What’s on Tap for Tuesday, July 29

The Mets (51-55) continue their three-game series with the Phillies (46-60) on Tuesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72 ERA) for Philadelphia.

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In case you missed it…


The Mets crushed the Phillies by the score of 7-1 on Monday night at Citi Field >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News


The Mets are interested in trading for Troy Tulowitzki, who the Rockies are reportedly not ready to deal >> Read more at MetsBlog


Sandy Alderson termed it ‘unlikely’ that the Mets would make a trade prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.


Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with inflammation in his right elbow, is expected to resume throwing later this week. He’s eligible to return on August 9.


Five Mets prospects appeared on MLB.com’s midseason top 100 prospects list >> Read more at MetsBlog


Dana Eveland was struck in his left (pitching) elbow with a line drive during the ninth inning of Monday’s game and was removed. X-rays after the game came back negative.


Jacob deGrom was named co-NL Player of the Week after going 2-0 with an 0.68 ERA over his last two starts.




64 comments
cleonsvan
cleonsvan

Am I seeing things right? The Marlins won that game last night? WTH???

Mark Rakentine
Mark Rakentine

What's on tap for today? My guess is that Collins starts Tejada again today...

Andrew LaForge
Andrew LaForge

I like the way this team is playing now. It is refreshing compared to previous years after the all star break. Only 6 games out of a wildcard spot, that makes it even a little more fun. Sure its a long shot, but stranger things have happened. The way the National League has played this season it certainly helped keep the Mets around. Lets keep it going!

theglider
theglider

It's all so easy, right? We need a hitter so we just need to trade for one. So let's get Tulowitzki. All it will cost us is our pitching. Or Gonzalez. After all he is a lifetime .132 hitter at Citifield. Let's give up young pitchers for him.

And which young pitchers? With injuries to Harvey and Hefner and with Niese and Gee not throwing wl, what do we have? We need deGrom and Wheeler. So who do we trade?

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

Sandy is probably pooping in his pants right now:  the Mets are on the verge of contention so he knows the team in its current state still needs another big bat in the lineup.  However, he knows he won't go out and get anyone (he basically admitted that in his interview yesterday) so he will have to deceive the fans somehow.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@Joseph Baffi only six games? Each division has a close race among real teams. Someone will be not make it to the dance. A six game deficit is too big realistically.

Mark Rakentine
Mark Rakentine

@sandybgone ...I see Sandy as more of someone whose forte is to trade veterans for prospects. I don't know if he can make the big trade for a star player. His FA moves are certainly questionable.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@sandybgone  The best moves are the ones not made. Unless an opportunity arises and you deal from a position of strength, it's best to hold onto your assets. You take the next step when it's presented to you. Nobody is looking to hand over offense unless they get something big back. They can get offense by signing FAs in the offseason. I think we need to see what David Wright does the rest of this season. This should be the Mets biggest concern. Not trading two of their prized pitching prospects for some 30 year old SS on the DL.

mets2014
mets2014

@sandybgone  i think any impact bats that the mets may be interested in are not available right now...they could certainly obtain lesser bats such as alex rios, ben zobrist, etc...but are they worth giving up pieces that they could use in the offseason to get the "bigger" bats?  tough question to answer...I think if they could get rios for a couple of lower prospects, they should do it because if he performs well they could pick up his option for next year and if he doesn't they could let him walk

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

@Andrew LaForge  yes I agree......at the very least we will have exciting games to watch in August....if we are lucky maybe into september

xplr
xplr

@theglider If you won't trade our young pitching, how can you expect to get a Tulo or Cargo, or anyone else for that matter?  Some fans seem to think that we can trade worthless pieces like Tejada and the 2 Youngs and get back quality.....

brrrandooo
brrrandooo

@theglider Gee and Niese have had injury problems (With Niese thats kind of a recurring problem) but when healthy we know Harvey, Gee, Niese, Wheeler, and Degrom can perform

1harris1
1harris1

Already he's making references to waiting until the winter to make trades. And then we all know come this winter, they'll do nothing on the trade front and Sandy will tell us about how teams will be looking to improve themselves come the trade deadline in 2015. It's always about tomorrow.

brrrandooo
brrrandooo

@Father Dooley verge of contention? I realize this team hasn't been good in a while but lets get to .500 first before we say "verge of contention"

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@Joe Paulson @Joseph Baffi But at least its more interesting to watch? At the very least, you make a run of it, and even if you get eliminated a week before the season ends, that means you were playing meaningful games, and a winning record for the season I think would be all the proof you need that we are only a Harvey and a couple of bats away from being right there.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Father Dooley @Mark Rakentine  It takes two to make a trade. Would you prefer him to give up a lot of young pitching just so he can satisfy quench fans thirst for a move? He already made trades to get Wheeler, Travis and Noah, now you want to trade them away? Silly Met fans.

