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January 31, 2016

TC’s ideal lineup, Per NY Post

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Mets skipper Terry Collins revealed his initial lineup idea as the NL Champion New York Mets approach spring training:

1. Curtis Granderson, RF
2. David Wright, 3B
3. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
4. Lucas Duda, 1B
5. Neil Walker, 2B
6. Michael Conforto, LF
7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
8. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
9. Pitcher

TC spoke of this lineups depth and versatility as well as bench options. I am trying to draw up my own and having a hard time. #LGM

 

 

January 23, 2016

YOENIS Returns!!!!

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The Mets got Cespedes on their terms: What is really a one-year deal

 

 

The New York Mets front office, fans and supporters of strong baseball discipline won late Friday night when OF Yoenis Cespedes resigned with the club. The deal is officially 3 yrs/75 million with full no trade language but is really a 1 year 27.5 million deal due to an opt out clause. This is a great, great day for the Mets and their fans. The team has had a strong offseason but was still missing an obvious power bat in the 4 hole. Cespedes can also play CenterField when Michael Conforto is in Left and veteran Curtis Granderson mans right. This signing also indicates the commitment of Ownership in dollars and actions. The Mets had a stated goal of a $115-120 million payroll. With this contract as well as the signing of top lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo Wednesday, the team salary numbers are in the $140 mill range. Just an awesome sign and signing for the team. Incredibly, Cespedes reportedly turned down a 5 yr/100 million deal from the division rival Washington Nationals for this short term deal and the comfort of a team he fell in love with. Just a great night and start to the weekend for the Mets and their fans.

January 9, 2016

Updates on Sandy,Murph, The team

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Been in interesting week for the Mets and not just because of the election of Mike Piazza to the Hall of Fame. GM Sandy Alderson made his first public appearance and comments since news broke of his cancer diagnosis in November. The Mets leader seemed to be in good spirits and talked with the media about a wide range of topics. In summary, he likes this team and the payroll will be around $115 million. Alderson lost a top lieutenant when assistant GM Paul DePodesta left the team to work for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns this week. But otherwise,it was good to see Sandy.

Losing Daniel Murphy was inevitable with the trades and signings of the recent weeks but it was still hard for Mets fans. #28 is a good guy and fan favorite who came up in the system. He was a natural 3B who tried to play the OF and ended up at 2B, he showed up everyday, worked hard and became an all star.   He was also a team leader who always promoted his teammates and talked them up to the media(Just YouTube ANY Murph interviews). This made it especially tough for Mets fans when Murph’s deal with the division rival Washington Nationals became official this week. And I am a Neil Walker guy! I am also a Daniel Murphy guy and wish the team and his reps could have figured out a way to keep him in Queens. This is an example of the business of sports.

The Mets would still like to add a veteran reliever(Tyler Clippard?  Antonio Bastardo? Matt Albers?) and 1B-OF type to replace retired Michael Cuddyer in a bench-platoon role. Names like Ryan Raburn and Steve Pearce have been linked with the  Mets and make sense. The team is close to set and should have a balanced ,solid 25 man roster that will provide skipper Terry Collins with a lot of options off the bench and out of the pen. I will write more about this in the coming months but two players to focus on are Outfielders Juan Lagares(My pick for a BIG comeback season in 2016) and Michael Conforto(My man crush- he could be INCREDIBLE for this team- think David Wright in 2004). Very exciting times for Mets fans as 2016 spring training draws near.

Mike Piazza: Hall of Fame

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Mike Piazza was voted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame this week and the best hitting catcher of all time will go into Cooperstown with a Mets cap. Already a premier name and star in the sport, The Mets changed their franchise when they traded for the backstop on May 23,1998. New York had a nice little team and was on the rise but this gave the team an identity and face. #31 was a team leader, spokesperson and model all in one. And he could hit. Boy, could he hit. I have been watching baseball for over 40 yrs and have never see a guy hit more opposite field homeruns in my life. He also hit them in big spots and did so against premier arms like Smoltz, Hoffman and Clemens. He was also a vastly underrated defender, who caught and called a good game. Most importantly, he liked, no LOVED being a Met. He inked in extension with the team after the 98 season and led NY to the post season in back to back campaigns in 1999-2000.  Mike Piazza is one of the greatest players of all time and he is now a Hall of Famer. And He is a Met. And that is pretty special for Mike and Mets fans.

