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What’s on Tap: Dice-K and Thor at 1 p.m.

Daisuke Matsuzaka starts for the Mets on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. when they face the Nationals in Viera at Space Coast Stadium.

Mets RHP prospect Noah Syndergaard is expected to complete the game in relief, in what will likely be his final appearance of the spring before being sent to minor-league camp.

Today’s game will not be broadcast on local radio or TV.




29 comments
nagel100
nagel100

frankly i hope Dice K gets bombed.   i don't want him on the team and I want Mejia to be our 5th starter.


however, i have very little faith in Collins or Alderson at the the moment.  so expect the opposite.

Zac Tindall
Zac Tindall

We should be more worried about alderson not putting a viable option at shortstop than we are the spring schedule I really hope he can give up plaweki and a minor league pitcher like degrom for gregarious or some other promising shortstop

BadContract
BadContract

Davis and Duda sittin' in a tree.........

nymess
nymess

Why is this game not being broadcast on radio or televised anywhere? Isn't this a home spring training game for the Nationals, so won't their local affiliates be carrying it? 

chavez06
chavez06

Where's Mejia. Everything ok with him? He pitched like 2 innings so far. At least give him a fair shot at the #5 spot.

eric88
eric88

I am so sick of hearing about and seeing these two big Pu%#y's. How long will the Mets trot out these pathetic physically fragile, mentally unsuitable hulks of alleged baseball flesh. Hello, Sandy they just don't have it. You need to put Wilmer Flores at 1B everyday and trade for a SS and lets move on. These guys need a fresh start somewhere else. Just give them their release. Sandy, it will save money which I am sure will excite you.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Ike Davis (calf) and Lucas Duda (hamstring) took part in the team’s outdoor workout Wednesday, though they didn’t do any base running. Collins later said he hopes both will be able to DH in a minor-league before next week.'  Maybe they can put big boy pants on, get out of the sand box and play on the swing set today. Maybe D and D can DH in the minor leagues all year. We can only hope.

Cliff Olander
Cliff Olander

Just so happens that " Thor" has every outing this spring not televised , but yet they love to show John Lannon. Its BS!! This is the only time we get a glimpse into the future and yet the fabulous Wilpons don't want us to see him and how good he really is cuz they are to cheap to bring this guy up now instead their gonna make us wait another year. This ownership continues to be a disgrace!! I thought the Wilpons were good business people? Complaining that they lost $ last yr cuz of the empty seats. You have to spend $ to make $ & if they continue to put an inferior product on the field nothing is ever gonna change at City Field. I cannot understand why these morons are continued to be allowed to own this franchise? We are not the Pirates, A's , Royals' Etc.. we are the frekin NY Mets!! Fred Wilpon is the worst owner in MLB!

greekgod
greekgod

'Ike Davis (calf) and Lucas Duda (hamstring) took part in the team’s outdoor workout Wednesday, though they didn’t do any base running. Collins later said he hopes both will be able to DH in a minor-league before next week.'


Can you  believe that these two guys are still with the Mets!! Yes Mets fans they are and just goes to show mets fans are really not that upset as they should be according to my sources.......along with Tejada which is the bigger surprise.


Unbelievable !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anthony Fiore
Anthony Fiore

As Dan Warthen would say..."Chinaman is starting, bring the kids!"

Patrick Boegel
Patrick Boegel

And the Mets expertly avoid their fans seeing their prized prospect even pitch an inning in Spring Training.  Master planners Sterling are, master planners.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Cliff Olander Plenty of things to get on the Wilpons for, but this really isn't one of them. The SNY spring schedule was announced at least a month ago. Just bad luck that Thor's outings haven't been televised and Lannon's have.

