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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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June 28, 2015

Matz mania hits Queens as rookie stars with bat and arm, Mets Notes

by @ 9:11 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Mets fans have been hearing about Left handed pitcher Steven Matz for 2 years and he did not disappoint in his major league debut Sunday, leading New York to an important victory and series sweep of the Cincinnati Reds 7-2.  Over 7 and 2 thirds innings, the southpaw allowed 6 runs and 2 runs(Two solo home runs including one leading off the game) while striking out 6 while throwing 110 pitches.  Matz, a Long Island native, was great for ticket sales and an electric Citi Field erupted when he supplied his own offense with two key rhi hits, driving in 4 runs. The rookie became the 1st major league pitcher in 100 years to go 3 for 3 with 4 rbi in his ML debut. Incredibly, no Met player- pitcher or position player- has EVER had 4 rbi in their debut. Just an incredible day at the ball park and as manager Terry Collins said post game, if Mets fans are not excited about the assembly line of arms this team can throw out on a day to day basis, something is wrong. A lot of winning is on the horizon, Folks.

METS NOTES: Over the last 7 games, Curtis Granderson has been the lone wolf and the ENTIRE Mets offense. He is hitting .462 with 4 home runs ans 6 rbi….. I have hammered INF Ruben Tejada a lot on these pages and let me tell you something. That guy deserves a ton of credit and has almost embraced a super utility man role– he has played SS, 2B and 3B this season and will take over at SS with the return of Daniel Murphy Tuesday in a reshuffled infield. Tejada has always been a good defender but this season we have seen him take a much better approach at the plate and he consistently puts together good at bats even when he makes an out. He makes the pitcher work and is an pain in the butt. He is one of the more unsung heroes on this team.

June 27, 2015

Top prospect Matz set to debut, Murphy set to rejoin team, reshape infield

by @ 11:53 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets top prospect,lefty pitcher Steven Matz, is set to make his major league debut Sunday at Citi Field. A Long Island Native and life long Mets fan, he is a good bet to have a lot of fans in the stands. This is a big day for the franchise as the teams other three recent hyped pitching call ups- Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard- started their 1st Ml games on the road, Matz is doing in front of the home fans. The lefty brings a great minor league track record(24-20 in 66 games over 5 yrs) and has been impressive  pitching during 2015 in the hitter dominant Pacific Coast League for Las Vegas(7-4,2.19 ERA in 15 games). The promotion of Matz will also impact all the other starters as the Mets will go with a 6 man rotation. This makes sense as 4 of the teams starters( Matz + Harvey, Syndergaard and Jacob de Grom) will face innings limits due to youth. Bartolo Colon could show up in January,throw 6 innings after sitting at home and be effective. Meanwhile,  Jon Niese is a pro who will adjust and probably benefit from an extra day. He has battled arm issues for much of his career. HUGE move and key to the Mets postseason hopes.

Meanwhile, Mets all star 2nd Baseman Daniel Murphy(Quad) should return from the Disabled List Tuesday and will change the structure of 3 of the 4 Infield starters. #28 is a natural Third Baseman and will assume that role with captain David Wright still out with his back injury. Short Stop Wilmer Flores, who has hit but has been up and down defensively, will switch to 2nd and Ruben Tejada, easily the teams best defensive infielder, will man SS. These moves all should make the team better defensively and aid the pitching staff. The Mets will never be a great team offensively so defensive improvement and run prevention is a good route to go.

June 22, 2015

Reality Check, Mets Notes

by @ 5:57 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets have played almost exactly 70 games and are about a .500 team. They have excellent young pitching- particularly of the starting variety- but are not a good offensive or defensive team. In the last 5 games(all losses), they have 6 runs and New York has scored 1 run or fewer 17 times. They have an offensive oriented kid shortstop who is learning the position in the majors and probably costs the team a 2-3 runs a week. Their lone elite defender is playing with a bad elbow and neither corner outfielder will remind anyone of Dwight Evans(Google him!). Since starting 15-5, they have gone 21-30. People are calling for Manager Terry Collins head or for GM Sandy Alderson to make a major trade.

