The Mets square off against one of the best teams in MLB, for a 2 game series, and yes, the Mets have already faced Oakland in a 2 game series. Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler are the series probables for Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. The Mets will also have an extra bullpen arm, Gonzalez Germen, for a few days while Bartolo Colon is mourning the death of his 63 year old mother, who passed in the local Dominican Hospital on Monday. This is a relatively short series for the Mets who will face some big name pitchers in the upcoming days whose first names include Scott, Jeff and Clayton, and if you know who I am referring to, you might understand the reason I am concerned that this slumping offense might have trouble getting through this road trip.First pitch tonight is set for 10:10 pm, and 3:40 pm tomorrow.
While Murphy leads the NL in hits, the Mets paradoxically are next to last in the same category. 29th in the majors??
Lamar Johnson replaced hitting coach Dave Hudgens almost three months ago but the hits still don’t come easy.The Mets lead the current series 2to 1,however the Cubs have outhit them by 22 to 12.
With the pitching seemingly coming together its time to focus on adding a bat or two and stop once and for all the absurd conversation on trading Murph.
The Mets have won 2 consecutive ballgames versus the Chicago Cubs. Wheeler and Niese both had solid outings, but both had trouble getting out of the 7th inning. The offense was helped out by some timely walks, and some clutch base-hits from Mets reserves. Eric Campbell replaced David Wright after he has hit in the shoulder in the 6th inning. So far, this is believed to be precautionary. Jacob deGrom threw today, and feels good to go for next weeks game versus Los Angeles.
As the final quarter of the 2014 MLB Season rolls in, I look forward to changing my focus on the Mets from contenders to developers once again.This year however feels more promising as I feel we have a refurbished farm system and a developed pitching staff. I hope to write an opinion post on why the Mets future looks bright and why I believe the Mets will be the 2015 NL East Champions. Now, to present day, it seems like the Mets have dug themselves into a hole way too deep to climb out of, and this is OK, because the future is brighter than it seems, but what can they do in this series vs the Cubs to help themselves? Really take a look at young players, I believe Matt Reynolds an underrated shortstop who is tearing it up in AAA should get the call just because we haven’t seen anything out of Wilmer Flores that says he is a long term option at SS. Also I believe the Mets should just give Noah Syndergaard a shot with the big club this year. Slow progress or not, he needs some experience to ease the pressure for 2015, and this season isn’t going anywhere, not to mention that it would draw 10,000 extra fans, which catches Jeff Wilpon’s ear. I keep on avoiding talking about this series, but the more and more I want to talk about it the less I care about it…. but here it goes: The Mets welcome the Cubs for a 4 game wrap-around series before heading to the west coast next week. Cubs prospect Javier Biaz should be exciting to watch, he has burst on the scene with 4 homeruns in a week! I hope the Mets at least split this series, it would be nice to see the Mets leave town with positive thoughts.
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I will be at the game today, rooting for Zack Wheeler and the Mets, I promise pictures of the pitchers.
I’ve watched Montero 5 times, and let’s face it, the Mets have failed to provide him consistent run support, but it’s fair to say, Rafael isn’t holding up his end either. The only start that was quality was his home start versus Arizona, where he have up 1 run and struck out 10. Other than that he has a high pitch count every time he pitches, and hasn’t established a got put-away pitch. His velocity resides in the low 90s which is nothing special. I struggle to see the promising side of Montero, and I suggest the Mets send him back to AAA for 1-2 more more starts and end the year. Monty is not an overwhelming pitcher, doesn’t have control, works deep counts, and is very vulnerable to the long ball. I saw this in 2010 with Mejia, hopefully we see some good things from him in the future.
This week at Citi Field, the Mets visit town for the first time since the Opening Homestand. The Nats have owned the Mets so far this year, winning 7 out of 9 games this season.
Montero has been called up to make a few starts in place of Jacob deGrom, he is 0-2 in 4 starts so far this year. Colon and Gee then pitch on games 2 & 3. The Mets expect to play den Dekker for most of the homestand, as well as slotting Duda in versus some lefties. David Wright enters Tuesdays game with a 10 Game hit-streak.
Dice-K ~ Daisuke threw some rehab innings in St.Lucie today, and is expected to make 2-3 more starts before returning to regular action.
deGrom~ Jacob underwent a MRI test today and was shown to have shoulder soreness, not a serious issue, and will only miss 2 starts.
Parnell~ Bobby began throwing in St. Lucie this week, he should be ready for 2015.
Hefner~ Hef will miss the rest of this year and most of next year, this is due to a re-injured elbow UCL. He will undergo his second Tommy John in a year.
Noah Syndergaard or Thor for the purposes of this article so I don’t have to write Syndersomething 100 times, has been one of the Mets highly regarded prospects ever since the blockbuster trade in the 2012-2013 offseason. In general, the Mets got a better half, reviving Travis d’Arnaud and Thor for Dickey, Thole and Nickeas.
Thor’s main problem isn’t Las Vegas, it isn’t his walk rate, it’s his expectations. Judging a prospect one needs to factor in a whole new set of statistics that power the game Sabermetrics etc,but what happens when stats don’t tell the whole story? Stats were not on Jacob deGrom’s side in the minors, but when he got called up, he dazzled. Thor, was getting all of the talk during the offseason, but as we’ve seen so far in AAA, he’s not ready, but I’m still holding out hope that he can produce Dillon Gee like numbers next year, and make a cameo in 2014.