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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Mets may finally have a Syndergaard, deGrom, Harvey, Matz, Wheeler rotation

A turn in the Mets rotation made up of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler has never happened. Not in any order. Any time the guys have been up in the majors, at least one of them has been injured.

In 2015, when the Mets had the best chance of this rotation order working with four of these pieces rolling, Wheeler was sidelined after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

His recovery carried into 2016, and in 2017, it was Harvey, Matz, and Syndergaard’s turns to miss some time.

This spring though, everyone is still surprisingly healthy and looking better than in years past.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson doesn’t really care about this small fact and has been focused solely on winning, regardless of who’s out there.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 20, 2018 at 09:42 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Saturday, March 17, 2018

NY POST - KERNAN: It’s all coming together for ‘awesome’ Matt Harvey

PORT ST. LUCIE — What a change from a year ago. In more ways than one for Matt Harvey and the Mets.

Harvey has a feel for the baseball again, something he didn’t have last year because he was recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.

That change Thursday was obvious as Harvey struck out the last five Marlins he faced, the final two Ks coming off diving changeups in the Mets’ 7-6 loss at First Data Field.

One other important note: Harvey is digging the new “badass’’ beast-mode of pitching inside off the plate that pitching coach Dave Eiland is demanding of his pitchers.

“I like the way that’s been taught and told,’’ Harvey said, his eyes lighting up. “You look at all the great pitchers in the game in the past and present and they all go inside with authority and that’s going to be our motto. That opens up the whole outside corner for everything else, so it’s definitely nice. It’s fun.’’

After years of frustration it’s beginning to come back together again for Matt Harvey.


Lassus Posted: March 17, 2018 at 06:05 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

With Checkups and Chickpea Pasta, the Mets Get Healthier. But Better? - The New York Times

How many teams are already doing this?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2018 at 06:34 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, player health

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Are Yoenis Cespedes’ camp antics a Mets problem? | New York Post

Spring training 1992. Back field at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. New Yankees manager Buck Showalter and I are standing side by side staring out at an outfield drill that Mel Hall is purposely tarnishing.

Showalter never moves his eyes from the drill, never looks at me, but says: “Joel, you can have an ass(bleep) on your team. But that ass(bleep) better be Barry Bonds.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2018 at 08:30 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Zack Wheeler winning, Rafael Montero losing in Mets’ rotation battle

Zack Wheeler further bolstered his case to start in the rotation Wednesday, when he blanked the Yankees for three innings in the Mets’ 11-4 Grapefruit League loss at First Data Field. His fastball had good life and velocity and he was able to get Yankee hitters to roll over his off-speed stuff for ground balls. His curveball got swings and misses.

As of now, the rotation is looking like deGrom, Thor, Vargas, Harvey, and Wheeler.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 08, 2018 at 07:44 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zack wheeler

Monday, March 05, 2018

Pitcher batting 8th? Mets manager reveals his in-game strategies | New York Post

Starting pitchers are pretty much finished at 100 pitches.

“It’s a case-by-case basis: What has he done his last couple of outings?” Callaway said. “We have to take that into account. Another thing we really have to take into account this season is the amount of innings guys have thrown in the past. To expect them to go out and throw 110 pitches, 110, 110, all of a sudden their workload is going to go way up. One hundred is alarming, and then we will start, ‘We’ve got to get somebody going.’ But I think guys can handle, 108, 106. You won’t really see anybody throw over 115 pitches, that is just silly.”

Even if the pitcher is throwing a no-hitter?

“We are not going to throw a 130-pitch no-hitter,” Callaway said. “They are just out. They can hate me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2018 at 11:17 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mickey callaway

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Steven Matz: Roughed up Sunday

In a post-game interview, Matz asserted that his struggles were not health related, but simply a matter of him missing his spots high. Even though it’s just a spring game, this is a bit concerning for prospective fantasy owners given the young left-hander’s struggles last year.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 04, 2018 at 03:08 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Friday, March 02, 2018

Mets360: The sweet irony of Lucas Duda

Something akin to trading Ralph Branca for Bobby Thomson in about 1953 or so…

The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 02, 2018 at 06:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Mets Matt Harvey debuts strong at camp |

Will he be any good this year?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 06:22 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Monday, February 26, 2018

Mets wondering if Amed Rosario will ever live up to expectations - NY Daily News

Player development is not linear.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2018 at 06:17 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Inside Mickey Callaway’s steps toward modernizing the Mets | New York Post

Better coaching through better technology.

“We have enough storage on our computers, we can put as much on there as we want,” he said. “When you are working on those drills, you need that side angle, especially for pitchers. That open angle is huge.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2018 at 06:53 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson Thinks Tim Tebow Will Play in the Major Leagues

Tim Tebow could be playing baseball at the highest level in the Mets organization sooner than many expected.

