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August 30, 2015

Reed trade aids Tired Pen, Mets Notes

by @ 11:25 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Mets GM Sandy Alderson continues to add pieces to the Major League club and he recognized the team was short a late inning reliever. Late Saturday, he added veteran Addison Reed to the bullpen for 2 minor leaguers. Reed has been a closer for both the Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks, saving 101 games from 2011-2014. He had a rough start in 2015 ,losing the closer job and was demoted to the minors. After regaining form in the minors, Reed was great when he was recalled-1.65 ERA with no home runs allowed with 16 1/3 innings. Ideally, he slides into the 7th inning role and can pitch the 8th or 9th when either Tyler Clippard or Jeurys Familia need a blow. Reed can also serve as a lefty specialist- he has held southpaws to a .242 clip in 2015. The big picture here is Mets skipper Terry Collins has some options and arms in late inning slots. Clearly, Alderson has seen the value of a strong and deep relief corps in recent postseason play.

Mets Notes: OF-1B Michael Cuddyer has been dynamite since returning from a knee injury. He has been both productive and clutch in August, hitting .375 with 2 HRs and 8 RBI in 48 at bats. Having Michael Conforto, Juan Lagares and Kelly Johnson as bench outfield options does not hurt either… Familia has been incredible in August(8 for 8 in save opportunities, has not allowed a run) and was throwing a 96 MPH splitter and 100 MPH fastball. Good luck, Hitters. Jeurys has 35 saves and should break the team club record of 43….The Mets will call up 4 position players Tuesday as part of the September 1st roster expansion: INF-OFs Eric Campbell and Eric Young Jr, C Kevin Plawecki and OH Kirk Nieuwenhuis. All 4 of these players have been with the team before and fit great as back-up bench types. Young Jr. could be a hidden gem here after the team reacquired him in a trade with the Atlanta Braves. He is an elite base stealer and could win this team games in the postseason. The Mets have 2-3 pitchers on the DL who will also be added to the team in September, led by Bobby Parnell, Steven Matz and Erik Goeddel.

 

August 24, 2015

Signs of Something special in Amazing Night

by @ 7:11 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

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Anytime a team wins a championship, they need breaks with health and so forth as well as good fortune. Often you see crazy and/or historic things happen and their fans think “This could be our year.” Monday night in Philadelphia was one of those nights for the New York Mets. Pitcher Jacob de Grom had a rare rough outing but he is bottom feeder of this story. The team’s captain, 3B David Wright, playing for the 1st time since April 14, hit a blast into the upper deck in his 1st at bat. When the franchise’s guy since his call up in  2004 does that you think Hollywood is writing the script.  That home run was one of a team record 8 with only Ruben Tejada and de Grom being the only starters not to leave the yard, with 2B Wilmer Flores hitting 2. The Mets hit 15 extra base hits, a franchise high and won 16-7. This team has that look and to me, The Flores trade/non-trade- game winning homer episode might have turned the worm. The trade never happened and the Mets got a better return for lesser price. And New York has not looked back. #DANGEROUS

 

STAT OF THE YEAR: Mets are 50-8 when scoring 4 or more runs.

 

 

August 23, 2015

As Mets sweep Rockies, The Captain is set to return, Updates on Matz, Duda

by @ 9:31 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets rode an offensive onslaught in their first 2 games in Denver vs the Pitching poor Colorado Rockies and a great outing from spot starter Logan Verrett Sunday to sweep the road series. Yoenis Cespedes had a 3 homer, 7 rbi game Friday and the entire lineup punished Colorado pitchers Saturday with 8 doubles and the team batted around one inning without recording an out. Both wins had identical 14-9 scores. Sunday, the team sat Matt Harvey for a start to preserve #33 for October and into the future but Verrett made Mets fans forget about the Dark Knight with 8 strong innings allowing 1 run and K-ing 8. When you sit a player and get a great performance from his fill in, this happens in years when you raise a flag and hoist a trophy. Sign of special season, team, year. The 2015 Mets are poised to do special things and the future is bright as well. This was a good weekend.

CAPTAIN COMEBACK: Mets captain and 3B David Wright(Back) is set to be in the lineup Monday in Philadelphia after completing his rehab assignment late this week. He will not be an everday player and the team will manage his back but with players like Juan Uribe and Daniel Murphy being capable 3B, this should not be an issue. Monday will mark his 1st ML game action since Arpil 14th.

METS NOTES: LHP Steven Matz(Oblique) has progressed well in rehab games and should rejoin the team and pitch around Sept 2, per team sources…. 1B Lucas Duda(Back) was placed on the DL after aggravating the injury in Denver. Michael Cuddyer and Murphy can play the spot short term and Duda has flown to California to see some of the doctors who treated Wright…. Quietly interesting trade: The Mets reacquired OF-INF Eric Young Jr from the Atlanta Braves recently. He has been assigned to AAA Las Vegas and will be a September Call Up. Mark my words: He wins a game in the home stretch or playoffs with his base stealing-running prowess.