What do I say to Mets fans? What I have been saying all year- this is a good team- when everyone is TOGETHER. They have been down 2-3 starting position players since April – and not just any guys- the franchise Third baseman-captain, all star Second Baseman and promising young catcher, who was coming into his own. The team treaded water with kids or 4 A types without making a silly move to jeopardize a promising future. Take any team in MLB and strip them off what the Mets have lost and have them play for 8 weeks. 21-30 might be better than most. Recently this team had between 12-14 players on the disabled list. Look, I would like this team to add players to help but you know what? Billy Beane, Brian Cashman,Theo Epstein,  Andrew Freidman and the like are not stupid. They know what the Mets need and what their assets are. Alderson is not dealing from strength, he is dealing from weakness due to injury. That is when you don-t make a trade!

Lets play a game here and fix the Mets. I can give you any, ANY two major league players without subtracting ANYONE from the Mets 40 man roster. Give me a player and position. Look at the Mets team. They have talented young players at catcher and First as well as Center Field. Wright and Murphy man 3B and 2nd. Two veterans under long term deals are the corners with two prime prospects on the way(Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo). You can scream and holler all you want but the Mets will not and should not do ANYTHING major until they know where Wright is long term. If he can play this year, you add a Ben Zobrist multi-position type. If not, then veteran stop gaps such as Aramis Ramirez make more sense. And as far as Collins goes, people need to calm down. Look at what he has to work with- depleted everday lineup, young arms who he must monitor to avoid more Tommy John Surgeries! The man has to almost manage to win 1-0. It is insane to scream for his head, they guy deserves medals!

I am as frustrated as anyone with this team but I realize why this is happening and believe that this team cannot win with this many guys out. If the health does not improve, adding Tom Seaver, Sandy Koufax and Randy Johnson would do nothing. The field lineup is crippled and killing this team. This will not change until those people return. If they do not comeback, 2015 is a lost season. Yell, swear, throw things, call for heads, these are facts and the reality of the 2015 Mets season.

METS NOTES: SP Dillon Gee has been put on waivers after the team failed to trade him and if he passes through, he will be optioned to Triple A Las Vegas…Both Travis d’Arnaud and CF Juan Lagares are dealing with elbow injuries. d’Arnaud  suffered a hyper extension after a collision at the plate vs the Braves Saturday and should return Tuesday after receiving treatment. Lagares’ situation is more of a rest and monitor issue with the same joint he has issues with late in 2014. He could eventually need Tommy John Surgery if the elbow does not improve… Meanwhile, Closer Jeurys Familia(Groin) was out the last 2 days of the Atlanta series and the team should have an update Tuesday. This does not appear to be serious and more of a cramp issue… Collins suggests that when Jenrry Mejia(50 game PED suspension) returns he would do so in a set up role.

 

 

 

June 15, 2015

Extra inning walk off ends big news day

by @ 7:45 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

On a day when the Mets career of Dillon Gee more than likely ended and  the club received good news on both David Wright and Daniel Murphy, The team staged an amazing two run, two out rally in the 11th inning to win 4-3 vs the red hot Toronto Blue Jays(11 straight victories). Earlier on Monday, the team DFA-ed Gee(0-3,5.90 ERA in  7 starts) who can be traded over the next 10 days or be sent down to Triple A Las Vegas. Sad to say but Gee is not good enough to be in this rotation any more and deserves to pitch for a team where he can start. Meanwhile, Murphy could be back with the team by this weekend and GM Sandy Alderson stated that 3B-captain Wright(Back) could return by the all star break(Early July). On the field, the team got a great outing from rookie starter Noah Syndergaard(2 hits, 1 run(on a 1st inning homer ), 2 walks and 11 Ks over 6 innings) and got 2 out RBI hits from 1B Lucas Duda and SS Wilmer Flores to complete the comeback. Hats off to 3B Ruben Tejada whose hustle and heads up base running kept the rally alive after he did not give up on a potential game ending double play run down, staying in the play and allowing Michael Cuddyer to reach 1st. Just a great, great win and the Mets are developing a reputation as comeback kings(17 comeback victories, 2nd in all of MLB).

