Mets Merized Online » strikeouts http://metsmerizedonline.com Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 Cecchini With Two Hits in Scorpions Victory http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/cecchini-with-two-hits-in-scorpions-victory.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/cecchini-with-two-hits-in-scorpions-victory.html/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:00:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226670 gavin-cecchini

The Scottsdale Scorpions won 4-0 over the Salt River Rafters on Wednesday night in what is their second to last game of the year. They’re the only team out of six in the Arizona Fall League that is out of contention for the championship game going into the final day of the regular season.

Gavin Cecchini batted second and played shortstop, going 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. He raised his AFL slash line to .295/.357/.459 with seven extra base hits, seven walks and only eight strikeouts in 61 at-bats.

Tim Tebow played right field and batted eighth for the Scorpions. He went 0 for 2 with a walk, two strikeouts and was caught stealing. He also snapped his modest three-game hitting streak. He is now slashing .183/.269/.233 with six walks and 19 strikeouts in 18 games.

Center fielder Champ Stuart went 1 for 3 with a run scored and a stolen base. He’s now hitting .288/.319/.397 with ten stolen bases and 21 strikeouts in 18 games.

The Scorpions play their final fall league game today at 2:35pm ET against the Mesa Solar Sox.

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Mets Minors: Corey Taylor Impressing in Fall League http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/226296.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/226296.html/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:00:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226296 corey taylor

The Scottsdale Scorpions lost 5-4 on Thursday to the Peoria Javelinas to snap their three-game winning streak. They fall to an Arizona Fall League worst 11-15 including just 3-11 on the road.

Mets relief prospect Corey Taylor had himself a good outing with 1.2 scoreless innings in which he allowed two hits and struck out three. He was hitting 96 MPH on the gun with his fastball and 86-88 with his slider.

Kyle Glaser of Baseball America was at the game and had this to say about Taylor:

Taylor, 23, now has a 2.25 ERA in 12 AFL innings. In that span he has allowed three earned runs on 12 hits, 13 strikeouts and only one walk.

The strikeouts are encouraging for Taylor who fanned just 43 batters in 53 innings during the regular season for the St. Lucie Mets. Taylor was the Mets seventh round pick in the 2015 draft and has a career 1.77 ERA in 71 innings between St. Lucie and the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Tim Tebow started in left field and went 1 for 3 with a double, run scored, walk and two strikeouts. Tebow is now 8 for 51 with five walks and 15 strikeouts in 15 games.

Mets outfield prospect Champ Stuart went 1 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts. He has slowed down after a torrid start, going 2 for 12 with eight strikeouts. Overall, he’s hitting .327/.362/.455 with three walks and 19 strikeouts in 55 at-bats.

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Stuart Hitting Well in AFL, Cecchini Leaves Game Early http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/stuart-hitting-well-in-afl-cecchini-leaves-game-early.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/stuart-hitting-well-in-afl-cecchini-leaves-game-early.html/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:00:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225446 gavin-cecchini

The Scottsdale Scorpions finally got in the win column last night with a 9-7 victory over the Salt River Rafters in a game that was shown on MLB.com for free. The win snaps a five game losing streak and improves their record to 4-11 in Arizona Fall League play.

MLB was hyping the game all day as your chance to see Tim Tebow live and Mets minor league speedster Champ Stuart stole the show. Stuart went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, a stolen base and a walk. Probably most important is that he didn’t strike out. He’s now hitting .333/.357/.481 with four stolen bases, home run and six strikeouts compared to one walk in seven games.

Stuart is making a case for himself to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason, which is necessary to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.

Tebow was 1 for 4 on the night and even stole his first base. However, he struck out three times to bring his total to 12 in only 32 at bats. His single came off Atlanta Braves prospect Chris Ellis to start a five-run rally in the third inning.

Mets relief prospect David Roseboom bounced back from a rough outing on Monday with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure his first AFL save. He has pitched 5.2 innings allowing only one earned run on four hits and seven walks to go along with eight strikeouts.

The bad news on the night for Mets fans came in the bottom of the fifth inning when shortstop Gavin Cecchini had to leave the game after fouling a pitch off his foot in the top half of the inning. He finished the game going 1 for 3 and is slashing .258/.359/.419 in nine games.

The Scorpions are back at it today with Mets prospect Corey Oswalt on the mound to start the game at 3:35pm ET.

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Tebow Picks Up Second AFL Hit, Molina Sharp Again http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/tebow-picks-up-second-afl-hit-molina-sharp-again.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/tebow-picks-up-second-afl-hit-molina-sharp-again.html/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:00:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225145 tim-tebow

The Scottsdale Scorpions fell to the Surprise Saguaros by a 2-1 score last night in Arizona Fall League action. It’s the Scorpions fourth straight loss as they drop to 2-6 on the season.

Mets prospect Marcos Molina got the start for the Scorpions and pitched three scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, one walk and struck out one (Yoan Moncada swinging). He threw 35 pitches with 22 of them coming for strikes. This was the right-handers second start in the AFL coming off Tommy John surgery last year. He has allowed just one run in five innings.

Tim Tebow started in left field and batted eighth for the Scorpions. He went 1 for 4 with a line drive single to left field off Red Sox lefty prospect Trey Ball. He grounded out in his three other at-bats, but now has hits in back-to-back games. He is 2 for 20 with two walks and seven strikeouts in the AFL.

Mets relief prospect David Roseboom issued a walk and allowed a single in a scoreless eighth inning. He’s now thrown 3.1 scoreless innings this fall while allowing only one hit and striking out three.

