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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Brodie Van Wagenen wrong to hide behind ‘organization’ speak

Brodie Van Wagenen sat in the first-base dugout Friday afternoon at Marlins Park and answered quickly about his soon-to-be 40-51 Mets.

“I think that any time a team struggles it’s on the organization,’’ the general manager began.

“I think that this organization has provided baseball operations with a tremendous amount of support. They’ve given us autonomy to reach a consensus about what baseball moves we think are in the best interests of the organization and then we move forward collectively as one unit. I wouldn’t want to put the blame on players or coaches or scouts or anybody of that matter, but I can tell you that this team that we built was one that was a unified vision and it hasn’t worked. So I accept my responsibility in that capacity as well.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2019 at 11:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Yankees, Red Sox poised to compete for Mets RHP Zack Wheeler | SNY

Zack Wheeler has become a pitcher in high demand, and the Mets have now begun trade talks, according to major league sources. Among the teams who have been in contact are the Yankees and Red Sox, both of whom are interested in Wheeler.

The Braves and Cubs are two other possibilities for Wheeler. According to one source, there is significant interest in Wheeler. A trade is not believed to be close with any one suitor, but the Mets have shifted into a more aggressive sell mode.

Jason Vargas and Todd Frazier are also available. Noah Syndergaard isn’t a total lock to stay, but it is far more likely that the Mets explore trading him again this winter, per sources.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2019 at 07:52 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zack wheeler

Monday, July 08, 2019

Pete Alonso is Brodie Van Wagenen’s Mets saving grace

Right here, at Citi Field, Jay Bruce was hitting two home runs, giving him three for the weekend and four, total, against the Mets so far. So there was that.

Four home runs — as in the total number for Robinson Cano in his first 242 at-bats as a Met.  [...]

In Cleveland, the two cornerstone players of the Cano deal — Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic — played in the Futures Game by night and charmed a gaggle of local scribes by day with their poise and their candor, so there was that.

In Tampa, Travis d’Arnaud — discarded by Van Wagenen like an empty beer can after all of 25 plate appearances this year, followed up his walk-off homer against the Yankees by getting another hit, scoring another run and making a terrific defensive play at first. So there was that [...]

And as a report surfaced that the Mets had “asked around” about Joe Girardi, favorite Van Wagenen whipping boy Mickey Callaway was still the Mets manager and he was still carving optimistic gems postgame despite the Mets dropping to an unsightly 40-50 on the year (One-and-a-half games better than last year at the break [39-52]! Two-and-a-half better than 2017 [39-53]! Progress!).

bobm Posted: July 08, 2019 at 10:53 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Brodie Van Wagenen throws chair in heated meeting with Mets coaches

A tumultuous Mets season took another strange twist, with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen punctuating a heated meeting with the team’s coaching staff by throwing a chair, according to club sources.

The incident occurred following Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Phillies in which closer Edwin Diaz imploded in the ninth inning, allowing four runs in his latest meltdown.

An irate Van Wagenen assembled manager Mickey Callaway and the coaching staff in the coaches room immediately after the game, according to a source, and lashed out at the individuals present, bemoaning the fact Jacob deGrom’s strong performance had been wasted. Accompanying Van Wagenen at the meeting was assistant GM Allard Baird.

After ripping the coaches, according to a source, the usually mild-mannered Van Wagenen picked up a chair and threw it and told Callaway to go conduct his “f–king press conference.” Callaway provided no hint that anything was amiss as he met with reporters following the loss.

The Run Fairy Posted: July 07, 2019 at 07:27 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets, mickey callaway

Joel Sherman: Solving the Mets’ defensive nightmare before it gets worse

[... This season] the Mets were fourth worst in the majors in turning balls put into play into outs. Tacitly, there may be a cascading negativity. One member of the team told me he thought pitchers were impacted in pitch selection and how they attacked hitters because they were concerned in letting the ball be put in play.

Fangraphs has the Mets as the majors’ worst overall defensive team. The stats corroborate the eyeball test when it comes to this team and fielding. [...]

Amed Rosario is the new Ruben Tejada — every season the Mets will say this is the key one to prove what kind of player he will be, and this exercise will go on for years. Rosario is still just 23. But the growth on both sides of the ball is coming begrudgingly, if at all. He is young enough and athletic enough to improve. But how long do the Mets wait for what might never come?

bobm Posted: July 07, 2019 at 07:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, mets, stinky

Friday, July 05, 2019

Mets Still Pondering Trade Deadline Approach - MLB Trade Rumors

It’s time to sell.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2019 at 07:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Mets sorry for having 2 living alums in memorial

Mets being Mets.

