Mets Merized Online » shaun marcum http://metsmerizedonline.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:11:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 Talkin’ Mets With Patrick Reusse: Ron and Ike Davis, Tom and Matt Seaver? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/talkin-mets-with-patrick-reusse-ron-and-ike-davis-tom-and-matt-seaver.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/talkin-mets-with-patrick-reusse-ron-and-ike-davis-tom-and-matt-seaver.html/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:57:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=140569 Sometimes things happen, sometimes they happen in such a way you figure you’ll make sense of them later. Sometimes you become a part of a story you just can’t wait to share, waiting for just the right moment. Sometimes you find yourself relegated the status of a drooling dweeb, which is more or less how I felt during my conversation with Patrick Reusse — a local sports-media legend in the Twin Cities who has his own talk show on one of the local TV channels. Somehow, probably because of his outgoing and disarming manner, he was appointed ambassador to my awkward presence (itself a novelty) in the pressbox before a Mets Twins game. I felt like I’d won a behind the scenes tour to the circus with Reusse as the chatty ringmaster.

I couldn’t get into the pre-game “presser” so I was the first Mets person present in the second (visiting) row. Naturally I was grilled about, of course, Matt Harvey … is he for real? Can he pitch or is he just velocity? How is he compared like to a Verlander?

Then, I made the mistake of bringing up how Harvey actually reminded me a little of Tom Seaver without the big leg push, boy did I step in it. As Gil Hodges is my witness there showered a maelstrom of profanity that raised no one’s eyebrows but mine (they’d all heard this rant before apparently) … It was hilarious. Of course Reusse brought up Seaver’s recalcitrance to which my reply was “who cares, he was so great on the field.” A fact that Reusse acknowledged reluctantly, adding that Seaver’s abrasive personality more than likely helped him dominate on the mound … and I thought, yeah, “duh,” (didn’t say that of course).

Anyway, his next question involved how we “Mets fans” liked “our new first baseman?” I thought, what an odd question. There were several other more interesting stories at the time. including Shaun Marcum insisting on John Buck as his personal catcher, but Reusse apparently had a particular interest in Ike. I said “Davis somehow forgot how to go the other way,” but my answer was brushed aside. Patrick was amused, yes folks he was genuinely interested in Ike because he knew his dad.

ron davisRon Davis is of course an ex-major leaguer who had a couple of outstanding seasons as a middle reliever with the Yankees, including an excellent 2.95 era season in 1980.

Same guy who got traded to the Twins where he was asked to close games, which apparently didn’t end well.

Davis torpedoed two consecutive pennant races with a withering assortment of gruesome meltdowns … And after these cataclysmic unravellings?

Davis, the very next day, would jog onto the field singing “Jimmy Cracked Corn” … every … single … time. A fact confirmed by a smattering of nods in the press arena. “Thing is” continued Reusse, “By the time Davis was shipped to the Cubs, the fans and the team were fed up with him. There’s even a story about how after he was traded Kirby Pucket performed a raucous rendition of Jimmy Cracked Corn on the plane ride.” Ouch.

So, naturally the busybody local press would wonder about Ron’s kid. Now Davis Sr. wasn’t all bad as a player. He racked up a bunch of saves with the Twins and would have been regarded differently were it not for his tendency to cough it up in huge spots, still, he was quite the character.

His son? I didn’t know what to say, “What do we think of our new first baseman?” What kind of question is that? He was hitting .165 for crying out loud! I said his power was legit, but Reusse countered by reminding me that the minors are littered with guys like Ike who can’t hit a breaking pitch. Tough to argue with, especially since Ike seemed to be compelled to swing at every kind of curve ball in the dirt ever invented. I felt schooled, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone. The lesson was that the Ike situation was one to keep an eye on.

Recalcitrance can be a good thing or a bad thing. Seaver’s stubbornness may have very well been a vestige of his assertiveness on the mound, it was probably a good thing. Ike on the other hand doesn’t have much to show beyond his 32 homer 2012 season. “It’s hard to believe anyone could hit 32 homers in the majors and not be pretty darned good.” I said …

But the Jury is still out on Ike.  There’ve been stories about a tirade that didn’t stay in Vegas after he didn’t get a call-up, whispers about questionable “coachability,” petty rumors about keeping poor hours, and more recently he was the endless subject of trade rumors. In the end Ike’s success with the Mets will largely be contingent on his ability to rediscover a way to punch that outside breaking ball the other way.

I eventually kind of ran out of stuff to say and just started nodding as if I was still part of a conversation that was no longer there … Reusse no doubt got tired of my amateurisms and became engrossed in what appeared to be 4 or 5 conversations at once — a palpable chorus of bubbling commentary under the hum of computer clicks and keyboards. Trying to eavesdrop was all but impossible, and It didn’t help one bit that Jay Horwitz seemed to have an uncanny knack for hitting me with a scoring question every time I missed a play.

So there you have it, that was my Ike Davis conversation with Patrick Reuse. Relevant today not because Ron Davis recently accused the Mets of botching his son’s development (never mind Ike’s incessant proclivity to try and pull everything over the right field wall), but because first base for the N.Y. Mets is, somehow, a year later, still unresolved.

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In Theater Of Absurd, There’s No End To The Madness http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/in-theater-of-absurd-theres-no-end-to-the-madness.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/in-theater-of-absurd-theres-no-end-to-the-madness.html/#comments Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:41:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=134073 garateAccording to Venezuelan journalist Rafael Tejera, the Mets have expressed interest in journeyman relief pitchers Víctor Garate and Armando Galarraga. To fully appreciate how earth-shattering this news is, you must first know that Garate last pitched in the major leagues in 2009, and had a 22.50 ERA. Galarraga last pitched in the majors in 2012, and posted a 6.25 ERA.

Fellow Mets fans, the apocalypse is officially upon us.

I wish the adjective bold or a close comparable – say, courageous, fearless, forceful, even the profane, ballsy, or the colloquial, out of the box — could be used to describe the organizational steward of the Mets as he tries to navigate the franchise through these very troubling waters, a whirling turbulence (see: a drain and water flushing down it) he has been in large part responsible for making.

But Sandy Alderson is the antecedent to bold, the polar opposite. Bland, stoic, methodical, taciturn, dispassionate – these words are more apt to describe him. Yet this is also a man who will clownishly crack obtuse inside jokes often at inappropriate times for his own cackling bemusement and often at the expense of Mets fans, has seemingly resorted to passive aggressive tactics as a defense mechanism to criticism, and who is a grand master at double talk, denial, and deflection. Oh, the enigma that is Sandy Alderson.

This off-season has been famously proffered as the winter of reclamation for the Mets franchise, when everything changes, when three large contracts come off the books and the stars finally align – and we, the loyal and beleaguered Mets fans who have been heroically patient, finally see the end of the penny pinching and the bottom feeding. But this off season, if reports such as the one above is any indication, like the off season before it, and the one before that, is beginning to shape up like yet another exercise in numbing futility, if not unadulterated madness.

In baseball’s version of theater of the absurd, its ‘Groundhog Day’ again, with one cruel exception – rather than correcting the sins of the past, Alderson and his fawning triumvirate just keep repeating them, ad nauseam, again and again and again. Sign chair-throwing Francisco to a $12 million contract, repeat with the signing of Chris Young, who wouldn’t start for another team in baseball, for $7.25 million. Any rebuilding plan that includes these two players is in truth a misnomer, a big ugly lie foisted upon the fan base for 3 seasons now – an abject betrayal of our trust and faith we collectively put in Alderson. The soul sucking reality is, given Alderson’s track record over that time, what should we have expected? The jokes on us, right Sandy? Ha, ha, ha. Stop. I get it now.

So on this day after Thanksgiving (I’ll let the bitter irony fester without comment) lets try and get to the bottom of all of this, shall we? This past Tuesday, Alderson held a press conference to ostensibly welcome Chris Young and his dreadful .235 lifetime BA and, it should be noted to all the sabermetric fanatics reading this, a miserable .315 lifetime OBP. Mind you, these are not one season aberrations but his lifetime averages. Young also doesn’t walk much, strikes out too much, but did have five relatively productive seasons for Arizona from ’07 to ’11. Still, no matter how much lipstick Alderson puts on this signing, its still a reclamation project, albeit with a very large price tag.

Of more concern to Mets fans, the signing has absorbed almost 25% of the meager $30 million budget the team has to spend. Alderson not only can’t keep promises but what’s just as maddening is he’s unfaithful to the core principles of sabermetrics and his creation, Moneyball, when circumstantially required, because Young is anything else but that type of player, and $7.05 million is hardly a bargain basement price tag.

