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September 28, 2014

PROGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I hate that term because sports- and life- is about winning and losing. To quote my high school football coach Dick Collins and the greatest leader in modern sports Vince Lombardi they have a scoreboard for a reason! Today as the Mets season ends, I feel sad. Why? This team is good, this team is watchable and fun. The energy at Citi Field this weekend was off the charts. Even with injuries and shut downs, these Mets show up. I will miss watching them. The future is very bright and with a few moves, October baseball is a realistic goal. That by definition is progress. I was not counting down days til the end of the season! Brighter days ahead!

September 23, 2014

BREAKING METS NEWS: Alderson extended thru 2017, Collins retained for 2015, Updates on de Grom, Lagares, Herrera and Black

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The Mets have shown tremendous growth in 2014 and both the field and front office manager reaped the benefits Tuesday, as General Manager Sandy Alderson(Team option picked up for 2015, two year extension thru 2017) and Skipper Terry Collins(Retained for 2015, no word on 2016 Team option) were brought back to lead the team into a vital 2015 campaign. Both deserve this and after taking hits on and off the field, should be rewarded with a winning product in Queens. That could and should happen in 2015.

The team has shut down four young players in the final week of the season for different reasons. SP Jacob de Grom is right around his season innings limit(185 Combined in Triple AAA and with the big club) at 178 and the team wants him to be full go in 2015. The talented righty should be a strong contender for the National League Rookie of the Year and a key member of the pitching staff for years to come. Starting Centerfielder Juan Lagares( Strained throwing elbow) is also done for the year while INF Dilson Herrera(Strained quad) and reliever Vic Black(Herniated disk in his neck) also have had their season’s end prematurely. All 4 should be healthy when they report for Spring Training.

September 19, 2014

Bright Future: de Grom dominates, Harvey finishes throwing program, Flores winning SS job?, Mets notes

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As we see Jacob de From making a strong push for the National League Rookie of the Year award, think of this rotation potentially heading forward. Add a rehabbing Matt Harvey(Threw 95 comfortably in his final rehab session this week) with de Grom, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, Bartolo Colon,etc and you see a dominant rotation with balance, variety and depth. You also have a surplus BEFORE introducing top youngsters like Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero. Any of the above names could be moved for a top flight Outfield bat or Shortstop. But when you see the abundance of pitching unseen in Queens since the early 80s, you picture brighter days ahead. The emergence of the kids in the bullpen also causes Mets fans to smile. This team can be scary good and scary good FAST.

SHORTSTOP SETTLED?:Wilmer Flores has played well defensively and shown tremendous offensive upside(.273 with 4 home runs and 12 RBI in September) in the season’s final weeks and might be winning over the Mets front office with his performance. If the youngster can produce this creates one less hole to fill in the offseason and the team then can focus on adding a corner outfield bat. The key here is a couple of factors. Flores will never be Rey Ordonez defensively. That is ok, he is an offensive player on an offensively starved team. If he catches the balls he should and converts them into outs, the team can get by with that. Remember, this pitching staff is also a strike out staff. Think of when Davey Johnson used to play Howard Johnson at Short in the mid to late 80s, usually when Sid Fernandez was pitching. He did not need a defensive star(Rafael Santana) that day, as opposed to when Ron Darling or Bobby Ojeda threw. Those two were more ground ball heavy and needed solid infield D behind them to be effective. Also can the Mets get by with two average defenders in 2B Daniel Murphy and Flores paired together? Lets just say range would not be a strength. LOL. The decisions on both Flores and Murphy( A free agent after the 2015 season) are key for the Mets heading into 2015 and beyond.

METS NOTES: Both GM Sandy Alderson and Manager Terry Collins are expected to be brought back for 2015 and the team has stated their status will be updated at season’s end… Triple A manager Wally Backman will join the team as an extra bench coach Friday and could join the big league coaching staff in 2015… Murphy has returned from the DL(Calf) and has played some Third as well as his normal 2B with Captain and regular 3B David Wright(Shoulder) out for the year… CF Juan Lagares(Elbow strain) is more than likely out thru this weekend series with the Braves and could miss the remainder of the year… RHRP Vic Black(Disk in back,neck) was brought off the DL, had a rough outing and was diagnosed with a mild rotator cuff strain, termed “normal fatigue” by Alderson. He will throw this weekend in Atlanta and the team medical staff will then determine if he will pitch again this season.

September 9, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Wright shut down for year, Murphy returns, Team playing well, Mets Notes

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Mets captain David Wright has been shut down for the remainder of the 2014 due to left shoulder injury that has been an issue since June. The plan is to rehab and rest the injury and avoid surgery. Wright underwent an MRI Tuesday in NY at the Hospital for Special Surgery and the scan showed inflammation in the rotator cuff. The star 3B tried to gut it out through the season but is was painfully obvious he was hurting. Wright will end 2014 with career lows almost completely across the board with .269-.334-8-63. Rookie Eric Campbell will draw most of the work at Third with the Captain out. Obviously getting #5 ready and 100% for 2015 is a key for the Mets contending. Team and player did the right thing here and lets hope with treatment, this ailment disappears.

