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August 24, 2014

Commentary: Wright is Wrong, Lucas Large, Waiver moves?, Team Notes

by @ 2:08 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Anyone who reads this blog or follows the New York Mets, knows what a key part of the organization 3B David Wright is. Since he came up in 2004, he has been a great player and class act. Since the end of the 2008 season, the Mets have not given their fan base much to cheer about except David Wright. Consistently. At his locker, in the field, at charity events, U name it, #5 was there. Unfortunately, I think it is in both the best interest of the player and team that Wright be shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season. He has had an awful year offensively(was injured in Spring Training which kills your timing) and is either hurt and/or having a down year. He left today’s with neck spasms and I was going to pen this column prior to. This guy has played a month with a broken back and rehabbed a bad hamstring injury to play in the last week of the season in previous years. The 2014 Mets are not going anywhere and need to think about their future and captain’s health. 2015 is what the last 5 weeks should be about, not 2014. 2014 is over. So should David Wright’s season.

LUCAS LARGE: The Mets have solved two issues in 2014 with the same player, his name is Lucas Duda. Check off First Base and clean up hitter. He is on pace to hit 30 home runs and have around 90 RBIs plus a .350 On base. On a historically bad offensive team. Duda also has played well defensively and has a bright future in Queens.

WAIVER MOVES:We have seen some post trade deadline deals with the non waiver period passing and rumors have the Mets shopping both Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon. A good trade partner for New York has to be the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels have a great team and can win the World Series this year but an awful season ending injury to Garrett Richards(Blown out knee) leaves them potentiallly short a top 3 pitcher. Keep an eye on this till the end of Augustm the waiver period ends on the 30th.

METS NOTES: Rookie Jacob de Grom(Shoulder) returned from the DL and was solid in his 1st start Saturday night August 23rd. Vs a talented Dodgers lineup, he allowed 5 runs over 6 innings. No health issues post game and should be fine heading forward…. A name to consider for the 2015 Mets to play a corner OF and some 1B when Duda gets a day or the team faces a tough lefty: Colorado Rockies OF-1B Michael Cuddyer, a close, childhood friend of Wright’s in Virginia…Top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard will more than likely finish the season in Triple A Las Vegas not Flushing. Rafael Montero, who pitched well in his last ML start, is a good candidate to be recalled after working out of the pen 1 game on the West Coast Trip. Both are near their innings limits and the team wants them to work out of the rotation not in a relief role.

August 19, 2014

Officially, Mets hitting historically AWFUL, Washington Problem, Medical updates on Harvey, de Grom, Mets Notes

by @ 9:09 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The Mets 4 game series vs. the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field showed fans EXACTLY what they are. A team that plays hard, has tremendous pitching and could not hit water falling out of a boat. New York became the 1st team since 2004 to go 4 straight games with 4 hits or less. Incredibly, the Mets somehow split the series!!!!!!! The firing of the hitting coach did not change much, maybe this is on the players and/or management?! Since the all star break, the Mets rank last in all of MLB in batting average, slugging percentage, hitting with runners in scoring position. The good news? CONSISTENCY! They lead in strikeouts too! This team has two promising kids in Centerfielder (Juan Lagares) and Catcher(Travis d’Arnaud) plus a mess at Shortstop(Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada). Left Field has been a disaster and rookie Matt de Dekker at least gives fans a glimmer of hope. However, the three top sticks on this team- RF Curtis Granderson, 2B Daniel Murphy and 3B David Wright are either streaky(All 3), Obviously hurt(Wright) or exhausted(Murphy). The shinning light in this has to be 1B Lucas Duda with his 22 home runs and 66 RBI leading the club. The good news is management had to make a choice between Duda and Ike Davis and they clearly made the right one. His hitting style fits what the organization wants the approach to be(.354 OBP, .839 OPS) Internal improvements or not(for the record, I love both Lagares and d’Arnaud, need to see more of de Dekker), this team needs at least 2 major league star level bats to compete in 2015. Film and stats don’t lie.

WASHINGTON WOES:If you follow this team, you know the Washington Nationals are good and when they play the Mets they resemble the 1975 Cincinnati Reds. Since September 12, 2011, the Mets have lost 25 of 29 to the Nats. More incredibly, Washington has won 11 straight at Citi Field, out scoring the Mets 74-21 in Queens. Overall, the Mets are 2-10 versus the Nationals in 2014. If the Mets want to compete in 2015 and in the future, this most change. Drastically. Mind set, players, approach,etc. The Atlanta Braves are good and the Mets do not melt when they see them. Why are the Nationals different? Major, major problem when you are owned by a team in your division. An underrated chore for Mets management in the offseason. Beat the Nats!