Chris YoungEven more exasperating than all of that, Young’s signed for one year. Alderson must be the brightest man on the planet because that makes absolutely no sense at all to the rest of us mere mortals – if Chris Young does well, if he does reclaim his career, he goes elsewhere next year for a multi-year deal. Not even a second year option, just in case? In others words, even if Alderson is right about Young, he’s still wrong. Trade bait in June? If the Mets pick up most of his salary, which they won’t do, or salary dump him for no one in return, which is more likely (don’t let the exquisite paradox go unappreciated – dumping the salary of a player in less than a full season, who the Mets signed to the bloated contract that needed to be dumped in the first place). Young playing well enough to the point another team would even want him as a piece for a playoff run still strains percentages. For every Byrd, there are ten of these types of signings that fail. If he does poorly, which odds are he will, another $7.05 million outright wasted. Chris Young, your guardian angel is named Sandy Alderson.

But I digress for the comic relief of it all. During the press conference Alderson announced to the world that, surprise of all surprises, free agent shortstops – free agents in general — want too much money this off season. Bla, bla, bla, bla, he droned on about the state of free agency, in full and pedantic lecturing mode, and my mind began to blank out from the boredom of it all (after all, he’s sung some version of this tired song for three years now, and keeps hauling it out as if the heavens had just suddenly opened up and revealed only to him this epiphany). Then he said something quite peculiar – breathtaking in its fantastic disconnect to what had transpired last season, really. Ruben Tejada – yes, the same Ruben Tejada he toyed with like a yo-yo and banished to the minors seemingly at whim, which might as well have been Siberia, and defamed and ridiculed him for good, sadistic measure on his way out – has a real chance to be the starting shortstop for the Mets in 2014. Though my heart clutched a beat and the hair on the back of my neck stiffened at the sheer raving audacity of this man, is anybody really surprised that the slick, double talking Sandy Alderson is in full swing obfuscation mode again?

Face it. Unless Alderson drastically changes his thinking, Drew isn’t coming, Cruz isn’t coming, Cano’s coming when the Mets play the Yankees next year at Citi Field. Chris Young quickly said yes to signing with the Mets – after starting to breath again — because Alderson bribed him with $7.05 million that no one else in baseball would have paid, if half that. Hell, I think Andrew Brown could have a better year, if given the chance. One of the true bitter ironies about the absurdity of Alderson is that he has been responsible for some of the most market inflating free agent contracts in baseball over the past three seasons. Its altogether perverse to use a dime of revenue derived from the hard work of Mets fans to overpay the likes of Chris Young, Frank Francisco, Sean Marcum, and DJ Carrasco, but that’s precisely what he did. Yes, its theater of the absurd, baseball’s version — the dogmatic Alderson, on his bully pulpit, howling into the void about the insanity of free agent contracts.

That sound you hear is 29 other GM’s snickering. I’d laugh, too, but the searing bile is rising up in my throat.

Now its back to rearranging the deck chairs for the genius of Moneyball. The Cardinals had enough in the bank, and thick enough skin, to sign Perralta to a contract that apparently shocked Alderson. What was missing from the press conference was Anderson fainting from the horror of it all. The Cardinals win World Series at a pace second only to the Yankees, and get to the playoffs just about every season … so what exactly shocks Alderson about how the Cardinals conduct business? That they are successful? That they act with boldness, not whining, wimpy excuses and boldface lies?

After promising a $100 million payroll, then changing that, without a scintilla of explanation, to the rather vague $90 ish million, Alderson now is promising – promising, I say! — that the budget will go no lower than $87 million. Whatever his faults, there’s no question Alderson leads the majors in broken promises to his fan base.

I have arrived at the conclusion that the ever shifting payroll budget of the Mets is essentially Alderson’s doing. Alternately, with assets and property worth probably in excess of $3 billion, I have to believe that the Wilpons have the resources to cobble together the money they need to run this franchise like a large market team but that Alderson and his Moneyball constructs and conscripts have become a self-fulfilling prophesy. Do you really think that Alderson, with money to spend burning a hole in his pocket, would say anything else other than how shocked he is at the steep prices of free agents?

Somebody needs to wake Alderson up and tell him its not the 1970′s anymore, and free agent prices are, well, very steep. Guess what else is very steep: ticket prices, hot dogs at the stadium, beers, sodas, parking. Its $13 to get over the George Washington Bridge, for crying out loud. So if Mets fans are expected to pay steep prices to watch this team play lousy baseball, why is he so shocked that he might have to pay steep prices to get better players to help the team win more games? You know, do his job.

His latest parlor tricks twist credibility into a pretzel. No other large or mid market team, for that matter, appears to be wringing their hands with the shamelessness of poor, poor pitiful Sandy – all alone in this madhouse world, save his three devoted followers. Does anybody else wonder what these four men do on a daily basis? Again, if you want to talk about out of control spending – do the Mets really have to pay what amounts to 4 GM’s to not spend money wisely in free agency, not draft very well, and besides a couple of layups still to be determined, not trade very well? Its like Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp.

The Tigers, in a downtrodden city mired in bankruptcy and hopelessness and hardly with the resources of the NYC market, trade Fielder, relieving themselves of his massive contract, gets Kinsler and his large contract in return, talk of moving Cabrera to first, and Kinsler to third, and then immediately contemplates bringing the $300 million man Cano out for a visit. All bold, daring, dynamic moves. I thought I’d never write these words in my lifetime, but I am envious of Detroit Tigers fans. Texas gets gargantuan Fielder, and his gargantuan contract too, and now is deciding on also pursuing Cano. Yes, bold and daring.

The Mets grossly overpay Chris Young, when nobody else wanted him, and bask in the glory of their work as if they invented baseball. Throw them a bone, any bone, and get them to stop all the damn barking! I suppose its okay to sign Young, Francisco, Carrasco, Rauch, and Marcum for $25 million dollars a year, but spending $15 million on a power hitting, slick fielding shortstop who just won the World Series isn’t smart baseball? Really?

In Alderson’s upside down world, this stands as organizational strategy. Sign this truly reprehensible group, a stain on baseball and frankly on Alderson’s reputation, who suffers no tangible consequences for squandering every red cent for less than zero production, and then pass on a slick fielding, power hitting shortstop. Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

Honore-Daumier-Don-QuixoteIn some delusion of grandeur, Alderson must see himself as the Quixote of baseball, on a crusade with his three Sanchos to save a fiscally challenged game from its own worst `instincts – namely, greed (which is, really, one of the engines of free enterprise, whether we want to admit it or not, or call it something else).

Moneyball might have worked in Oakland – did it? — but its incorporation into a large market team is an insult to every Mets fan who buys tickets to a game, pays $20 to park at Citi Field or forks over $10 on a coke and hotdog, pays a monthly fee for cable to watch the games on SNY, or buys expensive team gear. They’re either playing us for suckers or they are simply self absorbed idiots if they truly feel Mets fans will idly sit by this time.

Here’s the moral to this nightmare: You don’t hire an atheist to teach catechism, and you don’t hire a Moneyball acolyte to run a large market baseball team.

Do you know what Alderson should do this off season to rouse the fan base and make his mark as something more than a small market cult master? He should give Cano $30 million this year, and for 6 more seasons, and make do internally filling in the holes, and with trades in 2014. Move Murphy to first, trade Davis and Duda for prospects. Let Black close if Parnell can’t; bring up Leathersich, Walters and Familia for pen. Let Puello (16 HR, 73 RBI, .326. BA, .403 OPB, .547 SLG, 24 stolen bases & 8 outfield assists in ban-related abbreviated season) play right field. Maybe he’s our Puig.

Pitching-wise, start with Mejia in the 5th slot in rotation until he hits his inning limits, then use Montero until he reaches his limit; build up Wheeler’s innings before shutting him down again, and use Torres as your 4th starter or use one of the trade pieces for a stop gap starter in a trade. Then see where that gets you while you wait on positional player development – Puello, d’Arnaud, even Tejada — and Harvey to get well again in 2015.

I wouldn’t trade any of the Mets young, top tiered pitchers this off-season. Second tier – Mazzoni, deGrom, Matz – different story, and perhaps there is a noteworthy trade to be made from this group to help the cause.

Signing Cano would be a ballsy, out of the box, creatively bold move that would set the Mets up with two superstars hitting in their primes at Citi for the next 7 years, when, as we all know, a flood of great young pitching will be in Queens led by Matt Harvey (all under inexpensive team control for most of those years). Sounds a lot like the way the SF Giants have built two championship teams, and it would position the Mets for 7-8 year run for glory beginning in 2015 and a payroll that will remain relatively stable, probably never passing $100-$110 million.

Starting Line-up: E. Young, Murphy, Wright, Cano, Puello, C. Young, d’Arnaud, Tejada.

Starters: Wheeler, Neise, Gee, Torres, Mejia.

Bullpen: Parnell, Black, Edgin, Familia, Rice, Leathersich, Walters.

Bench: Turner, Brown, Recker, Lagares, Flores.

