Mets Merized Online » Wright http://metsmerizedonline.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:52:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 10 Years In: What is David Wright’s Legacy? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/10-years-in-what-is-david-wrights-legacy.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/10-years-in-what-is-david-wrights-legacy.html/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:00:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161021 david wright

Believe it or not, today marks the 10th anniversary of David Wright’s Major League debut. As we reach this milestone, it is an appropriate time to assess his legacy with the team.

Selected during the supplemental round of the 2001 amateur draft (20 picks after Aaron Heilman if you can believe it), David Wright served as a compensatory pick after the Mets lost Mike Hampton to the Colorado Rockies during free agency. Prior to being drafted, Wright, the 2001 Gatorade Virginia High School player of the year, had committed to attending Georgia Tech.

Fortunately for the Mets, Wright decided to forgo his prior commitment and sign with his childhood team.

Wright rocketed through the Mets farm system. In the 91 minor league games that Wright played before being promoted in the summer of 2004, Wright hit .341 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs between Binghamton and Norfolk.

On July 21st, the Mets selected David’s contract for a game against the Montreal Expos. In just 69 games, David would hit 14 homers and garner 40 RBIs while batting .293. The future franchise cornerstone had arrived.

Now, ten years later, Wright is the captain of the Mets and unanimously beloved amongst the team’s fans. He already owns nearly every accumulative franchise record and by the time he retires he will undoubtedly lead in every offensive category, save for perhaps triples and stolen bases.

Known as Captain America, Wright has been the face of our franchise for a decade now. He has demonstrated his loyalty to the team, stuck it out through the tough times and yet the fact remains, the Mets have made the playoffs only once since his debut all those years ago.

From 2005-2008 David Wright was unbelievable. In those four seasons David batted .310 with 116 home runs and 449 RBIs. He won two Gold Gloves with matching Silver Slugger awards in 2007 and 2008 respectively. He also played in 160 games three of those four seasons, the lone outlier being 154 in 2006.

David had accomplished so much by the time he was 25 years old. Now, Wright is 31 and since that time he has just one 100 RBI season and one season of 25 or more home runs, both in 2010.

His batting average since 2008 has dropped nearly 20 points, to .292 over that span. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Wright has struggled to stay healthy through a 162 game season as he has gotten older.

After playing in at least 154 games every full season through the age of 25, he has accomplished that feat just twice since. The other fact to keep in mind, Wright has not been to the playoffs since he was 23 years old.

This is not a knock on David Wright in any way. In the dark years that have followed the September collapses of ’07 and ’08, Wright has been a lone bright spot for a franchise with little to cheer for. He is certainly one of the greatest if not the greatest position players in franchise history. But with just one post-season series victory under his belt in 10 years, I have to wonder what his legacy is at this point in time. Where does he rank in Mets lore?

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Padres, 10:10 PM (Keep it going edition) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-padres-1010-pm-keep-it-going-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-padres-1010-pm-keep-it-going-edition.html/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:00:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161133 bartolo colon

The long All-Star break is finally over.  The Mets look to continue where they left off, carrying over a three-game win streak into San Diego for the next three games against the Padres.  The first pitch is scheduled for 10:10 PM at PETCO Park.

Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.99), who has lost three straight, gets the nod in the series opener against the Padres’ Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.47) who is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.86 in the month of July (3 starts).

The third place Mets are one win away from their season-high four-game win streak which they had earlier in July.  They are 4-2-1 in their last seven series.  The last time these two teams met was back in June, with the Mets taking two of three from the Padres.

Displaying some power, New York has hit 26 home runs in their last 25 games.  That is the most in the National League in that span, and it is tied for fifth-most in the majors.  The Mets also have 42 extra-base hits this month which is tied for the second-most in the National League, and fourth-most in the majors.  Their .440 slugging percentage this month is also in the top five in the majors.

The Captain is picking the “Wright” time to get hot.  David Wright has recorded a hit in 17 out of his last 19 games.  He is hitting at a torrid clip of .375 (27-72) with four home runs and 15 RBI in his last 19 games.  The Mets are 12-5 in Wright’s last 17 starts.

The Travis d’Arnaud turnaround has been something of a joy to watch.  Prior to his demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas, d’Arnaud was hitting .180 with three home runs and nine RBI.  Since his return on June 24th, 16 games, Travis is hitting .295 with three home runs and 10 RBI.

The Mets will be in good shape in the coming weeks if their starting pitching continues where they left off.  In their last seven games, the starting staff has a record of 5-1 with an ERA of 1.80.  The bullpen has held up their end as well throwing 10.1 scoreless in their last five.

Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia have allowed a combined three earned runs in their last 30 innings.  Familia is tied for sixth in the National League in appearances with 44, and Mejia is 10-for-12 in save chances since the move to the bullpen in mid-May.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – LF
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Bartolo Colon – P

Another month, another west coast trip for the Mets (which is the result of when the NL East playing the AL West this year). Before the four day break, the Mets were on a roll with a 8-2 home stand and now look to take the fun to Petco Park. Colon starts off the second half for the Mets in a start that could be an audition for other teams. On the season he is 8-8 over 18 starts and 121.1 innings with a 3.99 ERA. After back to back starts allowing 5 ER each, he allowed 3 ER over 8.0 innings against the Braves in a losing effort. He faced the Padres earlier this year allowing 2 ER over 7.1 innings with 7 strikeouts. The Padres have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Abreu 5-25, 2B, 2 HR
  • Granderson 4-13, 2 HR
  • Murphy 0-3
  • Wright 1-3
  • Duda 1-2
  • Tejada 0-2

The Mets bats will get a crack at Ian Kennedy tonight, he is 7-9 on the season over 20 starts and 124.1 innings with a 3.47 ERA. He has made three starts in July with a 2-0 record over 21.0 innings with a 0.86 ERA and 22 K’s. Earlier this season he faced the Mets allowing 3 ER over 5.1 innings and 7 hits while striking out 7. The Mets have the following numbers against Kennedy:

  • Wright 5-15, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • E Young 2-14
  • Murphy 3-12, 2B, HR
  • Granderson 3-6, HR
  • Recker 2-7, 2B
  • Duda 1-6, 2B
  • Abreu 2-5, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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Meet The Mets…. In A Couple Of Years http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/meet-the-mets-in-a-couple-of-years.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/meet-the-mets-in-a-couple-of-years.html/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160758 Jeff Roberson Associated Press  steven matz

I’m sure you have heard the old baseball adage “Let the game come to you.” These pearls of wisdom have often been uttered by the wise old baseball sage to the young up-and-coming player. Uttered so often in fact that it has become a cliche’.

It was meant to convey the application of self discipline. Especially to the young and less experienced, not to be too eager or too jumpy. See the ball. Hit the ball.

Now if you are a Mets fan like me, you love that simple advice and probably are hoping that all your Metsies were using that approach when in the batter’s box. Patience, calm, focus, then spring like a cobra. Use your skills wisely grasshopper. Play it close to the vest.

Well what if your front office played their part of the game the same way, like a poker game for instance, where any information is misinformation? Where for every truth, there are seven bluffs. Where things take time to develop and unfold. As a Mets fan, as a New Yorker, we don’t really like that part of it too much. The waiting. And it seems the longer we wait, the tougher it gets.

So I asked myself. “What am I waiting for?” What exactly? I live and die by my team. Every loss is like a tiny death. Every lost season is like a big one.

But lately I have begun to notice a change in the direction of the winds. Like a freshening breeze the Mets have started to shrug off the negativity. They have begun to relax, to have fun, to do well, to let the game come to them.

