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Friday, August 28, 2015

Martino: Mets should use Steven Matz out of pen in playoffs - NY Daily News

The Mets are already thinking about their playoff roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Martino: David Wright returns to a very different Mets team - NY Daily News

It’s Captain America calling!

At the beginning of a historic night for the Mets offense, David Wright announced his relevance to the pennant race with one thundering swing: top of the second inning, boom, second deck in left field.

With that, the Mets’ weirdly successful August became even weirder. Wright returns to a Twilight Zone, where everything works out for this team. It’s a reality barely recognizable from what the captain has seen for years.

“I hope that everyone here is soaking it in, because it’s a lot of fun to be a part of, and there were a whole lot of down years,” Wright said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cespedes jacks 3 homers in historic game

What a free agent push!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 09:40 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New York Mets knock off Baltimore Orioles | MLB.com

Granderson is having a very good year.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 10:02 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: curtis granderson, mets

Harper: Nationals could mess up Mets with Wally Backman hire - NY Daily News

It would certainly shake things up. Whether it would be an improvement is an entirely different question.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals, wally backman

NYPOST - Mike Puma: Mets to skip Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard starts in September

In broad strokes, the Mets plan to skip starts — particularly for Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard — in September to ensure the young guns don’t surpass their innings limits and need to be shut down.

The plan’s central component is the return of lefty Steven Matz and Logan Verrett’s arrival from Triple-A Las Vegas as a swingman who can float between the bullpen and rotation.

The Mets’ plan - Inspired genius or doomed to failure?  No, there is no space in between.

Lassus Posted: August 19, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mets eyeing Philly for David Wright’s return - Mets Blog - ESPN

He’s almost back.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cespedes throws out Rodriguez | MLB.com

Wow!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, videos, yoenis cespedes

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Casella: Best MLB Rotations of Past 30 Years

Who would have guessed that all of the best pitching staffs came from the NL?  Have fun beating up on opposing pitchers while the real teams face line-ups with 9 guys who can hit.

Chris Fluit Posted: August 12, 2015 at 09:13 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, cubs, dodgers, mets, nationals, phillies, roy halladay

NYT:  An Aging Nomad, Jose Reyes Longs for a Team in the Hunt

Reyes, a shell of his former self, longs to play for a contender and wants to finish his career in New York.

When I retire, I’m going to go home and say, ‘I played for what?’ You know, if I don’t win anything.”

This is some sad stuff!!!

Adam Starblind Posted: August 12, 2015 at 08:55 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: deaths in baseball, jose reyes, mets

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

David Wright of New York Mets begins rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie

Things keep looking better and better for the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 07:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Sunday, August 09, 2015

The Mets have to learn lessons a computer can’t teach them | New York Post

Much has been made lately about the Mets “Matrix’’ system.

The Matrix is a computer program coupled with scouting, Collins said Saturday they use the info to help figure out what pitchers the Mets’ young hitters, especially, might have the most success against.

“What we’ve tried to do is get our scouts together and take [Rays starter] Nathan Karns for example, how many guys have that kind of stuff, similar stuff, go through the computer system and say, ‘OK, here is a guy who pitches at 92-93, a good curve ball, who are these guys?’ ” Collins explained. “You take that list, and some of our hitters have faced them in the past. You put it together and you have a better idea that this guy should hit this guy, so it helps us a little bit more.’’

With more options, Collins can make a more informed decision, the Matrix on Saturday said Wilmer Flores, Tejada and Kelly Johnson, should all be able to hit Karns. Collins opted for Tejada and Johnson to be in the lineup.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pitching

Friday, August 07, 2015

Mets fans still complaining despite winning games and adding Yoenis Cespedes

Don’t usually like Raissman at all, but he absolutely nailed the Met fan here. The Misery Wing, indeed.

Captain Supporter Posted: August 07, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, August 06, 2015

With success on field, Mets enjoy a spike in ticket sales | Newsday

Maybe Wilpon can pay off those debts faster!!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Keri: Seven Days in Flushing: Reliving One of the Craziest Weeks in New York Mets History

Jerry Seinfeld: “A Cespedes for the rest of us.”

Epilogue

After a pair of wins against the Marlins, the Mets now lead the Nationals by one game in the NL East.

The good news is that the Mets will get a bunch more games against lesser teams like the Marlins, as no club in baseball owns a weaker schedule the rest of the way.6

In addition to keeping pace with a talented Washington team that figures to get better as it gets healthier, New York will face an internal challenge as the season wears on: managing its young pitchers’ workloads. The plan is for the Mets to return to a six-man rotation if and when Steven Matz returns from the DL next month, thus limiting innings for Harvey, deGrom, and Syndergaard. They’ll likely lean on Jon Niese a little more in the meantime, and the veteran lefty owns a 2.45 ERA in his past eight starts. They’ll also hope for a continually improving offense, as catcher Travis d’Arnaud returned over the weekend, and they could soon welcome Cuddyer and even Wright back into the fold.

A disastrous week doubled as an exhilarating one, and somehow, it’s got the Mets — in first place, with playoff odds hovering around 50-50 — right where they want to be. Even their normally stoic GM couldn’t help but marvel at the past few days.

“It’s been a pretty tumultuous time in Mets Land,” said Alderson. “And then the excitement level in the stadium [Saturday] was something I’d never seen before. This could all come crashing down tonight, or tomorrow. But so far, it’s all been crazy to watch.”

