agents to-be by cashing in with ready to plug in cost-controlled players. Lorenzo Cain is a great fit playing in the last year of his contract. With a two year WAR average of 4.5 he is top five amongst players under 32. He has a low strike out rate of 17.5% and a high on-base of .352 which is exactly in the Mets’ wheelhouse – the question is what it will take?

Obviously the Royals did not take pitching back in return for Davis and this would vacate a starting spot in their outfield. Would a package of Michael Conforto and Robert Gsellman get it done? Two cost controlled players ready to plug-in for one in their contract year. I would argue this is what the Royals would like, if I were the Mets I’d ensure there was a sweetener of a prospect from their side to get this done.

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Another option is talking to the Rockies about Charlie Blackmon. I think we were all scratching our heads when we read that the Rockies had recently signed Ian Desmond to play …First Base? So like the Mets the Rockies have more outfielders than they need except they’re going with the mantra of plugging their holes with the best bats regardless of defense. Not ideal but I think a deal with the Mets could even out their needs and assets more effectively.

Obviously Ian Desmond is an outfielder now and a legitimate one. Could he play in the infield, certainly but let’s not expect Gold Glove defense at first and his options to the left side of the diamond are nil and none in Colorado.

Blackmon would be an incredible leadoff bat for the Mets that would answer their needs at center field as well. This would reshape the lineup presumably allowing Curtis Granderson to move down to more RBI prone 2 or 6 slot where he could do more damage.

Could a package of Robert Gsellman and Lucas Duda persuade the Rockies to give up Blackmon? Duda would be a better solution for the Rockies at first base, and they desperately need more pitching depth. This allows Desmond to move to a more comfortable center field.

The other option for them would be Steven Matz straight up and they could go continue to pursue Edwin Encarnacion at first base which they’ve been connected to. Encarnacion would rake hitting at Coors Field. The Mets could presumably fill first base with Wilmer Flores to start, but could easily find roles with Reyes and Dominic Smith throughout the year.

Any which way you slice it the Mets have to get creative to address their needs in this market. Getting rid of Bruce’s salary straight up doesn’t help the lineup it hurts it. The Royals and Rockies are two teams showing a willingness to get things done that the Mets match up very well with. The question for both scenarios is who’s more willing and what will it take.

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Brad Ziegler Signs With Marlins http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/brad-ziegler-signs-with-marlins.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/brad-ziegler-signs-with-marlins.html/#comments Sat, 17 Dec 2016 01:43:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=228115 brad ziegler

The Miami Marlins have signed free agent reliever Brad Ziegler to a two-year, $16 million contract according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Ziegler could earn more money through incentives and the deal is pending a physical. The Marlins added reliever Junichi Tazawa on Thursday night on a two-year deal as well.

The Mets were one of nine teams that reportedly showed interest in the right-hander.

Original Report – 6 am

Free agent right-handed reliever, Brad Ziegler, is said to be weighing multiple offers as he looks for his new team as Chris Cotillo tweeted on Thursday.

Ziegler, 37, is coming off back-to-back brilliant seasons split between Arizona and Boston. In 2015 with Arizona, Ziegler pitched to an incredible 1.85 ERA while making 66 appearances. He accumulated 30 saves in that season while pitching to a 0.96 WHIP.

This past season, Ziegler split time between Arizona and Boston where he combined for 69 appearances while pitching to a 2.25 ERA. He accumulated 22 saves last season while pitching to a 1.37 WHIP between the two teams.

It is currently believed that the Mets, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rockies, and Marlins have all shown interest in the righty. The Mets though have said that some payroll must be shed in order to obtain any free agents at this point.

Ziegler is believed to have multiple two-year offers in hand but is currently awaiting a three-year deal as per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

If he ends up with a two-year pact, it is expected that it will be for $17 million total. It seems though it may come down to whichever team blinks first in offering a three-year deal as relievers continue rack up longer contracts as of late.

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According to Buster Olney of ESPN, it’s doubtful that Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon gets dealt because they’re looking for an Adam Eaton like package for him.

Blackmon, 30, will become a free agent after the 2018 season while Eaton is under the Washington Nationals through the 2019 season.

Original Post – Dec 13

The Colorado Rockies surprised quite a few people with their recent signing of Ian Desmond. The team also currently remains in talks with free agent first baseman, Mark Trumbo, leading many to believe that they may look to deal a player like Charlie Blackmon.

The Rockies are said to be in the market to flip one of their bats in return for a top of the rotation starter. This is where the Mets could possibly swoop in.

Blackmon, 30, is coming off his best season yet, hitting to a .324/.381/.552 batting line with 29 homers and 82 RBI. He also has the ability to swipe a bag or two, taking 17 in 2016 and 43 the season before.

He has put himself into conversations as one of the better center fielders in the game today. Blackmon plays a position the Mets could use some help with and adding him certainly would give the team a big boost.  That of course, would probably require trading both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson to get the team below that $150 million threshold.

Rumors circulated at the MLB Winter Meetings this past week that the Rockies had offered up Blackmon to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for starting pitcher, Marcus Stroman, a deal that was rebuffed.

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It may behoove the Mets to try to swoop in and offer the Rockies a package revolving around Steven Matz or Robert Gsellman. Matz of course could provide Colorado that top of the line starter they crave while Gsellman has also shown flashes of being a dominant force himself.

It is unknown exactly how much Colorado may be looking for in return for a player of Blackmon’s caliber. A pitcher though like Matz could possibly entice them. Injuries though are what may hold back such a deal as Matz has proven unable to pitch a full season thus far without injury.

Ultimately the Rockies seem as though they would like to shift Desmond back to the outfield and not have him play first base as currently constructed. If they sign Trumbo, the likelihood of them trading either Blackmon or Carlos Gonzalez seems quite high.

If Blackmon is indeed in play, the Mets should take every opportunity to attempt to make that trade happen. Blackmon could be the final piece of the puzzle type player to really put the Mets over the top.

