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Monday, May 22, 2017

Terry Collins, Mets need to find way to relieve strain on bullpen | FOX Sports

A quality bullpen can’t exist when your starters are getting knocked out early every game.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2017 at 10:41 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Mets need Matt Harvey to get his act together now more than ever - NY Daily News

One amusing moment during the Mets game was Mike Trout AB against Milone. Trout had a bad swing on a Milone pitch and Keith Hernandez (I think) made a comment about not needing to throw 95 to be effective. I turned to my wife and said, “Trout’s going to take him deep now.” Five seconds later, boom!

After the game, Terry Collins said the Mets are probably going to push Zack Wheeler back a day from his scheduled Wednesday start to give him an extra day’s rest and they might do it with Jacob deGrom, who developed a blister on his right ring finger in his last start. That means Milone, who only threw 43 pitches in Sunday’s embarrassing 12-5 loss, would come back and start on Wednesday.

“Have we pushed him too hard? I don’t think that,” Collins said of Wheeler, who missed the last two seasons rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. “We were kind of anticipating there might be a time, been so long since he pitched, he might be a little fatigued. ... He said to Dan (Warthen, the pitching coach) I could use an extra day and that made sense.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Thursday, May 18, 2017

New York Mets’ injury issues go far beyond the disabled list

“It’s the same old, same old mistakes,’’ one industry source said. “The Mets are a successful, profitable organization. But no organization, over a protracted period of time, has more significant players on the disabled list. There’s a failing across the board. And what changes have been instituted, if any?’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tim Tebow earns each team in the South Atlantic League an extra $44,200 a night

According to Baseball America, the Tebow bump for other teams in the South Atlantic League is real and quite measurable.

Based on the April attendance data, the Tebow effect appears to be roughly 2,210 fans per night. Minor league teams estimate that the average fan will spend $20 per person if they come to the ballpark. That counts ticket sales, concessions and souvenirs. So Tebow is worth roughly an additional $44,200 per night.

As I argued at the time, Tebow had the athleticism to win a danged Heisman Trophy, so it’s not that weird to gamble on him. There are about 330 players in the typical minor-league organization. About 290 of them will flame out before reaching the majors. Kids are drafted because they’re tall, with the hope they’ll add velocity. They’re drafted because they’re fast, and the organization hopes they will teach them how to hit.

If the players can’t do these things, they’re kicked out of the airplane. It’s cruel, but so is the entire industry. In this context, it’s not that strange to see if a football player can baseball better than he could football.

Now add in the money. That sweet, sweet cash. This doesn’t include all of the Tebow merchandise the Mets are grifting from fans who either don’t quite understand how far away he is from the majors or love a semi-ironic shirsey as much as the rest of us. These are benefits that, say, the Twins didn’t get when they kept the manager’s kid around in the minors. This is that, but more athleticism and a helluva lot more money.


Monday, May 15, 2017


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Tebow to be promoted soon

Tim Tebow’s recent surge at Single-A Columbia — he has a .849 OPS over his last 16 games — hasn’t gone unnoticed by team officials.

According to a club source, there has been discussion about moving the former Heisman Trophy winner to a higher level…

ReggieThomasLives Posted: May 13, 2017 at 07:27 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tebow

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Jeurys Familia Diagnosed With Arterial Clot In Shoulder

Mets closer Jeurys Familia has been diagnosed with an “arterial clot” in his right shoulder, per a club announcement. He’ll head for a visit with Dr. Robert Thompson, with a surgical option considered possible.

Obviously, we don’t yet know whether surgery is likely. But it seems squarely on the table given that the team noted that possibility in the announcement — a rather unusual step when the treatment course has yet to be finalized.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2017 at 02:01 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: jeury familia, mets

Should Mets Pitching Woes Have Braves Worried About Own Plans?

