What’s on Tap for Thursday, May 29

The Mets open a five-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.

Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60 ERA) for Philadelphia.


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In case you missed it…

Yesterday at Citi Field, Bartolo Colon tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings as the Mets shut out the Pirates >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News


Travis d’Arnaud joined the team prior to Wednesday’s game and will be activated from the disabled list Thursday. To make room for d’Arnaud, the Mets optioned C Juan Centeno to Triple-A Las Vegas.


Jeurys Familia earned a five-out save on Wednesday. Terry Collins said Familia could serve as their closer on days when Jenrry Mejia is unavailable.




59 comments
C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Not that it matters (the Mets won the game and Bartolo would've K'd anyway) but, in that AB where Duda scores from 3rd on the WP....Did Bartolo K on 2 strikes? I'm thinking SNY didn't show each pitch of the AB, but...

Doubleday
Doubleday

• Chris Young, now hitting .195, has all but lost his starting job with the Mets. He started Thursday after three straight days out of the lineup. “It’s my responsibility to swing the bat better and play better,” Young told Anthony Rieber in Newsday. “I hold myself fully accountable for that. When I do get that opportunity, I do need to take more advantage of it to where I force myself into the lineup everyday like I want to be.” - From ESPN

I am very impressed by Chris Young's response. No excuses, no whining. I really do want to root for a guy like this, but I do wish he was still the same player he was before crashing into the wall .

greekgod
greekgod

Mike Francesa said yesterday that the Mets are a bad baseball team. 


What a smart guy he is.

donw
donw

Right direction, wrong direction.  How about no direction?  Where are we going, really?  Say most of the pitching prospects turn out as good we hope.  How are we going to pay them?  The owners are clearly broke.  The GM, manager, and even the founder of this blog contradict themselves nearly everyday.  They trashed our only shortstop all winter, knowing we desperately needed one, only to tell us now that he's close to being back to what he was 2 years ago, as if that was some all-star year.  To top it off, they've reached a new high in lows by casting blame for poor performance on the ballpark, some of the best broadcasters in the business, and astoundingly, the fans.  It is beyond insulting to be mislead and lied to this blatantly.  This smells of fraud at many levels and perhaps we shouldn't be surprised given the strong connection to Madoff.  I believe our only hope is for MLB to intervene and somehow orchestrate new ownership for our beloved franchise.

tullydew
tullydew

From Buster Onley

http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/buster-olney/post/_/id/6469

"General manager Sandy Alderson took on the responsibility of rebuilding the club's roster, and steadily, the budget set by the team's ownership has plummeted, from $142 million in 2011 to $85 million in 2014, the eighth lowest in the majors. Alderson has espoused the working philosophy -- presumably dictated by ownership -- that the payroll will climb after revenues do. So in other words, Alderson and his staff will be asked to construct a contender with nickels and pennies.

It's possible to win like this, just as it might be possible that a Labrador-beagle-German shepherd mix could win best in show. Alderson's former protege, Billy Beane, is doing this for Oakland, with the Athletics excelling at building a deep roster on the cheap. As of this morning, the Athletics -- who play their home games in a ballpark that distinctly favors pitchers, as the Mets do -- rank third in the majors in runs scored, with a payroll of $82.3 million.

But the Athletics are an exception to the general rule that you get what you pay for, which was reflected by run production and payroll last season."

Bob G
Bob G

Half the people out there think the Mets are going in the right direction? 


I'd like to thank all the Yankee fans who came over to vote.

theglider
theglider

Let's look at this team realistically.

The bullpen is better now that they've jettisoned some junk. When Gee returns they'll have another arm out there.

The starting pitching is still a work in progress, but the new additions help and, again, they will get Gee back.

They have a third baseman, a second baseman who can hit and.....well they need help. Hopefully they can use some extra arms and get a first baseman who can hit. They still have a weak lineup but they can improve it.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

49 percent  wrong direction.. hmm hope your seeing this Sandy.

dk1357
dk1357

Quick!  They won two games straight... put up a Fan Confidence Poll...

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

whoever gets to 84 wins wins this division.. just 3 over .500 when it's all said and done, book it, this division sucks

greekgod
greekgod

Hey Wright ....how about hitting a home run with guys on base????

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

An 8-3 road trip is doable. Lets Go Mets!

Sean Garcia
Sean Garcia

I don't care I think we can still win this division. Look how bad it is we suck and were only 4 games out I think if we really wanted to make the playoffs we could we just have to get the ball rolling

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

The 50 % that click yes on the right track are doing that out of hope not reality. A true Mets fan will always hope for better things. I for one said that I wouldn't go to Citi Field this year and I still went for the Sunday DH against Arz. That doesn't mean that I am happy with how things are going. I am glad that the kids are getting more playing time. They need more though. Campbell, Flores etc. I love the pitching that we can throw out there every 5 days and more is on the way.


yankeehater
yankeehater

As far as SA i'll say this: old time military guys (and similarly old-time law enforcement guys) have a tendency to always protect their superiors no matter what. I think this mentality is part of the reason why SA never actually says what the real deal is.

