Found October 11, 2013 on
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New York Mets
Yesterday I advocated for the Mets to give their young pitchers a shot, rather than going out and finding the 2014 version of Chris Capuano, Chris Young or Shaun Marcum. But how realistic is it that Sandy Alderson and friends will allow their youngsters a chance to prove themselves?
Judging by their actions in late 2013 – when they went out and got Daisuke Matsuzaka and Aaron Harang – the answer has to be a resounding, not very likely at all. But what is Alderson so scared of in giving his youngsters a chance in the beginning of the season? You should be ready to take a shot whenever the right moment occurs.
First, let’s look at what the “high dollar” reclamation projects of Capuano, Marcum and Young provided the Mets. In 2011, they provided 210 IP. In 2012 that number was 115 and this past year it was 78.1 IP. All told, they got 403.1 IP with 198 ER for a 4.42 ERA. That’s serviceable pitching, either low-end SP#4 or high-end SP#5. But their fragile nature and the uninspiri...
BEST OF MAXIM
Lucas Duda frustrates the hell out of me. I know he’s a saber and front office darling by virtue of his .352 on-base, but he’s an awful hitter whose getting worse at the plate instead of better. Honestly, I couldn’t care less about how many walks our clean-up hitter has, I want to see him hit and drive in runs.
In his last three seasons, Duda has seen his batting average decline...
Those of us not born with a silver spoon in our mouth sometimes have to resort to dumpster diving to rescue usable items that others have thrown out. I’m not too proud to say that I’ve done this while looking for storage boxes. Perhaps you’ve done something similar. The cash-strapped Mets have been busy dumpster diving for starting pitchers the past three seasons and we...
The New York Mets won’t take the field again in Flushing until March 31st, 2014. In the lull between the conclusion of the playoffs and free agency, club news is essentially non-existent. The offset in content spurs hypothetical situations that all fans enjoy partaking in: Armchair general managing, scouring feverishly through statistics, counting the days until spring training...
The New York Mets signed Johan Santana to a six-year, $137.5M contract in 2008 to spearhead a rotation that looked to close Shea Stadium with a championship. Santana was the perfect fit for a club in desperate need of a bonafide ace: A two-time Cy Young Award winner, he thrice led the American League in strikeouts and held the AL to a WHIP below 1.000 in four consecutive seasons...
I was researching some Mets team speed metrics the other night when a strong series of thunderstorms came through my town and knocked out power in my area. My wife worked late because her building still had power and my St. Bernard and Maine Coon Cat were safely huddled under the dining room table.
So, while I sat there in candlelight, I wrote this:
I Remember Hodges
In a flash it...
Andy Martino of the NY Daily News reports that the Mets aren’t expected to pursue free agents Robinson Cano or Jose Abreu according to “major league sources familiar with the team’s thinking,” .
A high-ranking team official recently told the Star-Ledger’s Jorge Castillo that Alderson’s scouts came away “impressed” with Abreu’s power. But obviously (and predictably...
The Arizona Fall League is starting up a hitting challenge this year for their participants — and it sounds like a lot of fun. Here’s the rundown from the official release:
Hitters taking part in the event will receive two minutes to hit against live pitching and be rewarded for points between 100-500. Hitters also can earn points by hitting a wide array of targets on the field...
Now that the 2013 season has come to a close for the New York Mets, I wanted to use this week’s time machine on the man Sandy Alderson is planning on building a championship team around: David Wright. We received good news last winter, as Wright and the Mets agreed on an eight-year extension, keeping him in Flushing at least through the 2020 season.
He missed a significant chunk...
Miami Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro reports, that the blind bids for Cuban phenom Jose Dariel Abreu are due on Saturday.
The Marlins are considered heavy favorites to land the slugging first baseman, who many compare to the Phillies’ Ryan Howard in his prime.
Frisaro says that it will likely take between $45-60 million to land the 26-year-old Cuban native. According to a source...
DANIEL MURPHY, 2B
As often has been the case with Daniel Murphy, expectations were moderate at best. If given the chance, the Mets would have replaced him, but with more pressing needs they spent their limited resources elsewhere so Murphy remained in the lineup. After several years of searching for a position, Murphy finally settled in at second base and has...
A couple days ago, Matt Meyers of ESPN New York highlighted the case for Jhonny Peralta joining the Mets — a rather realistic option looking ahead to next season. It’s fun to think big with names Jose Reyes or Troy Tulowitzki, but the more likely options are names like Peralta or Stephen Drew. Meyers points out how badly we need an upgrade at shortstop:
It’s hard to overstate...
If you look around the Mets twitterverse, here, or any other Mets related site you’ll find fans, writers, and commentators all speaking on the likelihood or unlikelihood that the Mets will sign Jose Abreu to play 1B for the Mets.
I’m not sure about you, but I am growing tired of anybody who has never seen Abreu play more than a handful of games (if that), acting like he’s a...
The New York Mets have been connected to both Robinson Cano and Jose Abreu, but don’t expect them to sign either of them. They may check in on both of them, but don’t expect either one of them to end up with the Mets.
While the Mets may like Jose Abreu and his power potential, you shouldn’t expect them to pursue him, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. The...
According to sources New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is not interested in pursuing Robinson Cano in free agency. While some thought that they could sneak in and steal the All-Star second baseman it's looking increasingly more likely that they'll stand pat on the high end free agent market.
That takes the Mets and Dodgers out as potential suitors for Cano this...
Hey all, hope you’re having a good night…
We’re having a little Minor League chat tonight from MetsMinors.Net using the old shoutbox. I’ll embed the chat right here so anyone here can join in as well. I’ll be moderating tonight, and Christina Montana (@ChristinaMets15) will be answering questions tonight. I’ll jump in when I get bored of moderating.
The easiest way...