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March 30, 2015

Mets reinforce pen with two trades for Lefties, Murphy-Black updates, Mets Notes

by @ 5:54 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets turned a potential weakness(Lack of reliable lefty relievers) into a strength today with 2 trades about 2 hours apart as they added veterans Jerry Blevins and Alex Torres. The cost was steep- OF Matt den Decker for Blevins and highly regarded pitching prospect Cory Mazzoni for Torres- but you know what? Today is a GREAT sign for the Mets and their fans. Why? The team is going for it and being aggressive, filling needs and attacking. Teams that think they can win do that. They sign Michael Cuddyer when they need a bat and have faith that their farm system is good enough to sustain losing a 1st round pick. In order to win the lottery, you have to buy some tickets. The Mets did that today.

Quick summary and analysis of the two new relievers(who are locks to be in the pen on opening day, according to Mets GM Sandy Alderson): Blevins is lefty only specialist- think Scott Rice and Josh Edgin- in 117 plate appearances by lefties in 2014, they hit .160 with a .202 on base. For his career, southpaws have hit .212/.264. The 31 year old will make 2.4 million in 2015. Torres, 27, was part of a strong Padres bullpen in 2014(3.33 ERA/1.46 WHIP in 54 innings) and can pitch effectively to righties(.209/.275). His numbers vs southpaws tend to show control issues(.256/.415) but these two should really help the team in 2015 and beyond. Torres made the league minimum in 2015 and is not arbitration eligible until 2017.

Daniel Murphy(Hamstring) is rehabbing and the team will make a decision about his status probably by the weekend. How long- if at all- he is out will determine the approach to how his roster spot is handled. If it is a long term issue, rookie Matt Reynolds will man 2nd. If it is not, Ruben Tejada will play and rookie Daniel Muno will back him up. Look for the Mets to err on the cautious side here, hamstrings are not something to push. Meanwhile, reliever Vic Black(Shoulder) does not appear to be a good bet to break camp with the big club. His shoulder is progressing but again, the team will be cautious and has supplemented the relief corps in the last 12 hours. You must also remember Bobby Parnell’s return is close the to horizon as well as he continues to impress and improve daily in camp. Next 3-4 days will be very telling in how the Mets look on April 6th.

METS NOTES: The team and slugging 1B Lucas Duda have discussed an extension and have made progress. If they do not have a deal in place by opening day, they will table talks til the end of the season. Duda does not become a free agent until after the 2017 season…. Mets owner Fred Wilpon spoke to the team Friday after Manager Terry Collins and captain David Wright requested so. You could hear audible cheering during the twenty minute speech and feedback from unnamed veterans was very positive…. Those Dillon Gee trade rumors will not go away and the veteran could still be moved. A big reason why is Alderson and many members of the Mets front office love Rafael Montero’s potential and upside. Something to keep an eye on. This bloggers opinion? I would be stunned if Gee is on the Mets on May 15th…. Just a thought but two teams that I do not think will be strong in 2015 feature elite closers: The Reds with Aroldis Chapman and Braves with Craig Kimbrel. I would wager a good amount they get traded.

March 27, 2015

Murphy could miss 1st week, Pitchers announced for Nats series, Mets notes

by @ 4:15 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Some good and bad news regarding the Mets middle infielders Wilmer Flores and Daniel Murphy. Flores, who has been a star of the spring(.341, 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 7 rbi in 41 ABs) , has recovered after bruising his leg with a foul ball. He should be good to go for the start of the season and enters 2015 as the undisputed shortstop. The news on Murphy is a mixed bag, while his hamstring is not 100%, he is close to being full go. Now it is up to the team medical staff and leg on how quickly #28 returns. It appears he will miss the first week or so and the team can get him back on the roster faster with the DL rules allowing injuries to be back dated 9 days. Look for the Mets 2B to return sometime around April 12th. Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno are the main candidates to fill the 2014 Mets all star’s roster spot. Also keep in mind that Murphy is in his free agent walk year and is looking to have a big season.

Rotation wise, the team announced that veteran Bartolo Colon, entering his 17th major league season, will start the season opener in Washington vs the Nationals. Colon, who led the Mets with 15 wins, will be followed by 2014 NL Rookie of the Year Jacob de Grom and Matt Harvey. With the starters in this order, it also appears that de Grom will also draw the home opener April 13th vs the hated Philadelphia Phillies.

