What’s on Tap for Tuesday, May 27

The Mets continue their three-game set against Ike Davis and the Pirates at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.

Jon Niese (3-3, 2.70 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Edinson Volquez (2-4, 4.37 ERA) for Pittsburgh.


Weekend Review…

The Mets lost three games in 48 hours this past holiday weekend, dropping two of three to the D-Backs, and losing, 5-3, to the Pirates on Monday >> Read more.


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The Mets fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens and replaced him with minor league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson >> Read more


Noah Syndergaard was diagnosed with a mild flexor-pronator strain in his right elbow — an injury that is sometimes a precursor to Tommy John surgery. He traveled to New York to be examined by team doctors, though Sandy Alderson said he doesn’t believe the injury is significant >> Read more


Jose Valverde was released after giving up four runs in relief and taking the loss on Monday. He was replaced on the roster by Triple-A reliever Vic Black.


Travis d’Arnaud started a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton this past weekend. He is due to catch Tuesday and could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Wednesday.


Eric Young Jr. was put on the DL with a right hamstring injury before Monday’s game. Triple-A OF Matt den Dekker replaced him on the roster.


The Mets are being extra cautious with Dillon Gee, who is on the disabled list with a muscle strain in his back. He didn’t throw from a mound Sunday, as he said he intended to do a few days earlier. Sandy Alderson said Gee is likely to miss a fourth start and may be unable to return for June 5, which Gee previously indicated could be his return date.




44 comments
Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Bobby O and Gary Apple talked at length about the Mets hitting philosophy without ever explaining what it was. They said the Firing of DH and the Hiring of L Johnson will keep the philosophy in place. How is this going to help the team hit better? Isn't this another form of doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?  Einstein called this practice "insanity", I think.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Our front office puts too much emphasis on pitchers in the drafts rather than position players. Look at the guys brought from the minors, basically nothing more than bench quality players. .no potential starters having offense and defense prowess since Wright and Reyes.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

What exactly is the Mets hitting philosophy that I keep hearing about. Does anyone know? No  Sarcasm.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Being extra cautious with Gee makes me think something more is wrong and not too concerned with Thor also has me worried that he will be going down for more than just days. Expecting the worst  but hoping for the best.

CocoaBeachnut
CocoaBeachnut

For me Sandy is doing the best he can given no money to work with. That said (and perhaps because of it), signing Valverde, Farnsworth, EY and CY were pretty bad. There's a long history here of signing "past their mediocre prime" big-leaguers.

Aside from ownership, there are two main problems. One is mental toughness in the batters box - it appears to me that some of our guys get into the batters box with the objective to not make an out. There is a big difference between that and going up there to drive the ball to get a hit. There's a big difference between the mindset of succeeding and not failing. Way too many called strike threes! Way too many!

The other problem is that roles have not been defined for too many position players. Rotating shortstops! Pick one and go with it. This business of rotating EY, CY, Lagares, Grandy and Abreu is crazy. Put Lagares, Grandy & EY out there full-time, release CY, Abreu - you're a PHer and bring up or trade for an outfielder to replace CY. 

I love David Wright as he's a great player and he leads by example. But this team needs a fiery team leader. Quiet leadership is great for a team of high performing seasoned veterans but this is not that.  Old-timers will remember the acquisition of Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter. That's the type of player we need to add.

At the helm, 
replace TC with Wally or get someone else on board with fire. Tough, fiery leadership!  

zingzangzo
zingzangzo

Just know for a fact that the pitchers mound being elevated is a big part in the too many Tommy John surgery s!! Plus I'd like to see starters only go 61/3 innings to save their arm strength for playoff time, of course I'm talking next season forward here! Bring up Dykstra and Lutz now to give Duda and Wright some time off when they are'nt in the grove hitting and just for some days off!! Lets Go Mets!!!

Chris Cordani
Chris Cordani

While fans have legitimate gripes with the Mets' offense and the leadership's need to seek a big bat, the team is going in the right direction. Much like in the 80s, the organization is building a solid pitching staff with many spare arms to use as trade chips. Yes, the season looks bad so far, but the starting pitching has been superb (as far as those developed by the Mets are concerned). They may not have produced a big bopper who can play every day, but they do have a few solid hitters like Lagares and Murphy contributing already (along with Wright). Still, to acquire the type of impact bat the Mets need (one that makes the whole lineup better and allows Granderson to be the 20HR, 35 Doubles guy he was in Detroit instead of the prime HR threat at a park built more for his XBH acumen) requires patience along with the proper analysis by SA as to which pitchers need to stay in NY and which can be let go in such a trade. With the Mets' excellent pitching, great outfield defense and improving bullpen (the dead wood has been weeded out), they are a better SS, a little more seasoning for the young pitchers and one power bat away from being a contender -- much like the 1983 Mets were before they traded for Hernandez...  (also, keep in mind that the "big bat" at this time is a tough commodity to come by.  Having said that, balancing out the lineup a bit better will also help if they are unable to get the 30-homer guy soon))

