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April 28, 2014

Mets complete Home stand 6-4, Early signs of Success, Mets Notes

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The New York Mets ended a tough 10 game home stand vs the Atlanta Braves(1 win in 3 games), St. Louis Cardinals(3 of 4) and Miami Marlins(2-3) 6-4,winning 2 of the 3 series. The surprising Mets are now 14-11 after 25 after losing their first 3 games of the season. The Pitching- particularly the starting rotation(6th Best ERA in the NL at 3.46 thru 25 games)- has been great early and with the offense struggling to mount any kind of run support, vital to team success. The Mets team ERA is 13th out of 30 ML teams and New York is 18th in runs allowed. Meanwhile, the team is 29th in batting average yet 19th in runs. The club’s leadoff man-Eric Young Jr- is a great example of how this team works. His batting average is low (.216) yet his on base(.320) and runs(20) are high. EY makes things happen. Sundays win(4/27) broke a 20 game streak where he reached base. Terry Collins- who kicks and screams about how important having this guy in the lineup- should take a bow. For the Mets to sustain this early success and good vibe, they must hit and score more runs. Only 3 regulars- 3B David Wright, 1B Lucas Duda and 2B Daniel Murphy- are hitting .250. Unless your pitchers are Sandy Koufax, Walter Johnson, Bob Gibson and God, that is not the ideal recipe for success. I am not overly concerned for several reasons. I think guys like OFs Chris Young(2 Homers in 4 days) and Curtis Granderson are proven pros while C Travis d’Arnaud has started to show promise and put together good at bats. All 3 have hit balls hard consistently for outs recently while Young has shown power. As much as Granderson has struggled(Sub .150 BA) he had two game winning RBI during the home stand and has responded well to being moved to the #2 hole in the batting order. This team will hit. Mark my words.

METS NOTES:OF Juan Lagares(Hamstring) is starting to play in rehab games at Triple A Las Vegas and could return within the next week, he is eligible to come off the DL Wednesday April 30th… RHSP Dillon Gee is becoming scary good, since last May he has the 7th best ERA in MLB(2.75). When you factor in 2012, his ERA is 3.47. In that time period(41 starts) he has tossed a quality start(6 or more innings, 3 earned runs or less) 65% of the time…..The comeback win Friday Night 4/25 vs the Marlins in the bottom of the 9th was a thriller. The Mets pieced together 4 hits- Duda, SS Omar Quintanilla(rbi single), OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Granderson(GWRBI)- to beat Miami’s tough closer Steve Cishek, who had converted a franchise record 33 straight save opportunities before the NY rally… Two areas to focus on: Shortstop and Bullpen. If this team is going to be compete in 2014 either internal or external players must step up. Not sure if the Kyle Farnsworth’s and Dice K’s of the world can hold up over 162 in the 9th inning. I hope (and know!) Collins and his boss, Mets GM Sandy Alderson, realize this as well. SS? Play defensively is fine but this offense is not good enough to get sub .250 with no power or speed out of a position. I know Cal Ripken Jr is not coming out of the Locker Room but I would take Eric Aybar or Jed Lowrie tomorrow.I am not a Stephen Drew guy plus I like seeing Scott Boras look bad. LOL. I am willing to bet large sums of money the Mets September ShortStop is not on the current roster…. Early in his Mets tenure but I like what I have seen from veteran OF Bobby Abreu. Guy is a veteran, seen it all and looks like a pro in each at bat. This team lacks off the bench threats and he can hit the odd bomb or draw a walk late in games. Plus Terry will get him an occasional day in the field. Win, win for everyone involved.

April 22, 2014

No way Jose: Valverde removed from closer spot, Farnsworth gets the 9th, Granderson slumping but gets winner, Vet bat joins crowded OF

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Putrid performances in 3 straight outings(4 Home runs in 3 innings, 24.00 ERA) have forced Mets skipper Terry Collins to remove veteran Jose Valverde from the closer position and fellow camp invitee Kyle Farnsworth was elevated to the role. However, Farnsworth has not thrown back to back yet so on an odd day someone like Gonzalez Germen or Carlos Torres might get a save chance. This position could be influx til June or the entire season. The Mets need to bridge the gap until either they can add a veteran(Joe Hanrahan or Ryan Madson), make a trade or a pitcher in the minors steps up and is promoted to the Big club. Farnsworth earned his save as a Met Monday night April 21st at Citi Field vs the Cardinals.