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MLB News: D’Backs Fire Stewart and Hale, Weiss Out in Colorado http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/mlb-news-dbacks-fire-stewart-and-hale-weiss-out-in-colorado.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/mlb-news-dbacks-fire-stewart-and-hale-weiss-out-in-colorado.html/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2016 22:01:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224348 chip-hale-dave-stewart

Some big news coming out of Arizona as the Diamondbacks announced that they have fired GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale.

Stewart was responsible for one of the worst trades in recent memory, sending their overall No. 1 pick in 2015, shortstop Dansby Swanson, plus pitching prospect Aaron Blair and outfielder Ender Inciarte to the Atlanta Braves for RHP Shelby Miller.

While all three players the Braves received figure prominently in the clubs future, Miller proved to be a colossal flop, finishing 3-12 with a 6.15 ERA this season which included a demotion to Triple-A.

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies

Also making news, the Colorado Rockies announced that Walt Weiss had stepped down as the club’s manager. Reportedly, Weiss and general manager Jeff Bridich had a less than productive relationship and Weiss was excluded from some key decisions during the final weeks of the season.

It didn’t take the Chicago Whites Sox long to name a replacement after manager Robin Ventura tendered his resignation on Sunday. The team announced that Rick Renteria will take over the reins as White Sox manager. You may recall that Renteria was fired by the Cubs in 2014 after they hired Joe Maddon, formerly of the Tampa Bay Rays.

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And finally, an MMO tip of the cap to legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, who ended his career of 65+ years in baseball with a touch of class on Sunday. In the final broadcast of his career, Scully signed off by saying:

“You and I have been friends for a long time, but I know in my heart I’ve always needed you more than you’ve ever needed me. And I’ll miss our time together more than I can say.”

Thanks for all the memories, Vin. I’ll miss you too.

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MMO Game Thread: Rockies vs Mets, 1:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-game-thread-rockies-vs-mets-110-pm-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-game-thread-rockies-vs-mets-110-pm-2.html/#comments Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:37:08 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219241 noah syndergaard

Sunday, July 31, 2016 • 1:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Chad Bettis (9-6, 5.19) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-5, 2.45)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets try to avoid the four game sweep and their fifth loss in a row this afternoon as they take on the Rockies. It’s been a struggle of late for the Amazin’s who have scored only 40 runs since the All-Star break, a major league low. Last night, Colon got roughed up towards the end of this outing after a series of defensive miscues from a non-optimal defensive lineup for the Mets. The Rox were able to pull away in the later innings while the Mets seemed to be searching the forest to find lumber to hit a ball with.

Mets Lineup

  1. Alejandro De Aza – CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. James Loney – 1B
  4. Neil Walker – 2B
  5. Michael Conforto – LF
  6. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  7. Brandon Nimmo – RF
  8. Rene Rivera – C
  9. Noah Syndergaard – RHP

Rockies Lineup

  1. Charlie Blackmon – CF
  2. DJ LeMahieu – 2B
  3. Carlos Gonzalez – RF
  4. David Dahl – LF
  5. Mark Reynolds – 1B
  6. Daniel Descalso – 3B
  7. C. Adames – SS
  8. Tony Wolters – C
  9. Chad Bettis – RHP

Noah Syndergaard starts for the Mets today and he is 9-5 over 20 games and 19 starts this year pitching 117.1 innings with a 2.45 ERA. In the month of July he has pitched 4 times totaling 23.1 innings with a 2.31 ERA while striking out 29 batters. Last year he held the Rockies to 3 ER over 7.0 innings of work. The Rockies have the following numbers against Thor:

  • Arenado 1-3, HR
  • Blackmon 0-2
  • Descalso 1-3
  • CarGo 0-3
  • Hundley 0-3
  • LeMahieu 1-2, HR
  • Reynolds 1-3

The Mets bats will continue to find themselves against Chad Bettis who is 9-6 over 21 starts and 121.1 innings this year with a 5.19 ERA. He leads the leagues in hits allowed with 142. Things have gotten a bit better for him of late as he has allowed only 8 hits and 3 ER in his last 12.2 innings over two starts. The last time he faced the Mets was back in 2014 where he allowed 4 ER over 2.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Walker 2-8
  • De Aza 1-3
  • K Johnson 1-2
  • d’Arnaud 1-2, HR
  • Flores 0-2
  • Granderson 1-1
  • Rivera 1-1

Let’s Go Mets!

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Collins Hopeful Despite 4th Straight Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/collins-hopeful-despite-4th-straight-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/collins-hopeful-despite-4th-straight-loss.html/#comments Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:00:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219176 terry collins

After the Mets lost their fourth game in a row yesterday, Terry Collins said he remains hopeful the Mets will turn it around. Collins told reporters the Mets can put this stretch behind them if they can finish the home stand strong.

”What is it, four in a row? That’s not going in the right direction,” the Mets manager said. ”But, as I told them last night, if we win the next four, we can forget about it.”

”Right now we got to win the next three here,” Collins added. “That’s the next goal, to come out tomorrow and play a good game. We’ve still got to come here every day and grind it out.”

This latest stretch is perhaps the lowest point of the season so far. The Mets have dropped five of their last six games, and they are 6-9 since the All-Star Break.

“Teams, just like players, go through slumps,” Yoenis Cespedes said through an interpreter. “We’re obviously going through a slump right now. But I know that every guy that goes out there, they can play hard. They’re going to keep working at it. And eventually, we’re going to come out of this.” (ESPN NY)

The lineup is struggling mightily as they have scored only 40 runs since the break, which is the worst total in the majors.They’ve also scored just four runs over their last 29 innings.

Injury concerns are also continuing to grow as Cespedes’ quad injury is still nagging, and Jose Reyes just landed on the disabled list with an oblique injury.