METS NOTES: Harvey is HUMAN by the way! He allowed a run Friday and is now sitting at 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 5 games started… I kill him all the time on this blog but have to praise Ruben Tejada for his strong spring(.279, 6 doubles, team high 10 rbi). Now I hope Flores plays great and the team can find a trade partner for Ruben…. Michael Cuddyer, who I campaigned for the Mets to sign, has a team high 5 home runs in spring…… Juan Lagares, who I feel could be an all star in 2015, has been awesome this spring as well with the stick(.383, 6 doubles, triple, 3 home runs and 6 rbi in 47 at bats)…. The roster appears fairly set position players wise and with the rotation as well. Keep on eye on the bullpen with Vic Black(Shoulder tendinitis) hurting and the injury to Josh Edgin, a couple of bullpen names might sneak in led by LH Sean Gilmartin and RH Erik Goeddel

March 21, 2015

Bullpen now a concern? Mets notes

by @ 10:20 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

With 3 injuries within the last week forcing Mets Manager Terry Collins to reshape his pitching staff, the 1st month of the 2015 could be interesting and key for the a team that many believe can compete for a postseason birth. Lefty specialist Josh Edgin(Tommy John Surgery) is out for the year and that creates a hole, meanwhile Dillon Gee was going to start in the pen as a long man and is now back in the rotation after the news broke about Zack Wheeler also requiring a season ending operation. But the news regarding Vic Black(shoulder weakness) is mixed. Tests came back clean and he could be ready to join the team by the start of the season. However, this is the 3rd time Black has had some kind of shoulder pain and when you throw a baseball for a living, that is not good. Also keep in mind that Black and Edgin had to be Collins top choices to pitch the important bridge innings in the 6th and 7th with Black in particular excelling in stranding inherited runners. A name to remember here? Rookie Rafael Montero. And no more injuries to pitchers!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or Mets for that matter!

METS NOTES: With all the noise about how the Mets handled Wheeler and his arm, one stat says a thousand words and has nothing to do with medicine or technology: Since 2005, no pitcher has throw as many pitches to over as few an innings as Wheeler. As example, He might have thrown 6 innings but he needed 115 pitches to do it. As opposed to someone like Greg Maddux, who could pitch a complete game with 90! When u watch the Mets, Wheeler has some very inefficient games, I.E he has to work hard to do what he does, thus more stress on his arm….With The Mets bench all but decided entering the final days of Spring training, an interesting player has shown up on Collins radar to fit the 25th man role: INF Daniel Muno. C Anthony Recker, IF-OF Eric Campbell, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis and John Mayberry Jr are roster locks, lets hope to Jesus this kid can beat out Rueben Tejada-who is a bad Shortstop and brings less than nothing to the table- for the remaining slot. He can play any infield spot. Wilmer Flores has clearly won the starting shortstop job with a great camp. He does not need a babysitter.

March 16, 2015

BREAKING METS NEWS: WHEELER LOST FOR 2015

by @ 9:33 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

A day after losing lefty reliever Josh Edgin to a serious elbow injury, the New York Mets learned that promising righty starter Zack Wheeler has met the same fate and will require Tommy John Surgery, thus ending the 2015 campaign before it begins. Dillon Gee will assume the spot in the starting rotation and the veteran could see competition from three talented rookies Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero before the year is thru. A final decision on Wheeler’s status will be made Tuesday or Wednesday after he meets with the team doctor in New York. Obviously not good news over the past 48 hours for the Mets and their fans.

March 15, 2015

Edgin injury shows why Mets wise to keep Pitching depth

by @ 9:22 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The Mets got some awful news over the weekend when promising lefty relief specialist Josh Edgin was lost for 2015 with a season ending elbow injury. The southpaw needs Tommy John surgery and leaves the team with a big hole in a deep but righty heavy bullpen. However, Edgin’s misfortune and the strong camps of youngsters Wilmer Flores and Matt Reynolds at the shortstop position show why Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson was wise to hold onto his surplus of starting pitching and can now trade starter for relief help. Internally the top choices to fill the void are veteran Scott Rice(coming back from 2014 surgery) and rule 5 pick up Sean Gilmartin. Also remember many of the Mets relievers have had success retiring hitters from both sides of the plate. STAY TUNED.

