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December 7, 2011

Moving on from the lose of Reyes, Mets make moves to bolster Bullpen, trade Pagan

by @ 10:30 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Busy last 36 hours for the New York Mets and General Manager Sandy Alderson. After losing 2011 National League batting champion and 9 year starting shortstop Jose Reyes to division rival Miami , the team turned their attention to a huge weakness in 2011, the bullpen. Mets relievers, despite pitching in the cavernous Citi Field for half their games, ranked 28th among the 30 ML teams in bullpen ERA(4.33) while blowing 24 saves.  The team signed RHP Frank Francisco(1-4,3.55 ERA, 17 saves in chances), the former closer from the Toronto Blue Jays, to a 2 year deal for 12 million and the tallest player in Major League history, 6’11 Jon Rauch, a 9 year vet with a 3.82 ERA. These two should pitch in the 8th and 9th innings on most nights with Francisco the early leader to close.  Alderson then traded CF Angel Pagan, who had a tough 2011 after a career best 2010 campaign, to the San Francisco Giants for OF Andres Torres and set up man Ramon Ramirez. Torres is  considered an excellent defensive outfielder but struggled with the stick in 2011, hitting only .221 with 4 home runs afer he posted .268 with 16 homers in 2010. He can steal a base(45 steals over the past two years) and is making under 2.5 million. Ramirez is a strikeout reliever and since joing the Giants midseason in 2010, he posted a 2.07 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 37 walks. Putting the sting and harsh reality of the loss of Reyes aside, these moves should make the Mets better. These three should join some combination of RHPs Bobby Parnell, Manny Acosta, Pedro Beato and DJ Carrasco as well as LH’s Tim Byrdak and Daniel Herrera to measurably improve the bullpen. Signings or trades aside, the biggest thing that must change for the Mets is health and luck. If Ike Davis, Johan Santana and David Wright combine to play 340 games, things will be very interesting in Queens! 

December 4, 2011

BREAKING METS NEWS: Reports have Reyes signing with Marlins, 6 yrs, 106 million

by @ 10:24 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Numerous media sources are reporting that free agent (and ex New York  Met) SS Jose Reyes has signed with the division rival Florida Marlins late Sunday night. No specific documented numbers have been established but ESPN’s Buster Olney has the deal at 6 years, 106 million. Fellow ESPN expert Jayson Stark has a 6 year,102 million number with an option for a 7th year guaranteed at $4 million. Reyes,28, played 9 years for the Mets and won the National League batting title this season after hitting .337. During his tenure in Queens, he batted .292 with 370 steals and 740 runs scored. As more information becomes available, I will comment further but this looks like a done deal. Sad, sad day for Mets fans. A major, major blow for a franchise that has taken some heavy shots to the chin since Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship series. 3B David Wright and Reyes were the future of this organization and this breaks up Batman and Robin. Tough pill to swallow. 

November 22, 2011

New York Mets Top 10 prospects for 2011-2012

by @ 2:53 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

The New York Mets top 10 prospects for 2011-2012 according to the November 14-27th issue of baseballamerica.com. 

1- Zach Wheeler, RHP

Scouting grades(Based on 20-80 with 50 representing a major league average) 

Fastball:70

Curveball: 60

Changeup: 50

Command/Control: 50

Delivery: 50

 

2- Matt Harvey, RHP

3- Brandon Nimmo, OF

4- Jeurys Familia, RHP

5- Cesar Puello, OF

6- Jenrry Mejia, RHP

7- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF

8- Michael Fulmer, RHP

9- Reese Havens, 2B 

10- Wilmer Flores, SS

 

October 28, 2011

Reyes dominates the Mets offseason

by @ 10:24 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

After the 1st season under the leadership of field manager  Terry Collins and front office executive Sandy Alderson  the franchise seems to be heading in the right direction, the New York Mets  enter the 2011-2012 offseason with some major question marks. The biggest,obviously, is the status of star SS Jose Reyes, who won the National League batting title and  will be a free agent within the next week or so. The Mets continue to be a team in transition with 3 players making almost half of their $110 million dollar payroll- LHSP Johan Santana, 3B David Wright and LF Jason Bay- so the team will more than likely not be a huge player in free agency. However, the team will be try hard to resign their all star shortstop,leadoff hitter and that negotiation will go along way to determining the rest of the 2012 roster.  Additionally, the Mets might look at  trade,free agent options at 2nd base, catcher, and pitching-both of the starting and relief variety. Depending on what the club does with CF Angel Pagan, who had  a tough 2011 campaign and is in the final year of salary arbitration, the team might need a starting outfielder. Lets look at some of these areas.

INFIELD: With Ike Davis reportedly doing well in recovery from his awful 2011 ankle injury, count 1B as a check mark. Additionally, the team built some depth at this spot with players like INF Daniel Murphy, OF-INF Lucas Duda and INF-OF Nick Evans all putting in solid minutes at 1B in 2011. 2nd base is an area where I believe the Mets will fill with an internal candidate, Murphy is not Doug Flynn(Mets gold glove 2B in the late 70s,early 80s) with the glove but can hit. Meanwhile, INF Justin Turner also played well at this spot. If the team resigns Reyes, INF Ruben Tejada is also a 2B option. The team obviously wants to keep Reyes but several big market clubs have $$$ to spend and a need at a shallow position.  Jose has his flaws- the health issues, an occasional bonehead play,etc- but he brings energy and talent to a team. Someone will pay him, I am not sure it will be the Mets. You have seen and heard some trade rumors regarding 3B David Wright but I do not think that will happen. The Mets franchise player has had two down years and the team plans to move the fences in at Citi Field, so lets hope #5 returns to form. 

OUTFIELD: LF Jason Bay is signed for 2 more seasons and seemed to play his best ball as a Met in the last 6 weeks of 2011. If he can hit around .280 with 20 homers and 80 rbi in 2012, that would go along way. This is a good person and player who has endured 2 tough seasons in Queens, lets hope he picks it up. Pagan is an interesting guy to look at. He was very good in 2010 but battled injury and inconsistency in 2011. The team does not have an ideal candidate to replace him 2012 with the Mets top OF prospects 2-3 years away while the 2012 OF free agency class does not resemble Aaron,Mays and Mantle. Pagan is a good bet to be in CF on opening day in 2012. With his strong 2nd half, Lucas Duda appears to have locked up the starting RF job. Evans should  make the team with his versatility and bat after closing 2011 strong.  A speedster who can play all 3 OF spots would be a welcome addition on the roster. 

PITCHING: Count on R.A. Dickey and LHP Jon Niese as givens in this rotation with Dillon Gee also definitely in the mix. RHP Mike Pelfrey was good in 2010 but very inconsistent in 2011. He is in his 2nd year of arbitration eligibility(would make around 8-10 million) and might be a non tender candidate for the financially troubled Mets. Santana’s(Missed all of 2011 after late 2010 shoulder surgery) health is a big issue with two more guaranteed years on his deal. The team needs their lefty ace back on the mound. A veteran type cheap free agent signing like Chris Capuano would be advised. Chicago White Sox LHSP Mark Buehrle is a name you hear linked to the Mets often. Bullpen wise, obviously the team needs to sign a closer. Bobby Parnell struggled in the role after the late season trade of Francisco ” K Rod” Rodriquez, so this is a definite need. However, this is a good year to need a closer with the several big names on the free agent market- led by San Diego Padres(ex- Met) Heath Bell, Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Madson and Boston Red Sox Jonathan Papelbon.  These guys will  get big bucks, I am not sure they fit the financial plan of Alderson, however! A cheaper, reclamation project type like Los Angeles Dodgers Jonathan Broxton, the Phillies Brad Lidge or Mike Gonzalez from the Texas Rangers might be options for the Mets.  Even a return by K Rod to Flushing cannot be ruled out. I like the rest of the NY pen with Parnell in a late inning role joining Pedro Beato, Manny Acosta and lefty specialist Tim Byrdak. Another southpaw is needed to give Collins’ multiple lefties out of the pen. 

