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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mets call up Dilson Herrera, have “talked about” d’Arnaud to LF

Travis d’Arnaud has willed himself into becoming a keeper. He stared down deep struggle this year, and emerged as the talent he was supposed to be. For passing the emotional test that separates prospects from duds, he deserves nothing but credit.

But there remains one serious concern, though it is no fault of his: D’Arnaud is just 25 years old, and has suffered four known concussions. This is an issue that he takes seriously, and that has led some on the staff to wonder if a shift to left field might preserve the best parts of d’Arnaud, without risking his brain…

To be very clear: [manager Terry] Collins stressed that this is not a likely change, or a scenario that has been seriously discussed, within the organization or with the player. Do not walk away from this column believing that d’Arnaud might be the Mets’ left fielder next year. Instead, view this as a revealing thought experiment.

Seasoned baseball people are taking seriously these factors: D’Arnaud’s concussion history, the need for power in the outfield, and the presence of catching prospect Kevin Plawecki at Triple-A Las Vegas.

The head injuries are most important.

Adam Rubin
@AdamRubinESPN

Mets place Daniel Murphy on DL and call up Dilson Herrera from Double-A. Whoa.

 

The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 10:45 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: dilson herrera, mets, travis d'arnaud

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Brooklyn Cyclones, Nickelodeon to host ‘90s night

Kelly Kapowski or GTFO

The Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York Mets’ Class A affiliate, and Nickelodeon are hosting a “The ‘90s Are All That” night Wednesday at MCU Park.

Kel Mitchell, who co-starred in “All That,” “Kenan & Kel” and “Good Burger,” will throw out the first pitch before the Cyclones take on the Staten Island Yankees.

Angelica Pickles, Tommy Pickles and Chuckie Finster from “Rugrats” are scheduled to make appearances, and the concession stand employees will be wearing “Good Burger” hats. Also promised for Wednesday are Pogs, Pokemon and a Mario Kart push cart race.

The District Attorney Posted: August 27, 2014 at 10:54 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, promotions

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Neyer: Over the hill but still strong on the hill

Hamburger Hill, in Colon’s case.

When the Rockies signed LaTroy Hawkins and said he’€™d be their highest-leverage reliever, we were all like, “Hey, what could go wrong? He’€™s only 41 and hasn’€™t done this job since 2004. And he’€™s got only two seasons in his whole career with more than 14 saves.”

Well, Monday night Hawkins collected his 21st save this season… How does Hawkins do it? Just like [Bartolo] Colon, with lots and lots of fastballs, although Hawkins does throw significantly harder, averaging around 93 miles an hour. And that’€™s the most interesting about him: Hawkins hasn’€™t lost anything off his fastball in a long time now. You’€™re supposed to lose something as you age. That’€™s what they always say, right? But Hawkins threw 93 in 2002 when he was 29, and he throws 93 in 2014 when he’€™s 41. He threw his slider 88 and his curveball 78 in 2004 when he was 31, and he throws his slider 88 and his curveball 78 in 2014 when he’s 41.

One more note about Hawkins ... As you might recall, he began his career as a highly regarded starting pitcher. Except that didn’€™t work out well, at all. After five seasons that included 98 starts and a 6.11 ERA, the Twins finally shifted Hawkins to relief duties, and in 15 years as a fireman—€“ he hasn’€™t started a single game in the last 15 years—€“ he’€™s posted a solid 3.25 ERA. Of course, many failed starters have enjoyed long careers as relievers. But I’€™m not sure many have done it as dramatically as LaTroy Hawkins.

The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2014 at 02:09 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, latroy hawkins, mets, rob neyer, rockies

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sherman: Mets’ key offseason decision will be what to do with Murphy

Perhaps this other article "Dodgers walk Murphy to face Wright" might offer some clues…

indications are the Mets are not showing much enthusiasm to have [Daniel] Murphy join David Wright and Curtis Granderson as the long-term foundational pieces of the lineup, in part, because the deals for Wright and Granderson look as if they could go rather bad.

