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April 21, 2015

Week 2 Review: 1st is Nice, Mets MASH, Harvey and Colon stepping up, Gee=Gone?, Mets Notes

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First, for someone who has covered  a lot of losing since taking over this blog, it is really nice to cover a good product and team. And this is not a mirage, pitching,defense and timely hitting is a recipe for success in the non- PED era and the 2015 Mets have it. This team has also shown the ability to work counts and at bats, a sign that new hitting Coach Rick Down has had a positive effect. Come back wins and the ability to close out close games(team won 4 straight games they trailed in for the 1st time since 1999 this week) are about character and morale building. This team has momentum and 8 straight wins. The injuries are documented and what they are, you cannot train or prevent broken bones. Maintaining that positive vibe and feel is key as we enter the 3rd week of the season, with whoever plays or does not. This is the time we will see how good both GM Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins really are. As Mike Tyson famously said We all have a plan til we get punched in the mouth.

METS MASH: The unfortunate medical updates on the 4 key Mets injuries: C Travis d’Arnaud(Broken right hand) will be in a splint for 3 weeks, will resume baseball activities when the bone heals and he is no longer in pain. Good time frame for Travis would be a return around Memorial Day, LHRP Jerry Blevins(Broken left forearm) will also be in a splint but for 6 weeks. He will be allowed to throw after the bone heals. June is a likely return time for the southpaw. RP Vic Black(Herniated disc) will undergo therapy and be re-examined in 1 week. His arm checked out fine and this is considered a good outcome. Finally, the best news of the 4: Captain David Wright(Hamstring) has responded well to rest ans treatment after receiving a cortisone shot. According to Alderson, he should be able to come right back to the Mets when he is eligible to do so April 30th.

MATT AND BARTOLO:LEADING IN DIFFERENT WAYS: The two are almost 20 years apart in age but starters Bartolo Colon and Matt Harvey are stepping up early for the 2015 Mets. Colon just knows how to pitch and gets outs, he is a joy to watch pitch. But his at bats- lets just say he is not going to be confused with Pete Rose- are high comedy and PRODUCTIVE as he has driven in big runs in his last two starts. You also see the younger players gravitating to him and how popular he is with his teammates. Harvey is quickly becoming the franchise face and in his 1st start at Citi Field he picked up another title: Team enforcer. The Phillies had hit two Mets with pitches— one took LF Michael Cuddyer out of the game- and the Dark Knight responded by placing a pitch between the 2 and 6 in the jersey of Philadelphia star 2B Chase Utley’s back.  End of NY batters being thrown at.

GEE: GONE?: The team sent down prospect Rafael Montero to Triple A Las Vegas with the stated goal to build arm strength and convert him into a full time starter. This is bad news for long time starter Dillon Gee, who has been in trade rumors for the past 6 months. For long time Mets fans, I compare Gee to pitcher Ed Lynch of the early 80s. He was a good pitcher on bad Mets teams in that era and when the team turned things around in 84-85 he looked out of place with normal stuff. By the time the team was great in 1986, he was injured and never got his job back. I see Gee, I think of Ed Lynch. Baseball is a cruel business but it is a business.

METS NOTES: OF Curtis Granderson is only hitting .196 but he is functioning well in the lead off spot, drawing an NL high 12 walks….. INF Danny Muno was recalled when Montero was sent down and recorded a hit then stole a base in his 1st ML at bat…. INF Eric Campbell has played well in Wright’s absence and never gives you a bad at bat. He is not Brooks Robinson at Third but makes plays… Bobby Parnell(Tommy John Surgery) continues to build arm strength in the minors and remains on track to rejoin the team sometime in May….CF Juan Lagares could play everyday if he he hits .200 with his defense but the Center Fielder has shown improvement with the stick and is becoming a weapon. And he still makes 1-2 insane defensive plays a night…. Cuddyer has really helped this team. Think of a hitting version of Colon, Veteran, gets it, goes to work. Hitting over .300 with some good at bats and his transition to Citi Field from Colorado seems to be without hiccup.

