From Tom Seaver to Dwight Gooden to David Wright, A look at the New York Mets past, present and future.
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The Major League baseball winter meetings began today in The Washington DC-Maryland area and run through Thursday. Two big ticket outfielders signed in recent days(Ex Met Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday) so the market should stabilize and allow teams like the Mets ,with a surplus of outfielders, to spring into action. Numerous outlets have NY shopping both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson, who are signed thru the 2017 campaign. Most fans and media think Bruce is a goner while Granderson can play both right and centerfield with Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto also factoring in the outfield. But Granderson’s name has come up and Mets GM Sandy Alderson has shown an ability to adapt to the market during his incredible career. I would not be surprised to see both move and the team add another outfielder via free agency or trade. Defense in center with the Mets has to be a priority with the dimensions in Citi Field and Marlins park(Almost 90 games total at those venues) as well as a franchise based on dominant pitching. The next couple of days should be interesting.
The New York Mets and Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes reached agreement on a 4 year 110 million dollar deal Tuesday afternoon that will keep the Cuban all star in New York for the foreseeable future. #52 brings a star element to Queens, he makes big plays in big spots- home runs, throws and is a huge personality on a team that needs it. It is not a coincidence that the team made the playoffs in back to back seasons for the 1st time since 1999-2000 with this man playing a vital role. Hats off to both the management of the Mets and Yoenis for getting this done. This is a great partnership and works well for both player and club. Now GM Sandy Alderson can focus on improving the bullpen, catching and team depth by possibly trading one of his surplus outfielders(Jay Bruce? Curtis Granderson? Michael Conforto?) for that final piece to a strong Mets team heading into the new year. This was a great day for Mets fans everywhere and the #1 goal of the offseason: retaining Yoenis Cespedes has been achieved. Tremendous job all around- player, team, management, ownership. #WinWin #LGM
The Mets and all of baseball have been relatively quiet(Although the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners pulled off a need for need major trade Wednesday) and that is good for fans of the team in Flushing. Yoenis Cespedes has not signed and the market is starting to establish itself. Several big spending teams- The Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels are out due to various reasons. The Los Angeles Dodgers have money but a million outfielders. The Cubs do not have an everyday opening for Ben Zobrist let alone a talent of Cespedes. The Yankees name was linked with #52 and I called it for what it was: an obvious ploy by a team concerned about losing their place at the table in New York City. The reality is and fans of the Yankees will never admit this: They hate it when the Mets are good. Combine that with lean Yankees years and they become apoplectic. It appears the Pin Stripes want to spend on a closer(Aroldis Chapman?) and a mid level big bat(Carlos Beltran return?) not a big ticket multi-year long term signing. So Sandy Alderson and his staff are the last man standing. Like last year. But– one team has been quiet and could put a skunk in the yard: The Washington Nationals. They are a direct competitor to the Mets and have some outfield holes. They have big deals coming off the books in the next couple of seasons. Also the last Mets star they signed(Daniel Murphy) turned out ok. Something to keep an eye on. The hang up could come down to guaranteed years 4 over 5. New York is comfortable at around 100-110 over 4. Seems silly to lose this level a player over that with the Mets in such a strong position team wise. Also have money coming off with 2 big outfielders(Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson) and an everday SS( Asdrubal Cabrera) hitting free agency after 2017. Ball is in Mets court and I like that. #TrustSandy
INF Neil Walker accepted the Mets qualifying offer Monday and will be back with the team for at least 1 more season at $17.2 million. The well respected veteran and long term Pittsburgh Pirate hit 23 homers in his 1st season in New York. He gives the Mets stability at 2B and posted this message : “Happy to say I’m back in Orange and Blue for 2017!!” Walker wrote on Twitter. His return also strengthens the New York bench as potentially both Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores can be super utility men or long term fill ins for captain David Wright at 3B. The Mets are better today with Neil Walker on the roster. Meanwhile, Yoenis Cespedes rejected his QO as expected but the team and his representatives continue to have ongoing conversations about his return to Queens. A deal for 4-5 years North of 100 million is about what the market is for #52. #PayItSandy #LGM
The New York Mets lost starting pitcher and fan favorite Bartolo Colon to the Atlanta Braves late this week. The rotund Colon was both amazingly durable and a team leader. He ate up innings(pun intended), had comedic moments and was an underrate fielder. The Mets are loaded with starting pitching and need to use resources to fortify other areas but this is a big loss- comically and on and off the field. Good luck to Bart in Atlanta(He will need it-BAD team).