June 14, 2015

Returnees aid Monster comeback, Mets take 2 of 3 from 3rd place Braves, Mets Notes

by @ 6:00 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets are a different team in 2015 and Sunday’s win over the division nemesis Atlanta Braves showed why on all levels. The team rallied twice from big deficits of 5-1 and 8-3, engineering a 7 run turnaround in a thrilling 10-8 win on Banner Day at Citi Field. The Mets hit 4 home runs , 2 of them from recent DL reinforcements- C Travis d’Arnaud and 2B Dilson Herrera. Meanwhile, spark plug OF Darrell Ceciliani hit his 1st career homer, a bomb into the 2nd deck in right, to kick start the rally. None of this matters if the bullpen- led by underrated Sean Gilmartin’s effort- does not come in and shut down the opposition. The Mets are not the 1975 Cincinnati Reds offensively but with d’Arnaud back and INF Daniel Murphy close in his rehab, this team can score enough to win 90 games. The return of d’Arnaud- who has the makings of a star- has energized the lineup and over the last 10 days or so, the backup OFs Ceciliani and John Mayberry Jr. have stepped up and made plays . With veterans like Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer on the wrong side of 30, this is vital in the outfield.  Again, this team is different and when you hear Ron Darling- who played on some TEAMS- comment how up the bench is during the SNY telecast, that should open eyes. This team should be doing more than that now. The 2015 New York Mets are GOOD!

METS NOTES: RP Bobby Parnell(Tommy John rehab) appeared in two of the 3 Braves games and while appearing rusty, he got outs and adds a valuable late inning arm and veteran presence to the bullpen…. With Herrera’s athleticism showing up daily, he is a good bet to stay at 2B even when Murphy returns from the DL. Good news, however. The Mets have an opening at 3B and Murphy is a natural third bagger. Look for #28 to take the job fulltime with the status of captain David Wright(Back) still very much in question…..The team went with a brief 6 man rotation to get the 3 kids(Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard) and 2 vets(Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese) an extra day and poor Dillon Gee paid for it. Over 3 and 2 thirds, he allowed 11 hits and 8 runs while looking out of sync. This is what happens when you take a career starter and put him in the pen without regular work. Feel bad for a good teammate and guy but more than likely best for Gee to be traded in a package for an asset……With several minor moves involving births and bereavements, backup C Anthony Recker has been temporarily sent down to Las Vegas. This move makes sense for this week with the team about to play 2 games in Toronto where they can DH d’Arnaud and let Kevin Plawecki catch. Recker will more than likely be back up by this time next week……Anyone who underestimates the value of both a stud closer and Jeurys Familia to the 2015 Mets did not watch the Mets brutal 5-3 loss Saturday. Terry Collins gave #27 the day off after the birth of his 1st son and the team could not hold a 3-1 led in the 9th using a combination of relievers. Mixing and matching is nice innings 6 thru 8 but their is a reason a select few get the final 3 outs of the game…..I am not a huge stats guy but try this one on for size: de Grom allowed a homer to professional Mets killer Braves 1B Freddie Freeman Saturday. That was the 1st bomb he has surrendered at Citi Field in 16 home starts. INCREDIBLE.I tell people this all day and all night, I love Matt Harvey and he will be great again but right now, de Grom is the best pitcher on the Mets. And it is not close.

June 10, 2015

BREATHE IN, BREATE OUT,METS FANS!

