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Sunday, September 25, 2016

New York Mets’ hidden MVP: Their pitch framing - Mets Blog- ESPN

But what’s distinct about the Mets is this: The Giants and Dodgers each have one great pitch-framer (Buster Posey and Yasmani Grandal) and the Cubs have two (Miguel Montero and David Ross). The Mets have three.

What’s the tangible impact?

On a game-by-game basis, take Friday night’s win as an example. Rivera and d’Arnaud had a great game. They got 5.5 more strikes than would have been expected from the pitches that Phillies’ hitters took. It was their sixth-best game of the season in that regard

On a broader basis, the Mets led the league in called-strike rate last season and lead again in 2016. Bartolo Colon and Jacob deGrom ranked 4-5 in the NL in strikeout-to-walk ratio last season. Noah Syndergaard ranks second in 2016 (though admittedly he’s more reliant on swinging strikes). Addison Reed’s 6.6 strikeout-to-walk rate dwarves any of his previous four seasons. Jerry Blevins’ ratio is the second-best in his career.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pitch framing

Saturday, September 24, 2016

How Have The Mets Stayed In Contention

For all the legitimate criticism for his strategic gaffes, one thing that cannot be denied about manager Terry Collins is that the players have continued to play hard for him and they did not give up on the season when the injuries finally appeared to be taking their toll when the club fell under .500 in late-August.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Game Ender! Walk-off dazzler denies Mets

Off the bat, the Mets were convinced it was a home run—convinced that finally, for one night, they had managed to vanquish a Braves team bent on disrupting their Wild Card chase.

Ender Inciarte had other ideas. Racing over from his perch in center field, Inciarte leaped, thrust his glove over the fence and brought Yoenis Cespedes’ drive back into play. Rather than a walk-off homer, it became a game-ending out, allowing the Braves to cap a three-game sweep of the Mets with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

... Inciarte had a first step of -0.73 seconds on the play, which means he was actually moving before the crack of the bat. He reached a top speed of 19.2 mph and covered 104 feet.

Ender Inciarte can see into the future.

Brian White Posted: September 22, 2016 at 07:37 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ender inciarte, mets

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

3-team tie atop NL Wild Card | MLB.com

We could have a wild finish.

Tuesday’s Major League action saw the National League Wild Card race evened into a three-way tie between the Giants, Mets and Cardinals.

The trio has been trading places in the NL standings all month, with each club logging time in possession of a spot in the NL’s one-game playoff. But when the dust settled after Tuesday’s results, all three ended the day with an 80-71 record.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2016 at 06:35 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, mets, playoffs, wildcard

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Jacob deGrom will undergo elbow surgery

Jacob deGrom will undergo surgery later this week to address the ulnar nerve issue in his pitching elbow. Doctors will move the nerve, which is not considered a major procedure—although any surgery should not be minimized. DeGrom has estimated a three-month recovery time.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 20, 2016 at 04:32 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets, surgery

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mets playoff watch: Where they stand in postseason race | Newsday

Can the Mets hold on with this ragtag bunch?

With 13 games left on their schedule, the Mets (80-69) moved one game ahead of the San Francisco Giants at the top of the NL Wild Card standings with a 3-2 win over the Twins. The St. Louis Cardinals sit in third place, two games behind the Mets after a 3-0 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2016 at 09:18 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, terry collins

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Jacob deGrom leaves, as does Mets’ best route through playoffs | New York Post

More bad news for the Mets.

Instead, the Mets’ GM said Jacob deGrom had experienced renewed pain in his right elbow. DeGrom would not start Sunday for the first time since Sept. 1, as hoped. He almost certainly is done for the season, heading for an offseason surgery to relocate his ulnar nerve away from an area in which it is being compressed, likely by scar tissue.

DeGrom said doctors informed him the ligament — on which he already has had Tommy John surgery — was sound. The procedure he needs is not uncommon for Tommy John patients, and deGrom said he expects three months of recovery and to be fully ready for next spring training.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2016 at 11:05 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Heyman - Backman Didn’t Get Answer He Was Looking For From Mets

After Backman lost his chance at managing the Diamondbacks, his future in baseball was pretty much sealed. That he lasted this long in the Mets system shocks me.

Backman and GM Sandy Alderson didn’t see eye-to-eye on a lot of things, and Marc Carig of Newsday cited a few, such as Backman not agreeing to play Michael Conforto vs. lefties, and not agreeing to bat Brandon Nimmo. Though, in an interview with WFAN, Backman said, “Whoever put that out there, the source within the system, they lied. And that’s the part that pisses me off.” (Sources suggest this was indeed an issue, whether that’s his perception or not.)

