Mets Merized Online » schedule Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:13:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mets Officially Announce Yoenis Cespedes Deal, Conference Call Details Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:42:55 +0000 Yoenis-Cespedes

I wanted to update this post with a few things we learned from the Mets conference call to announce and discuss the Yoenis Cespedes deal. On the call were Jeff Wilpon, Sandy Alderson and Cespedes’ agent Brodie Van Wagenen.

  • Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Yoenis Cespedes. Ceciliani, 25, batted .206 last season in 75 at-bats with the Mets.
  • Yoenis Cespedes will get a $10 million dollar signing bonus from the Mets within 30 days and then draw a $17.5 million salary for 2016.
  • Both sides were in regular contact throughout the offseason, and while Sandy Alderson didn’t believe Cespedes would be back, he started to believe it was possible midway through January.
  • Sandy maintained ed he was trying not to raise the expectations of fans that a deal would get done, saying, “You always like to under-promise and over-produce.” He also admitted that he understood “the magnitude of this issue with the media and our fans.”
  • Jeff Wilpon indicated that Cespedes was a part of the offseason plan all along. “It was the right time to get the deal done as well as part of the plan that we went into the offseason with.”
  • As for the opt-out, Van Wagenen said Cespedes doesn’t view it as a short-term deal with the Mets and he hopes that it’s a bridge to a longer term relationship.
  • Wagenen also credited Jeff Wilpon for “pushing the deal across the finish line.”
  • Everyone agreed that the offer from the Washington Nationals had nothing to do with outcome and served as no motivation to get a deal done.
  • The plan was for Cespedes and his agent to explore all markets and when that was done, they were always going to circle back to the Mets because that’s who Cespedes always said he wanted to play for.
  • “We are a destination team,” added Wilpon.

Mets Officially Announce Deal With Cespedes

The New York Mets today announced the club has signed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a three-year contract.

Cespedes, 30, established career-highs in doubles (42), home runs (35) and RBI (105), slugging (.542) and OPS (.870) last year. He was acquired by the Mets on July 31 from Detroit and hit 14 doubles, 17 home runs with 44 RBI and scored 39 runs in 57 games with New York. He drove in a career-high 23 RBI for a calendar month in August and had nine home runs and 21 RBI in September.

“Yoenis was a big contributor to our success last year,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. “Ownership’s on-going commitment allowed us to bring back the right player at the right time to put us in a position to defend our NL East crown.”

Cespedes, who became the 11th Cuban-born player to play for the Mets, was third in the majors with 83 extra-bases, was tied for sixth in doubles, ninth in RBI and led the majors with a .623 road slugging percentage in 2015.

“I loved my experience with the Mets last season,” said Cespedes. “In a short period of time, my teammates and the fans made New York feel like home, and I truly felt embraced by the entire organization. As I entered free agency, I couldn’t deny the pull to come back and finish what we had started last year. I am excited to finally announce that next season I am coming back to join the New York Mets once again.”

Cespedes hit two home runs and drove in four runs in the 2015 NLDS vs. Los Angeles and added three RBI in four games vs. the Cubs in the NLCS. Overall, he has hit .277 (26-94) with three home runs and 14 RBI in 24 career postseason games.

“It’s great to have his big bat back in the middle of the line-up,” said Manager Terry Collins. “He really lengthens the line-up and makes everyone around him better. He was a great teammate and I’m really glad he decided to come back.”

The 5-10, 210-pounder earned an American League Gold Glove last year and led the AL in outfield assists (16) in 2014. Since his debut in 2012, Cespedes has 48 outfield assists, the most in the majors.

Cespedes was an All-Star in 2014, after scoring 89 runs and hitting 36 doubles, six triples, 22 home runs and 100 RBI in 152 games between Oakland and Boston.

In 2013, Cespedes won the Home Run Derby at Citi Field as part of the All-Star festivities with 32 total home runs. He also won the Home Run Derby in 2014 and joined Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players in major league history to win back-to-back Home Run Derby titles.

Cespedes finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2012 with Oakland after he ranked second in runs (70), hits (142), doubles (25), home runs (23), extra-base hits (53) and multi-hit games (40) among AL rookies.

Cespedes has 367 RBI since 2012, tied for the 10th-most in the majors and his 106 home runs during that span is tied for the 14th-most.

He has hit .271 (609-2249) with 124 doubles, 21 triples, 106 home runs, 367 RBI, 334 runs scored and a .486 slugging percentage and a .805 OPS in 575 major league games over four major league seasons with the Mets, Tigers, Red Sox and Athletics.


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Mets To Celebrate Fan Appreciation Weekend At Citi Field Wed, 30 Sep 2015 17:17:01 +0000 2015 NL East Champions Fans

The New York Mets, 2015 NL East Division Champions, will celebrate their Amazin’ fans throughout Fan Appreciation Weekend in the final three regular season games this weekend when the Mets host the Washington Nationals.

The weekend begins with Free Shirt Friday at 7:10 p.m. followed by Super Saturday at 7:10 p.m. and concluding with Family Sunday at 3:10 p.m. on October 4.

In addition to Free Shirt Friday and a Mets fleece blanket to the first 15,000 on Saturday, the weekend will include in-game giveaways featuring player-signed hats, balls and helmets as well as tweet your seat prizes – tweet back at us with the hashtag #CitiFood and you might win ice cream, courtesy of Good Humor, delivered to your seat. Sunday’s finale will include complimentary face painters and balloon artists located in Fan Fest (behind center field on the Field Level) from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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The Mets are offering additional promotions at Citi Field available exclusively on Twitter and within the free At the Ballpark app. Simply download At the Ballpark®, and check-in at Mets games for exclusive offers.

Fans are encouraged to take mass transit and get to the ballpark early to take advantage of the festivities and expected large crowds. For more information and a complete list of giveaways, visit

Friday, October 2, 7:10 p.m. – Free Shirt Friday - “Know Your Roots” tee.

