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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mangan: Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard Have Been The Best 1-2 Punch in Baseball

Also, Scott and Lassus Have Been The Best 1-2 Punch on the Self-Immolation Thread…

The Mets lead in K-BB%, GB%, FIP and xFIP. They trail only the Cubs in ERA and only the Nationals in strikeouts per nine innings. They place 4th in this group in WAR, although that is primarily a function of the fact that they have the fewest innings of the bunch — the Mets have 17 starts from this duo while the other couplings have 19 or 20. This is owing to the fact that Syndergaard has yet to make his tenth start and Matz missed one turn in the rotation.

This is just a snapshot of the present, not a promise of the future, but it is easy to see the Mets duo continuing on this torrid pace, while some of these other pairs are outperforming what we might expect of them. For instance, Cueto and Strasburg are each veterans beating their career ERAs by about one run. Even though Strasburg’s emergence looks sustainable, it’s likely that Cueto is more of a 3.25 ERA pitcher than a 2.38 ERA pitcher. Other pitchers are wildly outperforming their peripherals, most notably Quintana who has a 0.14 HR/9 and is beating his xFIP by over a run, and Hammel who has a 2.17 ERA despite a K-BB% which is actually worse than league average. Even Arrieta, as great as he is, is probably closer to his FIP (2.71) than his ERA (1.72).

As for the young Mets, Syndergaard alone has staked a claim to “best pitcher, non-Kershaw division” by playing 2nd in FIP, 2nd in K-BB%, and 3rd in WAR in this group. Matz, for his part, has pitched to a microscopic 1.13 ERA/2.15 FIP with a sterling 23.2 K-BB% since his one disaster inning in his first start on April 11th.

There is a good argument to be made for most of these duos, although I would probably rank the Dodgers (Kershaw/Maeda), Mets (Syndergaard/Matz) and White Sox (Sale/Quintana) a little ahead of the rest, with the Nationals (Strasburg/Scherzer) as potential spoilers if Scherzer gets back on track.

Nonetheless, you’ve got to be impressed with Syndergaard and Matz, who lead in two other categories I forgot to mention: average fastball velocity (their average of 95.8 mph is more than 2 mph faster than the Cubs) and lowest salaries.

JEe (Jason) Posted: May 26, 2016 at 02:35 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard, pitching, rankings, steven matz

Jeurys Familia sets Mets record for consecutive saves

Yes, it was interrupted by three blown saves in the World Series. But New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia now owns sole possession of the franchise record for consecutive regular-season saves.

Zach Posted: May 26, 2016 at 12:25 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: jeurys familia, mets

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Silent Matt Harvey confirms he’s the phony Mets have enabled | New York Post

There is no greater transgression to the press than a player leaving the clubhouse before talking to waiting reporters. As this article shows, the vilifying begins immediately.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

New York Mets weigh next step for Matt Harvey as right-hander’s struggles continue

Harvey’s performance was not pretty.

In Tuesday’s rematch, Harvey surrendered a career-high 20 total bases before departing. Of the 90 pitchers to make at least nine starts this season, he is one of four to fail to reach the seventh inning at least once. The others are Michael Pineda, Wily Peralta and Shelby Miller.

The Mets had implored Harvey to fire his fastball more forcefully on Tuesday than in previous starts. And Harvey actually had his best velocity of the season in the early innings, registering as high as 96 mph with his fastball. But he missed on changeups to Zimmerman and Rendon, when they belted consecutive solo homers in the fourth. And his velocity dipped and he had a “different” delivery, according to Collins, while allowing three runs in the fifth.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

New York Mets’ Travis d’Arnaud resumes throwing, headed to Port St. Lu - Mets Blog- ESPN

New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud has resumed throwing at home in California and should report to the team’s Florida complex midweek, assistant general manager John Ricco said Monday.

D’Arnaud has been on the disabled list since April 26 with a strained right rotator cuff. He has been working at home with his personal physical therapist/trainer.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


NYP: Bartolo Colon told Nationals: ‘Throw it down the middle, [I’m] not swinging’

I paid good $ to see BartoLOLo swing the bat at Nats Park and instead this happened:

Colon later admitted he has battled lower-back soreness for the last two-plus weeks. Not wanting to risk aggravating the back, he kept the bat on his shoulder and was called out on strikes three times.

“I thought it wasn’t worth it to swing,” Colon said. “I swing at the balls pretty hard and I thought, ‘Not worth making my back worse,’ so I told their catcher from the beginning, ‘Just throw it right down the middle, [I’m] not swinging.’ ”

Also, take note:

WOR radio will rebroadcast Game 6 of the 1986 World Series (with play by play from Bob Murphy and Gary Thorne) on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Mets will celebrate the 30th anniversary of that World Series title — the franchise’s most recent — this weekend.

#TooSoon, Jimmy?

