From Tom Seaver to Dwight Gooden to David Wright, A look at the New York Mets past, present and future.
[powered by WordPress.]
The Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed 3 more elected players Wednesday as OF Tim Raines, 1B Jeff Bagwell and C Ivan Rodriquez got voted into Cooperstown in the Class of 2017. I had the pleasure of watching all 3 for their entire careers and they are very deserving. However, this vote might signal a change in the minds of voters on the stance of potential PED use. 2 of these 3 players have been linked or rumored for much of their careers to steroids. Another from last years Hall class also heard whispers for years. Has the mentality of the baseball writers changed and is this right? And why?
Steroids-PED use took off in the 90s but started in the 1980s. Commissioner Bud Selig was in charge for the peak of the era and was recently voted into the HOF. To me, this both symbolic and odd. First of all, no ML non player-manager should be in the Hall before the late great Marvin Miller. But I digress. I believe many voters allowing Selig in has either shown the forgiveness of the sins of PEDs or that writers are picking and choosing from the era and making their own call on rule benders. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have failed the court of public opinion and did not make it in. No offense to the 3 elected players but they could not touch Barry Bonds at his peak.
People in the anti PED block feel as I do that these players cheated and took jobs from clean players. They got scouts fired who “misevaluated” dirty players or signed a jacked up player who got paid then “shrunk”. One of my favorite all time players did not realize what made him great-quickness and fast hands, wrists ala Hank Aaron. He was an obvious drugs guy and ruined his career. Others took them for money, Lenny Dykstra just talked about this in his recent book. Free agent and TV dollars made hitting HRs and striking guys out very lucrative. PEDs also cost clean players jobs and careers because they did it the right way. Finally, they forever marred stats and records, taking down great heroes like Aaron, Babe Ruth and Roger Maris.
Those in the vote em in crowd say you cannot ignore an entire era. They try to do what I have done and either judge players by how they performed pre PEDs. This is why I would vote in Bonds and not Clemens. Barry was great for 10 years, 5 tool guy. Roger looked like he trained at Dunkin Donuts when he left Boston after 3 down seasons, His career was toast until he went to a Pharmacy. I also look at how well rounded a player is– think Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire. Both are power first, second and third guys. Power was their game. Without steroids, you would not know them. NO for me. The hype these two got in chasing the HR record made the egotistical Bonds turn to needles and POOF. We saw an elite talent w elite help.
Whether you believe or don-t with this era of players, here are the facts. The sport had no strong testing program for PEDs. The power #s exploded and players started looking like the Michelin Man. Players like Fred McGriff are not in the HOF today because his #s looked smaller. PUN INTENDED. Baseball is a sport of eras. We had the live ball or white guys only periods. My policy for PEDs and the Hall of Fame? Case by case basis. These games happened, the stats are what they are. Nobody can be sure someone is clean or dirty very often.We can not turn back the clock. Recognize it for what it was and is: The past. Try to celebrate the players.
The New York Mets , as per team policy, settled with all of their arbitration eligible player accept INF Wilmer Flores(Will be first Met to have arby hearing since 2008) and have a good idea where their payroll will be entering spring training. GM Sandy Alderson would like to move an outfielder(Jay Bruce preferred or veteran Curtis Granderson) to clear some $$$ to sign another veteran reliever or two. This team has a lot of guys coming back from surgery and/or injury-pitchers to the entire starting infield. However, the team has both Jose Reyes and Flores in the infield to provide quality depth. In the outfield, Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto will see the field a lot and could start for most teams. Bruce blocks Conforto from playing regularly and Mets management loves the young outfielders potential. Remember the team added Bruce as Cespedes insurance, as he entered free agency after the 2016 season. #52 resigned with New York and Bruce is viewed as a bad fit-investment at 13 million per. Pitching wise, the team let Bartolo Colon go for a reason. The Mets have depth behind the Big Four with Zach Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman all having some taste of major league success. Wheeler has not pitched in 2 full major league seasons and might be best served out of the bullpen in 2017 as New York deals with a possible domestic violence for closer Jeurys Familia.
