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Friday, March 27, 2015

Fastball-changeup interplay featuring Jacob deGrom - Beyond the Box Score

Putting Jacob DeGrom under the microscope.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets, sabermetrics

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mets Try New Trick on Defense: Predicting Where Ball Will Be Hit - WSJ

I’m still surprised the Mets didn’t settle on a defensive specialist at shortstop this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets, wilmer flores

Lagares batting ninth? Why Mets think it’ll work | New York Post

It was the kind of power-speed combo that intrigues and enthuses the Mets about having Lagares bat first. Later in the game, he hit a two-run homer off Dellin Betances and Lagares is batting .395 this spring.

Yet, the Mets are toying with having him — wait for it — hit last.

Manager Terry Collins told me that as early as Friday against the Cardinals — when Curtis Granderson and David Wright return to the lineup — the Mets might experiment once again with the pitcher hitting eighth.

“It is something we are thinking about,” Collins said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: lineups, mets

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rafael Montero has earned roster spot

Montero officially remains in a competition with Dillon Gee for the fifth starter’s job. However, Mets officials acknowledge Gee is highly likely to get the rotation nod, and Montero likely is ticketed for relief at the major league level to begin the season.

Asked where Montero fits in, Collins said Wednesday: “On the team—somewhere.”

Montero suggested he is fine with any role.

“Minor leagues I was a starting pitcher,” Montero said through an interpreter. “Now, in the big leagues, I’m ready to pitch. … In the minor leagues, I want to start. That’s in the minor leagues. But here in the big leagues that’s their decision.”

General manager Sandy Alderson has said that Montero is still viewed by the organization as a starting pitcher long term. Alderson added that it is senseless to have Montero spend a third season at Triple-A Las Vegas.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: March 25, 2015 at 11:41 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, rafael montero

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Harper: Signs of friction between Collins and Alderson - NY Daily News

This relationship seems headed to a breakup.

In the end, though, someone who knows the GM well said he believes Alderson thought “it wouldn’t have been fair” to Collins not to give him a chance to manage a team that finally has enough talent to contend.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 24, 2015 at 07:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson, terry collins

Monday, March 23, 2015

Are the Mets Big Enough for Matt Harvey?—NYMag

Here’s a NY Magazine feature about Matt Harvey.

Sandy Alderson is more clinical. “When someone transcends the sport and becomes a brand in and of himself, he needs to keep in mind what the foundation of that celebrity is,” the general manager says. “It’s not a fashion line. He’s a baseball player. But I think he’s smart enough to know that.Matt likes to talk. I don’t mean that in a negative way. He likes to talk things through and take time to absorb what he hears and consider advice. We are not interested in changing his personality or his basic qualities. Because he’s viewed in a positive way.” Alderson says he told a group of season-ticket holders that it was “a possibility” that Harvey might be benched for the first week of the season and that Harvey wasn’t blindsided. “I talked to him in the off-season about what I thought the overall plan would be,” Alderson says. “He was totally onboard.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mets feared elbow would scuttle offseason Wheeler trade | New York Post

Teams such as the Giants would inquire about the availability of Zack Wheeler during the offseason, and the Mets would not even entertain discussions.

The perception they gave to the industry was Wheeler was part of a group of protected players who were not going to be dealt.

In reality, the Mets did not talk about Wheeler because they thought a swap never would go through, The Post has learned.

As part of any trade medical information is exchanged between teams, and there was enough troubling details already about the condition of Wheeler’s elbow — the need for MRI exams, a torn tendon, the eventual use of a platelet enrichment shot — that the Mets believed any club that looked at the portfolio would rescind the trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2015 at 07:03 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets, orioles, rangers, zack wheeler

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Sadness: Understanding the True Cost of the Spring Tommy John Surge

March, more than any other, is the month pitchers fall apart. And while April is the next riskiest, it’s also a distant second, so a team whose staff escapes spring training unscathed has reason to celebrate.

Spring training, formerly dismissed as insignificant in analytical circles, is enjoying a revival in 2015. And now we have strong evidence that March is a make-or-break month for team health, the origin of more than a quarter of the cases of a dreaded type of season-ending surgery. How training staffs handle the transition from winter to spring is only one skirmish in a larger war against injuries, but in some seasons, those skirmishes have a decisive effect on the standings. Mess with March, and you run the risk of being DOA on Opening Day.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 19, 2015 at 04:00 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tommy john, zack wheeler

Zack Wheeler’s agent: Pitcher wasn’t mishandled by New York Mets - ESPN New York

Despite the external criticism, Abbott clearly stated he has no qualms with the Mets’ handling of Wheeler. He told the Record later Wednesday that Wheeler had been diagnosed with a bone spur, but there was no indication from medical professionals that the UCL would be impacted by continuing to pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tommy john surgery, zack wheeler

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Matt Harvey excels in third spring start - Newsday

Some good news for Mets fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2015 at 09:10 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Monday, March 16, 2015

Syndergaard not quite ready to join big league rotation | mets.com

The rookies will have to wait.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 07:28 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dillion gee, mets, noah syndergaard, steven matz

Mets get terrible Zack Wheeler news: Tommy John likely | New York Post

Another young pitcher looks to be going under the knife.

The Mets’ worst fears regarding Zack Wheeler came true.

