What’s on Tap for Friday, May 23

The Mets open a three-game set against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m.

Bartolo Colon (3-5, 5.34 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Chase Anderson (2-0, 5.06 ERA) for Arizona. Colon is coming off one of his best starts of the year, where he allowed two runs over eight innings against Washington.


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In case you missed it…

Last night at Citi Field, Jon Niese tossed seven solid innings and the Mets (21-25) topped the Dodgers (25-23) by the score of 5-3 >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News...


Travis d’Arnaud was cleared for baseball activity. He’s been on the seven-day concussion DL since early last week. D’Arnaud was to throw, run, and hit in the indoor batting cage on Thursday.


Eric Campbell made his first major league start in the outfield during Thursday’s game. He made a tremendous diving catch in the eighth inning.




111 comments
Steven M. Harries
Steven M. Harries

I think it'll be fun to bring Valdespin back into the organization, name him GM, and have him fire Terry 'Tom' Collins.

Jonathan DeMaio
Jonathan DeMaio

Terry this is your last chance. If the mets don't win two of three games at home against maybe the worst team in the game.... YOU ARE FIRED

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

And, which version of Bartolo Colon will we see in tonight's game. The good one I hope.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Boo-hoo. Mejia is starting to shine in the bullpen because TC is out to destroy him. bwahhh (choke).

greekgod
greekgod

If the Mets have any chance of coming back they have to win the next four  games; lets hope Collins doesn't bench Lagares and Soup.

getalife
getalife

Forget the Youngs, start Campbell!

72tilltc
72tilltc

Where are all the idiots who said Flores has a blah blah blah mlb batting average forgetting it was on a bad ankle. Or his inability to play ss. So far he has better hands and a much better arm than Tejada. As far as range I have seen every game and not a single ball he didn't get to. 

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

LGM - let's sweep this team outta town!

eric88
eric88

David Wright at this point has a .338 slugging pct, which is 8th highest on a bad team, ouch! That said, his numbers translate into an ideal lead off hitter at this point, minus the 50 Ks of course .

That move might get him going, and if this is Dave now going forward well than you have solved the lead off spot.

hankypanky
hankypanky

You mean "let's hope Alderson doesn't bench Lagares and Soup."

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@bockers  I would have liked the Mets to take a chance on Abreu as well, but it's really time to move on from these guys.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@72tilltc . . . None of Flores' SS plays required great range thus far. But, TC needs to keep him in repetitive games or this guy won't thrive in the ML. 

hankypanky
hankypanky

And let's not forget the idiots who said Mejia had no place in the bullpen and that TC was out to destroy him?

theglider
theglider

He's made mental mistakes. Hopefully he grows out of them. Hopefully.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@eric88 Looking at the way that Lagares and Murphy advance runners, I'd look to see what would happen if Wright was knocked back to 5th or 6th, Murphy 3rd and Lagares 2nd. Wright's making more contact but not for power and he Ks too much under pressure.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@MetsFan1962 He has made a few half slides up the middle glove side. He hasn't gone backhand in hole.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@Steven Matregrano  I am concerned about the K's too many looking i think that is his fear of swing at bad pitches. Also i feel he is worried about BA and hasnt attacked for power. 

72tilltc
72tilltc

@theglider Also look at the replay from last night dopey Murph again went to cover but peeled off behind when he realized he was fing up again.SS play all the time unless Dave Kingman shift.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@theglider no he hasnt. The DP was his play. If you saw last nights game you would have noticed on the same play he covered not Murphy going toward left.

eric88
eric88

True, especially late in RBI situations.

eric88
eric88

OBP. Not driving the ball needed for RBIs.

Allot of dunks, infield singles, bloops, he gets on base, leadoff.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@theglider 95 % of the time ss covers I agree with that!  I dont believe this 5% was ever communicated. Look at last night Murphy did the same and peeled off last second

theglider
theglider

The article on what happened is above. Is this enough or will you continue to deny the truth?

theglider
theglider

From ESPN

As Familia turned toward second, he saw two infielders, Daniel Murphy, who was supposed to catch the throw, and Wilmer Flores, who wasn’t, converging at the bag instead of one.

The right-hander hesitated for a split second before firing to Murphy, which allowed Hanley Ramirez to reach first safely and Chone Figgins to score from third.

The Dodgers took a 4-2 lead on the 1-4 fielder’s hesitation. They won by a score of 4-3.

So what exactly happened? Why did the Mets botch a seemingly easy play?

“It’s part of the game. Sometimes you make a mistake. Tomorrow is a new day,” Familia said.

