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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mets close season optimistic for next year

It was more than a year ago that Harvey emerged from an MRI tube in Manhattan, setting the Mets on their current path. Testing that day revealed a partially torn ligament in Harvey’s right elbow. He underwent surgery. The Mets lost their best pitcher and—though they shied away from admitting it at the time—their greatest chance at a quick return to playoff glory.

They fought anyway. They propped themselves up by signing Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon at the Winter Meetings, trumpeting those players as cogs in their long-awaited salvation. But the thought lingered that without Harvey, their fate had already been cast.

In reality, to pin the Mets’ sixth consecutive losing season on Harvey’s injury would be to dismiss all context. Had Harvey been healthy, the Mets might never have discovered rookie Jacob deGrom, who spent most of the summer putting up Harvey-like numbers. Even Harvey may not have been able to change the luck of New York, which finished as the league’s only sub-.500 team that scored more runs (629) than it allowed (618).

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 28, 2014 at 09:30 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mets outfielder Bobby Abreu, former All-Star and Gold Glove winner, retires

I wonder what Kevin Stocker is doing now?

Bobby Abreu’s illustrious 18 year career is coming to an end. The Mets outfielder announced today that he will retire.

Over the course of his career, Abreu was one of the best hitters in baseball. He’s hit .291 in his career with a .395 on-base percentage. This season, only Victor Martinez, Andrew McCutchen and Jose Bautista have posted an OBP higher than that.

Abreu signed with the Mets in April and has had two stints with them this season—his last stop in a career that began in Houston, then seven years in Philadelphia, then the Yankees, then the Dodgers and Angels.

Abreu was an All-Star in 2004 and 2005, and won a Gold Glove in 2005 as well.

He told reporters he would eventually like to become a hitting coach.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 04:54 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, bobby abreu, dodgers, mets, phillies, rays, yankees

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

30 for 30 Shorts: ‘Fields of Fear’

Welcome back to our 30 for 30 documentary short series.

Mackey Sasser was an exceptional catcher for the New York Mets in the late 1980s and early ’90s. He could hit. He could manage a pitching staff. He could nail you trying to steal second base. But one day, there was something Sasser couldn’t do. He couldn’t throw the ball back to the pitcher. Suddenly the most basic act for a catcher was next to impossible for Sasser. What happened? This film explores the mental side of the game and shows how a childhood trauma can come back to overwhelm a professional athlete, and how confronting it can lead to recovery.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2014 at 05:19 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: 30 for 30, film, mackey sasser, mental issues, mets

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mets near extension with GM Alderson

The Daily News was first to report that the Mets plan to give Alderson a three-year extension on his current deal, which expires after this season. Alderson and manager Terry Collins, who is under a guaranteed contract next season, both came aboard before the 2011 campaign.

Alderson, 66, has guided the Mets to a 301-341 record over his first four seasons in the front office. Best known for his work with the A’s of the 1980s and ‘90s, Alderson has reduced the Mets’ payroll from more than $140 million in 2011 to less than $85 million this season. His most significant moves have been giving third baseman David Wright an eight-year, $138 million extension, signing outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million free-agent deal and trading Carlos Beltran and Marlon Byrd for prospects.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 22, 2014 at 07:52 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, September 19, 2014

John Thorn: Fame & Fandom

Baseball Fan Hall Of Fame debates? (cough) (cough) (cough) (cough) Thorn offers lists for celebrity and non-celebrity wings of the BBFHOF.

Dedicated in 1939, baseball’s shrine was not the nation’s first Hall of Fame, despite the nearly universal impression that it was: Its inspiration was the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, created on a New York University campus in 1901 to honor men and women who had achieved greatness in any of 16 categories. Yet in the media age ushered in by radio and the talkies, missionaries and explorers were no longer our idols. Athletes were, but they couldn’t enter the Hall of Fame unless they bought a ticket. While Hilda Chester’s cowbell, which assaulted tender ears and sensibilities at Ebbets Field, or Freddy Schuman’s frying pan, which has had a similar effect at Yankee Stadium in recent years, might make it into a Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit, neither Hilda nor Freddy would ever be inducted. They have been denied the 21st century’s inalienable right to immortality, just as athletes once were. If in the metastasizing spread of celebrity there are halls of fame for policemen (Miami Beach), businessmen (Chicago), and clowns (Delavan, Wisc.), why not a shrine for fans?