QO: The Mets extended qualifying offers to both high profile free agents- OF Yoenis Cespedes and INF Neil Walker. The players have until Monday to accept the deals just 17 mill for 1 year. #52 of course will decline after opting out of his 3 year deal. Walker, however, might accept as he tries to recover from back surgery. Both of these players flourished in NY and are good bets to be on the Mets on opening day 2017.
Mets Notes: Veteran OF Curtis Granderson has volunteered to play CF if needed in 2017. A pro’s pro and winner of several humanitarian awards in MLB, this could be a platoon option but asking a player over 35 to man center in the National League is not a good idea. Juan Lagares is a plus defender and Cespedes can also play center(best to avoid with leg injuries). Word has it that the team will have Michael Conforto work out at both 1B and CF this winter…. Mets closer Jeurys Familia has reportedly been cleared of domestic violence charges from last week but can still be punished under MLB’s discipline policy… Team continues to try and add veteran bullpen help and several teams have asked NY about their outfielders… Mets GM Sandy Alderson has dropped hints that the team might go to some 6 man rotation cycles to extend and rest his valued young arms in 2017
Congratulations to the World Champion Chicago Cubs as well as the Cleveland Indians for a great world series ,particularly Game 7. The Cubs are a rare example of a team that was tops in the sport from game 1 to the final out of the season. Hats off to them and their tortured fan base. Good for the sport and city of Chicago, if the Mets cannot win, I want a team with great support to win. 5 million people showing up at a parade is proof positive of that.
Mets Update: OF Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets offensive leader, has opt-ed out of the remaining years of his contract and is now a free agent. The team and #52 are still talking and return to Queens is still in both parties best interest. Meanwhile the club picked up the team option on Slugging rightfielder Jay Bruce. Bruce, acquired at the trade deadline, had an up and down end of season but is an elite power bat and will be playing for his next deal after this free agent walk year. With or without Yoenis, this is a smart move.
According to numerous media reports, Mets all star closer Jeurys Familia was arrested last week for domestic violence in New Jersey. Obviously not a good thing and I am one who has a zero tolerance policy for any man who strikes a woman. Could be an interesting next couple of months with the Mets bullpen. Strange run of luck with teams last 4 closers: Francisco Rodriquez, Bobby Parnell, Jenrry Mejia and now Familia have had serious injuries or major off field issues.
The status of two key middle of the order bats and corner outfielders will go along way in determining the Mets fortunes in 2017. Yoenis Cespedes, a franchise changer for NY, can opt out of his deal within 5 days after the World Series and become a free agent. Jay Bruce, proven All Star and power stick, has a club option for 1 year at $13 million. I think these two are interconnected and will more than likely return. #52 loves NY and Bruce has seen the other side of MLB(Truly Bad team in Cincinnati in 2016), Mets GM Sandy Alderson will control this more than people realize. Cespedes, in particular, has less options than he thinks. The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs do not need an Outfielder. The NY Yankees are in full rebuild mode. LA Angels are a mess and the LA Dodgers have a glut of Outfielders and still have no idea what to do with Yaseil Puig. Famous for bailing out stars looking to get paid owner Mike Ilitch of the Detroit Tigers also appears to be in cut back and rebuild mode. If the Mets are reasonable, they can keep Cespedes with a good offer. The rest of the team with these two signed takes shape with 3 Other Major League Outfielders on the roster w CenterField experience: Lefthanded hitting Juan Lagares and righties Curtis Granderson and Alejandro De Aza. Youngsters Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo, both lefty sticks, are also in the mix and can play some center as well. My expectation for 2017 is the Mets have an excellent Outfield. Even if Cespedes walks, this team could sign a free agent stick and/or trade for another star level Outfielder(Colorado Rockies CF Charlie Blackmon- IDEAL!!) to off set any loss. I like this position and unit heading into 2017. #LGM
The Mets won the National League in 2105 and made the wildcard in 2016 but enter 2017 with several issues yet to be resolved. The team has potential openings-competition at 3 of the 4 infield positions but both internal major league options and trade possibilities. Two of the premier corner outfielders in the sport-Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce- have contract issues(#52 can opt out of deal 5 days after World Series and Bruce has club option). New York also does not have an ideal centerfield option and Travis d’Arnaud health and poor production has made catcher a question mark. Loveable and productive fan favorite Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon is also a free agent. Heck, even vital back up pinch hitter extraordinare Kelly Johnson needs new deal. Behind the scenes, Manager Terry Collins suggested this week 2017 might be his final season due to age,health-quality of life issues. The next couple of months should be fun and interesting.
Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard came as advertised and dominated the National League Wild Card Game Wednesday night, making both the Mets and Giants hitters look silly. What decided the game was an area of strength for the Mets- their bullpen- giving up a decisive 3 run home run to Conor Gillaspie in the 9th. NY closer Jeurys Familia, he of 50 plus saves and 1 hr allowed all year, was a bit wild and it caught up to him when Gillaspie deposited a high pitch into the Mets right field bullpen. At this point, I was on the floor at the Garage Bar(Our new addition at Pizza House-Ann Arbor). NY went quietly in the 9th and Bumgarner was the 1,2 and 3 star of this game. The Mets season ends with back to back playoff appearances for the 1st time since 1999-2000. Much more commentary and news in the coming days. Today, I want to salute this team. MLB network showed last years Game 5 World Series lineup and the team was completely different than last nights. The 2016 New York Mets accomplished a lot. We will be better and back in 2017. Last night was hard. REAL hard. But this is a team you can and should be proud of. Only 1 team is happy when the season ends. Mets fans need to remember that and this team today. #LGM
1- 3b Jose Reyes
2- SS Asdrubal Cabrera
3- LF Yoenis Cespedes
4- CF Curtis Granderson
5- 2B TJ Rivera
6- RF Jay Bruce
7- C Rene Rivera
8- 1B James Loney
9- P Noah Syndergaard
The New York Mets have announced their 25 man roster for tonights do or die game NL Wild Card gamevs the San Francisco Giants. The bad news is 1B Lucas Duda is not on it. Otherwise, no major surprises.
Relievers- LHs Jerry Blevins and Josh Edgin. RHs Hansel Robles, Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia and Fernando Salas.
Starters- Noah Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon, Robert Gsellman
Alejandro De Aza
Mets fans its Wednesday. The Day is early but the game is here. San Francisco Giants vs the New York Mets at 8 pm for the right to face the Chicago Cubs in the National League Playoffs. Bumgarner vs Syndergaard. I am a big Noah guy, have his jersey. I famously said after 2015 I would guy the jersey of the Mets pitcher who threw at Chase Utley. The man has stones and throws rocks. I like the fact that he is the “other” pitcher in this game. Mets power vs Giants Pitching. SF is the only team in MLB without a player that hit 20 home runs. Meanwhile the 3 players starting the game in the Mets Outfield have all hit 30: Yoenis Cespedes, Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce. A huge advantage for NY in bullpen where the Mets have Familia and friends vs a Giants unit that blew more games-saves than any team in the sport. CitiField will be rocking: be loud and proud Mets fans.#MakeNoise This team has come too far to lose today. #TheyWont #LGM
The New York Mets overcame an incredible amount of injuries to stars on all levels and secured the top seed in the National League Wild Card race Saturday night in Philadelphia. Credit Manager Terry Collins for the entire season but his now famous rant after the team was dead and buried after a home sweep by the Arizona Diamondbacks in August was key to the teams strong finish. Just an incredible final quarter by this team and anything the Mets do beyond this game is gravy. Noah Syndergaard draws Madison Bumgarner in the single game elimination format. This should be a great contest and Mets fans everywhere should be proud of this team. More updates as they become available. #LGM
