From Tom Seaver to Dwight Gooden to David Wright, A look at the New York Mets past, present and future.
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The New York Mets continue to lose players-pitchers in particular-yet somehow they fight on and win enough games to be hot in the postseason chase. Pitchers Jacob de Grom(Ulnar nerve surgery) and Stcven Matz(Shoulder soreness) both are likely done for the year Noah Syndergaard(Strep Throat) will miss a weekend start. It appears that it just doesn-t matter. Jose Reyes or Curtis Granderson get a big hit or Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera puts a souvenir in the seats. They compete, figure it out and win. With the recent September callus and end of minor league seasons for most leagues, the Mets and skipper Terry Collins have extra pitching to offset the incredible run of bad fortune they have seen with their prized pitching staff. If you had Bartolo Colon as the lone survivor within the NY rotation, play the numbers. As the Mets enter Saturday, they hold a 1 game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the #1 WildCard spot as well as 1.5 game deficit over the St Louis Cardinals. The final 10 days of the season should be fun. In a word? #Win
With the win today completing the series sweep in Cincinnati, The Mets are now tied in the loss column with the St. Louis Cardinals for the final NL Wild Card spot. With the start of September, I wanted to list the add ons to the Mets as we enter the homestretch. In basic terms, the entire 40 man roster has been recalled if the player is healthy.
Sept 1: OF Michael Conforto, C Kevin Plawecki, INF-OF Ty Kelly, P Gabriel Ynoa
Sept 5: INF Matt Reynolds
Sept 6: OF Brandon Nimmo, LHRP Josh Edgin, P Erik Goeddel, INF-OF Eric Campbell, INF-OF TJ Rivera, INF Gavin Cechini
Not many of these guys will have regular role outside of Conforto, Nimmo, Plawecki or Reynolds, who have all been up and contributed at different levels. They also fit specific needs and allow ailing veterans to rest. Even a guy like Edgin can help Terry Collins shorten the game or give Jerry Blevins a blow vs lefty deep teams. Think spot duty, pinch hitting or running late in games for this crew.
The New York Mets lost their 2B this week and are dealing with health issues in their vaunted pitching staff but continue to play inspired baseball, winning 11 of 15. Neil Walker decided to have season ending spinal surgery and both Steven Matz(Shoulder) and Jacob deGrom(fatigue) are ailing. Yet names like Jose Reyes, Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have stepped up. Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera keep hitting huge home runs and recently Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce have started to chip in. Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard have been consistent all year and the replace-METS Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and Rafael Montero have given the team great starting pitching in pennant race game atmosphere. Right now, this team is fun to watch and with a dominant 8th and 9th inning combo of Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia securing wins, VERY dangerous if they make the postseason. New York enters Labor day one game out of the final NL wild card spot. And the Mets have the easiest remaining schedule in MLB according to record. Should be a fun month. #LGM
The New York Mets hit some home runs, had some key players have injuries reoccur while 2 of the big 4 starting pitchers dealt with health issues. Ladies and gentlemen, Your 2016 New York Mets! Today the Mets started 4 players who were not on the roster when the season opened. And another starter- SS Asdrubal Cabrera- came out of the game in the 1st with a troublesome knee. He joined Yoenis Cespedes(Quad) and Neil Walker(Back) on the bench. Not coincidently, these are 3 of the Mets hottest hitters. When you watch this team play day in and day out, you start to think team trainer Ray Ramirez should get the team MVP. Injuries are part of the game but this season has been a nightmare and it is incredible that this team is within 5 games of a wild card spot. Says a lot about the character of the players, leadership of skipper Terry Collins and ability of GM Sandy Alderson to add spare parts who fit in. A James Loney, Kelly Johnson, Rene Rivera, hell, Jose Reyes- who I was against signing. I have felt for sometime this is not our year, that the Mets need to build towards 2017. They are and have but have also played good ball without sacrificing long term success. Keep it up, Guys. #LGM
The New York Mets are now below .500 and have gotten back two important everyday players in OF Yoenis Cespedes(Quad) and SS Asdrubal Cabrera(Knee). Neil Walker(Back) returns to lineup today and Jay Bruce(Slump) is getting a mental health break. Steven Matz(Shoulder,Elbow) and Noah Syndergaard(Elbow) as well as Jacob de Grom have battled thru after their incredible innings increases from the 2015 National League Pennant season. This team is beat up and would have to go on an incredible run to get to a one day play in game. With the entire team intact, they are capable. But David Wright is not walking thru the door, Neither is Lucas Duda or Matt Harvey. The fact that this team has stayed afloat and played around .500 ball says a lot about the leadership, management, structure and character of the Mets. I live in Detroit and this “team” loses 1 or 2 guys and they are garbage. I messaged one of my bosses the other night saying the Mets are just too beat up and done. They played that night without their entire opening day Infield and Cespedes. You can have Gibson, Seaver, Koufax and Drysdale pitching and not win that way.