Walt Davis Posted: July 02, 2019 at 10:15 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Jason Vargas doubles down on reporter freak out as Mets implode again

Another bullpen meltdown for the Mets.

Why is Vargas still commenting?

“I don’t think all the information is out there,” Vargas said. “I don’t think this is a time to get into that, but I think anybody that knows me or has played with me through the duration of my career, there has never been a situation like that, so think it just happened out of the blue would be foolish.”

Vargas was asked why he hadn’t told his side.

“Because it’s over,” he said. “Our organization made a statement and put an end to it, but I think it’s pretty obvious all the info wasn’t out there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2019 at 06:04 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jason vargas, mets

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Van Wagenen is managing Mets games from home in ‘unusual’ struggle

According to an industry source, it was the rookie GM who instructed Mickey Callaway to remove Jacob deGrom from a game in Arizona earlier this month in which the Mets ace sustained a hip cramp. After deGrom was removed from the game in the seventh inning, the bullpen imploded in a loss that added to the frustration of a 2-5 road trip.

The source said Van Wagenen, who was watching the game at home on TV, communicated with a member of the Mets support staff with an order to remove deGrom from the game. Callaway complied with the order, and deGrom was visibly upset as he departed the field, certain he could continue pitching. The manager was grilled for the move, but at the time insisted the decision was his.

“Hell, yeah, it’s unusual: Sending word to the dugout, telling the manager what to do?” the source said. “I have never heard of that before.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, June 24, 2019

After the Miracle: The Myths and the Men | The Hardball Times

Good stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2019 at 03:34 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Newsday’s Tim Healey explains incident with Mets manager Mickey Callaway | Newsday

Mets bedlam. I don’t see how Callaway survives much longer.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: jason vargas, mets, mickey callaway

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Mets coach Chili Davis getting it done, sticking it to Cubs

There were many happy Mets, but the happiest may have been hitting coach Chili Davis, who was fired by the Cubs after last season and subsequently hired by the Mets.

The Cubs are still paying him so this is a win-win for the Mets.

“It is nice, I won’t lie about it,’’ Davis told The Post of bludgeoning the Cubs. “It’s nice to come in here and win a couple games and we got one more to go. Try to come in here with the same focus and intensity on Sunday.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2019 at 06:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: chili davis, mets

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Dave Eiland dismissed by Mets | MLB.com

The Mets are a trainwreck. Again.

The Mets have dismissed pitching coach Dave Eiland, a source told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. Bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez was also let go, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. The club has not confirmed.

Entering Thursday, the Mets had a 4.67 ERA, which ranked 20th in the Majors. The team has finished a season with a higher mark just twice in its history: in 1962, in the team’s inaugural season, and in 2017.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2019 at 03:42 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pitching coach

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Brodie Van Wagenen’s Mets take doesn’t match what we’re seeing

an Wagenen noted the potential to climb with home-and-home series approaching against the Braves and Phillies, interspersed with four games at Wrigley Field and two home games against the Yankees. That takes the Mets to the All-Star break. It feels make-or-break.

And even if it doesn’t break these Mets, what can we expect in the second half? The Athletics were 34-35 through June 14 last year, then went an MLB-best 63-30 to earn a wild card. But Oakland in this century has regularly surged: the A’s have six of the 65 best second-half records since 2001. The Mets have none.

Will this team with bad defense, terrible pen, meh offense and thin rotation find .600 ball between here and the finish line?

“I don’t think we are looking at anything as a lost season,” Van Wagenen said. “We have talent, we have heart and we have a group of people who believe in each other and will pick each other up.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2019 at 10:54 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Wilson Ramos Learns Wife Is Pregnant While in On Deck Circle

Wilson Ramos stepped into the on-deck circle to prepare for his second at-bat. He headed to the plate with his third child on the way.

In a 10-year career encompassing more than 800 games and nearly 3,000 at-bats, Ramos’ otherwise ordinary exercise resulted in a massive surprise when his wife, Yeli, walked up to the protective netting behind home plate and held up a sign toward the Mets catcher, alerting him that she was expecting.

“We’re pregnant! Wilson, this is your 3rd child. We love you!” the sign read.

