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2015 season preview: New York Mets

The Mets moved decisively early in the offseason, adding a much-needed bat to the outfield in Michael Cuddyer. Unfortunately, general manager Sandy Alderson did little else, as it quickly became once again clear that team ownership wasn’t going to significantly increase payroll. Dreams of trading for a franchise shortstop kept fans warm throughout the winter, but the front office...
Via The Outside Corner
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jeurys Familia needs to rely on control, deception

The New York Mets’ bullpen will play host to a myriad of superb closer candidates this spring – perhaps none more so than Jeurys Familia. Familia, 25, has the opportunity to step into a closing role this spring while incumbent Bobby Parnell works his way back from Tommy John surgery. The dynamic pitcher’s emergence in 2014 can be attributed to a devastating mix of a 96.2 mph...
Via Around Citi
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Mets’ Opening Day Roster

With the exhibition games about to begin shortly, I thought it would be a good time to post my initial projection of the Mets’ 25-man Opening Day roster. Whether it is Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon or Jon Niese, don’t look for the Mets to deal any of these starters. Anticipate Gee making the team in the bullpen. NIESE: Only lefty starter. (AP) Assuming no injuries or trades...
Via New York Mets Report
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

David Wright is Key for the Mets in 2015

The New York Mets are set up for an encouraging season. This could be the first time since 2006 that the Mets might play postseason baseball. A lot of things need to go right for them to attain a playoff spot, however. And it all starts with the Captain, David Wright. Wright had probably the worst year of his career in 2014. He saw his average dip to .267 and had a career low .698...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bullpen Seems Set; Would Include Gee

For the first time in his tenure as Mets’ general manager, Sandy Alderson has his bullpen intact heading into spring training. And, with his rotation also set, the Mets have a sense of pitching comfort they haven’t had since 2006, the last time they made the playoffs. This is good news. Gee: Ticketed for pen. It is paramount a team have a strong bullpen if it remotely has the...
Via New York Mets Report
1 day 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...
Via Razzball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mets Updates: Spring Training Edition

It’s that time of the year when pitchers and catchers report to spring training in order to get ready for the 2015 season. Updates from Mets camp: 1. We all know that Matt Harvey is coming back from Tommy John surgery and will face batters in the near future for the first time, but Bobby Parnell will be a few days behind him. Parnell is expected to throw one more bullpen season...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 2015 Daniel Murphy

2015 TOPPS DANIEL MURPHY A few weeks back I bowed out of an online auction for this card when the price hit $10. By the time the virtual hammer fell, the price stood at just over $25 with shipping. So why is a 2015 Daniel Murphy card going for the price of a well-worn T206 Danny Murphy? One magic word: sparkle. Back in 2011, Topps celebrated its 60th anniversary in the baseball...
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Lucas Duda Suffers Oblique Strain

Lucas Duda will be forbidden from swinging a bat for a couple of days after developing a mild oblique strain according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin. Lucas Duda has a mild right oblique issue. Won’t swing for 2-3 days. Did go through fielding drills. #mets — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) February 24, 2015 Manager Terry Collins believes that Duda probably overdid things which led...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Grandy Man Can: Curtis Granderson is the Key to Mets’ Success

As Spring Training begins and Mets players arrive in Port St. Lucie, all eyes are on starting pitcher Matt Harvey. While Harvey’s combination of talent and charisma is undeniably intriguing, he is not the only key to the team’s success. If New York hopes to challenge the Nationals and bid for a playoff spot, outfielder Curtis Granderson will need to live up to the expectations...
Via Standing O Sports
2 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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Mets Merized Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Scott Rice Happy to be back with the New York Mets

(ESPN/Getty Images) A tough, arduous and trying circumstance never waned Scott Rice from wanting to re-sign with the New York Mets, as Adam Rubin of writes. Rice, 33, made his big league debut in 2013 after a long, 14-year journey across the minor leagues. It wasn’t just a debut, it was a solid season for the left-handed reliever. He pitched in 73 games and posted...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: Troy Tulowitzki Rumors

We all know that the New York Mets and the Colorado Rockies talked this winter about trading shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Nothing ever came from the deal because the Mets were unsure what to make of the fact that Tulowitzki was coming off of major hip surgery and still had $118 million left in his contract. In addition, talent scouts from the Colorado Rockies went to Las Vegas to observe...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

David Wright Notes: Health, October Baseball and The Future

Although the Mets position players are not due to report to Port St. Lucie until February 24th, David Wright is already putting in work on the field and talking to the media. He sat down for about 25 minutes today with various members of the media to talk about his shoulder, his expectations for the season, playoff baseball and more. Here are a few key points extracted from his...
Via Mets Merized Online
3 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

One Mets fan’s version of the 2015 season

If you polled 100 Mets fans and asked them if they have players they liked and players they didn’t on the 2015 team, all 100 would say yes. You would also get unanimous support from all 100 if you asked if they would sign up for a World Series championship if one of the players they didn’t like was the hero. But let’s be honest. By far the preference would be for one of...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Sandy Alderson expects Matt Harvey to pitch throughout season, playoffs

Sandy Alderson told the media Friday during a press conference at Tradition Field that he expects Matt Harvey will be able to pitch throughout the regular season and playoffs, if the Mets qualify. “95 percent of Harvey’s program from now to the end of the regular season should be normal and routine.” Alderson told reporters. “The plan is for him to pitch throughout the season...
Via Around Citi
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ruben Tejada is free of expectations, but what is his value?

For the first time since Jose Reyes’ departure in 2011, Ruben Tejada will head to Spring Training free of high expectations. Tejada is no stranger to scrutiny; it oddly began three years ago when he arrived on-time for baseball activities. However, after an abysmal 2013, the Mets’ back-up middle infielder is a bargain at his $1.88 million salary – and could be the best back...
Via Around Citi
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Dress Made Completely out of Baseballs is Stunning

It is Fashion Week in New York City. And what better of a way to get people in New York excited about the upcoming MLB season than to create this amazing fashion statement? courtesy: Hitchner Art This gorgeous lady sports a dress entirely made of used Mets baseballs. Even down to her shoe color and her blue toe polish, representing the New York Mets colors perfectly, we can see...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Artist creates dress entirely out of used New York Mets baseballs (pics)

A popular trend in interior design dramatically increasing in popularity over the past few years revolves around the concept of repurposing, taking an otherwise useless or unused object and transforming it into something of valuable use. Who knew the process would find a place in fashion design? Further, how about the item deigned for repurposing...Read More The post Artist creates...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: Parnell to begin season on DL

In an announcement that surprised no one, the New York Mets officially stated that closer Bobby Parnell will likely begin the season on the disabled list. Parnell tore a ligament in his elbow on Opening Day last season and required Tommy John surgery. Typical recovery takes about 12 months. Based on that projection, Parnell should be ready to go by May. Bobby Parnell’s return...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jerry Seinfeld not happy Bobby Ojeda no longer Mets analyst

For years, Jerry Seinfeld has been a fan of the Mets, but not just the team on the field. The famous comedian is also quite fond of the pregame and postgame shows. Perhaps, he won’t be as much anymore. SNY, the network that broadcasts Mets games, announced a change in the studio crew. An agreement...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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