What’s on Tap for Thursday, June 19

The Mets open a four-game series against the Marlins in Miami on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Zack Wheeler (2-7, 4.38 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Andrew Heaney, making his major league debut for Miami.


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In case you missed it…

Yesterday in St. Louis, Bartolo Colon was spectacular on both sides of the ball as the Mets topped the Cardinals, 3-2, to avoid a three-game sweep >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News


After Wednesday’s win, Kirk Nieuwenhuis was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas. To make room on the roster, Matt den Dekker was optioned to Las Vegas.


OF Brandon Nimmo, LHP Steven Matz, 2B/SS Dilson Herrera, IF TJ Rivera, and RHP Randy Fontanez were promoted from High-A St. Lucie to Double-A Binghamton >> Read more


Juan Lagares, on the disabled list with a strained right intercostal, played in a simulated game on Wednesday. He’ll likely return to the Mets next week.


Jeremy Hefner, who underwent Tommy John surgery last August, threw 25 pitches on Wednesday. He’s expected to throw his first official bullpen session on Sunday.




80 comments
George Komninakis
George Komninakis

we may very well see Matz in September, and in our rotation coming out of the gate next year,  especially if Niese is traded.

monstah
monstah

So, once again we face a young prospect making his ML debut - I'm sure we'll make him look like Nolan Ryan. Hopefully Wheeler can settle down because before this recent funk, he had been 1-1 with a 1.37 ERA. So he is definitely peak and valley lately. Would love to beat up the Fish but they usually smack us around.....

hankincolo
hankincolo

I'm critical of Matt's never ending mistakes, grammatical and sometimes factual. BUT!,..this is what I like about Metsblog, seeing updates on future players who need to keep progressing and now we see they are worthy of promotions. I also don't believe Sandy would sell Nimmo for something that might be juicy.Nimmo was his first draft pick, is he not? I have to think for his own posterity he wants that kid to prove him right by succeeding in a Mets uniform.

HOF17
HOF17

It's encouraging that the prospects are moving to up to AA but that still means they are a couple of years away at least.  The team also needs to get out of Las Vegas because it's detrimental to developing prospects when the numbers are so inflated. A .400 hitter there is a .200 hitter here.  

darkknight
darkknight

I like Sandy. Look at our position... 6 games back of the division... Harvey isn't even playing. Pitching assets to trade, hopefully for more young players to fill out this team. 


People complain about him not spending money, it's not him its the Wilpons. If they tell him he has $130 million max budget, he doesn't want to just blow that load all at once on Cruz and Abreu, he is tying up as little money as possible until he can use that money to build AROUND a team and not try to build an entire team. 


Granted, Terry sucks and needs to be fired. Also, if this team isn't a winner next year, Alderson is a failure and should be gone, because it should be.

archer41
archer41

Wheeler also needs to kick it in gear. It used to be he was great for 4 innings and then flop.  Now we're not even getting that.  

dave42
dave42

Most likely scenario, IF Nimmo continues to do well in AA, he would likely start next year in AAA and be a potential June call-up. 


Unfortunately, the Mets will play the Super-2 game because really, what is Nimmo going to prove in Vegas?  If he can hit in AA and have a good spring training, they should consider having him as their opening day left fielder next season.  Bring in Seth Smith or someone similar for league minimum in case Nimmo flounders. 

Kevin John
Kevin John

Colon retired 13 in a row at one point then gave up a hit and then got out of the inning with only 86 pitches through 8 innings. Why did Terry take him out!?


I'm surprised Terry doesn't have him batting cleanup.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

den dekker down Kirk up.  Garbage in garbage out.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

With Nimmo, Matz, and Herrera in AA it makes it feel like they aren't so far away. While all of them look good and have potential to be good players/pitcher, none of them are middle of the order bat that the Mets need so badly.

Also if they play well right away after moving up, they will help their trade value.

Wayno
Wayno

Reynolds promoted to vegas, i think Reubums days might be numbered finally. However, i think Flores might be in trouble too, at least until they trade Murphy to cut salary

eric88
eric88

I wonder about Sandy's competence. He went into the Winter needing power but couldn't afford it, so he experimented with CY who has done nothing in 6 years. I begged on this Blog to sign Jose Abreu, known for power, but alas, "we are well stocked at 1B even mentioning Josh Satin! Instead, Abreu goes to the CWS. He missed 19 games on DL and still has 20 HR's and 55 RBI's and more walks and less K's than David Wright who's numbers are Dwarfed by Abreu. He would bat 4th for us and we would be playoff contender's. Also, why Grandy instead of Cruz, 22 HR's. . Similar money for Abreu, Cruz compared to Grandy, CY. What a BLUNDER!