BadContract
BadContract

I would like to see a 30 for 30 or a 60 minute investigative piece on the covered up, lying B.S. coming from Sandy, Wilpon, and Selig. For now it's just a current affair.

bleck319
bleck319

Thank God Travis "Rambo" d'Arnaud is returning. Hopefully the new hitting coach will prescribe untraceable PEDs and weight training.

5 game series?

90wins
90wins

I am still expecting 90 wins for this team. If they don't Sandy and TC has to go.

Jordan Moskowitz
Jordan Moskowitz

Referring to the right direction/wrong direction poll; why is there another poll after like 4 days? Is it because the Mets have won 2 in a row against a losing team? The Mets should have 0 votes in the right direction category until TC and the Wilpons are gone. As long as they're anywhere close to the team, the Mets aren't going anywhere

yankeehater
yankeehater

Somebody made a good point the other day. Just based on the fact the so many people live in the NYC area, its almost an impossible scenario to believe there would ever be so few fans at games that the Wilpons would ever sell. They could draw 20+ k a night no matter who they put on the field.

Remember......the vast majority of the people you see at the games are not the ones who are posting on Metsblog; in other words, your typical fan in the seat doesn't really care that much.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@Doubleday I think at this point, Young's poor play warrants a sit down by Sandy regarding this AB agreement, no?  It's great that Young has accountability, but if this team is firing coaches and releasing relievers, it's time to do something with this situation too IMO. 


Doubleday
Doubleday

That is OK. I think Mike Francesa is a bad talk show host.

greekgod
greekgod

@donw Yes very true but MLB cannot dictate a new ownership unless a fan uprising that will never happen as long as sportscasters such as Cohen, Darling, Even Roberts and his Italian stud Joe create still keep on going to the games because, "I love to go to the games regardless of the outcome." 

So we have to bear the situation with owners that are not baseball people but business people who care only for profit gains.

Why do you think his partner left and sold out his share?

greekgod
greekgod

@tullydew Wilpin is looking at the stats for the A's, and lower payroll teams who have very good players.

Bob G
Bob G

@tullydew It's one of two things with the A's, either they have phenomenal scouting which enables them to pick major league talent at a superior rate to the rest of the major leagues, or they're a statistical fluke…maybe some of both but relying on that system to duplicate itself is a ridiculous philosophy, especially for a NYC franchise. 

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

@theglider How will they try to improve their lineup other than playing Minor League Merry Go Round?

greekgod
greekgod

@dk1357 They'll probably lose the next five. I have no faith in this team for 2014 or 2015......the only chance of changing things will be in 2016 due to fan unrest with the owners.

atrain311
atrain311

@greekgod He's our only threat.

He only sees pitches when there's nobody on base.  

When ducks are on the pond, he gets very little to hit.  

When he had his due protection, the kid was mashing the ball.  

Let's be grateful he's stayed a Mets' player and not bounced like I wouldn't blame him for doing.  

ken1010
ken1010

Matt, you should post that poll consistently every Monday to make it a valid comparison from week to week.

Bob G
Bob G

@Victor Triguero Victor, nothing on this site will ever be balanced regarding polls and posts. This site is now run by the NY Mets, not the fans so nothing is objective, reliable or believable.

greekgod
greekgod

@bleck319 they are calling him Rambo? How about pipsqueak? That is more like it....he's a .220 hitter at best.

1harris1
1harris1

Strange road trip: 5 in Philly; 3 in Chi-town; 3 in SF.

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

I think this covers earlier rainouts Phils Th -Mon, then Cubs. I would say this is a time to get back on track, but that is wishful thinking.

yankeehater
yankeehater

@90wins no way are they getting 90. id be surprised with 80.....we've already thrown away 5-6 sure wins this year.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Boy is that a backwards argument.The people going to the games don't care,but the ones staying home and typing on their computers and tablets are the real fans!Your delusional.How could what you say possible make any sense to you.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@C.K. Dexter Haven @Doubleday I've been thinking about how many other ballplayers were never the same after crashing into the outfield wall.  The one my mind keeps coming up with is Bobby Valentine.

greekgod
greekgod

@atrain311 @greekgod Wilpon said last year Wright is a good baseball player not a super star.

The reason he is not a super star is because he does not hit HR's with men on base.

greekgod
greekgod

@Pete Brilvitch @greekgod Not picking on him but you well know that Wright does not hit home runs with men on base  very often. Would you want him to hit a HR with no one base or  with men on  base to WIN A GAME.

90wins
90wins

@1harris1 Well, if you want to play Mothers day, Memorial day and Fathers day at home, something had to give.

yankeehater
yankeehater

@Jerry Colfer The time to get back on track started with these last 6, where we should have gone 5-1 instead of a ridiculous 3-3.

greekgod
greekgod

@theglider Yet how many times 9-15 men were left on base and lost the game due to it. Teams that hit HR's with men on base usually win the game and our Mets don't fit in that mode.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@greekgod @Pete Brilvitch The homerun he hit yesterday was obviously a solo shot, but it was a very big run at the time. Back on opening day, he hit a meaningless 2 run homer in extra innings after the game got out of hand. Which homer was better?

theglider
theglider

Wouldn't that be in the other players? Don't they have to get on base first?