The New York Mets 2016 season might be more successful than the 2015 National League Championship campaign. Let me explain. The defending champs have dealt with more injuries than Evel Knievel yet stand in control of their own destiny entering the seasons final weekend. Steven Matz(Bone chips) became the latest key player to have his season end prematurely this week. He joins Captain David Wright, 2B Neil Walker, starting pitchers Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Jacob de Grom on the rehab lineup. The team continues to find ways with the ML roster being supported by a strong minor league program and subtle moves(James Loney, Jose Reyes and Kelly Johnson) and with the recent surprise return by 1B Lucas Duda plus a suddenly hot Jay Bruce, this team can be VERY dangerous in the postseason. Veterans Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera have stepped up in the late stages of the season, providing leadership and power. The Mets enter Philadelphia for 3 games to conclude the regular season and lead the San Francisco Giants(1 game) and St Louis Cardinal(2 games) for the top National League Wild Card spot. 2 of these 3 teams make it and if NY takes care of business, they will host the WC game Wednesday at Citi Field.They will. #LGM
The New York Mets ,leaders for the top spot of the National League wild card slot, walked into an impossible situation Monday and predictably got destroyed but that is not that important. Their opponent, the Miami Marlins, have nothing but losses for a while. Early Sunday morning, the teams ace Jose Fernandez, one of the games young shining stars, was tragically killed in a boating accident. I am not one to mince words and this is easily one of the worst stories I have ever had to write. This has been an awful situation and although the Mets need to win games, sometimes a loss is not painful as a real life loss. This is one of them. Fernandez was not only a great player but a franchise and community leader who loved the game and always had a smile and time for fans. One of the worst sports stories I can remember. #RIPJose #LGM
The New York Mets continue to lose players-pitchers in particular-yet somehow they fight on and win enough games to be hot in the postseason chase. Pitchers Jacob de Grom(Ulnar nerve surgery) and Stcven Matz(Shoulder soreness) both are likely done for the year Noah Syndergaard(Strep Throat) will miss a weekend start. It appears that it just doesn-t matter. Jose Reyes or Curtis Granderson get a big hit or Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera puts a souvenir in the seats. They compete, figure it out and win. With the recent September callus and end of minor league seasons for most leagues, the Mets and skipper Terry Collins have extra pitching to offset the incredible run of bad fortune they have seen with their prized pitching staff. If you had Bartolo Colon as the lone survivor within the NY rotation, play the numbers. As the Mets enter Saturday, they hold a 1 game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the #1 WildCard spot as well as 1.5 game deficit over the St Louis Cardinals. The final 10 days of the season should be fun. In a word? #Win
With the win today completing the series sweep in Cincinnati, The Mets are now tied in the loss column with the St. Louis Cardinals for the final NL Wild Card spot. With the start of September, I wanted to list the add ons to the Mets as we enter the homestretch. In basic terms, the entire 40 man roster has been recalled if the player is healthy.
Sept 1: OF Michael Conforto, C Kevin Plawecki, INF-OF Ty Kelly, P Gabriel Ynoa
Sept 5: INF Matt Reynolds
Sept 6: OF Brandon Nimmo, LHRP Josh Edgin, P Erik Goeddel, INF-OF Eric Campbell, INF-OF TJ Rivera, INF Gavin Cechini
Not many of these guys will have regular role outside of Conforto, Nimmo, Plawecki or Reynolds, who have all been up and contributed at different levels. They also fit specific needs and allow ailing veterans to rest. Even a guy like Edgin can help Terry Collins shorten the game or give Jerry Blevins a blow vs lefty deep teams. Think spot duty, pinch hitting or running late in games for this crew.