 

 

October 9, 2011

Changes in coaching staff, Mets prospect list, Batting title for Reyes, Team statistical leaders

by @ 6:26 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Mets manager Terry Collins will be in the dugout thru 2013 after the team picked his contract option in Early October. However, the popular player friendly skipper made major changes to his 2011 staff with only hitting coach Dave Hudgens and pitching head Dan Warthen returning . Bench coach Ken Oberkfell, 3rd base coach Chip Hale, 1B coach and Mets legend Mookie Wilson as well as bullpen coach Jon Debus were let go.   The team promoted Tim Teufel(member of the 1986 World Champion Mets) and Ricky Bones to the positions of 3b coach and bullpen coach. The Mets offered Wilson and Debus other positions within the organization and hope to retain both. The team had also hoped to resign Hale but he was hired by the Oakland A’s October 5th to serve as Bob Melvin’s coach. Collins and Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson have expressed a desire to add an experienced bench coach. MLB Network analyst Larry Bowa, an ex Met and ML manager with both Philadelphia and San Diego, is being rumored for that position. The fiery ex Allstar shortstop also served on coaching staffs with the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers from 2006-2010.

METS 2011 PROSPECT LIST: 

1. RHP Zack Wheeler

2.RHP Matt Harvey

3. RHP Jeurys Familia

4. SS Wilmer Flores

5. OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

6.  OF Cory Vaughn

7.  OF Cesar Puello

8.  SS Jordany Valdespin

9.   2B Reese Havens

10. 3b Jefry Marte 

BATTING TITLE FOR JOSE:  Mets SS and soon to be free agent Jose Reyes won the 2011 National League batting title with a .337 after holding off Milwaukee Brewers LF Ryan Braun. The batting title was the first in club history but carries some controversy with it. After leading off the game with a bunt single in the Mets last game September 28th, Reyes took himself out the game to protect the lead. Braun still could have caught him with a 3 for 4 day but many fans booed the move  and SNY announcer Keith Hernandez was not happy. Reyes was not phased by the bad publicity saying,” I don’t care what other people say,The Mets had never won a bating title before, so I did it for the team and the fans.” 

 

2011 REGULAR SEASON TEAM LEADERS

BATTING AVERAGE
HR C. Beltran 15
RBI C. Beltran 66
R J. Reyes 101
OPS J. Reyes .877
ERA R. Dickey 3.28
W D. Gee 13
SO C. Capuano 168
SV F. Rodriguez 23
WHIP R. Dickey 1.23

October 3, 2011

How the Mets measure up

by @ 10:00 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

2011 regular season rankings in 4 major categories in both pitching and batting for the New York Mets, based on the 30 teams in MLB. Season wrap up blog later this week. 

BATTING: 

Runs(12)

Batting average(6)

On Base percentage(6)

Slugging percentage(18)

 

PITCHING: 

ERA(21)

Quality starts(18)

WHIP(24)

Batting average against(24)

 

 

September 26, 2011

Fences moving in at Citi Field?, Pagan, Duda and Isringhausen done for year, Dickey flirts with history, Last days for Reyes?

by @ 6:55 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

The Mets(76-83) are playing out the string here in the final days  of the 2011 season with several questions entering the off season. The biggest question has to be whether we are seeing the final days of shortstop Jose Reyes in a Mets uniform? That will be determined in the off season but I am leaning towards yes. I think someone will top an offer from NY, who I believe will come in around 4 year-50 to 60 million, and Reyes will walk. Jose is saying he is not thinking about this and is concentrating on his fight for the batting title. While the offseason will feature other issues such as the Mets trying to find a top 3 starting pitcher, the health of returning ace Johan Santana, what to do with 3B David Wright and who will play 2nd base in 2012, the Reyes saga will dominate the headlines and how the rest of the offseason goes. 

CITI CHANGES? Mets GM Sandy Alderson unveiled his plans to change the dimensions at Cavernous Citi Field in 2012 on September 21st. The goal is to  turn the pitcher friendly home venue into a neutral park and they would need approval by MLB before making any moves. Some ideas being floated include cutting the 16 foot wall in left-field in half, moving the left field wall closer to home plate and flattening the “M0-Zone” in right field. Currently, Citi Field has had the 3rd fewest home runs in the majors in 2011 after being 3rd in 2010 and 6th in 2009. 

INJURY UPDATES:  The entire starting Mets OF is dealing with medical issues as they enter play September 26th. LF Jason Bay has a bad sinus infection and has been receiving medical treatment from doctors. He should play again in 2011. CF Angel Pagan and RF Lucas Duda are both out with head injuries and should miss the rest of the 2011 campaign, according to Manager Terry Collins . Pagan hit himself in the head with a follow thru swing September 23 and Duda has concussion like symptoms after running into a wall September 22nd. Meanwhile, veteran reliever Jason Isringhausen is also more than likely out for the season with a herniated disc in his back that causes numbness in his right foot. 

DANDY DICKEY:  Veteran Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has been the best pitcher on the Mets staff in 2011 and in his start on September 24, he almost made history. Amazingly, in the history of the Mets franchise, they have not had a no hitter! Dickey, who pitched his 12th consecutive quality start(6 innings or more, three earned runs or less allowed) and carried a no no into the 7th inning, is 8-13  3.28 ERA in 2011. He left this game with the score tied 1-1 in the 7th  and the Mets are only 4-5 during Dickey’s quality start streak, despite a 2.45 ERA in those game. 

September 17, 2011

Terry Collins errupts after awful home stand, Health updates on Johan, Ike, Mets notes

by @ 3:31 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

The 2011 New York Mets(72-79) have battled and competed under 1st year manager Terry Collins, winning back many from a disgruntled fan base. However, after a awful 1-8 homestand, the skipper had enough and accused his team of “folding it up” after the 10-1 defeat to the Washington Nationals Thursday September 15th. The Mets have looked broken and flat in recent weeks and after losing 6 straight as well as being swept by the Nationals-Montreal Expos franchise for the 1st time since 2003,   the player friendly Collins went off.  “Perception is reality in our game and the perception I have right now is we’ve folded it up,” Collins said in a passionate postgame news conference. “You want to see intenseness? You want to see me be intense? You guys are going to see it. I won’t play that game. You come and play the game right. I don’t care what the situation is. I don’t care about anything but playing the game correctly. That’s all I care about. Our fans should be upset. I don’t blame them one bit.”

Collins, who has become a favorite of both the fans and media with his hard charging style as well as his refusal to make excuses with the team’s financial status effecting the on field product,  did not exclude himself or his staff from the criticism. “Obviously this is an awful time, an awful time,” Collins said. “And I’ll tell you what, as I’ve said many times before, I’m responsible. I’m the manager of this team and I’m responsible for it.We didn’t coach, we didn’t manage and we didn’t play. It’s pretty simple. You go through stretches, this is one of them.” The next night vs the playoff bound Atlanta Braves club, the Mets won 12-2 and Collins made one minor change in the batting order, placing CF Angel Pagan in the 2 hole.  Terry then went more in depth about his blow up, I don’t think it’s ever effort. It’s obviously all the execution side. Sometimes that can go hand in hand, but I watch these guys work in the cage. I watch them work on the field. So it’s not the effort side. We just haven’t been executing at all. Anytime you don’t hit, the games can look slow. The games can look like there’s no energy…I talked to a couple of guys just about some things that have got to change a little bit, and they know it. They were as frustrated as I was. Make no mistake about it, these guys are proud. And nobody likes to play as bad as we played certainly in the last homestand.”

NEW EVERYDAY LINEUP: As of September 16th

SS Jose Reyes, Pagan, 3B David Wright, RF Lucas Duda, RF Jason Bay, 1B Nick Evans, C Josh Thole, 2B Ruben Tejada, Pitcher 

UPDATES ON SANTANA, DAVIS:  Mets ace lefty Johan Santana(shoulder surgery) will not pitch for the big club in 2011 but will throw a simulated game Sunday September 18th in Florida, then pitch in the Instructional League. The southpaw might pitch winter ball in his native Venezuela if he thinks it will help him get ready for spring training. Mets team physicians remain confident that Santana(11-9,2.98 ERA in 2010) will be ready for the start of the 2012 season. Meanwhile, 1B Ike Davis(Left ankle) was cleared to continue his rehab without surgery after an examination September 8th at the Hospital for Special Surgery. 