Deadline to file is this Friday, January 13th
|Player||Service Time||Proj. Salary|
Both Duda(1 yr/7.25 Mill) and Wheeler have settled(1 yr/800K). All others will have hearings between team and arbitrator scheduled post Jan 13th.
Just published in the current @BaseballAmerica National League East Top 10 Prospects issue(Dec 30,2016-January 13,2017)
New York Mets Top 10 Prospects:
1- Amed Rosario,SS
2- Dominic Smith, 1B
3- Justin Dunn, RHP
4- Desmond Lindsay, OF
5-Brandon Nimmo, OF
6- Gavin Cecchini, SS-2B
7- Robert Gsellman,RHP
8-Thomas Szapucki, LHP
10- Tomas Nido, C
Happy Holidays to all my readers(5 people)! Lets look at some key final wishes for Mets fans and players heading into 2017.
1- More Moves: The team will trade Jay Bruce and/or Curtis Granderson and do not have a long term solution in center on current team. Bruce is the likely move and Granderson can play some center but would best be served playing more right with a platoon option in center involving Curtis,Michael Conforto and Juan Lagares. Again, the Mets would be better served moving Yoenis Cespedes to right long term. Conforto is a good left fielder and #52’s arm plays well in right. After Granderson’s deal expires post 2017 the Mets should look at this seriously. In a Bruce trade, A return of some immediate relief help and prospects would be ideal.
2- Ideal Infield: The Mets have a lot of bodies, depth and questions but options as well in a well stocked infield. With everyone healthy, The team would parade out 1B Lucas Duda, 2B Neil Walker, SS Asdrubal Cabrera and 3B David Wright. The bad news is all 4 of these men missed serious time in 2016. The good news? Names like Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, Matt Reynolds and TJ Rivera all showed they can play and do multiple things. Manager Terry Collins has flexibility and quality on all levels. You might not have an infielder play 140 games but The Mets could have a great team. Reyes and Flores could both fill Ben Zobrist super sub roles while Rivera and Reynolds are ideal offense-defense back up types.
3-Pitching Please: The baseball gods owe the Mets one good, healthy season out of the Big Five: Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. New York also has Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman for depth as these 5 work back from various stages of recovery. Wheeler might bridge the gap as a reliever while Jeurys Familia deals with a potential domestic violence suspension to open the 2017 campaign. Health and success of this group is the difference between a good and great Mets team.
Getting sick and tired of the hype with the Washington Nationals and how much better they are than the New York Mets. One team in the National League East made the playoffs the last two years. The same team made the World Series in that same time frame. I will give you a clue, it is not the team Bryce Harper plays for. It is the New York Mets. The team that had more injuries than Evel Knievel in 2016 yet qualified for the playoffs. Those pitchers will be back in 2017 and the Mets are not done with potential trades and signings. Harper is busy tweeting and undermining his front office while worrying about his impending free agency. Mets fans have seen this with the mess who wears #33, when a team “leader” is represented by Scott Boras, winning is not the priority. The 3 most important players on that team Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Harper employ that agent. This explains the silly overpay for a good outfielder in Adam Eaton. Harper has placed an window on the Nats with his insane contract demands and the team has to mortage its future to win. I have a feeling Mets GM Sandy Alderson would not behave in the same manner. In closing, I think the Mets will play in 2017 and compete for the division. Speaking of closing, if you want to smile and relax, look at what the Nationals are looking at for the 9th inning. #LGM
Mets GM Sandy Alderson had several discussions with teams and agents this past week at annual Winter Meetings as he tried to deal from a position of strength(OutField) to fill needs(Bullpen, Overall depth). What has become obvious is the veteran executive wants to keep Curtis Granderson and move Jay Bruce, if given the choice. However, if he can move both(Each is a free agent after 2017) and sign or trade for an everyday centerfielder(Several high end players on the chopping block throughout the game… Charlie Blackmon and Lorenzo Cain two examples), the team would be happy. Granderson has been a solid pro on both New York teams, is a great teammate-community leader and has shown he can play centerfield. I am a Jay Bruce guy but he seemed to struggle and press when he arrived in Queens. He is also a career corner outfielder and pure power hitter in a cavernous Citi Field. Moving Bruce also clears the way for organizational favorite Michael Conforto to assume a larger everday role. Conforto could work at all 3 Outfield spots and Firstbase. Juan Lagares is an elite defender in center as well. Another option here is to move the super talent Yoenis Cespedes to rightfield where his cannon arm would be better put to use. A defensive alignment of Conforto-Grandy and Cespedes is the best option for this team heading into 2017. #52 should be ok with this move, he is a great corner outfielder and very good CF who moved back to left fulltime due to recurring leg issues.