In the Mexican Winter League action, Mets minor league catcher Xorge Carrillo went 1 for 4 in the Aguilas de Mexicali’s 2-1 win. He is 5 for 25 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored in seven winter league games.

Darwin Ramos gave up two runs on three hits and got only one out last night for the Navegantes del Magallanes in their 11-3 loss. The lower level pitching prospect has a 10.80 ERA in 3.1 innings but does have four strikeouts compared to one walk in Venzeulan Winter League action. He pitched the entire 2016 regular season with the Kingsport Mets.

The Dominican Winter League season gets underway tonight with the Aguilas Cibaenas playing the Gigantes del Cibao. Mets outfield prospect John Mora will be playing for the Cibaenas after a disappointing season with the St. Lucie Mets. Tonight he will face off against Phillies pitcher Alec Asher who gets the opening day nod for the Cibao.

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Mets Minors: MMO All-Star Bullpen Led By Sewald http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/mets-minors-mmo-all-star-bullpen-led-by-sewald.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/mets-minors-mmo-all-star-bullpen-led-by-sewald.html/#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:30:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224741 paul sewald

This is the fourth and final part of our own Mets Minors All-Star team that brings you the best performers in the bullpen. Our choices are based on how each player did statistically speaking and not according to their prospect standing.

Closer - Paul Sewald (Las Vegas 51s) Another season and another great performance for the former 10th round pick who has a career 2.20 ERA in 258 innings. This season he saved 19 games for the 51s with a 3.29 ERA (league average 4.46) and 1.20 WHIP. He had a 21.2 K-BB% which was the fifth best in the Pacific Coast League. It’s the second straight year we’ve chosen Paul as one of closer’s on the all-star team.

Closer - Joseph Zanghi (Brooklyn Cyclones) A little reported (outside of MMN, here is our interview with him) signing after he was drafted by the Reds in the 24th but failed to sign. The converted position player had a tremendous pro debut with 45 strikeouts in 29.1 innings for Brooklyn. He also saved eight games, had a 1.23 ERA and did not allow a home run.

Closer - David Roseboom (Binghamton Mets) The lefty got even better as the season progressed allowing only two earned runs in 25.2 second half innings. He went 14 for 15 in save chances and held opponents to a .168 batting average for the season (2nd best in Eastern League).

Setup Man - Gary Cornish (Brooklyn Cyclones) Yet another Cyclone that posted ridiculous strikeout numbers in his pro career with 44 strikeouts in 25 innings. His 0.64 FIP led the entire minor leagues for pitchers with at least 20 innings, as did his 15.84 K/9. He was the Mets 19th round pick from San Diego.

Crossover - Ben Griset (St. Lucie Mets) The 24-year old lefty did whatever was asked of him this year including three spot starts, 12 relief appearances of at least two innings and collecting three saves. He finished the season with a 1.80 ERA, 1.033 WHIP and struck out 66 in 60 innings. He held lefties to a measly .457 OPS without a home run or triple in 51 at-bats.

Longman - Nelmerson Xavier Mariano Silvano Angela (DSL Mets) The 18-year old lefty was really a starter for much of the season despite only getting six “starts” in 14 appearances. To finish off his great season he pitched five no-hit innings with four strikeouts in his last appearance. He went 3-0 with two saves, 1.88 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and held opponents to a .171 average.

Swingman - Nabil Crismatt (Brooklyn, Columbia, Binghamton) It was a weird start of the season for the righty who inexplicably started in the Brooklyn bullpen after dominating the Appalachian League in 2015. Ended up making 13 appearances (7 starts) with his final start of the year coming for the Binghamton Mets. Overall, he had a 2.47 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and struck out 74 in 65.2 innings. His 10.57 K/BB ratio was the 10th best in the minor leagues.

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LHP Anthony Kay Underwent Tommy John Surgery http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/lhp-anthony-kay-underwent-tommy-john-surgery.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/lhp-anthony-kay-underwent-tommy-john-surgery.html/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2016 23:19:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224399 anthony kay uconn

The New York Mets announced that LHP Anthony Kay, who was selected with the 31st overall pick of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft, underwent Tommy John surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He will miss the entire 2017 season.

So you know, the Mets knew that Kay had some serious concerns about his elbow, which is why they gave him a signing bonus of $1.1 million which was significantly lower than the slot value of $1,972,100.

A Long Island native who was selected out of UConn, Kay went 9-2 this season and helped lead the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament. Posting a 2.65 ERA in 17 starts, Kay’s 263 strikeouts set a new UConn strikeout record that was previously held by Matt Barnes, now with the Red Sox.

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Syndergaard and Bumgarner to Square Off: Keys to a Pitcher’s Duel http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/syndergaard-bumgarner-keys-to-a-pitchers-duel.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/syndergaard-bumgarner-keys-to-a-pitchers-duel.html/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:30:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224300 noah syndergaard

The Mets and Giants will call on their aces in Wednesday night’s NL Wild Card Game at Citi Field. Noah Syndergaard will face Madison Bumgarner in the win-or-go-home clash.

The Mets have Thor and a lot of momentum, but they still have their work cut out for them. What are some keys to winning this pitchers’ duel?

Keys for Syndergaard: Preparedness, Effectiveness and Efficiency

For the Mets, it all starts with Noah Syndergaard. Thor is an incredible pitcher looking to extend what has been an incredible season. When he is on, he is great. He is usually on, which is what makes him great. But much like the Mets with Bumgarner, the Giants’ chances of winning revolve largely around things going wrong for Noah.

