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August 28, 2016

Week shows this might not be Mets Year

by @ 10:18 pm. Filed under Tom Seaver

The New York Mets hit some home runs, had some key players have injuries reoccur while 2 of the big 4 starting pitchers dealt with health issues. Ladies and gentlemen, Your 2016 New York Mets! Today the Mets started 4 players who were not on the roster when the season opened. And another starter- SS Asdrubal Cabrera- came out of the game in the 1st with a troublesome knee. He joined Yoenis Cespedes(Quad) and Neil Walker(Back) on the bench. Not coincidently, these are 3 of the Mets hottest hitters. When you watch this team play  day in and day out, you start to think team trainer Ray Ramirez should get the team MVP. Injuries are part of the game but this season has been a nightmare and it is incredible that this team is within 5 games of a wild card spot. Says a lot about the character of the players, leadership of skipper Terry Collins and ability of GM Sandy Alderson to add spare parts who fit in. A James Loney, Kelly Johnson, Rene Rivera, hell, Jose Reyes- who I was against signing. I have felt for sometime this is not our year, that the Mets need to build towards 2017. They are and have but have also played good ball without sacrificing long term success. Keep it up, Guys. #LGM

August 20, 2016

A vital End of August

by @ 12:06 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets are now below .500 and have gotten back two important everyday players in OF Yoenis Cespedes(Quad) and SS Asdrubal Cabrera(Knee). Neil Walker(Back)  returns to lineup today and Jay Bruce(Slump) is getting a mental health break. Steven Matz(Shoulder,Elbow) and Noah Syndergaard(Elbow) as well as Jacob de Grom have battled thru after their incredible innings increases from the 2015 National League Pennant season. This team is beat up and would have to go on an incredible run to get to a one day play in game. With the entire team intact, they are capable. But David Wright is not walking thru the door, Neither is Lucas Duda or Matt Harvey. The fact that this team has stayed afloat and played around .500 ball says a lot about the leadership, management, structure and character of the Mets. I live in Detroit and this “team” loses 1 or 2 guys and they are garbage. I messaged one of my bosses the other night saying the Mets are just too beat up and done. They played that night without their entire opening day Infield and Cespedes. You can have Gibson, Seaver, Koufax and Drysdale pitching and not win that way.

Dependent on the results over the next 10 days or so, this season might be lost. But 2016 can help set up 2017 if Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson use that last month to set the tone. The 2014 team closed out strong and played good baseball to finish in 2nd(over 15 games out) but they had pride and built a foundation. The Mets need to figure out Centerfield, Third Base, 2nd and more bullpen roles besides Blevins, Reed and Familia. Jay Bruce will be in Right Field , either Walker(Free agent after season), Jose Reyes or a kid will man 2nd Base and The Captain has a difficult decision to make. I have a back issue-not on his level nor do I play MLB- and it can feel great one day then garbage the next. SS is set with Cabrera and top prospect Ahmed Rosario close. Matt Reynolds has also shown in short stints he has potential. To me, the team has to prepare someone from Las Vegas(Michael Conforto? Brandon Nimmo?) to play Centerfield. Curtis Granderson(Signed thru 2017) can play some in center and Justin Ruggiano and Alejandro De Aaza are 4th-5th platoon types. It is better for both the player and team that Cespedes is in center. If you want to get creative, the Mets could trade for a Centerfielder(Lorenzo Cain? Charlie Blackmon?) or sign a free agent(Dexter Fowler). Ideally, the team needs a lead off hitter and strong defender in the spot. BLACKMON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The key here is too eliminate as  many questions for 2017 as we can in the final 6 weeks. #LGM

August 11, 2016

Embarrassing sweep to Dbacks drops Mets to .500 and Terry Collins has seen enough

by @ 9:54 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets got destroyed Thursday 9-0 at Citi Field and skipper Terry Collins reacted. Actually, he was reacting to what is becoming a wasted and lost season due to injuries, lack of performance and the toll a National League Championship season took on his talented young rotation. But TC was not happy and ripped his team for feeling sorry for themselves, having non competitive at bats and little life. It should be noted that this team is minus its entire starting infield outside of 2B Neil Walker as well as star OF Yoenis Cespedes and former ace Matt Harvey. Until recently, the team competed and showed up. This series vs an average to poor Arizona Diamondbacks team was bad. The team did not execute offensively and appeared flat. Thursday afternoon was so bad, I stopped listening on the radio. As a Mets fan, I have seen some BAD baseball. What Terry was upset about is this- bad is about talent and execution. You can have poor  talent but have a plan and try. The Mets won last year because they consistently got great pitching and added enough professional hitters to string together quality at bats throughout the lineup.  The run to World Series taxed those young arms and they are not the same and running on fumes at times. The everyday players are either hurt, gone(Daniel MVP Murphy) or bad(Travis d’Arnaud) right now. TC put this on him and he is partially correct. It is on him when he continues to play guys who do not play or listen. His threats about Las Vegas need to be legit and if they are, he gains more credibility. This roster is not overly talented but effort is not a talent issue. And TC made that clear today. I stood and cheered this presser. #LGM