Dependent on the results over the next 10 days or so, this season might be lost. But 2016 can help set up 2017 if Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson use that last month to set the tone. The 2014 team closed out strong and played good baseball to finish in 2nd(over 15 games out) but they had pride and built a foundation. The Mets need to figure out Centerfield, Third Base, 2nd and more bullpen roles besides Blevins, Reed and Familia. Jay Bruce will be in Right Field , either Walker(Free agent after season), Jose Reyes or a kid will man 2nd Base and The Captain has a difficult decision to make. I have a back issue-not on his level nor do I play MLB- and it can feel great one day then garbage the next. SS is set with Cabrera and top prospect Ahmed Rosario close. Matt Reynolds has also shown in short stints he has potential. To me, the team has to prepare someone from Las Vegas(Michael Conforto? Brandon Nimmo?) to play Centerfield. Curtis Granderson(Signed thru 2017) can play some in center and Justin Ruggiano and Alejandro De Aaza are 4th-5th platoon types. It is better for both the player and team that Cespedes is in center. If you want to get creative, the Mets could trade for a Centerfielder(Lorenzo Cain? Charlie Blackmon?) or sign a free agent(Dexter Fowler). Ideally, the team needs a lead off hitter and strong defender in the spot. BLACKMON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The key here is too eliminate as many questions for 2017 as we can in the final 6 weeks. #LGM
The New York Mets got destroyed Thursday 9-0 at Citi Field and skipper Terry Collins reacted. Actually, he was reacting to what is becoming a wasted and lost season due to injuries, lack of performance and the toll a National League Championship season took on his talented young rotation. But TC was not happy and ripped his team for feeling sorry for themselves, having non competitive at bats and little life. It should be noted that this team is minus its entire starting infield outside of 2B Neil Walker as well as star OF Yoenis Cespedes and former ace Matt Harvey. Until recently, the team competed and showed up. This series vs an average to poor Arizona Diamondbacks team was bad. The team did not execute offensively and appeared flat. Thursday afternoon was so bad, I stopped listening on the radio. As a Mets fan, I have seen some BAD baseball. What Terry was upset about is this- bad is about talent and execution. You can have poor talent but have a plan and try. The Mets won last year because they consistently got great pitching and added enough professional hitters to string together quality at bats throughout the lineup. The run to World Series taxed those young arms and they are not the same and running on fumes at times. The everyday players are either hurt, gone(Daniel MVP Murphy) or bad(Travis d’Arnaud) right now. TC put this on him and he is partially correct. It is on him when he continues to play guys who do not play or listen. His threats about Las Vegas need to be legit and if they are, he gains more credibility. This roster is not overly talented but effort is not a talent issue. And TC made that clear today. I stood and cheered this presser. #LGM
The New York Mets just finished a tough week 3-4 over 7 games vs their city rival Yankees and the red hot Detroit Tigers in Michigan. Jay Bruce has come as advertised and hit 3 HRs while playing well defensively in rightfield. Neil Walker, who had a brutal June and July, has responded to some rest and taken over offensively, hitting a game winning 2 run homer in the 9th vs the Tigers. Two outfielders who need to step up with the injuries throughout the lineup have recently as both Alejandro De Aza(the lone true Center Fielder on this team) and Michael Conforto have started to put together good at bats. Although he has not hit, I like what I save seen from Matt Reynolds at shortstop. And I think he can and will hit. Pitching has not and will not be a problem with this team. Logan Verrett had a tough outing vs the Tigers(A Lot of pitchers do) but he is ideally a swing man and not a key rotation cog. Zack Wheeler, who started his rehab assignment this weekend, should be back in time for a September call up and give the team a big kick. The next 2 weeks are vital for a team that has not won back to back games since July 6th. Offensive production and clutch hits are the key, this team hits home runs and does not string together rallies. ANY runs scored-created minus the long ball are HUGE. I have a feeling about this group and believe a big run is in them.