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 02:39 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wally backman

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

How one World Series play 30 years ago shaped a beautiful baseball bromance | For The Win

Thankfully, I can now laugh at 1986.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 12:11 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, red sox

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Mets fire Wally Backman after manager went rogue

Wally Backman’s tenure in the Mets organization officially concluded Monday, with general manager Sandy Alderson’s announcement the popular figure from the 1986 World Series-winning club has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

But a club source indicated Backman was fired.

Backman spent the last seven years managing in the minors for the Mets. He guided the organization’s Triple-A team at Buffalo and Las Vegas for the last five years. In 2014 he was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year.

According to a source, Backman was told he was out because he didn’t use Brandon Nimmo in the leadoff spot and kept Michael Conforto on the bench against lefties, defying the organization’s wishes.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon nimmo, mets, michael conforto, minor leagues, wally backman

Monday, September 12, 2016

Yoenis Cespedes comes up big for wild-card chasing Mets

The Mets need a big few weeks from Cespedes.

Potentially getting injured starters Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz back before the end of the season would provide another boost to their playoff hopes. The Mets have leaned on a number of young arms recently to fill the holes in the rotation. It was Seth Lugo’s turn Sunday and he turned in seven innings, giving up two runs to lower his ERA to 2.40.

But until deGrom and Matz return, if they do, it’s up to Cespedes to carry the load and he’s shown with his play over the last week he’s willing and able to do so.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Terry Collins’ strategical blunder costs Mets — and hurts Flores | New York Post

What was the bench coach doing?

You could see the pain in Terry Collins’ eyes.

This loss was on him and he knew it. And as soon as the 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Braves was complete Saturday night at Turner Field, Collins fell on his sword.

He blew it.

He did not pinch run with two outs in the eighth inning and Wilmer Flores on second base after Flores crashed a ball near the top of the center-field fence for a double.

The Mets roster is bulging with players in September, and Collins did not use a pinch-runner for Flores. He picked the right pinch hitter in T.J. Rivera, who replaced Kelly Johnson, but he was one step slow on the pinch runner for the slow-footed Flores.

And it cost the Mets dearly.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, terry collins

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Critics of Mets’ Tim Tebow deal don’t get how this game works | New York Post

Another take.

Organizations sign high-end amateur athletic lottery tickets all the time and see if they can infuse nuanced baseball moves and skills. Most fail, yet no organization stops trying, hence all the investment into the athletic-hued players of Cuba, some of whom are in their late 20s like Tebow.

In other words, this machine already was operating before the Mets bought Tebow. No player – NONE – who demonstrates he has even a scintilla of a chance of making it to The Show is going to be blocked by Tebow.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2016 at 01:58 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Mets sign Tim Tebow - Minor League Ball

Really? It bothers John?

NEWSFLASH: Life isn’t always fair. It never will be completely fair. On the outrage meter, however, this shouldn’t even move the needle.

But I have to admit, the whole thing bothers me. There are dozens of players in independent baseball who have put in the work and effort to earn a shot in organized ball. Tebow gets to jump ahead in the line just because he is famous for non-baseball reasons.

Just another nail in the coffin of the idea that baseball is a pure meritocracy.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2016 at 01:51 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Tim Tebow signs with Mets | MLB.com

He’s a Met!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2016 at 01:42 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

For better or worse, Mets defined by homers

After nine homers in the three-game series against Cincinnati, including three in a 6-3 victory on Wednesday, New York has 192 homers—the second most in the National League this season. Ninety-five of those came on the road—sixth most in the Majors and 10 short of the franchise record. And, most importantly, nearly 54 percent of the Mets’ runs are scored by the homer, and they are 64-36 when they hit one out, compared to 10-30 when they don’t.

The Mets hit 9 homers in their 3 game sweep of the Reds. They did score 16 runs in the series, which is obviously pretty good, but not a lot considering all the homers. They only hit 4-19 with RISP.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 08, 2016 at 05:47 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Rumors & Rumblings: Bryant is scouts’ pick for NL MVP

Somebody is going to be very disappointed this off-season.

Right fielder Jose Bautista reportedly was seeking a five-year, $125 million contract extension from the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training.

The talks went nowhere and Bautista will become a free agent in November coming off an injury-ravaged season. He is hitting .227 with 17 home runs with a .793 OPS in 91 games following a six-year run where he hit a combined 227 homers and was selected to the All-Star Game each year.

It will be interesting to see how Bautista’s market plays out this winter. A source with knowledge of the situation says Bautista has not softened his stance on giving the Blue Jays a potential hometown discount and wants to see what offers are out there.

Executives and scouts aren’t sure what kind of deal Bautista will get.

