Mets Merized Online » tim byrdak http://metsmerizedonline.com Sat, 13 Feb 2016 03:39:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.13 Mets Offseason Plan: First Things First, Considering Our Own Free Agents http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mets-offseason-plan-first-things-first-considering-our-own-free-agents.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mets-offseason-plan-first-things-first-considering-our-own-free-agents.html/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 17:53:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131190 latroy hawkins 2

In looking at the free-agent market, the New York Mets will first consider which of their own eight they might think of bringing back.

It isn’t an impressive list, but there are several the Mets might think of returning. If they don’t bring back they can always find their replacements in the market.

The filing period begins five days after the end of the World Series. Here’s the eight:

David Aardsma: He had some decent moments coming out of the bullpen, but nothing that screams, “we gotta have him back.’’ Aardsma was 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 43 appearances. He allowed 53 base runners in 39.2 innings, so we’re not exactly talking about a slam-the-door reliever. Walking 19 and giving up seven homers isn’t good for such a limited time.

Tim Byrdak: He worked 4.2 innings in eight appearances because he was coming off an injury. He pitched in 72 games two years ago, but was injured in 2012. Because of his health issues, he should come relatively cheaply and might be worth offering an incentives-laden deal. If he rejects it, the Mets haven’t lost anything.

Pedro Feliciano: He is far from “Perpetual Pedro’’ but after missing the past two seasons he did find his way into 25 games. It was too small a window to measure his effectiveness. He might be worth a shot, but the Mets must ask themselves, “can we live without him?’’ Chances are they’ll answer in the affirmative.

Frank Francisco: I mention him because he’s on the list, but there’s no way the Mets want him back. Frankly, I thought the only reason they brought him up at the end of the season was in the hope of finding a trading partner.

Aaron Harang: The Mets can pick up his option and since they are two short in the rotation, he’s somebody worth considering. He started four games for the Mets, and worked six innings in three of them. Harang struck out 26 in 23 innings, so there’s some hope there. On the flip side, he also gave up five homers among his nine runs. That he gave the Mets innings is what they should look at considering he’d be a back end of the rotation starter.

LaTroy Hawkins: He’s 40 and still throws in the mid-90s. When Bobby Parnell went down he assumed the closer role and saved 13 games. Parnell is not a certainty coming off neck surgery and constructing the bullpen is a must. Frankly, I’m not sure they would get much better in the free-agent market.

Daisuke Matsuzaka: He started seven games and went 3-3 and worked into the fifth inning is all but one game. He gave the Mets 38.2 innings when they needed it desperately. GM Sandy Alderson said he was pleased with what Matsuzaka gave them. Of the eight free agents, he’s probably the most likely to come back.

Johan Santana: He wants to pitch again and Alderson said he’d keep his mind open. He’s already received a pile of money from the Mets, and unless he accepts a minor league deal, I’d be reluctant considering his health situation.

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Mets Prospect Face-Off: Jack Leathersich vs. Jeff Walters http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mets-prospect-face-off-jack-leathersich-vs-jeff-walters.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mets-prospect-face-off-jack-leathersich-vs-jeff-walters.html/#comments Sun, 06 Oct 2013 21:45:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130810 Who do you think will make it to the big league bullpen first:

Jack Leathersich or Jeff Walters?

Here’s what some of our guys had to say:

John Bernhardt:

Jeff Walters had a breakout season for the B-Mets in Binghamton. Used exclusively in the closer’s role, Walters was lights out setting single season and career save marks for Binghamton. His 38 saves also led the Eastern League and was the second highest all-time saves total in the EL. It’s not just the numbers, but Walter’s stuff and his attitude on the mound that impressed. Walters has a fastball touching 96 miles per hour and a dirty breaking pitch. He’s also a bit older having finished a four year stay in college. You would think all that might add up to an accelerated path to the majors.

Leathersich, too, was brilliant during his summer time in Binghamton. 16.9 SO/9 innings, a 1.53 ERA and a reduction in his base-on-balls percentage earned him a call up to Las Vegas. That elevation was daunting for Leathersich. The young left-hander maintained a high strikeout rate (14.6/9), but he walked one batter per inning and his ERA ballooned to a ridiculous 7.76.

It is probably more than previous performance alone that will answer this question. The health of Bobby Parnell, the development of Vic Black, will LaTroy Hawkins be re-signed, what is the status of veteran lefties like Perpetual Pedro Feliciano, Tim Byrdak and the rehabbing Scott Rice? The resolution of those mysteries will probably make the difference.

With Parnell, Black, and Hawkins all eighth and closer right- handed options and more questions centered around the left-handed status of the Met bullpen with Leathersich a possible lefty to lefty one batter option I’ll make a weak prediction Leathersich gets the first look. Verdict: Leathersich

Cole Benz:

I’m going with Jack Leathersich over Jeff Walters. The first thing I think of when looking at relievers is strikeouts. I want a guy to come in and be lights out. Leathersich had 42 more K’s than Walters did in 2013. Leathersich also has 76 more over the course of his career with one less season under his belt than Walters. I’m not too worried about Leathersich’s stats at Las Vegas. If you look at the last time he was promoted mid-season, 2012, his stats ballooned while adjusting to another level. Verdict: Leathersich

Joe D:

This one’s easy for me and even though I’m one of the biggest Jack Leathersich fans there is, I’d have to take Jeff Walters over him right now. Leathersich still needs to work on his command before he can become a force in a major league bullpen. Meanwhile, Walters has the three things you want from a shutdown reliever; velocity, control, and swagger. This kid has nerves of steel and proved his mettle in Binghamton this year, smashing their all-time saves record while leading the EL in that department. It’s tough for batters to get around on him because he has such a deceptive delivery and he comes right after you. It’s probably why he’s only allowed three home runs in the last two years. That’s a pretty remarkable feat. Verdict: Walters

Satish Ram:

This is definitely the most difficult one posed to date — so let me try to break it down. Walters has the better control and composure on the mound, while Leathersich has the better natural stuff and is left-handed. Both men have deceptive deliveries and solid mechanics, so I guess it boils down to a matter of preference. Walters might be the better pitcher right now, but Leathersich has the higher ceiling and boasts an outstanding career K/9 of 15.2. Even if he can’t cut down on the walks completely, he might be able to dominate hitters for years to come. Verdict: Leathersich

Matt Musico:

There is no doubt for me that Leathersich’s ability is greater out of these two. However, when I think of a successful reliever, I think of a couple things — one is to make hitters swing and miss, and the other is to throw the ball over the plate. It drives a manager nuts when they go to the bullpen in a tight spot, and they watch him walk the first batter they face. With the lack of control Leathersich had in Las Vegas and the wonderful year Walters put together, I think Walters has the upper hand with regard to their immediate big league future. Jack won’t be far behind Jeff, but he needs to walk less than one hitter per inning in Vegas before he gets the call. Verdict: Walters

With five writers weighing in, Jack Leathersich wins a tight battle in this week’s face-off, taking three out of the five possible votes. Who do you think will make it to the big league bullpen first? Sound off in the comment section below.

