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3 Up 3 Down: Cubs Split With Mets

The Mets split their most recent 4 game series with the Chicago Cubs, below are some key takeaways between the final scores. 3 Up 1. Zack Wheeler is exciting to watch and he’s backing up his electric arsenal of pitches with some great results. This series was no different, as Wheels went 6.2 innings on Friday night, allowing only 4 hits while striking out 10. When he exited the...
Via Mets Merized Online
1 day ago  |  Discuss

There Is No Dana, Only Fools

I want to touch on Carlos Torres’ great outing on Monday, as he went five innings while giving up three hits and striking out six in an emergency start after pitching a third of an inning the day before. But I can’t do that without mentioning the reason for Torres’ emergency start, as Bartolo Colon left to be with his ill mother before she passed away. So as you think of Torres...
Via Metstradamus
2 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Cubs 4, Mets 1

After taking the first two games of the series, the Mets settle for a split with the Cubs Monday afternoon, losing 4-1. Kyle Hendricks picked up the win, improving to 5-1 and Buddy Caryle got the loss. What You Should Know: Carlos Torres started for the Mets, turning in a valiant 5 inning effort, giving up no runs and just 3 hits. On a day when one of the most reliable Mets starters...
Via Mets Merized Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wright hurt, Niese falters, but Mets somehow pull one out over Cubs

Jon Niese was able to look at his performance in Saturday’s 7-3 win over the Cubs as a “step forward.” He has Vic Black to thank for that. Niese, cruising for most of his start, unraveled in the seventh and only a brilliant job out of the bullpen from Black kept the Mets comfortably ahead. Given a 7-1 lead after a four-run sixth, Niese surrendered a leadoff homer to Justin...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Mets 7, Cubs 3

The Mets beat the Chicago Cubs for the second straight night by the score of 7-3 at Citi Field. Jon Niese started and pitched impressively, holding the Cubs to three runs in six-plus innings, scattering seven hits and two walks while striking out six batters. Niese got the victory and now has back-to-back quality starts after a rough return from the DL. Vic Black bailed Niese out...
Via Mets Merized Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Vic Black Does Ice Bucket Challenge And Nominates Mr. Met (Video)

Very glad to see this ice bucket challenge spread everywhere.  New York Mets pitcher Vic Black, accepted the challenge and jumped into a pool of ice cold water. Before he jumped in, he nominated Mr. Met. Now that’s one person I would love to see involved with this challenge. Think Mr. Met will do it? I sure hope so. The post Vic Black Does Ice Bucket Challenge And Nominates Mr...
Via Geeks and Cleats
7 days ago  |  Discuss

3 waiver trade candidates the Mets should consider

With one of the most flurrious and activity-filled trade deadlines, the Mets decided to stand pat with the cards that they had, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  But of course, just because the July 31st trade deadline has come and gone, there still can be trades made until August 31st when the waiver trade deadline comes. Last year, Sandy Alderson architected one the best...
Via Mets360.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Alderson defends inaction at the deadline

“While we were active in conversations—although not super active—we didn’t make any deals, I think going in we didn’t intend to be sellers and we didn’t intend to be buyers necessarily. We were looking at the market and what it would dictate. We set a price on some of our players, and under the circumstances they weren’t met. We’re happy with the team that we have...
Via Mets360.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Padres 2, Mets 1

The New York Mets (46-52) dropped the rubber game against the San Diego Padres (43-55) this afternoon at PETCO Park. What you should know: Yasmani Grandal gave the Padres a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run. Zack Wheeler pitched well enough to earn a win today, but had no offensive support. Wheeler would pitch six innings, allowing one run on eight hits, striking...
Via Mets Merized Online
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Herrera Coming On Strong, Continues To Impress With Bat

Last August the Mets sent catcher John Buck and outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Pittsburgh Pirates for reliever Vic Black and second baseman Dilson Herrera, a trade that benefited both sides with the Pirates getting the best of Byrd in their playoff run and the Mets working Black into their bullpen plans and Herrera into their future infield plans. Even though Black has made...
Via Mets Merized Online
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

GIF: Daniel Murphy With A Leaping Grab

In the top of the eighth inning with two outs and runners on first and second, Daniel Murphy bailed out Vic Black with one of the best plays he has ever made in his career. GIF: Daniel Murphy's awesome jumping grab #Mets http://t.co/D4M5eINxeE — #ImWithTowels (@MetsKevin11) July 12, 2014 As all Mets fans know, Daniel Murphy has never been one to make too many spectacular plays...
Via The Daily Stache
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets’ Farm System Has A Bumper Crop At Second Base

Much has been made of the Met organization’s penchant for accumulating shortstop prospects in recent years, a strategy that has paid dividends for many teams in the past. Generally speaking, players capable of handling what is considered the most demanding defensive slot on the fair territory side of the field are usually judged to be able to make the move to any other non-battery...
Via Mets Merized Online
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Vic Black: Monday’s Win Over Braves Will Be Turning Point In Mets Season