“I know it’s not going to be five and 125,” an executive from an NL team said. “Beyond that, I really don’t know. That’s a tough one. I don’t see him going back to Toronto. I think that ship has sailed, especially since he is having leg issues now and Toronto plays on artificial turf. I say he winds up in the American League where DHing is an option.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 01:25 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cubs, jose bautista, mets, notes, phillies

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Heyman - David Wright Headed To California For Check-Up On Neck

Mets captain David Wright is off to Los Angeles today for a scheduled checkup on his surgically-repaired neck with his surgeon, noted back special Robert Watkins, with hopes of being cleared to resume some light baseball activities, or at least receive a schedule to do so.

Wright, who’s traveling from Cincinnati where he was with the team, confirmed the appointment via email, saying it was a “routine checkup” that was “set up after surgery.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 11:57 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injuries, mets

Jay Bruce clarifies report he did not want to be traded to Mets - NY Daily News

“The Reds came to me very early in the process and asked me where I wanted to go and I gave them three places I wanted to go and New York wasn’t one of them.

Seth Lugo keeps Mets rolling in 5-1 win over Nationals
“But that has nothing to do with the Mets or New York or anything like that. I had personal ties with places I wanted to go. It ended up not working out.”

What places? “San Francisco, Texas and L.A.,” Bruce said.

So is he upset to be a Met? “Absolutely not. I got a chance to come play in a playoff race and I’m so happy to be here. Things get misconstrued. Yes, New York was not on my list initially, that’s really all there is to it. Definitely wasn’t as comfortable with New York as I was the other places, but I’m happy to be here and we’re doing exactly what I hoped to do when I got here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets, reds

Monday, September 05, 2016

Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman keeping Mets alive in playoff race | Newsday

We used to view Lugo and Gsellman, a pair of lower-round 2011 picks, as temporary placeholders, Vegas guys keeping the rotation spots warm for Matz and Jacob deGrom. Not anymore. There’s no guarantee we’ll see either one again this season, and judging by the pace of their rehab stints, don’t get your hopes up.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2016 at 11:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Report: Before trade to the Mets, Jay Bruce asked to be sent ‘anywhere but New York’ | For The Win

Fatherhood has not hurt Bruce. He isn’t losing sleep or wasting energy changing diapers. Actually, he was still in Cincinnati when he became a father and was having a great year. Then they traded him to New York and his numbers declined in a New York minute. I was told when he knew he would be traded he went to the Reds and asked them to trade him anywhere but to New York. Guess they didn’t hear him right and thought he said, “Please trade me to New York.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2016 at 11:21 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets, reds

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Neil Walker Likely To Undergo Season-Ending Back Surgery

News of Walker’s herniated disk broke earlier this morning, and while GM Sandy Alderson originally expressed some optimism, manager Terry Collins said prior to tonight’s contest that surgery was an option, though the team and Walker were waiting on a second opinion before making a final decision. That decision, now, looks to have been made, and it comes as a significant blow for a Mets team that topped the Marlins tonight and currently sits just two games back of the second Wild Card spot in the National League.

Walker, 30, has been one of the Mets’ best hitters in 2016, batting .282/.347/.476 with 23 home runs in 458 plate appearances. With the switch-hitter removed from the picture, the Mets can turn to a combination of Kelly Johnson, Wilmer Flores, Jose Reyes and T.J. Rivera to share time between third base and second base

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 01, 2016 at 01:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Granderson homers twice off bench, Mets beat Marlins 7-4

Curtis Granderson came off the bench and homered twice, Jose Reyes had four hits and the surging New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-4 on Tuesday night.

Asdrubal Cabrera extended his recent tear at the plate, hitting a two-run homer in his return to the lineup after missing one start due to a sore left knee. Rookie right-hander Seth Lugo (2-2) gave up two runs in the first inning but recovered nicely as the Mets won for the eighth time in 10 games.

By winning the first two games of the four-game series, New York (68-64) moved ahead of slumping Miami for second place in the NL East. Both teams began the day 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the league’s second wild card.

Granderson has hit 22 homers this year and somehow managed to only drive in 38 runs.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: August 31, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, August 26, 2016

Mets try to salvage challenging season, but know changes are inevitable

At least he has a good perspective.

“They may fire me at the end of the year,’’ Collins told USA TODAY Sports, “but they have supported my ass the entire time I’ve been here. That’s why I’ve got no (complaints). None.

“Whatever happens at the end of the year, I’ll walk out of here with a smile on my face, and get ready for spring training, or get ready to play golf, either one.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mets Insider: Steven Matz to see team doctors - NY Daily News

Update (8/22/2016 3:10 PM EDT): Shoulder stain and rotator cuff irritation.

Shoulder not elbow. Ugh.

The Mets are still hopeful to have Steven Matz this week for their crucial series with the Cardinals. The Long Island lefty was heading to New York Sunday night to have his shoulder examined by team doctors Monday.

The Mets are holding his next scheduled start open for him, listing their starter for Thursday’s finale against the Cardinals as “TBA,” until they hear the diagnosis.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, steven matz

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