For better or worse, this is a front office that believes in drawing walks and hitting homers, areas Murphy does not excel. Murphy’s defense at second also has regressed… In addition, Mets officials have noticed how many multi-year second base deals went rotten. Dan Uggla (five years at $62 million) might be done as a player with one year still remaining on that deal. Arizona (Aaron Hill, three years at $35 million), Milwaukee (Rickie Weeks, four years, $38.7 million) and Cincinnati (Brandon Phillips, six years, $72.5 million) each tried mightily to get out of as much of its second base pacts as possible, without success… Conversely, teams have been interested in Murphy. The Padres, for example, tried on multiple occasions to obtain him, offering Luke Gregerson last offseason before using the righty reliever to get Seth Smith from Oakland. A good deal of that pursuit was influenced by San Diego’s VP of baseball operations, Omar Minaya, who was the Mets’ general manager in 2006 when Murphy was drafted and who always has been a fan of the player.

But San Diego is not alone in seeing how Murphy can be an asset. He leads the NL in hits. There were executives who told me they see his best value as a Ben Zobrist type — playing regularly, but at multiple positions — but without Zobrist’s defensive acumen. The Padres, for example, were going to move him all over the field in 2014 and see how he handled third base, in particular, to gauge if he could replace Chase Headley, who was in his final year before free agency. Clubs such as Tampa Bay and Oakland gravitate to players like this.

The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 06:14 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Looking past the stat line: Noah Syndergaard

These things considered, there are many positives in Syndergaard’s stat line this season. Most importantly, he is a hard thrower who has stayed healthy and logged 118.1 innings this season. He will get a few more starts before the end of the season and is on track for close to a full MLB starters’ workload next season, assuming he makes the club. Syndergaard also has struck out more than a batter per inning, which suggests his stuff is fine, and has walked a reasonable 3.04 hitters per nine. His K/BB ratio, one of the statistics I most highly value, is a solid 3.18.

When we factor in the park effects, the most likely contributor to his .379 BABIP and 11 home runs (despite allowing just 78 fly balls – a 24.68% rate), his numbers look even better. Both the hit and home run totals are inflated and reflect neither his true talent nor his performance this season. If these numbers were to normalize, Syndergaard’s ERA and WHIP would drop to the point where this discussion would no longer be necessary.

Instead of being disappointed, I am pleased with how Syndergaard has thrown this season. He got hit around in a hitter’s park a bit, but he still showed signs of dominance by racking up the sixth most strikeouts in all of Triple-A baseball this season. The tools that landed him ninth on the BP Midseason Top 50 are intact, and though the young fireballer hasn’t been able to make his MLB debut and solidify himself as planned, his future outlook remains unchanged.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Roth: The Mets’ Matt Harvey problem is a Mets problem

Like a thunderbolt in your Cheerios, son… wake up and smell the toxic waste.

It would naturally seem strange to observers unused to the thin air and heavy gravity of Planet Wilpon that the [Mets] would go so egregiously and strangely out of its way to alienate [Matt] Harvey, who was most recently criticized by team officials and manager Terry Collins for expressing the apparently scandalous sentiment that he’d like to return to the mound this season… It’s not that all this is any less strange to those of us who make our summer homes on Planet Wilpon, but it is so deeply, wearyingly familiar. And it’s familiar not just because this type of weird reflexive scolding has followed Harvey through his rise to stardom, but because it is something like the Wilpon way. This cartoonish meta-leadership is the only thing the Wilpons do reliably. They say “no” and “stop” and “don’t” because they can, and to remind themselves and everyone else who gets to say no and stop and don’t.

It’s a dumb and high-handed way to deal with Matt Harvey—it’s a dumb and high-handed way to deal with anyone—but the willful hypocrisy and silly-salty umbrage of it is, in a backhanded way, clarifying. The Wilpon Way is to demand accountability from others, but not from themselves; it is to demand steely discipline from everyone but those making that demand.

It’s a bummer, of course, and not just where it relates to Matt Harvey. The self-satirizing elements of it—these petty and childish men decrying a lack of maturity in others, these mediocre men demanding what they cannot earn and can’t afford—are maybe too successful as satire to be especially funny. There is no need for the Wilpons to keep reminding everyone who is in charge in Queens, although that will not stop them from doing it. It’s impossible to forget, and difficult to ignore. That’s the problem.

