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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Keith Hernandez gets part of the credit for Lucas Duda’s southpaw success

“I’ll give most of the credit to Lucas Duda,” Collins said. “He is the one who has said, ‘I can hit lefties. I always have hit lefties.’ And I’m going to give Keith some credit.”

Hernandez—who hit .291 against southpaws during his career—downplayed his impact, but acknowledged Duda requested a session.

“We had one day where we worked together,” said Hernandez, a five-time All-Star as a lefty-hitting first baseman. “I just imparted to him tendencies of left-handers that I learned over 17 years, which I won’t divulge—just basically my experiences against left-handers. I just passed it on to him. But it was no alterations in his swing or anything drastic. It just was what I feel lefties like to do, how they like to work.

1.207 OPS for Duda against lefties this year in about 50 plates appearances. Small sample mirage? One of the things the Mets needed to happen for the Mets to be competitive this year was for Duda to be a productive play. Looks like that’s happening.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: May 21, 2015 at 06:29 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: keith hern, lucas duda, mets

Where Are They Now? Brent Strom now pitching to Astros aces - NY Daily News

Brent Strom, the second pitcher to get Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2015 at 10:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brent strom, mets

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bruce Chen Announces Retirement

“Today, I would like to announce my retirement.  For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate”

Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: May 19, 2015 at 01:06 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, bruce chen, expos, indians, mets, orioles, phillies, rangers, red sox, reds

Monday, May 18, 2015

The 1961 Expansion Draft and Baseball’s Anti-competitive History

Meet the Mess!

These players were good enough to get the Angels to 70 wins in their inaugural season and 86 victories in their second. The Mets would not be so lucky. By pushing the expansion draft date forward by two months, National League owners made a repeat of the damage done by the Angels in the first expansion draft impossible. With the earlier expansion draft date, the list of players available to the Mets and fellow expansion franchise Houston Colt .45s included none of the hot young talents that made the Angels early success possible. Instead, the new franchises were picking from the ranks of aging veterans, utility players and swingmen who would have certainly been released to make room for protected minor leaguers come December.

On Oct. 10, 1961, after Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and the Yankees polished off the Reds in a tidy five-game World Series victory, the Mets and Colt .45s filled out their rosters for the 1962 season. Both teams were required to select 16 players at a price of $75,000 each and four “premium players” at $125,000 each. Among the “premium players” were Colt .45s selection Joe Amalfitano, a 28-year-old third baseman with a .263/.330/.333 line and three home runs in 260 games played for the Giants; Don Zimmer, then a 31-year-old utility infielder with a .238/.291/.378 career line in 697 games between the Dodgers and Cubs (and an inexplicable All-Star Game appearance in 1960 behind a .252/.291/.403 batting line); and 25-year-old pitcher Jay Hook, who had posted a 5.23 ERA in 56 starts for Cincinnati and allowed a league-high 31 home runs for the Reds in 1960.

And remember, these were the premium players.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, colt .45's, expansion, mets

Sunday, May 17, 2015

‘Another Harvey’: Scouts compare, rave about Syndergaard and Matz | New York Post

Put me down in the Stephen Matz column.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 07:45 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard, steven matz

Friday, May 15, 2015

Harper: Mets manager Collins delivers a call to action - NY Daily News

Sorry, Flores is not the answer at shortstop for the Mets.

As for the young players to whom Collins referred, he was thinking mostly of Wilmer Flores, who forever seems to be in the glare of the spotlight because of his questions about whether he can play shortstop.

Flores made what turned out to be a critical error — his eighth of the season — in the fifth inning, a big part of the Cubs’ four-run rally that tied the game.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:23 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Bartolo Colon: ‘At my age, I even surprise myself’ - Mets Blog - ESPN

“The main thing is I’ve got confidence in what I’m doing,” Colon says in Spanish, with bullpen coach Ricky Bones translating. “But, at my age, I even surprise myself that I’m pitching as well as I’m pitching right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:05 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cubs-Mets trade will happen ‘at some point’

s both teams move toward contention in the near future, Cubs’ general manager Jed Hoyer believes that the sides will eventually match up on a deal (via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times).

“We haven’t made a deal yet, but there’s been matches that made sense, and I’m sure we’ll talk to them in the future,” said Hoyer, who has a relationship with Mets player-development executive Paul DePodesta going back to their time together in the Padres’ front office.

