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From Tom Seaver to Dwight Gooden to David Wright, A look at the New York Mets past, present and future.

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May 31, 2015

Positive Present… AND Future!

by @ 11:56 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The 2015 New York Mets are not the ’75 Cincinnati Reds and that is ok. This team has been bad since 2009 and rebuilding. Watch this team for a week and you will see a plan in place and POSITIVES. Obviously, the young starting pitching with Matt Harvey, Jacob de Grom and impressive rookie Noah Syndergaard stands out with Steve Matz and Rafael Montero a plane trip away in Las Vegas. Closer  Jeurys Familia leads a talented bullpen that has 2-3 regulars on the DL. Infield wise, 1B Lucas Duda is blossoming into an All Star and very quietly SS Wilmer Flores has turned it around after struggling early defensively. The Outfield is starting to come  with veterans Michael Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson providing a steady hand and more offense. CF Juan Lagares is beat up physically but catches everything and gives you quality at bats. Long term, two of the teams top prospects are OFs Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo, who should be major league ready when both Cuddyer and Granderson’s deals expire. The current Mets are not winning 100 games but they are coming and coming FAST.

May 24, 2015

Bad, Bad Day, Mets Notes

by @ 10:51 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets have had some poor seasons recently and many bad days but Saturday May 23rd might have been a topper since the final day eliminations of 2007-08. The two faces of the franchise-3B and captain David Wright and staff ace Matt Harvey- were hammered- on and off the field. First, Wright, who has been rehabbing from a hamstring injury that caused him to develop lower back pain. Turns out that spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column, is the cause and the Captain will be shut down from baseball activities for a week and take medication as well. Wright will also do some core  and back stabilization exercises. If the Captain is back by the All Star Break, I would be surprised. Stenosis can be a serious condition and helped end the careers of both Don Mattingly and Len Dykstra but the Mets do not believe this situation is that dire. Meanwhile, Harvey had the worst outing of his young career, allowing 7 runs in 4+ innings. From pitch one, He did not have command and he gave up towering home runs to Pirates stars Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez in the first two frames. Mets fans should not be overly concerned with the Dark Knight, prior to Saturdays outing, he allowed zero runs over 16 innings.

METS NOTES: C Travis d’Arnaud(Hand) will begin a minor league rehab assignment this week while relievers Vic Black and Bobby Parnell are both progressing and have been moved up to Double A…. Personal favorite Kirk Nieuwenhuis was DFA-ed earlier this week and replaced by OF Darrell Ceciliani. Kirk was just not hitting and/or getting enough playing time to straighten himself out…. SS Wilmer Flores is starting to play better defensively and continues to hit….. Both Lucas Duda(Hamstring) and Juan Lagares(Side soreness) are out of the lineup Sunday…. With Noah Syndergaard pitching well and the team trying to get both Jacob deGrom(Shoulder, Hip) and Harvey(1st season post Tommy John Surgery) thru the season, the team will go with a 6 man starting rotation after Dillon Gee(Groin) completes his last minor league start. This also cannot hurt Bartolo Colon who is 135 in baseball years…Duda’ success vs Left Handed pitching is a testimony to his hard work and commitment. In 2014, he hit .180 with 2 homers vs Southpaws. This year he has 4 long balls and his hitting .400 in 45 at bats. Mets SNY broadcaster and ex Met great Keith Hernandez has coached up the 1B and it shows…. When you listen to other teams announcers talk about the team and how insane it is that the Mets have 12 players on the DL, you smile. So True. Pirates TV guys talked about this for 5 minutes Saturday.

 

May 18, 2015

Mets Mash, Notes

by @ 8:29 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

METS MASH: Both Captain-3B David Wright(Hamstring-Back) and C Travis d’Arnaud(Hand) have progressed and started resuming baseball related activity. Wright did everything but swing a bat while the backstop did hit. Do not plan on seeing either before June. Meanwhile, Dillon Gee(Groin) appears close and has looked good in rehab starts.  Relievers Vic Black(Neck) and Bobby Parnell(Tommy John Rehab) have pitched OK in the minors and are steadily building up arm strength.