(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)

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MMO Fan Shot: Haley Interviews Justin Turner http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mmo-fan-shot-haley-interviews-justin-turner.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/mmo-fan-shot-haley-interviews-justin-turner.html/#comments Fri, 04 Oct 2013 12:45:23 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130640 This latest Fan Shot comes from 12-year old Haley Smilow who has been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to interview several Major League Baseball Players over the last couple of years.  Her family began a quest in 2011 to visit all 30 ballparks and by the end of this summer they will have reached 22.

The following is a Q&A that Haley conducted with Mets utility infielder Justin Turner. I’m sure you’ll all agree she did a fantastic job. Enjoy…

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HALEY:  Do you have a favorite ballpark and why?

JUSTIN:  My favorite place to play is probably Camden Yards.  I came up there and the Baltimore Orioles were my first big league team so it was my home field.  It is just beautiful park and the warehouse in left field is incredible.

HALEY:  Who has the best Hot Dogs? Cincinnati Kahn’s Hot Dogs, Baltimore Esskay Hot Dog or New York Nathan’s Hot Dogs?

JUSTIN:  I actually got to try a Nathan’s hot dog last year and it was pretty good.  It lived up to the hype so I am going to have to go with Nathan’s.

HALEY:  What is your favorite restaurant in New York

JUSTIN:  In New York it would have to be STK Steakhouse, I got to meet one of the general managers there and he takes good care of me so I go in and get a big fat steak.  They also have these really good cheeseburger sliders.

HALEY:  And in Southern California?

JUSTIN:  When I am back home, I grew up going to a little Mexican Restaurant called Mi Casa and every Friday night my mom, and my dad and sister would go in there and have some extended family come in so its kind of a little tradition we have so it probably my favorite place to eat.

HALEY:  What was it like growing up in California?

JUSTIN:  Sunny!  Always had good weather.   So the best thing was getting to be outside and playing with my friends year round.  We used to ride are bikes everywhere, playing wiffelball, football, baseball, pretty active, I was always outside.

HALEY:  Who is the biggest practical joker you have ever been on a team with?

JUSTIN:  That’s a tough one.  I’ve had some good ones.  I had a pitching coach with Cincinnati Reds named Teddy Power he was pretty good. Fellow Met, Tim Byrdak as well, I wouldn’t call him a practical joker but he is full of little things that make everyone laugh.

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HALEY:  Have you ever been the victim of one of his practical jokes?

JUSTIN:  Yeah I have been couple of times.  Guys putting bubble gum around the top of a cup of water and sticking it to the roof of the dug out right above my head and after about 15 seconds it falls down on top of my head.

HALEY:  Have you gotten them back?

JUSTIN:  Laughing, yeah I got him back, but I am not going to bring up how but I definitely got them back.

HALEY:  Do you have any other favorite sports besides Baseball?

JUSTIN:  Ah, I am sports fanatic I kinda like everything.  I wouldn’t call it a favorite, but I love going to Hockey games during the off-season and basketball, I’m a Lakers fan, and football.  I like the Dolphins; the last couple of years I have made a trip down to Miami to watch them.

HALEY:  Do you have any rituals or superstitions before and during a game?

JUSTIN:  Before the game I go through the same routine.  I stretch out.  I always go out 15 minutes before game time.  I always like to have a ball after I play catch and throw it to a kid in the stands.  During the game, I always take a cup of water and I only drink half of it and throw the other half out.  I never drink the full cup and I don’t know why I do it.  It’s something I’ve always done I drink half, throw out the other half and then spin the cup and try to make it land standing up

HALEY:  Other than winning the 2004 College World Series what other accomplishments are you proud of?

JUSTIN:  Playing in the major leagues.  That’s something that I’ve always dreamed of.  In 2009 when the Orioles called me up and I got to play my first game at Fenway Park.

HALEY:  Last year you played all over the infield, what is your role with the Mets so far this season.

JUSTIN:  That’s hard to say right now.  We have a couple of guys that are a little banged up right now and if they are healthy then I’ll probably end up being a role guy.  I added a first baseman’s glove to my collection, last year so hopefully I’ll get to play first base again this year, but wherever Terry (Collins) needs me to do, whatever it is, I’ll go out there and do my best.

HALEY:  How many sets of uniforms do the Mets organization gives you?  And do you wash them yourself?  

JUSTIN:  Uh let’s see.  Last year we had our pin stripes, our white home jerseys, our grey uniforms, our black uniforms, and then the blue Los Mets, so that makes five.  NO, I don’t wash them they do that for us, so I try to get them as dirty as possible since I don’t have to wash it myself (laughs).

HALEY:  What types of community service or charity work are you involved in?

JUSTIN:  Throughout the season, we go out and do lots of stuff.  We go to schools and fire departments that the Mets set up for us.  During the off season, I have a couple of little cousins that play little league and I go out and help them and work out with the kids up there.  I really have fun with them and really enjoy it.  I think they really like it too.

HALEY:  If you were not playing baseball, what else could you see yourself doing?

JUSTIN:  I don’t know.  I think the only other thing I’m decent at is tweeting, so hopefully by the time I am done playing they’ll have a professional tweeting job.

HALEY:  I read you played winter ball in the Dominican Republic in 2010 what was that like?

JUSTIN:  I loved it down there, I got called down by Ken Oberkfell who was the Mets bench coach in 2011 and he was the manager and he asked me to come play with him and I had an absolute blast.

HALEY:  Who did you play with down in the Dominican Republic?

JUSTIN:  I played with guys like Andy Dirks from the Tigers, Wilkin Castillo from the Dodgers, Marcos Mateo from the Cubs, Peter Bourjos from the Angels, there was all types of guys down there.

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HALEY:  Somewhere I read you said that your father was your greatest influence.  What baseball players or coaches do you think most influenced you?

JUSTIN:  Two of the biggest influences other then my dad were my college coaches.  Coach George Horton he was the head coach at Cal State Fullerton.  I played under him for all four years and he basically taught me everything I could possibly know about the game of baseball and was super detailed about everything.  The other was his assistant coach Rick Vanderhook who is now the coach for Fullerton. He is actually like an uncle to me I grew up with him and is one of my dad’s best friends.  He gave me the opportunity as a kid to hang around Fullerton and be a batboy for the team.  I was constantly around baseball.  I have to give them a lot of credit.

HALEY:  When you were in the minors, who were some of your different roommates?

JUSTIN:  My favorite roommate in all minor league baseball was a kid named Tony Esquer. 

HALEY:  Where is he now?

JUSTIN:  He is back at home he is done playing, but I have never met or been around someone who could make me laugh so hard. He was always joking around, pulling little jokes.  We would be trying to go to sleep and he would be sneaking around messing with me trying to make me think there was a ghost in the room or something like that.  He was one of the funniest guys I have ever roomed with.

HALEY:  I have heard you are active on twitter, do you think it is a good way to interact with your fans?

