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Syndergaard, Plawecki contribute at Futures Game

Mets RHP prospect Noah Syndergaard allowed one hit, but no runs, while striking out one batter, earning a save in the US Team’s 3-2 victory over the World Team at the 2014 Futures Game on Sunday.

“Hopefully, next year I will be in the All-Star Game,” said Syndergaard, who also played in last year’s Future’s Game. (NY Post, July 14). “This isn’t bad, but it’s not where I want to be. … When the Mets feel like I’m ready, then hopefully I get that call.’’

Mets C prospect Kevin Plawecki drove in the game’s first run with an RBI force out in the third inning. He lined out to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning in his second at bat to go 0-for-2.


Syndergaard and Plawecki talk about playing in this season’s All-Star Futures Game…




66 comments
dukewillie
dukewillie

Syndegaard looks like a beast in the pic where's he's fist-bumping his catcher at the end of the game.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Keep Thor and Plawecki.  The pieces to deal are Murphy, Colon, and maybe another pitcher.  You can keep Murphy and sign him long-term, and trade Wilmer, but the Wilpons don't have that sort of cash.  Over the long haul, I think Flores is going to be a better hitter, and he'll be under team control for the next 5 years.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

Watched syndergaard pitch, his fastball command was superb at 96.. he is going to be a stud, no doubt about it

hankypanky
hankypanky

Hilarious, reading the blogs who want to trade dreck for Tulo or Stanton. They must think that all GM's are morons.

crafalko17
crafalko17

Time to make a "buyer" move Sandy and bring Tulo in. Grandy/Murphy/Wright/Tulo/Duda/TdA/KirK, EY, Soup/Lagares. Or Keep Lagares 7th, I don't know either way inasnely lengthens our lineup and we get a GG calibur SS. Reminds me of the Piazza deal. We really only have major upgrade capability at SS/LF. With the lineup that close to polished and our long list of prospects and the lack of SS who can mash, it'd be a great move and really move us into contention immediately. Plus Tulo owns Citi if we all recall.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

If Syndergaard and Plawecki were the main two parts to get Tulo in a trade, I'd do it tomorrow

James
James

I watched the game, except for my wife deciding to take the 9th inning to explain to me every detail of her day it was exciting to see Thor pitch for the first time, he seemed to have some really really nice stuff, can't wait to see him at Citifield, I think he will be the real deal.


I have a feeling Plawecki will be included in a trade this off-season, but if not, he seems to be a solid catcher option if TDA doesn't pan out.

jenkins
jenkins

@Doubleday What they've done to that kid this year is awful. It's pretty obvious he's a hitter, and he has nothing left to learn at LV. I'm fine with trading Murphy and playing him at 2nd if it brings  a real LF or SS.

kingman76
kingman76

@hankypanky why do you guys even bother answering this clown.  He makes these statements, gets you all worked up - and never comes back and answers them. 

crafalko17
crafalko17

@hankypanky Not sure it's all that far-fetched. Trading away 3 top 40 prospects plus more isn't a pipe-dream to land big name players. Not saying it's likely to happen, but who saw us getting Piazza? It's the type of move that definitely is to be pursued. We'll have somewhere around 7 top 100 prospects in baseball after this season at this rate. Top 5 farm-system in MLB. It's time to move some pieces for a difference-maker.

supert
supert

@Kevin VanTassell If they're gonna trade those two they might as well add another prospect or two and get Stanton from Miami.

James
James

@Kevin VanTassell No thanks for me, Tulo is too expansive, too injury prone and too inflated by Denver.  Plus I really want to root for Thor in the majors, but if they do trade him that isn't the guy I would build around.

rico
rico

@James so can you tell us about your wife's day?  :)

mustang66
mustang66

I wouldn't touch anybody from Colorado with a ten foot pole. Tulo is heading to 60 on the road Carlos Gonzalez is hitting 118 on the road. When you play in Colorado or Vegas or places like that you need to take the offensive numbers with a grain of salt. How good would you feel about tulo if you came over here and head to 60 with 12 Homer is and 65 RBI's after giving up 3 or. 4 of our top prospectsjn

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

If you recall Piazza was a free agent to be and was not going to sign with Fla.That not the case with Tulo or Stanton .Neither one of them has to be moved.In addition why does anyone think the Mets are prepared to increase their payroll by 20% to take on Tulo's salary.The Wilpons have $ but the Mets are in debt and it's clear they will not put their personal finances into the team until it is out of debt.If the team has to live on its income, there will be no increase in payroll.Thats what they have been saying attendance goes up,payroll goes up.It stinks for us fans but it is what it is.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Stanton isn't coming to the Mets anytime soon, the Marlins already have a lot of young pitching. He may be someone the Mets need to go after in free agency.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@supert @Kevin VanTassell Rather Tulo, still young, more established, plays Gold Glove SS and is a cleanup hitter. Not that I'd not take Stanton, just given the team's needs I think Tulo is a better fit. I mean his stats are amazing and we know he can hit in Citi...

