From Tom Seaver to Dwight Gooden to David Wright, A look at the New York Mets past, present and future.
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Some good and bad news regarding the Mets middle infielders Wilmer Flores and Daniel Murphy. Flores, who has been a star of the spring(.341, 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 7 rbi in 41 ABs) , has recovered after bruising his leg with a foul ball. He should be good to go for the start of the season and enters 2015 as the undisputed shortstop. The news on Murphy is a mixed bag, while his hamstring is not 100%, he is close to being full go. Now it is up to the team medical staff and leg on how quickly #28 returns. It appears he will miss the first week or so and the team can get him back on the roster faster with the DL rules allowing injuries to be back dated 9 days. Look for the Mets 2B to return sometime around April 12th. Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno are the main candidates to fill the 2014 Mets all star’s roster spot. Also keep in mind that Murphy is in his free agent walk year and is looking to have a big season.
Rotation wise, the team announced that veteran Bartolo Colon, entering his 17th major league season, will start the season opener in Washington vs the Nationals. Colon, who led the Mets with 15 wins, will be followed by 2014 NL Rookie of the Year Jacob de Grom and Matt Harvey. With the starters in this order, it also appears that de Grom will also draw the home opener April 13th vs the hated Philadelphia Phillies.
METS NOTES: Harvey is HUMAN by the way! He allowed a run Friday and is now sitting at 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 5 games started… I kill him all the time on this blog but have to praise Ruben Tejada for his strong spring(.279, 6 doubles, team high 10 rbi). Now I hope Flores plays great and the team can find a trade partner for Ruben…. Michael Cuddyer, who I campaigned for the Mets to sign, has a team high 5 home runs in spring…… Juan Lagares, who I feel could be an all star in 2015, has been awesome this spring as well with the stick(.383, 6 doubles, triple, 3 home runs and 6 rbi in 47 at bats)…. The roster appears fairly set position players wise and with the rotation as well. Keep on eye on the bullpen with Vic Black(Shoulder tendinitis) hurting and the injury to Josh Edgin, a couple of bullpen names might sneak in led by LH Sean Gilmartin and RH Erik Goeddel
With 3 injuries within the last week forcing Mets Manager Terry Collins to reshape his pitching staff, the 1st month of the 2015 could be interesting and key for the a team that many believe can compete for a postseason birth. Lefty specialist Josh Edgin(Tommy John Surgery) is out for the year and that creates a hole, meanwhile Dillon Gee was going to start in the pen as a long man and is now back in the rotation after the news broke about Zack Wheeler also requiring a season ending operation. But the news regarding Vic Black(shoulder weakness) is mixed. Tests came back clean and he could be ready to join the team by the start of the season. However, this is the 3rd time Black has had some kind of shoulder pain and when you throw a baseball for a living, that is not good. Also keep in mind that Black and Edgin had to be Collins top choices to pitch the important bridge innings in the 6th and 7th with Black in particular excelling in stranding inherited runners. A name to remember here? Rookie Rafael Montero. And no more injuries to pitchers!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or Mets for that matter!
METS NOTES: With all the noise about how the Mets handled Wheeler and his arm, one stat says a thousand words and has nothing to do with medicine or technology: Since 2005, no pitcher has throw as many pitches to over as few an innings as Wheeler. As example, He might have thrown 6 innings but he needed 115 pitches to do it. As opposed to someone like Greg Maddux, who could pitch a complete game with 90! When u watch the Mets, Wheeler has some very inefficient games, I.E he has to work hard to do what he does, thus more stress on his arm….With The Mets bench all but decided entering the final days of Spring training, an interesting player has shown up on Collins radar to fit the 25th man role: INF Daniel Muno. C Anthony Recker, IF-OF Eric Campbell, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis and John Mayberry Jr are roster locks, lets hope to Jesus this kid can beat out Rueben Tejada-who is a bad Shortstop and brings less than nothing to the table- for the remaining slot. He can play any infield spot. Wilmer Flores has clearly won the starting shortstop job with a great camp. He does not need a babysitter.
A day after losing lefty reliever Josh Edgin to a serious elbow injury, the New York Mets learned that promising righty starter Zack Wheeler has met the same fate and will require Tommy John Surgery, thus ending the 2015 campaign before it begins. Dillon Gee will assume the spot in the starting rotation and the veteran could see competition from three talented rookies Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero before the year is thru. A final decision on Wheeler’s status will be made Tuesday or Wednesday after he meets with the team doctor in New York. Obviously not good news over the past 48 hours for the Mets and their fans.
The Mets got some awful news over the weekend when promising lefty relief specialist Josh Edgin was lost for 2015 with a season ending elbow injury. The southpaw needs Tommy John surgery and leaves the team with a big hole in a deep but righty heavy bullpen. However, Edgin’s misfortune and the strong camps of youngsters Wilmer Flores and Matt Reynolds at the shortstop position show why Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson was wise to hold onto his surplus of starting pitching and can now trade starter for relief help. Internally the top choices to fill the void are veteran Scott Rice(coming back from 2014 surgery) and rule 5 pick up Sean Gilmartin. Also remember many of the Mets relievers have had success retiring hitters from both sides of the plate. STAY TUNED.
METS NOTES:P Zack Wheeler(Elbow tendinitis,blister) was scratched from his last start and underwent a precautionary MRI Saturday. Both the player and team did not seem concerned but club doctors have yet to look at the results…. 1B Lucas Duda(Oblique) has returned to action with no restrictions… Reliever Vic Black(Dead arm) also had an MRI and it come back clean, the fan friendly fireman should pitch in a minor league game this week…. New Hitting Coach Kevin Long throws batting practice left handed and this has helped 2B Daniel Murphy, OF Curtis Granderson and Duda.
Mets ace Matt Harvey pitched for the first time since October 2013 Tommy John Surgery on his throwing elbow Friday March 6th, 2015. He did not appear rusty and looked like his old self, dominating the Detroit Tigers over 2 innings. Harvey needed only 25 pitches to retire all 6 batters he faced with 2 Ks while clocking readings between 96-98 regularly, topping out at 99. His manager Terry Collins “He’s just special”. Fans cheered when he threw warm ups IN THE BULLPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been watching baseball for almost 40 years and can count on 1 hand the amount of pitchers who have or had the potential of Mr. Harvey. Scary good talent with plus, plus makeup. When does the season start again?