METS NOTES:Collins has moved struggling outfielder Curtis Granderson(sub .150 average, tons of strikeouts, 1 homer) out of the cleanup spot and into the 2 hole. The big ticket free agent signing of the offseason had tremendous success hitting #2 while playing in the Bronx. 2B Daniel Murphy is now hitting #4 but kepe an eye on Lucas Duda. His combination of power and on base makes sense in that spot. I call him JV Giambi(Former AL MVP Jason Giambi) for a reason…… The Mets added a veteran bat off the bench in Outfielder Bobby Abreu Monday. The longtime Philadelphia Phillie can play the odd day in the field but he can draw a walk, hit a homer and still run a bit. New York lacks a stick off the bench and Abreu fits in perfectly. OF Andrew Brown was optioned out to Las Vegas to open a roster spot….Fans knew this team would catch the ball in the Outfield with 4 players who can play all 3 positions but this team has been great defensively from day 1. The biggest noticeable improvement has been Ruben Tejada and Murphy at SS and 2B. The two have combined to make some incredible double play turns and clearly worked hard to make this a team strength.

April 19, 2014

Duda Day: Mets trade Ike Davis, Lucas Duda grabs the First Base job

by @ 1:03 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

In a move that is beneficial to both the player(s) and team, the New York Mets traded Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a minor league reliever and player to be named later Friday April 18th. This trade had to happen after the Mets shopped Davis for much of the offseason and the organization liked the combination of power and on base percentage Lucas Duda brings to the position. New York brings in righty reliever Zack Thornton, a ground ball specialist, who will start at Triple A and could help the Mets pen sometime this year. The key to this transaction is the player to be named and according to credible sources ,like MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, NY will add a significant piece.

This was a tough night for the Mets players and fans like myself who liked Ike and wanted him to do well. But injuries, inconsistences and poor play forced GM Sandy Alderson’s hand. Having Duda and Davis on the 25 man roster over 162 games would not work and cost the team wins. Roster flexibility is key and a player like Josh Satin, who can play multiple positions, allows skipper Terry Collins to go to war without a hand tied behind his back. Davis was very popular within the Mets locker room and the core group of this team- David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and Bobby Parnell- are roughly the same age and have been together for 4-5 years in the big leagues. It was understandable that the team looked flat Friday night. As Collins said post game, these players are people too. As a reporter, this was tough to watch. Ike Davis was viewed as a future corner stone but did not workout and was moved. Tough to take.

I want to wish Ike Davis well- he was fun to cover and on the SNY broadcasts this year, Mets broadcasters and Collins have gone out of their way to mention how popular Ike was within the locker room. When the Mets were considering to sent him down to Las Vegas two years ago, Collins had 15-20 players outside his office waiting for word. Sideline reporter Kevin Burkhardt told a story last night about how he was having a rough day pregame a couple of years ago and Davis- in midst of a terrible slump- came over and tried to cheer him up. A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Playing in NY is not always easy and when the team is bad, very difficult. I know this was best for all parties involved but I will always root for Ike. Glad he is going to a good, young, up coming team in Pittsburgh with one of the best minds in the game in Clint Hurdle managing. Good Luck, Ike!

April 16, 2014

Mets complete West Coast Trip at 6-3 after sweep in Arizona, Lagares DL-ed, More Mets notes

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People laughed at me when I predicted good things for this team. Listen, I love the Mets and have for over 30 years but I get paid to report not promote. This team has pitching and athletes who can make plays defensively and on the bases. They play hard and this Manager(Terry Collins) has created an environment of effort and competition in a losing environment. That is not easy to do. You ever notice how the Mets get short chained on travel-off days and why they get shipped out to the West Coast from Atlanta in April? The commissioner’s office(and our friends in the Bronx) do not respect this team and want them to fail. Thats ok. Clearly, Joe Torre has memory loss.(First Managing Job with the Mets–look it up!) You win and lose on the field. This group has character and talent. The worm has turned. No more rolling out the balls and bats and getting the W. You might beat this team but the 2014 New York Mets will make you work and earn it. The first 3 weeks have shown that. This team started 0-3 and is now 8-7 after sweeping the Struggling Diamondbacks to complete a 6-3 city road swing thru Atlanta(Won 2 of 3), Anaheim(1 win) and Arizona. The sign of a good club is depth- guys like catcher Anthony Recker, OF Eric Young, 1B Lucas Duda and recent call up Kirk Nieuwenhuis all came up big during the trip and the Mets need contributions from EVERYONE if this season is going to be successful.