The District Attorney Posted: August 19, 2014 at 04:17 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: fred wilpon, jeff wilpon, matt harvey, mets

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Can Wilmer Flores turn out to be a success story at shortstop for Mets?

Oh, I love it when we sign pricey, big-bopping outfielders! Great track record.

[Wilmer] Flores will never be a great defensive shortstop, but the Mets hope the 23-year-old will hit enough for his bat to carry his glove.

Or, as manager Terry Collins put it Saturday night: “You’re not going to make Wilmer Flores into [Andrelton] Simmons. He’s not going to be that kind of player.”... But he’s younger and can come cheaper than… potential free agents. He is a lot cheaper than Troy Tulowitzki, who is ending another season on the disabled list, this time with a torn labrum in his hip, and is owed $118 million over the next six seasons.

Trading for the fragile but immensely talented Tulowitzki is a gamble the Yankees can afford to take. Not the Mets…

“[Flores] makes the routine play,” Collins said. “If he hits the way everybody thinks he can hit and he can make the routine play, yeah, he can play every day in the big leagues at shortstop.”

There’s a great chance this experiment will fail… But the holes at shortstop and leftfield are gargantuan. Platooning Matt den Dekker and Eric Campbell is nothing to get excited about. Both are 27 and without significant power. If they were going to be regulars at the major-league level, it already would have happened.

The Mets are going to have to spend to upgrade that position… If Flores can handle short, that gives the Mets a better shot to use their small-market checkbook to sign or trade for a pricey, big-bopping outfielder.

So give Flores a chance. Be pleasantly surprised if it works out, if it turns into a great success story. Maybe they’ll even make a movie out of it.

The District Attorney Posted: August 17, 2014 at 07:07 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

Mike Lupica: Time for Mets ace Matt Harvey to grow up

Dude, share the Increlex.

One of these days, Matt Harvey needs to remember — and that probably means before he hurts his arm again — that his job is to be a star young baseball pitcher, not some sort of needy celebrity who acts as if he gets the bends when he is out of the spotlight for very long.

Understand something: The Mets need Harvey a lot more than he needs them, as long as he comes all the way back from Tommy John surgery and pitches for them the way Stephen Strasburg is now pitching for the Washington Nationals, a team in the NL East that treats the Mets like they’re a farm team.

...There is just no point to this. If you are a Mets fan, do you really need to hear that Harvey is throwing the ball 90 miles per hour these days, and putting it where he wants to, which means he is throwing for real? Maybe if he could come riding over the hill like the First Army in a real division race, and a real wild-card race, and be the hero of September, you could start to wrap your mind around him moving up the timetable of his return.

Only there is no real division race, not now, certainly not after what the Nationals have been doing to the Mets over the past couple of weeks. The Mets aren’t going to get a wild-card, either. So we are talking about 2015 already. Maybe the conversation has really been about 2015 since Harvey got hurt last summer.

Give him all benefits of the doubt here. Harvey, in so many ways, feels like Mets fans, the ones who still care and the ones who still come to Citi Field: There is a baseball season going on and he is desperate to be a part of it. There is a baseball season going on and he doesn’t want to sit the whole thing out. That is why he pretty much does everything besides hire a skywriter to tell the world he is fired up and ready to go.

But Terry Collins, who may or may not get to manage Harvey next season, is absolutely right to tell Harvey to back off. It is a polite way of telling the kid to shut up and pitch. Next season. And to get over himself while this season plays out.

Repoz Posted: August 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Wheeler continues impressive run as Campbell’s HR pushes Mets past Cubs

Wheeler went 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out 10. It was his third career game with 10 or more strikeouts and first since notching 10 against the Marlins on April 25.

Wheeler came out with the 3-2 lead after issuing a two-out walk to Chris Coghlan in the seventh, yielding after 120 pitches to Black who fanned Javier Baez for the last out in the frame.