METS NOTES: 2B Daniel Murphy(Hand) has checked out fine medically and should be back in the lineup Monday after missing the last two days after being hit in the hand by a pitch in Fridays exhibition game. #28 took batting practice Sunday without issue…1B Lucas Duda(Oblique strain) should resume working out and swing a bat sometime early this week. He recently consulted with Mets TV color commentator Keith Hernandez(Also Mets legendary 1B from 83-89) about his approach vs left handed pitchers. Hernandez, a left handed hitter, used to help out slugger Darryl Strawberry in the 80s, a fellow southpaw… SS candidates Wilmer Flores(5/11) and Matt Reynolds( 4 for 9 with walk off home run in Friday’s win) have looked great in the early days of camp.. Meanwhile, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis,battling for final position roster spot as backup Outfielder, has been killing the ball with 9 hits in 15 at bats.
The Mets hopes for a successful 2015 are very dependent on the return of ace starting pitcher Matt Harvey and the whole world will get to see him throw Friday March 6th vs the Detroit Tigers. This will be the big righty’s first live game action since a late 2013 injury shut him down and he underwent Tommy John Surgery on his pitching elbow soon after. Feedback on Harvey have been excellent and he has even reportedly added a curve ball to his arsenal. Should be a fun day for Mets fans all over.
GEE GONE?: With the Mets having 6 major league starters and 2 more on the way in Triple A- and that does not include Rafael Montero, who can start or relieve, role yet to be determined!- Dillon Gee has been rumored to be on the move since November. His name has been in the news more and it has been linked to his home state- Texas- and the Rangers. Something to keep an eye on the remainder of the spring and possibly into the season(see Ike Davis in 2014), but I think it is inevitable that Gee is moved to another team.
METS NOTES: Mets Manager Terry Collins stated early in camp he would like to have veteran Michael Cuddyer in left field and keep Juan Lagares in Center and Curtis Granderson in right. Cuddyer has played mostly right field and Granderson was an excellent CF earlier in his career. I am not even going to address Lagares, Gold Gloves tend to speak for themselves. Please keep in mind that the Mets have 3 other good OFs in camp and 2 of them will make the club in John Mayberry Jr, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt den Dekker. So position flexibility with the OF alignment is a key for a National League team…. Mets management loves Eric Campbell and he showed why in the early days of camp. The jack of all trades has dawned a catching mask and assumed a role as the emergency 3rd Catcher. A great way to make a team and when you already can play 7 other positions, this cannot hurt….Further evidence that new Mets hitting Coach Kevin Long will make an impact: When he first spoke with 2B Daniel Murphy in camp, he broke down his swing and approach so well, Murphy was taken aback and impressed. His key point of focus for #28? The lower half of his body is key to generating more power and drive. He also wants all of the Mets hitters to play their game and not chase bad pitches or be overanxious, or in his words “pass on the baton” aka we have 8 others who can make the pitcher pay.
Met ace Matt Harvey looked great throwing batting practice late this week and is set to make his Spring debut March 6th vs. the Detroit Tigers. Still recovering from late 2013 Tommy John Surgery that cost him the entire 2014 campaign, the big righty has started to incorporate breaking balls into his throwing regime. Harvey was in the 95 MPH range in his last session and when asked how, Manager Terry Collins said “He is Matt Harvey.”
MOVING MURPH: Mets fans should enjoy all star 2B Daniel Murphy while they can because the team has not made any attempt to sign the soon to be free agent(after 2015 season) to a contract extension. The team has two strong internal system candidates in minor leaguer Dilson Herrera and potentially Wilmer Flores, who can move over if the team makes a major trade for a shortstop. #28 is what he is an average defender who works hard and solid offensive player- put him down for .280-35 doubles and 150 combined runs and rbi. Also remember this batting lineup has tremendous potential and with Murphy stationed in the 2 hole, he is in position to put up a strong walk season.
METS NOTES: Lucas Duda(Oblique) will not swing the bat for a week and be reevaluated then. Does not appear to be serious…Nothing official yet but it appears that veteran Bartolo Colon will be the opening day starter for the Mets in Washington
Ace Matt Harvey looks great and is starting to incorporate breaking pitches as he continues to recover from late 2013 Tommy John Surgery. He threw batting practice today with no issues and resembles Matt Harvey physically. Meanwhile, top pitching prospects Noah Syndergaard and Stephen Matz are as close to major league ready as you can be and have looked dominant in camp. Rafael Montero, who could transition to the bullpen, also appears ready to help the Big Club. Nice problem for Manager Terry Collins and General Manager Sandy Alderson to have, 9 ML ready starters! I have joined many baseball writers in praising this staff and when you watch this group in camp, WOW. Scary good. Think 83-85ish with Gooden, Darling, Fernandez, Leary and Aguilera on the horizon. That good, Fans. Brighter days ahead!!!
METS NOTES: 1B Lucas Duda has a minor oblique strain and should resume swinging the bat this weekend. This type of injury can be serious if you do not pay attention to it early on, the slugging 1B should be good to go. Meanwhile reliever Bobby Parnell(Early 2014 Tommy John Surgery) will stay in Florida after the team breaks camp and should join the big club at the end of April…. CF Juan Lagares is the choice of Collins to bat leadoff, and this blogger agrees!… When Dillon Gee is your 6th starting pitcher, you have some arms…. John Mayberry Jr should be a major asset with this team. He is not Hank Aaron but he is a pro and can give the regulars an odd day and produce. He can help when a Duda, Michael Cuddyer or Curtis Granderson need a blow…. Collins has told INF Ruben Tejada that the shortstop job is open to competition. The 6th year pro has come into camp in great shape and could challenge Wilmer Flores for the camp…. Two additions to the coaching staff are the talk of camp- Hitting Coach Kevin Long(Thank you, Yankees!) and Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Barwis, who trained many of the top Mets this offseason. Many of Barwis victims-clients look amazing and have raved about how tough his programs are.
People view a potential innings limit-restriction on Mets star pitcher Matt Harvey as a negative as he returns from Tommy John surgery in Late 2013, I am here to tell you why this is a positive for both the player and team, a win-win. The Mets have 6 solid major league starters with 2 being kids(Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom), 2 solid vets who have battled injuries(Dillon Gee, Jon Niese) and a timeless horse(Bartolo Colon) to support Harvey. The team should want to maximize and protect them all. Spread them out and use an odd day to rest each, and maybe mix in a kid like Rafael Montero in a 5-6th inning role. Remember the Mets have an excellent pen and are bringing ex Closer Bobby Parnell back from his own Tommy John surgery. This team has arms. And Triple A Las Vegas features two top tier prospects in RHP Noan Syndergaard and LHP Stephen Matz who many view as close to ML ready. Pitching should not be an issue on ANY level for the 2015 Mets.