Noah needs to understand what can and can’t happen here if the Mets want to win. He needs to know his weaknesses.

We all know that Thor struggles mightily holding runners on base, although he has gotten better at it lately. He and (presumably) Rene Rivera must continue to be mindful of the runners, but there are two bases you don’t have to worry about opponents stealing: First and Home. Noah needs to keep runners off base, especially early in innings so that he can focus on getting outs and not necessarily strikeouts.

When Syndergaard needs to chase strikeouts, it exacerbates another problem: pitch counts. Noah can’t help the Mets win if he’s not on the mound. One of Thor’s least effective starts came in a 98-pitch outing against the Giants, in which he lasted 5.2 innings. One of his best starts of the year came in another 98-pitch outing against the Giants. That time, Noah went 8 innings. If Thor is throwing 20 pitches per inning early in the game, that spells trouble for New York.

But if Noah can get through the early innings unscathed, the Mets are in very nice shape. In the first four innings, Noah’s ERAs are 1.80, 2.10, 3.99 and 5.20. From the fifth inning on, his ERAs are 1.35, 1.57, 1.32 and zero. If Syndergaard gets to the fifth without falling behind, he’ll only get better, as long as he has enough left in the tank to stay on the mound. Quick, scoreless innings in the first half of the game will put Noah and the Mets in great shape, and he can get those zeroes by getting ahead in counts, getting the leadoff guy in each inning, and doing all he can to control the running game.

If Noah can check all the boxes needed for him to be successful on Wednesday night, the Mets have a great chance to advance. Again, he is an ace. He is usually great. When it comes to the guy on the mound, the Mets just need to hope it’s business as usual in this one-game playoff.

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Keys to beating Bumgarner: Get Him Early, Get Him Late, Get it Over the Wall

Madison Bumgarner is a great pitcher with an incredible playoff record. The last time he pitched in the Wild-Card game, he threw a complete-game shutout to send the Pirates home and send the Giants on their way to a championship.

Bumgarner doesn’t have Thor’s nasty stuff, but he has fewer weak spots and bad habits/trends, which, combined with his incredible résumé, likely has Giants fans focusing almost entirely on beating Thor rather than avoiding potential trouble on the mound. There is a good chance we will see a great outing from both pitchers. And while there might be a larger chance of a truly bad outing from Thor than Bumgarner (and those chances are still low for both pitchers), I think Bumgarner and the Giants might be more prone to defeat should the game stay neat and clean.

Bumgarner has a good but relatively modest 3.18 ERA in the first inning. If you don’t get to him then, he usually settles down. The Mets, for their part, are a dangerous team in the first inning, having scored right off the bat in 49 games this season. Falling behind would put Noah and the Mets in a hole, but New York taking the early lead might put the Giants in an even bigger one. The Mets’ chances of winning when leading after each inning are 71, 73, 77 and 85 percent for the first four innings, which is very high (for reference, the Giants sit at 75, 64, 66 and 73 percent, and the gap only grows in the Mets’ favor as the game goes on).

If the Mets can’t score early, however, that puts the pressure back on Thor. But come the late-middle innings, Bumgarner becomes vulnerable once again, with his ERA ticking up to 2.65 in the 5th before spiking to 3.41 in the 6th and 5.09 in the 7th. The deeper Bumgarner goes into the game, the more hittable he gets. And if he doesn’t go deep, the Mets might get a crack at the embattled Giants bullpen.

I say “might,” however, because San Francisco, like New York, is in win-or-go-home mode. This means that all hands are on deck, and Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija are therefore liable to be used in relief. So getting to Bumgarner to at least some extent is still a huge key for New York, although it certainly helps the Mets’ cause that Terry Collins has a better bullpen than Bruce Bochy.

Fortunately on that front, Bumgarner is very prone to the home run, having allowed 26 this season. The Mets, meanwhile, ranked fifth in the MLB when it came to hitting them over the fence.

All this goes to say that if Noah Syndergaard can turn in a strong, long outing, the Mets are in great shape, even against one of the best playoff performers of his generation.

Get Lucky. It’s One Game

One game. Win or go home. The sample size here is tiny and the ramifications are huge. The margin for error is non-existent.

Yoenis Cespedes or Buster Posey might hit a home run with nobody on base, or they might connect for a grand slam. Or maybe they’ll both go hitless, and somebody at the bottom of the order will have a huge game. Stars might come up small and low-profile guys might come up big. An error at the wrong time, a lousy call from the home plate umpire here and there, a bad hop, a blooper or a rocket that finds a glove might decide the game. A lot of it might just come down to plain old luck.

The division race has been over since July, so for this Mets team, they’ve been fighting all these months for Wednesday night’s game. A loss, and the Mets are done. A win, and we’re back in the NLDS, a couple good series away from another crack at a championship.

Baseball isn’t designed to come down to just one game. But for the Wild Card teams, it will. Both teams have a good chance of winning. We can look at the strengths and weaknesses of both teams and both starters and figure out the most likely factors to generate either outcome. But in one game, it doesn’t matter what has happened or what should happen, or what 1,000 computer simulations say is most likely to happen.

All that matters is what happens on Wednesday night. It’s gonna be Wild.

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Collins Says Bruce Trying To Do Too Much http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/collins-says-bruce-trying-to-do-too-much.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/collins-says-bruce-trying-to-do-too-much.html/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:00:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221489 jay bruce

Right fielder Jay Bruce singled in his first at-bat on Sunday, but struck out in his final three at-bats. He ended his series with the Phillies going 1-for-8  with seven strikeouts.