April 19, 2015

8th Straight win proves costly as Mets lose d’Arnaud and Blevins to fractures

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The New York Mets are the hottest team in Baseball and have won 8 straight but the 7th inning in the clubs latest victory proved costly as both the starting catcher and top lefty reliever suffered broken bones. C Travis d’Arnaud, leading the team with 10 RBI, fractured his hand after being hit by a pitch. Meanwhile, late spring training acquisition Jerry Blevins was felled earlier in the inning by a line drive and has a broken forearm.  The southpaw specialist had retired 14 of 15 batters faced(the other hit a fielders choice) and was a huge part of the Mets strong bullpen. As great as the team has been playing, these are both HUGE blows and when you add these injuries to the other early season casualties-Captain-3B David Wright, SP Zack Wheeler,LHRP Josh Edgin and closer  Jenrry Mejia-sooner or later, they have an effect. The good news? The Mets look great and GM Sandy Alderson and his staff have re-loaded the farm system and we will now see the fruits of those labors. C Kevin Plawecki, the teams top pick in 2012 and a top prospect, will play most days behind the plate after being recalled from Triple A Las Vegas. Meanwhile, RHP Hansel Robles has been added to the pen to take Blevins spot in the pen, the team still has two lefty relievers and can blend Robles in with minimal pressure. A huge key here is the leadership and tone set by Manager Terry Collins, who earns his money managing this franchise. I joke with one of my bosses that the Mets need to change their logo to  a Black Cat. Days like this make you wonder. Show must go on but this is hard to see with the team playing great.

April 16, 2015

Mets, Captain do the Wright Thing: #5 to DL

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The New York Mets lost their captain to the 15-day disabled list Wednesday April 15 when 3B David Wright was felled by a mild right hamstring strain. Wright pulled himself late in Tuesday’s win after stealing a base and the team dodged a major bullet with the diagnosis.  Mets GM Sandy Alderson believes the teams franchise face will be back in 3 weeks while the Captain is hoping for 2. This injury shows a change for both the team and Third Baseman in approach and it should excite fans. First, the team believes it can win this year and both the player and organization proceeded with caution instead of trying to have a small injury become a major issue. Wright has played with major pain before(Hamstring in 2013, Broken back in 2012) and made it worse. This team and year is about playing big games in September and into October. April games are important but so is the big picture. The team has recalled Eric Campbell from Triple A Las Vegas and he will take over as the everday 3B with Ruben Tejada getting some PT when he needs a blow. Mets manager Terry Collins ruled out moving 2B Daniel Murphy(His natural position and he took over when Wright was lost for 2014 due to a shoulder injury) or SS Wilmer Flores to Third, he wants them to focus on their everyday spots.

April 12, 2015

Mejia Suspension, 3-3 road trip Big stories of first week

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The New York Mets come home from a tough opening road trip 3-3 after winning 2 of 3 in Washington vs the Nationals while salvaging a competitive performance in Atlanta, avoiding a series sweep with a late inning rally Sunday. The team ERA is 10th in all of baseball and the pitching staff  keeps them in every game while the bats are 22nd in average after 6 games. Mind you, Both the Nationals and Braves have arms and very few teams not named the Detroit Tigers are hitting right now. I am not concerned about this offense. However, the shocking news Saturday about the 80 game PED suspension for Mets closer Jenrry Mejia for Stanozol use does not help the cause. If the Mets make the postseason, he will be ineligible. The good news? Mejia is on the 15 day DL and the suspension takes into account those dates, they coincide. Jeurys Familia has taken over the role of closer and look for relievers like Jerry Blevins, Carlos Torres and 2nd yr ML Rafael Montero to take up more prominent roles in the bullpen. The Mets are blessed with a tremendous amount of young arms and have Vic Black(Shoulder Tendinitis) and former closer Bobby Parnell(Recovery from Tommy John Surgery) also close to returning. This should not kill the teams hope for 2015.