The Mets appear to be set position players wise and I am in the let Wilmer Flores play at SS thru May camp, then reevaluate things. If he is bad, then lets look at alternatives. I like him, I trust him. Play the kid. A spot that has not been talked about enough is the 5th OF spot— the Mets are set starting with Curtis Granderson in Left, Juan Lagares in Center and new addition Michael Cuddyer in right. John Mayberry Jr was brough into be a bench bat and take some starts when either corner vet needs a day. However, this team needs a strong bench player who can play all 3 spots, run and hit a bit. Kirk Nieuwenhuis- a favorite of this blogger- has shown he can do the first 2 and last season, got some big pinch hits. He is also out of minor league options, so must be exposed to waivers if he does not make the team out of camp. The other alternative is Matt den Dekker- an OF just below Lagares defensively- but a bit overmatched hitting wise. He also has shown he needs to play regularly, something Nieuwenhuis does not require. This battle could be vital for the Mets in 2015 as I believe this club will be in a many close games. They need all 25 players contributing.
Readers of my blog know I do not have a common Mets fan pedigree, I was born and raised in the Boston, Massachusetts suburb of Andover. Right in the middle of the Red Sox nation… Carl Yastrzemski outranked god in my eyes, players like Fred Lynn, Butch Hobson, Carlton Fisk, Bill Lee and Luis Tiant were my heroes. We used to have throwing contests in my neighborhood to see who could throw like Dwight Evans(BTW Best defensive right fielder of the last 50 years). Heck, Jim Rice was a local resident. Two things happened- actually 3- to make me a Mets fan. My family moved to NY and soon after, divorced. 2nd, The Red Sox seemed to trade every player I liked. EVERYBODY. It became a running joke with my friends. 3rd was watching Don Zimmer manage the Red Sox. Lets just say I was around 9 years old and wanted a beer. Any self respecting New England resident who witnessed him (mis)manage the Red Sox teams of the late 70s into early 80 knows what I am talking about. When Pedro Martinez threw him to the ground in the famous Yankees- Red Sox ALCS brawl of 2003 he was fulfilling the dreams of many Boston fans 25 years later. See 1978. So a young, impressionable Jay would visit his Father in NY during the summer and they went to… Shea Stadium. That was my intro to the Mets and I have not left this organization since.
Why many would ask. What happened last weekend(and since 2001) with my NFL team shows why. I have been a fan of the New England Patriots since I was born. I remember Jim Plunkett, Steve Grogan, Matt Cavanaugh and Tony Eason, who I would like to forget. We had some good teams in the late 70s and early 80s but when I was a senior in high school(1990-91) the team won-1- ONE game. They went 0-8 at home, I had my own vendor at the stadium. They were easily the 4th most popular local pro sports team and sometimes when Boston College had a good football team(Doug Flutie years 81-84) the Patriots were 5th. I got into more fights than Hulk Hogan defending my Pats as a youth. How has that worked out? 4 Super Bowl titles since 2001, 6 appearances in the big game and 9 conference title games. With strong ownership, coaching and personnel moves, they are the model franchise in the #1 pro sports league in the world and #1 by a mile. Can you think of a stronger trio than owner Robert Kraft, Coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady? I bring these points up to drive home my point: believe, stay with the Mets. Support the players, management and coaches. IT WORKS AND IS SO REWARDING! This group is CLOSE, CLOSE to being competitive and contending. They have pitching – pitching up the ass to quote Mets legend Keith Hernandez in the early 80s- and more of it on the way. The everyday lineup is solid and has pro-s. I would be stunned and shocked if this team does not contend in 2015 for the postseason and that is both a realistic and logical goal for the 2015 Mets.
BELIEVE!!!!!!!!!!!! The light is closer at the end of the tunnel than you think
METS NOTES: The team signed its two remaining arbitration eligible players 1B Lucas Duda(1 yr/4.2 million) and reliever Jenrry Mejia(1/2.595) Last week and the team should open the season with payroll of approximately $100 million when they kick off the season…. Appears the Matt Harvey will not pitch in the 1st week of the season but will start the Mets home opener April 13th vs the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field, according to team GM Sandy Alderson
The recent signing of Max Scherzer(7 yrs-$210 million) by the division rival Washington Nationals takes the 2nd of 3 big free agent starting pitchers off the market(Jon Lester signed with the Cubs earlier and James Shields has yet to ink a deal) and created more options for teams looking to move or add arms. The Nats have a surplus of starters as do the Mets and their division rival Philadelphia Phillies have been shopping ace LHP Cole Hamels all offseason. Washington will more than likely trade either 1 of 2 veteran starters Jordan Zimmerman or Doug Fister, both set to become free agents after 2015, and we have even seen Stephen Strasburg’s name come up in trade talks. Zimmerman is a Midwest guy and with the trade this week of Yovani Gallardo by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Texas Rangers, rumors of a swap back to Wisconsin have kicked up. Meanwhile, the Miami Marlins continue to be aggressive and have had discussions with Shields, who has reportedly dropped his demands below $100 million long term. All of this activity has delayed a potential trade of Dillon Gee or another Mets starting pitcher to fill a need or clear payroll for NY to add salary and/or a veteran major league player via a swap or signing. The Mets APPEAR to be secure with their major league team heading into 2015 and fans might want to warm up to the idea of Wilmer Flores being at SS when the season opens in April.
The Mets have been active in the Shortstop trade market particularly regarding Colorado Rockies superstar Troy Tulowitzki and a new target has appeared recently with Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond being linked to the team. Desmond, who becomes a free agent after 2015, was part of a 3 team discussion between the Mets, Nats and Tampa Bay Rays. However, NY was hesitant to include super pitching prospect Noan Syndergaard in the package. The Rays traded their own SS Yunel Escobar to the Oakland A-s who then shipped him to The Nationals. The Nats swear he will play 2nd base but Desmond could still be moved in the right trade. Several MLB media members have turned out trade proposals for the Nats and Mets and names like P Dillon Gee, 2B Daniel Murphy and Syndergaard have been suggested by everyone from ESPNs Buster Olney to MLB networks Ken Rosenthal.
