What’s on Tap for Tuesday, June 17

The Mets continue their three-game series against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. ET.

Jon Niese (3-3, 2.54 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Michael Wacha (4-5, 2.88 ERA) for St. Louis.


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In case you missed it…

Last night in St. Louis, Jacob deGrom allowed six runs in four 1/3 innings as the Mets lost to the Cardinals, 6-2 >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com and Newsday.


Noah Syndergaard returned from the disabled list and tossed four innings Monday night for Triple-A Las Vegas. Syndergaard allowed four runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out three. He was on a 75-pitch limit.


Eric Young, Jr. returned to the lineup and hit ninth, while Jacob deGrom hit eighth. It was the first time in Mets history that the pitcher started the game in the eighth spot.


OF Andrew Brown was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.


Dillon Gee threw off a mound Monday for the first time since injuring his lat. Gee, who has been on the disabled list since May 11, is on track to make a rehab start after his next bullpen session.


Juan Lagares, on the disabled list with a strained right intercostal, took live batting practice Monday for the first time since his injury. Manager Terry Collins said Lagares is “close” to beginning a rehab assignment.


The Mets are expected to sign first-round draft pick Michael Conforto soon >> Read more at MetsBlog




81 comments
George Komninakis
George Komninakis

Did we fire Collins yet?  If not, no reason to even care about tonight's game.  

Doubleday
Doubleday

With all the recent banter about the Wilpons being like the owner in the movie MAJOR LEAGUE, I'll remind you all that Jeff Wilpon would never hire a pitcher nicknamed WILD THING.  

"Mild Thing" is more his speed.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

These numbers are genuinely frightening. We are literally 2.5 games away from being the worst team in the National League.And very little hope on the horizon. Remember John Lennon's line to the Scotland Yard inspector in Help? "Great train robbery, how's that goin'?

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

How are those Marlins doing with a 48 mill payroll and  no Fernandez?....a lot better than we are!

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

I could go off on the pathetic, incompetent ownership. I could rail against the small market payroll we are dealt with. I could blast Alderson for the series of attrocious signings and bad gambles on players. I could question a lot of TC's moves and explainations on who is playing and why.

I could believe that our young starters will turn things around (Although Wheeler, deGrom, Montero and Syndegaard are looking shakey). I could hope that Nimmo, Herrera, Plawecki, d'Arnaud, and others are the real thing, but still a few years away.

I remember as a kid sitting in the back seat of the car on a trip and asking when will we get there. The answers were always "soon", "we're close", "just a little further"..."over the next hill out there in the distance". Most times this was done to just keep me quiet.

Now I am older and I realize we weren't close, it wasn't going to be soon and it wasn't over the next hill. Same with my Mets and it is not something that will happen in 2015 with this sickly payroll and the hope that the pitching comes around.

It is just very hard to believe that next spring Met fans aren't again saying "wait 'til next year". And that stinks"

hankincolo
hankincolo

I might get interested in this team again when Lagares returns and TdA shows he can hit major league pitching. That, and saying to Chris Young, thanks for playing, go play catch with Valverde and Farnsworth.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

After last nights spanking i'm feeling like it may be a good time for one of Matt's famous right direction/wrong direction polls.

Scrubs
Scrubs

 " Alderson expects fans to start buying tickets when the team’s young pitching begins to finally deliver wins."  This will be quite a feat considering the sock puppets playing behind them.  This kind of circular logic ties me up and arrests me.

Lance Christopher
Lance Christopher

At this point, is it wrong that I'm hoping we finish in the bottom 10 records so our first round pick for next year is safe? That way, Sandy and ownership can't use the excuse "we don't want to lose that draft pick" when we don't sign anyone of significance.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

If we go into 2015 with the same type of team how can Alderson expect fans to watch this joke of a team?...is he that naïve? 264 wins 300 losses under Sandy so far and next year doesn't look any better.

Scrubs
Scrubs

Fred and Jeff, if you truly love this team, SET THEM FREE.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Maybe Matt should do a poll on whether the Wilpons should sell this team?

greekgod
greekgod

Headline in today's papers: "Collins new lineup doesn't change a thing."


That is  because the team doesn't have a team that can create runs or on base %.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

I know its been said before but if fans don't go to games they lose money.. may be the only way to get the Tampons to sell..BOYCOTT.

xplr
xplr

Here's a summary of the top Mets prospects:


1. Syndy- rocked again last night 4 innings, 4 runs. Overall 5-4 with a 1.52 WHIP in AAA

2. d'Arnaud - hits in AAA, can't hit MLB pitching

3. Montero- shipped to AAA, can't seem to get anyone out anymore

4. deGrom - smacked around last night

5. Wheeler: 2-7 4.38 ERA


I have been saying for some time that this team is ALWAYS touting their prospects as can't miss. The reality is harsh. Suppose it turns out that NONE of these prospects are anywhere near being anything other than run of the mill players, if that? It could happen.


Combined with one of the worst lineups in baseball and no payroll tells me that unfortunately, WE ARE NOT CLOSE. In fact, as much as I hate to say this, I think this team is going to suck for a long time. Sad but true. 



greekgod
greekgod

@Albert E Lewis That is what Wilpon is looking at.....why should I pay that type of  payroll of 80ml. + when all I have to do is get better talent!