Greg Franklin Posted: September 19, 2014 at 06:41 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: celebrities, fans, hall of fame, history, mets

Monday, September 15, 2014

Steven Matz, other top minor league Mets to be honored at Citi Field on Monday

Long Island’s Steven Matz finally got called to Citi Field.

Though it’s only to accept an award.

For now.

Matz, who was born in Stony Brook and attended Ward Melville High School, is scheduled to be honored prior to Monday’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Marlins with the Sterling Pitcher of the Year award as the Mets’ best minor league pitcher.
Matz, 23, is the top lefthanded pitching prospect in the Mets’ system. He had a 2.21 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 12 starts with Single-A Advanced St. Lucie before a promotion to Double-A Binghamton. In 12 starts with the Binghamton Mets, Matz had a 2.27 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. He helped lead the team to an Eastern League championship, even taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning of the title clincher.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 15, 2014 at 06:52 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ex-top Mets Executive Sues Team Over Firing

so the wilpons cannot manage a competitive team, finances nor people.  it’s the trifecta!

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 10, 2014 at 09:27 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: discrimination, mets, wilpon

(David) Wright to sit rest of season due to balky shoulder

NEW YORK—Back when David Wright initially jammed his left shoulder in June, sliding to second base on a routine play, he never could have envisioned the injury consuming his summer. He never could have imagined sitting at a late-night press conference in the bowels of Citi Field, as he did Tuesday, announcing that he will miss the rest of the season due to “persistent inflammation” in the joint.

“This season,” Wright said, “has left a sour taste in my mouth.”

With it now officially behind him, Wright will embark on a six-week rehab program, which he hopes will bring his shoulder back to 100 percent, allow him to avoid surgery and to “return to doing what I firmly believe I’m capable of doing on the baseball field.”

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:48 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, September 05, 2014

NY Daily News: Terry Collins’ future with NY Mets has become tough to read

Also, Matt Harvey will throw a few more bullpen sessions and then be shut down, and some Grim LeRogue wannabe can’t talk to Justin Turner.

Unsure about the Mets leadership situation? Join the club. As someone whose job is to report on these things, I’d like to relay that the signs emanating from the organization are foggier than in recent years, and that in itself is interesting.

It’s not just reporters who are unsure. There seems to be genuine internal debate and uncertainty over what the team will do; as one well-connected Mets official put it, “I just can’t get a feel for what’s going to happen this time.”

Added another Mets person, on Collins’ chances to return: “I think we have a ways to go before that’s decided.”...

The manager has his backers in the organization, and he has his detractors; both sides seem still to be discussing the future. I still believe that there is a slight lean toward the status quo, but also that the atypical lack of clarity is telling. In other words: It should be an interesting month.

“You wonder if this comes down to a five-game losing streak, or five-game winning streak,” said one major league official in touch with Mets people.

The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 12:58 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: justin turner, matt harvey, mets, terry collins

No No: A Dockumentary - Rotten Tomatoes

No No: A Dockumentary, a portrait of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis and the no-hitter he threw while on acid, is at 100 percent.

Movie Info

On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 137 years of organized professional baseball, it’s the only no-hitter tossed while the pitcher was on LSD. Dock was often embroiled in controversy on and off the field. While professional baseball hadn’t fully embraced racial equality, he was an outspoken leader who lived the expression ‘Black is Beautiful!’ His fearlessness enabled him to become one of the most intimidating pitchers of the 70’s and a trailblazer for a new wave of civil rights. (C) The Orchard

Unrated, 1 hr. 40 min.
Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: Jeffrey Radice
In Theaters: Sep 5, 2014 Limited
The Orchard - Official Site

The District Attorney Posted: September 05, 2014 at 11:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dock ellis, mets, movies, no no a dockumentary, pirates, rangers, yankees

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Brisbee: Finding baseball’s most hopeless franchise

The included tweet should guarantee the honor just on principle.