The New York Mets playoff drive took a major hit when the team was forced to place OF Yoenis Cespedes on 15 day DL with a quad injury. The team and #52 tried to play thru the injury over the past 2 weeks and just could not hold up. After the trade deadline addition of slugger Jay Bruce, the team appeared poised to take off and score some runs. This is not good news. The Mets have recalled OF Brandon Nimmo to offset the loss of Cespedes. Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson(Starting in Left tonight) will play LeftField and some center with Alejandro De Aza And Nimmo also in the mix. Bruce is cemented in Right.
The day after the MLB trade deadline is always busy for teams but the New York Mets might have set an unofficial team record with 8 separate transactions prior to Tuesday’s Subway series battle at Citi Field. The team placed OF Justin Ruggiano(Leg) and SS Asdrubal Cabrera(Knee) on the 15 day DL while activating trade additions OF Jay Bruce and P Jon Niese. Finally, P Seth Lugo and OF Brandon Nimmo were sent to Triple A Las Vegas while INF Ty Kelly and P Josh Edgin were recalled to the big club. With Cabrera down for 4-6 weeks, look for Matt Reynolds to play a lot and Wilmer Flores has played well all over the infield. Flores has all but locked down the 3B spot with both David Wright and Jose Reyes injured. Kelly Johnson is a great super utility veteran guy so Kelly can be used as a 25th man type. Edgin has a chance to earn some innings here with the trade of Lefty Antonio Bastardo leaving only Jerry Blevins as a high leverage lefty specialist. Niese is more along the lines of Johnson but a pitching version. He can spot start , relieve for multiple innings or get 1 out. This Mets team appears well equipped to make a run with the key being how and what the team and Manager Terry Collins can figure out in Center Field. Veteran Alejandro De Aza has been playing well over the last couple of weeks and hit a key home run in tonights 7-1 win. De Aza could earn more playing time on a team litered with corner outfielders and no true defender in center.
The New York Mets made a huge move for a big bat at the trade deadline for the 2nd straight season adding all star OF Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds. A premier power bat and solid defender, Bruce gives the Mets a legit middle of the order bat and run producer(NL Leading 80 RBI). He becomes the first player EVER to get traded while leading the league in RBI since the stats inception(1930). The Mets paid a heavy price in the transaction when they included an infielder of the future in Dilson Herrera and another pitcher. However, Bruce is a HUGE addition for an offense that has been offensive and needs it. Bruce is clutch(.360 with runners in scoring position) and signed thru 2017. The key now is how Mets skipper Terry Collins aligns the Outfield with no true Centerfielder and several corner options. Yoenis Cespedes can play Center but his leg is bad and it does not make sense for the team to push the envelope with him. I am not sure how this will work out but I know the Mets offense just got a lot better and this is well coached and managed team. TC will figure it out. Great day to be a Mets fan.
Mets Notes: Pirates and Mets traded headaches as NY brought back LHP Jon Niese and shipped out reliever Antonio Bastardo. Niese can fill a variety of roles and as a long time former Met, is familiar with the team and Collins. This a depth move and underrated in that the team can save money with a buyout instead of year #2 with Bastardo’s 2 year deal… Matt Reynolds, who just hit a 3 run homer to give NY the lead in game 1 of the Subway series, has been recalled. The team has roster spot open because both Bruce and Niese are not in NY. Regular SS Asdrubal Cabrera(Knee) will more than likely be put on the DL Tuesday in one move. .. Store this away: Mets have a boat load of young middle infielders and options to offset the Herrera trade. But do not rule out resigning veteran Neil Walker, who is in his free agent year. Solid pro who fits in on this team and likes NY.
A red hot Neil Walker hit a huge 3 run homer in the 7th to help the injury ravaged NY Mets avoid a 4 game sweep at the hands of a dangerous Colorado Rockies Sunday at Citi Field. In the last week, the team has lost 2 players to the DL(Juan Lagares and Jose Reyes) and saw their invincible closer Jeurys Familia some how blow back to back saves after converting 52 straight. Add SS Asdrubal Cabrera to the Mets MASH unit as he came up lame and in agony as he scored in the 1st inning with a serious knee injury. Weeks like this make you realize luck-health is big deal and a major reason why I am cautious over the next 24 hrs If I am the Mets. This might not be our year and I think the division is out of reach with all the injuries. I would consider small moves and get to the offseason to consider wholesale changes.
