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June 27, 2016

Busy day

by @ 4:57 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

As the New York Mets prepare to square off with the Washington Nationals in a battle for 1st place in the National League East, I have updates on four players. OF Juan Lagares(Thumb) is ready to start his rehab assignment and is feeling better. SP Zack Wheeler(Tommy John Surgery) had no issues after throwing long toss and had no issues, he is back on his rehab schedule and should rejoin the big club sometime after the All Star break. Meanwhile, LHP Steven Matz(Elbow) has bone chips in his throwing arm and will see a doctor before he starts Wednesday. This is the type of thing a pitcher can attempt to play thru with pain management and common sense. Finally, team executives led by General Manager Sandy Alderson, watched Cuban free agent Yulieski Gourriel private work out in Florida and the potential Met 3B posted pictures online of himself in Mets garb. From his lips to gods ears.

June 25, 2016

Reyes return official

by @ 7:24 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets signed their franchise leader in triples and stolen bases Saturday and Jose Reyes is back home. GM Sandy Alderson brought back the player the team inked at age 16 and in the NY system for 12 seasons. He is a huge fan favorite who does carry the domestic violence incident from this offseason but is known around the game as a good citizen. He will report to Brooklyn and play Sunday for the Cyclones. The Mets want him to play Third, 2nd and some Outfield. Reyes needs to get some work at Third and in the outfield, where he has never played before. The team hopes after 7-10 days he will be ready to rejoin the big league club. This is a win, win for the player and Mets. It was not long ago when Reyes and David Wright where the saviors of an exciting and upcoming Mets team.

Reports: Conforto sent down, Brandon Nimmo recalled

by @ 10:35 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets almost sent down OF Michael Conforto to the minors earlier this week and give him some more time. The time was up Saturday and he was sent to Las Vegas. Super prospect Brandon Nimmo has been recalled and will play LeftField. Conforto had a great April(.350 plus batting average) but has completely fallen off(.119-.182-.237 BA-OBP-SLUG) in June. I still think this kid will be a great player and believe this is best for everyone involved. Nimmo is a top of order guy who ideally hits either 1 or 2 in the lineup. The 1st draft pick of the Sandy Alderson era in the 2011 draft, he hit .328-.409-.508 in 63 games in Vegas. Meanwhile, not official word on the Jose Reyes front but that looks to be a done deal as well. I love this activity and sense of urgency the Mets are showing. Big reason why this team has survived with all the injuries and so forth. Players like James Loney, Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera have been huge for the club and show this front office has a clue.

Reports: Reyes reunion

by @ 12:04 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Numerous media outlets are reporting the New York Mets and Jose Reyes will reunite after the former all star and batting champion clears waivers at 1 pm Saturday.  Reyes has served his 52 game suspension for domestic violence but would still need to get some work in the minors  for conditioning and  the team would like him to focus on Third base, although an ideal role for him would be as a super utility guy, spelling Neil Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilmer Flores in the infield. He would greatly upgrade the team’s speed and give them a late game base running threat. It should be noted this move does not appear to deter the Mets from looking at Cuban free agent 3B Yulieski Gourriel as a potential long term replacement for Captain David Wright. Ideal world for me is signing both players, they do different things and at this point in his career, Reyes is a part time player.

June 22, 2016

Mets get scares on 4 but all good, led by Thor

by @ 11:20 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets got a good medical report on starting pitcher Bartolo Colon(Thumb) to open Wednesday but waited word on Zack Wheeler(Elbow) all day. Colon will not miss any major time with his bruised digit but have not determined if he will make his next scheduled start. Mets skipper Terry Collins has him penciled in to start Sunday. Meanwhile, Wheeler had sensory nerve irritation in his surgically repaired elbow and was given a cortisone injection. #45 can resume rehab when the sensation disappears. The drama was added and hit DefCon levels when both Noah Syndergaard(elbow) and Yoenis Cespedes(wrist) went to the hospital post game Wednesday. Thor’s exam reveled no structural damage and he was given anti-inflammatory medication. No word on whether #34 will take his next turn. Cespedes has a mild sprain of his wrist and was also given a cortisone injection, he is listed as day to day. Any injuries to ANY of these four right now is  scary and incredibly, the Mets seemed to have dodged bullets with all of them. But this has been a STRESSFUL time for fans in Queens.

