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June 29, 2014

Mets, Wright appear to have dodged Bullet

by @ 10:45 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The Mets 3B, Team captain and franchise face, David Wright, will miss his 3rd straight game today with a bruised rotator cuff in his left shoulder. The good news is with these off days, rest and treatment, the team and player hope to avoid a DL stint. An MRI Saturday revealed the injury and Mets assistant GM John Ricco said the team will have a better idea of how to progress after #5 is examined Monday. Rookie INF-OF Eric Campbell has been getting most of the work at 3B and Manager Terry Collins has contingency plans in place for players to move around including Daniel Murphy(his natural position) and Eric Young JR(Has played 2B and OF at all levels) shuffling spots. Wright is tough- played with a broken back for about a month 2 years ago and a bad hamstring last year before blowing it out— so when he goes to the medical staff and manager with an injury, you should be alarmed. Mets fans everywhere are keeping their fingers crossed but positive signs so far.

June 23, 2014

Pitching keeps club within range, Medical updates, Mets Notes

by @ 4:18 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The starting rotation and young bullpen(led by Closer Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia) continue to keep the flawed NY Mets afloat in the tough NL East. Led by Jon Niese(ML high 19 straight quality start streak from 2013 to today) and Bartolo Colon(5-0, 1.66 ERA last 6 outings), the starters have been incredible,helping the team win 4 of 7 in a tough road stretch at St. Louis and Miami. The offense has seen some subtle improvements with 1B Lucas Duda and CF Curtis Granderson stepping up in particular. Meanwhile, SS Ruben Tejada continues to chip in with clutch hits and more quality at bats. Near the end of the trip, Captain David Wright really started to hit like David Wright. One more noticeable aspect of progress was more meaningful outs- advancing runners, sacrifice flies,etc- Niese even plated a run with a well timed suicide squeeze in Sunday’s win. I also think the return of Eric Young Jr. has helped the team offensively and defensively. Chris Young looks like a major free agent bust and Young Jr brings energy and spark whenever he plays. Unfortunately, the “other” Young looks to be on his last legs and the team is rumored to be considering cutting the veteran later this week.

METS MASH: Good news on the Medical front regarding the 2 key Mets injuries: SP Dillon Gee(Back) and CF Juan Lagares(Ribs). Gee will start a rehab game sometime early this week and has progressed well medically. He was fine after a recent throwing session that saw him toss 50 pitches. Lagares, arguably the Mets best player before he was injured, playing minor league games now and could rejoin the big club as early as Thursday. The health of both of these men is vital to the future of the team.

METS NOTES: C Travis d’Arnaud will be recalled sometime this week, as early as Tuesday or Wednesday according to various media outlets. The promising rookie has been lights out since being demoted to Triple A Las Vegas, hitting .444 with 6 home runs and 16 rbi in 16 games…… Manager Terry Collins has tinkered with the lineup in the past 10 days and has tried hitting the pitcher 8th with the goal getting the lineup to turn over more and get their better hitters more rbi opportunities. He has also tried Granderson in the lead off spot. Granderson hit 1st for many years in Detroit at the start of his career and knows how to reach base but he was brought to Queens to protect Wright. When Lagares returns, look for Juan in the leadoff spot… Rookie Jacob deGrom got his 1st ML win June 21st after pitching well in all 8 starts. Kid has spunk and looks like a keeper. de Grom is now 1-4 with a 3.75 ERA…OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis has played well since his mid week call up and has 3 hits in 6 plate appearances. I am and have always been a BIG fan!…SP Zack Wheeler(3-7,3.93) pitched maybe the finest game of his young ML career Thursday night in Miami. He pitched a complete game 3 hitter while K-ing 8 and walking 1. Control is the only thing holding this kid back and he continues to make steady progress in his 1st full year in the bigs.

June 15, 2014

Pitchers continue to keep Mets afloat, Crucial road trip on tap, Notes

by @ 3:37 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets are an amazing 31-38 and almost all the reasons why their record stands at that clip are offensive. Literally and figuratively. Outside of 2B Daniel Murphy no one on this team has supplied consistent solid at bats, David Wright has been marred in hot and cold spurts all year and is a brutal slump currently but outside of #28, Rookie CF Juan Lagares(2nd stint on DL) was the Mets best offensive weapon. The Mets pitching staff boosts the 12th best ERA in the sport(30 ML teams) and the rotation has 43 quality starts(6 or more innings pitched, 3 earned runs or less). With an average offense, this team would be in first place. However, the Mets are 23rd in runs and 29th in batting average. The club’s saving grace offensively? They are 4th in walks and that translates it their 22nd ranking in on base percentage. Some positives? SS Ruben Tejada and 1B Lucas Duda have started to hit better after tough starts and OF Curtis Granderson, a multi time All Star, has really stepped up in June, hitting .351 with 2 home runs and 7 rbi. Still, any hope for the 2014 season comes down to the Mets hitting. ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!