MEDICAL MRI: Matt Harvey had an interesting week. After Mets management was publicly spoked by the unfortunate injury-setback with Jeremy Heffner, the team wants to shut their rehabbing ace down for 2014 with no hope for throwing in Queens this year. Harvey told a media outlet he was throwing over 90 and felt great. Well, Management loved that. LOL. Poor Terry Collins had to sit his ace down and the two have come to an agreement to scale back and focus on 2015, citing his ace’s competitive nature being both a detriment and positive. Meanwhile, Jacob deGrom(Shoulder tendinitis) appears good to go, reclaiming his spot in the rotation this weekend.

METS NOTES: Interesting with the Cubs in town this weekend and the talk of the two teams making a trade to help each other. The teams are both in position to win and win fast but are built almost entirely differently. The Cubs lack pitching but are loaded with young position players, the Mets have arms and few ML ready bats. SS Starling Castro and super prospect Addison Russell are top Mets targets… Keep popular veteran SP Bartolo Colon in your thoughts. He missed yesterday’s start vs the Cubs to be with his ailing Mother. Unfortunately, she passed away within the last 24 hrs. He has been placed on the MLB bereavement list. Gonzalez Germen has been brought up from Triple AAA Las Vegas. Carlos Torres stepped up huge with no rest and gave the team 5 scoreless innings… As much energy as den Dekker provides, he needs to hit to stay in the lineup. The positives? He is hitting .280 in August… SP Miguel Montero easily pitched his best game in the big leagues August 17 when he allowed 5 hits and 1 run over 7 and one third innings with 6 Ks and 2 walks. Just looked comfortable and liked he belonged…. Daisuke Matsuzaka is progressing well in his rehab assignments and could easily be called up but the team does not have a roster spot open. Look for Dice K to be up with the September call ups…. The Mets also resigned veteran OF Bobby Abreau and he is another likely September recall… Closer Jenrry Mejia has hit his first rough patch as closer after a strong July(1-0, 7 of 8 saves,0.82 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 11 Games). In August, he is 0-3 with 7.27 ERA and 1.96 WHIP plus 2 Home runs. However, he has converted 3 of 4 saves.

August 11, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: de Grom DL-ed, Montero called up, Medical updates on Mejia and Heffner

by @ 6:37 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Promising Mets rookie righthander Jacob de Grom( 6-5,2.87 in 16 starts) was placed on the DL Monday with right rotator cuff tendinitis but should be ok with rest and medication. Super prospect Rafael Montero(0-2,5.40 in 4 starts with Mets) was recalled from Las Vegas, where he posted a 6-3,3.28 in 15 starts. In his last two wins, he threw 14 and 2/3 scoreless innings. Batters hit .085 in those two games. The Mets are blessed with a tremendous amount of young , talented arms but must strike the delicate balancing act between winning and development. Health has to be priority one. This organization learned this last year when Matt Harvey’s 2014 season was lost.

MORE MEDICAL: Mets closer Jenrry Mejia(5-5,3.89, 17 saves), who has been working thru a right calf injury, has also been dealing with a sports hernia. Team doctors, Mejia and Mets Manager Terry Collins have maintained that Mejia will finish the season as long as his arm is ok. Meanwhile, the news on Jeremy Heffner(Tommy John rehab) was the worst case scenario. An examination revealed both a serious injury to his elbow and forearm. A stress fracture in the arm and another ulnar collateral ligament injury in his last rehab start last Wednesday and will require more surgery in the coming days. According to Mets assistant General Manager John Ricco stated it could be a reconstructive surgery rather than another TJ procedure. Best wishes to Heff, one of the good guys in the game.

August 9, 2014

Colon wins #200, Mets DFA Young, bench Tejada, focusing on 2015, Notes

by @ 10:05 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Mets veteran starting pitcher Bartolo Colon earned his 200th career win vs the Phillies in Philadelphia Friday night, demonstrating why the team signed him in the offseason. Built like a bowling ball and the man throws 90% fast balls but he knows how to pitch and what he is doing. When the team learned Matt Harvey would be lost for 2014 due to Tommy John Surgery, GM Sandy Alderson knew they needed a veteran to provide both quantity and quality at a reasonable contract term. Colon has been a plus in all 3 phases as well as a great locker room presence. When you factor in the share comedy of his at bats,a great addition. Depending on offseason moves, health and call ups, he gives the team flexibility heading into 2015(Bartolo is signed thru 2015).

