Mets Merized Online » Zach Lutz Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:43:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Game Recap: Mets 4, Marlins 4 In Spring Home Opener Fri, 04 Mar 2016 21:45:23 +0000 Dilson 0 Herrera

Finally, we got to watch the Mets play while hearing the voices of Gary, Keith, and Ronnie like baseball is meant to be. The sellout crowd of 7,003 at Tradition Field got to see one of my least favorite things in baseball, a tie. The Mets tied the game in dramatic fashion when Dilson Herrera hit an inside the park homerun to leadoff the bottom of the 9th inning.

Highlights from the pitching staff:

  • Logan Verrett pitched two innings with the only damage he allowed coming from a two-run homerun from Destin Hood. The long blast followed an error by Lucas Duda at first meaning only one of the runs were earned. He gave up two hits and did not strike out or walk anybody.
  • Akeel Morris worked around a double by Marcell Ozuna to pitch a scoreless 3rd inning, stadium gun had him at 93-94 MPH with the fastball.
  • Good spring debut for Addison Reed who walked one in a scoreless inning of work and threw a 137 MPH fastball that broke (apparently already broken) the Tradition Field radar gun.
  • The must anticipated return of lefty Jerry Blevins came in the fifth inning and started out promising as he retired the first two batters he faced (both righties). He then gave up back-to-back singles before Christian Yelich hit a slow roller to Asdrubal Cabrera that he could not handle allowing an unearned run to score. Blevins got the next batter out to finish his inning of work without a walk or strikeout.
  • Jim Henderson got his first audition for one of the Mets last bullpen spots and the early returns are solid as he pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. Hit a batter and was registering 92-93 with his fastball according to SNY gun.
  • Lefty Duane Below struck out former Met Zach Lutz with runners on second and third to finish his scoreless inning of work. Allowed two hits and struck out two.
  • Minor leaguer Chasen Bradford pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning with one strikeout.
  • The Marlins took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th when Buddy Carlyle gave up a run scoring single to Kenny Wilson. Lutz followed with another single but left fielder Marc Krauss made a good throw home to nail the runner and end the inning. Carlyle gave up three hits and a run.

Herrera was the big story with the bat as the only Met with two hits (2 for 2) and scored the team’s final two runs. How the rest of the offense did today as the starting lineup featured six starters:

  • Juan Lagares got a hustle double in his first at bat, he went 1 for 2 out of the leadoff spot.
  • Cabrera made his Mets debut going 0 for 2 with a lineout and the costly error in the field at shortstop.
  • Yoenis Cespedes walked up to the plate to a roaring ovation (2nd loudest of day) in the first inning as the designated hitter, he went 0 for 4 with a strikeout on the day.
  • Mets first baseman went 0 for 4 on the day with Lucas Duda and Dominic Smith both grounding out twice. Smith continued to look smooth defensively.
  • Neil Walker singled in the fifth inning to start a two-run rally, he went 1 for 2.
  • With Curtis Granderson not ready yet, Alejandro De Aza got the start in right field and went 1 for 2 with an infield single.
  • T.J. Rivera started at third base going 1 for 4 with an RBI single, he was the only Met to play all nine innings defensively.
  • Ty Kelly started in left field, played three innings in center, and went 1 for 3 with run knocked in.
  • The Mets current extra base hit team leader (2) Travis Taijeron went 1 for 2 with a triple that the right fielder had some trouble tracking down. He scored in the 7th inning on a strikeout when the catcher couldn’t handle the wild pitch.
  • Travis d’Arnaud played for the first time this spring, he caught the first five innings and went 0 for 1 with a walk and run scored.
  • Matt Reynolds came up to bat in the 5th inning with the bases loaded and one out but hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Played the final five innings at shortstop.

Wilmer Flores walked in his only plate appearance of the game, the big story was the incredible ovation he was given by the Tradition Field fans when he came up to the plate.

The Mets head to Kissimmee to play the Astros tomorrow at 1:05 with prospect Robert Gsellman getting the start against the former Met Collin McHugh.  Also scheduled to pitch are Antonio Bastardo, Josh Smoker, Seth Lugo, and Hansel Robles.

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Mets Minor League Recap: Conforto Homers, Lutz Rakes In Return Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:00:50 +0000 michael Conforto


Las Vegas (54-38) 10, Albuquerque 5

Zach Lutz had a great return to the Mets organization going 4-5 with a double and three RBI. He played first base and batted fifth with his only out at the plate coming on a line drive to left field. In case you missed it Lutz was added to roster yesterday to replace Alex Castellanos who decided to go play in Japan. The 51′s scored eight runs in the first two innings off former Met John Lannan including a two-run stand up triple by Anthony Recker.

Recker finished going 2-4 with three RBI and three runs scored, he is now hitting .304/.407/.667 with 19 RBI in 19 games for Las Vegas. T.J. Rivera was 3-5 with his 16th RBI and two runs scored raising his AAA line to .320/.359/.449 in 43 games.Travis Taijeron was 2-5 with his 12th double and 45th RBI but struck out three times. Dilson Herrera batted leadoff going 2-5 with two runs scored while Wilfredo Tovar went 0-4 and is hitting just .264 on the year.

Matt Bowman improved his record to 6-10 on the year and even chipped in at the plate going 1-3 with a RBI and run scored. He was pitching a one-run gem going into the 6th inning when Ryan Wheeler hit a grand slam off him for his 2nd blast off the night against Matt. Bowman’s final line, 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 5 K’s with 10 groundball outs. Zach Thornton, Chase Huchingson, and Chase Bradford combined to close the game out with three scoreless innings. Box Score

Trenton 3, Binghamton (47-43) 2

Michael Conforto clubbed his 4th AA homerun (11th overall) in the 7th inning on an outside fastball that he went with to left center field. Here is video of the homerun. Conforto came back up in the 8th in a big spot with the tying run on 2nd and winning run on 1st against former All-Star and ROY Andrew Bailey. Michael put a good swing on the ball but it was caught by right fielder Mark Payton in front of the warning track. He finished 1-4. him and Cecchini combined to throw out Gary Sanchez trying to stretch a single into a double. Conforto is now hitting .295/.368/.474 with 11 homeruns and 50 RBI combined for the year.

Cecchini was 0-3 with a walk and has just one hit over last four games but has walked seven times in that span. Brandon Nimmo was 1-3 with a walk while playing center field and batting fifth. L.J. Mazzilli was 1-3 with a walk and has seven base on balls in last ten games, unfortunately he is only 8-40 in that span.

