Mets will have no room for error in Atlanta

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Published by Keith Gendron

After a 2-4 homestand the Mets take to the road to play the Atlanta Braves, Anaheim Angels and the Arizona Diamondbacks. This will be no easy task and they better bring their bats especially in Atlanta as their pitching staff has compiled a 1.56 era, winning 4 of their first six games.
The Mets begin the Atlanta series tomorrow night after today’s off day with Bartolo Colon facing Aaron Harang. Wednesday will be Ervin Santana’s debut as a Brave versus Zach Wheeler. The series finale puts the Mets electric Jenrry Mejia up against rookie, David Hale who has given up 1 earned run in 16 career major league innings. The Braves are trying to repeat as NL east division champs and although they have lost 2/5 of their rotation to injuries, they make no excuse and appear determined to do whatever it takes to win. The Mets will have to be at their best in all aspects to compete. The goal will be to strike early, so they won’t have the even more challenging task of putting runs up against the Braves’ bullpen.>

Day after being hero, Ike gets start

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Published by Keith Gendron

So much for extended look at first base for Lucas Duda. Actually, according to Terry Collins, Ike Davis was going to play today regardless of his clutch, walk-off, pinch-hit grand slam yesterday over Cincinnati. Ike’s second pinch-hit this season and first homer gave the Mets a 6-3 win and some momentum going into Sunday’s series finale as they look fir the sweep. Jon Niese makes his season debut as he is activated frim the DL, sending Wilmer Flores back to Triple-A, Las Vegas.
After today the Mets(2-3) have a day off before playing 3 in Atlanta(4-1) followed by 3 in Anaheim and 3 in Arizona.
Just a Note: Mets have hit 7 homers on the homestand….
Duda 2, Davis, Lagares, Brown, Wright and Granderson have hit 1 a piece.

Mejia’s turn to get the job done

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Published by Keith Gendron

Now that the Nats are out of town, maybe the Mets can brush the dirt off and stand up and try again. Tonite Jenrry Mejia is on the hill vs. the Cincinnati Reds, opening up a 3 game series against another potential playoff team.
Mejia pitched well in spring training and in 5 starts last year before falling to bone spurs in his right elbow. He was awarded a roster spot over Daisuke Matsuzaka just before Monday and if he can stay healthy, will be given an opportunity to show 2013 wasn’t a fluke.
I am hoping due to the horrible inability to get outs by the current bullpen, that the team doesn’t screw with Mejia and move him there. But, if the relief incompetence continues, I wouldn’t be surprised if they would and promote Dice-K to fill Mejia’s spot in the rotation.
I think they should promote Montero now and let him pitch in relief for now and let him start during the summer. He has a higher innings cap than Syndergaard. But the control factor appears to great for Alderson to concede to common sense.
Another note, of lesser importance is Lucas Duda begins his extended audition as the Mets first baseman tonight.

Wheeler aims to get Mets first win

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Zach Wheeler makes his season debut today facing the Nats and Jordan Zimmerman. The Mets have lost the first 2 games of 2014, 9-7 and 5-1. The team has struck out a record 31 times in the first 2 games and hope this trend is halted today.
Wheeler was 7-5 and 3.42 last season after being promoted in July. Hopefully, he can go seven today as the bullpen has showed no ability to shut down the Nationals thus far.
After todays matinee, the Mets open a 3 game series with the Cincinnati Reds coming to town. Jenrry Mejia will get the ball Friday, Dillon Gee makes his 2nd start Saturday and Jon Niese on Sunday.

Bartolo Colon makes Met debut tonite

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Tonite against the Washington Nationals at citifield, the 20 million dollar man, Bartolo Colon makes his first appearance as a Met. Sandy Alderson’s lone free agent starting pitcher signing, was acquired to fill the Matt Harvey void in the rotation. The soon to be 41 year old Colon was 18-6 with Oakland in 2013 and a 2.65 era. The biggest concern of mine along with age, is ability to stay healthy when he will have to run the bases during the season. He is listed at 5′-11″ and 285lbs. That weight may not have been updated in years and hopefully, his legs and stamina won’t suffer from the additional physical demands. Pitching in the National league also gives an opportunity to face easier lineups, including a typically weak 7 through 9 in the order. Hopefully this lends itself to a successful season for Colon and make him tradeable towards the trading deadline.
I thought the money used for Colon, would have better been used for a shortstop, such as Stephen Drew. I figured with Niese, Gee, Wheeler and Mejia, that they would reacquire Dice-K or another low risk veteran arm for the five spot. All temporarily until Syndergaard and Montero were promoted in July. Could use Drew in the field and at bat, dont ya’ think?.

Flores in lineup tonite at 2b

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Reported by Ed Coleman on 660 WFAN Am radio in New york, Wilmer Flores could be in lineup against the Nats tonite.Chris young will make his debut tonite against the Washington Nationals at citifield. Bartolo Colon also will make his Mets debut tonite. Flores was promoted as Daniel Murphy is on paternity leave until Friday. Kyle Farnsworth was also promoted yesterday to fill the void left by Bobby Parnell’s elbow injury. I hope the team is considering this issue to be dire and is trying its best to resolve the bullpen issue as it is especially thin without Parnell’s presence. I could see them moving Mejia into the bullpen and bringing Dice-K back up temporarily, since management is adverse to bringing Rafael Montero or Jason deGrom up to the majors at this point in time. Vic Black did not make the opening day roster and was optioned to Vegas to work on his mechanics and regain his control, as he had an unflattering spring training. There are also outside options such as Joel Hanrahan and Chad Cordero that may be consisered bullpen additions, although Hanrahan is expected to be ready in May as he rehabs.

Parnell out with MCL tear

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Published by Keith Gendron

As per multiple sources, Mets closer Bobby Parnell was diagnosed with a partial medial collateral ligament tear in his pitching elbow this morning via MRI. He is prescribed 2 weeks rest and has been injected with a platelet-rich plasma injection, as an option to expedite healing and hopefully delay a surgical route.
In the mean time I suppose Jose Valverde will get the opportunity to close and either the Mets recall Vic Black for the bullpen or recall Dice-K and move Mejia to bullpen temporarily.
Sandy Alderson will comment on the situation tomorrow.

Chris young not in Opening day lineup

Along with the news this morning of Daniel Murphy missing todays season opener due to his wife being in labor, Chris young is out due to a quad strain.
The news alters the lineup and postpones the first look of an outfield of Young, Lagares and Granderson. Eric young Jr. Is starting at second base today and Andrew Brown will get the start in leftfield in C. Young’s absence. Terry Collins said it wiuld have been Duda if not fir the fact that he had a hamstring injury during spring training.

A perspective from an avid Met fan of over 35 years on the Mets and baseball in general.

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