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October 23, 2013

BREAKING METS NEWS: Matt Harvey undergoes Tommy John surgery

by @ 5:45 am. Filed under 2012 Mets

Mets ace Matt Harvey underwent successful Tommy John surgery Tuesday October 22 in Gulf Breeze, Florida. The top sports surgeon in the world, Dr. James Andrews, performed the reconstruction of his right elbow and Harvey ix expected to make a full recovery. The starter for the National League in the 2013 All Star game at CitiField is out for 2014 but with proper rest and rehabilation, should return to the mound in 2015. The Mets have a big hole to fill in the rotation but have a 3 solid major league starters on the roster and a farm system stacked with arms on the way. This offseason is huge for the Mets as they enter 2014.

October 19, 2013

Offseason News: 40 man roster adjustments, New radio home?, Wally Backman expected back with Triple A Mets

by @ 1:57 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

The Mets have made some minor moves in the past couple of days to prepare for the Rule 5 draft(November 20th) and the post World Series deadline 40 man roster adjustment. Teams must have all eligible players they do not want to expose to the draft on their 40 man roster 5 days after the conclusion of the World Series. For a team like NY that has a strong farm system and promising future, these are important dates. The Mets have 8 players on the 60 day DL including big names like 1B Ike Davis, SP Matt Harvey and closer Bobby Parnell. These players must be transfered to the 40 man or could be eligible for the draft. The team lost LHP Robert Carson(Los Angeles Angels) and OF Mike Baxter(Los Angeles Dodgers) to waiver claims this week and currently has 36 players on the 40 man. With some minor moves and cuts, GM Sandy Alderson should be able to manage this situation.

METS NOTES: Numerous media reports have the team and News radio 710 WWO AM nearing a deal after the Mets 27 year partneship with WFAN ended after the 2013 campaign. WWOR has the same wattage level as WFAN and Howie Rose, the long time voice of the Mets, would be retained. No word on his partner Josh Lewin…. Good news for Mets fans and Wally Backman supporters. Several media outlets are reporting the popular former NY 2nd baseman will be retained and continue in his role managing the team’s top minor league team at Triple A Las Vegas. Backman led the team to a 81-63 record and Pacific Coast League playoff berth. More importantly, he is praised for his work and development with young players. This is a win-win for both Backman and the Mets. Personally, I love the guy.

October 10, 2013

My Offseason plan for Mets- Part 1

by @ 5:50 am. Filed under 2012 Mets

The 2013 New York Mets made tremendous progress and this writer is a great example of how far this group has come. I have been a Mets fan since 1979, seen a lot of good and bad. The Last 3-4 seasons(2009 and on) have been tough to watch and brutal to cover. Quite often I could not wait for the season to end. However, when the Mets 2013 campaign concluded I was sad. I genuinely liked watching this team play, a big part of this is the Mets amazing announcing trio of Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez. But those 3 have been on the mike when I looked forward to the season being over. This team was different and I think the reason is hope. You see young talent and improvement, you see what the team has coming off the books and what the Mets can spend in the offseason. As the old saying goes you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Lets look at how one of the most important off seasons in team history should unfold.

POSITIONS FILLED: Obviously, the Mets are set at Third Base. Some guy named David Wright has manned that spot since 2004. I am a big Daniel Murphy guy and would like to see the team stick with him at 2nd. Young Catcher Travis d’Arnaud should be the present and future behind the plate, the team also has a promising Triple A option in Juan Centeno and an up and comer at Single A as well. I love great outfield defense and Juan Lagares does enough with the glove to carry a .250 average in CF. The Mets should be solid at 1B as well with a platoon of involving Josh Satin and the winner of the Ike Davis- Lucas Duda front office debate. Not sure where you will play him but I am a big Eric Young Jr. guy. Ideally, I would add 2 offensive players in shortstop and Rightfield then find a low cost option to platoon with Young in Left.

The Mets pitching remains a strength organization wide even with the recent news of pending Tommy John Surgery for ace Matt Harvey(9-5,2.27 ERA in 26 starts)The team has 3 very good starting pitchers returning in RHs Dillon Gee and Zach Wheeler as well as south paw Jon Niese. Top prospect Noah Syndergaard was one of the starting pitchers in the 2013 Future’s Game at Citi Field and appears to be on the fast track to the big club ala Harvey(2012) and Wheeler(2013) by mid season. Scouts throughout baseball continue to marvel at his potential. Bullpen wise, closer Bobby Parnell(5-5,2.16 ERA,22 saves) was outstanding in his first full season in the role but a herniated disk in his neck-back area ended his 2013 campaign. Reports on his recovery have been promising but the Mets need to have a plan B in place. Manager Terry Collins made great use of trade deadline acquistion Vic Black(3-0,3.71 in 18 games with his 1st ML save) as well as Gonzalez Germen(1-2,3.93 ERA) in late innings while veteran Carlos Torres(4-6,3.33 ERA in 33 games with 9 starts) filled a variety of needs in a swing man role. A key to the Met’s bullpen in 2014 is healthy return of LH Josh Edgin, who was strong after a late season callup in 2012, struggled in early 2013(9.64 ERA in 11 April games) yet was great when recalled (1.29 ERA in 9 June Games, 0.73 in 14 July Games) from Triple A before missing the end of the year due to injury. A strong left handed reliever is vital for Collins, who tends to favor a matchup game.

October 5, 2013

BREAKING METS NEWS: Matt Harvey to Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Out for 2014

by @ 5:21 am. Filed under 2012 Mets

Mets ace Matt Harvey(Partially torn UCL ligament in his pitching elbow) had a change of heart and has decided to undergo Tommy John Surgery the team announced Friday October 4th. After consulting with team doctors and world renowned sports injury specialist Dr. James Andrews Harvey was going to attempt to rehab his injured elbow with a throwing program and alternative methods. However the ligament could snap at anytime and both the pitcher and team feel this is the best option both long and short term. The procedure will occur by the end of October and normal recovery time is 15 months. Dr. Andrews will perform the operation and the Mets hope to have Harvey for the start of the 2015 season. The good news here? Mets GM Sandy Alderson knows he most add at least one solid starting pitcher via either trade or free agency, NY has 3 reliable starters in LH Jon Niese and RHs Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler. Top pitchng prospect Noah Syndergaard is a good bet to join the team around midseason ala Harvey(2012) and Wheeler(2013) but should not be counted on to open 2014 in Queens.

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