“He’s trying to do too much,” manager Terry Collins said after the Mets’ 5-1 loss. “He’s really, really put a lot of heat on himself, so we’ve got to get him to somehow calm down.”

“We got him for a reason, and we’ve got to somehow get him to settle in and do some damage for us, because that’s certainly a big spot in the lineup. When you don’t have Yoenis Cespedes, there’s spots in your outfield you need some production, and he’s in one of those spots.” (New York Post)

Bruce is now batting .164 with a .515 OPS,  two home runs, and six RBI in 23 games with the Mets while striking out 26 times.

Original Report – Aug 27

A day after striking out four times against the Phillies on Friday night, right fielder Jay Bruce is out of the lineup on Saturday even though there’s a right-hander on the mound.

Terry Collins told reporters at Citi Field that he wanted to give Bruce a day off primarily to clear his head. “He really needs a mental break.”

Bruce had already missed a couple of games with a strained right calf, and had just returned to the lineup on Friday night.

However, despite the Mets exploding for nine runs, 11 hits, four home runs and three walks against the Phillies, Bruce saw his struggles continue as he struck out in all four of his plate appearances and earned himself the dreaded golden sombrero.

Bruce, 29, is now hitting .160 (13-for-81) with 23 strikeouts and a .516 OPS since joining the Mets.

The Mets have a $13 million team option on Bruce for the 2017 season with a $1 million buyout.

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Mets Homer Four Times; Rout Phils 12-1 To Take Series http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-homer-four-times-rout-phils-12-1-to-take-series.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-homer-four-times-rout-phils-12-1-to-take-series.html/#comments Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:27:58 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221537 noah syndergaard

The New York Mets (66-63) defeated the Philadelphia Phillies (59-70) by a score of 12-1 tonight at Citi Field. The Cardinals were also defeated tonight, so the Mets pull to within 2.5 games of the second wild card spot.

Pitching: 

Noah Syndergaard was magnificent for the Amazin’s tonight, firing seven dominant innings, allowing just one run – a solo homer to Freddy Galvis in the third – on two hits, while striking out seven and walking two.

Jim Henderson pitched a clean eighth, and Josh Smoker recorded two strikeouts in the ninth to seal the win for New York.

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Offense:

The Mets did what you are supposed to do against losing teams tonight, they beat the heck out of the Phillies, scoring 12 runs on 13 hits.

The Phillies actually held a lead at one point tonight in the third inning, but it was short lived, as the Mets answered back in the bottom half of the frame on a two run blast from Asdrubal Cabrera.

The Mets tacked on three more in the third inning as Yoenis Cespedes blasted his 26th long ball of the year to left to extend the Mets lead to 5-1 at the time.

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In the seventh is when the Mets really poured it on, however. Alejandro De Aza doubled in a pair, and then Kelly Johnson thoroughly blew the doors off the hinges with a grand slam to make it 11-1 Mets.

Neil Walker, for good measure, hit a solo shot in the eighth, his 23rd of the year to tie a career high.

Every Met in the lineup recorded a hit tonight, except for James Loney and Curtis Granderson who went a combine 0-for-9.

On deck:

The Mets will look for the sweep tomorrow afternoon, with Robert Gsellman (1-0, 0.00 ERA) making his first big league start, taking on Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.31 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

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Josh Smoker Promoted By Mets, Josh Edgin Optioned http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/josh-smoker-promoted-by-mets-josh-edgin-optioned.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/josh-smoker-promoted-by-mets-josh-edgin-optioned.html/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:35:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220891 josh smoker

After the Mets 10-7 loss to the Giants the team announced that they had promoted lefty Josh Smoker from the Las Vegas 51s and optioned fellow lefty reliever Josh Edgin to Vegas.

Smoker, a former Washington Nationals first rounder, is 3-2 with three saves and a 4.11 ERA in 52 games this season for the 51s in his first taste of Triple-A action.

The WHIP at 1.474 is a bit alarming but we’re talking about Vegas here, the number that jumps out to me is the 81 strikeouts in 57 innings and only 18 walks in that span.

Recently, Smoker has been even better allowing only two earned runs in his last 17.2 innings and holding opponents to a .231 average in that time.

The Mets signed the hard throwing lefty in April of 2015 after he spent the previous season pitching for the Rockford Aviators in the Frontier League.

Smoker was added to the 40-man roster during the offseason and got his first call up as the 26th man on July 26th but didn’t get into the game.

Edgin struggled in his first big league action since 2014, he allowed four runs in 3.2 innings on four walks, three hits and five strikeouts.

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Familia Notches 50th Consecutive Regular Season Save http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/familia-notches-50th-consecutive-regular-season-save.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/familia-notches-50th-consecutive-regular-season-save.html/#comments Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:32:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218435 jeurys familia

It may not have been the prettiest save you ever saw, but closer Jeurys Familia extended his incredible streak by recording his 50th consecutive regular-season save on Friday night in the Mets’ 5-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

The Mets All Star closer got into trouble and allowed a run in the ninth, but in his usual style he amped up the adrenaline, closed the game out, and preserved the victory

Familia’s regular season saves streak is the fourth longest in major league history, trailing only Eric Gagne (84), Tom Gordon (54) and Jose Valverde (51).

The last time Familia had a blown save was nearly a year ago on July 30, 2015, when the Padres scored three runs in the ninth capped by a Justin Upton go-ahead home run.

