What’s on Tap for Wednesday, May 21

The Mets play the second game of their two-game series against the Dodgers at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

Jacob deGrom (0-1, 1.29 ERA) will make his second start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2, 3.00 ERA) for the Dodgers.

In the minor leagues, Noah Syndergaard starts for Triple-A Las Vegas.


In case you missed it

Last night at Citi Field, in Rafael Montero‘s second major league start, the Mets (20-24) lost to the Dodgers (24-22) by the score of 9-4 >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News.


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Matt Harvey told SI.com that he hopes to return to the majors in August. Sandy Alderson is taking a more cautious approach >> Read more.


Travis d’Arnaud is still experiencing concussion symptoms when he exercises >> Read more.


Juan Lagares traveled to the Dominican Republic on Monday after the death of his Aunt. He’s expected to be back in time for Wednesday’s game.


Dillon Gee is due to miss three starts instead of two with a lat muscle strain, he is back in late May >> Read more.


Gonzalez Germen, who was eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday, is dealing with flu-like symptoms and an abscess. He was removed from his rehab assignment and will not be activated Wednesday.


The Red Sox signed free-agent SS Stephen Drew to a one-year, $10 million deal (Fox Sports, May 20).




69 comments
90wins
90wins

It's not even the end of May yet and it already feels like the Mets season is over. This is no way a losing team(below 500) will get into the playoff. 

upstater
upstater

It's time to break up this team, starting with the GM. It's obvious that his signature moves -- the Wheeler and d"a/Syndergaard trades are taking the team nowhere and when they do sign a good FA (Byrd) they give him up for nothing. Draft choices are struggling (Cecchini, Smith) so this regime will not lead to a winner. And when they do get a potentially good young guy, they do their best to keep them from succeeding (Lagares, Flores). Bust up the front office and coaching staff completely and trade the older players (Wright) who won't be around when and if they do manage to improve. This team is boring beyond belief and the only reason to watch them on SNY is the broadcast team, which is fun to listen to.

snarkerttack
snarkerttack

Quickly reaching the point where the team is unwatcheable.  No clutch hitting, starting pitching shaky and an OF(namely C Young) with not much range out there.  Frankly , they're boring to watch right now and it's Memorial Day w/e.  My black lab refused to go to Bark in the Park..

IrishFenn
IrishFenn

You know your team is in a sad state when you lament the fact that you didn't get a player of the caliber of Stephen Drew. This team needs to be sold and let everything restart.

xplr
xplr

I predict that TC will not last the season. The mets will start to lose at a rapid rate, and they won't fire Sandy. Hudgens goes as well.

ken1010
ken1010

Move the fences to where they were at Shea.  Make the field look as much like Shea as possible.

That would take away that spot in right-center where Wright and Granderson hit many of their fly balls, and turn them into home runs.  Time to admit that the Pepsi porch cut-out in right center is a mistake.


Bob G
Bob G

Nelson Cruz, 13 HR's …another fine job by Mr.Alderson. Don't worry Sandy, you just stick to the let's watch pitches go by theory for a team batting average of .210 while all the other teams look down at the Mets. Great job! We can tell by the results that you really know what you're doing! 


Why don't you hire another 5 assistant GM's?

greekgod
greekgod

I wrote last week the Mets were finished for the year with the Dodgers coming in CitiField. The team is a disaster! Last place? Yes and that's where they will stay during he duration of MLB.


Sell the team!

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

There's enough disgust to go around but I don't think anyone here expected a truly competitive team, this year. I don't think any fans totally bought into the off-season acquisitions. We have to see this as a continuation of Montero's AAA development and not pan him. Sure, there's valid concern for Wheeler but a failure to adjust also rests with who's calling the game - an inexperienced catcher and an organization that, probably, should be sending more signals in from the bench. It's as much coaching as it is a young pitcher.


The lack of offense is no surprise as they've not had a real clutch hitter and have made no efforts to acquire or develop one. That goes beyond questions of cheapness to questions of scouting - this team doesn't know who to sign and when or who to draft. You can't hang that on young pitchers.


Time and again, teams prove you can't just buy a winner. FAs are the icing on the cake, the players that round out a roster, not the ones that form the core. The Mets have failed to build the core of a team.


At this stage, all excuses aside, it is time to fire Collins and Alderson, neither one is equipped to make a difference with a team in this state. Find someone who can get the minor leaguers up and playing with some respectability. Steal scouts who have had success in picking players and get things moving on a total rebuild. Even the hype around Nimmo appears to have gone in the direction of him being a good fielder with little power potential - not a guy who's going to drive in the runs at a major-league level. deal him, now, for prospects that have a better shot, even younger ones, if you can. Stop wasting developmental time on a player who is not going to be what you need. Get down to business and build a team.

Sean Andrew Ingram
Sean Andrew Ingram

It's funny that all field-no hit Rey Ordonez and his career .246 batting average would be the one of the top hitters in this years Met line-up. 

But I don't blame Anderson and Collins like many on here do. It comes down to Bud Selig and allowing his buddy the Wilpons to continue to be MLB owners in the largest media market in the world. The Ponzi scam that the Wilpons were a part of  would've gotten anybody else banned for life.

The Mets payroll will probably be more at home in Kansas City than the NY for as long as the Wilpons continue to own our beloved franchise. 

mets2891
mets2891

It all comes down to the lineup.  They needed to go out and get bats last off-season.  The Chris Young signing was beyond wasteful and pointless.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

This is getting frustrating.  I don't think we're getting back to .500 this season.  There's got to be better rp options then Rice and Valverde available right now.

