What’s on Tap for Monday, July 14

The Mets (45-50) head into the All-Star break winners of eight of their last 10 games, and in sole possession of third place in the N.L. East.

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They open the second half of the season against the Padres on Friday in San Diego at 10:10 p.m. ET.

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Weekend Review…


The Mets swept the Marlins over the weekend at Citi Field, including a 9-1 victory on Sunday >> Read more at MetsBlog


David Wright received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder after Sunday’s game, but said the shot was planned and not the result of a new issue.


Jon Niese threw a bullpen session on Sunday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list. Niese is expected to return to the rotation when the team travels to Seattle after the All-Star break.


Terry Collins speculated the Mets might temporarily move Jacob deGrom to the bullpen to conserve his innings, but it’s not likely to actually happen >> Read more


Triple-A RHP Noah Syndergaard and C Kevin Plawecki both appeared for the U.S. team during the Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field in Minnesota. Plawecki had an RBI ground out and Syndergaard tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the save.


Jeremy Hefner pitched a perfect inning in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday in his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery last August.




73 comments
Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

We all know that hindsight is 20/20 but can anyone imagine where the team would be right now without the unholy triumvirate of Farnsworth, Valverde and Young? Sure, mistakes are made every season and no one expected Parnell to go down after one game. But these guys, along with Omar Quintanilla, were never a good idea.

Michael Jacoutot
Michael Jacoutot

even if SA was willing to part with Colon, Montero and Plawecki (or some similiar combination), who is available?

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

I think Sandy will just stay pat at the deadline and just let this season play out with what we have. Though he will trade colon if he can get a solid mlb ready prospect. Although, if the mets have a 7-3 roadtrip he might rethink that.

SomeHighSchoolKid
SomeHighSchoolKid

We need to win that Padres series. These are the Mets, and I could totally see them choking. If they go out and drop the series in SD, this whole winning stuff was totally a fluke.

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

Why not trade for a proven power bat? We have Nimmo Plawecki Montero deGrom Matz Reynolds. Take 3 of those prospects (excluding deGrom) and trade them for a power hitter in his prime that is team controlled for a few years. I'm not giving names becuase you never know who can become available. Who ever thought A-Gon would become available when the dodgers got him?

theglider
theglider

Murphy needs to stay. We don't need to weaken our offense.

As for trading pitchers, who? Colon and Dice-K are veterans and might bring back top prospects but that doesn't help our major league roster. No contender is going to give up major league talent. They won't break up their team mid season.

If we want to trade young pitchers, fine. But again, who?

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

I think the Mets have to get serious about moving Colon. Right now, there is talk but I don't feel the Mets eager to make a move and I'm worried that recent success will sink into the Wilpon brain as vindication of their low-paying strategy. CY is not going to hold up and they need a SS. They need to bring in a bat at either or both positions to make a play to hit and stick at .500 this year.

Lets Go Mets!
Lets Go Mets!

Guys, let's put together a Fantastic new Mets song!  I got it started with my jingle:

♪♫ Hits we now gotta lotta ♪♫

♪♫ Because we gotta Tejada! ♪♫

Everyone, let's see what you've got!  Contribute with a jingle if you have something good, and we can make this into a great new Mets song!

Rafael Nodarse
Rafael Nodarse

@metdrama Mets have been a team of up and downs since forever. This Padres series is a good chance to show some consistency.

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@Michael Jacoutot Great point.  Now with the second WC far more teams r in and unwilling to let go of talent.  More demand for less availability means overpaying.  DON'T DO IT!!!

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@Kyle Suta People get so caught up in a 8-2  homestand they don't look at how far back this team was/is.  Here's reality.  It's going to take 88-90 wins to get in the WC/Div hunt.  Let's say it's 88.  They would have to go 43-24 the rest of the way.....MINIMUM .642 ball.  TWICE in their history did they play at or above that in the second half '86 & '06.  Does this team even remotely resemble those teams?  If it's 90 wins, which I believe it will take to win the Div then they will have to play .672 ball and only the '86 team did that!  That's reality.  Could it happen?  YES.  The odds are about 50-1 with this team.  I say ride it out and wait til next year when Harvey is back and Syndergaard might be ready.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@SomeHighSchoolKid I don't even think simply winning the series in San Diego is enough to be taken seriously. They need to be back to .500 by the end of July before I'd give any chance that Sandy doesn't trade away Murphy and/or possibly Colon at the deadline, to say nothing of him actually improving the roster at that time. With 7 games against the Mariners and Brewers following that series, that means they really need a sweep. Then hopefully they can tread water over the next two series and go at least 3-4. That would give them the opportunity to come home 3 games under and looking to sweep the Phils to get back to .500 by the deadline. It's a longshot, to say the least.

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@Kyle Suta Nimmo's hitting .185 at AA.  Plawecki is hitting .200 at AAA help me understand what u think u could get for them right now.  DO NOT TRADE deGROM, MONTERO OR MATZ.  Reynolds has some value but is not considered an everyday major leaguer.  FORGET THIS YEAR.  Starting the season 11-17 at home finished that.  Matz is left handed with a 96 fb and plus curve and change....DO U KNOW HOW RARE THAT IS?

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@theglider I want Murphy to stay too.


Prospects are a continuing need. As are various spare parts. Another backup IF comes to mind. Anyway, Mets got Black for Byrd/Buck. Plus a prospect. 


Campbell has been a career AAA play and he's doing great as a bench player now. So, who knows the value of prospects or career AAA trades? 

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@theglider Why?  If u plugged Campbell or Flores into 2B do u think the O would suffer that much?  I don't.  The D wouldn't suffer any more than it has already.