Over his last nine starts, Wheeler is 5-0 and has pitched 58 innings to a 2.02 ERA.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 16, 2014 at 12:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Q&A: Jerry Seinfeld, Mets superfan

Jerry is a Mets fan. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Let’s end with this: What do you like best about baseball?

I learn something every time I watch it. Sometimes it’s about baseball, sometimes it’s about life. But it’s always something.

There is no other game that is so shockingly correct in its original form. You look at the fact that a shortstop bobbles the ball and the runner can run much faster. It still works out that they still have to do what they do as best as they can, and it’s still exactly even. That’s just incomprehensible. If it’s 91 feet, it’s different.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2014 at 03:47 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry seinfeld, mets

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Amazin Avenue: Mets are right to let Jenrry Mejia continue pitching

Since moving to the bullpen, Mejia has posted a strong 2.70 ERA and 9.81 K/9. He was even better before his last seven appearances, posting a 2.10 ERA from May 12 through July 23. However, the only thing that appears to have changed between July 23 and now is Mejia’s luck. Despite posting a BABIP of .321 through July 23, Mejia’s BABIP has exploded to an impossible .565 over his last 6⅔ innings. This despite the fact that his strikeout rate over that span is an excellent 13.49 per nine innings.

* * *

With the hernia problem being a simple fix, let’s trust the medical staff’s judgment. If you want people to stop saying #LOLMets, Mets fans should stop saying it about themselves.

thetailor Posted: August 13, 2014 at 05:34 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, jenrry mejia, mets

Mets, Matt Harvey rethink Tommy John rehab plan after elbow injury to Jeremy Hefner

This is becoming uncomfortably like a parent trying to get their teenager to do something without telling them to do it…

As word leaked out of the Mets organization about Jeremy Hefner having re-injured his elbow, one official made a point of noting, off the record, that injured ace Matt Harvey had a front-row seat to see a pitcher have a major setback after Tommy John surgery.

Tuesday, Sandy Alderson was not so subtle.

The Mets general manager said Hefner’s injury, which will likely require a second Tommy John surgery, has the team reassessing Harvey’s rehab process. It could prevent him from throwing a pitch in a minor-league or fall league game this year.

“We’re going to have a discussion with the doctors about whether the protocol should change for Matt. I have talked to Matt himself,” Alderson said…

While admitting that doctors have told the Mets that a re-injury such as Hefner’s is extremely rare, Alderson said he will talk to Harvey about the process the rest of the way. He described the 25-year-old as “reassessing” his situation.

“My sense is that Matt will at least take this into account,” Alderson said.

Harvey has been very vocal about his desire to pitch “even one inning,” this season.

 

The District Attorney Posted: August 13, 2014 at 03:50 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, jeremy hefner, matt harvey, mets

Monday, August 11, 2014

J. Jaffe: Young pitchers Jacob deGrom, Jenrry Mejia sidelined for Mets

####, it’s like charting a minefield, isn’t it?

the [Mets] announced that Jacob deGrom has been scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled start due to shoulder soreness, and after a gut-wrenching 7-6 defeat, closer Jenrry Mejia — who blew the save and was charged with the loss — revealed that he has been pitching through a hernia that will require surgery.

The 26-year-old deGrom… barely grazed the major top prospect lists coming into this season, maxing out at No. 10 on Baseball America’s list… When the team decided to move Mejia to the bullpen in mid-May, deGrom got deCall (sorry), and since then, he’s been their best starter.

Through 16 starts and 100 1/3 innings, deGrom’s delivered a 2.87 ERA (124 ERA+), 3.06 FIP, a 22.9-percent strikeout rate and a 75-percent quality start rate, all tops among the team’s starters…

To replace deGrom for Tuesday’s start (and perhaps beyond), Rafael Montero has been recalled from Las Vegas. Considered the organization’s second-best pitching prospect behind Noah Syndergaard, Montero cracked some but not all of the major prospect lists prior to the season, topping out at No. 60 on that of ESPN’s Keith Law but making none of the more recent midseason lists… At Las Vegas — a pitchers’ hell if there ever was one — he’s put up an impressive 3.28 ERA while striking out 9.1 per nine…