The New York Mets lost their 2B this week and are dealing with health issues in their vaunted pitching staff but continue to play inspired baseball, winning 11 of 15. Neil Walker decided to have season ending spinal surgery and both Steven Matz(Shoulder) and Jacob deGrom(fatigue) are ailing. Yet names like Jose Reyes, Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have stepped up. Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera keep hitting huge home runs and recently Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce have started to chip in. Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard have been consistent all year and the replace-METS Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and Rafael Montero have given the team great starting pitching in pennant race game atmosphere. Right now, this team is fun to watch and with a dominant 8th and 9th inning combo of Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia securing wins, VERY dangerous if they make the postseason. New York enters Labor day one game out of the final NL wild card spot. And the Mets have the easiest remaining schedule in MLB according to record. Should be a fun month. #LGM
The New York Mets hit some home runs, had some key players have injuries reoccur while 2 of the big 4 starting pitchers dealt with health issues. Ladies and gentlemen, Your 2016 New York Mets! Today the Mets started 4 players who were not on the roster when the season opened. And another starter- SS Asdrubal Cabrera- came out of the game in the 1st with a troublesome knee. He joined Yoenis Cespedes(Quad) and Neil Walker(Back) on the bench. Not coincidently, these are 3 of the Mets hottest hitters. When you watch this team play day in and day out, you start to think team trainer Ray Ramirez should get the team MVP. Injuries are part of the game but this season has been a nightmare and it is incredible that this team is within 5 games of a wild card spot. Says a lot about the character of the players, leadership of skipper Terry Collins and ability of GM Sandy Alderson to add spare parts who fit in. A James Loney, Kelly Johnson, Rene Rivera, hell, Jose Reyes- who I was against signing. I have felt for sometime this is not our year, that the Mets need to build towards 2017. They are and have but have also played good ball without sacrificing long term success. Keep it up, Guys. #LGM
The New York Mets are now below .500 and have gotten back two important everyday players in OF Yoenis Cespedes(Quad) and SS Asdrubal Cabrera(Knee). Neil Walker(Back) returns to lineup today and Jay Bruce(Slump) is getting a mental health break. Steven Matz(Shoulder,Elbow) and Noah Syndergaard(Elbow) as well as Jacob de Grom have battled thru after their incredible innings increases from the 2015 National League Pennant season. This team is beat up and would have to go on an incredible run to get to a one day play in game. With the entire team intact, they are capable. But David Wright is not walking thru the door, Neither is Lucas Duda or Matt Harvey. The fact that this team has stayed afloat and played around .500 ball says a lot about the leadership, management, structure and character of the Mets. I live in Detroit and this “team” loses 1 or 2 guys and they are garbage. I messaged one of my bosses the other night saying the Mets are just too beat up and done. They played that night without their entire opening day Infield and Cespedes. You can have Gibson, Seaver, Koufax and Drysdale pitching and not win that way.
Dependent on the results over the next 10 days or so, this season might be lost. But 2016 can help set up 2017 if Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson use that last month to set the tone. The 2014 team closed out strong and played good baseball to finish in 2nd(over 15 games out) but they had pride and built a foundation. The Mets need to figure out Centerfield, Third Base, 2nd and more bullpen roles besides Blevins, Reed and Familia. Jay Bruce will be in Right Field , either Walker(Free agent after season), Jose Reyes or a kid will man 2nd Base and The Captain has a difficult decision to make. I have a back issue-not on his level nor do I play MLB- and it can feel great one day then garbage the next. SS is set with Cabrera and top prospect Ahmed Rosario close. Matt Reynolds has also shown in short stints he has potential. To me, the team has to prepare someone from Las Vegas(Michael Conforto? Brandon Nimmo?) to play Centerfield. Curtis Granderson(Signed thru 2017) can play some in center and Justin Ruggiano and Alejandro De Aaza are 4th-5th platoon types. It is better for both the player and team that Cespedes is in center. If you want to get creative, the Mets could trade for a Centerfielder(Lorenzo Cain? Charlie Blackmon?) or sign a free agent(Dexter Fowler). Ideally, the team needs a lead off hitter and strong defender in the spot. BLACKMON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The key here is too eliminate as many questions for 2017 as we can in the final 6 weeks. #LGM
