Mets Merized Online » Royals http://metsmerizedonline.com Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:56:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.18 Yordano Ventura, Andy Marte Killed In Separate Car Crashes http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/yordano-ventura-andy-marte-killed-in-separate-car-accidents.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/yordano-ventura-andy-marte-killed-in-separate-car-accidents.html/#comments Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:24:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=229890 yordano ventura

According to several different sources, including Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports on Twitter, Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car crash early Sunday morning in the town of Juan Adrian in the Dominican Republic.

Ventura, 25, was a hard-throwing righty with loads of potential.

In a statement issued by the Royals in regards to the death of Ventura, Senior VP of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dayton Moore had the following to say:

“Our prayers right now are with Yordano’s family as we mourn this young man’s passing. He was so young and so talented, full of youthful exuberance and always brought a smile to everyone he interacted with. We will get through this as an organization, but right now is a time to mourn and celebrate the life of Yordano.”

After signing with the Royals in 2008 as an international free agent, Ventura peaked as the Baseball America’s 26th ranked prospect in baseball in 2013.

2014 saw Ventura pitch in the first and statistically best season of his career.

The young righty started 30 games for the Royals, pitching to a 14-10 record, with a 3.20 ERA, finishing sixth in American League Rookie of the Year voting.

Eerily, Ventura’s stand-out moment came in the 2014 World Series. After learning of fellow Dominican Republic born Oscar Taveras’ death, also in a car crash, Ventura fired seven shutout innings against the San Francisco Giants to force a game seven.

Though the Royals went on to lose, Ventura was able to capture a World Series ring the next year in 2015 against the Mets, despite losing the one game he started.

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In a separate car accident in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, former big league infielder Andy Marte was killed.

Marte’s agency, J.M.G. baseball had the following to say on Twitter:

“Words can’t express the emotions from the loss of our client Andy Marte. Gone too soon. A great person on and off the field.”

Marte, 33, broke into baseball with the Atlanta Braves in 2005, before playing for the Cleveland Indians from 2006-2010.

In 2014, Marte returned to the bigs, appearing in six games for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

This is the second and third time in five months that the baseball world have lost precious, young lives after Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in September.

Our hearts here at MMO go out to the families of both Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte during this very tragic and hard time.

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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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Are the Royals a Potential Trade Partner? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/are-the-royals-a-potential-trade-partner.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/are-the-royals-a-potential-trade-partner.html/#comments Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:26:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=227388 wade davis

With Yoenis Cespedes signed and sealed as an early Christmas present for Mets fans, it’s time for Sandy Alderson to turn his attention to the bullpen.

Now the 2016 bullpen had its moments. They were sixth in all baseball with a 3.53 ERA, second in saves with 55 and fifth in strike outs with 569.  But there were concerns about the lack of depth in the bullpen causing Addison Reed to appear in 80 games (third in baseball) and Jeurys Familia to appear in 78 (sixth).

Beyond these two arms there was a lot of inconsistent performances and hand wringing from the coaches and fans.  And with Familia’s alleged domestic violence incident still haunting the specter of the offseason, there is a strong possibility (maybe even probability) that our closer will have a long suspension to start the 2017 season.  Simply put, we need to shore up the backend of our bullpen.

And that brings us back to the Cespedes re-signing, which kept our slugger at Citi Field and gave us a plethora of outfielders.  We have already heard the Blue Jays and Orioles come up as potential trade partners for some of our surplus outfielders…but perhaps the Royals’ needs match our strengths even better.

The Royals let it be known that closer Wade Davis was available at the end of last season, and while injuries shortened his season they didn’t slow him; he finished the year with a 1.87 ERA, 27 saves, a WHIP a shade over 1.1 and 9.8 strike outs per inning.

The Giants went after Davis before the trading deadline in 2016 and were rebuffed. The Nationals were going heavy for Davis and the Royals were clear on what they wanted: controllable young pitching, like top Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito. The Nationals balked at the asking price and Davis finished out the season with the Royals.

The Royals picked up Davis’ option this year at $10 million and are still open to trading him. Davis is exactly what the Mets need; he can fill in for Familia while he is suspended, allowing Reed to stay in the 8th inning where he has thrived.  And when Familia comes back the Mets would have a comparable bullpen to any in all baseball, and the playoffs showed the value of that. Couple that with top of the line starting pitching and Davis would make the Mets an early favorite for a deep playoff run.

But what can the Mets offer back?  It turns out the Mets have exactly the players the Royals need to pull off a trade.  The Royals, in fact, want three things: a young controllable arm, a slugger to take the place of Kendrys Morales who signed with the Blue Jays (they have been linked to Chris Carter, recently non tendered by the Brewers), and salary relief. The Mets can offer all three in a four player deal.

Robert Gsellman would have to be the cornerstone of the trade. After his late season call up he showed poise and outstanding stuff, pitching to a 2.42 ERA in 45 pressure packed innings with 42 strike outs while holding opponents to less than a hit an inning and allowing only one home run. He is still just 23 and Baseball Prospectus named him our second best prospect, right behind Amed Rosario and before names like Dominic Smith and Justin Dunn. He’s ready for the majors now and is exactly the kind of young arm the Royals seek.

We also have the bat they seek, as Jay Bruce had similar numbers to Morales’ 2016, where Kendrys hit 30 homers and 93 RBIs. Bruce had 32 homers with 99 RBIs in 2016.

The rub would be taking another part back from the Royals to insure they get the salary relief they seek. Pitcher Chris Young would take care of that.  He is owed about $7 million for 2017 (which includes the buyout for the last year of his contract) and while he had a terrible 2016 he was a highly effective pitcher in 2015 and 2014, winning 23 games with a 3.40 ERA and pitching well in the 2015 playoffs.

Young could give the Mets the veteran depth we would need going into the season with Bartolo Colon already gone and of course Gsellman moving in this potential deal. While the Royals would be paying Bruce’s $13 million, they would have also subtracted $26 million between Morales, Davis and Young.

While it would be tough to lose a young arm, it would give us a top arm in the back of the pen without making any financial commitment beyond 2017 and free up our logjam in the outfield.

