Mets Need A Killer Instinct Mentality Against The Nationals

The Mets aren’t the only ones in the division talking about stacked rotations, October baseball and winning a championship. Last week, Bryce Harper of the Nationals did some touting of his own. “It’s absolutely stupid how good our staff is. To add a Cy Young, to add a guy that’s unbelievable in the postseason… Where’s my ring? I’m going to bring back a title to D.C...
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Spring Swagger or Naïveté?

Spring Training comes with its own measure of swagger. Optimism is the size of a grapefruit. Predictions of an October pennant race sound as sweet as a sun-kissed Florida orange. From Florida to Arizona, managers and coaches spew sweet accolades on the crop of prospects and the 30-something coming back from season-ending surgery is once again fresh and productive, while players...
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Shifting around the league

If you’ve been around the site long enough, you know that I’m not a fan of the shift in baseball. I’m not so much against it because it takes hits away, but more so that it effects left handed hitters at a far greater rate than it could ever effect right handed hitters. Baseball Prospectus has up an interesting article on the shift and how some teams are dealing with it this...
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Dan Warthen Deserves Heaps Of Credit For Mets’ Pitching Renaissance

Pitching coach Dan Warthen told Marc Carig of Newsday that he is “very skeptical” Harvey will be allowed to reach the 200 inning threshold that Sandy Alderson talked about last week. Warthen indicated that a more appropriate limit would be between 180 and 190 innings pitched. “I would be very skeptical of 200 innings,” Warthen told the newspaper. “I don’t think we...
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Intrasquad and Grapefruit League Pitching Assignments

The Mets will have an intrasquad game on Tuesday before beginning their Grapefruit League games on Wednesday. Here’s the pitchers slated to go for Tuesday’s noon intrasquad game: Team Blue Jonathon Niese Rafael Montero Sean Gilmartin Carlos Torres Vic Black Team Orange Zack Wheeler Jenrry Mejia Buddy Carlyle Jeurys Familia The Mets also announced the pitching assignments for...
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New York Mets pitchers impress during indoor sessions

A torrential rain this morning halted outdoor workouts for New York Mets players on picture day. Pitchers briefly made their way to Practice Field 2 shortly after 10:00 a.m. to warm-up before Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon and Rafael Montero threw indoor bullpen sessions. “Whoa, baby, I liked that one,” exclaimed Mets manager Terry Collins after watching a Zack Wheeler...
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Mets Strongly Considering Bartolo Colon For Opening Day Start

On Monday, a team source told Mike Puma of the New York Post that the Mets are strongly considering Zack Wheeler for the Opening Day start against the Nationals in Washington on April 6. However, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is reporting today that “multiple sources” have told him that it’s Bartolo Colon whom the Mets are strongly considering for the Opening Day start. “The...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Too Early To Name Opening Day Starter

Mike Puma of The New York Post recently wrote the Mets are strongly considering going with Zack Wheeler as their Opening Day starter. While I like Puma and don’t dispute his sources, naming Wheeler, or anybody else for that matter, as the Opening Day starter now is premature and a bad idea. Of course the media wants to know. I want to know, but considering the make-up of the Mets’...
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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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Mets Camp 2015: Walking Soft, Talking Loud

For the first week of spring workouts and meet-and-greets, the excitement factor at the Mets’ Port St. Lucie home-away-from-home ratcheted up fairly quickly. Considering that a good chunk of the team was already there, it should come as no surprise that the annual spring time good timin’ machine was already in full swing when the gates “officially” opened. Matt Harvey “felt...
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Mets Strongly Considering Zack Wheeler For Opening Day Start

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, while much can change over the next six weeks, the Mets are strongly considering Zack Wheeler for the Opening Day start at Washington on April 6, according to a club source. Terry Collins spoke glowingly about Wheeler on Monday in this report by the Daily News. “He really grew up in the last year,” said Terry Collins. “What he did...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Forgotten Man: Jonathan Niese

As I scrolled through my daily Mets spring training content, something hit me: Where the heck is Jon Niese? There are so many storylines in camp this year. You have the returning super-star Matt Harvey, the reigning Rookie of The Year Jacob deGrom, and the fire-baller on the verge of breaking out Zack Wheeler. These three have demanded most of the coverage so far in Port St. Lucie...
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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...
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Which New York Mets Starting Pitcher is Likely be Traded?