JUSTIN:  Absolutely, I love being on twitter.  I have over 34,000 followers now most of them are all New York fans.  I get asked all kinds of questions every day and it is a great opportunity to interact with them.   It gives fans/followers a little more insight about what’s going on over here with the Mets and me.

HALEY:  What is your twitter name?

JUSTIN: @redturn2 

HALEY:  How did you decide on that name?

JUSTIN:  Red because of my hair, turn because my last name is Turner so I shorted it and 2 because I play second base and turn double plays, also because I wear #2.

HALEY:  What did you do this year during the off-season?

JUSTIN:  I just relaxed and took some vacations.  Mostly I relaxed and worked out to stay in shape for the new season.

HALEY:  What advice would you give to young players?

JUSTIN:  Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do it.  I was never the biggest, tallest, strongest or fastest guy but I always worked hard.  I always appreciated and loved the game.   Everyone always told me I wasn’t going to make it but if you believe in yourself, keep working and practicing you can make it.

HALEY:  Please tell all your fans how you want to be remembered?

JUSTIN:  I don’t know I just like to have fun and enjoy the game.   I play hard and respect the game.  So hopefully I can maintain that and have a long career and hopefully I am known as a class act.

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This Fan Shot was contributed by MMO reader, Haley Smilow. Have something you want to say about the Mets? Share your opinions with over 22,000 Mets fans who read this site daily. Send your Fan Shot to GetMetsmerized@aol.com. Or ask us about becoming a regular contributor.

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Choo Gotta Be Kiddin’ Me… Mets Seeing Red After 3-2 Walkoff Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/choo-gotta-be-kiddin-me-mets-seeing-red-after-3-2-walkoff-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/choo-gotta-be-kiddin-me-mets-seeing-red-after-3-2-walkoff-loss.html/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 03:40:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129918 shin-soo choo

DEEP ENOUGH… CHOO WINS IT FOR REDS…

Aaron Harang went six strong and Duda had a day, but it was not enough as the Reds edged the Amazin’s 3-2.

The Reds struck first when (future Met?????) Shin-Soo Choo hit a grounder right back up the middle to bring around Todd Frazier. Harang then issued consecutive walks, plating Ryan Hanigan and giving the Reds a 2-0 lead.

The Mets hit right back in the third when Lucas Duda plated Harang on a sac fly. Duda made himself known again in the sixth, when he smacked his fifteenth homer of the year over the right field fence.

Harang settled in after the second, allowing just one more hit through the next four frames. He was pulled after the sixth with a great line: 6 IP, 5H, 2ER, 6BB, 1K. He battled with his command, but pushed through and actually had a really solid day.

Gonzalez Germen relieved Harang and pitched two/thirds of the seventh, and Pedro Feliciano capped off the scoreless frame.

The Mets threatened in the eighth after getting the two leadoff men on, but to no avail. After David Wright K’d looking, Lucas Duda grounded into a double play and in the blink of an eye the threat was ended.

Then it was the Reds’ turn. After a two-out single by Hanigan, stolen-base machine Billy Hamilton worked his magic and was in scoring position just like that (how do you screw up a pitchout?). However, Frank Francisco got his strikeout and it was on to the ninth.

After Aroldis Chapman made quick work of the Amazins in the top, Tim Byrdak was on to shut down the Reds in the ninth. He didn’t last long. Shin-Soo Choo smacked a double to the gap, and Byrdak was done. Aardsma was on to relieve him, but on his first pitch Choo swiped third on after Travis d’Arnaud‘s questionable throw to second base.

After the bases quickly loaded up, Aardsma really bore down and the game was off to extra innings.

The Mets offered another quiet top half, and Greg Burke was on for the bottom of the tenth. After he allowed a few seeing-eye hits, his night was done as he left runners on the corners for Sean Henn.

Henn only lasted two pitches; Choo blasted a ball to left-center and the game was over. It was the Mets’ 72nd loss of the year.

The series continues tomorrow at 7:10, when Jon Niese faces off against Mike Leake.

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Tim Byrdak Had Some Fun With Autograph Seekers Sunday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/exclusive-tim-byrdak-had-some-fun-with-autograph-hopefuls-sunday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/exclusive-tim-byrdak-had-some-fun-with-autograph-hopefuls-sunday.html/#comments Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:50:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129374 Photo By Clayton Collier

Mets reliever Tim Byrdak has been known for his antics. From Little Jerry the Chicken to the spring training Hulk Hogan, the 39-year old always finds a way to keep the mood light.

Sunday at Citi Field, prior to the Amazin’s series finale and eventual 12th inning walk-off win, Byrdak was headed to the clubhouse after batting practice. As he walked down the right field line, a number of young autograph seekers beckoned his name.

Most ballplayers will either put their head down and trot into the tunnel or silently sign and depart; but not Byrdak. Approaching the dugout, Byrdak gazes upon an assembling crowd through his sunglasses with his hands on his hips.

“Alright,” said Byrdak, holding up four fingers as he leans on the railing. “I’m only going to sign four autographs. Hmmm.”

He inspects the line of 11,12,13 and 14-year olds, then pointing at each one individually.

“No, no, no, no, no and no… Okay see ya!” He says with a grin.

Byrdak then proceeds to ask each of the kids their age, then based on their age asks them trivia questions, and whoever got it correct won an autograph. Ranging from state capitals to movie references, Byrdak entertained the fans with an unorthodox and fun way of obtaining autographs.

After his “four” were up, he proceeded to sign for everyone else who was not fortunate enough to be asked a trivia question.

When I asked if he does this every time he signs, he replied “Ah, every once in a while.”

Byrdak provided a laughter-filled experience with all involved and it was refreshing to see a major league ballplayer interact with fans in such a way.

(Photo credit: Clayton Collier)

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September 1st… It’s That Time Of The Year Again… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/september-1st-its-that-time-of-the-year-again.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/september-1st-its-that-time-of-the-year-again.html/#comments Sun, 01 Sep 2013 14:17:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128334 baseball autumn leaves fall

The morrow was a bright September morn;
The earth was beautiful as if newborn;
There was nameless splendor everywhere,
That wild exhilaration in the air,
Which makes the passers in the city street
Congratulate each other as they meet.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Good morning everyone…

A few notes as we turn the calendar page from August to September and rosters officially expand. We shouldn’t expect many moves considering most of the player that would have been promoted today, have already been with the Mets a month or longer. Joining Matt den Dekker, Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores will be lefthanded reliever Tim Byrdak and corner infielder Zach Lutz.

Byrdak has essentially been rehabbing his left shoulder ever since he had torn capsular surgery last year. He was re-signed in the offseason with the hope he would be ready by May or June, but that never happened. The lefty specialist has made 21 appearances while rehabbing for three different levels including Triple-A Las Vegas. Overall he has a 1.26 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 21.1 innings pitched.

