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Why not use Wilfredo Tovar?

Last season, the Mets were hoping that Ruben Tejada would bounce back into a .280 hitter and a solid defensive player. The defense was not terrible, as he had a .984 fielding percentage, and was posted a 3 in defensive runs saved above average according to baseballreference.com. Sadly, the offensive side did not improve by much, as Tejada hit .237. Manager Terry Collins is trying...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sights and sounds from Port Saint Lucie

Following a rain-shortened day, the New York Mets returned outside to take cuts against pitchers for the first time this spring. Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and David Wright -“The core four, or whatever”, according to Matt Harvey, is sticking together in camp. The group alternates taking batting practice, and did so against farmhands Erik Goeddel and Cory...
Via Around Citi
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Managing Expectations As We Move Ahead

Even the most pessimistic Mets fan believes right now the 2015 team will be an improvement over the last five versions of the team. Given any kind of reasonable health one expects 82 wins at a minimum. The optimists foresee 89 or 90 wins and a wild card slot. If the Nats were to do a total el foldo then perhaps even a division title is conceivable. The Alderson administration has...
Via Mets Merized Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Minor League Preview: New York Mets

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2014 (10) | 2013 (16) | 2012 (24) | 2011 (20) | 2010 (25) 2014 Affiliate Records MLB: [79-83] NL East AAA: [81-63] Pacific Coast League - Las Vegas AA: [83-59] Eastern League - Binghamton A+: [76-62] Florida State League - St. Lucie A: [85-51] South Atlantic League - Savannah A(ss): [42-34] New York-Penn League - Brooklyn Graduated...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Matters: Alderson Jabs Flores; Parnell To Throw; Duda Ailing

If I were Wilmer Flores, I’d be hacked off at GM Sandy Alderson. I wouldn’t be happy being Ruben Tejada, either. Several times Alderson has cracked wise about the Mets’ shortstop situation. The Wall Street Journal reported when Alderson showed up for jury duty he was asked what he did in his free time. Reportedly, Alderson said: “Well, now I’m looking for a shortstop....
Via New York Mets Report
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Mets’ defense really be that bad?

Much is often made of good defense on championship teams. But defense is hard to quantify. Take for example the drastic difference between the 2014 Champion San Francisco Giants who had a team DRS of -5, versus the runner-up Kansas City Royals, who scored a 40, the fourth-best team DRS in baseball. The Cincinnati Reds scored the best team DRS with 67, and they lost 86 games, so it’s...
Via Mets360.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Collins Has Reason For Saying Tejada In The Mix

After hearing most of the offseason how Wilmer Flores would be the Opening Day shortstop, even before the first full squad workout, manager Terry Collins said Ruben Tejada would compete for the job. This isn’t about waffling, because what else could Collins say? He certainly can’t slam the door on Tejada this early. TEJADA: Still under fire. Collins told reporters in Port St...
Via New York Mets Report
7 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Mailbag: What’s The Deal Between Terry Collins and Wilmer Flores?

Peter S. asks… Does Terry Collins have a problem with Wilmer Flores? He often throws him under the bus and goes out of his way to constantly rave about Ruben Tejada every chance he gets. Does he know that Flores speaks and reads perfectly good English and that he probably knows all this stuff Collins keeps saying about the shortstop situation? I feel bad for Flores because his...
Via Mets Merized Online
7 days ago  |  Discuss

PSL Notes: Flores vs. Tejada, Matz and Harvey Impress, Good Vibrations

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Terry Collins refused to say that Wilmer Flores is his starting shortstop and told reporters that he has challenged Ruben Tejada to win the job. Collins said that as far as he’s concerned, shortstop is a wide open competition this Spring. “I’m going go to give him [Tejada] a fair amount of chances to win that shortstop job.” I’m...
Via Mets Merized Online
8 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Time For All Fans To Embrace Shortstop Wilmer Flores

In a recent Newsday report, Mark Carig applauded Wilmer Flores’ work ethic claiming the 23-year old infielder has only allowed himself two weeks away from baseball this offseason. As he prepares to take the reins as the Mets’ everyday shortstop in 2015, Flores has done all that he could to prove the doubters wrong. A crowed offseason schedule saw Flores first playing Winter...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Mets Have Playoff Fever

At first it was just a few guys back in November, right after the Mets signed Michael Cuddyer. The team jumped out of the gate and quickly signed the right-handed bat they were looking for. Suddenly you had David Wright, Terry Collins and Matt Harvey talking “October baseball.” As the weeks and months rolled on others would chime in like Zack Wheeler, Lucas Duda, and Jenrry...
Via Mets Merized Online
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Wilmer Flores is not the linchpin

Is there a single linchpin to the Mets 2015 season? A number of writers seem to think there’s a lot riding on Wilmer Flores panning out as our shortstop. Others point to a healthy return by David Wright or Matt Harvey. A bounce back season from Curtis Granderson has also been identified as a linchpin. One blogger tagged a breakout season by Travis d’Arnaud as the key ingredient...
Via Mets360.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN writer picks Mets to make the playoffs

I’m picking the Mets to win a wild card! My gut says either the Mets or the Marlins win a wild card, thanks in part to how bad the Phillies and Braves may be. I like the Mets better because of the depth in the rotation. Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom is the real deal and Zack Wheeler has the arm strength and now the experience to take a leap forward. Obviously, a lot hinges on...
Via Mets360.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Murphy Get Traded At Deadline?