Dillon Gee #35 of the New York Mets looks on during a game against the Miami Marlins on September 17, 2014 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Mandatory Credit: Alex Goodlett/Getty Spring training is upon us and the New York Mets enter the spring without having traded any of their starting pitchers. For the entire offseason, we heard...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Harvey, Wheeler, deGrom Have Already Blown Past Generation K

Hey, you all know how I occasionally love to highlight something I come across in our comment threads, where you can learn something new everyday if you’re able to navigate your way through all the Sandy Lover stuff. (Heh heh) Here’s something cool that jumped out at me from one of our readers, Taskmaster. Task provided a comparison that illustrates how Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler...
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What to expect out of the New York Mets in 2015

*Please note this article was written by Mark Stevens from Fanduel. When people look at the New York Mets heading into the 2015 season, they do not really see a lot of changes. After all, the franchise only added one notable player outside of the system to the lineup, and no prominent pitchers. With that being said, people are pretty optimistic that they will have a much better season...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Opening Day starter: Zack Wheeler of Jacob deGrom?

The choice is really down to these two young men when considering Opening Day. Matt Harvey will start the season on the disabled list to save some innings, and will likely make his 2015 debut at home versus the Phillies on April 13th; the day Mets fans have been drooling over for nearly two years now. Bartolo Colon is only on the team because of his very debated contract, and is...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The keys to success for the 2015 season

Well Mets fans, it’s that time of year again. Pitchers and catchers are reporting to camp this week, and spring training will be getting underway shortly. Will this year be any different then the last couple of years? Here are the keys to success for the 2015 New York Mets. Photo: New York Mets Staying healthy – Staying healthy is important for any team to have a successful...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Make Or Break Mets

Mike Puma of the New York Post questions just how big of a window the Mets have to compete given the makeup of the team. “In one sense, they are a team built on exciting young talent — think the power arms of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler and Juan Lagares’ explosive legs. But in another sense, these are the Mets of David Wright, Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Wheeler Must-See Watch In 2015

Of all the Mets, Zack Wheeler is the one I am most curious to watch this summer. Wheeler made a strong first impression in 2013 and improved last season to 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA while working 185.1 innings in 32 starts. WHEELER: High expectations. (AP) His durability last year indicates 200-plus innings is within reach. We don’t know Wheeler’s ceiling, but our expectations...
Via New York Mets Report
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 5 National League Rotations

With only seven days until pitchers and catchers report to St. Lucie, Mike Vorkunov of ranks the top five starting rotations in the National League. 1. Nationals 2. Dodgers 3. Mets – Matt Harvey is back to the top of a formidable rotation. Even if Harvey cannot be the swaggering, dominant ace he was in 2013, he should be pretty good. So will Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Spring Training question marks for the New York Mets

Spring Training is an important time for baseball. Fans are excited about the start of a new year and the eternal hope that comes along with a fresh start. New faces arrive in camp via free agency and trade, and players get back into the “swing” of things (see what I did there?). Sometimes teams will have a question mark or two going into camp, while others may have their...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Framing A Defensive Argument For Travis d’Arnaud

The following is an in depth look at Travis d’Arnaud’s overall value as a catcher.  The idea that he is incapable of being an everyday backstop is based on two conventional defensive metrics.  The lack of credit surrounding his framing skills leaves something to be desired though.  Stolen bases and passed balls rarely result in a run scored for the opposition, yet a framed...
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20 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...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Wheeler Emerging As Confident Cornerstone

Kevin Kernan (New York Post) collected the thoughts of one of NY’s emerging young pitchers, Zack Wheeler, who has become more vocal this offseason as the team approaches what should be a turning point.  2015 is being presented as the year when excuses will be laid to rest and winning will be restored. “…Wheeler likes what he sees about the Mets…He took the bullpen mound...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss
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