What’s on Tap for Friday, August 22

The Mets (60-68) open a three-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday night at 10:10 p.m. ET.

Jon Niese (7-8, 3.50 ERA) will get the the start for the Mets, opposed by Dan Haren (10-10, 4.59 ERA) for the Dodgers. Haren is replacing Clayton Kershaw, who was moved up in the rotation and will not face the Mets this coming weekend.

At 10:05 p.m. ET, Noah Syndergaard will make the start in Las Vegas for the Triple-A 51s.


In case you missed it…

The Mets were off on Thursday.

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Bartolo Colon has not yet been placed on waivers, and there are reports that the Angels may be interested in acquiring him >> Read more at MetsBlog


Daisuke Matuszaka tossed five scoreless innings during a rehab start Thursday night for Brooklyn. He’s expected to be activated from the disabled list early next week.




16 comments
Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Not a big fan of WAR stats but just for shats and giggles just looked at lineup

Lagares 4.5

Duda 3.2

Wright 2.5

Murphy 2.1

Grandy 1.5

Tejada 1.1

d'Arnaud -.3


For all his hitting prowess Murphy kills his value with the big negative defensive WAR. Also Grandy, Duda and d'arnaud with negative dwars.Wright and obviously Lagares big gains from defensive numbers. Wonder what Wright's overall WAR would be had he just had an average year offensively

elcondor
elcondor

Get back to me when you see Jerry Seinfeld play for the other side. Real fans stay with their team thru tough tough times. If it makes people feel better to moan and whine about Ownership then, by all means, come here and moan and whine. Early in the season this team was , arguably, unwatchable. But I watched. Am now enjoying the "kids" get a chance to play on the big stage.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

I've been saying this all summer. With  all the problems we have scoring runs, Collins does nothing to try to jumpstart the offense. Hit and run, steal. You don't have to have blazing speed to try these basic things. When you don't hit, you have to try to make it happen. Collins doesn't do this. He needs to go.

Howard McDonald
Howard McDonald

Here's another example of the Mets losing fans. Chris Rock at the Yankee game yesterday catching the foul ball. Wasn't he a Mets fan??? this is another reason this organization will lose the few celebrity fans it has left by seeing this sickening action. Wilpons are you watching this???

matmil
matmil

No Kershaw. Collin's must be living right. If they go 2 and 3 on this trip they will have dodged a bullet. These last 5 weeks should be a referendum on Terry Collins. My mind is already made up, because of the way they've played since the all star break,  he has to go. Yes the players are to blame for not hitting but Collins has made no attempt to change the focus of the offense to one of aggressiveness and trying to squeeze runs across. He continues the one base at a time wait for the homer game. Even though it's been apparent for 3 months that they don't have enough power to play that game. It should be obvious by now that ,because of their payroll problems and their doubtful ability to sign any big time power hitters that the offense has to concentrate on less strikeouts, make contact,line drives and speed. Not Terry's game.

Mike Herrington
Mike Herrington

@Tarheel11 Shows there maybe a need for quite a few upgrades and not just SS and LF. You have to hope the young guys improve to their potential while the older guys don't fall more. Mets will never go much of anywhere with Murphy at 2B. 

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

@matmil  Agree with you matmil. I've been saying this all summer. With  all the problems we have scoring runs, Collins does nothing to try to jumpstart the offense. Hit and run, steal. You don't have to have blazing speed to try these basic things. When you don't hit, you have to try to make it happen. Collins doesn't do this. He needs to go.

1harris1
1harris1

@matmil  I'm not a Collins fan either, but it's hard to kill him for the team's offensive struggles when Wright and Granderson have been this bad.  Their lineup is going to have a hard time being successful with those two playing the way they are.

dminches
dminches

@matmil The statistics don't support what you are saying.  Their walks have gone down considerably.  They have been way more aggressive at the plate.  If you are suggesting he should have them steal bases more, who would that be? What is Collins supposed to do about the fact that Wright has become a .275 singles hitter?  


While Collins may not be a good manager, you are seriously reaching by blaming the team's failures on him.  They don't have a legitimate left fielder, their right fielder is hitting .220, their 3rd baseman has no power, whoever they play at SS can't hit, their catcher is hitting .225 (although I think TDA will improve) and their first baseman can't hit lefties.  They have a good, young pitching staff although Gee and Niese have not been very good recently and their bull pen is young.  To blame this on Collins is misguided.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Mike Herrington @Tarheel11 Tend to agree with you about Murphy. He's ranked 10th in MLB's for second baseman while lagares is ranked 3rd in CF. 

Was stunned to see Wright ranked 11th for 3b while Justin Turner was ranked 10th. 

But I never paid too much attention to Granderson while with the Yankees but I didn't realize his arm was so bad. 

matmil
matmil

@Bob Burket @matmil I guess Bob this philosophy of offense is a direct result of these people having grown up in the steroid era. They don't know what to do if your team doesn't hit home runs every night. Collins would be fine if these guys were the Orioles of the late 60's or Oakland of the 70's but they are not. And I don't see them becoming that any time soon. Times are a changin and a different philosophy is required to be successful.

matmil
matmil

@dminches @matmil  Yes like I said  I don't blame Collins for the poor hitting, but there is a way to play with a lineup like this. Do you think this is the first time in baseball history that a team has struggled offensively. I've seen many a weak hitting team be respectable when they get good pitching. The Mets of the early 70's were not a power house, or 69 for that matter. The Giants of today are not a power house but they compete. I'm not saying they could win the pennant but they could learn to win a lot more of these low scoring games with a different style of play. The only games the Mets have won recently are games they homered in. But we don't have enough power to wait for that to happen. 

dminches
dminches

@matmil @dminches The statistics have shown that base stealing does not improve your run expectation.  Plus, who do you want to have run?  EY is the only base stealer on this team and he has a low OBP.  The Giants have scored 10 more runs than the Mets.  It isn't as though they are doing anything more offensively other than clutch hitting which you can't blame on the manager.  

matmil
matmil

There is much more to it than stealing bases. Aggressive play means hit and run move the runner over and playing for one run at a time. You answer your own question, the Giants have scored only 10 more runs but they are 8 games over. It's not how many runs you score but when you score them. Your too focused on stats and can't see the way teams win. Get the run when you need it. In a low scoring game scratch out that winning run, that's what good teams do. But the Mets never play that way.