Additionally, it’s starting to appear unlikely the Mets will add a major piece at the deadline. Jonathan Lucroy is now off the market after his trade to the Indians, and their other options are hardly ideal and Sandy Alderson doesn’t want to trade his top prospects for them.

But the Mets have experienced lows like this before, and were able to overcome them a year ago.

It was right around this time last year when the Carlos Gomez trade fell through, and they were dealt a devastating loss to the Padres at Citi Field. The Mets quickly overcame this adversity and made it all the way to the World Series thanks to some key additions and getting healthier.

While this year’s team is facing a lot of obstacles, they still have enough talent and time left to make similar run.  A 7.5 game deficit isn’t insurmountable, and a wild card spot is well within reach.

The starting pitching is still one of the leagues’ most dominant with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz leading the way. If the offense can just find a spark, the Mets could storm their way back into the thick of it once again.

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MMO Game Thread: Rockies vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-game-thread-rockies-vs-mets-710-pm-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-game-thread-rockies-vs-mets-710-pm-4.html/#comments Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:04:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219039 bartolo colon 2

Saturday, July 30, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
LHP Jorge De La Rosa (6-7, 5.70) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (9-5, 3.35)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets lost another tough one last night. Steven Matz didn’t have his best stuff, but he was able to hold the Rockies to just two runs despite giving up what felt like two dozen hits. It didn’t really matter though as the Mets offense was again nowhere to be found. Outside of a solo shot by James Loney, the Mets would get players on base but only to strand them there. Tonight, on Mike Piazza number retirement day, the Mets look to Bartolo Colon to help keep the ship afloat.

Mets Lineup

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

Rockies Lineup

  1. Charlie Blackmon – CF
  2. DJ LeMahieu – 2B
  3. Nolan Arenado – 3B
  4. Carlos Gonzalez – RF
  5. Trevor Story – SS
  6. David Dahl – LF
  7. Mark Reynolds – 1B
  8. Nick Hundley – C
  9. Jorge De La Rosa – LHP

Bartolo Colon is 9-5 over 21 games, 20 starts and 115.2 innings with a 3.35 ERA. He is coming off a strong start against the Cardinals where he held them to 1 ER over 7.0 innings while striking out 8. Last year one of his worst starts of the year came against the Rockies as he allowed 7 ER off 3 homers in 3.2 innings of work. The Rockies have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Reynolds 7-19, 2 2B
  • Gonzalez 4-7, 2 HR
  • Raburn 1-7
  • Arenado 3-5, 2B, HR
  • Blackmon 3-6, 2B
  • Descalso 1-6

The Mets bats will try to find themselves against Jorge De La Rosa who is 6-7 over 17 games and 14 starts this year totaling 79.0 innings with a 5.70 ERA. With the exception of one start where he allowed 7 earned runs, 9 total, over 4.0 innings, July has been good to Jorge where he pitched 30.1 innings with a 4.45 ERA. Last year he faced the Mets once allowed 2 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 7. The Mets have the following numbers against Jorge:

  • Loney 8-18, 2 2B, HR
  • Walker 4-13
  • Reyes 3-10, 2B
  • K Johnson 2-10, 2B
  • Granderson 1-9, HR
  • Rivera 0-9
  • d’Arnaud 1-4
  • Cespedes 0-3

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Rockies vs Mets, 1:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-game-thread-rockies-vs-mets-110-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-game-thread-rockies-vs-mets-110-pm.html/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:59:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218807 jacob degrom

Thursday, July 28, 2016 • 1:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
LHP Tyler Anderson (3-3, 3.56) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.73)
SNY • MLBN • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

New York entered this year with an 11-game winning streak vs. Colorado, tied for the second longest vs. any one team in team history. However, the Mets were swept in a three-game series in Colorado, May 13-15, earlier this year.

Pitching Matchups

Friday: LHP Steven Matz (8-6, 3.36) vs. RHP Tyler Chatwood (9-6, 3.65)

Saturday: RHP Bartolo Colon (9-5, 3.35) vs. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (6-7, 5.70)

Sunday: RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-5, 2.45) vs. RHP Chad Bettis (9-6, 5.19)

Mets Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares – CF
  2. Curtis Granderson – RF
  3. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  4. Neil Walker – 2B
  5. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  6. James Loney – 1B
  7. Rene Rivera – C
  8. Alejandro De Aza – LF
  9. Jacob deGrom – RHP 

Rockies Lineup

  1. C. Blackmon – CF
  2. DJ LeMahieu – 2B
  3. Nolan Arenado – 3B
  4. Carlos Gonzalez – RF
  5. Trevor Story – SS
  6. David Dahl – LF
  7. Daniel Descalso – 1B
  8. Tony Wolters – C
  9. Tyler Anderson – LHP

Jacob deGrom is 6-5 over 17 starts this season pitching 105.2 innings with a 2.73 ERA. After his best start of the season on the 17th where he held the Phillies to one hit, he allowed 10 hits and 5 ER over 3.2 innings to the Marlins on the 23rd. His one start against the Rockies last year was strong as he allowed no runs and two hits over 7.0 innings and in his one start this year he allowed 3 ER over 6.1 innings in a loss. The Rox have the following numbers against Jacob deGrom:

  • Reynolds 0-12
  • Arenado 1-9, 2B
  • Blackmon 0-8
  • LeMahieu 2-8, 2B
  • Gonzalez 204, 2B, HR
  • Story 0-3

The Mets draw rookie Tyler Anderson in the opener today who is making the 9th start of his career. In his first 8 starts he has tossed 48.0 innings with a 3.56 ERA while posting a 3-3 record. The month of July has been tougher for Tyler. In July he’s tossed 24.1 innings with a 3-1 record but a 4.44 ERA. Anderson has never faced the Mets or anyone on the Mets roster.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Bring Reyes Back To Mets? No Way, Jose… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/bring-reyes-back-to-mets-no-way-jose.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/bring-reyes-back-to-mets-no-way-jose.html/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:35:38 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=214890 jose Reyes

Mets fans always have been and always will be captivated by Jose Reyes.  During his time in Flushing, he meant so much to Mets fans.  He was an exciting leadoff hitter whose speed on the bases was matched only by the speed of his throws to first base.  The joy and excitement he showed on the field was only surpassed by they joy and enthusiasm exhibited by the fans who watched him on the field.  When he finally became a free agent, he wanted to stay, and Mets fans wanted him to stay.  Now, with his future uncertain with his suspension and the rise of Trevor Story in Colorado, there are those who want him to return.

