MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Viola talks Syndergaard, Matz and Wheeler

Mets RHP prospect Noah Syndergaard rebounded from a difficult six-game stretch to toss seven innings of one-run ball, while striking out eight, in his most recent start with Triple-A Las Vegas.

More than anything, Syndergaard simply needs time and experience to get better, Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola recently told SNY.TV’s Rob Brender.

“We tend to think that he’s been around for a long time, but, in reality, he hasn’t pitched more than 125 innings in a season,” Viola explained. “He has to go out there, he has to get into situations he’s not used to getting into. He has to go deeper into ballgames and work on stuff. … It is a process and hopefully people will give him that time to learn and do it the right way, so that when he does get called up he’s up there for good.”

In late June, Terry Collins told reporters it is possible Syndergaard is not promoted to the big leagues this season, despite starting the season ranked by as the third-best right-handed pitching prospect in baseball.

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In this edition of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Viola also talks with Brender about LHP prospect Steven Matz, RHP prospect Rafeal Montero, how he’d help Zack Wheeler, and his recovery from heart surgery earlier this year:

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Mostly Mets, pres. by Caesars AC: Who’s on… shortstop?

Toby Hyde and Robert Brender are joined by Mostly Mets alumnus Patrick Flood for a round table conversation about the not-so-Amazin shortstop scenarios, throughout the Mets system and beyond. Then they look for a few good things in a week filled with bad ones.

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  • The Shortstop Roundtable
  • One Good Thing, One Bad Thing (32:15)
    • Good: Wright Coming Back, Position Prospect Progress, Travis d’Arnaud
    • Bad: 3 error inning, Sandy talking run differential, Mets can’t score 6

MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Wally Backman talks Syndergaard, Puello

Triple-A manager Wally Backman feels Noah Syndergaard needs to be more consistent before being promoted to the big leagues, he told SNY.TV’s Rob Brender earlier this week in Las Vegas.

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“He’s had some ups and downs, but just hasn’t shown the consistency that we need to see before he goes to the major leagues,” Backman told Brender.

However, he added, “You’ve got to remember, this kid just turned 21-years-old, so there’s plenty of time to develop and let him become the guy that he’s going to become. Stuff wise, this guy is a number one or number two on a championship team.”

In this edition of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Brender sits down Backman to discuss Syndergaard and Cesar Puello, the rise of Matt Reynolds and Kevin Plawecki, and his memories of the late Frank Cashen.

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SNY’s Toby Hyde and Robert Brender talk with Adam MacDonald – the voice of the St. Lucie Mets – and Lynn Worthy – B-Mets reporter for the Press and Sun Bulletin – about the promotions of Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz, Dilson Herrera, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Reynolds, and more…

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MetsBlog Q&A: Dillon Gee talks rehab, health and returning to Brooklyn

Dillon Gee is scheduled to make a rehab start on Sunday with Single-A Brooklyn.

He’s been on the disabled list since May 11 with a right lat injury.

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The Mets expect Gee to need one more rehab start before his activation from the DL, which would likely come during the second week of July.

MetsBlog: How are you feeling physically?

Dillon Gee: I’m feeling good. I came down here to get healthy and that’s what I’m doing.

MetsBlog: Are you looking forward to pitching in Brooklyn?

Dillon Gee: I am. I started my professional career there. Obviously, I want to be with the big team and not have this happen, but it’s a great place to go get a rehab game and get my innings back up.

MetsBlog: Initially, the team said you’d miss just two starts, how disappointing has it been to end up missing more than that?

Dillon Gee: It’s very disappointing and frustrating. It’s tough to swallow. But, coming down here helped me get away, being with the team when I was hurt and watch those guys in person play and not be able to be out there is tough. So, I came down here, got my mind right, got healthy and used the time off to rest and now we’re on our way back.

MetsBlog: Do you consider yourself a front-line starting pitcher, a number two, three, etc., or is that something you ignore?

Dillon Gee: I don’t know. We know that, once the first week of the season is over, nobody remembers who’s number one, it doesn’t matter. it just comes five guys going out there trying to make every start and keep the team in the ballgame and help them win.

MetsBlog: Do you consider yourself a veteran?

Dillon Gee: No, not really. I still feel young in this game. But, I guess when you look at some of the guys on the team, I look more seasoned than some of them, so I guess, which speaks to how young our team is and how bright things are for the future. It’s still tough for me to consider myself a veteran guy, though.

Here is video of Gee throwing Friday in Port St. Lucie, along with audio of the above interview:

This week’s Mostly Mets podcast, pres. by Caesars AC

Toby Hyde and Robert Brender are joined by Newsday’s David Lennon for a round table discussion about David Wright being at a crossroads in 2014; the co-hosts then talk with Padres radio play by play broadcaster Ted Leitner, who called in to share his thoughts on the passing of Tony Gwynn…

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Mostly Mets, pres. by Caesars AC

Toby Hyde and Robert Brender are joined by’s Jim Callis for a complete wrap on the 2014 Draft for the Mets and all of MLB…