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NL East News: Marlins Sign Edinson Volquez For 2 Years, $22M http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/nl-east-news-marlins-sign-edinson-volquez-for-2-years-22m.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/nl-east-news-marlins-sign-edinson-volquez-for-2-years-22m.html/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:43:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=227194 151027-edinson-volquez-jsw-930p_da6b4f328a6e0264d36171f82d3a35f7-nbcnews-ux-2880-1000

According to multiple sources, the Miami Marlins have signed veteran starter Edinson Volquez to a two year deal worth $22 million, pending a physical.

Volquez, 33, is coming off a down year during which he went 10-11 with a 5.37 ERA for the Royals. His 113 runs allowed were the most in the American League.

Mets fans will recognize him as he started two games for the Royals in the 2015 World Series against the Mets. He pitched well despite two no-decisions, posting a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings with eight strikeouts.

The Marlins needed an innings guy as they try and rebuild their rotation after the loss of Jose Fernandez. Volquez has pitched at least 170 innings every season since 2012 and there’s no reason to believe he won’t continue that trend, as he threw 189.1 innings in 2016 despite his ineffectiveness.

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Should Mets Take a Chance On Greg Holland? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/should-mets-take-a-chance-on-greg-holland.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/should-mets-take-a-chance-on-greg-holland.html/#comments Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:00:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225310 ykwjvvxa

Despite the impression you may have gotten from the NL Wild Card game, the Mets have a great bullpen. The team’s bullpen ERA of 3.53 was the third-best in the NL, save for that dreadful game 163.

And given the reality of post-Madoff life for the Mets, it’s safe to say the team won’t be breaking the bank on a big-name free agent this year. And even if they do, they’ll probably want to allocate most of their funds on more dire areas, like filling in Yoenis Cespedes‘ spot in the lineup. So don’t get your hopes up on Aroldis Chapman coming to Queens.

That being said, you can never have enough bullpen arms. And since the Mets probably won’t have a huge budget, they should go out and sign former Royals closer Greg Holland. Holland represents a reclamation project who has about as high a ceiling as a reliever can have.

The ex-Royal missed all of 2016 recovering from Tommy John surgery. He suffered the initial injury in September of his contract year– about as unfortunate a time possible. But from 2011-2014, Holland was one of the best closers in baseball. He ranked second among closers in ERA (1.86), seventh in saves (113), second in fWAR (9.1), and sixth in strikeouts per nine innings (12.57). Numbers for a reliever don’t get much better than this.

Holland started throwing in August and is expected to be ready to pitch in February.

Since he fell off a bit in 2015 with a 3.83 ERA, and since he’s coming off of an injury, Holland will likely cost any team that signs him no more than a one-year deal. This is someone who is a perfect fit for the Mets. No other one-year deal candidate has as high a ceiling as Holland does, maybe at any position but especially in the bullpen. This is a player the Mets should aggressively pursue.

The best-case scenario for Holland is that he returns to 2014 form. This would mean innings seven through nine would be anchored by a near-unhittable three-headed monster that features three pitchers who could be closers for most teams. The notion of the Mets having a bullpen that good probably seems unthinkable for those who lived through the Aaron Heilman/Frank Francisco/Jose Valverde days.

And the worst-case? He gets released midseason. That’s it. There likely won’t be a huge financial commitment here, so the Mets can do that. And Holland would probably be best suited in a one-year “prove it” deal for his sake too: If he does well, he might be able to sign a bigger deal elsewhere and recoup some of the money he could have earned last winter.

Sandy Alderson has bought in several reclamation projects that have worked out well: Marlon Byrd, Addison Reed, and even Jose Reyes have come to the team with little expectation and become key contributors. Greg Holland could be next.

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3 Up 3 Down: Mets Sweep Two Game Series Against WS Foe http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/3-up-3-down-mets-sweep-two-game-series-against-ws-foe.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/3-up-3-down-mets-sweep-two-game-series-against-ws-foe.html/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:44:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=215672 mets win

3 Up

1. The Bullpen

Coming into the opener on Tuesday night against the Royals, the Mets bullpen never could have anticipated the relief they would have to provide in it. Just four pitches into the game, starter Bartolo Colon took a ball right back at him, hitting him in the thumb. Colon would have to leave the game, and it was up to the bullpen to give the Mets the best opportunity to win. All they did was combine to throw 8 2/3 innings of one run ball. Hansel Robles pitched 3 2/3 of those innings, allowing just one run on five hits and six strikeouts. Goeddel, Blevins, Reed, and Familia followed and allowed just two hits in those five innings. It was not an ideal situation for the Mets, and one that could have gotten away from them early, but the bullpen stepped up big time.

2. Asdrubal Cabrera

Asdrubal Cabrera got the party started for the Mets in the opener on Tuesday night by taking a first inning pitch deep for a solo homerun. He then followed up by hitting another homerun on Wednesday, a two-run shot that gave the Mets the lead in the fifth inning. It seems as though the power is starting to come for Asdrubal, as it was his sixth homerun in the last 26 games, and his eighth on the season. Cabrera also had a fantastic slide at home plate on a James Loney single in the series finale.

3. Jeurys Familia

Jeurys Familia pitched back to back one run ninth innings in consecutive days against the Royals to help preserve Mets victories. His save on Wednesday was his 24th of the year, tying him with Armando Benitez for the most consecutive save conversions to begin a season in club history. He also rid himself of any demons that lingered from last World Series against these Royals, where he did not fare quite as well. Familia gave up just one hit in his two innings of work, while striking out three.

3 Down

1. Neil Walker

Neil Walker had a rough series against the Royals, going 0-8 with a strikeout while also leaving a total of six runners on base. Walker is now 0-15 in his last four games and his average has dipped down to .257 on the year. He also now has hit just one homerun in the last 16 games that he has played.

2. RISP Still an Issue

This has been an ongoing trend for the 2016 Mets, and it will need to get better if the Mets want to contend for the remainder of the year. In the two game set against the Royals the Mets went just 1-8 with runners in scoring position, while leaving a total of 12 men on base. Neil Walker was the culprit of six of those baserunners. The Mets are dead last in the majors with RISP, batting just .209, putting them being the Phillies who are batting .222.