Admittedly, there was a time I would have gladly joined that chorus.  Not now.

Let’s start with the practicalities.  The Mets have a shortstop, and his name is Asdrubal Cabrera.  Cabrera is a career .267/.329/.411 hitter with a 104 OPS+.  With his recent slump, Cabrera is hitting .267/.332/.400 with a 100 OPS+.  Over the last two years, he averaged a -6,3 UZR and a -7.5 DRS.  The Mets owe him $8.25 million this year and the next.  After next season, the Mets can decide to keep Cabrera for the 2018 season at $8.5 million, transition to Gavin Cecchini or Amed Rosario, or move in a completely different direction.

For his part, Reyes has put up similar production to Cabrera.  Reyes is a career .290/.339/.431 hitter with a 105 OPS+.  Because he accepted a suspension for an alleged act of domestic violence, Reyes has not played this year.  When he played last year, Reyes hit .274/.310/.378 with an 82 OPS+.  He did that while playing in two hitters ballparks in the Rogers Centre and Coors Field.  Over the past two years, he has averaged a -6.6 UZR and a -12 DRS in the field.  For that, the Rockies are paying Reyes the prorated portion of $22 million this year and the next.  Like Cabrera, Reyes has an option for 2018.  Unlike Cabrera, if that option is not exercised, Reyes is owed an additional $4 million buyout.

In terms of his production on the field, Reyes is not an upgrade over Cabrera.  Worse yet, he’s a much more expensive option.  Even if you were to presume the Rockies would eat a portion of Reyes’ salary, there is almost no amount that would make a deal between the two clubs make sense.

For the time being, the Mets’ needs are at first and third base.  Reyes does not address either of those needs unless you want to shuffle a bunch of players out of position.  The first option would be to move Reyes to second base like he once did in the first year of the Kaz Matsui experiment.  That would force Neil Walker to third base.

In that situation, you are asking Reyes to return to a position he last played in 2004 for 43 games, and you are asking Walker to play a position he last played in 2010 and has played 15 total games in his career.  It’s asking for trouble.  The other option is to put Reyes at shortstop and move Cabrera to third base.  Cabrera has only played 1.1 innings at third base in 2004.  It’s not much better.  Overall, there is no fit for Reyes on the team.

Assuming there was room for Reyes, and assuming the Rockies were to release him, it is still a bad idea.

The addition of Reyes would be a distraction.  It’s a distraction because of who he is and what he once meant to the team and fans.  If Cabrera, Walker, or another infielder falters, there will be a clamoring for him to replace that regular in the lineup.

There’s also the matter of his domestic violence action.  There have been studies that show 62% of previously arrested domestic violence perpetrators are re-arrested within two years of the initial domestic violence act.  Now, Reyes is purportedly taking the issue seriously.  As part of his suspension, he is seeking counseling.  We all hope for both him and his wife that the counseling will help and that there will be no more violence in that household.

With that said, this is baseball.  We use statistics to make judgments on players.  We can use Reyes’ statistics to show he is no longer the player he was with the Mets.  We can use statistics to show he would not be an upgrade on the Mets roster.  Unfortunately, we can also use the statistics to show that the drama that surrounds Reyes may not be over.  What is and should be over is Reyes’ great run with the Mets during his career.

We should all wish Reyes and his family the best no matter where he winds up.  Let’s just hope that place isn’t Flushing.

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Harvey Falters As Mets Fall To Rockies 5-2 In Series Opener http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/harvey-falters-as-mets-fall-to-rockies-5-2-in-series-opener.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/harvey-falters-as-mets-fall-to-rockies-5-2-in-series-opener.html/#comments Sat, 14 May 2016 03:49:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=211862 matt harvey

The New York Mets (21-14) were defeated by a score of 5-2 Friday night, as they dropped the opening round of the the three game series against the Colorado Rockies (17-18) at Coors Field.

Pitching:

Matt Harvey did not have the follow-up performance he had hoped for after a great start in San Diego. The Mets’ righty was absolutely tattooed by Colorado hitting, surrendering five runs on 11 hits. Harvey did strike out six, while walking none in his 5.2 innings of work. His Era rises to 4.93 for the season.

Hansel Robles threw two innings of scoreless relief on the night.

Offense:

Kevin Plawecki continued his recent success at the plate with a two-run double in the second inning, staking the Mets to a 2-0 lead in the early going.

Michael Conforto hit the first triple of his major league career in the eighth inning.

Notes:

The Mets were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position tonight, as they continue to struggle with situational hitting. They are hitting a major league-worst .205 with RISP.

The top five hitters in the Mets’ lineup combined to go 3-for-20 with eight strikeouts. Overall, Mets batters struck out 12 times tonight and 25 times in the last two games.

On Deck:

The New York Mets look to even up the series as super spot starter, RHP Logan Verrett (3-0, 1.27 ERA) takes the mound. He will be opposed by Colorado Rockies RHP, Eddie Butler (1-1, 3.86 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Rockies, 8:40 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-rockies-840-pm-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-rockies-840-pm-3.html/#comments Fri, 13 May 2016 21:24:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=211796 rockies coors field

Friday, May 13, 2016 • 8:40 p.m. (ET)
Coors Field • Denver, CO
RHP Matt Harvey (3-4, 4.50) vs. RHP Jon Gray (0-1, 5.40)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets ended up splitting a four game series for the second series in a row yesterday as the Mets fell to the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw, who once again dominated the Mets shutting them out. The Mets will look to get their bats back on the right track in friendly Coors Field against another team that has been fond of the long ball early on this season in the Rockies.

