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The Mets should save themselves the aggravation and DL Frank Francisco when the season starts and have the roster spot filled by somebody else.
That would enable Bobby Parnell to have the closer job unencumbered. Having him train for the role in Spring Training only to have it pulled from him at the last minute would be bad for clubhouse karma.
And, if Parnell doesn’t cut it, then there’s time to work in Brandon Lyon and have Terry Collins configure his bullpen.
Reportedly, Francisco will be shut down for two weeks. What comes next is a period of long toss, followed by throwing on flat ground, then off the mound. Then there’s batting practice and perhaps a split-squad or minor league game before getting into a spring training game. That could be another two weeks, leaving Francisco just two weeks of games to get sharp, which is only asking for trouble.
There’s always the chance of a setback, so it makes sense to avoid rushing him and bring him along cautiously so he could be healthy...
BEST OF MAXIM
Next up in our projection series is a look at catchers. The Mets figure to open the year with John Buck as their starting catcher but few, if any, believe he’ll be the everyday catcher by September. While every projection is based in part by how much playing time you believe the individual will amass, it seems even more pertinent with Buck. So, today’s projection will actually...
Looking at the players the Mets have, and the projection systems used to evaluate the team, has been interesting. Dan Szymborski’s projection system, ZiPS, has projected a meager 68-94 record for the 2013 Mets. However, other, more optimistic, projections systems, such as Nate Silver’s PECOTA, have projected the Mets to finish 80-82. It’s important to understand that a projection...
Last season at the major league level for the New York Mets and more recently in Winter ball, Jordany Valdespin spent much of his time trying his hand as an outfielder. The 25-year-old hit eight homers in just 191 at-bats for New York, many of which came in dramatic fashion. In 42 at-bats as a pinch-hitter, ‘Spin’ hit five of his homers and on the season he was also successful...
While examining the non-roster invites on the Mets’ official website you may notice there are quite a number of players who have a legitimate shot at making the club out of spring training.
Veteran arms such as Scott Atchison and Aaron Laffey have MLB experience and could help in the team’s bullpen.
Despite missing two full seasons after shoulder surgery Pedro Feliciano...
This is the second in a series of evaluations comparing the 1986 World Series Champions with the projected 2013 team. The first article dealt with the offensive contributions of the 1986 Mets starting eight position players. This article deals with the offensive contributions of the bench (or platoon players). In order to keep this from getting too unwieldy, I’ve limited the ‘86...
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Terry Collins, Johan Santana, Jon Niese, and Bobby Parnell talk about why they are very excited about the Mets rotation.
Collins’ notes that for the first time in over three years, Santana goes into this season healthy and with no offseason surgery or rehab. He also tabs Johan as his Opening Day starter.
Niese is very high on the rotation...
Despite having a laughing stock of an offense, the New York Mets could easily produce five quality starting pitchers for fantasy teams this season, even with the loss of Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. Photo credit: MIKECNY Dillon Gee, a 26-year-old, started 17 games last year and was in the middle of a breakout season when a blood clot was discovered in his shoulder, leading to season...
By Elliot Chester
Collin McHugh’s third pitch as a major league baseball player was not a bad one, a four-seam 91-mile-per-hour fastball that tailed away from Charlie Blackmon, a slap-hitting nobody who had just two hits all season entering the late August game. But Blackmon, recently installed as the Colorado Rockies’ starting right fielder due to a rash of injuries, stayed...
This is my first installment in the 30 for 30 series so a little primer may be in order. I like to analyze a prospect through a few different lenses before reaching a conclusion. I call it the 5 Ps of prospects. Sometime, I can throw a sixth lens into the ring – my eyes – if I have seen the prospect in person.
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On Thursday Mets owner Fred Wilpon came out and compared David Wright to the Yankees Derek Jeter, at least in terms of being the face of the franchise. You can read more thoughts on Wilpons comments from Adam Rubin at ESPN.
Here are Fred Wilpons Comments:
“David is a unique player. He’s an All-Star,” Wilpon said Wednesday while touring Mets camp. “I think David is an All...
It seems like all day, all we've heard is Byrd could end up the starting right fielder, so it seems only fitting to take a closer look at his career. In discussing Byrd most reference his All Star year in Chicago but I was curious to find out whether he was a one hit wonder. Byrd had been a top prospect in the Phillies organization when he broke into the majors in 2002, appearing...
On Friday, Kevin Kernan of the New York Post wrote of high praise for Travis d’Arnaud coming from some of his former coaches.
D’Arnaud is a former farmhand of the Philadelphia Phillies who originally drafted him. He was the center piece in the deal that sent Roy Halladay from Toronto to the Phillies, and his stature as an elite catching prospect is widely known around baseball...
According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, Wally Backman isn’t looking to take Terry Collins’ job as manager of the Mets, but his goal is definitely to manage in the big leagues.
For now, Backman is focused on what he’s being paid for and that is to mange the Triple-A Las Vegas 51′s this season.
As I said before, and you can read below, I thought it was naive for...
In Part One of my story, we left off with a discouraged Collin McHugh coming off a mediocre junior year at Berry College in Georgia. McHugh found himself at home watching the 2008 MLB Draft, more out of habit than because of any expectation that he would be selected. But then the phone rang… It was the New York Mets.
By Elliot Chester
McHugh was floored. Beasley had known it...
Ya Gotta Believe! ~ Tug McGraw
About a week ago, I posted an opinion piece about having hope in the spring. Why? Because there is no reason to be negative and already count your team out just days before or after pitchers and catchers report.
I got a lot of feedback on the post — both good and bad.
As I sit here on Feb. 16 to write a follow-up post, I watch college basketball with...