3. Injury Bug Strikes Again

They say hitting in contagious, well apparently injuries are too, and the Mets just can’t catch a break in that department. Bartolo Colon exited the game on Tuesday night after taking a line drive off his thumb, and then Noah Syndergaard and Yoenis Cespedes left the game early on Wednesday afternoon. The good news is that all three checked out okay with team doctors and they each avoid the DL.

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Mets Expect Bartolo Colon To Make His Next Start On Sunday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mets-expect-bartolo-colon-to-make-his-next-start-on-sunday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mets-expect-bartolo-colon-to-make-his-next-start-on-sunday.html/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:54:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=215539 bartolo colon

Manager Terry Collins told reporters during his pregame press conference, that the swelling in Bartolo Colon‘s thumb has subsided considerably.

The team now expects him to make his regularly scheduled start on Sunday, when the Mets will play the Braves in Atlanta.

Original Report – June 21

Bartolo Colon was removed from the game after being struck in the right thumb by a line drive to the mound off the bat of Royals leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield.

Colon walked off the mound holding his thumb and grimacing in pain as Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez rushed to tend to him. He was immediately removed from the game and taken into the clubhouse for X-rays.

Update:X-rays on Bartolo Colon’s thumb were negative and the Mets are calling it a contusion.

Hansel Robles came into the game to replace Colon, but what a terrible way to begin a stretch of 20 games in 20 days for the Mets and their bullpen.

The Mets had called up Sean Gilmartin before the game, but he threw 100 pitches and went seven innings on Sunday. So the pitcher they added today is essentially unavailable.

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MMO Game Thread: Royals vs Mets, 1:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mmo-game-thread-royals-vs-mets-110-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mmo-game-thread-royals-vs-mets-110-pm.html/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:07:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=215600 noah syndergaard

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 • 1:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
LHP Danny Duffy (2-1, 3.17) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (7-2, 1.91)
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The Mets snapped their three-game losing streak with last night’s 2-1 win. New York is 4-6 in its last 10 games and improved to 14-9 in one-run games (8-4 at home). The Mets will play 20 straight games (19 remaining) before the All-Star break.

Noah Syndergaard is fourth in the majors with a 1.91 ERA, behind Clayton Kershaw (1.57), Jake Arrieta (1.74) and Madison Bumgarner (1.85). He is fourth in the majors with 11.22 strikeouts per nine innings and third in the majors with 1.27 walks per nine innings.

Mets Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  4. Neil Walker – 2B
  5. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  6. James Loney – 1B
  7. Matt Reynolds – LF
  8. Rene Rivera – C
  9. Noah Syndergaard – RHP

Royals Lineup

  1. Whit Merrifield – 2B
  2. Alcides Escobar – SS
  3. Eric Hosmer – 1B
  4. Lorenzo Cain – CF
  5. Salvador Perez – C
  6. Paulo Orlando – RF
  7. Cheslor Cuthbert – 3B
  8. Jarrod Dyson – LF
  9. Danny Duffy – RHP

Noah Syndergaard is 7-2 on the year over 14 games and 13 starts pitching 85.0 innings with 106 strikeouts while posting an ERA of 1.91. He’s coming off of his best start this season where he pitched 8.1 innings allowing 2 runs, 1 earned while striking out 11 (he didn’t allow the urns until the 9th). His first start of the season was against the Royals where he held them scoreless over 6.0 innings while striking out 9. The Royals have the following numbers against Syndergaard:

  • Cain 2-6
  • Escobar 2-6, 3B
  • Hosmer 0-5
  • Perez 1-4
  • Morales 1-3, 2B

Dan Duffy gets the nod for the Royals. He’s 2-1 over 23 games and 7 starts this year with a 3.17 ERA and 54.0 innings. He’s 2-1 over his last 5 starts while logging 28.2 innings with a 4.08 ERA. His first outing of the year was against the Mets where he allowed one hit and a walk over 1.2 innings of relief work. The Mets have the following numbers against Duffy:

  • Cabrera 4-10, 2B
  • Granderson 1-8
  • Cespedes 0-5
  • Conforto 1-2, HR
  • Rivera 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Royals, 4:15 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-royals-415-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-royals-415-pm.html/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:49:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=208967 noah syndergaard 3

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 • 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Kauffman Stadium • Kansas City, MO
RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24) vs. RHP Chris Young (11-6, 3.06)
SNY • MLBN • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets look to split the series with the Royals this afternoon after dropping the first game of the season 4-3. After a slow start to the game with a few mental miscues and some lucky breaks for the Royals (we’ll get ours too as the season goes on), the Mets were able to mount a small comeback but it wasn’t enough to close out the game. Noah Syndergaard will look to lead the Amazins against fellow righty Chris Young before they head into two consecutive off-days leading up to the Home Opener in Queens.

New York Mets

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. David Wright, 3B
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Michael Conforto, DH
  7. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  8. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  9. Alejandro De Aza, LF

Kansas City Royals

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS
  2. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH
  6. Alex Gordon, LF
  7. Salvador Perez, C
  8. Omar Infante, 2B
  9. Reymond Fuentes, RF

Syndergaard is coming off of a strong rookie season where he went 9-7 over 24 starts and 150.0 innings with a 3.24 ERA and 166 K’s. He rose to new heights in the post-season, throwing high and tight to Escobar and stealing Pedro Martinez’s heart. He pitched 6.0 innings against the Royals in the third game of the series, picking up the win after allowing 3 ER, walking 2 and striking out 6. Overall in the post-season, he pitched 19.0 innings with a 3.32 ERA and 26 K’s. The Royals have the following numbers against Thor:

  • Cain 1-3
  • Escobar 1-3, 2K
  • Gordon 1-2, BB
  • Hosmer 0-3
  • Moustakas 1-3
  • Perez 1-2

The Mets will get a look at former Met Chris Young, who was 11-6 with a 3.06 ERA over 34 games, 18 starts and 123.1 innings for the Royals in 2015. After going 4-9 with a 4.15 ERA over 115.0 innings with the Mets in 2012, Young found himself in Seattle for 2014. He went 12-9 over 165.0 innings with a 3.65 ERA. It was the most he pitched since 2007. He pitched twice against the Mets in the World Series totaling 7.0 innings allowing 2 ER, 2 walks and 7 K’s. He put up a 2.01 ERA in the post season. The Mets have the following numbers against the former Met:

