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June 30, 2013

Some positives showing for Mets in strong June, More Notes

by @ 3:45 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

The New York Mets have stepped up in June winning consecutive series in Atlanta and Philadelphia for the first time in FOREVER. David Wright has been amazing in The Month, hitting .340 with 4 homers and 11 RBI while clubbing 9 doubles and scoring 13 runs. He collected a team record 4 extra base hits vs the Phillies June 23rd and was a single short of the cycle(Hr, Triple and 2 doubles). With the recent trade for Eric Young Jr, the outfield has noticeably stepped up and FINALLY has a set lineup with Young in LF, rookie Juan Lagares in Center and Veteran Marlon Byrd in right. Byrd has been a tremendous signing for the team and has supported Wright in the middle of the order. He has hit 12 homers while driving in 40 with a .804 OPS and solid defense. Young has given the club a much needed legit leadoff man and the New Jersey native has hit .349 with 7 rbi and 5 runs in 10 games with NY. Lagares is hitting better(.288 in June) but he is a difference maker defensively. What was once a huge question mark is now a functional major league unit. Great job by Mets GM Sandy Alderson and his staff.

A major reason why this team has played noticeably better ball over the end of the Month is the starting pitching. People know who Matt Harvey is. He is pretty good. But Both Dillon Gee(3-1,2.73 in 5 starts) and Jeremy Hefner(1-1,1.80) have been outstanding in the Month, while Shawn Marcum has given you workmanlike outings(1-3,4.10 in 3 starts) and allowed only 3 hits in his last outing over 8 frames in Chicago vs the White Sox. Super prospect Zach Wheeler has been up and down in his rookie season and is now 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA in 3 starts after a rough outing Sunday vs the Nationals.( 6 hits, 5 runs in 4 and 2 thirds). A return from injury by LH Jon Niese would do a lot to boast this staff.

Some recent call ups have helped the club, two position players and 3 relievers. SS Omar Quintanilla(.235,9 rbi, 11 runs) has played well after taking over for the injured (and struggling) Ruben Tejada while 1B Josh Satin(.375,4 rbi in 14 games) has hit and played strong D at 1B when the team sent beleaguered Ike Davis to Triple A Las Vegas. While these two are not Cal Ripken Jr or Lou Gehrig, they have provided solid play and after watching both Ruben and Ike become almost automatic outs, their contributions have been noticed. Meanwhile, 3 relievers have helped skipper Terry Collins and a struggling bullpen. After showing promise late in 2012, LHP Josh Satin was brutal in April yet has seemed to have found himself after being called up from Vegas, posting a 1.29 ERA in 9 games(7 innings).Veteran RH Carlos Torres has also pitched great out of the pen(0-1,1.00 ERA in 9 innings, 9 Ks with 2 walks, .129 BAA, .067 WHIP) and looks like a pitcher who has found himself. Meanwhile former ML closer David Aardsma has pitched great in a variety of roles(1.80 ERA in 10 innings with 9 Ks and a walk, .171 BAA) and could see more work in later innings.

METS NOTES:Wright is neck and neck with San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval for the starting 3B slot on the National League All Star team which is being played at CitiField July 16th. This is a big deal for the Mets and their fans. Please support the Franchise and vote, ballots can be cast until 11:59 PM Thursday, July 4th at…. The team has a planned imposed innings limit for Harvey and Collins spoke about it this weekend. The talented right is at 117 for the year, looking for the team to shut him down around 210-220. Harvey currently leads the NL in ERA(2.00), WHIP(0.855) and Strikeouts(132). He is also a strong candidate to start the All Star game for the National League.. Niese will get an MRI on his injured left shoulder this Thursday and the team will have more medical updates then. The team hopes the talented Southpaw can avoid surgery thru a strength program…. Top Prospect C Travis d’Arnaud(Broken foot) continues to rehab in Las Vegas and Mets assistant GM John Ricco the team expects the backstop to play in the majors sometime this season.

June 21, 2013

Some hope for future as 2013 Mets struggle

by @ 5:38 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

RIP Lucifer- July 7,2008-June 14,2013

RIP Lucifer- July 7,2008-June 14,2013

Fans of the New York Mets need to take heart and look at the stated plan of GM Sandy Alderson. He wanted to rebuild the barren farm system and win with pitching, while The 2013 club does not have a lot of positives but a top 4 rotation of Matt Harvey, Jon Niese(Now dealing with a potentially serious shoulder injury), Zach Wheeler and Dillon Gee is something to go to battle with. The ML team has some serious holes to fill but many of the spots are now being manned by kids(OFs Juan Lagares, Andrew Brown and Kirk Niewenhuis as well as SS Omar Quintanilla) and solid vets(OF Marlon Byrd and C John Buck). A key for the remainder of the 2013 would be figuring out what positions you want Daniel Murphy(2b-1B) and Lucas Duda(LF-1B) to open 2014 at. I think both are important core players heading forward. An ideal situation would be Ike Davis(sent down to the minors June 10th) to regain his form so Duda and Murphy can return to their more natural positions.

The recent trade for OF Eric Young, jr. is key for two reasons: he fills major needs as a lead off man and bonafide major league outfielder. He can also play 2B in a pinch but I think Murphy’s best spot is at 2nd. Young is also the type of player who has never been given an everyday job(Under 800 at bats in 3 plus years with the Colorado Rockies). The once highly touted prospect has serious wheels(70 steals in 90 ML attempts) and works at bats to draw walks. I love this move. Meanwhile, Jordany Valdespin struggled with the bat when Manager Terry Collins started him at 2B for about a week. Valdespin remains more of an athlete than polished baseball player at times. While his speed-power combination would aid the Mets greatly, those raw tools have not translated on the diamond. He appears to be a back up or platoon guy at this point.

While I love Mets skipper Terry Collins, I also love the fact that ex 80s Met Wally Backman manages the club’s Triple A Affiliate in Las Vegas. After having an awful opening to the 2013 season, LHRP Josh Edgin was sent down and after Backman and his staff worked with him, Edgin is back up with the big club and pitching great. After posting a 9.64 ERA in 11 April games, The hard throwing lefty has not allowed an earned run in 5 games(4 innings) while K-ing 3. Mets fans should be excited when they hear Davis is hitting .306 with a .459 On base in 9 games. He hit two solo homers Thursday June 20th and has drawn 10 walks while K-ing 9 times. Vegas Hitting coach George Greer( Davis’ previous minor league hitting coach before he was called up in 2010) and Mets minor league roving instructor Lamar Johnson as well as Backman have tutored Davis. Any good organization needs strong instruction and development will be key for the Mets heading forward.

June 15, 2013

RIP Lucifer

by @ 12:54 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

I have not written a column in over 2 weeks and for good reason. My pet and best buddy-Lucifer, the guinea pig- was very ill and needed my undivided attention. Almost 2 months ago he had major surgery and was recovering well initially but over the last month or so relapsed and I had to have him put to sleep last night. He was an amazing, amazing pet and everyone who knew him loved him. He has been with me for almost 5 yrs(July 7,2008- June 14, 2013) which matches up with my first season writing for the Baseball Historians website. I want to dedicate the rest of my season to him, never have I loved something so much and watching him suffer has taken years off my life. I will have a column up here in the next couple of days hopefully but please bare with me. I lost my Best friend 24 hrs ago. RIP Lucifer! NO MORE PAIN!

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