Lutz on the other hand, is another one of those corner infielders who can get on base, but lacks the kind of power you want from someone his size. He might also be one of the slowest runners in the entire system. (Yes, slower than John Olerud) I don’t expect him to get more than 8-10 at-bats while he’s here, as the Mets’ first priority will be finding out where Josh Satin, Wilmer Flores and Lucas Duda fit it. Lutz, 27, was batting .293 with a .377 OBP, 13 home runs and 80 RBI in 399 at-bats with the 51s.

The player I’m most excited to see is righthanded reliever Vic Black, the Pirates’ prospect we received in the Byrd/Buck deal. After learning how hard this kid can throw, I hope Collins gives him plenty of work so we can all see how he may fit into our bullpen next season.

As Connor wrote earlier this week, he got his first taste as a closer last season with Altoona in the Eastern League, where he finished 38 games (including 13 saves), while posting a 1.65 ERA in 60 innings. Even more impressive were his 85 strikeouts (12.8 K/9). This season in 46.2 innings, he has a 2.51 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 17 saves.

The highly-regarded Black, was ranked 16th best prospect in the Pittsburgh system by Jonathan Mayo and 15th by John Sickels. He has an electric fastball that has been clocked at times over 100 miles per hour and a slider that can touch 90 on the gun. I’m really looking forward to this…

Speaking of relievers, the Mets have demoted Robert Carson to Triple-A Las Vegas. The lefty reliever suffered from a sever case of homer-itis during his stint in the majors, and it was apparent that he wasn’t fooling anybody. In 19.2 innings pitched, Carson allowed 21 hits including nine home runs for a whopping 8.24 ERA.

Given the abundance of quality relief options now on the Mets and taking into consideration the many more who are on the way in the minors, I don’t see Carson getting another opportunity with the Mets. I suspect he will be removed from the 40 man roster before the Rule 5 Draft and another team will give him a fresh chance.

Finally, it looks as though Bobby Parnell is done for the season. The 28 year old closer was having the best season of his career until he was felled by a herniated disc in his neck. While it has yet to be determined whether he will undergo surgery, Parnell recently told reporters that he was confident he would be able to avoid it. Either way, he should be ready for next Spring… and that’s a good thing…

Carry on…

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Leathersich Now Has 48 Ks In 25.1 Innings Pitched http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/leathersich-now-has-48-ks-in-25-1-innings-pitched.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/leathersich-now-has-48-ks-in-25-1-innings-pitched.html/#comments Sat, 01 Jun 2013 03:09:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120458 Updated by Joe D. at 10:45 PM

Jack Leathersich is freaking unbelievable. He just struck out the side tonight in the ninth inning for Binghamton. His last nine outs have all been Ks and he now has 27 strikeouts in his last 12 innings pitched. For the season, Leathersich has 48 strikeouts in 25.1 innings pitched.

Back in January I compared him to Billy Wagner in an interview I did with him. He laughed and thought I was being too kind. Was I?

The league is batting just .167 against him.

See you later this season at Citi, Jack…. Just like I told you five months ago… :-)

Original Post 12:00 PM

Adam Rubin hosted a chat today at 12pm EST on ESPN New York, answering fan questions on everything involving our beloved New York Mets. One question posed by a fan asked Rubin when the Mets would consider promoting hard-throwing southpaw reliever, Jack Leathersich.

The lefty is currently in Double-A with the Binghamton Mets, and is tearing up opposing hitters through 18 appearances this season. He’s 1-0 with a 1.48 ERA, 45 strikeouts, and 13 walks in 24.1 innings pitched.

Coming into this season, it looked like the Mets were set in the left-handed reliever department, but things haven’t played out exactly how they were hoping. Veteran Scott Rice (3-3, 3.16 ERA in 30 appearances) has been doing a stellar job, but Josh Edgin (9.64 ERA in 11 games) is currently in Triple-A trying to work through his issues, and Robert Carson (9.45 ERA in nine games) hasn’t done a much better job.

Their lack of production has made the Mets thin at that position; Pedro Feliciano is still battling food poisoning, while Tim Byrdak isn’t expected to be available until at least around the All-Star break. Terry Collins has been using Rice just about every day, as he’s leading the majors in appearances. To take some of the burden off Rice’s left wing, it would make sense to have a second lefty in the ‘pen Collins has faith in using for big spots. Leathersich has been using his velocity to get strikeouts with the B-Mets, striking out 27 hitters in his last 13.1 innings pitched.

In response to the question, Rubin wouldn’t rule out seeing the southpaw eventually make his way to Flushing in 2013, as that was his prediction during spring training a couple months ago. However, he said we shouldn’t be hoping to see him at Citi Field until the organization at least promotes him to Triple-A Las Vegas first.

When do you think we’ll see Jack Leathersich in the majors?

(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)

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Mets Have Made A Theme Of Losing In “Wild” Fashion http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-have-made-a-theme-of-losing-in-wild-fashion.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-have-made-a-theme-of-losing-in-wild-fashion.html/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 14:00:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=116994 brandon-lyon juan-pierre

Despite the incredible effort by Jeremy Hefner on Tuesday night, the Mets were unable to get just three more outs as a ninth inning meltdown capped off by a Brandon Lyon wild pitch handed the Marlins their second straight walk-off victory against the Amazin’s and their first series win of the season.

Surprisingly enough, the Mets have become quite used to the demoralizing oddity known as the walk-off wild pitch. In fact, last night was the third time in four seasons that Flushing’s Finest have allowed the game-winning run to score on a pitch to the backstop.

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On May 14 of the 2010 season, Johan Santana was on the mound in a premiere matchup with then-Marlins ace Josh Johnson. Santana went seven innings allowing just one unearned run on six hits and seven strikeouts. He left for a pinch-hitter with the game tied at one. After pitching a scoreless eighth, reliever Fernando Nieve took the hill to pitch a perfect ninth to send the game into extra innings. After getting Jorge Cantu to fly to left for the first out of the tenth, Nieve walked Cody Ross and quickly allowed a Ronny Paulino single to put Ross at third. Then on the first pitch to Dan Uggla, Nieve bounced it to the plate past Rod Barajas as Ross raced home to win it for the Marlins. The walk-off wild pitch would be the first victory for the Fish in what would be a four game sweep of the Mets.

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Fast forward two years to July of 2012… Jon Niese is having a heck of a game against the Nationals Ross Detwiler. They both exit after seven, Niese surrendering one run and punching out eight, Detwiler spotless, giving the Nats a 1-0 advantage. They would go up 2-0 after a Steve Lombardozzi RBI double. Comes the top of the ninth, the Mets put up a three spot to go ahead 3-2. However the lead would be short lived as Bobby Parnell would blow the save, allowing the Nats to tie it and send it to extra innings. Josh Thole doubled to drive in Daniel Murphy and give the Amazin’s their second lead in as many innings. Tim Byrdak came on to close out the tenth and after a game tying, RBI triple to the rookie sensation Bryce Harper, he walked the bases loaded and was lifted for Pedro Beato. Beato, on a 1-2 pitch to Tyler Moore, threw a breaking ball that went right past Josh Thole, allowing Ryan Zimmerman to slide home and win it for the Nats by a score of 5-4.