I feel as if I may now have a glimpse of the plan, a peek into the future. However, I am going to make several predictions and summations that may not be favored by everyone who will read this so, I ask your indulgence.

2016 New York Mets

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Position Players

Travis d’Arnaud (Catcher) Talk about drama. Whoever said it was easy to be a highly regarded rookie in NYC? No one. And Travis received his baptism by fire this season, there is no doubt about that. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, and I’d say Mets Nation has beefed up d’Arnaud pretty good. Any controversy he has to deal with for the rest of his career will seem like a walk-in-the-park compared to his sojourn through the treacherous waters of the 2014 season. Met fans went from ridiculously high expectations for him to incredible disappointment in him. They banished him from their hearts, their minds and their stadium. They all but forgot him. And then he returned. How many other catchers would you trade him straight up for right now? Not too many I’d wager. Not the Yankees catcher. Not the Nationals catcher, or the Dodgers catcher, or the Reds, or the White Sox, or the Blue Jays, or the Tigers, do you see where I’m going with this?

Kevin Plawecki (Catcher) Just because you have two talented young catchers, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to trade one of them. One back-stop rarely makes it through a whole major league season without being hurt, or dropping from exhaustion, or both. And there is truly something to be said for friendly competition to fuel one’s desire. I’m all for keeping both catchers. Ideally they will continue to increase in value while being subjected to less wear and tear. Even more important is that we could be maximizing production from the catcher position in this manner.

Lucas Duda (First Base) Another player who still has upside for the Mets. He finally has the confidence of his manager and he’s still gaining confidence in himself. The results of which are perhaps his finest big league season this year. Considering his massive power potential it’s a safe bet to assume he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Wilmer Flores (First Base/Utility) I have placed Wilmer here because a platoon at first-base with Duda could be a distinct possibility. I can see Flores getting his at-bats as a utility player on this 2016 Mets team. Besides playing at first-base, he could back up the other three infield positions and pinch hit.

Dilson Herrera (Second Base) They say good things come in small packages and that sums up Herrera. A natural spark-plug and superb as a table-setter, Herrera is more of your prototypical second sacker. He has already begun to win over Mets fans with his polished style of play and complete array of skills. He should man the keystone for the Mets in a way that will bring back memories of better times.

Matt Reynolds (Shortstop) Reynolds is enjoying his finest season as a pro this year. He has blown through AA by having a tremendous first half and is presently opening eyes around the league in the PCL. He has an advanced hitting approach and uses all fields well. He has put himself squarely in the middle infield prospect conversation and is poised to be making his big league debut anytime now.

David Wright (Third Base) As with any player there will always exist at least a remote possibility that they get traded. As far as David is concerned, I don’t think EL Capitano is going anywhere.

T.J. Rivera (Utility) T.J. has never been on many people’s radar I don’t think, except mine. I have truly enjoyed watching his career ever since he signed with the Mets as an undrafted free-agent in 2011. He has simply hit and excelled at every level he has played at and he continues to trend upwards in his development. A lifetime .311 hitter in 1619 professional plate appearances, Rivera plays second-base and shortstop, and profiles as an infield utility type.

Curtis Granderson (Right Field) Now that we are seeing the real Granderson you have to like what he brings to the table. Especially as a lead-off hitter. It’s sorta like a left-handed Tommie Agee.

Juan Lagares (Center Field) What can you say about Lagares? He’s a delightful player who continues to show upside, we fans love him and rightly so.

Nelson Cruz / Melky Cabrera (Left Field) This is where the Mets need to spend some money next winter on the free-agent market. They need a corner outfield bat that hits with authority and professionalism. Someone to hold down the fort while young players like Michael Conforto, and Brandon Nimmo finish honing their skills. For your consideration I submit these two players as possibilities. Both are right-handed hitters (which balances well with Duda) and both have been outstanding in 2014. They will be free-agents at the end of the season along with the possibility of Alex Rios joining them on the open market. Cruz has been smoking home runs for Baltimore (28) and hitting in the high .280′s so far, while Melky has been hitting for a higher average (.299), less RBI’s and good gap power, but not as many homers (11). I think this is where the Mets desperately need to spend some money.

Matt den Dekker (Outfield) This guy can go get em in the outfield and you can play him anywhere. His bat is still developing but he shows some extra base power, and he’s still improving. I would consider him a very good fit as a fourth outfielder heading into 2016.

??? (Outfield) This is the Bobby Abreu role with the club. A veteran free-agent hitter and part time outfielder who can pinch-hit and mentor the young players. This roster spot will probably be filled by a veteran free-agent over the 2015-2016 off-season.

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Starting Rotation

Matt Harvey (SP1) What can you say about the prospects of Harvey entering the 2015 and 2016 seasons as the Mets ace? Just this. Welcome back my son!

Zack Wheeler (SP1A) By 2016 Wheeler will have established himself as the 1A to Harvey’s numero uno status.

Dillon Gee (SP3) Dependable, reliable, underrated, and under the radar, Gee just gets the job done. You have to love pitchers like this and on a 2016 Mets staff that features mostly power arms, Gee will offset that rather nicely.

Jacob deGrom (SP4) One of the most pleasant surprises for the Mets and their fans so far this season is this young right-hander who is presently establishing himself as a solid middle rotation type guy. With the fragile nature of Jon Niese‘s health and the present absence of Harvey and Jeremy Hefner from the rotation, deGrom’s emergence could not have come at a better time. Look for him to be that much more established by the 2016 season.

Jon Niese (SP5) We all know what a fine pitcher Jon Niese is, and by today’s standards his contract is very team friendly. But the poor guy seems to be snake-bit, and he is always on the D.L. with one malady or another. To expect him to give you a full season and 32 starts is pretty much out of the question. That’s why you need that sixth starter who when he isn’t needed to start, can also pitch out of the pen.

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The Bullpen

Noah Syndergaard (RHP/SP6) Thor coming out of the pen in the sixth inning, can you imagine? How many pitching staffs have a luxury like that? Not many. By being the sixth starter you can control his workload so as not to overuse him, as he will still be only 23 years old at the start of the 2016 season.

Jenrry Mejia (RHP) A tremendous bright spot in the 2014 season. The way Mejia has replaced Bobby Parnell as the team’s closer has been quite remarkable. Especially considering the Mets dismal record at developing their own closers for the last 25 years or so. Mejia is like a breath of fresh air for a bullpen that has gelled as the season progresses.

Vic Black (RHP) Another reason for the bullpen renaissance is the hard-throwing set-up man acquired along with Herrera in the Marlon Byrd trade. Props to S.A. as that trade is looking better all the time for your Metsies.

Jeurys Familia (RHP) Ditto for ‘Family’ who again shows us Met fans why you need to be patient with these young players. He spent quite a while developing as a pitcher in the minors and like these other young Mets he was mentored by the great Wally Backman. He worked with some of the best minor league pitching coaches in the game. He struggled upon first reaching the “show.” But now he has let the game come to him and as his confidence grows, so does his success.

Rafael Montero (RHP) As the fifth righty in the pen, this talented young hurler can be brought along slowly and be put in situations to succeed. Like the other guys breaking in between now and 2016, he still may have a future as a starter, but by starting out in the pen he will be groomed for the role rather than being thrust into it.

Where’s Murph? I’m sure you noticed a while back that Daniel Murphy is no longer a Met in 2016. My sincerest apologies for dropping a bombshell on you this way. Don’t get me wrong, I like Murphy, I really do and I think he’s a fine ballplayer. He has worked his butt off and done everything the team has asked him to do. He is our only all-star this year for cripes sake. But let’s be real. Murphy was force-fed the position he currently plays on the Mets and doesn’t have a spot anywhere else. What was once an organizational black hole at the middle infield is now arguably an organizational strength. The Mets are extremely deep at second-base in particular as has been pointed out many times by various writers here on MMO. And one last thing. Let’s not forget it’s put up or shut up time for the Mets as far as offering Murph an extension. They were already shopping him at last winter’s Winter Meetings, and the fact that they didn’t trade him has only increased his trade value for them. And not that it should matter to a team in NYC, but by moving him now think of the $ they’d save!