METS NOTES:  One thing for Mets fans to focus on is the National League batting title race. Reyes is hitting .334 and leads Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun by 4 points as of the start of action September 17th…. LF Jason Bay won the NL player of the week award September 12th after he  lead the majors in hits(13), total bases(24) and  doubles(5). He also drove in an NL-high 10 runs hi-lighted by a grand slam vs the Braves September 8th. The award was two straight for the Mets as Wright won the award last week and marked the 5th time Bay has won the honor with the 4 previous coming while he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates…. The 12-2 win September 16th was big for many reasons. It marked the first time the Mets scored 9 runs since August 6th while also setting a franchise record for runs at Turner Field. The Mets also matched their run total for their previous 5 games… LHSP Jon Niese(11-11,4.40) has not shown much improvement since straining his right intercostal muscle in August. Although the team has not placed him on the 60 day DL, he is not close to returning. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 6, 2011

Updates on Santana, Ike, Award for Wright

by @ 10:49 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Mets LHSP Johan Santana(Late 2010 shoulder surgery) threw another promising bullpen session in Miami September 6th and C Josh Thole liked what he saw. “He  might not be the same exact person,” Thole said afterward,”But I’ll tell you: The ball is coming out of his hand just as good as ever.” If the lefty feels fine when he wakes up Wednesday Santana will start a minor league game Friday September 9th at either Class A St. Lucie or Savanah. After that start, the Mets will determine what the next step in his rehabilitation is. He could join the big club, go to an instructional league in Florida or Winter ball in Venezuela. However, Pitching coach Dan Warthen stated that Johan will cease throwing November 1st then rest for two months before resuming his normal throwing program in January. 

GOOD NEWS ON IKE: 2nd year 1B Ike Davis(Left ankle) has improved enough to apparently avoid major surgery after missing  most of the year with a bone bruise in the joint suffered in May. After dealing with pain and little improvement or healing, he rested for most of August and recently increased his workout regime with no problems. Davis still has some tightness in the joint but will visit the Mets team doctors in New York later this week for a final check up to be cleared for nonsurgical rehab in the offseason. This injury was a huge set back for the club as Davis was hitting .302 with 7 home runs and 25 rbi in 36 games after hitting .264-19-71 in 147 games during his rookie season in 2010. A healthy Ike makes the Mets that much more dangerous.

WRIGHT IS RIGHT:   The Mets franchise player, 3B David Wright, won the National League player of week, receiving the designation September 6th, after leading the league in hits and doubles . In 8 games, he collected 13 hits and five doubles while driving 7 and collecting 21 total bases. Wright hit .500(13 for 26) with a .504 on base percentage as well. This mark the third time in his career that the third baseman has won the award. Wright has been incredible since returning from the disabled list July 22nd . Since then, he has hit .325 with 6 home runs, 31 rbi and 27 runs scored. The Franchise played in obvious pain with a stress fracture in his back thru May and the numbers do not lie. Pre-DL(39 games): .226, 6 homers,18 rbi, .741 OPS(.928 post DL), 7 multi hit games(15), 43 strikeouts(26).

METS NOTES: On September 1st, the Mets acquired RHP Adrian Rosario and LHP Daniel Ray Herrera from the Milwaukee Brewers to complete the mid-July trade from reliever Francisco Rodriquez. The 2 are among a list of 5 names from which the Mets could select after September 1. Rosario has reported to the minors and was switched to the bullpen in 2010 in Class A ball. Herrera has 115 major league appearances and has not allowed a run for the Mets in 3 games(2 innings) while K-ing two…. Cannot say enough about how much this team battles and what a job Manager Terry Collins and GM Sandy Alderson have done to put out a representable major league product in 2011 while also building for the future. Guys like Justin Turner, Ruben Tejada  and Nick Evans filling in all over the place after other bench guys like Daniel Murphy have season ending injuries. Incredible. Evans, by the way, has 7 multi hit games since August 23 and has driven in  

September 1, 2011

BREAKING METS NEWS: Einhorn, Team end negotations, Ownership exploring other alternatives

by @ 2:16 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Negotiations between the New York Mets and Manhattan based hedge-fund manager David Einhorn ended Thursday September 1st and the two sides could not reach an agreement. The original plan had the lifelong Mets fan paying $200 million for an unspecified minority stake of the club. which would give the cash strapped team i needed influx of cash. Currently, the Mets led by the Wilpon family ,are fighting a $1 billion lawsuit as a result of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. 

METS STATEMENT: “The New York Mets’ Owners announced today that their period of exclusive negotiations with David Einhorn regarding a minority, non-operating interest in the Mets has expired and Ownership has decided not to extend the exclusive negotiating period any further. After months of negotiation, the parties were unable to reach agreement, and Mets Ownership has decided to explore other options. Ownership has provided additional capital to cover all 2011 losses and is moving forward with the necessary resources to continue to operate the franchise. Ownership will explore other strategic transactions and is under no financial pressure to do a deal on any particular schedule.”

EINHORN STATEMENT: “I am disappointed to announce that I will not be purchasing an ownership interest in the New York Mets baseball team at this time. It is clear that it will not be possible for me to consummate the transaction on the terms that the Sterling-Mets organization and I originally agreed to several months ago. The extensive nature of changes that were proposed to me at the last minute has made a successful transaction impossible.”

I want to thank the entire Mets organization and Major League Baseball for their efforts. This experience will always be a happy memory for me because of the Mets’ fans. A good number of you have reached out to offer me encouragement. I will always be touched by the warmth that you showed me.”

 

One major issue here according to this morning’s New York Post was Einhorn’s desire to become principal owner of the Mets. “Einhorn is pushing Major League Baseball baseball to pre-approve him as an owner of the baseball franchise, even though it will be five years before he has a shot at majority ownership,” The Post said. “Einhorn’s request for majority approval has become one of the key sticking points in negotiations that could drag on until November, sources said.” According to the same article, Einhorn’s request is “unprecedented.” Honestly, when compare his track record to that of the Wilpon’s, can you blame him? Listen, I am Michigan alum and the Wilpon’s have done tremendous things here but right now, I am not sure if it is in the best interest of the team, its fans or major league baseball that they continue to run this club. Heck, I am not sure if that is the best thing for Fred and his family! They are facing a billion dollar lawsuit. That would distract many people! 

The big question now is where do we go from here. The Mets have just lost $200 they were counting on. However, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is reporting that Fred Wilpon and his family will sell small blocks of the team to family members and friends, offsetting the $200 million. The fact that we are talking about this on September 1st and not about the gritty overachieving team in Flushing is embarrassing. This years on field product has been fun to follow and watch it is sad that the players, Manager Terry Collins and GM Sandy Alderson have to answer these questions…. AGAIN. Sad state of affairs at Citi Field. 

August 29, 2011

Irene gives team a break, Capuano’s big night, Updates on Johan, Ike and Reyes, Other Mets Notes

by @ 12:58 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Hurricane Irene pounded the East Coast all weekend, causing 4 of the 5 teams in the National League East to postpone games as the teams were playing against each other in Philadelphia and New York respectfully. The Mets rescheduled their two games vs the Braves originally slated to be played Saturday and Sunday August 27-28th as a single-admission doubleheader September 8th starting a 4:10 pm. Interesting to note that the Mets next game(s) is also a doubleheader vs the Marlins on Monday August 29th vs the division rival Florida Marlins, opening a rare 5 game series at Citi Field. 

CAPUANO’S CAREER NIGHT: 33 Year old Mets LHSP Chris Capuano(10-11,4.43) pitched one of the best games you will see all season and possibly the top outing of his career August 26th in New York’s 6-0 victory over the wild card leading Atlanta Braves. Tossing his first complete game since 2006, he fanned 13 Braves and allowed two hits all night. You’ve got a team that has been swinging the bats well coming in here, and he made us look like we had never seen a pitch before,” Braves  manager Fredi Gonzalez said. The two time Tommy John surgery recipient has faded late in games this season but looked great and is approaching the 200 inning(154 and third in 27 game including 25 starts) plateau he last reached in 2006.  Excellent investment by the Mets in the 2010 offseason and a guy they should look to bring back in 2012. 

