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March 31, 2013

Mets season prognosis, ML predictions

by @ 2:53 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

The 2013 New York Mets are in the 3rd year of a rebuilding project under the helm of GM Sandy Alderson and we are starting to see some key components make way and be potential contributors on the Big League level. Youngsters like 1B Ike Davis, SP Matt Harvey, 2B Matt Harvey and SS Rueben Tejada have become viable players while more established veterans like SP Jon Niese and Closer Bobby Parnell appear ready to take the next step as the #1 starter and 9th inning guy. 3B David Wright remains the constant and sets the tone on and off the field. The recent moves involving veterans in the outfield(Collin Cowgill and Marlon Byrd) and bullpen(Brandon Lyon, Latroy Hawkins,etc) will go along way in determining the fortunes of the 2013 club. However with super prospects such as SP Zach Wheeler and C Travis d’Arnaud on the horizon, fans in Flushing are hopeful the Mets are close to playing meaningful games in September. Fans of the club should also be excited that the team’s front office added those two via trade. The history of the Mets shows when they trade or develop young players they have success.

Mets season prediction: 79-83— Division is brutal with two teams that could win the World Series(the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals) and another loaded with proud vets and a winning culture(Philadelphia Phillies). I am not going to insult your intelligence and tell you the Marlins are good. That team could not win the Big 10.

American League Playoff Teams: Tampa, Detroit, Texas(AL Champion) division winners. WildCard teams: Oakland and Kansas City

National League Playoff Teams: Washington(World Series Champion), Cincinnati, SF Giants division winner. Wildcard teams: Atlanta and
Milwaukee

MVPs: Detroit 1B Prince Fielder(AL) and Washington OF Bryce Harper(NL)

CY YOUNG: Royals SP James Shields(AL) and Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg(NL)

Rookie of the Year: Tampa OF Will Myers(AL) and LA Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu(NL)

General Thoughts on the season: Love the big offseason trade the Royals(Added Shields and SP Wade Davis) and Rays(Myers and kids back) made, helps both teams fill needs- Rays needed offense, Royals established ML pitchers. Helps both make the postseason….. The most quietly improved AL team nobody talks about in the AL are the Cleveland Indians. They have the best lineup in the division(AL Central) now with pro bats at every spot with a nice blend of speed and power as well as no easy outs. They also added an incredible manager in Terry Francona, who did the impossible(won 2 World Series in Boston) and added veteran leaders in Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi. If this team pitches, they make the playoffs…. The teams in the AL West should go to church everyday and twice on Sunday and thank the Lord for the addition of the Houston Astros to their division. In what should be a tight AL wildcard race, playing that massive rebuild job 19 times has to help your postseason chances…. The September closer for the Detroit Tigers is not on their team right now and they will pay a pretty penny to add one at the request of their beloved owner Mike Ilitch. Look for teams with closers at the end of deals(Arizona Diamondbacks JJ Putz) and clubs with multiple 9th inning options(Cincinnati with Aroldis Chapman-Jonathan Broxton or Boston with Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey) or the Washington Nationals with the trio of Drew Storen,Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano. Here is something to ponder: If the New York Yankees are terrible- and they will be – would they turn down a Mariano Rivera for Nick Castellanos(one of the top position player prospects in the game) proposal?… The Washington Nationals will be tough to beat and have no real weaknesses…. Love the Los Angeles Angels lineup and defense but they have questions throughtout their pitching staff and will be in a lot of 11-8 games. Not a recipe for success… Home runs will be way down with HGH testing and more PED issues on the horizon…. Look for Fielder to have an incredible 2nd season in Detroit. He had platoon players hitting behind him in 2012 and was good. This year he as an elite switch hitter protecting him in DH Victor Martinez. Might be the only player in MLB to hit 40 home runs this season…. The Pittsburgh Pirates will finish above .500 for the 1st time since 1992… The New York Yankees will finish in 5th in the AL East. Why? Their are only 5 teams…. By May 1st the stories will start where Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton will ended up…. Keep an eye on the Oakland A’s– Billy Beane has done it again with young position players and pitching up to his ears. This guy wins bringing knives to gun fights….. Another vastly improved team to watch for: the Seattle Mariners— added a lot of pop(Kendry Morales and Michael Morse) to a good pitching staff and young talented position core. In a tough division but will contend in 2013.