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

@Thomas McKeever @Mark Rakentine  poor Flores....I guess he was building up too much trade value in the minors they brought him up to rot a little more....I think they just want to ruin any chance of having a good career he has....Idk what he has done to deserve this

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

The biggest concern is seeing if our perennial all star 3b brings up his sluggish numbers over the last 2 months? Riiiight.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@xplr @theglider not sure who says that ... it's Gee or Palwescki or whatever. Maybe not enough, but not Tejeda or Youngs, one or more of which look like toss ins for some possible deal.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@xplr @theglider  If you won't trade our young pitching, how can you expect to get a Tulo or Cargo, or anyone else for that matter?"  You don't.

theglider
theglider

I agree. But what team will give us anything right now for Niese or Gee. Teams either want someone they can use now or they want the future. Neither Gee nor Niese fill either of those wants.

So we'd have to trade young talent. That's fine. But to do so at the deadline means taking a big risk. If nothing happens now let's wait till the offseason. Our pitching is too valuable to make a panic decision.

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

@1harris1 Agreed 100%.  Even Bobby Ojeda was very critical of Sandy's interview yesterday.

brrrandooo
brrrandooo

@1harris1 I tend to agree, but I also agree it doesnt make sense to make a deal this deadline its not worth it

mrgee
mrgee

@brrrandooo @Father Dooley  "On the verge of contention" is actually pretty accurate.  We are not yet in contention, but we are just a few games out of being in contention, so, yeah, we are...on the verge...of contention.

mets2014
mets2014

@sandybgone @mets2014  I am hopeful that they are able to land starlin castro...to me he seems a more realistic target than tulowitzki since their salaries are like night and day...alderson has made it pretty clear that he would have only one $100M guy, so unless they trade wright, I can't see tulo coming here...castro is certainly a great starting point, but will likely cost the mets at least 3 pieces...they still will need to get a power bat for LF and that will likely come from the free agent market...morse or Willingham may be a couple of low cost short term options

mrgee
mrgee

@sandybgone @mets2014  Well, to be fair, Sandy did make the Grandy signing.  You can't say it wasn't spending a decent amount of dough.  You might not love the signing, but he did put the $$$ out there.  Now you get rid of Ike's and CY's $ (Colon's probably balances out with Murphy's raise), and you have the money for another Grandy-esque signing.

Brian Aragon
Brian Aragon

@cleonsvan @xplr @theglider  Why would you want either of them? Especially when you think of what you'd have to trade to get them. We've been waiting for the team to turn around since 2008, I can wait another season for our minor league position players to come up and retain all of our pitching.

brrrandooo
brrrandooo

@theglider I agree, i Don't think we should reach for a hitter now, but this offseason we absolutely HAVE to

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Father Dooley  You're assuming that Tulo's available right now. Colorado has said that he's not. They're likely going to want more for the face of their franchise.

nncyel
nncyel

@mets2014 Castro is a very good offensive player but a poor defensive player. When you look at WAR, he's only a slight upgrade over Tejada. And you're going to give up 3 prospects for a slight upgrade over Tejada? Bad move. You overvalue offense and undervalue defense - can't do that at SS.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@mrgee @sandybgone @mets2014 But they didn't even replace the expiring money that fell off the books. So they went down 9M between opening day 2013 and 2014.

And Ike's 3.5M, CY's 7.25M, Dice K's 1.5M are the only contracts falling off. Add in arb raises of about 15M and contract escalators of 7M for Niese, Grandy and Colon. So you're talking about an increase of around 10M if SA does nothing.

At minimum I think he moves Colon just to relieve the 11M in payroll

BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

@brrrandooo @theglider Yes, through their wallets not valuable prospects. And if so, make conscientious trades involving prospects not one that depletes the farm. Any big name trades, rest assured, will command at least four to six young uber talent.

mrgee
mrgee

@brrrandooo @mrgee @Father Dooley  We are just obviously arguing semantics, but I think the OP's statement wasn't off, that's all.  Not saying the Mets are going to win it all, but we ain't all that far off.

mrgee
mrgee

@brrrandooo @mrgee @Father Dooley  I define it as being in the hunt with some sort of realistic chance of winning the hunt.  So, for example, we are six games out of a wild card (which would be good enough for most people this year, I am sure).  If we were only 2-3 games better this year (for example, if our bullpen or Grandy et al. didn't suck at the start of the year), we'd be just a few games back.  That is...on the verge...of in contention.  Like the original poster said.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Pete Brilvitch @Father Dooley  He is also assuming the Mets are willing to pay his contract which they are not. Met fan need to move on off of this subject. They still have a $600 million loan to pay off next year.

mets2014
mets2014

@nncyel @mets2014  you may be right...who knows...but all I know is every time tejada, lagares and any LF they throw out there comes to bat, I cringe...they need to infuse this team with offense, because the defense aint scoring any runs for them

mrgee
mrgee

@sandybgone  Hey, there were a decent amount of butts in seats last night watching Colon pitch, and he got a huge standing ovation when he came off the field.  I couldn't believe it, but it felt exciting to be at Citi last night.  So I do think Colon was worth the $ so far, and hope we can trade him at this point, too.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@cleonsvan  I can't imagine the Mets giving up a number of prospects AND picking up that salary.