The 2014 payroll would break down like this: $30 million Cano, $25 million Wright, $5 million Niese, $7.05 million C. Young, $16.1 million arbitration settled contracts Gee, Tejada, Turner, Young, Jr, Murphy, Parnell, $7.5 million for base contracts on Harvey, Flores, Black, d’Arnaud, Edgin, Familia, Mejia, Recker, Rice, Tejada, Wheeler, Leathersich, Torres, Lagares, Puello, Walters.

That’s $90.65 million for 25 players or just $3.65 million more than the absolute low side of the budget according to Alderson’s latest pledge, or the equivalent to what Alderson paid Frank Francisco for each game he actually pitched in. Or a bit less than Alderson paid for the one game Shaun Marcum won.

Ha, ha, ha. Just kidding, Sandy.

mmo

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MMO Fair or Foul: Mets Need Fewer Sourpusses And More Players Who Buy Into Offensive Philosophy http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/mmo-fair-or-foul-mets-need-fewer-sourpusses-and-more-players-who-buy-into-offensive-philosophy.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/mmo-fair-or-foul-mets-need-fewer-sourpusses-and-more-players-who-buy-into-offensive-philosophy.html/#comments Sat, 16 Nov 2013 16:42:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133057 fairorfoul

I came across this on MLBTR this morning:

The Mets are looking for players to buy into their offensive philosophy, and that means finding guys with discipline at the plate, writes Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.  That might help to explain why the free-swinging Daniel Murphy has found himself on the pages of MLBTR over the last week or so.

I headed over to Martino’s post after reading that, and immediately knew I was in store for something strange when I saw the title “The Mets Need Fewer Sourpusses.”

Sure enough, Martino makes his maiden voyage into MMO Fair or Foul

In Sandy Alderson’s previous three offseasons, the GM was shackled by budget constraints, and forced to choose from an undesirable pile of free agents.  In many cases, he did not choose well, signing guys who brought a sour vibe into the clubhouse, in some cases creating more trouble than was justified by their limited contributions.

marlon byrdIt began with catcher Ronny Paulino and reliever D.J. Carrasco in 2011; the former was uninterested in following game plans, and the latter drove the coaching staff crazy with frequent whining about his usage.  Subsequent years brought Jon Rauch’s unrelenting surliness and Frank Francisco’s unwillingness to pitch, along with attempts to dissuade youngsters from doing so.

Shaun Marcum was, well, not charming, and while Marlon Byrd arrived with a questionable reputation, he was generally a pleasant surprise in the clubhouse — save for what many Mets people saw as his overcoaching of teammates.

It is that latter point that the Mets want to address, in addition to bringing in more pleasant people. On every level of the organization up to major league hitting coach Dave Hudgens, Alderson’s staff has spent three years working to instill a hitting philosophy that stresses plate discipline and on-base percentage.  Agree or disagree with that view — many baseball folks criticize it for making hitters less aggressive, a characterization that proponents dispute — it is one that the GM insists on.

Players like Byrd and Daniel Murphy are good hitters, but operate in a mode that is far from Aldersonian.  Byrd is an aggressive swinger, unwilling or unable to draw many walks (his walk rate last year was a lowly 5.4 percent), and more than willing to encourage teammates to follow his own ideas while they worked pregame in the batting cage. That is one of the reasons the Mets did not pursue a reunion with the outfielder, who signed a two-year, $16 million deal with Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The Mets are open to trading Murphy for similar reasons.  Murphy has earned the respect of the front office by working to turn himself into a passable second baseman, but he is another aggressive hitter, whose style does not fit what the general manager, hitting coach, and organizational instructors teach.  This is one of the reasons that the team might be ready to move him.

Read the rest of this article here.

Well that was quite the mixed bag… Who knew that backstory on Marlon Byrd as well as all those other free agents that have come and gone. I thought Byrd’s coaching of the younger players was kind of a good thing, but I guess it didn’t sit well with the higher-ups.

But what bugs me most is the thought that Murphy could be shipped simply because he doesn’t comply with the program. As much as they say it’s not a one-size fits all approach, you read something like this and it makes you wonder just how much truth there is to that.

The way I see it, the Mets already have their hands full trying to replace the 40 homers they got from Byrd and also John Buck. That should be difficult enough to do. But then to also have to replace Murphy as well makes me wonder how they intend to replace all three and then begin to upgrade the offense on top of all that. Maybe Sandy has a few tricks up his sleeve…

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The Mets Plan Of Building Around Young Pitchers Is Like Gambling On Internet Stocks http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/the-mets-plan-of-building-around-young-pitchers-is-like-gambling-on-internet-stocks.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/the-mets-plan-of-building-around-young-pitchers-is-like-gambling-on-internet-stocks.html/#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:25:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131267 syndergaard monteroIf there is one thing the Mets have going for them it is the very exciting crop of young pitchers in their farm system. It seems that the strategy going forward is to stockpile as many promising young pitchers as they possibly can.

The question is whether or not this is a smart move and there are a number of reasons why one would question whether this is a smart move.

Nothing excites Mets fans more than thinking about Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Zack Wheeler joining Matt Harvey in the rotation in the coming years. But the truth is, as Matt Harvey has shown this year, your ace can be lost for an entire season in the blink of an eye. In fact, a study conducted during 2010 found that pitchers are 34% more likely to hit the disabled list than a position player, and pitchers also spend more time on the disabled list (62.4% of the time versus 37.6% for position players).  

Having your system stockpiled with exciting pitchers but lacking in impact bats creates a problem for teams that lack offense. The old adage states that good pitching beats good hitting, but there should be an asterisk next to that statement. There should be an asterisk next to that statement because I don’t care how good your pitcher is pitching, you can’t win a game if your offense doesn’t produce runs. Now depending on who you speak to, there are many different schools of thought on how to generate runs. However, the best formula for scoring runs is having good hitters in your lineup.

Hitters are more predictable over time. Hitters tend to produce pretty consistently until they start getting up into their early 30s. Pitchers, on the other hand, are a lot more difficult to predict. R.A. Dickey, although a knuckle baller, is a prime example of that unpredictability. That is because much of a pitcher’s success can be determined by many more outside factors than a hitter’s can—like the defense of their teammates.

Is it cost effective to develop as much young pitching as possible? When looking at the average salaries of position players taken from the Associated Press in 2010 (shown below), you would think not. By not developing offensive players, you are forced to go shopping in the free agent market, and susceptible to some of the costs displayed in the graphic. From looking at this chart, I could sign two pitchers for the cost of signing one first baseman (on average)—so why wouldn’t I opt to develop my own offensive talent and opt to add pitchers in free agency?

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There was an article on MMO yesterday regarding Theo Epstein and trying to get one step ahead. I had the opportunity to cover the Chicago Cubs last year as a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, and he truth is, the Cubs farm system is the opposite of the Mets. Instead of being stocked with pitchers, they have some of the more exciting offensive players in the game today in their farm system—Dan Vogelbach, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, Mike Olt and Albert Almora are a very solid foundation to build their future around…very solid. They have some nice pitching prospects, but they have an abundance of offense.

Having offensively gifted players makes the average pitcher look better, but have anemic offensive players and great pitching just makes the offense look even more anemic. Good offense allows pitchers to relax a little more out on the mound, and they will pitch differently when they know their offense is capable of putting up a ten-spot than they will if the offense struggles to score three runs.

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When taking everything into consideration, why would a team build their system around pitching? The Mets have some promising young offensive players, but even those prospects have some pretty big question marks hanging over their head—Wilmer Flores doesn’t have a steady position defensively, Travis d’Arnaud hasn’t played a full season since Double-A, and now we’re hearing that Mets’ scouts don’t even consider Cesar Puello a prospect. The remainder of the Mets offensive prospects are still a couple of years from helping out the team at the big league level.

So what the Mets have is good pitching, and lots of it. We are left wondering what the Mets will do with all this pitching since there are only a limited number of pitchers you can carry on the major league roster, and how many insurance policies are you going to carry in case someone gets hurt? The Mets have to start flipping some of these pitchers while they are hot to reap some offensive rewards. All it takes is one injury to destroy the value of one of these young pitchers.

If the Mets were smart they would sell high, and bring in some offense now. The only Mets pitcher that should be untouchable in the farm system right now is Noah Syndergaard—and for the right combination, even he can be had. But Syndergaard is one of the brightest Mets pitching prospects I have seen in awhile, and the Mets would be wise to keep young Thor and transform Citi Field to a virtual Aasgard in the near future.

The Mets had it right last year when they signed Shaun Marcum, it looks terrible now, but on a team with a solid offense a guy like Marcum could have been a very effective pitcher. That’s why you build your farm system around bats and supplement it with some solid pitching, and not vice versa. If the Mets build around pitching, and a few of those guys get hurt and wash out, they are left with nothing—no offense and no pitching. The odds of a pitcher getting injured is about 40% more likely than a position player. Not only that, but a position player helps my organization every day, and pitchers can only impact about 30 games per year.

