Thursday’s minor league recaps…

Catcher Darryl Knight smacked a solo home run in the top of the 9th inning, propelling the Kingsport Mets to a 2-1 win in Game 1 of their best-of-three opening round playoff series with Greeneville.

2014 third round pick Milton Ramos, who finished the regular season with an eight-game hitting streak, was 1-for-3 >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

The Gary Carter Trade: 30 Years Later presents “The Gary Carter Trade: 30 Years Later” – short film documentary looking back at the trade that changed the Mets.

Keith Hernandez, Dwight Gooden, Mookie Wilson, and more, look back at the deal and how Carter’s arrival in New York served as a turning point for the franchise…


Murphy has a mild, left quad strain, listed day to day

The Mets said Thursday that Daniel Murphy has a mild strain of his left quad and he’s listed as day-to-day.

Murphy left Wednesday night’s game prior to the fourth inning, at which time the team said he was removed as a precaution. He was on the disabled list from June 5 to June 30 due to a similar injury.

“I’d characterize it as probably a shade less than 100 percent,” Murphy said after the game. “It’s there some days, other days it’s better. Today was a little sore.”

While rounding first base on a double in the bottom of the third inning Wednesday, Murphy appeared to slow down before pulling up gingerly as he made it to second base.

Terry Collins said Murphy has been playing through a quad issue for a while, but that he didn’t believe it was serious. Murphy will be examined on Thursday before meeting the Mets in Miami, Collins concluded.

“I think it’s been there for a while,” according to Collins. “I think Dan plays through a lot.”


Mets will likely promote Alvarez on Friday

Triple-A LH reliever Dario Alvarez is expected to join the Mets in Miami on Friday and be available to pitch in that night’s game, the team announced Thursday.

Alvarez was active for two games last week against the Rockies, but didn’t enter a game. He had to remain in the minors for 10 games before returning to the Mets.

Alvarez has a 2.45 ERA and 1.00 WHIP, while striking out 15.5 batters per nine innings in 16 games (11 innings) since his promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas.


Rob Brender answers questions about roles, rotations, Oct. lineup and more…

In the latest episode of #AskSNY, SNY.TV’s Rob Brender answers questions about using starting pitchers in the bullpen, September call-ups, the rotation for the upcoming series against the Natioanls, and the best lineup come October…

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Dominic Smith named FSL Player of the Year

First baseman Dominic Smith of the High-A St. Lucie Mets has been named the Florida State League Player of the Year (Sept. 3).

Smith, 20, is hitting .305 with a .354 OBP and .417 SLG to go along with six home runs, 33 doubles, and 79 RBI in 118 games so far this season for St. Lucie.

Smith is leading the league in doubles and RBI, is fifth in average, third in slugging percentage, and fourth in OPS (.771).

Smith, ranked as the No. 6 Mets prospect by and the 99th overall prospect in baseball, was selected 11th overall by the Mets in the 2013 Amateur Draft.


Why the Mets will not collapse again, according to Wright

David Wright sees the similarities between his current Mets team and his teammates from 2007 and 2008, but there are also some distinct differences, he told the New York Post (Sept. 2, 2015).

“Back then, the team was a lot more veteran and we relied heavily on offense. Now, it’s the opposite,” he said. “I think we have a very good offensive team and we can go out and win games offensively occasionally, but we’re going to lean on our pitching very heavily. … We had a pretty good team in ’06 and we had a really good team in ’07, but we just didn’t get the job done.”

Also, Wright prefers the current team’s balance of youthful energy and veteran wisdom, which is something the Mets did not have in 2006 to 2008.

CerroneCircleAvatarMatthew Cerrone: I talked to Paul Lo Duca earlier today, for a podcast that will post to MetsBlog tomorrow. He said something similar, which is that young guys, especially the young pitchers on the Mets, they don’t know any better than to be confident and have fun, regardless of the city, pressure, etc. He said veterans can get inside their own heads, based on experience and past failure, it can get guys down, distracted, tense, but young players come to the ballpark with an infectious energy and confidence that he believes will help the current Mets avoid what happened eight years ago. I hope he’s right.