Mets Merized Online » Wright http://metsmerizedonline.com Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:56:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.18 MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-710-pm-10.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mmo-game-thread-braves-vs-mets-710-pm-10.html/#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 19:43:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=211007 matt harvey 2

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Matt Wisler (0-2, 4.26) vs. RHP Matt Harvey (2-3, 4.76)
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The Mets had a tremendous first inning last night and then put it in cruise control as they bounced back nicely from Sunday’s loss. The bottom half of the first frame included homers from Wright, Cespedes and Duda. After those four runs, Colon just sliced and diced his way through the game and into the record books by passing Pedro Martinez for second place in wins by a Dominican born player. Tonight, Matt Harvey will look to do the same to the Braves lineup.

Mets Lineup (16-8)

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. David Wright, 3B
  3. Michael Conforto, LF
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B
  6. Neil Walker, 2B
  7. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  8. Kevin Plawecki, C
  9. Matt Harvey, RHP

Braves Lineup (6-19)

  1. Nick Markakis, RF
  2. Adonis Garcia, LF
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Kelly Johnson, 2B
  5. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  6. Reid Brignac, 3B
  7. Erick Aybar, SS
  8. Matt Wisler, RHP
  9. Mallex Smith, CF

Harvey is 2-3 over 28.1 innings and 5 starts with a 4.76 ERA. He is 2-0 in his last two starts logging 11.0 innings of work posting a 3.27 ERA which includes a 5.0 inning, 7 hit, 2 run performance against the Braves. He still hasn’t exactly looked like Harvey yet this year, so here’s hoping that happens tonight! The Braves have the following numbers against him:

  • Freeman 0-9, 3 K
  • Markakis 0-5, 2K
  • K Johnson 2-5
  • Brignac 1-3
  • Castro 0-3
  • Flowers 0-3
  • Garcia 2-3
  • Pierzynski 3-3

The Mets bats will get a look at Wisler who is 0-2 over 5 games and 4 starts this year pitching 25.1 innings with a 4.26 ERA. He has had one great start this year allowing only an unearned run over 6.2 innings against the Dodgers. Outside of that start, in his other three, he has allowed 12 ER over 17.2 innings. In his rookie season last year he was quite good against the Mets going 2-1 over 3 starts and 21.0 innings with a 2.14 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers vs Matt:

  • Granderson 1-9
  • Duda 1-8
  • Cespedes 2-6, 2B
  • Conforto 3-6
  • Flores 1-6
  • Plawecki 2-5
  • Wright 1-6, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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Wright May Be Held Out Of Games For Another Two Weeks http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/wright-may-be-held-out-of-games-for-another-two-weeks.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/wright-may-be-held-out-of-games-for-another-two-weeks.html/#comments Sun, 06 Mar 2016 06:18:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207274 david wright 2

Beat writer Mar Carig of Newsday is reporting that Mets third baseman David Wright might not appear in Grapefruit Leagues for another two weeks, according to what a source told him.

Wright continues to take it slow this Spring so as not to place any excess strain on his back. The Mets captain has participated in most of the team drills at Port St. Lucie like batting and fielding practice,  but has yet to run the bases.

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Beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN NY spoke with third baseman David Wright, who is not sure when he will begin playing in Grapefruit League games this spring training.

“For me, it’s more important to get my feet under me baseball-wise rather than the experience in the game. I don’t think I’m quite ready, and I don’t think I’ll get much out of a game now, if I go out there just for the sake of being in a game,” said Wright on Friday.

Both GM Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins had a meeting with Wright last week in which they discussed a plan of how they’ll ease the Mets captain into games slowly during the Spring and what the strategy will be during the regular season.

“It went great because he’s David Wright,” Collins told reporters.“It was all about the scheduling. It was all about what needed to take place before he’s in games. And David obviously was on board with it.”

Wright, now 33, has said he’s committed to being more forthright with the team regarding his back and any other aches and pains this season.

“As much as I’ve tried to be in the lineup as much as possible, I think that I understand it’s probably best for me and best for the team where I get some rest because of the condition of my back.”

Understanding that the plan is to take things slow this Spring, Wright still doesn’t know when he’ll appear in a game yet.

“Today we did some running that I haven’t done before. I’ll come in tomorrow and see how I feel. If I feel good, I’ll progress from that.”

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Mets Teammates Excited That Yoenis Cespedes Will Be Back http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-teammates-are-excited-yoenis-cespedes-will-be-back.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-teammates-are-excited-yoenis-cespedes-will-be-back.html/#comments Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:34:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=204889 matz degrom

It didn’t take long for many of the Mets players to weigh in on the return of Yoenis Cespedes, who was resoundingly praised and lauded by his teammates this weekend at various events and social media.

While the Baseball Writers Association of America Awards Banquet was canceled on Saturday night because of the snowstorm, they did manage to hold a toned-down awards ceremony for those who could attend.

Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa collected their Rookie of the Year awards, while Josh Donaldson, Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel and Jake Arrieta were on hand for their hardware as well.

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Sandy Alderson stole the show as always and took some jabs at Scott Boras while also poking some fun at Matt Harvey, telling the crowd he lived all the way out in SoHo and there were no flights out of the Greenwich Village Airport due to the blizzard. You can check out some great videos from Sandy, Terry Collins and a bunch of Mets players in attendance here on MLB.com.

Here’s what Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Curtis Granderson had to say about Yoenis Cespedes last night:

“You hear him get an offer somewhere else, and it’s a team you might have to play a lot, you don’t really want to face a guy like that all the time,” deGrom said. “So we’re definitely excited to have him back on our team. In the little bit of time we had him, he was impressive. So a full season is going to be a lot of fun.”

“He was so clutch,” Matz said. “I definitely think he’s intimidating. He’s a long-ball threat but at the same time he’ll get the job done and hit the ball the other way. As a pitcher, I’d be intimidated.”

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“We got a chance to experience him for 2 1/2 months last year and he did some amazing things for us,” Granderson added. “I know the city is excited to have him back and even if he could do just half of what he did last year it would definitely be a very big thing for us.”

Dan Martin of the New York Post reached out to David Wright on Saturday and the Mets captain couldn’t hide his enthusiasm for having Cespedes back.

“I liked the baseball moves we made earlier, but this is a bigger splash,” Wright said. “Yoenis is a difference-maker. You saw it after the trade at the deadline. He immediately started to carry our offense. Even though he was only around us for a short time, he had a connection with the city, the team and the fans and I’m glad for them.”

“Obviously, he genuinely wanted to come back and that’s the kind of guy you want to take the field with, someone who is willing to compromise,” Wright said. “I do know he made a point to his representatives to compromise and the team did, too.”

You could always count on David Wright to say and do the right things.

And finally, let’s give it up for Alejandro De Aza, who had the following to say on Facebook after the Cespedes signing essentially knocked him out of the starting lineup and landed him on the bench.

“Looking forward to playing alongside Yoenis Cespedes, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto and the rest of my new Met teammates. Focus is not on individual accomplishments, it’s on winning a championship for the city of New York.”

