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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 | 13 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 | 27 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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Year of Futility: The “Amazin’ Mets” First Year, 1962! | “Baseball Comes Alive!”

Some funny nuggets in this article.

Famed New York restauranteur Toot Shor made his son watch the Mets lose game after game, “So the lad would know what the Depression was like.”

In a mound meeting during the 1962 season, Stengel asked his starting pitcher, Bob Miller, how he felt.  “I’m not tired,” Miller said, to which the Old Perfessor replied, “You might not be, but your outfielders sure are!”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2017 at 08:19 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets

Friday, April 14, 2017


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

There Is No Stopping Daniel Murphy [FG]

Since Fangraphs articles seem work in opposites, this must mean that Nationals fans should be very afraid of Murphy suddenly tanking now that this has been published.

You could be forgiven, heading into last season, for thinking that Daniel Murphy would fail to carry over the magic of his 2015 playoff performance into the 2016 campaign. Many teams seem to have had similar suspicions: a free agent, Murphy received just $37.5 million over three years to sign with Washington. The Nationals were immediately rewarded: Murphy recorded nearly six wins for the club, basically providing a full return on Washington’s investment in just the first year of the contract.

Bote Man Posted: April 12, 2017 at 10:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, hitting, mets, nationals


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

MLB Video: Syndergaard goes for a joyride

Better Phanatic’s ride than his wife, I suppose…

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: April 11, 2017 at 06:05 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, mets, noah syndergaard, phillies, thor

Don’t Change The Channel With These Hitters At Bat

The bosses gave me an impossible assignment: Write up the definitive list of players whose at-bats you can’t afford to miss…

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Key attribute: Can’t outsmart him

Stat to know: Led majors with .332 average against off-speed pitches (curves/sliders/changeups/splitters) in 2016

Cabrera has hit .300 11 times in his career and has won four batting titles. He has nine seasons hitting at least .320; since World War II, only Wade Boggs and Stan Musial (10 apiece) have more. That makes him one of the best hitters for average in the past 70 years—oh, and he’s hit 446 home runs, won two home run titles and is capable of blasts such as this one:

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: April 11, 2017 at 04:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, indians, marlins, mets, nationals, reds, science of hitting, tigers

Mets’ Jay Bruce homers twice vs. Phillies | MLB.com

Jay Bruce winning friends and influencing people in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2017 at 08:59 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets

Friday, April 07, 2017

Klapisch: Is this the return of the Dark Knight?

Except for two fastballs to Matt Kemp, Harvey looked great yesterday. If he can carry forward this to future starts, he might be the Mets 1B.

Remember, though, this is a work in progress for Harvey. There’s no guarantee he’ll become the monster who dominated the National League four years ago. But if early impressions mean anything, Harvey’s arm is healthy again and has coupled the restored health with a better, more mature understanding of how to get through an opposing lineup a second and third time.

Instead of trying to channel Noah Syndergaard, Harvey instead owned the strike zone, throwing first-pitch strikes to the first 11 batters he faced. “The biggest thing for me … was really trying to pound the (strike) zone and go as deep as I can into the game,” he said.  “I was able to locate the fastball away and was able to throw some good sliders and change-ups when I needed to.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2017 at 02:58 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Daily News - Ackert:  Matt Harvey gives Mets reason to be optimistic in first start since July

That is what Mets fans were hoping they would finally see Thursday night: old-school Matt Harvey. As he walked off the mound, after pitching 6.2 solid innings in the Mets’ 6-2 win over the Braves, that is what brought the fans to their feet to cheer him off the field.

“I remember getting booed off the field last year,” Harvey said with a laugh, “so I think flipping that switch a little bit, it was exciting.”

His first start since July 4, when he was shut down with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and then surgery to repair it, was something the Mets could get excited about. His velocity is still sitting in the lower range, 93-95 miles an hour, but his fastball had “late life” and his breaking ball had a “nice edge,” according to an AL scout watching.

“I obviously didn’t strike out many, so the guys were making all the plays behind me. They made that easy,” Harvey said. “I had a lot of confidence with keeping the ball around the zone and I did keep it down for the most part.

What do the know-it-alls here think?

 

Lassus Posted: April 07, 2017 at 08:24 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: harvey, mets

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Mets’ Seth Lugo hopes to avoid Tommy John surgery for partially torn UCL, reports say

Newsday reports Lugo has a “slight tear” of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Of course, an injury to the UCL leads to concern over the need for Tommy John surgery.

To that end, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports noted Tommy John surgeon Dr. James Andrews is reviewing Lugo’s records.


Marc Carig is also reporting that the Mets think Lugo’s injury may have come from his stint in the World Baseball Classic.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 02:29 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, seth lugo

Rey Ordóñez And The Outer Boundary Of Range | VICE Sports

Debates about Rey Ordonez were a thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, mets, rey ordonez

Monday, April 03, 2017

Syndergaard was aghast after his mother took a photo with his nemesis, Mr. Met

Apparently, Mr. Met caught up with Syndergaard’s mother, Heidi, after Monday’s game for a photo-op just outside the stadium gates, an action that elicited a strong reaction from Syndergaard on Twitter:

Mother! How could you?!?!?

Somehow, this feud continues to be funny.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 03, 2017 at 10:54 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mr. met, thor, twitter

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Seth Lugo’s arm tired after WBC, jeopardizing roster spot with Mets | Newsday

Hey (insert team name), how about sending (best starter) to the WBC?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Report: Mets’ Jeurys Familia receives 15-game suspension

According to a Wednesday morning report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, New York Mets’ closer Jeurys Familia has finally learned his fate. After previously meeting with Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday, Familia has now been handed a 15-game suspension to start the 2017 regular season…..