December 21, 2015

I am back……

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No, the loss to the Royals did not kill me. Close but for some reason, my laptop and this site have been at war and the page crashed. Probably a good thing because my language regarding Ben Zobrist would not be suitable for printing. In summary, I love the Mets offseason so far- they added two real solid pro major leaguers in 2B Neil Walker(Straight up trade for Jon Niese) and SS Asdrubal Cabrera. I love that we now have Wilmer Flores in a jack of all trades role ala Zobrist while we maintained financial discipline. Pitching wise, the team brought back two key veterans in Bartolo Colon and lefty specialist Jerry Blevins. The team will add another veteran reliever and is mining the free agent outfield market for a platoon partner for CF Juan Lagares. Names like Denard Span, Dexter Fowler and Gerardo Parra have been linked to the Mets. With the depth and strong OF market, this opening could carry into 2016.

November 22, 2015

#ChadTough

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I am taking some time away from the busy offseason for the National League Champion New York Mets to write about my hero, Chad Carr.  Chad is just a bit over 5 years old and his Dad,Jason, was my 1st roommate at the University of Michigan. His Mom, Tammi, is one of the kindest, hardest working people I know. They are both amazing parents. About a year ago, the Carrs learned Chad suffers from DIPG, a cancerous tumor that spreads throughout the brain steam.  Their is no cure and most DIPG patients do not survive 18 months. Chad was given a year and is near month 14 now. Their is little that doctors can do to cure DIPG but they can manage it and the patient. When the Carrs learned about the lack of options, they created a foundation in his name(chadtough.org) to improve hope for future patients and their families. The foundation has been a huge success and someday a child will be saved because of Chad. That is why I am dedicating the 2016 season  of Tomseaverfan.com to Chad Carr and the entire Carr family. Please donate and support this amazing family and cause. Chad will be excited that Uncle Beav dedicated his site , It is Mets Orange-his favorite color! Mets fans please keep in mind that our owner- Fred Wilpon- is a HUGE Michigan alum and supporter. #ChadTough

November 20, 2015

Tejada terminated?

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The Mets enter the 2015-2016 offseason with 3,4 obvious needs— 2nd Base, Centerfield,bullpen and Shortstop. The team has strong internal options at most of these spots and some money and trade collateral as well. When you see multiple media reports on all levels linking the Mets to several shortstops, you have to wonder if the Chase Utley bowling pin play is the last memory Mets fans will have of Ruben Tejada. #11, who is recovering from a broken leg, played well in 2015 and gave NY stable defense and timely offense. However, he will make over 3 million in arbitration and the cash conscious Mets might walk away and let him become a free agent. Wilmer Flores played well at seasons end and gives the team upside and options on the roster with his versatility. Sad reality of the sport but one you can see making sense from a Mets perspective. I like Ruben but think he has had opportunities to take the SS job and has not done it. The Mets are trying to finish the job and win the World Series. How you do that is improving your team and Shortstop is an area that GM Sandy Alderson thinks they can do better at. This blogger believes, as cruel as it sounds, we have seen the last of Ruben Tejada in Queens.

November 14, 2015

Murph rejects QO

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Free agent infielder Daniel Murphy rejected the Mets qualifying offer of 15.8 million and is now a free agent. He can sign with any team and should fetch a deal around 3-4 years at 40-50 million.  This is a good guy and better person. Anyone who watches the Mets knows how great a locker room guy #28 is. I want to see him get paid. I wish he could be with the Mets but it is not an ideal fit. He is a 3rd baseman playing 2B for the good of the team in NY. He deserves a real pay day and opportunity at his natural spot. He will be missed. I loved watching him play and having him on this team. Here is all you need to know about Daniel Murphy: He lost playing time to Wilmer Flores yet was the 1st guy out of the dugout when he hit his incredible walk off homer to beat the Nationals in that memorable weekend sweep at Citi Field. Best of luck to Murph and his family. #Missed #GreatGuy

My Realistic Mets offseason Plan

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When people look at the 2015 New York Mets and prepare for 2016, you have to be careful. Besides the fact that both OF Yoenis Cespedes and INF Daniel Murphy have more than likely played their last games in Queens, it is hard to evaluate this team offensively. From almost the 1st week of the season on, the everyday Mets lineup had major injuries. Captain David Wright(Back) missed 4.5 months, Travis d’Arnaud had two separate DL stints,1B Lucas Duda and Murphy missed time. This forced the team to play bench guys and 4 A level players, names like John Mayberry Jr and Eric Campbell had important roles. Predictably, the team was awful offensively for 2 thirds of the year. With realistic health, the Mets hitting should be greatly improved. The team is losing two big time offensive players but the drop off should not be crippling to any postseason aspirations.

