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Monday, March 27, 2017

Sandy Alderson on Steven Matz’s latest injury: ‘It’s worrisome’ | Newsday

“It’s worrisome that he continues to be injured off and on,” Sandy Alderson said. “That’s the difficulty. We don’t think it’s serious. On the other hand, we have to be able to, with starting pitchers, to rely on them every five days. We’re not sure exactly where this is going to take us.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2017 at 09:17 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Matt Harvey hits 97 in best start of spring | MLB.com

Mid 90s plus he’s an ace. Low 90s he’s a backend guy.

“Today, he amped it up a little bit,” Collins said. “And I’m sure when we get to Citi Field and he gets out there for the first time, he’ll amp it up that day, also.”
It wasn’t just velocity that boosted Harvey in his best start of the spring. There was also a high-80s slider that Harvey routinely buried low-and-away to right-handed hitters, plus a command of all pitches that Harvey lacked for much of the spring.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Sunday, March 26, 2017

OTP 27 March 2017: Trump, Healthcare, and the Art of the Botched Deal

OK, there’s just one easy-ground-ball baseball metaphor in this story.  And Donald Trump started college the year the Mets moved to Queens.  But it is the week’s big political news:

When Donald Trump was growing up in Queens, the local baseball team, the New York Mets, was the lowliest franchise in the National League. The Mets were so bad that the manager, Casey Stengel, once famously asked of his team: can’t anybody here play this game?

That’s the central question now in Donald Trump’s Washington. On Friday afternoon, the House GOP leadership pulled its bill overhauling Obamacare rather than experience a humiliating defeat.

When he arrived in Washington, many wondered whether Donald Trump could play this game. Just two months into his presidency, the answer is glaringly obvious: he cannot.

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

 

BDC Posted: March 26, 2017 at 10:10 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: casey stengel, mets, politics

Mets lefty Steven Matz to skip next start | MLB.com

This isn’t good.

“It’s worrisome that he continues to be injured off and on,” Alderson said, referring to Matz’s checkered medical history. “That’s the difficulty. We don’t think it’s serious. On the other hand, starting pitchers are relied on every five days. I’m not sure exactly where this is going to take us.”

Matz said he began feeling discomfort even before his last outing, in which he gave up five runs in four innings Wednesday against the Marlins. Examining the left-hander following that start, doctors concluded that there is no structural damage in Matz’s elbow. The Mets’ medical team suggested the issue may be related to the season-ending operation Matz had in September to remove a bone spur from his elbow. Matz also underwent Tommy John surgery as a prospect in 2010, and has struggled with elbow, shoulder and other health issues ever since.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2017 at 12:06 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, steven matz

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Why Travis d’Arnaud should never catch Noah Syndergaard | New York Post

I watched most of yesterday’s day. He’s right; this should never happen again.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 25, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard, travis d'arnaud

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dallas Green, first Phillies manager to win the World Series, dies at 82

Dallas Green, the bearish, blustering, boom box-throated manager who in 1980 whipped a talented but complacent Phillies team to the franchise’s first world championship, died Wednesday at 82, a team official confirmed.

Mr. Green spent most of his long baseball career with a Phillies organization that signed him as a Delaware high schooler in 1955. Over the subsequent 61 years, with notable interruptions in New York and Chicago, he would pitch, coach, manage, scout, and fill a number of front-office positions for the team.

A commanding physical presence at 6-foot-5, with a thick mane of silver hair and a voice that could penetrate concrete walls, Mr. Green seemed born to lead.

As a spot-starter and reliever with the Phillies, Mets and Senators, he was a hard-throwing righthander who never mastered his control or his temper. Mr. Green compiled a 20-22 record and a 4.26 ERA in his playing career from 1960-67.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2017 at 04:52 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dallas green, mets, obituary, phillies, senators

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Report: Former Bulls GM Jerry Krause dies at 77

Krause was known to have a rocky relationship with then-Bulls head coach Phil Jackson, with Jackson leaving after the 1998 season and the Bulls’ sixth title. Jordan also retired after that season, although he would later briefly return to play for the Wizards.

He retired as Bulls general manager in 2003, with an official explanation pertaining to his health, and amid a struggling Bulls rebuild around young players.

Prior to working for the Bulls, Krause, a Chicago native, scouted for a handful of NBA teams and also in baseball for the Chicago White Sox, also the property of Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Krause returned to baseball scouting after leaving basketball, working for the Yankees, Mets and most recently the Diamondbacks in scouting capacities.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2017 at 02:49 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, jerry krause, mets, white sox, yankees

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tim Tebow to be assigned to Columbia Fireflies, Mets’ low-A affiliate

Tim Tebow’s baseball odyssey will continue in South Carolina with the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets’ low Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, where he will play every day as attempts his a transition from quarterback to corner outfielder.