The Mets have won 11 straight games vs. Colorado dating to May 4, 2014. This streak is tied for the second-longest vs. any one team in franchise history. The Mets went 7-0 vs. the Rockies in 2015, outscoring them 56-24. New York collected 25 doubles and hit 11 home runs in the seven games.

Mets Lineup (21-13)

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. David Wright, 3B
  3. Michael Conforto, LF
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B
  6. Neil Walker, 2B
  7. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  8. Kevin Plawecki, C
  9. Matt Harvey, RHP

Rockies Lineup (16-18)

  1. Charlie Blackmon, CF
  2. Trevor Story, SS
  3. Carlos Gonzalez, RF
  4. Nolan Arenado, 3B
  5. Gerardo Parra, LF
  6. Mark Reynolds, 1B
  7. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
  8. Tony Wolters, C
  9. Jon Gray, RHP

Matt Harvey looked liked a different pitcher in his last start. He had late movement on his pitches which led to his first double digit strikeout game of the year. Overall on the season he is 3-4 over 7 starts pitching 40.0 innings with a 4.50 ERA. In his last four starts he has logged 22.2 innings with a 3.57 ERA. His one start against the Rockies last year was brilliant as he shut them out over 8.0 innings holding them to only 4 hits, no walks and recorded 4 strikeouts. The Rockies have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Blackmon 1-10
  • LeMahieu 1-8
  • Arenado 2-6
  • Gonzalez 0-6
  • Parra 0-3
  • Paulsen 1-3, 2B

Jon Gray is 0-1 over 4 starts and 21.2 innings this year with a 5.40 ERA. He was called up for 9 starts last year where he logged 40.2 innings recording a 5.53 ERA and this year he was called up on April 22nd. His numbers this season are interesting. He allowed 11 ER over 8.2 innings in his first two starts of the season and 2 ER over 13.0 innings in his second two starts. His first two starts are at home, his second two starts were at San Diego and San Francisco. Two of his starts were against the Mets where he allowed 8 ER over 7.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Gray:

  • Cespedes 2-5, 3B, HR
  • Duda 1-5
  • Granderson 1-5
  • Walker 1-4
  • Conforto 0-2
  • Flores 1-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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Featured Article: Would You Trade Zack Wheeler and Brandon Nimmo For Carlos Gonzalez? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/would-you-trade-zack-wheeler-and-brandon-nimmo-for-carlos-gonzalez.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/would-you-trade-zack-wheeler-and-brandon-nimmo-for-carlos-gonzalez.html/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 02:22:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=200820 carlos gonzalez

In an article by Jim Bowden of ESPN.com, he lists five trades he would like to see happen before the Winter Meetings next month in Nashville. One deal he mentions is the Mets trading Zack Wheeler and Brandon Nimmo for Rockies’ All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.

With the Mets looking to replace Yoenis Cespedes and Daniel Murphy‘s production in the lineup, Bowden believes Gonzalez would be a perfect fit. He blasted 40 homeruns and 97 RBI this year for Colorado, and he has a career .290 average and .870 OPS.

CarGo’s home and road splits show that he has benefited a great deal from playing half his games at Coors Field where he posted a .617 slugging percentage and .972 OPS. However, despite the huge disparity, his .464 SLG and .768 OPS on the road would still be a plus in the Mets lineup and he did hit 16 home runs or 40 percent of his total output on the road.

Additionally, he punishes right-handed pitching with the best of them, batting .301 with a .364 OBP, .633 SLG and a .997 OPS.

Defensively, the three time Gold Glover can give you above average defense in left or right field. Last season, CarGo had five Defensive Runs Saved and 8 Outfield Assists.

Bowden says that Gonzalez would also fit into the Mets’ budget because he is only owed $37 million over the next two years, which makes him a better option than Justin Upton or Jason Heyward on the free agent market.

The deal also makes a lot of sense for the Rockies since they are in full rebuilding mode and desperately need top-flight starting pitching. Wheeler would give them a high upside arm to build around while Nimmo provides them a solid prospect in the outfield.

Wheeler is a player I’d hate to see the Mets trade, but this is something the Mets should at least consider as a potential option. Gonzalez is a solid power hitter and he would help make the team’s lineup a very dangerous one with his presence in the cleanup spot.

There’s also the issue of whether or not Granderson can handle center field defensively over the course of an entire season. Sure he’ll likely platoon with Lagares, but Grandy will still have a grueling assignment and he’s lost a step in range and has a poor arm.

Would you do it? Would you trade Wheeler and Nimmo for CarGo?

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Michael Cuddyer Glad He Chose Mets Over Rockies http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/michael-cuddyer-glad-he-chose-mets-over-rockies.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/michael-cuddyer-glad-he-chose-mets-over-rockies.html/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:00:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=194949 michael cuddyer

When Michael Cuddyer signed with the New York Mets last November, he turned down a substantial qualifying offer from the Colorado Rockies to do so. He later admitted that had the Mets not given him a deal, he would’ve re-signed with the Rockies.

Cuddyer received a two year deal worth $21 million from the Mets, but would’ve made $15.3 million from the Rockies just for this season alone. But with the Mets winning the NL East title, Cuddyer says he has no regrets and only validation for his decision.

“This is the reason I came here,” Cuddyer explained. “And I said it at the time of the press conference – money is not everything all the time. To me it was more about winning. It was more about being on the East Coast and playing for an organization that was ready to win… That was the reason why I came here.”  (Mike Vorkunov, NJ.com)

Cuddyer’s first year with the Mets wasn’t what the former batting champion expected. He hit .267 with a .721 OPS and really struggled in June and July before landing on the DL with a knee injury. He started hitting better when returned and learned he was demoted to a platoon role after the Mets called up Michael Conforto and also acquired Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson and Yoenis Cespedes.