crafalko17
crafalko17

@James @Kevin VanTassell I'd do it, he's a clean-up hitter who plays SS. What more do you want? It would be such an insane upgrade. Think Piazza. With TDA starting to hit, Plawecki is now a top prospect too. Wonder if we could do Wheeler/deGrom/Plawecki+some lower prospects. We can't keep it all, but with Syndergaard coming up next year and Harvey coming back, would still have a GREAT rotation with depth.

shoes
shoes

@rico @James  Yes. Did she smoothly transition from describing the day's activities to calling the play like Gary in the booth? Just can't stand it when Kevin Burkehart starts one of his stories and then something interesting happens on the field. And then Kevin decides to finish his BS story. Don't care. Kevin. Zip it. There is a game on. Don't take the focus off of the field.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@Ed Yano The Mets won't be out of doubt for something like 20+ years. If a team in NY can't afford to spend 100 mil on payroll then they need to force them to sell. Regardless it is the move to make. The Rockies are heading into a rebuilding and it makes sense for them as well. While that was what was inferred originally SA quickly cleared up that statement saying he doesn't expect people to come watch until they start winning, he just felt that with our young pitching the winning should start soon. Maybe soon means now? You can't deny the impact a Tulo would have and it appears he wants to be moved to get with a team close to contending. He would certainly make a world-of-difference for our lineup.

stemog
stemog

@Ed Yano The big question to the Rockies is: Is it worth keeping Tulo or would 3 to 5 stud prospects make them better off? That's something only they can decide.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@Kevin VanTassell I do think Tulo is more likely given his contract, age, desire to be on a contender and the weakness of the Rockies farm system compared to the Mets. We'd have to empty a large amount to get him, but it'd be worth it.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Stories this week have said that Tulo does not want to be another Todd Helton who spent 17 years with the Rockies and only see the post season a couple times. Well the owner loves Tulo and doesn't want to trade him maybe he would do the right thing and trade Tulo. Tulo's home/away splits haven't been as bad as say Gonzo, I think he'd still be a force with another team.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@shoes @rico @James Kevin does a better job than the guy we have out there now...he has no idea how to call a play lol

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Yes Sandy said winning needed to come first,which is why they are going to count on minimum salary players to start the turnaround. That's why he built up the farm first. They have to start winning with a low payroll and build from there.I am not denying the impact Tulo would have but are you denying the financial situation this team is in.I am all for getting Tulo, I just don't think they can afford him.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@stemog @Ed Yano CarGo is on his way down, Tulo is unhappy, Helton retired. They are entering a rebuilding phase and I think this year makes it painfully obvious. Their owner thought they would be competitive this year and instead they are laying duds. Plus Tulo wants to be moved. It'd make sense for both teams. The microscope isn't quite as big in CO on rebuilding as it is in NY. They are more than a player or two away and have a weak farm system.

supert
supert

@crafalko17 @Kevin VanTassell So the Wilpons' who have fielded a team with a $80 something million payroll the last 4 seasons are suddenly going to pickup the remaining $100M contract on a soon to be 30 year old SS?  Ain't happening!

crafalko17
crafalko17

@supert @crafalko17 @Kevin VanTassell Yes, but how many other SS can hit like Tulo? The answer is none, 1 OF position is easier to fill than SS as we Mets fans know. My point is that Tulo is still early prime, not like he's older and answers so many questions at once. I'd take Stanton for sure, but given the Mets needs and their roster of many OF, Tulo is the more irreplaceable of the 2, if you get what I mean. And while Stanton has more power, Tulo is the better hitter and he has solid home/road split.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@Ed Yano If they can't afford to even be a top half of MLB payroll then they need to sell or be forced to sell, Selig isn't here anymore to hold their hands. SA said there are funds available if the right move comes along the way. This would be the right move. It is time to start winning.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@supert @crafalko17 @Kevin VanTassell The contract makes him more obtainable for cheaper and it'd still put the Mets just over 100mil payroll. We should be done rebuilding and looking to win now. The Wilpons have spent much more before on this team.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Crafalko17,where is it written that they have to spend more $ then the team makes.They are also in the bottom half on the league in attendance.If the attendance is small market the payroll will be small market .Yes they will spend some on the right move,but that doesn't mean they will increase payroll by 20 million dollars.Are you saying every team in the bottom half of payroll should be forced to sell, or just the Wilpons because your a Met fan?