The right-hander received a preliminary diagnosis of a torn UCL in his right elbow after the results of his MRI exam were reviewed Monday at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Wheeler is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery. He also could opt for rest and rehab — a la the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka — depending on the severity of the tear. Surgery would mean Wheeler would miss the entire 2015 season, a significant blow to the Mets’ postseason hopes.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 10:37 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tommy john surgery, zack wheeler

Sunday, March 15, 2015

New book introduces Mets fans to passionate Sandy Alderson - NY Daily News

An excerpt from Steve Kettmann’s upcoming book.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2015 at 04:20 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: books, mets, sandy alderson

Friday, March 13, 2015

WSJ: Mets Fired Executive Settles Suit Against Team

And that’s that.

Leigh Castergine, the Mets’ former senior vice president for ticket sales and services, has settled her wrongful termination lawsuit against Jeff Wilpon, the team’s chief operating officer. The two sides announced the news in a joint statement released Friday afternoon.

In a lawsuit filed in September, Castergine alleged that she was fired from her executive position because Wilpon objected to her having a child out of wedlock. Wilpon denied those claims, saying that Casterline was fired for “legitimate business reasons.” The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

JE (Jason) Posted: March 13, 2015 at 10:27 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: females in baseball, jeff wilpon, mets, sexual harrassment panda

New Sandy Alderson book offers revealing view of Madoff-impacted Mets | Capital New York

There is another general manager centered book coming out. This one is about Sandy Alderson and his trial and tribulations at running one of the lowest payrolls in the biggest market.

“I’d been working on this book for nearly four years when I suddenly found myself wondering: Why was Alderson cooperating?”, Kettmann writes on page 331. “Part of the answer was simply that I’d asked him at the right time, just as the Former state charities bureau regulator was taking over as Mets GM. ... Then, when the Mets’ finances went belly-up, and Sandy lost his father, the joy went out of it temporarily—but Alderson had given me his word to cooperate on a book project, and he wasn’t going to back out.”

That read on Alderson dovetails with what I’ve heard from many who know him about his desire to stay on and hopefully finish an improbable rebuild into the headwind of massive financial problems from ownership—a combination of stubborness and an understanding that at 67, this is probably his final chance to build a baseball team.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Robothal: Cage Match: Yankees vs. Mets

The premise is simple: Which team will win more games, Team A or Team B? In each pairing, the teams are in the same city or same state. The idea came to me one day when I started thinking, “OK, which club will be better, the Mets or Yankees?

Yankees (82 projected wins) vs. Mets (81)
My pick: Mets 84 wins, Yankees 79.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 12, 2015 at 05:30 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, new york, yankees

Harvey-Fernandez could be historic rivalry in the making | New York Post

So, Fernandez’s timetable is 13-14 months.

Fernandez was due to throw 24 hours later. But only 30 pitches (no breaking stuff) from a bullpen mound. His surgery was May 16. Marlins general manager Dan Jennings mentioned he has never seen anyone in his 28 years in pro ball attack rehab like Fernandez has, and the blueprint has Fernandez back in the majors sometime from mid-June to mid-July.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins, matt harvey, mets, tommy john

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Reynolds raking way up depth chart with stellar spring | mets.com

He’s had some impressive at bats this spring. Can anyone provide any insight into his defense?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2015 at 12:37 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: matt reynolds, mets

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Neyer: Three reasons to watch the Mets in 2015

Of course, the point of this series is that every team is interesting for at least a few reasons, interesting enough to watch at least occasionally. And among the non-great teams, I’m not sure the Mets take a back seat to many. I mean, just look!

1. Hey! Matt Harvey’s back!
Matt Harvey was one of the two or three most effective pitchers in those two seasons. Obviously, we can’t expect exactly the same in his first season after Tommy John surgery. But that only makes him even more interesting than before! Let’s all watch and see if he’s back!

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 10, 2015 at 04:49 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, March 08, 2015

So what exactly does a baseball captain do? Let’s ‘C’ - Newsday

In baseball the captain doesn’t even have to go down with the ship.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 03:08 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Steven Matz impresses everyone in exhibition debut, including Ichiro Suzuki - Newsday

The next big thing in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects, steven matz

Friday, March 06, 2015


Thursday, March 05, 2015

It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports: ‘Being Mr. Met’ «

It sounds like being Mr. Met gives a guy a big head.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 10:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mr. met

David Wright’s stand is how Mets foster Yankees-like intensity | New York Post

I agree with Joel Sherman. Organizations that consistently win have a culture that focuses on doing things that foster winning. At the core it’s about finding every possible way to increase a team’s odds of winning.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, winning

How Kevin Long is helping to rebuild Granderson’s swing | New York Post

“The comfort of knowing someone who knows their swing is so important,’’ Ricciardi said. “They can always go back to that guy and he can get them to the foundation. That’s really important. You can see that comfort level and it’s great for us, I think it’s going to reap a lot of benefits.

“When a player is struggling they have to have someone that they feel confident with so that when they say something, they get it immediately. Sometimes, working with someone new, you just don’t have that. There are certain buzz words that they hit on and certain catch phrases that get him back.’’

There is the baseball and human connection.

“Kevin is a friend outside the game,’’ Granderson said. “He is going to be confident, he is going to be your biggest supporter and he is going to work with you and what you have. He is not going to make me hit like David Wright.’’
This is not cookie-cutter coaching.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: curtis granderson, mets

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