Mostly Mets, pres. by Caesars AC: The Chicago Way

With Mets / Cubs trade talk being the talk of the week, Toby Hyde and Robert Brender look for the Chicago perspective. They are joined by Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune and Triple-A Iowa Cubs broadcaster Randy Wehofer to see if there’s a deal to be made and to learn more about the young Cubs hitting talent.

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  • Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune calls in
    • Chatting Mets/Cubs trade match ups and the Cubs re-building
  • Triple-A Iowa Cubs broadcaster Randy Wehofer calls in (19:50)
    • Taking a close look at those young Cubs bats
  • One Good Thing, One Bad Thing (36:00)
    • Good: Rafael Montero, Wilmer Flores OK at SS
    • Bad: Mets Offensive Offense, Mejia Hurt & Struggling

Mostly Mets, pres. by Caesars AC: Josh Lewin checks in

Toby Hyde and Robert Brender are joined by Mets radio voice Josh Lewin for a state of the team round table conversation.  Later, it’s time for a Twitter-bag to answer fan questions.

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  • State of the Team Roundtable with Josh Lewin
  • Terry, Wright, Colon, Youth Movement, and more
  • Twitter-bag, answering all the questions (13:35)
  • One Good Thing, One Bad Thing (35:50)
    • Good: Missing Sunday’s Philly collapse, Matt den Dekker
    • Bad: Pitchers break, Contention gone

MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Mookie talks trading for Gary Carter

According to former Mets OF Mookie Wilson, players are so caught up in what they’re doing on field, they often don’t consider whether their team is one or two or 10 impact players away from having a playoff-contending team, he told MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone this past week at the Verizon Studio in Citi Field…


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“I didn’t see it in 1985 when we made the deal for Gary Carter,” said Wilson, author of Mookie: Life, Baseball and the 86 Mets. “I didn’t see it, because I felt we traded away a player (Hubie Brooks) who was really valuable to us, but once he got here I said, ‘OK, we needed that guy.'”

In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Cerrone also chats in detail with Mookie about the influence of his father, coming up in the Mets organization through bad times then good, doubts during 1986, and whether it’s wise to trade young pitching for hitting…


MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Jayson Stark talks Mets, “Plan,” and trade deadline

In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone talks with ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark about the best-run franchises in MLB, as how baseball looks at Sandy Alderson’s “Plan.”


Stark also has a new book out, Wild Pitches: Rumblings, Grumblings, and the Game I Love, which you can learn more about at ESPN.com.



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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

MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Dillon Gee talks trade rumors, return from DL

There’s speculation that Dillon Gee could be a fit for the Angels, who likely don’t have what it takes to acquire Rays LHP David Price (Rosenthal, June 19).

“There is A LOT of interest in Gee, ” MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone recently wrote (MetsBlog, July 17), based on conversations with people in scouting departments. “That said, I don’t see him being the guy dealt.”


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Gee says he and his teammates see the trade rumors, they know the talk, but they do their best to ignore it and focus on what they can control, which is the game at hand, he recently told SNY.TV’s Rob Brender.

“Yeah, we see it, but you just take it as part of the job, if it happens it happens,” he said. “I’d be lying if I said we didn’t see the speculation.”

In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Gee talks with Brender about his return to the mound, the team’s improved play, and trade rumors surrounding the club…


MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Kevin Plawecki talks Triple-A, steps from Mets

Earlier this week in Minnesota, 23-year-old Mets C prospect Kevin Plawecki represented the Mets during MLB’s Futures Game, during which he drove in the game’s first run with an RBI force out in the third inning…


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In late June, he was promoted to Triple-A, where he’s hitting just .231 in 15 games.

“Obviously it’s in the back of my mind,” Plawecki told MetsBlog’s Robert Brender, in regards to being a step from the big leagues. That said, he added, “I’ve still got some adjustments to make and still have a lot to learn.”

According to Plawecki, if he continues to work hard and stays focused and positive the results will take care of themselves.


In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Brender talks in depth with Plawecki about adjusting to Triple-A, playing in the Vegas heat, and working with pitcher Noah Syndergaard…


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MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Nimmo talks Double-A & Granderson

21-year-old Mets OF Brandon Nimmo is batting .213 with four home runs and 11 RBI through his first 25 games in Double-A.

He had been hitting .322 with a .906 OPS with Single-A St. Lucie before being promoted in early June.

Nimmo spent time in big-league camp this past Spring, where he was helped out most by Curtis Granderson, he recently told MetsBlog’s Michael Baron.



“Obviously, I’m an outfielder, and I worked with him and played catch with him everyday,” Nimmo said. “But also, everyday, he came in with a great personality, came and said, ‘Hi,’ to all of us. For someone of his caliber to come in and be so humble, and be so personable and easy to talk to made a big impression on me.”

According to Nimmo, he benefited a lot this past winter spending time working out at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

“I spent about seven weeks there training, and was able to be around guys like Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Starlin Castro,” he explained. “Being around those guys taught me what being a major leaguer is about. Plus, I got bigger, stronger, and faster, and I think that always helps in baseball.”


In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Baron catches up with Nimmo to talk about his adjustment to Double-A and lessons learned from Granderson and David Wright this past Spring…


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Mostly Mets, pres. by Caesars AC: Talking Tommy John with Will Carroll

Toby Hyde and Robert Brender are joined by Will Carroll, Lead Writer for Sports Medicine, Bleacher Report, for a roundtable conversation about the surge of Tommy John surgeries for the Mets, for others throughout baseball, and the science behind the operation.

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  • The Tommy John Roundtable with Will Carroll
  • One Good Thing, One Bad Thing (38:10)
    • Good: Mets Winning, Murphy the All-Star
    • Bad: No meaningful baseball for 4 days, Games are too long

Toby, Will and Rob discussed the potential of the new Motus sleeve for providing real time data on pitcher biomechanics and fatigue.
Will wrote a three-part series in July of 2013 on Tommy John surgery including the history and impact, how it is done and the increase in its incidence.