So your probably wondering by now, whither goes Murph? And for what-ith? This is what I propose.

Trade him for an established and reliable, healthy and durable, left-handed reliever. A good one, a pro’s pro. Someone with a future ahead of him. The type of guy you need coming out of your pen if you are ever going to win a World Series. All you have to do is use a portion of the money you are saving on Murphy to pay such a player.

Steven Matz (LHP) The 25th man to make the 2016 Opening Day Roster is the fire-balling young southpaw. He works in tandem with the experienced lefty described above that was brought in to stabilize the pen. I’m not saying I think Matz is destined for the pen, I don’t, but as a rookie just breaking in to the majors it would be a good thing for him to experience for a season.

Alright now how do you want it, the quick way? Or the slow way? Roughly 80% of this roster was developed by the Mets organization. Three outfielders and a couple of relievers were acquired through trades or free agency. This is obviously the slow way. It’s akin to watching paint dry.

But here’s the thing, as this system is designed it should be self-perpetuating. The talent is heavy at the bottom of the organizational ladder, and is now scattered throughout the rest of the system. It’s a pipeline, and as long as the front office remains aggressive and ahead of the curve at bringing in lot’s of young talent, the machine should continue to run.

It may take a little longer to get there Mets fans, but this seems to be where we are heading. What do you think?

Are you willing to let the game come to you?

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David Wright Takes Night Shift As Barber http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/david-wright-takes-night-shift-as-barber.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/david-wright-takes-night-shift-as-barber.html/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:39:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160664 degrom

In an article on ESPN.com, Adam Rubin noted a funny incident that happened in the Mets clubhouse on Sunday. Apparently Jacob deGrom hit a ball while taking batting practice that just missed hitting David Wright who was stretching on the field.

As payback, the Mets captain snuck up on deGrom with a pair of scissors and cut a lock of his long flowing hair. He then took the flow of hair and stuck it on a poster of deGrom that hangs in the clubhouse. Apparently deGrom had given Wright permission, but Wright still felt the need to be ‘sneaky’.

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The poster, which features an outline of deGrom’s head and hair with the phrase #HAIRWEGO was placed in between lockers in the clubhouse. It was created by the Mets’ social media team and has been used as a promotional graphic.

This homestand has provided fans with more positive vibes and fun than we’ve had in a long while and it’s great to see that reflected in the players as well. A team that wins is a team that is having fun and it’s great for team chemistry. Let’s see the team carry it into the second half.

In the meantime, let’s root on Daniel Murphy in Minnesota this week. It’s been a lot fun to be a fan of the orange and blue in recent weeks!

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-710-pm-6.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-710-pm-6.html/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:00:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160466 Colon

The Mets have won the first three games of their series and will try to complete a sweep of the Atlanta Braves tonight at Citi Field. Starting for the Mets is Bartolo Colon (8-7, 4.04) who will be opposed by right-hander Aaron Harang (8-6, 3.67) for the Braves.

Since May 17, Colon is 6-2 with a 2.66 ERA (19 earned runs/64.1 innings). He is tied for 12th in the NL with eight wins and his 1.3 walks per nine innings is the second-best mark in the NL. Colon is 4-3 with a 2.72 ERA (15 earned runs/49.2 innings) at home.

Lucas Duda has reached base safely in 15 of his last 16 games, hitting .346 (18-52) with a .452 on-base percentage over this span. He is seventh in the NL with an RBI every 5.8 at-bats and is 18th in the NL with a .358 on-base percentage.

Curtis Granderson has four home runs and seven RBI over his last eight games and is hitting .314 (11-35) during this stretch. He was hitting .116 after the game on April 22 and since that time, Granderson is batting .272 with a .384 OBP.

The Mets have hit a home run in a club-record nine straight games at Citi Field. The previous streak was eight games, done twice before and last, September 27, 2012-April 19, 2013. The home run streak at home is tied for the fifth-longest in franchise history. The last time the Mets had a home run in 10 straight home games was June 28-July 23, 2008 at Shea Stadium.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  6. Juan Lagares – CF
  7. Ruben Tejada – SS
  8. Bartolo Colon – RHP
  9. Eric Young Jr. – LF 

The Mets won their 4th straight, 5th of their last 6th last night against the Braves. In the win, they secured a series victory and today they can go for the rare four game sweep as Colon gets the start. In a brief review of last night, Gee was fantastic working quickly picking up straight were he left off, and Travis d’Arnaud continued to crush the ball since coming back from Vegas.

Colon is 8-7 on the year with a 4.04 ERA over 17 starts and 113.2 innings. One has to think that both this start and his next one are auditions for other teams that might be interested in him. His last start was rough as he allowed 5 ER over 7 innings, but it really was just his first inning that was horrible (or to quote the teenager sitting near me after the first inning, “it’s over!”). This was the second start in a row where Colon allowed 5 ER. In two starts this year against Atlanta he allowed 3 ER over 14.0 innings while striking out 11. The Braves have the following numbers against Colon:

  • BJ Upton 9-29, 2B, 3B, HR, 8 K
  • Heyward 1-8
  • Laird 0-7
  • Freeman 4-6, 2 2B
  • Johnson 1-6
  • Simmons 2-6

Harang is 8-6 on the season over 18 starts and 110.1 innings with a 3.67 ERA. Since the start where he allowed 8 ER over 5.0 innings he has pitched 21.0 innings over 3 games with a 3.00 ERA. In two starts against the Mets this year he has pitched 13.0 innings with one earned run. The Mets have the following numbers against Harang:

  • Wright 11-26, 4 2B, HR
  • C Young 7-27, 3 HR
  • Duda 2-14, HR
  • Murphy 6-17, 4 2B, HR
  • Tejada 6-14, 2 2B
  • E Young 5-9, 2B
  • Abreu 4-10, 2 HR

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-710-pm-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-710-pm-4.html/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:21:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160312 jacob degrom

The Mets and Braves will play game two of their four-game series at Citi Field with the Mets Jacob deGrom (1-5, 3.77) opposing right-hander Julio Teheran (8-5, 2.29) on Tuesday starting at 7:10 PM.

Jacob deGrom has allowed five earned runs in his last 18.2 innings (2.41 ERA) and is 0-3 with a 2.49 ERA (seven earned runs/25.1 innings) in four home starts. The righthander has also allowed three earned runs or less in eight of his first 10 major league starts. Only four pitchers in Mets history have allowed three runs or less in nine of their first 10 major league starts: Matt Harvey, Masato Yoshii, Tom Seaver and Jim McAndrew.

Curtis Granderson hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning of last night’s 4-3 victory over the Braves. Eight of Granderson’s team high-tying 13 home runs have either tied the score or given the Mets a lead. Granderson has three home runs and six RBI over his last six games and is hitting .308 (8-26) during this span.

David Wright is hitting .327 (17-52) over his last 13 games and has nine RBI in his last 12 games, including three home runs.

Travis d’Arnaud has a hit in 10 of his last 11 games since returning from Las Vegas and has also reached base safely in all 11 games. He is batting .286 (12-42) with two home runs and eight RBI and a .333 on-base percentage during that span.

Eric Campbell has a career-best eight-game hitting streak and is hitting .438 (14-32) during that span. He has hit safely in 17 of his 19 starts, going 27-75 (.360).