Mets Notes: P Zack Wheeler could open the season in the bullpen to offset a potential suspension for closer Jeurys Familia(Domestic violence) as well as cap an innings limit for the righty as he continues his comeback from Tommy John Surgery in early 2014. The team enters camp with 6 legit starting pitchers in Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Jacob de Grom, Matt Harvey, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman plus Wheeler. Keep in mind 3 of these arms had some type of surgery and Thor pitched a career high inning total … Jose Reyes will get work in the outfield in spring training as well and is another option in Centerfield….Alderson was asked who will be his everyday third baseman in 2017. Without hesitation he answered “David Wright”.
The Major League baseball winter meetings began today in The Washington DC-Maryland area and run through Thursday. Two big ticket outfielders signed in recent days(Ex Met Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday) so the market should stabilize and allow teams like the Mets ,with a surplus of outfielders, to spring into action. Numerous outlets have NY shopping both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson, who are signed thru the 2017 campaign. Most fans and media think Bruce is a goner while Granderson can play both right and centerfield with Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto also factoring in the outfield. But Granderson’s name has come up and Mets GM Sandy Alderson has shown an ability to adapt to the market during his incredible career. I would not be surprised to see both move and the team add another outfielder via free agency or trade. Defense in center with the Mets has to be a priority with the dimensions in Citi Field and Marlins park(Almost 90 games total at those venues) as well as a franchise based on dominant pitching. The next couple of days should be interesting.
The New York Mets and Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes reached agreement on a 4 year 110 million dollar deal Tuesday afternoon that will keep the Cuban all star in New York for the foreseeable future. #52 brings a star element to Queens, he makes big plays in big spots- home runs, throws and is a huge personality on a team that needs it. It is not a coincidence that the team made the playoffs in back to back seasons for the 1st time since 1999-2000 with this man playing a vital role. Hats off to both the management of the Mets and Yoenis for getting this done. This is a great partnership and works well for both player and club. Now GM Sandy Alderson can focus on improving the bullpen, catching and team depth by possibly trading one of his surplus outfielders(Jay Bruce? Curtis Granderson? Michael Conforto?) for that final piece to a strong Mets team heading into the new year. This was a great day for Mets fans everywhere and the #1 goal of the offseason: retaining Yoenis Cespedes has been achieved. Tremendous job all around- player, team, management, ownership. #WinWin #LGM
The Mets and all of baseball have been relatively quiet(Although the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners pulled off a need for need major trade Wednesday) and that is good for fans of the team in Flushing. Yoenis Cespedes has not signed and the market is starting to establish itself. Several big spending teams- The Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels are out due to various reasons. The Los Angeles Dodgers have money but a million outfielders. The Cubs do not have an everyday opening for Ben Zobrist let alone a talent of Cespedes. The Yankees name was linked with #52 and I called it for what it was: an obvious ploy by a team concerned about losing their place at the table in New York City. The reality is and fans of the Yankees will never admit this: They hate it when the Mets are good. Combine that with lean Yankees years and they become apoplectic. It appears the Pin Stripes want to spend on a closer(Aroldis Chapman?) and a mid level big bat(Carlos Beltran return?) not a big ticket multi-year long term signing. So Sandy Alderson and his staff are the last man standing. Like last year. But– one team has been quiet and could put a skunk in the yard: The Washington Nationals. They are a direct competitor to the Mets and have some outfield holes. They have big deals coming off the books in the next couple of seasons. Also the last Mets star they signed(Daniel Murphy) turned out ok. Something to keep an eye on. The hang up could come down to guaranteed years 4 over 5. New York is comfortable at around 100-110 over 4. Seems silly to lose this level a player over that with the Mets in such a strong position team wise. Also have money coming off with 2 big outfielders(Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson) and an everday SS( Asdrubal Cabrera) hitting free agency after 2017. Ball is in Mets court and I like that. #TrustSandy