Old teams in large markets with thin farm systems

This is where the Phillies are. This is where the Yankees are. Here be the White Sox… None of these teams will ever qualify for most-screwed status, though… their large-market status will always guarantee that there’s someone in a worse spot.

Older teams in small markets

The Reds might really be screwed… A lot of what makes the Reds a sorta-contender now, though, could still be good in the future… In about a week, the Brewers could be here… A lot of their best players are still 30 or under, though, so I’m not sure if they’re close to an “old” team just yet…

Cursed teams

the Padres… have a respected farm system, for what it’s worth, and they have young talent on the roster. Heck, they’re close to .500 right now because they’ve proven adept at developing pitchers, at least the ones who stay healthy.

They make the list, though, because they’re the Padres…

The Rockies

They get their own category because they win. What are the Rockies? Have you ever seen a team like this, a team so committed to its GM through 90-loss seasons, unless that’s not really the GM? An owner who might be something of a meddler and whose brain might be filled with gestational YouTube comments that he filters through his fingers and shares with fans?

Their franchise players are chronically hurt, and they have a long track record of breaking young pitchers, both in body and spirit. Everything about them is a mess right now, from the top down. That’s all before you get to the worst part: They already start with the biggest disadvantage in baseball, the thin air of Coors Field… It’s one of the Hilbert problems of baseball, except it’s been the same mathematicians working on the problem for the last 15 years, and most of the available evidence suggests they’re using a watch calculator with the “7” key missing.

The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:27 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets, padres, phillies, reds, rockies, white sox, yankees

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Gleeman: John Holdzkom goes from anonymous podcast caller to the big leagues

Tremendous!

Two years ago (October 16, 2012 to be exact) I was listening to Chelsea Peretti’s podcast when an anonymous 24-year-old caller named “John” told her the story of how his once-promising baseball career went downhill and he blew through his $210,000 signing bonus after being drafted by the Mets out of high school… I did a little internet detective work and discovered the caller was 24-year-old right-hander John Holdzkom, a former Mets fourth-round draft pick who at the time was pitching for them at Single-A. They later released him and Holdzkom had to play independent ball just to keep his dream alive.

He pitched for two different independent league teams this year alone, but then the Pirates signed him and sent Holdzkom to Double-A. He thrived there, kept pitching well following a promotion to Triple-A, and then got the call up to the big leagues as part of September roster expansion.

Last night Holdzkom, now 26 years old, made his MLB debut. And it was a helluva debut, too: He struck out all three batters he faced in a scoreless eighth inning against the Cardinals…

I just hope Holdzkom calls back in to Chelsea Peretti’s podcast to update his story.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Backman named PCL’s top manager

Shouldn’t Vegas be the Aces? Are they named after Roswell, in a different state? What is this??

Wally Backman on Friday was named the 2014 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year… With three games left in the regular season, Backman has led the 51s to the PCL’s best record, at 80-61, after guiding it to an 81-63 mark last season that was the second-best in the league…

Finishing second to Backman in the Manager of the Year voting was Sacramento’s Steve Scarsone, followed by Memphis’ Pop Warner and Reno’s Phil Nevin, who earned Backman’s vote.

Backman said Nevin, whose Aces could be the 51s’ first-round playoff opponent — the first two games are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at Cashman Field — does a great job of matching wits against him…

Backman was named Arizona Diamondbacks manager on Nov. 1, 2004 but was fired on Nov. 5 amid legal and financial revelations… While Backman declined to speculate if winning the PCL award might help his quest to become a big league manager, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said recently at Cashman Field that he’s a capable candidate.

“He certainly deserves an opportunity, especially with the consistency of his winning at both this level and previously at the Double-A level,” Alderson said. “It’s very possible.”