The New York Mets got destroyed Thursday 9-0 at Citi Field and skipper Terry Collins reacted. Actually, he was reacting to what is becoming a wasted and lost season due to injuries, lack of performance and the toll a National League Championship season took on his talented young rotation. But TC was not happy and ripped his team for feeling sorry for themselves, having non competitive at bats and little life. It should be noted that this team is minus its entire starting infield outside of 2B Neil Walker as well as star OF Yoenis Cespedes and former ace Matt Harvey. Until recently, the team competed and showed up. This series vs an average to poor Arizona Diamondbacks team was bad. The team did not execute offensively and appeared flat. Thursday afternoon was so bad, I stopped listening on the radio. As a Mets fan, I have seen some BAD baseball. What Terry was upset about is this- bad is about talent and execution. You can have poor talent but have a plan and try. The Mets won last year because they consistently got great pitching and added enough professional hitters to string together quality at bats throughout the lineup. The run to World Series taxed those young arms and they are not the same and running on fumes at times. The everyday players are either hurt, gone(Daniel MVP Murphy) or bad(Travis d’Arnaud) right now. TC put this on him and he is partially correct. It is on him when he continues to play guys who do not play or listen. His threats about Las Vegas need to be legit and if they are, he gains more credibility. This roster is not overly talented but effort is not a talent issue. And TC made that clear today. I stood and cheered this presser. #LGM
The New York Mets just finished a tough week 3-4 over 7 games vs their city rival Yankees and the red hot Detroit Tigers in Michigan. Jay Bruce has come as advertised and hit 3 HRs while playing well defensively in rightfield. Neil Walker, who had a brutal June and July, has responded to some rest and taken over offensively, hitting a game winning 2 run homer in the 9th vs the Tigers. Two outfielders who need to step up with the injuries throughout the lineup have recently as both Alejandro De Aza(the lone true Center Fielder on this team) and Michael Conforto have started to put together good at bats. Although he has not hit, I like what I save seen from Matt Reynolds at shortstop. And I think he can and will hit. Pitching has not and will not be a problem with this team. Logan Verrett had a tough outing vs the Tigers(A Lot of pitchers do) but he is ideally a swing man and not a key rotation cog. Zack Wheeler, who started his rehab assignment this weekend, should be back in time for a September call up and give the team a big kick. The next 2 weeks are vital for a team that has not won back to back games since July 6th. Offensive production and clutch hits are the key, this team hits home runs and does not string together rallies. ANY runs scored-created minus the long ball are HUGE. I have a feeling about this group and believe a big run is in them.
The New York Mets playoff drive took a major hit when the team was forced to place OF Yoenis Cespedes on 15 day DL with a quad injury. The team and #52 tried to play thru the injury over the past 2 weeks and just could not hold up. After the trade deadline addition of slugger Jay Bruce, the team appeared poised to take off and score some runs. This is not good news. The Mets have recalled OF Brandon Nimmo to offset the loss of Cespedes. Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson(Starting in Left tonight) will play LeftField and some center with Alejandro De Aza And Nimmo also in the mix. Bruce is cemented in Right.
The day after the MLB trade deadline is always busy for teams but the New York Mets might have set an unofficial team record with 8 separate transactions prior to Tuesday’s Subway series battle at Citi Field. The team placed OF Justin Ruggiano(Leg) and SS Asdrubal Cabrera(Knee) on the 15 day DL while activating trade additions OF Jay Bruce and P Jon Niese. Finally, P Seth Lugo and OF Brandon Nimmo were sent to Triple A Las Vegas while INF Ty Kelly and P Josh Edgin were recalled to the big club. With Cabrera down for 4-6 weeks, look for Matt Reynolds to play a lot and Wilmer Flores has played well all over the infield. Flores has all but locked down the 3B spot with both David Wright and Jose Reyes injured. Kelly Johnson is a great super utility veteran guy so Kelly can be used as a 25th man type. Edgin has a chance to earn some innings here with the trade of Lefty Antonio Bastardo leaving only Jerry Blevins as a high leverage lefty specialist. Niese is more along the lines of Johnson but a pitching version. He can spot start , relieve for multiple innings or get 1 out. This Mets team appears well equipped to make a run with the key being how and what the team and Manager Terry Collins can figure out in Center Field. Veteran Alejandro De Aza has been playing well over the last couple of weeks and hit a key home run in tonights 7-1 win. De Aza could earn more playing time on a team litered with corner outfielders and no true defender in center.