INF Neil Walker accepted the Mets qualifying offer Monday and will be back with the team for at least 1 more season at $17.2 million. The well respected veteran and long term Pittsburgh Pirate hit 23 homers in his 1st season in New York. He gives the Mets stability at 2B and posted this message : “Happy to say I’m back in Orange and Blue for 2017!!” Walker wrote on Twitter. His return also strengthens the New York bench as potentially both Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores can be super utility men or long term fill ins for captain David Wright at 3B. The Mets are better today with Neil Walker on the roster. Meanwhile, Yoenis Cespedes rejected his QO as expected but the team and his representatives continue to have ongoing conversations about his return to Queens. A deal for 4-5 years North of 100 million is about what the market is for #52. #PayItSandy #LGM
The New York Mets lost starting pitcher and fan favorite Bartolo Colon to the Atlanta Braves late this week. The rotund Colon was both amazingly durable and a team leader. He ate up innings(pun intended), had comedic moments and was an underrated fielder. The Mets are loaded with starting pitching and need to use resources to fortify other areas but this is a big loss- comically and on and off the field. Good luck to Bart in Atlanta(He will need it-BAD team).
QO: The Mets extended qualifying offers to both high profile free agents- OF Yoenis Cespedes and INF Neil Walker. The players have until Monday to accept the deals just 17 mill for 1 year. #52 of course will decline after opting out of his 3 year deal. Walker, however, might accept as he tries to recover from back surgery. Both of these players flourished in NY and are good bets to be on the Mets on opening day 2017.
Mets Notes: Veteran OF Curtis Granderson has volunteered to play CF if needed in 2017. A pro’s pro and winner of several humanitarian awards in MLB, this could be a platoon option but asking a player over 35 to man center in the National League is not a good idea. Juan Lagares is a plus defender and Cespedes can also play center(best to avoid with leg injuries). Word has it that the team will have Michael Conforto work out at both 1B and CF this winter…. Mets closer Jeurys Familia has reportedly been cleared of domestic violence charges from last week but can still be punished under MLB’s discipline policy… Team continues to try and add veteran bullpen help and several teams have asked NY about their outfielders… Mets GM Sandy Alderson has dropped hints that the team might go to some 6 man rotation cycles to extend and rest his valued young arms in 2017
Congratulations to the World Champion Chicago Cubs as well as the Cleveland Indians for a great world series ,particularly Game 7. The Cubs are a rare example of a team that was tops in the sport from game 1 to the final out of the season. Hats off to them and their tortured fan base. Good for the sport and city of Chicago, if the Mets cannot win, I want a team with great support to win. 5 million people showing up at a parade is proof positive of that.
Mets Update: OF Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets offensive leader, has opt-ed out of the remaining years of his contract and is now a free agent. The team and #52 are still talking and return to Queens is still in both parties best interest. Meanwhile the club picked up the team option on Slugging rightfielder Jay Bruce. Bruce, acquired at the trade deadline, had an up and down end of season but is an elite power bat and will be playing for his next deal after this free agent walk year. With or without Yoenis, this is a smart move.
According to numerous media reports, Mets all star closer Jeurys Familia was arrested last week for domestic violence in New Jersey. Obviously not a good thing and I am one who has a zero tolerance policy for any man who strikes a woman. Could be an interesting next couple of months with the Mets bullpen. Strange run of luck with teams last 4 closers: Francisco Rodriquez, Bobby Parnell, Jenrry Mejia and now Familia have had serious injuries or major off field issues.