Michael Fulmer had his worst start in a long time lasting only 5 innings giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits, three walks, and a balk. He struck out only two hitters and had a hard time throwing strikes all night resulting in needing 88 pitches (48 strikes) to finish his shortest outing since a rain shortened outing on June 12th. Matt Koch followed with two shutout innings with two strikeouts lowering his ERA to 3.14 and WHIP to 1.17 for the season. Beck Wheeler pitched two scoreless and has allowed one run over his last 21 innings of relief. Box Score

Dunedin 6, St. Lucie (47-44) 2

Dominic Smith went 1-3 with two walks keeping his season average right at .303, over his last ten games he has walked five times compared to only six strikeouts. Smith is hitting .321/.397/.482 in 56 June at bats. Florida State League’s leading hitter Jeff McNeil was 1-4 with a walk, run scored, and his 14th stolen base of the year. Amed Rosario was 1-3 with a walk and his 22nd RBI of the season, he is 9-23 since returning from his injury. Jhoan Urena returned to St. Lucie for his first game for them since May 22nd, he was 0-3 with a walk while playing third base and batting 7th.

Kevin McGowan picked up his 8th loss of the season going 6 innings givning up five runs (three earned) on nine hits, he walked none and struck out five. David Roseboom pitched one inning allowing a run on a hit and walk while striking out two. Jeff Walters pitched last night after picking up the save on Wednesday and was fantastic striking out the side in the 9th. Jeff looks like he is ready to head back to close at Las Vegas. Box Score

Savannah (46-43) 4, Asheville 3 F/8 Game One

With one out in the bottom of the 8th inning Luis Guillorme singled to right field to score Patrick Biondi to end game one with a walk-off. Guillorme was 2-4 with the RBI on the night while Biondi was 1-3 with RBI, 19th stolen base, and the scoring the winning run.

Wuilmer Becerra made is return to the lineup for the first time since July 3rd, he was 1-2 with a walk and was thrown out trying to stretch his 19th double into a triple. Vicente Lupo hit a two-run homerun in the fifth for his only hit of the game. He has 3 homeruns and 10 RBI over last ten games but is hitting only.200 with 11 strikeouts in that span.

Paul Paez got his 3rd victory in relief pitching a perfect 8th inning with two strikeouts lowering his ERA to 1.95 on the year. Scarlyn Reyes started the game going 5 innings giving up three runs on five hits, two walks, and two HBP. Box Score

Asheville 4, Savannah (46-44) 1 F/7 Game Two

Michael Gibbons was strong in his second Sand Gnats start going 6 innings allowing two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six. The Savannah bats were quiet producing only five baserunners including one hit. Joe Tuschak doubled in the 3rd inning for the lone Sand Gnats hit. Guillorme had three plate appearances picking up two walks and a sac bunt. Jonathan Johnson was 0-1 with two walks and scored the only run. Eudor Garcia (who had game one off) was 0-2 but knocked in the lone run in the first inning with a sac fly. Box Score

Staten Island 1, Brooklyn (15-10) 0

David Thompson singled with two outs in the 9th and was followed by Jeffrey Diehl who singled as well before Pedro Perez grounded out to end the game. Thompson was 1-4 on the night, he is hitting only .189 with eight strikeouts over his last ten game. Vinny Siena went 1-4 and has now hit safely in 22 of 24 games to start his pro career. Diehl was only Cyclone to reach twice with the single and a walk. Brandon Brosher was 1-4 with a double, batted 4th and caught the whole game.

Matt Blackham got the start in the SNY televised game and introduced himself to Mets fans with a 6-inning ten strikeout performance. Matt did take his first loss of the year allowing one run on five hits and a walk. The 29th round 2014 pick lowered his ERA to 2.76 and has allowed just 18 hits in 29.1 innings with a league leading 40 strikeouts. He was hitting 93 MPH with his fastball and showed a good changeup that he was able to locate on low outside corner of the plate.

Christian Montgomery pitched 1.2 scoreless striking out two batters, he has yet to be scored upon in 9.2 innings this year and has struck out 18 hitters in that span. He was hitting 93 consistently on the radar gun and I saw 94 MPH once. Box Score

Princeton 7, Kingsport (11-11) 6 F/10

Catcher and cleanup hitter Patrick Mazeika went 2-5 with his 8th double and 4th homerun of his young career. He scored two runs and lifted his line up to .338/.427/..597 in 21 professional games. His 17 RBI tie him with teammate Dash Winningham (0-5, 2K’s) for 2nd in the Appalachian League, his 1.024 OPS ranks 5th in the league. Kevin Kaczmarski was 2-5 with two, the 9th round pick is hitting .311 to start his career.

In his first start since throwing a no-hitter for the GCL Mets Merandy Gonzalez made his Kingsport debut lasting 4.2 innings giving up two runs on seven hits (HR). He issues only one walk while striking out four Rays hitters. He was relieved by Chase Ingram who struggled giving up four runs and one inherited runner on two innings of work. Seth Davis, 22nd round, pitched 2.1 scoreless with four strikeouts. Box Score

GCL Mets (12-10) 3, GCL Marlins 2 F/5 Rain Shortened

Ali Sanchez was 1-2 with a walk and scored a run raising his slash line for the year to .373/.422/.390 with seven RBI in his first 17 games stateside. He batted third and played catcher while nabbing his 11th runner trying to steal compared to just six that have been successful. Milton Ramos was 0-3 with a strikeout, he played shortstop and batted 2nd in the lineup.

Joel Huertas went 5 solid innings allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and zero walks, he struck out six on his way to his 2nd win of the season. The 19-year old lefty has pitched 20.1 innings this year allowing a measly 12 hits while striking out 18. Box Score

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Zach Lutz Leaves Vegas To Play In Japan Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:50:32 +0000 zach-lutz

Adam Rubin reports that sources told that Zach Lutz is headed to Japan in play for the Rakuten Eagles.

Lutz was hitting .291, with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 227 at-bats with Vegas this season.

He appeared in 22 games for the Mets in 2012 and ’13, producing a combined .226 average and two RBIs in 31 at-bats.

This is a big loss for the 51s as the 28-year old third baseman has had a very good start to the 2014 season, but with regards to the Mets lineup, there isn’t any room for him at this point.

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Mets Minors: Las Vegas 51s Make PCL History With Four Straight Jacks Fri, 09 May 2014 12:29:32 +0000 4 Straight Jacks -

The Las Vegas 51s made history in the Pacific League during Thursday night’s game against the Salt Lake Bees when they hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back jacks in the top of the fourth inning.

It all started when Allan Dykstra launched a ball over the right field wall for his fifth home run of the season. Then Zach Lutz followed and hit his fifth, an opposite field shot to right field as well. Taylor Teagarden made it three in a row, when he sent the ball flying over the center field wall for his team leading eighth home run of the season. The final shot, came off the bat of Brandon Allen, when he smashed his second home run of the season and sent it sailing over the right field wall to put all four players into the record books.

“That was crazy. It’s the first time I’ve ever witnessed that, and the first time I’ve been a part of it. It was exciting,” Allen tells Josh Jackson of

“I’ve never seen it before. It’s impressive. These guys have swung the bat all year long,” Wally Backman added regarding the record breaking night.

At 24-10, Backman has led Las Vegas to the best record in the Pacific Coast League. The 51s are powered by an offense that leads the entire league with 244 runs, 364 hits, 43 home runs, 220 RBI, 574 Total Bases, a .345 On-Base Percentage, and .475 Slugging Percentage.

