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Monday, July 16, 2018

Three players Mets can ditch to prepare for a brighter future

The Mets need a front office overhaul.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2018 at 06:55 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

This move was another Mickey Callaway head-scratcher

The sharks are circling.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2018 at 10:05 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mickey callaway

Monday, July 02, 2018

Mets celebrate Bobby Bonilla Day by writing huge check

Promnesia ....Deja Vu ..... Groundhog Day .....

“I know Bobby is happy about it”, his agent said.

Lest we forget Posted: July 02, 2018 at 06:50 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby bonilla, contract, fred wilpon, madoff ponzi, mets

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Mets GM Sandy Alderson takes leave of absence to be treated for cancer

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is taking an immediate leave of absence to undergo treatment for cancer.

Addressing the media Tuesday, Alderson said his cancer had returned in April and that he is undergoing chemotherapy. Alderson had previously been diagnosed with cancer in December 2015.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 26, 2018 at 05:04 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer, mets, sandy alderson

Easy to imagine the end of Sandy Alderson-Mickey Callaway regime

Monday’s 6-4 loss to the Pirates was the Mets’ seventh in a row and 14th in their last 15 home games. They are 31-45, which means they are 20-44 since an 11-1 start to Callaway’s rookie season as manager. The Marlins now have one more win than the Mets.

Much has been made of Callaway’s odd comments, such as when he said New York was a tougher place to play than Cleveland and seemed to suggest his players couldn’t handle it. He had another one on Monday, when he said of the Mets’ pitching in Sunday’s extra-inning loss to the Dodgers: “Other than the seven homers [allowed], we did OK.”


Sandy needs to go. The argument for him is that the Wilpons would hire someone worse. Sure, that could happen but it’s become increasingly clear that Sandy is not someone who can build a consistently good team. He’s been the GM for a long time with very little success. Even the 2015 Mets were not a great team, but a good one that got hot at the right time.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 26, 2018 at 02:20 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson

Monday, June 18, 2018

MetBblog: Mets reportedly ready to entertain trade offers for ‘virtually everyone’

The Mets are “ready to entertain trade offers for virtually everyone” on the roster, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

According to Rosenthal, the Mets would prefer to hold on to Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, and Seth Lugo, and would be more open to trading Noah Syndergaard than Jacob deGrom.

Adam is gettin’ upset!

 

Adam Starblind Posted: June 18, 2018 at 12:58 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, June 15, 2018

Deadspin: What Do We Think Of This Old Video Of An Umpire Handling An Extremely Pissed Terry Collins?

We need more of these umpire sound clips and less of A-Rod repeatedly exclaiming, “The Toddfather.”

The context is important. Utley’s notorious takeout slide in Game 2 of the 2015 National League Division Series nuked the right fibula of Mets infielder Ruben Tejada. Utley was suspended for the next two games of the series, and ultimately MLB instituted what has come to be called the Chase Utley Rule, essentially banning (but not eliminating) takeout slides. Syndergaard’s pitch in 2016 was assumed to be an effort at retaliation, even all that time later. Possibly it was just a wild fastball? Either way, as you can imagine, Terry Collins was quite pissed.

Maybe you have seen this next video before. I have not, and I find it absolutely fascinating. It shows the same sequence, but this time with clear audio of crew chief Tom Hallion interacting first with Syndergaard, and then a fuming Terry Collins: ...

So what do we think, other than that this is a very cool look at what’s being said in those blustery manager-umpire showdowns? I’ll admit, I always imagined the umpires saying #### like DON’T YOU ###### RAISE YOUR ###### VOICE AT ME I’M ###### IN CHARGE HERE TERRY! This is very much not that. What say you?

 


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sandy Alderson takes responsibility for Mets’ woes

His team spiraling and questions about its short-term ceiling and big-picture path increasingly relevant, general manager Sandy Alderson took the blame Tuesday for the state of the Mets.

“We’re not satisfied and to date, the work that we’ve done hasn’t been successful,” Alderson said during a conference call. “I take full responsibility for where we are. I’m not happy about it. But at the same time, the job now is to figure out how to fix it and improve that. That’s what we’re focused on over the next several weeks.”

The Mets’ next several weeks will be critical in deciding their fate for both this season (will they be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline?) and perhaps beyond (will they retool on the fly to try again next year or go for a bigger rebuild?).

I don’t believe that the Mets ever will be consistently successful under Alderson. His management team does not draft or develop players well enough to build a consistent winner with a mid-range payroll. Philly and Atlanta have had the same constraints and seem to be in much better situations as an organization.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 13, 2018 at 02:49 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, June 08, 2018

Fernando Abad Serving Retroactive 80-Game Suspension

FanRag’s Jon Heyman reports that Abad’s minor league deal with the Mets in late March was indeed axed when the Mets learned of his failed PED test shortly before the deal became official. Importantly, he notes that Abad went through a lengthy appeal process that was ultimately unsuccessful. However, the beginning of his suspension is retroactive to the filing of the appeal, meaning his suspension will actually finish being served later this month.

Heyman also relays a statement from Abad in which he, like many suspended players before him, indicates that he didn’t knowingly take a banned substance.


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

As Mets nosedive, GM Sandy Alderson says club will never go ‘extremist’ with rebuild

Not everyone is going to strip down the franchise and automatically become the Houston Astros or Chicago Cubs. Or even the Atlanta Braves. It’s not that simple. Besides, there’s a whole lot of pain involved in any rebuild; the Astros lost 324 games over a three-year span, finishing a combined 127 games out of first place.

“I don’t know why it’s become so popular,’’ Alderson says, “maybe it’s the product of the extremist. In our culture, you’re either really good or you stink. There’s no reason to be caught in the middle. There’s virtue at the extreme.

“I just don’t see it that way.’’

In Alderson’s world, he sees a team that’s still hovering around .500 despite a bevy of injuries, a division that’s vulnerable, and even a league in which no one appears capable of running away and hiding.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 06, 2018 at 01:21 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, the process

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Is Brandon Nimmo an All-Star?

Through the first third of the season, the left-handed batter has earned himself a .294 batting average, and a more-than-respectable OPS of 1.033. These numbers are even more impressive when you consider that Nimmo did not have a ton of playing time throughout the first third of the season.

Nimmo started 2018 as a bench player behind Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares (who was keeping center field warm for an injured Michael Conforto), and Jay Bruce. Nimmo would see some time in center as Lagares was more of a defensive player, while Nimmo himself was more known for his on-base presence but starts were scarce for the Wyoming native.

When Nimmo did start for manager Mickey Callaway, all he did was find a way to get himself on base. Early in the season, Nimmo was all about getting deep into counts. He was using his patience more than his power to help out his ball club, and it was working.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 02, 2018 at 01:30 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon nimmo, mets

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 | 53 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

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