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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Dominic Smith turns on power for B-Mets in rout

After batting just .174 through his first 11 games, Smith has been on a tear, hitting.349 over his last 11. During that streak, MLB.com’s No. 47 overall prospect has driven in 14 runs and homered twice, raising his season average to .275.

“It wasn’t too frustrating,” Smith said of his slow start. “I know there’s a lot of things you have to adjust to. This level is the toughest level before the big leagues. There’s a lot of top prospects you have to face day in and day out. There’s a lot of different variables you have to account for when you come to Double-A.

“Last year in the Florida State League, I started off way worse than that. Probably hit .140 in the first month and a half. I feel like I started better than I did last year. I know it’s a long season and I always believe in myself. When I’m struggling and going bad, I know it can’t go much worse than that. I believe in my abilities and that it will eventually turn around.”

Smith, who turns 21 in June, is hitting .275/.320/.451 in AA.

Dilson Herrera hit a couple of homers in last night’s game for Vegas. Along with Wuilmer Becerra (part of the Syndergaard trade who is hitting .400/.440/.471 in AA) and Rosario, I think those guys that are most worth following.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: May 04, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, minor leaguers, prospects

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Behind David Wright’s tweaked, homer-hitting new swing | New York Post

Two hours of prep each day to play.

“We knew that if he shortened his leg kick and got that under control,’’ Long told The Post, “we were hoping that the consistency would be a lot better and it has been.

“I have nothing but the utmost respect for David and how he goes about his business,’’ Long said. “He’s doing the best he can with the circumstances that he is currently under.’’

Wright, because of his spinal stenosis, cannot work his way out of hitting problems. He can’t just go to the cage because he only has a limited amount of swings he can take on any given day. This is about trying to do more with less — fewer swings, fewer at-bats, fewer games.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 11:33 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fehr (BLS): Noah Syndergaard Tours New York City as Thor

Thor could crush somebody in Times Square and he wouldn’t lose fans.

The Mets flamethrower has teamed up with SportsNet New York for a segment where he hits the street of New York City dressed as Thor.

JEe (Jason) Posted: April 27, 2016 at 07:05 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, new york, noah syndergaard, thor

Minors 4.26.16: Sizzling Amed Rosario leads St. Lucie to win

ST. LUCIE 10, CHARLOTTE 5: Amed Rosario went 3-for-5 and drove in four runs. He smashed a two-run homer in the seventh to give the Mets a 5-4 lead. It was Rosario’s third long ball of the season and second in three games. Rosario added a two-run triple in the eighth to put the Mets ahead by four runs. Rosario has two four-RBI performances in the last three games. He was seeking a double for the cycle, but was stranded on deck in the ninth.

Rosario is off to a very good start with the bat in the FSL, .321/.345/.590 as a 20 year old SS there.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 27, 2016 at 01:41 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, minor leaguers

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mets’ Matt Harvey on start vs. Braves: ‘It’s still a work in progress’ - Mets Blog- ESPN

“Obviously throwing that many pitches in five innings is not ideal,” Harvey said. “My goal today was going out there and really trying to work on what we had worked on this past week. At times I was able to do that, and at times I fell out of that. I have to re-find that.

“When you get into a bad habit, it’s not going to be an immediate fix,” the 27-year-old continued. “The majority of the time out of the stretch I did feel better. Like I said, there’s still work to be done.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Noah Syndergaard, David Wright shine for Mets | MLB.com

Maybe David Wright’s eulogy was a little premature.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Scout calls for Steven Matz demotion as Collins’ worries grow | New York Post

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL IIIISSSSSSS LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSST!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2016 at 10:27 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A Ballgame Or Snowball Fight?

Since Collins couldn’t provide an answer, the Journal contacted the person who could: Katy Feeney, the MLB senior vice president who oversees the entire scheduling process. She constantly fields phone calls from angry teams complaining about their schedules, and nobody ever seems happy with their 162-game slate.

“People tend to look at their team’s schedule and don’t realize it’s a 30-team schedule, not a one-team schedule,” Feeney said in a telephone interview this week. “Everything you do has a ripple effect that affects everybody. This is not an easy flowing puzzle.”