Kevin Plawecki and Noah Syndergaard have been selected to represent Team USA in the Futures Game on Sunday, July 13, It is Plawecki’s first selection and Syndergaard’s second; first being last year’s Future’s Game start at Citi Field.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Juan Lagares – CF
  6. Travis d’Arnaud– C
  7. Ruben Tejada – SS
  8. Jacob deGrom – RHP
  9. Eric Young Jr. – LF

The Braves and Mets play game two of four tonight. Yesterday the Mets took an early 2 run lead and Daisuke was able to ride that four 7 scoreless innings. The bullpen came in and promptly gave the lead back back and it became 3-2 Braves. Grandeson then tied in the 8th and then Tejada won it in the 11th and just like that the Mets have won 3 of their last 4 games. Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets tonight. On the season he is 1-5 on the season over 10 games and 59.2 innings with a 3.77 ERA. In his last two starts he has pitched 11.2 innings allowing 5 ER with 5 BB’s and 12 K’s. His last start was against the Braves where he allowed 3 ER over 5.0 innings. The Braves have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Freeman 0-2
  • Heyward 1-3
  • Simmons 1-2
  • BJ Upton 1-2
  • Johnson 2-2, 2B

Julio Teheran gets the nod for the Braves today, he is 8-5 over 18 starts and 126.0 innings with a 2.29 ERA over the season. In his last two starts he has allowed 14.0 innings and 2 ER, and in his last start was against the Mets where he allowed 4 hits and one earned run over 7.0 innings with 3 BB’s and 5 K’s. The Mets have the following numbers against Teheran:

  • Duda 3-10, 2B, HR
  • Tejada 0-10
  • E Yount 4-9
  • Murphy 1-
  • Wright 1-8, HR
  • Campbell 1-3

Lets go Mets!

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Terry Has Them Playing Not To Lose http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/terry-has-them-playing-not-to-lose.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/terry-has-them-playing-not-to-lose.html/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:26:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=159568 ruben tejada

What an stunning and deflating loss last night. I don’t mind losing, I can handle losing, but it’s the agonizingly, torturous ways we lose that kill me. And last night’s gut-punch was the worst of the season.

You know, I started to get that feeling of impending doom in the bottom of the sixth when Zack Wheeler came up to hit assuring that he was coming out to pitch the seventh. After laboring hard for five innings last night and going to a full count on half of the batters he faced, it might have been a better decision to end his evening on a high note after Wheeler tossed his only 1-2-3 inning of the night. And wouldn’t you know it, Wheeler is greeted with a line drive single to start the seventh and if not for a brilliant running catch by Chris Young snaring a gapper to left-center, it would have been second and third with nobody out. Only then is Wheeler’s night over and within minutes Kevin Burkhardt was pushing a microphone in front of his face. Wheeler looked beat, disgusted, and down.

What a dreadful eighth inning. For the second time this season, Jeurys Familia fielded a come-backer to the mound and flubbed the throw to second. What are you gonna do, he’s young and it’s all part of the growing pains. You can’t blame Eric Campbell either, he’s played third base about 25 times in the last three years, that’s not his gig. Unfortunately, we’ll see Soup two more times as the Mets will be without Wright’s services until Friday and they’re sticking with this six-outfielder alignment come hell or high water. Juan Lagares made his first error of the season overrunning a ball. It was bound to happen sooner or later.

With Terry Collins as the manager I always get the sense that this team is playing not to lose rather than playing to win. What’s the difference? The difference is huge. Playing not to lose envelops every at-bat, pitch and fielding play with a vast amount of pressure. Pressure that they could all do better without. Pressure changes how we react and even slows down your natural instincts. Not by much, but just a split second that can often affect your execution.

This team needs to get back to basics. The hitters need to get all that noise the front office is cramming into their heads and just do the things that got them to the majors in the first place. Pitchers need to trust their stuff more and not be afraid to pitch to contact. Most of all, play loose and have some fun.

Here’s to a better outcome tonight.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Pirates, 1:35 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-pirates-135-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-pirates-135-pm.html/#comments Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:00:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=159410 USATSI  bartolo colon

The New York Mets wrap up their four-game series on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 PM at PNC Park.

Bartolo Colon (8-5, 3.67) looks to continue his recent run of success on the mound against Edinson Volquez (5-6, 4.35) in the first official game of the second half of the season.

Colon has been nothing but outstanding in his last seven starts for the Mets.  He is 6-0 with an ERA of 1.58 over that span with opponents hitting .191 against him.  He as 39 strikeouts to nine walks during that time frame.  Since May 17th, Colon has the second-lowest ERA in the major leagues, trailing just Felix Hernandez with his 1.48.

Bartolo has allowed two earned runs or less in seven straight starts which ties the longest streak in his career.  Colon has had 30 starts over the last two seasons in which he allowed two earned runs or fewer which is eighth in the major leagues over that span.  On top of all of that, Colon has gone eight innings in consecutive starts for the second time in two years.  The last time he did that was back in 2003.

The Mets snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday when they defeated the Pirates 5-3.  The Mets are sitting just four wins away from 4,000 in franchise history.  They are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and are 17-11 this season in day games, so it is setting up nicely for win 3,997.

New York was solid on the base path Saturday tying a season-high with five swipes.  It was the 27th time in team history that they recorded at least five steals in a game.  Eric Young Jr led the way stealing three which also tied a career high for him.  It was the second time this season and fourth of his career that he finished with at least three.  With 21 stolen bases on the season, Young Jr is now fourth in the majors.

Ruben Tejada is working on a little bit of a hit streak.  He has at least one hit in seven straight games, and has gone 9-for-25 in that span for an average of .360.  He is hitting .300 over his last 26 games, and with 33 walks he is tied for fourth in the major among shortstops.

Eric Campbell who started at third in place of David Wright, had a career-high three hits including two doubles.  He also recorded his first stolen base of his career.

Travis d’Arnaud has recorded at least one hit in each of the four games since returning from Las Vegas.  He has gone 6-for-16 raising his batting aver over 20 points from .180 to .201

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr – LF
  2. Ruben Tejada – SS
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Eric Campbell – 3B
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Bartolo Colon – P

The Mets look to end their four game set with the Pirates today. The Mets were able to pick up the win yesterday, snapping their losing streak and putting themselves into position to split the series today behind Bartolo Colon. Colon is 8-5 over 15 starts this year with a 3.67 ERA over 100.2 innings. In his last six starts he has pitched 43.1 innings with a 5-0 record and a 1.45 ERA. He also pitched once against the Pirates this year where he allowed 5 hits and no runs over 7.1 innings while walking 1 and striking out 9. The Pirates have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Stewart 4-11, HR
  • Snider 3-9
  • McCutchen 3-8
  • Marte 0-7
  • Alvarez 2-6, 2B
  • Martin 1-6, 2B

Volquez is on the bump for the Pirates today. He is 5-6 over 16 games and 15 starts over 89.0 innings with a 4.35 ERA. June has been an up ad down month for Volquez. He started off average, then had his best start of the season allowing no runs over 7, then his worst start of the season allowing 8 runs over 2.1 followed by his longest outing of the year allowing one run over 8. Earlier this year he faced the Mets allowing 2 earned runs over 5.0 innings while walking 5 and striking out 6. The Mets have teh following numbers against him:

  • C Young 2-15, HR
  • Wright 2-13
  • Murphy 4-12, 2B
  • Abreu 3-10, 2B, 3B
  • E Young 4-12, 2 2B
  • Granderson 0-6
  • Tejada 2-7, 2 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Pirates, 4:05 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-pirates-405-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-pirates-405-pm.html/#comments Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:55:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=159357 jon niese

The Mets lost in extra innings last night, making three straight losses and putting themselves in a position of needing to win tonight and tomorrow in order to split the series. Jon Niese (4-4, 2.78) opposes right-hander Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.64) in the 4:05 PM game at PNC Park.