The status of two key middle of the order bats and corner outfielders will go along way in determining the Mets fortunes in 2017. Yoenis Cespedes, a franchise changer for NY, can opt out of his deal within 5 days after the World Series and become a free agent. Jay Bruce, proven All Star and power stick, has a club option for 1 year at $13 million. I think these two are interconnected and will more than likely return. #52 loves NY and Bruce has seen the other side of MLB(Truly Bad team in Cincinnati in 2016), Mets GM Sandy Alderson will control this more than people realize. Cespedes, in particular, has less options than he thinks. The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs do not need an Outfielder. The NY Yankees are in full rebuild mode. LA Angels are a mess and the LA Dodgers have a glut of Outfielders and still have no idea what to do with Yaseil Puig. Famous for bailing out stars looking to get paid owner Mike Ilitch of the Detroit Tigers also appears to be in cut back and rebuild mode. If the Mets are reasonable, they can keep Cespedes with a good offer. The rest of the team with these two signed takes shape with 3 Other Major League Outfielders on the roster w CenterField experience: Lefthanded hitting Juan Lagares and righties Curtis Granderson and Alejandro De Aza. Youngsters Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo, both lefty sticks, are also in the mix and can play some center as well. My expectation for 2017 is the Mets have an excellent Outfield. Even if Cespedes walks, this team could sign a free agent stick and/or trade for another star level Outfielder(Colorado Rockies CF Charlie Blackmon- IDEAL!!) to off set any loss. I like this position and unit heading into 2017. #LGM
The Mets won the National League in 2105 and made the wildcard in 2016 but enter 2017 with several issues yet to be resolved. The team has potential openings-competition at 3 of the 4 infield positions but both internal major league options and trade possibilities. Two of the premier corner outfielders in the sport-Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce- have contract issues(#52 can opt out of deal 5 days after World Series and Bruce has club option). New York also does not have an ideal centerfield option and Travis d’Arnaud health and poor production has made catcher a question mark. Loveable and productive fan favorite Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon is also a free agent. Heck, even vital back up pinch hitter extraordinare Kelly Johnson needs new deal. Behind the scenes, Manager Terry Collins suggested this week 2017 might be his final season due to age,health-quality of life issues. The next couple of months should be fun and interesting.
Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard came as advertised and dominated the National League Wild Card Game Wednesday night, making both the Mets and Giants hitters look silly. What decided the game was an area of strength for the Mets- their bullpen- giving up a decisive 3 run home run to Conor Gillaspie CONOR GILLASPIE in the 9th. NY closer Jeurys Familia, he of 50 plus saves and 1 hr allowed all year, was a bit wild and it caught up to him when Gillaspie deposited a high pitch into the Mets right field bullpen. At this point, I was on the floor at the Garage Bar(Our new addition at Pizza House-Ann Arbor). NY went quietly in the 9th and Bumgarner was the 1,2 and 3 star of this game. The Mets season ends with back to back playoff appearances for the 1st time since 1999-2000. Much more commentary and news in the coming days. Today, I want to salute this team. MLB network showed last years Game 5 World Series lineup and the team was completely different than last nights. The 2016 New York Mets accomplished a lot. We will be better and back in 2017. Last night was hard. REAL hard. But this is a team you can and should be proud of. Only 1 team is happy when the season ends. Mets fans need to remember that and this team today. #LGM
1- 3b Jose Reyes
2- SS Asdrubal Cabrera
3- LF Yoenis Cespedes
4- CF Curtis Granderson
5- 2B TJ Rivera
6- RF Jay Bruce
7- C Rene Rivera
8- 1B James Loney
9- P Noah Syndergaard
The New York Mets have announced their 25 man roster for tonights do or die game NL Wild Card gamevs the San Francisco Giants. The bad news is 1B Lucas Duda is not on it. Otherwise, no major surprises.
Relievers- LHs Jerry Blevins and Josh Edgin. RHs Hansel Robles, Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia and Fernando Salas.