The Mets have their philosophy in place, and a bank account full of young pitchers which many believe leaves Sandy Alderson sitting on a stack of gold bars. But pitchers aren’t like gold bars, they are more like internet stocks—their value can come crashing down in one pitch, and the Mets pitching prospect bubble will burst leaving them with a whole bunch of nothing. It’s time to start unloading some of this volatile stock and get some long-term value in offense in return.

 

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: The “What If” Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-the-what-if-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-the-what-if-edition.html/#comments Sat, 28 Sep 2013 14:07:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130208 terry collins

Warning !!  What you are about to see is an exercise in futility.

What if Johan Santana didn’t blow out his surgically repaired shoulder again during Spring Training ?

What if Shaun Marcum pitched anywhere near the numbers on the back of his baseball card ?

What if Matt Harvey didn’t injure his elbow – possibly requiring Tommy John Surgery ?

What if David Wright didn’t tweak his hamstring and missed seven weeks of the season ?

What if Ruben Tejada actually showed that he belonged on a Major League Roster ?

What if Jordany Valdespin showed that his baseball  I.Q was higher than his batting average ?

What if Ike Davis hit like he did during the second half of last season ?

What if Lucas Duda actually proved that he is a power hitter – or at least could hit with RISP?

What if Eric Young Jr was on the Opening Day Roster.

What if the Mets offense gave some run support to Harvey, Wheeler, Gee, Niese etc. ?

What if Frank Francisco was arrested for impersonating  Armando Benitez ?

What if Bobby Parnell didn’t injure his neck ?

What if Terry Collins was a good in-game manager ?

What if Sandy Alderson was given a little bit more flexibility with this past offseason budget ?

What if Freddie never met Bernie ?

Could/would the Mets have finished over .500 with a chance of a wild card berth ?

Does is really matter ?

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Dick Gernert  is 85 (1928). Most fans never heard of Dick Gernert, but I guess when you were the Mets Director of Player Development from 1978-1980 I am sure you wouldn’t want to be remembered for that job anyway.

Reserve catcher from ’82-’85, Ronn Reynolds is 55 (1958).

Middle reliever from t’04-’05, Mike DeJean is 43 (1970). In his 2 seasons with the Mets Dejean compiled a record of 3-1 with an ERA of 4.21.

Mo Vaughn frequently wonders what if he followed his childhood dream of being an opera singer instead of playing baseball !!!!

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: A Soundtrack For Last Night’s Mets Loss Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-a-soundtrack-for-last-nights-mets-loss-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-a-soundtrack-for-last-nights-mets-loss-edition.html/#comments Sun, 08 Sep 2013 13:56:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128796 jon niese

Last nights game between the Mets and the Cleveland  Indians was stomach churning bad. That first inning pitched by Jon Niese made me wish that Shaun Marcum was still with the team (well not really). All I know is that after viewing last night’s game, I have finally come to terms with the fact that this Mets team, the way it is currently structured, has pretty much no shot to finish the season remotely close to a respectable .500 record. In order for them to finish .500 they would have to go 19-3 the rest of the way which we all know would need a miracle to happen.

So hear area few songs that I think pretty much fittingly describes last night’s game.

1. “Welcome to My Nightmare” by Alice Cooper

2. “Indians” by Anthrax

3. “Run to The Hills” by Iron Maiden

4. “One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer” by George Thorogood (because I sure needed it !)

5. “ No More Mr. Niese Guy” also by Alice Cooper

6. “Sleepwalk” by Santo and Johnny (because essentially that’s what this team did last night).

7. “Shot Down In Flames” by AC/DC

8. “Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel

9. “If” by ’70′s Top 40 friendly band, Bread (I have dubbed this the official post game song for Terry Collins)

And lastly at number 10:

“Cleveland Rocks!” by Ian Hunter – well because last night they did !

So do you agree/disagree ? Any songs that you think that I am wrong about or that you think describe last night’s lesson in futility any better ? If so please leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Mets coach from ’64-’67 and briefly in  ’74, Sheriff Robinson would have been 82 (1921). Robinson also managed the Mets minor league teams, The Quincy Jets in 1963 and the Buffalo Bisons in ’65.

Middle reliever from the ’89 season, Don Aase is 59 (1954). Aase didn’t fare well in his lone season as a Met. He went 1-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 49 appearances that season – But he had one of the best last  names in baseball history.

Current Mets closer, Bobby Parnell  turns 29 (1984). Hopefully he will be back in prime health next season so that he can anchor a hopefully revamped bullpen.

Mo Vaughn‘s favorite Rap group is The Fat Boys !!!

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Feliciano Still Dealing In Vegas, Overall Has 1.29 ERA In 22 Appearances http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/feliciano-still-dealing-in-vegas-overall-has-1-29-era-in-22-appearances.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/feliciano-still-dealing-in-vegas-overall-has-1-29-era-in-22-appearances.html/#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:49:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125643 pedro feliciano

In case you were wondering, left-hander Pedro Feliciano continues to make strides since his promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas last week.

The veteran reliever is maintaining his higher velocity and getting the job done out of the bullpen for the 51s.

Feliciano has retired all six batters he has faced — four lefties, two righties — over three appearances since the promotion from Binghamton to Las Vegas, reports Adam Rubin.

Overall, Feliciano has made 22 appearances as he continues his rehab, and in 21.0 innings pitched he has a 1.29 ERA while allowing just 14 hits and 4 walks, and 19 strikeouts.

Go Petey!

Original Post 7/25

Pedro Feliciano has been assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas, after a successful stint with the Binghamton Mets as he continues to make solid progress toward a return to the majors.

Here is what our John Bernhardt had to say about Feliciano during his most recent game at Binghamton:

It’s almost unfair. To watch Pedro Feliciano work a pitchers mound against young Double-A batters is to watch a master craftsman applying his craft to a gaggle of apprentices. Feliciano defines what it means to pitch, not to throw a baseball.

The former workhorse of the major league Mets, the 36-year old lefthanded relief specialist is working to prove he still has something left, something that could matter at the big league level. So far, Feliciano’s Double-A audition is supporting evidence to argue his case.

In 12 appearances on the mound as a B-Met, Feliciano has been brilliant. Feliciano has pitched 12.1 innings allowing 2 runs giving him a sparkling 1.46 earned run average. Only 8 hits allowed and one base-on-balls leave the seasoned veteran with an improbable WHIP of 0.73.

It’s not the standard statistics alone that tell Feliciano’s Double-A story. It’s the high volume of missed bats, as the crafty lefty expertly mixes his pitches and nibbles, nibbles, nibbles around the perimeter of the strike zone. Watching Feliciano twist and turn hard swinging baseball youngsters into pretzels never fails to leave a smile.

The first time I saw Feliciano pitch as a B-Met his fastball never topped 81 mph. Even so, an array of pitches dipping as low as the mid 60’s kept batters off-balance, unable to make solid contact with the ball. My most recent time observing the pitching master work, his fastball had dialed up to as high as 86 and was coming in consistently at 83 and 84. That seemed to only add to Feliciano’s effectiveness.

Feliciano worked two innings in that outing, perhaps necessitated by several extra innings. A two- inning stint has to support Feliciano’s case that the major leagues might still be in his future.

In a day and age when power and speed are code words, it’s refreshing to see a seasoned veteran effectively mixing pitches and speeds and utilizing pitching smarts to get the job done.

In other news, the Mets have announced that Shaun Marcum has been released.

It was already known that Marcum had thrown his last pitch for the Mets after surgery to treat neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome in his right throwing shoulder last week.

*** Two important things here for the Mets is that this now opens up a 40 Man Roster spot for the team and gives them some flexibility for future moves. And they save $1 million in roster bonus that they would have had to pay Marcum.

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Mets Need More Pitching More Than They Need Marlon Byrd http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-need-more-pitching-more-than-they-need-marlon-byrd.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-need-more-pitching-more-than-they-need-marlon-byrd.html/#comments Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:57:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125912 carlos torres

There’s an old adage in baseball: you can never have enough good pitching. There’s another adage in life: you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

Beat both in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy and you’ve got something resembling the 2013 New York Mets.

In case none of that makes any sense, consider someone like Carlos Torres. In his last two starts, he’s gone 11 IP allowing 12 hits, two walks, two earned runs and striking out 11. He’s 1-0 over those two games—a quality candidate for long relief later on.

jenrry mejiaAlso look no further than Jenrry Mejia. In Mejia’s debut he pitched seven scoreless innings, gave up seven hits, struck out seven, didn’t surrender a walk and earned the win.

Torres and Mejia are just a few of the productive commodities the Mets have stashed on their roster.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “Okay, if that’s the case, then why has the team been so mediocre? If the Mets have all this talent on the team, why can’t they put it together?”

That’s where the second ingredient comes into play. Terry Collins can sit in the dugout and watch young or talented or both players all season. That doesn’t mean he’s going to play them. Sandy Alderson can watch his dumpster dive players over-perform. That doesn’t mean he’s going to flip them.

