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Citi Field Fence Changes Could Change Team Strategy

In the last few years, the New York Mets have done a pretty good job building up their farm system with a lot of pitching. Ever since moving to Citi Field, hitters have found it difficult to drive the ball out of the ballpark. That leads to a focus on pitching, but things could change this upcoming season as the fences are moved in for the 2nd time since opening up in 2009. The New...
Via BigAppleMetsTalk
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets 360 Projection Review: Zack Wheeler

One of the pleasant surprises this year was the emergence of the Mets young starting pitching.  While Jacob deGrom got most of the headlines, Zack Wheeler took several steps forward and looked fantastic, especially after the last dozen or so starts. We saw him taking steps forward, but not necessarily as many as he ended up taking.  Here is our official projection: IP: 179 ERA...
Via Mets360.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

When does a player peak?

There haven’t been any conclusive studies, but many fans (myself included) will tell you that age 27 is the average age for when a player “breaks out”. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, etc. Maybe breakout isn’t what we are looking for. Maybe we should look for when players traditionally hit their peak of baseball output...
Via Mets360.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Potential trade partner: New York Mets

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)Contributing WriterCome this offseason, Ben Cherington will be looking anywhere and everywhere to upgrade his starting rotation. The New York Mets might be able to help out the Red Sox. The Mets need outfielders. The Red Sox have an excess of outfielders. Possibility for a trade? Sounds like it.With Matt Harvey expected back, the Mets rotation will be overflowing...
Via RedSoxLife
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Selling High On Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom has been the Mets’ most exciting player this season.  He’s lit up the radar gun, struck out 144 batters, and put himself in prime position to land the coveted NL Rookie of the year award. But in a Mets’ organization flush with talented arms, is the time to trade Jacob deGrom now? The Mets have serious holes around the diamond, but even without deGrom, starting...
Via Mets Merized Online
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Handicapping Trade Value Of Mets Pitchers

To get something, you have to give something, but what the New York Mets don’t want to give up is their young pitching. Understandable, but how long can they hold out? The Mets say they won’t deal Matt Harvey, remember there is no such thing as an untouchable. What if some team, in the words of Don Corleone, give them “an offer they can’t refuse.’’ If the Angels offered...
Via New York Mets Report
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Featured Post: Which Mets Pitchers Are Untouchable?

I thought it was interesting listening to Jim Duquette discussing which Mets pitchers were now considered to be untouchable and which ones the Mets would most likely move this offseason to acquire a big bat. Here is how he ranked them, however the comments are my own. Untouchable Matt Harvey - Absolutely agreed. I’m not big on having untouchables, especially when you’ve had...
Via Mets Merized Online
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Should Seize The Moment And Take Back NYC

As we head into the offseason, the city of New York is ripe for the picking. The Yankees are still king while the Mets have been the butt of the joke for years. But an era is ending in the Bronx. The last link to the Yankee Dynasty will be gone. Our crosstown rivals will have missed the playoffs for two straight seasons. Five Octobers will have passed since the last Yankee world...
Via Mets Merized Online
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Some numbers for the 2014 Mets that may surprise you

Looking at the Mets pages over at Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs and I’m constantly surprised at the things that jump out at me. Here are 10 things that made me do a double-take. Among players with at least 100 PA, Lucas Duda led the team with a .349 OBP and Kirk Nieuwenhuis was second with a .346 mark. Wonder what kind of odds Vegas would have given in the preseason for...
Via Mets360.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Mets Win Without That Big Splash Free Agent?

There are two different ways you can lose 80-games. You can lose 80-games as a really bad team or you can lose 80-games as a team that has shown signs of growth. Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes the Mets are the latter. If you begin to dissect the team, you can start to see his point. Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Vic Black, Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda, Jeurys Familia,...
Via Mets Merized Online
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Rubin: The Case For Trading Daniel Murphy

This has been a hot topic for a while and now that the offseason has arrived, it will continue to swell. Daniel Murphy is coming off a career year in which he hit .289/.332/.403/.735, leading the Mets in a number of offensive categories including hits, doubles and runs scored. He now enters his final year of team control before becoming a free-agent. Adam Rubin of ESPN thinks that...
Via Mets Merized Online
16 days ago  |  Discuss

With Core In Place, Mets Can Win Without Spending Big

There are two different ways you can lose 80-games. You can lose 80-games as a really bad team or you can lose 80-games as a team that has shown signs of growth. Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes the Mets are the latter. If you begin to dissect the team, you can start to see his point. Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Vic Black, Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda, Jeurys Familia,...
Via Mets Merized Online
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Analyzing Mets’ Coaching Moves

The Mets are nearly done with their major league coaching staff, bringing back pitching coach Dan Warthen, bench coach Bob Geren, third base coach Tim Teufel, first base coach Tom Goodwin and bullpen coach Ricky Bones are staying. Reassigned elsewhere in the organization are hitting coaches Lamar Johnson and Luis Natera, as somebody had to fall on the sword for the offense’s woeful...
Via New York Mets Report
16 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Mets missed the playoffs

The New York Mets failed to earn a playoff berth in 2014 because they didn’t win enough games. Oh, you want more? What if I said it was because they didn’t finish above .500? Still more? The Mets missed getting a ticket to the dance because they were so worried about getting on base they didn’t hit the ball frequently enough or take more than one base on a hit. How about them...
Via Mets360.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Mets Pitchers Are Untouchable?