The issue and dilemma for the Mets here is cost-both in the trade and a potential long term deal for Desmond. NY has a major hole at SS and better young options at 2B if they move Murphy both short(Wilmer Flores) and long(Dilson Herrera) term. Desmond is a 20 homer-20 steals player who can strengthen the Mets and weaken their top division nemesis Washington. An extension would probably cost anywhere from 15-20 million per and Ian reportedly turned down a 6 year/80-90 million dollar deal in May 2014. Also factor in the Mets have Flores and Matt Reynolds(AAA) as young controllable options and highly regarded Amed Rosario in the system. I would do a trade for Desmond BUT we must have him secured long term. The Mets are in a position to be good for years to come and I do not believe you gut your farm for a guy you can sign after 2015 at little or no cost to the current team. GM Sandy Alderson has been both patient and shrewd in all of his moves and unless he thinks the 2015 NY Mets can win the World Series AND sign Desmond to an extension, I do not see this trade happening.
METS NOTES: Several Mets including Captain David Wright, 1B Lucas Duda, C Travis d’Arnaud and prospects OF Brandon Nimmo and Reynolds are working out with strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis down in Port St Lucie,Fla. Barwis is one of the top trainers in the world and this guy is soooo good for this organization, I witnessed his work with the University of Michigan athletes earlier in the 2000s. Meanwhile, Wright(Shoulder) looks great and healthy…. Gee(5.3 Million), 2B Daniel Murphy(8.0) and SS Ruben Tejada(1.8) all reached deals with the club and avoided arbitration…. Meanwhile, Matt Harvey has been training all offseason and appears to be in great shape. He should be throwing to batters when spring training starts. He also seems to be very supportive of whatever approach the team has regarding pitch and innings limits the organization has planned in his return from Tommy John Surgery after the 2013 season.
Good and bad news regarding to Mets greats who started out as Los Angeles Dodgers this week as P Pedro Martinez(2005-09) was voted into the MLB Hall of Fame while C Mike Piazza(1998-2005) missed out by a little more than 5%. Pedro is considered one of the best right handed pitchers of the past 50 years and during his 18 year career posted 219 wins with 100 losses and a 2.93 ERA. Best known as member of the Boston Red Sox, he helped them break the Curse of the Bambino in 2004, claiming the teams first World Series title in 86 yrs. Pedro joined the Mets in 2005 and was great in his first season(15-8,2.82 ERA) but arm injuries limited him to 45 starts over the next 4 seasons and he was never the same pitcher. His signing gave the Mets credibility in the Omar Minaya era which helped them become contenders in the National League in 2006-2008.
Mike Piazza was the late 90s Mets version of Keith Hernandez, An elite player acquired in a trade who made them instant contenders and became the face of the franchise. #31 remains a good bet to make the HOF and with his 69.9 % voting result, he is just over 5% short of induction in a strong 2015 class. Considered by many as the greatest hitting catcher of all time, he boasted career totals of .308-427-1335 and his 396 home runs while playing behind the plate are tops all time. Piazza’s .545 slugging percentage is 32nd in the history of the game. I think Mike is an easy 1st ballot Hall of Famer but he is being held out due to PED rumors and the era in which he plays, he is linked to obvious users like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds and his nemesis, Roger Clemens. To me, it is not right and people like Mike and Jeff Bagwell are being hurt by rumors and innuendo. Some guys from this era could actually play and a guy who will be voted in next year-Ken Griffey Jr- is a shining example. Fans and the media have no idea who used PEDs and how can you evaluate all the players from that era? Crazy.
Meanwhile, Reliever Bobby Parnell and the Mets reached agreement on a contract Wednesday to avoid arbitration and his salary is the same as it was for 2014- 3.7 million. Parnell will be a free agent after this coming season and is recovering from Tommy John Surgery from early in 2014. The big righty was New York’s closer in 2013, converting 22 of 26 chances with a 2.16 ERA. He will more than likely be brought back slowly and join the big club sometime in May after an extended spring training, health wise, he appears good. With the Parnell signing, 1B Lucas Duda, SP Dillon Gee, Closer Jenrry Mejia, 2B Daniel Murphy and SS Ruben Tejada are the 5 Mets still arbitration eligible. The players and team can settle on deals or have til next week to file and exchange numbers for hearings to settle the disputes.
Anyone who reads my blog or talks to me about the New York Mets knows I have been very supportive of this management team, on and off the field. I like and respect both General Manager Sandy Alderson and field skipper Terry Collins. I understood what they were doing the last 3-4 years, building a team around David Wright and a group of promising arms. I hated seeing guys like Carlos Beltran and R.A. Dickey being moved but I saw the plan in place and understood the who, what, where and why. When you draft a Matt Harvey, sign Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon and Michael Cuddyer, trade for Travis d’Arnaud and Zack Wheeler and see young veterans like Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda bloom into solid major league starters, you should have hope. 2015 is about winning and competing for a post season berth. Anything less than that barring major injury is a disappointment and unacceptable. This team has players and should win more than they lose. Look at this division and outside of the Washington Nationals, this is best roster top to bottom. The Braves and Phillies are in rebuild modes and the Marlins added some players but are hot and cold. The 2015 New Years resolution for the New York Mets and their fans should be simple: postseason play.
PS. Sandy will get a SS or Flores works out…. BELIEVE!
Lots of noise and reports regarding a potential trade between the Mets and Colorado Rockies involving their franchise player, SS Troy Tulowitzki. Great player with health issues as well as a 118 million dollar contract. I know the Mets have a glaring hole at the position for the 2014 season if Wilmer Flores does not step up. However, The team features 2 young players in the system, Amed Rosario and Matt Reynolds, who are close to being major league ready. I am not sure I want to gut the team strength(young pitching), mortgaging our future and reversing the great work of GM Sandy Alderson and his talented front office. My belief is we are about to enter a 6-8 year window ala the 1984-1990 Mets where our pitching allows us to compete for that period of time. Here is what I would offer the Rockies-no more, no less for Tulo.