Niese has gone 19 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or less, the longest current streak in the majors. It is also tied for the fourth-longest streak in team history and longest since Johan Santana went 21 straight starts in 2009. Niese is 6-5 with a 2.85 ERA (39 earned runs/123.1 innings) during this run which dates back to September 13 of last year.

Travis d’Arnaud had a career-high three hits last night and has hit in all four games since he was recalled from Las Vegas (AAA). He is 6-16 (.375) with three RBI during that span and has raised his batting average 21 points from .180 to .201 in those four games.

Josh Edgin has retired all 20 first batters he’s faced this season, a new franchise record. Opponents are hitting .103 (4-39) against Edgin, the lowest mark among qualified major league relievers.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Ruben Tejada – SS
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Eric Campbell – 3B
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Jon Niese - LHP
  9. Eric Young, Jr. – LF

Jon Niese will take the hill for the Amazin’s and he is 4-4 over 15 starts and 97.0 innings with a 2.78 ERA. In each of his last two starts he has gone 6.0 innings allowing 3 ER, something he hasn’t done since the middle of May where he did that three straight games in a row. Knock on wood, he hasn’t allowed more than 3 ER in any start this season. He faced the Pirates when they were in Queens earlier this year allowing 2 ER over 5.2 innings while walking 2 and striking out 4. The Pirates have the following numbers against him:

  • Sanchez 6-23, 2B, HR
  • Barmes 6-16, 2B, HR
  • Martin 1-10
  • McCutchen 4-10, 2 2B
  • Walker 1-8
  • Harrison 1-6, 2B

Gerrit Cole climbs the mound for the Pirates. On the season he is 6-3 over 12 starts and 76.2 innings with a 3.64 ERA. In his last three starts he has pitched 18.0 innings with a 2-0 record and a 3.00 ERA. He has made one start against the Mets in his career where he allowed 3 ER over 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Cole:

  • Murphy 0-3
  • Wright 1-3
  • E Young 1-3
  • Captain Kirk 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Marlins, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-marlins-710-pm-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-marlins-710-pm-4.html/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:30:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=158932 daisuke matsuzaka

Trying to continue their two-game win streak, the Mets are in Miami for the second of four against the Marlins.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM at Marlins Park.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81) will have the pressure to continue the slight win streak when he faces the Marlins Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.58).

Matsuzaka left his last start on June 15th with a severe upset stomach.  He pitched once since then in relief on June 17th.  He hasn’t allowed more than four hits in any of his last eight starts which is the longest streak in Mets history.  Dice-K has won six straight decisions, and the team is 7-1 in his last eight starts.

David Wright was responsible for the lone run in Thursday night’s 1-0 win over the Marlins.  It was the 26th time in Mets history that they won a game 1-0 on a home run.  The last time it happened was in 2010 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Wright is the only player in team history that has done it twice, having it happen back in 2005.  The Captain has hit in four straight games and is 5-15 over that span.

Curtis Granderson continued his streak of reaching base safely now to 28 games.  He is also hitting .289 during that streak with 16 runs scored, four home runs, and 13 RBI.  Granderson is leading the National League with an OBP of .463 on the month of June.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – CF
  5. Bobby Abreu – RF
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Daisuke Matsuzaka – P

The Mets made it two straight wins last night on the strength of a complete game shut out from Zack Wheeler. It was Wheeler’s first complete game and not only was it a gem, he had to do it with essentially no help from the offense. David Wright hit a solo homer in the first inning and that was all the bats were able to do against the Marlins. Matsuzaka will look to build off of Wheeler’s momentum as he faces off against Henderson Alvarez in game two of the set.

Matsuzaka is 3-0 on the season over 41.2 innings and a 2.81 ERA. In the month of June he has pitched 12.1 innings over four games and three starts (including one where he was able to get only one inning of work in due to the flu). In those 12.1 innings he has a 3.65 ERA while walking 10 and striking out 9. He has very limited innings against the Marlins this season who have three runs, two earned over 1.1 innings this year, and the following lifetime numbers:

  • Mathis 1-11
  • Stanton 2-7, HR
  • Hechavarria 2-4, 2B
  • Saltalamacchia 3-4, 2B
  • Lucas 0-3
  • Johnson 1-3
  • McGehee 0-2

The Mets bats will get a crack at Henderson Alvarez tonight who is 3-3 over 14 games this season with 2.56 ERA over 88.0 innings this year. In his last five starts he is 1-0 and the Marlins are 5-0 with 33.1 innings logged with a 0.81 ERA. He has made two starts against the Mets this season including a complete game shut out and a 6 inning, 2 ER outing. He has 3 complete game shutouts on the year so far. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Granderson 3-19, 2B
  • Murphy 4-16, 3 2B
  • Wright 5-13, 2B
  • Duda 2-12
  • e Young 2-10, 3B
  • C Young 0-6
  • Tejada 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Cardinals, 1:45 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-cardinals-145-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-cardinals-145-pm.html/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:00:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=158830 bartolo colon

The Mets will look to avoid being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals, in a Wednesday afternoon tilt at Busch Stadium.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:45 PM.

Bartolo Colon (6-5, 4.15) will look for his fifth win in his last six starts, and build on his solid 7.1 inning outing last time out.  He is up against the Cardinals Lance Lynn (7-4, 3.16).

Things haven’t looked so good for the Mets on the road recently.  They have lost their last eight road games which is their longest losing streak on the road since 1995.  The confusing part has to be that the Mets score the second most runs on the road in the National League behind the Milwaukee Brewers.

New York will be thrilled to see the series shift out of St. Louis.  With Tuesday night’s loss, the Mets have now lost their last six series in St. Louis, and 12 of their last 14 against the Red Birds at their home.  The Mets have been swept by the Cardinals in St. Louis happening last in 2009.

With his 0-for-4 night on Tuesday, Daniel Murphy slipped to third in the National League in hits.  He is sitting on 85, while Jonathan Lucroy and Paul Goldschmidt have 88.  Murph is hitting .307 on the road this season which is good for eighth in the National League.

Curtis Granderson has reached base safely in his last 26 games.  He is hitting .292 in that span hitting four home runs with 13 RBI.  He is starting to catch fire this month hitting .348.  That average is good for seventh best in the NL.  Since the beginning of May, Granderson is 41-for-145 which is .283.