Familia, the MLB saves leader, now has 34 saves in 34 chances this season, with a 2.58 ERA, 1.261 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings pitched.

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Marlins Acquire Fernando Rodney From Padres http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/marlins-nearing-trade-for-fernando-rodney.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/marlins-nearing-trade-for-fernando-rodney.html/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:24:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216426 fernando rodney

The Miami Marlins are close to acquiring right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney from the San Diego Padres, according to Keith Law of ESPN.com. The Marlins will be sending a A-ball pitching prospect Chris Paddack to the Padres.

The second place Marlins were rumored to be shopping for a closer or setup type reliever in recent weeks, and had even checked in with the Yankees about Aroldis Chapman.

Rodney, 39, is having a tremendous season and has only allowed one earned run in 28.2 innings pitched with 33 strikeouts and a 0.852 WHIP while saving 17 games.

He signed a one-year, $2 million deal with San Diego over the winter, and is under team control for next season with a $2 million team option.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Nationals, 7:05 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-nationals-705-pm-5.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-nationals-705-pm-5.html/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:34:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216098 noah syndergaard

Monday, June 27, 2016 • 7:05 p.m.
Nationals Park • Washington, D.C.
RHP Noah Syndergaard (8-2, 2.08) vs. RHP Joe Ross (6-4, 3.11)
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The New York Mets play 14 games in 14 days before entering the All-Star break. That includes seven games against the Washington Nationals, four against the Chicago Cubs and three against the Miami Marlins.

“Right after the Nats we’ve got the Cubs — arguably the best team in baseball right now,” said Terry Collins on Sunday. “We’ve got to be ready. We’ve got to get the ‘A’ game going and maintain it. Right after them you’ve got the Marlins, who are playing very, very well right now. And then back come the Nationals again. I think the next 14 days are very, very important for us.”

Mets Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  4. Neil Walker – 2B
  5. James Loney – 1B
  6. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  7. Brandon Nimmo – LF
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Noah Syndergaard – RHP

Nationals Lineup

  1. Ben Revere – CF
  2. Jayson Werth – LF
  3. Bryce Harper – RF
  4. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  5. Wilson Ramos – C
  6. Ryan Zimmerman – 1B
  7. Anthony Rendon – 3B
  8. Danny Espinosa – SS
  9. Joe Ross – RHP

Noah Syndergaard will start things off for the Amazins. He is 8-2 over 15 games and 14 starts and 91.0 innings with a 2.08 RA and 110 strikeouts. He’s been a bit more human in June going 3-0 over 4 starts and 27.1 innings with a 2.63 ERA while striking out 29 batters. In his one start against the Nationals this year, he shut them out for 7.0 innings while striking out 10. The Nationals have the following numbers against Syndergaard:

  • Harper 3-12
  • Rendon 4-10, 2B, HR
  • Werth 1-9
  • Espinosa 0-6
  • Lobaton 1-6
  • Revere 2-6
  • Robinson 1-5, HR

Joe Ross will be making the start for the Nationals today, as the Nationals elect to go with Joe rather than calling up a pitcher right now. He’s 6-4 over 14 games and 84.0 innings for the Nationals this year with a 3.11 ERA. In his last three starts he has pitched 19.1 innings with a 3.73 ERA. He hasn’t faced the Mets yet this year but last year he went 0-1 in two starts and 12.2 innings against he Mets posting a 2.84 ERA and recording 10 strikeouts. The Mets have the following numbers against Ross:

  • Flores 2-6
  • Granderson 1-6
  • deGrom 0-3
  • Cespedes 0-3
  • K Johnson 2-3, 2B
  • Walker 1-3, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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Rafael Montero Named PCL Pitcher of the Week http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/rafael-montero-named-pcl-pitcher-of-the-week.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/rafael-montero-named-pcl-pitcher-of-the-week.html/#comments Mon, 16 May 2016 18:41:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=212069 montero (1)

Rafael Montero has been named the Pitcher of the Week for the Pacific Coast League. Montero made two road starts, not allowing a run in 11.2 innings on six hits with five walks and 13 strikeouts. For the week Montero posted a 0.94 WHIP and .154 batting average against.

Montero, 25, shutout the River Cats over 5.2 innings with six strikeouts on May 9. In his second start of the week, he tossed 6.0 shutout innings with two hits and seven strikeouts, while opposing the No. 5 ranked MLB Prospect Julio Urias and the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

The right-hander has appeared in parts of three seasons with the Mets, including a brief two-game stint this year. He has a 4.45 ERA in 17 career big league appearances, including nine starts.

Montero was named the MetsMinors.net Pitcher of the Week this morning.

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Collins Unwilling To Move Wright Down In Order For Now http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/collins-unwilling-to-move-wright-down-in-order-for-now.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/collins-unwilling-to-move-wright-down-in-order-for-now.html/#comments Sun, 15 May 2016 00:23:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=211915 david wright

Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged today that he may need to consider dropping David Wright from the No. 2 slot in the batting order, but is not ready to make such a move now despite Wright’s recent struggles.

“At some point, if he continues to struggle, we’ll address that,” Collins said about Wright “He leads the team in on-base percentage. When you’re talking about the two-hole, you’re talking about guys getting on base. The issue is the strikeouts more than anything. This guy is not that kind of guy. He doesn’t usually strike out. That’s why they’re out there today trying to make a couple of adjustments, to certainly try to fix it.” (Adam Rubin, ESPN)

Wright is 2-for-21 during this current Mets road trip and is hitting .223 with four homers and eight RBI on the season. His 43 strikeouts are the 12th most in the major leagues, however his .381 on-base percentage from the No. 2 spot is second in the majors.