Starters- Noah Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon, Robert Gsellman
Alejandro De Aza
Mets fans its Wednesday. The Day is early but the game is here. San Francisco Giants vs the New York Mets at 8 pm for the right to face the Chicago Cubs in the National League Playoffs. Bumgarner vs Syndergaard. I am a big Noah guy, have his jersey. I famously said after 2015 I would guy the jersey of the Mets pitcher who threw at Chase Utley. The man has stones and throws rocks. I like the fact that he is the “other” pitcher in this game. Mets power vs Giants Pitching. SF is the only team in MLB without a player that hit 20 home runs. Meanwhile the 3 players starting the game in the Mets Outfield have all hit 30: Yoenis Cespedes, Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce. A huge advantage for NY in bullpen where the Mets have Familia and friends vs a Giants unit that blew more games-saves than any team in the sport. CitiField will be rocking: be loud and proud Mets fans.#MakeNoise This team has come too far to lose today. #TheyWont #LGM
The New York Mets overcame an incredible amount of injuries to stars on all levels and secured the top seed in the National League Wild Card race Saturday night in Philadelphia. Credit Manager Terry Collins for the entire season but his now famous rant after the team was dead and buried after a home sweep by the Arizona Diamondbacks in August was key to the teams strong finish. Just an incredible final quarter by this team and anything the Mets do beyond this game is gravy. Noah Syndergaard draws Madison Bumgarner in the single game elimination format. This should be a great contest and Mets fans everywhere should be proud of this team. More updates as they become available. #LGM
The New York Mets 2016 season might be more successful than the 2015 National League Championship campaign. Let me explain. The defending champs have dealt with more injuries than Evel Knievel yet stand in control of their own destiny entering the seasons final weekend. Steven Matz(Bone chips) became the latest key player to have his season end prematurely this week. He joins Captain David Wright, 2B Neil Walker, starting pitchers Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Jacob de Grom on the rehab lineup. The team continues to find ways with the ML roster being supported by a strong minor league program and subtle moves(James Loney, Jose Reyes and Kelly Johnson) and with the recent surprise return by 1B Lucas Duda plus a suddenly hot Jay Bruce, this team can be VERY dangerous in the postseason. Veterans Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera have stepped up in the late stages of the season, providing leadership and power. The Mets enter Philadelphia for 3 games to conclude the regular season and lead the San Francisco Giants(1 game) and St Louis Cardinal(2 games) for the top National League Wild Card spot. 2 of these 3 teams make it and if NY takes care of business, they will host the WC game Wednesday at Citi Field.They will. #LGM
The New York Mets ,leaders for the top spot of the National League wild card slot, walked into an impossible situation Monday and predictably got destroyed but that is not that important. Their opponent, the Miami Marlins, have nothing but losses for a while. Early Sunday morning, the teams ace Jose Fernandez, one of the games young shining stars, was tragically killed in a boating accident. I am not one to mince words and this is easily one of the worst stories I have ever had to write. This has been an awful situation and although the Mets need to win games, sometimes a loss is not painful as a real life loss. This is one of them. Fernandez was not only a great player but a franchise and community leader who loved the game and always had a smile and time for fans. One of the worst sports stories I can remember. #RIPJose #LGM
The New York Mets continue to lose players-pitchers in particular-yet somehow they fight on and win enough games to be hot in the postseason chase. Pitchers Jacob de Grom(Ulnar nerve surgery) and Stcven Matz(Shoulder soreness) both are likely done for the year Noah Syndergaard(Strep Throat) will miss a weekend start. It appears that it just doesn-t matter. Jose Reyes or Curtis Granderson get a big hit or Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera puts a souvenir in the seats. They compete, figure it out and win. With the recent September callus and end of minor league seasons for most leagues, the Mets and skipper Terry Collins have extra pitching to offset the incredible run of bad fortune they have seen with their prized pitching staff. If you had Bartolo Colon as the lone survivor within the NY rotation, play the numbers. As the Mets enter Saturday, they hold a 1 game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the #1 WildCard spot as well as 1.5 game deficit over the St Louis Cardinals. The final 10 days of the season should be fun. In a word? #Win
With the win today completing the series sweep in Cincinnati, The Mets are now tied in the loss column with the St. Louis Cardinals for the final NL Wild Card spot. With the start of September, I wanted to list the add ons to the Mets as we enter the homestretch. In basic terms, the entire 40 man roster has been recalled if the player is healthy.
