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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mets’ Gsellman irritates GM Sandy Alderson with ‘I don’t care’ comment

Robert Gsellman has done himself no favors with how he’s pitched this season, and he didn’t help himself Tuesday with a brash comment.

When asked if he had heard that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he needed to pitch better, Gsellman responded: “No. I don’t really care.”

Alderson made it clear Wednesday he was not pleased with the 24-year-old’s comment, and reiterated that Gsellman needs to pitch better down the stretch.

“I’m going to give him a pass on that for the moment,” Alderson said before having spoken to Gsellman. “I hope that he reflects on the implications of that statement and the potential consequences of that statement. It’s a better response the next time out.”

Alderson said he gave Gsellman a pass since he was starting the third game of Subway Series game, and Gsellman produced a solid outing in his return from the disabled list. He held the Yankees to three runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings in a 5-3 loss.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: August 17, 2017 at 12:18 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, robert gsellman

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Terry Collins not helping rookies by removing them in big spots | New York Post

Somebody needs to tell Terry his priority at this point is developing his youngins, not winning an extra game or two.

“For me, I was trying to get someone on base and maybe create something,” Collins said. “He’ll have his chances down the road, believe me. He’s going to be a good hitter. But [Chapman] absolutely mows down left-handed hitting so I went with a right-handed hitter.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2017 at 07:59 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, August 14, 2017

The first major Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith test is here | New York Post

Test? It’s a series between unequals.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, dominic smith, mets, yankees

Jones: The unfortunate truth about Tim Tebow haters | tbo.com

Haters. Hating on the haters. Haters hating on the haters who hate the haters.

Ugh.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 07:31 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mets begin life without Neil Walker in win over Phillies

Walker knew he might be traded. Still, he did not act like a man on the move, a display of practiced cool that comes only with time. But one day later, Walker was suiting up for the Brewers, and the Mets plugged along without yet another veteran who had helped set the agenda in the clubhouse. Such is the reality of the phase the Mets have entered over the final weeks of this season.

The start of the Subway Series Monday night may provide a little extra intrigue in a season long lost to injuries. But manager Terry Collins didn’t bother manufacturing over-the-top enthusiasm for the annual meeting of crosstown rivals.

Said Collins: “They’re games we’ve got to go play.”

Walker has about 5 million left on his deal, but the Mets are sending the Brewers some money. Mets are saving money and getting a “PTBNL” back.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: August 13, 2017 at 07:18 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets, neil walker

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Indians acquire Jay Bruce for Minor Leaguer | MLB.com

The price for bats is pretty low this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, jay bruce, mets, trades

What Exactly Are the Mets Doing After Trading Jay Bruce to Cleveland?

The Mets’ side of the trade is where things get more interesting, and more curious. Yes, there was little need for Bruce in Queens, what with the Mets staggering toward a sub-.500 finish and having already traded away first baseman Lucas Duda and reliever Addison Reed before the July 31 deadline. And yes, Cleveland will pay Bruce’s entire remaining salary and, yes, he can become a free agent after the season.

However, New York could have made him a qualifying offer. The rules for free agent compensation have changed (again), but the short version is that because the Mets do not receive revenue sharing and are not expected to exceed the luxury tax threshold, the pick they would get if Bruce signed elsewhere would effectively come after the second round.

Would that pick be better than a 22 year old with a 4.55 ERA in 48 career professional games who was a position player in college just two years ago? We’ll never know. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said after trading Duda and Reed to the Rays and Red Sox, respectively, that the team needed bullpen help for next year and indeed, he got four relievers in those deals. Ryan is yet another reliever—he was a catcher and infielder at North Carolina before being drafted in the 30th round last year—but he’s far enough away from the majors that it seems unlikely he could help the team in 2018 the way A.J. Ramos, acquired from the Marlins last month, will.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: August 10, 2017 at 02:14 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mets

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Mets lay down gauntlet for ‘mediocre’ Travis d’Arnaud: Now or never | New York Post

“He’s really stayed with his mechanics,’’ hitting coach Kevin Long told The Post before offering these heart-of-the-matter comments about where d’Arnaud needs to improve. “I feel like he has done a really good job of staying more consistent. We stay on him every day about doing the exact same thing.

