Do the New York Mets HAVE to move a starting pitcher before Opening Day?

The New York Mets currently have six starters for five spots, with three young prospects who could come up as needed in 2015. Let’s break this down. Six Starters: Matt Harvey Jacob deGrom Zack Wheeler Jon Niese Bartolo Colon Dillon Gee Prospects on the verge of the majors: Rafael Montero (who pitched briefly in the majors in 2014) Noah Syndergaard (who was supposed...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Rotation: A Difference Between Depth And Potential

There’s a distinct difference between depth and potential when it comes to the Mets’ rotation. There’s a lot to like about their potential, but you should be careful not to equate the names with depth. Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Dillon Gee, Jon Niese, Rafael Montero, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz give you nine names, but also nine questions....
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Mailbag: How Many Games Will The Mets Win This Season?

Mets Lifer asks… Will the Mets finally have a winning season in 2015, or considering the lack of significant upgrades this offseason, are we to expect another 79 win season as FanGraphs projected for us? Do you think we can squeak into the postseason? Andre replies… An 85-77 record this year seems like a pretty reasonable mid-ground bet. Let me explain. If not for Jose Valverde...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets360 2015 projections: Jacob deGrom

In 2012 the Mets debuted Matt Harvey and the following year they introduced Zack Wheeler. Then last year the club brought up Jacob deGrom. Harvey and Wheeler came with all types of hype and deGrom wasn’t nearly as highly regarded. This time last year, if you asked the fan base which Mets pitcher was going to walk away with the Rookie of the Year Award, deGrom would have been...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How Many Games Will Mets Win In 2015?

A reader sent me a link to this 2015 NL Preview from FanGraphs who project the Mets to have a 79-83 season. That total seems very low to me, and basically their expecting the Mets to have a season similar to last year. Here’s their glass half full, glass half empty takes: Reasons for optimism When Matt Harvey was last healthy, he was as good as any other pitcher in the whole entire...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Zack Wheeler’s New Girlfriend Proves He Throws Perfect Game

Zack Wheeler's new girlfriend proves that the major league pitcher throws a perfect game.
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Diamond In The Rough: Zack Wheeler

If your scouring your “Fantasy Forecaster” for diamonds in the rough you may want to look no further than New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler for your fantasy sleeper fix. The Mets pitching staff is on the cusp of greatness poised to take the baseball world by storm in 2015.  Wheeler is an integral piece to the puzzle but his prowess may take a backseat in 2015 due to the...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Does Kevin Long Plan To Adapt Mets Hitting Philosophy?

In perusing old magazines ferreting unusual sports stories that might be topics on my Tip-Off sports radio show, I found an interesting quote from the New York Mets’ recently hired hitting coach, Kevin Long. Mind you now, Long had yet to be released by the Yankees and hired by the Mets when he made his comments to Tom Verducci in a piece the noted baseball journalist penned for...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

I Wouldn’t Trade Our Roster With Any Other Team In The NL East

I was going through some old posts from a couple of years ago looking for something I once had written about Juan Lagares when I came across this photo. It was taken by a Mets staffer during a flight and posted on, and I used it in a post that said, “the Mets future looks bright.” Here we are heading into the 2015 season and I look at those five players and I thought...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Projected 2015 New York Mets starting rotation and statistics

The New York Mets’ biggest strength is projected to be its starting rotation. The following players are projected to comprise the club’s rotation out of spring training. All statistical projections are courtesy of Steamer. 1. RHP Matt Harvey — 27 GS, 3.13 ERA, 9.7 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 Matt Harvey is scheduled to begin his season on April 13 for the Mets’ home opener. The dominant...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Fan Shot: 5 Reasons for Optimism for 2015

On the heels of a 79 win season, the big question on everyone’s mind is whether the Mets, as constructed, can win enough to compete for a playoff spot. I agree with many on this site that David Wright’s health could be a huge determining factor on the ultimate success or failure of this team. It is tantalizing to imagine his returning to some facsimile of his former self where...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Zack Wheeler will win 20 games in 2015

Six different pitchers have won 20 games or more for the New York Mets.  Tom Seaver did it four times, and Dwight Gooden, Jerry Koosman, David Cone, Frank Viola and R.A. Dickey each did it once.  Zack Wheeler, in his third big league season, will join them in 2015. While that might seem far-fetched to many students of the game and fans of the Mets, there is a hint of possibility...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Interview With Fan Behind Mets Billboard and #FREEMETSFANS Campaign

