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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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May 28, 2017

Hope?

by @ 7:37 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Keep in mind I am writing this w Yoenis Cespedes(Quad) suffering a minor setback in his rehab stint but cancel the 2017 New York Mets obit. I sense the worm turning and this team is due some good luck. Matt Harvey looks like the competitive #33, Zack Wheeler continues to progress in his return from Tommy John and Jacob de Grom looks like… JACOB dE GROM. On the horizon, both Steven Matz and Seth Lugo looked good in weekend minor league outings. The team is hitting the bleep out of the ball and it is a 1 thru 9 attack.  Recently, Neil Walker, Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson have heated up. Michael Conforto, Jay Bruce and Wilmer Flores  have been staples all season offensively. The bullpen scares me more than Jason in a Friday the 13th Movie at times  but better outings from the rotation allows Terry Collins more levity and options. I pronounced this team dead last week and was wrong. #LGM

May 24, 2017

Michael Conforto and the NY Mess

by @ 8:44 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Outside of Michael Conforto- who basically is playing everyday because everyone else is hurt or bad- the New York Mets are the New York Mess now. Take that back, Wilmer Flores, Rene Rivera and TJ Rivera are playing well and Jacob DeGrom is Jacob DeGrom.  Jay Bruce is a pro. The rest of the team? Somehow the New York Mets have the worst ERA in Major League Baseball. I REPEAT. The New York Mets— a team based on historically great pitching- could not get outs in the Bayonne Little League. The Bullpen-overtaxed due to injuries and bad starting pitching- has been horrific and Manager Terry Collins has to go to these guys more than a bar customer goes to a urinal.  Somehow- and a lot of this is  culture, a winning environment and Collins- this team is not out of it. A big part is how bad this division is minus the Washington Nationals. NY is a good week away from being .500 and that is the starting point. Players such as Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d’Arnaud are in near returning and arms such as Steven Matz and Seth Lugo are also deep in rehab stints. Amazingly the season is not lost and we have more than a 110 games to go. The Mets over the last 2 seasons have been a dominant 2nd half team. It all begins, ends and starts with pitching. RUN PREVENTION. Preventing runs is the key to any run. Pun intended. #LGM

May 14, 2017

Broken Blogger

by @ 7:43 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Today, May 14,2017 this blogger realized something: this is not the Mets year. This team has too many injuries in all areas and does not have enough to overcome that without a catastrophic bad over pay in a trade. Terry Collins has to manage with maybe 3 relievers he trusts while protecting the few healthy starters he has. The GD medical staff continues to parade out players at around 70% and they get hurt worse: Cespedes, Syndergaard and now Cabrera where allowed to play and blew things up. Travis d’Arnaud gets hurt in the team picture. Matt Harvey is late for it then pitches and sucks. This team again relied on David Wright and again the gritty, gutty captain’s body has failed him. This team tries and is in contention mathematically but the eye ball test does not lie. This team is toast.

I will watch and hope I am wrong. I am not. The good news? This team should focus on getting healthy for 2018 and make subtle moves to speed along the process. Here are some suggestions:

1- Play Michael Conforto everyday. Lefties , righties, cats, dogs, steak, salad. 500 ABs, 150 + games.

2- Sign Jay Bruce long term. Team leader, pro, good fit for team. 3-4 yrs/50 mill.

3- Get Ahmed Rosario up and let him play SS. Cabrera is hurt and the kid is the future. Lets find out if he is ready.

4- Figure out 3B and C long term. d’Arnaud and Wright are done and cannot be counted on. Team needs to find out if they have  internal answers or if a TJ Rivera or Kevin Plawecki are bench only guys. Both of these spots must be filled.

5- Figure out 2B and 1B for 2018. Are Lucas Duda or Neil Walker here? If not we need a 2B(Wilmer Flores?), 1B we have an option coming in super prospect 1B Dominic Smith. But we need everyday answers at these positions.

6- Get bullpen help. FAST. Team was barely getting by before the injury to Jeurys Familia. Now guys like Fernando Salas and Addison Reed are pitching way too much. Find someone ANYONE who can help this team and prevent Collins from ODing on Rolaids in the dugout.

7- Be smart, be safe. Place Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler in bubble wrap when they don-t pitch. Protect players, be smart, be over cautious. If a guy is sore, give him a day. This about the long term not short.

8- Figure out the puzzle that is Matt Harvey. Is he hurt? Does he need a shrink? Does he need medical help? I am not a Matt guy but he is on the team and when he stinks, hurts the team. This has to be a huge priority.

9- Add a veteran controllable major league pitcher to assume the role that Bartolo “Huge Mistake” Colon filled in NY. Team needs an innings eater.

10- Avoid sharp objects and weapons. #LGM

 

May 12, 2017

#*$!* Familia

by @ 9:09 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Just when you thought things could not get worse in Flushing, they have. And really have. The New York Mets lost closer Jeurys Familia to shoulder surgery Friday and their is no exact time table for this return. The operation was to correct a blood clot in his throwing shoulder and partially explains his recent struggles where he did not appear right. Addison Reed takes over the closer role and the Mets desperately need to acquire another high end late inning arm. In unrelated news, I  feel good and wonder when this Mets injury plague will strike me down. #LGM

May 10, 2017

Matt grows up

by @ 3:47 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

On Tuesday at Citi Field, Matt Harvey did something he hasn-t done in almost 2 years with me: he earned my respect and praise. No more woo is me, not me, them Matt. He owned his disastrous weekend, appeared on verge of tears and apologized to his teammates for being a team killing selfish ass. #33 also admitted to being out past curfew and breaking teams rules. Somewhere his agent Scott Boras was hanging himself. I am not a Matt guy but after this and his heart felt look I am open to giving him a chance .Team needs him and Harvey needs the Mets. This is a good team with a good locker room, if he wants to be part of the solution and not the problem, he can be a major asset. But in his words, Baseball has to be his #1 priority. As someone who has had to apologize to a team and battled substance abuse issues, I am rooting for Matt Harvey and hope the person and player wins. #LGM