  • Cespedes 1-14, 2B
  • Wright 1-11, 4 BB
  • Granderson 0-4
  • Cabrera 0-4
  • d’Arnaud 0-3
  • Duda 0-3
  • Flores 1-1
  • Confort0 1-1, 2B
  • Worth noting that the Mets have .091 collective BA over 44 AB’s against Young.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Duda Takes Offense To Royals Coach Comments About Errant World Series Throw http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/duda-takes-offense-to-royals-coach-comments-about-errant-world-series-throw.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/duda-takes-offense-to-royals-coach-comments-about-errant-world-series-throw.html/#comments Sun, 03 Apr 2016 04:11:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=208894 hosmer darnaud duda

According to a report by Marc Carig of Newsday, Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is still bothered by a comment made by Royals third base coach Rusty Kuntz five months ago after Kansas City won the World Series.

Regarding Duda’s throwing error in the ninth inning of Game 5, Kuntz said, “Bless his heart, Duda. He’s a good bat.”

There was more to it than that and Duda didn’t take to kindly to any of it.

“He gave it to me pretty good,” Duda told Carig. “It’s his opinion, man. If he thinks I’m a (expletive) first baseman, then it’s OK.”

It was a wide throw to the plate by Lucas Duda that allowed Eric Hosmer to score the tying run in the ninth after Salvador Perez hit a grounder to third baseman David Wright.

Of course the Royals went on to win the game in 12 innings and become the World Series champs at Citi Field.

“I kind of hooked it, just sort of rushed it,” Duda said of his errant throw. “That’s really all it was. I just made an errant throw.”

While Duda admitted he was haunted by the play during the offseason, he’s over it now and will not let it affect his play this season.

“That’s one of those things that I think can break you or propel you. It’s not going to define my career. It’s not going to break me. I’m going to become stronger.”

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Royals Call BS On Newsday Retaliation Report http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/royals-call-bs-on-newsday-retaliation-report.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/royals-call-bs-on-newsday-retaliation-report.html/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 23:14:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=208610 alcides escobar

I guess there are worse things in life than being called a buffoon by Ned Yost. But that’s exactly what the Kansas City Royals manager called the Newsday reporter who said more than one industry source confided the Royals were planning retaliation against the Mets for Noah Syndergaard throwing up and in to Alcides Escobar during Game 3 of the World Series.

The Kansas City Star reported Yost’s response after he was told about the Marc Carig report.

“Some buffoon writes something and you guys are gonna jump like little monkeys in a cage for a peanut,” Yost said.

Earlier in the day, a Royals official said the club did have one thing planned for the Mets’ trip to Kauffman Stadium. The team planned to show a 30-second tribute video, honoring their National League championship.

“We’ve got the utmost respect for the Mets and what they accomplished last year,” Yost said. “That’s old. That’s way, way down the river by now. We’re not even thinking about that.”

Some retaliation, huh?

Most of the Royals players expressed shock, saying that until this report that play hadn’t been mentioned once during Spring Training camp. Former Met Dillon Gee confirmed as much.

The consensus among players Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, Edinson Volquez and Alex Gordon was the same no matter who you asked.

“We got our retaliation when we won the World Series.”

Like I said yesterday when that Newsday report first sprouted, it reeked of BS.

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According to a report by Marc Carig of Newsday, the Kansas City Royals could be planning to dole out some retaliation against the New York Mets as payback for Noah Syndergaard throwing a pitch over Alcides Escobar’s head in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series.

Perhaps it is nothing more than mind games, a ploy for intimidation. But multiple industry sources told Newsday that the Royals have been signaling their intent to seek retribution against the Mets on Opening Night.

Of course as every Met fan knows, after learning the Royals were up in arms after he sent Escobar sprawling to the ground, Syndergaard famously said: “If they have a problem with me throwing inside, then they can meet me 60 feet, 6 inches away. I’ve got no problem with that.”

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Lucas Duda was asked to respond to the report and told Mike Puma of the New York Post that the Mets will be ready if the Royals follow through with their threat of retaliation.

“Whatever they want to do, they are not going to bully us, they are not going to scare us,” a defiant Duda said. “They are not going to scare us by hitting us. You can talk to all 15 position players that we have, and I’m pretty sure none of them are scared.”

“We didn’t hit the guy, did we?” Duda continued. “That was a part of our game plan. We know Escobar is aggressive, we know he likes to swing at the first pitch, and if we throw him a strike, it doesn’t make any sense. If you remember the first game in Kansas City, we threw him a strike and he hit a home run, inside the park.”

I’d be shocked if the Royals do anything and risk an all out brawl and worse yet injuries to their players and ours. Personally, this reeks of bullshit. I mean for crying out loud nobody got hit by a pitch or was hurt. You had a pitcher throwing inside to a hitter who is notorious for crowding the plate. That’s how you play the freaking game. Syndergaard did what every pitcher should do – own the freaking plate.

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Syndergaard: “I Try To Be As Intimidating As Possible” http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/syndergaard-i-try-to-be-as-intimidating-as-possible.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/syndergaard-i-try-to-be-as-intimidating-as-possible.html/#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 00:23:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=206432 noah syndergaard

While talking to reporters today at Tradition Field, Mets young ace Noah Syndergaard had this to say about how he feels when he’s on the hill: “ I try to be as intimidating as possible. I try to use that as a weapon of mine. I feel like I’m on top of the world when I’m on the mound.”

Syndergaard set the tone for Game 3 of the World Series at Citi Field when he brushed Royals’ lead-off hitter Alcides Escobar off the plate with a 98 MPH fastball. The Mets would go on to win the game 9-3 on the strength of Thor’s hammer – their lone win of the series.

After the game, Syndergaard was quoted as saying, “If they have a problem with me throwing inside, then they can meet me 60 feet, six inches away. I’ve got no problem with that.”

You’ve got to love the toughness and intensity that Syndergaard brings to the table when he’s on the mound.

After losing out on a roster spot out of Spring Training one year ago, Thor got to work and made it his mission to make an impact at the major league level, and he did just that.