Look at the team from trade deadline on and while the moves made by the Mets front office helped, so did  a return to health by Wright, Duda,etc. LF Michael Conforto also provided a boost and the SS combo of Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada also stepped up. Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe gave the team pro-s of the bench and the presence of Cespedes was obvious. RF Curtis Granderson, the team MVP, was great leading off and Murphy went on a tear sandwiched between Wright and Yoenis. The lesson of August on is this team can win and put up #s when it has solid bats and depth. A goal of 800 runs in 2016 should be the stated goal. When the Mets score 5 runs a game, they will win and win a lot.

MY PLAN: Two areas I would spend free agent money on are centerfield and the bullpen. I like the team-s internal options at 2nd base and shortstop. 2nd more than short but part of my issue is the shortstop position is weak around mlb and the free agent group has a lot of flawed players. The Mets need to improve their infield defense and that should be an offseason goal. Why waste great pitching with average defense?I like the three man unit of Dilson Herrera, Tejada and Flores at SS-2B. I am not opposed to adding a solid vet like Ben Zobrist but do not think he is a realistic option. Too many teams with money need 2B with versatility. The Mets could add a free agent CenterFielder to platoon with Juan Lagares and I would target Denard Span and Dexter Fowler, with Span being my #1 choice. A full season from Conforto will greatly improve the offense and make Michael Cuddyer a platoon bench player who splits time in LF and 1B. Heck, I would see if he can play third to give the Captain a day.  Retaining  Johnson as a top bench stick with position flexibility would aid the depth and pinch hitting. Kelly is a pro. Pitching wise, I would add a reliever who can pitch the 7th or 8th inning and help Addison Reed set up Jeurys Familia. I would resign lefty Jerry Blevins and BARTOLO COLON. Big Bart gives you innings and a veteran presence on a staff that will need to monitor innings,etc. Colon and Jon Niese showed they can pitch out of the pen and transition when Zack Wheeler returns to the rotation after he completes his recovery from Tommy John surgery. I would not trade ANY of the Big 4 unless a blockbuster was part of the return. Yes, I would keep Matt Harvey. I will re-explore this AFTER 2016. I would offer both Jacob de Grom and Harvey identical 5 yr/75 million dollar extensions this offseason.

November 10, 2015

Commentary:Lessons in a Loss

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Almost 10 days after the Mets lost a exciting yet brutal 5 game World Series vs the Kansas City Royals, the sting still sticks. I have watched game replays on mlb network and videos on mets.com and they hurt. This was a fun year and great team to watch, the 2015 New York Mets were a likeable bunch. Losing that series sucked and blowing 3 saves(Baseball people will tell you a blown save should be a win) makes it even more hard.  As I said in previous posts, give the Royals credit- they have a style and play it well- the better team won. In order to beat that team, you have to punish their starting pitching and have a large gap before the KC bullpen enters the game. The Mets did not hit much  and outside of Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto, who had  a good series?  Areas that are being blamed for the defeat- defense, ability to put batters away, managers decisions- are not as big an issue when you have 3,4 run lead instead of 1 or 2. The Mets are built on power arms and bats- they strike people out and hit home runs- and KC controlled both. Praise them and salute the World Champions.

The Mets must now copy the team that just beat them and learned from a crushing World Series loss. The Royals play complimentary baseball- they defend, it helps their pitchers, they put balls in play and can run,etc.MAXIMIZE STRENGTHS,MINIMIZE WEAKNESSES.  The Mets have great pitching yet have not been built on defense. That must change. Giving away outs and giving good teams extra shots is never a good recipe. The Royals KILLED  Mets defensive mistakes. A return to health of both David Wright and Ruben Tejada will aid the infield as well as full recovery from Juan Lagares in CenterField. I also like either Wilmer Flores or Dilson Herrera at 2B defensively over free agent Daniel Murphy. With a lack of elite power bats in the game and throughout the free agent market, a true leadoff man and team speed overall must be addressed. Granderson allows this team options as he can hit anywhere in the lineup and provide power and on base percentage.  A more diverse offensive attack in todays PED free game is a good route. Again, the Mets pitching is so good, the team does not need to be the 1975 Cincinnati Reds offensively to win a lot of games. If this team scores 800 runs, I would be VERY happy. So would Kevin Long and Terry Collins.

