Does it matter if the Mets finish 2014 with a .500 record?

The Mets are four games under .500, but tied for second place in the NL East…

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The Mets are 17-13 during their last 30 games.

They need to go 5-1 the last six games of the season to avoid their sixth-consecutive losing season.

Unfortunately, their next three games are in DC against the Nationals, who are 13-3 against the Mets this season.

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: It’s not the  most important thing ever, but I do want the Mets to finish at least .500 because I think it will send key messages to their players, management, fans, the division and potential acquisitions this winter. It will say, ‘We’re on the right path, we’re literally getting better and we’re one step closer to getting to the post season.’

I realize, in the end, this year has no statistical barring on next year. However, by playing well the last month or so will simply feel better about the Mets position than if they stumble and again finish with a losing record. Again, it’s not the end-all, be-all of a non-playoff season. But, it can’t hurt, right?

Come meet Keith and Ron on Friday!

Come meet legendary Mets alumni Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez!

On Friday, September 26, Ron and Keith will be at the Citibank branch in Long Beach, NY.

Stop by 129 East Park Ave. from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. to meet your favorite Mets alumni and receive an autograph.



Mets mulling decisions about next year’s coaching staff

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen and bench coach Bob Geren are expected to remain in their current roles in 2015.

However, there are conflicting reports indicating Mets hitting coach Lamar Johnson could be replaced with third-base coach Tim Teufel, which could open a permanent spot for Triple-A manager Wally Backman.

Sources and updates from this story...

Sept. 23, 8:11 am: Teufel is expected to remain at third base and there should be minimal turnover to the coaching staff, according to a team source (Rubin, Sept. 23).

Sept. 22, 3:23 pm: The Mets are considering replacing Johnson with Teufel, while bringing back Warthen and Geren, according to a major league source (Puma, Sept. 22).

Teufel was added to the team’s big-league coaching staff after the 2011 season, serving as the team’s third base and infield coach.

Johnson, who became the team’s hitting coach in May when Dave Hudgens was fired, could return to an organizational role.

miniMCavatarSept. 22, 1:50 pm: So, the big question is: if Teufel replaces Johnson, and Geren stays on as bench coach, will Wally Backman become the new third-base coach? As I said this morning, I hope so. I really, really hope they make this move >> Read more

What’s on Tap for Tuesday, Sept. 23

The Mets (76-80) open a three-game series against the Nationals (91-64) on Tuesday in Washington D.C. at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Bartolo Colon (14-12, 4.02 ERA) will get the start for the Mets, opposed by Tanner Roark (14-10, 2.85 ERA) for the Nationals.

Wilfredo Tovar will join the team before the game since Dilson Herrera suffered a strained right quadriceps this past weekend.

The team is expected to announce whether Jacob deGrom will get one more start or be shut down for the season.

Remaining schedule

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In case you missed it…

The Mets were off on Monday, but moved into a second place tie with Atlanta when the Braves lost on Monday night.

The Mets are expected to announce soon that Sandy Alderson will sign a three-year extension that will keep him on as general manager through 2017 >> Read more at MetsBlog

Terry Collins is expected to return as manager in 2015, with an announcement expected soon.

Tim Teufel may replace Lamar Johnson as Mets hitting coach in 2015 >> Read more at MetsBlog

Terry Collins said that Ruben Tejada may be better off as a back-up middle infielder in 2015.

Reverse Standings

Teams finishing with the 11 worst records in baseball will not need to part with their top draft pick in 2015 as compensation for signing a free agent that was made a qualifying offer (MLBTR, July 14).

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Sandy Alderson scrum

Sandy Alderson will get a new three-year deal, remain as Mets GM

The Mets will soon announce a new three-year deal for Sandy Alderson that is expected to cover 2015-2017 and have an option for 2018, according to multiple reports on Monday.

Alderson was hired by the Mets and officially introduced as as GM on October 29, 2010, signing a four-year deal with a club option for 2015.

Sources and updates from this story...

Sept. 22, 3:45 pm: Alderson’s new deal will contain an option for 2018 (Puma, Sept. 22).

Sept. 22, 3:33 pm: Alderson will get a new three-year deal covering 2015 through 2017, (Heyman, Sept. 22

Sept. 22, 2:53 pm: The deal is expected to be announced at the end of the regular season (Rubin, Sept. 22).

Sept. 22, 2:36 pm: Alderson’s extension will likely be for three years, with some details still being worked out (Martino, Sept. 22).

Sept. 22, 2:25 pm: The Mets will pick up Alderson’s 2015 option, and they’re making progress toward a contract extension, according to sources (Rosenthal, Sept. 22).

Sept. 16, 2:18 pm: The Mets and Alderson will soon announce a contract extension beyond his 2015 option Daily News, Sept. 15).

Similarly, while there was once uncertainty surrounding whether Terry Collins would return (Daily News, September 4), Jon Heyman has reported twice – and as recently as this past weekend – that Collins will be back in 2015 (CBS Sports, Aug. 2014).

Aug. 7, 10:25 am: The Mets and Alderson appear weeks away from announcing a contract extension beyond his 2015 option (Newsday, Aug. 7).

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Mets will soon announce Terry Collins will be back in 2015

The Mets will soon announce that Terry Collins is returning as the team’s manager in 2015 (Rubin, Sept. 22).

Sept. 13, 7:39 am: Collins is all but certain to be back with the Mets next year (Heyman, Sept. 13).

Sept. 4, 8:37 am: There has been some debate and uncertainty among Mets executives regarding whether Collins will remain manager of the Mets in 2015 (Martino, Sept. 4).

The Mets first signed Collins to a two-year deal in late 2010, his option was picked up for 2013, after which he signed a two-year extension, which includes a team option for 2016.

Who’s Hot, pres. by Cholula: Wally Backman

The Mets are 3-0 since Wally Backman joined the team’s coaching staff, where he will remain through the end of this season.

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The team is discussing whether to make Backman a full-time coach on the big-league staff in 2015 (Rubin, Sept. 18).

Backman, 55, managed Triple-A Las Vegas to a division title this season and was also named the league’s Manager of the Year.

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: I really, really hope Wally is added to the team’s big-league coaching staff next season. He’s earned it and he’d be an asset and ally to Terry Collins. Fact is, Backman knows Terry’s roster about as well as anyone, seeing as he coached most of these guys at various levels while managing in the minor leagues. I’ve yet to find a person who played for Backman who doesn’t at least respect him, let alone appreciate the honesty and advice he brings to the table. Further more, he and Collins have a very good relationship, dating back to when Terry was minor-league coordinator stationed out of St. Lucie, where Wally was the Single-A manager. Despite how it is often positioned, these two have a strong respect for one another and they communicate often, especially considering how many players are shuffled between Collins and Queens and Backman and Vegas.

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Yes, there are concerns about how Wally will do handling media every day in New York, where there are more reactionary, real-time reporters than he dealt with in his playing days. That said, as a bench coach, he wouldn’t be charged with speaking to the media on record two or three times a day like his manager. Instead, his (on- and off-record) interactions will be limited, with formal conversations cleared in advance by the team.

In the end, it’ll be a good test run for Wally, all while serving in a role that has major value to this organization turning a corner and expecting these young players to elevate their mindset and goals on the field. He can help them. And, if Collins is let go (or chooses to retire at the end of his contract), Sandy Alderson (and Paul DePodesta) would have a good feel for what Wally is capable of in the big leagues and in this biggest city.