Mets Merized Online » Yankees Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:57:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wilmer Flores To Receive Thurman Munson Award Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:29:41 +0000 usatsi_9509757_154511658_lowres

On February 7, 2017, Wilmer Flores will be one of three New York area athletes to receive the Thurman Munson Award at the 37th Annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner.

The Thurman Munson Award is bestowed upon players for their work both on and off the field by the AHRC New York City Foundation.

According to its website the AHRC Foundation ” is a fund-raising and grant-making entity that supports programs for children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and who live in New York City.”

The AHRC provides residential, educational, job training and placement, camp and recreational, and healthcare services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


In August, Flores helped the Ronald McDonald House Charities from the New York Tri-State Area raise over $70,000 at its annual Lou Damiano Golf Outing at the Paramount Country Club in New City. The event also included the Rockettes, the Brooklynettes and sportscaster Duke Castiglione.

In addition to his own time and money spent to teach children from Latin American countries to speak English and learn about the American way of life, Wilmer Flores is also very active in the New York community through the Mets Foundation.

He also hosts a baseball clinic for the Port St. Lucie chapter of the Special Olympics, and has supported the military through various programs.

For those interested in attending the Thurman Munson event, individual tickets and tables can still be purchased on the AHRC New York City Foundation website.  In addition to Flores, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will also be honored.

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Featured Post: White Sox Still Have Pieces That Could Help The Mets Mon, 26 Dec 2016 14:00:53 +0000 todd frazier

If there was any doubt the White Sox were selling after the Chris Sale trade, those doubts were alleviated once the White Sox obtained yet another impressive haul of prospects in exchange for Adam Eaton. With those deals, the White Sox have unofficially announced they are willing to trade away anyone if they can get back a significant haul in return.

What is surprising is that a White Sox team that was under .500 last season still has a number of good pieces remaining even after trading Sale and Eaton. In fact, they have a number of pieces that would be quite enticing for the New York Mets.

For starters, the White Sox have David Robertson. Robertson is enticing not just because he is a good closer, and the Mets face the possibility of losing Jeurys Familia to a lengthy suspension in 2017. He is also enticing because he pitched very well for Yankees, and has pitched well for the Yankees in the postseason too. A pitcher who can pitch well in pressure situations in New York should always be of interest to the Mets.

The White Sox also have a very good left-handed reliever in Dan Jennings. In 2016, left-handed batters only hit .217/.316/.337 off of him. Overall, Jennings was 4-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 64 appearances. He’s even more attractive as a trade target when you consider he’s under team control until 2020.

Perhaps the most impressive reliever in the White Sox bullpen last year was Nate Jones. Jones made 71 appearances in 2016 going 5-3 with a 2.29 ERA, 0.892 WHIP, and a 10.2 K/9. He is a sinker/slider pitcher that can throw the ball over 97 MPH that would thrive in the Mets organization. He has a reasonable contract going forward with provisions in the deal that protects his team against arm injuries. Overall, he will make $3.95 million in 2017, and he is under contract until 2021.

Because everyone is interested in the Toms River, NJ native, the White Sox also have Todd Frazier. On a positive note, Frazier has proven that he is able to hit for power away from the Great American Ballpark. In fact, Frazier’s 40 home runs this season were a career high. These home run totals to mask the fact that Frazier is a career .250/.317/.464 hitter who has seen a steady decline in his batting average and OBP over the past three seasons.

Defensively, Frazier has been a good third baseman, but he did have a slight dropoff this season as per UZR and DRS. In addition to third base, Frazier has played some first making him a versatile infielder. That would be important for a Mets team that arguably has injury concerns at every position in the infield. Frazier is third year arbitration eligible, and he will be a free agent in 2018.

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Another name that will arise in trade rumors will be Jose Abreu. The soon to be 30-year old Abreu is a classic clean-up hitter who has hit .299/.360/.515 while averaging 30 homers and 103 RBI in his brief major league career. However, there are some issues with Abreu. For a team looking to reduce payroll, Abreu is coming off a season where he made over $11 million, and he will likely earn a raise in his first year of arbitration. Second, Abreu really is best suited to DH. Finally, Abreu has seen his power and OPS+ numbers go down each season in the majors.

Finally, there is Brett Lawrie, who is a versatile infielder the Mets could add to the equation. In his major league career, Lawrie has played both second and third. While he has rated as a poor defender at both positions, he versatility would be welcome on a Mets team that has injury concerns all across the infield.  However, there should be concern that Lawrie is unnecessarily on a Mets team that already has Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes.

Additionally, Lawrie has largely been disappointing in his major league career with him hitting .261/.315/.419 while averaging just 12 homers and 42 RBI. Still, Lawrie might be worth a gamble as he will be free agent after this season, and he is entering the prime years of his career.

Understandably, Mets fans covet one if not all of these players. The issue becomes what are you going to be willing to give up for anyone of these players who not only suits a need for the Mets, but is also cost controlled? Judging from the haul the White Sox obtained in the Sale trade, the team is wisely extracting the most possible value for its players.

While nothing has been reported, it is likely the White Sox would look to obtain young controllable players like Michael Conforto, Justin Dunn, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Dominic Smith in exchange for any combination of the aforementioned White Sox players.

And who could blame the White Sox from asking for players like that considering the impressive hauls they have received for their two biggest trade assets?