November 9, 2015

Alderson to Miss GM meetings w Health Issue

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson will miss this weeks GM Meetings in Florida to undergo a medical procedure. The 67 yr old had this scheduled before his recent fainting episode at the announcement of Manager Terry Collins contract extension. The Mets should be in reasonable shape with Sandy’s top assistants- John Ricco, Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi- all attending the meetings. This is an important offseason for the National League Champions as they could potentially have holes in both the Outfield and middle infield, they could use some help in the bullpen and on the bench with players like Daniel Murphy, Yoenis Cespedes,Tyler Clippard, Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson and Bartolo Colon all free agents.

November 7, 2015

Murphy gets QO, Medical updates on Cuddyer and Lagares, Free agency preview

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The Mets extended a qualifying offer of 15.8 Million to INF Daniel Murphy Friday and he now has 7 days to decide whether to accept it.  The popular 2nd longest tenured Met will draw interest around MLB and is a great value-fit for several American League teams as #28 can DH and man any infield spot except SS.  Murphy should draw a multi year deal in excess of 40 million and is a good bet to have played his last game in a Mets uniform. NY has internal options with Wilmer Flores and Dilson Herrera and could target a free agent with position versatility such as Ben Zobrist as well.

OF-INF Michael Cuddyer had surgery on a core muscle November 6th and should be ok to start spring training. In his 1st season with the Mets, he hit .259 with 10 homeruns and 41 rbi in 117 games. Meanwhile, good news on the Juan Lagares front. The CenterFielder will be able to avoid surgery on his right throwing elbow with rest and rehab. #12 had a great season in 2014, winning the Gold Glove and hitting .281 but struggled in 2015 and lost much of his playing time to Yoenis Cespedes late in the year. A return to health by Lagares would go along way to improving the defense and team overall.

FREE AGENCY PREVIEW: The Mets had a great year and have few holes to fill but they are obvious and the team has potential solutions in their system and on the major league roster. 3 positions are open and they are 2B,SS and Centerfield. The team is set in the infield with Lucas Duda at 1B and David Wright entrenched at 3B. Outfield wise, the team has two very good corners in veteran Curtis Granderson and rookie Michael Conforto. As mentioned above, a combination of Flores-Herrera at 2B is presentable and at worst, Lagares is a viable platoon who hits lefties. Shortstop to  me is a position they could address. If you have Ruben Tejada as a backup middle infielder, that is an ideal role for him. If you could add a free agent CenterFielder- a Dexter Fowler, Colby Rasmus or Dernard Span- to play 3/4 of the time  that would be great. Granderson helps in this regard because he can hit 1 or 6 or ANYWHERE in between. You can mix and match and while this team could use an ideal cleanup bat, the market is not great in this regard. Pitching wise, this team has 5 good starting pitchers and Zack Wheeler is due to return in June 2016. Jeurys Familia was great in season 1 of closing and Addison Reed is a strong veteran who can pitch in the 7th, 8th or 9th. The Mets have several kids- led by Hansel Robles and Erik Goeddel- who could compete for larger roles in 2016. A lefty specialist(Jerry Blevins?) could really help. My wish list? Fowler for CF, Play the winner of Flores-Herrera at 2B, explore trade Market for SS- Ian Desmond scares me because this team is loaded pitching wise and I am not sure I want an average to below average defender at a vital defensive position. I would also bring back either Kelly Johnson or Juan Uribe as off the bench  bats, glue guys and Wright insurance. I would see if Cuddyer can play some 3B as well. I would then sign Blevins and top free agent RP Darren O’Day to help the pen.

 

 

November 5, 2015

Murphy deadline near, Mets free agent list,Surgery for Granderson, Honor For Harvey

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The Mets career of Daniel Murphy could be in its final hours as he nears a 5 pm Friday qualifying offer deadline. The team will more than likely to extend a $15.8 Million dollar offer and the player has 7 days to accept 0r reject. NY would receive a 1st round draft pick back as compensation. It appears likely that #28 will be given a QO but his days in a Mets uniform are more than likely over.

METS FREE AGENTS: Murphy, OF Yoenis Cespedes, LHPs Eric O’Flaherty and Jerry Blevins, RHPs Bartolo Colon,Bobby Parnell and Tyler Clippard, INFs Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson. I think Blevins and Johnson are good bets to return and GM Sandy Alderson has mentioned Colon as another possibility.

Notes: RF Curtis Granderson underwent surgery on a torn ligament in his left thumb,which he injured in the NLCS. The Mets leadoff man still hit 3 home runs in the World Series and should be good to go for Spring Training…. Meanwhile, Matt Harvey won the NL Comeback player of the year award after missing all of 2014 due to Tommy John Surgery. He went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA and finished strong in the postseason.