Character. An underrated trait that runs rampant in the Mets clubhouse.

(Hee hee hee, Patriots lost.)

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Featured Post: Can The Mets Win 90 Games As Currently Constructed? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/featured-post-can-the-mets-win-90-games-as-currently-constructed.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/featured-post-can-the-mets-win-90-games-as-currently-constructed.html/#comments Sat, 02 Jan 2016 17:45:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=203266 darnaud conforto

Cameron asks…

It looks like the Mets have done all of their heavy lifting for the offseason. Can they win 90 games again in 2016 without a bat like Yoenis Cespedes on the roster?

Dr. Dooby replies…

While bringing back Yoenis Cespedes would likely have increased the odds for more wins in 2016 it wasn’t a slam dunk. The severe risk attached to that type of player as he approaches his mid 30s makes any deal beyond 3 or 4 years highly volatile. Especially for a team that is unable to risk 25 percent or more of its payroll as a “sunken cost”. Cespedes is an above average regular, but certainly not a “franchise caliber” star player you´d want to sign to a long term deal.

In my estimation, this current Mets roster – as it is – looks like a 90-win team on paper and in conservative projections. And since there is no Bryce Harper or Max Scherzer or Giancarlo Stanton star player in there who is expected to carry the load pretty much by himself as a 6+ win caliber player, it´s a far less riskier projection than for top-heavy teams that are strongly dependent on good health to a few elite performers and whose seasons can easily be derailed. That is less likely if your strength is in quality depth – even with a lack of star power. It´s easier to replace a solid 3-win player than it is to replace an elite-level 7-win player if you have a 90-win outlook.

Basically, under normal circumstances, the 2016 Mets should win between 85 and 95 games with 90 as sort of a mid-range expectancy, assuming standard performance, no rash of catastrophic injuries and no major breakouts.

You would expect Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard to perform like they did in 2015, and it’s not unreasonable to see all three perform significantly better and at top twenty pitching levels. Now, if one or two of these three steps up towards elite level, then the Mets´ win expectancy increases as well. Same for the offense which figures to be average and has a lot more depth now than it had entering 2015 – which eliminates the risk of playing AAA lineups extensively.

Thanks to their scheduling advantage and pretty safe outlook, I´d bet on the 2016 Mets at the very least winning a Wild Card spot, if not repeating as the NL East champions.

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Cueto Dominates Mets With Complete Game Gem http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/cueto-dominates-mets-with-complete-game-gem.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/cueto-dominates-mets-with-complete-game-gem.html/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2015 13:00:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=198314  Cueto Johnny

Despite an inconsistent postseason in 2015, Johnny Cueto delivered an incredible performance last night in Game 2 of the World Series. He fired nine outstanding innings while allowing only one run and two hits.

It was a tremendous rebound for Cueto, who allowed eight runs in his last start against the Blue Jays. However, he kept the Mets’ lineup completely off balanced last night with his wicked arsenal and command.

“He threw three or four different pitches for strikes in any count,” Wright said. “And then he kind of keeps you off balance with the quick pitch. And then he kind of takes his time a little bit. As a hitter, it’s all about timing. He disrupted it tonight, for sure — throwing cutters away from right-handed hitters, the sinkers in, changeups, curveballs. Just four excellent pitches throwing them for strikes in any count.”

Cueto seemed to get even better as the game went on  He allowed only one runner to reach base after the 4th inning, and he never gave the Mets a chance to make a comeback.

“The longer the game goes the stronger I get. I loosen up, I feel strong,” Cueto said “Thank God Ned (Yost) told him if we score a couple runs in the 8th I would go out. And thank God we were able to do that and I got the opportunity to close this game out.”

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It was an emotional night for Cueto, who dedicated the game to Edinson Volquez’s father who passed away on Tuesday. He also made history last night as he became the first Dominican born pitcher to throw a complete game in the World Series.

It was a very sad day for me yesterday. And there was a lot of focus on my part. I dedicated that game to Volquez’s dad and the whole family, and thank God it turned out that way.”

Cueto showed exactly why the Royals went after him so aggressively on the trade market during the season. He is an excellent pitcher, and he has certainly been worth the risk for Kansas City and GM Dayton Moore.

Hopefully, the Mets will continue to battle this series and have another shot to defeat him in his next outing.

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Wright’s Error Leads To Shocking Game 1 Loss For Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/wrights-error-leads-to-shocking-game-1-loss-for-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/wrights-error-leads-to-shocking-game-1-loss-for-mets.html/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:29:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=198218 wright caught stealing

It took David Wright 12 years to get to the World Series and in his first game in the Fall Classic he’d be the first to tell you he had a pretty rough night.

Sure, Wright went 2-for-7 with two singles at the plate, but those other at-bats were pretty ugly and two in particular were painful to watch as well.

The Mets captain struck out looking against Edinson Volquez with two runners on to end the third, and then struck out swinging against Ryan Madson with two runners on to end the 11th. Ouch.

The Mets stranded 11 runners on base last night and Wright accounted for four of them.

Additionally, he erased one of his two singles by attempting a steal of second against the cannon-armed catcher Salvador Perez, who easily gunned him down in the ninth.

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However, it was his crucial throwing error in the 14th inning of Game 1 that would prove to be the back-breaker for the Mets as the Royals took advantage and won the contest 5-4.

After clumsily fielding a hot grounder by leadoff man Alcides Escobar, his throw pulled Lucas Duda off first base and put the speedster on for the Royals. Escobar eventually came racing home on an Eric Hosmer walk-off sac fly to end the grueling extra-inning affair.

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“I just got an in-between hop,” Wright later said. “The ball kind of came up on me, and I just couldn’t put the glove on it. It hit my wrist and then got me in the midsection. I know he can run, so I rushed the throw a little bit.”

To be fair, Wright also had a couple of sparkling defensive gems in the game. But it was his final defensive play in the 14th that would prove to be the fatal flaw in last night’s Game 1 loss for the Mets.

“It’s obviously a tough one to swallow. But once we leave the ballpark tonight, we need to forget about it and start focusing on tomorrow’s game, because coming into this we knew these guys are an excellent opponent. And we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. So these are the types of hurdles we’re going to have to clear if we expect to win this thing.”

“If we can take some positives out of today,” Wright said. “We were one hit away or one play away from winning that game.”

He’s absolutely right about that, it was a very tight, hard fought battle from the first pitch to the last. But as we pointed out before the game, the keys to beating the Kansas City Royals was going to be not giving them any extra outs, and playing clean, crisp baseball on our end. That didn’t happen… Let’s get them tonight.

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Cubs Award David Wright Third Base As Keepsake Of NLCS Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/cubs-award-david-wright-third-base-as-keepsake-of-nlcs-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/cubs-award-david-wright-third-base-as-keepsake-of-nlcs-win.html/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2015 20:30:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=197623 david wright

The New York Mets may have beaten up on the Chicago Cubs to secure their first trip to the World Series since 2000, but before the Mets departed for their trip back to New York, the Cubs showed some major class.

Mets third baseman and Captain David Wright was given the actual third base bag that was used in last night’s pennant clinching victory, a very classy gesture from an organization who has endured their fair share of pain for many years.