Position players, pitchers and catchers are already in Port St. Lucie, Fla. and if it hasn’t already joined them, Tebowmania is sure to be coming their way as well. On Sunday, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he thinks Tebow “will play in the Major Leagues,” according to Anthony DiComo of

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: February 18, 2018 at 03:53 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson, tim tebow

Friday, February 16, 2018

Jason Vargas, Mets agree to two-year deal

The New York Mets and starting pitcher Jason Vargas have reached agreement on a two-year, $16 million deal, a source confirmed to ESPN on Friday.

The deal, which is pending a physical, includes a club option for 2020, an MLB source told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: February 16, 2018 at 04:32 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: jason vargas, mets

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Were the Mets (Fred Wilpon) Right to Get Todd Frazier Instead of Jason Kipnis?

It was a business decision, but it might have been a good baseball decision, surprisingly enough.

goodfundies Posted: February 13, 2018 at 12:31 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mets

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Why Steven Matz believes health won’t be an issue this season | New York Post

“I feel really good this season,’’ Matz said with conviction after his bullpen session.

To fix this latest problem Matz said, “They moved the nerve over, they take it out of the groove and they sew it down, basically they moved it out of the way.’’

Here is the good news for Matz: His good friend Jacob deGrom had the surgery in 2016 and so did Hall of Fame right-hander John Smoltz during his career. So this could be a turnaround deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2018 at 12:13 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Dominic Smith is in the best shape of his life

You think you’ve ingested (or written, in my case) enough spring-training “Best shape of my life” stories to last several lifetimes. That you’d rather see Tony Clark and Rob Manfred exchange nonsensical statements about the dormant free-agent market than listen to one more ballplayer tell you about his life-changing winter.

You need to give these tales of reformation and reinvention another chance.

You must watch Dominic Smith execute a perfect pop-up slide.

“I feel more athletic than I’ve ever been,” Smith told The Post on Tuesday, a few hours after showing off his pop-up slide form. “In spring training, I’ve always looked the part, but as far as my mobility and loosening up some hips and being more flexible, more agile as an athlete, I feel like this is the most advanced I’ve been for sure in my career.”

Holy cow, does he look it. The young man whom a scout once anonymously compared to “Tony Gwynn, when Tony Gwynn was 40 years old” said he’s weighing in at 224 pounds, down about 30 pounds from the end of the 2017 season, and that seems about right. He’s far more compact and limber

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: February 10, 2018 at 12:17 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: best shape of his life, mets

Monday, February 05, 2018

Mets pull Todd Frazier out of free agency for $17M

The Mets agreed to a deal with the veteran Frazier on Monday night for two years and $17 million, The Post’s Mike Puma confirmed. Frazier played the end of last season in The Bronx, after the Yankees acquired him in a multi-player trade with the White Sox.

The Yankees and Mets had each expressed interest in Frazier this offseason, with depth needed at the third-base position. The addition of Frazier means the Mets can play Asdrubal Cabrera at second, the position he recently told The Post’s Kevin Kernan he prefers.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: February 05, 2018 at 09:57 PM | 189 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, todd frazier

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Mickey Callaway already has a plan to revitalize Mets’ rotation | New York Post

Read the whole thing.

“Everyone I’ve been around pretty much walks outside, stretches, plays catch, they do their bullpen. Our pitchers in Cleveland had about an hour-and-a-half routine before they even went out and played catch. They were with massage therapists, then they were with trainers, getting all these hands-on things done, then they went to the weight room to see the strength coach for extra stretching, then they went on the bike, then they went outside and stretched.

“It’s pre-hab. If we can implement those types of things, we have a better chance to stay healthy. It does work. When you present it to these guys, they are going to want to do it.”

Also, be prepared for a six-man rotation

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2018 at 02:27 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mickey callaway

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Matz hungry to return to rookie form but needs health to lead way - NY Daily News

Matz is keeping the hope alive.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2018 at 03:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Mets Have Been Operating As A Small-Market Club For Almost A Decade

What the Mets have been doing to their fans, to baseball, and to the city of New York for the last ten years is nothing short of shameful. The evidence is right there — in public — for everyone to see. It requires no mudslinging, and no speculation.

goodfundies Posted: January 22, 2018 at 03:23 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilpons

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Why Adrian Gonzalez can bother the Mets’ clubhouse | New York Post

“You don’t want somebody saying and talking the things he talks about if he’s not being productive, because he will have an opinion on most everything,” Valentine said. “That bugs some people, but it never bugged me. That’s what you’re getting into, and I think it’s well worth a half-a-million bucks. It’s a heck of a little gamble.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2018 at 07:16 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian gonzalez, dodgers, mets

Monday, January 15, 2018

4 Reasons Mets Signing Adrian Gonzalez Makes Sense

1. He’s cheap.
2. He’s injury prone (so he’ll fit right in).

Sorry, that’s all I have.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2018 at 12:02 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian gonzalez, mets

Saturday, January 13, 2018

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