The 27-year-old was originally charged with simple assault back in October following an arrest at his home. Police found Familia’s wife with both scratches on her chest and a bruise on her cheek while the charges were ultimately dropped as the case was dismissed by a New Jersey judge.

Nonetheless, the league has a no tolerance policy regarding domestic violence as Major League Baseball’s investigation did not end until Wednesday afternoon.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2017 at 12:38 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jeurys familia, mets, suspensions

Mets’ dissecting the roster

“We came into this spring saying we basically got two bullpen jobs. Due to some injuries and everything that always complicates it, now we got some tougher decisions to make,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “We’re very lucky we have some depth on our club to fill in those holes.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2017 at 06:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Zack Wheeler shows he belongs in Mets’ rotation

A few days ago, this debate was over in our minds. Robert Gsellman had pitched his way into the No. 5 spot, returning WBC hero Seth Lugo was at worst a great bullpen piece and Zack Wheeler would be left behind in Florida for some fine-tuning after a roller-coaster two-year rehab from Tommy John surgery.

Easy, right?

And then the past 24 hours happened, forcing us to rekindle the discussion all over again, exactly one week from Opening Day. Right after Steven Matz wound up in limbo because of elbow tenderness, Wheeler did what very few besides himself expected Monday against the Marlins in Jupiter. All but written off from the April rotation, in his do-or-die moment of spring training, Wheeler stepped up and gave the Mets a serious reason to reconsider.

Facing Miami’s regular lineup, Wheeler allowed two hits in five scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out three. But the most remarkable part? He was surprisingly efficient in needing only 70 pitches.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 28, 2017 at 05:35 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, position battle

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sandy Alderson on Steven Matz’s latest injury: ‘It’s worrisome’ | Newsday

“It’s worrisome that he continues to be injured off and on,” Sandy Alderson said. “That’s the difficulty. We don’t think it’s serious. On the other hand, we have to be able to, with starting pitchers, to rely on them every five days. We’re not sure exactly where this is going to take us.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2017 at 09:17 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Matt Harvey hits 97 in best start of spring | MLB.com

Mid 90s plus he’s an ace. Low 90s he’s a backend guy.

“Today, he amped it up a little bit,” Collins said. “And I’m sure when we get to Citi Field and he gets out there for the first time, he’ll amp it up that day, also.”
It wasn’t just velocity that boosted Harvey in his best start of the spring. There was also a high-80s slider that Harvey routinely buried low-and-away to right-handed hitters, plus a command of all pitches that Harvey lacked for much of the spring.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Sunday, March 26, 2017

OTP 27 March 2017: Trump, Healthcare, and the Art of the Botched Deal

OK, there’s just one easy-ground-ball baseball metaphor in this story.  And Donald Trump started college the year the Mets moved to Queens.  But it is the week’s big political news:

When Donald Trump was growing up in Queens, the local baseball team, the New York Mets, was the lowliest franchise in the National League. The Mets were so bad that the manager, Casey Stengel, once famously asked of his team: can’t anybody here play this game?

That’s the central question now in Donald Trump’s Washington. On Friday afternoon, the House GOP leadership pulled its bill overhauling Obamacare rather than experience a humiliating defeat.

When he arrived in Washington, many wondered whether Donald Trump could play this game. Just two months into his presidency, the answer is glaringly obvious: he cannot.

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

 

BDC Posted: March 26, 2017 at 10:10 PM | 1221 comment(s)
  Beats: casey stengel, mets, politics

Mets lefty Steven Matz to skip next start | MLB.com

This isn’t good.

“It’s worrisome that he continues to be injured off and on,” Alderson said, referring to Matz’s checkered medical history. “That’s the difficulty. We don’t think it’s serious. On the other hand, starting pitchers are relied on every five days. I’m not sure exactly where this is going to take us.”

Matz said he began feeling discomfort even before his last outing, in which he gave up five runs in four innings Wednesday against the Marlins. Examining the left-hander following that start, doctors concluded that there is no structural damage in Matz’s elbow. The Mets’ medical team suggested the issue may be related to the season-ending operation Matz had in September to remove a bone spur from his elbow. Matz also underwent Tommy John surgery as a prospect in 2010, and has struggled with elbow, shoulder and other health issues ever since.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2017 at 12:06 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, steven matz

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Why Travis d’Arnaud should never catch Noah Syndergaard | New York Post

I watched most of yesterday’s day. He’s right; this should never happen again.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 25, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard, travis d'arnaud

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dallas Green, first Phillies manager to win the World Series, dies at 82

Dallas Green, the bearish, blustering, boom box-throated manager who in 1980 whipped a talented but complacent Phillies team to the franchise’s first world championship, died Wednesday at 82, a team official confirmed.

Mr. Green spent most of his long baseball career with a Phillies organization that signed him as a Delaware high schooler in 1955. Over the subsequent 61 years, with notable interruptions in New York and Chicago, he would pitch, coach, manage, scout, and fill a number of front-office positions for the team.

A commanding physical presence at 6-foot-5, with a thick mane of silver hair and a voice that could penetrate concrete walls, Mr. Green seemed born to lead.

As a spot-starter and reliever with the Phillies, Mets and Senators, he was a hard-throwing righthander who never mastered his control or his temper. Mr. Green compiled a 20-22 record and a 4.26 ERA in his playing career from 1960-67.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2017 at 04:52 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dallas green, mets, obituary, phillies, senators

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