As for what has prevented Backman from already getting an opportunity, Alderson said it’s hard to say.

“Each organization might be looking for someone slightly different,” he said. “Eventually there may be a match.”

The District Attorney Posted: August 31, 2014 at 10:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: las vegas 51s, mets, minor leagues, wally backman

Madden:Captain Catch-22: Offenses suffer with Derek Jeter, David Wright in prime batting order spots

Carleton Carpenter, Debbie Reynolds and Aba Daba Honeymoon incredibly still live on from ‘51…so should grace saving Batting Averages!

On the other hand, Jeter’s decline, in which, since late June, he’s had more parting gifts from opposing teams than extra base hits, has been both sad to watch and a real dilemma for Yankee manager Joe Girardi. While it would be tough to finger Jeter as the primary culprit for the Yankees’ offensive struggles this season — there are plenty of other more worthy candidates for that in the middle of the order — his inability to get around on almost any hard-throwing righties, his seven extra base hits since June 24, and the 12-point drop in his batting average since Aug. 1 cries out for moving him out of the No. 2 hole to the bottom of the lineup. But even though Girardi so famously stated he wasn’t hired to manage a farewell tour, he’s forced to do just that because moving Jeter would create a whole new media controversy that this delicate Yankee season doesn’t need.

At the same time, suggestions that Girardi should start giving more and more at-bats at shortstop to defensively superior Brendan Ryan or Stephen Drew are absurd, if only because neither of them is going to provide any added juice to the lineup, or is being groomed to succeed Jeter next year. Rather, for all of us who have admired Jeter’s sustained excellence and nobility these past 19 seasons, the hope is he just finishes the season respectably and not in the throes of a prolonged slump that drops his batting average — his one saving grace right now — to under .250 or worse. Remember, Joe DiMaggio hit .263 his final season, at only 36. So much has been said about the Yankees needing to get Jeter to just one more October. But considering the way Jeter is struggling down the stretch, maybe, for his sake, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing if the finish line came sooner.

Repoz Posted: August 31, 2014 at 06:24 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets, yankees

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mets call up Dilson Herrera, have “talked about” d’Arnaud to LF

Travis d’Arnaud has willed himself into becoming a keeper. He stared down deep struggle this year, and emerged as the talent he was supposed to be. For passing the emotional test that separates prospects from duds, he deserves nothing but credit.

But there remains one serious concern, though it is no fault of his: D’Arnaud is just 25 years old, and has suffered four known concussions. This is an issue that he takes seriously, and that has led some on the staff to wonder if a shift to left field might preserve the best parts of d’Arnaud, without risking his brain…

To be very clear: [manager Terry] Collins stressed that this is not a likely change, or a scenario that has been seriously discussed, within the organization or with the player. Do not walk away from this column believing that d’Arnaud might be the Mets’ left fielder next year. Instead, view this as a revealing thought experiment.

Seasoned baseball people are taking seriously these factors: D’Arnaud’s concussion history, the need for power in the outfield, and the presence of catching prospect Kevin Plawecki at Triple-A Las Vegas.

The head injuries are most important.

Adam Rubin
@AdamRubinESPN

Mets place Daniel Murphy on DL and call up Dilson Herrera from Double-A. Whoa.

 

The District Attorney Posted: August 28, 2014 at 10:45 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: dilson herrera, mets, travis d'arnaud

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Brooklyn Cyclones, Nickelodeon to host ‘90s night

Kelly Kapowski or GTFO

The Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York Mets’ Class A affiliate, and Nickelodeon are hosting a “The ‘90s Are All That” night Wednesday at MCU Park.

Kel Mitchell, who co-starred in “All That,” “Kenan & Kel” and “Good Burger,” will throw out the first pitch before the Cyclones take on the Staten Island Yankees.

Angelica Pickles, Tommy Pickles and Chuckie Finster from “Rugrats” are scheduled to make appearances, and the concession stand employees will be wearing “Good Burger” hats. Also promised for Wednesday are Pogs, Pokemon and a Mario Kart push cart race.