The writer makes the case for the Braves not being the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2017 at 07:24 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mets

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

City Councilman Introduces Bill To Force the Mets and Yankees to Extend Protective Netting

Back in 2015, in the wake of some high profile instances of batted balls and broken bats injuring fans in the stands, Major League Baseball issued some recommendations — not requirements, mere recommendations — to clubs to extend protective netting. Most have done so to some degree and others are planning on doing so. The lack of a requirement has caused this effort to proceed in fits and starts, however.

In New York, someone is trying to impose some uniformity. A city councilman. From the Daily News:

Maybe it will take the action of City Councilman Rafael Espinal, who is introducing a bill into legislature that would make it law for all ballparks in New York City, minor league as well as major, to extend protective netting all the way to each foul pole.

Espinal, who explains his reasoning in a column in the Daily News, is in a position to exert influence merely by introducing the bill into legislature.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 10, 2017 at 12:45 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: legislation, mets, protective netting, yankees

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

What Matt Harvey was doing the night before his suspension | Page Six

If this is the truth, maybe Harvey should just accept his suspension.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Internal frustration with Matt Harvey lingers after Mets personnel made welfare check Saturday, sources say | Newsday

“Something had to happen,” another teammate said. “There had to be a sense of accountability.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 08:42 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Monday, May 08, 2017


Sunday, May 07, 2017

Mets suspend Matt Harvey three days without pay for violating team rules

Matt Harvey has been suspended for three days without pay for violating club rules, Sandy Alderson announced Sunday. Though Alderson wouldn’t say what the starting pitcher was disciplined for, team sources said the suspension stems from a compilation of issues dating back to last year. The suspension is not related to the sex toy spotted in Kevin Plawecki’s locker on Friday night, a source said.

Mets owner Fred Wilpon and COO Jeff Wilpon were spotted on the field having a heated conversation before Saturday’s game, according to an industry source. The two were believed to be discussing decisions related to the matter.

Starting in Harvey’s place is 29-year-old lefty journeyman Adam Wilk, who has 26.1 innings of Major League experience. Noah Syndergaard was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Wilk on the 40-man roster.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2017 at 01:24 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dildo, matt harvey, mets

No activity for Noah for six weeks

Once Syndergaard finishes that period of inactivity, he likely will need almost a personal repeat of spring training to get his arm back to where he can pitch again for the Mets.

“There’s going to be a period of time after that to ramp him back up,” general manager Sandy Alderson said of the six-week inactivity, “so we can all speculate about how long that will take. But I think realistically it’s going to take a while, so we don’t know when he’s going to be back. … It’s going to be much later in the season.”

“It’s all about staying positive,” said Syndergaard, meeting the media for the first time since the specifics of his injury were announced. “It’s a new experience for me. I’ve never been on the DL before.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2017 at 08:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Saturday, May 06, 2017

NYDN: Mets accidentally tweet photo showing sex toy in Kevin Plawecki’s locker

Shrug. Third-string catchers need to find ways to keep themselves entertained.

Meat the Mets.

Following the Amazin’s huge comeback win over Miami, the team’s Twitter account posted a photo of T.J. Rivera wearing a crown, a new franchise tradition for the player of the game.

But they immediately had to take it down after fans pointed out that the picture clearly shows a large sex toy sitting at the base of Kevin Plawecki’s locker, behind Rivera.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: May 06, 2017 at 01:36 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin plawecki, lolmets, mets, sex workers

Friday, May 05, 2017

Mets tease Jose Reyes return to shortstop, but there’s a big hitch | New York Post

This sounds like a precursor to Amed Rosario coming up later in the year.

The Mets have discussed a face-lift to the left side of their infield, but at this point a plan that would entail Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera switching positions has gained little traction, multiple sources told The Post on Thursday.

Cabrera, who is battling knee soreness that has limited his range, is against the idea of moving from shortstop to third base and club officials are hesitant to force the issue on a veteran player.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2017 at 10:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, jose reyes, mets

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Matt Harvey feels better on the mound | MLB.com

I haven’t watched this start yet but it doesn’t sound promising.

