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March 30, 2017

Transition Year?

by @ 7:43 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets are loaded with arms and have a potentially great team but here is something crazy to think about for a team that could and should win 90 plus games and is a serious World Series contender: more than 50% of the everyday lineup could be different in 2018. OFs Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce as well as SS Asdrubal Cabrera and 2B Neil Walker are without contracts beyond 2017. Add to that the health issues with 3B David Wright and the critical bend or break campaigns for 1B Lucas Duda and C Travis d’Arnaud and this Mets could be a whole new team in April 2018. The good news? New York has a pipeline of touted prospects led by SS Ahmed Rosario and 1B Dominic Smith close to major league ready heading into 2017.

 

Wheeler makes rotation, Conforto, Kelly on roster

by @ 7:35 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Zach Wheeler has made the Mets rotation as the 4th starter, per GM Sandy Alderson. The talented righty has missed two full seasons with Tommy John surgery and will be on an innings limit of around 125. Seth Lugo and a surging Rafael Montero will compete for the final pitching roster spot. Lefty Steven Matz(Elbow) has been shut down for 3 weeks Position players wise with Juan Lagares(Oblique) likely to open season on DL, both Michael Conforto and Ty Kelly have been told they have made the big club. Meanwhile, closer Jeurys Familia will workout and pitch at the Mets academy in the Dominican Republic as he serves his 15 game domestic violence suspension.

March 29, 2017

Familia gets 15, Camp notes

by @ 1:21 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

New York Mets all star closer Jeurys Familia has been suspended for the 1st 15 games of the season as result of an offseason domestic dispute. Elite set up man Addison Reed will get most of the save opportunities with maybe Hansel Robles and Fernando Salas getting an odd shot. Meanwhile,  Steven Matz(elbow) will not open the season with the big club and the team is hopeful that OF Juan Lagares(Oblique) can after his MRI came back clean. Skipper Terry Collins confirmed that Jacob de Grom and Matt Harvey will follow Noah Syndergaard in the opening series vs the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

March 26, 2017

Matz: Mets Mess

by @ 4:25 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Mets LHP Steven Matz has irritation in his surgically repaired left elbow and will skip a start. The often injured southpaw has battled shoulder and other assorted maladies since 2010. #32 is not concerned and will resume throwing Monday. But even Mets GM Sandy Alderson mentioned Matz’ struggles staying healthy with this latest episode. Meanwhile, Robert Gsellman will join Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom in the rotation with either Seth Lugo or Zack Wheeler being the 5th starter. Position players wise, Juan Lagares(oblique) came up lame late in the week and red hot Michael Conforto(.346 with 3 spring homeruns) might have found his opportunity to break with the big club. As my Media Diva friend @KHoekstra famously says “It’s always something” … #LGM

March 21, 2017

Mets dominant arms talk of camp

by @ 12:36 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets know they have talented arms and the biggest issue is keeping them all healthy. Good news so far in camp as Msrs Syndergaard, de Grom and Matz look great but add Matt Harvey and Rafael “Remember Me” Montero to the list of weapons. #33 has gone 0-4 in the spring but is throwing 96 in the 5th inning and sounds good which is a big deal physically and mentally. Montero has gone back to attacking hitters and getting ahead in the count. He gets in trouble when he nibbles and Mets management-coaches have seemed to instill this “you are good, trust your stuff” approach. Zack Wheeler also looks strong as he continues to comeback from a 2 year Tommy John surgery recovery period. Robert Gsellman looks to be the 5th starter as the season opens and has been really impressive in camp. Meanwhile, Seth Lugo has emerged as the ace of the Puerto Rico squad in the World Baseball Classic. You can never have enough pitching and the Mets have it up and down, East and West, North and South and Left and right. #LGM

March 11, 2017

Deep Depth

by @ 3:11 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets have the most players participating in the 2017 World Baseball Classic for many reasons: They have a talented team but also one that is young, diverse and multicultural. And the numbers could and would be higher if 3B David Wright was healthy. The point is the Mets are good, have both arms and bats and players from all parts of the Earth. This translates to the current 25 roster as we head towards April. Even with Wright hurt, Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores can play Third and the team is not lost.  OF Michael Conforto is hitting missiles everywhere at a .580 clip yet could open the season in Triple A Las Vegas due to a lack of defined role, playing time. The depth extends to the pitching staff where Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman can spot start, relieve or end up in the minors. Meanwhile, former star P Zack Wheeler is throwing 94 MPH as he continues to come back from Tommy John Surgery in 2015. Memo: The 2017 New York Mets are good. #LGM

March 5, 2017

Mets Notes

by @ 11:53 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Mets Notes:  Matt Harvey gave up a 3 run HR but K-ed 3 while allowing 4 hits and 4 earned runs over 1 and 2 thirds…Curtis Granderson is ok and playing after bruising his thumb…. Travis d’Arnaud looks great and  healthy. Hitting ball hard with production(.500 clip) … Tim Tebow will make his spring training debut in games Wednesday and Friday….Mets do not expect a ruling on the status of  closer Jeurys Familia regarding a potential suspension from his offseason domestic violence incident until after the conclusion of the World Baseball Classic, which ends on March 22nd. The Mets have approached the entire situation aware that they are more than likely going to be down an all star closer for maybe 2 months. 

Syndergaard, de Grom shine, Duda OK as Mets hit like the… Mets

by @ 11:41 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Both Noah Syndergaard and Jacob DeGrom looked great in spring debuts while 1B Lucas Duda responded well to treatment for his core soreness issues and is back playing well. The Mets organization from the big club to rookie ball emphasizes big boy ball- Home runs and doubles– off the concept of see your pitch, hit it hard — and when you see players on all levels adopting the Sandy Alderson- Rick Down line of thinking, its pretty cool. We all know Yoenis Cespedes, Neil Walker, Duda, Michael Conforto, etc but when you see a Phillip Evans, TJ Rivera or Gavin Cecchini execute that philosophy it is pretty cool. New York has recently got lots of credit for having such great young pitching but the position player development is also noticeably better and the team is close to having super position prospects SS Ahmed Rosario and 1B Dominic Smith major league ready. Been telling anyone who wants to listen this team is set up to be scary good for a long time. Well built, well constructed, balanced roster. #LGM

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