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July 27, 2013

Mets go to 6 man rotation, Lagares wins starting CF job

by @ 12:36 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

In a move that both protects their future and puts an emphasis on a team strength, Mets Manager Terry Collins announced Friday July 26th that the club will use a 6 man pitching rotation among the starters. Recent strong outings by Jenrry Mejia and Carlos Torres give the Mets options and depth among the starters and this move will also allow the team to limit the innings of ace Matt Harvey and prime prospect Zack Wheeler. Veterans Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner will round out the rotation. Meanwhile, LHSP Jon Niese continues to rehab a rotator cuff injury in his shoulder in the minor leagues. The plan might change if the team continues to win and Harvey could pitch more games, according to Collins.

METS NOTES:Red hot Juan Lagares has won the everyday CF job with his bat and outstanding OF defense. The rookie recently won the National League Player of the Week award and after hitting .271 in June has hammered the ball at a .373 clip(11 rbi, .990 OPS) in July. In order to keep Mejia up, the Mets sent OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Triple A Las Vegas. The move leaves NY temporarily with a short bench of 4 position players: OF Andrew Brown, INFs Justin Turner and Josh Satin as well as backup catcher Anthony Recker. This could be an issue with both OF Eric Young Jr(Knee) and Turner(Shoulder) dealing with minor injuries… The Mets have lost 9 games on walk-off hits, the 2nd highest total in MLB…. Veteran RH RP Latroy Hawkins has allowed only 5 home runs in 44 and 2/3 innings in 2013 and 4 earned runs in 22 appearances since the start of June… Harvey has allowed 1 run or fewer in 13 starts this season and he has received a no decision in 6 of those games…. The Mets have gone 7-2-2 in their last 11 road series and where 15-8 in the last 23 road games going into today in Washington…. NY’s record since Wheeler joined the rotation June 18th: 21-14

July 18, 2013

Solid All Star game helps spur Mets towards 2nd Half

by @ 6:11 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

After the Mets showcased their impressive off field product(Citi Field) and high end talent(Franchise 3B David Wright and Ace P Matt Harvey) during the All Star festivities this week, the rest of the club and it’s two stars must prepare for the 2nd half the season. The team stands at 41-50 at the break but has been playing solid ball over the past 3 weeks or so, including a 6-3 road trip to end the 1st half. Lets look at some areas to focus on in the 2nd half.

QUESTIONABLE POSITIONS: The Mets appear set at two positions for the foreseeable future- 3B(Wright) and 2B(Daniel Murphy). I also like our Catching situation with veteran leader John Buck starting, Anthony Recker backing up and Travis d’Arnaud a top prospect at Triple A. I know it has been less than a month since he was traded here but I LOVE Eric Young Jr in Left Field. He is in the middle of everything and gives this team a legit lead off man and outfield defense. The next positions to focus on are Shortstop and the two other OutField slots. I think Omar Quintanilla is a solid stop gap guy at SS and has really helped this team but he will never be confused with Cal Ripken Jr. We need a long term solution at that spot.

Centerfield is a battle between two defensive oriented youngsters in Kirk Niewenhuis and Juan Lagares. Both have struggled with the bat but shown promise. Ideally, the team would love one of them to grab hold of the job and take off. A positive note? Both have started to make marked improvements at the plate. In their last 20 games, Lagares has hit .286 with 8 RBI while Niewenhuis batted .275 with 2 homer runs and 10 RBI. They way these two catch the ball, the Mets would be happier than pigs in Mud with that type of production from CenterField. RF Marlon Byrd has been great for the Mets but he is on the wrong side of 35 and by the time this team is ready to be perennial contender, he will winding down his career.This spot is a position where the Mets might look for a big time free agent and/or trade in the offseason. Carlos Gonzalez? Giancarlo Stanton? Shin-Soo Choo? When the season started in April, fans thought Ike Davis’ strong 2nd half in 2012 would help him take off big time in 2013 but the popular slugger has regressed big time and has been awful in 2013. Davis has hit .165 with 5 home runs in 212 at bats. He is at best a platoon player right now with the surprising Josh Satin(.361, 9 doubles, 8 rbi and 1.044 OPS in 61 at bats) taking major reps at First.

REVOLVING ROTATION:With Harvey’s breakout season and the recent Call up of top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler, the talent increase in the starting rotation has been noticeable and drawn acclaim. However, 2 names that have not drawn headlines are fellow Starters Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner. Hefner has been the top statistical pitcher in baseball since June(Look it up) and battles every time he takes the mound. Gee was in danger of losing his spot in the rotation before he regained his touch and has posted two Sub 3.10 ERAs in consecutive months. People need to remember this guy has major surgery to repair a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder, ending his 2012 campaign in June of the same year. Gee also won 13 games on a Bad 2011 Mets team. If and when this team gets veteran lefty Jon Niese back, this rotation could really be devastating.