Murphy Back: Mets all star 2B Daniel Murphy(Calf) returned for the DL Tuesday and will be a welcomed addition to the offensively starved Mets. However, rookie Dilson Herrara played well in his absence and will be a factor off the bench and in 2015. Interesting to note that Murphy is a natural 3B and could be a possibility at Wright’s spot. The 20 year old could be a replacement for Murphy(Under club control thru 2015) or a trade chip.

Finishing Strong:The Mets won 4 of 6 on their recent road trip in Miami and Cincinnati now have taken the 1st two versus the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Timely offense with clutch hitting and continued pitching success have helped make .500 a reasonable goal to end the campaign. CF Juan Lagares has been great all season defensively but his recent move to the leadoff spot has spurred him and the Mets on. All bodes well for 2015 and the future.

METS NOTES: The Mets Triple A affiliate in Las Vegas was eliminated from the postseason last week and top prospect Noah Syndergaard will not be called up. However, Rafael Montero is scheduled to throw a spot start Wednesday… Travis d’Arnaud has been great since his recall from Vegas(Around the All Star break) with a line of 283/329/500, he trails only San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey in home runs by backstops in the NL…. Rookie Jacob deGrom pitched his 3rd straight solid start Tuesday(2-0 victory) and has not allowed in an earned run in 22 innings.. RP Vic Black(Neck) pitched Monday but did not look like himself and Skipper Terry Collins gave him the night off. Something to keep an eye on… INF Wilmer Flores continues to play well at SS and GM Sandy Alderson has stated he could be a long term internal option at the position.

September 1, 2014

Murphy DL-ed, Herrera called up, Bullpen needs relief, September Call Ups, Offseason option, Mets Notes

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The Mets lone 2014 All Star 2B Daniel Murphy was DL-ed early this week with a calf injury, the type that usually has you sidelined for 4-6 weeks with the proper rest, rehab, treatment,etc. With a glaring hole at the position the team wisely recalled someone who can man the position daily in 20 year old Dilson Herrera. Herrera has risen thru the minor league system after being acquired late in 2013 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Marlon Byrd trade with reliever Vic Black, posting .323-13-71 with 23 steals at 2 levels(Single and Double A). His expanded stats: .379 OB, .479 Slugging and .858 OPS demostrate why is one the Mets top position prospects. In 3 games he has not looked out of place, collecting 2 hits and his 1st major league RBI. At Double A Binghamton, Herrera hit .340 with 10 home runs, 9 steals and 48 RBI in 241 at bats. This is a good move for all involved. Murphy is one season away from free agency and he does not want a minor injury becoming a larger issue heading into 2015. Meanwhile, the Mets get to gauge whether they have a viable alternative to #28 at Second Base or they need to secure Murphy long term.

PAIN PEN:The Mets bullpen, a huge team strength since Mid May, has 3 seperate health issues with Black(Neck), Daisuke Matsuzaka(Elbow) and Josh Edgin(Elbow) all hurting. Black(2-3,2.20, 1.29 WHIP) was placed on the 15 day DL with a herniated disc and bone spurs growing off vertebrae. He has been treated with a cortisone injection and the team and Black hopes this prevents surgery. The rookie has been a god send for Manager Terry Collins and is great at escaping messes. In 2014, he has stranded an amazing 22 of 23 inherited runners(96 percent, among MLB leaders)! Meanwhile, Dice K and Edgin both have elbow issues and are staying in NYC to get checked out further by team medical staff. Edgin is dealing with bone spurs and tendinitis while Matsuzaka is more of a general soreness issue. Edgin has no tears in the joint and had a platlet rich plasma injection today.

SEPTEMBER FOUR: The Mets recalled four minor league players with the September call up starting today. INF-OF Josh Satin and C Juan Centeno have been up with the big previously and Satin has had some success, particularily in 2013 with the bat. Meanwhile, relievers Erik Goeddel(LH) and Dario Alvarez(RH) have agmented the bullpen. The Mets have made a organizational decision to leave most of their top level prospects at Las Vegas(Triple A) for the playoffs and at seasons end, you might see more of the high level guys such as Pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero as well as C Kevin Plawecki. Montero has been specifically mentioned as a late season spot start candidate.

JUST A THOUGHT: The Mets have two obvious needs position player wise- everday players at one corner Outfield spot(Curtis Granderson can play either Right or Left) and Shortstop(I am done with Ruben Tejada and not sure Wilmer Flores is a 150+ game starter at the position). I keep hearing the Mets linked to trades for Shortstops – The Cubs,DiamondBacks and Mariners have been rumored all season. Let me be blunt here- I do not think the Mets should unload the farm for this position. They have kids who are 2 to 3 years away. Instead, I would target JJ Hardy of the Baltimore Orioles, a free agent after the 2014 season. Sign him for 2 years with a club option. Outstanding defender and plus bat. Keep those arms until your Hernandez, Carter, Piazza trade falls in your lap. Teams has money to spend. Bring JJ to Flushing!

METS NOTES: The Mets held on to veteran starter Bartolo Colon past the waiver wire trade deadline, which expired August 31st. The team will more than likely trade a starting pitcher in the offseason with 5 viable starters( Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Jacon de Grom, Zach Wheeler and Colon plus Matt Harvey)….. Closer Jenrry Mejia became the 2nd youngest reliever in club history to collect 20 saves.

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