by @ 11:45 am. Filed under Uncategorized

So the Mets got no hit last night, they lost to a team that has won 3 World Series in the last half decade. Is the world ending? NO…. Just the opposite. The team is in 1st place. On June 10th. They have 13 players on the DL. 3 of them are set to rejoin the team this week, led by C Travis d’Arnaud, who was playing phenomenal before breaking a bone in his hand. Reliever Bobby Parnell will add a veteran arm to a talented bullpen while 2B Dilson Herrera can mix and match with Ruben Tejada to stabilize the middle infield and bench. The team started 15-5 but is 13-17 in its last 30 and 10-19 on the road. At times the team appears to not be able to hit themselves out of a paper bag but their pitching and ability to scratch and claw has kept them in contention. Fans need to relax and not campaign for a panic move. This team is set up to be good for years, if not great. Google Scott Kazmir if you want to make a foolish, rush move. The Mets have young players with major upside at C,1B, CF, 2B and SS. Let them grow. Look at Lucas Duda. How has he panned out? Pitching buys you time. And I know the Mets have not played in the postseason since 2006 and they barely missed in 2007-2008. But a big reason why that group did not advance was the lack of a farm system and young talent to add to David Wright and Jose Reyes. The 2015 version of the Mets have arms and players coming as either reinforcements and/or trade pieces. Have a coke and smile and enjoy the ride!

June 7, 2015

Positives End West Coast Trip, Trade Market?, Mets Mash-Notes

by @ 8:53 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The Mets hit 4 home runs(Start the Parade! A total often for this club in a week!) and got another dominant outing from starter Jacob de Grom(The Best pitcher on this team BTW) to conclude the weeks 2 city West Coast trip at 3-4. More importantly, the injury ravaged team(13 players on the disabled list) is in 1st place in the National League East for the 2nd time this week and returns to Citi Field Tuesday after an off day Monday. I cannot say enough about the players on this team and the coaching staff led by manager Terry Collins. They show up and punch the clock regardless of who or who is not in the lineup and play. HARD. That is all you can ask for as a fan and this group COMPETES.

REINFORCEMENTS: Some good news internally(More in the next paragraph) and the lack of diagnosis for captain David Wright’s back are the biggest issues here. Pitching wise, the team is deep and talented. With Wilmer Flores really stepping up offensively and playing solid defense, I do not think shortstop is a major issue anymore. Credit GM Sandy Alderson and his staff for their faith and projections with the young SS, who they viewed as an offensive player at a defensive spot ala the St. Louis Cardinals Jhonny Peralta. The team is set at 1B, C and 2B with a stud young player in CF(Juan Lagares) and two veteran corner outfielders with both money and years left on their deals in Michael Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson. 3B and the health of Wright are biggest everyday issue. Eric Campbell and Ruben Tejada have been god sends at the spot but are not George Brett. Ideally, a player who could play 3-4 positions- a Ben Zobrist- would be ideal or if Wright is lost, I would look at the Red’s Todd Frazier. This team could use a 4th Outfielder who could play 2-3 days a week as well to give the vets or Lagares a blow. Offensive improvement is vital for this teams postseason hopes, the team is 28th in run production since the 11 game win streak of April.

METS MASH: 3 players close to being back this week while another star bat goes on the DL in 2B Daniel Murphy. Murphy(Quad) could be out a month while rookie 2B Dilson Herrera(finger), C Travis d’Arnaud(Hand) and RP Bobby Parnell(Tommy John rehab) should rejoin the big club during this weeks homestand. Herrera’s return could help the bench as well with either the rookie, Tejada or Campbell being out of the lineup. C Kevin Plawecki(Virus) and OF John Mayberry Jr(Heel) should be Ok in this homestand. Meanwhile, RP Vic Black(Neck) completed his rehab and has been optioned to Triple A Las Vegas to build arm strength and confidence.

METS NOTES: Collins has decided to scrap the 6 man rotation for the normal 5 and one of the veterans(Jon Niese or Dillon Gee) will be placed in the pen or traded. Bets should be on Gee……..Lagares appears to be healthier on this trip after dealing with an elbow issue…. de Grom is 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last 5 starts…. Closer Jeurys Familia might be the team MVP and has been dominant, converting 17 of 18 save opportunities…. People need to relax and realize the team has 6 weeks or so til the Trade Deadline. Lets see how  d’Arnaud and the 2B situation pan out and ,of course, the injury with the Captain resolves itself before we trade Sirloin for spam,OK?… One concern and I am saying this in the 1st week of June. This team has 3 pitchers under pitch limits in de Grom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard as well as 87 yr old Bartolo Colon. 6 man rotation for 2-3 weeks eliminates that need by itself. Fans in Queens will not be happy if these guys miss starts in September over innings numbers. Nor will this Blogger! Nationals fans still waiting for those Series rings sitting Strasburg earned them. OOOPPPS.