The District Attorney Posted: August 27, 2014 at 10:54 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, promotions

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Neyer: Over the hill but still strong on the hill

Hamburger Hill, in Colon’s case.

When the Rockies signed LaTroy Hawkins and said he’€™d be their highest-leverage reliever, we were all like, “Hey, what could go wrong? He’€™s only 41 and hasn’€™t done this job since 2004. And he’€™s got only two seasons in his whole career with more than 14 saves.”

Well, Monday night Hawkins collected his 21st save this season… How does Hawkins do it? Just like [Bartolo] Colon, with lots and lots of fastballs, although Hawkins does throw significantly harder, averaging around 93 miles an hour. And that’€™s the most interesting about him: Hawkins hasn’€™t lost anything off his fastball in a long time now. You’€™re supposed to lose something as you age. That’€™s what they always say, right? But Hawkins threw 93 in 2002 when he was 29, and he throws 93 in 2014 when he’€™s 41. He threw his slider 88 and his curveball 78 in 2004 when he was 31, and he throws his slider 88 and his curveball 78 in 2014 when he’s 41.

One more note about Hawkins ... As you might recall, he began his career as a highly regarded starting pitcher. Except that didn’€™t work out well, at all. After five seasons that included 98 starts and a 6.11 ERA, the Twins finally shifted Hawkins to relief duties, and in 15 years as a fireman—€“ he hasn’€™t started a single game in the last 15 years—€“ he’€™s posted a solid 3.25 ERA. Of course, many failed starters have enjoyed long careers as relievers. But I’€™m not sure many have done it as dramatically as LaTroy Hawkins.

The District Attorney Posted: August 26, 2014 at 02:09 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, latroy hawkins, mets, rob neyer, rockies

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sherman: Mets’ key offseason decision will be what to do with Murphy

Perhaps this other article "Dodgers walk Murphy to face Wright" might offer some clues…

indications are the Mets are not showing much enthusiasm to have [Daniel] Murphy join David Wright and Curtis Granderson as the long-term foundational pieces of the lineup, in part, because the deals for Wright and Granderson look as if they could go rather bad.

For better or worse, this is a front office that believes in drawing walks and hitting homers, areas Murphy does not excel. Murphy’s defense at second also has regressed… In addition, Mets officials have noticed how many multi-year second base deals went rotten. Dan Uggla (five years at $62 million) might be done as a player with one year still remaining on that deal. Arizona (Aaron Hill, three years at $35 million), Milwaukee (Rickie Weeks, four years, $38.7 million) and Cincinnati (Brandon Phillips, six years, $72.5 million) each tried mightily to get out of as much of its second base pacts as possible, without success… Conversely, teams have been interested in Murphy. The Padres, for example, tried on multiple occasions to obtain him, offering Luke Gregerson last offseason before using the righty reliever to get Seth Smith from Oakland. A good deal of that pursuit was influenced by San Diego’s VP of baseball operations, Omar Minaya, who was the Mets’ general manager in 2006 when Murphy was drafted and who always has been a fan of the player.

But San Diego is not alone in seeing how Murphy can be an asset. He leads the NL in hits. There were executives who told me they see his best value as a Ben Zobrist type — playing regularly, but at multiple positions — but without Zobrist’s defensive acumen. The Padres, for example, were going to move him all over the field in 2014 and see how he handled third base, in particular, to gauge if he could replace Chase Headley, who was in his final year before free agency. Clubs such as Tampa Bay and Oakland gravitate to players like this.

The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 06:14 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, mets

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Looking past the stat line: Noah Syndergaard

These things considered, there are many positives in Syndergaard’s stat line this season. Most importantly, he is a hard thrower who has stayed healthy and logged 118.1 innings this season. He will get a few more starts before the end of the season and is on track for close to a full MLB starters’ workload next season, assuming he makes the club. Syndergaard also has struck out more than a batter per inning, which suggests his stuff is fine, and has walked a reasonable 3.04 hitters per nine. His K/BB ratio, one of the statistics I most highly value, is a solid 3.18.