March 30, 2013

Mets opening day lineup, Updates on injured, rehabbing players in camp

by @ 2:16 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

NY METS STARTING LINEUP FOR MONDAY vs PADRES AT CITI FIELD :
1- CF Collin Cowgill
2- 2B Daniel Murphy
3- 3B David Wright
4- 1B Ike Davis
5- RF Marlon Byrd
6-LF Lucas Duda
7-C John Buck
8-SS Rueben Tejada
9-P Jonathan Niese

Injury updates: Veteran relievers Pedro Feliciano(arm,heart) and Tim Byrdak(Shoulder,knee) are staying in Florida to strengthen their arms and continue rehab from surgeries . Of the two, Feliciano appears closer to contributing to the big club while a realistic date for Byrdak appears to be sometime in July. Meanwhile, former closer Frank Francisco(elbow) continues to work towards a return in April. Camp star and fan favorite Matt den Dekker(broken wrist) will not require surgery and will be in a cast for at least a month. The acrobatic centerfielder made incredible catch after incredible catch all spring and while not offering much with the bat, he was a strong candidate to make the team due to his defensive prowess.

Santana set for Surgery Tuesday, season over, Mets roster appears set with Wright and Murphy set to go

by @ 1:57 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

Mets ace lefty Johan Santana will undergo season(career?) ending surgery Tuesday to repair an anterior capsule tear in his throwing shoulder. Santana had the exact same procedure late in 2010 and was out 19 months. This type of operation has been done on ML pitchers an estimated 10 times, Santana is the first to go under the knife twice. The Mets are responsible for the 25.5 million of Johan’s 2012 contract and will pay a 5.5 buyout for 2014 so an option does not kick in. This is devastating news for both the team, Johan and Mets fans. This guy is a great, great player and team guy who made history with the club’s 1st No Hitter last season. Huge loss and blow to everyone involved. Get well, Johan!

After several moves with the 40 man roster and minor trades, the Mets 25 man 2013 roster has come into picture. The team will carry 2 catchers, 6 infielders(Jordany Valdespin can play OF as well) and 5 outfielders. One infield spot is to be determined by health, Justin Turner has a minor league issue and will test it out Sunday at Citi Field. If he is ok, Justin makes the team as the primary backup infielder. If he does not, 1B-3B Zack Lutz will head North with the big club. 3B and newly appointed captain David Wright and 2B Daniel Murphy both appear good to go after missing time with lat injuries. Th pitching staff will break camp with 8 relievers(4 starters) with one being sent to the minors when 5th starter Shawn Marcum is ready to start game 6(April 7th) . Here is the roster as I type:

INFIELDERS(6): 1B Ike Davis, Murphy, SS Rueben Tejada, Wright, Valdespin, Turner-Lutz

OUTFIELDERS(5): LF Lucas Duda, CF Collin Cowgill, RF Marlon Byrd, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Baxter

CATCHER(2): John Buck, Anthony Recker

STARTING PITCHERS(4): LH Jonahan Niese, RH Matt Harvey, RH Dillon Gee, RH Jeremy Heffner

RELIEF PITCHERS(8): RHs Bobby Parnell, Brandon Lyon, Latroy Hawkins, Scott Atchinson, Greg Burke, Jeurys Familia, LHs Josh Edgin and Scott Rice

March 28, 2013

BREAKING METS NEWS: Johan Santana suffers serious injury to shoulder, season and career now in doubt

by @ 9:39 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

The New York Mets were dealt a herculean blow Thursday when ace lefty Johan Santana, who tossed the 1st No hitter in Franchise history June 1st,2012 , re-tore the anterior capsule in his left shoulder. The diagnosis is not definite yet numerous media reports confirm it and NY General Manager Sandy Alderson says surgery and a missed season are a “strong possibility”. If the this is an anterior capsule tear, it is the same injury that cost Santana the end of the 2010 season and the entire 2011 campaign. Having this surgery once is difficult and for a 2nd time is almost unprecedented. Johan Santana’s career is in major jeopardy and this is devastating news for the Mets both on and off the field.

March 22, 2013

Wright offficially named 4th Captain of Mets, Progressing from injury, Niese named Opening day starter

by @ 9:37 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

The Mets made what all fans of the club have known for years official when they named 3B David Wright the captain of the team. #5 is the on and off field face of the club and for those watched Team USA in the World Baseball Classic you realize how well respected he is throughtout the game. It is not coincidence that a strong American team fell apart when Wright was lost due to injury. After David commited long term to staying in Flushing this offseason, naming him the official “C” of the team was a given. This is a a win win for both the player and organization. Cannot say enough about David Wright and what he means to me as a Mets fan. Just a pro’s pro who has shown up when it is both good and bad. Not many guys do that. David Wright does. In regards to the Captain’s health, Wright has made good progress with his side side muscle pull and has started to do baseball related drills outside of swinging a bat. He was given a cortisone shot early in the treatment stage and opening day looks promising. Wright joins 1B Keith Hernandez, Late C Gary Carter and Reliever John Franco as Mets captains.