Mejia is taking medication to manage the stiffness and discomfort caused by the injury, and hoping to make it through the season under such a regimen before having surgery…

A consensus top-20 prospect at the outset of the season, ​Syndergaard has scuffled this season at Las Vegas, an aggressive assignment for a 21-year-old righty whose 11 starts at Double-A late last year represented his first stint above A-ball. Syndergaard has been touched for a 4.79 ERA at Vegas, though a .388 batting average on balls in play has a whole lot to do with that; his peripherals — 0.8 homers, 2.9 walks and 9.3 strikeouts per nine — are all strong… he’s been in a groove lately, allowing just six runs (three earned) in 22 1/3 innings over his past four starts to lower his ERA from an unsightly 5.70.​


Saturday, August 09, 2014

Bartolo Colon earns 200th career win

Who you callin’ “round”?

Though the pitcher win is widely regarded as an outdated stat in today’s world of advanced stats and metrics, it’s still kinda cool to see a pitcher reach a round win total that only 111 pitchers before him have reached. In this case, we’re talking about 41-year-old Bartolo Colon, who on Friday night notched career win No. 200 in the New York Mets’ 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies…

With the victory, Colon becomes the third active pitcher to reach the 200-win plateau, joining Tim Hudson (213 career wins) and CC Sabathia (208). Colon is also the third Dominican-born pitcher to win 200, joining Juan Marichal (243) and Pedro Martinez (219). That’s very good company.

‘‘I’m really happy to be in that category,’’ Colon said through an interpreter. ‘‘I’m expecting a call from those guys.’‘

If it seems like Colon found the Fountain of Youth, it might be true. Since turning 40 on May 24, 2013, he’s won 25 games…

Given how well Colon has pitched these past two seasons, it would seem he has at least one more decent season left in him, maybe two. Obviously 300 wins is out of the questions and 250 is an extreme longshot, but 215-220 may not be. Getting there would move him into the top 80 on the all-time wins list.

The District Attorney Posted: August 09, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, history, mets

Friday, August 08, 2014

Chris Young dumped by Mets

Commodore Dekker joins Captain Kirk!

Chris Young has been designated for assignment by the Mets.

Matt den Dekker will be promoted.

Den Dekker will serve as the regular left fielder, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis rotating around the outfield and Eric Young Jr. facing some left-handed pitching.

The District Attorney Posted: August 08, 2014 at 10:46 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: chris young, matt den dekker, mets, transactions

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Mets Latch On to Cupping Therapy, and Have the Marks to Prove It

The millennia-old art of cupping traditionally involves using a flame to create a vacuum inside a glass bulb, which is then applied to the skin for as long as 15 minutes. Blood is pulled to the area, causing bruising and, ostensibly, relief of tight, sore muscles. Some believe that cupping can also help with arthritis, eczema and migraine headaches, among other ailments.

Today, teams like the Mets and others that practice cupping use a mechanical suction pump to create the vacuum. Nick Paparesta, the trainer for the Oakland Athletics, said in an interview that virtually the entire A’s roster has undergone cupping therapy at some point this season. Paparesta called it a “twofold solution” because it can provide both immediate and long-term relief of lower back or oblique tightness, and can be done post-surgery to help reduce scarring….

Medical studies, however, don’t back up these claims, according to a doctor who has researched alternative treatments.

“There’s absolutely zero evidence that cupping has any kind of positive role in medicine,” said Barrie Cassileth, the chief of integrative medicine service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She said the post-cupping bruises result simply from the suction on the skin, which may be more harmful to circulation than helpful.

“I cannot conceive of any benefit except a psychological benefit,” said Cassileth, who has written books on alternative treatments and noted that, unlike cupping, holistic therapies such as acupuncture have been proved effective in medical tests….

Though [players] insist that cupping does have a physical effect, they also recognize the mental aspect. [Vic] Black, one of the [Mets’] most ardent supporters of the treatment, said, “The placebo effect is a lot more powerful than people realize.”

That’s why multiple players said that even if a doctor told them definitively that cupping has no benefit, they would continue doing it anyway.