The 23 year old flamethrower was rewarded with a call-up in May, and pitched to a 9-7 record with a 3.24 ERA to complement 166 strikeouts in his rookie campaign.

In regards to pitching against the Royals in the opening series of the season, Syndergaard said: “Of course. I think everybody would want to pitch in one of those two games.” He added, “I think it’s going to be a little bit different — very intense. I’m not really sure what to expect. But it’s going to be fun. And I’m looking forward to it.”

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2015 Mets Contact Rates: A Tale Of Quality vs. Quantity http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/2015-mets-contact-rates-a-tale-of-quality-vs-quantity.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/2015-mets-contact-rates-a-tale-of-quality-vs-quantity.html/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:00:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205605 lucas duda

It used to be you could tell when a ball was hit hard because it made a loud noise and it moved quickly through the air. Now, according to Baseball Information Solutions, you need an algorithm

“BIS now records certain hard data (duration of hang time and landing location) with the observed hit type — liner, grounder, etc. — and then an algorithm decides if the ball is hard hit.” Neil Weinberg via Hardball Times.  The actual algorithm is proprietary, so we have to take their word for what constitutes “hard contact,” but, generally speaking, the calculation is based on hang time, location, and trajectory.

I see it playing out something like this, David Wright lines out to Dee Gordon and as he’s taking his batting gloves off in the dugout he complains to Kevin Long, “Dagnabbit Mr. Long, I really thought I tattooed that one,” at which point Kevin Long pulls out a handy printout, “Sorry son, the algorithm says it was medium – see, right there.”

The truth is that the almost infinite diversity of statistics is one of the things that makes baseball so fascinating for so many. There was a time when a kid who saw [∂∂pβ(λ)∂∂λ+2(1−γ(λ))] G(2)(p)=0 in his head, when told to put a bunt down the first base line, would have no place on a baseball diamond. Now, the same kid can turn a soft blooper into a screaming liner with the right algorithm.

It’s amazing what data can tell you. For instance, it was recently discovered that guys like Giancarlo Stanton who routinely hit the ball hard, tend to be good hitters. A shocker, I know – there’s even proof in the form of a correlation study between wOBA and exit velocity.

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It’s not the biggest of correlations, but it’s there.

Ultimately BIS modified their approach with hang time and landing to presumably make it less of an abstraction. Previously hard/soft hit% data involved some guy who would watch the games and decide whether balls were hit hard, medium, or soft … I mean, if he drops a melted cheese Dorito on his vintage Jethro Tull jersey, it can skew the results. So the algorithm is a good thing in spite of my incessant persiflage.

But technology is only good if you can use it, and for the life of me I can’t figure out why StatCast exit velocities have yet to be employed quantifying hard and soft hit%. There are limitations (StatCast has trouble with weak contact) but the potential to disambiguate contact rates at the initial judgment level is tremendous. There is in fact some preliminary data showing that StatCast exit velocity correlates closely with hard% contact, which I’m sure brought a sigh of relief from the guy with the stained Jethro Tull shirt — who may want to keep his job options open nonetheless (I hear UZR is hiring).

Over the past few seasons, indications are that soft and medium contact rates have risen in MLB while hard contact has fallen. Teams have increasingly delved into contact rates in an effort to improve, and for good reason. A top 10 leaderboard for hard% contact features dignitaries such as Mike Trout, Paul Goldschmidt, Bryce Harper, and Miguel Cabrera (by the way Lucas Duda comes in at #11).

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The Mets had a 31.5% hard contact rate in 2015, good for best in the game. The Mets are also tied for the fourth lowest hard% contact rate allowed (27.5%). Now there are lots of reasons teams succeed, but you have to think that the ability to make solid contact while preventing the opposition from doing the same gives you quite the advantage.

Sure enough the 2015 Mets made it to the World Series where they faced … the Royals with their 22nd in the league hard% contact rate and their 19th in the league hard% contact allowed … nothing to write Dorothy about. The Royals also had the lowest line drive percentage (19%) in all of baseball, while the Mets were third (22%).

The 2015 Mets hit the ball with authority more than just about anyone, which is very much in line with their selective philosophy – wait for your pitch, square it, clobber it. Yet they were beaten by a team who threw quality contact out the window in favor of plain old ordinary contact. The Royals led the league in contact% with an 81.9% mark.

KC also gave up quite a lot of hard contact (29.3%) but compensated with a top-notch defense. For the Mets, on the other hand, it didn’t make much sense to spend a lot of time or money on defense, given their high-K pitching staff and relatively low hard% contact rate (27.5%). The Mets looked like the better team, yet the Royals, a catch and throw outfit designed to spray the ball around, beat them in 5.

It’s doubtful that Dayton Moore, knowing his Royals were destined to play the Mets in the fall classic, specifically designed a team that would act as their ultimate foil … but it felt that way. The Mets vs. the Royals in the World Series was a tale of quantity trumping quality. In the end, the Royals were able to scrape enough runs together by putting the ball in play, while many a Met line drive ended up in a Royal mitt.

Still, the ability to hit the ball hard has to count for something, and, given the correlations (below) between that skill and other offensive indicators, (not to mention the wOBA / EV chart above), I’d hesitate to scrap the pursuit of quality contact in favor of increasing overall contact.

Correlations:
R2 with ISO: 0.70
R2 with SLG: 0.63
R2 with wRC+: 0.57

(Courtesy of Hardball Times)

From the Mets perspective it’s hard to find fault. Chances are they won’t have to face this same Royals team again in a World Series, and there’s a good chance that if they do, they could just as easily beat them. I’m also not sure there’s an overarching lesson here … for instance, in spite of the fact that the Mets lost to the Royals, I’d take hard contact over more “general” contact, because, again, according to the correlations above, it means you have better hitters. Furthermore, if you’re facing a team that can field, that’s all the more reason to hit the ball hard – anybody can make the routine play.

If there’s a caveat it’s that defense has to be more than an afterthought. The most ambiguous and unwieldy of all the branches of Sabermetrics, defense it turns out was the Mets’ Achilles heel all along. Hard contact will play as will power pitching, but if you are going up against a team who puts the bat to the ball, you’d best be able to field.