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Then we have last night. A suddenly hot Jeremy Hefner came in to finish off a shutout, and came away with a loss as both the tying and go-ahead runs were charged to the 27-year old despite a meltdown by Brandon Lyon capped off by a wild pitch of his own that bounced off the glove of Anthony Recker and ricocheted towards the home dugout.

Before this recent stretch, the last time the Mets lost a ballgame on a walk-off wild pitch dates back all the way to 1981 when Mike Marshall let one fly at Houston. You have to go all the way back to the beginning of the Reagan administration for that one! Meanwhile all three of these most recent “wild” endings have occurred under the same commander in chief

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Not a theme the Mets would like to continue, however with the quality–or lack there of–of arms they continue to acquire for the ‘pen, what can you expect? Sure Brandon Lyon is supposed to be a solid set-up man, however that hasn’t been the case up to this point. You get what you pay for; you get out of it what you put in. When you don’t go and add significant arms for innings seven through nine and beyond, losses such as those mentioned above are going to happen.

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Mets Fans Suffering From Bargain Bin Boredom http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/11/mets-fans-suffering-from-bargain-bin-boredom.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/11/mets-fans-suffering-from-bargain-bin-boredom.html/#comments Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:00:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=101570 As winter creeps onto the landscape and the offseason crawls along, its becoming apparent that the sweeping changes that were promised by Mets GM, Sandy Alderson, are likely to be held off another year.  Instead of renovating the roster to resemble that of a organization poised for a resurgence, the Mets remain in a holding pattern.  The team’s front office had declared the World Series, then the Thanksgiving holiday and now the start of the winter meetings as dates for clarity on the futures of RA Dickey and David Wright.  The first two dates have come and gone, with the latter quickly approaching, and yet we still wait.  That appears to be what we do best around here these days…Wait.

Speaking as someone who was content with the idea that it took more than a season to screw this franchise up and that it will take more than a season to fix the mistakes of those that came before him, I tolerated the notion that 2014 might be the year the Mets find themselves back on the map.  So, I waited.  Waited for what, I’m not exactly sure, but I’m pretty sure I expected the framework for such a rebuild in place a mere season away from the self-imposed rebuilding deadline.  For sure, the team would need at least a season to mesh, right?  And still, I wait.

I think I’ve gotten to the point that I’m actually bored with what going on here.  Quite frankly, I don’t care what the team’s financial situation.  Furthermore, the methodical approach of Sandy Alderson seems to do nothing but make the agony of knowing there is little immediate hope on the horizon even worse.  You see there is nothing wrong with signing low risk, high reward players like Tim Byrdak to minor league contracts.  In fact, its good baseball sense.  However, these are not the signings necessary to put the chips in place for a rebuild.

To be perfectly honest, resigning David Wright and RA Dickey only maintains the organization’s current position of limbo.  These are the players that the front office should build around, but even their future is in doubt.  If we’re lucky enough to ink them to long-term deals, I fear that the players filled in around them will simply maintain the status quo.  Two months ago it was unfathomable that fifth outfielder, Andres Torres, might occupy a roster spot next season.  Now it appears borderline likely.  Simply put, scratching the bottom of the bargain bin has become tiresome.

As another spring training draws near, the blueprint for success is no clearer today than it was two years ago.  Addition by subtraction has replaced the big market mindset brought to you by Omar Minaya and Bernie Madoff.  Whether you blame poor investing, poor free agent signings, or even poor player development, the Mets schtick just seems stale at this point.  Resigning Wright and Dickey may pacify some fans, but it will be the players brought in around them that will inspire the imaginations of the masses.  They don’t have to be nine-figure players, but the Ronnie Cedenos of the world just aren’t going to get it done.

I’m bored Sandy Alderson.  Give me a reason to get excited, a reason to look forward to the future, hell.. give me a reason to come to the ballpark.  Show fans that this organization is still interested in winning.  Enough with the stopgaps.  Lets build something worth the our time..and our money.

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Mets Swept Away By Nationals 5-2 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/07/mets-swept-away-by-nationals-5-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/07/mets-swept-away-by-nationals-5-2.html/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2012 02:53:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=90107

Jeremy Hefner started off the game rough, and the offense was stifled on the whole by Stephen Strasburg in their sixth loss in a row, 5-2 to the Nationals.

Game Recap

Jeremy Hefner, filling in the rotation in the spot vacated by the designation of Miguel Batista was hit hard in the early innings, giving up back to back solo home runs in the second. Hefner settled down, and after a Josh Thole error, Hefner allowed the third run of the game. Hefner’s final line was six innings pitched, with three runs (two earned) on six hits, walking two and striking out seven. While this isn’t horrible, Hefner got himself into tricky situations and was forced to make pitches in hitters counts.

The bullpen today continued its inability to hold the fort down, with Tim Byrdak going two-thirds of an inning, allowing two runs on one hit with one walk. The homer was given up to a lefty, and if this is a product of overuse or just Byrdak being off his game is yet to be seen. Jon Rauch pitched one-third of an inning with nothing allowed, and Elvin Ramirez pitched the last two innings, walking one and striking out one.

Offensively, the Mets struggled off of Stephen Strasburg, netting four hits on the entire day, including an Ike Davis solo home run. Jordany Valdespin plated a run on an RBI groundout. The hitters have struggled the last few days, barely making solid contact in addition to playing poor defense.

GOAT: Tim Byrdak – as the LOOGY, it is the primary objective to get out lefty hitters. When you allow a two-run homer in the seventh inning when down by two with an ace on the mound for the other team, it is not acceptable.

Game Notes: David Wright was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, being befuddled by Nationals pitchers all day. Ike Davis hit his 16th home run on the season, making him the team leader and taking a turn after a horrible April and May. Frank Francisco had his first rehab outing today for Binghamton, and didn’t look great but will be shaking the rust off in the next few outings. The Mets will begin a road trip tomorrow, sending heralded prospect Matt Harvey to the mound in his first Major League start against the Diamondbacks, opposing Wade Miley. Game time is 9:40 P.M.

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Bullpen’s A Dud, Mets Lose 9-2 To Phillies http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/07/bullpens-a-dud-mets-lose-9-2-to-phillies.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/07/bullpens-a-dud-mets-lose-9-2-to-phillies.html/#comments Wed, 04 Jul 2012 19:56:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=87687

Chris Young had a good outing but ran out of steam in the seventh, and the bullpen faltered in the 9-2 loss against the Phillies

Game Recap

Chris Young went to the mound and has kept with the theme of quality outings, going seven innings allowing  three runs on five hits while striking out three and walking none with all of his runs allowed in the seventh inning. Chris gave up two big home runs back-to-back, and the issues as mentioned on the SNY broadcast is that Chris doesn’t seem to tire as much as his repertoire becomes predictable. The only concerns with Chris Young are durability and exactly how many innings is Chris Young good for per start.