Lucas Duda has now hit six doubles in his last five games, and now has nine for the month of June.  He still trails the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen for the NL lead by one.  Duda hit his team-tying ninth home run Tuesday.  He now has an extra-base hit in three straight games, and seven in his last five games.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Chris Young – CF
  7. Taylor Teagarden – C
  8. Wilmer Flores – SS
  9. Bartolo Colon – P

The Mets try to get it started with the Cardinals against today after dropping a second straight game yesterday. Colon will get the start tonight and on the mound this season he is 6-5 over 13 games and 84.2 innings with a 4.15 ERA. In his last four starts he has pitched 27.1 innings with 25 K’s and 1.65 ERA with a 3-0 record. He faced the Cardinals the first time around this season allowing 4 hits and one earned run over 7.0 innings while striking out 8. The Cardinals have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Ellis 3-15, 2B
  • Peralta 2-11
  • Holliday 3-8, 2B
  • Bourjos 2-6
  • Carpenenter 2-7
  • Adams 1-6

Lance Lynn gets the start for the Cards tonight. He is 7-4 over 14 games and 85.1 innings with a 3.16 ERA. In his last four starts he has pitched 25.1 innings with a 2.13 ERA while walking 11 and striking out 18. Earlier this year against the Mets he picked up a loss after allowing 3 runs, 2 earned over 6.1 innings while walking 2 and striking out 9 batters. The Mets have the following numbers against Lynn:

  • Muprhy 5-11, 2 2B
  • Wright 2-9, 2B
  • Duda 0-8
  • Abreu 1-5, 2B
  • Tejada 1-5
  • C Young 1-4, HR

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Padres vs Mets, 1:05 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mmo-game-thread-padres-vs-mets-105-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mmo-game-thread-padres-vs-mets-105-pm.html/#comments Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:17:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=158619 dice-k daisuke matsuzaka

The Mets play a rubber game Sunday against the San Diego Padres at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field. Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.95 ERA) opposes right-hander Ian Kennedy (5-7, 3.63) in the Father’s Day finale.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – CF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright -3B
  4. Bobby Abreu – RF
  5. Andrew Brown – LF
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Wilmer Flores – SS
  8. Anthony Recker – C
  9. Daisuke Matsuzaka – RHP

The Mets find themselves in another rubber game today as they take on the Padres. Yesterday the Mets were just not able to find their bats, but at least fans got to see 50 cent after the game. Anyway, today Ian Kennedy takes the mound for the Padres while Daisuke Matsuzaka goes up for the Amazins.

Matsuzaka is 3-0 over 19 games and 3 starts this year pitching 39.2 innings with a 2.95 ERA. He was able to bounce back from his tough start in Chicago with a good start against the Brewers picking up the win after allowing 1 ER over 6.0 innings of work. He has made one career start against the Padres picking up the win after allowing 5 hits and one earned run over 6. Only three current Padres have seen him during a major league game:

  • Quentin 1-7, 2B
  • Smith 5-5, 2B, HR (Really)
  • Headley 1-1

The Mets bats will get a look at the old Yankee prospect and 2011 league leader in wins Ian Kennedy who is 5-7 this year with a 3.63 ERA over 14 starts, 86.2 innings of work and a 3.63 ERA. His last start was the second worst of the season allowing 5 ER to the Phillies over 7.0 innings and in two starts againsst the Mets last year he allowed 7 ER over 13 hits in 11.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Ian:

  • Wright 5-13, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Murphy 2-10, HR
  • Brown 1-7
  • Granderson 1-4
  • Recker 2-5, 2B
  • Tejada 2-5
  • Duda 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Giants, 10:05 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-giants-1005-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-giants-1005-pm.html/#comments Sat, 07 Jun 2014 23:06:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=157943 bartolo colon

The Mets will need a win against the pitcher with the top ERA in the majors to prevent their dive from reaching five Saturday.

Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.52 ERA) opposes San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.75) at 10:05 PM at AT&T Park.

Colonis fourth among active Major Leaguers with 194 career wins while tonight’s Giants starter Tim Hudson is first with 211 victories.

Ruben Tejada has hit in six straight games, going 10-24 and batting .417 with five RBIs. Over his last 10 games, Tejada is hitting .424 (14-33) with five runs scored, two home runs and six RBI.

Curtis Granderson has reached base safely in 19 straight games, the second-longest current streak in the majors, behind Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez (22). He is hitting .273 (33-121) with five home runs and 20 RBI since May 1 (34 games).

Starting Lineup

  1. Matt den Dekker – CF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Chris Young – LF
  6. Lucas Duda -1B
  7. Ruben Tejada – SS
  8. Anthony Recker – C
  9. Bartolo Colon - RHP

The Mets try to stop the slide tonight against the Giants tonight with Colon on the mound. Last night, the Giants took the lead in the 8th and won the game 4-2, and it ended up being the 15th loss on the pen. To be fair, the pen has been better than that for the most part, and it reflects that the offense is giving the pitching staff a very narrow range to work with. Anyway, like said earlier, Colon gets the start tonight vs and old foe Tim Hudson.

Colon is 5-5 over 11 starts and 71.2 innings with a 4.52 ERA. In his last three starts he is 3-0 over 22.1 innings with a 1.61 ERA and 5 BB, 19 K’s. In his career, he has made three starts against the Giants allowing 11 ER over 19 innings. The Giants have the following numbers against Hudson:

  • Abreu 5-25, 2B, 2 HR
  • Granderson 4-13, 2 HR
  • Murphy 0-3
  • Wright 1-3

Hudson is 6-2 this season with a league leading 1.75 ERA over 77.1 innings over 11 starts. In his last five starts he has pitched 31.2 innings with a 1.14 ERA. Last year he made three starts against the Mets allowing 6 ER over 22.0 innings with a 2.45 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against Tim:

  • Wright 18-77, 88 PA, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 BB
  • Duda 9-26, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 5-22, 2 2B
  • Tejada 8-21, 2B
  • Abreu 4-12, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

MMO

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Time To Pull Plug On Chris Young Experiment http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/05/time-to-pull-plug-on-chris-young-experiment.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/05/time-to-pull-plug-on-chris-young-experiment.html/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 13:00:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=156332 chris young

Guaranteed playing time or not, the Mets commitment to Chris Young should not last too much longer given his recent struggles. At some point the Mets will have to pull the plug on Young and start giving his playing time to more worthy and productive players.

For some odd reason manager Terry Collins decided to put the slumping CY in the cleanup spot during Wednesday’s 5-4 loss to the Dodgers. Young went 0-for-3 with a rally killing double-play in one of those at-bats and a runner stranded in scoring position in another.

Many people, including myself, were unhappy with the Chris Young signing and would of preferred the Mets go after a more proven power bat, such as a Nelson Cruz, who ended up signing a nearly identical contract with the Orioles very late in free agency. Or the money could have been better utilized to fill another need like shortstop.

The Mets came into the season with a logjam of four starting outfielders in CY, Eric Young Jr., Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares, three of whom could play center field. It appeared that the organization had no trust in the up-and-coming Lagares despite his breakthrough defensive season in 2013 and a phenomenal offensive showing in Winter Ball.

However, an early stint on the disabled list for Chris Young changed everything. Lagares stepped in, got a chance to play everyday, and wowed everyone with an electrifying start to the season both in the field and more importantly at the plate as well.

By the time Chris Young returned from the DL, Terry Collins was unwilling to keep Lagares as the everyday center fielder and announced a 4-man outfield rotation that would give everyone equal playing time. However that almost led to a revolt when at one point Collins benched Lagares for three straight games and four of five, prompting outrage from the ticket-buying fans and harsh criticism from writers and analysts.

The situation is still unresolved to this day and Collins is under the microscope before each game as to which three outfielders gets to be in the starting lineup. It’s a tenuous situation.

Granderson is almost a given to be starting everyday because of the Mets’ $60 million dollar commitment to him for the next four years. Lagares continues be the team’s best hitter and with three more hits on Tuesday is now slashing at a .315/.361/.472 for the season. Obviously, his glove has shined and only adds to his value as an everyday centerfielder. Terry Collins has taken a liking to Eric Young Jr., who he says gives the Mets a pure leadoff hitter who can wreak havoc on the base paths. EY has a low .202 batting average and his .311 on-base is hardly leadoff-worthy, however his ability to reach base in the first inning makes him additionally attractive to Collins. EY has a .394 OBP in the first inning of games this year has it proved helpful to get the Mets on the scoreboard early.

Chris Young should be the odd man out at this point. He is producing at a .206/.272/.360 clip this season with only three home runs and 11 RBI.