Among the team leaders offensively you have Dykstra, Lutz, Andrew Brown, Eric Campbell and Wilmer Flores who was just promoted.

An impressive night by a team that continues to tear through pitchers in the Pacific Coast League and now are a part of baseball history. Backman is looking to lead his team to the post season for the second season in a row.

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Syndergaard Throws Seven Strong Innings Thu, 01 May 2014 12:59:17 +0000 noah syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard delivered his most dominant performance of the season on Wednesday night as Las Vegas defeated Reno by the score of 6-1.

Syndergaard threw 96 pitches over seven innings allowing an unearned run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven – a new season-high.

Three of his seven strikeouts came in his final two innings when he reached back and hit 99 mph twice after sitting at 96-98 throughout his outing.

Thor’s strong effort lowered his ERA to 3.94 for the season, no doubt reflecting the hitter-friendly conditions at Cashman Field where he’s made five of his six starts.

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Baxter Claimed By Dodgers, Carson To Angels, Henn and Burke Ourighted Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:19:52 +0000 Robert Carson

The Mets 40-Man roster is now at 36 after the Angels claimed lefthander Robert Carson on waivers, the Dodgers grabbed outfielder Mike Baxter, and the team outrighted LHP Sean Henn and RHP Greg Burke.

Expect more purging as the Mets must make room for Ike Davis, Josh Edgin, Matt Harvey, Jeremy Hefner, Jenrry Mejia, Bobby Parnell, Scott Rice and Johan Santana who must all be activated from 60-day disabled list and placed on the 40-man roster.

So technically, the Mets now have 44 players which means four more heads to roll.

With Halloween around the corner, this is perfect timing for some tricks or treats…

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports on the impending 40-man roster crunch the Mets will soon face after the World Series.

The Mets’ 40-man roster actually will be full even before the club adds farmhands eligible for the Rule 5 draft or signs any free agents this winter to major league deals.

That’s because eight players finished the season on the 60-day disabled list, where they did not count against the 40-man roster: Ike DavisJosh EdginMatt HarveyJeremy HefnerJenrry MejiaBobby ParnellScott Rice and Johan Santana.

So the Mets, in essence, finished the season with 48 players on the 40-man roster.

Rubin adds that because the Mets only have eight free agents, the 40-man roster will be full once the players are activated from the 60-day DL no later than five days after the World Series.

David AardsmaTim ByrdakPedro FelicianoFrank FranciscoAaron HarangLaTroy HawkinsDaisuke Matsuzaka and Johan Santana will all become free agents after an exclusive, but short, negotiating window.

Who is the most likely to go?

You can be sure that Robert CarsonSean HennZach Lutz, and Mike Baxter may be the first to go. Guys on the bubble will include position players Kirk NieuwenhuisJordany Valdespin and Andrew Brown. and reliever Scott Atchison.

Prospects the Mets will have to protect from the Rule 5 draft include Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Darin Gorski, Jeff Walters and Cory Vaughn among others. They will need to be added to the 40-man by Nov. 20.

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Featured Post: The Best of the Best Met Fans… Sat, 21 Sep 2013 13:49:29 +0000 mets fansAs bad as things are these days for our Mets as they limp toward the end of their fifth straight losing season, I’m always amazed at the fans who keep continue to keep the faith and remain so optimistic.

Case in point… I gave away five pairs of tickets this week to see the Amazins take on the Milwaukee Brewers in what will be the last series of the 2013 season for the Mets.

Honestly, I didn’t expect much participation in the giveaway contests and sure enough the numbers were very low compared to past giveaways. It seems as most fans don’t even want to see the Mets for free.

When I gave away tickets to Opening Day and also Banner Day, I received over 300 entries. This week, I received about twenty for each contest. But what stuck out the most for me was how badly these few Met fans wanted to win those tickets. I got comments like “please pick me” and “I really want to see the team one more time this season.” It was kind of cool to see…

When I selected the five different winners, they all responded like they had just hit the lottery. I was touched by their reactions – amazed really. The thank you emails I received and the words within them made be proud to be a part of the same exclusive club as them – Die-Hard Met Fans.

There’s still a lot of Met fans who root for this team no matter how desperate things are. Those are the ones that always keep the faith no matter what and are rewarded the most when things do get better – and they always do.

During Wednesday night’s game when Josh Satin gave the Mets their walk-off win, I saw a few things leading up to the final game-ending moment.

After walks by Lucas Duda and Juan Lagares with one out in the bottom of the ninth, and the team down by three runs, pinch hitter Zach Lutz laced a double to score Duda and put the tying runs on base with rookie catcher Juan Centeno coming to the plate. It was a critical moment and even with the Mets mathematically eliminated, you could still cut the tension with a knife.

As Centeno kicked the dirt in the batters box, the cameras panned to a mother and her daughter near field level – both of them with their hands clasped in prayer and these anxious, but hopeful looks on their faces. They were so locked into the moment they had no idea they were on TV.

The cameras glided to the left to small group of fans and I saw two teenage kids sweating bullets with their eyes glued to the plate, fists clenched, and their lips murmuring something – perhaps a prayer.

Centeno pokes a hard grounder through the infield on the first pitch he sees and Lagares comes scampering home, putting the tying run on third and the winning run on first.

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The small gathering that is still left erupts in approval. You could see a few couples in the stands hugging after Don Juan scored, while those around them waved their arms and caps as the momentum kept building.

After Anthony Recker came in to pinch run for Centeno, Matt den Dekker draws a walk to load the bases. Once again the camera pans into the seats and finds pockets of fans with their rally caps on as the place begins to chant Lets Go Mets, Lets Go Mets, Lets Go Mets…

I was mesmerized by these fans I kept seeing flash across my big screen. Look at them all… They didn’t seem like the fans that complain all day long on Mets blogs and on Mets Twitter. These were the real fans, the ones I always considered myself to be a part of. Nobody at Citi Field at that moment were thinking about protected draft picks or about Qualcomm. No, these Met fans were of the Orange and Blue variety and were there for one thing and one thing only, a home team victory. These are the true die-hards – the best of the best.

Omar Quintanilla strikes out and now the Mets are down to their last out. Dead silence. It took all the enthusiasm and steam out of the remaining loyalists, but everywhere the camera went  - there they were  - all on their feet now – and all of them zoned in on Josh Satin.

Strike one, as a slider catches the inside corner. You could hear the “Ahhhhs” as Satin stepped back and then right into the box again.

After taking a ball outside, strike two!

The bat never left Satin’s shoulder.

The Mets were down to their last strike.

After another ball to even the count at 2-2 and after four straight sliders, Keith Hernandez says, “he’s gonna throw Satin a fastball here. He needs to be looking fastball here.”

Mex was right. SMACK –  it’s a line drive to left fielder Gregor Blanco

Zach Lutz scores…

Anthony Recker scores…

The Mets win the ballgame!