“There’s more belief in it, and that’s why I feel comfortable doing it,” Black said. “That’s why everything works.”

Whatever the upside, physical or mental, it’s all part of athletes’ unending quest to stay fit. They will try almost anything, especially if it comes recommended from one of their peers.

Said [Matt] Harvey, “If I went in and did it and just saw a bunch of circles on my back and it didn’t actually feel better after I did it, then I wouldn’t do it.”

The District Attorney Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:21 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, injuries, mets

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

MLB.com - Maria Torres: Mets’ ace right-hander feels good after tossing 20 fastballs at team’s Minors complex

So less than a year has passed in what’s normally a 12-18-month rehab process. Harvey had been concerned before Tuesday’s session that he wouldn’t be able to find the strike zone or that he’d forget his mechanics, which he won’t alter—but all the concern was for naught. He threw hard, like “nothing had happened.”

“I didn’t think things would feel this good and this easy, but I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “Excited about moving forward. The mechanics, I feel like they didn’t leave in the amount of time that I wasn’t able to use them. I was happy that things were smooth and I’m glad I had no setbacks.”

Harvey will continue his throwing program in Florida. He’ll throw about three more 20-pitch bullpen sessions before he starts mixing in his secondary pitches and increasing the amount of throws. He will work his way up to live batting practice and, from there, keep throwing through September. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the media on Friday that the team planned to shut Harvey down at the beginning of October.

I feel like the Mets have been whacked in the forehead by Ernest Angley

Lassus Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:29 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, the rapture

HuffPost | Darryl Strawberry Confirms One Of Baseball’s Most Disturbing Urban Legends

Though Dwight “Doc” Gooden certainly had a fascinating career on the baseball diamond, a revelation in his 1999 autobiography, “Heat,” has been urban legend ever since the book’s release. Gooden writes in the book that teammate Kevin Mitchell, in an argument with his girlfriend, ended up decapitating her cat, something Mitchell has since disputed.


Hunter Pence gets burned by Mets Fans

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Today’s final game of the Giants-Mets series was a day game, and Pence’s biggest enemies brought the heat in the form of mild accusations on neon signs. They’re attacking your card-shuffling ability, man. Say something!

Pence has two homers and seven RBI in the first three games of this series, so the burns may not be working. They’re still pretty brutal, though.

I love this. Kudos to you, Mets fans. That’s some quality mild joshing.

There’s another half dozen or so at the link, including the ones from an earlier game.


NY Daily News: Really trying to understand why I was so wrong about NY Mets’ Lucas Duda. What are the challenges of separating reporting from personal feelings?

He made similar comments in many interviews, including one I conducted with him last September. Duda had just hit two homers in a game, and we began with what I thought was a softball to warm him up.

“Lucas, when you first came up, you were open about how hitting in big spots made you nervous. Now that you’ve been in the league a few years, is it easier?”

His answer? Laughter, followed by, “No.”

A moment later, when the camera was off, Duda dropped his head, said, “tough question, bro,” and sulked away. Seriously. Eeyore.

thetailor Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:19 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, lucas duda, mets

Collins: Lagares’ defense ranks with the best

Even the Mets, who watch Juan Lagares play every day, are sometimes amazed by the outfielder’s capabilities.

Lagares put on another defensive show in Monday’s loss to the Giants, throwing a runner out at home plate in the seventh inning to stop the bleeding during a potentially huge rally.

With one run already home and two men on base, Pablo Sandoval hit a sharp single to center field. Lagares charged, took a quick extra step and fired home, putting his entire body’s momentum behind the throw. It sailed about a foot to the third-base side of home plate, allowing catcher Travis d’Arnaud to catch it on the fly and apply the tag.

“There are a lot of good outfielders in this league, but Juan Lagares ranks right with anybody in this league defensively,” manager Terry Collins said. “He’s got a great arm.”

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 05, 2014 at 04:15 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, juan lagares, mets

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Lenny Dykstra: Out of Prison, and Still Headstrong

A BTF favorite is back… and he’s ready to take your money.

“I became addicted to money,” he conceded. “Money was my drug, and a few other ones, too. But whatever. This is a pretty entertaining interview, isn’t it?”