November 4, 2015

Mets extend TC thru 2017, Store this away

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The Mets have extended manager Terry Collins for 2 years thru the 2017 after meetings Tuesday with GM Sandy Alderson, the coaching staff and other members of the front office. The deal pays TC 3 million over the term according to multpiple sources. Terry took over in 2011 and the team’s record improved every year under his watch and took off this year with the 90 win campaign and National League championship. Press conference at 11 am Wednesday with Alderson and Collins.

STORE THIS AWAY: Chase Utley has no real role or everyday platoon spot on the Dodgers. He does, however, have a good potential landing spot in…. THE BRONX. Left handed power bat, veteran. Could let him platoon with internal options Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder.  The Yankees cannot be happy with what they see in Queens and adding public enemy #1 to their roster when he is a good fit is something that NYY front office will look at. Listen, it does not matter what team Utley is on- the Mets are going to hit him and hit him to hurt him. End of story. I have watched this team for 35 years and have never seen a dirtier player and play from a guy vs a Met. As Terry Collins said “He broke my shortstop’s leg”. Noah Syndergaard threw at a guy from the Royals because he felt like it. What are the 4 Horseman going to do to this guy? They are going to have a talent show and community auditions on who gets to start when he plays. David Wright just ordered the code red. Have a nice off season, Chase. Rest up.

November 2, 2015

The Day after

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For followers of the New York Mets, today was a hard day and I was no different. When you have had as great a season as this team did, losing in such heartbreaking fashion is devastating. For a series that was 5 games it did not lack drama, NY led in all of them and easily could be holding the World Series trophy. But thru a combination of Mets failures in all areas-relief pitching,overall defense and lack of offense-and the Kansas City Royals, the season is over.  Great teams mask weaknesses and emphasize strengths while Great opponents attack weaknesses and drown you in their strengths. The Royals made Mets starting pitchers work and got to the NY pitching depth and beat it. Consistently. KC did not strike out vs a team that lived by the K and put the ball in play to Mets defenders who made misplays all over the field. And the Mets needed to put up big numbers vs an average Royals starting rotation and did not do the job. KC wants their starters to keep the game close and allow a deep and talented relief unit to take control.  They did that. Give the Kansas City Royals- a team that is built and constructed the right way and to borrow a football term, plays a complimentary brand of baseball- for winning this series. The Mets have flaws- every team does- but they were beaten by a better team that made them look bad. They are not bad. If that makes sense. This team won 90 games. They won 2 rounds vs two strong NL teams. They have excellent young pitching, a power closer, veteran pros, a great captain and a nice core of young everyday position players.  I will remember the 2015 New York Mets for that and am very hopeful for the future. LGM.

Royals ruin Harvey’s brilliant performance with another 9th inning rally, Score 5 in 12th to capture World Series 7-2

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A lead off home run by Curtis Granderson and sacrifice fly by Lucas Duda had the Mets entering the 9th with a 2-0 lead behind an incredible performance from Matt Harvey. The Dark Knight campaigned to NY Manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen and started the ninth. He walked Lorenzo Cain on a 3-2 pitch then Eric Hosmer laced a double to left to chase Harvey, cutting the lead in half.  Closer Jeurys Familia came into the mess and got an out and ground ball to David Wright for the 2nd out. However, Hosmer broke for home on the throw and 1B Lucas Duda threw wide to tie the game. NY could not recover and the leaky Mets bullpen and infield defense combined to give up 5 runs in the 12th. Wade Davis came in and allowed a harmless single to Michael Conforto before striking out Wilmer Flores after a good at bat to win the 2nd World Series in Royals history. NY homered and led in every game, yet losses 4-1 after this team went on an incredible run over the 2nd half of the season. Devastating loss tonight, bright future ahead. Proud of all the players, coaches, management. #GREAT YEAR #LGM

November 1, 2015

Thoughts on tonight…

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Anyone who reads this blog knows I have turned on Matt Harvey over the final 2 months of this season and think he should be traded in the offseason. I have also seen every game he has pitched in his career and think he is almost completely out of gas. Several stat services say he had the lowest fastball  MPH over his season in Game 1.  This team needs him tonight and I do not think he has many bullets left in the gun. A player like Bartolo Colon could be vital tonight. The Mets need to somehow get into the 7th inning and limit the amount of relievers they use and outs they ask them to get. The good news? Jon Niese, Colon and Addison Reed have looked good. Meanwhile, Tyler Clippard has lost his change up and confidence and is not reliable. Closer Jeurys Familia made one huge mistake(HR to Alex Gordon on quick pitch) and has been nickel and dimed to death. I trust him.

