Thursday’s minor league recaps…

2014 1st round draft pick Michael Conforto reached base twice on a single and a walk in the Brooklyn win over Vermont.

The 21-year-old has hit safely in all six games of his professional career.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

Game Recap: Brewers 9 – Mets 1

Result: The Brewers routed the Mets, 9-1, in their series opener on Thursday at Miller Park.

Dillon Gee


Need to KnowDillon Gee struggled for his second straight outing, surrendering six runs and six hits in five innings. Jonathan Lucroy’s first-inning home run was the first of three Milwaukee dingers, and the Brewers broke the game open with four runs in the second inning.

Lucas Duda drove in the Mets’ lone run with a seventh-inning home run.

Game BallMatt Garza. The Brewers starter allowed just two hits, including Duda’s dinger, in eight innings, picking up his seventh win of the season.

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What’s Next: Game two of the four-game set will be Friday night with Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.78) getting the ball for the Mets. The Brewers will counter with Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.79). First pitch will be at 8:10 p.m.

Tonight’s Game: Mets at Brewers

The Mets and Brewers begin their four-game series in Milwaukee on Thursday night.

Mets Pre Game begins at 7 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to start at 8:10 p.m.

Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.92) will start for the Mets, while Matt Garza (6-7, 4.04) pitches for the Brewers.

Mets Brewers
1. Curtis Granderson – RF 1. Carlos Gomez – CF
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. Jonathan Lucroy – C
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Ryan Braun – RF
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Aramis Ramirez – 3B
5. Travis d’Arnaud – C 5. Rickie Weeks – 2B
6. Chris Young – LF 6. Khris Davis – LF
7. Wilmer Flores – SS 7. Mark Reynolds – 1B
8. Juan Lagares – CF 8. Jean Segura – SS
9. Dillon Gee – RHP 9. Matt Garza – RHP


Mostly Mets, pres. by Caesars AC: Trade deadline chatter

Toby Hyde and Robert Brender are joined by Kevin Kernan of the New York Post to chat potential moves and non-moves as the trade deadline approaches – along with other topics including Wilmer Flores and hitting philosophy.

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  • The Trade Deadline Roundtable with Kevin Kernan
  • Deadline Download (23:20)
    • Should the Mets make moves?
    • Where are the bats?
    • Colon and Murphy
    • Where does Flores fit?
  • One Good Thing, One Bad Thing (34:50)
    • Good: Safeco Field, Jacob deGrom
    • Bad: Losing in SD, Chris Young

Ruben Tejada hit in helmet, but feels good

Ruben Tejada was hit in the helmet by M’s RHP Taijuan Walker with a 94 mph fastball during the fifth inning on Wednesday.

He immediately hit the dirt, but was quickly walked off the field without assistance.

Tejada was cleared to fly with the team to Milwaukee.

On Thursday, Tejada said that he feels good and has no concussion symptoms. He said he’s ready to play.

Wilmer Flores, who was called up on Thursday, is starting at shortstop and batting seventh.

SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt reported that there was a baseball imprint on Tejada’s helmet, but that the helmet did not crack.

Tejada was pinch run for by Eric Campbell, who took over at shortstop.

Wilmer Flores turns two

Flores called up from Triple-A, Nieuwenhuis optioned

Wilmer Flores will be called up from Triple-A, the Mets announced.

He will join the team in Milwaukee.

Flores is hitting .341 with a .376 OBP in 93 plate appearances since July 1. He has eight home runs and 28 RBI over 21 games, and recently had a 23-game hitting streak snapped.

To make room for Flores on the roster, the Mets optioned Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Triple-A Las Vegas. He was hitting .179 with a .294 OBP over 34 plate appearances since July 1.

Ruben Tejada was hit in the helmet by a fastball during Wednesday’s game, but was later cleared by the medical staff and traveled with the team to Milwaukee. Eric Campbell took over at shortstop for Tejada.

D-Backs may wait until after season to deal a SS

The Diamondbacks may have depth, but they’re more likely to trade away a young shortstop this winter than during the regular season (Heyman, July 20).

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Arizona Diamondbacks

As of this past May, the Mets were still focused on trading for a young shortstop under team control for many seasons, a person with knowledge of the team’s thinking told columnist Andy Martino (Daily News, May 21).

The Mets and Arizona spent time scouting one another’s players during much of Spring Training (Carig (Newsday) Mar. 21). The potential for a trade between the Mets and D-Backs has been worth watching, “it has legs,” a person unaffiliated with the two teams said in March (Rubin (ESPN), Mar. 19).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The D-Backs and Mariners were often seen scouting Mets minor leaguers this past March. Insiders say the two sides had low-level talks before the start of the regular season, but the Mets were repeatedly asked to part with Noah Syndergaard, who they still have no interest in moving.

That said, I expect to hear some rumors next week connecting the Mets to Mariners shortstops Brad Miller and Nick Franklin, as well as Arizona shortstops Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings and the collection of young infielders piling up in Chicago. I doubt anything will happen and that talk will certainly continue this off season.

Opinion: Mets will try, but Tulowitzki not likely to be dealt during next 18 months

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The Rockies are not going to trade SS Troy Tulowitzki this season, a good friend who works with the Rockies predicted when I talked to him earlier this week. Instead, despite how they’ve handled him in the past, Colorado will seriously consider moving him for three or four, top major-league prospects this winter.

Tulowitzki currently leads the National League in batting average, on-base and slugging percentage, he’s third in home runs and tops in Wins Above Replacement.

However, earlier this week, he was put on the disabled list with a hip flexor strain, which he suffered running out a ground ball the previous weekend. It’s a small injury, but it comes on the heels of him missing roughly 30 percent of all games due to some sort of injury since 2010. Also, he has not played more than 130 games in a season since 2011, he’s 29-years-old and has six years and $118 million remaining on his current contract after this season.


“The contract makes (trading him) an impossible situation,” a non-New York GM told columnist John Harper (Daily News, July 23). “If you’re the Rockies, he’s your franchise player having a great year, so you can’t just dump the contract. If you’re going to trade him to start a rebuild, you need a package of high-end prospects to justify it to your fans. But if you’re on the other side, you can’t justify taking on that contract AND emptying the farm system for a shortstop with a history of leg injuries. Because, you know, as he heads into his 30s those leg injuries are likely to happen more often.”

The Mets are going to check in on him, if they haven’t already, I’ve heard. In addition, I talked to a National League scout last week who believes the Mets have more than enough pitching prospects, along with one of their young catchers, to acquire a player like Tulowitzki, especially if they’re taking on his contract. For what it’s worth, he said the Yankees will never be able to meet Colorado’s asking price…

I still think Tulowitzki is Alderson’s White Whale and I’ve heard from friends in Colorado that something like Jon Niese, Travis d’Arnaud and a top pitching prospect could get it done, because it brings back proven players that can be marketed and help win now.

That said, my bet is Tulowitzki — again — doesn’t get dealt in the next 18 months. Why? It’s looking the Rockies may soon bring in a totally new front office and I can’t imagine a new regime dealing its most popular player as its first move. This, plus the contract, plus in the injuries, says to me that he’s more likely to get dealt after next season.

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

This post originally appeared on July 23, 2014…

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).


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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