The New York Mets completed a 3 city 9 game road trip by taking 2 of 3 in Miami a battle for wild card and division standings. NY got strong outings from Steven Matz and Logan Verrett while the Mets bullpen continued to dominate. Michael Conforto and Juan Lagares have manned Centerfield with Yoenis Cespedes hurting with a recurring leg issue. #52 can still hit and play LeftField but the running required to play center is too much to ask. Conforto has hit since his recall from Vegas and made a great catch on the 1st out of the game Sunday. Add his ability to play some right to spell veteran Curtis Granderson and #30 can be a huge factor the 2nd half playoff push. The Mets will face the tough battle hardened St. Louis Cardinals in 3 games over the next 2 days after the game Monday night was postponed due to weather.
Mets Notes: With the trade deadline nearing, the Mets have been linked to Milwaukee Brewers 1B-C Jonathan Lucroy. GM Sandy Alderson spoke to the media Monday and claims the team is more likely to add a starting pitcher than position player, which makes sense with the season ending surgery for Matt Harvey… 1B James Loney has been a severely underrated move by this team. He is not Keith Hernandez but is a solid all around player who has allowed the team to stay afloat. Type of guy who grows on you as you watch the season…. Reliever Hansel Robles has really picked it up and has become a go to guy in the 7th inning…Congrats to team captain David Wright and his wife Molly on the birth of their 1st child, Daughter Olivia Shea.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom sure took advantage of the rest over the all star break and threw a complete game 1 hitter in Sunday’s 5-0 win vs the Phillies in Philadelphia. deGrom had never pitched into the 9th in his entire career and was throwing free and easy in 90 degree temps. #48 has not had his plus, plus stuff all year but has pitched— PITCHED. Today he had his stuff and looked 100%. This is a big deal heading forward with Matt Harvey gone for the year and both Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard battling health issues. Play the lottery if you had Bartolo Colon as the most reliable Mets starting pitcher. The win secured a series win(2 of 3) and sets up a rematch of the 2015 NLCS between NY and the Cubs in Chicago.
Mets Notes: Mets all star OF Yoenis Cespedes(Leg) finally returned to the lineup Sunday but not to his customary CF. He played Left and according to both skipper Terry Collins and #52, this is probably permanent. The good news? Juan Lagares, an elite CF, had a really good series in Philly and is a viable option to play 75-80% of the games in Center. The team has recalled Michael Conforto from Las Vegas after hitting .340 + post demotion. How the playing time is doled out will be interesting as the Mets do not have an ideal centerfield option on the team. Hence the good feelings with Lagares. Make note that Brandon Nimmo(sent down to clear roster spot for Conforto) has experience in Center at the minor league level. Veteran Alejandro De Aza , having a tough year offensively, also figures into the Outfield mix.
Mets Manager Terry Collins announced their starting rotation for the opening 5 games of the 2nd half of the season. All star Bartolo Colon will open the series in Philadelphia. Logan Verrett and Jacob DeGrom will follow vs the Phillies. Lefty Steven Matz opens the 2015 NLCS rematch in Chicago vs the Cubs and All Star Noah Syndergaard will pitch game 2 in that vital series with Colon closing it out.
With the AL winning tonights MLB ASG, Lets hand out some Mets awards and look forward to the 2nd half.
Team MVP: Yoenis Cespedes— no further explanation needed. This is an average offense with him, without him, it is offensively average.
Team CY Young: Jeurys Familia- been perfect all season and pitched out of some messes. One of the elite closers in the game. Good teammate too.
Team MVP 2: Trainer Ray Ramirez- The team has been battling injuries in all areas all season and this guy needs a break. Pitchers, outfielders, Infielders, catchers, heck,even Terry Collins.
Underrated: Team defense. Offseason additions Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera give the Mets their best middle infield defense since the Ordonez- Alfonso tandem of the late 90s. Good sticks and locker room guys as well, Walker with kids-fans and Cabrera adds flavor in the dugout. James Loney has been as advertised at 1B, slick fielder.
Good: This team hits homers, pitches and catches the ball. Think Earl Weaver late 60-s-early 70s Orioles teams. The Mets also own the Chicago Cubs.