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As many Mets fans know, Wright himself has also endured many long and sometimes depressing years waiting fot the Mets to make another postseason appearance.

He’s spent all 12 seasons wearing the orange and blue, and perhaps nobody is more deserving of this trip to the World Series than Wright is.

“It’s been a long road for me personally,” said Wright. “Every day in rehab, I dreamt about this moment. Not just this moment and getting here, but winning it. We’re in the World Series. I can’t believe I’m saying it. I can’t believe it’s here.”

This is just David’s second appearance in the postseason and his first trip to the World Series. The closest he’s ever been prior to this year, was back in 2006 when the Mets lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in game seven of the NLCS. A distant memory for all Mets fans now.

“Everything we’ve been through makes this even more rewarding,” Wright said. “I knew we had a good team in spring training, but you never know how things are going to end up.”

I’d say so far they’ve ended up just fine for Wright and his Mets. They are now four wins away from becoming world champions and kings of the baseball world, something they haven’t done since 1986.

“You’re talking about cementing a place in Mets history and I couldn’t be more proud of that,” Wright concluded. “This isn’t a team, it’s a family.”

Wright will now be able to take a piece of this moment with him for the rest of his life, with the NLCS third base graciously presented to him by the Cubs. A very special gesture indeed.

Photo by Jon Morosi

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Emotional Wright Proud Of His Team, Happy For New York City http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/emotional-wright-proud-of-his-team-happy-for-new-york-city.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/emotional-wright-proud-of-his-team-happy-for-new-york-city.html/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2015 10:00:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=197539 david wright

In twelve seasons in the major leagues, David Wright has finally achieved his lifelong dream of playing in the World Series. The Mets’ captain has been waiting for this moment for years, and couldn’t be happier with what this team accomplished.

“The World Series wow. You grow up as a kid playing in your backyard with a wiffleball bat, game seven, and you never truly understand that you have an opportunity to actually play in the World Series,” Wright said.

“And then here you are, after that last out, you realize that you’re really going to the World Series. I can’t begin to comprehend how that feels right now or to explain the emotions that are inside me.”

“I’m just so glad to be here right now with this group of guys and I’m so proud of this organization. I’m so excited for the city, for all the fans, they deserve this and I’m glad that we’re able to deliver for them.”

While a lot of people were skeptical of the team this season, Wright knew all along that they were a special group. Even going back to 2012 when he signed a 7 year contract extension, Wright said that he believed in Sandy Alderson’s plan and the team’s tremendous young pitching.

“People kind of giggled at us and laughed at us when we proclaimed we were going to be a playoff team.”

However, Wright and the Mets have proven their critics completely wrong as they obliterated the Cubs and dominated their way to the National League Title.

While it hasn’t been Wright’s best season statistically, his determination and tenacity has been inspiring to watch. He fought his way back into the lineup after a potential career threatening injury, and he still believed in the team despite all those losing seasons from 2009 to 2014.

With the the Mets now headed to their first World Series since 2000, all of his hard work and loyalty has certainly paid off.

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Some Kind Of Wonderful http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/some-kind-of-wonderful.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/some-kind-of-wonderful.html/#comments Sat, 10 Oct 2015 18:19:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=196008 daniel murphy hr 3

I just finished reading an article on another site that said last night proved the Mets “are a good team” and “belong on this stage.”

Gee, that’s weird… I thought the fact the Mets spent 3 1/2 months in first place and another 2 1/2 months within ear shot of first place was proof enough that they were a great team and not just a good one.

Gee, that’s strange… I thought the fact that they won 90 games and had a .645 winning percentage from July 30 until the end of the season and finished with a 7 game lead over the consensus choice for this year’s World Series champs was ample proof they deserved to be on the playoffs stage.

I guess that’s just me, and I’m biased because I’ve loved this team from the word go and suggested in March that everyone ditch the Wild Card talk because the Mets can win the division and beat the Washington Nationals this season.

When the Nats decided they could do without Adam LaRoche and Tyler Clippard, I wrote, “I could just kiss Mike Rizzo. I think we just got an invitation to the top spot in the NL East.”

But forget all that, it’s ancient news at this point and let’s instead relish the magic of last night’s 3-1 victory over Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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What we witnessed was a pitching duel that was written in the stars… and one for the ages. An epic battle between two of the game’s best that ended with the younger of the two warriors coming out on top. Total DeGromination.

It was the kind of pitching matchup we hoped for and neither Kershaw or deGrom disappointed. But this is a Mets world and everyone else is just living in it. In a word, I would have to describe deGrom’s performance as scintillating. With every one of his 13 strikeouts it felt like he was driving another nail into the Dodgers’ coffin and there was no escaping for Los Angeles this time.

Remember yesterday, when I said it was probably a bad idea to have all those lefty hitters in the lineup against Kershaw, but added that somehow they’ll end up looking like brilliant moves? In any other alternate universe we probably lose this game, but as I keep saying again and again – the planets have aligned themselves for the Mets this season and no mater what, they can do no wrong. This is a team of destiny.

When you awoke this morning, you had a big smile on your face and thought nothing was going to wipe it away today… Didn’t you? You had some extra bounce to your step and even though you barely got enough sleep over the night, you are wide-eyed, full of pep, and ready to go. “What’s for breakfast, I’m starved!”

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For some of you, you opened your front door to see the newspaper on your doormat with a photo of Jacob deGrom or David Wright and the word “AMAZIN!” splattered on the front page in big bold letters. “This is going to be a wonderful day,” you thought as you looked around to see if any of your Yankee fan neighbors were up and about, smirking all the while. “Hee, hee, hee…” Come on, admit it…

You’ve loved and rooted for this Mets team all year long, but this… this amazing tingling sensation… this feeling of satisfaction and validation… this is very different.

It’s an indescribable heart-warming emotion and all your senses are in hyper mode… It’s a feeling of nirvana that goes far beyond what you felt during that three-homer game by Kirk Nieuwenhuis, or that walk-off home run by Wilmer Flores, or that 16-run outburst against the Philadelphia Phillies, or that three-game sweep in DC, or that clincher in Cincinnati.

This is a thousand times more incredible… It’s unlike anything you’ve ever felt about the Mets in almost a decade. The team we love is in the playoffs my friends, and last night we fired off a shot heard ’round the world of baseball. And all you could think was, “One down, ten to go!”

You can add last night to our long list of magical and memorable Mets moments. It is now a part of Mets lore. Today is going to be an awesome day for Mets fans, because last night was truly some kind of wonderful. Enjoy the moment. Savor it. We earned it.

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Wright Glad Mets Are Done With Freddie Freeman This Season http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/wright-glad-mets-are-done-with-freddie-freeman-this-season.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/wright-glad-mets-are-done-with-freddie-freeman-this-season.html/#comments Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:00:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=194440 Freddie, Freeman

Freddie Freeman once again crushed the Mets hopes with an excellent performance during last night’s loss to Atlanta. He delivered the key hit of the game with a three run shot against Jeurys Familia to break the game’s 3-3 tie in the 9th inning.