PS; Stop lying about the Payroll, it sits at 77 million, not the same as last year.

rustysribs
rustysribs

Rookie pitcher making major league debut against the Mets. What could possibly go wrong?

Jim Yager
Jim Yager

I have given up on this team, I canceled my MLB Extra Innings, why pay to watch this crap? I love the METS but they don't love me back :{ It's time to walk away, I did th esame thing last season. When they can at th every least play 500 I will be back... :{  Perhaps 2015 or 2016 things will turn around?

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

I actually look forward to seeing Wheels turn his game around tonight. Not expecting much from our offense (6-9 spots) especially when facing a rookie debut. They never turn out well.

Good news for us Yellich and Stanton will miss games. TDA comes in to PH for Vegas and doubles in 2...hopeful signs.

Cheryl Ann
Cheryl Ann

What do people think about Adam Rubin's statement that Wright's been seen visiting the trainers room frequently? Could they really mess up YET ANOTHER injury? If he's visiting the trainers, clearly the team "doctors" (wow, do I use that term loosely) know there's a problem so the only one Wright is hiding things from is the press.

I want to believe its an injury, because they can heal but let's face it he had an awful spring and mediocore April with no power. If he was injured back then, that would have been the time to let him heal. He came back strong in May. Hit .320, was in top 5 NL in hits and saw slight uptick in power. In June, he completely tanked.  Sadly, that sounds like it might be more about inconsistency, frustration and deer in the headlights plate approach than injury.

Thoughts?

hankincolo
hankincolo

I think you're overstating the hitting thing. A line drive at sea level will work just like a line drive at altitude. A single may remain a single at sea level instead of a double or triple to the wall. The important thing I like to hear is whether a batter is making consistent contact and not striking out a lot or hitting weak grounders.


I can agree that for pitchers, altitude baseball may mess with their minds, if singles are turned into doubles and runners are constantly in scoring position. 

hankincolo
hankincolo

@darkknight Rose colored glasses? Yes, they are 6 back in a division filled with flawed teams, but unless this team gets some hitters, all the pitching in the world will not help. A lot has to happen such as TdA, has to hit, Lagares has to keep hitting when he comes back, Chris Young has to go, and I'm guessing he will if Kirk hits too. Then he can share time in LF with EY. Also, let's hope David is coming out of his slump.

rustysribs
rustysribs

@Kevin John Terry's response to that was basically: 1) He's 41 years old 2) it was 115 degrees on the field and 3) He ran a lot.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Anybody home? Colon hit a double and scored afterward in the St Louis furnace. What goes on during dugout conversations is not known to viewers or bloggers. TC did the right thing.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Kevin VanTassell I said it before, I talked to a Pirate area scout who raved about Nimmo last winter. He brought up Nimmo and said he thought he could develop into someone with 30 HR type power. I know that's not the consensus of the scouts take on him but I'm praying that guy is right

ken1010
ken1010

@Kevin VanTassell They not only need a middle of the order bat, but they need decent hitters in the 5,6,7 spots, which they don't have now.  Hopefully, at least one or two of these three turns out to be the real thing.

eric88
eric88

@Kevin VanTassell They won't be up until 2016 and if Terry is still here, they will sit and watch an inferior Vet start.

eric88
eric88

@Wayno You got it, Murphy days are numbered too, but Flores has to play not Rueben.

jose_who
jose_who

@eric88 Hindsight is still 20\20. there was no guarantee that Abreu would hit like this, and when the Mets were talking to Cruz, he wasn't taking a one year deal. You just LOVE crying over spilled milk.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@eric88 Eric you know I am usually right with you but we need to stop with this already. 

Hindsight is 20/20/ 

The CY signing was a bad desperate move by SA. Hands down. Even before the season started, it looked like he panicked and way overpaid for him. Obviously that has played out that way.

But Cruz was looking for 14M a year for multiple years. He wasn't coming here and we weren't paying for him. 

Yes Abreu has turned out great but at the time there were just as many scouts who didn't like Abreu's swing. This team with their financial situation could not afford to miss on him. Grandy was the "safer" signing. They were never going to take that kind of a chance on a guy who had never played an inning in MLB at that kind of money. That was just never going to happen. 

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@eric88  The only thing I can try to defend is going with Grandy over Cruz. "In theory" their power numbers were similar going into this season, Grandy is MUCH better defensively than Cruz is, and the Mets don't have the DH option that Baltimore has to hide Cruz' fielding deficiencies.