Wright, 33, hit 15 homers in batting practice Saturday, according to Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, who has been working with Wright to use the lower half of his body more to reduce the stress on his back.

“I’d like to, obviously, cut down on the strikeouts,” Wright said. “I’d like to consistently have better at-bats. But the fact that when I am struggling I’m still trying to find a way to get on base, I can look at that as a positive. I’d rather hit my way on base than walk. But if the walks are there I’ve got to take them.”

Can’t argue with Collins for leaving things as is, giving Wright some extra leeway, and not overreacting. Hopefully the extra work Wright is putting in will lead to some better results where his in extraordinarily high strikeout rate is concerned.

Here are the results of a poll we took on Wednesday on who the Mets should bat second between Wright and Asdrubal Cabrera.

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Week 7 Mets Pitching Review: Thor Brings The Thunder http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/week-7-mets-pitching-review-thor-brings-the-thunder.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/week-7-mets-pitching-review-thor-brings-the-thunder.html/#comments Fri, 13 May 2016 14:30:01 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=211742 noah syndergaard

A review of the latest turn through the Mets’ starting rotation:

Name

Innings

Hits

Runs (Earned Runs)

Strikeouts

Walks

ERA (Season)

WHIP (Season)

Quality Start? (Starts/QS)

Matt Harvey (3-4)

6.0

4

2(2)

10

2

4.50

1.48

Yes (7/3)

Steven Matz (5-1)

6.0

6

2(2)

5

1

2.86

1.18

Yes (6/5)

Jacob deGrom (3-1)

7.0

8

2(2)

4

0

2.12

1.21

Yes (5/3)

Noah Syndergaard (3-2)

8.0

6

2(2)

6

1

2.53

1.07

Yes (5/4)

Bartolo Colon (3-2)

5.0 7

5(5)

3 0

3.53

1.15

No (6/3)

 

 

Best Start: Not only did Noah Syndergaard go eight innings against the NL West leaders, but he paced the offense Wednesday night at Chavez Ravine. However, there were other starts during this turn in the rotation that were more impressive.

OK, maybe not as impressive but positive signs going into a long summer playing in what is quietly the best division in baseball …if you let things like wins and losses (8 MLB teams have at least 20 wins. 3 of them play in the NL East) dictate your ideas instead of previous season’s results and preseason hype.

In a 4-3 win on Mother’s Day, Matt Harvey regained the velocity on his fastball and had command of his other pitches, making the 96-MPH heat look that much faster. The result was 10 strikeouts, but more importantly just two walks.

It’s been his lack of command and walk numbers that pushed up his pitch count, led to longer innings and early negative results. He still hasn’t pitched out of the sixth and who knows what will happen in Denver.

I was certain that Jacob deGrom wouldn’t be in line for a quality start on Tuesday, watching the Dodgers jump on pitches early in the count for extra-base hits. I was watching on MLB Network and made it to the fourth before I tapped out, turned over and went to sleep. deGrom’s only clean innings were his final two, going seven strong and giving the bullpen more time to rest.

There was talk in spring training about his velocity, how it was topping out at 93 MPH. But the caveat I don’t think got enough attention paid to it was “but he’s still getting people out”.

There was a time when every starter didn’t throw 97 MPH, when location, location, location wasn’t just describing home reality and pitchers knew how to pitch and not just throw as hard as they could. deGrom is a throwback to that time and it’s clear he’s going to be good every time out, with or without his ‘best stuff’.

Worst Start: While it’s obvious that Bartolo Colon’s Thursday night start was easily the worst statistically speaking, his approach of always being around the plate plays right into a free-swinging team like the Dodgers. But when I played Little League baseball, the guy who pitched dominantly and scored all the offense also threw a complete game. So I’ll let you decide…

Best of the Bullpen: This was a no-brainer. Last Sunday, Jim Henderson allowed a run in the seventh cutting the lead down to just one. Jerry Blevins entered in  the eighth and allowed a hit, then Addison Reed followed with a game of “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Twice As Bad”, allowed back to back hits.

Antonio Bastardo entered with the bases loaded, no one out and a one-run lead. He sandwiched an infield popup between two strikeouts for the biggest hold of this young season since the eventual win would propel the team into first place.

It’s the kind of hold that a wise producer will note during the 2016 season recap video…if they still make those.

Next Big Thing: I got my wish, sort of. Steven Matz’s start in Colorado will be skipped due to a sore forearm. Logan Verrett will start Saturday, Sean Gilmartin is up from AAA and looked good throwing three scoreless innings. He will solidify a pitching staff that will get a day off before the series we’ve all been waiting for starts on Tuesday.

The Washington Nationals come to Citi Field. The pitching matchups are:

  • 5/17 – Syndergaard vs. Joe Ross (3-2, 2.29 ERA, 1.10 WHIP)
  • 5/18 – Colon vs. Max Scherzer (4-2, 4.15 ERA, 1.17 WHIP)
  • 5/19 – Harvey vs. Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 2.19 ERA, 1.05 WHIP)

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Mets Minors Recap: Amed Rosario Makes St. Lucie a Winner http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mets-minors-recap-amed-rosario-makes-st-lucie-a-winner.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mets-minors-recap-amed-rosario-makes-st-lucie-a-winner.html/#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 15:18:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=211693 amed-rosario

El Paso 4, Las Vegas 1 (17-15) Box Score

The 51s offense was silenced on the night by former big league pitcher Jeremy Guthrie with the only offensive bright spot being Dilson Herrera who went 2 for 3 with his fourth home run of the season. Ty Kelly went 1 for 4 while he continues to lead the minors in average, now sitting at .418.