The New York Mets made a huge move for a big bat at the trade deadline for the 2nd straight season adding all star OF Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds. A premier power bat and solid defender, Bruce gives the Mets a legit middle of the order bat and run producer(NL Leading 80 RBI). He becomes the first player EVER to get traded while leading the league in RBI since the stats inception(1930). The Mets paid a heavy price in the transaction when they included an infielder of the future in Dilson Herrera and another pitcher. However, Bruce is a HUGE addition for an offense that has been offensive and needs it. Bruce is clutch(.360 with runners in scoring position) and signed thru 2017. The key now is how Mets skipper Terry Collins aligns the Outfield with no true Centerfielder and several corner options. Yoenis Cespedes can play Center but his leg is bad and it does not make sense for the team to push the envelope with him. I am not sure how this will work out but I know the Mets offense just got a lot better and this is well coached and managed team. TC will figure it out. Great day to be a Mets fan.
Mets Notes: Pirates and Mets traded headaches as NY brought back LHP Jon Niese and shipped out reliever Antonio Bastardo. Niese can fill a variety of roles and as a long time former Met, is familiar with the team and Collins. This a depth move and underrated in that the team can save money with a buyout instead of year #2 with Bastardo’s 2 year deal… Matt Reynolds, who just hit a 3 run homer to give NY the lead in game 1 of the Subway series, has been recalled. The team has roster spot open because both Bruce and Niese are not in NY. Regular SS Asdrubal Cabrera(Knee) will more than likely be put on the DL Tuesday in one move. .. Store this away: Mets have a boat load of young middle infielders and options to offset the Herrera trade. But do not rule out resigning veteran Neil Walker, who is in his free agent year. Solid pro who fits in on this team and likes NY.
A red hot Neil Walker hit a huge 3 run homer in the 7th to help the injury ravaged NY Mets avoid a 4 game sweep at the hands of a dangerous Colorado Rockies Sunday at Citi Field. In the last week, the team has lost 2 players to the DL(Juan Lagares and Jose Reyes) and saw their invincible closer Jeurys Familia some how blow back to back saves after converting 52 straight. Add SS Asdrubal Cabrera to the Mets MASH unit as he came up lame and in agony as he scored in the 1st inning with a serious knee injury. Weeks like this make you realize luck-health is big deal and a major reason why I am cautious over the next 24 hrs If I am the Mets. This might not be our year and I think the division is out of reach with all the injuries. I would consider small moves and get to the offseason to consider wholesale changes.
The New York Mets completed a 3 city 9 game road trip by taking 2 of 3 in Miami a battle for wild card and division standings. NY got strong outings from Steven Matz and Logan Verrett while the Mets bullpen continued to dominate. Michael Conforto and Juan Lagares have manned Centerfield with Yoenis Cespedes hurting with a recurring leg issue. #52 can still hit and play LeftField but the running required to play center is too much to ask. Conforto has hit since his recall from Vegas and made a great catch on the 1st out of the game Sunday. Add his ability to play some right to spell veteran Curtis Granderson and #30 can be a huge factor the 2nd half playoff push. The Mets will face the tough battle hardened St. Louis Cardinals in 3 games over the next 2 days after the game Monday night was postponed due to weather.
Mets Notes: With the trade deadline nearing, the Mets have been linked to Milwaukee Brewers 1B-C Jonathan Lucroy. GM Sandy Alderson spoke to the media Monday and claims the team is more likely to add a starting pitcher than position player, which makes sense with the season ending surgery for Matt Harvey… 1B James Loney has been a severely underrated move by this team. He is not Keith Hernandez but is a solid all around player who has allowed the team to stay afloat. Type of guy who grows on you as you watch the season…. Reliever Hansel Robles has really picked it up and has become a go to guy in the 7th inning…Congrats to team captain David Wright and his wife Molly on the birth of their 1st child, Daughter Olivia Shea.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom sure took advantage of the rest over the all star break and threw a complete game 1 hitter in Sunday’s 5-0 win vs the Phillies in Philadelphia. deGrom had never pitched into the 9th in his entire career and was throwing free and easy in 90 degree temps. #48 has not had his plus, plus stuff all year but has pitched— PITCHED. Today he had his stuff and looked 100%. This is a big deal heading forward with Matt Harvey gone for the year and both Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard battling health issues. Play the lottery if you had Bartolo Colon as the most reliable Mets starting pitcher. The win secured a series win(2 of 3) and sets up a rematch of the 2015 NLCS between NY and the Cubs in Chicago.
