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Monday, June 29, 2015

Meet the Matz: Historic debut for Mets lefty | MLB.com

Makes sure you watch the videos. His grandfather’s reaction to one of his hits was priceless.

Then, just like that, Matz transformed into a force as dominant at the plate as he was on the mound. The rookie from Long Island cracked a two-run double in his first big league plate appearance Sunday, en route to a three-hit, four-RBI day in the Mets’ 7-2 win over the Reds.

Turns out all the Mets’ flagging offense needed was … another starting pitcher. Matz became the first player—pitcher or otherwise—in franchise history to drive home four runs in his debut, and the first Mets pitcher to do it in any game since Dwight Gooden in 1990. He was the first pitcher to have three hits in his debut since Jason Jennings did it for the Rockies in 2001.

He is the first pitcher on record (since 1914) to have three hits and four RBIs in his first Major League game, and the 11th player overall. He’s also the only pitcher with four-plus RBIs in his debut, regardless of hits.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Saturday, June 27, 2015

GM: Mets willing to ‘overpay’ for hitter, but nothing available - Mets Blog - ESPN

General manager Sandy Alderson insisted that he is willing to “overpay” to acquire a bat to aid the New York Mets, but there simply is nothing to bid on right now.

“I would characterize us as somewhat aggressive,” Alderson said Friday. “… Are we prepared to overpay? Me, personally, yeah, I’m prepared to overpay. But there has to be something to overpay for.

“You get to the point where you’re prepared, based on the short term, to maybe do a little more than you’d otherwise do,” the GM added. “But there still has to be something out there that’s attractive that you really believe is going to help your team.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:31 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson


Friday, June 26, 2015


Wilmer Flores may shift to second base: source | New York Post

Wilmer Flores is not a shortstop.

Wilmer Flores’ next destination could be second base.

According to a club source, the Mets have begun discussing the possibility of installing Ruben Tejada as the shortstop and moving Flores to second once Daniel Murphy returns from the disabled list. In that setup, Murphy would play third base.

“That would be the best defensive alignment,” the source said.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mets eyeing move of Wilmer Flores from SS to second base

A source familiar with internal discussions confirmed to ESPN.com that there is a “good possibility” that Flores will be shifted to second base when Daniel Murphy returns from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.

Murphy would man third base, while Flores would play second base and Ruben Tejada—at least in the short term—would handle shortstop. Struggling rookie Dilson Herrera would be the odd man out as far as a starting infielder.

I’d assume Herrera would be demoted to AAA, since there is no reason to keep him on the bench.

Mark S. is bored Posted: June 25, 2015 at 12:31 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Petchesky: Study: Mets Fans Bad At English

Shut up, you moran.

The study (via the Wall Street Journal) is highly unscientific and for entertainment purposes only, but oh how entertaining it is. The company proofread 150 comments from articles on each of the 30 teams’ official websites, all at least 50 words long, and counted up the spelling and grammar mistakes per 100 words. And while baseball fans as a whole are stronger than their football counterparts, things still get pretty rough, especially in the Northeast.

JE (Jason) Posted: June 23, 2015 at 12:48 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, mets

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mets MGR Terry Collins on life and his Dad

if you read only one Father’s Day sports story this weekend, make it this one

“Terry Collins moved his father to Florida last winter, but as spring training approached, the old man’s compass pointed back to Midland, Michigan. It’s freezing up there, said Terry. But Loren “Bud” Collins was 95, and knew where he wanted to rest.

“I just think it’s time to go home,” he said.”

Howie Menckel Posted: June 20, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general, mets

Friday, June 19, 2015

Surgery not on table for Lagares | Amazin’ Stories | NorthJersey.com

Rest or Tommy John surgery?

The possibility of surgery was broached earlier in the afternoon when manager Terry Collins said the ways for Lagares’ elbow to improve would be to rest or have Tommy John surgery. Collins added Lagares can play through this injury.

“A lot of guys have,” Collins said. “We just have to be careful he doesn’t get crazy and make an awkward throw or try to overthrow too much.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: juan lagares, mets

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Keith Hernandez says he still makes $3,000 a year from ‘Seinfeld’ royalties

He’s got money. Why doesn’t he just pay a mover?

Elvis Posted: June 16, 2015 at 04:34 PM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: keith hernandez, mets, seinfeld, tv

Harper: With Gee out, time for Mets to welcome Matz - NY Daily News

Watch those innings. It certainly worked for the Nationals with Strasburg.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard, steven matz

Monday, June 15, 2015

NY Daily News:  Mets designate pitcher Dillon Gee for assignment

  With Gee seemingly out of options, the Mets announced Friday he would make a spot start against the Braves on Sunday. Gee, looking to prove he belonged in the rotation, was crushed and the Mets DFA’d him Monday.

In six seasons with the Mets, Gee went 40-37 with a 4.03 ERA.

Adam Starblind Posted: June 15, 2015 at 04:22 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

New York Mets promote Virgin Islands native Akeel Morris

Gee will be unavailable for a few days after starting Sunday’s game. Bobby Parnell will not be asked to work a third straight day on Monday as he returns from Tommy John surgery. And Sean Gilmartin’s availability for the series opener against the Jays also is questionable since he logged two innings on Sunday.

So Morris—a 10th-round pick in 2010—appears a very brief safety net and an appropriate choice because he already is on the 40-man roster and within relative proximity.

Vic Black, also on the 40-man roster, was unavailable for promotion because of a minor leg injury unrelated to his previous issues and because he had not spent the required 10 days in the minors since being taken off a rehab assignment. He has not pitched for Triple-A Las Vegas in six days.