Saturday, October 3, 7:10 p.m. – Super Saturday -  Mets fleece blanket.

Sunday, October 4, 3:10 p.m. – Family Sunday - Mets 2016 magnet schedule.

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New York Mets Announce 2016 Schedulers Mon, 07 Sep 2015 17:15:24 +0000 fans crowd shot Citi Field

The New York Mets today announced that the club will start the 2016 regular season with a two-game road series vs. the Kansas City Royals Monday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 6 at Kansas City. Opening Day at Citi Field will be on Friday, April 8 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. The initial homestand will feature opening weekend vs. the Phillies, April 8-10 followed by a three-game set vs. the Miami Marlins, April 11-13.

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Highlights of the 2016 home schedule include:

  • Opening Day at Citi Field, April 8 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • Subway Series vs. the New York Yankees, August 1-2 at Citi Field and August 3-4 at Yankee Stadium.
  • Memorial Day Weekend matchup vs. the LA Dodgers, May 27-29, followed by an Interleague series vs. the Chicago White Sox starting on Memorial Day and concluding June 1.
  • Other Interleague games at Citi Field include the Royals (June 21-22) and Twins (September 16-18).
  • Father’s Day, June 19 vs. the Atlanta Braves.
  • Independence Day, July 4 vs. the Miami Marlins.

The 2016 schedule will feature the return of popular fan promotions such as Free Shirt Fridays, Post-Game Concerts, Fireworks and Family Sundays in addition to many other promotions that will be announced at a later date.

Game times for the 2016 campaign will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2016 schedule is subject to change.

For 2016 season ticket information call (718) 507-TIXX or visit

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Wright Expects To Start Playing Rehab Games On Monday Thu, 06 Aug 2015 17:36:31 +0000 david wright

According to Kevin Kernan of the NY Post, David Wright is expected to play a minor league game Monday in Port St. Lucie. Wright took batting practice today and fielded ground balls at third base. If he avoids any setbacks, Wright could return sooner than anticipated in early September or late August.

August 5th

After missing most of the season with spinal stenosis, David Wright is inching closer to a return. Adam Rubin of ESPN NY reports that on Tuesday, Wright began the first of five days of consecutive baseball workouts, and the team expects him to start playing rehab games shortly afterwards.

“There’s not much more preparation I can do other than games,” Wright said. “If it was on a schedule that I made up, I’d like to do that. Ultimately it’s going to be a combined effort with doctors, trainers, physical therapists. I’m sure it’s going to be a group discussion.”

“It’s not just going to be me saying, ‘I think I’m ready,’ because I think there are going to be some things that they want to see out of me these next five days.”

Despite the severity of the injury, Mike Vorkunov of reports that the Mets’ captain is optimistic about his recovery and his goal is to be an everyday player once he returns.

n he returns this season, he wants to be a regular in the Mets lineup again.

“My goal is to try to come back and be an everyday player,” Wright said. “My goal is not to come back and play every other day. My body might tell me I need a blow a little more often then that but I’m planning on coming back and being an everyday player.”

“I wanna be part of the fun”

With the Mets in a heated division race with the Washington Nationals, adding Wright’s presence to the lineup would be huge. The six time All-Star is a career .298 hitter and is one of the most prolific position players in team history.

He was hitting .333 with a home run and four RBI before landing on the disabled list this season. In 134 games last year, he batted .269 and posted a career low in home runs with eight in a year marred by injuries.

Manager Terry Collins hinted the plan for Wright when he comes back is to bat him second.

“His on-base percentage is so good,” Collins said. “He can run the bases. He brings a lot to the table. You look throughout the league now and there are big-name hitters, power guys hitting second. The new thing is to get all these guys up in that spot where they can get up more.”

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The Next Ten Games Will Be Pivotal For Mets Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:00:44 +0000  daniel murphy lucas duda

With the Mets facing a challenging ten game stretch following the All-Star break, Mike Vaccaro of the NY Post explains that this could be the defining moment of the season.

New York starts a three game series on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight, who have the best record in the National league. They will then face the first place Nationals and will play four games against the Dodgers.

“Most critical of all, they are 10 days that should alert the men who own and run the team if the dual pennant races in which they find themselves are real, or if they are mirages, if their place two games south of the Nationals is legit or merely a product of Washington’s inability to run and hide just yet, if their status a game behind the Cubs for the second wild card is little more than a parlor trick whose shelf life is nearly over.”

“Five and five, or better, against those three teams, with 10 difficult games suddenly gone from the schedule? Make no mistake. That brands them contenders.”

Vaccaro also says that if the Mets play well during this stretch, it will either force the front office and ownership to make a move or it will expose them as frauds.

“Because if the Mets are still in their dual races in 11 days and they do nothing, then it clearly means they were planning on doing nothing all along.”

“They will have sold their fans another bill of goods.”

The Mets have the pitching to beat anybody, but could their offense compete against the top teams in the league? These next ten games will be a good test, but they’ll likely need help from the front office and ownership in order to reach the playoffs.

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Mets Remain Confident They’ll Acquire Lefty Reliever In Coming Week Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:26:18 +0000 Mets relief pitcher Scott Rice

After Saturday’s 10-2 win, the Mets re-assigned reliever Scott Rice to minor league camp. The move now leaves just Dario Alvarez and Sean Gilmartin as the only lefthanded relievers in big league camp.

Adam Rubin wrote in his briefing this morning that the Mets’ left-handed relief answer may very well come from outside the organization in the next week.

Additionally, Joel Sherman of the NY Post reports that the Mets may have set their sights on Nationals southpaw reliever, Jerry Blevins.

Blevins came on to strike out Granderson looking to end the fifth, but gave up a one-out pulled triple to Duda before being removed in the sixth.