Sept 1: OF Michael Conforto, C Kevin Plawecki, INF-OF Ty Kelly, P Gabriel Ynoa
Sept 5: INF Matt Reynolds
Sept 6: OF Brandon Nimmo, LHRP Josh Edgin, P Erik Goeddel, INF-OF Eric Campbell, INF-OF TJ Rivera, INF Gavin Cechini
Not many of these guys will have regular role outside of Conforto, Nimmo, Plawecki or Reynolds, who have all been up and contributed at different levels. They also fit specific needs and allow ailing veterans to rest. Even a guy like Edgin can help Terry Collins shorten the game or give Jerry Blevins a blow vs lefty deep teams. Think spot duty, pinch hitting or running late in games for this crew.
The New York Mets lost their 2B this week and are dealing with health issues in their vaunted pitching staff but continue to play inspired baseball, winning 11 of 15. Neil Walker decided to have season ending spinal surgery and both Steven Matz(Shoulder) and Jacob deGrom(fatigue) are ailing. Yet names like Jose Reyes, Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have stepped up. Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera keep hitting huge home runs and recently Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce have started to chip in. Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard have been consistent all year and the replace-METS Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and Rafael Montero have given the team great starting pitching in pennant race game atmosphere. Right now, this team is fun to watch and with a dominant 8th and 9th inning combo of Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia securing wins, VERY dangerous if they make the postseason. New York enters Labor day one game out of the final NL wild card spot. And the Mets have the easiest remaining schedule in MLB according to record. Should be a fun month. #LGM
The New York Mets hit some home runs, had some key players have injuries reoccur while 2 of the big 4 starting pitchers dealt with health issues. Ladies and gentlemen, Your 2016 New York Mets! Today the Mets started 4 players who were not on the roster when the season opened. And another starter- SS Asdrubal Cabrera- came out of the game in the 1st with a troublesome knee. He joined Yoenis Cespedes(Quad) and Neil Walker(Back) on the bench. Not coincidently, these are 3 of the Mets hottest hitters. When you watch this team play day in and day out, you start to think team trainer Ray Ramirez should get the team MVP. Injuries are part of the game but this season has been a nightmare and it is incredible that this team is within 5 games of a wild card spot. Says a lot about the character of the players, leadership of skipper Terry Collins and ability of GM Sandy Alderson to add spare parts who fit in. A James Loney, Kelly Johnson, Rene Rivera, hell, Jose Reyes- who I was against signing. I have felt for sometime this is not our year, that the Mets need to build towards 2017. They are and have but have also played good ball without sacrificing long term success. Keep it up, Guys. #LGM
The New York Mets are now below .500 and have gotten back two important everyday players in OF Yoenis Cespedes(Quad) and SS Asdrubal Cabrera(Knee). Neil Walker(Back) returns to lineup today and Jay Bruce(Slump) is getting a mental health break. Steven Matz(Shoulder,Elbow) and Noah Syndergaard(Elbow) as well as Jacob de Grom have battled thru after their incredible innings increases from the 2015 National League Pennant season. This team is beat up and would have to go on an incredible run to get to a one day play in game. With the entire team intact, they are capable. But David Wright is not walking thru the door, Neither is Lucas Duda or Matt Harvey. The fact that this team has stayed afloat and played around .500 ball says a lot about the leadership, management, structure and character of the Mets. I live in Detroit and this “team” loses 1 or 2 guys and they are garbage. I messaged one of my bosses the other night saying the Mets are just too beat up and done. They played that night without their entire opening day Infield and Cespedes. You can have Gibson, Seaver, Koufax and Drysdale pitching and not win that way.