Nobody was expecting Freeman to make such an impact because he started the game on the bench due to a sore wrist. However, it did not seem to bother him at all as he drove in five runs after coming in the game in the 7th inning and delivering a pinch hit two-run double.

“Freddie has been a thorn in our side,” Wright said. “I wasn’t expecting to see him. He came in and single-handedly beat us. I didn’t want to look at him [on the homer]. I was already disgusted.” (Greg Logan, Newsday)

“He comes off the bench and kills us again. So I’ll be glad to get rid of him. Freddie came in and singlehandedly beat us tonight. That’s why he is who he is. It just seems like he elevates his game against us.”

Wright appeared to have shouted expletives at him as he rounded the bases, but the Mets’ captain told reporters after the game that it was all in good fun.

Freeman has clearly established himself as one of the top Mets’ killers in all of baseball.  His 15 home runs against the Mets since 2012 are tied for the most in the league with Giancarlo Stanton, and his 61 RBI are the most of any opposing player in this span. The next highest is Ryan Howard with 48 RBI.

His walk-off home run against Dillon Gee in June of 2013 still stands out as one his biggest moment against the Mets,  but this one ranks right up there too. The good news for the Mets is that they won’t have to face him again this year, and they will quickly put this game behind them as they continue to inch closer to the playoffs.

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MMO Original: Predicting The Mets’ Post Season Roster http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mmo-original-predicting-the-mets-post-season-roster.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mmo-original-predicting-the-mets-post-season-roster.html/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 18:34:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=192422 Collins Terry

With the New York Mets now at 96.8 percent odds to make the postseason, me and a couple of my co-writers decided to have a little exercise and speculate what the Mets postseason roster would look like.

Please keep in mind that we are assuming all players are healthy and that we completed this five days ago so some dynamics may have changed. Enjoy…

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My roster has 14 position players and 11 pitchers, as I chose to include Eric Young Jr. over another reliever. My likely most controversial move is putting Noah Syndergaard in the bullpen, where I think he can be a dominant bridge to Familia in a short series.

Infielders

  1. Lucas Duda
  2. Wilmer Flores
  3. Daniel Murphy
  4. Ruben Tejada
  5. Juan Uribe
  6. David Wright

This is the standard infield roster. Wright, Murphy, and Duda will start every game against righties, with Flores splitting time with Tejada at shortstop and Murphy at second base. Flores should start over Murphy against lefties thanks to Murphy’s paltry .583 OPS against left-handed pitching this year.

Outfielders

  1. Yoenis Cespedes
  2. Juan Lagares
  3. Curtis Granderson
  4. Michael Conforto
  5. Michael Cuddyer
  6. Eric Young, Jr.

Conforto, Cespedes and Granderson against righties, while Cuddyer and Lagares should start against lefties. Cespedes (643 OPS) and Granderson (478 OPS) have both struggled badly against left-handed pitching this year.

Catchers

  1. Travis d’Arnaud
  2. Kevin Plawecki

Starters

  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Matt Harvey
  3. Steven Matz
  4. Jon Niese or Bartolo Colon

This is the most difficult part of this exercise but, provided he has a strong September, I am going to put my faith in Steven Matz as my #3 behind deGrom and Harvey. Noah Syndergaard is in uncharted territory right now when it comes to innings, and he has struggled in August because of it (4.79 ERA in August).

I still think that Syndergaard could be an effective starter in the playoffs, but he would be just as useful in the bullpen in a short series as a dominant 6th and 7th inning bridge to Clippard and Familia. Colon should make the roster over Niese as the fourth starter if the opposition is very right-handed (693 OPS against RHB in his career), or vice versa (Niese has a superior 716 OPS against LHB in his career).

Relievers

  1. Jeurys Familia
  2. Tyler Clippard
  3. Noah Syndergaard
  4. Addison Reed
  5. Sean Gilmartin
  6. Erik Goeddel
  7. Hansel Robles

This is an excellent bullpen, which should be used in concert with the handy-dandy chart I made for Terry Collins last week.

Notable Cuts: Kelly Johnson, Eric Campbell, Kirk Nieuwenhuis

This team has four excellent left-handed bats and a deep and diverse bench. It’ll also have several lights-out relief options plus, if Syndergaard emerges as a weapon, the Mets could then use Clippard to face opposing lefties late in games (343 OPS against).

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Infielders

  1. Lucas Duda
  2. Wilmer Flores
  3. Kelly Johnson
  4. Daniel Murphy
  5. Ruben Tejada
  6. Juan Uribe
  7. David Wright

Outfielders

  1. Yoenis Cespedes
  2. Juan Lagares
  3. Curtis Granderson
  4. Michael Conforto
  5. Michael Cuddyer

Catchers

  1. Travis d’Arnaud
  2. Kevin Plawecki

Starters

  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Matt Harvey
  3. Steven Matz
  4. Jon Niese

Relievers

  1. Jeurys Famila
  2. Tyler Clippard
  3. Hansel Robles
  4. Sean Gilmartin
  5. Dario Alvarez
  6. Addison Reed
  7. Noah Syndergaard

Very possible that Matz and Thor could be switched but I don’t see the Mets leaving either off the roster in favor of Colon. Tough spot for Colon who definitely won’t start but could come out of bullpen if Reed/Robles struggle down stretch.

Notable Cuts: Bartolo Colon, Eric Young Jr., Eric Campbell, Kirk Nieuwenhuis

I think its possible that either Kirk or EY could make the roster if they decide to carry only 10 pitchers.

Alvarez is obviously the wild card here but he shuts down lefties and Mets don’t currently have a loogy.

Thor I think is in the bullpen more because of limiting his innings than anything else.

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This exercise was not as easy as you might think. I also went with the extra position player and went with 11 pitchers.

Infielders

  1. Lucas Duda
  2. Wilmer Flores
  3. Daniel Murphy
  4. Ruben Tejada
  5. Juan Uribe
  6. David Wright

I love our infielders, there’s so much flexibility to work with. I decided to carry Uribe because he really does keep everyone in the clubhouse loose. But he also provides the occasional clutch hit and he’s the kind of guy that shines in the postseason. There’s always a guy like that who just turns it on and makes an impact.

Outfielders

  1. Yoenis Cespedes
  2. Juan Lagares
  3. Curtis Granderson
  4. Michael Conforto
  5. Michael Cuddyer
  6. Kelly Johnson

I truly agonized over whether or not I should include Eric Young Jr. or Kelly Johnson. In the end I went with Johnson because he provides a lot more flexibility between playing in the infield and the outfield, and all this guy does is produce whenever Terry Collins calls his number. Yes, Young gives you speed, but you know what the Mets have gotten this far without any speed. That was my deciding factor.

Catchers

  1. Travis d’Arnaud
  2. Kevin Plawecki

No-brainer here, but Anthony Recker doesn’t squeeze out Plawecki on my roster. Plus Plawecki is the future and I want him to have the experience of playing in the postseason. It only helps the Mets in the long-term.