MEDICAL MESS: SS Jose Reyes(Hamstring) is good to go and will play in the 2nd game of the Doubleheader Monday night for the Mets. Ike Davis(Ankle) is looking to avoid micro-fracture surgery and will run August 29th and 30th before deciding before Labor Day whether to go under the knife. SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports the decision will be made by September 2nd and the procedure would be done immediately. LHSP Johan Santana(Off season shoulder surgery) threw bullpen session recently and may pitch a minor league game next week according to Mets GM Sandy Alderson, who also indicated that Santana may be able to throw an inning for the team before the seasons end. 

METS NOTES: Veteran C Rony Paulino has a broken right toe and the team might DL him to open a roster spot for Reyes in game 2 of August 29th doubleheader… LF Jason Bay(Shoulder) is set to play again in Monday’s game 1 after being  out with a sore right shoulder he injured on August 23rd. An MRI on August 26th revealed no structural damage and the veteran just needed more time to heal…. Mets manager Terry Collins said either recent call up Miguel Batista or long man D.J. Carrasco will get a spot start Thursday September 1st 

August 23, 2011

Losses continue to pile up, Reyes starts rehab, Tejeda,Duda bright spots, Izzy’s interesting week, More Mets news

by @ 7:00 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

The injury depleted New York Mets(60-67) have bottomed out and lost 16 of their last 21. Manager Terry Collins continues to work and try to rally the troops but even a blind man can see he is bringing a knife to a gunfight almost nightly.The team has been ravaged by injuries to key players and plays in the top division in the National League. They are not good enough as presently constituted. This club is overmatched but for the most part plays hard and competes. But when they play elite teams like the Phillies, Braves and Brewers, these facts show out. 

REYES REHAB: Mets superstar shortstop Jose Reyes(Left hamstring) will leave the team Wednesday August 24 and play three consecutive games at Double A Thursday August 25 thru Saturday August 27th. He will rest Sunday and the rejoin the big club to play in half of their Doubleheader Monday August 29th. Reyes was hitting a league leading .336 with 5 homers and 34 stolen bases prior to the injury. 

FILLING IN:  INF Ruben Tejada and 1B-OF Lucas Duda have been bright spots in recent weeks while being forced to play larger roles due to injury. Tejada is hitting .357 in the month of August and is at .277 with 24 rbi in 210 at bats for the year. Duda, who needs to be a starter in 2012 at some spot, is hitting .280 with 6 homers and 33 rbi. Since his call up in June, he has hit .283,.300 and .313 in consecutive months. He has also increased his power with 4 homers and 14 rbi in August. Sad to see Reyes and 1B Ike Davis(Ankle) hurt but depth is always a good thing and this club has it. 

MILESTONE THEN MELTDOWN FOR IZZY: 14 year ML veteran Jason Isringhausen earned his 300th career save August 15th becoming the 23rd major leaguer to accomplish that feat.  He then followed it up with maybe the worst outing of his career 5 days later. While not recording an out, he walked 3 and gave up a hit allowing 4 earned runs vs the powerful Milwaukee Brewers August 20th in a 11-9 loss at Citi Field. This was a crushing defeat for the Mets who rallied from a 7-1 deficit to take a 9-7 lead with a 5 run 7th and 3 run 8th. The club is looking to transition from the veteran Isringhausen to youngster RH Bobby Parnell in the closer role and that will be an ongoing theme for the remainder of the 2011 season. 

METS NOTES:  CF Angel Pagan is dealing with the stomach condition colitis and was forced to leave the the August 22nd game vs the Phillies early.  He takes pills for the disease and went on the DL because of it while he was a member of the Chicago Cubs…. Since the injuries to Reyes and INF Daniel Murphy, the Mets are 4-10 thru August 22nd. They are averaging 4 runs per game and hitting .245, .322 and .370(average, on base, slugging). It is not just the hitting that is an issue though, the team ranks last in the NL among the 16 teams in ERA at 5.52.  

August 15, 2011

Too much to overcome?

by @ 9:48 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

DEDICATION: Want to dedicate the rest of the 2011 season to my good buddy from back home(Andover, Ma) Jack Dalton and his young son, Jack.  Jack Sr. was a huge influence on me growing up and we spent countless hours playing ball in the gym at the Sanborn school during the summer over 20 years ago. Today he is police officer in Durham, New Hampshire as well as super husband and father. He recently helped coach his 9 yr old son Jack and the rest of the Dover, NH All Stars to a 3rd place finish in the state tournament. Way to go both “Jacks”!

For the first time since the April, the 2011 New York Mets appear to be heading in the wrong direction, losers of 5 straight games. The team has battled hard under 1st year manager Terry Collins but both injuries and trades have taken a lot out of this group, on and off the field. SS Jose Reyes was having an MVP season and has been fallen with two separate hamstring injuries since the All Star break. Ace lefty Johan Santana has missed the entire 2011 campaign and forced the other starters to  fill slots they are not capable of filling. 1B Ike Davis was killing the ball but has not seen the field since May with a serious ankle injury. INF Daniel Murphy came out of the nowhere to hit .320  before having his knee taken out on a steal attempt. The team’s financial issues forced the trades of their #4 hitter(OF Carlos Beltran) and closer(Francisco “K Rod” Rodriquez). Franchise 3B David Wright tried to play thru pain in his  back which developed into a dangerous stress fracture, costing him 6 + weeks. This team was picked by many to finish last in the NL East and while their effort does not translate into that, their current on field state might make that prediction a reality.

METS NOTES:  Reyes(Hamstring) fielded grounders,threw and hit at the club’s minor league complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla August 15th.  The team hopes he can run sometime later this week and they plan to have him back shortly after his DL stint is up August 23rd. Regardless of his health status Collins will give Reyes regular days off to avoid wear and tear on his legs… Look for 1B-OF Lucas Duda(.276,4 homers, 28 rbi) to get some serious work in right field for the remaining 6 weeks of the season. The team would like to get a good assessment on what they have for 2012 and beyond with the power hitting prospect… Some good news for the Mets: The team was able to sign 2011 1st round pick Brandon Nimmo, the 13th overall selection August 16th. The raw talent hit .448 with 15 homers and 34 stolen bases in 70 games for his American Legion team in Wyoming.

August 8, 2011

BREAKING METS NEWS: Reyes to the DL, team confirms Daniel Murphy is out for 2011

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NY Mets SS Jose Reyes was placed on the 15 day DL August 8th with an almost identical injury(left hamstring strain) that cost him games around the all star break.“I think this one is not that bad. I think it’s a little bit better,” Reyes said, comparing the two injuries. “I’m going to do my treatment and hopefully I’ll be on the field as soon as possible.”Meanwhile, the Mets confirmed that INF Daniel Murphy is lost for the rest of the season with a tear of the MCL in his left knee but their is no damage to the ACL or meniscus.  The team has recalled Ruben Tejada, who will play SS everday, and OF-INF Mike Baxter to fill the roster spots. 

August 7, 2011

Oh no! Murphy done for year, Reyes hurt and Chipper kills the Mets… again!!!!!!!!

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If you follow the New York Mets you sometimes wonder if this team is cursed or something. This week they suffered back to back late inning losses on horrific fielding mistakes. But on Sunday July 7th they might have lost what is left of their 2011 season as both INF Daniel Murphy(hitting .320) and SS Jose Reyes went down with injuries mid game. Murphy was spiked covering 2nd base on a steal attempt and is reportedly out for the year with a grade 2 tear of his MCL, according to ESPN New York.  The injury will not need  surgery but require  four months of recovery. Awful , awful news for both the Mets and Murphy. In the 2nd inning of the same game, SS Jose Reyes left after feeling stiffness in his left hamstring, the same hamstring that caused Reyes to miss two weeks in July around the All Star break. Look for the Mets to be cautious with their star SS. Please be sure to that your Mets fan friends do not have any weapons of any kind within a quarter mile or so. Not a good day. 

HIM… AGAIN: Even when he is having an injury riddled season  , Chipper Jones KILLS the New York Mets. The 39 year old, who hit his 1st major league home run vs New York, drove home the winning run Sunday with an 9th inning single. Jones is hitting almost .400 with runners in scoring position in 2011. The professional Mets killer famously cost them the 1999 NL East title with 4 home runs and 9 rbi in two late season series that saw the Braves take 5 of 6. According to Baseball reference.com, Jones has 47 home runs and 147 rbi in 224 games vs New York. No wonder that he named his son Shea, after the Mets previous stadium! 