yankeehater
yankeehater

If SA isn't already entertaining calls for Gee and Niese he's an idiot. As much as I love these guys, one...if not both...need to go in trades. This season is shot already....time to get some freaking serious, ready to contribute next year, offensive studs. Wheeler and darnaud should also be on the table.

Jim Yager
Jim Yager

Another loss, that's what's on tap for this joke of a team! I thought that 2014 was the season we have been waiting for, 90 wins? It is more lke 90 losses, when will this end, it hurts to watch this team. When can we expect a winning season, 2015 or 2016?? 

Chris Kujawa
Chris Kujawa

I'm fine with Gee taking his time coming back as long as he can get 2-3 starts before the trade deadline to showcase himself.

johnsec125
johnsec125

I predicted 18-32 and 10 games out by memorial day. So things are looking good.

eavdr10
eavdr10

Not worried about Syndergaard? That makes me worried.

nolrog
nolrog

They are being extra cautious with Gee?  Didn't you report a day or two ago that he had a set back?  That's not extra cautious.  Extra cautious is when you hold him back another week even though he's ready.

tullydew
tullydew

Sandy Alderson has failed.

He should be next on the chopping block. Need to get a real GM.

nykjw2
nykjw2

Wilpons are getting what they deserve:  an irrelevant laughingstock playing meaningless games before June. I've been a Mets fan since 73 and my feeling is one of apathy and indifference. Wake me up when the nightmare is over and ownership has changed.

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

The defense was out of position, the offense continues to leave men on base, and no late game defensive changes! They look like sellers!

nykjw2
nykjw2

@Bob Burket Seems to be to build the count at any cost. That means taking pitches down the middle.

PROS:

1) It builds the pitcher's pitch count;

2) it marginally increases the likelihood of getting a base on balls.

CONS:

1) It neuters the hitters natural talent and what got them to the big leagues;

2) It increases the likelihood of getting struck out;

3) Batter ends up swinging at bad pitches.

It's STUPID

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@Bob Burket . . No sarcasm intended...but, it seems to go like this: Take balls down the middle of the plate and swing at a bad pitch that strikes you out. We see this happening in every game.Lets see what Lamar Johnson does as hitting coach.

nykjw2
nykjw2

@CocoaBeachnut Sandy might be doing the best he can, but I get the impression that he thinks he's smarter than everyone else. Signing CY was a pretty dubious move (note that Billy Beane let CY go). Why didn't he sign Nelson Cruz?? His bullpen assembly makes you scratch your head. What does he see in Lucas Duda??  Why didn't he address shortstop??

I don't think TC is the best manager, but he hasn't had much to work with.

What it all comes down to is the Wilpons. Please, an $87 million payrolll in the NY market??  Madoff killed their business plan (and I'm sure Freddy thought HE was smarter than everyone else when he was rolling in the fradulent dough) and its clear that their financial ability to run the Mets is untenable. I hate our ownership. They are killing the fan base.

Chris Cordani
Chris Cordani

This should be about building a long-term winner and not an instant one-year wonder that will untimely have to be rebuilt again.  When the Mets were at their best, they developed several young arms, had a couple of good hitters and brought in the rest around that core  -  the foundation.  Currently, the tools and building blocks are there. The young pitchers need to continue to develop to become better.  In turn, the excess arms can be flipped (hopefully wisely) to a good bat or two.  Perhaps they will find a better shortstop than their current options via free agency (those young arms should never be moved for mediocre players in comparison like Gregorious and Franklin).  The money will be spend on a good core and a better bat... Whether you like the current record or not, baseball history proves that this team is going in the right direction.

xplr
xplr

You don't trade guys when they're slumping if you want true value. Trading Wheeler and d'Arnaud now would only make sense if the team has completely given up on them, which I'm sure they have not. 
Gee and Niese are established number 3 pitchers (perhaps Gee is a number 2). No way I'm trading these guys unless I getting quality in return.

tullydew
tullydew

Gee should be traded this summer. His stock has never been higher and the Mets have a surplus of starting pitching. Sell high on Gee.

nolrog
nolrog

@eavdr10 Come on, with the reputation for excellence that the Mets Medical Staff has, why would you ever be worried.