“I saw Flores and Murphy coming together, and I didn’t know what to do: throw the ball away or keep it.”

According to Murphy, 95 percent of the time, the shortstop usually goes to the bag. But this time was different. Ramirez was a pull-hitter, so Flores was playing more in the hole. Murphy had the coverage if Yasiel Puig, who had walked, decided to steal.

Murphy, it seemed, arrived to the bag late. Flores was headed that direction, too.

“It’s frustrating,” Murphy said. “[Familia] did his job, and we just didn’t turn the double play. That’s all you can say. It’s not fun.”

Manager Terry Collins also weighed in.

“[Familia] knows who’s covering,” Collins said. “He’s gotta throw to Murph. The ball was hit pretty hard. I’m not sure how close Murph was, but once [Familia] hesitated, it kinda threw the whole play off.”

72tilltc
72tilltc

@Steven Matregrano I agree its about the batter. but you again have no clue Wright wasn't guarding the line in a DP situation and Flores wasnt to far he was at DP depth in case ball went to Murph. Your comment prove you have no clue how open the infield is at DP depth. what if a runner is being held at first you think the 2nd basemen is close to first . Please just stop you dont know the game watch listen in 10 years you may understand. Did you learn the game from Terry?

72tilltc
72tilltc

@qualcomm @72tilltc I agree but if your talking instincts Flores has good ones the way he sets holds straitens doesnt rush throw unless he has too etc. Murphy is ok but terrible instincts.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@72tilltc That's fine, stuff happens.  We know Murphy is ok over there, so the argument is really less about the play itself and more about Flores' instincts. To me, whatever went wrong there can be worked out through reps; I don't see Flores' flaws beyond that sort of thing.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@qualcomm @theglider He has good range and goo instincts if you look he was slow enough to cover that he caught Niese throw which was behind. Murphy on the DP was horrible.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@theglider No I challenge you to get the quote. Ramirez hits to all fields and if Flores is close enough to turn the 4-6-3 DP he is close enough for the 1-6-3

TheJMan
TheJMan

@72tilltc @TheJMan @theglider


absolutely it does 


a lefty to a righty can pitch outside to a pull hitter -- ground ball to a lefty -- he turns LEFT


a righty TURNS RIGHT -- Murphy is playing closer to the bag 

this does not apply to ALL short stops -- but in that play last night, ground ball to Niese, it's Flores cover

72tilltc
72tilltc

@TheJMan @theglider You never played infield it has nothing to do with the pitcher it has to do with which infielder is closer to the bag if equal ss gets it. 

qualcomm
qualcomm

@theglider That's learned stuff though... I don't see this range problem everyone screamed about.

theglider
theglider

Did you hear anything the players said? Ramirez is a pull hitter. So the second baseman covered. Familia, Murphy and Collins all said afterwards that Murphy was supposed to be covering.

theglider
theglider

The botched double play? Murphy was supposed to cover but Flores got there too. He shouldn't have been.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@Steven Matregrano Yes we know Murphy heard the call and when he alerted Flores who didnt he tagged him Puig also didnt hear the call. I have read your posts you need to stop giving your stupid opinions.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@TheJMan Hey man we disagree on whose play it was but for you to say Murph who dropped a dp throw then misplayed a pop up and balme Flores who was covering and may not have heard infield fly is kinda bizarre. But we do agree Flores is good and hitting and a better SS than Tejada!

TheJMan
TheJMan

@72tilltc @TheJMan


cmon dude -- he had no idea what was going on


Keith also said that as well

i am not ripping the kid but he's made two mental mistakes in two nights--it's OK

and you're 100% wrong about whose ball it was on the Familia play 


72tilltc
72tilltc

@TheJMan It was Flores Ball Murphy was going to have a tougher throw. Terry never said it was Flores botch believe me if Flores screwed up he would have hung him. Flores was asked and he said  mis-communication we will fix it had it been on him he would have admitted it . He was protecting Murph. As far as the botched play did u notice that MURPHY dropped the ball? and Kieth said the first base ump called infield fly and only Murph was aware yet he threw to get a force. Flores thought it was a force, yes he should have seen it but he was covering the bag.

TheJMan
TheJMan

@72tilltc @theglider


he's been great -- about time they are giving him a shot -- especially considering wasting a month+ on the alternative


but glider is right, it was murphy's ball two nights ago


also, flores almost botched the infield fly play with Puig 

but keep hitting, keep making the routine play and it's all good for now -- can't ask for more


flores needs to be in every single game