SANTANA, DAVIS UPDATES: The team received some good news on the injury front regarding LHSP Johan Santana(late 2010 left  shoulder surgery) this week. The team was concerned he would have to be shutdown for the rest of the year but he was diagnosed with fatigue in the joint. Santana will not throw this week and strengthen the shoulder for the remainder of this homestand(Thru August 11th). He will then need a week or two of side sessions before he can make a 2nd rehab assignment.  The news regarding 1B Ike Davis was not as promising. After the bone bruise in his left ankle has shown little improvement, the team does not believe he will return in 2011. The team still does not know if he will require surgery as the ankle has two separate issues: the bruise and damaged cartilage. The bone bruise, which should heal on its own, is bothering him the most and 3 different doctors have advised him the best way to promote healing is to take time off.  Davis was hitting .302 with 7 home runs and 25 rbi with a .925 OPS in the 36 games before the May 10th injury. Awful, awful news for Mets fans. And this is not a recording. 

August 1, 2011

Beltran deal reaction, Wright’s return, Santana, Ike updates

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The New York Mets stand at 55-54 as of August 2nd that record is a testimony to the work of Manager Terry Collins, General Manager Sandy Alderson as well as all the players. This team has dealt with injuries to key players all year and uncertain financial news within the ownership group, yet they continue to put a solid major league product on the field almost nightly. Collins, in particular, has really earned his paycheck, mixing and maxing his lineup as well as pitching staff to compete in the toughest division in the National League. The Mets came in with very low expectations after several disappointing seasons but this group cannot be judged on their level. This team has battled from game 1 and Collins, Alderson and Mets fans should recognize that. These last two months are important for the future of the franchise but they first 4 of the 2011 season have to be judged as a success. 

BELTRAN DEAL: First of all, I want to thank Carlos Beltran for his contributions to the Mets during his 5.5 year stay in Queens. He was fun to watch and a great player who impacted the game in numerous ways. That said, I am glad the Mets made the trade for RHP Zack Wheeler, a top level prospect from the San Francisco Giants. NY needs young pitching and Carlos was not a good bet to resign here. He was also a non-compensation free agent which means if he left , the Mets would not receive anything in return. This trade is a rarity in pro sports as both sides won here, the Giants got a much needed all around outfielder and the Mets a young arm for the future. 

RIGHT WRIGHT: 3B David Wright is clearly healthy after returning from a stress fracture in his back and his production in July hammers that home. He closed the month on a 10 game hitting streak(.455 clip in those games) and hit 2 homers while driving in 12 runs. 

SANTANA, DAVIS STATUS: After ace lefty Johan Santana(Shoulder surgery) tossed 3 scoreless innings in his first rehab start July 28th for Class A Port St. Lucie , Alderson  has bumped his next start back a day(Thursday instead of Wednesday)  after Santana did not feel as strong as he’d like to feel. The southpaw is not in pain and Alderson said the team would know if it was more serious Tuesday August 2nd. Alderson also offered an update on 1B Ike Davis’ left ankle injury. The team plans to reevaluate later this week after the 2nd year player continues running in Arizona. The Mets have stated publicly that if Davis cannot run pain free soon he would get season ending surgery. 

 

July 27, 2011

BREAKING METS NEWS: Beltran deal near?

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Several news outlets are reporting that the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants are very close to a long rumored deal involving RF Carlos Beltran. A trade could be completed today(July 27th) for  RHP Zach Wheeler and cash coming from California .  The move is currently awaiting approval from the league, according to SNY.  

July 25, 2011

Beltran’s last week with the Mets?, Wright big in return, Santana upbeat and “closer”, More Mets news

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Should be a very interesting next 5-6 days for the New York Mets as they continue to play solid not sensational ball(51-51 after action July 25th) in season that started in financial turmoil off the field.   The team has played gritty, inspired ball on it despite injuries to numerous key players, namely 3B David Wright(Returned this weekend), 1B Ike Davis and SS Jose Reyes(Back last week).  I didn’t even mention that ace Johan Santana has been out all season after late season shoulder surgery in 2010. Manager Terry Collins has been a huge factor with both his enthusiasm and work ethic.  GM Sandy Alderson has also been tremendous in his 1st year at the helm with  some subtle depth type moves, helping the team put a presentable major league product on display nightly. Now comes the tough part. The Mets are in a great division and barring a major miracle, cannot catch either the Philadelphia Phillies or Atlanta Braves for a post season birth(Division title or wild card) . The MLB non waiver trade deadline is July 31st at 4 pm.  The team does have some very attractive potential free agents on the roster(Reyes, Reliever Jason Isringhausen) and one of them(RF Carlos Beltran) is considered the best trade chip on the market. The switch hitter is having a great season, making the 2011 All Star team and is not a good bet to remain in NY. As many as 7 teams are interested in Beltran and the Mets could use these teams to jack up the price. As I type, the favorites are the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers for Carlos’ services. The Boston Red Sox, Phillies and Braves are more on the outside looking in. I like Carlos but this team is building for the 2012 and beyond and anything they can do to help the future of this club, I am in favor of. In Sandy, I trust! 

WRIGHT IS RIGHT: David Wright(Stress fracture in back) rejoined the club in Florida and played his 1st games since May. He has a hit in each game(8 for 19, .421) and  has hit for power as well.(3 doubles, homer, 6 rbi) #5 looks healthy and that is the biggest thing for Mets fans. 

SANTANA UPDATE: The club’s ace threw a 45 pitch bullpen session Sunday afternoon(July 24) in Floridan and “felt good”. The team will decide Tuesday whether Santana will start a minor league rehab assignment this week. Due to MLB rules, once he begins a  rehab assignment, the club has 30 days before they must activate him. Look for Santana back on the mound in early September. 

METS NOTES: Mets will reportedly hang on to Reyes and Isringhausen for the remainder of the year. The team would like to resign Jose to a multi year deal and they cleared a ton of salary with the post All Star game trade of closer Francisco Rodriquez. Issy is the new closer(3 saves post trade) and likes playing for the team. He is also serving as a mentor to the team’s future closer, Bobby Parnell… No further update on Davis. Other than the Mets sent him home this weekend to rest his ankle in Arizona. Sad to say but I do think we have seen the last of the promising 1B in 2011…. CF Angel Pagan left the July 24th game in the 5th inning complaining of fatigue and dizziness . Collins held him out of  the next game(July 25th) and he was being checked out by team doctors…. Mets are reportedly close to signing 2011 1st rounder  High school OF Brandon Nimmo

July 17, 2011

Updates on Wright, Beltran and Reyes,Other notes

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Medical updates on 3 New York Mets stars, starting with 3B David Wright. Wright continues to make good progress from the stress fracture in his back and has DH-ed and played 3rd(2)  in 3 minor league games without any issues. He will stay in  Florida where manager Terry Collins hopes he can rejoin the team this Friday July 22nd. RF Carlos Beltran missed games this weekend(July 16th-17th) with the flu. SS Jose Reyes(Hamstring) has been running before games and looks good, he will play 1 rehab game with the Brooklyn Cyclones and could be activated as early as Tuesday July 19th.

METS NOTES:  Collins has stated that LF Jason Bay(.234,6 home runs, 28 rbi) could lose playing time to red hot INF-OF Scott Hairston.267,5,19 in 90 at bats) if he does not star producing. Hairston was 3 for 5 with titanic homer into the 2nd deck in left field while driving in 5 runs during the 11-2 win over the division leading Philadelphia Phillies July 16th. As someone who covered Bay in Pittsburgh and followed his stay in Boston, I am astounded by how bad he has been for the Mets. This guy is a good player and he has just fallen off the cliff. Sad to see for a good locker room presence and person. And I don’t buy this bright lights, big city BS. He replaced Manny Ramirez in Boston. That is not a small task. If you can fix Jason ,please call the Mets! This is a strange game and this situation confirms it!!!…. INF Daniel Murphy  has 71 hits since May 21st, the most in the majors…. 1B Ike Davis(Ankle) has not played since May 1oth and received a cortisone shot into the joint July 17th., He will rest 3  more weeks and if their is not significant improvement  will undergo season ending surgery.  