TRADE DEADLINE:The Mets have apparently found their own home grown closer with Bobby Parnell finally living up to his vast potential in 2013. The 5th year ML has saved 17 games in 20 opportunities and won 5 with a 2.30 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. With the high value on bullpen help, teams might offer a ton for the talented righty but look for the Mets to keep Parnell.Byrd might also draw offers but his leadership and age will more than likely keep him in Queens. The bullpen has straightened itself out in recent weeks with the combination of improvement from the rotation and recent recalls-acquisitions. Names like Aardsma, Torres and Edgin have helped turn a weakness into a viable ML unit. Any help to LH specialist Scott Rice, 2nd in the NL with 49 appearances, would be welcomed. Veteran Relievers Tim Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano are both progressing in rehab assigments from surgery and could join the club sometime in the 2nd half.

July 15, 2013

Matt Harvey to Start for National League Tuesday Night

by @ 7:29 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

In only his first full season in the major leagues, Mets RHSP Matt Harvey has been selected as the Starting Pitcher for the National League in the 2013 All Star Game Tuesday night at Citi Field in Queens. #33 is 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and 147 strikeouts in 130 innings while posting the 2nd best WHIP(0.92) and 3rd best opponents batting average(.196) in the NL. He is the 3rd Mets pitcher to start an All Star Game, joining Dwight Gooden(1986,1988) and Tom Seaver(1970). Harvey will be the 5th pitcher to start a game at home since Expansion in 1961. This is a huge accomplishment for both Harvey and the Mets. And one that has shown what fans of the beleaguered franchise see in seasons to come: HOPE! The team now features Harvey and super prospect Zach Wheeler and in Sundays Futures game, the two starting pitchers(Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero) were Mets prospects! Harvey joins Gooden and fellow NY legend RF Darryl Strawberry(Both in 1984) as Mets players selected to the all star game in their first full season in the majors.

July 13, 2013

Veteran Byrd, New Met Young Jr. team with Kids to stabilize Mets OF

by @ 1:00 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

A comeback season from a camp invitee and recent trade have helped jump start the 2013 New York Mets and turn a long time weakness into a strength. When you tune into the games on SNY, look at this Outfield. 10 yr+ pro Marlon Byrd made the team in spring training and has been a strong middle of the order bat all season, hitting .263 with 15 home runs and 49 rbi in 77 ganmes. The Mets everyday rightfielder has hit for power(.804 OPS) while playing strong defense . Byrd’s presence in the lineup has helped protect star 3B David Wright with 1B Ike Davis struggling and LF Lucas Duda injured. Meanwhile, the team made a minor move(Trade with Colorado Rockies) that became major quickly when NY acquired Eric Young JR to play in the Outfield and bat leadoff. In a 22 games with the Mets, the spark plug has hit .296 ,scored 15 runs and driven in 16. Just a great underrated acquisition by the Mets front office. With these two claiming everyday spots in the lineup, Mets skipper Terry Collins has mixed and matched talented youngsters Kirk Nieuwenhuis(.344, 2 homers, 7 rbi in July) and Juan Lagares(Improved Batting average every month, .271 in June, .304 in July) in Centerfield. These two bring athleticism and energy to the field and both are excellent defensively. 3rd Year Major Leaguer Andrew Brown has also contributed as a 4th-5th OF and pinch hitter(.294 in 17 July ABs). Suddenly, The Mets have a Major League level Outfield!

July 10, 2013

Wright, Harvey set to play for NL in All Star game at Citi Field, Hot Hefner, Marcum,Niese news, More Mets notes

by @ 6:15 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

The Mets will have two players in the 2013 All Star Game Tuesday Night July 16th at Citi Field and could have both starting the contest. The franchise face(3B David Wright) won the voting and will still at Third for the NL while the franchise future(RHSP Matt Harvey) is a strong favorite to be the starting pitcher for the National League. Harvey is dealing with a blister issue on right index finger and the Mets will skip his last start of the first half to get the injury treated and also keep his innings limited. The 24 yr old threw 169 1/3 innings in 2012 between Triple AAA and The majors and the Mets would like to increase the work load by no more than 30%(Around 221 innings), according the Mets skipper Terry Collins. Collins also stated that Harvey will be available to pitch in the All Star Game. The decision is in the hands of NL(and World Champion San Francisco Giants) Manager Bruce Bochy and almost every factor points to Harvey starting this game.