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@rstpigeon They don't need to do a single thing to hit .500.  This club is capable of that....nothing more.  Wait til next year.  They dug too big of a hole.  Let's see how FA shakes out and how well Conforto does the remainder of the yr.  Trade Colon, Gee or Dice-K.  NO PROSPECTS!!

Kid Met
Kid Met

And our long-haired pitcher, so cool and calm 

Makes you want to shout "Hey Mom, deGrom's da bomb!"

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Lets Go Mets!  Of all the Mets players, you want to make a jingle about Tejada? Why do always seem to post this jingle after Tejada's gone hitless?

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

All myself and mets fans want is for this team to win. Obviously I realize the playoffs or even meaningful baseball September is a long shot. Right now I just want to take one game at a time.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Steve Finelli @Kyle Suta  Nimmo and Plawecki are both at .214. Regardless, a few tough weeks at AA and AAA respectively wouldn't affect their value all that much if the Mets really wanted to trade them.

theglider
theglider

Campbell has 1 game at second. Flores is an unknown in the majors. Do we want to trade a major league hitter and replace him with a guy who hasn't come close to hitting .240 in the majors?

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@Steve Finelli @rstpigeon Totally disagree. And that's the attitude which will leave them standing pat and falling short of the .500 mark, this year. they are as capable of dropping the next 8 of 10 as picking up that 5 games. They would have to play .537 ball, from here on out and cannot afford to fatigue down the stretch. that's a tall order for this club as it's put together, right now.

mets74
mets74

@Tarheel11 @Lets Go Mets! 

Fear of getting shut out

Fans getting restless now
Trades in the air
Got some hitting to do
Pitcher stares back hard
Hit, it's such a friendly word
Seems the only way
For reaching base again. 


(To be sung to the tune of "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" by Metallica.) 

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

The Brewers series is going to be big...potential Wild Card battle....need to gain games on them

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@Pete Brilvitch @Steve Finelli @Kyle Suta They'd have to be packaged as neither one would bring squat on their own. Nimmo hasn't proven anything above A ball and Plawecki above AA.  So u r still looking to package a pitching prospect and I say NO!  Trade Colon, Gee or Dice-K and/or Murph. This season is toast.

mrgee
mrgee

@Lets Go Mets! @Pete Brilvitch


I cancelled my season tickets,

Because the Mets have played like they had rickets.

They have to prove they aren't going to crash,

If they are going to ask for my hard earned cash. 

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Steve Finelli @Pete Brilvitch @Kyle Suta  Nimmo and Plawecki were just recently promoted so neither has had much of an opportunity to prove themselves at their new level. I do agree that they wouldn't bring a big piece back on their own - at least right now.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Steve Finelli @Pete Brilvitch @Kyle Suta I agree with you on not trading the prospects, but I have to disagree on some of their value. I don't thinks scouts/other teams care as much about a small sample size on the highest level they've reached (so long as it's not the majors) as you are implying. I doubt Plaweckis' value, for example, is any lower than it was 2 weeks ago when he was mashing in AA. I know he's struggled since the promotion, but I really don't think 42 ABs in Vegas is enough to hurt his value. It just hasn't improved it either.

theglider
theglider

How many times have we scored 1 run? Or been shutout? This team has plenty of pitchers but few hitters. Why trade out best?

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Steve Finelli @Eddie_Dean @theglider Well, you need some offense. That said though, I'm not against trading Murphy. Far from it, actually. I'm just not ready to say an unheralded rookie with 103 career ABs is the same, or close to the same, as a guy who's a career .290 hitter over parts of 7 or 8 years now I believe.

mets74
mets74

@ken1010 @Lets Go Mets! @Pete Brilvitch 

Sandy, don't be a zero, get something good with a trade
Sandy, don't be a zero, we don’t want our team to fade
And as he started a trade we said "Man, that trade really blo-o-ows"
Sandy, don't be a zero, please don’t trade Gee

 

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@Eddie_Dean @Steve Finelli @Pete Brilvitch @Kyle Suta No u r right it hasn't hurt his value but my point is that he is not proven beyond AA and that is where his value is and Nimmo is 21 and hasn't proven ANYTHING.  The fact that they drafted Conforto is already an admission that they made a mistake taking Nimmo so high.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@mets74 @ken1010 @Lets Go Mets! @Pete Brilvitch 

Do you want to see the offense dramtically improve

Dump C-Young - It's the right move

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Steve Finelli @Eddie_Dean @Pete Brilvitch @Kyle Suta Oh, I really disagree there. I don't think the 2 have anything to do with each other. Conforto was rated by a lot of scouts as the best pure hitter in the draft, and he was a college hitter projected to move quickly. He was arguably the best player available (I'm not sure I agree he ACTUALLY was the best, b/c all things considered I still wanted Trea Turner, but it was close enough that reasonable minds could disagree). And lets face it, even if Nimmo pans out, if you look at the organizational depth in corner outfield, down through the minors right now it is mostly a black hole.

I don't think the Conforto pick was a statement on Nimmo at all. I think Sandy saw what he believed to be the best player available, and looked ahead 2 years when I could easily see Granderson either breaking down and taking a more limited role as he enters his mid- to late-30's, or off the team completely, and figuring on the very real possibility that neither of his corner outfielders in 2017 are currently on the major league roster anyway.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Steve Finelli @Eddie_Dean @Pete Brilvitch @Kyle Suta Well, he performed in St. Lucie this year. I'm willing to give him time. He's been a slow riser, but he is only 21 and now playing against a lot of veteran minor leaguers. Most guys aren't Andruw Jones, breaking in at 19. Look at Granderson, he didn't make it to the majors full time until he was 25. And he was a collegian hitter, who started his pro career at Nimmo's age now, but 2 full levels below where Nimmo is now.