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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bautista must be last over-the-hill vet the Mets take a chance on

Is this really the best the Mets can do to fill out their roster?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: jose bautista, mets

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mets “Showing Interest” In Jose Bautista

The Mets are “showing interest” in veteran slugger Jose Bautista, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post (via Twitter). The 37-year-old is back on the open market after being released by the Braves over the weekend.

It is not clear at this point how the Mets would envision utilizing Bautista, if a deal comes together. The veteran had lined up at third base for Atlanta, though there won’t be an opening at the hot corner in New York once Todd Frazier returns from the DL. Bautista would potentially represent a right-handed-hitting corner outfield option while Yoenis Cespedes is on the shelf.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 22, 2018 at 03:07 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: batflip, jose bautista, mets

Thursday, May 10, 2018

ESPN: Reds acquire Matt Harvey, ship Devin Mesoraco to Mets

The Reds agreed to pay the Mets $5,788,978 as part of the trade, which made the deal come out nearly even financially. Harvey is making $5,625,000 on a one-year contract. Mesoraco gets $13 million in the final season of a four-year, $28 million deal.

This would have been a blockbuster deal a few seasons ago. Unfortunately, both players are now washed-out, former All-Stars. I realize that the Reds are desperate for starting pitching, but I don’t understand why they want to pay $13M for a season of Matt Harvey.


Lineup snafu highlights Mickey Callaway’s inexperience

Is this rock bottom? It can always get worse, I guess.


Sunday, May 06, 2018

Jacob deGrom goes on DL with hyperextended elbow

The Mets changed course Sunday and placed staff ace Jacob deGrom on the disabled list with a hyperextended right elbow.

DeGrom was scratched from Monday’s start against the Cincinnati Reds and is scheduled to come off the DL and rejoin the rotation next Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Manager Mickey Callaway said the team decided to shut down deGrom as a precautionary measure. On Saturday, the Mets had said deGrom would take his regularly scheduled turn in the rotation.

Yeah, sure he will. Suuuuuure.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 06, 2018 at 01:15 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Friday, May 04, 2018

Mets to designate former All-Star Matt Harvey for assignment

“My guess,” Alderson said, “is that there are people out there who are willing to take a shot on Matt Harvey.

“It’s the end of an era. And I use that term in the broad sense. Matt has been a cornerstone certainly of my tenure here. A tremendous prospect at the time I arrived, tremendous accomplishments during the course of my tenure here, and it’s a very unfortunate, difficult conclusion.”


Monday, April 30, 2018

MetsMerizedOnline.com:  White Hot [Peter] Alonso Named Eastern League Player of the Week

Overall, Alonso is hitting .403/.500/.778 with six doubles, seven homers, and 18 RBI.

Those stats make him the league leader in batting average, OBP, SLG, OPS, runs, hits, homers, extra base hits, and total bases. Simply put, Alonso has been dominating the Eastern League.  If he keeps this up, we may very well see him accumulate many more awards this season.


In case you didn’t know the Mets had a prospect.  Alonso is a former 2nd round pick and is a few months older than Dominic Smith.  He also may be a much better baseball player.  How long before he supplants Smith and the corpse of Adrian Gonzalez?

Adam Starblind Posted: April 30, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Callaway says Harvey might not make his next start after performance in 12-4 loss to Braves

Four games is a small sample size, but the early signs are not positive for Harvey as he attempts to rebound in the final year of his contract. The results are all too familiar to the previous two seasons when he struggled while dealing with injuries.

Harvey even sounded like he did the past two years by glossing over how poorly he pitched and instead focusing on what he believed to be a bright spot.

The righty put the Mets (13-5) in a 3-0 hole in the first by allowing a two-run homer to Kurt Suzuki, and Atlanta doubled the lead two innings later. Nick Markakis’ RBI single pushed the lead to 4-0, and Preston Tucker’s two-run double put Atlanta up by six runs.

Harvey ended his night by retiring 11 of the last 12 batters he faced, and he viewed his success in the fourth through sixth innings as a “big breakthrough.”

“I dug myself in a hole the last four starts,” Harvey said. “I really feel those last three innings were a big step out of that hole.”

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 21, 2018 at 02:32 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: doomed, mets

Thursday, April 19, 2018

It’s not just ownership that’s keeping Jose Reyes a Met

It’s all good when your team is winning.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2018 at 06:25 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, mets

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Deadspin: The Mets Previewed A Dark, Mets-y Future Last Night

When he trotted out for the eighth inning, Jacob deGrom became the first Mets starter to throw a pitch that late in a game this season. That lack of length hadn’t mattered much, as the team’s bullpen had been virtually spotless over the season’s first two weeks. DeGrom allowed two singles and struck out Michael A. Taylor, and Mickey Callaway made his move. The Mets co-ace left after 103 pitches and with what looked like ample cushion for a win. The bullpen needed only to get five outs before giving up five runs, and even for a unit that’s almost certainly over-worked that didn’t seem too much to ask.

It absolutely was. Seth Lugo spun four straight pitches outside the strike zone and gave way Jerry Blevins for what was supposed to be a superior match up with Bryce Harper. It wasn’t, as Harper knocked in two runs. Then it got bad. That is, it went full-on catatonic Mets-ing.