The Royals had an insane 59.6 dWAR in 2015, easily tops in the game (26.7 points ahead of the second place team). The Mets? 17th, with a 2.3 dWAR. In 2015, the Royals had 24.4 more defensive wins above replacement than the Mets.

If I’m Sandy Alderson, I am all of a sudden very interested in recalibrating the value of defense in a seven game series and I’m checking to see whether StatCast velocity data comes in a dry aerosol.

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Who Will Be The Next Mets Hall of Famer http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/who-will-be-the-next-mets-hall-of-famer.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/who-will-be-the-next-mets-hall-of-famer.html/#comments Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:53:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=203942 alg-piazza-seaver-jpg

There was a long 23 year wait between the induction of Tom Seaver and the induction of Mike Piazza to the Hall of Fame.  While I’m still overjoyed at Piazza entering the Hall of Fame as a Met, I’m curious if the Mets will have to wait another 23 years for another one of their players to go in as a Met.

Looking over the future years’ ballots, there are some former Met players like Jason Isringhausen who are eligible. However, it’s not likely any of them will be elected. Furthermore, if they are elected, they will most likely not be inducted as a Met. Therefore, if we don’t want to wait another 23 years, we’re going to have to look at active players; preferably those towards the end of their careers.

As it so happens, it has been reported that Carlos Beltran may retire at the end of the 2016 season. That would mean he could be inducted anywhere between 2022 – 2032. Could Beltran be the next Mets Hall of Famer within the next six to 16 years?

I’m getting ahead of myself here, first let’s determine whether or not Beltran has a legitimate case for being a Hall of Famer. I’d argue he is.

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For his career, Beltran has hit .280/.355/.490 with 392 homers and 311 stolen bases while playing the majority of his career at a premium defensive position. In an average season, he hits 28 homers and 101 RBI. He’s part of the 300/300 club. He’s won the Rookie of the Year, been an eight time All Star, and won three Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers. He’ should surpass 1,500 RBI and 1,500 runs scored this season. All of this is indicative of a Hall of Fame career.

The advanced stats also suggest he has a good case. On average, a Hall of Fame Center Fielder has a 70.4 WAR, 44.0 WAR7 (best seven seasons WAR combined), and a 57.2 JAWS score.

Beltran right now is at a 68.4 WAR, 44.3 WAR7, and a 56.4. JAWS. Essentially, his peak years were Hall of Fame worthy, and he’s right on the cusp of playing his entire career at a Hall of Fame level.

Even if he falls short in a few areas, he’s bound to get credit for being an incredible postseason player. He has hit .332/.441/.674 in the postseason with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, 11 stolen bases and 41 runs scored. Strikeout or not, he’s amongst the greatest postseason performers in major league history. If he retires without playing a game this season, he’s a Hall of Famer.

The next question is what hat will he wear. That’s not as clear cut. Essentially, Beltran will have three options: (1) Royals; (2) Mets; or (3) no affiliation. It’s a tough decision. He played seven years for the Royals and seven with the Mets, playing only 44 games more with the Mets. Overall, he was a better player with the Mets.

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He hit .280/.369/.500 with 149 homers as a Met as opposed to .287/.352/.483 with 123 homers as a Royal. He won all of his Gold Gloves as a Met, and he appeared in five of his eight All Star Games as a Met. He accumulated 31.3 WAR with the Mets and 24.7 WAR with the Royals. However, you can’t discount the potential emotional tug he may feel towards the team that drafted him. A place he won his Rookie of the Year Award.

It all got me thinking. Piazza chose the Mets, in part, due to his relationship with the fans. Like Piazza, Beltran initially had a rocky relationship with Mets fans getting booed in 2005. However, even with the strikeout, I believe things got better. He received cheers and standing ovations in his last home game as a Met. He noticed them too. He was cheered loudly at the 2013 All Star Game during introductions, and that was while wearing a Cardinals uniform. Lastly, but more importantly, Beltran said he could see himself entering the Hall of Fame as a Met.

Like Piazza, Beltran was a great Met. A very under-appreciated Met. Like Piazza, Beltran deserves induction into the Hall of Fame. When that day comes, my hope is that Beltran, like Piazza, enters the Hall of Fame as a New York Met.

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Maybe The Mets Were Being The Adults In The Room http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/maybe-the-mets-were-being-the-adults-in-the-room.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/maybe-the-mets-were-being-the-adults-in-the-room.html/#comments Sat, 02 Jan 2016 00:25:38 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=203378 Yoenis , Cespedes

When last we checked, free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes not only had appeared on the radar of the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, but both teams had emerged as the frontrunners to sign the former New York Met juggernaut. That was three days ago.

However, we have a little more clarity on the Cespedes front as the calendar flips to 2016, and none of it is particularly good news for the free agent who bellowed his demands for a six-year deal three months ago.

To begin, it turns out that the Orioles – while interested – never had any intentions of coming close to the $150 million Cespedes and his representatives at Roc Nation had set their sights on. The two sides are reportedly not even in the same zip code.

And as for the other frontrunner on the south side of Chicago, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported today that their interest in Cespedes is limited to a deal for no more than three years.

Sound familiar? It should. Three years was the most Sandy Alderson and the Mets were willing to offer Cespedes according to what team sources told Jon Heyman, and that firm stance ultimately led to the end of any negotiations with Roc Nation. In fact, the conversation between the two sides never even advanced to the point of discussing dollars.

Now, I’m never one to defend the Mets’ frugal ways, however last week I raised the possibility that perhaps this was not a case of the Mets being cheap, but simply a smart baseball decision by a general manager who has never taken kindly to handing out second generation contracts to players on the wrong side of thirty. It’s possible isn’t it?

Those of you who have followed this site since its inception 12 years ago, know all too well that I am not the least bit squeamish about hammering the Wilpons every chance I get. But this feels different to me.

Oh. I’m sure there’s no doubt Fred and Jeff were doing Ralph Kramden’s version of the Watusi when they heard about Sandy’s stance on Cespedes. I’m just saying that this wasn’t a case of them pressuring their GM to back off, or applying those well-polished fiscal handcuffs. Maybe giving Cespedes a six year deal is just a terrible baseball decision for the Mets or any other MLB team.