August 19, 2015

4 Veterans key to Mets surprising 2015

by @ 11:13 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

While the talk of why the 2015 New York Mets success has centered around their dominant pitching and trade acquisitions, do not look past 4 veterans and their part in the turnaround. INF Daniel Murphy plays 2B, 3B and even some 1B when asked and always gives you good at bats and is one of the better teammates you could ever have. Watch him in postgame interviews and he is talks about the other 24 guys- pitchers, so and so’s at bat before his double,etc. #28 is hitting .338 in August with 3 homers and 11 RBI. LHSP Jon Niese has been traded by fans and media 25K times in the last year. Yet outside of a rough May(ERA just under 6 in 6 games), the senior Mets pitcher has 4 sub 3.00 ERA Months and has posted 2.87 and 2.70 in July and August. He has stayed healthy and has 16 quality starts in 23 opportunities. Meanwhile, RF Curtis Granderson leads the team with 22 home runs and has led off the game with a homer a major league high 7 times. The veteran clearly has responded to the hiring of his former hitting coach Kevin Long and been huge. Finally, a former whipping boy of this blogger, SS Ruben Tejada, who has not only shut me up but won me over with solid hitting(.303 post all star break,.260 or better  3 of last 4 months) and consistent defense in the field. He gets a blow from Wilmer Flores on the odd day and has really responded well to a challenge from Mets skipper Terry Collins and grabbed the starting job. Without these 4 stepping up, this team is looking up not down in the standings.

August 10, 2015

1st Place Mets continue to play well, Wright rehabbing, Mets MASH

by @ 9:30 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets rode the momentum of a 3 game weekend sweep of 1st place Washington into a 6 day road trip down in Florida and they played well, winning 4 of 6 and have a 1.5 game lead in the NL East. The improved offense is noticeable after the recent trade additions and a healthy return of C Travis d’Arnaud has also helped. Manager Terry Collins mentioned tonight in his post game how much deeper the team is. This team actually has good players on the bench now and can rest a player and sub in an actual proven major leaguer. A luxury this team did not have 2-3 weeks ago. New York is 8-2 in its last 10 and 60-52 on the year.

CAPTAIN COMEBACK: Mets captain-3B David Wright(Spinal Stenosis) played DH in Class A minor league game and was 1 for 3 with a walk and run. He estimates he will need at least 30 plate appearances before he is ready to play in major league game. He will play the field Tuesday. Mets manager Terry Collins is keeping hopes to minimum and is smart to do so. New York has a battle to fight and they go on regardless of whether the cavalry arrives. This is a serious injury and as much as players and fans love Wright, anything production wise is gravy. Remember the Mets also have protection in Daniel Murphy and Juan Uribe if #5 cannot contribute. Pulling for the Captain!

METS MASH: OF-1B Michael Cuddyer(Knee) was activated from the DL Monday and is not guaranteed a starting spot but will play vs lefties and get some work at 1B as well. He can also play Right to spell veteran Curtis Granderson. The bigger news here is the team kept Michael Conforto with the team and he will still get regular playing time. Eric Campbell was sent to Las Vegas to create a roster spot for the veteran. LHRP Jerry Blevins(Forearm) re-broke his arm and is out for the year after he fell on a curb getting out of a car. LHSP Steven Matz(Oblique) will pitch a rehab game Saturday and throw 25 pitches. It is realistic that the talented rookie could rejoin the rotation after September 1. This is huge news as the Mets would like to curtail the amount of innings each of their young starters throw. Matz return would allow the team to use a 6 man rotation and end the pitch count-innings limit issue.

 

August 6, 2015

Terry Collins:The Underrated star of the 2015 New York Mets

by @ 10:30 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Yes, the New York Mets are now on a roll after recent trade activity plus the calling up of Outfielder Michael Conforto and stand in 1st place in the NL East. The pitching- particularly the rotation- has been dominant all year and closer Jeurys Familia has thrown at an all star level since April. With the additions of Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson, the offense has exploded and given the team a real major league lineup. The one person people do not focus on regarding this team who deserves a ton of credit is Manager Terry Collins. The Mets skipper played without enough major league bats for 2 months, treaded water and kept the team afloat until General Manager Sandy Alderson struck , making the moves to augment a potential power. Collins rallied a slumping 1B Lucas Duda and has SS Ruben Tejada, a whipping boy for fans and this blogger, playing the best ball of his career. He kept INF Wilmer Flores upbeat in a time of crisis and continues to find ways to get him in games. Juan Lagares has battled injury and inconsistency all year and Collins has kept him involved while fielding the best possible team each day. All these additions have slotted guys like Eric Campbell, Uribe and Johnson into key bench weapons. Lagares can be a late inning defender and allows TC to mix and match Cespedes and Granderson in the outfield.  What the trades have done is illustrate what those who follow the team have known for a long time: Terry Collins can manage. The leader of the Mets should be a candidate for National League Manager of the year.