Starters

  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Matt Harvey
  3. Steven Matz
  4. Bartolo Colon

This part was a killer and in the end I gave Jon Niese the boot. I had to. I trust Bartolo Colon a lot more than I trust Niese right now and I’m not throwing the most experienced veteran starting pitcher we have in the bullpen.

For now I will assume that Matt Harvey will pitch in every round of the postseason for as far as the Mets will go. DeGrom is money in the bank, and based on comments Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson have made regarding Matz, there’s no chance he goes into the bullpen and I doubt he gets left off unless he crashes and burns down the stretch and I don’t see that happening.

Relievers

  1. Jeurys Familia
  2. Tyler Clippard
  3. Noah Syndergaard
  4. Addison Reed
  5. Sean Gilmartin
  6. Dario Alvarez
  7. Hansel Robles

Noah Syndergaard will be just fine making a few appearances out of the bullpen. Believe me, he won’t mind one bit as long as he’s on this roster. And I have a hunch he can be as devastating a weapon out of the bullpen as Sid Fernandez was in 1986.

I really wanted the extra left-hander so Dario Alvarez makes my team over Erik Goeddel. I think Alvarez has filthy stuff and left-handed hitters cannot touch his slider.

Notable Cuts: Eric Young Jr, Eric Campbell, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Anthony Recker, Jon Niese, Erik Goeddel, Carlos Torres

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It’s Clobbering Time: Wright Returns With A Bang As Mets Explode For 8 Home Runs! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/its-clobbering-time-wright-returns-with-a-bang-as-mets-explode-for-8-home-runs.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/its-clobbering-time-wright-returns-with-a-bang-as-mets-explode-for-8-home-runs.html/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:48:58 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=191380 david wright

The Mets have waited since April to get David Wright back in the lineup, but he quickly made his presence felt last night during his first at-bat.

The Mets captain crushed a mammoth home run against  Phillies’ starter Adam Morgan, and he finished the day going 2-for-5 with a walk and three runs scored.

The home run was a towering shot that landed in the upper deck of Citizens Bank Park and was estimated at 465 feet. It was the first of eight home runs for the Mets, setting a new franchise record.

The Mets got long balls from Wright, Juan LagaresTravis d’ArnaudMichael CuddyerDaniel MurphyYoenis Cespedes, and two from Wilmer Flores. The Mets also set a franchise record with 15 extra-base hits.

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“Offensively, it was awesome to be a part of,” said Wright about the team’s performance. “I can’t remember if I’ve ever been a part of an offensive game like that.”

Wright told reporters that he tried to keep his emotions in check as he prepared for the game.

“When you’re thinking about coming back — and I had a lot of time to think about it — you think of different scenarios,” Wright said.

“You think of your first at-bat and what it’s going to feel like and trying to keep your emotions in check and things like that. It couldn’t have been any better for me, personally, my first at-bat.”

“I had to be careful. I almost pulled a Wilmer Flores out there,” Wright said, alluding when Flores began crying on the field after he thought he was being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Wright now has 20 career homers at Citizens Bank Park, the most of any visiting player since the ballpark opened in 2004.

There was uncertainty about how good he would be once he returned,  but last night he looked like the David Wright of old. If he is able to perform at a high level like he showed yesterday, the Mets will be an even more dangerous team down the stretch in September and perhaps into October.

Welcome back, Captain!

 

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Let Them Eat Crow… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/let-them-eat-crow.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/let-them-eat-crow.html/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 13:04:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=182706 wilmer flores

He did it again… Wilmer Flores, who had been hitting the ball on the screws all night without a base hit to show for it, wouldn’t be denied in the tenth inning as his game-winning walk off single would attest.

“I faced the guy before and I was looking for a breaking ball,” Flores said. “I got it up, he threw it, I was ready for it.”

For Flores, it was his second career walk-off RBI, the other came on September 8, 2014 vs. Colorado when he hit a sacrifice fly.

With a reputation for being an RBI Machine, as Wally Backman once told us during an interview in 2013, Flores rarely squanders a chance to drive in a run. In this latest streak, he has six RBI in his last three games.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com aptly pointed out that if you throw out the first eight games of this season, in which Flores was 4-for-25, he is batting .270 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs in 123 plate appearances.

“Extrapolate those numbers over a full season, and it becomes clear that Flores has the potential to develop into one of the top offensive shortstops in baseball — if he is not one already.”

Wow… So as the Mets look to complete the sweep against the Phillies, one of the league’s worst teams, remember that the difference in those first two wins was all Wilmer Flores.

Back in March I wrote, “By the time the new season is over, Flores is going to have a lot of his detractors, especially those in the media, eating a ton of crow. I hope they’re hungry.”

The one person who has done a surprisingly complete 180 on Flores, after more than a year of begrudgingly playing him on the GM’s orders, is Terry Collins.

It was obvious to all that for the longest time the Mets manager wanted absolutely nothing to do with Flores, disparaging him every chance he got.

But these days, Collins has been his biggest supporter. And why shouldn’t he be? After all, with his job on the line, Flores has already saved his ass a half-dozen times this season and it’s only May.

Keep on keeping on Wilmer…

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Mets Recall Dilson Herrera From Triple-A Las Vegas http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-recall-dilson-herrera-from-triple-a-las-vegas.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mets-recall-dilson-herrera-from-triple-a-las-vegas.html/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 03:18:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180433 dilson herrera hr

According to the Mets Twitter account, the team has recalled Dilson Herrera from Triple-A Las Vegas, and a corresponding roster move will be made Friday.

Herrera was tearing it up for the 51′s at the time of his call-up, hitting at a .375/.407/.513 clip.

After a Wilmer Flores error tonight, as well as Daniel Murphy’s poor play, the Mets will call up Herrera, who appeared in 18 games and went 30-for-80.

Sandy Alderson had stated that they didn’t intend to call up Herrera unless he would “be getting regular playing time.”

So what does that mean? Will Murphy shift over to third until Wright comes back, and Herrera will man second base, which he has been playing exclusively?

Or do the Mets have something else planned? They aren’t going to call him up and sit him on the bench, I’ll tell you that much. He’ll be playing everyday at least for the time being.

I’m going to guess that Jack Leathersich will be sent back down to the minors, after he allowed a hard hit ball to the lone hitter he faced against the Marlins last night, and let up a three-run double to Bryce Harper tonight.

Thoughts from Joe D.

Whether you agree with this move or not, credit the front office for their boldness and quick reaction to Thursday night’s debacle.

As you know from our daily minor league coverage on MMO, Herrera was raking in Las Vegas as his .375 average and .919 OPS would attest. And just yesterday I posted Wally Backman’s comments on Herrera whom he called a future All Star second baseman.

As Rob speculated above, the front office confirmed that Daniel Murphy will be sliding all the way over to third base and Herrera will play every day at second base, relegating Eric Campbell to the bench which he’s best suited for.

The question is what happens when David Wright returns from the disabled list in about eight days? Obviously Herrera is not going to sit so it’s either back to the minors or is something else in the works? Perhaps a trade?

If Herrera goes back to Las Vegas then it’s back to Murphy and Flores up the middle and that brings us back to where we started from.