PanchoVilla
PanchoVilla

@Cliff Olander  The MLB union is looking into the Wilpons and their "spending".  They already started so hopefully something comes of it.  We shall see.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Wow,you have sources to tell you how upset Met fans should be! WOW

nncyel
nncyel

@Patrick Boegel  Really? We're complaining about spring training television coverage, now? Really? Please stop the yammering. Or at least try to come up with something worth yammering about. And no, Ruben Tejada/Ike Davis won't cut it - they've been yammered to death already. You could call Sandy Alderson a moron - - only a few posters with virtually no experience/knowledge of how to run a baseball team have come up with that one so far. But something a little more original and less juvenile would be better.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@Pete Brilvitch How is it luck when the coaches create the spring rotation after the TV schedule comes out? 

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@PanchoVilla @Cliff Olander How can the MLB union do anything about the Mets and their spending or lack of it? Remember, there's no minimum salary that a team has to spend. There's also nothing that says Miami and Tampa can spend one amount, but a NY team must spend another. The Union would like the Mets to spend because it's good for their members, but they can't do a damn thing about it. We'd all like to see the Mets spend more. I don't think they'll be a top 5 team in payroll again anytime soon, but I don't think it will be this low every year either. We'll see.

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

There is nothing worse than fans like you. Mets fans have every right to be upset that the Mets aren't televising the last game their prized prospect will be pitching until June. They do own their own television network, but I do understand why they aren't doing it. They are contractually forced to air the A-10 Tournament. However, there is no reason why they couldn't air a 7:00 taped vowing of the game. I guess "Broadway Boxing" is more important. Notwithstanding the whole TV issue, what makes you the General of MetsBlog etiquette regarding Sandy Alderson? What "experience / knowledge running a baseball team" do you have? Do you always win your fantasy league? Is that it? I'm sure you were one of the numerous fans who loved Omar Minaya until Alderson came here. You're just another one of the masses who have been brainwashed by Alderson's penny-punching approach. What do we have to show for it? Another, "next year." He pegged 2014 as the year, way before he had any idea what he truly had in Matt Harvey. Until last year, Harvey was considered the secondary prospect to Wheeler & Alderson called 2014 the year way before last year. Using Matt Harvey's injury is nothing more than an excuse to cover his failings & inadequacy putting together a deep team. At least with Minaya we were an out away from the World Series. I'm optimistic, but completely unsure that we are going to have sustained success under Alderson. Just take a look at the teams ahead of us in the division: Washington & Atlanta. They both have comparable young pitching, but far better young offensive talent. They also have owners that pony up money when there is a hole that needs to be filled. We don't have that. If our owners won't pay, we need a creative GM who isn't scared to trade a prospect or two to fill a hole. Again, we don't have that. I'll agree that Mets fans, as a whole, tend to lack when it comes to baseball knowledge. They are very easily brainwashed & very rarely have an idea of their own. However, what I pointed out to you is fact, not conjecture. We have some promising players, but until our owners open their pocket books or out GM gets creative, we are a far ways away from competing with Atlanta or Washington. That doesn't make me devoid of baseball knowledge; that makes me immune to the Kool-Aid & a realist.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@qualcomm Do you honestly think they create the spring training rotation with the TV schedule in mind? I doubt that Warthan and Collins would even know where to find the TV schedule.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

If any coach would alter a throwing schedule, for a meaningless spring game, he should be fired on the spot.

10sfilter
10sfilter

@Kevin Joseph Patrick The problem isn't that they won't show the game at 7pm.  Its that the minor league ballparks they play in for spring training don't have the room for a visitors team to do a broadcast. And they aren't going to pack up all their tv equipment from Tradition Field and put it on a bus for a 1 game series and then take it all apart to drive it back to Tradition Field. 

nncyel
nncyel

@qualcomm @nncyel @Kevin Joseph Patrick  That's probably true for just about any organization. We have a pretty unusual situation here though. The Wilpons, whether you want to believe they are culpable in the Madoff mess or not, unexpectedly lost a whole lot of money. Many fans seem to want to punish them for that loss and their subsequent slashing of payroll. It's somewhat understandable, but I believe those fans are cutting off their own nose to spite their face.