Dependent on the results over the next 10 days or so, this season might be lost. But 2016 can help set up 2017 if Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson use that last month to set the tone. The 2014 team closed out strong and played good baseball to finish in 2nd(over 15 games out) but they had pride and built a foundation. The Mets need to figure out Centerfield, Third Base, 2nd and more bullpen roles besides Blevins, Reed and Familia. Jay Bruce will be in Right Field , either Walker(Free agent after season), Jose Reyes or a kid will man 2nd Base and The Captain has a difficult decision to make. I have a back issue-not on his level nor do I play MLB- and it can feel great one day then garbage the next. SS is set with Cabrera and top prospect Ahmed Rosario close. Matt Reynolds has also shown in short stints he has potential. To me, the team has to prepare someone from Las Vegas(Michael Conforto? Brandon Nimmo?) to play Centerfield. Curtis Granderson(Signed thru 2017) can play some in center and Justin Ruggiano and Alejandro De Aaza are 4th-5th platoon types. It is better for both the player and team that Cespedes is in center. If you want to get creative, the Mets could trade for a Centerfielder(Lorenzo Cain? Charlie Blackmon?) or sign a free agent(Dexter Fowler). Ideally, the team needs a lead off hitter and strong defender in the spot. BLACKMON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The key here is too eliminate as many questions for 2017 as we can in the final 6 weeks. #LGM
The New York Mets got destroyed Thursday 9-0 at Citi Field and skipper Terry Collins reacted. Actually, he was reacting to what is becoming a wasted and lost season due to injuries, lack of performance and the toll a National League Championship season took on his talented young rotation. But TC was not happy and ripped his team for feeling sorry for themselves, having non competitive at bats and little life. It should be noted that this team is minus its entire starting infield outside of 2B Neil Walker as well as star OF Yoenis Cespedes and former ace Matt Harvey. Until recently, the team competed and showed up. This series vs an average to poor Arizona Diamondbacks team was bad. The team did not execute offensively and appeared flat. Thursday afternoon was so bad, I stopped listening on the radio. As a Mets fan, I have seen some BAD baseball. What Terry was upset about is this- bad is about talent and execution. You can have poor talent but have a plan and try. The Mets won last year because they consistently got great pitching and added enough professional hitters to string together quality at bats throughout the lineup. The run to World Series taxed those young arms and they are not the same and running on fumes at times. The everyday players are either hurt, gone(Daniel MVP Murphy) or bad(Travis d’Arnaud) right now. TC put this on him and he is partially correct. It is on him when he continues to play guys who do not play or listen. His threats about Las Vegas need to be legit and if they are, he gains more credibility. This roster is not overly talented but effort is not a talent issue. And TC made that clear today. I stood and cheered this presser. #LGM
The New York Mets just finished a tough week 3-4 over 7 games vs their city rival Yankees and the red hot Detroit Tigers in Michigan. Jay Bruce has come as advertised and hit 3 HRs while playing well defensively in rightfield. Neil Walker, who had a brutal June and July, has responded to some rest and taken over offensively, hitting a game winning 2 run homer in the 9th vs the Tigers. Two outfielders who need to step up with the injuries throughout the lineup have recently as both Alejandro De Aza(the lone true Center Fielder on this team) and Michael Conforto have started to put together good at bats. Although he has not hit, I like what I save seen from Matt Reynolds at shortstop. And I think he can and will hit. Pitching has not and will not be a problem with this team. Logan Verrett had a tough outing vs the Tigers(A Lot of pitchers do) but he is ideally a swing man and not a key rotation cog. Zack Wheeler, who started his rehab assignment this weekend, should be back in time for a September call up and give the team a big kick. The next 2 weeks are vital for a team that has not won back to back games since July 6th. Offensive production and clutch hits are the key, this team hits home runs and does not string together rallies. ANY runs scored-created minus the long ball are HUGE. I have a feeling about this group and believe a big run is in them.
The New York Mets playoff drive took a major hit when the team was forced to place OF Yoenis Cespedes on 15 day DL with a quad injury. The team and #52 tried to play thru the injury over the past 2 weeks and just could not hold up. After the trade deadline addition of slugger Jay Bruce, the team appeared poised to take off and score some runs. This is not good news. The Mets have recalled OF Brandon Nimmo to offset the loss of Cespedes. Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson(Starting in Left tonight) will play LeftField and some center with Alejandro De Aza And Nimmo also in the mix. Bruce is cemented in Right.
[powered by WordPress.]
28 queries. 0.506 seconds