Juan Gone: One of the negatives of this week was a hamstring injury to rookie CF Juan Lagares, who was really playing well. The defensive hi-light reel was hitting over .300 and carrying my fantasy team!!!!!!! He has been DL-ed but initial reports have the a minor issue and Lagares could be back by early May. Nieuwenhuis is a very good defender and Both Youngs- Eric Jr and Chris- can also play CF. Meanwhile, Chris(Quad) is back with the team and will be activate off the DL for Friday’s opener vs the Braves at Citi Field. Lets hope both Chris and Juan are ok. I really like both players and this outfield in general. Meanwhile, free agent signee Curtis Granderson missed the final 2 games off the trip after running into the wall while making a defensive play. The Mets cleanup hitter escaped serious injury but was very stiff, sore and bruised on most of the left side of his body. He should return to the lineup sometime this weekend. New York wants to be careful with Granderson, who had a tough season in 2013 with two major injuries.

Mets Notes: The John Lannan experiment has ended and he was outrighted to Triple A pre game Thursday. Daisuke Matsuzaka has been recalled after pitching great in Las Vegas(2.25 ERA in 2 games) and will help in a long relief role. However, starters Bartolo Colon(Back) and Jenrry Mejia(Blister) are both less than 100% and any rotation depth would be a great asset…. Eric Young has been great over the last 9 games, hitting .333 with 12 runs and 9 stolen bases. People laughed when Collins said if he has a .350 On base he would score 120 runs. The man is the skipper of the Mets for a reason…. Dillon Gee was great Thursday, no runs over 7+ innings and did it economically. He became the 3rd Met in franchise history to throw 7+ innings using 75 pitches…. I know Travis d’Arnaud(.182, homer but hits in 3 of last 4 starts) has not hit much but I love the tandem of d’Arnaud and Recker behind the plate. Are they Mike Piazza? No but check out the lack of catching in MLB, this is a good unit in Queens… Two areas than concern me(Because I do have two eyes): Jose Valverde and Ruben Tejada. I watched Valverde for his entire career in Detroit and when he is bad, he is BAD. Think Armando Benitez on steroids. If this guy is the Mets closer for 6 months, we will need ambulances nightly at Citi Field. Good guy, teammate, etc but man, does he give up BOMBS. I am willing to give Ruben more rope because I am using it to hang Jose but Tejada is next. He just has awful at bats at times and Bobby Ojeda talks about it all the time on the Mets SNY post game show. I am old enough to have watched Bobby O pitch and when I see him talking about a lack of adjustments(Chasing high pitches as example) it makes me want to drink. I like- no love-Omar Quintanilla as a backup but neither player hits enough to draw 140 starts. This is a huge problem for New York and the Mets will be linked to Stephen Drew until he is on a major league team.

April 6, 2014

Mets cap interesting first week 2-4 vs two strong clubs

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The New York Mets finished the opening home stand 2-4 vs the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field Sunday. The Nats- who seem to have New York’s number- swept 3 games while the Mets took 2 of 3 from the Reds. One constant for New York was starting pitching- in 5 of the 6 games, Mets starters posted quality starts(6 innings or more, 3 earned runs allowed). The lone game where the starter did not was Sunday’s game when Jon Niese was pulled with a pitch limit(90, still recovering from minor injuries in Spring Training) after allowing 2 runs in 5 and 2 thirds of an inning. Dillon Gee(Twice), Bartolo Colon, Jenrry Mejia and Zack Wheeler have all pitched well and kept the team in games. Meanwhile, veterans Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth have helped ease the burden of the unfortunate injury to closer Bobby Parnell and had strong outings with the new club. Mets fans need to be both guarded and optimistic after week 1, these are two of the better teams in the National League and although the Reds were minus star closer Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati is still tough. The Mets competed and did not look out of place. This team has a lot of new players and needs time to gel but they are tough and have talent. The days of people getting healthy vs the New York Mets are over.