Still, our poor Mets took a lot of flak upon the news of their three-year or nothing posture, with most of the incoming fire coming from their own fan base itself. Perhaps the Mets front office was being judged a little too harshly based on today’s rumblings on the Cespedes front. Perhaps the Mets may have even been a little ahead of the curve?

In an offseason fraught with spending madness and vast ungodly sums of dollars being thrown about with such reckless abandon, maybe on this one occasion Sandy Alderson and John Ricco were being the adults in the room? It’s possible, isn’t it?

Anyway, there it is… My first article of 2016 is in the books and whether you agree or not, I hope I gave you something to think about. Happy New Year, my friends.

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2015 Magic Moments: Conforto Explodes With Two Huge Blasts http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/2015-magic-moments-conforto-explodes-with-two-huge-blasts.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/2015-magic-moments-conforto-explodes-with-two-huge-blasts.html/#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2015 20:21:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=203332 This was one heck of an exciting year for our New York Mets, my friends. Right from the word go it was an unpredictable and thrilling roller-coaster ride filled with so many loops and turns. But all in all it was so exhilarating and incredible to experience. And the best is yet to come! There were plenty of Magic Moments that none of us will soon forget and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite amazing memories of the Mets’ 2015 season.

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Despite how things ended up, when rookie left fielder Michael Conforto blasted those two home runs in game four of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals I was gloriously delirious with raw and unbound emotion. I was happy for the moment but also ecstatic for the years that lie ahead with Conforto batting third and becoming our most exciting homegrown position player since… Well since David Wright.

Conforto’s first home run came in the third inning and was a towering shot into the Pepsi Porch against Royals right-hander Chris Young.  It was a no-doubter that was absolutely crushed and left the park at 107 miles per hour.

His second blast was just as impressive but different, a screaming laser in the fifth inning over the right field wall against a tough lefty in Danny Duffy. It was the first home run Duffy has given up to a left-handed batter since Jim Thome in 2011. Wow…

The last time a rookie homered twice in a World Series game was in 1996 when Atlanta Braves outfielder  Andruw Jones did so against the New York Yankees. Conforto also became the first player to do it since Pablo Sandoval in 2012 and the first Met since Gary Carter in 1986.

“He’s going to be a very, very good player,” Terry Collins said after the game. “He’s dangerous, and tonight he showed that. This guy is going to be an outstanding offensive player. I mean this is a great experience for him to get a lot better fast.”

It’s still amazing to think that he was only drafted in 2014 and started this season in Single-A. Blessed with a fluid line drive swing and a great eye at the plate, Conforto has handled the adjustments so well, and he was even one of the team’s best hitters down the stretch of the regular season.

In 56 games, the 22-year old wunderkind batted .270 this season, with 14 doubles, 9 home runs, an .841 OPS and a .506 slugging percentage. But it was on that night – game four – that Conforto gave us that glimpse of the greatness to come.

“It’s humbling, and it’s exciting. I’ll definitely remember those moments. The feelings I got on those two home runs were indescribable,” Conforto said. “But it’s a bit conflicting. You want to get that win tonight.”

Here’s the video, go ahead and experience it again. Goosebumps Guaranteed.

To read more about Michael Conforto and why I believe he will post a 6.0 WAR season in 2016, check this out.

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Giants Sign Johnny Cueto To Six Year, $130 Million Deal http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/giants-sign-johnny-cueto-to-six-year-130-million-deal.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/giants-sign-johnny-cueto-to-six-year-130-million-deal.html/#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2015 01:03:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=202546 johnny cueto 2

The Giants bolstered their starting rotation today, by signing Johnny Cueto to a six year deal worth $130 million with an opt-out clause after two years, according to Buster Olney of ESPN on Twitter, as well as Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com on Twitter, who reported the length and value of the deal.

After signing Jeff Samardzija earlier this month to a five year deal worth $90 million, the Giants rounded out their rotation by signing the recent World Series champion and all-star Johnny Cueto today.

Cueto, 30 in February, pitched to an 11-13 record, with a 3.44 ERA and 7.5 K/9 last season between the Reds and the Royals.

For his career, Cueto owns a 96-70 record with a 3.30 ERA over the span of eight seasons, mostly with Cincinnati before the Royals made a trade for him for their World Series run at the end of this past season.

Cueto pitched game two of the World Series against the Mets, and tossed a complete game, allowing just one run on two hits.

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Royals Sign Joakim Soria To Three-Year Deal http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/royals-sign-joakim-soria-to-three-year-deal.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/royals-sign-joakim-soria-to-three-year-deal.html/#comments Mon, 07 Dec 2015 08:29:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=201809 Joakim_Soria_DET

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick via Twitterthe Kansas City Royals and free agent reliever Joakim Soria have agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal, with a mutual option for a fourth season. 

Soria, 31, split last season between the Tigers and Pirates appearing in 72 games overall, recording 24 saves and posting a 2.53 ERA with a 8.5 K/9.

The Mets had preliminary interest in Soria, but were not looking to spend big dollars for the setup reliever they are looking to add this offseason. The Mets will focus instead on sifting through the second-tier relief market.

With the losses this offseason of Ryan Madson and Greg Holland from their bullpen, the Royals patched things up quite nicely with Soria, an established veteran who will now reunite with the team he started his career with in 2007.

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Mets Season Opener Against Royals Moved to ESPN Sunday Night Baseball http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/mets-season-opener-against-royals-moved-to-espn-sunday-night-baseball.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/mets-season-opener-against-royals-moved-to-espn-sunday-night-baseball.html/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2015 21:05:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=200470 2 matt harvey

The Mets’ first game of the 2016 season against the Royals in Kansas City, has been moved from Monday, April 4 to Sunday, April 3.

ESPN will televise the Mets vs Royals rematch at 8:30 PM in the finale of their Opening Day Triple-Header that will begin with the Cardinals vs. Pirates at 1 PM and the Blue Jays vs. Rays at 4 PM.

After playing on Sunday night, the Mets will have Monday off before playing the Royals again on Tuesday, April 5. Then they will have two days off before playing their home opener Friday, April 8 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Matt Harvey for the Opening Day grudge match?