METS NOTES: Bartolo Colon has been the staff anchor in his 2 starts(2-0,2.77 ERA, 13 Innings) and even drove in an important run with a bloop single Sunday. Guy is a treat to watch and a physical marvel. HUGE part of this teams leadership core as well, great locker room presence and teammate….. Both Black and Parnell should pitch in minor league rehab assignments soon…. Before the season opener, the Mets have gone 14-51 vs the Nationals since 2012. The series win was the first vs Washington since September 2013….. This just in: Matt Harvey is pretty good. He won his first start vs the Nats, going 6 innings, allowing 4 hits and a walk while K-ing 9. Nationals superstar OF Bryce Harper struck out 3 times and is now 0 for 10 with 5 K-s vs the Mets ace….. New everyday SS Wilmer Flores has not hit yet and made some errors but Mets manager Terry Collins continues to be supportive. Relax, people- The Kid can play…. Collins has also tinkered with the batting order: Curtis Granderson leading off, David Wright #2, Lucas Duda 3rd, Michael Cuddyer cleanup, Daniel Murphy 5th, Juan Lagares 6th, Travis d’Arnaud 7th, Flores 8th and the pitcher spot. When Duda sits- vs an odd lefty- John Mayberry plays in the OF and assumes his slot in the 3 hole with Cuddyer playing First and hitting 4th. When Granderson is rested, Lagares bats 1st as he did today…. BIG week for the Mets. Home opening series vs a Phillies team the Mets should handle then followed up by 4 vs the Miami Marlins, a team many pick to be their chief competition for a post season berth.

April 7, 2015

Meijia to DL

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After the Mets won the season opener vs division nemesis and Kryptonite Washington, the focus turned to the health of promising closer Jenrry Mejia, who could not loosen up his pitching elbow when warming up Monday. After an MRI revealed no structural damage Tuesday, he wad placed on the 15 day DL and given a cortisone shot. The Mets closer had Tommy John surgery in 2011 and a separate removal bone chips in the same elbow in 2013, so this is not his 1st elbow injur. He will rest for at least 10 days to get the inflammation out. Jeurys Familia will take over as closer and the team recalled Erik Goeddel from Triple A to take Mejia’s roster spot. The strength of the Mets is pitching depth but injuries to Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin have taken both for the entire 2015 season and we are not into the year’s 1st week. This team could use some luck. And better health.

2015 Major League Preview: National League

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NL EAST

1- Washington(Division Champion): Elite top end rotation, solid position players with real no weak link…. I wanted to Pick the Mets here but a year away….. When Gio Gonzalez is your 4th-5th starter, you have pitching!!!… Power, speed, defense— best team in the field in MLB when all healthy…. Key players like RF Jayson Werth, 2B Anthony Rendon and CF Denard Span start season on DL…. Is this the year Bryce Harper plays 150+ games?…. Pen is the one weakness after trading Tyler Clippard and letting Rafael Soriano go, Drew Storen is the man….. If they need a hole filled, have excellent farm system to tap. Name to remember: Aroldis Chapman

2- NY Mets(Wild Card team)

3- Miami: Giancarlo Stanton was a serious MVP candidate before a beaning ended his 2014 campaign, leads a tremendous outfield…Good rotation, not great…. Team is built to play in spacious home park— great defense…… I see all the hype and don-t buy it– like the Mets and Nats pitchers better……. Closer Steve Cishek very underrated

4- Philadelphia: Massive rebuilding job still in mid process— Will trade ace Cole Hamels and closer Jonathan Papelbon, should do the same with 2B Chase Utley and 1B Ryan Howard….. GM Ruben Amaro Jr on hot seat and his manager Ryne Sandberg cannot feel safe either although they do not have much to work with…. Cliff Lee(forearm) injury kills any hope of being slightly competitive and the club hops he can rehab, return and then be moved for prospects

5- Atlanta Braves: WOW…… Once proud franchise and NL kings traded 3 starting Outfielders, hybrid OF-C with serious power and the top closer in the game mid afternoon before the season opener…. Besides that, no news…… I have no idea what they are doing or why but having new team president John Hart in charge does not hurt. Guy built the great Cleveland Indians clubs of the early to mid 90s and has eye for talent… Only winning culture and Manager Fredi Gonzalez can save this team from losing 100 games

NL CENTRAL

1- Pittsburgh(NL and World Series Champion): Solid, well rounded team… No holes….. Great athleticism all over the field particularly in the Outfield where they play 3 Center field types…. Excellent bullpen, led by quietly strong closer Mark Melancon….. Clint Hurdle is a top 5 manager…. Have good starting pitching but do they have an ace. See 2014 Kansas City Royals. 10 good pitchers beat by Madison Bumgarner. Can you win without a show stopper?