Mets Notes: Mets all star OF Yoenis Cespedes(Leg) finally returned to the lineup Sunday but not to his customary CF. He played Left and according to both skipper Terry Collins and #52, this is probably permanent. The good news? Juan Lagares, an elite CF, had a really good series in Philly and is a viable option to play 75-80% of the games in Center. The team has recalled Michael Conforto from Las Vegas after hitting .340 + post demotion. How the playing time is doled out will be interesting as the Mets do not have an ideal centerfield option on the team. Hence the good feelings with Lagares. Make note that Brandon Nimmo(sent down to clear roster spot for Conforto) has experience in Center at the minor league level. Veteran Alejandro De Aza , having a tough year offensively, also figures into the Outfield mix.
Mets Manager Terry Collins announced their starting rotation for the opening 5 games of the 2nd half of the season. All star Bartolo Colon will open the series in Philadelphia. Logan Verrett and Jacob DeGrom will follow vs the Phillies. Lefty Steven Matz opens the 2015 NLCS rematch in Chicago vs the Cubs and All Star Noah Syndergaard will pitch game 2 in that vital series with Colon closing it out.
With the AL winning tonights MLB ASG, Lets hand out some Mets awards and look forward to the 2nd half.
Team MVP: Yoenis Cespedes— no further explanation needed. This is an average offense with him, without him, it is offensively average.
Team CY Young: Jeurys Familia- been perfect all season and pitched out of some messes. One of the elite closers in the game. Good teammate too.
Team MVP 2: Trainer Ray Ramirez- The team has been battling injuries in all areas all season and this guy needs a break. Pitchers, outfielders, Infielders, catchers, heck,even Terry Collins.
Underrated: Team defense. Offseason additions Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera give the Mets their best middle infield defense since the Ordonez- Alfonso tandem of the late 90s. Good sticks and locker room guys as well, Walker with kids-fans and Cabrera adds flavor in the dugout. James Loney has been as advertised at 1B, slick fielder.
Good: This team hits homers, pitches and catches the ball. Think Earl Weaver late 60-s-early 70s Orioles teams. The Mets also own the Chicago Cubs.
Bad: With the season ending injury to Matt Harvey, injury scares to both Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard turns a perceived strength into a potential weakness. Mets fans need to go to church and thank god for Bartolo Colon.
Ugly: Losing, games, series, etc to an awful Atlanta Braves team is a disgrace. Makes me nuts. Daniel “I am sorry” Murphy hitting Mets pitching and ANY Mets batter hitting with runners in scoring position. The last 10 days or so vs the Nationals, a team I KNOW this team can beat, has made me crazy. That team is not that good!!!!! And… Chase Utley.
Nice but too nice: Syndergaard throwing at Utley and MISSING him. Right idea, bad execution. HIT HIM. Mets fans do not care about winning, they care about hurting him. Yes, what he did is that bad. Mets beat Dodgers when it counted. Now hurt him. Like he hurt a Met. With a cheap play that the sport banned and rewrote rules for.
Commentary: The 1st half of the 2016 season has been both thrilling and taxing. The Mets pitching is so good they are in almost every game. With the recent additions of Kelly Johnson and Jose Reyes, the team has enough quality infielders to offset the serious injuries to both David Wright and Lucas Duda. A key heading forward is some combination of Juan Lagares, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto must turn it around to give NY a good 3rd and/or 4th Outfielder. The team needs another reliever to help Addison Reed and lefty specialist Jerry Blevins in the important set up role in front of Familia. I like Logan Verrett but view him as a spot starter-fill in guy. The Mets could use another low end, low risk starting pitcher to give them depth until Zack Wheeler is back. Which is not a certainty. I like the potential of this team heading into the 2nd half but I also prioritize the health of the young arms and the Mets need to balance that with the drive to win. In other words, do not push and injure these pitchers when you do think you can win it all. No team has had a group of arms at this age at the same time in the history of baseball.
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