METS NOTES:P Zack Wheeler(Elbow tendinitis,blister) was scratched from his last start and underwent a precautionary MRI Saturday. Both the player and team did not seem concerned but club doctors have yet to look at the results…. 1B Lucas Duda(Oblique) has returned to action with no restrictions… Reliever Vic Black(Dead arm) also had an MRI and it come back clean, the fan friendly fireman should pitch in a minor league game this week…. New Hitting Coach Kevin Long throws batting practice left handed and this has helped 2B Daniel Murphy, OF Curtis Granderson and Duda.

March 8, 2015

Harvey makes 2015 debut, Mets Notes

by @ 2:43 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Mets ace Matt Harvey pitched for the first time since October 2013 Tommy John Surgery on his throwing elbow Friday March 6th, 2015. He did not appear rusty and looked like his old self, dominating the Detroit Tigers over 2 innings. Harvey needed only 25 pitches to retire all 6 batters he faced with 2 Ks while clocking readings between 96-98 regularly, topping out at 99. His manager Terry Collins “He’s just special”. Fans cheered when he threw warm ups IN THE BULLPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been watching baseball for almost 40 years and can count on 1 hand the amount of pitchers who have or had the potential of Mr. Harvey. Scary good talent with plus, plus makeup. When does the season start again?

METS NOTES: 2B Daniel Murphy(Hand) has checked out fine medically and should be back in the lineup Monday after missing the last two days after being hit in the hand by a pitch in Fridays exhibition game. #28 took batting practice Sunday without issue…1B Lucas Duda(Oblique strain) should resume working out and swing a bat sometime early this week. He recently consulted with Mets TV color commentator Keith Hernandez(Also Mets legendary 1B from 83-89) about his approach vs left handed pitchers. Hernandez, a left handed hitter, used to help out slugger Darryl Strawberry in the 80s, a fellow southpaw… SS candidates Wilmer Flores(5/11) and Matt Reynolds( 4 for 9 with walk off home run in Friday’s win) have looked great in the early days of camp.. Meanwhile, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis,battling for final position roster spot as backup Outfielder, has been killing the ball with 9 hits in 15 at bats.

March 5, 2015

Harvey set to make 2015 debut, Gee trade in works?, Mets Notes

by @ 10:14 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The Mets hopes for a successful 2015 are very dependent on the return of ace starting pitcher Matt Harvey and the whole world will get to see him throw Friday March 6th vs the Detroit Tigers. This will be the big righty’s first live game action since a late 2013 injury shut him down and he underwent Tommy John Surgery on his pitching elbow soon after. Feedback on Harvey have been excellent and he has even reportedly added a curve ball to his arsenal. Should be a fun day for Mets fans all over.

GEE GONE?: With the Mets having 6 major league starters and 2 more on the way in Triple A- and that does not include Rafael Montero, who can start or relieve, role yet to be determined!- Dillon Gee has been rumored to be on the move since November. His name has been in the news more and it has been linked to his home state- Texas- and the Rangers. Something to keep an eye on the remainder of the spring and possibly into the season(see Ike Davis in 2014), but I think it is inevitable that Gee is moved to another team.

METS NOTES: Mets Manager Terry Collins stated early in camp he would like to have veteran Michael Cuddyer in left field and keep Juan Lagares in Center and Curtis Granderson in right. Cuddyer has played mostly right field and Granderson was an excellent CF earlier in his career. I am not even going to address Lagares, Gold Gloves tend to speak for themselves. Please keep in mind that the Mets have 3 other good OFs in camp and 2 of them will make the club in John Mayberry Jr, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt den Dekker. So position flexibility with the OF alignment is a key for a National League team…. Mets management loves Eric Campbell and he showed why in the early days of camp. The jack of all trades has dawned a catching mask and assumed a role as the emergency 3rd Catcher. A great way to make a team and when you already can play 7 other positions, this cannot hurt….Further evidence that new Mets hitting Coach Kevin Long will make an impact: When he first spoke with 2B Daniel Murphy in camp, he broke down his swing and approach so well, Murphy was taken aback and impressed. His key point of focus for #28? The lower half of his body is key to generating more power and drive. He also wants all of the Mets hitters to play their game and not chase bad pitches or be overanxious, or in his words “pass on the baton” aka we have 8 others who can make the pitcher pay.

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