Sherman spoke to manager Matt Williams who said the Nationals will settle on two lefthanded relievers from among Blevins, Matt Thornton and Xavier Cedeno, all of whom are out of options and cannot be sent to the minors without first passing through waivers.

Mets officials told Sherman they remain confident they can find a lefty reliever in the next week before Opening Day, but that the Nationals are more of a fallback position in case other stuff does not materialize.

The Mets also have been looking at Orioles lefty Brian Matusz, as well as lefty relief options from the Braves, Dodgers, Rockies and others.

March 28

Here are four things we learned today about the Mets bullpen and relievers, followed by my opening day projection.

1. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that closer Bobby Parnell could return as soon as mid-April.

The Mets initially estimated a May 1 return so this indicates that Parnell is progressing well and ahead of schedule. Parnell is slated to pitch on the minor league side on Sunday and is working on ramping up his velocity gradually.

2. Jenrry Mejia is having a rough go of it lately. After he allowed what proved to be a decisive home run to Rafael Ortega on Friday in a three run outburst, manager Terry Collins suggested Mejia may be going through a dead arm period.

“I think a couple of those guys, they’re in that dead arm stage with them that’s starting to take place,” he said. “But you gotta go through it. You gotta go through it now because you don’t want to have it happen during the season.”

3. Vic Black threw 24 pitches off a mound on Saturday and expressed hope the team will let him begin the season on the Opening Day roster, writes Adam Rubin who cautions, “Still, days are dwindling for Black to be ready.”

Black hasn’t appeared in a game since March 9 and while he hopes the Mets will let him pitch in big league games as soon as Wednesday, that probably won’t happen so the Mets would want to keep open the possibility of backdating any DL stint.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen said he wouldn’t discount Rafael Montero as the Mets 7th-inning guy if Black can’t go.

4. Here comes Sean Gilmartin. The Mets Rule 5 selection struck the one left-handed batter he faced on Friday as he continues to build his scoreless innings streak.

“He’s doing a nice job,” Collins said. “We talked today about being a left-handed reliever and he’s done a very, very good job. He really mixes speeds up, he uses all his pitches against lefties. It’s a big change from starting, which it is, but he’s done a good job adjusting.”mets logo button footer

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MMO Fan Shot: What Run Differential Doesn’t Tell You Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:25:01 +0000 MLB Opening Day at Citi Field

An MMO Fan Shot by Joey D.

While I expect the Mets to take a significant step forward this season, I have to disagree with the case many make for the Mets based on their run differential last season.

Run differential numbers are useless because of the missing nuts and bolts that are hidden behind it. I will refer to the St. Louis Cardinals who put up equivalent marks as we did in run scoring, runs allowed and fielding. They won 90 games playing a tougher schedule, eleven more wins than we had. Why was that?

It’s because tallying accumulated runs mean very little. I’ve been saying this often of late but it needs to be repeated. Bobby Ojeda said he doesn’t care about the total amounts of runs scored/allowed, it’s the how and when that’s important.

The Mets’ run production was not consistent. They would bunch many of their runs into a few games. They were not reliable to score enough on a day-in and day-out basis, and to churn out runs against tough pitching. Do we forget all the times we were cursing because they lost a tough low scoring game? How often they stranded runners in scoring position? How many times a starter would walk off the mound after a fine performance with either a no decision or being on the losing end to show for it? All those one run losses?

The Cardinals did not have that type of problem. That’s why one has to look beyond the numbers. They had what it took to produce runs proficiently throughout the long 162 game schedule. They would put the ball in play to make things happen, not take pitches hoping to get a better one later in the count. They would move runners along, make productive outs, get the runners in when they needed them.

That run differential had it where the Cardinals should have been an 83 game winner this past year and the Mets an 82 game winner. The Cardinals won 90 and we won just 79 because of what was behind those numbers, or lacking in the Mets’ case.

A Pythagorean explanation would be that the Cardinals got too many breaks and were too lucky and the Mets weren’t lucky at all. But is that really the case and were the Mets really on par with the Cardinals offensively last season? The Cardinals had seven regulars who had a 2.0 WAR or better last season. The Mets had four. The Cardinals had five everyday players with a 110 OPS+ or higher last season. The Mets had Duda and Murphy.

This is why there is such a divide between the saber supporters and those like me who could be called traditionalists. It’s not so much the numbers or the stats, it’s the misuse of that information to make a case for something that isn’t.

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Wheeler Has A Chip On His Shoulder, Wants To Win With Mets Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:23:00 +0000 zack wheeler

While taking time out of his schedule to hand out packages of food to needy families for Thanksgiving today at Citi Field, Zack Wheeler was bursting with optimism about the Mets’ 2015 season.

“We’re going to win,” said the young righthander who also hopes he’ll be a part of the Mets renaissance.

“I’d rather not get traded but I’ve been through it before,” he said. “I know how it goes. I know it’s the business. So I’d rather not get traded and stay here because I know what’s about to happen here.”

“If you’re human you can only look at our staff and be like yeah they’re going to make it to the playoffs,” he said.

Wheeler couldn’t help thinking about how the San Francisco Giants traded him to the Mets and went on to win their third World Series in five years. After all, he was selected sixth overall by San Francisco and was supposed to be their future star.

“I came from the Giants. I saw it happen over there — a lot of homegrown talent, young guys coming up and stuff. They’ve won three World Series in five years. It sort of puts a bitter taste in my mouth.”

“Now I want to do it over here with these guys and show them a little bit. Obviously you look at them and you’re like, ‘Man, I could have won a World Series this year.’ But now it makes me want to work that much harder and do it over here with this group of guys.”

First Collins, then Sandy, now Wheeler… I think this playoffs talk is getting rather contagious… It’s good to hear Wheeler talk like this – he has a chip on his shoulder… Nothing wrong with that.


