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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

NY POST Puma, M - Terry Collins weighs 3 imperfect non-Reyes leadoff options

PORT ST. LUCIE — The Mets’ roster is loaded with proven and versatile bats, but is there a leadoff hitter in the bunch?

Manager Terry Collins will keep that idea buried in the back of his mind for the next 5 ½ weeks, leaving plenty of time to evaluate his options. As the Mets are presently constructed, Jose Reyes is a non-starter, but guaranteed to hit leadoff when he plays.

And when Reyes, in his super-utility role, doesn’t start?

Collins recently told The Post he is considering three other primary options for leadoff: Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera.

Collins flirted with the idea of using Juan Lagares in the leadoff spot to begin the 2015 season, and could again consider him for that spot against a lefty starting pitcher.

There is always the possibility it will be leadoff hitter by committee when Reyes doesn’t start.

“The depth and the variety and the randomness of the way things can be mixed up is nice,” Granderson said. “There’s a lot of guys who have the potential to lead off on this team, and just looking across the board you have Lagares, Reyes, myself, Cabrera, Walker. You have got a lot of options you can have depending on the matchup.”

 

Lassus Posted: February 22, 2017 at 10:37 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mets’ ‘unbelievable’ future stud is showing why he’s untouchable | New York Post

The hype train is really picking up steam.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 06:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bryce Harper isn’t laughing off Syndergaard’s ‘douche’ rip | New York Post

When asked about Noah Syndergaard’s Instagram comment from New Year’s Eve – Thor dropped the “Douche’’ hammer on Harper — Harper responded with these serious words at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches: “I don’t know, Syndergaard does what he does and the Mets do what they do. So we are going to worry about what we do in our clubhouse and do everything we can do win ballgames and hopefully have a better record than any team in Major League Baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2017 at 02:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, mets, nationals, noah syndergaard

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Travis d’Arnaud’s Problem? Throwing With ‘Too Much Arm’ - The New York Times

Getting it all the way to second base is definitely a good goal.

“It takes a lot of stress off my arm and makes it easier to get it all the way to second base, and it makes you more consistent,” d’Arnaud said later.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

Mets top 2017 Statcast fastball velocity ranks | MLB.com

Mets, Mets, Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 07:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, statcast

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Top Mets Prospect Let Baseball Wait Until School Was Done - The New York Times

The next really big thing.

In trade talks over the winter, Sandy Alderson, the Mets’ general manager, said Rosario’s name did not even come up much because rival teams had figured it out for themselves: Rosario was too good to be made part of any deal.

“He can be an outstanding player,” Alderson said in December.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Jay Bruce here today, could be gone tomorrow | Newsday

The new New York obsession.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mets’ Zack Wheeler feels tenderness in elbow | MLB.com

Nevertheless, it’s not a promising first day.

Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler, who has spent nearly two full years attempting to return from Tommy John surgery, felt some “tenderness” in his elbow during a routine bullpen session earlier this week, according to pitching coach Dan Warthen. The Mets have briefly paused Wheeler’s throwing program as a result.

Warthen was quick to add that he does not consider this a setback for Wheeler, because a routine physical exam taken Monday revealed no structural damage. The team believes Wheeler’s discomfort stems from scar tissue that formed in his elbow following a platelet-rich plasma injection last August. The club also hopes Wheeler can play catch Thursday and return to a mound as soon as Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 06:57 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zach wheeler

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Cabrera, Gregorius seemed solid — but these metrics say otherwise - NY Daily News

Although I’m sure the missing plays in Statcast will need to be address, I’m looking forward to seeing better data for infielders.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 11:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, didi gregorius, fielding, mets, yankees

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

SNY to live stream Mets games in 2017

SNY is following the trends and making Mets games available via livestream, the network announced Wednesday. The team-owned network will begin streaming games during the 2017 MLB regular season at no additional cost to subscribers. Game broadcasts, as well as pre- and postgame shows will be streamed live on SNY.tv and the NBC Sports app.

Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: February 08, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cord-cutting, mets, mlb.tv, new york mets, streaming

Zack Wheeler wary of bullpen Catch-22: I don’t belong here | New York Post

All he has to do is out-pitch his competition.

“I know I belong in the starting rotation, there’s no question about that,’’ Wheeler told The Post as he stood behind the cluster of practice mounds known as the six-pack. “I’m a starter. I want to be a starter.’’

There is zero doubt about that.

Wheeler, 26, is aware that he has to run the pitching gauntlet to get back home to the rotation, which probably means a bullpen stint, but there is no way Wheeler wants to fall into the bullpen trap.

He has seen it happen too many times.

“I feel that guys that go to the bullpen get stuck in the bullpen, and I don’t want to do that,’’ Wheeler said. “Because either you are doing bad and you stay in the bullpen because you can’t be a starter or you are doing really good, and they can’t afford to move you out of the bullpen. So you are going to get stuck there, and that’s why I’m trying to let everybody know that I’m not a bullpen guy, I’m a starter.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2017 at 08:44 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zach wheeler

Wilmer Flores explains role-player headache — that hasn’t ended | New York Post

Wilmer Flores is cheap and crushes LHP. What’s not to like?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Inside MLB’s craziest curveball: from a Frisbee-loving Met | New York Post

“I knew I had a high spin rate, more than most,’’ Lugo told The Post from his home in Louisiana, but he didn’t know the exact numbers and that it was the highest until Statcast. “The curveball is different than any other pitch, you have to put reverse spin on the ball.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2017 at 10:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, seth lugo

Monday, February 06, 2017

New York Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman’s secret, exposed

Watching pitchers hit isn’t very entertaining; reading an article about a pitcher who couldn’t hit, surprisingly, is.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2017 at 09:14 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, robert gsellman

Friday, February 03, 2017

Juan Lagares trade could give Mets the wiggle room they need

The former Gold Glove winner is set to make $4.5 million in his age-28 season, and is on the hook for salaries of $6.5 million and $9 million the following two years, with a $500,000 buyout on a $9.5 million club option for 2020.

The Mets could invest the salary savings from a potential Lagares trade in their bullpen, which is lacking in veteran setup men — especially a proven lefty. The Mets outfield boasts depth in Granderson, Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo.

I’m not a professional, but if the best we can do is free up $4.5M worth of pocket change for a “veteran setup man”, is a trade even worth it?  Also, salary “savings” mean it would be even less than that. 

Lassus Posted: February 03, 2017 at 01:30 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, ow my arm

The new-and-improved Yoenis Cespedes: A workout warrior | New York Post

This is reaction a GM hopes for when he signs a player to a big contract. I hope he can stay healthy.

Barwis marvels at Cespedes.

“He has made an extra level of commitment and with being the world-class athlete that he is, the expectations are limitless,’’ Barwis said in a raspy, “you can do it, bro,’’ voice. “He wants to prove to everyone that the Mets made the right commitment to him. You’re talking about a man who has the potential that few people who walk this earth can ever smell.

“He is inspired to achieve greatness, while inspiring others, a guy like that, there is no stopping him. His workout is phenomenal. He is in here five days a week day pushing hard.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2017 at 06:52 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Steven Matz banking holistic approach will keep him healthy | New York Post

“I try to take all aspects of it, nutrition, strength conditioning and the baseball work,’’ Matz said Wednesday at Tradition Field. “I don’t think there is one thing that has caused me to get hurt the past couple of years, it’s just the way it is, but I think I can learn some things from last year.

“Massage therapy is one thing I’m doing that will be beneficial to me, stuff like that. I think I’m kind of hitting the ground running here in a good way.’’