August 3, 2015

Mets carry incredible weekend momentum into Miami, 1st place,Mets Notes

by @ 11:39 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets used an improved offense and their standard -power pitching- to a huge 3 game sweep over division leading Washington at Citi Field this weekend . Lucas Duda(9 home runs in 8 games) was a one man attack and the team hit 3 homers on 5 pitches Sunday while the big 3-Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob de Grom- all pitched great.  As important as the sweep was, the team showed really maturity and toughness in Miami Monday. The Mets played late and got in early in the AM yet destroyed an over matched Marlins club 12-1. That win and a loss by the Nationals puts New York in 1st place ALONE on August 3rd. INCREDIBLE.  Offensively this team will never be the 1975 Cincinnati Reds but a solid attack is enough to get this team into the playoffs. The added talent and depth of a Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson and Yoenis Cespedes achieves this goal and a healthy return of C Travis d’Arnaud gives the Mets a dynamic catching platoon with Kevin Plawecki. RF Curtis Granderson is quietly having a good year and Daniel Murphy could hit on the moon. If Michael Conforto can continue to show the talent we have heard about, this team is scary good and could make fans in Queens real happy in October and all the teams in MLB sad.

METS NOTES: Syndergaard and Duda were named National League Pitcher and Player of the week…. Conforto hit his 1st ML homer Monday and would be at Triple A right now if OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis(Neck) was not placed on the DL post game Monday…. Lots of noise about the Mets and pitch limits with their young arms. Look for the team to use a spot starter here and there before that happens. You do not trade for Cespedes and the others and not try to pitch your best. On that front. LHP Steven Matz(Lat issue) threw off solid ground today and could be back in early September. Meanwhile, Dillon Gee has also pitched well in the minors…Lineup wise, Skipper Terry Collins has two every day infielders: 2b or 3B Murphy and 1B Duda. He has named Ruben Tejada his starting SS with Wilmer Flores getting some work as backup. Meanwhile, Uribe will play 3B when Murphy doesn’t and Flores and Johnson will also get some reps at 2B and OF respectively. Outfield wise, Juan Lagares has been benched with Cespedes playing Center and RF Granderson also getting some work in that spot. Conforto will play in LF at times when Yoenis is at CF. Lagares will play CF vs Lefties with The trade acquisition playing Left. Cespedes actually likes playing Center and told Collins this in meetings over the weekend. Amazing, how in 2 short weeks, a team with little offense or depth got so deep…. Flores is not the only Met who wants to stay in NY after almost being moved at the deadline. P Zack Wheeler had his agent reach out to GM Sandy Alderson then called him himself to express a desire to remain  in Queens. A really nice thing to here and a great message from a kid that gets it. His reasoning? I was here when we were bad, I want to be here when we are good. I like it.

August 1, 2015

Wilmer’s amazing week, Mets add Cespedes, send message, Mets MASH

by @ 1:06 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Wilmer Flores and the New York Mets had an interesting 72 hours and I  believe both will be better for it in the long run. The Mets and Milwaukee Brewers were working on a trade involving Center fielder Carlos Gomez for Flores and P Zack Wheeler and the teams were in the pending physical stage. News leaked out to the media mid game Wednesday and Flores became emotional when he believed he was done in NY. Manager Terry Collins was put in bad spot and team leaders like David Wright and Michael Cuddyer had to counsel Flores, who signed with the Mets at 16. Postgame, the trade did not go thru and the team appeared to have egg on its face. Then Friday happened and  New York GM Sandy Alderson somehow acquired a better player(OF Yoenis Cespedes) for a lesser package that did not involved ANY of the Big 5 pitchers-Matt Harvey, Jacob de Grom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Wheeler. The good feeling around the club carried into the start of the vital series vs the division leading Washington Nationals. Flores was given huge ovations in each at bat and got a standing O for a great fielding play early in the game. Then the unthinkable happened, Flores came to the plate with the score tied in the 12th and hit an amazing walk off home run that sent the team and Citi Field into a frenzy. Flores was mobbed at homeplate(see above picture) and the team had a huge victory and great moment for a popular teammate. Players like Curtis Granderson, Harvey and Daniel Murphy could not stop talking about how big this was for both the player and team. As Ron Darling said on SNY  said after the homer “The  trade  that wasn’t made might be the biggest hit all season.”

MESSAGE TIME: The Mets management and ownership take a lot of grief from media and fans, rightfully so at times but credit both with going for it in 2015. They added veteran pros last week(Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson), a high end reliever(Tyler Clippard) and an elite middle of the order bat(Cespedes) to augment a team that is ahead of schedule.  They have also  kept the foundation of a club that can be potentially dominant for years to come ,intact . More importantly, the players on the Mets know the team is invested in winning and winning now. Should be a fun final two months of the season.

METS MASH: Good news on the Mets medical front as well. C Travis d’Arnaud(Arm) is back with the team and played Friday. Look for Collins to platoon d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki til Travis is ready to catch 4-5 game a week. Wright(Back) continues to progress and could start rehab games this week. He basically is testing his body with baseball related activities to see how his body responds. LHRP Jerry Blevins(Arm) has also been cleared to resume throwing after scans showed the broken bone in his arm has healed. Meanwhile, Jenrry Mejia is gone for 162 after he somehow tested positive AGAIN for PEDs. It was unrelated at the time but the Clippard trade just became huge.

 

 

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