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The remaining fans were all rewarded and treated to a great comeback win as they scored four runs in the ninth to beat the Giants 5-4.

But this wasn’t about the win for me… The win was great, but also meaningless like all the games we play this September.

This was about the true Met fans, the ones who still watch, the ones who still go, the ones who love the team and root for them no matter how dire things look.

Those are my kind of Met fans… Those are the ones that are 100% Metsmerized…

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Mets Stage Dramatic Comeback, Steal 5-4 Win From The Giants Thu, 19 Sep 2013 02:41:05 +0000 metswin55


Matt Cain might have made the Mets look like a minor-league through the first eight innings of this ballgame, but they played like a team with some real heart in the ninth to walk away with the win. The Mets came from four runs down for the first time this entire year tonight when a Josh Satin two-run single in the ninth allowed the Mets to walk-off with pride.

satin lagaresYeah, neither team was playing for anything out there tonight, but like I said — pride is a factor, and it showed with our Mets out there. Aaron Harang started this game and didn’t do so well — getting knocked around for four runs over five innings. Only three of them were earned, however, as an Andrew Brown drop in the fourth allowed a run to cross the plate. Brown had a nasty collision with Ruben Tejada later in the game as well, with Tejada tripping over his extended leg by accident…not the best night in the office for Brown. Harang was tagged for a two-run home run by Gregor Blanco in the top of the third but worked his way out of trouble for the most part.

The bullpen behind him, however, was nothing short of spectacular. The Mets ‘pen put together four straight hitless innings with six strikeouts, courtesy of Carlos Torres, David Aarsdma, and Vic Black. Black improved to 2-0 after earning his second straight win with a scoreless inning before a walk-off. Torres struck out the side in the seventh and Black looked dominant in the ninth, by the way.

A throwing error by Buster Posey set up a Josh Satin sacrifice fly in the eighth to get the Mets an unearned run, and after Black’s aforementioned scoreless frame, the stage for set for a New York Mets comeback.

Andrew Brown and Juan Lagares were walked, leaving men on first and second with one out for the rookie duo of Zach Lutz and Juan Centeno — who doubled and singled, respectively, and drove in a run each. After Matt den Dekker walked to load the bases, Omar Quintanilla failed to score him with a lazy fly ball into right field. Josh Satin had his back, however, and ripped a single into left field to plate the tying and game-winning runs.

Juan Centeno, for what it’s worth, called a good game in his first MLB start and looked solid behind the plate. His RBI single in the ninth was an opposite field liner and his second of the game — so I can walk away saying I was very impressed with him tonight. The Mets will send Jon Niese to the mound tomorrow to wrap up the two-game set with the Giants against Madison Bumgarner.

Update: Terry Collins announced that Ruben Tejada has a broken fibula and will miss the rest of the year…

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Mets Pitching Suffers, Gio Lights Out In 9-0 Blowout Tue, 10 Sep 2013 02:22:10 +0000 carlos torres

Spoiler Alert: This game was really, really ugly. Let’s get right to it…

The Nationals got off to a quick start off of Carlos Torres when Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman hit back-to-back jacks to lead off the game. Torres would settle down, but just for a while.

After a quiet second, the Nats struck again in the third when Jayson Werth took the first pitch he saw to left center for a three run home run. It was Werth’s 22nd of year. The Nats went up 5-0, but that was just the beginning.

The fatal blow to Torres was a Tyler Moore solo bomb in the fourth. Torres final line was this: HORRIBLE.

Greg Burke relieved Torres, but fared about the same. Wilson Ramos smacked a dinger to left center, bringing in two other Nats and for the last time, expanding their lead to 9.

While this was a brutal game to watch, at least it was fun coming up with all these different names to call home runs.

Meanwhile, Gio Gonzalez tossed an absolute gem, allowing only three Met baserunners. Zach Lutz was the lone hero, leading off the seventh with a single ando, while this was a brutal game to watch, it was fun coming up with all these different names to call home runs.

The series continues tomorrow at 7:10, when Jordan Zimmermann and Dillon Gee will face off for game two of this four game series.

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The dogs were out in full force at Citi Field tonight…

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Roster News: Plawecki And Reynolds Promoted For Playoff Experience, Lutz To Majors Sun, 01 Sep 2013 14:53:27 +0000 vic black trade

The Mets have made a few roster moves today (and yesterday, for that matter). Here’s a summary of everything I can see that’s going on:

  • Matt Reynolds and Kevin Plawecki may be done in St. Lucie with the FSL season, but they will get a taste of the Eastern League playoffs with the Binghamton Mets. In 430 at-bats with St. Lucie this season, Reynolds hit .226/.302/.335 with five homers and 46 RBIs. Plawecki split time with St. Lucie and Savannah. He’s stepped to the plate 447 times, and has put together a a combined .304/.390/.447 line with eight homers and 79 RBIs.
  • New York is still hoping they’ll see Jeurys Familia back in the bullpen before 2013 comes to a close. He took a step closer to doing that today in PSL. He threw an inning for St. Lucie in their season-ending 16-0 blowout victory. He allowed no runs on one hit, one walk, and one strikeout in his appearance. He’s been sidelined for most of the season, last appearing in a big league game on May 8th against the Chicago White Sox.
  • Sandy Alderson said the bulk of the September call-ups will be coming once the affiliates are done with their respective postseasons, but there are three new Mets heading to DC to join the team. Victor Black, the PTBNL from the Marlon Byrd and John Buck deal, is joining the bullpen. In 46.2 innings pitched in Triple-A this season, Black owns a 2.51 ERA, .169 opponent batting average, and has allowed 21 walks while striking out 62 batters.
  • An injury last night to Ike Davis has ended his season, so the Mets will be calling up Zach Lutz to provide depth. In 399 at-bats for Las Vegas, he hit .293/.377/.479 with 13 home runs and 80 RBIs. He’ll be a bench player, as it’s Lucas Duda‘s turn to audition full-time at first base.
  • Reliever Tim Byrdak will also be heading back to the big leagues, completing his comeback from surgery last year. He didn’t allow a run in 11 appearances for the 51s (8 IP), walking five and striking out 10.
  • To supplement some of the subtractions made to the Vegas roster right before the playoffs start, the Mets have optioned Robert Carson back to Triple-A, while also signing ex-Yankee Cory Wade to a minor league deal, and assigning him Las Vegas.

Alright, that’s all I got right now. If there is anything else that happens, I’ll be sure to update the post.

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September 1st… It’s That Time Of The Year Again… Sun, 01 Sep 2013 14:17:04 +0000 baseball autumn leaves fall

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

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Good morning everyone…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carry on…

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Predicting 2013 September Call-Ups Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:07:44 +0000 travis_d_arnaud_480x270_vtrlloc3_issdia71

With the second half of the 2013 season coming up, and the Mets’ playoff hopes all but in the past, it seems right to start thinking about the young talent that could be brought up to Queens once the minor league season is finished in September. Here are my predictions for who that young talent will be.