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Brad Ziegler Signs With Marlins Sat, 17 Dec 2016 01:43:26 +0000 brad ziegler

The Miami Marlins have signed free agent reliever Brad Ziegler to a two-year, $16 million contract according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Ziegler could earn more money through incentives and the deal is pending a physical. The Marlins added reliever Junichi Tazawa on Thursday night on a two-year deal as well.

The Mets were one of nine teams that reportedly showed interest in the right-hander.

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Free agent right-handed reliever, Brad Ziegler, is said to be weighing multiple offers as he looks for his new team as Chris Cotillo tweeted on Thursday.

Ziegler, 37, is coming off back-to-back brilliant seasons split between Arizona and Boston. In 2015 with Arizona, Ziegler pitched to an incredible 1.85 ERA while making 66 appearances. He accumulated 30 saves in that season while pitching to a 0.96 WHIP.

This past season, Ziegler split time between Arizona and Boston where he combined for 69 appearances while pitching to a 2.25 ERA. He accumulated 22 saves last season while pitching to a 1.37 WHIP between the two teams.

It is currently believed that the Mets, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rockies, and Marlins have all shown interest in the righty. The Mets though have said that some payroll must be shed in order to obtain any free agents at this point.

Ziegler is believed to have multiple two-year offers in hand but is currently awaiting a three-year deal as per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

If he ends up with a two-year pact, it is expected that it will be for $17 million total. It seems though it may come down to whichever team blinks first in offering a three-year deal as relievers continue rack up longer contracts as of late.

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Ken Rosenthal reports on Twitter that former Met Carlos Beltran has signed a one year contract with the Houston Astros worth $16 million. The deal includes a full no-trade clause.

Beltran, 39, made his 9th All Star team in 2016 playing for the Yankees and Rangers. He hit .295/.337/.513 with 29 home runs and 93 RBIs.

The .281 career hitter has hit 421 home runs, driven in 1536 runs, and stolen 312 bases while tallying 2617 hits.

He has played for the Royals, Astros, Mets, Giants, Cardinals, Yankees and Rangers in his long career that started in 1998. He returns to Houston who he played for in the second half of 2004 before he signed on with the Mets.

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Yankees Could Show Interest In Cespedes Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:00:44 +0000 yoenis-cespedes-2-550

If the New York Yankees weren’t serious suitors for Yoenis Cespedes this offseason, they may very well be now.

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman has said the recent Brian McCann trade has made the Cespedes pursuit more plausible. It’s possible the talks that have already taken place may intensify with Cashman saying, “I’m sure [the agents and I] will talk again. Now that we have more flexibility, it gives us more chances.” (James Wagner, New York Times).

The Yankees retained $5.5 million of McCann’s salary in 2017 and 2018. Ultimately, the trade opens up an additional $23 million in payroll for the Yankees.

Previous reports indicated Cespedes wants to sign a free agent deal with one of four possible teams by the beginning of December. The Mets have been listed as one possibility. It may turn out the Yankees are another.

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Mets Announce 2017 Promotional Dates & Pricing Tiers Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:45:08 +0000 img_6866

The New York Mets today announced that single game tickets will go on sale Friday, November 18 at 10:00 am.

The Mets Promotional Dates and Giveaway dates have also been announced for the 2017 Season.  The upcoming season will feature the return of the popular weekend promotions of Free Shirt Fridays, Super Saturdays and Family Sundays as part of a promotional schedule that will feature more than 900,000 items given away.

There are currently three fireworks nights scheduled on Saturdays throughout the year. The Mets have alluded to the possibility of adding more based upon a litany of factors.

Many player-themed promotions have been scheduled such as two bobbleheads, a garden gnome, a Starting Lineup Figure and two ‘Fat Head’ wall stickers. Only one specific player, however, has been announced, which is an Asdrubal Cabrera Bobblehead to be given away on July 1st against Philadelphia.

While you plan your weekends for next summer and decide which games you want to lock up tickets for, take a look at the tiered pricing schedule for next season. The Mets have eliminated the ‘Super Value’ category of games and have gone with four different groupings. While the average price of tickets has increased just shy of 3% (for only the second time in the last nine years) for the upcoming year, the pricing of the games is actually more ‘bottom heavy’ for 2017.

The cheapest two categories of games (Classic & Value) will constitute 58 games. In comparison, the bottom two categories of games (Value & Super Value) in 2016 totaled just 26 dates. Some ‘bargains’ will be the midweek visit by the reigning World Champion Chicago Cubs that will fall into the Classic Category in June as well as the Wild Card rematch against the Giants in May priced as a value series.

With the home and home two game set with the Yankees in August and Opening Day, only three total games will be the highest priced Marquee category. With the schedule quirks of having inter-league play daily, be ready for a return to six games against the Yankees in 2018 which will occur every third season.

For the eighth consecutive year, it is STILL cheaper to own Season Tickets (in almost every seating category) for 2017 than it was for their first season in Citi Field back in 2009. This is not necessarily a compliment to the Mets keeping prices down, but an indictment of just how egregious the pricing gauging was at the stadiums opening.file_000


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Mets Interested in Smyly, Looking to Upgrade at Catcher? Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:46 +0000 drew-smyly

Shots fired… Was searching for some Mets news late last night and while this certainly doesn’t qualify as news I came across the following while skimming through articles on Fox Sports. This article says that the New York Mets have popped up in some recent rumors regarding left-handed starter Drew Smyly of the Tampa Bay Rays.