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Murphy’s Error Leads To Heartbreaking Game 4 Loss For Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/murphys-error-leads-to-heartbreaking-game-4-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/murphys-error-leads-to-heartbreaking-game-4-loss.html/#comments Sun, 01 Nov 2015 04:07:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=198718 daniel murphy game over

The New York Mets fell to the Kansas City Royals in heartbreaking fashion on Halloween night by a score of 5-3. The Metropolitans now find themselves on the brink of elimination as they head into Game 5 of the World Series down 3-1.

Pitching:

Steven Matz started for the Mets and went 5+ innings and was impressive in the first World Series start of career. Matz looked dominant through the first 4 innings of the game before finding himself and getting himself out of some trouble in the fifth. The Long Islander started off the sixth before giving up a lead-off double to Ben Zobrist, followed by a single by Lorenzo Cain to make it a 3-2 ballgame.

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The final line on Matz was mostly positive with 5+ innings pitched while allowing seven hits, while allowing two runs and striking out five. Not a bad showing for a guy who started his season in the minor leagues and just months later is pitching in the World Series.

Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon relieved the Mets rookie starter and did tremendous work retiring the three Royals they saw and preserving a 3-2 lead for the time being. Addison Reed came on to pitch the seventh and continued his hot streak of dominance by retiring the Royals in order.

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The dreaded eighth. Tyler Clippard started off the inning in nice fashion with a quick out of Alcides Escobar. The Mets set-up man then went onto walk his next two batters. Terry Collins taking no chances turned to closer, Jeurys Familia. Eric Hosmer chopped a ball to second basemen Daniel Murphy, who watched the ball go under his glove and tying the game at 3-3. Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez each followed up with singles staking the Royals to a 5-3 lead which was all they would need.

Hansel Robles pitched the ninth and struck out two of the three batters he faced.

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Offense:

There is only one thing to talk about with the Mets offense in Game 4 and that is rookie, Michael Conforto. The left-fielder mashed two home-runs on the night, both solo shots that were crushed. A great showing for Conforto on a big stage. His hits accounted for two of the four Mets hits on the night. This kid is going to be one heck of a player.

The Royals bullpen did what they did best and shut down the opposition from the sixth inning on. The Mets were not able to muster any offense against what has been an unstoppable force in the 2015 postseason.

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Wade Davis came on for the final six outs of the game, and had a smooth eighth but found himself into some trouble in the ninth. After David Wright led off the inning with a strike-out, Daniel Murphy “singled” to get a rally started. Yoenis Cespedes followed up with his own single, bringing Lucas Duda to the plate as the winning run. Duda floated one to Mike Moustakas in what seemed like the second out of the inning but Cespedes broke for second on the play and was doubled off to end the game on a mental base-running error.

Notes:

The Mets need to find a way and dig down deep now as they find themselves in quite the hole to crawl out of. Coming off another heart breaking loss in the series this team needs to be the resilient team we have all come to love this year and battle back.

This team needs to scratch and claw, score runs and keep the Royals off the board. It seems each came Matt Harvey has pitched in the postseason its been more and more magnified and none will be more looked at than tomorrow night, as the pressure will never be higher.

On Deck:

The Mets look to stave off elimination tomorrow in Game 5 of the World Series. The Dark Knight, Matt Harvey will take the mound for the Mets in the biggest game in the history of Citi Field. Harvey will be opposed by Edinson Volquez for the 8:00 PM EST start.

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Thor Looks To Bring The Thunder In Pivotal Game 3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/thor-looks-to-bring-the-thunder-in-pivotal-game-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/thor-looks-to-bring-the-thunder-in-pivotal-game-3.html/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:48:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=198464 Syndergaard Noah

The Mets turn to their flame-throwing, God of Thunder for Game 3 of the World Series tonight at Citi Field. Noah Syndergaard, 23, becomes the third youngest pitcher to start a World Series game for the Mets behind Dwight Gooden and Gary Gentry.

You would think that with all the weight of an antsy fan base and the pressure of overcoming a two-game hole in the Series, that Syndergaard would be somewhat nervous, but that’s not the case at all.

“Yeah, you can’t be too focused on it’s a World Series game. When I started in L.A. I thought it was going to be a totally and completely different game,” Syndergaard said.

“But in reality it’s the same game, a little louder, a little bit different atmosphere. Travis is still sixty feet, six inches away and you still have to execute every single pitch.”

Just another game he says, but you can’t knock his approach as he has been electric this postseason. So far Thor has tossed 13.0 innings with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.071 WHIP to go with 20 strikeouts.

The Royals is certainly a team who have a knack for not striking out, but Syndergaard is up for that challenge and says he’s sticking with heat.

“I mean, obviously they’re going against us with their strengths and their strength is how aggressive they are. I can’t be too focused on that, because I still have to be able to pitch to my strengths. I was able to watch Matt, deGrom and see how they approach their hitters, and I saw how aggressive they were, and devised a game plan for myself.”

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Tonight is sure to be one heck of a thrilling and nerve-wracking night for Mets fans as we look to pick up the first win of the World Series. And there isn’t another pitcher on this team I would like to see in this spot than Syndergaard.

“That’s my main focus tomorrow night is being able to pitch to my strengths and be able to execute all my pitches and just focus on winning one pitch at a time.”

Something Mets starters have not done yet is pitch to their strengths. They switched things up based on scouting reports on the Royals. However, Noah will look to be in attack mode tonight and unleashing his 100 MPH heat to the plate.

“It’s something else being able to watch Escobar walk up there and swing at the first pitch almost every single game. I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I’ll be able to break out tomorrow night. I’m looking forward to it.”

With all the confidence in the world, Syndergaard understands their backs are against the wall and that this is “a must win” ball game for the Mets.

“I mean obviously we didn’t plan to be down 0-2. But coming back home is a big thing for us. Having the Mets faithful behind us and the greatest fans in baseball is nice.”

“Part of the reason our team has had so much success this year is being to handle the resiliency and come together as a team, overcome and win some ballgames.”

It will be fun to watch him out there tonight. First pitch is at 8:07 PM EST as the Mets play their very first World Series game ever at Citi Field. Let’s Go Mets!

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