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@Albert E Lewis They've got a lot of young position prospects playing right now.  With all the hoopla surrounding Wheeler, Syndergaard, Montero, DeGrom, and whatever other "flavor of the month" pitching prospect that they claim they have, the Mets do not have a Giancarlo Stanton.

Max Denby
Max Denby

Matt please put up a poll for Sandy and Terry. Let the fans speak.

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

TDA is hitting in Vegas and that is hopeful. It has to be hard dealing with catching, calling games, hitting and the NY media. I am with you, Lagares would make for better viewing and that, in combo with CY gone, would make the games more enjoyable.

ken1010
ken1010

@Zach Goeringer Apparently, those are only allowed after a three-game winning streak.  Might have to drop that to two, just so we can get another one in.

Max Denby
Max Denby

Sandy is a pro at fooling the fans. Slowly people are starting to realize what I have been saying for years. He has no idea what he's doing.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Scrubs Whatever Sandy says, I tune out. There's absolutely no reason to listen to him. Zero credibility.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Lance Christopher I'll put it to you this way. I am so numb to this team's pathetic offensive output, I no longer care if they win. Coming from me, a true diehard, that's sad.

fatherflot
fatherflot

@Eric Slater Pure B.S. The Mets are the "second most valuable franchise in professional sports"?  Not even close.

xplr
xplr

@Eric Slater Nonsense. You really think someone would take team from NY to Montreal, thereby decreasing the value by at least 1/3?????

xplr
xplr

@Albert E Lewis He won't. He can't bite the hand that feeds him. It wouldn't surprise me if Jeff or some guy in the front office has some sort of editorial review powers.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@greekgod We don't have hitters that walk 70 -75 times a year or A ''real leadoff man''... so who can hitters drive in? theres no Olerud or Alfonso on this team..Hernandez  used to walk 80 times a year plus hit .300.. we don't have that now... and our ''rbi guys'' suck too they cant even hit a sac fly. if your first 3 hitters are either .300 hitters or. .270 hitters that walk 70 times a year you chance of scoring would increase..thats if you have legit power bats behind them.

greekgod
greekgod

@ifti99 A very long time and its as plain as the nose on your face.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@ifti99 Although I am not nearly as down on some of the young kids as you are, you are dead on. We are no where near close. Unless close means competing for last place. 

And unfortunately I can't see them adding payroll at all and think we are looking at a situation of 85M payroll max for years to come. 

And we get to be bombarded by all these cheesy promotions to try to generate fannies in the seat

Max Denby
Max Denby

Such a great point . Where is our legit power hitter?

hankincolo
hankincolo

@flmetsfan @Albert E Lewis We did. His name was Darryl Strawberry. Problem is, do we have to see our beloved Mets finish with the worst record so they can draft a 5 tool player? Enough with the pitchers. We need a thumper standing on first, in RF or even SS.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Jerry Colfer I'm patient with him. I appreciate the fact TdA missed a lot of playing time in the minors due to injury and he's not some rookie outfielder. Catching is tough. So yes, I'm not like those here who want to make him walk the plank. Let's give him this season to prove he's a big league material. He may even need next season to show he's a starter. Lucroy of the Brewers said he had a lot of learning to do when he first came up, btw.

ken1010
ken1010

@flmetsfan @Zach Goeringer

For it to be more accurate, they would have to do it on a consistent regular basis, such as every other Monday, regardless of what happened in between.  

For it to be really accurate, they would have to do polling of some sort.

Max Denby
Max Denby

Agree. For the first time every as a met fan, I look forward to the half inning where the other team hits, so I can watch our pitching and don't have to see the likes of CY striking out.

ken1010
ken1010

@Albert E Lewis We could have had such people if Sandy would have made long-term commitments.  Choo took 7 years, and would have been a perfect leadoff hitter for this team.  Peralta would have been a perfect shortstop with some power.

I guess Sandy thinks he is smarter than Texas or St Louis because he didn't give up"flexibility" to sign the people we needed.

The best free agents the Mets ever had, Beltran and Piazza, were on 7-year deals.  Sometimes that's what it takes to get talent.

xplr
xplr

@kefhrny17 We are probably doomed. Want to know why guys like Abreu and CYoung are playing? The minor league system (at least for hitters) has been a complete failure. Combine that with lousy free agent signings and a low payroll is a recipe for last place. 

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@hankincolo @flmetsfan @Albert E Lewis Well, this is 2014 and not 1981.  Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini, Dominic Smith, and Michael Conforto are neither Giancarlo Stanton nor Darryl Strawberry on their best day.

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Agree completely. It is some comfort that Plawecki continues to develop and could be the answer if Travis doesn't make it (or a nice piece of a package for power).

Lance Christopher
Lance Christopher

@Max Denby Right now I would love to not have any stars with huge contracts and just slightly overpay for a lineup of average major league hitters. That would be an improvement.

metstastic
metstastic

@Wayno You are not going going to sell out every game or even get 10 fans to a game.. Montreal is a hockey town, not baseball.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@ken1010 @Albert E Lewis While I agree with you that sometimes you have to give the 7 year deal, you should only do so with players in their mid 20s, not pushing 30.