What’s on Tap for Monday, August 18…

Bartolo Colon (11-10, 3.85 ERA) will face RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-1, 1.79) at 12:10 pm Monday as the Mets and Cubs conclude their four-game series at Citi Field…

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Weekend Review…

Rafael Montero tossed seven terrific innings, but Starlin Castro hit a first-pitch home run to start the ninth inning against Jenrry Mejia and the Mets lost to the Cubs, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon.

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RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka will likely start Thursday at Single-A Brooklyn, but may not return to the Mets until Sept. 1, when major league rosters expand.


David Wright sat out Sunday’s game with a sore shoulder. He is not yet scheduled to have an MRI, instead he will get treatment and be reevaluated Monday, the team said >> Read more.


Jacob deGrom, who threw a bullpen session on Sunday, said he expects to start Saturday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.


SNY’s Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS research and awareness >> Watch here.


The Mets officially released Chris Young after designating him for assignment on August 8.




21 comments
flmetsfan
flmetsfan

The Mets just have to finish 22-15 to secure a .500 season.  Sandy was right, this is the "turnaround season".
 LOL

theglider
theglider

They're developing young players and that takes patience.

Duda was chosen as the first baseman and power hitter and was placed in the 6 hole. He became comfortable, moved up and now is a solid cleanup hitter.

den Dekker has been tried at lead off before with dreadful results. Let the kid learn to hit in the majors before moving him to leadoff. The formula has worked before.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Meija is playing hurt but yesterday did provide a game for Montero to work off. The Mets aren't hitting but did win the first two games. If they win today, that will do it -- you win three of four, it's a good series. Wright is also probably playing hurt. Toss in Granderson, yeah, you have a problem.  The team needs Wright to get better and to get at least one more bat, probably a second one.  Lagares, D'Arnaud and Duda are doing well, which is key for the future.  Dekker or KN also might be useful. 
 

matmil
matmil

Seems like major decisions have to me made here soon. The first objective of building a decent pitching staff has been accomplished. Now the focus has to be how they want to build this offense. The idea at the start of this season, to bring in power hitters and have a one base at a time home run hitting lineup has gone up in smoke. 50 years of watching Mets baseball I've never seen a Mets team built solely on power work out well. I think SA has to rethink his whole philosophy on offense. I hope he's up to it. Pitching, good defense, some speed and contact hitters I believe are the way to go. I've seen it work before, and San Francisco is a good example that it still works.

oleosmirf
oleosmirf

I really think the Mets should trade for Ethier, right Matt?

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

How badly do the Mets need to add offense to their entire system? The top three Minor League teams ( Vegas, Binghamton, and St Lucke) and the Major League team TOTALED 1 run and 13 hits combined yesterday.

tango01
tango01

Hey Sandy why is that Terry can't manage this team to some sorted steady improvement every year but the Marlins who lost 100 games and won 62 last year is already at the 62 win mark with 38 games remaining, at .500 ball and without their ace Fernandez. This is an example that a manager can get more out of his team. But here we are at year 4 with Terry and it's the same 75 wins at the end of the year. Wasn't 2014 the year this team was suppose to start winning since Bay's and Santana's contract were coming off the books?

matmil
matmil

May I make a suggestion? The offense has been putrid, even with the release of CY. Since it doesn't look like we are gonna get Stanton or anybody else anytime soon maybe shuffling the lineup could help. In fact it looks like the only thing you can do. I don't understand Collins reluctance to try MDD in the lead off spot. Or his insistence in hitting Grander son there. Murphy looks like he needs a day off and Duda is being pitched around. A spark of some kind is desperately needed. Try something Terry even if it's wrong.

Eric Slater
Eric Slater

The only redeeming quality of the NL East standings is seeing how far the Phillies have fallen.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@theglider I totally get what you are saying but if we went by prior results den dekker wouldn't even be here. 

But since he's come back up he's had an OBP of .346. Little bit better than Granderson at .298 no?

And because he supposedly shortened his swing. I'm not saying the kid is the answer but Grandy is not a lead off hitter. 

He's going to get better pitches to hit in the lead off spot with Murphy behind him than he will in the 6th spot with Lagares behind him. He's had experience as a lead off hitter and we are struggling to score runs. Why not

As well as the fact that IF he can be successful then Murphy is going to get more fastballs to hit with a legit SB threat on first.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@matmil The Mets do not play half their games in Citizen's Bank Park.  You can afford to have power hitters on a team that plays in a bandbox like the Picket Castle up in the Bronx, however, CIti Field plays bigger. The Mets can take advantage of that if they used their speed and emphasized contact hitting.  A team like the '85 Cardinals would be very successful in Citi Field, but I guess that brand of old school baseball doesn't compute in saber statistics very well.

Perhaps they should take a few lessons from Joe Madden.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@matmil Dead on matmil. My concern is that seems to be Sandy's plan. He has talked previously about the HR's. He's infatuated with the HR and ignores the strike outs. So he'll take chances on guys like Granderson and CY who can hit a few HR's but strike out a ton and hit .220ish. I have no confidence that signings like those will not continue

matmil
matmil

According to SA this is a 90 win team. He is delusional. Miami makes the Mets look incompetent.

matmil
matmil

SA and Terry both are obsessed with the home run. They sit around, no aggressiveness on the bases , waiting for the homer. And they continue to lose these low scoring games because they don't know how to squeeze a run out of a game. A walk to the lead off man, allow him to steal second, get him to third by hitting behind him, and a sack fly to score him. The best play in baseball, a run without a hit, they should try it sometime.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@matmil It isn't a 90 win team. That was one line and it's stupid to take it seriously.


He later said something like this being a .500 team or something ... that is fair.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@matmil Can he please get Grandy and his .298 OBP in the leadoff spot out of the leadoff spot? Try MDD there and maybe with his speed you can try to generate some runs. 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Terry is allergic to small ball.

matmil
matmil

Playing small ball isn't exciting, to some, they want to see Dave Kingman. But if you want to win championships instead of watching moon rockets it's the way to go.

matmil
matmil

You would think he has to try something. Soon.

matmil
matmil

Then Terry most go. This seasons offense should prove it.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@matmil Especially if you are struggling to score runs. Try a straight steal, try a hit and run. Do whatever you have to do to manufacture some runs. 

It's just so frustrating to watch them just stagnate and Terry won't try to do something, anything to stir things up.