The bullpen received some work today, with Miguel Batista coming out for the eighth inning to face one batter, and gave up a hit and a run. Tim Byrdak relieved him and gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning on one hit while walking one. Jeremy Hefner came out to do the heavy lifting, giving up three runs on five hits in one and one-third innings including a home run.

The pen has been horrible. Outside of Francisco or Parnell, the Mets do not have another pitcher they can rely on in a situation of any leverage to get a key out, less in fact a strikeout.

On offense, the Mets hitters were fooled by Phillies starter Cliff Lee for most of the game, minus a Scott Hairston solo home run and a sixth inning that saw a series of singles capped off with a David Wright RBI single. After that, the offense was victimized by Cliff Lee and called third strikes on the day.

Game Notes

Mets one through six hitters each had one hit, with Andres Torres and Mike Nickeas both struggling. Torres struggles have been noted, but with the recent development of Kirk Nieuwenhuis and his hand possibly sending him to the DL, he looks to be the starting center fielder for the foreseeable future.

Ruben Tejada went 2 for 4, continuing his hot hitting since his return from the DL. Ruben’s average on the season is now at .331.

Miguel Batista ended June with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Beato-watch 2012 looks like: after the ASB.

Jordanny Valdespin was called up and took the place of LHP Justin Hampson. Whether this is a precursor to a possible DL stint for Kirk or just to avoid playing with a short bench will be decided.

Turning Point

When the bullpen surrendered six more runs. In only two innings of work.

On Deck

The Mets will look to win the series tomorrow, sending all-star pitcher R.A. Dickey (12-1, 2.15) to the mound to face-off against the Phillies and Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.08). Game time is 7:10 P.M.

 

 

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Ranking The Mets Bullpen http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/ranking-the-mets-bullpen.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/ranking-the-mets-bullpen.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:48:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=86654

No, this isn’t another post telling you that the Mets have the worst bullpen in baseball, No need to rehash all that again and again. Instead lets talk about solutions.

Yesterday we read that Padres closer Huston Street will be one of the players expected to be on the market as the trade deadline nears. There’s no doubt that Street will significantly help any team in search for some late inning relief and apparently all one needs to do is take on his salary and throw the Pads a bone or two. Street is owed about $4 million for the rest of this year and the team holds a $9 million dollar option for 2013. He’s definitely worth looking into and hey, would the Padres have any interest in Jenrry Mejia or Darin Gorski? You won’t know unless you ask.

Yesterday I saw a cool piece on ESPN New York by Eric Simon and Matt Meyers who took turns ranking the current relievers in the Mets bullpen.

Rank the Mets relievers in terms of importance.

Meyers: Starting from the top, I’ll go Bobby Parnell, Frank Francisco, Ramon Ramirez, Tim Byrdak, Jon Rauch. Call me crazy, but I think Parnell, who has always had bad luck on balls in play, is the best reliever the Mets have, and Terry Collins should use him as much as possible. Ramirez is also key because of his changeup, and when he’s on (like he was in 2011), he can shut down righties and lefties. I’m of the mind that the Mets bullpen is better than it appears, but the team really needs Ramirez to come around.

Simon: I’ll disagree with the first half of your last sentence, and tweak your ranking slightly. I’m good with rating Parnell and Francisco one-two, but I’d rate Byrdak third-most important, and newcomer Justin Hampson fourth, ahead of Rauch and Ramirez. I think what you saw in the Yankees series was the value that one team got from having two effective lefty relievers and the value another team (the Mets) lost by having only one.

I was actually a little stoked when I saw Simon rank Justin Hampson so high and I gotta tell ya, I agree with him. I’ve seen enough of Jon Rauch this season to realize that last season wasn’t just an off year for him. Instead it was an indication that his career was in steep decline and most of the important metrics backed that up.

Tim Byrdak is what he is and these days every team needs a LOOGY who can come in and neutralize a tough lefty batter late in the game. Byrdak does his job extremely well, but lets face it, he’s a one-batter (maybe two-batter) reliever at best.

Ramon Ramirez? What a disappointment. I loved that deal. That said, I’m not giving up on him just yet.

Bobby Parnell is an enigma. Such incredible metrics and such disastrous results when called upon to close out a game. How can someone who looks so good on paper perform so badly in the ninth? Maybe there’s something to this clutch thing? Nah.

So here’s my bullpen rankings:

1. Frank Francisco – I only counted three closers with more saves.

2. Bobby Parnell – Stop over-thinking everything and just pitch.

3. Tim Byrdak – He is what he is and get’s it done.

4. Justin Hampson – We got a live one here.

5. Ramon Ramirez – You’re killing me dude.

6. Jon Rauch – Face it dude, love the tats, but you’re in steep decline.

7. Miguel Batista – Why he gets called on in late innings is still a mystery to me.

Care to play along?

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Mets Fall To Nats 5-3 For Third Straight Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/mets-fall-to-nats-5-3-for-third-straight-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/mets-fall-to-nats-5-3-for-third-straight-loss.html/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2012 11:46:22 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=84110 Jeremy Hefner didn’t have his best outing of the season, but was victimized by a home run and some defensive errors and the Mets offense struggled against the Nationals in their 5-3 loss on Wednesday

Game Recap

Jeremy Hefner coming off of his last outing couldn’t duplicate the same level of success today against Washington. Hefner went six innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits, walking one and striking out three. The aforementioned home run came off of the bat of Adam Laroche, and one of the runners on base was thanks to a Daniel Murphy error. While not a poor outing from Hefner, it just wasn’t as stellar as his last outing.

The bullpen was forced into some work today, and received two-thirds of an inning from Tim Byrdak, allowing a run on one hit, while walking one. Miguel Batista came out for the last inning and one-third, and allowed one hit and one strikeout while walking two. With the much welcomed news that Pedro Beato was called up, hopefully the Mets pen will not have as much heavy-lifting tomorrow as they did today.

Offensively, the Mets managed three runs on three hits the entire game, drawing five walks. Ike Davis was the only Mets player with an extra base hit. When a team manages three hits, but does score three runs it is a curious situation. Runs scored on a Kirk Nieuwenhuis RBI single in the third, an RBI groundout by Lucas Duda in the fourth and a Omar Quintinilla RBI groundout in the seventh.

Game Notes

Daniel Murphy continued his struggles both offensively and defensively, going 0 for 4 today with a strikeout, and making two more fielding errors. As the SNY broadcast mentioned, he seems to be losing focus during the transfer, and that is if he gets passed the actual catch

Josh Satin was designated for assignment to make room for Pedro Beato, while Chris Young was placed on paternity leave to allow Jason Bay to be on the roster. Once Young returns, it seems likely either Vinny Rottino or Jordany Valdespin would be heading down.

Ike Davis went 1 for 2 with two walks, a double and a run scored. By Ike’s recent standards, this is a good game.

Tim Byrdak is at 33 Games played this season – we have yet to reach the All-Star Break

No Player Of The Game today, with the second straight ugly day of baseball who honestly performed to deserve it?