I believe that most teams can make the postseason. It’s about whether you put the right combination of players out there. Making the right organizational moves can assist that endeavor. It’s taken too long for that to happen. It took too long and an injury to get Omar Quintanilla to play every day at shortstop. It took too long to decide to platoon Ike Davis. Juan Lagares is finally getting a chance to play every day.

Yes, Shaun Marcum was a failure. Yes, Brandon Lyon was a failure. There are players on this roster that can fill those voids though. Some of them aren’t pitchers. A player like Marlon Byrd can net pitching—something you can never have enough. I’m not saying he can bring back a top pitching prospect, but I don’t see a problem with trading him for a bullpen arm.

If the Mets are striving to follow the San Francisco Giants mold, they must keep solidifying their pitching.

I don’t think you trade a good player in the middle of a winning season. I also think you don’t keep a 35-year-old outfielder when you’re in the middle of a rebuilding year. You’re 11 games out of the wild card spot and you’d need to pull off one of the most miraculous second half’s in team history. I’m sorry. I’m just being realistic. The Mets have a better chance of competing for the next few years with another bullpen arm than they do of making a run with Byrd this season.

This isn’t to discredit what Byrd’s been doing. He’s been good for the locker room, good on the field and good for this organization. That only adds credence to the idea that some team will be interested in acquiring him for something the Mets could always use more pitching.

Trade Byrd. Keep Bobby Parnell.

What do you think the Mets should do by the trade deadline?

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Game Preview: Lagares Back In Center As Mets Try To Put Last Night Behind Them http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/game-preview-lagares-back-in-center-as-mets-try-to-put-last-night-behind-them.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/game-preview-lagares-back-in-center-as-mets-try-to-put-last-night-behind-them.html/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:06:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125567 carlos torres

Atlanta Braves vs New York Mets

Kris Medlen (6-9, 3.64) vs. Carlos Torres (0-1, 0.79)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Marlon Byrd – RF
  5. Ike Davis – 1B
  6. John Buck – C
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  9. Carlos Torres – RHP

Game Notes

  • RHP Dillon Gee flirted with history on Monday night, when he carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Braves but ended up with a no-decision in the Mets’ 2-1 loss to the Braves. Gee opened with six no-hit innings before surrendering a single to Freddie Freeman leading off the seventh. The Braves loaded the bases in the seventh against Gee, who got out of the jam by retiring Chris Johnson on a fielder’s choice grounder to third and by striking out pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich. Gee allowed two hits and three walks while striking out three over the seven scoreless innings and was in line for the win until Bobby Parnell allowed two runs in the ninth. The outing continued perhaps the best run Gee has ever enjoyed as a major leaguer: He’s posted a 2.00 ERA over his last 10 starts, a stretch in which he’s lowered his overall ERA From 6.34 to 4.07.
  • RHP Carlos Torres will make his second start for the Mets when he takes the mound Tuesday night in the second game of a four-game series against the Braves at Citi Field. Torres has been a surprisingly solid pitcher for the Mets since he was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 15. Torres is 0-1 with a 0.79 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 20/2 in 22 2/3 innings over 11 appearances. He moved into the rotation following Shaun Marcum‘s season-ending injury and received a no-decision in his first start July 13, when he allowed just one run on five hits and no walks while striking out five over five innings in the Mets’ 4-2 loss to the Pirates. Torres will be making his first career start against the Braves and his fifth appearance overall. He is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 7 1/3 innings against the Braves. On June 19, he threw 2 1/3 no-hit innings and walked one while striking out four in the Mets’ 5-3 loss to the Braves at Turner Field.
  • INF Justin Turner was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to Monday’s game and made the final out as a pinch-hitter in the Mets’ 2-1 loss to the Braves. Turner’s shot into the left-center field was caught by a diving Jason Heyward, whose grab saved at least one and possibly two runs from scoring. Turner went on the disabled list June 18 (retroactive to June 17) with a left intercostal strain. He will return to his utility role and Mets manager Terry Collins said before the game that Turner is the player he’d most likely use to spell starting shortstop Omar Quintanilla. Turner is hitting .263 with six RBIs in 95 at-bats this season for the Mets.
  • RHP Greg Burke was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Monday’s game in order to make room for infielder Justin Turner, who was activated from the disabled list. It is the third time this season Burke has been sent to Las Vegas. He is 0-2 with a 5.28 ERA in 28 appearances for the Mets and last pitched on Friday, when he gave up four runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief in the Mets’ 13-8 loss to the Phillies. Burke is 1-1 with three saves and a 4.93 ERA for Las Vegas.
  • OF Eric Young continued to run wild on the base paths Monday night for the Mets as he stole two bases in a 2-1 loss to the Braves. It was the first multi-steal game of the season for Young but his 10th and 11th swipes of the month. Young now has 20 steals this season between the Rockies and Mets, which ranks him seventh in the National League. He is seven stolen bases shy of his career-high, set with the Rockies in 2011.

Game Preview

The Mets dropped a heart breaker last night. Dillon Gee took a no hitter into the 7-inning and then handed the delicate 1-0 lead to the bullpen. Bobby Parnell essentially burped in the pouring rain and allowed 2 runs. The Mets offense, not taking advantage of situations, put the stress on everybody to be perfect. Well, hopefully things will go differently tonight as Carlos Torres makes his second start as he pairs up with Kris Medlen.

Carlos Torres is 0-1 this year pitching 22.2 innings with a 0.79 ERA. He made a start for Matt Harvey right before the All-Star Break where he pitched 5.0 innings allowing 1 ER and striking out 5 batters. He pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief against the Braves earlier this year where he walked one batter and struck out 4. The Braves have the following numbers against Torres:

Heyward 1-3
J Upton 0-2
Freeman 0-2
Johnson 0-2
Uggla 0-2

The Mets get another look at Kris Medlen who is 6-9 over 113.2 innings of work with a 3.64 ERA. He has pitched 22.1 innings over his last four starts where he has allowed 17 runs, 16 earned which is a 6.47 ERA. He has faced the Mets twice this year first allowing 3 ER over 6 innings while striking out 9 and then allowed 3 runs, 1 earned over the same amount of innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Medlen:

Wright 5-22, 2B
Davis 4-18, HR
Murphy 4-19, 2 2B
Buck 1-8, HR
Byrd 2-7
Young 1-3

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Exclusive: 2013 Mets Midseason Report Cards http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mmo-exclusive-2013-mets-midseason-report-cards.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mmo-exclusive-2013-mets-midseason-report-cards.html/#comments Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:25:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125303 report card

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

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

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

2013 report cards

Terry Collins  C-

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

Sandy Alderson  C-

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

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

First Base  D-

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

Second Base  B-

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

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

Shortstop  C-

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

Shortstop? What shortstop?

Third Base  A

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

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

Catcher  C+

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

Left Field  C-

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

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

Center Field  C-

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

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

Right Field  B+

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

Starting Rotation  B+

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

Bullpen  C

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

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

Bench  C+

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

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

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Mets at Giants: Satin Gets Nod At 1B, Gee Looks To Keep Rolling http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-at-giants-satin-gets-nod-at-1b-gee-looks-to-keep-rolling.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-at-giants-satin-gets-nod-at-1b-gee-looks-to-keep-rolling.html/#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2013 23:31:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124066 dillon gee

New York Mets (38-48) at San Francisco Giants (40-48)

Tuesday 7/9, 10:15 PM ET at AT&T Park

Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.45) vs Barry Zito (4-6, 4.44)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr.  – CF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Marlon Byrd – RF
  5. Josh Satin – 1B
  6. Andrew Brown – LF
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  9. Dillon Gee – RHP

Game Notes

The Mets bullpen hurled 9.0 shutout innings last night. This month the pen has posted a 1.66 ERA (seven earned runs/38.0 innings), the fourth best mark in the majors. Mets relievers have combined to post a 4.07 ERA (131 earned runs in 289.2 innings) ranking 22nd in the majors. Since June 1, the pen has a 3.38 ERA (46 earned runs/122.1 innings).

Carlos Torres tossed 2.0 scoreless innings last night and has the lowest ERA (0.57) among NL relievers (min. 15.0 innings). He has allowed one run in 15.2 innings since his contract was selected on June 15 and currently has a 10.1 scoreless inning streak.

Dillon Gee has not allowed more than two runs in six of his last seven starts, compiling a 2.47 ERA (13 earned runs in 47.1 innings), over this stretch, which dates to May 30. His 2.47 ERA is the 12th lowest in the NL over that stretch. Gee also has 47 strikeouts during that span, tied for the eighth-most in the NL. In addition, Gee has only issued nine walks over his last seven starts.

Mets starter Jon Niese was told he could begin a throwing program by team doctors after a favorable follow-up exam Monday in New York. Niese has been sidelined with a partial left rotator cuff tear since he left a June 20 start with discomfort. Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Monday’s MRI led to the decision to allow Niese to begin throwing.

