Found March 01, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
Ah yes, today’s stories can be summed up in 140 characters or less — if you live and work in the #Twitter universe. For New York Mets fans this means direct access to Ike Davis, Justin Turner, Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey, Jordany Valdespin and even Mets GM Sandy Alderson … well, sometimes, Alderson posted a tweet in August, took a six-month hiatus, then posted another tweet as Spring Training camp opened. I guess access is a relative term. But there is some cool banter going on between players and fans as Spring Training hits full stride. This week we heard from the injured (Zack Wheeler and Pedro Feliciano), we were blessed by some gibberish from Jordany Valdespin (I don’t know a word of Spanish) and a couple oddball tweets from Mets VP of PR Jay Horwitz. Didn’t anyone pick up on his subtle message last night? Here are the weekly highlights of Mets-related activity on Twitter: Zack Wheeler thanked fans for all the encouraging tweets after he injured his oblique this week. Hey, that r...

Valdespin’s Hot Start Can Get Him A Look The In Outfield

Updated by Joe D. on 2/28 I bet this will get some of you excited about the outfield situation… Jordany Valdespin, who is now batting .455 in Grapefruit League play, after two more singles tonight, is suddenly back in the spotlight thanks to his sizzling start. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported that the talented, but often misunderstood utility player “could get a look in...

Zack Wheeler And “The Zing”

Zack Wheeler‘s spring debut set the prospect world abuzz as the right-hander showed elite stuff in two scoreless innings of work. Having seen him pitch twice for the Augusta GreenJackets in 2010, Wheeler’s outing is an example of projection blooming into production. Reading through older reports while watching Hotel Transylvania left me looking for “The Zing”, or the moment...

Mets’ Zack Wheeler scratched with oblique strain

The New York Mets scratched right-hander Zack Wheeler from yesterday’s scheduled start because he strained his oblique while hitting in the cage, according to Andy Martino of The New York Daily News. Hearing that Zack Wheeler will be scratched from his start today because of an oblique injury that happened while hitting in cage.... — Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) February...

Mets man-crush: Rafael Montero

Zack Wheeler isn’t the only hot Mets pitching prospect worth watching in Spring Training this season. Rafael Montero has seemingly come out of nowhere and is making a name for himself in Mets camp. On Thursday night against the Nationals, Montero allowed one run in two innings in a modest spring debut. Those who watched him came away impressed with the 22-year-old’s arsenal....

It’s Time To Start Buying Into Sandy Alderson’s Plan

Yes. That title is for real. We have been so busy ridiculing the man for his cost-cutting style of management, that we are not taking the time to take a step back and see the big picture. At the start of the show… You could sit and watch the thirty minute episodes of Bob Ross’ show, which featured him painting, and witness him scratching and poking away at that canvass, switching...

Sandy Alderson Weighs In On Blocking Home Plate and Travis D’Arnaud

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey suffers a broken left ankle and torn knee ligaments following a devastating collision at home plate that wiped out his 2011 season. Updated by Joe D. on 2/28 Interestingly enough, the topic of Travis D’Arnaud blocking the plate came up last night during our conference call with Sandy Alderson. Matthew Artus broached the subject with Sandy...

Mets Now Boast The Most Promising Stable Of Right-Handed Power Pitchers In Baseball

Michael Fulmer will debut in St. Lucie this season after dominating in Savannah last year. I was recently flipping through Baseball America’s most recent issue on their 100 Top Prospects, and I came across something interesting in their organization reports about the New York Mets. In summary, they state that the Mets now believe they have “one of the most promising stables of...

Mets Matters: Duda Breaks Out, Byrd Could Push Hot-Hitting Valdespin To Vegas

It is not surprising that GM Sandy Alderson indicated today it is “less and less likely,’’ Johan Santana would be ready for Opening Day. Alderson attributed that to Santana not being in good shape when he reported to spring training because he didn’t go through his normal off-season routine after extensive rehabbing the previous two winters. “From my standpoint, his arm...

Sandy Alderson’s Philosophy On Evaluating Terry Collins

General manager Sandy Alderson stopped short of saying manager Terry Collins’ job was secure, but in a conference call this week, left the impression he will be judged with a broad paintbrush. As GM, Alderson’s job description entails building for the future, and while Collins has nothing guaranteed to him beyond this season, it doesn’t mean the two perspectives can’t co...

Conference Call With Sandy Alderson

I took part in a conference call with Mets GM Sandy Alderson earlier today. You can read my question about Terry Collins‘ job status, as well as others by click here.

Sandy Alderson On Leadoff Position, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada, Expectations

Joe D. It’s been widely reported that Kirk Nieuwenhuis will be strongly considered as a leadoff candidate this season despite a 31% strikeout percentage, a low contact rate and on-base percentage, and a poor batting eye. Assuming he could improve his on-base and strikeout rates a little, his batting eye still is what it is, and he doesn’t fit the mold of an ideal leadoff man...
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