July 13, 2011

CITI FIELD SALE: K Rod traded to Milwaukee, Beltran next?

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We hear often that sports is a business and Tuesday night July 12th, fans of the New York Mets had that lesson reinforced. Almost immediately after The MLB All Star game the team traded closer Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriquez(and a reported $5 millon according to the  NY Post’s Joel Sherman) to the Milwaukee Brewers for 2 players to be named. The Mets will get to select 2 names from a list  of players already agreed to at season’s end. K Rod is in the final year of a 3 year, 37  million dollar deal that includes a vesting option for $17.5 million in 2012  if he finishes 55 games in 2011. Rodriquez has completed 34 games this year and with the Mets in financial disarray due to the perilous financial status of the  Wilpon family ownership , moving this contract was a necessity. The team will also look to move 2011 All Star RF Carlos Beltran  before the July 31st trade deadline as well. The San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox have been linked to Beltran in recent weeks. This move was also designed to clear cash, allowing Mets General Manager  Sandy Alderson to make a contract offer to SS Jose Reyes, who will be a free agent at season’s end. On the field, this is a big deal. One of the strengths of this club has been the late inning relievers. When you remove a part of that group, others change roles. Look for 4th year RH Bobby Parnell to get 1st crack at the closer’s job with veteran RH Jason Isringhausen and rookie RH Pedro Beato also being potential candidates. A tough, tough 24 hours for Mets fans but a day and move that had to happen to help the team in 2012 and beyond. 

July 10, 2011

1st half ends over .500, Wright,Davis,Reyes and Johan updates, Mets Notes

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One of the top surprises in all of major league baseball, the New York Mets closed out the 1st half Sunday night in defeat but are over .500 at 46-45. The team has been without ace Johan Santana all season while franchise 3B David Wright(Back) and 2nd year phenom 1B Ike Davis(Ankle) have also missed major time due to injury. The ownership’s financial situation is almost nighty news but the team, led by Manager Terry Collins,in his 1st year managing the team, and SS Jose Reyes, a top candidate for NL MVP, has played inspired ball. Collins excels at finding roles for his players and has been masterful with a pitching staff that is more about the whole than sum of  the parts. Most importantly and this is very important for fans of this franchise, this is a TEAM. They play hard and show up to compete. That is a big thing for this organization and anything positive on the field has a great value when you consider the ordeals they have put their followers thru starting in 2007 and beyond. 

MEDICAL UPDATES:  A rare almost 100% positive report on the medical front. First, Wright is progressing “very, very well” from the stress fracture in his back, according to Collins. He has stepped up running at the Mets Spring Training facility in Florida and will slide Monday as well as run the bases. He also participated in batting practice and infield drills with the Mets class A advanced team. Davis ran on his ankle for the first time Saturday and felt “great” said Collins. The next step for the 1B is run on the field Monday. Reyes has been active around the team, taking grounders at SS and running lightly in the OF, The team hopes to have him back around July 22nd. Santana threw a bullpen session July 9th and it went well. His next step would be considered spring training for him but GM Sandy Alderson did not offer a time table for Santana’s return. 

METS NOTES: Alderson stated over the weekend that he would not trade away players( Rumored names: Reyes, OF Carlos Beltran, Closer Francisco Rodriquez and RP Jason Isringhausen, ) as along the club continues to contend…. INF Daniel Murphy has been a pleasant surprise(.306,5 home runs,36 rbi) with both his bat and glove… Starting RHP R.A. Dickey did not miss any time after straining an left glute on July 3rd…. Mets led the NL with 27 road wins….. Isringhausen has told Alderson he does not want to be traded,according to the Daily News

 

 

July 7, 2011

Reports: Reyes out 3 weeks with hamstring, NY Post: Mets, Reyes camp to meet to discuss extension

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Big news day regarding Mets SS Jose Reyes on both the injury and contract fronts. ESPN’s Enrique Rojas is reporting that Reyes has been told by doctors he will miss 3 weeks with a grade 1 left hamstring strain. Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Wednesday that Reyes’ agents wanted the doctor who operated on his right hamstring in 2009 to review the MRI and the medical report. Jose as taking batting practice and fielding ground balls but has not attempted to run since the injury occurred in Saturday’s game vs the Yankees. Reyes is having an MVP type season and rallied to win the National League starting short stop position in fan voting this weekend. 

The New York Post reported July 7th that the Mets will approach The Reyes camp soon  with contract proposals in hopes of signing the SS to a long term extension in the coming weeks. Within the last 2-3 weeks, the Reyes’ representatives said they would not negotiate at all during the 2011 season, Jose is a free agent after the season ends. Alderson has stated publicly that he would adhere to their wishes while Chris Leible, one of Reyes’ agents, said their will be no secret talks. Stay tuned!!!

July 3, 2011

BREAKING METS NEWS: REYES HAS GRADE 1 HAMSTRING STRAIN

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NY Mets SS Jose Reyes underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan Sunday morning(July 3rd) and the  test revealed he has a grade 1 strain(Least severe of all hamstring injuries) of his left hamstring. Manager Terry Collins told reporters post game that it is possible that his leadoff man will not play til after the all star break while GM Sandy Alderson wants to see how Reyes responds Monday and over the next couple of days. Reyes says he feels nothing in the leg right now but will be careful. He will not play until his leg can withstand a full game and hopes to play Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Oh No: Reyes hurt, Record setting offense, Wright, Santana updates, Reyes wins SS vote, Beltran also picked for all star team, Other Notes

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Just when things started to look good for the 2011 New York Mets, Saturday July 2nd happened and SS Jose Reyes, the 2011 NL MVP, came up lame after trying to beat out an infield hit in the  1st and was pulled in the 2nd inning with tightness in his left hamstring.  The Mets leadoff man had an MRI pre game Sunday July 3rd and the team was awaiting the results. Reyes has a history of leg injuries, missing 53 games in 2004 and 36 in 2009 with issues in his right leg. As I type at 5:45 Sunday July 3rd no word from the club but the injury does not appear to be serious. Reyes entered the day leading the major leagues in batting average(.354), hits(124), triples(15) and multi hit games(43). He also has stolen 30 bases and tops the NL with 65 runs scored. If you want to know what it has been like to be a Mets fan lately, today is a shining example. Reyes rallies to pass Colorado Rockies superstar SS Troy Tulowitzki in the all star fan balloting and he is hurt!  If this team did not have bad luck they wouldn’t have any! Mets Manager Terry Collins has pledged to not play Reyes until he is medically cleared and will start INF Rueben Tejada at SS with CF Angel Pagan leading off. The next couple of days are huge for this club, which has battled all year with injuries to stars such as LHSP Johan Santana, 3B David Wright and 1B Ike Davis but has played inspired ball for Collins in his 1st season with the club.

RECORD SETTING WEEK: The Mets set a team record with 52 runs in a 4 game span midweek(June 25th and 26th at Texas, 27-28 at Detroit) while collecting 69 hits. New York scored 50 runs June 12-15 in 1990 but this outburst topped it. The Mets scored 14 runs 3 times in four games and ended an embarrassing streak as well, the team hit two grand slams in CONSECUTIVE innings after hitting none in 299 games! LF Jason Bay hit his slam to left in the 4th and RF Carlos Beltran followed with his own shot to left in the 5th.

DAVID AND JOHAN: Wright continues to make good progress from the stress fracture in his back and hit off a tee July 1st in Port St. Lucie July 1st. He could start rehab game as early as next week. LHSP Johan Santana threw a bullpen session in Florida  June 29th and reported no problems. He will throw another one soon and if all goes as scheduled, he will begin his normal spring training routine after that, according to Mets GM Sandy Alderson.

HALL OF FAME COMPANY: Since 1898, the only player with more steals and triples in their first 1000 games than Reyes(Reached June 28th) is …. TY COBB!!!  Jose has 98 triples and 360 steals while Cobb posted 106 three baggers and 391 thefts.