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Mets By The Numbers: A Season Series Breakdown Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:00:15 +0000 nationals laroche

Thinking back on my college days, I remember my squeaky voiced coach telling us every practice on Friday night, “Don’t worry about winning every game, worry about winning the series.” Back then we played a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday. It made sense – winning 2 out of 3 against eight conference teams would generate a 16-8 record. Things aren’t quite the same with a 162 game schedule.

One would think that a team who won three out of four intra-division season series would be playing October baseball. Especially considering that that portion of the schedule accounts for almost 50 percent of the total games played.

On the same note, one would think a team who plays against 20 teams in a season and finished above .500 in season series’ wouldn’t be heading home in the fall. If given a nameless team and the season series record of 10-7-3, what kind of record do you think that would reflect? Obviously this team finished above the .500 mark, right?

Not for the Mets.

NL East (38-38)
Nationals L (4-15)
Braves W (10-9)
Marlins W (11-8)
Phillies W (13-6)

The Mets took three of four of their biggest season series. They beat the Braves, Marlins and the Phillies – and got destroyed by the Nationals. Winning 3 of 4 intra-division series, worth 19 games each, should guarantee an above 500 record. That notion gets wiped away when you barely avoided being swept by the remaining team.

The Mets only beat the Nationals 4 times in 19 contests. Out of our 15 losses to the Nats, 14 of them were by 2 runs or more. Simply put – they owned us.

Who else owned the Mets? Since the amount of games played outside of the division shrinks, we get a smaller snapshot of how the Mets compare to these other teams. They meet NL West and Central teams for two series’ as opposed to a lopsided six. Interleague games take up one series each (an exception being where they played the Yankees and A’s 4 games each). Taking a look at the results, the Mets performed pretty well overall, beating seven teams, losing to six and splitting with three outside of the NL East.

Upon further inspection, besides the Nationals, only three teams beat the Mets by more than one game for the season: the Giants, Dodgers and the Cubs; two playoff teams (which is understandable at this point) and the Cubs. Other than that, the Pirates, Brewers and Angels took the season series against the Mets by a one-game Margin.

Playoff Teams (1-5-1)
Nationals L (4-15)
Cardinals W (4-3)
Pirates L (3-4)
Dodgers L (2-4)
Giants L (1-5)
Athletics S (2-2)
Angels L (1-2)

Overall the Mets went 1-5-1 against playoff teams in 2014. Their only series win against a playoff team was beating the Cardinals who they edged by one game. They fell behind the Pirates and Angels by one game apiece, two behind the Dodgers, were five in the hole against the Giants, and got punished by the Nationals. They fortunately broke even with the athletics.

Their overall record against playoff teams in 2014 was 17-36. Remember, 14 of those losses are directly from our friends in Washington.

Non-Playoff Teams (9-2-2)
Braves W (10-9)
Marlins W (11-8)
Phillies W (13-6)
Reds W (4-3)
D-Backs W (4-2)
Rockies W (4-3)
Mariners W (2-1)
Astros W (2-1)
Rangers W (2-1)
Padres S (3-3)
Yankees S (2-2)
Brewers L (3-4)
Cubs L (2-5)

The Mets went 62-47 against non-playoff teams. Wow, those numbers look great. Now all we need is the Nationals to swap home cities with Arizona and we will be in good shape.

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Lets recap looking at game differentials using categories I just made up now:

We Got Destroyed
Nationals -11

We Outright Lost
Giants -5
Cubs -3
Dodgers -2

Narrowly Defeated
Pirates -1
Brewers -1
Angels -1

Even Splits
Yankees 0
Padres 0
Athletics 0

Narrow Wins
Braves +1
Cardinals +1
Reds +1
Rockies +1
Mariners +1
Astros +1
Rangers +1

We Outright Won
Marlins +3
D-Backs +2

We Did Pretty Good
Phillies +7

So what does all this mean? In my opinion, the numbers are telling me the Mets are better than most of the league except for the playoff teams (and the Cubs).

It tells me that the Mets are above the bottom tier, but not just ready to compete. In a way, I’m looking at the Mets as I did the 2012 Royals. Loads of young talent, but just not quite ready yet.

The numbers tell us we really need to solve the Nationals if we are ever to compete for that division title. (Or hope for that D’Back switch I mentioned).

Overall, I like looking at the 2014 Season from a series point of view. This isn’t football where a championship is decided in one game. Of all the numbers discussed the one that makes me happiest is taking 4 of 7 from the Cardinals. The one that disgusts me the most is the 2 of 7 from the lowly Cubbies.

In a very positive light, the Mets did well against most of the teams they faced this year. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it – and carrying it into the 2015 season.

Lets Go Mets.

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Mets Announce 2015 Schedule Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:36:27 +0000 citi field fans opening day

The New York Mets today announced the club will begin the 2015 regular season on a six-game road trip beginning Monday, April 6 through Thursday April 9 at Washington versus the Nationals and April 10 through 12 in Atlanta versus the Braves.  The Mets will make their 2015 Citi Field debut on Opening Day Monday, April 13 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies which marks the beginning of a 10-game homestand.

•  Home Opener Is Monday, April 13 vs. Philadelphia at Citi Field 

  Weekend Series vs. Red Sox and Yankees Highlight Interleague Schedule

  Free Shirt Fridays, Concerts, Fireworks Nights, and Family Sundays Return in 2015

The 2015 schedule also features the Subway Series returning to weekend matchups on April 24-26 at Yankee Stadium and at Citi Field September 18-20. The Boston Red Sox are set to make their first-ever regular season visit to Citi Field, for a weekend matchup, August 28-30.  In addition, popular fan promotions such as Free Shirt Fridays, Post-Game Concerts, Fireworks, and Family Sundays will also return for 2015.