President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman is reportedly “hellbent” on getting the Rays back into contention and dealing Drew Smyly is almost a given as he could potentially earn $6.9 million via arbitration.

The Yankees are also showing interest in Smyly, and could move catcher Brian McCann to the Rays if he is willing to waive his no-trade clause. However, he may be too rich for Tampa Bay’s blood and a deal with the Mets could make  more sense.

The article speculates that the Mets could acquire Smyly for catcher Travis d’Arnaud and outfielder Michael Conforto. D’Arnaud could use a change of scenery after failing to meet expectations both offensively and defensively, and he’s projected to earn $1.7 million in arbitration this Winter. Conforto could entice the Rays into dealing Smyly as he could be a solid replacement over Corey Dickerson.

Smyly, 27, had a tough season in 2016, posting a 4.88 ERA with a 1.272 WHIP over 30 starts with 167 strikeouts in 175.1 innings pitched. Over a five year career with Detroit and Tampa Bay, Smyly has a 3.74 ERA, 1.199 WHIP, 8.7 K/9 and 3.82 FIP in 156 appearances including 85 starts.

There’s going to be dozens upon dozens of rumors, buzz and speculation like this regarding the Mets over the next few months, so if you’re not into that kind of thing you may want to sit the Winter out. But for the rest of you, buckle yourselves in for what should be another fast moving hot stove season for the Mets.

Now about this article, the only thing that got my attention was the buzz that the Mets may be looking to upgrade at catcher. That’s something I wrote about on Sunday and I’m of the belief that d’Arnaud has worn out his welcome and that he’ll be dealt this offseason. That almost happened at the trade deadline but the offer was snubbed.

As for Smyly, I have no doubt that Tampa Bay will deal him, I’m just not convinced it will be to the New York Mets.

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This Date In Mets History: Robin Ventura’s Grand Slam Single Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:00:39 +0000 robin ventura

One of the players I most enjoyed covering was Robin Ventura for those two years he played for the Yankees. In a clubhouse full of stars and egos, Ventura was a voice of calm, reason and humorous relief.

I enjoyed stopping by his locker to shoot the breeze for a minute or two, talking about things other than baseball. Very smart, clever and possessing an insight on numerous issues. When there was the inevitable blow up or moment of absurdity, Ventura was always there to put it into perspective with a quip as short and hard-hitting as his swing.

Once I asked him about his fight with Nolan Ryan, and his response was he knew he had made a mistake halfway out to the mound, but couldn’t turn around. You’ll even notice in the video he slowed down.

Was it an embarrassing moment? Yes, but years later he handled it with humor. He even joined with Ryan to autograph photos of the brawl.

When I covered the Orioles and he was with the White Sox, I’d make time to go over to his clubhouse for a few moments. He was accessible to anybody who would take the time to ask a question.

Ventura loved his time with Mets which included the 2000 NL Championship and of course the World Series loss to the Yankees.

“It was a great time,” said Ventura, who played for the Mets from 1999-2001. “We enjoyed it as a family just being there. The Mets were very good to me. There’s part of it going back, seeing a lot of faces that you’re friends with and happy to see.”


His signature moment as a Met will always be the Grand Slam Single which happened 17 years ago today. It’s a a great memory and one that still gives many Mets fans goosebumps.

That night is one of the greatest team displays of enthusiasm outside of winning a championship I have ever seen. That, and the Piazza post 9-11 homer. Both were amazing to watch.

Ventura wasn’t a five-tool player, but was consistent and clutch. With a runner in scoring position you wanted him at the plate because he’d usually make contact.

Ventura was a .267 lifetime hitter and only once hit over .300, that being .301 in 1999, his first season with the Mets. Considering his 66-game hitting streak in college, I always wondered if he thought he should have hit for a higher average. He also hit 32 homers with a career-high 120 RBI in his first year with the Mets.

What the Mets wouldn’t give for a third baseman with that kind of production now.

Ventura had three solid years with the Mets, who, during that span had arguably one of the best defensive infields in history. Few balls got by Ventura, Rey OrdonezEdgardo Alfonzo and John Olerud.

Both Olerud and Ventura would later play for the Yankees. When they left the Yankees, I always believed I’d see both of them again managing in a major league dugout. I’m still waiting on Olerud.

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The 5 Losses That Could Haunt the Mets Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:15:35 +0000 The Mets have a razor-thin margin for error coming down the stretch and the season could come down to one game. Of course, every game counts equally, but here are five games that might haunt the Mets if they’re on the outside looking in next month.

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5. June 18: 4-3 loss to Braves

The Mets built an early 3-0 lead after four innings against the 21-45 Braves, but allowed a run in each of the next four innings to fall behind 4-3. The Mets, who were 0-8 with RISP that day, loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Curtis Grandson struck out looking to end the game.

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4.  Aug. 1: 6-5 loss to Yankees (10 innings)

The Mets held a 5-3 lead heading into the 8th inning, and the Yankees had just a runner on first with two outs. Addison Reed allowed a single and wild pitch before Didi Gregorius tied the game with a single. The Yankees went ahead with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, but the Mets still had a chance to tie. Despite a leadoff double James Loney (who was bunted to third by the next batter), the Mets could not tie the game.