JEe (Jason) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 09:24 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: 1986, bartolo colon, mets, nationals

Monday, May 23, 2016

Judd Apatow to co-direct ‘30 for 30’ on Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry

What if I told you the story of the ‘86 Mets could be littered with penis jokes?

Hollywood A-lister Judd Apatow will co-direct an upcoming “30 for 30” documentary on 1980s Mets superstars Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.

ESPN announced last week that the “Trainwreck” director would work with “You Don’t Know Bo” director Michael Bonfiglio on “Doc & Darryl,” which is set to air July 19. Here’s the trailer.

The film reunites former ace pitcher Gooden and star slugger Strawberry at a diner in Queens, where they reminisce about the glory days in the ‘80s and “the harrowing nights that turned them from surefire Hall of Famers into prisoners of their own addictions,” according to ESPN.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 23, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: 30 for 30, darryl strawberry, dwight gooden, mets

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Rovell: New Bartolo Colon bobblehead also features bobble stomach

Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle…

On Thursday night, Clark Toys posted an offering from Forever Collectibles: a commemorative Bartolo Colon home run bobblehead that also has a bobble stomach.

In less than 24 hours, Clark Toys has sold more than 500 of them.

“Most of the bobbleheads we sell are limited to 360 pieces and they take months to sell,” said Travis Pyan, managing partner of Clark Toys. “When the buzz on this item started this morning, we sold 100 in 30 minutes.”

Pyan said he can’t remember any athlete bobblehead that was ordered faster than Colon’s.

“In 2008, we sold 600 Barack Obama bobbleheads on the night he was elected,” Pyan recalled.

The Colon bobbleheads are limited to 942 pieces and cost $39.99.

JEe (Jason) Posted: May 21, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, bobbleheads, mets

Friday, May 20, 2016


Tommy John, Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey: A ligament runs through them

So for a night, with two pitchers who endured this bizarre procedure that is now considered rote, there was a contrast. That had Collins not only evaluating whether Harvey would make his next start — “We’re going to look at that,” he said — but also using Strasburg as an example for Harvey.

“That guy that pitched tonight for them, he had a couple of mediocre years, and now he’s resurged,” Collins said. “. . . [Harvey] went above and beyond last year, and I’m not sure he’s recuperated from it.”

 

Guapo Posted: May 20, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, nationals, secondguessing, tommy john

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The two bad trades of Mike Piazza

According to then Dodgers general manager Fred Claire, the Piazza swap was negotiated by Fox television executives without his knowledge. Their intention was not to improve the Dodgers but to incentivize Marlins owner H. Wayne Huizenga to sell Fox a Florida regional sports network he owned. As Claire later pointed out, there was nothing typical about the trade. It happened in May, not at the trading deadline. Piazza didn’t go to a contender but to a team bent on losing 100 games. It wasn’t about baseball.

Now it was Marlins GM Dave Dombrowski’s turn to play pass the Piazza, and to make a deal that would spark the Marlins’ rebuild. Mets owner Fred Wilpon had publicly denied interest in Piazza, and GM Steve Phillips had cracked, “I’d have the best platoon catching tandem in the history of baseball,’’ with both Piazza and Hundley, “but I don’t see a fit for us.”

Nevertheless, on May 22, Piazza was headed to Shea Stadium.

“This town is ready and waiting for Mike,’’ Wilpon said, as if the whole thing was his idea. Piazza just sounded tired: “I have gone from a player who thought he would spend his whole career with one organization to a player who’s been with three organizations in a week,” he said. “I’ll be with three teams in a week. Isn’t that bizarre? It’s like rotisserie baseball.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2016 at 02:13 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, marlins, mets, mike piazza

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


New York Mets’ David Wright overruled by Terry Collins on Tuesday - Mets Blog- ESPN

The problem can only be managed. Hopefully, Collins will protect Wright from himself.

“This is the first time this year where I’ve come to the ballpark where I felt the significance of it—the back. Most of the days have been fairly mediocre. Today was more toward the bad. I didn’t really know what to expect. I thought the extra treatment and the extra preparation that I put in would help. And I wanted to give it a go. Terry just kind of said no-go. More than anything, I’m mad at the situation. I’m frustrated at the situation. But there’s just nothing you can do. It is what it is.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2016 at 10:02 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Bartolo Colon’s double life with secret family | New York Post

And the public shaming commences….NOW!

Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon has been living a double life that gives new meaning to his nickname “Big Sexy” — siring two secret love children with a woman while married to his devoted wife of 21 years, The Post has learned.

The 42-year-old hurler has been dragged into Manhattan court by Alexandra Santos, 38, who claims the $7 million-a-year player is a deadbeat dad who failed to pay child support for their elementary-school-age kids.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Feldman (NYDN): Binghamton Mets Double-A team to stay in town, change name

I’m going with Heroin Hubs.

“We’re thrilled to be keeping Double-A, New York Mets baseball here in the community but with a new name that everyone in Binghamton can call its own. The new name will bring in a new era that proudly represents a crown jewel of the community.”

