What’s on tap for Monday, July 21

Today is the 10-year anniversary of David Wright‘s first game with the Mets.

The Mets travel to Seattle and begin a three-game series Monday against Howard JohnsonChris Woodward, Jason Phillips and their Mariners at 10:10 p.m. ET.

Jon Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA) will return from the disabled list to face M’s LHP Roenis Elias (7-8, 4.54).

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Weekend Review

The Mets did not get a hit Sunday until the eighth inning as they dropped two of three to the Padres to start the second half of the season >> Read MetsBlog’s Game Recaps.


Reliever Buddy Carlyle was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Jon Niese, who will be activated from the DL on Monday to start against the Mariners.


Mets Triple-A infielder Wilmer Flores has a 21-game hitting streak for the Las Vegas 51s.


Mets first round draft pick Michael Conforto was 1 for 4 with a single playing his first professional game on Saturday for the Brooklyn Cyclones.


The Mets are not actively looking to trade 2B Daniel Murphy, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told beat reporter Mike Puma >> Read more


According to Alderson, the Mets will not trade prospects for players in the final year of their contracts at the trade deadline >> Read more




50 comments
Tormented Mets Fan
Tormented Mets Fan

We need to sweep, easy as that. We can't let Knish (Cano) and the mariners throw the team deeper down heading into Milwaukee who look very average lately

Chris Sullivan
Chris Sullivan

HoJo, Woodward, Phillips... no "hello" for Endy Chavez or Rick Waits?

metsrny
metsrny

RECORD(by Runs Scored Ranges)
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5-37(3- runs)
41-15(4+ runs)

mets2891
mets2891

What's on tap?  What's always on tap for the Mets in late July, meaningless baseball.

Joe Alegre
Joe Alegre

If Flores isn't part of a trade package at the deadline then what the heck is he doing in the minors with a 21 game hitting streak when we have Ruben Tejada hitting .200 in July in 45 AB's . . . and a big .233 on the season.  He's hit 12 HR's and is batting .325 in 200 AB's in the minors.  Collins said he doesn't want to bring him up to sit the bench?  WTF!  Sorry, but what the heck is he talking about?  Is Tejada's scorching the ball so much that he couldn't crack the lineup?  Mets management continues to confound the senses with moronic decision making.

donw
donw

This one not on TC.  Sandy's roster is to blame.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

As long as Collins continues to let Tejada hit with men on base late in games, the Mets will continue to come up short. SMH

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

David Wright's best years are behind him. Sorry folks.

xplr
xplr

This team is not yet ready for Prime Time. We need to be sellers and then trade a couple of prospects for a real hitter.

Carlos Rivera
Carlos Rivera

What was the point of signing Wright long term and signing Grandy to 60Mil if we are not intending to compete for a playoff spot. 2015 will be more of same except for Harvey in the rotation might result in a few more victories.

pcshea
pcshea

I remember saying 2 years ago 2014 was our year.

Jim Yager
Jim Yager

At least the False Hope of a playoff spot is dead, it didn't take them long to kill it :} At least they did it in true met fashion, come back from a hot streak, win the first "big" game and then drop the next two, LETS GO METS!!! Thats the team O know and love. 2015ish is not to far away.....

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

They were held hitless for significant periods in their last two games,  but the run differential is still favorable.  Therefore they must be a good team, right?

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

With Herrera doing so well since his promotion to Binghamton, albeit only 27 games, assuming he continues this pace at what point do you promote him up to Vegas? 

I understand you have Flores and Reynolds in Vegas but this kid is killing it and .349 in Binghamton for a 20 year old is pretty damn good. I just wonder if this is pushing Murphy out the door more every day in Sandy's eyes.

birtelcom
birtelcom

Wright is the tenth player to spend his first 10 seasons in the majors playing for the Mets.  The other nine: Kranepool, Cleon, Harrelson, Koosman, Seaver, Ron Hodges,  Craig Swan, Mookie and Gooden.    

jenkins
jenkins

@metsrny The real story here is that even with Murphy in the lineup everyday, the Mets score 3 runs or less in 43% of their games. That is abysmal. Trade Murphy for a right-handed OF bat that can drive in runs or s SS.


This ISN"T working and a 10-game stretch in July didn't change that.

metsrny
metsrny

Any game where we don't score 4+ runs, it was over before it started.

shoes
shoes

@Joe Alegre  Because he is a one-dimensional hitter and that dimension is in the minor leagues. In the majors, he can't hit (.211 and .225) and can't catch the ball to his right or left. He isn't a shortstop. He is a DH on a T-Ball team. How much LOUDER CAN I SAY IT?

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Bob Burket  This is part of the problem with carrying 6 OFs. They're almost locked into Tejada in these spots as a result.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Bob Burket Obviously that's true. But the same is true for Granderson, Colon, Abreu, CY, etc. 

