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...
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3 days ago  |  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...
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5 days ago  |  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 — #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
11 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Mets 7, Marlins 1

The New York Mets defeated the Miami Marlins on Friday Night at Citi Field by the score of 7-1. Zack Wheeler got the start and held the Marlins to one run on five hits in 6.2 innings, walking two and striking out six. It was his third consecutive solid start and second straight win at home. Wheeler lowered his ERA to 3.90 for the season and seems to be in a good groove right now...
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11 days ago  |  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...
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14 days ago  |  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...
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15 days ago  |  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...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Sell, Sandy, Sell

The current standings for the Mets comes as no real surprise. I predicted on the air the Mets would win 78 games this season while losing 84, a modest improvement over recent years. In doing so, I also admitted I might be caught up in preseason hype because a serious analysis of the roster left me suspicious the 2014 Mets could be any better than the 2013 edition. Yes, we added Bartolo...
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15 days ago  |  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
17 days ago  |  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...
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25 days ago  |  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...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Mets 3, Padres 1

The Mets (31-38) beat the Padres (29-40) by a score of 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. Daisuke Matsuzaka got the start for the Mets, but left after 1 inning with an upset stomach. As a result, the bullpen had to be leaned on heavily today, and Carlos Torres (4 innings, 1 run), Vic Black (2 innings, 0 runs), and Jenrry Mejia (2 innings, 0 runs) all stepped up. Curtis Granderson...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Rumors: Philadelphia poised to sell

There's no way around it, the Philadelphia Phillies are currently tied with the Chicago Cubs for the second worst record in all of Major League Baseball. (Tampa Bay Rays own the worst.) With the trade deadline approaching, Corey Seidman walks us through some Philly flavored trade bait.By Matthew Straubmuller via Wikimedia CommonsToday's tap includes only position players...
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June 11, 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...
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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...
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Bullpen Shines in Long Philly Series

The Mets shuffled through 12 different relievers in the first two months of the season. Then they added two new relievers to the bunch during their recent five-game series in Philly. Without established roles, or even an established roster in the bullpen, it is hard to predict on a day-to-day basis which pitcher will be called on, and how productive their outings will be. The Mets...
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June 03, 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...
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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...
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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...
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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…
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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...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Game Thread: Pirates vs Mets, 7:10 PM

The Mets will try to even up the series when they play the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7:10 PM matchup at Citi Field. Jon Niese (3-3, 2.70) will take the mound for the Mets and will oppose right-hander Edinson Volquez (2-4, 4.37) for the Bucs. Vic Black is due to rejoin the Mets to replace Valverde. Black has flown from Las Vegas to New York to El Paso and now back to New York...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Notes: Chris Young on Bench, Abreu in RF, Tejada at SS

The Mets will try to even up the series when they play the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7:10 PM matchup at Citi Field. Jon Niese (3-3, 2.70) will take the mound for the Mets and will oppose right-hander Edinson Volquez (2-4, 4.37) for the Bucs. Vic Black is due to rejoin the Mets to replace Valverde. Black has flown from Las Vegas to New York to El Paso and now back to New York...
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May 27, 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...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Vic Black Is Heading Back To Las Vegas

May 25 As expected, Vic Black is heading back to Las Vegas after joining the Mets as the 26th man for today’s doubleheader. GM Sandy Alderson made the announcement after Sunday’s nightcap. Black did not appear in either game May 24 The team announced that reliever Vic Black is joining the Mets to be a 26th player for their doubleheader on Sunday. Black was expected to make the...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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