“Reality has set in and he is saying, ‘I better get this done.’ You say, ‘How much longer can I be mediocre?’ He’s got a high ceiling, it’s time that he gets there,’’ Long said. “He’s got to push himself to be a better player, a better hitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

Matt Harvey looks fitter in ‘effortless’ live pitching session | New York Post

“My arm can work the way that it’s supposed to,” Harvey said. “The strength program that we did for the back of my shoulder and the scap area, now it’s moving the proper way. I was talking to [pitching coach] Dan Warthen the other day when I came back from Florida and I said I was excited because it was finally fun to throw a baseball again.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2017 at 07:03 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Monday, August 07, 2017

FTW: Noah Syndergaard’s ‘Game of Thrones’ cameo finally happened and it was glorious

After the battle, the Mets trainer treated Thor Lannister and, wouldn’t ya know, he’s now unavailable to battle the White Walkers.

Syndergaard appeared as a Lannister soldier in the climatic battle scene (which led to a fire-breathing cliffhanger), and of course, he got a chance to show off his arm.

It turns out that Syndergaard’s super-human arm strength makes for a deadly spear throw. While we only got a quick glimpse at Syndergaard, the injured Mets pitcher confirmed that it was indeed his cameo after the episode.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 08:06 AM | 266 comment(s)
  Beats: fastballs, game of thrones, mets, noah syndergaard

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Olney: What should the Mets do with Matt Harvey? - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Over 2016 and 2017, Harvey has allowed 97 runs and compiled 130 strikeouts in 163 innings. I asked some evaluators and agents this week: If Harvey didn’t throw another pitch this season, what could he get as a free agent on a one-year deal? Most of the projections were in the area of $10 million, with some as high as $12 million, with incentive clauses based on games started. That’s more than what he’ll make with the Mets through his last round of arbitration, so he continues to be seen in the industry as a source of potential.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2017 at 09:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

BR | Dodgers Complete Best 50-Game Stretch in MLB Since 1912 with Win vs. Mets

With a come-from-behind 7-4 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers have completed the best 50-game stretch in Major League Baseball since 1912 by going 43-7.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 06, 2017 at 03:59 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jinx, mets, superteam of destiny

Friday, August 04, 2017

Mets appear committed to Sandy Alderson for the long haul | New York Post

He doesn’t look to be going anywhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2017 at 08:50 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson

The bad decisions you forgot about that began Mets’ demise | New York Post

In their defense they weren’t the only team which passed on these guys.

Take for example this decision: In the 2012 draft, the Mets elected, with the 12th overall pick, to take a shortstop, a position at which a team cannot afford to miss in the draft. That shortstop was Gavin Cecchini. Six picks later, the Dodgers picked a shortstop. They grabbed Corey Seager, who bashed three home runs in the Dodgers’ 12-0 wipeout of the Mets on Tuesday night at Dodgers Stadium.

A year later, the Dodgers struck gold again, this time in the fourth round. With the 116th pick of the draft, the Mets went with a bloodlines pick and selected L.J. Mazzilli, son of Lee Mazzilli. Eight picks later, the Dodgers went with a major league bloodlines pick too, selecting Cody Bellinger, son of former utility man Clay Bellinger.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2017 at 07:08 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, mets

Statcast of the Day Mets Amed Rosario’s triple | MLB.com

When you read a guy is fast. When you see a guy is fast. When you see his speed quantified.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Monday, July 31, 2017

Mets to recall phenom Amed Rosario on Tuesday | MLB.com

The reaction of Mets fans.

via GIPHY

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 05:43 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Tim Brown on Twitter: “Starting to appear Red Sox will get Addison Reed. Three prospects in return. Medicals, details await.”

UPDATE 2: BA breaks down the prospects.

UPDATE: According to this report

Long the topic of discussions with multiple teams, Reed is heading to Boston in exchange for three right-handed pitchers: Stephen Nogosek, Jamie Callahan and Gerson Bautista, Boston’s 18th-, 23rd- and 28th-ranked prospects, respectively, according to MLBPipeline.com. Reed can be a free agent after the season, making him expendable for a Mets team well out of the playoff race.
The Red Sox will assume the remainder of Reed’s contract, worth about $2.6 million, MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal reported.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:36 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, red sox

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Mets bolster bullpen with pickup of A.J. Ramos from Marlins

The New York Mets have acquired reliever A.J. Ramos from the Miami Marlins for a pair of prospects: Class A pitcher Merandy Gonzalez and outfielder Ricardo Cespedes.