Highlights of the 2015 home schedule include:

  • April 13-23 – Opening homestand versus National League East opponents the Phillies, Marlins and Braves
  • May 5-6 – Interleague matchup versus the Baltimore Orioles
  • Memorial Day, May 25 versus the Philadelphia Phillies
  • June 15-16 – Interleague matchup versus the Toronto Blue Jays
  • 29 of the final 39 regular season games are against National League East opponents

Game times for the 2015 campaign will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2015 schedule is subject to change, including all Saturday and Sunday game times, which are subject to Major League Baseball’s national broadcast agreements with FOX and ESPN

For 2015 season ticket information call (718) 507-TIXX or visit


April 6-9: At Washington
April 10-12: At Atlanta
April 13-15: Philadelphia
April 17-19: Miami
April 21-23: Atlanta
April 24-26: At New York
April 27-29: At Miami
April 30-May 3: Washington
May 5-6: Baltimore
May 8-10: At Philadelphia
May 11-14: At Chicago (NL)
May 15-17: Milwaukee
May 18-21: St. Louis
May 22-24: At Pittsburgh
May 25-27: Philadelphia
May 29-31: Miami
June 1-3: At San Diego
June 5-7: At Arizona
June 8-11: San Francisco
June 12-14: Atlanta
June 15-16: Toronto
June 17-18: At Toronto
June 19-21: At Atlanta
June 23-25: At Milwaukee
June 26-28: Cincinnati
June 30-July 2: Chicago (NL)
July 3-5: At Los Angeles (NL)
July 6-8: At San Francisco
July 10-12: Arizona
July 17-19: At St. Louis
July 20-22: At Washington
July 23-26: Los Angeles (NL)
June 28-30: San Diego
July 30-Aug. 2: Washington
Aug. 3-5: At Miami
Aug. 7-9: At Tampa Bay
Aug. 10-13: Colorado
Aug. 14-16: Pittsburgh
Aug. 18-19: At Baltimore
Aug. 21-23: At Colorado
Aug. 24-27: At Philadelphia
Aug. 28-30: Boston
Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Philadelphia
Sept. 4-6: At Miami
Sept. 7-9: At Washington
Sept. 10-13: At Atlanta
Sept. 14-16: Miami
Sept. 18-20: New York (AL)
Sept. 21-23: Atlanta
Sept. 24-27: At Cincinnati
Sept. 29-Oct. 1: At Philadelphia
Oct. 2-4: Washington

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Alderson: Harvey Not Likely To Pitch In 2014 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:00:25 +0000 matt harvey

Mets ace Matt Harvey has made it no secret that he’d like to pitch in 2014. While the Mets have made it clear that they’d like their 25-year old right-hander to slow things down, and let their rehabilitation schedule dictate his return to the mound.

Just last week, after consulting with Dr. James Andrews, the Mets put a stop to Harvey’s scheduled throwing session.

Now comes the news, as reported by ESPN‘s Adam Rubin, that Mets GM Sandy Alderson is essentially ruling out a return to the mound for Harvey in 2014. Alderson told reporters that his ailing ace won’t pitch within 11 months of the surgery, leaving minimal opportunity for Harvey to get into real-game action. The Mets GM also added:

“I think he would like to have in the back of his mind that he threw once or twice and that everything went fine so that he goes into spring training with that kind of peace of mind,” Alderson said. “I think there are other ways that we can provide that kind of peace of mind, whether it’s in instructional league or some other setting. So that’s yet to be determined.”

Mets manager Terry Collins appears to be in the same corner as Alderson.

“… I’d love him to pitch this year, because I think it means we’re in the hunt. But I don’t find it drastically important, because the one thing we do not want to have is some type of major relapse because we came too fast and this guy sits out 2015. That ain’t happening.” said Collins

As for Harvey, clearly the competitor in him wants to get back as fast as possible, and he isn’t backing down from that mentality. However, he realizes his place in the decision-making hierarchy.

“My whole intention, of course, like I’ve said all along as a competitor, is always to look into the future and find a specific date of how early I can come back,” Harvey said. “They have a higher power. I can’t write myself in the lineup or say I’m ready to come back without being cleared by the organization and by doctors first.

“Obviously coming back in the middle of August, I don’t think that’s possible anymore.”

Harvey would also add that he was yet to hear from the organization as to why this decision was reached.

To read the rest of Rubin’s article, click here.

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An Amazin’ Start: Breaking Down The Road To 90 Wins Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:48:55 +0000 terry collins opening day

Tip your hat to Terry Collins.

Prior to the the three-game set with the Miami Marlins, Collins was faced with a brutal opening 22 game schedule segment, a different closer in each of the first three weeks of the new season, the loss of his best defensive player, Juan Lagares, who was also the team’s hottest hitter, a career long hitting slump by new acquisition Curtis Granderson and, for the most part, anemic team-wide offensive production, Collins poked and prodded, mixed and matched, and cobbled together a commendable 12 Win and 10 Loss Mets effort. The Marlins must have felt like a breath of fresh air.

In the off-season many Mets fans, including the author of this post, worried that the Amazins could finish the first 22 game segment of 2014 buried in the National League East standings.

Facing Atlanta six times, defending NL champion St. Louis four times, and then Cincinnati, Washington, the Los Angeles Angels and Arizona three times each, gave the Mets one of the toughest early season schedules in baseball.

But, behind solid starting pitching, improving defensive play, and an occasional timely hit, Terry Collins guided his team to a 12-10 won/loss mark.

Now at 14-11, it might not seem like a huge accomplishment to many. But if you consider it as a longterm marker, the Mets’ start is pretty remarkable.

What Collins now needs to pull out of his magic hat is team consistency.

If somehow Collins can play his cards to repeat that opening 12-10 mark in successive 22 game segments, a modest 2 wins over .500 grows into surprising results. Take a look.