Here’s a Q&A I conducted with Gary Palumbo on Friday. Salty Gary, as he is better known in the MMO community, is the Mets fan behind the Twitter account @MetsBillboard and the #FREEMETSFANS KickStarter Campaign to erect two “Sell the Team” billboards on Roosevelt Ave. – a stone’s throw away from Citi Field. What inspired you to pursue your #FREEMETSFANS KickStarter...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Answers The Mets Could Get This Season

The New York Mets have more than a few questions that could be answered after this season. How they are will determine the progress of their rebuilding phase, or if they have to start over again. If these issues are addressed in the positive, next winter could be especially brutal. Sandy Alderson could survive, but it’s doubtful Terry Collins would be extended again. Here are the...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #159: Zack Wheeler | SP | NYM

If you’re enjoying our Top 200 Countdown, don’t forget to pre-order your FREE copy of our 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide. That’s 100-plus pages of the best fantasy analysis money can buy, and it’s absolutely free! Boasting one of baseball’s fastest fastballs, it wasn’t surprising to see Zack Wheeler’s strikeout rate improve dramatically last season, up from 19...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Happy New Year! 5 Bold Predictions For The 2015 New York Mets

5 Bold New Year’s Predictions for the 2015 season: Happy New Year to all of you. While everybody is recovering from a night of celebration and fun, baseball fans realize that the start of the new year means only one thing: the countdown can officially begin before pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training. In an offseason surrounded by baseless rumors and an eagerness to...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Breakout Pitcher: Zack Wheeler

Christina Kahrl of ESPN lists righthander Zack Wheeler among her 10 Breakout Pitchers for 2015. “He doesn’t have Jake deGrom’s hair or Matt Harvey’s panache, but the Mets will happily settle for another top-shelf starting pitcher in what might quickly develop into the best rotation in the division within the next year or two. Yes, including the Nationals. Or the Marlins’...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Mets: projecting the rotation

Earlier in the month I gave you a lineup projection for the New York Mets. Today I will move on and project the starting rotation. Of course, as there is still plenty of time remaning in the offseason this is subject to change but I will include likely trades in my projections. 1. Matt Harvey, RHP Matt Harvey’s ERA in 2013 was a stellar 2.27, and he hopes to return to form in...
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

How would the Mets starters fare with average run support?

They say that timing is everything. Last year, the Mets averaged 3.88 runs per game but not every starter received the same level of support. But what if they did? How would things look if each starter received the same run support, at the same time, for each game? Let’s examine if they did, with the full understanding that this is nothing but a theoretical exercise. No game...
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Projecting The Mets Opening Day Roster

With the Mets offseason essentially over, here’s my first stab at our projected Opening Day Roster. Starting Rotation Matt Harvey – The Mets ace will start the home opener. Jacob deGrom – Look for Act II to be just as special. Jon Niese – No way Mets go with five righties in rotation. Zack Wheeler – Must reduce pitch counts, but young and improving. Bartolo Colon ...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Dillon Gee: ‘Mets are ready to win'; but will he be there?

New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee appeared on MLB Network’s “Hot Stove” Monday afternoon to discuss the team’s progress. In no uncertain terms did Gee hold back: He believes the club will contend in 2015. But Gee himself is no guarantee to be part of the team. The Daily News last week reported the pitcher’s days with the organization may be numbered as the Mets...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Examining Mets’ Trade Assets

I keep hearing the Mets are willing to trade and have the chips to do so. However, it is well known they aren’t willing to part with Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. So, what’s left to deal, and what is their trade value? As the Winter Meetings progress, let’s examine their trade assets: Jon Niese: Being lefthanded with a manageable salary has been...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets hope confidence in December translates into wins

On earlier today, proprietor Matthew Cerrone compiled a few quotes to show that there is a louder-than-quiet confidence in the Mets’ clubhouse. “I think 2015 is going to be a good year for us,” says manager Terry Collins. “We should be able to make the playoffs next year,” crows pitcher Jacob deGrom. “I know what’s about to happen here,” nods pitcher...
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Adding Jacob deGrom to the Harvey-Wheeler comparison

Back in August of 2013, after he made his 10th start of the season, we ran a comparison of Zack Wheeler to what Matt Harvey had done in his first 10 starts in 2012. For fun, let’s throw Jacob deGrom into the mix and see how his numbers stack up to his more heralded teammates. Because if we asked at the beginning of 2012 which pitcher in the farm system was most likely to win...
November 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Did Zack Wheeler hurt the Mets by not completing seven innings?

The most interesting players are the ones where smart people can disagree. Perhaps no player on the current Mets fits this bill better than Zack Wheeler. On one hand, you have people who wonder what the fuss is since he consistently wields high pitch counts and has shown almost no ability to complete seven innings. On the other hand, you have people who wish he went deeper into...
November 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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