If things get bad early, the Mets might be forced to pull Harvey for… Jacob de Grom. This is do or die time, we have no options. Niese or Colon could then start Game 6…. Be Loud tonight at Citi Field. Win or lose, this team has had an amazing year and deserves everyones support. In particular, stand up for Daniel Murphy. He could be playing in his last game for the Mets and do not let one bad play tarnish a good player, teammate and leader for this team. He came up as a 3B and played all over til he became a functional 2B. Tremendous team guy who is a winner and like Bill Buckner, should not be remembered for a one misplay…. Cheer for the Captain of this team. I have a bad back, I have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. I am not playing 3B in MLB. David Wright is a special guy and this team is lucky to have him on the field, in the locker room and in the community. Other players -OPPOSITION- nicknamed him Captain America for a reason. I am proud #5 is on my team. Ultimate foxhole guy.

 

 

Elimination Night

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Tonight could not only end the World Series and season for the NL Champs but also the Mets careers of popular players like Daniel Murphy, Yoenis Cespedes, Tyler Clippard and Bartolo Colon. The Mets have some difficult decisions to make on Murphy, who has been with the team since 2008, and Cespedes, who carried this team over the final 2 months, as they pulled away in the NL East. #28 in particular is popular with fans and has multi position versatility. Game and series aside, keep this in mind as you watch the game tonight.

Game 5 Lineups

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Tonight’s lineups for Game 5 of the World Series. Kansas City stands one win away from winning the World Championship  with a 3-1 lead over the National League Champion New York Mets. Game time is 8:15 at Citi Field.

 Tonight’s Starting Lineups

Mets Royals
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF 1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
2. David Wright (R) 3B 2. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B 3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF 4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B 5. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
6. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C 6. Salvador Perez (R) C
7. Michael Conforto (L) LF 7. Alex Gordon (L) LF
8. Wilmer Flores (R) SS 8. Alex Rios (R) RF
9. Matt Harvey (R) RHP 9. Edinson Volquez (R) RHP

 

 

October 31, 2015

Mets mistakes help Kansas City steal Game 4, Royals lead series 3-1

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The Kansas City Royals capitalized on several late inning mental and physical mistakes to steal game 4 5-3 Saturday night at Citi Field. On a night where two of the top rookies on the team(LF Michael Conforto and SP Steven Matz) stepped up under the World Series spotlight, a 3 run 8th inning lost the game and the two most glaring weaknesses on the 2015 New York Mets rared their ugly head: Middle infield defense and bullpen depth. Reliever Tyler Clippard retired his 1st batter in the inning then walked two batters back to back and Manager Terry Collins was forced to bring in closer Jeurys Familia for a 5 out save. He got a grounder to 2nd that Daniel Murphy missed and KC tied the game. The Royals then scored two more on back to back rbi singles. The Mets placed two runners on in the 9th and brought Lucas Duda to the plate as the winning run. He hit a shallow fly ball that was caught by 3b Mike Moustakas, who doubled off Yoenis Cespedes, who was running on the pitch for reasons known only to him. I have been watching the Mets for 35 years and this is one of the top 5 losses of my life. I am pretty positive about this team and cannot see this team winning three straight vs a team the level of quality of the Royals with their pitching in the condition it is in. Sometimes the other guy is better. Heart,mind, brain try but you can only ask so much. LGM.

Game 4 Lineups

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Game 4, tonight at 8 pm on Fox,Kansas City leads 2-1

 Tonight’s Starting Lineups

Mets Royals
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF 1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
2. David Wright (R) 3B 2. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B 3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF 4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B 5. Mike Moustaka (L) 3B
6. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C 6. Salvador Perez (R) C
7. Michael Conforto (L) LF 7. Alex Gordon (L) LF
8. Wilmer Flores (R) SS 8. Alex Rios (R) RF
9. Steven Matz (R) LHP 9. Chris Young (R) RHP

 