Despite the Mets going through rough stretches during several parts of the season, Cuddyer said that the team’s path was smoother than it actually looked. He pointed to the Mets sweep of the Nationals at Citi Field during the first weekend of August. The Mets were never in second place again after that.

“I think that was what gave us the confidence – that final push of confidence,” said Cuddyer. “I think we were a confident team but sweeping them at our place, that big series, Sunday night baseball, that’s what said to us ‘We’re good. We can do this’. I think the sweep at their place – for all their intents and purposes – ended it.”

One of the reasons Cuddyer cited for signing with the Mets, was their abundance of young starting pitchers. It is also why he believes the Mets will have success in October.

Cuddyer last appeared in the playoffs with the Minnesota Twins in 2010. He has a .338 batting average in six postseasons with the Twins, who were consistently eliminated in the first round. That team had Johan Santana and a bunch of soft throwing starters. But the Mets have much more with Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz, all young power pitchers who throw fastballs in the mid to upper 90s.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Rockies, 4:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-rockies-410-pm-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-rockies-410-pm-2.html/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 17:41:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=191162 Logan Verrett

The New York Mets will try to complete their first ever season-series sweep of the Colorado Rockies this evening at Coors Field.

Making his first major league start, RHP Logan Verrett (0-1, 2.82) will oppose Rockies right-hander David Hale (3-4, 6.17) in Sunday’s 4:10 PM finale. The Mets are 6-0 against the Rockies this season.

The Mets have scored 14 runs in consecutive games. It is the fifth time in franchise history the Mets have scored 14 or more runs in two straight games, last done, June 28-29, 2011 at Detroit. The Mets have never scored double-digits in three straight games.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  3. Daniel Murphy – 1B
  4. Juan Uribe – 3B
  5. Kelly Johnson – 2B
  6. Wilmer Flores – SS
  7. Michael Conforto – LF
  8. Anthony Recker – C
  9. Logan Verrett – RHP

Highlight. Copy. Paste. The Mets won their second consecutive game against the Rockies last night by the identical score of 14-9. This time however, the Mets only hit one homer (Uribe), and 8 Mets players had multiple hits. The Mets leaped out to a 3-0 lead before the Rockies brought it back to 3-3. Then the Mets batted around without an out and jolted to a 11-3 lead.

Logan Verrett will be making his major league debut as a starter today in an attempt to stretch out Harvey and others to last deeper into the season. Between the Mets and Rangers this year he has pitched 11 games with a 2.82 ERA over 22.1 innings and with the Mets he has pitched 13.1 innings over 7 games with a 0.68 ERA. He is 4-2 with the 51′s this season over 16 games including 9 starts with a 3.57 ERA. The only Rockie he has faced in his limited major league career is Jose Reyes who is 0-1.

David Hale looks to play stopper for the Rockies today. He is 3-4 over 10 games and 9 starts this year while pitching 54.0 innings with a 6.19 ERA. He pitched against the Nationals on the 18th, his first start since July 9th. Against the Nationals he allowed 6 ER over 5.0 innings. Last year he pitched in 4 games, 2 starts against the Mets totaling 16.0 innings allowing 18 hits, 10 runs, 8 earned. The Mets have the following numbers against Hale:

  • Granderson 1-8, 2B
  • Murphy 3-7, 2B
  • d’Arnaud 0-4
  • Lagares 0-4
  • Recker 1-3
  • Tejada 0-3
  • Uribe 0-3

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 14, Rockies 9 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-recap-mets-14-rockies-9.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-recap-mets-14-rockies-9.html/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 04:26:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=191146 yoenis Cespedes

The Mets defeated the Rockies tonight by a score of 14-9 in Coors field.

Offense: The Mets’ lineup once again exploded for 14 runs as they obliterated Rockies’ starter Chris Rusin. After scoring three runs in the second inning, New York erupted for eight runs in the third.

It all started with a solo shot by Juan Uribe, which broke the games’ 3-3 tie. The Mets then had eight consecutive batters reach base and were able to put the game out of reach very early.

Travis d’Arnaud, Jon Niese, Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson all contributed with RBI hits during the inning. Overall, the Mets had a total of 21 hits on the night.

Pitching: Jon Niese allowed seven runs and eleven hits during 5.1 innings. It wasn’t a good outing for the Mets’ veteran lefty, but he earned his eight win of the season thanks to tremendous run support. He now has a 3.80 ERA during 146.2 innings pitched this season.

Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia were both solid in relief. They each pitched scoreless innings and did not allow any base runners.

On Deck: The Mets will look to complete the series sweep tomorrow at 4:10 PM. Logan Verrett will make his first MLB start against Rockies’ starter David Hale.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Rockies, 8:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-rockies-810-pm-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-rockies-810-pm-2.html/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 20:38:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190979 jon niese

After exploding for 14 runs on Friday night, the New York Mets look to keep things rolling tonight against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Jonathon Niese (7-9, 3.50) gets the start for the Mets and he opposes left-hander Chris Rusin (4-5, 3.99) for the Rockies at 8:10 PM.

The Mets’ current five-game division lead is their largest since late in the 2007 season, when they had a seven-game lead with 17 to play.