It’s obvious that Thursday night’s turn of events defensively is what precipitated the promotion of Herrera as perhaps the Mets patience is growing thin.

But the move for now appears only to be a stopgap measure and the next few days bears monitoring.

More to come on this.

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PSL Notes: Flores vs. Tejada, Matz and Harvey Impress, Good Vibrations http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/psl-notes-flores-vs-tejada-matz-and-harvey-impress-good-vibrations.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/psl-notes-flores-vs-tejada-matz-and-harvey-impress-good-vibrations.html/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:14:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=175048 ruben tejada

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Terry Collins refused to say that Wilmer Flores is his starting shortstop and told reporters that he has challenged Ruben Tejada to win the job.

Collins said that as far as he’s concerned, shortstop is a wide open competition this Spring. “I’m going go to give him [Tejada] a fair amount of chances to win that shortstop job.”

I’m sure Collins is only trying to create some competition with so few spring training battles heading into camp. It’s too early to read into these comments by Collins and it’s pretty clear that Flores is the team’s shortstop.

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While Terry Collins spends the next few weeks trying to determine who will bat leadoff between Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson, he’s also tossing around the idea of bumping Daniel Murphy from the two hole and batting him lower in the lineup. Collins sees Murphy more as a No. 6 hitter, where he potentially could drive in more runs.

“A lot of times hitting in that two hole you’re asked to execute some things instead of just being a pure hitter,” Collins said after Saturday’s workout. “With the pitcher hitting where he hits, sometimes you come up with not a lot of guys on. And I think if we put Dan in a situation where there are guys on base, the fact that he is such a good offensive player, he can produce some more runs for us.”

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Pitchers all threw side sessions from the six pack this morning with lots of raves for Steven Matz who unleashed a wicked curve, and Matt Harvey who threw his first slider and then a curveball that Collins referred to as “stinkin’ dynamite.”

Mazzoni, deGrom, Syndergaard, Niese, Leathersich, and Edgin all had throwing sessions today.

Wright, Granderson, Cuddyer and Nieuwenhuis all took turns in the batting cage and launched some bombs for onlooking fans.

It was another good day at Port St. Lucie where things remain upbeat and positive. The kids are all having fun and there seems to be some great chemistry in camp in the early going. It’s all good in the hood…

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Aragorn Challenges Mets To Fight On And Do Their Best http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/aragorn-challenges-mets-to-fight-on-and-do-their-best.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/02/aragorn-challenges-mets-to-fight-on-and-do-their-best.html/#comments Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:06:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=174698 Aragorn_TTT_EE

Hollywood movie star Viggo Mortensen, best known for his role as Aragorn in the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, summed up his views on the Mets for the New York Post.

“The Mets are always going to be fighting the Yankees for attention in New York because they don’t have the money the older, wealthier club has. There have been times when the Mets have outshone the Yankees by virtue of sporting excellence, but there is probably always going to be an underdog quality to this franchise. As a fan, that suits me fine, wouldn’t have it any other way.”

“I thrive on the difference between us and Yankee fans. It’s a question of attitude, of traits that are ingrained in supporters, managers, and players alike — an attitude that often translates into a come-from-behind, uniquely passionate style of play.”

Mortensen loves the way the Mets are positioned for the 2015 season and looks forward to watching Matt Harvey returning as a dominant force to lead an intimidating young pitching staff. He’s also high on the Mets offense which he says shouldn’t be overlooked.

“As with the pitching staff, the hitting line-up for the Mets is quite young, full of potential. Many are patient enough to get on base a lot, and know what to do when they get there.”

“Wright is the natural team leader; hopefully he’ll have recovered from his nagging shoulder problem and be able to once again lead with his renowned mental toughness and athletic ability. I’m hoping Granderson will be able to hit as well for the Mets as he once did for the Yankees. New addition Michael Cuddyer is someone Mets fans are hoping will provide more runs and lift the overall team batting average against left-handed pitching. Mayberry will hopefully also be valuable in that respect.”

“What is going to happen in 2015? Who knows. The thing to do is to keep an open, positive mind-set and do one’s best.”

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I Wouldn’t Trade Our Roster With Any Other Team In The NL East http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/01/i-wouldnt-trade-our-roster-with-any-other-team-in-the-nl-east.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/01/i-wouldnt-trade-our-roster-with-any-other-team-in-the-nl-east.html/#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 03:48:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=172916 the future

I was going through some old posts from a couple of years ago looking for something I once had written about Juan Lagares when I came across this photo.

It was taken by a Mets staffer during a flight and posted on Mets.com, and I used it in a post that said, “the Mets future looks bright.”

Here we are heading into the 2015 season and I look at those five players and I thought, “Wow, these five guys are now so critical to our success and each of them can play a vital role in what could be the most exciting season we’ve seen in years.”

Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores. Throw in Jacob deGrom, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, and Vic Black and call me crazy, but this could be the making of an incredibly exciting and young core to build a dynasty around. Yes, I said dynasty.

What’s even more impressive is all the top flight prospects that are yet to come and knocking at the door. Talents like Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Dilson Herrera, Akeel Morris and Michael Conforto.

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Some of you thought I was nuts last week when I said the Mets are well positioned to dominate the NL East for the rest of this decade. Well, I wasn’t kidding, my friends. I don’t see any other teams in our division bursting at the seams with the high caliber prospects we possess in our system  – a system which many experts rank in the top five in MLB.

I think one of you suggested I needed to seek therapy when I also said last week that I felt the Mets could contend in 2015 even if they had made no significant additions this offseason. Guess what, I still feel the same way. After watching the rest of the teams in our division each get minimally or significantly worse this offseason, while we got better, I can’t help feeling they’ve paved the way for a wild card finish and with a little luck a division title.

Why is is it so difficult for some of you to see the incredible potential this team has, a vast potential that is mostly based on a solid foundation of high upside youth and complimented by veterans like Wright, Duda, Murphy, Granderson and Cuddyer on offense, and Niese and Colon to stabilize the rotation?

I’m serious… Look at this team fairly and objectively and compare it to the Braves, Marlins, Phillies and Nationals. I wouldn’t trade our roster right now with any of those teams.

Does this team have issues? Of course it does, what team doesn’t?

But to me, the two biggest underlying concerns I have with the Mets are not even with the roster – which I love.

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My concerns lie solely with a manager I’m not sure is right for this team, and owners who may not provide the financial flexibility we need to add a significant player at the trade deadline to strengthen and bolster our postseason chances.

That’s it.

That’s my biggest fear going into the 2015 season. I have zero problems with Flores at shortstop as you all know. I’m confident that one of Granderson and Wright are going to have a big bounce-back season.

I absolutely love the quality depth we have if we get hit with injuries. Herrera, Reynolds, Puello, Plawecki, Montero, Syndergaard, and Matz will all be in Vegas and a phone call away. You know how amazing that is? I doubt there’s more than 2-4 teams that can boast Triple-A depth like that.