Taking a 1-year flyer on Chris Young wasn't a bad idea, but for the price, it's just a move that no competent GM would make.  Especially one that was allegedly working on a tight budget.

nykjw2
nykjw2

@Cheryl Ann He's probably getting his head examined for re-signing with the Mets

hankypanky
hankypanky

115 degrees in St Louis is par for the course. Yet the whiners (including Francesa, btw) could not see the big picture beyond their own bent noses. Can you imagine what St Louis was like when they had artificial turf?

citifield
citifield

@Tarheel11 Maybe this summer we could trade Nimmo for a power hitter on the market

Jglub780
Jglub780

How about he's terrible defensively and you need up the middle defense to be a great team....

Wayno
Wayno

Steve you havent been right about one thing yet, so now im sure murphy is gone

ken1010
ken1010

@eric88 @Wayno It would be nice to think that Tejada can have a career like Alex Cora's, not a starter on a decent team, but a useful backup who can play multiple positions.  

ken1010
ken1010

@Tarheel11 There was no doubt that Choo would have been a useful addition to the Mets, high obp and a good fielder.  But he was out of our price range.  That's on the WIlpons.

anymos
anymos

@Michael Frias @eric88 You can argue against signing CY, but Cruz was never an alternative.  He had rejected a $14M qualifying offer from the Rangers- seeking a multi year deal.  With those parameters, we never could have signed him.  If you want to argue we should have done nothing and waited for the situation to play out- do you really think he would have signed a one year deal to play for us as opposed to Baltimore?  Think about that- the Mets vs. a winning team in a hitter's park in a division with a bunch of hitter's parks.

Cheryl Ann
Cheryl Ann

@citifield @Cheryl Ann Adam Rubin first reported it and then Jared Diamond from WSJ picked up on it. Pretty easy to google that article if you'd like.

Cheryl Ann
Cheryl Ann

@nykjw2 @Cheryl Ann Actually, I think it is in his head, but not the way you mean.  His righty lefty splits are crazy bad - .225 against righties and . 408 against lefties. Keith/Ron say that he's flinching on off speed stuff from righties and we know he's being pitched inside ALOT. I think his second beaning at the end of last season is definitely in his head. Took him a long time to work his way back after the Cain incident. In fact - it took almost 2 years!

hankypanky
hankypanky

Trading a prospect for a "power hitter" isn't realistic unless the package includes a Met starter or two.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@ken1010 @eric88 @Wayno You're right. That's a great analogy to Cora. But that's what Tejada is. He's a back up infielder. Unfortunately

citifield
citifield

@ken1010 If we got choo than we wouldnt have enough to get a starting pitcher like colon or another outfielder like Granderson!

anymos
anymos

@Michael Frias @eric88 As for Abreu- Sandy, or actually I thought it was DePodesta, never said we were 'well stocked' at first base.  They said we had three guys there.  One of those guys was making $3M and we were actively shopping him because we didn't want to pay him.  So- we were trying to unload Ike making $3M but you think Sandy had the payroll flexibility to sign Abreu?  The guy told us he won't be able to add payroll until fans come back- that's a pretty significant statement about the team's finances.  The only 'significant' signings we made this offseason were Granderson and Colon- and those two were still value signings- Granderson coming off injury and Colon at 41 years old.  I don't think for a second this is Sandy's ideal way of trying to build a team- i think he's trying to make due with what our broke owners are providing.

nykjw2
nykjw2

@Cheryl Ann @nykjw2 He's always been streaky. He's a solid player, not great. Don't know where his power went but overall I think he's a great fit in a good lineup (ie., 06 Mets) --- but in a lineup like this he underperforms.

anymos
anymos

@Tarheel11 @ken1010 This whole mess is on the Wilpons.  If we could afford real players we wouldn't be taking shots in the dark on guys like CY. 

This must be what life was like for the Pirates and Royals for the last 20 years.  Keeping fingers crossed the prospects pay off with no hope of the owners bringing in legit talent from outside.

Cheryl Ann
Cheryl Ann

@nykjw2 @Cheryl Ann I just think back to 2006-2008 and then to the WBC in 2013. He totally rocked the WBC. However, I do have to say that with the line-up the Mets have put out there the last few years, I doubt anyone could be "great". If you put Pujols or Trout in this line-up they'd be pitched around EVERY SINGLE AB. I'm actually surprised Wright's been able to put up the numbers he did in 2012 and 2013. H really gets into trouble when he starts to do too much - be that power hitter he isn't going to be anymore or chase the bad breaking stuff on the outside corner.