Game Segments       Games Played        Wins            Losses

1st 22 games                        22                    12                    10

2nd 22 games                       44                    24                    20

3rd 22 games                        66                    36                    30

4th 22 games                        88                    48                    40

5th 22 games                        110                  60                    50

6th 22 games                        132                  72                    60

7th 22 games                        154                  84                    70

That would leave 8 games remaining in the 162 game schedule. If Terry Collins could somehow help his team play with a 12 win/10 loss consistency in every twenty-two game segment and then win 5 of the remaining 8 games, guess what, the Mets would finish with 89 wins dangerously close to the 90 game goal or challenge set by GM Sandy Alderson.

After taking the series against the Marlins, the Mets are already 2-1 in their second 22 game segment of the season.

Much of Collins’ challenge is to keep his players engaged over the long haul of a baseball season and to maximize performance against teams where his Mets should win. Too many times in the past, we would battle valiantly against some of the better teams in baseball and then have a meltdown in the very next series against a team we were expected to handle.

Remember the Mets breathtaking sweep of the Yankees last season only to be swept by Miami in the following series?

Taking care of business against weaker competitors is a trademark of the better performing baseball teams, especially the Yankees.

By itself, 12 wins and 10 losses might not seem particularly noteworthy. But, as a long-term goal sequenced over an entire baseball season, repeated 12 and 10 marks would really take shape as something quite Amazing for our 2014 Mets.

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Mets Announce Howie Rose and Josh Lewin To Return As Radio Team Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:08:12 +0000 howie rose

The New York Mets and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment today announced Howie Rose and Josh Lewin will return as the radio voices for Mets games broadcast on 710 WOR, the new radio home of the Mets.

SiriusXM baseball host Casey Stern is the leading — and probably likely — candidate to replace Ed Coleman for the pregame and post game show, multiple sources told

Rose will start his 19th season calling play-by-play for Mets games.  He first began covering the team on the radio in 1987, hosting the Mets pre- and post-game shows. The Queens native published his first book last year, “Put It in the Book!: A Half-Century of Mets Mania,” named after his famous catchphrase that punctuates Mets victories.

Lewin enters his third season as a Mets radio broadcaster.  From 2002-2010, he was the television play-by-play broadcaster for the Texas Rangers and was a part of Fox’s Saturday National baseball coverage including serving as the “dugout reporter” for the American League Championship Series and National League Championship Series.  Lewin has also served as the radio play-by-play voice for the San Diego Chargers since 2005.

The 50,000-watt AM powerhouse 710 WOR, the flagship radio station of the Mets, will broadcast 15 Spring Training games, starting Friday, February 28, at 1:10 p.m. against the Washington Nationals.  Regular season coverage begins Opening Day, Monday March 31, when the Mets host the Nationals at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

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After considering a shakeup, the Mets’ in-game radio team will remain intact with the switch to WOR, reports Adam Rubin..

An industry source told ESPN New York that Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has decided to keep Howie Rose and Josh Lewin as the broadcast team.

Rubin says an official announcement is expected later this week.

This will make a lot of Met fans happy.

Howie Rose is the best and a Mets icon in the mold of Bob and Ralph. Lewin compliments him very well and together make for a great radio team.

I posted the broadcast schedule for Spring Training earlier today, WOR will be broadcasting 15 games.

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On Matt Harvey Doing Guest Appearances During Mets Broadcasts Sat, 14 Dec 2013 22:26:13 +0000 matt harvey

Bob Raisman of the Daily News came up with a great idea of having Matt Harvey doing special guest spots during some SNY Mets telecasts, whether it be in the booth or studio.

“Naturally this all will be predicated on whether Harvey, coming off Tommy John surgery, would be inclined to go behind the microphone,” he writes.

“If Harvey has the time, what better way for the Mets organization to keep him connected with the fan base than allowing SNY suits to put him on the air. We are not talking a major schedule here. Maybe a few games or studio appearances during the regular season.”

Raissman says that SNY has already set a precedent for using an injured player in a studio role. In May of 2006 when pitcher Brian Bannister went on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, SNY brought him in to make a few appearances in the pre and postgame studio.

Hey, you know what, I’m all for it and I bet Matt would be into it too. He certainly has the personality for it, and he doesn’t seem to mind the spotlight at all.

Seeing Harvey appear from time to time would also serve as a constant reminder of his impending return for the 2015 season.

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2014 Mets Single Game Tickets On Sale Now Sat, 23 Nov 2013 15:12:20 +0000 Screenshot_2

Mets Single Game Tickets for all 81 home games, including Opening Day and the Subway Series at Citi Field, go on sale Saturday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets will be available on or by calling 718-507-TIXX.

Highlights of the 2014 schedule include Opening Day against the Nationals on March 31, as well as two Subway Series games against the Yankees on May 14-15. Sixteen of the Mets’ 25 April games will take place at Citi Field, including matchups against the Reds, Braves and Cardinals.

The Mets use dynamic pricing for their Single Game Tickets, meaning prices can be adjusted on a real-time basis based upon market demands.

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Mets Injury Updates: Harvey Ahead Of Schedule, Tejada Has Started Rehabbing Leg Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:00:23 +0000 tejada

On Thursday night, Terry Collins offered up an injury update on shortstop Ruben Tejada, saying that he’s already working out and rehabbing his leg.

“Right now, I’ve got to get Ruben Tejada going. He’s at a fitness place right now, trying to get himself in good shape.”

Tejada broke his right leg on September 19 in a collision with left fielder Andrew Brown. He was expected be sidelined six to eight weeks before he can begin rehabilitation, so this news suggests he is right on schedule.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets

Scott Boras said that Matt Harvey will begin rehabbing his surgically-repaired elbow in a few weeks. The prized Mets righthander will be undergoing a supervised rehab regimen at Boras’ Southern California training facility.

Last week, Harvey announced that he was ahead of schedule and doing range of motion exercises. While visiting the the Hospital for Special Surgery, they removed the bandages and cleared him to begin rehab.

Harvey underwent Tommy John surgery in October and is expected to miss the entire 2014 season. However, there’s a slight chance that he could return in September and you can bet Harvey’s motivated to make that happen.