Guapo Posted: August 03, 2014 at 09:53 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: crime, finances, grit, idiocy, lenny dykstra, mets, phillies, prison

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Why the Mets Are Right to Save the New York State Pavilion

If the Mets are going to save an old relic like Bobby Abreu, they should save an old relic like this.

Buy a ticket to see the Mets take on the Giants on Friday, and you’ll be giving directly to preserve an architectural giant. No, not Citi Field—certainly not Citi Field. That’s the Queens ballpark that, according to The New Yorker, was erected as a temple to the Brooklyn Dodgers. The same ballpark that Deadspin describes as “a monument to the Mets’ modern futility and clumsiness.”

Unfortunately, it is much too late to save Shea Stadium. But for every ticket that sells on Friday, the Mets will give $5 to People for the Pavilion, an organization that is working to save the New York State Pavilion, the Philip Johnson–designed marvel and one of the few remaining vestiges of the 1964–65 World’s Fair. The Pavilion opened to the world in April 1964, just five days after the Mets lost to the Pirates in their first game at Shea Stadium.
People for the Pavilion

The team’s history has always been connected with the fairgrounds, linked by more than just the 7 train. The Mets even added a patch to the team’s 1964–65 uniforms to commemorate the 1964–65 World’s Fair in New York. Both Shea Stadium and New York’s World’s Fair were the work of legendary planner Robert Moses. As Rory Costello writes for the Society for American Baseball Research: “Back in 1938, the ‘Master Builder’ described his plan to transform Flushing Meadows ‘From Dump to Glory’ in connection with the World’s Fair of 1939, which was also held in New York City,” he writes. “Moses was being literal—over 26 years, the site had accepted 50,000,000 cubic yards of refuse material.”...

The Mets lost a big chunk of their history when they lost Shea Stadium. Fans might not know it, but they would lose another bit of the team’s history if the New York State Pavilion isn’t turned around. Queens seems to realize what’s at stake—all the more reason for the Mets organization and base to support the preservation of the Pavilion, perhaps with a new purpose that recognizes and encourages the global diversity of the borough. At the very least, it might earn the Mets some new fans.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2014 at 03:10 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball history, citifield, mets, shea stadium

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hurdles remain in Mets-Rockies deal for Tulowitzki, Gonzalez

The Rockies and Mets would seem to be perfect trade partners.

Colorado has star players at the very two positions the Mets need in shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, and it needs to think about retooling things after another year fighting and losing the altitude/injury battle.

The Mets have a stash of young pitching prospects, just the sort Colorado so badly needs.

And, in fact, Rockies people have identified the Mets as one of the teams—perhaps the perfect team—that could potentially make a trade of at least one or of their two cornerstone players work. Colorado likes the Mets’ young pitchers, according to people familiar with their thinking, in fact much more than they like some other teams that have shown interest in Tulo and CarGo.

No surprise, the Mets have checked in again with Colorado, as Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported, and as expected the teams will talk again about Tulo and CarGo.

The two teams should have some interesting conversations since they do seem to be such a positional match. However, the chances of a deadline deal involving Tulo and Cargo still seem remote, at best.

You don’t say?


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rubin: deGrom for NL rookie of the year?

Curtain risin’ on a new age
See deGrom’s still waitin’...

Jacob deGrom for rookie of the year?

Why not? It’s not like there is a runaway candidate this year.

So far, the monthly NL rookie of the month winners have been Arizona’s Chris Owings, St. Louis’ Kolten Wong and Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton.

DeGrom limited the Seattle Mariners to one run on five hits in seven innings in a 3-1 win Tuesday. He improved to 4-5 with a 3.01 ERA.

Showing no ill effects from a nine-day layoff because of the All-Star break, deGrom now has a 1.59 ERA in six starts since June 21. He has not allowed a home run in his last 52 2/3 innings.

“He’s always flown under the radar. He still is,” Terry Collins said. “This guy has got numbers to match up with any rookie in the league, and you never hear his name mentioned.”

 

 

Repoz Posted: July 23, 2014 at 07:31 AM | 37 comment(s)
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