“Sending him to a full season club is what we hoped to be able to do,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Newsday on Monday. “And based on what he’s done in spring training, and his whole body of work since last fall, we feel comfortable with him going to Columbia.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Gsellman doesn’t give an inch as Mets’ starter battle gets tight | New York Post

“It’s a great problem to have,” manager Terry Collins said. “We came into this camp knowing we have depth in the rotation. We didn’t know where Zack was going to be, but we felt with the other four guys and Robert and Seth, we had some depth here. And they have stepped up and shown us we weren’t wrong.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: gsellman, mets

Imagining the New Matt Harvey | FanGraphs Baseball

Eno Harris does not paint an optimistic view for Harvey if his old velocity doesn’t come back.

Could he throw his secondary pitches a lot more this year and pitch backwards? Perhaps, though Tim Lincecum once admitted that that sort of thing wasn’t working for him once he lost his fastball velocity. The secondary pitches all rely on the fastball in some form or another.

We have done some research on what makes a changeup good — velocity differential and horizontal and vertical movement defined off the fastball. Harvey’s changeup last year rated 131st based on those metrics, and below average. He started using it less as the year went on. His slider had below-average drop, and though it was hard, the most important thing for whiffs on the slider is drop. The curve had good velocity (last year) but four inches less drop than average, and drop is also important for the curve.

It looks like the fastball was the key for Harvey, and it won’t be the same this year. Without a dominant secondary pitch that can take its place as the foundation, he’ll need to find more command than he’s shown in the past. Harvey will have to learn how to pitch at 92. It just doesn’t look like it will be easy.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 08:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Saturday, March 18, 2017

David Wright sheds light on laborious shoulder rehab process | New York Post

This doesn’t sound good.

“When I first started throwing I could tell it was just not right because I never had that sharp, shooting pain going into my shoulder like that,’’ Wright admitted. “There’s just no way of doing what I’m capable of doing at third base and being productive for this team with the pain.’’

Wright referred to this problem as a bump in the road. I asked him: Is this a bump in the road or the end of the road?

“I mean, I’m just doing what the doctors are telling me to get back on the field as soon as possible, that’s all,’’ Wright said, hoping for the best.

“I feel the shoulder kind of working a little better than it was when I first tried to start throwing, now it’s just a matter of finishing the program and hopefully starting a throwing program.

“But that’s assuming everything goes well, the shoulder program gets me to the point where I can throw without sharp pain.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 08:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injuries, mets

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Matt Harvey learning to deal with drop in velocity

Following each of his first two Grapefruit League starts, Matt Harvey spoke about the unknowns of returning from surgery to remove a rib, and specifically the process to build his fastball back up to its usual velocity.

On Wednesday, after he allowed four runs—two earned—in 3 1/3 innings in a 6-2 loss to the Marlins, Harvey acknowledged for the first time what might happen if his fastball velocity does not return.

“You can’t look past it,” Harvey said. “It’s going to be there or it’s not, and I have to go out and pitch. I think after today, I feel really confident going into my next outing and moving forward.

“Obviously I’m not looking to throw 100 mph again, or 97 even. My job is to get people out, no matter what I’m throwing.”

Over/Under on Harvey’s season: 162 IP, 100 ERA+. Also, who has a better year: Gsellman or Harvey?

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:59 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Mets send ‘great’ Amed Rosario away, but keep the door open | New York Post

Another great looking New York shortstop prospect. He clearly needs some offensive refinement. I’m not sure how much playing in Las Vegas will help him, though.

“I don’t think there’s any question,” Collins said, referring to the possibility of Rosario making his major league debut this year. “He’s got to shrink the strike zone a little bit — he gets a little bit too big — but he’s shown that last year.

“That’s what the big challenge was last year, to get deeper in counts, and he had a huge year. I just think he got caught up in being in big-league camp and showing everybody what he can do. But he is going to be a good player.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Mets give Lucas Duda insurance policy a test drive at first base | New York Post

Bruce was tested twice against the Astros. In the second inning, Wilmer Flores bounced a throw from third base that Bruce scooped to record the final out. In the fourth, Bruce fielded a grounder and flipped to Jacob deGrom covering the bag for the final out. On that play, Bruce hesitated on his flip — a brief miscommunication — before getting the ball to deGrom.

“You’ve got to get the ball to Jake a little quicker,” Collins said. “But I saw stuff [Bruce] can learn and thought he handled himself well.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, lucas duda, mets

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Nimmo Unlikely To Be Ready When Camp Ends

The Mets could still carry Michael Conforto as their fifth outfielder, though some in the organization feel he is better-served receiving everyday at-bats at AAA Las Vegas. Another option would be an infielder capable of playing the outfield, such as Ty Kelly, T.J. Rivera, or Matt Reynolds.

