Howie Rose opens the ceremonies

Mets flight diverted after Howie Rose has health issue

The Mets charter flight bound for Los Angeles made an unscheduled stop in Detroit on Thursday night due to a health issue involving Howie Rose.

Rose is the play by play voice of WOR, the radio affiliate of the Mets.

WOR released the following statement regarding Rose:

“The Mets flight en route to Los Angeles yesterday landed in Detroit to allow WOR Mets radio play by play voice Howie Rose to see a doctor after feeling ill on board.

Although he is feeling better, due to the lengthy travel, doctors have advised Howies to rejoin the team upon their return to New York next week.”

Jun 23, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) argues with home plate umpire Larry Vanover after being called out on strikes in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Duda unsatisfied with prolonged slump

Lucas Duda is frustrated, but confident, he will break out of his lengthy slump.

Duda’s slump extends beyond his current 1-for-16 stretch, during which he has struck out seven times and five of his last six at-bats.

He hit .187 in June with just one home run, a far cry from how he ended May: 12 for 33 with six home runs and 10 RBIs.

“It’s a pretty prolonged stretch for me, just because I’m not doing the things I’m capable of,” Duda said (July 2).

Duda has just seven hits in his last 52 at-bats, a .135 average since June 17. His average has dropped 27 points, on-base percentage 24 points and slugging percentage 56 points.

“If I had an easy answer for you, I would’ve already applied it three weeks ago,” said Duda, noting pitch selection and luck have factored into his struggles at the plate. “It might happen tomorrow. It might happen next week, but one thing is for sure: I’ll prepare how I always prepare and work myself out of this thing.”

Duda’s struggles are just a microcosm for the Mets’ offense. They have been shut out nine times this season, including four times since June 17, and have been held to two or fewer runs in 12 of their last 14 games.

“It’s frustrating, obviously, when guys go out and pitch well and we’re not able to capitalize with runners in scoring position,” Duda said. “It’s very frustrating.”

Terry Collins and the Mets had seen Duda’s potential in late May and expects Duda to break out of his extended slump.

“I’m telling you as I sit here, when Lucas Duda breaks out, it’s going to be big,” Collins said.


Despite their words, Mets players know what’s up

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: The Mets look nervous, as if they know something is not right. In the last two days, being on field, in the clubhouse, in the hallways and just observing these guys, I saw a team with their heads down, they looked very serious, deep in thought, not a lot of joking around, a bit deflated, pressing and seemingly very aware of where they are, how they’re playing and what’s in front of them the next 30 days…

They’ve lost 10 of their last 14 games, their offense is a mess, they’re 11-26 on the road and about to travel to Los Angeles and San Francisco, where they’ll face Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Chris Heston, who no-hit the Mets earlier this season. It’s very possible the Mets could be multiple games below .500 when they reach the All-Star break, after which they play 16 straight games against the Cardinals, Nationals, Dodgers and Padres.

“Manager Terry Collins sounded as if he were down to his last bullet after the game, telling the clubhouse to ‘lighten up and try to have fun again,'” Newsday’s David Lennon said Thursday (July 2, 2015). “In this setting, that’s like bringing a karaoke machine to a funeral.”

He’s right. And they’re all saying the right things, the usual, obvious, up-beat phrases like, ‘we’ve got to shake it off,’ ‘focus on tomorrow,’ ‘work hard,’ ‘prepare,’ ‘move forward,’ ‘turn it around,’ etc., etc… But, I think the players and manager know, as we know, they’re just words. It’s just a mantra, as if they’re trying to convince themselves of an impossible task with limited resources, and none of it’s working.

I really don’t know how these guys save their season. In some ways, it’s a miracle they’re even .500 given how many games they’ve played without David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud, Juan Lagares, Daniel Murphy and now Michael Cuddyer, not to mention Jenrry Mejia, Bobby Parnell, Jerry Blevins, Vic Black and Zack Wheeler. That said, despite the injuries, the remaining pitching staff has been SO good, they’re still in the hunt for a playoff spot… for now.