Shaun Marcum was examined by Dr. Robert Thompson in St. Louis on Monday and the news is bad. The righthander will miss the remainder of the season with a blocked artery that will require surgery on Monday. Marcum continued to experience numbness and tingling in his cold right hand during a start Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers.after the Mets starter felt tingling and numbness in his right hand the past two starts. Get well soon, Shaun…

Game Preview

The Mets continue their San Francisco series tonight as Dillon Gee takes on Barry Zito.

Gee is 6-7 on the year over 17 games with a 4.47 ERA over 97.0 innings of work. He is 4-1 over his last seven games with a 2.47 ERA and that includes a start where he allowed 5 ER over 5 innings. In short, Dillon Gee has returned. Last year he did not have a good day against the Giants allowed 7 ER over 6.2 innings of work. The Giants have the following numbers against him:

Pence 1-12 Blanco 2-4, 2B Sanchez 1-3, HR Sandoval 2-3, HR Crawford 1-3

The Mets bats will get a crack at Barry Zito who is 4-6 with a 4.44 ERA this season over 17 starts. He has pitched 32.2 innings in his last 6 starts while posting a 5.51 ERA and 23 strikeouts. Last year in two starts against the Mets he allowed 9 ER over 9.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Zito:

Young 7-27, 3 2B Wright 5-17, 2B Byrd 2-8, HR Davis 0-6 Murphy 1-5

Lets Go Mets!

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Marcum Out For The Season, Will Have Surgery To Repair Blocked Artery http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/marcum-out-for-the-season-will-have-surgery-to-repair-blocked-artery.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/marcum-out-for-the-season-will-have-surgery-to-repair-blocked-artery.html/#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2013 23:28:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124044 USATSI_7278191_154511658_lowres

Ed Coleman first reported on WFAN that starting pitcher Shaun Marcum is done for the year. ”It hasn’t been announced here today, but it’s coming shortly. He’s pitched his last game with the Mets”

True enough, Marc Carig of Newsday has confirmed the news and is reporting that Marcum has been diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and will have surgery on Monday to repair a blocked artery. He will be out 2-3 months and possibly miss the rest of the season.

Marcum had been dealing with tingling and numbness in his fingers related to pain in his upper back and shoulder.

Tough break for Marcum and we at MMO wish him well.

(Joe D.)

Original Post 7/7

The Shaun Marcum reclamation project may have run its course. In a bid  to flip a distressed property for a profit the Met front office took a chance on an old acquaintance of J.P. Ricciardi, bringing the well traveled 31 year old righthander to New York. Marcum was signed to a $4 million dollar contract with an additional 4 $million available through incentives. It seemed like a good idea at the time, even considering the worrisome injury history replete with every arm and shoulder ailment conceivable. Why? Because Marcum has managed to win, when healthy, in just about every place he’s pitched. When he’s been able to take the mound, he is excellent, and the Mets believed Marcum would be healthy.

Although he began the year on the DL, Marcum has managed to make 11 starts and two gutsy performances out of the bullpen. If things had gone according to plan Marcum would be something like 6 -3 with maybe a just under 4.00 ERA. Marcum would have become the suddenly valuable property in the suddenly trendy neighborhood you could flip for a hefty profit. Didn’t work out that way. He’s been equal parts unlucky, poorly supported, inconsistent, and awful, posting a 5.29 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, with more hits than innings pitched and a 1-10 record. Ouch. This property isn’t moving anywhere anytime soon.

It would have been sweet to unload Marcum at the trade deadline for a decent outfield prospect knowing we already have a host of promising arms in the minors waiting for the call, but oh well, that’s how the cookie crumbles. So what now? Trade for peanuts? Non-tender? Demote? Outright? Marcum may yet turn things around, but plugging him into the rotation is almost certainly preventing some kid (Montero?) from cutting his teeth on the big stage. Yeah, I know it still might be nice to build up some minimal value for Marcum, but it’s getting to be too late for even the most marginal return and watching him lose games with alarming regularity is not helping him or his team’s future.

Last night, Marcum refused to let Anthony Recker, who had been on something of a hot streak, catch for him after the lineup had already been posted. This created a bit of an awkward situation. In reading between the lines you got the sense that Terry Collins felt the need to explain his player’s intransigence by needlessly bringing up the fact that Marcum had a long history with John Buck dating back to Toronto. It was an odd moment.

It gets worse. Apparently Marcum is not the nicest hamster in the habitat. The first warning was his oddly confrontational response to a question about an MRI last week where he said, “That’s for me and the club, I don’t know why you guys think you need to know everything.” Another red flag is the stream of information that’s trickled out of Toronto which places Marcum at the center of a clubhouse mutiny. There was this quote on the Drunk Jays Fans website:

Here’s Jeff Blair speaking on his Fan 590 show this week, pouring water on anything resembling the potential reuniting of Marcum and the Jays (audio here)…

“Ah… there are extenuating circumstances with Shaun Marcum– no chance that he’s back here,” he explained. “I think the Blue Jays thought that there were some things going on in the clubhouse when he was there that they didn’t necessarily like. Shaun Marcum is definitely not coming back here, not as long as Alex Anthopoulos is General Manager, put it that way.”

Marcum reportedly was hoping to sign with the Jays at a reasonable price but Anthopoulos turned it down, thereby gifting him to Ricciardi and the Mets. Beware of Greeks and their gifts as they say!

shaun-marcumThat Marcum is occasionally rude and that he partakes in a cocktail or seven isn’t anything new in the annals of major league player exploits, but even so a comment by a member of the Milwaukee press yesterday took me aback. It is difficult for me to explain the specifics of the exchange which was triggered by a discussion of Marcum’s MRI comments without violating press room etiquette and discretion so I will only say that it didn’t sound good, and that this sort of behavior was nothing new to the Milwaukee press. None of the comments were contested and there seemed to be a broad consensus among the Brewer writers that Marcum was one of the most difficult players they’d ever dealt with. Apparently he was right up there with Marco Estrada — which is not a good thing.

But in the end the truth is that Marcum’s off-field antics and his rudeness don’t really matter much. Sportswriters are as petty and fickle as any of us and have been known to create mountains out of molehills before and this would certainly be a non-issue if Marcum were pitching well (as would his refusal to pitch to Recker). What does matter is Marcum’s performance and the fact that he’s blocking some promising young players in the pitching pipeline.

You have to wonder with Marcum whether you are hoping against hope that you will squeeze some value from a commodity that may be worth less than what you paid for it, which may be losing value with every loss and every ache and pain and tingle in the fingers, and which may be bringing the neighborhood down as well. In the end, your best bet may be to cut your losses and move on. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to bring in the wrecking ball.

I’ll be watching and reporting from the press booth at Miller Park for today’s finale as the Mets send young Jeremy Hefner to the mound for the rubber match and hopefully a series win.

Thoughts from Joe D.

Thanks for the added insights you got from the other beat writers, Matt. There were a lot of high hopes for Marcum when we signed him, even for a pitcher who was still on the scrap heap and one of the last players to sign a major league contract before spring training began. By the time John Buck pleaded with J.P. Ricciardi to sign his best friend, it was already January 30th. The Recker thing didn’t bother me as much. Both Buck and Marcum won’t be coming back and they’ve been a combo meal since day one.

However, I always wonder what the other catcher feels like after seeing his name on the lineup card all day, and then watching his manager rip it down 45 minutes before game time to post another one with someone else’s name on it rather than yours? And then being told that your teammate preferred to pitch to someone else rather than you?

I find it interesting that Terry Collins would allow a player to make that call and usurp what the manager felt was the team’s best chance to win that day.

Marcum has the worst ERA on the Mets pitching staff – rotation and bullpen included – and takes home the biggest paycheck. And that check will keep getting bigger and bigger from this point on.

A whopping 99 starting pitchers in the National League alone have a better ERA than Marcum does this morning. I didn’t bother to check the American League as that NL tidbit alone was distasteful enough for me. That pretty much says that any pitcher in the game right now would be an improvement over Marcum…. Trade value? What trade value?

For a guy who should be thankful for every start the Mets still give him, his attitude bugs the crap out of me. I can’t stand people who whine and gripe all the time, and when it’s a player who gets paid millions like he does I hate it that much worse. Marcum is a square peg, a black sheep, a not so nice teammate (unless you’re John Buck), and a constant griper who snaps at questions he doesn’t like.

I now understand why he was the last starting pitcher standing in free agency this Winter and why nobody save the Mets came knocking – and they only did so because of his association with John Buck… If not for that, we most likely would have had a chance to see Rafael Montero make the jump to the majors by now.