I thought it was interesting listening to Jim Duquette discussing which Mets pitchers were now considered to be untouchable and which ones they would likely move this offseason to acquire a big bat. Here is how he ranked them, however comments are my own. Untouchable Matt Harvey - Absolutely agreed. I’m not big on having untouchables, especially when you’ve had six consecutive...
Via Mets Merized Online
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Are The Mets’ Best Trade Chips?

Marc Carig of Newsday created a bit of a stir when he reported via Twitter that after catching up with several scouts and rival execs, many of them viewed Jon Niese as the Mets’ best trade chip if they decide to hang onto their young arms. Agree? Disagree? This got us thinking. Who are the top five trade pieces for the Mets heading into the hot stove season? Here’s who we think...
Via Mets Merized Online
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Zack Wheeler Wraps Up Strong 2014 Campaign With 3.54 ERA

Last night Zack Wheeler wrapped up his sophomore campaign against the Nationals. In his first full season in the majors, Wheeler pitched to a 3.54 ERA over 185.1 innings. His .500 record (11-11) isn’t necessarily reflective of the type of season he had but there are areas for him to improve heading into next season. What we learned about Wheeler is important. While he’s not Matt...
Via Mets Merized Online
24 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Nationals 3, Mets 0

The Nationals (93-65) beat the Mets (77-82) tonight in the second game of a split doubleheader by a score of 3 to 0 in Washington. What you should know: Gio Gonzalez was dominant tonight, firing 7 innings and giving up just a single hit. He struck out 12 and walked just 2. It was his 10th win of the year. Zack Wheeler got the loss, pitching 5 innings in his final start of the year...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Nationals, 7:05 PM (Doubleheader Game 2)

The Mets will try to win their first series of the year against the division rival Nationals this evening with Zack Wheeler (11-10, 3.49 ERA) taking on Gio Gonzalez (9-10, 3.74 ERA). In his last start, Wheeler earned the win, throwing 6 scoreless innings against the Braves. He struck out 7 in that game, walking 2 and not giving up a run. This is New York’s second doubleheader this...
Via Mets Merized Online
25 days ago  |  Discuss

What Will The Mets Do This Off-Season?

Well, it looks like another sub-.500 season is close to the end, and we can expect Alderson and Collins back, so it’s time to look at what the off-season might have in store for the Mets. I think we can eliminate “spend big and acquire two or three major stars”, but it’s still somewhat of a mystery what the Amazins will do. Here are a few possibilities.  1. Minor Tinkering...
Via Mets Merized Online
27 days ago  |  Discuss

3 Up 3 Down: Braves Get The Broom

The Mets are finishing up on a strong note and played a great series down in Atlanta this weekend. Below are the usual takeaways in this edition of 3 & 3. 3 Up 1. The starting pitching was excellent in this series, particularly the guys making the league minimum, Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom. Wheeler went 6.0 innings, allowed 5 hits, struck out 7 batters and held the opposition...
Via Mets Merized Online
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Have Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler Set a Bad Example for Noah Syndergaard?

New York Mets RHP Noah Syndegaard has earned high praise from his organization and scouts alike. The 22-year-old was ranked the 11th-best prospect in the game prior to 2014 by MLB.com, and fans considered him a lock to be a midseason call-up akin to RHP Matt Harvey and LHP Zack Wheeler in year’s past. Unlike Harvey and Wheeler, Syndergaard’s early struggles in Las Vegas appeared...
Via Around Citi
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Game Chatter: Jacob deGrom vs. Ervin Santana (9/21/14)

Related Posts:Game Chatter: Zack Wheeler vs. Ervin Santana (8/4/13)Game Chatter: Ervin Santana vs. Dillon GeeGame Chatter: Ervin Santana vs. Bartolo Colon (4/19/14)Game Chatter: Zack Wheeler vs. Ervin Santana (4/9/14)Game Chatter: Jake Peavy vs. Jacob deGrom (8/2/14)
Via Mets360.com
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Zack Wheeler Joins A Special Strikeout Club

On Friday night, Zack Wheeler struck out seven Atlanta Braves in six innings en route to his 11th victory of the season.  In doing so, he upped his career strikeout total to 264, passing Matt Harvey by three.  It is worth noting that Wheeler has not yet made 50 starts in the big leagues, as Friday’s seven-strikeout effort came in his 48th start at the major league level. While...
Via Mets Merized Online
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Zack Wheeler hurls six scoreless innings as Mets, who will miss playoffs, shut out Braves

There will be no playoffs. There has not been a chance at 90 wins for weeks. The idea of a winning season is still a slim hope. The Mets, however, are adamant they still have plenty to play for in the eight remaining games of the 2014 season. Zack Wheeler went out and proved it Friday night, pitching six scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Braves, 5-0, at Turner Field. Despite...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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