Nimmo, 23, is ranked as the Mets’ No. 8 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

Bote Man Posted: March 14, 2017 at 08:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, wbc

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mets’ Zack Wheeler provides hope after 2-year absence

Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler took the mound for the first time since Tommy John surgery almost two years ago against the Braves at Champion Stadium on Friday.

Wheeler threw 31 pitches—short of his team-imposed 35-pitch limit—and hit 94 mph on the gun. He gave up two hits and a walk and whiffed a batter.

“They say he threw the ball fine, two innings. Obviously less than the 35 pitches which was going to be max, but those were good signs,” said manager Terry Collins, who stayed at the team’s spring training home to watch Matt Harvey pitch.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 11, 2017 at 10:32 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zack wheeler

Friday, March 10, 2017

Woman arrested for stalking Tim Tebow

The responding officer noticed she had an “I [heart symbol] Jesus/Tim Tebow” on the back of her driver’s license and that Thompson told police she lived with Tebow in Jacksonville, Florida. After the police officer asked whether Thompson was in a “friendly relationship, a platonic relationship, a romantic relationship or possibly a matrimonial relationship,” Thompson giggled and said “all of the above.”

PreservedFish Posted: March 10, 2017 at 10:54 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, stalking, tim tebow

RYAN CHURCH AND THE CONCUSSION THAT ENDED HIS CAREER

Then came May 20, 2008. A day that forever changed the course of Church’s baseball career, and subsequently his life. In the second game of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves, the Mets found themselves down to their final pair of outs at Turner Field. As he was trying to break-up a game-ending double play off the bat of Damien Easley, Church’s head viciously collided with the knee of Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar. The impact knocked off Church’s helmet, where his head then slammed into the ground and dragged across the dirt. Church laid on the ground motionless for a moment, before he was eventually escorted off of the field and into the trainer’s room.

“I don’t remember anything leading up to or during the collision,” Church admitted. “I came to, sitting on the trainer’s table.”

Not only does Church still not remember to collision to this day, he also revealed that he’s never once seen the play on video. “I still haven’t watched the replay,” Church said. “I probably never will. I don’t want to be reminded of the downfall and eventual ending of my career.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 10, 2017 at 12:53 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: concussions, mets, ryan church

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Mets should be embarrassed about Tim Tebow’s disastrous debut - NY Daily News

On the SNY telecast, Ron Darling couldn’t resist:

“That’s the first standing ovation I’ve ever seen for hitting into a double play.”

And so it went.

In truth, the only surprise on Wednesday was that Gentleman Tim made it so obvious when he disagreed with Addition, the home plate umpire, staring at him on at least four occasions, twice on called third strikes.

Tebow managed to annoy Keith Hernandez, who practically lectured him on TV in his final at-bat of the day.

“You can’t be barking at the umps,’’ Hernandez said in his famously impatient tone. “Let’s go.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Why Tim Tebow is good for baseball | New York Post

“If you see something you like, be aggressive,’’ Tebow said of the major lesson of the day.

Also, this is not football. Call your manager Terry or TC. Not coach.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2017 at 07:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The great Tim Tebow experiment is harmless, even if it drives you crazy | FOX Sports

Michael Jordan’s time wasn’t a big deal either.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 07:46 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Tweet the Mets: Thor’s online ‘battle’ with Mr. Met

Syndergaard admitted that Mr. Met burned him recently on Valentine’s Day, when the mascot tweeted that Syndergaard’s date for the night was his mother.

“Other than that one, they’re pretty weak on his part,” Syndergaard says.

The starter says he realized only toward the end of last year that fans had picked up on this feud with Mr. Met, but believes they’re on his side and have joined the “I hate Mr. Met parade.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 06:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Tuesday, March 07, 2017


Steven Matz just wants to talk about this new trick he learned | New York Post

Unlike some of his teammates, though, Matz had a relatively routine procedure, which is why there was more focus on holding runners on.

In the National League, only Chicago’s Jon Lester allowed more runners to steal (28) than Matz (20).

Matz is now trying out a method he picked up from former Met lefty Scott Rice, keeping his leg hanging before he delivers to the plate.

The move is designed to give Matz more time to determine whether the runner is going to steal.

“It could be huge for him,” Collins said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Monday, March 06, 2017

Harvey Shows Both Sides Of The Dark Knight In Spring Debut

The TV gun had him sitting at 92-93, not mid-90s.

After beginning the affair with a pair of timely strikeouts, the 27-year-old right-hander completed the eventual 1-2-3 inning by getting veteran catcher Yadier Molina to ground out to third base. With his velocity sitting in the mid-90s, as expected, Harvey seemed to have no restrictions upon taking the mound for manager Terry Collins – outside of a pitch-count that is.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

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