The issue, Harvey said, is not stuff, but location—as soon as he fixes that, he implied, he’ll be back to his old self. But fixing it won’t be easy. As Collins noted, there is not much precedent to determine when Harvey might fully recover from the thoracic surgery he underwent last July—or, truth be told, if he ever will.

“Not a lot of guys really have ever come back to be 100 percent again,” Collins said. “When you’ve lost feeling in your fingers, you’ve got to regain the release point, the feel of the seams, and I don’t think there’s any given studies that have said, ‘hey, it’s going to happen in six months or eight months.’”

For now, Harvey will continue to work on his craft in bullpen sessions. Following his previous start, he and pitching coach Dan Warthen pored over video, diagnosing a pitcher who “was fighting myself so badly with all sorts of different things.” Harvey concluded that he “was all out of whack” with his mechanics, which he says he corrected during Tuesday’s start.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2017 at 06:37 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Monday, May 01, 2017

Noah Syndergaard has partial tear of right lat | MLB.com

I guess he really doesn’t know himself very well.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mets face more injury drama as Noah Syndergaard refuses MRI, plans to start Sunday

Noah Syndergaard says he is healthy enough to start Sunday, and the Mets have no reason to doubt him – especially after he refused to have an MRI exam on his sore biceps.

Syndergaard was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday and told reporters he couldn’t lift his pitching arm over his head that that point. However, he insists he is healthy enough to face the NL East-leading Nationals tomorrow.

“I’m pretty in tune with my body,” said Syndergaard, via MLB.com. “That’s exactly why I refused to take the MRI. I knew there was nothing happening in there.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 29, 2017 at 09:04 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mr, noah syndergaard

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mets should seriously consider bringing up stud prospect | New York Post

Is Rosario really ready or just off to a hot start? Not even considering Super 2 status (which really shouldn’t be ignored), Rosario had 237 PA in AA last season. So far he has 86 in a AAA hitting environment radically different than he’ll have in New York. If the Mets front office doesn’t believe he’s ready and want to give me more time at AAA, bringing him up in a panic move will only endanger his development.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2017 at 08:24 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Noah Syndergaard scratched from start | MLB.com

His replacement, Matt Harvey, does not look sharp in his place.

Manager Terry Collins termed Syndergaard’s issue a “tired arm,” most likely stemming from tendinitis in his right biceps. The team alerted Matt Harvey on Thursday morning that he would start in Syndergaard’s place, with Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler sliding forward to start Friday and Saturday on regular rest, respectively.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2017 at 01:51 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

When will Mets call up Amed Rosario | MLB.com

Mets Q&A with Anthony DiComo.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2017 at 02:02 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, April 24, 2017

SportsGrid: Noah Syndergaard Hints That He Gets Killed In His ‘Game Of Thrones’ Scene

In a coat of blue or a coat of orange…

It makes sense that the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard would be cast as a Lannister general in Game of Thrones — he discussed his appearance in Season 7 recently on Sports Illustrated Now, and confirmed that he’s already filmed his part in Spain.

Syndergaard’s part is little more than a cameo, but he did say that he either “kills someone or is killed.” Seeing that he’s a general, and the killing is usually left to the soldiers, it’s probably the latter. But we’ll have to wait at least until July 16, when Season 7 debuts. There will be seven episodes in Season 7, and six episodes for Season 8, the last for the show.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: April 24, 2017 at 08:41 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: game of thrones, mets, noah syndergaard

Klapisch: How did Mets become such a train wreck?

Train wreck?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Steven Matz, Seth Lugo to test out arms, but don’t get hopes up - NY Daily News

This doesn’t sound promising.

And the Mets still don’t know what is wrong with Matz.

Alderson said there is still no clear diagnosis. Team doctors said there was nothing wrong with his surgically-repaired elbow. The lefthander, who went for his own second opinion, said on Opening Day that he has a flexor tendon strain.

So with no clear diagnosis, the Mets are simply handing his rehab on the basis of feel.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 09:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets

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