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 15, 2019 at 10:18 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pregnancy, spring training souvenir

Friday, June 14, 2019

Fortunes ‘shift’ in worst way possible for Mets’ ace Jacob deGrom

More silliness.

“You make a pitch and feel like it’s an out and nobody’s there, I was frustrated,’’ deGrom said later. “I think anybody would be, the goal is not to give up runs. I thought I was out of the inning.’’

Because Frazier had to guard the runner, he wasn’t able to cover more of the shortstop area, so the shift was not optimum — even though Shift Apologists will never admit that.

“I did go in and look and he does not hit the ball there very often, I think it’s been a year since he hit a ground ball to short, so I think that’s the mindset behind it,’’ deGrom said of Carpenter.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2019 at 05:58 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Mets must get out of .500-area limbo to be true contenders

This headline deserves to be mocked.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 09:28 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Jason Vargas Pitches Like an Ace for the Mets, Shutting Out the Giants

Vargas (2-3), maligned by Mets fans as an unworthy No. 5 starter coming into the season, has been stellar lately, allowing one run or fewer in seven of his past eight starts. The 36-year-old lefty struck out a season-best eight, allowed five hits and a walk, and threw 117 pitches — his most in five years.

He’s actually allowed the fewest run per nine innings amongst Met starters this year.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 06, 2019 at 05:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jason vargas, mets

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Mets get No. 13 Draft prospect Allan at No. 89

The Mets are feeling pretty, pretty good about their day.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 10:24 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, rule 4 draft

The Wright stuff? Mets take 3B Brett Baty 

Is this a good pick at #12?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 08:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brett baty, mets, rule 4 draft

Mets fans angry at Tom Brady plan to send Patriots QB message | SNY

So, are these jerseys and memorabilia they already own or are they purchasing them for the occasion?

Mets fans plan to gather at Upper East Side restaurant Sojourn on Tuesday at 5 p.m. for a “Boston T.B.” Party, where they will dump jerseys and memorabilia of Brady into garbage bags filled with beans.

Seaver’s former Mets teammate, Art Shamsky, will be in attendance at the rally to discuss the legacy of the one and only “Tom Terrific” while fans will hold a press conference demanding Brady apologize to Seaver, his family and Mets fans everywhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 07:33 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tom seaver

Monday, June 03, 2019

Mets’ Mickey Callaway was never made for this

I sense an impending feeding frenzy.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2019 at 06:49 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mickey callaway

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Don’t look now, Mets have a new best pitcher

Don’t look now but Matz’ 3.55 ERA is the best among Mets starting pitchers. Better than Jacob deGrom. Better than Noah Syndergaard. Better than Zack Wheeler.

“That’s the best Matz has ever pitched,’’ Mickey Callaway said. “He got the ball and threw the ball, not one ounce of emotion. You could tell he was locked in. He did what he had to do against a lineup like that. He’s been our most consistent starter.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2019 at 06:20 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Yoenis Cespedes injury: Can Mets, Brodie Van Wagenen void contract? | SI.com

It may be some time before the Mets decide whether to take any action against Cespedes. As explained above, the team first needs to conduct its own fact-finding and present Cespedes with probative questions that would attempt to clarify the circumstances of his injury. If the team concludes that Cespedes partook in behavior that violated his contract, it could suspend him without pay or—less likely—attempt to void the contract. If Cespedes disputes the team’s conclusions, expect him and the MLPBA to file a grievance.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2019 at 05:32 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Monday, May 27, 2019

Kershaw, deGrom clash as Dodgers host Mets

Jacob deGrom vs. Clayton Kershaw on Monday means there will be no easing into a series between one of the league’s hottest teams and the best team the National League has to offer.

A matchup between the visiting New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers suddenly has major intrigue after the Mets’ front office elected to spare the job of manager Mickey Callaway one week ago.

Mets players have shown their appreciation by winning six of their last seven games.

Now deGrom (3-5, 3.72 ERA) will look to repeat his solid outing Wednesday against the Washington Nationals, when he gave up one run on two hits over six innings, with his eight strikeouts matching his most since April 14. However, the right-hander is 0-4 in eight career starts against the Dodgers, albeit with a 3.20 ERA.

“Hottest” in terms of performance, or in terms of status as matinee idols?

 

QLE Posted: May 27, 2019 at 06:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, jacob degrom, mets

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