 

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June 21, 2016

2 Outside Options at 3B, Hitting hurting, Mets Notes

by @ 12:02 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets have been linked to two free agents who could fill the hole created by the injury to 3B David Wright and one has roots in Queens. SS Jose Reyes, who could play either 2B or 3B, has no role in Colorado and is about to clear waivers. The Rockies are on the hook for his huge contact and #7 can hit. But his trademark superior athleticism is no more and  defense is now a major weakness. And he has been charged with domestic violence. I vote no. BTW I was never a huge fan. David Wright guy. A name do I like is Cuban free agent Yulieski Gurriel, a 32 yr old , 15 year pro, who is an elite bat and many including Mets star Yoenis Cespedes rave about his talent and character. He would cost up to 11-12 mill per over 2-3 years. The issue here is with all the injuries, two players who has functioned offensively are 1B James Loney and INF Wilmer Flores. Unless I am bringing in George Brett and Don Mattingly, I want these guys to play. Wilmer is a Met and deserves a chance to play. I also like Loney on this team, pro bat. If the reports on Lucas Duda(Back) do not appear promising, I  will revisit this stance and look to add a booper. The two guys who do need to step up are Curtis Granderson(Has heated up recently) and Michael Conforto(close to being sent to Las Vegas).

HITTING HURTING: The New York Mets offense has struggled mightly due to injuries and slumps but I also believe an issue is the approach and dependence on home runs. Every major league player is different and has his style. The Mets have a lot of quality sticks and a good no great hitting coach in Kevin Long. That’s why it is maddening to me to see this team not hit, AT ALL. A LOT. This team does not rally and is the slowest Mets squad I can remember, ZERO speed. They either homer or make outs. No in between. When a pro like Neil Walker comes in and becomes Jeff Kent, I wonder if this is good. This team misses a Daniel Murphy-Keith Hernandez get hits, hit doubles, get on base, do not strike out type. Variety is good and right now this team is too easy to attack and stop. And this blogger does not have an answer.

METS NOTES:Noah Syndergaard has been moved back in the rotation to Wednesday and veteran Bartolo Colon  will throw tonight in game 1 of the World Series rematch. This sets up Thor to pitch twice vs the division leading Washington Nationals in the next 2 head to head series . Syndergaard is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 23 Ks in 20 innings over 2 starts vs the Nats…. LHP Sean Gilmartin has been recalled to replace injured RP Jim Henderson(shoulder) today and will be in the Mets pen… C Kevin Plawecki has been sent to the Minors as Travis d’Arnaud(rotator cuff) is back and the club wants KP to play everyday. He will in Vegas. Meanwhile, defensive specialist Rene Rivera, who has been a god send, will serve as the primary back up. His work with all the pitchers, particularly Matt Harvey, has been outstanding… Be on alert in this Royals series: Lots of bad feeling from Syndergaard dusting Royals leadoff man Alcides Escobar in Game 3 of the World Series. Thor is hitting Wednesday. Danny Duffy is starting for the Royals. No Ventura but you get the feeling it does not matter. If the Royals do anything to #34, the Mets and Citi Field might erupt. Make that definitely.

June 19, 2016

Season at crossroads after embarrassing sweep by Braves in Queens

by @ 11:06 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets appeared to right the ship late last week when they won the two final games vs a tough Pittsburgh Pirates team. But any momentum from those wins was destroyed over the weekend as the awful Atlanta Braves somehow swept the Mets in NY. I know about injuries and slumps but this is unacceptable. The pitching was ok- particularly the starters- but nobody is hitting and Michael Conforto is a prime candidate to be sent down to Las Vegas with a sub .200 batting average since the end of May. Manager Terry Collins openly talked about roster and lineup changes postgame. This weekend was awful and I know things are magnified when you do not hit but this cannot and should not happen. That needs to change and change fast or this team will not be playing meaningful games in September let alone October.