RHP Noah Syndergaard
C Kevin Plawecki
Pick 1 of 2: Ruben Tejada or Wilmer Flores
Pick 1 of 3: Dillon Gee, Jon Niese or Bartolo Colon
Basically, our top pitching and catching prospect as well as a veteran top 4 starting pitcher and young ML ready SS. I do not think the Rockies will go for this but I am not NOT trading Syndergaard AND a Wheeler or de Grom. I do not want to strip our ML team of starters, I am aware we have 6 MINUS Noah. One of them will be moved(More than likely Gee) but starting pitching is our bell cow and we cannot strip that for a guy with medical and money issues. Not with the Mets history of trade, free agent flops.
During a recent media session, Mets skipper Terry Collins revealed his potential lineup for the 2015 season and followers of the team have to be excited. Here it is: CF Juan Lagares, LF Curtis Granderson, 3B David Wright, 1B Lucas Duda, RF Michael Cuddyer, 2B Daniel Murphy, C Travis d’Arnaud, SS Wilmer Flores and the Pitcher in the 9 hole. This group is not the 61 New York Yankees but it is a solid and provides room for upside with guys like Duda and d’Arnaud building off strong 2014 finishes. The key to me is Lagares, who can be a real weapon if he can get to a .350 OBP. I also like putting Granderson in Left, a spot he played well for the Yankees during his time in the Bronx. Cuddyer is a natural rightfielder and while neither is Roberto Clemente, this is the best fit for both players. Hitting wise, if Flores is your 8th hitter, you have a good major league lineup. Wilmer can rake. If he plays 150 games at SS, mark me down for 280-15-75.
The Mets appear to be closer to entering the 2014 season with Flores as the starter at SS after they chose not to bid on Korean SS Jeong-ho Kang and reports surfaced of more talks between the team and the Colorado Rockies about superstar Troy Tulowitski, The Rockies- Mets talk will not end til either Tulo is traded or NY signs a free agent or makes a smaller trade with a team like Cubs,Mariners or Diamondbacks for a lesser named player. All 3 teams have been very active this offseason and have a larger group of young middle infielders to ship to Flushing. Seattle seems to be a good trade partner with both Chris Taylor and Brad Miller nder 25 and good enough to man shortstop for most ML teams. Free agent options continue to flood the market with Stephen Drew(NO!!!!!!!!!), Everth Cabrera(My top selection after giving Flores time) and Asdrubal Cabrera(more a 2B or 3B at this point) being the biggest names. With their recent flurry of additions and signings, the Chicago White Sox and SS Alexei Ramirez do not appear to be parting ways soon. That team can make the playoffs in 2015 and is more likely to add than subtract.
BASEBALL AMERICA TOP 10 2015 NEW YORK METS PROSPECTS:
1- RHP Noah Syndergaard
2- LHP Steven Matz
3- OF Brandon Nimmo
4- 2B Dilson Herrera
5- C Kevin Plawecki
6- SS Ahmed Rosario
7- OF Michael Conforto
8- RHP Rafael Montero
9- RHP Marcos Molina
10-SS Gavin Cecchini
METS NOTES: To clear a roster spot for free agent signing OF John Mayberry Jr , the team traded P Gonzalez Germen to the New York Yankees…. Wright has started to swing the bat for the 1st time since September 8th and his shoulder has improved drastically. He is scheduled to visit new hitting instructor Kevin Long in Phoenix sometime in January…With the team looking to keep Matt Harvey healthy and pitching into October, the idea of holding him out to the home opener April 13th has been floated. The team will skip some of his starts and limit his innings while having him available for a potential postseason run. Look for Syndergaard to be an option to make some spot starts when Harvey needs a blow.
The New York Mets made some small moves with the roster over the past 2 weeks including adding a strong backup Outfielder via free agency and potential lefty reliever in the Rule 5 draft but the team still does not have an stone cold lock everyday major league shortstop. Part of the problem is Cal Ripken Jr or Honus Wagner is not on the market and several of the shortstops who have changed teams are bad fits for the Mets. See Jimmy Rollins. Their are some potential free agent options- Stephen Drew, Asdrubal Cabrera are two of the bigger names but again, these guys will not be bronzed for Cooperstown anytime soon. The financial prudent Mets are not going to pay someone they do not view as a significant upgrade over internal option Wilmer Flores. Monday could be a big day for the organization as Korean SS Jung-Ho Kang will be posted. He put up amazing offensive numbers(38 home runs, 107 rbi) in a sub standard league but has potential. A 2-3 year deal with a 10 million posting fee will be part of the cost. So you can figure 30-40 million total investment. Reports have the Mets being linked to Kang.
The other big story revolving around the Mets is their desire to trade a veteran starting pitcher out of the veteran group of Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee. Both Niese and Gee have team friendly deals and Colon is 150 years old, so the decision was easy and Gee has drawn better offers. Why the need to move a starter? If the season started today, the Mets have 6 major league ready starting pitchers: Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler and the 3 vets mentioned above. Then you take into account the organizations top prospect in P Noah Syndergaard and you have too many pitchers for 5 rotation spots. Gee is almost assured to be traded and a team like the Texas Rangers make sense. The key here is payroll flexibility more than talent return, as the Mets want to clear around 10 million of the books to reinvest in other positions. The team would take a player(who fills a minor need, think reliever, bench stick) or prospects back for Gee.
METS NOTES: The team signed OF John Mayberry Jr at the winter meetings and he projects as a 4th-5th OF who plays when Michael Cuddyer moves to 1B or needs a day. He is a pro’s pro and good bench addition. He will pair with the winner of the Kirk Nieuwenhuis -Matt den Dekker spring training competition to be the outfield back ups….LHP Sean Gilmartin was claimed the team in the rule 5 draft and could make the Mets out of camp as a lefty specialist. Former Atlanta Braves 1st rd pick and Florida State pitcher with upside… The team signed LHP Scott Rice to a minor league deal…. After he was non-tendered by the Mets, INF-OF Eric Young Jr. elected to file for free agency. A fan favorite who was fun to cover, his speed and energy has value to some team. Best of luck to EY!
The MLB non tender deadline hits tonight at 12 Midnight Tuesday December 2 and this could mean the end of the Mets careers for 2 veterans: OF-INF Eric Young Jr and SS Ruben Tejada. Basically, players up until the date they hit free agency are under club control, the team decides whether they will continue to employ the individual. Since both Young Jr and Tejada do not appear to be part of a the long term plan of the organization, they are at risk to not be offered a contract. Factor in that both players are starting to make decent dollars and you see why they might be in their final hours of their tenure in Queens.