Giancarlo Alvarado – Heard the name? Probably not. Alvarado, although not young at 35, was signed by the Mets out of the Mexican League on June 24. In the great hitting league that is the PCL, Alvarado has posted an ERA of 0.89 in four starts this year. True, he may not be able to keep that up, but odds are Carlos Torres  won’t be able to keep his stellar play up either, forcing the Mets to give someone a few spot starts in September. Do I think Alvarado will make the team in the end? No. Do I think he’s worth a look? Absolutely.

Robert Carson – Carson was sent down to Las Vegas along with Ike Davis and Mike Baxter but has since proved himself worthy of a call-up. However, with two lefties already in the bullpen, it’s unlikely Carson gets the call until September. In his last 10 outings with Las Vegas, Carson has only allowed six earned runs, all coming in one appearance, but has otherwise been spotless. He’s also been able to keep the ball in the ballpark, Carson’s Achilles heel, serving up only one big fly in that span.


Travis d’Arnaud – d’Arnaud will see doctors Monday to get clearance on beginning baseball activities after breaking his foot in April. d’Arnaud, who was expected to be called up mid-season while there was a possibility of John Buck getting traded, will now only be given the opportunity to showcase his talents in September. And that wouldn’t be a bad idea. Giving Buck some days off down the stretch would make sense when playoff hopes are officially gone. Through 36 at-bats, d’Arnaud was hitting .250 with a home run and 8 RBI.


Wilmer Flores – The Mets top homegrown position player in the minors should be ready when Terry Collins and Co. come knocking on Wally Backman‘s door in September. Flores is boasting a .321 AVG to complement an .885 OPS. Flores was scratched from Wednesday’s Triple A All Star Game with a twisted ankle, which Paul DePodesta has said is minor. Flores, who was signed by the Mets on his 16th birthday in 2007, leads the PCL in RBI (75), and is second in TB (196).

Zach Lutz – The 3B/1B Zach Lutz was called up at the end of June and was sent down after only getting into four games and recording only one hit. But Lutz could provide much needed depth at both positions, should Ike Davis get sent down again and Josh Satin in need of a day off, and with David Wright needing a rest once in a while during the last month of the season. Lutz’s OBP is only a tick short of Wilmer Flores‘, and his performance since June has been outstanding, hitting over .320 in both June and July.


None – No outfielder in the Mets system is currently completely worthy of a call-up. Obviously that could change if Matt den Dekker proves capable, but the organization might want to keep him down due to his recent return from wrist surgery. Mike Baxter was sent down at the same time as Ike Davis, but Baxter’s numbers haven’t “popped” the way Davis’ did, as the first baseman has since returned unlike Baxter. Jordany Valdespin doesn’t look like he’ll be back any time soon, and the rest are guys who aren’t on the 40-man roster, which could force the Mets to make moves they might not want to make.

The Mets will have to make a few more moves if they want to get to 40 players by September 1st, but for now these are the ones that make the most sense.

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Mets Call Up Gonzalez Germen, Zach Lutz Optioned To Vegas Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:05:13 +0000 The Mets announced today that Zach Lutz has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, a corresponding move to the call-up of RHP Gonzalez Germen. Germen will wear number 71.



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This Time – It’s About Mechanics Not Excuses With Ike Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:31:26 +0000 In 2012, Ike Davis had valley fever.

In 2012, Ike Davis was rusty because he had missed so much playing time in 2011.

In 2012, the hitting approach impacted Ike Davis negatively.

In 2012, Ike Davis didn’t have enough lineup protection or he was shuffled around the order too much.

In 2012, Ike Davis should have been sent to the minors but instead he was allowed to “work things out” at the big league level, and that move allowed fans and coaches to believe Davis was magically fixed.

Sure, Davis showed significant signs of improvement during the later part of 2012. Realistically though, he wasn’t fixed in 2012. He was still striking out and hitting for a low average. For some reason we decided to accept that type of performance merely because he 27 HR from June 1st on.

Regardless of the power he found, he was still a .252 hitter from June 1st on. I’m not sure when that became acceptable from a guy we all expected to be a top 3 1B in the National League – but I’m done giving Davis the benefit of the doubt.

Davis was able to use every excuse in the book to explain his embarrassing 2012 season, and he took those opportunities in February with The Star-Ledger.

“I’m definitely more ready to play this year, I’m not worried about my ankle. I didn’t miss a year. I’m definitely in a baseball flow so I’m excited.”

“Every time you come back from an injury and you don’t do very well for a long period of time, you’re like ‘Did I lose what I once had?’” Davis said. “You start second-guessing yourself. Then, obviously, I started feeling better and I said, ‘OK, I can do this again. I didn’t lose my talent or lose my skill.”

Hitting coach Dave Hudgens even joined in,

“He’s capable of doing that, he didn’t have that same rhythm and timing that he was so used to in the game because he was off so long. When you’re off that long and then you come back and try to do the same thing, sometimes it just doesn’t feel right.”

And now fast forward to 2013, according to WFAN’s Craig Carton Ike Davis who was supposed to be a cornerstone player for the franchise gets angry at the organization for not calling him up after a few good games in Las Vegas?

This organization went above and way beyond what they should have done to protect Ike Davis. He should have been sent down in May last year and in April of this year after déjà vu struck. But after 13 Triple-A games, Davis thinks he deserves to be back ahead of Zach Lutz?

Whether the story is 100% accurate or not, the truth is Ike Davis lost his opportunity to be an everyday 1B with no questions asked. He’s not the guy we all thought he’d be. Top 1B don’t need to go to AAA at age 26 to fix a swing, not an approach. It has nothing to do with the boogey man known as “the approach”.

According to Terry Collins, Davis isn’t working on philosophy – he’s working on mechanics with Las Vegas hitting coach George Greer.

“They are trying to calm the hitch down, not have it so big. They are trying to keep his upper body back, behind the baseball a little more, keep his head in a little bit better. His stride has got him to where he is kind of lunging, so they’ve got him on the plate a little bit better. Keeping his front hip in, instead of having it fly, which sometimes can cause his shoulders to come off the ball. The grip of the bat has helped him free up his hands a little bit.”

I am tired of all of the excuses, and anybody who thinks Davis deserves any more than what he’s been given. He has proven to me that he is not the player we thought he was. He’s shown me that he’s just another Gaby Sanchez. A player who did just enough to make us think he’d be around for years to come.

The Mets and all of us thought we had a 1B for the next several years to build around, and until I see Davis put together a 162 game season worth talking about and not yelling about, that 1B’s name is either Wilmer Flores or Lucas Duda.

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Ike Davis Outraged After Being Bypassed, Alderson Had To Calm Him Down Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:16:45 +0000 mets-ike-davis-baseball

This morning on WFAN, Craig Carton was ripping Ike Davis over a report from a source who told him that Davis went ballistic in the clubhouse after the Mets opted to promote Zach Lutz instead of him.

“How can they promote him over ****ing me,” he reportedly screamed at manager Wally Backman..

He became such a distraction, that Backman called Sandy Alderson to intervene and calm the slighted and infuriated first baseman down.