2- St Louis(Wild Card): Typical Cards team:solid, smart, pain in the butt to play, well coached….. Skipper Mike Matheny an underrated weapon…Health of ace Adam Wainwright key. Have several starters with health issues, led by Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia…. Just play ball, do not have a big power threat or base stealer. Good at the game…. Tragic off season death of top prospect Oscar Taveras has to effect team in some capacity…. Another team with a loaded farm system to trade from… Breakout candidate: 2B Kolten Wong

3- Chicago Cubs: Improved immensely in off season, adding winners in manager Joe Maddon and ace Jon Lester but with all of the youth on this team, think they are a year or two away…. Lots of kids in a good division, asking a lot…. Closer Hector Rondon leads solid pen…. Jake Arrieta best young pitcher you have not seen….. 3B Kris Bryant will be a beast but both he and his agent need to shut up. Has done nothing in the majors and some hardened veteran will remind him with a pitch in his ribs. Just ask Bryce Harper…. Need to be careful with all the young kids, a wrong move-trade sets this group back. Winning is a process. Let it happen….And I know about not winning for a hundred years. Hey,everyone can have a bad century. It has nothing to do with this current group. Theo Epstein has done this before. Google him.

4- Milwaukee: One of the more less publicized bad moves of the off season was the already pitching short Brew Crew trading Yovani Gallardo. I know he is not Sandy Koufax but on this team, he was the #1 and put in 200+ innings. HUGE hole for Brewers…. Good position players, field team led by CF Carlos Gomez anbd C Jonathan Lecroy… Must get big year from OF Ryan Braun… This team gets good contributions from rotation, could surprise…. Keep an eye on OF Khris Davis

5- Cincinnati: Just not feeling the Reds….. Need rebound years from stars: RF Jay Bruce,2B Brandon Phillips and 1B Joey Votto… Ace Johnny Cueto is in his free agent walk year and could be traded at the deadline…If the Reds want to speed up rebuild they could trade closer Aroldis Chapman…. CF Billy Hamilton is a pleasure to watch. Elite base stealer, defender

NL WEST

1- San Diego(Division winner): I had the Dodgers here before the Padres traded for Closer Craig Kimbrel. I am rarely shocked at anything in baseball-actually though he would be traded at the deadline- but was stunned when the move went down…. Most improved team in MLB…. Added 4 starting level OFs, look for Will Myers to move to 1B and all of them can hit in the top half of the order.. Matt Kemp was one of the top players in the game when he was healthy in the 2nd half of 2014…. Two key names to remember: 2B Jedd Gyorko and 3B Will Middlebrooks. Could combine for 50 home runs….Addition of James Shields gives young talents like Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross a veteran presence… Kimbrel trade allows Joaquin Benoit to move to 8th inning set up role, a spot where he has excelled in the past… Manager Bud Black very underrated

2- Los Angeles: Good team, I just like the Padres better…. Hard to see Clayton Kershaw being as good as he was in 2014 and the uncertainty in the bullpen gives edge to SD… I love additions of veterans Jimmy Rollins(SS) and Howie Kendrick(2B). Pros who are solid in all areas… Do not like pitching depth…. Team has too many good OFs and needs to move one. Cannot believe this team traded Kemp. They will rue the day…… I like Don Mattingly and think he can manage but he has a lot of issues for a big market, high payroll team. Never a good recipe for success….. Health of #3 starter Hyun-Jin Ryu and closer Kenley Jansen HUGE for this team

3- San Francisco: Every other year team has issues with rotation health(Matt Cain, Jake Peavy and Tim Hudson) and star RF(Hunter Pence)… Best GM-Manager combo in game in Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean…. Pablo Sandoval looks like he trains at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles but can play. His bat will be missed. Casey McGehee is a good, low cost replacement… Keys to team: OFs Angel Pagan and Nor Aoki must defend and be pests offensively.. Keep an eye on 2B Joe Panik

