Opinion: There is no good reason for a team to acquire Colon before July 31

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The way I see it, there is no good reason for a team to acquire Bartolo Colon before July 31, unless they’re really, really desperate. Otherwise, they wait, and so do the Mets. Why? I suspect Sandy Alderson took a calculated risk giving Colon a second year on his contract because Alderson felt the Mets would be able to move Bartolo before the end of the season in some way, shape or form. So, if giving him the second year got him to ink the deal, so be it.

Well, here we are…

The Mets are trying hard to move him (Knobler, July 22), and the Giants have expressed interest (ESPN Deportes, July 22).


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Interested teams are asking the Mets to pay a portion of Colon’s $11 million salary for 2015, according to columnist Joel Sherman (NY Post, July 23). However, Sandy Alderson would prefer not to do that (Carig, July 22).

In other words, “I think there is zero chance they find someone to take him,” a scout told Sherman. “You have to pay him $11 million next year when he will be 42 and no one wants to do that. No one is going to trust to give up prospects and take on that risk.”

The Mets could choose to let Colon get claimed off waivers and, though they’d get nothing back in return for him, they also wouldn’t be on the hook for his salary in 2015, a front office executive told Sherman, predicting that this is exactly what the Mets will try to do.

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Today’s Game: Mets at Mariners

The Mets and Mariners finish up their three-game series in Seattle on Wednesday afternoon.

Coverage begins at 3 p.m. First pitch is scheduled for 3:40 p.m.

To follow the game online, check out SNY GameDay.

Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12 ERA) will start for the Mets, while Taijuan Walker (1-1, 3.60 ERA) pitches for the Mariners.

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1. Eric Young Jr. – LF 1. Endy Chavez – RF
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. James Jones – CF
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Robinson Cano – 2B
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Kyle Seager – 3B
5. Bobby Abreu – DH 5. Corey Hart – DH
6. Chris Young – RF 6. Logan Morrison - 1B
7. Juan Lagares – CF 7. Dustin Ackley – LF
8. Anthony Recker – C 8. Brad Miller – SS
9. Ruben Tejada – SS 9. Jesus Sucre – C

 

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Mets’ home pinstripes is third-worst performing jersey in MLB

The Mets have played .235 baseball in their home pinstriped jersey, the third-worst record in MLB for any jersey (Sportslogos.net).

The team has won only four games all year while sporting the outfit, and has lost 13 games in it. The only two jerseys that have accumulated worse records are the Pirates’ road jersey (3-13, .188) and the Twins’ road jersey (4-15, .211).

They have an 8-5 record in the home whites and a 6-3 record in the home blues.


SportsLogos.net has the team’s full uniform and hat breakdown >> Click here to see

Mets to play AL East next year

The official 2015 schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but in the version that’s currently circulating as teams review it, the Mets will play the AL East in interleague play next season (ESPN, July 22).

The Mets will play the Yankees six times, not four and the Red Sox will come to Queens in August for a three-game series.

These details are subject to change before the 2015 schedule is officially released.

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Lucas Duda hit a 450-foot HR, looks in command

Lucas Duda crushed a 450-foot, second-decker, solo home run in the eighth inning Tuesday that gave the Mets a two-run lead >> Watch here.

“It was a pitch up, and I was lucky enough to get the barrel on it,” Duda said. “I hit it pretty good.”

Duda, 28, leads the team with 15 home runs. He’s batting just .261, but with 22 doubles, 50 RBI and a .357 OBP.

He’s batting .313 with a .409 OBP since June 22, during which he has reached base in 23 of 25 games.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

He was too patient at the start of the season. Now, he looks to be in total control of his at bats. He’s no longer falling behind. He’s being aggressive, but selective. Last night, he crushed a 3-1 fastball looking like a calm, in-command, veteran hitter. He’s 28. It’s time for him to turn a corner, if he’s going to do it, and he’s very much looking like the hitter Sandy Alderson and his staff expected Duda to be.

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Last night’s Highlights: Terry and Duda talk deGrom, Duda HR, TdA triples

Following last night’s win against the Mariners, Terry Collins and Lucas Duda talked about Jacob deGrom’s composure on the mound >> Watch here.

Earlier in the game, Travis d’Arnaud tripled to center field in the top of the second, scoring Bobby Abreu and giving the Mets a 1-0 lead >> Watch here.

Duda launched a solo home run to right field in the eighth inning >> Watch here.

Earlier in the day, Kevin Burkhardt talked with former Mets and current Mariners hitting coach Howard Johnson about Robinson Cano and David Wright >> Watch here.

Jacob deGrom for NL Rookie of the Year

Mets 25-year-old rookie RHP Jacob deGrom held the Mariners to one run in seven innings to move to 4-5 with a 3.01 ERA this season.

He has a 1.59 ERA in his last six starts.

“He’s always flown under the radar. He still is,” Terry Collins said after the game. “This guy has got numbers to match up with any rookie in the league, and you never hear his name mentioned.”


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Lucas Duda told SNY after the game that deGrom was outstanding all night.

“He always has a certain presence on the mound and he keeps his composure so well,” Duda said. “He’s beyond his years.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

His last three starts (Braves, Marlins, M’s) have been sensational. Last night in particular, he had a terrific fastball, but his slider, curve ball and change up have been so great of late too, especially against Seattle’s left-handed hitters. He’s getting swings-and-misses with his change up, but – at worst – the opposition is making weak contact. He’s been in total control…

He struggled early in the year with letting too many runners reach base, especially by walks. Thankfully, he was benefitting from nice fielding and a bit of luck and managed to get by. Now, he’s just dominating hitters, challenging them and not walking people. He may fall behind, or give up a hit, but he doesn’t get rattled. He stays in character, focused and within himself, he’s locked in, and I like this. He’s very mature, and makes it feel like we’re watching a veteran pitcher.

It often feels like he’s just playing catch with Travis d’Arnaud.

 

What’s on tap for Wed., July 23

The Mets and Mariners will play the rubber game of their three-game series in Seattle on Wednesday at 3:40 pm ET.

Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12 ERA) will face M’s RHP prospect Taijuan Walker, who is being called up from Triple-A Tacoma.


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In case you missed it…


Jacob deGrom allowed one run and struck out seven over seven innings as the Mets defeated the Mariners, 3-1, on Tuesday >> Read more.


Ruben Tejada was hit with a pitch on the hand. It didn’t require an immediate X-ray, Terry Collins said, though he expects Tejada will be re-examined prior to Wednesday’s game.


Curtis Granderson (sick) and Chris Young (sore calf) were both unavailable for Tuesday’s game.


Mets Triple-A C prospect Kevin Plawecki will miss time recovering from a minor case of vertigo, assistant GM John Ricco told reporters on Tuesday.


Jeremy Hefner made his third rehab start coming back from Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. He allowed one run on two hits in three innings in the Gulf Coast League.


The Mets have the fourth-best farm system in baseball, according to a revised, mid-season list by ESPN’s Keith Law (ESPN.com, July 22).


Mets Triple-A reliever Scott Rice will have season-ending elbow surgery on Wednesday, according to beat reporter Marc Carig (Newsday, July 22).

Tuesday’s minor league recaps…

Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard had one of his best starts of the season, throwing 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball in the first game of the 51s doubleheader in Tacoma.

The right-hander gave up just four singles, struck out five and walked three in the 109 pitch outing.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…