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Matt Harvey Loses Bandages, Ahead Of Schedule, Very Upbeat Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:20:01 +0000 matt harvey usa todayOn Monday night, righthander Matt Harvey declared himself “ahead of schedule,” six days after undergoing the surgery, according to a report this morning from the Daily News.

“I am just doing range of motion stuff now, but today was the first day I could take the bandages off and I was at Hospital for Special Surgery working and everybody thinks I am ahead of schedule,” Harvey told the Daily News in his first comments since the procedure.

The 24-year-old All-Star was walking to the “blue carpet,” outside the Garden before the Rangers’ first home game of the season with his super model girlfriend Anne V,

“We were able to straighten it today and I think they were surprised I could do that, already. So the rehab is ahead of schedule,” said Harvey, a big Rangers fan and frequently in the stands at the Garden.

This is great news and with some pitchers having been able to return to the game after as little as ten months, it points to a chance that we can still see Harvey play before the 2014 season comes to an end.

Harvey could likely begin a throwing program by June and how things go at that time will give everyone a better indication of when the Met ace can officially make his return.

Jenrry Mejia returned back to the mound ten months after Tommy John surgery, and I’m sure nobody knows that better than Matt Harvey.

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: Songs That Best Describe The ’13 Season Sun, 06 Oct 2013 11:56:21 +0000 2013 kiss my ass

It has been officially a week since the 2013 Mets campaign has ended – even though we pretty much knew that it was over just before the All Star Break. We saw some good baseball amidst the very bad . We saw  Matt Harvey dominate before being banished to the disabled list . We saw Juan Lagares look like the second coming of Tommie Agee with the glove – now if only he can hit. We saw a team that floundered most of the season with exception of a few weeks where they looked like they were world beaters. But in essence this team was more like a 10-year old kid fighting the Red Coats with a cap gun .

So here I give to you the songs that best describe the Mets 2013 campaign.

“Snowblind” by Styx: Who the hell would schedule baseball games in both Colorado and Minnesota in early April?!?

“Doctor, Doctor” by Robert Palmer: This song is dedicated to Johan Santana, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Bobby Parnell, Matt Harvey, Ike Davis, Jon Niese, David Wright, Ruben Tejada as well as any other Met to spend time in the infirmary.

“I Don’t Need No Doctor” by Humble Pie: This was Matt Harvey’s mantra for avoiding Tommy John Surgery. Too bad mantras don’t work.

“The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades”  by Timbuk Three: See Wilmer Flores, German Gonzalez, Vic BlackTravis d’Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, etc.

“Dirty Work” by Steely Dan: Because Sandy Alderson, with his hands tied, had to assemble a ragtag squad that most of the season resembled more of a Triple-A team than a Major League squad.

“Lucky Man” by ELP: How else would you describe the fact that Terry Collins as well as the rest of his staff was retained?

“Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” by Motley Crue: Yes Jordanny – just go away…

“Shooting Star” by Bad Company: For the All Star Game which with the exceptions of #HarveyDay or #WheelerDay was the only time there was a true buzz at Citi Field.

And lastly as the Doors’ Jim Morrison once crooned, “When the music’s over turn out the lights…Turn out the Lights… On the 2013 season.

And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY!!!!!!

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Joe Frazier, one of the forgotten men to manage the Mets would have been 91 today (1922). People forget that it was Frazier that was the last Mets manager before Davey Johnson to end the season with a winning record (86-76 in 1976). Too bad the ’77 squad was a team in turmoil and Frazier went down via a left hook by Mets C.O.O. M.Donald Grant after posting a record of 15-30 to start the season. He was replaced by Brooklyn’s own Joe Torre and the quick decent into the Dark Ages of the ’70′s had begun.

One of, if not the best, defensive catcher ever to protect the dish for the Mets, Jerry Grote  turns 71 today (1942).

On of the most overlooked Mets pitchers from the ’69 season, Gary Gentry is 67  (1946).

Reserve outfielder from the ’75 season, Gene Clines  is 67 (1946).

Middle reliever from ’95-’96, Robert Person is 44 (1969). Person’s tenure with the Mets was rather non-descriptive, but he was the player that we traded in order to pry John Olerud from the Blue Jays.

Setup man from the ’06 season,  Darren Oliver is 43  (1970).  I don’t know about you, but I wish Omar didn’t let him walk after the season concluded because maybe – just maybe the Mets bullpen wouldn’t have imploded so badly down the stretch in ’07 and ’08…

Other notables include:

The New York Mets signed free agent infielder, Ted Martinez on October 6, 1966. Martinez was one of the first players the Mets signed that hailed from the Dominican Republic. He made his Major League debut with the Mets in 1970, and spent five seasons with the Mets primarily as a back up infielder.

Mo Vaughn is as easy as a Sunday Morning!

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Wright Planning To Return Tuesday For San Francisco Giants Series Sat, 14 Sep 2013 19:21:43 +0000 david wright

As I speculated before the weekend, David Wright is indeed planning to return during the San Francisco Giants series beginning on Tuesday.

Both Wright and Terry Collins staunchly defended their rationale in attempting to have the third baseman return from a strained right hamstring this season, as reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

“It’s something that I’m against, personally,” Wright said Saturday regarding shutting things down for the season. “If the organization feels that it’s best for the organization moving forward, then that’s a talk we’re going to have to have, that obviously we haven’t had. But my understanding is that if the doctors and I feel like I’m healthy enough to play, that I’m allowed to play. It’s not right for a player, I think, to just shut it down when I feel like I’m healthy enough to go out there and produce.”