Bad: With the season ending injury to Matt Harvey, injury scares to both Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard turns a perceived strength into a potential weakness. Mets fans need to go to church and thank god for Bartolo Colon.
Ugly: Losing, games, series, etc to an awful Atlanta Braves team is a disgrace. Makes me nuts. Daniel “I am sorry” Murphy hitting Mets pitching and ANY Mets batter hitting with runners in scoring position. The last 10 days or so vs the Nationals, a team I KNOW this team can beat, has made me crazy. That team is not that good!!!!! And… Chase Utley.
Nice but too nice: Syndergaard throwing at Utley and MISSING him. Right idea, bad execution. HIT HIM. Mets fans do not care about winning, they care about hurting him. Yes, what he did is that bad. Mets beat Dodgers when it counted. Now hurt him. Like he hurt a Met. With a cheap play that the sport banned and rewrote rules for.
Commentary: The 1st half of the 2016 season has been both thrilling and taxing. The Mets pitching is so good they are in almost every game. With the recent additions of Kelly Johnson and Jose Reyes, the team has enough quality infielders to offset the serious injuries to both David Wright and Lucas Duda. A key heading forward is some combination of Juan Lagares, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto must turn it around to give NY a good 3rd and/or 4th Outfielder. The team needs another reliever to help Addison Reed and lefty specialist Jerry Blevins in the important set up role in front of Familia. I like Logan Verrett but view him as a spot starter-fill in guy. The Mets could use another low end, low risk starting pitcher to give them depth until Zack Wheeler is back. Which is not a certainty. I like the potential of this team heading into the 2nd half but I also prioritize the health of the young arms and the Mets need to balance that with the drive to win. In other words, do not push and injure these pitchers when you do think you can win it all. No team has had a group of arms at this age at the same time in the history of baseball.
The Mets got some great All Star Game news Friday when veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon, a HUGE fan favorite, was selected to join the National League team by NY and NL skipper Terry Collins. Bart supplies comedy and good humor to fans but also can pitch, works hard and competes. Underrated veteran component on this club. The good feeling did not carry into the game Friday night as both the Mets top player and pitcher went down with injuries. OF Yoenis Cespedes strained his quad and Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard left early with a tired arm. Both are out of the remaining games in the 1st half and the All Star game but should be OK heading forward. #52 missed 5 games in 2015 with a similar injury and will rest during the All Star break. Thor will make the trip and throw in San Diego before the team determines when he will pitch. The elbow that flared up within the last 10 days to 2 weeks was a non issue per Noah and Collins. Both players would have started this game as Yoenis was voted in and Noah was a good bet to open the game on the mound. Heath is science and science can be unpredictable but the Mets appear to have dodged a major bullet with their two stars.
The troubling and injury plagued season of starting pitcher Matt Harvey has officially ended with a release from his agent Scott Boras stating he would undergo surgery to repair the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome he is dealing with in his right shoulder. The highly controversial righty has had an awful season with up and down performances and this move is probably best for both Matt and the Mets. I am not a Harvey guy but will stay away from the personal attacks UNLESS Boras and his camp fuel the fire with leaks and misinformation. Which as already started as we have the he could not feel his fingers BS stories coming out. We have heard nothing but he was healthy all year. I am waiting on the Mets caused this because Matt pitched too much last year. I have been thoroughly consistent with my stance on Matt Harvey for almost a year: He is team killing cancer who needs to be moved and cleansed from the Mets locker room. He cares about getting paid and himself only not the Mets and winning. I say this with all sincerity, this team will be better off without him. Think Addition by subtraction, a reverse David Wright.
Today’s doctors visit in St Louis confirmed that Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey is suffering from Thoracic Outlet syndrome and is now in the decision making process phase of treatment. He can have season ending surgery or have an injection that can help him pitch to complete the year. Surgery is more than likely inevitable either way. The Mets and Harvey will make decide after the next couple of days. I vote and believe that #33 should have the operation now. I am not a fan of Matt and his “show” but I think the last 15-18 months have taken a toll on him mentally and physically. He needs a break and this surgery gives him hope. I think a lot of the demise of the Dark Knight is noise and talk. This procedure ends that. For 6 months. The Mets will start Logan Verrett in his place and this is an opportunity the popular swing man to shine.
Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey was placed on the 15 day DL postgame Wednesday with right shoulder discomfort and is seeing a vascular specialist in St. Louis Thursday. The team is concerned that #33 could be suffering from Thoracic Outlet syndrome, which is basically a blockage of either blood vessels or nerves between the neck and armpit. Obviously this would greatly impact a major league pitcher and explain a lot of Harvey’s 2016 struggles. The Mets and Matt will get a lot of answers after today’s meeting with the renowned Dr. Robert Thompson. I will update this story as more information becomes available.
The defending National League Champion New York Mets had 3 players announced for next weeks major league All Star Game. OF Yoenis Cespedes was voted in by the fans while Pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia were picked by the managers-players. All 3 deserve to go and interesting fact from tonight’s SNY broadcast(Thank you, Gary and Ron): 4 of the Mets 5 starting pitchers have been All Stars. Only Steven Matz has not gone(He will)- Bartolo Colon, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom have also appeared in the midseason classic. Always good to see your team have strong representation in this game. #LGM
The New York Mets rallied from a 6-0 deficit 4th inning deficit to defeat the Miami Marlins 8-6. The entire lineup battled and put together great at bats, this was not the usual Homer Happy Mets. They did hit two homers but they used outs to advance runners, worked counts and competed. This was a good sign overall and I sense a tremendous upturn in the club. Let it be noted that the team has not lost a game with Captain David Wright in the building. #5 cannot play or even be in the dugout but he is a HUGE part of this ball club. The recent return of Juan Lagares(Thumb) and a healed Curtis Granderson(Quad) gives this team a nice Outfield rotation and this is with Michael Conforto in Las Vegas! C Travis d’Arnaud has also started to heat up and puts together quality plate appearances each AB. He is also decent with the pitchers. LOL. Postgame, the team announced former Met star Jose Reyes is enroute to NY and will be activated prior to Tuesday’s game. The sad thing? A good player will be sent down to the minors or released. This shows how good this Mets team is.
COMMENTARY: Not all the news from Monday’s game was positive. Matt Harvey was bad again. He has that defeated Matt Harvey look to him. He looks lost and confused at times and I am on record saying he should be in Las Vegas. Not for a vacation. To regain his confidence and swagger. My disdain for this guy has been well documented. I want him gone, wanted him gone and view him as a bad guy and teammate. He is also a potential trade ass-et(Pun intended) and his struggles do not aid him or the Mets. Half the time he pitches, he looks like a gun fighter minus ammo. This guy used to pitch with a presence and attitude. He was the man. Now he looks and acts like a boy and boys go to Summer Camp. Send him to Vegas, Mets. For Harvey, for your team. This is a positive environment and 75% of the negative vibes are from #33. Remove him. Like Terry Collins did today in the 4th inning.
The New York Mets picked a great time to play the best series of the 2016 season and The defending National League champs swept the NL leading Chicago Cubs in a 4 game series by a combined score of 32-11. Sundays game was the highlight as the team hit 5 home runs and scored 7 runs in the 2nd to chase Cubs ace Jon Lester in a 14-3 win. 3B Wilmer Flores became the 2nd Met in franchise history to collect 6 hits and he also hit 2 home runs. I was very concerned about this team as it trailed in the opener early 3-0 before Yoenis Cespedes hit a ball to Pluto for the farthest home run in Citi Field. #52’s blast landed in the 3rd deck and went an estimated 475 feet. The minute that ball “landed”, the Mets dominated. The Pitchers pitched like the Mets pitch- GREAT. But the offense was not the typical homer happy approach(Until Sunday!!!) as rookie call up Brandon Nimmo, C Travis d’Arnaud and 1B James Loney all stepped up in the sweep. Season long stand outs- 2B Neil Walker and SS Asdrubal Cabrera- also chipped in and do not forget recent trade add Kelly Johnson, who adds so much off and on the field. The key now is the Mets sustaining this approach and play over the final 81 games of the year. As a point of reference, NY stood at 41-40 in 2015. Today? 44-37.
As the New York Mets prepare to square off with the Washington Nationals in a battle for 1st place in the National League East, I have updates on four players. OF Juan Lagares(Thumb) is ready to start his rehab assignment and is feeling better. SP Zack Wheeler(Tommy John Surgery) had no issues after throwing long toss and had no issues, he is back on his rehab schedule and should rejoin the big club sometime after the All Star break. Meanwhile, LHP Steven Matz(Elbow) has bone chips in his throwing arm and will see a doctor before he starts Wednesday. This is the type of thing a pitcher can attempt to play thru with pain management and common sense. Finally, team executives led by General Manager Sandy Alderson, watched Cuban free agent Yulieski Gourriel private work out in Florida and the potential Met 3B posted pictures online of himself in Mets garb. From his lips to gods ears.