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Mets vs Giants: Satin Back To Bench As Harvey Set To Oppose Lincecum http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-vs-giants-satin-back-to-bench-as-harvey-set-to-oppose-lincecum.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-vs-giants-satin-back-to-bench-as-harvey-set-to-oppose-lincecum.html/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 23:23:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124063 matt harvey

Mets (37-48) vs Giants (40-47)

Matt Harvey (7-2, 2.27) vs Tim Lincecum (4-9, 4.66)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Ike Davis – 1B
  5. Marlon Byrd – RF
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
  7. John Buck – C
  8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  9. Matt Harvey – RHP

Game Notes

Josh Satin went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles after a two-day absence from the lineup and Jeremy Hefner took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning as the Mets beat the Brewers, 2-1, in Sunday’s rubber game. Collins said Satin is not in a platoon with Ike Davis, but that Satin could play somewhere when the Mets face left-hander Barry Zito on Tuesday.

Matt Harvey will have the chance to pitch in front of NL manager Bruce Bochy, who will ultimately make the decision as to whether Harvey starts the All-Star Game. Bochy said Sunday he has a good idea of who he’s going to pick, but the candidates’ next couple of outings could “slightly” influence the decision.

Josh Edgin has posted a 0.79 ERA and a 0.971 WHIP since was recalled from the minors on June 9. In 14 appearances he has allowed only one of 13 inherited runners to score, and he has limited opposing hitters to a .205 batting average against.

Tim Lincecum had two solid starts against the Mets last season. He went 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA. It continued a run of strong starts against New York. In his career, Lincecum is 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA against the Mets.

Shaun Marcum boarded a plane bound for St. Louis to be examined for numbness and tingling in his cold right hand. He will be visiting with the same specialist who diagnosed Dillon Gee with a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder and a blood clot. Ultimately it led to season ending surgery for Gee. For now, the plan is to use a four man rotation up to the All Star Break, and if Marcum ends up missing any significant time, Carlos Torres would be the primary replacement.

Jon Niese was to have an MRI on his left shoulder today, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. This will be his second followup MRI and the Mets are hoping to see some improvement in his partially torn rotator cuff. They are obviously hoping to avoid surgery that would wipe out the rest of this season for Niese and probably a good chunk of 2014 as well. The hope is that this tear can heal and repair itself on it’s own.

Game Preview

Happy Harvey Day!

Harvey Pitching 6/28

The Mets travel to San Francisco tonight to take on the Giants (I guess that’s not really surprising. A surprise would be the Mets travel to San Francisco to take on the Golden State Warriors, which I’d also pay to see). Anyway starting for the Mets today is new anointed All-Star Matt Harvey who is looking to rebound from his worst start in his career where he allowed 5 ER.

On the season Matt is 7-2 with a 2.27 ERA while pitching 123.0 innings and a league leading 141 strikeouts. He faced the Giants last year where he pitched 6.0 innings allowing 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned while walking 3 and striking out 7. The Giants have the following numbers against him:

Belt 0-2
Blanco 0-3
Posey 1-2
Scutaro 1-2, 2B
Crawford 0-2
Lincecum 0-2

Usually I leave pitchers off of the batting stats list but thanks to fate, Harvey will be facing off against Lincecum again! Tim is 4-9 over 17 games this year with a 4.66 ERA. In his last 23.2 innings, 4 games, he has pitched with a 4.56 ERA, so fairly consistent with his season numbers. Last year he was very good against the Mets pitching 12.0 innings in two starts allowing only 2 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Tim:

Wright 2-20
Young 3-18
Omar 5-14, 2B
Davis 3-15
Murphy 5-14, 2 2B
Buck 0-4
Byrd 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

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Mets News: Injury Updates On Marcum, Niese, Duda and Turner http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-news-injury-updates-on-marcum-niese-duda-and-turner.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-news-injury-updates-on-marcum-niese-duda-and-turner.html/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:00:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124143 metsnews

While his team boarded a flight to San Francisco for the start of a three game series, pitcher Shaun Marcum boarded another plane bound for St. Louis to be examined for numbness and tingling in his cold right hand. He will be visiting with the same specialist who diagnosed Dillon Gee with a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder and a blood clot. Ultimately it led to season ending surgery for Gee. For now, the plan is to use a four man rotation up to the All Star Break, and if Marcum ends up missing any significant time, Carlos Torres would be the primary replacement.

Meanwhile, lefthander Jon Niese will have an MRI on his left shoulder today, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. This will be his second followup MRI and the Mets are hoping to see some improvement in his partially torn rotator cuff. They are obviously hoping to avoid surgery that would wipe out the rest of this season for Niese and probably a good chunk of 2014 as well. The hope is that this tear can heal and repair itself on it’s own.

Just before the weekend, Terry Collins addressed the media and revealed that both Justin Turner and Lucas Duda have not progressed from their intercostal strains. Both players have been out since mid June and there is currently no timetable set for their return as they both continue their rehab and physical therapy at the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie.

get well soon

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Expect A Very Quiet Trade Deadline For The Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/expect-a-very-quiet-trade-deadline-for-the-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/expect-a-very-quiet-trade-deadline-for-the-mets.html/#comments Sun, 07 Jul 2013 20:27:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124090 sandy aldersonAccording to what a team insider told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, with the July 31 trade deadline three weeks away, they may not be buyers or sellers and will instead stand pat.

Rubin says that Mets officials are expected to keep tabs with the Colorado Rockies about Carlos Gonzalez and the Los Angeles Dodgers about Andre Ethier. But given the tight nature of the NL West standings, those players very well won’t get traded anywhere, much less to the Mets. And there is no indication Giancarlo Stanton gets traded, either.

He also likens the Marlon Byrd situation to how the Mets handled Scott Hairston last season, preferring to keep him and stay somewhat competitive despite demand from other teams.

There’s been blog speculated rumors of trading Daniel Murphy or Bobby Parnell, but there’s no indication at all that the Mets would move either of them. Shaun Marcum doesn’t seem like an attractive option for a team trying to bolster a post season run. Plus his incentive bonuses worth $4 million doesn’t help his case as does a bum back and shoulder that leads to numbness and tingling in his fingers.

At a ticket holder event at the end of June, Sandy Alderson practically promised a big move before the All Star Game – but it’s looking more and more like he was referring to picking up Eric Young off waivers which he did three days later.

I think it will be a quiet trade deadline for the Mets and that their big move will come in the offseason when teams are more amenable to trading what the team covets most – a young, proven power hitter with 2-3 years of team control.

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Dodgers Obtain Ricky Nolasco From The Marlins http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/dodgers-obtain-ricky-nolasco-from-the-marlins.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/dodgers-obtain-ricky-nolasco-from-the-marlins.html/#comments Sun, 07 Jul 2013 13:34:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124055 ricky nolascoThe Dodgers have obtained right-hander Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins for three minor-league pitchers – Steve Ames, Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez. L.A. also picked up an international signing bonus worth $197,000 in the deal.

“Nolasco is somebody that can help us out,” Colletti said. “Obviously he’s an accomplished big league starter. We felt we needed to add a starter at this point in the season and we had conversations with the Marlins going back about a week or so now. I think it’s a benefit to acquire somebody before you get to the 31st. That was part of it as well.”

Nolasco, a Southern California native who can become a free agent after the season, went 5-8 with a 3.85 ERA in 18 starts for the Marlins and has a career mark of 81-72 with a 4.44 ERA.

His acquisition bolsters a hot Dodgers team that has won 11 of their last 12 games. With recent injuries to Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett and Ted Lilly, Nolasco makes perfect sense for the Dodgers and it also keeps him away from their division rival, the San Francisco Giants, who are openly on the market for starting pitching help. No, not Shaun Marcum, Mets fans, real pitching help.

Nolasco, 30, is the Marlins all-time winningest pitcher and strikeout leader and will likely replace former Met Chris Capuano in the Dodger rotation.

With Cy Young Award winners Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke already at the top of the rotation, and impressive rookie lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu behind them, Nolasco gives the Dodgers one of the best top-four in the game.

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Mets Fall Short In 7-6 Loss To Brewers http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-fall-short-in-7-6-loss-to-brewers.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-fall-short-in-7-6-loss-to-brewers.html/#comments Sun, 07 Jul 2013 03:20:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124035 shaun marcum

The Milwaukee Brewers hung on to beat the New York Mets 7-6 tonight at Miller Park.

What a difference a night can make. The Mets were able to contain the Brewer offense last night when they mustered a 12 run outburst, tonight they seemed unable to keep pace with the Brewers offense even though Yovani Gallardo’s fastball was straight and generally sat at around 89 – 90 touching 92 on only one or two occasions. Gallardo had poor command of his breaking pitch and his fastball looked pretty straight.

Unfortunately for the Mets, Shaun Marcum was worse, he wasn’t fooling anyone tonight. The Fox announcers mentioned he was having some tingling in his fingers and was struggling to throw his changeup. Marcum gave up at least one run in every inning he pitched with the exception of one, and in the sixth with a chance to tie the game, Terry Collins elected not to hit for him. Marcum was pulled the next inning without retiring a batter.

Marcum lasted five innings and allowed six runs, five earned on 11 hits and a walk while striking out three. I think it’s time to seriously consider pulling the plug on the Shaun Marcum experiment. He’s had some encouraging outings, but he’s been largely inconsistent and awfully temperamental with his myriad maladies.