Yeah, that was a classic bullpen (and Mets) collapse of the type that hadn’t been seen from them this season.  And I can’t even really say that Callaway did anything wrong in managing the situation, it’s just that every reliever threw gas on the fire.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 17, 2018 at 04:29 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: doomed, mets, nationals

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Why Matt Harvey’s spot in Mets’ rotation isn’t completely safe

Both Mickey Callaway and his pitching coach, Dave Eiland, insist they have not yet contemplated what they will do if all the members of their rotation are available to them. Around the Mets you learn quickly — even in Year 1 in charge — not to plan too quickly on having too many starting pitchers.

But we also have learned this rather fast about the new leadership. They were not brought in to rebuild. That fervor to go for it now only has been heightened by the exquisite opening to this season.

Which brings us to Matt Harvey and his place in the Mets rotation. It would be overstating things to describe it as in peril. But it would be underselling it to term it perpetually safe.

For Harvey’s spot to be in jeopardy, Zack Wheeler is going to have to do more than make one eye-opening start. Jason Vargas is going to have to be fully ready to return. The others — Jason deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz — are going to have to stay healthy. But that is not as farfetched as it was even 10 days ago.

Neither Callaway nor Eiland wanted to touch that third rail about their current No. 4 starter. But Eiland did say about how decisions will be made, “We are here to win.”

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 15, 2018 at 10:36 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, April 13, 2018

Kevin Plawecki breaks left hand

Tomas Nido be enough?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2018 at 02:44 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin plawecki, mets

Monday, April 09, 2018

NJ.com:  Ex-Yankee Alex Rodriguez: I should’ve signed with the Mets

How differently history may have unfolded.  If the Mets have A-Rod in 2001, the might well have made the playoffs, and all of history since then changes.  No Art Howe, no Vaughn, no Alomar, and their awful era, no Duquette to trade Kazmir for Zambrano, etc etc.  But then probably no Beltran and who knows what next.

Adam Starblind Posted: April 09, 2018 at 10:10 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Amed Rosario hopes to steal some knowledge from Jose Reyes on being more aggressive on the bases | Newsday

Yes, please.

This year, Rosario said his plan is to be “100 percent” aggressive on the bases.

“If God provides me with health, I’ll be able to steal a lot of bases,” he said through an interpreter.

Count manager Mickey Callaway among the believers in that possibility. But base-stealing is a skill that takes time to develop, just like hitting and fielding.

“Base-stealing is something that is an art and it takes time to build, unless you’re just clearly outrunning the baseball,” Callaway said. “Baserunning takes great leads, a lot of instinct, a lot of research on what the pitcher’s doing and what he’s not doing.

“He can be a huge threat. He’s obviously one of the faster guys, footspeed-wise, in the big leagues. So if he can really hone in on his skills to really steal bases and get better and better at it, he can be a perennial base-stealer if he wants.”

Said Rosario of Callaway’s vote of confidence: “It’s very important to me. That encourages me to go and steal a lot of bases.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2018 at 09:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Sunday, April 08, 2018

With expected start, Zack Wheeler aligns Mets’ long-awaited rotation

The New York Mets have waited years for this rotation.

Zack Wheeler will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Wednesday against the Miami Marlins, finally aligning the five-man rotation New York has hoped to use for years.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced the right-hander’s upcoming start Sunday. It will mark the first time Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey and Wheeler make a rotation turn together. New York fans have hoped to see that five-man group since Matz debuted in 2015, but the pitchers have never been healthy and effective at the same time.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 08, 2018 at 11:19 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dreams do come true, mets

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Facebook Broadcast of Mets Game Runs Into Glitches and Complaints

The Mets-Phillies game was the first of the 25 games set to be aired on Facebook — one per week — and the early feedback was largely negative. Fans quickly voiced their displeasure with the newfangled broadcast and its glitches, and not just because they couldn’t watch their teams as they normally would: the Mets on SportsNet New York and the Phillies on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

Bored Posted: April 05, 2018 at 11:21 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: facebook, mets, phillies

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Rusty Staub, beloved Mets icon, dead at 73 | NYDN

In every way, Rusty Staub, the beloved Mets’ hitting icon, who passed away early Thursday morning at age 73, was bigger than life — a bigger-than-life baseball personality, humanitarian, gourmet chef, wine connoisseur, friend-to-all and, to the fans of Montreal, quite simply, “Le Grand Orange.”

Staub died at 12:30 a.m. Thursday at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach due to multiple organ failure. He was initially admitted with pneumonia, dehydration and an infection and had spent the last eight weeks in the hospital. He would have turned 74 on Sunday.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: March 29, 2018 at 12:12 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: in memoriam, mets, rusty staub

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Flukiest Games Ever Pitched

They caught lightning in a bottle (and brought it with them on the mound)

gehrig97 Posted: March 27, 2018 at 02:49 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: lucky games, mets, phillies, pirates, pitching

John Harper sits down with new Mets manager Mickey Callaway

Interesting interview.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2018 at 09:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, interviews, mets, mickey callaway

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.

GOODBYE 4EVER HATERZ

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

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