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The Mets beat the Nationals 5-3 in their Grapefruit league opener this afternoon. But most Met fans didn’t care about the score – they were more interested in getting an eyeful of the Mets’ top prospect, Zack Wheeler. The kid didn’t disappoint.
Wheeler is a man of few words, as those who’ve met him would tell you, but today in sunny Florida, he let his pitching do all the talking and delivered two scoreless innings against the defending NL East champs who won 98 games last season.
The 22-year old righthander got off to an ominous start when we walked the first batter he faced, the ever so dangerous (not really) Steve Lombardozzi, who then quickly advanced to second base after a wild pitch to budding star Bryce Harper that was ruled a passed ball.
But after a meeting on the mound led by new catcher John Buck, Wheeler shook it off and did what he does best – blow batters away.
“I asked him, ‘Are you a little too pumped up?’” said Buck to Wheeler. The youngster laughed and said, “Yeah, ju
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When the Mets acquired Zack Wheeler for free-agent-to-be Carlos Beltran in July of 2011, GM Sandy Alderson was praised by the masses in New York. At the time, Wheeler was considered San Francisco’s top pitching prospect. Now the Mets’ top pitching prospect, he has spent the past two seasons cruising through the minor leagues, and should make his Citi...
Mets lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano is being shut down due to heart-related issues, according to Marc Carig of Newsday. Adam Rubin of ESPN says that there is a “small hole” near the outside of Feliciano’s heart, but it does not appear to be life threatening.
The southpaw does not believe the issue to be serious, but as a precaution he will be fitted for a heart monitor....
Updated by HoJo on 2/24
Pedro Feliciano will be shut down for at least two weeks from baseball activity while he wears a heart monitor while the team doctors continue to monitor could be a potentially serious heart condition,
It’s not exactly clear if Feliciano has a hole in his heart or even if that’s the cause of his irregular heartbeat. The next two weeks will help doctors...
It looks like Lenny Dykstra is going for that old Brian Wilson look while he is behind bars. A mugshot of the gray-bearded Dykstra, once known as "Nails" for his all-out playing style, was obtained by TMZ and shows the former New York Mets centerfielder sporting a ZZ Top starter face. It bears little resemblance to the "Dude" of old. Dykstra, who was a key...
Sometime this season, Mets fans can hope that a sign which reads “Oppo Taco” appears during a home game. That is Travis d’Arnaud’s personal phrase. In the 80s, we witnessed the “Ks” go up in the K Corner as Dwight Gooden struck out the competition.
Prior to any of this was Karl Ehrhardt, aka: the “Mets Sign Guy”. He first emerged during the 1964 season and became...
The New York Mets have elected to push back Johan Santana’s
first start of spring training as a precautionary measure, according to Marc
Carig of Newsday.
Carig notes that New York is holding Santana back to allow
him to continue to build up his arm strength, not because they are concerned
with an injury. Carig says there is no structural damage that is cause for
The question is always posed at the start of the exhibition schedule: How important is it to win during spring training?
For most teams it isn’t and history is full of examples of spring training winners who were flops during the regular season. The reverse also holds true.
But, what about the Mets, who open up today against the Washington Nationals? What are we to make if Zack...
The Mets start Spring Training starts today with an Intrasquad followed by the Nationals on Saturday, Michigan on Sunday, Astros on Sunday and the Nationals again on Monday. The following pitchers are slated to go:
Intrasquad: Gonzalez German, LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Rice, Collin McHugh, Elvin Ramirez, Greg Burke, Robert Carson, Brandon Lyon, Pedro Feliciano
Nationals: Shawn Marcum...
I was going to start this post with “here’s a trivia question for you” but then I remembered Art Rust Jr., the long-time sports talk host on WABC-AM who got annoyed whenever someone would start off a call with that phrase. Rust would respond “it’s history, not trivia”. So, this is my question on an important piece of Mets’ history :
What pitcher won the most games for...
The New York Mets had been connected to former closer
Francisco Rodriguez earlier this winter. However, it remains “unlikely” that
the Mets sign Francisco, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Asked source if #Mets might again consider K-Rod, who remains free agent, and it was portrayed as unlikely--same as Jose Valverde previously
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN...
I gave up picking on Lucas Duda for lent. Henceforth, it's important to understand that Lucas Duda's four strikeout day against the worst team in baseball means nothing. He's working on a new stance which is quieter, and spring training is meaningless.
I don't know if I am writing this to convince you that this is meaningless, or to convince myself that this is...