Cubs president Theo Epstein and Mets GM Sandy Alderson also have a good relationship.

“I guess when you factor in the hitting and the pitching, I guess people think it’s unusual,” Hoyer said of the fact the teams haven’t hooked up on a trade.

“But it’ll happen at some point.”

 


Noah Syndergaard to make MLB debut - MLB Daily Dish

I have read that it is THORSDAY!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 11:21 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Friday, May 08, 2015

Noah Syndergaard to make MLB debut - MLB Daily Dish

With the news that Dillon Gee’s groin strain is bad enough to force a DL stint, the Mets will call-up prized right-handed prospect Noah Syndergaard.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 07:06 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dillon gee, mets, noah syndergaard

NBC: Mets Shut Down David Wright With Back Injury

Third baseman David Wright has been on the disabled list since mid-April with a strained hamstring and recent reports had his recovery going slower than expected. And now we know why, as the Mets announced that Wright suffered a back injury earlier this week.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Wright has had lower back pain for several days, but an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. However, his rehab has been put on hold and there’s no timetable for it resuming.

Life is meaningless and full of pain.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 08, 2015 at 01:00 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, lolmets, mets

Pretty Good: Oh my God, the Mets gave Koo Dae-Sung a baseball bat

This is a great ten minute video covering one of the most unlikely offensive performances in baseball history.  I’ll take a thousand flailing strikeouts if that’s the price to pay for Mr. Koo’s at-bat and baserunning against Randy Johnson.

CrosbyBird Posted: May 08, 2015 at 12:35 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pitchers hitting, randy johnson, video

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Terry Collins hasn’t decided what to do when Travis d’Arnaud returns - Newsday

This is a nice problem to have. I haven’t looked yet but some team must need a catcher and has an extra shortstop. Off the top of my head, how about Reynolds and either d’Arnaud or Plawecki plus Matz or Syndergaard for Tulo?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2015 at 10:10 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin plawecki, mets, travis d'arnaud

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

New Way to Judge Hitters? It’s Rocket Science, Sort Of

Good stuff.

For months, their front-office executives debated the merits of Ike Davis and Lucas Duda. Davis was a former first-round pick whose career had been stymied by injuries and a plummeting batting average. Duda, a lower-round pick, had worked his way into the lineup but did not have a great batting average, either, or an extensive track record.

Both were left-handed power hitters, and they were close in age. But one clear advantage Duda had over Davis was better exit velocity when he connected. Given regular playing time, the Mets projected, Duda could develop into an elite slugger.

So a year ago they kept Duda and traded Davis, and Duda flourished. In 2014, he hit 30 home runs, drove in 92 runs and established himself as one of the team’s core players.

The challenge now for teams is how to consistently use exit velocity in a smart way. The challenge for fans is to become familiar with yet another of the advanced statistics that are rapidly changing the way people think about the game. Exit velocity is already being mentioned during game broadcasts.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2015 at 11:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, lucas duda, mets, science, statcast

Sunday, May 03, 2015

nj.com: Recovery from Tommy John surgery in 6 months? How Mets and Yankees are helping MLB solve elbow injury epidemic

The Mets are among five teams that have agreed to allow the use of their pitchers taken in the 2014 draft to be involved in a study that is being run in accordance with MLB and the players association, as well as the American Sports Medicine Institute. While the Mets are involved in the pilot year, those in charge of research hope to eventually expand to all minor league pitchers and each team. [...]

Jeff Dugas is also trying to answer that question as well. A surgeon at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, he is performing a new surgical approach to torn ulnar collateral ligaments that could potentially cut down the recovery period for pitchers by at least six months. [...]

Dugas’ solution is a surgery that uses collagen-dipped super-tape. “Strong enough to tow a car with, basically,” he says. The tape is then attached to each end of the ligament and to the bone with an anchor, repairing the UCL back to where it tore off.

 

bobm Posted: May 03, 2015 at 06:34 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tommy john surgery, yankees

Madden: Glove affair for Sandy with Reynolds, Herrera - NY Daily News

I’m still surprised the Mets haven’t worked to obtain a glove-first shortstop. I’m a fan of Reynolds but he seems to fit better as a utility guy.