With Johan Santana(Shoulder) still not close to being able to take the mound, Mets manager Terry Collins has named LHP Jonathan Niese opening day starter. The southpaw has been tremendous this spring posting a 0.71 ERA in Grapefruit league play. Niese, who has a big supporter in Collins, pitched a career high 190 1/3 innings in 2012 with 155 Ks and a 3.50 ERA. Both Niese and Collins are aiming for big things in 2013 with a stated goal of 200+ innings a given. With Santana ailing and the trade of 2012 NL CY Young winner R.A. Dickey in the offseason, Niese must step forward if the Mets are going to contend in 2013. The starting rotation is now set with RHPs Shaun Marcum, Matt Harvey and Dillon Gee to follow. Jeremy Heffner, who has also had a strong spring, is the 5th starter and the team has not announced whether they will skip his spot the first time thru the rotation with the amount of off days early in April.

March 16, 2013

BREAKING METS NEWS: Wright out with moderate intercostal strain, Season opener in doubt

by @ 1:51 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

Mets superstar 3B David Wright had to withdraw from the elimination round of the World Baseball Classic Thursday, setting off alarms in Flushing and the rest of New York. The leader of both Team USA and the Mets is out with a moderate intercostal strain(ENGLISH: He has pull in lat(side) muscle, bad injury for baseball players since you torn your hips, sides all the time). The team was planning on resting Wright for 3 to 5 days and will evaluate him at that time. NY GM Sandy Alderson would not speculate about a return date but Mets skipper Terry Collins told reporters #5 might open the season on the DL. However, he also noted Wright is tough and played with a broken bone in his back 2 years ago. The team will look to fill the position internally with utility INFs Justin Turner, Brandon Hicks, Brian Bixler and Zach Lutz being the leading candidates. Turner appears to be the leader while Bixler is not even on the 40 man roster. Lutz is an interesting name due to his power but his lack of major league experience is a major detriment. Regardless of who the choice is, the Mets need their on and off field leader back playing as soon as possible.

March 10, 2013

Some answers and more questions, updates on Johan and Francisco, Wright starring for Team USA

by @ 6:13 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

With the start of the 2013 MLB season rapidly approaching, the New York Mets continue to have issues with several key components, mostly on the pitching side. Closer Frank Francisco(Off season elbow surgery) threw off the mound for the first time today(March 10th) while #1 starter Johan Santana(Day to day, due to a lack of arm strength) is a good bet to open the season on the DL or some sort of extended spring training stint. As far as the closer situation goes, the Mets have an excellent internal option in Bobby Parnell. As far as the rotation works out , minus Santana and 2012 NL CY Young winner R.A. Dickey, the team has issues. Lets hope super prospect Zach Wheeler is not far away!

Position players wise, 2B Daniel Murphy(Lat strain, out since Mid February) and OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis(knee) should be back sometime this week. Both are vital cogs for the team in 2013. Murphy is a solid bat and has improved defensively at 2B while Nieuwenhuis is the best internal option for the team in centerfield. The Mets have cleary found one OF in Collin Cowgill(.375 in 24 spring ABs) and camp invitee Marlon Byrd(.348,23 ABs) has been outstanding. Meanwhile, LF Lucas Duda has come on strong(.280, homer, 3 rbi in 25 ABs) and 1B Ike Davis(.368, hr in 19 ABs) continues to impress after his strong second half in 2012. However, the best stick in camp has been super utility man Jordany Valdespin(.360,2 hrs, 5 rbi in 25 ABs). Valdespin has more than likely played himself onto the club and with his speed and power, he can be a huge weapon for this team heading forward.

The Mets organization and fans alike should be excited watching the 2013 World Baseball Classic and in particular, Team USA. Why? The unquestioned leader of that squad is 3B David Wright. His Grand Slam turned the tide in the Italy elimination game and his overall play in the field and quality ABs have really stood out. The Mets have a lot of problems but 3B and team leader is not one of them. It is really easy to lead a team with multi-millionaires and an unlimited check book(Yes, raise your hand, Jeter!) but this guy signed on to stay here long term. Wright has been here for the good and bad times, lets hope more good ones are on the way.

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