Morris, a 22-year-old right-hander from the U.S. Virgin Islands, has 13 saves in 14 chances and a 1.69 ERA with the Florida State League club.

He primarily relies on a fastball that sits at 90-94 mph and touches 96-97 mph as well as a changeup. He also has a curveball.

Morris has really been tough to hit in the low minors, only 29 hits in 88 IP with lots of strikeouts and walks the last two years.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: June 15, 2015 at 05:58 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mets eyeing Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers third baseman, sources say - Newsday

According to Foxsports.com reports, the clubs have engaged in preliminary discussions, though the talks have gained little traction.

[Aramis] Ramirez, 36, is a three-time All-Star with plans to retire after the season. He is off to a slow start, hitting .213 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 48 games.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 05:52 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: aramis ramirez, brewers, mets

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mets turned biggest strength into a mess that’s not going away | New York Post

Is it the Mets or the sportswriters turning this into a mess?

The arrangement already has infuriated Gee, who has felt yo-yoed. The Mets have tried to trade him since the beginning of last offseason and may have been able to swap him to the Dodgers for Juan Uribe (before Uribe was moved to the Braves). But at the time the Mets did not think David Wright’s absence was going to be extended much further and were comfortable with the pre-DL Daniel Murphy playing third.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Mets hint at call-up time for stud lefty Steven Matz | New York Post

Back to a five-man rotation with another young gun coming up in a few weeks.

Manager Terry Collins on Saturday scrapped the team’s new six-man rotation — sending Gee to the bullpen — that had been implemented to help ensure Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard won’t need shutdowns or layoffs during the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 07:25 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

New York Mets’ six-man rotation about protecting arms, young and old - Mets Blog - ESPN

Of course, they don’t even know if it will be effective.

“It’s not without precedent. That’s the significant thing,” said John Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball. “In baseball, almost everything has precedent. Even when we went from a one-man rotation to a two, or from a two to a three, it was from the worry of overuse and the shrinking number of off-days. That has been a constant since the 1870s.

“The Mets are different in that it’s a ‘prophylactic’ use of the six-man rotation. They are trying to avoid burnout of an older guy like Colon. They are trying to take the innings limit that they’ve placed on Matt Harvey and stretch it out to the end, just in case they’re still in contention. So I think this use of the six-man rotation reflects a measure of planning rather than an emergency situation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sabermetrics, six man rotations

Monday, June 01, 2015

NYPOST - Braziller: A torrid series later, the Mets have found their 3rd baseman

He’s making the most of that chance thus far. The oft-criticized infielder was a major reason the Mets avoided a sweep at the hands of the Marlins on Sunday, driving in the game-winning run with a double in the 4-3 victory at Citi Field.

That was just a microcosm of his big weekend. Tejada played a solid third base and went 5-for-12 at the plate, including a three-run double in Saturday’s 9-5 loss. Of his eight RBIs this year, seven have come against the struggling Marlins.

He was so impressive Collins said Tejada is the guy at third base until Wright returns from his back injury, whenever that is.

I like Ruben Tejada.  We can use this fact as a starter for a general Mets thread.

Lassus Posted: June 01, 2015 at 11:25 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, May 31, 2015

MLB.com: Bartolo Colon Renders Your DH Arguments Invalid

A must-watch that deserves its own thread.

I got your DH right here, Calcaterra.  Why are you kicking the joy of baseball in the face?

Lassus Posted: May 31, 2015 at 06:45 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, dh, mets

Thursday, May 28, 2015

How alarming is Mets’ current condition? Rating the issues - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman on the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mets Pitch Advantages of a Six-Man Rotation - WSJ

A six-man rotation with a stacked bullpen won’t help the Mets score more runs.

“I’m trying not to have any more Tommy Johns,” Collins said. “I’m trying not to have any more sore shoulders. I’m trying to make sure we’re all rested and that, in September when we’re playing for something, your guys are out there pitching.”

Compared with those alternatives, the six-man rotation was the most palatable option. “You know what, they all nodded their heads, and whatever they said when they walked out of the room, I really don’t care at this moment,” Collins said. “We had to do what we think is best.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2015 at 10:52 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mets’ David Wright diagnosed with spinal stenosis, shut down for at least a week.

“They thought it would be gone by now, but the fact he is still feeling something,” Mets assistant GM John Ricco explained Saturday afternoon. “I think the initial diagnosis was stenosis, which is a narrowing of his spinal column, not anything structural.

“At this point he should be feeling pain-free for the most part and he is not,” Ricco said. “This is the way they recommended to try to heal it. Strengthen the core and hopefully stabilize the back.”

Stenosis can be very serious. It was stenosis in the neck that caused Giants running back David Wilson to retire last year and it ended Lenny Dykstra’s career.

Ricco said that the Mets have been told Wright’s case is not at that level of a diagnosis and that he will continue to do core exercises to try and strengthen the back during this week of “rest.”

Hopefully this ends better than it did for Edge. :(

Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: May 24, 2015 at 12:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Saturday, May 23, 2015

DJ Short: UPDATE: David Wright diagnosed with spinal stenosis

Stenosis? I hardly know her.

UPDATE: Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Wright has been diagnosed with stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal column. That doesn’t sound good. The Mets believe that the injury will heal, but there’s no timetable. They probably can’t count on him anytime soon.

2:50 p.m. ET: Rough news for the Mets here, as Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that David Wright has been shut down for another week due to continued back issues.

JE (Jason) Posted: May 23, 2015 at 04:10 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injury, mets

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

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