HOT HEFNER: As great as Harvey is, the best pitcher on the Mets and (ALL of MLB statistically) since June has been RHSP Jeremy Hefner. In 5 June starts, he was 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA and in his first 2 July starts, the 3rd yr ML is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA. Collins mentioned today on his weekly radio spot on WFAN with Mike Francesca that Hefner might be a big part of the Mets future.

FANS GOT IT WRIGHT: I could talk for years about what David Wright means to this team on and off the field and I do but when you watch this guy play everyday and how he competes and battles for a team that has not always been easy to compete and battle for, you would be proud you have this guy as your captain. Watch how respected he is by other players and other teams, when he plays for Team USA in events he is the LEADER. This 3 day event should showcase this guy more. If you want to see one of the coolest things you will see in years, go to sny.tv and look up the story involving Mets fan Max Rubin and the Captain.

MARCUM,NIESE UPDATES: LHSP Jon Niese(3-6,4.32 ERA in 13 starts) was cleared to begin rehabbing his partially torn left rotator cuff July 8th and will not require surgery. He claims to be feeling better and has reported to the Mets complex in Port St. Lucie to work towards a return. The news on veteran RHSP Shaun Marcum was not as good as he is done for the year with circulation problem that involves a blocked artery(Thoracic Outlet Syndrome) and will require surgery. The Mets will move Carlos Torres into Marcum’s rotation spot and he will also take Harvey’s turn Saturday in Pittsburgh.

METS NOTES: Anyone who reads this blog knows I am a HUGE fan of Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis and he had a historic night on July 5th. He became only the 8th Met to reach base 6 times in a game when he had 4 hits and 2 walks. He also drove in 5 runs and scored 3 times. Love this kids talent and flair for big performances in big spots. By the way, the Mets are 16-9 since Kirk hit a 3 run homer in the 9th to beat the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on Father’s Day June 16th…. Collins and everyone else who watches this team has been impressed 1B-OF Josh Satin, who has hit .362 in 21 games and is in the middle of everything when he plays. Even with the return of 1B Ike Davis from AAA, the rookie will see playing time. According to Collins, the two will platoon with Davis facing righties and Satin southpaws…. One area where the Mets have really got increased production in 2013 is behind the plate. Both catchers,veteran John Buck(excellent defense, 14 homers, 46 rbi) and youngster Anthony Recker(5 homers in 72 at bats), have really helped this team and made up for an injury plagued year by top prospect Travis d’Amaud…. Wright will serve as the captain of the NL Home Run derby team and will compete with 3 players he selected: The NL’s leading homer run hitter Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez, 2nd year phenom and Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper and David’s childhood friend, Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer. Interesting to note that Wright consulted with MLB officials and thru their polling and voting systems informed him that Harper was the top fan choice. If you ever go to a Nationals game and watch Bryce take BP, you will know why. Wright’s boys will compete vs the AL Derby team, led by Yankees 2B Robinson Cano. He picked Detroit Tigers 1B Prince Fielder, The leading HR hitter in all of MLB, Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis and Oakland A’s OF Yoenis Cespedes to represent the American League.

July 4, 2013

A team to be Proud of

by @ 5:45 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

With my Bruins losing the Stanley Cup and recent passing of my little buddy Lucifer, I have been focusing more on the Mets on a daily-nightly basis. Say what you want about the ownership,lack of talent,etc this team plays HARD. Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson and David Wright deserve a lot of credit. This is not the most talented team in MLB but after watching this team play through a brutal schedule of games over the last 10-12 days I am proud to be a Mets fan. I watched them battle a 1st place Arizona Diamondbacks team over 4 death matches. Everything was hard, tough and workmanlike. Both exhilarating and draining at the same time. Today on two different occasions, down late in extra innings, youngsters homered to extend the game. Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and all is a nice headline grabber but when you see this team and the parts coming together and maturing, that gives you hope. Call ups like Omar Quintanilla, Andrew Brown and Josh Satin are making an impact while reclamation projects like Marlon Byrd, David Aardsma and John Buck have helped right the ship. This is not the 1976 Cincinnati Reds but this is not the 1962 Mets either. This team shows up, competes and makes you work to win. Anthony Recker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis made me proud to be both a fan and reporter for the New York Mets today. 25 guys who could have lied down on a travel day and battled for almost 6 hours and 15 innings. Big things ahead. Rome was not built in a day but attitude is a huge part of setting the foundation.

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