Sandy Alderson brought in Young this winter in the hopes of him revitalizing his career and bringing some power to Citi Field. Sandy believed that Young’s struggles were attributed to being platooned while in Oakland where he batted .200/.280/.379.

So he gambled $7.5 million that with regular playing time Young would flourish. Sandy was wrong. Perhaps he should have looked at Young’s career righthanded splits, then he would have seen why Billy Beane eventually placed him in a platoon role.

Alderson knew this was a risky signing this winter. If he produced, Alderson looks like a genius but this hasn’t been the case. The Mets preach that they want to win now, and if that’s true Chris Young should be heading to the bench no matter how much playing time he was promised.

The Mets need to stop this four-way outfielder rotation. For now, Granderson and Lagares need to play everyday. If Collins wants to maintain his fixation on EY, then it should be at the expense of Chris Young and not the other two.

MMO

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MMO Game Thread: Dodgers vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/05/mmo-game-thread-dodgers-vs-mets-710-pm-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/05/mmo-game-thread-dodgers-vs-mets-710-pm-2.html/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 22:03:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=156406 jacob degrom

The Mets play the second game of their two-game series against the Dodgers at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 PM.

Jacob deGrom (0-1, 1.29 ERA) will make his second start for the Mets and will be opposed by Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2, 3.00 ERA) for the Dodgers. deGrom went 7.0 innings and allowed one run, with six strikeouts on May 15 vs. the Yankees in his major league debut.

Juan Lagares, who with family in the Dominican Republic to mourn a death in his family, is back with the team and batting leadoff.

Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares – CF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Chris Young – LF
  5. Curtis Granderson – RF
  6. Eric Campbell – 1B
  7. Wilmer Flores – SS
  8. Anthony Recker – C
  9. Jacob deGrom – RHP

Last night came down to missed opportunities, and the Mets look to reverse that with their second game against the Dodgers tonight. Yesterday, the pitching was off allowing 9 runs, and the Mets bats continuously left the bases loaded. Tonight deGrom looks to follow up his strong major league debut and the bats look to follow through against Ryu.

In deGrom’s first start he allowed one earned run and four hits over 7.0 innings, walking 2 and striking out 6. For Jacob, his major league debut was marred by a Mets offense that just couldn’t score any runs. Tonight will (obviously) be his first start against the Dodgers.

Ryu is 3-2 on the season over 7 starts and 39.0 innings with a 3.00 ERA. Ryu is coming off of the DL today and his worst start of the season. He ended April with 5.0 innings allowing 5 earned runs, 6 total. Outside of another start where he allowed 8 runs,6 earned over 2 innings, he has been fantastic allowing 2 runs in one start and shutting out opponents 4 times. Last year he faced the Mets twice totaling 14.0 innings and 2 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Ryu:

  • Murphy 2-6
  • Lagares 1-4, HR
  • Duda 1-3
  • Recker 0-3
  • Tejada 0-2
  • Wright 0-1
  • E Young 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

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Montero Looks Like He Belongs, Says He’s Felt Ready For A While http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/05/montero-looks-like-he-belongs-says-hes-felt-ready-for-a-while.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/05/montero-looks-like-he-belongs-says-hes-felt-ready-for-a-while.html/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 19:40:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=155670 montero

3:00 PM

Danny Knobler of ESPN writes that while Noah Syndergaard is the New York Mets pitching prospect that everyone has wanted to talk about, it is Rafael Montero who is the one most prepared to pitch in the major leagues now.

“His maturity is beyond his years as a pitcher,” Mets manager Terry Collins said as he anxiously awaited Montero’s big league debut on Wednesday night at Citi Field against the New York Yankees.

Montero isn’t just any kid just up from the minors, says Knobler, who scouts agree is most polished and ready to go with nothing left to prove in the minors.

The 23-year old righty, made 24 Triple-A starts at the very cruel Las Vegas, and amazingly defied the odds by posting a 3.25 ERA and a 1.212 WHIP with 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings pitched in the notorious hitting haven.

Knobler adds that there is also Montero’s personality which was on display when he arrived in the Mets clubhouse Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. He says that Montero looks like he belongs.

When Montero was asked if he felt ready for tonight, he smiled and said through an interpreter, “I’ve felt ready for a while now.”

12:00 PM

Here we are yet another Mets pitching prospect about to make his major league debut, and he brings with him maybe just as much hype as when Thor will finally makes his way to Queens later this summer. But can Rafael Montero handle the pressure of pitching in one of the most important series for the fans regarding bragging rights between Mets and Yankees and if so, will he be as dominant as the expectations may dictate.

No matter what happens between now and October, the fans use these games to measure up against their cross-town rivals, with the hope that their team will come out on top. And so far the Mets have lived up to it by winning their last six meetings against the Yankees and the last two in grand fashion outscoring the Bronx Bombers, 9-7 and 12-7.  The Mets pitching staff may not have been as dominating as their bats in this series, but that may all change on Wednesday night when Montero finally takes the mound in a big league game at Citi Field.

There can be an argument that no one knows what Montero will bring to the team, but just as when Zack Wheeler made his debut in 2013 and even Matt Harvey the year prior, the anticipation is what Montero have done so far, can translate to helping the team win. Even if he isn’t as dominant as Harvey was, the end result can be the same, winning baseball. 

There isn’t a better opportunity for Montero to showcase his talents, than to do so against the Yankees and the pressure does mount as he will be measured against the previous Mets pitching prospect debuts, especially the current 18.1 scoreless innings streak held by Matt Harvey, Collin McHugh and Zack Wheeler, in which they combined in their respective major league debuts.

The Dominican native who looks to live up to all the expectations, even has his new skipper excited about the impending debut, ”The Dominican players nicknamed him ‘Little Pedro’ because he’s got a feel for it.” Terry Collins tells Brian Hoch of MLB.com, “Those are big statements. I don’t think he’s going to be intimidated. Obviously he might be a little anxious, but I think once he gets out there, he’s going to be who he is, because that’s his mentality.”

The sky is the limit for Montero and no matter what the outcome may be, we know that today is the start of the future finally arriving in Queens. This is just the beginning, especially with Jacob deGrom in the pen, who is sure to make his debut if not tonight then in a few days.

“All of the sudden, it brings energy to the clubhouse. They’re very excited to be here. They had a long flight. You’d have never known it. They’re flying a mile high right now, and some of the guys feed off that,” Collins tells beat writer Anthony DiComo.

There isn’t a better time to be a Mets fan than right now and I am excited to say, Welcome to the first of many Happy Montero Days!

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MMO Game Thread: Phillies vs Mets, 7:10 PM, (WPIX) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/05/mmo-game-thread-phillies-vs-mets-710-pm-wpix.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/05/mmo-game-thread-phillies-vs-mets-710-pm-wpix.html/#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 22:01:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=155288 dillon gee

The Mets will look to even the series tonight at Citi Field when they take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:10 PM. RHP Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.51) gets the start for the Mets and will oppose RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 3.58) for the Phillies.

Gee enters tonight’s start with a career-high 16.0 inning scoreless streak which dates back to April 22. The streak is the longest by a Mets pitcher since R.A. Dickey tossed 32.2 scoreless innings in 2012.

Since April 16, Dillon Gee leads the majors with a 0.67 ERA followed by Detroit’s Max Scherzer who is second, and teammate Jon Niese who is third best with a 1.01 ERA. Going back to May 30 of last year, Gee is 13-6 with a 2.66 ERA which ranks third in the majors in that span. Only Zack Greinke (2.35 ERA) and Max Scherzer (2.42 ERA) have a lower mark.

Omar Quintanilla cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas. He was designated for assignment when the team promoted shortstop Wilmer Flores.