The Mets GM made this point Thursday after another game-changing error by Flores resulted in a third straight Met loss, when he announced the call-up of Herrera to play second, with Murphy moving over to third until David Wright comes back in another week. For now, Flores, with seven errors in 22 games, remains at short, but only because Alderson wants to give him every opportunity to prove he can be at least adequate at the position and not a liability. But that rope is running short.

Mind you, Reynolds, who is hitting .317 at Las Vegas, doesn’t have a whole lot more range than Flores, but he’s steady, makes all the routine plays and has good baseball instincts. All along, the Mets have viewed him to be, if nothing else, a more than adquate space holder for crown jewel shortstop prospect, 19-year-old Amed Rosario, who’s considered to be at least two years away.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Pedro Martinez Tells His Story - NYTimes.com

A few tidbits, including more stuff from Pedro’s new book.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fred wilpon, josh hamilton, mets, pedro martinez, rays, red sox

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Dealing Matt Harvey is somehow nearing the sky-high hype | New York Post

And he adjusted to a night in which he didn’t have his best fastball. He recorded just three strikeouts, his lowest total for the season, and he threw his slider more frequently than usual. As per Brooks Baseball, he threw 18 sliders out of his 93 pitches, a 19.4 percent rate. In his first four starts, he threw just 7.7 percent sliders, according to Fangraphs.

“You’re not always going to have your best stuff,” Harvey said. “Tonight, fortunately enough, we got it done.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Friday, May 01, 2015

Yankees 101: Study Confirms New York Yankees Fans are Better Looking than Mets Fans

Surely, knocking off Jim Breuer would even things out?

A study done by the dating app The Grade shows men and women who support the Yankees are liked more than Mets fans, per Chris Perez and Natalie O’Neil of the New York Post:

  Photos posted by Yankees fans were “liked” 46 percent of the time while Mets fans only have a 38 percent “like rate,” according to the study.

  The study is based on 400,000 “swipe interactions” from 6,000 app users who listed sports teams as an interest.

Well, that settles it. We are better looking and have a team that has won a ton of championships; does it get any better than that?

JE (Jason) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 01:46 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, mets, yankees

Mets call up Dilson Herrera | Metsblog

Sandy Alderson said on Thursday that if the Mets called up Herrera or Matt Reynolds, it wouldn’t be to sit on the bench.

Once Herrera joins the club, Daniel Murphy will shift to third base until David Wright returns from the DL, according to Mike Puma (April 30).

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dilson herrera, mets

Monday, April 27, 2015

Source: Matt Harvey to get at least 30 starts but no more than 32 - Newsday

One good way to limit Harvey’s innings is to not pitch him when he’s ill or when he has ankle issues.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Carlos Beltran making case for NY’s most hated player | New York Post

Do Mets and Yankees fans really hate Beltran?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, mets, yankees

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The emergence of Matt Harvey 3.0—and a matchup vs A-Rod - NY Daily News

His absence had a very different cause than Harvey’s, and his best years are long past. But when A-Rod steps into the box against the new king of New York baseball, we will see two men, born elite and gifted at creating buzz, competing for the first time. It will be riveting.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, mets, yankees

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Chris Rock delivers seven-minute monologue on MLB’s diversity problem

NSFW

The decline of African-American players in Major League Baseball has been a hot-button topic for a few years.

In 2014, just 8.3 percent of big league players were African-American.

Comedian Chris Rock took on this matter in a hilarious, yet poignant seven-minute monologue for the latest edition of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

Rock managed to explain his concerns while also dropping gems like this:

“Baseball isn’t 20 percent black anymore. It’s eight percent and falling fast. That’s an average of two guys per team and those two probably listen to Blake Shelton to keep from getting their ass kicked by their teammates.”


NY Times: On the Night Willie Mays Hit No. 660, It Was Just Another Number

The number held no significance at the time. Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron had reached that total, but both men then zoomed passed it. Aaron reached 660 in 1972 — also against the Reds — but by the time Mays reached it, Aaron had passed 700. Ruth reached 660 in 1933 at age 38. In 2004, Barry Bonds became the fourth player to reach and pass 660.

Now Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees is poised to join them. Rodriguez hit his 658th career home run on Friday night and is two short of that gleaming 660 signpost that Mays planted beyond the Shea Stadium wall almost 42 years ago.

bobm Posted: April 22, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, mets, willie mays

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