Thor and Captain America lead the Way as Mets blow out Royals in Game 3, 9-3

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Noah Syndergaard sent a message with his 1st pitch and his teammates backed him with offense as the New York Mets defeated the Kansas City Royals 9-3 Friday night at a crazed  Citi Field in Game 3 of the World Series. Syndergaard clearly heard enough about the Royals ability to hit fastballs and threw high and tight close to the head of leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar, who hit the turf, with his 1st pitch. KC got some bloops and cheapies but Thor mixed in his other 3 pitches with that 100 MPH gas to toss 6 strong, K-ing 6. Meanwhile, Captain David Wright homered in his 1st at bat and Citi Field has never been louder, #5 had 4 rbi total.  Meanwhile, Curtis Granderson was all over the field with his own 2 run homer and 3 runs scored as well as a great running catch in rightfield.  The Mets depth showed as pinch hitters Juan Uribe and Juan Lagares were part of the 4 run 6th inning that put the game out of reach. The Law Firm of Reed,Clippard and Familia threw the final 3 frames to secure the win. NY still trails 2-1 in the series but feels good with Steven Matz,a lefty with stuff, facing a lineup that has issues with southpaws.

October 30, 2015

Game 3 Lineups

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Tonight’s Starting Lineups

Mets Royals
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF 1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
2. David Wright (R) 3B 2. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B 3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF 4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B 5. Mike Moustaka (L) 3B
6. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C 6. Salvador Perez (R) C
7. Michael Conforto (L) LF 7. Alex Gordon (L) LF
8. Wilmer Flores (R) SS 8. Alex Rios (R) RF
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) RHP 9. Yordano Ventura (R) RHP

 

October 29, 2015

After Royals big 5th lead to 2-0 deficit,Mets return to NY looking to Rally

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A combination of attacking,relentlessness and talent, the Kansas City Royals come to Citi Field with a 2-0 lead over the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series.  I have seen every start  of Jacob de Grom’s 2 yr ML career and have never seen him show up for a test with no answers. In Wednesday nights 5th inning, he looked lost and frustrated as the Royals put 4 runs up and the game was essentially over. KC scored some late insurance runs vs the NY pen to win 7-1. The Mets offense was two words:Lucas Duda. He had the lone 2 hits vs Royal starter Johnny Cueto. The last time the New York Mets won the World Series(1986), they lost for 1st game on an unearned run and the second by  6 runs. Book the parade.  KC is a good-no great team- but the Mets need to play their game and do what they do— both de Grom and Matt Harvey, elite power pitchers, appeared scared by scouting reports on the Royals ability to hit fastballs and avoided throwing gas. In the regular season, they threw 60% fastballs. In the two series games, they were way below(Harvey(37%) and Jacob(39%)) and my hope is Noah Syndergaard goes at the Royals with what brought him to the dance. Drop the Hammer,Thor. Let them hit 98,if they do CONSISTENTLY, I will hand them the WS trophy.

October 28, 2015

Game 2 Lineup

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Tonight’s Starting Lineups

Mets Royals
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF 1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
2. David Wright (R) 3B 2. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B 3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF 4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B 5. Kendrys Morales (S) DH
6. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C 6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Michael Conforto (L) DH 7. Salvador Perez (R) C
8. Wilmer Flores (R) SS 8. Alex Gordon (L) LF
9. Juan Lagares (R) CF 9. Alex Rios (R) RF

 

Hosmer Sac Fly ends Classic Game 1 as Royals vanquish Mets 5-4 in 14

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Royals 1B Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly plated the decisive run in the 14 inning as Kansas City defeated the New York Mets 5-4 in the 14th inning. With the win, KC leads the best of 7 series 1-0, game 2 is Wednesday night at 8 pm in Missouri. The game showed why these two teams are in the fall classic and featured non stop action and momentum swings. Alcides Escobar lead off the game with a misplayed inside the park homerun and the teams slugged away at each other all night. Curtis Granderson homered to give NY a lead mid game but the Royals came back. The Mets had the game in the 9th 4-3 before KC LF Alex Gordon-the Royals David Wright- hit a tremendous shot to dead center to tie the contest off Mets closer Jeurys Familia. Veteran starters Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon battled out of the pen until an error by Wright on a tough play led to an opportunity that KC cashed in. The Mets turn to Jacob de Grom, the Mets best and most consistent pitcher the last 2 yrs, in a crucial Game 2. This is why Terry Collins has this guy in Game 2. The Mets are fine and will move on. This loss sucks but one of 7. They have comeback from worse. #LGM

October 27, 2015

Keys to the World Series

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My keys-thoughts for the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals of the American League and the National League Champion New York Mets, two teams with great players but different approaches:

1- Starters-Relievers: Unequal: The Royals tend to use their pen more than any team and the Mets starters are dominant. A key to this series is which “weaker” unit performs: KC starters or Mets pen. 2 Keys for NY: starters turned relievers Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon.

