In this week’s MetsBlog Q&Acast, presented by Citi, Matthew Cerrone chats with Colorado Rockies blogger Bryan Kilpatrick about life rooting for Troy Tulowitzki and what Colorado may want in return for him in trade…
Bobby Parnell was hitting 94-95 miles per hour on the radar gun during his last rehab outing, Terry Collins said on Friday.
Parnell is expected to pitch for Double-A Binghamton on Friday night.
Collins said that Parnell is “close” to returning.
Parnell pitched one inning in a rehab appearance Sunday with Double-A Binghamton. (May 24, 8:32 p.m.) Parnell, recovering from Tommy John surgery, gave up one hit and struck out one batter.
“Every step has been a good step in the right direction,” Parnell told the Press & Sun-Bulletin. “I feel like every time has been an improvement.” (May 24, 10:45 p.m.)
|1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B||1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF|
|2. Martin Prado (R) 3B||2. Ruben Tejada (R) 3B|
|3. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF||3. Lucas Duda (L) 1B|
|4. Justin Bour (L) 1B||4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B|
|5. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF||5. Michael Cuddyer (R) LF|
|6. Christian Yelich (L) LF||6. Wilmer Flores (R) SS|
|7. J.T. Realmuto (R) C||7. Juan Lagares (R) CF|
|8. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS||8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C|
|9. Dan Haren (R) P||9. Matt Harvey (R) P|
Game 49: Marlins at Mets on SNY at 7 pm ET
The second-place Mets (27-21) and last-place Marlins (18-30) play the first game of a three-game series on Friday night at Citi Field.
Matt Harvey (5-2, 2.91 ERA) starts for the Mets against RHP Dan Haren (4-2, 3.09 ERA) at 7:10 pm ET.
Matt Harvey: Harvey allowed a career-high seven runs in his last outing, during which he has his 16 scoreless inning streak snapped and was pulled from the game before the sixth inning for the first time in his career. In his last seven starts at Citi Field, Harvey is 5-1 with a 1.63 ERA with 47 strikeouts and two walks. Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna is 4 for 9 against Harvey during his career.
Dan Haren: Haren has received a total of just three runs of support over his last three appearances, during which he’s 0-1. He allowed just one run and six hits in six innings in his last start.
Mets Notes: The Mets are 20-6 at home, which is their best start in team history after 26 games. The .769 home winning percentage is the second-best in the majors, behind St. Louis. … The Mets swept the Marlins in a four-game series earlier this year at Citi Field. They have won nine of their last 11 home games against Miami. … The Mets are 6-1-1 in home series this year. … The Mets have 14 home runs during their last nine home games. … Wilmer Flores has six RBI in his last four games. … Michael Cuddyer has six hits in his last 14 at bats. He is batting .381 at Citi Field this season. … Daniel Murphy is batting .520 in his last seven games. … The Mets bullpen has a 2.21 ERA in May, the third-lowest in the majors.
Marlins Notes: The Marlins have lost 14 of their 17 games. … They’re 2-9 under manager Dan Jennings. … The Marlins are on pace to commit just 57 errors in 2015, which would be their lowest mark in team history. … Dee Gordon’s 73 hits are the most by any NL player through his team’s first 48 games of a season.
Matthew Cerrone: On Thursday night, at BB Kings in New York City, I was a featured panelist at Pitch Talks: Mets, moderated by Mike Puma (NY Post), alongside Anthony DiComo (MLB.com), Marc Carig (Newsday), Jeffrey Paternostro (Amazin’ Avenue) and Darren Meenan (The 7 Line).
The stark difference between this event and the one this company held in late January, which I was also on alongside Buster Olney and Adam Rubin (ESPN), was the lack of critical questions from fans about Mets ownership. In January, during what was a quiet time after the team hadn’t made many off-season acquisitions, fans were far more angry. There was a hopeful vibe, a sense the team would be good, but a lot of the focus was on spending, finances and ability to compete in a big market. Last night, however, while it was discussed a little, the Wilpons were hardly mentioned, with the focus settling on how the team can improve by trade and continue to contend for the post season.
In January, I spoke 11 times in 40 minutes about spending (I counted), whether directed by the moderator or a fan. Last night, I was asked only once, to which I said what I always say, which is that – while a team can win with a $100 million – they are more likely to win (and win for a longer period of time) if they spend more than that. That was the only question I was asked on the subject…
In the opinion of reporter Howard Megdal, who was in attendance and wrote a review of the event for Capital New York (May 29, 10:52 am), the once-lively debate about ownership and spending is now essentially priced into any analysis of the team, “The way a pitcher might be given credit for a mediocre start if it happens at hitter-friendly Coors Field.”
Fueled by exhaustion of the topic and early-season success, I think this is probably accurate. The Mets have always said, in the end, it’s about winning, and all the off-field silliness that seems to surround them would go away once they had more wins than losses. Based on last night’s Pitch Talks, I’d say they’re right. The question is, how much winning — and for how long — do they need to do it before the criticism comes roaring back…?
Matthew Cerrone: Yes, the Mets need to improve the bullpen, because they’re skating these guys out on thin ice. But, I don’t think they need to trade prospects to be better. They have enough talent to do it internally…
In the next month or so, the bullpen should again include Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Rafael Montero and Jenrry Mejia, with Jerry Blevins expected back during August. In the minors, Zack Thornton, Logan Verrett and Duane Below all can be called upon, if needed. And, in more selective, less high leverage situations, I think Hansel Robles and Erik Goeddel can be very, very good.
The point is, I just listed nine guys that other teams would have interest in, let alone four guys with successful track records, all of which will be or are available to the Mets right now without trading anyone.
Again, I think the bullpen can be solved in house, it’s the bench that is a whole other story…
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Ten finalists will be selected to read their essays in front of a panel of judges in the SNY studio. The winner will be invited to join Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling to announce a half inning of a Mets game on-air from the SNY booth.
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Matthew Cerrone: In this MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Citi, I talk with Rockies fan Bryan Kilpatrick of SBNation’s Purple Row to get a sense of where Rockies fans are at in advance of upcoming Troy Tulowitzki trade rumors.
It’s easy to play GM from the perspective of the Mets, because I only care about the Mets, but there’s another side to that coin, which is the other team’s needs. So, I felt it might help to get a feel for how Rockies fans view Tulowitzki, what its like rooting for him day after day, and what they expect from the organization, which is very much in need of a rebuild…
Matthew Cerrone: In 25 games at Citi Field this season, Michael Cuddyer is hitting .322 with three HR and 15 RBI, while batting just .175 with half as many RBI in 20 games on the road.
“I like hitting at home, no matter where home is,” Cuddyer said Thursday, according to the New York Post (May 28, 2:17 am). “You’re used to the background, you’re used to the surroundings, the confines, you’re used to everything. The more you play somewhere, the better off you are and if you look at my track record I have always hit better at home — no matter what my home was.”
Well, at the very least, he’s good for marketing offense in the ballpark to his teammates and other players who may end up batting 81 times in Citi Field. It’s possible, it seems, it’s just not easy.
The big complaint I have heard from players over the years has less to do with dimensions and more to do with having a consistent environment. Cuddyer mentions this in the Post article, speaking about the changing wind patterns, which are totally different in May through July then in April then in August through September. This gets in to a hitter’s head more than the outfield dimensions, it seems, because it’s totally unpredictable. Carlos Delgado talked a lot about this when he was with the Mets, as well. To read more of this story, click here
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