If Matz, the team’s No. 4 starter who has No. 1 stuff, can hit his stride, it could be one of those off-the-charts seasons for the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 01, 2017 at 10:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mets need their catching guru to make Travis d’Arnaud a force | New York Post

“It was great, a ton of work,’’ d’Arnaud said. “Sometimes I rush throwing. He showed me a lot of videos where he said I was really, really quick, but in my mind it looked like I was slow. A lot of it is just slow it down and make a clean throw. We hit it off right from the get-go. We started cracking jokes and haven’t stopped since.’’

The two continue to talk and will exchange videos until pitchers and catchers officially report Feb. 13.

As for his new batting setup, d’Arnaud said, “We wanted to eliminate the wrap. We watched a lot of film, too. A lot of the balls I hit well, I thought I was wrapping and I actually wasn’t wrapping. I know now where to start my hands to stay consistent.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2017 at 08:48 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

Friday, January 27, 2017

Klapisch: The world according to Ron Darling

Q: You were recently quoted as saying you’re optimistic about the Mets’ chances this year. What makes you so hopeful, considering all their injuries in 2016?

A: It’s from being a pro athlete my whole life and knowing what makes them tick. I can’t predict the injury part of it; if everyone gets hurt again, my claim will obviously be bogus. But I see a perfect storm that breaks down like this.

(Noah) Syndergaard is building on a season that already puts him among the top five pitchers in the National League. (Jacob) de Grom is at a compensatory place. This is his time to shine and get paid for what he deserves as a pitcher of his talent. (Matt) Harvey is getting the opportunity to get back in the game, not just with the Mets, but to be the kind of pitcher he was in the past.

And as for (Steven) Matz, he has something to prove this year, making people forget his injuries. He wants to show he’s capable of making 30 starts.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2017 at 01:40 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, ron darling

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Steven Matz says he knows how to be more effective for Mets - NY Daily News

“I really feel like I learned a lot about myself as a pitcher,’’ Matz said by phone on Wednesday from Nashville, where he is living and working out with other pitchers. “I learned that I don’t have to be going full-guns to be effective.

“There were times where if I stepped on the gas pedal at all, my elbow would kind of bark at me. But I found out I could pitch effectively, and I felt at times I was even more effective, toning it down and staying within myself.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2017 at 10:47 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mets captain David Wright: I’m no feel-good story, I want to win | New York Post

“I can go on for hours about that, but I still have a passion for the game,’’ Wright told The Post Friday night. “Everybody I’ve talked to has said the same thing to me. You know when you know.’’

It’s not over for David Wright, not yet.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2017 at 06:49 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Sunday, January 22, 2017

dWAR Doesn’t Care One Bit About Your Reputation

Do Mattingly was a great first baseman, wasn’t he?

Wasn’t he?


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Mets’ Jay Bruce problem: Ex-GMs weigh in on what team should do - NY Daily News

“You could end up looking for the same type hitter you gave away,” said O’Dowd, the long-time Rockies’ GM. “You can’t force a deal. The worst trades I ever made were ones that I forced.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 21, 2017 at 10:58 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets

Friday, January 13, 2017

The many reasons why Sandy needs to move Bruce for good of Mets - NY Daily News

You trade a player when you feel you are getting a fair return (a debatable value). Alderson’s patience isn’t a flaw.

We’ll see about all of that in Port St. Lucie. For the moment, the priority is unloading Bruce. It doesn’t mean Alderson was wrong to be patient, waiting for the logjam of free-agent sluggers to clear and perhaps leave some team in need of Bruce’s power.

The Blue Jays, for example, still seem like a viable trade partner, but only if they don’t wind up re-united with Jose Bautista.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2017 at 07:03 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mets, Zack Wheeler Avoid Arbitration, Agree On $800K Deal

Zack Wheeler and the Mets have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $800,000 contract for this season.

WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported on the deal Wednesday.

Wheeler, 26, has not pitched in the majors since 2014. The right-hander tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm and underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2015.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: January 12, 2017 at 02:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zack wheeler

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