METS NOTES: RF Carlos Beltran was also selected for the 2011 All Star game in Arizona Tuesday July 12th. Beltran has comeback from 2 injury plagued years to hit .281 with 12 home runs and 54 rbi with little protection due to the depleted lineup…. Thoughts and prayers are with INF-OF Willie Harris and his family after his wife unexpectedly went into labor 5 months into her pregnancy and lost the baby Thursday morning. Willie is one of the good guys in the game and was placed on paternity leave then the bereavement list as he dealt with this. Sunday July 3rd he was back and OF Fernando Martinez was sent down… Mets pitchers allowed 18 grand slams during the 299 game drought.. 1B Ike Davis will test his injured ankle to see if the pain in his ankle is tolerable sometime in the coming week. If their is  no progress, he will have season ending surgery… Again, unfortunate to report but RHRP Taylor Bucholz,on the DL with shoulder fatigue, is battling depression as well according to the New York Times.

June 26, 2011

Reyes, Beltran and Duda lead the offensive charge to .500, medical updates on Wright, Davis and Santana

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The suddenly surging New York Mets improved to 39-39 in 2011 with a 8-5 win over Texas Rangers Sunday June 26th. With the victory, the Mets climb to within 4.5 games of the National League wild card  while improving to 5-1-1 in their last 7 series. Here is something to consider, in this month New York has won road series versus the  Atlanta Braves, NL central leading Milwaukee Brewers and the defending AL champion Rangers. The team combined to collect 31 hits and 22 runs over the last tow days but did not homer. SS Jose Reyes(6 hits,5 runs), RF Carlos Beltran(4 hits, 3 runs, 5 rbi), 1B-OF Lucas Duda(4 hits(3 doubles), 2 runs and 4 rbi Saturday June 25th)  and INF Daniel Murphy(4 hits, 4 runs and 3 rbi) led the offensive surge.  Things are starting to look very promising in Queens. “Huge,” manager Terry Collins said of winning the deciding game of the series. “Coming into this 16 days, winning two out of three here against that club with that offense is a great start for us.”

MEDICAL UPDATES:

3B David Wright: Good news regarding the club’s franchise third baseman as he was cleared by an MRI Thursday June 23rd to resume rehabilitation from a stress fracture in his back. Wright was scheduled to start twisting exercises this weekend at the team’s spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. A July 15th return date was “feasible” according to Collins.

1B Ike Davis: The news regarding 2nd year 1B Ike Davis(.302, 7 home runs in 36 games) is not as promising. Actually, it is downright discouraging. An MRI June 22nd on his injured left ankle showed no improvement but also revealed potential cartilage damage in the joint. If the ankle doe not improve over the next 3 weeks, Ike will undergo season ending surgery. Davis has been sidelined with the injury since May 10th and spent time in walking boot. He has seen no improvement and has not run in 5,6 weeks. Sad, sad story for such a promising player.

LHSP Johan Santana:  Reports have the Mets ace progressing slowly from off season shoulder surgery. In early June he was shut down after experiencing soreness in the joint after throwing off the mound. Look for the team to be cautious with the southpaw as they want him healthy in 2012 and 2013 and are not counting on much, if anything from him in 2011.

METS NOTES: The team improved to 10-1 in games started by rookie RH Dillon Gee, who improved to 8-1… Duda has gone 7 for 12 with 5 rbi and one strikeout in his last 3 starts….Both LF Jason Bay(Neck) and INF Justin Turner(Thumb) returned from minor aches and pains June 26th… LH SP Chris Capuano(Abdominal) should be good to go in his next scheduled start Wednesday at Detroit after  leaving his last start June 23rd early with pain in his right side… Reyes announced this week he has retained representatives Peter Greenberg and Chris Leible  after being pursued heavily by super agent Scott Boras. This has to be viewed as a positive due to the Mets poor relationship with Boras…. LHSP Jon Niese left Saturday’s win vs Texas early, complaining about a rapid heartbeat. The team does not view the issue serious as the game was played in high 90 degree heat. The Rangers team doctors checked him out post game Saturday(June 25th)  and he was well enough to jogging around the ball park before Sundays win. Mets doctors will reexamine Niese in Detroit Tuesday… Very quietly, C Ronny Paulino has taken over the starting catcher job hitting .327 in 33 games.

June 15, 2011

Strange twist in Mets sale

by @ 11:24 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Interesting twist in the recent Mets sale being reported by several media outlets. According to Forbes.com, hedge fund manager David Einhorn could gain control of the Mets for $1 in 3 years. Under the agreement of the sale of 33% of the club from Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, Einhorn would pay $200 million. However, If the Wilpon group does not pay back the $200 million over the next 3 years, Einhorn can obtain 60% of the Mets for an additional price of… ONE DOLLAR!!! Even if the Wilpons repay the $200 million, he would retain 1/6th of the team, according to ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin. All of the details of the sale must be approved by major league baseball. Fascinating stuff. As bad as the Mets situation was and has been, go read up on the current state of the Los Angeles Dodgers. That team makes the Mets look like Fort Knox!

June 13, 2011

Mets continue to work despite injuries and financial woes, Stand one game under .500

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The  New York Mets(33-34 as of June 12th) have adopted almost a blue collar workman like persona with all the issues and obstacles-on and off the field- they have faced in the first half of the 2011 campaign. First, the never ending Madoff-Wilpon scandal and the Mets financial problems. Then you had the awful start(5-13) but led by 1st year Manager Terry Collins and SS Jose Reyes, this team has battled, scratched and clawed its way to  almost a .500 record. Reyes, who is having an incredible season, leads the NL in batting average and triples and is 2nd in stolen bases. He should receive MVP consideration but the star of this team is the team, the team that has been constructed by Collins and GM Sandy Alderson. Well constructed with both depth and  versatile players, guys like Daniel Murphy and Scott Hairston, who can fill multiple roles. Pitchers like Chris Capuano(5 wins out of the 5th spot in the rotation) and comeback reliever Jason Isringhausen(13 holds) who are picking the team up with huge outings. Injuries to 2nd year 1b Ike Davis(Ankle) and franchise 3B David Wright(Stress fracture in back) have hurt but the Mets put a major league product on the field almost daily, a team fans can be proud of. When you look at where this franchise has been over the past 3-4 years, that says a lot.

DANDY DILLON: Rookie RH Dillon Gee(7-0,3.05 ERA) has been phenomenal in 9 starts since being recalled from Triple A in late April. Gee has become only the 2nd ML pitcher to start the season with 7 straight wins since 2000. The Angels Jered Weaver won 9 straight 5 years ago. Gee joined Mets legend Jon Matlack as the only players to open the season with 6 straight wins. Matlack won 6 straight in 1972 but had a relief win among the 6.

BAD BAY:  LF Jason Bay continues to struggle and was benched for two games this week after enduring an 0 for 24 slump. He returned to the lineup June 11th , going 1 for 4.

MOVES: Team optioned RH Dale Thayer and recalled D.J. Carrasco June 11th… The previous day, the Mets designated 1B- OFNick Evans for assignment and recalled fan favorite OF-1B Lucas Duda

METS NOTES: The Mets selected high school OF Brandon Nimmo with the 13th pick in the 1st round of the 2011 MLB draft last week. The Cheyenne, Wyoming is projected as a left-handed hitting power bat in the middle of the order…. RF Carlos Beltran leads the team with 9 home runs and 39 RBI… INF Ruben Tejada continues to swing a hot bat out of the 8th spot in the lineup, hitting .321 with 9 rbi in 78 at bats… Rookie INF Justin Turner has 27 rbi in 138 at bats

June 3, 2011

Wright, Davis updates, Reyes returns, Terry Collins blows up, Other news

by @ 11:03 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

The  New York Mets (26-31) continue to be one of the more interesting and entertaining teams over the course of the 2011 season. This injury riddled and cash strapped team plays hard and battles but is just talent short, particularly within the  pitching staff. The Mets set a Major League record on June 3rd when they became the first team in history of the game with 6 straight home losses when they have the led in the 7th inning or later. THINK ABOUT THAT! Very frustrating(more on this later) and hard to watch at times but the effort is there and this group tends to grow on you.