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3.  July 28: 2-1 loss to Rockies

After seven shutout innings by Jacob DeGrom, the Mets held a 1-0 lead entering the ninth inning. Despite being deemed unavailable before the game after blowing a save and throwing 26 pitches, Jeurys Familia was the call by Terry Collins to work just hours later in a day game. While facing six batters, Familia allowed two runs and recorded just one out.


2.  June 1: 2-1 loss to White Sox (13 innings)

Where do we begin? The Mets drew 13 walks in this game but somehow scored just one run. Eventually, the Mets lost because opposing reliever Matt Albers scored after a leadoff double in the 13th inning.

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1.  July 27: 5-4 loss to Cardinals 

This was the ultimate gut punch because of what happened beforehand. After trailing 3-1 since the third inning, Yoenis Cespedes gave the Mets the lead with a home run in the seventh inning. But in the ninth inning, Jeurys Familia blew his first regular season save in a year. The loss looms particularly large as the Mets battle the Cardinals for a Wild Card spot.

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3 Up 3 Down: Mets Split Series With Cross-Town Rival Yankees Fri, 05 Aug 2016 15:30:01 +0000 jacob degrom

3 Up

 1.  Jake the Ace

 Jacob deGrom has quietly had a very solid season this year for the Mets. After allowing just four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts without allowing a run on Tuesday night, deGrom moved past Noah Syndergaard for the team’s best ERA at 2.40. That ERA is also good for fourth best in the National League. deGrom is now  7-5 on the year and has a 1.55 ERA in his last seven starts.

2.  Loney and Walker Steady

 This week’s “3 Up 3 Down” gets two Mets for the price of one. Both James Loney and Neil Walker had a solid series at the plate against the Yankees, one stayed hot, and the other continued to remain quietly consistent. Both had six hits in the four games, while Loney had a hit in every single one of them. In total, between the two of them, they had 12 hits while driving in four runs. Walker went deep on Wednesday night in a 9-5 loss for his 18th home run of the season. The Mets are going to need to rely heavily on guys like Walker and Loney with Yoenis Cespedes now on the DL. Jay Bruce is the obvious threat in the lineup, but these two can provide much needed protection.

3.  The Bruce Is Loose

 While it may have taken him the first three games to get his feet wet in a Mets uniform, his one swing on Thursday night changed the entire outlook the series. With the Mets already leading 1-0 in the top half of the fifth inning, Bruce launched a three-run home run to right center to give the Mets a 4-0 lead and some cushion. It was the jolt the Mets needed, and instead of dropping three of four to their cross-town rivals, the Mets took the split. With the way things have been going lately, the Mets will take that.

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3 Down

 1.  Reed Has a Hiccup

 Everything was going exactly the way the Mets had wanted things to go on Monday night. The Yankees took an early lead, and then the Mets regained it from an unlikely source, Matt Reynolds, with his three-run blast in the sixth inning. However it was not to be. When Jerry Blevins walked the leadoff man in the top of the 8th inning, Addison Reed had come in to try and stop the threat. In 16 innings prior, Reed had not allowed a run since June 25th. Instead this time Reed faltered, allowing a bloop two-run single off the bat of Didi Gregorius to give the Yankees the lead. The Yankees held on to win the game 6-5.

2.  Matz Struggles in Yankee Stadium Debut

 On Wednesday night the Mets looked to Steven Matz to provide them with a solid outing and give them their first back-to-back win in almost a month. It was not to be had. Matz allowed six runs in the first two innings, including a three-run home run off the bat of Mark Teixeira. He eventually settled in and retired 13 of 14 batters at one point, but the Met offense couldn’t pull through for him. Matz also stirred some bad blood with Teixeira later in the fifth, when he hit him in the leg which caused both benches to clear. Matz has lost seven of his last eight outing while posting a 4.81 ERA.

3.  Cespedes Heads to DL  

 There are all sorts of issues to talk about on the topic of Yoenis Cespedes’s recent trip to the DL. First, the Mets felt as though they could hold off on putting Cespedes on the DL with his ailing quad that had affected him all the way back in early July. With the Mets playing five straight games in AL ballparks, Cespedes could spend his time in a DH role. In his last at-bat on Wednesday night Cespedes seemed to have re-aggravated that quad, which led to his placing on the DL. It also just so happened that Cespedes had been out golfing earlier that day. Do I think that is what led to what happened later that night? No, but do I think it looks good for Cespedes and the Mets? No.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Yankees, 7:05 PM Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:33:40 +0000 bartolo colon

Thursday, August 4, 2016 • 7:05 p.m.
Yankee Stadium • Bronx, N.Y.
RHP Bartolo Colon (9-6, 3.58) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (9-7, 4.78)
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The Mets will try to split the season series with the Yankees tonight as they play game 4 in the Bronx. Last night the Mets hit into multiple double plays early on in the game ending rallies early while the Yankees piled on the runs. In the end it was just too much for the Mets to overcome and they ended up losing 9-5. Bartolo Colon will try to put them back on the right track.

The Mets are 8-11 since the All Star break and 40-45 since May 1. The Mets are 8-12 all-time at the new Yankee Stadium and 21-32 all-time in the Bronx.