NOTES: Matt Harvey has not allowed a run over his last 2 starts(16 innings) yet does not have a win…. Tough break literally for 2B Dilson Herrera(Thumb) who suffered a broken thumb during infield drills last week. The rookie will be re-examined in 3 weeks… With all the injuries to the bullpen(Buddy Carlyle was the latest to go on the DL with back spasms this week) , the Mets have 5 relievers on the DL(Technically 6, Jenrry Mejia is serving a PED suspension for 50 games). The positives? When all these arms are back, Manager Terry Collins will not lack options. Veterans like both Torres'(Carlos and Alex) and rookies Erik Goeddel and Hansel Robles have been particularly impressive with elevated roles…… Team will have an interesting decision to make rotation wise with rookie Noah Syndergaard looking so impressive in two outings when Gee comes off the DL…. Team playing well but a potential weakness(4th Outfielder) might need to be addressed. John Mayberry Jr had a game winning hit tonight but both he and Kirk Nieuwenhuis are really struggling with the bat. Depth with two corner OFs being over 30 is a big deal. Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer cannot play 162.

May 17, 2015

The Strange Game I cover

by @ 6:43 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Baseball draws  us in because you never now what you can will see you come to the ballpark. Saturday nights Mets-Brewers game further illustrated that point. New York had lost 5 straight and looked lifeless in a blowout loss Friday night. Terry Collins makes a subtle move- he moves the pitcher(Jacob de Grom) to the 8th hole – and the team exploded for a 14-1 victory, set off by a 10 run inning. I ripped the move pregame and de Grom had 3 hits(2 in the big inning) and SS Wilmer Flores hit a grand slam out of the 9 hole. The entire team responded and put together good at bats throughout. Sunday, the team continued its offensive up swing and won again 5-1.  Veteran outfielders Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer had big offensive days. Again, the more games you watch, the more you learn and the more you learn what you don-t know. In essence, how the games will turn out.  That is why we watch and I write.

May 15, 2015

Frustrating 2 weeks for Mets, fans

by @ 12:08 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The recent struggles of the Mets over the past 2 weeks have magnified weakness(Lack of offense, infield defense,bullpen depth) while amplifying strengths(Starting pitching, Overall farm system). The team has lost 4 straight, 5 of 7 and gone 7-12 since winning 11 straight in April. Why is this happening? First of all, they have played some good teams– Washington(A team picked by most to win the National League) and The Chicago Cubs(a team the exact opposite of the Mets- Lack proven pitchers, tons of talent on the field) as well as the surprising rival Yankees.  Secondly, the injuries to franchise cornerstones (3B David Wright and C Travis d’Arnaud) as well as 3-4 pitchers has forced the club to extend and expand the roles of several players who are not ready to be in those positions. In a month, a Kevin Plawecki, Erik Goeddel and Hansel Robles could be Las Vegas and d’ Arnaud, Vic Black and Bobby Parnell will be in those game changing  moments. However, this team should be playing better and be more mentally tough. Recently, when anything goes wrong in an inning, the team seems to struggle to recover. Poor Jon Niese(1.95 ERA entering Thursday) has been particularly victimized by poor defense(Team has made 10 errors with the lefty on the mound) and does not have the high end talent and stuff needed to escape 4 out innings.

Niese’s struggles are more about physical talent than mental, Jon is tough and has pitched with all kinds of ailments sine joining the Mets. However, his issue got me to look more at the rosters makeup. Think about this team and assume everyone is healthy- outside of Daniel Murphy and Niese, who would you consider to be in the prime years? Lucas Duda is 29, right on the edge. Wright is over 30, SS is a mess and yet to be determined. Juan Lagares is a kid and the corners are two former all stars who are great locker room guys and pros but are not Barry Bonds and Tony Gwynn in 2015. Pitching wise? Kids and the fountain of youth, Bartolo Colon. Niese and the walking trade rumor Dillon Gee are the vets of the staff. Again, pros but not Seaver- Koosman or Gooden-Darling. The positives? Clearly Mets GM Sandy Alderson has two high end prospects coming in Outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto, both former 1st round picks. So, in summary, relax, enjoy the process and realize that this team is coming but more than likely not complete. The future is bright, present better but not great. Team is competitive and with some breaks-better health, this team is playing in October. BELIEVE!!!