Mets fans should be excited about the recent hiring of hitting coach Kevin Long. On the more respected instructors in the game, the Arizona resident will have David Wright and former pupil Curtis Granderson visit him in Cactus Country to work towards success in 2015. Meanwhile, catcher Travis d’Arnaud resides in Arizona and will work with Long regularly. Long famously turned Granderson around vs. lefties when he was traded to the Yankees after his former club, the Detroit Tigers, felt he would never hit southpaws. Long changed Granderson’s stance and the more open approach helped him hit almost .300 vs lefties after carrying a .213 career BA entering the year. The fact that these 3 players- all keys to any offensive success the team will have in 2015- are working with Long on THERE time, is a HUGE positive as the vital 2015 campaign approaches.
Mets management, led by GM Sandy Alderson, announced the new outfield dimensions at Citi Field Tuesday December 25th. The major adjustments are occurring in right and right center field with the fences moving in an average of 3-11 feet, with right center going from 390 to 380 feet. This should help left handed hitters(Granderson, 1B Lucas Duda obvious candidates). According to the Mets front office, under these dimensions the team would have had an additional 17 home runs and allowed another 10. However, Alderson is quick to point out that several of those home runs were allowed by pitchers that will not be on the Mets in 2015. In general, the wall looks more uniform and with the talented array of arms the team is throwing out plus the return of Matt Harvey, I would not think allowing home runs will be a big problem in 2015.
As the winter meetings approach, the Mets still have a major need at Shortstop and with the Los Angeles Dodgers losing Hanley Ramirez to the Boston Red Sox, that market just added another major player with both financial and prospect resources. While the Mets could enter 2015 with Wilmer Flores at the position, most expect the team to either add a free agent or make a trade for a young SS to fortify the spot. Flores, a natural 2B, could also find himself at that spot if the team trades popular 2B Daniel Murphy, who is in his free agent walk season. This remains a fluid situation and will be til the team fills the hole. Look for the the usual suspects- both Chicago Teams(Cubs, White Sox), Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers- to be linked the Mets rumor wise. I would not pay attention to the dream scenarios involving the Colorado Rockies(Tulo) and Boston Red Sox(Xander Bogaerts) because I do think names like Harvey, Zack Wheeler or Jacon deGrom will be in play. The team could also use a veteran right handed hitting Outfielder to play when Michael Cuddyer needs a day or plays 1B for Duda vs. select lefties. And a solid lefty reliever would also be a good addition.
METS NOTES: The team held its annual Thanksgiving food giveaway for the needy this week with Alderson and Wheeler joining reliever Vic Black to give out meals to the less fortunate in the great NYC area, mostly in Queens. Mets-giving was a huge success….. Mark these dates down: Pitchers and Catchers report February 19th, Position players Feb 24th and the first full squad workout is Feb 28th.
After the winter meetings concluded this week, the Mets have narrowed their roster needs to one position: Shortstop. That is not a definitive need either due to the fact that Wilmer Flores has shown potential to fill in that slot as a more offensive player than glove. However, names like Alexei Ramirez(Chicago White Sox), Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings(Arizona DiamondBacks), Starlin Castro(Chicago Cubs) and Brad Miller(Seattle Mariners) have all been rumored and/or linked to the Mets. Meanwhile, Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki appears to no longer be a trade option for NY due to the cost, his health and contract issues. Look for Mets to have this whole filled by the end of November or the team will more than likely go with Flores at SS.
CITI CONSTRUCTION: The Mets will make an announcement about the changing field dimensions this Tuesday(November 18th). Reports have the right field walls being moved in and the park resembling Shea Stadium size wise.
METS NOTES: Bobby Parnell(Tommy John Surgery) might not be ready when the season opens but all reports have been positive medically. Mets Manager Terry Collins and Parnell have stated they want him to return to the 9th inning role when he comes back. If this occurs, the Mets will have a dominant, scary good bullpen….No contract talks or trade news with 2B Daniel Murphy, who will be a free agent after the 2015 season. Murphy’s fate might be tied into the Mets ability to fill the SS position with an offensive player. Also keep in mind that Flores is a natural 2B and is a favorite of both Collins and the front office…. No announcement yet regarding an innings limit, post surgery plan for Matt Harvey(Tommy John Surgery) but look for this to happen in spring training and a good number to look at is 200 innings….New Mets hitting coach Kevin Long has publicly stated he wants his players to adjust to Citi Field and look to hit line drives consistently in any ball park. The noise you hear is this blogger cheering and clapping…. Meanwhile, Collins is telling anyone who wants to listen he expects the 2015 Mets to be a playoff team and win 90+ games.
The New York Mets made news Monday November 10th with one of the stories being expected, the other was surprising and illustrates how close management thinks this team is from being a contender. Jacob deGrom won the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year while the Mets inked veteran Outfielder-First baseman Michael Cuddyer to a two year $21 million deal. With the signing the Mets will forfeit their 1st pick in the 2015 draft as compensation(#15 overall). Fans of the team should say WHO CARES!!!!!! This team is loaded with young highly touted talent and is in a big market. The time to win is now and this move is about 2015 and beyond. With this move, the Mets next move must be to address Shortstop. I say make the splash move and bring Troy Tulowitzki to Queens! If the cost is reasonable. I will not move Zack Wheeler in ANY deal. No pitcher from the current ML roster not named Gee or Niese should be in play.
Could not be more happier for deGrom, who was outstanding from day 1 in 2014. While not eye catching or as dominant as Matt Harvey, he can pitch and gets outs with enough kick to get the job done. With his hair and smile, he became a quick fan favorite and should be a fixture in Queens for years to come. The righty got 26 of 30 first places votes and joins Mets legends Jerry Koosman, Tom Seaver, Jon Matlack and Dwight Gooden as Mets ROY pitchers. If he has the careers of those 4, fans of the team will be ecstatic. Congrats, Jaoob! Well deserved!
The rest of Major League baseball confirmed what Mets fans have known for the last year and a half, Juan Lagares is an elite defender. The 2nd year ML won his 1st Gold Glove award this week and it was very well deserved. From the routine play to home run robbing catch to throwing out runners at the plate, #12’s impact on the game is visible nightly. When u consider that the Mets play in a huge ball park, in a division that features 2 more spaceous outfields(Miami and Washington), Lagares is a vital part of the present and future of the franchise. An award winning defender in center is key for any team built on defense, pitching and run prevention. Could not be happier for the player and franchise. Congrats, Juan!!!