May 7, 2017

Matt Harvey

by @ 9:09 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

My name is Jay Flannelly, I love the  New York Mets and I hate Matt Harvey. All three of these things will not change and have been earned. Anyone who reads my blog knows how much I love this team, the owners (Wilpon family) are huge University of Michigan alums(My Alma Matter) and I spend many days and nights at the Baseball and Softball facilities Mr Wilpon financed. Losses hurt: after the World Series defeat in 2015, I did not sleep for 4 days. I grew up around the game, in baseball crazy New England. I am the son of Jim Flannelly who would attend the Red Sox home opener with his Brother and business associates regularly. He would never miss a businessman special at Fenway and I saw Yaz, El Tiante , Fred Lynn and Pudge Fisk more than Big Bird and Mr. Rodgers growing up. The game is in my blood.

What is also in my blood is respect for the game and your teammates. You play hard, work hard, support each other and battle. EVERYDAY. EVERYPLAY. I played for the best high school football coach in America -Dick Collins at Andover High School. I am in regular contact with his son Rick and widow Barbara Collins.  Two of my 3 position coaches are a text or phone call away in Peter Reilly and Peter Comeau. I had incredible captains like Brian Donnellan, Johnny Thompson, Joe Marinaro, Brett Hammond and Stefan Fodor. These guys showed up ,shut up and led. By example. By words. By actions. Win or lose, we stuck together. And our teams policed problems, keeping things internal. I wasn’t the best player but I tried to be the best teammate I could be. Our team has one goal: Winning.

These above paragraphs illustrate why when I see the name or face of Matt Harvey I lose my mind. He is none of the above and about one thing and one thing only: HIM. And getting paid. And fame. It is not about pitching or helping the team. This team is down 5 everyday regulars and 3 starting pitchers and was playing good team baseball before Sunday’s game. Then Matt Harvey happened. Matt reportedly did not come to the ball park Saturday. 24 other guys did. The Captain of this team has more  problems than The Rebels fighting Darth Vader at the end of Rogue One. He has millions and a family. He comes to the park everyday with a  broken back and shoulder and tries to play. Matt got a migraine golfing. I get migraines every time I see him with a Mets uniform on.

My stance on #33 has been established. Look at my columns from September 2015 here. I thought he was a team killing disease. Today confirmed it. You cannot win with this type of divisive individual in a team sport. Baseball is hard enough with everyone pulling in same direction. Not only is Matt not in line, he is not even in the building. I joked today the team should send him to the minors. But when you consider that New York’s Triple A affiliate is Las Vegas, The Mets are probably concerned Matt would disappear. WHY? #GoodIdea I called for it 2 years ago. Most fans called for it Sunday by 2 pm. #LGM

 

Mets Mash

by @ 8:27 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets are a great example of why health care costs are so out of control. Before the latest Matt Harvey fiasco(More on this in my next blog post), the team was minus 3 of their everyday infielders plus starting C Travis D’Arnaud(wrist). And three starting pitchers are on the DL as well. and oh, Yoenis Cespedes(Headed back to NY for evaluation, improving). Somehow Terry Collins puts a respectable product on the field. The man should be sainted for the last 2 years.  SS Asdrubal Cabrera(Knee, thumb) is beat up and 1B Lucas Duda(Elbow) is about a week away. David Wright? Who knows. Seth Lugo and Steven Matz are about a month away and Noah Syndergaard(Lat injury)  will not throw for 6 weeks and has been placed on the 60 day DL. Bank on Thor being lost for 3 months. Count on me sounding like I am trying out for medical school instead of writing about a good baseball team. #LGM

May 2, 2017

Thor down

by @ 6:33 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The news on Mets ace Noah Syndergaard was bad but not that bad Monday and the show must go on. Tests showed a partially torn lat muscle with no arm injury. No time line was given on his return but LHP Steven Matz missed 2 months with the same injury last season. Per the Mets own website and New York General Manager Sandy Alderson :

“Thus ends a nightmarish chapter of a season that has seen the Mets lose their two best players to injury. Syndergaard initially suffered right shoulder and biceps discomfort early last week. The Mets scratched him from his start last Thursday against the Braves and offered an MRI, which Syndergaard declined. He instead threw a bullpen session and declared himself healthy, exiting Sunday’s 23-5 loss to the Nationals in the second inning due to right lat pain.

Monday’s MRI in Manhattan revealed the updated diagnosis.

“Let me make clear that it was my decision for Noah to pitch,” Alderson said. “It was with input from a variety of sources, including Noah himself. The MRI was not dismissed out-of-hand simply because Noah said he wouldn’t do it.” https: //www.mlb.com/mets

This is an important statement from Alderson and takes team medical staff off the hook. The Mets have had several players in the past 6-8 years play with minor injuries and see them blow up. David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Ryan Church are just some ones that come to mind immediately. The team is in a tough spot with so many young arms and the volatility of pitching injuries. The team will soldier on with Rafael Montero the likely replacement internally for Thor. Meanwhile, the team hopes to have Matz and Seth Lugo rejoin the rotation health permitting. A positive? Michael Conforto is hitting like many thought he would and Jose Reyes has returned from witness protection to assume his role as #7. And the return of Jeurys Familia has stabilized the relief corps. These next 2 months are vital and the team must play solid baseball until the reinforcements come over the hill.

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