I'm sure the Wilpons figured sinking money into a new ballpark would pay for itself with consistent high attendance and continue paying for the franchise's ability to sign free agents and give their own players large contracts. Madoff intervened in that plan and it has been negative feedback ever since.


History is history - it's not a fundamental law of physics. The future doesn't always have to be the same as what happened in the past. I suspect you're mostly right though and the Mets are going to have to start winning before attendance increases. I think they're on their way to doing just that. Time will tell - there are never any guarantees.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@nncyel @qualcomm@Kevin Joseph Patrick  Historically, the Mets have NEVER drew fans until after they've spent money. They drew almost exactly the same amount of people as they did in 1969. 

Look at the attendance and equate it to moments the management proved to us it was ready to compete.  Nobody showed up in 1984 ( a 90 win team drew less than we did last year), but Gary Carter was added to the group and they jumped one full million in 1985.

88 wins in 1997 and attendance lower than last year. They then trade for Piazza , win the same amount of games, but draw an extra 500K people.

in 2004 we drew close to last year, then signed Pedro and Beltran... 500K jump again.

Never once has it happened the other way. 

http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYM/attend.shtml






nncyel
nncyel

@qualcomm @nncyel @Kevin Joseph Patrick  At the moment the Mets can't spend like the Phils because fans are not going to the ballpark and the Wilpons are not going to spend money from their other businesses on the Mets. The Mets need to be self-supporting. Many fans mistakenly believe that by not going to games they are going to force the Wilpons to sell which almost certainly is not the case. They've clearly stated they are not going to sell the team and creditors have been willing to support their loans.


So go out to the park and support the team if you want the Mets to spend more.


Please don't start with the "How many titles has a team won" under strategy X. The biggest spenders in the history of pro sports have one title in the last 10 years. Remember there's only one champion every year. That means lots of failure to point to if you want to make a claim that a particular strategy doesn't work. 


Are you telling me you wouldn't trade the last 10-20 years of Mets (or Phillies) baseball for the last 10-20 years of either StL or Atlanta? Sustained success vs. a couple of brief bouts of success? I'll take the StL or Atlanta model over the Phils any day of the week.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@nncyel @Kevin Joseph Patrick  Why can't we be smart like the Cards and Braves, but spend like the Phillies at least? 

How many titles to the Braves and Cards have in the last twenty years?  Two... combined and both are in SL. 

In 2011 the cards STARTED with a 105 million dollar payroll in 2006 they were at 88 million, higher than we are right now and inflation adjusted they were at about 100 million. 

They also signed big free agents...

The extra few million usually means the depth to get you the rest of the way.


Ed Yano
Ed Yano

You do realize his last 2starts would have been on TV if they hadn't had the rainout last week.The Wilpons can be blamed for a lot of things,but I don't think the weather is one of them.Of course they could have disrupted his training program and pitcher him on short rest yesterday so you could watch him throw 40pitches.Someone with the vast knowledge of baseball like you knows that that would be rather foolish.Right?

nncyel
nncyel

@Kevin Joseph Patrick  

Never saw a minute of Tom Seaver or Dwight Gooden as spring training minor leaguers but somehow we survived.


Atlanta has owners that pony up money - you've got to be kidding - the Braves have been successful despite the fact that they are not big spenders. That's what Alderson is trying to emulate and I support him. I want the Mets to be successful like the Braves and Cardinals are - for the long term - by building a farm system. Did you not listen to Ozzie Smith on the Fan yesterday, who described how the Cardinals got away from that model for a while, but are back building from within and that explains their recent sustained success? 


Alderson has been plenty creative - he has dug us out of the hole we were in and heading in the right direction. To criticize him for not making trades for particular players when you have no idea if in fact those particular players are even available (e.g. Nick Franklin) or what the trading partner is demanding is not fair - it's certainly not appropriate to call him a moron for it - it's simply juvenile and just whining for the sake of whining.