Look, all of you know I’ve never really been a glass half-full kind of guy. But this team has me oozing with optimism and I’m unafraid to admit it. I can’t wait to get this 2015 season started already. This is going to be fun. I just hope that management and brass don’t muff it up.

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MMO Fan Shot: All I Want For Christmas Is My Tulowitzki http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/12/mmo-fan-shot-all-i-want-for-christmas-is-my-tulowitzki.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/12/mmo-fan-shot-all-i-want-for-christmas-is-my-tulowitzki.html/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:12:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=171675 tulowitzki

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported this weekend that one of the worst kept secrets in the game is just how badly Troy Tulowitzki wants out of Colorado, and how he might get what he wishes for.

An MMO Fan Shot by Steve Surdez

The Winter Meetings have been a major disappointment thus far. Scott Rice? Really? This is New York, right? One of the biggest markets in the world?

The Cincinnati Reds have a payroll hovering around $120 million. Cincinnati! It seems we Mets fans are stuck in an unending nightmare. We are so close, but the faster we try to run, the slower we move, and we just can’t grasp that brass ring.

We Mets fans have been waiting…and waiting…and waiting. And it’s time to move, to take a risk and to trade for Troy Tulowitzki. This is our time to be bold and to retake New York from the Yankees and give the loyal Mets fan-base a fighting chance and a real reason to believe that 2015 will be the year our beloved Mets return to the playoffs.

Yes, yes, I know all of the risks, and I’m sure all Mets fans have run them through their minds a million times so far this winter—injury history, the rarefied air of Colorado, no way to judge how he has recovered from his most recent hip surgery, that Yankees-Jeter thing. But picture this lineup:

  1. Juan Lagares
  2. Daniel Murphy
  3. Troy Tulowitzki
  4. Lucas Duda
  5. David Wright
  6. Curtis Granderson
  7. Michael Cuddyer
  8. Kevin Plawecki

You keep Flores and bring him in to spell Wright, Tulo and Murphy and to be a big right-handed bat off the bench. If you really believe, as Sandy Alderson does, that Flores can be good, keep him as a super-utility player—this scenario will give him 350 to 400 at bats, minimum.

That lineup is the real deal and far superior to any of the the lineups that the Giants or Royals ran out there every day. How’d that turn out for them? I’d venture to say the Mets bullpen and pitching is right there with those two teams. A reasonably productive Tulo undeniably puts the Mets on every baseball pundit’s World Series contender list.

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Now, what do you give up in talent and treasure? Let’s say the Rockies take back $14 million, so the Wilpons are on the hook for a cool and even $100 million over six years, or an AAV of $16 million or so a year, which, given today’s market is not that insane for a player of Tulo’s talent, even with the concerns about injuries and durability. We are paying Granderson $15 million a year to hit .220 and barely crack the 20 home run plateau. And, guess what, he’s three years older than Tulo.

A trade might have the Mets giving up Travis d’Arnaud, Rafael Montero, Jon Niese and Jacob deGrom. Since the Rockies are not paying a significant portion of his salary moving forward, they don’t get to choose between Harvey, Wheeler and deGrom, but they do get an every day catcher, a young top of the rotation righthander and a a solid lefty starter, plus a nice but not great future bullpen arm or back of the rotation starter.

Tulo immediately adds the potent bat this team is lacking and behind the plate we gain better defense in Plawecki and more consistent contact and plate discipline.

That leaves us with a rotation of Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard, Gee and Colon with Matz waiting in the wings as your lefty rotation piece. What you’re really banking on here is that Thor is every bit as good as he’s been advertised and that hard-throwing righty can step in and hit the ground running like Harvey and deGrom before him. After all, scouts swear Syndergaard has the most lethal arsenal of the three.

And what if Tulo tanks? Then he tanks. For goodness sake we are a team that owns its own cable network in the largest sports market in the world, and whose ownership is on the verge of building and completing an $8 billion dollar cash-dynamo in Willets Point.

Tulo and the Mets -- a match made in heaven?

And what if he is terrific and does what he’s been doing his entire career, delivering a .295, 30 HR, and 100 RBI seasons at shortstop with excellent defense? You just can’t find that anymore. A string of 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 WAR seasons? Are you kidding me? Sign me up.

And what if he’s mediocre? A..275-18-80 season far exceeds anything else out there, including Flores, all free agent options and trade possibilities, including Starlin Castro.

And what if he never plays more than 50 games a year and is done in two? Well, we pick ourselves back up, hope that Cecchini or Rosario is a stud, and move forward. Just like we always do as Mets fans.

Wilpons: Take on the money.

Alderson: Give up some of that hard to let-go-of talent.

Number-Crunchers: Go with your gut, not your algorithms. We will not win a World Series playing it safe or by data analysis alone.

I hate to see deGrom go as much as anyone, but is it any guarantee that he won’t regress and become less spectacular and more like the 3 or 4 starter his ceiling was projected to be? There are no guarantees in baseball.

There just simply has got to be a way Alderson and his number-crunchers can make this happen after doing their due diligence and ensuring that Tulo is healthy. Alderson needs to make the argument to the Wilpons that if Tulo works out, the rewards of increased attendance, merchandise sales and overall revenue will be huge.

The Wilpons, of all people, should understand this is a good risk with tremendous upside across the board for the Mets brand. No risk, no reward, as they say.

I am becoming more and more convinced that acquiring Tulo could have the same impact as when the Mets added Gary Carter and Mike Piazza.

Forget the calculated risk. This team’s brass over-think everything too damn much. Go with a gut feel. Roll the dice. Trade for Tulo. And help my two young boys stop wondering why their dad always roots for a hopeless and hapless team.

Give them a real chance to enjoy what the 86’ Mets gave me—an undying loyalty for a team that breaks my heart every year. Quell this growing distaste for an ownership and front office that seems to forget that even the most loyal Mets fans—like me—have a breaking point.

Put Tulo under my kids’ tree. Make this the best Christmas ever.

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MMO Game Thread: Phillies vs Mets, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-thread-phillies-vs-mets-710-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-thread-phillies-vs-mets-710-pm.html/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:20:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=164591 juan lagares

The Mets and Phillies continue their three-game series at 7:10 pm ET on Saturday at Citi Field. Bartolo Colon (12-10, 3.82 ERA) will take the hill for the Mets and be opposed by RHP Jerome Williams (2-5, 6.71) for the Phillies.

Over his last six starts, the Colon has compiled a 2.88 ERA in 40.2 innings pitched and struck out 35. He received the win in the Mets’ 11-3 victory against the Dodgers in his last start, tossing 6.0 innings and allowing one earned run on five hits and a walk while striking out five.

Juan Lagares has at least one hit in six of his last seven games, batting .365 (10-for-26). He has four multi-hit games over that span with two home runs and seven RBI.

The Mets stole three bases last night, their eighth game with at least three steals this season. New York is tied for 10th in the majors with 81 stolen bases and Eric Young, Jr. is fifth in the NL with 28 stolen bases.

Eric Campbell stole home in the seventh inning, becoming the first Mets player to do so since Jason Pridie on May 15, 2011 at Houston. It was only Campbell’s second major league stolen base.