Mets Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – LF
  2. Alejandro De Aza – CF
  3. Neil Walker – 2B
  4. Jay Bruce – RF
  5. James Loney – 1B
  6. Michael Conforto – DH
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Kelly Johnson – 3B
  9. Matt Reynolds – SS

Yankees Lineup

  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  3. Chase Headley – 3B
  4. Brian McCann – C
  5. Starlin Castro – 2B
  6. Didi Gregorius – SS
  7. Gary Sanchez – DH
  8. Rob Refsnyder – 1B
  9. Aaron Hicks – RF

Colon is 9-6 over 22 games and 21 starts pitching 120.2 innings with a 3.58 ERA. He’s coming off of a rough start against the Rockies where he allowed 5 ER over 5.0 innings and in his last five starts he’s alternated between being terrible and fantastic, the pendulum is supposed to swing to fantastic tonight. The last time he faced the Yankees was in 2014 where he allowed 7 runs, 6 earned over 5.2 innings. The Yankees have the following numbers against Colon:

  • A Rod 23-56, 7 2B, 3B, 8 HR
  • Teixeira 12-42, 2 2B, 3 HR
  • Ellsbury 4-15, 2B
  • Gardner 3-10, HR
  • Castro 3=7, 2B
  • Headley 1-7
  • McCann 1-3

The Mets draw Nathan Eovaldi who is in his second season with the Yankees. He’s 9-7 this year over 22 games and 19 starts with a 4.78 ERA over 116.2 innings. In his last three starts, returning to the rotation, he has pitched 18.0 innings allowing 6 ER, so a 3.00 ERA. He had one start against the Mets last year where he allowed 4 ER over 7 hits and 4.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Nathan:

  • Granderson 4-8, 2 HR
  • Bruce 1-7
  • d’Arnaud 1-4, 2B
  • Loney 0-6
  • De Aza 1-5
  • Niese 0-5
  • Flores 1-4, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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Collins, Flores and Setting Up Players to Fail Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:15:14 +0000 wilmer flores 2

I’m one of the biggest Wilmer Flores fans you’ll ever know, but for crying out loud when will Terry Collins come to his senses and realize that he should only be limited to starting against left-handed pitchers and never, ever, should he be playing shortstop?

Why was Flores in the starting lineup on Wednesday given his incredibly awful numbers against right-handed pitching? And why was he playing shortstop when a perfectly adept Matt Reynolds was on the bench and riding back to back solid games since being called up on Monday?

Reynolds has played an excellent shortstop and he gets benched after going 4-for-8 with a double, a homer, two runs scored and four RBI in the first two games of the Subway Series? Why God, why?

At what point do Flores’ splits matter? He is batting a stagnating .209 /.274/.331 vs RHP this season while sporting a tremendous .348/.392/.696 triple-slash vs LHP.

Thanks to another questionable decision by Terry Collins that defied logic,  Wilmer Flores does the predictable last night, striking out twice and snuffing out two potentially huge scoring rallies with inning ending double plays, leaving five runners stranded.

And on top of that, he muffs two plays at shortstop while lobbing another two lolly pops to James Loney at first base, all in all costing the Mets three of those Yankees runs just on defense.

Flores was a one-man wrecking crew in last night’s loss and that’s all on Collins who consistently sets up his players to fail rather than succeed. Now the Mets find themselves sitting at a season-high 8.5 games out of first place, while losing more precious ground in the Wild Card standings and allowing teams like the Rockies and Pirates to enter the fray which already had the Marlins and Cardinals ahead of us.

Whenever Collins is grilled about one of his eyebrow-raising lineup decisions, he almost always famously responds, “We needed to get Player X going.”  I think it’s time Sandy Alderson gets Terry Collins going.

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The Mets And Mark Teixeira Had An Interesting Night Thu, 04 Aug 2016 11:00:13 +0000 mark teixeira

There were fireworks in the Bronx Wednesday night, and I am not just talking about how the Yankees lit up the scoreboard in their 9-5 victory over the Mets. Mark Teixeira had some disagreements with his cross-town rivals.

It started off innocently enough, Teixera hit a three-run shot off of Steven Matz to put the Yankees up by a score of 6-3. In his next at-bat against the southpaw Matz, he threw a pitch that got away and hit Teixeira’s lower left leg. Things quickly escalated with both benches and bullpens clearing, nothing though came of it.

“I know Matz is a good kid, but when you hit a home run and the next pitch is not even close to the plate and hits you, it just looks bad,” Teixeira said. “So I just told him I didn’t appreciate it. If it was on purpose, it was uncalled for. If it wasn’t, it just looked really bad.” (ESPN)

Matz though advised that this was not a purpose pitch, it was one that just got away.

“I honestly didn’t do it on purpose. It was a bad time for the ball to get away from me. But I can understand why he was upset.”

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That though would not end the drama on the night for Teixeira and the Mets. Enter the seventh inning and Hansel Robles. Teixeira was leading off second base and toying with Robles on the mound, who had thought he had stolen the Mets signs.

“That was funny,” Teixeira said. “After three or four pitches, I realized that he is, like, staring at me, and he thinks I have his signs. He’s staring me down. I couldn’t hear [what he was saying] because of the crowd, so I just started having some fun with him. I didn’t have his signs. I was breathing. I was just having some fun with him.”

“It got worse and worse. He kept staring at me more and more and yelling stuff, so I just started having some fun. If it was that bad, change your signs. I think everyone told him at the mound, ‘Bro, he doesn’t have your signs.’ It was just funny. I think we got a kick out of that one.”

Robles was made to look like a fool on the mound, as Teixeira just completely played with his mind. Robles could be seen yelling at Tex as he exited the game with him on third base at the time.