Daniel Murphy is hitting .352 (19-54) with 11 runs scored, seven doubles and six RBI in his last 13 games. Murphy is tied for 10th in the National League with 10 doubles and since 2012, his 88 doubles are the second-most in the NL behind Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt (92).

Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares – CF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Chris Young – LF
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Wilmer Flores – SS
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Dillon Gee – RHP

Game Preview

The Mets continued a streak last night of tough, tough losses as they dropped last night’s game to the Phillies in extra innings. The Mets are still in position to take the series and return to .500 when it is over. Dillon Gee looks to undo that tonight as squares off against Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies.

Gee is 3-1 on the season with a 2.51 ERA in seven starts and 46.2 innings of work. His last outing ended a Mets losing streak, which is the same thing he will be asked to do again. In his last four starts he has pitched 27.0 innings with a 0.67 ERA. Last year he struggled against the Phillies in four starts allowing 21 runs, 20 earned, over 32 hits in 20 innings of work. The Phillies have the following numbers against Gee:

  • Rollins 9-19, 2 2B
  • Utley 5-19, 2 2B
  • Mayberry 4-18, 2B, 2 HR
  • Howard 7-15, 6 HR
  • Brown 3-12, 2B
  • Ruiz 1-10, 2B

Kyle Kendrick is 0-3 on the season but has a 3.58 ERA over 6 starts and 37.2 innings. His last three starts pretty much match the consistency of his season. In those three starts he has a 3.66 ERA. He was successful against the Mets last season going 3-1 over 4 starts with a 3.04 ERA over 26.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Kyle:

  • Wright 13-41, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Murphy 5-27, 2B
  • Tejada 4-19
  • Duda3-16, 2 2B, HR
  • C Young 3-15, 2B, HR
  • E Young 1-8

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Cardinals vs Mets, 1:10 PM (SNY) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mmo-game-thread-cardinals-vs-mets-110-pm-sny.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mmo-game-thread-cardinals-vs-mets-110-pm-sny.html/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:09:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=154092 USATSI bartolo colon

The Mets have a chance to win to take three out of four games against the defending NL Champions this afternoon when they close out their series with the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:10 PM. Bartolo Colon (1-3, 5.40) will oppose Lance Lynn (4-0, 3.42) who is tied for the National League lead in wins.

Mets starting pitchers have a 1.91 ERA during their last nine games. The bullpen has allowed two runs in their last 15.2 innings.

A day after Granderson snapped the longest hitting drought of his career with a single and a walk, Terry Collins is resting him.

Bobby Abreu will start his first game for the Mets and be in left field while batting sixth this afternoon. Abreu is 40 and hasn’t played the outfield in a ML game since July 25, 2012.

What’s funny here is that yesterday Collins said he wouldn’t bat Duda cleanup for another month, and that he wouldn’t rest Granderson because it’s only April. He told reporters that Duda in the clean-up spot is just a one-day thing.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Chris Young – CF
  6. Bobby Abreu – RF
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Bartolo Colon – RHP 

Game Preview

The Mets might have struck out a ton last night but it doesn’t matter too much as the Mets picked up the W. Now the Mets are in a position to end their gauntlet run to start the season with at worst a .500 record and at best, two games above .500. Today Lance Lynn looks to split the series for the Cards as Colon looks to win the series for the Mets.

Colon’s last start was on Saturday where he allowed 3 ER over 7 innings of work which was a nice bounce back from his 9 ER over 5 innings in his previous start. On the season he is 1-3 over 25.0 innings and 4 games with a 5.40 ERA while allowing 34 hits, walking only 3 batters and striking out 18. Last year he tossed a gem against the Cards allowing one earned run over 8 innings while walking one and striking out 5. The Cards have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Ellis 3-15, 2B
  • Peralta 2-11
  • Bourjos 2-6
  • Holliday 3-5, 2B
  • Carpenter 2-4
  • Molina 0-4

Lance Lynn is 4-0 over his four starts this year with a 3.42 ERA over 23.2 innings of work. In that space he has walked 7 batters, allowed 3 homers and struck out 27. He is in a strong stretch that has seen him pitch 12.2 innings in two starts allowing 1 run, walking 6 and striking out 16. Last year he picked up the win against the Mets allowing 3 ER over 7 innings while walking 5 and striking out 7. The Mets have the following numbers against Lynn:

  • Murphy 4-9, 2B
  • Wright 2-7, 2B
  • Duda 0-5
  • Abreu 0-2
  • Tejada 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 1:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-110-pm-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-110-pm-2.html/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:00:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=153736 zack wheeler

The Mets will try and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Braves as they close out their three-game series Sunday at 1:10 PM.

Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.67 ERA) will start for the Mets and be opposed by rookie righthander David Hale (0-0, 2.89) for the Braves.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Curtis Granderson – RF
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  5. Chris Young – CF
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP

As expected Curtis Granderson is out of the clean-up spot and batting second.

What I didn’t expect was to see Murphy batting cleanup…

Game Preview

The Mets look to avoid the sweep today at Citi Field, and climb back to .500 after a near win yesterday. The bullpen yesterday wasn’t the greatest, but neither was the hitting. The Mets bats didn’t really show up until the 8th and 9th inning, and the Mets were able to make it interesting in the ninth. Anyway, the Mets bats will get another crack at David Hale as he squares off against Zack Wheeler.

Wheeler is 1-2 on the season with a 4.67 ERA over 17.1 innings while allowing 9 ER, walking 5 and striking out 15. If it feels like Zack has been pitching better than that, you’re right. His FIP is 3.72 so far. His second start of the season, by far his worst start, was against the Braves where he allowed 8 hits and 4 ER over 5.0 innings with 6 strikeouts. The Braves have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Freeman 5-9, HR
  • C Johnson 1-11
  • Simmons 3-9
  • Heyward 3-9, HR
  • J Upton 0-9
  • Gattis 1-8, 2B

David Hale is making his third start of the season. He has pitched 9.1 innings this year with 2.89 ERA and a 4.05 FIP. He has not pitched since his last start on April 10th against teh Mets where he allowed 4 runs, 3 earned over 4.1 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against David:

  • Granderson 0-2
  • Murphy 1-2
  • Wright 1-2
  • E Young 3-3, 3B
  • d’Arnaud 0-2
  • Tejada 0-2

Happy Easter and Lets Go Mets!

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Collins Might Try Batting Pitchers Eighth http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/collins-might-try-batting-pitchers-eighth.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/collins-might-try-batting-pitchers-eighth.html/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 02:04:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=149722 terry-collins1

Taking a page from the handbook of Tony La Russa, Mets manager Terry Collins is considering occasionally batting his pitchers eighth this season, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

“My thought is: How do we get them more RBI chances and also give David Wright, in particular, chances to drive in runs,” Collins said. “It is a possibility I might try hitting the pitcher eighth. I don’t know that I will, but I might.”

I’ll believe it when I see it, but here’s the theory as explained by La Russa:

By having a legitimate hitter in the No. 9 spot — say Juan Lagares — it is as if the No. 3 batter becomes the cleanup man because Nos. 9-1-2 in the order function like 1-2-3.

“When you have a guy like David Wright, it is worth considering,” La Russa said by phone. “I liked it. You want to protect your best hitter as best as possible, and this is a way.”

“If the pitcher is an out, then you only have two opportunities to get someone on in front of your No. 3 hitter, which opens more spots for that hitter to be pitched around or walked,” La Russa said. “This gives more opportunities for base runners in front of the No. 3 hitter and, thus, fewer chances to pitch around him.”

Sherman says that Collins’ contemplation to try this strategy underscores he is worried about his offense.

What are your thoughts?

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