Said Collins: “So the issue is: Is he going to get hurt again? So what do we do next spring? Do we not play him all spring for fear of going into the season and he might get hurt in a spring-training game, that he might have an intercostal strain like he did this spring? Or maybe re-injure the hamstring, a la Jose Reyes at times? This is a sport. This is a sport where people get hurt. You can’t police it. You’ve got to do the best you can to get him in shape and then let him go play. And you know what? We can’t put that plastic wrap around him if we expect them to play the way they’re capable of playing. This guy is a winner. He’s going to play like a winner. Therefore he’s going to go out when the time comes, and if he needs to steal second or he needs to beat out an infield chopper, he’s going to do it, because that’s who he is.:

“Now, do you want him to do it now? Yes. I want him to go play now. And if something happens — you know what? — it’s part of the game.

All systems go…

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David Wright performed strength and agility drills on the infield prior to last night’s win over the Marlins. Today, he is expected to increase his intensity running the bases today.

“He did more side-to-side stuff on the infield, more of having to come in on a slower-hit all to test the body control stuff,” Terry Collins said. “It looks great. We’re going to advance the effort [Saturday] on the bases.”

He has already hit, fielded and thrown without discomfort, and running full tilt around the bases are considered the final hurdle before he can return to the starting lineup.

Wright has participated in batting practice all this week and told reporters he is on schedule, insisting he will play again this season.

“I think I’ll be back at least for a larger chunk of the remainder of the games. That’s kind of the goal, and I haven’t really even thought about not playing those games. That hasn’t really crossed my mind.”

Looks like he could be activated after the weekend based on what I’m hearing from everyone. It will be great to have his bat back in the lineup.

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Harvey Has Partially Torn UCL, Tommy John Surgery Not Being Ruled Out Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:16:06 +0000 harvey

Update 4:15 PM

According to Marc Carig, Mets right-hander Matt Harvey underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery this morning for an undisclosed reason and WFAN’s Mike Francesa is reporting that Matt Harvey has a partially torn UCL.

Sandy Alderson held a press conference and said that Matt Harvey will likely be shutdown for the rest of the season and that Tommy John Surgery has not been ruled out.

They will wait 7-10 days for the swelling to go down so they can get a better MRI image and then the decision of whether or not to have surgery will be made by Harvey.

Alderson said that “Harvey has been treated for forearm soreness for sometime”.  He doesn’t know when Matt first experienced the soreness in his forearm, but he was being treated and there was no elbow pain.

“My understanding is that after he came out of his start against the Tigers, the pain in the forearm was more severe than it had been.”

“I wouldn’t expect Harvey to pitch the rest of the season.”

“This is not a career-ending injury under any stretch of the imagination. This is what many successful teams must go through from time to time, and for us to expect not to have to go through it from time to time would be unrealistic. The news was tough today. No question about it. And the full implication of it probably has not yet been felt. But we have to respond, and we will.”

“At least we have a leg up on responding to this. Luckily we have depth at starting pitching in the minors.”

They are going to take the conservative approach. “If we could avoid surgery, we will, but that situation will need to be monitored.”

This sucks…

This is what I’ve discussed many times before and even this morning below…

If a key player is sore, you shut them down, take images, and don’t send them out on that field until you get the all clear….

Last week I did a mailbag asking why do the Mets baby their pitchers…. This is why…

This is why we posted five days ago that a 6-man rotation would be a great idea for our very young rotation, both now and in 2014…

Damn… My worst fear has been realized for this kid…

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While no pitcher should ever beat themselves up over losing a game to the powerful lineup of the Detroit Tigers, Matt Harvey did after the Mets’ 3-0 loss on Saturday. After all, having the greatest hitter on the planet in Miguel Cabrera, and then surrounding him with names like Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez among others, would be a tall task even for Sandy Koufax and Tom Seaver in their primes.

Of course there was also the small matter of Harvey’s opposing mound rival, Max Scherzer, who improved his record to 19-1 while striking out 11 Mets that day.

Harvey gave up a career-high 13 hits against Detroit, as the Mets lost for the fifth time in his last six starts. If the Mets had put up a four-spot, this conversation might be moot. But maybe not… The Mets ace admitted to feeling fatigued after the game…

“I’m getting pretty tired, but so is everybody,” Harvey said. “You have to work through it and you have to deal with it. It’s a long season. You have to figure out how to get things done. My performance the last couple of starts has been pretty terrible. I’ve got to work through it and get better.”

“I couldn’t a throw a slider for a strike. I couldn’t really throw it that well at all. It’s a pitch that I need. The last couple of starts I haven’t had it. I figure everybody is going to go through a stretch there where you’ve got to battle through some fatigue and some discomfort. It’s a long season and you’ve got to push through it.”

Harvey has already logged 178.1 innings of work this season and is still on track to make another seven starts if he stays on his current schedule. However, don’t expect that to happen.

Terry Collins understands the time has come to start curbing Harvey’s workload and that might include skipping a turn in the rotation, even though he’s the one player that can still fill Citi Field when he’s on the mound.

“You’re trying to put people in the seats out there, and having Matt Harvey out there every five days helps us,” Collins said. “But we still know down the road, we have to keep this guy healthy.”

Harvey has a 2.27 ERA this season and currently leads the league with 191 strikeouts. However, the kid is right, and it’s obvious that the grind of his first full season is having a direct effect on his performance. You can see it in his velocity, you can see it in the lack of late life, and you can see it in his command.

At 24, the big righthander has already surpassed his career high in innings, already eight more than he had last season combined between the majors and minors.

“You’ve got a guy who is one of the best competitors I’ve ever been around who thoroughly wants to pitch nine innings every night he’s out there,” manager Terry Collins said Sunday.

“Yet you’ve got to take into consideration what’s the best interest of the club, the team at the time, and the organization down the road. How to get this guy through it?”

With the Mets only days away from mathematical elimination, the team must look at the bigger picture and when your ace tells you he is fatigued and tired – you must take note and action. Harvey is not one who would readily admit how overworked he feels unless it has reached an intolerable level.

It’s time to back off… Forget the Harvey Days and lets focus on the Harvey Years… Beginning with 2014…

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