The New York Mets signed their franchise leader in triples and stolen bases Saturday and Jose Reyes is back home. GM Sandy Alderson brought back the player the team inked at age 16 and in the NY system for 12 seasons. He is a huge fan favorite who does carry the domestic violence incident from this offseason but is known around the game as a good citizen. He will report to Brooklyn and play Sunday for the Cyclones. The Mets want him to play Third, 2nd and some Outfield. Reyes needs to get some work at Third and in the outfield, where he has never played before. The team hopes after 7-10 days he will be ready to rejoin the big league club. This is a win, win for the player and Mets. It was not long ago when Reyes and David Wright where the saviors of an exciting and upcoming Mets team.
The New York Mets almost sent down OF Michael Conforto to the minors earlier this week and give him some more time. The time was up Saturday and he was sent to Las Vegas. Super prospect Brandon Nimmo has been recalled and will play LeftField. Conforto had a great April(.350 plus batting average) but has completely fallen off(.119-.182-.237 BA-OBP-SLUG) in June. I still think this kid will be a great player and believe this is best for everyone involved. Nimmo is a top of order guy who ideally hits either 1 or 2 in the lineup. The 1st draft pick of the Sandy Alderson era in the 2011 draft, he hit .328-.409-.508 in 63 games in Vegas. Meanwhile, not official word on the Jose Reyes front but that looks to be a done deal as well. I love this activity and sense of urgency the Mets are showing. Big reason why this team has survived with all the injuries and so forth. Players like James Loney, Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera have been huge for the club and show this front office has a clue.
Numerous media outlets are reporting the New York Mets and Jose Reyes will reunite after the former all star and batting champion clears waivers at 1 pm Saturday. Reyes has served his 52 game suspension for domestic violence but would still need to get some work in the minors for conditioning and the team would like him to focus on Third base, although an ideal role for him would be as a super utility guy, spelling Neil Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilmer Flores in the infield. He would greatly upgrade the team’s speed and give them a late game base running threat. It should be noted this move does not appear to deter the Mets from looking at Cuban free agent 3B Yulieski Gourriel as a potential long term replacement for Captain David Wright. Ideal world for me is signing both players, they do different things and at this point in his career, Reyes is a part time player.
The New York Mets got a good medical report on starting pitcher Bartolo Colon(Thumb) to open Wednesday but waited word on Zack Wheeler(Elbow) all day. Colon will not miss any major time with his bruised digit but have not determined if he will make his next scheduled start. Mets skipper Terry Collins has him penciled in to start Sunday. Meanwhile, Wheeler had sensory nerve irritation in his surgically repaired elbow and was given a cortisone injection. #45 can resume rehab when the sensation disappears. The drama was added and hit DefCon levels when both Noah Syndergaard(elbow) and Yoenis Cespedes(wrist) went to the hospital post game Wednesday. Thor’s exam reveled no structural damage and he was given anti-inflammatory medication. No word on whether #34 will take his next turn. Cespedes has a mild sprain of his wrist and was also given a cortisone injection, he is listed as day to day. Any injuries to ANY of these four right now is scary and incredibly, the Mets seemed to have dodged bullets with all of them. But this has been a STRESSFUL time for fans in Queens.
The New York Mets have been linked to two free agents who could fill the hole created by the injury to 3B David Wright and one has roots in Queens. SS Jose Reyes, who could play either 2B or 3B, has no role in Colorado and is about to clear waivers. The Rockies are on the hook for his huge contact and #7 can hit. But his trademark superior athleticism is no more and defense is now a major weakness. And he has been charged with domestic violence. I vote no. BTW I was never a huge fan. David Wright guy. A name do I like is Cuban free agent Yulieski Gurriel, a 32 yr old , 15 year pro, who is an elite bat and many including Mets star Yoenis Cespedes rave about his talent and character. He would cost up to 11-12 mill per over 2-3 years. The issue here is with all the injuries, two players who has functioned offensively are 1B James Loney and INF Wilmer Flores. Unless I am bringing in George Brett and Don Mattingly, I want these guys to play. Wilmer is a Met and deserves a chance to play. I also like Loney on this team, pro bat. If the reports on Lucas Duda(Back) do not appear promising, I will revisit this stance and look to add a booper. The two guys who do need to step up are Curtis Granderson(Has heated up recently) and Michael Conforto(close to being sent to Las Vegas).