“I tried telling him when I was coming off the field … ‘Play baseball tough,’” Robles said. “You don’t need to be picking up signs. I got a little upset. That’s not the way you play baseball. You have to play baseball as a man.”

A very interesting turn of events where the Mets just looked bad all around. With the Subway Series wrapping up tonight in the Bronx, it is hard not to wonder if anything else spills into the game’s festivities.

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Mets Squander Early Chances As Yankees Win 9-5 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 02:26:30 +0000 curtis granderson

The New York Mets (55-52) were defeated by the New York Yankees (54-53) by a score of 9-5 Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.


The game got off to a roaring start, thanks to Curtis Granderson who launched the second pitch of the game for a “Yankee Stadium home run,” 316 feet to the 315 sign in right field. Neil Walker singled, Yoenis Cespedes singled, and Jay Bruce walked to load the bases with nobody out. James Loney then singled to center, scoring Walker and giving the Mets a 2-0 lead. Michael Conforto then struck out and Wilmer Flores grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

After the Yankees took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second, the Mets chipped away at Yankees’ starter Chad Green some more, as Kelly Johnson led off the 2nd with a double past a seemingly confused Mark Teixeira. Rene Rivera then lined a single to center, scoring Johnson from second.

More offense came in the 3rd inning. With one out, James Loney lined a single to center field, but the ball got by Jacoby Ellsbury and Loney advanced to second. Michael Conforto then walked, but the third double play Green had induced ended the threat.

There were some hits in between, but the Mets really threatened again in the top of the 7th inning. Curtis Granderson walked, Neil Walker bunted for a single, and Yoenis Cespedes reached on a fielding error by third baseman Chase Headley to load the bases with nobody out. After Jay Bruce struck out, James Loney grounded out to first base, scoring Granderson from third and trimming the Yankee lead to 6-4.

Reliever Luis Severino was brilliant for the Yankees in relief, tossing 4.1 innings allowing one unearned one on only one infield hit and one walk. However, he was relieved by Tyler Clippard for the 9th, and after striking out Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker lined a solo home run to right field, trimming the Yankee lead to 9-5, but that wasn’t enough as Jay Bruce grounded out to end the game.

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Steven Matz was greeted rudely, as the Yankees scored three runs in both the first and second inning. Doubles by Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius were the culprits in the first inning, and another “Yankee Stadium home run” to right field off Mark Teixeira‘s bat scored three in the 2nd. However, he settled in and ended up going six innings, allowing only those six runs on six hits while striking out six. He walked one.

Hansel Robles came in for the 7th innings, the Mets losing 6-4 at that point. A single and a double put him in immediate trouble, with runners on second and third with nobody out. He struck out Jacoby Ellsbury looking at a 99 mph fastball on the outside corner for the first out. Rob Refsnyder hit a sacrifice fly to center for the second out, giving the Yankees a 7-4 lead.

He then walked Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley to load the bases with two outs, before Starlin Castro tapped a ball to Wilmer Flores and beat it out for an infield it, scoring a run.

Josh Edgin replaced Robles, pitching for the first time in forever. He walked Didi Gregorius on four pitches, scoring a run. Erik Goeddel came in an induced a flyout to end the inning, Yankees leading 9-4. He then pitched a perfect 8th as well.


Verizon Trivia Question: Who was the first player to wear #17 as a Met?

In the third inning, Jay Bruce hit a routine ground ball to second base, but was hustling down the line all the way and was thrown out by only a hair. He took Starlin Castro by surprise and nearly beat it. That’s great to see.

Steven Matz hit Mark Teixeira with the first pitch in his next at bat after hitting the home run. The ball hit Tex in the leg and he took exception to it, strolling towards the mound. No punches were thrown as Rougned Odor was not present.

When Hansel Robles loaded the bases in the 7th, Mark Teixeira was on second base. Robles thought he was stealing signs, so he repeatedly called Rene Rivera out to the mound. Teixeira ended up mocking Robles when he was on second base, and Robles was noticeably pissed. After Starlin Castro got his infield hit and Robles was taken out, Robles was jawing at Tex at third base, until the third base umpire told Robles to get off the field.

Even though the Mets scored 5 runs, there were plenty of missed opportunities early in this game.

The Mets have not won back-to-back games since the All Star break.

Verizon Trivia Answer: Don Zimmer (1962) – He was the first ever third baseman for the Mets. He went 4-52 (.077) including 0-33 to end his Mets career and was traded to Cincinnati.

On Deck: 

The Mets will send Bartolo Colon (9-6, 3.58 ERA) to face off against hard-throwing Nathan Eovaldi (9-7, 4.78 ERA) in the Bronx at 7:05 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Yankees, 7:05 PM Wed, 03 Aug 2016 19:31:29 +0000 steven matz day

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 • 7:05 p.m.
Yankee Stadium • Bronx, N.Y.
LHP Steven Matz (8-7, 3.35) vs. RHP Chad Green (1-2, 4.56)
SNY • ESPN • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets offense finally came together last night as they handily beat the Yankees 7-1. Bruce went 0-4 in his debut but the players around him came through as De Aza and d’Arnaud both hit homers and multiple Mets had key hits with runners on. Tonight the game will shift to the Bronx as Steven Matz takes on Chad Green.