 

 

May 10, 2015

Syndergaard set to make ML debut, Updates on Wright, d’Arnaud, Mets Notes

by @ 6:05 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

A groin strain has caused veteran starter Dillon Gee to the disabled list and opened a rotation spot for the Mets top prospect RHP Noah Syndergaard. The big righty is set to make his major league debut Tomorrow at historic Wrigley Field vs the Cubs in Chicago. Syndergaard joined the club in Philadelphia over the weekend to help him get acclimated to the big leagues. This is a huge day heading forward for the organization for 2015 and the future, Syndergaard is one of the 3 arms in the minors-  RH Rafael Montero(Been up and down last calendar year) and LH Steve Matz(Been dominant at all levels) the others- who will either be part of the pitching staff or moved to fill an important hole.

METS MASH: Third Baseman-Captain David Wright(Hamstring) has no issues with his leg but dealt with some lower back pain earlier last week and should be resuming baseball activity today. C Travis d’Arnaud(Hand) is set to have his broken hand examined Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. If the bone has healed, he can start rehabbing immediately. Meanwhile, reliever Bobby Parnell(Tommy John rehab) threw a bullpen session May 7th and will resume minor league rehab assignments this week.

METS NOTES: As amazing as Bartolo Colon’s season has been(He became the 1st 6 game winner Sunday), one stat shows how great he has been: In 7 starts(46.1 innings), he has struck out 40 hitters and walked 1…. ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 to 1 is usually an acceptable  Strikeout to walk ratio, 3:1 excellent. What is 40 to 1?!…..With Wright over 30 and having battled injuries over the past 3-4 years, The Mets should consider using Daniel Murphy- who can play 2B and 3B- as a super utility player ala Ben Zobrist. You get to rest #5 and keep top prospect 2B Dilson Herrera in the lineup 4-5 days a week. Just an idea…… The New York Mets starting pitchers have the top ERA in all over major league baseball at 2.99. The 2nd place team has a 3.20 ERA. The relievers check in 6th with a 2.51 ERA and they have converted 15 of 16 save opportunities.

 

 

May 5, 2015

Wright injury update, Murphy’s Versatility buys evaluation time, Mets Notes

by @ 12:55 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

WRIGHT UPDATE: Mets captain and Third Baseman David Wright(Hamstring) will not be back this weekend and is now looking at a Mid May return. The team is cautious and being safe with a complicated and complex injury. Hamstrings are tricky and if you do not get this right, you can lose the player for a long period of time. I tore my hamstring in 1989 and still feel it today. SERIOUSLY.

MEMORIAL DAY: The Mets are lucky that Daniel Murphy is a natural 3B and can fill in with Wright injured. However, moving Murphy to 3B allows them to give Dilson Herrera a look as an everyday second baseman. More importantly, it adds to Murphy’s trade value if they need to address the shortstop position for 2015. I believe in Wilmer Flores at SS but I also believe he needs to step it up and has until around Memorial Day to do so. This team is good enough to win and play in the postseason and one hole can be filled in season. Whether it be via trade or a recall of SS Matt Reynolds from Triple A, the Mets have options. I hope Flores ends the debate. I also believe I have a better chance of being on the Mets in 2016 than Daniel Murphy. Remember, I am 43 and have had more surgeries than Trapper John. These next 3 weeks of games are vital for the 2015 Mets and beyond.

METS NOTES: INF Eric Campbell has been sent down to Triple A and the team has recalled C Johnny Monell, a left handed hitter, to give the team 3 Catchers. Monell has been tearing it up in Las Vegas(.397 BA-.455 OB with 4 HRs and 15 RBI in 58 at bats) and should help the Mets bench….CF Juan Lagares has a hit in every home game and is hitting .377 at Citi Field….New lefty reliever Alex Torres has been a god send for the Mets bullpen. He entered Sunday’s game with the bases loaded and nobody out. Torres struck out the side. Right handed hitters are 1 for 19 vs Torres and he has a 0.96 ERA in 11 appearances…SP Dillon Gee set a franchise record Sunday when he pitched 5 innings for the 51st straight start. Dwight Gooden had the old record from 1987 to 89, Gee is 0-2 in 2015 but has a 3.82 ERA. In his last 59 starts, he is 19-21 with a 3.78 ERA.