Each year, Feeney hears the cries for MLB to manipulate the schedule so that teams only play their early games in warm weather or roofed stadiums, but that plan comes with complications.

Teams in Miami or San Diego don’t want extra April home dates any more than Chicago or Boston do, Feeney said, both for competitive and financial reasons. For starters, extra home games at the beginning of the season mean more road games during the pennant race in September. Meanwhile, every team draws better crowds after schools let out for summer, no matter the climate.

Several years ago, Feeney said they attempted to write the schedule that way as an experiment, trying to prevent early games in the cold. It hit 70 degrees on the East Coast the first week of the season, and then snowed when all the Northeast and Midwest teams returned home.

“If you could tell me which week is going to be the week it snows in April, I’ll gladly work around that,” Feeney said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2016 at 05:18 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, schedule, weather

Saturday, April 09, 2016

MLB.com: Botched infield fly costs Phils potential rally

Phillies Phorget Inphield Phly Rule

Too bad Ruben Amaro Jr. isn’t coaching phirst base for the Phillies.

The Phillies had Hernandez on first and Freddy Galvis on second with one out when Odubel Herrera hit a popup in the infield, just to the left of the pitcher’s mound. Mets third baseman David Wright moved underneath the ball, but the wind blew it behind him.

No matter, the infield fly rule had been called.

But Hernandez ran to second the moment the ball hit the ground. Wright threw to Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, who threw to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who tagged Hernandez for the inning-ending double play.

“I did not see the umpire call the infield fly,” Hernandez said through the Phillies’ translator. “I was trying to listen to my first-base coach, but couldn’t hear a thing because it was so loud. When the ball hit the ground, I reacted to it. However, there are no excuses. I am an infielder. I know the rules. I take full responsibility for it. It won’t happen again.”

bobm Posted: April 09, 2016 at 02:05 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: infield fly, mets, phillies

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Matt Harvey Throws Hard Heat at the New York Press Corps

The Dark Whiner.

Case in point: Harvey’s recent health scare over a painful clot in his bladder. The subsequent media razzing riled Harvey. The New York Post went to town, with cheeky mock-ups of potential back page headlines like “Whiz Kid” and “Field of Streams.” The paper settled on “Urine Luck.” The cumulative ridicule prompted Harvey to boycott beat reporters for a few days, and touched off a renewed debate over whether Harvey is a crybaby.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

‘No man alive’ could hit these three Noah Syndergaard pitches | New York Post

Syndergaard is pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 07:08 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

David Wright’s failures clouded by nostalgia — and $87 million | New York Post

Well, he didn’t look good one game. Time to release him.

Again, this is about the bigger questions, not a single game. Already, both Wright and the Mets have conceded he will need more frequent days off. But will there also have to be discussions eventually about dropping him in the order?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Monday, April 04, 2016

Ron Darling Recalls The Ridiculous Amount Of Drugs The 1986 Mets Did During Games

Darling notes when he first made it to “The Show”, there was a jar in plain sight that contained different doses of amphetamine pills called “white crosses” and “black beauties”.

“The five-milligram amphetamines were known as white crosses—and these were passed around like candy, if that was your bag. The heavier doses were black beauties.”....

Apparently, this level of performance-enhancing (or reducing, in Darling’s eyes) has been going on for decades.

“In the era of Mays and Aaron, the heroes of my growing up, it was all about red juice or Cuban coffee—the brews found in virtually every clubhouse, spiked with amphetamines and whatever else the prevailing “wisdom” suggested.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2016 at 08:30 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: drug abuse, mets, ron darling

New York Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes on outfield drop: ‘I’m human’ - Mets Blog- ESPN

OK, then.

“The ball just fell out of my glove,” Cespedes, who also struck out to end the game with the tying run at third base, said through an interpreter. “...The ball just fell. I’m human.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Kansas City Royals say New York Mets’ presence soured pregame pomp

In a day of firsts, it was the New York Mets who had the dubious honor of being the first team in MLB history to relive a World Series defeat through a steady stream of big-screen highlights before the victor raised the championship banner on Opening Day—in their face.