4- Colorado: If baseball was all hitting and fielding, this team would win 120 games. Unfortunately, the Rookies have to pitch as well…. Wow,do they lack major league arms….. When Latroy Hawkins- One of my favorite people in the game, is your closer, that is BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!… Latroy fact: ML debut April 29th… 1995!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!….. Great position team— Hit, defend, run, led by 3b Nolan Arenado and OFs Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson…. Just love this team….. How the front office handles stars Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki and the trade rumors that will follow is key… Need to get decent pitching and this team could surprise

5- Arizona: Complete and total rebuild job with new front office and management. Looking for the future, not 2015… Paul Goldschmidt is the best 1B in the game… 4 good Major League OFs… Short pitching but have kids and some vets to show them the way… Pitching prospect Archie Bradley among tops in the game….I like new skipper Chip Hale and the energy he brings… He will need it. Team is 2-3 years away from being competitive in tough division

April 5, 2015

2015 Major League Preview: AL

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Here is my ML preview for 2015, predictions and general thoughts on every ML team.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AL EAST:

1-Baltimore(Div winner): Best manager-GM tandem in a weak division… Lost some key guys in offseason(Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis)… Love the pen… Health of two stars(3b Manny Machado and C Matt Wieters) scares me….. Could win 85 and this division

2-Boston: If you liked the slow pitch softball teams of the Late 70s, you will LOVE the 2015 Boston Red Sox!… Potentially dominant lineup with bottom ten pitching staff…. Average defense with 1 plus defender on the entire team…..Hanley Ramirez in Boston could be a nightmare. Guy has been a clown throughout his career and Dogs do not change with age… Have 7-8 ML OFs and no starting pitcher above a #3 in ability. Code for TRADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!… Very good farm system to trade from

3-Toronto: I have no feeling on this team… Perenially .500 ish, no upside pitching, great power…. Fun to watch…. The Strike of the 90s KILLED this franchise…… Adding Russell Martin, a winner-leader, has to help

4-Yankees: I am trained to hate this team and do but here are some facts: The team that won this division the last 2 years did so with power, a decent rotation and DOMINANT bullpen. Guess what the 2015 Yankees could be with luck?… Read the baseball cards of this lineup and you should be concerned, PLAYERS. OLDER players but PLAYERS…. If this team has leads in the 7th, the game is over. Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances would scare Aaron and Ruth… Stop the pity parade with Jeter gone. Guess what team had the worst production from the SS position in 2014?

5-Tampa Bay: Losing your GM and Manager when they are the star of your organization is NEVER a good thing….. That is what Tampa did in the last 6 months…. Pitching Coach Jim Hickey stayed and he has some pupils to work with… He better, this offense STINKS… Keep an eye on trade acquisition OF-DH Steven Souza

AL CENTRAL:

1-Cleveland Indians(Div Winner): Best manager in the AL in Terry Francona….Added a big time middle of the order bat in OF-1B-DH Brandon Moss and subtracted little to do so…. Excellent pitching top to bottom headlined by CY Young winner(Corey Kluber) and young power closer(Cody Allen)…. LF Michael Brantley best player you have not seen play…. Key to this team being good or great? Rebound year from 2B Jason Kipnis

2- Chicago White Sox(Wild Card team): Most improved team in the American League, added 2 middle of the order bats, a top 2 starting pitcher and two top end relievers…. Key to the Sox being good or great? Play of kids at 2B, 3b and SS…. Underrated manager in Robin Ventura….Jose Abreu is the best thing to come out of Cuba since Cigars

3- Kansas City Royals: Have a recipe for success and it works: pitch, defend, put ball in play… Solid players all over, added a pro in OF Alex Rios…. Need more from 1B Eric Hosmer and 3b Mike Moustakas, BE STARS!!!!…. James Shields loss is huge but they have starters and a dominant, killer pen…. Speed all over, would run on God… Can those 3 at the back of the pen be that good, AGAIN?!… Would pick them for postseason play but division will cannibalize itself and claim the Royals

4- Detroit : A team that has lived by the credit card now gets the bill…. 2 2014 Offseason mistakes: trading Doug Fister and NOT Max Scherzer has left them with Ian Krol…. Seriously….I also hated paying Victor Martinez this Winter. Love the player but I do not give long term deals to players over 35 with bad knees particularly those who have caught over 1200 ML games. The move here was to sign Nelson Cruz. …Explain to me how a team that has lived with dominant starting pitching and shaky pen is supposed to contend when they lose their two most consistent starters(Scherzer and Rick Porcello) and replace them with Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene?… Should hit, will need to, Excellent first 7 in batting order….. Love the Yoenis Cespedes acquisition, Tori Hunter could not carry his luggage…..With team key Bruce Rondon again battling arm issues, The Tigers pen should be great for cardiac units, souvenir collectors in the Outfield and antacid sales… Next manager will be in broadcast booth for 2015: Kirk Gibson!