LHP Steven Matz tied his career-high with 10 strikeouts last night over 5.0 innings of work for Binghamton. Matz is 6-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 71.1 innings and 69 strikeouts in 12 starts. The 23-year old was the Mets’ second-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Starting Lineup

Juan Lagares, CF
Curtis Granderson, RF
David Wright, 3B
Lucas Duda, 1B
Travis d’Arnaud, C
Matt den Dekker, LF
Dilson Herrera, 2B
Wilmer Flores, SS
Bartolo Colon, RHP

The Mets try to take game two of the series tonight as the play the Phillies on Granderson Bobblehead night. Yesterday the Mets got off to a good start with a 4-1 win behind Jacob deGrom. Today, or at least right now at 9 in the morning, Bartolo Colon makes the start for the Amazin’s. There is a small chance he could get pulled to be traded, but that is looking less and less likely right now.

Assuming Colon makes the start, he is 12-10 on the year with 167.1 innings and a 3.82 ERA. Over his last three starts he has a 2-1 record over 21.0 innings of work while posting a 1.71 ERA and 19 K’s. He is 3-0 in three starts against the Phillies this year with a 1.59 ERA over 22.2 innings. The Phillies have the following numbers against him:

  • Rollins 5-22, 2B, HR
  • Byrd 5-11, HR
  • Sizemore 1-11
  • Howard 2-11, 2 HR
  • Revere 5-12
  • Ruiz 4-12, 2B
  • Brown 1-8, 2B

Jerome Williams has pitched 78.0 innings with a 5.42 ERA over 31 games and 5 starts this season for the Astros, the Rangers and the Phillies. For the Phillies he has a 1.77 ERA over three starts. He has made three starts against the Mets with a 3.77 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against Williams:

  • Granderson 1-5, HR
  • Wright 0-2
  • Seriously, that’s it.

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves, 7:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-braves-710-pm-8.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-braves-710-pm-8.html/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:47:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=164377 zack wheelerThe Mets look to take the series against the Atlanta Braves tonight with Julio Teheran (12-9, 2.96) taking on Zack Wheeler (9-8, 3.48) at 7:10pm.

In his last start Wheeler earned his sixth straight win in the Mets’ 8-5 victory against the Athletics on August 20th in Oakland. He pitched 5.2 innings, allowed four hits, four runs, two earned, and three walks, while striking out three. This marked the first time Wheeler had allowed more than three runs since June 25th.

Wheeler has made 10 straight starts without a loss (6-0 in decisions). The last Mets pitcher to have such a streak in a single season was Matt Harvey, who had a 13-game stretch without a defeat in 2013.

Juan Lagares has 30 defensive runs saved, second among all major leaguers to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward. Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) has been a stat researched over the last 12 years and Lagares is the only player to record back-to-back seasons of 30 or more defensive runs saved.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Juan Lagares – CF
  3. Lucas Duda – 1B
  4. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  5. Eric Campbell – 3B
  6. Matt den Dekker – LF
  7. Wilmer Flores – 2B
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP

The Mets opened up the season series with the Braves last night with a close 3-2 win thanks to great defense from Lagares and another Lagares homer. Plus, the Mets won with Murphy and Wright getting the night off, something that doesn’t happen too often. Tonight Julio Teheran gets the start for the Braves as he squares off against Zack Wheeler.

Wheeler is 9-8 on the season over 26 games and 152.2 innings with a 3.48 ERA. In his last two starts he has allowed 6 runs, 4 earned over 12.1 innings with 13 strikeouts. In three games this year and 17.1 innings he has a 4.15 ERA. The Braves have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Freeman 6-11, 2B, HR
  • C Johnson 2-17
  • Simmons 4-15
  • Heyward 6-15, 2 2B, HR
  • J Upton 0-15
  • BJ Upton 3-8, 2B, 3B
  • Gattis 1-8, 2B

Julio Teheran is 12-9 over 27 games and 182.2 innings with a 2.96 ERA. After back to back poor starts to start off the month (11 ER, 13.1 innings) he has now allowed 2 ER over 12.0 innings. Against the Mets this year he allowed 6 ER over 10.1 innings over 2 games. The Mets have the following numbers against Julio:

  •  Duda 4-11, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 2-10, 2B
  • Tejada 1-12
  • E Young 5-11
  • Wright 3-11, HR
  • Granderson 2-4, HR

Lets Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Dodgers, 10:10 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-dodgers-1010-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-dodgers-1010-pm.html/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:51:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=163982 jon niese

The Mets look to build off of their 8-5 win on Wednesday against the Athletics in their opener against the Dodgers in Los Angeles tonight behind Jon Niese (7-8, 3.50 ERA) as he takes on Dan Haren (10-10, 4.59) in the 10:10 PM opener at Dodger Stadium.

Bartolo Colon has been activated from bereavement list and Gonzalez Germen has been demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. This could allow the Mets to put Colon on waivers.

Lucas Duda extended his career-high with his 23rd home run on Wednesday. Duda has two home runs in his last three games and is tied for fourth in the NL with his 23 home runs. Duda is tied for fourth in the majors with nine home runs since the All-Star break. Only Giancarlo Stanton (11), Chris Carter (11) and David Ortiz (10) have more.

Travis d’Arnaud has 11 home runs which are the most by a rookie catcher in team history and he is currently second among NL rookies, one behind the Cubs’ Mike Olt. D’Arnaud’s 11 home runs are the most by a Mets rookie since 2010 when Ike Davis hit 19 home runs in his first year.

Vic Black has stranded 23 straight inherited runners (including one on June 30 after he had departed the game). Black has the second-best percentage (96%) in the majors, stranding 24 ofm25 runners (minimum 20 runners).

Justin Turner is hitting .362 (17-for-47) with one homer, six RBIs and two steals in August. He has a .464 OBP for month.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  6. Matt den Dekker, LF
  7. Juan Lagares, CF
  8. Wilmer Flores, SS
  9. Jon Niese, LHP

Niese is 7-8 over 23 games and 141.1 innings with a 3.50 ERA. His last start was average as he allowed 3 ER over 6.0 innings, striking out 6. Overall in his last two starts he allowed 5 ER over 13.0 innings with 12 K’s. Earlier this season he allowed 3 ER and 4 Hits over 7.0 innings. The Dodgers have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Kemp 4-13
  • Barney 5-12
  • Ellis 2-9, 2B
  • Ethier 4-10
  • Gonzalez 0-5
  • Crawford 0-3
  • Puig 0-3

Haren is 10-10 over 25 starts and 143.0 innings with a 4.59 ERA. He is coming off of a rough start where he allowed 5 hits, 6 runs, 3 earned over 3.0 innings. He didn’t face the Mets earlier this year but last year he was 2-2 over 4 starts with a 5.95 ERA over 19.2 innings allowing 13 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Haren:

  • Granderson 8-38, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Wright 7-21, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Murphy 4-14, 2B, HR
  • Lagares 4-10
  • E Young 3-10, 2B
  • Duda 1-6, 2B
  • d’Arnaud 2-4

Lets Go Mets!

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