Davis homered again in last night’s game to give him five homers in his last four games played.

Yesterday, Terry Collins told reporters that the Mets did not promote Davis because they were facing three left-handers.

Terry Collins said before Sunday’s game, ”We don’t want to put him in a funk right away.”

Several reports are suggesting that Davis could join the team for Thursday’s makeup game in Colorado.

Entering yesterday’s game, Davis was batting .310/.463/.690 with four home runs, 15 runs scored, and 8 RBIs. In 42 at-bats he has drawn 12 walks and struck out 11 times.

Not sure how much credence to put into this Craig Carton story, but we’ll see if some corroborating reports emerge today and maybe we’ll get more clarity on this.

That said, if this is true, it’s very troubling.

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First baseman Ike Davis walloped two more home runs for the Las Vegas 51s on Friday night, despite a 5-3 loss to the Tucson Sidewinders at Kino Stadium in Arizona.

For the 26-year old Davis, it was his second straight two-homer game and with those blasts his confidence is now at an all time high as he continues his comeback to the major leagues.

While there is no timetable set for Ike’s return, manager Terry Collins told reporters last night that “when Ike starts swinging good again, he’ll be back.”

Davis was demoted to Triple-A on June 10 and since that time is now batting a robust .333/.480/.744 with four homers, four doubles, eight RBI and 14 runs scored in 50 plate appearances.

What stands out even more than the power is that he has also has drawn 11 walks while striking out nine times in his 11 games with Las Vegas.

The goal for Davis was to alter a hitch in his swing and improving his pitch recognition.

“They say he’s made real good strides,” Mets manager Terry Collins told on Thursday. “The report was he’s listening, trying everything that they’re asking him.”

The previous night, Davis went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double and three runs scored for Las Vegas. It came on the heels of a 2-for-2 performance with three walks the night before that. Davis is now batting .306/.457/.583 in 46 plate appearances since his demotion to Triple-A.

Tucson manager Pat Murphy — who was the head coach at Arizona State during Davis’ college career — spent time with Davis and described him as someone lacking confidence after talking with him before Thursday night’s game.

“I see a young man that’s lost his confidence. And I see a young man that’s kind of searching right now. I’m confident he’ll find himself. He always has.”

“This is probably his first struggle ever…So you can’t underestimate what you go through, the pain that he feels right now and the fears that he has. I’d like to do anything I could to help him find his best self — find how he can take this pain on and feel it and then move on from there. I think he will.”

Yesterday, manager Terry Collins said Davis’ focus has shifted toward removing the significant hitch in his swing.

“It’s going to be hard,” Collins said before the Mets faced the Braves at Turner Field. “That’s a major part of his swing that’s got to change.”

Las Vegas manager Wally Backman told him they were very happy with the way Davis is coming along.

“They are trying to calm the hitch down, not have it so big. They thought he’s made big strides because he’s really seeing the ball better. He’s really cut down his strike zone, he’s trying to shrink it a little bit to get better pitches to hit.”

The Mets desperately need Davis’ power back in the lineup, and continued success like this will escalate his return to the team.

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Mets Place Lucas Duda On The DL, Call Up Zach Lutz Sun, 23 Jun 2013 12:52:16 +0000 zach-lutz

Updated by Daniel N. at 10:00 PM

Lucus Duda is now on the 15-day DL with a left intercostal strain Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork has reported.

The Mets have recalled infielder Zach Lutz from Triple-A to replace him on the roster.

Lutz, 27, was hitting .286 (53-185) with 11 doubles, seven home runs and 37 RBIs in 53 Pacific Coast League games. He will wear uniform No. 19.

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Lucas Duda has an injured side muscle, and will meet with team doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, Terry Collins told reporters on Saturday.

Duda has been dealing with soreness from yesterday’s game in Atlanta and when he arrived at Citizens Bank Park this morning for treatment, the pain continued and the decision was made to send him to New York.

“He was pretty sore yesterday when the game was over and was still sore today,” Collins told reporters.

As a result, Daniel Murphy will shift from second base and start at first base while Jordany Valdespin will get the start at second base. Collins added that Josh Satin will start at first base tomorrow.

Collins said the Mets might consider promoting Ike Davis if Duda needs to go on the disabled list.

“If Lucas has to go on the disabled list, Ike’s got to be certainly in the conversation,” Collins said.

Davis walloped two more home runs for the Las Vegas 51s on Friday night, despite a 5-3 loss to the Tucson Sidewinders at Kino Stadium in Arizona.

For the 26-year old Davis, it was his second straight two-homer game and with those blasts his confidence is now at an all time high as he continues his comeback to the major leagues.

Duda is hitting .235 with 11 home runs and 23 RBI in 68 games this season.

If Duda does end up on the DL, it would open up more time playing time for Juan Lagares in center field, while Eric Young Jr. would likely play everyday in left field.

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Montero Pitches Well, But Betrayed By Poor Defense Sun, 16 Jun 2013 15:51:35 +0000 615vegas

Las Vegas 11, Colorado Springs 5

How does one judge Rafael Montero‘s second start in AAA this season? Well, it was his first since his recent non-temporary call-up, and he was betrayed by his defense out there on Saturday night.

He pitched into the sixth inning, allowing seven hits and no walks, while striking out seven. All five runs were charged to him — but only one of them was earned. He pitched more than good enough for a win.

The third inning saw Greg Golson come around to score after reaching via fielding error. The other three errors on the board, including one by Montero himself, were committed in the fifth inning — which led to three unearned runs. His only earned run allowed was in the sixth, when he gave up back-to-back doubles. He was removed after 100 pitches, 70 of them being strikes, in favor of Justin Hampson. He struck out his last batter.

Sean HennArmando RodriguezGreg Peavey, and Hampson combined to finish the game without allowing any more runners to cross the plate — and just one hit between them.

Each Las Vegas 51s position player in the starting lineup Saturday had at least one hit and run scored in an 11-5 victory against visiting Colorado Springs at Cashman Field. The 51s’ 14-hit attack included four solo home runs — from Andrew BrownWilmer FloresZach Lutz and Rylan Sandoval. They scored three runs in the third, sixth and seventh innings.

Key Stats

Brian Bixler: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 R

Andrew Brown: 1-for-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Ike Davis: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 R

Wilmer Flores: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 R

Zach Lutz: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Rylan Sandoval: 1-for-1, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Rafael Montero: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

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Mets To Promote Josh Satin, Collin Cowgill, Josh Edgin To Replace Davis, Baxter And Carson Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:08:44 +0000 ike-davis

Updated by Satish Ram at 7:45 PM:

Adam Rubin is reporting that first baseman Josh Satin, center fielder Collin Cowgill and lefthanded reliever Josh Edgin will be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Ike Davis, Mike Baxter and Robert Carson who were all optioned to Triple-A after today’s 8-4 loss to the Marlins.

Satin will be added to the 40-man roster to fill the empty spot left when Rick Ankiel was released yesterday.