Mets Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – CF
  2. Neil Walker – 2B
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – DH
  4. Jay Bruce – RF
  5. James Loney – 1B
  6. Michael Conforto – LF
  7. Wilmer Flores – SS
  8. Kelly Johnson – 3B
  9. Rene Rivera – C

Yankees Lineup

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  2. Rob Refsnyder – RF
  3. Mark Teixeira – 1B
  4. Chase Headley – 3B
  5. Starlin Castro – 2B
  6. Didi Gregorius – SS
  7. Austin Romine – C
  8. Gary Sanchez – DH
  9. Aaron Hicks – LF

Steven Matz is 8-7 over 19 starts and 113.0 innings with a 3.35 ERA. In his last start he allowed 2 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 5. He didn’t have his best stuff and labored through his 6.0 innings allowing 10 hits, but he allowed only 2 runs and put the Mets in a good position at the end of the day (the bats didn’t come through though). In his last two starts he has totaled 2 ER in 12.0 innings. He faced the Yankees towards the end of last year were he allowed 1 ER over 6.0 innings. The Yankees have the following numbers against Matz:

  • Gardner 1-2
  • Gregorius 1-3
  • Headley 1-3
  • Castro 0-2

The Mets bats draw Chad Green who is 1-2 over 7 starts and 3 starts this year with a 4.56 ERA over 23.2 innings in his rookie season. Green is returning to the rotation after the sell-off the Yankees went through at the deadline. He started July off with a strong start, 1 run, 0 earned, over 6.0 innings but followed that up allowing 7 ER over 4.1 innings. Since the All-Star break he’s been in the pen pitching 8.1 innings over three games allowing no runs. Not surprisingly, he has never faced the Mets or anyone on the Mets roster.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Yanks Dominated As Mets Mash To 7-1 Victory Wed, 03 Aug 2016 01:55:39 +0000 alejandro de aza jacob degrom

The New York Mets (55-51) defeated the New York Yankees (53-53) by a score of 7-1 tonight at Citi Field. The two teams have split the first two games of the home and away four-game Subway Series.


Jacob deGrom (W, 7-5) came right back to the mound with pure deGromination Tuesday night. He pitched seven shutout innings while allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out eight. A dominant game from a guy who is yet again starting to solidify himself as the Mets ace.

Returning Met, Jon Niese pitched the eighth and ninth innings for the team to finish off the game. Niese looked shaky at times, allowing one run on two hits while walking one and striking out two.

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A much needed offensive explosion for a team who needed a laugher.

Alejandro De Aza got things going, as he continued his hot streak with a two-run bomb in the third to get the Mets on the board. Travis d’Arnaud tacked on a homer of his own in the fifth to put the team up by a score of 3-0.

Then came the seventh. The offense broke it open, scoring four runs in the inning as all nine men came to bat. Michael Conforto, Matt Reynolds, Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker all had a RBI to put the Mets up by a score of 7-0 in the inning.

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The Mets offense has now scored five more runs in three consecutive games.

Jay Bruce went 0-for-4 in his Mets debut.

On Deck:

The Subway Series moves to the Bronx for the final two games as LHP Steven Matz (8-7, 3.35 ERA) toes the rubber for Mets and will be opposed by Yankees RHP Chad Green (1-2, 4.56 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM ET.

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Monday, August 1, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
LHP CC Sabathia (6-8, 3.95) vs. RHP Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.12)
SNY • ESPN • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets really needed the win yesterday in a bad way. For a while, yesterday’s game felt like an extension of the entire weekend: a long, drawn out game where the Mets were slowly letting it slip away. When the Rockies took the lead, the Mets offense was no where to be found. But Walker mustered some magic and slammed a 3 run homer. Everything clicked. The Mets had the lead and the started to pitch like it (thank you Reed and Familia!). Tonight the Mets are hoping to get it done against the Yankees.

Yoenis Cespedes is out of the Mets lineup for the second straight game with his lingering quad injury.

Mets Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Justin Ruggiano – CF
  3. Neil Walker – 2B
  4. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  6. James Loney – 1B
  7. Matt Reynolds – SS
  8.  Alejandro De Aza – LF
  9. Logan Verrett – RHP

Yankees Lineup

  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  3. Mark Teixeira – 1B
  4. Brian McCann – C
  5. Didi Gregorius – SS
  6. Starlin Castro – 2B
  7. Chase Headley – 3B
  8. Rob Refsnyder – RF
  9. C.C. Sabathia – LHP

Logan Verrett gets the nod for the Mets today. He’s 3-6 over 9 starts and 27 games with 74.1 innings with a 4.12 ERA. In his last three starts he has tossed 18.1 innings with a 3.44 ERA, so he’s getting better. This will be his first start against the Yankees and the only player on their roster who has faced Logan is Starlin Castro who is 0-1.

The Mets bats will get a crack at CC Sabathia today who is 6-8 over 107.0 innings over 18 starts with a 3.95 ERA for his best season since 2012. The end of June to late July was rough for CC as he posted a 7.46 ERA over 35.0 innings in 6 starts (31 earned runs). His last start was more positive as he allowed 2 ER over 6.2 innings. Sabathia had two very different starts against the Mets last year. In April he allowed 7 ER over 5.0 innings and in September he allowed only 1 ER over 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against CC:

  • Granderson 4-22
  • Loney 5-23, HR
  • Cabrera 6-17, 2B, HR
  • Cespedes 2-14, 2B
  • K Johnson 5-15
  • De Aza 1-10
  • Ruggiano 1-8

Let’s Go Mets!