 

 

May 3, 2015

COMMENTARY: Relax! Reasons not excuses

by @ 6:12 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets stand at 16-10 and led the NL East by 3.5 games yet many fans believe the sky is falling after losing 7 out of 10 and 3 of 4 to the defending division champion Washington Nationals. Real Mets fans should be both understanding and sympathetic towards this team. Why? This team has real injuries and when you combine that with the quality of competition, losses are going to happen. The lack of offense is glaring and if this team was going to be without David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud for the entire season the panic button would be a viable option. However, the will both be back and players like Cuddyer, Granderson and Murphy have proven track records and are offensive players. On a positive front, both 1B Lucas Duda and CF Juan Lagares have continued to build on strong 2014 campaigns. This team is not the ’75 Cincinnati Reds offensively but with this pitching staff, they will hit enough to be a post season team. One issue that is a major concern, however, is middle infield defense. When you are starved for runs and an arms oriented squad, giving teams outs shows. The Mets lost Sunday 1-0 on a bloop hit in the 1st inning. But the team failed to turn two separate double plays that would have prevented that run. With a better offense, small things do not show up.  The Mets just need to ride this rough stretch out and await the reinforcements that are coming.  GM Sandy Alderson knows this team is close(see the Dilson Herrera move) so he will make moves if things do not improve. They will. RELAX.

May 1, 2015

3+ Weeks in, injuries, poor play start to hit Mets, Injury Updates, Mets Notes

by @ 9:42 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets closed out April 15-8 but the last week or so has not been good. The teams middle infield defense- SS Wilmer Flores and 2B Daniel Murphy- have committed 10 of the teams 17 errors and many of them have led to big innings and contributed to losses. With all of the injuries to key players(3B David Wright, C Travis d’Arnaud and several pitchers) this team has little margin for error and little things become bigger when you are limited offensively. Also take into account that two of the Mets starters- Dillon Gee and Jon Niese- are not stuff guys ,using deception and smarts to get outs. They need plays to be made behind them. Heck, Jacob de Grom was done in by a huge error in Thursday’s loss. The team has lost 3 in a row, 2 straight series and 5 of 7.  Mets management sees this as a critical time and took action postgame Thursday, recalling 2B Dilson Herrera to play everyday,bumping Murphy over to his natural 3B position and Eric Campbell to his ideal super sub role. This should help the Mets short term until Wright returns, then the team will have another decision to make. Murphy might be on his way out with his free agency on the horizon(after 2015) and Herrera drawing raves from scouts and killing Triple A pitching(.375 BA-.407 OB-.513 Slugging).

METS MASH: Wright(Hamstring) has started working out and should return sometime next weekend. Reports have been good on the Captain. Relievers Bobby Parnell(Tommy John surgery, sore forearm) and Vic Black(Herniated disc) have resumed throwing from flat ground and are looking at Late May return dates at the earliest. Meanwhile, P Rafael Montero(Rotator Cuff) was placed on the DL as more of precautionary measure. He looked good in his spot start in Miami.

METS NOTES: 1B Lucas Duda has been great so far in 2015, building on his strong 2014 and is now hitting left handed pitching! He has hit ..312 with 2 homers and 12 RBI with a .894 OPS. But the key is both his On Base overall(.427) and .429 BA vs Lefties(9 for 21)!!!  Serious All Star candidate… This team can afford to carry Murphy- an offensive 2B- think JV Dan Uggla- when they have a good defensive player at SS. Flores is not ideal to play with #28. I have a strong suspicion that one of the two are on the way out. Regarding Flores, Wilmer can hit, .275-20 HR potential, I would ride it out with him. Let him play with Wright next to him and see how he is for a month. And boo-ing him at home does both the player and team no good. The Mets need him….. CF Juan Lagares is becoming a dangerous weapon and not just with his defense. He has put together consistent, good at bats and is hovering around .300(.297) while driving in some big runs(11 rbi). Guess who leads the team in hits with 27? #12… With the teams struggles, do not blame Campbell and C Kevin Plawecki, who hit his 1st ML in Yankee stadium and looks like a player, who have filled in with solid play and do not look out of place.

 

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