 

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August 8, 2016

Mets head home after tough trip

by @ 8:38 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets just finished a tough week 3-4 over 7 games vs their city rival Yankees and the red hot Detroit Tigers in Michigan. Jay Bruce has come as advertised and hit 3 HRs while playing well defensively in rightfield. Neil Walker, who had a brutal June and July, has responded to some rest and taken over offensively, hitting a game winning 2 run homer in the 9th vs the Tigers.  Two outfielders who need to step up with the injuries throughout the lineup have recently as both Alejandro De Aza(the lone true Center Fielder on this team) and Michael Conforto have started to put together good at bats. Although he has not hit, I like what I save seen from Matt Reynolds at shortstop. And I think he can and will hit. Pitching has not and will not be a problem with this team. Logan Verrett had a tough outing vs the Tigers(A Lot of pitchers do) but he is ideally a swing man and not a key rotation cog. Zack Wheeler, who started his rehab assignment this weekend, should be back in time for a September call up and give the team a big kick. The next 2 weeks are vital for a team that has not won back to back games since July 6th.  Offensive production and clutch hits are the key, this team hits home runs and does not string together rallies. ANY runs scored-created minus the long ball are HUGE. I have a feeling about this group and believe a big run is in them.

August 4, 2016

No Yo

by @ 2:22 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets playoff drive took a major hit when the team was forced to place OF Yoenis Cespedes on 15 day DL with a quad injury. The team and #52 tried to play thru the injury over the past 2 weeks and just could not hold up. After the trade deadline addition of slugger Jay Bruce, the team appeared poised to take off and score some runs. This is not good news. The Mets have recalled OF Brandon Nimmo to offset the loss of Cespedes.  Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson(Starting in Left tonight) will play LeftField and some center with Alejandro De Aza And Nimmo also in the mix. Bruce is cemented in Right.

August 2, 2016

Busy Day

by @ 10:23 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The day after the MLB trade deadline is always busy for teams but the New York Mets might have set an unofficial team record with 8 separate transactions prior to Tuesday’s Subway series battle at Citi Field. The team placed OF Justin Ruggiano(Leg) and SS Asdrubal Cabrera(Knee) on the 15 day DL while activating trade additions OF Jay Bruce and P Jon Niese. Finally, P Seth Lugo and OF Brandon Nimmo were sent  to Triple A Las Vegas while INF Ty Kelly and P Josh Edgin were recalled to the big club.  With Cabrera down for 4-6 weeks, look for Matt Reynolds to play a lot and Wilmer Flores has played well all over the infield. Flores has all but locked down the 3B spot with both David Wright and Jose Reyes injured. Kelly Johnson is a great super utility veteran guy so Kelly can be used as a 25th man type. Edgin has a chance to earn some innings here with the trade of Lefty Antonio Bastardo leaving only Jerry Blevins as a high leverage lefty specialist. Niese is more along the lines of Johnson but a pitching version. He can spot start , relieve for multiple innings or get 1 out. This Mets team appears well equipped to make a run with the key being how and what the team and Manager Terry Collins can figure out in Center Field. Veteran Alejandro De Aza has been playing well over the last couple of weeks and hit a key home run in tonights 7-1 win. De Aza could earn more playing time on a team litered with corner outfielders and no true defender in center.

August 1, 2016

Mets add big bat in Bruce, bring Niese back

by @ 5:20 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets made a huge move for a big bat at the trade deadline for the 2nd straight season adding all star OF Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds. A premier power bat and solid defender, Bruce gives the Mets a legit middle of the order  bat and run producer(NL Leading 80 RBI).  He becomes the first player EVER to get traded while leading the league in RBI since the stats inception(1930). The Mets paid a heavy price in the transaction when they included an infielder of the future in Dilson Herrera and another pitcher. However, Bruce is a HUGE addition for an offense that has been offensive and needs it. Bruce is clutch(.360 with runners in scoring position) and signed thru 2017. The key now is how Mets skipper Terry Collins aligns the Outfield with no true Centerfielder and several corner options. Yoenis Cespedes can play Center but his leg is bad and it does not make sense for the team to push the envelope with him.  I am not sure how this will work out but I know the Mets offense just got a lot better and this is well coached and managed team. TC will figure it out.  Great day to be a Mets fan.

Mets Notes: Pirates and Mets traded headaches as NY brought back LHP Jon Niese and shipped out reliever Antonio Bastardo. Niese can fill a variety of roles and as a long time former Met, is familiar with the team and Collins. This a depth move and underrated in that the team can save money with a buyout instead of year #2 with Bastardo’s 2 year deal… Matt Reynolds, who just hit a 3 run homer to give NY the lead in game 1 of the Subway series, has been recalled. The team has  roster spot open because both Bruce and Niese are not in NY. Regular SS Asdrubal Cabrera(Knee) will more than likely be put on the DL Tuesday in one move. .. Store this away: Mets have a boat load of young middle infielders and options to offset the Herrera trade. But do not rule out resigning veteran Neil Walker, who is in his free agent year. Solid pro who fits in on this team and likes NY.

 

 

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