June 16, 2016

David done?, Lagares to DL

by @ 9:05 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

New York Mets 3B- Captain David Wright underwent surgery on a disc in his neck Thursday and is out indefinitely.  Wilmer Flores will have a real opportunity to win this job short term and has been hitting well since the Captain went down. Dependent on how well Flores plays, the Mets could save resources to add another position instead of a long or short term answer at 3B. The team has been without 1B Lucas Duda and C Travis d’Arnaud(Will return next week) for over a month and could fill both slots with one move: Jonathan Lucroy.  The Mets have played almost over 150 games without Wright in the last 2 years and fans have to be seriously concerned about his long term health as both a player and person. Very cruel that the franchise face cannot help a team that has finally  matched his talent. Here is the statement from #5:

“After trying every way to get back on the field, I’ve come to realize that it’s best for me, my teammates and the organization to proceed with surgery at this time. My neck simply did not respond to any of the treatments of the past few weeks. While incredibly frustrating and disappointing, I am determined to make a full recovery and get back on the field as soon as I can to help the Mets win. I greatly appreciate the support of my teammates and our fans throughout the last few weeks.”

CF Juan Lagares, who was in real position to earn some playing time with the team slumping and beat up, was placed on the DL due to his ongoing thumb injury Thursday. #12 will try the rest- rehab route ala Wright and see how the joint responds before deciding on surgery. Good news in the game tonight as LF Michael Conforto(Wrist) and 2B Neil Walker(Back) returned to the lineup and hit back to back homers in a victory. Side note: Walker, A  career 2B in a free agent walk year, has volunteered to move to 3B if the club needs him with the injury to the Captain. UNBELIEVABLE.

June 14, 2016

As Mets continue to struggle, Wright nears decision, Commentary

by @ 8:57 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets recent lineups have featured 2-3 opening day starters with 2B Neil Walker(Back) and Michael Conforto(Wrist) now joining Captain David Wright(Neck), 1B Lucas Duda(Back) and C Travis d’Arnaud(Rotator Cuff) in the MASH unit. The team is struggling to score with all the injuries  and leaves OFs Curtis Granderson , Yoenis Cespedes and SS Asdrubal Cabrera as the only members intact from the opening night April 4th batting order.  Heck, even Juan Lagares could not start tonight with a serious dental problem. The Mets should get a better on where Wright is by the end of the week according to GM Sandy Alderson. The Captain is currently in California meeting with his back specialist to determine whether to get season ending surgery or continue with rest and rehab.

COMMENTARY: I am a big Kelly Johnson(reacquired late last week) guy and he is a great bench presence, allowing Wilmer Flores to play almost daily at one of 4 infield spots. But this team needs a big bat desperately or the Washington Nationals lead will reach double figures by the end of the month. That’s how beat up and depleted the Mets field team is. I suggest 2 moves— trade for C Jonathan Lucroy from the Milwaukee Brewers. He is an elite backstop who hits and is signed thru 2017. I would also call up OF Brandon Nimmo and DFA Alejandro De Aza, I want the 5 outfielders on this team to be Granderson, Conforto, Cespedes, Lagares and Nimmo. I want athleticism, offense and energy. When we are playing the Pittsburgh Pirates, I want to see an OF like that!  I am waiting on the medical updates on Walker because he is could be a key part of a 3rd move if he checks out. I would consider moving Neil to 3B and calling up Dilson Herrera to be the everyday 2B. These team needs a kick in the pants and we have both internal (2 kids getting things done in Las Vegas) and external options. The time has come for the team to be both active and reactive.