The Mets have recalled LHP Dario Alvarez from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. He will wear #68. Alvarez was 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA in 42 combined games between Las Vegas and Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League this season. He allowed one run in his last 10 appearances for the 51s.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares, CF
  2. Curtis Granderson, RF
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  4. Juan Uribe, 3B
  5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  6. Wilmer Flores, 2B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Ruben Tejada, SS
  9. Jon Niese, LHP

The Mets and Rockies play the second game of their series tonight as Jon Niese takes the mound for the Amazin’s. Jon Niese is 7-9 over 23 games over 141.1 innings with a 3.50 ERA. His last start was the first time since the birth of his child that he allowed more than 2 ER (he allowed 3 over 6) and only the second time since June 17th. He did face the Rockies earlier this year allowed 2 ER over 7.0 innings striking out 5. The Rockies have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Reyes 3-16
  • Gonzalez 3-13, 2B, HR
  • Hundley 4-10, 3B
  • Barnes 2-8, 2B
  • Arenado 1-6
  • LeMahieu 3-6, 2B
  • Descalso 2-4, 2B

The Mets bats will get another look at Chris Rusin who is 4-5 over 16 games and 14 starts pitching 90.1 innings with a 3.99 ERA. He has really turned it on the last two games after allowing 14 runs, 13 earned over 15.0 innings. Two starts again he allowed 1 ER over 8 hits and 6.0 innings against the Mets and last time out he tossed a complete game shutout against the Padres. The Mets have the following numbers against Rusin:

  • Uribe 1-7
  • Cespedes 1-5
  • Cuddyer 1-3
  • d’Arnaud 1-3
  • Flores 2-3, 2B
  • Lagares 2-3, 2B
  • Murphy 1-3
  • Tejada 1-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Rockies, 8:40 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-rockies-840-pm-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-rockies-840-pm-2.html/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:37:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190977 bartolo colon

The New York Mets head for high ground in Denver tonight, for the start of a weekend series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Bartolo Colon (10-11, 4.58) opposes rookie right-hander Jon Gray (0-0, 2.40) in Friday’s 8:40 PM series opener.

The Mets have won eight straight games vs. Colorado dating back to May 4, 2014, including going 4-0 earlier this year (August 10-13) at Citi Field. It’s the club’s longest win streak vs. one team since they won nine straight vs. Baltimore which was just snapped on Wednesday.

Mets starters have allowed two runs or less in 17 of their last 23 games dating to July 25. New York starters have posted a 2.42 ERA during that span. Overall, Mets starters rank fourth in the majors with a 3.25 ERA.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 3B
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Wilmer Flores – SS
  6. Kelly Johnson – 2B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Michael Conforto – LF
  9. Bartolo Colon – RHP

After being swept by the Pirates, the Mets almost lost a pair against Baltimore if not for a comeback win on Tuesday. At the same time, the Nationals were able to gain only half a game against the Mets in that span.

The Mets look to get everything back together tonight as they go out to Colorado after sweeping the Rockies earlier last week.

Bartolo Colon is 10-11 over 23 games and 141.1 innings with a 4.58 ERA while allowing a league leading 162 hits. After a hiccup against the Rays, he held the Pirates to 1 ER over 7.- innings. He missed the Rockies earlier this year but last year he had a start to forget as he allowed 7 ER over 4.2 innings. The Rockies have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Reyes 5-9
  • Barnes 2-7, 2 2B
  • Descalso 1-6
  • Gonzalez 2-5, HR
  • Arenado 1-2
  • Blackmon 1-3

The Mets draw Jon Gray who is 15.0 innings into his major league career with 3 starts and no decisions yet with a 2.40 ERA. His second major league start was against the Mets where he held the Amazin’s to 1 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 5 batters. Last time out he allowed 1 ER over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Gray:

  • Cespedes 0-3
  • Duda 0-3
  • Granderson 0-3
  • Murphy 0-3
  • Conforto 0-2
  • d’Arnaud 1-2, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Rockies vs Mets, 12:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-thread-rockies-vs-mets-1210-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-thread-rockies-vs-mets-1210-pm.html/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:33:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190225 noah syndergaard

The New York Mets will be aiming for a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies this afternoon at Citi Field. Noah Syndergaard (6-6, 3.01) gets the assignment and he opposes right-hander Eddie Butler (3-9, 5.50) for the Rockies in a 12:10 PM matchup.

RetroCleaningBroomGraphicsFairy2The Mets are a season high-tying 10 games over .500 (62-52) for the fourth time this year. They were 13-3, 14-4 and 15-5 this year.The last time the Mets were 11 games over .500 was after the game on June 27, 2010 (43-32). Make it happen!

The Mets have won six straight home games and are 41-18 at Citi Field, which is the best record through their first 59 home games in franchise history.

The Mets have won nine straight home games against the Rockies and have shut out Colorado in four of their last five meetings.

After a day off, David Wright is expected to resume his rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie on Thursday. Wright is 2-for-6 with a walk in two games so far. He logged six innings at third base on Tuesday.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson        RF
  2. Yoenis Cespedes          CF
  3. Daniel Murphy               1B
  4. Juan Uribe                      3B
  5. Kelly Johnson                2B
  6. Travis d’Arnaud              C
  7. Michael Conforto          LF
  8. Wilmer Flores                SS
  9. Noah Syndergaard        P       

The Mets try to complete the always difficult 4-game sweep this afternoon as the Rockies play their last game in Queens for the season. For the second straight game yesterday, the Mets shut-out the Rockies, this time by the score of 3-0 in a game that saw a dominant outing from deGrom, strong relief from both Clippard and Familia, and the first homer from Cespedes. The Mets are now 10 games above .500 and thanks to the Dodgers, now 3.5 in front of the Nationals.

Noah Syndergaard is 6-6 over 16 starts and 98.2 innings with 106 K’s this season. He’s coming off of his first terrible start in a while where he allowed 5 ER over 4.0 innings while striking out 6. Even including that start, in his last 8 starts he has tossed 54.0 innings with a 2.17 ERA. Syndergaard has never faced the Rockies before, but he has faced Jose Reyes who is 0-3 with 2 K’s.

Eddie Butler will get the start for the Rockies. He is 3-9 over 15 starts and 75.1 innings with a 5.50 ERA and 40 K’s. Since being recalled on July 24th, he has made 4 starts with an 0-3 record over 21.0 innings and a 7.29 ERA. This will be Butler’s first start against the Mets, but he has faced Juan Uribe before, who is 0-2.