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Yankees Acquire Former Met Clippard From D’Backs Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:03:02 +0000 tyler clippard

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag on Twitter, the Yankees have acquired former Met Tyler Clippard from the Diamondbacks.

In return, the Diamondbacks are receiving pitching prospect Vicente Campos from the Yankees, reports’s Steve Gilbert on Twitter.

Clippard, 31, signed a two-year, $12.25 million contract with the Diamondbacks this past offseason, but hasn’t been great for them thus far, pitching to a 2-3 record with a 4.30 ERA.

Clippard will return to the ball club that he started his career with back in 2007, before spending time with the Nationals, A’s, Mets and the aforementioned Diamondbacks.

Vicente Campos has spent 2016 so far between High-A through Triple-A in the Yankees farm system and has pitched to a 9-3 record with a 3.20 ERA.

With Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman being traded recently, this move makes sense for the Yankees who are getting an established veteran reliever to fill out their bullpen.

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Yankees Deal Aroldis Chapman to Cubs for Prospects Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:52:46 +0000 aroldis chapman

The crosstown Yankees have fired the opening salvo of trade season, sending Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports reported first on Monday.

The package going to the Yankees consists of top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, 21 year old outfielder Billy McKinney, swing man Adam Warren, and a player to be named later.

Torres is the clear centerpiece of the deal.  At just 19 years old, the shortstop is ranked as the 15th best prospect in baseball according to ESPN’s Keith Law.  In High-A ball, Torres is also tearing up older competition, slashing  .275/.359/.433 with 9 home runs and 19 stolen bases.

For Chicago, Chapman fills an immediate void in the Cubs’ bullpen, his addition instantly makes them an elite unit.  After serving a 30 game suspension for domestic violence, the hard throwing lefty has been nothing short of exceptional, posting a 2.01 ERA while averaging just under 13 strikeouts per nine innings.

Chapman’s arrival in Chicago certainly changes the tenor of the National League pennant chase.  Teams will have to secure leads early in games to avoid the Cubs’ tandem of Chapman and and the already formidable Hector Rondon.

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Nats Are Looking For Bullpen Help, Eyeing Chapman and Miller Mon, 06 Jun 2016 04:23:21 +0000 jonathan papelbon

The Washington Nationals nearly blew a late five run lead against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday after handing the game to their bullpen. After Felipe Rivero gave up three runs in the 7th to make it 10-8 Nationals, closer Jonathan Papelbon came into the 9th to try and preserve the slim two run lead.

Papelbon got into a big time jam after putting the first two batters on base on a single and a walk, and then getting ripped for an RBI double by Brandon Phillips to bring the Reds within one. After intentionally walking Jay Bruce, the Reds had the bases loaded with nobody out.

But somehow, Papelbon was able to squirm out of trouble with two pop outs and a big strikeout of pinch-hitter Zack Cozart. Coupled with the Mets 1-0 loss to the Marlins, the Nats took a two game lead atop the NL East.

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The Nationals currently have a solid bullpen and their 2.85 ERA ranks No. 1 in major league baseball. (The Mets are right behind them in second place with a 3.10 ERA.) However, that’s not stopping them from bolstering their pen according to Bill Ladson of

The Nationals are hoping that the Yankees are making left-handed relievers Andrew Miller  and  Aroldis Chapman available before the Trade Deadline.

As of now, the Yankees are not in sell mode, but it’s not hard to imagine they could part with one of the two pitchers if they are struggling in late July, writes Ladson. Chapman in particular could be a candidate to move because he is eligible for free agency after this season.

While Papelbon is currently entrenched as the Nationals closer, a team source tells Ladson that ‘they feel they can do better.”

Papelbon has a  3.18 ERA this season and his WHIP is high at 1.375. There are legitimate concerns about his velocity and strikeout rate which are both down.

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MMO Game Recap: Yankees 6, Mets 3 Wed, 23 Mar 2016 01:50:25 +0000 steven matz

The Mets (7-9) were defeated by the Yankees (8-9) tonight at George M. Steinbrenner Field by the score of 6-3.


Steven Matz got the start for the Mets and got off to a rough start, as the young lefty was tagged for five runs on seven hits, while striking out three and walking two in four innings pitched.

Despite getting off to a rocky start, however, Matz retired the last eight batters to face him.

Hansel Robles pitched a scoreless fifth inning, but Duane Below allowed the Yankees to push across their sixth run of the game in the sixth inning.

Zack Thornton and Paul Sewald were able to stymie the Yankees the rest of the way, as they combined to pitch 2.1 scoreless innings.

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The Mets were kept off the scoreboard until the fifth inning, when Neil Walker drove in a run with a groundout, and Yoenis Cespedes added another by hitting a ground-rule double. The outfielder is now hitting .419 so far in the Spring.

In the eighth inning, the Mets were able to cut the deficit to 6-3 when Ty Kelly walked with the bases loaded, but this would be the last of the scoring, as the Yankees were able to hold on and seal the victory.

Despite scoring only three runs, the Mets had many opportunities as they scattered twelve hits in the game.

On deck:

The Mets travel to Florida Auto Exchange Stadium tomorrow afternoon to face the Toronto Blue Jays, where Bartolo Colon will take on Aaron Sanchez. First pitch is scheduled for 1:07 PM.


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