In the event nothing changes, in the event this team continues to struggle, if they hit bottom and fade to black, their 2015 story will be ugly. It will be told as a team with a ton of potential, full of spring-time confidence, but doomed by injury, a GM and ownership who – for a year – did nothing about it, while wasting countless pitching performances worthy of October. In that scenario, I expect players will be traded away and coaches will be fired, as Sandy Alderson and his bosses end up in scorching hot water.

There is still time to bring in a new player or two, bring up spirits, bring up averages and win. But, with every day that passes, with every zero that is hung on the scoreboard, the more difficult and less likely it becomes.

Jul 2, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) punches a water cooler after being removed from a game against the Chicago Cubs during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

DeGrom visibly upset after rough outing Thursday

Jacob deGrom showed his frustration in the dugout after Thursday’s rare struggle.

DeGrom gave up four runs (three earned), seven hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since May 11, as the Mets lost to the Cubs, 6-1, at Citi Field.

He threw 115 pitches, but never seemed to get in a rhythm, allowing one run in the second, one in the fifth and two in the sixth, leaving after giving up a two-run home run to Jonathan Herrera.

“I was struggling, even in the bullpen, with my command. That’s happened before and I came out and had good command in the game,” deGrom said. “It’s one of those days. … I didn’t do my job today.”

He was visibly frustrated after the game, punching a Gatorade cooler, as the Mets were swept by the Cubs and fell to .500 and 3 1/2 games back of the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East.

“He knows we needed him today and he didn’t pitch like he wanted to and he’s mad about it,” manager Terry Collins said. “I support it. I hope he kicked a lot of stuff on the way out there.”

>> Watch deGrom hit the Gatorade cooler here

DeGrom (8-6) had been pitching like the ace the Mets needed over the past several weeks. He went 5-1 with a 1.23 ERA in an eight-start span, giving up no more than two earned runs in each of them.

He had pitched at least seven innings in each of his last seven starts.

“I just never had the game I wanted,” deGrom said. “I had a tough time commanding my pitches. I was wild. I just struggled out there today.”


NY Post: GM and owners are watching Mets burn

Sandy Alderson is waiting to prove he is the smartest man in Citi Field, “refusing to help a baseball team that is all but crying for help,” the New York Post’s Mike Vaccarro contends.

In Panic City, just like everywhere else, there’s a word for this, it’s Malpractice, he says >> Read more in the New York Post.


In case you missed it on Thursday, presented by Citi

Jacob deGrom allowed four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings and the Mets couldn’t recover as they lost to the Cubs, 6-1, on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.

On Friday, the Mets will revisit whether or not Michael Cuddyer needs to be placed on the disabled list due to a left knee injury.

The Mets signed Venezuelan SS Andres Gimenez and Vladimir Guerrero’s 16-year-0ld nephew Gregory Guerrero.

What’s on tap for Friday, July 3

The Mets open a three-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday at 10:00 p.m. on SNY. Noah Syndergaard gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers.

For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to an NYC community partner with a $2,000 donation. Visit to see this season’s grand total to date.


Thursday’s minor league recaps…

Thursday night, Mets RHP prospect Gabriel Ynoa had one of the most dominating pitching performances for any hurler in the Mets system so far this season. The 22-year-old tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing just one hit, with no walks and six strikeouts.

It’s the sixth complete game and third shutout of Ynoa’s professional career. In his last four starts (30 2/3 innings), he’s surrendered four earned runs, with 13 punch-outs and two base on balls >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

Mets trade minor league reliever, gain international pool credit

After signing two international prospects earlier in the day, the Mets reduced a financial penalty they faced because of those deals by trading minor league relief pitcher Gaither Bumgardner to the Angels Thursday.

The Mets got the Angels’ International Bonus Pool slot No. 90, giving them $239,400 more to spend on international free agents.

The Mets signed 16-year-old shortstops Gregory Guerrero (Dominican Republic) and Andres Gimenez (Venezuela) Thursday morning, the first day of the international signing period (July 2).

The combined $3 million value of those deals was $500,000 more than they were allowed this year by Major League Baseball, which charges teams a ‘tax’ when they exceed their designated limit. The Mets now will only be taxed on about $260,000.

Bumgardner, 24, was taken in the 23rd round of the 2013 draft out from South Carolina-Upstate. He was 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in three games with Class A Brooklyn.