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February 27, 2015

Harvey spring debut set, Move on Murphy?, Mets notes

by @ 4:30 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Met ace Matt Harvey looked great throwing batting practice late this week and is set to make his Spring debut March 6th vs. the Detroit Tigers. Still recovering from late 2013 Tommy John Surgery that cost him the entire 2014 campaign, the big righty has started to incorporate breaking balls into his throwing regime. Harvey was in the 95 MPH range in his last session and when asked how, Manager Terry Collins said “He is Matt Harvey.”

MOVING MURPH: Mets fans should enjoy all star 2B Daniel Murphy while they can because the team has not made any attempt to sign the soon to be free agent(after 2015 season) to a contract extension. The team has two strong internal system candidates in minor leaguer Dilson Herrera and potentially Wilmer Flores, who can move over if the team makes a major trade for a shortstop. #28 is what he is an average defender who works hard and solid offensive player- put him down for .280-35 doubles and 150 combined runs and rbi. Also remember this batting lineup has tremendous potential and with Murphy stationed in the 2 hole, he is in position to put up a strong walk season.

METS NOTES: Lucas Duda(Oblique) will not swing the bat for a week and be reevaluated then. Does not appear to be serious…Nothing official yet but it appears that veteran Bartolo Colon will be the opening day starter for the Mets in Washington

February 25, 2015

Harvey, Kid pitchers dominate camp talk , Mets Notes

by @ 8:45 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Ace Matt Harvey looks great and is starting to incorporate breaking pitches as he continues to recover from late 2013 Tommy John Surgery. He threw batting practice today with no issues and resembles Matt Harvey physically. Meanwhile, top pitching prospects Noah Syndergaard and Stephen Matz are as close to major league ready as you can be and have looked dominant in camp. Rafael Montero, who could transition to the bullpen, also appears ready to help the Big Club. Nice problem for Manager Terry Collins and General Manager Sandy Alderson to have, 9 ML ready starters! I have joined many baseball writers in praising this staff and when you watch this group in camp, WOW. Scary good. Think 83-85ish with Gooden, Darling, Fernandez, Leary and Aguilera on the horizon. That good, Fans. Brighter days ahead!!!

METS NOTES: 1B Lucas Duda has a minor oblique strain and should resume swinging the bat this weekend. This type of injury can be serious if you do not pay attention to it early on, the slugging 1B should be good to go. Meanwhile reliever Bobby Parnell(Early 2014 Tommy John Surgery) will stay in Florida after the team breaks camp and should join the big club at the end of April…. CF Juan Lagares is the choice of Collins to bat leadoff, and this blogger agrees!… When Dillon Gee is your 6th starting pitcher, you have some arms…. John Mayberry Jr should be a major asset with this team. He is not Hank Aaron but he is a pro and can give the regulars an odd day and produce. He can help when a Duda, Michael Cuddyer or Curtis Granderson need a blow…. Collins has told INF Ruben Tejada that the shortstop job is open to competition. The 6th year pro has come into camp in great shape and could challenge Wilmer Flores for the camp…. Two additions to the coaching staff are the talk of camp- Hitting Coach Kevin Long(Thank you, Yankees!) and Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Barwis, who trained many of the top Mets this offseason. Many of Barwis victims-clients look amazing and have raved about how tough his programs are.

February 15, 2015

Harvey-s health status a positive for team? The underrated position battle of the spring

by @ 9:43 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

People view a potential innings limit-restriction on Mets star pitcher Matt Harvey as a negative as he returns from Tommy John surgery in Late 2013, I am here to tell you why this is a positive for both the player and team, a win-win. The Mets have 6 solid major league starters with 2 being kids(Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom), 2 solid vets who have battled injuries(Dillon Gee, Jon Niese) and a timeless horse(Bartolo Colon) to support Harvey. The team should want to maximize and protect them all. Spread them out and use an odd day to rest each, and maybe mix in a kid like Rafael Montero in a 5-6th inning role. Remember the Mets have an excellent pen and are bringing ex Closer Bobby Parnell back from his own Tommy John surgery. This team has arms. And Triple A Las Vegas features two top tier prospects in RHP Noan Syndergaard and LHP Stephen Matz who many view as close to ML ready. Pitching should not be an issue on ANY level for the 2015 Mets.