Brandon Nimmo went 0 for 3 with a walk, sac bunt and had his third outfield assist of the year from center field. In case you missed it, Gavin Cecchini was placed on the 7-day disabled list on Tuesday night with a sore back.

Duane Below made the start going seven innings allowing two runs on five hits and struck out five. Erik Goeddel continued his miserable season by giving up one run and recording only one out. He now has a 6.97 ERA and opponents are batting .351 against him.

Reading 9, Binghamton (14-16) 6 Box Score

Dominic Smith pinch hit with a chance to give the B-Mets a lead in the eight inning and narrowly missed inning a grand slam that instead went for a sac fly. Matt Oberste hit a grand slam earlier in the inning, his second home run of the season. Maikis De La Cruz went 2 for 4 with a double, walk and scored two runs.

Knuckleballer Mickey Jannis continued his recent struggles with command walking four batters in five innings and allowed a season high seven runs. Over his last 23.2 innings he has issued 19 walks. Relief prospect Luis Mateo threw a perfect sixth inning with two strikeouts and lowered his season ERA to 2.30 with a 1.40 WHIP.

St. Lucie (18-14) 5, Jupiter 2 Box Score

With the winning run on second base in the top of the ninth with nobody out, Mets top prospect Amed Rosario smacked a double to right field that scored two runs. Rosario is currently hitting .328/.376/.531 with 23 RBI which is tied for the second most in the Florida State League.

Wuilmer Becerra would add an insurance run on a single, his third hit of the night that raised his season average to .415. He now has the second best average in the minors trailing only Ty Kelly of the 51s.

Starter Corey Oswalt pitched six innings of two-run ball on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Reliever Tim Peterson picked up his first win of the season with two scoreless innings in which he struck out three. He now has a 0.63 ERA and has 24 strikeouts in 14.1 innings.

Be sure to check out MetsMinors.net for all your minor league news including our the full recap of last night’s action. 

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NL East News: Max Scherzer Strikes Out 20 Tigers http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/nl-east-news-max-scherzer-strikes-out-20-tigers.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/nl-east-news-max-scherzer-strikes-out-20-tigers.html/#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 04:48:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=211614 maz scherzer

Nationals righty Max Scherzer struck out 20 Tigers wednesday night in D.C. in an epic performance. Here is how the Tigers’ lineup fared individually:

Ian Kinsler: 3 Ks

J.D. Martinez: 3 Ks

Miguel Cabrera: 3 Ks

Victor Martinez: 0 Ks

Justin Upton: 2 Ks

James McCann: 3 Ks

Anthony Gose: 3 Ks

Jose Iglesias: 1 K

Jordan Zimmermann: 1 K

Jarrod Saltalamacchia: 1 K

Entering the 9th inning with 18 strikeouts, he served up a first pitch home run to J.D. Martinez to make it a 3-2 game. He then settled down and struck out Miguel Cabrera before surrendering a base hit to Victor Martinez. He then struck out Justin Upton for his 20th of the game. James McCann grounded out to third to end the game.

So far this season, Scherzer is 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA. In 52 innings he has struck out 66 batters and walked 15, while holding opposing batters to a .237 BAA.

This ties the MLB record for strikeouts in a 9-inning game. He shares the record with Roger Clemens (twice), Randy Johnson, and Kerry Wood.

Tom Seaver and David Cone both came close in Mets uniforms, each of them striking out 19 batters in games.

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Wright Isn’t Handling Airplane Travel Well http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/wright-isnt-handling-airplane-travel-well.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/wright-isnt-handling-airplane-travel-well.html/#comments Fri, 06 May 2016 19:11:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=211214 david wright

This is now David Wright‘s first full season since he learned about his spinal stenosis. So far, Wright has only played 52 games thus far. As many people will tell you, 52 games is too short a sample size to draw any definitive conclusions. Choosing a subset of that information is an even smaller sample size. However, with that said, there does seem to be a pattern developing with David Wright.

He’s not handling airplane travel well.

Since Wright came off the DL, he’s had 13 trips that required airplane travel (regular season only). In those games, he’s had 63 plate appearances, and he’s hitting .185/.301/.389 with nine walks, five doubles, two homeruns, and 17 strikeouts. That’s a far cry from the .266/.382/.443 batting line he has had since his return. Extrapolating further, if you remove those games on travel dates, Wright is hitting .295/.410/.456.

Airplane travel has been known to exacerbate back injuries, especially lower back injuries. People can stiffen up and feel discomfort. While it is recommended that a person get up and move around on a flight to help lessen these issues, it’s difficult to do that after a nine inning game and your team is scheduled for an overnight flight. Aside from these issues, we don’t know what effects the travel has on Wright’s grueling training regiment.

It’s still a short sample size, but there is a correlation between flights and back discomfort. There’s also a correlation between the flights and Wright’s sluggish play. It’s something to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

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Left-Handed Pitching Is Not the Mets’ Kryptonite http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/left-handed-pitching-is-not-the-mets-kryptonite.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/left-handed-pitching-is-not-the-mets-kryptonite.html/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 17:21:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210936 madison bumgarner

Yesterday, the Mets faced a left-handed starter for just the third time this year. They have faced Adam ConleyBrandon Finnegan, and Madison Bumgarner. In addition, the Mets have faced lefty relievers here and there. Seemingly, the Mets have struggled against lefties.