OFFSEASON ACTIVITY:The Mets have two pressing needs that could and should be addressed this winter- impact, major league players at two spots: corner outfielder and Shortstop. I share the view of many that the team will trade for one of these and sign the other via free agency. A potential Mets target- Colorado Rockies OF-1B Michael Cuddyer- is more than likely off the market after the Rockies extended the veteran a qualifying offer of $15.3 million this week. Any team that signs the free agent would have to surrender their 1st round pick in the 2015 MLB draft. A good fall back free agent candidate is 1B-OF Michael Morse of the world champion San Francisco Giants. The Mets have been in trade discussions with the Red Sox about OF Yoenis Cespedes according to various media outlets. That trade would more than likely involve a veteran starting pitcher(Think Jon Niese or Dillon Gee). Shortstop wise, focus on the Chicago Cubs(Starling Castro), Arizona Diamondbacks(2 kid Shortstops) and Seattle Mariners as potential partners. The trade and free agent agenda could change at any moment with a move(Daniel Murphy trade) and the teams confidence in Wilmer Flores as an everyday option at either SS or 2B. Also factor in rising prospect Dilson Herrera into the mix as well. Winter meetings should be entertaining for Mets fans.
METS NOTES: Mets captain and 3B David Wright recently got a great medical report after visiting the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. Dr.David Altcheck examined him, saying his left rotator cuff “showed marked improvement”. Wright should be able to resume normal Baseball activities in December and healthy for the start of spring training….The team has started with moving in the fences again at Citi Field, the 2nd time the Mets have done so since the stadium opened in 2009. The right center wall is being moved in and will be more symmetrical with the left center wall. The goal is to make the field fair for both pitchers and hitters…. More reports out of Denver that the Rockies will listen to offers for OF Carlos Gonzalez and SS Troy Tulowitzki. Both can play and are talents BUT they both have health issues and make crazy money. I do not see them as good fits for the Mets. I like Tulo better but he cannot stay on the field.
Two big news items this week Mets related. The team added a star to their field staff when they hired Kevin Long as hitting coach. The well respected and heavily recruited former Yankees instructor(2007-2014) brings a proven track record and working knowledge of players like Curtis Granderson to the spot. More importantly he has done great things with all types of players and levels from rookies to all stars to hall of famers. This is a GREAT move for the Mets and we should see noticeable improvement from almost every hitter on the roster. Meanwhile, pitcher Jacon deGrom won the Sporting News National League rookie of the year award. Over 22 starts, the popular 1st year starter was 9-6 with 2.69 ERA. Well deserved honor and deGrom should add the Baseball Writers Association of America award in the coming weeks.
METS NOTES:CF Juan Lagares has been named one of the three finalists for the NL Gold Glove award. Anyone who follows this team and watches this young man should not be surprised. Might be the premier defensive player in the game right now. Arm, range, routine play… Andruw Jones-ish…… Reports all ready out that the Mets are discussing offers to free agent OF-1B Michael Cuddyer.
The following Mets veterans are eligible for salary arbitration: RP Bobby Parnell, 2B Daniel Murphy, OF-INF Eric Young Jr, RP Dana Eveland, SP Dillon Gee, SS Ruben Tejada, 1B Lucas Duda, RP Buddy Carlyle, and Closer Jenrry Mejia(who carries a Super 2 designation). Young Jr, Tejada and Carlyle are candidates to be non tendered(not offered a contract).
The 2014 season has concluded and the Mets do not have many pressing roster issues(Daisuke Matsuzaka is their lone free agent) but the offseason should be interesting. Clearly the team needs bats and two positions(1 corner outfielder and an everyday Shortstop) have glaring holes. The team has a surplus of starting pitching and prospects almost major league ready. The Mets are a team that could and should be active this Winter, whether it be in the trade or free agent market. Keep on an eye on the following teams: The Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs as potential trade partners. I am of the belief that the team will make a trade for one of these needs then sign a free agent to fill the other. Shortstop wise, I think this team could go into 2015 with Wilmer Flores at the spot and with 2,3 other moves, feel comfortable. Cal Ripken Jr. is not on the market or coming to Queens.
METS MASH:Medical updates on some key Mets. Both the teams catcher and closer recently underwent surgery. Travis d’Arnaud(Bone chip in right elbow) and Jenrry Mejia(sports hernia) underwent surgery in the last week to 10 days and should be fine heading into spring training. 3B David Wright(Ligament damage in left shoulder), CF Juan Lagares(Sprained right elbow) and reliever Vic Black(Right rotator cuff strain and herniated disc in neck) are all avoiding the operating table with rest and rehab. Unfortunately, P Jeremy Heffner had to undergo a 2nd Tommy John procedure and his career is in serious jeopardy.
METS NOTES: The team did not retain hitting coaches Lamar Johnson and his assistant Luis Natera but both were offered jobs within the organization…. Popular Triple AAA skipper Wally Backman will not join the ML staff with the Mets but has been asked to remain with the Las Vegas franchise… More reports on the team moving in the fences at Citi Field, when we have something concrete, I will report it….. Bobby Abreu retired at the end of the season and the fans in Queens gave him a nice sendoff in the final game of the year. Guy was one of the top players in baseball in his day yet had awful timing. His prime years were between the Schilling- Dykstra- Kruk-Daulton and Rollins- Howard- Utley Phillies teams… Lucas Duda’s final numbers in 2014: .253-30-92-.349 OB-.830 OPS with 69 walks in 143 games. His home run total was 3rd in the National League…. Some names to focus on free agent wise: INF Jed Lowrie of the Oakland A’s and Colorado Rockies OF-1B Michael Cuddyer. A potential Mets target is now off the market as the Baltimore Orioles resigned SS JJ Hardy to a 3 yr/40 million dollar extension this week
The New York Mets ended the 2014 campaign at 79-83, tied for 2nd with the Atlanta Braves(who NY beat in the season series, so they are ALONE in 2nd) in the NL East. The team filled some needs internally(1B,C,CF, Back of the pen) and developed a solid core with fans expecting success when they come to the park. Even when this team loses, they are very competitive. Now the hard part. It is easy to become average. That is the best of worst and worst of the best. This team with its arms, young players and reasonable financial resources, should be good. The trick is how and what players to add without turning the roster and locker room upside down. This should be both an entertaining and fascinating Winter for Mets fans.