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MMO Game Thread: Rockies vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-thread-rockies-vs-mets-710-pm-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mmo-game-thread-rockies-vs-mets-710-pm-3.html/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:14:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190105 jacob deGrom

The New York Mets will enter tonight’s game against the Colorado Rockies with a 2.5 game lead atop the NL East.

All-Star Jacob deGrom (10-6, 2.13) will start for the Mets and will oppose Jorge De La Rosa (7-4, 4.85) for the Rockies in a 7:10 PM matchup at Citi Field.

The Mets have won two in a row and are 8-2 in August, 12-4 in their last 16 games and 21-12 in their last 33 contests.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares                   CF
  2. Curtis Granderson           RF
  3. Yoenis Cespedes              LF
  4. Juan Uribe                          3B
  5. Michael Cuddyer              1B
  6. Wilmer Flores                    2B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud                  C
  8. Ruben Tejada                    SS
  9. Jacob deGrom                   P

The Mets try to clinch the four game set against the Rockies tonight as they take on Colorado in game 3. Last night, the Mets got another excellent start from Harvey who tossed 8 scoreless innings and got some late hitting to win 4-0. The icing on the cake occurred in LA with the Dodgers beating the Nationals.

Jacob deGrom looks to keep it going tonight. On the season he is 10-6 over 21 starts with a 2.13 ERA over 139.2 innings with 142 K’s. In his last two starts he has allowed 2 ER over at least 6.0 innings and in both of his last two starts he hasn’t had his best stuff.

What has been impressive about deGrom is it was obvious he didn’t have his best stuff in the last two starts but he still racked up 7 K’s in each game. Last year he faced the Rockies once and held them scoreless over 8.0 innings. The Rockies have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Arenado 1-3, 2B
  • Blackmon 0-3
  • LeMahieu 0-3
  • Bergman 0-2
  • Paulsen 0-1

Jorge De La Rosa is 7-4 over 19 starts and 104.0 innings with a 4.85 ERA this season. Since the All-Star Break he has pitched 27.1 innings over 5 games with a  6.26 ERA although he has been pitching better of late where he has allowed 5 ER over 12.2 innings.

In one start last year against the Mets he allowed 3 ER over 6 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Jorge:

  • Uribe 9-36, HR
  • Cuddyer 1-10, 2B
  • K Johnson 2-10, HR
  • Granderson 1-6, HR
  • Murphy 1-4
  • d’Arnaud 1-3
  • Lagares 2-3, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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Mets Recall Anthony Recker, Option Kevin Plawecki To Triple-A http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mets-recall-anthony-recker-option-kevin-plawecki-to-triple-a.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mets-recall-anthony-recker-option-kevin-plawecki-to-triple-a.html/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 03:06:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190084 anthony recker

After tonight’s 4-0 win over the Rockies, the Mets announced they have called up Anthony Recker and optioned Kevin Plawecki to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Plawecki, 24, hit .228 with a .283 on-base percentage in 227 plate appearances with eight doubles, two homeruns and 17 RBIs for the Mets.

Recker, 31, was batting .257 for Triple-A Las Vegas with eight homers and 21 RBI in 105 plate appearances.

This move was widely expected once Travis d’Arnaud resumed his regular starting catcher duties. Plawecki obviously needs the regular playing time, plus he’ll be back September 1.

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Harvey Overpowers Rockies In Mets 4-0 Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/harvey-overpowers-rockies-in-mets-4-0-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/harvey-overpowers-rockies-in-mets-4-0-win.html/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 02:21:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190069 matt harvey

The Mets (61-52) defeated the Rockies (47-64) by a score of 4-0 Tuesday night at Citi Field.

Pitching:

Matt Harvey (11-7) was once again fantastic, tossing 8.0 scoreless innings allowing a mere four hits, no walks, and striking out four. Only one of those hits left the infield. Harvey was pulled after throwing only 97 pitches (66 strikes), as the Mets had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the 8th inning with a 1-0 lead, so he was pinch hit for. Another great outing for the Dark Knight.

Eric O’Flaherty came in to pitch the top of the 9th. He quickly induced a weak ground ball to left-handed Rockies’ leadoff man Charlie Blackmon. However, switch hitting Jose Reyes then doubled to center field and Carlos Gonzalez grounded out to put Reyes at third with two outs. Nolan Arenado then flew out to Yoenis Cespedes to end the game.

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Offense:

The Mets threatened many times in the first five innings, but were unable to get a run across until the bottom of the 6th when Ruben Tejada smacked a base hit to right field, scoring Michael Cuddyer. Ruben Tejada had a good game at the plate, going 1-2 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 8th inning, sporting a slim 1-0 lead, Curtis Granderson pinch hit for Matt Harvey. The Rockies brought in lefty Boone Logan to face him, who the previous night plunked Grandy with the bases loaded. Tonight, after getting ahead of Grandy 1-2, he walked him to bring in a run, expanding the Mets lead to 2-0.

Then with the bases still loaded, Juan Lagares crushed a double to left field scoring two, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead. Lagares led off and had a huge night, going 3-5 with two doubles and two RBIs.

The 8th inning ended when Daniel Murphy hit a routine ground ball to shortstop, however it hit the base-running Lagares for the third out. Murph went 2-5 tonight.

Michael Cuddyer and Wilmer Flores both had great nights, recording two hits in four at-bats each. Travis d’Arnaud also recorded a hit. Cuddyer also stole a base, and he looked great running. Hopefully his knee problems are behind him.

Notes:

Right-handed batters facing Mets’ LHP Eric O’Flaherty have a batting average against over .425 on the season.

The Mets are 40-18 at home this year, already matching their home win total from last season.

On Deck:

The Mets will send Jacob deGrom (10-6, 2.13 ERA) to the mound to face Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (7-4, 4.85) Wednesday night at Citi Field at 7:10 pm.

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