June 13, 2016

TC OK after health scare

by @ 2:21 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Mets skipper Terry Collins has been medically cleared and will be fine to manage this Tuesday after a health scare this weekend. The 67 yr old manager felt ill pre game Sunday ; was admitted to a local hospital in Milwaukee and under went several tests. All came back negative OR positive and the popular Collins is free to travel back to NYC and resume baseball activities. TC is one of the good ones in the game and this is REALLY good news for both the manager, team and sport.

June 8, 2016

Mets Notes

by @ 8:17 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Lots of news regarding the team as they finished the 2nd leg of a 3 city, 10 game road trip in Pittsburgh tonight: The team is waiting to see how CF Juan Lagares(Thumb ligament injury) responds to swinging the bat and will then make a determination on whether to DL him or not. Expect some movement on this by Friday, finger injuries produce  a lot of swelling and pain…. The Mets offense continues to struggle and looks inept at times when they do not homer.  OFs Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto(great game tonight including a 2 run 8th inning homer that tied the contest) need to step it up and strangely, 1B James Loney has provided a small spark by just being efficient and not trying to hit 7 run shots. Loney is what he is : A Pro…. Team reacquired veteran INF-OF Kelly Johnson Wednesday and he provides offense and versatility to a team that needs both. Ideally, he is a super sub -a role that Wilmer Flores had until injuries  drew him into starters minutes. Unlike some of these called up kids, Johnson has done it and has experience and relationships within the NY Locker room…. I am a big Neil Walker guy and these last 3 days illustrate why. He is from Pittsburgh and the fans of his former club love him. He got the Mayors treatment all series and never said no to any media or fan request. A pro’s pro– someone a certain pitcher on this team should look at and emulate. Terry Collins joked postgame that the poor guy had to be happy to leave and get some rest…. Rene Rivera will draw most of starts at Catcher over rookie Kevin Plawecki due to his great defensive play and rapport with pitchers…. Nice to see rookie and long time minor leaguer Ty Kelly hit his 1st major league home run tonight. Huge for both the player and team. Unfortunately, Kelly is a strong candidate to be sent back to Las Vegas to make room on the roster for his name sake, Mr. Johnson. Tough business and game, Baseball.

June 4, 2016

Fill Ins star as Mets move on without the Captain

by @ 8:02 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets won Friday night in Miami vs the Marlins 6-2 and the star of the game was Noah Syndergaard, who threw 7 strong.  However, the bigger story was the contributions of 3 key pieces and how they factor heading forward. The Mets lost their captain, 3B David Wright, for an extended period Friday(Herniated disc) and he joins 1B Lucas Duda(Back) and C Travis d’Arnaud(Shoulder) on the DL. Amazingly, all 3 of the replacements for the 3 Mets stars homered last night- as James Loney(1ooth career), Rene Rivera and Wilmer Flores  left the yard and drove in all 6 NY runs. Loney and Flores will both play a lot and Wilmer , who has struggled to find consistency in a bench role, has an opportunity here. Rivera continues to perform and do great work with the pitchers and should platoon with Kevin Plawecki MINIMUM at this point.  Just a great, great night for a team that will be without #5 til Late August at the earliest. The team announced David Wright will rest for 6-8 weeks as he tries to avoid surgery for a herniated disc in his neck.

June 2, 2016

Reports: Wright headed to DL, will miss “extended period”

by @ 9:53 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

According to numerous media outlets, Mets captain-3B David Wright will be placed on the 15 day DL Friday and miss an extended period with a herniated disc in his neck.  The team has not confirmed the reports but the move makes sense as #5 is battling a spinal stenosis, a serious back condition and has not played since homering in 3 straight games last week. The team will reportedly recall INF Matt Reynolds from Triple A Las Vegas and pair him with Wilmer Flores to replace Wright. The Mets and their fans have to come to grips with the fact that their most beloved and longest tenured player’s career is in serious jeopardy as his team is ready to contend for years to come. Just a tough, tough day all around.

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