Please note, for those with broken sarcasm detecors, that the above comment contanied an extreme amount of sarcasm. 

nolrog
nolrog

@Not4Nutten Poor in game strategy.  Can't seen to remember the last time Collins called a hit and run.  No reason not to be playing no doubles defense in that situation.

rodd
rodd

@nykjw2 @Bob Burket i predict that the players will swing at the first pitch-providing it's good, lets see today. hopefully it will make a difference, providing the opposing pitcher finds out.

rodd
rodd

@MetsFan1962 in the last game, lucas has swung on the first pitch, providing  it's good. and had had excellent results. the question is can he produce in the clutch now that he's swung at the first pitch.

CocoaBeachnut
CocoaBeachnut

@nykjw2 @CocoaBeachnut I agree that our ownership situation is ONE of our problems and I wish they would sell the team. Nelson Cruz went unsigned for quite a while as he is not a good OF - in fact 50% of his playing time this year is as DH. In hindsight, we missed out. But at the time was he worth what he was asking for? Tough call.

The jury is still out on Duda - my guess is we go to the trading deadline and perhaps pick up a new 1B if Duda continues to be mired in mediocrity. On SS, I think we will have a new one by the end of June.

By the way, while I love Murphy's bat he is not a very good 2nd baseman. While learning the position a few years back, he had season ending injuries. Now any play that involves the bag itself he appears very tentative - frequently positioned on the wrong side of the bag on DP's. He may need to move to 1st if all else fails or he may be trade bait in a big package deal.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@nykjw2 @CocoaBeachnut  He didn't sign Cruz because he wanted 5/75 to come here. That was a big risk for a biogenesis guy. I have no idea as to what he sees in Duda (cheaper than Ike I guess) or why SS wasn't addressed.

Chris Cordani
Chris Cordani

@nykjw2 @CocoaBeachnut Much of the Nelson Cruz fans here seem to like him in hindsight.  While I did not like the Young signing, let's consider that management may have thought Cruz' good numbers were the product of PEDs and the American League bandboxes.  He would have warning track power at CIti, San Diego, etc. 

Chris Cordani
Chris Cordani

@qualcomm Agreed, but that money shuold still be spent wisely on a good core.  As for a big bat, that is a crapshoot with the Mets. They shuold be able to take that risk when the time comes. I would rather them sit on cash then throw money at guys who can hit, but will not help them win (remember all the money the Mets spent on Vince Coleman and Bobby Bonilla?  Or the Yankees throwing dollars at Danny Tartabull, who was good at hitting HRs for losing teams?).  We don't need any more Willie Montanez's

tullydew
tullydew

He's the one that drafted Nimmo instead of Jose Fernandez or Sonny Grey. He's the one who decided to spend 7.5 million on C. Young. He is the one that decided to sign the 40 year old fatboy to 2/20 million contract. He is the one who thought it was smart to sign Frank Francisco for 2/13 million.

Sandy has failed.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Part of TC's problem is that he can't call plays when he doesn't have players who can perform. Very few hit-and-run guys or good butters on this team.

CocoaBeachnut
CocoaBeachnut

@nykjw2 @CocoaBeachnut Remember that the missed catch involved the bag as well. But you're right - he does have mental lapses. The missed DP the other night when Familia fielded the ball is one of those times. It should have been clear between Flores & Murphy prior to the play on which one is going to take the throw on a comebacker to the mound. He seems to have think too much rather than just react naturally at a position that he should be playing in his sleep.


Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@nykjw2 @CocoaBeachnut  Can't say that I love the idea of Murphy as a 1B. His numbers play well for a 2B, but not at 1B - especially since he has limited power. Unfortunately, Murphy seems to have regressed defensively at 2B and he was nothing more than adequate there at his best.

nykjw2
nykjw2

@CocoaBeachnut @nykjw2 Moving Murphy to 1B isn't a bad idea, but it's his mental lapses that worry me. That non-catch the other day would've happened to him wherever he was playing.

How about one of our stud ptichers in a package for Paul Goldschmidt.

rodd
rodd

@Pete Brilvitch @nykjw2 @CocoaBeachnut hold on, duda may just be what the mets hoped for. look at last game and watch him propel to an exciting player. his approach to the pitcher has completely changed. 

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@tullydew  Easy to get on Sandy for failing to draft Fernandez or Grey now that you know how good they are. Nimmo may turn out to be a pretty good player in his own right.