5- Minnesota Twins: Team is in full rebuild mode with Joe Mauer the one elite veteran…. Good pen, decent starting rotation….. 2B Brian Dozier could play for me…… Have some top level prospects coming led by OF Byron Buxton(#1 prospect in game) and 3B Miguel Sano… Will be weird to not see Ron Gardenhire in the Twins dugout but Paul Molitor was one of my childhood heroes…. Target Field is a beautiful spot to watch a game

AL WEST:

1- Seattle(Div and AL Champion): Added OF-DH Nelson Cruz to bat clean up and Robinson Cano has not stopped smiling…..Dominant pitching, good lineup with kids, vets…. Closer Fernando Rodney puts up numbers but could break Gandhi….. Kyle Seager, Best 3B you have not heard of…… Two breakout candidates: LF Dustin Ackley and C Mike Zunino… Underrated manager in Lloyd McClendon

2- Oakland(Wild Card team): Just when people count Billy Beane out, he steps up…. Basically traded kids to try and win in 2014, then traded every vet who can hit in the offseason…..AND I TRUST HIM!!!!… They should make movies about this guy…LOL…. Pitching is still good….. Have some players with upside led by 1B Ike Davis, RF Josh Reddick and Brett Lawrie… Sick bullpen, added top NL set up man Tyler Clippard, who will fill in for injured closer Sean Doolittle in April

3-Los Angeles: A gut feeling here, I believe age, luck,etc catches up to the Angels in 2015….Best player in game in OF Mike Trout but some other issues and questions…. Garrett Richards health kills this team and Jered Weaver is not what he was…… 85 win type team….. Albert Pujols is still ALBERT PUJOLS…… The Josh Hamilton story is sad for all involved and cannot help this club…. Great manager in Mike Scioscia

4- Houston: Check back in 2017… Great young talent with upside, led by OF George Springer… Top 3 of rotation is very good, any improvement must come from 4-5 spots…. Bullpen additions should help this team win 10 more games…. DH-1B Chris Carter could hit the ball out of YellowStone… 2B Jose Altuve among top 20 players in the game

5- Texas: My how the mighty have fallen… Team was dominant and a strike away from winning World Series, now among the worst in baseball…Have some awful contracts at SS and 1B, season ending injury to ace Yu Darvish KILLS this team…. 3b Adrian Beltre best at his position in the sport… New manager Jeff Banister is one of the good guys in baseball. He will need to be watching this mess in this division.

2015 season Preview: BELIEVE! 10 reasons why the New York Mets will make the Playoffs

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Anyone who reads this blog(Been with company since 2006, Mets beat 2009), knows I am not a homer. When this team is bad, I say it, when they do something dumb, I write it. I not only like the 2015 New York Mets, I am picking the team to make the playoffs. The pitching is deep and talented, the everyday lineup is better than most think with upside and potential. The recent moves of Mets management to supplement a short bullpen shows me GM Sandy Alderson also thinks this team is close. I believe and here are ten reasons why.

1- SPRING MOMENTUM: The Mets went 19-12-1 in spring training and where the talk of the grapefruit league. I know, don-t focus on stats in the spring but I trust my eyeballs and reports from the opposition. The team looks good!

2- STEP UP GUYS: Several of the players who entered camp in competition for jobs really had great springs, led by shortstop’s Wilmer Flores(Starter), Reben Tejada(Back up) and Matt Reynolds(Sent back to Triple A) as well as OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis(Key bench player). The team has depth and options!

3- LOVE THE LINEUP: Yes, I would find a spot for Mike Trout on this team but I really, really like the position players and blend of veterans and up and comers. We saw a Lucas Duda take off in 2014 and youngsters like Juan Lagares and Travis d’ Arnaud step up. This year? I expect the Mets to have 5 players hit 20+ homers: Duda, Curtis Granderson, Michael Cuddyer, David Wright and d’Arnaud.