On Deck

The Mets will look to salvage a game from this series, sending RHP R.A. Dickey (8-1, 2.69)to the mound to face off against the Nats and RHP Chien-Ming Wang (1-1, 6.43) at 1:05 P.M.

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Wild Game, Bullpen Blows It In 7-6 Loss In Extras To Nationals http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/wild-game-bullpen-blows-it-in-7-6-loss-in-extras-to-nationals.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/wild-game-bullpen-blows-it-in-7-6-loss-in-extras-to-nationals.html/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 03:22:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=84037

Chris Young looked good in his first start since May of 2011, but a comedy of errors lead to a thrilling game that was decided in the twelfth in the Mets 7-6 loss.

Game Recap

Chris Young coming back to the Mets in his first start in over a year pitched admirably, going five innings while giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits, walking one and striking out two. Young consistently coaxed weak contact, and was only victimized in the fifth inning, when a serious of mistakes that ended in an Omar Quintilla throwing error lead to an unearned run. Young maintained the velocity he had pre-operation, pitching around 84-86 MPH with his fastball. The key factor to remember with Young is that it isn’t about velocity, but it is about location and sequencing.

With the short bullpen today due to Jon Rauch getting a few days off and the Mets going with a six man rotation, Miguel Batista fresh off his DL stint came out and pitched two very effective innings, allowing no hits while walking one and striking out two. Tim Byrdak came out for one-third of an inning, and allowed one hit. Byrdak just barely missed getting a double-play, but the transition was fumbled by Murphy and only turned into one out. Frank Francisco came out for a five-out save and after getting one out, gave up an RBI single that was charged to Tim Byrdak to tie the game in the eighth. Francisco pitched a solid ninth after blowing the save, getting two strikeouts and allowing one hit. His final line would read one and two-third innings, allowing two hits and striking out two. Bobby Parnell came out in the tenth to save the game, and his defense was very unkind to him. Parnell gave up an unearned run, allowing a hit and a walk, striking out two. Elvin Ramirez came in and after allowing a leadoff walk, struck out the next three hitters. Ramirez had much more trouble in the twelfth, giving up two doubles including one for an RBI, a wild pitch and a walk-off RBI single.

The Mets offense was quiet until the sixth inning, when Jordany Valdespin had his third hit of the season, which was also his second pinch-hit home run on the season. David Wright hit his seventh home run of the season shortly after, bringing the Mets to within one run. Andres Torres hit a two-RBI triple in the eighth to put the Mets ahead. Scott Hairston got a leadoff single in the tenth, stole second, advanced to third on an out and scored on a wild-pitch. Scott Hairston would come through with another heroic blast in the eleventh inning.

Game Changing Moment: Elvin Ramirez losing any effectiveness in the twelfth inning.

Player Of The Game: Scott Hairston, coming through in a huge way today going 2 for 2 with three runs, a home run and a stolen base. Scott had his best performance as a Mets player today.

On Deck

The Mets will continue the series against the Nationals tomorrow at 7:05, and will send RHP Jeremy Hefner (1-2, 5.60) to the mound against RHP Edwin Jackson (1-3, 3.17).

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MMO Player Of The Week: David Wright http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/mmo-player-of-the-week-david-wright-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/mmo-player-of-the-week-david-wright-3.html/#comments Mon, 21 May 2012 16:24:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=82197 The MetsMerizedOnline Player of the Week for this week has shown he has a great impact on this team. This week includes the 2-game series against the Brewers, the 2-game series against the Reds, and the weekend series against the Blue Jays for a total of 7 games. Here is our MMO Player of the Week for 5/14-5/20:

Through the use of the scorecard, let’s take a look at how David Wright did this week:

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AB

H

R

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

AVG

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16

8

5

6

0

0

3

7

4

.500

Wright continues to impress everyone this year, and his batting average for the entire year sits at .412. His strikeout count has decreased quite a bit this year, he is not chasing many pitches out of the zone and thus is also getting more walks this year.

Honorable Mentions

These players, although not winning the Player of the Week award, had a very strong showing this week and deserve to be recognized. We will also show how strong a showing they had through the use of the scorecard.

Mike Baxter

G

AB

H

R

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

AVG

5

15

7

3

2

1

0

2

1

3

.467

Lucas Duda

G

AB

H

R

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

AVG

7

24

7

3

2

0

0

3

4

8

.292

Miguel Batista (Now on DL)

G

IP

W

L

SV

R

ER

BB

K

AVG

WHIP

2

9.0

1

0

0

0

0

2

7

.161

0.78

Tim Byrdak

G

IP

W

L

SV

R

ER

BB

K

AVG

WHIP

4

1.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

0.00

Rob Johnson (Catcher in Relief)

G

IP

W

L

SV

R

ER

BB

K

AVG

WHIP

1

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

0.00

Not So Hot

The Not So Hot area mentions a few players who did not have a good week this week.

Manny Acosta

Jon Niese

Jon Rauch

Dillon Gee

Mike Nickeas

Andres Torres

Ike Davis

Kirk Nieuwenhuis

Player Of The Week Scoreboard

This area shows the scoreboard of the Players of the Week, and who has won already this season and how many times.

1. David Wright – 3

T2. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 1

T2. Johan Santana – 1

T2. Andres Torres – 1

Trivia

To finish off the Player of the Week announcement each week, I’ll be asking you a trivia question. The answer will be announced during the next Player of the Week announcement, as well as the first person who answered correctly. Another question will then be asked. Last Week’s Answer is: 16 wins for Tom Seaver in 1967. Adam was the first person to correctly answer the question. So here is this week’s question:

When did David Wright make his Major League debut and against what team?

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MMO Player Of The Week: David Wright http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/mmo-player-of-the-week-david-wright-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/mmo-player-of-the-week-david-wright-2.html/#comments Mon, 14 May 2012 18:00:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=81254 The MetsMerizedOnline Player of the Week for this week has shown he has a great impact on this team. This week includes the 3 game sweep of the Phillies, and the weekend series against the Marlins for a total of 6 games. Here is our MMO Player of the Week for 5/7-5/13:

Through the use of the scorecard, let’s take a look at how David Wright did this week:

G

AB

H

R

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

AVG

6

27

13

6

4

0

1

7

2

4

.481

Wright continued his stellar year with another great week. This year, he has looked much better, both at the plate and in the field. He is showing why he deserves an extension when the time for an extension comes.

Honorable Mentions

These players, although not winning the Player of the Week award, had a very strong showing this week and deserve to be recognized. We will also show how strong a showing they had through the use of the scorecard.

Daniel Murphy

G

AB

H

R

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

AVG

6

26

10

3

2

0

0

4

2

4

.385

Kirk Nieuwenhuis

G

AB

H

R

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

AVG

6

19

7

6

2

0

0

4

3

6

.368

Lucas Duda

G

AB

H

R

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

AVG

6

23

7

0

1

0

0

4

1

5

.304

Ike Davis (Hotter than he has been)

G

AB

H

R

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

AVG

6

20

4

5

1

0

2

4

2

6

.200

Tim Byrdak

G

IP

W

L

SV

R

ER

BB

K

AVG

WHIP

5

2.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

.000

0.00

Jon Niese

G

IP

W

L

SV

R

ER

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K

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WHIP

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11.0

0

0

0

2

2

7

9

.231

1.45

Not So Hot

The Not So Hot area mentions a few players who did not have a good week this week.