The Mets appear to be set position players wise and I am in the let Wilmer Flores play at SS thru May camp, then reevaluate things. If he is bad, then lets look at alternatives. I like him, I trust him. Play the kid. A spot that has not been talked about enough is the 5th OF spot— the Mets are set starting with Curtis Granderson in Left, Juan Lagares in Center and new addition Michael Cuddyer in right. John Mayberry Jr was brough into be a bench bat and take some starts when either corner vet needs a day. However, this team needs a strong bench player who can play all 3 spots, run and hit a bit. Kirk Nieuwenhuis- a favorite of this blogger- has shown he can do the first 2 and last season, got some big pinch hits. He is also out of minor league options, so must be exposed to waivers if he does not make the team out of camp. The other alternative is Matt den Dekker- an OF just below Lagares defensively- but a bit overmatched hitting wise. He also has shown he needs to play regularly, something Nieuwenhuis does not require. This battle could be vital for the Mets in 2015 as I believe this club will be in a many close games. They need all 25 players contributing.

February 8, 2015

Loyalty has its rewards

by @ 9:57 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Readers of my blog know I do not have a common Mets fan pedigree, I was born and raised in the Boston, Massachusetts suburb of Andover. Right in the middle of the Red Sox nation… Carl Yastrzemski outranked god in my eyes, players like Fred Lynn, Butch Hobson, Carlton Fisk, Bill Lee and Luis Tiant were my heroes. We used to have throwing contests in my neighborhood to see who could throw like Dwight Evans(BTW Best defensive right fielder of the last 50 years). Heck, Jim Rice was a local resident. Two things happened- actually 3- to make me a Mets fan. My family moved to NY and soon after, divorced. 2nd, The Red Sox seemed to trade every player I liked. EVERYBODY. It became a running joke with my friends. 3rd was watching Don Zimmer manage the Red Sox. Lets just say I was around 9 years old and wanted a beer. Any self respecting New England resident who witnessed him (mis)manage the Red Sox teams of the late 70s into early 80 knows what I am talking about. When Pedro Martinez threw him to the ground in the famous Yankees- Red Sox ALCS brawl of 2003 he was fulfilling the dreams of many Boston fans 25 years later. See 1978. So a young, impressionable Jay would visit his Father in NY during the summer and they went to… Shea Stadium. That was my intro to the Mets and I have not left this organization since.

Why many would ask. What happened last weekend(and since 2001) with my NFL team shows why. I have been a fan of the New England Patriots since I was born. I remember Jim Plunkett, Steve Grogan, Matt Cavanaugh and Tony Eason, who I would like to forget. We had some good teams in the late 70s and early 80s but when I was a senior in high school(1990-91) the team won-1- ONE game. They went 0-8 at home, I had my own vendor at the stadium. They were easily the 4th most popular local pro sports team and sometimes when Boston College had a good football team(Doug Flutie years 81-84) the Patriots were 5th. I got into more fights than Hulk Hogan defending my Pats as a youth. How has that worked out? 4 Super Bowl titles since 2001, 6 appearances in the big game and 9 conference title games. With strong ownership, coaching and personnel moves, they are the model franchise in the #1 pro sports league in the world and #1 by a mile. Can you think of a stronger trio than owner Robert Kraft, Coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady? I bring these points up to drive home my point: believe, stay with the Mets. Support the players, management and coaches. IT WORKS AND IS SO REWARDING! This group is CLOSE, CLOSE to being competitive and contending. They have pitching – pitching up the ass to quote Mets legend Keith Hernandez in the early 80s- and more of it on the way. The everyday lineup is solid and has pro-s. I would be stunned and shocked if this team does not contend in 2015 for the postseason and that is both a realistic and logical goal for the 2015 Mets.

BELIEVE!!!!!!!!!!!! The light is closer at the end of the tunnel than you think

METS NOTES: The team signed its two remaining arbitration eligible players 1B Lucas Duda(1 yr/4.2 million) and reliever Jenrry Mejia(1/2.595) Last week and the team should open the season with payroll of approximately $100 million when they kick off the season…. Appears the Matt Harvey will not pitch in the 1st week of the season but will start the Mets home opener April 13th vs the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field, according to team GM Sandy Alderson

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