“It was just strange, the pregame ceremony,” Yost said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals

Thursday, March 31, 2016


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Harvey had blood clot in bladder, will start Opening Day - NY Daily News

Let it flow, Matt!

After hours of speculation about his “mysterious” medical condition, Matt Harvey was cleared to pitch Opening Day after passing a “big” blood clot. The Mets ace said that the blood clot developed after a bladder infection, likely because he does not use the restroom often enough.

“I guess the main issue is I hold my urine in for too long instead of peeing regularly, so I guess I have to retrain my bladder to use the restroom a little bit more instead of holding it in,” a tired and pale Harvey said Tuesday morning. “I guess that’s what caused the bladder infection.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2016 at 10:35 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Levine: ‘Unfair’ that Yanks pay more than Mets in revenue sharing

New York Yankees president Randy Levine complained about baseball’s revenue-sharing system in a recent interview with Fox Sports, saying it is “unfair” that the Yankees are paying considerably more than the crosstown rival New York Mets.

Levine’s comments, which were published Friday by Fox Sports, were made ahead of the looming expiration of Major League Baseball’s current collective bargaining agreement on Dec. 1, and the impending labor talks following the 2016 season.

“What is very burdensome to us—and is unfair—is the amount of money we have to pay in revenue sharing compared, for example, to teams in our market that pay 10 times less than us,” Levine told Fox Sports. “Hopefully that is something that will get looked at in the next labor agreement.” 

In a little over a year, baseball’s current labor deal will expire. And there are a number of major issues that could hang over the talks between the owners and players.
Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon declined to comment to Fox Sports when asked about Levine’s statement.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, revenue sharing, yankees

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Reed’s inside-the-park home run | MLB.com (Video)

Oh boy.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2016 at 03:29 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Terry Collins uses Steven Matz’s struggles to warn rest of Mets | New York Post

It’s just spring training.

Now, he’s heading into his first full regular season in the majors and is still adjusting.

“You try to work on stuff, but at the same time, you’re facing the New York Yankees,” Matz said. “I’m pretty happy with how I bounced back there and got some results over the last few batters.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Inside David Wright’s Grueling Rebab Routine

Serious stuff.

The fact is, Wright, who in person is open-faced, generous, and disarmingly down-to-earth, will deal with back pain for the rest of his life.

Spinal stenosis generally affects men and women over 50 and is usually the result of either arthritis or the wear and tear of aging. And though unusual in younger people, it has cut short several prominent sports careers. Former New York Yankee Don Mattingly retired because of it. Former Phillies and Mets star Lenny Dykstra tried to correct his condition with surgery, but he never played again. Cooper Manning, the eldest of the football Manning brothers and an all-state high school wide receiver, never made it onto the Ole Miss gridiron because of his stenosis. Last year, Oregon State sophomore defensive back Dashon Hunt retired after being diagnosed with it after an on-field injury.

“The doctors told me I could play and have a very long, successful career and never have a neck injury or I could go out on the first day of contact at practice and risk paralyzing myself or dying,” says Hunt, in a phone interview from campus. He quit the team, he says, because “no sport is worth dying over or getting paralyzed from the neck down over.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Jacob deGrom not alarmed by low-90s velocity in spring games | Newsday

Don’t be alarmed until you need to be alarmed. Velocity is a funny thing. Sometimes it changes. See Steve Avery for just one example.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Monday, March 14, 2016

OTP - 2016 March 14: No political baseball for Mets as team told to steer clear of talk about presidential race

Former Yankees outfielders Paul O’Neill and Johnny Damon endorsed Trump earlier this week. O’Neill attended a Trump rally on Tuesday in Florida, while Damon told the Daily News he supports his former “Celebrity Apprentice” boss’ vow to a build a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico and his immigration policies.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spring Headlines: Asdrubal Cabrera shut down with knee injury | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

All was looking good with their new double play combo too. At least until Thursday, when Cabrera tweaked his left knee while running the bases. Now they’ve learned Cabrera suffered a strained patella tendon and will be shut down for at least two weeks.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, mets

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