TOUGH TRIP:The Mets play in so many close games, taxing both the pitchers and everyday players, so any road swing is tough. But after Daisuke Matsuzaka became violently ill in his start June 15th,an overused pen had to toss 8 innings in a 3-1 victory vs San Diego at Citi Field. So going into to play the powerhouse St. Louis Cardinals for 4 games without a day off is not a recipe for success. After departing Missouri, the Mets then face team nemesis, the Miami Marlins for 4 contests in Florida. These next 2-3 weeks are crucial for GM Sandy Alderson and the rest of the Mets talented front office. They must gauge where the team is and what positions need to be addressed or which veterans-youngsters can be moved to strengthen the club heading forward. The All Star break and trade deadline are right around the corner.

Mets Notes:Cannot say enough enough about the contributions P Carlos Torres(3-4,3.43 ERA, 36 games) makes to this team daily. He takes the ball almost every game and has been a team and staff saver. Serious candidate for team MVP…. Veteran Bobby Abreu(.308, 12 rbi, .846 OPS in 78 at bats)) has also been a godsend and shows this team how to take professional at bats and work counts. Great presence on and off the field….Eric Young Jr. is set to come off the DL Monday and if the Mets are serious about 2014, they should consider cutting veteran free agent OF disappointment Chris Young(.196 with 4 homers and 15 rbi in 162 At Bats). The season is almost into July and he has been awful. The Mets have better options in the OF and cannot afford to give away at bats and outs.

June 8, 2014

Commentary: Mets= Mess, Notes

by @ 9:27 am. Filed under Uncategorized

What started out a promising road trip(4 wins in 5 days vs the rival Philadelphia Phillies) has turned into a nightmare for the New York Mets and their fans. A sweep at the hands of the worst organization in American pro sports(The Chicago Cubs) and back to back late inning losses to the powerhouse San Francisco Giants have exposed this team and what it is: a flawed collection of players who routinely make the same mistakes over and over yet fail to adjust. Do they lack talent? Yes. Ruben Tejada will not be confused with Cal Ripken Jr. anytime soon but he should know how to run when a ball hits the right field wall. His mental blunder Saturday night was a rally killer and the latest example of what we see almost nightly with this team. Runners on base and they stay where they are. Guys having horrific at bats, trying to hit 8 run homers and having no clue about how to play winning baseball. This team approach to hitting makes nuts. Terry Collins is a good- NO- GREAT baseball man but something is wrong with this club and change might be good.

When you watch this team hit– they pitch and catch fine- you lose your mind and hair all at once. Swinging at balls 3 feet wide, wasted outs, no adjustments– Listening to broadcasts you wish you could send a flask of something strong to poor Keith Hernandez in the booth. That man was exactly what this team isn-t… smart, efficient, clutch and always one step ahead. He might stroke out on the air if he watches another 100+ games. The other night when the pen blew a game in Chicago(June 3rd, 2-1 loss) , I started watching the movie 300 on another channel mid game. My rationale? I figured those guys died for a reason,a just cause and this group is killing me with the same damn script nightly. Men LOB, pitcher kicks ass, pen comes in with zero margin for error in a close game. And like the movie, I knew the ending of the Mets game. 5 minutes later, Cubs OF Chris Coghlan hit a Josh Edgin mistake into the LeftField stands to tie the game. The hitters leave runners on, the starting pitching keeps the team in the game and the overtaxed pen loses the game. GROUNDHOG DAY!!!!The Mets do not play blowout games-EVER- look at the stat sheet! Why? They do not score runs and do not allow many either. This is a recipe for disaster that taxes your pitching staff. It is brutal on the team and fan base and you see the wear and tear on Captain David Wright and Collins. This team does not lack talent, it lacks performance.