After a very exciting and maybe some would say wacky win over the Braves on Monday Night the Mets were feeling pretty good about themselves. One of those players was relief pitcher Vic Black who was a apart of the 8th inning collapse by the Mets bullpen. Although in fairness all of the damage was done after he was pulled from the game with the score still 2-0 and two outs gotten...
Via The Daily Stache
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Collins Cautioned Not To Use Familia Due To Drop In Velocity

According to a report by Adam Rubin on ESPN New York, Terry Collins handled the eighth inning initially with Vic Black on Monday because the staff had advised Collins to stay away from Jeurys Familia. “I talked to the pitching guys today and they said, ‘Listen, if you can give him a night, give him a night, because he can use it,’” Collins said. “If you think about it...
Via Mets Merized Online
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s Time For The Mets To Stop Trading Away Pieces And Start Trading For MLB Caliber Players

Three and a half years ago, Sandy Alderson took over the controls of the New York Mets to turn a high-priced team full of aging veterans, into a contending team while replenishing a barren farm system. The latter part of that statement has been taken care of, while the first part has not. Mets fans have seen Alderson turn three 35-year-old and up players, into some pretty highly...
Via The Daily Stache
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Pirates 3, Mets 2 (11 innings)

The Mets dropped a tough one on Friday night at PNC Park, falling to the Pirates by the score of 3-2 in extra innings. After a very wild Vic Black allowed a one out walk to pinch hitter Clint Barmes in the bottom of the 11th and then Josh Harrison launched a walk-off RBI double to give the Bucs a dramatic win. It was the third straight loss for the Mets who are now in last place...
Via Mets Merized Online
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Pirates 5, Mets 2

The Mets opened up their four game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 5-2 loss on Thursday night at PNC Park. Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game for the Mets and was tagged for five earned runs on five hits including a three-run homer by Pirates prospect Gregory Polanco. Dice-K didn’t have it tonight and was all over the place walking four batters, hitting one and throwing...
Via Mets Merized Online
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Being ‘Young And A Met’ Doesn’t Mean What It Once Did

In a world where dominance on the pitching mound is King, one man is the last one standing. The closer. Or maybe not the closer, but a relief “ace.” The guy who inherits a game-turning moment. The bases jammed with bad guys just itching to score and he calmly saves the day by freezing them where they stand, retiring the side to end the threat. Those are the kind of pitchers who...
Via Mets Merized Online
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets power arms pave the way for the future

It is not anything new. The Mets bullpen has always been a weakness of the team. When Bobby Parnell was shut down for the entire 2014 season, it felt like more of the same. Sandy Alderson had never been one to put a lot of stock, or money for that matter, into a bullpen.  So it seemed that the bullpen would continue to be a weakness, at least until the Mets needed places for their...
Via Mets360.com
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

A Revolutionary Bullpen Model

syn-er-gy n. The increased effectiveness that occurs when two or more people or elements in a system produce and effort different from or greater than the sum of the individual effects. * * * * * * * * The most recent turn of events in a topsy-turvy New York Met baseball season has infused new energy in the team and their fan base. Three young power arms in the Mets bullpen have...
Via Mets Merized Online
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Mejia, Familia and Black Are Bringing the Heat

May 30 Jenrry Mejia struck out the side to earn his fifth save last night and is five-for-five in save chances since being moved to the bullpen on May 12. Mejia has excelled in his new late inning role, sporting a 9.44 strikeout rate and being unscored upon in nine relief appearances spanning 10.1 innings. The pen in general has flourished this month, and since Mejia has locked...
Via Mets Merized Online
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

You Mad, Bro? Pirates Walk The Plank

From SB Nation’s “Bucs Dugout“: “The Little Metsies are in a bit of a mess about now….” “I live in NYC. And let me tell you, this city is throbbing with excitement over the debut of the new Mets hitting coach.” “Lagares=good at fielding” “Another warning track out for Cutch. Ugh” “For a second I thought the Mets hired Dusty Baker for their hitting coach...
Via The Daily Stache
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets – Game 52

Former Pirate Vic Black with the win!  I loved Vic Black!  Current Pirate/ sucky pitcher Jeanmar Gomez gets the loss!  I dislike Gomez! Jeanmar Gomez has gots ta go. What can ya do though?  The Pirates left 11 men on base and were 1 for 7 with RISP. Clint Hurdle with a major blunder putting…
Via This Is Getting Old
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets offense does just enough to beat Pirates

Lamar Johnson can retire now as Mets hitting coach: The team is undefeated in his tenure. But that is more a function of the Mets bullpen than any nuggets Johnson might have imparted on the lineup in his debut Tuesday. Vic Black and Jenrry Mejia bailed out a stagnant lineup by combining for 3¹/₃ scoreless innings in the Mets’ 4-2 victory over the Pirates at Citi Field. Johnson...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Vic Black Recalled After Mets Release Valverde

After Jose Valverde was released today, Sandy Alderson announced that Vic Black will be flying back from Las Vegas to join the Mets bullpen in his place. Valverde was released after a disastrous outing that saw him give up four runs in the Mets 5-3 loss to the Pirates on Monday. He ends his Mets tenure with a 5.66 ERA and more bad memories than good. The 36-year old righthander was...
Via Mets Merized Online
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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