That means within the last 24 hours, Satin, Cowgill, Edgin and Nieuwenhuis were all added to the MLB roster.

Let’s go youth movement!

Thoughts from Joe D.

No surprise here. As I speculated earlier there was no chance that anyone was coming from Double-A Binghamton and that these three were your likely suspects.

Of the three, the only one I look forward to watching is Josh Satin who I’ve been calling for since mid-April. I can assure you he will outproduce Ike Davis simply because he’s a more disciplined hitter than Ike was and he knows how to get on base.

I don’t foresee much success for Cowgill or Edgin unfortunately, and I’m not sure any of this will change anything or have a significant impact on the standings.

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Sandy Alderson has announced that the Mets have optioned Ike Davis, Mike Baxter and Robert Carson to Triple-A Las Vegas following today’s brutal 8-4 loss to the Marlins.

“At some point you just have to say to yourself this is not in his best interest,” Sandy Alderson said about Davis’ demotion. “I was one of his biggest supporters. I just felt at some point we’ve got to get him out of here. Hopefully he’ll be back in a short period of time. But he needs to go there. He needs to be able to play every day. He needs to be able to work on his swing without worrying necessarily about the outcome. We think it’s in his best interest.”

“It’s tough to sit through 30 innings and score not even a handful of runs,” Alderson said. “It’s been frustrating for everybody. I’m sure it’s frustrating for the fans, too. But we’ve got an off-day tomorrow and we’ve got to pick it up on Tuesday.”

Corresponding moves are expected to all come from Triple-A Las Vegas, but will not be announced until Monday. If true that means no Jack leathersich or Robert Carson.

David Wright (courtesy of ESPN New York) added this:

“When you’re struggling the way we’re struggling, changes come — whether you like it or not,” Wright said. “That’s the name of the game. I think what every player, what every front office, what every coach strives for is consistency. But you can’t have consistency when you are a dozen or so games under .500.”

“You keep getting asked about the Marlins and teams you should beat,” Wright said. “I think I said it the other day: Teams are probably looking at us that way, where you’ve got to come in here and beat us. So we can’t look at any other team that way.”

This team is an absolute joke right now. This should have been done a month ago when the season was still relevant, not now when they are floundering and playing worse baseball than the Miami Marlins – if that is at all possible.

These moves come a day after Rick Ankiel was released and let’s call this what it is – an act of desperation by the front office..

Davis has been in a season-long funk that has suffocated the offense and sucked the life out of it. He will not be replaced at first base by Lucas Duda or Justin Turner – so look for Josh Satin to get the call.

This could also open the door for Wilmer Flores, but unless he’s given an everyday job, I doubt it. Look for either Andrew Brown or Collin Cowgill to replace Baxter. Both players have already disappointed this season with the Mets forcing their own demotions to Triple-A, but lets face it folks – the cupboard is bare.

Will Josh Edgin replace Carson? Probably, but he’s had a rough go of it in Binghamton and Vegas since being demoted himself. Edgin was one of the first relievers to get axed from Sandy’s 2013 bullpen.

This team sucks right now… We’ve gone from bad to worse… They can’t do anything right…

I will keep updating this post with more of my thoughts throughout the night…

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Lutz Is The Easy Choice To Replace Davis, But Satin Is The Right Choice Fri, 24 May 2013 17:36:51 +0000 ike-davis

With Ike Davis all, but assured of a trip to Triple-A Las Vegas, the easy part is done. The difficult part will deciding on how to replace him, in body only, at first base.

On the current roster, we already discussed some of the options available and they range from moving Lucas Duda from left field to first base, moving Daniel Murphy over to first, or giving Justin Turner significant playing time at first as well.

None of those options sound very appealing and each one opens up a new set of problems. Instead, the solution should come from the minors.

The simpleton’s choice would be to turn to Zach Lutz. However, he has struggled of late after getting off to a torrid start and is now batting just .271/.354/.421 in 140 at-bats. Only 12 of his 38 hits were for extra-bases. Scarier still, is the 42 strikeouts. How well do you think those metrics will translate at Citi Field? Not very well I can assure you.

The smart money would be on Josh Satin. Already the starting first baseman for Las Vegas, he is having a very solid 2013 season, batting .299 with six home runs and 24 RBI. His on-base is at .410 and he boasts a .470 slugging percentage. What I love about Satin and why I feel he would be the ideal choice is this… In 164 at-bats he’s struck out just 37 times, but he has also drawn 30 walks. This is someone who is obviously ready for the next challenge.

Additionally, Satin has regularly played first base (198 games) while the position is still relatively new to Lutz who has logged just 42 games at first base in his entire pro career.

Back on May 1, I wrote the following about Josh Satin:

Satin has always been a great and disciplined hitter and one look at his career .397 on-base in six minor league seasons should have the suits in the front office with their tongues hanging out of their mouths, as would his .466 slugging percentage.

I don’t know about you, but I’m growing tired of watching Ike Davis suffocate this offense and have been calling for a reduced role for him since the season began. He’s not suddenly going to magically begin teeing off against lefty pitching as a few lingering fans still believe. That’s a wooden bat he has in his hands, not a magic wand.

Ike Davis is nothing more than the long end of a platoon player at best. I’ve said that before and continue to stand on that position.

Josh Satin deserves a chance to prove he belongs. He’s paid his dues and has nothing left to prove in the minors. Let’s get this done and right a wrong that has gone on for far too long. Let’s give this kid his well-deserved shot.

The worst thing that a team as bad as the Mets could do, is to keep trotting out the same undeserving and underperforming ballplayers while some hidden gems waste away at Triple-A when they should be here instead helping the team score runs.

Before that on April 17, in a post entitled, “Time To Promote Josh Satin and Platoon Ike Davis“, I said:

Satin has been hitting the ground running from the moment he signed his first professional contract and has posted an.865 OPS during his minor league career with the Mets, and has made the Minor League All Star Team as the starting third baseman, first baseman or second baseman every season since 2009. Wow…

I think it’s time to call this and tell it like it is… Ike Davis is nothing more than the long end of a platoon player at best.

Enter Josh Satin, who despite the gaudy stats I already posted, is even better against left-handed pitching. He torches southpaws unmercifully like a demon from Hell. Let’s get this done and right a wrong that has gone on for far too long and give Josh Satin his well-deserved shot. The fact that it’s taking this long is a cardinal sin.

I was called nuts when I wrote that, but who’s nuts now? Some guy from Bayonne who knows baseball and can see things with his eyes, told me I lost my baseball mind and that Ike was fine and I should shut up about this. :-)

Anyway… The choice is pretty clear as to what the Mets should do, but I’m certain it won’t go down that way. After all  we wouldn’t want to risk losing Robert Carson or Collin Cowgill off the 40 Man Roster to make room for someone who could actually help the team, now would we?