METS NOTES: OF Chris Young was placed on the DL with a quad issue and Niese took his spot on the 25 man roster. Look for Eric Young to play left field almost exclusively in his absence with Andrew Brown(3 run homer on opening day) getting occasional work… The team announced Friday April 4th that Lucas Duda would be the starting First Baseman heading forward. Duda responded with 2 home runs. Meanwhile, Ike Davis hit an incredible walk off grand slam as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 9th Saturday to cap a 6-3 win. Honestly, the best Mets win in about 6 years. Manager Terry Collins will continue to look for ways to get Davis some work and with several games coming up on the road vs American League teams look for Davis to DH…. 2B Daniel Murphy, his wife and new born son are the 1st non story- story of the year. What #28 and his family do and are allowed under the CBA is not news. People taking shots at a guy being a good father and husband are. The Met organization supported the player and he returned to the team a day early. Some people need to report that. Daniel Murphy is a good player, works hard and did absolutely nothing wrong. END OF STORY…. While I am on my soap box let me toss out this stat- and those who read my blog know I am a BIG Curtis Granderson fan- 3 players in the history of the New York Yankees have had seasons of 40+ home runs, 100= rbi and 100+ runs back to back. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and…. CURTIS GRANDERSON. Stop with the Jason Bay, Mo Vaughn and Roberto Alomar references. Call me in July…. While the injury to Chris Young stinks for Chris, CF Juan Lagares has seized an opportunity offensively(.350, homer, 3 rbi, 5 runs, 1.117 OPS) while playing spectacular defense. I cannot say this enough- play this kid everyday, twice on Sunday. HE IS A PLAYER!!!!!!!

BREAKING METS NEWS: Bobby Parnell to have Tommy John Surgery, Out for 2014

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The New York Mets and their beleaguered bullpen took a major hit Sunday night when it was announced closer Bobby Parnell will undergo Tommy John Surgery Tuesday and be lost for the remainder of the 2014 season. After blowing a save in the season opener, Parnell underwent an MRI on his right elbow which showed a partially-torn MCL. Originally the team was hoping to rehab the injury with rest and a throwing program. However, by having the surgery now a return for the start of the 2015 campaign is realistic. The normal recovery time for Tommy John is 12 months. Of course, Mets ace Matt Harvey had a similar procedure last October as well. New York will continue to use Jose Valverde in the 9th and could possibly groom a Triple A pitcher such as Rafael Montero or Jacob deGrom to fill the role. Street free agents such as Ryan Madson, Kevin Gregg or Joel Hanrahan are also options. I cannot say this enough- the Mets cannot and will not use this injury as an excuse. It stinks, sucks,etc for Bobby, the players, Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson,etc. But injury provides opportunity and the team that won the World Series in 2013- The Boston Red Sox-had 2 closers go down and turned to Koji Uehara, who was both dominant and historic(4-1 in 73 games, 21 for 24 in saves, 101 Ks to 9 walks, 1.09 ERA and .57 WHIP). MLB is not going to cancel the Mets season or feel sorry for them. The show most go on. This team can and will win games without Bobby Parnell.

April 2, 2014

BREAKING METS NEWS: Bobby Parnell has tear in Pitching elbow

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The Mets season fortunes took a major hit on Tuesday April 1st and unfortunately it was not a joke. Closer Bobby Parnell, who had surgery on a disc-neck problem late in 2013, was diagnosed with partial tear of the UCL in his right throwing elbow. This type of injury usually requires Tommy John Surgery(Jeremy Heffner had a similar issue in 2013) but the team is hoping a treatment plan will give Parnell the ability to return in 2014. The righty will rest for 2 weeks after receiving a plasma rich therapy injection and resume a throwing program at that date. The Mets will then make a determination medically on how to head forward. Let it be noted that Matt Harvey tried a similar approach with a different type of ligament(UCL) but still required Tommy John. Free agent signee Jose Valverde is the top option on the current roster to close games.

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