2- Contact: The Mets strike out batters, the Royals the do strike out or walk, They are an attack offense and hit fastballs over 95. Again, huge impact and matchup .

3- Defense rests: Kansas City is an elite defensive team and the Mets at times can be sloppy defensively and with Wilmer Flores at SS, middle infield D could be an issue. However, with Captain David Wright back at third, the corner spots and Outfield are solid.

4- Deep depth: Kansas City is a true AL team with little pop of the bench even with Kendry Morales (The DH) in NL parks. NY counters with Kelly Johnson, Either Michael Conforto or Michael Cuddyer , Juan Lagares and a key returnee in Juan Uribe.  This might be the Mets biggest advantage outside of starting pitching.

5- Power Parks?: Both home ball parks- Kaufman Stadium and Citi Field- are pitcher friendly and take away from batters. No cheapies.

6- Home Grown: Both teams are built on drafting, developing and the farm system. KC really set their team up for years when they traded pending free agent Zack Greinke for several players including CF Lorenzo Cain and SS Alcides Escobar. New York has developed their entire infield and most of their pitchers. Praise and cheers for scouts!

7- Drop Off: NY crushed “non” aces in the NL postseason and Kansas City does not have anything near the level of a Kershaw, Greinke, Arrieta or Lester. This is a HUGE issue for the Royals.

PREDICTION: I am glad these two teams made it to the Series and have been with the Mets for a long time. I picked them to make the playoffs and win 90 games. I am picking them to win… in 6 games.

Game 1 Starting Lineups

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Tonight’s Starting Lineups

Mets Royals
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF 1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
2. David Wright (R) 3B 2. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B 3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF 4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B 5. Kendrys Morales (S) DH
6. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C 6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Michael Conforto (L) LF 7. Salvador Perez (R) C
8. Wilmer Flores (R) SS 8. Alex Gordon (L) LF
9. Kelly Johnson (L) DH 9. Alex Rios (R) RF

 

October 25, 2015

How the 2015 New York Mets where Built

by @ 4:20 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Breaking Down the 2015 NL Champions- 27 players( Including SS Ruben Tejada and counting both Juan Uribe and Kirk Nieuwenhuis until final 25 for World Series is announced)

 

2015 Trade acquisitions(5):

OF Yoenis Cespedes, INF Juan Uribe, INF-OF Kelly Johnson, RP Tyler Clippard, RP Addison Reed

 

Free Agent signings(3):

P  Bartolo Colon(2013), OF Curtis Granderson(2014), OF-INF Michael Cuddyer(2015)

 

Trades(2):

C Travis d’Arnaud and SP Noah Syndergaard(2012)

 

Waiver claim(1):

OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis(2015)

Rule 5 Claim(1):

P Sean Gilmartin(2015)

 

MLB Draft(10):

 

Steve Phillips Pick(1):

3B David Wright(2001)

Omar  Minaya Picks(6):

P Jon Niese(2005), INF Daniel Murphy(2006), 1B Lucas Duda(2007), SP Steven Matz(2009), SP Matt Harvey(2010) and  SP Jacob de Grom(2010)

Sandy Alderson Picks(3):

C Kevin Plawecki(2012), INF Matt Reynolds(2012)  and OF Michael Conforto(2014)

 

Amateur-International  free agent signings(5):

INF Ruben Tejada(2006),OF Juan Lagares(2006), INF Wilmer Flores(2007), Closer Jeurys Familia(2007) and RP Hansel Robles(2008)

 

 

Terry Collins sets World Series rotation, Harvey starts Game #1

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Mets Manager Terry Collins announced his starting rotation for the 2015 World Series and Matt Harvey will take the ball in game 1. Jacob de Grom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz will follow. Harvey,through all the innings limit talk and controversy,has bought in according to Collins and has the ability to make 2 more starts and be available to pitch in some capacity in Game 7. Part of the decision on who to pitch and when was effected by 2 Non-Harvey related issues: Syndergaard’s excellent home statistics and the Mets desire to give de Grom extra rest. Harvey also prefers to pitch as close to normal rest as possible and if he did not start Game 1, he would go the longest between starts of any Met starter having opened the NLCS sweep. I like the move and New York is in a position to press a HUGE advantage in this series:Starting  Pitching. Kansas City’s rotation is average even with the addition of Johnny Cueto at the deadline. However, the Royal’s bullpen, led by the top overall reliever in the game, Wade Davis, is deep and talented. Whichever unit is performs best in this series will go along way in determining the winner.

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