WRIGHT, DAVIS INJURY UPDATES: 3B David Wright(Stress fracture in his back) will  remain inactive for three more weeks,according to Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. After being examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery June 3rd, Wright is “asymptomatic” but must remain inactive. Alderson was a bit surprised his franchise 3B would have to remain on the DL and did not rule out the possibility that David could be out until the early part of July. 1B Ike Davis(Sprain, bone bruise in left ankle) continues to progress slowly from his own injury and is wearing a protective boot on the ankle. He was examined by team doctors on May 31st and will undergo another MRI exam in 2.5 weeks. Their is no timetable for Davis’ return.

REYES RETURNS: All star SS Jose Reyes missed three days this week dealing with the death of his Grandmother in the Dominican Republic. Reyes, in the mist of a huge season in a contract year, returned to the lineup Thursday(June 2nd) and  is hitting .336 on the year. He is also on pace to steal 55 bases and score 110 runs.

MOUNT TERRY ERUPTS: 1st year Mets manager Terry Collins, A patient man known for both his up beat approach and positive attitude, finally saw enough late inning losses and blew up during his post game press conference June 1st after his team allowed a combined 9 runs in the 7th and 8th innings to lose to the Pittburgh Pirates 9-3. Not coincidently, Collins team responded the next day, putting together the franchise biggest rally since 2000 in a 9-8 win over the same Pirates. Trailing 7-0 after the 3rd inning, RF Carlos Beltran drove in 4 and 2B Ruben Tejada added 3 as NY scored 4 runs in the 6th and 2 in the 8th for a huge win.

MINOR PITCHING MOVES: The team recalled RHP Manny Acosta from Buffalo, sending down LHP Mike O’Connor on June 4th. Earlier in the week(June 1st), the team also placed RHP Taylor Bucholz on the DL, the set up man is dealing with fatigue in his throwing shoulder.

May 28, 2011

Breaking News: David Einhorn purchases 33% of Mets, Pagan back, Dickey hurt plus Gary Carter update and more Mets news

by @ 10:31 am. Filed under 2011 Mets

Investor and businessman David Einhorn,43,  purchased 33% of the New York Mets this week and has infused the cash strapped club with a reported $200 million, according to numerous reports. A lifelong Mets fan and New Jersey native, Einhorn’s purchase allows the club to start repaying loans from MLB as well as attempt to offset the financial losses incurred from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. “We are excited about David joining our ownership group for several reasons,” principal owner Fred Wilpon said in statement. “David’s investment immediately improves the franchise’s financial position.”  Excellent timing when you factor in the front cover story in this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated(May 30th cover date) that quotes Wilpon that the Mets are “bleeding cash” and could lose up to $70 million this year.

PAGAN BACK, DICKEY HURT: CF Angel Pagan returned to the lineup Friday May 27th after being placed on the DL with a stress fracture in his ribs. Pagan, who has not played since April 21st, went 2 for 4 with a steal and run. Popular knuckleballer R.A. Dickey(2-5,4.50) suffered a partial tear of the plantar fascia(Trust me, this HURTS!!) attempting to cover 1st base Thursday(May 26th) but will not miss a start. Team doctors tell Dickey he cannot further damage the joint and the injury is more about pain tolerance. The veteran,  noted for his toughness, has pitched his entire career without an ulnar collateral ligament in throwing elbow, is scheduled to start Thursday June 2nd.

SAD UPDATE FOR GARY CARTER: Doctors at the Duke Medical center believe the four tumors in hall of fame catcher Gary Carter’s brain are malignant, according to statement released Friday night(May 27th). Say a prayer for a key member of the 1986 World Champions and one of the truly good guys in the history of the game. Get well, Kid!

METS NOTES: INF Justin Turner continues to impress and the rookie is hitting .438 at Citi Field. He had his 1st career 4 hit game May 27th…Interesting note regarding the Einhorn purchase.  According to ESPN NY’s Adam Rubin, Einhorn has an option to own 60% of the team in 3 years. However, principal owner Wilpon has the power to block such a move by returning the initial $200 million investment but he must allow Einhorn to keep his 33% share of the club… Small roster moves to open up a spot for Pagan: OF Fernando Martinez was optioned to Triple A, while RHP Dale Thayer was recalled. LH Pat Misch was designated for assignment post game May 27th… GM Sandy Alderson believes the Mets 2012 payroll will be somewhere between the 2011 number($140 million) and $100 million. When you consider what is coming off the books(RF Carlos Beltran, SS Jose Reyes, 2B Luis Castillo, LHP Oliver Perez, possibly closer Francisco Rodriquez) , you can put a very good team on the field at $120 million.  Alderson also believes both 1B Ike Davis(Ankle) and 3B David Wright(Back)could return in the next 10 days or so but did not offer an exact date.

May 22, 2011

Wright’s back, Davis,Pagan updates, Beato Back, Justin Turner’s record setting week, Reyes amazing start, Gary Carter news

by @ 10:28 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Busy week for the New York Mets on and off the field. The big news was the expected placing of the teams franchise player, 3B David Wright, on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back.  Wright will travel to California Monday(May 23rd) and meet with back specialist Robert Watkins in Los Angeles. “This guy, from what I understand and what I’ve been told, is one of the best back doctors in the country,” Wright said. He hopes to gain a 2nd opinion on the stress fracture  as well as what he can do to heal faster. “I know exactly what the problem is,” Wright said. “Now it’s just a matter of doing what we can to get back on the field. This is the next step.” Plan on not seeing Wright til June at the earliest.

METS NEWS:

ANGEL AND IKE:  1B Ike Davis(Left ankle sprain) has been taking ground balls and swinging the bat at the team’s minor league complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He is scheduled to come of the 15 day DL Thursday(May 26th) but Mets manager Terry Collins does not expect his 1st baseman back until a few days after. CF Angel Pagan(Left oblique strain) has played 4 rehab games with the club’s class A team. He is hitting .250 with a home run and will move up to Triple A Wednesday(May 25th). Collins expects Pagan to return to the lineup soon after.

TERRIFIC TURNER: Rookie INF Justin Turner broke 46 year old team record with an rbi in his 7th consecutive game. Mets OF and legend Ron Swoboda set the record in 1965.

BEATO BACK: Rule 5 pick up and set up reliever Pedro Beato(Right elbow tendinitis) returned from the DL May 17th and set another team record May 21st when he pitched 1 and 2 third scoreless innings, giving him 18 and 2 third innings without allowing an earned  run to start his Mets career. In 1969, Jack Dilauro went 17 and two third innings without being scored on. Hats off to Beato(1-0,0.95 ERA in 13 games) and much praise for New York GM Sandy Alderson and his staff for piecing together an excellent Mets bullpen.

JUMBO JOSE: Cannot say enough about SS Jose Reyes start to the 2011 season. Finally healthy, he is hitting .318 with 17 steals and 28 runs, the free agent to be is first in all of baseball with 6 triples and tied for 2nd with 62 hits.  Sorry to say but I believe the team will trade him by the deadline and it will be sad day in Mets history.

PRAY FOR GARY: Hall of Famer and ex Met great Gary Carter has been diagnosed with 4 small brain tumors. New York’s catcher from 1985-1989 and clean up hitter on the 1986 World Championship team, was complaining about headaches and forgetfulness before undergoing an MRI late last week. He will know  more about his condition after further examination Thursday(May 26th) at the Duke Medical center in North Carolina. Never forget Carter hitting a walk off extra inning homer in his Mets debut vs The St Louis Cardinals Neil Allen(The guy NY traded to get 1B Keith Hernandez) in April 1985. Great man and player who did a lot for fans and charity, please say a prayer for “The Kid”!

METS NOTES: Team is 22-24 as of May 22nd after losing 2 of 3 at the Yankees to open the first wave of the Subway series…. Wright stole his 9th base without getting caught May 14th and is one of only 3 National League players to steal at least 9 bases without being caught… RF Carlos Beltran, an other candidate to be traded, is hitting .280 with a team high 8 home runs and 25 rbi. Beltran and Reyes are tied with 5 others for 3rd in MLB with 14 doubles. … Top set up men RH Taylor Buchholz(1-1, 1.99 ERA, 5 holds in 20 games) and Jason Isringhausen(11 holds, 1.80 ERA in 17 games) have been outstanding paving the way for closer Francisco Rodriquez.(1-0,0.76 ERA, 15 saves in 16 chances)

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