Frank Francisco

Manny Acosta

Player Of The Week Scoreboard

This area shows the scoreboard of the Players of the Week, and who has won already this season and how many times.

1. David Wright – 2

T2. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 1

T2. Johan Santana – 1

T2. Andres Torres – 1

Trivia

To finish off the Player of the Week announcement each week, I’ll be asking you a trivia question. The answer will be announced during the next Player of the Week announcement, as well as the first person who answered correctly. Another question will then be asked. Last Week’s Answer is: Doug Sisk. Alex68 was the first person to correctly answer the question. So here is this week’s question:

Tom Seaver was the NL 1967 Rookie of the Year by winning how many games for the New York Mets?

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Bullpen Wastes A Solid Outing From Gee In 5-4 Loss To D-Backs http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/bullpen-wastes-a-solid-outing-from-gee-in-5-4-loss-to-d-backs.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/bullpen-wastes-a-solid-outing-from-gee-in-5-4-loss-to-d-backs.html/#comments Sat, 05 May 2012 05:11:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=79910

Dillon Gee pitched a strong six innings, but the bullpen failed yet again in the Mets 5-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Recap

Dillon Gee went six strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out six, walking three and hitting a batter. Gee didn’t seem to have his best command on the day, but he managed to get the anxious Dbacks hitters to swing at numerous poor pitches and relied on a few good defensive plays. Dillon’s ERA was only victimized by a Cody Ransom home-run. As long as Gee can pitch and induced weak contact, easy fly-ball outs and strikeouts he will be in good company.

Once Gee gave way, however the bullpen began its true struggle. Parnell pitched an inning and allowed an unearned run on an Ike Davis error. Tim Byrdak went one-third of an inning, striking out one, allowing a run and walking one. Jon Rauch came out for two-thirds of an inning, allowing three hits, a run and a strikeout to take the game from no decision to the Mets on the losing side.

The Mets bullpen has been overworked, or overmatched, but either way they have not put together quality innings as a group in quite some times. It will be interesting to see how Terry Collins plays this bullpen from now on, knowing Bobby Parnell is his most effective reliever, period.

The offense struck early, but then never re-appeared. A big third inning accounted for all of the Mets runs, on a Scott Hairston RBI doubler, an Ike Davis RBI groundout and an Andres Torres RBI single. After that, the Mets offense put runners on base but couldn’t manage to drive them in, as has been the theme of lately.

Game Notes

-David Wright extended his hitting streak to 10 games, while going 1 for 2 with two walks. The most inspiring thing about this season isn’t David’s high average which is being held up by an unsustaniably high BABIP, but his ability to draw walks.

-Andres Torres went 3 for 4 with an RBI. Although seeing Kirk displaced as the CF is something many Mets fans are not fond of seeing, seeing the man replacing him hit takes away some of the sting

- Lucas Duda has looked significantly better as of lately in handling the outfield, squaring balls off the bat much better. Although it is a slight improvement, it is always better to see improvement than regression

GOAT of The Game

Jon Rauch struggled with his control, allowing three hits that scored an inherited runner, as well as one of his own. If Jon cannot keep the ball down in the zone, pitching him with runners on base does not become an option anymore

On Deck

The Mets will continue the series tomorrow at 4:05 PM, sending Johan Santana to the mound against Diamondbacks rookie Patrick Corbin.

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Now Is Not The Time For Mets Fans To Overreact http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/03/now-is-not-the-time-for-mets-fans-to-overreact.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/03/now-is-not-the-time-for-mets-fans-to-overreact.html/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:06:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=74269 Remember, it is only Spring Training. It is only March. It isn’t August or September.

Now, what do I mean by that?

It was reported this morning that David Wright had an ultrasound-guided injection of a cortisone shot.

It was also reported that Tim Byrdak will have surgery done on his meniscus.

Byrdak should only be out up to six weeks from what reports are saying, and yet Mets fans are acting like he is out for the season.

As for Wright, he could be playing by next week and he has said emphatically that if this was the regular season, he would be playing.

I like that the Mets are being cautious, and are not forcing people to play injured during Spring Training.

They are taking it step by step with Johan Santana to make sure he doesn’t get re-injured. Fans seem to be too worried that he won’t be at his regular form at all this season, but ignore the tremendous progress he continues to make.

All I am saying is that we shouldn’t be overreacting.

It is only March, and we are in Spring Training. If this was the regular season, and it was like August, then we could worry.

However, we still have a 162-game regular season left to play, as well as the rest of this Spring Training. We should just let it play out, and see how things are for Opening Day, All Star Game, August, etc., before officially tossing in the towel on the season.

The players have plenty of time left to recover from injuries, and to get back to form for this season.

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Tim Byrdak Out 6 Weeks, Josh Edgin Moves To Major League Camp http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/03/tim-byrdak-out-6-weeks-josh-edgin-moves-to-major-league-camp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/03/tim-byrdak-out-6-weeks-josh-edgin-moves-to-major-league-camp.html/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:00:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=74258

Updated 1:45 PM

The Mets have just announced that Tim Byrdak is expected to be out for six weeks, and that LHP Josh Edgin is moving to major league camp.

Good news for Edgin.

Here is an MMO Exclusive Interview our own Pete Shapiro conducted with Josh Edgin last month.

Original Post 10:00 AM

Left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, a team official has confirmed.

Byrdak had been complaining of a sore knee that has bothered him the last few weeks.

He was sent to New York this morning for further testing at the Hospital For Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Surgery has been scheduled for Tuesday (tomorrow).

Byrdak was the only left-handed reliever who was assured of a bullpen spot. Now they Mets must choose between Daniel Herrera, Garrett Olson, Chuck James and prospect Robert Carson, neither of whom were expected to make the team.

There is also a chance that C.J. Nitkowski will be signed, but he has not pitched in the majors in almost seven years.

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Wright and Byrdak Return To New York For Exams http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/03/wright-and-byrdak-return-to-new-york-for-exams.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/03/wright-and-byrdak-return-to-new-york-for-exams.html/#comments Sun, 11 Mar 2012 23:07:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=74202

Update: According to Kevin Burkhardt, Tim Byrdak will be having a surgery on his meniscus tomorrow.

 

Original Post: According to Mets.com, David Wright will be returning to New York to have an examination of his sore rib cage muscle that has kept him from participating in any games.

The Hospital for Special Surgery is expected to give Wright a cortisone shot. Terry Collins has already said Wright will not play in any games this coming week.

Tim Brydak will also be going to New York to have more tests done on his sore knee.

There is a possibility that surgery will be needed for Byrdak.

More information will be coming this week after tests and exams are completed.

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