I hate that term because sports- and life- is about winning and losing. To quote my high school football coach Dick Collins and the greatest leader in modern sports Vince Lombardi they have a scoreboard for a reason! Today as the Mets season ends, I feel sad. Why? This team is good, this team is watchable and fun. The energy at Citi Field this weekend was off the charts. Even with injuries and shut downs, these Mets show up. I will miss watching them. The future is very bright and with a few moves, October baseball is a realistic goal. That by definition is progress. I was not counting down days til the end of the season! Brighter days ahead!
The Mets have shown tremendous growth in 2014 and both the field and front office manager reaped the benefits Tuesday, as General Manager Sandy Alderson(Team option picked up for 2015, two year extension thru 2017) and Skipper Terry Collins(Retained for 2015, no word on 2016 Team option) were brought back to lead the team into a vital 2015 campaign. Both deserve this and after taking hits on and off the field, should be rewarded with a winning product in Queens. That could and should happen in 2015.
The team has shut down four young players in the final week of the season for different reasons. SP Jacob de Grom is right around his season innings limit(185 Combined in Triple AAA and with the big club) at 178 and the team wants him to be full go in 2015. The talented righty should be a strong contender for the National League Rookie of the Year and a key member of the pitching staff for years to come. Starting Centerfielder Juan Lagares( Strained throwing elbow) is also done for the year while INF Dilson Herrera(Strained quad) and reliever Vic Black(Herniated disk in his neck) also have had their season’s end prematurely. All 4 should be healthy when they report for Spring Training.
As we see Jacob de From making a strong push for the National League Rookie of the Year award, think of this rotation potentially heading forward. Add a rehabbing Matt Harvey(Threw 95 comfortably in his final rehab session this week) with de Grom, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, Bartolo Colon,etc and you see a dominant rotation with balance, variety and depth. You also have a surplus BEFORE introducing top youngsters like Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero. Any of the above names could be moved for a top flight Outfield bat or Shortstop. But when you see the abundance of pitching unseen in Queens since the early 80s, you picture brighter days ahead. The emergence of the kids in the bullpen also causes Mets fans to smile. This team can be scary good and scary good FAST.
SHORTSTOP SETTLED?:Wilmer Flores has played well defensively and shown tremendous offensive upside(.273 with 4 home runs and 12 RBI in September) in the season’s final weeks and might be winning over the Mets front office with his performance. If the youngster can produce this creates one less hole to fill in the offseason and the team then can focus on adding a corner outfield bat. The key here is a couple of factors. Flores will never be Rey Ordonez defensively. That is ok, he is an offensive player on an offensively starved team. If he catches the balls he should and converts them into outs, the team can get by with that. Remember, this pitching staff is also a strike out staff. Think of when Davey Johnson used to play Howard Johnson at Short in the mid to late 80s, usually when Sid Fernandez was pitching. He did not need a defensive star(Rafael Santana) that day, as opposed to when Ron Darling or Bobby Ojeda threw. Those two were more ground ball heavy and needed solid infield D behind them to be effective. Also can the Mets get by with two average defenders in 2B Daniel Murphy and Flores paired together? Lets just say range would not be a strength. LOL. The decisions on both Flores and Murphy( A free agent after the 2015 season) are key for the Mets heading into 2015 and beyond.
METS NOTES: Both GM Sandy Alderson and Manager Terry Collins are expected to be brought back for 2015 and the team has stated their status will be updated at season’s end… Triple A manager Wally Backman will join the team as an extra bench coach Friday and could join the big league coaching staff in 2015… Murphy has returned from the DL(Calf) and has played some Third as well as his normal 2B with Captain and regular 3B David Wright(Shoulder) out for the year… CF Juan Lagares(Elbow strain) is more than likely out thru this weekend series with the Braves and could miss the remainder of the year… RHRP Vic Black(Disk in back,neck) was brought off the DL, had a rough outing and was diagnosed with a mild rotator cuff strain, termed “normal fatigue” by Alderson. He will throw this weekend in Atlanta and the team medical staff will then determine if he will pitch again this season.
Mets captain David Wright has been shut down for the remainder of the 2014 due to left shoulder injury that has been an issue since June. The plan is to rehab and rest the injury and avoid surgery. Wright underwent an MRI Tuesday in NY at the Hospital for Special Surgery and the scan showed inflammation in the rotator cuff. The star 3B tried to gut it out through the season but is was painfully obvious he was hurting. Wright will end 2014 with career lows almost completely across the board with .269-.334-8-63. Rookie Eric Campbell will draw most of the work at Third with the Captain out. Obviously getting #5 ready and 100% for 2015 is a key for the Mets contending. Team and player did the right thing here and lets hope with treatment, this ailment disappears.
Murphy Back: Mets all star 2B Daniel Murphy(Calf) returned for the DL Tuesday and will be a welcomed addition to the offensively starved Mets. However, rookie Dilson Herrara played well in his absence and will be a factor off the bench and in 2015. Interesting to note that Murphy is a natural 3B and could be a possibility at Wright’s spot. The 20 year old could be a replacement for Murphy(Under club control thru 2015) or a trade chip.
Finishing Strong:The Mets won 4 of 6 on their recent road trip in Miami and Cincinnati now have taken the 1st two versus the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Timely offense with clutch hitting and continued pitching success have helped make .500 a reasonable goal to end the campaign. CF Juan Lagares has been great all season defensively but his recent move to the leadoff spot has spurred him and the Mets on. All bodes well for 2015 and the future.
METS NOTES: The Mets Triple A affiliate in Las Vegas was eliminated from the postseason last week and top prospect Noah Syndergaard will not be called up. However, Rafael Montero is scheduled to throw a spot start Wednesday… Travis d’Arnaud has been great since his recall from Vegas(Around the All Star break) with a line of 283/329/500, he trails only San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey in home runs by backstops in the NL…. Rookie Jacob deGrom pitched his 3rd straight solid start Tuesday(2-0 victory) and has not allowed in an earned run in 22 innings.. RP Vic Black(Neck) pitched Monday but did not look like himself and Skipper Terry Collins gave him the night off. Something to keep an eye on… INF Wilmer Flores continues to play well at SS and GM Sandy Alderson has stated he could be a long term internal option at the position.
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