But Wright is still a very good player. Yet the way some Met fans bash this guy is unreal.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

@xplr  Don't see Alderson making any impact moves to help this team this year until at least the winter. We are stuck with trying to finish 3rd again. UGH!

hankypanky
hankypanky

No GM will trade away a "real hitter" for a couple of prospects. He will, however, consider trading for a package like deGrom and Wheeler. Is that what you want? Or does your definition of a "real hitter" mean just another imitation of what the Mets already have?

Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy

That is because you didn't think they would lie to you and all of us as fans.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

@Jim Yager  Not ready to throw in towel yet. Lets finish the road trip before we send up the white flags. Funny how losing 2 of 3 is such a downer in stead of winning 2 of 3. And there were supposed to be the 3 EASY games.

jenkins
jenkins

@Tarheel11 I hope it is. But Flores bat should have already done that. Flores should be the Mets 2B right now. He should be platooning with Duda at the very, VERY least.


Herrera should be in AAA in about a month. He'll be the Mets leadoff hitter in late 2015. Flores will platoon at 1B and spell Wright at #B

hankypanky
hankypanky

Doubtful. Flores still has to prove he can field the position at second. Let Flores continue to impress with his hitting in Vegas and you have an outstanding trading chip in your organization.

johng
johng

And has one failed playoff appearance to show for it!

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

@Pete Brilvitch  Campbell could have been used to hit for RT in those spots over the weekend. He could be put in at SS for a couple of innings. When runs are needed, you gotta think offense. Worry about the defense later.

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

@hankypanky if you want the game-changer, say goodbye to the likes of thor, degrom, wheeler, montero, etc... otherwise you stand pat for the year and revisit in the winter. 

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@hankypanky  If the Mets can get what they want for Murphy, Flores lack of fielding (perceived or otherwise) won't hold back a deal. My guess is that the Mets would view him as a placeholder for Herrera anyway.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@johng He can't do it alone.  I still remember him playing with a fractured vertebrae.  This year it's clearly a rotator cuff.

jenkins
jenkins

@mustang66 yes. It will make them play Flores at 2nd for a REAL trial run, bring a LF or SS and give them another trade chip when Herrera leads off in 2015. Or they can have Flores platoon with Duda when Herrera arrives.


There-you trade Murphy and open things up for 3 hitters and better defense up the middle.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Exactly. You can throw in Flores as part of the package.

Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy

Wright hasn't looked himself in years.Do not know what the problem is but, he is hurting this team.His numbers are bad.If he has a bad second half I would try to trade him.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Joseph Baffi @Billy Suede @hankypanky WOW! So the Met's adding another 40-50M in payroll with Tulo, Lester and a Morse? From your mouth to god's ears but to me that is huge pipedream to expect the Wilpons to take on that much more payroll.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Brian McCarthy "he is hurting this team. His numbers are bad". 

I just don't get all the venom directed at Wright. The guy had a 5.8 and 7.0 WAR the last two years and even this year is up to a 2.2 so to say he is hurting this team is just wrong. 

I get if you don't like the guy but this is just biased against him because you don't like him. I for one am glad we have him. 

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@Tarheel11 @Brian McCarthy I agree totally.  The problem with some fans is that they expected him to be the power hitter he was in 2008.  I seriously believe that he was severely affected by participating in the Home Run Derby at the All Star Game that year.  He started hitting the weights, and pushing himself into being something he wasn't.  He finally returned to a consistent form the last two years.  You can't fault him for being hurt.

Granderson was supposed to be his "protection", but he didn't do much and he is now hitting ahead of Wright.  With all his home runs, Lucas Duda hardly scares anyone.  Wright has come back to having not protection.  The truth of the matter is, he is a great player on a terrible team.  I'm sure that he would be the Wright some expect him to be if he had players who where like the 2008 Reyes, Delgado, and Beltran in the lineup again.  Once again, he can't do it all.

The man is a warrior.  He tried to play with a broken vertebrae and now he is try to play through an obvious rotator cuff.  Some people should get off his back.

Cheryl Ann
Cheryl Ann

@Brian McCarthy Who is the same as they were 10 years ago? I know I'm not so how could we expect athletes to produce at the same levels 10 years later.  Everyone realizes right that power numbers and batting averages are down across baseball and strike-outs are up. Add to that the fact that the ownership built a stadium that directly negated Wright's power. Is he playing up to the standards we've come to expect, no but he is clearly playing hurt and is still tied for team lead with 49 RBIs.  Take a look at the other 3rd basemen in NL and, power numbers aside, he's not anywhere near the bottom folks.

To say he hasn't looked himself in years is just patently ridiculous. He was off the charts in 2012 and in 2013 until he got hurt, and that's with the bad line-ups around him.  He came through yesterday and what difference did it make? It takes all 25 guys to win - plenty of problems on this team and plenty of blame to go around.