When we factor in the park effects, the most likely contributor to his .379 BABIP and 11 home runs (despite allowing just 78 fly balls – a 24.68% rate), his numbers look even better. Both the hit and home run totals are inflated and reflect neither his true talent nor his performance this season. If these numbers were to normalize, Syndergaard’s ERA and WHIP would drop to the point where this discussion would no longer be necessary.

Instead of being disappointed, I am pleased with how Syndergaard has thrown this season. He got hit around in a hitter’s park a bit, but he still showed signs of dominance by racking up the sixth most strikeouts in all of Triple-A baseball this season. The tools that landed him ninth on the BP Midseason Top 50 are intact, and though the young fireballer hasn’t been able to make his MLB debut and solidify himself as planned, his future outlook remains unchanged.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Roth: The Mets’ Matt Harvey problem is a Mets problem

Like a thunderbolt in your Cheerios, son… wake up and smell the toxic waste.

It would naturally seem strange to observers unused to the thin air and heavy gravity of Planet Wilpon that the [Mets] would go so egregiously and strangely out of its way to alienate [Matt] Harvey, who was most recently criticized by team officials and manager Terry Collins for expressing the apparently scandalous sentiment that he’d like to return to the mound this season… It’s not that all this is any less strange to those of us who make our summer homes on Planet Wilpon, but it is so deeply, wearyingly familiar. And it’s familiar not just because this type of weird reflexive scolding has followed Harvey through his rise to stardom, but because it is something like the Wilpon way. This cartoonish meta-leadership is the only thing the Wilpons do reliably. They say “no” and “stop” and “don’t” because they can, and to remind themselves and everyone else who gets to say no and stop and don’t.

It’s a dumb and high-handed way to deal with Matt Harvey—it’s a dumb and high-handed way to deal with anyone—but the willful hypocrisy and silly-salty umbrage of it is, in a backhanded way, clarifying. The Wilpon Way is to demand accountability from others, but not from themselves; it is to demand steely discipline from everyone but those making that demand.

It’s a bummer, of course, and not just where it relates to Matt Harvey. The self-satirizing elements of it—these petty and childish men decrying a lack of maturity in others, these mediocre men demanding what they cannot earn and can’t afford—are maybe too successful as satire to be especially funny. There is no need for the Wilpons to keep reminding everyone who is in charge in Queens, although that will not stop them from doing it. It’s impossible to forget, and difficult to ignore. That’s the problem.

The District Attorney Posted: August 19, 2014 at 04:17 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: fred wilpon, jeff wilpon, matt harvey, mets

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Can Wilmer Flores turn out to be a success story at shortstop for Mets?

Oh, I love it when we sign pricey, big-bopping outfielders! Great track record.

[Wilmer] Flores will never be a great defensive shortstop, but the Mets hope the 23-year-old will hit enough for his bat to carry his glove.

Or, as manager Terry Collins put it Saturday night: “You’re not going to make Wilmer Flores into [Andrelton] Simmons. He’s not going to be that kind of player.”... But he’s younger and can come cheaper than… potential free agents. He is a lot cheaper than Troy Tulowitzki, who is ending another season on the disabled list, this time with a torn labrum in his hip, and is owed $118 million over the next six seasons.

Trading for the fragile but immensely talented Tulowitzki is a gamble the Yankees can afford to take. Not the Mets…

“[Flores] makes the routine play,” Collins said. “If he hits the way everybody thinks he can hit and he can make the routine play, yeah, he can play every day in the big leagues at shortstop.”

There’s a great chance this experiment will fail… But the holes at shortstop and leftfield are gargantuan. Platooning Matt den Dekker and Eric Campbell is nothing to get excited about. Both are 27 and without significant power. If they were going to be regulars at the major-league level, it already would have happened.