The Binghamton Mets were bought after the 2015 season by Florida-based Main Street Baseball, but the sale was rejected by the Eastern League after the buyers announced that they wanted to move the team to Wilmington, Delaware, according to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

Instead, the team was sold to Georgia-based Evans Street Baseball, who will keep the Mets in Binghamton.

On Opening Day, April 7, Binghamton will launch a “Name the Team” contest.

Submissions will be taken through April 25, at which point the top six names will be revealed.

Fans will then be able to vote on their pick for two weeks.

The new name will be unveiled in October.

JEe (Jason) Posted: May 17, 2016 at 06:40 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: binghamton, mets, minors, nicknames

Mets’ Steven Matz Said to Have No Damage to Elbow Ligament - The New York Times

But the Mets got good news on Monday when the left-handed Matz visited a doctor and was found to have no ligament damage in his throwing elbow, according to a person who was briefed on the matter. The person requested anonymity because the Mets made no formal announcement.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Monday, May 16, 2016

Harper: Doc Gooden opens up about past, struggle with addiction - NY Daily News

I wish Dwight Gooden well with his ongoing recovery.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dwight gooden, mets

Friday, May 13, 2016

Mets fan loses bet, now has giant Bartolo Colon face tattooed on his arm

There are few things in the world less important than a mans word. In this case, a statement was made at the beginning of the season, and it came true. Matt Sassi said to his buddy, Anthony Triola: “If Bartolo Colon hits a home run this year, I’ll get a commemorative tattoo”. Before the game on Saturday I met them in McFadden’s and they told me about this bet. You’d think, ok… that’s not happening. Right? WRONG! Coolest part of the bet was that they were both there to witness the feat in person. Matt is a Middletown, NY native that moved to San Diego. What were the odds that Bart would be on the hill the day of our invasion? What are the odds he’d go yard? Slim to damn near impossible. Matt could have chickened out and not gotten it at all, or gotten something small that could easily have been hidden. Instead he went balls to the freakin’ wall with pretty much a half sleeve. Tossed THE 7 LINE ARMY on there for good measure and added the date of Bart’s now famous swing. You manned up, Matt. Bravo.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Steven Matz will miss next start after pitching elbow flares up | New York Post

This isn’t good.

Instead, there is some level of concern about Steven Matz, who will miss his next scheduled start because of elbow discomfort, according to manager Terry Collins.

The rookie had a “flare up” following his Monday start against the Dodgers in which he allowed two earned runs over six innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Noah Syndergaard goes full Thor, but reveals elbow scare | New York Post

Something to worry about after a fantastic performance by Syndergaard.

There was no chance Syndergaard — who threw 95 pitches — would return to pitch the ninth. Manager Terry Collins later volunteered that Syndergaard had his elbow examined about two weeks ago. But Syndergaard deflected talk of a possible complication.

“It was nothing really — it was all precautionary,” Syndergaard said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Roscher (BLS): Bartolo Colon’s dinger mashed up with ‘The Natural’ is perfection

Better than the original…

New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon’s first career home run is a thing of majesty and beauty all on its own. Between the dugout reaction, the fan reaction, the announcers’ reaction, and Bartolo’s magnificent home run trot, you might think it can’t get any better.

But it can.

A Mets fan and video editor named Mark Evans created a mash-up of Bartolo’s home run and the famous home run scene from The Natural, and it feels so right you might wonder “Is this how it actually happened?”

JEe (Jason) Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, incredible, mets, the natural

Monday, May 09, 2016

Mets edge Padres to split four-game series | MLB.com

The highlights suggest he had three pitches working.

For the first time this season, Harvey’s velocity regularly spiked up to 97 mph. So it was little surprise that the strikeouts followed. Whiffing the side in the first, Harvey struck out six of the first eight batters he faced, finishing with 10. It was his first double-digit strikeout game of the year and the 11th of his career.

Matt Harvey twirls six excellent innings against the Padres, striking out 10 batters for the first time this season

“It’s definitely a difference from my last couple starts,” Harvey said. “I felt good on the mound and executed pitches when I needed to.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Sunday, May 08, 2016

New York Mets’ Matt Harvey out to rediscover 2015 form in San Diego - Mets Blog- ESPN

“Matt’s feeling good,” Terry Collins said. “There are no arm issues. There’s none of that stuff. He’s just got to make better pitches, and he knows that. You’re talking about one of the best pitchers in the game, who’s not pitching like we know he can. Sure he’s frustrated. I think that’s the easiest word to use. I don’t blame him. We’re all in the same boat.

“These guys will all tell you that they’re their own worst enemy. Their expectations of themselves are more than we can ever put on them. And when you’re as good as Matt Harvey, he expects a lot of what he does each and every night. I’m sure he’s a little frustrated.”

Collins went on to note that Harvey threw some of the biggest innings for the Mets last season.

“And I’ve told Matt: He’ll do it again,” Collins said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Bartolo Colon hits first home run of career | MLB.com

If he can do it, so can you!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets

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