June 5, 2015

Wright Wronged

by @ 12:49 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets and their captain,3B David Wright, received awful news this week when he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a condition that has caused several pro athletes to retire. Spinal Stenosis causes the spinal column to narrow and is very painful. Wright is being treated by back expert Dr Tom Watkins in Los Angeles as well as the teams medical staff and doctors from the Hospital for Special Surgery. This is a serous injury but treatable and controllable to an extent. When the doctors told The Captain what he had, they told him not to Google it. He did. When he joined the team in California, #5 said he would return to the lineup sooner than later and he was between moods of serious and joking with teammates. Currently, he is in rehab with weekly advancements and tests with Watkins and his team but not close to returning. The Mets and GM Sandy Alderson need to have an idea as the trade deadline approaches how to fill this hole at 3B if Captain America is out long or short term. Ben Zobrist(Short) and Todd Frazier(Long) are two names that fit that slot in order. Meanwhile, Ruben Tejada has taken off at 3B and is hitting .483 with 6 RBI in the last 7 games. Manager Terry Collins challenged him to take the role in has hit him out of the 2 hole from day 1 and he has prospered. On a personal note for both Wright and Mets fans, this stinks. This team is finally good and the franchise face who stayed, took losing and signed here long term to rebuild is now fallen by an awful condition. Reminds me of what Don Mattingly faced with the early 90s Yankees teams, his bad back made him an average player and he had to hang it up. The team won 4 World Series in a short span after #23 hung it up. Lets hope Wright, who turns 33 in December, does not meet the same fate. Good player, great leader, better guy.

June 1, 2015

May into June, Mets Notes

by @ 7:37 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets went 13-15 in May and stand at 28-23 on the year as they start a 2 city West Coast trip in San Diego and Arizona(4 games) over the next 7 days. 50 games or post Memorial Day is always a good gauge and fans should be excited with this fact: If the season ended today, the team would be in the postseason as a wild card. The Mets are a half game behind the Washington Nationals in the division with 12 players including their captain-3B, starting Catcher, top lefty reliever and opening day closer(PED suspension) all on the disabled list. As a reference point, the team was 1 game below .500 at this time in 2014. Two months down, 4 more to go, should be exciting.

METS NOTES: CF Juan Lagares(Elbow,side) has been beat up but continues to play spectacular defense and hustle. Meanwhile, 1B Lucas Duda, the teams top power threat,  has a sore and swollen  knee after being hit by a pitch and could be out 2-3 days…… One negative pitching wise is veteran Jon Niese recent starts. In his last four outings, his ERA has risen from 1.95 to 4.92 and he has allowed 22 runs(20 earned). The good news? No physical issues….. Rehab wise, Travis d’Arnaud(Hand-wrist) will resume his rehab this week and relievers Vic Black and Bobby Parnell have progressed in their games and could return Mid June…. Have to tip your cap to Ruben Tejada, one of my personal whipping boys. Manager Terry Collins played him all weekend at Third and he  produced out of the 2 hole and flourished defensively  ….Captain David Wright(Back) will meet up with the team in San Diego and Collins mentioned to the media pregame Monday night his status heading forward could determine the defensive alignment of the Mets infield. Minus Duda, who is solid defensively at 1B, the club has a lot of interchangeable parts with the likes of Wilmer Flores, Tejada and Daniel Murphy all having the ability to play multiple positions. Murphy’s free agency(Up after the season) and the return of a healthy Dilson Herrera add to the intrigue….. Congrats to Bartolo Colon, a HUGE fan favorite, for his major league leading 8th win…. A team, trade partner wise to look at: The Milwaukee Brewers. Have 2-3 things the Mets could use short and long term: 3B, SS, Corner OF, again, dependent on the health status of Wright. This team DESPERATELY needs a 4th Outfielder after Kirk Nieuwenhuis did not produce and was traded

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