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When Will We See Wilmer Flores? Thu, 23 May 2013 17:45:41 +0000 wilmer - flores

With Ike Davis struggling in the majors, Mets fans are looking for another option, someone who can take over the first base job for Davis while he puts in some work at Triple-A. There really seem to be three candidates, two more realistic than the other: Zach LutzJosh Satin, and Wilmer Flores. Lutz and Satin are examples of two guys who never got a real shot. They certainly have their flaws, but were largely left out of the major league picture because of their league to age comparisons. They were college guys that didn’t move up the ladder fast enough. In a way, that makes them the less exciting of the options. However, the Mets have Wilmer Flores currently on the Triple-A roster which has many Mets fans wondering:

When will we see Wilmer Flores?

Flores, 21, had a breakout season last year, splitting the season with High-A St. Lucie and Double-A  Binghamton. In the first half, he put up an impressive slash line of .289/.336/.463 with ten home runs in 272 plate appearances. Although he was repeating the league, he was still on the younger side. He earned a mid-season promotion to Binghamton, where he was even better at the plate, posting a .311/.361/.494 batting line with eight home runs in 275 plate appearances. Now he is playing for Las Vegas, his third team in a calendar year. Here’s where things go wrong.

In any other team and in any other situation, Flores’s numbers this season would not be much of a concern. He has a .267 batting average and .757 OPS (through Tuesday’s game). He also has four home runs and a .322 on-base percentage. Considering how young he is, it normally wouldn’t be any cause for concern. However, when you go deeper and look at his home and road splits, you realize that even those so-so numbers are inflated by the hitter-friendly Cashman Field. Here is what his splits look like:

Home: .282/.321/.526, 3 HR in 85 PA

Away: .253/.323/.349, 1 HR in 97 PA

Considering that the league averages are generally around .285/.360/.450, he hasn’t been great. And in a league filled with hitter-friendly parks, Las Vegas may be the most hitter-friendly environment.

This was supposed to be another big year for Flores. Coming off a strong year and being put into one of the best hitter parks in all of the minors, I expected big, big numbers, which we certainly have not seen. As Brian Joura of Mets360 points out, maybe the Mets were too quick to put Flores in Triple-A:

Perhaps the Mets were too aggressive placing Flores in Triple-A. Maybe the best thing would have been to start him back in Double-A and look to promote him to Triple-A at mid-season. After all, he would still be young for his league at 21 in the Eastern League. Recently Rob Rogan did research that showed the average age of the Eastern League was over 25.

And that’s it with Flores – it all comes down to age. How do we balance production with age? What are the appropriate bonus points to award and what’s the scale you use to combine that with actual production? If we knew the answer to those questions, we would have a more accurate guide in how to properly rate Flores.

All things considered, there is no chance Flores comes up for anything other than a cup of coffee in September. He had us all excited before this year, but likely prematurely. He isn’t ready and the Mets should not even consider messing with him even more by promoting him to the majors.

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Sandy Alderson Says He Will Stick With Ike Davis A Little While Longer Wed, 22 May 2013 04:06:25 +0000 ike_davis

Updated Post 5/22

During Tuesday night’s Mets broadcast, general manager Sandy Alderson said he intends to stick with slumping first baseman Ike Davis for a little while longer, but added that there’s a chance that he might be better off going to Triple-A Las Vegas for some period of time.

Alderson said it’s hard to ignore what Davis did in the second half of last season, but the big difference is that the team is not playing well at this time and he needs production.

Davis went 0-for-3 during the Mets’ 4-0 loss to the Reds on Tuesday night and is 1-for-his-last-36.

The fans let him have it as they loudly booed him during each plate appearance. ”What are you going to do?” Davis said afterward.

He is now batting .149 with 48 strikeouts and a .478 OPS in 42 games this season.

Original Post 5/21

Perhaps Sandy Alderson knew of Andrew Browns strained oblique when he said there was nothing imminent about sending Ike Davis to the minor leagues. Assuming he did not, it is puzzling as to why he’s in no hurry to ship out his struggling first baseman.

Eventually, Alderson said, “everything comes to a head at some point,’’ but evidently it is not hitting .156 two months into the season. Either are Davis’ other miserable numbers.

Alderson said he’s interested not in results, but good at-bats. Sounds good in theory, but that won’t happen if Davis’ thinking doesn’t change, and there’s no indication of it happening soon.

About the minor leagues, Davis said that would not help because he needs to learn to hit at this level. Davis insists he’s a home run hitter, that he likes to hit home runs and strikeouts are part of the equation.

I can’t scream “that’s crap,’’ loud enough. Davis is so married to his pull-everything approach that improvement is almost impossible to attain.

Davis’ extraordinary wide stance offers no alternatives but to lunge, and he doesn’t have the discipline to lay off breaking balls down and away and fastballs up in the zone. Davis’ mechanics and approach must be torn down and built back up. It could take a month for that to happen, and it shouldn’t be a month up here.

Incredibly, Davis said he’s having positive at-bats, that in Chicago he just missed driving a few balls. But, the fact is he missed those pitches so they can’t be considered good at-bats. It isn’t as if he’s hit a lot of balls on the screws or driven them to the warning track.

Davis was 1-for-24 on the trip to St. Louis and Chicago; is hitting .103 (4-for-39) with runners in scoring position; and is on pace for 177 strikeouts.

When he first came up, Davis showed a willingness to go to the opposite field. There’s none of that now.

Davis said he’s still playing good defense, but he’s delusional there, too. He should have been given an error when he short-armed Ruben Tejada’s wild throw in the dirt in Chicago. The ball did not take a short hop and was something he should have snared.

He was also flat out lazy Monday night on a obstruction call that opened the door to a big inning for Cincinnati in the first inning.

Davis’ head isn’t screwed on straight and he’s fallen into a myriad of bad habits that preclude good at-bats. Davis anticipates getting a month to work out of his funk, but how much lower will the Mets sink in that time?

For the past three years, the Mets had to settle for lousy at-bats and performance from Jason Bay because of his salary. Currently, Alderson plans to have the Mets settling from horrid performance from Davis despite a manageable contract.

OK, Brown is out, but what about Zach Lutz? What about making a move and adding Josh Satin to the 40-man roster?

It doesn’t matter what they do, except for standing pat, and Alderson hasn’t given a good reason for choosing that route. That decision is doing a disservice to the Mets and not helping Davis any, either.

Thoughts from Joe D.

What a waste of a month it’s been for Ike Davis. Had Davis been sent down to the minors at the end of April when I first called for such a move, he could of been back by now and contributing to the team again. But instead he continues to deteriorate statistically and it’s dragging the team down offensively AND defensively.

Check out this screenshot of his last ten games:

This is further evidence that Davis is still in a downslide and not making any progress at all. He has struck out in more than a third of his at-bats in his last ten games. His average has sunk from an already woeful .190 to .152 after batting just .080 in his last ten games.

What’s worse is how negatively this has affected him defensively. He’s stabbing at balls, lost much of his range, and mishandling throws to him.

He looked completely out of it yesterday when he was called for obstruction. His instincts are shot. His head is not in the game.

Send him down already before the situation becomes completely unsalvageable.

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