Mets Playoffs Live: Harvey on mistake

Steve Gelbs discusses Matt Harvey missing a mandatory workout on Tuesday, the poor timing of his mistake and David Wright’s clear message.


Dodgers announce rotation for first three games of NLDS

The Dodgers have announced their starting rotation for the first three games of the NLDS (Oct. 6).

LHP Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 in Los Angeles, followed by RHP Zack Greinke in Game 2.

LHP Brett Anderson will start Game 3 at Citi Field.

Kershaw, who went 16-7 this season with a 2.13 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 301 strikeouts, faced the Mets twice during the regular season.

On July 3 in Los Angeles, Kershaw allowed one run on five hits while walking two and striking out seven in seven innings. On July 23 at Citi Field, Kershaw shut out the Mets, allowing just three hits while walking none and striking out 11.

Greinke, who went 19-3 this season with a 1.66 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 200 strikeouts, also faced the Mets twice during the regular season.

On July 4 in Los Angeles, Greinke held the Mets scoreless while allowing four hits, walking none and striking out four in seven innings. On July 26 at Citi Field, Greinke allowed two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out three in seven innings.

Anderson, who went 10-9 this season with a 3.69 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 116 strikeouts, did not face the Mets during the regular season.

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Granderson and Murphy expected to start against LHP

The Mets will likely face left-handed pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Brett Anderson in Game 1 and 3 of the NL Division Series, though they have yet to make an official announcement.

In the second half of the season, Terry Collins often used right-handed hitters Michael Cuddyer, Juan Lagares and Juan Uribe against left-handed pitchers. However, he has repeatedly said he intends to start Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy in the NL Division Series, despite their struggles against lefties during the regular season.

“We need our lefties to put together good at-bats,” hitting coach Kevin Long recently told the Daily News (Oct. 6, 2015). “Not necessarily get hits, but grind on them and put together good at-bats.”

Granderson is a lifetime .224 hitter against lefties. He is batting .183 against them this season. Meanwhile, Murphy is hitting .254 with a .633 OPS against left-handed pitchers this season, despite a .271 career average.

“You can almost throw everything out the window going into a playoff game if they feel good about their approach and their swings,” Long added. “Now in the playoffs there’s very good pitching, so that’s always going to be an obstacle to overcome.”

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This can cut both ways, so I’m willing to let it play out and see what happens. There is one line of thinking that will be dictated by percentages and match ups, while the other is more basic and wanting to simply field the best overall guys and go with what got them there, so to speak. In a situation when facing a guy like Kershaw, I’m not sure it’ll matter. I mean, Murphy is actually 3-for-10 against him, despite struggling overall against lefties. Granderson has struggled a ton, going just 1-for-10 against Kershaw, but he’s been so important to this team in the leadoff spot it’s difficult to imagine him being removed in the most important game of the year.

I expect to see something like Granderson, then David Wright, Murphy, Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, Michael Cuddyer, Travis d’Arnaud and Ruben Tejada, who, by the way, is 5-for-14 against Kershaw. I also like knowing Michael Conforto and Wilmer Flores will be on the bench to face a right-handed reliever later in the game. It’s not the greatest postseason lineup ever created, but it should be good enough to scratch out a run against Kershaw, while making him throw a ton of pitches, so that most of their damage can be done against the bullpen.


Mets will go with 11 pitchers on NLDS roster

The Mets will go with 11 pitchers on their roster for the NL Division Series, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters at Citi Field.

Mets relievers Tim Stauffer, Dario Alvarez and Eric O’Flaherty were told they will not be on the NLDS roster, though they are still eligible for subsequent postseason series. The three will not be part of Wednesday’s workout at Citi Field, according to reports.

The Mets are not required to set their roster for the NLDS until Friday at 1 pm ET.

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The way I understand it, the final decision may be between Sean Gilmartin, Carlos Torres and Erik Goeddel and what is happening with Steven Matz. Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon, Jeurys Familia, Tyler Clippard, Addison Reed, Jon Niese and Hansel Robles make nine pitchers. Matz would be 10, leaving room for just one of Torres, Goeddel or Gilmartin, and I think Goeddel has the edge. However, if Matz is unable to go, a) it means they have another spot to fill, and b) it means Colon is a starter not a reliever. In that scenario, I think they take Goeddel and Torres with Matz and Gilmartin reporting to St. Lucie.

Matz is scheduled to through 90-100 pitches during an Instructional League game in St. Lucie on Thursday, which will help determine if he’s able to start Game 4 of the NLDS. So, stay tuned…


Juan Uribe out for NL Division Series

Juan Uribe will not play in the National League Division Series, Sandy Alderson said.

Alderson said Uribe has still not recovered from his chest injury.

Uribe will stay in New York as the team travels to Los Angeles to see doctors.

He initially hurt his chest diving for a groundball in the Mets-Yankees game on Sept. 20. He aggravated it in the middle of a pinch-hit at-bat on Sept. 25.

Uribe, 36, is batting .219 with six home runs and 20 RBIs since joining the Mets in July.


Matt Harvey did not attend workouts at Citi Field due to traffic

Matt Harvey did not attend workouts at Citi Field on Tuesday, Sandy Alderson said.

Terry Collins later told reporters that Harvey called the manger to say he was stuck in traffic.

Collins told Harvey to turn around and go home, since he was already going to be late.

“Not necessarily,” Collins said, when asked if it was an excused absence.