HITTING HURTING: The New York Mets offense has struggled mightly due to injuries and slumps but I also believe an issue is the approach and dependence on home runs. Every major league player is different and has his style. The Mets have a lot of quality sticks and a good no great hitting coach in Kevin Long. That’s why it is maddening to me to see this team not hit, AT ALL. A LOT. This team does not rally and is the slowest Mets squad I can remember, ZERO speed. They either homer or make outs. No in between. When a pro like Neil Walker comes in and becomes Jeff Kent, I wonder if this is good. This team misses a Daniel Murphy-Keith Hernandez get hits, hit doubles, get on base, do not strike out type. Variety is good and right now this team is too easy to attack and stop. And this blogger does not have an answer.
METS NOTES:Noah Syndergaard has been moved back in the rotation to Wednesday and veteran Bartolo Colon will throw tonight in game 1 of the World Series rematch. This sets up Thor to pitch twice vs the division leading Washington Nationals in the next 2 head to head series . Syndergaard is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 23 Ks in 20 innings over 2 starts vs the Nats…. LHP Sean Gilmartin has been recalled to replace injured RP Jim Henderson(shoulder) today and will be in the Mets pen… C Kevin Plawecki has been sent to the Minors as Travis d’Arnaud(rotator cuff) is back and the club wants KP to play everyday. He will in Vegas. Meanwhile, defensive specialist Rene Rivera, who has been a god send, will serve as the primary back up. His work with all the pitchers, particularly Matt Harvey, has been outstanding… Be on alert in this Royals series: Lots of bad feeling from Syndergaard dusting Royals leadoff man Alcides Escobar in Game 3 of the World Series. Thor is hitting Wednesday. Danny Duffy is starting for the Royals. No Ventura but you get the feeling it does not matter. If the Royals do anything to #34, the Mets and Citi Field might erupt. Make that definitely.
The New York Mets appeared to right the ship late last week when they won the two final games vs a tough Pittsburgh Pirates team. But any momentum from those wins was destroyed over the weekend as the awful Atlanta Braves somehow swept the Mets in NY. I know about injuries and slumps but this is unacceptable. The pitching was ok- particularly the starters- but nobody is hitting and Michael Conforto is a prime candidate to be sent down to Las Vegas with a sub .200 batting average since the end of May. Manager Terry Collins openly talked about roster and lineup changes postgame. This weekend was awful and I know things are magnified when you do not hit but this cannot and should not happen. That needs to change and change fast or this team will not be playing meaningful games in September let alone October.
New York Mets 3B- Captain David Wright underwent surgery on a disc in his neck Thursday and is out indefinitely. Wilmer Flores will have a real opportunity to win this job short term and has been hitting well since the Captain went down. Dependent on how well Flores plays, the Mets could save resources to add another position instead of a long or short term answer at 3B. The team has been without 1B Lucas Duda and C Travis d’Arnaud(Will return next week) for over a month and could fill both slots with one move: Jonathan Lucroy. The Mets have played almost over 150 games without Wright in the last 2 years and fans have to be seriously concerned about his long term health as both a player and person. Very cruel that the franchise face cannot help a team that has finally matched his talent. Here is the statement from #5:
“After trying every way to get back on the field, I’ve come to realize that it’s best for me, my teammates and the organization to proceed with surgery at this time. My neck simply did not respond to any of the treatments of the past few weeks. While incredibly frustrating and disappointing, I am determined to make a full recovery and get back on the field as soon as I can to help the Mets win. I greatly appreciate the support of my teammates and our fans throughout the last few weeks.”
CF Juan Lagares, who was in real position to earn some playing time with the team slumping and beat up, was placed on the DL due to his ongoing thumb injury Thursday. #12 will try the rest- rehab route ala Wright and see how the joint responds before deciding on surgery. Good news in the game tonight as LF Michael Conforto(Wrist) and 2B Neil Walker(Back) returned to the lineup and hit back to back homers in a victory. Side note: Walker, A career 2B in a free agent walk year, has volunteered to move to 3B if the club needs him with the injury to the Captain. UNBELIEVABLE.
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