On April 13th, Conley limited the Mets to four hits while allowing no earned runs and striking out nine over six innings. It should be noted that last year, Conley had similar success against a somewhat different Mets lineup. Last year, Conley pitched seven innings against the Mets allowing three hits, no runs, and six strikeouts.

On April 26th, Finnegan dominated the Mets over the first six innings.  In those six innings, he allowed three hits, no runs, and three strikeouts. The outing was very impressive until he was over extended in the seventh inning. In the seventh, he allowed a walk, a single, and a laser of homerun off the first pitch he threw to pinch hitter Yoenis Cespedes. Finnegan is a former first round pick and a well regarded prospect.

On May 1st, Bumgarner got the better of Noah Syndergaard and the Mets. Bumgarner allowed six hits, two earned, two walks, and nine strikeouts in 6.2 innings. This should surprise no one. Bumgarner is one of the absolute best pitchers in the game.  It can be argued he almost single-handedly won the 2014 World Series. You’re going to have bad days against Madison Bumgarner.

That’s the point. The Mets have faced some tough lefties. But you know what’s interesting?  The Mets have still hit lefties in general pretty well.

According to Baseball Reference, the Mets have hit .266/.339/.442 with a 118 OPS+ against lefties this year. Against righties, the Mets are hitting .254/.329/.448 with a 114 OPS+.  Looking over these numbers, the Mets are just as likely to hit LHP as they are RHP and in fact a notch better. It’s easy to lose sight of that after Madison Bumgarner, a lefty, pitched so well against the Mets.

So yes, the Mets have had some struggles against three pretty good left-handed starters. However, no one should read too much into those games. You can point to three different games this season when the Mets also struggled against three pretty good righties. Mets fans know better than anyone right now that good pitching is going to beat good hitting.

Overall, the Mets have a good offense. There’s no reason to believe based upon these three starts that the Mets can’t hit lefties. In fact, the stats show they can.

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Week Three Mets Pitching Review: Matz and Bastardo Shined Bright http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/week-three-mets-pitching-review-matz-and-bastardo-shined-bright.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/week-three-mets-pitching-review-matz-and-bastardo-shined-bright.html/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:11:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210194 steven matz day

A review of the latest turn through the Mets’ starting rotation:

Name Innings Hits Runs (Earned Runs) Strikeouts Walks ERA (Season) WHIP (Season)
Matt Harvey (0-3) 5.2 6 5(5) 4 3 5.71 1.56
Steven Matz (1-1) 7.0 3 0(0) 9 2 7.27 1.50
Noah Syndergaard (2-0) 7.0 5 1(1) 8 2 0.90 0.95
Logan Verrett (0-0) 6.0 6 0(0) 4 1 0.69 1.08
Bartolo Colon (1-1) 6.0 4 3(3) 4 1 2.89 1.07

Best Start: I seemingly could write about Thor here every week, especially after another outstanding performance. But this week, we should salute Steven Matz and a reminder why everyone was in on this local kid.

From ESPN/Associated Press – “He showed what he can do when he commands his pitches,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “He was outstanding.”

When the Stony Brook, NY native can control his 95-MPH fastball, mix in offspeed stuff and the occasional curve, he can put up similar numbers against any team in the league. In the recent past, he’s had trouble pitching out of the stretch. It was something noted by the Daily News’ Kristie Ackert in spring training, but against the Indians in the second inning, he pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam by getting former Met Juan Uribe to ground into a fielder’s choice.

He didn’t have much more trouble after that and I’m curious to see the next time he’s actually in a pressure situation. But if we can get anything resembling this going into the summer, we’ll be in great shape when Zack Wheeler returns.

Worst Start: What is wrong with the Dark Knight? I’ve listened to Howie Rose and Josh Lewin describe his last two starts, so Friday will be the first time I’ll actually get to see him pitch. But the numbers don’t lie – right now, he’s just not very good.

New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro writes about the four batters than ruined his latest start, one that started with him retiring the first 13 batters he faced. Then a walk to Carlos Santana and two batters later, Alejandro De Aza is watching a fly ball from Jose Ramirez go over his head.

“Just have to start over,” Harvey said after the Mets’ 7-5 loss. “Flush this and the last couple of games and keep my head down and keep going.”

But going where? There are no reports of injury issues, but the most glaring stat is his increased WHIP. In his first three professional seasons, Harvey amassed a career WHIP of 1.00 (333 hits +94 walks / 427 innings pitched). This year, he’s walked seven in just 17.1 innings, something he’s never been prone to do and his 1.56 WHIP is abnormally high.

“It’s early,” is a saying that can only be said for so long. At some point, the real Matt Harvey will need to stand up. Here’s hoping it’s this Friday against the Braves.

Best of the Bullpen: The nine men that have relieved for the Mets thus far have compiled a respectable 3.18 ERA with just 14 walks in 39.2 innings. Hansel Robles has a 1.35 ERA with a staff-high 11 strikeouts, but the best this week is Antonio Bastardo, who’s rebounded back from a shaky spring to retire 13 of the last 15 men he’s faced, including two shut down innings in last night’s extra-inning loss to the Phillies.

Next Big Thing: In three starts, Harvey has a career 2.75 ERA against the Braves with 21 strikeouts in 19.2 innings. Let’s hope he can set the table on Friday for the return of Jacob ‘New Daddy’ deGrom on Sunday.

Who do you think will have the better start – Harvey or deGrom?

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