Alex asks… Do you think the Mets will trade Daniel Murphy before the trade deadline? It’s pretty clear they are not extending him. Let’s say the Mets go into July with a slim one game lead on the second wild card (I wish!) and Daniel Murphy is having another All Star season and in the top five in hits, doubles, and runs scored, would they still trade him? Or do they keep...
Via Mets Merized Online
19 days ago  |  Discuss

The Mets’ relationship with Mike Barwis is weird

Last offseason Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, and Juan Lagares were asked by the Mets to travel to Michigan to train with Mike Barwis, who has been a strength and conditioning consultant with the Mets since 2011. This offseason Barwis opened up a new gym on the grounds of the Mets spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.  About 30 Mets minor and major leaguers, including David...
Via Mets360.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

ABC’s of the 2015 Mets

When Spring Training begins, it means that we are on the raceway to Opening Day. This is the ABC’s guide for the upcoming Mets season with some questions to keep in mind as we approach the start of the season: A is for Alderson- will General Manager Sandy Alderson be able to trade the surplus of pitching into talent that will help the Major League ball club? B is for Bullpen- last...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Featured Post: Keith Law Talks Mets Prospects With MMO

On Thursday morning, I had the chance to conduct an interview over the phone with ESPN senior baseball analyst Keith Law, who is also the lead baseball analyst for ESPN’s Scouts.Inc and the former assistant to the GM of the Toronto Blue Jays. Keith, who ranked the Mets as having the fourth best farm system in the MLB before our interview and named six Mets in his Top 100 prospects...
Via Mets Merized Online
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Wilmer Flores Out To Prove Doubters Wrong

A determined Wilmer Flores told Kevin Kernan of the NY Post he has no plans to give up the shortstop position and that when all is said and done the joke will be on those who doubted him. “I know I can take that position,’’ Flores said at Tradition Field. “I’m real proud of myself because playing shortstop in the big leagues, I didn’t think I could do that. Last year...
Via Mets Merized Online
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Where does Wilmer Flores rank among NL East shortstops?

There was a time – not too long ago – when New York Mets fans looked forward to a bright future spearheaded by a dynamic Wilmer Flores. The shortstop opened eyes in 2007 when he hit .307/.347/.468 as a 16-year-old, earning a handful of late-season plate appearances for Low-A Savannah. However, the Venezuelan’s physical growth has hindered his defensive ability, making some...
Via Around Citi
26 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Things We Learned From Sandy Alderson

Sandy Alderson was a guest on MLB Network’s High Heat hosted by Chris Russo on Monday, and said a few things worth mentioning. 1. Wilmer Flores: “Speaking of shortstop, there’s been a lot of conversation about whether or not Wilmer Flores can play the position. You know looking at Cal Ripken, he didn’t play shortstop professionally until he was promoted to the major leagues...
Via Mets Merized Online
28 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Exclusive: Interview with ESPN’s Keith Law

On Thursday morning, I had the chance to conduct an interview over the phone with ESPN senior baseball analyst Keith Law, who is also the lead baseball analyst for ESPN’s Scouts.Inc and the former assistant to the GM of the Toronto Blue Jays. Keith, who ranked the Mets as having the fourth best farm system in the MLB before our interview and named six Mets in his Top 100 prospects...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Flores Confident He Can Play A Good Shortstop

In an interview that will televise at 10 PM tonight on SNY, Wilmer Flores admitted to Mets Hot Stove that while his range may not be as good as he would like, he’s confident that he can make the routine plays and play a good shortstop. “It’s no secret that I’m not Omar Vizquel,” Flores told SNY. Watching the video you almost feel bad for the kid who’s been busting his...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Why I Am Pulling For Flores

I don’t know Wilmer Flores well, but pulling for him to have a breakout season. And, I wanted this before Sandy Alderson foolishly cracked wise on him last weekend. There are several reasons why, beginning with my penchant for rooting for the underdog. All those signings and trades people have advocated the Mets should make probably have made him uncomfortable, despite his well...
Via New York Mets Report
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Wilmer Flores Talks SS; Has Been Working Hard All Offseason

Marc Carig (Newsday) put together a nice article with some input from both Wilmer Flores and David Wright on the state of the Mets shortstop situation.  The topic obviously centered around what Flores has done to improve and whether the offseason banter has affected his outlook and determination. “You hear people talking all the time.  Is this guy going to be a shortstop? ...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Alderson Takes Jab At Flores

Sandy Alderson thinks he’s funny, but he’s not. He once joked about driving to spring training to save money for the financially distressed Mets. He joked about not putting together an outfield, and now took a poke at the shortstop situation and Wilmer Flores. On Saturday night at the annual Baseball Writers Association dinner in New York, when presenting an award to Hall of...
Via New York Mets Report
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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