The Mets are going to have to spend to upgrade that position… If Flores can handle short, that gives the Mets a better shot to use their small-market checkbook to sign or trade for a pricey, big-bopping outfielder.

So give Flores a chance. Be pleasantly surprised if it works out, if it turns into a great success story. Maybe they’ll even make a movie out of it.

The District Attorney Posted: August 17, 2014 at 07:07 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

Mike Lupica: Time for Mets ace Matt Harvey to grow up

Dude, share the Increlex.

One of these days, Matt Harvey needs to remember — and that probably means before he hurts his arm again — that his job is to be a star young baseball pitcher, not some sort of needy celebrity who acts as if he gets the bends when he is out of the spotlight for very long.

Understand something: The Mets need Harvey a lot more than he needs them, as long as he comes all the way back from Tommy John surgery and pitches for them the way Stephen Strasburg is now pitching for the Washington Nationals, a team in the NL East that treats the Mets like they’re a farm team.

...There is just no point to this. If you are a Mets fan, do you really need to hear that Harvey is throwing the ball 90 miles per hour these days, and putting it where he wants to, which means he is throwing for real? Maybe if he could come riding over the hill like the First Army in a real division race, and a real wild-card race, and be the hero of September, you could start to wrap your mind around him moving up the timetable of his return.

Only there is no real division race, not now, certainly not after what the Nationals have been doing to the Mets over the past couple of weeks. The Mets aren’t going to get a wild-card, either. So we are talking about 2015 already. Maybe the conversation has really been about 2015 since Harvey got hurt last summer.

Give him all benefits of the doubt here. Harvey, in so many ways, feels like Mets fans, the ones who still care and the ones who still come to Citi Field: There is a baseball season going on and he is desperate to be a part of it. There is a baseball season going on and he doesn’t want to sit the whole thing out. That is why he pretty much does everything besides hire a skywriter to tell the world he is fired up and ready to go.

But Terry Collins, who may or may not get to manage Harvey next season, is absolutely right to tell Harvey to back off. It is a polite way of telling the kid to shut up and pitch. Next season. And to get over himself while this season plays out.

Repoz Posted: August 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Wheeler continues impressive run as Campbell’s HR pushes Mets past Cubs

Wheeler went 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out 10. It was his third career game with 10 or more strikeouts and first since notching 10 against the Marlins on April 25.

Wheeler came out with the 3-2 lead after issuing a two-out walk to Chris Coghlan in the seventh, yielding after 120 pitches to Black who fanned Javier Baez for the last out in the frame.

Over his last nine starts, Wheeler is 5-0 and has pitched 58 innings to a 2.02 ERA.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 16, 2014 at 12:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mets

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Q&A: Jerry Seinfeld, Mets superfan

Jerry is a Mets fan. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Let’s end with this: What do you like best about baseball?

I learn something every time I watch it. Sometimes it’s about baseball, sometimes it’s about life. But it’s always something.

There is no other game that is so shockingly correct in its original form. You look at the fact that a shortstop bobbles the ball and the runner can run much faster. It still works out that they still have to do what they do as best as they can, and it’s still exactly even. That’s just incomprehensible. If it’s 91 feet, it’s different.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2014 at 03:47 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry seinfeld, mets

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Amazin Avenue: Mets are right to let Jenrry Mejia continue pitching

Since moving to the bullpen, Mejia has posted a strong 2.70 ERA and 9.81 K/9. He was even better before his last seven appearances, posting a 2.10 ERA from May 12 through July 23. However, the only thing that appears to have changed between July 23 and now is Mejia’s luck. Despite posting a BABIP of .321 through July 23, Mejia’s BABIP has exploded to an impossible .565 over his last 6⅔ innings. This despite the fact that his strikeout rate over that span is an excellent 13.49 per nine innings.

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With the hernia problem being a simple fix, let’s trust the medical staff’s judgment. If you want people to stop saying #LOLMets, Mets fans should stop saying it about themselves.

thetailor Posted: August 13, 2014 at 05:34 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, jenrry mejia, mets

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