New York is seeking stability in a bullpen that’s been a mess since the loss of Jeurys Familia, who served a domestic violence suspension at the start of the season and then got hurt. The Mets have blown 13 of 36 save opportunities entering Friday’s game in Seattle and rank 26th in the major leagues in bullpen ERA at 4.81

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2017 at 12:27 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. ramos, marlins, mets

Thursday, July 27, 2017

MLBTR: Rays To Acquire Lucas Duda

The Duda now abides in St. Pete.

Though the Rays have their own breakout offensive performer at first in Logan Morrison, the team has room for another big left-handed bat. With outfielder Colby Rasmus hanging up his spikes mid-way through the year, the Rays could utilize Corey Dickerson in the outfield to allow Duda to step in at DH.

Smith, 23, was a third-round pick in the 2015 draft. He made his way to the Rays as the player to be named later in the winter deal that sent Mikie Mahtook to the Tigers. It seems he could be a contributor in New York as soon as the present season, though the Mets likely won’t be in a rush to add him to the 40-man roster.

With a big fastball and quality curve, Smith looks as if he could turn into a steady and affordable MLB relief asset. The MLB.com prospect team ranked him 30th on the Tampa Bay farm, noting that his upside is as a setup arm. Smith threw 28 2/3 innings of 2.20 ERA ball at the High-A level upon landing with the Rays organization and recently ascended to Triple-A after a quick stop at the penultimate level of the minors.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 27, 2017 at 05:59 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: lucas duda, mets, rays, trade, trade deadline

Rosario notches second four-hit game for 51s | MiLB.com News

What Amed Rosario needs to work on.

In the seventh, Rosario lined an 0-1 pitch to center before completing his night with a run-scoring single to center in the ninth.

“Whenever he stays up the middle with his approach, you know he’s on,” Lopez added. “The main thing for him right now is to control the strike zone and have better at-bats, and make sure he’s up the middle with his approach. We want him to get to know the zone a little better and he’s doing well with it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 01:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tim Tebow’s no circus act: He’s a real Mets prospect

There are plenty of sound business reasons why it would have been wise anyway to keep Tebow away from Citi Field as some kind of marketing ploy, beginning with the very credibility of the franchise, which is supposed to be in the business of developing baseball players, not carnival barkers.

But now the Mets have the best reason of all to forget about that.

What if Tebow really is what these last 27 games and 87 at-bats have hinted at? In the Florida State League, the most advanced level of Single-A ball, he has hit .299 with an eye-raising OPS of .907. To find a higher number than that on the St. Lucie Mets’ roster, you stop at names like Conforto and Flores and Lagares and Duda, members of the varsity Mets who made brief rehab appearances at Port St. Lucie.

Look, the odds remain heavily stacked against Tebow, who at age 29 is still three steep steps away from the majors. But this is also true: there was no way to foresee even these past 27 games and 87 at-bats, heading into Wednesday’s game against Bradenton. And what he has done is raise the possibility — however remote it may still seem — that he really might be a player, and not just a jersey.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 26, 2017 at 10:14 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Versatile Asdrubal Cabrera’s trade value rising; Yoenis Cespedes homers in win | Newsday

They both want him out of town?

“We’re on the same page,” Cabrera said after making his third career start at third base in Tuesday’s 6-5 win against the Padres.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Heyman | Mets Likely To Promote Shortstop Amed Rosario Soon

With the Mets luck this year…

Two weeks later he gets DL’d “with a minor leg injury”. Two months later his leg gets amputated.

Top prospect Amed Rosario may be called up soon by the New York Mets, with a source telling FanRag Sports that the team may call him up from Triple-A Las Vegas in a week or so.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 06:06 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Mets giving sizzling rookie a shot in Zack Wheeler’s place | New York Post

On Monday the Mets right-hander was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season, as he deals with soreness in his humerus bone. Wheeler was previously on the DL last month with biceps tendinitis.

“I am not going to be dumb and try to push something I think would hurt me after missing two full seasons — that would be stupid,” said Wheeler, who missed 2015 and ’16 while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

Chris Flexen will be promoted from Double-A Binghamton on Thursday to start in Wheeler’s spot. In seven starts for Binghamton, the 23-year-old righty is 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA and 0.72 WHIP.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2017 at 10:09 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zach wheeler

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