THE FUTURE IS NOW:The team DFA-ed Outfielder Chris Young after the game Friday night. Let me say this, I have been calling for this for the last 6 weeks. BUT I must praise the guy for being a pro, good teammate and locker room guy. It is never easy to be those things when you are a former all star who has lost it and become a bit player, see Bobby Bonilla. That said, this is good for both the Mets and Young. His release opens a spot and the team called up Matt den Dekker(Leading the Pacific Coast League in hitting at .344) to play daily in Left Field. Kirk Nieuwenhuis will also get more playing time and has excelled off the bench as a pinch hitter(a role veteran Bobby Abreu could not handle.) Eric Young Jr. will get some work vs. left-handers as well. This will also help skipper Terry Collins. He can now look down the bench and see Nieuwenhuis, Young Jr. and Eric Campbell(.304 BA in 125 ABs) as weapons late in games. In another underrated story, it appears the team has decided they have seen enough of Ruben Tejada(.225 in 293) and will play Wilmer Flores(.238 in 105 At Bats) regularly at shortstop for the rest of the season. Whether these moves work out long term or not, the time is now to find out what these guys are and this will allow Alderson and Collins time to see how these players respond to everyday playing time. These last 6 weeks are vital to the future of this organization, heading forward. With both offseason trades and free agency approaching, knowing what we need and don’t need is a huge part of the what the 2015 Mets will look like. Pay attention, Mets fans!

NOTES:Matt Harvey threw 29 pitches off the mound in Port St. Lucie, Florida as he continues in his rehab from Tommy John Surgery. No medical issues at all post session, this is the 3rd throwing session Harvey has participated in the past week…One more request for Mets management and coaches: Lucas Duda and Juan Lagares. EVERYDAY at First Base and Center Field. No platoons, the odd day off but I want to see them 90% of the time… P Jeremy Heffner(Tommy John Surgery) experienced tightness in his forearm during a rehab stint this week and has returned to New York to have team Doctors examine him further.

August 6, 2014

Inactive deadline, de Grom becoming De-Man, Lack of offense glaring, MetsNotes

by @ 2:06 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The Mets did the right thing with their lack of movement at the trade deadline, sure, they could have done the quick fix and tried to win 88-90 games. Not wise. This team is not good enough to win as constructed— You could add Barry Bonds and Cal Ripken Jr(The two greatest players this blogger has ever seen at the 2014 Mets weakest positions, Left Field and Shortstop) and that would be a realistic goal. But Barry and Cal were not on the market. You can maybe sneak a Bartolo Colon thru waivers or move him this offseason but the last two months of this season are about building towards 2015. The team is competitive and playing a lot of guys who can and will be part of winning in Queens- Juan Lagares, Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda- these names are part of the solution, not the problem. The team can pitch and has a great blend of youth and experience with guys like Jon Niese and Dillon Gee having seen the ropes while Zach Wheeler and Jacob de Grom are learning on the job yet showing promise. The bullpen is a weapon now with 4 youngsters grabbing roles in the 7-8-9th innings. The big moves are yet to come and will be done this offseason and beyond. Be patient, Mets fans. I know it sucks, I am dying the slow death with you but sunnier days are ahead. a Bright future is on the horizon.

de Grom: de Man: Mets rookie starter de Grom flittered with a no hitter in his last start and his debut season has been so strong performances like that are the expectation and norm. de Grom won the National League rookie pitcher of the month for July with this superb stat line: 4-1 with a 1.39 ERA. Amazingly, the Mets appear to have too many young pitchers!!!!

Bats: Wanted: The Mets offense on some nights can be described as offensive! The recent home series vs the San Francisco Giants- a very good team by all accounts- demonstrated this. The team totaled 8 hits in the first 3 games of 4. In Game four, they had 9. Somehow, they were competitive in 3 of these contests. This team is starving for major league sticks- somehow, someway- GM Sandy Alderson must add at least two in the offseason. Continued improvement from the likes of Duda, Lagares and d’ Arnaud will help. But Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson and David Wright cannot do it alone! I have a waiver wire candidate: Texas Rangers OF Alex Rios!

METS NOTES: P Matt Harvey threw off the mound Tuesday August 5th in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He totaled 25 pitches including 5 warm ups with no issues. Harvey told reporters he was pleasantly surprised at how good he felt and reiterated he wants to pitch for the Mets this season. GM Sandy Alderson has said that is not likely happen in 2014 due to the shortness of minor league seasons, which all end in Late August or early September… Veteran OF Bobby Abreu, who was a great locker room presence, was DFA-ed after Mondays loss and the team recalled OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who has excelled in a pinch hitting-back up role….I am growing tired of asking this but if the Mets want to be considered a serious baseball team they need to cut Chris Young. It is August and he is hitting under .200. Why is he here???????????????????? Eric Campbell or Kirk are upgrades, heck, a lamb chop might be….With the Mets kids really taking off in the bullpen, do not forget the job Vic Black has done, particularly stranding runners. He has prevented 18 of 19 from scoring and that percentage is among the best in MLB.

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