JE (Jason) Posted: August 06, 2015 at 12:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: lolmets, mets

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

How door opened for Syndergaard to match deGrom’s honor | New York Post

Syndergaard has looked great and may give the Mets back-to-back Rookies of the Year.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard, rookie of the year

David Wright’s return in sight — and Collins knows where he’ll hit | New York Post

Why does Collins want Wright batting second?

“His on-base percentage is so good,” Collins said. “He can run the bases. He brings a lot to the table. You look throughout the league now and there are big-name hitters, power guys hitting second. The new thing is to get all these guys up in that spot where they can get up more.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injuries, mets

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

538: Paine & Silver: Did Your Team Blow It At The Trade Deadline?

The Blue Jays bought, the Tigers sold and the Mets couldn’t make up their mind. Baseball’s trade deadline, which passed last Friday afternoon, is all about balancing the present against the future. Whether they’re buyers or sellers (or just renters), all deadline-dealers have to evaluate both their World Series chances for the current season and where they will be in the “success cycle” going forward. Blunders in either type of assessment can haunt a franchise for years.

It’s a lot to deal with, and not every team manages the process perfectly. To help model these deadline decisions, we developed a metric we’ve nicknamed the “Doyle Number.” It’s named after the infamous 1987 trade in which the Detroit Tigers sent future Hall of Famer John Smoltz, then a 20-year-old prospect, to the Atlanta Braves for 36-year-old Doyle Alexander.

In principle, the definition of the Doyle Number is simple. It represents the rate at which, at the trade deadline, teams should be willing to trade talent in the future for talent in the current season in order to maximize the total number of World Series that it wins. For instance, if a team has a Doyle Number of 2, that means buying a win’s worth of talent in the current season at the trade deadline is worth giving up two wins in the future. By contrast, a team with a Doyle Number of 0.25 should only be willing to give up one-quarter of a future win for a win now. Not only should such a team not buy wins at that price — it should probably sell veteran talent at the deadline instead, in exchange for prospects.

bobm Posted: August 04, 2015 at 11:18 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, doyle alexander, mets, tigers, trade deadline

First-Place Mets Have Baseball’s Easiest Schedule From Here Out - WSJ

General manager Sandy Alderson chose to believe in his team and made moves that reflect his confidence. Now the Mets have a golden opportunity in front of them and a chance to amend some recent history. Ricco recalled the Mets’ collapse in 2007, when they dropped two of three at home to the last-place Marlins with the playoffs on the line in the season’s final weekend.

Still, Ricco said, “It’s better than the opposite.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 08:38 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Wilmer Flores is not doing what was expected, and we love him for it |

New York is Wilmer Flores’ oyster.

Flores is now more than simply numbers on a page, he is becoming the heart of the franchise. David Wright is still the soul, but he’s never really been an overly emotional guy, except during a press conference earlier this year regarding his unknowable future dealing with spinal stenosis. Meanwhile, Flores is like the kid brother every teammate and fan never quite had. Not only did he show that he wants to be here with his emotions, but he also showed that he deserves to be here by impacting the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Zack Wheeler: Why I made the call to Sandy Alderson asking to stay a Met | Newsday

Sandy Alderson has a beating heart.

Yet Alderson admitted the conversation “actually had quite an impact.” In all of his years in baseball, the general manager said he had never seen a player in Wheeler’s position take the unusual step of calling.

“Again, if you go back to Wednesday and even this conversation, we’re talking about human beings,” Alderson said. “We all develop an attachment to each other and whatever capacity we serve, so it’s hard.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 08:33 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson, zack wheeler

REMEMBER WHEN METS WERE A JOKE? | FOX Sports

Of course I do.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Mets notes: Wright says ‘everything’s good’ - Mets - NorthJersey.com

This is the first time Wright will have three straight days of baseball activity, and he recently completed back-to-back days Tuesday and Wednesday.

Wright is fielding and taking batting practice in the cage.

“Everything’s good. Now it’s a matter of getting the reps without overdoing it,” Wright said after working out prior to Friday’s game against the Nationals. “Incremental steps every day where not only are you doing the baseball thing a number of days in a row but you’re also kind of upping your reps each day. It’s a little bit more on my plate every day and just making sure my body can respond to the baseball things on a daily basis.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets, notes

Saturday, August 01, 2015

There Is Crying In Baseball: Wilmer Flores Hit A Walk Off Home Run!

Coming on the heels of the last couples days, this might be one of the best things I’ve seen in mid-season baseball. Is it dusty in here or is it just me?

The news spread like wildfire, and Flores got wind of it during Thursday’s game against the Padres. He began crying on the field, as he was about to leave the organization he’d been with since he was 16 years old.

And then the trade fell though. Awkward.

When he might have otherwise been in Milwaukee with new teammates, Flores started at second base for the Mets on Friday night and played a rather important role in a win against the Nationals. He broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with an RBI single to left field against Gio Gonzalez, the only run the Mets would muster through 10 innings. In the 12th, Flores hit a walk-off solo home run to left-center off of reliever Felipe Rivero.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 01, 2015 at 12:09 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: awesome, mets, wilmer flores

Friday, July 31, 2015

Last minute deals

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 04:05 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tigers, trade deadline, trades, yoenis cespedes

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