4- FRONT OFFICE: Again, I love the fact that this team sacrificed a 1st round pick to sign Cuddyer and traded some assets for ML bullpen arms. Teams that are rebuilding do not do that. Alderson and ownership think this group can win.

5- WRIGHT IS RIGHT: Mets captain David Wright, who had an awful injury shortened 2014, has looked great in the spring and appears healthy. Put him down for .300-20-100, to quote Chicago White Sox legendary announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson “You can put it on the board, YES!”

6- THE DIVISION: Yes, the Washington Nationals should be outstanding with their loaded rotation and power lineup. But I do not like their bullpen and they have several stars starting the season beat up. They should remain favorites but I am not writing off the division. The Braves and Phillies are in severe rebuild mode and the Mets have played well vs both in recent seasons. That leaves the Marlins. I never have or will take that team serious. I would take the Mets roster over the Marlins 7 days a week and TWICE on Sunday.

7 – UNDER THE RADAR!: It is almost impossible to be under the radar in NYC but with Matt Harvey returning to the Mets rotation, 2014 NL rookie of the Year Jacob de Grom has somehow done it. Let me remind the folks of what #48 did in 2014: 9-6,2.69 ERA, 1.14 in 22 starts(140.1 innings). Can you name the #2 starter on the Marlins?

8- DEEP PEN: With the two trades this week for the two lefties, this group can and will be downright filthy. Closer Jenrry Mejia and set up man Jeurys Familia were outstanding in 2014 and along with the additions and return of Bobby Parnell(Mid to late April) I see know reason why this should not continue.

9- LONG BALL: Their are very few names in MLB coaching ranks that draw almost universal applause. New Mets hitting coach Kevin Long is one of those people. This is an impact hire and you will see progress and improvement from day 1.

10- MATT HARVEY: Word on the street is this cat is pretty good. LOL. This guys is a star and leader and just having him around for 162 makes the Mets better. He is also mean and competitive SOB. The Mets need that. Add him with Cuddyer and this team just got two top flight leaders to help Wright and the other 20+.

2015 NEW YORK METS RECORD: 90-72, #1 NL Wild Card team

April 4, 2015

Murphy cleared for opening day, 25 man roster set, 4 to DL

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Mets all star 2nd baseman Daniel Murphy(Hamstring) has been medically cleared and will be in the lineup on opening day April 6th vs the Nationals in Washington. The team will keep 4 bench players- pitcher Jacob de Grom( A college shortstop) can pinch hit and run on his off days. Meanwhile, 4 pitchers have been placed on the DL: Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin(Both lost for 2015 due to Tommy John Surgery) while Vic Black(Shoulder) and Bobby Parnell(Tommy John recovery) should be back sometime in April.

Here is the 25 man roster for the season opener:

Starters: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee

Bullpen: Sean Gilmartin, Buddy Carlyle, Rafael Montero, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Alex Torres, Carlos Torres and Jerry Blevins

Outfielders: Michael Cuddyer, Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson, John Mayberry Jr. and Kirk Nieuwenhuis

Infielders: David Wright, Wilmer Flores, Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda

Catchers: Travis d’Arnaud and Anthony Recker

April 3, 2015

Lagares signs extension, Duda close?

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The Mets continued the good feelings of spring when they finalized a 4 year extension with gold glove center fielder Juan Lagares Thursday, the deal is for 4 years at 23 million. The club has an additional 9.5 million option for a 5th year, so plan on seeing Juan in CF til at least 2020. Lagares hit .281 with 4 home runs and 13 steals in 116 games last season while winning his 1st Gold Glove(He led all CFs in defensive runs saved and was 2nd only to Atlanta Braves RF Jason Heyward in the category among OFs). The deal buys out all of his arbitration seasons as well as 1 free agent year. The 3rd year player has carried his strong 2015 into the spring, hitting .345 with 3 homers and 5 walks in 63 plate appearances. Meanwhile, the Mets and 1B Lucas Duda are also working on an extension, if no deal is done by the opener, the sides will break off talks.

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