Found May 30, 2012 on
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The Mets have no depth on their 40-man roster.
You’ve heard that since the offseason. I preached it here consistently during spring training. I believed this club had an outside chance of winning about 85 games; maybe even competing in a pennant race for a second Wild Card. What would derail them was their depth, or lack of it.
The names were not exciting. Vinny Rottino, Jeremy Hefner, Rob Johnson, Omar Quintanilla and Mike Baxter. Each was disposed of by another organization. Each, except for Rottino (who is 32 years old) is in their late-twenties so you can’t even call them a “late bloomer.” They were on the road to 4-A status.
We try to evaluate players in the minors through scouting reports and numbers. The latter being more accessible. There are a few numbers that give you an indication to how successful a player can be: walk to strikeout ratio, K-rate, on-base percentage and power. Even those can be skewed by competition and environment. Baxter and Johnson had some of their b...
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Following Monday’s 8-4 loss to Philadelphia, the Mets made several roster moves:
After leaving the game with an apparent ankle injury, Justin Turner will be placed on the 15-day DL with a sprained ankle. To replace the replacement to the replacement for Ruben Tejada, the Mets have promoted infielder Omar Quintanilla from Triple-A Buffalo to presumably be the everyday shortstop...
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed to Jon Heyman of CBSSportsline.com,that the Mets plan to offer David Wright a contract extension during the season.
“I would expect sometime before the season’s over, we will have a conversation,” Alderson told Heyman. “I’m hopeful he’ll be here a long time.”
According to Heyman:
By making an offer in season, it...
The Mets announced that catcher Josh Thole and reliever Elvin Ramirez will join the Mets in time for Friday’s series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Who is getting cut or demoted to make room for them has yet to be announced.
Thole, who was hitting .284 with one home run before the concussion, has been on the disabled list since May 8, but started behind the plate for...
Photo by Ed Leyro/Studious Metsimus (Yeah, that's right. I took it. Not bad, huh?)
On Sunday, R.A. Dickey pitched 7⅓ innings of shutout ball against the Padres, allowing three hits, walking one and striking out ten batters. The 10-K performance gave Dickey 29 strikeouts over his last three starts (20⅓ IP). It also helped in lowering his ERA to 3.06, a number Dickey had...
It looks like we showed up too late In Savannah...
Buffalo 7, Columbus 1
By Andrew O’Brien
Days after Buffalo Bisons manager Wally Backman had a heart-to-heart with Jordany Valdepsin, the 24-year-old responded.
Valdespin launched a three-run homer Monday afternoon, leading the Bisons to a 7-1 win over the Columbus Clippers on Memorial Day.
Dylan Owen (3-2) made the spot start for...
The Mets designated Manny Acosta for assignment.
I think I might have to start a “Mets On The Move” column with the way they keep coming and going.
This past week we’ve seen some bullpen disasters, namely Manny Acosta and Ramon Ramirez. Ramirez was seen as a steal in the Torres for Pagan trade and he’s been just as bad as Torres has for the past few weeks. Yesterday was just...
Omar Quintanilla. Jeremy Hefner. Scott Hairston. If someone told me prior to tonight’s game that those would be the names of the offensive stars of the night for the Mets, I’d have said this team was in danger of being swept tomorrow. But that isn’t the case, as the Mets are in position to take yet another series from the Phillies tomorrow on the strength on some big offensive...
Good afternoon Mets fans and welcome to another stupendous day of baseball! Tonight the Mets take on the Phillies in the rubber game of their three game series. For the second time this season, Dillon Gee will take on Cliff Lee in a battle of men with short last names that also happen to rhyme. In the last Gee vs. Lee game, the Phillies lefty was the better starter, but the Mets...
Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
N.Y. Mets (28-22) «21010200x6101
W: J. Hefner (1-2) L: J. Blanton (4-5)
S: F. Francisco (14)
HR: PHI - B. Schneider (2) NYM - J. Hefner (1),S. Hairston (6)
Jeremy Hefner contributed in every way he could to the Mets' 6-3 win over the Phillies on Tuesday, which evened up a three...
Philadelphia Phillies (26-24) at New York Mets (27-22) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Blanton (R) 9 4-4 4.556.01-35.405/24@STLND4.11071-115.28.04
J. Hefner (R) 1 0-2 6.173.20-18.105/24SDL3.2960-211.26.17
Though Ryan Howard and Chase Utley remain sidelined, the Philadelphia Phillies are starting to...
Jeremy Hefner earned his first victory in the majors, highlighting the occasion by homering for his first big league hit as the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on a rainy Tuesday night.
The 26-year-old rookie became the first major league pitcher to hit his first homer in his first win since 2002, when Dennis Tankersley did it with San Diego, STATS LLC said.
On Wednesday, Daily Stache czars Michael Ganci and Matthew Falkenbury were once again invited back to Citi Field to enjoy pre-game on the field and watch the bullpen implosion in the press box.
Here’s a look at the day in photos.
Final: Phillies 3, Mets 6.
WP: Jeremy Hefner (1-2, 5.60)
LP: Joe Blanton (4-5, 5.05)
SV: Frank Francisco (14)
Joe Blanton went five-plus innings, allowed six earned runs over nine hits and two walks. He gave up two home runs, making that eight total in his last three starts.
Jeremy Hefner of the Mets picked up his first major-league win, as the Phillies offense was limited to...
Philadelphia Phillies (26-25) at New York Mets (28-22) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
C. Lee (L) 7 0-2 2.826.10-01.575/25@STLND7.0830-122.03.68
D. Gee (R) 9 4-3 4.926.01-35.935/25SDW7.0412-119.05.21
The last time Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee was on the mound he got into a verbal spat with center...
Photo from ChadMoriyama.com - there are two more angles so check it out.
Lee vs. Gee: one of the best matchups we get now and then, and not just namewise. The two have matched up before and provided some six-letter pitching matchup excitement.
Dillon Gee is 4-3 with a 4.92 ERA. He can be stellar and he can be mediocre. Cliff Lee is winless, but had been stellar most of the...