Is this team the ’61 Yankees offensively? No- but you can runs the bases, hit a fly ball with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs or advance a runner a base with this team. And I know OFs Juan Lagares and Eric Young Jr.-two of the better athletes on the team- are out but a major league player should be able to hit a fly ball 1 out of 10 times. A large part of this is on GM Sandy Alderson, who signed two similar low average,good defense, power-speed combo outfielders(Chris Young and Curtis Granderson) this offseason. That type of player does not translate well to cavernous Citi Field. Young has been awful while Granderson has rallied after historically brutal April. Lucas Duda is making progress, yet Travis d’Arnaud(more on him below) is as close to an automatic out as you can have in MLB. A positive? Collins seems to have found a nice working platoon with Tejada and INF Wilmer Flores at SS. Still, this group is severely substandard offensively. Veteran bats- 3B David Wright and 2B Daniel Murphy- have nice numbers but can you recall a hit in a big spot? Both good players but you begin to question if those two can lead this team out of the darkness. Or will the reinforcements come too late for both- #5 in particular.

What do I want the Mets to do? Simple: When you lack in talent, you must do little things well. In baseball, that means maximizing outs, catching the ball, being smart. All reflections on Management and coaching. Collins has tried several different lineups and recent call ups have shown life(INF Eric Campbell, OF Andrew Brown as examples). The pitching is pretty good and keeps the team afloat. But If I do not see marked improvement by the end of June, I would fire Terry Collins, a man I like and respect. This is not because he is a bad manager- he isn-t- but more of a change for change sake move. I also think the world of Mets Triple A Manager Wally Backman and know he will take a dynamite stick to this franchise immediately. This guy gets players to play or they sit on the bench. Or the stands. The Mets are better than this and this tortured fan base DESERVES a winner. This is unacceptable and cannot continue. If it does, heads should roll.

METS NOTES: The team demoted d’Arnaud(.180 with a .544 OPS in 39 games) to Triple A and hope he can regain his confidence and form that made him one of the top prospects in all of baseball.”I’ve just work to,” d’Arnaud said. “I’ve got to find my swing, just get it back.” Team Captain Wright spoke to the rookie post game and tried to be supportive saying many great players go thru this. Veteran Taylor Teagarden has been recalled to catch with Anthony Recker…. Mets relievers led the Majors with 16 losses-yet are 11th in ERA and 9th in innings- further supporting my gripes about this offense. When you do not score, sooner or later someone gives it up!!!!

June 2, 2014

Extra Burden: Long games force bullpen, roster moves including Lagares DL-ed

by @ 1:16 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The Mets have played 39 innings in the last 3 days(2 14 inning games and Sunday’s 11 frame victory) and the game lengths have taxed the teams pitching staff in particular. In order to both protect arms and have fresh ones to throw the team has had to make several moves to be even competitive. New York has recalled veteran major leaguers RHP Buddy Carlyle(Got the win Saturday) and LHP Dana Eveland. After his most recent start(Friday May 30th), rookie RHP Rafael Montero was sent back to Triple A. Daisuke Matsuzaka, who appears able to pitch EVERYDAY!, will assume his rotation spot and get the ball Wednesday in Chicago vs the Cubs. These types of games are brutal too watch and play in yet show two important things to Mets fans. This team can catch and pitch the ball. That is the good news. The bad? On most days this team could not hit water if it fell out of a boat. And when you combine these sets off facts, you have long, drawn out games that tax both the pitching staff and position players. Nobody wants to be out in heat for 39 innings in 3 days. Lets hope we do not see any muscles pulls or strains in the next couple of days!

METS NOTES: OF Juan Lagares was placed on the DL today with a right intercostal strain, OF Matt den Dekker has been recalled to take his roster spot. This sucks for both Juan and the Mets. Lagares is a premier Outfielder and gives the team quality at bats. With this move and Eric Young Jr.(Leg) also being on the DL the team is severely depleted in the Outfield especially defensively….. Dillon Gee(Back) had a slight set back in his bullpen session Sunday and the team has decided to”back him off a little bit” The stated goal of returning to the rotation on June 5th is now in question…. Veteran OF Bobby Abreu(.314 average, .880 OPS) has really helped out the team offensively and almost always give you a quality at bat. He is not Roberto Clemente in Right but is solid in the field with good routes and proper positioning. Great, great signing by the Mets front office.. Good news regarding Mets top prospect RHP Noah Syndergaard and his recent injury scare. His elbow injury- a mild flexor-pronator strain- is fine and he is expected to rejoin the Triple A rotation June 5th…. Since Thursday, the Mets and Phillies have played 48 innings, our 5 + games in 4 days with the rare 5 game series(Game added tonight as a Weather related reschedule) concluding tonight in Philadelphia

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