Jim Yager
Jim Yager

Back in the basement :} The more things change the more they stay the same :{ This team is really bad and, I wonder if 2015 will be more of the same? should we set our sights on 2016 or 2017 is hope of a wining season???

BadContract
BadContract

If 2 of the 5 or 6 pitching prospects pan out I will consider it a realistic success. Yes, Montero excelled at each level in the minors, but it took him a few starts to find his groove. Keep running the young guys out there, and bring Mejia back to a starting role. He has more talent and competitive fire than Wheeler.

This won't be Terry's first mutiny, but I bet he still handles it like a chump.

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

I just hope Flores gets a bunch of consecutive starts.

mets2891
mets2891

I'm totally with the Mets regarding Harvey.  He cannot pitch this season, it would just be stupid.

nykjw2
nykjw2

Disgusted Mets fan.

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

To think if this team wasn't so darn cheap, we would still have Reyes, Beltran, and Dickey.  Not saying we would be a championship team at this point, but trust me, we would have been a lot better than the garbage we are putting on the field now.

jlga
jlga

And once again the lack of talent equates to losses. There is no reliable reliever, no reliable starter, and no one who, it seems, can hit when needed. It's been the same story for going on six years. The exception is that this year's team looks more inept than any in the previous five.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

How's that Wheeler- Montero thing workin out for ya now fellow Mets fans?

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

Can someone please explain to me why Tejada, with his .180 batting average, is still on this roster?

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Its funny how when back in the 60's and 70's Nelson, Murphy and Kiner would come on and talk about the Mets before during and after games and with all the losing we could never see it in their faces or voices. With the current group of Hernandez, Darling and Cohen, we see the anger and disgust they have for  this team. 

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Bob G Cruz would have been nice, but he wasn't signing one year deal with the Mets. The Mets would have had to shell out 5/75M - a big risk for a biogenesis guy. Time to move on.

vimets
vimets

Why should the Wilpons sell the team?

Jon Berger
Jon Berger

@rstpigeon I don't think anybody with baseball credentials would want to work for the Mets. Its time for the commissioner to get involved. What an evil person Fred Wilpon is.

jlga
jlga

Until they acquire quality this is what it will be.

jlga
jlga

Meija as a starter? He's doing a good job closing so why?

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Father Dooley Really Father? Reyes is currently hitting .222 with a .303 OBP. Beltran has been hurt and hitting a paltry .234 while DIckey has an ERA of 4.20. I suppose Reyes would still be better than Tejeda, but not so much to justify his contract. You really wouldn't want any of these contracts.

mets2891
mets2891

Trading Beltran and Dickey were the right moves, completely agree that Reyes should still be on the team.

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

@Bob Burket  Not to mention d'Arnaud - how are the trades for Dickey and Beltran working out for us???

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

@Bob Burket  because they are winners. Winners don't like losing or being associated with it. This team doesn't have the first clue how to win. That includes the Front Office. 

mrgee
mrgee

@Bob G  Oh please, it might lack punctuation, but I think you got the point of what they were saying. And agree, surely. 

ken1010
ken1010

They can't sell the team.  The WIlpons know that if they are left with a pile of cash to invest, it will all be gone in a few years.  They don't have a Madoff ponzi scheme around any more to provide "investment profits."

At least the Mets will retain value, even if it declines a little over time as they work to completely decimate the fan base.

greekgod
greekgod

@vimets  They will never sell I know that but something should be done for the fans in hottest market in the country.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@kefhrny17 Until they draft a phenom or two and they come up slugging at age 19 - that's the brutal truth.

ken1010
ken1010

@Steven Matregrano @mets2891  

Choo.  He was the perfect player for the Mets - a high OBP leadoff hitter and good fielder.  They needed to pay up for him, and put him in left field.

The WIlpons seem to think that by paying Wright, they've done enough long-term big deals.  But we need three or four players at the Wright level to form a solid core, and have enough hitters to knock people in if the first person in line does not.

BadContract
BadContract

@jlga I really don't mind him closing. I just see he is 4-0 and was relegated to the pen rather quickly, while every other leash remains long. Maybe it was the way it was presented by management. Instead of spinning it positively they made it look like it was a demotion and that rubbed Mejia the wrong way. 

BadContract
BadContract

He has a knack for sniffing out the RBI's.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@mets2891 Or they should've traded Reyes like they did with the other 2 and Byrd and Buck. You can't just lose Reyes for nothing. And trading expiring contracts has been Sandy's best attribute so they could've gotten a nice piece or 2 for Reyes

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@Father Dooley  Montero has had 2 starts...Beltran wouldn't have resigned with us and we were not making the playoffs that year, we got a top 10 draft pick in Wheeler with all the talent in the world for someone who would have been off our team in 3 months anyway. Even if d'arnaud is a complete bust (remains to be seen) we still got Syndergaard out of that deal. Noah has worked his way into the top 10 prospects in all of baseball and we got him for a 40 something knuckle-baller, sure he won the Cy Young the previous year, but as you can see he has been on a steep decline ever since. We have plenty to be mad at Alderson for but this is actually some of his best work.

vimets
vimets

It's just a matter of time the Wilpons will move the Mets

to a new city.

upstater
upstater

@Steven Matregrano @ken1010Of course they have the money. Franchise is worth nearly a billion and that is not including SNY, a cash cow. They just use creative accounting to make themselves look poor. Do you see them applying for food stamps?

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@BadContract @jlgaMejia will not last as a starting pitcher. He would be best served, for himself and the team, in the bullpen.

mets2891
mets2891

Agreed, if they weren't going to re-sign him (which they clearly weren't) they had to have gotten something for him.  HUGE drop of the ball from the organization.