Harvey later showed up to Citi Field and spoke to reporters about what went wrong.

“Unfortunately today, I screwed up,” Harvey said. “Today was not the greatest.”

Harvey said he spoke to Alderson and Collins and apologized to them and his teammates. Harvey said it has never happened before and will not happen again.

“I just truly screwed up,” Harvey said.

The manager said that he will be fining Harvey, who is still slated to start Game 3 of the NLDS.

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2:45 pm: It’s always something, isn’t it? I’m not going to say this is unacceptable, because I want him him starting Game 3. However, it’s a significant dent in his reputation, which is already something that has ruffled feathers since his debut in 2013. I respect that he continued on and faced the music, talking to his teammates, coaching staff and reporters. And, no one will remember this if he goes out and throws a gem in Game 3. But, it keeps adding up. And, he’s going to always have to pitch perfectly if this is how he’s going to roll from time to time. There are more important things to worry about right now than Harvey’s schedule and commuting habits. Hopefully, they all blow this off, tuck it away for another day and move on…


David Wright talked with reporters October 6 at Citi Field and said…

The goal for today’s workout, as well as tomorrow’s, is to go through a typical pre-game routine, but without the game, so guys can stay in their rhythm from the regular season.

Personally, going through what he’s gone through this year with his back, to help the Mets make a push to the postseason and to get there, is incredible and gratifying, “That’s the pinnacle of an athlete’s preparation is to have that preparation to pay off.”

The Mets have a team full of guys that are unselfish, guys that could be playing regularly on other teams, like Michael Cuddyer and Kelly Johnson, who set an example of what it means to play with a team concept.

He and his teammates will do what they can to grind out at bats against Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, as well as limit mistakes in the field, because, “I don’t think you can ever be prepared for them,” “we know we’ll have our work cut out for his, but we’re confident in the guys we’ll be throwing out there too.”

NEW YORK, NY-JANUARY 20: New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson poses for a portrait at Citi Field in New York, NY on Jan. 20, 2011. (Jay Drowns / Sporting News via Getty Images)

Sandy Alderson’s patience is finally paying off

In an interview with, Mets GM Sandy Alderson discussed the trade deadline acquisition for Yoenis Cespedes, non-acquisition for Carlos Gomez and the biggest obstacles he’s faced in getting the Mets back into the postseason (Oct. 5)…

“I think the biggest challenge was being patient, allowing the farm system to mature and to develop some payroll flexibility given some of the contracts that we had,” he explained.

Alderson replaced Omar Minaya after the 2010 season and inherited a team that finished fourth in the division and had the sixth-highest payroll in baseball. He worked to trade large contracts for prospects, including sending Carlos Beltran to the Giants for Zack Wheeler, trading Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers for two prospects, and turning R.A. Dickey into Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard.

In that time, between trades, talent already in the system, and acquiring new talent in the draft, Alderson and Paul DePodesta took their farm system from 25th in April, 2010, to fifth overall in April 2015, according to Baseball America.

“You have a sense of the appropriate direction, and then you just have to be patient enough to allow time to pass without being tempted to take shortcuts,” Alderson said. “I’m always reluctant to give up young talent, which we’ve only done in recent months, but given where we were and what we were trying to achieve, those weren’t all that difficult decisions to make. You have to have a plan in the back of your mind regarding what direction you want to go, and then you make decisions along the way. Hopefully, they’re consistent with your overall direction.”

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I can’t even imagine the level of satisfaction and justification that Sandy must be feeling. He’s too humble and confident to say, “I told you so,” and I admire that, because – if I were him – it would take everything in my power to not run around Citi Field saying exactly that. However, as he sits in his office chair and thinks about all the decisions and crossroads from the last five years, and all the criticism and pressure from fans, media and ownership, and all the times he stuck to his plan, I hope he smiles, exhales and enjoys what is happening here. It’s pretty special…

Unfortunately, that moment is temporary and I’m sure he knows that too. Regardless of how this postseason ends, the pressure to improve and at least maintain this season’s success will begin, which I’m sure presents a whole new set of challenges. The fact is, he’ll have to start thinking about his offseason plans during the playoffs, assuming he hasn’t started thinking about it already. The GM Meetings are actually one week after Game 7 of the World Series. It’s going to move quick. But, for now, this week, during the calm before the storm, I hope he takes a moment to enjoy it…

To read more about how the Mets were assembled, check out this report by Kristie Ackert in the Daily News.


Steven Matz threw a bullpen session, Warthen says it went well

Mets LH rookie Steven Matz threw a bullpen session this morning at Citi Field.

According to pitching coach Dan Warthen, the session went well, reporter Matt Ehalt relayed on Twitter (Oct. 6, 11:58 am).

Matz missed his last start due to back spasms and body stiffness.

He will next through 90-100 pitches during an Instructional League game in St. Lucie on Thursday.

Matz is expected to start Game 4 of the NL Division Series if his start goes well in St. Lucie.

The Mets are not required to set their roster for the NLDS until Friday at 1 pm ET.


Yoenis Cespedes talked with reporters October 6 at Citi Field and said…

“I am 100 percent ready to start this battle,” despite being hit on the hand with a pitch last week.

It is a privilege to get to play in the postseason, and, “I’m really looking forward to this because it is a culmination of the year’s work.”

He has never faced Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke before, but, ‘They’re pitchers, just like everyone else.’

He is thankful for having the support of such a great group of teammates.