kefhrny17
kefhrny17

@crafalko17 @Ed Yano I'm pretty sure Alderson won't do anything... I believe he said something like, SS will be our number one priority and we're still seeing Tejada. Granted he's been playing well as of late, but they need an upgrade somewhere. 

crafalko17
crafalko17

@Ed Yano Because attendance isn't the biggest money getter. They own SNY and are in a big market. Not all teams, but a NY team in the bottom 10 should yes. Don't think of it as raising payroll, just returning to where it was 3 years ago which is still down 50-60 mil for 8 years ago. Oakland/CO/Miami/Tampa/SD/Minn/KC don't have large markets so they can't spend more. Their TV money will never be near the Mets. Just because people aren't watching at the park doesn't mean they aren't watching. And if a team in the biggest market can't draw fans because they can't spend then there is a major issue that is already under investigation by MLB. They'll spend, because they need to spend.


Edit:BTW Tulo would drastically increase attendance and winning so...

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Kefhrny 17 I thing he might make a move, but he will not add a significant amount of payroll.I think he would like to add a SS,but needs to move salary(Murphy)to do it.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Yes they own Sny but that's not the Mets , there is no doubt the Wilpons have money they are just not investing any of it in the team.you don't take $ from a profit making company and put it in one that is in Debt.This is a business .How can you say it's not increasing payroll of course it is . They had to cut payroll for 3years to stay afloat they just can't go back t payroll of 3 years ago if the team isn't making enough to cover it. They had a reason to cut from 3years ago and that reason has not gone away. Maybe they don't want to risk paying Tulo and then having him get hurt,resulting in a decrease in wins thus lowering attendance even more and then not being able to make payroll.I know you don't care about that it's not your $,but maybe they don't want ti risk it

kefhrny17
kefhrny17

@crafalko17 I just can't trust Alderson to do anything, I just don't see him making any moves that will make an impact this season, which is a shame. But we've been here before, going into the second half hot, and then completely fall apart in the second half. If thats the case, let TC go and don't waste any prospects and just punt the rest of the season.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@Ed Yano They cut payroll and rebuilt the farm for 3 years. That was the plan. This was always supposed to be the tun-around year and it is turning out that way. They cut because they were stuck under bad contracts that the had to wait to expire. The NY market is insanely large and the only reason the Mets haven't been making money is because the product on the field isn't worthy of putting that money into. We are now at the turning point of this phase. The team is playing well, today attendance was very solid thanks to them playing better. The Wilpons know they will HAVE to invest more on the team very soon. It's just up to SA to figure out where that money will go. BTW they are going to trade away Colon for prospects so it's only increasing payroll by around 10 mil.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@kefhrny17 @crafalko17 This team is younger and less full of retreads than we've had in the past. This isn't Alex Cora getting game winning hits, no one is really outperforming expectation. We just have a very solid pitching staff, strong bullpen, and an okay lineup that could be very very good with one piece. Alderson has certainly shown more proficiency in trades than in FA, plus with all these long-term deals coming out, you really have to trade for stars rather than them hitting FA. Lagares/Grandy/Wright/TdA/Murph/Duda don't feel like filler pieces at the moment, they can afford it, have the prospects for it and should do it. They are going to trade Colon away for a high-end prospect as well so that not only frees up salary but adds more to play with.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

BTW, if they trade Colon the 10 million will not cover the contract raises and arbitration settlements for next year

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

No they cut because of the Madoff scheme.They went deep into debt to finance Citi field through the Mets because that thought they had Millions in holdings through Madoff.when he was exposed they realized they had nothing and could not repay the Debt on Citi field .they had to renegotiate the loans and cut payroll to met the obligations.It had nothing to do with bad contracts which should be clear to you because as soon as those expired the used that money to sign new contracts,not pay off debt .

Paul Rubin
Paul Rubin

@crafalko17 @kefhrny17 Two pieces. SS and LF.  The rest of the offense isn't so strong that you can afford weak links at two lineup spots and give away 3 outs out of every 9.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@Paul Rubin @crafalko17 @kefhrny17 yup, but a Kirk Campbell platoon or EYJ or some combination would be ok in left, we have no real backup at SS. It's the move that should be made, whether they have the gonads to make it is another story. I'd be okay with giving up just about anyone to get a Tulo. Guy is hitting .340 with 20 homeruns, he's owned Citi so far in his career. Hard to envision a better player to trade for. And while his contract is large, for what he brings at SS it's a deal as long as he is healthy.