I think Marcum was envisioned as being a kind of Dickey light this season. Had he managed a decent first half up to his career norms, Marcum could have made a potentially valuable trade chip to a contender because he’s been awfully good when he’s been right. Unfortunately Marcum hasn’t been right and he’s accrued virtually zero trade value to date. There is little chance Marcum is going to turn things around at this stage in the game and sustain it long enough to become a trade chip so the Mets would be better off trying out some of the arms they’ve stockpiled in the minors.

The Mets continue to sport a different look these days in spite of the loss tonight. From the tightened up defense (Eric Young made a terrific play on an Aoki sinking liner in the 8th) to their activity on the base-paths that included a double steal in the 7th, the Mets seem livelier. David Wright had a throwing error in the 8th that was purely the result of Carlos Gomez’ speed (I think he would have been safe even if the throw was on target) and Murphy made a tough error on a bunt in the bottom of the 6th.

Marlon Byrd and John Buck both went yard with Byrd making things interesting bringing the Mets to within a run in the top of the 9th off Francisco Rodriguez. Young went 0-for-4 and his average is down to .258. Murphy led the team with three hits while driving in and scoring a run. Ike Davis drew three walks and scored a run.

Game time temperature was a beautiful 82 degrees. The game was played in 3 hours 32 minutes.

The Brewers scored 7 runs on 12 hits  0 errors and 9 left on base. The Mets scored 6 runs on 10 hits with 2 errors and 9 left on base.

Note: Before the game, the Mets activated Ruben Tejada from the DL and officially optioned him to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Jeremy Hefner (3-6, 3.54 ERA) opposes left-hander Tom Gorzelanny (1-1, 2.43) in the rubber game on Sunday at 2:10 pm.

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Mets vs Brewers: Recker Out, Buck In At Marcum’s Request http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-vs-brewers-recker-out-buck-in-at-marcums-request.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-vs-brewers-recker-out-buck-in-at-marcums-request.html/#comments Sat, 06 Jul 2013 21:49:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=123973 shaun marcumyovani gallardo

Mets (36-47) at Brewers (34-51)

RHP Shaun Marcum (1-9, 5.03) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (6-8, 4.78)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Ike Davis – 1B
  5. Marlon Byrd – RF
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
  7. John Buck C
  8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  9. Shaun Marcum – RHP

Game Notes

Zack Wheeler made his fourth start of the season last night and tossed five innings, allowed three runs – one earned – on seven hits, three walks and three strikeouts. He improved his record to 2-1 with a 4.29 ERA for the season. In 21.0 innings pitched, Wheeler has allowed 21 hits and walked 13 while striking out 16 batters.

First baseman Ike Davis went 3-for-5 with two RBIs on Friday in his return from a four-week stint with Triple-A Las Vegas. After a dreadful start to the 2013 season, Davis tweaked his swing during his Minor League stint and hit .293 with seven home runs in 75 Minor League at-bats.

The move will likely push Josh Satin, who has hit .375 during his current 10-game hitting streak, out of the everyday lineup. Satin has been an offensive revelation since seeing significant playing time during the team’s mid-June series in Atlanta and may see time at second, third or in left field with Davis’ return to first base.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis became the first Met in 13 years to reach base six times in a nine-inning game without benefiting from an error. Nieuwenhuis also became the first Mets player to collect four or more hits and drive in five or more runs in a game since David Wright accomplished the feat on August 10, 2005 at San Diego when Wright went 4-5 with six RBI.

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Lefthander Josh Edgin earned his first major league save last night. Edgin has allowed one run in 13 outings over 10.2 innings since he was recalled from Las Vegas (AAA) on June 10. Lefties are 3-20 (.150) against Edgin since he was recalled from Vegas.

Seeking his first win since June 15, Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo has been pitching amid rumors he may be shipped out before the Trade Deadline. The 27-year-old right-hander is due $7.75 million this season and $11.25 million in 2014, with a $13 million club option for ’15 or a $600,000 buyout.

Game Preview

The Mets go for the series victory against the Brewers today as they look to build off of yesterday’s performance. The Mets bats broke out to score 12 runs including 3 hits from Davis making his return from Las Vegas and Kirk going 4-5 at the plate. Today Shaun Marcum gets the start for the Amazin’s as he takes on Yovani Gallardo.

Shaun Marcum is 1-9 over 73.1 innings while posting a 5.03 ERA as he goes into the home of his former team. He has now pitched 14.0 innings in his last two stars allowing only 3 ER and striking out 4 in the process. He has made one start against the Brewers where he allowed 6 hits and 4 ER and the following Brewers have stats against him:

Bentancourt 2-17, 2B, 3B Francisco 2-6, 2B A. Ramirez 0-5

The Mets bats look to continue what they started yesterday against Yovani Gallardo who is 6-8 with a 4.78 ERA over 101.2 innings of work this year. Yovani had a stretch of games in June where he didn’t allow any earned runs over 21 innings (3 games) but since then in his last two starts, has allowed 3 earned, 5 total over 4 and then 8 earned over 3. Last year he took the loss against the Mets allowing 2 ER over 6 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Gallardo:

Wright 3-16, HR Byrd 3-12 Buck 0-8 Davis 0-7 Murphy 3-9, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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Nieuwenhuis Goes Crazy, Davis Goes Insane, Wheeler Wins The Game! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/nieuwenhuis-goes-crazy-davis-goes-insane-wheeler-wins-the-game.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/nieuwenhuis-goes-crazy-davis-goes-insane-wheeler-wins-the-game.html/#comments Sat, 06 Jul 2013 04:47:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=123930 kirk nieuwenhuis

KIRK, KIRK, KIRK, KIRK, KIRK, KIRK…

What a comedy of errors we had in this one as the New York Mets walloped the Milwaukee Brewers by the score of 12-5 tonight at Miller Park. This was a fun game and I hope you all got a chance to watch it.

I’m going to forego a retelling of all the many Brewer baserunning blunders and just get to the stuff we really care about – what did the Mets do!!!

Lets cut right to the chase and say that the return of Ike Davis to the lineup couldn’t have gone any better than it did. Davis went 3-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s. It was his first 3-hit game since last September. Good for him…

Kirk Nieuwenhuis had the game of his life… He was on base six times, going 4-for-4 with a pair of walks, three runs scored and five RBIs… Wow… Are you kidding me??? Nieuwenhuis became the first Met to reach base six times in one game since Mike Piazza in 2000.

Juan Lagares also had a nice game going 2-for-3 with a walk and three ribbies, while Eric Young had a pair of hits and scored three runs. The Mets totaled 14 hits and went 7-for-22 with runners in scoring position.

Oh yeah… Zack Wheeler pitched tonight… The kid had a pedestrian performance, but he’s a work in progress. He allowed three runs, one earned, on seven hits and three walks while striking out three. Wheeler also had a single for his first career hit. One more thing…. When Wheeler is in trouble and has ducks on the pond, I love how he bears down and fights his way out of trouble. You can’t teach that… But yes, he’s a work in progress…

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ROBBED!!!

What a leaping catch by former Met Carlos Gomez who robbed Marlon Byrd of a home run. Gomez is having an incredible season for the Brew Crew!

Six of the 17 runs scored tonight were unearned. The Brewers were charged with three errors and six boneheaded plays.

So anyway, that’s the long and short of it… The Mets get their road trip off to a nice start with a not so pretty, but very satisfying win in Milwaukee…

Shaun Marcum faces his former team tomorrow night at 7:15 PM. He opposes right-hander Yovani Gallardo (6-8, 4.78). MMO will be there live on Saturday and Sunday and we’ll bring you some extra bonus coverage. Thanks to Jay Horwitz for the assist!

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Marcum Cops An Attitude When Asked About MRI http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/marcum-cops-an-attitude-when-asked-about-mri.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/marcum-cops-an-attitude-when-asked-about-mri.html/#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:46:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=123722 marcum

This from ESPN New York:

Mets starter Shaun Marcum visited the team doctor on Tuesday, according to a source.

Marcum started Monday against Arizona, and was seen in the dugout rolling his neck and pointing to his shoulder area. He told reporters after the game that he was fine.

Marcum was evasive following the Mets’ 9-1 win over Arizona on Tuesday when asked whether he underwent an MRI.

“That’s for me and the club,” Marcum said. “I don’t know why you guys think you need to know everything.”

That’s quite the ‘tude for the team’s highest paid pitcher who is a disappointing 1-9 with a 5.03 ERA this season. I wonder what he told Sandy Alderson last January when he asked him how his shoulder was?

By the way… ESPN also reminds us that Jon Niese (shoulder), who has a partial tear in his left rotator cuff. Niese is scheduled to undergo a follow-up MRI on Thursday. I can think of a million other things I’d rather be doing on the 4th of July then going for an MRI….

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